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    • Kevin Durant making progress toward return
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is making progress, but his return date remains uncertain.

      Advice: "He’s not ready for the next step," Scott Brooks said. "He’s reached a lot of the benchmarks. He’s getting close. Each day this week he’ll practice and we’ll go from there." Durant did go through shootaround on Sunday, and Brooks added that Durant is "progressing well" every day, but is hesitant to circle a date for KD's return. OKC plays next on Wednesday and then again on Friday. Rotoworld.com
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    • Celtics recall James Young from the D-League
      Celtics recall F James Young from the D-League.

      Advice: Young is a yo-yo between the D-League and the big club, and he won't be a fantasy option during his rookie season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Early (knee) may be able to start practicing
      Cleanthony Early (knee) may be able to begin practicing with his teammates after the club's three-game road trip concludes.

      Advice: Anthony had his knee scoped in mid-November, so a return to practice in the beginning of 2015 would mean about six weeks on the sidelines for the rookie. "They say when I get back I should be able to start practicing and going with the team," Early said. Rotoworld.com
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    • Amare Stoudemire looking at minutes reduction
      Derek Fisher spoke about reducing Amare Stoudemire's (knee) minutes upon his return.

      Advice: Averaging 26.5 minutes, the most since his 2011-12 campaign, STAT is now sidelined with knee soreness. When he does return, he'll be on some type of maintenance plan to ensure he doesn't break down as the season moves on, and owners will need to keep that in mind. STAT is enjoying a mini-resurgence this season with averages of 13.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks on 55.8 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
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    • J.R. Smith uncertain about NYE availability
      J.R. Smith (foot) is uncertain about his availability for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

      Advice: It's painful (when I plant)," Smith said. "I've dealt with pain before in certain instances, but when it’s your foot, I just can’t move and I can’t take another step after planting, so that’s the most frustrating part." Smith isn't sure how much longer he might be out, and with a tear in his plantar fascia, it's going to be a pain tolerance issue for him to get back on the floor. Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue to get big minutes at shooting guard with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) still sidelined. Rotoworld.com
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    • Carmelo Anthony felt knee injury before game
      Carmelo Anthony said he felt his knee injury bothering him prior to Sunday's loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: Melo said he suited up because the team was already so shorthanded, and although Anthony's knee injury can't worsen, playing heavy minutes on a team 20-plus games under .500 certainly isn't improving the situation. It's a bad spot getting worse for Melo, and it's possible there comes a point in time where Melo and the Knicks decided to shut it down. For now, Anthony will try and keep it rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:40 am
       
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    • Bulls experimenting with Nikola Mirotic at SF
      The Bulls have experimented with Nikola Mirotic playing small forward.

      Advice: It's an odd fit, but it's the best indication yet that the Bulls are looking to create more minutes for Mirotic. With 23 points, 13 rebounds and five three-pointers over his last two games, despite playing just 32 minutes combined, is a good indication of what he's capable of doing with extended production. Chicago is trying to find a way to get one of its best rotation players on the floor more often, and fantasy owners need to find a way to stash him on the roster. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:35 am
    • Jodie Meeks earns praise from Stan Van Gundy
      Jodie Meeks earned praise from Stan Van Gundy following Sunday's blowout win over the Cavs.

      Advice: "Tonight was the first night he really looked like he had his legs to shoot threes," he said. "He's been doing a good job on curls and short jumpers, but he has struggled from range until tonight, so that was good. His conditioning still has to improve." Meeks now has three straight games of double-digit scoring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:28 am
    • Jerebko says Pistons are trusting each other
      Jonas Jerebko said the Pistons are "trusting each other" during their recent 2-0 stretch.

      Advice: Most two-game winning streaks aren't notable, but the team is 2-0 since parting with Josh Smith & Detroit has just seven wins all season. "It was a statement game for us," Jerebko said. "This is how we want to play." Jerebko is back in the rotation having exceeded 20 minutes in three of his last four games, but he's going to need garbage time production to become anything more than a low-end play at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:16 am
    • Bosh goes through practice, questionable Mon.
      Chris Bosh (calf) went through a full practice on Sunday without limitations, and he is questionable to face the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: "He was able to go through all of it," Erik Spoelstra said. "First day of testing it," Bosh said. "We wanted to get days like these in before I get back out there." The Heat play Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and it sounds like Bosh has a solid chance of being back this week if he doesn't return on Monday. Rotoworld.com
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    • Monta Ellis returned to action on Sunday December 28. Rotoworld.com
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    • Gerald Green held to single-digits Sunday
      Gerald Green scored eight points on 2-of-10 shooting on Sunday, marking the first time all season that he's been held to single-digit scoring in two consecutive games.

