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    • Luol Deng will miss Friday's game vs Mavs
      Luol Deng (calf) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: The Danny Granger Express rolls on for at least one more night. Deng will miss fifth game of the 2014-15 season on Friday and Granger will presumably get the start after putting up 14 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and three treys in place of Deng on Tuesday. James Ennis should see some increased run with Deng and Dwyane Wade (hamstring) both out on Friday, but Granger is the better fantasy option of the two. Rotoworld.com
      48 minutes ago
       
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    • Ersan Ilyasova out Thursday vs Magic
      Ersan Ilyasova (groin) will miss Thurday's game against the Magic.

      Advice: The Bucks may go into Thursday's game short-handed as Zaza Pachulia (calf) is questionable. Jared Dudley and Johnny O'Bryant are the biggest fantasy beneficiaries of Ilyasova's absence, while John Henson could join them as he's due to start if Pachulia can't suit up. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:46 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • C.J. Miles questionable for Thurs vs Knicks
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: Miles was seen going through extra shooting drills after shootaround so that could be a good sign for his availability Thursday night. If Miles sits for the third consecutive game, Rodney Stuckey would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary with C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez also picking up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:18 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • LeBron James shines spotlight on Kyrie
      LeBron James (wrist) declined comment to reporters after Wednesday's win in order to let Kyrie Irving have the spotlight following his 55-point game.

      Advice: "I'm going to kindly decline to talk to you guys," James said after the game. "This is his night." James sat out Wednesday's game due to a sore wrist, so we'll have to await word on the extent of his injury. He'll have some time to recuperate since the Cavs don't play until Saturday, but J.R. Smith would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary (outside of Kyrie Irving) if James sits again. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:00 am
       
      Injured
    • Lance Thomas expected to stick with Knicks
      The Knicks are expected to extend Lance Thomas' contract for the remainder of the season.

      Advice: Thomas' second 10-day contract is due to end Friday, so this move will keep him from hitting the free agent market. The 26-year-old is averaging 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists over his last five games and is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:51 am
       
      4:00 pm @ Ind
    • Markieff Morris avoids techs, scores 16
      Markieff Morris scored 16 points against the Wizards on Wednesday with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He was right back to his old role after being benched on Sunday due to a technical foul. The Suns are a much better team when Markieff is on the floor, so it's important for him to avoid technical fouls. Additionally, he is being investigated by Phoenix police for an alleged assault, according to CBS 5. Morris is a must-start player until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:45 pm
    • Martell Webster returned to action on Wednesday January 28. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:41 pm
    • Kevin Martin returned to action on Wednesday January 28. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:41 pm
    • Joe Ingles playing well for Jazz
      Joe Ingles made another start and had 10 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 3-of-7 shooting Wednesday.

      Advice: He had a sweet, behind-the-back pass to Enes Kanter and has been playing pretty well for the Jazz. He's not going to score much, but he is averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 3-pointers in 31 minutes over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:31 pm
    • Gordon Hayward cools off in loss to Clips
      Gordon Hayward hit just 4-of-13 shots and was 0-for-5 from downtown for 11 points, four rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Wednesday's tough loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: Had he brought his A Game tonight, the Jazz probably would have won. Hayward is having a great season and tonight was just 'one of those nights.' He'll bounce back in the next one. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:28 pm
    • Jamal Crawford scores 21 in start
      Jamal Crawford started in place of J.J. Redick (back spasms) and hit 5-of-14 shots and four 3-pointers for 21 points, three rebounds and two steals in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.

      Advice: Crawford could be heading back to the bench on Friday, as Doc Rivers seems to think Redick will be able to play in that one. Crawford scored 21 points in the fourth quarter on Monday night and played well tonight, despite the poor shooting. He's a top candidate to win Sixth Man of the Year again, as usual. Chris Paul added 21 points and six dimes, DeAndre Jordan had nine points, 12 boards, and three more blocks, and Blake Griffin had 17 points and seven rebounds in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:19 pm
    • Matt Barnes scores 14 in comeback win
      Matt Barnes had 14 points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's comeback win over the Jazz.

      Advice: The Clips have now won 13 straight versus the Jazz and Barnes played well tonight, despite an abdominal issue. He scored 18 points in his previous game and while he's inconsistent at times, he's been playing much better over the last month than he was earlier in the season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:16 pm
    • Paul Pierce scores nine in return
      Paul Pierce scored nine points in 24 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did not play down the stretch with coach Randy Wittman leaning on Otto Porter instead. Pierce did not play on Tuesday due to a toe injury, but that doesn't appear to be the reason he was limited tonight. Start him like you normally would as a mid-to-late round guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:09 pm
    • Report: Morris twins under investigation
      Marcus and Markieff Morris are being investigated by Phoenix police for their role in an alleged assault from Saturday, according to CBS 5 News in Phoenix.

      Advice: The details are not yet known, but the alleged assault occurred in central Phoenix outside of a gym. The Morris twins are basically inseparable and have almost the exact same tattoos. We'll look for an update, but neither twin is expected to be suspended in the near future, if at all. Marcus scored six points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:52 pm
    • Alan Anderson next SF up for Brooklyn
      Alan Anderson started at small forward on Wednesday and had 15 points, six assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Bojan Bogdanovic and Sergey Karasev failed their starting tests, so now it's apparently Anderson's turn. He was solid tonight, so we'll have to see if he can keep it going. If you're in a deep league and need a warm body with a barren waiver wire, Anderson might be worth grabbing. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:40 pm
    • Lance Stephenson doesn't score in 20 minutes
      Lance Stephenson failed to score on his five attempts from the field against the Spurs on Wednesday with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers.

      Advice: Born Ready needs a resurrection. He's made just 34.5 percent from the field since his return to the lineup, averaging just 7.0 points, 4.9 assists, 3.3 boards, 2.6 turnovers and 0.0 treys. What's more, Stephenson is made just 15.2 percent from beyond three feet in that span. There is upside, but it's too hard to start him right now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:25 pm
    • Tim Hardaway scores 14 in win over OKC
      Tim Hardaway came off the bench for 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He easily outplayed Dion Waiters tonight and hit 4-of-8 shots from the floor, which were all 3-pointers. Hardaway hasn't lived up to the hype this season, but has scored in double figures in seven straight games, and is averaging 15.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. And that makes him worth owning if he can keep it going. But if given a choice, we'd rather have teammate Langston Galloway. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    • Lance Thomas scores 17 in revenge game
      Lance Thomas, who was cut by the Thunder earlier this season, had 17 points and five rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting in 25 minutes against his former team on Wednesday.

