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  • Jeff Green (back) questionable for Game 1
    Jeff Green (back) is questionable for Game 1 against the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Sources have intimated that Tony Allen (hamstring) is the only Grizzlies player to be in jeopardy and he'll probably do anything he can to get on the court. Among the group of banged up players in Memphis, Green's injury status has been a back-burner issue so owners may want to use him as they normally would.
    Yesterday, 7:27 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Aaron Gordon will be in summer league
    Aaron Gordon will take part in Orlando Summer League in July.

    Advice: He was starting to come on and get minutes, but Gordon's offensive game is really raw. He potentially could be a fantasy stud and making his free throws this season was big for him. For now, Gordon isn't worth drafting in standard leagues yet and a lot will have to do with Tobias Harris.
    Yesterday, 3:36 pm
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 1 vs. NO
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) goes through a workout
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) went through a workout on Friday and attempted some shots.

    Advice: He was drenched in sweat and taking some shots today bodes well for his chances to play. Still, Afflalo was outplayed by C.J. McCollum, so he might not play more than 32 minutes in the first round. Fantasy owners might want to use someone else in postseason formats or in daily leagues.
    Yesterday, 1:36 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Nicolas Batum says he'll play in Game 1
    Nicolas Batum (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field.
    Yesterday, 1:14 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Bird would like to bring back Luis Scola
    Larry Bird said that he would like to bring back Luis Scola next season.

    Advice: Scola is a quality reserve in the league, but with season averages of just 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds, he’s nowhere near being a standard league asset.
    Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • James Ennis will work on his ball-handling
    James Ennis said that his primary focus during the offseason will be "getting stronger" and working on his "ball-handling."

    Advice: Ennis showed some flashes during his rookie season with the Heat, and he ended the regular-season on a high note by putting up his first-career triple-double. If Luol Deng opts out of his contract and leaves Miami during the offseason, Ennis could potentially be looking at a starting role with the Heat. However, there are far too many ifs right now to accurately project Ennis' value, and with season averages of just 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, he has a long ways to go before entering the standard league equation.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Chandler Parsons planning on playing
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is planning on playing in Game 1 against the Rockets.

    Advice: He practiced today and he should be able to give it a go. Parsons said his conditioning is a little suspect, so he may only be in the high 20s for minutes. Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will play less.
    Yesterday, 12:36 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Lance Stephenson searching for confidence
    Lance Stephenson acknowledged that his 3-point shooting was "terrible" this season, and he will spend the summer trying to regain his confidence after a horrific season with the Hornets.

    Advice: "My 3-point percentage was the lowest ever in history. That’s terrible," Stephenson said. "I have to come in and figure out how to be a better shooter. Being a good shooter will help my overall game... It’s confidence – just wanting the shot to go in so bad and then you lose your confidence. That plays a major part when you don’t have confidence in your shot. This summer I’m going to find my confidence." Born Ready was not so ready for the move to Charlotte, and his name will likely regularly surface in various trade rumors throughout the year, it's finding a taker that's the tricky part.
    Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Mike Scott is progressing from injury
    Mike Scott (back) was a limited participant in practice on Friday and will be evaluated this weekend.

    Advice: "He is progressing," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We’ll know more between now and (Game 1) Sunday. I don’t think we can say either way that he is definitely in or definitely out. He went through a lot of practice today. We’ll see how he feels today and Sunday. We are hopeful he’ll be ready to go." With Paul Millsap back, Scott isn't going to be as important. If he's limited Mike Muscala would get more run with the second unit.
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Frank Vogel believes David West will opt in
    Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel said while he didn't discuss David West's contract option with him during his exit meeting, his gut feeling is that West will opt in for next season.

    Advice: West reportedly spoke about "next year" during his exit meeting, implying that he will pick up the player option on his contract worth $12.6 million for the 2015-16 season. West will be 35-years-old next year, and with his numbers steadily declining over the past three years, it's unlikely he'd command such a high salary on the open market. He ended the 2014-15 season with averages of 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.7 steals and blocks per game on 47.1 percent shooting. At this point in his career, he's more of a deep league guy.
    Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • DeRozan won't be happy w/ 1st round exit
    DeMar DeRozan said that the Raptors' season won't be a success unless they advance past the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Raptors went out in the first round after a tough seven game series with the Nets last season, and DeMar has no intentions of making another early-round exit from the playoffs. The Raptors will begin their post-season against the Wizards on Saturday, and that should be quite the thrilling series.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Gores calls Andre Drummond a max player
    Pistons owner Tom Gores referred to Andre Drummond a "maximum guy" during a recent interview.

    Advice: The Pistons can extend Drummond's rookie contract with a max offer this offseason, a preferable alternative than waiting to match offers when he hits restricted free agency following the 2015-16 season, but this all hinges upon whether Drummond accepts the contract extension before the October 31 deadline. If the Pistons make Drummond their designated player, they could sign him to a five-year max extension, meaning he'd spend at least the first nine years of his career in Detroit. It'll be very interesting to see what Andre decides to do this offseason, but he has certainly established himself as a max-player.
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) questionable for Sat
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Parsons played some 1-on-1 on Thursday, and head coach Rick Carlisle implied that Parsons would be a go for Game 1, so things are progressing in a positive direction. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but if Parsons is unavailable, Richard Jefferson would draw the start with Al-Farouq Aminu logging extended minutes off the bench. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) says he'll play Sunday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) said he'll be good to go for Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Anderson being available, which dampens the value of Bajon Bogdanovic. He should see his minutes in the mid-20s if is indeed able to play on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Tony Allen likely to be a game-time call
    Tony Allen (hamstring) is likely going to be a game-time decision for Game 1 on Sunday and did go through practice on Friday.

    Advice: The good news is that he expects to play. "I'm gonna try and test it," Allen said. "I've been amped up mentally. Physically I haven't. I'm just trying to get healthy as we go forward." He might have a minutes limit and could come off the bench. With Allen back, Jeff Green, Vince Carter and Courtney Lee lose some appeal.
    Yesterday, 11:16 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) practices in full Fri
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) went through a full practice on Friday, and he will play Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks, as expected.

    Advice: Gibson was unable to finish Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks after injuring his shoulder, but he was never really expected to miss any time during the playoffs. He'll be in his usual Sixth Man role off the bench, and he should see his minutes in the high 20s.
    Yesterday, 11:10 am
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) practices Friday
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah missed the sat out the final two games of the regular-season, but he'll be back in action for the playoffs. However, with solid depth behind him in Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic, head coach Tom Thibodeau may limit his minutes.
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) practices on Friday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) was a full participant during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Anderson didn't play in the Nets' final seven games of the season, but it sounds like there's a chance he's ready to go for Game 1 when the Nets open up their first round series against the Hawks on Sunday. His return to action would likely take away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic.
    Yesterday, 10:12 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Teletovic cleared for basketball activities
    Mirza Teletovic (lungs) has been cleared for basketball activities, but he will remain sidelined for Games 1 and 2 of the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Teletovic was a full participant during Friday's practice, and while he will for sure spend the first two games of the Nets playoff series against the Hawks on the sidelines, there's a chance he enters the rotation after that. He's been out since January 22, so even if he is able to return, it'll likely be in a very limited capacity. He could potentially take away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic when he is able to return to the rotation.
    Yesterday, 9:54 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • MRI on Paul George reveals strained left calf
    An MRI revealed a strained left calf for Paul George, and the injury is obviously not being considered serious.

