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    • Jeremy Lin plays just 21 minutes off of bench
      Jeremy Lin played just 21 minutes off the bench on Sunday vs. the Kings, ending the game with four points, five assists and three boards.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott is sticking to his plan of keeping Ronnie Price in the starting lineup for now, and Lin's value continues to plummet. Lin may redeem himself later on if the Lakers opt to rest Kobe Bryant down the stretch, but for now owners in standard leagues should look for another option. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:03 pm
    • Marcin Gortat plays just 20 minutes in loss
      Marcin Gortat played just 20 minutes in a loss to the Suns on Sunday, finishing with nine points, seven boards and two blocks.

      Advice: He deserves a pass here and the Wizards just decided to go with the hot hand in Kevin Seraphin off of the bench. Gortat has been a double-double machine for the Wizards this season, and should bounce-back against the Bulls on Tuesday. Keep Gortat locked into all lineups, and expect him to play big minutes against the imposing frontcourt of Chicago. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:43 pm
    • Tobias Harris injures finger in loss to 76ers
      Tobias Harris injured his finger in Sunday's embarrassing defeat to the 76ers, finishing with 17 points, four boards, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He was spotted with a wrap on his right hand, and he is said to have hurt his pinkie. However, his finger can't be hurting as bad as his ego after that loss, and Harris acknowledged that his team needs to be much better. "People pay good money to bring their families to the games," Harris said. "And we’re not even putting on a good enough show for them." We will update Harris' status as needed moving forward, but the good news is that it doesn't appear serious enough to keep him out of action. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:35 pm
    • Elfrid Payton shoots 0-of-7 in start vs Magic
      Elfrid Payton struggled in his return to the starting lineup vs. Philadelphia, missing all seven of his field goal attempts to finish with one point, five rebounds, six assists and one steal.

      Advice: He logged 35 minutes, which is encouraging, but owners should either ignore him or learn to live with low scoring and painful percentages from the field (39.6 percent) and at the FT line (47.0 percent). Most owners, particularly those in roto leagues, should leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:58 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic's 19 & 17 not enough vs. 76ers
      The Magic lost to the visiting 76ers on Sunday despite a big game from Nikola Vucevic, who scored 19 points with 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Vuc made 8-of-14 shots and turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes of action in the type of performance that has cemented him with top-40 fantasy value. The Magic are somehow just two games out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, giving them extra incentive to feed Vuc heavy minutes for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:54 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 17 points in win Sun
      Markieff Morris scored 17 points in a win over the Wizards on Sunday, but added just two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Apart from his scoring, this was quite a disappointing line from him considering he played 36 minutes. Morris has still been producing early-round value in standard leagues, but owners can expect a few bumps in the road along the way. Keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:41 pm
    • Lou Williams lights up the Knicks on Sunday
      Lou Williams lit up the Knicks on Sunday for 22 points (6-of-14 shooting) to go with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

      Advice: This is what Lou does. He doesn't offer much peripheral stats, but if you're looking for some points, treys, and a free throw percentage booster, he's your guy. He's averaging 14.4 points and 1.8 three-pointers this season while shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 4.4 attempts per game). He's certainly in the running for Sixth Man of the Year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:24 pm
    • Jonas Valanciunas has rough outing vs. NY
      Jonas Valanciunas only managed to score 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with five rebounds, an assists, and zero blocks over 22 minutes of action.

      Advice: Slow starts are nothing new for Valanciunas, and it's really only a matter of time until he starts to get things going. He averaged 16.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks during the month of April last year, so it would be wise to float out some buy-low offers before he starts rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:14 pm
    • Kyrie Irving ties career-high with 12 assists
      Kyrie Irving tied his career-high with 12 assists vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, while adding 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer and three rebounds.

      Advice: Irving committed only two turnovers in 37 minutes and improved efficiency has been a welcome boost for his fantasy value, as he's averaging career-best numbers in True Shooting (56.7 percent) and turnover rate (8.8 percent). His usage rate has predictably fallen off with LeBron James and Kevin Love in town, but that hasn't stopped Irving from producing at a top-15 level in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:14 pm
    • Jose Calderon goes for 15 & 10 vs. Toronto
      Jose Calderon put up 15 points and 10 assists against his former team on Sunday, while adding one 3-pointer, three rebounds, and two turnovers.

