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  • Shaun Livingston gets in the rotation
    Shaun Livingston played 13 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday with two points and one turnover.

    Advice: Most of the talk heading into this game was that Livingston wasn't going to be in the rotation while Marreese Speights would be, but coach Steve Kerr gave the versatile perimeter guy some minutes. We'll see if that continues, but he obviously won't play more than 20 minutes unless there is a lot of garbage time.
    30 minutes ago
  • Jrue Holiday gets 21 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 21 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with four points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Pelicans needed a little more out of Holiday today because Tyreke Evans could not return from a knee bruise. Holiday didn't play in the final five minutes of this game, so the team likely went into today's game with a minutes restriction in mind due to his leg issues. He'll likely be in the 22-25 minute range in Game 2 on Monday.
    Today, 3:24 pm
  • John Wall scores just 10 points in win vs TOR
    John Wall scored 10 points with six boards, eight assists, one block and one turnover against the Raptors on Saturday in his 44 minutes of action.

    Advice: He missed a 19-foot contested jumper at the end of regulation and the Wall isolation plays were coming early and often. They didn't really work because he made just 5-of-18 from the field today. Wall hasn't been settling for jumpers nearly as much these days and the Wizards are at their best when he's breaking down defenses. Wall and Bradley Beal had bad games today and they were still able to win, so the Wizards have to be happy about that.
    Today, 1:26 pm
  • Nene puts up a double-double in 21 minutes
    Nene scored 12 points with 13 boards, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was on the injury report for foot, shoulder and ankle issues, but you wouldn't know it based on his seven offensive boards and effective rim protection. Nene didn't play in five of the final seven games in the regular season to help him get ready for the postseason. He did mention earlier this week that his plantar fascia isn't healthy, so he'll be an injury risk going forward.
    Today, 1:16 pm
  • Otto Porter gets 34 minutes vs. Raptors
    Otto Porter played a surprising 34 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: It's taken two years for coach Randy Wittman to trust Porter with important minutes and he didn't disappoint with impressive defense on DeMar DeRozan. The Wizards went small for several parts of this game with a forward combo of Porter next to Paul Pierce. They hardly played well in this game, but Porter should see close to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday.
    Today, 1:07 pm
  • Drew Gooden gets 23 minutes vs. Toronto
    Drew Gooden played 23 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with six points, 10 boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: The Raptors actually made Gooden look good today and his line could have been a lot better than this. Gooden had four offensive rebounds and looked as spry as ever. He'll likely be looking at minutes around 20 on Tuesday.
    Today, 1:03 pm
  • Kris Humphries gets a DNP-CD on Saturday
    Kris Humphries was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman went with Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden today. Humphries looks like he'll just be Nene insurance for now because all three aforementioned players had decent games today.
    Today, 12:59 pm
  • James Johnson gets a DNP-CD in Game 1
    James Johnson was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Wizards.

    Advice: Ouch. Coach Dwane Casey went with a nine-man rotation and went small quite a bit today. Johnson is one of the team's best defenders and he's also adapt at the hustle side of the game, which the Raptors could have really used today. Maybe Casey will change his mind for Game 2.
    Today, 12:36 pm
  • Alonzo Gee (foot) questionable for Sunday
    Alonzo Gee (foot) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) doubtful, Gee would likely have been looking at some minutes in the playoff game. If he's out, there should be more time available for C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum and Allen Crabbe.
    Today, 12:26 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Arron Afflalo listed as doubtful for Sunday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is listed as doubtful to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: The good news is that he's getting closer and is even getting his shots up on Friday, but Afflalo might need two weeks to heal from his shoulder strain suffered on Apr. 9. C.J. McCollum will benefit most even if the Blazers opt to go with Allen Crabbe as the starter, which could definitely happen.
    Today, 12:24 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Mike Conley (foot) thinks he will play Sunday
    Mike Conley (foot) continues to make progress, and he believes he will hear his name announced in the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley returned to practice on Friday, and it's clear that the time on the shelf sped up his recovery. He added that his foot is still sore every morning, but he does feel better when he moves around. It sounds like he will be a game-time decision, but we should have an official update after the team's shootaround on Sunday. Beno Udrih will move back to the bench if Conley plays.
    Today, 10:10 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nene (shoulder) will start vs. the Raptors.
    Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot) will start vs. the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Nene missed the last two games of the season, and he is still probably not 100 percent. Paul Pierce is expected to see some time as the stretch four, so Nene's minutes will likely be held in check for the time being. The good news is that Nene will be going up against Tyler Hansbrough to start the game.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday
    Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: The Bucks rested him for the final two games of the season, so he should be fresh for the playoffs. Dudley is a seasoned veteran, and his experience will be a huge boost for the young Bucks. Expect Dudley to see minutes in the mid 20s tonight.
    Today, 8:46 am
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday vs. the Bucks as expected.

