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  • Karl-Anthony Towns wins Skills Challenge
    Karl-Anthony Towns won the 2016 Skills Challenge on Saturday.

    Advice: What can't this guy do? Towns has already become one of the best mid-range scorers as a young big, he is phenomenal at protecting the rim and he can score off the dribble. He's 20 and he's already being strongly considered as a top-five asset in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:32 pm
  • Chris Bosh has a strained calf
    Chris Bosh (strained calf) explained his decision to sit out of Sunday's All-Star game.

    Advice: "It just lingered and I didn't feel it was wise to continue to push it, especially with this elongated week that we have off," Bosh said in regards to his calf. "I just wanted to make sure that I was taking the necessary precautions and being a good professional." His fantasy owners will be relieved that he's taking a little bit of extra rest, and hopefully he will be ready to for the Heat's next game on Feb. 19. He will be re-evaluated when he returns to Miami. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 am
    GTD
  • Kings not shopping DeMarcus Cousins?
    According to the Boston Globe, the Kings have it made it very clear that DeMarcus Cousins is not on the market.

    Advice: The Kings are five losses behind the Jazz for the eighth seed in the West, and while it feels like Cousins is in the rumor mill every season, the chances of him being moved appear to be incredibly slim. As long as he can stay healthy, he should be a monster down the stretch. Through five February games, he has averages of 25.4 points, 9.6 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Kevin Seraphin hoping for minutes
    Kevin Seraphin is hoping for more minutes following the dismissal of coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: "I just hope for more playing time," Seraphin said. "That’s the goal. It’s a new opportunity for sure." Seraphin has dropped 25 pounds and is eager to carve out a role, and he logged 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wizards which was just the third time that he saw 15 or minutes since the new year. Unless his role continues to grow, he will only be on the radar in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:26 am
  • Hawks recall Walter Tavares
    The Hawks recalled Walter Tavares from the D-League on Friday.

    Advice: Even with the latest injury to Tiago Splitter (hip), Tavares still isn't in the rotation. Unless Al Horford is moved at the deadline, Tavares' role isn't about to change. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Hawks not actively shopping Al Horford?
    According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks are not actively shopping Al Horford.

    Advice: Vivlamore added than anything the Hawks are doing right now is simply exploratory, which falls in line with previous reports that suggested that Atlanta would "listen" to offers. If the Hawks ultimately decide that they don't want to give him a max deal this summer, then that would give them a reason to go ahead with a trade. For now, nothing is imminent for the All-Star big man. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Nothing happening with Love trade
    Nothing is happening with Kevin Love (shoulder) and a trade to the Celtics.

    Advice: There will definitely be rumors around Love heading into the deadline because of how playoff teams attack him in pick-and-roll. Love's shoulder injury seems like it's minor, so he should be ready to roll next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 30 points in BBVA
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge with five rebounds four assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was the crowd's favorite non-Canadian player. Team World got 30 points out of Emmanuel Mudiay and 29 from Andrew Wiggins. Porzingis has a decent chance to be an All-Star next year, especially with the fan voting. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Al Horford will play in All-Star Game
    Al Horford will replace Chris Bosh in Sunday's All-Star Game.

    Advice: He is en route to Toronto at the time of this report. Horford's name has popped up in trade rumors, but the Hawks are playing really well. They actually have the second-best net rating in their last six games, so they could make a postseason run. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:02 pm
  • Chris Bosh will not play in All-Star Game
    Chris Bosh will not play in Sunday's All-Star Game due to a strained calf.

    Advice: The specifics are not known yet on Bosh, who played 35 minutes on Tuesday night and didn't appear to be hurt. The Heat don't play again until Friday Feb. 19, so there could be a decent chance he is ready to return for action with the team. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:59 pm
    GTD
  • Jusuf Nurkic draws praise from coach Malone
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone was encouraged by Jusuf Nurkic's performance against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm happy for him," Malone said. "It hasn't been easy for [Nurkic]. He had a great rookie season, but coming back from injury and then you have all of these other young bigs playing well... But I give him credit, because he's come and worked very hard." The big man scored 16 points with 11 boards and one block in 24 minutes, so hopefully he can build off that momentum after the All-Star break. The upside is there, so keep a close eye on him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:36 am
  • Suns still expected to trade Markieff Morris
    The Suns are still expected to try and trade Markieff Morris before the deadline.

