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  • Marcin Gortat leads Wiz with 23-14-2
    Marcin Gortat hit 10-of-11 shots for 23 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: You know someone will always go off against the Sixers and it was Gortat's turn tonight. This was Gortat's first double-double since March 6, and his highest scoring game since Feb. 22. It's too bad he can't play the Sixers every night.
    23 minutes ago
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 16 vs. Spurs
    Nikola Vucevic scored 16 points on 8-of-21 from the field against the Spurs on Wednesday with 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

    Advice: It's his first game with three blocks or more since December and his five assists were the most he's had in 2015. Vucevic has three consecutive double-doubles and hasn't slowed down besides a slight dip in field goal percentage and points.
    34 minutes ago
  • Reggie Jackson hits just 3-of-16 shots
    Reggie Jackson played through his illness again on Wednesday, but hit just 3-of-16 shots.

    Advice: He still flirted with a triple-double with nine points, seven rebounds and eight assists, but may have done more harm than good to fantasy teams tonight. He wasn't feeling well on Tuesday, either, when he double-doubled. He lasted 29 minutes tonight and owners have to hope his stomach bug and nausea are no longer an issue going forward.
    Today, 7:03 pm
  • Monta Ellis (calf) ready to play vs. Thunder
    Monta Ellis (calf) will play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ellis' calf may not be 100 percent healthy but he's one of the league's toughest players and it's no surprise to see him in the starting lineup. He'll give the No. 7 seed Mavericks whatever he has tonight, as they try to fend off the No. 8 seed Thunder, and he's safe to activate in all leagues.
    Today, 4:49 pm
  • Carl Landry will start vs. Houston
    Carl Landry will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll start next to Omri Casspi and DeMarcus Cousins tonight. Landry will likely get around 20 minutes tonight and is worth a look in deep leagues. Derrick Williams has the higher upside.
    Today, 3:51 pm
  • Monta Ellis (calf) is a game-time decision
    Monta Ellis (calf) is a game-time decision to face the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is probable and the Mavs look to be expecting him to play. Ellis missed Sunday due to his calf injury and he could be limited tonight. If he can't play his usual 33.7 minutes per game, minutes will go to Richard Jefferson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton.
    Today, 3:39 pm
  • Dion Waiters (foot) will play vs. Mavericks
    Dion Waiters (foot) will play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't have any setbacks during shootaround and it sounds like his re-evaluation on Tuesday went well, so Waiters should be in the clear. That doesn't make him a reliable fantasy option, of course, as he shot just 41.7 percent from the field and 62.9 percent from the FT line in March.
    Today, 3:26 pm
  • Jared Dudley will return vs. Bulls
    Jared Dudley (knee, back) will play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's had back and knee issues in the past two weeks, so we're not expecting him to get significant playing time. Dudley can be left on the wire in all leagues.
    Today, 3:18 pm
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will play vs. Celtics
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will "try to play" vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stuckey shot 1-of-8 from the field in 25 minutes on Tuesday and owners may want to shy away from him -- the injury is to his shooting wrist and coach Frank Vogel suggested that Stuckey is pretty banged up. He recently recovered from a calf injury and may only be suiting up because the Pacers are fighting for their playoff lives. If he is limited, expect more opportunities to open up for C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez.
    Today, 3:04 pm
  • Reggie Jackson will play through illness Wed
    Reggie Jackson (illness) will start Wednesday's game but Stan Van Gundy isn't sure how many minutes he'll play.

    Advice: Jackson double-doubled on Tuesday despite being severely ill, playing 22 minutes and spending most of the game being attended to by trainers. He's still a must-start player in most formats, but daily-league owners may want to lean toward a healthy alternative. With Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) unavailable tonight, veteran PG John Lucas III will be unusually busy.
    Today, 2:34 pm
  • Report: Mavs won't overpay for Rajon Rondo
    The Mavericks reportedly hope to re-sign Rajon Rondo in free agency this summer, but they "wouldn't be willing to get into a bidding war."

