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    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) not on injury report
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) is not being listed on the Trail Blazers' injury report.

      Advice: While this isn't a definitive statement that Batum will suit up for Friday's game against the Hawks, it is an encouraging sign. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but it should be noted that Batum has an unfavorable matchup today against the Hawks, so he's not looking like a great option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      40 minutes ago
    • Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel out Friday
      Shabazz Muhammad (oblique) and Robbie Hummel (hand) have both been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the 76ers.

      Advice: Neither player is expected to be back any time soon, so this news should come as a surprise to no one. With Muhammad sidelined, Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Martin, and Thaddeus Young will continue to be the main guys on offense for the Timberwolves. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:19 am
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Kobe Bryant says plan is to be ready for camp
      Kobe Bryant confirmed that the plan is for him to be ready to play come September when the Lakers open up their training camp.

      Advice: Bryant, speaking with the media the day after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair his right rotator cuff, said that his shoulder is feeling "sore, but it's okay." We'll continue to monitor Bryant's status closely, but it's worth noting that a return in September puts him one month ahead of his initial nine-month timeline, so there's a decent chance he's not ready to go by training camp. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:53 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Fisher praises Galloway, Thomas, Amundson
      Knicks' head coach Derek Fisher praised the play of Langston Galloway, Lance Thomas, and Louis Amundson during a recent interview.

      Advice: "Those three guys, I think we’ll all just continue to say how impactful they’ve been," Fisher said. "I think you guys are seeing it on the court, I think our locker room is feeling it and I think our fans are feeling it." Galloway, Thomas, and Amundson will remain with the Knicks for the remainder of the season, but Galloway is the only guy who has been able to offer low-end value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:39 am
    • Jimmy Butler hurts left knee, unsure for Fri
      Jimmy Butler said he hurt his left knee against the Lakers on Thursday and is unsure if he will play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: He didn't go to the locker room and was not in visible pain on the bench in the closing minutes of the game. Butler usually sucks it up and plays through minor injuries, so he has a good chance to play on the second game of a back-to-back set. If he is out, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks benefit most. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:06 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Wayne Ellington scores 23 points in 2OT win
      Wayne Ellington made 9-of-19 from the field for 23 points during a 123-118 double-overtime victory over the Bulls on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: His style of play has completely changed. Ellington would basically just hang around the 3-point line to space the floor, but now he's creating off the dribble. He had nine shots in the paint tonight and coach Byron Scott seems to have complete trust in Ellington as his primary scorer. The 27-year-old swingman is a decent shooter from the field, effective at the line and should add some other stats with the scoring, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:02 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays 27 minutes vs. Bulls
      Jeremy Lin played 27 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 11 points, five assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: Jordan Clarkson is not going to lose his job any time soon, so Lin's playing time is going to be inconsistent. He's going to be tough to own in standard leagues at this time, so his owners shouldn't be too attached to him. For what it's worth, cutting Lin for Clarkson seems like an easy move. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:51 pm
    • Tony Snell scores 10 off the bench
      Tony Snell scored 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did start the second half, but didn't play down the stretch. Snell has seen his usage rate climb, but there is just no ceiling for him in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:33 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores 35 points, hurts leg
      Jimmy Butler suffered a leg injury in his 49th minute of action on Thursday and did not return, matching his career-high 35 points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He came out of the game in double-overtime and had a wrap around his right leg. It doesn't look serious and the Bulls should update his status soon, but he should be considered questionable for Friday against the Suns. While Butler entered tonight at just 40.2 percent from the field in January, he filled it up with averages of 16.3 points, 5.7 boards, 3.5 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.2 triples. He's a top-20 fantasy asset and is not slowing down. His owners will want to check back for an update on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Tony Allen returns, plays 21 minutes
      Tony Allen played 21 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday with eight points, nine rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: He missed his last two games with an ankle sprain. Allen has seen his minutes drop with the acquisition of Jeff Green, so he's going to be a tough player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Jerryd Bayless looks great against the Magic
      Jerryd Bayless scored a team-high 19 points against the Magic on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes.

      Advice: This actually wasn't a garbage time special with Bayless having some success early on. He was able to benefit with the Bucks bumping up some of their threes to fours and fours to fives, so he'll lose some value once the team gets some guys back. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:19 pm
    • C.J. Miles plays 13 minutes vs. Knicks
      C.J. Miles played 13 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: His minutes were held in check tonight because of a nagging groin injury. Miles can't make shots and is hurt far too often to be owned in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:37 pm
    • George Hill still looks slow
      George Hill played 12 minutes off the bench because of garbage time on Thursday, finishing with eight points, two rebounds and three assists.

      Advice: There were some bright spots, but he still doesn't look right and his quickness is just not there. Based on tonight, he's likely going to have a minutes cap for a couple weeks. If you don't feel like waiting for him to come around and there is a promising player on your wire, it's not a bad idea to drop Hill. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:07 pm
    • Langston Galloway flops in Indiana
      Langston Galloway made just 2-of-10 from the field for four points with two rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

      Advice: At least the minutes were there. He's an undrafted rookie, so there were going to be games like this one. Additionally, Galloway has double-digit shots in each of his last six games with at least 31 minutes, as well. He's probably going to be able to score double-digit points with some steals and treys, but the sub-par shooting certainly caps his upside. He's a fringe player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:18 pm
    • Klay Thompson makes the All-Star Team
      Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan were named as the Western Conference All-Star Reserves.

      Advice: It was inevitable the Western Conference would have a couple snubs. DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard have to be the first two guys to come to mind here with Tim Duncan earning his spot more on his career resume. Lillard or Cousins will replace Kobe Bryant (shoulder) while Mike Conley is also another player who is having an All-Star caliber season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:18 pm
    • George Hill will remain on minutes cap Thurs.
      George Hill will remain on his 20 minutes per game limit until Saturday, after which the Pacers hope to increase his workload.

      Advice: While Hill has been limited to 20 minutes per game over his last three outings, he's still been able to put up serviceable numbers, averaging 14.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. He'll have a favorable matchup against the Knicks tonight, so feel free to roll him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:37 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) will play Thursday vs. NY
      C.J. Miles (groin) will play in short stretches for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: It sounds like he's going to come off the bench, as Frank Vogel would like to ease him back into the rotation. Although he has a favorable matchup against the Knicks tonight, the minutes limit makes him a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:28 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) status uncertain Friday
      Nicolas Batum's (wrist) status for Friday's game against the Hawks is unknown at this point.

      Advice: Batum is likely headed for another game-time decision, but owners can expect another update on his status following Friday morning's shootaround. If Batum is forced to sit, there will be more touches on offense for Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, and LaMarcus Aldridge. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:18 pm
    • J.J. Redick (back) questionable for Friday
      J.J. Redick (back) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans, but he will try and play.

