DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
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Steven Adams (ankle) is expected to play in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Adams has been beaten up in this series between the ankle issue and getting essentially punted below the belt by Draymond Green. Though he missed a part of Game 4 getting treatment on the ankle, he was able to return to the court which makes this news partially expected. There are still a day or so before tip-off so until he makes it through the morning shootaround, it won't be official.
7 hours ago

Patrick Patterson has a left hand contusion but will return Wednesday.

Once again, Toronto is playing poorly in Cleveland, so if he experiences any more discomfort, expect him to be pulled the rest of the way. The contusion isn't considered major, seeing as he is able to return.
10 hours ago

Bismack Biyombo will remain in the starting lineup for Game 5 on Wednesday despite the return of Jonas Valanciunas (ankle).

Rightfully so, as he has been a revelation for the Raptors since being injected into the starting lineup a couple of weeks ago. Vala?i?nas does possess an offensive game that can't be ignored, however he will be best served off the bench going forward.
12 hours ago

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has no minute-limit and coach Dwane Casey hopes to play him early in the game.

Vala?i?nas has been out for a couple of weeks now, but appears ready to go just when the Raptors need him most. It is unlikely that he will get the starting nod considering how good Bismack Biyombo has been as the starting center, however Vala?i?nas's deft scoring touch is not something that can be left on the bench for too long. Being matched up early and often against the Cavs top ranked second unit will be a baptism by fire of sorts for the crafty center.
12 hours ago

Grizzlies have offered the head coaching job to David Fizdale.

Fizdale is currently an assistant coach and director of player development with the Miami Heat. He has yet to be a head coach in the NBA.
14 hours ago

Joakim Noah told his teammates he's leaving the Bulls due to issues with the general manager.

Noah is a free agent so his destination is unknown, though it clearly won't be to stay in Chicago. He posted arguably his worst season last season and also averaged the fewest minutes in his career outside of his rookie season.
14 hours ago

Stephen Curry (knee/elbow) is playing at 70 percent this postseason.

The Warriors haven’t looked like themselves all series, but credit has to be given to the Thunder who have played extremely well. However, it will not be looked that way after the Warriors set the NBA record for most wins in the regular season with 73. It’s clear Curry isn’t healthy as he is lacking the explosion that he showed during the regular season and he has yet to score 30 points in the series, a number he averaged during the regular season. Unfortunately, Curry won’t be completely healthy until next season and his time to rest may come sooner than many thought it would.
22 hours ago

Grizzlies will bring in Heat assistant coach David Fizdale for a second interview to be their head coach.

Fizdale has been with the Heat for the last five seasons and was always rumored to be a head coach someday, but was waiting for the right opportunity. The Grizzlies could be that as they have a nice foundation in the front court with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol and a solid point guard in Mike Conley.
23 hours ago

Update: Steven Adams returned to the game but is still limping after getting treatment.

Adams has been placed back into the lineup and should able to finish the remained of the game.
1 day ago

Steven Adams just motioned to the bench to come out of the game after injuring his ankle.

The big men have been a major reason for OKC's success thus far. Owners should monitor Adams to see if he is able to return.
1 day ago
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