    Advice: George said he felt a pop in his calf during Wednesday's regular-season finale, but the MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis of a calf strain, which is not a serious injury. PG-13 will have the entire offseason to get things right, and all signs are pointing towards George being back at 100 percent next season. Head coach Frank Vogel implied during his exit interview that the Pacers would like to up their Pace next season, playing some small ball with George at the four-spot, which is a positive sign for his fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 9:47 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Chris Bosh will begin shooting in June/July
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) said that he will begin going through shooting drills in June or July, which puts him ahead of schedule in his recovery.

    Advice: Bosh has begun lifting and running after spending the second half of the season on the sidelines due to blood clots in his lungs, though he still remains on blood thinners. He acknowledged that he’s in the very early stages of the recovery process, but all signs are pointing towards him making a full recovery and being ready for training camp next season. Bosh finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and a career-high 1.4 three-pointers per game on 46.0 percent shooting from the field. He'll be a mid-round target in next year's draft with early-round upside.
    Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • Carmelo Anthony says he's 'ahead of schedule'
    Carmelo Anthony said that he's "ahead of schedule" in his recovery during a recent interview, and that being ready for training camp next season is a non-issue.

    Advice: "I’ll be ready in June," Anthony said. "I’ll probably be ready a little before June, back to my regular program and working out... The rehab is going extremely well. I feel very positive where I will be about next training camp. I’m actually excited about the progress I’ve made in a short period of time." It sounds like Anthony will have no problem being ready for training camp next season after only making it through 40 games this year. He has first-round upside, but knee injuries are nothing to play with, so he'll certainly carry some risk with an early-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 8:37 am
    L, 112-90 vs Det
  • Report: Sefolosha underwent surgery Thursday
    Thabo Sefolosha reportedly underwent surgery on Thursday, and he's expected to be ready for the 2015-16 season opener.

    Advice: We wish Sefolosha the best, and all signs are pointing towards him making a full recovery. With Thabo out of the picture, Atlanta will give DeMarre Carroll all the run he can handle, while Kent Bazemore having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. The Hawks open up their first-round series against the Nets on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 8:19 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kevin Durant cannot wait for next season
    Kevin Durant has not liked the criticism his team received during the season, and he said he can't wait for the first game of next season so he can prove all the doubters wrong.

    Advice: "I’m definitely pissed," a surly Durant said at his exit interview on Thursday morning. "I've heard a lot of stuff over this time I've been injured from everybody, from different people. So I can't wait for the first game [of next season]." Durant said he likes reading the negative headlines because they make him upset, and he feels he plays well when he gets "really, really upset." It was a rough year for Durant, and he's eager to put this chapter in his life behind him. He'll look to bounce-back next season, but after undergoing two major foot surgeries this season, he'll no longer be the consensus No. 1 overall selection heading into next year's fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Chandler Parsons plays 1-on-1 Thursday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) played 1-on-1 on Thursday and is planning to practice on Friday.

    Advice: "It’s getting much better actually," Parsons said about his knee. "I feel stronger every single day." It sounds like Parsons should be ready to roll for Game 1, but obviously going through practice on Friday will be huge. He certainly will want to suit up against his former team.
    Thursday, 8:22 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Joakim Noah will be ready for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) said he'll be ready to go for Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah had knee surgery last year and coach Tom Thibodeau believes this hamstring injury is related. Noah's rest at the end of the season seems to be precautionary. Even if he does have limitations, the emergence of Nikola Mirotic really adds some depth. Plus, Taj Gibson is playing well.
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • David Lee (back) questionable for Game 1 Sat
    David Lee (lower back strain) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

    Advice: If Lee can't go on Saturday, expect Draymond Green to get all the run he can handle with Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. The Warriors don't necessarily need Lee available to dispatch the Pelicans in their first round playoff series.
    Thursday, 1:04 pm
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Carlisle hopes Parsons can return for Game 1
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that signs are "promising but not definite" that Chandler Parsons will be available for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Parsons spent the last six games of the season on the sidelines with a knee injury, but it's sounding like he has a good chance of being ready when the Mavs open up their first round playoff series against the Rockets on Saturday. The Mavs could certainly use him back in the rotation as he's a significant upgrade to Richard Jefferson, and we'll be monitoring Parsons' status closely. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 12:29 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Lionel hopes Anderson can return for playoffs
    Lionel Hollins said that he was hopeful that Alan Anderson (ankle) could return for the playoffs, but he also doesn't know where Anderson is at in his recovery.

    Advice: Anderson spent the final seven games of the season on the sidelines, but the Nets don't have their first playoff game until Sunday, giving him an additional three days to get things right. Hollins likes Anderson's defense, so if he is able to go, he'd likely siphon away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic.
    Thursday, 11:33 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Carmelo not sure he'll ever be 100 percent
    Carmelo Anthony said he doesn't think he'll ever be 100 percent, but will be fully-recored and injury-free in time for training camp.

    Advice: While it isn't exactly reassuring to hear a 30-year-old coming off knee surgery say he won't ever be 100 percent, it sounds like Melo will be ready to roll for the 2015-16 season. "I don't think I'll ever be a hundred percent, but as far as being fully recovered, injury-free, I'll be at that point," Anthony said. "If I lost my drive over this time then I shouldn't even be here, to be honest with you. My drive, everything that I've been through, and even this year in particular, I'm like pulling my hair out right now because I'm ready to get back on the court. I'm ready to prove everybody wrong." Anthony has the potential to deliver first-round fantasy value next season, but would be a very risky proposition at that draft spot coming off knee surgery.
    Thursday, 11:01 am
    L, 112-90 vs Det
  • Carmelo Anthony says he'd be No. 2 option
    Carmelo Anthony said on Thursday that he wouldn't have a problem with becoming the No. 2 option on the Knicks if they're able to land another superstar.