      Advice: Doc Rivers said that he's hopeful to have Redick available for Friday, so it's looking like he has a good chance of suiting up. We'll have a better idea of Redick's status following Friday morning's shootaround, but his return to action would likely send Jamal Crawford back to the bench, and he'd see a minor decrease in value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:55 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Evan Turner (thumb) doesn't practice Thursday
      Evan Turner (thumb) was not a participant during Thursday's practice.

      Advice: Turner played during the Celtics' last game despite the thumb issue, so we'll consider him probable for Friday's game against Houston. However, with a tough matchup against Patrick Beverley, and a busy schedule on Friday, there are probably better options you can plug into your active roster tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:47 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Kupchak says Kobe will be ready for camp
      Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak said that Kobe Bryant will be ready for training camp next season.

      Advice: "We spoke last night, he's in great spirits," said Kupchak of Bryant. "He's excited about the prognosis and being ready for training camp. The big key is we have to improve the talent level on the team." This is an interesting statement, because Kobe's initial timetable of nine months would have him out until November of next year. Kupchak also said that retirement was not discussed when talking with Kobe, and we'll continue to track The Black Mambas' status closely on his road to recovery. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:48 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Jimmy Butler expected to play Thursday
      Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau expects Jimmy Butler (illness) to play against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: Butler has struggled a bit recently as he's averaged 15.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.1 steals on just 40.6 percent shooting from the field. His return will cut into the fantasy production of Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich, while Butler's owners can feel free to slot him back into their lineups and hope that Jimmy has some new moves to get back on track. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:39 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Tony Allen will play vs Nuggets on Thursday
      Tony Allen (ankle) will play against the Nuggets on Thursday.

      Advice: Allen will return after missing the Grizzlies' last two games, but he doesn't have much fantasy value fighting for minutes with Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, and Vince Carter. Allen can be left on waiver wires in standard leagues while his return will put a dent in the fantasy values of his aforementioned teammates. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:24 am
    • C.J. Miles questionable for Thurs vs Knicks
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: Miles was seen going through extra shooting drills after shootaround so that could be a good sign for his availability Thursday night. If Miles sits for the third consecutive game, Rodney Stuckey would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary with C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez also picking up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:18 am
    • Langston Galloway reminds Melo of Linsanity
      Carmelo Anthony said Langston Galloway's recent play reminds him of Linsanity.

      Advice: Thinking back to the 2011-12 season, Melo compared Galloway's recent play to Jeremy Lin's magical 35-game run. "I don’t know man, I would say probably ‘Linsanity,’" Anthony said. "[Jeremy Lin] wasn’t a rookie but he was here and he had that mindset of taking the big shot when he first got here." Galloway is averaging 15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.0 treys over his last give games and is a must-own player as long as he's getting consistent minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:52 am
    • Goran Dragic scores 20 in win vs. Wizards
      Goran Dragic scored a game-high 20 points against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 106-98 win, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Dragic and Bledsoe are fourth and third in the NBA points in fast break and that style of play has helped a slew of guys put up favorable fantasy value. Dragic was coming off two horrendous games with just 12 points combined, so he needed a bounce-back game. In the last month, Dragic has been awesome at the rim in the past month, which explains why he's made 53.3 percent from the field in his last 16. His slow start is a distant memory. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:55 pm
       
      7:30 pm vs Chi
    • Kevin Martin returned to action on Wednesday January 28. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:41 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Martell Webster returned to action on Wednesday January 28. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:41 pm
    • J.J. Redick could return on Friday
      J.J. Redick could return from his back spasms on Friday.

      Advice: He sat out Wednesday night and Jamal Crawford got the start, but Doc Rivers says he's hopeful that Redick will return against the Pelicans. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:22 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Alan Anderson next SF up for Brooklyn
      Alan Anderson started at small forward on Wednesday and had 15 points, six assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Bojan Bogdanovic and Sergey Karasev failed their starting tests, so now it's apparently Anderson's turn. He was solid tonight, so we'll have to see if he can keep it going. If you're in a deep league and need a warm body with a barren waiver wire, Anderson might be worth grabbing. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:40 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Tor
    • Jarrett Jack goes for 14 & 13 in loss to ATL
      Jarrett Jack had 14 points, five rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 5-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss at Atlanta.

      Advice: This was Jack's third double-double in January and the 13 dimes marked a season high for a Nets player. He's played well for the most part over the last month, although when he has a bad game, it's usually pretty bad. Deron Williams (ribs) missed his 10th straight game tonight, but seems to be nearing a return. But unless you see him starting and Jack becoming irrelevant, hang onto JJ until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:38 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Tor
    • Lance Stephenson doesn't score in 20 minutes
      Lance Stephenson failed to score on his five attempts from the field against the Spurs on Wednesday with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers.

      Advice: Born Ready needs a resurrection. He's made just 34.5 percent from the field since his return to the lineup, averaging just 7.0 points, 4.9 assists, 3.3 boards, 2.6 turnovers and 0.0 treys. What's more, Stephenson is made just 15.2 percent from beyond three feet in that span. There is upside, but it's too hard to start him right now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:25 pm
    • Danny Green has another massive line
      Danny Green filled the stat sheet against the Hornets during a 95-86 win on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was coming in off two horrible games, averaging just 5.0 points, 2.0 boards, 2.5 dimes and 1.0 triples on 20.0 percent from the field. Green has been an early-round guy on the season and it would appear his floor is a mid-round guy. His owners have nothing to worry about, but they knew that just by reading his stat line tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:17 pm
    • Langston Galloway stays hot despite Calderon
      Langston Galloway started at shooting guard on Wednesday and had 18 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 7-of-15 shooting in 37 minutes.

      Advice: The Knicks picked up their ninth win of the season, which probably ticks Phil Jackson off. Galloway was a little shaky coming into the night with the return of Jose Calderon (knee), but didn't flinch. He's scored in double figures in five straight games, has a steal in four straight, a 3-pointer in six straight, and is averaging 15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five. Make sure he's not available in your leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:15 pm
    • Kevin Martin scores 21 points in return
      Kevin Martin returned from a wrist injury on Wednesday against the Celtics, scoring 21 points with four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He was better than expected and really turned it on after a slow start tonight. Martin was on fire before his injury with a 37-point game in his last outing and a 34-point one before that, so he should be owned in all leagues following this game. Although, his fantasy owners should consider selling high once he solidifies his value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:35 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Monta Ellis stays hot on Wednesday
      Monta Ellis hit 14-of-23 shots and a 3-pointer for 33 points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal on Wednesday.

