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    • Darren Collison out six weeks after surgery
      Darren Collison will miss approximately six weeks after Tuesday's surgery to repair a core muscle, effectively ending his season.

      Advice: "My gut right now from the standpoint of basketball is it would probably be silly to try to rush him back," coach George Karl said. Ray McCallum has crept into standard-league relevance as the starting PG in Collison's absence, with both Andre Miller and Nik Stauskas playing larger roles off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:23 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) given 3-6 week timetable
      The Bulls have given Jimmy Butler (elbow) a 3-6 week timetable for his return, but he's hopeful that he can play before the end of the regular season.

      Advice: Initial reports suggested a 3-4 week timetable so this is somewhat discouraging, though Butler said on Tuesday that the pain in his elbow is already subsiding. "I'm doing all right," he said. "I'm just trying my best to hurry back, being careful, of course ... My ligament just has to heal, and I've got to be able to move my left arm like I move my right before I can get out there and do anything." With no firm return date and the fantasy playoffs looming, Butler is only worth stashing if you're confident your team can succeed without his production until at least late March. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:26 pm
       
      Injured
    • Hornets coach criticizes rookie P.J. Hairston
      Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that rookie P.J. Hairston "hasn't developed any way to play to make his teammates better."

      Advice: Charlotte is jockeying for a playoff spot and Clifford's rotation has no room for player development, so we're unlikely to see Hairston or fellow rookie Noah Vonleh on the court in the season's final weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams scores 11 in defeat
      Michael Carter-Williams shot 4-of-11 from the field during Tuesday's road loss, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 33 minutes.

      Advice: The Bucks are 2-5 since trading Brandon Knight in their deal to acquire MCW, and they now trail the Wizards by 2.5 games for the No. 5 seed in the East. Carter-Williams is making an abysmal 15.4 percent of his jumpers this season (51-of-331), and tonight he was a mere 3-of-7 from within four feet of the hoop. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • Khris Middleton fills up boxscore vs. Nuggets
      Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-20 from the field on Tuesday, but still finished with 20 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: He made all five of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over, putting him a few made shots away from a pure nine-cat gem. Middleton has been one of the nicest surprises this season and his scoring is even more essential with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, so he's poised for steady top-50 value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo posts 19 & 11 vs. DEN
      The Bucks fell in Denver on Tuesday despite a strong game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who posted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: Giannis turned the ball over five times but he also drained a 3-pointer and was able to log 35 minutes despite persistent foul trouble. He and Khris Middleton have proven to be a formidable wing duo for the Bucks, and both guys are returning top-40 value over the past 10 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia awful in 13 minutes vs. Denver
      Zaza Pachulia started Tuesday's game but was awful in 13 minutes of action, going scoreless with three turnovers, two fouls and no other stats to his credit.

      Advice: Pachulia was completely out of sorts in an awkward matchup vs. Kenneth Faried, and Jason Kidd wisely opted to limit his playing time after a brutal start to the game. He's off the radar in all but the deepest leagues, regardless of where he begins the game. John Henson (10 points, five boards, one block) is still the center to own in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 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
    • Jared Dudley (knee) struggles in return Tues
      Jared Dudley (knee) finished Tuesday's loss in Denver with two points, five boards and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He shot just 1-of-6 from the field and may not be 100 percent healthy. Standard-league owners can leave him on the waiver wire as long as he's playing 20-25 minutes behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    • Gary Harris fades in Nuggets' bench rotation
      Nuggets rookie Gary Harris was scoreless in six minutes off the bench vs. Milwaukee on Tuesday.

      Advice: He had played at least 16 minutes in his previous five games but even then he wasn't anywhere near standard-league fantasy value. Coach Melvin Hunt doesn't seem inclined to give him big minutes, and the waiver wire should be Harris' permanent home. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:58 pm
    • Jeremy Lin sinks key 3-pointer vs. Charlotte
      Jeremy Lin sank a late 3-pointer in Charlotte on Tuesday, finishing the Lakers' one-point loss with 23 points, six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Lin made 9-of-16 shots overall and he's been gaining steam with increased minutes and offensive responsibilities since the All-Star break. Despite averaging under 28 minutes in his previous five games, Lin was already helping fantasy owners with 17.0 points on 50.0 percent FGs and 75.0 percent FTs, as well as 2.8 boards, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals. Tonight's eruption clinches the deal and he shouldn't be floating on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:27 pm
    • Lance Stephenson benched for second half
      Lance Stephenson didn't leave the Hornets bench in the second half on Tuesday, finishing with five points, three rebounds and two assists in just 10 minutes.

