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  • Wilson Chandler scores seven on Tuesday
    Wilson Chandler played through his groin injury on Tuesday and had seven points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer on 3-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: If he's not 100 percent, it's easy to see him sitting out in Wednesday's finale, and Evan Fournier (9 points on 3-of-10 shooting) could step up if Chandler is out.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Quincy Miller scores 11 in loss
    Quincy Miller had 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes of Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: The Nuggets have nothing to play for and there's no reason Miller won't see heavy minutes and another start in Wednesday's finale against the Warriors.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 12 despite sore calf
    Joe Johnson played through a sore calf on Tuesday and had 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists in 31 minutes, hitting just 3-of-9 shots.

    Advice: The Nets could fall to the No. 6 seed if they lose and the Wizards win on Wednesday, so we'll have to see if Jason Kidd goes after seeding or rest for his guys tomorrow. Our guess is the old guys will get a rest and the Nets will have the No. 6 seed, but it's just a guess.
    Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores 13 in loss to Knicks
    Paul Pierce played through his shoulder injury and had 13 points and three rebounds in 21 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Nets needed to win this game and may be ready to give up on Wednesday's finale. Jason Kidd said after the game he doesn't care if he's the No. 5 or 6 seed, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Pierce get the night off. He was a game-time decision tonight, but he went for it.
    Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores 14 in Knicks win
    J.R. Smith played 23 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: This was not quite the line we were expecting from Smith with Carmelo Anthony in street clothes, but even though he didn't shoot it 30 times, he still managed to fill the stat sheet. And we fully expect him to do it again on Wednesday, assuming he plays.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Bucks sign F Chris Wright to multi-year deal
    Bucks sign F Chris Wright to multi-year contract on Tuesday.

    Advice: He must have made an impression in his two 10-day contracts to end the season, but he's nothing more than bench fodder for next season.
    Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Danny Granger could practice Wednesday
    Danny Granger, who has been out with a hamstring injury, could practice for the Clippers on Thursday or Friday.

    Advice: Doc Rivers is hoping to have him back for the playoffs and all indications are that he will be ready to play. He won't be a huge part of what the Clippers do, but could help them win some playoff games if he can get hot off the bench occasionally.
    Yesterday, 6:06 pm
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) has torn labrum
    Carmelo Anthony has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he will not require surgery.

    Advice: Melo will be re-evaluated in one month and it's very interesting that an MRI revealed the tear only after he'd played in a number of games to help the Knicks' slim chances of making the playoffs. While his toughness is commendable, the Knicks' medical staff and management have questions to answer about letting their star risk aggravating a serious injury. Carmelo is expected to enter free agency via his early-termination option, and once the playoffs end he'll be the focus of this summer's FA frenzy.
    Yesterday, 3:44 pm
  • Joe Johnson (calf) will play vs. Knicks
    Joe Johnson will play on Tuesday despite a minor calf injury.

    Advice: Johnson isn't worth the $48 million he'll earn over the next two seasons, but he's averaging a solid 15.8 points, 2.1 threes, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists during an All-Star season in Brooklyn. Regardless of how he looks on Tuesday, fantasy owners should consider him a DNP risk in Wednesday's finale.
    Yesterday, 3:32 pm
  • Gerald Green will start Wednesday's finale
    Gerald Green will start Wednesday's game in place of Goran Dragic (ankle).

    Advice: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said that he'll use his typical starting lineup for Wednesday's season finale, minus Dragic, though his youngest players will enter the game "pretty early." Green revitalized his career in Phoenix, averaging 15.8 points and 2.5 threes per game, and he'll look to build on his success during the final year of his contract in 2014-15.
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (rest) won't play vs. Magic
    Lance Stephenson (rest) will not play vs. the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stephenson is fresh off Sunday's triple-double, during which he played with uncommon energy, so perhaps coach Frank Vogel's prescribed rest is doing the trick. Fantasy owners should note that despite Stephenson's occasional triple-doubles and impressive rebounding totals, his limited defensive stats (0.7 steals), poor FT percentage (71.1 percent) and high turnovers (2.7 per game) conspired to make him a 10th-round value in nine-cat leagues this season. He fares better in eight-cat and head-to-head formats.
    Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Luigi Datome shooting 18.4 percent from deep
    Pistons forward Luigi Datome said that his 18.4 percent shooting from downtown is partly due to his limited role off the bench.

