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  • Pau Gasol plays just 18 minutes vs. GSW
    Pau Gasol played just 18 minutes and finished with two points, four rebounds and one assist on 1-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's easy win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors didn't really use center Zaza Pachulia much and the Spurs were quite dominant without Gasol on the floor. He'll be better than this on most nights, so don't do anything crazy with Pau. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Aldridge drops 26 & 14 in easy win over GSW
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 10-of-20 shots for 26 points and 14 rebounds, and added a 3-pointer and a steal in Tuesday's surprisingly easy 129-100 win at Oracle Arena.

    Advice: Aldridge had his way with the Warriors tonight and looked spry. He's primed for a big season, especially given that Tim Duncan is retired. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Trey Lyles held to five points Tuesday
    Trey Lyles was quiet vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, scoring five points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He forced a couple shots early on and turned the ball over a few times, but he eventually settled down. Boris Diaw did basically nothing in 32 minutes in the starting lineup in place of Derrick Favors (knee), and Lyles still looks like the better add for his upside in 3-pointers. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Durant posts solid stats in ugly loss
    Kevin Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 11-of-18 shooting in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: KD, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry all got to eat tonight, but the outcome of the game was highly disappointing for the Oracle faithful, as they lost 129-100. Let's remember this team has only been together for a short time and this was their first real game. We're guessing they'll be blowing opponents' doors off a month from now, if not sooner. If you drafted Durant, tonight is a good sign that things are going to work out. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Boris Diaw held to two points in loss to POR
    Boris Diaw disappointed in a start at power forward vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, scoring two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: Not many forwards can play 32 minutes and finish with just three rebounds, but it was that kind of night for Diaw. He looked a step too slow and also missed all three of his triples. It sounds like Derrick Favors (knee) is progressing, but no one knows for sure. Even with the uncertainty, it's better to leave Diaw on the wire. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Draymond Green plays well in ugly loss
    Draymond Green scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals, a block and two 3-pointers

    Advice: So much for Dray taking a hit with the arrival of KD, but this was just one game. Regardless of what happens going forward, this is a good reminder that Green has unlimited potential and is one of the best defenders in the league. He was great tonight and will end up being a draft-day steal if he keeps this up for the long haul. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays just 15 minutes
    Mason Plumlee played just 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, finishing with two points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He looked like a stud in the preseason and he’s locked down the starting job, but he struggled with foul trouble against Rudy Gobert. Plumlee is a nice source of rebounds and is usually good for a few assists, but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when the Blazers add another center to mix in Festus Ezeli (knee). Give Plumlee another chance. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Noah Vonleh scores 11, hits 5-of-5 shots
    Noah Vonleh hit all five of his shots vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, one block and one triple in 16 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn’t expected to be in the rotation a few weeks ago, but he earned a role with a very strong preseason. Vonleh showed a smooth touch on his jumpers tonight and he made a strong case for more minutes. The Portland frontcourt is very crowded, so deep-league owners can simply just keep an eye on him. We'll let you know if his role grows. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Tristan Thompson fails to score in opener
    Tristan Thompson started at center for the Cavaliers on Tuesday, but missed his only shot and collected six rebounds for one of the most disappointing lines of the night.

    Advice: He's got to be better than this going forward, while it's important to note that Knicks center Joakim Noah was equally as bad. Give Thompson a couple more games before jumping off the ledge, but feel free to hang out there. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Kevin Love looks good in opening win
    Kevin Love hit 6-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and three steals in Tuesday's easy romp over the Knicks.

    Advice: The three steals were particularly nice and this is what you should expect from Love, or something resembling it, on a nightly basis. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Joakim Noah invisible in loss to Cavs
    Joakim Noah played 20 minutes, missed his only shot attempt and finished with zero points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in Tuesday's opening loss to Cleveland.

    Advice: Noah's simply not the player he used to be and injuries have taken a toll. He missed all but 29 games last season after shoulder surgery so it could take him a while to get back in game shape. Then again, the longer it takes him to return to form, the better the chances are of him suffering some other type of injury. If he doesn't kill it in his next game, look for Noah to start showing up on waiver wires across the fantasy landscape. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Porzingis plays well in season opener
    Kristaps Porzingis had 16 points, seven rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 5-of-13 shooting in Tuesday's season-opening loss to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: It's hard not to love Porzingis and his game, and the fact he racked up the gold tonight (steals, blocks and treys) should reassure owners that they made the right pick in their draft. Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • LeBron triple-doubles in opening win
    LeBron James racked up the 43rd triple-double of his career and first in an opener with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists as the Cavaliers destroyed the Knicks 117-88 in the first NBA game of the season.

