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    • Kevin Durant to get minutes in the mid-30s
      Kevin Durant is expected to get minutes in the mid-30s, according to coach Scott Brooks.

      Advice: He played 35 minutes on Tuesday and attempted 25 shots from the field, so it's probably safe to say he's back. Durant will be in Anthony Davis' tier for the best player in fantasy hoops in no time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:15 pm
    • David Lee is expected to return next week
      David Lee (hamstring) is expected to return next week.

      Advice: The Warriors won't be in a rush to bring him back after he's already aggravated his strain in his first game back. Draymond Green Wally Pipp'd him already, so Lee is not going to get minutes over 26 or so. He's worth a stash and perhaps someone in your league thinks he'll be the same player he was last year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:05 pm
       
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      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • DeMarcus Cousins will start with minutes limit
      DeMarcus Cousins will start against the Bucks on Thursday with a minutes limit.

      Advice: He's been out since November and his conditioning probably is not up to speed just yet. Cousins is one of the best offensive big men in the NBA while he's pulling down 12.6 boards and adding 1.5 blocks per game. Even with 20 minutes tonight, his owners should still have him in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:23 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Thursday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Bulls should not need him tonight. Gibson suffered a new injury to his ankle this week, so this is not soreness. Gibson did go through warmups and he's usually pretty tough, so he should be considered a littler closer to probable for Friday. Nikola Mirotic will pick up some extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:19 pm
       
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    • Andrea Bargnani gets shots up Thursday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, talent) was getting shots up before Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: The Knicks are completely gutted on their roster, but they're still not going to rush him back. Their front office is probably counting down the days to get him off their books. Bargnani is not worth stashing in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:50 pm
    • Travis Wear getting his first start
      Travis Wear is getting his first start of his career on Thursday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Coach Derek Fisher said he was considering starting Wear exactly one month ago, so here we are. Wear is actually decent off the dribble with 38 percent of his shots coming off pull-ups, so moving him into Melo's spot in the starting lineup makes some sense. He's probably not going to get big minutes or get a lot of shots, but he could score in double-digits tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:47 pm
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) will play Thursday vs. NY
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will play Thursday vs. the Knicks, as expected.

      Advice: Get him in your lineups for what is a favorable matchup vs. the Knicks. With Derrick Rose (illness) unavailable for this one, Noah will be asked to do a bit more on offense, and he makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:32 pm
       
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    • Taj Gibson (ankle) a game-time decision Thurs
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will warm up and see how he feels before deciding his status for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: If Gibson is unable to play, Nikola Mirotic will soak up his minutes, although he's been struggling lately so he's a risky option in daily leagues. Joakim Noah will get all the minutes he can handle if Gibson can't go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:29 pm
       
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    • Brandan Wright headed to BOS in Rondo deal
      Brandan Wright will be sent to Boston as part of the trade for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright will enter a very crowded frontcourt in Boston, and he'll be fighting for minutes with the likes of Tyler Zeller (current starter), Kelly Olynyk, and Brandon Bass. It'll be interesting to watch Boston's rotations develop, but Wright makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:08 pm
    • Anthony Bennett dealing w/ painful blister
      Anthony Bennett was limited to just four minutes during Wednesday's game because he is dealing with a painful blister under a callus on his foot.

      Advice: Bennett was limited during Thursday's practice, and while he hasn't been listed on the injury report yet, we'll consider him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:44 pm
    • Rudy Gay (Achilles) probable for Thursday
      Rudy Gay (Achilles) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. Milwaukee.

      Advice: Gay has been playing through his Achilles tendinitis for some time now, so we'd expect him to give it a go. With Omri Casspi (knee) already ruled out, Gay will get all the minutes he can handle in a favorable matchup against the Bucks, and he makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:28 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable Thursday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins' return would send Reggie Evans back to the bench, and Jason Thompson's value would take a hit. All signs are pointing towards Cousins giving it a go on Thursday, and he's obviously a must-start option when in uniform. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:56 pm
    • Ryan Kelly (hamstring) getting up shots
      Ryan Kelly (hamstring) got some shots up during the Lakers' practice on Thursday, but he's still not expected to make a return until January.

      Advice: Kelly is currently one month into a 6-week timetable, but he's not going to have much value upon his eventual return playing behind Carlos Boozer, and Ed Davis. He can remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:33 pm
       
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    • Jordan Hill (illness) probable for Friday
      Jordan Hill (upper respiratory infection) did not practice on Thursday, but he is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: This is Hill's second consecutive missed practice, but he doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of missing Friday's game. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip, and if he's unable to go, Robert Sacre, Ed Davis, and Carlos Boozer will help fill the void. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:24 pm
       
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    • Jabari Parker suffered a 'slight' ACL tear
      Jabari Parker reportedly suffered a "slight" ACL tear, and he won't have surgery for at least a week as they're waiting for the swelling in his knee to subside.

      Advice: Parker remains out for the season, and we wish him a speedy recovery. The Bucks have been bit by the injury bug hard this season with Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle), Ersan Ilyasova (nose), and John Henson (foot) all on the injury report, but those are the guys that will be asked to pick up the slack with Parker sidelined. Antetokounmpo is being listed as questionable for Thursday, but he'll be a nice plug-and-play option if he can give it a go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:04 pm
       
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    • Aaron Gordon getting X-ray to check progress
      Aaron Gordon (foot) will get an X-ray on Thursday to check on the progress of his surgically-repaired left foot.

      Advice: Gordon's X-ray comes a month after his foot surgery and he's still targeting a mid-February return to the court. The rookie will likely be eased into the Magic's rotation upon his return, so fantasy owners can feel free to leave him on waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:02 am
       
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    • Joakim Noah expected to play Thurs vs NYK
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is expected to play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: Noah was a participant in shootaround and is expected to be available when the Bulls take on the Knicks Thursday night. Noah's owners can feel free to plug him back into their starting lineups, while Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will see their fantasy value take a hit upon Noah's return. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:18 am
       
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    • Markieff Morris lets emotions get best of him
      Markieff Morris said his ejection during Wednesday's win over the Hornets stemmed from his emotions getting the best of him.

      Advice: Of his ejection that occurred in the second half after two technical fouls that were two minutes and 33 seconds apart, Morris said, "I let my emotions get the best of me, which wasn't right." Morris shouldn't face suspension for his ejection and was still able to score 13 points with eight rebounds and one 3-pointer, so there will be better days to come for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:46 am
    • Spencer Hawes downplays knee injury
      Spencer Hawes (knee) downplayed the seriousness of his injury to his left knee.

