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    • Nikola Mirotic (left shoulder) is probable
      Nikola Mirotic (left shoulder) is probable to play against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: He almost has to play given how thin the Bulls are and a probable tag basically means he's a near lock to play. The vast majority of his minutes came at power forward on Tuesday, but he did play some at small forward, which is encouraging for his outlook in the event Taj Gibson (ankle) returns before Jimmy Butler (elbow). Mirotic should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      21 minutes ago
    • Zach Randolph (illness) upgraded to probable
      Zach Randolph (illness) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: He was held out of Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz and his presence was clearly missed, as Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors destroyed the Grizzlies in the paint. If Z-Bo is cleared to play tonight he will be a must-start option in all leagues even if he isn't quite 100 percent. Kosta Koufos will shift to the bench and can be dropped in most leagues if Z-Bo is given the green light. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:59 am
    • Jason Richardson will play vs. Thunder Wed.
      Jason Richardson will play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was rested against the Raptors on Monday, but the 76ers are obviously going to be cautious with him moving forward given his injury history. Owners in deeper leagues who could use some help in scoring and 3-pointers should give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:48 am
    • James Harden will return vs. Grizzlies Wed.
      James Harden will return from his one-game suspension vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday, shifting Corey Brewer back to the bench.

      Advice: The MVP candidate is boasting averages of 27.1 points, 6.9 assists, 5.8 boards, 1.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers per game this season, so plugging him back into active lineups will be the easiest thing his owners can possibly do today. On the other hand, Brewer will return to his normal role off the bench and can be dropped outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:45 am
    • Alexey Shved draws praise from coach Fisher
      Head coach Derek Fisher praised Alexey Shved for his impressive play in recent games.

      Advice: "Alexey is continuing to find an identity and role within our team and showing us some ability to do some things in terms of handling the ball and making passes and plays,’’ Fisher said. "We have to continue to commit ourselves to helping him feel more and more comfortable every day. We have to rely on him even more because we’re sometimes inconsistent at the guard spots." Shved has averaged 13.0 points, 4.8 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.8 3-pointers in just 23 minutes per game over his last four, and due to the inconsistent play of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Langston Galloway, it looks like he is going to have a decent role moving forward. His shooting percentages and high turnover rate will make him a liability in standard leagues, but he is worth a flier in deeper leagues to see if he can continue to improve. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:36 am
    • Tony Allen (suspension) will play vs. Rockets
      Tony Allen will return from his one-game suspension vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was suspended for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz due to an altercation between him and Nick Calathes during practice, but he should resume his normal role off the bench against the Rockets. Allen has season averages of just 8.1 points, 4.0 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.9 steals, so he is only worth a look in deeper leagues for the time being. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:55 am
    • Kevin Martin (illness) will play vs. Nuggets
      Kevin Martin (illness) will play vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: Martin is reportedly feeling a lot better after sitting out vs. the Clippers on Monday, and his owners can safely plug him back into all lineups. Gary Neal, who started Monday's game against the Clippers, will shift back to the bench and can be dropped across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:34 am
    • Beno Udrih (illness) questionable for Wed.
      Beno Udrih (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

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

      Advice: Z-Bo wasn't able to play on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, so his owners should have a backup plan ready. Check back for an update prior to tip-off before making any roster decisions, and expect Kosta Koufos to draw another start if Z-Bo is unable to play. To be clear, Koufos is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:09 am
    • Kevin Durant says he will return this season
      Kevin Durant (foot) said that there is "no doubt' that he will be able to return before the end of the regular season.