      Advice: Calderon is averaging just 8.5 points, 3.9 assists, and 1.5 three-pointers per game this season over 30 minutes of action. However, his numbers have been trending up lately, and he's scored 15, 21, and 12 points in his last three outings. He remains a buy-low candidate, but with New York being the mess that they are, there are no guarantees he turns things around. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:29 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker won't play Monday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) have both been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Leonard was reportedly targeting Monday for his return, so the early cancellation of the plan isn't a great sign for his fantasy owners. The silver lining is that San Antonio also plays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, so both Leonard and Parker could potentially have three-game weeks despite Monday's DNP. Until those two get back on the court, Kyle Anderson and Cory Joseph are the biggest fantasy winners. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Elfrid Payton starting, Evan Fournier benched
      Elfrid Payton will draw the start at point guard for Sunday's game vs. the 76ers, shifting Victor Oladipo to shooting guard, and sending Evan Fournier to the bench.

      Advice: Payton put up 11 points and 11 assists during his last outing, so his arrow is pointing up. He does however hurt owners with poor percentages (39.6 percent from the field and 47.0 percent from the line) so his upside is limited. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:06 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
      Today, 12:36 pm
       
      Injured
    • 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
      Today, 11:26 am
       
      Injured
    • Kyrie Irving named USA player of the year
      Kyrie Irving was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year after helping team USA bring home the gold at FIBA World Cup this summer.

      Advice: The award could have also easily gone to Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, or James Harden, but Irving did his part too with averages of 12.11 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.9 steals per game. Irving has been an elite fantasy asset for his owners this season, and if he can stay healthy he will continue to keep it rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:06 am
    • J.J. Redick scores 23 points vs. Bucks
      J.J. Redick scored 23 points against the Bucks with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He's so hot right now. Over his last 11 games, he posted a 68.9 true shooting percentage with 17.5 points, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.9 triples. Redick has been flirting with fifth-round value in that span, so keep him owned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:45 pm
    • Timofey Mozgov blocks five with 15 boards
      Timofey Mozgov played well in 36 minutes against the Pacers with six points, 15 boards and five blocks.

      Advice: This one was overdue. Mozgov had a season high in blocks and was one board shy of his season high. He was really struggling earlier this month, but nights like tonight serve as a reminder that he's still worth owning in standard leagues no matter how many times you've seen the video of Blake Griffin dunking on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:56 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 19 points
      Markieff Morris scored 19 points with five rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He bounced back from his Wednesday ejection nicely. Markieff scored 12 points in the third quarter and played down the stretch with the three-point guard lineup. He does have some bad games, but he's still producing early-round value in standard leagues. He'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:03 pm
    • Jose Calderon scores 21 points vs. Suns
      Jose Calderon matched his season high of 21 points against the Suns on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: Finally. Calderon didn't make more than one triple in any of his previous five games and he didn't make above 47 percent from the field in any of those games either. The Knicks should give him more triples these days, so his owners can probably expect him to get it going in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:42 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
      Yesterday, 10:59 am
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Saturday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. Dallas as expected.

      Advice: Leonard is said to be targeting a return on Monday, while Parker is still without a timetable. Kyle Anderson will likely continue to play big minutes in place of Leonard, while Cory Joseph will continue to run the point in Parker's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 am
       
      Injured
    • Lin gets going in loss to the Thunder
      Jeremy Lin scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin didn't hit a three or record a steal or block but this is a reminder that he is capable of being a fantasy asset. He's going to be inconsistent and probably a late-round guy as long as he doesn't face-plant, but if Kobe Bryant ever decides this season isn't worth blowing out the odometer then Lin could get hot real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:33 pm
    • Gortat struggles against the Heat
      Marcin Gortat scored just four points on 2-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and one block over 22 minutes on Friday against the Heat.

      Advice: Gortat should have done more against a depleted Heat squad, but he's been a relatively stable mid-round play this season. Keep him in lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:29 pm
    • Jonas Valanciunas scores 17 points
      Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points with seven rebounds and two blocks against the Pistons on Friday.

      Advice: He starting to come around, averaging 11.4 points, 10.4 boards and 0.8 blocks over his last five. Valanciunas has seen consistent minutes and we're really just waiting on a big game from him. He's been a tremendous finisher in each of his last few seasons, so it makes sense to buy low before his owner realizes he/she is sitting on a goldmine. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:55 pm
    • Harris scores 24 points in home loss to Jazz
      Tobias Harris scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Magic's 101-94 loss to the Jazz on Friday.

