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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: April 26
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Joakim Noah Headshot

Noah (suspension) underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff Wednesday, ESPN's Ian Begley reports.

Keeping in line with his original timetable, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek believes Noah will miss roughly five months of action. The 32-year-old played in just 46 games last season, but barring a signifiant setback in his recovery, he should be ready for basketball activity before the 2017-18 opener. Even if rehab goes as planned, however, Noah has served just eight games of a 20-game drug suspension that was handed down March 25. Due to the injury history, remaining suspension and generally declining production -- 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds last season -- Noah likely won't be off the board until the later part of deeper fantasy drafts next season.
9:33 am (EST)
Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart churned out eight points (3-9 FG, 2-7 3Pt), eight assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 win over the Bulls.

Smart's tough defense and passing skills have earned him essentially starter's minutes during the series with Chicago. He's averaging 5.4 assists per game this post season, highlighted by Wednesday's eight dimes. And he is bringing Memphis-style grindhouse grit to a Boston squad with limited playoff experience. His battles with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are reminiscent of Tony Allen's early days with the Celtics. Boston can tolerate his poor shooting as long as his rugged defense and strong passing continue.
8:35 am (EST)
Gerald Green Headshot

Green started the Game 5, but posted only two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and one rebound from a scant 12 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 win over the Bulls.

Consider this a token start for Green, who certainly deserved the opportunity after his hot Game 4. This marks three straight starts for Green, as regular season stalwarts Jaylen Brown and Amir Johnson continue to ride the pine. Expect coach Brad Stevens to again start Green in Friday's Game 6, but Green will need a hot shooting hand early to stay on the floor for meaningful minutes.
8:26 am (EST)
Kelly Olynyk Headshot

Olynyk efficiently produced 14 points (5-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds and one steal across 20 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 win versus Chicago.

At plus-14, The Clynyk also had Boston's best plus-minus ratio. Coach Brad Steven continues to go with small lineups versus Chicago, with Olynyk and Al Horford as the only true Celtic bigs receiving minutes. While never spectacular in any one category, expect similar efficient production from the big Canadian during Friday's Game 6 in Chicago.
8:17 am (EST)
Jae Crowder Headshot

Crowder posted eight points (2-11 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal from 35 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 win versus Chicago.

Crowder was also one of three Celtics to play 30+ minutes without a turnover. The Boss Man's eight rebounds may have been his biggest contribution, as the Celtics narrowed the rebounding gap to just 42-38, an area in which Boston has struggled. Crowder is averaging 12 points per game through five playoff games, a slight tick below his 13.9 point average during the regular season, despite taking 1.6 more shots during the playoffs. He may be due for a breakout playoff game if he can straighten out his three point shooting.
8:06 am (EST)
Robin Lopez Headshot

Lopez posted 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and a steal over 29 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 108-97 loss to the Celtics.

The Celtics have had a hard time containing Lopez during this series, as he's been outperforming his season averages in almost every game he's played in the postseason. Lopez made some great plays in the fourth quarter to keep the Bulls within striking distance but got frustrated at a missed call that resulted in a technical foul. The 29-year old journeyman comes at a great value for playoff DFS contests, and given his rise in production, he is a solid play if the Bulls survive and advance.
12:54 am (EST)
Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler posted 14 points (6-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and one block over 39 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 loss to the Celtics.

Butler didn't play poorly in Wednesday's game, but it was certainly a quieter performance than his Game 4 33-point tour-de-force. He quietly posted a decent stat line, but Dwyane Wade was unquestionably the big offensive weapon in Game 5. Without Rajon Rondo in the lineup, the Bulls are having a difficult time finding their footing, and although they can string together a few good quarters, inevitably they stumble with a 16-point fourth quarter. If Rondo can return in Game 6, Butler and the rest of the team will benefit from a more balanced attack.
12:31 am (EST)
Dwyane Wade Headshot

Wade scored 26 points (7-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 10-10 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists and one block over 35 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 loss to the Celtics.

Coach Fred Hoiberg essentially had Wade play point guard for the evening despite starting Isaiah Canaan in place of Rajon Rondo (thumb). The game flowed fairly smoothly through Wade for most of the game, until things fell apart in the fourth quarter. Wade let his frustration with the team's collapse boil over and a few choice words to a referee resulted in a technical foul. Despite the negative outcome, Wade recorded a double-double and flirted with a triple-double. Wade's playoff experience is invaluable to the team, and though one should expect strong games like this from the 11 -year vet, his stat line will reduce a bit if Rondo returns in Game 6.
12:10 am (EST)
Avery Bradley Headshot

Bradley contributed 24 points (11-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist and a steal over 40 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 108-97 win over the Bulls.

Bradley was absolutely clutch for the Celtics in Game 5, making plays all over the floor and although Isaiah Thomas also scored 24 points, Bradley was the star of the show on Wednesday. He shot 57.8 percent from the floor and was turnover-free on the evening. Since returning from injury he has gradually stolen more minutes from Marcus Smart, although coach Brad Stevens will play the hottest hand. It's for this reason that Bradley is at best the third-most reliable DFS option for the Celtics despite Wednesday's performance. He'll look to have another strong game in Chicago for Game 6.
Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
Al Horford Headshot

Horford tallied 21 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds and a steal over 34 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 win over 108-97 win over the Bulls.

Horford gave a stellar performance in Game 5 and actually led the team with nine dimes, a feat you'll rarely see from any center. Horford's versatility was aided by the presence of Kelly Olynyk on the floor, as coach Brad Stevens elected to go with a bigger lineup in the second half with great results. The move allowed Horford to shift over to the 4 spot often where he was even able to drain two 3-pointers. Look for the 10-year vet to continue his excellent play in Game 6.
Yesterday 11:42 pm (EST)
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