    Advice: He also had about six dunks and a block on "ring night," but no steals or 3-pointers. He played 32 minutes, hit 9-of-14 shots and is still possibly the best player in the NBA. But the rest he's going to get and the games he'll likely miss in the fantasy playoffs put a bit of a dent in his overall value. Having said that, this was possibly his best opening-night performance ever and he's hungry to get another ring. Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Rose, Lee, Anthony, Porzingis, Noah starting
    Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah are starting vs. the Cavs on Tuesday.

    Advice: No surprises here. This will likely be the Knicks starting lineup for the entirety of the regular season, or as long as all five starters can stay healthy. Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • Irving, Smith, LeBron, Love, Tristan starting
    Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will start vs. the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: No surprises here. Kay Felder (concussion) is out, so Iman Shumpert and Jordan McRae could see a slight uptick in minutes off the bench. Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Parsons (knee) going through 5-on-5 work
    Chandler Parsons (knee rehab) has progressed to going through 5-on-5 work.

    Advice: Parsons said that he's been feeling "much better" now than he was at the start of training camp, that he hasn't lost a step, and that he hopes to get back on the court "soon." The Grizzlies have made it very clear that they won't rush anything with Parsons' rehab, but him going through full practices and 5-on-5 work is a very encouraging sign. He'll spend opening night on the sidelines, and remains without a firm timetable to return, but it does appear he's getting close. Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Jarell Martin (foot) questionable for opener
    Jarell Martin (plantar fasciitis in right foot) is questionable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Martin is progressing, but still seeing just a limited workload at practices, so chances are he'll begin the year on the sidelines. There's no fantasy value here. Yesterday, 3:36 pm
  • Wright (ankle) to be re-evaluated in 10 days
    Brandon Wright (left ankle) will be re-evaluated in 10 days.

    Advice: Wright just can't ever seem to stay healthy, and while he'll be re-evaluated in 10 days, he remains without an official timetable to return. With Wright out and Marc Gasol's minutes likely to be held in check early on, Zach Randolph could be earning some extended run at the five-spot. Wright isn't worth owning almost anywhere. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) gets in intense workout
    Derrick Favors (left knee) was spotted going through an "intense" full court workout following Tuesday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: He's already been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Blazers, but he was able to some full court sprints on Tuesday in addition to working in some halfcourt, pick-and-roll sets, so he's definitely progressing in a positive direction. The Jazz will return to Utah for a home game against the Lakers on Friday, so for now, we'll be considering Favors questionable for that one. Boris Diaw will be the starter sans Favors, but Trey Lyles should be the primary beneficiary with Rodney Hood taking on a more active role in the offense. Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov will play in opener
    Luke Walton confirmed on Tuesday that both Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be good to go for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Deng could provide some low-end value to begin the year, but his role could slowly diminish in Los Angeles as the losses begin to pile up and player development becomes a priority over wins. Mozgov signed a massive deal with the Lakers this offseason, but it would be surprising if he were a significant factor in fantasy hoops this year. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Brice Johnson (back) out for opening night
    Brice Johnson (back) will not play opening night.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely with an acute herniated disc in his lower back. It'll be tough for Johnson to crack the rotation his rookie season. Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Deng, Mozgov probable for season opener
    Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are probable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Neither guy is dealing with a significant injury, so it would be very surprising to see them miss opening night. Deng will be L.A.'s starting small forward, but his minutes could be held in check with the development of Brandon Ingram being a priority for the Lakers. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • Noel undergoes successful left knee surgery
    Nerlens Noel underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Tuesday.

    Advice: Early reports suggest that Noel is looking at a 3-5 week absence, but knowing the 76ers, his absence could certainly extend past that timeline. Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor (knee) will be picking up the slack in Noel's absence, and we could also see Brett Brown go with some small-ball lineups using Dario Saric at the five-spot with Jerami Grant earning some extended minutes at the four. Expect Noel to be handled with kid gloves once he is finally cleared to return to the court. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for opener
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) is questionable to play in Denver's regular-season opener against New Orleans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He still hasn't gone through a full practice, so chances are he'll spend Wednesday's game on the sidelines. Arthur is a non-factor in all leagues while the Nuggets are healthy. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Dario Saric (face) practices in full Tuesday
    Dario Saric (face) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: He caught an elbow to the chin via Joel Embiid that ended his participation during Monday's practice, but he took some pain medication and was back without limitations during Tuesday's practice. He should be just fine for opening night, and it'll be interesting to see what he can do logging major minutes as Philly's starting PF. There's some nice upside here. Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Boris Diaw will start at PF on opening night.
    Boris Diaw will start at PF on opening night.

    Advice: Diaw will start in place of the injured Derrick Favors (knee). Even though he is starting it would be surprising if Diaw played more than 25 minutes on opening night. He will likely split time with Trey Lyles. Despite coming off the bench, Lyles is the more appealing Daily Fantasy play. Yesterday, 11:07 am
  • Taj Gibson will start on opening night
    Taj Gibson will start at power forward on opening night.

