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  • Nene puts up a double-double in 21 minutes
    Nene scored 12 points with 13 boards, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was on the injury report for foot, shoulder and ankle issues, but you wouldn't know it based on his seven offensive boards and effective rim protection. Nene didn't play in five of the final seven games in the regular season to help him get ready for the postseason. He did mention earlier this week that his plantar fascia isn't healthy, so he'll be an injury risk going forward.
    31 minutes ago
  • Marcin Gortat gets just 26 minutes
    Marcin Gortat played just 26 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with eight points, eight boards, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: In the playoffs last year, Gortat running pick-and-rolls was a very popular play and he logged 35 minutes per night. Today, he didn't play down the stretch at times, was in a little foul trouble early and wasn't used nearly as much on offense. He'll likely play more on Tuesday.
    37 minutes ago
  • Otto Porter gets 34 minutes vs. Raptors
    Otto Porter played a surprising 34 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: It's taken two years for coach Randy Wittman to trust Porter with important minutes and he didn't disappoint with impressive defense on DeMar DeRozan. The Wizards went small for several parts of this game with a forward combo of Porter next to Paul Pierce. They hardly played well in this game, but Porter should see close to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday.
    40 minutes ago
  • Drew Gooden gets 23 minutes vs. Toronto
    Drew Gooden played 23 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with six points, 10 boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: The Raptors actually made Gooden look good today and his line could have been a lot better than this. Gooden had four offensive rebounds and looked as spry as ever. He'll likely be looking at minutes around 20 on Tuesday.
    44 minutes ago
  • Kris Humphries gets a DNP-CD on Saturday
    Kris Humphries was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman went with Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden today. Humphries looks like he'll just be Nene insurance for now because all three aforementioned players had decent games today.
    48 minutes ago
  • DeMar DeRozan has a rough start to series
    DeMar DeRozan made 6-of-20 from the field for 15 points against the Wizards during a Game 1 93-86 overtime loss on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: Otto Porter provided some great defense on DeRozan today. If the Wizards can keep DeMar from getting to the line and force him to take contested jumpers, they are likely going to have some great defensive numbers. Additionally, this was one of the worst offensive showings from the Raptors and the made just 6-of-29 from deep today.
    51 minutes ago
  • Lou Williams' late surge isn't enough
    Lou Williams made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points against the Wizards on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had just two points going into the fourth quarter and helped get this game to overtime. Williams was also guarding John Wall in this game, which created some problems for the Raptors late and caused some defensive breakdowns. Williams will struggle with consistency going forward, but he'll likely have a huge game or two in this series.
    54 minutes ago
  • Amir Johnson plays 34 minutes
    Amir Johnson played 34 minutes off the bench against the Wizards on Saturday, scoring a team-high 18 points with eight boards, one assist one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He was arguably the best player on the Raptors today and he'll likely be in the starting lineup for Game 2 on Tuesday. Johnson was rested for basically the last two weeks of the season due to his habitual ankle issues. Expect him to play close to 30 minutes going forward, assuming he avoids injuries and foul trouble.
    59 minutes ago
  • Tyler Hanbrough scores four in 13 minutes
    Tyler Hansbrough started on Saturday against the Wizards and played just 13 minutes, scoring four points with one block.

    Advice: He didn't grab any rebounds and didn't play in the final 26 minutes of this game. It's safe to assume Hansbrough won't be starting on on Tuesday for Game 2.
    Today, 12:44 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores just 6 points in 11 FGAs
    Terrence Ross scored just six points on 3-of-11 from the field against the Wizards on Saturday with three rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: He missed all six attempts from deep and didn't get to the free throw line. Ross is a fairly big liability when his shot isn't falling and he'll wind up losing minutes with another game like this one.
    Today, 12:42 pm
  • James Johnson gets a DNP-CD in Game 1
    James Johnson was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Wizards.

    Advice: Ouch. Coach Dwane Casey went with a nine-man rotation and went small quite a bit today. Johnson is one of the team's best defenders and he's also adapt at the hustle side of the game, which the Raptors could have really used today. Maybe Casey will change his mind for Game 2.
    Today, 12:36 pm
  • Pelicans sticking with Pondexter as starter
    Quincy Pondexter will start against the Warriors on Saturday and Jrue Holiday will come off the bench.

    Advice: Holiday isn't quite ready for his usual role, but he should play minutes in the high 20s. That means there will be less minutes for Pondexter in this huge game.
    Today, 12:09 pm
  • Kyle Lowry fouls out with seven points
    Kyle Lowry fouled out in 33 minutes of action against the Wizards on Saturday, making 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with eight boards, four assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: What an horrible game from Lowry. His fouls were lazy at times and he didn't do a good job on the offensive end whatsoever. He was 1-of-8 on his shots from beyond three feet today and he'll need to attack better. Of course, John Wall is a better defender than most people give him credit for. If the Raptors get this kind of Lowry in the playoffs, they'll be extinct after the first round.
    Today, 11:54 am
  • Mike Scott is not on the injury report
    Mike Scott (back) is not on the injury report for Game 1 against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: That means he should be ready to go. Scott suffered his back injury on Monday and missed the finale on Wednesday. He should have minutes in the mid-teens, but that's assuming Paul Millsap's shoulder holds up.
    Today, 11:10 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • James Michael McAdoo could get some run
    James Michael McAdoo could spend some time defending Anthony Davis if the Warriors have trouble slowing him down according to head coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: Davis is one of the toughest covers in the league, and the Warriors will probably be trying out a variety of defenders on him throughout the series. Regardless, McAdoo will likely have a very limited role in the postseason, but it says a lot that Kerr has this much faith in him.
    Today, 10:55 am
  • Brandon Knight had surgery on ankle Friday
    Brandon Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Friday and he is expected to make a full recovery.

    Advice: We don't have many details on the surgery, but it's likely a minor procedure and he will probably be on the shelf for about 3-4 weeks. Knight missed the final 11 games of the season because of his ankle, so it will be interesting to see if this has an impact on his market during restricted free agency. Knight is "optimistic" about returning to Phoenix, and it seems unlikely that they would let him walk after giving up so many assets to acquire him this season. We will provide further details as soon as we know more.
    Today, 10:15 am
  • Mike Scott (back) expected to play Sunday
    Mike Scott (back) made it through practice on Saturday and is expected to be available for Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Scott has been a key contributor off the bench for the Hawks, and his presence is even more important considering Paul Millsap isn't 100 percent. We will have another update after shootaround Sunday, but things are definitely looking up for Atlanta.
    Today, 10:00 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Update: Chandler Parsons will start Saturday
    Updating a previous report, Chandler Parsons (knee) said that he will definitely be in the starting lineup vs. the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Parsons said he had no setbacks after practicing in full on Friday, and the Mavericks will be thrilled to see him back after he missed the last six games of the season. His minutes might be held in check, but he is expected to spend some time defending James Harden. Richard Jefferson moves to the bench following this news while Al-Farouq Aminu should see a decreased role.
    Today, 9:48 am
  • Darius Morris (illness) returns to practice
    Darius Morris (illness) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks like he will be ready for Game 1 on Sunday, but he won't see more than a few minutes as long as Jarrett Jack and Deron Williams are healthy. We should have another update after shootaround.
    Today, 9:41 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Ognjen Kuzmic recalled from D-League
    Ognjen Kuzmic has been recalled from the D-League.