      Advice: There had been rumors of a more serious nature to Hawes' injury as he's still without a timetable, but Hawes downplayed those reports are greatly exaggerated. "I'm not out for the season," he told reporters on Wednesday. While Hawes may not be out for the season, he's not going to help fantasy owners much and can safely be left on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:05 am
       
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    • Donatas Motiejunas keeps the party going
      Donatas Motiejunas was fantastic against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 18 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: Terrence Jones (leg) is at least getting some shots up at practice, so he's at least on his way back. There is still no timetable for his return, so Motiejunas is good to go as a must-start guy right now. Keep him roster and cross the TJ bridge when you get to it. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:37 am
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:48 pm
    • Joel Freeland plays 13 minutes off the bench
      Joel Freeland played 13 minutes off the bench against the Bucks with six points and six boards.

      Advice: He's probably going to get some starts in the future with Robin Lopez (hand) out. The Bucks run a lot of small lineups, so coach Terry Stotts went with Thomas Robinson. Regardless, Freeland's ceiling is only going to be 22 minutes or so, which makes him just a deep league target at best. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:42 pm
    • Amir Johnson nearly double-doubles in win
      Amir Johnson played 31 minutes and had 13 points, nine rebounds and a block on 5-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit just 3-of-6 free throws, but this was a much better line than we've seen from him lately. He's usually outplayed by Patrick Patterson, but that wasn't the case tonight. Pat-Pat had 13 points and three 3-pointers, but just two rebounds, and it's possible that Johnson could finally be ready to start playing. Keep a close eye on this timeshare in the next one. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    • Mason Plumlee goes for 23 & 8 in loss
      Mason Plumlee made another start for Brook Lopez (back) and had a career-high 23 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 9-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss.

      Advice: Plumlee got off to a dreadful start when Bro-Lo went down, but has now scored 21 and 23 points in his last two games. He's a free throw killer and hit just 5-of-11 of them tonight, but as long as Lopez is out, Plumlee should be in your lineup. He's averaging 16.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last five games, but is shooting just 43 percent at the line during that stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:38 pm
    • Shawne Williams plays 29 minutes in loss
      Shawne Williams came off the bench on Wednesday, hitting 2-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes.

      Advice: The minutes were great, as he played just 19 of them on Tuesday. He's struggled recently, but with Chris Bosh out indefinitely and Josh McRoberts likely out for the season, Williams still has a chance to make some noise in Miami. Just keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:05 pm
    • Enes Kanter goes for 18 & 6 in win
      Enes Kanter hit 7-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, six rebounds and a steal on Wednesday.

      Advice: He didn't block a shot, which is pretty normal, but this line is hardly even newsworthy these days. Kanter is averaging 18.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:40 pm
    • Derrick Favors quiet in return from injury
      Derrick Favors had 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block on 3-of-8 shooting in 33 minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Wednesday.

      Advice: Favors is back and while he didn't do much tonight, he did hurt Rudy Gobert's minutes (19) badly. Favors should be good to go from here on out, so get him back in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:30 pm
    • Al Jefferson nets 18 in first, finishes w/ 28
      Al Jefferson scored 18 of his 28 points in the first quarter against the Suns on Wednesday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He scored more points in the first quarter than any of his previous three games, so this outburst was a surprise. The Suns have been soft on the inside, so kudos to Jefferson for capitalizing. He gets another tasty matchup against the 76ers on Friday, so his fantasy owners should have high hopes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:18 pm
    • Report: Brandan Wright in trade talks to BOS
      Multiple sources are reporting that the Mavs and Celtics are having serious discussions about a trade that would include Brandan Wright going to Boston for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright had 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Magic, but it's hard to say what would happen to his fantasy value if he goes to Boston. Tyler Zeller is starting, Kelly Olynyk is playing at a high level and Jared Sullinger can also play center. In other words, a move to Boston may not be a bad thing for Wright, but we doubt it makes him a must-own player, either, as long as the aforementioned bigs remain in Beantown. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    • Joel Freeland coming off the bench
      Joel Freeland will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Bucks.

      Advice: He was listed as the starter this afternoon, and he should get a start down the line. The Bucks don't have too much size and do a lot of their work on the perimeter, so Thomas Robinson makes sense as the starter tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:12 pm
    • Spencer Hawes without a timetable
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play against the Pacers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is without a timetable and after suffering some bruising to his knee. Hawes can be cut in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:59 pm
       
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    • Markieff Morris tossed for 2 technical fouls
      Markieff Morris was ejected for two technical fouls against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He started slow, but had it going as he was ejected for arguing with a ref. Morris finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and one 3-pointer on 6-of-10 from the field. He won't be suspended and hopefully he keeps his temper in check against the Knicks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:50 pm
    • David Lee, Andrew Bogut out for Thursday
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Thunder.

      Advice: There is still no timetable for a return on Lee and the Warriors are in no rush to bring him back. He took part in some 3-on-3 at practice last week, but the team is unlikely to give him regular minutes until 2015. He's a low-upside stash in standard leagues. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are good to go. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:28 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • Derrick Favors will play on Wednesday night
      Derrick Favors (ankle) will play against the Heat on Wednesday, but is still dealing with soreness.

      Advice: He went through shootaround on Tuesday and perhaps playing him in one of two games in the back-to-back set was the plan. Favors has been playing well in the starting lineup and his owners should have him locked and loaded for tonight. Rudy Gobert will move back to the bench, but it should be interesting to see if he gets more playing time due to how he's turning heads. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:04 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins practices, plans to play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) practiced on Wednesday and plans to play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Kings will likely make a decision following shootaround on Thursday. Cousins has been out for over three weeks with viral meningitis and the Kings could limit him in his first game back, especially since his conditioning is not likely where it should be. His owners will want to check back tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:26 pm
    • Joel Freeland listed as starter for the Blazers
      Joel Freeland is listed as the starting center to face the Bucks on Wednesday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts has changed his lineups just before tip several times, so this is not necessarily set in stone. It does make sense because Chris Kaman isn't capable of playing big minutes at age 32 with a ton of injuries in his career. Additionally, Kaman's wife is expecting to give birth, so that could be a factor here, too. Kaman is still worth a look in standard leagues while Freeland could have value in deep formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:34 pm
    • Jordan Hill (illness) misses practice on Wed
      Jordan Hill (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Lakers are off until Friday, so Hill should be ready to go. He's been able to stay healthy this season despite the massive increase to 30.1 minutes per game. If for some reason he's not ready to play, the Lakers will have to come up with a patchwork group of Robert Sacre, Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer to help out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:32 pm
       
