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  • Report: Teams inquiring about Brandon Bass
    Various scouts and front-office types have reportedly begun to inquire about the availability of veteran forward Brandon Bass.

    Advice: The Celtics currently own a record of 4-8, so they'll need to make a decision as to whether they're going to try and compete for a playoff spot, or go into a full rebuild. At 29-years-old, Bass doesn't make sense on a rebuilding team, so the Celtics may look to trade him for a younger asset or draft picks. It's not currently known what teams have reached out to the Celtics, and Danny Ainge has not made himself available to comment on the situation, but it is something worth monitoring. Bass doesn't get enough consistent minutes in Boston to be worth any attention in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:22 pm
  • Cory Joseph questionable for Friday vs Kings
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Joseph is only averaging 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this season, so Joseph's status means more to the injury-depleted Spurs than it does to fantasy owners. If Joseph is again unable to play, Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli would handle the ball when Tony Parker is on the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:00 am
     
    Injured
  • Ty Lawson hands out 12 assists
    Ty Lawson fueled the offense against the Suns on Wednesday during a 120-112 loss, making 4-of-16 from the field for 17 points with seven rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played 40 minutes tonight and has seen a major increase in minutes lately. Lawson looks healthy and he did make a respectable 45.1 percent from the field in his previous 10 games. His fantasy owners shouldn't worry about the production and just need him to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well again despite back
    Jeremy Lin continues to play through a tender back and hit 4-of-9 shots for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Despite the back issue, Lin has averaged 31 minutes, 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. And that's a vast improvement over his early-season struggles. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Wes Johnson quietly fills stat sheet
    Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-5 shots for five points on Wednesday, but added five rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had a big game on Sunday with seven points, 12 boards, two steals and three blocks, but it's important to keep in mind he's scored in double figures just three times this season, the last coming back on Nov. 12. Regardless of what else he's doing, his total lack of scoring makes him nearly unownable in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Gee's up: Alonzo gets 18 minutes
    Alonzo Gee picked up 18 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: He has seen playing time on occasion and even played over Kenneth Faried down the stretch in a game earlier this season. The Nuggets will likely throw him out there for minutes in the low 20s with Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Randy Foye (knee) hurt. He's only an option in deep leagues, of course. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:52 pm
  • Zach LaVine plays OK in start on Wed.
    Zach LaVine started in place on Mo Williams (illness) on Wednesday against the Bucks during a 103-86 loss, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, three turnovers and five fouls in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Williams is not expected to be out much longer and will travel with the team. LaVine hasn't really done much to warrant more than 22 minutes per game and there are just going to be too many negatives to his fantasy value. Additionally, tonight was the first time in NBA history four teenagers, LaVine, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, were on the court at the same time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:36 pm
  • Ginobili! Manu goes for season-high 28 in win
    Manu Ginobili hit 10-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 28 points, four rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: There was no way to see this one coming, as he had totaled just 19 points over his last four games and hasn't scored more than 28 points in a game since last February. He ruined Danny Green tonight, but it's nice to know he can still produce on occasion. He's not trustworthy enough to be owned in most leagues, but is worth keeping an eye on. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Boris Diaw awful in win over Pacers
    Boris Diaw hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 33 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: He also committed three turnovers in his worst game of the season. He had scored in double figures in his previous three games, but was scoring in single figures for most of the season prior to his hot streak. He's always worth a look in fantasy leagues, but is simply unreliable in the Spurs offense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:14 pm
  • Copeland coping with fewer minutes for Indy
    Chris Copeland came off the bench and played just 23 minutes to finish with 12 points, three rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-10 shooting Wednesday.

    Advice: David West is finally expected back on Friday from a severely sprained ankle as Copeland's minutes and production have been slipping. Once West is back, Copeland is probably waiver-wire material in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Pacer C's Mahinmi, Allen quiet vs. Spurs
    Ian Mahinmi started and had eight points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs, while Lavoy Allen came off the bench for eight points and nine rebounds.

