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  • Rudy Gay (ankle) doubtful vs. Boston
    Rudy Gay (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle on Friday and did not return. The Kings will desperately need Gay to help save Karl's job, but that might not happen. If Gay doesn't play, Omri Casspi should get the start and get a chance to rebound from a rough stretch. Darren Collison and Marco Belinelli should also benefit. Today, 1:43 pm
  • Terrence Jones out of hospital
    Terrence Jones (concussion) is out of the hospital on Saturday and is unlikely to return to action until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: He is still in the concussion protocol and will be checked out by team doctors today. Jones is not going to play on Saturday, which means the Rockets will go small a ton against the Blazers tonight. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) is questionable
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He has been targeting this game for his return, so he will likely make a decision after warming up with the team. His return can't come soon enough with Jimmy Butler going down with a knee injury, but he's only on the radar in deeper leagues for now. His minutes should be pretty limited if he's cleared to play. Today, 11:21 am
  • Martin, Garnett and Pekovic are all doubtful
    Kevin Martin (wrist), Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic (foot) are all doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: To be clear, none of them will play and the Wolves should've just listed them as out. Martin may not play again until the trade deadline, and by that by point he might be wearing a different uniform. He's not worth stashing in most leagues, while Zach LaVine will continue to benefit in his absence. Today, 10:34 am
  • Watson praises Orlando Johnson
    Suns coach Earl Watson spoke highly of newly-acquired guard Orlando Johnson.

    Advice: "He plays with his heart like [P.J. Tucker]," Watson said. "He’s athletic. He’s shooting the ball well from 3 right now. But what we need more than anything right now is like-minded players. He has a like-minded attitude coming from the Spurs program. You know the attitude he’s going to have. He’s going to play the right way." Johnson is on a 10-day deal and will look to impress the Suns during Saturday's game vs. the Jazz. He's not on the fantasy radar for now. Today, 8:29 am
  • Bickerstaff praises Corey Brewer
    Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that Corey Brewer is "disruptive" on the defensive end.

    Advice: "He's disruptive," Bickerstaff said. "When he's able to get steals, that's when his offense starts. His offense starts on the defensive end of the court. It's a steal for us. It's a defensive rebound for us and then it's a quick outlet. When we're getting stops, that's when [Brewer] is at his best." Brewer scored 24 points against the Suns on Thursday and is still starting at small forward, but he was struggling prior to that game. Unless he does this again, he's better suited for deeper leagues. Today, 7:57 am
  • Sam Dekker (back) is progressing well
    Sam Dekker (back) is still on track to begin full-contact practices in mid-February.

    Advice: "Everything is on schedule so far," Dekker said. "I can't wait." Coach J.B. Biskerstaff also sounded encouraged by the rookie's recent progress. "He's upped his workload," Bickerstaff said. "He hasn't had any setbacks. That's been positive. He's moving in the direction we like to see him going." Dekker likely won't be a big part of the rotation this season, so he's only worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues. Today, 7:53 am
  • Lakers have reduced Kobe's workload
    Lakers coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant's workload in practice has been reduced so that he can be fresh for games.

    Advice: "Less work has been better because his legs are fresh, especially the last couple of weeks," Scott said. "He has a different pep in his step." Bryant sat out of Friday's practice, but his status for Saturday's game vs. the Spurs isn't in doubt. He's averaging 29.3 points and 5.0 3-pointers over his last three games, so he's worth deploying in all lineups until he cools off. Today, 7:44 am
  • Mitchell: Rudez has earned more minutes
    Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said that Damjan Rudez has earned more minutes.

    Advice: "Right now Rudez has put me in a situation where I have to give him more minutes," Mitchell said. "I have to figure out how to get him in the game. Because he played well." Rudez has replaced Nemanja Bjelica in the rotation and scored eight points in 18 minutes vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, but he isn't worth a look in deeper leagues unless he can carve out a role with minutes in the 20s. Leave him on the wire. Today, 7:27 am
  • P.J. Tucker doesn't want a trade
    P.J. Tucker is hopeful that the Suns will not trade him.

    Advice: "I love being in Phoenix," Tucker said. "It’s been my longest stop of my career and hopefully it continues." Tucker is on the last year of his deal and the Suns are tanking, so he should draw plenty of interest prior to the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The Raptors have been linked with the swingman, but a move to Toronto would be bad news for his fantasy value. To be clear, nothing is imminent. Today, 6:51 am
  • Fisher says Carmelo will be fine long-term
    Knicks coach Derek Fisher said that Carmelo Anthony will be fine "long-term."

