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  • Griffin picks up 16th tech, suspension likely
    Blake Griffin picked up his 16th technical foul on Tuesday night, drawing an automatic suspension for Wednesday's game, if it's not rescinded.

    Advice: Griffin has already had three technical fouls rescinded this season and the NBA may call this one a "three strikes and you're out" situation. Griffin wasn't all that likely to play many minutes on Wednesday anyway, and given that there was no malicious intent to hurt Timofey Mozgov tonight, the league has a tough call to make.
    Today, 8:43 pm
  • Mason Plumlee goes for 16 & 9 in loss
    Mason Plumlee hit 7-of-9 shots for 16 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's made a name for himself over the past 30 games and should have another nice one on Wednesday, with or without the regular starters playing for Jason Kidd.
    Today, 8:33 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores 13 in loss to Knicks
    Paul Pierce played through his shoulder injury and had 13 points and three rebounds in 21 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Nets needed to win this game and may be ready to give up on Wednesday's finale. Jason Kidd said after the game he doesn't care if he's the No. 5 or 6 seed, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Pierce get the night off. He was a game-time decision tonight, but he went for it.
    Today, 8:24 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores 14 in Knicks win
    J.R. Smith played 23 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: This was not quite the line we were expecting from Smith with Carmelo Anthony in street clothes, but even though he didn't shoot it 30 times, he still managed to fill the stat sheet. And we fully expect him to do it again on Wednesday, assuming he plays.
    Today, 8:20 pm
  • Danny Granger could practice Wednesday
    Danny Granger, who has been out with a hamstring injury, could practice for the Clippers on Thursday or Friday.

    Advice: Doc Rivers is hoping to have him back for the playoffs and all indications are that he will be ready to play. He won't be a huge part of what the Clippers do, but could help them win some playoff games if he can get hot off the bench occasionally.
    Today, 6:06 pm
    W, 117-105 vs Den
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) has torn labrum
    Carmelo Anthony has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he will not require surgery.

    Advice: Melo will be re-evaluated in one month and it's very interesting that an MRI revealed the tear only after he'd played in a number of games to help the Knicks' slim chances of making the playoffs. While his toughness is commendable, the Knicks' medical staff and management have questions to answer about letting their star risk aggravating a serious injury. Carmelo is expected to enter free agency via his early-termination option, and once the playoffs end he'll be the focus of this summer's FA frenzy.
  • Blazers may rest LaMarcus Aldridge, Mo-Will
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that he may rest LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams for Portland's season finale on Wednesday.

    Advice: We should learn Stotts' plan after shootaround on Wednesday, and some precautionary DNPs aren't unexpected since the Blazers cannot move up or down in the playoff standings. Even if they win on Wednesday while the fourth-place Rockets lose, the Rockets will retain home-court advantage because they own the tie-breaker over the Blazers.
  • Gerald Green will start Wednesday's finale
    Gerald Green will start Wednesday's game in place of Goran Dragic (ankle).

    Advice: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said that he'll use his typical starting lineup for Wednesday's season finale, minus Dragic, though his youngest players will enter the game "pretty early." Green revitalized his career in Phoenix, averaging 15.8 points and 2.5 threes per game, and he'll look to build on his success during the final year of his contract in 2014-15.
    Today, 1:27 pm
  • David Lee feels good after back-to-back set
    David Lee said that his hamstring felt better during Monday's game vs. the Wolves, during which he scored 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: It was the second half of a back-to-back set, which makes his performance even more encouraging as the Warriors prepare to play without Andrew Bogut (broken rib). Head coach Mark Jackson said that he'll deploy a frontcourt of Lee and Draymond Green as needed, since Jermaine O'Neal can't play huge minutes, Festus Ezeli (knee) is still recovering, and Marreese Speights isn't much of a rim protector anyway.
    Today, 12:40 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (rest) won't play vs. Magic
    Lance Stephenson (rest) will not play vs. the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stephenson is fresh off Sunday's triple-double, during which he played with uncommon energy, so perhaps coach Frank Vogel's prescribed rest is doing the trick. Fantasy owners should note that despite Stephenson's occasional triple-doubles and impressive rebounding totals, his limited defensive stats (0.7 steals), poor FT percentage (71.1 percent) and high turnovers (2.7 per game) conspired to make him a 10th-round value in nine-cat leagues this season. He fares better in eight-cat and head-to-head formats.
  • Luigi Datome shooting 18.4 percent from deep
    Pistons forward Luigi Datome said that his 18.4 percent shooting from downtown is partly due to his limited role off the bench.

