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  • LaVine edges Gordon in awesome dunk contest
    Zach LaVine edged out Aaron Gordon in a thrilling 2016 Slam Dunk Contest.

    Advice: It was one of the best dunk contests in years and LaVine put to rest the "LaVine is only good at through-the-legs dunk" talk. The two dunkers had to go to OT to decide it, which resulted in awesome dunks each time. Gordon had arguably two of the best dunks of the night and his creativity topped LaVine, too. Of course, LaVine didn't disappoint. Go check out all of Gordon's and LaVine's dunks ASAP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Klay Thompson wins 3-point shootout
    Klay Thompson won the 2016 3-Point Shootout on Saturday.

    Advice: He was on fire in the championship round with a perfect money ball rack to get to 27 points. Stephen Curry and Devin Booker also made it to the championship round with Curry's 23 coming in second. Thompson and Curry are basically locks to be first and second in 3-pointers on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns wins Skills Challenge
    Karl-Anthony Towns won the 2016 Skills Challenge on Saturday.

    Advice: What can't this guy do? Towns has already become one of the best mid-range scorers as a young big, he is phenomenal at protecting the rim and he can score off the dribble. He's 20 and he's already being strongly considered as a top-five asset in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:32 pm
  • LeBron says Melo-Love rumors are false
    LeBron James said the three-team trade rumors involving Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Boston are "false."

    Advice: Melo did say he's hoping to play with a star, but he also shot down trade rumors, as well. He has a no-trade clause and that could be a huge hurdle for the Knicks if they want to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Pacers still interested in Jeff Teague
    The Pacers still have interest in Jeff Teague.

    Advice: The Hawks are not actively shopping Teague and they probably shouldn't either. They're playing their best ball right now before the break and a lot of it has to do with Teague playing well. For now, expect Teague to stay with the Hawks through the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • John Wall says his knee is good to go
    John Wall was able to dunk on Saturday and said that his knee is good to go.

    Advice: He was originally considered questionable to play in the All-Star game after bruising his knee on Thursday, but he confirmed to the media on Friday that he was going to play. It was always considered a minor injury for Wall, so there's no reason to be too concerned moving forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Chris Bosh has a strained calf
    Chris Bosh (strained calf) explained his decision to sit out of Sunday's All-Star game.

    Advice: "It just lingered and I didn't feel it was wise to continue to push it, especially with this elongated week that we have off," Bosh said in regards to his calf. "I just wanted to make sure that I was taking the necessary precautions and being a good professional." His fantasy owners will be relieved that he's taking a little bit of extra rest, and hopefully he will be ready to for the Heat's next game on Feb. 19. He will be re-evaluated when he returns to Miami. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 am
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  • Kings not shopping DeMarcus Cousins?
    According to the Boston Globe, the Kings have it made it very clear that DeMarcus Cousins is not on the market.

    Advice: The Kings are five losses behind the Jazz for the eighth seed in the West, and while it feels like Cousins is in the rumor mill every season, the chances of him being moved appear to be incredibly slim. As long as he can stay healthy, he should be a monster down the stretch. Through five February games, he has averages of 25.4 points, 9.6 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Kevin Seraphin hoping for minutes
    Kevin Seraphin is hoping for more minutes following the dismissal of coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: "I just hope for more playing time," Seraphin said. "That’s the goal. It’s a new opportunity for sure." Seraphin has dropped 25 pounds and is eager to carve out a role, and he logged 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wizards which was just the third time that he saw 15 or minutes since the new year. Unless his role continues to grow, he will only be on the radar in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:26 am
  • Greivis Vasquez (ankle) is targeting March
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) said that is targeting a return to the court in 3-4 weeks.

    Advice: He had ankle surgery in December, but this report would mean he could play as early as March. However, the Bucks will ease him back into action upon his return after such an extended absence, and he's not really worth owning in most leagues while Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless are healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 am
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  • Thaddeus Young linked to Raptors
    The Raptors have had "exploratory discussions" with the Nets regarding Thaddeus Young.

    Advice: Toronto also has Kenneth Faried, Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker on their radar, so it's clear that they're seeking an upgrade at the four in an attempt to close the gap behind Cleveland. Young's production would likely take a hit with a move to Toronto, but he would still have a stable role and would have no problem winning the starting spot over the likes of Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson. Expect the rumors to heat up after the All-Star game, but stashing a guy like Thomas Robinson in a deeper league makes some sense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Warriors think they're getting Kevin Durant?
    According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Warriors are a legitimate threat to land Kevin Durant this summer.

    Advice: "There are people in Golden State who think they're getting him," Broussard said. "There are people in management and I think some players too. Kevin Durant likes the way they play. He likes their style, he likes the fact they play unselfishly. He sees himself fitting into that group." This report first gained steam when Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical said that the Warriors were "significant frontrunners" to sign him in free agency, so it shouldn't be completely dismissed. The Thunder's success in the postseason could be a pivotal factor in KD's decision. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Hawks recall Walter Tavares
    The Hawks recalled Walter Tavares from the D-League on Friday.

    Advice: Even with the latest injury to Tiago Splitter (hip), Tavares still isn't in the rotation. Unless Al Horford is moved at the deadline, Tavares' role isn't about to change. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Clippers worried about Chris Paul's workload
    According to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, the Clippers are worried about Chris Paul's workload.

    Advice: The Clippers have been devastated by injuries to Blake Griffin (hand) and Austin Rivers (hand), so Paul has taken on a heavy workload to keep them near the top of the Western Conference. He averaged 38.8 minutes per game over his last five outings, so don't be surprised if coach Doc Rivers stays true to his word and gives him a maintenance day or two down the stretch. Regardless, his owners shouldn't be concerned and he can be treated as a top-5 guard moving forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Carmelo Anthony wants to play with a star?
    Amid rumors of a possible trade, Carmelo Anthony said on Friday that he hopes to play with another star.

    Advice: "I think everybody always kind of dreams and hopes that they can play with another great player, another star player," Anthony said. "It’s a star players’ league. I think that’s what we all talk about every time we get together." There was a report on Friday that linked Anthony to the Cavaliers in a three-team trade that would send Kevin Love to Boston, but those talks never made it out of the preliminary stage. Anthony has a no-trade clause and he denied recent reports that he wants to leave New York. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:33 am
  • Hawks not actively shopping Al Horford?
    According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks are not actively shopping Al Horford.

    Advice: Vivlamore added than anything the Hawks are doing right now is simply exploratory, which falls in line with previous reports that suggested that Atlanta would "listen" to offers. If the Hawks ultimately decide that they don't want to give him a max deal this summer, then that would give them a reason to go ahead with a trade. For now, nothing is imminent for the All-Star big man. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Nothing happening with Love trade
    Nothing is happening with Kevin Love (shoulder) and a trade to the Celtics.