      Advice: This was even more unexpected against the Lakers, who allow the most points (109.0) and second-most 3-pointers (9.0) of any team in the NBA. Green's two makes were both from downtown and he chipped in two rebounds, two assists and one block to salvage some value, and he's locked into late-round fantasy value while playing 20-25 minutes as a key reserve in Phoenix. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe flirts w/ triple-double vs. LAK
      Eric Bledsoe flirted with a triple-double vs. the Lakers on Sunday, notching 22 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in the Suns' road win.

      Advice: Bledsoe's 3.2 turnovers take a toll in 9-cat leagues, and his 43.8 percent shooting could use improvement, but otherwise his fantasy owners have nothing to complain about. He's averaging 15.9 points, 1.0 threes, 5.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks, while making 84.0 percent of his 5.0 free throw attempts per game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores 17 pts with 19 boards
      Kenneth Faried scored 17 points with 19 boards in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, adding two assists in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He had 26 points with a career-high 25 rebounds on Friday, and it looks like he has officially turned things around. It is amazing what confidence can do for a player, as the Manimal looks completely reenergized after a disastrous start to the season. The buy-low window is now closed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) intends to play Wed
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) intends to play on Wednesday vs. the Clippers after saying that he normally feels better with a few days of rest.

      Advice: We admire Melo's courage, but there is no reason for him to continue to labor through knee pain in a lost season for the Knicks -- he said his knee feels "heavy, and weak and fatigued." His owners may want to trade him while they still can, as the possibility of him shutting it down is still looming despite Melo saying that he is not ready to do that. Check back for further updates, and expect Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to all see a boost if Melo sits. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 pm
       
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    • Lou Williams drops 31 points in win Sunday
      Lou Williams scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting in a win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He broke out of his slump in a big way, and was unstoppable all game long. Williams has been an obvious candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, and he should continue to be owned in standard leagues for his ability to contribute in 3-pointers, points, assists, and steals. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    • Monta Ellis (ankle) vows to play on Tuesday
      Monta Ellis missed the end of Sunday's game after tweaking his left ankle, but he intends to play vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

      Advice: "I'm not missing [any] games," Ellis said after the game. "I'll go home and take care of what I need to take care of." The injury didn't look serious and Monta is one of the toughest players in the NBA, so there's every reason to think he'll be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game. We'll include him on the injury report as a precaution, however, and owners should double-check his status in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:52 pm
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony (sore knee) will not return
      Carmelo Anthony (sore knee) will not return to Sunday's game against Portland, finishing with 13 points and five boards in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Anthony was clearly in pain and actually asked to come out of the game before half. His knee has been an issue for weeks now and there is no reason for the Knicks to risk his health in a lost season. We will pass along further updates as soon as we know more, but after the game coach Derek Fisher already said that Melo would be questionable for their game on Dec. 31. The possibility of the Knicks shutting him down later in the season will likely increase with this news, and Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. will all see additional minutes should Melo miss more time. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:15 pm
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. Portland.

      Advice: There was some fear that he would be rested considering he said that his knee was sore after logging 46 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Kings, but the Knicks are going to roll him on out there. Fantasy owners will be wise to get Melo in all active lineups, but should really think about trading him due to the looming possibility of the Knicks shutting him down for the season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:48 pm
       
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    • Amare, J.R. Smith, Dalembert all out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (knee, rest) will not play in Sunday's road game vs. the Blazers.

      Advice: The only good news for New York is that Carmelo Anthony (knee) will suit up despite playing 46 minutes on Saturday. Cole Aldrich and Jason Smith will start in the Knicks' backcourt with help from backups Quincy Acy and Travis Wear, but coach Derek Fisher has no choice but to play more small lineups than usual. Stoudemire is day-to-day, leaving him questionable for Wednesday's road game in L.A. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:44 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) ruled out vs. Trail Blazers
      J.R. Smith (heel) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

      Advice: He's technically day-to-day but this marks his 10th consecutive DNP and it's anyone's guess when he'll be ready to return from his nagging bout of plantar fasciitis. With Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also on the sidelines, there will once again be plenty of minutes available for Tim Hardaway Jr. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:43 pm
       