    Advice: Datome was considered a lights-out shooter in Europe but he's struggled to adapt to the NBA. "My percentage is terrible," he said. "It's not easy to sit for five, six games and then play maybe five minutes of garbage time." The 26-year-old will earn $1.8 million in the final year of his contract next season, and he should go undrafted in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 11:50 am
  • David West will be rested again Wednesday
    David West (rest) will not play in Wednesday's road game vs. the Magic, and Luis Scola will take his spot in the starting lineup.

    Advice: The Pacers have a 35-6 record at home this season but they're just 20-20 on the road, so they're fortunate to have home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. West will be rested and ready for Indiana's first round matchup with the Hawks.
    Today, 11:33 am
  • Paul George, West, Stephenson out Wednesday
    Paul George, David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson will all rest during Wednesday's season finale vs. the Magic.

    Advice: With the first seed in the East locked up, the Pacers are just trying to give their key players some rest while hoping to reclaim the elusive chemistry that abandoned them after the All-Star break. After shooting a mere 37.2 percent from the field in March, George is still stuck at 40.2 percent in April.
    Today, 11:30 am
  • Luol Deng wins community service award
    Luol Deng has won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, presented by Pro Basketball Writers Association to honor community service.

    Advice: Deng's had an interesting season, being traded from Chicago to Cleveland and then struggling upon his arrival to the Cavs. The award will help make him feel better about what went down, but the fact he's not with the Bulls getting ready for the playoffs is still probably a tough pill for him to swallow.
    Today, 10:13 am
  • Spurs Big 3 could all play Wednesday
    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all played on Monday, and all three could play in Wednesday's finale as part of Gregg Popovich's "controlled rest" plan.

    Advice: "You can't just sit for a week and then wait for Sunday and expect to be ready," Ginobili said. "We need to play, go up and down and feel good about ourselves." While their minutes and production might not be through the roof, it does sound like there's a decent chance most of the Spurs will be in action in a meaningless final game against the Lakers.
    Today, 8:35 am
  • Woodson: Melo 'probably won't play' Tuesday
    Mike Woodson said on Tuesday morning that Carmelo Anthony "probably won't" play against the Nets, and that he will likely shut him down for Wednesday, as well.

    Advice: TNT is getting a dog of a game, as Amare Stoudemire is a game-time decision, while the Nets will be without Shaun Livingston, Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson, and also list Deron Williams, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson as game-time calls. It would take a small miracle to see Melo in uniform at this point, as he deals with a lost season, a sore shoulder and pending free agency.
  • Pierce, Johnson, Williams all GTD for Nets
    Paul Pierce (shoulder), Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all listed as game-time decisions for the Nets on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's anyone's guess as to who might play for either the Nets or Knicks tonight, but guys like Marquis Teague, Marcus Thornton and Mason Plumlee are good bets for success.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Teletovic, Livingston, Anderson all out
    Mirza Teletovic will miss Tuesday's game against the Knicks for personal reasons.

    Advice: Alan Anderson and Shaun Livingston are also out, while Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all listed as game-time decisions. Carmelo Anthony is not expected to play for the Knicks, and this game is setting up to be a bit of a no-name circus. Marcus Thornton, Marquis Teague and Mason Plumlee could all have big games tonight.
  • Alan Anderson ruled out for Tuesday
    Alan Anderson will miss another game on Tuesday due to his abdominal injury.

    Advice: He has now missed three in a row, but we're still guessing he'll be ready to go when the playoffs start.
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Carmelo Anthony misses shootaround
    Carmelo Anthony missed shootaround on Tuesday in order to have his right shoulder re-examined.