      Advice: Durant has yet to return to practice and said that he will be reevaluated again next week which all but rules him out for Wednesday vs. the 76ers, Thursday vs. the Bulls and Sunday vs. the Raptors. He was seen getting up some shots before last Thursday''s game vs. the Suns, so hopefully he will begin to ramp up his activities soon. Kyle Singler will continue to start at SF for the Thunder in the meantime, but Russell Westbrook is the obvious beneficiary any time KD sits out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:57 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Russell Westbrook (face) will play Wednesday
      Russell Westbrook (face) will play vs. the 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He still has some swelling and discomfort in his face, but it's a fantastic sign if the Thunder are going to allow him to play against the lowly 76ers. Westbrook is arguably the hottest player in the NBA right now and is coming off three straight triple-doubles, so his owners have to be feeling pretty good about themselves right about now. D.J. Augustin will shift to the bench and can be dropped outside of deeper leagues. 76ers' PG Isaiah Canaan should be trembling right now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:44 am
    • Raptors have interest in C JaVale McGee
      The Raptors are reportedly interested in acquiring JaVale McGee once he clears waivers on Wednesday evening.

      Advice: The Heat and Mavericks are also said to be interested, but McGee wouldn't have a large enough role on any team to be a factor in most fantasy leagues. We will continue to follow this story closely, but it's safe to leave McGee on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:12 am
    • Monta Ellis expected to opt out this summer
      Monta Ellis will reportedly opt out of his contract this summer in order to pursue a multi-year deal in free agency.

      Advice: He is boasting averages of 19.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.4 boards, 1.9 steals and 1.2 3-pointers per game this season and is one of the most durable players in the league, so Ellis will surely generate a ton of interest around the NBA this summer. The Mavericks will surely do everything they can to keep Ellis in Dallas, as he has arguably surpassed Dirk Nowitzki as the team's best player this season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:53 am
    • Hawks sign G/F Jarell Eddie to 10-day deal
      According to Real GM, the Hawks have signed G/F Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract on Thursday.

      Advice: Eddie is a known as a sharpshooter and actually won the 3-point contest in the D-League this season. That being said, he likely isn't going to be in the rotation in Atlanta, meaning owners in deeper leagues can monitor him from the waiver wire for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:01 am
    • Khris Middleton fills up boxscore vs. Nuggets
      Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-20 from the field on Tuesday, but still finished with 20 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: He made all five of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over, putting him a few made shots away from a pure nine-cat gem. Middleton has been one of the nicest surprises this season and his scoring is even more essential with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, so he's poised for steady top-50 value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores team-high 21 points
      Ersan Ilyasova sank 9-of-15 shots including three 3-pointers vs. Denver, finishing Tuesday's loss with a team-high 21 points.

      Advice: He added three boards, two assists, one steal and one block with only one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and has come to life since re-entering Jason Kidd's starting lineup. The Bucks have lost momentum since the All-Star break, however, and tonight marked their third consecutive defeat. They'll have a tough time snapping the skid during Wednesday's road game vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic stays hot w/ 23 pts, three 3s
      Nikola Mirotic came off Chicago's bench for 23 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

      Advice: Mirotic dropped 29 points on Sunday and is a must-own player while both Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler are on the sidelines. This is the first time Chicago's rookie has scored 20+ points in consecutive games, but he has a good chance to keep the streak going with a 32-minute role vs. the Thunder on Thursday. Double-check that Mirotic isn't still available on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:19 pm
    • Alexey Shved leads Knicks w/ 15 pts Tuesday
      The Knicks were destroyed by the Kings on Tuesday, 86-124, with only Alexey Shved leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 4-of-11 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs.

      Advice: Shved added seven boards, three dimes and a steal, and he was one of only three Knicks to score double-digit points, joining fellow reserves Shane Larkin (13 points) and Jason Smith (13 points). Shved's 33 minutes were also a team-high and he's now averaging 13.0 points, 0.8 threes, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals over the past four games. That's enough to warrant attention in deeper formats while Jose Calderon (Achilles) is out, but most owners should take a skeptical view of Shved -- he's shooting 38.7 percent this season and this was the first time he's cracked the 30-minute barrier. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:02 pm
    • Beno Udrih (illness) out Tuesday vs. the Jazz
      Updating a previous report, Beno Udrih (illness) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Utah.

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

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

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

      Advice: Allen is being suspended for internal matters, but he will be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Houston. With Allen out, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee will get all the minutes they can handle, with Green offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:21 pm
    • Zach Randolph (illness) questionable Tuesday
      Zach Randolph (illness) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Utah.

