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    • Update: Kevin Martin now out on Monday
      Updating a previous item, Kevin Martin (wrist) is now out on Monday.

      Advice: To say this is a surprise would be like saying the snow hitting the East Coast today would be a surprise. We knew this was coming, and it was just a matter of time. Andrew Wiggins, Mo Williams and Thaddeus Young will again be asked to carry the Timberwolves offense. Rotoworld.com
      33 minutes ago
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Tony Allen questionable to suit up on Monday
      Tony Allen (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play against the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: He did not participate in shootaround, and that's always an ominous sign for a player's availability. That being said, TA is as tough as they come, so it has to be a pretty nasty sprain. If he sits, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green should each see some extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:07 am
       
      5:00 pm vs Orl
    • Kevin Martin questionable to suit up Monday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to play on Monday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Martin has been listed as questionable since last week, so there hasn't necessarily been a change in his status. On a seven-win team that's prioritizing rebuilding, Martin appears to be taking his time to return from his wrist injury. The Wolves should have incentive to get him on the floor to showcase him for a potential trade, but not much reason beyond that. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:26 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Marvin Williams has broken nose, concussion
      Marvin Williams, who is already dealing with a concussion, has also been diagnosed with a broken nose.

      Advice: Williams will not be able to return until he's able to pass the NBA's concussion protocol, and there is nothing to suggest a return is imminent. Already down Bismack Biyombo (knee), Cody Zeller, who has logged 30-plus minutes in two of his last three games, appears poised to see an even larger role. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:24 am
       
      Injured
    • Bismack Biyombo diagnosed with bone bruise
      Bismack Biyombo (knee) has been diagnosed with a bone bruise, and he's expected to be reevaluated in approximately 10 days.

      Advice: Biyombo will not do any impact activities during that stretch of time. Biyombo had found his groove after not playing earlier this season, and he's averaged 6.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 55.6 percent shooting over 13 games as a starter. Big Al Jefferson should move back into the starting lineup, but the Hornets are now dangerously thin behind him with just Jason Maxiell, Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:21 am
    • Blazers-Nets game postponed on Monday
      The Blazers vs. Nets game scheduled for Monday has been postponed, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: With the impending blizzard impacting the New York and surrounding areas, the league is making this call early, and the affair will be rescheduled for April 6. The Kings-Nets game has reportedly already been postponed, as well. Those in daily formats will want to avoid deploying players from any of the four teams. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:16 am
    • Brandan Wright expected to be back Wednesday
      Brandan Wright (heel) is expected to be back on Wednesday.

      Advice: Wright's heel pain had been a lingering issue, but it sounds like the one-game absence, combined with the time in between appearances, is just what the big man needed to get back on track. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:57 am
       
      Injured
    • Isaiah Thomas had fluid drained from wrist
      Isaiah Thomas, who has made 15 of his last 30 3-pointers, had his troublesome left wrist drained of fluid recently.

      Advice: Thomas had a "lump of fluid" removed from the area, and he's been a different player since. "It affected my shot when I released," Thomas said. "It feels better. I got it done last week when we got home." Thomas said this was the third time he's been drained this year, but it was an expected part of the post-surgical process. Jeff Hornacek also added Thomas has done a "better job of pushing the ball" of late, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:55 am
    • Kevin Love experienced dizzy spells Sunday
      Kevin Love experienced some dizzy spells during Sunday's win over the Thunder, but he came out of the game okay.

      Advice: "Everything was spinning there for a little bit," Love said. "It was a scary moment, but I was good after that." It sounds like Love may have been dealing with a vertigo-like moment, and that can be caused by a number of things, including dehydration. Love said he "probably" ate too close to game time, but the good news is that he appears okay. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:52 am
    • Report: Kings-Knicks postponed on Monday
      According to Sacramento announcer Grant Napear, Monday's game between the Kings and Knicks has been postponed due to inclement weather.

      Advice: With the pending blizzard threatening New York and the surrounding areas, the league is apparently going to play it safe. It's the right call, and we should have official word shortly. Be sure your daily lineups don't include any Knicks or Kings on Monday night. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:34 am
    • Al Horford absolutely on fire over last seven
      Al Horford has shot 53-of-72 from the field over his last seven games.

      Advice: In other words, Horford is on absolute fire. During that stretch, he's also 19-of-22 from the free throw line. "I’m taking good shots within the offense," he said. "I have a good rhythm right now." Since January came around, Horford is averaging 16.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.3 blocks on 57.5 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:23 am
    • Jeremy Lin felt hurt by DNP last Friday
      Jeremy Lin admitted that it "definitely hurts" to be a healthy scratch.

      Advice: Lin, who did not play on Friday, returned to the rotation on Sunday with 14 points and six assists on 2-of-9 shooting. Lin has started 23 games, but frankly he's been a major disappointment since day one this season. Lin hasn't been able to take advantage of a "depth chart" that includes Ronnie Price and rookie Jordan Clarkson, and there's nothing to suggest he's going to suddenly his his stride soon. He is what he is. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:15 am
    • Andre Dawkins could get time with Celtics
      Andre Dawkins could see time with the Celtics during his 10-day contract.

      Advice: Dawkins was expected to spend the entire time in the D-League, but that plan could change. Regardless, the rookie won't have any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:11 am
    • Avery Bradley has injuries to both hands now
      Avery Bradley, who had already been dealing with a jammed left thumb, is now dealing with a bruised right hand as well.

      Advice: Bradley said the bruised hand is something he's been dealing with "for a while." It doesn't appear as if either issue is going to keep him off the floor for now, but the injuries will likely be slow to heal since Bradley needs his hands to play basketball. It may become an issue of maintenance and pain tolerance as Bradley continues to play through it for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:10 am
    • Marcus Smart expected to play on Monday
      Marcus Smart (personal) is expected to play on Monday against the Jazz.

      Advice: Smart had a death in the family, but he is expected back after a one-game absence. Smart is starting to carve out some fantasy value, but his development will be inconsistent. He's a solid stash for owners who can afford to have a little patience. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:06 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Uta
    • Amare Stoudemire expecting to miss time
      Amare Stoudemire (wrist, ankle) is expecting to miss time.

      Advice: "I'm sure it's going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain," Stoudemire said. Assuming STAT is out on Monday at the very least, it would mean more minutes for guys like Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson. From a fantasy perspective, Thomas is the most interesting name as he has back-to-back games with 16 points, and is averaging 16 points, six rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals on 15-of-29 shooting over that span. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:40 am
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Pat Riley denies Heat interest in Brook Lopez
      Pat Riley strongly denied a rumor that the Heat have interest in a Brook Lopez trade.

      Advice: It's hard to see how a deal between the two sides was ever going to line up. Miami is known to be prioritizing cap flexibility, and Riley won't blow it on an oft-injured center who would steal playing time from the emerging Hassan Whiteside. As has been the case with most Lopez rumors to this point, this one appears to be filled with hot air. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:26 am
    • Zach LaVine returned to action on Sunday January 25. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 pm
    • Trevor Ariza shoots 3-of-14 in win vs. Lakers
      The Rockets cruised to a win in L.A. on Sunday, with Trevor Ariza chipping in nine points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

      Advice: He turned the ball over just once but his line was marred by a 3-of-14 mark from the field. Ariza is taking a lofty 61.4 percent of his attempts from downtown this season, which is a double-edged sword for fantasy owners -- 2.3 triples per game are excellent, but they're attached to a 37.4 percent shooter. It's a caveat his owners will happily live with, as he's still returning top-50 value on a season-long basis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    • Ryan Kelly scores two points in another start
      Ryan Kelly struggled in another start for L.A. with two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's home loss.

