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    • Serge Ibaka scores 13 with nine boards Thurs.
      Serge Ibaka blocked three shots in Thursday's overtime loss to the Suns, adding 13 points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

      Advice: He made a huge block at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime, but it wasn't enough to keep the Suns from rallying in the end. Ibaka has been on a torrid pace since returning from the All-Star break, averaging 18.6 points, 12.2 boards and 3.4 blocks over the last five games. Ibaka and Russell Westbrook have stepped up in a big way in the absence of Kevin Durant (foot), and they are going to continue putting up mind-blowing numbers until KD finally returns. Rotoworld.com
      36 minutes ago
    • David Lee scores 19 points off the bench
      David Lee scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four boards, two assists and one block vs. the Cavaliers on Thursday.

      Advice: He singlehandedly outscored the Cavaliers' bench 19-14, but it wasn't enough to keep the Warriors from losing this one. Lee's value this season has been limited due to the emergence of Draymond Green, and he is not going to be worth owning as long as he continues to play around 20 minutes per contest. For what it's worth, this was just Lee's third game with double-digit scoring over his last ten. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:16 pm
    • Klay Thompson scores just 13 points in loss
      Klay Thompson was held to just 13 points in a loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday, adding seven boards, four assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He shot just 5-of-13 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but the three blocks were his most since Jan. 17. Thompson has seen his scoring average dip to 18.2 points per game in February after averaging 25.9 points in January, so hopefully the sharpshooter gets back on track soon. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:04 pm
    • Draymond Green has five steals in loss Thurs.
      Draymond Green recorded five steals in Thursday's loss to the Cavaliers, finishing with 16 points, eight boards and four assists in 38 minutes.

      Advice: The five steals were one off his career-high of six which was set against the Wolves on Dec. 27, but this was actually just the fifth game this season in which he didn't record either a block or steal. Green has emerged as a fantasy stud for arguably the best team in the NBA, and he is going to be one of the most fun players to own for years to come. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:45 pm
    • J.R. Smith scores just four points on Thurs.
      J.R. Smith was held to just four points for the second straight game on Thursday vs. the Warriors, shooting just 1-of-5 from the floor and missing both of his 3-point attempts.

      Advice: He saved his line with four rebounds, five assists and four steals, but this has been the story of Smith's career so far. He is one of the streakiest players in the NBA, and his owners will simply have to take the good with the bad. Smith is still worth owing in most leagues, especially now that Kyrie Irving could miss some time with a shoulder issue. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:17 pm
    • Cavs beat Warriors, LeBron drops 42 points
      LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points in a 110-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday despite briefly leaving the game with a tweaked back.

      Advice: He added 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes, and it didn't look like his back caused him any problems after he returned to the game. Incredibly, this was James' 41st career game with 40 points, five assists and five rebounds which is the fourth-most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (61), Michael Jordan (62) and Oscar Robertson (71). The MVP race between James Harden, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron is going to go right down to the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:15 pm
    • LeBron James tweaks his back, returns to game
      LeBron James (back) briefly left Thursday's game against the Warriors but has since returned.

      Advice: He was wearing a wrap on his back when he left for the locker room but he didn't appear to be limited in any way when he returned to the floor. We will continue to monitor his status closely, but it appears that he has dodged a bullet here and his owners can breathe easy. For what it's worth, James has 24 points heading into halftime. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:12 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) doubtful Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle sprain, left hip contusion) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: He was unable to practice on Thursday because of these injuries, and we would be shocked if he was able to give it a go on Friday with the Kings going absolutely nowhere in the Western Conference. We will update his status when we know more, but Rudy Gay is going to be a busy man on offense for the Kings if Cousins sits. Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Carl Landry will likely all see a bump in minutes on Friday, but none of them are viable options in standard leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) questionable Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle) was unable to practice on Thursday, and head coach George Karl said he was unsure if Cousins would be able to go Friday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is the first we're hearing of an ankle injury for Cousins, and we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. If he's unable to go on Friday, Ryan Hollins or Reggie Evans would have the opportunity to slide into the starting lineup. It's worth noting that Hollins picked up a DNP-CD during the Kings' last game, while Evans logged 27 minutes, so he seems to be ahead of Hollins in the rotation. Evans is capable of hauling in gaudy rebounding totals, and he'll be a name to watch if listed as the starter on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:02 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) probable for Friday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) is likely to play Friday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Faried's play has fallen off greatly during the month of February with averages of just 8.1 points and 6.8 rebounds on 40.3 percent shooting from the field through 23.4 minutes of action. However, with Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) out and Darrell Arthur (calf) being listed as doubtful, Faried will likely be forced into heavy minutes on Friday, and hopefully he can bust out of his month long slump. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:36 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (calf) doubtful Friday vs. UTA
      Darrell Arthur (calf strain) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Arthur only lasted three minutes during his last outing, and with season averages of 7.3 points and 3.2 rebounds on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, it's safe to leave Arthur on the wire in most leagues. With both Arthur and Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) unavailable for Friday, J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried are going to see heavy minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:23 pm
       
      Injured
    • C.J. Miles (foot) doesn't practice Thursday
      C.J. Miles (foot) did not participate during Thursday's practice, and head coach Frank Vogel said that he was hopeful to have him available for Friday's game vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: If Miles is forced to sit on Friday, Rodney Stuckey will get all the run he can handle, although he'd remain a risky play in daily leagues as he's battled with consistency all season long. Solomon Hill would also have more opportunity for playing time if Miles is unavailable, but he too has struggled with consistency this season, and would make for a risky option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:19 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum says he feels refreshed
      Nicolas Batum said he feels refreshed and ready for the second half of the season after spending six days in Mexico.

      Advice: Batum has been mired in a season-long slump, but said six days of vacation on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico over the All-Star Break helped him hit the rest button. "I needed that," Batum said. "Just to refresh my mind. Just to go away from the stress. Just get away." Batum has has strong back-to-back performances and has averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.0 three-pointers in those two games. If he can keep this up, he'll go a long way toward redeeming himself with fantasy owners who spent a top-35 pick on him. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:31 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins available at trade deadline?
      DeMarcus Cousins was not untouchable at the trade deadline, according to an unnamed source familiar with Kings head coach George Karl's thinking.

