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    • Dray Green fills stat sheet in slumpbuster
      Draymond Green broke out of a funk with a monster line on Wednesday, racking up 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers on 9-of-14 shooting in a win over the Bucks.

      Advice: While we've been the biggest supporters of Dray's run this season of anyone we've seen, even Rotoworld was a bit surprised by this line. Green had just three points on Monday, but is still averaging 14.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.4 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five. Beast. Rotoworld.com
      50 minutes ago
    • Ersan Ilyasova double-doubles for Bucks
      Ersan Ilyasova had 13 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers on 5-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: Dude has scored in double figures in six straight games and is averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five games, making him worth a flier in any league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:12 pm
    • D.J. Augustin moves back to the bench
      D.J. Augustin scored 17 points off the bench against the 76ers on Wednesday with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was one of his better games with OKC and he's going to have a chance to produce next to Russell Westbrook. Augustin will see his chances to shoot decrease in a big way upon the return of Kevin Durant (foot), but he should be worth owning in standard leagues until then. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    • Dwyane Wade scores 25 points in win
      Dwyane Wade had 25 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block on 7-of-17 shooting against the Lakers on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Lakers are a sieve these days and any starter, regardless of position, looks like a good bet against them. Wade hasn't exactly been killing it, but he's playing and putting up solid numbers. He also hasn't missed a game since Feb. 11, and is averaging 18.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.4 steals over his last five games, despite shooting just 38 percent from the floor. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:32 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside grabs career-high 25 boards
      Hassan Whiteside racked up 18 points, a career-high 25 rebounds and four blocks on 6-of-10 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Lakers.

      Advice: Man, are the Lakers good at giving it up to the opposition. Whiteside has collected 64 rebounds over his last three games and is averaging 16.0 points, 15.8 rebounds and three blocks over his last five games. Sure, he hit just 6-of-13 free throws tonight, but who cares? Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    • Jeremy Lin goes for 12 & 9 in loss
      Jeremy Lin had 12 points, two rebounds, nine assists, four steals and a 3-pointer on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss.

      Advice: Lin is kind of rolling right now, averaging 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five games. Pick him up if you he's available and you need a point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:25 pm
    • Ed Davis double-doubles in loss to Heat
      Ed Davis had 14 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and a block on 7-of-10 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: Davis has been rebounding the ball well, but his scoring is still suspect. He's averaging 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.8 blocks over his last five games, making him worth a look in many leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:22 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson scores 10 in loss to Heat
      Jordan Clarkson hit just 3-of-11 shots, but still had 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a 3-pointer in the Lakers loss to Miami on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeremy Lin is outplaying Clarkson right now off the bench, but Clarkson is still averaging 15.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, shooting 49 percent from the floor. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    • J.R. Smith scores 15 with eight rebounds
      J.R. Smith hit 6-of-12 shots for 15 points, eight rebounds, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: Smith is averaging 12.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, but has shot just 39 percent over that stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:02 pm
    • Ish Smith plays just 15 minutes
      Ish Smith played 15 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover.

      Advice: Isaiah Canaan was on fire tonight, so coach Brett Brown kept Smith on the bench. Smith is going to backup Canaan for the rest of the season, so he is going to have some inconsistency. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:59 pm
    • LeBron takes over after Valanciunas flagrant
      LeBron James didn't take kindly to a flagrant tackle by Jonas Valanciunas late in the third quarter on Wednesday, and finished the win with 29 points, six rebounds, 14 assists and three 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting.

      Advice: He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and the 14 dimes matched his season high. The Cavs are all but a lock to finish as the No. 2 seed in the East, and an eventual Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Hawks would be fun to watch. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    • Lou Williams racks up 26 points, 6 assists
      Lou Williams hit 7-of-8 shots, 4-of-4 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws for 26 points and six assists on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's been pretty good all season long, with or without Kyle Lowry, but with Lowry out with a mysterious hand/rest injury, Williams looks like a safe bet for production any time Lowry is out. His 21 points in the fourth quarter set a franchise record. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:50 pm
    • Will Barton scores 17 points in 30 minutes
      Will Barton scored 17 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Wolves on Wednesday.