      Advice: Kelly will get an extended audition as a starter and his role is relatively secure with Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out of commission. Whether he'll have any fantasy appeal remains to be seen, however, and nearly all owners should observe him from a safe distance. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    • Nick Young benched Sunday, logs eight minutes
      Nick Young went scoreless in eight minutes off the Lakers' bench on Sunday, and Byron Scott said afterward that Young looked as though he "didn't want to be here."

      Advice: There was no swag tonight as Young missed both of his shot attempts and turned the ball over three times in a sloppy performance which led Scott to bench him. L.A.'s rotations are a complete mess and Young doesn't do much beyond scoring on a good night, so owners must brace themselves for some turbulent production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    • Jeremy Lin scores 14 pts to lead failed rally
      Jeremy Lin returned to the Lakers' rotation on Sunday with 14 points, six assists and three turnovers off the bench, making 2-of-9 field goals and 10-of-14 free throws.

      Advice: He attacked the basket throughout his 28 minutes and picked up some cheap production in garbage time, so it's hard to read much into tonight's line. Lin remains a very shaky option now that Jordan Clarkson has usurped the starting PG job from Ronnie Price, but he's at least worth a stash in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson struggles vs Houston, Pat Bev
      Jordan Clarkson couldn't get anything going in 28 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, going 2-of-10 from the field to finish with eight points, two assists, one steal and five turnovers.

      Advice: Patrick Beverley will have this effect on opposing PGs and Clarkson gets a pass for the dud. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he'll keep his current starting lineup intact for "15 to 20 games" which gives Clarkson a nice window to establish himself. Deep-league owners should already own him, and he's firmly on the radar in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    • Ronnie Price held to seven minutes vs Rockets
      Ronnie Price barely played on Sunday, coming off the bench for two points and one steal in seven minutes.

      Advice: The former starter is banged up physically and his lack of offense may have finally cost him his role, as he's shooting just 29.4 percent in January. Anyone who still owns him should peruse the waiver wire for a replacement. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) returns in garbage time
      Tarik Black (ankle) logged seven minutes in garbage time on Sunday, finishing with three points, five rebounds and three turnovers vs. his former team.

      Advice: Black gave the Lakers' some much-needed energy, sparking a futile run late in the fourth quarter. He's carved out a steady bench role since being picked up by L.A. but isn't a viable fantasy option, especially now that Robert Sacre has unexpectedly taken over the starting center job. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • Carlos Boozer leads Lakers w/ 18 & 11 Sunday
      Carlos Boozer led the Lakers with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 22 bench minutes on Sunday, hitting 9-of-13 shots with two assists and a block.

      Advice: Byron Scott will reportedly maintain his current starting lineup for at least 10 games, temporarily dashing any hopes of Boozer starting again. He's been productive in a bench role but isn't worth owning outside of deep leagues while playing just 23 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    • Josh Smith solid in 25 minutes vs LAK defense
      Josh Smith chipped in across the board in an easy win vs. the Lakers, scoring 11 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 25 minutes vs. L.A.

      Advice: Smith has been nowhere near standard-league value since coming to Houston, especially when you factor in his ridiculous 36.7 percent FT shooting over the past month. Terrence Jones' eventual return is another threat to Smith, so don't let the occasional efficient performance lull you into wasting a roster spot on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Avery Bradley jammed his thumb on Sunday
      Avery Bradley jammed his thumb during on Sunday vs. the Warriors, but stayed in the game and finished with 15 points, three boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: His thumb was heavily wrapped after the game but it doesn't appear like he is in danger of missing any time. While he has scored 15 or more points in his last three games, Bradley doesn't contribute in many other areas and should only be considered for owners in desperate need of 3-pointers. As always, we will update his status as soon as more details emerge. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:37 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas drops 25 pts in 25 minutes
      Isaiah Thomas, who was averaging 24.3 points over the past three games, finished Sunday's loss to the Clippers with 25 points in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He made 6-of-11 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs with four triples and one assist. The Clippers are giving up 35.0 points per game to opposing benches this season (6th most in the NBA), as well as 9.1 assists (2nd most), which makes Thomas' outburst somewhat predictable. He'll look to keep the good times rolling vs. the visiting Wizards on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    • Hawks beat Wolves for 16th consecutive win
      The Hawks won their 16th consecutive game on Sunday, aided by Al Horford's near-perfect 19 points on 8-of-9 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws.

      Advice: He also had six rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 31 minutes, and the Hawks are looking virtually unstoppable at the halfway point of the season. This is a quintessential Horford line, blending nice numbers with even nicer efficiency, and he's staked himself to top-20 value in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:56 pm
    • Kevin Love gets 19 & 13 w/ five 3-pointers
      Kevin Love scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and one block in 36 minutes on Sunday, while making 5-of-7 shots from downtown.

      Advice: He was 3-of-17 from deep in Cleveland's previous four games, and his ability to knock down triples is critical for his fantasy value -- 35.6 percent of his attempts have come from deep this season, which blows away his previous career high. Love is returning third-round value this season, which isn't what owners expected on draft day, and it's hard to envision a surge while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:29 pm
    • Brandan Wright (heel) out Sunday vs. LAC
      Brandan Wright (sore left heel) will be inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: This injury is coming out of nowhere, however, considering he's simply dealing with a sore heel he shouldn't be sidelined for an extended amount of time. With Wright unavailable, look for Miles Plumlee to step back into the rotation as the first big off the bench. However, Plumlee is still stuck in a reserve role, so he's not a great play in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) out Sunday vs. Atlanta
      Kevin Martin (wrist) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Martin was listed as questionable earlier, but he is still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he will not play on Sunday. Robbie Hummel will draw another start on Sunday, but the true beneficiaries of Martin's absence remain Andrew Wiggins and Mo Williams. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:58 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Zach LaVine (elbow) will be available Sunday
      Zach LaVine (elbow) will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: With averages of just 8.1 points and 3.5 assists, LaVine can't be considered a viable option in most leagues. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:40 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will be available on Sun.
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Tarik Black (ankle) has improved and he will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Scott also added that Black is still feeling sore, and there is no guarantee that he will play today, so he's not looking like a great option in most leagues. Robert Sacre will likely continue to see some extended minutes tonight with Black limited, but he too can't be considered a reliable option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:49 am
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable vs. Hawks
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Saturday and he is reportedly still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he is probably closer to doubtful. Martin is still worth a stash for his upside in points and 3-pointers, but his owners will have to be patient as he will likely be eased into action when he does return. If Martin can't play, Robbie Hummel will continue to start for Minnesota, but is only an option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:52 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Zach LaVine (elbow) questionable Sunday
      Zach LaVine (elbow) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: He hasn't been relevant in most fantasy leagues since losing his starting spot to Mo Williams, so the eventual return of Ricky Rubio will likely ruin his already limited value. LaVine can be left on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:51 am
    • Amare Stoudemire injures ankle and wrist Sun
      Amare Stoudemire suffered a sprained ankle and a sprained wrist during Saturday's game with Charlotte.

