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    • Ricky Ledo joins the Texas Legends
      Ricky Ledo has joined the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.

      Advice: He was recently waived by the Mavericks when they signed Amare Stoudemire, but Ledo will have to prove his worth once again in the D-League in order to earn another shot in the NBA. Ledo has a lot of potential, but he likely won't have any fantasy value this season. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      40 minutes ago
    • Kevin Love (illness) good to go on Wednesday
      Kevin Love had to receive an IV after Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics and said that he may have food poisoning, but he will play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

      Advice: It clearly doesn't sound like Love is 100 percent, but his owners can safely keep him in all active lineups today in a huge matchup with Toronto. Love scored just 12 points with eight boards in a blowout victory over the Celtics on Tuesday, so hopefully he will be a little more involved on offense tonight. Rotoworld.com
      49 minutes ago
    • Steve Nash admits NBA career is likely over
      Even though he hasn't officially announced his retirement, Steve Nash admitted that his NBA career is likely over.

      Advice: "Unfortunately the NBA game is just a touch too far for me. I play one game and I’m out a month. I have a bunch of back things going on that compromise that nerve," Nash said. "I never worked as hard as I did the last 18 months, two years, twice a day almost every day to try to just give it that one last year. And I finally just had to admit that it’s just not meant to be." Nash has been a ghost of his former self for the past few years largely due his age and his constant battle with injuries, but Nash will retire as an NBA legend when the time comes and there is no denying the impact that he had on the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:17 am
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Mia
    • Hawks sign G/F Jarell Eddie to 10-day deal
      According to Real GM, the Hawks have signed G/F Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract on Thursday.

      Advice: Eddie is a known as a sharpshooter and actually won the 3-point contest in the D-League this season. That being said, he likely isn't going to be in the rotation in Atlanta, meaning owners in deeper leagues can monitor him from the waiver wire for now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:01 am
    • Henderson scores 21 points with five assists
      Gerald Henderson scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, five assists and three steals on Tuesday.

      Advice: Henderson had slid a little bit last week and moved off of must-own status, but he has come roaring back this past week with early round value in his last four games. During that time he has averaged 15.5 points, 1.5 treys, 4.0 boards, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and shot the ball very well. We can't guarantee this will continue and Kemba Walker's eventual return will hurt, but for now he should be owned in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:08 am
    • Darren Collison out six weeks after surgery
      Darren Collison will miss approximately six weeks after Tuesday's surgery to repair a core muscle, effectively ending his season.

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

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

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

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

      Advice: He made all five of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over, putting him a few made shots away from a pure nine-cat gem. Middleton has been one of the nicest surprises this season and his scoring is even more essential with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, so he's poised for steady top-50 value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia awful in 13 minutes vs. Denver
      Zaza Pachulia started Tuesday's game but was awful in 13 minutes of action, going scoreless with three turnovers, two fouls and no other stats to his credit.

      Advice: Pachulia was completely out of sorts in an awkward matchup vs. Kenneth Faried, and Jason Kidd wisely opted to limit his playing time after a brutal start to the game. He's off the radar in all but the deepest leagues, regardless of where he begins the game. John Henson (10 points, five boards, one block) is still the center to own in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo posts 19 & 11 vs. DEN
      The Bucks fell in Denver on Tuesday despite a strong game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who posted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: Giannis turned the ball over five times but he also drained a 3-pointer and was able to log 35 minutes despite persistent foul trouble. He and Khris Middleton have proven to be a formidable wing duo for the Bucks, and both guys are returning top-40 value over the past 10 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores team-high 21 points
      Ersan Ilyasova sank 9-of-15 shots including three 3-pointers vs. Denver, finishing Tuesday's loss with a team-high 21 points.

