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    The Big Three (ID# 138968)
    • Zaza Pachulia awful in 13 minutes vs. Denver
      Zaza Pachulia started Tuesday's game but was awful in 13 minutes of action, going scoreless with three turnovers, two fouls and no other stats to his credit.

      Advice: Pachulia was completely out of sorts in an awkward matchup vs. Kenneth Faried, and Jason Kidd wisely opted to limit his playing time after a brutal start to the game. He's off the radar in all but the deepest leagues, regardless of where he begins the game. John Henson (10 points, five boards, one block) is still the center to own in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:02 pm
    • Joakim Noah posts 14 & 10 with full line Tues
      Joakim Noah racked up 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks to help Chicago hold off the Wizards on Tuesday.

      Advice: He made 4-of-5 shots but was 6-of-10 at the free throw line and he turned the ball over five times in a testy matchup vs. the Bulls' conference rival -- Nene even committed a flagrant foul vs. Noah after saying before the game that he "hates" the Bulls. Noah has double-digit rebounds in eight straight games and he'll be asked to do more offensively for the short-handed Bulls, setting him up for a productive run in the season's final weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:18 pm
    • Kosta Koufos scores six points with 10 boards
      Kosta Koufos started in place of Zach Randolph (illness) on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, scoring six points with 10 boards and one assist in 34 minutes.

      Advice: Koufos is a decent streaming option in daily leagues whenever Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph are inactive, but owners searching for long-term value should look the other way. The Grizzlies play the Rockets on Wednesday, so Koufos may have another chance to start if Z-Bo can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:03 pm
    • Al Horford returns w/ 18 points in home win
      Al Horford was back in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's victory vs. the Rockets, posting 18 points, eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Elton Brand went back to the bench where he has no fantasy relevance. Horford looked good after resting on Saturday, making 9-of-14 shots without any free throw attempts, and with any luck he won't have more DNP-CDs for a long while. The Hawks have six more back-to-back sets down the stretch, with the first coming on March 6/7, so owners should routinely check Horford's status in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:58 pm
    • Pero Antic (knee) plays 13 minutes vs Houston
      Pero Antic (knee) logged 13 minutes off the Hawks' bench on Tuesday, finishing with three points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and two assists.

      Advice: This is representative of Antic's season-long production and he's nowhere near standard-league value while Al Horford is healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:56 pm
    • Derrick Favors stays hot with 21 points Tues.
      Derrick Favors scored 21 points with six boards, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 36 minutes against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: He shot 8-of-14 from the field and made 5-of-6 attempts from the charity stripe to add to his impressive performance. Favors has averaged 18.0 points, 9.4 boards, 1.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.2 blocks over his last five games, and with no competition for playing time, there is no reason why he shouldn't be able to keep it going. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:27 pm
    • Rudy Gobert grabs 24 rebounds in win Tues.
      Rudy Gobert grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds in a win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday, adding 15 points and one assist in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Though he failed to block a shot for the first time since Jan. 24, he was a huge factor in the paint and played remarkable defense on Marc Gasol down the stretch. Gobert has now logged a double-double in three of his last four games and it's clear that he is going to be an absolute stud for the rest of the way. For what it's worth, the Jazz are 5-1 since inserting Gobert into the starting lineup after the All-Star Break. Thank you Enes Kanter. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:20 pm
    • Andre Bargnani gets zero REB, STL or BLK
      Andrea Bargnani played only 18 minutes during Tuesday's shellacking, finishing with three points on 1-of-4 shooting, three assists and zero rebounds, steals or blocks.

      Advice: This awful game is compounded by the Knicks' two-game slate this week. The only good news is that New York plays five times in Week 20, which gives Bargnani some upside as the team's purported offensive centerpiece. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:04 pm
    • Jason Smith scores 13 points off NYK bench
      Jason Smith came off the bench again on Tuesday, posting 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, four rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes during a crushing loss to Sacramento.

      Advice: He had only two points and five rebounds in 20 minutes on Saturday and isn't on the fantasy radar in typical leagues. It says a lot that Smith is backing up a starting duo of Lou Amundson and Andrea Bargnani. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:04 pm
    • Cole Aldrich plays well in 20 reserve minutes
      Cole Aldrich was one of the only effective Knicks on Tuesday with eight points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 20 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He made 4-of-6 field goals and would have enough upside to own if he weren't stuck in a low-minute backup role behind Andrea Bargnani and Lou Amundson. Deep-league owners may want to pick him up for help at center, but everyone else can let him float along on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:03 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins posts 22 & 10 in return
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) returned from his two-game absence vs. the Knicks, scoring 22 points (5-of-10 FGs, 11-of-11 FTs) with one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Cousins has fared well under coach George Karl even though Karl's offense typically shuns post-ups. As noted by Brett Kormenos, "Karl's last team in Denver actually ran fewer post-ups per game as a team (5.6) than Cousins has this year as an individual." He did his damage in under 30 minutes during tonight's blowout win, and fantasy owners can look forward to elite value in the season's final six weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:51 pm
    • Brandon Bass leads Boston w/ 15 pts Tuesday
      Brandon Bass led the Celtics with 15 points on Tuesday, making 7-of-15 shots with five boards, one assist and three turnovers vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: He played 27 minutes, more than any player except Evan Turner (six points, seven assists), and the only other Celtic in double-digits was Isaiah Thomas (11 points). Bass is a sketchy fantasy option even with Kelly Olynyk (ankle) on the sidelines, but he and the Celtics should bounce back quickly on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:32 pm
    • Kevin Love plays through illness vs. Boston
      Kevin Love (illness) decided to play at the last minute on Tuesday and he made 4-of-10 shots to finish with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 25 minutes.

      Advice: It wasn't his best game but the Cavs didn't need more from him and he posted a +/- rating of +25 in the blowout victory. He'll be ready to go vs. the Raptors on Wednesday and his fantasy owners should only be concerned about Cleveland's brutal two-game slate in Week 23 (March 30 - April 5). Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:25 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) ruled out again on Tues.
      Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Nuggets have failed to provide a timetable for the rookie's return, and all we know is that former head coach Brain Shaw hinted that Nurkic would be out for a while. Nurkic is worth a stash if you have an open IR spot, but with fantasy playoffs upon us, his owners may need to look at other options. In the meantime, Kenneth Faried will continue to start at center, while more opportunities will be available for guys like J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:54 pm
       
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    • Darrell Arthur (calf) will play vs. the Bucks
      Darrell Arthur (calf) will play vs. the Bucks on Tuesday.

      Advice: He has missed the last two games due to a calf strain, but the Nuggets could certainly use the extra depth. However, with season averages of just 7.3 points and 3.2 boards in 17.7 minutes per game, it's safe to leave Arthur on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:51 pm
    • Kosta Koufos starts Tuesday w/ Z-Bo out
      Kosta Koufos will start Tuesday's game in place of Zach Randolph (illness).

      Advice: Koufos makes a decent temporary fantasy option but most owners should have more reliable long-term alternatives on the waiver wire. Z-Bo's absence will also open up more opportunities for backup big man Jon Leuer, and it will be all hands on deck for the Grizzlies tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:49 pm
    • Pero Antic (knee) active for Tuesday's game
      Pero Antic (knee) is not listed on the team's injury report and he is active for Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: The team's game notes aren't exactly the most reliable thing to count on, but we consider it a good sign if the Hawks didn't feel the need to update his status prior to the game. Antic returned to full practice on Monday, and he should resume his limited role off the bench against the Rockets. To be clear, Antic isn't a reliable option in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:36 pm
    • Pelicans waive Justin Hamilton
      The Pelicans officially waived Justin Hamilton on Tuesday.

