DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr
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Valanciunas is dealing with an abdominal injury but is expected to play in Game 2.

The news of the injury is news to us as he went for a huge 24-14 double-double in Game 1 and played more than his typical workload. So this doesn't sound like a terribly serious issue for him and Thursday should be another big night for him as the Heat didn't seem to have anyone that could matchup with him despite having Hassan Whiteside on the floor. More updates should come after morning shootaround on Thursday but Valanciunas should be a full go.
4 hours ago

J.B. Bickerstaff pulled himself from consideration for the Rockets' head coaching job.

Bickerstaff served as the interim coach after the team let Kevin McHale walk. The Rockets are in the market for a coach but Bickerstaff is withdrawing his name. Can you really blame for him not wanting to coach this team next season?
5 hours ago

Lakers want to try to trade for Paul George this summer.

Will the Pacers go for this? Who knows, but the Lakers desperately need some firepower on offense. The Kobe Bryant era is now over in Los Angeles, but perhaps George could be the next star to run through the Lakers organization.
6 hours ago

Mike D'Antoni is interviewing for the Rockets head coaching job this week.

The Rockets are looking for a coach and D'Antoni is trying to be the next head honcho in Houston. James Harden is going to have a lot of say in the decision, but hopefully the Rockets bring in a guy who can stress the importance of defense.
6 hours ago

Jae Crowder has bone bruise in his foot that will not require surgery.

Crowder dealt with a foot/ankle injury most of the rest of the season, but he still managed to play in 12 of the team's final 13 games. He wasn't the same player after the injury, but he is expected to be completely healthy for next season. He averaged 14.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this past season.
7 hours ago

Mario Chalmers (Achilles) is walking without crutches.

This is a great sign, however it doesn't change the fact that he is still likely to miss all of next season. Achilles injuries are no joke, so he should take all the time he needs in order to heal properly.
9 hours ago

Chris Bosh will not return during the 2016 NBA playoffs.

There has been disagreement between Bosh and the Heat about the seriousness of his blood clots. Last night, news came out that the Players Association wanted to meet with the Heat, but the Heat seem to have stood firm and Bosh will not suit up for them until next season.
11 hours ago

Hassan Whiteside (knee strain) received treatment and went through walk through on Wednesday.

Whiteside hurt his knee early in the first quarter of Game 1 but was able to return and give the Heat an effective 39 minutes. Whitened will undoubtedly suit up for Game 2 for the Heat. Whiteside's return to action after straining his knee definitely showed teams that will show interest in him this offseason that he's taken leaps and bounds as a player.
13 hours ago

Dwyane Wade (knee bruise) received treatment and went through walk through on Wednesday.

We've seen Dwyane Wade play through worse during the regular season so there's no doubt in anyone's mind he'll be ready to go for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Raptors. Wade scored 24 points in the Heat Game 1 overtime victory. Wade has had an outstanding playoff run up until this point and it doesn't seem like that's going to change anytime soon with Wade's ability to get by anyone Toronto decides to put him up against.
13 hours ago

Kelly Olynyk is expected to let the Celtics know if he will have surgery on his shoulder within the next week or so.

Down the stretch of the year Olynyk was banged up and barely was able to play in Boston's first-round playoff matchup against the Hawks. He played 32 minutes total over six games to be exact. Olynyk had a rollercoaster season but did do some really nice things. The seven-footer shot 40-percent from beyond the arc which was a career-high. He's irrelevant in fantasy basketball going forward whether or not he has shoulder surgery or not.
16 hours ago