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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.

Category: Injury Updates

Kevin Love continues his strong play with his fourth double-double in a row against the Celtics with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Love added five assists, two blocks and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: Love is a solid DFS play against the Celtics but his output could take a hit against the Warriors again in the Finals.

Category: Game Recaps

LeBron James scores 34 points in Game 4's win over the Celtics on Tuesday. James shot 15-for-27 from the floor but 1-of-6 from three. James added six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block but committed five turnovers.

Fantasy Impact: James is a must start in DFS formats the rest of the season no matter the opponent.

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Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 42 points in a win over the Celtics in Game 4. Irving shot well from the floor going 15-of-22 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the line. Irving added four assists and three rebounds with three turnovers.

Fantasy Impact: Irving remains a solid DFS play and this game gets him back on track in terms of scoring. Get him in your lineups for likely the clinching Game 5 on Thursday.

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Avery Bradley contributed 19 points on 7-for-19 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, one three-pointer and two steals across 39 minutes during an 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: With Isaiah Thomas out for the remainder of the playoffs, the Celtics are turning to Bradley for their offense. He is struggling with his shot but is getting the opportunities. The team will need a big performance from the shooting guard in Game 5 and Bradley could be a solid play in DFS.

Category: Game Recaps

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.

Category: Injury Updates

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.

Category: Injury Updates

Kelly Olynyk will start in Game 4 as Amir Johnson will not play. Olynyk should see plenty of minutes starting in Game 4 against Kevin Love while Gerald Green should pick up more minutes as well. (Source: Mark Murphy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Amir Johnson and Isaiah Thomas out, Al Horford, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart benefit the most. Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk also see a boost. All five starters are solid DFS plays.

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.

Category: Injury Updates

Kevin Durant has a big Game 4

Tue, May 23rd 11:51am EDT
By Justin Grasso


Kevin Durant had a solid Game 4 as the Warriors beat the Spurs to advance to the Finals. He shot 10-for-13, scoring 29 points from the field. He also had 12 rebounds on defense to notch the double-double.

Fantasy Impact: Durant has been pretty big for the Warriors in the last three series. He should be a lock for DFS when the Finals come around. Durant has plenty of time to rest as the Warriors wait to see who they will play against in the championship.

Category: Game Recaps

Klay Thompson closed out the Western conference finals with a slow game. He scored 10 points off 13 shots. He also only had one assist with six rebounds.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson closed out the series struggling from the field. He is only averaging 13 points in the last five games, which is shocking for Thomson. Although his production didn’t affect the Warriors much, he will need to step it up for the Finals.

Category: Game Recaps

Draymond Green had a solid Game 4 as the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals. Green shot 5-for-10, scoring 16 points with eight assists. He also had eight rebounds and two steals on defense.

Fantasy Impact: Green had a pretty slow series against the Spurs but this shouldn’t worry anybody. This series has been fairly easy for the Warriors so Draymond did not have to go above and beyond. Expect him to be a good play for the Finals as they come back with a vengeance.

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Steph Curry had a big night as the Warriors swept the San Antonio Spurs to advance to the NBA Finals. He scored the game-high of 36 points. He had plenty of shooting opportunity, taking 13 three-pointers, draining five of them. He also collected six assists and five rebounds.

Fantasy Impact: Curry had an excellent playoff run so far. The Warriors opponent in the Finals will determine whether he is worth paying up for in Fantasy or not. Although he is hot, Cleveland seems to have his number since last seasons series went downhill.

Category: Game Recaps

Zaza Pachulia will not play in Game 4 and miss his second game in a row with a heel injury. JaVale McGee will start again in his place. (Source: John Dickinson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McGee can be a sneaky cheap DFS center whenever Pachulia is out. It's a boost for Draymond Green and Kevin Durant on the boards.

Category: Injury Updates

Paul Millsap has opted out of his player option for next season making him an unrestricted free agent. Millsap is free to sign with any team but a return to Atlanta isn't out of the question. Millsap is a candidate for a max deal in likely his final massive contract at age 32. (Source: Yahoo Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Millsap's fantasy value is unlikely to take a dip even in a new scenario. However, a move from Atlanta could make a slight impact but a positive impact for Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard.

Category: Transactions

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.

Category: Injury Updates

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.

Category: Injury Updates

J.R. Smith played well in Game 3, finally, scoring 13 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Smith shot 4-of-8 from three point land while dominating the two guard minutes with 33.

Fantasy Impact: Smith has now scored 13 points in two games this postseason while scoring less than 13 in every other game so far. Leave him off your DFS rosters.

Category: Game Recaps

Tristan Thompson stepped up in Game 3 but it wasn't enough as Avery Bradley made the game-winning jumper. Thompson finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds including seven offensive boards. Thompson added one assist and one block in 42 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson played the second most minutes of any player in Game 3 while also posting an impressive 12-of-15 from the line. Thompson remains a solid cheap DFS center play.

Category: Game Recaps

Jonas Jerebko scored 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting with five rebounds, one assist, two three-pointers and one block from 13 minutes in Sunday's 111-108 Game 3 win in Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: After four straight DNPs, Jerebko has played in the last two playoff games for the Celtics. He definitely made a difference for the team in Game 3 as he was a spark off the bench that helped the team come back. With injuries to the front court expect Jerebko to continue to see the court but he will not see enough minutes to make a huge impact.

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