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  • Eric Bledsoe entering season determined
    Eric Bledsoe is entering the 2014-15 season with a new determination, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: Bledsoe was ejected during the third quarter of Wednesday's win over the Lakers, but he had a strong performance of 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and three treys before his ejection. "He's pretty determined this year," Hornacek said. "Glad the contract thing is all up and he just wants to prove he's one of the best players in the league." As long as Bledsoe stays healthy this season, Hornacek could expand his comment to say that Bledsoe is one of the best fantasy point guards in the league too.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Brandon Jennings surprised at lack of usage
    Brandon Jennings said he was surprised at his lack of usage during Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: While Jennings did say that it is the coach's decision, he didn't sound happy about only seeing 20 minutes of playing time during the Pistons' opening night loss. "A little surprising," he said. "Never happened before in my career. But hey, it is what it is. We've just got to keep pushing through it." D.J. Augustin saw 28 minutes of action and received a voice of support from head coach Stan Van Gundy after the game. "I thought he was playing better than Brandon, I guess," Van Gundy said. This situation has a chance of getting ugly pretty quickly, but Jennings' fantasy owners don't have much of a choice than to sit tight and hope things turn around.
    Today, 8:20 am
  • Norris Cole excels in new role during Weds W
    Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in his first game as the Heat's starting point guard during Wednesday's win against Washington.

    Advice: Cole had a big opening night as played 27 minutes in his new role and impressed head coach Erik Spoelstra. "I wasn’t even expecting that. I just wanted him to quarterback our team and make decisions and get us organized," Spoelstra said. "He came out super aggressive at the beginning, almost frantic, and then settled in from there." The 26-year-old emergence has relegated Mario Chalmers to second unit duties and makes Cole a must-add in standard fantasy leagues.
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Rajon Rondo felt 91 percent on Wednesday
    Rajon Rondo (hand) told reporters that he felt "91 percent" during Wednesday's 121-105 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Rondo's tongue-in-cheek self-appraisal has gone from 79 to 83 to 91 percent over the course of a week, so he's trending in the right direction. His 13 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block, and one three-pointer on Wednesday night had opponents noticing too. "Rondo was classic," said Kevin Garnett. "I don't know what he said he was, 89, 83 percent? That's a hell of an 83 percent." Head coach Brad Stevens said Rondo won't be on a minutes restriction going forward, so as long as he can stay healthy, the 28-year-old will be a threat to post a triple-double on any given night.
    Today, 7:32 am
  • Goran Dragic scores 18 in rout of Lakers
    Goran Dragic made 6-of-12 from the field and all six shots at the line against the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: His minutes would have been higher, but the Suns just demolished the Lakers to get this game to garbage time. Dragic was still the focal point of the offense and had no problems getting into the lane. He was more of a top-40 player while Eric Bledsoe was in the lineup last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't have the bar set too high right now.
    Today, 12:53 am
  • Kobe Bryant takes 25 FGAs, scores 31 points
    Kobe Bryant attempted 25 of the Lakers' 86 shots from the field, making 11 of them for 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a blowout 119-99 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: If you're scoring at home, he had a usage rate of 43.6, which is a basically 150 percent of what the 2013-14 league leader posted. Usage is obviously not going to be a problem for Kobe, so the stats are going to be there as long as you're OK with some efficiency issues. He should get better and just needs to stay healthy.
    Today, 12:27 am
  • Jeremy Lin has another dud on Wednesday
    Jeremy Lin had another quiet game against the Suns on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: All these blowouts have really hurt Lin and he's starting awfully slow. The Suns guards were also remarkably efficient against him, but it's not like Ronnie Price is going to unseat Lin. The Lakers need so much help that it's worth sticking it out for a couple more games to see if Lin can turn it around.
    Today, 12:11 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie gets eight minutes
    Spencer Dinwiddie did not score in eight minutes during his NBA debut against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was great to see him out there because he tore his ACL in his last meaningful game at the University of Colorado last season. Dinwiddie is more of a keeper stash.
    Yesterday, 11:50 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) has a slow start
    Ty Lawson had a slow start to his 2014-15 season against the Pistons on Wednesday with three points on 1-of-7 from the field with five assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: He did play 33 minutes, looked healthy and moved the ball well, but he just couldn't get his shots to go down. Lawson will likely be better over the weekend and his owners should sit tight for now.
    Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • D.J. Augustin outplays Jennings
    D.J. Augustin led the point guard committee against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings was at just 20 minutes and the Pistons seem like they're going to get their money's worth after signing DJA in the offseason. Augustin had a career year from beyond the arc last season with the Bulls, so he'll get certainly get a chance for playing time if he can duplicate that production. If you need a point guard with 3-point upside, he could be your man.
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Brandon Jennings plays 20 mins, Augustin at 28
    Brandon Jennings played just 20 minutes against Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring four points with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: Uh oh. It takes a special type of player to fit on coach Stan Van Gundy's system and Jennings is certainly not the prototype. He did have some Achilles soreness and maybe that was a factor, but the coast is clear on the injury front right now. Jennings is probably one of the biggest losers from a fantasy perspective tonight and he is on thin ice after just one game.
    Yesterday, 11:19 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 38 in loss
    Russell Westbrook hit 11-of-26 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 38 points, three rebounds, six assists, three steals and just two turnovers in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and it will likely continue as long as Kevin Durant is out. His two turnovers were possibly more impressive than all the points, but he's not going to turn it over a lot if he's shooting instead of passing.
    Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • Darren Collison goes for 13 & 8 in loss
    Darren Collison hit just 4-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds, eight assists, five steals and a block in Wednesday's opening loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Throw out the poor shooting and Collison posted quite a line tonight. He's locked and loaded as the starting point guard in Sacramento and won't have Isaiah Thomas to deal with. He should be an effective fantasy point guard all year, barring any trades.
    Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni returned to action on Wednesday October 29.
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Ty Lawson returned to action on Wednesday October 29.
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Shaun Livingston plays four minutes
    Shaun Livingston played four minutes on Wednesday, despite being listed as doubtful due to a toe injury.

