DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr
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Stephen Curry (knee) could return in Game 3 or Game 4.

It is sounding like he will need to put on a good performance in practice on Thursday to have a chance to play as early as Game 3. The team seems content to let their star get close to 100% before utilizing his skills. Even when he comes back to play, he will be on a minutes limit. The team is saying that their series record will have no effect on the timing of his return to action, but if the Warriors are winning, the need for him to return may be lessened and the kid glove approach will continue.
19 minutes ago

Patrick Patterson will come off of the bench for Tuesday's game.

Patterson is being replaced by DeMarre Carroll at power forward for the game against the Heat on Tuesday, as the Raptors try to counter the Miami small-ball game. Patterson is the first big man off the bench, though, so do not forget about him in daily leagues. Patterson should still play enough to be a viable fantasy player, and is expected to see 24-27 minutes on the court.
40 minutes ago

Norman Powell is starting for the Raptors on Tuesday.

Powell came on strong in the final month of the regular season, but was forced to the bench when DeMarre Carroll resumed his starting role at small forward. For the game against the Heat on Tuesday, however, Carroll will take over at power forward, and Powell will step in at the other forward position.
42 minutes ago

Josh Richardson (shoulder) said he's feeling fine after Sunday's game.

Richardson was bugged by the shoulder in round one and even went for an MRI following Game 6 of the series however he should be good to go for the start of the series against Toronto. The rookie played nicely in the opening round but only put up numbers equivalent to a middle of the road option no matter the format. Toronto should be a much bigger challenge than Charlotte was as they open the second round series on Tuesday.
6 hours ago

Head Coach Tyrun Lue said Kevin Love has no lingering soreness after Monday's game.

Love was banged up in Monday's Game 1 and eventually left the game with from a shoulder and ankle injury. The fact he has no lingering soreness is good news for Cavs fans as their big man has been dominant in the playoffs so far with five straight double-doubles. Game 2 is Wednesday in Cleveland and it should be another good performance out of Love.
7 hours ago

Kawhi Leonard scored 14 points (7-18 FGA, 0-2 FTA) with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks over 36 minutes in Monday's 98-97 loss to the Thunder.

While it may seem like he really stuffed the stat sheet in Game 2, Leonard shot under 50% from the field for only the second time this postseason. Last night was also the first time that he didn't make a 3PA since April 10. LaMarcus Aldridge may be racking up the points for the Spurs, but if they want to get by the Thunder they need to stick with their original success with Kawhi and the Big 3.
12 hours ago

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 41 points (15-21 FGA,10-10 FTA) with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 43 minutes in Monday's 98-97 loss to the Thunder.

For the second straight game, Aldridge went absolutely off against the Oklahoma City Thunder. After having 38 points on 18-23 shooting in Game 1, to do what he did last night is extremely impressive. The Spurs lost the game, but after averaging just 18 PPG in the regular season, it shows that San Antonio has no shortage of offensive weapons on this team.
12 hours ago

Steve Adams scored 12 points (5-6 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with 17 rebounds, one steal and one block over 37 minutes in Monday's 98-97 win against the Spurs.

Adams continues to be a bright spot for the Thunder this postseason, but Game 2 against the Spurs was very impressive. He only averaged eight points and 6.7 rebounds in the regular season, so 12 points with 17 (!) rebounds is huge against a San Antonio team that rebounds the ball well. If the Thunder are going to take this series, then they are going to need some big time play out of someone other than Durant and Westbrook, and Steven Adams could be that guy.
12 hours ago

Kevin Durant scored 28 points (11-19 FGA, 5-5 FTA) going 1-for-2 from three-point range with seven rebounds, four assists and one block over 42 minutes in Monday's 98-97 win against the Spurs.

Like Westbrook, Durant silenced the critics by busting out 28 points in Game 2 while giving San Antonio just their second home loss of the season. Durant's 28 PPG this postseason is well above the 24 PPG he averaged in the regular season. It seems that the Thunder play their best when Westbrook and Durant share the spotlight and score evenly as opposed to one outscoring the other by a large margin. These two will have to continue to complement each others games if they want to take down the 2-seed in the West.
12 hours ago

Russell Westbrook scored 29 points (11-25 FGA, 6-8 FTA) going 1-for-6 from three-point range with seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block over 37 minutes in Monday's 98-97 win against the Spurs.

Although struggling from the three-point line, Westbrook certainly did his part in the Thunder's win in Game 2. After shooting 5-19 for 14 points in embarrassing Game 1 loss, he really stepped up to make sure Game 2 wasn't a repeat. Westbrook is shooting around 43% from the field and owns a 24.7 PPG and 10.7 APG average this postseason.
12 hours ago