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    • Alexey Shved draws praise from coach Fisher
      Head coach Derek Fisher praised Alexey Shved for his impressive play in recent games.

      Advice: "Alexey is continuing to find an identity and role within our team and showing us some ability to do some things in terms of handling the ball and making passes and plays,’’ Fisher said. "We have to continue to commit ourselves to helping him feel more and more comfortable every day. We have to rely on him even more because we’re sometimes inconsistent at the guard spots." Shved has averaged 13.0 points, 4.8 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.8 3-pointers in just 23 minutes per game over his last four, and due to the inconsistent play of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Langston Galloway, it looks like he is going to have a decent role moving forward. His shooting percentages and high turnover rate will make him a liability in standard leagues, but he is worth a flier in deeper leagues to see if he can continue to improve. Rotoworld.com
      22 minutes ago
    • Robert Covington (elbow) doubtful vs. Thunder
      Robert Covington (elbow) is doubtful to play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday according to head coach Brett Brown.

      Advice: Covington suffered the injury vs. the Pacers on Sunday and was held out of Monday's game vs. the Raptors, but it's disappointing to see him listed as doubtful despite dealing with a simple elbow contusion. JaKarr Sampson will draw the start if Covington can't go, but Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant are slightly more appealing for owners in deeper leagues. We will continue to pass along any further updates on Covington's status. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:45 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Beno Udrih (illness) questionable for Wed.
      Beno Udrih (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: He is averaging just 18.2 minutes per game this season in a backup role behind Mike Conley, so owners in most leagues can ignore this news. Rookie Jordan Adams took most of Udrih's minutes against the Jazz on Tuesday, and he would have another chance to impress head coach Dave Joerger should Udrih sit this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:10 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Zach Randolph (illness) questionable for Wed.
      Zach Randolph (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Z-Bo wasn't able to play on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, so his owners should have a backup plan ready. Check back for an update prior to tip-off before making any roster decisions, and expect Kosta Koufos to draw another start if Z-Bo is unable to play. To be clear, Koufos is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:09 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Russell Westbrook (face) will play Wednesday
      Russell Wilson (face) will play vs. the 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He still has some swelling and discomfort in his face, but it's a fantastic sign if the Thunder are going to allow him to play against the lowly 76ers. Westbrook is arguably the hottest player in the NBA right now and is coming off three straight triple-doubles, so his owners have to be feeling pretty good about themselves right about now. D.J. Augustin will shift to the bench and can be dropped outside of deeper leagues. 76ers' PG Isaiah Canaan should be trembling right now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:44 am
    • Danny Granger could join the Suns soon
      Danny Granger, who was recently acquired in a trade with Miami at the deadline, may finally join the Suns soon.

      Advice: It's officially too late for him to join a contender if he were to be bought out by the Suns, so Granger has no choice but to suit up for the Suns if he wants to keep playing. That being said, Granger wouldn't be in the rotation upon his arrival in Phoenix, so owners can safely leave him on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:04 am
    • Goran Dragic (back) will play on Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) will play on Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: He was unable to practice on Tuesday and is said to be dealing with back spasms and a sore shoulder, but it's great to see that it won't force him to miss any action. Dragic is coming off a 21-point performance vs. the Suns on Monday, so his owners can confidently deploy him in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:56 am
    • Luke Ridnour (hamstring) questionable Wed.
      Luke Ridnour (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Suns on Wednesday.

      Advice: Ridnour is averaging just 13.7 minutes per game in a backup role behind rookie Elfrid Payton, so his absence wouldn't have many fantasy implications. It's safe to leave Ridnour on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:09 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Pho
    • Evan Fournier (hip) questionable Wednesday
      Evan Fournier (hip) was limited at practice on Tuesday, and he remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Fournier has missed the last two games and recently said that his hip is still giving him problems, so he is probably closer to doubtful for Wednesday. Fournier has averages of 11.9 points and 1.4 3-pointers this season, so his value is currently limited to deeper leagues at the moment. If Fournier remains sidelined, veteran Willie Green will continue to see an uptick in minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:08 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Pho
    • Monta Ellis expected to opt out this summer
      Monta Ellis will reportedly opt out of his contract this summer in order to pursue a multi-year deal in free agency.