      Advice: He added three boards, two assists, one steal and one block with only one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and has come to life since re-entering Jason Kidd's starting lineup. The Bucks have lost momentum since the All-Star break, however, and tonight marked their third consecutive defeat. They'll have a tough time snapping the skid during Wednesday's road game vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Jared Dudley (knee) struggles in return Tues
      Jared Dudley (knee) finished Tuesday's loss in Denver with two points, five boards and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He shot just 1-of-6 from the field and may not be 100 percent healthy. Standard-league owners can leave him on the waiver wire as long as he's playing 20-25 minutes behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    • Gordon Hayward drops 21 points in win Tues.
      Gordon Hayward scored 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting with eight boards, six assists and three steals in Tuesday's win over the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He missed all six of his attempts from beyond the arc and had a couple of turnovers, but his owners will obviously be thrilled with this line. Hayward has somehow made just 2-of-20 3-pointers over his last five games, but he is too talented to not break out of his funk soon. Deploy Hayward with confidence. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:32 pm
    • Jeff Green shoots just 3-of-13 from the field
      Jeff Green scored just six points on 3-of-13 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Tuesday, adding six boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is in the midst of a horrible slump, averaging 9.6 points, 4.4 boards and 2.6 assists while shooting just over 33 percent from the field over his last five games. It's pretty obvious that his departure from Boston was detrimental to his fantasy value, and he is going to be a tough player to own in most leagues moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:20 pm
    • Jordan Adams scores career-high 13 points
      Jordan Adams scored a career-high 13 points against the Jazz on Tuesday, adding one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

      Advice: The minutes were also a career-high for the rookie, but Adams got extended run off the bench because Tony Allen was suspended and Beno Udrih was sidelined with an illness. Adams has a bright future in the NBA, but he isn't going to be a key part of the Memphis rotation this season. Leave Adams on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:57 pm
    • Derrick Favors stays hot with 21 points Tues.
      Derrick Favors scored 21 points with six boards, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 36 minutes against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: He shot 8-of-14 from the field and made 5-of-6 attempts from the charity stripe to add to his impressive performance. Favors has averaged 18.0 points, 9.4 boards, 1.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.2 blocks over his last five games, and with no competition for playing time, there is no reason why he shouldn't be able to keep it going. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:27 pm
    • Wesley Johnson chips in 10 points vs. CHA
      Wesley Johnson played 25 minutes vs. Charlotte, finishing Tuesday's game with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

      Advice: Johnson is shooting 41.4 percent this season but he's finally making some shots over the past five games, and his ability to chip in 3-pointers, steals and blocks keeps him on the fantasy radar. Unfortunately, he'll need more than his current 20-25 minute role to be a reliable contributor in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:25 pm
    • Wayne Ellington quiet in team-high 37 minutes
      Wayne Ellington logged a team-high 37 minutes on Tuesday but he scored only seven points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and zero assists, steals or blocks.

      Advice: He opened the game with five points in three minutes before vanishing offensively, and it's hard to rely on him for anything more than scoring and 3-pointers despite his continued starting role. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:24 pm
    • Al Jefferson posts 21 & 16 w/ three steals
      Al Jefferson racked up 21 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and one block vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

      Advice: Big Al leads all NBA players in total post-ups, which account for 58.6 percent of his offensive possessions. He predictably lived in the paint vs. the Lakers' frontcourt of Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly, but shot only 9-of-19 from the field and 3-of-7 from the line. The Hornets are essentially tied with the Nets for the final playoff spot in the East, raising the stakes for Wednesday's game in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    • Cole Aldrich plays well in 20 reserve minutes
      Cole Aldrich was one of the only effective Knicks on Tuesday with eight points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 20 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He made 4-of-6 field goals and would have enough upside to own if he weren't stuck in a low-minute backup role behind Andrea Bargnani and Lou Amundson. Deep-league owners may want to pick him up for help at center, but everyone else can let him float along on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:03 pm
    • Avery Bradley held to seven points in blowout
      Avery Bradley made 3-of-9 shots to finish Tuesday's blowout loss with seven points, one rebound, one assist and zero steals in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He's a combined 21-of-56 from the field over his past four games, a 37.5 percent mark that is doing his fantasy owners no favors. Bradley offers a trickle of boards and assists but his fantasy value is pegged to scoring, 3-pointers and steals, so an extended slump would be bad news. Hopefully he can find the range vs. Utah's defense on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:30 pm
    • Kevin Love plays through illness vs. Boston
      Kevin Love (illness) decided to play at the last minute on Tuesday and he made 4-of-10 shots to finish with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 25 minutes.

      Advice: It wasn't his best game but the Cavs didn't need more from him and he posted a +/- rating of +25 in the blowout victory. He'll be ready to go vs. the Raptors on Wednesday and his fantasy owners should only be concerned about Cleveland's brutal two-game slate in Week 23 (March 30 - April 5). Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:25 pm
    • Darren Collison out 6-weeks following surgery
      Darren Collison underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury, and he is expected to remain sidelined for approximately 6-weeks.