      Advice: "I suffered a sprained ankle and sprained right wrist,’’ Stoudemire said. "It was a lot of physical contact out there. A lot of my moves attacking the basket, I got swiped down on it, caught my wrist almost every time. I tried to play through it but I was struggling. I couldn’t be myself out there.’’ The news just keeps getting worse for Amare, and it's already known that his knee is also a major concern moving forward. At this point it is safe to assume that Amare doesn't have a great shot to play on Monday vs. the Kings, but we will be sure to monitor his status closely. If he does end up sitting, expect to see more of Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith, Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:30 am
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Tarik Black (ankle) doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against Houston.

      Advice: He has already missed the past two games and his chances of playing don't look good for Sunday either. Black is supposedly now in the mix to start at center for the Lakers according to coach Byron Scott, but he is nothing more than a flier in deeper leagues for now. We will pass along further details when they are available. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:59 am
    • Marvin Williams diagnosed with a concussion
      Marvin Williams has been diagnosed with a concussion.

      Advice: It's been a bloodbath with the injuries today and Williams is going to have to go through the concussion protocol. The good news for the Hornets is that they're off until Wednesday, so Williams may not miss any time. Although, he was awfully groggy on Saturday. Cody Zeller will play a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:38 pm
       
      Injured
    • Marcus Smart (personal) won't play Sunday
      Marcus Smart (personal) will not play against the Warriors on Sunday due to a death in his family.

      Advice: He will rejoin the team in Utah for Monday's game. With Smart out, Evan Turner will play most of his minutes at point guard, so that should open up more run for Jae Crowder. Phil Pressey will also get a few more minutes of action. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:33 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Uta
    • Amare Stoudemire plays 12 minute
      Amare Stoudemire scored just one point in 12 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday with four rebounds.

      Advice: He had a minor ankle sprain tonight and was able to return. Stoudemire just didn't seem like himself and he was a little more bashful on the offensive side. He's not going to be worth owning in most leagues, especially considering how frequently he'll miss games. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:45 pm
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Marvin Williams evaluated for a concussion
      Marvin Williams is being a evaluated for a concussion due to an injury in the first half against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He was walking back very slow and he will likely have to go through the concussion protocol. With Williams out, the Hornets are going to have to get creative for their forward spots. Cody Zeller will play more while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist may play some four. Noah Vonleh and Jason Maxiell may get in the rotation if there are other injuries to Bismack Biyombo and Lance Stephenson. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:29 pm
       
      Injured
    • Marvin Williams goes to the locker room
      Marvin Williams went to the locker room with an apparent leg injury on Saturday.

      Advice: It did not look good and he headed back to the locker room with a limp. Williams was walking slowly and there's a chance he's done for the night, especially considering how many leg injuries he's had in his career. Cody Zeller will get more run while Jason Maxiel and Noah Vonleh could help out. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:08 pm
       
      Injured
    • Bismack Biyombo (knee) questionable to return
      Bismack Biyombo (right knee contusion) is questionable to return on Saturday night.

      Advice: This game is a nightmare with three Hornets already suffering leg injuries tonight. Plus, Kemba Walker (knee) is out. If Biyombo can't return, it'll be more of Al Jefferson. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:05 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire goes to the locker room
      Amare Stoudemire went to the locker room in the first half against the Hornets on Saturday and is probable to return.

      Advice: He is back on the bench with a minor ankle sprain and should be OK. If he's limited, expect to see more of Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, Jason Smith and Lance Thomas. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:31 pm
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) doesn't practice Sat
      Kevin Martin (wrist) did not practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He is dealing with some swelling and it would appear the swelling hasn't gone down yet. Martin is hoping to play on Sunday and the chances he plays might have dropped slightly. The Wolves should have a more detailed update on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:58 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Zach LaVine (elbow) misses practice
      Zach LaVine (elbow) missed practice on Saturday.

      Advice: His minutes have dropped off significantly and he would usually play around 12 minutes in non-blowout games. LaVine is not worth owning in most leagues and we'll pass along any other info on his elbow injury soon. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:54 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire (knee) is available Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) is available to play on Saturday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: He could see a bump in production if Carmelo Anthony (knee) decides to sit this one out, but Stoudemire is too inconsistent to use in most leagues. There is simply too much injury risk involved with Stoudemire, so owners would be advised to look elsewhere for production, especially with fantasy playoffs right around the corner. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:55 am
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Jeremy Lin has uncertain role moving forward
      Coach Byron Scott downplayed the DNP-CD that Jeremy Lin picked up on Friday.

      Advice: "He just has to keep doing the things he was doing when he was playing," Scott said of Lin. "It’s not like I’m not going to play him again. It’s more of a case of changing the lineup." Coach Scott opted to give rookie Jordan Clarkson the start on Friday, and then decided to go with Ronnie Price as his backup. The point guard situation is dicey at best in Los Angeles, and while it's probably better for fantasy owners to avoid this conundrum, owners of Lin should have already started entertaining the idea of moving on. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:04 am
    • Coach Byron Scott praises Jordan Clarkson
      Coach Byron Scott heaped praise on rookie Jordan Clarkson after his first career start on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: "I am very happy with the way Jordan played," Scott said. "He just looked like he was very poised and the moment wasn’t too big for him." Clarkson scored 11 points with four assists and three boards, but given his high usage rate he should see his numbers improve with continued opportunity. There is still no word on whether or not his move to the starting lineup is permanent, but the Lakers would be wise to give their younger players a chance to develop in a lost season. Clarkson is worth keeping a close eye on moving forward, so keep him on your radar. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:54 am
    • Cousins goes for 28 & 11 against the Warriors
      DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting (10-of-11 FTs) with 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals in Friday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: Cousins is keeping things together so far and the finger pointing inside the walls hasn't been directed at him. Yet. Unless he gets fed up with management, he's going to destroy the opposition. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:00 am
    • Bradley scores 18 points with four threes
      Avery Bradley scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting (including four threes) with six rebounds and one assist in Friday's win.

      Advice: Bradley has been a low-end value and with Jeff Green out he might be a bit more consistent now. Give him a look if you need a 3-point shooter. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:30 am
    • Smart plays just 14 minutes on Friday
      Marcus Smart played just 14 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring four points on 1-of-2 (including a three) with three assists and five fouls.

      Advice: Smart's fouls were an issue and Brad Stevens is a bit of a card with rotations, but it would be surprising if Smart isn't running the show after the All Star break, or at least logging starter's minutes. He's a solid stash until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:16 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Uta
    • Jeremy Lin given DNP-CD by Bryon Scott
      Jeremy Lin was a healthy DNP-CD on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Lin and Bryon Scott haven't been on the same page at all this season and this is a hard pill for owners to swallow. If you want to cut him you have our blessing, but it wouldn't be surprising for Scott to suddenly change his mind and have Lin running out there for significant minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:43 am
    • Kelly doesn't do much in 22-minute start
      Ryan Kelly started at small forward in Friday's loss to the Spurs, scoring seven points on 2-of-4 shooting with three rebounds and one block in 22 minutes.