    Advice: He was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks early because of soreness in his shoulder, but he practiced in full on Saturday and is ready to go. Gibson will move back into his role as the sixth man now that Joakim Noah is active, but he will still see minutes in the high 20s.
    Today, 8:25 am
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play vs. the Bucks on Saturday as expected.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season because of his nagging hamstring issue, but he practiced in full on Friday and is ready to rejoin the starting lineup. Noah doesn't have any restrictions on his minutes moving forward, but there is no need for the Bulls to push him considering Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic are backing him up. Still, Noah could play more than 32 minutes tonight.
    Today, 8:24 am
  • Allen Crabbe could start vs. Grizzlies on Sunday
    Head coach Terry Stotts said that Allen Crabbe could get the nod over C.J. McCollum in the first unit because of his defense.

    Advice: "I think Allen complements Damian [Lillard] and [LaMarcus Aldridge]," Stotts said, "as far as being defensive minded, not needing shots, not needing the ball." This isn't that surprising, as Stotts has been known to frequently alter his rotations. McCollum could still see close to 30 minutes of action, as he has simply been too good to keep off the floor. If Arron Afflalo returns from his shoulder injury soon, Crabbe will likely fall out of the rotation, while McCollum's role should still be safe.
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) goes through a workout
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) went through a workout on Friday and attempted some shots.

    Advice: He was drenched in sweat and taking some shots today bodes well for his chances to play. Still, Afflalo was outplayed by C.J. McCollum, so he might not play more than 32 minutes in the first round. Fantasy owners might want to use someone else in postseason formats or in daily leagues.
    Yesterday, 1:36 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Mike Conley, Tony Allen practice on Friday
    Mike Conley (foot) and Tony Allen (hamstring) practiced on Friday.

    Advice: Conley expects to play and he'll likely be a game-time decision on Sunday. He has been able to do some pre-game stuff, so keeping him out the last week is probably somewhat precautionary. He'll be a very important piece for the Grizzlies at home considering the struggles of Damian Lillard on defense. Beno Udrih would move to the bench.
    Yesterday, 11:20 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) practices in full Fri
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) went through a full practice on Friday, and he will play Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks, as expected.

