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    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will play Saturday
      Demarcus Cousins (illness) will play on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: This is fantastic news, as Cousins is going to absolutely feast on Cold Aldrich. Get Cousins in all lineups and don't think twice about it. Rotoworld.com
      26 minutes ago
    • Marreese Speights will start again Saturday
      Marreese Speights will draw another start against Minnesota on Saturday.

      Advice: Festus Ezeli (ankle) and Andrew Bogut (knee) are both sidelined, so Speights will continue to see extended run with the first team. However, Bogut is nearing a return and David Lee is finally healthy, so it is only a matter of time before Speights heads back to the waiver wire, as there simply aren't enough minutes to go around in Golden State. Rotoworld.com
      44 minutes ago
    • Jason Smith will start on Saturday vs. Kings
      Jason Smith will start on Saturday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Quincy Acy is suspended and Amare Stoudemire is resting his ailing knee, so if Smith ever had a chance to log some serious minutes it would be this game. Regardless, even with the extra minutes Smith is not an intriguing option in any format and it would be wise to look the other way. Rotoworld.com
      50 minutes ago
    • Luc Mbah a Moute will not play on Saturday
      Luc Mbah a Moute (calf) will not play on Saturday against the Jazz.

      Advice: This is a new injury for Mbah a Moute. The 76ers tend to keep their players out longer than most teams and he has missed a lot of time due to injury in his career, so he's likely out for a handful of games. While he's out, it'll be a collective effort from K.J. McDaniels, JaKarr Sampson, Robert Covington and Henry Sims picking up extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:49 pm
    • Shawne Williams in the starting lineup
      Shawne Williams (foot) is starting against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

      Advice: He needed a lot of time to warm up and was truly a game-time decision. Williams isn't very involved in the offense and is more of just a floor spacer, so he's not going to have many chances to put up big numbers. Plus, Chris Bosh (calf) is getting closer, so keep him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:20 pm
       
      Injured
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) out on Saturday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) is out for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: He reportedly suffered the concussion on Tuesday, but it is not related to his previously fractured nose. He has had some tough luck this season, but owners may want to hold onto him considering Jabari Parker (knee) is out for the season. Johnny O'Bryant will likely continue to start for now, but he has been way too inconsistent to rely upon in most leagues. John Henson played well in his return Friday, and is worth a look in deeper leagues for his upside. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin has another solid line
      Blake Griffin scored 22 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

      Advice: His rebounding numbers continue to stay low while his assist numbers are high. Griffin also had his second multiple-block game of the season and today was his 10th consecutive game with at least one steal. His fantasy value is fine and he's making 73 percent from the line this month. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:58 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) doubtful Sunday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is doubtful to play against the Knicks on Sunday.

      Advice: If he sits, this will be his second game in a row out of the lineup. Aldridge was not with the team on Saturday and the Blazers probably won't have him for what should be an easy home game. Chris Kaman's wife gave birth to their son, so he should be back for the game. Joel Freeland had a career rebounding night on Friday and is probably the most reliable replacement. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:10 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable for Sat
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He missed Friday due to a stomach bug and it sounds like he's all better. Of course, multiple players have been probable with an illness and missed a game, so Cousins isn't a lock to play. Cousins returning would basically take away shots from the entire team, but the Kings should be more effective as a whole. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:03 pm
    • David Blatt says Love benched for matchup
      Coach David Blatt said he benched Kevin Love in the fourth quarter because of the matchup.

      Advice: "The way that Orlando was playing, they didn't make a particular substitution and we were just matched up so well defensively, we decided to not to go with it," Blatt said. "Certainly to Kevin's credit, he actually kind of recognized it and supported that." There was never really much of a concern to begin with and it shouldn't be a problem unless this becomes a trend. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:48 am
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) is out on Saturday
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: He is said to be nearing a return, but only owners in deep leagues should consider adding him for the time being. Hawes would need an injury to Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan before we could recommend an add, so you can safely leave him on the wire. Glen Davis will see a few extra minutes Saturday, but is not a fantasy option by any means. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:54 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-98 vs Tor
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) out on Saturday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. Sacramento.

      Advice: He is getting closer, but the Knicks will be in no rush to get the injury-prone Italian back in their lineup. Bargnani can continue to be ignored in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:29 am
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm @ Sac
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) upgraded to doubtful
      Spencer Hawes (knee) has been upgraded to doubtful for Saturday's game.

      Advice: He wasn't expected to be ready in time for Saturday's game, so even if he doesn't play it is a great sign that he is getting closer. However, Hawes is still only an asset in deeper leagues, and it will remain that way unless Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan suffers an injury. If Hawes sits this one, Glen Davis may see a few extra minutes in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:34 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-98 vs Tor
    • Justin Hamilton (concussion) out on Saturday
      Justin Hamilton (concussion) is out for Saturday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: The bad news for the Heat continues to pile up, and this means that Chris Andersen will continue seeing big minutes along with Udonis Haslem. The Birdman is worth a look for his ability to block shots, but owners in deep leagues can safely cut Hamilton and ignore Haslem. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:14 am
    • Shawne Williams dealing with a sore foot
      Shawne Williams is dealing with a really sore foot, and he is now considered a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Memphis.

      Advice: Chris Bosh (calf) was already ruled out for this one, meaning the Heat may be forced to give Udonis Haslem big minutes Saturday. Check back for official confirmation before tip-off, but owners should have a backup plan ready. However, don't look towards Haslem, as he simply doesn't have enough upside to play in almost any format. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:06 am
       
      Injured
    • Quincy Acy will not play Saturday vs. Kings
      Quincy Acy (suspension) will not play on Saturday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: He was ejected on Christmas for throwing a punch at John Wall, so his minutes will be soaked up by the likes of Amare Stoudemire, Travis Wear, and Jason Smith. Acy will be able to play on Sunday vs. Portland, but his value is limited to extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:52 am
       
      Suspended
      7:00 pm @ Sac
    • Freeland grabs career-best 17 rebounds vs PHI
      Joel Freeland grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds against the Sixers on Friday, and also chipped in with six points and one block in his 25 minutes.