      Advice: Really, any one of the Knicks could go off on any night, as most of them are no names, or are just old and outdated, and Thomas is no exception. He's scored either 16 or 17 points in three straight games and it sounds like the Knicks plan on keeping both Thomas and Lou Amundson around going forward, although they're both playing on 10-day contracts right now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:20 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Ind
    • Danny Green has another massive line
      Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the Hornets during a 95-86 win on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was coming in off two horrible games, averaging just 5.0 points, 2.0 boards, 2.5 dimes and 1.0 triples on 20.0 percent from the field. Green has been an early-round guy on the season and it would appear his floor is a mid-round guy. His owners have nothing to worry about, but they knew that just by reading his stat line tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:17 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard sits in the fourth
      Kawhi Leonard played just 23 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich said he wanted to roll with Cory Joseph down the stretch and kept Leonard on the bench because of it. Kawhi was filling it up before tonight in his games since returning from injury, averaging 16.5 points, 10.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 triples in 31.3 minutes per game. If you can try to buy low from one game, go for it. Kawhi is a stud. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 pm
    • Perry Jones posts donut in start for Durant
      Perry Jones made another start for Kevin Durant (toe) on Wednesday and missed all five of his shots and failed to score in an ugly loss at New York.

      Advice: The Thunder are just trying to claw their way into the playoffs and the latest injury to Durant is not helping, and neither is Jones. He's done nothing in his last two starts for KD and should be ignored going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:48 pm
    • Thaddeus Young still gets 40 minutes
      Thaddeus Young played 40 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Coach Flip Saunders ran a very tight rotation with just seven guys playing more than 14 minutes. Young figures to see his minutes dip soon once Kevin Martin gets back in the swing of things. His owners might want to sell high, but he's worth owning in standard leagues despite the trade rumors. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    • Kevin Martin scores 21 points in return
      Kevin Martin returned from a wrist injury on Wednesday against the Celtics, scoring 21 points with four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He was better than expected and really turned it on after a slow start tonight. Martin was on fire before his injury with a 37-point game in his last outing and a 34-point one before that, so he should be owned in all leagues following this game. Although, his fantasy owners should consider selling high once he solidifies his value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 pm
    • Josh Smith does it all without Dwight Howard
      Josh Smith racked up 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal, three blocks and four 3-pointers on 7-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Mavs.

      Advice: As an added bonus, he didn't attempt any free throws, which means he didn't hurt you there. Normally, we'd say it's time to hit the phones and deal Smith before he comes down to earth, but with Dwight Howard no iffy going forward with edema in his right knee (fluid buildup), Smith could be ready to go on a nice run. Just don't expect him to be this good on most nights. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:29 pm
    • Terrence Jones goes for 10 & 5 in return
      Terrence Jones finally returned from his leg injury on Wednesday and had 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes.

      Advice: He hit 4-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer, and while we've not been high on him, the news of Dwight Howard's edema in his right knee changes things. Jones could see some serious run if Howard is going to miss time, so we now like the idea of taking a flier on him. He could be forced into heavy action for an extended period of time if Howard is going to be shelved. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:26 pm
    • Al-Farouq Aminu blocks career-high 6 shots
      Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench for 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a career-high six blocks on 2-of-7 shooting in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: The last time we blurbed him was back on Jan. 4, which should tell you how he's been playing. This was easily his best game of the season and there's no reason to pick him up, unless he starts making noise on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    • Chandler Parsons hits five 3-pointers in loss
      Chandler Parsons hit 8-of-13 shots and five 3-pointers for 21 points, three rebounds and a steal on Wednesday.

      Advice: Parsons had an annoying hiccup on Sunday when he scored six points, but is still averaging 17.4 points and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. His general lack of rebounds and assists is annoying, but he's playing well for Dallas offensively. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    • Martell Webster (knee) is active
      Martell Webster (knee) is active against the Suns on Wednesday.

      Advice: His right knee injury from Tuesday is not considered serious. Webster has some major concerns with his back, and he's still not going to be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:41 pm
    • Jamal Crawford to start at shooting guard
      Jamal Crawford will start against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: J.J. Redick is out with a back problem, which means Crawford could start for a few games because Redick has dealt with this before. Crawford should see more minutes and he was at his best while Redick was out last season, so he should be viewed as a must-start player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:11 pm
    • Alan Anderson starting in place of Bogdanovic
      Alan Anderson will start in place of Bojan Bogdanovic against the Hawks on Wednesday.

      Advice: Bogdanovic is back in the doghouse after five really bad games. Anderson has not been great or anything and the move is more about the struggles of the rookie. Anderson is only worth a look in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:09 pm
    • LeBron James out Wednesday, doubtful Friday
      LeBron James (wrist) is considered doubtful to play against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: It's weird day to see LeBron James and Kevin Durant out on he same night. James has been extremely durable before this season, but he's had knee and back issues before this injury. The Cavs are on a back-to-back this weekend, so James should be considered questionable for Saturday in Minnesota. Expect to see more of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion with Smith as the only reliable option. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:50 pm
       
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    • Kevin Martin (wrist) to come off the bench
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Celtics.

      Advice: It will be his first game back since November and he might see some limited playing time. Martin will likely bump Andrew Wiggins over to small forward, which may cut minutes Thaddeus Young,, Gorgui Dieng and Nikola Pekovic. Martin should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:45 pm
    • LeBron James (wrist) ruled out Wednesday
      LeBron James (wrist) will not play vs. the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He took a hard fall during Tuesday's game and was a game-time decision vs. Portland, but ultimately wasn't able to suit up. His absence means more shots for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and more playing time for J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion. Consider LeBron questionable to return Friday vs. the Kings. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:35 pm
       
      Injured
    • Terrence Jones (leg) finally returns vs. Mavs
      Terrence Jones (leg) will be active and available for the Rockets on Wednesday, though he'll be limited to 15-20 minutes.

      Advice: Houston will ease Jones into the mix after his lengthy rehab from a nerve issue which has kept him on the sidelines since Nov. 3. He may even start on Wednesday with Dwight Howard (ankle, knee) very unlikely to play. Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas complicate Jones' role when Houston is at full strength, but he has enough upside to be worth a stash if he's still floating on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:18 pm
    • Report: LeBron James is closer to doubtful
      LeBron James (wrist) appears to be closer to doubtful to play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: There are multiple reports from the Blazers side of things that LeBron is unlikely, so we'll be looking for something from the Cavs soon. Again, nothing is official yet, but fantasy owners can plan on LeBron sitting this one out. J.R. Smith benefits the most while we should get more Mike Miller and Matthew Dellavedova. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will also have more chances to score. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:10 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chandler Parsons accepts smaller role w/ Mavs
      Chandler Parsons said that he's accepted a smaller role with the Mavericks, adding, "I’ve just got to be doing a lot of stuff that’s without the ball.