      Advice: Kelly hasn't done anything of much value this season, but he has flashed potential in the past and as the Lakers turn the page on this season he'll be worth watching. If you're in a 14-16 team league and want to take a flier it's not the craziest thing we've heard of. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:41 am
    • Clarkson steps in for Lin, posts low-end line
      Jordan Clarkson drew the start at point guard for the Lakers on Friday, scoring 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting (no threes) with three rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.

      Advice: This is a successful outing for him in the grand scheme of things but there are a lot of questions in L.A. right now, starting with Jeremy Lin's (DNP-CD) future and then heading right into whether or not Clarkson's game translates into fantasy value. He's a flier at best barring news that he's suddenly the man in charge, but he could quickly capture our attention so stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:39 am
    • Young scores 17 points with three treys
      Nick Young scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting with three treys and a 4-of-4 mark from the line in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Young didn't have any other stats and while that's not too shocking the 20 minutes is pretty annoying with Kobe Bryant out. Byron Scott played nine players between 19-29 minutes tonight and has been a mess in the fantasy sense, and he hasn't been all that impressive in the reality sense either. But Young should be owned in all formats with an excellent shot to be productive with Kobe Bryant expected to be out for the year. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:27 am
    • Isaiah Thomas scores 22 points vs. Rockets
      Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points against the Rockets on Friday with five rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Goran Dragic was benched and the Pizza Guy ate all of his minutes. Thomas is also on a roll over his last three games with at least 22 points in each one, averaging 24.3 points, 3.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.7 treys on 56.3 percent from the field. He's a must-start player right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:16 pm
    • Tarik Black out against the Spurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Robert Sacre is starting because Black is out. Neither guy will have much value while Jordan Hill is active. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:48 pm
    • Ryan Kelly starting for the Lakers
      Ryan Kelly will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: It'll be his third start of the season. In his previous two, he averaged 7.5 points, 7.5 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.5 treys. Kelly could be worth a look in deeper leagues for owners needing treys. Of course, he's had a lot of trouble staying healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:17 pm
    • A New Day: Clarkson, Kelly and Sacre starting
      Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: It's a new day in Lakerland. Clarkson was a ball-dominant guy at summer league and is able of beating his guys off the dribble. The Lakers are likely going to give him some run to see what he has, so he's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:12 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire (rest) out vs. the Magic
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) will not play against the Magic on Friday.

      Advice: He will play against the Hornets on Saturday. The Knicks have another game on Monday and it was obvious Stoudemire wasn't going to play in both games. With STAT out, Cole Aldrich will likely get minutes again while Jason Smith and Lou Amundson may also play more. Carmelo Anthony may be a stretch four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:49 pm
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Kevin Martin dealing with swelling in wrist
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is dealing with swelling his right wrist and will be out until at least Sunday.

      Advice: He had to have his wrist drained on Thursday and is still hopeful to play against the Hawks on Sunday. Martin wore a brace at shootaround on Friday and it would appear he's at least making an attempt to play. The oft-injured guard should be a solid player to start while he's on the court, but the injuries are going to make him annoying to own. Expect Robbie Hummel to start and have some low-end fantasy value tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:01 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) won't play on Friday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: He left shootaround with a brace on his wrist and told reporters that he's "not ready" yet, which is disappointing since he's been questionable to play in the Wolves' past three games. Owners will simply have to keep him tucked away on the bench a bit longer, while Robbie Hummel continues to fill in at SG without providing fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:06 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Celtics sign G Andre Dawkins
      Celtics sign G Andre Dawkins.

      Advice: It's a 10-day contract and he's been immediately assigned to their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, so fantasy owners can safely ignore him in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable for Friday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to return on Friday vs. New Orleans.

      Advice: He was on the Wolves' active roster for Wednesday's game but didn't play, and owners can anticipate an imminent return even if he sits out again vs. the Pelicans. Martin was hot in nine games before his injury, scoring 20.4 points with 2.9 triples per game, and he shouldn't be floating on any waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:15 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Marcus Smart doesn't score in 27 minutes
      Marcus Smart did not score in 27 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday, adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: All five of his misses came from beyond six feet of the basket and that's still something he'll have to work on. Smart does have 2.0 steals and 0.8 turnovers per game in his last four while he's been able to play at least 27 minutes for each of his last seven games since the Jeff Green deal. He's worth owning in standard leagues and it won't be long before he's starting. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:48 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Uta
    • Damian Lillard scores 21 points in loss
      Damian Lillard made 8-of-23 from the field for 21 points during a 90-89 loss to the Celtics on Thursday, adding six rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's one of the best pull-up shooters in the NBA and chances are his catch-and-shoot shots are going down. Lillard averaged 6.6 field goal attempts per game off passes from Nicolas Batum (wrist) and LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) and catch-and-shoot attempts accounted for over 20.8 percent of his shot total. Fancy stats aside, Lillard is going to be busy and will have plenty of 30-point games on the way in the next 6-8 weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:38 pm
    • Brook Lopez scores four points with one board
      Brook Lopez scored four points with one rebound and one block in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: Yeah, that's 7'0 Brook Lopez turning in a total rebounding rate of 2.4 percent tonight. Awful game aside, Lopez was having a good month before this one, averaging 15.9 points, 7.1 boards, 2.0 blocks and 0.6 steals. He's still a must-start player while he's active for the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:19 pm
    • Brook Lopez starting for Kevin Garnett (rest)
      Brook Lopez will start in place of Kevin Garnett (rest) on Thursday against the Clippers.

      Advice: Last season, Lopez and Mason Plumlee barely played next to each other, but now it's becoming a common occurrence. The big man is coming off a 22-point, six-block game on Wednesday and should be in all lineups tonight. Hopefully, Plumlee can avoid foul trouble, which kept him to just 11 minutes on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:20 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) now doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is now listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott gave him a 50/50 shot to play earlier in the day, but now it appears that Black will likely sit this one out. We will update his status if something changes, but for now expect Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre to see a slight uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:01 pm
    • Ronnie Price (elbow) probable for Friday
      Ronnie Price is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: He returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday in disappointing fashion with just two points and two assists, so owners should look elsewhere for production for now. Jeremy Lin would benefit the most if Price ended up sitting this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:50 pm
    • Carlos Boozer (triceps) probable for Friday
      Carlos Boozer (triceps) is probable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: He was able to play through the pain on Wednesday so all indications point to him playing on Friday. However, Boozer currently doesn't have a large enough role off the Lakers bench to matter in most leagues so it would probably be in your best interest to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:49 pm
    • Nick Young (thumb) is probable for Friday
      Nick Young has a sprained right thumb and is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is the first we are hearing about his thumb but he should be fine for Friday's game. We just learned that Kobe Bryant could be sidelined for quite some time due to a tear in his rotator cuff, so Young shouldn't be floating around many waiver wires at this point. We will pass along additional updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:47 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) able to practice on Thurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) was able to practice on Thursday, but he is still listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott said that Black wouldn't be able to play on his ankle right now, and gave him just a 50/50 shot to play against the Spurs. Owners in deeper leagues who are holding onto Black should probably go ahead and bench him, as he likely won't see many minutes considering his current status. Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre would pick up a few extra minutes if Black sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:30 am
    • Marcus Smart being groomed for leading role
      Celtics management is hoping that Marcus Smart can grow into a leadership role for the team.

