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    • Isaiah Thomas had fluid drained from wrist
      Isaiah Thomas, who has made 15 of his last 30 3-pointers, had his troublesome left wrist drained of fluid recently.

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

      Advice: "Everything was spinning there for a little bit," Love said. "It was a scary moment, but I was good after that." It sounds like Love may have been dealing with a vertigo-like moment, and that can be caused by a number of things, including dehydration. Love said he "probably" ate too close to game time, but the good news is that he appears okay. Rotoworld.com
      39 minutes ago
    • Jeremy Lin felt hurt by DNP last Friday
      Jeremy Lin admitted that it "definitely hurts" to be a healthy scratch.

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

      Advice: Dawkins was expected to spend the entire time in the D-League, but that plan could change. Regardless, the rookie won't have any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:11 am
    • Marcus Smart expected to play on Monday
      Marcus Smart (personal) is expected to play on Monday against the Jazz.

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

      Advice: "I'm sure it's going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain," Stoudemire said. Assuming STAT is out on Monday at the very least, it would mean more minutes for guys like Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson. From a fantasy perspective, Thomas is the most interesting name as he has back-to-back games with 16 points, and is averaging 16 points, six rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals on 15-of-29 shooting over that span. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:40 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Pat Riley denies Heat interest in Brook Lopez
      Pat Riley strongly denied a rumor that the Heat have interest in a Brook Lopez trade.

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

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

      Advice: Kelly will get an extended audition as a starter and his role is relatively secure with Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out of commission. Whether he'll have any fantasy appeal remains to be seen, however, and nearly all owners should observe him from a safe distance. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    • Jeremy Lin scores 14 pts to lead failed rally
      Jeremy Lin returned to the Lakers' rotation on Sunday with 14 points, six assists and three turnovers off the bench, making 2-of-9 field goals and 10-of-14 free throws.

      Advice: He attacked the basket throughout his 28 minutes and picked up some cheap production in garbage time, so it's hard to read much into tonight's line. Lin remains a very shaky option now that Jordan Clarkson has usurped the starting PG job from Ronnie Price, but he's at least worth a stash in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    • James Harden still on fire, scores 37 points
      James Harden ran roughshod over the Lakers' defense in Sunday's road win, scoring 37 points (12-of-20 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with four 3-pointers, eight boards, five assists, two steals and six turnovers.

      Advice: Harden is averaging 37.0 points over Houston's past four games and continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game, well ahead of LeBron James (26.0), Kevin Durant (25.3), Anthony Davis (24.2), DeMarcus Cousins (24.2) and Carmelo Anthony (24.1). Just get comfortable and enjoy the fireworks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • Joey Dorsey starts w/ Dwight Howard ailing
      Joey Dorsey made a rare start on Sunday with Dwight Howard (ankle) unavailable, notching four points with seven boards, one steal, one block and four personal fouls in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Tonight's line is a good indication of Dorsey's lack of value, even if Howard's injury forces him to miss more games. Josh Smith (11 points, five boards) and Donatas Motiejunas (eight points, nine boards) are better targets in Dwight's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • Ronnie Price held to seven minutes vs Rockets
      Ronnie Price barely played on Sunday, coming off the bench for two points and one steal in seven minutes.

      Advice: The former starter is banged up physically and his lack of offense may have finally cost him his role, as he's shooting just 29.4 percent in January. Anyone who still owns him should peruse the waiver wire for a replacement. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson struggles vs Houston, Pat Bev
      Jordan Clarkson couldn't get anything going in 28 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, going 2-of-10 from the field to finish with eight points, two assists, one steal and five turnovers.

      Advice: Patrick Beverley will have this effect on opposing PGs and Clarkson gets a pass for the dud. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he'll keep his current starting lineup intact for "15 to 20 games" which gives Clarkson a nice window to establish himself. Deep-league owners should already own him, and he's firmly on the radar in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) returns in garbage time
      Tarik Black (ankle) logged seven minutes in garbage time on Sunday, finishing with three points, five rebounds and three turnovers vs. his former team.

      Advice: Black gave the Lakers' some much-needed energy, sparking a futile run late in the fourth quarter. He's carved out a steady bench role since being picked up by L.A. but isn't a viable fantasy option, especially now that Robert Sacre has unexpectedly taken over the starting center job. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • Josh Smith solid in 25 minutes vs LAK defense
      Josh Smith chipped in across the board in an easy win vs. the Lakers, scoring 11 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 25 minutes vs. L.A.