    Advice: Coach Fred Hoiberg has made the decision to start Gibson over Nikola Mirotic. Even though the Bulls now have limited long-range shooting in their starting lineup, Gibson outplayed Mirotic during the preseason and deserved to be named a starter. Nonetheless, Gibson and Mirotic will likely end up splitting minutes at power forward, decreasing the fantasy value of each player as they remain locked in a timeshare. Yesterday, 11:04 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) will not play in opener
    Derrick Favors (left knee) will not play in season opener vs. Portland.

    Advice: Favors hasn't seen game action since the preseason opener, which was a month ago. There was hope that he would be ready to play by the time the regular season rolled around, but that hope has been extinguished. We still don't have a clear timetable as to when Favors will return to the floor. Trey Lyles will likely see an uptick in minutes with Favors sidelined and makes for an intriguing Daily Fantasy play on Tuesday night. Yesterday, 10:51 am
  • Frank Kaminsky unlikely to play in opener
    Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is unlikely to play in Wednesday night's season-opener.

    Advice: Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer states that it "doesn't sound like" Kaminsky will play in the season-opener. Kaminsky has been making progress, as yesterday he shed the protective walking boot he had been wearing over the weekend, but it appears as if he won't make his season debut to later this week. Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) expected to be available
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) will be available for the season opener, barring a setback.

    Advice: It sounds like Zeller is making progress and appears to be on track to play; however, it is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction. Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Dario Saric expected to practice Tuesday
    Dario Saric (face) is expected to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He took a shot to the face at Monday's practice, and while he will be re-evaluated, it doesn't sound serious at all. Saric should be the starting PF on opening night and is looking at a heavy workload. Monday, 4:51 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky is ‘making lots of progress'
    Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is "making lots of progress" and is "questionable" for the season-opener.

    Advice: Kaminsky, who suffered a right foot strain in Friday’s exhibition game, was well enough Monday to be walking in sneakers, rather than the protective boot he wore over the weekend. "He said he felt a lot better," coach Steve Clifford said of Kaminsky. "He did a ton [of rehabilitation] Sunday and then he was back in here this morning. I guess you’d call him questionable [for the season-opener], but he’s making lots of progress." Monday, 3:23 pm
  • Brandan Wright (ankle) won't play in opener.
    Brandon Wright (ankle) will not play in the season opener against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last year, badly sprained his left ankle early in the preseason and is clearly still not yet 100 percent healed. With starting center Marc Gasol (foot, ankle) on a minutes restriction, there was an opportunity for Wright to see increased playing time, but Wright needs to first get himself healthy. Monday, 12:22 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) won't play in opener.
    Chandler Parsons (knee rehab) will not play in season opener.

    Advice: Parsons is recovering from surgery to his right knee and had been making progress. There was some hope that he would be ready for the season's first game, but coach David Fizdale told reporters on Monday that Parsons would not be available. Afer signing Parsons to a max deal this summer, the Grizz are understandably taking a cautious approach with their $94.4 million investment. Monday, 12:15 pm
  • Saric gets hit in the face, leaves practice
    Dario Saric was forced out of Monday's practice after getting hit the face with an elbow.

    Advice: We should be getting some more info on this shortly, but early reports suggest that this isn't anything that will keep him out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against OKC. However, if this does turn into something that forces Saric to miss any time, Jerami Grant would see the biggest boost in value as he'd more than likely slide into the starting four-spot. Stay tuned. Monday, 10:44 am
  • POR picks up options on Vonleh and Napier
    Portland has exercised their fourth-year team options on Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier.

    Advice: Neither guy is expected to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues this season. Monday, 9:18 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) practices fully Sunday
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) was a full participant in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He's questionable for opening night, but coach Steve Clifford has already conceded that Zeller will be very limited upon his return due to a lack of conditioning. Roy Hibbert will almost certainly start on opening night, but there are no guarantees he can keep the job once Zeller gets up to speed. Sunday, 5:13 pm
  • Joakim Noah says he feels 'a step slow' on D
    Joakim Noah acknowledged that he felt "a step slow" on the defensive end during the preseason.

    Advice: "Right now I feel a step slow defensively. And I have to do better. I have to do better for this ball-club. We all do," Noah said. "I mean for sure I feel like I haven’t played in a long time. I just have to get my steps, get my first step back, and it will come. It will come." Shoulder surgery kept Noah off the court for all but 29 games last year, and then he missed time during the preseason with an ankle and hamstring issue, so it makes sense that he's feeling a bit rusty. The 31-year-old can't be viewed as anything more than a late-round target in standard leagues. Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Michael Malone is hopeful that Arthur will be able to ramp of his activities during Monday and Tuesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Denver's regular-season opener against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Arthur won't be on the court enough while the team is at full strength to justify a roster spot in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 12:12 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) questionable for opener
    Frank Kaminsky (right foot sprain) is questionable to play Charlotte's regular-season opener against Milwaukee.