      Advice: Obviously this is a matchup thing and with Chris Kaman (personal) out there's no value change. Kaman is still the guy to own of the bunch for projected late-round upside and all-in-all there's not a lot of value after the injury to Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:47 am
    • Arthur (leg) returns to action on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) was available but did not play on Friday against the Wolves.

      Advice: Kenneth Faried went off for 26 & 25 but played his normal 30 minutes, with J.J. Hickson getting the backup power forward minutes tonight. Arthur had been playing well enough for some deep leagues but with Faried's big night he's probably back to being mostly irrelevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:37 am
    • Thad Young posts strong line in loss to DEN
      Thaddeus Young scored 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds, four assists and two steals in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Young hit 3-of-4 free throws tonight and moved his average to 45.5 percent over the last six games, highlighting the struggles he has had from the stripe. With percentages that are in the dumps he certainly has buy low appeal, particularly when you factor in his mother's death and the return of Ricky Rubio as mitigating factors. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:29 am
    • Charlie V turning back the clock for the Mavs
      Charlie Villanueva continued his improbable run as Mavs' backup big man on Friday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with three rebounds and four blocks.

      Advice: Villanueva was fatigued by the minutes and he has three very solid games under his belt. We don't know if this can continue but he's the only real backup big that they have that can do anything offensively. He can't keep his current mid-round production from the last week up, but deep league owners can certainly speculate on his value and standard league owners (especially in 9-cat) may want to start giving him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:57 am
    • Ibaka posts 13 points and season-high 14 rebs
      Serge Ibaka scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with a season-high 14 rebounds and four blocks in the Thunder's 98-75 win over the Hornets on Friday.

      Advice: Owners are looking for better efficiency but on a night with that many boards, threes and blocks it's most certainly a win. If he doesn't get the efficiency taken care of, he's not going to sniff the first to second round value many thought he would have and it won't matter how many threes he's hitting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:31 am
    • Josh Smith takes 21 shots in Houston debut
      Josh Smith led the Rockets in field goal attempts with 21 in his Rockets debut on Friday, and he hit just nine of them to finish with 21 points, eight boards and three assists.

      Advice: The jokes just write themselves and he was more or less a positive in this game, but as usual he missed both of his 3-point attempts and unlike normal he hit all three free throws without a steal or block in his 32 minutes. We learned tonight that Terrence Jones is going to be out at least a month, making this a two-man timeshare at the power forward position. Smith has been terrible in standard leagues because of his shooting and turnovers, but may be forced by new circumstances to reel himself in. He's well worth a speculative add if he has been dropped but there are no guarantees that he can change his stripes in his 11th season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:18 pm
    • Aldemir (heel) plays five minutes on Friday
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) returned to action on Friday in a five-minute effort.

      Advice: Aldemir's contract is the only reason we've tracked the guy and he has yet to really show his stuff at the NBA level. He can be watched from the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:14 pm
    • Millsap the only real survivor in blowout
      Paul Millsap scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting (1-of-1 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in the Hawks' 107-77 blowout loss to the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: The Hawks were due for a stinker and with 22 turnovers and no defense this game was over at halftime. Owners should mostly disregard the outcomes here, including DeMarre Carroll's 0-for-6 outing with just four boards and a steal, and Kyle Korver's 1-of-8 shooting night. Al Horford snuck away with some stats, posting 13 points, five boards and two blocks in the loss. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:09 pm
    • Report: Heat eyeing Andray Blatche
      After losing out on Josh Smith, the Heat have reportedly set their sights on Andray Blatche.

      Advice: Blatche is with his Chinese team through February so it's hard to say where this will go, and whether or not it has anything to do with Chris Bosh's calf injury. The Heat need big men right now so perhaps they know something we don't know with regards to Blatche's availability. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:07 pm
    • McHale: Terrence Jones could miss 4-6 weeks
      Coach Kevin McHale said Terrence Jones (leg) could be out for a month to six weeks.

      Advice: Well, now it makes a little more sense why the Rockets picked up Josh Smith. Jones' nerve damage to his leg was much worse than the Rockets were letting on, so it'll likely be a two-way split at power forward for Smith and Donatas Motiejunas -- they'll also get some minutes at center. Jones can be cut in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:58 pm
       
      Injured
    • Omer Asik plays just 18 minutes
      Omer Asik played 18 minutes on Friday with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Spurs.

      Advice: His minutes keep dropping and coach Monty Williams is gaining more confidence in Alexis Ajinca. Asik is not worth owning in even 16-team leagues at this rate. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    • Ryan Anderson scores 22 points on Friday
      Ryan Anderson scored 22 points against the Spurs on Friday with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: It's just the 11th time in his career he's scored more than 20 points in a game with less than three treys. Anderson's role is safe on the bench and he should get plenty of shots because of the lack of depth on the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:32 pm
    • Love Seat: Kevin benched in fourth quarter
      Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Magic on Friday, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He played the entire third quarter and had a handful of awful defensive possessions. Considering the Cavs were missing 40 percent of their starting lineup with Kyrie Irving (knee) and Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, this was a major surprise. The Cavs might have played their best defensive quarter of the season while Love sat, but there's still no need to panic. He should be back for his regular rotation on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:34 pm
    • Furkan Aldemir is available to play vs. POR
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) is available to play against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: He's not necessarily a lock to be in the rotation tonight after missing three games. Aldemir is very raw and won't make much of an impact this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:41 pm
    • Darrell Arthur will return on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will play against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to a mysterious leg injury. Arthur is injury-prone, so the Nuggets might ease him back into the rotation tonight. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson take mild hits. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:35 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Friday against the 76ers.