    Advice: Nor should they. Rondo has a PER of 11.7 since joining the Mavs, the lowest mark of his career, and his assist rate of 33.2 percent is the lowest since 2007-08. He's bound to get a hefty offer in free agency but fantasy owners should view him warily next season, as brutal FG and FT percentages continue to erode his overall value.
    Today, 2:24 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) starting vs. Spurs
    Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) will start Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He's missed four games over the past few weeks but didn't have any setbacks after practicing on Tuesday, so he should see his usual 20-25 minutes tonight. He's not an appealing fantasy player, though he's a decent streaming option if you need rebounds, blocks and FG percentage. Channing Frye and Andrew Nicholson lose the most with Dedmon back in action.
    Today, 2:22 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey is questionable for Wed
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) is questionable to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just got over a calf issue and he's now back on the injury report with an issue involving his shooting wrist. That may have explained why he made just 1-of-8 from the field on Tuesday. If he's out, C.J. Watson would likely be the sixth man while Damjan Rudez would also get more minutes.
    Today, 12:12 pm
  • Iman Shumpert practices on Wednesday
    Iman Shumpert (ankle) practiced on Wednesday and will play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Shumpert has played around 25 minutes per game, but he's only made 36.0 percent from the field this month and hasn't done much outside of his 1.7 steals. He's not a fantasy option right now.
    Today, 11:43 am
  • Kyle Lowry out Wednesday, doubtful Friday
    Kyle Lowy (back) will not play vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, and he is considered doubtful to play vs. the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Lowry has already said that he won't rush back from injury, so it's safe to drop him in most leagues. Greivis Vasquez will continue to draw the start and is worth a look if you need help in assists and 3-pointers, while DeMar DeRozan and Lou Williams will continue to receive a boost in value with Lowry on the shelf.
    Today, 9:34 am
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller out Wed
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) and Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: MKG will likely be out for another week, so there are no surprises here. At this point in the season, MKG can be dropped in most leagues and the Hornets won't be in a rush to bring him back if they continue to fall out of the hunt for a playoff berth. Jeff Taylor will likely draw another start, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Today, 8:50 am
  • Monta Ellis, J.J. Barea probable Wednesday
    Monta Ellis (calf) and J.J. Barea (ankle) are both listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Ellis was held out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, but he was able to fully participate in Tuesday's practice and should be ready to roll tonight. Ellis is one of the toughest and most durable players in the NBA, but even this is a little surprising considering he was on crutches a couple of days ago. If Ellis plays he should be activated in all lineups, while Richard Jefferson would return to the bench and lose most of his value. For what it's worth, head coach Rick Carlisle wouldn't commit to Ellis playing just yet, so his owners will want to check back for another update prior to tip-off.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Devyn Marble (eye) likely out for the season
    Devyn Marble was back at the Magic's practice facility for the first time since he had surgery on his eye, but the rookie likely won't even be able to practice for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: The Magic have no need to rush him back and they will take every precaution they can to allow him ample time to recover. We will track his progress closely, but it's safe to leave him on the wire in all leagues.
    Today, 7:31 am
    L, 103-91 vs SA
  • Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) expected to play Wed
    Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, and he is expected to play vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dedmon has missed four out of the last five games because of his ankle, but it's a great sign that he was able to practice in full. Dedmon may rejoin the starting lineup which would shift Andrew Nicholson to the bench, while Channing Frye would inevitably lose some value as well. Owners in deeper leagues who need help in blocks and boards should give Dedmon a look.
    Today, 6:56 am
  • Lou Amundson aims to re-sign with Knicks
    Lou Amundson hopes to re-sign with the Knicks as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: He left zero room for doubt, saying, "I want to be a Knick next season." Amundson is understandably thrilled with his current starting role for New York, and he may prioritize court-time over wins when weighing contract offers this summer.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) shoots 1-of-8 vs. Nets
    Rodney Stuckey (sore right wrist) notched four points (1-of-8 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes on Tuesday, and he started the second half in place of C.J. Miles (sprained ankle).

    Advice: Stuckey recently came back from a calf injury and he's perpetually banged up, but the Pacers are scrapping for a playoff spot so it's not surprising that he'd play at less than 100 percent. His potential for offensive eruptions makes him a tantalizing fantasy option, especially if he starts on Wednesday, though he's been reduced to late-round value over the past 12 games with averages of 14.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals.
    Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Reggie Jackson battles nausea in win vs Hawks
    Reggie Jackson battled nausea throughout Tuesday's game, which he still finished with 12 points, two 3-pointers, four boards, 11 assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Jackson played only 22 minutes and was clearly exhausted after short stints, requiring near-constant attention from Detroit's trainers throughout the game. It's to his credit that he gutted out a double-double in the Pistons' unexpected win vs. the Hawks, but fantasy owners should consider him questionable to suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets. Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) is also iffy for that game, which could lead to huge minutes for John Lucas III.
    Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will play Tuesday
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Stuckey will draw a very favorable matchup against the Nets tonight, so make sure you have him on your active roster. C.J. Waton's value takes a hit with Stuckey active.
    Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Monta Ellis (calf) could play Wednesday
    Monta Ellis (calf) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and head coach Rick Carlisle implied that there's a good chance Ellis will be able to play Wednesday vs. OKC.