      Advice: The NBA regular season ends in 6-weeks, so it's seems very likely that this will be the end to Collison's season. He'll finish with averages of 16.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field. Andre Miller and Ray McCallum will continue to man the point guard position in Sacramento with Collison out, but their timeshare will limit their value to deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:00 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Kevin Love (illness) a go for Tuesday vs. BOS
      Kevin Love (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Go ahead and get him active. Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson expecting a big night may want to look elsewhere for production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:50 pm
    • Beno Udrih (illness) out Tuesday vs. the Jazz
      Updating a previous report, Beno Udrih (illness) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Utah.

      Advice: Nick Calathes will have the opportunity for some additional playing time tonight, but with averages of just 4.0 points and 2.5 assists on the season, he can't be viewed as a viable option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:40 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Beno Udrih (illness) questionable for Tuesday
      Beno Udrih (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: If Udrih is unable to go on Tuesday, Nick Calathes will pick up most of his reserve minutes, but that doesn't mean much. As long as Mike Conley is healthy, the backup point guards in Memphis won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Tony Allen suspended for Tuesday vs. Utah
      Tony Allen (suspension) will not play Tuesday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Allen is being suspended for internal matters, but he will be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Houston. With Allen out, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee will get all the minutes they can handle, with Green offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:21 pm
       
      Suspended
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Kevin Love (illness) a game-time decision
      Kevin Love (illness) is headed for a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics.

      Advice: Love was previously listed as probable despite not being able to go through Tuesday morning's shootaround, but he’s now looking at a game-time decision. If he's unable to go, Tristan Thompson would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he's be worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and J.R. Smith would also have more opportunities on offense. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:30 pm
    • Kevin Love misses Tuesday shootaround
      Kevin Love (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround, but is probable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

      Advice: While the Cavs told Love to stay home for Tuesday morning's shootaround, the good news for his fantasy owners is that he is still listed as probable to face the Celtics. We'll update Love's status as soon as more information becomes available, but Tristan Thompson would be in line for a value boost if Love's status is downgraded. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:38 am
    • P.J. Hairston benched due to absence
      P.J. Hairston was inactive during Sunday's game due to a missed weight-training session.

      Advice: According to two sources, Hairston missed a weight-training obligation and was subsequently put on the inactive list for Sunday's game. Hairston was also made inactive for a game in December after an unexcused absence from practice, so this isn't his first transgression of his rookie season. The rookie has only suited up for one of the Hornets' last 10 games, so he can be left on the wire in all but the deepest fantasy leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:20 am
    • Jared Dudley ready to roll for Tuesday night
      Jared Dudley (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

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

      Advice: The Bulls are officially calling it a Grade 2/3 ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. Per beat writer KC Johnson, Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis, and it's possible he'll return in under three weeks, but we're definitely looking at an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. If he misses three weeks, there would be 11 regular-season games left. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available. Without Butler and Derrick Rose (knee), the Bulls are going to be slogging through the offensive end in the near future. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:38 am
       
      Injured
    • Al Jefferson posts 16 & 10 w/ three blocks
      Al Jefferson led Charlotte to a victory on Sunday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: Big Al has fared well with Mo Williams at point guard, though he was only a mid-round value in February thanks to lackluster assists (1.7), steals (0.6) and free throw percentages (68.0 percent). As a random bonus for fantasy owners Jefferson made his second 3-pointer of the season tonight, giving him two in the past 10 days. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:15 pm
    • Avery Bradley shoots 5-of-17, Cs blow lead
      Avery Bradley struggled shooting on Sunday, going 5-of-17 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and zero 3-pointers, steals or blocks.