    Advice: Datome was considered a lights-out shooter in Europe but he's struggled to adapt to the NBA. "My percentage is terrible," he said. "It's not easy to sit for five, six games and then play maybe five minutes of garbage time." The 26-year-old will earn $1.8 million in the final year of his contract next season, and he should go undrafted in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
  • Evan Turner to start again on Wednesday
    Evan Turner will get another start vs. Orlando on Wednesday with the Pacers resting three of their five starters.

    Advice: Turner led Indy with 23 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and nine assists when he started last Wednesday, so he stands out as a plug-and-play option in the Pacers' season finale. He will return to his usual reserve role in the postseason.
    Yesterday, 11:41 am
  • Paul George, West, Stephenson out Wednesday
    Paul George, David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson will all rest during Wednesday's season finale vs. the Magic.

    Advice: With the first seed in the East locked up, the Pacers are just trying to give their key players some rest while hoping to reclaim the elusive chemistry that abandoned them after the All-Star break. After shooting a mere 37.2 percent from the field in March, George is still stuck at 40.2 percent in April.
    Yesterday, 11:30 am
  • Luol Deng wins community service award
    Luol Deng has won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, presented by Pro Basketball Writers Association to honor community service.

    Advice: Deng's had an interesting season, being traded from Chicago to Cleveland and then struggling upon his arrival to the Cavs. The award will help make him feel better about what went down, but the fact he's not with the Bulls getting ready for the playoffs is still probably a tough pill for him to swallow.
    Yesterday, 10:13 am
  • Woodson: Melo 'probably won't play' Tuesday
    Mike Woodson said on Tuesday morning that Carmelo Anthony "probably won't" play against the Nets, and that he will likely shut him down for Wednesday, as well.

    Advice: TNT is getting a dog of a game, as Amare Stoudemire is a game-time decision, while the Nets will be without Shaun Livingston, Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson, and also list Deron Williams, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson as game-time calls. It would take a small miracle to see Melo in uniform at this point, as he deals with a lost season, a sore shoulder and pending free agency.
    Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Joe Johnson a game-time decison
    Joe Johnson (calf) is a game-time decision for Tuesday.

    Advice: He could be out in order to rest for the playoffs and it looks like Marcus Thornton is going to see a lot of minutes tonight.
    Yesterday, 7:55 am
  • Pierce, Johnson, Williams all GTD for Nets
    Paul Pierce (shoulder), Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all listed as game-time decisions for the Nets on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's anyone's guess as to who might play for either the Nets or Knicks tonight, but guys like Marquis Teague, Marcus Thornton and Mason Plumlee are good bets for success.
    Yesterday, 7:52 am
  • Teletovic, Livingston, Anderson all out
    Mirza Teletovic will miss Tuesday's game against the Knicks for personal reasons.

    Advice: Alan Anderson and Shaun Livingston are also out, while Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all listed as game-time decisions. Carmelo Anthony is not expected to play for the Knicks, and this game is setting up to be a bit of a no-name circus. Marcus Thornton, Marquis Teague and Mason Plumlee could all have big games tonight.
    Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • Alan Anderson ruled out for Tuesday
    Alan Anderson will miss another game on Tuesday due to his abdominal injury.

    Advice: He has now missed three in a row, but we're still guessing he'll be ready to go when the playoffs start.
    Yesterday, 7:39 am
  • Carmelo Anthony misses shootaround
    Carmelo Anthony missed shootaround on Tuesday in order to have his right shoulder re-examined.