    Advice: No, it's not April Fool's Day, as that happened a couple weeks ago. And whether the Knicks are able to get a superstar to come play for a team that was led by Langston Galloway, Jason Smith, Tim Hardaway and Cole Aldrich for much of the season isn't going to be an easy task. And finally, whether Melo can actually happily become a support player is also up for debate. It should be an interesting summer in New York. Marc Berman of the Post also reports that Melo's ahead of schedule as he recovers from knee surgery. He's expected to begin running and basketball activities on June 1, and then will start scrimmaging at a later date. He should be ready for the start of next season.
    Thursday, 9:27 am
    L, 112-90 vs Det
  • Paul George unsure if he'll undergo an MRI
    Paul George (calf) is unsure if he'll undergo an MRI on his left calf after leaving Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: While George will now wait to determine the extent of his injury, the silver lining is that it did not involve his surgically-repaired right knee. "Just came off a screen and felt a pop, but they looked at it and it's nothing more than just a calf strain," George said, slowly. "It wasn't a knee injury but it's tough, you work so hard in rehab and have something else pop up. The good thing is, I know we've got a long summer and a lot to look forward to." We'll keep an eye on updates for George, but it sounds like he may have a bit of recovery ahead of him.
    Thursday, 6:42 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • C.J. Miles scores 26 points with five treys
    C.J. Miles scored a team-high 26 points against the Grizzlies during a 95-83 loss on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Pacers just missed the postseason due to a lost tiebreaker and they're going to have to flip a coin with the Jazz for the 11 and 12 spots in the lottery. As for Miles, he had a Stephen Curry-like shooting performance to finish his season in the final four games, averaging 26.3 points, 6.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 5.0 treys.
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
    Player Note
    C.J. Miles Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 * @ Mem
  • David West plays 28 minutes in loss
    David West played 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with four points, four boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He suffered a minor injury tonight, but was able to return. West did not have a strong finish to his season, averaging just 11.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.4 steals in 27 minutes during his previous April games.
    Wednesday, 9:46 pm
  • Paul George diagnosed with a left calf strain
    Paul George said that he felt a pop in his left calf when he was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies, but he said that he will be fine and that he is dealing with a calf strain.

    Advice: The Pacers were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday, so George will have ample time to recover. He didn't have an opportunity to play a lot of minutes since returning from an eight-month absence, but he should feel confident leading into next season and we will have plenty of updates on him over the summer.
    Wednesday, 9:26 pm
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Luigi Datome leads Celtics to win
    Luigi Datome, not to be confused with the character your kid uses in Mario Kart, got a start at small forward on Wednesday and hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 22 points, three rebounds and two assists in a win over the Bucks.

    Advice: This was a meaningless game and the Celtics were without Avery Bradley (quad), leading to Datome's start. Jonas Jerebko and Kelly Olynyk each scored 16 points, and Jared Sullinger added 11, with all three players coming off the bench. Olynyk left with a head injury tonight and didn't return, so check back for updates on his (and Bradley's) status for Sunday's opening playoff game against the Cavaliers. The Celtics enter the postseason hot, winner's of six straight games, and they'll need everything they can get against the Cavs.
    Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Paul George (sore left calf) leaves game Weds
    Paul George (sore left calf) left Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies and will not return.

    Advice: First things first, it's not the same leg that he fractured over eight months ago, but he was in some pain and had to be carried to the locker room by his teammates. We will update his status when we know more, but it's not uncommon for players to deal with soreness after such a long time on the shelf. The Pacers have been eliminated from playoff contention, but George can feel confident heading into next season after showing some encouraging signs since returning from an eight-month absence.
    Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • James Ennis double-doubles vs. Philly
    James Ennis had the first double-double of his career against the 76ers on Wednesday with 17 points, 12 boards, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

    Advice: He actually played seven minutes at shooting guard, which is very rare for him. Ennis was a very exciting player over the summer, but he was a mild disappointment this season partially due to the fact that the Heat really didn't play him at SG even while they were shorthanded. Apparently having six players was enough for the team to change its mind.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Taj Gibson says he will be ready for playoffs
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) said that he will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs after being forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Gibson revealed that he received a cortisone shot at halftime, and it's pretty obvious that his shoulder was an issue as he was held scoreless in 20 minutes of action. Gibson is a warrior and it doesn't sound like he will miss any time, but we will update his status when we know more.
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) will not return Weds
    Taj Gibson left Wednesday's game against the Hawks with a shoulder strain and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Gibson was dealing with soreness in his shoulder prior to the game, so hopefully the Bulls are just being cautious. The Bulls were already without Joakin Noah for this game, meaning Nikola Mirotic will have to step up. We will update Gibson's status as soon as we know more.
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
  • Taj Gibson will start on Wednesday
    Taj Gibson will start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He does have some shoulder soreness, but he should be ready to go. The Bulls are going for the three seed tonight and Nikola Mirotic should get some run tonight, too.
    Wednesday, 4:38 pm
  • Luigi Datome starting for Celts on Wednesday
    Luigi Datome will start for the Celtics on Wednesday with Avery Bradley (quad) unavailable.

    Advice: Datome is averaging a mere 9.1 minutes per game in 20 appearances off the bench this year, and this marks his first start of the season. He's worth a glance if you need a quick injection of 3-pointers (0.8 per game), but that's about it.
    Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) out for Wednesday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be his seventh consecutive game out of the lineup. With Anderson out, suddenly hot Bojan Bogdanovic should get more chances to score in a must-win game.
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • David Lee (back) day-to-day after having MRI
    David Lee (back) will not play on Wednesday and he's listed as day-to-day after having an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: The tests didn't reveal any significant damage but GM Boy Myers said, "It's not like we're resting him to be cautious." Lee may only be deployed strategically in certain matchups during the postseason, so his long-term health is more important than his immediate availability.
    Wednesday, 2:44 pm
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • DeMar DeRozan (groin) will play vs. Hornets
    DeMar DeRozan (groin) will play vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: DeRozan sat out Tuesday's game but this proves that it was a mere precaution. He's likely to have his minutes held in check as the Raptors turn their gaze to the postseason, but owners might as well deploy DeRozan now that he's back in the starting lineup. His return sends Greivis Vasquez back to the bench.
    Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • David Lee (back) will not play on Wednesday
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a lower back strain and may have suffered the injury during his 14 minutes of action on Monday. Lee wasn't really in the rotation besides garbage time, so there is really not much here in terms of fantasy impact. If the Warriors do limit their guys, James Michael McAdoo would benefit most.
    Wednesday, 11:37 am
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Arron Afflalo hoping for a Sunday Game 1
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is hoping for a Game 1 to occur on Sunday.

    Advice: He's unsure about his status for the first day of the postseason and he's out tonight. The Blazers lost Nicolas Batum and C.J. McCollum to leg injuries, so they may need Afflalo more than ever. For now, Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee will get most of the minutes on the wing.
    Wednesday, 11:35 am
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Taj Gibson will play despite sore shoulder
    Taj Gibson will play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday despite dealing with shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (hamstring) isn't active tonight, meaning Gibson will have the chance to draw another start. Gibson scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist and four blocks vs. the Nets on Monday, so he should be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich out Wednesday
    Joakin Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) and Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Thibodeau said that Noah will be ready for the playoffs, so the Bulls are obviously erring on the side of caution tonight. With Noah on the shelf, Taj Gibson will likely draw the start and should be plugged into all lineups, while Nikola Mirotic will also see an uptick in minutes and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:01 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out for Wednesday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play vs. the Raptors on Wednesday as expected.