      Advice: "Rondo is going to have the ball a lot, Monta’s going to have the ball a lot, Dirk’s going to have it in the post a lot," Parsons said. "If [I'm not] the No. 1 or 2 option, I’ve accepted that, but I’m going to stay aggressive." Parsons is actually posting a career-high usage rate of 20.6 percent, but his minutes have fallen below 33 per game and he's struggled to adjust to Rajon Rondo's arrival. Fantasy owners should stay patient, as Parsons should shake off his slump before long. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:09 pm
    • LeBron James may be game-time w/ sore wrist
      LeBron James (sore wrist) is a game-time decision on Wednesday due to a hard fall he took during Tuesday's game.

      Advice: He continued playing after the injury on Tuesday and we're guessing he suits up vs. the visiting Trail Blazers, but coach David Blatt said the Cavaliers are "gauging [the injury] right up until game time." If he's forced to sit out, his minutes will be absorbed by a platoon including Mike Miller, Shawn Marion, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:32 pm
       
      Injured
    • Paul Pierce (toe) will play on Wednesday
      Paul Pierce (toe) will play against the Suns on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was questionable for the late game and we get an early report tonight, which is a nice change from Tuesday. Pierce rested on Tuesday and he should be right back to around 28-30 minutes tonight. With John Wall also not on the injury report, basically all of the wings become slightly less attractive, especially Otto Porter and Rasual Butler. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:51 pm
    • Matt Barnes will play vs. Jazz on Wednesday
      Matt Barnes (abdomen) said he will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: Back on Sunday, Barnes had a wrap around his waist during warmups. This wasn't reported by the team until he aggravated it on Monday. He should get minutes as long as he's able to play, so give him a look in standard leagues. Plus, this should be an up-tempo game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:41 pm
    • Hornacek provides update on tech policy
      Coach Jeff Hornacek said he will not have a "hard-and-fast rule" but he "may still sit [a player who picks up a technical foul] for the end of the game."

      Advice: "We're just going to try to do a better job as teammates to corral each other when they start to argue," Hornacek said. "The guys [said] they would do that." The Suns lead the NBA in technical fouls and Markieff Morris was benched for almost the entire second half for his 10th technical of the season on Sunday. Goran Dragic was also benched last week for a tech. Fantasy owners should know there is some risk in starting the Morrii Twins or anyone else. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:57 am
    • Paul Pierce (toe) questionable vs. the Suns
      Paul Pierce (toe) is questionable to play against the Suns on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is the late game of the day, so we probably won't be getting news on Pierce until around 9:00 EST. Pierce missed Tuesday against the Lakers in an easier matchup, but the Wizards might want to be at full strength on the road. If he's out, Rasual Buter, Otto Porter and Bradley Beal would benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:44 am
    • Kevin Martin (questionable) expects to play
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is expected to make his return to the lineup against the Celtics on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's not a complete lock because the team will want to see how he performs in pre-game workouts, and he's technically questionable to play. Most signs do point to him playing despite an earlier report today. Martin has been doing a lot of non-contact work and missed some practice over the weekend. He's someone worth grabbing in standard leagues. Meanwhile, it should be interesting to see what happens with the other starters. Andrew Wiggins may slide to the small forward spot, which would bump Gorgui Dieng or Thaddeus Young from the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:17 am
    • C.J. Miles (groin) questionable Wednesday
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He got a chance to rest on Tuesday against the Raptors but his status likely won't be determined until closer to tip-off. If Miles is forced to sit again, expect Rodney Stuckey to be the primary beneficiary, with C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez picking up some additional minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:47 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • Terrence Jones participates in shootaround
      Terrence Jones participated in shootaround, and he will likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

      Advice: Rockets coach Kevin McHale is a huge fan of Jones' game, but after missing nearly three months of action he will likely be eased into action upon his return. Jones is more than worth a flier in deeper leagues, but it will be interesting to see how coach McHale tweaks his crowded frontcourt rotation that includes Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Dwight Howard (ankle). Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:06 am
    • Danny Green currently battling fatigue
      Danny Green is in the midst of a major shooting slump, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that he has seen an increased workload this season.

      Advice: "Some days the energy is there," said Green. "Some days, you’re fighting to find it." He is averaging a career-high 30.1 minutes per game, and currently leads the Spurs in minutes played so far this season. Over his last four games, he has made just 8-of-33 shots, including 6-of-21 from 3-point range. He should be able to turn things around soon, but knowing coach Gregg Popovich it's very possible that Green misses a game or two down the stretch in order to keep him fresh for playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:32 am
    • Martell Webster leaves w/ right knee injury
      Martell Webster exited Tuesday's game with a right knee injury after colliding with Jeremy Lin.

      Advice: He tried to walk off the injury and stay in the game but Washington's training staff thought better, pulling him off the court and into the locker room. Webster does not have a history of knee injuries and may have suffered nothing more severe than a stinger, but we'll update his status once more details surface. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:11 pm
    • Chandler Parsons bounces back w/ 19 points
      Chandler Parsons quickly recovered from his six-point dud on Sunday, finishing Tuesday's loss with 19 points on 7-of-11 FGs with three 3-pointers, two rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: He played 32 minutes and was limited down the stretch with the game out of reach, so this is a relatively encouraging performance for Parsons' weary owners. Worries about his scoring are understandable, but the bigger concern might be his supporting stats -- over the Mavs' past five games he's averaging a paltry 1.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks. Unless you want to sell him at a steep discount, patience is warranted. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:32 pm
    • LeBron James tweaks wrist in win over Pistons
      LeBron James tweaked his wrist on Tuesday vs. the Pistons, but remained in the game to the tune of 32 points, seven assists, six boards and one steal in 36 minutes to lead the Cavaliers to their seventh straight win.