      Advice: Rajon Rondo was terrible tonight and Ellis is heating up, scoring 33, 19, 36 and 17 points over his last four games. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:19 pm
       
      Player Note
      Monta Ellis Dal - PG,SG
      5:00 pm @ Mia
    • Marcus Thornton scores 15 in 14 minutes
      Marcus Thornton scored 15 points in 14 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: His minutes have been hanging around in the teens over his last five, averaging 8.4 points, 1.0 boards, 0.4 steals and 0.8 triples in 15.8 minutes per game. Thornton doesn't play enough to be grabbed in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:15 pm
    • Lou Williams drops 27 points on Kings
      Lou Williams came off the bench for 27 points, two rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers on 7-of-16 shooting in 26 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Williams has hit double figures in seven straight games and has only scored in single digits one time in 14 January games, and this is officially your notice to pick him up. Just don't expect him to do this every night, as he's only scored 20 or more points in three of those 14 games. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:06 pm
       
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
    • Nicolas Batum plays through wrist injury
      Nicolas Batum played through his wrist injury on Wednesday and had seven points, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 3-of-8 shooting.

      Advice: The line wasn't spectacular, but he was effective, and his owners should just be thankful that his injury doesn't appear to be serious enough to keep him out long term. He missed the last two Blazers games before returning tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:28 pm
    • Martell Webster (knee) is active
      Martell Webster (knee) is active against the Suns on Wednesday.

      Advice: His right knee injury from Tuesday is not considered serious. Webster has some major concerns with his back, and he's still not going to be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:41 pm
    • J.J. Redick out Wednesday w/ back spasms
      J.J. Redick will not play on Wednesday due to back spasms.

      Advice: Doc Rivers will probably keep Jamal Crawford in his usual sixth-man role, leaving Redick's minutes to Austin Rivers and Dahntay Jones. Crawford and Matt Barnes should also pick up extra playing time. Redick has suffered from back spasms in previous years but it never cost him much time, so owners can consider him questionable to return in New Orleans on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:06 pm
       
      Injured
      5:00 pm @ NO
    • Alan Anderson starting in place of Bogdanovic
      Alan Anderson will start in place of Bojan Bogdanovic against the Hawks on Wednesday.

      Advice: Bogdanovic is back in the doghouse after five really bad games. Anderson has not been great or anything and the move is more about the struggles of the rookie. Anderson is only worth a look in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:09 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Tor
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) to come off the bench
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Celtics.

      Advice: It will be his first game back since November and he might see some limited playing time. Martin will likely bump Andrew Wiggins over to small forward, which may cut minutes Thaddeus Young,, Gorgui Dieng and Nikola Pekovic. Martin should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:45 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Kobe Bryant out nine months after surgery
      Kobe Bryant had surgery to repair his right rotator cuff on Wednesday, and he's expected to miss nine months.

      Advice: This is a longer-than-expected timetable which would keep him out until roughly next November, so it's very unlikely he'll be in uniform for the start of the 2015-16 season. The Black Mamba's unfortunate injury will open up more playing time for Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young and especially Wayne Ellington, the last of whom is a very nice pickup as the Lakers' starting SG. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:26 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) starting Wed. vs. Cavs
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) will start vs. the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

      Advice: Batum has a torn ligament on the outside of his wrist but he said recently that he's nearly pain-free, and it sounds like he'll join LaMarcus Aldridge in the play-through-it camp. Batum's scoring has vanished in recent weeks, due in large part to the injury, but he's still returning steady value thanks to across-the-board contributions. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:12 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) is a game-time call
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) is a game-time decision to face the Cavs on Wednesday.

      Advice: Both starting small forwards are game-time decisions with LeBron James also dealing with a wrist issue. Batum was questionable to play on Monday in what turned out to be a postponed game, so maybe he can play. If not, there are going to be too many guys to step up in his place. It's best to avoid this situation from a pickup standpoint. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:33 pm
    • George Hill (leg) misses practice Wednesday
      George Hill (leg) missed practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: "To not be able to start the season with these guys and go through all these battles with them and then coming back for a couple games and it's [another injury], that [is bad]," Hill said. Not good. He just can't stay healthy this season and is almost a lock to miss games at some point. We should consider him questionable to play against the Knicks on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:58 pm
    • Kevin Martin (questionable) expects to play
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is expected to make his return to the lineup against the Celtics on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's not a complete lock because the team will want to see how he performs in pre-game workouts, and he's technically questionable to play. Most signs do point to him playing despite an earlier report today. Martin has been doing a lot of non-contact work and missed some practice over the weekend. He's someone worth grabbing in standard leagues. Meanwhile, it should be interesting to see what happens with the other starters. Andrew Wiggins may slide to the small forward spot, which would bump Gorgui Dieng or Thaddeus Young from the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:17 am
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • C.J. Miles (groin) questionable Wednesday
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He got a chance to rest on Tuesday against the Raptors but his status likely won't be determined until closer to tip-off. If Miles is forced to sit again, expect Rodney Stuckey to be the primary beneficiary, with C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez picking up some additional minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:47 am
    • Evan Turner (thumb) good to go Wednesday
      Evan Turner (thumb) said that his thumb has improved and that he will play vs. Minnesota.

      Advice: X-rays taken on his thumb were negative so this news confirms that the coast is clear for Turner. He has been solid since being named the starting point guard in Boston, and while he is much better in points formats, he's still worth owing in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:33 am
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Danny Green currently battling fatigue
      Danny Green is in the midst of a major shooting slump, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that he has seen an increased workload this season.

      Advice: "Some days the energy is there," said Green. "Some days, you’re fighting to find it." He is averaging a career-high 30.1 minutes per game, and currently leads the Spurs in minutes played so far this season. Over his last four games, he has made just 8-of-33 shots, including 6-of-21 from 3-point range. He should be able to turn things around soon, but knowing coach Gregg Popovich it's very possible that Green misses a game or two down the stretch in order to keep him fresh for playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:32 am
    • Klay Thompson stays hot in loss to Chicago
      Klay Thompson stayed hot vs. the Bulls on Tuesday, scoring a team-high 30 points on 13-of-27 shooting with four 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in a disappointing overtime loss.

      Advice: Thompson's usage rate is through the roof recently. He's averaging 35.0 points over the Warriors' past four games, on an average of 23.0 field goals and 5.8 free throw attempts per game. He's pouring in 3.2 triples per game this season, on 45.8 percent shooting beyond the arc, a ridiculous percentage which trails only Courtney Lee (46.4 percent) and Kyle Korver (53.1 percent). Those numbers are unquestionably elite. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:29 pm
    • Wayne Ellington scores season-high 28 points
      Wayne Ellington exploded vs. the Wizards on Tuesday with a season-high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting (three 3-pointers), three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is done for the season which makes Ellington an obvious pickup for any owner seeking points and 3-pointers. His big night tonight was also attributable to the absence of Nick Young (ankle) and the Wizards' careless defense, however, so don't expect more than late-round production. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:25 pm
    • Martell Webster leaves w/ right knee injury
      Martell Webster exited Tuesday's game with a right knee injury after colliding with Jeremy Lin.