    Advice: The Pacers desperately need Roy Hibbert back from his sprained ankle and might have had a chance against the Spurs tonight if Hibbert played (and was effective). The two big men are holding down the fort, but neither can be relied upon in most fantasy situations. Hibbert remains day-to-day with his injury. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Luis Scola scores 13, but end of run is near
    Luis Scola started and had 13 points and six rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Scola could be on his way out of the starting lineup soon if David West is really ready to play through his ankle injury on Friday. He might hold onto some value with Roy Hibbert also sitting with a sprained ankle, but when both West and Hibbert are healthy, it's hard to see Scola being worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • James Harden scores 26 points on 31 FGAs
    James Harden made 10-of-31 from the field for 26 points against the Kings during a 102-89 win on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He only turned the ball over once and the Rockets did win against a good Kings team, so it's hard to bash The Beard for the ridiculous shooting clip. He set a career high in shot attempts tonight, but he's cleared the 30-point plateau in every game with at least 25 shots from the field. Regardless, Harden is a fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 22 points vs. Hawks
    Lou Williams may have had a revenge game against the Hawks on Wednesday during a win, making 6-of-11 from the field for 22 points with two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's so hot right now. Perhaps no bench player is performing at his level, averaging 24.3 points, 1.8 boards, 2.3 steals, 3.5 treys and 0.5 turnovers on 50.0 percent from the field and 96.4 percent from the line in his last four. We'd be lying if we said we saw this coming, but he's just too hot to leave on the wire right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Al Horford scores 23 on 16 shot attempts
    Al Horford made 11-of-16 from the field for 23 points against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had foul trouble on Tuesday in one of his worst games of the year, but Horford is starting to see his shots go up. It's just the second time he's been over 20 points all season, and there should be more of those games as he gets into a rhythm. Even with the low scoring of 13.3 points per game, Horford was still putting up third-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Cory Joseph out Wednesday w/ sprained ankle
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Joseph was doubtful to play but he remains day-to-day, so he could be back as soon as Friday's game vs. the Kings. The Spurs don't have a pure backup PG but they're comfortable handing the ball to Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:57 pm
     
    Injured
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Williams (illness) out
    Zach LaVine will start at PG for the Wolves on Wednesday due to Mo Williams' absence with an illness.

    Advice: LaVine has started four games this season and his averages are a cautionary tale for fantasy owners -- 7.5 points on 34.4 percent shooting, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.3 steals and 3.3 turnovers. Williams is day-to-day and LaVine is best left untouched in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Ty Lawson leads Nuggets w/ 20 pts, 12 dimes
    Ty Lawson posted 20 points, one 3-pointer, 12 assists, three steals and a rare block in Tuesday's win over the visiting Bulls.

    Advice: This was Lawson's second 20 & 10 game of the season, the last one coming on Nov. 17, and he's averaging a terrific 16.3 points, 0.8 threes, 2.4 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He started out slow and missed one game with a lingering ankle injury but has since played without any physical limitations, so fantasy owners can look confidently toward his rest-of-season output. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Al Horford limited by foul trouble Tuesday
    Al Horford was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's game, playing only 23 minutes and finishing with seven points, seven boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He made 3-of-4 shots and it wasn't a total bust for fantasy owners, who should take his rare foul-plagued dud in stride. He'd scored double-digit points in four straight games prior to Tuesday and should begin a new streak vs. Toronto on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:46 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: If Joseph is unable to play, Manu Ginobili will be asked to do a little more as the Spurs backup point guard, and Tony Parker will see some extended minutes. Joseph is averaging 7.8 points and 2.1 assists through 17.5 minutes of action this season, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:17 pm
     
    Injured
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (sprained left ankle) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Joseph has been targeting Wednesday as his potential return date but the Spurs' training staff must not be on the same page. If he does sit out, expect guys like Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli and even Boris Diaw to handle the ball more when Tony Parker isn't on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:14 pm
     
    Injured
  • Scola double-doubles with versatile line
    Luis Scola had a uncharacteristic versatile line in Monday's win over the Mavs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, one three and a 5-of-6 mark from the foul line.

