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    • LeBron James (wrist) doubtful for Friday
      LeBron James (wrist) was a limited participant during shootaround, and he remains doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: James has been taking more time off than usual this season, and that has to be frustrating to owners who burned a No. 1 or 2 overall selection on him on draft day. If James sits, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be the primary beneficiaries, with J.R. Smith also seeing some increased opportunities on offense. Rotoworld.com
      59 minutes ago
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Kevin Love (thigh) says he will play Friday
      Kevin Love said that he is feeling good physically, and while Chris Kaman's knee to his thigh hurt, he is a go for Friday's game against the Kings.

      Advice: Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson with the hopes that Love would be unavailable Friday should now temper their expectations. Love will draw a very favorable matchup against the Kings on Friday, and if LeBron James (wrist) is again sidelined, Love will have plenty of opportunity on offense. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:12 am
    • Serge Ibaka struggling from mid-range
      Serge Ibaka has really been struggling with his mid-range jumper this season, connecting on just 38.4 percent of his attempts from 16 feet out to the 3-point line.

      Advice: Excluding 3-point shooting, Ibaka's numbers are down across the board this season with averages of 14.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game on a career-low 46.0 percent shooting from the field. While he is hitting an impressive 39.6 percent of his 3-point attempts, the move beyond the arc and his inconsistency with the mid-range jumper has hurt his overall fantasy value a bit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:39 am
    • Jordan Hill goes for 26 points and 12 boards
      Jordan Hill scored a season-high 26 points against the Bulls on Thursday with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 41 minutes.

      Advice: The Lakers gambled here with all of this playing time for Hill, but he looked great in the second overtime. Hill has become a bigger part of the offense in his last 13 games with 12.9 attempts per game from the field, averaging 14.6 points, 8.7 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks on 51.2 percent shooting. He should be owned in all leagues following this game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:47 pm
    • Pau Gasol posts big line in loss to Lakers
      Pau Gasol returned to the Staples Center to face the Lakers in a double-overtime 123-118 loss on Thursday, scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds, six assists and four blocks in 44 minutes.

      Advice: He received a standing ovation from his former home crowd and the fans even received a Pau Gasol T-shirt. It's pretty clear Gasol made the right move heading to Chicago and he's been one of the best big men in the NBA in his age-34 season. There's no need to sell high unless you can trade him for a first-round asset. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:38 pm
    • Joakim Noah flirts with a triple-double at LA
      Joakim Noah flirted with a triple-double against the Lakers on Thursday with nine points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and one block in 42 minutes.

      Advice: He's suddenly on a roll. Noah put up 18 points, 15 boards and six assists on Tuesday, which comes on the heels of some very underwhelming lines for the past month. Considering how frequently he's been hurt and how almost all of his per-minute output is down, his fantasy owners may want to try and sell high here. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:36 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic gets benched
      Nikola Mirotic started and played just 12 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday with one steal and two misses from the field.

      Advice: Well, the Mirotic Experiment didn't work. He did not play in the second half and it might be a while before we see him at small forward again. Unless Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah or Pau Gasol miss time, Mirotic is not going to be worth starting. He's a high-upside stash. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:32 pm
    • Zach Randolph has 11th straight double-double
      Zach Randolph logged his 11th consecutive double-double against the Nuggets in a 99-69 win on Thursday with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: He also had a career-high 17 consecutive double-digit boards with tonight's win. Randolph's stats in 2015 were already extremely impressive before this game, averaging 19.6 points, 13.1 boards, 2.8 assists and 0.5 blocks on 59.2 percent from the field. What's more, Z-Bo is making an unsustainable 51.9 percent on his mid-range shots in 2015. He's a sell-high player, but his fantasy owners can certainly just enjoy the ride if they want to. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    • Khris Middleton is still fantasy royalty
      Khris Middleton continued his unbelievable start of the 2015 year with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers against the Magic on Thursday.

      Advice: He's been a top-20 player in the last month and is easily the best pickup in fantasy basketball in the past two months. Middleton has shown no signs of slowing down, but it's safe to say he won't be an elite guy the rest of the way. If you can unload him for a top-50 guy, it makes sense. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:10 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic will start at small forward
      Nikola Mirotic will start at small forward against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: The Mirotic Experiment is back on. He was awful at the three earlier this month, but coach Tom Thibodeau is going to give him another shot. And why not against the Lakers? Mirotic has ridiculous upside, so feel free to give him a look in exchange for some semi-dead weight on the end of your bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:27 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) spotted in walking boot
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) was spotted wearing a walking boot at Thursday's practice.