    Advice: The trade rumors are going to be flying around Stephenson all summer, and a move away from Charlotte would portably be best for both sides. For obvious reasons, Stephenson's stock will be really low leading into fantasy draft's next season. Troy Daniels and Brian Roberts should see plenty of minutes off the bench.
    Wednesday, 6:42 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • DeMar DeRozan (groin) plans to play on Weds
    DeMar DeRozan (groin) said that he is planning on playing in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He tweaked his groin earlier in the week and the Raptors wisely gave him the night off on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, but he should be ready to roll tonight. The Raptors made it clear that they were just being cautions with DeRozan, so hopefully his injury doesn't linger in the playoffs. We will have another update before tip-off, but DeRozan's owners can go ahed and pencil him into lineups. Greivis Vasquez will move back to the bench and lose most of his value.
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Paul George plays season-high 18 minutes
    Paul George had 10 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes on Tuesday, as he remains on a "soft" minute-limit.

    Advice: This was George's highest playing time since returning five games ago. The Pacers' victory on Tuesday gives them a much better chance to eke into the playoffs -- they'll need to defeat the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday or have the Nets lose at home vs. the Magic, because Brooklyn owns the tie-breaker. It's anyone's guess how much PG will have in the tank and how hard the Pacers will push him in a back-to-back scenario.
    Tuesday, 9:10 pm
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • C.J. Miles scores 25 points w/ four triples
    C.J. Miles scored 25 points on Tuesday but he cooled off from the field, making 9-of-22 field goals including a 4-of-13 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Miles is now 21-of-45 from deep over his last four games and he's returning top-50 value for fantasy owners in April, rooted in an elite 3.3 triples per game. The only players hitting more 3-pointers per game are J.J. Redick, Danilo Gallinari, J.R. Smith and Stephen Curry.
    Tuesday, 8:53 pm
    Player Note
    C.J. Miles Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 * @ Mem
  • Luis Scola scoreless in 17 minutes on Tuesday
    Luis Scola finished Tuesday's sloppy 99-95 win vs. the Wizards with zero points, assists or blocks in 17 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The veteran power forward has had some nice moments since the All-Star break, including a 23-point game on Apr. 5, but tonight was not one of them. He grabbed seven rebounds and stole the ball once but missed both of his field goal attempts, and contributed to the Pacers' bench shooting a horrific 25.8 percent from the field.
    Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan OK despite tweaking groin
    DeMar DeRozan's precautionary DNP on Tuesday was related to a groin injury, but he downplayed the injury and said he could have played "if absolutely necessary."

    Advice: DeRozan tweaked an old injury this week and the Raptors wisely gave him the night off to avoid any potential setbacks -- given the nature of the injury and Toronto's stable playoff position, it wouldn't be surprising to see DeRozan take another game off on Wednesday. We'll know more after the Raptors' shootaround.
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (knee) will not play Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum will not play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday due to a bruised right knee.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis and the only good news for Blazers fans is that he didn't suffer any structural damage. Batum will likely be questionable for the start of the playoffs -- if he can't suit up, Portland will be forced to rely on Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe for SF production.
    Tuesday, 4:06 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • DeMar DeRozan (rest) will not play on Tuesday
    DeMar DeRozan (rest) will not play Tuesday vs. Boston, and Greivis Vasquez will start in his place.

    Advice: This is very surprising as head coach Dwane Casey had hinted earlier that he wasn't planning on resting anyone, but it is what it is. Vasquez will start, but he's really only worth using as a streamer option in deep leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Kyle Lowry is going to be busy tonight as Toronto's go-to guy on offense, and he should make for a fantastic daily league play with a favorable matchup against Boston.
    Tuesday, 3:48 pm
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) out Wednesday vs. IND
    Tony Allen (hamstring) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: There was some hope that Allen would be able to return for the regular-season finale, but that will not be the case. With Allen sidelined, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter, and Jeff Green will all split his minutes, with Green offering the most upside out of the group.
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out Wednesday vs. POR
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. Portland, as expected.

    Advice: Parsons suffered a setback in his recovery while shooting on Sunday, and said even if this were a playoff game he'd be unavailable. Richard Jefferson will draw the start, with Al-Farouq Aminu logging extended minutes off the bench.
    Tuesday, 2:31 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) doubtful Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Noah spent Monday's game on the sidelines as well, so we're not expected him to suit up on Wednesday. Taj Gibson will draw the start if Noah is indeed unavailable, with Nikola Mirotic logging extended minutes off the bench. Both players offer plenty of upside, and they'd make for fine plug-and-play options in daily leagues. This seems like a very minor issue for Noah, and while he's unlikely for Monday, all signs are pointing towards him being available for Game 1 of the playoffs.
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: If Anderson is able to return to action on Wednesday, a majority of his minutes will come at the expense of Bajon Bogdanovic. Anderson is only worth considering as a steals and 3-point specialist in deep leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:01 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Thabo Sefolosha addresses the media Tuesday
    Thabo Sefolosha addressed the media for the first time on Tuesday since his arrest last Wednesday that resulted in a season-ending broken fibula.

    Advice: "I will simply say that I am in great pain, that I have suffered significant injury and those were caused by the police." Sefolosha didn't go into a lot of detail, but he did say that he will undergo surgery in the next few days. We'll continue to monitor this story very closely.
    Tuesday, 11:37 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Mike Scott (back) ruled out for Wednesday
    Mike Scott (back contusion) will not travel to Chicago for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: With Paul Millsap's (shoulder) status up in the air for Tuesday, and Scott out, Mike Muscala could be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes. He has however been struggling lately, scoring just two and five points in his previous two outings, so he'll be a risky play in daily leagues despite the increased opportunity.
    Tuesday, 11:20 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • NYPD Internal Affairs to interview Sefolosha
    NYPD Internal Affairs wants to interview Thabo Sefolosha about last week's nightclub incident, according to reports.

    Advice: According to sources, the Internal Affairs bureau of the New York City Police Department has contacted counsel for Thabo Sefolosha about interviewing him as a complaining witness in last week's incident. Sefolosha was arrested during the incident and his counsel has since questioned the NYPD's tactics during the arrest. Sefolosha broke his leg during the incident and will miss the rest of the 2015-16 season.
    Tuesday, 10:59 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Paul George sticking to 15 minute limit
    Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said he plans to stick to a 15-minute limit with Paul George in Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: While George has looked good since his return from injury, the minutes cap severely limits his fantasy potential. George is worth a start in deeper leagues for his upside, but 15 minutes just isn't enough to make a different for fantasy owners in standard leagues
    Tuesday, 9:27 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Nicolas Batum to undergo MRI on Tuesday
    Nicolas Batum (knee) will undergo an MRI on his injured right knee on Tuesday.

