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    • Dorell Wright scores eight in 13 minutes
      Dorell Wright scored eight points in 13 minutes during Thursday's 94-75 win over the Mavs, adding one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: With Wes Matthews (Achilles) out for the season, Wright might step up. However, we've seen this movie before with role players for Stotts. Basically, Arron Afflalo is going to step into Matthews' minutes while Wright, Alonzo Gee, C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake will get Afflalo's 27 minutes. Wright isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:29 pm
    • Wesley Matthews suffers torn left Achilles
      Wesley Matthews suffered a torn left Achilles tendon on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.

      Advice: Ugh. Matthews was leading the NBA in 3-pointers just last month and has been a big reason why the Blazers are looking for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. He has the nickname Ironman because he had a consecutive games played streak of 250 earlier in his career and now his 142 consecutive games played streak will come to an end. This is a crippling blow for Matthews who will enter free agency coming off a bad injury. We're rooting for him to be out on the court in October. Arron Afflalo should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum grabs season-high 12 boards
      Nicolas Batum grabbed a season-high 12 boards against the Mavericks on Thursday with 15 points, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: A healthy Batum is going to offset the loss of Wesley Matthews (foot). Batum has suddenly become the player his fantasy owners were hoping for, averaging 12.2 points, 6.2 boards, 6.2 dimes, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 2.2 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. If you bought low, pat yourself on the back. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    • Arron Afflalo plays 29 minutes in a victory
      Arron Afflalo didn't play well against the Mavs on Thursday, making 2-of-9 from the field for six points with three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Unfortunately for the Blazers, Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is out for the season. That means Afflalo is likely looking at minutes in the 30s and he should resume Matthews' role as a floor-spacing trey man. The Blazers are second in the NBA an 3-point attempts on the season and Afflalo is a career 39 percent shooter from deep, so it makes sense for him to play big minutes. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:06 pm
    • POR concerned of serious Wes Matthews injury
      The Blazers are significantly concerned about the seriousness of a lower leg injury to Wesley Matthews (leg) and he will have an MRI.

      Advice: It doesn't sound good. There are a lot of things that went wrong and based on the TNT report that Matthews was banging his fist on his way to the locker room suggests that the training staff gave him some bad news. Hopefully this is wrong about one of the easiest guys to root for in the NBA, but he could be out for the season. Arron Afflalo should be picked up in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:31 pm
       
      Injured
    • Wesley Matthews (left foot) will not return
      Wesley Matthews suffered a left foot injury on Thursday and will not return.

      Advice: He could not put any weight on it following a non-contact injury and had the training staff help him to the locker room. It didn't look like he rolled his ankle, which means he could have suffered some sort of Achilles issue. The TNT report suggested Matthews is going to be out for some time, so go ahead and add Arron Afflalo in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (foot) spotted getting shots up
      Kevin Durant (foot) was spotted going through a shooting drill during Thursday morning's shootaround, and he appeared to be pushing off his right foot much better than he was just a week ago.

      Advice: Durant is improving, but he will remain sidelined for Thursday's game vs. Chicago. He is without an official return date, and he has yet to go through a full contact practice with the team, but he has stated that he plans to return before the regular season ends. However, until that happens, Russell Westbrook will continue his phenomenal play as the heart of OKC’s offense, and he’ll be a very popular target in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:56 pm
       
      Injured
    • Paul George (leg) noncommittal on return date
      Paul George (leg) was noncommittal when asked about when he'd be able to return to the court this season.

      Advice: "I didn't set any deadline," said George. "I said I was hopeful after two weeks of working out that I'd be in game-playing shape, but there's still no deadline." He also added that he feels he'll be brought along slowly if/when he is able to return to the court, but when he's been practicing, he has not experienced any pain that would hold him back from doing what he needs to do. We'll continue to track George's progress closely, and while he isn't a must-stash guy with no official return date on the calendar, his upside is certainly significant. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:27 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • Nick Young (knee) questionable for Friday
      Nick Young (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Memphis.

      Advice: Young has said that he's targeting a return for Sunday's matchup against the Mavericks, so we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of the questionable tag for Friday's game. When he is able to return to the lineup, Jeremy Lin's value could take a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:09 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • LeBron James looking to protect himself more
      LeBron James said he needs to protect himself more after being the recipient of a second flagrant foul in his last three games.