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    • Taj Gibson listed as questionable for Thurs.
      Taj Gibson (right ankle) is listed as questionable to play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: It's apparently a new injury for Taj, so he could wind up missing this game. Gibson was very active on the glass in the past few games without Joakim Noah, but he'll move to the bench on Thursday. He is still worth owning in standard leagues. If he's out, Nikola Mirotic will have an uptick in value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:02 pm
       
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    • Joakim Noah says he'll play on Thursday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) said he will play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: It's the Bulls, so he's not a complete lock to play. Noah has been held out of the lineup for the past four games, but he did go through practice. Upon his return, Taj Gibson will lose some minutes while Nikola Mirotic will also lose some playing time -- he's struggled lately. Noah's owners can pencil him in for their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:41 am
       
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    • Joakim Noah (ankle) expects to play Thursday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) fully expects to play against the Knicks on Thursday if all goes well.

      Advice: He practiced fully on Wednesday and as long as he is feeling up for it he will play against the Knicks. Noah has missed the last four games, but owners can finally expect to have him back and would be wise to get him in their lineups. Taj Gibson would likely slide back to the bench with this news and Nikola Mirotic could potentially fall out of the rotation. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:01 am
       
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    • Kevin Durant reaches 15,000 career points
      26-year-old Kevin Durant became the second youngest player in NBA history to reach 15,000 career points.

      Advice: LeBron James hit that milestone at age 25, but this just speaks volumes of how great these two players really are. Durant has just recently returned from a foot injury, and has yet to fully hit his stride. However, his minutes are trending up and he should soon begin to rejoin the conversation for the best player to own in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:05 am
    • Rudy Gay drops 22 points, adds six boards
      Rudy Gay dropped 22 points in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder, adding six boards, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He shot just 8-of-20 from the field, but Gay has to be feeling gassed from carrying the Kings in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins (illness). Gay is one of the few players on the Kings roster who can create his own shot, so his shooting percentage is clearly going to take a hit until Cousins returns. While he does appear to be hobbling, Gay continues to log big minutes and belongs in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:34 pm
    • Kevin Durant plays 35 minutes, drops 26 pts
      Kevin Durant played a season-high 35 minutes in a win over the Kings on Tuesday, finishing with 26 points, three boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: While it is great to see the minutes trending up for KD, this still wasn't a great game by his standards and he should be better in his next outing. Russell Westbrook has been carrying the load for the Thunder so far, but it may not be long before Durant regains his MVP form from last season. If there was ever a buy-low window, it would be right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:13 pm
    • Mason Plumlee stays hot, scores 21 points
      Mason Plumlee stayed hot on Tuesday during a loss to the Heat, scoring 21 points to go with nine boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He was impressive once again on Tuesday and managed to connect on 8-of-12 from the field. Brook Lopez isn't expected to be re-evaluated until Saturday, so the window for playing time is still open for Plumlee. If you are in need of short-term value, Plumlee is definitely worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:06 pm
    • Enes Kanter impresses with 29 points Tuesday
      Enes Kanter was impressive in Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans, scoring 28 points to go with seven boards, one assist, two steals and one block in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He was a tank inside the paint on Tuesday, and was able to hoist up 22 shots on the night, connecting on 12 of them. Kanter doesn't usually contribute blocks and steals consistently, which makes him tough to own in standard leagues. However, Kanter has seen his value rise in the absence of Derrick Favors (ankle), and should be owned for owners in need of points and rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Jabari Parker is out for season with torn ACL
      Jabari Parker is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

      Advice: This is brutal news for the promising rookie and we wish him nothing but the best. Parker will finish his rookie season with averages of 12.3 points, 5.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 30 minutes per game. Outside of keeper leagues, Parker can be cut across the board while Giannis Antetokounmpo will see an increase in his minutes and should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:44 pm
       
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    • Jabari Parker (knee) headed back to Milwaukee
      Jabari Parker (knee) has left the Bucks on their current road trip to return to Milwaukee where he'll get an MRI.

      Advice: We'll be awaiting the results of his MRI, and will pass along updates as soon as they become available. The Bucks don't return to Milwaukee until Dec. 23, so Jabari could be sidelined for the rest of the week. Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to get plenty of opportunity as long as Jabari is out, and Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will be a name to watch when he's able to return to the rotation. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:19 pm
       
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    • Derrick Favors (ankle) out Tuesday vs. NO
      Derrick Favors (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans, and Rudy Gobert will draw the start.

      Advice: Gobert put up seven points, nine rebounds, two steals, and three blocks during his last start, and he'll make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Favors was able to go through shootaround, so we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Heat. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:39 pm
    • Derrick Favors present at shootaround Tuesday
      Derrick Favors (ankle) was present at Jazz shootaround and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans.

      Advice: It's a good sign that Favors was able to partake in shootaround, but we'll have to loop back for some more concrete news as we get closer to game time. Rudy Gobert would be a great spot-start if Favors is unable to go, while Enes Kanter would see a boost in his fantasy value as well. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:11 am
    • Jabari Parker's X-rays come back negative
      X-rays on Jabari Parker's left knee came back negative, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

      Advice: This doesn't mean we're out of the woods just yet as Parker will still have an MRI on what is currently believed to be a knee strain on Tuesday. If Parker is forced to miss extended time, Giannis Antetokounmpo would become a must-own player in all fantasy leagues while Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova (nose) would also see a boost to their minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:19 am
       
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    • Blake Griffin posts 18-7-7 line in blowout
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Griffin has rehabilitated his season-long value into the top 50-60 range and he's been a solid top-30 play over the last two weeks. It wouldn't be surprising if he continues along that trajectory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:00 am
    • Freeland could be looking at playing time
      Joel Freeland played 15 minutes in Monday's win, scoring six points on 3-of-6 shooting with four rebounds and he could see a big playing time boost with Robin Lopez (hand) getting hurt.