      Advice: Born Ready has solid per-36-minute averages for rebounds (6.5) and assists (5.9), but that's where the good news ends. He has a morbid True Shooting of 40.3 percent and coach Steve Clifford opted to deploy Jeff Taylor ahead of him in the second half. Clifford explained the benching afterward by saying, "From here on out it's got to be sub-to-win." That line sums up Stephenson's lack of value for both the Hornets and fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    • Derrick Williams gets 17 points off SAC bench
      Derrick Williams came off the bench for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting on Tuesday, making three 3-pointers with three boards, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Knicks' opponents are shooting a league-best 38.6 percent from downtown and it showed on Tuesday, as the Kings made a combined 10-of-18 triples in the easy road win. George Karl is still figuring out how to get "more consistent value" from Williams, but he also referred to him as "one of our more skilled players." Standard-league owners should keep a close eye on D-Will in case his role continues to grow during the Kings' final 24 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:52 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) plays well in return
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) returned to action on Tuesday with 18 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in an easy win vs. Boston.

      Advice: He logged only 26 minutes and showed no signs of his recent injury, making 6-of-10 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws before taking a seat down the stretch. His return bumped Matthew Dellavedova back to the bench, where he went scoreless with five rebounds and seven assists. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:35 pm
    • James Young logs 17 minutes off Celts' bench
      James Young scored nine points in 17 minutes off the Celtics' bench on Tuesday, going 2-of-5 from downtown and 3-of-3 at the free throw line.

      Advice: He's shooting 4-of-16 in his past four games and has failed to capitalize on the minutes afforded him by coach Brad Stevens. Young should stick in the rotation with Boston emphasizing player development down the stretch, but he's clearly not a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:31 pm
    • James Jones scores double-digit points
      James Jones scored double-digit points for the third time this season on Tuesday, making 3-of-6 shots with a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 10 points.

      Advice: Jones added six boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes, taking advantage of extra opportunities with the game firmly in Cleveland's control by halftime. He has overtaken Mike Miller (12 minutes) in coach David Blatt's rotation, but Jones remains nothing more than a deep-league 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:25 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) ruled out again on Tues.
      Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Nuggets have failed to provide a timetable for the rookie's return, and all we know is that former head coach Brain Shaw hinted that Nurkic would be out for a while. Nurkic is worth a stash if you have an open IR spot, but with fantasy playoffs upon us, his owners may need to look at other options. In the meantime, Kenneth Faried will continue to start at center, while more opportunities will be available for guys like J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:54 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Min
    • Markieff Morris fined $15k for hit on Dragic
      Markieff Morris has been fined $15,000 for making above-the-shoulder contact with Goran Dragic.

      Advice: He swiped at Dragic and caught his head, sending him to the ground, which earned Morris a Flagrant-2 foul and an ejection. He said Dragic was "overexaggerating" on the play, and either way the league didn't see enough malicious intent to suspend him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:14 pm
    • Darren Collison out 6-weeks following surgery
      Darren Collison underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury, and he is expected to remain sidelined for approximately 6-weeks.

      Advice: The NBA regular season ends in 6-weeks, so it's seems very likely that this will be the end to Collison's season. He'll finish with averages of 16.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field. Andre Miller and Ray McCallum will continue to man the point guard position in Sacramento with Collison out, but their timeshare will limit their value to deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:00 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • No suspension coming for Hassan Whiteside
      Hassan Whiteside will not be suspended for Monday's altercation with Alex Len.

      Advice: He will however be hit with a $15,000 fine, but Whiteside will be in the lineup for Wednesday's very favorable matchup against the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:45 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will play on Tuesday
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will play Tuesday vs. Boston.

      Advice: Irving will return to the starting lineup, sending Matthew Dellavedova to the bench. Irving will draw a favorable matchup against the Celtics tonight, so make sure you have him on your active roster. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:27 pm
    • Karl wants consistency from Derrick Williams
      Kings' head coach George Karl said that he would like to get more consistency from Derrick Williams.

      Advice: "Derrick is one of our more skilled players, and we’re trying to figure out how he fits with the team," Karl said. "I thought that he and Andre Miller had chemistry together [on Sunday]. As a coaching staff, we feel that we should try and get more out of him, and more consistent value." Williams was able to put up 18 points on Sunday, but was held to single digits in his previous three outings, including a zero-point performance vs. San Antonio. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    • NO to give Elliot Williams a 10-day contract
      The Pelicans are expected to sign G Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract.

      Advice: Williams played five games for the Jazz earlier in the season on a 10-day deal, and put in averages of 3.6 points and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 46.2 percent shooting from the field. He'll help add some depth to New Orleans’ backcourt, but he's well off the radar in standard leagues. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:18 pm
    • Tyler Johnson (ankle) expected to play Wed.
      Tyler Johnson (ankle) did not participate during Tuesday's practice, but he is expected to play Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: Johnson is experiencing some soreness in his left ankle after a hard fall during Monday's physical game against the Suns, but the injury is not expected to cause Johnson to miss any action. "It's been better," Johnson said of his ankle. "I walked out [Monday] and it was really painful. I came out and got some treatment. It's only getting better." Johnson is coming off a career-high 26 point outing, but we'd like to see a similar performance before recommending him as an add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside regrets altercation with Len
      Hassan Whiteside expressed his regret on Tuesday for wrestling with Alex Len during Monday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: "I regret doing that," Whiteside said. "That was the first time. Violence is not the answer. That's what it was. I just felt like [Len] was frustrated with as many as dunks that I did on him." Whiteside will likely be suspended for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, leaving Udonis Haslem, Michael Beasley, and Chris Andersen to man Miami's frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:27 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) a game-time decision
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is likely headed for a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. Boston.