    Advice: Kuzmic will provide emergency depth for the Warriors' bench, but he isn't going to be in the rotation this postseason.
    Today, 9:29 am
  • Nene (shoulder) will start vs. the Raptors.
    Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot) will start vs. the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Nene missed the last two games of the season, and he is still probably not 100 percent. Paul Pierce is expected to see some time as the stretch four, so Nene's minutes will likely be held in check for the time being. The good news is that Nene will be going up against Tyler Hansbrough to start the game.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Tyler Hansbrough will start over Amir Johnson
    Tyler Hansbrough will continue to start over Amir Johnson against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: Johnson recently returned from an ankle injury and has come off the bench for the last two games, but it is a little surprising to see head coach Dwane Casey go with Psycho T again. Johnson should still see minutes in the mid-20s, but owners in daily leagues should probably avoid both players for now. Hansbrough started the last six games of the regular season, so the Raptors are probably just looking for some continuity.
    Today, 9:12 am
  • Jerryd Bayless, Jared Dudley will play on Sat
    Jerryd Bayless (sore neck) and Jared Dudley (back) will play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Bayless missed Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Celtics because of his sore neck, but he has since returned to practice and was never in danger of missing this contest. He averages over 22 minutes per game off the bench, and his return will likely push rookie Tyler Ennis out of the rotation.
    Today, 8:46 am
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday vs. the Bucks as expected.

    Advice: He was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks early because of soreness in his shoulder, but he practiced in full on Saturday and is ready to go. Gibson will move back into his role as the sixth man now that Joakim Noah is active, but he will still see minutes in the high 20s.
    Today, 8:25 am
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play vs. the Bucks on Saturday as expected.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season because of his nagging hamstring issue, but he practiced in full on Friday and is ready to rejoin the starting lineup. Noah doesn't have any restrictions on his minutes moving forward, but there is no need for the Bulls to push him considering Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic are backing him up. Still, Noah could play more than 32 minutes tonight.
    Today, 8:24 am
  • Rose, Noah, Gibson all good to go Saturday
    Derrick Rose (knee), Joakim Noah (hamstring) and Taj Gibson (shoulder) are good to go for Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Rose scared the Bulls when he left Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Hawks with knee soreness, but he made it clear that he sat out as a precaution. Rose made it through a full practice on Friday and his minutes could be on the rise in the playoffs. We will let you know how he holds up after the game. For what it's worth, this will be his first playoff series since the 2011-12 season.
    Today, 8:21 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) expected to start Sat
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to be in the starting lineup vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: He missed the final six games of the regular season due to pain and swelling in his knee, but it looks like he is ready to go after going through a full practice on Friday, Parsons will likely have to spend some time defending James Harden, but his minutes will likely be held in check as he regains his conditioning. Owners in daily leagues should probably avoid him for now. Richard Jefferson will move to the bench Saturday, while Al-Farouq Aminu will play less as well.
    Today, 8:16 am
  • Allen Crabbe could start vs. Grizzlies on Sunday
    Head coach Terry Stotts said that Allen Crabbe could get the nod over C.J. McCollum in the first unit because of his defense.

    Advice: "I think Allen complements Damian [Lillard] and [LaMarcus Aldridge]," Stotts said, "as far as being defensive minded, not needing shots, not needing the ball." This isn't that surprising, as Stotts has been known to frequently alter his rotations. McCollum could still see close to 30 minutes of action, as he has simply been too good to keep off the floor. If Arron Afflalo returns from his shoulder injury soon, Crabbe will likely fall out of the rotation, while McCollum's role should still be safe.
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Rich Cho says Lance Stephenson must improve
    Hornets General Manager Rich Cho said that Lance Stephenson must improve after his disappointing performance this season.

    Advice: "Like I told Lance yesterday, I didn’t think he played well," Cho said. "He’s got to improve. In the 2013-14 season he shot 35 percent from [3-point range]. This year it was 17 percent. He’s got to improve that. He knows he had a bad year. I think he’s committed to getting better this summer." There is no denying that Stephenson is loaded with upside, but his stock is going to be really low heading into fantasy drafts next season. The Hornets may also continue to look for trade partners over the summer, so a move away from Charlotte could potentially give him a boost. That being said, It's probably best to let another owner deal with him next season.
    Today, 6:44 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Chandler Parsons planning on playing
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is planning on playing in Game 1 against the Rockets.

    Advice: He practiced today and he should be able to give it a go. Parsons said his conditioning is a little suspect, so he may only be in the high 20s for minutes. Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will play less.
    Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Lance Stephenson searching for confidence
    Lance Stephenson acknowledged that his 3-point shooting was "terrible" this season, and he will spend the summer trying to regain his confidence after a horrific season with the Hornets.

    Advice: "My 3-point percentage was the lowest ever in history. That’s terrible," Stephenson said. "I have to come in and figure out how to be a better shooter. Being a good shooter will help my overall game... It’s confidence – just wanting the shot to go in so bad and then you lose your confidence. That plays a major part when you don’t have confidence in your shot. This summer I’m going to find my confidence." Born Ready was not so ready for the move to Charlotte, and his name will likely regularly surface in various trade rumors throughout the year, it's finding a taker that's the tricky part.
    Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Mike Scott is progressing from injury
    Mike Scott (back) was a limited participant in practice on Friday and will be evaluated this weekend.

    Advice: "He is progressing," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We’ll know more between now and (Game 1) Sunday. I don’t think we can say either way that he is definitely in or definitely out. He went through a lot of practice today. We’ll see how he feels today and Sunday. We are hopeful he’ll be ready to go." With Paul Millsap back, Scott isn't going to be as important. If he's limited Mike Muscala would get more run with the second unit.
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • DeRozan won't be happy w/ 1st round exit
    DeMar DeRozan said that the Raptors' season won't be a success unless they advance past the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Raptors went out in the first round after a tough seven game series with the Nets last season, and DeMar has no intentions of making another early-round exit from the playoffs. The Raptors will begin their post-season against the Wizards on Saturday, and that should be quite the thrilling series.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) questionable for Sat
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Parsons played some 1-on-1 on Thursday, and head coach Rick Carlisle implied that Parsons would be a go for Game 1, so things are progressing in a positive direction. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but if Parsons is unavailable, Richard Jefferson would draw the start with Al-Farouq Aminu logging extended minutes off the bench. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) practices in full Fri
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) went through a full practice on Friday, and he will play Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks, as expected.