    Advice: He had a scuffle during Wednesday's game and even had his hands around teammate Archie Goodwin's neck, and as much the Suns downplayed the incident, it's clear that both sides need a fresh start. The question now is whether or not another team would want to trade for the mercurial forward, but expect the chatter to heat up right after the All-Star game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:34 am
  • John Henson will be re-evaluated after ASB
    John Henson (back) will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

    Advice: The Bucks took the cautious approach with Henson and held him out for seven straight games. He will hopefully be good to go after the break, and he isn't the worst stash if you need blocks in case the Bucks decide to move Greg Monroe at the deadline. He owns season averages of 6.8 points, 3.9 boards, 1.0 assist and 2.0 blocks in 16.7 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:19 am
    Injured
  • Asking price for Horford and Teague too high?
    According to Chris Mannix of the Vertical, the asking price for Al Horford and Jeff Teague is "borderline ridiculous."

    Advice: "From everything I’ve been told in the last two or three days, Atlanta’s requests for both Al Horford and Jeff Teague have been borderline ridiculous," Mannix said. "The kind of things teams like Boston, or Milwaukee, or Denver simply won’t deal for the players they want." Boston seems like the team that's most willing to make a major move, and Mannix adds that the Hawks could lower their price as the deadline (Feb. 18) approaches. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:23 am
  • Monroe comes off the bench again
    Greg Monroe scored 12 points with nine rebounds, one assist and two steals in 33 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: It wasn't the greatest game for Monroe, who actually played more than his 30 minutes on Tuesday. He is unlikely to be dealt and should be a top 25-50 player going forward. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside suspended one game
    Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic in the head during Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Whiteside definitely deserved the suspension for his actions, and he'll now be forced to sit out next Friday's game in Atlanta. With Whiteside unavailable, Amare Stoudemire will continue to start with Chris Bosh logging extended minutes at the five-spot. Josh McRoberts and Justise Winslow also figure to earn some extended run sans Hassan. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:06 pm
  • Kevin Love doesn't expect to miss any time
    Kevin Love (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss any time after suffering a left shoulder stinger on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love injured his surgically-repaired left shoulder during Wednesday's win over the Lakers, but looks to have avoided a serious injury. "It felt like fire was running down my arm," Love said. "Just a stinger, and doctors decided we'll be cautious and use the break for it to feel better, but it actually feels OK right now." We'll keep an eye on Love over the All-Star Break, but it sounds like he'll be ready to go for the second half of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:11 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
  • Clint Capela gets some PF minutes
    Clint Capela scored one point with 10 rebounds in 17 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He actually played some minutes at power forward, but that might not continue based on coach J.B. Bickerstaff calling his team "broken" after the game. Capela can stay on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • Wolves win behind Karl-Anthony Towns' 35 pts
    Karl-Anthony Towns went off vs. Toronto on Wednesday, piling up a career-high 35 points with 11 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: KAT is incredible. He made 12-of-19 FGs and 11-of-13 FTs tonight, got Jonas Valanciunas into early foul trouble, and the Raptors simply had no answers for him. He's scoffing at the notion of a rookie wall, getting better as the season goes along, and should flirt with first-round value after the All-Star break. If you have him in a dynasty league, you're set for the next decade. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Markieff Morris has scuffle with Goodwin
    Markieff Morris had a scuffle with Archie Goodwin in the first half on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: It wasn't a minor one and Morris had his hands on Goodwin's throat. The Suns did downplay it after the game. "That’s nothing," Morris said. "That’s part of being a leader, being a big brother." Morris defines leader differently than just about anyone, but Goodwin also had his back. "We family. It happens. I love him like a brother, he loves me. That’s all there is to say about it," Goodwin said. Lastly, coach Earl Watson added Goodwin and Morris used to live together, they're "the closest on the team" and that "the team is not split." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic notches 16 & 11 in 24 minutes
    Jusuf Nurkic came to life vs. the Pistons on Wednesday with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Nurkic played the final 15 minutes of the game ahead of Nikola Jokic, which is a terrific sign for anyone who has him stashed away. He'd exceeded the 20-minute mark just once all season prior to this double-double, and this is enough incentive to grab him in deeper formats. Owners in 12-team leagues may want to wait until the other side of the break before tying up a roster spot with the trade deadline impending. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:46 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 29 points in loss
    Derrick Favors scored 29 points during a 100-96 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, two assists and one steal on 11-of-15 from the field.