      Advice: We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but if Irving is unavailable, Matthew Dellavedova will have another game with the starting unit. However, Dellavedova only managed to put up three points and four assists through 41 minutes of action during his last start, so the true beneficiaries of an Irving absence will be LeBron James and Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:57 am
    • 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Kyrie Irving questionable for Tues vs Celtics
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game agains the Celtics.

      Advice: Cavs' head coach David Blatt had previously said that Irving would return to action against the Celtics on Tuesday, so there's a good chance his questionable status turns to probable later in the day. We'll pass along updates as soon as they're available, but Matthew Dellavedova will return to a bench role if Irving does indeed play on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:42 am
    • Scott happy with Jeremy Lin's recent play
      Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's happy with the way that Jeremy Lin has been playing recently.

      Advice: "I am really happy with the way he’s starting to show that consistent effort for every single night," Scott said of Lin after Sunday's loss to the Thunder. "He’s playing the way I think he’s capable of playing." While Lin has had an inconsistent season, he's stepped up his play as of late and is averaging 17.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.2 steals in 27.8 minutes over his last five games. As long as he can continue to his pace, he's worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:38 am
    • P.J. Hairston benched due to absence
      P.J. Hairston was inactive during Sunday's game due to a missed weight-training session.

      Advice: According to two sources, Hairston missed a weight-training obligation and was subsequently put on the inactive list for Sunday's game. Hairston was also made inactive for a game in December after an unexcused absence from practice, so this isn't his first transgression of his rookie season. The rookie has only suited up for one of the Hornets' last 10 games, so he can be left on the wire in all but the deepest fantasy leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:20 am
    • Eric Gordon posts 18-5-4 line with four treys
      Eric Gordon's surprising surge continued in Monday's loss to the Mavs as he scored 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including four treys) with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: The production isn't surprising as he's been doing this for a while now, posting a top 50-80 month (8/9 cat) with no end in sight. The fact that he has been consistent and healthy is the good part, and it's nice to see him carry some of the weight from that ugly contract the Pelicans signed him to. Tyreke Evans added 17 points, three boards, seven assists, one steal and one three in the loss. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:14 pm
    • Hot Ish: Smith has a good game vs. Raps
      Ish Smith scored 19 points with five rebounds, nine assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

      Advice: Coach Brett Brown already said that he likes Smith as a backup point guard, so he's not going to leapfrog Isaiah Canaan for the starting gig. That doesn't necessarily mean he won't outproduce him. In his last two games, he's averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 boards, 7.0 boards and 1.0 treys. He is worth a look in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:10 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Tyler Johnson scores career-high 26 points
      Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 26 points against the Suns on Monday with one rebound, one assist, four steals and three 3-pointers on 10-of-13 from the field in 26 minutes.

      Advice: It was also more points than he scored in any of his college games at Fresno State. Needless to say, nobody saw this coming with three consecutive DNP-CDs coming into this game. There were 102 players who logged minutes tonight and only one of them, DeMar DeRozan, had more points than Johnson tonight. Plus Johnson had a 90.8 true shooting percentage. Stats aside, Goran Dragic only played 15 minutes, which really helped Johnson. Unless you're in a really deep league, we're going to have to see Johnson score in double digits with Dragic out there for more than 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:39 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside, Alex Len are ejected
      Hassan Whiteside and Alex Len were ejected for wrestling on Monday night.

      Advice: This game in Miami is one of the most emotional ones of the season. Whiteside tried to tackle Len and there's certainly a chance he gets hit with a suspension for this one. He finished with 17 points, 10 boards, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes. He's a better basketball player than a tackler and his owners are going to be hoping for mercy from the NBA in hopes he doesn't get suspended. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:46 pm
    • Markieff Morris ejected for flagrant 2 foul
      Markieff Morris was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Goran Dragic in the third quarter.