      Advice: Hamilton is averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds on the season, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:18 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will start Tuesday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks, sending Carl Landry back to the bench.

      Advice: Cousins has missed the last two games due to a nagging ankle issue, but his owners will be thrilled to see him back in action with a favorable matchup vs. the lowly Knicks. Get Cousins in your lineup and enjoy the show. On the other hand, Landry can be dropped across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:10 pm
    • Len fined $20k for wrestling with Whiteside
      Alex Len has been fined $20,000 for Monday night's wrestling match with Hassan Whiteside, but he will not be suspended.

      Advice: "[Whiteside] came down on me twice," Len said. "He did it a second time and I just got frustrated so I pushed him a little bit and we got into it ... I'm not going to let him just keeping doing this dirty stuff." Len will be good to go for Wednesday's favorable matchup with the Magic, so make sure you have him active tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:10 pm
    • Kevin Love (illness) a go for Tuesday vs. BOS
      Kevin Love (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Go ahead and get him active. Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson expecting a big night may want to look elsewhere for production. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:50 pm
    • Al Horford starting, Elton Brand to the bench
      Al Horford will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets, sending Elton Brand back to the bench.

      Advice: Go ahead and get Horford active for what will be an uptempo game vs. Houston. Those that made a speculative add of Brand during his one-game stint in the starting unit can feel comfortable sending him back to the wire with the demotion to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:06 pm
    • Report: MIA also interested in JaVale McGee
      The Miami Heat are reportedly interested in bringing on JaVale McGee.

      Advice: McGee is due to clear waivers on Wednesday, and we'll be following this story closely. So far the Mavs and Heat have been reported to have interest in acquiring McGee's services, but the sense is that there are more teams out there also intrigued by McGee. To be clear, we don't expect him to offer any fantasy value to owners in most leagues regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:56 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) ruled out for Tuesday
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: With Olynyk unavailable, Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, and Jonas Jerebko will continue to man Boston's frontcourt, with Bass and Zeller offering the most upside. Boston plays at home against Utah on Wednesday, and we'll be considering Olynyk questionable for that one. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:40 pm
       
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    • Kevin Love (illness) a game-time decision
      Kevin Love (illness) is headed for a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics.

      Advice: Love was previously listed as probable despite not being able to go through Tuesday morning's shootaround, but he’s now looking at a game-time decision. If he's unable to go, Tristan Thompson would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he's be worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and J.R. Smith would also have more opportunities on offense. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:30 pm
    • Report: DAL interested in adding JaVale McGee
      The Mavericks are reportedly "seriously interested" in signing JaVale McGee.

      Advice: While the Mavericks have significant interest in McGee, it's being reported that the list of interested teams stretches well beyond Dallas, which is a rather strange sentence to write. McGee couldn't earn significant minutes playing for the 76ers, so he's going to have difficulty leaving the bench on an actual championship contender. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:56 pm
    • Report: Pelicans to waive Justin Hamilton
      The Pelicans are expected to waive F/C Justin Hamilton, according to sources.

      Advice: Hamilton hasn't played a single game for the Pelicans since coming to New Orleans at the trade deadline, and he's never going to be a difference maker for an NBA team, so the move makes sense. While he may be able to hook on with another NBA team, he's not going to have any fantasy value wherever he lands. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:07 pm
    • Steven Adams (hand) looking doubtful for Wed.
      Updating a previous report, according to beat writer Anthony Slater, Steven Adams (hand) seems doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the 76ers.

      Advice: While Stevens was able to return to practice on Tuesday, he was seen clearly favoring his right hand, and it seems doubtful he'll be able to return for Wednesday's game. However, Adams will more than likely be playing limited minutes off the bench now that Enes Kanter is in town, and he's simply not going to get enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:35 am
       
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    • Steven Adams could play vs 76ers Wednesday
      Steven Adams (hand) returned to practice for the first time on Tuesday and could play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: Adams was spotted wearing a glove during practice and said he will see how he feels before making a determination on his status for Wednesday. He'll likely return to a bench role now that Enes Kanter is on the Thunder's roster, so Adams can be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:59 am
       
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    • Nikola Pekovic questionable for Wednesday
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Pekovic said he wants to give it a go on Wednesday, so we'll have to await word after shootaround to see if he'll get his wish. If Pek is unable to suit up against the Nuggets, Gorgui Dieng becomes a must-start player in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:55 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins probable for Tuesday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is probable for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: This is great news for Cousins' owners after he missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle. He'll be slotted back into the Kings' starting lineup and can be activated across all fantasy leagues. Boogie is averaging 23.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.9 blocks over his last eight games and has a favorable matchup against the Knicks on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:38 am
    • Marreese Speights pleads no contest
      Marreese Speights plead no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge of reckless driving that stemmed from his arrest in Tampa in August.

      Advice: Speights was originally charged with driving under the influence, but his lawyers were able to negotiate a deal that included $903 in fines and court costs. We'll have to await word on if Speights will face any discipline from the league, but let's let this serve a teachable moment for finding a designated driver. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:26 am
    • Mavs sign Bernard James for rest of season
      The Dallas Mavericks have signed Bernard James for the rest of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: James was at the tail end of his second 10-day contract and has obviously impressed the Mavericks enough to stick around for the rest of the season. While James helps solidify a depleted Mavericks' frontcourt, he hasn't shown enough to warrant a spot on any fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:22 am
    • Taj Gibson could miss up to two weeks
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is in a walking boot and could miss up to two weeks.

      Advice: Gibson has already been declared out for the next week, but it's starting to look like his absence could extend into a second week. Nikola Mirotic will see plenty of minutes off the Bulls' bench while Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will also see a bump in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:14 am
       
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      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Kevin Love misses Tuesday shootaround
      Kevin Love (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround, but is probable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

      Advice: While the Cavs told Love to stay home for Tuesday morning's shootaround, the good news for his fantasy owners is that he is still listed as probable to face the Celtics. We'll update Love's status as soon as more information becomes available, but Tristan Thompson would be in line for a value boost if Love's status is downgraded. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:38 am
    • Kelly Olynyk unsure of Tuesday availability
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is unsure if he'll be able to play against the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

      Advice: Olynyk will test his ankle in shootaround before making a decision on whether to play Tuesday night. The big man has been out since late-January with his ankle injury, but seems to be on the precipice of a return to the court. Olynyk will join a frontcourt logjam with Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Jae Crowder, and Jonas Jerebko upon his return, so his fantasy value will likely be limited to deeper leagues barring an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:03 am
       
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      L, 110-79 @ Cle
    • Ajinca double-doubles with a steal and block
      Alexis Ajinca kept his foot on the gas with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson out on Monday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Ajinca has paid off with top-50 value over the last two weeks and with the Pelicans' durability issues he has a sneaky shot at finishing the year strong. There have been vague reports not necessarily altering Davis' 1-2 week timeline from about seven days ago, but we'll be watching closely to see if Ajinca can survive his return. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    • Alex Len ejected for wrestling
      Alex Len was ejected for wrestling with Hassan Whiteside on Monday.