      Advice: He is boasting averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.4 boards, 1.9 steals and 1.2 3-pointers per game this season and is one of the most durable players in the league, so Ellis will surely generate a ton of interest around the NBA this summer. The Mavericks will surely do everything they can to keep Ellis in Dallas, as he has arguably surpassed Dirk Nowitzki as the team's best player this season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:53 am
    • Kevin Love (illness) good to go on Wednesday
      Kevin Love had to receive an IV after Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics and said that he may have food poisoning, but he will play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

      Advice: It clearly doesn't sound like Love is 100 percent, but his owners can safely keep him in all active lineups today in a huge matchup with Toronto. Love scored just 12 points with eight boards in a blowout victory over the Celtics on Tuesday, so hopefully he will be a little more involved on offense tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:35 am
    • Hawks sign G/F Jarell Eddie to 10-day deal
      According to Real GM, the Hawks have signed G/F Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract on Thursday.

      Advice: Eddie is a known as a sharpshooter and actually won the 3-point contest in the D-League this season. That being said, he likely isn't going to be in the rotation in Atlanta, meaning owners in deeper leagues can monitor him from the waiver wire for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:01 am
    • Hornets coach criticizes rookie P.J. Hairston
      Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that rookie P.J. Hairston "hasn't developed any way to play to make his teammates better."

      Advice: Charlotte is jockeying for a playoff spot and Clifford's rotation has no room for player development, so we're unlikely to see Hairston or fellow rookie Noah Vonleh on the court in the season's final weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    • Khris Middleton fills up boxscore vs. Nuggets
      Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-20 from the field on Tuesday, but still finished with 20 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: He made all five of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over, putting him a few made shots away from a pure nine-cat gem. Middleton has been one of the nicest surprises this season and his scoring is even more essential with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, so he's poised for steady top-50 value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • 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
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Alexey Shved leads Knicks w/ 15 pts Tuesday
      The Knicks were destroyed by the Kings on Tuesday, 86-124, with only Alexey Shved leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 4-of-11 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs.

      Advice: Shved added seven boards, three dimes and a steal, and he was one of only three Knicks to score double-digit points, joining fellow reserves Shane Larkin (13 points) and Jason Smith (13 points). Shved's 33 minutes were also a team-high and he's now averaging 13.0 points, 0.8 threes, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals over the past four games. That's enough to warrant attention in deeper formats while Jose Calderon (Achilles) is out, but most owners should take a skeptical view of Shved -- he's shooting 38.7 percent this season and this was the first time he's cracked the 30-minute barrier. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:02 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
      Yesterday, 6:25 pm
    • Evan Fournier still dealing with a hip issue
      Evan Fournier is hoping that his sore right hip will continue to get better, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: "You don't want to mess too much with a muscle," Fournier said. "It's very important to take care of your body and make sure you feel good, because it can get worse." Fournier has been sidelined for the past two games, and the Magic have no reason to rush him back before he is 100 percent. If Fournier remains on the shelf for Wednesday's game, veteran Willie Green will continue to be the primary beneficiary off the bench. That being said, owners in standard leagues can ignore both Fournier and Green for now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:22 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Pho
    • 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
      Yesterday, 3:50 pm
    • Beno Udrih (illness) out Tuesday vs. the Jazz
      Updating a previous report, Beno Udrih (illness) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Utah.