    Advice: Gibson was unable to finish Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks after injuring his shoulder, but he was never really expected to miss any time during the playoffs. He'll be in his usual Sixth Man role off the bench, and he should see his minutes in the high 20s.
    Yesterday, 11:10 am
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) practices Friday
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah missed the sat out the final two games of the regular-season, but he'll be back in action for the playoffs. However, with solid depth behind him in Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic, head coach Tom Thibodeau may limit his minutes.
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
  • Derrick Rose (knee) practices on Friday
    Derrick Rose (knee) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Rose will take the court in a playoff series for the first time since the 2011-12 season on Saturday, and it appears that the minor left knee soreness that caused him to miss the second half of Wednesday's regular-season finale will be a non-issue going forward. Any news regarding Rose's troublesome knees is going to make the headlines, but a deep playoff push behind a healthy Rose will at least temporarily silence the critics. Tom Thibodeau said that Rose will play around the same amount of minutes he did towards the end of the regular-season, so it sounds like he'll still be with a minutes limit.
    Yesterday, 10:55 am
  • Darius Morris (flu) doesn't practice Friday
    Darius Morris (flu) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to be considering Morris questionable for Game 1 on Sunday, but he's a negligible part of the Nets' rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications if he's unavailable.
    Yesterday, 10:16 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Chandler Parsons plays 1-on-1 Thursday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) played 1-on-1 on Thursday and is planning to practice on Friday.

    Advice: "It’s getting much better actually," Parsons said about his knee. "I feel stronger every single day." It sounds like Parsons should be ready to roll for Game 1, but obviously going through practice on Friday will be huge. He certainly will want to suit up against his former team.
    Thursday, 8:22 pm
  • Knight 'optimistic' about returning to PHO
    Brandon Knight said he was "optimistic" about returning to Phoenix next season.

    Advice: "If it can be quick and easy, that's the best thing," Knight said regarding his impending restricted free agency. "You don't want to go through a fight or anything like that or you don't want to drag it out as well. Definitely don't want anything that leads up to training camp. For me, it's just about doing what's best for me and my family and the Suns will do the same. I'm optimistic about the situation. I like it here." Given that the Suns gave up a first-round pick in addition to Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee, it would seem likely they do what they can to match any offers on Knight.
    Thursday, 5:24 pm
  • Joakim Noah will be ready for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) said he'll be ready to go for Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah had knee surgery last year and coach Tom Thibodeau believes this hamstring injury is related. Noah's rest at the end of the season seems to be precautionary. Even if he does have limitations, the emergence of Nikola Mirotic really adds some depth. Plus, Taj Gibson is playing well.
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • Derrick Rose dealing with left knee soreness
    Derrick Rose is dealing with minor left knee soreness.

    Advice: The soreness is in the knee in which Rose tore his ACL back in 2012 and not the one needing surgery for a torn meniscus. "It's nothing serious at all," Rose said. "I'm just being cautious. I'm used to knee injuries and my knees being sore. It's just that it was the last game and we didn't want it to linger into a couple of more days." The Bulls are downplaying the issue, which isn't a surprise. Still, Rose should be good to go for Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Otto Porter (ankle) practices on Thursday
    Otto Porter (ankle) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he will play on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Randy Wittman said that Paul Pierce will play some power forward during their series against the Raptors, and that move should open up some more floor time for Otto Porter. Still, in a reserve role, Porter isn't likely to do much on the box score.
    Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Nene (shoulder, ankle) practices on Thursday
    Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot) practiced on Thursday, and head coach Randy Wittman said that he will play when the Wizards kick off their series against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It is worth noting that Randy Wittman has told Paul Pierce to be prepared to play some power forward, so it sounds like Wittman may try and limit Nene's minutes if he's not as effective as he could be. Various injuries clearly hurt Nene's production this season, as he put in his worst averages in a Wizards' uniform with 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game.
    Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Carlisle hopes Parsons can return for Game 1
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that signs are "promising but not definite" that Chandler Parsons will be available for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Parsons spent the last six games of the season on the sidelines with a knee injury, but it's sounding like he has a good chance of being ready when the Mavs open up their first round playoff series against the Rockets on Saturday. The Mavs could certainly use him back in the rotation as he's a significant upgrade to Richard Jefferson, and we'll be monitoring Parsons' status closely. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 12:29 pm
  • Otto Porter's ankle injury not serious
    The left ankle injury suffered by Otto Porter in Wednesday's finale is not thought to be serious and he's expected to be ready for the playoffs, according to coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: "I don't think it's too bad," Wittman said after the game, and added he thought about putting him back in the game at one point. This is good news for the Wizards, who kick off the NBA Playoffs with the opening game at 12:30 this Saturday. If Porter's unable to go, Rasual Butler would likely eat up his minutes.
    Thursday, 8:40 am
  • Taj Gibson says he will be ready for playoffs
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) said that he will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs after being forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Gibson revealed that he received a cortisone shot at halftime, and it's pretty obvious that his shoulder was an issue as he was held scoreless in 20 minutes of action. Gibson is a warrior and it doesn't sound like he will miss any time, but we will update his status when we know more.
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose sits out 2nd half with sore knee
    Derrick Rose didn't play in the second half of Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks due to soreness in his left knee, but the Bulls do not seem to be concerned.

    Advice: This isn't the same knee that he had his most recent procedure on, but it should be noted that he has torn his ACL in his left knee before (2012). However, Rose was in good spirits on the sidelines and said that he could have played if it were a playoff game, so it looks like he was just being cautious. Head coach Tom Thibodeau expects Rose to be ready to play in Game 1 of the playoffs, but we will pass along any additional information when we know more. Rose finished with two points, two boards, one assist and four turnovers in 10 minutes.
    Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Amir Johnson scores two in 21 minutes
    Amir Johnson scored two points during a 92-87 win over the Hornets on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He only played 16 minutes on Tuesday and may not be at 100 percent. Johnson will get a few days off before the playoffs start on Saturday. He'll likely see minutes in the mid 20s in the first round. The Wizards will travel to Toronto for Game 1 of that series.
    Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Kyle Lowry finishes strong vs. Hornets
    Kyle Lowry had a great game against the Hornets on Wednesday with 26 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't been himself since the injury, so the Raptors have to be pleased with this encouraging finish. In his previous three games since his return, Lowry averaged just 12.7 points, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.3 percent from the field. If the Raptors are going to make any noise in the postseason, Lowry will have to be at his best.
    Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Otto Porter sprains ankle, will not return
    Otto Porter left Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers with a sprained left ankle and will not return.

