DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr
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Warriors guard Steph Curry has resumed light shooting and movements on his injured right knee with the hopes that he will be ready for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against Portland.

The whole series will change when Curry returns, as he will put pressure on Portland's backcourt and open things up for Draymond Green. Shaun Livingston will start until Curry returns.
1 hour ago

Stephen Curry (knee) has a slim chance to play in Game 2.

It will be interesting to see if the result of Game 1 has any bearing on Curry's status for Game 2. That there is any chance at all could bode well for Curry to play later in the series, but that may depend on how long the series lasts. Shaun Livingston will continue to start with Curry out, while Leandro Barbosa will back him up.
3 hours ago

Spencer Hawes has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Sunday's game.

While this is good news from a depth standpoint for the Hornets the facts are that Hawes is not an impact player given his current role on the team and is not likely to see much playing time.
5 hours ago

Josh Richardson (shoulder) has been cleared to play Sunday.

This is great news for the Heat as Richardson was a spark plug off the bench for them in the second half of the season and at times even carried the offense when Wade needed the night off.
5 hours ago

Steven Adams scored nine points (4-7 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with 10 rebounds and one block over 25 minutes during the Thunder’s 124-92 loss against the Spurs.

Although the Thunder got destroyed on Saturday, Adams fell just one point shy of his second consecutive playoff double-double. Adams has also been more active on offense, taking more shots and everything. Adams could be a respectable DFS going forward. He's a cheap, solid DFS option. He'll see time on the floor and contribute in the rebounding category while he's improving offensively as well.
14 hours ago

Russell Westbrook scored 14 points (5-19 FGA, 4-4 FTA) with nine assists, two rebounds and two steals over 30 minutes during the Thunder’s 124-92 loss against the Spurs.

It was a brutal night for Westbrook missing five more shots than he had points. Maybe he should think about Mark Cuban’s comments some more prior to Game 2. It was Westbrook’s first playoff game this season in which he didn’t record a double-double. If the Thunder are going to upset the Spurs, they need both Kevin Durant and Westbrook to play four flawless games. Fantasy owners should expect something close to flawless for Westbrook in Game 2.
14 hours ago

Kevin Durant scored 16 points (6-15 FGA, 4-4 FTA) with right rebounds and six assists over 33 minutes during the Thunder’s 124-92 loss against the Spurs.

To put it nicely, Kevin Durant has not been good this postseason. As it has come to fruition more lately, Durant seems like a guy who always gets a pass when he and the Thunder don’t succeed. To put it simply, he needs to step up and play at the MVP level we’ve all grown accustomed to. He hasn’t reached 20 points twice in three games after scoring at least 20 in 63 consecutive games. It’s unacceptable. Fantasy owners can’t be happy either as there’s no way Durant is coming close to hitting his DFS value.
14 hours ago

Serge Ibaka scored 19 points (8-15 FGA) with two rebounds and one steal over 29 minutes during the Thunder’s 124-92 loss against the Spurs.

Ibaka was the most effective player on offense for the Thunder on Saturday. He scored a team-high 19 points but was only able to grab two rebounds. The insanely low number of rebounds was mostly because the Spurs didn’t miss from the field seemingly all night. The Spurs interior defense can be scored upon, especially with Ibaka’s ability to stretch the floor. This wasn’t a fluke and the Thunder are going to rely on him to score like this again.
14 hours ago

Tony Parker scored two points (1-3 FGA) with 12 assists and four rebounds over 27 minutes during the Spurs’ 124-92 victory against the Thunder.

The Spurs scored 124 points and Tony Parker only scored two of them. He did, however, dish out a game-high 12 assists. Parker was just finding his teammates constantly and they were doing the rest. Parker’s fallen to the Spurs third or fourth scoring option which absolutely kills any fantasy value he had. Parker’s 12 assists are a fluke and likely won’t happen again his entire postseason.
14 hours ago