    Advice: He didn't score and will have a tough time making much noise playing behind studs like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But he could break loose on nights when the Warriors are up big.
    Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Nate Robinson gets just six minutes
    Nate Robinson played just six minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with three points, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He had his explosiveness in his brief time in the lineup, but the Nuggets will obviously be limiting his minutes. Robinson won't have fantasy value for a while.
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Shane Larkin scores six pts in surprise start
    Shane Larkin made a surprise start at PG on Wednesday with Jose Calderon (calf) ruled out at the last minute, and he finished with six points, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Knicks coach Derek Fisher is apparently more comfortable keeping veteran PG Pablo Prigioni in a limited bench role, as Prigioni finished with four points, three dimes and three assists in just 17 minutes. Larkin is worth scooping up in deep leagues, given Calderon's injury history, but he's a negligible option in standard formats.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Alec Burks puts up 18 points on Wednesday
    Alec Burks scored a team-high 18 points against the Rockets during a 104-93 loss with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. Burks' fantasy value will hinge on his effectiveness at the line, but everything else seems to be on its way up. He's stealing a little more, making triples and adding some dimes. He's worth owning in all standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 12 pts as fill-in starter
    Kirk Hinrich scored 12 points with three 3-pointers, one rebound and one steal in 24 minutes on Wednesday, while filling in at SG in place of Jimmy Butler (thumb).

    Advice: Hinrich hit 4-of-10 field goals and his temporary starting gig doesn't do much for his fantasy value. As a starter in 61 games last year without Derrick Rose, for instance, he averaged a thoroughly mediocre 9.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 2.7 boards, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Derrick Rose makes quiet season debut vs. NYK
    Derrick Rose had a quiet season debut on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in an easy win vs. New York.

    Advice: Rose averaged 28.5 points in Chicago's final two preseason games and his minutes should spike for Thursday's matchup with the Cavaliers. He was calm and collected after the game, saying, "It's still going to take some time ... I might have some bad games here and there. But that's not going to stop me from trying to be aggressive." Fantasy owners can't ask for more than a healthy Rose adopting an aggressive mindset, and his season debut should be considered an unqualified success.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Mo Williams scores 18 off MIN bench
    Mo Williams hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He's backing up Ricky Rubio and played very well tonight. He also looked good in the preseason, and could be someone owners in deep leagues, and in need of a point guard, should think about adding.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
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  • Isaiah Canaan could get some more run
    Isaiah Canaan played just eight minutes against the Jazz during a 104-93 win on Wednesday with three points, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley (hamstring) could miss time, so Canaan could be in line for more minutes. He still won't be very busy with the ball because James Harden is in complete control of the offense. Canaan is only a speculative add in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores eight off bench
    Mario Chalmers came off the bench and hit 3-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He lost his starting PG job to Norris Cole, who scored 23 tonight, and is now a backup shooting guard. This is not what we envisioned back in July, and Chalmers is a candidate to be dropped for a hot free agent.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 21 in opener
    Dwyane Wade had 21 points and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 shooting, but added just one rebound, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He also left the game briefly with a bruised left calf, which is obviously a cause for concern. The fact he was able to play through it was nice to see, and no news is good news on Wade's calf. Keep an eye out for an update on Thursday, but consider him probable for his next game. He didn't exactly fill the stat sheet tonight, but as long as he can stay on the court, big lines are on the way.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 23 in opener
    Norris Cole started at point guard and hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, three rebounds and two assists on Wednesday.

    Advice: More assists would have been nice, but there's not much to complain about here. He was available in the later rounds in drafts and looks to have solidified his job as the team's starting point guard. Makes sure he's not available in your league.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • John Wall double-doubles in loss
    John Wall hit 6-of-13 shots and zero 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Wall kicks things off with a double-double and should do a more effective job of scoring on most nights.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Marcus Smart has four steals in NBA debut
    Marcus Smart played 28 minutes during his NBA debut in an easy 121-105 win against the Nets on Wednesday with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made a tremendous impact on defense and he definitely is going to be able to stick NBA-caliber ball handlers. Smart didn't take too many bad shots and he even had a four-point play. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect many lines like this one and he's more of a stash or a deep-league asset. Additionally, the Celtics had eight players in double figures tonight.
    Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe gets tossed after nice stat line
    Eric Bledsoe was ejected for his second technical foul during the third quarter of Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: He was tied up, had a bloody lip, and kicked the scorer's table to get an early ticket to the locker room. Bledsoe finished with 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three 3-pointers on 5-of-7 from the field. It's so far, so good with the three-headed monster at point guard, but this did come against the Lakers.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Rajon Rondo flirts with triple-double in win
    Rajon Rondo (hand) made his season debut against the Nets on Wednesday with 13 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He did miss all four shots from the line, but he looked fantastic. The Celtics scored 101 points in the first three quarters and Rondo was in complete control of the offense. He'll likely have some problems shooting the ball, but he'll be flirting with triple-doubles a lot this season.
    Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Shaun Livingston targeting Saturday return
    Shaun Livingston is expected to return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 against the Lakers after missing the start of the season with a toe injury.