      Advice: Seven of these points did come in garbage time and Barton was probably looking at around minutes in the low 20s had this game been close. Now that Nuggets are playing some of their veterans again, Barton isn't quite as attractive as an add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:28 pm
    • Lance Stephenson awful in win over Nets
      Lance Stephenson hit just 2-of-5 shots for six points, three rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's completely fallen out of favor in Charlotte and Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are helping to crush his confidence. He'll go down as one of the biggest busts of the season, in both fantasy and reality, although his team is actually playing well despite him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    • Bro-Lo plays just 19 minutes in ugly loss
      Brook Lopez scored just eight points on 2-of-7 shooting and added three rebounds and a block in 19 minutes of playing time in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Hornets.

      Advice: Yes, it was a blowout, but the Nets' box score is still a mess. Lopez had 26 points off the bench him Monday's shocking win over the Warriors, but all the good they did in that game will be overshadowed by the no-show they had against the Hornets, who zipped past them for the final playoff spot tonight. Mason Plumlee started, as usual, and had 11 points and seven rebounds, but didn't have a block on the night. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:13 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
      Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    • Will Barton struggles in 22 minutes vs. Bucks
      Will Barton struggled in 22 minutes off Denver's bench on Tuesday, scoring two points on 0-of-2 field goals and 2-of-5 free throws.

      Advice: He added three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block, so it wasn't a total loss. This is still a far cry from the 18.8 points he was averaging over his previous four games, and owners may want to hold him a bit longer to see how he fares under interim coach Melvin Hunt. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:58 pm
    • Jeremy Lin sinks key 3-pointer vs. Charlotte
      Jeremy Lin sank a late 3-pointer in Charlotte on Tuesday, finishing the Lakers' one-point loss with 23 points, six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Lin made 9-of-16 shots overall and he's been gaining steam with increased minutes and offensive responsibilities since the All-Star break. Despite averaging under 28 minutes in his previous five games, Lin was already helping fantasy owners with 17.0 points on 50.0 percent FGs and 75.0 percent FTs, as well as 2.8 boards, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals. Tonight's eruption clinches the deal and he shouldn't be floating on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:27 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson scores 19 points in road loss
      Jordan Clarkson had 19 points, one 3-pointer, four assists and one steal in Tuesday's road loss in Charlotte, making 9-of-19 shots including a critical driving layup with nine seconds remaining.

      Advice: The Lakers want Clarkson to play in Summer League but he's rapidly developing into a reliable NBA point guard. "I'm still real excited about Jordan Clarkson," Byron Scott said in late February. "I keep getting excited about that kid because his growth is getting better and better." Fantasy owners can say the same thing, and he deserves to be owned in standard leagues with averages of 14.0 points, 0.9 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 16 starts this season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:27 pm
    • Lance Stephenson benched for second half
      Lance Stephenson didn't leave the Hornets bench in the second half on Tuesday, finishing with five points, three rebounds and two assists in just 10 minutes.

      Advice: Born Ready has solid per-36-minute averages for rebounds (6.5) and assists (5.9), but that's where the good news ends. He has a morbid True Shooting of 40.3 percent and coach Steve Clifford opted to deploy Jeff Taylor ahead of him in the second half. Clifford explained the benching afterward by saying, "From here on out it's got to be sub-to-win." That line sums up Stephenson's lack of value for both the Hornets and fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:23 pm
    • LeBron James passes Ray Allen on scoring list
      LeBron James racked up 27 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block before taking a seat after 26 minutes of action on Tuesday.

      Advice: He made 12-of-23 shots and only turned the ball over once, a rare treat from the player who ranks second in the NBA with 4.3 turnovers per game (trailing only DeMarcus Cousins). LeBron spent the past few days criticizing himself for missing eight free throws in Sunday's tough overtime loss, but it didn't take him long to put that defeat in the rearview mirror. He also passed Ray Allen on the all-time scoring list with this performance, giving him 24,507 points in his phenomenal 12-year career. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:26 pm
    • No suspension coming for Hassan Whiteside
      Hassan Whiteside will not be suspended for Monday's altercation with Alex Len.