    Advice: "He’s carrying a big load,’’ Fisher said. "Coming off an ankle injury, he got thrown into an intense week. It hasn’t calmed down completely since then. He’ll be fine long-term, but we just have to get through these next seven days and hopefully reevaluate from there so it’s not something that’s recurring.’’ An MRI came back clean and Anthony is expected to play on Sunday vs. Denver, but his owners should be concerned about a possible shutdown after the All-Star break. Today, 6:22 am
  • Justin Anderson scores 13 points w/ two treys
    Justin Anderson actually got into the rotation due to the blowout nature of Friday's game, and produced 13 points and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: Anderson shot 4-of-7 from the field and also pulled down three boards, but he's a negligible part of the rotation more often than not. We'll need to see him earning consistent minutes before recommending him as an add in any league. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 6 pts in blowout loss
    Chandler Parsons only managed to score six points on 3-of-9 shooting during Friday's blowout loss to San Antonio, adding one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs trailed by 36 points at the half, which was the largest halftime deficit in franchise history, so it's hard to take away much from this unproductive performance from Parsons. He should be able to bounce-back on Saturday vs. Memphis. Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Wesley Matthews scores four points in 23 mins
    Wesley Matthews couldn't get anything going during Friday's blowout loss to the Spurs, tallying just four points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, two assists, one block and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs were blown out badly in this one, and the game was essentially over after the first-quarter. Wesley was noticeably upset after the game saying it was the most "embarrassing game" he's ever been a part of "at any level." Matthews has been struggling over the past month, knocking down just 34.5 percent of his shots, and it might not get any better any time soon with Dallas set to play Memphis on Saturday and Utah on Tuesday. Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points with two treys
    Kawhi Leonard notched 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting Friday, with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Kawhi's has been underperforming over the past month, producing just third-round value in standard leagues, so now would be an excellent time to float out some buy-low offers to his frustrated owners. At 24 years old, Kawhi is in zero danger of random rest days down the stretch, and he was fantasy basketball's No. 4 overall option in 9-cat leagues after the break last season. The explosion is coming. Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Khris Middleton struggling with Kidd back
    Khris Middleton turned it over a career-high nine times against the Jazz during an 84-81 loss on Friday, scoring 18 points with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was the nightmare matchup for the Bucks. They can't score consistently outside of the paint and the Jazz lock down the area around the rim. Meanwhile, Middleton continues to struggle since Jason Kidd returned. In fact, he made just 32.7 percent from the field in those six games and has struggled in every facet. He should be better. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Danny Green scores eight points w/ two treys
    Danny Green scored eight points on 3-of-8 shooting Friday, to go with two 3-pointers, four boards, one assist and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Mr. Green has become elite at following up productive outing with meaningless stat lines, although he has managed to produce fifth-round value in 9-cat leagues over the past two weeks with averages of 9.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.7 three-pointers on 45.7 percent shooting. He can be truly infuriating to own, but with the upward trend, he's a hold in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • LeBron James' 30 points not enough for CLE
    LeBron James struggled with his shot during Friday's loss to the Celtics, going 9-of-23 from the field on his way to 30 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs self-destructed during the closing minutes of the game, and James was not at all pleased with the results saying: "It’s not about the wins and losses but it’s about how we lost. How we lost, it hurts. It’s been a while since I felt like this." LBJ will likely be looking for blood Saturday vs. the Pelicans, and he could very well produce a monstrous line with a matchup against the second-worst team at defending the small forward position. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari snuffs Bulls, scores 33
    Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 33 points during a 115-110 win over the Bulls on Friday with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He made all 18 attempts from the line and killed the Bulls with his slow-mo style of scoring. Gallinari is the first player to take at least 18 attempts from the line and make all of them since Kobe Bryant in 2013. He was cooling off a bit before this one and only has sixth-round value in his last 10, but expect him to trend up. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • J.R. Smith drains five triples, swats a shot
    J.R. Smith drained five more triples during Friday's heartbreaking loss to the Celtics, to go with 20 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Swish did pick up a questionable foul during the closing minutes of the game, which essentially cost Cleveland the win, but at least his stats were nice. He's been a mid-round guy over the past month, and he's fully capable of going stretches producing early-round value. The horrendous start is a distant memory. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Tony Snell starts second half
    Tony Snell started the second half for Jimmy Butler (knee) on Friday against the Nuggets with two points, one rebound and one block in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He barely played in the first half with five minutes and Mike Dunleavy (back) is going to be back Saturday. Snell isn't a great fit in the first unit and isn't a pickup yet. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Matt Barnes returns, scores 12
    Matt Barnes (hamstring) returned during a 91-85 win over the Knicks on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was his first game at MSG since the Derek Fisher drama. In true Barnes fashion, he did some warming up on the Knicks side of the court before the game -- this was before other Knicks came out. Barnes should be able to flirt with top-100 value with his fantasy-friendly game. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 16 points vs. Knicks
    Jeff Green scored 16 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 29 minutes against the Knicks in Friday's win.

    Advice: He just thrives in wins and he's found his role off the bench. He's pretty close to his peak and he's putting up sixth-round value in his last 10 games. Green is a hold in all leagues, but selling high makes sense. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 23 points
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 23 points with four rebounds, one assist and a career-high seven 3-pointers against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings allowed another huge night and can't defend the three ball. As for Bogdanovic, he scored a combined 18 points in his previous four games, so you can ignore this great line for now. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left ankle) questionable Sunday
    Rudy Gay has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle, and he will be listed as day-to-day moving forward.

    Advice: X-rays on Gay's left ankle came back negative, and it looks like he'll be questionable for Sacramento's upcoming back-to-back set Sunday vs. Boston and Monday vs. Cleveland. If he's forced into an extended absence, Omri Casspi, Willie Cauley-Stein and Darren Collison will benefit, with Casspi likely returning to the starting five. Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Rudy Gay (ankle) out for game vs. Nets
    Rudy Gay (left ankle) will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter and tried to play through it, but it just wasn't feeling right for him. Omri Casspi will get a bump in minutes while Willie Cauley-Stein will play more, too. Darren Collison is also playing well tonight. Gay finished with two points, one rebound and one assist. Yesterday, 5:22 pm
  • Rudy Gay exits Friday w/ left ankle injury
    Rudy Gay exited Friday's game after turning his left ankle and has returned.

    Advice: Gay walked off under his own power and might be able to return after having the ankle re-taped. It looks like he is fine. Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable Saturday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is officially questionable to play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Martin has missed six straight games, he hasn't logged 30 minutes in a contest since early December, and Sam Mitchell said recently that he wasn't close to returning. The Wolves' only incentive to play him at less than 100 percent would be to showcase him for a potential trade -- he's not a desirable fantasy asset unless he lands in an ideal situation. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Matt Barnes will play vs. Knicks on Friday
    Matt Barnes (hamstring) will play against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: "We should be fully loaded," coach Dave Joerger said. Yes, this means he gets his first game at MSG since the Derek Fisher drama. Barnes is still a hold in standard leagues, but he's lost some value with Jeff Green tearing it up. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) out on Friday
    Carmelo Anthony (left knee) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday night.

    Advice: This is his surgically repaired knee that also kept him out for two games last month. An MRI ruled out any structural damage, but this isn't the usual DNP-REST with the news of needing an MRI. Coach Derek Fisher said there is no thought of shutting him down, but Melo could miss more games. Langston Galloway and Derrick Williams are the beneficiaries here while Arron Afflalo and Kristaps Porzingis also get more shots. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Terrence Jones (concussion) out for Saturday
    Terrence Jones (concussion) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered the concussion in the car accident on Wednesday. Jones will have to go through the protocol and could miss games through the break. That means more run for Josh Smith while Trevor Ariza continues to thrive at power forward. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Kobe Bryant expected to play on Saturday
    Kobe Bryant missed practice on Friday and is fully expected to play on Saturday against the Spurs.