    Advice: This is a tough schedule loss for the Jazz after an overtime win in Dallas on Tuesday. Favors is really coming on again after his first game back as he gets worked into the offense. Favors has third-round value per game on the season and should be in that neighborhood going forward. If he hasn't already, maybe he can buy a mattress over the break. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins piles up 28/12/5 in comeback
    DeMarcus Cousins finished Wednesday's comeback win in Philly with 28 points, 12 boards (four offensive), five assists, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins has thrived in this matchup, averaging 30.3 points and 16.0 rebounds in his past four games vs. Philly. The Kings are in disarray as they hover 4.5 games out of playoff contention, but Cousins' owners can rest assured that he'll be a beast as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) won't miss games
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he won't miss any games due to his left shoulder contusion.

    Advice: He said he only had a stinger, so it doesn't sound like anything is wrong structurally. Love should be close to 100 percent after the break, so his fantasy owners dodged a bullet here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:01 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
  • Kevin Love (left shoulder) out for game
    Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder contusion and will not return on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is that this report adds Love "most likely" will be fine. He is still likely to be re-evaluated to make sure he didn't aggravate his shoulder surgery from the summer. Love finished with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes. There's no need to make a speculative add right now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:29 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) goes to locker room
    Kevin Love hurt his left shoulder and went to the locker room on Wednesday.

    Advice: Not good. His arm was hanging like something was wrong and he was in pain. This is the same left shoulder that needed surgery last summer, so that adds extra concern. Tonight is a really bad night for shoulder injuries. We'll be looking for updates on Love. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:07 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
  • John Henson out again for Thursday
    John Henson (back) will not play against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: It'll be Miles Plumlee starting again on Thursday. Hopefully, Henson will be back after the break and get close to 20 minutes. He's not the worst stash out there on the off chance the Bucks break up their team. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:30 pm
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  • Bucks sticking with lineup change?
    Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench again on Thursday against the Wizards.

    Advice: It worked out for Monroe with 29 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes in a big win. He and Michael Carter-Williams will back up Miles Plumlee and O.J. Mayo. Plumlee and Mayo are not strong pickups with Mayo the more appealing add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:24 pm
  • Report: It will take mega-deal to land Boogie
    Kings’ GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive have not seriously considered a DeMarcus Cousins trade, and it would take a mega-deal for that to change.