      Advice: He got tangled up with Whiteside under the basket and Whiteside tried to tackle him. Len probably isn't as likely as Whiteside to get a suspension, but it's possible. He played well tonight, finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and two steals. Len should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:51 pm
    • Bernard James expected to start
      Benard James will start against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: The Mavs are going big against the Pelicans, which makes sense. James is still not a fantasy option in almost any league Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis, Richard Jefferson and Dirk Nowitzki are the other starters. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:22 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic will not play on Monday
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

      Advice: His ankle is acting up and the Wolves are likely going to rest him for a while. Gorgui Dieng is back to being a must-start player in all leagues. If you want to cut Pek, it's not a bad idea given how much time he's needed to recover from ankle soreness. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:55 pm
    • Pekovic, Martin both questionable on Monday
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (illness) are both questionable to play on Monday against the Clippers.

      Advice: Pekovic did not participate in shootaround, and he'll warmup before the game to see if he can give it a go. It doesn't sound promising even if he plays, so Gorgui Dieng should remain very ready, and he'd be the most obvious candidate to benefit without the big man. As for Martin, his illness is out of nowhere, so if he doesn't play, Andrew Wiggins will be an even greater point of emphasis with Gary Neal possibly joining the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:30 am
    • Pero Antic (knee) back at practice on Monday
      Pero Antic (knee) returned to practice on Monday.

      Advice: It doesn't sound like he's in danger of missing any additional time going forward, but we're going to keep him sidelined since he was dealing with an actual injury. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:08 am
    • Al Horford back at practice on Monday
      Al Horford (rest) returned to practice on Monday.

      Advice: He sat out Saturday's game against the Heat, but big Al is good to go going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:02 am
    • Official: Sixers waive center JaVale McGee
      Sixers waive C JaVale McGee.

      Advice: The Sixers made the move prior to midnight on March 1, meaning McGee will be eligible to join a playoff-bound team if one actually signs him to their active roster. We'll see if that happens. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:25 am
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) still without timetable
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is making progress, but there is no timetable for his return.

      Advice: "I’m just letting it play out," he said. "It’s tough. It’s real tough. . . . The fact that you could go probably, but you just want to make sure you’re helping your team; you’re not a detriment. You know, you can do the things you want to do out there." Although he's progressing, it doesn't like sound the Celtics or Olynyk are rushing his return. The Celtics will have a logjam when Olynyk returns with Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko, Evan Turner and Jae Crowder all occupying minutes along the frontline. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:07 am
       
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      L, 110-79 @ Cle
    • Gibson (ankle) to miss at least 1 more week
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for at least another week.

      Advice: Not good. Gibson's ankle sprain is clearly serious, and Gibson has a history of playing through ankle injuries, so we know it must be bothering the big man. The Bulls play four times this week, so if Gibson misses all of those contests, Nikola Mirotic will continue to see big minutes off the bench with Chicago leaning a little harder on both Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:31 am
       
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      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Marreese Speights a healthy DNP-CD Sunday
      Marreese Speights was a healthy DNP-CD vs. the Celtics on Sunday.

      Advice: Boston went very small with their second unit, deploying Jonas Jerebko at center, so the matchups didn't favor Speights at all. He's averaging just 13 minutes over Golden State's past 10 games and has no fantasy upside while Andrew Bogut, David Lee and Draymond Green are healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:54 pm
    • Report: 76ers agree to waive JaVale McGee
      The 76ers have agreed to waive JaVale McGee in time for him to sign with a playoff contender, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

      Advice: Philadelphia will reportedly pay McGee the full amount he's owed, including a $12 million payout next season, and he's likely to sign a minimum deal to give a playoff-bound team more frontcourt depth. He's not a fantasy asset no matter where he lands after clearing waivers. Yahoo! Sports reports there are 10 teams that have already expressed interest, but that would mean a third of the NBA, and we're not buying that. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:07 pm
    • JaVale McGee buyout looking less likely
      JaVale McGee, who has been mentioned in buyout rumors, finished Sunday's road loss with three points, one rebound and one block in eight minutes off the 76ers bench.

      Advice: McGee said before the game that he wasn't aware of any talks with Sixers management, and a buyout is now reportedly "unlikely." He won't be eligible for the playoffs if he's waived after midnight on Sunday, so a buyout would be implausible if it doesn't happen very soon. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:50 pm
    • Brandon Bass posts 15 & 12 w/ highlight dunk
      Brandon Bass threw down a vicious dunk over Andrew Bogut on Sunday, finishing the Celtics' tough loss with 15 points, 12 rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: The Celtics led this game by 26 points but let it slip away in the second half, eventually falling 101-106 to the Warriors. Bass made 6-of-12 shots and 3-of-4 free throws, and his highlight-reel dunk can be viewed via the link below. He's a solid player to own while Jared Sullinger (foot) and Kelly Olynyk (ankle) are both out of commission, but his role may soon dwindle with Olynyk nearing a return. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:44 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) sits out again Sunday
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) didn't play on Sunday, as expected.

      Advice: This makes 17 straight DNPs for Olynyk, whose next chance to return comes in Cleveland on Tuesday. He has intriguing rest-of-season upside in Boston's frontcourt, but first he'll need to regain his conditioning after such a long layoff. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:42 pm
       
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      L, 110-79 @ Cle
    • Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play on Sunday
      Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: This will be his second straight game on the sidelines and we will consider him day-to-day moving forward. Arthur has averages of just 7.3 points, 3.2 boards and 1.0 assist in 17.7 minutes per game this season, so his absence won't have many fantasy implications. Expect Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to benefit the most on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:20 pm
    • Update: JaVale McGee buyout now 'unlikely'
      JaVale McGee denied knowing about buyout talks with the 76ers, and sources now consider a buyout "unlikely."

      Advice: "Not on my part, it’s not true," McGee said, referring to a report that he was in "active talks" with Philly. "I don’t know. They might be talking to somebody. I know nothing about it." A buyout would have to be completed by midnight for another team to acquire him for the playoffs, so the clock is ticking. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:50 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) out as expected Sunday
      Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Sunday as expected.

      Advice: He is expected to be "out a while" according to head coach Brian Shaw, but his owners should at least entertain the idea of holding onto him if they have an IR spot, or at least until we get a firm timetable. Joffrey Lauvergene has been playing well for the Nuggets and is worth a look in deeper leagues, while J.J. Hickson might be able to finally make some noise as well. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:46 pm
       
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    • Joakim Noah posts double-double in loss
      Joakim Noah put up a double-double during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, scoring 13 points on 2-of-8 shooting (9-of-14 from the stripe), with 11 rebounds, six assists and one turnover through 35 minutes of action.

