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Robert Williams did not see any action during Friday's win over the Heat.


Sep 29   12:06 AM

Williams, who jumped Enes Kanter in the rotation during the second-round series against Toronto, has not played at all after getting a total of 23 minutes in the first two games against Miami. Kanter, who has taken back the backup center role from Williams, contributed eight points and four rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench Friday night. 


Kendrick Nunn and Meyers Leonard did not play at all in Friday's Game 5 loss to the Celtics. 


Sep 29   12:06 AM

Nunn, who joined the team in the bubble late after coming down with COVID-19 and had to leave during the postseason to attend to a personal matter, has not been much of a factor in Orlando. While he was a finalist for Rookie of the Year, the time away from the team has resulted in Nunn being passed by fellow rookie Tyler Herro in the Heat's perimeter pecking order. As for Leonard, he's pretty much been out of the rotation since the team arrived in Orlando, so his picking up another DNP-CD comes as no surprise. 


Jae Crowder shot 0-of-6 from three in Friday’s loss to the Celtics, finishing with 14 points (5-of-12 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), six rebounds, three assists and one block in 33 minutes. 


Sep 29   12:06 AM

Crowder had a good night inside of the arc, making five of his six attempts, but he was ice-cold from deep. After going 5-of-9 from deep in Game 1 he’s struggled, shooting a combined 6-of-33 in the four games since (1-of-13 in Games 4 and 5). Crowder is capable of being a solid points and 3-pointers option, but he’s in a bit of a funk right now. 


Bam Adebayo blamed himself for Miami's Game 5 loss to the Celtics on Friday.


Sep 29   12:06 AM

“I played like sh*t — bottom line — [and] I can’t,” said Adebayo. "I’ll put that game on me. It’s not my teammates’ fault. It’s not my coaches’ fault. It’s me. I missed too many shots I should have made… I wasn’t being the defensive anchor I should’ve been. I don’t think I was communicating fast enough. I feel like I was a step behind today. I wasn’t a difference-maker today. I didn’t get us into fast enough triggers. That’s on me.” Bam didn't have his best game, but it wasn't all on him, with Miami having their worst 3-point shooting performance in playoff franchise history. They'll have another opportunity to right the ship in Game 6 on Sunday.


Trae Young said he hates the narrative that he's "all about stats," and he'll do everything he can to elevate his team to the playoffs next season.


Sep 29   12:06 AM

“To be honest, for me personally, I always strive for more," Young said. "I know the position I’m in; some people would say, they’d be happy just being an All-Star starter in their second year or top five in points and assists, they would say they’re happy about that and go on and live happy, but for me I always want more." Young has talked a lot this offseason about improving defensively and taking the next step as a team next season, and given that he plays in the Eastern Conference, it's not entirely unrealistic to think they could see a postseason berth next year. As for Trae, he'll be an easy top-15 pick on draft day.


Zach LaVine is excited to get to work with new head coach Billy Donovan. 


Sep 28   12:49 PM

“I was extremely happy,” LaVine said of the hire. “Somebody with his track record not just in the NBA but in college as well, a whole ton of players who are proven saying how great of a guy he is and how good of a coach he is. People like me, when you want to be great, you want to be coached extremely well." LaVine is one of several Bulls who will get an inevitable bump with former coach Jim Boylen exiled, and with how open the bottom of the East is we could see Chicago making it to the playoffs if some of their young guys like Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White make a leap. LaVine was a top-40 player in 9-cat on a per-game basis and is a safe bet to have another strong campaign in his age-25 season.


In his first interview since his February suspension, Malik Monk said he's solid now, both mentally and physically. 


Sep 28   10:57 AM

“I’m in a great place with my mind and my body," Monk said. "The responsibility now is even bigger for me to stay like this, instead of swerving off a little bit.” Monk was having the best stretch of his career before the suspension, and it's well known that GM Mitch Kupchak is a fan -- he has repeatedly called Monk Charlotte's most talented player. Monk put on some muscle which helped him get to the rim more often, so if has some positive regression with his 3-point shooting he could make some noise in the final year of his rookie contract. 


Vince Poirier, Tremont Waters, Tacko Fall and Romeo Langford are inactive for Friday's game vs. the Heat.


Sep 28   12:09 AM

None have factored into the Celtics rotation during the team's postseason run, with Langford playing sparingly before suffering a hip injury. As a result none of these absences will have an impact fantasy-wise. Poirier, who left the bubble for a short period to be present for the birth of his child earlier in the postseason, did not play much in the seeding games either. 


Jaylen Brown played 39 minutes in Friday’s win over the Heat, tallying 28 points (12-of-23 FGs), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers. 


Sep 28   12:09 AM

After being limited to 17 points in Boston’s Game 1 loss, Brown has now scored 21 or more in each of the last four. He’s been arguably the Celtics’ most consistent scorer in this series, and that’s one reason why they remain alive. Looking ahead to next season Brown may not be a first-round pick in standard formats, but he shouldn’t be far off that status. 


John Collins made 100 consecutive free throws at the end of Sunday's practice.


Sep 27   11:10 PM

Collins' free-throw percentage has improved each year in the NBA. He hit 71.5% as a rookie, 76.3% in his second season, and 80.0% in 2019-20. He's already exceptional from a FG% perspective, and ramped up his contributing stats last year with 1.4 triples (on 40.1% from deep), 1.6 blocks and 0.8 steals. He's a fantasy star in the making.