      Advice: Freeland has had a few nice moments this season and would be ahead of Meyers Leonard if we're guessing by looking at this season's results. Chances are Terry Stotts will use both guys and also Thomas Robinson (seven points, three boards, nine minutes) in equal amounts -- negating the upside of any of them. Chris Kaman is the only beneficiary here and he's a must-add player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:42 pm
    • Cousins could play on Thursday vs. Bucks
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) could play on Thursday against the Bucks, but his minutes would be limited.

      Advice: Cousins is in the middle of a storm right now and it will be extremely interesting to watch how he reacts as chess pieces appear to be moving wildly around him without his input. To his credit, he has taken the high road while expressing his displeasure with the situation, and if he keeps his head down and plays hard he'll probably come out of this situation smelling better than most. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:52 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 25 points vs. Bucks
      Markieff Morris made 9-of-13 from the field for 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and six turnovers against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: He had an awful game against the Thunder due to foul trouble and bounced back nicely in 37 minutes. Morris has seen his fouls go up recently, but it's still not enough to be alarmed. He's posting top-30 total value on the season and there's no reason to think he won't be in that neighborhood at season's end. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:17 pm
    • Taj Gibson turns in a nice game in loss
      Taj Gibson made 7-of-11 from the field for 15 points against the Hawks on Monday with 17 boards, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He was very busy in the low post on both ends for the Bulls. Gibson is likely looking at another start with Joakim Noah (ankle) still on the mend. In his previous eight starts, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.6 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in 35.3 minutes. He's a must-start player until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:22 pm
       
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    • Jefferson's struggles continue against Cavs
      Al Jefferson scored 14 points with eight rebounds but did not have any steals or blocks on Monday against the Cavs.

      Advice: Jefferson hit 7-of-13 shots and it wasn't his worst night, but beat writer Rick Bonnell did comment after the game that the big man hasn't played up to expectations this season. A top 60-75 value on the season in 9- and 8-cat leagues, respectively, especially if Lance Stephenson heads out there is a small buy low window. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:09 pm
    • Jabari Parker diagnosed with knee sprain
      Jabari Parker suffered a knee sprain on Monday and will not return.

      Advice: Based on his demeanor, Parker is looking at a long period of time on the sidelines. He was on the court for a while and couldn't put any weight on his leg. The team will give him an MRI tomorrow. Giannis Antetokounmpo should be owned in all leagues while Ersan Ilyasova is a good bet to start once he's back. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:57 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jabari Parker suffers leg injury vs. Suns
      Jabari Parker suffered a non-contact knee injury against the Suns on Monday.

      Advice: Not good. His knee buckled and he could not put any weight on his leg. Parker was also shaking his head as he was being carried. We'll keep you posted. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:33 pm
       
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    • Spencer Hawes out on Monday night
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play on Monday against the Pistons.

      Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he did not know when Hawes would make it back. Hawes is just a backup to DeAndre Jordan with the occasional minutes at power forward, so his owners shouldn't be too attached to him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:59 pm
       
      Injured
    • Cousins (virus) out on Tuesday vs. Thunder
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) will not play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Cousins is saying all the right things about the Mike Malone departure, but he hasn't made his dissatisfaction completely unknown, so it's going to be interesting to see how things progress in new owner Vivek Ranadive's laboratory. As for his absence, plugged-in sports producer Sean Cunningham gave a pure guess on Sunday against the Lakers for a return. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:25 pm
    • Joakim Noah will not play on Monday night
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Monday.

      Advice: He was doubtful for this one and had almost no chance to play. Noah could miss more time and the Bulls are not going to rush him back considering they have such great depth behind him. Taj Gibson will start and is a must-start play while Nikola Mirotic will also get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:01 pm
       
      Injured
    • Derrick Favors (ankle) questionable for Tues
      Derrick Favors (ankle) was limited in practice on Monday and is questionable for Tuesday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: This is a great sign that he won't be out for too long. Perhaps Tuesday is optimistic for Favors, but the Jazz have three more games this week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). After seeing Rudy Gobert shine in the past two games, the Jazz probably won't rush him back. Gobert is worth a look and holds huge upside for his blocks, especially since he's improving at the charity stripe. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:10 pm
    • David Lee, Bogut ruled out for Tuesday night
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: Lee's hamstring is going to need to go through some rigorous testing because the Warriors do not even need him with of Draymond Green playing like an All-Star. He is probably worth stashing in most leagues, but his upside isn't really going to be a top-80 player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:29 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) doubtful to play Monday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: We would be shocked if Noah played. Without him, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will all see more playing time. The Bulls are also playing the second of a back-to-back, so that's something to consider when filling out lineups in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 am
       
      Injured
    • Andrea Bargnani's return a complete mystery
      Andrea Bargnani's (calf) return is a complete mystery.

      Advice: "Until he practices, I can’t say what I expect,’’ Derek Fisher said. "When he’s at practices and he’s out there, that’s when it will be. It isn’t a situation where we’re counting the days. He is progressing but we saw what happened last time." Bargs has been out all year, and there is no timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:49 am
    • J. Kidd heaps praise all over Jabari Parker
      Jason Kidd praised Jabari Parker's performance after battling Blake Griffin in Saturday's win over the Clippers.

      Advice: "I don't judge on first or second (halves)," Kidd said. "I just look at the complete game and I thought he did a great job against one of the top players in the world in Blake (Griffin)." Griffin had just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting in 39 minutes, while Parker had 12 points and five rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting. Parker didn't score in the second half, but Kidd was pleased with the rookie's performance. Expect some inconsistencies to continue, but Parker is trending in the right direction. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:19 am
       
      Injured
    • Markieff Morris scores four points in loss
      Markieff Morris scored just four points in Sunday's loss to the Thunder, adding one rebound in 10 minutes.

      Advice: It was by far his worst game of the season, and the low minutes occurred due to the fact that he had five fouls in 10 minutes. Morris' owners should give him a break after this dud, as he has managed to post early-round value in what has been his breakout season. Expect him to bounce back against the Bucks on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:04 pm
    • Kevin Durant scores 23 points in 24 minutes
      Kevin Durant scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Sunday's win over the Suns, adding eight boards, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

      Advice: This game was over in a hurry which explains the low minutes, but he was still able to muster up an impressive game. Coach Scott Brooks said on Sunday that Durant's minutes were going to be increased, so his value is only going to go up from here. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:35 pm
    • Kevin Durant's minutes will increase on Sun.
      Scott Brooks said that Kevin Durant's minutes will be increased for Sunday's game vs. Phoenix.