    Advice: There will definitely be rumors around Love heading into the deadline because of how playoff teams attack him in pick-and-roll. Love's shoulder injury seems like it's minor, so he should be ready to roll next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 pm
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  • Zach LaVine scores 30 points
    Zach LaVine was named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during a 157-154 win over Team World on Friday, scoring 30 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a little preview for his big show tomorrow night when he defends his crown for the Slam Dunk Contest. D'Angelo Russell (22), Devin Booker (23) and Jordan Clarkson (25) were all over 20 points for Team USA. LaVine is growing more as a shooting guard and should play minutes close to 30 going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic starting to work out
    Nikola Mirotic (hematoma) has started to work out.

    Advice: He posted a video of working on his left leg with a cable and weights. Mirotic getting some work in is a good sign and maybe he can make it back this month. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:17 pm
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  • C.J. McCollum in the 3-point contest
    C.J. McCollum will replace Chris Bosh in the 3-point contest on Saturday.

    Advice: The world will get to see why people in Portland call him 3J. McCollum is shooting 39.2 percent from deep this year, including 39.8 percent on pullups and 51.8 percent when he's wide open. He'll be an underdog, but 3J can definitely get it done. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:15 pm
  • Al Horford will play in All-Star Game
    Al Horford will replace Chris Bosh in Sunday's All-Star Game.

    Advice: He is en route to Toronto at the time of this report. Horford's name has popped up in trade rumors, but the Hawks are playing really well. They actually have the second-best net rating in their last six games, so they could make a postseason run. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:02 pm
  • Chris Bosh will not play in All-Star Game
    Chris Bosh will not play in Sunday's All-Star Game due to a strained calf.

    Advice: The specifics are not known yet on Bosh, who played 35 minutes on Tuesday night and didn't appear to be hurt. The Heat don't play again until Friday Feb. 19, so there could be a decent chance he is ready to return for action with the team. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:59 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler hopes to rehab soon
    Jimmy Butler (knee) said he expects to do some biking and start rehab soon.

    Advice: He added he was a bit "stubborn" with his injury in Denver, which suggests he probably shouldn't have played after missing one game. For now, E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott will get some minutes with Moore having better value. Hopefully, Butler is back for the first week of March. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:12 pm
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  • John Wall (knee) will play in All-Star game
    John Wall (knee bruise) said that he will play in Sunday's All-Star game.

    Advice: He bruised his knee during Thursday's game vs. the Bucks and was able to keep playing, so the injury sounds pretty minor even though he did have some swelling. Regardless, this report confirms that Wall will likely be fine moving forward, so his owners shouldn't be too concerned. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:27 am
  • Bradley Beal expects to play around 32 mpg
    Bradley Beal said that he expects to play around 32 minutes per game moving forward.

    Advice: He isn't sure if his workload will have to be reduced on the second night of back-to-back sets, but it sounds like the Wizards are starting to get comfortable with the idea of playing him heavy minutes again. He played 37 minutes in the loss to the Bucks on Thursday, and he has also been a lot more aggressive over his last five outings with an average of 21.4 points per game. The injury risk is still there, but his fantasy value is trending up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:10 am
  • Jimmy Butler (left knee) 'unsure' of return
    Jimmy Butler (strained left knee) is "unsure" of a return date from his injury, but guaranteed that he will return this season.

    Advice: He said that he will "listen" to his body during rehab, but it should be noted that the Bulls gave him a timetable of 3-4 weeks. Butler is as tough as they come, so he will do everything in his power to meet that timetable. His owners should continue to stash him, and in the meantime expect Derrick Rose and E'Twaun Moore to benefit the most. Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all play a little more as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:44 am
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  • Kobe Bryant praises Kyrie Irving
    Kobe Bryant praised Kyrie Irving after his 35-point performance vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: "He has a killer mentality," Bryant said. "He can shoot the long ball. His midrange game is excellent. And he can finish at the rim. So, he has all the tools there. It’s just a matter of continuing to work and get into rhythm where he can start doing that on a consistent basis." Irving has finally found his stride, averaging 28.2 points, 6.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. The buy-low window has been slammed shut. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 am
  • Suns still expected to trade Markieff Morris
    The Suns are still expected to try and trade Markieff Morris before the deadline.

    Advice: He had a scuffle during Wednesday's game and even had his hands around teammate Archie Goodwin's neck, and as much the Suns downplayed the incident, it's clear that both sides need a fresh start. The question now is whether or not another team would want to trade for the mercurial forward, but expect the chatter to heat up right after the All-Star game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:34 am
  • John Henson will be re-evaluated after ASB
    John Henson (back) will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

    Advice: The Bucks took the cautious approach with Henson and held him out for seven straight games. He will hopefully be good to go after the break, and he isn't the worst stash if you need blocks in case the Bucks decide to move Greg Monroe at the deadline. He owns season averages of 6.8 points, 3.9 boards, 1.0 assist and 2.0 blocks in 16.7 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:19 am
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  • Vasquez (ankle) still has no timetable
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) still has no timetable for a return.

    Advice: He was reportedly aiming to return to the court at the end of January, but that was always way too optimistic. The Bucks are falling out of the playoff hunt, so they won't be in a hurry to rush the guard back. Vasquez is not worst stashing in most formats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:14 am
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  • Stevens is surprised by Crowders development
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens is surprised how fast Jae Crowder has developed.

    Advice: "I think for any of us to say that we would have thought he would have been averaging what he's averaging [and] being as focal a part of what we're trying to do — I don't know if any of us would have thought it would have happened that quickly," Stevens said. "But he got better and better as his opportunities increased last year and just kind of took off from there." The forward has also been a surprise in fantasy, returning top-30 value on the season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.7 triples. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:54 am
  • Pacers not looking to make any trades?
    Indiana coach Frank Vogel said that he isn't expecting the Pacers to make any trades at the deadline.

    Advice: George Hill has been linked to Atlanta in a potential deal for Jeff Teague, but that rumor has lost some steam in recent days. Hill is a great fit next to Monta Ellis and Paul George because of his ability to play off the ball, so Vogel is likely telling the truth here. Hill's value should be safe moving forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:36 am
  • Asking price for Horford and Teague too high?
    According to Chris Mannix of the Vertical, the asking price for Al Horford and Jeff Teague is "borderline ridiculous."

    Advice: "From everything I’ve been told in the last two or three days, Atlanta’s requests for both Al Horford and Jeff Teague have been borderline ridiculous," Mannix said. "The kind of things teams like Boston, or Milwaukee, or Denver simply won’t deal for the players they want." Boston seems like the team that's most willing to make a major move, and Mannix adds that the Hawks could lower their price as the deadline (Feb. 18) approaches. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:23 am
  • John Wall is dealing with a knee bruise
    John Wall said that he is dealing with a knee bruise.

    Advice: "It’s a deep bruise," Wall said. "As you can see, it’s swollen. It hurts and I’ll do as much treatment as I can on it." He banged his knee during Thursday's loss to the Bucks but he was able to play through the issue. While he's questionable to play in the All-Star game, this shouldn't be an injury that lingers and he should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:10 am
  • John Wall could miss All-Star Game?
    John Wall (knee) isn't sure if he'll play in the All-Star Game on Sunday.

