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Zaza Pachulia is expected to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers on Thursday. Pachulia has been able to practice over the past week and should be starting in Game 1 and seeing his usual minutes. (Source: San Jose Mercury News)

Fantasy Impact: Pachulia isn't a fantasy asset in any format even with the starting nod. It should be one incredible series.

Jaylen Brown (hip) will play in Game 5 against the Cavaliers, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reports. Brown suffered a minor hip injury during Game 4's loss but was able to plan through the pain and he'll now suit up for what could be the Celtics final game of the season. (Source: A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown's playing time has been very inconsistent during the playoff run. The rookie is able to play some defense on Lebron James so he may see his share of the court as the Celtics fight off elimination.

Jae Crowder strained his left thigh in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, but he said after the game that he's "fine." Crowder finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four three-pointers in 40 minutes (Source: Jay King on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Crowder left the game and went to the locker room but was able to come back and play. Look for updates to see if he is able to practice on Wednesday which will be a good indicator whether or not he can play in Game 5 on Thursday.

Deron Williams will play in Game 4 despite suffering from an illness. Williams will continue to play a minimal role behind Kyrie Irving. (Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Deron Williams should remain off fantasy lineups unless something happened to Kyrie Irving.

Amir Johnson (shoulder) will go through shootaround and pre-game warmups with the intent of testing his shoulder up until the tipoff of Tuesday's Game 4 matchup against the Cavaliers, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports. (Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is a risky DFS play as his status will probably come down to game time. Even if he does play he will not see enough time to be effective.

Andre Iguodala will play in Game 4 against the Spurs despite suffering from a sore left knee. Iggy will return to his usual role behind Kevin Durant. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's another boost for Warriors as they look to sweep the Spurs without Kawhi Leonard. Iggy is a risky DFS play as game-flow could keep him out of the fourth quarter.

Kawhi Leonard has been officially ruled out for Game 4 against the Warriors. There's no surprises here as we expected him to miss Game 4. Jonathan Simmons will start again in his place. (Source: Paul Garcia on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Leonard out, Simmons, Kyle Anderson, and Manu Ginobili will all pick up minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge will be leaned on heavily to try to force a Game 5. Patty Mills and Pau Gasol also see a boost with Leonard out.

Marcus Smart will draw the start in Game 3 on Sunday against Cleveland as Isaiah Thomas is done for the season. Smart will see plenty of minutes along with Terry Rozier picking up minutes. (Source: A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Thomas out, Marcus, Rozier, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Al Horford will all see a boost in DFS lineups. Rozier is a sneaky DFS play for Game 3.

David Lee suffered a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee in Game 3's loss to the Warriors. Lee played only two minutes in Game 3 and finished with four points. With Lee out, Pau Gasol and David Bertans will see an uptick in minutes. (Source: Mike Wright on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Even with the team going with Kyle Anderson in the starting five and LaMarcus Aldridge at center, Pau Gasol should benefit the most with this news. David Bertans and Kyle Anderson also see a boost but are nothing more than flier DFS plays.

Isaiah Thomas (hip) will miss the remainder of the playoffs. Thomas initially injured his hip during the Celtics' March 15 tilt against the Timberwolves, which forced him to miss the following two games. He then further aggravated the injury during Game 6 of the team's series against the Wizards. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The way things are going for the Celtics there may only be a couple of games left to the season. Expect Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier to see a bump in minutes with Thomas out.

Kemba Walker undergoes a minor knee surgery according to the team. Walker's had three surgeries on his left knee over the past three seasons. Walker's health remains a concern headed into the off-season so the team may look to upgrade the backup point guard role which was held down by Ramon Sessions and Brian Roberts. (Source: Hornets PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Walker earned his first-time All-Star appearance this past season averaging a career-high 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.0 triples on 44.4 percent shooting. He's a solid second to third round pick in re-draft leagues next season.

Sam Dekker rolled his ankle in Game 6 against the Spurs. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: It doesn't seem to be a serious injury, but he will most likely need to take several weeks off to heal and rehab. Dekker has a promising future, but his upside is limited with Harden, Ariza, Lou Williams and Eric Gordon taking up all of the minutes.

Jonathan Simmons will start in Game 6 against the Rockets for the injured Kawhi Leonard. Simmons scored 12 points in Game 5 while also posting three steals. Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili figure to chip in more as well. (Source: Spurs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Simmons is worth a look as a cheap DFS play in Game 6 while LaMarcus Aldridge is shaping up as a must start. Pau Gasol and Patty Mills will be asked for more on the offensive end with Tony Parker also out.

Coach Brad Stevens confirmed Tuesday that Avery Bradley (hip) will play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Wizards, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports. (Source: Scott Souza on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is not too much of a surprise that Bradley will be playing in Game 5. The big question is whether or not he will be healthy enough to make a big impact. Bradley only scored five points on 2-for-9 shooting in Game 4 and look to be bothered by his hip injury. It may be wise to avoid Bradley in DFS as it could impact him again.

George Hill will not play in Game 4 against the Warriors on Monday. Hill's absence isn't good news for the Jazz who look to force a Game 5 without Hill. Shelvin Mack will start again in his place with Raul Neto and Dante Exum seeing more minutes. (Source: Tony Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shelvin Mack is a solid cheap DFS play who can be fired up in DFS lineups even against the Warriors. Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert benefit the most with Hill out again.

Nene is going to miss the rest of the postseason with a tear to his left adductor. (Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Nene out, look for Capela to play as many minutes as he can handle.

Kyle Lowry has been officially ruled out for Game 4 against the Cavaliers. Cory Joseph will start again in his place with Delon Wright seeing more minutes. (Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As usual, fire up DeMar DeRozen with confidence while Serge Ibaka, Cory Joseph, Delon Wright and DeMarre Carroll all see a boost with Lowry out.

Shelvin Mack will get the starting point guard nod in Game 2 as George Hill will miss the game due to a toe injury. Mack should see minutes as well as Dante Exum and Raul Neto along with Joe Johnson seeing more minutes. (Source: Tony Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is an excellent DFS play with George Hill out. Shelvin Mack is the preferred cheap punt play DFS owners can take a prayer on.

Tony Parker suffered a ruptured left quad tendon and will miss the rest of the season. This ends what could be his last season in the NBA but we won't know until the summer. Patty Mills is the next man up and Manu Ginobili expects to see more minutes. (Source: Spurs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mills is a solid DFS play whenever Tony Parker misses time. Dejounte Murray could be in the rotation as well but Mills is the preferred DFS play.

Stephen Curry will start and play in Game 2 despite a sore ankle that the team is saying is nothing to worry about. Curry scored 22 points in Game 1's win. (Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Get Curry in your lineup against the Jazz while Shaun Livingston will remain on the bench with Curry playing.