    Advice: The last thing we want to see is an injury right before the playoffs, but hopefully it isn't too serious. Porter will probably have to deal with some swelling, but we will pass along any additional information once we know more. If Porter has to miss any time, Rasual Butler and Martell Webster could see more minutes. Porter finished tonight's game with four points and four boards in 21 minutes.
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) will not return Weds
    Taj Gibson left Wednesday's game against the Hawks with a shoulder strain and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Gibson was dealing with soreness in his shoulder prior to the game, so hopefully the Bulls are just being cautious. The Bulls were already without Joakin Noah for this game, meaning Nikola Mirotic will have to step up. We will update Gibson's status as soon as we know more.
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
  • Lou Williams gets a DNP-CD on Wednesday
    Lou Williams was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said he was going to limit Williams and he rested him the entire way. Williams had a terrific season and he's one of the three players most likely to win Sixth Man of the Year along with Isaiah Thomas and Andre Iguodala. He'll be a very important piece for the Raptors.
    Wednesday, 6:19 pm
  • Allen Crabbe, Alonzo Gee are starting
    Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee will start against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: They both have very small usage rates and shouldn't be involved in the offense much. Fantasy owners can probably avoid this one tonight with the Blazers locked in as the fourth seed.
    Wednesday, 5:09 pm
  • Taj Gibson will start on Wednesday
    Taj Gibson will start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He does have some shoulder soreness, but he should be ready to go. The Bulls are going for the three seed tonight and Nikola Mirotic should get some run tonight, too.
    Wednesday, 4:38 pm
  • Amir Johnson off bench, Psycho T starting
    Amir Johnson will come off the Raptors' bench again on Wednesday, with Tyler Hansbrough earning another start at power forward.

    Advice: It's surprising to see coach Dwane Casey leave Johnson in a reserve role, though it may be designed to keep his playing time in check due to his recent ankle injury. Hansbrough has been a marginal fantasy option even when starting, and Johnson's minutes are too limited to rely on him in typical fantasy formats.
    Wednesday, 4:00 pm
  • Marcin Gortat is on a minutes limit
    Marcin Gortat will start and play limited minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be his 82nd start of the season. Gortat will probably start get the first rotation of minutes, and could check out after that. Kevin Seraphin, Drew Gooden and Kris Humphries should get most of the big minutes.
    Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Nene out again on Wednesday night
    Nene (shoulder, ankle) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He continues to get rest and did say he's also dealing with a plantar fascia issue. Drew Gooden, Kris Humphries and Kevin Seraphin benefit.
    Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan (groin) will play vs. Hornets
    DeMar DeRozan (groin) will play vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: DeRozan sat out Tuesday's game but this proves that it was a mere precaution. He's likely to have his minutes held in check as the Raptors turn their gaze to the postseason, but owners might as well deploy DeRozan now that he's back in the starting lineup. His return sends Greivis Vasquez back to the bench.
    Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • Lou Williams will have a minutes restriction
    Lou Williams will have a minutes restriction against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: If Lou plays less, there should be more minutes going to Terrence Ross, Greivis Vasquez and maybe even James Johnson. Considering there are so many playing tonight, we wouldn't suggest using Williams.
    Wednesday, 2:21 pm
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments Wednesday
    Derrick Rose will play four segments on Wednesday vs. the Hawks according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Rose played just 23 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday, but that was mainly due to the lopsided score. He could approach close to 30 minutes tonight, so his owners can go ahead and get him active. Rose still needs to shake off some rust, but he is making a lot of progress and could make the Bulls a very dangerous team in the playoffs.
    Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Taj Gibson will play despite sore shoulder
    Taj Gibson will play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday despite dealing with shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (hamstring) isn't active tonight, meaning Gibson will have the chance to draw another start. Gibson scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist and four blocks vs. the Nets on Monday, so he should be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich out Wednesday
    Joakin Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) and Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Thibodeau said that Noah will be ready for the playoffs, so the Bulls are obviously erring on the side of caution tonight. With Noah on the shelf, Taj Gibson will likely draw the start and should be plugged into all lineups, while Nikola Mirotic will also see an uptick in minutes and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:01 am
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out for Wednesday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play vs. the Raptors on Wednesday as expected.

    Advice: The trade rumors are going to be flying around Stephenson all summer, and a move away from Charlotte would portably be best for both sides. For obvious reasons, Stephenson's stock will be really low leading into fantasy draft's next season. Troy Daniels and Brian Roberts should see plenty of minutes off the bench.
    Wednesday, 6:42 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • DeMar DeRozan (groin) plans to play on Weds
    DeMar DeRozan (groin) said that he is planning on playing in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He tweaked his groin earlier in the week and the Raptors wisely gave him the night off on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, but he should be ready to roll tonight. The Raptors made it clear that they were just being cautions with DeRozan, so hopefully his injury doesn't linger in the playoffs. We will have another update before tip-off, but DeRozan's owners can go ahed and pencil him into lineups. Greivis Vasquez will move back to the bench and lose most of his value.
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Marcin Gortat posts 19 & 10 in loss to Pacers
    Marcin Gortat scored 19 points with 10 rebounds and zero turnovers in 44 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 8-of-13 shots for his 22nd double-double of the season.

    Advice: The Wizards lost the game but Gortat can't be faulted, and his defense is worthy of notice. In four matchups vs. the Pacers this season he's limited Roy Hibbert to 3.0 points on combined 4-of-27 shooting, which is awful even by Hibbert's standards. Gortat should be ready to go vs. the Cavaliers on Wednesday, but it wouldn't be a shock if his minutes are held in check.
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Otto Porter logs 43 minutes off bench Tuesday
    Otto Porter finished Tuesday's road loss with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist and zero steals or blocks in 43 minutes off the Wizards' bench.