      Advice: He will however be hit with a $15,000 fine, but Whiteside will be in the lineup for Wednesday's very favorable matchup against the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:45 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside regrets altercation with Len
      Hassan Whiteside expressed his regret on Tuesday for wrestling with Alex Len during Monday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: "I regret doing that," Whiteside said. "That was the first time. Violence is not the answer. That's what it was. I just felt like [Len] was frustrated with as many as dunks that I did on him." Whiteside will likely be suspended for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, leaving Udonis Haslem, Michael Beasley, and Chris Andersen to man Miami's frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:27 pm
    • Scott happy with Jeremy Lin's recent play
      Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's happy with the way that Jeremy Lin has been playing recently.

      Advice: "I am really happy with the way he’s starting to show that consistent effort for every single night," Scott said of Lin after Sunday's loss to the Thunder. "He’s playing the way I think he’s capable of playing." While Lin has had an inconsistent season, he's stepped up his play as of late and is averaging 17.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.2 steals in 27.8 minutes over his last five games. As long as he can continue to his pace, he's worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:38 am
    • Hot Ish: Smith has a good game vs. Raps
      Ish Smith scored 19 points with five rebounds, nine assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

      Advice: Coach Brett Brown already said that he likes Smith as a backup point guard, so he's not going to leapfrog Isaiah Canaan for the starting gig. That doesn't necessarily mean he won't outproduce him. In his last two games, he's averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 boards, 7.0 boards and 1.0 treys. He is worth a look in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:10 pm
    • Dwyane Wade scores 16 points vs. Suns
      Dwyane Wade scored 16 points with four rebounds, nine assists, four steals and four turnovers against the Suns on Monday.

      Advice: He was overshadowed by fellow guards Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic tonight, which is strange to type. Wade's numbers were not great coming in after the break, averaging 16.7 points, 3.5 boards, 4.5 dimes and 1.2 treys on 38.8 percent from the field. He is still learning how to play with Goran Dragic, has an elite usage rate, and has been one of the most efficient guards in the past two seasons, so there's nothing to worry about with his production when he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:45 pm
    • Lopez scores 26 points; Jack hits game-winner
      Brook Lopez scored 26 points off the bench in Monday's win over the Warriors, hitting 11-of-22 shots with six rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

      Advice: Lopez is a threat to do this on any given night but the problem is that he is also putting up way too many duds. The result is a top 85-95 value over the last month and the only good news is that he's staying on the floor. Jarrett Jack joined the party with a pretty jumper to win the game in the final moments. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:20 pm
    • Green plays on Monday against the Nets
      Draymond Green played on Monday against the Nets despite words from Steve Kerr indicating he'd prefer to rest him, and finished with three points, 11 boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Nothing to see here, folks. We'll let you know if we hear anything about rest and he should remain locked into lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:06 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside, Alex Len are ejected
      Hassan Whiteside and Alex Len were ejected for wrestling on Monday night.

      Advice: This game in Miami is one of the most emotional ones of the season. Whiteside tried to tackle Len and there's certainly a chance he gets hit with a suspension for this one. He finished with 17 points, 10 boards, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes. He's a better basketball player than a tackler and his owners are going to be hoping for mercy from the NBA in hopes he doesn't get suspended. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:46 pm
    • Kerr wants to play Draymond Green less Monday
      Steve Kerr said he would like to get Draymond Green some rest after playing 44 minutes on Sunday, but added tonight's matchup probably won't allow it.

      Advice: In other words, it looks like Green will play, but it might only be 30-33 minutes. To be clear it's all a guessing game right now, but owners in standard leagues should start Green as of right now. If you're in DFS, steering clear of Dray makes the most sense. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:15 pm
    • Will Barton scores 16 points w/ 10 rebounds
      Will Barton came off Denver's bench for 16 points and a season-high 10 rebounds in Sunday's home loss, adding two steals without any turnovers in 27 minutes.