      Advice: Olynyk said that his ankle is still swollen, and he is just taking the injury day-by-day. There's a good chance we don't see Olynyk back on the court until sometime after the All-Star break, and Tyler Zeller and Brandon Bass will continue to see extended minutes for as long as Olynyk is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:17 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Budenholzer says DeMarre Carroll is 'fine'
      Updating a previous report, Hawks' head coach Mike Budenholzer said that DeMarre Carroll is "fine," after sitting out Thursday's practice.

      Advice: Budenholzer said that Carroll is "just getting a little work on his body," and it doesn't appear he's in jeopardy of missing Friday's game against Portland. Carroll has been up-and-down for much of the season, but he'll draw a favorable matchup against the Blazers on Friday, so owners can feel confident plugging him into their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:38 pm
    • DeMarre Carroll doesn't practice on Thursday
      DeMarre Carroll did not practice on Thursday.

      Advice: Carroll elected to get treatment on Thursday rather than practice, but it's not clear at this point exactly what his ailment is. We'll be providing updates as they become available, but we'd consider Carroll probable for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:23 am
    • LeBron James shines spotlight on Kyrie
      LeBron James (wrist) declined comment to reporters after Wednesday's win in order to let Kyrie Irving have the spotlight following his 55-point game.

      Advice: "I'm going to kindly decline to talk to you guys," James said after the game. "This is his night." James sat out Wednesday's game due to a sore wrist, so we'll have to await word on the extent of his injury. He'll have some time to recuperate since the Cavs don't play until Friday, but J.R. Smith would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary (outside of Kyrie Irving) if James sits again. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:00 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Kris Humphries double-doubles vs. Phoenix
      Kris Humphries drew a start against the Suns on Wednesday with 11 points, 15 rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Nene (foot) did not play and it's possible he'll miss more time. Humphries fares well in his starts, averaging 8.2 points, 7.3 boards and 0.9 steals in his previous 15. Plus, several of those were with Nene active. If you need a low-ceiling big man, give him a look. For what it's worth, we'd cut Nene for Hump. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:04 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng puts up another big line
      Gorgui Dieng added another big line against the Celtics during a 110-98 win with 16 points, 14 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes.

      Advice: His fantasy value has actually risen since the return of Nikola Pekovic. Dieng has made it abundantly clear that he's going to be a must-own player all season, so his owners shouldn't be looking to sell high unless it's at a premium price. Nikola Pekovic scored 14 points with two rebounds in 27 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:02 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Perry Jones posts donut in start for Durant
      Perry Jones made another start for Kevin Durant (toe) on Wednesday and missed all five of his shots and failed to score in an ugly loss at New York.

      Advice: The Thunder are just trying to claw their way into the playoffs and the latest injury to Durant is not helping, and neither is Jones. He's done nothing in his last two starts for KD and should be ignored going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:48 pm
    • Josh Smith does it all without Dwight Howard
      Josh Smith racked up 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal, three blocks and four 3-pointers on 7-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Mavs.

      Advice: As an added bonus, he didn't attempt any free throws, which means he didn't hurt you there. Normally, we'd say it's time to hit the phones and deal Smith before he comes down to earth, but with Dwight Howard no iffy going forward with edema in his right knee (fluid buildup), Smith could be ready to go on a nice run. Just don't expect him to be this good on most nights. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:29 pm
       
      Player Note
      Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Kevin Love struggles, injures left knee
      Kevin Love suffered a left knee injury on Wednesday but played through it, hitting just 3-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, 12 rebounds and zero assists.