    Advice: "Nothing's for sure tomorrow, but it looks promising," said Carlisle of Ellis potentially playing on Wednesday. If Ellis is indeed able to return on Wednesday, he will have only spent a mere one-game on the sidelines. His return to action will push Richard Jefferson back to the bench and irrelevancy in most leagues. Owners can expect to get another update on Ellis' status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Dion Waiters misses practice on Tuesday
    Dion Waiters (foot) sat out Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Waiters' foot is feeling better, but we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks. With Andre Roberson (ankle) likely out Wednesday, Anthony Morrow could be in line for all the minutes he can handle if Waiters is unable to play.
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Kyle Lowry (back spasms) is still hurting
    Kyle Lowry (back spasms) is still hurt and it's "not just something where he's sore," according to coach Dwane Casey.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he's going to be back at any point this week and he can probably be dropped in most fantasy leagues. Greivis Vasquez will get at least one more start tonight and probably has a few more headed his way, too. However, he hasn't played well, so he's not a must-own player. Vasquez is still worth a look if you need some treys and dimes.
    Monday, 3:02 pm
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Rodney Stuckey (wrist) questionable Tuesday
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Stuckey logged 30 minutes in Sunday's win over the Mavs while coming off a calf injury, but apparently he managed to add another injury in the process. If he's forced to sit out, C.J. Miles and C.J. Watson would both be the most direct beneficiaries.
    Monday, 10:57 am
  • Kyle Lowry (back) out again on Monday night
    Kyle Lowry (back) will not play on Monday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Lowry has already said that he won't rush his return, but it's not clear when he will be back on the floor. Greivis Vasquez is averaging 11.1 points, 4.3 assists and 1.7 triples on 44.6 percent shooting over 23 games as the starting point guard, and both Lou Williams and DeMar DeRozan will have more responsibilities while Lowry is sidelined, as well.
    Monday, 9:44 am
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Jared Dudley wants to re-sign with Bucks
    Jared Dudley would like to re-sign with the Bucks after the season.

    Advice: Excited by the youth infusion in Milwaukee and the leadership of Jason Kidd, Dudley is in a good place as a veteran leader on an up-and-coming team. Dudley did say he'd be willing to take less money on a multi-year deal, but it's too early to say whether or not the two sides will work something out.
    Monday, 6:45 am
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Marcin Gortat again expresses his frustration
    Marcin Gortat again expressed his frustration following the Wizards 99-91 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: Gortat had six points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in just 29 minutes of action. The big man has not exceeded 30 minutes in any of the team's recent five losses, but he's played at least 31.5 minutes in each of the club's last five victories. Gortat offered a "no comment" relentlessly, before finishing with a Marshawn Lynch impersonation, "I just don't want to get fined." The Wizards are 10-22 against teams with winning records, 3-10 against teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings and 0-3 against projected first-round opponent Toronto.
    Monday, 6:27 am
  • Dion Waiters to have sore foot examined
    Dion Waiters (foot) will have an examination when the Thunder return to Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Waiters has been complaining of foot pain over the last few games, and this is par for the course considering how OKC's season is going with injuries. Waiters did manage to jack up 20 shots in Sunday's win over Phoenix and played nearly 38 minutes while doing so.
    Monday, 6:09 am
  • Jared Dudley (back) confirms he'll play Wed
    Jared Dudley (back) confirmed that he'll be ready to play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm 100% fine," he wrote on Twitter. "Just being pre cautious, I'll be ready [Wednesday]." This is excellent news for Bucks fans and any deep-league owners who have Dudley on their bench. He has had spurts of sustained value this year but is too risky for use in most leagues given the recurring nature of his back injury.
    Sunday, 9:50 pm
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Dion Waiters (ankle) starts, gets 18 points
    Dion Waiters (ankle) started Sunday's road win vs. the Suns and finished with 18 points 8-of-20 shooting with one 3-pointer, three rebound, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: He struggled on Saturday with just three points on 1-of-4 shooting, possibly due to his sore ankle, but the injury didn't appear to limit him tonight. The bad news is that this line typifies the reasons why Waiters is a poor fantasy option -- he shoots inefficiently and contributes paltry rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, so one off-shooting night can tank his week.
    Sunday, 8:55 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (ankle) held out as precaution
    Iman Shumpert "jammed" his left ankle during Sunday's game and coach David Blatt didn't seem overly concerned about the injury.