      Advice: The Nuggets are going nowhere this season but at least Barton is proving to be a solid acquisition, averaging 18.8 points, 1.3 triples, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his last four games. How long he can keep it up is anyone's guess, but he's earning his minutes and makes for a nice speculative addition in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:51 pm
    • Jeremy Lin stays hot, scores 20 in loss Sun.
      Jeremy Lin continued his impressive play in a loss to the Thunder on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting with eight assists, six boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Distant memories of Linsanity are slowly starting to surface, as Lin has been a new man since the All-Star break, averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 assists, 2.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in 27.8 minutes per game. While it is highly unlikely that he takes over as the starting PG with rookie Jordan Clarkson playing well, Lin has been playing a lot of minutes at shooting guard which is huge for his value moving forward. Don't look now, but Lin is worth a flier in most leagues to see if he can keep up his torrid pace. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:19 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson scores 12 with four assists
      Jordan Clarkson shook off a leg injury during Sunday's game vs. the Thunder, finishing with 12 points, four assists, two boards, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He was limping slightly at one point during the game, but it appears that the rookie is going to be fine and his owners shouldn't be concerned. He also doesn't have to worry about the recent emergence of Jeremy Lin because head coach Byron Scott has opted to put them on the court together, so it looks like Clarkson's role is safe moving forward. The rookie is still worth owning in all leagues and should continue to improve down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:11 pm
    • D.J. Augustin gets 18 pts as fill-in starter
      With Russell Westbrook (face) unavailable, D.J. Augustin started for the Thunder on Sunday and notched 18 points, four 3-pointers, nine rebounds, five assists and one steal.

      Advice: Westbrook isn't expected to be out long and OKC doesn't play again until Wednesday, so this may be Augustin's only fill-in start. He shot 6-of-15 from the field in 41 minutes and would resume must-own fantasy status if Westbrook ever suffered a long-term injury, so don't lose sight of him in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:10 pm
    • Ish Smith starts 2nd half over Isaiah Canaan
      Ish Smith took over at PG to start the second half vs. Indiana on Sunday, posting 11 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and five assists in the Sixers' loss.

      Advice: Smith is a career 38.6 percent shooter and fantasy owners should be extremely wary of his 47.4 percent free throw shooting this season. He's a decent speculative add for deep-league owners seeking a point guard, but his starting job isn't guaranteed and we wouldn't cut anyone of value to get him. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:27 pm
    • Draymond Green posts 14 & 11 w/ extras Sunday
      Draymond Green pitched in 14 points, two 3-pointers, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks with only one turnover during Sunday's thrilling road win in Boston.

      Advice: Green made only 4-of-13 shots but he filled it up everywhere else and his versatility once again proved crucial for the Warriors, as he started at center for stretches to neutralize the Celtics' small lineups. He's a top-30 player over the past month and vaults into the top-20 with turnovers counted in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:27 pm
    • Ish Smith starts 2nd half over Isaiah Canaan
      Ish Smith started the second half in place of Isaiah Canann on Sunday vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Canaan has struggled with his conditioning and hasn't exactly looked comfortable running the point in Philly, but head coach Brett Brown has been known to shake things up occasionally. Smith was averaging 6.3 points, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals in his previous three performances with the 76ers, but owners in most leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:41 pm
    • LeBron James scores 37 points despite FT woes
      LeBron James racked up 37 points, four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks on Sunday, but he shot 15-of-35 from the field and 3-of-11 at the free throw line in an overtime loss.

      Advice: LeBron became the first player since Truck Robinson in 1978 to score 37+ points while shooting under 30.0 percent on 10 or more free throw attempts. He was in disbelief after numerous misses in the clutch and took responsibility for the loss afterward, though fantasy owners will assuredly forgive the flaws in this statistical bonanza. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:34 pm
    • LeBron James starting, James Jones benched
      LeBron James will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets, sending James Jones back to the bench.

      Advice: This is just a reminder to make sure you have James in your active lineups. James Jones’ return to the bench will render him a non-option, and he can be sent back to the wire in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:38 pm
    • LeBron James (back) expected to play Sunday
      LeBron James (back) is expected to play against the Rockets on Sunday.

      Advice: He was held out of Friday's game vs. the Pacers for precautionary reasons, but the Cavaliers are going to need him against the formidable Rockets. Kyrie Irving has already been ruled out due to a shoulder strain, so James and Kevin Love are going to be busy Sunday. It's safe to activate James in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:56 am
    • Brook Lopez scores seven in 15 minutes
      Brook Lopez played just 15 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday with seven points, five rebounds and three fouls.