      Advice: After trading Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have been slowly developing Smart to be more of a leader. "He’s doing a good job of playing well, of handling success and adversity. Those are all precursors to being a leader," said Stevens. "When you’re a young person you have to earn that kind of respect with your approach. It’s not even your play, it’s your approach." Smart is averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.8 three-points over his last give games and is worth a flier in standard leagues as his playing times continues to increase. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:35 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Uta
    • Josh Smith ejected in Wednesday's loss
      Josh Smith lasted just 14 minutes and finished with five points before being ejected with two technical fouls in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: Smith thought he got fouled when he banged knees with a Warrior, and later tore into the referees. It kind of looked like he wanted to go home early in a blowout loss, as he continues to do "Josh Smith" kind of things, regardless of what uniform he's wearing. He's been a bit of a disaster with the Rockets and things aren't likely to get better once Terrence Jones finally returns from his leg injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:38 pm
    • Brook Lopez scores 22 points with six blocks
      Brook Lopez blocked a season-high six shots against the Kings on Wednesday, adding 22 points with six rebounds, three assists and one steal.

      Advice: He's been great in his last three, averaging 21.0 points, 4.7 boards, 1.3 assists and 2.7 blocks on 50.0 percent from the field and 84.0 percent from the line in 29.1 minutes. Lopez has been the focal point while he's been out there in that stretch, posting a usage rate of 29.0 He is safe to start in all leagues and is a sell-high player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:15 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 points w/ 14 rbs
      DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points with 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 41 minutes against the Nets during a 103-100 loss on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Kings did not get any help from their bench with just 18 points. As for Cousins, he has double-doubles in eight straight games and came into tonight with 2015 averages of 23.6 points, 13.6 boards, 4.5 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.8 steals. Even with his awful 5.6 turnovers per game in that span, he's still one of the best centers in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:09 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas scores 27, heating up for Suns
      Isaiah Thomas scored a season-high 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting and added three 3-pointers, three rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's scored 20 or more in three of his last five games and it's time to pick him up if he was dropped in your league. And while it wasn't a factor tonight, you can expect either Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic to take a hit if IT2 stays this hot going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:46 pm
    • Jeremy Lin sent back to Lakers bench
      Jeremy Lin came off the bench on Wednesday and hit 2-of-4 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, three assists, four steals and a block in 21 minutes.

      Advice: Ronnie Price did nothing in the start and his return from a broken nose doesn't mean anything but less minutes and stats for Lin. Lin had 10 points and 10 dimes on Monday, but it will be tough for him to succeed as long as he's coming off the bench behind Price. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Nick Young struggles in Kobe's return
      Nick Young hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for nine points in 19 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Young went off on Monday with 24 points while Kobe Bryant watched in street clothes, but Kobe was back for tonight's game. Of course, Young has struggled for the most of the season with or without Kobe, but we like his chances better for success on nights when Bryant isn't playing. Kobe's shoulder was bothering him tonight and we still think Young should be held once the Kobe Shutdown finally happens. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 pm
    • Ronnie Price awful in start for Lakers
      Ronnie Price returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday despite a broken nose, but missed both his shots to finish with just two points and two assists in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Jeremy Lin went back to the bench and had seven points, three assists, four steals, a block and two 3-pointers, but takes a hit with Price back in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:26 pm
    • Bismack Biyombo with another double-double
      Bismack Biyombo started again at center on Wednesday and had 12 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the Heat.

      Advice: Al Jefferson is back, but came off the bench and played just 19 minutes. It's hard to believe, but Biyombo has double-doubled in three of his last five games and is averaging 10.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over his last five games. Jefferson will eventually return to the starting lineup and ruin Biyombo's value, or at least we think he will. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:09 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) aims to practice Thursday
      Tarik Black (ankle) intends to practice in San Antonio on Thursday, leaving him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is very encouraging since Black needed crutches to leave the arena on Wednesday, and it appears he's healing faster than anticipated. Cautious owners should still plan to be without him on Friday, in which case guys like Carlos Boozer and Ryan Sacre should each earn a few extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:09 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) out again on Wednesday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not return for Wednesday's home game vs. the Mavericks.

      Advice: Martin has been active at practices and his return is imminent, but owners will have to wait at least one more game before prying him off fantasy benches. Robbie Hummel should earn another start in K-Mart's absence, but he was scoreless in 24 minutes on Monday and isn't an appealing option. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:49 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Ronnie Price (elbow) returns as starter Wed
      Ronnie Price (elbow) will start Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans, sending Jeremy Lin back to the bench.

      Advice: Price's elbow still isn't 100 percent but he'll tough it out as L.A. tries to snap their five-game losing skid. He's averaging 5.0 points on combined 6-of-23 shooting in his past four games, and is best avoided in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:34 pm
    • Carlos Boozer (triceps) will play Wednesday
      Carlos Boozer (triceps) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was listed as probable and was never expected to miss out on this game. However, Boozer hasn't been a reliable option off the bench for the Lakers and owners in standard leagues would be wise to ignore him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:43 am
    • Ronnie Price's (elbow) status still unknown
      Ronnie Price's (elbow) status for Wednesday's game is still up in the air, but coach Byron Scott said he would make a decision closer to tip-off.

      Advice: Coach Scott also added that Price would start if he is cleared to play, meaning Jeremy Lin would head back to the bench. Owners will want to check back before tip-off before making any lineup decisions involving these two players. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:29 am
    • Celtics reach agreement with Andre Dawkins
      The Celtics have reached an agreement to sign Andre Dawkins to a 10-day contract, and the deal is expected to be completed by Thursday.

      Advice: As desperately as the Celtics could use his 3-point shooting, Dawkins likely won't be in the rotation and could even spend some time with their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. We will let you know when the deal becomes official, but owners in most leagues can ignore this news. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:31 am
    • Amare Stoudemire (knee) will play Wednesday
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will play on Wednesday against the 76ers.

      Advice: He is still expected to come off the bench and will likely only see around 20 minutes of action. Given the concerns over his ailing knee and his questionable role going forward, Stoudemire shouldn't be owned outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:20 am
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Cousins, Gay, Casspi probable for Wednesday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), Rudy Gay (knee) and Omri Casspi (eye) are all listed as probable for Wednesday's home game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: All three guys played on Monday and we'll leave them off the injury report unless a pessimistic update surfaces after shootaround. Cousins is averaging multiple career highs this season, including points (23.9), rebounds (12.6), assists (3.2) and blocks (1.7), yet he's currently trailing guys like Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard in fan-based All-Star voting. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:43 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire needs to play well to get PT
      Derek Fisher stated during a recent interview that Amare Stoudemire will need to play at a high level to secure his playing time.

      Advice: "Whether [Amare is] out there every night, with 40 games we have to go, I can’t guarantee that," said Fisher. "I think on nights he’s doing the things he did [vs. New Orleans], we should have him on floor as much as we possibly can." Stoudemire's minutes will likely fluctuate greatly for the rest of the season, and with the plethora of random rest days he’s bound to receive, Amare is going to be a tough guy to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:36 pm
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) headed for a GTD on Wed.
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Dallas.

