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Stephen Curry scored 33 points in 37 minutes while shooting 13-21 from the field, including 5-11 from three and added three rebounds, six assists and a steal in the Warriors' 99-98 game two win against the Rockets.

Fantasy Impact: Curry posted similar numbers in game two that he did in the series opener. Daily players should expect to see a similar stat line in game three Saturday night. The Rockets do not seem to have an answer for the MVP.

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Kyrie Irving was named to the All-NBA third team on Thursday evening. It's the first the the three-time All Star has made an All-NBA team. (Source: Akron Beacon Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Irving has struggled with nagging injuries during the playoffs but had a terrific regular season.

LeBron James was selected to the All-NBA first team for the eighth straight season and ninth time overall. James averaged 25.3 points and 7.4 assists per game. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: James will continue to be a high first round pick in all fantasy basketball leagues.

J.R. Smith was on fire during Cleveland's 97-89 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Smith shot 8-12 from three and added eight rebounds, three assists and a steal to go along with his 28 points.

Fantasy Impact: With Kyrie Irving ailing Smith will continue to get heavy minutes and shot opportunities against Atlanta. The Cavs need to have another scorer to go along with LeBron James and Smith should be that guy. Smith has shot well during the playoffs and is a must add in daily leagues until he cools off.

Category: Game Recaps

When Rockets head coach Kevin McHale was asked about Dwight Howard's status for Game 2 against the Warriors, McHale said, "He moved through about half shootaround. He had a brace on. We'll see tonight." (Source: Fran Blinebury on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This has the makings of a game-time decision written all over it. It was revealed by ESPN reporter Chris Broussard on Wednesday that Howard's MRI results displayed a left knee sprain, instead of just a bruise. Howard is still hopeful to play after saying his injury was minor. Even if he misses this game, he shouldn't be out for too long. If Howard sits, Clint Capela will play major minutes, while Terrance Jones will get more time at center.

Category: Injury Updates

Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic successfully underwent surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday to fix a partially torn left patellar tendon. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Nurkic was selected to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team after starting 27 games and averaging 6.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 62 appearances.

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When Doc Rivers was asked about whether the Clippers will offer DeAndre Jordan a max deal, Rivers replied, "Yeah, I think I can say that." (Source: Arash Markazi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is likely the only way the Clippers can get Jordan to stay. The Mavericks are still in the picture for his services, but they can't offer him a five-year, $109 million deal like the Clippers can. The most any other team can offer him is a four-year, $81 million deal. Despite the poor free-throw shooting and lack of a jumper, his elite dunking and offensive rebounding make him worth every penny of a max deal. He's arguably the league's best combination of those two skills, and the Clippers have no championship hopes without him. If Jordan signed a four-year max deal somewhere else, he'd be 30 when he becomes a free agent in 2019-20. His age would likely doom him from getting the nearly $25 million the Clippers would owe him that year if he signed a five-year max contract with Los Angeles. If Jordan wants to leave, then he will, even if he's sacrificing some money and job security in the process. That won't stop the organization from playing their five-year max deal trump card, though.

The 15-year pro enjoyed a career season in Chicago after signing with the Bulls this past off-season. He averaged 34.4 minutes, 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds — a career-high. On Thursday, he was named to the all-NBA second team. (Source: Sun-Times)

Fantasy Impact: This is his third all-NBA nomination and the fifth season where he was named an All-Star. Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Lamarcus Aldridge and DeMarcus Cousins all were named to the second-team with Gasol. Gasol will turn 35 in July, but don't expect him to slow down anytime soon. He is worth the investment in 15'.

DeMarcus Cousins was named to the second team All-NBA, an honor that is bestowed on the best players in the league. (Source: Jason Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cousins is finally getting some recognition in Sacramento. He is one, if not the best big man in the league. He will be a first round pick in drafts next year.

Al Horford 8-of-12 from the floor and added seven rebounds in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals. He finished with 16 points in 38 minutes in a losing effort.

Fantasy Impact: Horford is shooting nearly 56 percent from the floor over the past five games. While shooting the ball well, look for Horford to be more active on the boards for the Hawks to rebound in the second game of the series.

