DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: April 27
Steve Pimental

Jeff Teague limping on his way off the court.

Teague was on the bench for a possession before returning to the floor. Whatever injury he suffered was nothing more than a stinger.
1 hour ago

MRI revealed Spencer Hawes has an MCL sprain in his right knee. He will be out and re-evaluated in one week.

Hawes has played a limited but consistent role for the Hornets off the bench. His presence will be missed for the conclusion of the series against the Heat. Cody Zeller could see an increase while Hawes is out.
3 hours ago

Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will play and start Thursday.

This was the way the news has been trending on Thomas and it is obviously a huge lift for the Celtics as they try to avoid elimination tonight against the Hawks.
3 hours ago

Kings have named Ken Catanella Assistant General Manager.

Catanella has experience in several different front office roles, though most recently he was Assistant GM of the Detroit Pistons.
4 hours ago

Isaiah Thomas was seen getting up jump shots and was not limping on Thursday.

The information we've had has trended toward Thomas playing in tonight's game and that continues to be the case. Obviously Thomas is the key to the Celtics hopes of beating the Hawks, as he has been very good throughout the series.
4 hours ago

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Game 6.

Johnson was available on an emergency basis last night for Game 5 but did not see the court. He has battled injuries all series and has yet to record a minute of action.
5 hours ago

Blake Griffin (quad) should be able to avoid surgery after getting his injection on Wednesday

While of course this doesn't ease the pain of his absence for the playoffs, this is good long-term news for both Griffin and the Clippers.
5 hours ago

Spencer Hawes (knee) is listed as doubtful for Game 6.

Hawes has seen moderate minutes during the entire year with the Hornets and that hasn't changed this postseason. However, he injured his knee in Game 5 and will likely be sitting out the team's potential series clincher at home.
6 hours ago

Hassan Whiteside (hand) is dealing with some swelling and said he will play in Game 6.

The swelling he's dealing with on his hand is probably from all of the blocked shots he's had throughout the season. But on a serious note, once the game starts he won't even notice the pain. The adrenaline will take care of that. Whiteside is still one of the best fantasy options at center left in the playoffs.
6 hours ago

Nicolas Batum will come off of the bench for Game 6 on Friday.

Just like he did in Game 5, Batum will come off of the bench in Game 6. Pairing himself alongside Jeremy Lin against the Heat's bench unit is dangerous and it showed last game with their plus/minus +8 in Game 5. This move, however, is detrimental to Batum's fantasy value.
6 hours ago