      Advice: "Maybe I got to protect myself a little bit more, too," James said after taking a flagrant foul from Jonas Valanciunas during Wednesday's win over the Raptors. "I don't want to get too much involved in it because I don't want to cry about it because it's not like I'm not able to get back up, but it's a lot of plays that are just not basketball plays." Fouls aside, James has been on fire as of late with averages of 33.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 2.8 three-pointers over his last four games and is making a late-season push for NBA MVP. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:48 am
    • T.J. Warren earning more minutes in Phoenix
      Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said T.J. Warren has been earning more playing time due to his energy.

      Advice: "We all know he can put the ball in the basket but what it is with him is he's probably our only guy who cuts," Hornacek said. "Everyone else wants to stand around and wait for a kick out pass. T.J. is a guy who, when he sees an opening or his man turns his head, he'll cut." The rookie is now averaging 15.8 minutes per game over the Suns' last five contests and is worth a look in deeper leagues as long as he can keep earning playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:21 am
    • Nicolas Batum fuels Blazers win over Clips
      Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer to force overtime and then threw three alley-oops and hit a dagger 3-pointer to win the game for the Blazers over the Clippers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting. Talk about efficiency. That makes four straight wins for the Blazers, and while Batum has been frustrating to own at times this season, lines like this one makes it easy to forget. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova double-doubles for Bucks
      Ersan Ilyasova had 13 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers on 5-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: Dude has scored in double figures in six straight games and is averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five games, making him worth a flier in any league. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:12 pm
    • Jared Dudley starts, posts 'dud' in loss
      Jared Dudley started at shooting guard on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-5 shots for two points, four rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He was relevant a month ago, but should no longer be owned in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:10 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute scores 18 points
      Luc Mbah a Moute made 6-of-21 from the field for 18 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and one turnover in 40 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

      Advice: Apparently Russell Westbrook rubbed off on him. He set a career high in field goal attempts tonight and more than doubled his season average of 9.8. He won't play this much when Robert Covington (elbow) returns, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues while he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:12 pm
    • LeBron takes over after Valanciunas flagrant
      LeBron James didn't take kindly to a flagrant tackle by Jonas Valanciunas late in the third quarter on Wednesday, and finished the win with 29 points, six rebounds, 14 assists and three 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting.

      Advice: He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and the 14 dimes matched his season high. The Cavs are all but a lock to finish as the No. 2 seed in the East, and an eventual Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Hawks would be fun to watch. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:57 pm
    • Jerami Grant plays well in loss
      Jerami Grant played 28 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with 14 points, two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 2-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line.

      Advice: That's good for a 21.8 usage rate and he continues to earn minutes. Grant has been at 24 minutes or more in four of his last five, averaging 8.2 points, 3.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 treys on 33.3 percent from the field in those five. His numbers will likely dip a bit upon Robert Covington's return. Grant is worth a look in 16-team leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:55 pm
       
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 32 minutes vs. Wolves
      Danilo Gallinari played 32 minutes against the Wolves during a 100-85 win on Wednesday with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He basically played the entire game and didn't check out until 1:15 left. Gallinari has his minutes limit lifted right now and he's been putting up good numbers over his last five, averaging 19.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 steals and 3.2 treys. He should be owned in all standard leagues as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:40 pm
    • Thaddeus Young starts second half, still duds
      Thaddeus Young started the second half over SG Markel Brown on Wednesday, but still managed just eight points, three rebounds, three steals and a 3-pointer on 3-of-5 shooting in 24 minutes.

      Advice: The Nets were waxed by the Hornets and maybe this was a wakeup call? Until they give in and start Brook Lopez and Young, it will be hard to take them seriously as a playoff contender in the East. Yet, that's exactly what they are, sitting just a game behind the Hornets for the final spot. Young has had a pretty disappointing season, but could make it up to his owners if he begins starting and playing well for the Nets, as the fantasy playoffs approach. Just continue to hang in there with him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:06 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Pho
    • Jared Dudley will start, Ilyasova off bench
      Jared Dudley will start against the Warriors on Wednesday with Ersan Ilyasova coming off the bench.

      Advice: Coach Jason Kidd said he likes Dudley's communication skills and he thinks the team needs that during this adjustment period. This isn't the first time Ilyasova gets bumped to the bench and it'll be interesting to see how he responds. Dudley can be left on the wire for now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:38 pm
    • Paul George (leg) still without a timetable
      Paul George (leg) has gone through 3-4 full practices and remains without a timetable to return.