    Advice: Scola has been productive and will probably enjoy the rest of his four-game week, but he will lose his low-end value sooner rather than later when David West and Roy Hibbert return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Mahinmi scores 10 points with seven boards
    Ian Mahinmi started for injured Roy Hibbert (ankle) in Monday's win over the Mavs, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: This is what owners can expect for however long Hibbert is out, so give Mahinmi a look if this floats your boat. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Harden scores season-high 36 points
    James Harden scored a season-high 36 points in the Rockets' 91-86 win over the Knicks on Monday, hitting 11-of-22 shots (7-of-12 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Harden is a beast and likely to be a top-5 fantasy asset even when LeBron James gets back on track, and the Thunder guys return and get rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Copeland's value goes into the tank
    Chris Copeland scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three treys, one board and that's it in 14 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Copeland never had any real value in standard leagues unless you were punting half your categories and who does that. Even though he hit three treys he's waiver wire fodder. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:46 pm
  • Lou Williams stays hot with 17 points
    Lou Williams stayed somewhat hot against the Suns on Monday during a 104-100 win with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench and is taking away a few minutes from Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross. Williams is a little bit like Nick Young except he does a little more than score -- he's obviously much worse in the sound-byte department, though. He's not a lock, but feel free to give him a look in standard leagues and ride him while he's hot. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Ty Lawson getting back to setting the table
    Brian Shaw credited Ty Lawson for Denver's recent four-game winning streak.

    Advice: "It all comes back to Ty setting the table for everybody," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "When he comes out aggressive offensively and he's attacking the paint, it makes it easier for everybody else." In wins, Lawson is averaging 12.8 points and 10.2 assists, while in losses he's averaging 19.0 points and 8.2 assists. As long as he can keep his ankle healthy, Lawson should continue to thrive. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:50 am
  • Ian Mahinmi expected to draw start on Monday
    Ian Mahinmi is expected to draw the start on Monday against the Mavericks.

    Advice: With Roy Hibbert (ankle) ruled out, Mahinmi should start in his place. He had 12 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a block while filling in for Hibbert after he was injured on Saturday, so Mahinmi should be able to produce in decent (low-end) fashion for however long Hibbert remains out. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:27 am
  • Cory Joseph aiming to return on Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is aiming to return on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Joseph's ankle swelled after injuring it on Friday, but he thinks almost a week off will be enough to get back out there. Unless he has a setback, it sounds like his absence will last all of one game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:13 am
     
    Injured
  • Ty Lawson drops 16 assists in overtime win
    Ty Lawson set a new season high with 16 assists in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Lakers, adding 18 points on 5-of-10 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs.

    Advice: This was a foreseeable performance since the Lakers are giving up the most points (112.5) of any team in the league, as well as the third-most assists (25.4). Lawson turned the ball over five times and didn't have any steals, which is easy to overlook when his 18 & 16 double-double gets the headline. The best news might be that he logged 44 minutes and is showing no symptoms of the lingering ankle injury which cost him a game back in early November. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:45 pm
  • Wes Johnson has 12 boards w/ extras vs. DEN
    Wesley Johnson came alive late in Sunday's game, finishing with seven points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 42 minutes of action.

    Advice: Johnson didn't make any 3-pointers, which is a mild disappointment, but he posterized Danilo Gallinari on a late dunk and his rebound total was more than double his previous season-high. The bad news is that Johnson hasn't cracked double-digit points or made a single 3-pointer in six games -- until he gets going offensively, he's only worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (back) has 17 points w/ full line
    Jeremy Lin (back) wasn't limited in Sunday's disappointing loss to Denver, scoring 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Lin missed Saturday's practice as a precaution but his status was never truly in doubt, and he'll get a few extra days of rest before Wednesday's game vs. the red-hot Grizzlies. After a slow start to the season, Lin has steadily improved over the past four games, averaging 13.3 points on 60.5 percent shooting, with 2.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:38 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (back) will play Sunday vs. Denver
    Jeremy Lin said that his back is fine and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The injury was never considered serious, so go ahead and get him in your lineups. Lin is not getting a lot of FGA this year playing next to Kobe Bryant, averaging just 8.0 attempts per game to go with 11.8 points, 4.8 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, and a career-worst 0.8 steals. He's not a must-start guy on a nightly basis, but as the only true starting-caliber point guard in LA, he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Lou Williams earns praise for his defense
    Lou Williams poured in a career-high 36 points vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday, but coach Dwane Casey singled out his defense for praise.

    Advice: "Most of all, I'm impressed with Lou's defense," Casey said. "He had a reputation of being a scorer but now he's doing a much better job defensively for us, which allows him to stay in and guard guys like [Dion] Waiters and [Kyrie] Irving and people like that." Anything that keeps Williams on the court is terrific news for fantasy owners -- he's currently averaging 13.4 points, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals in just 19 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:59 am
  • James Harden bounces back, wins it for Rox
    James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws for 32 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals in Saturday's comeback win over the Mavs.

