FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Jared Dudley (left foot soreness) will play in Game 2 on Monday.

Dudley has been a solid role player for the Bucks all season as he provides the second unit with a threat from three-point range. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Adreian Payne will play for the Wolves' summer league team.

Payne looked good at times this season and averaged 23.1 minutes per game with a few starting nods here and there. With Kevin Garnett being a million years old, the Timberwolves are hoping Payne's work over the summer will lead him to a potential starting role next season. Fantasy owners should keep him on the radar if that comes to fruition. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not join Spain for Olympic qualifying this summer.

Whether it's his choice or at the request of the Toimberwolves, it's a good move. When an NBA team is paying your salary and you spent the majority of this past season injured, there's no reason you should be playing in international tournaments. We understand the concept of civic pride, but when Spain starts paying a portion of Rubio's salary, then he can be free to do whatever he wants. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chandler Parsons (knee) is questionable for Tuesday.

Parsons played 37 minutes Saturday, and it would be pretty surprising if he missed Tuesday. Al-Farouq Aminu and Richard Jefferson would get most of Parsons's minutes if he cannot go. Aminu is the better fantasy play, but both are extremely risky. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Mavs list Devin Harris (toe) as questionable for Tuesday.

Harris played just 10 minutes Saturday, and there is some risk he is limited again even if he does play. J.J. Barea had 12 points and four assists and was a +12 Saturday, and he will likely see extensive playing time in Game 2 even if Harris can go. Barea will be a very nice fantasy play if Harris is ruled out. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jason Richardson says he is open to re-signing with the Sixers.

Of course he is open to re-signing with the Sixers. They are the only team bad enough to put the 34-year-old in their rotation. Richardson averaged 9.1 points, 2.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game last season, and there is virtually no way he matches those numbers in 2015-16.? Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jrue Holiday (leg) is a game-time decision Monday.

Both Holiday and Tyreke Evans are game-t9ime decisions, and the risk for fantasy is that they play but are limited by their injuries. If both players are out, Eric Gordon and Quincy Pondexter would be attractive, albeit risky, fantasy plays.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Lou Williams was the NBA's Sixth Man Award winner.

The Sixth Man Award is always a joke, no more so than this season. Williams is a poor man's Jamal Crawford, and Crawford probably would have defended his title had he stayed healthy this season. Williams averaged 15.5 ppg this season, but he provides nothing for his real team or fantasy teams outside of scoring. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Al Horford (finger) is listed as questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

Horford was able to return for the last six minutes Sunday despite dislocating his finger. It would be a bit of a shock if he does not play Wednesday though the injury could affect his game. You may want to avoid him Wednesday for fantasy, but he will most likely be just fine. Pero Antic played 19 minutes Monday and he and Mike Scott would split most of the minutes at center if Horford is out. Of the two, Antic is the more attractive fantasy play. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday.

While Hinrich has shown a little bit of improvement with regard to his knee issue, he hasn't shown enough to trust him to play in Game 2. He'll take another couple of days here and will be re-evaluated shortly before Game 3. Aaron Brooks and Mike Dunleavy will see the minutes increase in his absence. Analysis: Howard Bender

Heat president Pat Riley is very confident that Goran Dragic will re-sign with Heat.

Dragic has already made it clear that he prefers to stay with the Heat but that he does want to explore the possibilities of the free agent market. Basically, he wants to see who will pay him the most and if the Heat will, at the least, match it. Analysis: Howard Bender

Some Blazers players have said they are worried they will lose LaMarcus Aldridge to free agency.

Aldridge has been a stud since being selected by Portland out of the University of Texas. He averaged a career high 23.4 PPG to with 10.2 rebounds and has improved in all facets of his game. He is going to get a max-deal, but the hope is that the extra money keeps Aldridge in Portland to team with Damian Lillard for years to come. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Chris Paul scored 32 points (13-20 FGA, 3-4 FTA) going 3-for-5 from three-point range with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in Sunday's 107-92 win over the Spurs.

Paul had himself a great game Sunday as he managed to connect on 65.0 percent of his field goals to help lead the Clippers to a 1-0 lead over the Spurs. With Tony Parker hobbled by an ankle injury, the Clippers should expect to receive more offense form Paul, who is no match for the backcourt of the Spurs, especially with parker injured.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points (13-34 FGA, 4-5 FTA) going 2-for-5 from three-point range with 14 rebounds, one assist and four blocks in Sunday's 100-86 loss to the Grizzlies.

Aldridge had himself a great game Sunday night but the Blazers were no match for the Grizzlies who took an early 1-0 lead in the series. If the Blazers want to be successful they will have to spread the ball more than what was displayed in Game 1, but either way Aldridge is still a key part to their success in the postseason. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kyle Korver scored 21 points (6-12 FGA, 4-5 FTA) going 5-for-11 from three-point range with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in Sunday's 99-92 win over the Nets.

Korver has been a machine from downtown all season and that didn't stop on Sunday as he managed to connect on 45.5 percent of his three-pointers to help seal a Game 1 victory. Although he averaged just 12.1 points in the regular season, this type of production could be the norm against a Nets team that struggles guarding the three-point line.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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