      Advice: We'll take the unnamed source with a grain of salt, but according to said source, "At the trade deadline, everyone was available. Every single person [on the Kings roster] was available." Karl does not hold a front office title, but the same source said Karl has control of future personnel decisions and would be interested in acquiring Ty Lawson if he becomes available in the offseason. If these reports hold true, we may be in for a very interesting summer in Sacramento. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:26 am
       
      Injured
    • Shaw wants a more consistent Kenneth Faried
      Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said he'd like to see more consistency out of Kenneth Faried (thumb).

      Advice: Faried is dealing with a thumb injury, but he was also benched in favor of Darrell Arthur on Monday. "The expectation level with Kenneth was never as a go-to guy. He was never a guy we expected to be able to throw the ball into and say: 'Go get us 20 points every night.' It's probably unfair for people to expect that," Shaw said. "But the other things — the rebounding, the running the floor and the energy — that's what people expect. And that's been a little bit inconsistent." The Manimal's fantasy owners likely agree with Shaw and may want to think about cutting Faried in deeper leagues if another solid option is available. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:22 am
    • Jonas Jerebko sees minutes at C for C's
      Jonas Jerebko played some center during Boston's win over New York on Wednesday.

      Advice: Celtics head coach Brad Stevens admitted he was "throwing darts" when he put together the lineup combination that had the 27-year-old at center, but liked what he saw. "He’s got ability to stretch the floor and he does fit well with what we’re trying to do," Stevens said. He added, "He's a big that can shoot, play the 3 or the 4, space the floor. So I like his skill set and I think he’s excited about being here." It's worth monitoring Jerebko's playing time on the rebuilding Celtics, but he's better off left on waivers for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:37 am
    • Wesley Matthews bounces back with 31
      Wesley Matthews, who missed all seven of his shots and scored four points on Sunday, got it back on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-18 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Yes! Arron Afflalo scored 10 points off the bench, and owners who were scared that Afflalo's presence would ruin Matthews should be feeling much better about things after this performance. And yes, he just went from a season low in scoring to a season high in back-to-back games, which is pretty hard for fantasy studs to do at this point in the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:11 am
    • Nicolas Batum plays well in win over Spurs
      Nicolas Batum hit 6-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Yes, that's the guy you thought you were drafting early last October, and it's nice that he's finally starting to show up. He's averaging 16 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers over his last two games. Hopefully he's ready to keep the train rolling, just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:08 am
    • LaMarcus Aldridge plays, struggles Wednesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge played through his thumb injury on Wednesday after sitting out Sunday, and had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

      Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is he hit just 5-of-19 shots and now has a pair of bad thumbs to deal with the rest of the way. But as long as he's playing for the Blazers, he should be in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:05 am
    • Donuts finally doesn't look glazed over
      Donatas Motiejunas played one of his better games in the past month against the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Before this one, he hasn't been great this month, averaging 11.8 points, 5.9 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in his previous eight games. Donuts was also more of a cream puff on defense, allowing his man to shoot 5.1 percent higher than his average in that span, too. Motiejunas hasn't been in the top 200 for February this month and is clearly being outplayed by Terrence Jones, a much better player to own. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:49 pm
    • K. Leonard plays well, at least in fantasy
      Kawhi Leonard hit 5-of-13 shots for 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, four steals, a block and a 3-pointer on Wednesday, but the Spurs lost their fourth straight game, this time to the Blazers.

      Advice: He was a team-high -13 +/- tonight, and had also been struggling for his fantasy owners, mainly due to poor shooting and some confidence issues. There wasn't much wrong with tonight's line, and you have to think he's on the verge of righting the ship soon. This was at least a step in the right direction. Tim Duncan added 20 points and eight boards in another Spurs loss, and they're just four games ahead of streaking New Orleans in the playoff chase. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:34 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Wednesday February 25. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:29 pm
    • Elijah Millsap scores career-high 17 in loss
      Elijah Millsap came off the bench to hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for a career-high 17 points and seven rebounds against the Lakers on Wednesday.

      Advice: Millsap's rise contributed to the fall of Joe Ingles (zero points), but we're guessing Millsap won't do this again anytime soon. Just keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:09 pm
    • Markieff Morris' shooting slump continues
      Markieff Morris' shooting slump continued on Wednesday against the Nuggets, making 1-of-5 from the field for five points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: He was one of the best mid-range power forwards in the NBA earlier in the season, but that's been his undoing lately. In his last seven, Morris made just 21.6 percent of his mid-range shots, which account for 50.5 percent of his shot total. That explains why he's only averaged 12.3 points, 5.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 treys on 33.7 percent from the field in that span. Besides the shooting issue, it's not that bad. He should get it turned around soon because all players go through shooting slumps. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:46 pm
       
      W, 117-113 * vs OKC
    • Alexis Ajinca plays just 18 minutes in win
      Alexis Ajinca came off the bench and played just 18 minutes on Wednesday, but still had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks on 4-of-6 shooting.

      Advice: The minutes don't make a lot of sense, but guys like Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham played well in this one. Any time Anthony Davis is out, Ajinca still qualifies as an interesting sleeper pick. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:12 pm
    • Omer Asik double-doubles in win
      Omer Asik had 12 points, 13 rebounds and a block in Wednesday's win over Brooklyn, the third straight for the short-handed Pelicans.

      Advice: They continue to try to track down OKC for the No. 8 seed in the West, but they got a serious uphill climb in actually making the playoffs. But as long as Anthony Davis is out, Asik should ball, and he's now double-doubled in two straight games, and just missed a third with 15 points and nine rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:59 pm
    • Dante Cunningham plays well in start
      Dante Cunningham started and hit 6-of-11 shots for 13 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block in 33 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: With Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis out, Cunningham is getting some run, but this was one of his best games of the season, and it's unlikely that he'll play this well on most nights. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    • Thaddeus Young still coming off pine for Nets
      Thaddeus Young once again came off the bench for the Nets, but still managed 19 points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer on 8-of-12 shooting.