      Advice: Noah's been struggling with his shot since the break, knocking down just 41.2 percent of his attempts. However, the other numbers are there with 13.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.0 block per game since the break, so owners can expect his scoring numbers (7.2 points per game) to jump once his shot starts falling. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:30 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (calf) downgraded to doubtful
      Darrell Arthur (calf) has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: If Arthur is unable to go on Sunday, his minutes will be split up between Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, and J.J. Hickson, but there are no clear winners here with Brian Shaw at the helm. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:36 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) likely will not play Sun
      Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said that Kelly Olynyk (ankle) "probably won't play" Sunday vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: Stevens added that even if Olynyk is available on Sunday, it's unlikely he will leave the bench, so it's probably safe to leave Olynyk on your bench today. Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass, and Jonas Jerebko will remain the primary beneficiaries with Olynyk sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:27 pm
       
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      L, 110-79 @ Cle
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) out Sunday vs. POR
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: This will be Cousins second consecutive game out of the lineup, and Carl Landry will likely again draw the start with Reggie Evans seeing extended minutes off the bench. Rudy Gay is going to be the main man on offense with both Cousins and Darren Collison (hip) unavailable, and he's certainly someone to consider in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:10 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) spotted in walking boot
      Taj Gibson (ankle) was spotted in a walking boot following Sunday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: Gibson did not play on Sunday, and we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Nikola Mirotic stepped up in a big way on Sunday, scoring 29 points (setting a new career-high), and he's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:09 pm
       
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    • JaVale McGee and 76ers may pursue buyout
      According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the 76ers and JaVale McGee are in discussions over a buyout.

      Advice: Today is the last day that McGee would be eligible to play in the playoffs on another team if he were to be bought out, so a deal has to happen before midnight. McGee has struggled to stay healthy in the past few seasons, and while he is clearly not in the 76ers' plans, he likely wouldn't have a significant role on almost any team in the NBA. We will continue to follow this story closely, but it is safe to leave McGee on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:17 am
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Sunday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Sunday against the Clippers.

      Advice: He was limping pretty severely when he left Friday's game and he still can't put weight on his ankle which suggests that he will see some more time on the sidelines. Pau Gaol is returning from an illness, so the Bulls should be able to cope without him for a game or two. Nikola Mirotic is loaded with upside, and is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:17 am
       
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      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Pero Antic is dealing with a sore knee
      Pero Antic was rested during Saturday's game vs. the Heat because he suffered a knee injury in a collision during Friday's game vs. the Magic.

      Advice: He has a very limited role off the bench and is averaging just 5.5 points and 3.0 boards in 16.3 minutes per game this season, so this news doesn't have a lot of fantasy implications. The Hawks are off until Tuesday against the Rockets, so we should be able to provide another update soon. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:20 am
    • Derrick Favors has massive line in win Sat.
      Derrick Favors was simply fantastic against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 12 boards, three blocks and three steals in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 7-of-11 from the field and hit his only two free throw attempts on the night, but he did come dangerously close to fouling out in this one. He has now double-doubled in three out of his last four games, and it's obvious that Enes Kanter bolting town has done wonders for the value of both Favors and Rudy Gobert. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:42 pm
    • Rudy Gobert double-doubles with three blocks
      Rudy Gobert scored 12 points with 10 boards, two steals and thee blocks in 32 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

      Advice: He is one of the most exciting players to watch in the NBA and his upside is through the roof. Gobert has seen his playing time steadily increase now that Enes Kanter is gone and he has averaged 9.8 points with 10.6 boards, 4.0 blocks and 1.0 steal in 31.0 minutes per game over his last five. Gobert's owners should be calling Kanter's agent and thanking him for demanding a trade out of Utah. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:36 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic dealing with pain in his ankle
      Nikola Pekovic's troublesome ankle flared up on him during Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies, and he is expected to be reevaluated on Monday.

      Advice: Not good. Pekovic hasn't exactly been the most durable player in recent years, and it looks like the Wolves were playing with fire when they decided to play him in the second game of a back-to-back set. Pekovic lasted just two minutes in the second half on Saturday, and we would be surprised if he ended up playing against the Clippers on Monday. Gorgui Dieng stands to benefit the most if Pekovic misses time, while rookie Adreian Payne will see a bump in his minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:21 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic plays just 12 minutes
      Nikola Pekovic played just 12 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday with one point, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He played less than two minutes in the second half. The first thing to come to mind here is that his ankle isn't feeling great on the second half of a back-to-back set. His fantasy owners knew there was a lot of risk and hopefully the Wolves say it was just scheduled rest or because Marc Gasol destroyed him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:03 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani scores 19 points vs. Raptors
      Andrea Bargnani scored 19 points in a big win over the Raptors on Saturday with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: Take that, Masai Ujiri! Kidding aside, Bargnani seems to have his role as the primary scorer in the first unit. Although, there really isn't going to be much besides the scoring. He's worth a look in points leagues, but owners in standard leagues can probably shoot for a higher upside. Il Mago also disappears a lot because of injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:44 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) doubtful Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: While he wasn't able to practice on Saturday, he was able to get a few shots up afterwards. Cousins was held out of Friday's game vs. the Spurs, and with the Kings going nowhere in the Western Conference, they will probably err on the side of caution Sunday. Jason Thompson is coming off a double-double and would be worth a look in daily leagues if Cousins sits, while Carl Landry and Reggie Evans will see increased roles as well. Expect another update after shootaround Sunday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:59 pm
    • Antic not going to play on Saturday
      Pero Antic will not play against the Heat on Saturday.

      Advice: It's a little surprising to see the Hawks rest a guy who is only playing 16.3 minutes per game, but Antic is 32. He can be left on the wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:16 pm
    • Al Horford will not play on Saturday
      Al Horford will not play against the Heat on Saturday.

      Advice: He is not at the arena and is just getting the night off. Horford has been very healthy this season and the team wants to keep it that way. Elton Brand will start, but there should be more of Mike Scott and Mike Muscala. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:13 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins doesn't practice on Saturday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) did not practice on Saturday and he is up in the air for Sunday against the Blazers.

      Advice: He tried to play through his ankle sprain from Wednesday and it's apparently costing him playing time. The Kings will likely update Cousins again tomorrow morning, but he should be considered questionable for now. With Cousins out on Friday, Jason Thompson double-doubled and Ben McLemore also stepped up with 21 points. Both should have a similar chance to perform sans DMC. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:01 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (calf) questionable for Sunday
      Darrell Arthur (calf) is questionable to play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

      Advice: He is dealing with an upper muscle strain which seems like it's just behind the knee. Arthur tends to miss a lot of games due to injury, so he could miss more time. If he's out, the Nuggets will run a lot more small-ball lineups. However, nobody will consistently benefit with how coach Brian Shaw is running his rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:01 pm
    • Shaw: Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) out 'for a while'
      Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) is "out a while" due to his ankle sprain, according to coach Brian Shaw.

      Advice: There is no timetable, but the sense is that he's going to need at least a week or maybe even a month to get over this injury. Nurkic was posting some elite value and could have been a top-50 player the rest of the way, so his owners will have to weigh their options on keeping him. While he's out, Joffrey Lauvergne seems to be benefitting most, but he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:53 pm
       
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    • Taj Gibson (ankle) doubtful for Sunday vs. LA
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

      Advice: He had a limp leaving the arena on Friday night and he's also been dealing with his left ankle issues fro much of this season. The last time he had ankle problems, Gibson needed to miss four games, but of course every injury is different. The Bulls moved Nikola Mirotic back to power forward, which actually led to some bigger production out of Mike Dunleavy. Considering the upside, Mirotic is worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:13 am
       
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    • Kelly Olynyk says ankle is feeling better
      Kelly Olynyk made it through most of practice on Saturday, and while he did say his ankle is feeling better, he wasn't ready to commit to returning to action just yet.