      Advice: Brooks would not say how much, but more time on the court can only be seen as a positive sign for owners of Durant. Obviously he's a must-start option, so go ahead and roll him out there for what should be a high-scoring, up-tempo game against the Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:30 pm
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) out Sunday vs. Miami
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

      Advice: Taj Gibson, Pau Gasol, and Nikola Mirotic will all see an uptick in value with Noah sidelined, and make for quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues against a depleted Miami frontcourt. Plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:46 pm
       
      Injured
    • Derrick Favors (ankle) out for Sunday's game
      Derrick Favors (ankle) is officially out for Sunday's game vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: This comes as nor surprise as the Jazz have no reason to play Favors at less than 100 percent. As previously mentioned, X-rays were negative on his ankle but there is still no known timetable for his return. The Jazz were hopeful that he would be able to give it a go on Sunday but his ankle swelled up more over the night. In the meantime, Rudy Gobert makes sense as a speculative add for his ability to rebound and block shots while Trevor Booker is also worth a look. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:15 am
    • Derrick Favors (ankle) listed as questionable
      Derrick Favors (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: X-rays were negative, but the Jazz haven't said much else about his status or the severity of the sprain. It is a good sign that Favors is traveling with the team and even better that he hasn't already been ruled out, but we would guess that the Jazz would rest him if he isn't at 100 percent. If Favors sits this one out, Rudy Gobert is the most intriguing option for his ability to block shots while Trevor Booker will also get a boost. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:23 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

      Advice: He has missed the Bulls last two games, and he appears likely to sit this one out as well. Noah said on Friday that his ankle is showing signs of improvement, but knowing the Bulls they will probably proceed with extreme caution. Owners should have a backup plan ready and we expect Taj Gibson to start and play big minutes if Noah sits. Nikola Mirotic would also continue to have a good role off of the bench and could be a sneaky plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:05 am
       
      Injured
    • Aaron Gordon (foot) could return in February
      Aaron Gordon (foot) is going to be re-evaluated around the beginning of January, and if he shows progress he could return to the court before the All-Star break.

      Advice: We hope this is the case as the NBA has been plagued with injuries this season, especially with rookies such as Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, and Doug McDermott. However, when Gordon does eventually return the Magic will more than likely ease him back into action and he won't see enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:48 am
       
      Injured
    • Spencer Hawes gets good news after MRI
      Spencer Hawes had an MRI on Saturday and it revealed no structural damage.

      Advice: This is great news for the Clippers and coach Doc Rivers even said that Hawes could have played on Saturday if he needed him too. However, the Clippers are going to be cautious with him and they have not yet provided a timetable for his return. "I think it's still early," Hawes said. "We want to figure out exactly what the issue is and try to go forward from there." This is something that we will monitor very closely, and we will provide an update to his status as needed. If he misses any more time, Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will receive a slight boost. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:23 am
       
      Injured
    • Rudy Gay scores 20 points on 22 FGAs
      Rudy Gay made 6-of-22 from the field for 20 points against the Pistons during a 95-90 loss on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: Outside of the awful shooting, this was a pretty nice line from Gay. He has been battling some Achilles soreness and has faded recently later in games. In fact, Gay has made 52.6 percent from the field in the first half of games and just 38.6 percent in the second half of games this season. Regardless, he'll be a stud a long as he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:33 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas scores 25 points vs. DEN
      Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 25 points against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Well, so much for Dwight Howard affecting him negatively. Motiejunas has been hot in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 6.8 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 triples on 53.7 percent from the field. It should be interesting to see what happens when Terrence Jones makes his return. For now, both players are worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:02 pm
    • Al Jefferson plays poorly in loss to Brooklyn
      Al Jefferson had a terrible game in a loss to Brooklyn on Saturday, scoring eight points on 4-of-10 shooting to with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 23 minutes.

      Advice: After putting together three decent games in a row in which he scored 16 or more points, Jefferson came crashing down in a big way and this one has to got to be tough for his owners. The Hornets were out of this game in a hurry and it is frustrating to see him play just 23 minutes. However, Jefferson should once again bounce back and owners will have no choice but to be patient. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:50 pm
    • Mason Plumlee double-doubles in win Saturday
      Mason Plumlee double-doubled in a win against Charlotte on Saturday, finishing with 11 points, 13 boards, two assists and one block in 39 minutes.

      Advice: He is going to be capable of doing this every time that Brook Lopez (back) or Kevin Garnett (foot) misses a game so this line is not surprising. Though he is wildly inconsistent, Plumlee is worth a long look in all leagues until Brooklyn gets some of their players back from injury. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:32 pm
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) won't play on Saturday
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks.

      Advice: There was almost no way he was going to play because his twisted knee caused some bruising. Expect to see Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis to get more minutes. Hawes doesn't really have enough upside to stash. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:05 pm
       
      Injured
    • David Lee ruled out for Sunday vs. Pelicans
      David Lee (hamstring) will not play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

      Advice: Needless to say, the Warriors don't need him at all. Draymond Green has won the job and won't be giving it back once Lee is healthy. Basically their entire team is clicking and with Lee being a liability on defense, it's hard to tell where he'll get his minutes. His owners shouldn't have very high hopes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:58 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • Derrick Favors (ankle) travels with the team
      Derrick Favors (ankle) is traveling with the team, but the Jazz have not provided an update.

      Advice: The team is on a six-game road trip, so the fact that he's traveling doesn't mean much. Rudy Gobert had a huge game on Friday and is probably the favorite to start on Sunday against the Wizards. Trevor Booker will also get some more run while Enes Kanter has played his best sans Favors. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:36 am
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) doubtful for Saturday
      Spencer Hawes (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: X-Rays were negative but the Clippers are likely going to be caution with him until he is close to 100 percent. Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will both see extra minutes if Hawes sits, but not enough to matter in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:44 am
       
      Injured
    • X-rays were negative on Derrick Favors' ankle
      X-rays were negative on Derrick Favors' ankle, and he is believed to be dealing with an ankle sprain.