    Advice: He's listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Nets on TNT, but it would be fairly surprising to see him play. J.R. Smith might take 50 shots tonight, while it's possible Melo has played his last game for the New York Knicks.
    Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Francisco Garcia returned to action on Monday April 14.
    Yesterday, 1:21 am
  • Thompson scores 20 points on Monday
    Klay Thompson hit just 7-of-20 shots (2-of-12 3PTs) for 20 points, five rebounds and one block in Monday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Thompson doesn't miss games and it's possible the Warriors might want to let him get his groove back on Wednesday, but it's sitting time for the Dubs' main cogs and we're putting him on the injury report until we know he will play.
    Monday, 10:56 pm
  • Barnes could be asked to carry load on Wed
    Harrison Barnes scored six points on 3-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in Monday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Barnes doesn't have any nagging injuries that we're aware of and Mark Jackson will rest a lot of key guys on Wednesday, and it will also be a good time for the Warriors to try and get the disappointing sophomore ready for the playoffs. Tonight's line wasn't half bad, and he's worth a speculative, lower-end play on a busy 15-game night on Wednesday.
    Monday, 10:52 pm
  • Draymond goes for 20 & 12 with big line
    Draymond Green scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks in Monday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Green was everywhere and though the Warriors are talking about resting guys on Wednesday, he will probably be the last core player to get time off. He should be owned in all formats unless he's declared out between now and then.
    Monday, 10:48 pm
  • Brewer scores 22 points with five assists
    Corey Brewer decided his run wasn't over in Monday's loss to the Warriors, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Brewer's favorable schedule and big games have made him a nice pickup over the last week or two, and there's no reason the Wolves won't run him hard on Wednesday. If his stat set fits your needs, he's a solid pickup.
    Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Miller scores 21 points with five threes
    Mike Miller scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including five threes) in 30 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Miller is well worth a look for his 3-point shooting as the Grizzlies and Mavs will face off on Wednesday in a meaningful game. And shockingly, after a career full of injuries, Miller has played in all 81 games for the Grizzlies this season.
    Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Wesley Johnson fills stat sheet in win
    Wesley Johnson filled the stat sheet in Monday's 119-104 win over the Jazz, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, five steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: This is a huge game for fantasy purposes thanks to the steals, blocks and triples. As it turns out, Johnson actually raised his season averages to 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 triples in 78 games. He and Paul Millsap are the only two players to hold averages of 1.0 or greater in all three of those aforementioned categories, which has helped make Johnson a decent asset for several stretches this season.
    Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Francisco Garcia scores two in return
    Francisco Garcia (back) played 14 minutes against the Spurs on Monday with two points and three boards.

    Advice: He missed Saturday's game due to a back injury and was a game-time call tonight. Garcia won't have much opportunity while Chandler Parsons and James Harden are active.
    Monday, 8:18 pm
  • Harrison Barnes starting on Monday night
    Harrison Barnes will start against the Wolves on Monday night with Andre Iguodala (knee) out.

    Advice: He hasn't been effective as the start, making just 40.2 percent from the field for averages of 11.6 points, 4.5 boards, 1.0 steals and 0.8 triples. Barnes isn't much of an option despite offering some upside.
    Monday, 6:06 pm
  • Francisco Garcia says he's playing on Monday
    Francisco Garcia said he will play against the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: The Rockets will be close to full strength while the Spurs will not. Garcia won't have much of a chance to shine with Chandler Parsons (wrist, hip) good to go. He's not a fantasy option.
    Monday, 4:01 pm
  • Francisco Garcia true GTD on Monday
    Francisco Garcia will be a true game-time decision on Monday due to a back injury.

    Advice: He's too risky to use in any fantasy leagues right now, but could end up having some decent silly-season production if he's able to go tonight.
    Monday, 3:28 pm
  • LeBron James and Chris Bosh won't play Monday
    LeBron James and Chris Bosh will not play against the Wizards due to rest.

    Advice: He could be looking at another rest day in the finale on Wednesday. James continues to be almost indestructible, but he's played through a handful of injuries this season and also sat due to back, groin and nose issues. He likely won't be named MVP this season despite putting up some gaudy efficiency numbers. Michael Beasley is expected to get the start.
    Monday, 2:37 pm
  • Wilson Chandler traveling, expected to play
    Wilson Chandler is traveling with the team and is expected to play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was a surprise to see him in the lineup on Saturday, but he did leave the game with another injury and did not return. Chandler is likely looking at a game-time call and we probably won't know much until Tuesday night. There are only two games on Tuesday, so owners in daily leagues certainly should gamble on Chandler. Evan Fournier takes a hit.
    Monday, 1:35 pm
  • Luol Deng (back) out for Cavs' season finale
    Luol Deng (sore back) will not play in the Cavaliers' season finale on Wednesday.