      Advice: Harris has been a top-20 play this season and emerged as the Magic's go-to guy. If Orlando thinks they're going to keep him on the cheap this summer they're nuts if he's relatively healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:57 pm
    • Payton double-doubles with 11 and 11 vs. UTA
      Elfrid Payton double-doubled with 11 points and 11 assists in Friday's loss, hitting 5-of-7 shots (no threes) with two rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: This is one of his best lines of the season and it's nowhere near good enough to get us to overlook his massive fantasy deficiencies up and down the stat sheet. He's only worth a look in points leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:29 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard has torn ligament in hand
      Kawhi Leonard said he has a torn ligament in his right hand.

      Advice: He is going to let the swelling go down first and the Spurs will come up with a plan after that. Players will fight through torn ligaments in their hands all the time and it has a lot to do with the location of the tear. He is still listed as day-to-day and his fantasy owners should consider him questionable for Saturday. Kyle Anderson is worth a look in deep leagues. We'll add updates as we receive them. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:07 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard has damage to right hand
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) may have damage to his right hand, but remains day-to-day.

      Advice: "Something kind of torn in there; a little bit of mucked up stuff," coach Gregg Popovich said. Leonard may be dealing with a small tear to one of his tendons. He's not going to play on Friday and could miss additional games. Leonard was starting to come on and flirting with first-round value besides his slow start. Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw also benefit sans Kawhi. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:39 pm
       
      Injured
    • 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
    • Jose Calderon doesn't take any treys
      Jose Calderon did not attempt any attempts from 3-point range on Thursday against the Bulls, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Tonight was the first game in which he played at least 34 minutes and did not take an attempt fro beyond the arc since Feb. 15, 2012. Calderon also has just 2.9 attempt from deep per game this month, which is his lowest in a month since March 2012. Hopefully, the Knicks remember why they picked him up and have him shoot more triples. He's a nice buy-low player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:04 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
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Friday vs. Portland
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: This will be Leonard's second consecutive game out of the lineup due to his sore hand, and we'll consider him questionable for Saturday's game vs. Dallas. Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green will be asked to pick up the slack while Leonard is sidelined, and all those guys figure to be decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:41 pm
       
      Injured
    • Markieff Morris lets emotions get best of him
      Markieff Morris said his ejection during Wednesday's win over the Hornets stemmed from his emotions getting the best of him.

      Advice: Of his ejection that occurred in the second half after two technical fouls that were two minutes and 33 seconds apart, Morris said, "I let my emotions get the best of me, which wasn't right." Morris shouldn't face suspension for his ejection and was still able to score 13 points with eight rebounds and one 3-pointer, so there will be better days to come for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:46 am
    • Timofey Mozgov gets Dwight'd again
      Timofey Mozgov was shut down against the Rockets on Wednesday with one point, six rebounds and four fouls in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Foul trouble was a factor and Dwight Howard made him look pretty bad. He has hit a really bad rough patch lately, but both of those games came against the Rockets. Mozgov gets a date with the Clippers on Friday and hopefully he doesn't end up on a Blake Griffin highlight again. All these negatives aside, he's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:12 am
    • Jonas Valanciunas hits 6-of-7, double-doubles
      Jonas Valanciunas hit 6-of-7 shots for 16 points, 10 rebounds and a block in 28 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

      Advice: He totaled just 14 points in his previous two games, but is still averaging 11.6 points and 12.0 rebounds over his last five games, while shooting 53 percent. Keep running him out there and hope he gets enough shots in the Raptors offense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:51 pm
    • Kyrie Irving dominated by Hawks guards
      Kyrie Irving managed just nine points, six assists and nothing else on 4-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes as the Cavs were embarrassed by the Hawks in Cleveland by a final score of 127-98 on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeff Teague was out, so Dennis Schroder started and had 10 points and 10 assists, and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to torch Irving and company for 24 points, which included 7-of-8 shooting and 6-of-6 shooting from downtown. Irving was clearly disturbed by getting worked over by a couple Hawks reserves, and spent time after the game on the court getting up some shots and going through drills with an assistant coach. The Hawks were not expected to win this game with Teague in street clothes, but Schroder and Mack didn't blink. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:08 pm
    • Markieff Morris tossed for 2 technical fouls
      Markieff Morris was ejected for two technical fouls against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He started slow, but had it going as he was ejected for arguing with a ref. Morris finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and one 3-pointer on 6-of-10 from the field. He won't be suspended and hopefully he keeps his temper in check against the Knicks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:50 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Wednesday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play against Memphis on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is just a reminder so owners can have a backup plan ready in time for Wednesday's tip-off. Cory Joseph is the obvious beneficiary in Parker's absence while Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili will see increase workloads in place of Leonard. We will update Leonard as needed and he is simply dealing with a sore hand and should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:23 am
       
