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  • Elfrid Payton headed to Orlando Summer League
    Elfrid Payton will head to Orlando Summer League in July.

    Advice: He's probably going to be one of the best guards for that event. Payton will also spend plenty of time working on his jumper with shooting consultant Dave Love. If you're in a points league fantasy format, Payton is going to be highly coveted. He should be a top 75-100 pick in standard leagues for now.
    Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • C.J. McCollum goes through a workout
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) went through a workout on Friday.

    Advice: He looks fine and should be ready to go for Sunday's game in Memphis. McCollum was terrific down the stretch and he should be able to get minutes close to 30. He'll be a sneaky player to watch during the playoffs. Additionally, McCollum is shaping up to be a fantasy sleeper next season.
    Yesterday, 2:04 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Bird hopes to bring back Rodney Stuckey
    Larry Bird said that he hopes to bring back Rodney Stuckey next season.

    Advice: "I think it’s important for us to get [Stuckey] back here," said Bird. "We need guys like Rodney. He was a major plus for our franchise." The disparity in the way Bird talks about Stuckey and Roy Hibbert could be viewed as insulting by Hibbert's side, and it'll be very interesting to see if Hibbert decides to pick up his player option next season for a team that has basically said they could care less if that happens. Head coach Frank Vogel said that if Stuckey does decide to return, he envisions him playing the Sixth Man role off the bench, which is fine by Stuckey.
    Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) downgraded to questionable
    Devin Harris (toe) has been downgraded to questionable for Game 1 against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle said on Thursday that Harris would play, so we're going to assume he's closer to probable than questionable. However, if he's forced to sit, it will open up minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. Barea makes for the better daily league target sans Harris.
    Yesterday, 11:21 am
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Mike Conley, Tony Allen practice on Friday
    Mike Conley (foot) and Tony Allen (hamstring) practiced on Friday.

    Advice: Conley expects to play and he'll likely be a game-time decision on Sunday. He has been able to do some pre-game stuff, so keeping him out the last week is probably somewhat precautionary. He'll be a very important piece for the Grizzlies at home considering the struggles of Damian Lillard on defense. Beno Udrih would move to the bench.
    Yesterday, 11:20 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) doesn't practice Friday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) was unable to practice Friday, and his status is uncertain for Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: If Hinrich can't go, Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of his minutes. Hinrich is a solid defender, but he doesn't really bring a lot to the stat sheet, so he's not really a factor in most fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:14 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Derrick Rose (knee) practices on Friday
    Derrick Rose (knee) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Rose will take the court in a playoff series for the first time since the 2011-12 season on Saturday, and it appears that the minor left knee soreness that caused him to miss the second half of Wednesday's regular-season finale will be a non-issue going forward. Any news regarding Rose's troublesome knees is going to make the headlines, but a deep playoff push behind a healthy Rose will at least temporarily silence the critics. Tom Thibodeau said that Rose will play around the same amount of minutes he did towards the end of the regular-season, so it sounds like he'll still be with a minutes limit.
    Yesterday, 10:55 am
  • Bird not planning on bringing back Watson
    Larry Bird said he doesn't think he'll be bringing back C.J. Watson next season.

    Advice: Injuries limited Watson to just 57 games, and while he's a capable backup point, he's not ever going to be the difference maker on a championship team. He finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 10.0 points, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.2 three-pointers per game. He shouldn't have a problem signing on with another team, but as nothing more than a backup point guard, he's not going to have any value in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:49 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Jameer Nelson to wait to make opt in decision
    Jameer Nelson said that he will wait for the Nuggets to finalize their decision on their next head coach before deciding whether or not to opt in to his contract for next season.

    Advice: "Whatever I decide, I'll definitely discuss with that team what my role would be," said Nelson. "I feel like I'm definitely more than a 15 or 18-minute guy, for sure." Nelson was actually surprisingly effective during his brief stint with the Nuggets this season, averaging 9.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.4 three-pointers per game through 20.6 minutes of action. Nelson spent the 2014-15 season on three different teams, and while he may feel he's deserving of more than 15 minutes per game, his numbers would suggest otherwise. He doesn't want to be a "locker room leader," but at this point in his career, that's basically what he is.
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Darius Morris (flu) doesn't practice Friday
    Darius Morris (flu) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to be considering Morris questionable for Game 1 on Sunday, but he's a negligible part of the Nets' rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications if he's unavailable.
    Yesterday, 10:16 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Avery Bradley (quad) good to go for Game 1
    Avery Bradley (quad) will play in Game 1 against the Cavs on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: All signs were pointing towards Bradley being available after he sat out the last few games of the regular-season, and this report confirms it. Boston will need multiple guys to step up in a big way to avoid a sweep by the powerhouse that is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Dwyane Wade will pick up player option w/ MIA
    Dwyane Wade confirmed during his exit interview that he will not be opting out of his contract this offseason.

    Advice: Wade will be on the books for $16 million next season, which will give Miami some wiggle room in retaining Goran Dragic's services. Wade managed to suit up for 62 games this year while putting in averages of 21.5 points, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 3.4 turnovers per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 76.8 percent from the charity stripe. His various knee issues will create headaches for owners, and we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him on draft day, despite his upside.
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
  • Goran says extra year MIA can offer important
    Goran Dragic said during his exit interview that the extra year Miami can offer him during free agency is important.

    Advice: Goran Dragic will opt out of his contract, and while he has said that he will explore all options during the free agency process, he's made it very clear that he would love to re-sign with the Heat. He's a great fit next to Dwyane Wade, and given that Miami can offer Dragic a five-year deal (one-year more than any other team can offer) it would appear the odds are in their favor to land The Dragon. He should be off the board no later than the third round in standard fantasy leagues next season.
    Yesterday, 8:48 am
  • Stephen Curry wants a title, and nothing less
    Stephen Curry stated during a recent interview that the Warriors' season will be a failure if it ends in anything less than a championship.

    Advice: "No one will be happy for anything less [than a championship]," said Curry. "If we don't win our last game this season it's going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short." The Warriors, boasting a regular-season record of 67-15 are one of the favorites to come out of the West, but nothing is guaranteed in basketball. The Spurs pose a real threat to the Dubs' championship prospects, and while the wins aren't guaranteed, this year's post-season is sure to be nothing less than electrifying. The Warriors' begin their playoff push on Saturday, get the popcorn ready.
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Deron Williams responds to slight by Pierce
    Deron Williams said he wasn't "bothered at all" by Paul Pierce's recent comments that the pressure from the New York media "really affected" Williams' game.

    Advice: "Being here, I got pretty thick skin," Williams said. "He has his opinions, and that's fine. It's what it is. I can't change his opinions. So just leave it at that." Williams’ numbers are down significantly from his days in Utah when people would debate who was better, Williams or Chris Paul, but that could also be attributed to the fact that Williams has dealt with some pretty serious ankle issues over the years. Until Williams can carry his team on a deep playoff run, criticism will continue to find the point guard and his massive contract.
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Damian Lillard says his D will show up
    Damian Lillard said he will "show up" on defense in the playoffs.