    Advice: Alonzo Gee will start again at SF for the Cavs, who can finish the season with a 33-49 record if they defeat the Nets. Deng is the best of this summer's free agent SFs and he's sure to draw interest from many teams eager to acquire the versatile veteran and two-time All-Star.
    Monday, 10:46 am
  • LeBron James, Chris Bosh likely to be rested
    Updating previous reports, LeBron James and Chris Bosh are both likely to be rested for Monday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: This comes as no surprise given Miami's dwindling odds of earning the East's top seed, and the need to keep LBJ and Bosh in prime condition for a long playoff march. At the moment it seems as though Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade will both be active, leaving a starting lineup of Chalmers, Wade, Michael Beasley, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem.
    Monday, 9:22 am
  • Francisco Garcia (back) may return Monday
    Francisco Garcia (back) went through Monday's shootaround and he may return to action vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Garcia is averaging 24 minutes per game in March but his role fluctuates from night to night, and he doesn't get enough statistics to be worth a roster spot in average fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 9:04 am
  • LeBron James may rest over final two games
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra "is expected to shift some primary rotation players into rest mode" for Miami's final two games, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace.

    Advice: Miami's odds of earning the East's top seed have been diminished by recent events, as the Pacers can lock up home court advantage with a win vs. Orlando on Wednesday or a Heat loss. LeBron James and Chris Bosh are the most obvious targets to get some rest, whereas Dwyane Wade (hamstring) is eager to keep playing and find his rhythm. LeBron said that even his teammates are suggesting that he "may need to get a couple of games [off]," so owners should be alert for DNP-CDs.
    Monday, 7:33 am
  • Draymond Green quiet in return to GSW bench
    With David Lee back in the starting lineup on Sunday, Draymond Green shifted to a reserve role and scored three points in 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: He hit one 3-pointer with four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Green has proven to be a versatile option in both real life and fantasy leagues, but his value is crippled with Lee healthy and starting at PF.
    Monday, 6:28 am
  • Tayshaun Prince returned to action on Sunday April 13.
    Sunday, 11:11 pm
  • Wes Johnson posts 15 & 15 vs. Grizzlies
    Wes Johnson scored 15 points and hauled in a season-high 15 rebounds in Sunday's loss vs. the Grizzlies, while adding three 3-pointers, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Lakers' losing streak has reached seven games and could extend to nine if they lose in their final games to the Jazz (Monday) and Spurs (Wednesday). The absence of Kent Bazemore and Xavier Henry has been a boon for Johnson's value and he's a safe option for fantasy owners as the season draws to a close.
    Sunday, 9:57 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince (ankle) w/ nine pts in return
    Tayshaun Prince (ankle) returned to the Grizzlies' starting lineup on Sunday, scoring nine points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Prince missed three games with his sprained ankle, during which time James Johnson stepped into the starting SF job. Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger has been committed to Prince as a starter all season, though he's provided negligible fantasy value in 26 minutes per game.
    Sunday, 9:43 pm
  • Corey Brewer cools off w/ 10 pts in road loss
    Corey Brewer followed up his 51-point eruption with just 10 points in 30 minutes as the Wolves lost a close game in Sacramento on Sunday.

    Advice: Nobody was expecting a repeat performance of Friday, and the return of Kevin Martin and Kevin Love cut into his offensive opportunities, but this still qualifies as a major disappointment. Brewer is averaging 12.2 points in 32 minutes per game this season, on an up-tempo team that favors his style of play, so he's unlikely to be any better in 2014-15.
    Sunday, 8:47 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) may have MRI
    Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) said that he may have an MRI in the next few days, and he'll consult with Knicks' doctors about a plan for the final two games.