      Advice: Maybe the Nets will put him in the starting lineup at some point soon, but even if they don't, Young should continue to improve as he learns how to play with his new teammates. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:48 pm
    • Alan Anderson struggles in 33 minutes
      Alan Anderson played 33 minutes in another start at small forward, but hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for eight points, four rebounds and two assists.

      Advice: The Nets are actually in the playoffs if they started today, so here's an idea. How about benching Anderson, Markel Brown and Mason Plumlee, and start the guys they're paying? A lineup of Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez could probably do some damage against most Eastern Conference teams, yet Bro-Lo and Thadd are currently coming off the bench, along with some combo of Jack/Williams. It just doesn't add up. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:46 pm
    • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist drops 18 and 12
      Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a superb showing against the Bulls on Wednesday with 18 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 42 minutes.

      Advice: He has really come on nicely in his three games since suffering a hamstring injury, averaging 17.7 points, 7.3 boards, 0.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.3 turnovers on 56.4 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the line. However, Kidd-Gilchrist's fantasy value on the season is only 214 in standard leagues, so he will somehow have to keep this hot stretch going. He's not worth owning in standard leagues, but he's worth a look in points leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:38 pm
    • Jimmy Butler has an underwhelming game
      Jimmy Butler didn't step up against the Hornets during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He should have more on his plate with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the foreseeable future. Butler has really seen a huge boost in the past month even with Rose on the floor, so it should be interesting to see how he does now that he'll be running the offense a lot more. There's a very good chance Jimmy Buckets is a top-10 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    • Jonas Jerebko comes off bench for 20 points
      Jonas Jerebko came off the bench to hit 7-of-10 shots and four 3-pointers for 20 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in just 21 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: This was easily a season high for Jerebko and his best game of the year, as the Tyler Zeller was in foul trouble and the Celtics went small. Keep an eye on him, but it's highly doubtful we'll see him do this again any time soon. Especially since they were playing against the Knicks, aka the worst team in the league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:29 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (knee) out for game
      Darrell Arthur (right knee) will not return on Wednesday night.

      Advice: The team is calling it a strain, which usually suggests it's a muscle issue. If Arthur is out, the Nuggets will be very shorthanded. Joffrey Lauvergne and J.J. Hickson may have to play more. He finished with one point and no other stats in three minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:27 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) won't play vs. Phoenix
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) will not play vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

      Advice: Faried was benched in Denver's last game and he's been struggling to provide any fantasy value lately, so his absence shouldn't be a huge blow for fantasy owners. Darrell Arthur, J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne will pick up the slack in his absence. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:17 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) questionable Wednesday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: In addition to being benched in favor of Darrell Arthur during Monday's game vs. the Nets, Faried also suffered a thumb injury to make matters worse. While Faried was able to play through the injury that game, the Nuggets may opt to err on the side of caution Wednesday in what has become a lost season for the franchise. Expect Darrell Arthur to play big minutes if Faried sits vs. the Suns, with J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne in the mix for more playing time as well. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:19 am
    • Serge Ibaka posts 23 & 10 on 9-of-11 shooting
      Serge Ibaka made 9-of-11 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws vs. Indiana, finishing Tuesday's victory with 23 points, one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka ranks eighth in the league as a roll-man off screens, though his 168 points pale in comparison to category-leader Anthony Davis' 329 points. The Thunder have encouraged Ibaka to bomb away from downtown, resulting in a career-high 1.3 triples per game, but his ability to attack the rim has helped him maintain solid 46.8 percent shooting. That number will only go up after tonight's ultra-efficient display. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:17 pm
    • C.J. Miles scores team-high 21 points vs. OKC
      C.J. Miles pitched in a team-high 21 points vs. the Thunder on Tuesday, making 9-of-14 shots with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one steal and two turnovers.

      Advice: He did his damage in 27 minutes and none of Indy's starters hit the 30-minute mark tonight, as coach Frank Vogel leaned on his bench after the starters dug a double-digit hole in the first quarter. Miles appears to have locked up a starting job and he's returning solid late-round value over the past month with averages of 13.8 points, 1.8 triples, 3.0 boards and 1.1 steals, all with solid percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:17 pm
       
      Injured
    • LeBron James passes Pippen in career assists
      LeBron James led the Cavs to a win in Detroit on Tuesday with 19 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one block, but he also turned the ball over nine times.

      Advice: The high turnovers are a forgivable footnote for LeBron, who also passed Scottie Pippen for the most assists by a forward in NBA history with 6,142 for his career. He's just 30 years old and Pippen's former record will be a speck in the rearview mirror by the time LBJ hangs up his sneakers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 pm
    • J.R. Smith cools off, Cavs still beat Pistons
      J.R. Smith had a quiet night vs. the Pistons, shooting just 1-of-4 with a pair of free throws to finish with four points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals.

      Advice: Smith was in some foul trouble and he only played 22 minutes, his fewest since joining the Cavs on Jan. 6. He's been a steady top-60 value over the past two months and fantasy owners should shrug off tonight's relative dud. Cleveland has now won 17 of their past 19 games and their early-season angst has evaporated ever since GM David Griffin traded for Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:26 pm
    • Klay Thompson cools off w/ Steph in action
      Klay Thompson cooled off with Stephen Curry back in action on Tuesday, scoring 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting with one 3-pointer, one rebound, four assists, four steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: The Warriors have the league's best defensive rating and they're tops in numerous offensive metrics including assist ratio, recording 19.5 assists for every 100 possessions. They also play at the league's fastest pace, which allows guys like Curry and Klay to produce big numbers every night without stifling their teammates' value. Thompson has been a top-10 fantasy player this season and there's no reason to think he can't maintain elite value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:38 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) probable for Wed.
      Updating a previous report, the Trail Blazers are officially listing LaMarcus Aldridge as probable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: All signs are pointing towards Aldridge giving it a go on Wednesday, and his return to the lineup will send Meyers Leonard back to the bench and irrelevancy in standard leagues. Aldridge owns career averages of 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game through 28 meetings with the Spurs, so make sure he's on your active roster tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:58 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge says he will play Wednesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (right thumb sprain) said that he will play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Aldridge said he had an x-ray and an MRI taken on his right thumb, but both came back negative, and he will be a go for tomorrow's matchup with the Spurs despite being limited during Tuesday's practice. His return to the lineup will send Meyers Leonard back to the bench, so he can be sent back to the wire in just about all leagues. Aldridge said that the thumb injury had been affecting his shot, but it is no longer an issue. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:08 pm
    • Thaddeus Young scores an efficient 15
      Thaddeus Young scored 15 points on 6-of-11 from the field during a 110-82 win over the Nuggets on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He only played 12 minutes in his Brooklyn debut on Friday and doubled his playing time tonight. Young is logging most of his playing time at power forward, but he does have a handful of minutes at small forward, which helps his upside. Considering the Nets have gone with such small lineups, Thad could start soon. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:30 pm
    • Asik double-doubles in win over the Raptors
      Omer Asik double-doubled in the Pelicans' 100-97 win over the Raptors on Monday, scoring 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting (6-of-10 FTs) with 11 rebounds and two blocks.