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    • Jonas Jerebko plays well in big bench role
      Jonas Jerebko finished Sunday's easy road win with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Greg Monroe is the most obvious winner with Josh Smith no longer in Detroit, but his departure also clears more playing time for Jerebko off the bench. Anthony Tolliver could dent Jerebko's production once he's activated, but deep-league owners should consider speculatively adding Jerebko in case he maintains a 25-30 minute role as a primary reserve. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:38 pm
    • Jodie Meeks scores 14 points w/ three triples
      Jodie Meeks had 14 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and one steal vs. Cleveland on Sunday, marking his third consecutive game in double-digits.

      Advice: He made 5-of-8 shots overall and is now a combined 17-of-26 from the field (65.4 percent) over Detroit's past three games. He got off to a slow start after returning from his back injury and may still be floating on your waiver wire, but he's worth a pickup if you're in need of points, elite 3-pointers and a trickle of across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:31 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) questionable for Sunday
      J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: He has had some tough luck with plantar fasciitis and has now missed nine straight games so don't be surprised if he sits this one out. Owners in standard leagues can continue to ignore Smith while Tim Hardaway Jr. is definitely worth a look in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:55 am
       
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    • Chris Bosh (calf) able to practice on Sunday
      Chris Bosh (calf) was able to participate in all of Sunday's practice, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday to determine his status for their game against the Magic.

      Advice: The Heat have been in shambles without him, going just 3-5 in his absence so it will be great for them to get him back. Bosh's owners will have to check back on Monday before activating him in their lineups, but things are finally starting to look up. Bosh's return would spell trouble for the value of Shawne Williams (foot) and Chris Andersen. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:46 am
       
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      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out for Sunday's game
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play in Sunday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: This will be his sixth straight game out of the lineup and it is clear that KD's ankle is a real concern. However, he was able to go through shootaround on Sunday so it is safe to assume that he is somewhat close to returning. Perry Jones will likely get another start but is not an attractive option in most leagues. We will pass along further updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:56 am
       
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    • James Young assigned to NBA D-League
      James Young was assigned to the NBA D-League on Sunday.

      Advice: He recently recovered from a shoulder injury, so it will be good to see him back on the court. Young has plenty of potential, but he doesn't project to have any fantasy value this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:48 am
    • Carmelo Anthony's status unclear for Sunday
      Carmelo Anthony's status for Sunday's game with Portland is unclear after he logged 46 minutes on Saturday in a loss to the Kings.

      Advice: We will leave him off of the injury report for now, but owners will want to check back for updates considering how much his knee has impacted him this season. The Knicks have no reason to risk Anthony's health considering how their season has gone, so be prepared to have a backup plan ready. Owners would be wise to sell-high before it's too late, as there is a real possibility of Melo shutting it down for the season in the near future. Expect Tim Hardaway Jr. to take as many shots as he pleases if Melo sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:04 am
       
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    • Amare Stoudemire (knee) doubtful for Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) is doubtful to play on Sunday vs. Portland.

      Advice: To be clear, we don't think that he has any real shot to play in this one and Amare admitted that he is really struggling with his knee. "I’ve been playing with a little soreness for the past week or so and been playing somewhat through it," Stoudemire said. "By doing that, it made it worse. I’ll try to rest and see if it gets better." Owners can check back before tip-off to verify, but plan on seeing extended minutes from Quincy Acy, Jason Smith, and Cole Aldrich if Amare sits. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:01 am
    • Carmelo Anthony looks healthy, scores 36
      Carmelo Anthony made 13-of-29 from the field for 36 points against the Kings during an overtime 135-129 loss with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

      Advice: Yeah, about that knee soreness. Anthony has played a whopping 41.8 minutes per game in his last four since returning from knee soreness, averaging 30.8 points, 7.5 boards, 3.5 dimes and 1.3 steals. He is a prime shut down candidate, so his hot streak right now presents a great sell-high chance for his owners. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:22 pm
       
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    • Nikola Mirotic plays 17 minutes
      Nikola Mirotic played 17 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday with 10 points, six rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Low minutes aside, it's still a decent line. Mirotic probably isn't going to be a top-125 guy while the Bulls are healthy, but considering he would gain a ton of value should any of the other bigs go down, he's worth a look as a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:58 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) will not play on Saturday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play on Saturday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: This will be the ninth straight game on the sidelines for Smith, but the good news is that it appears he is getting closer to a return. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a look in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:36 pm
       
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    • Lou Williams cools off vs. Clippers
      Lou Williams stayed cold against the Clippers on Saturday with nine points, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He only made 3-of-10 from the field in his last game on Monday. Williams has seen his shooting numbers come down this month and has only made 39.1 percent from the field even before this dud. Williams is still doing enough to in triples, free throw percentage and points to remain owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:09 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable Saturday
      J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings.