    Advice: He was fouled as he went to the hoop and was grimacing for a few minutes. It looked to be a minor injury and he did play through it. It was only a fall after a foul and he didn't show signs of pain after a couple minutes. Wall is getting treatment and should continue to see the training staff this weekend if something is wrong. There should be an update on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:16 pm
  • John Wall scores 15 points in loss
    John Wall scored 15 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, two blocks, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers during a 99-92 loss to the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Wizards. They are now 3.5 games behind the Hornets for the eighth spot in the East. As for Wall, he's looked great with Bradley Beal back and should be a top-20 player going forward. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:54 pm
  • Bradley Beal gets 37 minutes in loss
    Bradley Beal played 37 minutes in a loss to the Bucks on Thursday with 19 points, three rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: You wouldn't know his leg was fractured based on his play. Beal is attacking a ton these days and is driving the offense. The 37 minutes tonight shows he's ready to roll after the break, so expect him to get hot after the break. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:38 pm
  • KD scores 23 points in win
    Kevin Durant scored 23 points during a 121-95 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, adding three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He dropped back down to third in scoring in a very odd game. This was his first game without a free throw attempt since 2012 and only his sixth game ever. Durant is obviously fine as a top-two option in fantasy leagues. Excluding his injury on Nov. 10, KD has scored 20 or more in every game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:30 pm
  • ATL not actively trying to trade Jeff Teague
    The Atlanta Hawks aren't actively trying to trade Jeff Teague.

    Advice: While the Hawks aren't actively looking to deal Teague, they are open to listening to offers in case they get one that is too good to refuse. While Dennis Schroder stands to see a big value boost if the 27-year-old is traded, Teague is averaging 20.6 points, 5.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals over his last eight games and is a nightly must-start as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:27 am
  • Carmelo Anthony challenges Knicks teammates
    Carmelo Anthony challenged his Knicks teammates to bounce back after the All-Star Break.

    Advice: The Knicks are on a six-game losing streak and have lost 10 of 11 heading into the All-Star Break, but Anthony thinks the team can still make a playoff push. "We have to go get it at this point," Melo said. "Take this break, kind of reboot, mentally, physically, come back and be ready for a dogfight. Everybody — top to bottom — everybody’s got to be ready." Playoffs aside, Anthony's balky left knee has turned into a concern and his fantasy owners may want to gauge his trade value as he could be a shutdown candidate if the Knicks fall further out of the playoff race. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Kevin Love doesn't expect to miss any time
    Kevin Love (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss any time after suffering a left shoulder stinger on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love injured his surgically-repaired left shoulder during Wednesday's win over the Lakers, but looks to have avoided a serious injury. "It felt like fire was running down my arm," Love said. "Just a stinger, and doctors decided we'll be cautious and use the break for it to feel better, but it actually feels OK right now." We'll keep an eye on Love over the All-Star Break, but it sounds like he'll be ready to go for the second half of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:11 am
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  • C.J. McCollum quiet in 27 minutes vs. Houston
    C.J. McCollum had a quiet game vs. Houston on Wednesday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting with two 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He sat out 7:28 during the fourth quarter, which is unusual, as Terry Stotts rolled with Gerald Henderson (32 minutes) and Allen Crabbe (30 minutes) for long stretches tonight. The front-runner for Most Improved Player has fallen below 30 minutes just three times all season, and this is obviously nothing to worry about. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 24 in win
    Klay Thompson scored 24 points with three rebounds, one assist, five steals and five 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tuesday night was just his fourth game without a trey and he was 1-of-13 from there in his previous two. After a very disappointing start until December, Thompson wraps up his first half with second-round value to this point. Expect him to be in that neighborhood going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Tayshaun sidelined
    Zach LaVine started in place of Tayshaun Prince on Wednesday, pitching in 13 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Prince missed the game to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit, so we expect him to resume starting on the other side of the break. LaVine shot just 4-of-13 from the field tonight but the playing time is encouraging, and it's not purely a result of Prince's absence -- he's logged 30+ minutes in five of the Wolves' past nine games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Wolves win behind Karl-Anthony Towns' 35 pts
    Karl-Anthony Towns went off vs. Toronto on Wednesday, piling up a career-high 35 points with 11 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: KAT is incredible. He made 12-of-19 FGs and 11-of-13 FTs tonight, got Jonas Valanciunas into early foul trouble, and the Raptors simply had no answers for him. He's scoffing at the notion of a rookie wall, getting better as the season goes along, and should flirt with first-round value after the All-Star break. If you have him in a dynasty league, you're set for the next decade. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Kyrie Irving pours in season-high 35 points
    Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Markieff Morris has scuffle with Goodwin
    Markieff Morris had a scuffle with Archie Goodwin in the first half on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: It wasn't a minor one and Morris had his hands on Goodwin's throat. The Suns did downplay it after the game. "That’s nothing," Morris said. "That’s part of being a leader, being a big brother." Morris defines leader differently than just about anyone, but Goodwin also had his back. "We family. It happens. I love him like a brother, he loves me. That’s all there is to say about it," Goodwin said. Lastly, coach Earl Watson added Goodwin and Morris used to live together, they're "the closest on the team" and that "the team is not split." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Jae Crowder posts all-around gem in 38 mins
    Jae Crowder notched 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block with zero turnovers in 38 minutes of action vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Crowder has been plagued by a high ankle sprain but refused to miss any games, and the All-Star break comes at an ideal time. He doesn't play again until Feb. 19, at which point he should resume playing at a top-40 level. If your trade deadline hasn't passed, consider floating a buy-low offer in case Crowder's owners are still flustered by his recent lull. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:13 pm
  • Chris Paul ties season-high w/ 35 pts, 13 ast
    Chris Paul tied his season high with 35 points vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, adding 13 assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block in an OT loss in Boston.

    Advice: The Clippers lost for only the third time in their past 15 road games, an incredible feat given the injuries they've endured. CP3 appeared to have a minor hand injury but he played through it and should have plenty of time to recuperate during the much-needed All-Star break -- it obviously didn't affect him tonight, as he drained 13-of-21 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs with three triples. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:07 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins piles up 28/12/5 in comeback
    DeMarcus Cousins finished Wednesday's comeback win in Philly with 28 points, 12 boards (four offensive), five assists, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins has thrived in this matchup, averaging 30.3 points and 16.0 rebounds in his past four games vs. Philly. The Kings are in disarray as they hover 4.5 games out of playoff contention, but Cousins' owners can rest assured that he'll be a beast as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 17 points
    Jeff Teague scored 17 points with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: The rumors are starting to pick up for Teague, but the Hawks may opt to keep him. If he is dealt, it's more likely he will lose value than gain it, but the rumors aren't heavy enough to deal him unless it's for fair value. He's played great lately and could still be an early-round player going forward now that he snapped out of his slump. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) won't miss games
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he won't miss any games due to his left shoulder contusion.