      Advice: He missed Monday and played on Tuesday with an illness, so this is a surprise. Aldridge is not at the arena and he should be considered questionable for Sunday against the Knicks. With Chris Kaman also out, expect Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland to get more looks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:28 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: Ouch. Cousins has been ill more often than any player this season and his stomach bug will keep him out tonight. The Kings play again on Saturday, so Cousins should be considered questionable for that one. Expect Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:53 pm
    • Josh Smith will come off the bench
      Coach Kevin McHale said he will "play it by ear" on who he is going to start at power forward.

      Advice: It's going to be Donatas Motiejunas for the foreseeable future, but it should be Josh Smith in a week or two. Of course, Terrence Jones (leg) will be a factor here too. Fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes for any of these three guys. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:21 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (stomach flu) questionable
      DeMarcus Cousins (stomach illness) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: This is not the same thing as his viral meningitis, so there is a chance he could miss this one. Cousins doesn't usually miss games when it's up to him and he actually refused a minutes limit in his first game back this month. Still, his fantasy owners will have to check back. Ryan Hollins is out, so Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson are a little safer for owners in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:08 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable for Friday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He had an illness keep him out of action on Monday, but he was able to play on Tuesday. Chances are Aldridge is going to suit up, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit against Philly. His fantasy owners in standard leagues can probably plug him in, but Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) owners might want to avoid this one. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:57 am
    • Josh Smith unlikely to start in debut
      Josh Smith is expected to "get some run" tonight but is unlikely to start against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: That suggests Donatas Motiejunas will start again. There were rumors that Smith wouldn't agree to joining a team unless he starts, so that will likely be happening soon. Motiejunas can be dropped in several formats while Smith's fantasy value isn't great in standard leagues either. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:43 am
    • Furkan Aldemir is a game-time call
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) is a game-time decision to play against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to his injury suffered in practice on Dec. 17. Aldemir is not going to get much playing time and he's a major project for Philly. He's not worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:29 am
    • Josh Smith set to make Rockets debut Friday
      Josh Smith has officially signed with Houston, and he's set to make his Rockets debut Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith will likely start which will send Donatas Motiejunas to the bench. However, the Rockets were forced to cut Tarik Black in order to make room for Smith on the roster, so Motiejunas could see some time as Howard's primary backup with Terrence Jones (leg) still on the shelf. Owners of Motiejunas should see how he performs tonight before making the cut. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:15 am
    • Quincy Acy has been suspended for one game
      Quincy Acy has been suspended for one game by the league for his Christmas Day altercation with John Wall.

      Advice: Acy will miss Saturday's game vs. Sacramento, so there will be more minutes to go around for Amare Stoudemire, Travis Wear, and Jason Smith. John Wall has received a $15,000 fine for his part in the ordeal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:11 am
       
      Suspended
      7:00 pm @ Sac
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) out Friday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: This concussion is coming out of nowhere, and Ilyasova just can't seem to stay healthy. A concussion cost him 21 games last year, so there's some cause for concern with this news. The Bucks frontcourt has been decimated by injuries this season, and they'll have to lean heavily upon Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant with current starter Larry Sanders (illness) also not expected to play Friday. John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, so if he could also be forced into minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:49 am
       
      Injured
    • Josh Smith is hopeful to play Friday vs. MEM
      Josh Smith is hopeful he'll be able to complete his physical and officially sign his deal with Houston early enough on Friday to be available for the Rockets' game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith has been guaranteed the starting power forward slot in Houston, and if he's cleared to play tonight Donatas Motiejunas will head to the bench. If Smith isn't able to complete all the necessary paper work in time for tonight's game, he's a sure bet for Sunday's game vs. San Antonio. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:37 am
    • Blake Griffin notches 18-15-6 line in win
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points with 15 boards, six assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

      Advice: It's just his ninth double-double of the season, which is surprising because he notched his 20th double-double of the season on Christmas last year. DeAndre Jordan being such a monster on the glass while Griffin does have career lows in offensive and defensive rebounding rate, which might be due to him passing more. He's still a fantasy beast even with the dip in boards. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:27 pm
    • Marreese Speights scores 11 in a loss
      Marreese Speights made 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line for 11 points with one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: As expected, his usage rate took a hit tonight, but he was still able to get involved on the offensive side. Draymond Green has been too good and David Lee won't take minutes from him, so it will likely be from Speights. His owners in deep leagues should expect a dip. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:15 pm
    • Speights Cowboy Saddles Up: Marreese starting
      Marreese Speights will start in place of Andrew Bogut (knee) and Festus Ezeli (ankle) against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: Bogut has been out for a couple weeks and Festus suffered a sprained ankle on Festivus (Dec. 23), so Speights is the next man up. He has one of the highest usage rates for a big man at 29.0, so that will likely take a hit with more of his minutes coming next to the starters. Still, he is a nice play tonight in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:25 pm
    • Spencer Hawes won't play on Christmas
      Spencer Hawes will not play on Thursday due to a lingering knee injury.

      Advice: That just means more run for starter DeAndre Jordan, while Hawes remains day-to-day with the injury. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:51 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-98 vs Tor
    • Kevin Love quiet in loss to Heat
      Kevin Love hit just 5-of-13 shots and zero 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: Love is taking a back seat to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving these days, and it was a little surprising to see him struggle with Anderson Varejao out of the lineup. He'll have some great games and some duds the rest of the way, but it's become clear that he was a better fantasy player as the big dog in Minnesota, instead of the third best player in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:10 pm
    • Serge Ibaka goes for 21 & 9 in OKC win
      Serge Ibaka put up 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two turnovers, and one block during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Ibaka had a slow start to the year, but his shot-blocking has been consistent (second in the league with 2.4 per game), and the career-high 1.3 three-pointers per game has been a nice surprise. He should only get better as the year goes on, so it would be wise to send out a few buy-low offers before he really starts rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:45 pm
    • Justin Hamilton (concussion) out on Christmas
      Justin Hamilton (concussion) will not suit up for the Heat's Christmas Day game against the Cavs.