      Advice: Perhaps he was just being rested because of the second night of a back-to-back set. Lopez didn't look like he hurt anything, so there's no need to be alarmed just yet. His fantasy owners can just keep their eyes peeled for an update. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:23 pm
    • Lou Williams scores 22 points off the bench
      Lou Williams scored 22 points against the Knicks on Saturday with two rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He logged 15 minutes as the backup point guard and that might continue if the Raptors rest Kyle Lowry more. Before tonight, Williams was struggling in the second half with averages of 14.3 points, 1.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.5 treys on 41.0 percent from the field. He's still a solid player to own in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:29 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside grabs 24 boards, scores 14
      Hassan Whiteside matched his career-high 24 boards against the Hawks on Saturday with 14 points and two blocks in 34 minutes.

      Advice: Before his time with the Heat, Whiteside had a grand total of 39 rebounds in his career. Now he has two games with at least 24 boards and continues to be one of the wildest stories of the season. Plus, he's also made at least 60 percent from the field in each of his last two months. How did every team dismiss this guy? Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:08 pm
    • Lin posts 14-5-6 line in win over Bucks
      Jeremy Lin scored 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes off the bench in the Lakers' 101-93 win over the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: Lin has hovered around the bottom of the top-150 over the last month but has picked it up over the last week or so. Bryon Scott has said that he's thinking of starting Lin at some point, but that's not necessarily the driver of his value. He's worth a pickup though for the chance he can make a late-season run. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:44 am
    • Ilyasova drops 17 and 12 onto the Lakers
      Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:42 am
    • Barton scores 22 points with empty line
      Will Barton scored 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with two rebounds and two assists in Friday's blowout loss.

      Advice: Barton went huge on Wednesday but unlike tonight he actually had stats outside of the scoring department. It's hard to trust much that is going on in Denver these days, but there's some flier appeal here because he might be the only guy not in Brian Shaw's doghouse right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:01 am
    • D.J. Augustin to get more playing time?
      D.J. Augustin played 20 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Blazers during a 115-112 loss with six points, one rebound, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: There is nothing encouraging coming out regarding Russell Westbrook now and it sounds like he's going to need to miss time with his facial injury. As of Friday night, he is going to be evaluated, but the team might not provide an update until Saturday. If you need a point guard and are OK with cutting someone, it makes sense to add Augustin. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:45 pm
    • Draymond Green turns in monster stat line
      Draymond Green was everywhere against the Raptors in 28 minutes during a 113-89 win on Friday with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 6-of-9 from the field, hit both free throws and didn't turn the ball over for a nine-category line. Green is putting up elite value on the season, averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 boards 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 treys. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:29 pm
    • J.R. Smith scores 21 points in a loss
      J.R. Smith scored 21 points with four assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: He had more chances to score with LeBron James (back) and Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out tonight. LeBron won't be out long, but Smith's previous averages with the Cavs are solid at 12.3 points, 3.0 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.5 treys. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:22 pm
    • LeBron James (back) out for Friday night
      LeBron James (back) will not play against the Pacers on Friday night.

      Advice: "Just forward thinking on my part," coach David Blatt said. In other words, it sounds like a maintenance day. LeBron did have some back problems against the Warriors on Thursday and he was also on the injury report back in January because of it. He has been absolutely magnificent since the break, posting a 38.3 usage rate with a 59.6 true shooting percentage. With LeBron and Kyrie Irving out, Kevin Love should have a lot on his plate. J.R. Smith is also going to have a greener light than usual. Shawn Marion will likely start, but he's not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:40 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson says playing w/ Boozer helps
      Jordan Clarkson said that playing next to Carlos Boozer has helped his game.

      Advice: "It makes it a lot easier having Boozer on the court, a veteran guy that can knock down shots," said Clarkson. "He's out there talking to me throughout the whole time." The Lakers have made it clear that developing Clarkson will be a priority in LA, so it's quite possible that Boozer sticks with the starting lineup as Clarkson's mentor. Clarkson is averaging a respectable 13.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.2 steals since entering the starting lineup, and he's well worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:22 pm
    • Lin to start over Clarkson at some point?
      Coach Bryon Scott said he is thinking of starting Jeremy Lin at some point.