      Advice: "I think he’s done three or four practices now; he’s not at full-strength yet so he’s still got some hurdles to get past before he’s able to get out on to the court and play in games," coach Frank Vogel said. "We’re hopeful that that happens this year. We’ll see how the next few weeks progress."Back in February, he was hoping to go through a practice on Mar. 1, so he's slightly ahead of schedule. It sounds like he won't return until late March and the Pacers are likely going to ease him back in before the playoffs. He's not a must-stash player, but give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:54 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • Kevin Durant says he will return this season
      Kevin Durant (foot) said that there is "no doubt' that he will be able to return before the end of the regular season.

      Advice: Durant has yet to return to practice and said that he will be reevaluated again next week which all but rules him out for Wednesday vs. the 76ers, Thursday vs. the Bulls and Sunday vs. the Raptors. He was seen getting up some shots before last Thursday''s game vs. the Suns, so hopefully he will begin to ramp up his activities soon. Kyle Singler will continue to start at SF for the Thunder in the meantime, but Russell Westbrook is the obvious beneficiary any time KD sits out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:57 am
       
      Injured
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores team-high 21 points
      Ersan Ilyasova sank 9-of-15 shots including three 3-pointers vs. Denver, finishing Tuesday's loss with a team-high 21 points.

      Advice: He added three boards, two assists, one steal and one block with only one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and has come to life since re-entering Jason Kidd's starting lineup. The Bucks have lost momentum since the All-Star break, however, and tonight marked their third consecutive defeat. They'll have a tough time snapping the skid during Wednesday's road game vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    • Jared Dudley (knee) struggles in return Tues
      Jared Dudley (knee) finished Tuesday's loss in Denver with two points, five boards and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He shot just 1-of-6 from the field and may not be 100 percent healthy. Standard-league owners can leave him on the waiver wire as long as he's playing 20-25 minutes behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:00 pm
    • Nuggets win in coach Melvin Hunt's debut
      The Nuggets snapped their losing streak with a win vs. the Bucks on Tuesday, led by Danilo Gallinari's game-high 26 points, four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Gallo's re-emergence is one of the best stories in recent weeks. Since the All-Star break he's averaging 17.0 points, 2.8 threes, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals as a go-to scorer for the Nuggets, and he should be owned in all fantasy leagues despite his very real injury risk. Gallo even scored efficiently for once, hitting 8-of-16 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws in the much-needed home victory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:47 pm
    • LeBron James passes Ray Allen on scoring list
      LeBron James racked up 27 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block before taking a seat after 26 minutes of action on Tuesday.

      Advice: He made 12-of-23 shots and only turned the ball over once, a rare treat from the player who ranks second in the NBA with 4.3 turnovers per game (trailing only DeMarcus Cousins). LeBron spent the past few days criticizing himself for missing eight free throws in Sunday's tough overtime loss, but it didn't take him long to put that defeat in the rearview mirror. He also passed Ray Allen on the all-time scoring list with this performance, giving him 24,507 points in his phenomenal 12-year career. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:26 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) targeting return on Sunday
      Nick Young (knee) will remain sidelined for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets and he's targeting a return on Sunday.

      Advice: This will be Young's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and a Sunday return would cause him to miss two more games on Wednesday and Friday. While he's out there will be more opportunities on offense for Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, and Wes Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:36 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Durant (foot) out Wednesday and Thursday
      Kevin Durant (foot) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers, as well as Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: The Thunder are going to be extremely cautious in bringing Durant back after his most recent setback, and he still hasn't been able to go through a full practice. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but for as long as Durant is sidelined, Russell Westbrook will continue to put up ridiculous stat lines, with Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter also seeing some increased touches on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:13 am
       
      Injured
    • Nick Young questionable for Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Young didn't participate in Tuesday's shootaround and Lakers' head coach Byron Scott said he'll see how Swaggy P feels later in the day before making a final decision. While Young doesn't belong on any standard league fantasy rosters, his eventual return will cut into the fantasy value of Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, and Wes Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:08 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Thad posts solid line in 25 minutes on Monday
      Thaddeus Young scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Warriors.