    Advice: He's listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Nets on TNT, but it would be fairly surprising to see him play. J.R. Smith might take 50 shots tonight, while it's possible Melo has played his last game for the New York Knicks.
  • Matt Bonner returned to action on Monday April 14.
  • Tim Duncan returned to action on Monday April 14.
    Today, 1:21 am
  • Speights could play big minutes in finale
    Marreese Speights scored nine points on 4-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds and one block in 16 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Wolves.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely and Jermaine O'Neal (10 points, four boards, one steal) is a candidate to be held out of Wednesday's game. That makes Speights a likely target to carry the load down low, and he has a history of big games when he's allowed to shoot at will. Hilton Armstrong could also take over O'Neal's lower-minute role.
    Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Barnes could be asked to carry load on Wed
    Harrison Barnes scored six points on 3-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in Monday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Barnes doesn't have any nagging injuries that we're aware of and Mark Jackson will rest a lot of key guys on Wednesday, and it will also be a good time for the Warriors to try and get the disappointing sophomore ready for the playoffs. Tonight's line wasn't half bad, and he's worth a speculative, lower-end play on a busy 15-game night on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Lee posts 25 and nine; may sit out on Wed
    David Lee scored 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting with nine rebounds and two steals over 28 minutes on Monday against the Wolves.

    Advice: Lee reached for his hamstring at one point but it didn't seem to affect his play, but now that the Warriors have clinched their seeding Mark Jackson has already indicated that a lot of guys will rest. Lee will be at the top of that list, making him doubtful for Wednesday's game pending an update.
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Draymond goes for 20 & 12 with big line
    Draymond Green scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks in Monday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Green was everywhere and though the Warriors are talking about resting guys on Wednesday, he will probably be the last core player to get time off. He should be owned in all formats unless he's declared out between now and then.
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Brewer scores 22 points with five assists
    Corey Brewer decided his run wasn't over in Monday's loss to the Warriors, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Brewer's favorable schedule and big games have made him a nice pickup over the last week or two, and there's no reason the Wolves won't run him hard on Wednesday. If his stat set fits your needs, he's a solid pickup.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Morris' 21 points not enough in loss to MEM
    Markieff Morris hit 10-of-16 shots for 21 points, two rebounds, one steal and three blocks in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Fellow Most Improved Player candidate Gerald Green fizzled out with seven points on 2-of-4 shooting, but the duo exceeded expectations in both fantasy and reality. Factor in Jeff Hornacek's expected high finish in Coach of the Year voting and there will be plenty of awards season buzz for Phoenix.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Z-Bo's 32 points lead the way; Grizz clinch
    Zach Randolph scored 32 points on 15-of-25 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal in Monday's playoff-clinching win over the Suns.

    Advice: Randolph forced the Grizzlies into the playoffs by both gritting and grinding in a back-and-forth thriller. Marc Gasol added 18 points with eight boards and three assists, and Mike Conley hit a huge three to finish with 14 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a three in the win. The Grizzlies now face the Mavs on Wednesday to decide which team gets the No. 7 seed.
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Miller scores 21 points with five threes
    Mike Miller scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including five threes) in 30 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Miller is well worth a look for his 3-point shooting as the Grizzlies and Mavs will face off on Wednesday in a meaningful game. And shockingly, after a career full of injuries, Miller has played in all 81 games for the Grizzlies this season.
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Tim Duncan plays 30 minutes vs. Rockets
    Tim Duncan played 30 minutes against the Rockets on Monday, scoring 12 points with nine boards and two assists.

    Advice: The Spurs had nothing to play for and they still gave Duncan solid minutes. They will close out the regular season on Wednesday vs. the Lakers and we would be very surprised to see him in the lineup for that one. His fantasy owners can make a proactive cut if there is anything promising on the wire.
    Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Harrison Barnes starting on Monday night
    Harrison Barnes will start against the Wolves on Monday night with Andre Iguodala (knee) out.

