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    • DeMarcus Cousins posts 29 & 14 w/ full line
      DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Lakers on Sunday, piling up 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks with two turnovers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: His weeks-long struggle with viral meningitis hasn't been evident since his return to action on Thursday, and tonight's line was a reminder of DMC's first-round fantasy value. The Kings recently fired coach Mike Malone, installing interim coach Ty Corbin in his stead, and they're involved in nearly every high-profile trade rumor in the NBA, but none of those distractions have detracted from Cousins' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:08 pm
    • Jordan Hill nearly double-doubles Sunday
      Jordan Hill nearly double-doubled vs. the Kings on Sunday, finishing with eight points, nine boards and one assist in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He recently recovered from an illness and was tasked with containing DeMarcus Cousins during Sunday's game, so he'll be better than this on most nights. Hill remains a must-own player moving forward, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat as long as he continues to see more than 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:07 pm
    • Chris Copeland picks up DNP-CD on Sunday
      Chris Copeland picked up another DNP-CD on Sunday.

      Advice: He was a hot commodity early in the season, as he served an ill-fitting role as a go-to offensive player, but his role has evaporated with the return of guys like David West, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:40 pm
    • Anthony Bennett (foot) scoreless vs. Pacers
      Anthony Bennett went scoreless with four rebounds in 13 minutes during Sunday's four-point loss to the Pacers.

      Advice: He's struggling with a painful blister beneath a callus on his foot, and the Wolves might opt to bench him for a while until he recovers. For now he remains an active part of Minnesota's rotation, but his lack of recent production makes him a non-entity in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:30 pm
    • Serge Ibaka's struggles continue on Sunday
      Serge Ibaka's struggles continued on Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, as he finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards in 38 minutes.

      Advice: Ibaka has been inconsistent this season and seems to have regressed somewhat, but his role has also been jostled by the presence or absence of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Ibaka was matched up against Anthony Davis during Sunday's disappointing game, and the buy-low window is still wide open after this showing. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:20 pm
    • Greg Monroe scores 16 pts in only 21 minutes
      Greg Monroe scored 16 points in only 21 minutes vs. the Nets during Sunday's road loss, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks without any turnovers or fouls.

      Advice: Scoring is rarely an issue for Monroe, who is averaging 14.6 points in under 30 minutes per game this season. His paltry defensive stats are another story, as he's chipping in just 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game, so it was nice to see him rack up a few steals and blocks tonight. He's a low-end option while stuck in a reserve role behind Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, and Monroe's owners can only hope for a mid-season trade which clears more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:06 pm
    • Shawne Williams gets defensive in Heat win
      Shawne Williams played well in 31 minutes as a starter on Sunday, scoring 11 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Josh McRoberts (knee surgery) is out indefinitely and could be done for the season, which makes Williams a great speculative pickup in 12-team leagues. His primary virtue is 3-point shooting, but he also shoots with solid percentages and racks up occasional defensive stats, as evidenced tonight. With minimal competition for playing time, it's hard to dislike his rest-of-season outlook. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:50 pm
    • Tobias Harris injures finger in loss to 76ers
      Tobias Harris injured his finger in Sunday's embarrassing defeat to the 76ers, finishing with 17 points, four boards, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He was spotted with a wrap on his right hand, and he is said to have hurt his pinkie. However, his finger can't be hurting as bad as his ego after that loss, and Harris acknowledged that his team needs to be much better. "People pay good money to bring their families to the games," Harris said. "And we’re not even putting on a good enough show for them." We will update Harris' status as needed moving forward, but the good news is that it doesn't appear serious enough to keep him out of action. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:35 pm
    • Kevin Seraphin plays well off bench Sunday
      Kevin Seraphin was terrific off the Wizards' bench on Sunday, finishing with 16 points, five boards and two blocks in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He got some extra run with Marcin Gortat struggling on the night, but this game was more than likely a fluke. Seraphin only gets around 15 minutes per game, so he would need an injury to Gortat before being worth a gamble in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:26 pm
    • Brandon Bass plays season-low five minutes
      Brandon Bass scored four points in a season-low five minutes vs. the Heat on Sunday, the Celtics' first game with newly-arrived big man Brandan Wright.

      Advice: There is a log-jam in Boston's frontcourt and it's not surprising to see Bass on the losing end of the rotation. His contract expires after the 2014-15 season and the Celtics aren't likely to use him much in a young frontcourt that features Wright, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:22 pm
    • Brandan Wright logs 13 minutes off C's bench
      Brandan Wright had six points on 3-of-5 shooting with three rebounds on Sunday, playing 13 minutes off the bench in his debut with the Boston Celtics.

      Advice: Wright has been among the league-leaders in FG percentage all season, largely because 75.8 percent of his shots have come within five feet of the basket. He'll be a viable fantasy big man if he carves out sufficient playing time, but that's not guaranteed in Boston's competitive frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:17 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic's 19 & 17 not enough vs. 76ers
      The Magic lost to the visiting 76ers on Sunday despite a big game from Nikola Vucevic, who scored 19 points with 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Vuc made 8-of-14 shots and turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes of action in the type of performance that has cemented him with top-40 fantasy value. The Magic are somehow just two games out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, giving them extra incentive to feed Vuc heavy minutes for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:54 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 17 points in win Sun
      Markieff Morris scored 17 points in a win over the Wizards on Sunday, but added just two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Apart from his scoring, this was quite a disappointing line from him considering he played 36 minutes. Morris has still been producing early-round value in standard leagues, but owners can expect a few bumps in the road along the way. Keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:41 pm
    • James Johnson puts up low-end line in start
      James Johnson didn't do much with his start on Sunday, putting up 10 points (5-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks over 24 minutes of action.