      Advice: With Chris Bosh (calf), Josh McRoberts (knee), and Hamilton all unavailable for this one, Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Williams will all pick up some extra minutes. Williams offers the most upside out of the group, while Andersen can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues. Haslem doesn’t do much aside from rebound. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:39 pm
    • Quincy Acy ejected on Xmas, suspension likely
      Quincy Acy was ejected from the Knicks' Christmas Day game vs. the Wizards for throwing a punch at John Wall, and he'll likely be facing a suspension from the league.

      Advice: Acy hasn't been worth using in almost any league with averages of 5.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season, so if he's suspended it's not going to mean much. Expect more minutes to go to Amare Stoudemire, Jason Smith, and Carmelo Anthony. If you missed the altercation, you can click the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:45 am
       
      Suspended
      7:00 pm @ Sac
    • Josh Smith excited to join Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith said he is excited to join the Houston Rockets.

      Advice: Smith will join old friend Dwight Howard in Houston and referred to James Harden as the best shooting guard in the NBA. "It's an exciting time for me," Smith said on Wednesday. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special." While Smith has plenty of potential, he can be a frustrating player to own so fantasy owners will want to temper their expectations for the mercurial forward. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:09 am
    • Josh Smith clears waivers on Wednesday
      Josh Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday at 5 pm EST.

      Advice: Obviously no team was going to claim Smith and help out the Pistons for their awful contract. He is going to sign with the Rockets for the bi-annual exception at $2.077 million. Interestingly, 25.8 percent of Smith's field goal attempts are long two-pointers of at least 16 feet. On the other hand, only 6.8 percent of the Rockets field goal attempts are long twos. Smith was just the 188th best player in standard leagues and is dead last in true shooting percentage among players with at least 26 minutes per game. Fantasy owners will probably not want to set their hopes too high for any Rockets power forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:59 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Christmas
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, everything) will not play on Christmas against the Wizards.

      Advice: The most important piece of information on Bargnani is that free agency starts on July 1, 2015. He can be left on the wire and it's certainly possible he might not play all year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:54 am
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm @ Sac
    • Terrence Jones (leg) working out on Wednesday
      Terrence Jones (leg) did some working out with the team on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is still without a timetable and it's possible the Rockets may have had interest in Josh Smith because of the severity of Jones' leg injury. Regardless, the Smith signing has essentially put the kibosh on a breakout for Terrence Jones, so patience has not paid off for his fantasy owners. His ceiling is severely capped and he is a cut candidate in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:03 am
       
      Injured
    • Josh Smith has committed to Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith has committed to play for the Houston Rockets after he clears waivers at 5:00 pm EST.

      Advice: Given his outstanding relationship with Dwight Howard and Houston's promise to put him in the starting lineup, this move was expected. It's a little interesting that the Rockets were so intrigued with Smith given how inefficient he is, but maybe he can turn things around and provide a boost to their playoff aspirations. Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas' value takes a huge hit with this news, but owners should use a wait-and-see approach to see how things pan out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:04 am
    • Houston to promise Josh Smith a starting spot
      The Houston Rockets are assuring Josh Smith that he would be a starter if he signed on with them according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

      Advice: Houston has emerged as the most likely destination for Smith, and this latest report would only solidify that. We will watch this situation very closely, as he is expected to clear waivers at 5:00 pm EST. His arrival would put a huge dent in the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones, so owners will want to stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:20 am
    • Paul Millsap fills up stat sheet in Hawks win
      Paul Millsap missed eight of his 12 field goal attempts on Tuesday, but still racked up 17 points, one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: The Sapper was also 8-of-9 from the FT line and this versatile performance is familiar to his fantasy owners. Last season he was the only player to average at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. It's no surprise that this season he joins Danny Green and Draymond Green as the only players averaging at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 0.9 blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:46 pm
    • Charlie Villanueva scores 18 points Tuesday
      Charlie Villanueva scored a season-high 18 points on Tuesday vs. the Suns, adding four boards and four 3-pointers in 20 minutes.

      Advice: Don't look now but Villanueva has now posted two decent games in a row after scoring 14 points on Monday. There is some playing time available in Dallas after Brandan Wright was shipped to Boston, so owners in deep leagues can put him on their radar. To be clear, we don't see Villanueva being able to keep up this pace, but crazier things have happened. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:46 pm
    • Blake Griffin dishes season-high 11 assists
      Blake Griffin dished out a season-high 11 assists vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the FT line with only two turnovers in 36 minutes, but Blake's terrific game wasn't enough to avoid L.A.'s third loss in four games. Their bench production begins and ends with Jamal Crawford, which is the root of the problem, but Griffin's fantasy owners won't complain as he racks up top-30 value with FT percentage and turnovers excluded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:43 pm
    • Shawne Williams scores 17 points w/ three 3s
      Shawne Williams scored 17 points in a disappointing loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, going 6-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, one block and zero turnovers.

      Advice: He dropped 12 points in the third quarter alone, marking his highest-scoring quarter of the season, and he'll have ample opportunities with Josh McRoberts (knee surgery) expected to miss the rest of the season. Williams' specialty is 3-point shooting, but he has enough overall upside to be owned in the majority of fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:01 pm
       
      Injured
    • Luc Mbah a Moute scores season-high 19 points
      Luc Mbah a Moute scored a season-high 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting during Tuesday's win vs. the Heat, adding six rebounds, two steals and one block in 39 minutes on the court.