    Advice: He said he only had a stinger, so it doesn't sound like anything is wrong structurally. Love should be close to 100 percent after the break, so his fantasy owners dodged a bullet here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:01 pm
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  • Kevin Love (left shoulder) out for game
    Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder contusion and will not return on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is that this report adds Love "most likely" will be fine. He is still likely to be re-evaluated to make sure he didn't aggravate his shoulder surgery from the summer. Love finished with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes. There's no need to make a speculative add right now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:29 pm
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  • Kevin Love (shoulder) goes to locker room
    Kevin Love hurt his left shoulder and went to the locker room on Wednesday.

    Advice: Not good. His arm was hanging like something was wrong and he was in pain. This is the same left shoulder that needed surgery last summer, so that adds extra concern. Tonight is a really bad night for shoulder injuries. We'll be looking for updates on Love. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:07 pm
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    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
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  • Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. Toronto
    Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors with Tayshaun Prince (personal) away from the team.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins will slide over to the three with LaVine back in the starting five, and Shabazz Muhammad will have the opportunity for some extended run off the bench sans Prince. LaVine does have a tough matchup tonight, so owners should take that into consideration before activating him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • John Henson out again for Thursday
    John Henson (back) will not play against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: It'll be Miles Plumlee starting again on Thursday. Hopefully, Henson will be back after the break and get close to 20 minutes. He's not the worst stash out there on the off chance the Bucks break up their team. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:30 pm
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  • Mirotic (appendectomy) still in a lot of pain
    Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) is "still in a lot of pain," and remains without an official timetable to return, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg.

    Advice: Hoiberg added that Mirotic's return to the court is currently being measured in weeks and not days, and that he's lost 15 pounds due to complications of the surgery. It doesn't sound like he'll be back on the court any time soon, and Taj Gibson will be the primary beneficiary in his absence as Chicago's unquestioned starting power forward. Bobby Portis will also continue to see his minutes in the 20s, although that's not enough time for him to make a difference in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:24 am
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  • Carmelo Anthony committed to Knicks' future
    Carmelo Anthony said that he'll continue to trust Phil Jackson in wake of Derek Fisher's firing, and that he has no intention of seeking a trade away from New York.

    Advice: "This is something I didn't see coming, [that] nobody saw coming," Anthony said of Fisher's firing. "So you have to continue to put your trust into Phil. At this point, what could you do? Can't shy away from that. Can't go against it. So for me, it's continue. I have to trust in it. I decided to stay here. I decided to make that decision to trust in the Knicks and trust in Phil. I have to continue doing that." Anthony's surgically repaired left knee is a concern, but as long as New York is in the playoff hunt, owners can expect Melo to fight through the discomfort. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Report: It will take mega-deal to land Boogie
    Kings’ GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive have not seriously considered a DeMarcus Cousins trade, and it would take a mega-deal for that to change.

    Advice: Despite constant trade rumors, the Kings have been adamant that they have zero interest in trading away their franchise center, so a Cousins deal seems highly unlikely at this point. As for fantasy hoops, DMC is currently putting up second-round value on the year with averages of 26.8 points, 11.0 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.2 three-pointers and 3.7 turnovers per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 72.6 percent from the charity stripe. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:50 am
  • Toronto's interest in Morris, Tucker unclear
    The Raptors may not be all that interested in trading for Markieff Morris or P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: The initial report that linked Morris and Tucker to the Raptors, while credible, did not come from Toronto's side and GM Masai Ujiri doesn't often make in-season trades. The Raptors also currently own the No. 2 seed out East with a record of 35-16, and Ujri may not want to mess with the team's chemistry by bringing on someone like Morris. For now, it doesn't seem all that likely that Toronto makes a major move at the deadline. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • Report: Al Horford to BOS a real possibility?
    A deal sending Al Horford to the Boston Celtics is reportedly a "legitimate possibility" according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: "I think Boston -- Al Horford is a legitimate possibility for the Celtics," Mannix said. "I think that is the guy, one of the guys across the league that Danny Ainge is the most excited about." Mannix added that while Horford will cost a lot of money to re-sign as a free agent, the Celtics will be willing to foot the bill. Horford does make sense in Boston as Ainge is reportedly looking for a low-post scorer at the deadline, but it's difficult to predict his value in Boston without knowing the moving pieces. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:32 am
  • Report: ATL has discussed Oladipo for Teague?
    The Hawks and Magic have reportedly discussed a potential deal involving Victor Oladipo and Jeff Teague.

    Advice: Out of the players being mentioned in potential trades out of Atlanta, Teague's name has come up the most, so he seems the most likely guy to be dealt at the deadline if the Hawks decide to make a move. Orlando wouldn't be the worst landing spot for Teague, but it would be a significant blow to Elfrid Payton's value. Oladipo wouldn't be the main man in Atlanta, so his value could take a slight hit with the Hawks. Dennis Schroder needs to be stashed in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:04 am
  • Klay Thompson misses all seven 3-pointers
    Klay Thompson missed all seven of his 3-point attempts on Tuesday vs. the Rockets, finishing with 13 points, three assists and two boards in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Needless to say, this was one of his worst performances on the offensive end this season, but James Harden deserves some credit for his defense. Even if you include tonight's dud, Thompson still has averages of 24.2 points and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, so he's going to be fine. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • Cousins, Rondo and Gay are all probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), Rajon Rondo (turf toe) and Rudy Gay (ankle) are all probable for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The Kings have been listing Cousins and Rondo as probable for a week now, so this report really doesn't mean anything. Expect them to all be out there against Philly in what should be a pivotal game for coach George Karl. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 18 points w/ three treys
    Jae Crowder (ankle) looked great on Tuesday vs. the Bucks, scoring 18 points with five boards, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens admitted that Crowder's ankle is still bothering him, but he's incredibly tough and it's safe to say that he isn't interested in missing any time. The All-Star break should help him heal up, so his owners should be feeling very confident. He finished 7-of-12 from the field and didn't turn the ball over. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 26 in start for Wizards
    Bradley Beal moved back into the starting lineup on Tuesday and responded with 26 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals, a block and five 3-pointers on 8-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: His line will likely get lost in the shadows of John Wall's big night, but Beal was pretty spectacular. He'd been coming off the bench since returning from his leg injury (as well as a concussion and broken nose) in mid-January but returned to his rightful place in the starting five tonight. He's rolling right now too, averaging 21.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five, making him worth the wait. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • John Wall puts up massive line in win over NY
    John Wall had the early line of the night with 28 points, five rebounds, 17 assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 10-of-24 shooting in 43 minutes of Tuesday's thrilling win over the Knicks.

    Advice: The 17 dimes aren't even a season high, as he had 19 of them back on Dec. 21, but he is rolling right now, double-doubling in four straight games and averaging 25.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting in February. And in case that wasn't enough, he also committed just one turnover tonight in his 43 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony drops 33 & 13
    Carmelo Anthony's knee looked just fine on Tuesday when he went off for 33 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers on 12-of-22 shooting in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Melo has had a pair of MRIs in the last few weeks and there's still plenty of concern about his role if the Knicks fall out of the playoff race, but until that happens, it looks like he's going to be playing on most nights. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. MIL
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "This is the most opportunity he's ever gotten," said Brad Stevens on Crowder. "He's a versatile player." He'll continue to fight through the pain, and is safe to activate in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:40 pm
  • Report: CLE unlikely to trade Kevin Love
    The Cavs are reportedly unlikely to trade away Kevin Love at the deadline.