    Advice: The surprising part is that he hasn't already had an MRI given the uncertain nature of the injury, which has been described as a "strain" and a "dead arm." With potential free agency looming it's conceivable that caution will keep Melo on the sidelines the rest of the way.
    Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • J.R. Smith drops in five 3-pointers vs. Bulls
    J.R. Smith cooled off on Sunday but still scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting in a win vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Smith went 5-of-9 from downtown and he's now averaging 24.0 points in five April games. It took him a long time to really heat up this season, and he was nearly un-ownable for the season's first few months, but this serves as a nice reminder of his upside when healthy and given a green light offensively.
    Sunday, 7:09 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) logs 28 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony's shoulder injury didn't give him too much trouble vs. the Bulls, as he scored 17 on 7-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Knicks have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, but coach Mike Woodson expects Melo to play in every game down the stretch. "He hasn't indicated to me that he's going to sit down," Woodson said. "That's Melo's. He's been there all year, he's had a helluva season for us." That's somewhat of an understatement, as he's second in the league in scoring at 27.6 points per game.
    Sunday, 7:07 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic gets hot from deep vs. Magic
    Nets PF Mirza Teletovic made 7-of-12 field goals with four 3-pointers on Sunday, while grabbing six rebounds and blocking one shot in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Teletovic is shooting nearly 39 percent from downtown on the season and he's picked up the pace in April (42.9 percent), which gives Brooklyn some much-welcomed firepower off the bench. His perimeter shooting makes him an intriguing fantasy player, and we'll keep an eye on him this summer with the Nets' roster likely to see plenty of changes.
    Sunday, 5:33 pm
  • Paul Pierce held to 19 minutes vs. Orlando
    Paul Pierce only played 19 minutes vs. the Magic on Sunday, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: He was productive enough to appease most owners and Jason Kidd was probably just giving his veteran some extra rest vs. an inferior opponent. Pierce's switch to power forward, and his ability to play the position defensively, has been a major catalyst for the Nets' resurgence this season.
    Sunday, 5:29 pm
  • Lance Stephenson triple-doubles in huge win
    Lance Stephenson put up a triple-double against the Thunder in Sunday's 102-97 win, scoring 17 points with 10 boards, 11 assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He brought a ton of energy while most of his team continues to play a boring brand of basketball. Stephenson now leads the NBA with five triple-doubles, which is one greater than the four from Stephen Curry and Joakim Noah. He hasn't been the same player since the break with his assists and field goal percentage taking the biggest hits on the stat sheet, but he's still fun to watch. The Pacers will look to lock up the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a win against the Magic on Wednesday.
    Sunday, 1:26 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince a game-time decision on Sun.
    Tayshaun Prince was a participant in Sunday's shootaround, and he is officially a game-time decision vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Tayshaun is a guy who offers much more to his real life team, than to a fantasy team. If Tayshaun does suit up, he will essentially cancel out the value James Johnson. Check back closer to the tip for official confirmation on Prince's status.
    Sunday, 11:06 am
  • Wilson Chandler scores nine, but leaves game
    Wilson Chandler hit 3-of-7 shots for nine points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes on Saturday in his return from a groin injury, but left the game and didn't return.

    Advice: Not only did he leave the game, but he also left the bench and went to the locker room, presumably for treatment on his groin. And with nothing left to play for, signs are pointing to Chandler's season being over. Evan Fournier and Randy Foye look like strong plays the rest of the way, if that's the case.
    Saturday, 9:50 pm
  • Melo, Knicks eliminated from playoffs
    Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday when the Hawks beat the Heat in Atlanta.

    Advice: The shutdown alert is on for Melo, who is dealing with a sore shoulder. If the Knicks still had something to play for, Melo would be a lock to go, but at this point, you have to think his status for his final two games is completely up in the air. Only use him if you know for a fact that he'll be in the lineup on Sunday and Wednesday. This is the first time in his 11-year career Melo won't be in the playoffs, but at least we know he won't have to worry about being knocked out in the first round again.
    Saturday, 7:01 pm
  • LeBron James looks tired in loss to Hawks
    LeBron James hit 10-of-22 shots for 27 points, eight rebounds, five assists, a block and three 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: James played well, but has to be running out of gas and looked pretty tired at times tonight. Whether the Heat rest him at some point over the last two games remains to be seen, as the Heat and Pacers are now tied for the best record in the East.
    Saturday, 6:53 pm
  • Surprise: Wilson Chandler available to play
    Wilson Chandler (groin) is available to play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: There has been very little information on Chandler for the past week, so this is a huge surprise. There's been even less detail as how he's looked in practice, so we'd guess he's going to be limited tonight. Unless you're cutting someone with little value, we'd probably to see how Chandler looks tonight before making a move to add him.
    Saturday, 4:44 pm
  • Francisco Garcia out on Saturday night
    Francisco Garcia (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a lower back issues and is hoping to be back on Monday vs. the Spurs. Omri Casspi is getting the start tonight and should see a nice chunk of minutes. Expect to see a lot of Jordan Hamilton, as well.
    Saturday, 4:12 pm
  • Luol Deng (back) will not play vs. Celtics
    Luol Deng (back) will not play vs. the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: Deng was listed as doubtful so his absence isn't surprising, and Alonzo Gee will get another start at SF. With only one more game remaining on the Cavs' schedule, and free agency looming on the horizon for Deng, he may decide to simply shut it down for the year.
    Saturday, 3:10 pm
  • Alan Anderson (abdomen) will not play Sunday
    Alan Anderson (sore abdominal muscle) will not play in Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Friday after the injury bothered him during warm-ups, which left Brooklyn without Anderson, Deron Williams (knee) and Shaun Livingston (toe). The result was the Nets' first loss in their past 16 home games, and they'll try to get back on track with Williams expected to return on Sunday.
    Saturday, 9:55 am
  • Luol Deng (back) doubtful to play Saturday
    Luol Deng (back) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Deng has fought through a variety of injuries this season, including a sore Achilles which plagued him for months, and it seems he's finally succumbed with the season nearly ended. The Cavs are interested in re-signing him but may not have a lucrative enough offer to lure him as a free agent this summer.
    Saturday, 9:16 am
  • Danny Granger (hamstring) eyes playoff return
    Danny Granger (hamstring) shot around with the Clippers on Friday and hopes to return for the first game of the playoffs.