      Advice: We were hoping for a much bigger line with LeBron James in street clothes, but Love just didn't have it tonight, while Kyrie Irving took care of Cleveland's offensive needs. Love suffered the knee injury thanks to being run into by Chris Kaman, and we'll have to see how he's feeling on Thursday morning. Consider him day-to-day for now. If he's going to miss time, Tristan Thompson could become relevant again. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:31 pm
    • LeBron James out Wednesday, doubtful Friday
      LeBron James (wrist) is considered doubtful to play against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: It's weird day to see LeBron James and Kevin Durant out on he same night. James has been extremely durable before this season, but he's had knee and back issues before this injury. The Cavs are on a back-to-back this weekend, so James should be considered questionable for Saturday in Minnesota. Expect to see more of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion with Smith as the only reliable option. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:50 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • LeBron James (wrist) ruled out Wednesday
      LeBron James (wrist) will not play vs. the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He took a hard fall during Tuesday's game and was a game-time decision vs. Portland, but ultimately wasn't able to suit up. His absence means more shots for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and more playing time for J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion. Consider LeBron questionable to return Friday vs. the Kings. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:35 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Report: LeBron James is closer to doubtful
      LeBron James (wrist) appears to be closer to doubtful to play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: There are multiple reports from the Blazers side of things that LeBron is unlikely, so we'll be looking for something from the Cavs soon. Again, nothing is official yet, but fantasy owners can plan on LeBron sitting this one out. J.R. Smith benefits the most while we should get more Mike Miller and Matthew Dellavedova. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will also have more chances to score. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:10 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • LeBron James may be game-time w/ sore wrist
      LeBron James (sore wrist) is a game-time decision on Wednesday due to a hard fall he took during Tuesday's game.

      Advice: He continued playing after the injury on Tuesday and we're guessing he suits up vs. the visiting Trail Blazers, but coach David Blatt said the Cavaliers are "gauging [the injury] right up until game time." If he's forced to sit out, his minutes will be absorbed by a platoon including Mike Miller, Shawn Marion, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:32 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Joakim Noah blows up for 18/15/6 vs. Warriors
      The Bulls shocked the Warriors in California on Tuesday, aided by Joakim Noah's 18 points (7-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 15 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

      Advice: Noah recently said that he feels as healthy as he has all season, and tonight's 40-minute performance supports that claim. The combination of Pau Gasol's arrival and Noah's injury problems have thus far reduced him to a late-round value, but coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't lost faith and Noah could be primed for a solid second half of the season. Andrew Bogut wasn't playing for the Warriors tonight, which contributed to Noah's huge game, and this is a mild sell-high opportunity. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:02 pm
    • Pau Gasol's huge line leads Bulls past GSW
      The Bulls won a stunning overtime game in Golden State on Tuesday, paced by Pau Gasol's 18 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks.

      Advice: Gasol made 7-of-12 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws and he continues to shatter preseason expectations. The 34-year-old veteran has missed only three games this season (in November) despite averaging 34.9 minutes per game, and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with his production under Tom Thibodeau's thumb. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:47 pm
    • Kris Humphries solid again in win vs. Lakers
      Kris Humphries followed up Sunday's big double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

      Advice: His typical production is somewhat below the extremes of this game and Sunday, when he exploded for 21 points and 14 boards. He's still worth a look for low-end production in deeper leagues, and should be on everyone's radar given the injury history of starting PF Nene. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:15 pm
    • Zach Randolph catches fire, notches 22 & 10
      Zach Randolph finished Tuesday's game in Dallas with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 10 rebounds, marking his 16th consecutive game with double-digit boards.

      Advice: Z-Bo had a quiet first half but he caught fire down the stretch, helping Memphis extend their lead in an impressive 109-90 road win vs. a division rival. His 16 games with 10+ rebounds is the longest streak in the NBA this season and he's simply on fire since returning from injury on Jan. 9. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:05 pm
    • Kevin Love scores just seven points in win
      Kevin Love scored just seven points on 3-of-11 shooting in a win over the Pistons on Tuesday, adding eight boards, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He reportedly experienced some dizzy spells during Sunday's game against the Thunder, so there is a strong chance that he wasn't at 100 percent tonight. We will update his status if any new developments occur, but it doesn't appear that he will miss any time. This was his seventh game of the season in which he failed to score in double digits, so his owners can only hope that Love starts to turn things around soon. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:53 pm
    • LeBron James tweaks wrist in win over Pistons
      LeBron James tweaked his wrist on Tuesday vs. the Pistons, but remained in the game to the tune of 32 points, seven assists, six boards and one steal in 36 minutes to lead the Cavaliers to their seventh straight win.