      Advice: Martin sounded optimistic when talking about his chances about suiting up tomorrow, and said he will base his decision on how he feels when he wakes up in the morning. It's unclear if Martin will be on a minutes restriction upon his return, but given his upside, he needs to be owned in all leagues at this point. His return will likely hurt the value of Shabazz Muhammad (abdominal strain). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:04 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Carlos Boozer (triceps) probable Wednesday
      Carlos Boozer (left triceps contusion) did not practice on Tuesday, but he is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. New Orleans.

      Advice: Boozer hasn't been playing well lately, averaging just 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game over the last five. He can be viewed as a low-end option in deeper leagues, but he's not a great guy to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:11 am
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will not play Wednesday
      Tarik Black (right ankle sprain) will not play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans, and he is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Black was seen leaving the arena on crutches after Monday's game, so this is no mild ankle sprain. With Black out, look for Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer (triceps contusion), and Ryan Kelly to pick up some additional minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:07 am
    • Nick Young says you can't turn Swaggy P off
      Nick Young told reporters that Swaggy P can't be turned off after Monday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: Young had one of his best games of the season with Kobe Bryant on Monday as he scored 24 points to go along with four rebounds, three, assists, and two steals off the bench. "They told me you can’t turn Swaggy off," Young said after the game. "You made this guy so you gotta be him." It's unclear exactly who "they" and "you" are in Young's statement, but Swaggy P should be owned in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:57 am
    • Ronnie Price's status for Wednesday unclear
      Ronnie Price (elbow) was a partial participant during Tuesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against New Orleans.

      Advice: Price has missed the Lakers' last two games with persistent elbow pain and his status for Wednesday is unclear, according to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News. Jeremy Lin posted a double-double starting in place of Price on Monday and would be a solid play on Wednesday if Price sits again. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:41 am
    • X-rays negative on Tarik Black's ankle
      X-rays came back negative on Tarik Black's sprained right ankle, but Black left the arena on crutches after Monday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: Black sprained his ankle after coming down on a teammates' foot and played coy when asked about his availablity for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. "I can’t comment on that one," said Black. "I don’t know. But miracles can happen. I rolled it pretty good, though." We'll update Black's status as more information becomes available, but Robert Sacre could see some time while Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, and Ryan Kelly would all see a minutes boost if Black is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 am
    • Wright plays 24 minutes off the bench
      Brandan Wright played 24 minutes off the bench on Monday, managing two points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks.

      Advice: This is pretty big news for him as playing time has always been the problem and his fantasy game has been ultra-efficient. He didn't get the job done in the stat sheet tonight, and there could be key differences to how he is deployed in Phoenix vs. Dallas, but he's worth a look as a speculative add -- especially in 9-cat formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:41 am
       
      Injured
    • IT2 scores ultra-efficient 24 points vs. LAL
      Isaiah Thomas hit 9-of-12 shots (including four threes) to finish with 24 points, one rebound, four assists and five steals in 30 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Thomas is a solid mid-round value on the year despite playing just 25 mpg and if anything happened to one of the guards ahead of him he is a threat for top-25 value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:30 am
    • Lin goes for 10 and 10 with Lakers to himself
      Jeremy Lin double-doubled with 10 points, three rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in Monday's loss.

      Advice: Lin had the backcourt to himself with Kobe Bryant and Ronnie Price out, and this would be the reason why patient owners have held Lin this season. It's not pretty and he needs some help from Byron Scott on the offensive end, but he has the chance to eke out some solid value if he can hold it together. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:23 am
    • Young scores 24 points with full stat line
      Nick Young hit 7-of-12 shots (including four threes) for 24 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steal in 26 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Young also added 6-of-7 free throws for good measure and he's hot again, giving owners a preview of what a good night without Kobe Bryant might look like in the last third of the season. He should be owned in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:20 am
    • Cousins (ankle) returns and goes for 22 & 19
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) returned to action in Monday's loss to the Blazers, scoring 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting (8-of-12 FTs) with 19 rebounds, one assist and a season-high tying four blocks in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Cousins is on a big push to make the All Star team and he should be even more beastly until he either gets the nod or doesn't. Of course, it would be insane if he doesn't make the All Star team because he's competing for an All-NBA First Team slot if voters could be trusted, but that's never a sure thing when it comes to All Star nods and postseason awards. He also got fouled out by another vicious flop tonight, as Thomas Robinson was hit by a sniper on two different occasions. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:04 am
    • Tarik Black leaves game with ankle injury
      Tarik Black left Monday's game due to a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return.

      Advice: X-rays taken were negative and he finished with 21 minutes, six points, three boards, one steal and one block, as he was making some noise in deep leagues. If he misses time then Robert Sacre may be forced onto the court, and more minutes will go to Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:21 pm
    • Love returns from back injury, double-doubles
      Kevin Love (back) returned to action in the Cavs' 108-94 win over the Bulls on Monday, scoring 16 points on 3-of-13 shooting (1-of-3 from deep, 9-of-10 from the line) with 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Owners are simply rooting for him to get his health back at this point, and it's certainly a buy low moment but proceed with caution. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:53 pm
    • Smith has another bad fantasy outing
      Josh Smith hit just 3-of-11 shots for six points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Smith missed both of his 3-pointers and his only free throw to boot. He has played well below the cut line in most standard leagues and owners can leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:57 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay active Mon
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rudy Gay (knee) are listed in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Blazers.

      Advice: Cousins had to sit out on Saturday against the Clippers, but this news confirms that his ankle issue wasn't a big concern and his owners can comfortably activate him in all lineups. We will let you know how his ankle holds up after the game. This move also sends Ryan Hollins to the bench, meaning he can be cut just about everywhere. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:53 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire plays 21 minutes
      Amare Stoudemire played 21 minutes against the Pelicans on Monday with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist and one block.

      Advice: He played very well and was able to operate in the paint thanks to Anthony Davis (toe) not being there. The Knicks will certainly have a minutes cap on Stoudemire most nights and he's likely to sit out on most back-to-back sets, so it's going to be tough to count on him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:41 pm
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Kevin Love (back) will play vs. Bulls on Mon
      Kevin Love (back) will play on Monday vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: He has been dealing with some back spasms recently and stated that the pain is "paralyzing" when it flares up, but he was able to practice on Sunday and should see his normal minutes against the Bulls. We will let you know how Love holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:32 pm
    • Marcus Smart has terrific game, scores 14
      Marcus Smart had his best game of 2015 against the Clippers during a 102-93 loss on Monday, scoring 14 points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He matched his career high with treys and dimes while providing some solid defense on Chris Paul. Smart's minutes have remained consistently near 30 since the departure of Jeff Green and he has fared well in the dimes, steals and treys categories. His offense is showing signs of life and he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:43 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Uta
    • Al Horford stays hot with 14/6/7 vs. Detroit
      Al Horford stayed hot during Monday's home win, scoring 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with six boards, seven assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Horford is a ridiculous 33-of-41 from the field (80.5 percent) over his past four games, averaging 19.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists during that span. Those numbers have vaulted him back into early-round territory after a somewhat slow start to the season, and the 28-year-old is unlikely to pick up many more DNP-CDs as he did on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:24 pm
    • Avery Bradley really struggles on Monday
      Avery Bradley scored just three points on 1-of-7 from the field against the Clippers on Monday with one rebound and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: He had just seven points on Friday and is another one of his slumps. In his last five, Bradley averaged just 10.8 points, 2.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.6 triples on 36.5 percent from the field. His upside is never going to be too high, so go ahead and drop him if you're sick of him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:12 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay probable Mon
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rudy Gay (knee) have been upgraded to probable for Monday's game against the Blazers.