      Advice: The 28-year-old is the only veteran to have a reliable spot in coach Brett Brown's rotation. It seems inevitable that he'll take a backseat to younger players as the season progresses, but for now he's averaging a steady 8.9 points, 0.7 threes, 5.1 boards and 1.4 steals in 28 minutes per game as a starter. That's good enough for value in 16-team leagues, but he's not worth owning in shallower formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:56 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores four points in return
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Hornets, scoring just four points to go with four boards and one assist in 17 minutes.

      Advice: After missing the previous nine games, you could tell that there was some obvious rust and he ended up shooting just 2-of-8 from the field and missing all three 3-point attempts. With that being said, Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season so there is a chance that Ilyasova can play his way into a larger role as the season progresses. Owners in standard leagues should monitor his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • LaMarcus Aldridge OK after eye poke, score 25
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) had 25 points, nine rebounds and one block in 45 minutes of action during his return on Tuesday, though he made only 9-of-28 FGs before being ejected in overtime.

      Advice: He was poked in the eye during the first quarter but quickly returned and should be fine for Friday's game vs. the 76ers, though it never hurts to double-check his status. On a side note, the Blazers' veteran went 7-of-8 from the free throw line on Tuesday, in the process tying Jerome Kersey for third-most free throws made in franchise history (2,071). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:45 pm
    • Serge Ibaka scores 16 pts w/ two 3-pointers
      Serge Ibaka was ejected late in overtime on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Blazers with 16 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka's 46.0 percent shooting is well below his career average (53.8 percent), but the trade-off is that fantasy owners are getting a career-best 1.3 three-pointers per game. His rebounds are down but his shot-blocking has picked up in recent weeks, and he's steadily regaining the early-round value his owners bargained for on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:39 pm
    • Thaddeus Young shoots 6-of-18 in road loss
      Thaddeus Young scored 13 points on Tuesday, with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks, but he shot just 6-of-18 from the field in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Young's fantasy value has plummeted in Minnesota. On a year-to-year basis he's lagging in points (-3.8), 3-pointers (-0.8), FT percentage (-16 percent), rebounds (-1.6), and pretty much everything else. He can't get much worse than he's been through the Wolves' first 27 games, and has enough upside that his owners should strive to remain patient as he finds his sweet spot with a new team. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:00 pm
    • Kevin Love(thumb) notches 20 & 10 Tuesday
      Kevin Love shook off a thumb injury to finish Tuesday's convincing victory with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: He mentioned after the game that he suffered the jammed thumb against Brooklyn last Friday, but said that it was just a minor concern moving forward. Regardless, Love hit 5-of-11 shots and was 9-of-11 at the FT line. He failed to contribute any defensive stats but that's not uncommon, and his fantasy owners should be relieved to see him avoid a serious injury while snapping a two-game slump during which he'd averaged 7.0 points. He should be ready to go for the Cavs' matchup with the Heat on Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
    • Ryan Anderson shoots 1-of-8 vs. Pacers
      Ryan Anderson couldn't find the range vs. Indiana, going 1-of-8 from the field (0-of-6 from downtown) to finish with four points and three rebounds before fouling out in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Anderson was averaging 3.5 triples over the Pelicans' previous six games and he still launched six attempts beyond the arc tonight, which is all his owners can ask for. The Pacers are allowing the fifth-fewest 3-pointers per game to their opponents (6.7), and Ryno faces two more difficult matchups vs. the Spurs (on Friday) and the Bulls (on Saturday). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:38 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge returns after eye injury
      LaMarcus Aldridge exited Tuesday's game after being poked in the eye during the first quarter, but he was able to return.

      Advice: He went into the Blazers' locker room briefly, but soon returned after presumably being cleared of any serious injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:33 pm
    • Kevin Love (hand) returns to game on Tuesday
      Kevin Love suffered a hand injury in Tuesday's game against Minnesota, but he has since returned.

      Advice: He is sporting a wrap on his hand but he appears to be fine. Check back after the game to see how he holds up, but for now it looks like Love dodged a bullet here. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Tuesday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: This will be the fourth game in a row that he will miss due to a lower leg strain, and there is still no known timetable for his return. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended run in Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) active on Tuesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is active vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

      Advice: It appears as though Aldridge will start at usual and owners should rush him into all active lineups, while keeping an eye out for last-second updates. Even at less than 100 percent he'll have more fantasy value than the vast majority of the league's power forwards. Myers Leonard will return to the bench with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:47 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will play Tuesday
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: Ilyasova was playing well before going down, and with Jabari Parker (knee) done for the season, he's going to have plenty of opportunity. Johnny O'Bryant will remain with the starters for tonight's game, but it should only be a matter of time until Ilyasova finds himself in the starting unit. Go and pick him up if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:24 pm
       
      Injured
    • Howard would love to see Josh Smith in HOU
      Dwight Howard said he's already had some discussions with Josh Smith, and he would love to see his old friend in Houston.

      Advice: Houston is very confident they will be able to land Smith, and if he does end up in a Rockets uniform, he's really going to hurt the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). The Kings, Clippers, Heat, and Mavs remain in the running, and Smith is expected to clear the NBA waiver process Wednesday at 5pm EST. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:50 am
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable for Tues
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: Aldridge is dealing with an upper respiratory infection and looks to be headed towards a game-time decision. We'll have an update closer to game-time, but Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, Thomas Robinson, and Chris Kaman would all see a small value boost if Aldridge is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
    • Furkan Aldemir out Tuesday vs Heat
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) will miss Tuesday's game against Miami.

      Advice: There isn't much of a fantasy impact here, but it's looking like Aldemir's plantar fasciitis may keep him out for extended time. Owners in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues can feel free to move on from Aldemir. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:55 am
    • Justin Hamilton will miss Tuesday's game
      Justin Hamilton (concussion) will miss Tueday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: The Heat will be down to a frontcourt skeleton crew Tuesday night with Josh McRoberts (knee) out for the season Chris Bosh (calf) out indefinitely. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will all see extra playing time Tuesday night, though neither warrant a look outside of daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:39 am
    • Kevin Love says Minnesota return emotional
      Kevin Love said he won't be emotional when the Cavs face the Wolves on Tuesday, but his eventual return trip to Minnesota will bring up sentimental feelings.