      Advice: He remains questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Warriors, but head coach Brad Stevens said he would not be surprised if Olynyk was available to play. Olynyk should be stashed in most leagues considering Jared Sullinger (foot) is out for the season, while Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko will all see their playing time take a hit when Olynyk does return. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:18 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-79 @ Cle
    • Gobert nearly double-doubles, blocks six
      Rudy Gobert scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 FTs) with eight rebounds and six blocks in Friday's win over the Nuggets.

      Advice: Gobert is the No. 7 and 15 fantasy play since the All Star break in 9- and 8-cat leagues respectively, an upside that's been detailed around here in various spaces. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:57 am
    • Ajinca goes for 24 and eight in win over Heat
      Alexis Ajinca scored a career-high 24 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 9-of-10 shots with eight rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes.

      Advice: Ajinca also hit the game's final, deciding shot and he's looking pretty automatic whenever 20-30 mpg clears up. Anthony Davis could be back in the next week or so and Ryan Anderson is about two weeks behind Davis on a timetable. In the meantime, Ajinca should be owned by somebody in your league. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:38 am
    • Noah back into the passing game with Rose out
      Joakim Noah had another solid night passing the ball in Friday's win over the Wolves, handing out eight assists to go with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

      Advice: Noah did not have a steal or block and that's pretty uncharacteristic of him, and the move back into a passing role with Derrick Rose out is not a surprise. Pau Gasol's (illness) absence didn't hurt things either, but regardless Noah stands to gain with Rose out for the bulk of the year. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:46 pm
    • Bass plays just 20 minutes on Friday
      Brandon Bass played just 20 minutes in Friday's win over the Hornets, scoring eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Bass saw his minutes clipped with Jonas Jerebko (16 points, 10 boards) playing so well tonight and that's with no Kelly Olynyk (ankle) around, too. The emergence of Jerebko is a real concern but owners might want to wait a game or two before weighing in on a drop considering Bass has been fairly productive lately. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:45 pm
    • Reappearing Act: Andrea Bargnani scores 25
      Andrea Bargnani turned back the clock against the Pistons on Friday with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is clearly the first option for the Knicks on offense right now. Bargnani had a 26.9 usage rate tonight, which is a shade above his season 25.3 usage rate. Il Mago started tonight and is almost certainly going to stick. He is a tremendous injury risk and this big line tonight is unlikely to happen again, but he's worth a look in standard leagues. It's hard to believe for a guy who was possibly going to be cut. Take that, Masai Ujiri. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:36 pm
    • Kevin Love makes just 6-of-19
      Kevin Love made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: While he does have a bigger chance to produce, Love actually hasn't really stepped up. He actually made just 3-of-15 from the field in the last game without LeBron James back on Jan. 28. Love hasn't been playing well right now, averaging 16.2 points, 9.8 boards and 2.8 treys in his last five. He's fine, though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:41 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) out for game on Friday
      Taj Gibson went to the locker room on Friday with an ankle sprain and will not return.

      Advice: He can't seem to shake these ankle sprains. Gibson was all set for a big night tonight and hopefully will return to action soon. If he doesn't it'll be Nikola Mirotic logging major playing time. Considering Miro's upside, he is well worth a speculative add in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:40 pm
       
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    • Darrell Arthur (knee) out on Friday night
      Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Friday.

      Advice: The Nuggets do get Kenneth Faried back, so they're not too thin at power forward. However, they're still very thin at center and will likely lean on Joffrey Lauvergne the most in their frontcourt. J.J. Hickson may also play more, but he has sort of fallen out of favor with his coach recently. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:45 pm
    • Bargnani, Cleanthony Early starting on Friday
      Andrea Bargnani and Cleanthony Early will start on Friday night against the Pistons.

      Advice: Jason Smith will move that the bench. Bargnani had a 30.7 usage rate on Wednesday, so this isn't a big surprise. He has been the main weapon in the offense when he's on the floor, but he's still injured a lot and is not shooting the ball well this season. Since his return, Bargnani averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 boards and 1.0 blocks on 39.5 percent from the field. Add him at your own risk, but letting him be someone else's problem isn't a bad idea. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:14 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) questionable for Sunday
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is questionable to play against the Warriors and is hopeful to practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He's been out since January and is finally getting closer to a return. The Celtics have been very creative with their frontcourt and coach Brad Stevens has been playing a lot of Jonas Jerebko. "[Jerebko is] not a five in a perfect world but maybe a five in our world," Stevens said. Jae Crowder has also been a stretch four a ton and has benefitted the most in the past couple. Olynyk is worth stashing in most leagues now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:55 pm
       
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    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) ruled out for Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: That's a lot of offense to replace with Boogie posting a ridiculous 37.3 usage rate since George Karl took over. Plus, he's on pace to have the highest usage rate for a center in a season ever (among qualifiers for minutes per game). With Boogie out, the Kings are likely going to give his minutes to a combination of Carl Landry, Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson. However, Rudy Gay will likely be very busy tonight and Ben McLemore will also try to build off his 16-point game from Wednesday. Gay will also play a lot of PF, so there are more minutes for Omri Casspi. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:15 pm
    • Karl wants Cousins to cut down on the TOs
      Kings' head coach George Karl would like DeMarcus Cousins to cut down on the turnovers.

      Advice: "I talked to [DeMarcus] about his turnovers," Karl said. "He leads the league in turnovers (4.4 per game), and we’d like to challenge him the last 25, 30 games of the season to have much better decision making." Cousins has been careless at times with the ball this season, so it's nice that his coach is challenging him to be better. He’s hitting career-highs in points (23.7), rebounds (12.2), assists (3.3), and blocks (1.7) this season, so a reduction in turnovers could only help his already elite value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:02 am
    • Alex Len double-doubles in overtime win
      Alex Len double-doubled with 12 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday's overtime win over the Thunder, adding one assist and three blocks in a career-high 38 minutes.

      Advice: Len has come a long way since the beginning of the season, and he has arguably been one of the hottest commodities in fantasy since the All-Star break with averages of 9.4 points, 10.8 boards and 3.4 blocks in 32 minutes per game over his last five. His ankle injury looks like a thing of the past, and as long as Len stays healthy his owners are going to be in for a fantastic finish to the season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:06 am
    • Kevin Love scores 16 points with eight boards
      Kevin Love scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting with eight boards in Thursday's win over the Warriors, adding one assist and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: The low shot attempts probably had something to do with LeBron James going off for 42 points, but the good news is that he kept up his torrid pace from beyond the arc. Love has now averaged 4.3 3-pointers over his last three games which has opened up driving lanes for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Love may see an increased role on offense in Indiana Friday with Kyrie Irving nursing a shoulder injury, so owners in daily leagues should take that into consideration. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:55 pm
    • Steven Adams (hand) ramps up activities
      Steven Adams (hand) worked on some post moves prior to Thursday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: He was given a three-week timetable after he had surgery on his hand on Feb. 9th, so he should be closing in on a return. We will continue to pass along updates on Adams' status, but he will likely return to a bench role now that Enes Kanter is in town. It's safe to leave Adams on the wire in standard leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:43 pm
       
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    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) doubtful Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle sprain, left hip contusion) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: He was unable to practice on Thursday because of these injuries, and we would be shocked if he was able to give it a go on Friday with the Kings going absolutely nowhere in the Western Conference. We will update his status when we know more, but Rudy Gay is going to be a busy man on offense for the Kings if Cousins sits. Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Carl Landry will likely all see a bump in minutes on Friday, but none of them are viable options in standard leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:09 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) questionable Friday
      DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle) was unable to practice on Thursday, and head coach George Karl said he was unsure if Cousins would be able to go Friday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is the first we're hearing of an ankle injury for Cousins, and we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. If he's unable to go on Friday, Ryan Hollins or Reggie Evans would have the opportunity to slide into the starting lineup. It's worth noting that Hollins picked up a DNP-CD during the Kings' last game, while Evans logged 27 minutes, so he seems to be ahead of Hollins in the rotation. Evans is capable of hauling in gaudy rebounding totals, and he'll be a name to watch if listed as the starter on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:02 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not play Friday
      Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Utah, as expected.