      Advice: He landed on his wrist awkwardly and immediately grasped at it in pain, but he said after the game that it was simply a "stinger" so he shouldn't be in danger of missing any time. The Cavaliers are much more aggressive when James is on the floor and his return from knee and back soreness earlier this month has helped them pick up some serious steam in the Eastern Conference. Expect him to keep up his torrid pace on Wednesday vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:35 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Khris Middleton scores 17 pts on 7-of-9 FGs
      Khris Middleton stayed hot on Tuesday with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including a 3-of-4 mark from downtown.

      Advice: He's averaging a steady 30 minutes per game despite Ersan Ilyasova's return and is simply on fire lately, averaging top-20 value in 9-cat leagues over the past month. If you're wondering how that's possible, consider his averages during that span (in under 30 minutes per game) -- 11.9 points, 1.5 threes, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and an elite 2.1 steals, with 50.4 percent FGs and 84.2 percent FTs. All that from a guy you snagged off the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:28 pm
    • Joakim Noah says knee and ankle feeling good
      Joakim Noah said on Tuesday that both his knee and ankle are feeling good, and he is feeling the best he has felt physically all season.

      Advice: Noah sprained his ankle back on Jan. 14, and he's been dealing with discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee throughout the season, so it's nice to hear that he's finally feeling healthy. However, he's nowhere near the player he was last year as a primary component of the Bulls offense with Derrick Rose now running the show, and Pau Gasol stealing some of his thunder. His averages of 7.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game aren't likely to improve much as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:32 am
    • Ibaka hauls in season-high 19 rebounds in win
      Serge Ibaka hauled in a season-high 19 rebounds in the Thunder's 92-84 win over the Wolves on Monday, and also added 13 points, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Ibaka hit 6-of-13 shots and added a 3-pointer for good measure, and as long as he can be efficient we don't mind him taking 3-point shots. He's been a disappointment as just a top 35-40 value on the year, primarily because of the shift toward a softer overall fantasy game. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:45 pm
    • Perry Jones doesn't do much on Monday
      Perry Jones started for Kevin Durant (toe) on Monday against the Wolves, scoring six points on 2-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Jones may have a future in fantasy leagues at some point, but for now he's waiver wire fodder. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:43 pm
    • Zach Randolph stays hot vs. Magic on Monday
      Zach Randolph dominated the Magic on Monday with 24 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He has nine consecutive double-doubles now and Memphis arena staff might have to re-do the in-the-paint area with how Z-Bo has been setting up shop down there. His last five games have been particularly strong, averaging 19.6 points, 13.4 boards and 0.6 blocks on 59.4 percent from the field. Randolph is going to flirt with 20-12 lines as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:20 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng grabs season-high 18 rebounds
      Gorgui Dieng grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds in Monday's loss, and also chipped in with six points on 3-of-8 shooting, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Nikola Pekovic logged 30 minutes tonight and he's clearly not a deterrent to Dieng's value. Any chance of buying him low probably ended with this output. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:15 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Perry Jone starting for Kevin Durant (toe)
      Perry Jones will start for Kevin Durant on Monday.

      Advice: He has been out of the rotation, but he'll slide into the starting unit tonight. While Jones did have a few big games earlier this year, that came with Russell Westbrook out of the lineup. He's still a very risky play tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:28 pm
    • Kevin Love experienced dizzy spells Sunday
      Kevin Love experienced some dizzy spells during Sunday's win over the Thunder, but he came out of the game okay.

      Advice: "Everything was spinning there for a little bit," Love said. "It was a scary moment, but I was good after that." It sounds like Love may have been dealing with a vertigo-like moment, and that can be caused by a number of things, including dehydration. Love said he "probably" ate too close to game time, but the good news is that he appears okay. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:52 am
    • Josh Smith solid in 25 minutes vs LAK defense
      Josh Smith chipped in across the board in an easy win vs. the Lakers, scoring 11 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 25 minutes vs. L.A.