      Advice: Johnson isn't going to light up the scoring column, but his steady contribution of defensive stats, with some rebounds and assists makes him worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:42 pm
    • Kevin Love held to single digits again Sunday
      Kevin Love was held to single-digit points again on Sunday, making 4-of-9 field goals to score eight points in 35 minutes vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He's averaging 7.0 points over the past two games and was visibly frustrated tonight, as the Grizzlies both prevented him from establishing a post game and chased him off the 3-point line. Love's declining offense may prevent him from capturing a top-10 fantasy valuation this season, but he's still a top-30 option thanks to elite rebounding and across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:12 pm
    • Trevor Booker will not play Monday vs. MEM
      Trevor Booker had a minor outpatient procedure in Charlotte, and he will not suit up for Monday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Booker plays limited minutes off the bench in Utah, and is averaging just 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds, so his absence will go largely unnoticed in standard leagues. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter will likely pick up most of his minutes. He's not expected to be sidelined beyond Monday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:14 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Sunday vs. NO
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, and Perry Jones will draw the start.

      Advice: With Durant sidelined, expect Russell Westbrook to have another big game, and he'll make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Perry Jones and Reggie Jackson will also be asked to step up, however Jones didn't do much with his last start, so he'll be a risky option in dailies. We'll be considering Durant questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) probable for Monday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is being listed as probable for Monday's game vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: Noah has been listed as probable for the past two games, and was able to suit up for both of those outings, so we'd expect him to be available on Monday. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:58 pm
    • David Lee (hamstring) expects to play Monday
      David Lee (hamstring) went through a full practice on Sunday, and he believes he'll be able to play Monday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Head coach Steve Kerr said that he plans to bring Lee off the bench, and he'll be limited to 12-15 minutes in his return. However, with Andrew Bogut (knee) not expected back until January, it's possible Lee eventually slides into the starting lineup at the center spot, and he should be owned in all leagues for his double-double potential. Marreese Speights' value will take a hit upon Lee's return. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:47 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • James Johnson will start on Sunday vs. NY
      James Johnson will enter the starting lineup in place of Landry Fields (concussion) for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: James Johnson will spend most of the game defending Carmelo Anthony, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Greivis Vasquez will also likely see extended minutes off the bench, and he has a favorable matchup today vs. the Knicks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:57 am
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) could practice soon
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) had another strong workout during Sunday's shootaround, and Derek Fisher said he might be able to start practicing before Christmas.

      Advice: The Knicks don't have much depth up front, but given Bargnani's injury history and lackluster play over the past three years, there's not a lot to like here. He can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 am
       
      Injured
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) practices fully on Sunday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) was a full participant at practice on Sunday, and there is a good chance he plays on Monday.

      Advice: Gibson has had some tough luck with injuries this season but he is getting very close to a return. His status will likely be determined after shootaround on Monday and his owners will have to check back for official confirmation. If Gibson can't go, Nikola Mirotic will continue to see big minutes off of the bench and will be worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:55 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Kevin Durant's (ankle) status still unclear
      Kevin Durant's (ankle) status for Sunday's game is still uncertain, and coach Scott Brooks will make a decision about 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

      Advice: Durant's owners are just thankful that he has a shot to play in this one and that he didn't suffer a setback with his foot. Check back for official confirmation before deploying him in lineups, and expect Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones to pick up the slack if KD sits. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:46 am
       
      Injured
    • Hollis Thompson (illness) out on Sunday
      Hollis Thompson (illness) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

      Advice: He is dealing with an upper respiratory infection, but he should be fine with a little rest. K.J. McDaniels is the biggest beneficiary of this news, and makes for an intriguing plug-and-play option for his ability to block shots and shoot 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:05 am
       
      Injured
    • Brandan Wright expected to play Sunday
      Brandan Wright will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

      Advice: It will be interesting to see how coach Brad Stevens uses Wright considering how crowded the frontcourt is at the moment. However, Wright is one of the most efficient players in the league and has too much talent to not see playing time with the Celtics. Owners in deeper leagues would be wise to take a gamble here, while owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:24 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) to be re-evaluated Mon
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is getting closer to a return, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday.

      Advice: There is a big opportunity for playing time now that Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season, so he makes sense as a speculative add. We will update his status as soon as we know more, and we will consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 with eight dimes
      Blake Griffin handed out eight assists against the Bucks during a 106-102 win on Saturday, scoring 24 points with six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: The assists have been the story lately with 6.4 per game over his last five to go with averages of 23.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 steals. Griffin is posting career highs in usage rate and assist percentage while turning in a career low in turnover percentage. He's not just a freak athlete anymore. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:58 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores four in awful game
      Kenneth Faried had one of his worst games of the season on Saturday against the Pacers, making 2-of-10 from the field with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He had a couple solid games before tonight and maybe the second half of a back-to-back got to him. Darrell Arthur (leg) could miss time, so Faried may get a bigger chance to redeem himself from a slow start. His owners can't be happy with him, but they just have to hang in there. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:46 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: It would be a shock to see him sit out based on how terrific he looked in his return on Thursday. Cousins refused to take a minutes limit and played 33 minutes, so he'll probably be around 35-37. He's going to have a late supper and eat big time. Start him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:57 pm
    • David Lee (hamstring) back at practice Sat.
      David Lee (hamstring) practiced on Saturday but won't discuss how he felt until Sunday.

      Advice: Lee had post-practice "maintenance" and remains day-to-day with an expected return date next week, but he's likely to be eased slowly into the rotation off the bench. With Lee struggling to stay healthy and Draymond Green playing well as a starter, nobody should expect immediate value from Lee upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:57 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) iffy to return Sunday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has not been officially ruled out of Sunday's game, according to beat writer Anthony Slater.

      Advice: A Pelicans writer previously reported that Durant had been ruled out, but it sounds as though he's closer to questionable. Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones would gain the most if Durant misses another game, but owners should check back for the latest after OKC's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:15 pm
       
      Injured
    • Markieff Morris scores 19 points
      Markieff Morris scored 19 points with five rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He bounced back from his Wednesday ejection nicely. Markieff scored 12 points in the third quarter and played down the stretch with the three-point guard lineup. He does have some bad games, but he's still producing early-round value in standard leagues. He'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:03 pm
    • Kevin Durant listed as out for Sunday vs. NO
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.