      Advice: He tried to walk off the injury and stay in the game but Washington's training staff thought better, pulling him off the court and into the locker room. Webster does not have a history of knee injuries and may have suffered nothing more severe than a stinger, but we'll update his status once more details surface. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:11 pm
    • George Hill logs exactly 20 minutes vs. TOR
      George Hill played exactly 20 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 5-of-14 shots with two 3-pointers to finish with 13 points, two boards, three assists and one steal.

      Advice: The limit will stay in place indefinitely to prevent any setbacks to Hill's slow-healing groin injury. He prefers a bench role for the moment, as it ensures that he can play the final five minutes of games, and fantasy owners just have to hang onto him and wait for his playing time to increase. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:49 pm
    • Jimmy Butler (illness) out vs. the Warriors
      Jimmy Butler (illness) will not play on Tuesday against the Warriors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for his owners but Butler should be fine with a couple days rest. We will go ahead and consider him questionable for Thursday's game against the Lakers, but in the meantime we would expect Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich to see an uptick in minutes in Butler's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:05 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Tony Allen (ankle) will not play on Tuesday
      Tony Allen (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's game against Dallas.

      Advice: Allen was recently benched in favor of Jeff Green, so this news certainly doesn't help his already limited value. Expect Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Vince Carter to pick up the slack for Memphis on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:25 pm
    • Nicolas Batum says his wrist mostly pain-free
      Nicolas Batum did some shooting during Tuesday's practice, and said that his wrist has improved to the point that he's mostly pain-free.

      Advice: Batum remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs, but it appears that he is going to try and give it a go. Owners will need to check back closer to Wednesday's tip-off for an official update, but if he's ruled out, look for Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, and LaMarcus Aldridge to pick up the slack. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:05 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Kevin Martin (wrist) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Martin was able to resume shooting workouts on Monday after having fluid drained from his surgically-repaired wrist last week, but he will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game. He's likely going to be eased back into the rotation upon his return, so owners will need to remain patient. However, he still offers enough upside to be worth holding onto in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:17 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • George Hill will remain with minutes limit
      Head coach Frank Vogel reiterated on Tuesday that George Hill's minutes will be capped at around 20 minutes per game for the foreseeable future.

      Advice: "We don't want [Hill] to re-injure [his groin]," Vogel said. "It's not a challenge from my standpoint to keep him at that because once we started expanding [the minutes played] the last time we lost him for 11 games, and we're not interested in doing that again." A minutes limit can be viewed as a good thing for a guy who has been sidelined for much of the season, and he was able to score 17 points during his last outing despite the minutes restriction. He needs to be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:58 am
    • Langston Galloway w/ NY for rest of season
      Updating a previous report, Langston Galloway has officially signed a contract with the Knicks that will keep him with the team for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: Galloway has been logging heavy minutes for a depleted Knicks' team, and he is averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals this season. That's good enough for low-end value in standard leagues, and he can only improve if and when Jose Calderon is traded away. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:45 am
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) questionable Wednesday
      Nicolas Batum said his wrist is feeling better, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

      Advice: Batum perhaps could use some rest as he's been shooting a career-low 38.8 percent from the field this season while dealing with a torn ligament on the outside of his right (shooting) wrist, but he's also a guy known to fight through injuries. However, if he's forced to sit, look for Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, and LaMarcus Aldridge to get some more opportunities on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:23 am
    • Jimmy Butler questionable for Tues vs GSW
      Jimmy Butler (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

      Advice: Butler missed Tuesday's shootaround, so his owners should prepare for the possibility that he misses Tuesday's game. We'll update Jimmy's status as soon as more information becomes available, but Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich would be the biggest beneficiaries if Butler sits. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:35 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Tony Allen questionable for Tuesday
      Tony Allen (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game at Dallas.

      Advice: Allen, who was recently demoted to a bench role behind Jeff Green, is headed for a game-time call. We likely won't have his status until 7:30pm ET. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:30 am
    • Kobe Bryant considered joining Wizards
      Kobe Bryant (shoulder) considered signing with the Washington Wizards, according to the Los Angeles Times.

      Advice: Earlier in his career, Bryant said he considering joining the Wizards because he wanted to play for Michael Jordan (who was a part owner at the time). "I’ve always been very big on having mentors, on having muses and I’ve been really, really big on that," Bryant said. This is a non-story as it happened over 10 years ago, but it's fun to think of the 'what-if' scenarios. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:07 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin hopes to play vs BOS on Weds
      Kevin Martin returned to shooting workouts on Monday and is hopeful that he'll be able to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is the first time that Martin has been able to shoot since he had fluid drained from his surgicallyrepaired wrist nearly a week ago. "It feels better now than it did when I started practicing two weeks ago," said Martin, out since November. "Getting it drained helps a lot. I’ll give it one more hard day of practice and see how I feel." We'll update Martin's status after Wednesday's shootaround, but his eventual return will cut into the production of Mo Williams, Thaddeus Young, and Andrew Wiggins. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:10 am
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Knicks, Langston Galloway agree to deal
      Langston Galloway has reportedly agreed to a deal that will keep him with the Knicks.

      Advice: With Galloway's second 10-day contract set to expire on Tuesday, this move will keep the 23-year-old with the Knicks for at least this season. We don't currently have word if Galloway got the guaranteed contract he had been seeking for 2015-16, but he's worth owning in standard fantasy leagues as long as he continues to see big minutes for the Knicks. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:04 am
    • C.J. Miles will miss Tuesday's game vs TOR
      C.J. Miles (left groin strain) will miss Tuesday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: Miles had put together a couple nice games, but will now miss his second consecutive game due to this groin strain. He's worth holding onto in deeper fantasy leagues, but standard league owners can likely find someone more dependable on the wire. Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Watson, and Damjan Rudez will likely pick up most of Miles' minutes against the Raptors on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 am
    • Langston Galloway still negotiating w/Knicks
      Langston Galloway and the Knicks are having trouble agreeing on a contract and will continue negotiations on Tuesday.

      Advice: Galloway's second 10-day contract ends on Tuesday and guaranteed money for next season is reportedly the issue in contract negotiations. Galloway will become a free agent if the two sides are unable to agree on terms and would surely hook on with another team after averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers in eight games with the Knicks. Whether it's with the Knicks or elsewhere, Galloway is worth owning in standard fantasy leagues as long as he's getting consistent minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:36 am
    • X-rays on Turner's thumb return negative
      X-rays taken on Evan Turner's thumb returned negative, but there has been no update on his status for Wednesday's game against the Wolves.

      Advice: Turner said he "re-sprained it" and that the "same thing happened three times accidentally by the same dude." Owners of Turner might want to wait-and-see before dropping him and likewise, the Marcus Smart show might have to wait a little bit longer. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:41 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Splash Bros, Kyle, Wes, & J.J. in 3PT contest
      Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Kyle Korver, Wes Matthews and J.J. Redick are five of the six participants in the 3-point contest during All Star Weekend.