      Advice: Smith has been nowhere near standard-league value since coming to Houston, especially when you factor in his ridiculous 36.7 percent FT shooting over the past month. Terrence Jones' eventual return is another threat to Smith, so don't let the occasional efficient performance lull you into wasting a roster spot on him. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:01 pm
       
      Player Note
      Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • Kris Humphries posts 21 & 14 in OT road win
      Kris Humphries was phenomenal in 33 minutes vs. the Nuggets, scoring a season-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting with 14 rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: Humphries per-minute production has been impressive all season, and he was playing too well tonight for coach Randy Wittman to take him off the court. He's a borderline option in 14-team leagues but belongs on the waiver wire in shallower formats, at least until Nene's next stretch of DNPs. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:12 pm
    • Khris Middleton drops 21 points vs. Spurs
      Khris Middleton tied his season-high with 21 points in a loss to the Spurs on Sunday, adding five boards, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He was absolutely on fire in this one, going 9-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Middleton has been phenomenal in 2015, and over his last 10 games he has averaged 12.7 points, 2.4 assists, 4.8 boards, 2.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers per game. If he is somehow still available in your league, he needs to be picked up immediately. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:50 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng quiet in start alongside Pekovic
      Gorgui Dieng started alongside Nikola Pekovic on Sunday, finishing with nine points, seven boards, four assists and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Dieng remains a must-own player and his production isn't likely to decline too much with Pek healthy, so don't overreact to the occasional quiet game. He posted 14 & 15 in 35 minutes on Friday and should quickly strike a balance between these extremes, beginning in Oklahoma City in Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:47 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Kevin Love gets 19 & 13 w/ five 3-pointers
      Kevin Love scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and one block in 36 minutes on Sunday, while making 5-of-7 shots from downtown.

      Advice: He was 3-of-17 from deep in Cleveland's previous four games, and his ability to knock down triples is critical for his fantasy value -- 35.6 percent of his attempts have come from deep this season, which blows away his previous career high. Love is returning third-round value this season, which isn't what owners expected on draft day, and it's hard to envision a surge while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:29 pm
    • LeBron James scores 34, Cavs win 6th straight
      LeBron James scored 34 points to lead five Cavaliers in double-digits on Sunday, adding two 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists in Cleveland's sixth straight victory.

      Advice: The re-tooled Cavs are figuring out how to win as a team, which is an unwelcome development for the rest of the Eastern Conference. James shot 11-of-25 from the field and 10-of-13 at the FT line, and rounded out Sunday's gem with a steal and two blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:28 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Serge Ibaka launches nine 3-pointers Sunday
      Serge Ibaka tied his season-high with nine 3-point attempts on Sunday, making three of them to score 15 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Ibaka was 6-of-16 from the field overall, marking the second straight game he's jacked up 16 shots. That's an encouraging trend for fantasy owners despite his current slump -- the career 53.5 percent shooter is just 19-of-53 over his past four games (35.8 percent). Look for him to bounce back vs. the Wolves' porous defense on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:19 pm
    • Pau Gasol drops 13-17-3-4 line in loss
      Pau Gasol had yet another fantastic game on Sunday, scoring 13 points to go with 17 rebounds, three assists, four blocks, and two turnovers, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls fell to the Heat.

      Advice: Gasol continues to put up glorious fantasy lines, and he was rightfully voted in as the starting center for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. He looks completely revitalized in Chicago, and his down-year in LA last season is now a distant memory. Keep rolling him out there, and pat yourself on the back if you drafted him late. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:49 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) out at least two weeks
      An MRI confirmed a sprained right ankle for Kelly Olynyk, and head coach Brad Stevens expects him to be sidelined for at least "a couple weeks."

      Advice: Olynyk has a few torn ligaments which is typical of for a bad ankle sprain. With Olynyk sidelined, Tyler Zeller will get all the run he can handle with Brandon Bass also being in line for some extended minutes. While Zeller offers the most upside, both Zeller and Bass should be able to carve out some standard league value for as long as Olynyk is out. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:39 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Joakim Noah benched for entire fourth quarter
      Joakim Noah was benched for the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Heat, finishing the game with four points, five rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.

      Advice: Head coach Tom Thibodeau said he liked the group that started the fourth quarter, and that is the reason why Joakim did not re-enter the game. Thibodeau maintained that Joakim is healthy, and he just wanted to watch his minutes, but with the result being an L in the win-loss column, this will not likely be a trend that continues. Look for Noah to bounce-back during Tuesday's game vs. Golden State. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:35 pm
    • Update: Joakim Noah (ankle) is playing Sunday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will in fact play against the Miami Heat on Sunday.