      Advice: The change is not going to happen tonight with the Lakers sticking with the same starting five. Lin may start over Jordan Clarkson or the team could go with a two-PG lineup, as well. Clarkson has played next to Lin for 23.3 percent of his minutes this season, so this isn't too bold and there won't be many fantasy implications here outside of Wayne Ellington being less appealing. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 am
    • D.J. Augustin scores 13 points in 27 minutes
      D.J. Augustin scored 13 points in 27 minutes off the bench on Thursday vs. the Suns, adding five boards, three assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: In four games with the Thunder Augustin has averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 boards and 1.5 3-pointers in 26.3 minutes per game. While he is no longer worth owning in standard leagues since his move from Detroit, he is doing enough to remain viable in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:13 pm
    • Draymond Green has five steals in loss Thurs.
      Draymond Green recorded five steals in Thursday's loss to the Cavaliers, finishing with 16 points, eight boards and four assists in 38 minutes.

      Advice: The five steals were one off his career-high of six which was set against the Wolves on Dec. 27, but this was actually just the fifth game this season in which he didn't record either a block or steal. Green has emerged as a fantasy stud for arguably the best team in the NBA, and he is going to be one of the most fun players to own for years to come. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:45 pm
    • J.R. Smith scores just four points on Thurs.
      J.R. Smith was held to just four points for the second straight game on Thursday vs. the Warriors, shooting just 1-of-5 from the floor and missing both of his 3-point attempts.

      Advice: He saved his line with four rebounds, five assists and four steals, but this has been the story of Smith's career so far. He is one of the streakiest players in the NBA, and his owners will simply have to take the good with the bad. Smith is still worth owing in most leagues, especially now that Kyrie Irving could miss some time with a shoulder issue. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:17 pm
    • Cavs beat Warriors, LeBron drops 42 points
      LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points in a 110-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday despite briefly leaving the game with a tweaked back.

      Advice: He added 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes, and it didn't look like his back caused him any problems after he returned to the game. Incredibly, this was James' 41st career game with 40 points, five assists and five rebounds which is the fourth-most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (61), Michael Jordan (62) and Oscar Robertson (71). The MVP race between James Harden, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron is going to go right down to the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:15 pm
    • LeBron James tweaks his back, returns to game
      LeBron James (back) briefly left Thursday's game against the Warriors but has since returned.

      Advice: He was wearing a wrap on his back when he left for the locker room but he didn't appear to be limited in any way when he returned to the floor. We will continue to monitor his status closely, but it appears that he has dodged a bullet here and his owners can breathe easy. For what it's worth, James has 24 points heading into halftime. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:12 pm
    • Ed Davis just misses double-double
      Ed Davis came off the bench for 12 points, nine boards, a steal and three blocks on 6-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: Davis is kind of hot right now, averaging 9.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and is shooting 64 percent in 25 minutes over his last five games. And that makes him worth owning, especially if you're trying to squeeze some juice out of a guy like Al-Farouq Aminu. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:49 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson scores career-high 22 in win
      Jordan Clarkson hit 10-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for a career-high 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.

      Advice: Jeremy Lin hit just 3-of-12 shots for eight points and three assists tonight, after going off for 25 and 18 points in his previous two games. Clarkson had cooled off recently and appeared to be losing traction to Lin, but is still averaging 13.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 0.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. As long as he's starting, he still looks like a much safer play than Lin at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:35 pm
    • Will Barton starts second half, scores 22
      Will Barton scored a season-high 22 points against the Suns on Wednesday with eight rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: Wilson Chandler did not play and Darrell Arthur (knee) lasted just three minutes, so it was Barton starting the second half. Barton did score 15 points on Monday and he is likely to get minutes in the 20s even when Chandler comes back -- Chandler is hoping to play on Friday. He's worth a look in deep leagues right now and is a speculative add in 14-team leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:09 pm
    • Bro-Lo crushing Mason Plumlee right now
      Brook Lopez came off the bench again and had 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans.