      Advice: It was a hard foul in transition that sent Dragic to the floor hard, but Markieff's reputation might have hurt him here for the flagrant 2 call. Morris probably won't be suspended for this infraction, but he picked up another technical foul tonight and is a strong bet to be suspended for too many in one season. He finished with 13 points, five boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes. You can check out a video of the foul in the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:19 pm
    • Jared Dudley ready to roll for Tuesday night
      Jared Dudley (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

      Advice: He missed Saturday due to some soreness in his knee cap and looks to be in the clear. Interestingly, every fantasy owner's favorite headache, Ersan Ilyasova, stepped up while Dudley was down, so that is the major fantasy implication here. While Dudley isn't worth owning, it'll be interesting to see what happens with Ghostface Ilya. Dudley isn't worth owning in most leagues while Ilyasova is worth a look -- add at your own risk of course. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:25 am
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) out approx. 3-4 weeks
      Jimmy Butler (elbow) is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a sprain, but he will not need surgery, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: The Bulls are officially calling it a Grade 2/3 ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. Per beat writer KC Johnson, Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis, and it's possible he'll return in under three weeks, but we're definitely looking at an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. If he misses three weeks, there would be 11 regular-season games left. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available. Without Butler and Derrick Rose (knee), the Bulls are going to be slogging through the offensive end in the near future. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:38 am
       
      Injured
    • Eric Gordon scores 18 points in NOP victory
      Eric Gordon scored 18 points vs. the Nuggets on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He's now made a 3-pointer in 25 consecutive games which is huge for a Pelicans team that ranks in the bottom-10 for 3-pointers made. With Ryan Anderson (knee) out of commission, it's safe to say Gordon will have a neon-green light to shoot from downtown in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:03 pm
    • Gary Harris plays 16 minutes in reserve role
      Gary Harris shifted back to Denver's bench vs. the Pelicans, playing 16 minutes to finish with two points, one rebound, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: Harris' minutes have spiked to 20.0 over his past five games, but he's a combined 10-of-33 from the field during that stretch and has done nothing to earn a bigger role. Fantasy owners should let him bob along on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 pm
    • Jeremy Lin stays hot, scores 20 in loss Sun.
      Jeremy Lin continued his impressive play in a loss to the Thunder on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting with eight assists, six boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Distant memories of Linsanity are slowly starting to surface, as Lin has been a new man since the All-Star break, averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 assists, 2.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in 27.8 minutes per game. While it is highly unlikely that he takes over as the starting PG with rookie Jordan Clarkson playing well, Lin has been playing a lot of minutes at shooting guard which is huge for his value moving forward. Don't look now, but Lin is worth a flier in most leagues to see if he can keep up his torrid pace. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:19 pm
    • Ish Smith starts 2nd half over Isaiah Canaan
      Ish Smith took over at PG to start the second half vs. Indiana on Sunday, posting 11 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and five assists in the Sixers' loss.

      Advice: Smith is a career 38.6 percent shooter and fantasy owners should be extremely wary of his 47.4 percent free throw shooting this season. He's a decent speculative add for deep-league owners seeking a point guard, but his starting job isn't guaranteed and we wouldn't cut anyone of value to get him. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:27 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Derrick Williams scores 18 points in loss
      Derrick Williams matched his season-high with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting against the Blazers on Sunday, adding one rebound in 23 minutes.

      Advice: His role has been erratic at best under head coach George Karl, and he has averaged just 16.4 minutes per game since coach Karl took over. Until Williams earns a bigger role in Sacramento, he is going to be tough to own outside of the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:24 pm
    • Ish Smith starts 2nd half over Isaiah Canaan
      Ish Smith started the second half in place of Isaiah Canann on Sunday vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Canaan has struggled with his conditioning and hasn't exactly looked comfortable running the point in Philly, but head coach Brett Brown has been known to shake things up occasionally. Smith was averaging 6.3 points, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals in his previous three performances with the 76ers, but owners in most leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:41 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) out as expected Sunday
      Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Sunday as expected.

      Advice: He is expected to be "out a while" according to head coach Brian Shaw, but his owners should at least entertain the idea of holding onto him if they have an IR spot, or at least until we get a firm timetable. Joffrey Lauvergene has been playing well for the Nuggets and is worth a look in deeper leagues, while J.J. Hickson might be able to finally make some noise as well. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:46 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Min
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) scheduled for MRI Monday
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow) will have MRI on hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

      Advice: We'll continue to track Butler's status closely, and we're considering him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Tony Snell will likely draw the start if Butler is unavailable on Tuesday, and he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues with averages of 13.6 points and 2.7 three-pointers through the month of February. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:55 pm
       
      Injured
    • Update: Jimmy Butler (elbow) will not return
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow sprain) will not return for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Butler will finish Sunday's game with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, with two 3-pointers, two assists, two rebounds, and one turnover. The Bulls play again on Tuesday vs. Washington, and we'll be considering him questionable for that one. Tony Snell stepped up when Butler went down, scoring 10 points in the third quarter, and he'll be worth a look in deep leagues if Butler is forced to sit out on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:55 am
       
      Injured
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) questionable to return
      Updating a previous report, Jimmy Butler has been diagnosed with a left elbow sprain and his return is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but the fact he's dealing with a sprain and not something more serious can be seen as a positive. Tony Snell will be the primary beneficiary if Butler is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:45 am
       
      Injured
    • Jimmy Butler leaves game with left arm injury
      Jimmy Butler was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with an apparent left arm injury, and his return is questionable.