      Injured
    • Jose Calderon hits 1-of-6 shots in loss
      Jose Calderon hit just 1-of-6 shots (a 3-pointer) for three points, four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Mavericks.

      Advice: Calderon had 13 points and five assists on Sunday, but has only scored in double figures in three games this season. The entire Knicks team is a disaster this season and it's hard to say if Calderon will ever really get it going. The odds are in his favor, but whether he can stay healthy or motivated while toiling for a 5-22 team is up for debate. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:48 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Wednesday vs. MEM
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Leonard again had x-rays taken on his sore right hand following Monday's game vs. Portland, but they revealed no fracture. The Spurs are currently awaiting the results of further testing that is being performed today in San Antonio, and we'll keep you posted as soon as details become available. Leonard was seen holding his hand and wincing in pain throughout Monday's game, and with the Spurs main focus set on a title run, he could miss some extended time here. Marco Bellineli and Manu Ginobili will see some increased opportunity with Leonard sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:58 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard scores 21 points vs. Blazers
      Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points against the Blazers during a 108-95 loss on Monday to go with nine rebounds, four assists and one block in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He made 7-of-18 from the field and did a lot of his scoring off the dribble. His usage rate tonight was higher than any game in his career with at least 15 minutes on the court. On the downside, he is shooting much worse on pull-ups this season, which explains the 6.8 percent dip in field goal percentage. Leonard has been a top-20 player on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Williams scores 18 points off the bench
      Lou Williams scored 18 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 6-of-14 shots (including a three) with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Williams will be streaky in his bench role but he's a must-own player as long as DeMar DeRozan is out. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 11:09 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 25 points vs. Bucks
      Markieff Morris made 9-of-13 from the field for 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and six turnovers against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: He had an awful game against the Thunder due to foul trouble and bounced back nicely in 37 minutes. Morris has seen his fouls go up recently, but it's still not enough to be alarmed. He's posting top-30 total value on the season and there's no reason to think he won't be in that neighborhood at season's end. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:17 pm
    • Lin hits rock bottom in Monday's blowout loss
      Jeremy Lin missed all six of his shots and finished with two points and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench in Monday's blowout loss.

      Advice: Lin has been an inconsistent mess this season but the fact remains that he's still putting up late-round value in 12-team leagues and probably at the low-end of his productivity potential. We wouldn't blame you if you dropped him, but with very little true point guard competition it wouldn't be surprising if he's back in fantasy lineups at some point. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 9:54 pm
    • Marcin Gortat hit with flop warning Sunday
      Marcin Gortat was given a flop warning for his actions against the Jazz on Sunday.

      Advice: VIdeo of the flop can be found below. If Gortat is found guilty again, he'll face a $5,000 fine. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 9:29 am
    • T. Harris credits extra work for development
      Tobias Harris credited extra work in the gym for his development this season.

      Advice: "I think that just comes from the endless hours in the gym when nobody's watching and getting those repetitions and getting those shots up," Harris said. With career-highs in almost every statistic, Harris' breakout is upon us. He's averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and a triple on 47.1 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 9:14 am
    • Magic feeding Nikola Vucevic in the post
      Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said the Magic are feeding Nikola Vucevic in the post more than ever.

      Advice: "We’ve thrown him the ball more often than we ever have in the past," Vaughn said. "His ability to post up for us, even command double teams, has been very good." His usage rate has skyrocketed, and after signing a 4-year, $53 million extension with the Magic, he's looking like the key cog in Orlando's rebuild. Follow the link below for an excellent feature on Vucevic's journey to the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 9:04 am
    • Andrea Bargnani's return a complete mystery
      Andrea Bargnani's (calf) return is a complete mystery.

