2017 NBA Draft Results & Analysis

Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton (illness) is probable for Thursday's Game 6 against the Raptors after not practicing Wednesday while back home recovering, Stephen Watson of WISN 12 News reports.

While battling an illness, which was determined to be just a sore throat, during Monday's Game 5, Middleton provided eight points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, five steals and three rebounds across 36 minutes. Though the illness seems fairly minor, the Bucks likely don't want to take a chance of him making things worse by exerting himself too much during practice, and have ultimately opted to let him stay home to rest and recover. He should be considered probable for Thursday's tilt, with more information on his status likely coming after the team's morning shootaround. Though, with the Bucks facing elimination, there seems to be little reason for Middleton to sit out unless he faces a severe, unexpected setback.
1:09 pm (EST)
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) will not play during Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Though Rondo was preparing an attempt to play in Game 5, he's ultimately been ruled out after going through his own individual practice session, which seemingly didn't pan out the way that the Bulls and Rondo hoped. He also had another X-ray Tuesday night, which revealed no changes. That being said, the fact that he put up shots and was able to participate in an individual practice session is a reason for optimism for a Game 6 or 7 return, depending on how the series swings.
11:15 am (EST)
Gordon Hayward Headshot

Hayward (illness) registered a team-high 27 points (9-16 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and two steals across 41 minutes in Tuesday's 96-92 win over the Clippers in Game 5 of the series.

Hayward returned with a vengeance after a bout of food poisoning resulted in him playing just nine minutes in Game 4. In addition to clearing 40 minutes for the third time in the series, Hayward paced the Jazz scoring attack and was able to capitalize on the open looks he received early in the contest. While Hayward indicated after the game that he was still a little weak coming back from the illness, it certainly didn't show in his numbers, which have been outstanding throughout the entire first round, save for Game 4. He should be in store for another hefty workload as the Jazz look to close out the series in Utah on Friday.
10:46 am (EST)
Rudy Gobert Headshot

Gobert played 36 minutes Tuesday in a 96-92 win over the Clippers in Game 5 of the series, tallying 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 FT), 11 rebounds, five steals, two blocks and one assist.

The Jazz eased Gobert back into action by playing him only 24 minutes in Game 4 following a two-game absence due to a hyperextended knee, but he faced no restrictions Tuesday. The towering center made up for his lack of sharpness from the field by focusing his efforts on the defensive end, where he was able to wreak havoc in the passing lanes. The five steals were two more than his previous high on the season.
10:38 am (EST)
Boris Diaw Headshot

Diaw scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt) and added three assists across 14 minutes Tuesday in a 96-92 win over the Clippers in Game 5 of the series.

With Rudy Gobert (knee) back in action for the last two games, the Jazz have decreased their reliance on Diaw, who had seen 20-plus minutes in the first three contests of the series. Diaw is still starting at power forward, but the production he offered in Game 5 is probably going to be his ceiling most nights unless he sees his playing time trend upward again.
10:35 am (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul generated 28 points (10-19 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine assists, four rebounds and one steal across 38 minutes Tuesday in a 96-92 loss to the Jazz in Game 5 of the series.

Paul's hot shooting from three-point range in the fourth quarter nearly allowed the Clippers to score a comeback victory, but the Jazz converted on some key plays down the stretch to take a 3-2 series lead. The point guard failed to record a double-double for the first time all series, but he's still averaging 27.0 points (on 53.1% shooting), 10.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 2.0 steals in 36.4 minutes per game over the five contests, all of which match or surpass his regular-season numbers.
10:31 am (EST)
J.J. Redick Headshot

Redick tallied 26 points (7-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 9-10 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 34 minutes in Tuesday's 96-92 loss to the Jazz in Game 5 of the series.

After shooting just 34.5 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from three-point range over the first four games of the series, Redick finally had the breakout game the Clippers had been waiting on. Redick was a central figure in the Clippers' fourth-quarter comeback that ultimately fell short, spearheading an 11-0 run that included five consecutive free throws from the sharpshooter. The 32-year-old should continue to enjoy extensive minutes in Friday's Game 6 with the Jazz needing all the offensive firepower they can get with Blake Griffin (toe) shut down for the rest of the postseason.
10:28 am (EST)
Austin Rivers Headshot

Rivers (hamstring) provided two points (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 18 minutes in Tuesday's 96-92 loss to the Jazz in Game 5 of the series.