      Advice: Young has leveled out with late mid-round value so far during his time in Brooklyn and that will probably improve by a round or two once he's fully integrated into their system. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:22 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Pho
    • Jerami Grant plays 29 minutes, scores four
      Jerami Grant scored just four points with two rebounds, four assists and one block in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Monday during a 114-103 loss.

      Advice: The playing time was there, but Grant just couldn't hit any of his four open 3-pointers. He had a ton of highlights tonight: Grant stuffed Terrence Ross on a jam, had a sweet offensive board and follow slam, and had a couple very nice dimes. Just keep an eye on him for now. Robert Covington (elbow) could play Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:42 pm
       
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Nick Young is questionable for Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) is questionable to play against the Hornets on Tuesday.

      Advice: He's been out for three games with swelling in his left knee, which was a problem for him earlier this season. Young has also been in the news for his off-the-court comments regarding his girlfriend, Iggy Azalea. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues while his possible return may hurt Wes Johhson, Jeremy Lin and Wayne Ellington the most. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:06 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Jared Dudley ready to roll for Tuesday night
      Jared Dudley (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

      Advice: He missed Saturday due to some soreness in his knee cap and looks to be in the clear. Interestingly, every fantasy owner's favorite headache, Ersan Ilyasova, stepped up while Dudley was down, so that is the major fantasy implication here. While Dudley isn't worth owning, it'll be interesting to see what happens with Ghostface Ilya. Dudley isn't worth owning in most leagues while Ilyasova is worth a look -- add at your own risk of course. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:25 am
    • Danilo Gallinari leads Nuggets w/ 21 points
      Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 21 points on Sunday, making 7-of-18 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs with four rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Gallinari is one of the only positive stories in Denver this season, as he's rounding into form after an injury-plagued start to the season. He's scored double-digit points in six straight games and is averaging 2.8 triples during that span. Get him into your active lineups and hope that he can avoid the injury-bug in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:59 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute struggles in 20-point defeat
      Luc Mbah a Moute scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting during 23 minutes of action on Sunday, as the Sixers lost by 20 points in Indiana.

      Advice: He added three rebounds and turned the ball over four times in a thoroughly disappointing performance, especially after his stat-stuffing game on Friday. With erratic production and consistently poor FG and FT percentages, there isn't much incentive to own Mbah a Moute outside of deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:36 pm
    • Arron Afflalo scores three points vs. Kings
      Arron Afflalo scored just three points in 27 minutes vs. the Kings on Sunday, adding two boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He is averaging just 7.8 points, 1.8 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.2 3-pointers off the bench with his new team, and it's obvious that he vanished form the standard league radar as soon as he was traded from the Nuggets. Outside of deeper leagues, it's safe to cut Afflalo. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:01 pm
    • Nicolas Batum struggles again on Sunday
      Nicolas Batum shot just 1-of-6 from the field and 0-of-4 from deep on Sunday vs. the Kings, finishing with just two points, five assists, four boards and one steal in 31 minutes.

      Advice: This was a pretty brutal game for Batum, but he has been much better since the All-Star break, averaging 10.2 points, 5.4 boards, 5.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. Batum's owners may never forgive him after his horrific start to the season, but at least he is starting to turn things around. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:55 pm
    • LeBron James scores 37 points despite FT woes
      LeBron James racked up 37 points, four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks on Sunday, but he shot 15-of-35 from the field and 3-of-11 at the free throw line in an overtime loss.

      Advice: LeBron became the first player since Truck Robinson in 1978 to score 37+ points while shooting under 30.0 percent on 10 or more free throw attempts. He was in disbelief after numerous misses in the clutch and took responsibility for the loss afterward, though fantasy owners will assuredly forgive the flaws in this statistical bonanza. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:34 pm
    • LeBron James starting, James Jones benched
      LeBron James will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets, sending James Jones back to the bench.

      Advice: This is just a reminder to make sure you have James in your active lineups. James Jones’ return to the bench will render him a non-option, and he can be sent back to the wire in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:38 pm
    • LeBron James (back) expected to play Sunday
      LeBron James (back) is expected to play against the Rockets on Sunday.

      Advice: He was held out of Friday's game vs. the Pacers for precautionary reasons, but the Cavaliers are going to need him against the formidable Rockets. Kyrie Irving has already been ruled out due to a shoulder strain, so James and Kevin Love are going to be busy Sunday. It's safe to activate James in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:56 am
    • T.J. Warren looks good in garbage time
      T.J. Warren looked good in garbage time against the Spurs with nine points, one rebound and two assists in 18 minutes.

