DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr
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Doc Rivers wants to keep the core of the Clippers together for one more year.

Might as well give it one more healthy run, right? The team had a chance this year, but the injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin wiped away those chances. The core could come back for another year, but with the Spurs and Warriors in the same conference, it's tough for any other team to really push for the finals bid.
1 hour ago

Kevin Love hurt his ankle and left Monday's game early.

Love hurt his shoulder a few plays before the ankle injury, so that is something worth noting as well. In regards to his ankle, he was definitely limping coming off the court, but we still don't know how severe the injury really is. The Cleveland faithful is hoping that he doesn't have to miss time like he did last year.
1 hour ago

Oklahoma City has the same starting lineup as Game 1 against San Antonio.

OKC is going to roll with the same five out there in this one. Regardless of who the five out there really are, there are only two that really matter; Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder need to steal this game away from the Spurs.
1 hour ago

Warriors officially list Stephen Curry as out on Tuesday.

This should come as a shock to absolutely nobody. Curry has come out and said he's hopeful to return for Game 3 but if Golden State takes a 2-0 series lead, there's no need to rush the MVP back. Shaun Livingston has done an excellent job and will continue to be a rock as long as Curry is out.
5 hours ago

Dirk Nowitzki has decided to opt out of the final season of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks but has no intention of leaving the team.

2016 would have been the final year of a three-year $25 million deal for the big German but now he will rework a new deal to remain in Dallas. In a radio interview given to a Dallas sports station on Monday, he indicated that he wanted to help Mark Cuban figure out how to make the Mavs contenders again and with that thought he could accept less than the $8.7 million he was scheduled to make next season. He wants to become the second player ever to play 20 NBA seasons with one team, along with Kobe Bryant, and needs just two more years to do that. Dallas hasn't been close to winning a championship since they won in 2011 and this move by Dirk likely gives the Mavs more flexibility to make that happen.
7 hours ago

Chris Bosh is not on the Heat team flight to Toronto Monday.

Bosh has expressed many times that he is good to go and wishes to play for the Heat at some point this season. The team management has a different opinion, though, saying that he is still out indefinitely. Team doctors have yet to clear Bosh, who has been shut down since the All-Star break, and believe that no team in the NBA would clear him "under the circumstances."
9 hours ago

Nicolas Batum said he wouldn't mind returning to the Hornets next season.

After a good for season in Charlotte, Batum says he would welcome the idea of coming back as he enters free agency this offseason. Batum averaged 14.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 5.8 APG in his first season away from Portland. After posting numbers like these, Batum is sure to receive a number of good offers from many teams around the league.
10 hours ago

Pacers and head coach Frank Vogel have yet to discus a new contract.

There's little to no doubt that Frank Vogel is considered as one the best coaches in the NBA. Question is, is he going to be back next season? Probably seems to be the answer here, but only because it’s hard to imagine otherwise. However, the door has been opened reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports. Vogel wouldn’t need to worry about employment though, since he would instantly jump to near the top of every coaching search list out there and probably the ones that will come up next season. The question is, why would the Pacers potentially let him go? Did his mistake with his timeout call late in Game 7 annoy Indiana's front office? Maybe, but it's anyone's guess (according to Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star). This is a team whose second and third best players are Monta Ellis and George Hill, and they have a thin bench — Vogel did more with less he was given by Larry Bird than just about any coach could have. This team has limitations and he has done a fantastic job putting players in positions where they could succeed. One can imagine that in a couple of weeks the Pacers will announce a new deal with Vogel, but that's anyone's guess (also according to Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star).
14 hours ago

Kristaps Porzingis will not play for Latvia this summer.

Porzingis (who averaged 14.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.9 BPG and 1.1 3PMPG during the 2015-2016 regular season) decided to sit out the Latvian national basketball team's attempt at trying to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics (in Serbia). He will instead prepare himself for the 2016-2017 season with the Knicks for the time being.
14 hours ago

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points (10-32 FGA, 9-9 FTA) including 1-5 3PA with five rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 40 minutes in Game 7’s win over the Pacers.

It was another up game for DeRozan following a down game on Friday. The last four games of the opening round series have been a real roller coaster for him. He also managed to fill up the stat sheet pretty impressively with better than a couple in most categories. He has been a monster all season against Miami, who they face next, averaging 29.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, and 1.3 SPG in four games.
20 hours ago