    Advice: Cleveland management would reportedly like to see how Love fits into the Cavs' new system before making a major change, so while he could be dealt during the offseason, a trade at the deadline seems like an unlikely scenario for Love. He's been a third-round guy on the year with averages of 15.8 points, 10.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.1 three-pointers and 1.9 turnovers per game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:01 pm
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  • Report: IND interested in Teague, Hill swap?
    The Pacers have reportedly reached out to the Hawks regarding a potential Jeff Teague, George Hill trade.

    Advice: Teague's value could take a hit in Indiana as he'd be fighting for touches with Paul George and Monta Ellis on offense, so this wouldn't be an ideal landing spot for Jeff. The trade rumors have been swirling around Atlanta's Big Three, and it seems likely that at least one of the core players for the Hawks is dealt at the deadline. The Magic, Jazz and Knicks have also expressed interest in Teague, so Dennis Schroder needs to be stashed in most leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • Report: Atlanta could blowup team at deadline
    The Hawks are reportedly considering trading away their core players of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague at the trade deadline.

    Advice: The Hawks haven't been able to recapture the magic from last year's 60-win season, and it's clear that while they're a playoff team, they are no championship contender. Horford is in a contract year, and Atlanta may not be willing to sign him to a max-deal this offseason. The Magic, Celtics and Nuggets have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Horford, and Atlanta is also listening to offers on Teague and Millsap. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:17 am
  • Jimmy Butler out 3-4 weeks with knee injury
    Jimmy Butler (knee) will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee.

    Advice: Butler's knee injury was worse than expected and fantasy owners will now be without Butler until what sounds like the beginning of March at the earliest. While Butler is worth holding in standard leagues for now, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott, and Mike Dunleavy will all see extra minutes, with Moore being the priority add in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 am
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  • Jae Crowder dealing with high-ankle sprain
    Jae Crowder (ankle) said he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

    Advice: While Crowder's ankle is obviously giving him trouble, he said he's committed to playing through the injury. "It's a high ankle sprain," he said on Tuesday. "It's mind over matter. I'm trying to suck it up; do my job." Crowder has been a revelation for his owners in season-long leagues and should continue to be started, but he's a risky play in DFS as long as he's dealing with his injury. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:25 am
  • Bradley Beal will start vs Knicks on Tuesday
    Bradley Beal will start against the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Beal will return to the starting lineup against the Knicks and said he'll play around 30 minutes on Tuesday. While Beal is always an injury risk for his fantasy owners, it's safe to start him for Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 32 points in win vs. PHX
    Kevin Durant scored a game-high 32 points during a 122-106 win over the Suns on Monday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 25 in the second half and is a scoring machine in his last seven, averaging 34.4 points, 9.9 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals and 3.3 treys on 50.3 percent from the field, 45.1 percent from deep and 92.8 percent from the line. KD is getting close to a 50/40/90 year again at 50.6 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from deep and 89.5 percent from the line. He's created some separation as fantasy's No. 2 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 23 points
    Markieff Morris scored 23 points during a 122-106 loss to the Thunder on Monday with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers.

    Advice: Before the game, Kevin Durant said Markieff is "playing at an All-Star level right now." Morris is playing hard and he's transformed into a different player under coach Earl Watson. Morris likely boosted his trade value and the Suns may be able to get something for him. He should be owned, but a trade will hurt his value a lot. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 12 points in loss
    Zach LaVine scored 12 points with two boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and three blocks on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The blocks were obviously a career high and he didn't record more than one block in a game this season prior to tonight. LaVine was 4-of-10 from the field in the loss and didn't have any turnovers, so his fantasy arrow is still pointing up. As the year progresses, his role should only grow. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Al Horford bounces back in loss
    Al Horford scored a team-high 27 points during a 117-110 overtime loss to the Magic on Monday, adding six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

    Advice: He was 12-of-18 from the field and hit both free throws for an eight-category line. Horford was putting up an underwhelming February before this gem, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 treys. He's been a top-20 player this year and that should continue. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 21 points vs. Magic
    Jeff Teague scored 21 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: It's probably safe to say Teague is back. In his last five, the 2014-15 All-Star averaged 20.6 points, 3.4 assists, 5.0 blocks, 1.4 steals and 2.6 treys on 53.5 percent from the field. Teague has third-round value in that span and looks to be out of his season-long slump. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 14 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points with eight rebounds, three assists and one block during a 120-100 loss to the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: Coach George Karl Watch is fully on right now and he might not make it to the All-Star break. Cousins said the team not playing well is not due to the players and Rajon Rondo had some comments this time. "With optional shootarounds it’s tough" Rondo said on Monday. "When three or four guys show up for shootaround this morning, how can you expect to win?" We'll see if Karl will coach the Kings on Wednesday against the 76ers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Thaddeus Young scores 20 w/ three blocks
    Thaddeus Young scored 20 points with seven boards, two assists, three blocks and one steal vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: He has now put together four dominant performances in a row with three double-doubles in that span. Young and Brook Lopez have been solid all season for the Nets despite their team's struggles, and the only thing that can really hurt them would be a trade. Lopez finished with 16 points, four boards and one block in 31 minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 32 with 12 assists
    Kyrie Irving handed out a season-high 12 assists against the Kings on Monday with 32 points, three rebounds, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He failed to bust out before tonight because his 3-point shooting wasn't dropping. That wasn't the case tonight as Irving hit 5-of-8 from there in this win. His breakout last year had a lot to do with hitting treys, so expect him to keep it going and improve from a quiet start this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Kevin Love returns, scores 11 points
    Kevin Love scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: It's his first game back after missing one game due to a quad bruise. Love should be better his next time out and be an early-round guy. All that Love trade talk has subsided a bit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:02 pm
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  • Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings
    Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: He was probable and was never in jeopardy of missing this game after missing Saturday. HIs return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench while Tristan Thompson shouldn't play as much as Saturday. Start Love like you normally would in a favorable matchup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:24 pm
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  • John Henson (back) remains out on Tuesday
    John Henson (back) did not practice on Monday, and he will not play on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: This will now be six straight games in street clothes for Henson, and there is no clear timetable for his return. It's irresponsible to stash Henson in standard formats considering he's just a blocks specialist even when healthy, but those in deeper leagues (16-plus teams) should wait until we get a clear diagnosis until making a decision. The time off during All-Star Weekend should help. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 am
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  • Nikola Mirotic's return date still uncertain
    Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) does not have a target date for his return.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Mirotic was targeting just after All-Star weekend, but that timeline sounds like it will get pushed back. Fred Hoiberg reported Mirotic was feeling better and is starting to eat again after being forced to a liquid diet, but admitted it will take time to build up his conditioning and stamina in order to get back on the floor. Mirotic could still get back on the court in late February, but it may not come right after the break. While he's out, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will see increased minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:07 am
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) feeling 'a lot better'
    Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "a lot better," but there is still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Butler will not play on Monday and is extremely doubtful to return on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, leaving his status for Sunday's All-Star Game up in the air. The good news: It sounds like Butler has a very real chance of resuming fantasy production on the other side of the break, so those with Jimmy on the roster just have to sit tight for now. In the interim, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all be in the mix for extra run. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:45 am
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  • Hawks assign Walter Tavares to the D-League
    Hawks assign C Walter Tavares to the D-League.