    Advice: X-rays on Batum's knee came back negative, so the Blazers will hope that further testing on Tuesday comes back negative as well. It would be a surprise to see Batum play against the Mavericks in Wednesday's regular season finale, so fantasy owners in search of one last push will want to look towards Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee if Batums sits.
    Tuesday, 7:43 am
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Green (back) returns to action on Monday
    Jeff Green (back) got on the floor on Monday against the Warriors, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies starters got throttled by the Dubs and they're all banged up, so it wouldn't be shocking if the now No. 6 seed Grizzlies gave up on seeding and rested up. Use guys like Green and Courtney Lee (nine points, one three, three boards, one steal, 21 minutes) at your own risk on Wednesday against the Pacers, who will be playing for a playoff spot.
    Tuesday, 2:05 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Aaron Gordon gets 32 minutes vs. Heat
    Aaron Gordon made 2-of-14 from the field for five points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: He got the start tonight and will likely start again vs. the Nets on Wednesday. Obviously the shooting line stinks, but the other stats and the usage rate are encouraging. Keep an eye on him on Wednesday and over the summer because he does have a nice upside.
    Monday, 10:18 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 15 points with nine boards
    Taj Gibson started for Joakim Noah (hamstring) on Monday during a 113-86 win over the Nets, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist and four blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He's rolling in his last four with each of those games resulting in at least 13 points. Gibson would likely be looking at minutes in the low 30s again if the Bulls are going to rest Joakim Noah in the season finale. He's going to be worth starting regardless, though.
    Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Nic Batum not planning on playing in finale
    Nicolas Batum (knee) said he doesn't think he'll play in the regular season finale.

    Advice: This is not a surprise whatsoever and hopefully he'll be ready to go in Game 1 of the playoffs. While Batum is out on Wednesday, it'll be Allen Crabbe getting the start while Alonzo Gee should play more too.
    Monday, 7:47 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Nicolas Batum hurts right knee vs. OKC
    Nicolas Batum suffered a right knee injury and will not return to Monday's game.

    Advice: He needed assistance to get to the locker room and it did not look good. Batum's knee twisted slightly and he'll likely be reevaluated on Tuesday. He also needed a PRP injection on his right knee earlier this season. If he's out Allen Crabbe would likely start and would get noteworthy minutes. The Blazers could really use some good news.
    Monday, 5:58 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) had a setback
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said he had a setback while shooting on Sunday and that he wouldn't be able to play in a playoff game right now.

    Advice: That's not good. Parsons had some serious swelling in his knee last week and he was doing some light shooting in the past few days. The Mavs will likely shut him down for the rest of the regular season and he should be considered questionable for Game 1 on the road. Richard Jefferson, Al-Farouq Aminu and Devin Harris benefit.
    Monday, 4:58 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Joakim Noah (knee) out, Taj Gibson to start
    Joakim Noah will not play against the Nets on Monday and Taj Gibson will start.

    Advice: The team is calling it "left knee tendinitis" but it doesn't sound serious. Taj Gibson will start and could be in for a huge line. Nikola Mirotic also greatly benefits here. Noah should be considered questionable for Wednesday.
    Monday, 3:52 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Aaron Gordon starting for Dewayne Dedmon
    Aaron Gordon will start in place of Dewayne Dedmon against the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: He's been playing minutes in the mid 20s and could be closer to 30 tonight. Gordon hasn't been doing much on offense and his season usage rate is only 15.2, so he's not going to do much with points. He could have an impact with boards, steals and blocks, though.
    Monday, 3:18 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out vs. Rockets
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play against the Rockets on Monday night.

    Advice: He's unlikely to play again in the finale either. Stephenson's first season with the Hornets is one of the bigger flops of the season and the team will likely be entertaining trade offers for him. With Born Ready out, Troy Daniels, Brian Roberts and Mo Williams figure to be the main bench scorers on the outside.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Alan Anderson out again on Monday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: It'll be his sixth straight game out of the lineup. Bojan Bogdanovic started the second half on Sunday and he could be looking at more minutes tonight based on his improved play. Give him a look in all leagues.
    Monday, 1:59 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jeff Green (back) will play on Monday night
    Jeff Green (back) will play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He's been dealing with a back issue for about a week, but he's played in each of his last three games since suffering the injury. Green could be looking at a lot of responsibility with Marc Gasol (ankle) and Mike Conley (foot) up in the air. He should be worth starting in standard leagues tonight.
    Monday, 1:57 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Chandler Parsons remains out on Monday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.

    Advice: The Mavs are locked into the No. 7 seed, but Parsons' knee injury is officially a concern. There hasn't been much improvement with Parsons' status, and he's not going to be able to get in a groove before the playoffs begin. It's been an up-and-down first season for Parsons in Big D, and he's got a lot to prove as his club enters the playoffs as underdogs. Richard Jefferson should once again draw the start in place of Parsons.
    Monday, 8:05 am
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Report: Chandler Parsons (knee) doubtful Mon
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is doubtful to play on Monday, according to Tim MacMahon of

    Advice: This isn't an official injury update but MacMahon is plugged-in to all things Mavericks, and owners should brace themselves for a fifth straight DNP from Parsons. He has much better odds of playing vs. the Trail Blazers during Wednesday's home game, giving him one game to get in rhythm before the postseason begins.
    Sunday, 9:44 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) likely done for season
    Lance Stephenson (toe) is highly unlikely to play again this season.