      Advice: He has missed eight straight games because of his plantar fasciitis, so even if he does play he will likely be eased into action. Smith is worth a flier in deeper leagues for his ability to knock down 3-pointers, but owners in standard leagues can safely monitor him from the waiver wire. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue playing big minutes if Smith sits this one out. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:22 am
       
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    • Amare Stoudemire out Saturday with sore knee
      Amare Stoudemire will not play vs. the Kings on Saturday due to a sore right knee, and also said that he will likely rest on Sunday.

      Advice: His knee recently flared up on him during a flight home, and he will have tests on his knee when he returns to New York. Coach Derek Fisher hinted recently that Stoudemire would be looking at more recovery days in the future, meaning his value will likely plummet. Stoudemire should be considered day-to-day for now, and he is said to be targeting Dec. 31 for his return. With Quincy Acy (suspension) also out on Saturday, it will be up to Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith, and Travis Wear to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:17 am
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out on Saturday vs. Memphis
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. Memphis.

      Advice: Bosh was targeting this game for his return, but he will unfortunately remain on the sidelines and his owners will have to remain patient. Shawne Williams (foot) is also suddenly questionable for Saturday's contest, meaning Udonis Haslem would likely play all the minutes he can handle. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:02 am
       
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      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Found: Kenneth Faried goes for 26 & 25
      Kenneth Faried exploded in the Nuggets' 106-102 win over the Wolves on Friday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting with a career-high 25 rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: It looks like the big talk with Brian Shaw is paying off and we're finally off the hook for telling you guys to hold on all that time (we think). A happy and engaged Faried is a completely different player than the one we've seen in the beginning of the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:33 am
    • Jonas Jerebko lives up to the billing
      Jonas Jerebko played 28 minutes as expected on Friday with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was a solid game with seven field goal attempts. Garbage time was not really a factor and Jerebko should see minutes in the mid-20s off the bench. He is worth a look in deep leagues for his production in treys, points, boards and occasional defense. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:59 pm
    • Monta Ellis (illness) will play Friday
      Monta Ellis (illness) is a go for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: Ellis has not missed a game for the past two years, so it wasn't likely a puny illness was going to stop him. Go ahead and get him active for a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:56 pm
       
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    • Kevin Durant out Friday, but getting closer
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is getting closer to playing and was at shootaround on Friday, but he will not play against the Hornets.

      Advice: It sounds like Sunday is a possibility for KD, but it's pretty clear the Thunder won't be rushing him back. Expect to see a lot of Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson against the Hornets. Perry Jones will start and is only a play in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:27 pm
       
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    • Monta Ellis (illness) questionable for Friday
      Monta Ellis (illness) was not at shootaround, and his status for Friday's game vs. the Lakers has yet to be determined.

      Advice: Ellis is one of the toughest guys in the league, and hasn't missed a game for the past two seasons, so he'd have to be in really bad shape to miss this one. However, if he is forced to sit, Devin Harris, and J.J. Barea would be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:26 am
       
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    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Friday vs. Charlotte
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: While it's been Perry Jones starting for Durant, the true beneficiary has been Russell Westbrook who has been playing absolutely out of his mind lately. Westbrook will draw a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Hornets, and will make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Reggie Jackson also will get a small boost in value, while Jones won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:12 am
       
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    • James Young healthy enough to play, inactive
      James Young (shoulder) is healthy enough to play, but will remain on the inactive list for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Young is not a part of the Celtics' rotation, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:32 am
    • Amare Stoudemire headed for more rest days
      Amare Stoudemire has missed just three games this season, but head coach Derek Fisher admitted that STAT may be looking at more recovery days in the future.