      Advice: Butler injured himself running into a hard screen set by DeAndre Jordan, and was forced to immediately exit the game while clutching his left arm. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but Tony Snell will be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes if Butler is forced to miss any time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:27 am
       
      Injured
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) to return on Tuesday
      Cavs' head coach David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will return to action on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Irving won't be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets, giving Matthew Dellavedova one more game with the starting unit. Dellavedova managed to put up 14 inefficient points during Friday's loss to the Pacers, but those numbers came with both LeBron James and Irving out of the lineup. With James set to return on Sunday, Dellavedova isn't going to be a great option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:10 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
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet in loss Sat.
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He was held scoreless and didn't even attempt a shot before halftime, but luckily for his owners he was able to muster up some confidence in the second half. Antetokounmpo has been in the midst of a major slump, shooting just 35 percent from the field over his last seven games, so hopefully the Greek Freak can continue to improve as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams scores 16 points Sat.
      Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 points vs. the Jazz on Saturday with five boards, three assists and four steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He also shot 6-of-10 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but it's clear that MCW's efficiency is going to improve with a much better supporting cast around him. In three games with the Bucks, MCW has averaged 10.3 points, 5.0 assists, 2.0 boards, 2.3 steals and 2.7 turnovers in 25.0 minutes per game, so he should only get better as his minutes begin to increase. Keep in mind that his next injury is always right around the corner, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside grabs 24 boards, scores 14
      Hassan Whiteside matched his career-high 24 boards against the Hawks on Saturday with 14 points and two blocks in 34 minutes.

      Advice: Before his time with the Heat, Whiteside had a grand total of 39 rebounds in his career. Now he has two games with at least 24 boards and continues to be one of the wildest stories of the season. Plus, he's also made at least 60 percent from the field in each of his last two months. How did every team dismiss this guy? Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:08 pm
    • Jared Dudley (knee) out for Saturday
      Jared Dudley (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

      Advice: X-rays were negative on his kneecap and he appears to be day-to-day. However, it's tough to gauge how much time he is going to miss because Dudley did have an issue with his kneecap last year. He can be dropped in most leagues. Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless likely get most of Dudley's minutes. Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues and we'll let you know how he does tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:45 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (left shoulder) out for Sunday
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will not play against the Rockets on Sunday.

      Advice: It'll be his second game out of the lineup for the Cavs and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Celtics. Matthew Dellavedova put up a fluky 14-point, 10-board game on Friday, but that was also without LeBron James. Outside of maybe giving J.R. Smith, Kevin Love and LeBron a little bump in usage rate, there's not much impact from Kyrie missing time. Iman Shumpert may play more for owners in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:42 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Shaw: Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) out 'for a while'
      Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) is "out a while" due to his ankle sprain, according to coach Brian Shaw.

      Advice: There is no timetable, but the sense is that he's going to need at least a week or maybe even a month to get over this injury. Nurkic was posting some elite value and could have been a top-50 player the rest of the way, so his owners will have to weigh their options on keeping him. While he's out, Joffrey Lauvergne seems to be benefitting most, but he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:53 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Min
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) questionable Sunday
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: An MRI taken on his shoulder reportedly came back clean, and he is said to be dealing with a minor strain. We will know more on his status after shootaround Sunday morning, so his owners will want to be on alert for an update. If Kyrie sits, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova will see increased minutes in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:34 am
    • Lin posts 14-5-6 line in win over Bucks
      Jeremy Lin scored 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes off the bench in the Lakers' 101-93 win over the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: Lin has hovered around the bottom of the top-150 over the last month but has picked it up over the last week or so. Bryon Scott has said that he's thinking of starting Lin at some point, but that's not necessarily the driver of his value. He's worth a pickup though for the chance he can make a late-season run. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:44 am
    • 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
    • Carter-Williams logs 27 uneventful minutes
      Michael Carter-Williams logged 27 minutes in his second game with the Bucks, scoring eight points on 3-of-6 shooting (no threes) with one rebound, four assists, one steal and four turnovers in Friday's loss.

      Advice: This isn't a great result but the Bucks increased his minutes by a total of nine and they appear committed to throwing him in the fire. If he's not producing at a mid-to-late round level in 8-cat leagues in a few games we'd be surprised. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:39 am
    • Gordon posts 20 pts, eight rebs, four 3PMs
      Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound and eight assists in the Pelicans' 104-102 win over the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: The Pelicans aren't falling out of contention in the playoff chase and Gordon is a big reason why. He's been a top 50-75 guy (8/9 cat) over the last month or so and that'll probably be the case until (if) Jrue Holiday returns. Tyreke Evans added 19 points, three boards, 11 assists, one trey and five turnovers in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:44 am
    • Jimmy Butler posts 28 & 12 against Minny
      Jimmy Butler scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: Butler did not hit a three but who cares when he's putting up numbers like these. He has returned top 6-12 value (9/8 cat) on a per-game basis this season and with Derrick Rose out of the picture for the most part he could theoretically improve on that. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on knee
      Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on his knee following Friday's game.