      Advice: You just knew he wouldn't miss the opportunity to play against the Heat and owners can comfortably pencil him into their lineups. Noah has had a underwhelming season so far but his value will only go up if he can avoid another injury. Taj Gibson's value takes a hit with this news, but he is still worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:19 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) probable for Sunday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Miami.

      Advice: Noah's ankle has been an issue for a while now, but we doubt he will miss a chance to play against the Miami Heat so his owners can pencil him into lineups barring a setback. He isn't exactly a must-start option anymore, but if he can stay healthy he should be able to improve upon his dwindling numbers. If Noah does end up sitting, Taj Gibson will see a big uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:33 am
    • Zach Randolph scores 17 with 14 boards
      Zach Randolph scored 17 points with 14 rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer against the 76ers during a 101-83 victory on Saturday.

      Advice: That's eight consecutive double-doubles for Z-Bo. In that span, he's averaged 18.8 points, 13.9 boards, 2.5 boards, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Considering his injury history, this is a sell-high opportunity. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:57 pm
    • Khris Middleton scores 16 points on nine FGAs
      Khris Middleton continued his fantastic 2015 during a 101-86 win over the Pistons on Saturday, making 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's one of the hottest non-star players in the NBA. Even before this game, Middleton averaged 11.2 points, 4.9 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.3 triples on 48.1 percent from the field and 88.2 percent from the line in his previous nine 2015 games. That's good for No. 20 fantasy value in that span. He has to be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:10 pm
    • Joakim Noah returned to action on Friday January 23. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:04 am
    • Dieng goes for 14 & 15 with three assists
      Gorgui Dieng went for 14 and 15 with three assists and a block over 35 minutes in Friday's loss to the Pelicans.

      Advice: Dieng is going to be a hard guy to take off the court and Flip Saunders is already talking about playing he and Nikola Pekovic (13 points, nine boards, 21 minutes) together some. If anything, it's a buy low moment if Dieng's current owner thinks Pek is going to significantly change his season-long outlook. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:00 am
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Noah (ankle) back in action for the Bulls
      Joakim Noah (ankle) returned to action in Friday's road win over the Mavs, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes.

      Advice: Noah isn't a must-start player but he'll get there soon as long as he can stay upright. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Cavs crush Hornets, LeBron scores 25 points
      LeBron James had no trouble with the Hornets on Friday during a 129-90 win, scoring 25 points with six rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

      Advice: The Cavs were up 35 points at half and the Hornets just couldn't' stop them whatsoever. After all the daytime sports talk shows were freaking out, the Cavs are on a five-game winning streak and have three consecutive games with a double-digit margin of victory. LeBron looks like he's back. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:17 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) sent back to Boston
      Kelly Olynyk (ankle) has been sent back to Boston and is likely out until the All-Star break.

      Advice: Presumably, that means he's out until at least next Friday night against the Rockets on Jan. 30 in Boston. Olynyk's ankle sprain looked really bad and he could even miss February games. Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller will get some extra run and both players should be worth using in standard leagues. Zeller has the bigger upside. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:22 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Jordan Hill starting, Ed Davis benched
      Jordan Hill will start at power forward on Friday, sending Ed Davis to the bench.

      Advice: Hill will shift over to the power forward spot, and Robert Sacre will start at center tonight. It's not clear if this is matchup based, or if head coach Byron Scott has soured a bit on Davis' play. However, Davis' minutes have been trending down lately, so if you'd like to send him to the waiver wire with the move to the bench, we wouldn't blame you. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:16 pm
    • Joakim Noah says he's playing Friday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) said he will play against the Mavs on Friday.

      Advice: He is very likely to start, which pushes Taj Gibson to the bench. Noah has been a huge disappoint following his breakout 2013-14 season and is not a must-start play tonight with 11 games. Nikola Mirotic will likely lose some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:04 pm
    • Joakim Noah, Mike Dunleavy are game-time
      Joakim Noah (ankle) and Mike Dunleavy (ankle) are game-time decisions to face the Mavericks on Friday.

      Advice: They're both going to warm up to see how they feel. Noah usually isn't a fan of being benched when he has any say, so he's likely closer to probable than to doubtful. If you were dialing up Taj Gibson, there is a lot more risk now. Nikola Mirotic would also take a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:35 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk (right ankle) leaves on crutches
      Kelly Olynyk (right ankle) left the Moda Center on crutches following Thursday's game.