      Advice: "When his minutes jumped up the past few weeks, his recovery was tougher for him," Fisher said. "The last few days a little bit of soreness, nothing crazy, but just enough for us to be really smart with his history." Fisher has been playing with fire this season, giving Stoudemire 29.5 minutes per game during the month of December. Amare has put in serviceable numbers during that span, averaging 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds on 56.6 percent shooting, but he'll be frustrating to own when the rest days start piling up. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:05 am
    • Jonas Jerebko ready to step into the rotation
      Jonas Jerebko is ready for a larger role with the Pistons with the departure of Josh Smith.

      Advice: "Obviously, with a 4 man gone - I see myself as a 4 man - a lot more minutes open up in practice and in games," Jerebko said. "I feel like I'm ready to take that step and I'm ready to go in there and battle for them." Jerebko was buried on the bench while Smith was with the team, but now he'll likely be one of the first bigs off the bench. We’ll be monitoring coach Stan Van Gundy’s rotations closely over the coming weeks, and owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Jerebko. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:01 am
    • Jolly Old Saint Nikola: Mirotic scores 13
      Nikola Mirotic stayed hot against the Lakers on Thursday with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's just been too good to keep out of the lineup. Mirotic leads qualifying rookies in true shooting percentage and is forcing coach Tom Thibodeau's hand. He's been ridiculously hot over his last five, posting a true shooting percentage of 81.0 with averages of 14.4 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 2.6 triples. His low minutes suggest darker days are ahead, but he's one of the best stashes around considering how many Bulls big man have been hurt this season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:10 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) targeting Saturday vs. MEM
      Chris Bosh expects to test his calf during Friday's practice, and if all goes well, he hopes to play Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: "We have to read and react and see how everything goes and go from there," Bosh said. "It's kind of really like a day-to-day thing. I thought that I would be back the last game but it didn't work out like that. It's just something I have to cope with. We have a lot more games to play." We'll be monitoring Bosh's status closely, and we'll pass along any updates as they become available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:01 pm
       
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      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Carmelo Anthony's 34 points not enough for NY
      Carmelo Anthony logged a season-high 42.5 minutes during the Knicks' Christmas Day loss to the Wizards, putting up 34 points (13-of-28 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Melo has been logging heavy minutes over the past three games, however, that has not resulted in a win for New York. The Knicks have lost 16 of their past 17 games, and Anthony has admitted that his knee is still bothering him. Questions about Melo potentially shutting things down aren't going away anytime soon, so owners should seriously consider trying to sell-high while he's still in uniform. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:47 pm
       
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    • Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Christmas Day
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not suit up for Miami's Christmas Day game vs. Cleveland.

      Advice: This will be Bosh's seventh consecutive game out of the lineup, and Dwyane Wade will again be the main man on offense for Miami. Expect more minutes for Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem, with Williams offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:25 pm
       
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      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Kevin Durant says he has a 'bad ankle sprain'
      Kevin Durant admitted that he's dealing with a "bad ankle sprain."

      Advice: "I can't play basketball," said Durant. "I can't run. I can't cut. I can't jump. I'm not just sitting out just because. If I could play I would play. But I can't play." Durant was noncommittal when asked if he thought he would come back soon saying, "it's day-by-day." Durant is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte, and if he's unable to go, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson will be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:20 am
       
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    • Kevin Durant confirmed out for Christmas
      Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has confirmed Kevin Durant (ankle) as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: Durant wasn't expected to play on Thursday, but this news puts an end to any speculation. "He could not go if he wanted to go," Brooks said. The Thunder play the Hornets on Saturday, but Brooks' statement puts Durant's availability in doubt for that game as well. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson should see the biggest boost on Thursday with Durant out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:11 am
       
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    • Amare Stoudemire will play vs Wizards Thurs
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will play against the Wizards on Christmas Day.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, Stoudemire will indeed suit up against the Wizards on Christmas Day. The Knicks may try to limit his minutes as he's been dealing with knee soreness, but his fantasy owners can feel free to fire up STAT against the Wizards. Cole Aldrich will return to the bench with Stoudemire active. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:59 am
    • J.R. Smith out Thursday vs Wizards
      J.R. Smith (heel) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith went through pre-game warmups, but wasn't feeling well enough to suit up for the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards. Tim Hardaway Jr. will pickup Smith's minutes and makes for a solid play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:14 am
       
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    • J.R. Smith game-time decision Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards, according to head coach Derek Fisher.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, it seems as if Smith is feeling well enough to be upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision. This one looks like it will come down to the wire, but Tim Hardaway Jr. would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Smith sits. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:30 am
       