    Advice: Marvin Williams (finger) is going to play on opening night, so Kaminsky's status is more or less meaningless. If Kaminsky is out on Wednesday, it'll be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist earning some extended minutes at the four-spot, with Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes splitting the center minutes. Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Boris Diaw (leg) practices in full on Sunday
    Boris Diaw (right leg) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Diaw sat out Saturday's practice with a leg bruise, but he should be just fine for opening night. Still, he won't have a large enough role in Utah to justify a draft pick in almost any format. Sunday, 11:36 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Derrick Favors (left knee) participated in portions of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: This is the first time that Favors has gone through any sort of practice since going down with the knee injury, and while this is a positive development, we're still going to consider him questionable for Utah's regular-season opener against Portland until we get some more information. Knee issues for big men are always concerning, so Favors remains a bit of a risky early-round target. Trey Lyles will benefit most if Favors' misses any time during the regular season. Sunday, 11:31 am
  • LeBron's minutes won't impact MVP chances
    LeBron James does not believe his minutes will impact his MVP bid.

    Advice: "No," James said. "Because Steph played 31 minutes a game and he won the MVP." The King with multiple rings has a good point, and it won't be surprising if/when James reasserts himself atop the MVP race given Curry is now playing alongside Kevin Durant. James and Tyronn Lue have discussed limiting LeBron's minutes, but it's not like he's suddenly going to dip below 30 minutes per contest. Saturday, 3:48 pm
  • Report: Noel (knee surgery) to miss 3-5 weeks
    Nerlens Noel (left knee surgery) is expected to be out for the next three-to-five weeks, sources told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Advice: Noel's procedure is scheduled to take place on Monday, and we now have a better idea of just how long we can expect to see him sitting on the sidelines. This means Noel will be targeting a return in late November, and it's unclear what role he may come back to given Joel Embiid has played well and Jahlil Okafor (knee surgery) will be his backup to begin the year. Sooner or later, the Sixers will need to stop this charade and move one of these guys, but they're not going to get equal value for any of them at the current moment in time. It's a bad situation that's only getting more complicated in both fantasy and reality. Saturday, 2:07 pm
  • Bulls waiting to name starting power forward
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said that he's still undecided on who will start at power forward on opening night.

    Advice: If Hoiberg is making his decision based on the preseason, it should be Taj Gibson given he was easily Chicago's best option at the position. At this point, it would be surprising to see the team go in another direction. Gibson was awesome during the preseason and deserves a look at the end of standard drafts, just don't expect him to be one of those "upside" kind of picks. Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg contusion) DNP on Saturday
    Boris Diaw (right leg contusion) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Diaw had a left leg contusion, but either way it does not sound serious and the veteran should be ready to roll for opening night. He could be looking at a bigger role out of the gate given Derrick Favors (left knee) faces an uncertain timetable to return. Saturday, 12:17 pm
  • Derrick Favors (L knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee, IT band syndrome) did not practice again on Saturday.

    Advice: The Jazz and fantasy owners can continue to hold out hope that he'll be ready for the regular season opener, but the reality is as follows: Favors hasn't been on the floor in nearly three weeks, we've gotten very little real information when it comes to his progression and nobody seems to know exactly what the problem is. At this point, we have no choice but to bump him down our draft boards while moving up Trey Lyles a few ticks in the process. Favors should be considered questionable at best for opening night and the potential exists for him to miss multiple regular season contests. Saturday, 11:44 am
  • Unfair Advantage: Durant drops 28-7-6 line
    Kevin Durant was unfair against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 28 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: So that's a wrap for his preseason. Durant finished with a 70.0 true shooting percentage to go with his 28.3 usage rate. What's more, KD's per-36-minute scoring in the preseason was 29.8, which is actually a better rate than last season. The former MVP was playing more like his teammate Stephen Curry with numerous highlight reel treys. He could still wind up being fantasy's top player. Friday, 10:49 pm
  • Dario Saric scores 19 with seven boards
    Dario Saric scored 19 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Former GM Sam Hinkie must feel like a proud papa here with his stashed guy playing his best game. Saric was playing through an abdominal injury in this game, but coach Brett Brown really wanted to have his starting power forward get a feel for a full complement of minutes. The rookie will have some ups and downs, but his diversity on the stat sheet makes him a prime pick late in drafts. Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky suffers right foot sprain
    Frank Kaminsky suffered a right foot sprain on Friday.

    Advice: That's not good and it was more than just the originally reported soreness. Kaminsky will likely be getting further evaluation this weekend to determine his prognosis and treatment. For now, we will consider him between doubtful and questionable for the opener. If he and Marvin Williams (finger) can't go, the Hornets will have to play multiple players out of position. Friday, 6:29 pm
  • Parsons practicing, not cleared for games
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has fully participated in the last two practices, but has yet to be cleared for game action.