      Advice: The Jazz are going to provide an update sometime on Saturday, so owners will have to wait patiently until then. While it is good news, owners are not out of the woods just yet if it is determined that it is a severe sprain. If he is forced to miss time, Trevor Booker will see some increased run, but French phenom Rudy Gobert had his best NBA game on Friday and actually started the second half. If Gobert is available in your league, he is worth a speculative add. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:19 am
    • David Lee (hamstring) out again Saturday
      David Lee (hamstring) will miss Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: Though he is making progress, we have been hearing the same news for weeks and owners have got to be growing impatient by now. Lee has a chance to return next week, but we should have another update shortly. He will likely be eased into action once he does return, and there is simply no way he will replace Draymond Green in the starting lineup given how well the Warriors have performed. Still, Lee should be owned in all leagues for his double-double potential, but expectations should be tempered. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:46 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • Kanter goes for 25 and eight with Favors out
      Enes Kanter went for 25 and eight with Derrick Favors (ankle) playing just 10 minutes in the Jazz's 100-95 loss to the Heat.

      Advice: Kanter hit 10-of-17 shots (including a three) and all four of his free throw attempts, but as usual he did not have a steal, block or assist. With Favors leaving the arena in a boot there could be a nice window for Kanter to produce in, so pick him up but realize he'll never be a high upside player in standard formats due to the aforementioned deficiencies. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:40 am
    • Derrick Favors (ankle) leaves in walking boot
      Derrick Favors (ankle) left the arena on Friday in a walking boot.

      Advice: The Jazz ruled him out quickly after his ankle sprain, so he's likely going to miss some time. Favors was in the midst of a breakout season and his owners will just have to hope he's not out for too long. Rudy Gobert had arguably his best game of his NBA career tonight while Trevor Booker also stepped up. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:34 pm
    • Mason Plumlee has best game of the season
      Mason Plumlee made 9-of-14 from the field for 18 points with 10 rebounds and two steals against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He did a very good job on the defensive end and kept his fouls down. Plumlee will likely get a couple more starts with Brook Lopez (back) and Mirza Teletovic (hip) on the shelf. If you're looking for a center, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:53 pm
    • X-rays negative on Spencer Hawes
      X-rays were negative on Spencer Hawes' left leg and he will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

      Advice: He twisted his knee badly and the Clippers are likely going to give him an MRI. Hawes was ruled out quickly and is likely going to miss time. Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will get more run, but are not options in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:32 pm
       
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin finally has a down game
      Blake Griffin was held in check against the Wizards on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He averaged 24.3 points per game over his previous 10, including a 45-point night on Monday. Griffin was just 6-of-13 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line tonight, so this was one of his lowest usage rates of the season. He'll be fine and will likely torch the Bucks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:13 pm
    • Spencer Hawes (bruised knee) out for game
      Spencer Hawes suffered a bruised left knee on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: The severity is not yet known and he is getting X-rays. Hawes was playing well in his 17.5 minutes per game on the season and now the Clippers will likely lean on Glen Davis a bit more. Matt Barnes could get minutes at stretch four on occasion. Hawes finished with one point and one block in six minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:53 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins could practice next week
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) could practice next week, according to coach Mike Malone.

      Advice: That means he's likely over one week from returning. Cousins did a light workout on Friday and will likely have a few more of those. His fantasy owners should be planning on benching him next week. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:48 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins getting shots up at practice
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) was getting shots up at practice on Friday.

      Advice: He still has no timetable to return and there are some reports of him being out until January. The Kings are not going to rush him back, but there is a decent chance he can make it back in a week or so. Until then, Derrick Williams, Ben McLemore and Darren Collison have stepped up while Ryan Hollins and Reggie Evans will get more minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:09 pm
    • Joakim Noah says ankle improving, knee fine
      Joakim Noah stated during Friday morning's shootaround that his ankle is improving, and his knee is fine, but he remains out vs. Portland.

      Advice: It's nice to know that Noah is making improvements, and hopefully some rest will be the cure for his ailing ankle and knee. Taj Gibson will remain with the starting unit as long as Noah is sidelined, and he'll make for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Nikola Mirotic will also see extended minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:16 am
       
      Injured
    • David Lee (hamstring) out Saturday vs. Dallas
      David Lee (hamstring) will not suit up for Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks.

      Advice: Lee is making progress, but his timetable to return keeps getting pushed back. He'll likely play limited minutes off the bench upon his return, and given the Warriors superb play so far this season, it's unlikely he'll replace Draymond Green in the starting lineup anytime soon, if at all. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:57 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • Kevin Durant says he's close to 100 percent
      Kevin Durant stated after Thursday's win that he's getting close to being his regular self.

      Advice: Durant scored eight of his 19 points during the fourth quarter of Thursday's win over the LeBron James-less Cavs, and he's managing to put up early-round value despite being limited to 30 minutes per game. He's been the best player in fantasy basketball for the past five years, but he does carry a bit of injury risk this year. Still, it couldn't hurt to send out a few buy-low offers before he has a traditional KD 40-point-game. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:23 am
    • Rudy Gay still wears pressurized walking boot
      Rudy Gay continues to wear a pressurized walking boot on his right foot, as he's still dealing with Achilles tendinitis.

      Advice: Gay is playing despite dealing with the discomfort, but this will be something we'll continue to monitor. He's missed a couple games this year due to his troublesome Achilles, and if he were ever to miss extended time, Omri Casspi would make for a solid pickup. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:53 am
    • Rudy Gay struggles against the Rockets
      Rudy Gay made 4-of-18 from the field for 13 points during a 113-109 overtime loss to the Rockets on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: His shots are up since DeMarcus Cousins went down, but he's shot the ball fairly well until tonight. Gay made 50 percent or higher in four of previous six games without Cousins and should be just fine without him. His fantasy owners' biggest concern should be his Achilles, which cost him two games earlier this season. To be clear, he looks healthy right now. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:01 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas fouls out vs. Kings
      Donatas Motiejunas fouled out in the fourth quarter against the Kings on Thursday, scoring 14 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He continues to be aggressive on the offensive end with 12 of his 13 shots coming from within eight feet tonight. Motiejunas is likely going to take a hit soon with the return of Dwight Howard possibly coming on Saturday. If you've enjoyed the ride the past two weeks, you might want to lower your expectations beyond this weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:21 pm
    • Kevin Durant finishes strong after slow start
      Kevin Durant scored the Thunder's last eight points of their 103-94 win against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He is going to play in the second half of the back-to-back set on Friday, and he'll likely still see his minutes around 30. Durant has still been able to post third-round value in standard fantasy leagues despite the low minutes and his lack of defensive stats before tonight, so it'll be just a matter of time before he's a top two player in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:26 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is around the team
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) has been around the team for the past few days and is improving.