      Advice: If Randolph is unable to go tonight Jon Leuer or Kosta Koufos will have the opportunity to step into the starting lineup. However, they haven't done much in the past while starting, so the primary beneficiaries from a fantasy perspective would be Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:16 pm
    • Report: MIA also interested in JaVale McGee
      The Miami Heat are reportedly interested in bringing on JaVale McGee.

      Advice: McGee is due to clear waivers on Wednesday, and we'll be following this story closely. So far the Mavs and Heat have been reported to have interest in acquiring McGee's services, but the sense is that there are more teams out there also intrigued by McGee. To be clear, we don't expect him to offer any fantasy value to owners in most leagues regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:56 pm
    • Report: DAL interested in adding JaVale McGee
      The Mavericks are reportedly "seriously interested" in signing JaVale McGee.

      Advice: While the Mavericks have significant interest in McGee, it's being reported that the list of interested teams stretches well beyond Dallas, which is a rather strange sentence to write. McGee couldn't earn significant minutes playing for the 76ers, so he's going to have difficulty leaving the bench on an actual championship contender. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:56 pm
    • Durant (foot) out Wednesday and Thursday
      Kevin Durant (foot) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers, as well as Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: The Thunder are going to be extremely cautious in bringing Durant back after his most recent setback, and he still hasn't been able to go through a full practice. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but for as long as Durant is sidelined, Russell Westbrook will continue to put up ridiculous stat lines, with Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter also seeing some increased touches on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:13 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Russell Westbrook likely to return Wednesday
      Russell Westbrook (face) is likely to return to action as soon as Wednesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

      Advice: This isn't set in stone just yet, but Westbrook is expected to play with a protective mask on Wednesday barring an unforeseen setback. We'll update his status after Wednesday's shootaround, but Westbrook's owners can feel free to slot him back into their lineups while D.J. Augustin will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 am
    • Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic out Monday
      Kevin Martin (illness) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

      Advice: The Wolves will start Gorgui Dieng and Gary Neal. Coach Flip Saunders said that the flus is going around and their assistant coach won't be at the arena. Martin still isn't a must-start player now that he has one game on the sidelines this week. Neal is also a risky play. We should get a lot of Andrew Wiggins. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:51 pm
    • James Harden suspended for Tuesday night
      James Harden will be suspended for Tuesday's game against the Hawks for kicking LeBron James in the groin on Sunday.

      Advice: We'll finally get to see just how valuable Harden really is. He's having one of the best seasons for stats in recent memory, so his fantasy owners should still start him with three games. With Harden out, there should be many more minutes for Corey Brewer and coach Kevin McHale may kick the tires on K.J. McDaniels. The violation is attached in the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:38 pm
    • Jason Richardson out for Monday night
      Jason Richardson (rest) will not play on Monday against the Raptors.

      Advice: It is not a surprise at all on the second night of a back-to-back set. Richardson has actually played very well lately, scoring double figures in each of his last three. He's worth using in some leagues, but sitting out back-to-backs is a little too annoying for standard leagues. The last time J-Rich sat out, Hollis Thompson scored 22, and should get over 30 minutes tonight. Expect to see more of Jerami Grant on the wing, too. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:32 pm
    • James Harden listed with a shoulder injury
      James Harden is listed as probable for Tuesday against the Hawks with a shoulder injury.

      Advice: For the past three months, the Rockets listing a guy as probable has been pretty much meaningless, so Harden should be good to go. He's putting up historic numbers this season and has been the a top-two player in fantasy for almost any format this season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:13 am
    • Nikola Mirotic is a must-add player
      Nikola Mirotic is expected to play more for the Bulls with the injuries to Jimmy Butler (elbow) and Taj Gibson (ankle).