      Advice: Asik has a window to produce with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out, but his stat set is terrible for standard leagues due to a lack of defensive stats and poor free throw percentage. If everything is clicking he can be a late-round value in 8-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:19 pm
    • Ajinca scores 16 points with nine rebounds
      Alexis Ajinca scored 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Raptors.

      Advice: Ajinca has done surprisingly well when pressed into action for Anthony Davis or Ryan Anderson this season. And with the way those two guys are holding up these days, it's possible this current window of productivity gets extended throughout the year -- particularly if and when the Pelicans fall out of the playoff chase. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:12 pm
    • Darrell Arthur scores 10 in start
      Darrell Arthur scored 10 points in a start at power forward on Monday with seven rebounds on 5-of-15 from the field.

      Advice: He played more than expected because Kenneth Faried (hand) missed some time tonight. Arthur does have a decent ceiling because he takes shots and is solid with defensive stats. In fact, he averaged 7.4 points, 3.0 boards 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in his previous seven games this month. He's only worth a look in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:05 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kenneth Faried hurts hand, plays 13 minutes
      Kenneth Faried returned from his Monday hand injury during a loss to the Nets, scoring four points with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 13 minutes.

      Advice: He came off the bench tonight because the Nuggets are very thin at the forward spots with Wilson Chandler (groin) out tonight. Coach Brian Shaw isn't the biggest Faried fan in the world and his value is basically at rock bottom following a two-point game on Sunday. If for some reason Alex Len, Jusuf Nurkic or another red-hot free agent are on the wire, it's not a bad idea to cut Manimal for them. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:53 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (hand) goes to locker room
      Kenneth Faried (left hand) went to the locker room on Monday and has returned.

      Advice: X-rays were negative and he should be OK, but he's not getting much playing time right now. He had ice on his hand and it's unclear if he'll need to miss time. If he does, Darrell Arthur, Joffrey Lauvergne and J.J. Hickson will get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:57 pm
    • Kenneth Faried off the bench Monday
      Kenneth Faried will come off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: He wasn't late for practice either. Faried has been awful and the thinking here might be that the Nuggets need someone in their second unit. Regardless, his owners should stick with him because is value is way too low right now. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:29 pm
    • Darrell Arthur starts, Kenneth Faried benched
      Darrell Arthur will start at power forward with Kenneth Faried coming off the bench against the Nets.

      Advice: Wow. Faried has not been playing well, but this is a bold move for even Brian Shaw. Arthur probably won't play more than 24 minutes tonight even with Wilson Chandler out, so he's only worth a look in deeper leagues. Plus, he tends to get hurt a lot. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:11 pm
       
      Injured
    • Dante Cunningham starting on Monday night
      Dante Cunningham will start against the Raptors on Monday.

      Advice: The Pelicans have lost their depth at power forward, so Alexis Ajinca will be come off the bench to back up Omer Asik. Cunningham rarely puts up numbers in any stat category, so Ajinca is the better option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:51 pm
    • Jimmy Butler playing through thumb injury
      Jimmy Butler is playing through a thumb injury, but he's not in danger of missing any time.

      Advice: This is the first we've heard of a thumb injury for Butler. Taj Gibson inadvertently revealed Butler is dealing with the concern over the weekend, and Butler said he "can't remember" if there was a more serious injury than just a sprain. Butler also added that he was feeling better and didn't think he'd need offseason surgery, but he continues to wear a protective splint on it for now. It's something to monitor as we progress down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:29 am
    • Kawhi Leonard fighting through shooting slump
      Kawhi Leonard admitted that he's currently fighting through a shooting slump.

      Advice: "You definitely got to fight through it," he said. "I still have confidence in my shot. I never think I'm going to miss the next one." Before the Feb. 20 game against the Warriors, Leonard was in a 12-of-52 slide, including 1-of-11 against the Clippers. Gregg Popovich admitted Leonard has had a "rough year," in which he's dealt with both eye infections and a torn ligament in his hand. His efficiency is down as he's shooting just 43.8 percent from the field, and while some of that can be attributed to a larger role, it would be foolish to ignore the injury factors. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:40 am
    • Blatt: Shumpert, Smith have been a 'godsend'
      David Blatt said J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have been a 'godsend' for the Cavs.

      Advice: J.R. Smith has been a dream for us, as a team and for me personally," Blatt said. "I love the guy. I love coaching him. He comes to work every single day. He’s a great teammate. He’s playing both ends of the court for us consistently." He didn't just stop there, either. "He’s one of the main reasons for our turnaround, together with Iman, who simply started later because of the injury. Those guys, honestly, they’ve been a godsend. They really have. They turned the team around." Since joining the Cavs, Smith is averaging 12.8 points, 1.7 steals and 2.7 triples in 32 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:26 am
    • Wesley Matthews shoots 0-of-7 in loss to MEM
      Wesley Matthews struggled vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, shooting 0-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line to finish with four points in Portland's home loss.

      Advice: Matthews is shooting 45.4 percent overall this season, which is impressive considering far more than half of his attempts come from downtown. He's averaging 16.3 points with career-highs in triples (3.0) and rebounds (3.6), and remains a steady top-60 option despite occasional duds like Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:16 pm
    • Nicolas Batum double-doubles in Sunday's loss
      Nicolas Batum got back on track vs. Memphis with 17 points, three 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and two turnovers in 36 minutes.