    Advice: It's his last road game in San Antonio, so it would be a big surprise to see him out. Bryant is on fire in his last two games and he might be someone to use in DFS for the first time. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
  • Martin, Garnett & Pekovic not close to return
    Coach Sam Mitchell said the Kevin Martin (wrist), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle, foot) are not close to returning.

    Advice: "I love the way we're playing right now," Mitchell said. In other words, those guys are basically out of the rotation. This is terrific news for Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng. Martin is on the trade block for next to nothing and will need to be dealt to have value. Yesterday, 11:30 am
  • Matt Barnes (hamstring) is still questionable
    Matt Barnes (hamstring) remains questionable for Friday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Given his history with Knicks head coach Derek Fisher, Barnes will do everything in his power to play tonight. He did go through the morning shootaround, so it sounds like he could be a game-time call. If he misses another game, Jeff Green and Tony Allen would benefit the most. Yesterday, 9:21 am
  • Suns signing Orlando Johnson
    The Suns will sign Orlando Johnson to a 10-day deal.

    Advice: The Suns have no healthy point guards on their roster and are playing three shooting guards and P.J. Tucker out of position. This season Johnson is averaging 15.2 points, 5.1 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.9 treys with the Austin Spurs this year. He's 26 years old, was a second-round pick in 2012 and hasn't been in the NBA since 2013-14. Thursday, 11:21 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 27; Lakers win again
    Kobe Bryant scored 27 points during a 99-96 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: His rebounds were a season high and he's back to shooting the ball well after his 38-point gem on Tuesday. The Lakers are now on a two-game winning streak and look to be playing better. This is actually bad news for next year with their top-three protected pick. Kobe has been great, but expect him to rest here and there. Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores game-high 24 points
    Corey Brewer scored a game-high 24 points against Suns on Thursday with one assist, four steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets scored 26 points in fast break, so that kind of output there is right up Brewer's alley. In his previous starts, Brewer only has averages of 9.6 points, 3.4 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 treys on 38.8 percent from the field. If you want to ride him while he's played better, hopefully you're not dropping anything of value. He's not an add in standard leagues yet. Thursday, 9:15 pm
  • Carmelo not shooting well, passing more?
    Carmelo Anthony made 4-of-18 from the field and 10-of-14 from the line for 19 points against the Pistons during a 111-105 loss on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's not shooting the ball well at all. In his last six, he's made 32.6 percent from the field for 17.2 points per game. Only 15.7 percent of his shots have been at the rim and he's not hitting jumpers either. The good news is that his dimes and boards are up. With some concern about his knees last month, there's slightly more concern of Melo missing games. To be clear, there is no word of him being hurt right now. Thursday, 8:19 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) out Friday vs. Denver
    Mike Dunleavy (back) will not play Friday vs. the Nuggets, as expected.

    Advice: He's targeting a return to the court for Saturday's matchup vs. the Timberwolves, and his imminent return to action will result in less minutes for E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell and Doug McDermott. Dunleavy will likely be brought along very slowly, so he's not a great add in most leagues. Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Matt Barnes (hamstring) questionable Friday
    Matt Barnes (right hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Matt Barnes sat out Monday's matchup with New Orleans, and given the tricky nature of hamstring injuries, it wouldn't be shocking to see him miss Friday's contest as well. Jeff Green, Tony Allen and Vince Carter will see an uptick in minutes if Barnes is out, with Green offering the most upside. Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play vs Pelicans on Thursday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Bryant is still struggling with with his shoulder injury, but is coming off a season-high of 38 points on Tuesday. While Bryant makes for a solid start on Thursday, his return will cut into the minutes of Lou Williams and D'Angelo Russell. Thursday, 9:59 am
  • Chandler Parsons confused by late benching
    Chandler Parsons said his late-game benching during Wednesday's loss to Miami was "definitely strange."

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle opted for Raymond Felton over Parsons to close the game and explained the move by saying that Parsons had been struggling for most of the game. "It's definitely strange to me, especially after how I've been playing," Parsons said after the game. "It's definitely different, but every game calls for something different." Parsons has been on fire as of late and should be be in all fantasy lineups as he's due for a rebound against the Spurs on Friday. Thursday, 6:25 am
  • Mike Dunleavy set to return on Saturday
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is set to return against the Timberwolves on Saturday, according to league sources.

    Advice: Dunleavy had been practicing with Santa Cruz of the D-League, but is set to make his season debut on Saturday as long as he doesn't experience any setbacks. While Dunleavy isn't an add outside of deeper fantasy leagues, his return will cut into the minutes of Tony Snell and E'Twaun Moore. Thursday, 6:07 am
  • Tony Snell starts for Jimmy Buckets
    Tony Snell made a spot start for Jimmy Butler (knee) on Wednesday with nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Mike Dunleavy (back) will be back on Saturday and Jimmy Butler (knee) is only day-to-day, so Snell probably won't have much value beyond Friday. Wednesday, 10:59 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 26 points in win
    Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer on 11-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: He's been pretty quiet with a 10-point dud against the Magic on Monday. Leonard's scoring has been fine, but his steals and other stats have fallen off. Leonard might not be able to hang in the top three for fantasy value, but he should still be elite. Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Danny Green scores 16 points in 39 minutes
    Danny Green scored 16 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in a season-high 39 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Green did not hit the 30-minute mark in any game since Jan. 8, so this is a shock. He has more ups and downs than an entire amusement park of roller coasters, but Green is putting up value. In 2016, he has put up sixth-round value in his last 15 games, so it's hard to complain too much. Keep him owned in all leagues and remember not to complain to your friends too much about the bad Green nights. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Thaddeus Young comes through with 16 & 14
    Thaddeus Young broke out of a funk and had 16 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: He didn't do much else, but this was just his third double-double since Jan. 15. He's still a candidate for steals on most nights and we're hoping this is a sign that he's ready to start racking up solid fantasy stats again. He had just eight points and five rebounds in his previous game. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
  • J.R. Smith makes four 3s, gets four steals
    J.R. Smith shot just 5-of-14 from the field on Wednesday, scoring 14 points, but four of his makes came from downtown and he added a season-high-tying four steals.