      Advice: The entire season has been a wild ride for Mirotic. Whether or not coach Tom Thibodeau plays him at the three has been a tough subject to monitor. He played all of his minutes at small forward on Wednesday, but he only played two minutes at small forward in his last two games. Plus, don't forget the Bulls will also have to replace Jimmy's 21.6 usage rate along with his 38.9 minutes per game in the next 3-6 weeks while he's out. Regardless, MIrotic should be very attractive the next week or so without Taj Gibson. He should be owned in all leagues. Tony Snell's role is much, much clearer, which makes him the safer add right now. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:06 am
    • Kevin Martin suddenly questionable w/ illness
      Kevin Martin (illness) is questionable to play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: If Martin can't suit up, expect Andrew Wiggins to be at the epicenter of whatever Minnesota tries to do against Los Angeles. And if the veteran is sidelined, it's possible Gary Neal would slide into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:32 am
    • Official: Sixers waive center JaVale McGee
      Sixers waive C JaVale McGee.

      Advice: The Sixers made the move prior to midnight on March 1, meaning McGee will be eligible to join a playoff-bound team if one actually signs him to their active roster. We'll see if that happens. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:25 am
    • Morey: Rockets 'nowhere' without James Harden
      Rockets GM Daryl Morey said the team would be "nowhere" without James Harden.

      Advice: How's that taste, Dwight Howard? "We basically told the owner, ‘We should just give them everything. Like, literally, every possible thing that isn’t bolted down with the Rockets should be traded,’" Morey said. Harden is at the center of the MVP conversation and is arguably No. 1 on the totem pole depending on who you ask. The Harden trade was a franchise-altering move for Houston. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:22 am
    • Report: 76ers agree to waive JaVale McGee
      The 76ers have agreed to waive JaVale McGee in time for him to sign with a playoff contender, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

      Advice: Philadelphia will reportedly pay McGee the full amount he's owed, including a $12 million payout next season, and he's likely to sign a minimum deal to give a playoff-bound team more frontcourt depth. He's not a fantasy asset no matter where he lands after clearing waivers. Yahoo! Sports reports there are 10 teams that have already expressed interest, but that would mean a third of the NBA, and we're not buying that. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:07 pm
    • JaVale McGee buyout looking less likely
      JaVale McGee, who has been mentioned in buyout rumors, finished Sunday's road loss with three points, one rebound and one block in eight minutes off the 76ers bench.

      Advice: McGee said before the game that he wasn't aware of any talks with Sixers management, and a buyout is now reportedly "unlikely." He won't be eligible for the playoffs if he's waived after midnight on Sunday, so a buyout would be implausible if it doesn't happen very soon. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:50 pm
    • James Harden drops 33 points in win over CLE
      James Harden kept up his torrid pace during Sunday's thrilling overtime win over the Cavs, notching 33 points (8-of-18 from the field, 15-of-18 from the line), eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, two blocks and five turnovers.

      Advice: This was Harden's NBA-leading 26th game with more than 30 points, and this performance will certainly help his case for MVP-honors. Harden also logged 42 minutes tonight, which would suggest that his ankle injury is no longer an issue. He's averaging 22.6 points, 8.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 three-pointers, since the All-Star break, while shooting 84.2 percent from the charity stripe on 11.4 attempts per game. Simply put, he’s a beast. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:52 pm
    • Update: JaVale McGee buyout now 'unlikely'
      JaVale McGee denied knowing about buyout talks with the 76ers, and sources now consider a buyout "unlikely."

      Advice: "Not on my part, it’s not true," McGee said, referring to a report that he was in "active talks" with Philly. "I don’t know. They might be talking to somebody. I know nothing about it." A buyout would have to be completed by midnight for another team to acquire him for the playoffs, so the clock is ticking. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:50 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores career-high 29 points
      Nikola Mirotic was fantastic on Sunday, scoring a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting, to go with nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Taj Gibson (ankle) was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot, so it looks like Mirotic is going to get some additional time to produce for Chicago with Derrick Rose (knee) out, and Jimmy Butler's (elbow) status up in the air for Tuesday. What makes Mirotic's line even more impressive is that he was the only Bull to score a field goal during the entire fourth quarter, and he's well worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:54 pm
    • JaVale McGee and 76ers may pursue buyout
      According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the 76ers and JaVale McGee are in discussions over a buyout.