    Advice: The Hornets are out of the playoff race, so there is no reason to rush him back. This season can't end quick enough for Stephenson, and he has to be one of the most disappointing players in the league after playing so well for the Pacers last year. His owners will have a bad taste in their mouth heading into next season's fantasy drafts. Stephenson should be considered highly doubtful for Monday's game vs. Houston and Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors. Gerald Henderson, Troy Daniels and Jeff Taylor will benefit.
    Sunday, 6:15 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Paul George scores eight points in 14 minutes
    Paul George scored eight points with six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: It's hard to make an impact while playing under a 15-minute cap, but George has looked surprisingly comfortable since returning from an eight-month absence. The Pacers are battling the Nets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and it will be interesting to see if the Pacers allow George to up his minutes. For now, George is more of a deep-league asset.
    Sunday, 6:12 pm
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • C.J. Miles explodes for 30 points, 10 boards
    C.J. Miles went off for 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting with 10 boards, three assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in a huge 116-104 win over the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pacers are now tied with Brooklyn for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, but the Nets still hold the tiebreaker if both teams finish with the same record. With just two games left for both teams, this is shaping up to be quite a race. As for Miles, this was arguably the best game of his season and the 30 points matched a season high. The fact that he played 36 minutes in such a key game is encouraging, and Miles should be owned in most leagues while he is this hot.
    Sunday, 6:12 pm
    Player Note
    C.J. Miles Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 * @ Mem
  • Mike Scott leads Hawks w/ 19 points in defeat
    Mike Scott led the Hawks with 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting vs. the Wizards, hitting three 3-pointers with three rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Hawks' reserve forward has explosive offensive potential, as evidenced by his averages of 17.0 points and 2.1 triples per 36 minutes this season. He's averaging only 16.2 minutes per game this season and will be limited with the Hawks' starters returning on Monday, however, so don't put too much stock in tonight's outburst.
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out again on Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will not play vs. the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: This will be his fourth straight game on the sidelines, but Parsons will test his knee out prior to tonight's game and is hopeful that he will be able to play vs. the Jazz on Monday. We should have an update on his status no later than Monday's shootaround, so his owners should be on alert. In the meantime, Richard Jefferson will continue to start and is worth a look in deeper leagues, while Al-Farouq Aminu should play more as well.
    Sunday, 5:14 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Jeff Green (back) questionable Monday
    Jeff Green (back) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Green has been dealing with back spasms for a while now, and he has continued to play despite not being 100 percent. The Grizzlies could desperately use the bodies Monday, so we would expect Green to remain on the active roster, especially with Tony Allen (hamstring) not even traveling. We should know more on Green's status after shootaround on Monday.
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Andre Drummond hauls in 19 rebounds on Sunday
    Andre Drummond was his usual monster-self during Sunday's win over the Hornets, as scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting (1-of-3 FTs), with 19 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one turnover through 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Drummond makes these monster lines look ordinary, and he has been simply phenomenal since the break with averages of 16.0 points, 14.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 0.7 steals per game on 52.4 percent shooting from the field. He has grabbed 430 offensive rebounds on the season, and the only other player in the league over 300 offensive rebounds is DeAndre Jordan with 383. Drummond is going to be an elite fantasy asset for many years to come for those punting the free throw category.
    Sunday, 3:48 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) ruled out for Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: P.J. Hairston, Gerald Henderson, and Jeff Taylor will split Stephenson's minutes, but none of these guys are great option in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 12:07 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Nicolas Batum shoots 1-of-10 from field
    Nicolas Batum lacked confidence against the Jazz on Saturday, shooting just 1-of-10 from the field and missing all six of his 3-pointers.

    Advice: Here we go again. Batum was hesitant for most of the game and this is not what the Blazers want to see heading into the playoffs. To his credit, Batum did have six boards, eight assists, three steals and a block, but he is going to have to find his shooting touch if the Blazers want to make some noise in the playoffs, especially without Wesley Matthews (Achilles) and possibly Arron Afflalo (shoulder).
    Saturday, 10:39 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Jeff Green plays 41 minutes vs. Clippers
    Jeff Green played 41 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer on 5-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He took an elbow to the face from Blake Griffin, but Green seems to be fine. He was questionable for this game due to a lower back issue, but obviously playing 41 minutes suggests he's fine. If Marc Gasol (ankle) is out, Green is going to have some major offensive responsibilities. He looks like a high-upside, must-start player for Monday against the Warriors.
    Saturday, 9:54 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Taj Gibson looks great again on Saturday
    Taj Gibson was terrific against the 76ers on Saturday with 13 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-7 from the field and is playing some of his best ball right now. In his last three, Gibson averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues, especially since there's a chance we see Joakim Noah rest on Monday.
    Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 24 points in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points during a 107-104 win over the Heat on Saturday with six rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He did need to get some stretching in for what the team called a "left hip/leg" injury. DeRozan had a right groin tear earlier this season, so at least it's not on the same side. The Raptors are going to wind up with the third or fourth seed, so they might rest DeRozan on Tuesday or Wednesday. They're in Boston on Tuesday and finish up the season at home on Wednesday.
    Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • Jeff Green (back) will play vs. the Clippers
    Jeff Green (back) will play vs. the Clippers on Saturday night.

    Advice: Green is going to be very busy with Mike Conley and Tony Allen in street clothes, so he belongs in all active lineups tonight despite not being 100 percent. We will let you know how his back holds up after the game.
    Saturday, 7:05 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Aaron Gordon doesn't score in 23 minutes
    Aaron Gordon didn't score in 23 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday with four boards, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He was stuffed by Jason Smith tonight and really didn't take any good shots with his five attempts. Gordon is getting minutes and he has a very high ceiling, but he has to work on developing his game and learn how to use his athleticism to his advantage. Just keep an eye on him over the summer.
    Saturday, 6:42 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) out again for Sunday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Sunday.

    Advice: It will be his fifth consecutive game out of the lineup. Anderson did not even travel and coach Lionel Hollins hinted Anderson could be out for the rest of the regular season. Bojan Bogdanovic is worth a look in all leagues.
    Saturday, 2:37 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jeff Green is questionable for Saturday night
    Jeff Green (back) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies haven't been updating most of their injured guys heading into games, so we might not get an official word on Green until just before the 10:00 EDT tip. For now, his owners can take a no news is good news approach. Green did play 33 minutes on Wednesday and they'll definitely need him in a massive game tonight.
    Saturday, 1:02 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Noah won't have restrictions in the playoffs
    After talks with the coaching staff, trainers and the front office, Joakim Noah said that his minutes restriction will be lifted for the playoffs.

    Advice: Noah has been on a minutes limit of round 32 minutes per game for most of the season (he has gone over that number several times), but it's encouraging that the Bulls are showing confidence in his health leading into the playoffs. This news obviously doesn't help fantasy owners, but if anything at least the restrictions kept him healthy for most of the season.
    Saturday, 9:33 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Thabo Sefolosha hit by a nightstick?
    A new video released by TMZ appears to show an officer hitting Thabo Sefolosha with a nightstick.

    Advice: You can see six different officers tugging Sefolosha around in the video, and then one officer decides to swing his nightstick towards him. Police reports suggest that Sefolosha charged at an officer which started the altercation, but there hasn't been any video evidence to support that claim yet. Sefolosha suffered a broken fibula during the scuffle which will end his NBA season, but this story is far from over and we will continue to pass along updates when we know more. Click the link below to see the video.
    Saturday, 8:40 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) could return April 15
    Tony Allen (hamstring) could return for the regular-season finale against the Pacers on April 15.

    Advice: He will remain out for Saturday's game against the Clippers as well as Monday vs. the Warriors, but the Grizzlies will at least be glad that Allen is on track to return before the playoffs. Allen shouldn't be owned in almost any league following this news, while Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Jeff Green will all benefit.
    Saturday, 7:31 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • C.J. Miles scores 24 points vs. Pistons
    C.J. Miles scored 24 points in 28 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with five boards, two assists and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hasn't seen his minutes or usage drop off too much since the Paul George return. Although, that has a lot to do with C.J. Watson (elbow) not being able to suit up. Miles is what he is as a boom-or-bust guy for points and treys.
    Friday, 9:52 pm
    Player Note
    C.J. Miles Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 * @ Mem
  • Paul George still on a minutes cap
    Paul George played 14 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's looked healthy while he's out there and is taking very good shots. George is not expected to see his minutes rise over 20 in the near future, so he won't have much value this season. However, this past week bodes well for his value in 2015-16.
    Friday, 9:42 pm
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Aaron Gordon scores 13 points off bench
    Aaron Gordon scored 13 points with six rebounds, three assists and one turnover on 5-of-8 from the field in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He made all three attempts from the line and his improvement from there should not go unnoticed. Gordon just 42.2 percent from the line at Arizona last year, but now he's up to 72.9 percent in his rookie season. People around the Wildcats said he was a good free throw shooter in practice and apparently he was just in a funk last year. Gordon is on the radar for standard leagues next season and in deep leagues this season.
    Friday, 6:37 pm
  • Alan Anderson without a timetable
    Alan Anderson (ankle) doesn't have a timetable to return.

