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    • Update: Tony Allen is now starting vs. HOU
      Tony Allen is starting against the Rockets on Friday.

      Advice: It was a surprise to see an earlier report say he was coming off the bench, especially in this matchup. Allen is still took risky to use in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:13 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) will come off the bench Fri.
      Tony Allen (eye) will come off the bench for Friday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Tayshaun Prince is going to get the start at small forward tonight, but he's coming off a scoreless game and isn't a reliable option in any league. Vince Carter, Quincy Pondexter, Prince, Allen will likely all split minutes, effectively cancelling out the value of each player. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:01 pm
    • Anthony Tolliver will not play Friday vs. IND
      Anthony Tolliver will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Tolliver isn't likely to crack the rotation in Detroit any time soon, so he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:45 pm
    • Marco Belinelli will come off the bench Fri.
      Kyle Anderson will replace Marco Belinelli in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Belinelli is far from consistent, so he'll be a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:19 pm
    • Kyle Anderson will start on Friday
      Kyle Anderson will start next to Cory Joseph, Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter.

      Advice: On top of Anderson starting, it's worth a mention that Green and Splitter are in the lineup. Those two guys were sneaky scratches on Saturday despite being active. Anderson is a very risky play tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:16 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) will play on Friday
      Tony Allen (eye) will play against the Rockets on Friday.

      Advice: He was at practice on Thursday and he should see his normal playing time. Vince Carter and Quincy Pondexter will likely lose playing time. This isn't a great situation to go with for daily leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:31 pm
    • Hollis Thompson (illness) still out on Friday
      Hollis Thompson (illness) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: He's been out since Sunday, so this is a bit strange and hopefully he's OK. While he is out, JaKarr Sampson, K.J. McDaniels and Tony Wroten will get more run at shooting guard. Jerami Grant may also play a bit more, but is not a great fantasy option. Thompson is not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:26 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
      Today, 10:11 am
       
      Suspended
    • 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
      Today, 9:49 am
       
      Injured
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • C.J. Miles chosing his spots more carefully
      After struggling mightily from the field through the month of November, C.J. Miles has made an effort to choose his shots more wisely during the month of December.

      Advice: "We wanted him to be assertive. He has the green light, but we want him to be selective in his shots," said Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel. "I was encouraging him to be so assertive that he was not great with shot selection. I think he's being smarter about that now." Miles is averaging 15.5 points and 2.4 three-pointers per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field during the month of December, and he'll be worth owning in standard leagues as long as he can keep up his current pace. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:40 am
    • T.J. Warren headed for a D-League stint
      The Suns have assigned T.J. Warren to their D-League affiliate.

      Advice: Warren typically only gets off the bench during garbage time, so he'll get some much-needed experience down in the D-League. He can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:19 am
    • Jonas Jerebko ready to step into the rotation
      Jonas Jerebko is ready for a larger role with the Pistons with the departure of Josh Smith.

      Advice: "Obviously, with a 4 man gone - I see myself as a 4 man - a lot more minutes open up in practice and in games," Jerebko said. "I feel like I'm ready to take that step and I'm ready to go in there and battle for them." Jerebko was buried on the bench while Smith was with the team, but now he'll likely be one of the first bigs off the bench. We’ll be monitoring coach Stan Van Gundy’s rotations closely over the coming weeks, and owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Jerebko. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:01 am
    • Jolly Old Saint Nikola: Mirotic scores 13
      Nikola Mirotic stayed hot against the Lakers on Thursday with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's just been too good to keep out of the lineup. Mirotic leads qualifying rookies in true shooting percentage and is forcing coach Tom Thibodeau's hand. He's been ridiculously hot over his last five, posting a true shooting percentage of 81.0 with averages of 14.4 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 2.6 triples. His low minutes suggest darker days are ahead, but he's one of the best stashes around considering how many Bulls big man have been hurt this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:10 pm
    • Danny Granger scores season-high nine
      Danny Granger came off the bench for a season-high nine points, seven rebounds and a 3-pointer on 4-of-5 shooting in 22 minutes on Thursday.

      Advice: Granger has been irrelevant this season but it's possible that he's feeling good and could start contributing. He's not worth owning, but if he starts getting 25 minutes a night, he'll be worth a look if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:32 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) returns to practice Thursday
      Tony Allen (eye) returned to practice on Thursday, and is looking probable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Memphis is no longer listing Allen on their injury report, so it's looking very likely he will return to the lineup for a difficult matchup vs. the Rockets. His return will likely send Tayshaun Prince back to the bench, and hurt the limited value of Vince Carter. Check back for an official update on Allen's status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:09 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
      Yesterday, 11:45 am
       
      Suspended
    • Marco Belinellli will start vs Thunder Thurs
      Marco Belinelli will draw the start against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: Belinelli will replace Kyle Anderson in the Spurs' starting lineup as Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out. Belinelli has averaged 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers as a starter, so makes for a decent plug-and-play option on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:29 am
    • Iman Shumpert on court taking shots Thursday
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) was on the court taking shots before the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards.