    Advice: Livingston will see minutes backing up both guard spots for the Dubs this season, but would likely need for one of them to get injured in order to be worth owning in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 5:21 pm
  • Shane Larkin starting against the Bulls
    Shane Larkin is starting against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks didn't exercise their team option on him, but now he's their opening-night starting point guard. He probably won't be too involved in the offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't stream him considering there are 12 games tonight.
    Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) cleared to play Wed.
    Rajon Rondo (hand) will play in Wednesday's season opener, and coach Brad Stevens said he's not on a minute-limit.

    Advice: This is terrific news for the Celtics and any fantasy owners who gambled on Rondo on draft day. His initial timetable suggested he'd miss the first 1-3 weeks of the season but he'll be on the court vs. Deron Williams and the Nets, racking up enough assists and steals to compensate for high turnovers and typically lousy percentages. Get him into your active lineups.
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie will play tonight
    Spencer Dinwiddie will play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: This report does come from the Nuggets side of things, but Dinwiddie could see time at shooting guard if Cartier Martin (foot) can't play. He's a deep-league player to watch, especially in keeper formats.
    Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • Shaun Livingston still doubtful for Wed.
    Shaun Livingston (toe) is not expected to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: This echoes the Tuesday news, but Livingston is getting close to his GSW debut and has been practicing. Leandro Barbosa will play behind Stephen Curry tonight.
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Isaiah Canaan plays seven minutes on Tuesday
    Isaiah Canaan played just 7 minutes in a win against the Lakers on Tuesday, and ended up with two points and one rebound.

    Advice: The Rockets just recently waived Ish Smith so we were expecting Canaan to get more minutes than this. Patrick Beverly is still injury-prone and if he does go down with an injury, Canaan would be worth a flier especially in deeper leagues. Canaan is off the fantasy radar at the moment.
    Yesterday, 6:15 am
  • Jeremy Lin fails to shine against the Rockets
    Jeremy Lin failed to impress in his debut for the Lakers on Tuesday by scoring just seven points on 1-of-5 shooting, while adding six assists, and two rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was scoreless in the first half, but to his credit, he looked like a completely different player after the break. Lin had Patrick Beverly all over him the entire night, which is a daunting task for any PG. We expect Lin to bounce back, so his owners shouldn't be worried after tonight's game considering he doesn't have much competition for minutes.
    Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 19 pts in return Tuesday
    Kobe Bryant scored 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting in a season-opening loss to Houston on Tuesday.

    Advice: He added three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 29 minutes. He looked great in the first half, but couldn't get anything going after the break and will face constant defensive pressure in the Lakers' anemic offense. Kobe struggled with foul trouble and the Lakers were also getting blown out which explains the low minutes. Other than a brief altercation with Dwight Howard, it was a quiet night for Bryant and his owners can only hope that he bounces back against Phoenix on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 10:38 pm
  • D-Rose, Joakim Noah to average 30-34 minutes
    Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are expected to average "30 to 34 minutes" per game for the foreseeable future.

    Advice: Rose's injury history goes without saying, and Noah's offseason knee surgery has the Bulls monitoring his activity early in the season. Minutes in the low-30s should be plenty for both players to produce, and fantasy owners should embrace any plan that keeps them healthy. Chicago opens their season vs. the Knicks on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 5:53 pm
  • Norris Cole remains humble with starting job
    Norris Cole looks to be the Heat's starting point guard on opening night, but he's not letting that distinction go to his head.

    Advice: "All it is, is hard work. It’s nothing special for me. It’s hard work," said Cole regarding being a full-time starter for the first time in his career. While the lineups haven't officially been announced, Cole was the Heat's starting point guard throughout the preseason, and it looks like he's earned the job. It'll be interesting to see how the minutes are distributed in Miami, but Mario Chalmers' value could take a hit with a potential timeshare on the horizon. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with regards to Cole.
    Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) remains doubtful
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) scrimmaged on Tuesday, but he remains doubtful for Wednesday's season opener vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Livingston is making progress, but his backup role and lack of a 3-point shot really limits his fantasy value. He's likely going to have his minimal minutes limited as head coach Steve Kerr eases him back into things, and the waiver wire seems like a suitable place for the 10-year veteran.
    Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni is probable for Wednesday
    Pablo Prigioni (back) is probable for Wednesday to face the Bulls.

    Advice: He has been expected to play all along, but it's still not clear how the team will use him. Regardless, Prigioni doesn't fill up the stat sheet and is not a fantasy option almost anywhere
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
  • Rose's minute expected to be around 32
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Derrick Rose's minutes to be near what they were at the end of the preseason.

    Advice: He played 32 minutes per game in the preseason finale, which is fairly close to his 31.1 minutes per game in his 10 games from 2013-14. Rose ended his preseason on a high note, making 30-of-53 from the field (56.6 percent) in his final three games. He epitomizes a risk/reward fantasy pick.
    Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni probable for season opener
    Pablo Prigioni (back) is probably for the Knicks' season opener against the Bulls.

    Advice: While head coach Derek Fisher expects Jose Calderon (calf) to play, Prigioni would likely draw the start ahead of Shane Larkin if Calderon experiences any setbacks. Prigioni doesn't possess a ton of season-long fantasy upside, but he could be a sneaky play in daily leagues if Calderon is held out Wednesday night.
    Tuesday, 10:55 am
  • Kobe Bryant ready for opening night
    Kobe Bryant (knee) said he's excited to start the 2014-15 regular season and will be ready for opening night.

