Description: Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic will likely not receive enough playing time to remain fantasy relevant in the second round versus the Cavaliers.
Insight: Mirotic only played two minutes in Game 1 on Monday, and head coach Tom Thibodeau said Mirotic will be a "situational player" in the series according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Based on that statement and Game 1, Mirotic will likely not be in the rotation for the Bulls in the series and therefore will not be fantasy relevant.
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler had 20 points, six assists and five rebounds in the, 99-92, victory over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday.
Insight: Butler iced the game with a 14-foot jumper off the glass to put the Bulls ahead by six with 30 seconds remaining. Butler is averaging 24.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.5 spg and 0.8 bpg this postseason.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James didn't score enough in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus the Bulls.
Insight: James was just 9-for-22 from the field, including 0-for-3 from the 3-point line and finished with 19 points. He did have 15 rebounds and nine assists, so fantasy owners must be pleased with the near triple-double, but it is clear after Game 1 that the Bulls have a much deeper team than the Cavaliers. James will have to be at his very best if Cleveland is going to advance. Chicago leads the series, 1-0.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin has a great chance for a big night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals versus the Rockets.
Insight: That's because Chris Paul is not going to play due to his hamtring injury. Griffin had a triple-double in Game 7 versus the Spurs, and without Paul, he should post huge numbers. He will have to if Los Angeles is going to win.
Description: Warriors forward Draymond Green hit four 3-pointers in the, 101-86, victory over the Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday.
Insight: As always, Green did a little bit of everything on Sunday. He was 5-for-11 from the field, shooting 50 percent from downtown. He had five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Green was also 2-for-2 at the line. The Warriors lead the series, 1-0.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin recorded a triple-double during Saturday's Game 7 win over the Spurs.
Insight: Griffin stepped up when he needed to, with Chris Paul hampered by a hamstring injury. He finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, and shot 7-of-14 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line.
Description: Spurs power forward Tim Duncan recorded a double-double during Saturday's Game 7 loss to the Clippers.
Insight: Although it looks like he can play another two or three years, there is a ton of uncertainty around Duncan and his future. In what may have been his last NBA game, Duncan went for 27 points, 11 boards, one assist, and shot 11-of-16 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line.
Description: Clippers forward Glen Davis is questionable for Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against San Antonio due to a sprained left ankle suffered in Game 6. Update: Davis will play.
Insight: With Blake Griffin healthy, Davis' contributions are small even when healthy which he obviously is not. He's averaged 3.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg in six playoff games this season.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin had 26 points in the impressive, 102-96, victory over the Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Thursday.
Insight: Griffin carried the team early on until Chris Paul exploded in the second half. Griffin was 11-for-21 from the field with 12 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and a steal. Game 7 will be on Saturday.
Description: Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected from Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Bulls.
Insight: It was just an ugly, ugly game for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo checked into Mike Dunleavy on a 3-point shot and received a flagrant 2 and ejection. The "Greak Freak" played 15 minutes and shot 2-for-6, finishing with five points. Milwaukee lost, 120-66.
Description: Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy hit four 3-pointers in the, 120-66, victory over the Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: With such a wide margin, Dunleavy only played 28 minutes and shot 5-for-7 from the field, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. He also had six free throws, five assists, four rebounds and one steal. Chicago advances to the next round to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love (shoulder) had surgery on Wednesday and recovery time is 4-6 months.
Insight: This is terrible news for Cleveland, as they will likely end up facing Chicago. Tristian Thompson will likely start and along with Timofey Mozgov will have to fight off a strong Bulls inside game led by Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love (shoulder) will miss the second round of the playoffs.
Insight: This is terrible news for Cleveland, as they will likely end up facing Chicago. Tristian Thompson will likely start, with Iman Shumpert and James Jones seeing more time. LeBron James will also see more time at the power forward position.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has officially been diagnosted with a dislocated shoulder.
Insight: Love did say he hopes to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but only time will tell. He will be evlauted in Cleveland and the good news is that the Cavs have some time to rest. Stay tuned.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James lead Cleveland with 27 points as they completed the sweep of Boston on Sunday, winning Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 101-93.
Insight: James nearly had a triple-double with 10 rebounds and eight assists as well. He was 10-for-24 from the field while also getting three steals and a block. The Cavaliers will face the winner of the Bulls and Bucks series.
Description: Celtics forward Jae Crowder left Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with a sprained left knee and will not return according to the Boston Globe.
Insight: Crowder took an elbow to the face from J.R. Smith and then fell awkwardly, hurting his knee. Smith should receive a suspension for the elbow. Crowder left the game with seven points, three rebounds and one assist.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder injury in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Celtics and will not return according to sideline reporter Heather Cox.
Insight: It looked like Love's shoulder popped out of place, so this is not good news at all. After the injury, Love immediately ran into the locker room. He will not return on Sunday. Stay tuned for updates.
Description: Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum led the team with 27 points in the Game 3 loss versus the Grizzlies in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Batum shot 50 percent from both the field and from the 3-point line, hitting six 3-pointers. He also had six rebounds and four assists, but it was enough to help the Trail Blazers to its first victory in the series. Memphis leads, 3-0.
Description: Warriors forward Draymond Green had 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in Game 4 as Golden State completed the sweep over New Orleans, 109-98.
Insight: Green has just been outstanding for Golden State and fantasy owners this season. Whatever his team needs, Green has been able to give the Warriors. He also had three 3-pointers, one steal and one block on Saturday. Golden State advances to the Western Conference Semifinals and will play either Memphis or Portland.
Description: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis fought valiantly, scoring 36 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Game 4 against the Warriors, but Golden State completely the sweep over New Orleans, winning Game 4, 109-98.
Insight: Davis was 14-of-20 from the field in Game 4 and also had three blocks and one assist. Davis averaged 31.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg and 3.0 bpg in the series, but New Orleans wasn't able to win a game. Davis could be the No. 1 fantasy option going into next season.
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored 33 points to nearly lead Chicago to a comeback victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Bucks.
Insight: Milwaukee outplayed Chicago in the first half, but Butler kept the Bulls in the game and hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the score at half time. In addition to the 33 points, he also had seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block, but Milwaukee hit its own buzzer beat to win the game, 92-90. Chicago leads the series, though, 3-1.
Description: Nets small forward Thaddeus Young shot 50 percent of the field with 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal in the Game 3 victory, 91-83, over the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Young had a very disappointing Game 2 versus the Hawks with just two points, so it was good to see him back to his usual self. If Brooklyn is going to pull the upset, they need this type of production from Young.
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson played 29 minutes in the double-overtime Game 3 win and appears to be over his shoulder and ankle issues.
Insight: Gibson only attempted eight shots, but was solid on the boards as usual with 10 rebounds. With Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose doing most of the scoring, Gibson is likely to concentrate on hitting the glass for the rest of the series.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James posted a double-double on Thursday night.
Insight: He shot 13-of-26 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for 31 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, four steals, two blocks, and four turnovers. Cleveland now has a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge posted a double-double during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies.
Insight: He shot just 7-of-20 from the field, but did go 9-of-10 from the line for 24 points, 13 boards, one assist, one 3-pointer, four blocks, two steals, and four turnovers. If Portland loses this series, it will be interesting to see if Aldridge bolts in free agency this summer.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James led Cleveland with 30 points in the, 99-91, victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Celtics.
Insight: With the 30 points, James passed Jerry West for seventh on the all-time postseason scoring list. He was 11-for-22 from the field and also had nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. James also had six turnovers, which helped keep the Celtics in the game, but the Cavaliers ultimately had too much. Cleveland leads the series, 2-0.