    Advice: "No problems at all with the knee," Parsons said to ESPN. There is still some hope Parsons can get out there for the opener, but the Grizzlies will take it easy on their max guy. He's going to slide in fantasy drafts big time, but he does have value after the middle rounds. Friday, 6:00 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (right foot) to locker room
    Frank Kaminsky has gone to the locker room to be evaluated for a sore right foot.

    Advice: It didn't look bad and hopefully it's just soreness. Kaminsky was absolutely dominated by Karl-Anthony Towns and the Hornets have no incentive to put him back out there. With Marvin Williams (finger) questionable for the season opener, the Hornets may need Frank the Tank. Friday, 5:46 pm
  • Luol Deng out for Friday night
    Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a night off for the veteran. Deng should start the opener, but he'll have Brandon Ingram right behind him all season. Friday, 5:43 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) to have minor procedure
    Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) has elected to address his injury via a minor surgical procedure "in the coming days," according to the 76ers.

    Advice: That rules him out for the start of the season, and this is different from his groin injury. According to the team, "Noel reported localized soreness in his left knee. After consulting with multiple specialists, the source of the soreness was identified as inflamed plica." There is no timetable and the 76ers will undoubtedly take their time with him. At this point, Noel is only a borderline draft pick in standard leagues. Richaun Holmes and Joel Embiid benefit while Jahlil Okafor (knee) is still on a minutes cap. Friday, 3:45 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) on the injury report
    Boris Diaw (left leg contusion) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Diaw. There was no indication of an injury before this, so it's likely just a light bruise. For now, expect Diaw to be available for the opener. Friday, 12:16 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: Since his preseason debut back on Oct. 4, Favors has been on the injury report due to knee soreness. He had right knee soreness back in April and also missed one game due to left knee soreness in 2012. In other words, Favors' 25-year-old knees aren't in terrible shape. That said, he should be bumped down a round or two with this concern. Trey Lyles has added value. Friday, 12:14 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) will not play on Friday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: There was some hope that Arthur could go after he took some contact in Thursday's practice, but the Nuggets aren't going to take any chances. The Nuggets going with a big lineup of Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic hurts Arthur's outlook, especially since he's behind Kenneth Faried on the depth chart. Arthur can be considered questionable for the opener. Friday, 10:06 am
  • Taj Gibson has another solid game
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points with nine rebounds and one block in 26 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: For a player to leapfrog another on the depth chart, one player will have to have a strong October while the other struggles. That's exactly what happened with Taj going off and Nikola Mirotic (back) flopping and getting hurt. Maybe a guy like Rajon Rondo can get Gibson going, so give him a look in the last couple rounds to see what happens. Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays 21 minutes on Thursday
    Joakim Noah played 21 points on Thursday with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: It's tough to get a read on Noah's role as the starter due to the injury earlier this month, but only 21 minutes tonight now that he's been healthy for almost a week should indicate he won't play minutes in the upper 20s. Noah has been valuable in fantasy before due to his blocks, assists, steals and boards, so he's worthy of a late round pick after the high-demand sleepers are gone. Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) took some contact during Thursday's practice, and there's a chance he can suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Friday will mark Day-10 of Arthur's initial 10-14 day timetable, so if he wakes up feeling fine after going through Thursday's practice, he could certainly be on the floor Friday night. That being said, he's not going to have any value in fantasy hoops this season while the team is healthy. Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Walker, Batum, MKG, Kaminsky, Hibbert start
    Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Frank Kaminsky and Roy Hibbert will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Heat.

    Advice: Marvin Williams is dealing with a broken finger, and Cody Zeller (knee) still isn't 100 percent, so Kaminsky will have the opportunity to run with the starters tonight. Steve Clifford hasn't officially ruled Williams' out for opening night, but if he's not able to give it a go, it'll likely be Kaminsky opening the year as Charlotte's starting four-man. That being said, Kaminsky's value will tank once Williams' gets back on the court, so he's only worth a look as a late-round flier in deep leagues. Thursday, 3:32 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge says he's happy in SA
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that he's happy in San Antonio and he's not buying into the rumors that the Spurs are open to trading him.