      Advice: "Until he practices, I can’t say what I expect,’’ Derek Fisher said. "When he’s at practices and he’s out there, that’s when it will be. It isn’t a situation where we’re counting the days. He is progressing but we saw what happened last time." Bargs has been out all year, and there is no timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 6:49 am
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) just misses 5x5 line
      Kawhi Leonard (bruised hand) set a career high with six blocks during Sunday's win over the Nuggets, while also tying his career high with five steals.

      Advice: Leonard also scored 18 points with eight rebounds, four assists and only one turnover. He's playing a career-high 31.9 minutes per game this season, racking up elite fantasy value with 14.8 points (46.0 percent FGs, 75.0 percent FTs), 1.0 threes, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks. Those numbers aren't likely to dip as the season progresses but they could easily improve, giving Leonard nice upside after a relatively slow start to the season. Tonight's performance made him the first Spurs player since David Robinson in 1992 to record six blocks and five steals in the same game. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 8:02 pm
       
      Injured
    • Timofey Mozgov double-doubles in defeat
      Timofey Mozgov double-doubled in Sunday's loss to the Spurs, finishing with 11 points, 13 boards and two blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 4-of-12 from the field and struggled with foul trouble, but owners can't complain about this production. JaVale McGee (tibia) is expected to miss significant time, so Mozgov is locked in as the starting center and should be a double-double threat every time he plays. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:52 pm
    • Jose Calderon logs season-high 40 minutes
      Jose Calderon played a season-high 40 minutes on Sunday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds and five assists, but the result was another Knicks' loss.

      Advice: The veteran PG chipped in one 3-pointer and only turned the ball over twice, and it was nice to see him score 13 points after being held to single digits for the previous six games. The Knicks are foundering in the standings at 5-21 and Calderon has been quiet all season, but he has too much upside to think about cutting him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:28 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores four points in loss
      Markieff Morris scored just four points in Sunday's loss to the Thunder, adding one rebound in 10 minutes.

      Advice: It was by far his worst game of the season, and the low minutes occurred due to the fact that he had five fouls in 10 minutes. Morris' owners should give him a break after this dud, as he has managed to post early-round value in what has been his breakout season. Expect him to bounce back against the Bucks on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:04 pm
    • Jeremy Lin quiet in 20 minutes vs. Wolves
      Jeremy Lin came off L.A.'s bench again on Sunday, finishing a 100-94 road win vs. the Timberwolves with eight points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in 20 minutes.

      Advice: The low playing time is a serious concern, but Lin was coming off a 14-point, eight-assist performance in 30 minutes on Friday and he has enough upside to be worth holding a few more weeks. There are no guarantees that Ronnie Price (two points, two assists in 25 minutes) will keep the starting PG job, though immediate changes are unlikely with the Lakers riding a three-game win streak. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:04 pm
    • Marcin Gortat quiet w/ five points Sunday
      Marcin Gortat was very quiet on Sunday, scoring only five points on 2-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

      Advice: Rudy Gobert started for Utah and his incredible length and athleticism get some credit for Gortat's off night, which was only his sixth single-digit scoring game of the season. He should have much better luck on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, and especially on Friday vs. the Heat. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 5:46 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) active for Sunday's game
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) will give it a go on Sunday despite still being sore.

      Advice: After resting for two games, Leonard looks set to play against the Nuggets and owners will want to make sure he is in their active lineups. We will let you know how he does after the game, but it appears he has finally turned the corner with his hand injury. Marco Belinelli takes a huge hit with this news and should be cut in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
    • Timofey Mozgov has some foul trouble
      Timofey Mozgov had some foul trouble on Saturday, finishing with no points, four boards, one assist and five fouls in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Ouch. He had double-digit rebounds in three straight before tonight and Dwight Howard usually causes some problems for centers, so he gets a pass here. Mozgov is still worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:38 pm
    • J.J. Redick scores 25 points against Bucks
      J.J. Redick scored 25 points in a 111-106 loss to the Bucks on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: On a night when Tobias Harris hit a game winner and Redick has a nice game, the Bucks needed to win this one to feel good about themselves. As for J.J., he's getting really hot from deep, making a ridiculous 54.8 percent from that range this month. Redick is making over three per game in December, so happy holidays to his fortunate owners. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:35 pm
    • Tobias Harris wins game at buzzer, scores 20
      Tobias Harris hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer to give the Magic a 100-99 win over the Hawks on Saturday, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