      Advice: Nick Calathes will have the opportunity for some additional playing time tonight, but with averages of just 4.0 points and 2.5 assists on the season, he can't be viewed as a viable option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:40 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Zach Randolph, Beno Urih out Tuesday vs. Utah
      Updating a previous report, Zach Randolph (illness) and Beno Udrih (illness) have been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Mike Conley and Marc Gasol will be tasked with more responsibilities on offense with Randolph unavailable, and they're worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. It's unclear at this point who will replace Randolph in the starting lineup, but in the past it has been Jon Leuer or Kosta Koufos, although neither of those guys have been able to capitalize on the starting gig in the past. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:32 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Beno Udrih (illness) questionable for Tuesday
      Beno Udrih (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: If Udrih is unable to go on Tuesday, Nick Calathes will pick up most of his reserve minutes, but that doesn't mean much. As long as Mike Conley is healthy, the backup point guards in Memphis won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Zach Randolph (illness) questionable Tuesday
      Zach Randolph (illness) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Utah.

      Advice: If Randolph is unable to go tonight Jon Leuer or Kosta Koufos will have the opportunity to step into the starting lineup. However, they haven't done much in the past while starting, so the primary beneficiaries from a fantasy perspective would be Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:16 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • 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
      Yesterday, 2:30 pm
    • Goran Dragic dealing with right shoulder pain
      Goran Dragic said on Tuesday that he is still experiencing pain in his right shoulder stemming from a hard collision he took during Monday's game against Phoenix.

      Advice: Dragic did not participate during Tuesday's practice and we'll be considering him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Lakers. If he's unable to go, Mario Chalmers would slide back into the starting lineup, with Shabazz Napier seeing extended minutes off the bench. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:29 am
    • Russell Westbrook likely to return Wednesday
      Russell Westbrook (face) is likely to return to action as soon as Wednesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

      Advice: This isn't set in stone just yet, but Westbrook is expected to play with a protective mask on Wednesday barring an unforeseen setback. We'll update his status after Wednesday's shootaround, but Westbrook's owners can feel free to slot him back into their lineups while D.J. Augustin will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 am
    • 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
      Yesterday, 8:38 am
    • P.J. Hairston benched due to absence
      P.J. Hairston was inactive during Sunday's game due to a missed weight-training session.

      Advice: According to two sources, Hairston missed a weight-training obligation and was subsequently put on the inactive list for Sunday's game. Hairston was also made inactive for a game in December after an unexcused absence from practice, so this isn't his first transgression of his rookie season. The rookie has only suited up for one of the Hornets' last 10 games, so he can be left on the wire in all but the deepest fantasy leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:20 am
    • Goran Dragic returned to action on Monday March 2. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:59 pm
    • Concentrated Revenge: Dragic burns Suns
      Goran Dragic fought through a back injury and only needed nine shots from the field and less than 15 minutes to score 21 points against the Suns during a 115-98 win on Monday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Dragic said he would have sat out against any other team, so chalk this one up to the old revenge game narrative. He was fouled hard and needed to go to the locker room tonight, so he might not be healthy for Wednesday against the Lakers. As for his performance tonight, he became just the second player in the past decade to score 21 points in less than 15 minutes (Kyle Lowry). He should have plenty of big lines on the way, if his back allows him to play. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:54 pm
    • Goran Dragic will start on Monday night
      Goran Dragic (back) is going to start against the Suns on Monday.

      Advice: If you're into revenge games, this might be your Super Bowl. Dragic should get minutes in the mid 30s tonight and is a must-start in standard leagues. He and Dwyane Wade haven't played too well together, but that's to be expected for two ball-dominant guys. Start the Dragon. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:45 pm
    • Goran Dragic (back) is a game-time call
      Goran Dragic is a game-time decision against the Suns on Monday.

      Advice: One would think he would at least try to play against a team with a front office he doesn't trust. Dragic has played well with the Heat, averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 boards, 5.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys, so he's a must-start player if active, obviously. If he's out, we should get a lot of Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers running the point, but it'll be the Dwyane Wade Show, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:51 pm
    • Robert Covington, Jason Richardson out Monday
      Robert Covington (elbow) and Jason Richardson (rest) will not play Monday against the Raptors.

