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  • Noah (knee) to be evaluated after shootaround
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) will go through shootaround, and if he feels fine, he will play according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Noah's return to the starting lineup would send rookie Cameron Bairston back to the bench. He was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, so things are looking positive towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    19 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Rose (hamstring) remains probable for Friday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will go through warm ups on Friday, and if there are no issues, he will be "good to go" according to Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Rose is being listed as probable and has a favorable matchup vs. the Celtics, but owners will want to check back for an official update after shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    25 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Nikola Pekovic (wrist) out Friday vs. Lakers
    Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle, personal) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Pekovic has not played since Nov. 15, and remains without an official return date. With Pek sidelined, Gorgui Dieng will continue to get all the minutes he can handle, and is currently averaging 8.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 2.0 steals per game with the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
    30 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Ronny Turiaf (hip) out Friday vs. the Lakers
    Ronny Turiaf (hip) will not play Friday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Turiaf has no fantasy value, and with Nikola Pekovic (sprained wrist) also sidelined, Gorgui Dieng will play heavy minutes in a favorable matchup against the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    39 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Mo Williams (illness) questionable for Friday
    Mo Williams (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: If Williams is unable to go, Zach LaVine would draw the start in a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers, and would make for a decent option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    43 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Pacers waive G A.J. Price
    The Pacers have waived G A.J. Price.

    Advice: Price's second 10-day contract was up, and with Rodney Stuckey now healthy and available to help backup the point guard position, there was just no need to keep Price on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    57 minutes ago
  • Carmelo Anthony (back) doubtful for Friday
    Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) remains doubtful for Friday's game vs. OKC.

    Advice: Carmelo showed up at the Knicks' shootaround to get treatment on his ailing back, but according to beat reporter Al Iannazzone, he is looking much better health-wise. Owners will want to check back for an official update on Melo's status closer to tip-off, but it's looking like he'll be a no-go. If he sits out, J.R. Smith will be free to jack up as many shots as he sees fit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:02 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Report: Jimmy Butler turned down 4-year, $40M
    Jimmy Butler reportedly turned down a four-year, $40 million-plus offer from the Bulls after seeing Klay Thompson land a max four-year, $70 million deal with the Warriors.

    Advice: Butler said he was "gambling on myself," with regards to his decision to test the market as a restricted free agent this offseason, and he's looking like a guy trying to get paid. Butler has entered the conversation as an elite player in the league, averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game (all career-highs) while shooting 50 percent from the field. Butler is currently ranked as the seventh-best player in fantasy hoops, and owners that gambled on him in the middle rounds should be cautious not to pull a muscle while patting themselves on the back. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:30 am
  • Steve Kerr praises Stephen Curry's defense
    Steve Kerr praised Stephen Curry's play on the defensive end during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I've seen really good defense," Kerr said of Curry. "That's the thing that's impressed me the most is Steph's commitment on that end. Offensively, I already knew what he could do just watching the highlights the last couple of years. I think he's become a really well-rounded All-Star. He was already an All-Star, but now I think he's an All-Star at both ends of the floor." The Dubs currently rank third in defensive efficiency vs. the point guard position, and Curry is hitting career-highs in points (24.2), 3-pointers (3.5), steals (2.1), and field goal percentage (49.8). He's currently the second-best player in fantasy hoops, and has joined the conversation as a potential MVP-candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:18 am
  • Jason Kidd gives Larry Sanders some praise
    Jason Kidd was complimentary of Larry Sanders play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "He's there protecting the little guys," Kidd said. "And I think offensively he's around the rim finishing up plays. Also he's in the post making plays for himself or for his teammates. So he's playing on both ends at a very high level." Sanders is coming off a game in which he tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks, and despite playing limited minutes (22.2 per game) he's been effective. Sanders should be owned in all leagues for his ability to put up gaudy shot-blocking totals on any given night. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:43 am
  • Jordan Hill having career-season with Lakers
    Jordan Hill is having a career-year with the Lakers this year, and he credits his development to Byron Scott giving him minutes.

    Advice: "I got the minutes. This is what I've been waiting for," Hill said when discussing what has changed this season. "I knew once I got the minutes I was going to progress and show [the Lakers] what they bought." Hill is currently averaging 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists this season over 31.3 minutes of action, all career-highs. However, health will always going to be a concern, and coach Scott is playing with fire giving him regular minutes in the 30s, so owners may want to sell-high while the headlines are positive. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:30 am
  • Cody Zeller coming on for Hornets
    Cody Zeller had nine points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block on 4-of-10 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marvin Williams was useless again, failing to score in 11 minutes, and Zeller has now been playing well for three games. He's averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, a steal and a block in 30 minutes over that stretch. It would not be surprising to see him replace Marvin Williams in the starting lineup if things don't change soon. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:27 am
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) probable for Friday
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Noah was able to go through a full practice on Thursday without any setbacks, and the Bulls listing him as probable is an encouraging sign. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip. If Noah is a go, Cameron Bairstow who was a surprise start on Tuesday would head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) probable for Friday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: Rose has said that he was targeting Friday, so things are looking positive towards him giving it a go. If Rose does indeed play, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks won't be worth using in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:00 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) headed for GTD Friday
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The fact that Noah is having problems with his surgically repaired left knee is troubling, but some of those concerns can be eased if he's able to suit up on Friday. Owners will want to check back for an official update closer to tip-off, but if he's unable to go, Pau Gasol will start at center, and Nikola Mirotic could see some extended minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) hopeful for Friday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and said that he is hopeful he'll be able to play Friday vs. Boston.

    Advice: "If I'm ready to go [Friday], I'm ready. If not, just really pay attention to my body," said Rose. "But the plan is that I want to play. So hopefully I'll be out there playing." Rose isn't giving us much with these comments, so owners will want to check back closer to Friday's tip. If he's unable to go, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks will split Rose's minutes, with Hinrich drawing the start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Carmelo Anthony doubtful for Friday vs OKC
    Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire have speculated that Melo will miss a lot of time and that his back could be a problem for the rest of the season. Melo has been in extreme discomfort ever since suffering the injury, so it would be very shocking to see him play on Friday, or Sunday for that matter. At this point, Melo's owners just have to hope that when he said he plans on playing soon, that he was telling the truth. Having said all that, he has not officially been ruled out for Friday yet, so as Lloyd Christmas might say, there's still a chance. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:54 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Cory Joseph questionable for Friday vs Kings
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Joseph is only averaging 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this season, so Joseph's status means more to the injury-depleted Spurs than it does to fantasy owners. If Joseph is again unable to play, Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli would handle the ball when Tony Parker is on the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Dirk happy about Tyson Chandler revenge game
    Dirk Nowitzki said he and his Mavericks teammates wanted to win Wednesday's game against the Knicks for Tyson Chandler.