      Advice: This was Batum's first double-digit scoring performance in five games and it marks his second double-double all season. Tonight's outburst is attributable to LaMarcus Aldridge's absence with a thumb injury, but it's still encouraging to see Batum aggressive and accurate offensively. The All-Star break may have aided his rehab but it's hard to view Batum as more than a rest-of-season mid-round value. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:54 pm
    • Wesley Matthews makes 0-of-7 FGs vs. Memphis
      Wesley Matthews struggled vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, shooting 0-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line to finish with four points in Portland's home loss.

      Advice: Matthews is shooting 45.4 percent overall this season, which is impressive considering far more than half of his attempts come from downtown. He's averaging 16.3 points with career-highs in triples (3.0) and rebounds (3.6), and remains a steady top-60 option despite occasional duds like Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:52 pm
    • Thunderstruck: Serge Ibaka gets 20 pts, 8 blk
      Serge Ibaka torched the Nuggets for 20 points, eight rebounds, one steal and a season-high-tying eight blocks on Sunday, before sitting out after 26 minutes of action.

      Advice: Ibaka could have had an even gaudier line if this weren't a lopsided victory for OKC, and he's firing on all cylinders at exactly the right time for fantasy owners. Kevin Durant (foot) is out after having a screw re-positioned in his surgically-repaired foot, so Ibaka's owners can expect inflated scoring and usage rates for the near future. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:08 pm
    • Kenneth Faried shoots 1-of-5 in 21 minutes
      Kenneth Faried was invisible again on Sunday, scoring just two points on 1-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds in 21 minutes vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: He had one steal and one block but that provides no relief for his woebegone fantasy owners. Serge Ibaka dominated the PF matchup tonight and Faried has averaged a mere 4.0 points on 28.6 percent shooting in 22.0 minutes over his past three games. Coach Brian Shaw hasn't shown any desire to increase his role, and at the moment Faried isn't giving him much incentive to do so. With his trade value at an all-time low, Faried belongs on fantasy benches until he gets back on track. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:49 pm
    • Klay Thompson's 39 points not enough Sunday
      Klay Thompson scored a game-high 39 points in a futile effort vs. Indiana on Sunday, making 12-of-28 field goals with five 3-pointers and three boards.

      Advice: He picked up the slack with Stephen Curry (sore foot) unavailable tonight, setting new career-highs in free throws made (10) and attempted (10). Klay's supporting stats dipped over his previous 10 games to 3.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.6 steals while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, creating a small buy-low window that just slammed shut. Follow the link below for highlights of Klay's impressive performance. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:52 pm
    • David Lee reels in season-high 12 rebounds
      David Lee grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds (six offensive) in 18 minutes during Sunday's road loss, adding six points, two assists and one steal.

      Advice: Lee has averaged just under 20 minutes per game over the past month, making him a non-factor in 12-team leagues. His limited role is unfortunate since owners can't take advantage of the Warriors' terrific rest-of-season schedule -- they have 29 games remaining, tied with Boston for the most in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:51 pm
    • Draymond Green fouls out w/ six points Sunday
      The Warriors fell to the Pacers on Sunday, as Draymond Green fouled out with six points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

      Advice: Dray's shot was off but his across-the-board production is familiar to his fantasy owners, who have reveled in top-30 production all season. He's slipped a bit over the past month but remains a quality early-round value down the stretch, and he's on pace to join Shawn Marion and Robert Horry as the only players since 1946-47 to average at least 1.4 threes, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:50 pm
    • Jonas Jerebko (illness) is available Sunday
      Updating a previous report, Jonas Jerebko (illness) will be available to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens hinter earlier that Jerebko might not play even if he dresses, so owners should be aware of that before plugging him into lineups. There is plenty of opportunity in the Boston frontcourt now that Jared Sullinger (foot) is done for the season, so owners in deep leagues will want to monitor Jerebko closely. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:43 pm
    • Jonas Jerebko (illness) questionable Sunday
      Jonas Jerebko (illness) is questionable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens said that Jerebko may not play even if he does dress, so owners will want to avoid this situation if possible. Jerebko could potentially carve out a decent role in Boston with Jared Sullinger (foot) out for the season, but it looks like his debut with the Celtics could be pushed back. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:03 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) won't play vs. MEM
      LaMarcus Aldridge was a late scratch on Sunday due to a right thumb sprain.

      Advice: Aldridge is playing through ligament damage in his left thumb but this sprain is to his right thumb, on his shooting hand. That's a mild relief for owners and he was reportedly shooting around without obvious discomfort prior to Sunday's game, so hopefully this is a mere precaution from the Blazers. His absence means more playing time for Chris Kaman, Meyers Leonard and Dorell Wright. Owners should sit tight while we await further updates. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:58 pm
    • J.R. Smith scores 17 points with full line
      J.R. Smith was productive against his former team on Sunday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting with four assists, three rebounds, three 3-pointers, one steal, two blocks and one turnover through 29 minutes of action.

      Advice: The change of scenery to Cleveland has done Smith wonders, as he's currently averaging 12.7 points and 2.5 assists, while hitting career-highs in 3-pointers (2.7) and steals (1.7). He's getting plenty of open looks playing next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and no longer having to think about what a triangle looks like has been a major plus for Smith. He's well worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:45 pm
    • LeBron James passes Iverson on scoring list
      LeBron James passed Allen Iverson on the NBA's all-time scoring list during Sunday's trouncing of the Knicks with 18 points (7-of-17 shooting), seven assists, seven rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, and four turnovers over 28 minutes of action.

      Advice: James has been fantastic in his two games since the All-Star break with averages of 23.0 points, 6.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 2.0 three-pointers per game. He's showing no signs of slowing down, and should be a top-5 in fantasy option as the Cavs fight for a higher seed in the East. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:39 pm
    • Jonas Jerebko, Luigi Datome available Sunday
      Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: While they'll be available to play, both Datome and Jerebko are stepping into a very crowded rotation in Boston, and they're unlikely to see major minutes during their first game with their new team. Jerebko does have a shot of getting some minutes with Jared Sullinger (foot) being ruled out for the remainder of the season, but he's very unlikely to gain any sort of relevancy in standard leagues as a bench player in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:14 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas stuffs stat sheet
      Donatas Motiejunas doubled-doubled against the Raptors on Saturday with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals.