    Advice: Gibson was unable to finish Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks after injuring his shoulder, but he was never really expected to miss any time during the playoffs. He'll be in his usual Sixth Man role off the bench, and he should see his minutes in the high 20s.
    Yesterday, 11:10 am
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) practices Friday
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah missed the sat out the final two games of the regular-season, but he'll be back in action for the playoffs. However, with solid depth behind him in Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic, head coach Tom Thibodeau may limit his minutes.
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
  • Joakim Noah will be ready for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) said he'll be ready to go for Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah had knee surgery last year and coach Tom Thibodeau believes this hamstring injury is related. Noah's rest at the end of the season seems to be precautionary. Even if he does have limitations, the emergence of Nikola Mirotic really adds some depth. Plus, Taj Gibson is playing well.
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • Dudley (back), Bayless (neck) practice Thurs
    Jared Dudley (back), and Jerryd Bayless (neck) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: Dudley missed the final two games of the regular-season with a sore back, while Bayless missed the regular-season finale with a sore neck. Neither of these injuries sounds serious, so these guys should be ready for Game 1 against the Bulls on Saturday. That being said, both players will likely have their minutes trimmed down a bit for the postseason, and they're unlikely to do much on the stat sheet with the guys ahead of them in the rotation fully healthy.
    Thursday, 2:27 pm
  • Otto Porter (ankle) practices on Thursday
    Otto Porter (ankle) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he will play on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Randy Wittman said that Paul Pierce will play some power forward during their series against the Raptors, and that move should open up some more floor time for Otto Porter. Still, in a reserve role, Porter isn't likely to do much on the box score.
    Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Nene (shoulder, ankle) practices on Thursday
    Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot) practiced on Thursday, and head coach Randy Wittman said that he will play when the Wizards kick off their series against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It is worth noting that Randy Wittman has told Paul Pierce to be prepared to play some power forward, so it sounds like Wittman may try and limit Nene's minutes if he's not as effective as he could be. Various injuries clearly hurt Nene's production this season, as he put in his worst averages in a Wizards' uniform with 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game.
    Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Otto Porter's ankle injury not serious
    The left ankle injury suffered by Otto Porter in Wednesday's finale is not thought to be serious and he's expected to be ready for the playoffs, according to coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: "I don't think it's too bad," Wittman said after the game, and added he thought about putting him back in the game at one point. This is good news for the Wizards, who kick off the NBA Playoffs with the opening game at 12:30 this Saturday. If Porter's unable to go, Rasual Butler would likely eat up his minutes.
    Thursday, 8:40 am
  • Jared Dudley likely to be ready for playoffs
    Jared Dudley sat out for a second straight game due to a sore back in Wednesday's finale against the Celtics.

    Advice: However, he's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks in the playoffs, which start Saturday against the Bulls.
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 11 in 25 minutes
    Jrue Holiday returned to action on Wednesday and had 11 points and four assists in 25 minutes of Wednesday's win.

    Advice: The Pelicans are hoping he can get back into a groove for the playoffs, but he's clearly not 100 percent yet after returning from a leg injury. The good news is he played and should be able to get some rest before the playoffs start this weekend. Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists, Eric Gordon scored 14, while Norris Cole came off the bench to score 13 points. Anthony Davis led the way with 31 points and 13 boards, and the Pelicans will face the Warriors in Round 1 of the playoffs.
    Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Taj Gibson says he will be ready for playoffs
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) said that he will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs after being forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Gibson revealed that he received a cortisone shot at halftime, and it's pretty obvious that his shoulder was an issue as he was held scoreless in 20 minutes of action. Gibson is a warrior and it doesn't sound like he will miss any time, but we will update his status when we know more.
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Otto Porter sprains ankle, will not return
    Otto Porter left Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers with a sprained left ankle and will not return.

    Advice: The last thing we want to see is an injury right before the playoffs, but hopefully it isn't too serious. Porter will probably have to deal with some swelling, but we will pass along any additional information once we know more. If Porter has to miss any time, Rasual Butler and Martell Webster could see more minutes. Porter finished tonight's game with four points and four boards in 21 minutes.
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) will not return Weds
    Taj Gibson left Wednesday's game against the Hawks with a shoulder strain and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Gibson was dealing with soreness in his shoulder prior to the game, so hopefully the Bulls are just being cautious. The Bulls were already without Joakin Noah for this game, meaning Nikola Mirotic will have to step up. We will update Gibson's status as soon as we know more.
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
  • Allen Crabbe, Alonzo Gee are starting
    Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee will start against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: They both have very small usage rates and shouldn't be involved in the offense much. Fantasy owners can probably avoid this one tonight with the Blazers locked in as the fourth seed.
    Wednesday, 5:09 pm
  • Taj Gibson will start on Wednesday
    Taj Gibson will start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He does have some shoulder soreness, but he should be ready to go. The Bulls are going for the three seed tonight and Nikola Mirotic should get some run tonight, too.
    Wednesday, 4:38 pm
  • John Wall, Brad Beal resting against the Cavs
    John Wall and Bradley Beal will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just rest and they're both fine. The Wizards have nothing to play for and will be the No. 5 seed to face either the Raptors or Bulls. With Wall out, Ramon Sessions and Will Bynum will handle the point. Bynum has the higher upside while Sessions is safer.
    Wednesday, 3:44 pm
  • Nene out again on Wednesday night
    Nene (shoulder, ankle) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He continues to get rest and did say he's also dealing with a plantar fascia issue. Drew Gooden, Kris Humphries and Kevin Seraphin benefit.
    Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Jrue Holiday is active for Wednesday night
    Jrue Holiday is active to face the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Holiday played well on Sunday with 17 points, so he certainly can help the Pelicans tonight in what's basically a must win. Still, he'll have a minutes cap and isn't a great option in fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Jared Dudley out for Wednesday
    Jared Dudley will rest against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: There could be more rested players on the way for the Bucks. Plus, the Bucks will likely limit some of their guys.
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Arron Afflalo hoping for a Sunday Game 1
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is hoping for a Game 1 to occur on Sunday.