      Advice: The 76ers are going to start Isaiah Canaan, JaKarr Sampson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims in a bigger lineup. As for Covington, he has a shot to play Wednesday and his elbow injury doesn't sound severe. That said, his owners will probably want to bench him given how he hasn't played well. To be clear, he should be owned in all leagues. Jerami Grant and Hollis Thompson benefit more than Sampson does for most fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:27 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Goran Dragic (back) questionable for Monday
      Goran Dragic (back) is still being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: Dragic really wants to play, but he's clearly hurting even though he did report some improvement. He did not participate in shootaround, an indication that The Dragon could be headed for a dreaded game-time call. If he's unable to suit up, Mario Chalmers would start and see all of the minutes he can handle with Shabazz Napier as his backup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:33 am
    • Goran Dragic (back) questionable for Monday
      According to head coach Erik Spoelstra, Goran Dragic is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Suns after he dealt with back spasms during Saturday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: "He got hit in the back and that's why he was in the locker room," Spoelstra said. "He probably shouldn't have played in the second half. He just played through it. I kept on asking him if he was OK and he said he was... He gutted it out." Dragic will likely do everything in his power to be ready in time to face his former team, and we should be able to provide another update after the Heat's shootaround on Monday morning. If Dragic can't play, Mario Chalmers will be the primary beneficiary, while Shabazz Napier would likely see an uptick in minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:37 pm
    • Robert Covington (elbow) will not return Sun.
      Robert Covington suffered a right elbow contusion during Sunday's game vs. the Pacers and he will not return.

      Advice: Luckily, the injury doesn't sound serious and we will consider Covington questionable to play against the Raptors on Monday. If Covington is forced to miss any additional time, more minutes will be available for players such as Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant. Covington finished Sunday's game with 12 points, three boards and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:53 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Evan Fournier (hip) out Sunday vs. Charlotte
      Evan Fournier (hip) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: With both Fournier and Aaron Gordon (ankle) sidelined, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris could be forced into heavy minutes for Orlando. Harris has the most favorable matchup, and he's someone to consider for those playing daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:40 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Pho
    • Khris Middleton scores 18 points in loss Sat.
      Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He is arguably Milwaukee's best weapon on offense now that Brandon Knight is no longer in town, and he has now scored in double digits in twelve straight games. In case it's not already obvious, Middleton is a must-start player and should continue to be a stud for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:01 pm
    • Zach Randolph has a bad game vs. Wolves
      Zach Randolph had one of his worst games of the season against the Wolves on Saturday with seven points, 11 rebounds, one block and seven turnovers.

      Advice: He hasn't come out strong in the second half, averaging 13.8 points, 9.0 boards, 1.6 assists and 0.4 blocks in those five games. Randolph isn't going to be quite as good as he was earlier this year and he probably won't be the 19-14 guy he was back in January. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:54 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Alexey Shved scores 15 points
      Alexey Shved scored 15 points off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He was actually pretty good tonight and didn't throw the ball up in the air 40 feet on a six-foot runner. Shved is getting some minutes because of the Jose Calderon (Achilles) and he's worth a look in deep leagues. He won't be this good, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:41 pm
    • Goran Dragic struggles against the Hawks
      Goran Dragic went scoreless in the first half against the Hawks on Saturday, finishing with six points, three rebounds, six assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: It's been a bumpy ride for Dragic, but his averages still look fine. In his five games with the Heat, he averaged 13.8 points, 3.0 boards, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys on 49.1 percent from the field. He should get even better and have a chance to be a third- or fourth-round guy. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:12 pm
    • Russell Westbrook could play in playoff game
      Russell Westbrook (face) won't miss much time due to his facial surgery on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: "If he had a playoff game [on Sunday], he could play," the report added. As mentioned 30 minutes ago, Westbrook is going to be re-evaluated later this week due to surgery on the zygomatic arch on his right cheek, so he sounds like he could actually play on Wednesday against the 76ers. Still, fantasy owners will want to grab D.J. Augustin in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:06 pm
    • Russell Westbrook has facial surgery, out Sun
      Russell Westbrook (face) underwent a successful procedure to address a fracture to the zygomatic arch and will be re-evaluated this week.