    Advice: Chandler was quick to downplay Wednesday's matchup against his former team, but Nowitzki said Mavericks wanted to win the game for their center. "We were actually talking about before the game that we had to shoot him with a tranquilizer gun to slow him down a little bit," Dirk Nowitzki said. "He was obviously amped up for this one. And we wanted to get this one for him." This was likely Chandler's high-water mark for the season, but his fantasy owners can still look forward a potential double-double every time the 32-year-old steps on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Carmelo Anthony hopes to return soon
    Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) said he hopes to return soon, but won't play with back spasms.

    Advice: Anthony said he could barely walk before sitting out Wednesday's game against the Mavericks and later said that he was still sore and stiff. "I don’t think it will be too long,’’ Anthony said. "I think the spasms will go away. But I’m not going to play with spasms." Melo will travel with the Knicks to Oklahoma for Friday's game against the Thunder, but his owners may want to plan on being without him for at least another game. If Anthony is unable to suit up Friday, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith would be the biggest fantasy beneficiaries. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:17 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Jeremy Lin plays well again despite back
    Jeremy Lin continues to play through a tender back and hit 4-of-9 shots for 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Despite the back issue, Lin has averaged 31 minutes, 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last five games. And that's a vast improvement over his early-season struggles. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:57 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Gee's up: Alonzo gets 18 minutes
    Alonzo Gee picked up 18 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: He has seen playing time on occasion and even played over Kenneth Faried down the stretch in a game earlier this season. The Nuggets will likely throw him out there for minutes in the low 20s with Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Randy Foye (knee) hurt. He's only an option in deep leagues, of course. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:52 pm
     
    Player Note
    Alonzo Gee Den - SG,SF
    6:00 pm vs Pho
  • Zach LaVine plays OK in start on Wed.
    Zach LaVine started in place on Mo Williams (illness) on Wednesday against the Bucks during a 103-86 loss, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, three turnovers and five fouls in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Williams is not expected to be out much longer and will travel with the team. LaVine hasn't really done much to warrant more than 22 minutes per game and there are just going to be too many negatives to his fantasy value. Additionally, tonight was the first time in NBA history four teenagers, LaVine, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, were on the court at the same time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:36 pm
  • Tony Parker scores 21, dominates Don Sloan
    Tony Parker hit 8-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also dominated Pacers' point guard Donald Sloan, who hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points after blowing up for 29 and a full stat line on Monday. Parker has now scored at least 21 in three straight games and is rolling, and the only thing that can seemingly slow him down right now is Gregg Popovich. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:23 pm
  • Copeland coping with fewer minutes for Indy
    Chris Copeland came off the bench and played just 23 minutes to finish with 12 points, three rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-10 shooting Wednesday.

    Advice: David West is finally expected back on Friday from a severely sprained ankle as Copeland's minutes and production have been slipping. Once West is back, Copeland is probably waiver-wire material in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:10 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Pacer C's Mahinmi, Allen quiet vs. Spurs
    Ian Mahinmi started and had eight points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs, while Lavoy Allen came off the bench for eight points and nine rebounds.

    Advice: The Pacers desperately need Roy Hibbert back from his sprained ankle and might have had a chance against the Spurs tonight if Hibbert played (and was effective). The two big men are holding down the fort, but neither can be relied upon in most fantasy situations. Hibbert remains day-to-day with his injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:07 pm
  • Larry Sanders capitalizes with 15 & 5 blocks
    Larry Sanders was the 2012-13 version of himself against the Wolves on Wednesday with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-10 from the field and only committed three fouls in his best game of the year. Sanders was coming off a nice 12-point, nine-board game, so it's going to be awfully hard to leave him on the wire considering his upside in blocks. If you have anything on your team you're not too attached to, go get him before someone else does. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Luis Scola scores 13, but end of run is near
    Luis Scola started and had 13 points and six rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Scola could be on his way out of the starting lineup soon if David West is really ready to play through his ankle injury on Friday. He might hold onto some value with Roy Hibbert also sitting with a sprained ankle, but when both West and Hibbert are healthy, it's hard to see Scola being worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:47 pm
     
    Player Note
    Luis Scola Ind - PF,C
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • James Harden scores 26 points on 31 FGAs
    James Harden made 10-of-31 from the field for 26 points against the Kings during a 102-89 win on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He only turned the ball over once and the Rockets did win against a good Kings team, so it's hard to bash The Beard for the ridiculous shooting clip. He set a career high in shot attempts tonight, but he's cleared the 30-point plateau in every game with at least 25 shots from the field. Regardless, Harden is a fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs LAC
  • Greivis Vasquez scores 21 points in 17 mins.
    Greivis Vasquez was on fire against the Hawks on Wednesday with 21 points, two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on 8-of-12 from the field in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: This is one of the most efficient lines of the year. For the advanced stats guys out there, Vasquez put up a 36.9 usage and had an 81.5 true shooting percentage. He was horrible before tonight and made just 33.3 percent from the field, so we'll obviously need to see it again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:47 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Lou Williams scores 22 points vs. Hawks
    Lou Williams may have had a revenge game against the Hawks on Wednesday during a win, making 6-of-11 from the field for 22 points with two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's so hot right now. Perhaps no bench player is performing at his level, averaging 24.3 points, 1.8 boards, 2.3 steals, 3.5 treys and 0.5 turnovers on 50.0 percent from the field and 96.4 percent from the line in his last four. We'd be lying if we said we saw this coming, but he's just too hot to leave on the wire right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:35 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Al Horford scores 23 on 16 shot attempts
    Al Horford made 11-of-16 from the field for 23 points against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had foul trouble on Tuesday in one of his worst games of the year, but Horford is starting to see his shots go up. It's just the second time he's been over 20 points all season, and there should be more of those games as he gets into a rhythm. Even with the low scoring of 13.3 points per game, Horford was still putting up third-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:12 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Tyson Chandler grabs 25 boards, scores 17 pts
    Tyson Chandler hauled in a season-high 25 rebounds on Wednesday, while making 7-of-12 shots to finish with 17 points, one steal and two blocks in 43 minutes vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Chandler was three boards shy of his career high and New York simply had no answer for him in the paint. "You can't always try to outscore the other team every single night," Chandler said before the game. "Some nights, you're going to rely on your defense." He did it all in this game, grabbing 10 of his boards on the offensive end, and he's been an absolute steal for fantasy owners through the Mavs' first 16 games. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Mo Williams (illness) will travel with team
    Mo Williams (illness) will travel with the Wolves for their upcoming West Coast trip.