    Advice: He's unsure about his status for the first day of the postseason and he's out tonight. The Blazers lost Nicolas Batum and C.J. McCollum to leg injuries, so they may need Afflalo more than ever. For now, Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee will get most of the minutes on the wing.
    Wednesday, 11:35 am
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Mike Conley (ankle) officially ruled out Weds
    Mike Conley (ankle) will not play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: This will be his fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, but this should help Conley recover in time for the playoffs. Beno Udrih will draw another start and is worth a look in most leagues, while Nick Calathes and Jordan Adams should be more involved as well.
    Wednesday, 9:19 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Taj Gibson will play despite sore shoulder
    Taj Gibson will play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday despite dealing with shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (hamstring) isn't active tonight, meaning Gibson will have the chance to draw another start. Gibson scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist and four blocks vs. the Nets on Monday, so he should be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich out Wednesday
    Joakin Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) and Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Thibodeau said that Noah will be ready for the playoffs, so the Bulls are obviously erring on the side of caution tonight. With Noah on the shelf, Taj Gibson will likely draw the start and should be plugged into all lineups, while Nikola Mirotic will also see an uptick in minutes and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:01 am
  • Mike Conley (foot) doubtful for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot) did not participate in shootaround and isn't expected to play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Conley has missed the last three games, and the Grizzlies obviously want him to be as close to 100 percent as possible for the playoffs. With Conley likely on the sidelines, Beno Udrih will draw another start and will be the primary beneficiary, while Nick Calathes and Jordan Adams could see some extra minutes as well.
    Wednesday, 8:41 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Otto Porter logs 43 minutes off bench Tuesday
    Otto Porter finished Tuesday's road loss with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist and zero steals or blocks in 43 minutes off the Wizards' bench.