    Advice: "Point guards have a big game against us and it's automatically 'He did this to Dame,'" Lillard said. "Like he took me to wing and isolated me and scored every point on me." Only 7.5 percent of the Blazers' defensive possessions are in isolation and the Blazers are actually fine in that department, coming in at 38th percentile in the NBA (Synergy). However, Dame has really struggled defending his man on shots from less than 10 feet, allowing those guys to make 12.6 percent above their normal field goal percentage in that range (SportVU). Regardless, it's easy to forgive Lillard's sub-par D because of his terrific offense.
    Thursday, 8:12 pm
  • Knight 'optimistic' about returning to PHO
    Brandon Knight said he was "optimistic" about returning to Phoenix next season.

    Advice: "If it can be quick and easy, that's the best thing," Knight said regarding his impending restricted free agency. "You don't want to go through a fight or anything like that or you don't want to drag it out as well. Definitely don't want anything that leads up to training camp. For me, it's just about doing what's best for me and my family and the Suns will do the same. I'm optimistic about the situation. I like it here." Given that the Suns gave up a first-round pick in addition to Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee, it would seem likely they do what they can to match any offers on Knight.
    Thursday, 5:24 pm
  • Derrick Rose dealing with left knee soreness
    Derrick Rose is dealing with minor left knee soreness.

    Advice: The soreness is in the knee in which Rose tore his ACL back in 2012 and not the one needing surgery for a torn meniscus. "It's nothing serious at all," Rose said. "I'm just being cautious. I'm used to knee injuries and my knees being sore. It's just that it was the last game and we didn't want it to linger into a couple of more days." The Bulls are downplaying the issue, which isn't a surprise. Still, Rose should be good to go for Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play on Saturday
    Updating a previous report, Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris (turf toe) will play in Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

    Advice: Harris' return to the rotation will lead to fewer minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton.
    Thursday, 2:59 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Alec Burks: 'I hope I'm the missing piece'
    Alec Burks stated during his exit interview on Thursday that he hopes he's "the missing piece" for the Jazz to realize their playoff aspirations.

    Advice: Burks also gave an update on his shoulder injury, saying: "I can dribble and shoot and things, but I can't play contact for another three months. So when that starts I'll really see where my shoulder's at." Burks only made it through 27 games during the 2014-15 season, and his production dipped slightly from the previous year as he posted averages of 13.9 points, 3.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 40.3 percent shooting from the field. He's going to have to compete with Rodney Hood for minutes next season, and he's really not much more than a low-end guy in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 2:53 pm
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
    L, 117-91 @ Hou
  • Alec Burks: 'I hope I'm the missing piece'
    Alec Burks stated during his exit interview on Thursday that he hopes he's "the missing piece" for the Jazz to realize their playoff aspirations.

    Advice: Burks also gave an update on his shoulder injury, saying: "I can dribble and shoot and things, but I can't play contact for another three months. So when that starts I'll really see where my shoulder's at." Burks only made it through 27 games during the 2014-15 season, and his production dipped slightly from the previous year as he posted averages of 13.9 points, 3.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 40.3 percent shooting from the field. He's going to have to compete with Rodney Hood for minutes next season, and he's really not much more than a low-end guy in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 2:53 pm
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
    L, 117-91 @ Hou
  • Garrett Temple (hamstring) out for Game 1
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday, and he will not play when the Wizards kick off their series against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Temple said that he's hopeful to play at some point during the playoffs, but he's not a major piece to Washington's puzzle, and he'd be unlikely to earn many minutes even when he's eventually cleared to return. Roman Sessions and Will Bynum will continue to get a bulk of the backup point guard minutes for the Wizards, but with John Wall healthy, they're going to be nearly invisible on the stat sheet.
    Thursday, 1:18 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) expected to play Game 1
    Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris (toe) looks "ready to go" for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Harris being available when the playoffs kickoff on Saturday, and his return to the rotation will mean fewer minutes for guys like Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea.
    Thursday, 12:37 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Russell Westbrooks stumps for Scott Brooks
    Russell Westbrook showed his support for Thunder head coach in his exit interview on Thursday.

    Advice: "As a coach and as a friend, I think he does a great job," Westbrook said of Brooks. With rumors of Brown's potential firing, teammate Kevin Durant joined Westbrook is voicing his support of Brooks on Thursday and the head coach now has public backing of his two biggest stars. We'll find out what happens to Brooks over the next days and weeks, but it sounds like Westbrook doesn't want him going anywhere.
    Thursday, 10:23 am
  • Goran Dragic wants to stay in Miami
    Goran Dragic will exercise the free agency clause in his contract, but said he'd prefer to stay with the Heat.

    Advice: Dragic's decision to exercise his free agency clause will allow him to test the open market, but the 28-year-old is hoping to negotiate a long-term deal with the Heat. "Of course," Dragic said when asked if he's like to stay in Miami. "If you’re gonna find the same language, then it’s easy for everybody. It’s hard to talk about that right now. We’ll see. I need to sit down with my family and explore the options and see what option is the best, but the last two months that I was here was beautiful for me." Regardless of where he ends up, Dragic has the potential to deliver top-25 fantasy output when healthy and will likely be selected around the third round of drafts.
    Thursday, 10:13 am
  • Russell Westbrook downplays scoring title
    Russell Westbrook said winning the scoring title doesn't mean nearly as much to him as making the playoffs.

    Advice: While Westbrook surprisingly won the scoring title and will undoubtedly get some MVP consideration, he wasn't too concerned with individual accolades after missing the playoffs. "I never really thought I’d be winning anything close to a scoring title," Westbrook said. "But I’d rather be in the playoffs than to win the scoring title, to tell you the truth." Playoffs or not, Westbrook had a season for the ages as he was a nightly threat to mess around and get a triple-double and cemented himself as one of the game's best fantasy players.
    Thursday, 6:54 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 10 points vs. Nuggets
    Stephen Curry played just 19 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday during a 133-126 win, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors finished the season with a 67-15 record, including 39-2 at home. They're the 10th team in NBA history to get to 67 wins and did it with a first-year head coach, Steve Kerr. They also destroyed teams this season, winning by 10.1 points per game. Curry and Klay Thompson also made more 3-pointers this season than five different teams (Wolves, Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards and Hornets). They'll live and die with the three, but they'll likely be living large in the postseason.
    Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Langston Galloway disappears in Knicks finale
    Langston Galloway, who came in hot, hit just 2-of-8 shots for seven points and seven assists in Wednesday's merciful season finale, a loss to the Pistons.

    Advice: Galloway was a buzzkill if you used him in daily tonight, but it was tough to see this coming. Tim Hardaway led the Knicks with 25 points and Cole Aldrich scored 24 with 15 rebounds and two blocks, and those were the only two Knickerbockers in double digits. Brutal. They won just 17 games, setting a franchise record, and have a 19.9 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick in the lottery (and can't pick lower than fifth). As Bob Seger once sang about the Knicks' season, turn the page.
    Wednesday, 10:26 pm
  • Reggie Jackson leads Pistons over Knicks
    Reggie Jackson was one of seven Detroit players to score in double figures in Wednesday's finale, racking up 24 points, 11 assists and three steals on 9-of-16 shooting.