    Advice: Paul Pierce criticized Porter's lack of intensity in a recent interview, saying, "[Porter] just doesn't understand how good he is. He can shoot, he's a slasher, he can defend, I'm just not sure how badly he wants it every day. That kid just needs to get mad ... I should punch him one day just to get him riled up.'' Pierce was kidding about the last part, of course, but his point is well taken. Porter had a nice run while filling in as a starter but he's a shaky fantasy option when coming off the bench.
    Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Drew Gooden logs 38 minutes as starting PF
    Drew Gooden started for Nene (shoulder, ankle) on Tuesday and posted six points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a road loss vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Washington benefited from a horrible offensive first half from the Pacers but couldn't capitalize, eventually falling 95-99 in double-OT. Gooden logged 38 minutes tonight but his minutes will fall drastically if Nene is cleared to play on Wednesday, so owners should keep a close eye on the injury report.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan OK despite tweaking groin
    DeMar DeRozan's precautionary DNP on Tuesday was related to a groin injury, but he downplayed the injury and said he could have played "if absolutely necessary."

    Advice: DeRozan tweaked an old injury this week and the Raptors wisely gave him the night off to avoid any potential setbacks -- given the nature of the injury and Toronto's stable playoff position, it wouldn't be surprising to see DeRozan take another game off on Wednesday. We'll know more after the Raptors' shootaround.
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Kyle Lowry's still off, shoots 6-of-20 vs BOS
    Kyle Lowry struggled from the field on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-20 shots to finish with 16 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: He shot 3-of-14 on Saturday and admitted that he's rusty after missing seven games with a back injury. "My rhythm is still off," he said. "I am missing shots I know I can make. They're going to fall and I'm not going to stop shooting." Toronto needs both Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to be healthy and aggressive to sustain a playoff run, and owners should double-check both guys' status prior to Wednesday's season finale.
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough scoreless in start at PF
    Tyler Hansbrough started Tuesday's game in place of Amir Johnson but finished scoreless with six rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Raptors have the Atlantic Division wrapped up but tonight's loss dropped them a full game behind the idle Bulls for the No. 3 seed. Hansbrough is likely to slide back to a reserve role on Wednesday and tonight's dud should be enough incentive to avoid him in all fantasy formats.
    Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) rejuvenated Tuesday
    Amir Johnson (ankle) came off Toronto's bench on Tuesday for eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in only 16 minutes of action.

    Advice: Tyler Hansbrough earned another start but Johnson, who missed the Raptors' past four games, should retake the starting PF job as soon as Wednesday's contest vs. the Hornets. Johnson looked rejuvenated tonight after battling nagging injuries for most of the season, which is great news for the Raptors as they gear up for the postseason.
    Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Amir Johnson will come off the bench Tuesday
    Amir Johnson (ankle) will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Johnson's minutes will likely be limited in his first game back in action since April 3, so he's not a great option in most leagues. His return to the rotation will really hurt the limited value of Tyler Hansbrough, so while Psycho T will remain a starter, he won't be worth using in most leagues, as his minutes will likely take a hit tonight.
    Tuesday, 3:59 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan (rest) will not play on Tuesday
    DeMar DeRozan (rest) will not play Tuesday vs. Boston, and Greivis Vasquez will start in his place.

    Advice: This is very surprising as head coach Dwane Casey had hinted earlier that he wasn't planning on resting anyone, but it is what it is. Vasquez will start, but he's really only worth using as a streamer option in deep leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Kyle Lowry is going to be busy tonight as Toronto's go-to guy on offense, and he should make for a fantastic daily league play with a favorable matchup against Boston.
    Tuesday, 3:48 pm
  • Nene (shoulder) out Tuesday vs. Indiana
    Nene (shoulder, ankle) will not play Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Drew Gooden will slide into the starting lineup tonight, but with averages of just 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds as a starter, he's not a great option in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out Wednesday vs. POR
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. Portland, as expected.

    Advice: Parsons suffered a setback in his recovery while shooting on Sunday, and said even if this were a playoff game he'd be unavailable. Richard Jefferson will draw the start, with Al-Farouq Aminu logging extended minutes off the bench.
    Tuesday, 2:31 pm
  • Casey not likely to rest guys Tuesday vs. BOS
    Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey is unlikely to rest anyone for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Raptors are still playing for seeding, so while Casey may try and limit the minutes of some of his star players, it doesn't sound like anyone is going to spend Tuesday's game on the sidelines due to rest.
    Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) doubtful Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Noah spent Monday's game on the sidelines as well, so we're not expected him to suit up on Wednesday. Taj Gibson will draw the start if Noah is indeed unavailable, with Nikola Mirotic logging extended minutes off the bench. Both players offer plenty of upside, and they'd make for fine plug-and-play options in daily leagues. This seems like a very minor issue for Noah, and while he's unlikely for Monday, all signs are pointing towards him being available for Game 1 of the playoffs.
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) ruled out for Tuesday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Knight was playing like an All-Star in Milwaukee, but his numbers took a pretty big hit when he was forced to play second-fiddle next to Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix. He'll be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and it'll be interesting to see how high Phoenix will go to retain him. Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, and Archie Goodwin will pick up most of the backcourt minutes tonight, and Green is certainly someone to consider as a cheap plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Mike Scott (back) ruled out for Wednesday
    Mike Scott (back contusion) will not travel to Chicago for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: With Paul Millsap's (shoulder) status up in the air for Tuesday, and Scott out, Mike Muscala could be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes. He has however been struggling lately, scoring just two and five points in his previous two outings, so he'll be a risky play in daily leagues despite the increased opportunity.
    Tuesday, 11:20 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) will be a GTD on Tuesday
    Amir Johnson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Raptors want to get Johnson 100 percent healthy heading into the playoffs, so there's certainly a chance he sits this one out. Tyler Hansbrough and Patrick Patterson will log extended minutes if Johnson sits, but neither guy makes for a great play in standard leagues.
    Tuesday, 11:09 am
  • Amir Johnson questionable for Tues vs Celtics
    Amir Johnson (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he'd like to get Johnson some playing time on Tuesday or during Wednesday's game against the Hornets, but is prioritizing getting the big man 100 percent healthy for the playoffs. We should have an update later on Johnson later int he day, but Tyler Hansbrough would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Johnson can't suit up.
    Tuesday, 10:08 am
  • Pondexter plays 24 minutes on Monday
    Quincy Pondexter played just 24 minutes on Monday with zero points on 0-for-5 shooting.

    Advice: Pondexter had 20 points last Tuesday but that's all we've heard of him since then. With one more game left in the season, he's a risky play for some 3-pointers and that's about it.
    Tuesday, 12:40 am
  • Taj Gibson scores 15 points with nine boards
    Taj Gibson started for Joakim Noah (hamstring) on Monday during a 113-86 win over the Nets, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist and four blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He's rolling in his last four with each of those games resulting in at least 13 points. Gibson would likely be looking at minutes in the low 30s again if the Bulls are going to rest Joakim Noah in the season finale. He's going to be worth starting regardless, though.
    Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 13 points vs. Nets
    Derrick Rose scored 13 points with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth segment tonight because the Bulls blew out the Nets tonight. Rose was effective on defense and he's really changed his mentality on the offensive side with less contested jumpers. Rose is expected to play in the season finale on Wednesday to help him shake off the rust.
    Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) had a setback
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said he had a setback while shooting on Sunday and that he wouldn't be able to play in a playoff game right now.