    Advice: Considering he has pink eye and strep throat -- two highly contagious illnesses -- Williams figures to play on Friday against the Lakers. There's not much of a reason to pick up Zach LaVine for that game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:55 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Stephen Curry lights up Magic in 24 minutes
    Stephen Curry followed up Tuesday's season-high 40-point game with 28 points, six 3-pointers, five rebounds and eight assists in just 24 minutes vs. the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: Curry made 9-of-13 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with just one turnover in the Warriors' easy road win. He is in the mix for top fantasy honors but Anthony Davis still has an edge on him, especially in 9-cat leagues where Curry's 3.5 turnovers per game take a heavy toll. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:13 pm
  • Cory Joseph out Wednesday w/ sprained ankle
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Joseph was doubtful to play but he remains day-to-day, so he could be back as soon as Friday's game vs. the Kings. The Spurs don't have a pure backup PG but they're comfortable handing the ball to Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:57 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Mo Williams (illness) will not play vs. Bucks
    Mo Williams (illness) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's missed practice the past two days and has been sick since Sunday, so this is a surprise. Williams is dealing with strep throat and pink eye, which shouldn't keep him out much longer. Zach LaVine is going to get all the minutes he can handle. The Wolves might need Corey Brewer and Andrew Wiggins to handle the ball more, too. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:46 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Williams (illness) out
    Zach LaVine will start at PG for the Wolves on Wednesday due to Mo Williams' absence with an illness.

    Advice: LaVine has started four games this season and his averages are a cautionary tale for fantasy owners -- 7.5 points on 34.4 percent shooting, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.3 steals and 3.3 turnovers. Williams is day-to-day and LaVine is best left untouched in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:45 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (back) out, J.R. Smith starts
    Carmelo Anthony (back) will not play against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's likely going to miss some time here. Anthony hasn't dealt with any major back issues in his career, but it comes with the territory as an aging player. His fantasy owners should bench him and be prepared for him to be out. J.R. Smith will start in his place and is a fantasy option. Expect more shots to go to Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Amare Stoudemire tonight, too. The Knicks are planning on Melo flying to Oklahoma City on Friday, so he should be considered questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:09 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Stoudemire paints gloomy picture for Carmelo
    Amare Stoudemire has dealt with back spasms in the past and given the amount of pain Melo is currently in, paints a not-so-pleasant picture of what Melo might be dealing with.

    Advice: "Back spasms is nothing easy to deal with,’’ Stoudemire said. "Your whole body shuts down, it affects your central nervous system. It affects your entire body. It takes time to get over that spasm. It takes a lot of rest and recovery and a lot of rehab to get over that particular injury.’’ Not good. Melo's owners should probably start making alternative plans for not only this week, but potentially the next month or so, if Stoudemire's assessment is accurate. Speaking of Stoudemire, his role should be greatly increased in Melo's absence, while J.R. Smith is expected to start tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:46 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Mo Williams still sick, iffy vs. Bucks
    Mo Williams missed shootaround Wednesday and is a game-time decision against the Bucks.

    Advice: Williams has been sick for several days now and while it's possible he'll play tonight, it would not be surprising to see rookie Zach LaVine running the point for the Wolves tonight. On a side note, the Wolves will be wearing pink shoe laces as a tribute to Thaddeus Young's mother, who passed away from cancer recently. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 am
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Knicks worried about Carmelo Anthony's back
    Carmelo Anthony had trouble even speaking, let alone walking or running, while dealing with his back injury on Monday night and he's not expected to play on Wednesday at Dallas, Friday at Oklahoma City and has no timetable for a return to action as of now.

    Advice: The Knicks are concerned about his back spasms becoming a season-long problem, and are hoping his pain is not a sign of a disk problem. Anthony was already dealing with a knee injury and it now sounds like he could miss several more games with his back injury. Shane Larkin started the second half of Monday's game in Anthony's place, while Amare Stoudemire could get the call in his place tonight. Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Travis Wear should all see more opportunity with Melo in street clothes. The Knicks get the Heat in New York on Sunday and if Melo can play in that one, owners will have cause to celebrate. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:20 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) rested as precaution
    Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) sat out the second half of Tuesday's game as a precaution, and he "didn't feel anything pop or pull" prior to his exit.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau asked Rose to sit out the second half and Rose agreed. The Bulls' former MVP was very tentative during the first half, as he was during Monday's game, but Thibodeau is hopeful that a few days of rest will have Rose ready to go for Friday's game in Boston. When asked if Rose would require an MRI, Thibs replied, "I don’t believe so. I think he's fine." Fantasy owners have played this game long enough to distrust the Bulls' injury updates, however, and we're unlikely to learn Rose's status until close to tip-off on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:16 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Jimmy Butler's 32 points not enough vs Denver
    Jimmy Butler set a new career high with 20 free throw attempts on Tuesday, making 18 of them to finish with 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Butler has been unbelievable to begin the season, embracing an expanded offensive role without letting up defensively in nearly 40 minutes per game. He's taken a massive leap into top-10 fantasy value and shows no signs of letting up, though his huge workload may take a toll physically as the season progresses. Congratulations to all those owners who snagged Butler in the middle rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • Derrick Rose exits Tuesday w/ tight hamstring
    Derrick Rose will not return to Tuesday's game due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Rose's left hamstring caused him to miss four games prior to his return on Monday, and he didn't last long before going back on the injury report. The daily guessing game about his status will continue on Friday when the Bulls play in Boston. Considering the Bulls' protective stance regarding their former MVP, and the fact that hamstring injuries are easy to aggravate, we're not optimistic that he'll be in uniform vs. Rajon Rondo and the Celtics. Check back for updates on Tuesday, and anticipate Kirk Hinrich starting at PG if Rose misses more games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:26 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Steph Curry gets season-high 40 pts, eight 3s
    Stephen Curry torched the Heat for a season-high 40 points in Tuesday's road win, making 12-of-19 field goals including a season-high eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: This was just Curry's second 20-point performance in the Warriors' past seven games, but his fantasy value hasn't suffered thanks to his ability to fill up the stat sheet. He went 8-of-9 from the FT line and a ridiculous 8-of-11 from downtown, as the Heat simply couldn't defend him once he started feeling it. Reggie Miller wrote on Twitter that Curry may have overtaken Drazen Petrovic as the greatest 3-point shooter Miller has ever seen -- that's lofty praise, but it's hard to argue otherwise. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Al Horford limited by foul trouble Tuesday
    Al Horford was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's game, playing only 23 minutes and finishing with seven points, seven boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He made 3-of-4 shots and it wasn't a total bust for fantasy owners, who should take his rare foul-plagued dud in stride. He'd scored double-digit points in four straight games prior to Tuesday and should begin a new streak vs. Toronto on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:46 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Joakim Noah diagnosed w/ left knee effusion
    Joakim Noah has been diagnosed with a left knee effusion, more commonly referred to as water on the knee, and he will not play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Noah also has an eye injury, but his surgically-repaired left knee is a more serious concern for fantasy owners. Pau Gasol will shift to center in his absence and Nikola Mirotic is a terrific speculative pick-up, having averaged 13.3 points, 2.0 threes and 7.0 rebounds over Chicago's past four games. The Bulls play in Boston on Friday, so Noah's owners will have to stay alert for updates over the next few days. At the moment we're considering him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:50 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) starting vs. Nuggets
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) will play on Tuesday, as expected.