    Advice: He hasn't been effective as the start, making just 40.2 percent from the field for averages of 11.6 points, 4.5 boards, 1.0 steals and 0.8 triples. Barnes isn't much of an option despite offering some upside.
    Yesterday, 6:06 pm
  • Tim Duncan will play vs. Rockets
    Tim Duncan will start against the Rockets on Monday night.

    Advice: It's Bizarro World in Houston with the Spurs' Big Three all playing while Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills are sitting out. Duncan should be in all lineups tonight, but we would be a little shocked to see him play on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Luol Deng (back) out for Cavs' season finale
    Luol Deng (sore back) will not play in the Cavaliers' season finale on Wednesday.

    Advice: Alonzo Gee will start again at SF for the Cavs, who can finish the season with a 33-49 record if they defeat the Nets. Deng is the best of this summer's free agent SFs and he's sure to draw interest from many teams eager to acquire the versatile veteran and two-time All-Star.
    Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Popovich hints he won't rest players Monday
    Gregg Popovich hinted that he won't rest anyone during Monday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: Pop emphasized the need to be sharp and in sync for the playoffs, and with two games left on the schedule he may ease up on his extra-cautious approach to resting players. We should get more concrete information after the Spurs warm up for Monday's game, so check back later tonight for updates.
    Yesterday, 10:31 am
  • Draymond Green quiet in return to GSW bench
    With David Lee back in the starting lineup on Sunday, Draymond Green shifted to a reserve role and scored three points in 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: He hit one 3-pointer with four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Green has proven to be a versatile option in both real life and fantasy leagues, but his value is crippled with Lee healthy and starting at PF.
  • David Lee (hamstring) quiet in start at PF
    David Lee (hamstring) posted four points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in a start at PF on Sunday, as the Warriors lost a heart-breaker on the road in Portland.

    Advice: Lee missed seven games due to his injury, which stemmed from nerve irritation, but he didn't aggravate anything by playing 25 minutes in his return on Friday. His playing time ramped up to 33 minutes on Sunday and the Warriors are likely to keep him active over the next two games, both to get him some rhythm and fight off the Mavericks for the sixth seed.
    Sunday, 9:08 pm
  • Corey Brewer cools off w/ 10 pts in road loss
    Corey Brewer followed up his 51-point eruption with just 10 points in 30 minutes as the Wolves lost a close game in Sacramento on Sunday.

    Advice: Nobody was expecting a repeat performance of Friday, and the return of Kevin Martin and Kevin Love cut into his offensive opportunities, but this still qualifies as a major disappointment. Brewer is averaging 12.2 points in 32 minutes per game this season, on an up-tempo team that favors his style of play, so he's unlikely to be any better in 2014-15.
    Sunday, 8:47 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) may have MRI
    Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) said that he may have an MRI in the next few days, and he'll consult with Knicks' doctors about a plan for the final two games.

    Advice: The surprising part is that he hasn't already had an MRI given the uncertain nature of the injury, which has been described as a "strain" and a "dead arm." With potential free agency looming it's conceivable that caution will keep Melo on the sidelines the rest of the way.
  • J.R. Smith drops in five 3-pointers vs. Bulls
    J.R. Smith cooled off on Sunday but still scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting in a win vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Smith went 5-of-9 from downtown and he's now averaging 24.0 points in five April games. It took him a long time to really heat up this season, and he was nearly un-ownable for the season's first few months, but this serves as a nice reminder of his upside when healthy and given a green light offensively.
    Sunday, 7:09 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) logs 28 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony's shoulder injury didn't give him too much trouble vs. the Bulls, as he scored 17 on 7-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Knicks have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, but coach Mike Woodson expects Melo to play in every game down the stretch. "He hasn't indicated to me that he's going to sit down," Woodson said. "That's Melo's. He's been there all year, he's had a helluva season for us." That's somewhat of an understatement, as he's second in the league in scoring at 27.6 points per game.
  • David Lee (hamstring) starts at PF on Sunday
    David Lee (hamstring) will start for the Warriors on Sunday, shifting Draymond Green back to a bench role.