    Advice: Tavares doesn't have a role with the Hawks despite Tiago Splitter's hip injury, an indication of "Edy's" current fantasy appeal. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:56 am
  • Kevin Love (thigh) probable to play on Monday
    Kevin Love (quad) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Assuming Love plays, he'll wind up missing just a single game with the quad injury. His return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench where he belongs, while Tristan Thompson will slide back over and assume starting center responsibilities. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:17 am
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  • Report: Melo had two MRIs in last three weeks
    Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) has had two MRIs in the last three weeks, sources told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

    Advice: Despite both coming back clean, "the concern over his long-term health is very real," per Isola. Obviously there are a number of things going wrong in New York right now, and Melo's health woes are right at the top of the list. If the soreness in his surgically-repaired knee doesn't improve after the All-Star break, Melo will be a shutdown candidate as the Knicks fall further and further out of the playoff race. Anthony's absence would mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Derrick Williams and Lance Thomas while Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo would each assume a larger role in the offense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:14 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) may need more DNPs
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) has been assured that the pain in his surgically-repaired knee is "part of the recovery," but he suggested that he might sit out more games to rest his knee.

    Advice: "I can feel it when I'm out there, as far as the rhythm, mechanically shooting the ball," said Anthony. "It's not aligned for me right now." He has missed three of the Knicks' past eight games and although the All-Star break should help, owners have to prepare for occasional DNPs down the stretch. Melo's recent MRI came back negative and he said on Sunday that he intends to play in the All-Star game, which at least suggests that he's not overly concerned. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 5:29 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) out Monday, doubtful Wed
    Jimmy Butler (strained knee) will not play Monday and he will "likely" miss Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Butler met with a team physician on Sunday but the Bulls have not provided an update on his status, and it's unclear whether he'll suit up for the All-Star game. Barring a positive update after Monday's shootaround, owners in weekly leagues should keep Butler on their benches heading into the break. E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, three 3-pointers and seven assists as a starter on Saturday, and he's worth a look as a punt play in DFS. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 5:21 pm
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  • Chris Bosh scores 17 points with three treys
    Chris Bosh went just 5-of-17 from the field and 4-of-7 from the line during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, on his way to 17 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Bosh has been producing just eighth-round value over the past month with averages of 19.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 turnover per game on 46.5 percent shooting. However, his rebounding, 3-point shooting and defensive numbers should trend up after the All-Star break, so he qualifies as buy-low candidate. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 3:19 pm
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  • Chris Paul scores 22 points w/ seven assists
    Chris Paul scored 22 points on 8-of-23 shooting Sunday, to go with seven assists, two rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Paul couldn't get anything to drop to start the game, going 0-of-9 from the field, but in typical CP3 fashion he connected on eight of his final 14 shot attempts to close out the win. He's going to be a top-3 option moving forward. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 2:17 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will play in A.S. game
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) said that he will play in the All-Star game, though he admitted that his knee "[isn't] gonna heal in a week ... or even two weeks."

    Advice: He recently had a precautionary MRI which ruled out structural damage, and Derek Fisher thinks Melo will be fine "long term," but this is still a huge concern for fantasy owners. New York is five games out of the playoff picture, dropping nine of their past 10 games, and the prospect of a shutdown looms larger with each defeat. His fantasy appeal is tanking, making it hard to extract value in a trade, but owners may want to see what opposing GMs think he's worth. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:52 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) drops 31/7/6 Sunday
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday, making 11-of-25 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs in a tough road loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: The Kings have now lost seven of their past eight games and their season has reached a tipping point -- they are 4.5 games out of the playoff picture and may have a new head coach after the All-Star break. Cousins was coming off a triple-double and over the past three games he's averaged 28.3 points, 9.3 boards and 6.7 assists -- he'll be a fantasy stud no matter who's calling the shots in Sacramento. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:37 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) plays 35 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) finished Sunday's home loss with 21 points (7-of-19 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), six rebounds, seven assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Melo is shooting a career-worst 42.4 percent from the field and his surgically-repaired knee is a constant concern for fantasy owners, though coach Derek Fisher tried to downplay the severity. "I think he'll be fine long term," Fisher said. "I think we just have to get through this next set of days into the break and hopefully re-evaluate him from there in terms of something that's not reoccurring." This loss knocked New York five games behind the No. 8 seed Pistons, and Melo's owners can only hope that they don't fall further out of the playoff picture. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:29 pm
  • Al Horford scores 11 points with two blocks
    Al Horford struggled with his shot during Sunday's loss to the Magic, going 5-of-15 from the field on his way to 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Horford isn’t the most exciting guy to own, but his solid percentages (on most nights), limited turnovers and relatively high assist numbers (3.1) for a big man has him churning out second-round value on the year. He’s also incorporated a 3-point shot to his game, draining 1.0 triple per contest, and he’s yet to miss a single game for Atlanta. He’s the captain of team boring for early-round studs. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 12:40 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 24 points with five dimes
    Jeff Teague hit 10-of-17 shots for 24 points on Sunday, to go with five assists, three 3-pointers, one rebound, one steal and an unfortunate five turnovers through 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: Teague did briefly exit the game after getting hit in the left side, but he played through it and it didn't look like an injury that would force him to miss any time. Jeff has been playing much better over the past two weeks, putting in averages of 17.3 points, 5.4 assists, 1.6 three-pointers, 1.9 steals and 3.0 turnovers per game on 53.8 percent shooting, which has been good enough for second-round value in standard leagues. Dennis Schroder no longer seems to be a threat to Teague's minutes. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 12:28 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't look right on Friday vs. the Cavs, scoring just three points on 1-of-9 shooting with seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. However, Crowder is as tough as they come and doesn't want to take any time off, so he shouldn't have any restrictions vs. the Kings. He's a risky play in DFS, but owners in season-long leagues should activate him. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 8:24 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: He participated in Saturday's light practice and was always expected to return to the court against his former team. Anthony is still battling soreness in his knee and clearly isn't 100 percent, so the shut-down risk will grow if the Knicks don't start winning games. They have lost four straight. Langston Galloway will return to the bench for Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 8:19 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins and Rondo are probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (turf toe) are both probable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Kings likely won't update their status before tip-off, but both players are going to play barring a late setback. The Kings have lost six out of their last seven games and coach George Karl is on the hot seat, so Sunday's game vs. the Celtics is going to be very interesting. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 6:48 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 w/ eight dimes
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with seven boards, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His stat line was fantastic, but the only negative is that he shot just 6-of-22 from the field because the Suns weren't generating any easy looks. The Suns have been using Morris as the focal point of their offense, but to be clear they are more than likely just showcasing him for a trade. Regardless, he needs to be owned in all leagues right now with averages of 16.0 points, 6.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 10:08 pm
  • Jimmy Butler returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:55 pm
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  • Jae Crowder returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:55 pm
  • Kevin Durant's 40 points are not enough
    Kevin Durant scored 40 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors during a 116-108 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: The Thunder clawed back from an 18-point deficit to make this a game, but it just wasn't enough. As for KD, it's his third 40-point game on the year and he is tearing it up on offense right now. In his last 10, Durant averaged 32.1 points, 9.3 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.6 treys. He is up to 27.7 points per game and trails James Harden for second by just 0.1 points per game. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:33 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 26 points in win
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points during an impressive 112-105 win over the Bulls on Saturday, adding 17 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell said after the game he likes how Towns and Dieng are playing together. Mitchell also hinted he could be giving Towns more run, which is music to his fantasy owners' ears. Even in just 34.2 minutes per game in his last 10, he's No. 4 in standard fantasy leagues. KAT has no ceiling. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:11 pm
  • Thaddeus Young double-doubles again
    Thaddeus Young scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block against the 76ers during a 103-98 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He's back with some well-rounded output. In his last five, Young averaged 15.2 points, 10.2 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks. Young's rebounding numbers fell off in the middle of January, so getting that back is huge. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 8:38 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 29 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 29 points during a 99-84 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: His usage rate is just a shade below 32 when he's next to LeBron James and Kevin Love (quad) is off the floor, so this production isn't a surprise. Irving's owners are still waiting for his 3-point shooting to come around and he made just 3-of-9 from there tonight. It won't be long until he puts it all together. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 8:04 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 22 points in 20 minutes
    Bradley Beal scored 22 points with two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: His only missed attempt from 3-point range was a halfcourt heave at the end of the game. Beal's offense is starting to click and the low minute total is nothing to worry about on the second half of a back-to-back set with 32 minutes on Friday. The team will have their next back-to-back in their first games after the break, so maybe Beal can play more in those. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 6:30 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 16 points with 4 steals
    C.J. McCollum scored 16 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: His four steals matched his season high in 40 minutes of action. McCollum isn't tearing it up quite as much as he was while Damian Lillard was out earlier in 2016, but he's still sitting pretty as a top-40 player on the year. He has a big lead for Most Improved Player. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 5:23 pm
  • Bradley Beal coming off bench, Temple starts
    Bradley Beal is coming off bench on Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: That will put Garrett Temple in the starting lineup. It's also a decent indication that Beal might not be over 30 minutes like he was on Friday. Beal is still a guy to use in season-long leagues, but he lost a lot of DFS appeal with this news. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 3:27 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) did not suffer tear
    Jimmy Butler (left knee) was diagnosed with a knee strain and did not suffer damage to his ligaments.