    Advice: In a meaningless game, all five Pistons starters scored in double figures, while Andre Drummond joined Jackson with a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two blocks. Greg Monroe, who might have played his last game for Detroit as an unrestricted free agent, had just 10 points and two rebounds in 21 minutes, but also came through with four steals. And despite Drummond's woes at the free throw line and a slow start, he was a blast to own this season. And speaking of those two, they're the only two teammates who averaged a double-double this year, outside of the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul.
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Aaron Brooks lead Bulls to comeback win
    Aaron Brooks came off the bench to score 23 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Derrick Rose left with knee soreness (that the Bulls say isn't a big deal) and Taj Gibson left with a shoulder injury, but both players are supposedly going to be good to go for the playoffs, which start on Saturday against the Bucks. The Bulls were down 60-42 in the third quarter when Brooks took over and they came back to win their fourth straight game, clinching the No. 3 seed along the way. Pau Gasol was nice with 18 points and 13 boards, and Jimmy Butler added 21 points in the win. Joakim Noah sat out with a hamstring injury, but is expected to be ready for the playoffs on Saturday.
    Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Dennis Schroder leads Hawks w/ 21 in loss
    Dennis Schroder came off the bench and hit 9-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 21 points and zero assists in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: The 60-game winners have lost four straight, not exactly ideal heading into the playoffs. They've got the No. 1 seed and will host the No. 8 Nets starting on Sunday. The good news for Hawks fans is that Paul Millsap was back (5 points in 27 minutes) and that none of the starters played more than 27 minutes tonight. Al Horford scored 14, and DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague each scored 10 on a night the Hawks blew an 18-point lead. They were up 60-42 in the third quarter, but Aaron Brooks went on a tear and the Bulls won a meaningless game for the Hawks. If they get by the Nets in Round 1, they'll face the winner of the Wizards-Raptors series in Round 2, so things couldn't have worked out better for Atlanta. They'll just have to figure out a way to get hot again in the playoffs, but they'll also be playing all their guys regular minutes come Sunday.
    Wednesday, 9:56 pm
  • Avery Bradley should be ready for playoffs
    Avery Bradley (quad) should be ready for the playoffs, according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: He missed his last couple games with a quad injury, but Stevens said after Wednesday's game "he should be ready for the playoffs," as reported by the Associate Press in the game recap.
    Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores nine in 18 minutes
    Kyrie Irving played 18 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 113-108 win, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kyrie is in the playoffs and he'll be a favorite among most people to be a point guard in the NBA Finals. Irving's season was truly awesome and his ability to connect on catch-and-shoot shots explains a lot. He'll be a first-round target in drafts next season. The Cavs face the Celtics in Cleveland for Game 1 on Sunday.
    Wednesday, 9:24 pm
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Westbrook wins scoring title, but no playoffs
    The Thunder crushed the Timberwolves 138-113 and Russell Westbrook won the scoring title over James Harden, but OKC will be watching the playoffs from home after the Pelicans beat the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Westbrook hit 11-of-20 shots, two 3-pointers and 13-of-17 free throws for 37 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals, but didn't even play in the fourth quarter once it became clear the game was meaningless. When asked what winning the scoring title means to him, Westbrook gave a one-word answer that starts with the letter 's' and ends with the letter 't.' We're guessing he's proud of his scoring title (28.1 ppt), but is just upset about missing the playoffs. The Thunder gave it their best shot without Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Westbrook for much of the season, but will be hitting the country club and yachts instead of facing the Warriors in Round 1 this weekend. James Harden only scored 16 points, but had a triple-double, so Westbrook ended up winning the scoring race quite easily.
    Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Derrick Rose sits out 2nd half with sore knee
    Derrick Rose didn't play in the second half of Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks due to soreness in his left knee, but the Bulls do not seem to be concerned.

    Advice: This isn't the same knee that he had his most recent procedure on, but it should be noted that he has torn his ACL in his left knee before (2012). However, Rose was in good spirits on the sidelines and said that he could have played if it were a playoff game, so it looks like he was just being cautious. Head coach Tom Thibodeau expects Rose to be ready to play in Game 1 of the playoffs, but we will pass along any additional information when we know more. Rose finished with two points, two boards, one assist and four turnovers in 10 minutes.
    Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Dwyane Wade likely out for Wednesday night
    Dwyane Wade (knee, rest) is not likely to play against the 76ers on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Heat really need to lose this game to help their chances of keeping a top-10 protected pick from possibly going to the 76ers. If the Heat win and the Nets lose today, the two teams will be tied for the 10th-worst record and be subject to a coin flip for 10th position. In other words, Wade sitting out doesn’t have much to do with actual basketball. Mario Chalmers and Tyler Johnson also benefit, assuming Chalmers plays.
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Goran Dragic unlikely to play Wednesday
    Goran Dragic is unlikely to play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: There will be more on the way with the Heat wanting to lose this game. Tyler Johnson and Mario Chalmers will get most of the guard minutes, assuming they're not being rested as well.
    Wednesday, 4:14 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) expects to play in Game 1
    Devin Harris is dealing with turf toe in his left big toe, but he expects to be ready for the first game of the playoffs.

    Advice: Harris won't play on Wednesday and he recently had a shot to calm the inflammation in his bruised and swollen toe. He had toe surgery during the offseason but it was a different digit on the same foot, and the good news is that he doesn't sound concerned about any long-term damage. His absence leaves more playing time for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton on Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 4:09 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kyrie Irving (hip) will play Wed. vs. Wizards
    Kyrie Irving (hip) will play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday, though he will be on a minute-limit.

    Advice: The rest of Cleveland's starters will also be limited, and LeBron James is resting as a precaution, so consider all your options before locking too many Cavs into active fantasy lineups.
    Wednesday, 3:21 pm
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Avery Bradley doesn't travel to Milwaukee
    Avery Bradley (quad) is not with the Celtics in Milwaukee for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: It'll likely be Jae Crowder getting the start tonight for Bradley in the season finale. Coach Brad Stevens hinted some of his guys will be on a minutes limit, so we'll pass along any additional info as we receive it. The Celtics have nothing to play for and are locked in as the No. 7 seed.
    Wednesday, 3:18 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (hip) out for Wednesday
    Jameer Nelson (hip) will not play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Ty Lawson expected to return, Erick Green figures to the backup point guard. Nelson has one more year on his deal and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
    Wednesday, 12:02 pm
  • C.J. Watson will not play on Wednesday
    C.J. Watson (elbow) will not play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's had elbow trouble for a long time and it will likely affect him in the playoffs, assuming the Pacers make it. With Watson out, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles are stepping up next to Paul George.
    Wednesday, 11:54 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Lillard to play close to normal minutes Weds
    Damian Lillard will likely see close to his normal share of minutes vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lillard played just 27 minutes against the Thunder on Monday, but the Blazers are dealing with a lot of injuries and could use all the help they can get. Lillard's owners obviously don't mind this news, and he should be back in the conversation as a solid daily-league option as well.
    Wednesday, 10:23 am
  • Mike Conley (ankle) officially ruled out Weds
    Mike Conley (ankle) will not play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: This will be his fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, but this should help Conley recover in time for the playoffs. Beno Udrih will draw another start and is worth a look in most leagues, while Nick Calathes and Jordan Adams should be more involved as well.
    Wednesday, 9:19 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments Wednesday
    Derrick Rose will play four segments on Wednesday vs. the Hawks according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Rose played just 23 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday, but that was mainly due to the lopsided score. He could approach close to 30 minutes tonight, so his owners can go ahead and get him active. Rose still needs to shake off some rust, but he is making a lot of progress and could make the Bulls a very dangerous team in the playoffs.
    Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Mike Conley (foot) doubtful for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot) did not participate in shootaround and isn't expected to play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Conley has missed the last three games, and the Grizzlies obviously want him to be as close to 100 percent as possible for the playoffs. With Conley likely on the sidelines, Beno Udrih will draw another start and will be the primary beneficiary, while Nick Calathes and Jordan Adams could see some extra minutes as well.
    Wednesday, 8:41 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Avery Bradley exits Tuesday w/ bruised quad
    Avery Bradley will not return to Tuesday's game due to a left quad contusion.