      Advice: With Nurkic unavailable, and Darrell Arthur (calf) being listed as doubtful, J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried are going to be logging heavy minutes on Friday, while newcomer Joffrey Lauvergne could put up some nice numbers. He had 11 points, nine boards, a steal and a block on Wednesday, when Nurkic got hurt. It's also possible that Wilson Chandler (groin) plays some minutes at power forward, but Denver is simply running out of options. Faried is going to have a lot of opportunity on Friday, so hopefully he can finally bust out of his slump. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:31 pm
       
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    • Darrell Arthur (calf) doubtful Friday vs. UTA
      Darrell Arthur (calf strain) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Arthur only lasted three minutes during his last outing, and with season averages of 7.3 points and 3.2 rebounds on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, it's safe to leave Arthur on the wire in most leagues. With both Arthur and Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) unavailable for Friday, J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried are going to see heavy minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:23 pm
    • Rudy Gobert posts nice dub-dub in loss
      Rudy Gobert had 16 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: He hit 6-of-11 shots and if you were faced with a decision on whether to pick up Gobert or Gorgui Dieng before the trade deadline, we hope you went with Rudy G. Dude can't fail. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:02 pm
    • Alex Len slows down on Wednesday
      Alex Len scored six points with 10 rebounds and one block in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He committed his first foul in the first minute of action and battled foul trouble all night. Len was just too good before this game and his owners have nothing to worry about. He's been one of the best sophomore big men in the NBA this season and is the Suns' big man of the future. The Kraine is a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:00 pm
    • Alexis Ajinca plays just 18 minutes in win
      Alexis Ajinca came off the bench and played just 18 minutes on Wednesday, but still had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks on 4-of-6 shooting.

      Advice: The minutes don't make a lot of sense, but guys like Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham played well in this one. Any time Anthony Davis is out, Ajinca still qualifies as an interesting sleeper pick. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:12 pm
    • Joakim Noah plays 34 minutes
      Joakim Noah handed out eight assists against the Hornets on Wednesday with four points, 11 rebounds, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: He's going to make a lot of passes out of the post for the Bulls now. His assist percentage is down considerably compared to last season and it has a lot to do with Derrick Rose. Noah still won't be as great as last season because of Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol, but he should get about a two-round boost in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:11 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 19 minutes on Wed
      Zaza Pachulia played 19 minutes on Wednesday against the 76ers with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He saw a big increase from his six minutes on Monday, but he played a lot less than John Henson. Considering how well Henson played tonight, it's hard to be encouraged by Pachulia. Fantasy owners in most leagues will want to keep Pachulia on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic has lateral right ankle sprain
      Jusuf Nurkic suffered a right lateral ankle sprain on Wednesday and X-rays were negative.

      Advice: This is actually not bad news for Nurkic, but he is still very likely to miss time and does not have a timetable to return. He was in a lot of pain and could not put weight on his foot. Nurkic owners should hold him for now because players have limped off the court without putting weight on their leg and play in their next game -- Rodney Stuckey did that over the weekend. With Nurkic out, it looks like fellow rookie Joffrey Lauvergne will step up after posting a nice line on Wednesday with 11 points and nine boards. J.J. Hickson will also play more, but his upside isn't great. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:27 pm
       
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    • Andrea Bargnani making some knoise in NY
      Andrea Bargnani played 25 minutes and hit 5-of-13 shots for 17 points, six rebound and two blocks in another Knicks loss.

      Advice: That's four straight games in double figures for Bargs, who also has five blocks over his last five games. He's no longer a threat from downtown, and is likely to get hurt any day now, but if you need a big man and want to take a flier on him, he might be able to stay relevant for a couple more weeks or so. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:14 pm
    • Jason Smith double-doubles from nowhere
      Jason Smith had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on 5-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Smith had been dreadful in his two previous games, scoring four in each of them, but had 25 points and seven boards in his last game before the All-Star break. Maybe he's ready to get it rolling again for the hapless Knicks, but we'll believe it when we see it happen. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:09 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic hurts leg, goes in a wheelchair
      Jusuf Nurkic suffered a right leg injury against the Suns on Wednesday and needed to go into a wheelchair. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:07 pm
       
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      W, 106-95 vs Mil
    • Bernard James w/ 11 boards, 2 blocks in start
      Bernard James started at center and had seven points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: With Tyson Chandler (hip) and Amare Stoudemire (rest) both out, the Mavs were forced to go with James tonight. He wasn't great, but the boards and blocks were enough to help if you rolled the dice in a DFS league. Chandler and Amare shouldn't be out for too long, so the clock is ticking on BJ's shelf life. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:50 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (knee) out for game
      Darrell Arthur (right knee) will not return on Wednesday night.

      Advice: The team is calling it a strain, which usually suggests it's a muscle issue. If Arthur is out, the Nuggets will be very shorthanded. Joffrey Lauvergne and J.J. Hickson may have to play more. He finished with one point and no other stats in three minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:27 pm
    • Bernard James will start on Wednesday
      Bernard James will start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

      Advice: He'll join J.J. Barea, Monta Ellis, Richard Jefferson and Dirk Nowitzki. James probably won't log big minutes tonight with Dirk likely moving over to center. Fantasy owners can look to Al-Farouq Aminu tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:33 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia starting, John Henson benched
      Zaza Pachulia will start against 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He has been coming off the bench, but he'll be back in the starting lineup tonight. Pachulia only played six minutes on Monday and he's basically in a three-way timeshare with John Henson and Miles Plumlee. He can be left on the wire in most leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:02 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) still out on Wednesday
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) will not play against the Knicks.

      Advice: Coach Brad Stevens did say KO could be back within a week today. He was expected to be re-evaluated before today and the Celtics should have an update for us soon. With Olynyk out, Brandon Bass will continue to be the primary offensive big man for the Celtics with Tyler Zeller also getting more run. Olynyk is worth a look as a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:44 pm
       
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    • Hawks say game with Mavs will happen
      Wednesday's Mavs at Hawks game "is happening" despite the bad weather, according to the Hawks.