      Advice: This is a little bit of a surprise considering he was ruled out until a few hours before on Friday. Still, Durant's injury was scary and the Thunder are still going to have Russell Westbrook. Reggie Jackson will likely benefit most while the rest of the wing guys just help out. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:09 am
       
      Injured
    • Jordan Hill (flu) grabs just two rebounds
      Jordan Hill (illness) played 21 minutes on Friday against the Thunder, but managed just 10 points with two rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Hill has played well enough to be in many lineups this season, but owners may want to get him on the bench until he gets fully on track. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:36 pm
    • Faried goes for 14 and seven in 28 minutes
      Kenneth Faried scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Nuggets' 109-106 win over the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: Faried is coming off an 11 & 11 game on Wednesday and though he hasn't been anywhere near as advertised this is a small step forward. He's not a must-start player, but he should remain owned and is a buy low target though at some point we have to put an expiration date on that. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:24 pm
    • Griffin scores 32, hits 14-of-18 free throws
      Blake Griffin scored 32 points on 9-of-20 shooting (14-of-18 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin's general performance has improved over the last few weeks but his low rebounding totals have kept him from truly capitalizing on the momentum in fantasy leagues. Hopefully for owners this signals the beginning of a comeback in that regard. Chris Paul went for 17 and 15 with three steals and DeAndre Jordan posted 11 and 14 with three steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Shawne Williams hits two threes for eight pts
      Shawne Williams hit two 3-pointers in Friday's 105-103 loss to the Wizards, finishing with just eight points and three rebounds in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Williams has all of the opportunity in the world with Chris Bosh (calf) out indefinitely and Josh McRoberts (knee) starting down a season-ender. He hasn't done anything with it so far but it wouldn't be surprising if he got hot so keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:38 pm
    • Bang the Drummond: James Johnson throws 1 down
      James Johnson had one of the best dunks of the year on Andre Drummond on Friday, finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: "That was nasty, right? I cocked that joint back and banged on him," Johnson said. Yes, James. Yes it was. Johnson also picked up some playing time and could see more action with Landry Fields (head) getting hurt. He hasn't seen much playing time, but his upside makes him worth watching. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:48 pm
    • Harris scores 24 points in home loss to Jazz
      Tobias Harris scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Magic's 101-94 loss to the Jazz on Friday.

      Advice: Harris has been a top-20 play this season and emerged as the Magic's go-to guy. If Orlando thinks they're going to keep him on the cheap this summer they're nuts if he's relatively healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:57 pm
    • Jordan Hill officially starting
      Jordan Hill is starting against the Thunder.

      Advice: He is on a minutes limit tonight, so there might be a few more minutes of Robert Sacre. Hill is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:34 pm
    • Shawne Williams will start Friday vs. WAS
      Shawne Williams will start Friday vs. the Wizards, sending Justin Hamilton to the bench.

      Advice: Williams has been struggling lately, but he's a more effective player than Justin Hamilton and it'll be interesting to see how he fares returning to the starting unit. Chris Bosh (calf) is without a timetable to return, and Josh McRoberts (knee) could be done for the season, so the opportunity is there for Williams. He's worth a speculative add, but he has a tough matchup tonight vs. Washington. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:16 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Friday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

      Advice: The Bulls have the deepest frontcourt in the NBA, so there is no need to bring Taj back too soon. He is close to a return and traveled with the team, but his owners should consider him questionable to play next week. Pau Gasol went off on Thursday while Nikola Mirotic was also superb. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:33 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Friday vs. Lakers
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: OKC really didn't need him for a game against one of the bottom-tier teams in the Western Conference, and Russell Westbrook will be primed for a big game tonight. Perry Jones will likely slide into the starting lineup, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Durant will be re-evaluated on Saturday to determine his availability for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jordan Hill expected to start with minutes limit
      Jordan Hill (illness) is expected to start against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is expected to have a limitation on his minutes. Hill has been sick for the past two days and was not at shootaround. His owners will want to check back and may want to consider him benching him considering this is a late game. If he's out, Robert Sacre will likely pick up his minutes while Ed Davis may also play a little more. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:22 am
    • Brandan Wright inactive Friday vs. Minnesota
      Brandan Wright will be inactive for Friday's game vs. Minnesota.

      Advice: Tyler Zeller's starting spot is safe for now, but it'll be interesting to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop with Zeller, Wright, and Kelly Olynyk all vying for minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:46 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) probable Friday vs. MEM
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is probable to play Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: The Bulls sure could use him going up against Memphis, and owners can probably feel comfortable plugging him into their lineups. We'll let you know if anything changes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:33 am
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) questionable for Friday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Gibson is likely headed for another game-time decision in what will be a difficult matchup going up against an imposing Memphis frontcourt. If he's unable to go, expect Nikola Mirotic to get most of his reserve minutes, but know that a matchup vs. the Grizzlies is not ideal for daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:28 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) a game-time decision Fri
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: OKC doesn’t necessarily need Durant for a game vs. the Lakers, so that is something that should be considered. If he's unable to go, Perry Jones would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he'd make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so stay tuned for more updates as we draw closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:37 am
       
      Injured
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) close to practicing
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) went through a full shooting workout before Thursday's game vs. Chicago, and Derek Fisher said he's getting close to practicing.

      Advice: Until Bargnani can actually step foot on the court, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. The Knicks have been devastated by injuries, so he could have some opportunity upon his eventual return, but that doesn't necessarily mean much for the constantly injured and disappointing Italian. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:54 am
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins refuses minutes restriction
      DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:26 am
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) questionable for Friday
      Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said late Thursday night that while Kevin Durant is dealing with just a minor ankle sprain, he's unsure of his status for Friday vs. the Lakers "and beyond."