      Advice: He said he is dealing with some problems with his kneecap, which bothered him last season. Dudley hasn't played well lately and has clearly been passed by Khris Middleton. If he's out, more minutes will go to Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • James Jones starting for LeBron
      James Jones will start against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: Revenge game because he started his career with the Pacers? Kidding aside, Jones played just one minute last night and he was out of the rotation earlier this season. Fantasy owners should be looking to J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert more than Jones. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:28 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) questionable Sunday
      David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving's (shoulder) MRI came back clear enough that he may be able to suit up for Sunday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Irving is just dealing with a shoulder strain, so hopefully he'll be ready to go on Sunday after sitting out of Friday's game vs. the Pacers. Matthew Dellavedova will slide into the starting point guard spot for as long as Irving is out, but with averages of just 6.6 points, 4.9 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers with the starting unit, Dellavedova's value is limited to very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:49 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) ruled out on Friday
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will not play on Friday against the Pacers.

      Advice: He suffered the left shoulder strain on Friday, but he was back on the bench following the injury. Irving had an MRI and it would appear he's day-to-day because the team did not rule him out for Sunday against the Rockets. Matthew Dellavedova logged all of the backup point guard minutes on Thursday night and is likely going to start. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:34 pm
    • Lin to start over Clarkson at some point?
      Coach Bryon Scott said he is thinking of starting Jeremy Lin at some point.

      Advice: The change is not going to happen tonight with the Lakers sticking with the same starting five. Lin may start over Jordan Clarkson or the team could go with a two-PG lineup, as well. Clarkson has played next to Lin for 23.3 percent of his minutes this season, so this isn't too bold and there won't be many fantasy implications here outside of Wayne Ellington being less appealing. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 am
    • Markieff Morris scores 29 with 11 boards
      Markieff Morris scored 29 points with 11 boards in Thursday's overtime win over the Thunder, adding three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes.

      Advice: He was really struggling prior to tonight, averaging just 6.3 points over his last three games, so his owners will be thrilled that he broke out of his slump. The best part of all of this is that he struggled in the mid-range again tonight, making 4-of-13 on those shots. Morris was money everywhere else, though. Expect some bumps in the road, but look for Morris to build on this momentum on Saturday against Tim Duncan and the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:47 pm
    • 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) doubtful for Friday
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will not travel to Indiana on Thursday night is now doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Irving is set to undergo an MRI on Friday morning, so his owners will have to agonizingly wait for an update. The fact that he is not going to travel with the team should all but rule him out for Friday, but crazier things have happened. Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova will have their hands full in the backcourt if Irving sits, while LeBron James and Kevin Love will carry the load on offense for the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:06 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
    • Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not play Friday
      Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Utah, as expected.

      Advice: With Nurkic unavailable, and Darrell Arthur (calf) being listed as doubtful, J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried are going to be logging heavy minutes on Friday, while newcomer Joffrey Lauvergne could put up some nice numbers. He had 11 points, nine boards, a steal and a block on Wednesday, when Nurkic got hurt. It's also possible that Wilson Chandler (groin) plays some minutes at power forward, but Denver is simply running out of options. Faried is going to have a lot of opportunity on Friday, so hopefully he can finally bust out of his slump. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:31 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Min
    • Report: Collison (hip) likely done for season
      Darren Collison will reportedly undergo surgery to repair a core muscle injury on Tuesday, and he will likely remain sidelined for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: Collison will be re-evaluated in 3-6 weeks after undergoing surgery, but with the fantasy playoffs looming and multiple reports stating that his season is likely over, it's probably safe at this point to drop Collison in standard leagues. Ray McCallum and Andre Miller will split minutes at the point guard spot with Collison sidelined, but neither guy makes for a strong add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:07 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Darren Collison (hip) could be out for year
      The Kings do not have much optimism that Darren Collison (hip flexor strain) will return this season, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: He traveled to see a specialist in L.A. and apparently it did not go well. Following an initial MRI, the Kings called Collison "doubtful" to play back on Feb. 6, so this news would be a surprise. Fantasy owners should start planning on Collison missing extended time and he's not a must-own player if you really need to make a move for a hot free agent. Ray McCallum would gain the most value and is worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:36 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Michael Carter-Williams returned to action on Wednesday February 25. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:29 pm
    • Markieff Morris' shooting slump continues
      Markieff Morris' shooting slump continued on Wednesday against the Nuggets, making 1-of-5 from the field for five points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: He was one of the best mid-range power forwards in the NBA earlier in the season, but that's been his undoing lately. In his last seven, Morris made just 21.6 percent of his mid-range shots, which account for 50.5 percent of his shot total. That explains why he's only averaged 12.3 points, 5.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 treys on 33.7 percent from the field in that span. Besides the shooting issue, it's not that bad. He should get it turned around soon because all players go through shooting slumps. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:46 pm
    • Eric Gordon's slump continues Wednesday
      Eric Gordon hit just 2-of-11 shots (both 3-pointers) for eight points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's really struggling with his shot right now, hitting just 19-of-61 shots over his last five games, good for just 31 percent. He's averaging 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.2 3-pointers over that stretch, so if his shot ever comes back, he could start putting up some really nice numbers. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:02 pm
    • Jimmy Butler has an underwhelming game
      Jimmy Butler didn't step up against the Hornets during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He should have more on his plate with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the foreseeable future. Butler has really seen a huge boost in the past month even with Rose on the floor, so it should be interesting to see how he does now that he'll be running the offense a lot more. There's a very good chance Jimmy Buckets is a top-10 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 19 minutes on Wed
      Zaza Pachulia played 19 minutes on Wednesday against the 76ers with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He saw a big increase from his six minutes on Monday, but he played a lot less than John Henson. Considering how well Henson played tonight, it's hard to be encouraged by Pachulia. Fantasy owners in most leagues will want to keep Pachulia on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 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
    • Michael-Carter Williams plays 18 minutes
      Michael Carter-Williams played 18 minutes in his Milwaukee debut against the 76ers on Wednesday with seven points, eight assists, two steals and one turnover.