    Advice: "I don't know if he's coming back at all," coach Lionel Hollins said. Bojan Bogdanovic is playing some encouraging ball right now and is worth a look in standard leagues. Anderson can be dropped everywhere.
    Friday, 3:02 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Arron Afflalo (right shoulder) out 1-2 weeks
    Arron Afflalo was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain and will miss the next 1-2 weeks.

    Advice: It could be worse and at least Afflalo does have a chance to make it back for the postseason. However, Afflalo's regular season is over, averaging 13.3 points, 3.2 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys on 42.4 percent from the field. With Afflalo out, C.J. McCollum is really going to get to show what he can do. He's a must-own player. Expect Allen Crabbe to get more run and possibly Alonzo Gee getting in the rotation.
    Friday, 2:10 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • NBPA investigating Thabo Sefolosha's arrest
    The NBPA is launching an investigation into the tactics used by the NYPD during Thabo Sefolosha's arrest early Wednesday morning that resulted in a season-ending broken fibula that will require surgery.

    Advice: "The players union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic's arrest and is doing its own investigation of the situation," NBPA spokeswoman Tara Greco said. "The union was fully engaged in supporting all three players in court and in the precinct this week, and will continue to stay engaged as each situation evolves." Sefolosha's injury went untreated as he was held in custody, and this is developing into a pretty major story. We'll continue to provide updates as they become available.
    Friday, 10:59 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Parsons (knee) could return on road trip?
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will miss Friday's game vs. the Nuggets, but there's a pretty good chance he returns during the Mavs three-game road trip, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

    Advice: Parsons has still not been able to practice, so for now, we're going to be considering him questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson will continue to start, with Al-Farouq Aminu seeing extended minutes off the bench. However, neither of these guys have been doing enough on the stat sheet lately to be considered viable options in most leagues.
    Friday, 9:46 am
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out Friday vs. ATL
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: This will be Stephenson's second straight game on the sidelines, and his minutes will be split up between Gerald Henderson, Jeff Taylor, and P.J. Hairston. Henderson is the only one worth owning out of the group, and he'll have plenty of opportunity on offense with Al Jefferson (knee) also sidelined.
    Friday, 9:23 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) out Friday vs. WAS
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will remain sidelined for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: This will be Anderson's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and with him unavailable, look for Thaddeus Young to get all the run he can handle with Bojan Bogdanovic getting some extended run. Bojan has been playing well lately, and he's worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues
    Friday, 7:59 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Afflalo will undergo medical testing Friday
    Arron Afflalo is scheduled to undergo medical testing on his right arm in Portland on Friday to determine the extent of his injury.

    Advice: Afflalo said that he felt pain "behind his arm" near his shoulder and triceps area, and the injury was so tender following Thursday's game he was unable to lift his arm above his shoulder. This injury is to his shooting arm, so there's a good chance he misses time as the Blazers attempt to go into the playoffs as healthy as possible. C.J. McCollum is going to be the primary beneficiary with Afflalo unavailable, and he needs to be owned in all leagues after putting up 17 points with a full line on Thursday.
    Friday, 6:20 am
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Nicolas Batum plays 41 minutes in a loss
    Nicolas Batum played 41 minutes in a loss to the Warriors on Thursday with seven points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is really going to have to play massive minutes right now. Dorell Wright (hand) is out for the regular season and Arron Afflalo (shoulder) may also be out for a long time. Batum should put up huge numbers the rest of the way and should look as busy as he was in the 2013-14 season. He traveled more miles on a basketball court during NBA games than any player last season.
    Thursday, 10:16 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Afflalo may have tore something in shoulder
    Arron Afflalo went to the locker room in the fourth quarter against the Warriors on Thursday and will not return.

    Advice: According to the TNT broadcast, Afflalo said he felt like he tore something in his right shoulder. Unfortunately, he's likely going to be re-evaluated on Friday, but there's a decent chance he'll be out indefinitely. Go pick up C.J. McCollum right now.
    Thursday, 9:55 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Taj Gibson looks amazing against the Heat
    Taj Gibson played 34 minutes against the Heat on Thursday with 14 points, 12 boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He hit the offensive glass very hard with four boards on that end and was wonderful on defense. Gibson played 29 minutes on Wednesday and he looks safe to start in all leagues again. Plus, his ankle didn't seem to be an issue whatsoever. The Bulls are battling for seeding, so Gibson should be good to go for the weekend. He's worth owning in all leagues.
    Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Sefolosha needs surgery on fractured fibula
    Updating a previous report, an X-ray and MRI revealed a fractured fibula and ligament damage in Thabo Sefolosha's right leg, and he will need surgery to correct the injury.

    Advice: "This is a very difficult situation for Thabo and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery. We know that his approach and dedication will serve him well in his rehabilitation," Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Our team remains focused and will be prepared as we head into the postseason." Kent Bazemore is going to pick up most of Sefolosha's minutes, but he's not going to see enough floor time as a reserve to matter in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 4:06 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Tony Allen (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Allen is expected to be out through the weekend, and it'll be Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, and Vince Carter picking up the slack in his absence. Green offers the most upside out of the group.
    Thursday, 3:22 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Report: Sefolosha diagnosed w/ broken ankle
    Thabo Sefolosha has reportedly been diagnosed with a fractured fibia, and he will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Sefolosha suffered the injury during his arrest in New York early Wednesday morning following the stabbing of Chris Copeland and two other women, and he is currently facing charges of resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct. Sefolosha was averaging 18.8 minutes per game for the Hawks, and this is a tough blow for Atlanta as they are losing their defensive specialist off the bench. Kent Bazemore will pick up most of Sefolosha's reserve minutes, but 18 minutes isn't enough floor time for Bazemore to produce in a meaningful way in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 1:16 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Paul George has no fears of re-injury
    Paul George (leg) said he has no fears of re-injuring himself.