      Advice: Smith has been nowhere near standard-league value since coming to Houston, especially when you factor in his ridiculous 36.7 percent FT shooting over the past month. Terrence Jones' eventual return is another threat to Smith, so don't let the occasional efficient performance lull you into wasting a roster spot on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas drops 25 pts in 25 minutes
      Isaiah Thomas, who was averaging 24.3 points over the past three games, finished Sunday's loss to the Clippers with 25 points in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He made 6-of-11 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs with four triples and one assist. The Clippers are giving up 35.0 points per game to opposing benches this season (6th most in the NBA), as well as 9.1 assists (2nd most), which makes Thomas' outburst somewhat predictable. He'll look to keep the good times rolling vs. the visiting Wizards on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    • Joey Dorsey starting on Sunday vs. Lakers
      Joey Dorsey will draw the start against the Lakers on Sunday in place of Dwight Howard (ankle).

      Advice: Dorsey's game doesn't translate to fantasy very well, so he should only be considered in ridiculously deep leagues for owners in need of short-term value. The real beneficiaries in Howard's absence will be Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:14 pm
    • Kevin Love gets 19 & 13 w/ five 3-pointers
      Kevin Love scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and one block in 36 minutes on Sunday, while making 5-of-7 shots from downtown.

      Advice: He was 3-of-17 from deep in Cleveland's previous four games, and his ability to knock down triples is critical for his fantasy value -- 35.6 percent of his attempts have come from deep this season, which blows away his previous career high. Love is returning third-round value this season, which isn't what owners expected on draft day, and it's hard to envision a surge while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:29 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will be available on Sun.
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Tarik Black (ankle) has improved and he will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Scott also added that Black is still feeling sore, and there is no guarantee that he will play today, so he's not looking like a great option in most leagues. Robert Sacre will likely continue to see some extended minutes tonight with Black limited, but he too can't be considered a reliable option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:49 am
    • Amare Stoudemire injures ankle and wrist Sun
      Amare Stoudemire suffered a sprained ankle and a sprained wrist during Saturday's game with Charlotte.

      Advice: "I suffered a sprained ankle and sprained right wrist,’’ Stoudemire said. "It was a lot of physical contact out there. A lot of my moves attacking the basket, I got swiped down on it, caught my wrist almost every time. I tried to play through it but I was struggling. I couldn’t be myself out there.’’ The news just keeps getting worse for Amare, and it's already known that his knee is also a major concern moving forward. At this point it is safe to assume that Amare doesn't have a great shot to play on Monday vs. the Kings, but we will be sure to monitor his status closely. If he does end up sitting, expect to see more of Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith, Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:30 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Tarik Black (ankle) doubtful for Friday
      Tarik Black (ankle) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against Houston.

      Advice: He has already missed the past two games and his chances of playing don't look good for Sunday either. Black is supposedly now in the mix to start at center for the Lakers according to coach Byron Scott, but he is nothing more than a flier in deeper leagues for now. We will pass along further details when they are available. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:59 am
    • Marcus Smart (personal) won't play Sunday
      Marcus Smart (personal) will not play against the Warriors on Sunday due to a death in his family.

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

      Advice: He had a minor ankle sprain tonight and was able to return. Stoudemire just didn't seem like himself and he was a little more bashful on the offensive side. He's not going to be worth owning in most leagues, especially considering how frequently he'll miss games. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:45 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Amare Stoudemire goes to the locker room
      Amare Stoudemire went to the locker room in the first half against the Hornets on Saturday and is probable to return.

      Advice: He is back on the bench with a minor ankle sprain and should be OK. If he's limited, expect to see more of Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, Jason Smith and Lance Thomas. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:31 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Amare Stoudemire (knee) is available Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) is available to play on Saturday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: He could see a bump in production if Carmelo Anthony (knee) decides to sit this one out, but Stoudemire is too inconsistent to use in most leagues. There is simply too much injury risk involved with Stoudemire, so owners would be advised to look elsewhere for production, especially with fantasy playoffs right around the corner. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:55 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Jeremy Lin has uncertain role moving forward
      Coach Byron Scott downplayed the DNP-CD that Jeremy Lin picked up on Friday.