    Advice: "I think he wanted to come back in there but we held him out for precautionary reasons," Blatt said. "I believe he'll be OK." Shumpert didn't return after the injury and we'll leave him on the injury report as a precaution, though it certainly helps that Cleveland doesn't play again until Thursday. If Shumpert does miss time, expect guys like James Jones, Shawn Marion and possibly Mike Miller to fill the void.
    Sunday, 6:55 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 17 points with 10 dimes
    Rajon Rondo stepped up in the absence of Monta Ellis (calf) in Sunday's loss to the Pacers, scoring 17 points with 10 assists, seven boards, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo shot 8-of-14 from the field and hit his only free throw attempt on the night, and early indications suggests that he and Chandler Parsons will be the biggest beneficiaries if Ellis remains on the shelf (there is no timetable for his return). This was also the most minutes Rondo has played since joining the Mavericks, and he should be able to carry this momentum moving forward with the extra responsibility on offense.
    Sunday, 6:46 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) plays 30 minutes Sunday
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) logged 30 minutes during Sunday's much-needed win vs. Dallas, scoring 10 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He wasn't on a minute-limit and is safe to deploy whenever he's healthy, as the Pacers have given him a green-light to shoot with their second unit (he finished 4-of-14 from the field tonight). The second unit has proven to be a strength for Indiana this season -- their bench is averaging 41.0 points per game, second in the NBA behind only the Lakers. Stuckey's return stole some playing time from C.J. Miles (28 minutes), C.J. Watson (24 minutes) and especially Solomon Hill (14 minutes).
    Sunday, 6:34 pm
  • Reggie Jackson's 31 points not enough Sunday
    The Pistons fell in Miami on Sunday, 102-109, despite having Reggie Jackson score 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting with three 3-pointers, six rebounds and nine assists.

    Advice: Jackson and Andre Drummond (32 points) were unstoppable but they were abandoned by their teammates, who combined for just 39 points on 14-of-49 shooting (28.6 percent). R-Jax was coming off a triple-double and his sluggish start after joining the Pistons is a fading memory as he carries owners deeper into the fantasy playoffs.
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) will not play on Monday
    Jared Dudley will not play vs. the Hawks on Monday in order to give his ailing back some extra rest.

    Advice: Dudley has been able to play in the past two games for the Bucks, but they are wanting to be cautious with him since he had missed six consecutive games earlier in March. Dudley should be fine for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls, but he is still not a fantasy option outside of deeper leagues. Expect O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless to see a few extra minutes off the bench Monday.
    Sunday, 4:52 pm
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Iman Shumpert (ankle) will not return Sunday
    Iman Shumpert was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Shumpert was able to walk off the floor under his own power, but the Cavaliers have no reason to risk his health and they may have just decided to keep him out as a precaution. We will update his status once we know more, but we will go ahead and consider him questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Heat. If he is unable to play, J.R. Smith would have to log big minutes while Matthew Dellavedova may see a few extra minutes off the bench as well. Shumpert finished today's game with nine points, three steals and one board in 11 minutes.
    Sunday, 2:40 pm
  • Marcin Gortat can't find his shot on Sunday
    Marcin Gortat shot just 3-of-10 from the field during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, putting up six points, one steal and two blocks through 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: The defensive stats and rebounding are what owners are looking for from Gortat, so he was effective with regards to that. He struggled with his shot tonight, but as a guy that's shooting 56.0 percent from the field on the season, this game can be viewed as an exception and not the rule. He'll have the opportunity to redeem himself with a very favorable matchup against the 76ers on Wednesday.
    Sunday, 2:11 pm
  • Monta Ellis (calf) will not play vs. Pacers
    Monta Ellis (calf) has officially been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, and Richard Jefferson will draw the start at shooting guard.

    Advice: Ellis had played in 237 consecutive games before the injury, so it's obviously a huge blow for his owners who are in the middle of fantasy playoffs. Ellis is off crutches, but he is still in a lot of pain and doesn't have a timetable to return. We will update his status once we know more, but the Mavericks will probably proceed with caution. Jefferson is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value, while Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will likely see a boost in value as well with the added responsibility on offense.
    Sunday, 8:58 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) will play on Sunday
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) will play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Stuckey is returning from a three-game absence due to a calf strain, so it will be interesting to see how he holds up during the game. He isn't a must-own player by any means, but he is worth a look if you need help in scoring. C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles will lose some touches on offense Sunday, and their owners should expect their value to take a hit.
    Sunday, 8:13 am
  • Mavericks preparing to be without Monta Ellis
    The Mavericks are preparing for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers with the expectation that Monta Ellis (calf) will not be able to play.