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    • Amare Stoudemire game-time decision for XMas
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Stoudemire is dealing with a knee injury due to his early-season workload, according to Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. We'll update his status as more information becomes available, but Cole Aldrich and Quincy Acy would be in line for more minutes if STAT can't play on Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:27 am
    • J.R. Smith likely to miss Christmas Day game
      J.R. Smith (heel) is likely to miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith had been hoping to play on Christmas Day, but the last two days of practice didn't go as well as he and the Knicks had hoped. "Right now it’s a no," Smith said of his availability for Thursday. "We’ll see how the treatment reacts today, if it swells up." We'll update his status prior to tip-off, but Tim Hardaway Jr. will be in line for big minutes on Thursday if Smith can't play. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) listed as out for Xmas
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The team could change his status tomorrow, but for now he's not expected to play. This is a bit of a surprise considering the team called it a mild sprain and his owners will want to check back tomorrow morning to see if he goes through shootaround. For now, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:46 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He has missed the past two games in order to rest but he is all set to play in an exciting matchup with the Wizards. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks opt to bring him off of the bench or start him, but we will pass along any updates as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:30 am
    • Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful for Christmas
      Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful to play on Christmas vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: He was initially targeting this game for his return so it is a little disappointing to hear this news one day before tip-off. Owners should check back on Thursday morning just to verify, but it looks like Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will continue to soak up his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:23 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemie will play
      Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:21 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:54 am
       
      Injured
    • Gerald Green drops 22 points off of bench
      Gerald Green dropped 22 points in 23 minutes on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding one assist, one board, one steal and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He continues to be one of the streakiest shooters in the league, but when he is feeling it he can put on quite a show. Green shot 7-of-13 from the field and a ridiculous 6-of-9 from 3-point range as the Suns opted to use a smaller lineup down the stretch. Green has been able to hold his value pretty well with limited minutes, but if owners are patient they will be rewarded with big games like these occasionally. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:41 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe triple-doubles in win vs. Dallas
      Eric Bledsoe notched his second triple-double of the season in a win over Dallas on Tuesday, finishing with 16 points, 11 assists, 10 boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 6-of-19 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but his owners have to be thrilled with this line. Bledsoe's rebounding has really improved over his last three games, and he has been able to snag 29 boards over that span. He will look to continue his torrid pace against the Kings on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:14 pm
    • Manimal sighting: Kenneth Faried gets 20 & 14
      Kenneth Faried finally got going on Tuesday, scoring 20 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in just 32 minutes of action.

      Advice: Faried's long-suffering owners have been waiting for a game like this, which is a vivid reminder of his enormous upside. The Nuggets lost the game but it's hard to imagine coach Brian Shaw being displeased with the Manimal's effort tonight, so ideally his 30+ playing time will continue during the Nuggets' upcoming games on Friday and Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire probable for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire is probable to play on Christmas day vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There is nothing wrong with him, and the Knicks simply opted to rest him the past two games. Owners will have to deal with random DNPs for the rest of the season due to the Knicks' plummeting record, but Stoudemire is still a decent plug-and-play option every time he is active. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:31 pm
    • James Young (shoulder) inactive for Tuesday
      Updating a previous report, James Young (shoulder) will be inactive for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

      Advice: Young isn't currently in the rotation, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues until he does something worth noting. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:58 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Christmas
      Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said he's unsure if Amare Stoudemire (rest) will play on Christmas day.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow and then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," said Fisher. We should have update on STAT after Wednesday's practice, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up for Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:49 am
    • J.R. Smith misses practice on Tuesday
      J.R. Smith (heel) missed practice on Tuesday and appears to be questionable to play on Christmas.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow & then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," coach Derek Fisher said. Smith's injury has kept him out for seven games and it's allowed Tim Hardaway Jr. to play more. Smith is not worth owning in standard leagues while THJ only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 am
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) won't play on Tuesday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

      Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup in a row since suffering the injury on Thursday. Durant has not gone through practice and he should be considered questionable to play against the Spurs on Christmas. While he is out, Perry Jones and Anthony Morrow figure to pick up the most playing time. Reggie Jackson will also get a nice boost in usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:15 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh will miss 76ers game on Tuesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will miss Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Bosh had previously said he's targeting Miami's Christmas Day game against the Cavs. With Justin Hamilton (concussion) out Tuesday night, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will both see increased minutes while providing limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Mirotic quiet but effective with Gibson back
      Nikola Mirotic scored 12 points on 2-of-2 shooting (7-of-8 FTs) with three rebounds and one triple in 18 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Mirotic did great with the chances he had but this line is light and may be an indicator of things to come with all four Bulls big men back on the court. Owners may want to take a position that it's probable one of the three other guys are out on a given night, and that may actually be something that Tom Thibodeau looks at to keep them fresh -- or at least he should. Mirotic can't be considered a must-own player but he's certainly a stash. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:47 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores eight points
      Kenneth Faried scored eight points with nine rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Hornets on Monday.