      Advice: Today is the last day that McGee would be eligible to play in the playoffs on another team if he were to be bought out, so a deal has to happen before midnight. McGee has struggled to stay healthy in the past few seasons, and while he is clearly not in the 76ers' plans, he likely wouldn't have a significant role on almost any team in the NBA. We will continue to follow this story closely, but it is safe to leave McGee on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:17 am
    • Khris Middleton scores 18 points in loss Sat.
      Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

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

      Advice: He hasn't come out strong in the second half, averaging 13.8 points, 9.0 boards, 1.6 assists and 0.4 blocks in those five games. Randolph isn't going to be quite as good as he was earlier this year and he probably won't be the 19-14 guy he was back in January. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:54 pm
    • Tony Allen scores 11 off the bench
      Tony Allen scored 11 points against the Wolves on Saturday with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover against.

      Advice: Coach Dave Joerger said he could be looking to make a tweak to the starters on the wing, which means Allen would likely move into the first unit. However, his minutes and opportunities to score probably won't change much. Allen has been outside of the top 200 in the past month, so he's not worth owning right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:51 pm
    • Alexey Shved scores 15 points
      Alexey Shved scored 15 points off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He was actually pretty good tonight and didn't throw the ball up in the air 40 feet on a six-foot runner. Shved is getting some minutes because of the Jose Calderon (Achilles) and he's worth a look in deep leagues. He won't be this good, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:41 pm
    • Russell Westbrook could play in playoff game
      Russell Westbrook (face) won't miss much time due to his facial surgery on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

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

      Advice: He is not going to play on Sunday, but he hasn't officially been ruled out for Wednesday against the 76ers. Westbrook is likely going to have to play with a mask upon his return and we still really have no idea how much time he's going to miss. In the meantime, it makes sense to grab D.J. Augustin in all standard leagues until Westy is back. Westbrook owners have to just sit tight and hope he can continue his triple-double streak right after being re-evaluated. To be clear, this doesn't sound like bad news. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:32 pm
    • Ilyasova drops 17 and 12 onto the Lakers
      Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:42 am
    • Mirotic plays 19 minutes despite Taj's injury
      Nikola Mirotic played just 19 minutes despite Taj Gibson (ankle) playing just nine minutes in Friday's game, finishing with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and a block.

      Advice: Mirotic had a nice line on Monday with Gibson out due to an illness, but tonight showed how Tom Thibodeau doesn't fully trust him yet. Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell got the bulk of the extra minutes tonight, but if Gibson misses any time then Mirotic's explosive fantasy game might see the light, regardless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Russell Westbrook (face) to be re-evaluated
      Russell Westbrook suffered an injury to his face on Friday against the Blazers, posting a triple-double for the third consecutive game with 40 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and six turnovers on 14-of-32 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line.