      Advice: It was a terrific showing fro Tobias and the return of Nikola Vucevic did not hurt him at all. The Magic have gained a lot of confidence in him as a small forward and his one-dribble drives have been a huge weapon for him. Harris has been a top-40 player and seems like a strong bet to stay near the top 50. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:10 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic goes for 18 and 11 in return
      Nikola Vucevic returned from a six-game absence on Saturday against the Hawks, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and one block in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He picked up right where he left off. Vucevic said he didn't expect to see a drop in his conditioning and that held up as a true statement. He'll get a day off before heading to Toronto on Monday. Make sure he's in your lineup in weekly leagues with his four-game slate. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:09 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic (back) will start on Saturday
      Nikola Vuecvic (back) will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: "We'll see how many minutes he plays," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I'll gauge and see what he looks like out there." Kyle O'Quinn has been solid in the starting lineup, but he's likely going to lose a ton of minutes even though he does play next to Vucevic on occasion. Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo will also lose some shots. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 2:21 pm
    • Report: Iman Shumpert could miss four weeks
      Iman Shumpert (dislocated left shoulder) could miss up to four weeks, according to Frank Isola of the Daily News.

      Advice: The Knicks diagnosed him with a dislocated shoulder and popped it back into place last night. It doesn't sound like he's going to need surgery and the team will just allow him to rehab. With Shumpert out, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get most of the playing time and is worth a look in standard leagues. Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin will play more, too. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:18 pm
       
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    • Lin bounces back with 14 and eight vs. SA
      Jeremy Lin got back on track with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting, two threes, two boards, eight assists and one block in 30 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin got a cut recommendation from us on Wednesday afternoon and it looks like we jumped the gun. With no real competition at the point guard position he should be owned until he goes through a cold streak of at least a week and probably more. He has mid-round upside and a late-round likelihood. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 12:45 am
    • Kyrie Irving sores 17 points in a loss
      Kyrie Irving scored 17 points against the Pelicans during a 119-114 loss on Friday with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

      Advice: His knee issue from Thursday is not a problem and he looked as agile as ever. Although, he missed his first 10 shots tonight. Irving was killing it earlier in the year from an efficiency standpoint, but he's made just 33.9 percent from the field in his last four. He probably wasn't going to make 47 percent all season, but his fantasy owners should still be quite pleased with his output. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 11:08 pm
    • Valanciunas double-doubles in win
      Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled for a career-high third straight time in the Raptors' 106-94 win over the Pacers on Friday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting with 14 rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: It's not the cleanest line but he did add 4-of-4 free throws to shine it up. Owners are hoping there will be a tipping point that frees Valanciunas up for heavy minutes, but it's still unclear if we're going to see that this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:13 pm
    • Sweet Lou scores 26 points with five treys
      Lou Williams scored 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting (including five threes) with four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Williams is a top 90-100 play on the season in just 21 mpg, which he is going to get on most nights while DeMar DeRozan is out. He's a must-own player right now, but expect inconsistency and see if he was dropped during this recent cold streak. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:03 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic expected back for Saturday
      Nikola Vucevic (back) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday against the Hawks.

      Advice: He's been out for six games and the Magic will likely toss him back in the starting lineup. Vucevic was putting up early-round value and hopefully all this time off has put the injury behind him. Kyle O'Quinn will lose some value while Channing Frye and Tobias Harris may be affected negatively. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:59 pm
    • Calderon goes for nine and seven
      Jose Calderon scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one trey in Friday's win.

      Advice: With players dropping like flies the Knicks are going to need Calderon more than ever. The only thing that should keep him out of mid-round value is his durability. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:46 pm
    • Elfrid Payton plays 21 minutes
      Elfrid Payton played 21 minutes against the Hawks on Friday, making 1-of-5 from the field for two points with one rebound, two assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: Yes, he is getting more minutes, but who cares? Payton is such a negative in turnovers, field goal percentage and free throw percentage while not making triples that he's going to need to turn into Anthony Davis in the other categories to offset those deficiencies. He's the No. 338 player on per-game value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:21 pm
    • Marcin Gortat plays well in 22 minutes
      Marcin Gortat was a handful for the Clippers during a win on Friday, making 8-of-10 from the field for 18 points with two rebounds and two blocks.