    Advice: Boston could cement themselves in the No. 7 seed with a win or a Pacers loss on Tuesday, but that's not enough reason to risk aggravating Bradley's injury with the playoffs looming. He finished with 14 points in 21 minutes. If he can't play on Wednesday, more minutes will open up for Isaiah Thomas, Phil Pressey and Jae Crowder.
    Tuesday, 6:07 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) ruled out vs. Mavericks
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) will not play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Blazers are locked into the No. 4 seed and McCollum himself called Wednesday's season finale "meaningless," before adding, "It’s probably best to for me to wait until playoffs [start]." Nicolas Batum (knee) is also unavailable on Wednesday, which leaves the short-handed Blazers relying on Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee. Neither guy is appealing for fantasy purposes.
    Tuesday, 4:10 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Garrett Temple (hamstring) out Tuesday
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Ramon Sessions and Will Bynum will split Temple's reserve minutes, but with John Wall healthy, neither guy is worth owning in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:55 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) questionable for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Conley has spent the last three games on the sidelines, and it's been Beno Udrih in the starting lineup splitting minutes with Nick Calathes. Udrih is capable of scoring in the teens while dishing out a few assists, but with a tough matchup against the Pacers, he'd make for a risky option in daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: "I want to play as many games as I can," said McCollum. "But obviously it’s the last game of the season, it’s meaningless, [Dallas] probably won’t play a lot of their starters and main guys then it’s probably best to for me to wait until playoffs [start]." With the fourth seed in the West locked up, it's extremely unlikely the Blazers will risk McCollum potentially aggravating his ankle injury in a meaningless game against the Mavs. We expect him to be on the sidelines tomorrow, and it'll be Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe getting all the run they can handle.
    Tuesday, 3:03 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Devin Harris (toe) out Wednesday vs. Portland
    Devin Harris (toe) will not play Wednesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: With Harris unavailable, look for J.J. Barea to pick up most of his minutes sliding into a Sixth Man role for the Mavericks. He's coming off an 18-point game, and he'll have a favorable matchup against a Blazers team that has been decimated by injuries, so he'll certainly be worth a look in daily leagues. Raymond Felton will also have the opportunity for extended minutes, but he's an extremely risky guy to deploy in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:36 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of Hinrich's minutes, with Rose offering the most upside.
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Warriors will roll with regular starters Wed
    Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr said that he will play all his regulars for Wednesday's game vs. Denver, although he may limit their minutes.

    Advice: Even in limited minutes, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson are more than capable of putting up quality numbers, so owners should feel confident plugging those guys into their active roster for Wednesday's regular-season finale. There is however a bit more risk in deploying Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala.
    Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) ruled out for Tuesday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Knight was playing like an All-Star in Milwaukee, but his numbers took a pretty big hit when he was forced to play second-fiddle next to Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix. He'll be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and it'll be interesting to see how high Phoenix will go to retain him. Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, and Archie Goodwin will pick up most of the backcourt minutes tonight, and Green is certainly someone to consider as a cheap plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • C.J. Watson will not play Tuesday vs Wizards
    C.J. Watson (elbow) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Watson will miss his fifth consecutive game on Tuesday's with a sore right elbow, but it's currently unclear if he'd be able to go if the Pacers make the playoffs. Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles will see big minutes with Watson out Tuesday and both make for solid plays in daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:17 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Westbrook and OKC live to fight one more day
    Russell Westbrook scored 36 points on 13-of-27 shooting (2-of-5 3PTs, 8-of-8 FTs) with 11 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the Thunder's 101-90 win over the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Westbrook owners are seeing his field goal percentage bounce back a bit the past few games and the Thunder have gone down to the wire. Despite playing just 66 games this season, Westbrook has been the No. 5 play in 8-cat leagues and the No. 10 play in 9-cat leagues so far. Enes Kanter added 27 and 13 in the win.
    Tuesday, 1:01 am
  • Galloway has career-night in win over Hawks
    Langston Galloway scored a career-high 26 points and was perfect on six 3-point attempts (also a career-high), hitting 10-of-12 shots overall with five rebounds, six assists and one steal in the Knicks' win over the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: Have a game, young fella. Galloway has been a bright spot in an otherwise terrible season for New York, and he should be in all lineups for Wednesday's finale against the Pistons.
    Tuesday, 12:18 am
  • Devin Harris returned to action on Monday April 13.
    Monday, 11:57 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kyrie Irving returned to action on Monday April 13.
    Monday, 11:57 pm
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Dwyane Wade scores 22 points
    Dwyane Wade scored 22 points against the Magic on Monday with four rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat had everything go their way tonight with Brooklyn looking like garbage and taking an L. They're going to need the Pacers to lose Tuesday and Wednesday, though. If the Pacers get a win, Wade and company could wind up sitting out on Wednesday.
    Monday, 10:24 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 13 points vs. Nets
    Derrick Rose scored 13 points with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth segment tonight because the Bulls blew out the Nets tonight. Rose was effective on defense and he's really changed his mentality on the offensive side with less contested jumpers. Rose is expected to play in the season finale on Wednesday to help him shake off the rust.
    Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Deron Williams stinking it up to finish year
    Deron Williams was awful again on Monday with nine points, seven boards, five assists, two blocks and no turnovers on 3-of-13 from the field against the Bulls.

    Advice: The Nets offense was a disaster tonight in a game they really needed. Williams is really struggling over his last three, averaging 7.3 points, 7.0 boards, 7.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 treys on 20.0 percent from the field. Those are not very lucky sevens. The Nets need to win on Wednesday against the Magic.
    Monday, 9:55 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) doesn't need an MRI
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) said his ankle sprain wasn't bad enough to get an MRI.

    Advice: He did say he's not sure if he will play on Wednesday against the Mavs. The Blazers are locked in as the fourth seed, so there's no reason to play C.J. at less than 100 percent. If he's out, Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe will get the start on the wings Crabbe is the more interesting fantasy play.
    Monday, 7:53 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Devin Harris (toe) out for game on Monday
    Devin Harris suffered a toe injury on Monday and will not return.

    Advice: The Mavs are resting players tonight, so holding Harris out tonight might be precautionary. Regardless, this is a tough blow to anyone who started him. J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will get more run tonight.
    Monday, 6:50 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • C.J. McCollum out for game on Monday
    C.J. McCollum suffered a left ankle sprain on Monday and will not return.

    Advice: Make it stop! The Blazers are running out of wings right now and they're going to start Alonzo Gee in McCollum's spot for the season half. Nicolas Batum is also out for the game with a knee injury. McCollum has been fantastic, but he might miss Wednesday's game.
    Monday, 6:23 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Mike Conley (foot) remains out for Monday
    Mike Conley (foot) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: So the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih at point guard to match up with Stephen Curry. Conley has been out for two games before tonight and he might not be at 100 percent heading into the playoffs. Give Beno a look if you need a plug-and-play.
    Monday, 6:16 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jameer Nelson out again on Monday night
    Jameer Nelson (hip) will not play on Monday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Erick Green will back up Ty Lawson tonight. Lawson has been logging major minutes, so Green doesn't have much value. Nelson can be dropped everywhere.
    Monday, 6:14 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (hip) out for game on Monday
    Kyrie Irving (hip) will not return to Monday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: He is resting as a precaution, so he should be ready to go for the playoffs. For now, we're not expecting him to play on Wednesday. Irving finished with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Matthew Dellavedova started the second half.
    Monday, 5:27 pm
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Blazers to have limited minutes?
    The Blazers could have their regular starters play limited minutes on Monday, according to team reporter Casey Holdahl.