    Advice: Granger's return to health is good news for the Clips' playoff chances, but it won't matter to fantasy owners with the regular season quickly winding down. L.A. can afford to ease him slowly back into the mix with J.J. Redick healthy and Jamal Crawford (calf) expected to play on Saturday.
    Saturday, 6:53 am
    7:30 pm @ Por
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) avoiding tests
    Carmelo Anthony said that he might have more tests on his shoulder after the season, but he doesn't believe that it's as serious as the partially torn rotator cuff he suffered last year.

    Advice: "This year it's not the same. The pain is different," Anthony said. "What is the test going to do at this point? If they say it's really bad, I'm still not going to sit out. I'd rather to wait until it's all over." While his single-minded focus on the playoffs is commendable, his agent must be praying that he doesn't aggravate the injury -- Melo's early-termination option is poised to make him a FA this summer.
    Saturday, 6:46 am
  • Johnson disappointing in 30 minutes
    Wes Johnson logged 30 minutes on Friday against the Warriors, but managed just eight points on 4-of-8 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Johnson is locked into 25-plus minutes right now and he should be better than this on most nights. Consider your options, but some patience is probably in order.
    Friday, 11:54 pm
  • Gerald Green scores 27 points vs. Spurs
    Gerald Green moved back into the starting lineup against the Spurs in Friday, scoring 27 points with three boards, three assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Goran Dragic sat out tonight due to an ankle injury, but Green has been rolling even before this gem. He's been in NBA Jam on-fire mode from deep in his last four games with at least four triples in each game in that span. Green averaged 26.0 points per game in that span and he'll be a must-start player on Saturday vs. the Mavericks.
    Friday, 10:33 pm
  • LeBron scores 36 as Heat pummel the Pacers
    LeBron James scored 36 points on 11-of-20 shooting (2-of-4 from deep, 12-of-13 from the line) with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in the Heat's 98-86 win over the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: The score wasn't indicative of the strangle-hold LeBron and the Heat had over the Pacers, and Miami takes over control of the No. 1 seed in the East with the win. Mario Chalmers added 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a three in the win.
    Friday, 9:40 pm
  • Corey Brewer shocks Rockets with 51 points
    Corey Brewer came out of nowhere for a career-high 51 points on 19-of-30 from the field in a win over the Rockets on Friday, adding two boards, one assist, six steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Brewer joined Michael Jordan, Ricky Barry and Allen Iverson as the only players to score at least 50 points with six steals in a game in NBA history. He scored an unbelievable 16 of his 19 field goals from within three feet of the rim and was the main reason why the Wolves had a whopping 39 fast-break points with 27 transition points coming from Brew. Coach Rick Adelman joked after the game that Kevin Love (elbow) and Kevin Martin (foot) have been holding Brewer back and he said he didn't even know what to do with him. Brewer also has four consecutive games with four or more steals, but we don't think he'll have a streak of scoring 50 points or anything.
    Friday, 9:34 pm
  • Stephenson scores 11 points against Heat
    Lance Stephenson and the rest of the Pacers' starters all returned to action in Friday's big loss to the Heat, and Stephenson took a back seat scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one three.