    Advice: Paul Pierce criticized Porter's lack of intensity in a recent interview, saying, "[Porter] just doesn't understand how good he is. He can shoot, he's a slasher, he can defend, I'm just not sure how badly he wants it every day. That kid just needs to get mad ... I should punch him one day just to get him riled up.'' Pierce was kidding about the last part, of course, but his point is well taken. Porter had a nice run while filling in as a starter but he's a shaky fantasy option when coming off the bench.
    Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Drew Gooden logs 38 minutes as starting PF
    Drew Gooden started for Nene (shoulder, ankle) on Tuesday and posted six points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a road loss vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Washington benefited from a horrible offensive first half from the Pacers but couldn't capitalize, eventually falling 95-99 in double-OT. Gooden logged 38 minutes tonight but his minutes will fall drastically if Nene is cleared to play on Wednesday, so owners should keep a close eye on the injury report.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • WAS starters may have minutes limited Tues
    Randy Wittman would not say whether his starters would play their usual allotment of minutes for Tuesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Wittman simply responded, "we'll see," when directly if he'd try to limit the minutes of his starters, so daily leaguers with their sights on John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce, or Marcin Gortat may want to consider looking elsewhere for production.
    Tuesday, 4:27 pm
  • Nene (shoulder) out Tuesday vs. Indiana
    Nene (shoulder, ankle) will not play Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Drew Gooden will slide into the starting lineup tonight, but with averages of just 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds as a starter, he's not a great option in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) questionable for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Conley has spent the last three games on the sidelines, and it's been Beno Udrih in the starting lineup splitting minutes with Nick Calathes. Udrih is capable of scoring in the teens while dishing out a few assists, but with a tough matchup against the Pacers, he'd make for a risky option in daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) now questionable Wednesday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is now being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Even if Holiday is able to give it a go, he's going to be playing on a minutes restriction with a tough matchup against the Spurs, making him far too risky for use in most leagues. Expect another update on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
    Tuesday, 2:47 pm
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) doubtful Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Noah spent Monday's game on the sidelines as well, so we're not expected him to suit up on Wednesday. Taj Gibson will draw the start if Noah is indeed unavailable, with Nikola Mirotic logging extended minutes off the bench. Both players offer plenty of upside, and they'd make for fine plug-and-play options in daily leagues. This seems like a very minor issue for Noah, and while he's unlikely for Monday, all signs are pointing towards him being available for Game 1 of the playoffs.
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) will play Wednesday vs. SA
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Holiday is a very talented player, and he was able to put up a quality line through just 15 minutes of action against the Rockets on Sunday, but it's very unlikely he'll be able to repeat that performance in limited minutes with a tough matchup against San Antonio. He's an extremely risky guy to own in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Wizards won't rest players vs Pacers on Tues
    The Wizards reportedly won't rest John Wall or any other players during Tuesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: The Pacers bounced the Wizards from the playoffs last season and John Wall and his teammates now have a chance to keep the Pacers from making this year's playoffs. "We feel like we owe them from last year," Wall said. While Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce, and other Wizards starters will play on Tuesday night, look for them to see decreased minutes as the Wizards don't have playoff positioning on the line.
    Tuesday, 8:40 am
  • Taj Gibson scores 15 points with nine boards
    Taj Gibson started for Joakim Noah (hamstring) on Monday during a 113-86 win over the Nets, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist and four blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He's rolling in his last four with each of those games resulting in at least 13 points. Gibson would likely be looking at minutes in the low 30s again if the Bulls are going to rest Joakim Noah in the season finale. He's going to be worth starting regardless, though.
    Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) remains out for Monday
    Mike Conley (foot) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: So the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih at point guard to match up with Stephen Curry. Conley has been out for two games before tonight and he might not be at 100 percent heading into the playoffs. Give Beno a look if you need a plug-and-play.
    Monday, 6:16 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Joakim Noah (knee) out, Taj Gibson to start
    Joakim Noah will not play against the Nets on Monday and Taj Gibson will start.

    Advice: The team is calling it "left knee tendinitis" but it doesn't sound serious. Taj Gibson will start and could be in for a huge line. Nikola Mirotic also greatly benefits here. Noah should be considered questionable for Wednesday.
    Monday, 3:52 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) out against the Wolves
    Jrue Holiday will not play against the Wolves on Monday night.

    Advice: He had a very good game on Sunday with 17 points, but the Pelicans aren't comfortable with him playing in back-to-backs just yet. Tyreke Evans will handle most of the point guard duties tonight. Expect Holiday to play on Wednesday.
    Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Mike Conley will be a game-time decision
    Mike Conley (foot) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He went through warmups on Saturday, but did not play against the Clippers in an important game. As a reference point, Conley was ruled out approximately one hour before the tip on Saturday, so we're probably looking at getting the news on him tonight at around 9:30 EDT. If he's out, Beno Udrih would start.
    Monday, 1:54 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) questionable vs. Wolves
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is questionable to face the Timberwolves on Monday.

    Advice: With Holiday having played 15 minutes in Sunday's contest and the Pelicans on the second night of a back-to-back set, it's still to be determined if Holiday will be able to get a few minutes in as part of his return. With the Pelicans fighting to make the postseason, any help Holiday can provide would be welcomed. Tyreke Evans will continue to start at point guard.
    Monday, 10:13 am
  • John Wall says he was 'perfectly fine' Sunday
    John Wall (ankle) said he was "perfectly fine" on Sunday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like the ankle is a major concern at this point. "I was perfectly fine," Wall said. "I was not fatigued or anything like that." We don't expect Wall to take any additional time off before the regular season concludes.
    Monday, 6:57 am
  • Jrue Holiday drops 17 pts in second game back
    Jrue Holiday looked spry in his second game back after an 11-week absence, coming off the bench for 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, three 3-pointers, two assists and two steals in a mere 15 minutes of action.