      Advice: Love said the game won't bring up any emotion, but his eventual return to the state when he played for six season will. "I’m sure going back to Minnesota will be a lot more emotional," he said. "Here we’ll try to step on the floor and try to get a win." While his fantasy owners would like more scoring production, there's not much else to complain about as Love is averaging 14.0 points, 11.6 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:05 am
    • Villanueva hits four threes in 13 minutes
      Charlie Villanueva hit four 3-pointers in 13 minutes off the bench on Monday, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals.

      Advice: Villanueva could theoretically luck into a small role now that the Mavs sent their only serviceable reserve big man to Boston. But forgive us if we don't act like we're at Walmart on a Black Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:05 pm
    • Blake Griffin scores 22 points vs. Spurs
      Blake Griffin scored 22 points against the Spurs on Monday with 22 points, six boards, six assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He's hoisting a ton of shots lately with at least 20 in three of his last four games. Griffin blocked his 10th shot of the season tonight, which has probably passed his foul shooting woes for the biggest knock on his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:24 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is starting on Monday
      DeMarcus Cousins is starting against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: There was no doubt despite him being listed as probable. Cousins should go off tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:16 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) won't play on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Monday night against the Hornets.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and considering how long it takes for him to recover from injuries, he is likely going to miss more games. Expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) out for Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) Will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

      Advice: He has an upper respiratory infection and should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Thunder. The Blazers have a total of four games this week, so Aldridge owners will probably want to still use him depending on the other options. Thomas Robinson is a great option tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:33 pm
    • Cousins and several Kings are probable
      DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi, Reggie Evans and Ramon Sessions are all probable to play against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: It would be an absolute shock to see Cousins miss this game. He has already turned down a minutes cap since his return to the lineup and he has been fantastic, averaging 28.0 points, 12.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. Start him, obviously. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:41 pm
    • Terrence Jones still without a timetable
      Terrence Jones (leg) is still without a timetable to return.

      Advice: There has been very little information on Jones, but he has been going through some strengthening. He appears to be getting at least somewhat closer and has been out since Nov. 3. Obviously the nerve damage to his leg was worse than originally thought. The Rockets are believed to be interested in Josh Smith, which would hurt TJ's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:11 am
       
      Injured
    • Ilyasova practicing, questionable on Tuesday
      Ersan Ilyasova (face/nose) returned to practice on Monday, and he's questionable for Tuesday against the Hornets.

      Advice: Ilyasova is going to get a big chance at meaningful minutes with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the year, and it could come as soon as Tuesday vs. Charlotte. Jared Dudley will lose much of his streamer appeal when Ilyasova initially returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:50 am
       
      Injured
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable now on Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (upper respiratory illness) is questionable to face the Rockets on Monday, and Terry Stotts said he'll be a game-time decision.

      Advice: Aldridge has been on a tear over his last several games, so the Blazers missing him in this one against the Rockets would be a tough blow. If he is forced to sit, Thomas Robinson would likely draw the start in his place with Joel Freeland starting at center for Robin Lopez (hand). Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:12 am
    • Spencer Hawes still out on Monday night
      Spencer Hawes (knee) is still out on Monday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Hawes' knee problem has not been detailed in great length, but he's been out for almost two weeks with very few updates in between. He's not worth owning in fantasy leagues, anyway. DeAndre Jordan is the only center on the Clippers with fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:31 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-98 vs Tor
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:15 am
    • Andrea Bargnani drawing closer to debuting
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) is getting closer to being cleared for practice.

      Advice: Bargnani is "doing more on the court," but he still hasn't been cleared by the medical staff. Bargs also confirmed that he wants to stay in the NBA, in case anyone was interested. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:00 am
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm @ Sac
    • DeMarcus Cousins posts 29 & 14 w/ full line
      DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Lakers on Sunday, piling up 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks with two turnovers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: His weeks-long struggle with viral meningitis hasn't been evident since his return to action on Thursday, and tonight's line was a reminder of DMC's first-round fantasy value. The Kings recently fired coach Mike Malone, installing interim coach Ty Corbin in his stead, and they're involved in nearly every high-profile trade rumor in the NBA, but none of those distractions have detracted from Cousins' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:08 pm
    • Serge Ibaka's struggles continue on Sunday
      Serge Ibaka's struggles continued on Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, as he finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka has been inconsistent this season and seems to have regressed somewhat, but his role has also been jostled by the presence or absence of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Ibaka was matched up against Anthony Davis during Sunday's disappointing game, and the buy-low window is still wide open after this showing. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:20 pm
    • Shawne Williams gets defensive in Heat win
      Shawne Williams played well in 31 minutes as a starter on Sunday, scoring 11 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Josh McRoberts (knee surgery) is out indefinitely and could be done for the season, which makes Williams a great speculative pickup in 12-team leagues. His primary virtue is 3-point shooting, but he also shoots with solid percentages and racks up occasional defensive stats, as evidenced tonight. With minimal competition for playing time, it's hard to dislike his rest-of-season outlook. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • Justin Hamilton (head) unlikely to return Sun
      Justin Hamilton (headache) left Sunday's game against the Celtics and is unlikely to return.

      Advice: It is a simple headache and he shouldn't be in danger of missing too much time. We will update his status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:32 pm
    • Kevin Love held to single digits again Sunday
      Kevin Love was held to single-digit points again on Sunday, making 4-of-9 field goals to score eight points in 35 minutes vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He's averaging 7.0 points over the past two games and was visibly frustrated tonight, as the Grizzlies both prevented him from establishing a post game and chased him off the 3-point line. Love's declining offense may prevent him from capturing a top-10 fantasy valuation this season, but he's still a top-30 option thanks to elite rebounding and across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) could practice soon
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) had another strong workout during Sunday's shootaround, and Derek Fisher said he might be able to start practicing before Christmas.