      Advice: The Rockets are quite alright without Dwight Howard right now. Terrence Jones' defense on centers has been a huge plus and D-Mo has been able to operate in the high post. His numbers in his last five include averages of 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's a hold in standard leagues despite a low upside. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:37 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins scores 21 points in loss
      DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points on 6-of-19 shooting in an embarrassing loss to the Clippers on Saturday, adding four boards, two assists, two steals, two blocks and five turnovers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Cousins was in foul trouble pretty early in this one, but it didn't help that the game was practically over after a 42-point second quarter from the Clippers. Despite averaging 5.3 turnovers over his last four games, Cousins should be able to improve upon his efficiency once the Kings adapt to new head coach George Karl. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:30 pm
       
      Injured
    • Omer Asik just misses a double-double
      Omer Asik scored 15 points against the Heat on Saturday during a 105-91 win with nine rebounds, two assists and one steal.

      Advice: It was one of his best games in a while. Even with the Pelicans missing Ryan Anderson (knee) and Anthony Davis (shoulder) before, Asik hasn't put up scoring numbers like this one. He is worth a look in standard leagues now, but the upside isn't too high. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:00 pm
    • Alexis Ajinca doesn't play much
      Alexis Ajinca played only 11 minutes even with the injuries to the frontcourt on Saturday, scoring eight points with three rebounds.

      Advice: The Heat went small, so coach Monty Williams may have gone with smaller guys here. Ajinca's per-minute numbers are pretty good and he does have decent numbers in his two starts at power forward, averaging 11.0 points, 5.5 boards and 1.0 blocks. If you need a big man in a deeper league, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:43 pm
    • Serge Ibaka scores 16 points with 12 boards
      Serge Ibaka played very well next to his new teammates on Saturday with 16 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: He spaced the floor on offense and did a nice job on defense both on and off the ball. Ibaka's slow start is behind him and he's poised for a big finish. Congrats if you bought low on him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:14 pm
    • Kidd-Gilchrist steps up on Saturday
      Michael Kidd-Gilchrist stepped up against the Thunder on Saturday, scoring a season-high 20 points with four rebounds and three steals.

      Advice: He spent a lot of time covering Russell Westbrook, so kudos to him for turning it up on the offensive end. Plus, this was also his first game since Feb. 7 due to a hamstring injury. As encouraging as this was, Kidd-Gilchrist just doesn't have the type of game to turn in fantasy value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:39 pm
    • Dante Cunningham starting second half
      Dante Cunningham started the second half at power forward on Saturday, finishing with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes.

      Advice: With Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Ryan Anderson (knee) out, there are going to be some minutes available at power forward. However, Cunningham doesn't really do anything on the stat sheet and starting the second half tonight may have been matchup-based, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Alexis Ajinca is the guy we'll watch tonight and is worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:07 pm
    • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will start on Saturday
      Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hamstring) will be in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: Jeff Taylor will move back to the bench following this news and be cut across the board. MKG missed the Hornet's last two games prior to the All-Star break, but there has been no indication that he will have any restrictions on his playing time. However, even though MKG can score and rebound well enough to matter in points formats, his inefficient shooting and lack of defensive stats makes him tough to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:11 am
    • Jonas Jerebko will have a chance to impress
      Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome will have a chance to prove whether or not they will fit into Boston's system.

      Advice: "We wanted to see how those two players fit with us," Ainge said. "They’re players we’ve liked before that we watched play and develop, and we want to see how they fit in our system. We want to see how they fit with our coaches and mesh with our players. Datome is a great shooter and Jerebko is a bigger perimeter player who can do a lot of the things Kelly [Olynyk] does." While Jerebko could potentially carve out a decent role with Kelly Olynyk (ankle) and Jared Sullinger (foot) sidelined, owners in most leagues can simply use a wait-and-see approach here, as both players have a lot of work to do in order to pop up on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:24 am
    • Anderson scores 14 points with busy line
      Alan Anderson scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting (3-of-4 from deep) with four rebounds, six assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.

      Advice: Anderson did his damage with Jarrett Jack out and against a really bad Lakers team. He's been getting playing time over the past month and has returned top 110-150 value in 9- and 8-cat leagues, respectively. If that can work for you, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:39 am
    • Thad Young plays well in 12 minutes
      Thaddeus Young made his Nets debut on Friday, scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting with four rebounds and one steal in just 12 minutes.

      Advice: Not bad for the first night and he should have a similar opportunity in Brooklyn that he had in Minnesota, though Young was playing a bit over his head for the last month and will likely settle in as a mid-round value. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:35 am
    • Draymond Green steals three in win
      Draymond Green scored 11 points with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: While several Western Conference teams made some improvements in the trade market, none of them compare to the improvements made by Draymond. He's a huge difference maker in reality and in fantasy, averaging 10.0 points, 11.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.2 treys in his last five. The Warriors wouldn't have the No. 1 seed in the NBA without Green and his fantasy owners are probably looking good in the standings too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:28 am
    • Cousins all over the stat sheet in big win
      DeMarcus Cousins scored 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting (7-of-9 FTs) with 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and nine turnovers in the Kings' 109-101 win over the Celtics on Friday.

      Advice: Cousins also ended the life of Jae Crowder, who was a kind man that once stepped in front of a locomotive on the basketball court and paid dearly for his courage. The Kings got a win for new coach George Karl, but this was the definition of an ugly win against a bad opponent and at some point the Kings need to get Cousins' turnovers under control. Rudy Gay scored 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting (2-of-5 3PTs, 8-of-8 FTs) with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks, but he also played out of control and will need to reel things back in to keep his efficiency on track. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:26 am
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard plays just 19 minutes vs. GSW
      Kawhi Leonard played just 19 minutes against the Warriors on Friday with 12 points, six rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer on 5-of-7 from the field.