Playing for the first time in nearly a month after suffering a left hamstring strain, Rivers struggled to make an impact during his time on the court, contributing as many turnovers (two) as points. Rivers will likely see his minutes pick up a bit during Friday's Game 6 in Utah, but with Chris Paul and J.J. Redick both in line to see hefty usage and playing time, it's unlikely that Rivers will be asked to take on a major role offensively.
10:22 am (EST)
Patrick Beverley Headshot

Beverley scored 15 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's Game 5 105-99 win over the Thunder.

After starting the series with two good offensive games, Beverley struggled with his shot in Games 3 and 4. He went a combined 2-19 (10.5%) from the floor in the contests, scoring a total of just seven points. He recovered in Game 5, outscoring the combination of all three of the other starters not named James Harden. Whether the Rockets face the Spurs or the Grizzlies in the next round, Beverley's defensive assignment will be easier than Russell Westbrook, the league leader in scoring.
1:55 am (EST)
Lou Williams Headshot

Williams scored 22 points (7-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and added five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes during Tuesday's Game 5 105-99 win over the Thunder.

Williams was the Rockets' second leading scorer on a night when James Harden struggled to connect from anywhere other than the free-throw line. Williams has played at least 30 minutes in three games straight, and has scored double-digit points in every game during the playoffs. As long as his minutes stay elevated, he is a strong option in daily formats.
1:46 am (EST)
James Harden Headshot

Harden scored 34 points (8-25 FG, 2-13 3Pt, 16-17 FT) and added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 38 minutes during Tuesday's Game 5 105-99 win over the Thunder.

Harden rolled his ankle in Game 3, but has played through the pain and not missed a game. The injury appears to have impacted his shooting, as he is a combined 13-41 (31.7%) from the field and 2-20 (10.0%) from behind the arc over the two games since the injury. Though his efficiency has suffered, he has continued rebounding and assisting at a high level. Until his ankle is healed, DFS players should consider his injury before using him.
1:40 am (EST)
Russell Westbrook Headshot

Westbrook scored 47 points (15-34 FG, 5-18 3Pt, 12-17 FT) and added 11 rebounds and nine assists in 42 minutes during Tuesday's 105-99 loss to the Rockets in Game 5.

Westbrook closed his record-setting season with another box score that would look like a typo next to anyone else's name. It's hard to imagine Westbrook will be able to recreate his unprecedented 2016-17 production next season. The Thunder will have an entire offseason to build around him - most of the current team was structured around the combination of Westbrook and Durant. Offseason personnel moves may help the Thunder, but they will probably lead to Westbrook carrying a smaller load.
1:30 am (EST)
LaMarcus Aldridge Headshot

Aldridge totaled 12 points (5-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 38 minutes during a 116-103 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Aldridge scored below 20 points for the fourth straight game as he nearly missed out on his second double-double of the series. He has posted fairly average numbers so far in the team's first round series, despite averaging 36.4 minutes per game, with averages of 14.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting and 6.4 rebounds per game.
12:22 am (EST)
Patty Mills Headshot

Mills produced 20 points (7-10 FG, 5-7 3PT, 1-1 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 22 minutes during a 116-103 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Mills had by far his best game of the series, as Game 5 marked the first game this series in which he has scored more than 11 points. He knocked in five three-pointers, and was the team's second-leading scorer behind Kawhi Leonard. Mills is usually a fairly streaky player, but we'll see if he can follow up this effort with another good one in potential close-out game.
12:21 am (EST)
Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol posted 17 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-5 FT), seven assists and five rebounds across 41 minutes during a 116-103 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.

Gasol scored less than 20 points for the third time in five games so far in the series as he attempted 12 field goal attempts for the second consecutive outing. The seven assists marked a team high and his best total of the series so far. With the team facing a must-win situation now, it wouldn't be surprising to see Gasol get a bit more aggressive on the offensive end.
12:20 am (EST)
Mike Conley Headshot

Conley totaled 26 points (10-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six assists, four steals, two rebounds and one block across 35 minutes during a 116-103 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.