      Advice: Believe it or not, it looked like Westbrook had a penny-sized dent on the side of his face. He did not speak to the media and it's also possible he is dealing with concussion-like symptoms due to Andre Roberson kneeing him in the head. If Westy needs to miss time, it would be a massive loss for the NBA and especially the Thunder. D.J. Augustin would start and become a must-own player while Dion Waiters would also have to score more. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:41 pm
    • Jason Richardson scores 12 points
      Jason Richardson scored 12 points in 26 minutes during an 89-81 win over the Wizards on Friday with two rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He is putting up some nice numbers right now with a 16-point, four-trey game on Wednesday. Richardson is going to have to rest on occasion, but he should have a chance to put up top-100 value the nights he plays because of his output from beyond the arc. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:09 pm
    • Russell Westbrook is good to go vs. Blazers
      Russell Westbrook (ankle) is ready to go against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: Even though the Thunder lost, Westbrook was ridiculous on Thursday. He actually put up a 63.4 usage rate in the fourth quarter. Amazingly, the Thunder are 8-0 on the second night of a back-to-back with a healthy Westy. Enjoy watching the game tonight, everyone. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:10 pm
    • James Harden (ankle) will start Friday vs. BK
      Updating a previous report, James Harden (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Head coach Kevin McHale said that he has no plan to limit Harden's minutes, but he will keep an eye on his ankle and make adjustments if he’s in any noticeable pain. Harden has been an absolute beast this season, leading the league in scoring with 27.2 points per game while chipping in 5.8 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.7 three-pointers. Get him active for tonight's favorable matchup against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:08 pm
    • James Harden (ankle) likely to play Friday
      Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale believes that James Harden (ankle) will suit up for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Harden is already a must-start guy every time he's in uniform, and with a very favorable matchup against the Nets, he's someone to strongly consider in daily leagues. He will be without a minutes restriction, and had a 30-point outing with a full line during his last matchup against Brooklyn, so make sure you have him on your active roster. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:21 pm
    • James Harden (ankle) goes through shootaround
      James Harden (ankle) was able to go through shootaround, but he remains questionable for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but if he's unable to go, Corey Brewer would likely slide into the starting lineup with Pablo Prigioni and K.J. McDaniels having the opportunity for extended minutes. As for the offense, Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith, Terrence Jones, and Donatas Motiejunas would all be asked to step up, and each of those guys would serve as quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:52 am
    • Almost Bestbrook: Russell trip-dubs in loss
      Russell Westbrook notched his second straight triple-double in Thursday's 117-113 overtime loss to the Suns, finishing with 39 points, 14 boards, 11 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes, though he did suffer a minor ankle tweak in the closing moments of the game.

      Advice: That's good for a 48.3 usage rate. He was seen walking around the locker room with no visible limp after the game, so it doesn't look like he is in any danger of missing any action. Westbrook was able to find a tremendous amount of defensive rebounds and he carried the OKC offense tonight, especially in transition. He and teammate Serge Ibaka were No. 1 and 2 in fantasy value since the break. In addition to that, Westbrook is on pace with Oscar Robertson to become the second player in NBA history to average 30 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a month. If you're under 40 years old, you've never seen this before. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:23 pm
    • Kevin Durant seen doing some light shooting
      Kevin Durant (foot) did some light shooting before Thursday's game against the Suns

      Advice: This is great news. Durant was rolling around shootaround on a walking scooter on Tuesday, so this is a clear indication that they were just being very careful with his foot. We still do not have a timetable for his return and he's likely to need more than another week off. His fantasy owners should be hoping for a limited practice in the coming days. While he's out, D.J. Augustin and Dion Waiters will help Russell Westbrook with the scoring. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:13 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • James Harden questionable for Friday vs Nets
      James Harden (ankle) did not practice on Thursday, and is questionable for Friday against the Nets.

      Advice: With Dwight Howard (knee) already out and Patrick Beverley (illness) also questionable, missing Harden on Friday would be a big blow to the Rockets. We'll update his status as soon as possible, but some combination of Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith, Jason Terry, and Beverley (if he plays) would have to pick up the slack for Harden if he has to sit out on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:06 am
    • James Harden limps out of arena after win
      James Harden suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and played through it during a big 110-105 win over the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with four rebounds, 10 assists and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: "It’s pretty sore right now, but I’ll get some rest tonight and ice it," Harden said. "Hopefully be ready to go Friday." He limped out of the arena and he is likely going to be on the injury report for Friday's game against the Nets. Meanwhile, Harden finally stuck it to the Clippers. In his career, the Clippers kept Harden to an NBA-low 13.4 points per game before tonight. He is leading the NBA in VORP (value over replacement player) and is right at the top of the list for MVP candidates. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:56 pm
    • Z-Bo, Cousins battle as Kings get win
      Zach Randolph had 20 points, five rebounds and a 62-foot 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, yet the Grizzlies lost to DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeff Green scored 11, Marc Gasol had 14 points, seven boards, six dimes and three blocks, Mike Conley had 12 points and seven dimes, and Courtney Lee added nine points and a full stat line in the loss. Z-Bo got into it with Boogie and picked up a technical foul for swinging elbows, while Cousins got the last laugh with the win (and 16 points and nine rebounds). The Grizzlies are a pretty boring fantasy team right now, as the starters are the only players worth owning and looking at. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:23 pm
    • Kevin Martin still hot, scores 28 in win
      Kevin Martin kept it rolling on Wednesday, hitting 10-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 28 points and two steals in an easy win over the Wizards.