    Advice: Despite constant trade rumors, the Kings have been adamant that they have zero interest in trading away their franchise center, so a Cousins deal seems highly unlikely at this point. As for fantasy hoops, DMC is currently putting up second-round value on the year with averages of 26.8 points, 11.0 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.2 three-pointers and 3.7 turnovers per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 72.6 percent from the charity stripe. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:50 am
  • Toronto's interest in Morris, Tucker unclear
    The Raptors may not be all that interested in trading for Markieff Morris or P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: The initial report that linked Morris and Tucker to the Raptors, while credible, did not come from Toronto's side and GM Masai Ujiri doesn't often make in-season trades. The Raptors also currently own the No. 2 seed out East with a record of 35-16, and Ujri may not want to mess with the team's chemistry by bringing on someone like Morris. For now, it doesn't seem all that likely that Toronto makes a major move at the deadline. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • Report: Al Horford to BOS a real possibility?
    A deal sending Al Horford to the Boston Celtics is reportedly a "legitimate possibility" according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: "I think Boston -- Al Horford is a legitimate possibility for the Celtics," Mannix said. "I think that is the guy, one of the guys across the league that Danny Ainge is the most excited about." Mannix added that while Horford will cost a lot of money to re-sign as a free agent, the Celtics will be willing to foot the bill. Horford does make sense in Boston as Ainge is reportedly looking for a low-post scorer at the deadline, but it's difficult to predict his value in Boston without knowing the moving pieces. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:32 am
  • Spo not pleased with Whiteside's ejection
    Erik Spoelstra was noticeably frustrated when discussing Hassan Whiteside's ejection for a flagrant 2 foul during Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: "That's something that we'll deal with, with Hassan," Spoelstra said. "We don't condone that kind of play. We've been through this with him before, but it's a disappointing play." Whiteside elbowed Boban Marjanovic during Tuesday's game, which resulted in the ejection, and Dwyane Wade also voiced his displeasure with Hassan's behavior saying there's only so long "you can hold somebody's hand and walk them through it." Whiteside could very well receive a suspension for his actions. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:21 am
  • Cousins, Rondo and Gay are all probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), Rajon Rondo (turf toe) and Rudy Gay (ankle) are all probable for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The Kings have been listing Cousins and Rondo as probable for a week now, so this report really doesn't mean anything. Expect them to all be out there against Philly in what should be a pivotal game for coach George Karl. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Derrick Favors playing well for Jazz
    Derrick Favors had 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a steal in 35 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Favors was excruciating to own while he was out for a month with a sore back, but is rolling, averaging 13.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his last five. He didn't have a block in either of his last two games, but went 5-6-4 in that department in his previous three games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis rolling again for Knicks
    Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: After going through a mini slump, Porzingis is rolling right now, double-double in his two previous games and then putting up tonight's beauty that included 8-of-14 shooting and 30 minutes. There are no indications that the arrival of Kurt Rambis is going to hurt Porzingis going forward, either. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Greg Monroe thrives off bench, scores 29
    Greg Monroe came off the bench in a win over the Celtics on Tuesday, but he thrived with a season-high 29 points, 12 boards, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks had lost their five previous games, so coach Jason Kidd changed his lineup looking for a spark. "I talked to [Monroe] after practice and for [Monroe], it's about the team," Kidd said. "I think he's all for the team and he understands what we're trying to do." Kidd added that Monroe's minutes would remain intact and he closed out the game tonight, so his owners really shouldn't be too concerned. Starting center Miles Plumlee played just 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside ejected for flagrant 2 foul
    Hassan Whiteside was ejected from Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs for a flagrant 2 foul.

    Advice: The ejection was warranted as Whiteside threw an obvious elbow into Boban Marjanovic. Whiteside has been in trouble with the league before for similar reasons, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he received a suspension. He finished with 14 points, six boards and two blocks in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) active Tuesday
    Hassan Whiteside (ankle) will be available to play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle during Sunday's game, but he made it through tonight's warmups and is ready to give it a go. Whiteside's minutes are still being held in check by coach Erik Spoelstra, but he's still a must-start player in season-long leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:11 pm
  • Greg Monroe will come off the bench Tuesday
    Greg Monroe will come off the bench behind Miles Plumlee for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Well this is about the most Jason Kidd move of all time. Kidd did say that Monroe will see just as many minutes as he usually does, "if not more," coming off the bench so owners shouldn't hesitate to fire him up for tonight's matchup with the Celtics. Plumlee isn't much of a stat sheet stuffer, so owners in most leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with the four-year veteran. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) intends to play Tues
    Hassan Whiteside (ankle) will warm up with the intention of playing Tuesday vs. the Spurs, although he remains a game-time decision.

    Advice: Whiteside's suffered a minor ankle tweak during Sunday's game, but head coach Erik Spoelstra said after Monday's practice that he could play "big minutes" vs. San Antonio, so it sounds like he'll be out there tonight. He will, however, come off the bench as Spoelstra said he'll go with the same starting five of Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Amare Stoudemire and Chris Bosh for Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:23 pm
  • Report: CLE unlikely to trade Kevin Love
    The Cavs are reportedly unlikely to trade away Kevin Love at the deadline.