    Advice: The Lakers begin their season against the Rockets on Tuesday and Bryant said he will be ready. "It's step one of a long journey," Bryant said. "I'm excited to get back out there. I can't say I haven't missed the game. I've missed it so much." Lakers head coach Byron Scott said Bryant will play 30-40 minutes in Tuesday's opener, so fantasy owners should have the 36-year-old locked into their lineup as he's going to get plenty of run.
    Tuesday, 9:09 am
  • Rajon Rondo to have one more test before Weds
    Rajon Rondo (hand) will have one more imaging test done before the Celtics decide on his status for Wednesday's opener.

    Advice: Rondo's imaging test will come after Tuesday's practice and the star point guard told head coach Brad Stevens to tell the media that he is "at 83 percent." Stevens also added that Rondo will not be on a minutes restriction once he's cleared to play. It's starting to sound like Rondo has a good shot at suiting up for Wednesday's season opener against the Nets, so fantasy owners will want to have him in their lineups in case plays.
    Tuesday, 8:48 am
  • Pablo Prigioni (back) did not practice on Mon
    Pablo Prigioni (sore lower back) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was seen wearing a large wrapping around his back, but this seems like a minor thing at the moment. We'll be monitoring Prigioni's status going into Wednesday's game, but whether he suits up or not shouldn't be a concern for owners in standard leagues.
    Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play 25-40 mins vs. the Suns
    Byron Scott stated that Kobe Bryant will play 30-40 minutes in the Lakers' season opener vs. Houston, and 25-40 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: 25-40 minutes is a rather vague target, but it seems like if Kobe plays heavy minutes opening night, he'll be relegated to 25 minutes in the second game of a back-to-back set. Kobe looked fit and healthy throughout preseason, and said that he's entering the 2014-15 season "very well-balanced, physically." The Black Mamba will look to put last seasons' disappointing effort behind him, watch out.
    Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) doubtful for opener
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) was limited during Monday's practice, and he remains doubtful for the Warriors season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Livingston is a guy that offers much more to his actual team, than he does to a fantasy squad, and he's not on the radar in standard leagues. We're not expecting him to suit up for opening night, as Kerr has stated he'd like to get Livingston's conditioning in check before he sees time on the court.
    Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) probable for opener
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday, and is likely to play in the Nuggets' season opener vs. Detroit on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lawson had a career-season last year, averaging 17.6 points, 8.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, and 1.6 steals per game. He'll look to build on that effort during his sixth-NBA season, but it should be noted that injuries kept Lawson to just 62 games last year. Wait for an official update on his status, but he's looking like a go for opening night.
    Monday, 12:35 pm
  • Marcus Smart returns to practice Monday
    Marcus Smart (illness) will return to practice on Monday.

    Advice: Smart felt "better and better" as the weekend went on, and he's ready to go two days before the Celtics open their season. If Rajon Rondo (hand) can get cleared before Wednesday's opener, Smart will make his debut off the bench.
    Monday, 8:51 am
  • Rajon Rondo looking good for opening night
    Rajon Rondo (hand) will go through practice on Monday in an effort to be cleared for the Celtics opening game.

    Advice: Rondo will meet with doctors on Tuesday after going through a full practice on Monday and Tuesday, and if he's cleared, he'll be eligible to play on Wednesday. He's still coming at a discount in some fantasy drafts, but that's about to change. With Rondo very close to returning, Marcus Smart's place in the starting lineup is very temporary. Rondo is expected to play in four-to-five minute stints when he does initially return, but he won't have a minutes limit. For what it's worth, Rondo estimated a '79 percent' chance he'll play on opening night.
    Monday, 8:40 am
  • Kobe Bryant to average between 30-40 minutes
    Kobe Bryant emerged from the preseason in good health, and coach Byron Scott said he'll average "between 30-40 [minutes]" this season.

    Advice: That vague target for Kobe's playing time is nevertheless encouraging, as L.A. seems confident in the health of his surgically-repaired Achilles and knee. "I’m not going to sacrifice a game for his health," Scott said. "We felt the number we all came to an agreement with is a number that is obtainable, and a number that he can play at a high level. But it is a number that keeps him fresh in March and April."
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
  • Jeremy Lin to start at PG in Lakers' opener
    Jeremy Lin will start at PG for the Lakers during Tuesday's season opener.

    Advice: Steve Nash (nerve damage) is done for the season and Ronnie Price (knee) is banged up, but we expect Lin to keep the starting job once Price is fully recovered. His per-36-minute averages from last season set an encouraging expectation for fantasy owners -- 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Sunday, 12:49 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) returns to practice
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) practiced on Sunday but he remains doubtful for the Warriors' season opener.

    Advice: Golden State is playing it safe with Livingston, whom they'll rely on for playmaking with the second unit. He's a better real-world fit with the Warriors than he is in fantasy leagues, where his lack of 3-point shooting and injury history keeps him off the standard-league radar.
    Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • Derrick Rose feels he's better than top-30
    Derrick Rose stated during a recent interview that he feels he's still an elite talent in the league.

    Advice: "I know I’m not a top 30 player, I know I’m much higher," said Rose. "This is my seventh year... I feel like I can really control the entire game while I’m out there, and that’s what I’m working towards." Rose really started firing on all cylinders towards the end of the preseason, scoring 57 points during the final two games. He’s about as risky as they come, but if Rose can indeed make it through a full-NBA season, he's going to be a fun player to own.
    Sunday, 6:57 am
  • Derrick Rose is ready to go for season
    Derrick Rose said that he is in a "great place mentally, spiritually and emotionally."