      Advice: The Knicks don't have much depth up front, but given Bargnani's injury history and lackluster play over the past three years, there's not a lot to like here. He can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:26 am
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm @ Sac
    • Furkan Aldemir (heel) is out on Sunday
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) is out for Sunday's game against the Magic.

      Advice: He is dealing with plantar fasciitis so it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss additional time. Aldemir is far off of the fantasy radar in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:10 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) to be re-evaluated Mon
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is getting closer to a return, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday.

      Advice: There is a big opportunity for playing time now that Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season, so he makes sense as a speculative add. We will update his status as soon as we know more, and we will consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 with eight dimes
      Blake Griffin handed out eight assists against the Bucks during a 106-102 win on Saturday, scoring 24 points with six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: The assists have been the story lately with 6.4 per game over his last five to go with averages of 23.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 steals. Griffin is posting career highs in usage rate and assist percentage while turning in a career low in turnover percentage. He's not just a freak athlete anymore. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:58 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: It would be a shock to see him sit out based on how terrific he looked in his return on Thursday. Cousins refused to take a minutes limit and played 33 minutes, so he'll probably be around 35-37. He's going to have a late supper and eat big time. Start him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:57 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 27 points in easy W
      LaMarcus Aldridge made 12-of-20 from the field for 27 points against the Pelicans on Saturday during a 114-88 win, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.

      Advice: It's not often Anthony Davis isn't the best power forward on the court on a given night, but LMA carved him up all night. He is coming off a 32-point game from Friday and has a double-double in 15 of his last 17 games. The Blazers are on a five-game winning streak and they'll look to extend it on Monday at Houston. Aldridge is one of the best fantasy big men around. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:37 pm
    • Ryan Anderson scores 16 points off the bench
      Ryan Anderson scored 16 points during a blowout 114-88 loss to the Blazers on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He had some trouble defending Thomas Robinson tonight, but the entire team was abused this evening. Anderson's minutes in the mid-20s are safe and the disappointing play of Omer Asik could give him more run. He's capable of being a mid-round fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:24 pm
    • Omer Asik still stinks on Saturday
      Omer Asik played 20 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with four points, seven rebounds and two turnovers.

      Advice: The Pelicans have been playing him less these days and it makes sense. They have a lower net rating when Asik and Anthony Davis are on the floor compared to Ryan Anderson and Davis. Asik has almost no upside for owners in standard leagues, so feel free to cut him based on him only being a one-category player. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:18 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:39 pm
    • Joel Freeland getting the starting again
      Joel Freeland will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: New Orleans has some size up front, so it makes sense to go with Freeland over Thomas Robinson. Robinson and Freeland are still going to have to share minutes with Chris Kaman, so there's very little reason to grab either guy. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:36 pm
    • Jason Smith gets a bunch of shots
      Jason Smith made 5-of-14 from the field for 11 points with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 17 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

      Advice: He had a Russell Westbrook-like usage rate of 38.9. Smith has played 16.6 minutes per game over his last five, averaging 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.6 steals. He has been hurt a lot in his career and the Knicks will likely keep his minutes in check. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:49 pm
    • Griffin scores 32, hits 14-of-18 free throws
      Blake Griffin scored 32 points on 9-of-20 shooting (14-of-18 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin's general performance has improved over the last few weeks but his low rebounding totals have kept him from truly capitalizing on the momentum in fantasy leagues. Hopefully for owners this signals the beginning of a comeback in that regard. Chris Paul went for 17 and 15 with three steals and DeAndre Jordan posted 11 and 14 with three steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Shawne Williams hits two threes for eight pts
      Shawne Williams hit two 3-pointers in Friday's 105-103 loss to the Wizards, finishing with just eight points and three rebounds in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Williams has all of the opportunity in the world with Chris Bosh (calf) out indefinitely and Josh McRoberts (knee) starting down a season-ender. He hasn't done anything with it so far but it wouldn't be surprising if he got hot so keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:38 pm
       
      Injured
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:09 pm
    • It's Joel Freeland's turn to start on Friday
      Joel Freeland will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts is going to mix it up in the starting lineup and Thomas Robinson will come off the bench. Robinson might not play much and Stotts has yo-yo'd him in the lineup several times. Freeland is only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:02 pm
    • Shawne Williams will start Friday vs. WAS
      Shawne Williams will start Friday vs. the Wizards, sending Justin Hamilton to the bench.

      Advice: Williams has been struggling lately, but he's a more effective player than Justin Hamilton and it'll be interesting to see how he fares returning to the starting unit. Chris Bosh (calf) is without a timetable to return, and Josh McRoberts (knee) could be done for the season, so the opportunity is there for Williams. He's worth a speculative add, but he has a tough matchup tonight vs. Washington. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:16 pm
       
      Injured
    • Furkan Aldemir won't plan Friday
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) will not play against the Hornets on Friday.

      Advice: He has an Achilles issue and the 76ers could sit him down in hopes this doesn't linger. Aldemir is a major project and is going take a while before he's on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:23 pm
    • Spencer Hawes (knee) out Friday vs. Denver
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Denver.

      Advice: Hawes has been out of the lineup since Dec. 12, and he remains without an official timetable to return. As long as DeAndre Jordan is healthy, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:20 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-98 vs Tor
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) close to practicing
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) went through a full shooting workout before Thursday's game vs. Chicago, and Derek Fisher said he's getting close to practicing.