    Advice: That's not good. Parsons had some serious swelling in his knee last week and he was doing some light shooting in the past few days. The Mavs will likely shut him down for the rest of the regular season and he should be considered questionable for Game 1 on the road. Richard Jefferson, Al-Farouq Aminu and Devin Harris benefit.
    Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Joakim Noah (knee) out, Taj Gibson to start
    Joakim Noah will not play against the Nets on Monday and Taj Gibson will start.

    Advice: The team is calling it "left knee tendinitis" but it doesn't sound serious. Taj Gibson will start and could be in for a huge line. Nikola Mirotic also greatly benefits here. Noah should be considered questionable for Wednesday.
    Monday, 3:52 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out vs. Rockets
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play against the Rockets on Monday night.

    Advice: He's unlikely to play again in the finale either. Stephenson's first season with the Hornets is one of the bigger flops of the season and the team will likely be entertaining trade offers for him. With Born Ready out, Troy Daniels, Brian Roberts and Mo Williams figure to be the main bench scorers on the outside.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Amir Johnson may sit out one more game
    Amir Johnson (ankle) said he is feeling better and would play in a playoff game.

    Advice: He added he doesn't want to rush it, so Johnson could miss Tuesday's game. Tyler Hansbrough had a letdown on Saturday and would start again. We should have an update at Tuesday's shootaround.
    Monday, 12:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments on Monday
    Derrick Rose (knee) could see his minutes increased in Monday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: After playing 28 minutes on Saturday, Rose will play four segments on Monday and could very well break the 30-minute barrier. After dropping 22 points, six boards, eight assists and three steals without a turnover (Disclaimer: Against the Sixers), we'll be watching Rose closely on Monday.
    Monday, 8:09 am
  • Chandler Parsons remains out on Monday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.

    Advice: The Mavs are locked into the No. 7 seed, but Parsons' knee injury is officially a concern. There hasn't been much improvement with Parsons' status, and he's not going to be able to get in a groove before the playoffs begin. It's been an up-and-down first season for Parsons in Big D, and he's got a lot to prove as his club enters the playoffs as underdogs. Richard Jefferson should once again draw the start in place of Parsons.
    Monday, 8:05 am
  • Report: Chandler Parsons (knee) doubtful Mon
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is doubtful to play on Monday, according to Tim MacMahon of

    Advice: This isn't an official injury update but MacMahon is plugged-in to all things Mavericks, and owners should brace themselves for a fifth straight DNP from Parsons. He has much better odds of playing vs. the Trail Blazers during Wednesday's home game, giving him one game to get in rhythm before the postseason begins.
    Sunday, 9:44 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) likely done for season
    Lance Stephenson (toe) is highly unlikely to play again this season.

    Advice: The Hornets are out of the playoff race, so there is no reason to rush him back. This season can't end quick enough for Stephenson, and he has to be one of the most disappointing players in the league after playing so well for the Pacers last year. His owners will have a bad taste in their mouth heading into next season's fantasy drafts. Stephenson should be considered highly doubtful for Monday's game vs. Houston and Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors. Gerald Henderson, Troy Daniels and Jeff Taylor will benefit.
    Sunday, 6:15 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Nene posts second double-double of season
    Nene's shoulder and ankle injuries didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on Sunday, marking his second double-double of the season.

    Advice: The Wizards are clearly gearing up for the playoffs, as they decided not to rest Nene and John Wall (ankle) even though the Hawks were resting their entire starting lineup. That said, it wouldn't be surprising to see the No. 5 seed Wizards give Nene a night off either Tuesday (at the Pacers) or Wednesday (at the Cavaliers).
    Sunday, 5:55 pm
  • Kris Humphries quiet in 15 minutes Sunday
    Kris Humphries was limited to three points and four rebounds on Sunday, shooting 0-of-2 from the field and 3-of-6 from the free throw line in 15 reserve minutes.

    Advice: Nene played well and showed no signs of his recent shoulder and knee injuries, and Drew Gooden (21 minutes) continues to thrive down the stretch, which is reducing Humphries to a bit-player in the rotation. Suffice to say, even his real-world value exceeds his fantasy appeal.
    Sunday, 5:54 pm
  • Mike Scott leads Hawks w/ 19 points in defeat
    Mike Scott led the Hawks with 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting vs. the Wizards, hitting three 3-pointers with three rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Hawks' reserve forward has explosive offensive potential, as evidenced by his averages of 17.0 points and 2.1 triples per 36 minutes this season. He's averaging only 16.2 minutes per game this season and will be limited with the Hawks' starters returning on Monday, however, so don't put too much stock in tonight's outburst.
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) ruled out for Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: P.J. Hairston, Gerald Henderson, and Jeff Taylor will split Stephenson's minutes, but none of these guys are great option in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 12:07 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Allen Crabbe scores career-high 11 points
    Allen Crabbe scored a career-high 11 points vs. the Jazz on Saturday, adding four boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is expected to miss 1-2 weeks, so Crabbe could be in line for more minutes down the stretch. Having said that, Crabbe is only on the radar in deeper leagues, and C.J. McCollum should continue to be the primary beneficiary in Afflalo's absence.
    Saturday, 10:15 pm
  • Derrick Rose finishes strong, scores 22 in W
    Derrick Rose looked great down the stretch against the 76ers during a 114-107 win on Saturday, scoring 22 points with six rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Most importantly, he had no turnovers. Rose attacked the basket at will to close this game out, which is exactly what the Bulls will want out of him because he's lost his touch from deep. Rose had his usual bounce tonight in his 28 minutes, too. The Bulls will probably want him to shake the rust off, so we'd expect him to play in the final two games.
    Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Taj Gibson looks great again on Saturday
    Taj Gibson was terrific against the 76ers on Saturday with 13 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-7 from the field and is playing some of his best ball right now. In his last three, Gibson averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues, especially since there's a chance we see Joakim Noah rest on Monday.
    Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 24 points in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points during a 107-104 win over the Heat on Saturday with six rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He did need to get some stretching in for what the team called a "left hip/leg" injury. DeRozan had a right groin tear earlier this season, so at least it's not on the same side. The Raptors are going to wind up with the third or fourth seed, so they might rest DeRozan on Tuesday or Wednesday. They're in Boston on Tuesday and finish up the season at home on Wednesday.
    Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough scores two points
    Tyler Hansbrough scored just two points against the Heat on Saturday with 10 rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He had a bloody nose tonight and he had a little trouble with Hassan Whiteside. Amir Johnson would have played in a playoff game and he's been going through shootaround, so he has a very good chance to play on Tuesday. Even if Amir is out, it's hard to keep Hansbrough on your roster with two whole days off in daily season-long leagues.
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 12 with one dime
    Kyle Lowry struggled again on Saturday with 12 points, seven boards, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: He made just 3-of-14 from the field, including eight misses from beyond the arc. Lowry scored just 10 points on Friday and maybe he's not 100 percent yet. The Raptors are off until Tuesday, so the two whole days off should help him.
    Saturday, 7:46 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 29 points vs. Heat
    Lou Williams scored 29 points against the Heat on Saturday with one rebound, two assists and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 17 points in the second quarter, which was more than the Knicks and Magic scored in the second quarter today (15). Williams is really solidifying his chances for Sixth Man of the Year and is scoring in bunches right now. In his last five, he averaged 21.6 points, 2.2 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.6 treys. He's also led the team in scoring 17 times this season.
    Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Terrence Ross (ankle) will play on Saturday
    Terrence Ross (ankle) will play against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: He had some soreness on Friday and couldn't return to finish the game. With Ross back, James Johnson and Greivis Vasquez are slightly less attractive. Ross is not an option in most leagues.
    Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Kyle Lowry is good to go, Amir confirmed out
    Kyle Lowry is ready to go against the Heat on Saturday while Amir Johnson (ankle) will not play.