      Advice: Mason Plumlee disappeared tonight and has done so in two of his last three games, so maybe the Nets are getting close to giving Bro-Lo his job back. Then again, they're the Nets, so who knows? Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:53 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
    • Hassan Whiteside plays well in overtime win
      Hassan Whiteside had 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's overtime win.

      Advice: He was helped out a bit by the extra time, and while he hasn't exploded like a superstar lately, it's hard to complain about anything he's doing. Especially when he was free off the wire for a majority of his owners. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:28 pm
    • D.J. Augustin struggles in 25 minutes Tuesday
      D.J. Augustin struggled in 25 minutes on Tuesday, as he came off the bench to score three points on 1-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

      Advice: Anyone holding onto Augustin should scour the waiver wire for a better option. His value tanked overnight with the trade to OKC and he's only worth keeping if you're targeting 3-pointers and assists in a deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:16 pm
    • LeBron James passes Pippen in career assists
      LeBron James led the Cavs to a win in Detroit on Tuesday with 19 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one block, but he also turned the ball over nine times.

      Advice: The high turnovers are a forgivable footnote for LeBron, who also passed Scottie Pippen for the most assists by a forward in NBA history with 6,142 for his career. He's just 30 years old and Pippen's former record will be a speck in the rearview mirror by the time LBJ hangs up his sneakers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 pm
    • J.R. Smith cools off, Cavs still beat Pistons
      J.R. Smith had a quiet night vs. the Pistons, shooting just 1-of-4 with a pair of free throws to finish with four points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals.

      Advice: Smith was in some foul trouble and he only played 22 minutes, his fewest since joining the Cavs on Jan. 6. He's been a steady top-60 value over the past two months and fantasy owners should shrug off tonight's relative dud. Cleveland has now won 17 of their past 19 games and their early-season angst has evaporated ever since GM David Griffin traded for Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:26 pm
    • Sweet Lou (ankle) gets back on the floor
      Lou Williams (ankle) scored nine points on 1-of-8 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Williams hit 6-of-7 shots from the line and the peripherals save this from being a total loss. He'll get things straightened out unless the ankle injury lingers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:59 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
    • Ish Smith plays 24 minutes, scores seven
      Ish Smith made his 76ers debut on Monday, scoring seven points with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He has already leapfrogged Tim Frazier and he logged some minutes next to Frazier and Canaan tonight. Smith could be looking at around 27 minutes per game with his new team, but he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Additionally, this is his eighth team in five seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:50 pm
    • Dwyane Wade scores 18 in 23 mintues
      Dwyane Wade played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Monday with 18 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and six turnovers.

      Advice: He would have played more if the 76ers weren't blown out. Wade has been highly involved in the offense since his return to the lineup, which isn't a surprise with Chris Bosh gone. He looked healthy and he should be ready to go for the upcoming back-to-back starting on Friday. He'll play the Magic on Wednesday, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:03 pm
    • Lou Williams will play on Monday night
      Lou Williams (ankle) will play against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: He missed Saturday due to swelling in his ankle. Williams was on fire before his ankle injury, scoring 26 points on Friday. His fantasy owners can plug him back in. It'll be interesting to see if Terrence Ross gets any minutes at all tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:45 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
    • Byron Scott still excited about J. Clarkson
      Byron Scott said that he's "still really excited about Jordan Clarkson."

      Advice: "I keep getting excited about that kid because his growth is getting better and better. I’m excited with the way he’s played so far, he’s come a long way in a short period of time," Scott said. Since becoming the starting point guard, Clarkson is averaging 12.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals in just under 29 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:27 am
    • Blatt: Shumpert, Smith have been a 'godsend'
      David Blatt said J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have been a 'godsend' for the Cavs.