    Advice: Lee's nerve irritation seems to have subsided and the Warriors will revert to their typical rotations as they make one last push to solidify their playoff seeding.
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic gets hot from deep vs. Magic
    Nets PF Mirza Teletovic made 7-of-12 field goals with four 3-pointers on Sunday, while grabbing six rebounds and blocking one shot in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Teletovic is shooting nearly 39 percent from downtown on the season and he's picked up the pace in April (42.9 percent), which gives Brooklyn some much-welcomed firepower off the bench. His perimeter shooting makes him an intriguing fantasy player, and we'll keep an eye on him this summer with the Nets' roster likely to see plenty of changes.
    Sunday, 5:33 pm
  • Paul Pierce held to 19 minutes vs. Orlando
    Paul Pierce only played 19 minutes vs. the Magic on Sunday, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: He was productive enough to appease most owners and Jason Kidd was probably just giving his veteran some extra rest vs. an inferior opponent. Pierce's switch to power forward, and his ability to play the position defensively, has been a major catalyst for the Nets' resurgence this season.
    Sunday, 5:29 pm
  • Lance Stephenson triple-doubles in huge win
    Lance Stephenson put up a triple-double against the Thunder in Sunday's 102-97 win, scoring 17 points with 10 boards, 11 assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He brought a ton of energy while most of his team continues to play a boring brand of basketball. Stephenson now leads the NBA with five triple-doubles, which is one greater than the four from Stephen Curry and Joakim Noah. He hasn't been the same player since the break with his assists and field goal percentage taking the biggest hits on the stat sheet, but he's still fun to watch. The Pacers will look to lock up the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a win against the Magic on Wednesday.
  • Melo, Knicks eliminated from playoffs
    Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday when the Hawks beat the Heat in Atlanta.

    Advice: The shutdown alert is on for Melo, who is dealing with a sore shoulder. If the Knicks still had something to play for, Melo would be a lock to go, but at this point, you have to think his status for his final two games is completely up in the air. Only use him if you know for a fact that he'll be in the lineup on Sunday and Wednesday. This is the first time in his 11-year career Melo won't be in the playoffs, but at least we know he won't have to worry about being knocked out in the first round again.
    Saturday, 7:01 pm
  • Luol Deng (back) will not play vs. Celtics
    Luol Deng (back) will not play vs. the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: Deng was listed as doubtful so his absence isn't surprising, and Alonzo Gee will get another start at SF. With only one more game remaining on the Cavs' schedule, and free agency looming on the horizon for Deng, he may decide to simply shut it down for the year.
    Saturday, 3:10 pm
  • Alan Anderson (abdomen) will not play Sunday
    Alan Anderson (sore abdominal muscle) will not play in Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Friday after the injury bothered him during warm-ups, which left Brooklyn without Anderson, Deron Williams (knee) and Shaun Livingston (toe). The result was the Nets' first loss in their past 16 home games, and they'll try to get back on track with Williams expected to return on Sunday.
    Saturday, 9:55 am
  • Luol Deng (back) doubtful to play Saturday
    Luol Deng (back) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Deng has fought through a variety of injuries this season, including a sore Achilles which plagued him for months, and it seems he's finally succumbed with the season nearly ended. The Cavs are interested in re-signing him but may not have a lucrative enough offer to lure him as a free agent this summer.
    Saturday, 9:16 am
  • Danny Granger (hamstring) eyes playoff return
    Danny Granger (hamstring) shot around with the Clippers on Friday and hopes to return for the first game of the playoffs.

    Advice: Granger's return to health is good news for the Clips' playoff chances, but it won't matter to fantasy owners with the regular season quickly winding down. L.A. can afford to ease him slowly back into the mix with J.J. Redick healthy and Jamal Crawford (calf) expected to play on Saturday.
    Saturday, 6:53 am
    W, 117-105 vs Den
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) avoiding tests
    Carmelo Anthony said that he might have more tests on his shoulder after the season, but he doesn't believe that it's as serious as the partially torn rotator cuff he suffered last year.