    Advice: "For sure, I am," Aldridge said when asked if he's been pleased with the way things have gone in San Antonio. "We made history last year (winning a franchise-record 67 games). They incorporated me into the family and tried to make me one of the big pieces. I’m from Texas. I see my family. I’m winning. Of course, I’m happy. That’s why I don’t buy into the rumors. I feel like I’ve done everything they’ve asked of me." The original report didn't come from the most reliable source, so we wouldn't read too much into the rumors. Thursday, 1:24 pm
  • Kevin Durant racks up 27/6/4 in 31 minutes
    Kevin Durant finished Wednesday's victory with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, six boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: This marks a preseason high for Durant in scoring and free throws made (7-of-7), but it's also the first time that he's logged more than 26 minutes. He's yet to miss from the line in 26 attempts and he's a combined 14-of-26 from downtown this preseason, the type of efficiency you'd expect from a former MVP. A dip in usage and shot attempts is probable, but concerns about his ability to share the court with the Warriors' incumbent scorers are overblown. Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) questionable for opener
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is questionable for Utah's season opener on Oct. 25, according to Jazz beat writer Tony Jones.

    Advice: Jones wrote that he's "hearing [Favors] will be back for opener," but he also warned, "won't know his status until close to Tuesday ... he needs to practice first." There are obviously no guarantees that Favors won't begin the season with a DNP, but this is at least an optimistic tidbit for worried fantasy owners. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Trey Lyles scores 11 points w/ three triples
    Trey Lyles continued to impress on Wednesday, contributing 11 points, eight rebounds and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Lyles is a combined 7-of-13 from deep in Utah's past three exhibitions, a crucial facet of his game for a Jazz team that was middle-of-the-pack in perimeter shooting last year. Quin Snyder recently challenged Lyles to improve defensively, but that shouldn't prevent him from averaging minutes in the low-to-mid 20s this year. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Derrick Favors (left knee) sits out yet again
    Derrick Favors (left knee) didn't play in Wednesday's preseason finale, as expected.

    Advice: Favors hasn't practiced since Utah's preseason opener, which doesn't bode well for his opening-night status. He's dealing with IT band syndrome, which is related to overuse and causes pain during lateral movement, and rest is the primary prescription. There's enough risk here to bump him down a round or two on draft day. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Mason Plumlee racks up 10/8/7 in 24 minutes
    Mason Plumlee notched eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in just 24 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Plumlee had an assist rate of 21.6 last season, which ranked third among PF/Cs who played at least 25 minutes per game -- only Draymond Green and Tim Duncan were ahead of him. He hasn't missed a game in the past two seasons and only needs 25 minutes to be a low-end fantasy option, yet he can routinely be taken with a flier pick on draft day. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis fills it up in 23 minutes
    Kristaps Porzingis posted 20 points vs. the Celtics on Sunday, making 7-of-13 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with three rebounds, three blocks, two steals, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: KP did his damage in only 23 minutes, despite coach Jeff Hornacek's plan to ramp up for the regular season. "It's kind of our last chance to see if these guys can play that much without petering out," Hornacek said. Porzingis aced tonight's pop-quiz, to say the least, and there's a reason he's flying off draft boards in the early rounds. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) logs 14 minutes Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) pitched in two points, seven rebounds and four assists in his second preseason game, going 0-of-2 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line in 14 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks have taken a cautious approach with their oft-injured center this preseason, but he's on pace to start the season opener. He has a lot to prove after a poor 2015-16 campaign during which he shot 38.8 percent from the field, but boasts an expanded role and enough upside to warrant a late-round pick. Wednesday, 7:24 pm
  • Luol Deng rested Wednesday vs. Warriors
    Luol Deng will be rested vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's nothing to see here, as L.A. is taking the opportunity to rest the veteran in a meaningless game. Nick Young will get the start at SF in his absence. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) iffy for season opener
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford conceded that Cody Zeller (bruised knee) might not be able to play much early in the regular season.

    Advice: "Bottom line is he’s not going to be ready. He hasn’t done enough," Clifford said. "You couldn’t, with any realistic expectation, think that he could possibly play much, if at all. He’s had no preseason, so there’s no way he could be ready to play." Zeller's lingering bone bruise leaves Roy Hibbert as the opening night starter, with Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky as backups. Wednesday, 4:51 pm
  • Cody Zeller (right knee) ruled out Thursday
    Cody Zeller (right knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Zeller recently returned to practice without any setbacks, but the team is wisely being cautious with an injury that has lingered throughout the offseason. Considering Zeller's lack of on-court time this preseason, Roy Hibbert is poised to open the season as Charlotte's starting center. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis is back for Wednesday
    Kristaps Porzingis (groin) will start on Wednesday.

    Advice: His groin strain from Saturday was never really a concern. Interestingly, Porzinigis leads the Knicks in 3-pointers per game. As long as he has some consistency, the Unicorn should soar in his second season. Wednesday, 3:50 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not go through shootaround and is not expected to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Favors hasn't taken the court since October 3, and while IT band syndrome isn't typically a serious issue, the extended absence is concerning. Until we get some new info, we're going to consider him questionable for opening night, and with each day spent on the sidelines it's getting increasingly difficult to justify spending an early mid-round selection on Favors. If you do take the plunge on draft day, it would be wise to also invest a late-round selection in Trey Lyles as a handcuff pick. Wednesday, 10:19 am
  • NYK pickup team option on Kristaps Porzingis
    The Knicks have picked up their 2017-18 team option on Kristaps Porzingis.