    Advice: This is great news, but he is out Friday and Saturday. The diagnosis of a strain means it's something muscle related or it could be something with a tendon near his joint. Butler doesn't have a timetable to return, but it looks like he at least has a chance to be back this month. This may hurt his chance to play in the All-Star Game. Mike Dunleavy (back) should benefit while E'Twaun Moore and Tony Snell could help out. Derrick Rose will be very busy, too. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 3:10 pm
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  • Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's a quad contusion from Friday night, which he was unable to return from in the loss. With Love out, the Cavs will likely be giving more minutes to Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov. Interestingly, Kyrie Irving's usage rate is 31.6 without Love and with LeBron James, so he has a nice chance tonight. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 2:51 pm
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  • Bradley Beal is playing on Saturday
    Bradley Beal is playing on Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: This is just a heads up after a Friday game. Beal played 32 minutes in that win and has been very aggressive. He still hasn't had his jumper fall, so maybe that happens tonight. Keep him in your lineups. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 2:37 pm
  • Chris Bosh wasn't concerned with ankle
    Chris Bosh said the Heat are having more success with high pick-and-roll plays.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle in the first half and needed to be re-taped, but it looks like a non-issue. The Rockets were really aggressive on Bosh isolations on Tuesday, which may have caused so many PNRs on Friday. Bosh's output has dipped to just seventh-round value in his last 10, so expect him get it going again soon. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 12:55 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) ruled out Saturday
    Jimmy Butler (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He is reportedly dealing with a hyperextended left knee, but the Bulls still haven't released the results of his MRI. Until then, he should be considered day-to-day. Derrick Rose, Tony Snell and E'Twaun Moore will all have to step up in Butler's absence. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 11:19 am
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  • Vogel says Hill is 'invaluable' to the Pacers
    Coach Frank Vogel said that George Hill's ability to play off the ball is "invaluable" to the Pacers.

    Advice: "He’s shooting the ball well," Vogel said. "That’s needed because, obviously, we have Paul George back this year and we have Monta [Ellis] and we’re putting the ball in his hands a ton so [Hill’s] ability to play off the ball makes him invaluable really to what we’re doing." Hill has been a top-40 player in standard leagues over the last five games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 51.0 percent shooting from the field. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 8:34 am
  • Kyrie Irving scores 19 points with six dimes
    Kyrie Irving scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Friday's loss to the Celtics, adding three rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving is slowly but surely working his way up in the rankings, and over the past two weeks he's been producing sixth-round value behind averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 turnovers on 47.4 percent shooting. He has first-round upside, and the Cavs have one of the best playoff schedules out there, so Uncle Drew qualifies as a solid buy-low candidate. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:48 pm
  • Report: Jimmy Butler hyperextended left knee?
    Jimmy Butler reportedly hyperextended his left knee, and while he'll likely sit out Saturday's game vs. the Timberwolves there's a chance he can play Monday vs. Charlotte or Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Butler is going to get an MRI on Saturday morning, but this report is great news if it turns out to be true. Owners can expect another update tomorrow morning, but with Jimmy likely sidelined on Saturday, Tony Snell figures to enter the starting five with E'Twuan Moore seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be busy on offense for however long Jimmy Buckets is out. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:41 pm
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  • Thaddeus Young lights up Kings
    Thaddeus Young scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 39 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: He's finally on the right track again coming off a 16-point, 14-board game. The Nets handed out 29 assists and Thad's seven were a season high. He should be back to being a top-50 guy going forward. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:16 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) will have an MRI on Sat
    Fred Hoiberg said that Jimmy Butler will have an MRI on his sprained left knee on Saturday, and added that the Bulls will need to prepare to play without Butler "for a while no matter what."

    Advice: Hoiberg did say that the ligaments in Butler's left knee are "intact," but Jimmy said he heard a "pop" in his knee and it would be shocking to see him suit up for Saturday's game in Minnesota. Butler exited the arena on crutches and could be looking at a potentially looking at a lengthy absence, so E'Twaun Moore is someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues, while more minutes will be falling to guys like Doug McDermott and Tony Snell. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be doing the heavy lifting on offense for however long Butler is out. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:09 pm
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  • Boogie Cousins triple-doubles in loss to BK
    DeMarcus Cousins put up his first triple-double of the season with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Nets during a 128-119 loss on Friday.