      Advice: After a lot of uncertainty, we finally have a solid update. Fantasy owners can go ahead and insert their Hawks and Mavericks back in their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:02 pm
    • Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich expect to play
      Taj Gibson (illness) and Kirk Hinrich (illness) are expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: Gibson didn't play against the Bucks on Monday and was limited to a stationary bike at practice on Tuesday, so it's probably fair to say that he still isn't 100 percent. That being said, Gibson is a must-start option when he is active and owners can go ahead and pencil him into active lineups for tonight's game. Nikola Mirotic is coming off a double-double during Monday's game but his playing time will take a hit following this news. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:11 am
       
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      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Brandon Bass open to returning to Celtics
      Brandon Bass is set to become a free agent in the summer, but said that he is open to returning to the Celtics next season.

      Advice: "If I’m wanted back then yeah, I would want to be back for sure," said Bass. "It’s been a blessing for me to be here four years, to finish out my contract here. I’m excited about that. Hopefully everything will continue to go in a positive direction." Bass has been pressed into a much larger role since Jared Sullinger went down with a season-ending stress fracture in his foot, and while his value will take a hit when Kelly Olynyk (ankle) eventually returns, Bass will probably be worth owning in most leagues for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:24 am
    • Kevin Love ties career-high w/ eight triples
      Kevin Love tied his career-high with eight 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing a road win in Detroit with 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers.

      Advice: Kyrie Irving has been cold from the perimeter lately, which makes Love's bombardment even better news for a Cavs team which already dominates the mid-range thanks to LeBron -- they're shooting 46.5 percent when 15-19 feet from the hoop, while the second-ranked Hawks are at 44.8 percent. Love is coming off a solid 16 & 16 performance from Sunday and it appears he's figured out how to "fit in" with his new star-studded team. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:34 pm
    • Marreese Speights scores 16 pts in 15 minutes
      Marreese Speights was back in double-digits on Tuesday, making 6-of-12 shots off the bench to finish with 16 points, two boards, one assist and two turnovers in just 15 minutes.

      Advice: Speights has blocked one shot total since Jan. 23, and he was averaging a mere 5.3 points in a negligible role over Golden State's previous three games. He's prone to random offensive eruptions but isn't a viable fantasy player with Andrew Bogut and David Lee both healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:38 pm
    • Taj Gibson (illness) questionable Wednesday
      Taj Gibson (illness) was limited to riding a stationary bike during Tuesday's practice, but head coach Tom Thibodeau sounded optimistic about Gibson being able to play Wednesday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: We'll be considering Gibson questionable for Wednesday's game, but if he is able to return, he'll hurt the value of Nikola Mirotic. Check back for an official update on Gibson's status closer to Wednesday's tip. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:27 am
       
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Gobert just scratching the surface in win
      Rudy Gobert scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting with 14 rebounds, two steals and three blocks over 31 minutes in the Jazz's 90-81 win over the Spurs on Monday.

      Advice: Gobert is just scratching the surface and he's a game-changer in both fantasy and reality basketball. If you had the foresight to draft him and stay the course, you're about to get paid off in a massive way. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:29 pm
    • Len double-doubles with six blocks vs. BOS
      Alex Len double-doubled with 10 and 12 to go with a season-high tying six blocks on Monday against the Celtics.

      Advice: The coast is clear for Len and while he might have a speed bump here or there he's going to be fun to own for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:03 pm
    • Bass taking advantage of new opportunity
      Brandon Bass scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in Monday's win over the Suns.

      Advice: Bass is probably going to be a bit more inconsistent when Kelly Olynyk eventually returns, but he'll probably be worth owning for the rest of the year. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:46 pm
    • Ajinca scores 16 points with nine rebounds
      Alexis Ajinca scored 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Raptors.

      Advice: Ajinca has done surprisingly well when pressed into action for Anthony Davis or Ryan Anderson this season. And with the way those two guys are holding up these days, it's possible this current window of productivity gets extended throughout the year -- particularly if and when the Pelicans fall out of the playoff chase. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:12 pm
    • Darrell Arthur scores 10 in start
      Darrell Arthur scored 10 points in a start at power forward on Monday with seven rebounds on 5-of-15 from the field.

      Advice: He played more than expected because Kenneth Faried (hand) missed some time tonight. Arthur does have a decent ceiling because he takes shots and is solid with defensive stats. In fact, he averaged 7.4 points, 3.0 boards 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in his previous seven games this month. He's only worth a look in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:05 pm
    • Pachulia plays six minutes against Chicago
      Zaza Pachulia played just six minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Pachulia missed all three of his shots and had just one rebound and one assist to his credit. Yes, the Bucks found themselves in a blowout loss against a vastly superior team, but Pachulia's already teetering deep league value took a major blow tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:42 pm
    • Darrell Arthur starts, Kenneth Faried benched
      Darrell Arthur will start at power forward with Kenneth Faried coming off the bench against the Nets.

      Advice: Wow. Faried has not been playing well, but this is a bold move for even Brian Shaw. Arthur probably won't play more than 24 minutes tonight even with Wilson Chandler out, so he's only worth a look in deeper leagues. Plus, he tends to get hurt a lot. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 5:11 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk to be re-evaluated in Boston
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) will be re-evaluated in Boston following the current road trip.

      Advice: He should be considered questionable to play against the Knicks on Wednesday. Olynyk will have a very nice floor in fantasy with Jared Sullinger out for the season, so feel free to grab him now before someone else does. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 4:48 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 110-79 @ Cle
    • Thibodeau wants to keep Noah at 32-34 mins
      Tom Thibodeau wants to keep Joakim Noah's minutes in the 32-34 range going forward.

      Advice: Noah has three straight games with 10 or more rebounds, and he's amassed at least eight assists in two of those three contests. Getting Noah back on track is going to be critical to anything the Bulls hope to do, but Noah's health will be the ultimate dictator of just how much, and how often, he's playing. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:37 am
    • Taj Gibson ruled out with illness on Monday
      Taj Gibson (illness) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: Gibson has played well over his last few contests, so the Bulls will have to lean a little harder on both Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol in this one. It's also conceivable both Nikola Mirotic gets some increased run, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:10 am
       
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • JaVale McGee doesn't want buyout from Sixers
      JaVale McGee reiterated that he does not want a buyout from the Sixers.

      Advice: "We are coming into this whole thing with an open mind," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "He is around a bunch of genuine people, coaches that care. That will give him every chance to keep moving and to be as good as he can be." McGee said very bluntly, "I don't want to get bought out. That's not a positive thing." Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:07 am
    • Kelly Olynyk doubtful to play Monday vs. Suns
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Suns on Monday.

      Advice: Brad Stevens said he thinks Olynyk will be "close to playing" by the end of the homestand, which would indicate a possible return on either Friday or Sunday. When he does return, Olynyk will probably be eased in after missing so much time, but he should be in line for a larger role than previously with Jared Sullinger (foot) out for the season. Without Olynyk, Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller will continue to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 6:55 am
       
      Injured
      L, 110-79 @ Cle
    • Brandon Bass shoots 7-of-11 in 40 minutes
      Brandon Bass pitched in 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting during Sunday's OT loss to the Lakers, playing 40 minutes in the absence of both Jared Sullinger (foot) and Kelly Olynyk (ankle).

      Advice: He added five rebounds, one assist and two blocks with only one turnover. Olynyk is day-to-day but Sullinger is done for the season with a metatarsal stress fracture, giving Bass a path to sustained low-end value. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much more than points, rebounds and nice FG and FT percentages from Bass, but he's worth scooping off the waiver wire in leagues with 12 or more teams. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:49 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani logs season-high 28 minutes
      Andrea Bargnani logged a season-high 28 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Cavs, putting up 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover.