      Advice: He landed on his wrist awkwardly and immediately grasped at it in pain, but he said after the game that it was simply a "stinger" so he shouldn't be in danger of missing any time. The Cavaliers are much more aggressive when James is on the floor and his return from knee and back soreness earlier this month has helped them pick up some serious steam in the Eastern Conference. Expect him to keep up his torrid pace on Wednesday vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:35 pm
       
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    • Paul Pierce (toe) won't play Tues. vs. Lakers
      Paul Pierce (toe) will not play vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

      Advice: It makes sense for Washington to rest their veteran against the lowly Lakers, and Otto Porter typically starts when Pierce can't suit up. Rasual Butler and Martell Webster may also see an uptick in their playing time, but Porter is the most likely target for opportunistic owners in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:05 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova leaves Tuesday w/ groin injury
      Ersan Ilyasova will not return to Tuesday's game due to a sore right groin.

      Advice: Anyone surprised by this news hasn't been paying attention to Ilyasova's injury history, as he's missed an average of 16.0 games over the past four seasons. We're considering him questionable to play vs. the Magic on Thursday but a few DNPs should be anticipated by owners, as groin injuries are notoriously slow to heal. Johnny O'Bryant may return to the starting lineup for any games Ilyasova sits out, though Jared Dudley took his place during the second half on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:53 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Luol Deng (calf) out Tuesday vs. the Bucks
      Luol Deng (sore calf) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Danny Granger is expected to slide into the starting lineup with Deng sidelined, but with averages of just 4.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting with the starting unit this season, there's not much to like here. James Ennis will also see some increased opportunity, but he's been far too inconsistent to rely upon in most leagues. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be tasked with more responsibilities on offense, and they look like the best plays in daily leagues with Deng unavailable. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Luol Deng (calf) a game-time decision Tuesday
      Luol Deng (sore calf) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Deng was listed as doubtful earlier, so an upgrade to a game-time decision can be viewed as a positive thing. However, if he is forced to sit, Danny Granger and James Ennis would likely split his minutes, though neither guy offers much upside. Dwyane Wade however would be tasked with more responsibilities on offense if Deng is out, and he'd make for the best play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:09 pm
       
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    • Paul Pierce (toe) questionable for Tuesday
      Paul Pierce (toe) did not participate during shootaround, and he is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: Pierce has been dealing with a nagging toe injury since Dec. 4, and with the Wizards set to play a team owning a record of 12-33, there's a good chance the veteran is rested tonight. If he sits, Otto Porter could slide into the starting lineup, with Martell Webster and Rasual Butler seeing some increased opportunity. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:46 pm
    • Matt Barnes fined $25k for cursing at a fan
      Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 on Tuesday for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" during Sunday's game vs. Suns.

      Advice: He had some choice words for a fan after receiving a technical foul during Sunday's game, and this is nothing new for Barnes. In fantasy related news, Barnes left Monday's game against the Nuggets with an abdominal strain, and he is expected to be re-evaluated on Wednesday. If Barnes is forced to sit, Jamal Crawford would be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:23 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Kevin Martin (wrist) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Martin was able to resume shooting workouts on Monday after having fluid drained from his surgically-repaired wrist last week, but he will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game. He's likely going to be eased back into the rotation upon his return, so owners will need to remain patient. However, he still offers enough upside to be worth holding onto in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:17 pm
    • Terrence Jones could play vs Mavs on Weds
      Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said there's a chance that Terrence Jones (leg) could play against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jones was able to go through a full practice on Tuesday and it's looking like there's a chance the Jones will make his season debut on Wednesday against the Mavericks. He'll be battling for minutes with Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith upon his return, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:49 am
    • Terrence Jones questionable for Weds
      Terrence Jones (leg) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: This comes as good news as this is the first change to Jones' status in months. Jones doesn't belong on standard league fantasy rosters as he'll likely be eased back into a crowded rotation alongside Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith, but he's worth a flier in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:38 am
    • Kevin Martin hopes to play vs BOS on Weds
      Kevin Martin returned to shooting workouts on Monday and is hopeful that he'll be able to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is the first time that Martin has been able to shoot since he had fluid drained from his surgicallyrepaired wrist nearly a week ago. "It feels better now than it did when I started practicing two weeks ago," said Martin, out since November. "Getting it drained helps a lot. I’ll give it one more hard day of practice and see how I feel." We'll update Martin's status after Wednesday's shootaround, but his eventual return will cut into the production of Mo Williams, Thaddeus Young, and Andrew Wiggins. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:10 am
    • C.J. Miles will miss Tuesday's game vs TOR
      C.J. Miles (left groin strain) will miss Tuesday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: Miles had put together a couple nice games, but will now miss his second consecutive game due to this groin strain. He's worth holding onto in deeper fantasy leagues, but standard league owners can likely find someone more dependable on the wire. Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Watson, and Damjan Rudez will likely pick up most of Miles' minutes against the Raptors on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • Luol Deng doubtful for Tuesday vs Bucks
      Luol Deng (sore calf) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: Deng missed Tuesday's shootaround with his sore calf and will be be re-evaluated closer to game time on Tuesday night. Danny Granger and James Ennis are likely to pick up most of Deng's minutes if he sits, but neither are worth a look outside of daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:06 am
       
      Injured
    • Matt Barnes dealing with abdominal strain
      Matt Barnes left Monday's game against the Nuggets with an abdominal strain.

      Advice: Barnes suffered the strain in the fourth quarter of Monday's win and will be looked at again on Wednesday. Head coach Doc Rivers said the team won't panic if Barnes misses any time, so we'll have to update this situation as more news becomes available. If Barnes misses any games, Jamal Crawford would see the biggest boost in his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:48 am
    • Barnes gets back on track against the Nugs
      Matt Barnes hit 7-of-11 shots (including two threes) for 18 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in Monday's win over the Nuggets.

      Advice: Barnes hit just 1-of-9 shots on Sunday and bouncing back nicely owners have to be fairly happy about their pickup. He has been dealing with an ab strain but didn't show any signs of it tonight, as he sits on a month of top 40-60 production. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:13 pm
    • Jamal Crawford's 23 points lead LAC to win
      Jamal Crawford scored 23 points on 6-of-14 shooting (3-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-9 FTs) with four rebounds, three assists and two steals on Monday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Crawford had his fingerprints all over this game and he has quietly returned top-80 value this season, highlighted by a 91 percent mark from the foul line on a solid 4.1 attempts per game. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:11 pm
    • Hayward goes off in loss to the Celtics
      Gordon Hayward scored 26 points on 7-of-17 shooting (including four threes) with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in Monday's home loss to the Celtics.