      Advice: We chose to give Klay the blurb because of his historic night but this is as loaded of a field as we've seen in years. Who will the mystery sixth person be? We're hoping for Kendrick Perkins, but we'll settle for Big Baby. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:37 pm
    • Turner getting thumb X-rayed after Mon's game
      Evan Turner left Monday's game and would eventually return after re-injuring his thumb, finishing with nine points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, four assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

      Advice: Turner is getting the thumb X-rayed and this could be the moment they pass the torch between he and Marcus Smart. Or not. Either way, the momentum Turner had been showing in fantasy leagues gets stopped with tonight's outcome and he wasn't a high upside player to begin with in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:05 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Shabazz Muhammad to be re-evaluated
      Shabazz Muhammad (oblique) will travel to Canada to be re-evaluated.

      Advice: Steve Nash's oblique doctor is in Vancouver, so that's why he's headed out of state. Muhammad is still expected to be out for a week or two, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Chase Budinger will have to step up with Robbie Hummel (hand) hurt. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:54 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Tony Allen (ankle) will not play on Monday
      Tony Allen (ankle) will not play against the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: He has a sprained ankle and it's not serious, but the Grizzlies don't need him as much now that Jeff Green is around. Expect Green and Courtney Lee to play a little more tonight. Additionally, Victor Oladipo has a better matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:26 pm
    • Kobe Bryant will have surgery on shoulder
      Kobe Bryant will have surgery on his right rotator cuff and is out indefinitely.

      Advice: The Lakers will not announce a specific timetable yet, but he is out for the season. Bryant will have the surgery on Wednesday morning and the Lakers will provide more information on a prognosis following the procedure. His fantasy owners can drop him in all re-draft leagues. The Lakers will use more of Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington in their starting lineup while coach Byron Scott is going to mix and match his way with his starters all year. Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Nick Young also benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:19 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Update: Kevin Martin now out on Monday
      Updating a previous item, Kevin Martin (wrist) is now out on Monday.

      Advice: To say this is a surprise would be like saying the snow hitting the East Coast today would be a surprise. We knew this was coming, and it was just a matter of time. Andrew Wiggins, Mo Williams and Thaddeus Young will again be asked to carry the Timberwolves offense. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:56 am
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Tony Allen questionable to suit up on Monday
      Tony Allen (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play against the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: He did not participate in shootaround, and that's always an ominous sign for a player's availability. That being said, TA is as tough as they come, so it has to be a pretty nasty sprain. If he sits, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green should each see some extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:07 am
    • Kevin Martin questionable to suit up Monday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to play on Monday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Martin has been listed as questionable since last week, so there hasn't necessarily been a change in his status. On a seven-win team that's prioritizing rebuilding, Martin appears to be taking his time to return from his wrist injury. The Wolves should have incentive to get him on the floor to showcase him for a potential trade, but not much reason beyond that. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:26 am
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Jeremy Lin felt hurt by DNP last Friday
      Jeremy Lin admitted that it "definitely hurts" to be a healthy scratch.

      Advice: Lin, who did not play on Friday, returned to the rotation on Sunday with 14 points and six assists on 2-of-9 shooting. Lin has started 23 games, but frankly he's been a major disappointment since day one this season. Lin hasn't been able to take advantage of a "depth chart" that includes Ronnie Price and rookie Jordan Clarkson, and there's nothing to suggest he's going to suddenly his his stride soon. He is what he is. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:15 am
    • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to meet w/ doctor Mon
      Kobe Bryant (shoulder) has an appointment with a specialist on Monday, after which he'll decide whether to have surgery or pursue a different treatment option.

      Advice: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reiterates that so far "everyone has recommended surgery." It's safe to assume that Kobe is done for the season but he's performing his due diligence to explore every rehab possibility, and he and the Lakers should make an official announcement early this week. Assuming he does have rotator cuff surgery, he'd be looking at approximately six months of recovery. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:03 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Jeremy Lin scores 14 pts to lead failed rally
      Jeremy Lin returned to the Lakers' rotation on Sunday with 14 points, six assists and three turnovers off the bench, making 2-of-9 field goals and 10-of-14 free throws.

      Advice: He attacked the basket throughout his 28 minutes and picked up some cheap production in garbage time, so it's hard to read much into tonight's line. Lin remains a very shaky option now that Jordan Clarkson has usurped the starting PG job from Ronnie Price, but he's at least worth a stash in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:08 pm
    • Evan Turner has stong game against Warriors
      Evan Turner had a strong showing against the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with seven boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Turner has never been known for his efficiency or for his defensive ability, so this line was definitely a pleasant surprise. While he will always be tough to own in standard leagues for his shooting percentages and turnovers, Turner will continue to be a solid asset in points leagues as long as he continues to run the show in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:48 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Klay Thompson stays hot with 31 points Sun
      Klay Thompson scored 31 points to lead the Warriors in a win over the Celtics on Sunday, adding two boards, one assist and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: It's incredible to think that Thompson was able to score 37 points in a quarter during Friday's game over the Kings, so his owners might be starting to feel a little greedy and are probably yawning at this stat line. It's going to be interesting to see who ends up starting in the All-Star game in place of Kobe Bryant (shoulder), as James Harden and Klay Thompson are locked in an exciting battle to take home the honors. Keep Thompson active in your lineup and enjoy the show. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:55 pm
    • Danny Green's slump continues on Sunday
      Danny Green couldn't break out of his cold spell against the Bucks on Sunday, scoring just three points on 1-of-9 shooting while adding two boards, three assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

      Advice: He has now failed to score in double digits for the fourth game in a row, and it's obvious that he is losing confidence quickly. Green was in the midst of an incredible season prior to this slump, so his owners should hold onto him in the hope that he turns it around soon. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:37 pm
    • Monta Ellis drops 36 points in road defeat
      Monta Ellis notched his seventh 30-point game of the season on Sunday, pouring in 36 points on 16-of-27 shooting in a narrow road loss to the Pelicans.

      Advice: In the process, Ellis became the league leader in crunch-time scoring with 94 points in the 'clutch,' as defined by NBA.com. He drained four 3-pointers tonight, with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and only one turnover, and this may have been his most well-rounded line all season. Unlike teammate Chandler Parsons, the arrival of Rajon Rondo hasn't slowed Ellis down a bit. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:27 pm
       
      Player Note
      Monta Ellis Dal - PG,SG
      5:00 pm @ Mia
    • Rodney Stuckey hits 6-of-10 FGs for 15 points
      Rodney Stuckey started Sunday's game and scored 15 points with six assists and one steal, helping Indy hang on for a 106-99 win in Orlando.