      Advice: He played just 21 minutes because the Nuggets were down 16 with six minutes left in the third quarter. Faried did not return in garbage time, so this can be viewed as just another bad game. His fantasy owners have no choice but to stay patient, and yes we know this sounds like a broken record. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:49 pm
    • James Young goes through practice
      James Young (shoulder) went through practice on Monday and will be available to play on Tuesday

      Advice: It was a full-contact practice and he should be getting closer to a return. Young is a major offensive project, but he could get in the rotation now that Rajon Rondo is gone. He's only worth a look in ridiculously deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:01 pm
    • Kevin Durant misses practice on Monday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) missed practice on Monday and is a game-time decision against the Blazers on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Thunder called it a "mild" ankle sprain on Friday, but they're still being very cautious. OKC rattled off a seven-game winning streak this month and are already just 1.5 games out of a playoff spot, so resting him makes sense. The Thunder have four games this week, so it's almost impossible to bench KD in weekly leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:21 am
       
      Injured
    • Kenneth Faried had confidence issues?
      Kenneth Faried said he's been trying to bring back his confidence.

      Advice: "I knew I was kind of just slighting myself and just not focused on the main goals that I wanted to achieve," Faried said about losing playing time. "It was just all on me." It's pretty clear coach Brian Shaw isn't a complete fan of Faried's mistakes on the defensive end, but there could be a happy ending to this story. He's struggled in each of the last two Decembers and is expected to have a strong finish again. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:19 am
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee is still hurting
      Carmelo Anthony admitted that his knee is still bothering him.

      Advice: Asked about shutting it down, here was Melo's reply: "We’re dropping further and further, but we’re in December it’s hard to for me to take it easy and sit out and see what happens. I never know what’s going to happen. If I sit it out, will [the knee] get better? I’m feeling it now.’’ The Knicks are showing zero signs of improvement, and those with Anthony on the roster should really think about moving him before it's too late, even if it means selling at a slight discount. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:25 am
       
      Injured
    • Jodie Meeks scores 13 points in loss to Nets
      Jodie Meeks missed all of his 3-point attempts but still finished Sunday's game 6-of-9 from the field for 13 points in a tough road loss to the Nets.

      Advice: He added one rebound, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench, and it seems like only a matter of time before he claims a starting job ahead of Kyle Singler (two points in 21 minutes), or even Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20 points in 33 minutes). Meeks was a very effective fantasy player with the Lakers last season, and he has enough upside to warrant a stash in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:05 pm
    • Gerald Green scores 13 points in 18 minutes
      Gerald Green played just 18 minutes on Sunday, but still managed to score 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting while adding four boards and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He is going to be a hit-or-miss option every night, but he has shown that he has the ability to produce in limited minutes. However, unless his role grows he will be a tough player to own in standard formats. He is still worth a look for owners in need of 3-pointers and scoring, though. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:51 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe leads Suns to win on Sunday
      Eric Bledsoe led the Suns to a win over the Wizards on Sunday, finishing with 17 points, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He had 25 points with 10 rebounds on Saturday, so hopefully he can keep rebounding and scoring at a high rate. Bledsoe probably won't see more than 30 minutes most nights as long as Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas are healthy, but Bledsoe should continue to be an elite asset moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:36 pm
    • Lou Williams lights up the Knicks on Sunday
      Lou Williams lit up the Knicks on Sunday for 22 points (6-of-14 shooting) to go with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

      Advice: This is what Lou does. He doesn't offer much peripheral stats, but if you're looking for some points, treys, and a free throw percentage booster, he's your guy. He's averaging 14.4 points and 1.8 three-pointers this season while shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 4.4 attempts per game). He's certainly in the running for Sixth Man of the Year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:24 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony scores 28 points, Knicks lose
      Carmelo Anthony played 37 minutes during Sunday's loss, scoring 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: The minutes suggest that Melo's knee is healthy, but with the Knicks owning a record of 5-24, there's always going to be talk of him shutting things down. Carmelo remains an elite option while he's in uniform, but owners may want to seriously consider selling high. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 3:37 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh (calf) hopeful to play Christmas
      Chris Bosh said that he's hopeful to suit up for Miami's Christmas day game vs. the Cavs, but he also said that worst-case he'll be out another month.