      Advice: Bradley was busy defensively vs. the Warriors' backcourt, which may have contributed to his offensive struggles, and fantasy owners can take solace in his hefty usage rate tonight, which led all starters. Bradley is a solid rest-of-season fantasy option despite his occasionally damaging field goal percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:42 pm
    • Jimmy Butler (elbow) scheduled for MRI Monday
      Jimmy Butler (left elbow) will have MRI on hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

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

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

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

      Advice: Butler injured himself running into a hard screen set by DeAndre Jordan, and was forced to immediately exit the game while clutching his left arm. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but Tony Snell will be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes if Butler is forced to miss any time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:27 am
       
      Injured
    • Derrick Favors has massive line in win Sat.
      Derrick Favors was simply fantastic against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 12 boards, three blocks and three steals in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 7-of-11 from the field and hit his only two free throw attempts on the night, but he did come dangerously close to fouling out in this one. He has now double-doubled in three out of his last four games, and it's obvious that Enes Kanter bolting town has done wonders for the value of both Favors and Rudy Gobert. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:42 pm
    • Khris Middleton scores 18 points in loss Sat.
      Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He is arguably Milwaukee's best weapon on offense now that Brandon Knight is no longer in town, and he has now scored in double digits in twelve straight games. In case it's not already obvious, Middleton is a must-start player and should continue to be a stud for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:01 pm
    • Michael Carter-Williams scores 16 points Sat.
      Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 points vs. the Jazz on Saturday with five boards, three assists and four steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He also shot 6-of-10 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but it's clear that MCW's efficiency is going to improve with a much better supporting cast around him. In three games with the Bucks, MCW has averaged 10.3 points, 5.0 assists, 2.0 boards, 2.3 steals and 2.7 turnovers in 25.0 minutes per game, so he should only get better as his minutes begin to increase. Keep in mind that his next injury is always right around the corner, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet in loss Sat.
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Jazz on Saturday, adding five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He was held scoreless and didn't even attempt a shot before halftime, but luckily for his owners he was able to muster up some confidence in the second half. Antetokounmpo has been in the midst of a major slump, shooting just 35 percent from the field over his last seven games, so hopefully the Greek Freak can continue to improve as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:47 pm
    • Tony Allen scores 11 off the bench
      Tony Allen scored 11 points against the Wolves on Saturday with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover against.

      Advice: Coach Dave Joerger said he could be looking to make a tweak to the starters on the wing, which means Allen would likely move into the first unit. However, his minutes and opportunities to score probably won't change much. Allen has been outside of the top 200 in the past month, so he's not worth owning right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:51 pm
       
      Suspended
      5:00 pm @ Hou
    • Jared Dudley (knee) out for Saturday
      Jared Dudley (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

      Advice: X-rays were negative on his kneecap and he appears to be day-to-day. However, it's tough to gauge how much time he is going to miss because Dudley did have an issue with his kneecap last year. He can be dropped in most leagues. Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless likely get most of Dudley's minutes. Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues and we'll let you know how he does tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:45 pm
    • Wes Johnson hopes to remain a Laker
      With free agency looming, Wes Johnson is hopeful that he will remain with the Lakers.

      Advice: "I want to definitely stay here," said Johnson. "I like coach [Byron] Scott and the whole coaching staff. I love it here. I definitely want to be a part of when they get back." Johnson has struggled to show any kind of consistency since entering the NBA, and that story hasn't changed in Los Angeles. Johnson has averages of 9.5 points, 3.8 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 29.0 minutes per game this season, but his role varies on a nightly basis. Until Johnson can string together a few good performances, he belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:43 am
    • Ilyasova drops 17 and 12 onto the Lakers
      Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:42 am
    • Carter-Williams logs 27 uneventful minutes
      Michael Carter-Williams logged 27 minutes in his second game with the Bucks, scoring eight points on 3-of-6 shooting (no threes) with one rebound, four assists, one steal and four turnovers in Friday's loss.

      Advice: This isn't a great result but the Bucks increased his minutes by a total of nine and they appear committed to throwing him in the fire. If he's not producing at a mid-to-late round level in 8-cat leagues in a few games we'd be surprised. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:39 am
    • Jimmy Butler posts 28 & 12 against Minny
      Jimmy Butler scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the Wolves on Friday.

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

      Advice: He said he is dealing with some problems with his kneecap, which bothered him last season. Dudley hasn't played well lately and has clearly been passed by Khris Middleton. If he's out, more minutes will go to Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
    • Bradley scores 19 points with three treys
      Avery Bradley scored 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, two assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Hornets.

      Advice: Bradley looks great next to his pal Isaiah Thomas as he doesn't need the ball in his hands much and he's getting great looks in the flow of the offense. Yes, his recent spurt has come against a bunch of bad teams, but the Thomas bump looks real and he should be in all lineups right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:42 pm
    • Henderson holds on with solid night
      Gerald Henderson scored 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block on Friday.