      Advice: He made 6-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs with one 3-pointer to his credit, assuming a bigger role in the absence of C.J. Miles (groin). Miles is day-to-day and George Hill (groin) should play more minutes in the near future, so unfortunately Stuckey is hard to rely on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:09 pm
    • George Hill gets 17 pts, looks good off bench
      George Hill (groin) excelled in only 20 minutes off the Pacers bench, finishing Sunday's road victory with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Indiana will play it safe with Hill to avoid aggravating his groin injury, so his minutes may stay low a while longer. He'll retake the starting PG job before long, however, and has too much upside to be floating on the waiver wire in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:07 pm
    • Jimmy Butler held to five points vs. Miami
      Jimmy Butler was held to just five points during Sunday's loss to the Heat, adding five rebounds, two assists, and one steal over 42.5 minutes of action.

      Advice: Butler shot just 2-of-8 from the field, so while the minutes were there, the scoring simply wasn't. Luol Deng was playing some vicious defense today, and this was easily Butler's worst game of the season. However, Butler has not had two bad back-to-back games this season, so expect him to bounce-back during Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:15 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) questionable Monday
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Brooklyn

      Advice: Batum recently admitted that he's dealing with a torn ligament on the outside of his right wrist, and his shot has been off all season (currently a career-low 38.8 percent from the field), so perhaps some rest could be a good thing for him. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so check back for another update closer to Monday's tip. If Batum is forced to sit, expect Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, and LaMarcus Aldridge to get some more shots. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:28 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) out Sunday vs. Atlanta
      Kevin Martin (wrist) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Martin was listed as questionable earlier, but he is still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he will not play on Sunday. Robbie Hummel will draw another start on Sunday, but the true beneficiaries of Martin's absence remain Andrew Wiggins and Mo Williams. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:58 pm
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • C.J. Miles (groin) out Sunday vs. Orlando
      C.J. Miles (left groin strain) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

      Advice: With Miles unavailable, Rodney Stuckey will likely slide back into the starting lineup. Stuckey is averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists as a starter, and he figures to be a low-end option in daily leagues. C.J. Watson will also likely see some extended minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:46 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable vs. Hawks
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Saturday and he is reportedly still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he is probably closer to doubtful. Martin is still worth a stash for his upside in points and 3-pointers, but his owners will have to be patient as he will likely be eased into action when he does return. If Martin can't play, Robbie Hummel will continue to start for Minnesota, but is only an option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:52 am
       
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • Goran Dragic would consider return to Houston
      Goran Dragic said that he will keep an open mind in free agency, and that he would even consider a return to Houston.

      Advice: "Every team in the NBA is an option to me, because it is a privilege to play for any team in the NBA," Dragic said. "When the time comes I’m going to sit down with my family and my agent and try to make the best decision for myself." It's no secret that Dragic has drawn plenty of interest from several teams, as he has really taken a step forward in his development in recent years. However, despite all the rumors it doesn't appear that Phoenix is willing to trade him at this point in the season and they will likely have to risk letting him walk in free agency without getting anything in return. As always, we will continue to monitor this situation closely. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:16 am
       
      7:30 pm vs Chi
    • Lance Stephenson ignoring trade rumors
      Lance Stephenson has seen his name pop up in trade rumors all season, but he is doing his best to ignore them in an effort to help Charlotte secure a spot in the playoffs.

      Advice: "You can't help but hear stuff," said Stephenson. "I just want to stay focused and stay positive and try to help this team. I'm here, and that's all that matters right now." Stephenson played almost 29 minutes on Saturday which is the most he had played since going down with a pelvis injury, so it looks like he is getting close to 100 percent. While the rumors won't stop until all the way up to the trade deadline, a trade wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing considering how much he has struggled to adapt in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:05 am
    • Nic Batum (wrist) admits he has torn ligament
      Nicolas Batum admitted on Saturday that he suffered a torn ligament on the outside of his right wrist on Dec. 17.

      Advice: It was obvious something was structurally wrong with Batum and now we know what it is. He's aggravated it probably more times than we care to count and the Blazers may still be weighing his treatment options. At this point, he's likely going to miss a week or two. There really isn't a great pickup to make with Batum out. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:51 pm
    • Jarrett Jack is a lone bright spot vs. Jazz
      Jarrett Jack scored 16 points with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Jazz during a 108-73 loss on Saturday.

      Advice: Deron Williams (ribs) could be back at some point, but Jack is just playing too well for his owners to make a proactive cut. He is worth owning in all standard leagues even though there's a chance he's traded for a draft pick. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:10 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Tor
    • Lance Stephenson battles groin injury
      Lance Stephenson played 29 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Saturday with six points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: He was laboring through his groin strain throughout the first half and finally got into a rhythm in the second half. Stephenson ran the offense tonight with Kemba Walker (knee) out and it resembled his style of play in Indiana. Walker won't be out long, so Stephenson's adjustment period should continue. He's a fringe player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:02 pm
    • Langston Galloway plays 32 minutes in start
      Langston Galloway played 32 minutes as the starting point guard against the Hornets on Saturday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He ran the point a ton tonight, which is something he did in college and in the D-League. Coach Derek Fisher didn't really use Galloway at the point on Friday, so the versatility bodes very well for him. Even if Jose Calderon (knee) returns, Galloway looks like a good bet for 25-30 minutes. He's worth a long look in standard leagues for his upside in steals and treys. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:32 pm
    • Nicolas Batum (wrist) out for Saturday night
      Nicolas Batum (wrist) won't play against the Wizards on Saturday.

      Advice: He almost had no chance to play tonight due to his nagging wrist injury. It's interesting that LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) is playing tonight and maybe Batum's status was a factor in his decision. The Blazers will use about five different guys to fill the void left by Batum, so there's little reason to make a pickup in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:20 pm
    • George Hill has soreness, expects to play
      George Hill is experiencing some soreness from Friday, but is expected to play against the Magic on Sunday.

      Advice: The severity of the soreness is not known, but this certainly isn't good news. Hill has dealt with his groin strain for basically three years and he's already aggravated it once. He'll likely be on a minutes limit again on Sunday and is more of a stash. Donald Sloan may still see a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:48 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) doubtful for Sunday
      C.J. Miles (groin) is doubtful to play against the Magic on Sunday.

      Advice: He did not return from his injury on Friday and it would appear he'll miss a couple games. Miles just can't stay healthy this season and his fantasy owners can probably just find someone else at this point. Expect to see more of C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey. Damjan Rudez will also play more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:30 pm
    • Jeremy Lin has uncertain role moving forward
      Coach Byron Scott downplayed the DNP-CD that Jeremy Lin picked up on Friday.