      Advice: Cousins wasn't able to play on Saturday against the Clippers, but his ankle injury was never thought to be serious and he should be fine for Monday's contest. Owners will still want to check back prior to tip-off before plugging him into lineups, while Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams will both benefit if Cousins is held out. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:24 pm
    • Bismack Biyombo plays 23 minutes
      Bismack Biyombo played 23 minutes against the Wolves on Monday with eight points, six boards and one block.

      Advice: He played a lot better than expected and his presence on the offensive glass helped the Hornets. With Al Jefferson back, Biyombo's minutes figure to be in the teens while Big Al is healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:08 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire will play vs. Pelicans
      Amare Stoudemire will come off the bench against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: There is a chance his minutes are limited today. Stoudemire played just eight minutes on Thursday and he is unlikely to get more than 20 minutes tonight. Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy and Jason Smith are not as attractive in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:00 pm
       
      Injured
      PPD vs Sac
    • Celtics looking at Andre Dawkins
      The Celtics will have a discussion with Andre Dawkins about a 10-day contract.

      Advice: He's basically been the Kyle Korver of the D-League, making 51.0 percent from beyond the arc for 4.8 treys per game in 11 outings this season. Dawkins is also handing out 3.4 assists per game and the Celtics could use some guys to play on the wing. Obviously, there's no need to pay attention to this news unless you're in a very deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:39 am
    • Ronnie Price out again, Jeremy Lin starting
      Ronnie Price (elbow) will not play against the Suns on Monday and Jeremy Lin will start.

      Advice: This elbow injury is a little mysterious after he was probable to play on Friday, but the Lakers held him out. Lin was awful against the Jazz on Friday and he'll get a chance to redeem himself in a worse matchup. Expect to see more of Jordan Clarkson tonight, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay questionable Mon.
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rudy Gay (knee) are both questionable for Monday's game against the Blazers.

      Advice: Cousins did not suit up on Saturday after being hit with the questionable tag, but Gay made a surprise appearance off the bench. Owners will have to wait on further updates for both, but be prepared to have contingency plans for each. If both sit, Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams would be the primary fantasy beneficiaries, with Darren Collison also asked to carry a heavier load. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 8:53 am
    • Kevin Love (back) expected to play Monday
      Kevin Love's (back) is expected to play on Monday, but a final determination has not been made.

      Advice: Signs point to him playing, but it's not set in stone. "I don’t know what causes it, but when it does happen it’s pretty paralyzing," Love said. "I’m happy it’s just a spasm. It’s just something kind of day by day. Treat it as is and go along and hope it doesn’t happen." Tristan Thompson would draw the start if Love can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 8:12 am
    • Kevin Love (back) questionable Monday vs. CHI
      Kevin Love (back) practiced on Sunday, and he is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Chicago.

      Advice: Love will be re-evaluated following Monday's shootaround, but given the fact he was a full participant during today's practice, his chances for Monday are looking pretty good. However, if he's unable to go, Tristan Thompson will be the primary beneficiary. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 11:45 am
    • Al Horford owns the paint vs. Bulls
      Al Horford was outstanding against the Bulls during a 107-99 win at Chicago on Saturday with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal on 11-of-14 from the field.

      Advice: He's made 84.4 percent from the field in his last three games. The Hawks are just dominating teams right now and have gone 26-2 in their last 28 games, which is 34.1 percent of the NBA schedule. They need three players in the All-Star game and Horford might be one of them. The buy-low window is completely shut. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 8:11 pm
    • Bismack Biyombo scores eight with 14 boards
      Bismack Biyombo scored eight points with 13 boards and two blocks in 36 minutes against the Pacers.

      Advice: He made 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-6 from the line. This was a fairly high usage game for Biyombo and he was able to grab a ton of boards because nobody could make shots. Considering his poor foul shooting, he's not an option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 7:03 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will not play vs. LA
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: The Kings are in deep trouble tonight against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. They played their worst basketball without Cousins and it basically got coach Mike Malone fired. While Boogie is out, it'll be Jason Thompson, Derrick Williams, Ryan Hollins and Reggie Evans picking up the slack. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 5:21 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is questionable
      DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle) is listed as questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: He had a limp on Friday night throughout the game and it was apparently because of this ankle issue. Cousins has refused a minutes limit before, so he'll probably want to suit up for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Of course, it's possible he'll sit, which would give Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Derrick Williams more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 1:25 pm
    • Ronnie Price now doubtful for Monday
      Ronnie Price (elbow) is now doubtful to play on Monday in Phoenix.

      Advice: This is interesting because he was probable to play on Friday and all of the sudden it sounds like he's going to miss multiple games. Jeremy Lin was awful on Friday in a start with six points in 30 minutes while Jordan Clarkson played backup point guard for 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 12:31 pm
    • Brook Lopez ignoring trade rumors for now
      Brook Lopez doesn't seem too concerned about his name popping up in trade rumors in recently.

      Advice: "I’ve been on the block for, like, six-and-a-half years now," Lopez said. "So it’s no big deal." Well, at least he is honest. Lopez has been one of the most heavily criticized big men in the NBA and there is no question that the Nets have been open to potentially trading him. He responded by scoring 26 points in 23 minutes in a crucial win over the Wizards on Friday, so maybe this trade talk will light a fire under him. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely so owners will want to stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 6:25 am
    • Lin can't get it done against the Jazz
      Jeremy Lin couldn't get it done against the Jazz on Friday, scoring just six points on 3-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Lin had all the point guard minutes to himself, Kobe was out, and he had a questionable defender in Trey Burke. He just doesn't look like the player he was in Houston and Byron Scott isn't exactly working miracles to help bust him out of his slump. Lin has low-end value in 12-team formats on the season, but he remains one of the more frustrating players to wait on this season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:03 pm
    • Young tries to make the FT line so Swaggy
      Nick Young busted out of a slump with 23 points on 4-of-9 shooting, two threes, two boards and a season-high 13-of-13 makes from the foul line on Friday.

      Advice: Young has played well enough to be owned in all 12-team formats this year, but his ups and downs might have him on benches or even the waiver wire for stretches. If anything happens to Kobe down the stretch, he could add a couple of rounds to his value real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:57 pm
    • Brandan Wright gets 20 minutes
      Brandan Wright had his best game in a Suns uniform on Friday with 11 points, three rebounds, and one block.

      Advice: It was his usual dunk fest and he made 5-of-6 from the field tonight. Wright is fitting in immediately, but the Suns just won't take minutes away from Alex Len. He should have similar value to what he had in Dallas, which makes him some to monitor very closely. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:40 pm
       
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    • Damian Lillard doesn't make any treys
      Damian Lillard scored 23 points against the Spurs on Friday during a 110-96 loss with two rebounds and five assists.