    Advice: There was some hope that Amir would give it a go after going through shootaround, but the team would rather just rest him to get him healthy. Lowry should be starting in all leagues tonight.
    Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Kyle Lowry still on track to play Saturday
    Kyle Lowry is still expected to play against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: The Raptors have planned on Lowry playing for tonight. He did say he is dealing with some soreness on Friday, but he fared better than expected. Lowry should be safe to start for now and we'll add an update if any bad news arises.
    Saturday, 12:03 pm
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) listed as out Saturday
    Amir Johnson (ankle) is listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: This will be Johnson's fourth consecutive game on the shelf, but he was able to go through a full shootaround on Friday and appears to be close to making a return. However, Johnson belongs on the wire in most leagues at this point in the season. Tyler Hansbrough has been playing well with the first unit and is worth a look as a cheap source of points and boards.
    Saturday, 11:10 am
  • James Michael McAdoo recalled from D-League
    James Michael McAdoo has been recalled from the D-League on Saturday.

    Advice: If the Warriors rest some guys on Saturday vs. the Wolves, McAdoo might get some action. For now, he belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
    Saturday, 10:38 am
  • Noah won't have restrictions in the playoffs
    After talks with the coaching staff, trainers and the front office, Joakim Noah said that his minutes restriction will be lifted for the playoffs.

    Advice: Noah has been on a minutes limit of round 32 minutes per game for most of the season (he has gone over that number several times), but it's encouraging that the Bulls are showing confidence in his health leading into the playoffs. This news obviously doesn't help fantasy owners, but if anything at least the restrictions kept him healthy for most of the season.
    Saturday, 9:33 am
  • Derrick Rose to play 24-28 minutes Saturday
    Derrick Rose feels great and will play anywhere from 24-28 minutes vs. the 76ers on Saturday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: This is encouraging new for the Bulls and it seems like Rose's knee is responding well to the increased workload. Rose has averaged 10.5 points, 2.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 20 minutes per game in two appearances since returning from injury, so he is not exactly a must-own player in standard leagues. Rose's minutes will likely continue to rise for the last week of the season, and the good news is that he isn't expected to have any restrictions in the playoffs.
    Saturday, 9:06 am
  • Nene Hilario returned to action on Friday April 10.
    Friday, 11:30 pm
  • Marcin Gortat puts up a big line in loss
    Marcin Gortat made 9-of-11 from the field for 21 points with 16 boards and one block against the Nets during a 117-80 on Friday.

    Advice: He did have a very minor foot injury tonight, but there's been no indication that it'll be a problem going forward. Gortat has been awesome in his last five, averaging 17.4 points, 10.2 boards, 2.0 dimes and 2.0 blocks on 77.6 percent from the field. More like Polish Sledgehammer.
    Friday, 7:43 pm
  • Nene returns on Friday night
    Nene returned to the lineup on Friday with six points, two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He did have a minor ankle tweak, but it doesn't look like a major concern. Nene will likely rest one more time before the playoffs, so keep him on the wire.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Kyle Lowry plays 33 minutes in a win
    Kyle Lowry played 33 minutes in his return to the lineup on Friday during a 101-99 win over the Magic, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: "I rebounded the ball pretty well. I jumped high once tonight," Lowry said after the game. "My back was sore but it wasn't as sore as I expected it to be." That's a good sign, but there's at least a chance he'll rest in the second half of a back-to-back on Saturday. According to the comments prior to the game, the Raptors are planning on having Lowry for that game against the Heat.
    Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough has a solid night vs. Magic
    Tyler Hansbrough scored 16 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Amir Johnson (ankle) went through shootaround today and is expected to play on Saturday. Hansbrough averaged 15.0 points and 10.0 boards in his previous two games, but he will likely take a backseat on Saturday. If you've enjoyed his last three, you can probably make a proactive cut here.
    Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Lou Williams hits a game-winning trey
    Lou Williams made a game-winning 3-pointer with nine seconds left on Friday against the Magic, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't run the offense nearly as much as usual, but his minutes didn't take a big hit. Williams also closed this game out with Terrence Ross (ankle) on the sidelines, so that should continue. Expect Williams to play 30-33 minutes sans Ross. He's worth owning in standard leagues regardless.
    Friday, 6:57 pm
  • Terrence Ross (ankle) out for game vs. Magic
    Terrence Ross (sore left ankle) will not return on Friday night.

    Advice: The Raptors are closing this game out with Lou Williams and DeMar DeRozan on the wings. Ross' ankle injury didn't look too bad, but he didn't have much value to begin with. Williams, James Johnson and Greivis Vasquez benefit slightly.
    Friday, 6:14 pm
  • James Michael McAdoo sent back to D-League
    James Michael McAdoo has been sent back down for another D-League stint.

    Advice: McAdoo has had his moments when the Warriors rest their main guys, so he'll be someone to consider in daily leagues the next time that happens. But for now, it's safe to leave him on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Friday, 3:48 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will start vs. Magic
    Kyle Lowry (back) will start against the Magic on Friday night.