      Advice: J.R. Smith has been a dream for us, as a team and for me personally," Blatt said. "I love the guy. I love coaching him. He comes to work every single day. He’s a great teammate. He’s playing both ends of the court for us consistently." He didn't just stop there, either. "He’s one of the main reasons for our turnaround, together with Iman, who simply started later because of the injury. Those guys, honestly, they’ve been a godsend. They really have. They turned the team around." Since joining the Cavs, Smith is averaging 12.8 points, 1.7 steals and 2.7 triples in 32 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:26 am
    • Jeremy Lin scores 25 points in Lakers' OT win
      The Lakers stole an overtime win vs. the Celtics on Sunday behind Jeremy Lin, who scored 25 points and handed out six assists in just 30 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Lin didn't play during the first quarter and seemed headed for another lousy night, but he caught fire as the game went on and was the difference-maker in L.A.'s comeback victory. The Lakers have won two of their past 18 games and they're headed nowhere this season, which is another reason to distrust Lin's ROS value, but he's at least worth stashing on your bench in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:56 pm
    • Will Barton plays well in 25 minutes for DEN
      Will Barton played 25 minutes off the bench in his Nuggets debut on Sunday, scoring eight points on 3-of-10 shooting and a full stat line.

      Advice: Barton added three boards, three assists, two steals and a rare blocked shot in an unconditionally encouraging debut for Denver. This game was a blowout and Brian Shaw played 13 guys at least 12 minutes, however, so Barton's role comes with no guarantees. He's only worth a speculative pickup in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 7:06 pm
    • D.J. Augustin plays well in 30 bench minutes
      D.J. Augustin logged 30 minutes in his second game coming off the Thunder bench, scoring eight points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

      Advice: He was 2-of-7 from the field and committed three turnovers, and his playing time was higher than expected due to Kyle Singler's foul trouble and Russell Westbrook's limited minutes in the blowout -- Augustin's 30 minutes were a team-high. This is a fluky line, in other words, and his trade to Oklahoma City instantly morphed him from a must-start fantasy player into a fringe option. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 7:01 pm
    • Draymond Green fouls out w/ six points Sunday
      The Warriors fell to the Pacers on Sunday, as Draymond Green fouled out with six points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

      Advice: Dray's shot was off but his across-the-board production is familiar to his fantasy owners, who have reveled in top-30 production all season. He's slipped a bit over the past month but remains a quality early-round value down the stretch, and he's on pace to join Shawn Marion and Robert Horry as the only players since 1946-47 to average at least 1.4 threes, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 5:50 pm
    • J.R. Smith scores 17 points with full line
      J.R. Smith was productive against his former team on Sunday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting with four assists, three rebounds, three 3-pointers, one steal, two blocks and one turnover through 29 minutes of action.

      Advice: The change of scenery to Cleveland has done Smith wonders, as he's currently averaging 12.7 points and 2.5 assists, while hitting career-highs in 3-pointers (2.7) and steals (1.7). He's getting plenty of open looks playing next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and no longer having to think about what a triangle looks like has been a major plus for Smith. He's well worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 2:45 pm
    • 76ers claim guard Ish Smith off waivers
      The 76ers claimed guard Ish Smith on Sunday and have waived forward Malcolm Thomas.

      Advice: Smith was recently waived by the Pelicans after they acquired Norris Cole in a trade, but he has a decent shot at minutes in Philadelphia so owners in deeper leagues can put him on their radar. Isaiah Canaan will get every opportunity to succeed as the starting PG in Philly for now, so Smith still has a lot of work to do before we can recommend an add. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 2:42 pm
    • LeBron James passes Iverson on scoring list
      LeBron James passed Allen Iverson on the NBA's all-time scoring list during Sunday's trouncing of the Knicks with 18 points (7-of-17 shooting), seven assists, seven rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, and four turnovers over 28 minutes of action.

      Advice: James has been fantastic in his two games since the All-Star break with averages of 23.0 points, 6.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 2.0 three-pointers per game. He's showing no signs of slowing down, and should be a top-5 in fantasy option as the Cavs fight for a higher seed in the East. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 1:39 pm
    • Lou Williams (ankle) probable Monday vs. NO
      Lou Williams (ankle) is being listed as probable for Monday's game against the Pelicans.

      Advice: If Williams is able to return on Monday, he'll take away minutes from Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross. He'll draw a favorable matchup against the Pelicans, and with averages of 15.4 points, 1.9 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals per game, he'll be a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 1:12 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
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