      Advice: X-rays on Durant's foot came back clean, but the "and beyond" part of that quote is concerning. The Thunder find themselves in a bit of a conundrum here, in that they need Durant to play to give the team a chance to compete for a playoff spot in the West, while there's also a need to handle their superstar with extreme care. Stay tuned for more updates, but if Durant is held out of Friday's game vs. the Lakers, Russell Westbrook will be primed for an explosion, while Perry Jones would be worth a spot-start. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:17 am
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins returned to action on Thursday December 18. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:58 pm
    • Kevin Durant hopes to play Friday vs. Lakers
      Kevin Durant (ankle) hopes to play against the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: "It was the foot I had surgery," Durant said. "I wanted to play, I wanted to go back out there, but they just wanted to be cautious." He left the arena without crutches, without a walking boot, and only had a minor limp, so everything suggests he's not going to miss much time. Of course, there is always the concern of swelling, so his owners will want to check back. Additionally, KD became the first player since the NBA-ABA merger to score 30 points in under 20 minutes, per Elias Sports Bureau. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:54 pm
       
      Injured
    • Boogie's Back: DeMarcus Cousins drops 27
      DeMarcus Cousins returned to action during a 108-107 loss to the Bucks on Thursday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Well, so much for the minutes cap. Cousins was outstanding on the offensive end, making 8-of-12 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line. He wasn't thrilled about the firing of coach Mike Malone and tonight he had a long talk with new coach Ty Corbin. As long as he's avoiding ejections, Cousins is going to be one of the best big men in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:09 pm
    • Kevin Durant has mild right ankle sprain
      Kevin Durant suffered a mild right ankle sprain on Thursday and will not return.

      Advice: This is good news. X-rays were negative, so he didn't suffer a re-fracture. He is likely going to be day-to-day and may have a shot to play on Friday against the Lakers. He had 30 points in the first half and looked absolutely fantastic. Perry Jones would benefit should KD not be ready. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:16 pm
       
      Injured
    • Joakim Noah plays 34 minutes
      Joakim Noah played 34 minutes against the Knicks during a 103-97 win on Thursday, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with 13 rebounds, three assists and one block.

      Advice: He had six offensive rebounds and also had the biggest rebound of the game to help close out the win. Noah has dealt with knee soreness and ankle issues for much of the season, so the durability is somewhat troubling. Plus, most of his other numbers are down, so he's not even close to being as valuable in fantasy as he was last season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:56 pm
    • Kevin Durant (foot/ankle) leaves game
      Kevin Durant suffered an apparent foot or ankle injury at the end of the second quarter on Thursday.

      Advice: It's to the same foot that cost him time to start the year, so this is certainly going to make all of us hold our breath. Durant was remarkably durable before this injury, but there have been about 25 percent of foot fracture patients having a recurring issue. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • Taj Gibson is traveling to Memphis for Friday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) is traveling with the team for Friday's game in Memphis.

      Advice: He missed Thursday after warmups didn't go well, so he has a good chance to play on Friday. The Bulls have plenty of depth in their frontcourt, so there's little reason to play Gibson at less than 100 percent. He is likely looking at a game-time decision in a bad matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:34 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • David Lee is expected to return next week
      David Lee (hamstring) is expected to return next week.

      Advice: The Warriors won't be in a rush to bring him back after he's already aggravated his strain in his first game back. Draymond Green Wally Pipp'd him already, so Lee is not going to get minutes over 26 or so. He's worth a stash and perhaps someone in your league thinks he'll be the same player he was last year. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:05 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • DeMarcus Cousins will start with minutes limit
      DeMarcus Cousins will start against the Bucks on Thursday with a minutes limit.

      Advice: He's been out since November and his conditioning probably is not up to speed just yet. Cousins is one of the best offensive big men in the NBA while he's pulling down 12.6 boards and adding 1.5 blocks per game. Even with 20 minutes tonight, his owners should still have him in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:23 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Thursday
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Bulls should not need him tonight. Gibson suffered a new injury to his ankle this week, so this is not soreness. Gibson did go through warmups and he's usually pretty tough, so he should be considered a littler closer to probable for Friday. Nikola Mirotic will pick up some extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:19 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Andrea Bargnani gets shots up Thursday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, talent) was getting shots up before Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: The Knicks are completely gutted on their roster, but they're still not going to rush him back. Their front office is probably counting down the days to get him off their books. Bargnani is not worth stashing in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) will play Thursday vs. NY
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will play Thursday vs. the Knicks, as expected.

      Advice: Get him in your lineups for what is a favorable matchup vs. the Knicks. With Derrick Rose (illness) unavailable for this one, Noah will be asked to do a bit more on offense, and he makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:32 pm
    • Taj Gibson (ankle) a game-time decision Thurs
      Taj Gibson (ankle) will warm up and see how he feels before deciding his status for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: If Gibson is unable to play, Nikola Mirotic will soak up his minutes, although he's been struggling lately so he's a risky option in daily leagues. Joakim Noah will get all the minutes he can handle if Gibson can't go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:29 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Brandan Wright headed to BOS in Rondo deal
      Brandan Wright will be sent to Boston as part of the trade for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright will enter a very crowded frontcourt in Boston, and he'll be fighting for minutes with the likes of Tyler Zeller (current starter), Kelly Olynyk, and Brandon Bass. It'll be interesting to watch Boston's rotations develop, but Wright makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:08 pm
    • Anthony Bennett dealing w/ painful blister
      Anthony Bennett was limited to just four minutes during Wednesday's game because he is dealing with a painful blister under a callus on his foot.