      Advice: He isn't doing any basketball activities and the Kings are just going to take it slow. Cousins could be out for the rest of the month, but nothing his certain. His fantasy owners should just bench him for now. Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Ryan Hollins are getting some more run sans DMC. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:11 pm
    • Kevin Durant will play Friday vs. Minnesota
      Kevin Durant will play Friday vs. Minnesota.

      Advice: There was some concern that the Thunder may hold Durant out of back-to-back sets, but head coach Scott Brooks told reporters on Thursday that he will be available for Friday's game. Continue to roll him out there as you would. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:04 pm
    • David Lee (hamstring) does some 3-on-3 work
      David Lee (hamstring) participated in a post-practice game of 3-on-3 on Thursday.

      Advice: Lee may be able to return for Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks, so we'll be monitoring his status closely. He's likely going to be eased back into the rotation, and given the Warriors terrific start, he's unlikely to usurp Draymond Green for the starting power forward spot. Still, he offers enough upside to be owned in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:38 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) out Friday vs. Portland
      Joakim Noah (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

      Advice: That means that Taj Gibson will draw another start, and he'll make for a quality play in daily leagues. Nikola Mirotic will also see some extended minutes off the bench, and he too will make for a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:13 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jordan Hill wants to attempt more treys
      Jordan Hill is trying to expand on his range and wants to attempt more three-pointers.

      Advice: Hill has only attempted 11 three-pointers in his six-year NBA career, but he's not letting that hurt his confidence. "If I took 100 3s right now, I would say I could make close to 50," Hill said. "Probably 40." Hill's targeted percentages would put him among the league leaders, but his fantasy owners will have to settle for his relatively inconsistent rebounding numbers until he decides to unleash his inner Kyle Korver. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:21 am
       
      Injured
    • David Lee could return to practice Thursday
      David Lee (hamstring) could return to practice on Thursday, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

      Advice: Lee is running on a treadmill as he rehabs his left hamstring and Kerr is hopeful that he'll be able to practice on Thursday. "He's doing better," said Kerr. "He's going on the trip, and we are encouraged. He's got to get on the court, which he will do [Thursday] hopefully, and see how he responds with a little practice." Lee will be eased into action upon his return, but is still worth owning in standard fantasy leagues due to his nightly double-double potential. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:54 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • Kevin Durant says foot not a concern
      Kevin Durant is not worried about re-injuring his surgically-repaired right foot

      Advice: Durant is still on a minutes restriction, but the reigning MVP isn't holding back because of the Jones fracture that caused him to miss the first month of the season. "I'm one of those guys that's going to play how I play if I'm out on the court," he said. "If I try to hold back and worry about what may happen, that's when I don't bring the edge I usually play with. Whatever happens, happens." This is great news for Durant's fantasy owners as it sounds like he's ready to assume his place as the top fantasy option out there. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:46 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas stays hot with Dwight out
      Donatas Motiejunas hit 8-of-17 shots for 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: He's been playing very well with Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones hurting, and should continue to be started by fantasy owners as long as the two aforementioned players are in street clothes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:40 pm
    • Taj Gibson posts monster line in win
      Taj Gibson had 11 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high six blocks in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

      Advice: The Nets are a sieve to opposing bigs right now and Gibson and Pau Gasol combined for 27 points, 26 rebounds and 10 blocks tonight. He's over his ankle injury and is worth starting in fantasy leagues, especially with Joakim Noah dealing with an ankle injury of his own right now. The last time Gibson blocked six shots in a game was Jan. of 2011. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:47 pm
       
      Injured
    • Mason Plumlee starts, goes for 8 & 8
      Mason Plumlee started at center on Wednesday and had eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks on 3-of-11 shooting in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He also hit just 2-of-5 free throws and his line would have looked much better had his shot been falling. With Brook Lopez out indefinitely and Kevin Garnett suffering a foot injury tonight, Plumlee looks like a player to grab if you need a short-term center. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:34 pm
    • Al Jefferson scores 23 with 14 boards vs. BOS
      Al Jefferson dominated against the Celtics during a 96-87 win on Wednesday with 23 points, 14 boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

      Advice: That's back-to-back games with double-doubles for Jefferson and he's coming around. He did have some shooting issue coming into this game, making just 39.5 percent from the field in his previous three games. He is unlikely to have this kind of success against the Grizzlies on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:30 pm
    • Blake Griffin double-doubles in win
      Blake Griffin hit 7-of-17 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: Griffin has blocked four shots in his last five games and is shooting 79 percent from the line over that stretch. Those used to be two of his Achilles heels, but that no longer seems to be the case, giving him the potential for first-round value for the first time in his career. And by the way, the Clippers have now won nine straight games. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:06 pm
    • Taj Gibson is starting on Wednesday
      Taj Gibson will start against the Nets on Wednesday.

      Advice: This move was expected to happen with Joakim Noah (ankle) out tonight. Gibson has been spectacular in his starts, so make sure he's in your lineup. Nikola Mirotic should get some more run. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:11 pm
       
      Injured
    • Mason Plumlee will start on Wednesday night
      Mason Plumlee will start next to Kevin Garnett on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Nets have lost previous starters Mirza Teletovic (hip, game-time decision) and Brook Lopez (back) to injuries. Plumlee will likely see an increase from his 19 minutes on Monday and is a decent pickup in fantasy leagues if you're OK with poor foul shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:31 pm
    • Kevin Durant is still on minutes restriction
      Kevin Durant is still on a minutes restriction according to coach Scott Brooks.

      Advice: There is no indication as to when his restraints will be taken off, but Durant is still an elite asset in limited time. He scored 23 points in 29 minutes on Tuesday, so owners who used a high pick on him should feel pretty good about themselves. He is only going to get better as his minutes slowly increase, and it certainly helps that the Thunder are in a thrilling playoff push. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:25 am
    • David Lee (hamstring) out again Wednesday
      David Lee (hamstring) is listed as out against the Bulls on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is just a reminder for his owners and Lee is said to be targeting a return on Monday. The Warriors will likely bring him along slowly, and owners should not expect too much from him considering Draymond Green has been a force all season. Having said that, Lee should still see a decent role and should be owned in all leagues for his upside. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:11 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) probable for Wednesday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: He will likely play in this one, and should draw the start with Joakim Noah (ankle) on the sidelines. Gibson should have a field day against Brooklyn's depleted frontcourt, and should be in all lineups barring a setback. Nikola Mirotic would be the first big off of the bench for the Bulls and will get some decent run after filling in admirably for the Bulls while Gibson was nursing his ankle injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:25 am
       
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    • Enes Kanter has 12 & 15 in rare win vs. Spurs
      Enes Kanter notched 12 points, 15 rebounds and one block in 31 minutes of action on Tuesday, as the Jazz upset the Spurs with a 100-96 victory in Utah.