      Advice: Henderson has been a borderline value in 12-team standard leagues for the last week or so and one has to wonder how his numbers will hold up with Mo Williams around. If you want to ride him while he's moderately productive go for it, but there's not enough upside to call him a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:46 pm
    • Kevin Love makes just 6-of-19
      Kevin Love made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: While he does have a bigger chance to produce, Love actually hasn't really stepped up. He actually made just 3-of-15 from the field in the last game without LeBron James back on Jan. 28. Love hasn't been playing well right now, averaging 16.2 points, 9.8 boards and 2.8 treys in his last five. He's fine, though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:41 pm
    • Kevin Love scores 16 points with eight boards
      Kevin Love scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting with eight boards in Thursday's win over the Warriors, adding one assist and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: The low shot attempts probably had something to do with LeBron James going off for 42 points, but the good news is that he kept up his torrid pace from beyond the arc. Love has now averaged 4.3 3-pointers over his last three games which has opened up driving lanes for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Love may see an increased role on offense in Indiana Friday with Kyrie Irving nursing a shoulder injury, so owners in daily leagues should take that into consideration. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:55 pm
    • Report: Collison (hip) likely done for season
      Darren Collison will reportedly undergo surgery to repair a core muscle injury on Tuesday, and he will likely remain sidelined for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

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

      Advice: He traveled to see a specialist in L.A. and apparently it did not go well. Following an initial MRI, the Kings called Collison "doubtful" to play back on Feb. 6, so this news would be a surprise. Fantasy owners should start planning on Collison missing extended time and he's not a must-own player if you really need to make a move for a hot free agent. Ray McCallum would gain the most value and is worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:36 pm
       
      Injured
      5:30 pm @ SA
    • Michael Carter-Williams returned to action on Wednesday February 25. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:29 pm
    • Wayne Ellington plays 38 minutes w/o Young
      Wayne Ellington played a team-high 38 minutes on Wednesday and had 15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists on 5-of-12 shooting.

      Advice: We were expecting more shots and some threes with Nick Young out (knee), but a double-double works, as well. Ellington had been slumping over his last couple games, but with a season-high 10 boards and heavy minutes, could be ready to get hot again for the Lakers, who have somehow won two straight basketball games. And in case you're wondering about the two-game winning streak, just four NBA teams have a winning streak longer than the Lakers - OKC, Cleveland, Houston and New Orleans. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:39 pm
    • Jimmy Butler has an underwhelming game
      Jimmy Butler didn't step up against the Hornets during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

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

      Advice: He saw a big increase from his six minutes on Monday, but he played a lot less than John Henson. Considering how well Henson played tonight, it's hard to be encouraged by Pachulia. Fantasy owners in most leagues will want to keep Pachulia on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 23 minutes on Wed
      Ersan Ilyasova played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, six rebounds, one assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: After playing 35 minutes on Monday, his value actually didn't fall off a cliff today. Coach Jason Kidd seems to be gaining confidence in Ilyasova, but he's missed a lot of games and has basically been in a slump for two seasons. Fantasy owners in FAAB leagues will need to have bulletproof wallets to pay up for Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:49 pm
    • Michael-Carter Williams plays 18 minutes
      Michael Carter-Williams played 18 minutes in his Milwaukee debut against the 76ers on Wednesday with seven points, eight assists, two steals and one turnover.

      Advice: He only had a 16.5 usage rate tonight, which is his second lowest of the season. On the bright side, tonight was just his third game of the season with a field goal percentage of at least 60 (3-of-5 from the field tonight). Carter-Williams is likely going to see his numbers come down, but he'll be better than this. It's also worth mentioning coach Jason Kidd said he's going to encourage MCW to take midrange shots, which seems like an awful idea based on how he's only made 24.7 percent on his mid-range this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:41 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia starting, John Henson benched
      Zaza Pachulia will start against 76ers on Wednesday.

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

      Advice: In his first game not in a 76ers uniform, he'll get to play against them. Carter-Williams has been dreadful on his jump shots this season, making just 14.7 percent of them. It should be interesting to see how the Bucks use him on offense and his fantasy owners will hope he shoots less. MCW should see a decrease in usage rate, so his ceiling isn't likely going to increase on a given night. He is safe to start for now and his owners can hope for a revenge game tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:21 pm
    • Kevin Love ties career-high w/ eight triples
      Kevin Love tied his career-high with eight 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing a road win in Detroit with 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers.