    Advice: We're just passing along info here from a credible writer employed by the team. Damian Lillard, Robin Lopez and Nic Batum may play a little less tonight.
    Monday, 5:12 pm
  • Dennis Schroder, Pero Antic out for Monday
    Dennis Schroder (rest) and Pero Antic (illness) will not play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: The Hawks are calling it rest, so it doesn't sound like he aggravated anything. With Schroder out, Shelvin Mack should get some extra run.
    Monday, 3:45 pm
  • Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng are available
    Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng are available to play against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: Thanks to a Nets loss on Sunday, the Heat are still alive to get into the playoffs. To get in, the Heat need to win both remaining, have the Nets lose both remaining and Indy lose out. Start Wade like you normally would.
    Monday, 2:52 pm
  • Mike Conley will be a game-time decision
    Mike Conley (foot) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He went through warmups on Saturday, but did not play against the Clippers in an important game. As a reference point, Conley was ruled out approximately one hour before the tip on Saturday, so we're probably looking at getting the news on him tonight at around 9:30 EDT. If he's out, Beno Udrih would start.
    Monday, 1:54 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • C.J. Watson not showing signs or improvement
    C.J. Watson's elbow is not showing any signs of improvement, and he's unlikely to play this week as a result.

    Advice: It's not yet clear if Watson would be able to go if the Pacers make the playoffs, but he's been out of the picture since April 3. Without him, the Pacers will lean a little harder on Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.
    Monday, 10:55 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • NBA rescinds Westbrook tech, will play Monday
    The NBA has rescinded Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul, meaning he'll be eligible to play on Monday against the Blazers.

    Advice: This was almost universally expected, but one can never be sure with technicals in today's NBA. Westbrook will be eligible to play on Monday, keeping the Thunder's playoff hopes alive in the process. Any owners still playing and relying on Westbrook are thrilled with the news, and D.J. Augustin will now be in his usual reserve role on Monday against Portland. It's a huge break for OKC with two games left.
    Monday, 8:42 am
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments on Monday
    Derrick Rose (knee) could see his minutes increased in Monday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: After playing 28 minutes on Saturday, Rose will play four segments on Monday and could very well break the 30-minute barrier. After dropping 22 points, six boards, eight assists and three steals without a turnover (Disclaimer: Against the Sixers), we'll be watching Rose closely on Monday.
    Monday, 8:09 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play on Monday vs. Nets
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday against the Nets.

    Advice: Hinrich didn't go through shootaround and isn't expected to return until at least Game 1 of the playoffs. It will be the Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks show at point guard for Chicago, and that's the way it should remain regardless of whether or not Hinrich is available.
    Monday, 8:07 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Goran Dragic hopeful to remain with the Heat
    Goran Dragic said he hopes to remain with the Heat in free agency.

    Advice: "I'm a free agent but I like this organization. I hope to stay here." While Dragic has yet to officially decline his player option for next season, there was never a chance of him exercising it. Miami is expected to make a strong effort to retain Dragic after trading for him at this season's deadline, but there will be others lurking in the picture.
    Monday, 6:16 am
  • Westbrook drops 54-9-8, faces suspension
    Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 54 points on 21-of-43 shooting with nine boards, eight assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in a loss to the Pacers on Sunday, but he also picked up his 16th technical foul of the season which will result in a one-game suspension.

    Advice: Westbrook will miss Monday's game vs. the Blazers unless the NBA front office decides to rescind the technical foul. It's a momentous decision as the Thunder are currently a tie-breaker behind the No. 8 seed Pelicans with only two games remaining for both teams. The league should weigh in by Monday afternoon, so fantasy owners can only cross their fingers and await an update. If Westbrook is forced to sit out vs. the Blazers, D.J. Augustin will likely take over as the starting point guard while Dion Waiters would have more responsibility as well.
    Sunday, 6:53 pm
  • Devin Harris will not play on Sunday vs. LAL
    Devin Harris (rest) will not play on Sunday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: The Mavericks don't have anything to play for, so it makes sense to get the veteran guard some rest. Harris should be fine for Monday's game vs. the Jazz, but we will have an update on his status after shootaround. J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton could both see extra minutes tonight, but they aren't appealing options in most leagues.
    Sunday, 5:58 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dennis Schroder starts w/ Jeff Teague resting
    Dennis Schroder had 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in a fill-in start vs. the Wizards on Sunday.

    Advice: He shot 6-of-16 from the field and didn't have any steals even though John Wall coughed up 10 turnovers. Jeff Teague was rested as a precaution today and he's expected to return for Monday's game vs. the Knicks, but the prospect of a blowout could lead to increased playing time for Schroder even if he does come off the bench. He's a reasonably safe option with two games left on the Hawks' schedule.
    Sunday, 5:52 pm
  • Russell Westbrook faces one-game suspension
    Russell Westbrook picked up his 16th technical foul of the season on Sunday, which could result in a mandatory one-game suspension vs. the Trail Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: This is a staggering blow to OKC's playoff hopes, though there's always a chance the NBA will overturn the technical and give Westbrook a reprieve. If he sits out as expected, D.J. Augustin should take over the starting PG job with ball-handling help from Dion Waiters.
    Sunday, 5:16 pm
  • Reggie Jackson hands out 13 assists in win
    Reggie Jackson could not buy a bucket during Sunday's win over the Hornets, scoring just five points on 1-of-7 shooting (3-of-3 FTs), but he still found a way to be effective by handing out 13 assists through 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Jackson had been rolling up to this point, averaging an impressive 20.4 points, 10.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 three-pointer per game through the month of April, so we expect him to bounce-back on Monday with a matchup against the Cavaliers. He also only committed two turnovers tonight, which is a major improvement as he's averaged 6.0 turnovers per game over his last five outings.
    Sunday, 4:00 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) questionable for Monday
    Mike Conley (foot) is questionable to play in Monday's road game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Conley warmed up prior to Saturday's game but ultimately decided to sit out, and he could easily be a game-time decision again on Monday. If he does sit out, expect Beno Udrih to play 30+ minutes as a starter with Nick Calathes mopping up the remaining playing time at PG.
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Avery Bradley does a little bit of everything
    Avery Bradley contributed a little bit of everything to the stat sheet during Sunday's win over the Cavs, putting up 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, four assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and two turnovers through 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Excluding Bradley's poor shooting percentage (38.8 percent from the field), he's been playing relatively well through the month of April with averages of 12.2 points, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers per game. He's a decent low-end guy to own in deeper leagues for his contributions to the 3-point and steals categories.
    Sunday, 3:21 pm
  • Deron Williams ice cold from field in April
    Deron Williams couldn't get any shots to fall Sunday, making 1-of-11 from the field to finish with four points in a costly loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: D-Will did chip in seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal to salvage some value for fantasy owners, but this dud drops him to 32.8 percent shooting over his past five games. The Nets are currently 0.5 games ahead of the Pacers for a playoff spot with two home games remaining -- Monday vs. the Bulls and Wednesday vs. the Magic.
    Sunday, 2:54 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (hip) will not play on Sunday
    Jameer Nelson (hip) will not play vs. the Kings on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nuggets didn't update his status prior to the game, so he probably isn't close to a return. With less than a week to go in the NBA season, Nelson can be cut everywhere.
    Sunday, 2:12 pm
  • C.J. Watson (elbow) out Sunday vs. OKC
    C.J. Watson (elbow) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles, and Donald Sloan will help fill the void in Watson's absence. Miles has been the more consistent player over the past month, and he's worth a look in daily leagues.
    Sunday, 1:22 pm
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Kyrie Irving (hip) will not play on Sunday
    Kyrie Irving (hip) will be rested against the Celtics on Sunday, but he is expected to play against the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: Irving was held out of Friday's game vs. the Celtics because of soreness in his right hip, so his owners probably saw this coming. Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert (quad) will be very busy tonight, and are both worth a look in daily leagues.
    Sunday, 10:33 am
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • C.J. Watson (elbow) is doubtful for Sunday
    C.J. Watson (elbow) is doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Watson's elbow is in pretty bad shape and it's possible that he may not return in the regular season. Don't count on Watson taking the court tonight, and expect Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles and Donald Sloan to all be in the mix for more minutes.
    Sunday, 9:23 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Dwyane Wade disappointed with Heat's season
    Dwyane Wade expressed his frustration with his team on the verge of missing the playoffs for just the second time in his career.