      Advice: He is not going to play on Sunday, but he hasn't officially been ruled out for Wednesday against the 76ers. Westbrook is likely going to have to play with a mask upon his return and we still really have no idea how much time he's going to miss. In the meantime, it makes sense to grab D.J. Augustin in all standard leagues until Westy is back. Westbrook owners have to just sit tight and hope he can continue his triple-double streak right after being re-evaluated. To be clear, this doesn't sound like bad news. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:32 pm
    • 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
    • Dragic goes for 20 and five in loss
      Goran Dragic scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with three rebounds, five assists and one steal in the Heat's loss to the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: Dragic has been a top-70 player so far in Miami and that's likely to rise as he gets comfortable and his role increases. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:33 am
    • Russell Westbrook (face) to be re-evaluated
      Russell Westbrook suffered an injury to his face on Friday against the Blazers, posting a triple-double for the third consecutive game with 40 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and six turnovers on 14-of-32 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line.

      Advice: Believe it or not, it looked like Westbrook had a penny-sized dent on the side of his face. He did not speak to the media and it's also possible he is dealing with concussion-like symptoms due to Andre Roberson kneeing him in the head. If Westy needs to miss time, it would be a massive loss for the NBA and especially the Thunder. D.J. Augustin would start and become a must-own player while Dion Waiters would also have to score more. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:41 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
    • Robert Covington cores 13 with two treys
      Robert Covington didn't play well against the Wizards on Friday with 13 points, six boards and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He wasn't benched this time and his minutes should increase a little more than this. Covington was benched on Wednesday due to poor defense, but he wasn't too bad in that department tonight. In his previous February games, he averaged 16.3 points, 5.7 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:03 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Russell Westbrook is good to go vs. Blazers
      Russell Westbrook (ankle) is ready to go against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: Even though the Thunder lost, Westbrook was ridiculous on Thursday. He actually put up a 63.4 usage rate in the fourth quarter. Amazingly, the Thunder are 8-0 on the second night of a back-to-back with a healthy Westy. Enjoy watching the game tonight, everyone. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:10 pm
    • Evan Fournier (hip) out Friday vs. the Hawks
      Evan Fournier (sore right hip) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: With Fournier and Aaron Gordon (ankle) unavailable, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris are going to be forced into heavy minutes, and both figure to be decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:15 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Pho
    • 76ers going with the same starting five
      Coach Brett Brown he will start the same starting five for Friday against the Wizards.

      Advice: That means it'll be Isaiah Canaan, Jason Richardson, Robert Covington, Luc Mbah a Moute and Nerlens Noel. Covington was benched on Wednesday for poor defense, but he should be back to his old role. Start him. It'll be interesting to see where Jerami Grant fits in after playing 33 minutes. We can probably expect him to log 24-28 minutes tonight. We might see a little more out of Thomas Robinson now that he has shaken hands with Brown. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:25 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Almost Bestbrook: Russell trip-dubs in loss
      Russell Westbrook notched his second straight triple-double in Thursday's 117-113 overtime loss to the Suns, finishing with 39 points, 14 boards, 11 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes, though he did suffer a minor ankle tweak in the closing moments of the game.

      Advice: That's good for a 48.3 usage rate. He was seen walking around the locker room with no visible limp after the game, so it doesn't look like he is in any danger of missing any action. Westbrook was able to find a tremendous amount of defensive rebounds and he carried the OKC offense tonight, especially in transition. He and teammate Serge Ibaka were No. 1 and 2 in fantasy value since the break. In addition to that, Westbrook is on pace with Oscar Robertson to become the second player in NBA history to average 30 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a month. If you're under 40 years old, you've never seen this before. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:23 pm
    • 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
    • Poor defense led to Covington's benching Wed.
      76ers' head coach Brett Brown said that Robert Covington's lackluster play on the defensive end was the reason he elected to bench him for the second and third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Bucks.