      Advice: "It’s a possibility, I think," Bosh said of playing this week. "That’s me being a glass-half-full kind of guy. It’s a work in progress, man." Bosh is being pretty vague with his quotes, so all owners can do is hope that he's ready to go soon. He has made significant progress the past few days, but he still needs to work on his conditioning, as he still hasn't been able to run. Shawne Williams has slid into the starting lineup, but he can only be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • 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
      Dec 21, 2:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • James Young (shoulder) making progress
      James Young is making progress in his recovery from his separated right shoulder, and was able to do some non-contact work during shootaround Sunday.

      Advice: He remains without a timetable to return, but it is great to see him making progress. Young is loaded with potential, but he won't have any fantasy value this season. Keep him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:36 am
    • 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
      Dec 20, 9:46 pm
    • Too, Too Much Monta: Ellis scores 38 points
      Monta Ellis dominated down the stretch against the Spurs during a 99-93 win with 38 points, one assist, four steals and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

      Advice: It was Monta Time. He scored 11 of the last 13 points for the Mavericks, which is no surprise since he leads the NBA in field goals in the second half. Ellis has been a much better ball handler than Rajon Rondo this year and his turnover rate is his best ever while he has tremendous rapport with the rest of the starters. The Mavericks lead the NBA in offensive efficiency because of Monta, so don't expect that to change much. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 8:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • Eric Bledsoe scores 25 points in win at MSG
      Eric Bledsoe was terrific against the Knicks during a 99-90 win on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He carved up the Knicks and they didn't have anyone to cover him. Bledsoe has not been affected by the return of Isaiah Thomas, averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 triples. He can be viewed as a top-10 fantasy shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 1:08 pm
    • Chris Bosh won't play on Sunday night
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Celtics on Sunday.

      Advice: He is also questionable to play on Tuesday and on Christmas. Bosh could be out until 2015, so his fantasy owners should plan on using someone else this week. With Bosh out, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Hassan Whiteside will benefit. Although, Dwyane Wade will do just about everything, so there's very little fantasy impact as far as pickups go. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 12:14 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • 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
      Dec 19, 11:24 pm
    • Nikola Mirotic scores 27 points on 100.0 eFG%
      Nikola Mirotic made all six attempts from behind the arc on Friday against the Grizzlies with 27 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: That's good for a 100.0 effective field goal percentage. Mirotic has been a monster in his past two games, but coach Tom Thibodeau has already said he's not going to take away minutes from their big three in the front court. Taj Gibson (ankle) won't be out long, so the rookie only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:36 pm
    • Jodie Meeks can't get it going
      Jodie Meeks could not get it going on Friday with four points, two boards, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

      Advice: His minutes are increasing, but the performance hasn't been there. Meeks should be able to hold value in standard leagues once he gathers some momentum, so his owners should stick with him unless it's to add a hot free agent. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:11 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out Friday vs. Washington
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards, and remains without a timetable to return.

      Advice: Miami went with a starting frontcourt of Justin Hamilton and Chris Andersen during their last game with both Bosh and Josh McRoberts (knee) sidelined, but neither guy made a major impact on the boxscore. Andersen can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues, while Hamilton hasn't really been worth using. Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem will see some increased opportunity, but both those guys have been struggling lately. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 8:22 am
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm vs Orl
    • Thibodeau heaps praise on Nikola Mirotic
      Tom Thibodeau heaped praise on Nikola Mirotic following a solid effort during the Bulls win over the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: "[Nikola] made a lot of great plays, particularly in the first half," said Thibodeau. "He made shots and made plays off the dribble, he hustled. I was very pleased with the way he played. We did not play a great game, but we found a way to win in the end." Mirotic busted out of his mini-slump on Thursday, and if Taj Gibson (ankle) is unavailable for Friday's game, expect Mirotic to again get a healthy heaping of minutes and be a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 6:29 am
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