      Advice: Hayward hit 8-of-12 free throws and pushes his value up to top 25-40 levels after this voluminous effort. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:12 pm
    • Ingles posts another versatile line
      Joe Ingles scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting with four rebounds, five assists and four steals over 31 minutes in Monday's loss to the Celtics.

      Advice: Ingles isn't going to score a lot but the other contributions are there for standard league owners. Give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:10 pm
    • Perry Jones doesn't do much on Monday
      Perry Jones started for Kevin Durant (toe) on Monday against the Wolves, scoring six points on 2-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Jones may have a future in fantasy leagues at some point, but for now he's waiver wire fodder. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:43 pm
    • Thad Young scores 22 points in 42 minutes
      Thaddeus Young played a team-high 42 minutes in Monday's loss to the Thunder, scoring 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

      Advice: After a dreadful first half of the year, Young has now picked up the pace and competition for forward minutes has somewhat cleared up, even with Gorgui Dieng getting minutes next to Nikola Pekovic. He has shot nearly a third less threes this season compared to last, but that hasn't translated to a field goal percentage increase. If he can improve his free throw shooting and rebounding owners can probably live with a late mid-round result after his start. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:27 pm
    • Perry Jone starting for Kevin Durant (toe)
      Perry Jones will start for Kevin Durant on Monday.

      Advice: He has been out of the rotation, but he'll slide into the starting unit tonight. While Jones did have a few big games earlier this year, that came with Russell Westbrook out of the lineup. He's still a very risky play tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:28 pm
    • 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
      Monday, 9:56 am
    • Paul Pierce dealing with a cut, bruised eye
      Paul Pierce had a bruised eye and a cut after the game against the Nuggets, but he's expected to be fine.

      Advice: "You got to expect scars in the war," Pierce said. Well said, Paul. Well said. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:41 am
    • 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
      Monday, 8:26 am
    • 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
      Sunday, 9:01 pm
    • Markieff Morris benched for tech
      Markieff Morris was benched for a technical foul in the third quarter against the Clippers on Sunday, finishing with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He argued with a referee and coach Jeff Hornacek pulled Morris with 10 minutes left in the third quarter for his 10th tech of the season. This is a new rule for the Suns with Hornacek benching players for technical fouls with Goran Dragic having a similar fate on Friday. The Suns used more of Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker to replace Markieff today, which was a problem because of Blake Griffin. Markieff's body language wasn't great throughout the game and he didn't want to comment post-game. All that said, this shouldn't be an issue going forward and Morris remains a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:53 pm
    • Danny Green's slump continues on Sunday
      Danny Green couldn't break out of his cold spell against the Bucks on Sunday, scoring just three points on 1-of-9 shooting while adding two boards, three assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

      Advice: He has now failed to score in double digits for the fourth game in a row, and it's obvious that he is losing confidence quickly. Green was in the midst of an incredible season prior to this slump, so his owners should hold onto him in the hope that he turns it around soon. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:37 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard tweaks ankle in win vs. Bucks
      Kawhi Leonard briefly left Sunday's game against the Bucks with a tweaked ankle, but returned shortly after to the tune of 19 points, 14 boards, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He was in the locker room for just a few minutes and didn't appear to be limited at all by his ankle. It's possible that he deals with some swelling in the coming days, but the Spurs are off until Wednesday so he should have plenty of time to recover. This is the kind of stat line that Leonard can put up on any given night, so it looks like he will continue to reward his patient owners for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:01 pm
    • Matt Barnes shoots 1-of-9 in easy win vs Suns
      Matt Barnes couldn't find the range vs. Phoenix, shooting 1-of-9 from the field for four points in 26 minutes of action.

      Advice: He helped fantasy owners in other ways, fortunately, adding five rebounds, two assists and two steals during the Clippers' 120-100 road win. Barnes tends to run hot and cold but overall he's a steady top-100 value with averages of 9.8 points, 1.7 threes, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks, in addition to typically solid FG and FT percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:52 pm
    • Chandler Parsons disappears vs. Pelicans
      Chandler Parsons disappeared on Sunday with six points on 2-of-6 shooting, one rebound, three turnovers and no other stats to his credit.

      Advice: Prior to the Mavs' trade for Rajon Rondo, Parsons was averaging 16.7 points, 2.2 threes, 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals, while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. Since the trade he's dipped in points (-3.1), threes (-0.6), boards (-1.1), assists (-0.5) and steals (-0.2). That's reduced him to late-round value, and owners itching to trade him would need to do so at a steep discount. Stay patient. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:23 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey hits 6-of-10 FGs for 15 points
      Rodney Stuckey started Sunday's game and scored 15 points with six assists and one steal, helping Indy hang on for a 106-99 win in Orlando.

      Advice: He made 6-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs with one 3-pointer to his credit, assuming a bigger role in the absence of C.J. Miles (groin). Miles is day-to-day and George Hill (groin) should play more minutes in the near future, so unfortunately Stuckey is hard to rely on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:09 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • Thaddeus Young posts 26/6/7 in loss to Hawks
      The Wolves lost in Atlanta on Sunday despite a huge game from Thaddeus Young, who scored 26 points (11-of-17 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with six rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

      Advice: This marks the fourth time in Thad's career that he's racked up at least 25/5/5, and he's finally starting to heat up after a sluggish start in Minnesota. The return of Ricky Rubio should only help Young's fantasy value, which is currently mired in the late rounds, setting the stage for a nice second half of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:33 pm
    • LeBron James scores 34, Cavs win 6th straight
      LeBron James scored 34 points to lead five Cavaliers in double-digits on Sunday, adding two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists in Cleveland's sixth straight victory.

      Advice: The re-tooled Cavs are figuring out how to win as a team, which is an unwelcome development for the rest of the Eastern Conference. James shot 11-of-25 from the field and 10-of-13 at the FT line, and rounded out Sunday's gem with a steal and two blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • Luol Deng scores 15 points grabs 10 rebounds
      Luol Deng scored 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, one block, and one turnover during Sunday's win over the Bulls.

      Advice: Deng also played some amazing defense against Jimmy Butler, holding him to just 2-of-8 from the field, and it looks like he's over his illness. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:53 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
      Sunday, 1:58 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) out Sunday vs. Orlando
      C.J. Miles (left groin strain) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

      Advice: With Miles unavailable, Rodney Stuckey will likely slide back into the starting lineup. Stuckey is averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists as a starter, and he figures to be a low-end option in daily leagues. C.J. Watson will also likely see some extended minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:46 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • Terrence Jones could return 'within a week'
      When head coach Kevin McHale was asked about Terrence Jones' availability for Wednesday's game vs. Dallas, he did not rule Jones out and said that he will return "sooner rather than later."