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and most players will say stuff like this anyway, but Rose sounds ready for the season. He actually finished strong this preseason, but there is still a tremendous amount of doubt whether he'll be able to stay healthy this season.
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
  • Norris Cole starts, plays well on Friday
    Norris Cole started against the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 14 points with two rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He needed a strong couple games and came through. Shabazz Napier was pushing Cole for minutes, but he should be in the rotation. He might actually start, but Mario Chalmers is still the better option in most leagues as a sixth man.
    Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Knicks might not keep Shane Larkin
    The Knicks may opt to not exercise the option on Shane Larkin's contract.

    Advice: The team was expected to pick up his option earlier this month, but they may want to keep the cap space. Larkin is expected to get some run in the second unit and may have value if Jose Calderon (calf) needs to miss time.
    Saturday, 8:48 am
  • Sleeper alert: Jeremy Lin drops 19 w/ 7 dimes
    Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard.
    Friday, 9:50 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 20 points in Jazz defeat
    Alec Burks was in attack-mode offensively on Friday, notching 20 points vs. the Suns on 5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-3 three-pointers, and 8-of-11 FTs.

    Advice: Burks is a clever and quick ball-handler who attacks the paint with abandon, which is part of the reason he attempted 4.8 free throws in just 28 minutes per game last year. His 74.8 percent FT shooting leaves room for improvement, but he's a great target toward the end of fantasy drafts thanks to steady across-the-board contributions and a growing role in the offense.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Dragic, Bledsoe, IT3 each play 28-30 minutes
    Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas each played between 28-30 minutes in Friday's preseason finale, with Dragic scoring 18 points on efficient 8-of-11 shooting.

    Advice: He drained two 3-pointers and had three assists and one steal, but it could be difficult to match last year's averages with Bledsoe healthy and IT3 carving out a big role off the bench. Jeff Hornacek played his three guards simultaneously for a while tonight, which could pay dividends during the season, but it's hard to imagine that being a staple of the Suns' rotation.
    Friday, 8:44 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan drops 18 points
    Isaiah Canaan scored 18 points against the Spurs on Friday with five boards, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said he'd give Canaan more run tonight, so only getting 20 minutes is kind of a bad sign. He won't have fantasy value while Patrick Beverley is healthy.
    Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Derrick Rose's preseason ends w/ 27-pt game
    The Bulls lost their final preseason game to the Wolves, 112-113 despite Derrick Rose's team-high 27 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: D-Rose knocked down 12-of-23 FGs with three 3-pointers in just 32 minutes, and one of his triples brought Chicago within a basket in crunch time. Don't look now, but D-Rose averaged 28.5 points in the Bulls' final two exhibitions and looks primed for opening night. There have been no concerns about his surgically repaired knee so his preseason can be deemed an unqualified success.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) goes through full practice
    Rajon Rondo (hand) went through a full practice on Friday without any setbacks.

    Advice: There is a chance he can play in the opener on Wednesday. Rondo has been doing some non-contact practice and there shouldn't be any conditioning issues, so it's likely a 50/50 call right now. He still had the worst season of his career last year, so there is still some question to his output on a per-game basis.
    Friday, 1:41 pm
  • Marcus Smart (stomach bug) doesn't practice
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is Smart's second consecutive absence from practice due to this stomach bug, but we're still considering him probable for the regular-season opener. However, with Rajon Rondo (hand) targeting a return for opening night, Smart's fantasy value is limited.
    Friday, 11:42 am
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) cleared for full contact
    Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for full contact, and he will be a full participant during Friday's practice.

    Advice: "[Rondo will] go through the whole practice [Friday] and it will just be a matter of how big that pad is [on his hand]," head coach Brad Stevens said. "I think that’s the biggest thing moving forward. It’s really about getting hit or not. So obviously, see how he feels after this. We’ve got Saturday and Sunday off. Monday or Tuesday, we should know more." Things are looking positive for Rondo making a potential return for opening night; meaning Marcus Smart's value is going to take a substantial hit. Rondo will look to right the ship after a disappointing season last year, and he's a guy that can really light up the assist category. He's likely going to cost a mid-round selection, and he'll be a true risk/reward selection.
    Friday, 10:52 am
  • Rajon Rondo ramping up contact activities
    Rajon Rondo has been ramping up his contact activities, and the team’s medical staff will reevaluate him early next week.

    Advice: "Now it’s just a matter of getting clearance, really," said Stevens. "Because everything else, from a skill standpoint, from an understanding standpoint -- he’s been running our offense in 5-on-0, up and down the court, for 10 days now. And he picks it up pretty quickly anyways." Rondo hasn't yet been ruled out of the regular-season opener, and it looks like he's going to be on the early end of his initial 6-8 week timetable. If Rondo is unable to go for opening night, Marcus Smart will draw the start, however, his value will be short-lived with Rondo expected to return sooner rather than later.
    Friday, 8:30 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie makes pro debut vs. Philly
    Spencer Dinwiddie looked fantastic in his pro debut during a 109-103 win over the 76ers, making 2-of-4 from the field for eight points with six assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Not a bad way to start at all. Dinwiddie was a lottery talent last season, but his season was cut short at Colorado due to an ACL tear and it caused him to slide to the second round. He was coach Stan Van Gundy's first pick and chances are he could get minutes if the Pistons start losing a lot of games. To be clear, he's only an option in very deep leagues as a stash guy.
    Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • D.J. Augustin double-doubles
    D.J. Augustin scored 11 points with 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings (Achilles) didn't play tonight, but he's expected to be ready to start the season. Augustin will come off the bench and propel the second unit, but he's still not a great target late in standard drafts while Jennings is healthy.
    Thursday, 8:58 pm
  • Jeremy Lin locked in for fantasy value
    Jeremy Lin is expected to see heavy minutes for the Lakers at point guard.