      Advice: Bennett was limited during Thursday's practice, and while he hasn't been listed on the injury report yet, we'll consider him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:44 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable Thursday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins' return would send Reggie Evans back to the bench, and Jason Thompson's value would take a hit. All signs are pointing towards Cousins giving it a go on Thursday, and he's obviously a must-start option when in uniform. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:56 pm
    • Jordan Hill (illness) probable for Friday
      Jordan Hill (upper respiratory infection) did not practice on Thursday, but he is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: This is Hill's second consecutive missed practice, but he doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of missing Friday's game. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip, and if he's unable to go, Robert Sacre, Ed Davis, and Carlos Boozer will help fill the void. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:24 pm
    • Joakim Noah expected to play Thurs vs NYK
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is expected to play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: Noah was a participant in shootaround and is expected to be available when the Bulls take on the Knicks Thursday night. Noah's owners can feel free to plug him back into their starting lineups, while Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will see their fantasy value take a hit upon Noah's return. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:18 am
    • Markieff Morris lets emotions get best of him
      Markieff Morris said his ejection during Wednesday's win over the Hornets stemmed from his emotions getting the best of him.

      Advice: Of his ejection that occurred in the second half after two technical fouls that were two minutes and 33 seconds apart, Morris said, "I let my emotions get the best of me, which wasn't right." Morris shouldn't face suspension for his ejection and was still able to score 13 points with eight rebounds and one 3-pointer, so there will be better days to come for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:46 am
    • Kenneth Faried double-doubles
      Kenneth Faried started on Wednesday against the Rockets with 11 points, 11 boards, two assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He fouled out and had an egregious turnover at the end of regulation, so it wasn't all good. Even before his ankle injury, Faried was in coach Brian Shaw's doghouse, which is nothing new in his second season with the coach. He worked his way out of the doghouse last season and erupted as one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Fantasy owners should try to buy low before he turns in a huge game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:55 pm
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Shawne Williams plays 29 minutes in loss
      Shawne Williams came off the bench on Wednesday, hitting 2-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes.

      Advice: The minutes were great, as he played just 19 of them on Tuesday. He's struggled recently, but with Chris Bosh out indefinitely and Josh McRoberts likely out for the season, Williams still has a chance to make some noise in Miami. Just keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:05 pm
    • Greg Monroe disappears in loss to Mavs
      Greg Monroe hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points and five rebounds in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Andre Drummond was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and both Monroe and Josh Smith paid the price. Monroe had scored between 12 and 29 points in each of his previous six games, so we're just going to call this an off night for the big man. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:56 pm
    • Report: Brandan Wright in trade talks to BOS
      Multiple sources are reporting that the Mavs and Celtics are having serious discussions about a trade that would include Brandan Wright going to Boston for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright had 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Magic, but it's hard to say what would happen to his fantasy value if he goes to Boston. Tyler Zeller is starting, Kelly Olynyk is playing at a high level and Jared Sullinger can also play center. In other words, a move to Boston may not be a bad thing for Wright, but we doubt it makes him a must-own player, either, as long as the aforementioned bigs remain in Beantown. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Brandon Bass scores 18 points in 22 minutes
      Brandon Bass came off the bench to hit 6-of-10 shots for 18 points and two rebounds in 22 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Bass is averaging 13.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over his last five games, but all that really means is his eating from Jared Sullinger's bucket. Sully was better tonight with 16 points, but played just 24 minutes, in part because Bass has been playing so well. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:17 pm
    • Kevin Love double-doubles despite illness
      Kevin Love, playing through an illness, hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's ugly home loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: This was a far cry from Monday's 22 & 18 line for Love, but at least he played through the illness. The Cavaliers were dominated all night and finally ended up losing by 29 points to a Hawks team missing Jeff Teague. Hopefully, Love's sickness is in the past and he'll be ready for their next game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:03 pm
    • Markieff Morris tossed for 2 technical fouls
      Markieff Morris was ejected for two technical fouls against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He started slow, but had it going as he was ejected for arguing with a ref. Morris finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and one 3-pointer on 6-of-10 from the field. He won't be suspended and hopefully he keeps his temper in check against the Knicks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:50 pm
    • David Lee, Andrew Bogut out for Thursday
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Thunder.

      Advice: There is still no timetable for a return on Lee and the Warriors are in no rush to bring him back. He took part in some 3-on-3 at practice last week, but the team is unlikely to give him regular minutes until 2015. He's a low-upside stash in standard leagues. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are good to go. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:28 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Kevin Love (illness) will play Wednesday
      Kevin Love (illness) will play in Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: This is excellent news for the Cavaliers, as Love was in serious danger of missing this one after not participating in the morning shootaround due to flu-like symptoms. Owners will want to activate Love in all lineups, even if he is at less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:21 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins practices, plans to play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) practiced on Wednesday and plans to play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Kings will likely make a decision following shootaround on Thursday. Cousins has been out for over three weeks with viral meningitis and the Kings could limit him in his first game back, especially since his conditioning is not likely where it should be. His owners will want to check back tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:26 pm
    • Jordan Hill (illness) misses practice on Wed
      Jordan Hill (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Lakers are off until Friday, so Hill should be ready to go. He's been able to stay healthy this season despite the massive increase to 30.1 minutes per game. If for some reason he's not ready to play, the Lakers will have to come up with a patchwork group of Robert Sacre, Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer to help out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:32 pm
    • Pistons asked for Teague and Korver?
      The Pistons reportedly wanted Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver in exchange for Greg Monroe.

      Advice: The Pistons need help from beyond the arc and have some major issues at point guard, so it makes sense they would like to make this move. Of course, the Hawks already have a pretty good power forward and center combo, so there's really no way they'd agree to this. The Pistons will have to drop their asking price quite a bit here. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:30 pm
    • Taj Gibson listed as questionable for Thurs.
      Taj Gibson (right ankle) is listed as questionable to play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: It's apparently a new injury for Taj, so he could wind up missing this game. Gibson was very active on the glass in the past few games without Joakim Noah, but he'll move to the bench on Thursday. He is still worth owning in standard leagues. If he's out, Nikola Mirotic will have an uptick in value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:02 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Joakim Noah says he'll play on Thursday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) said he will play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: It's the Bulls, so he's not a complete lock to play. Noah has been held out of the lineup for the past four games, but he did go through practice. Upon his return, Taj Gibson will lose some minutes while Nikola Mirotic will also lose some playing time -- he's struggled lately. Noah's owners can pencil him in for their lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:41 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) expects to play Thursday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) fully expects to play against the Knicks on Thursday if all goes well.