    Advice: He was technically listed as 'probable' and the Bulls have been understandably protective of Rose early in the season, so fantasy owners are wise to check his status before every game. He scored 18 points in a somewhat passive performance on Monday and we can only hope he'll continue to build on that performance without any health-related setbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) ruled out vs. Denver
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Noah's eye injury doesn't seem serious and fantasy owners should be more concerned about his left knee, which was surgically repaired over the summer. He's been on a minute-limit and hopefully this is just a precaution by Chicago in the second game of a back-to-back set. With Noah and Taj Gibson (ankle) both out, Pau Gasol will have a heavy workload and plenty of minutes will be available for Nikola Mirotic, with help from Doug McDermott. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:31 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: If Joseph is unable to play, Manu Ginobili will be asked to do a little more as the Spurs backup point guard, and Tony Parker will see some extended minutes. Joseph is averaging 7.8 points and 2.1 assists through 17.5 minutes of action this season, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:17 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (sprained left ankle) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Joseph has been targeting Wednesday as his potential return date but the Spurs' training staff must not be on the same page. If he does sit out, expect guys like Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli and even Boris Diaw to handle the ball more when Tony Parker isn't on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:14 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Mo Williams (illness) doesn't practice Tues.
    Mo Williams (illness) was not able to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the second consecutive practice that Williams has sat out, and it's not known whether he'll be able to suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks. If he's unable to go Zach LaVine would get all the minutes he can handle, and he could make for a nice low-budget option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:46 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Joakim Noah (eye/knee) questionable Tuesday
    Joakim Noah (eye/left knee) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: It's worth noting that Joakim's left knee is the one that was surgically repaired this offseason, so we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If Noah sits out, Nikola Mirotic would likely slide into the starting lineup, and would serve as an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues against a weak Denver interior defense. Check back for an official update on Noah's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:24 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) probable for Tuesday
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) is being listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Owners will want to check back for an official update on Rose's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip, but it's looking like he'll try and give it a go. Rose is coming off an 18-point outing vs. Utah, and has a favorable matchup tonight against the Nuggets. If he plays, Aaron Brooks won't be worth using in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:21 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Carmelo Anthony doubtful for Wednesday
    Carmelo Anthony didn't practice on Tuesday due to his aching back and is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game at Dallas.

    Advice: There is also speculation that he won't be ready for the Thunder on Friday, either, and owners who are stuck with Melo in a weekly lineup could be in some trouble. Travis Wear (who?) played the final 17 minutes on Monday night for the Knicks and looks like an interesting prospect, but guys like Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. will probably benefit most by Melo's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Tyson Chandler felt like scapegoat w/ Knicks
    Tyson Chandler said he felt like a scapegoat for the New York Knicks' failures last season.

    Advice: "At times, at times, at times," Chandler said when asked if he felt like a scapegoat. "But I feel like New York made me a lot stronger, a lot stronger of a person going through trials and tribulations there. But that's life." Chandler is having a strong start to the 2014-15 regular season and should be fixture in fantasy owners' lineups for his nightly double-double potential. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:49 am
  • Larry Sanders shares source of inspiration
    Larry Sanders spoke about the importance of sacred idols as the source of his inspiration.

    Advice: When asked during an interview about what inspires him outside of basketball, Sanders showed his theological side. "I would just say, I really look to sacred idols," Sanders said. "I feel people who draw other people to God. So, Buddha, Jesus, just all the sacred icons. It's all theosis." While the 26-year-old has had a rough start to the 2014-15 regular season, he's still worth holding onto in standard leagues due to his potential to put up huge block numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:02 am
  • Thibodeau says Rose not real comfortable
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (hamstring) is not real comfortable right now.

    Advice: Rose scored 18 points with five assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers during Monday's win over the Jazz, but will be listed as day-to-day for Tuesday's game against Denver. "I thought he did a lot of good things," Thibodeau said. "You could see he's not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he's going to take off." We'll update Rose's status as soon as possible, but Aaron Brooks would get a value boost if D-Rose is unable to play Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:47 am
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Knicks await news on Carmelo Anthony's back
    The Knicks are waiting another day to find out more after Carmelo Anthony left Monday's game with back spasms.