    Advice: "This year it's not the same. The pain is different," Anthony said. "What is the test going to do at this point? If they say it's really bad, I'm still not going to sit out. I'd rather to wait until it's all over." While his single-minded focus on the playoffs is commendable, his agent must be praying that he doesn't aggravate the injury -- Melo's early-termination option is poised to make him a FA this summer.
    Saturday, 6:46 am
  • Lee double-doubles off the bench in return
    David Lee (hamstring) returned to action on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting with 10 rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Lakers were a good spot to get Lee back in action and though it's unlikely he stays in a bench role, it sure would make a lot of sense going forward to balance the first and second units. Draymond Green scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting with two threes, seven boards, four steals and one block in 32 minutes, and his defense helps round out a formidable starting five on that end. Keep Green going unless the Warriors indicate Lee is going to play big minutes.
    Friday, 11:45 pm
  • Speights takes advantage of Lakers on Friday
    Marreese Speights took advantage of the Lakers on Friday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers don't even try to play defense so owners should keep that in mind when assessing Speights going forward. The Warriors are basically locked into the No. 6 seed so they may rest some of their key big men down the stretch, and in that case Speights would be worth a look.
  • David Lee returned to action on Friday April 11.
    Friday, 11:27 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 20 points in loss
    Markieff Morris scored 20 points with seven boards against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He entered tonight with some fantastic post-break averages of 15.8 points, 6.6 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.5 triples on 51.8 percent from the field. Morris was expected to be the opening-night starter, but his one-game suspension to start the year moved him the bench and that changed the mind of coach Jeff Hornacek. That may have been a blessing in disguise and he's in the mix for Sixth Man of the Year.
    Friday, 10:37 pm
  • Gerald Green scores 27 points vs. Spurs
    Gerald Green moved back into the starting lineup against the Spurs in Friday, scoring 27 points with three boards, three assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Goran Dragic sat out tonight due to an ankle injury, but Green has been rolling even before this gem. He's been in NBA Jam on-fire mode from deep in his last four games with at least four triples in each game in that span. Green averaged 26.0 points per game in that span and he'll be a must-start player on Saturday vs. the Mavericks.
    Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Corey Brewer shocks Rockets with 51 points
    Corey Brewer came out of nowhere for a career-high 51 points on 19-of-30 from the field in a win over the Rockets on Friday, adding two boards, one assist, six steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Brewer joined Michael Jordan, Ricky Barry and Allen Iverson as the only players to score at least 50 points with six steals in a game in NBA history. He scored an unbelievable 16 of his 19 field goals from within three feet of the rim and was the main reason why the Wolves had a whopping 39 fast-break points with 27 transition points coming from Brew. Coach Rick Adelman joked after the game that Kevin Love (elbow) and Kevin Martin (foot) have been holding Brewer back and he said he didn't even know what to do with him. Brewer also has four consecutive games with four or more steals, but we don't think he'll have a streak of scoring 50 points or anything.
    Friday, 9:34 pm
  • Stephenson scores 11 points against Heat
    Lance Stephenson and the rest of the Pacers' starters all returned to action in Friday's big loss to the Heat, and Stephenson took a back seat scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one three.

    Advice: Stephenson turned the ball over four times and Paul George did the same, but the duo were the only creators whatsoever out of the first unit so it's hard to lay the blame at their feet. The good news for owners is that he doesn't appear to be tired or out of shape like some of his teammates, so it's possible he avoids any other time off doled out by Frank Vogel.
  • George scores 22 points in loss to Heat
    Paul George scored 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting (3-of-8 3PTs, 5-of-7 FTs) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Friday's loss.

    Advice: George was the best player on the floor for Indy but still lacked the edge necessary to lead a championship level team. As of right now there are no plans for any additional rest, and we will update you if that changes.
    Friday, 9:20 pm
  • West barely shows up for big game vs. MIA
    David West scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds and one block on Friday.