      Advice: He practiced fully on Wednesday and as long as he is feeling up for it he will play against the Knicks. Noah has missed the last four games, but owners can finally expect to have him back and would be wise to get him in their lineups. Taj Gibson would likely slide back to the bench with this news and Nikola Mirotic could potentially fall out of the rotation. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:01 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (out) for Wednesday's game
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is out for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: He is not expected to play on the current road trip, so the next chance he would have to play would be on Dec. 23 vs. Charlotte. Jabari Parker (knee) was ruled out for the rest of the season, so Ilyasova could see a bump in his minutes upon his return. He will have to string together a few good games before being considered in standard leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Love (illness) is game-time decision
      Kevin Love (illness) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to participate in the morning shootaround, so owners will have to check back prior to tip-off for the official word. If Love can't go, Tristan Thompson would likely play all the minutes he could handle and would be worth a look in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:50 am
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will start Wednesday
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) will start for the Nuggets on Wednesday after practicing in full on Tuesday.

      Advice: He has had some tough luck with injuries over the past two weeks, but he will look to put that behind him in a key matchup against Houston. Faried has been in a slump since the beginning of the season, but he is loaded with talent and should turn it around soon. The buy-low window is wide open, so now may be your chance to snag him in a trade. J.J. Hickson will return to the bench with this news, and owners in standard leagues can think about moving on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:49 am
    • Serge Ibaka has season-high seven blocks
      Serge Ibaka had a season-high seven blocks on Tuesday vs. the Kings, adding nine points, six boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: The blocks were great, but the rest of the line was rather boring and there is no question that he has really struggled rebounding the ball this season. Ibaka should break out of his slump soon, and owners will have no choice but to be patient with him. He is still a must-start player, though. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:19 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will play Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Kenneth Faried (ankle) will return to the starting lineup on Wednesday as the Nuggets take on the Rockets.

      Advice: J.J. Hickson will head back to the bench upon Faried's return, and he can be cut in standard leagues. Faried hasn't been living up to his potential this season, but there are still a lot of games left, and he tends to be a second-half player. The buy-low window remains open. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:19 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) returns to practice
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) returned to practice on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is a good sign for Faried possibly being able to return to the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets after sitting out on Sunday. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so stay tuned for more updates as we near Wednesday's tip. If Faried returns, J.J. Hickson will head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:34 pm
    • Greg Monroe denies trade request
      Greg Monroe denied asking the Pistons for a trade and said that he would never initiate trade talks.

      Advice: Responding to a report that said he has asked the Pistons for a trade, Monroe said there is no truth to those rumors. "If they feel the need to come to me, obviously, I would have to have that discussion," he said. "But that discussion would have to be initiated by them. It would never be initiated by me." We'll see if there's fire to go with this smoke soon enough, but Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler would be the fantasy beneficiaries if a trade does go down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:22 am
    • Blake Griffin posts 18-7-7 line in blowout
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Griffin has rehabilitated his season-long value into the top 50-60 range and he's been a solid top-30 play over the last two weeks. It wouldn't be surprising if he continues along that trajectory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:00 am
    • Johnson posts balanced line on Monday
      James Johnson scored eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Johnson has returned late-round value while DeMar DeRozan has been out and this line only strengthens that case. Just know he'll struggle to hang on whenever DeRozan returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:26 pm
    • Cousins could play on Thursday vs. Bucks
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) could play on Thursday against the Bucks, but his minutes would be limited.

      Advice: Cousins is in the middle of a storm right now and it will be extremely interesting to watch how he reacts as chess pieces appear to be moving wildly around him without his input. To his credit, he has taken the high road while expressing his displeasure with the situation, and if he keeps his head down and plays hard he'll probably come out of this situation smelling better than most. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:52 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 25 points vs. Bucks
      Markieff Morris made 9-of-13 from the field for 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and six turnovers against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: He had an awful game against the Thunder due to foul trouble and bounced back nicely in 37 minutes. Morris has seen his fouls go up recently, but it's still not enough to be alarmed. He's posting top-30 total value on the season and there's no reason to think he won't be in that neighborhood at season's end. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:17 pm
    • Turn back the clock: Love posts 22-18-5-4-4
      Kevin Love scored 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including four threes) with a season-high 18 rebounds, five assists and four steals in Monday's win over the Bobcats.

      Advice: Don't look now but Love is a top 25-30 value and trending upward. The buy low window slams with the output. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:27 pm
    • Taj Gibson turns in a nice game in loss
      Taj Gibson made 7-of-11 from the field for 15 points against the Hawks on Monday with 17 boards, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He was very busy in the low post on both ends for the Bulls. Gibson is likely looking at another start with Joakim Noah (ankle) still on the mend. In his previous eight starts, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.6 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in 35.3 minutes. He's a must-start player until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:22 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Tor
    • Cousins (virus) out on Tuesday vs. Thunder
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) will not play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Cousins is saying all the right things about the Mike Malone departure, but he hasn't made his dissatisfaction completely unknown, so it's going to be interesting to see how things progress in new owner Vivek Ranadive's laboratory. As for his absence, plugged-in sports producer Sean Cunningham gave a pure guess on Sunday against the Lakers for a return. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:25 pm
    • Joakim Noah will not play on Monday night
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Monday.

      Advice: He was doubtful for this one and had almost no chance to play. Noah could miss more time and the Bulls are not going to rush him back considering they have such great depth behind him. Taj Gibson will start and is a must-start play while Nikola Mirotic will also get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:01 pm
    • Pistons asking for a 1st-round pick on Monroe
      The Pistons are reportedly asking for a first-round pick in exchange for Greg Monroe.