      Advice: Until Bargnani can actually step foot on the court, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. The Knicks have been devastated by injuries, so he could have some opportunity upon his eventual return, but that doesn't necessarily mean much for the constantly injured and disappointing Italian. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:54 am
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm @ Sac
    • DeMarcus Cousins refuses minutes restriction
      DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:26 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins returned to action on Thursday December 18. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:58 pm
    • Marreese Speights has 10 points in 19 minutes
      Marreese Speights had 10 points in 19 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He has a very high usage rate and should be able to score in the teens while Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Bogut could miss up to a month, so that means the Speights Cowboy is worth a grab in standard leagues. Some people call him Marreese. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:02 pm
    • Omer Asik looks like garbage again
      Omer Asik did not play down the stretch on Thursday against the Rockets, finishing with two points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He is one of the most inept offensive big men in the NBA and doesn't even block shots. Asik has been the 176th-best player in standard leagues over the past month, so there is nothing wrong with cutting him if you want to add the upside of Marcus Smart or someone else. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:39 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani gets shots up Thursday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, talent) was getting shots up before Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: The Knicks are completely gutted on their roster, but they're still not going to rush him back. Their front office is probably counting down the days to get him off their books. Bargnani is not worth stashing in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:50 pm
       
      Injured
      7:00 pm @ Sac
    • Furkan Aldemir doubtful for Friday
      Furkan Aldemir (heel) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Aldemir missed practice due to the plantar fasciitis he's dealing with on his right foot, and while head coach Brett Brown contends, "it's not as bad as it sounds," Aldemir is not looking likely for Friday's game against Charlotte. He played just 10 minutes in his NBA debut on Monday, so he can safely be left on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:22 am
    • Spencer Hawes downplays knee injury
      Spencer Hawes (knee) downplayed the seriousness of his injury to his left knee.

      Advice: There had been rumors of a more serious nature to Hawes' injury as he's still without a timetable, but Hawes downplayed those reports are greatly exaggerated. "I'm not out for the season," he told reporters on Wednesday. While Hawes may not be out for the season, he's not going to help fantasy owners much and can safely be left on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:05 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-98 vs Tor
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Joel Freeland plays 13 minutes off the bench
      Joel Freeland played 13 minutes off the bench against the Bucks with six points and six boards.

      Advice: He's probably going to get some starts in the future with Robin Lopez (hand) out. The Bucks run a lot of small lineups, so coach Terry Stotts went with Thomas Robinson. Regardless, Freeland's ceiling is only going to be 22 minutes or so, which makes him just a deep league target at best. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:42 pm
    • Shawne Williams plays 29 minutes in loss
      Shawne Williams came off the bench on Wednesday, hitting 2-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes.

      Advice: The minutes were great, as he played just 19 of them on Tuesday. He's struggled recently, but with Chris Bosh out indefinitely and Josh McRoberts likely out for the season, Williams still has a chance to make some noise in Miami. Just keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:05 pm
       
      Injured
    • Justin Hamilton invisible in start for Heat
      Justin Hamilton started at center for the Heat again on Wednesday, but had just two points and one rebound on 1-of-3 shooting in 12 minutes.

      Advice: The minutes just aren't likely to be there for Hamilton, even with Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts hurting. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:52 pm
    • Joel Freeland coming off the bench
      Joel Freeland will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Bucks.

      Advice: He was listed as the starter this afternoon, and he should get a start down the line. The Bucks don't have too much size and do a lot of their work on the perimeter, so Thomas Robinson makes sense as the starter tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:12 pm
    • Kevin Love double-doubles despite illness
      Kevin Love, playing through an illness, hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's ugly home loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: This was a far cry from Monday's 22 & 18 line for Love, but at least he played through the illness. The Cavaliers were dominated all night and finally ended up losing by 29 points to a Hawks team missing Jeff Teague. Hopefully, Love's sickness is in the past and he'll be ready for their next game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:03 pm
    • Spencer Hawes without a timetable
      Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play against the Pacers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is without a timetable and after suffering some bruising to his knee. Hawes can be cut in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:59 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-98 vs Tor
    • Kevin Love (illness) will play Wednesday
      Kevin Love (illness) will play in Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: This is excellent news for the Cavaliers, as Love was in serious danger of missing this one after not participating in the morning shootaround due to flu-like symptoms. Owners will want to activate Love in all lineups, even if he is at less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:21 pm
    • Joel Freeland listed as starter for the Blazers
      Joel Freeland is listed as the starting center to face the Bucks on Wednesday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts has changed his lineups just before tip several times, so this is not necessarily set in stone. It does make sense because Chris Kaman isn't capable of playing big minutes at age 32 with a ton of injuries in his career. Additionally, Kaman's wife is expecting to give birth, so that could be a factor here, too. Kaman is still worth a look in standard leagues while Freeland could have value in deep formats. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:34 pm
    • Furkan Aldemir seen icing his ankle Wednesday
      Furkan Aldemir suffered a bruised right heel and missed part of practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: There is no indication that he will miss any time, but we will still monitor his status closely. Aldemir made his NBA debut on Monday, but saw just 10 minutes of action and looked very raw. You can leave him on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:44 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (out) for Wednesday's game
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is out for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: He is not expected to play on the current road trip, so the next chance he would have to play would be on Dec. 23 vs. Charlotte. Jabari Parker (knee) was ruled out for the rest of the season, so Ilyasova could see a bump in his minutes upon his return. He will have to string together a few good games before being considered in standard leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Love (illness) is game-time decision
      Kevin Love (illness) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to participate in the morning shootaround, so owners will have to check back prior to tip-off for the official word. If Love can't go, Tristan Thompson would likely play all the minutes he could handle and would be worth a look in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:50 am
    • Serge Ibaka has season-high seven blocks
      Serge Ibaka had a season-high seven blocks on Tuesday vs. the Kings, adding nine points, six boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: The blocks were great, but the rest of the line was rather boring and there is no question that he has really struggled rebounding the ball this season. Ibaka should break out of his slump soon, and owners will have no choice but to be patient with him. He is still a must-start player, though. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:19 pm
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