DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: April 29
Ben Scherr

DeAndre Jordan is out of Friday's game after injuring his ankle.

Here is the third big name player for the Clippers to go down in this series against Portland. First Chris Paul broke his hand and then Blake Griffin went down with a serious quad injury. Jordan went up for a rebound and wound up landing awkwardly on his foot and rolling his ankle pretty seriously. It is possible however that he could return with it being such a close game. He will likely have the ankle re-evaluated on Saturday.
7 minutes ago

Josh Richardson (shoulder) said nothing will keep him off the court for Game 7.

Richardson left Friday night's game with just over a minute left with a should injury and was seen on the bench with ice on said shoulder. He is a rookie and has been quite useful on the defensive end of the court for Miami during the series. It's not surprising that a rookie would want to play all he can in the playoffs but ultimately the decision will be in the hands of the coaching and medical staffs.
31 minutes ago

Austin Rivers (face) is probable to return on Friday against the Trail Blazers.

With Chris Paul out of the lineup the Clippers are relying on Rivers to play the point. With Rivers dealing with a minor injury Jamal Crawford should step into the point guard role.
2 hours ago

Jeff Green will start for the Clippers in Game 6 against the Trail Blazers.

Green is averaging 10.0 points over 24.4 minutes per game during the playoffs this season but his move into the starting lineup is purely based off of his offensive upside.
2 hours ago

Lakers have hired Luke Walton as their next head coach.

Walton lead the Warriors to a 39-4 start as the interim head coach while Steve Kerr was sidelined and given the nature of the Lakers roster he may be the best candidate to lead their young squad. Walton spent nine of his ten NBA seasons with the Lakers and was part of their 2009 and 2010 Championship teams.
3 hours ago

Nicolas Batum (foot) is doubtful to return on Friday.

Batum dealt with this foot injury for the majority of the season so seeing him doubtful to return is a tough blow for the Hornets. Jeremy Lin figures to see increased playing time with Batum out of the lineup.
3 hours ago

Stephen Curry is optimistic he can make it back at or before two-week estimate, but doesn't really know.

Whether Curry is optimistic or not, the decision ultimately isn't up to him. The Warriors need him to be healthy and there's no need to risk his future rushing him back. Curry is the league's MVP and they obviously need him to win a championship, but there is only so much he can do with a sprained knee. Don't rush back, Curry. Don't risk further injury.
8 hours ago

The Kings are reportedly on the verge of fielding offers for C DeMarcus Cousins.

After years of insubordination, causing the franchise issues year in and year out, the Kings have finally considered moving Cousins. Cousins is one of the best big men in basketball but he hasn't been able to propel his team in the playoffs during his tenure in Sacramento. If any team expects to acquire Cousins, they should expect to give up a boatload for him.
9 hours ago

Deron Williams intends to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks.

Williams signed a five-year deal with the Mavericks last July that is scheduled to pay him $5.5M per. Apparently, the veteran point guard believes he can make more elsewhere. Williams did help the Mavericks get to the playoffs by averaging 14.1 points, 5.8 assists and 1.5 treys per contest in 2015-16, but played less than 70 games for the the third straight campaign.
11 hours ago