    Advice: "We're going to have to make up for his loss collectively," head coach Rick Carlisle said in regards to replacing Ellis. "You don't lose your best offensive player and have one guy who can step up and make the difference. The whole group's got to step forward. So we got our work cut out for us." Carlisle also said that they won't rush Ellis back from injury, so it's safe to say that he is probably looking at some time on the shelf. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will be busy in the backcourt vs. the Pacers, while J.J. Barea (ankle) is also hopeful that he will be able to return from injury Sunday.
    Sunday, 6:40 am
  • Dion Waiters scores just three points in loss
    Dion Waiters scored just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding two boards, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Waiters had scored in double digits in each of his last four games, so this was a frustrating line for any owners relying on him tonight. Waiters is still locked into a starting role moving forward with Andre Roberson on the shelf, and he will have a chance to bounce back vs. the Suns on Sunday. That being said, he is far from a must-own player in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 9:53 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out 7-10 days?
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) could miss 7-10 days due to his ankle sprain.

    Advice: This isn't a big surprise considering he wasn't in great shape on Friday following his injury. His fantasy owners should consider cutting him with only two more full weeks remaining in the season. Jeff Taylor should get some starts and most of the minutes, but there will be more scoring chances going to Marvin Williams and Gerald Henderson.
    Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out vs. Hawks
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: There's a good chance he misses more games based on how slowly he limped back to the locker room last night. With Kidd-Gilchrist out, expect to see Gerald Henderson log most of his minutes at small forward while Mo Williams, Lance Stephenson and Marvin Williams will also benefit.
    Saturday, 12:06 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) questionable Sunday
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Stuckey has been in street clothes for the past three games, and the Pacers may continue to err on the side of caution on Sunday. If Stuckey is unable to play, C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles will be the primary beneficiaries and would be worth a look in daily leagues. We should have another update after shootaround Sunday.
    Saturday, 10:12 am
  • Monta Ellis (calf) is doubtful to play Sunday
    Monta Ellis (calf) is considered very doubtful to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Ellis has played in 237 consecutive games and is easily one of the most durable players in the NBA, but it is highly unlikely that he plays. Ellis was still using crutches on Saturday and obviously isn't going to practice, but we should have another update after shootaround Sunday. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris would be extremely busy if Ellis ends up sitting this one out, while the Mavericks are also hoping that J.J. Barea (ankle) will be able to return Sunday. For what it's worth, Ellis won't have an MRI until at least Monday when the team returns to Dallas, and while Carlisle is concerned, he doesn't expect the injury to be too serious.
    Saturday, 9:18 am
  • Monta (calf) left locker room on crutches
    Updating an earlier item, Monta Ellis (calf) left the locker room on crutches and as we passed along earlier he will be evaluated on Saturday.

    Advice: Crutches can be used as a precautionary measure but it's certainly not good to hear. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the league and doesn't miss games, but the Mavs may be able to convince him that it would be necessary in advance of the playoffs. Rajon Rondo (seven points, five boards, five assists, one steal) and Chandler Parsons (nine points, six boards, two assists, three steals, one trey) would be beneficiaries if he misses any time.
    Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Gortat posts big line in big win vs. Hornets
    Marcin Gortat scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with 16 rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks in Friday's double-overtime win over the Hornets.

    Advice: Gortat is having quite a month with top 15-30 value (9/8 cat) over his last 15 games, averaging 12.3 points with 10.0 boards, 1.2 steals, 1.3 blocks and 62.3 percent shooting from the field. He's hitting just 57.1 percent of his free throws during that span, but since he has only taken 1.4 attempts per game it hasn't hurt him much.
    Friday, 8:41 pm
  • Monta Ellis dealing with a right calf injury
    Monta Ellis was kneed in the right calf and coach Rick Carlisle said he doesn't know what the extent of the injury is.

    Advice: "We'll see how he feels in the morning and go from there," Carlisle said. It sounds like he's dealing with a leg contusion, which has occurred an inordinate amount of times this season. Ellis is one of the toughest dudes in the NBA, so he might not need to miss time. If he does, it'll be Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Chandler Parsons filling in the most for Monta.
    Friday, 8:16 pm
  • Reggie Jackson triple-doubles in win vs. ORL
    Reggie Jackson triple-doubled in Friday's road win over the Magic, scoring 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (1-of-2 3PTs, 7-of-9 FTs) with 11 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal.

    Advice: Jackson becomes the first Pistons player since Grant Hill to have multiple triple-doubles in a season and he's turning it on at the right time for owners. He has been a top-20 play over the last week.
    Friday, 8:02 pm
  • Monta Ellis suffers lower right leg injury
    Monta Ellis suffered a right leg injury on Friday night and will not return.