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

      Advice: "I am very happy with the way Jordan played," Scott said. "He just looked like he was very poised and the moment wasn’t too big for him." Clarkson scored 11 points with four assists and three boards, but given his high usage rate he should see his numbers improve with continued opportunity. There is still no word on whether or not his move to the starting lineup is permanent, but the Lakers would be wise to give their younger players a chance to develop in a lost season. Clarkson is worth keeping a close eye on moving forward, so keep him on your radar. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:54 am
    • Smart plays just 14 minutes on Friday
      Marcus Smart played just 14 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring four points on 1-of-2 (including a three) with three assists and five fouls.

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

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

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

      Advice: This is a successful outing for him in the grand scheme of things but there are a lot of questions in L.A. right now, starting with Jeremy Lin's (DNP-CD) future and then heading right into whether or not Clarkson's game translates into fantasy value. He's a flier at best barring news that he's suddenly the man in charge, but he could quickly capture our attention so stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:39 am
    • Overshadowed: James Harden hits game-winner
      James Harden hit a game-winning buzzer-beater against the Suns during Friday's 113-111 victory, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Just when you thought Harden was going to be the story of the night for a sick crossover to break P.J. Tucker's ankles before he buried a mid-range jumper, Klay Thompson happened. Anyway, Harden is still ridiculous on non-Klay terms over his last three, averaging 37.0 points, 3.7 boards, 7.7 assists, 3.0 steals and 4.3 treys on 51.9 percent from the field. Sadly, Harden won't get to play against Klay again this regular season. That's none of Klay's business, though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:42 pm
    • Joey Dorsey headed for more minutes?
      Joey Dorsey played 20 minutes against the Suns on Friday with four points, six boards, two steals and one block.

      Advice: If Dwight Howard is going to miss time, Dorsey should get some run. He's obviously not going to play much more than 24 minutes, so he can be left on the wire in just about all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:40 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas scores 22 points vs. Rockets
      Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points against the Rockets on Friday with five rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Goran Dragic was benched and the Pizza Guy ate all of his minutes. Thomas is also on a roll over his last three games with at least 22 points in each one, averaging 24.3 points, 3.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.7 treys on 56.3 percent from the field. He's a must-start player right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:16 pm
    • James Harden and Dwight Howard starting
      James Harden (knee) and Dwight Howard (knee) will start against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: They were both probable and there was little doubt that these guys would miss the big road game. The Rockets didn't have Howard in their last matchup against the Suns, too. Harden could put up huge numbers tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:49 pm
    • Tarik Black out against the Spurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

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

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

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

      Advice: He will play against the Hornets on Saturday. The Knicks have another game on Monday and it was obvious Stoudemire wasn't going to play in both games. With STAT out, Cole Aldrich will likely get minutes again while Jason Smith and Lou Amundson may also play more. Carmelo Anthony may be a stretch four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:49 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Celtics sign G Andre Dawkins
      Celtics sign G Andre Dawkins.

      Advice: It's a 10-day contract and he's been immediately assigned to their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, so fantasy owners can safely ignore him in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
    • James Harden probable Friday w/ bruised knee
      James Harden (left knee contusion) is listed as probable for Friday's game in Phoenix.

      Advice: He scored 33 points in 32 minutes during Wednesday's loss to Golden State and we're guessing he'll be fine, but owners should stay tuned for pre-game updates. Harden hasn't missed a game all season and should have extra motivation after recently being snubbed as a starter for the All-Star game. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:59 am
    • Marcus Smart doesn't score in 27 minutes
      Marcus Smart did not score in 27 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday, adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: All five of his misses came from beyond six feet of the basket and that's still something he'll have to work on. Smart does have 2.0 steals and 0.8 turnovers per game in his last four while he's been able to play at least 27 minutes for each of his last seven games since the Jeff Green deal. He's worth owning in standard leagues and it won't be long before he's starting. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:48 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Uta
    • Brook Lopez scores four points with one board
      Brook Lopez scored four points with one rebound and one block in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

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

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

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

      Advice: He returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday in disappointing fashion with just two points and two assists, so owners should look elsewhere for production for now. Jeremy Lin would benefit the most if Price ended up sitting this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:50 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) able to practice on Thurs
      Tarik Black (ankle) was able to practice on Thursday, but he is still listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

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

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

      Advice: Smith thought he got fouled when he banged knees with a Warrior, and later tore into the referees. It kind of looked like he wanted to go home early in a blowout loss, as he continues to do "Josh Smith" kind of things, regardless of what uniform he's wearing. He's been a bit of a disaster with the Rockets and things aren't likely to get better once Terrence Jones finally returns from his leg injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:38 pm
    • James Harden plays well in loss to Warriors
      James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 14-of-16 free throws on Wednesday, finishing with 33 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.