      Advice: Bargnani has missed his standard one-half of the regular season, so perhaps he can stay healthy for the Knicks' remaining 27 games. There's not a lot of upside here as he basically just scores inefficiently, but if you're in an extremely deep league and you're desperate for a center... well, we still wouldn't recommend adding him. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:40 pm
    • Jason Smith posts second consecutive dud Sun.
      Jason Smith was a no show for Sunday's blowout loss to the Cavs, scoring just four points on 2-of-6 shooting, to go with four rebounds, two steals, one block and one turnover through 24 minutes of action.

      Advice: Smith is the starting power forward for the Knicks, but the problem is, he just isn't that talented. The only reason he's starting is because the Knicks are tanking, and with averages of 11.6 points 6.1 rebounds through the month of February, he's nowhere near being a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:25 pm
    • Kevin Love double-doubles in easy win over NY
      Kevin Love double-doubled during Sunday's blowout win over the Knicks with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with 16 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers over 29 minutes of action.

      Advice: If only Love could play against the Knicks everyday. Love's production has been sporadic this season, as he's often been the odd man out of Cleveland's Big-3. He's scored 16, eight, 12, 32, and five points in his previous five outings, but he's also averaging a healthy 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers per game during that span. The scoring will fluctuate, but his contributions in rebounds and 3-pointers will carry his early-round evaluation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 2:19 pm
    • Joakim Noah has a minor injury
      Joakim Noah was limping a bit during the first half on Saturday and played through it, finishing with three points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He couldn't score, but Noah had a handful of nice passes. There was no word after the game what was bothering Noah and hopefully it's not something that will linger. He's not playing well based solely on the stat sheet and we wouldn't consider him a buy-low guy. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 8:25 pm
    • Alex Len plays 34 minutes vs. Bulls
      Alex Len played 34 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with eight points, 11 rebounds and one block.

      Advice: It wasn't a massive game like his six-block night from Friday, but Len's playing time continues to be the story. He has to be owned in all standard leagues right now with his top-50 potential. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 8:16 pm
    • Taj Gibson has been playing with injured hand
      Taj Gibson has been playing with a torn ligament in his left hand since mid-January, but said that it is almost completely healed.

      Advice: Talk about a warrior. Injuries like this typically sideline a player for at least a few weeks, but Gibson clearly has other plans. He is also still dealing with soreness in his ankle, and doctors have told him that it won't be fully right all season. He finished Saturday's game against the Suns with 12 points and four boards in 29 minutes, and he will continue to be a must-own player in all leagues as long as he continues to fight through his nagging injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 8:03 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 97-92 vs Was
    • Alexis Ajinca doesn't play much
      Alexis Ajinca played only 11 minutes even with the injuries to the frontcourt on Saturday, scoring eight points with three rebounds.

      Advice: The Heat went small, so coach Monty Williams may have gone with smaller guys here. Ajinca's per-minute numbers are pretty good and he does have decent numbers in his two starts at power forward, averaging 11.0 points, 5.5 boards and 1.0 blocks. If you need a big man in a deeper league, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 7:43 pm
    • Justin Hamilton will be active on Saturday
      Justin Hamilton will be available to play against the Heat on Saturday.

      Advice: He likely won't be in the rotation in New Orleans and will serve as emergency depth off the bench. Leave Hamilton on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 4:06 pm
    • Bernard James will be signed for rest of year
      After Bernard James' second 10-day contract expires, Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban said that he will be signed for the remainder of the season.

      Advice: James isn't going to be a big part of the rotation unless Tyson Chandler goes down with another injury, so he can be left on the wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:02 am
    • Bass double-doubles with 13 and 10
      Brandon Bass double-doubled with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in Friday's loss to the Kings.

      Advice: The Kings weren't great tonight and Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is still out, but with Jared Sullinger (foot) out for a while there is some late-round upside here for Bass. Give him a look but don't expect a lot. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 1:12 am
    • Favors goes for 16 and nine vs. Blazers
      Derrick Favors scored 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds, two steals and one block in the Jazz's 92-76 win over the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: With Enes Kanter shipped out to the Thunder, look for Favors to get a slight bump in value and in particular in the rebounding department. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:51 am
    • Gobert blocks 5 shots in 1st start w/out Enes
      Rudy Gobert blocked five shots in his first start following the Enes Kanter trade, and also chipped in with four points, seven rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes on Friday.

      Advice: Gobert got into some foul trouble and that's going to be a small issue for him, but this is just an appetizer for the buffet of stats that's about to come. And yes, there are still folks out there who don't know this is coming so plunder away. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:47 am
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 30 minutes
      Zaza Pachulia played 30 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday with eight points, six rebounds and one assists.

      Advice: The All-Star break helped here and he was right back to his normal playing time. Pachulia was playing 26.2 minutes per game as the starter earlier this year and he'll likely be reclaiming that role soon. He's still not going to have the upside of guys like Rudy Gobert, Alex Len or Jusuf Nurkic due to only 0.3 blocks per game and sub-par shooting. Zaza is a low-end guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:26 am
    • Jusuf Nurkic has big line in 33 minutes
      Jusuf Nurkic was unleashed in 33 minutes of action on Friday against the Bucks with 11 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.

      Advice: It's just the second time of his career in which he played more than 30 minutes. For months we've been waiting for Nurkic to get extended run and hopefully tonight is the start of him playing consistent minutes. If you held him the whole time, you should be feeling great right now. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 11:44 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 106-95 vs Mil
    • Love still gimping around a little bit
      Kevin Love (eye) played in Friday's blowout win over the Wizards, scoring eight points on 3-of-8 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Love was limping around a tiny bit and that seems like it's going to be his story this season. He blew a dunk due to lack of explosion and owners will want to watch his injury status very closely down the stretch. The fact he isn't moving his best right after the All Star break isn't a great sign. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 11:15 pm
    • Pekovic double-doubles with two blocks
      Nikola Pekovic scored 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds and two blocks in Friday's win over the Suns.

      Advice: Pekovic had a good night in the box but he met his match in Alex Len, who had his number all night. After some early struggles since returning to action, he's back to producing serviceable numbers. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 10:57 pm
    • Jason Smith doesn't do much
      Jason Smith didn't have a big line against the Heat on Friday with four points, six rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: He scored 25 points in his last game, but we all knew it wasn't going to be smooth sailing for Jason Smith. His ceiling isn't too high and is really just a points-boards guy with only a few other stats as the starting power forward. If there's a high-upside player sitting on the wire, Smith isn't must-own. He's a decent add, though. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 10:46 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani scores 11 points
      Andrea Bargnani scored 11 points against the Heat on Friday with six rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Believe it or not, he hasn't been hurt for three games in a row. He is basically just putting up points on awful efficiency, so Il Mago doesn't really have any fantasy magic left. If you're in a 50-team league, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 10:37 pm
    • Ajinca back to irrelevant with Davis back
      Alexis Ajinca managed just two points on 1-of-3 shooting with one rebound, one assist and one block in 10 minutes on Friday.

      Advice: Ajinca is back to irrelevant with the Pelicans frontcourt healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 9:01 pm
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