    Advice: Stephenson turned the ball over four times and Paul George did the same, but the duo were the only creators whatsoever out of the first unit so it's hard to lay the blame at their feet. The good news for owners is that he doesn't appear to be tired or out of shape like some of his teammates, so it's possible he avoids any other time off doled out by Frank Vogel.
    Friday, 9:30 pm
  • George scores 22 points in loss to Heat
    Paul George scored 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting (3-of-8 3PTs, 5-of-7 FTs) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Friday's loss.

    Advice: George was the best player on the floor for Indy but still lacked the edge necessary to lead a championship level team. As of right now there are no plans for any additional rest, and we will update you if that changes.
    Friday, 9:20 pm
  • Johnson a candidate for rest for the Nets
    Joe Johnson scored nine points on 4-of-15 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and three assists in the Nets' 93-88 loss to the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: Johnson has been on a roll lately but owners should know that he's a candidate for rest down the stretch. We'll let you know if anything comes through the pipeline regarding his status but for now he can stay in lineups.
    Friday, 8:42 pm
  • Pierce (hip) returns, passes 25K career pts
    Paul Pierce (hip) returned to action in Friday's loss to the Hawks, scoring 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Pierce also passed 25,000 points in his Hall of Fame career, and with the chance to rest looming it wouldn't be surprising if he missed any number of games to finish the year. We're not going to put him on the injury report until we hear something specific to that effect, but owners should be looking at other options.
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) scores 30 points
    Carmelo Anthony's shoulder wasn't a problem on Friday during a big 108-100 win in Toronto, shooting 8-of-17 from the field for 30 points with eight boards, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He said his shoulder bothered him on Sunday, but the schedule really helped Melo since that was the Knicks' last game. He was able to get to the line 14 times and really played with a lot of heart. The Knicks needed this win, but the Hawks beating Brooklyn hurts their chances to make the post season. They'll get a tough game against the Bulls on Sunday.
    Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Luol Deng (back) will not play on Friday
    Luol Deng (back) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: He's been battling a back strain this month and the team will hold him out. Despite big minutes for much of his career, Deng had been extremely durable, but that's changed in the past two years. Alonzo Gee will likely start, but expect the Cavs to just get more out of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
    Friday, 4:24 pm
  • Alan Anderson out, Andrei Kirilenko starting
    Alan Anderson will miss Friday's game vs. the Hawks due to a sore abdominal muscle.

    Advice: He was expected to start tonight, but the team will now move Andrei Kirilenko into the first unit. Anderson's injury doesn't sound serious and he's likely just getting some rest. He has little fantasy value, though.
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • Paul Pierce back in the starting lineup
    Paul Pierce (hip) will start against the Hawks on Friday night.

    Advice: He'll join Jorge Gutierrez, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett in the first unit. Pierce had his turn to rest on Wednesday night and we would expect him to play without limitation. Considering Deron Williams (knee) is out, Pierce could have the ball in his hands a lot.
    Friday, 3:18 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony will play on Friday
    Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will play in Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Anthony said he's refused further tests on his right (shooting) shoulder because there's no way he's sitting out no matter what. The Knicks are two games behind the Hawks for the final playoff spot in the East.
    Friday, 8:38 am
  • Paul Pierce expected to play Friday
    Paul Pierce (hip) is expected to return for Friday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Pierce and the rest of the Nets' elderly players will go through warmups before any final decision is made, but it's looking like Shaun Livingston (toe) is the only one that will sit out. It suggests that Pierce's hip is feeling near 100 percent as he wouldn't be risking anything this close to the playoffs.
    Friday, 7:39 am
  • Pacers won't rest anyone against Heat Friday
    Coach Frank Vogel plans to return to his full lineup for Friday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Vogel decided to give his entire starting five the night off on Wednesday and the Pacers still beat the Bucks. But the entire team went through practice on Thursday and the starters reportedly showed fresher legs. Now they'll be at full strength as they try to hold off Miami (half-game behind) for the East's No. 1 seed. That means George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert will start and play their usual minutes.
    Friday, 6:22 am
  • Klay Thompson scores 21 points in 30 minutes
    Klay Thompson made three 3-pointers against the Nuggets during a tough 100-99 loss on Thursday, scoring 21 points with two boards, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: He's been hot from deep over his last five, making 3.8 treys per game with 23.4 points 2.8 boards, 2.0 assists and 0.4 steals on 51.8 percent from the field. The Warriors went 3-2 in that span and will certainly be hoping Thompson stays hot against the Lakers in a big game on Friday.
    Thursday, 11:04 pm