      Advice: McHale added that Jones could return "within a week," and it appears he is getting very close to playing basketball again. However, he will be fighting for minutes with Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith, so it will be very difficult for him to produce the same way he was at the beginning of the season. Still, he's worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:19 pm
    • 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
      Sunday, 10:52 am
    • Lance Stephenson ignoring trade rumors
      Lance Stephenson has seen his name pop up in trade rumors all season, but he is doing his best to ignore them in an effort to help Charlotte secure a spot in the playoffs.

      Advice: "You can't help but hear stuff," said Stephenson. "I just want to stay focused and stay positive and try to help this team. I'm here, and that's all that matters right now." Stephenson played almost 29 minutes on Saturday which is the most he had played since going down with a pelvis injury, so it looks like he is getting close to 100 percent. While the rumors won't stop until all the way up to the trade deadline, a trade wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing considering how much he has struggled to adapt in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:05 am
    • Paul PIerce scores 19 vs. Blazers
      Paul Pierce scored 19 points with six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

      Advice: He joined Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Terry as the only player in NBA history to make 2,000 treys in their careers. Pierce has been particularly hot from deep lately with 2.0 makes per game in January while his rebounds have also seen a nice spike. His minutes are also slightly up, so he's worth starting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:39 pm
    • Joe Ingles scores career-high 16 points
      Joe Ingles scored a career-high 16 points against the Nets on Saturday with one rebound, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: The 3-pointers were also a career high. Ingles has done most of his damage in dimes, steals and treys, so he's climbing into the top-140 player conversation. With Rodney Hood (foot) out for at least a few weeks and Alec Burks (shoulder) out for the year, Ingles is worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:12 pm
    • Ghostface Ilya gets a little better
      Ersan Ilyasova played 17 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday with nine points, six rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did not play in the fourth quarter because the Bucks were up 24 points to start the period. Ilyasova was probably headed towards 24 minutes tonight, and he also has one block and one 3-pointer in each of his last three games. Any improvement is a good start, so Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues. Although, his owners will need to be patient. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:05 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Lance Stephenson battles groin injury
      Lance Stephenson played 29 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Saturday with six points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: He was laboring through his groin strain throughout the first half and finally got into a rhythm in the second half. Stephenson ran the offense tonight with Kemba Walker (knee) out and it resembled his style of play in Indiana. Walker won't be out long, so Stephenson's adjustment period should continue. He's a fringe player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:02 pm
    • Tim Hardaway Jr. excels in his start vs. CHA
      Tim Hardaway started strong against the Hornets on Saturday with 25 points, six rebounds, five assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He scored a quick 10 points in the first quarter and had his best offensive game in 2015. Hardaway was losing minutes to a host of players and he played just 18.5 minutes per game over his previous two, so he'll have to do a little more than this going forward. Langston Galloway is the preferred grab, but keep an eye on THJ. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:42 pm
    • Lance Thomas plays 41 minutes, scores 16
      Lance Thomas played a whopping 41 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

      Advice: He was extremely active with his elbow touches on offense and coach Derek Fisher actually ran isolation plays for him like his name was Carmelo Anthony (rest). Thomas made just 22.2 percent from the field in 2012-13, but he's become a great offensive guy for the Knicks on their Island of Misfit Players. He is still on a 10-day deal, but give him a look in deep leagues. To be clear, he'll likely play minutes in the mid-20s on nights Melo plays. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:34 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Ind
    • Tim Hardaway Jr. gets another chance
      Tim Hardaway Jr. will start against the Hornets on Saturday.

      Advice: The Knicks will bump Langston Galloway to the point, which is a position he didn't play on Friday night. Hardaway Jr. has been in some kind of slump since the injury to Carmelo Anthony, so he'll really need to capitalize here. There is opportunity, but there's a lot of risk, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:36 pm
    • Galloway, Hardaway, Thomas, Smith & Lou start
      Langston Galloway, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson will start against the Hornets on Saturday.

      Advice: Interesting. Thomas was awesome down the stretch on Friday and coach Derek Fisher is going with the hot hand there in place of Carmelo Anthony (rest). He played 25 minutes for 16 points, so there's a chance he gets to close to 30 minutes tonight -- he won't be as efficient, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:32 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Ind
    • C.J. Miles (groin) doubtful for Sunday
      C.J. Miles (groin) is doubtful to play against the Magic on Sunday.

      Advice: He did not return from his injury on Friday and it would appear he'll miss a couple games. Miles just can't stay healthy this season and his fantasy owners can probably just find someone else at this point. Expect to see more of C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey. Damjan Rudez will also play more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:30 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • Kawhi goes for 15 and 14 vs. the Lakers
      Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including a three) with 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Spurs' 99-85 win over the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: So far so good with regard to Leonard's hand and obviously if he's on the floor the production is going to be there. He's returning top 20-25 value on a per-game basis so far. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:06 am
    • Deng scores 23 points despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness in the Heat's 89-87 win over the Pacers on Friday, scoring 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: Deng looks like he's ready to produce for owners again and he should be in most lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
       
      Injured
    • Lance Thomas takes over, scores 16 points
      Lance Thomas scored 16 points on 8-of-10 from the field with four rebounds, four assist and two steals against the Magic on Friday.

      Advice: He carried the Knicks with a few clutch baskets down the stretch. Thomas is only on a 10-day deal, but he seems like he'll have a chance to stay with the team next month. Amare Stoudemire will be back on Saturday, so we'll need to see it again before suggesting Thomas as an add in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Ind
    • Cavs crush Hornets, LeBron scores 25 points
      LeBron James had no trouble with the Hornets on Friday during a 129-90 win, scoring 25 points with six rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

      Advice: The Cavs were up 35 points at half and the Hornets just couldn't' stop them whatsoever. After all the daytime sports talk shows were freaking out, the Cavs are on a five-game winning streak and have three consecutive games with a double-digit margin of victory. LeBron looks like he's back. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:17 pm
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson hands out nine dimes
      Lance Stephenson handed out nine assists against the Cavs on Friday with 10 points, and four boards in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't play as poorly as some of his teammates, but Stephenson is still out of sync with his new team. He's not a must-own player and it might be a few more weeks until he is start-worthy in standard leagues. Stephenson also didn't blow into LeBron James' ear tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:58 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) out for game vs. Heat
      C.J. Miles (left groin) will not return against the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: He has dealt with groin issues before and he's probably going to miss time. Chris Copeland and Damjan Rudez could get more minutes, but C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey may get some additional run. If you're sick of dealing with Miles, we don't blame you for dropping him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:53 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • C.J. Miles (groin) questionable to return
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable to return against the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: He just can't stay healthy. Whether it's a calf, an eye issue, or anything, Miles just seems to inexplicably miss games this season. Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Watson will get a few more minutes. Miles checked out after six minutes with eight points, one assist and one 3-pointer. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:05 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • C.J. Miles starting, Rodney Stuckey to bench
      C.J. Miles will start in place of Rodney Stuckey on Friday night against the Heat.