    Advice: With Nash out last year, Kendall Marshall ranked third among all NBA players in assists per game, so Lin is going to have a massive opportunity -- he's also more talented as a scorer. There was never a doubt that Lin was going to get minutes in the 20s and he was already a steal around 100 in drafts, but now owners can look to grab him in the late-middle rounds.
    Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) missed practice on Thur
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Fantasy owners will want to monitor Lawson's health status early on, as preseason injuries have begun to pile up. He has the potential to be a top fantasy play at point guard, but his health concerns can not be ignored.
    Thursday, 3:24 pm
  • Norris Cole nearing deadline for extension
    Norris Cole and the Heat are closing in on the October 31st deadline for a contract extension.

    Advice: "I only can control what I can control," said Cole. "That's being professional and making sure my play on the court is the best it can be, and everything else I'm sure will take care of itself." Cole has taken over starting point guard duties in Miami, and is hoping to ink a new multi-year deal. He could be a steal in later rounds of standard drafts.
    Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Rajon Rondo ready for regular season?
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo (hand) "is more ready to roll than not."

    Advice: What this means is anyone's guess, but we're not ruling Rondo out for the season opener just yet. The 28-year-old has been practicing with a wrap over his surgically-repaired left hand and would be a week ahead of his original 6-8 week timetable if he's able to return for the opener. A return to the court would be bad news for Marcus Smart owners, while fantasy owners who took a mid-to-late round flier on Rondo would be rewarded with an extra week or two out of the point guard.
    Thursday, 10:09 am
  • Marcus Smart misses practice with stomach bug
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

    Advice: This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded.
    Thursday, 10:00 am
  • Jeanie Buss comes to Kobe Bryant's defense
    Lakers' team president Jeanie Buss responded strongly to an article that said players don't come to Los Angeles because they don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: "Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I'm glad they wouldn't come to the team," Buss said in an interview on Thursday. "I have no doubt that Kobe will make people regret ever saying [those comments]." Bryant's fiery personality has been a topic of conversation for his entire career, so we're expecting nothing less than a motivated Black Mamba for fantasy owners who are willing to spend an early-round pick on the 36-year-old.
    Thursday, 9:55 am
  • Brandon Jennings out Thursday vs Sixers
    Brandon Jennings (sore achilles) will miss Thursday's preseason finale against the 76ers.

    Advice: With the start of the regular season a week away, this sound like a precautionary move to keep Jennings from injuring himself further. While Jennings has plenty of talent and will produce some stellar games, potential fantasy owners need to be aware of the poor field goal percentage baggage that comes with spending a later middle round pick on Jennings.
    Thursday, 8:36 am
  • Goran Dragic quiet while Bledsoe goes off
    Goran Dragic was quiet on Wednesday, hitting just 2-of-8 shots for four points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He missed all three of his 3-point attempts and what's more disturbing about his line is that Isaiah Thomas played just 17 minutes off the bench. Eric Bledsoe got hot and scored 27 points, and these three guards are going to cause a lot of headaches for their owners, as they'll likely take turns getting hot on any given night.
    Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe lights it up for 27 in loss
    Eric Bledsoe hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also hit 12-of-14 free throws, and looked fantastic tonight. However, Goran Dragic stunk, finishing with four points on 2-of-8 shooting, and Isaiah Thomas played just 17 minutes off the bench. This three-headed guard in Phoenix isn't going away any time soon, and while all three players are going to be worth owning, they're also going to cause a different hot hand from night-to-night. It was Bledsoe's turn in this one, while Thomas was hot coming in. Goran, you're up.
    Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays bench again
    Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Wednesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and a block on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: We still don't know if Lin or Ronnie Price will start on opening night, but we're still listing Lin at No. 1 on the depth chart. Even if he comes off the bench, he should get the majority of minutes and is still the guy you'll want to target on draft night. We're hoping he's coming off the bench as a precaution for his tender ankle, but it sounds like Byron Scott is considering using Lin with the reserves. Stay tuned.
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Shane Larkin starts, scores five in win
    Shane Larkin started at point guard against the Wizards on Wednesday, posting a line of five points, four boards, four assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: John Wall made him look pretty bad and Larkin's lack of size was a factor tonight. Still, coach Derek Fisher likes his speed and ability to penetrate, so he should be in the rotation. Unless Jose Calderon (calf) misses time, Larkin won't be worth owning in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 16 points in 16 minutes
    Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half.
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • John Wall puts up an efficient 29 points at MSG
    John Wall was cooking against the Knicks on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 29 points with one rebound, seven assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He was struggling mightily before this gem, making just 28.2 percent from the field in his previous four games. Wall's jumper made some nice strides last season and he should only get better in his age-24 season. Fantasy owners should target him in the late first round.
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan leads a big comeback
    Isaiah Canaan led a huge comeback during a 90-89 win over the Magic on Friday with 14 points, two assists and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes.

    Advice: He's likely going to be the third point guard behind Ish Smith, so fantasy owners can leave Canaan on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (rest) out for rest of preseason
    Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play in the final two preseason games.