    Advice: West was productive but continues to be slow on defense and he's not exactly creating offense for anybody else. As long as he's in the Pacers' lineup, he should probably be in yours.
    Friday, 9:18 pm
  • Pierce (hip) returns, passes 25K career pts
    Paul Pierce (hip) returned to action in Friday's loss to the Hawks, scoring 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Pierce also passed 25,000 points in his Hall of Fame career, and with the chance to rest looming it wouldn't be surprising if he missed any number of games to finish the year. We're not going to put him on the injury report until we hear something specific to that effect, but owners should be looking at other options.
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Plumlee scores 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting
    Mason Plumlee hit all six of his field goal attempts on Friday, scoring 17 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Plumlee is cruising right now with averages of 14.3 points, 6.0 boards, 1.5 combined steals and blocks, and 83.3 percent field goal shooting over his last four games. He's averaging 27.4 minutes in that span and it wouldn't be surprising if he keeps it up while the Nets rest their older players. Those numbers are good enough for mid-round value and owners needing a big man should pick him up.
    Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) scores 30 points
    Carmelo Anthony's shoulder wasn't a problem on Friday during a big 108-100 win in Toronto, shooting 8-of-17 from the field for 30 points with eight boards, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He said his shoulder bothered him on Sunday, but the schedule really helped Melo since that was the Knicks' last game. He was able to get to the line 14 times and really played with a lot of heart. The Knicks needed this win, but the Hawks beating Brooklyn hurts their chances to make the post season. They'll get a tough game against the Bulls on Sunday.
  • David Lee will try to play on Friday night
    David Lee (hamstring) will give it a go against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He is going to come off the bench and said he is not 100 percent. Perhaps the Warriors getting embarrassed on the glass on Thursday was a factor for Lee to play tonight, which will decrease the opportunity for Draymond Green. Fantasy owners can pick Lee back up, but he's not a must-start play.
    Friday, 6:27 pm
  • Luol Deng (back) will not play on Friday
    Luol Deng (back) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: He's been battling a back strain this month and the team will hold him out. Despite big minutes for much of his career, Deng had been extremely durable, but that's changed in the past two years. Alonzo Gee will likely start, but expect the Cavs to just get more out of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
    Friday, 4:24 pm
  • Matt Bonner out for Friday night
    Matt Bonner will not play against the Suns on Friday due to food poisoning.

    Advice: He probably would have received some minutes with Tim Duncan out, but the Spurs will be without the Red Rocket. Bonner has no fantasy value.
  • Alan Anderson out, Andrei Kirilenko starting
    Alan Anderson will miss Friday's game vs. the Hawks due to a sore abdominal muscle.

    Advice: He was expected to start tonight, but the team will now move Andrei Kirilenko into the first unit. Anderson's injury doesn't sound serious and he's likely just getting some rest. He has little fantasy value, though.
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will sit vs. PHX
    Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will not play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Duncan played 39 minutes on Thursday and there was really no way coach Gregg Popovich would have played him that much and put him back out there tonight. He'll likely get at least one more game of rest in the final week, so he's not necessarily a must-own player. Expect Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter to pick up the slack.
    Friday, 3:44 pm
  • Paul Pierce back in the starting lineup
    Paul Pierce (hip) will start against the Hawks on Friday night.

    Advice: He'll join Jorge Gutierrez, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett in the first unit. Pierce had his turn to rest on Wednesday night and we would expect him to play without limitation. Considering Deron Williams (knee) is out, Pierce could have the ball in his hands a lot.
    Friday, 3:18 pm
  • David Lee questionable at best for Friday
    CSN Bay Area still considers David Lee (back, hamstring) "out indefinitely."