      Advice: It's pretty clear that the Pistons are not going to bring him back after he signed a qualifying offer over the summer. The Pistons are also one of the worst teams in the NBA with a 13-game losing streak being snapped last week -- they're on a two-game winning streak now. If Monroe is dealt, Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler would benefit most. Monroe would likely lose value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:51 pm
    • David Lee, Bogut ruled out for Tuesday night
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: Lee's hamstring is going to need to go through some rigorous testing because the Warriors do not even need him with of Draymond Green playing like an All-Star. He is probably worth stashing in most leagues, but his upside isn't really going to be a top-80 player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:29 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • T. Harris credits extra work for development
      Tobias Harris credited extra work in the gym for his development this season.

      Advice: "I think that just comes from the endless hours in the gym when nobody's watching and getting those repetitions and getting those shots up," Harris said. With career-highs in almost every statistic, Harris' breakout is upon us. He's averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and a triple on 47.1 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:14 am
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) doubtful to play Monday
      Joakim Noah (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: We would be shocked if Noah played. Without him, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will all see more playing time. The Bulls are also playing the second of a back-to-back, so that's something to consider when filling out lineups in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 am
    • Magic feeding Nikola Vucevic in the post
      Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said the Magic are feeding Nikola Vucevic in the post more than ever.

      Advice: "We’ve thrown him the ball more often than we ever have in the past," Vaughn said. "His ability to post up for us, even command double teams, has been very good." His usage rate has skyrocketed, and after signing a 4-year, $53 million extension with the Magic, he's looking like the key cog in Orlando's rebuild. Follow the link below for an excellent feature on Vucevic's journey to the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:04 am
    • Andrea Bargnani's return a complete mystery
      Andrea Bargnani's (calf) return is a complete mystery.

      Advice: "Until he practices, I can’t say what I expect,’’ Derek Fisher said. "When he’s at practices and he’s out there, that’s when it will be. It isn’t a situation where we’re counting the days. He is progressing but we saw what happened last time." Bargs has been out all year, and there is no timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:49 am
       
      Injured
    • Serge Ibaka's slump continues
      Serge Ibaka stayed cold on Sunday with 12 points, four rebounds and no blocks in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: He got into some foul trouble and then the Thunder ran away with the game. He had zero rebounds last Thursday before fouling out and is mired in a slump, averaging 12.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over his last five games. He's had five or fewer rebounds in four of his last five games, but owners have to keep running him out there and hope that he'll break out of the funk sooner than later. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:52 am
    • Trevor Booker OK after minor ankle injury
      Trevor Booker tweaked his ankle during Sunday's game but quickly returned to finish with eight points, nine rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Booker hadn't played more than 20 minutes in Utah's past five games and isn't worth deploying in standard fantasy leagues even if Derrick Favors (ankle) misses more games. He shot just 3-of-7 from the field tonight and a putrid 2-of-6 at the FT line, which undermines his otherwise solid performance. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:37 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mem
    • Markieff Morris scores four points in loss
      Markieff Morris scored just four points in Sunday's loss to the Thunder, adding one rebound in 10 minutes.

      Advice: It was by far his worst game of the season, and the low minutes occurred due to the fact that he had five fouls in 10 minutes. Morris' owners should give him a break after this dud, as he has managed to post early-round value in what has been his breakout season. Expect him to bounce back against the Bucks on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:04 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) out Sunday vs. Spurs
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Faried injured his ankle during Saturday's game against the Rockets, and though he was able to return to that game, his ankle is too sore to give it a go today. J.J. Hickson, Jusuf Nurkic, and Darrell Arthur will all benefit with Faried sidelined, with Hickson and Arthur offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 3:44 pm
    • Joakim Noah (ankle) out Sunday vs. Miami
      Joakim Noah (ankle) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

      Advice: Taj Gibson, Pau Gasol, and Nikola Mirotic will all see an uptick in value with Noah sidelined, and make for quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues against a depleted Miami frontcourt. Plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 1:46 pm
    • Greg Monroe comes off the bench on Sat.
      Greg Monroe came off the bench on Saturday with 24 points, eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 32 minutes.

      Advice: It doesn't really matter if he's coming off the bench or starting. In fact, Monroe has higher averages in points, boards and steals while coming off the bench. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:45 pm
    • Kenneth Faried returns from an ankle issue
      Kenneth Faried returned from an in-game ankle injury on Saturday against the Rockets, finishing with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He's easily the most frustrating player to own this season. Faried is the No. 164 player based on per-game value in standard leagues and his numbers are actually trending down. The Nuggets paid him big bucks and they kept him in the doghouse in December last year as well, so there is still hope for him to turn it around. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:49 pm
    • Hollis Thompson scores 21 points in 31 mins
      Holls Thompson scored 21 points on 7-of-8 from the field in 41 minutes on Saturday with four rebounds, three steals and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: That's good for an effective field goal percentage of 118.8. Thompson has been fairly quiet this season and has given up some minutes to rookie K.J. McDaniels (ankle), but made the most of his playing time tonight. McDaniels won't be out long, so Thompson isn't a great pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:14 pm
       
      Injured
    • Tobias Harris wins game at buzzer, scores 20
      Tobias Harris hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer to give the Magic a 100-99 win over the Hawks on Saturday, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

      Advice: It was a terrific showing fro Tobias and the return of Nikola Vucevic did not hurt him at all. The Magic have gained a lot of confidence in him as a small forward and his one-dribble drives have been a huge weapon for him. Harris has been a top-40 player and seems like a strong bet to stay near the top 50. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:10 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic goes for 18 and 11 in return
      Nikola Vucevic returned from a six-game absence on Saturday against the Hawks, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and one block in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He picked up right where he left off. Vucevic said he didn't expect to see a drop in his conditioning and that held up as a true statement. He'll get a day off before heading to Toronto on Monday. Make sure he's in your lineup in weekly leagues with his four-game slate. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:09 pm
    • Kenneth Faried returns to game on Saturday
      Kenneth Faried left Saturday's game against Houston and has since returned to the game.