    Advice: There is nothing wrong and he's just going to get some rest before the Lakers open their season against the Rockets on Tuesday. Bryant has been taking plenty of shots, but hasn't been nearly as efficient. He's still going to be a risky pick and is usually coming off the board in the third round.
    Wednesday, 4:42 pm
  • Mo Williams getting some rest on Wed.
    Mo Williams will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's likely just getting rest and we'll let you know if anything comes up on the injury front. Williams might actually have some low-end fantasy value and compare to Jamal Crawford, but fantasy owners in standard leagues might want to swing for the fences instead.
    Wednesday, 3:56 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) misses practice
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's a good chance he's not going to play again in the preseason, but he is closer to probable for the opener next week. Lawson's injuries are starting to pile up and he'll be a risky player to own. Although, he could have a huge season now that he has some help.
    Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) cleared for some contact
    Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for some contact with a pad on his hand.

    Advice: He's still very doubtful for the opener, but he might be closer to the front end of the 6-8 week prognosis. Rondo is coming off his worst year since being a primary facilitator of the offense and his numbers didn't translate to fantasy in most formats. Fantasy owners should probably let someone else deal with him.
    Wednesday, 2:59 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) will play Thursday
    Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL surgery) has officially been cleared to play 18-20 minutes in Thursday's exhibition.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is an intriguing talent as a 6'6" combo guard, but he has limited appeal in re-draft fantasy leagues due to the Pistons' backcourt depth. We'll get our first look at him in an NBA game on Thursday, which is followed six days later by the Pistons' season opener.
    Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Jeremy Lin has 15 pts w/ five dimes off bench
    Jeremy Lin returned from two sprained ankles on Tuesday, notching 15 points (including 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, five dimes and two steals off the Lakers' bench.

    Advice: Ronnie Price started at PG and coach Byron Scott said he likes how Lin has played with the second unit. Lin was returning from injury and we still expect him to get the nod on opening night. He'll hold solid value even if he does begin the season the focal point of the second unit's offense, and the return of Nick Young could also bump him back into the starting five. If you drafted Lin, or plan to, there's no need to panic.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Nate Robinson (ACL) still on 15-minute limit
    Nate Robinson started at PG in place of Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, but he finished with just four points and two assists in nine minutes.

    Advice: Denver's medical staff had Nate on a 15-minute limit, which should slowly increase during the first few weeks of the regular season. The 30-year-old is coming back from ACL surgery, and his backup role all but guarantees he won't help fantasy owners.
    Tuesday, 9:28 pm
  • Rio Chalmers comes off bench at SG
    Mario Chalmers played shooting guard off the Heat bench again on Tuesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, four steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 3-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: Maybe the move will be good for him, and we've officially put him at reserve shooting guard. We doubt his days at point guard are over, though, as rookie Shabazz Napier is going to go through some growing pains. But the PG you want to own in Miami is now Norris Cole, and not Rio.
    Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Dwyane Wade plays well on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade hit 11-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, two rebounds, six assists and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's back. How long his body will allow him to be back is anyone's guess, but he's the best player on the Heat by a mile, and is going to return first-round value as long as he's healthy enough to play.
    Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Norris Cole starts again at point guard
    Norris Cole started again at point guard on Tuesday, while Mario Chalmers came off the bench at shooting guard.

    Advice: It looks like Cole has won the PG job in Miami, and while he had just seven points, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on 3-of-4 shooting tonight, he played just 14 minutes. He's a nice, cheap option at point guard in the later rounds of your draft. Especially if Chalmers is playing shooting guard, and Shabazz Napier is struggling (0-for-7 tonight).
    Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Russell Westbrook double-doubles in loss
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-16 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hasn't really blown up offensively yet, but the games haven't counted yet, either. He's going to be a monster as long as his knees hold up, and could lead the league in scoring with Kevin Durant sidelined indefinitely.
    Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Alec Burks struggles with shot on Tuesday
    Alec Burks hit 2-of-9 shots, 11-of-13 free throws and missed all four of his 3-point attempts in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals, and despite the poor shooting, he's going to get a lot of minutes and should be a valuable fantasy shooting guard to own.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Mo Williams nearly double-doubles in win
    Mo Williams nearly double-doubled off the bench on Tuesday with 13 points, nine assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 5-of-9 shooting Tuesday.

    Advice: This is a reminder that Williams can still play. He's going to have trouble getting a lot of run behind Ricky Rubio, but could be a source of instant offense off the Wolves bench. If you're desperate at point guard late in your draft, he might be worth a look.
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Shaun Livingston not expected for opener
    Coach Steve Kerr says it's "highly doubtful" that Shaun Livingston (toe) will play in the opener on Oct. 29.

    Advice: Livingston keeps saying he hopes to be ready, but it doesn't sound likely to happen. He'll help back up both guard spots occupied by the league's most exciting backcourt duo - Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
    Tuesday, 5:55 pm
  • Jeremy Lin not starting on Tuesday
    Jeremy Lin, who has missed three straight games with a sprained ankle, said he will start on Tuesday, but it's not going to happen.

    Advice: Ronnie Price will start in his place, but Lin is expected to return from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle off the bench. The Lakers are running very thin at point guard and if Lin can stay healthy this season, he's going to get a ton of minutes and production. He looks like an enticing sleeper pick once the big names are gone.
    Tuesday, 5:01 pm
  • Ty Lawson could play in Friday finale
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) could play in Friday's preseason finale against the Warriors.

    Advice: This is good news, as it means he's close to being ready. He is hoping to play in order to keep his conditioning intact, but even if he doesn't play, all signs are him being ready for opening night.
    Tuesday, 4:48 pm
  • Nate Robinson starts again for Ty Lawson
    Nate Robinson will start at PG for the Nuggets on Tuesday, in place of injured Ty Lawson (hamstring).