    Advice: Anthony will travel with the team to Dallas in advance of Wednesday's game, but will also make a visit to Houston to visit a specialist and get pain medication. "Back spasms is what we understand it to be right now," head coach Derek Fisher said. "We’ll find out more in 24-48 hours. Back spasms are tough to deal with. I’ve never experienced it before. It’s not comfortable at all." It's looking doubtful that Anthony will be able to suit up for Wednesday's game against the Mavs, but we'll update his status as soon as more information is available. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:36 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Derrick Rose returned to action on Monday November 24. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:10 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Noah leaves briefly with eye injury
    Joakim Noah left Monday's game with an eye injury but eventually returned and finished with four points, five rebounds, four assists and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Noah is probably going to be a disappointment for anybody burning a high mid-round pick and that's before we talk about any injury risk. Unless you hear otherwise, feel free to have him in lineups for Tuesday's game in Denver. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:51 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Rose (hamstring) returns but still day-to-day
    Derrick Rose (hamstring) returned to action in Monday's win but ended the night with a day-to-day status for Tuesday's game in Denver, and finished with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting, three treys, three boards, five assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau was reportedly frustrated after the game according to beat writer Nick Friedell. When asked if he would play in Denver, Thibs said "I would hope so. Jeez. We'll see tomorrow I guess." Thibs added, "When Derrick strings some games together he's going to take off. He's got to go. That's the bottom line. He's got to go." He's going to be day-to-day for a while until he proves he's not. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:49 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Jimmy Butler on the loose again on Monday
    Jimmy Butler scored 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting (1-of-2 from deep, 8-of-9 from the line) with two rebounds, two assists and four steals in Monday's win.

    Advice: We keep waiting for Butler's shooting to fall at least a little bit but it just doesn't happen. Playing at a top 10-15 level, he has a heavy lift to stay in that lofty space. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Scola double-doubles with versatile line
    Luis Scola had a uncharacteristic versatile line in Monday's win over the Mavs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, one three and a 5-of-6 mark from the foul line.

    Advice: Scola has been productive and will probably enjoy the rest of his four-game week, but he will lose his low-end value sooner rather than later when David West and Roy Hibbert return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:09 pm
     
    Player Note
    Luis Scola Ind - PF,C
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Mahinmi scores 10 points with seven boards
    Ian Mahinmi started for injured Roy Hibbert (ankle) in Monday's win over the Mavs, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: This is what owners can expect for however long Hibbert is out, so give Mahinmi a look if this floats your boat. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Harden scores season-high 36 points
    James Harden scored a season-high 36 points in the Rockets' 91-86 win over the Knicks on Monday, hitting 11-of-22 shots (7-of-12 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Harden is a beast and likely to be a top-5 fantasy asset even when LeBron James gets back on track, and the Thunder guys return and get rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:00 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs LAC
  • Copeland's value goes into the tank
    Chris Copeland scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three treys, one board and that's it in 14 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Copeland never had any real value in standard leagues unless you were punting half your categories and who does that. Even though he hit three treys he's waiver wire fodder. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:46 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Lou Williams stays hot with 17 points
    Lou Williams stayed somewhat hot against the Suns on Monday during a 104-100 win with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench and is taking away a few minutes from Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross. Williams is a little bit like Nick Young except he does a little more than score -- he's obviously much worse in the sound-byte department, though. He's not a lock, but feel free to give him a look in standard leagues and ride him while he's hot. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:09 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Report: Carmelo (back) 'in a lot of pain'
    Carmelo Anthony (back) is "clearly in a lot of pain" and did not address the media after Monday's game.

    Advice: Anthony needed to go to a local doctor in Houston to get medication not available in the arena, and he is traveling with the team to Dallas so that's a good sign. We'll continue to monitor the situation and while it's uncomfortable to think about Melo pushing through a bunch of injuries in a meaningless season, owners should exercise patience and at least wait for the storm to clear before considering any sell-low offers. J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. are short-term speculative adds at this time and Iman Shumpert should have already been owned in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:31 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Cody Zeller scores career-high 17 points
    Cody Zeller scored a career-high 17 points against the Clippers on Monday during a 113-92 loss with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin dominated Marvin Williams in the early going, so Zeller picked up some extra playing time. Zeller does have some bright spots, but his inability to hit jumpers will likely cost him a chance to be a regular contributor on the stat sheet. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony dealing with back spasms
    Carmelo Anthony went to the locker room in the first half due to back spasms and is doubtful to return.

    Advice: The last time he had any noteworthy back problems was back in 2012 and it's unclear how bad this recent injury is. If he's out, the Knicks are in deep, deep trouble. It will be a collective effort from J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. benefiting the most. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 pm
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm @ OKC
  • Mo Williams misses practice on Monday
    Mo Williams missed practice on Monday due to an illness.

    Advice: The Wolves don't play until Wednesday when they'll host the Bucks, so Williams should be well enough to give it a go for that contest. They are headed to a three-game week, so Williams isn't the strongest play in the world in weekly leagues anyway. If for some reason he is out, Zach LaVine would likely get minutes in the high 30s. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:38 am
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Ian Mahinmi expected to draw start on Monday
    Ian Mahinmi is expected to draw the start on Monday against the Mavericks.

    Advice: With Roy Hibbert (ankle) ruled out, Mahinmi should start in his place. He had 12 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a block while filling in for Hibbert after he was injured on Saturday, so Mahinmi should be able to produce in decent (low-end) fashion for however long Hibbert remains out. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:27 am
  • Tony Parker suddenly has a three-point shot
    Tony Parker is shooting 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) from behind the 3-point line this season.

    Advice: Parker leads the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage. It's a small sample size, but it speaks to Parker's improvement in that area of his game. A career 32.1 percent shooter from distance, Parker's previous career-high was 39.5 percent back in 2006-07. Parker made just 25 3-pointers last season, and he's on pace to shatter that mark. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:20 am
  • Cory Joseph aiming to return on Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is aiming to return on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Joseph's ankle swelled after injuring it on Friday, but he thinks almost a week off will be enough to get back out there. Unless he has a setback, it sounds like his absence will last all of one game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:13 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Jeremy Lin (back) has 17 points w/ full line
    Jeremy Lin (back) wasn't limited in Sunday's disappointing loss to Denver, scoring 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Lin missed Saturday's practice as a precaution but his status was never truly in doubt, and he'll get a few extra days of rest before Wednesday's game vs. the red-hot Grizzlies. After a slow start to the season, Lin has steadily improved over the past four games, averaging 13.3 points on 60.5 percent shooting, with 2.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:38 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Stephen Curry scores 15 w/ well-rounded line
    Stephen Curry made two 3-pointers with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in Sunday's road win, but he made only 5-of-15 shots to finish with 15 points.

    Advice: For most players this would be a terrific line but Curry is held to a higher standard. He's scored under 20 points in five of the Warriors' past six games, though fortunately he contributes enough in other categories to remain a lock for first-round value even when his shot isn't falling. A temporary lull is nothing to worry about. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:12 pm
  • Cody Zeller finally cracks double-digits
    Cody Zeller scored double-digit points for the first time in eight games vs. Miami on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-7 FTs and 3-of-4 FTs.