      Advice: He didn't make any 3-pointers and snapped a 10-game streak with multiple treys before tonight. If not for a 34-point game against the hapless Lakers on Sunday, Lillard would be in a slump. In his last five, he's averaged just 20.8 points, 2.6 boards, 4.8 assists, 0.4 steals and 2.4 treys. He'll likely get a Mike Conley-less Grizzlies team on Saturday, so a big game could be on the way. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:43 pm
    • Allen productive across the box score on Fri
      Tony Allen scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, two steals and one block in Friday's win over the Magic.

      Advice: Allen has snuck into late mid-round value on the season and nobody has noticed. He's averaging 8.2 points, 0.2 threes, 4.0 boards, 2.2 steals and 0.5 blocks while hitting 48.3 percent from the field and 71.6 percent from the line. He should be owned in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:34 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Orl
    • Al Horford makes all eight shots from field
      Al Horford made all eight shots from the field during an impressive 110-89 win in Toronto on Friday, scoring a total of 22 points with five boards and five assists in 28 minutes.

      Advice: The Hawks are really good. They have a five-game lead over every other team in the Eastern Conference. Plus, they have blown out their opponent in each of their last four games. Horford was quiet in December, but he's really turned it around in 2015. If you were able to buy low, feel free to pat yourself on the back. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:33 pm
    • Kevin Love (back) won't play Friday night
      Kevin Love (back) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: It makes sense to sit him in the second half of a back-to-back based on how bad he looked on Thursday. It should be interesting to see how the Cavs space the floor now that they're going to have two low-block guys starting in their front court with Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving should have the ball in their hands more. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:24 pm
    • Brook Lopez scores 26 points in 23 minutes
      Brook Lopez was extremely active on the offensive side in his 23 minutes, scoring 26 points with three rebounds, two steals and two blocks against the Wizards.

      Advice: This will certainly give the Nets some leverage in a trade. It would appear the team is past the point of no return with Lopez, so he'll likely be dealt at some point. That said, he was already playing extremely well over his last 10 games even before this gem, averaging 15.2 points, 7.5 boards and 1.6 blocks on 54.5 percent from the field. He should be starting in all leagues even though a trade will likely hurt his value slightly. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 6:41 pm
    • Kevin Love (back) is a game-time decision
      Kevin Love (back spasms) is a game-time decision against the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: He battled back spasms for basically the entire game on Thursday and the Cavs might just hold him out tonight. If he is out, Tristan Thompson and Omer Asik will play next to each other more. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving should have more chances to score, too. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 6:10 pm
    • Jeremy Lin likely to get the start on Friday
      Jeremy Lin is likely to start against the Jazz on Friday.

      Advice: Ronnie Price and Kobe Bryant are out, so Lin is going to get a ton of minutes. Jordan Clarkson should also be used exclusively at point guard, so that will open up more minutes for Wayne Ellington too. If Lin was ever going to have a good game, it should be tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 3:34 pm
    • Ronnie Price (elbow) out Friday vs. Utah
      Ronnie Price will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz after aggravating his elbow injury on Thursday.

      Advice: Expect Jeremy Lin to draw the start tonight, and he'll have plenty of opportunity with Kobe Bryant (rest) also out of the lineup. The Lakers don't play again until Monday, so we'll consider Price questionable for that. Lin looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 3:32 pm
    • Brook Lopez to come off the bench
      Brook Lopez will come off the bench against the Wizards.

      Advice: The trade rumors are swirling all over the place and the Nets are very likely to limit his minutes considering how often he is hurt. Lopez could put up a nice line, but there is a lot of risk in using him. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 2:47 pm
    • Report: Nets back off on Lopez-Perkins deal
      The Nets have reportedly decided to not move on the reported deal that would send Brook Lopez to OKC in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Jeremy Lamb.

      Advice: The Nets reportedly have not received an offer they like, and they are holding off on a trade for the time being. The Rockets have also been mentioned as a team interested in acquiring Lopez, but that's a strange fit, and it's not clear exactly what Houston would be offering. However, it seems like only a matter of time until Lopez is with a new team, and we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:01 am
    • Al Horford will start on Friday vs. Toronto
      Al Horford will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Raptors, sending Pero Antic back to the bench.

      Advice: Horford was rested during the Hawks' previous game, but he'll return to the lineup tonight. Make sure he's active for what will be an uptempo game against Toronto. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:51 am
    • Tony Allen (hamstring) remains probable Fri.
      Tony Allen (hamstring) was a full participant during shootaround, and he remains probable for Friday's game against the Magic.

      Advice: Jeff Green will likely enter the starting lineup in Memphis soon, and it's unclear if that move will send Allen or Courtney Lee to the bench. While Allen's gritty defense will guarantee him minutes for the Grizzlies, his averages of 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game point to the fact that he's not much more than a specialist in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:29 am
       
      5:00 pm vs Orl
    • Report: BKN now talking exclusively w/ OKC
      The Nets unwillingness to take on Lance Stephenson has Brooklyn focused on dealing directly with OKC for Brook Lopez, according to sources of Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: If Brooklyn is to deal directly with OKC, it's looking like the best assets they could garner would be Kendrick Perkins, Jeremy Lamb, and Grant Jerrett... not great. While Brook Lopez certainly has some health concerns, it wouldn't be a great move for Brooklyn to essentially move him in a salary dump. However, this is the same organization that gave up three first-round picks for a one-year rental of Paul Pierce and an aging Kevin Garnett, so questionable decision making isn't anything new. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 7:53 am
    • Report: Nets holding up Brook Lopez deal
      The Nets are reportedly holding up the three-team deal that would land Brook Lopez in OKC, as they would like to change some players in the deal.

      Advice: The deal that has been discussed involves sending Brook Lopez to OKC in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Lance Stephenson, with Jarrett Jack and Jeremy Lamb going to Charlotte. The biggest hurdle in the reported trade is the Nets' willingness to bring on Stephenson, and the trade is being called "dead" for now. However, the Nets are said to be looking to deal Lopez by the weekend, so the "dead" talk can be taken with a grain of salt. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 6:17 am
    • Love Hurts: Kevin battles back spasms in LA
      Kevin Love battled back spasms against the Lakers on Thursday, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on 4-of-12 from the field.

      Advice: It was bothering him for almost the entire first three quarters. Love had his back re-wrapped near the end of the third and he returned to the game looking much better. He even took a charge on a big possession. There's little doubt that his back is going to swell up on him, so his owners will want to look for news at shootaround tomorrow before Friday's game against the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:30 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays just 15 minutes
      Jeremy Lin played 15 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with nine points, two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: The Lakers did go with point-Mamba down the stretch, so that explains why his minutes were so low. Lin's overall output on the stat sheet is less while Kobe Bryant is playing, so he's going to be tough to count on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:22 pm
    • Ronnie Price plays 27 minutes
      Ronnie Price played 27 minutes on Thursday against the Cavs with five points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal on 1-of-5 from the field.

      Advice: It wasn't a great game and maybe his sore elbow had something to do with it. Price had an MRI on Wednesday to make sure there is nothing structurally wrong, so he won't miss time. He's only worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 10:20 pm
    • Kevin Love leaves game with back spasms
      Kevin Love battled back spasms for most of Thursday's game against the Lakers and asked to come out in the third quarter.

      Advice: He was walking up the court on his last two possessions and it was obvious he was hurting. Love checked back in a few minutes later, so we'll let you know how he looks. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 15, 9:26 pm
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