Marcus Smart scored 20 points during the Celtics' 125-113 Game 6 defeat on Sunday.


Sep 27   10:50 PM

Smart opened the game 4-of-5 from deep, then went ice cold with zero makes on his final eight attempts from deep. His defensive impact is unimpeachable, but he'll need to be a more consistent scoring threat to push Boston to the next level in 2020-21. He hit 2.3 triples this year, so there's hope, but he also shot 38.0% from the field overall.


Jaylen Brown tweaked his left ankle on Sunday, but kept playing to finish with a team-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 40 minutes. 


Sep 27   10:33 PM

Brown was undercut by Jimmy Butler on a layup attempt. No foul was called, but it was an obvious violation -- the good news is that Brown looked OK despite the collision. He's an emerging star who will cost fantasy managers a pick in the 30-40 range next season. Given that the Celtics are off until the start of 2020-21, there's no need to put Brown on the injury report.


Malik Beasley was arrested Saturday night on charges of marijuana possession and receiving and concealing stolen property, as first reported by The Athletic. 


Sep 27   3:21 PM

Per the report Beasley remains in custody without bail at the Hennepin County Jail until he has the opportunity to see a judge, which could take up to 24 hours according to The Athletic. Per the report, police had received multiple trespassing complaints on Beasley's home in the past. Due to be a restricted free agent at season's end, Beasley has been participating in the Timberwolves minicamp and team president Gersson Rosas has said in the past that he would like to re-sign both Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez. 


Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders described Jake Layman as a "plug and play type of guy" during his press conference on Sunday. 


Sep 27   2:11 PM

"I found out that he is a plug and play type of guy," Saunders said when asked about Layman. "He is not going to complain about a role. He is a guy who can provide versatility and he is a team-first type of player and you need that." Layman missed much of this season with a left toe injury, appearing in 23 games (two starts) and posting averages of 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers in 22.0 minutes per contest. How valuable he is fantasy-wise next season will hinge upon what happens with Juancho Hernangomez, who will be a restricted free agent this offseason. Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas has said in the past that he hopes to bring Hernangomez back, and that would hurt Layman's fantasy prospects even with his ability to fill a variety of roles. 


Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics. 


Sep 27   11:36 AM

Vincent has been slowed by right knee and right shoulder ailments in the postseason, and he's once again listed as questionable. He was made inactive for Game 5, and that will likely be the case for Game 6 as well. Even when healthy Vincent was not an integral part of the Heat rotation, so his status won't have an impact fantasy-wise.


Nikola Jokic was limited to 30 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Lakers, posting a line of 20 points (9-of-16 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.


Sep 27   12:36 AM

Jokic picked up two fouls within the first six minutes of Game 5, remaining on the bench for the rest of the quarter as a result. And he would only play eight minutes in the first half due to the foul trouble, which once again limited his impact. Jokic will undoubtedly have first-round value in all formats next season, but he’ll need to get better at avoiding silly fouls. Jamal Murray added 19 points, four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 43 minutes, with a sore right knee giving him some trouble in the second half.


Michael Porter Jr. tallied 10 points (4-of-7 FGs), two rebounds, and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes Saturday vs. the Lakers.


Sep 27   12:36 AM

Porter Jr. reached double figures in four of the five games in the Western Conference Finals, including a 15-point effort in Denver’s Game 2 loss to the Lakers. There’s a lot to build on for the rookie, especially on the offensive end of the floor, heading into next season. Porter Jr. should be a mid-round pick in most formats next season, with his willingness to improve as a defender and Jerami Grant's status (he can opt out and become a free agent) set to impact his ceiling. Monte Morris also played well off the bench Saturday, as he accounted for 10 points, two rebounds and seven assists in 28 minutes.


Alex Caruso tallied 11 points (5-of-7 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one blocked shot in 26 minutes Saturday vs. Denver.


Sep 27   12:18 AM

Caruso has been a key contributor off the bench throughout the Lakers’ run, which will continue on into the NBA Finals. The return of Rajon Rondo, who finished with eight points, three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 13 minutes, was certainly a key but “AC Fresh” should not be overlooked either. Three Lakers reserves scored at least eight points in Game 5, with Kyle Kuzma adding eight points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes. Caruso will be key in the Finals, as both the Celtics and Heat favor smaller rotations chock full of guys who can make plays on the perimeter.


Jerami Grant played 46 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Lakers, accounting for 20 points (7-of-18 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.


Sep 27   12:18 AM

Grant emerged as one of Denver’s indispensable players in the Western Conference Finals, due to the combination of his stellar play and Nikola Jokic’s failure to stay out of early foul trouble. Grant scored 17 points or more in each of the last three games of the series, a good way for him to head into the offseason. It’s worth noting that he has a player option for next season, and this playoff run has likely helped Grant on the market were he to go the free agency route.


Trae Young said he hates the narrative that he's "all about stats," and he'll do everything he can to elevate his team to the playoffs next season.


Sep 26   1:23 PM

“To be honest, for me personally, I always strive for more," Young said. "I know the position I’m in; some people would say, they’d be happy just being an All-Star starter in their second year or top five in points and assists, they would say they’re happy about that and go on and live happy, but for me I always want more." Young has talked a lot this offseason about improving defensively and taking the next step as a team next season, and given that he plays in the Eastern Conference, it's not entirely unrealistic to think they could see a postseason berth next year. As for Trae, he'll be an easy top-15 pick on draft day.


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