    Advice: Smith also chipped in three rebounds and a block without any turnovers, enough to pacify most fantasy owners. He's a streaky scorer and occasional duds are to be expected, but the 12th-year guard is anchoring his value with 2.4 triples and 1.1 steals per game. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • LeBron James notches 23/6/6 w/ two blocks
    LeBron James notched 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks on Wednesday, with only one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs shot 45.8 percent and turned the ball over just eight times, but they were outscored in the paint while being out-rebounded 28-49, a margin LBJ said was "unacceptable" after the game. The loss snapped a five-game win streak and James will be eager to start a new streak on Friday, to the detriment of the Celtics. Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Tony Snell starting on Wednesday
    Tony Snell will start against the Kings on Wednesday in place of Jimmy Butler (knee).

    Advice: He will get his best chance to earn minutes going forward because Mike Dunleavy (back) could be back this weekend. Leave Snell on the wire. Wednesday, 6:18 pm
  • Martin, Garnett and Pekovic all out vs. Clips
    Kevin Martin (wrist), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (foot) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The severity of Martin's injury isn't known, but he might not even be in the rotation upon his return anyway. Leave him on the wire. Zach LaVine should get 30 minutes or so and is worth holding in standard leagues. Wednesday, 6:09 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) hopeful for weekend
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is hopeful to return over the weekend.

    Advice: The Bulls get some good news here and they might need Dun-Dun if Jimmy Butler (knee) needs to miss more time. Dunleavy isn't the strongest add and he'll have his minutes monitored, but give him a look in very deep leagues. This means less run for E'Twaun Moore and Tony Snell, assuming Butler is back. Wednesday, 5:52 pm
  • Terrence Jones involved in car accident
    Terrence Jones was involved a car accident on Wednesday and has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: The Rockets are saying that Jones is not injured, but they want to hold him out for one game which is likely just a precaution. Jones has fallen out of favor in Houston, so his absence won't have a significant impact on the Rockets' rotations. Josh Smith will pick up a few extra minutes on Thursday. Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) questionable vs. NO
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is questionable to face the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a road game, so Kobe has a slightly higher chance to play than usual because he hasn't missed a game away from Staples in 2016. Kobe did hoist a ton of shots in his 38-point gem on Tuesday, so it's anyone's guess o his status. Wednesday, 2:15 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy called up to the Bulls
    Mike Dunleavy (back) has been called up to join the Bulls.

    Advice: He put in a couple practices with the D-League club and should be with the team in Denver on Friday. It's still unknown if he'll play or when he'll make his season debut. Once he's ready to go, he'll bump E'Twaun Moore from the starting lineup and Tony Snell will lose minutes. Wednesday, 1:57 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable vs. LAC
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was questionable for Tuesday and did not play. Martin has been out since Jan. 23 and he's also very likely to be traded. If he does play, Zach LaVine may play a little less. Martin is probably closer to doubtful for this one. Wednesday, 11:34 am
  • Sam Dekker (back) looks good at shootaround
    Sam Dekker (back) was reportedly moving around "pretty good" during Wednesday morning's shootaround, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

    Advice: Dekker underwent back surgery back in November but he's hopeful to get back on the court some time after the All-Star break. However, the rookie won't be a major part of the rotation upon his return, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues. Wednesday, 10:52 am
  • Report: Toronto interested in P.J. Tucker
    The Raptors have reportedly expressed interest in trading for P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: It makes sense as the Raptors’ small forwards have been ravished by injuries, although Tucker would lose a lot of value in Toronto once DeMarre Carroll (knee) is able to get back on the court. It's unclear exactly what assets the Raptors would send to the Suns in order to make this deal happen, but Stein reports that Phoenix is likely seeking a "nice" draft pick as compensation. Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Vintage Kobe: Bryant scores 38 w/ seven treys
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) helped the Lakers snap a 10-game losing streak on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, scoring a season-high 38 points with seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was questionable to play with a shoulder injury, so this sounds about right for the Black Mamba. He was an impressive 10-of-21 from the field and 7-of-11 from 3-point range, adding five boards, five assists and two steals in 33 minutes. He's still battling several nagging injuries and should have plenty of maintenance days, so this is the perfect moment for his owners to sell high while they still can. Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 21 points in loss
    Khris Middleton scored 21 points on Tuesday vs. the Blazers with eight boards, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: His shot wasn't falling and he hit just 7-of-22 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line, but he deserves some credit for staying aggressive and he said this week that his confidence has improved. "Now, I'm not afraid," Middleton said. "Or getting myself down about missing shots or missing an assignment late. The game goes on. You've got another chance. That's definitely a mental thing." Treat him as a top-40 player going forward. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Terrence Jones has 11 & 7 in 29 minutes
    Terrence Jones played 29 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: He still came off the bench, but saw a big boost in minutes with Clint Capela (thigh) and Dwight Howard (suspended) in street clothes. Jones played a grand total of 20 minutes with six points and two rebounds in his previous two games, so look for him to take a big step back with Capela and Howard close to returning. Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony double-doubles again
    Carmelo Anthony had 16 points, 14 rebounds and four assists before fouling out of Tuesday's loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: His shooting still isn't pretty, as he's hit just 17-of-48 shots over his last three games, but in an odd coincidence, he's also double-doubled in all three of those, averaging 19.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. He's making his money on the boards and at the free throw line right now, as he's hit 22-of-26 free throws over that stretch. Now let's just hope his shot starts falling and his knee stays healthy. And we'll admit that neither is guaranteed to happen. Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) out for Tuesday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Lakers as expected.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable but coach Sam Mitchell never expected him to play. K-Mart is likely going to be traded, but he isn't worth stashing in almost any format at the moment. Zach LaVine will benefit on Tuesday and from here on out. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will play Tuesday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will play on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He isn't close to being 100 percent but the Black Mamba wants to play in as many games as possible during his farewell tour. His minutes have been limited to the 20s recently and he hasn't been playing at a consistent level, so he's far from a must-start player. Tuesday, 5:48 pm
  • Jones will play center if Capela out Tuesday
    J.B. Bickerstaff said that if Clint Capela (thigh) can't play Tuesday vs. the Heat, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith will split minutes at the center spot with Dwight Howard (suspension) also unavailable.