      Advice: It's been two weeks since Shumpert dislocated his left shoulder, so it's a good sign to see him back on the court taking shots. He's still a ways away from his targeted mid-January return, so fantasy owners who picked up Tim Hardaway Jr. should enjoy a few more weeks of productivity. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:39 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith out Thursday vs Wizards
      J.R. Smith (heel) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith went through pre-game warmups, but wasn't feeling well enough to suit up for the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards. Tim Hardaway Jr. will pickup Smith's minutes and makes for a solid play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:14 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith game-time decision Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards, according to head coach Derek Fisher.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, it seems as if Smith is feeling well enough to be upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision. This one looks like it will come down to the wire, but Tim Hardaway Jr. would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Smith sits. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:30 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith likely to miss Christmas Day game
      J.R. Smith (heel) is likely to miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith had been hoping to play on Christmas Day, but the last two days of practice didn't go as well as he and the Knicks had hoped. "Right now it’s a no," Smith said of his availability for Thursday. "We’ll see how the treatment reacts today, if it swells up." We'll update his status prior to tip-off, but Tim Hardaway Jr. will be in line for big minutes on Thursday if Smith can't play. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:44 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • Raptors assign Bruno Caboclo to D-League
      The Raptors have assigned Bruno Caboclo to the D-League.

      Advice: Caboclo will join the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as the Raptors attempt to get the rookie valuable playing time. The 19-year-old has only played 15 total minutes this season, so he can be safely ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:23 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:54 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver for Tony Mitchell
      The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

      Advice: Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:40 am
    • 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
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • 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
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • C.J. Miles (illness) expected to play Tuesday
      C.J. Miles (illness) is expected to play Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: He's been lighting it up since returning to the lineup, and is averaging 20.5 points, 2.7 3-pointers, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game over the last four. He has a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Pelicans, and should serve as a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:21 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) questionable Friday vs. HOU
      Tony Allen (eye) is questionable for Friday's game against the Rockets.

      Advice: Tayshaun Prince has started the last two with Allen sidelined, but his contributions to the stat sheet have been negligible (zero points in his last outing). Vince Carter has been the main beneficiary with Allen unavailable, and he can be viewed as a low-end plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:38 pm
    • J.R. Smith misses practice on Tuesday
      J.R. Smith (heel) missed practice on Tuesday and appears to be questionable to play on Christmas.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow & then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," coach Derek Fisher said. Smith's injury has kept him out for seven games and it's allowed Tim Hardaway Jr. to play more. Smith is not worth owning in standard leagues while THJ only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • Hollis Thompson out Tuesday vs Miami
      Hollis Thompson (illness) will miss Tuesday's game against the Heat.

      Advice: Thompson has been dealing with an upper respiratory infection and should be back for Friday's game against the Suns. K.J. McDaniels will see a boost in minutes on Tuesday with Thompson out and makes for a solid play in daily games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:53 am
    • Mirotic quiet but effective with Gibson back
      Nikola Mirotic scored 12 points on 2-of-2 shooting (7-of-8 FTs) with three rebounds and one triple in 18 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Mirotic did great with the chances he had but this line is light and may be an indicator of things to come with all four Bulls big men back on the court. Owners may want to take a position that it's probable one of the three other guys are out on a given night, and that may actually be something that Tom Thibodeau looks at to keep them fresh -- or at least he should. Mirotic can't be considered a must-own player but he's certainly a stash. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:47 pm
    • Tony Allen out on Monday with eye injury
      Tony Allen is out again on Monday due to his eye injury.

      Advice: There's no timetable for his return, so look for Vince Carter to produce a little better than average again tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:41 pm
    • 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
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • Tony Allen (eye) has no timetable to return
      Tony Allen (eye) currently has no timetable to return.

      Advice: Allen is dealing with a corneal abrasion, and it's hard to even speculate how long he might miss with the eye injury. While he's sidelined, look for Quincy Pondexter, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince to all fill in for the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:26 am
    • Kyle Anderson was ready for starting role
      Kyle Anderson felt good about being ready to step in for the Spurs when Kawhi Leonard (hand) went down.

      Advice: "When I was told I would start, I was ready," said Anderson. "I went out there and played the way (coach Gregg Popovich) wants us to play, starting on the defensive end, finding open guys and playing within the system." Averaging 6.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals on 44.8 percent shooting (six games), Anderson has displayed some of the versatility he flashed in college. "He’s a young kid," Popovich said. "He hasn’t been playing very long. Every minute he gets is like an education for him." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:37 am
    • JR Smith more than just 'day-to-day w/ foot
      JR Smith (foot) could be facing more than just a "day-to-day" situation.