    Advice: "You can't control what happened," Wade said. "Everyone goes through it at different times. You can't be angry. You can be disappointed. At the same time, it's part of the game. It's not always who is the most talented team. It's who can stay the healthiest. We weren't able to do that this year to give ourselves a chance." The Heat's playoff chances are practically out of reach now, and Wade will be eager to put this season in the rear-view mirror. Wade could be in danger of mssing a game down the stretch when the Heat are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, so his owners should keep an eye on the injury report.
    Sunday, 7:33 am
  • Future MVP Stephen Curry scores 34 points
    Stephen Curry solidified his case for MVP on Saturday against the Wolves during a 110-101 win, scoring 34 points with four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Before this weekend, Curry had more 3-pointers in his last 10 games than the entire Wolves team did in their last 10. Curry had his 72nd career game with at least five dimes and five 3-pointers, which is already obliterating the NBA record (previously Ray Allen at 50). He's a once-in-a-generation player and is the all-time leader in NBA Vines.
    Saturday, 11:10 pm
  • Damian Lillard drops 28 points in loss Sat
    Damian Lillard scored 28 points with five boards, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers vs. the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He shot 12-of-22 from the field, but he wasn't able to lead the Blazers to a win over a depleted Jazz team. Lillard's shot attempts always go up whenever LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) sits out, so owners in daily leagues should keep that in mind. As one of the most durable players in the NBA, Lillard doesn't appear to be in any danger of resting down the stretch.
    Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 26 points in start Sat
    C.J. McCollum was phenomenal in a start vs. the Jazz on Saturday, scoring 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting with seven boards, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo (back) isn't expected to return for at least a week or two, so McCollum should be the starter the rest of the way. Regardless, McCollum has stepped up in a big way for Portland, and he has probably earned a lot of trust from head coach Terry Stotts heading into the playoffs. McCollum is a must-own option in all leagues for the remainder of the season.
    Saturday, 10:04 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Derrick Rose finishes strong, scores 22 in W
    Derrick Rose looked great down the stretch against the 76ers during a 114-107 win on Saturday, scoring 22 points with six rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Most importantly, he had no turnovers. Rose attacked the basket at will to close this game out, which is exactly what the Bulls will want out of him because he's lost his touch from deep. Rose had his usual bounce tonight in his 28 minutes, too. The Bulls will probably want him to shake the rust off, so we'd expect him to play in the final two games.
    Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 30 points in a loss
    Dwyane Wade scored 30 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Raptors during a 107-104 loss.

    Advice: This one hurts and the Heat are now 2.5 games behind the Nets and Celtics for a playoff spot. If the Nets and Celtics both win on Sunday, the Heat's playoff hopes will be over. On the other side of things, their first-round pick goes to the 76ers, but it's top-10 protected. They're currently in the 10 spot for the lottery right now, so a couple losses may help. Long story short, Wade could be shut down the rest of the way.
    Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Warriors not resting guys for Saturday
    The Warriors have their usual starters for Saturday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: Unlike several teams, the Warriors have given us ample time on their DNPs, so it's not a surprise to see everyone except Leandro Barbosa is good to go in a home game.
    Saturday, 7:05 pm
  • C.J. McCollum listed as starter for Saturday
    C.J. McCollum is listed as the starter for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz, replacing Arron Afflalo (shoulder).

    Advice: We will warn you that head coach Terry Stotts has been known to change his mind frequently, so we will let you know if something changes. Regardless, with Afflalo set to miss anywhere from 1-2 weeks, McCollum is a must-own player in all leagues for the rest of the season.
    Saturday, 7:02 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not return on Sat
    Kirk Hinrich suffered a hyperextended left knee on Saturday vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

    Advice: He has had some tough luck with his knee in recent weeks, but the good news is that he plans on traveling for Monday's game vs. the Nets. However, with Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks both healthy, Hinrich won't be making an impact in fantasy leagues any time soon. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more, but he belongs on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Saturday, 6:41 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Mike Conley (foot) will not play on Saturday
    Mike Conley (foot) will not play vs. the Clippers on Saturday, and Beno Udrih is expected to draw the start.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for Conley's owners, but it's probably a smart decision by the Grizzlies. We will consider Conley questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors, but the Grizzlies will likely err on the side of caution with playoffs looming. Beno Udrih is worth a look in most leagues while Nick Calathes could get some extra run as well.
    Saturday, 6:28 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley is warming up for Saturday night
    Mike Conley is warming up and is a game-time decision to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: We should have an update shortly, but Conley looks like a 50/50 play tonight. If he's out, Beno Udrih will start.
    Saturday, 5:54 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside will play
    Dwyane Wade (hip, knee) and Hassan Whiteside (hand) will play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: They were probable to play and they were never in doubt. Wade and the Heat are very close to falling out of the running for a playoff spot with wins from the Pacers, Nets and Celtics on Friday. If that happens, Wade could be shut down. He's good to go tonight, though.
    Saturday, 2:54 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) is questionable vs. Clips
    Mike Conley (foot) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: There's some concern of Conley resting for the balance of the regular season, so we'd put him on the doubtful side of this questionable designation. Beno Udrih will likely start, but he'll have his hands full against Chris Paul.
    Saturday, 1:06 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • C.J. Watson likely out for regular season
    C.J. Watson (elbow) will likely miss the final three games of the regular season.