    Advice: He added two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes of action, but it's hard to like his fantasy outlook given his infrequent scoring outbursts and poor supporting stats. He's averaging 21.6 minutes over the past five games, however, so owners in deep leagues may find him useful. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:47 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (back) will play Sunday vs. Denver
    Jeremy Lin said that his back is fine and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The injury was never considered serious, so go ahead and get him in your lineups. Lin is not getting a lot of FGA this year playing next to Kobe Bryant, averaging just 8.0 attempts per game to go with 11.8 points, 4.8 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, and a career-worst 0.8 steals. He's not a must-start guy on a nightly basis, but as the only true starting-caliber point guard in LA, he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:00 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer called out for D
    Byron Scott singled out Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer for their inconsistent defensive effort.

    Advice: "Offensively, he’s doing a [heck] of a job," Scott said. "Defensively, though, he still has the inconsistency we’re talking about. He’s one of our main culprits – him and [Carlos] Boozer. They both know they have to get better." Boozer has a +/- rating of -90 on the season, and Hill is at -92, whereas backup big man Ed Davis is at +6. Scott hasn't suggested that he'll start Davis at any point, but it seems like an obvious move to shore up L.A.'s awful interior defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:42 am
  • Lou Williams earns praise for his defense
    Lou Williams poured in a career-high 36 points vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday, but coach Dwane Casey singled out his defense for praise.

    Advice: "Most of all, I'm impressed with Lou's defense," Casey said. "He had a reputation of being a scorer but now he's doing a much better job defensively for us, which allows him to stay in and guard guys like [Dion] Waiters and [Kyrie] Irving and people like that." Anything that keeps Williams on the court is terrific news for fantasy owners -- he's currently averaging 13.4 points, 1.5 threes and 1.3 steals in just 19 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:59 am
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Larry Sanders gets his minutes in check
    Larry Sanders played 19 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with five points, four rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He fouls too much and the Bucks run an 11-man rotation, so that leaves a lot to be desired from the 2012-13 breakout player. Still, the blocks make him someone worth holding on to just in case coach Jason Kidd decides to tighten his rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • Tyson Chandler posts 13 & 13 on Saturday
    Tyson Chandler posted 13 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday, making 5-of-7 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs in 26 typically efficient minutes of action.

    Advice: Chandler tweaked his ankle by stepping on teammate J.J. Barea's foot while walking to the Mavs' bench during a timeout, but he confirmed after the game that he's fine. He has six double-doubles this season and has barely missed a few more while appearing in each of the Mavs' first 14 games, which is all that his fantasy owners could have asked for on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • James Harden bounces back, wins it for Rox
    James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 12-of-13 free throws for 32 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals in Saturday's comeback win over the Mavs.

    Advice: Harden was fouled late, made the shot and hit the free throw for a tough 3-point play to put the Rockets ahead for good on Saturday. He scored just six points on Tuesday, but bounced back for 24 points on Thursday and 32 tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:51 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs LAC
  • Mo Williams has 11 points, 12 dimes in defeat
    Mo Williams continued his strong play as the Wolves' starting PG on Saturday, handing out 12 assists with 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The field goal percentage wasn't great, but Mo chipped in a 3-pointer and he's really found a groove since overtaking Zach LaVine for the starting job in Ricky Rubio's absence. He's averaging 13.3 points, 1.7 triples, 1.8 rebounds and 9.7 assists in the past three games. LaVine had just five points in 13 minutes off the bench and it looks like Williams will be a reliable fantasy PG until Rubio returns, which won't be until late December at the earliest. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Lou Williams drops career-high 36 vs. Cavs
    Lou Williams was unstoppable vs. the Cavs on Saturday, setting a new career-high with 36 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-15 FTs) on Saturday, adding three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three steals in just 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 9-of-9 free throws in his first nine minutes alone, and this is an extreme example of the instant offense that Toronto was hoping he'd provide when they traded for him this summer. His 18-20 minute bench role isn't well-suited to sustainable fantasy value, unfortunately, and he's likely to remain an unsteady option in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Ian Mahinmi plays well off the bench
    Ian Mahinmi stepped up in place of Roy Hibbert (ankle) on Saturday against the Suns with 12 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Hibbert did not return from his sprain tonight and he had a lot of weight on it as he came down, so it's possible he misses time. Mahinmi hasn't exactly put up big numbers in his starts, though. In fact he only had three points, six boards and one block in his only start last season. He's worth a speculative add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play vs. Nets
    Cory Joseph (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are without a backup point guard, but Manu Ginobili should help out there. That should also open up some minutes on the wing for Danny Green and Austin Daye. Joseph's injury doesn't sound serious. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:56 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer skip practice
    Jeremy Lin (back) and Carlos Boozer (shoulder) skipped practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The injuries are not considered serious and both players are probable for Sunday's game. Lin did have to battle two different bouts with back pain last season and it did cost him some game action, so this isn't nothing. The Lakers cannot afford for Lin to go down and would be down to Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson. Neither player are worth a grab at this juncture and we'll give Lin the benefit of the doubt for now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:23 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Cory Joseph and Matt Bonner are doubtful
    Cory Joseph (ankle) and Matt Bonner (illness) are doubtful to face the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Spurs are going to be in a little bit of trouble tonight with no backup point guard. In previous instances, they have used Manu Ginobili as the primary ball handler in the second unit and that should be the case tonight. Austin Daye may also get some extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:34 am
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Al Horford happy to wear compression shirt
    Al Horford will continue to wear a compression shirt under his jersey, saying that it's "actually helped [him] a lot" as he returns from pectoral surgery.

    Advice: "I never really wanted to wear it," Horford said. "My trainers thought it was a good idea to help me. I was getting very stiff at times. With the shirt I notice it keeps it warm, keeps it tight." Horford is quietly returning to form, averaging 13.8 points on 54.2 percent shooting, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, good enough for top-40 fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:12 am
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Jimmy Butler has an overdue dud vs. POR
    Jimmy Butler scored nine points with four rebounds, two assists and one steal on 3-of-13 from the field against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He's been one of the best players in the NBA this season and obviously gets a pass here. Butler's shot selection wasn't as great tonight, but there is no need to worry thanks to taking much smarter shots throughout the season. He'll likely get it going again on Monday against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Lin gets on track during blowout loss
    Jeremy Lin got on track during the Lakers' blowout loss to the Mavs on Friday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, five assists, two threes and a block.