    Advice: Harden was fouled late, made the shot and hit the free throw for a tough 3-point play to put the Rockets ahead for good on Saturday. He scored just six points on Tuesday, but bounced back for 24 points on Thursday and 32 tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:51 pm
  • Lou Williams drops career-high 36 vs. Cavs
    Lou Williams was unstoppable vs. the Cavs on Saturday, setting a new career-high with 36 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-15 FTs) on Saturday, adding three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three steals in just 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 9-of-9 free throws in his first nine minutes alone, and this is an extreme example of the instant offense that Toronto was hoping he'd provide when they traded for him this summer. His 18-20 minute bench role isn't well-suited to sustainable fantasy value, unfortunately, and he's likely to remain an unsteady option in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi plays well off the bench
    Ian Mahinmi stepped up in place of Roy Hibbert (ankle) on Saturday against the Suns with 12 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Hibbert did not return from his sprain tonight and he had a lot of weight on it as he came down, so it's possible he misses time. Mahinmi hasn't exactly put up big numbers in his starts, though. In fact he only had three points, six boards and one block in his only start last season. He's worth a speculative add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play vs. Nets
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are without a backup point guard, but Manu Ginobili should help out there. That should also open up some minutes on the wing for Danny Green and Austin Daye. Joseph's injury doesn't sound serious. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:56 pm
     
    Injured
  • Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer skip practice
    Jeremy Lin (back) and Carlos Boozer (shoulder) skipped practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The injuries are not considered serious and both players are probable for Sunday's game. Lin did have to battle two different bouts with back pain last season and it did cost him some game action, so this isn't nothing. The Lakers cannot afford for Lin to go down and would be down to Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson. Neither player are worth a grab at this juncture and we'll give Lin the benefit of the doubt for now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:23 pm
  • Cory Joseph and Matt Bonner are doubtful
    Cory Joseph (ankle) and Matt Bonner (illness) are doubtful to face the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are going to be in a little bit of trouble tonight with no backup point guard. In previous instances, they have used Manu Ginobili as the primary ball handler in the second unit and that should be the case tonight. Austin Daye may also get some extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:34 am
     
    Injured
  • Al Horford happy to wear compression shirt
    Al Horford will continue to wear a compression shirt under his jersey, saying that it's "actually helped [him] a lot" as he returns from pectoral surgery.

    Advice: "I never really wanted to wear it," Horford said. "My trainers thought it was a good idea to help me. I was getting very stiff at times. With the shirt I notice it keeps it warm, keeps it tight." Horford is quietly returning to form, averaging 13.8 points on 54.2 percent shooting, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, good enough for top-40 fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Lin gets on track during blowout loss
    Jeremy Lin got on track during the Lakers' blowout loss to the Mavs on Friday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, five assists, two threes and a block.

    Advice: Like many of the games tonight, this one was not one to evaluate as the Lakers lost by 34 points. Jordan Hill kept things rolling with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, 10 boards, a steal and a block, and Kobe Bryant hit just 6-of-22 shots with a full line and what else is new. Nick Young was quiet with five points and two assists, and Ed Davis was too with only four points and three boards in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:55 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores seven off bench
    Zach LaVine scored seven points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He had three turnovers tonight and has an assist:turnover ratio below one in his last four games. Plus, he's shooting just 33 percent on the season. LaVine has a lot to learn and is not worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:26 pm
  • Joseph leaves game with ankle sprain
    Cory Joseph left Friday's game with a mild left ankle sprain and did not return.

    Advice: Joseph has played well in a backup role but as usual if he misses any time the rest of the rotation will absorb the minutes without a clear winner. He walked out of the arena under his own power and wasn't ready to rule himself out for Saturday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:19 pm
     
    Injured
  • Diaw is starting again on Friday night
    Boris Diaw is starting again on Friday night against the Wolves.