      Advice: He's still in the MVP discussion, but the Rockets are going to have to improve their record for him to win it. They were crushed by the Warriors tonight, despite making a late comeback in garbage time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:35 pm
    • Brook Lopez scores 22 points with six blocks
      Brook Lopez blocked a season-high six shots against the Kings on Wednesday, adding 22 points with six rebounds, three assists and one steal.

      Advice: He's been great in his last three, averaging 21.0 points, 4.7 boards, 1.3 assists and 2.7 blocks on 50.0 percent from the field and 84.0 percent from the line in 29.1 minutes. Lopez has been the focal point while he's been out there in that stretch, posting a usage rate of 29.0 He is safe to start in all leagues and is a sell-high player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:15 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas scores 27, heating up for Suns
      Isaiah Thomas scored a season-high 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting and added three 3-pointers, three rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

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

      Advice: Ronnie Price did nothing in the start and his return from a broken nose doesn't mean anything but less minutes and stats for Lin. Lin had 10 points and 10 dimes on Monday, but it will be tough for him to succeed as long as he's coming off the bench behind Price. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Ronnie Price awful in start for Lakers
      Ronnie Price returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday despite a broken nose, but missed both his shots to finish with just two points and two assists in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Jeremy Lin went back to the bench and had seven points, three assists, four steals, a block and two 3-pointers, but takes a hit with Price back in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:26 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) aims to practice Thursday
      Tarik Black (ankle) intends to practice in San Antonio on Thursday, leaving him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is very encouraging since Black needed crutches to leave the arena on Wednesday, and it appears he's healing faster than anticipated. Cautious owners should still plan to be without him on Friday, in which case guys like Carlos Boozer and Ryan Sacre should each earn a few extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:09 pm
    • Ronnie Price (elbow) returns as starter Wed
      Ronnie Price (elbow) will start Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans, sending Jeremy Lin back to the bench.

      Advice: Price's elbow still isn't 100 percent but he'll tough it out as L.A. tries to snap their five-game losing skid. He's averaging 5.0 points on combined 6-of-23 shooting in his past four games, and is best avoided in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:34 pm
    • Ronnie Price's (elbow) status still unknown
      Ronnie Price's (elbow) status for Wednesday's game is still up in the air, but coach Byron Scott said he would make a decision closer to tip-off.

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

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

      Advice: He is still expected to come off the bench and will likely only see around 20 minutes of action. Given the concerns over his ailing knee and his questionable role going forward, Stoudemire shouldn't be owned outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:20 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Amare Stoudemire needs to play well to get PT
      Derek Fisher stated during a recent interview that Amare Stoudemire will need to play at a high level to secure his playing time.

      Advice: "Whether [Amare is] out there every night, with 40 games we have to go, I can’t guarantee that," said Fisher. "I think on nights he’s doing the things he did [vs. New Orleans], we should have him on floor as much as we possibly can." Stoudemire's minutes will likely fluctuate greatly for the rest of the season, and with the plethora of random rest days he’s bound to receive, Amare is going to be a tough guy to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:36 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Tarik Black (ankle) will not play Wednesday
      Tarik Black (right ankle sprain) will not play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans, and he is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Black was seen leaving the arena on crutches after Monday's game, so this is no mild ankle sprain. With Black out, look for Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer (triceps contusion), and Ryan Kelly to pick up some additional minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:07 am
    • Ronnie Price's status for Wednesday unclear
      Ronnie Price (elbow) was a partial participant during Tuesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against New Orleans.

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

      Advice: Black sprained his ankle after coming down on a teammates' foot and played coy when asked about his availablity for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. "I can’t comment on that one," said Black. "I don’t know. But miracles can happen. I rolled it pretty good, though." We'll update Black's status as more information becomes available, but Robert Sacre could see some time while Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, and Ryan Kelly would all see a minutes boost if Black is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 am
    • IT2 scores ultra-efficient 24 points vs. LAL
      Isaiah Thomas hit 9-of-12 shots (including four threes) to finish with 24 points, one rebound, four assists and five steals in 30 minutes off the bench on Monday.