    Advice: He made some explosive moves and appeared far more comfortable than he did on Friday, when he shot just 1-of-7 from the field. As encouraging as this game is, most fantasy owners should be leery of Holiday while his playing time is stuck in the 15-minute range.
    Sunday, 6:44 pm
  • John Wall (ankle) commits 10 turnovers Sunday
    John Wall (ankle) logged 35 minutes vs. the short-handed Hawks on Sunday, posting 24 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and a season-high 10 turnovers.

    Advice: His ankle was still swollen and it's somewhat surprising that Washington played him, but you won't hear Wall's owners complaining despite the small mountain of turnovers. His DNPs on Wednesday and Friday were the only games he missed all season, which helped him attain top-10 value on a cumulative basis this season (8-cat). There are no indications that he'll sit out Tuesday or Wednesday, but it can't hurt to check his status in a back-to-back set.
    Sunday, 5:58 pm
  • Nene posts second double-double of season
    Nene's shoulder and ankle injuries didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on Sunday, marking his second double-double of the season.

    Advice: The Wizards are clearly gearing up for the playoffs, as they decided not to rest Nene and John Wall (ankle) even though the Hawks were resting their entire starting lineup. That said, it wouldn't be surprising to see the No. 5 seed Wizards give Nene a night off either Tuesday (at the Pacers) or Wednesday (at the Cavaliers).
    Sunday, 5:55 pm
  • Kris Humphries quiet in 15 minutes Sunday
    Kris Humphries was limited to three points and four rebounds on Sunday, shooting 0-of-2 from the field and 3-of-6 from the free throw line in 15 reserve minutes.

    Advice: Nene played well and showed no signs of his recent shoulder and knee injuries, and Drew Gooden (21 minutes) continues to thrive down the stretch, which is reducing Humphries to a bit-player in the rotation. Suffice to say, even his real-world value exceeds his fantasy appeal.
    Sunday, 5:54 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) questionable for Monday
    Mike Conley (foot) is questionable to play in Monday's road game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Conley warmed up prior to Saturday's game but ultimately decided to sit out, and he could easily be a game-time decision again on Monday. If he does sit out, expect Beno Udrih to play 30+ minutes as a starter with Nick Calathes mopping up the remaining playing time at PG.
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jared Dudley expected to rest Mon. & Wed.
    Jared Dudley went scoreless in 28 minutes off Milwaukee's bench on Sunday, and Jason Kidd said after the game that Dudley will likely rest on Monday and Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been struggling with back and knee issues lately, which helps to explain his 0-of-4 shooting on Sunday, and it makes sense for the Bucks to rest him with the No. 6 seed locked up. His absence should open up more minutes for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and even O.J. Mayo.
    Sunday, 2:49 pm
  • John Wall (ankle) starting vs. Hawks Sunday
    John Wall (ankle) will be in the starting lineup vs. the Hawks on Sunday, sending Ramon Sessions back to the bench.