      Advice: He had a lot of buzz over the summer and in the preseason and he might actually get some playing time with Brandon Knight getting hurt tonight. However, Warren's fantasy ceiling is low right now because he doesn't really take treys and he's not too great with defensive stats. You have to be in a very deep league to look at him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:33 pm
    • Thaddeus Young scores 16 points off bench
      Thaddeus Young scored 16 points against the Mavs on Saturday with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: The Nets played five road games with Thad and went 3-2, which isn't too shabby considering they lost to the Rockets in one of those. Young's averages in that span include 13.4 points, 4.8 boards 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 treys on 59.0 percent from the field. He's a hold in standard leagues and could see a slight uptick. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:21 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Pho
    • Jared Dudley (knee) out for Saturday
      Jared Dudley (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

      Advice: X-rays were negative on his kneecap and he appears to be day-to-day. However, it's tough to gauge how much time he is going to miss because Dudley did have an issue with his kneecap last year. He can be dropped in most leagues. Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless likely get most of Dudley's minutes. Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues and we'll let you know how he does tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:45 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) out again on Sunday
      Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.

      Advice: He is still dealing with swelling in his knee and the fact that the Lakers ruled him out a day before the game suggests he could miss Tuesday against the Hornets. Wayne Ellngton had a great second half on Friday while Jeremy Lin is finally starting to put some good games together, averaging 16.3 points, 2.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 0.8 treys in his last four. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:36 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Ilyasova drops 17 and 12 onto the Lakers
      Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:42 am
    • Gallinari scores 13 points in loss
      Danilo Gallinari scored 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, one assist and two steals in Friday's blowout loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: Gallo has been running pretty hot and this game shouldn't reverse any of that momentum. He should be owned in most standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:10 am
    • Thad plays just 16 minutes on Friday
      Thaddeus Young played just 16 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring nine points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds and no other stats.

      Advice: Odd. Young had been trending upward nicely before tonight's setback, and it should be worth noting that Lionel Hollins has been yanking guys around this year. Owners shouldn't do anything crazy like drop him, but we'll certainly be tracking this. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:59 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Pho
    • Arron Afflalo scores 18 points in 31 minutes
      Arron Afflalo scored 18 points with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: The Blazers went small tonight, which explains the uptick in minutes. Afflalo is likely only going to get minutes in the mid-20s, so it's going to be tough for him to hold value in standard leagues coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:57 pm
    • Wes Matthews hurts hand, doesn't need X-ray
      Wesley Matthews hurt his hand on Friday and said he doesn't need an X-ray.

      Advice: The injury occurred late in the game, so he didn't have to play through it. Matthews didn't play well tonight, making 2-of-13 from the field for eight points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers. He should be ready to roll for the Kings on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on knee
      Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on his knee following Friday's game.

      Advice: He said he is dealing with some problems with his kneecap, which bothered him last season. Dudley hasn't played well lately and has clearly been passed by Khris Middleton. If he's out, more minutes will go to Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
    • Nick Young officially out for Friday
      Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: He was essentially ruled out on Thursday and he is likely going to miss games. Young is in the news most of the time for leading the league in shoekeepers and keeping his right arm tattoo-free strictly for buckets. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:01 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • LeBron James (back) out for Friday night
      LeBron James (back) will not play against the Pacers on Friday night.

      Advice: "Just forward thinking on my part," coach David Blatt said. In other words, it sounds like a maintenance day. LeBron did have some back problems against the Warriors on Thursday and he was also on the injury report back in January because of it. He has been absolutely magnificent since the break, posting a 38.3 usage rate with a 59.6 true shooting percentage. With LeBron and Kyrie Irving out, Kevin Love should have a lot on his plate. J.R. Smith is also going to have a greener light than usual. Shawn Marion will likely start, but he's not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:40 pm
    • Scott still doesn't expect Nick Young to play
      Coach Byron Scott said he does not expect Nick Young (knee) to play against the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: He is technically questionable, but there has been nothing to suggest he is going to play. With Young out, we'll see more of Jeremy Lin in the second unit with Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson all expected to score more, too. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:32 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Cavs beat Warriors, LeBron drops 42 points
      LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points in a 110-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday despite briefly leaving the game with a tweaked back.