    Advice: Like many of the games tonight, this one was not one to evaluate as the Lakers lost by 34 points. Jordan Hill kept things rolling with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, 10 boards, a steal and a block, and Kobe Bryant hit just 6-of-22 shots with a full line and what else is new. Nick Young was quiet with five points and two assists, and Ed Davis was too with only four points and three boards in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:55 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Tony Parker scores 28 against the Wolves
    Tony Parker made all three attempts from 3-point range and 12-of-18 overall for 28 points against the Wolves on Friday with five assists and one turnover in just 25 minutes.

    Advice: Amazingly, he is now making 68.4 percent from beyond the arc this season, which is more than double his career 32.0 percent from that range. Parker is going to have to handle a lot of minutes with Cory Joseph (ankle) at less than 100 percent, so he is actually a solid daily fantasy play against the Nets on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:55 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores seven off bench
    Zach LaVine scored seven points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He had three turnovers tonight and has an assist:turnover ratio below one in his last four games. Plus, he's shooting just 33 percent on the season. LaVine has a lot to learn and is not worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:26 pm
  • Mo Williams scores 15 points against SA
    Mo Williams made 6-of-14 from the field for 15 points with two rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: It seems clear coach Flip Saunders isn't going to flip-flop on his starting point guard and Mo is here to stay. He should be able to score in the teens with some dimes, treys and steals now that the Wolves are currently missing 80 percent of their opening night starting lineup. Williams is worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Joseph leaves game with ankle sprain
    Cory Joseph left Friday's game with a mild left ankle sprain and did not return.

    Advice: Joseph has played well in a backup role but as usual if he misses any time the rest of the rotation will absorb the minutes without a clear winner. He walked out of the arena under his own power and wasn't ready to rule himself out for Saturday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:19 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Sac
  • Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup against the Raptors.

    Advice: We just thought we'd throw that out there considering it was an issue with him last time. Start Sanders like you normally would and hope he avoids foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:08 pm
  • Larry Sanders left thigh now 100 percent
    Larry Sanders said that he's fully healed from his left thigh injury he sustained during Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: It's nice to know that he's healthy, but it would be better if he could start contributing consistently. Sanders is averaging 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game this season while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the charity stripe. Those poor shooting percentages are keeping him out of the top-100, and right now he doesn't look like much more than a blocks specialist in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:58 am
  • Joakim Noah turns it on late
    Joakim Noah turned it on late against the Kings in a losing effort on Thursday, finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He played almost the entire fourth quarter with five fouls and was very active on the glass. Noah had another double-double on Monday in the first game without Pau Gasol, so it's fair to say Noah will have better fantasy value sans Pau. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:17 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 points
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points against the Kings on Thursday with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He operated out of the post quite a bit, but he had nine of his 11 makes come off an assist tonight. Butler has been the go-to option for the Bulls these days, but his usage takes a massive hit when Derrick Rose (hamstring) is on the floor. He's putting up first-round value right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic could practice early next week
    Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle, personal) hopes to be cleared to resume practicing early next week.

    Advice: Pekovic's wrist was the reason doctors asked him to rest for one week, but he's also dealing with ongoing pain from a bursa sac in his ankle, all while dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. The Wolves are already limiting his playing time to under 30 minutes per game and his ankle injury could linger all season, which is one more reason to like Gorgui Dieng's outlook even when he shifts back to a reserve role upon Pek's return. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:21 am
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Mo Williams to start for the Timberwolves?
    Mo Williams looked great in a starting role on Wednesday and his play has head coach Flip Saunders thinking about sticking with him in that role.

    Advice: With rookie Zach LaVine scuffling, Williams provided the Wolves with a spark during their win over the Knicks on Wednesday. "Big difference," Kevin Martin said. "When Mo came in and got me going. He’s just a veteran point guard in the backcourt with you. He knows your spots." Flip Saunders used the phrase "big difference" to describe the swap of Williams and LaVine in the starting lineup, so fantasy owners in all leagues will want to take a flier on Williams while Ricky Rubio (ankle) is out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:03 am
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 am
     
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Jordan Hill puts up 18 and 10 in a win
    Jordan Hill scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He operated a little closer to the basket and coach Byron Scott has suggested he'd like to see Hill take less jumpers. He's worth owning in all leagues and hopefully the wheels don't fall off with his 30-plus minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:00 am
  • Zach LaVine still struggling off bench
    Zach LaVine came off the bench against the Knicks on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, two assists and no turnovers on 1-of-5 from the field.

    Advice: He's been awful in his five games since the Ricky Rubio injury, averaging 6.4 points, 3.2 boards, 3.2 assists 0.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers on 32.4 percent from the field. LaVine is too raw to be counted on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:07 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez returned to action on Wednesday November 19. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
     
    4:30 pm vs Dal
  • Mo Williams looks great in start vs. Knicks
    Mo Williams looked fantastic in a start against the Knicks on Wednesday with 14 points, three rebounds, 13 assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Why didn't he start immediately following the Ricky Rubio (ankle) injury again? Williams was in complete control of the offense and he's capable of putting up great stats. Zach LaVine can't seem to do anything right, so Williams should be around 30 minutes, which makes him worth owning in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Larry Sanders plays 14 minutes
    Larry Sanders played 14 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with four points, four boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision tonight and the Bucks didn't announce he was a go until after the 7:30 start time in Brooklyn. Sanders will likely have his minutes limited in his next game on Friday, so his owners should have low expectations against the Raptors on Friday. Check back for updates, assuming the team provides them. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Tyson Chandler with 16 rebounds, 3 blocks
    Tyson Chandler scored just five points, but added 16 rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: He's a rebounding machine right now and is averaging 10.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, despite tonight's scoring dud. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Chris Copeland's minutes take a hit
    Chris Copeland played just 27 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: His minutes took a significant hit with Rodney Stuckey returning tonight after a 39-minute game in his last outing. Copeland is struggling from the field and has hit just 34.0 percent in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.8 triples in that span. If you're eyeing another hot free agent, Copeland is not a must-own player anymore. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
     
    5:00 pm vs Orl
  • Tony Parker's struggles continue in win
    Tony Parker played 34 minutes, but hit just 2-of-7 shots for eight points and three assists in Wednesday's win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Parker's season is off to a tumultuous start and he's scored 11 or fewer points in four straight games. He's averaging 16 points and five assists on the season, but he tends to sit any time the Spurs play an inferior opponent. And even against teams like the Kings and Cavs over the last week, he's been disappointing. Parker has only hit the 20-point plateau three times in 11 games and his owners could be in for a long season, with Gregg Popovich focused solely on the postseason health of his players. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Larry Sanders is starting on Wednesday
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: In usual Bucks fashion, this update comes at 7:37 pm EST for the 7:30 game. Sanders' thigh issue may limit him and his minutes have been a bit erratic anyway, so he should be on the bench in most fantasy leagues. Zaza Pachulia will move back into the second unit tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • Zach LaVine shifts to Wolves bench vs. Knicks
    Zach LaVine will come off the bench on Wednesday with Mo Williams taking over as the starting PG.