      Advice: He had a right ankle injury last season and it cost him 10 games. Olynyk rolled his ankle badly in the second half and did not return, finishing with five points, three rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes. At this point, there's basically no chance he'll play on Friday in Denver and he could miss the rest of the five-game road trip, which ends on Jan. 30 when the Rockets will play in Boston. Tyler Zeller is worth grabbing in standard leagues while Brandon Bass is worth a look, too. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:10 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Kelly Olynyk rolls right ankle vs. Blazers
      Kelly Olynyk tweaked his right ankle on Thursday against the Blazers and went to the locker room.

      Advice: Olynyk landed on Thomas Robinson's foot and Olynyk hobbled back to the locker room under his own power, but it didn't look great. If Olynyk does need to miss time, it'll likely be a team effort of Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger stepping up. Zeller would probably be the preferred grab over Bass. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:56 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Pau Gasol scores 12 points with 17 boards
      Pau Gasol was outstanding against the Spurs during an easy 104-81 win on Thursday, making 5-of-6 from the field for 12 points with 17 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He was voted in as the starting center for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. Gasol played 35 minutes per game in November, December and January this season, but his stats have exploded in 2015. In his previous 11 2015 games, he averaged 21.6 points, 12.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 2.3 blocks and 0.3 steals on 50.0 percent from the field. He obviously earned his All-Star spot. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:18 pm
    • Josh Smith ejected in Wednesday's loss
      Josh Smith lasted just 14 minutes and finished with five points before being ejected with two technical fouls in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: Smith thought he got fouled when he banged knees with a Warrior, and later tore into the referees. It kind of looked like he wanted to go home early in a blowout loss, as he continues to do "Josh Smith" kind of things, regardless of what uniform he's wearing. He's been a bit of a disaster with the Rockets and things aren't likely to get better once Terrence Jones finally returns from his leg injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:38 pm
       
      Player Note
      Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
      4:30 pm @ Bos
    • DeMarre Carroll glue for Hawks on Wednesday
      DeMarre Carroll hit 7-of-11 shots for 17 points, two rebounds, four assists, four steals and three 3-pointers on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Hawks are getting solid contributions from their core on most nights and Carroll, who is a starter, runs hot and cold, like most of the Hawks bench players. He's a nice player to have on your roster but isn't a must-start fantasy player due to the unselfishness of the Hawks. They've now tied a franchise record with 14 straight wins, and after starting the season at 7-6, have gone 28-2 since. They'll get a tough test for their 15th straight win on Friday at home against the Thunder, but it would almost be surprising to see them lose at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:14 pm
    • Serge Ibaka gets benched late vs. Wizards
      Serge Ibaka played 28 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with seven points, five rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: He made 3-of-11 from the field and he did not play down the stretch in favor of Steven Adams. This is pretty close to rock bottom for Ibaka because he only had nine points against the Heat on Tuesday. He's not going to be the first-round stud we've seen in the past few years, but he's still a nice buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:11 pm
    • Jordan Hill double-doubles in loss
      Jordan Hill hit 7-of-14 shots for 15 points and 13 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans.

      Advice: Hill might be playing better than any other Laker and is averaging 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals on 53 percent shooting over his last five. Some more blocks would be nice (0.4), but he's capable of a double-double every time out right now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:24 pm
    • LeBron James, Kyrie Irving play despite flu
      LeBron James and Kyrie Irving played through a flu bug on Wednesday as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight game in a blowout over the Jazz.

      Advice: James had 26 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals and seven turnovers, and Irving added 18 points, four assists, five steals and two 3-pointers. Kevin Love also chipped in with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, as the Cavs appear to finally be figuring things out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:42 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Sac
    • Serge Ibaka very quiet vs. Miami on Tuesday
      Serge Ibaka hit another 3-pointer during Tuesday's win in Miami, but he finished with a mere nine points, four rebounds, one block and four turnovers in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't have any assists or steals and was limited by some foul trouble, which added up to a dud for fantasy owners. His value has been on the rise lately and one poor performance shouldn't shake owners' faith in his elite value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:15 pm
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