      Advice: He took a hard foul by Joey Dorsey and struggled to get back on his feet. Faried was clearly in pain and it should be noted that he just recently missed two games with a lower back strain. We will monitor this situation closely but it appears that Faried dodged a bullet here. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:02 pm
    • Greg Monroe shifts back to bench on Saturday
      Greg Monroe is shifting back to the bench for Saturday's game against the Kings, and Kyle Singler will replace him.

      Advice: Coach Stan Van Gundy has shuffled his lineups all season, so owners should know by now that this isn't a permanent move. Monroe will get his minutes no matter what and is still a must-own player, while Singler is only an option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 5:53 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic (back) will start on Saturday
      Nikola Vuecvic (back) will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: "We'll see how many minutes he plays," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I'll gauge and see what he looks like out there." Kyle O'Quinn has been solid in the starting lineup, but he's likely going to lose a ton of minutes even though he does play next to Vucevic on occasion. Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo will also lose some shots. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 2:21 pm
    • David Lee ruled out for Sunday vs. Pelicans
      David Lee (hamstring) will not play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

      Advice: Needless to say, the Warriors don't need him at all. Draymond Green has won the job and won't be giving it back once Lee is healthy. Basically their entire team is clicking and with Lee being a liability on defense, it's hard to tell where he'll get his minutes. His owners shouldn't have very high hopes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:58 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Kenneth Faried to come off bench again Sat
      Kenneth Faried will come off of the bench again on Saturday, though coach Brain Shaw stressed that the move was not permanent.

      Advice: J.J. Hickson will draw another start, but it is at least somewhat encouraging that coach Shaw said it wasn't permanent. Faried is loaded with upside and it is only a matter of time before he gets it going, so the buy-low window could be gone before you know it. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 10:49 am
    • David Lee (hamstring) out again Saturday
      David Lee (hamstring) will miss Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: Though he is making progress, we have been hearing the same news for weeks and owners have got to be growing impatient by now. Lee has a chance to return next week, but we should have another update shortly. He will likely be eased into action once he does return, and there is simply no way he will replace Draymond Green in the starting lineup given how well the Warriors have performed. Still, Lee should be owned in all leagues for his double-double potential, but expectations should be tempered. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 6:46 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Johnson scores 13 points in 15 minutes
      James Johnson scored 13 points in 15 minutes on Friday, hitting 6-of-9 shots (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: Johnson hasn't exactly been a world beater over the last two weeks but he's a top 100-125 play over that span (9/8 cat), averaging 9.9 points with 4.4 boards, 59.3 percent field goals and 2.1 combined threes, steals and blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:11 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic expected back for Saturday
      Nikola Vucevic (back) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday against the Hawks.

      Advice: He's been out for six games and the Magic will likely toss him back in the starting lineup. Vucevic was putting up early-round value and hopefully all this time off has put the injury behind him. Kyle O'Quinn will lose some value while Channing Frye and Tobias Harris may be affected negatively. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:59 pm
    • Blake Griffin finally has a down game
      Blake Griffin was held in check against the Wizards on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He averaged 24.3 points per game over his previous 10, including a 45-point night on Monday. Griffin was just 6-of-13 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line tonight, so this was one of his lowest usage rates of the season. He'll be fine and will likely torch the Bucks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:13 pm
    • Greg Monroe starting on Friday night
      Greg Monroe is starting in place of Kyle Singler on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Stan Van Gundy can't get out of his own way with lineups, so he's trying the big group against the Suns. Monroe puts up solid numbers no matter what his role is. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 6:08 pm
    • Chris Copeland headed to the bench on Friday
      C.J. Miles will replace Chris Copeland in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: This news isn't necessarily bad for Copeland as he was much more effective in the second unit. Through 10 games as a reserve this year, Copeland has averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers, and 2.1 assists per game. Miles is coming off a 30-point game from Wednesday, and he'll look to continue his strong play vs. the Raptors, though he rarely is able to string good games together. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:20 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic out again for Friday night
      Nikola Vucevic (back) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

      Advice: It'll be his sixth game out, which is hard to believe because this injury came out of nowhere last week. Kyle O'Quinn will get another start and will have his hands full with Al Horford. He's worth a look tonight. Vucevic owners can only hope he'll be ready for next week. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:02 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova not traveling for road trip
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is not going to travel with the Bucks for their four-game road trip.

      Advice: "I've broken my nose several times in the past eight years, and so far this is one of the worst ones," Ilyasova said. "I had a couple fractures, some of the new and old ones." That means he's out until Dec. 23 with his broken nose. Expect to see more Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zaza Pachulia. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 1:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Ersan Ilyasova (face) limited to conditioning
      Ersan Ilyasova (face) has not yet been cleared to return to practice, but he will be re-evaluated on Monday.

      Advice: Ersan has been limited to doing light conditioning work, and given the fact he hasn’t been cleared for practice, it's looking pretty safe to assume he won't be able to go on Saturday vs. the Clippers. With Ilyasova sidelined, Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo will continue to log heavy minutes for the Bucks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 11:06 am
       
      Injured
    • David Lee (hamstring) out Saturday vs. Dallas
      David Lee (hamstring) will not suit up for Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks.

      Advice: Lee is making progress, but his timetable to return keeps getting pushed back. He'll likely play limited minutes off the bench upon his return, and given the Warriors superb play so far this season, it's unlikely he'll replace Draymond Green in the starting lineup anytime soon, if at all. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:57 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm vs Sac
    • Nikola Vucevic says back feeling better
      Nikola Vucevic said his back continues to feel better, but his status for Friday's game vs. the Hawks remains uncertain.

      Advice: The Magic continue to list Vucevic as day-to-day, so we'll be monitoring his status closely. He's likely headed for another game-time decision, but if he's unable to go, Kyle O'Quinn will be set to log heavy minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:06 am
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