      Advice: This move is likely to prepare for George Hill eventually moving into the starting lineup -- Hill is coming off the bench tonight. Miles is going to take a lot of 3-pointers in the first unit and he could have some other stats, but he's really not a reliable fantasy option with his woeful field goal shooting. If you need treys, he's worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:29 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • Luol Deng (illness) expected to play Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) is feeling better according to head coach Erik Spoelstra, and he is expected to play Friday vs. Indiana.

      Advice: Considering Deng didn't miss the last game, he's looking very likely for tonight's game vs. Indiana. With Deng feeling better, hopefully he'll have a better outing than his 2-of-6-performance form Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
    • Luol Deng (illness) probable to return Friday
      Luol Deng (illness) appears probable to return vs. the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He's been sick for four days and didn't even travel to Charlotte for Wednesday's game, but he went through shootaround on Friday without any issues. His likely return will send Danny Granger back to the bench, reducing Granger and James Ennis to an afterthought in typical fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:38 am
       
      Injured
    • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points vs. Bucks
      Gordon Hayward carried the Jazz down the stretch during a 101-99 win on Thursday in Milwaukee with 24 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: His numbers have been trending down on the season, so this big game was nice to see. In fact, Hayward's points and rebounds have decreased in each of the last three months of the season. The Jazz will get to host the struggling Nets on Saturday, so expect Hayward to have success again. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:59 pm
    • Joe Ingles scores six with seven dimes
      Joe Ingles handed out a team-high seven assists against the Bucks on Thursday with six points, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Rodney Hood (foot) is out until the All-Star break and Ingles seems to have his minutes locked down. He's a very good passer and the upside is there for him with some output in steals and treys. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:44 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 17 minutes in start
      Ersan Ilyasova played just 17 minutes in his return to the starting lineup on Thursday with seven points, one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer against the Jazz.

      Advice: It was an awful matchup for him against Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert. Ilyasova was not involved in the halfcourt offense and had a couple of his buckets come in transition. He should be better than this and the upside is there, but he probably has a better chance to disappoint than to be a helpful pickup. To be clear, we don't hate the idea of adding Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:49 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Kawhi Leonard cools off due to garbage time
      Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 16 points against the Bulls on Thursday with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He scored the Spurs' final 11 points of the first half, but was fairly quiet the rest of the game. Leonard has added a handful of new offensive moves and coach Gregg Popovich has held up his end of the bargain that he will run plays for the reigning Finals MVP. Leonard gets the Lakers at home on Friday night and could have a big game. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:39 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova to start over Johnny O'Bryant
      Ersan Ilyasova will draw the start on Thursday against the Jazz, replacing Johnny O'Bryant.

      Advice: The move makes a lot of sense considering that O'Bryant hasn't made an impact at all this season for the Bucks. Ilyasova does have some upside, and an uptick in minutes means he shouldn't be floating around many waiver wires with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • 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
    • Markieff Morris quiet as Suns guards heat up
      Markieff Morris hit just 2-of-7 shots for six points and five rebounds in 29 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: That broke a streak of four double-digit scoring games for Markieff, who had 35 points against the Cavs a week ago. He'll bounce back, but gave way to the team's three point guards (Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic) tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:49 pm
    • C.J. Miles only Pacer to show up vs. ATL
      C.J. Miles led the Pacers off the bench with 18 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 7-of-15 shooting in Wednesday's loss at Atlanta.

      Advice: Miles is rolling again over his last two games, and is averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games, despite shooting just 39 percent. Only Luis Scola (10), Rodney Stuckey (12) and C.J. Watson (13) joined Miles in double figures scoring tonight, but Miles looks like the guy to pick up as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:07 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs NY
    • Paul Pierce scores 14 points vs. OKC
      Paul Pierce double-doubled for the second time this season on Wednesday with 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Thunder.

      Advice: The Wizards pulled out all the stops to try and get the win, but it didn't work. Pierce was only playing 24.8 minutes per game in his previous 2015 outings and he'll likely be in that range again on Saturday at Portland. He's still worth owning in standard leagues even with the limited playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:46 pm
    • Chandler Parsons scores 22 points in easy win
      Chandler Parsons hit 9-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers for 22 points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's win over the Wolves.

      Advice: Parsons is heating up again and is averaging 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games on 48 percent shooting. Slump busted. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:20 pm
    • Thaddeus Young plays well in ugly loss
      Thaddeus Young had 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists on 7-of-17 shooting in Wednesday's loss to Dallas.

      Advice: Young has been playing much better lately, and while he didn't steal the ball tonight, he's been racking them up over his last few games. Over his last five, he's averaging 15.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals, while shooting just 43 percent. His season-long slump appears to be behind him, so we're hopeful that he can keep it rolling going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:10 pm
    • LeBron James, Kyrie Irving play despite flu
      LeBron James and Kyrie Irving played through a flu bug on Wednesday as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight game in a blowout over the Jazz.

      Advice: James had 26 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals and seven turnovers, and Irving added 18 points, four assists, five steals and two 3-pointers. Kevin Love also chipped in with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, as the Cavs appear to finally be figuring things out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:42 pm
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson too quiet in win over Heat
      Lance Stephenson played 22 minutes on Wednesday but had just four points, three rebounds, four assists and four turnovers on 2-of-4 shooting.

      Advice: Stephenson's disastrous season continues now that he's healthy again and it's just tough to tell if he's ever going to get it going. But the way he's played up to this point, he's simply not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:21 pm
    • Terrence Jones won't play on this trip
      Terrence Jones (leg) will not play on the current three-game road trip.

      Advice: The Rockets could get him back soon and he is with the team. Jones is in the final stages of his rehab and there's at least a chance he could play next week. While he was on fire to start the season, things are a little different with Donatas Motiejunas playing well and Josh Smith in town. If you want to grab him in exchange for some dead weight, it's not a bad idea. He certainly won't be as great as he was to start the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:17 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova likely to start on Thursday
      Ersan Ilyasova will likely start against the Jazz on Thursday.