      Advice: Kyrie Irving has been cold from the perimeter lately, which makes Love's bombardment even better news for a Cavs team which already dominates the mid-range thanks to LeBron -- they're shooting 46.5 percent when 15-19 feet from the hoop, while the second-ranked Hawks are at 44.8 percent. Love is coming off a solid 16 & 16 performance from Sunday and it appears he's figured out how to "fit in" with his new star-studded team. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:34 pm
    • Darren Collison (hip) ruled out for Wednesday
      Darren Collison (hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

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

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

      Advice: MCW hasn't played since before the All-Star Break, but sounded ready to make his debut with his new team against his former team. "I'll be playing next game," MCW said in locker room after game. "I don't know how many minutes I'll be playing." Carter-Williams is a must-own player as the Bucks' starting point guard, but it sounds like fantasy owners may want to take a cautious approach on Wednesday if he's only playing limited minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:47 am
    • Green scores 16 points with three treys
      Jeff Green hit 5-of-12 shots with three treys in Monday's win, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal against the Clippers.

      Advice: Green had a decent outing on Sunday but between that game and tonight's contest we're not seeing a major shift in value. With low upside owners can look at him as a potential short-term solution but expecting more is probably too optimistic. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:34 pm
    • Bradley goes berserk w/ 23 points, six steals
      Avery Bradley scored 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three assists and six steals in Monday's road win over the Suns.

      Advice: Bradley hit all four of his freebies for good measure. The addition of Isaiah Thomas is probably going to help him because of the point guard's ability to penetrate and find shooters on the perimeter. The two had extremely good chemistry tonight and Bradley should be owned in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:47 pm
    • Ilyasova with 15 & 11 and a full stat line
      Ersan Ilyasova started in Monday's loss to the Bulls, scoring 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: This is a patented Ilyasova explosion and the operative question is always whether or not he can do it again. He is the definition of a risk-reward pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:06 pm
    • Carter-Williams to make Bucks debut vs. PHI
      Michael Carter-Williams (toe) said he would make his Bucks debut in Wednesday's game against his old Sixers squad.

      Advice: Carter-Williams' stats are about to flatten out with less usage and (hopefully) better efficiency. He's a must-own player in 8-cat leagues and if you're punting turnovers in 9-cat leagues the same applies. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:59 pm
    • Pachulia plays six minutes against Chicago
      Zaza Pachulia played just six minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

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

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

      Advice: Chances are this is a matchup-based move for the Bucks. Ilyasova has not played more more than 18 minutes in any game this month and averaged only 5.2 points, 1.8 boards and 0.2 blocks in that span. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:39 pm
    • Darren Collison (hip) to see a specialist
      Darren Collison (hip flexor) will travel to Los Angeles to see a specialist.

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

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

      Advice: This is the first we've heard of a thumb injury for Butler. Taj Gibson inadvertently revealed Butler is dealing with the concern over the weekend, and Butler said he "can't remember" if there was a more serious injury than just a sprain. Butler also added that he was feeling better and didn't think he'd need offseason surgery, but he continues to wear a protective splint on it for now. It's something to monitor as we progress down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:29 am
       
      Injured
    • Wesley Johnson scores 22 points off LAK bench
      Wesley Johnson scored 22 points in Sunday's overtime win vs. the visiting Celtics, making 9-of-11 field goals with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Johnson's 33 minutes were the most of any Lakers player during tonight's overtime victory. Lakers coach Byron Scott has been maddeningly inconsistent with his rotations this season, and Johnson is only worth a stash in deeper leagues in case he lands a steady 30-minute role over the final eight weeks of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:03 pm
    • Avery Bradley's buzzer-beating 3pt not enough
      Avery Bradley made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send Sunday's game vs. the Lakers into overtime, finishing the Celtics' loss with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