    Advice: He is coming off his best game of the season and it was fairly obvious he was going to start tonight. Diaw probably won't be as great, but he's someone to consider in standard leagues against a weak Wolves team. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:06 pm
  • Ty Lawson goes for 15 & 15 in win
    Ty Lawson hit 6-of-13 shots for 15 points, a season-high 15 assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He somehow didn't hit a 3-pointer in either of his last two games, but has now hit double digits in assists in three of his last four games, which were all double-doubles with points. He's rolling right now and is a must-start in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
  • Zach LaVine still struggling off bench
    Zach LaVine came off the bench against the Knicks on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, two assists and no turnovers on 1-of-5 from the field.

    Advice: He's been awful in his five games since the Ricky Rubio injury, averaging 6.4 points, 3.2 boards, 3.2 assists 0.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers on 32.4 percent from the field. LaVine is too raw to be counted on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:07 pm
  • Chris Copeland's minutes take a hit
    Chris Copeland played just 27 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: His minutes took a significant hit with Rodney Stuckey returning tonight after a 39-minute game in his last outing. Copeland is struggling from the field and has hit just 34.0 percent in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.8 triples in that span. If you're eyeing another hot free agent, Copeland is not a must-own player anymore. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Brandon Bass scores season-high 23 in win
    Brandon Bass hit 9-of-13 shots for a season-high 23 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Bass had only hit double digits in scoring in two games this season prior to tonight and doesn't belong on fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Boris Diaw shines as Spurs beat Cavs
    Boris Diaw played a team-high 39 minutes and hit 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in Wednesday's big win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: That's fantasy gold, right there, but the minutes were a big reason. Diaw normally gets 26 a night, but with Matt Bonner out, Diaw was a featured player for Gregg Popovich. This was his first double-digit scoring night since Nov. 5 and he's averaging 7.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers, meaning he's probably not worth owning in your league. But this is your sign to keep a close eye on him going forward, in case tonight was the start of a hot streak. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Zach LaVine shifts to Wolves bench vs. Knicks
    Zach LaVine will come off the bench on Wednesday with Mo Williams taking over as the starting PG.

    Advice: LaVine started the past four games but they were all Minnesota losses, and coach Flip Saunders has apparently seen enough of his rookie as the full-time starter. Neither LaVine nor Williams have had reliable value in Ricky Rubio's absence, but Williams is worth a long look now that he's running with the first unit. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:30 pm
  • Boris Diaw is starting for Spurs
    Boris Diaw will start against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has usually been brought off the bench, but the Spurs are without Matt Bonner (illness) and Tiago Splitter (calf). Diaw did a nice job on LeBron last year in the Finals and will likely get more minutes than usual. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:09 pm
  • Wes Johnson held to four points in 32 minutes
    Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's game with a mere four points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson has played the second-most minutes of any Lakers player this season, yet he's scored double-digit points just three times and is shooting an abysmal 31.8 percent from the field. Nick Young's return presents yet another challenge to his fantasy value, and owners can confidently leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 15 pts, 10 dimes
    Jeremy Lin bounced back from Sunday's scoreless dud, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high 10 assists in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.

    Advice: Lin is off to a quiet start this season, averaging 11.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting, while attempting only 8.1 shots per game. Those are all the lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2010-11 and owners should strive to be patient, as tonight's game is a timely reminder of his upside as the Lakers' unquestioned starting PG. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Al Horford shoots 7-of-8 in tough home loss
    Al Horford made 7-of-8 field goals on Tuesday, including one 3-pointer, to finish a tough loss vs. L.A. with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Horford hasn't played 30+ minutes or taken 10+ shots in any of the Hawks' past four games. He's averaging just 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds this season but he's likely just off to a slow start after missing many months following pectoral surgery. Fantasy owners should view this is a buy-low opportunity for Horford, who will need to play a bigger role for Atlanta to emerge as a legitimate playoff threat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Cory Joseph has a nice game on Monday night
    Cory Joseph scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He's scored in double-digits in three of his last four games with 1.3 steals and 3.0 dimes per game in that span. Obviously Joseph isn't going to light it up, but he's playing really well for owners in deep leagues. Plus, it's clear he'll be given plenty of chances should Tony Parker ever miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:31 pm
     
    Injured
  • Lawson goes for 24 and 12 in win over Cavs
    Ty Lawson scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting (0-for-6 3PTs, 6-of-7 FTs) with one rebound, 12 assists and two steals in Monday's road win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Lawson is beginning to heat up and as long as he can keep the injury bug from biting he should continue to move toward his early round upside. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:10 pm
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