      Advice: He only had a 16.5 usage rate tonight, which is his second lowest of the season. On the bright side, tonight was just his third game of the season with a field goal percentage of at least 60 (3-of-5 from the field tonight). Carter-Williams is likely going to see his numbers come down, but he'll be better than this. It's also worth mentioning coach Jason Kidd said he's going to encourage MCW to take midrange shots, which seems like an awful idea based on how he's only made 24.7 percent on his mid-range this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:41 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic has lateral right ankle sprain
      Jusuf Nurkic suffered a right lateral ankle sprain on Wednesday and X-rays were negative.

      Advice: This is actually not bad news for Nurkic, but he is still very likely to miss time and does not have a timetable to return. He was in a lot of pain and could not put weight on his foot. Nurkic owners should hold him for now because players have limped off the court without putting weight on their leg and play in their next game -- Rodney Stuckey did that over the weekend. With Nurkic out, it looks like fellow rookie Joffrey Lauvergne will step up after posting a nice line on Wednesday with 11 points and nine boards. J.J. Hickson will also play more, but his upside isn't great. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:27 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Min
    • Jusuf Nurkic hurts leg, goes in a wheelchair
      Jusuf Nurkic suffered a right leg injury against the Suns on Wednesday and needed to go into a wheelchair. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:07 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Min
    • Hassan Whiteside plays well in overtime win
      Hassan Whiteside had 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's overtime win.

      Advice: He was helped out a bit by the extra time, and while he hasn't exploded like a superstar lately, it's hard to complain about anything he's doing. Especially when he was free off the wire for a majority of his owners. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:28 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia starting, John Henson benched
      Zaza Pachulia will start against 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He has been coming off the bench, but he'll be back in the starting lineup tonight. Pachulia only played six minutes on Monday and he's basically in a three-way timeshare with John Henson and Miles Plumlee. He can be left on the wire in most leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:02 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams to start vs. 76ers
      Michael Carter-Williams will start against the 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: In his first game not in a 76ers uniform, he'll get to play against them. Carter-Williams has been dreadful on his jump shots this season, making just 14.7 percent of them. It should be interesting to see how the Bucks use him on offense and his fantasy owners will hope he shoots less. MCW should see a decrease in usage rate, so his ceiling isn't likely going to increase on a given night. He is safe to start for now and his owners can hope for a revenge game tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:21 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Darren Collison (hip) ruled out for Wednesday
      Darren Collison (hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He will reportedly meet with a specialist in Los Angeles, so we will pass along any additional updates as soon as we know more. Collison has been sidelined since Feb. 5th, and with season averages of 16.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, his owners can only hope to get some good news soon with fantasy playoffs looming. Ray McCallum will likely draw another start on Wednesday, but he will likely split minutes with veteran Andre Miller, meaning they are only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:41 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Michael Carter-Williams probable Wednesday
      Michael Carter-Williams is officially being listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: MCW's return will send Jerryd Bayless back to the bench, and his value will take a sizable hit with the demotion. Players tend to have great games against their former teams, and with Carter-Williams' former team being the Sixers (a team ranking in the bottom three in defensive efficiency), MCW could be in for a big game. Check back for an official update closer to Wednesday's tip, and if he's a go, he'll make for a strong play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:07 am
    • 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
    • Michael Carter-Williams optimistic about Weds
      Michael Carter-Williams (toe) said he's optimistic that he'll be able to play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: MCW hasn't played since before the All-Star Break, but sounded ready to make his debut with his new team against his former team. "I'll be playing next game," MCW said in locker room after game. "I don't know how many minutes I'll be playing." Carter-Williams is a must-own player as the Bucks' starting point guard, but it sounds like fantasy owners may want to take a cautious approach on Wednesday if he's only playing limited minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:47 am
    • Gary Harris scores 10 in first start
      Gary Harris scored 10 points in his first NBA start against the Nets on Monday, adding two rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He was barely playing before tonight, but he picked up a nice chunk of Wilson Chandler's (groin) playing time. Harris will likely get more run down the stretch because the Nuggets will want to figure out if he's capable of being in their rotation next season, but he's played poorly this season with his season field goal percentage of 26.4. He's only worth a look in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:02 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
    • Carter-Williams to make Bucks debut vs. PHI
      Michael Carter-Williams (toe) said he would make his Bucks debut in Wednesday's game against his old Sixers squad.