      Advice: Derek Fisher said Smith "may not have been day-to-day," but the Knicks listed him that way anyway on the medical report. Fisher then attempted to clarify with the following: "I think it's day-to-day. From the beginning, it may not have been day-to-day. It was probably going to be a few weeks or so." It's not clear when Smith might actually return yet, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue seeing increased minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also out. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:10 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • C.J. Miles drops 28 pts with four 3-pointers
      The Pacers escaped with a win in Minnesota on Sunday thanks to C.J. Miles scoring 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including four 3-pointers.

      Advice: Miles did his damage in 32 minutes off Indiana's bench, chipping in six rebounds with zero turnovers, assists, steals or blocks. He's been tremendous since returning to action on Dec. 15, and is worth a pickup based on his averages over the past four games -- 20.5 points, 2.7 threes, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 turnovers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:41 pm
    • Danny Granger chips in seven points off bench
      Danny Granger was back in action on Sunday, scoring seven points in 18 minutes off Miami's bench.

      Advice: He made one 3-pointer and chipped in four rebounds and one steal without any turnovers, but he also racked up five personal fouls. While it's nice to see Granger healthy and productive, he's far too injury-prone and risky for use in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:42 pm
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) doesn't need surgery
      Iman Shumpert's dislocated left shoulder will not require surgery, and he will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

      Advice: "I wanted to get back on the court as soon as possible. But it’s a healing process," said Shumpert. "It’s a lot better now that it’s back in place. I don’t need any medication or anything for it, just ice." With both Shumpert and J.R. Smith (heel) sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. is going to get all the minutes he can handle and is looking like a must-own player in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:36 pm
       
      Injured
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Sunday vs. Cleveland
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play Sunday vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Allen's minutes will be distributed to guys like Vince Carter, Quincy Pondexter, and Tayshaun Prince, with Carter offering the most upside out of the group. Prince and Pondexter shouldn't be considered an option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:06 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) could be out another week?
      Derek Fisher was not optimistic when asked about J.R. Smith (heel), and speculated that he could be out another week in order to rest his heel.

      Advice: For as long as Smith is sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to soak up all his minutes, and he should be owned in most leagues. Over the past two weeks, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers per game over 29 minutes of action and he has almost zero competition for minutes. Go grab him if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:18 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out on Sunday vs. Raptors
      J.R. Smith (heel) is out for Sunday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: He never had a real shot of playing in this one and there has been no update on his timetable. Smith can be cut in most leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is definitely worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:02 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • Hollis Thompson (illness) out on Sunday
      Hollis Thompson (illness) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

      Advice: He is dealing with an upper respiratory infection, but he should be fine with a little rest. K.J. McDaniels is the biggest beneficiary of this news, and makes for an intriguing plug-and-play option for his ability to block shots and shoot 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:05 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) doubtful for Sunday's game
      Tony Allen (eye) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: His eye still looks really rough, so there is almost no shot he plays in this one. Quincy Pondexter will likely start, but Vince Carter played 41 minutes the last time Allen rested and he looks like the best option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 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
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • Marco Belinelli scores 21 points in start
      Marco Belinelli scored a team-high 21 points against the Mavs on Saturday with three rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes in the starting lineup with the Spurs resting most of their wing guys. Belinelli has been good on the nights he gets heavy minutes, but the problem is that doesn't happen often enough. He'll have a big night again, so keep him in mind the next time the Spurs rest numerous players. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:44 pm
    • Kyle Anderson logs 31 minutes
      Kyle Anderson logged 31 minutes against the Mavericks on Saturday with 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: The Spurs were somehow able to snag him at 30 in the 2014 NBA Draft and he already looks like a steal. Kawhi Leonard (hand) could miss time, so Anderson is worth a look in deeper leagues for his multiple-category production. Just remember that he's not going to play this much because half of the team was rested. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:39 pm
    • Marco Belinelli set to start on Saturday
      Marco Belinelli will start on Saturday vs. Dallas, replacing Danny Green.

      Advice: Green will come off of the bench in an effort to monitor his playing time after playing 44 minutes on Friday, so this is by no means a permanent move. Belinelli is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of 3-pointers, and will also be a decent plug-and-play option Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:37 pm
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) making progress
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) is hoping to return to practice in two weeks.