    Advice: His sore right elbow has kept him out since Sunday and it is probably going to be an issue for him for the foreseeable future in his career. Watson tore a ligament in his right elbow back in 2008, he needed surgery, and it hasn't been the same since. Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles benefit.
    Saturday, 1:00 pm
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Wade, Whiteside, Deng and Andersen probable
    Dwyane Wade (hip, knee), Hassan Whiteside (hand), Luol Deng (knee) and Chris Andersen (foot) are all probable for Saturday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Heat must win tonight to keep their playoff aspirations alive, so all of these guys should be uniform. We will have an update prior to tip-off, so make sure to check back to avoid any late surprises. Wade clearly isn't 100 percent, but he is a must-start player every time he takes the court.
    Saturday, 11:06 am
  • Derek Fisher happy with Galloway and Thomas
    Head coach Derek Fisher had nothing but positive things to say about Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas, and he hopes to see them back with the Knicks next season.

    Advice: "I'm not sure if there are more positive things to say about those two guys," Fisher said. "What they've done for us since they joined our team, Langston coming from the D-League and Lance coming over in the trade, but being a guy that hasn't really had a home and to come in and do what they've done. They've changed our team, they've changed our culture because they're great young men." This is certainly high praise from Fisher, and it definitely sounds like he is looking forward to coaching both of them next season. However, the Knicks will surely add a lot of pieces in the offseason, so both Thomas and Galloway's outlook for next season isn't too encouraging.
    Saturday, 10:16 am
  • Derrick Rose to play 24-28 minutes Saturday
    Derrick Rose feels great and will play anywhere from 24-28 minutes vs. the 76ers on Saturday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: This is encouraging new for the Bulls and it seems like Rose's knee is responding well to the increased workload. Rose has averaged 10.5 points, 2.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 20 minutes per game in two appearances since returning from injury, so he is not exactly a must-own player in standard leagues. Rose's minutes will likely continue to rise for the last week of the season, and the good news is that he isn't expected to have any restrictions in the playoffs.
    Saturday, 9:06 am
  • Devin Harris gets loose for 21 and nine
    Devin Harris scored 21 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-9 shots (including three treys) with two rebounds, nine assists and three steals in 29 minutes against the Nuggets.

    Advice: This game featured two overtimes and Rajon Rondo (rest) was also out. If Rondo misses more time because the Mavs have nothing to play for, then Harris and Raymond Felton (13 points, five assists and more) will be worth a look. Just keep in mind that the Nuggets aren't exactly world beaters these days.
    Saturday, 12:23 am
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Westbrook hits more than half his shots
    Russell Westbrook scored 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and 10 assists in the Thunder's 116-103 win over the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: Westbrook has destroyed owners' field goal percentages lately and tonight's line was a welcome sight even if he didn't have any defensive stats. Barring a surprise, he should be looking at big workloads for the Thunder's last three games.
    Saturday, 12:14 am
  • Galloway scores 20 points with four assists
    Langston Galloway scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Knicks' 99-91 loss to the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: Galloway needed a game like this to help his field goal percentage and he's rolling along at a mid-round value lately. He'll have every opportunity to continue doing that for the Knicks' final few games.
    Friday, 10:19 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey scores 24 points off bench
    Rodney Stuckey made 10-of-17 from the field for 24 points during a 107-103 win against the Pistons on Friday, adding two assists, one steal and three 3-pointer.

    Advice: Ah, sweet revenge. Stuckey really stepped up in a big game for his team to keep the Pacers just one game behind the Celtics and Nets for a playoff spot. They'll get a big game at home against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. Stuckey is worth a look, but he's certainly a risky play.
    Friday, 9:54 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 21 points with 9 dimes
    Reggie Jackson scored a team-high 21 points against the Pacers during a 107-103 loss on Friday, adding four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made just 6-of-15 from the field and turned the ball over five times. Jackson has scored at least 20 points in each of his last four games, averaging 23.3 points, 2.8 boards, 11.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.0 treys on 54.5 percent from the field. The bad news? He's turned the ball over 6.8 times per game.
    Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Schroder plays 19 minutes, goes for 14 & 5
    Dennis Schroder (toe) played 19 minutes on Friday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds and five assists.

    Advice: Schroder more or less plays like he usually does and the only thing capping his upside is the toe injury. Chances are the Hawks will rest enough to key guys to give Schroder the opening he needs, but owners may want to expect a line like this and let anything more be icing on the cake.
    Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Elfrid Payton plays some solid defense
    Elfrid Payton made 2-of-7 from the field for six points with six rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: His offensive game wasn't there, but he looked terrific on defense. Payton continues to make strides in several facets of his game and he'll really be good with any sort of a jumper. That's probably a ways off, but Payton is still rising up the ranks for drafts next season. He'll probably be overdrafted in standard leagues because of his poor percentages. He could be a stud in points leagues, though.
    Friday, 6:29 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (hip) will not play on Friday
    Jameer Nelson (hip) will not play against the Mavs on Friday night.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday night following an injury on Saturday night. Given that there's less than a week in the season, Nelson could be out for the rest of 2014-15. Erick Green will be the backup point guard and is only worth a look in deep leagues.
    Friday, 4:44 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (right hip) out for Friday night
    Kyrie Irving is dealing with a sore right hip injury and will not play on Friday night against the Celtics.

    Advice: He felt the soreness at shootaround and that continued in warmups. Irving looked sharp on Wednesday and he probably would be suiting up had this been a playoff game. Still, he is probably much more likely to be rested in an upcoming game since he's at less than 100 percent Matthew Dellavedova will start, but is not a fantasy option. J.R. Smith and Kevin Love also benefit.
    Friday, 4:09 pm
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • C.J. Watson (elbow) out Friday vs. Detroit
    C.J. Watson (elbow) will not suit up for Friday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Friday will mark Watson's third consecutive game on the sidelines, and with him out Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles will be given a bit more responsibility on offense. Donald Sloan will log some extended minutes as the primary backup point guard for the Pacers, but he's not bringing enough to the stat sheet to be considered a viable option in most leagues.
    Friday, 7:27 am
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Stephen Curry scores 45, sets record for 3s
    Stephen Curry broke his own record for 3-pointers in a season during a 116-105 victory over the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 45 points with two rebounds, 10 assists and eight 3-pointers on 17-of-23 from the field.

    Advice: Where do we start? It was his first 40-point, 10-dime game of his career, it was the best game he's ever had based on field goal percentage (with at least 20 shots from the field), he was the 12th player ever to score 45 points with three or less attempts from the line, and he made all seven shots from the field in the final seven minutes to outscore the Blazers 19-17 in that span. Translation: Game, set, MVP.
    Thursday, 10:37 pm
  • CJ McCollum playing well, likely to play more
    C.J. McCollum scored 17 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: Apparently, the Blazers had their Wes Matthews (Achilles) replacement right under their nose. McCollum is not nearly the player without the ball that Wes is, but he's really looked fantastic with the ball. In fact, McCollum has made 59.3 percent of his shots with three-plus dribbles in his last five. In those games, he averaged 15.6 points, 3.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 treys on 56.4 percent from the field overall. He should be owned in all leagues already and the injury to Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is just a bonus to his value. This is probably the last "run, don't walk" pickup of the season.
    Thursday, 9:57 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Derrick Rose plays 20 minutes, scores 12
    Derrick Rose played 20 minutes against the Heat on Thursday, making 5-of-15 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth quarter and coach Tom Thibodeau kept Rose at his minutes limit. The former MVP did take too many jumpers to start the game, but he went into attack mode in the third quarter. Teammate Pau Gasol said it's going to be a process regarding Rose coming back, so he is likely going to have at least two more games with a noteworthy minutes cap. He's not a must-own player in standard fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 7:58 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores nine points on 20 FGAs
    Dwyane Wade made 4-of-20 from the field for nine points during an 89-78 loss to the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: His shot was off tonight in one of his worst shooting lines of his career. Wade suffered a minor hip injury, but he was able to play through it. There were some murmurs among the Heat beat writers that Wade could shut it down once the Heat are eliminated, which makes sense because he's mentioned how he's going to try and battle through injuries to get into the postseason. His owners will want to check on his status for Saturday. If he's out, Tyler Johnson would get in the rotation while Mario Chalmers would benefit. Miami is 1.5 games behind the Celtics and Nets for a playoff spot.
    Thursday, 7:50 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 15 points in loss
    Goran Dragic scored 15 points with two rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: The Heat had a putrid third quarter thanks to being outscored 33-8. As for Dragic, he had an air-ball on a 3-pointer and couldn't make his shots from distance tonight. Dragic did exhibit some encouraging shooting performances in his previous games this month, averaging 18.8 points, 3.0 boards, 6.0 dimes, 0.8 steals and 1.3 treys on 54.2 percent from the field in his last four. He'll be a must-start player against the Raptors on Saturday.
    Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich will play Thursday vs. the Heat
    Kirk Hinrich is a go for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Hinrich is one of those guys that helps his actual team much more than a fantasy team. He's averaging a meager 5.9 points and 2.3 assists on the season, so it's safe to ignore Hinrich in most leagues.
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Derrick Rose (knee) will play on Thursday
    Derrick Rose (knee) will play Thursday against the Heat.