    Advice: Jones logged a season-low six minutes in his previous outing, but he'll likely return to a 20-minute role with the Rockets if Capela can't give it a go tonight. Josh Smith would likely see his playing time in the high-20s, but neither guy makes for all that attractive of a DFS option with a tough matchup against Miami. Tuesday, 3:43 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable for Tuesday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers, although head coach Sam Mitchell said he didn't think he would play.

    Advice: Martin should be listed as doubtful here, and it would be very surprising to see him take the court tonight. We should have official confirmation soon enough, but Zach LaVine will be the primary beneficiary with Martin likely on the sidelines Tuesday night, and he's on the radar in DFS with a favorable matchup against the Lakers. Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) '50-50' to play Tues
    Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is "50-50" to play vs. the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kobe only played 23 minutes on Sunday, so perhaps he's able to get out there tonight. However, if he's out, Anthony Brown will draw another start and there will be more touches for Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams on offense. Check back for official confirmation on Kobe's status closer to tip-off. Tuesday, 11:15 am
  • Rudy Gay feasts vs. the Bucks with 32 points
    Rudy Gay was phenomenal in a 111-104 win over the Bucks on Monday with 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting with nine boards, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sat this one out, so Gay predictably took control of the offense and helped the Kings snap a four-game losing streak. Cousins' status for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls is up in the air, so Gay could be a popular target in DFS if Boogie misses another game. Monday, 9:59 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 24, Grizzlies win again
    Jeff Green made 8-of-13 from the field for 24 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It's amazing how well Green plays when the Grizzlies win. In wins this year, Green averaged 14.6 points, 4.9 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys. In losses, it's just 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.5 treys. The Grizzlies are on a four-game winning streak and only James Harden has been better than Green in that span. He has to be owned. Monday, 9:19 pm
  • Chandler Parsons grabs 11 boards
    Chandler Parsons grabbed a season-high 11 boards against the Hawks on Monday, adding 19 points, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He has been marvelous and the rebounds are on the upswing, averaging 7.8 per game in his last five. Parsons added averages of 18.6 points, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.4 treys. He's dominating for his owners. Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Thaddeus Young cooling off these days
    Thaddeus Young scored eight points with five rebounds and one block in 25 minutes against the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: After he became one of the most improved rebounders in the first month of the season, Thad has cooled off. In his previous 10, Young averaged 13.6 points, 7.9 boards and 1.6 steals. He's still a very good bet to be a mid-round player going forward and flirt with top-50 value. He also had an awesome block on Ersan Ilyasova tonight (in link below). Monday, 7:41 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24 points in win
    LeBron James made 9-of-22 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line for 24 points during a 111-106 overtime win over the Pacers on Monday, adding 12 rebounds, six assists, one block, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Myles Turner actually blocked LeBron three times tonight. The sub-par shooting is nothing to worry about with LeBron busting out for a 55.2 field goal percentage last month. His big problem earlier in the year is missing open shots, but he has that all sorted out now. Expect LeBron to stay above 52 percent from the field going forward. Monday, 7:24 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores 19 points
    J.R. Smith scored 19 points with three rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He had a great January, averaging 14.8 points, 2.9 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 treys on 45.4 percent from the field. He's playing about 16.3 minutes per game with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in 2016, but he's still managed to get his shots. He's flirting with top-50 value in 2016. Monday, 7:14 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) assigned to D-League
    Mike Dunleavy (back) has been assigned to the D-League.

    Advice: He will rehab with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the D-League and will return to the Bulls when he gets his legs under him. Dunleavy will eventually start at small forward for Chicago, but he's not worth stashing in most leagues because he won't be too involved in the offense. Monday, 4:51 pm
  • Matt Barnes (right hamstring) out vs. NO
    Matt Barnes (right hamstring) will not play against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: This injury popped up out of nowhere and it's unknown how much time he'll miss. With Barnes out, there should be more run for for Jeff Green, Courtney Lee and Tony Allen. Keep Barnes benched for now. Monday, 4:46 pm
  • Kevin Martin doubtful for Tuesday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is doubtful to play against the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It would be a shock to see him play. Zach LaVine is seeing minutes in the upper 20s with plenty of minutes at both guard spots. He should be owned in standard leagues now while Martin should have been dropped in most leagues. Monday, 4:45 pm
  • Matt Barnes is a game-time call vs. Pelicans
    Matt Barnes (hamstring) is a game-time call against the Pelicans on Monday, but is closer to doubtful.

    Advice: Barnes' hamstring issue is new, but he's dealt with this problem before. If Barnes can't go, that means there will be more minutes for Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Tony Allen. Monday, 3:36 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) questionable vs. MIN
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is questionable to play against the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's basically going to be questionable for every game going forward. If you're scoring at home, Kobe missed five home games last month and just one "road" game against the Clippers. Expect him to sit tomorrow night with Anthony Brown starting. Monday, 2:30 pm
  • Report: Cavs had intense players-only meeting
    The Cavs had an "extended and spirited" players-only meeting following the firing of David Blatt, sources told ESPN.