      Advice: Johnny O'Bryant will be bumped to the bench. Ilyasova hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, but he's really the only option at power forward with John Henson and Zaza Pachulia playing center. He played 23 minutes and scored 14 points on Monday, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:32 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • Ersan Ilyasova eager to prove himself
      Ersan Ilyasova is feeling great since returning from his latest concussion and is eager to prove his worth to the Bucks.

      Advice: "It feels great to be back," said Ilyasova. "I feel much better. I’m trying to get back into game rhythm. I want to try to get that back as soon as I can." He had a solid game on Monday against the Raptors, scoring 14 points with seven boards and one block in 23 minutes, and it looks like he could carve out a sizable role for the Bucks considering how shorthanded they are. Ilyasova does cause some headaches to his owners, but he is more than worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:10 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • LeBron James (illness) will play on Wednesday
      LeBron James (illness) participated in shootaround and will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He did miss practice on Tuesday, but his owners should not have any concerns about activating him into all lineups. James has averaged 31.8 points per game since returning from knee and back problems, and he has a favorable match tonight against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:07 am
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard grabs career-high 15 rebounds
      Kawhi Leonard tied his career-high with 15 rebounds during Tuesday's road win in Denver, adding 17 points with three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: This was Leonard's eighth double-digit rebounding game of the season, and he racked up tonight's stats in just 31 minutes of action. The numbers agree with the eye-test where Leonard is concerned, as he's peaking at career-high levels in rebound rate (13.3 percent), usage rate (22.7 percent), assist rate (12.9 percent) and PER (19.4). The sky is the limit for San Antonio's rising star. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:00 pm
    • Luol Deng (illness) will not play Wednesday
      Luol Deng (illness) will not travel with the Heat for Wednesday's game in Charlotte.

      Advice: Deng fought through the illness to score eight points in 29 minutes on Tuesday, but he'll now get a few days to fully recuperate before Friday's home game vs. Indiana. James Ennis and Danny Granger stand to gain the most in Deng's absence -- Ennis is slightly more attractive if he earns the start at SF, but they're only worth a glance in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Danny Green quiet vs. Nuggets on Tuesday
      Danny Green had a quiet game vs. the Nuggets, scoring six points on 2-of-12 shooting with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: The pair of 3s and defensive stats prop up the line for fantasy purposes, which isn't uncommon for the six-year veteran. He's notching 12.7 points, 2.5 threes, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks this season, and the return of Kawhi Leonard may actually help him in the long run -- he's shooting 50.0 percent with Kawhi alongside him this season, but just 41.7 percent when Kawhi isn't on the court. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 pm
    • Luol Deng plays 29 minutes despite illness
      Luol Deng played through an illness vs. OKC on Tuesday, scoring eight points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Deng has quietly posted mid-round value with the Heat thanks to balanced production and a sizeable role offensively -- his 20.3 usage rate is just below his career average, and his 57.8 percent True Shooting marks a career high. He's also posting a solid PER of 17.0, his highest since the 2007-08 season, and it's easy to see why the 7th-seed Heat aren't eager to trade him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:21 pm
       
      Injured
    • Terrence Jones (leg) getting mobility back
      Terrence Jones (leg) has been more active at practice lately, and while he has yet to go through a full-contact workout, he continues to make steady progress.

      Advice: "I am more active than I've been in so long," Jones said. "Being on the court feels real good and it's a blessing to be able to get up and down and finally move my leg a little and jump and do things with the basketball that I couldn't do two months ago at all." Jones continues to make progress, but the fact that he's going to be fighting for minutes with Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith, and Dwight Howard, his long-term outlook isn't looking great. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:54 am
    • Lance Thomas signs second 10-day contract
      Lance Thomas has signed a second 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.

      Advice: Thomas has averaged just 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds over 10.0 minutes in his two games with the Knicks, so he can continue to be ignored by fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:42 am
       
      4:00 pm @ Ind
    • Ilyasova has nice night off the bench vs. TOR
      Ersan Ilyasova had a nice night off the bench against the Raptors on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and one block in 23 minutes.

      Advice: If he can do this every night he'll be on rosters in most formats, and the Larry Sanders situation has opened up a window of opportunity. This outing doesn't make him a must-add player or even a hot add, but he's worth a look depending on your options. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Orl
    • 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
    • Lance Thomas likely to stay with the Knicks
      The Knicks are reportedly going to sign Lance Thomas to another 10-day contract.

      Advice: His role has been minimal at best, so owners in most leagues can ignore this news. Leave Thomas on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:35 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Ind
    • Matt Barnes has a bad game vs. Boston
      Matt Barnes cooled off against the Celtics on Monday with three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: Besides the empty scoring, it's a solid line from Barnes. He came in red hot with a 26-point game on Saturday and the minutes are still there for Barnes, so there's no need to worry. He is worth owning in standard leagues with less competition for his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:47 pm
    • Terrence Jones (leg) not practicing fully yet
      Terrence Jones (leg) is making progress, but he hasn't had a full contact practice yet.

      Advice: While he was spotted taking jumpers this week, this news suggests he is going to be out a little while longer. Jones is said to be in the "final stages" of his rehab, but there's simply no telling when we will see him in action. His return should make things interesting in Houston's crowded frontcourt that includes Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Dwight Howard, so Jones' outlook for the season isn't that inspiring. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:21 pm
    • Lance Stephenson makes 2-of-9 from the field
      Lance Stephenson made 2-of-9 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, nine assists and one block in 27 minutes against the Wolves on Monday.

      Advice: In today's game, Lance was 2-of-4 at the rim and didn't make his other five shots. Stephenson dropped his season field goal shooting to just 38.2 percent from the field and there is no end in sight for his sub-par shooting. He's OK to use in points leagues, but he's not a must-own player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:16 pm
    • Thaddeus Young scores 18 points vs. Hornets
      Thaddeus Young was the lone offensive bright spot against the Hornets during an ugly 105-80 loss on Monday, scoring a team-high 18 points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He is coming off a 22-point game on Saturday and is heating up at the right time. Young was in jeopardy of losing his starting job a few weeks ago, but he should be able to keep it for now. Although, Shabazz Muhammad (oblique) will likely threaten him and keep him on thin ice. Young should remain owned in standard leagues despite the trade rumors. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:36 pm
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