      Advice: He is still not expected to return before mid-January, but it is great to see him making progress. While he is by no means a must-own player, he might be worth a stash in deeper leagues for his ability to produce 3-pointers and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is worth a long look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:59 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out for Saturday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:36 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • Nikola Mirotic scores 27 points on 100.0 eFG%
      Nikola Mirotic made all six attempts from behind the arc on Friday against the Grizzlies with 27 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: That's good for a 100.0 effective field goal percentage. Mirotic has been a monster in his past two games, but coach Tom Thibodeau has already said he's not going to take away minutes from their big three in the front court. Taj Gibson (ankle) won't be out long, so the rookie only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:36 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Friday vs. Chicago
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: Quincy Pondexter will likely draw the start, while Vince Carter will see extended minutes off the bench. Carter logged 41 minutes during his last outing with Allen sidelined, and put up 18 points with five 3-pointers, he does however have a difficult matchup against the Bulls, so Carter remains a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:26 pm
    • J.R. Smith (foot) doubtful Saturday vs. PHO
      J.R. Smith (foot) is being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Smith has been a train wreck this season, and given his obvious struggles with grasping the triangle offense, he shouldn't be viewed as a stash candidate in standard leagues. If he's unable to go Saturday, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'd make for a quality option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:42 am
       
      Player Note
      J.R. Smith NY - SG,SF
      Injured
    • Danny Granger (illness) expected to play Fri.
      Danny Granger (illness) went through shootaround and did not play Friday vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: Granger is averaging just 4.0 points on 30.0 percent shooting from the field this season, so whether he plays or not should be of little concern to owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:42 am
    • Thibodeau heaps praise on Nikola Mirotic
      Tom Thibodeau heaped praise on Nikola Mirotic following a solid effort during the Bulls win over the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: "[Nikola] made a lot of great plays, particularly in the first half," said Thibodeau. "He made shots and made plays off the dribble, he hustled. I was very pleased with the way he played. We did not play a great game, but we found a way to win in the end." Mirotic busted out of his mini-slump on Thursday, and if Taj Gibson (ankle) is unavailable for Friday's game, expect Mirotic to again get a healthy heaping of minutes and be a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:29 am
    • Nikola Mirotic fills in quite well
      Nikola Mirotic excelled off the bench on Thursday with 13 points, one rebound, three assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Knicks.

      Advice: He stepped right in to Taj Gibson's (ankle) role and absorbed 100 percent of the big-man bench minutes. Gibson is looking at another game-time call on Friday, so Mirotic will be worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:38 pm
    • Casey impressed by Bruno Caboclo's work ethic
      Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he’s never seen a young player work on his game as hard as Bruno Caboclo.

      Advice: Caboclo was a popular draft day head-scratcher, but the 19-year-old's work ethic has impressed his coach thus far. However, Bruno has only been on the court for one minute since November 21, so fantasy owners outside of dynasty leagues can feel free to move forward without Caboclo this season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:05 am
    • C.J. Miles scores 17 in loss to Clippers
      C.J. Miles came off the bench to hit 6-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: He had 20 points and three 3-pointers on Monday night, and had a 30-point game on December 10. He appears to be over his knee injury and it would not be surprising to see him replace Solomon Hill in the starting lineup at some point in the near future. He's a streaky shooter and has trouble staying healthy, so make sure you can handle the headaches that are coming if you pick him up. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:45 pm
    • Kyle Anderson starting again on Wednesday
      Kyle Anderson will start against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

      Advice: He'll join Cory Joseph, Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Matt Bonner in the first unit. Anderson was very impressive on Monday with 15 points, so he could keep it going. He's not worth owning in most leagues with Kawhi Leonard (hand) only day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:41 pm
    • Danny Granger (illness) questionable Wed
      Danny Granger (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: If he can't go, Luol Deng will likely play all the minutes he can handle on Wednesday. However, even if Granger is activated, he is not a reliable option in almost any league at this stage of his career. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:52 pm
    • 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
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • Danny Granger (illness) out Tuesday vs. BKN
      Danny Granger (illness) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: With Granger out, Luol Deng will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'll be tasked with a bit more offensive responsibilities with Chris Bosh (calf) sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:16 pm
    • Danny Granger misses Tuesday shootaround
      Danny Granger (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround in advance of the Heat's game against the Nets Tuesday night.

      Advice: We'll consider Granger as questionable heading into Tuesday night's game against the Knicks as he deals with the illness that he affected quite a few Heat players. Granger has only hit four of 16 shots in his past three games and just isn't worth fantasy owners' attention right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:24 am
    • Kyle Anderson scores a career-high 15 points
      Kyle Anderson scored a career-high 15 points against the Blazers on Monday with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He looked great and did a lot of damage on his own in isolation. Anderson was not shooting the ball well to start the season, but he's up to 72.2 percent from the field over his last three. He won't be worth owning now, but keep an eye on him later in the season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
    • C.J. Miles returned to action on Monday December 15. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:28 pm
    • Miles scores 20 points off the bench
      C.J. Miles (knee) played on Monday and scored 20 points with three triples in 26 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Miles hit 8-of-16 shots and had just one steal in the rest of his line, highlighting why he's not worth much in fantasy leagues. He's hot right now and also an injury risk, so give him a look as a shorter-term play and cross your fingers if you take the plunge. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:05 pm
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