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

      Advice: Lin had the backcourt to himself with Kobe Bryant and Ronnie Price out, and this would be the reason why patient owners have held Lin this season. It's not pretty and he needs some help from Byron Scott on the offensive end, but he has the chance to eke out some solid value if he can hold it together. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:23 am
    • Tarik Black leaves game with ankle injury
      Tarik Black left Monday's game due to a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return.

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

      Advice: Owners are simply rooting for him to get his health back at this point, and it's certainly a buy low moment but proceed with caution. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:53 pm
    • Harden drops season-high 45 points on Indy
      James Harden scored a season-high 45 points in the Rockets' 110-98 win over the Pacers on Monday, hitting 12-of-18 shots (7-of-12 3PTs, 14-of-15 FTs) with one rebound, seven assists, four steals and one block.

      Advice: Monster. Harden is fantasy's No. 1 producer in 8-cat leagues and No. 3 in 9-cat formats when measuring on a per-game basis. His consistency and durability come with way less heartburn than some of his fellow elite, too. Dwight Howard went for 14 and 17 with one block in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:05 pm
    • Smith has another bad fantasy outing
      Josh Smith hit just 3-of-11 shots for six points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Smith missed both of his 3-pointers and his only free throw to boot. He has played well below the cut line in most standard leagues and owners can leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:57 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire plays 21 minutes
      Amare Stoudemire played 21 minutes against the Pelicans on Monday with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist and one block.

      Advice: He played very well and was able to operate in the paint thanks to Anthony Davis (toe) not being there. The Knicks will certainly have a minutes cap on Stoudemire most nights and he's likely to sit out on most back-to-back sets, so it's going to be tough to count on him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:41 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Kevin Love (back) will play vs. Bulls on Mon
      Kevin Love (back) will play on Monday vs. the Bulls.

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

      Advice: He matched his career high with treys and dimes while providing some solid defense on Chris Paul. Smart's minutes have remained consistently near 30 since the departure of Jeff Green and he has fared well in the dimes, steals and treys categories. His offense is showing signs of life and he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:43 pm
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Uta
    • Amare Stoudemire will play vs. Pelicans
      Amare Stoudemire will come off the bench against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: There is a chance his minutes are limited today. Stoudemire played just eight minutes on Thursday and he is unlikely to get more than 20 minutes tonight. Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy and Jason Smith are not as attractive in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:00 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Celtics looking at Andre Dawkins
      The Celtics will have a discussion with Andre Dawkins about a 10-day contract.

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

      Advice: This elbow injury is a little mysterious after he was probable to play on Friday, but the Lakers held him out. Lin was awful against the Jazz on Friday and he'll get a chance to redeem himself in a worse matchup. Expect to see more of Jordan Clarkson tonight, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 am
    • Kevin Love (back) expected to play Monday
      Kevin Love's (back) is expected to play on Monday, but a final determination has not been made.

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

      Advice: Love will be re-evaluated following Monday's shootaround, but given the fact he was a full participant during today's practice, his chances for Monday are looking pretty good. However, if he's unable to go, Tristan Thompson will be the primary beneficiary. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 11:45 am
    • James Harden had huge letdown vs. Warriors
      James Harden didn't show up against the Warriors on Saturday, making 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and no 3-pointers.

      Advice: Sometimes when you win, you actually lose, and sometimes when you lose, you actually win. Not this time, though. Harden was a big letdown on the main stage tonight, but he'll bounce back on Monday against the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:20 pm
    • Ronnie Price now doubtful for Monday
      Ronnie Price (elbow) is now doubtful to play on Monday in Phoenix.

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

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

      Advice: Lin had all the point guard minutes to himself, Kobe was out, and he had a questionable defender in Trey Burke. He just doesn't look like the player he was in Houston and Byron Scott isn't exactly working miracles to help bust him out of his slump. Lin has low-end value in 12-team formats on the season, but he remains one of the more frustrating players to wait on this season. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:03 pm
    • Kevin Love (back) won't play Friday night
      Kevin Love (back) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Advice: The Nets reportedly have not received an offer they like, and they are holding off on a trade for the time being. The Rockets have also been mentioned as a team interested in acquiring Lopez, but that's a strange fit, and it's not clear exactly what Houston would be offering. However, it seems like only a matter of time until Lopez is with a new team, and we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 11:01 am
    • Report: BKN now talking exclusively w/ OKC
      The Nets unwillingness to take on Lance Stephenson has Brooklyn focused on dealing directly with OKC for Brook Lopez, according to sources of Yahoo! Sports.

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

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

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

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

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

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