      Advice: "He just has to keep doing the things he was doing when he was playing," Scott said of Lin. "It’s not like I’m not going to play him again. It’s more of a case of changing the lineup." Coach Scott opted to give rookie Jordan Clarkson the start on Friday, and then decided to go with Ronnie Price as his backup. The point guard situation is dicey at best in Los Angeles, and while it's probably better for fantasy owners to avoid this conundrum, owners of Lin should have already started entertaining the idea of moving on. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:04 am
    • Jeremy Lin given DNP-CD by Bryon Scott
      Jeremy Lin was a healthy DNP-CD on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Lin and Bryon Scott haven't been on the same page at all this season and this is a hard pill for owners to swallow. If you want to cut him you have our blessing, but it wouldn't be surprising for Scott to suddenly change his mind and have Lin running out there for significant minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:43 am
    • Ellington moderately productive with Kobe out
      Wayne Ellington scored 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: Ellington looks like the starting shooting guard going forward now that Kobe Bryant is likely out for the year, but he doesn't have a strong body of work even when Kobe has missed time. He's more a guy for owners to watch very closely than add in standard formats, but in deeper leagues he's worth consideration as a speculative add. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:35 am
    • Monta gets back on track in loss to Bulls
      Monta Ellis got back on track with 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting, two rebounds, four assists and five steals in Friday's loss to the Bulls.

      Advice: Ellis isn't one to struggle for long. Tyson Chandler joined him on the right side of the stat sheet with 10 and 12 with a steal and five blocks, and Dirk Nowitzki continued to heat up with 24 and seven with two threes and a block. Chandler Parsons added 19 points with two steals and a three in the loss. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:25 pm
       
      Player Note
      Monta Ellis Dal - PG,SG
      5:00 pm @ Mia
    • Butler posts 20-8-6 line in win over Mavs
      Jimmy Butler scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (no threes) with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Friday's win over the Mavs.

      Advice: Butler put his foot back on the gas pedal after Derrick Rose's surge slowed him down a bit. Rose scored 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers, and it wouldn't be surprising if Butler got back some of his touches now that Rose appears to have re-established a foundation for himself. Pau Gasol added 13 points, 16 boards, a steal and a block in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • George Hill (groin) logs 20 minutes in return
      George Hill (groin) returned to action in Friday's loss to the Heat, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (no threes) with zero rebounds, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes.

      Advice: This is pretty much on par with what we expected and he should not be floating around any waiver wires. As long as he is healthy he'll be a major part of the Pacers' attack and has mid-round upside. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:44 pm
    • Klay Thompson sets NBA record w/ 37-point qtr
      Klay Thompson set an NBA record with 37 points in the third quarter of Friday's win over the Kings, finishing with an NBA season-high tying 52 points on 16-of-25 shooting, two rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Thompson hit 11 3-pointers on 15 attempts and 9-of-10 from the line, setting a slew of records in the process. He did not miss on 13 field goal attempts in the third quarter with nine of them coming from beyond the arc, with each one setting the wild Oracle crowd into a deeper euphoric frenzy. It was the most points scored in a quarter in NBA history, and you might remember where you were five years down the road the next time somebody threatens it. And yes, it's the stat line of the year so far. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:08 pm
    • Goran Dragic benched late after tech
      Goran Dragic did not play down the stretch on Friday, finishing with two points and two assists in 18 minutes.

      Advice: There's talk of coach Jeff Hornacek benching Dragic because of his technical foul and a new team rule that says a player will be benched after a tech. Dragic should be fine for his next game, but he will have his bad games due to the Suns' depth at guard. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:01 pm
       
      7:30 pm vs Chi
    • Langston Galloway scores 15 points vs. Magic
      Langston Galloway scored 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Magic on Friday during a 113-106 victory.

      Advice: He is capable of being the point guard and the Knicks will likely ask him to run the offense more now with Jose Calderon (knee) expected to miss time. Galloway is capable of scoring and there's upside since he can get some steals while adding treys, so he's worth a long look to see if he stays hot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:59 pm
    • Lance Stephenson hands out nine dimes
      Lance Stephenson handed out nine assists against the Cavs on Friday with 10 points, and four boards in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't play as poorly as some of his teammates, but Stephenson is still out of sync with his new team. He's not a must-own player and it might be a few more weeks until he is start-worthy in standard leagues. Stephenson also didn't blow into LeBron James' ear tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:58 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) out for game vs. Heat
      C.J. Miles (left groin) will not return against the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: He has dealt with groin issues before and he's probably going to miss time. Chris Copeland and Damjan Rudez could get more minutes, but C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey may get some additional run. If you're sick of dealing with Miles, we don't blame you for dropping him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:53 pm
    • C.J. Miles (groin) questionable to return
      C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable to return against the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: He just can't stay healthy. Whether it's a calf, an eye issue, or anything, Miles just seems to inexplicably miss games this season. Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Watson will get a few more minutes. Miles checked out after six minutes with eight points, one assist and one 3-pointer. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:05 pm
    • Shabazz Muhammad 'still a way away'
      Flip Saunders said that Shabazz Muhammad is "still a ways away" from making a return, and he is scheduled to see a specialist next week.

      Advice: Saunders also said he hopes to have Shabazz back before the All-Star break, but it's not clear exactly what role he'd be returning when Kevin Martin returns to the lineup. Muhammad's return would really hurt the value of Chase Budinger and Robbie Hummel. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:10 pm
       
      Injured
      4:00 pm @ Phi
    • George Hill (groin) will be active for Friday
      George Hill (groin) will be on the active roster for Friday's game vs. Miami.

      Advice: While he isn't starting, is appears that he will play, and that will likely hurt the value of C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan. He's not a must-start guy tonight as he'll likely be eased back into things, but he deserves to be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:48 pm
    • Lakers confirm Kobe Bryant has rotator cuff tear
      The Lakers confirmed on Friday that Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a torn right rotator cuff.

      Advice: The team will take the weekend to decide if the Hall of Fame guard will require surgery. Unfortunately, there are multiple reports that Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season. Bryant seems to be in good spirits and even tweeted, "This is what happens when I pass too much!" Wayne Ellington will get to start and Jordan Clarkson gets in the rotation while the usage rates of Nick Young, Jeremy Lin and Wes Johnson will rise. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:07 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Report: Lakers expecting Kobe to miss season
      The Lakers are expecting Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to miss the rest of the season due to a torn rotator cuff, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

      Advice: The announcement will likely come at some point today to make it official, but the Lakers may take the weekend to decide on his treatment. Bryant hasn't been able to complete the last three seasons of his career due to an Achilles injury in 2012-13, a knee injury in 2013-14, and now this shoulder issue this season. He is still going to be under contract for next year and chances are he'll be back. For now, the Lakers will likely add another wing on a 10-day deal while Wayne Ellington starts. Expect Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson to play more. Unfortunately, Kobe can be dropped in all redraft leagues once the official word comes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • George Hill (groin) expected to play vs. Heat
      George Hill (groin) is expected to return to action vs. the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: Hill won't immediately join the starting lineup but his return is still bad news for the limited value of C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan. Hill hasn't played since Dec. 31 and may need a few games to scrape off the rust, but he belongs on a roster in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:14 am
    • Evan Turner hits game-winning 3-pointer
      Evan Turner hit a game-winning corner 3-pointer against the Blazers during the 90-89 victory on Thursday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, four turnovers and one other 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