    Advice: Per the report, the meeting turned into an "airing of grievances," so we're hopeful there was a Festivus pole involved. A "central issue" was the "need for accountability," and it sounds like the team is now on the same page. LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving owned up to "personal faults," and that undoubtedly helped set a new tone for a club that needed one. Monday, 10:03 am
  • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) scores 23 points
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) looked good in 23 minutes vs. the Hornets, making 8-of-18 shots to finish L.A.'s home loss with 23 points, eight boards, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: The Black Mamba shot 4-of-8 from downtown without any turnovers, a rare treat for his 9-cat owners. The limited minutes tonight bode well for Kobe's status vs. Minnesota on Tuesday and it's worth noting that L.A. doesn't have another back-to-back set until Feb. 21/22. Sunday, 9:24 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony double-doubles in loss
    Carmelo Anthony double-doubled in Sunday's loss to the Warriors, scoring 24 points with 10 boards in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-18 from the field and added two assists, two blocks and three turnovers, but it was encouraging that he was able to play such heavy minutes. Anthony has admitted that he is still battling soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee, so it's not the worst idea to sell high. The Knicks will need to start winning some games to lower the shut-down risk. Sunday, 7:30 pm
  • Wes Matthews' slump continues w/ 2-of-12 FGs
    Wes Matthews' slump continued on Sunday, as he shot just 2-of-12 from the field to finish with seven points, four boards, one assist and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs started a favorable stretch of their schedule with an easy win vs. the Suns, pushing them to within one game of the No. 5 seed Grizzlies. Matthews couldn't join the party offensively, going 1-of-8 from downtown, and he's now averaging just 6.8 points on 10-of-36 shooting in the Mavs' past four games. The perimeter gunner will look to get on track vs. the struggling Hawks on Monday. Sunday, 7:17 pm
  • Chandler Parsons cools off, hits 5-of-14 FGs
    Chandler Parsons chipped in 15 points to help the Mavericks beat Phoenix on Sunday, hitting 5-of-14 shots with two rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Parsons has been particularly excellent when Dirk Nowitzki is resting, but he cooled off tonight and wound up deferring to his teammates. He should continue to earn minutes at PF even when Nowitzki is in the lineup, however, and is locked in for top-50 value rest-of-season. Sunday, 7:15 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) out Sunday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This is Martin's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines and he won't play until he is 100 percent because he is on the trade block. Zach LaVine will pick up some extra minutes vs. the Blazers. Sunday, 4:44 pm
  • Kidd praises Khris Middleton
    Bucks coach Jason Kidd heaped praise on Khris Middleton.

    Advice: "He's 24 years old; he's learning how to play," Kidd said. "He wants to be good; he wants to be in that situation. He doesn't shy away from that. He wants to get better. You could see that last year in the second half of the season that we rode him. We played him a lot of minutes and he responded." Middleton is averaging 21.0 points, 6.4 assists, 5.0 boards, 1.4 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games and could be a top-40 player the rest of the way. Sunday, 9:50 am
  • Mike Dunleavy (back) could return before ASB
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is "pain free" and he said he could return to action before the All-Star break.

    Advice: "I'm getting there," Dunleavy said. "I feel good. I'm getting real close. I'm going to spend some time down there next week with the D-League team, some practices. Try to get a little more rhythm and repetition because obviously our team is playing too many games. Gotta get that done and then see where we're at." Dunleavy will be limited right out of the gate, but he should eventually win back the starting small forward slot. For now, he's only on the radar in deeper leagues. Sunday, 6:22 am
  • Rudy Gay returned to action on Saturday January 30. Sunday, 1:36 am
  • Terrence Jones plays six minutes in loss
    Terrence Jones played a season-low six minutes in Saturday's loss to the Grizzlies, scoring two points on 1-of-4 shooting.

    Advice: Prior to Saturday's game, coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that the Josh Smith trade has hurt Jones' playing time and he took the blame for the forward's recent struggles. Regardless, Jones is clearly out of the rotation in Houston, so only a trade can save his season at this point. If you're still stashing him, feel free to let him go if he is not dealt by the Feb. 18 trade deadline. Saturday, 9:15 pm
  • Matt Barnes fails to score in 22 minutes
    Matt Barnes missed all seven of his shots from the field on Saturday vs. the Kings and failed to score in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Yikes. The good news is that Barnes salvaged his line with three boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks, so it's hard to drop a player with that kind of upside after one bad performance. He had five fouls which explains the low minutes, but we would like him better if the Grizzlies went back to their small-ball lineup. Barnes had 13 points, four boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in his previous game, so it makes sense to give him another chance. Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 29 points off the bench
    Jeff Green scored 29 points off the bench on Saturday vs. the Kings, adding two boards, one assist, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He shot 11-of-16 from the field and was arguably the best Grizzly other than Marc Gasol in this one. Green is now averaging an incredible 26.7 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.6 3-pointers over his last three games, so he needs to be owned until he cools off. Green is a trade candidate for the Grizzlies, and his value may not be at a higher point this season than it is right now. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • LeBron James scores 29 points in win vs. SA
    LeBron James dominated against the Spurs during a 117-103 win on Saturday, scoring 29 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are really scoring a ton in their last four with 115.0 points per game. Their pace actually isn't up, but they are lighting it up in efficiency with a 61.7 true shooting percentage thanks to crushing it at the rim. As for LeBron, he put up No. 6 value in January and his long shooting slump to end 2015 is long gone. Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 24 points vs. Cavs
    Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points against the Cavs on Saturday during a 117-103 loss, adding six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: What's up with the Spurs? They've been blown out in their last two road games with everyone watching. Kawhi's numbers did drop a bit in January, averaging 17.7 points with 5.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 treys. He only put up second-round value this month, but he's still No. 3 in standard leagues on the season. Saturday, 8:27 pm
  • Danny Green has a bad game
    Danny Green scored five points with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: You have to take the good with the bad with Green and it was bad tonight. He'll probably have a big game soon and he was shooting 50.0 percent from deep in his previous January games. Hang in there. Saturday, 8:21 pm
  • Rudy Gay (eye) scores 21 points in return
    Rudy Gay (eye) returned from a two-game absence on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies and scored 21 points with seven boards, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins left the game late with a pretty nasty ankle sprain, so Gay could take on a larger role in the offense if Boogie misses some time. His vision wasn't a problem tonight and he was in a good rhythm, shooting 6-of-12 from the field and connecting on all seven of his 3-pointers. Gay could be very busy on Monday vs. the Bucks so keep that in mind in DFS. Saturday, 8:11 pm
  • Rudy Gay (eye) will start vs. the Grizzlies
    Rudy Gay (eye) will start against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He has missed the last two games, but he isn't expected to have any limitations tonight. His return will send Omri Casspi to the bench, but he is still worth owning in standard leagues. Gay is safe to plug back into lineups. Saturday, 4:28 pm
  • Kevin Martin, Kevin Garnett doubtful
    Kevin Martin (wrist) and Kevin Garnett (knee) are doubtful to play against the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Both players are likely out and Martin has a chance of not playing for the Wolves anytime soon with him being in the trade block. The Zach LaVine SG experiment is back on and he's made it very clear he wants to run minutes there, so he is worth owning right now to see if he can keep getting better. Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Danny Green hopes his shot keeps falling
    Danny Green is hopeful that his shot will continue to improve.