      Advice: He's on fire and has scored 21 or more points in six straight games. If you stuck with him through the wrist debacle, he's paying off down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:15 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 23 minutes on Wed
      Ersan Ilyasova played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, six rebounds, one assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: After playing 35 minutes on Monday, his value actually didn't fall off a cliff today. Coach Jason Kidd seems to be gaining confidence in Ilyasova, but he's missed a lot of games and has basically been in a slump for two seasons. Fantasy owners in FAAB leagues will need to have bulletproof wallets to pay up for Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:49 pm
    • Alexey Shved scores 11 in 19 minutes
      Alexey Shved played 19 minutes off the bench and hit 2-of-7 shots for 11 points, five rebounds and one assist on Wednesday.

      Advice: The only reason we even mention him is that Jose Calderon left the game with an Achilles injury. If he misses time, Shved and Langston Galloway are going to get a lot of point guard minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:16 pm
    • Jason Richardson scores 16 in start
      Jason Richardson played well against the Bucks on Wednesday with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He rested on Monday and picked up season highs in points, minutes and treys. Richardson is playing OK so far this year, averaging 7.0 points, 6.0 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 treys in his previous two games. He's still going to be a risky player to own because he'll rest in several games this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:41 pm
    • Jason Richardson (knee) starting vs. Wolves
      Jason Richardson (knee) will return to the Sixers' starting lineup on Wednesday.

      Advice: J-Rich sat out Monday's game as a precaution in the second half of a back-to-back set, something which may be a trend through the final weeks of the season. Richardson will have his hands full chasing Kevin Martin around the court tonight, and he's only worth a glance from deep-league owners seeking 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:09 pm
    • OKC wins as Russell Westbrook triple-doubles
      The Thunder cruised past the Pacers on Tuesday behind Russell Westbrook's third double-double of the season, as he racked up 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a mere 28 minutes of action.

      Advice: Westbrook has been outrageously good whenever Kevin Durant has been out of commission this year. With Durant on the bench, Westbrook's usage rate soars and he's posting a True Shooting percentage of 57.0 percent, compared to 50.2 percent with Durant on the court. The only bad news is that WB also picked up his league-leading 12th technical foul during tonight's game, putting him four away from a one-game suspension. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:14 pm
    • Kevin Durant back on walking scooter
      Kevin Durant (foot) was seen at Thunder shootaround on the walking scooter that he was using earlier in the year.

      Advice: While this isn't hugely surprising news, it's certainly not a great sign for a quick return. Durant was also seen walking without much of a limp towards the end of practice, but we'll know more about his timetable when he's re-evaluated again in one week. Russell Westbrook will be the biggest fantasy beneficiary of Durant's absence, but Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Enes Kanter will all stand to see a small boost as well. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:16 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Nikola Mirotic drops 16 & 14 on the Bucks
      Nikola Mirotic scored 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting (2-of-6 from deep, 6-of-8 from the line) with a career-high 14 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Mirotic got the extra run because Taj Gibson (illness) was out and it's a reminder that he'll be a very nice fantasy player if ever given consistent minutes. For now, he's a gambler's stash at best. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:36 pm
    • Ilyasova with 15 & 11 and a full stat line
      Ersan Ilyasova started in Monday's loss to the Bulls, scoring 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: This is a patented Ilyasova explosion and the operative question is always whether or not he can do it again. He is the definition of a risk-reward pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:06 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova to start, Jared Dudley benched
      Ersan Ilyasova will start at power forward against the Bulls on Monday and Jared Dudley will come off the bench.