      Advice: The Celtics snapped their 24-game road losing streak against Western Conference teams tonight and Turner apparently knew his clutch shot was going down. "Not to be arrogant, I did actually," he said. "I prayed prior to it to make a big shot. And it happened." Turner has actually been effective on his corner 3-pointers, making 10-of-20 from there on the year. Clutch shot aside, he's still a questionable player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:09 am
       
      New Player Note
      Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
      4:30 pm vs Hou
    • Jarrett Jack really struggles on Thursday
      Jarrett Jack didn't have it on Thursday during a 123-84 loss to the Clippers, making 3-of-11 from the field for seven points with one rebound, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He didn't play in the fourth quarter with the Nets already down 40 points. Jack is logging major minutes and was at 40.0 per game in his previous two, so he's a must-start player right now due to his output in points, assists, steals and treys. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:34 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Tor
    • Report: Lakers fear Kobe Bryant needs surgery
      The Lakers organization fears that Kobe Bryant (torn rotator cuff in right shoulder) will need season-ending surgery, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

      Advice: The team will evaluate him on Friday and will likely make an announcement at some point. Bryant has been playing through his right shoulder issue for most of the season and he made it worse on Wednesday. Wayne Ellington will start for the foreseeable future while Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson will also benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:28 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Jimmy Butler plays just 28 minutes
      Jimmy Butler played just 28 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on 4-of-9 from the field.

      Advice: He was in foul trouble tonight, which is a very rare occurrence for Butler this season. Tonight was just the second game all season in which Butler was below 34 minutes. Jimmy Minutes has turned into Jimmy Buckets and he's starting to come out of his slump to start 2015. He should be viewed as an early-round fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:05 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ Pho
    • Tony Snell starting again on Thursday
      Tony Snell will start against the Spurs on Thursday.

      Advice: The Bulls will go with their bigger lineup and push Kirk Hinrich to the bench. Snell is rarely involved in the offense while he's out there, so he's not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:40 pm
    • Kobe Bryant has a tear in his rotator cuff
      Kobe Bryant's MRI results revealed a tear of his rotator cuff.

      Advice: Not good. Bryant is flying home from San Antonio as we speak and he is expected to be examined by team doctors on Friday morning. Owners shouldn't do anything drastic until we hear all the details, but Bryant could potentially be looking at some serious time on the sidelines. The Lakers are also currently sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them shut Bryant down for the season even if the injury somehow isn't as serious as initially thought. Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will all see an increase in value with this news. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:33 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Klay Thompson scores 27 in All-Star push
      Klay Thompson hit 10-of-21 shots and three more 3-pointers for 27 points, three rebounds, five assists and four steals in Wednesday's impressive win over the Rockets.

      Advice: Look for Thompson to be a coach's pick for the Western All-Star Team, as he's been getting it done at both ends of the court all season long. The Warriors won their 17th straight game at home, setting a franchise record. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:53 pm
    • Jarrett Jack has another nice effort in win
      Jarrett Jack had a productive game in a 103-100 win at Sacramento on Wednesday with 16 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

      Advice: Deron Williams (ribs) is going to miss at least the next three games and there's a decent chance we don't see him this month. Even once he does return. Jack's minutes should be safe in the 20s and he'll likely start, as well. He should be owned everywhere. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:23 pm
       
      4:30 pm vs Tor
    • Wayne Ellington scores 12 points in loss
      Wayne Ellington returned to the bench on Wednesday and had 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was back in action, which is why Ellington was back on the bench. If Kobe is shut down for the season at some point, Ellington is the favorite to start in his place. And while we like the prospects of Nick Young a little more, Ellington could be a sneaky deep-league pick up without Kobe around. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:37 pm
    • Jeremy Lin sent back to Lakers bench
      Jeremy Lin came off the bench on Wednesday and hit 2-of-4 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, three assists, four steals and a block in 21 minutes.

      Advice: Ronnie Price did nothing in the start and his return from a broken nose doesn't mean anything but less minutes and stats for Lin. Lin had 10 points and 10 dimes on Monday, but it will be tough for him to succeed as long as he's coming off the bench behind Price. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Monta Ellis struggles in win over Wolves
      Monta Ellis hit just 3-of-12 shots for seven points, zero rebounds, three assists and three steals in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: He had similar struggles a week ago, hitting 1-of-11 shots for five points, but outside of these two games, is having a big season. He'll bounce back in his next game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:21 pm
       
      Player Note
      Monta Ellis Dal - PG,SG
      5:00 pm @ Mia
    • Langston Galloway scores 11 points in win
      Langston Galloway turned in another outstanding game against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He continues to get some run at point guard and the Knicks suddenly have a lot of confidence in the rookie. Galloway has exceeded all expectations and the Knicks seem to view him as their best wing option after Carmelo Anthony. He is still on a 10-day deal, but it would be a shock to see the Knicks not sign him for the rest of the season next week. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:16 pm
    • Lance Stephenson too quiet in win over Heat
      Lance Stephenson played 22 minutes on Wednesday but had just four points, three rebounds, four assists and four turnovers on 2-of-4 shooting.

      Advice: Stephenson's disastrous season continues now that he's healthy again and it's just tough to tell if he's ever going to get it going. But the way he's played up to this point, he's simply not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:21 pm
    • Danny Green quiet vs. Nuggets on Tuesday
      Danny Green had a quiet game vs. the Nuggets, scoring six points on 2-of-12 shooting with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: The pair of 3s and defensive stats prop up the line for fantasy purposes, which isn't uncommon for the six-year veteran. He's notching 12.7 points, 2.5 threes, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks this season, and the return of Kawhi Leonard may actually help him in the long run -- he's shooting 50.0 percent with Kawhi alongside him this season, but just 41.7 percent when Kawhi isn't on the court. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 pm
    • Dragic posts 24-9-5 line in win over Lakers
      Goran Dragic scored 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists and a steal in the Suns' 115-100 win over the Lakers on Monday.

      Advice: Dragic and the other guards have steadily improved as the season has gone on, and he's returning top-50 value after a really shaky start. Eric Bledsoe added 17 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two threes in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:43 am
       
      7:30 pm vs Chi
    • Lin goes for 10 and 10 with Lakers to himself
      Jeremy Lin double-doubled with 10 points, three rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in Monday's loss.

      Advice: Lin had the backcourt to himself with Kobe Bryant and Ronnie Price out, and this would be the reason why patient owners have held Lin this season. It's not pretty and he needs some help from Byron Scott on the offensive end, but he has the chance to eke out some solid value if he can hold it together. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:23 am
    • Lou Williams scores 15 points with four stls
      Lou Williams scored 15 points on 4-of-12 shooting (2-of-4 3PTs, 5-of-5 FTs) with two rebounds, two assists and four steals in 28 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: DeMar DeRozan went 0-for-9 from the field and logged just 26 minutes, which isn't going to happen every night, but Williams at least has a chance of holding some low-end value in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:00 pm
       
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
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