      Advice: He had a terrific block against Blake Griffin in the low post. Gortat and the Wizards have won seven of their last eight games and the big man has shot at least 55 percent from the field in seven of those eight. He's blocking shots, pulling down boards and making 96 percent of his free throws in that span, so he's as must-start as it gets. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:43 pm
    • Shumpert leaves game with shoulder injury
      Iman Shumpert left Friday's game with what looked like a left shoulder injury and his return is questionable.

      Advice: Shumpert looked like he was in a ton of pain and had to be helped off the court. He just hasn't been able to stay healthy in his career and Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith will be the primary beneficiaries. Smith has a better fantasy stat set but he hasn't been able to stay healthy or out of Derek Fisher's doghouse, while Hardaway has been inconsistent and clashing with Carmelo Anthony. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 5:39 pm
       
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    • Jose Calderon playing through neck issue
      Jose Calderon said he's playing through a stiff neck and will play on Friday.

      Advice: He said it's not impacting his play, but anyone who has played ball with a stiff neck will probably feel for him. Calderon has been awful in the past couple games. but he should be better soon. Keep him owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 4:10 pm
    • Kyrie Irving will play on Friday night
      Kyrie Irving will play against the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: He said he expected his knee to stiffen up on him, but everything seems to be fine. Irving looks safe to start in all leagues tonight. If you picked up Dion Waiters or Matthew Dellavedova last night, it's probably time to make a move. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:40 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic out again for Friday night
      Nikola Vucevic (back) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

      Advice: It'll be his sixth game out, which is hard to believe because this injury came out of nowhere last week. Kyle O'Quinn will get another start and will have his hands full with Al Horford. He's worth a look tonight. Vucevic owners can only hope he'll be ready for next week. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:02 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic says back feeling better
      Nikola Vucevic said his back continues to feel better, but his status for Friday's game vs. the Hawks remains uncertain.

      Advice: The Magic continue to list Vucevic as day-to-day, so we'll be monitoring his status closely. He's likely headed for another game-time decision, but if he's unable to go, Kyle O'Quinn will be set to log heavy minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:06 am
    • Kyrie Irving expects knee to stiffen up on him
      Kyrie Irving said he expects his left knee to stiffen up on him, but expects to play on Friday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: He said he felt his knee buckle and the Thunder's team doctor examined him at halftime. Irving did have a left knee injury last season, so perhaps the Cavs take it easy on him and sit him down for one. Matthew Dellavedova and Dion Waiters would get more run should Kyrie sit. Again, it sounds like he should be out there for now. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 8:58 pm
    • Kyrie Irving looks fine after injury scare
      Kyrie Irving started the second half after suffering a knee contusion in the second quarter on Thursday, finishing with 20 points, three rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 7-of-21 shooting.

      Advice: He looked a little apprehensive to start the second half, but seemed to have a little more confidence as the half went on. There shouldn't be too much concern about Irving heading into Friday's game against the Pelicans, but his owners might want to check back for an update after morning shootaround. Irving has been a top-five player in fantasy leagues so far this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 7:49 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (left knee contusion) will return
      Kyrie Irving only suffered a left knee contusion against the Thunder on Thursday and will return.

      Advice: Irving gave everyone a pretty good scare and he was down for quite some time, so the Cavs lucked out here. He sounds like he's going to start the second half and we'll let you know how he looks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 6:28 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic back at Magic practice Thurs
      Nikola Vucevic (back) was present and shooting baskets at Magic practice on Thursday.

      Advice: It's unclear what this means for Friday's game against the Hawks, but it's likely that Vucevic is headed towards another game-time decision after missing the last five games. It he sits again on Friday, Kyle O'Quinn would again draw the start and make for a solid plug-and-play option against Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 8:35 am
    • Jose Calderon has a major letdown
      Jose Calderon had a disappointing game against the Spurs on Wednesday with two points, four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

      Advice: He didn't even take a triple today and his point total was a season low. Calderon only made 1-of-4 from the field and wasn't involved on offense much tonight. The Knicks and their triangle offense just isn't close to coming around, but Calderon's owners can expect him to get better. He's a nice buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 10, 10:04 pm
    • X-rays negative on Iman Shumpert's hand
      X-rays were negative on Iman Shumpert's right index finger on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was in some pain after being hit, but he didn't leave the game at the time of the injury. Shumpert was awful in the loss, scoring eight points with five rebounds, six assists and five turnovers in 30 minutes. He'll likely get it figured out and the Knicks are going to need him while Carmelo Anthony (knee) is out. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 10, 9:54 pm
       
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