    Advice: He must be feeling pretty good because he was expected to be a game-time call. According to some earlier comments, Lowry is not expected to be limited tonight, so feel free to start him in all standard leagues. Greivis Vasquez can be dropped while Lou Williams figures to have less chances to make plays.
    Friday, 2:46 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) on track to play on Friday
    Kyle Lowry (back) is on track to play against the Magic on Friday night.

    Advice: "As of right now, I feel good. We'll see how my body reacts when game-time comes and I'll have a decision by then," Lowry said. "I'm going to wait a few hours and see how it feels, see if my back tightens up, or if it stays loose, and we'll go from there." He is also planning to play on Saturday against the Heat. We should have another update in a couple hours, but the Raptors are planning on having Lowry without a limitation.
    Friday, 12:41 pm
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) hopeful for Saturday
    Amir Johnson (ankle) said on Friday that his ankle is feeling "really good."

    Advice: Johnson was able to go through a full shootaround on Friday, so he's certainly getting close to making a return to the court, and Saturday vs. Miami seems like a definite possibility. Tyler Hansbrough would head back to the bench whenever Amir is ready to give it a go, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 10:38 am
  • Nene (shoulder) will play Friday vs. Brooklyn
    Nene (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Nene will return from a three-game absence, sending Drew Gooden back to the bench. Gooden can be dropped in all leagues with this news, and both Kevin Seraphin and Kris Humphries' minutes will likely take a hit with Nene back in the fold.
    Friday, 10:30 am
  • Nene (shoulder) goes through shootaround
    Nene (shoulder) was a full participant during Friday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: For now, we'll be considering Nene questionable for Friday's game against the Nets. If he's unable to go, Drew Gooden would have the opportunity to start, with Kevin Seraphin and Kris Humphries logging extended minutes off the bench. Seraphin can be viewed as a shot blocking specialist in deep leagues, but none of these guys offer a lot of upside, and this situation should be avoided in standard leagues.
    Friday, 9:35 am
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out Friday vs. ATL
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: This will be Stephenson's second straight game on the sidelines, and his minutes will be split up between Gerald Henderson, Jeff Taylor, and P.J. Hairston. Henderson is the only one worth owning out of the group, and he'll have plenty of opportunity on offense with Al Jefferson (knee) also sidelined.
    Friday, 9:23 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Allen Crabbe scores five in 14 minutes
    Allen Crabbe played 14 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with five points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo (shoulder) went down tonight, so Crabbe could be a candidate to start because C.J. McCollum has really thrived in the second unit. Crabbe would still be very unlikely to see minutes over 24 and his usage rate is going to be tiny, but he's at least on the radar. To be clear, McCollum is a way better pickup.
    Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Taj Gibson looks amazing against the Heat
    Taj Gibson played 34 minutes against the Heat on Thursday with 14 points, 12 boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He hit the offensive glass very hard with four boards on that end and was wonderful on defense. Gibson played 29 minutes on Wednesday and he looks safe to start in all leagues again. Plus, his ankle didn't seem to be an issue whatsoever. The Bulls are battling for seeding, so Gibson should be good to go for the weekend. He's worth owning in all leagues.
    Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose plays 20 minutes, scores 12
    Derrick Rose played 20 minutes against the Heat on Thursday, making 5-of-15 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth quarter and coach Tom Thibodeau kept Rose at his minutes limit. The former MVP did take too many jumpers to start the game, but he went into attack mode in the third quarter. Teammate Pau Gasol said it's going to be a process regarding Rose coming back, so he is likely going to have at least two more games with a noteworthy minutes cap. He's not a must-own player in standard fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 7:58 pm
  • Mike Scott drops 20 points on Nets
    Mike Scott came off the bench to hit 7-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: The Hawks are thrilled to have him back and Scott looked great in his 31 minutes tonight. Atlanta will probably continue to try to get him touches in preparation for the playoffs, so he looks like a sneaky addition right now in fantasy leagues. Just keep in mind that the return of Paul Millsap, possibly Friday, would hurt Scott's minutes, at least in theory.
    Wednesday, 8:02 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Gibson, Mirotic split minutes, production
    Taj Gibson came off the bench to hit 6-of-12 shots for 15 points, seven rebounds and a block in 29 minutes, while Nikola Mirotic played 27 minutes for 15 points, two rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers, also coming off the bench.

    Advice: Mirotic hit just 3-of-11 shots and Gibson has now played pretty well in two of his last three games. The Bulls know they'll need Gibson in the playoffs and while we're not giving up on Mirotic after one off shooting night, he could struggle a bit down the stretch if the Bulls continue to give Gibson heavy minutes.
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough double-doubles in 37 minutes
    Tyler Hansbrough played a team-high 37 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 boards, and two blocks.

    Advice: Jonas Valanciunas was in foul trouble, so Hansbrough was the main big man tonight. He's playing some of the best ball in his Raptor days with an 18-point, eight-board game coming on Saturday. Amir Johnson will likely miss more time, so give Psycho T a look as long as you're not expecting a line this good.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • James Johnson shows up with red hair
    James Johnson played 23 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with 11 points, seven rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: In the non-basketball side of things, Johnson showed up with bright red hair tonight and may have made Dennis Rodman proud. He is not getting consistent minutes and played just 17.0 per game in his previous two, so the loss of Amir Johnson (ankle) isn't helping much.
    Wednesday, 7:03 pm
  • Marcin Gortat posts full stat line in win
    Marcin Gortat had 18 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists to go along with four blocks in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Gortat's had a fine season and continues to play well down the stretch in the fantasy playoffs, which is music to his owners' ears.
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Otto Porter to bench w/ Paul Pierce starting
    Otto Porter will come off the Wizards' bench on Wednesday with Paul Pierce returning to the starting lineup.

    Advice: Porter played fairly well in three starts without Pierce, averaging 13.0 points, 1.3 triples, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals, but his role will be considerably reduced in a reserve role. Deploy him with caution, if at all, in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out Wed., maybe more
    Lance Stephenson (jammed toe) will not play on Wednesday and he may miss more games, according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Stephenson apparently aggravated an existing injury during an eight-point game on Tuesday, and there's a chance that his season is in jeopardy. His absence thrusts even more minutes toward starters Gerald Henderson and Jeff Taylor. Rookie P.J. Hairston played only seven minutes on Tuesday but he and Brian Roberts may also see their roles expand as the Hornets try to stay relevant in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Lance Stephenson dealing with a toe injury
    Lance Stephenson is dealing with a jammed toe and his status is unclear for Wednesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Tuesday night while playing 20 minutes. We should have another update soon, but the Hornets would have to give more minutes to Jeff Taylor and P.J. Hairston sans Lance.
    Wednesday, 1:35 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
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