      Advice: There's something up with shot selection these days. Leonard didn't take any shots from within eight feet tonight and missing jumper after jumper has been a problem lately, which resulted in a comment from his coach during the game tonight. "Last night he was doing an impression of Kyle Korver. That's not who he is," coach Gregg Popovich said. Leonard is too good and Pop is too smart for this to continue. His owners can just sit tight and wait for the monster lines to come. If you don't own him, try to see if his owner is worried. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:51 am
    • Millsap goes for nine and seven with three 3s
      Elijah Millsap was productive in 26 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring nine points on 3-of-7 shooting (3-of-6 from deep) with seven rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Millsap just won't fade away but he'll face new challenges from Rodney Hood (10 minutes) and some of his other teammates didn't play their projected load of minutes tonight, either. He's just a borderline value in 12-team leagues at best over his last four games, and trending downward he's only worth a look in 14-16 team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:42 am
    • Batum posts quiet but efficient line in loss
      Nicolas Batum scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting (no threes) with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in Friday's sleepy loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: It looked like the Blazers were still on break and though it may be tempting to point out the lack of scoring on this line, Batum had one of the better nights amongst his teammates. LaMarcus Aldridge hit 5-of-16 shots to put up 14 and eight with not much else, Damian Lillard scored 19 points but had just two assists to go with five turnovers, Wesley Matthews was solid with 13 points and seven boards, and Robin Lopez got swallowed up by Rudy Gobert on an eight-point, four-rebound night. We'll see what happens to Batum when Arron Afflalo gets on the floor, as he could get both motivated or gut-punched by it. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:31 am
    • Motiejunas plays 21 minutes in loss to Mavs
      Donatas Motiejunas scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds and one assists over 21 minutes in Friday's loss to the Mavs.

      Advice: Motie hasn't been great in his last few games and could easily be found on waiver wires in 12-team formats. But he has been pretty good this season and has a late-round valuation over the last month, so consider picking him up if he was dropped. He has at least a 2-3 week window with Dwight Howard out to cash in on. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:56 pm
    • LeBron and Co. roll right over the Wizards
      LeBron James scored 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, six assists and one steal in Friday's easy win over the Wizards.

      Advice: James is bound to go on a tear before he coasts into the playoffs, and owners can look at that as a sell-high opportunity or ride him until the wheels fall off. Just keep in mind that Cleveland has a terrible fantasy playoff schedule when making your moves. Kyrie Irving went for 25 and seven, Timofey Mozgov had two steals and two blocks to go with eight points and four boards, and J.R. Smith hit his now automatic 15 points, three triples, five boards, two steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:19 pm
    • Morris drops 31 points in loss to Wolves
      Markieff Morris scored 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in Friday's loss to the Wolves.

      Advice: Morris was bound to get a few extra looks with the Suns fielding a lineup without newly acquired Brandon Knight and Marcus Thornton, all while Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas were on their way out. The net effect of the trade deadline should help him get a few extra shots per night and help his already strong early round value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:41 pm
       
      W, 117-113 * vs OKC
    • Jimmy Butler picks up where he left off
      Jimmy Butler hit the ground running to start the second half on Friday against the Pistons, scoring 30 points with five rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

      Advice: Butler really put on an offensive show tonight and his ability to score off the dribble seems to get better every time out. He did miss the final game of the first half due to a shoulder injury, but there was no indication it was bothering him tonight. There is nothing to worry about here and his owners can just enjoy the ride. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:13 pm
    • Ajinca back to irrelevant with Davis back
      Alexis Ajinca managed just two points on 1-of-3 shooting with one rebound, one assist and one block in 10 minutes on Friday.

      Advice: Ajinca is back to irrelevant with the Pelicans frontcourt healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:01 pm
    • C.J. Miles scores 17 points vs. Philly
      C.J. Miles scored 17 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: As per usual, it's been a bumpy ride for Miles. He's had a two-point outing and a 26-point one in his last five, averaging 13.4 points, 2.6 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 treys on 41.4 percent from the field in that span. He's not a must-own player, but he's worth a look if you're OK with sub-par field goal shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:39 pm
       
      Injured
    • Deron, Plumlee, Anderson, Bojan & Joe start
      The Nets will start Deron Williams, Bojan Bogdanovic, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson and Mason Plumlee against the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: Joe Johnson stretch four? OK. The Nets will likely get Thaddeus Young out there and they probably won't use this unit too much tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:54 pm
    • Jonas Jerebko not with the Celtics yet
      Jonas Jerebko will not play against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: He will join the team in Los Angeles for Sunday's game. Jerebko will likely get minutes, but he's not very effective at filling the stat sheet. Just watch him for now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:39 pm
    • Report: Thaddeus Young will play Friday
      Updating a previous item, Thaddeus Young will play against the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: He's really the first player to get clearance from the deadline deals, so this is a big surprise. The Nets have a late game tonight on a huge slate of 13 games, so fantasy owners might want to proceed with caution for a guy on a new team. That said, the team has confirmed he will play. With Thad playing, there should be less opportunity for Mason Plumlee, Cory Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanovic and Alan Anderson. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:15 pm
    • Jonas Jerebko could get minutes for Boston
      Jonas Jerebko is expected to get minutes for the Celtics, but is not expected to play on Friday night against the Kings.

      Advice: The Celtics are paper thin up front with Jared Sullinger (leg) out indefinitely and Kelly Olynyk (ankle) day-to-day. Jerebko isn't a strong rebounder and a whopping 68.2 percent of his shots come without a dribble, so it's hard to imagine him behind highly involved in the offense. Keep an eye on him in deep leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:41 pm
    • If he plays, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will start
      Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to start against the Thunder on Saturday.

      Advice: We still don't have an official word that he's going to play, but he went through a full practice on Thursday. Jeff Taylor will move back to the bench and may not play at all while Gerald Henderson probably won't play quite as much. MKG is still not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:20 pm
    • Thaddeus Young will not play Friday vs. LAL
      Thaddeus Young will not be available for Friday's game against the Lakers.