      Advice: Chances are this is a matchup-based move for the Bucks. Ilyasova has not played more more than 18 minutes in any game this month and averaged only 5.2 points, 1.8 boards and 0.2 blocks in that span. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:39 pm
    • Jason Richardson (knee) out on Monday night
      Jason Richardson (knee) will not play against the Heat on Monday.

      Advice: He played in the last two games and actually looked good in those two, averaging 7.0 points, 6.0 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.0 treys in 21.0 minutes per game. He will likely have to rest throughout the season, so it's tough to add him in even deep leagues. With J-Rich out and Jerami Grant up in the air, there should be more minutes for Hollis Thompson and JaKarr Sampson on the wing. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:29 pm
    • JaVale McGee doesn't want buyout from Sixers
      JaVale McGee reiterated that he does not want a buyout from the Sixers.

      Advice: "We are coming into this whole thing with an open mind," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "He is around a bunch of genuine people, coaches that care. That will give him every chance to keep moving and to be as good as he can be." McGee said very bluntly, "I don't want to get bought out. That's not a positive thing." Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:07 am
    • Westbrook trying to become a better leader
      Russell Westbrook said that he's "trying to do a better job of leading."

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

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

      Advice: Kevin Durant (foot) was out but the new-look Thunder still made quick work of the Nuggets, led by Westbrook's All-Star caliber performance. He rounded out his gaudy line with two 3-pointers and 8-of-12 shooting overall, and he trails only James Harden for 8-cat production over the past month. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 7:08 pm
    • Jason Richardson starts again, plays 24 mins
      Jason Richardson maintained his starting role vs. Orlando on Sunday, posting seven points, five rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of action.

      Advice: J-Rich was made 1-of-5 shots from downtown, going 3-of-9 overall, and it looks like he'll remain a Sixers' starter indefinitely. Philly plays a back-to-back game on Monday and there are no guarantees that J-Rich will play, let alone log 20+ minutes, so even deep-league owners should view him warily. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:11 pm
    • Khris Middleton & Giannis score 19 pts each
      The Bucks fell at home on Sunday, 86-97, despite getting 19 points from both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

      Advice: Middleton made 6-of-12 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with one 3-pointer, four boards and five assists, and he's emerged as an elite fantasy option over the past month. In his last dozen games he's averaging a stellar 16.2 points (54.2 percent FGs, 91.3 percent FTs), 1.6 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals. He does a little bit of everything, so the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams shouldn't throw him off, and his lucky owners can sit back and enjoy the production. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:07 pm
    • Kevin Durant (foot) will be sidelined 1-week
      Kevin Durant underwent a procedure to reduce the pain and discomfort he's been feeling in his right foot on Sunday, and he will be re-evaluated in one week.

      Advice: The procedure was to replace the screw he had in his foot with a new one, but it is unrelated to the foot fracture that he had surgery on, and his foot is reportedly healing as expected. He will be sidelined for at least the next week, and it's possible he sits longer as OKC will be cautious with their franchise player heading into the playoffs. Russell Westbrook is going to be an absolute monster with Durant sidelined, while Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters, and Perry Jones will also have the opportunity to step up in OKC's rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 12:51 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) available for Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) will be available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Hawks.

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

      Advice: Ersan was able to practice on Saturday, but he has simply been too inconsistent to use outside of deeper leagues. With season averages of 8.8 points and 3.5 boards in just 17.5 minutes per game, so it's probably best to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:56 am
    • Tony Allen (ankle, hamstring) probable Sunday
      Tony Allen (ankle, hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game vs. the Blazers.

      Advice: Jeff Green and Courtney Lee has dampened Allen's value, but he still can be viewed as a steals specialist in deeper leagues. Allen is one of the tougher guys in the league, so expect him to be ready to go on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:58 am
    • Alexey Shved will be available on Sunday
      Alexey Shved practiced with the Knicks on Saturday and will be available to play against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

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

      Advice: He scored seven points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Pacers on Friday, so J-Rich proved that he still has some gas left in the tank. He's obviously a huge injury risk at this point in his career, but owners in deeper leagues can certainly do worse while he is active. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:31 am
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