    Advice: Cleveland management would reportedly like to see how Love fits into the Cavs' new system before making a major change, so while he could be dealt during the offseason, a trade at the deadline seems like an unlikely scenario for Love. He's been a third-round guy on the year with averages of 15.8 points, 10.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.1 three-pointers and 1.9 turnovers per game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:01 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
  • Report: Atlanta could blowup team at deadline
    The Hawks are reportedly considering trading away their core players of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague at the trade deadline.

    Advice: The Hawks haven't been able to recapture the magic from last year's 60-win season, and it's clear that while they're a playoff team, they are no championship contender. Horford is in a contract year, and Atlanta may not be willing to sign him to a max-deal this offseason. The Magic, Celtics and Nuggets have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Horford, and Atlanta is also listening to offers on Teague and Millsap. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:17 am
  • Hassan Whiteside game-time for Tues vs Spurs
    Hassan Whiteside (left ankle) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Whiteside was able to practice on Tuesday and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said he was encouraged by how the big man looked, so it's likely we'll see him on the court against the Spurs. Check back to make sure he's active for Tuesday, but Whiteside should be started as long as he's in the Heat lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 23 points
    Markieff Morris scored 23 points during a 122-106 loss to the Thunder on Monday with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers.

    Advice: Before the game, Kevin Durant said Markieff is "playing at an All-Star level right now." Morris is playing hard and he's transformed into a different player under coach Earl Watson. Morris likely boosted his trade value and the Suns may be able to get something for him. He should be owned, but a trade will hurt his value a lot. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Al Horford bounces back in loss
    Al Horford scored a team-high 27 points during a 117-110 overtime loss to the Magic on Monday, adding six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

    Advice: He was 12-of-18 from the field and hit both free throws for an eight-category line. Horford was putting up an underwhelming February before this gem, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 treys. He's been a top-20 player this year and that should continue. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays 17 minutes, tweaks ankle
    Jusuf Nurkic played through a tweaked left ankle on Monday vs. the Nets, scoring eight points with six boards, one assist and two steals in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He briefly went to the locker room, but he likely just got his ankle re-taped and it didn't seem to bother him the rest of the way. Nurkic shot just 3-of-9 from the field, but he at least hit both of his free throws. Nikola Jokic only played 14 minutes tonight, but to be clear, Jokic is still the center to own in Denver and it's not even close. For now, Nurkic is just a stash in deeper leagues to see if he can find the form that he had last season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:24 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 14 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points with eight rebounds, three assists and one block during a 120-100 loss to the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: Coach George Karl Watch is fully on right now and he might not make it to the All-Star break. Cousins said the team not playing well is not due to the players and Rajon Rondo had some comments this time. "With optional shootarounds it’s tough" Rondo said on Monday. "When three or four guys show up for shootaround this morning, how can you expect to win?" We'll see if Karl will coach the Kings on Wednesday against the 76ers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Kevin Love returns, scores 11 points
    Kevin Love scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: It's his first game back after missing one game due to a quad bruise. Love should be better his next time out and be an early-round guy. All that Love trade talk has subsided a bit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:02 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
  • Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings
    Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: He was probable and was never in jeopardy of missing this game after missing Saturday. HIs return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench while Tristan Thompson shouldn't play as much as Saturday. Start Love like you normally would in a favorable matchup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:24 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
  • Whiteside (ankle) expected to play on Tuesday
    Despite not practicing on Monday, Hassan Whiteside (left ankle) is expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Although Whiteside's ankle swelled on him overnight, Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside is okay and "could play big minutes tomorrow." It's unclear if that's Spo's way of hinting that Whiteside will be back in the first five, but Amare Stoudemire is tentatively expected to stick in the starting lineup for now. Either way, Whiteside should be active on all fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:58 am
  • John Henson (back) remains out on Tuesday
    John Henson (back) did not practice on Monday, and he will not play on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: This will now be six straight games in street clothes for Henson, and there is no clear timetable for his return. It's irresponsible to stash Henson in standard formats considering he's just a blocks specialist even when healthy, but those in deeper leagues (16-plus teams) should wait until we get a clear diagnosis until making a decision. The time off during All-Star Weekend should help. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 am
    Injured
  • Hawks assign Walter Tavares to the D-League
    Hawks assign C Walter Tavares to the D-League.