Conley kept up his torrid pace in the series as his 26 points were a team high. Tuesday's game marked the fourth consecutive game in the series that he has scored at least 24 points. His four steals were the most he's had so far in the series. Conley's offense is superb right now, as he's averaging 24.4 points per game in the series on 50.6 percent shooting.
12:20 am (EST)
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) is "preparing to attempt to play" in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Rondo was able to get some shots up at Tuesday's practice, but coach Fred Hoiberg reiterated that the Kentucky product would still miss Game 5. However, it appears the veteran guard has different plans, as he is preparing as though he will give it a go Wednesday. A final decision on his status is unlikely to be determined until closer to tip-off. If he does take the court, he figures to be limited in what he can provide offensively. If he does not, the Bulls would presumably give Isaiah Canaan another starting opportunity.
Yesterday 9:33 pm (EST)
Dewayne Dedmon Headshot

Dedmon (illness) will come off the bench for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Grizzlies, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.

Dedmon has been a fixture in the Spurs' starting lineup throughout the later stages of the season, but a recent illness kept him out of Game 4 of the Spurs' first round series on Saturday. David Lee drew the start in his place, posting eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes, and will remain with the top unit during Game 5 despite Dedmon being available. That said, with both players active, they'll likely be in a timeshare, which could mean a decrease in playing time all around, thus hurting their overall fantasy value.
Yesterday 7:23 pm (EST)
Festus Ezeli Headshot

Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said Ezeli's contract for the 2017-18 season won't be guaranteed, making him an unrestricted free agent, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Ezeli was expected to bring the Trail Blazers a much-needed defensive presence in the frontcourt this past season, but a previous left knee injury continued to hamper his availability to take the court. Despite originally expecting to miss just six weeks after receiving a pain injection early in year, Ezeli eventually suffered a setback in his rehab and would go on to miss the entire 2016-17 campaign, finishing with yet another season-ending surgery in March. With a non-guaranteed $7.73 million contract for next season on tap, GM Neil Olshey wasted no time making the decision to drop him, as just a day after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors, he announced the team wouldn't keep Ezeli around. Ezeli will be an unrestricted free agent and can sign with anyone, although his most recent knee surgery could hold him out for a good chunk of the 2017-18 season as well, which will likely keep most teams away for the time being.
Yesterday 6:12 pm (EST)
Diamond Stone Headshot

Stone (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.

Stone has been out since mid-February with a bone bruise in his left knee and he's highly unlikely to return to the lineup at any point during the playoffs. That said, he hasn't officially been ruled out for the rest of the postseason, so look for Stone's status to continue to be updated on a game-to-game basis. Even if cleared, he'd just be an emergency depth option off the bench.
Yesterday 5:41 pm (EST)
Jusuf Nurkic Headshot

Nurkic (leg) believes his fracture will take 2-3 months to fully heal, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

While the word is coming from Nurkic rather than official team doctor, it's the best indication of a recovery time that has been noted at the moment. By his estimate, the earliest his leg could be fully healed is late June or early July. Thankfully for him and the team, that timetable will probably still leave him with ample opportunity in the offseason to improve his body and his game before the start of training camp next season. Those thinking about drafting him in fantasy next season shouldn't have any reason to be concerned about the status of his leg, unless he encounters a setback during his rehabilitation.
Yesterday 4:14 pm (EST)
Ian Mahinmi Headshot

Mahinmi (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against Atlanta, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

Mahinmi stated earlier Tuesday that he expects to return before the end of Washington's first round series, but coach Scott Brooks quickly shut down any speculation that the big man could be back for Game 5. Mahinmi is yet to participate in practices or shootarounds, so until that happens he'll likely remain in street clothes. Brooks called Mahimni doubtful for Friday's Game 6, but further details should emerge later in the week.
Yesterday 2:38 pm (EST)
Ian Mahinmi Headshot

Mahinmi (calf) is expected to return during the first-round series against the Hawks but has yet to practice, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

The backup center is ahead of schedule in his recovery from strained calf but has to pass certain physical challenges before returning to the rotation. His absence from practice thus far makes a comeback for Wednesday's Game 5 seem skeptical, but look for official updates to come after Wednesday morning shootaround. Should he be ruled out, expect Jason Smith to continue backing up starter Marcin Gortat.
Yesterday 2:22 pm (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown did not participate in Tuesday's practice due to an illness, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

No official word regarding his status for Wednesday's Game 5 has been announced, but Brown should likely be considered questionable for the contest due to the illness that caused him to miss Tuesday's practice. That being said, he's played a combined two minutes over Games 3 and 4, so his availability for Wednesday likely won't have too much impact on the fantasy forecast.
Yesterday 1:02 pm (EST)
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