    Advice: Robinson appears to be fully recovered from his knee surgery, while JaVale McGee is a game-time decision as he makes his way back from a leg injury. Along with Robinson, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov.
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
  • Norris Cole playing through back tightness
    Norris Cole is expected to start on Tuesday despite dealing with tightness in his back.

    Advice: Cole may start at PG for Miami on opening night, but he faces competition for minutes from both Mario Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier. Given the uncertainty surrounding his role and playing time, fantasy owners are better off leaving him undrafted in typical leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankles) ready to go vs. Phoenix
    Jeremy Lin (sprained ankles) will return to action during Tuesday's exhibition vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: "Ankles are finally feeling better," Lin wrote. "Excited to get back on the court tonight!" Steve Nash's ongoing sciatica pain has him questionable for the start of the regular season, and the starting PG job should belong to Lin all season regardless of Nash's health. He has enough statistical versatility to return mid-round value, and his late-round ADP makes him a solid value in most fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • John Wall (knee) will return Wed. in New York
    John Wall (left knee tendinitis) said that he'll play in Wednesday's exhibition.

    Advice: He could have played on Monday but rested as a precaution, which was a big reason reserve guard Garrett Temple logged 42 minutes. Wall is coming off a career-best year with averages of 19.3 points, 1.3 triples, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals, racking up first-round fantasy value with zero DNPs all season.
    Tuesday, 12:38 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) ruled out vs. Blazers
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) will not play vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game with "tightness" in his hamstring and this doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Nevertheless, mounting health concerns are enough to knock Lawson down a peg in fantasy drafts. A serious ankle injury suffered last May prevented him from running until July and it caused the Nuggets "some concern" as recently as mid-October.
    Tuesday, 11:43 am
  • Russell Westbrook aims to play 82 games
    Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.

    Advice: After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day.
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
  • Rose explodes for 30 points in 24 minutes
    Derrick Rose looked explosive as he scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds and three assists in just 24 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: So much for Rose flying under the radar now. He did not have a steal or block and his non-scoring numbers weren't great, but the important part is that he had the same type of explosion we've seen in the past (including last preseason). With ADP around the turn between the second and third rounds, he's still a big time risk and it's uncertain what his ceiling will be playing on a team with strong complementary players.
    Monday, 7:04 pm
  • John Wall (knee tendinitis) out Monday vs. NO
    John Wall (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans, but head coach Randy Wittman expects him to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wall has dealt with tendinitis in his left knee for a few years now, but it didn't cause him to miss a single game last season. Given the fact that Wittman expects Wall to return to practice on Tuesday, we're not considering this to be a serious issue, and the Wizards are likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Wall led the league in total assists last season, and added a 3-point shot to his game. He's well worth a look towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
    Monday, 3:25 pm
  • Kobe says LAL will play smashmouth basketball
    Kobe Bryant said that the Lakers will play "smashmouth basketball" this season.

    Advice: "We’re going to be smashmouth basketball," said Bryant. "That’s how we’re going to play. We’re going to be nasty. We’re going to be physical... We’re a grind it out team." With minimal improvements to the Lakers' roster this offseason, the Lakers could be in for another turbulent season. Kobe will have to score a lot of points for them to be relevant, but he has looked great so far over preseason. He's a true risk/reward pick in the early rounds of standard leagues.
    Monday, 2:27 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) not likely for Tuesday
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) is not expected to suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Portland.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and the team is likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Lawson averaged 17.6 points, 8.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, 1.6 steals, and 3.2 turnovers with the Nuggets last season, but there is some concern that he is an injury risk as he was only able to suit up for 62 games. Lawson is a bit of a risk/reward pick this season, and news of this hamstring injury, regardless of its seriousness, could see him fall down a bit on owners’ draft boards.
    Monday, 1:04 pm
  • Mario Chalmers needed three stitches
    Mario Chalmers needed three stitches above his left eye after being hit in the face on Saturday.

    Advice: He returned to action and is fine. Chalmers is a huge wild card for the Heat this season. He'll either start at point guard of he could be used as a sixth man at both guard spots a la Jamal Crawford. Regardless, the output in steals and treys make him a nice target late in drafts.
    Oct 20, 9:48 am
  • Norris Cole could lose some minutes
    Norris Cole could be in jeopardy of losing regular minutes with they way rookie Shabazz Napier has played this month.

    Advice: This may seem obvious, but a lot has to do with how the Heat use Mario Chalmers. He's been playing a lot of minutes at shooting guard because the Heat have some depth issues there. Meanwhile, Napier has been one of the best rookies in the preseason. If Chalmers does start at point guard, the minutes for Cole are going to be very tough to come by.
    Oct 20, 6:49 am
  • Lakers win behind Kobe's team-high 26 points
    Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 26 points on Sunday, making 7-of-22 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was serenaded with 'M-V-P' chants during the final minute of L.A.'s meaningless victory -- wins will be few and far between for the Lakers this year, so it's hard to begrudge their fans some preseason fun. Kobe is expected to play in L.A.'s final three exhibitions with his minutes slowly ramping up to test his regular-season conditioning.
    Oct 19, 9:20 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) leads Jazz w/ 21 points
    Alec Burks returned from his left shoulder injury to score 21 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers in 29 minutes during Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: Burks made 7-of-14 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs, and he made the highlight reel with a behind-the-back dribble to blow past Kobe Bryant and split two defenders for a layup in the second quarter. Utah needs another reliable ball-handler to take some pressure off Trey Burke, and Burks' offensive versatility makes him an intriguing late-round option at SG.
    Oct 19, 9:16 pm
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