    Advice: There is no new update from the team Friday as the Warriors are on a back-to-back. All we know is that Lee did go through individual drills before Thursday's game and he's officially "day-to-day." It would be a surprise if he suits up against the Lakers Friday night, but we probably won't know for sure until an hour before the 10:30pm ET tip.
    Friday, 10:04 am
  • Carmelo Anthony will play on Friday
    Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will play in Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Anthony said he's refused further tests on his right (shooting) shoulder because there's no way he's sitting out no matter what. The Knicks are two games behind the Hawks for the final playoff spot in the East.
  • Paul Pierce expected to play Friday
    Paul Pierce (hip) is expected to return for Friday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Pierce and the rest of the Nets' elderly players will go through warmups before any final decision is made, but it's looking like Shaun Livingston (toe) is the only one that will sit out. It suggests that Pierce's hip is feeling near 100 percent as he wouldn't be risking anything this close to the playoffs.
    Friday, 7:39 am
  • Pacers won't rest anyone against Heat Friday
    Coach Frank Vogel plans to return to his full lineup for Friday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Vogel decided to give his entire starting five the night off on Wednesday and the Pacers still beat the Bucks. But the entire team went through practice on Thursday and the starters reportedly showed fresher legs. Now they'll be at full strength as they try to hold off Miami (half-game behind) for the East's No. 1 seed. That means George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert will start and play their usual minutes.
    Friday, 6:22 am
  • Tim Duncan not expected to play Friday
    Tim Duncan (rest, knee) is not expected to play in Friday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: We're not worried about the knee tweak as Duncan played through it Thursday night. But given that he ended up logging a season-high 39 minutes, he's a near lock to sit out the second half of this back-to-back. Boris Diaw will likely draw the start at power forward.
    Friday, 6:18 am
  • Tim Duncan is fine after knee injury
    Tim Duncan suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and was able to return, finishing with 20 points, 15 boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: His 39 minutes were his second-highest of the season, so the smart money is on coach Greg Popovich sitting Duncan down on Friday night. The team may also sit him out in the finale on Wednesday, which means he could be looking at just two games the rest of the way. His fantasy owners should start thinking about an alternate plan.
    Thursday, 10:02 pm
  • David Lee won't play on Thursday night
    David Lee (hamstring) will not play on Thursday.

    Advice: He was highly unlikely to play and has been dealing with leg and back issues. Lee is back at practice and could probably go had this been a playoff game, but he may not be ready for the weekend either. Draymond Green makes for a solid spot start.
    Thursday, 6:12 pm
  • Tim Duncan fine after hyper-extending knee
    Tim Duncan hyper-extended his right knee during Thursday's game, but he's fine and is expected to return.

    Advice: The Spurs wouldn't let Duncan anywhere near the court if he were in any danger of aggravating the injury, so owners shouldn't fret unless a pessimistic update arrives after the game.
    Thursday, 5:34 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) questionable for Thurs.
    David Lee (hamstring) went through Thursday's shootaround and he's questionable to play vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Lee has nerve irritation stemming from his back, which has led to pain in his hamstring, so it wouldn't be surprising if the Warriors played it safe and rested him again. The fact that he's even questionable to play is encouraging but we won't learn his availability until closer to tip-off.
    Thursday, 12:50 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony expected to play Friday
    Carmelo Anthony is expected to play on Friday against the Raptors after missing Wednesday's practice with a sore shoulder.

    Advice: The Knicks won't practice today and face a must-win situation against the Raptors on Friday. Make sure he's in your lineup, but check back before game time to make sure he's good to go.
    Thursday, 8:43 am
  • Blake Griffin goes for 30 & 12 in loss
    Blake Griffin hit 11-of-23 shots and 8-of-11 free throws for 30 points and 12 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: The Clippers appear to be locked into the No. 3 seed after tonight's loss and we wonder if Doc Rivers will start giving guys a rest. It's just a thought, but Griffin's much improved free throw shooting this season could really work in L.A.'s favor during the playoffs.
    Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 22 points vs. SAC
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points during Wednesday's 100-99 win over the Kings to go with eight boards, two assists, two steals and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He's had a couple sub-par games since returning from his back injury back on Mar. 27, but he looks to be in cruise control right now. Over his last five, Aldridge averaged 24.8 points, 10.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 0.8 steals. The Blazers are still fighting for playoff position and are much better at home, so they probably will play Aldridge the rest of the way.
    Wednesday, 10:24 pm