    Advice: This was probably the easiest decision Phil Jackson has ever had to make as a member of the Knicks front office. Porzingis could be in for a top-30 season playing in Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo system, so taking him anytime during Round-3 makes sense. He is dealing with a minor groin issue, but he went through a full practice on Tuesday so he should be just fine for opening night. Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • Brown unconcerned with Saric's shooting woes
    Brett Brown was not at all concerned when discussing Dario Saric's recent shooting struggles.

    Advice: "[It's no surprise] at all," Brown said of Saric's recent shooting struggles. "It's going to happen throughout the year. It's just a long year and it's a new year and it's an unfamiliar year with teammates and coaches and everything." Over the past three preseason games, Saric has shot just 5-of-22 from the field, but he believes once he stops rushing things his shot will come back to him. Like most rookies, turnovers and shooting percentages will likely be an issue for Saric, but he has the ability to bring a little bit of everything to the stat sheet making him an alluring late-round target. Wednesday, 6:57 am
  • Tristan Thompson double-doubles in loss
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled vs. the Wizards on Tuesday, notching 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: This is what he does. The Cavs won't run many plays for Thompson, but he's going to clean up on the offensive glass for put-backs which will keep his FG percentage up. He will be the full-time starter at center this season and is a lock to see more than the 28 minutes per game he played last season. He's a subpar free throw shooter and won't record many blocks, but he's an excellent source of rebounds. Tuesday, 6:43 pm
  • Return of the King: LeBron scores 18
    LeBron James returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Wizards, scoring 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's in mid-season form and finished 8-of-13 from the field. The Cavs will likely monitor his workload this season and he will have some maintenance days down the stretch, so that's why he usually falls to the end of the first round in most drafts. Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • Brandan Wright (ankle) out Wednesday
    Brandan Wright (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: The guy just can't stay healthy. Wright is expected to be in the rotation this season, but he should be considered questionable for opening night. Zach Randolph will get the backup center minutes if Wright can't go. Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) out Wednesday
    Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: This was his final chance to play in the preseason, so this is disappointing. The Grizzlies won't provide a timetable, but Parsons has been spotted running and getting some shots up. For now, we'll consider him closer to doubtful for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:13 pm
  • Jarell Martin (foot) out Wednesday
    Jarell Martin (foot) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He played in just one preseason game, but he can't shake his foot injury. Martin won't be in the rotation on opening night. Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • Report: SA open to trading LaMarcus Aldridge
    The Spurs are reportedly open to trading away LaMarcus Aldridge should the right deal arrive.

    Advice: Those close to the situation suggest that Aldridge may not be happy playing second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio, and Jackie MacMullan of ESPN has hinted that Aldridge could be sent packing prior to the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. Aldridge does have a player option for the 2018-19 season, so the Spurs may want to ship him out now while he still has a couple years left on his deal if things start heading south. Phoenix and Boston could emerge as potential suitors for Aldridge should anything go down, but to be clear, nothing is imminent at the moment. Tuesday, 1:02 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis practices on Tuesday
    Kristaps Porzingis (strained groin) was able to practice in full on Tuesday.

    Advice: Porzingis wasn't thought to be in danger of missing the season opener on Oct. 25 and his return to practice solidifies that thought. The second-year player remains a solid target in the third round of standard fantasy drafts after averaging 14.3 points, 7.3 boards, 1.1 triples, 1.3 assists and 1.9 blocks per game last season. Tuesday, 10:12 am
  • Nerlens Noel, 76ers not talking extension yet
    Nerlens Noel (groin) and the 76ers haven't talked about an extension yet.

    Advice: The two sides have until October 31 to work out a deal that will keep Noel from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season, but the two sides have yet to talk. "It's not really something that we've discussed, given some of the concerns that I think Nerlens has had, right now," said the team's president of basketball operations, Brian Colangelo. "There's been very little if any discussion with his agents about any extension scenarios." While the two sides will talk before the deadline, Noel isn't much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to the 76ers crowded frontcourt. Tuesday, 10:09 am
  • Draymond Green adjusting to new role
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green is adjusting to a new role with Kevin Durant in town.