    Advice: He was getting looked at on the bench before going to the locker room. It's unknown what the extent of the injury is for Monta, but he's usually very durable and this is a little bit of a surprise to see he's unlikely to return. He may be re-evaluated on Saturday. Ellis left the game with 10 points, two boards, one assist and one steal. With Monta out, expect Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons to step up. There's also been a Raymond Felton sighting tonight.
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) leaves game
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a left ankle sprain on Friday and will not return.

    Advice: He was able to limp to the locker room under his own power, but he was moving slowly. At this point, he's likely going to be out for the rest of the game. With Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller (shoulder) out, Jason Maxiell, Marvin Williams and Gerald Henderson will step up. MKG exited with 11 points, eight boards and one block.
    Friday, 5:51 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) out Friday vs. DET
    Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It appears that Dedmon suffered a setback when he returned to action on Wednesday, and he could be looking at additional time on the sidelines. Channing Frye will have the opportunity to slide back into the starting lineup tonight, but he can only be viewed as a 3-point specialist in extremely deep leagues. On such a busy Friday night, there should be much better options available to slide into your active roster.
    Friday, 2:34 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) out Friday vs. the Lakers
    Kyle Lowry (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Lowry has said that he won't rush a return, but the Raptors have not given any clear timeline on when he might be able to return to action. While he's out, Greivis Vasquez will continue to start at point guard, with Lou Williams and DeMar DeRozan being tasked with some more responsibilities on offense. We'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets, stay tuned.
    Friday, 9:48 am
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Borrego praises Dewayne Dedmon's defense
    Magic head coach James Borrego praised Dewayne Dedmon's effort on the defensive end during a recent interview.

    Advice: "He gives us energy," Borrego said. "He gives us an edge. He gives us toughness. He challenges shots, passes. And then we have another big guy right next to him there to clog the paint and challenge shots. The length of those two, the size, is a good combination for us defensively." It sounds like Dedmon will remain in the starting lineup as the Magic close out their season, but with averages of just 4.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game as a starter, he can only be viewed as a rebounding and shot-blocking specialist in very deep leagues.
    Friday, 8:03 am
  • Jared Dudley has awful shot in win
    Jared Dudley returned from his kneecap injury on Thursday, scoring two points with one rebound, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: He had the worst shot you'll see all season with a backwards shot in the corner. We know that doesn't make sense, so click the link below to check it out. Dudley can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Thursday, 9:17 pm
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Jared Dudley (knee) will play Thursday
    Jared Dudley (knee) will play Thursday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Dudley had some good stretches during the season, but his play has really fallen off during the month of March with averages of just 2.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game on 22.2 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely be eased back into the rotation, so it's safe to leave Dudley on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
    Thursday, 3:20 pm
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Rodney Stuckey (calf) out Thursday vs. MIL
    Rodney Stuckey (calf) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: This will be Stuckey's second consecutive game on the sidelines (and he missed most of a third), and we'll be considering him questionable for Sunday's game vs. Dallas. C.J. Watson has stepped up in Stuckey's absence, and he's worth a look as a streamer option for owners seeking some 3-point shooting, steals, and assists.
    Thursday, 11:06 am
  • Rodney Stuckey questionable for Thursday
    Rodney Stuckey (sore left calf) listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: While the questionable tag leaves the possibility open for Stuckey to suit up, it would be a surprise to see him play after an MRI revealed a calf strain on Wednesday. If Stuckey can't play, look for C.J. Watson to be the primary fantasy beneficiary against the Bucks on Thursday.
    Thursday, 10:32 am
  • Dion Waiters scores 14 in start
    Dion Waiters, who was benched for the start of the second half on Tuesday, started for the Thunder on Wednesday and had 14 points, a steal and two 3-pointers on 5-of-11 shooting.

    Advice: Waiters' line was actually pretty decent due to the final score of 130-91 looking more like an old-school Globetrotters' score over the Washington Generals, instead of a meeting of two of the West's better teams. With Andre Roberson down and out, Waiters should continue to get plenty of starts and run from here on out.
    Wednesday, 11:53 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon quiet in return
    Dewayne Dedmon returned from a three-game absence due to a sprained ankle on Wednesday, but didn't score.