    Advice: He'll be a 20 minutes limit tonight, and he'll likely sit out the fourth quarter of action. Rose will take away minutes from Aaron Brooks, but Brooks still managed to put up 13 points with two 3-pointers during his last game. However, the timeshare limits the upside of both guys.
    Thursday, 3:38 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich probable to play vs Heat Thurs
    Kirk Hinrich is probable to play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Hinrich only played 15 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Magic, so he'll likely be limited along with Derrick Rose on Thursday. With a split of minutes with both Rose and Aaron Brooks on Thursday, Hinrich has very little fantasy value outside of the deepest of leagues.
    Thursday, 10:46 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Rodney Stuckey plays just 19 minutes
    Rodney Stuckey returned to action on Wednesday against the Knicks on Wednesday with seven points, six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The return of Paul George could be a factor here, but Stuckey is just not someone to trust in fantasy leagues right now. He does get some credit for having two terrific runs earlier this season, though.
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 13 off Blazers bench
    C.J. McCollum came off the bench for 13 points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and a 3-pointer on 6-of-12 shooting in 25 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: CJM has quietly been rolling, averaging 15.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five games. And with the Blazers possibly getting the starters more rest over the next week, McCollum is a guy who should be owned in all leagues right now.
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Devin Harris scores 12 points in 18 minutes
    Devin Harris played 18 minutes off the bench and hit 5-of-9 shots for 12 points and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's talk of Rajon Rondo resting before the start of the playoffs, so Harris could be a sneaky plug-and-play in a couple of the Mavs' remaining games. Al-Farouq Aminu, J.J. Barea and Richard Jefferson are also candidates to have some big games before the regular season ends, but figuring out exactly when they will happen won't be easy.
    Wednesday, 9:49 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Langston Galloway scores 19 in a loss
    Langston Galloway scored a team-high 19 points during a 102-86 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made 6-of-14 from the field (42.9 percent), which is his highest field goal percentage since Mar. 23. Galloway is a decent player to own in points leagues, but he's going to be one of the worst players for field goal percentage.
    Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 27 in win over Bucks
    Kyrie Irving hit 7-of-13 shots, four 3-pointers and 9-of-11 free throws for 27 points, four rebounds, nine assists and three steals in Wednesday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Irving also had six turnovers in 41 minutes, and now that the Cavs have wrapped up a division title and the No. 2 seed in the East, all the big names are susceptible to a game or two off over the last four of the season. Watch for news if you own Irving, as he could get some rest starting with Friday's game against the Celtics.
    Wednesday, 8:31 pm
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Reggie Jackson scores 21 with 15 dimes
    Reggie Jackson handed out 15 assists against the Celtics during a 113-103 loss on Wednesday with 21 points, two rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers.

    Advice: He is the engine to the Detroit offense and he continues to post big assist lines with his new team. In his last five, Jackson averaged 18.6 points, 3.6 boards, 10.8 dimes, 1.0 steals and 1.2 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. He's a top-10 point guard for fantasy the rest of the way.
    Wednesday, 8:17 pm
  • Deron Williams double-doubles for Nets
    Deron Williams had 10 points, 13 assists and five turnovers on 4-of-10 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: The shooting and TOs were a buzzkill, but He had 24 points and 10 dimes in his previous game, and it's an all-hands-on-deck situation for the Nets, who are trying to hang on for a playoff berth at the bottom of the East.
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Elfrid Payton just misses triple-double
    Elfrid Payton hit 6-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and two steals in Wednesday's impressive win over the Bulls.

    Advice: He just missed a triple-double and has really turned it around after a slow start to the season. He has three double-doubles in his last five games and flirted with a triple-double in the two games he didn't hit double digits in assists. Make sure he's in your lineup if he's playing for the Magic.
    Wednesday, 7:37 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich plays 15 minutes in return
    Kirk Hinrich played through a sore knee on Wednesday and had five points, two assists and a 3-pointer in 15 minutes.

    Advice: With Derrick Rose also back, Aaron Brooks still getting minutes and Jimmy Butler rolling (19 points and a full stat line tonight), Hinrich isn't going to see a lot of opportunities to help fantasy teams.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Aaron Brooks scores 13 in Rose's return
    Aaron Brooks came off the bench to hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes to finish with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals as Derrick Rose returned to the starting lineup for the Bulls.

    Advice: There's a chance that Rose could start again on Thursday, and the more he plays the better the chances are that Brooks will struggle. He was decent tonight, but if Rose is prepared to start the rest of the way for the Bulls, Brooks will be a risky play.
    Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) cleared to play vs. Magic
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will be available to play vs. the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: Derrick Rose (knee) will start at PG tonight in his return from knee surgery. He's only expected to play 20 minutes, but the presence of Aaron Brooks reduces Hinrich to an afterthought in fantasy leagues. Leave him where you found him -- on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 2:36 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • C.J. Watson (elbow) will not play on Wed
    C.J. Watson (elbow) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been dealing with his right elbow injury for several years and he could miss more games going forward. With Watson out, Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles and Solomon Hill could get a couple extra minutes.
    Wednesday, 1:25 pm
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Alec Burks seen getting up some shots
    Alec Burks (shoulder) was spotted getting some shots up at practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a light shooting drill, but the Jazz haven't provided a lot of updates on his recovery and this is all we have to go on. Burks is expected to be ready for the start of next season, and we will continue to track his progress very closely in the coming months. Burks averaged 13.9 points, 3.0 assists, 4.2 boards and 1.0 3-pointer in 27 appearances this season, but his troublesome shoulder and the emergence of Rodney Hood could dampen his value in next year's fantasy drafts.
    Wednesday, 10:55 am
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
    L, 117-91 @ Hou
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) is a game-time decision
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Hinrich has missed the past two games for the Bulls, but the return of Derrick Rose won't do his value any favors. We will let you know if Hinrich is available to play tonight, but he belongs on the wire in just about all leagues.
    Wednesday, 6:46 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
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