    Advice: "It’s going to be an adjustment for sure," Kerr said. "Draymond may not touch the ball as often because obviously KD will be touching it quite a bit, more than Harrison [Barnes] did. The dynamics change." While Green may not touch the ball as much as he did last year, he'll still have early-round fantasy value due to his ability to fill up the stat sheet in other ways. Tuesday, 9:15 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis (groin) shrugs off injury
    Kristaps Porzingis (strained groin) feels that he'll be "good to go" for Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: "I felt it a little bit when I warmed up [Monday], but then it felt OK," Porzingis said. "But we’re still just making sure ... When I got loose and warming up, I didn’t feel it anymore." The Knicks are wisely taking every precaution with their prized forward, and this injury shouldn't impact his readiness for the season opener on Oct. 25. Monday, 9:24 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) shoots 4-of-14 vs. CHI
    Frank Kaminsky (foot) finished Monday's OT win vs. Chicago with 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting, three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The foot injury came out of nowhere and the fact that he played big minutes in a meaningless preseason game is proof that he's fine. Kaminsky's fantasy outlook is bleak, though he's worth watching in deep leagues with Cody Zeller (knee) and Marvin Williams (finger) both ailing. Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Taj Gibson starts again at PF on Monday
    Taj Gibson started Monday's game and had 12 points, six boards and two steals in just 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: The veteran has been on fire all preseason and may have locked up the starting PF job alongside Robin Lopez, as guys like Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis have failed to separate themselves. Mirotic also suffered a strained lower back tonight, increasing the odds that Gibson will start on opening night. Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Hill, Exum, Johnson, Diaw and Gobert starting
    George Hill, Dante Exum, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will start vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) and Rodney Hood (hand) have both been ruled out in addition to Alec Burks (knee, ankle) and Gordon Hayward (finger). We should see plenty of late-round sleeper Trey Lyles on Monday as well. Monday, 5:15 pm
  • Porzingis (groin) limited at practice Monday
    Kristaps Porzingis (groin) was limited at Monday's practice.

    Advice: This basically means he didn't scrimmage. Porzingis has already said that the Knicks are being "super cautious" and he's only dealing with some tightness in his groin, so he should be considered day-to-day. Fantasy owners shouldn't slide him down draft boards unless we hear some bad news. Monday, 10:38 am
  • Derrick Favors (left knee) out Monday
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not go through the morning shootaround and will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise considering he was listed as doubtful. The Jazz haven't provided a timetable and he's been out for nearly two weeks, so this is a little concerning. It should be the Trey Lyles show tonight with a sprinkle of Boris Diaw. Monday, 10:09 am
  • Snyder wants Lyles to keep improving his D
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants Trey Lyles to continue growing on the defensive end.

    Advice: "He's aggressive offensively and I want that to stay the same. He has to couple that aggression with good decision making," Snyder said. "We want him to play good defense and play both ends, and for a young player that never comes easy. But he absolutely wants to get better, and he will continue to get better." Lyles is averaging 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers through four preseason games, and should have a sizable role off the bench this season. He's a sleeper late in drafts and could have a ton of value if Derrick Favors (knee) misses time. Monday, 9:03 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) probable for Monday
    Frank Kaminsky (foot) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: This is the first we are hearing of a foot injury, but it's a good sign that he was listed as probable. If he is ultimately held out on Monday, the team is just being cautious. Kaminsky had 17 points, four treys and two blocks in his last outing. Monday, 6:18 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Cody Zeller (knee) will not play vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for contact last week and returned to practice on Thursday, but the Hornets aren't ready to throw him out there yet. Zeller is likely looking at a timeshare with Roy Hibbert, so we're not excited about his outlook. Monday, 6:12 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) doubtful Monday vs. LAC
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is doubtful to suit up for Monday's preseason game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Favors still hasn't practiced or played since the preseason opener, and with the regular season just a little over a week away, he's now in jeopardy of not being ready for opening night. The Jazz maintain that Favors' injury is not to be considered a long-term issue, but knee injuries for big men are nothing to shrug at. He's still too talented to let him fall out of the middle rounds on draft day, but there will now be some added risk in selecting a guy that only made it through 62 games last year. Trey Lyles will be the primary beneficiary if Favors is forced to miss any regular season action. Oct 16, 11:56 am
  • Porzingis: Doctors are being 'super cautious'
    Kristaps Porzingis (groin) said that doctors are being "super cautious" in holding him out of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He is feeling some tightness in his groin, but the injury is said to be very minor. "They want to make sure that I'm 100 percent healthy and can get back on the court," Porzingis said. He expects to be available for Wednesday's game vs. Boston, but we'll have another update on Monday and Tuesday. He should be fine. Oct 16, 6:22 am
  • KD, Klay & Curry combined for 55 on 78.1 TS%
    Kevin Durant made 7-of-11 from the field for 17 points against the Lakers on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, no turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's quite a stat line and drives home the point of how Durant is not just a scorer. Speaking of scoring, Stephen Curry scored 14 points on 5-of-9 from the field and Klay Thompson scored 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field. The three of them combined for 55 points on a pristine 78.1 true shooting percentage and were wide open all night. When they're on, this team will be impossible to defend and there will be plenty of nights they're scoring over 130. KD is still a top-four pick in standard leagues. Oct 15, 9:50 pm
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