    Advice: Boogie was not happy at the end of this game as his team allowed the Nets to score a season-high 128. "Not going to keep blaming the guys in the locker room," Cousins said. "We got a bigger issue." Fire up the grass and snake emojis? The Kings are fading fast while the Jazz have won five straight, so the Kings have a tough job on their hands. Expect the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors to start up in some capacity even if they don't hold a lot of weight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:06 pm
  • Jae Crowder hits just 1-of-9 shots in 32 mins
    Jae Crowder was clearly bothered by his sore right ankle during Friday's win over the Cavs, hitting just 1-of-9 shots on his way to three points, seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crowder said that he felt like he was playing on one leg, and that he probably would have sat out if the Celtics were playing a different team. He did play some nice defense, but he didn't have any lift on his jumper, and his three points didn't come until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out Sunday's game vs. Sacramento, which would likely result in Evan Turner returning to the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 8:54 pm
  • John Wall triple-doubles in win over 76ers
    John Wall triple-doubled against the 76ers during a 106-94 win on Friday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Wizards offense is starting to click again and going small is probably the reason why. Wall had a really tough cold spell last month and it's probably not a coincidence that's when the team went with Nene (calf) at power forward. Expect to see Wall put up some big lines going forward. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 8:44 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 22 points in start
    Bradley Beal made 10-of-16 from the field for 22 points in a start with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He only attempted two 3-pointers and is really attacking the basket right now. Beal has actually really struggled from deep, so that's really the last piece of the puzzle for his fantasy value. The 32 minutes is a good sign and hopefully the Wizards keep him in that neighborhood and not 40 minutes. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 8:38 pm
  • Al Horford scores 21 points in win
    Al Horford scored 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Pacers during a 102-96 win on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, there is a reason why any team would love to have Horford on their squad. He's grown as a 3-point shooter, is a very good defender and is one of the most efficient players without requiring a high usage. Horford is just coasting along with top-20 value on the season. He also had an awesome dunk (in link below). Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 7:46 pm
  • Jeff Teague scored 16 points vs. Pacers
    Jeff Teague made 5-of-9 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: It's not a great game, but it's not a step back. Teague has been in a solid groove in his last five, averaging 18.6 points, 2.8 boards, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 treys on 52.2 percent form the field. Believe it or not, Teague has posted second-round value in the last seven games. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 7:35 pm
  • John Henson (back) out Friday vs. the Jazz
    John Henson (back) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: It'll be Henson's fifth straight game on the sidelines, which will allow Miles Plumlee to get some extra run, although that doesn't matter in almost any league. Henson is nothing more than a shot blocking specialist, and he's not really worth holding onto in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 5:31 pm
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  • DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo start
    DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are starting against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: They were expected to play the whole time and the Kings probably should've never even said they were probable. Cousins should be the focal point as per usual tonight in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 4:41 pm
  • Jae Crowder will play, has ankle taped
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play against the Cavs and had his ankle taped.

    Advice: Crowder said his ankle is "stiff as hell" for the game. He might be a little limited as far as performance goes against LeBron James, but there has been no talk of his minutes being limited tonight. Start him like you normally would in standard leagues. It'll be interesting to see how LeBron attacks Crowder tonight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 3:34 pm
  • Bradley Beal back in starting lineup
    Bradley Beal is back in starting lineup for Friday against the 76ers.

    Advice: It's his first start since Dec. 9. He played 29 minutes on Wednesday and could hit 30 tonight. Beal's scoring efficiency has been very good lately despite his triples not dropping, so he might be in for a nice night against the sub-par perimeter defense of the 76ers. That means less run for Garrett Temple in the first unit. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 3:20 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) still on track to play
    Jae Crowder (ankle) is still on track to play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with swelling and missed shootaround, so he might not be at 100 percent against LeBron James. Crowder is fine to start in season-long leagues, but he's a very risky play in DFS tonight. He's been a fantasy steal. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 3:05 pm
  • Karl and Cousins are doing OK
    Coach George Karl said DeMarcus Cousins is "cool" and he's "enjoyed the adventure" of tweaking his offensive game.

    Advice: "I don't think Boogie is ever going to like coaches," Karl said. Karl did admit he did "stupid" things involving Cousins, so it was nice to see him take the blame. Karl praised Cousins' attitude in the preseason, as well. Cousins is expected to play tonight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 2:39 pm
  • Markieff Morris cools off in loss
    Markieff Morris made 4-of-12 for 14 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The offense went through him quite a bit tonight, but the efficiency wasn't there like it was in his 30-point explosion. Morris was even teaching the younger guys tonight, which didn't happen often under Jeff Hornacek. A trade will kill his value, but he's worth owning as long as he's starting. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 8:55 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic targeting return after ASB
    Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) is targeting a return after the All-Star Break.

    Advice: Mirotic has been discharged from the hospital after two surgeries and is now hoping to return to the Bulls after the All-Star Break. While Mirotic is worth a stash if he was dropped, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will continue to see a value boost while Mirotic is out. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 10:25 am
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  • Chris Paul mum on late-game technical foul
    Chris Paul did his best to avoid a fine for post-game comments on a late-game technical foul in Wednesday's loss to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Paul received a late-game technical foul from referee Lauren Holtkamp, but was measured in explaining the call. "It's crazy," Paul said. "I guess it was for what I said." Asked what he said, Paul said, "Nothing. I said nothing." Paul has a history with Holtkamp, so was smart to avoid elaborating on his feelings. Paul scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and four treys in the loss and is a must-start option as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 8:02 am
  • Zach LaVine gets 34 minutes, scores 17
    Zach LaVine scored 17 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell went with a lineup quartet of LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns for 15.3 minutes -- that combo actually has a positive net rating on the year, too. The UCLA product has hinted he likes playing shooting guard more and he's had some solid success there recently. LaVine should be owned in standard leagues. Additionally, he will be in the dunk contest next week. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 11:57 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns turns it up late
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not score in the first half and got hot late. Towns is putting up an all-time rookie season and it's obviously translating to fantasy. In his last 10 games, only Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant have more value than Towns. He's 20. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 11:41 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 22, gets costly late tech
    Chris Paul scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Wolves during a 108-102 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: He picked up a late technical foul, which most will call controversial. Referee Lauren Holtkamp T'd up Paul and he was asked about his history with Holtkamp after the game. "They done got my money already," Paul said. "I'm cool. My kids in private school." Paul was fined $25K last year for saying a tech from Holtkamp was "terrible" and that being an NBA ref "might not be for her." Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 11:37 pm
  • Not Nice: Durant hits game winner, scores 37
    Kevin Durant hit 27-foot game-winner during a 117-114 victory over the Magic on Wednesday, finishing with 37 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, three blocks and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: KD is not nice. He gave Tobias Harris a dirty crossover to get free for the shot with 0.5 seconds left (video in link below). Durant is rolling in his last five, averaging 33.8 points, 9.8 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.8 steals and 3.0 treys on 50.5 percent from the field and 90.2 percent from the line. Yes, teams have interest in signing him this offseason. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 9:11 pm
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