    Advice: LaVine started the past four games but they were all Minnesota losses, and coach Flip Saunders has apparently seen enough of his rookie as the full-time starter. Neither LaVine nor Williams have had reliable value in Ricky Rubio's absence, but Williams is worth a long look now that he's running with the first unit. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:30 pm
  • Larry Sanders is a game-time call vs. Nets
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is a game-time call on Wednesday night to face the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday and there is a good chance he misses tonight. Zaza Pachulia is coming off a nice game and would be a desperate plug-and-play option on a busy night in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic also dealing with ankle issue
    Nikola Pekovic (personal, wrist, ankle) said on Wednesday that the painful bursa sac in his ankle has been bothering him since Nov. 12.

    Advice: He also has a wrist injury and a personal matter to deal with right now. The wrist injury will keep him out for at least three games and he won't be re-evaluated until next week. Pekovic's ankle injury is the biggest long-term issue and it would almost be a shock for it not to limit him down the line. Gorgui Dieng should be owned in every single fantasy league right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:10 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Larry Sanders (thigh) questionable Wednesday
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday because of his bruised thigh, so owners will want to check back for updates prior to tip-off. If Sanders can't go, expect Zaza Pachulia to draw another start after he double-doubled on Tuesday, but anything is possible with coach Kidd. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:36 am
  • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 15 pts, 10 dimes
    Jeremy Lin bounced back from Sunday's scoreless dud, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two steals and a season-high 10 assists in Tuesday's win in Atlanta.

    Advice: Lin is off to a quiet start this season, averaging 11.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting, while attempting only 8.1 shots per game. Those are all the lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2010-11 and owners should strive to be patient, as tonight's game is a timely reminder of his upside as the Lakers' unquestioned starting PG. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:09 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs Min
  • Al Horford shoots 7-of-8 in tough home loss
    Al Horford made 7-of-8 field goals on Tuesday, including one 3-pointer, to finish a tough loss vs. L.A. with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Horford hasn't played 30+ minutes or taken 10+ shots in any of the Hawks' past four games. He's averaging just 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds this season but he's likely just off to a slow start after missing many months following pectoral surgery. Fantasy owners should view this is a buy-low opportunity for Horford, who will need to play a bigger role for Atlanta to emerge as a legitimate playoff threat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:07 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    4:30 pm vs NO
  • Jordan Hill double-doubles w/ 18 pts, 10 reb
    Jordan Hill double-doubled with 18 points, 10 rebounds and one assist vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, making 8-of-17 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in just 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Hawks rank 28th in rebounding with a -3.8 differential and they're particularly poor on the offensive glass, where Carlos Boozer and Hill hurt them all night long. It was Hill's putback following an offensive rebound that gave L.A. a much-needed five-point cushion down the stretch, and he's quietly emerged as a top-100 fantasy value through L.A.'s first 11 games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Ronny Turiaf (hip) out Wednesday vs. New York
    Ronny Turiaf (hip) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: With Nikola Pekovic (sprained wrist) also sidelined, Gorgui Dieng is going to get all the minutes he can handle. Turiaf has played a total of 19 minutes this season, but has only managed to record two assists and one rebound. Obviously he's not an option in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:57 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Nikola Pekovic (wrist) out at least one week
    Nikola Pekovic sprained his right wrist and will not suit up for any games this week.

    Advice: Pekovic will be targeting a return for Nov. 26 vs. the Bucks, and Gorgui Dieng will enter the starting lineup with Pek sidelined. Dieng has a lot of upside, and as a starter last season he averaged 12.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game over 32 minutes of action. He'll be a great option in daily leagues as the team's unquestioned starting center, and if he's somehow available in your league, he makes for an excellent pickup. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:09 pm
     
    Injured
    7:30 pm @ LAL
  • Joakim Noah says Bulls have work to do
    Joakim Noah said the Bulls still have work to do after Monday's win over the Clippers.

    Advice: After easily defeating the Clippers without Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, Noah said the Bulls have some building to do. "We have a lot of work to do," Noah said. "As long as we stay humble and we keep working, keep getting better as a team, hopefully, we'll have a chance. But we're nowhere near where we have to be." While Noah's numbers haven't been exactly what his fantasy owners expected, his improved play over the Bulls' last five games should give hope that he can still return top-30 value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:53 am
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Noah posts big popcorn line in easy win
    Joakim Noah scored 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting with 16 rebounds and six assists in Monday's easy win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Noah's numbers are down in enough areas to worry that he's still not at 100 percent, but he's playing and doing enough to return top-75 value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:04 pm
     
    Injured
    10:00 am @ Bos
  • Butler headlines night of big lines for Bulls
    Jimmy Butler scored 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one three and a 9-of-10 mark from the foul line in Monday's win.

    Advice: Butler is returning top-10 fantasy value and it's unclear where his shooting percentages are ultimately going to fall because he has clearly improved. Making an ungodly 80.6 percent from the line on 8.0 attempts per game, we're getting past issues involving small sample size too. The safe play is to sell him high in exchange for a well-positioned top-20 asset, but what fun would that be? Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:02 pm
  • Tony Parker plays just 18 minutes in easy win
    Tony Parker played just 18 minutes in a blowout win over the 76ers on Monday, scoring five points with five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Spurs will play a desperate Cavs team on Wednesday in Cleveland and maybe that's why coach Gregg Popovich took it easy on his veterans tonight. Parker will be fine on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:37 pm
  • Cory Joseph has a nice game on Monday night
    Cory Joseph scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He's scored in double-digits in three of his last four games with 1.3 steals and 3.0 dimes per game in that span. Obviously Joseph isn't going to light it up, but he's playing really well for owners in deep leagues. Plus, it's clear he'll be given plenty of chances should Tony Parker ever miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:31 pm
     
    Injured
    5:30 pm vs Sac
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