    Advice: He did have seven rebounds, a steal and a block, but with Nikola Vucevic healthy, it's going to be tough for Dedmon to sustain much consistency.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores 16 points vs. Pacers
    Marcin Gortat scored 16 points on 7-of-10 from the field with seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: For whatever reason, Gortat wasn't on the court on the last defensive possession of the game and it resulted in an easy George Hill layup. Gortat bounced back nicely on the stat sheet following two quiet games heading into this one, averaging just 5.0 points and 7.0 boards. He's a must-start player in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon will start on Wednesday
    Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) will start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He should be ready to go with his minutes in the 20s. With his return, Channing Frye is at risk of losing playing time. Dedmon is capable of being a double-double guy with some blocks, so keep an eye on him. He's still not worth owning in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:18 pm
  • Jared Dudley is questionable for Thursday
    Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He did go through practice, but that doesn't mean much because he went through practice on Monday and missed Tuesday's game. Dudley can remain on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:06 pm
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will not play Wednesday
    Kyle Lowry (back) will not play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lowry has already said that he won't be rushing back from injury this time, so he is probably looking at an extended stint on the sidelines. Greivis Vasquez will likely start on Wednesday and is worth picking up in most leagues, while Lou Williams should see an uptick in minutes off the bench and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:52 am
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) is doubtful Wednesday
    Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) is unlikely to play on Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Dedmon has missed three straight games now, and it looks like the Magic will continue to be cautious on Wednesday. If Dedmon can't give it a go tonight, expect Andrew Nicholson, Channing Frye (illness) and Kyle O'Quinn to be in the mix for more minutes, though none of these players are viable options in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:05 am
  • Dion Waiters stays hot w/ 23 points vs Lakers
    Dion Waiters was benched to start the second half of Tuesday's game, but he got hot offensively and finished with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists and only one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Anthony Morrow took Waiters' spot with the starters and remains the more valuable fantasy option, regardless of where he begins Wednesday's game in San Antonio. Waiters has been hot offensively over his past few games, however, and is worth plugging into lineup until he cools off. OKC is starting to gain some breathing room as the No. 8 seed in the West, pulling two games ahead of the idle Suns with tonight's 127-117 home win.
    Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) won't rush back this time
    Kyle Lowry said that he won't rush back from injury this time after he was forced to leave Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons due to back spasms.

    Advice: This doesn't sound very reassuring for his owners, and it looks like Lowry should be considered highly doubtful to play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday. We will pass along further updates once we know more, but his owners should have a backup plan ready. Greivis Vasquez will likely draw the start if Lowry can't give it a go and he is worth a look for anyone in need of 3-pointers and assists, while Lou Williams should see a nice uptick in minutes as well and would be a must-start option in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Reggie Jackson scores 28 in win vs. Raptors
    Reggie Jackson led the Pistons to a four-point win vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, scoring 28 points (10-of-18 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs) with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, nine assists, one steal and zero turnovers.

    Advice: R-Jax has a stellar 61.6 percent assist ratio since the All-Star break, trailing only Russell Westbrook (63.3 percent) during that span. He's also scoring nearly a quarter of Detroit's points while on the court, despite shooting just 38.9 percent from the field, and his double-digit assists per game have staked him to top-75 value in 8-cat leagues. Congrats to all those owners who held onto him through the trade deadline.
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will not return on Tuesday
    Kyle Lowry (back spasms) left Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Lowry had just returned from a two-game absence prior to tonight's game because of his back, so this is obviously a devastating blow for the Raptors and for his owners. We will go ahead and consider Lowry questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls, but considering he was only able to play 11 minutes before his back tightened up on him, he is probably closer to doubtful. If Lowry can't give it a go, Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams would both benefit. Expect another update following shootaround on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 5:22 pm
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will start Tuesday vs. DET
    Kyle Lowry (back) will start Tuesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Greivis Vasquez will likely head to the bench with this news, and his value will take a sizable hit with the demotion to the second unit. Lowry is obviously a must-start guy every time he's in uniform, so go ahead and get him active.
    Tuesday, 3:44 pm
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Jared Dudley (knee) out Tuesday vs. Miami
    Jared Dudley (knee) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Dudley is inching his way closer to making a return after going through a full practice on Monday, but today will not be the day. He wasn't playing well before going down, and he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:29 pm
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Kyle Lowry (back) a true game-time call Tues.
    Kyle Lowry (back) will again be a true game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Lowry has spent the past two games on the sidelines, but he was able to go through a full practice on Monday, so there's that. The Raptors have waited until just before the tip before announcing Lowry's status over the past two games, and that's the situation we're headed for again today. If he sits, Greivis Vasquez will draw the start, with DeMar DeRozan doing the heavy lifting on offense. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 3:06 pm
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Jared Dudley questionable for Tuesday
    Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable to play against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He went through practice on Monday and could return after missing most of the second half due to an issue with his kneecap. Dudley would take minutes away from Ersan Ilyasova, but Ghosface Ilya is still worth owning in all leagues.
    Mar 23, 12:37 pm
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Kyle Lowry (back) goes through practice Mon.
    Kyle Lowry (back) was able to go through practice on Monday, but he remains questionable to play against the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lowry has been out since March 18, and there is no clear timetable for his return. It leaves fantasy owners in a very tough spot at a critical juncture of the season, but the good news is Lowry was able to get through practice on Monday. Owners will have to check back for an update (or two) ahead of Tuesday's contest.
    Mar 23, 10:21 am
    W, 113-99 @ Min
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gets 18 points vs. MIN
    The Hornets earned a 109-98 road win on Sunday with a boost from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who grabbed nine rebounds and scored 18 points on 8-of-10 field goals.