      Advice: He added 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes, and it didn't look like his back caused him any problems after he returned to the game. Incredibly, this was James' 41st career game with 40 points, five assists and five rebounds which is the fourth-most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (61), Michael Jordan (62) and Oscar Robertson (71). The MVP race between James Harden, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron is going to go right down to the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:15 pm
    • LeBron James tweaks his back, returns to game
      LeBron James (back) briefly left Thursday's game against the Warriors but has since returned.

      Advice: He was wearing a wrap on his back when he left for the locker room but he didn't appear to be limited in any way when he returned to the floor. We will continue to monitor his status closely, but it appears that he has dodged a bullet here and his owners can breathe easy. For what it's worth, James has 24 points heading into halftime. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:12 pm
    • Kevin Durant seen doing some light shooting
      Kevin Durant (foot) did some light shooting before Thursday's game against the Suns

      Advice: This is great news. Durant was rolling around shootaround on a walking scooter on Tuesday, so this is a clear indication that they were just being very careful with his foot. We still do not have a timetable for his return and he's likely to need more than another week off. His fantasy owners should be hoping for a limited practice in the coming days. While he's out, D.J. Augustin and Dion Waiters will help Russell Westbrook with the scoring. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:13 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nick Young (knee) says he will not play Fri.
      Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Thursday's practice, and said that he will not play Friday vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: "I don’t think it’s serious," said Lakers coach Byron Scott of Young's knee injury. "But it’s serious enough that he might miss another game or two. I know it’s getting better and the swelling is going down." If Young does indeed sit out on Friday, Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, and Jeremy Lin will all see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:40 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Paul George (leg) goes through full practice
      Paul George (leg) went through a full practice on Thursday, but he remains without an official timetable to return.

      Advice: This was George's first full practice since sustaining his gruesome leg injury less than seven months ago, and he was seen running with the starters. Head coach Frank Vogel said, "[George has] got a long way to go before he gets cleared to play," but remained hopeful that he'd be able to return at some point this season. George offers plenty of upside and again stated his desire to return by mid-March following Thursday’s practice. If your team is in a position where you can afford to hold on to the dead roster space while he gets himself into game shape, George is certainly worth the risk. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:56 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • Nicolas Batum says he feels refreshed
      Nicolas Batum said he feels refreshed and ready for the second half of the season after spending six days in Mexico.

      Advice: Batum has been mired in a season-long slump, but said six days of vacation on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico over the All-Star Break helped him hit the rest button. "I needed that," Batum said. "Just to refresh my mind. Just to go away from the stress. Just get away." Batum has has strong back-to-back performances and has averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.0 three-pointers in those two games. If he can keep this up, he'll go a long way toward redeeming himself with fantasy owners who spent a top-35 pick on him. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:31 am
    • Wesley Matthews bounces back with 31
      Wesley Matthews, who missed all seven of his shots and scored four points on Sunday, got it back on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-18 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Yes! Arron Afflalo scored 10 points off the bench, and owners who were scared that Afflalo's presence would ruin Matthews should be feeling much better about things after this performance. And yes, he just went from a season low in scoring to a season high in back-to-back games, which is pretty hard for fantasy studs to do at this point in the season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:11 am
       
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum plays well in win over Spurs
      Nicolas Batum hit 6-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Yes, that's the guy you thought you were drafting early last October, and it's nice that he's finally starting to show up. He's averaging 16 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers over his last two games. Hopefully he's ready to keep the train rolling, just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:08 am
    • Jerami Grant returned to action on Wednesday February 25. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:29 pm
       
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • T.J. Warren plays 20 minutes vs. Denver
      T.J. Warren played 20 minutes off the bench against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 10 points and seven rebounds.

      Advice: He played the majority of his minutes at small forward tonight after logging just nine minutes on Monday. Warren was one of the stars in Las Vegas Summer League and had a couple bright spots in the D-League, but his upside isn't great. He's only an option in extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:32 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 34 minutes
      Danilo Gallinari played 34 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday during a 110-96 loss with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: The Nuggets are losing forwards all over the place and they're going to lose another one if they play Gallo this much. That said, this is his second consecutive 20-point game and he's taking a ton of shots with at least 11 in each of his last four. Gallinari is worth grabbing in standard leagues and his owners can just worry about an injury if/when it happens. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:19 pm
    • Thaddeus Young still coming off pine for Nets
      Thaddeus Young once again came off the bench for the Nets, but still managed 19 points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer on 8-of-12 shooting.