      Advice: He shot 8-of-20 overall and missed all three of his free throw attempts, but he didn't turn the ball over all game and his clutch 3-pointer is worth watching via the link below. Bradley has been a top-100 value over the past month but his role is bound to change with Isaiah Thomas entering the backcourt rotation, so fantasy owners shouldn't take Bradley's current projections as a given. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:47 pm
    • Jeff Green shoots well, plays just 25 minutes
      Jeff Green got going offensively vs. Portland, making 6-of-9 shots to finish Sunday's road victory with 12 points, five rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: This is a mild relief for Green's fantasy owners, as he was shooting a mere 36.0 percent over his past eight games, averaging 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists with negligible defensive stats during that span. He's been a liability in 12-team leagues since joining the Grizzlies and this solid per-minute effort isn't enough to change the equation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:53 pm
    • Gerald Henderson (wrist) held to four points
      Gerald Henderson played through a sore left wrist on Sunday vs. the Mavericks, finishing with only four points, three boards, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

      Advice: This is not the same wrist that Henderson had surgery on in May and it doesn't appear that he is danger of missing any action. He doesn't contribute much beyond the occasional scoring outburst and owners in standard leagues can almost certainly do better, especially now that Mo Williams has joined the Hornets' backcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:37 pm
    • Al Jefferson grabs season-high 17 boards
      Al Jefferson pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds to go with eight points, three assists and three steals in 32 minutes in a loss to the Mavericks on Sunday.

      Advice: Big Al couldn't get anything going on the offensive end tonight, shooting just 4-of-16 from the floor and failing to attempt a single free throw. It was the second game of a back-to-back set so fatigue may have been a factor here, but his owners should give him a break after he averaged 21.0 points, 11.7 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocks over his last three games. Big Al will be fine and his owners can expect his numbers to remain pretty constant moving forward with the Hornets seeking a playoff berth. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:26 pm
    • Gerald Henderson (wrist) will play Sunday
      Gerald Henderson is dealing with a sore wrist but he is planning to play against the Mavericks on Sunday.

      Advice: The Hornets would be forced to give more minutes to mercurial guard Lance Stephenson if Henderson ever has to miss any action, but it looks like they dodged a bullet here. Barring a late setback, Henderson should be ready to roll against the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:22 pm
    • Khris Middleton & Giannis score 19 pts each
      The Bucks fell at home on Sunday, 86-97, despite getting 19 points from both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

      Advice: Middleton made 6-of-12 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with one 3-pointer, four boards and five assists, and he's emerged as an elite fantasy option over the past month. In his last dozen games he's averaging a stellar 16.2 points (54.2 percent FGs, 91.3 percent FTs), 1.6 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals. He does a little bit of everything, so the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams shouldn't throw him off, and his lucky owners can sit back and enjoy the production. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:07 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 pts in loss
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, four boards, one steal and two blocks on Sunday, making 7-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in a tough home loss.

      Advice: He keeps getting better and has vaulted into top-40 value with no signs of slowing down. His scoring, rebounds and defensive numbers jump out at fantasy owners, but his percentages are just as important -- after a rocky rookie campaign he's now shooting a respectable 50.0 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the FT line. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:06 pm
    • Kevin Love double-doubles in easy win over NY
      Kevin Love double-doubled during Sunday's blowout win over the Knicks with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with 16 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers over 29 minutes of action.

      Advice: If only Love could play against the Knicks everyday. Love's production has been sporadic this season, as he's often been the odd man out of Cleveland's Big-3. He's scored 16, eight, 12, 32, and five points in his previous five outings, but he's also averaging a healthy 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers per game during that span. The scoring will fluctuate, but his contributions in rebounds and 3-pointers will carry his early-round evaluation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 2:19 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) available for Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) will be available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: The opportunity is certainly there for Ilyasova to produce with his only competition for playing time going by the names of John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant, however his propensity to find himself on the sidelines due to various injuries really hurts his upside. He's averaging just 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season, so it would probably be best to use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 11:37 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available Sunday
      Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is available to play against the Hawks on Sunday according to head coach Jason Kidd.

      Advice: Ersan was able to practice on Saturday, but he has simply been too inconsistent to use outside of deeper leagues. With season averages of 8.8 points and 3.5 boards in just 17.5 minutes per game, so it's probably best to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:56 am
    • Tony Allen (ankle, hamstring) probable Sunday
      Tony Allen (ankle, hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game vs. the Blazers.

      Advice: Jeff Green and Courtney Lee has dampened Allen's value, but he still can be viewed as a steals specialist in deeper leagues. Allen is one of the tougher guys in the league, so expect him to be ready to go on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:58 am
       
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      5:00 pm @ Hou
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