    Advice: This is definitely surprising considering the Hawks are resting their entire first unit tonight and Wall's ankle is reportedly still swollen, but his owners can go ahead and activate him in all lineups. We will let you know how he holds up after the game, while Ramon Sessions can be cut in most leagues with his demotion to the bench.
    Sunday, 2:25 pm
  • John Wall available to play Sunday vs. ATL
    John Wall will be available to play Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: The Wizards have not yet made their starting lineup available, and it's anyone's guess if Wall will play tonight. Him being listed as available is an encouraging sign, but he is reportedly dealing with a swollen ankle, so he may spend another game on the sidelines in order to be ready for the playoffs. Owners will need to check back for another update closer to tip-off as it seems Wall is headed for the dreaded game-time decision.
    Sunday, 1:17 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) will play on Sunday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) went through shootaround and will play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: Holiday returned to action on Friday against the Suns and scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting with five assists and one steal in 16 minutes, so he still needs to shake off some rust. His playing time will be limited to around 15 minutes again, but he is worth a look just in case his minutes start to creep up into the 20-25 range next week. We will let you know how he fares after the game,
    Sunday, 9:39 am
  • John Wall (ankle) is a game-time decision
    John Wall (ankle) did not go through shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Wall's ankle is still pretty swollen and it doesn't make a lot of sense for the Wizards to risk his health this close to playoffs. We should have another update closer to tip-off, but Wall's owners should have a backup plan ready. Ramon Sessions will continue to start if Wall is unable to play, while Will Bynum will continue to see more minutes as well.
    Sunday, 9:09 am
  • Allen Crabbe scores career-high 11 points
    Allen Crabbe scored a career-high 11 points vs. the Jazz on Saturday, adding four boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is expected to miss 1-2 weeks, so Crabbe could be in line for more minutes down the stretch. Having said that, Crabbe is only on the radar in deeper leagues, and C.J. McCollum should continue to be the primary beneficiary in Afflalo's absence.
    Saturday, 10:15 pm
  • Jrue Holiday returned to action on Friday April 10.
    Saturday, 9:31 pm
  • Taj Gibson looks great again on Saturday
    Taj Gibson was terrific against the 76ers on Saturday with 13 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-7 from the field and is playing some of his best ball right now. In his last three, Gibson averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues, especially since there's a chance we see Joakim Noah rest on Monday.
    Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) will not play on Saturday
    Mike Conley (foot) will not play vs. the Clippers on Saturday, and Beno Udrih is expected to draw the start.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for Conley's owners, but it's probably a smart decision by the Grizzlies. We will consider Conley questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors, but the Grizzlies will likely err on the side of caution with playoffs looming. Beno Udrih is worth a look in most leagues while Nick Calathes could get some extra run as well.
    Saturday, 6:28 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley is warming up for Saturday night
    Mike Conley is warming up and is a game-time decision to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: We should have an update shortly, but Conley looks like a 50/50 play tonight. If he's out, Beno Udrih will start.
    Saturday, 5:54 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Noah won't have restrictions in the playoffs
    After talks with the coaching staff, trainers and the front office, Joakim Noah said that his minutes restriction will be lifted for the playoffs.

    Advice: Noah has been on a minutes limit of round 32 minutes per game for most of the season (he has gone over that number several times), but it's encouraging that the Bulls are showing confidence in his health leading into the playoffs. This news obviously doesn't help fantasy owners, but if anything at least the restrictions kept him healthy for most of the season.
    Saturday, 9:33 am
  • Nene Hilario returned to action on Friday April 10.
    Friday, 11:30 pm
  • Nene returns on Friday night
    Nene returned to the lineup on Friday with six points, two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He did have a minor ankle tweak, but it doesn't look like a major concern. Nene will likely rest one more time before the playoffs, so keep him on the wire.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (right shoulder) out 1-2 weeks
    Arron Afflalo was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain and will miss the next 1-2 weeks.

    Advice: It could be worse and at least Afflalo does have a chance to make it back for the postseason. However, Afflalo's regular season is over, averaging 13.3 points, 3.2 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys on 42.4 percent from the field. With Afflalo out, C.J. McCollum is really going to get to show what he can do. He's a must-own player. Expect Allen Crabbe to get more run and possibly Alonzo Gee getting in the rotation.
    Friday, 2:10 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Nene (shoulder) will play Friday vs. Brooklyn
    Nene (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Nene will return from a three-game absence, sending Drew Gooden back to the bench. Gooden can be dropped in all leagues with this news, and both Kevin Seraphin and Kris Humphries' minutes will likely take a hit with Nene back in the fold.
    Friday, 10:30 am
  • Nene (shoulder) goes through shootaround
    Nene (shoulder) was a full participant during Friday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: For now, we'll be considering Nene questionable for Friday's game against the Nets. If he's unable to go, Drew Gooden would have the opportunity to start, with Kevin Seraphin and Kris Humphries logging extended minutes off the bench. Seraphin can be viewed as a shot blocking specialist in deep leagues, but none of these guys offer a lot of upside, and this situation should be avoided in standard leagues.
    Friday, 9:35 am
  • John Wall (rest) out Friday vs. Brooklyn
    John Wall (rest) said he will not play Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Wall is healthy, and was a full participant during shootaround, but he will not suit up for Friday's game. Ramon Sessions will likely earn another start tonight, and he's certainly someone to consider in daily leagues after putting up 19 points and seven assists during his last outing. Will Bynum will also have the opportunity for some extended run, but Sessions is the guy to target here.
    Friday, 9:28 am
  • Afflalo will undergo medical testing Friday
    Arron Afflalo is scheduled to undergo medical testing on his right arm in Portland on Friday to determine the extent of his injury.