      Advice: Kanter was in danger of being suspended for this game after throwing his mouthpiece into the stands in frustration on Monday, but the league was (relatively) lenient and only gave him a $25,000 fine. He made 6-of-9 shots vs. San Antonio and his fantasy value remains tethered to his scoring (13.6 points), rebounds (7.0) and FG percentage (52.9 percent on 10.9 attempts). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 pm
    • Kanter fined $25k for mouthpiece incident
      Enes Kanter has been fined $25k for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands on Monday.

      Advice: Kanter is going to get a fine instead of a suspension, so owners can continue to roll him out there for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. Click the link below if you'd like to see the video of Kanter letting frustration get the best of him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:09 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) probable for Wednesday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play on Wednesday, so if Gibson is able to go, he'll slide into the starting lineup and make for a quality option in daily leagues. Nikola Mirotic will also see some extended minutes off the bench with Noah sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:03 pm
       
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    • David Lee (hamstring) out Wednesday vs. HOU
      David Lee (hamstring) will miss his 17th consecutive game on Wednesday as the Warriors take on the Rockets.

      Advice: Lee has not played a single game this season, while the Dubs have gotten off to their best start in franchise history. That doesn't bode well for Lee entering the starting lineup upon his return, although he will cut into Draymond Green's minutes. Owners still holding onto Lee will need to be patient upon his return, as he'll likely be eased back into the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:01 pm
       
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      7:30 pm vs OKC
    • Blake goes nuts for 45 & 8 w/ game-winning 3
      Blake Griffin scored a season-high 45 points on 14-of-24 shooting (2-of-2 3PTs, 15-of-17 FTs) with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Clippers' 121-120 overtime win against the Suns.

      Advice: This game is going to be on replay all week and it was a vintage Griffin performance, as he and P.J. Tucker went at it for most of the night and he goaded Tucker into a key foul late. His 3-pointer at the buzzer hit front iron and got the lucky bounce to wrap up the game, and Griffin would promptly let Tucker know all about it. And for the rest of us we were all notified that the buy low window is slammed shut. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:36 pm
    • Markieff Morris productive from distance
      Markieff Morris scored 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting (including three treys) with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in Monday's overtime loss.

      Advice: Morris has checked in with late early-round value on the season and should hang around that ballpark all year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:20 pm
    • Gay, Collison to have plenty of touches
      Rudy Gay scored 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting (9-of-10 FTs) with six rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in the Kings' 101-92 win over the Jazz on Monday.

      Advice: Gay and Darren Collison (16 points, six assists, one steal) are going to carry as much load as they can handle with DeMarcus Cousins out for a while. Their efficiency numbers could take a hit or even a tumble since they were already carrying close to a max-load with Cousins on the court. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:13 pm
    • Kanter chucks his mouthpiece into the stands
      Enes Kanter scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds and two blocks over 32 minutes in Monday's loss to the Kings, and he also got away with chucking his mouthpiece into the stands without being ejected.

      Advice: A suspension seems possible if not likely and owners should be keeping an eye out for that. Now that Alec Burks is back, any designs on extra touches are null and void and the last thing Kanter wants to do is open the door for young and promising Rudy Gobert. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:01 pm
    • Kings: DeMarcus Cousins is out indefinitely
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is out indefinitely, according to coach Mike Malone.

      Advice: "We have no idea when he’ll be back," coach Mike Malone said. "He’s still not feeling well and I can just hear the frustration and disappointment in his voice." His viral infection sounds like it could keep him out until January and the Kings will allow it to run its course. All Cousins' owners can do is hope he makes it back soon. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:05 pm
    • Amir Johnson dealing with some ankle issues
      Amir Johnson needed to get his ankle re-taped against the Nuggets on Monday with seven points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers.

      Advice: He basically dealt with ankle pain for the entire second half of the season last year, so this is troubling news. Johnson looked hobbled in his return in the second half, so don't be surprised if he misses a game to get him back to 100 percent. He tried to play through it last year and it backfired. They play the second-place Cavs on Tuesday, so check back for an update after morning shootaround. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:54 pm
    • Plumlee can't get it done in 19 minutes
      Mason Plumlee played just 19 minutes with nine points, three rebounds and no steals or blocks in the Nets' 110-88 blowout loss to the Cavs on Monday.

      Advice: Plumlee has looked nothing like this summer's version or last year's version, and it looks like we jumped the gun on him. Mirza Teletovic left tonight's game with a hip injury and did not return, so there is opportunity here but we'd be being blind if we didn't note that Plumlee hasn't given anybody a reason to believe this year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:45 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins possibly out until January?
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) could possibly be out until January.

      Advice: He has viral meningitis and will not return in the next 10 days at the minimum. Cousins is believed to be very ill, but he did go through a practice last week because he wasn't diagnosed at that time. Since then, he's been hospitalized and doesn't have a timetable to return. Jason Thompson has stepped up while Reggie Evans, Ryan Hollins and Derrick Williams are also helping out. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 1:57 pm
    • Phil Jackson 'so disappointed' with Bargnani
      Phil Jackson said the Knicks are "so disappointed" with Andrea Bargnani's (hamstring) condition.

      Advice: Jackson also added that Bargnani is disappointed, and he confirmed that the Italian is without a timetable to return. Bargs has been Barfs for the Knicks this season, and it's not clear when he might be back at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 9:57 am
    • Jordan Hill quiet vs. Omer Asik & New Orleans
      Jordan Hill's streak of quiet games continued on Sunday with eight points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 26 minutes, as the Lakers fell at home to the Pelicans.

      Advice: Hill shot 4-of-11 in a tough matchup vs. New Orleans' frontcourt, but it's more concerning that he's averaging just 23.7 minutes over the Lakers' past three games. L.A.'s rotations are in flux as coach Byron Scott seeks a rotation that can sustainably play well, and fantasy owners should simply remain patient -- Hill has been far too reliable to fret about during a rough three-game stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 7, 9:21 pm
       
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