      Advice: Carter-Williams' stats are about to flatten out with less usage and (hopefully) better efficiency. He's a must-own player in 8-cat leagues and if you're punting turnovers in 9-cat leagues the same applies. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:59 pm
    • Ish Smith plays 24 minutes, scores seven
      Ish Smith made his 76ers debut on Monday, scoring seven points with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He has already leapfrogged Tim Frazier and he logged some minutes next to Frazier and Canaan tonight. Smith could be looking at around 27 minutes per game with his new team, but he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Additionally, this is his eighth team in five seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:50 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • Pachulia plays six minutes against Chicago
      Zaza Pachulia played just six minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Pachulia missed all three of his shots and had just one rebound and one assist to his credit. Yes, the Bucks found themselves in a blowout loss against a vastly superior team, but Pachulia's already teetering deep league value took a major blow tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:42 pm
    • Dudley goes scoreless on Monday vs. Bulls
      Jared Dudley was demoted to a bench role on Monday and missed all four of his shot attempts, finishing with no points as the Bulls had no mercy on his soul.

      Advice: Dudley managed two steals, one board and one assist and he has been slowly trending down over the past week. After a night like this, owners have to be thinking about a drop and if there's any slightly better than average free agent it's an easy call. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:40 pm
    • Gary Harris starting on Monday night
      Gary Harris will start against the Nets on Monday.

      Advice: The Nuggets are shifting Danilo Gallinari to small forward and starting the rookie guard for the first time. He was expected to play a little more, but only played four minutes on Friday and picked up most of his run on Sunday in garbage time. Harris is only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:10 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
    • Darren Collison (hip) to see a specialist
      Darren Collison (hip flexor) will travel to Los Angeles to see a specialist.

      Advice: It doesn't sound like he's going to play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. Collison has been out for almost three weeks and he doesn't have a timetable to return. His owners should just bench him for now and hope we get good news in the next couple days. With Collison out, Ray McCallum has played minutes in the 20s, but he's not a great add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:41 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Michael Carter-Williams will not play Monday
      Michael Carter-Williams (toe) will not play on Monday against the Bulls.

      Advice: MCW has been dealing with the toe injury since before being traded to Milwaukee, and it's not a surprise he'll be out once again on Monday. Without him, Jerryd Bayless makes for a great plug-and-play in daily formats, and Tyler Ennis should once again draw the assignment as his backup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:20 am
    • Jimmy Butler playing through thumb injury
      Jimmy Butler is playing through a thumb injury, but he's not in danger of missing any time.

      Advice: This is the first we've heard of a thumb injury for Butler. Taj Gibson inadvertently revealed Butler is dealing with the concern over the weekend, and Butler said he "can't remember" if there was a more serious injury than just a sprain. Butler also added that he was feeling better and didn't think he'd need offseason surgery, but he continues to wear a protective splint on it for now. It's something to monitor as we progress down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:29 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
      Monday, 7:05 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • Jeremy Lin scores 25 points in Lakers' OT win
      The Lakers stole an overtime win vs. the Celtics on Sunday behind Jeremy Lin, who scored 25 points and handed out six assists in just 30 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Lin didn't play during the first quarter and seemed headed for another lousy night, but he caught fire as the game went on and was the difference-maker in L.A.'s comeback victory. The Lakers have won two of their past 18 games and they're headed nowhere this season, which is another reason to distrust Lin's ROS value, but he's at least worth stashing on your bench in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:56 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
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm vs Phi
    • 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
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 pts in loss
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, four boards, one steal and two blocks on Sunday, making 7-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in a tough home loss.

      Advice: He keeps getting better and has vaulted into top-40 value with no signs of slowing down. His scoring, rebounds and defensive numbers jump out at fantasy owners, but his percentages are just as important -- after a rocky rookie campaign he's now shooting a respectable 50.0 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the FT line. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:06 pm
    • 76ers claim guard Ish Smith off waivers
      The 76ers claimed guard Ish Smith on Sunday and have waived forward Malcolm Thomas.

      Advice: Smith was recently waived by the Pelicans after they acquired Norris Cole in a trade, but he has a decent shot at minutes in Philadelphia so owners in deeper leagues can put him on their radar. Isaiah Canaan will get every opportunity to succeed as the starting PG in Philly for now, so Smith still has a lot of work to do before we can recommend an add. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 2:42 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ OKC
    • 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
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