      Advice: "The luxury that I have now that we kind of have bodies is you don’t feel a prisoner to somebody like Robert," said Brown. "We’ve got [Jason Richardson] and Hollis Thompson, so there are more options there. That’s not scolding [Covington], it’s just the way the landscape works. It’s a pecking order that’s built on the standards we have defensively." While Covington sat out a large chunk of Wednesday's game, he still put up 13 points with a full line, and hopefully this doesn't become a common occurrence. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:43 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Z-Bo, Cousins battle as Kings get win
      Zach Randolph had 20 points, five rebounds and a 62-foot 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, yet the Grizzlies lost to DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeff Green scored 11, Marc Gasol had 14 points, seven boards, six dimes and three blocks, Mike Conley had 12 points and seven dimes, and Courtney Lee added nine points and a full stat line in the loss. Z-Bo got into it with Boogie and picked up a technical foul for swinging elbows, while Cousins got the last laugh with the win (and 16 points and nine rebounds). The Grizzlies are a pretty boring fantasy team right now, as the starters are the only players worth owning and looking at. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:23 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • 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
    • Robert Covington plays well after benching
      Robert Covington was benched for most of the first three quarters and did play the entire fourth quarter, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He wasn't in his usual spot on the bench for much of this game and it's unclear what exactly happened with him. However, Covington really played well down the stretch and he's very unlikely to be in jeopardy of losing his playing time. He should be considered as a top-50 player in standard leagues, especially after posting second-round value this month. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:21 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Alexey Shved scores 11 in 19 minutes
      Alexey Shved played 19 minutes off the bench and hit 2-of-7 shots for 11 points, five rebounds and one assist on Wednesday.

      Advice: The only reason we even mention him is that Jose Calderon left the game with an Achilles injury. If he misses time, Shved and Langston Galloway are going to get a lot of point guard minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:16 pm
    • Jerami Grant starts second half for Covington
      Jerami Grant started the second half for Robert Covington on Wednesday.

      Advice: There is no word of an injury and it looks like Covington has been benched for poor play. We'll look for an update following the game or perhaps before that time. Covington should be fine for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:39 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • OKC wins as Russell Westbrook triple-doubles
      The Thunder cruised past the Pacers on Tuesday behind Russell Westbrook's third double-double of the season, as he racked up 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a mere 28 minutes of action.

      Advice: Westbrook has been outrageously good whenever Kevin Durant has been out of commission this year. With Durant on the bench, Westbrook's usage rate soars and he's posting a True Shooting percentage of 57.0 percent, compared to 50.2 percent with Durant on the court. The only bad news is that WB also picked up his league-leading 12th technical foul during tonight's game, putting him four away from a one-game suspension. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:14 pm
    • 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
    • Ilyasova with 15 & 11 and a full stat line
      Ersan Ilyasova started in Monday's loss to the Bulls, scoring 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: This is a patented Ilyasova explosion and the operative question is always whether or not he can do it again. He is the definition of a risk-reward pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:06 pm
    • Covington steals five, scores 16
      Robert Covington scored 16 points with four rebounds, two assists, five steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Heat on Monday.

      Advice: He had all five steals in the first quarter and he has stepped up in the steals department as a shooting guard, stealing six in his first start at shooting guard this season. Covington has at least three treys in five of his last six games and has 3.0 per game in February. He's a must-start player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:30 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Ersan Ilyasova to start, Jared Dudley benched
      Ersan Ilyasova will start at power forward against the Bulls on Monday and Jared Dudley will come off the bench.