Category: Game Recaps

The Atlanta Hawks lost the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals, 97-89. Paul Millsap, who has been leading the way for the Hawks, shot just 3-of-11 from the floor and finished with 13 points. He had seven rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Millsap is shooting just 10-of-31 over the past two games, although is averaging 15.7 points and nine rebounds in 35.4 minutes per game this post season. Expect him to bounce back in the second game of the series.

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The Atlanta Hawks fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, 97-89. Jeff Teague lead the Hawks with 27 points in a losing effort. Teague shot 11-of-24 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He added four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Fantasy Impact: Teague has scored over 20 points in three of the past four games. He's averaging 15.3 points and 7.4 assists this post season, despite shooting just 39.9 percent from the floor.

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John Wall was named to NBA's All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday. Wall averaged 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 4.4 rebounds per game in the regular season. (Source: The Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Wall's defense has improved steadily throughout his career and he gave Kyle Lowry a hard time this postseason in the first round sweep. Wall's tenacious approach to the game makes him an exhilarating player to watch and an elite fantasy option.

According to Fox Sports' reporter Bill Reiter, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul had a falling out during the season that may push Jordan to a different team during free agency. (Source: Fox Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The beef was supposedly about Paul getting on Jordan's nerves about what Paul perceived to be a lack of commitment by Jordan to improve his free throw shooting and not working with the Clippers' shooting coach enough. It's hard to say whether there's any truth to this or not, but Paul has built up a reputation for wearing out his Clippers' teammates with his extreme passion for winning. Regardless, it does seem that the Mavericks have just as good a shot at landing DeAndre Jordan as the Clippers do. Stay tuned.

Category: Rumors

Patrick Beverley will reportedly miss the Western Conference finals because he does not have the mobility and strength in his wrist yet. (Source: Yahoo Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Rockets coach Kevin McHale had already made it clear that Beverley would not return against the Warriors, but Beverley didn't stop trying to return. He had surgery on March 31 on his left wrist to repair a torn ligament with a full recovery time of four months. His wrist is nowhere near the condition it needs to be in for Beverley to step onto the court. Even if the Rockets advance to the finals, it'll be unlikely we see Beverley again until next season. Pablo Prigioni and Jason Terry will have their hands full trying to guard the NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

Category: Injury Updates

Marreese Speights (calf strain) will likely sit out Games 2-5 and may only play in the Western Conference Finals if the series reaches Game 6 or 7. (Source: Rusty Simmons on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He missed Tuesday's series opener and will likely sit during the entire third round. David Lee and Festus Ezeli will be the main beneficiaries in his absence.

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Last week, Hassan Whiteside mentioned he wanted to "really work on free throws a lot more" when he was asked about his offseason point of emphasis. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: With more teams shamelessly implementing the Hack-A-Shaq as a gameplan tactic, Whiteside understandably wouldn't want to be the person to put the Heat in a bind next season because of his poor free throw shooting. His 62.8 percent shooting from the floor was good for fifth-best in the NBA, but his 50 percent free throw shooting was the 11th worst figure among players who played at least 41 games. He did manage to finish fourth in the Most Improved Player of the Year voting despite not playing much the first couple of months.

Josh Smith finished Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals with 17 points (6-16 FG, 2-6 3PT, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

Fantasy Impact: By now, we know the type of performance Josh Smith can put up on a night-by-night basis. Smith isn't a great shooter, but he has the ability to rebound, block shots and toss out a few assists here and there. Smith's inconsistent shooting is his downfall, but he has the ability to fill up the box score elsewhere.

Category: Game Recaps

Ariza posted 20 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 34 minutes of action in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ariza had been playing some of his best basketball of late and Monday was no exception. The Houston Rockets versatile wingman doesn't have the skill set of a James Harden, but he remains the best scoring option behind Harden and Dwight Howard. Look for Ariza's strong play to continue in Game 2.

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Harden grazed a triple-double in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors, posting 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, and four steals in 42 minutes of action. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Harden was sensation in the first game of the Western Conference Finals. The runner-up for the MVP carried the Houston Rockets when Dwight Howard left the game and completely took over in the fourth quarter, despite the loss. He may not shoot this well from the field every game, but Harden remains an elite option in this series.

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