      Advice: In order for a trade to go through the players involved must complete their physicals, and Kevin Garnett won't even be getting to Minnesota until Saturday, which will force Young to miss Friday's game. Young will slide into the starting power forward slot in Brooklyn, and hopefully he'll be able to improve upon his averages of 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds with his new team. Cory Jefferson could slide into the starting lineup tonight, or the Nets could go big with Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee in the post. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:38 am
    • Kawhi Leonard stuck in a shooting slump
      Kawhi Leonard made just 1-of-11 from the field for four points with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in 27 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He is struggling on the offensive end right now and this was one of his worst games in a long time. In his last four games, Leonard made just 12-of-52 (23.1 percent from the field. The vast majority of his misses were jump shots tonight, which was the story in his previous three because he missed 20 of his 23 jumpers in that span. Leonard will likely get back to being more of a close-range guy and he's still filling the stat sheet in other areas, so try to buy low if you can. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:49 pm
    • Serge Ibaka goes for 21 points and 22 boards
      Serge Ibaka logged the first 20-20 line of his career on Thursday against the Mavericks, scoring 21 points with 22 boards and two turnovers.

      Advice: The rebounds were a career high, which has been a huge part of his success recently. In fact, Ibaka has a 15.2 total rebounding rate in his last 12 games, which is a nice increase from his 12.0 in his first 42 games of the season. Although, Ibaka's rebounding numbers should head back down with Steven Adams returning soon and the addition of Enes Kanter and his 17.1 total rebounding rate this season. On the other hand, Kanter's defense is going to be a problem, which may actually help Ibaka's block totals due to the weak side help. Ibaka has been able to climb back into being a second-round guy on the season and he should stay there the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:50 pm
    • Jonas Jerebko traded to the Celtics
      Jonas Jerebko was traded to the Celtics on Thursday.

      Advice: He was playing just 10.5 minutes per game in February and had two DNPs. Jerebko is probably not going to be in the rotation with the Celtics and can be left on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:38 pm
    • Thaddeus Young sent to Nets for Kevin Garnett
      Thaddeus Young will be traded to the Nets in exchange for Kevin Garnett, according to multiple reports.

      Advice: The Nets' roster is still taking shape with Jarrett Jack and Brook Lopez on the trade block, but Young should emerge with a major role no matter who he's playing with. He'll assume KG's former starting PF job and has a good chance to maintain his production from the past month, when he averaged 16.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals with beneficial percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:39 am
    • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist goes through practice
      Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hamstring) went through practice on Thursday and is expected to play on Saturday against the Thunder.

      Advice: The All-Star break came at the right time and MKG only needed two games to recover from a hamstring strain. He's made some improvements this season, but not doing anything besides score and rebound makes him someone fantasy owners in standard leagues can leave on the wire. Gerald Henderson and Jeff Taylor won't play as much. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:48 am
    • Young-KG deal could be added to OKC deal
      The 76ers and Wolves could be included to expand the Nets-Thunder deal with Kevin Garnett going to the Wolves and Thaddeus Young going to the Nets.

      Advice: The Thad-KG talk really picked up last night and it seems like it actually could happen. Young would still see significant playing time, so his fantasy owners should be very pleased to see him wind up in BK, assuming it goes down. Shabazz Muhammad stands to benefit most with the departure of Thad. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:18 am
    • Nicolas Batum not wearing a wrist brace
      Nicolas Batum was not wearing a wrist brace at practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: The All-Star break looks like it helped him get healthy. Batum has been a colossal letdown this season and his numbers over his last nine have been awful, making just 28.2 percent from the field for averages of 7.0 points, 6.2 boards, 4.9 assists and 0.8 steals. If he is able to shoot the ball better, Batum could have a strong second half. He's a nice buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:02 pm
    • Jimmy Butler (shoulder) puts in a full practice
      Jimmy Butler (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday and will play against the Pistons on Friday.

      Advice: He only played nine minutes in the All-Star Game after missing Thursday's game against the Cavs. Butler has been an iron man and leads the NBA in minutes per game. He's also been playing very well in February, averaging 19.3 points, 3.5 boards, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.5 treys. His owners shouldn't be looking to sell high. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:38 pm
    • Michael Kidd-Gilchrst goes through practice
      Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hamstring) was able to participate in non-contact portions of practice on Wednesday, and if he makes it through contact practice on Thursday, he will be cleared to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

      Advice: He is averaging 10.2 points and 7.2 boards on the season, but his inefficient shooting and lack of defensive stats makes him tough to own in standard leagues. We will update MKG's status after practice on Thursday, but all signs point to him playing against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Jeff Taylor will slide to the bench upon MKG's return to action, while Lance Stephenson should lose some minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:54 am
    • Report: Teams interested in David Lee
      There are reportedly teams around the league that would be interested in facilitating a trade of David Lee if the Warriors also give up draft picks in the deal.

      Advice: While ownership is hesitant to upset the chemistry in Golden State by trading away a popular locker room guy, it's something the organization should consider as removing the $15 million owed to Lee next season would allow the Warriors to avoid the luxury tax when they are forced to give Draymond Green close to a max-contract during the offseason. Lee is a starting caliber power forward, and he will offer plenty of upside if he lands in the right situation. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:23 pm
    • Draymond Green would be interested in Detroit
      Draymond Green would be interested in pursuing an offer sheet with the Pistons when he becomes a restricted free agent this offseason.

      Advice: While Green does enjoy playing for Golden State, he grew up in Michigan, and played for Michigan State during his college years. There will be no shortage of teams looking to give Green a big contract following this year's breakout season, however given the Warriors success this season which can largely be attributed to the fantastic play of Green, it would seem likely the Warriors do whatever they can to retain him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:31 pm
    • Thaddeus Young wants to remain w/ Wolves
      Thaddeus Young wants to remain with the Timberwolves beyond Thursday's trade deadline.

      Advice: "Definitely," he said. "My wife and kids, who wants to keep picking up and moving? But I know it’s a business." Young can opt out of his contract in the offseason, but he's not expected to be traded this week. Young, just 26, could still be a part of Minnesota's long-term plans, but it's too early to say that for certain. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 16, 6:38 am
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