    Advice: When asked if he was afraid to hurt himself again, George said, ""Nah, I don’t have any fear. Unless they move the stanchions closer." George is averaging 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers over 15.5 minutes in two games since returning from injury. He's worth an add in deeper fantasy leagues, but he's not going to see enough minutes to make a difference in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 10:00 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Andre Drummond patches things up with SVG
    Andre Drummond and Pistons head coach patched things up after a quick disagreement during Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Van Gundy benched Drummond briefly during the third quarter after the coach thought his young center looked disengaged on the court. "I just brought him back in from the end of the bench, into the team," Van Gundy said. "I don't have a problem when guys are pissed off at me. I don't. But they can't check out on their teammates because they're pissed off at me, and I think he understood that and came back and was fine." Drummond was still able to post 22 points and 14 boards in the loss, so fantasy owners shouldn't worry about any lasting effects here.
    Thursday, 6:59 am
  • Arron Afflalo awful on 1-of-7 shooting
    Arron Afflalo started again on Wednesday but hit just 1-of-7 shots for four points, three rebounds and one assist in a win over Minnesota.

    Advice: He's scored four, 10 and five points in each of his last three games, and he just can't seem to get into a groove for the Blazers. Start him at your own risk.
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Nicolas Batum fills stat sheet on Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum started and hit 4-of-7 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He got Monday off in order to rest and the Blazers are guaranteed at least the No. 4 seed after clinching their division. It's possible the big names get more rest prior to the end of the season, so watch the news feed for daily updates. Robin Lopez had 18 points and six boards, Damian Lillard hit 4-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points and six dimes, and Arron Afflalo was quiet with just four points on 1-of-7 shooting tonight.
    Wednesday, 10:13 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Paul George scores 10 in 16 minutes
    Paul George scored 10 points in 16 minutes against the Knicks on Wednesday with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was expected to play 15 minutes tonight and coach Frank Vogel kept his word. PG-13 probably will have a minutes cap of 20 the rest of the way, so he's not a must-own player. Additionally, George wore a blue headband tonight to honor Chris Copeland and said he was thinking of Cope "the whole night."
    Wednesday, 9:18 pm
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Mike Scott drops 20 points on Nets
    Mike Scott came off the bench to hit 7-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: The Hawks are thrilled to have him back and Scott looked great in his 31 minutes tonight. Atlanta will probably continue to try to get him touches in preparation for the playoffs, so he looks like a sneaky addition right now in fantasy leagues. Just keep in mind that the return of Paul Millsap, possibly Friday, would hurt Scott's minutes, at least in theory.
    Wednesday, 8:02 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Andre Drummond scores 22 points vs. Boston
    Andre Drummond scored 22 points with 14 boards and one block against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and missed all three from the line to give him a ridiculous 39.0 usage rate. The increase in usage rate has been a theme for Drummond this season, but his efficiency is down quite a bit. Don't forget, he's still just 21 years old, so he could become a more developed offensive weapon very soon.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Jeff Green looks good vs. Pelicans
    Jeff Green scored 15 points in 33 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: His back injury wasn't an issue tonight and all that time off from Saturday must have helped. Green hasn't given any indication that he'll be limited going forward, so he's worth owning in standard leagues while Tony Allen (hamstring) remains out.
    Wednesday, 7:39 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Gibson, Mirotic split minutes, production
    Taj Gibson came off the bench to hit 6-of-12 shots for 15 points, seven rebounds and a block in 29 minutes, while Nikola Mirotic played 27 minutes for 15 points, two rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers, also coming off the bench.

    Advice: Mirotic hit just 3-of-11 shots and Gibson has now played pretty well in two of his last three games. The Bulls know they'll need Gibson in the playoffs and while we're not giving up on Mirotic after one off shooting night, he could struggle a bit down the stretch if the Bulls continue to give Gibson heavy minutes.
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (ankle) out for Wednesday
    Thabo Sefolosha suffered an ankle injury during his arrest and will not play against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a bandage on his right ankle, so it doesn't sound serious. There has been no word of the Hawks resting guys just yet, so the team won't miss Sefolosha too much.
    Wednesday, 2:42 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out Wed., maybe more
    Lance Stephenson (jammed toe) will not play on Wednesday and he may miss more games, according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Stephenson apparently aggravated an existing injury during an eight-point game on Tuesday, and there's a chance that his season is in jeopardy. His absence thrusts even more minutes toward starters Gerald Henderson and Jeff Taylor. Rookie P.J. Hairston played only seven minutes on Tuesday but he and Brian Roberts may also see their roles expand as the Hornets try to stay relevant in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Lance Stephenson dealing with a toe injury
    Lance Stephenson is dealing with a jammed toe and his status is unclear for Wednesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Tuesday night while playing 20 minutes. We should have another update soon, but the Hornets would have to give more minutes to Jeff Taylor and P.J. Hairston sans Lance.
    Wednesday, 1:35 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) won't play vs. Hawks
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday night.

    Advice: It'll be his third game out of the lineup and he could miss additional time going forward. The Nets have not been getting anything out of Joe Johnson or Markel Brown lately, so maybe Bojan Bogdanovic gets minutes in the low 30s. Bogey has scored 17.0 points per game in his last two, so he's worth a look in daily leagues or season-long leagues for owners who are feeling frisky. Anderson can be dropped everywhere.
    Wednesday, 11:48 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Thabo Sefolosha 'charged at an officer' Wed
    Thabo Sefolosha reportedly "charged at an officer" on Wednesday and has been arrested and charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

    Advice: These events transpired after Chris Copeland and another woman were brutally attacked by a man wielding a knife, but it's unclear why Thabo Sefolosha and teammate Pero Antic interfered with the crime scene. Sefolosha was seen limping on Wednesday morning, but it's safe to say he won't be taking the court against the Nets tonight. We will pass along further details as soon as we know more. Kent Bazemore will have to step up for the Hawks in Sefolosha's absence.
    Wednesday, 11:14 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kevin Durant expected to make full recovery
    Kevin Durant (foot) is expected to make a full recovery after his recent bone graft surgery.

    Advice: After managing to play just 27 games this season, Durant isn't expected to have any further complications with his foot once he makes a full recovery in four to six months. According to an article in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2011, all 21 athletes who have had bone-graft procedures on their fifth metatarsal were able to return to action without any setbacks. One of the main reasons why Durant didn't do this procedure to begin with was because of the longer recovery process, and it appears that things are finally starting to look up for KD. We are going to monitor his progress very closely in the offseason, but Durant's stock will still likely take a hit in fantasy drafts next season. For what it's worth, the article below is filled with a ton of great information on Durant's injury.
    Wednesday, 7:55 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha, Pero Antic arrested on Wed
    Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic have both been arrested for preventing police from setting up a crime scene at a New York nightclub.

    Advice: Chris Copeland of the Pacers and another woman were stabbed with a knife at that nightclub, but it doesn't make sense why Antic and Sefolosha got involved. The Hawks arrived in New York to face the Nets on Wednesday and the Pacers are playing the Knicks, but it doesn't sound like their chances of playing is too good after this altercation. We will let you know as soon as we uncover more details.
    Wednesday, 6:26 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
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