    Advice: MKG added one block and his offensive improvement has been fun to watch this season -- shot selection has been the biggest key, and tonight all but three of his shots came within two feet of the hoop. He's worth owning for steady across-the-board contributions with an emphasis on rebounds and blocks.
    Mar 22, 6:35 pm
  • Reggie Jackson nearly triple-doubles in win
    Reggie Jackson fell just one rebound shy of a triple-double during Sunday's overtime win over the Celtics, scoring 17 points with 11 assists, nine boards and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's fair to say that Jackson is starting to fit in with Detroit and his play has been outstanding this week, averaging 18.3 points, 13.0 assists, 6.3 boards and 1.0 3-pointer over his last four games. Turnovers are still an issue and he had four of those tonight, but his value has increased dramatically since leaving the Thunder and he should be an elite play down the stretch. The Pistons will have an interesting decision to make this summer regarding Jackson's restricted free agency.
    Mar 22, 6:22 pm
  • Marcin Gortat cools off in 23 minutes vs. SAC
    Marcin Gortat played only 23 minutes during Sunday's loss in Sacramento, posting six points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: John Wall was the only Wizards player to log 30+ minutes as coach Randy Wittman spread minutes evenly across his roster in a blowout. This is nothing for Gortat's owners to worry about given his recent play -- averages of 15.0 points on 69.5 percent shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks have staked him to top-40 value since the second week of March.
    Mar 22, 5:49 pm
  • Carl Landry approaches DNP-CD Sunday
    Carl Landry played two minutes during garbage time on Sunday, grabbing one rebound without taking any shots or free throws.

    Advice: Landry has fallen out of George Karl's rotation and it's easy to see why, as he's been a net negative for the Kings both offensively and defensively. Unfortunately for Karl and the Kings, they owe Landry a guaranteed $6.5 million in both 2015-16 and 2016-17.
    Mar 22, 5:44 pm
  • Lou Amundson scoreless in 16 minutes
    Lou Amundson didn't score in 16 minutes vs. the Raptors on Sunday, missing all three of his field goals and both of his free throws.

    Advice: The nine-year veteran did chip in seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block, but he lost substantial playing time to backup big man Jason Smith (three points, three boards in 23 minutes). Neither guy is worth owning while they're locked in a value-killing timeshare at PF/C.
    Mar 22, 3:52 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) out Sunday vs. DEN
    Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) will remain sidelined for Sunday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Channing Frye (illness) is also out tonight, which means Kyle O'Quinn, Andrew Nicholson and Aaron Gordon will combine to fill the void at power forward. O'Quinn would be the best option if he gets sufficient playing time, but Andrew Nicholson is also worth a look as Orlando's fill-in starter.
    Mar 22, 1:48 pm
  • Jared Dudley (knee) and Mayo (hamstring) out
    Jared Dudley (knee) and O.J. Mayo (hamstring) remain out indefinitely.

    Advice: Neither guy will play on Sunday, of course, and their absence leaves extra playing time available for Tyler Ennis, Jerryd Bayless, Ersan Ilyasova and others. Ilyasova is the best bet for reliable value, though Bayless is also worth a glance for deep-league owners seeking guard help. Dudley and Mayo both belong on the waiver wire until a return date is announced.
    Mar 22, 12:14 pm
    W, 95-91 * vs Chi
  • Dewayne Dedmon will be a game-time call
    Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) will be a game-time decision on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Dedmon has been sidelined for the past two games which has forced the Magic to turn to the veteran Channing Frye, but he has been pretty underwhelming. We will let you know if Dedmon is cleared to play, and even though he would likely reclaim his spot in the starting lineup, he is only worth a look for owners in need of blocks and boards.
    Mar 22, 7:11 am
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