    Advice: Afflalo said that he felt pain "behind his arm" near his shoulder and triceps area, and the injury was so tender following Thursday's game he was unable to lift his arm above his shoulder. This injury is to his shooting arm, so there's a good chance he misses time as the Blazers attempt to go into the playoffs as healthy as possible. C.J. McCollum is going to be the primary beneficiary with Afflalo unavailable, and he needs to be owned in all leagues after putting up 17 points with a full line on Thursday.
    Friday, 6:20 am
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Allen Crabbe scores five in 14 minutes
    Allen Crabbe played 14 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with five points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo (shoulder) went down tonight, so Crabbe could be a candidate to start because C.J. McCollum has really thrived in the second unit. Crabbe would still be very unlikely to see minutes over 24 and his usage rate is going to be tiny, but he's at least on the radar. To be clear, McCollum is a way better pickup.
    Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Afflalo may have tore something in shoulder
    Arron Afflalo went to the locker room in the fourth quarter against the Warriors on Thursday and will not return.

    Advice: According to the TNT broadcast, Afflalo said he felt like he tore something in his right shoulder. Unfortunately, he's likely going to be re-evaluated on Friday, but there's a decent chance he'll be out indefinitely. Go pick up C.J. McCollum right now.
    Thursday, 9:55 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Taj Gibson looks amazing against the Heat
    Taj Gibson played 34 minutes against the Heat on Thursday with 14 points, 12 boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He hit the offensive glass very hard with four boards on that end and was wonderful on defense. Gibson played 29 minutes on Wednesday and he looks safe to start in all leagues again. Plus, his ankle didn't seem to be an issue whatsoever. The Bulls are battling for seeding, so Gibson should be good to go for the weekend. He's worth owning in all leagues.
    Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Arron Afflalo awful on 1-of-7 shooting
    Arron Afflalo started again on Wednesday but hit just 1-of-7 shots for four points, three rebounds and one assist in a win over Minnesota.

    Advice: He's scored four, 10 and five points in each of his last three games, and he just can't seem to get into a groove for the Blazers. Start him at your own risk.
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Gibson, Mirotic split minutes, production
    Taj Gibson came off the bench to hit 6-of-12 shots for 15 points, seven rebounds and a block in 29 minutes, while Nikola Mirotic played 27 minutes for 15 points, two rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers, also coming off the bench.

    Advice: Mirotic hit just 3-of-11 shots and Gibson has now played pretty well in two of his last three games. The Bulls know they'll need Gibson in the playoffs and while we're not giving up on Mirotic after one off shooting night, he could struggle a bit down the stretch if the Bulls continue to give Gibson heavy minutes.
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • James Johnson shows up with red hair
    James Johnson played 23 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with 11 points, seven rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: In the non-basketball side of things, Johnson showed up with bright red hair tonight and may have made Dennis Rodman proud. He is not getting consistent minutes and played just 17.0 per game in his previous two, so the loss of Amir Johnson (ankle) isn't helping much.
    Wednesday, 7:03 pm
  • Jared Dudley will start for the Bucks
    Jared Dudley will start for the Bucks against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Interesting. Coach Jason Kidd just said he's looking for a change. Maybe he doesn't want to start Giannis Antetokounmpo against LeBron James or maybe it's something else. Regardless, Dudley is not a reliable option in fantasy leagues tonight.
    Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Otto Porter to bench w/ Paul Pierce starting
    Otto Porter will come off the Wizards' bench on Wednesday with Paul Pierce returning to the starting lineup.

    Advice: Porter played fairly well in three starts without Pierce, averaging 13.0 points, 1.3 triples, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals, but his role will be considerably reduced in a reserve role. Deploy him with caution, if at all, in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
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