    Advice: "Most nights [the shot] doesn’t feel like you’d like it to," Green said. "My teammates are constantly encouraging me to shoot, and that helps." Green has been in a season-long slump, but he actually hit 25-of-50 3-pointers during the month of January and is coming off an 18-point performance against the Rockets in which he hit six triples. As frustrating as he has been, he shouldn't be sitting on the wire in standard leagues. Saturday, 8:47 am
  • Carmelo (knee) is still dealing with soreness
    Carmelo Anthony said that he is still experiencing discomfort in his knee.

    Advice: "It’s still there," Anthony said of the soreness. "But if I wait until there’s no soreness, then I’ll be out the whole season." While it sounds like he wants to keep playing, the All-Star forward's knee concern are not going away any time soon and his owners should be a little concerned. If the Knicks can stay somewhat relevant in the East, the shut-down risk won't be as high. If you do own Anthony, it's not a bad idea to handcuff him with Derrick Williams in a deeper league. Saturday, 6:24 am
  • Chandler Parsons logs first double-double
    Chandler Parsons logged his first double-double of the season during a 91-79 win over the Nets on Friday, posting 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's really becoming a big part of the offense. "I don't think that this is a thing when Parsons gets to 100 percent that we say, 'Hey, Parsons is our go-to guy,'" coach Rick Carlisle said. "I think we have a group of go-to guys, and having that balance is very important." Whatever it is, Parsons has been the No. 8 player in his last six games for standard leagues. He won't be this good, but he should be an early-round guy as long as he's healthy now. Friday, 10:32 pm
  • Wes Matthews disappears on Friday
    Wes Matthews scored just two points with five rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Weird. Matthews was just 1-of-4 from the field, didn't get to the line and didn't turn the ball over for a Tayshaun Prince-like 5.6 usage rate. Expect him to improve on Sunday against the Suns. Friday, 10:26 pm
  • LeBron James scores 20 points in win
    LeBron James scored 20 points with nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes against the Pistons on Friday during a 114-106 win.

    Advice: He became the youngest player ever to score 26,000 points and beat Kobe Bryant by over a year. James also got into the top 20 all time on the assists list. James stepped it up a bit recently and is putting up top-12 value this season. Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Corey Brewer gets 30 minutes in start
    Corey Brewer scored 17 points with two rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: The scoring is nice and all, but this wasn't a great line. Brewer doesn't gain too much value in the starting lineup and he's more of a 16-team guy. Friday, 9:14 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony flirts with trip-dub in win
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) flirted with a triple-double against the Suns on Friday during an easy 102-84 win, scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He was just 5-of-14 from the field, but his knee issues didn't seem to be apparent. Anthony was looking to pass much more than usual, but there's no need to draw conclusions here. Hopefully, his knee soreness is behind him, but that joint will be under the microscope going forward. Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Corey Brewer sticking in the starting lineup
    Corey Brewer is starting again on Friday against the Thunder.

    Advice: The Rockets are going small again, so that means Trevor Ariza will probably have to guard Serge Ibaka. Brewer may have to guard Kevin Durant, so that'll be fun for him. This lineup also helps Josh Smith and really hurts Clint Capela, who played just 0.1 minutes next to Dwight Howard on Wednesday. Friday, 3:51 pm
  • Melo and Porzingis in, Calderon out
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) and Kristaps Porzingis (illness) will play and Jose Calderon (groin) will not on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: Anthony still has some soreness in his knee as of Thursday, but the plan was for him to play tonight. With Melo back, that'll move Lance Thomas back to the bench while Derrick Williams becomes less important. There should also be less Arron Afflalo post-ups. Get Melo in your lineups. Friday, 2:50 pm
  • Rudy Gay (eye) ready to return on Saturday
    Rudy Gay (eye) is ready to return on Saturday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It's still unknown if Gay will have goggles for this game. Gay missed two games after being hit in the eye on Monday, but he should be able to get back into the 30s for minutes off the bat. Expect to see less of Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein. Friday, 2:30 pm
  • Rudy Gay at practice with goggles
    Rudy Gay (eye) was at practice on Friday with goggles.

    Advice: It sounds like he'll be ready to go for Saturday against the Grizzlies for a revenge game. His return would be bad news for Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein. Gay's owners can plan on plugging him back into their lineups. Friday, 1:25 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony could play
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) said most of the soreness in his knee is gone and is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He did make it sound like there's chance he plays Friday. "I don’t want to come back and deal with a back-to-back situation,’’ Anthony said at Thursday's morning shootaround. "I’ll have another day under my belt and hopefully prepare for tomorrow.’’ The fact that he still even has some soreness is somewhat discouraging. If he can't go, we'll see more Derrick Williams, Lance Thomas and way too many Arron Afflalo post-up plays. Friday, 11:55 am
  • Jeff Green, Courtney Lee available?
    The Grizzlies are gauging the value of Jeff Green and Courtney Lee prior to the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