      Advice: Chances are this is a matchup-based move for the Bucks. Ilyasova has not played more more than 18 minutes in any game this month and averaged only 5.2 points, 1.8 boards and 0.2 blocks in that span. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:39 pm
    • Westbrook trying to become a better leader
      Russell Westbrook said that he's "trying to do a better job of leading."

      Advice: If he wants to lead by example, then Westbrook is doing quite well. Since the All-Star break, Westbrook has been on fire with averages of 29.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 12.3 assists, a steal and 1.3 triples on 51.8 percent shooting. Throughout the entire month of February, Westbrook checks in with averages of 30.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 10.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 triples on 49.4 percent shooting. He's on his way to the Player of the Month Award, and then some. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:05 am
    • Monta Ellis scores 23 points in win Sunday
      Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mavericks to an easy win over the Hornets on Sunday.

      Advice: Ellis had averaged just 8.7 points over his last three games, so his owners have to be thrilled to see him scoring with ease again. He also added three rebounds, four assists and one steal on the night, and it's becoming more obvious that Ellis probably should have been the one to represent Dallas at the All-Star game over Dirk Nowitzki. Yeah, Ellis has been that good. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 7:33 pm
    • Russell Westbrook dishes career-high 17 dimes
      Russell Westbrook dished out 10 assists in the second quarter Sunday's game, finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds and a career-high 17 dimes.

      Advice: Kevin Durant (foot) was out but the new-look Thunder still made quick work of the Nuggets, led by Westbrook's All-Star caliber performance. He rounded out his gaudy line with two 3-pointers and 8-of-12 shooting overall, and he trails only James Harden for 8-cat production over the past month. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 7:08 pm
    • Robert Covington scores 16 pts in tough loss
      Robert Covington's 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals weren't enough to prevent Sunday's 98-103 road loss in Orlando.

      Advice: He shot 6-of-13 from the field and continues to be Philly's most reliable offensive weapon, having scored double-digit points in nine of his past 10 games. Hassan Whiteside may finish as the waiver-wire pickup of the year, but Covington isn't all that far behind. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:15 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Evan Fournier scoreless in 14 minutes Sunday
      Evan Fournier came off the bench during Sunday's five-point win vs. the 76ers, finishing scoreless with three assists in 14 minutes.

      Advice: He was coming off a nice 16-point effort as a starter on Friday and plenty of owners got burned tonight, as Fournier pulled the short straw in interim coach James Borrego's rotations. Fournier should be benched until Orlando's backcourt settles into a reliable pattern, at least while Tobias Harris (knee) is healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:03 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm vs Pho
    • Khris Middleton & Giannis score 19 pts each
      The Bucks fell at home on Sunday, 86-97, despite getting 19 points from both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

      Advice: Middleton made 6-of-12 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with one 3-pointer, four boards and five assists, and he's emerged as an elite fantasy option over the past month. In his last dozen games he's averaging a stellar 16.2 points (54.2 percent FGs, 91.3 percent FTs), 1.6 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals. He does a little bit of everything, so the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams shouldn't throw him off, and his lucky owners can sit back and enjoy the production. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:07 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
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) available for Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) will be available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: The opportunity is certainly there for Ilyasova to produce with his only competition for playing time going by the names of John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant, however his propensity to find himself on the sidelines due to various injuries really hurts his upside. He's averaging just 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season, so it would probably be best to use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 11:37 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available to play against the Hawks on Sunday according to head coach Jason Kidd.

      Advice: Ersan was able to practice on Saturday, but he has simply been too inconsistent to use outside of deeper leagues. With season averages of 8.8 points and 3.5 boards in just 17.5 minutes per game, so it's probably best to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:56 am
    • Alexey Shved will be available on Sunday
      Alexey Shved practiced with the Knicks on Saturday and will be available to play against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

      Advice: There's no telling whether or not he will be in the rotation, but this is the Knicks we are talking about, so Shved couldn't be in a more ideal situation. Owners in deeper leagues can simply put him on their radar for now, and we will be sure to track his progress very closely in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:49 am
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