      Advice: Maybe the Nets will put him in the starting lineup at some point soon, but even if they don't, Young should continue to improve as he learns how to play with his new teammates. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:48 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Pho
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 23 minutes on Wed
      Ersan Ilyasova played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, six rebounds, one assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: After playing 35 minutes on Monday, his value actually didn't fall off a cliff today. Coach Jason Kidd seems to be gaining confidence in Ilyasova, but he's missed a lot of games and has basically been in a slump for two seasons. Fantasy owners in FAAB leagues will need to have bulletproof wallets to pay up for Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:49 pm
    • Jerami Grant plays career-high 33 minutes
      Jerami Grant played a career-high 33 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with 10 points, two rebounds, two blocks, two steals, two 3-pointers and a career-high four assists.

      Advice: He started the second half for Robert Covington, but this is unlikely to stick with Covington likely just benched for this game. Grant is making a charge for minutes and he would have played a lot more on Sunday had he not suffered a back injury. He is capable of filling it up in several categories, averaging 1.0 blocks, 0.7 treys and 0.6 steals in just 18.7 minutes per game this season. He's worth a look in 14-team leagues, especially for points leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:02 pm
       
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Jerami Grant (back) expected to play on Wed
      Jerami Grant (back) is expected to play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

      Advice: He will go through warmups and the team will hopefully update his status. Grant would likely benefit from K.J. McDaniels being shipped to Houston and he could consistently get minutes in the mid 20s. He doesn't shoot the ball well enough to be a factor in standard leagues, but he is an interesting guy in DFS with his cheap price. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:39 pm
       
      4:00 pm vs Uta
    • Nick Young (knee) will not play vs. the Jazz
      Nick Young (knee) will not play vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is coming off a 19-point performance vs. the Celtics on Sunday, so it's a shame that he is going to have to sit this one out. The good news is that an MRI taken on his knee came back negative, but head coach Byron Scott said that Young was still dealing with some swelling. Consider Young day-to-day for now, and expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin to all see increased opportunities with Young on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:36 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • LeBron James passes Pippen in career assists
      LeBron James led the Cavs to a win in Detroit on Tuesday with 19 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one block, but he also turned the ball over nine times.

      Advice: The high turnovers are a forgivable footnote for LeBron, who also passed Scottie Pippen for the most assists by a forward in NBA history with 6,142 for his career. He's just 30 years old and Pippen's former record will be a speck in the rearview mirror by the time LBJ hangs up his sneakers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) doesn't practice Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: An MRI taken on Young's knee came back negative, but with him sitting out of Tuesday's practice, he looks to be on the doubtful side of questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Utah. If he's unable to go, there will be more minutes for guys like Jeremy Lin, Wes Johnson, and Wayne Ellington. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:55 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Kevin Durant back on walking scooter
      Kevin Durant (foot) was seen at Thunder shootaround on the walking scooter that he was using earlier in the year.

      Advice: While this isn't hugely surprising news, it's certainly not a great sign for a quick return. Durant was also seen walking without much of a limp towards the end of practice, but we'll know more about his timetable when he's re-evaluated again in one week. Russell Westbrook will be the biggest fantasy beneficiary of Durant's absence, but Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter will all stand to see a small boost as well. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:16 am
       
      Injured
    • Thaddeus Young scores an efficient 15
      Thaddeus Young scored 15 points on 6-of-11 from the field during a 110-82 win over the Nuggets on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He only played 12 minutes in his Brooklyn debut on Friday and doubled his playing time tonight. Young is logging most of his playing time at power forward, but he does have a handful of minutes at small forward, which helps his upside. Considering the Nets have gone with such small lineups, Thad could start soon. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:30 pm
       
      5:00 pm vs Pho
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 30 minutes on Monday
      Danilo Gallinari played 30 minutes against the Nets during a 110-82 loss on Monday, scoring a game-high 22 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was his third start in a row and his numbers look pretty good in that span, averaging 16.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.7 treys on 42.9 percent from the field. He is one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA, but at least the production is starting to show up. He is worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:11 pm
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