    Advice: Memphis is not actively pursuing a trade, but they are considering one because both Lee and Green can leave as free agents this summer. Green has been inconsistent this season and has been called out by some of his teammates for a lack of effort at times, but his value might be decent after scoring a combined 51 points over his last two games. Nothing is imminent, but both players could certainly benefit from a change of scenery. Friday, 6:38 am
  • Khris Middleton scores 15 points in loss
    Khris Middleton scored 15 points with six assists, five boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: His playmaking ability has come a long way this season, and he's averaging 6.4 assists per game over his last five while also contributing 21.0 points, 5.0 boards, 1.4 steals and 2.0 3-pointers. He has been a top-30 player in that span, but he will likely be a fourth-round guy the rest of the way. Thursday, 9:44 pm
  • Matt Barnes plays well in 25 minutes
    Matt Barnes bounced back on Thursday vs. the Bucks with 13 points, four boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: That's more like it. Barnes posted a two-point dud vs. the Magic on Monday, but he was back to his usual tricks on Thursday. Barnes has the green light from deep and will provide his owners with plenty of 3-pointers, steals and a trickle of blocks, so he needs to be owned in standard leagues. Thursday, 9:15 pm
  • Jeff Green stays hot, scores 21 points in win
    Jeff Green scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Thursday's win over the Bucks, adding five boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He is hot right now. Green exploded for a season-high 30 points vs. the Magic on Monday, but we have seen this story before. Green tends to disappear for multiple games at a time, but he's at least worth a look while he's playing this well. He will look to keep it going vs. the Kings on Saturday. Thursday, 8:56 pm
  • The Rooster crushes Wizards in win
    Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points against the Wizards on Thursday with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been fantastic in his last seven, averaging 23.0 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 treys on 46.6 percent from the field. Gallinari will put up early-round value this year as long as he's healthy. Thursday, 8:26 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony downplays knee issues
    Carmelo Anthony did not seem very concerned at all that he's been experiencing pain in his surgically repaired left knee, and said on Thursday that he expects to play Friday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: "I’m very confident that this is nothing but some fatigue, a little bit of soreness," Anthony said. Melo will miss his second straight game on Thursday with soreness in his knee, but he said that the reason he's not playing vs. Toronto is because it's the first game of a back-to-back set, and he's hoping the extra day of rest will have him pain free in time for Friday's game. Check back for another update on Melo following Friday morning's shootaround. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy set to rehab in D-League
    Mike Dunleavy (back) is planning on rehabbing in the D-League, according to his father Mike Dunleavy, Sr.

    Advice: Dunleavy is able to practice and is planning on playing a few games in the D-League before he returns to the Bulls. While Dunleavy's return will help the Bulls depth, he won't log enough minutes to provide much value beyond deeper fantasy leagues. Thursday, 7:23 am
  • Danny Green scores 18 with six treys
    Danny Green matched his season highs of 18 points and six 3-pointers against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: We know, we know. Green is a disappointment. However, he's actually shooting an even 50.0 percent from deep in January and he's sneakily posted sixth-round value this month. "I wouldn't have known that if you didn't tell me," Green said about his improved January shooting. As annoying as he's been and even though the following sentence has been written 30 times this season, his upside is too nice to leave on the wire in standard leagues. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Terrence Jones gets 17 minutes
    Terrence Jones played 17 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday with 11 points, three rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He played 11.2 minutes in garbage time during the fourth quarter, so that amount of playing time is slightly misleading. Jones is going to need a trade to salvage his value, so he's only a stash right now. Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores eight in start
    Corey Brewer scored eight points with one rebound and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He probably won't stick in the starting lineup for long. Regardless, Brewer scores 33 percent of his points in fast break, so he's going to be extremely inconsistent due to nothing being drawn up for him. Even if he does keep his job, leave him on the wire in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • J.R. Smith stays hot for coach Tyronn Lue
    J.R. Smith scored 18 points in 23 minutes on Wednesday, making 7-of-11 shots (4-of-6 from downtown) with three boards, four assists and four steals.

    Advice: Smith was averaging 37.0 minutes per game since Tyronn Lue took over head coaching duties on Jan. 23, and he might have reached that mark tonight if it weren't a blowout. He was averaging just under 30 minutes under coach David Blatt, so the regime change is paying dividends for Swish's owners. He's more than a 3-point specialist and needs to be active in all lineups. Wednesday, 6:50 pm
  • LeBron James scores 21 points on eight shots
    LeBron James was tremendously efficient in 31 minutes vs. the Suns, scoring 21 points on 7-of-8 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, with three rebounds, nine assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: The Cavs have been running at the league's third-slowest pace, with 95.0 possessions per game, and coach Tyronn Lue has criticized his team for a lack of proper conditioning. That ultimatum from Lue, combined with LeBron's role as a leader on a team in flux, should all but eliminate the risk of a precautionary DNP-CD in the next few weeks. LBJ is rolling right now, and he'll go back to work vs. the Pistons on Friday. Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • P.J. Tucker solid in road loss vs. LBJ, Cavs
    P.J. Tucker fared well vs. LeBron James and the Cavs, finishing Wednesday's road loss with 13 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, two assists, one steal and only one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Tucker appears to relish the challenge vs. LBJ -- in his first game vs. Cleveland this season, he racked up 14 points, two triples, six boards, two assists and three steals. He's been a borderline 9-cat option since Jan. 1, and most waiver wires feature free agents with greater upside. Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Wesley Matthews struggles vs. the Lakers
    Wesley Matthews struggled in Tuesday's win over the Lakers, scoring just nine points with five assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: That is not the performance his owners were expecting against a team that has a total of nine wins this season. Regardless, Matthews did score in double digits in his previous five games and simply just had an off night, so make sure you keep him locked in all lineups. The Mavs will need him to be sharp on Wednesday vs. the Warriors. Tuesday, 10:28 pm
  • Chandler Parsons stays hot with 17 points
    Chandler Parsons was solid once again on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, scoring 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

    Advice: He's hot right now, and the forward also chipped in with nine boards, four assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He is averaging 24.0 points, 6.6 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.6 3-pointers over his last five games, and he will try to help the Mavs defeat the Warriors on Wednesday for the second time this season. Parsons is a must-start player until further notice. Tuesday, 10:21 pm
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