    Advice: Tavares doesn't have a role with the Hawks despite Tiago Splitter's hip injury, an indication of "Edy's" current fantasy appeal. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:56 am
  • Kevin Love (thigh) probable to play on Monday
    Kevin Love (quad) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Assuming Love plays, he'll wind up missing just a single game with the quad injury. His return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench where he belongs, while Tristan Thompson will slide back over and assume starting center responsibilities. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:17 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
  • Whiteside done talking to Spoelstra about 4Q
    Hassan Whiteside said he's "done" talking to Erik Spoelstra about his fourth quarter playing time.

    Advice: "I’m done talking to Coach about it," he said. "I have nothing else– We’ve talked about it so many times, ain’t no reason to keep talking to him about it. I’m just gonna play." While Spo said the "offense needed a little bit of a punch" on Sunday in explaining Whiteside's crunchtime benching, this has been a theme throughout the season. The coach did admit that Whiteside's ankle tweak was part of the big man sitting, but the big man said he was "fine" and it seemed like a convenient excuse for Spoelstra. Regardless of when his minutes are coming or whether or not he's starting, Whiteside should be locked into all lineups. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:06 am
  • Chris Bosh scores 17 points with three treys
    Chris Bosh went just 5-of-17 from the field and 4-of-7 from the line during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, on his way to 17 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Bosh has been producing just eighth-round value over the past month with averages of 19.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 turnover per game on 46.5 percent shooting. However, his rebounding, 3-point shooting and defensive numbers should trend up after the All-Star break, so he qualifies as buy-low candidate. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 3:19 pm
    GTD
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in 17 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside put up 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes off the bench on Sunday, but failed to record a block for the first time since January 8.

    Advice: Whiteside again spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench, as head coach Erik Spoelstra elected to go small, and he said after the game that while it was "a little surprising," there's nothing he can do about it. Hassan did suffer a minor left ankle tweak during the game, but that was not the reason he spent the fourth quarter on the sidelines, and he said during his post-game interview that he's "fine," and he could have played through the injury. For now, we'll consider him probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 2:52 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) drops 31/7/6 Sunday
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday, making 11-of-25 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs in a tough road loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: The Kings have now lost seven of their past eight games and their season has reached a tipping point -- they are 4.5 games out of the playoff picture and may have a new head coach after the All-Star break. Cousins was coming off a triple-double and over the past three games he's averaged 28.3 points, 9.3 boards and 6.7 assists -- he'll be a fantasy stud no matter who's calling the shots in Sacramento. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:37 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis double-doubles w/ 21 & 13
    Kristaps Porzingis notched his second straight double-double on Sunday with 21 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to avoid the Knicks' fifth straight loss.

    Advice: KP shot 10-of-23 from the field with one make from downtown -- he wasn't very effective from mid-range with the exception of the right wing, where he shot 4-of-4. KP said before the game that the struggling Knicks "need a guy like 'Melo who you can give the ball and he will score, he will get to the line and he will make plays for others." If Anthony's knee injury eventually forces a shutdown, Porzingis may need to be that guy in the final stages of the Knicks' season. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:33 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just seven minutes Sunday
    Jusuf Nurkic was limited vs. the Knicks with only three points, one rebound and one steal in seven minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Nurkic played one stint spanning the first and second quarters, and in the second half he was little more than a seven-foot cheerleader. Mike Malone has said repeatedly that Nurkic's conditioning needs to improve before his minutes will increase, and there's no reason to expect him to be a standard-league asset after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:28 pm
  • Al Horford scores 11 points with two blocks
    Al Horford struggled with his shot during Sunday's loss to the Magic, going 5-of-15 from the field on his way to 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Horford isn’t the most exciting guy to own, but his solid percentages (on most nights), limited turnovers and relatively high assist numbers (3.1) for a big man has him churning out second-round value on the year. He’s also incorporated a 3-point shot to his game, draining 1.0 triple per contest, and he’s yet to miss a single game for Atlanta. He’s the captain of team boring for early-round studs. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 12:40 pm
  • Heat sticking with same starting five
    Hassan Whiteside will come off the bench again on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Heat have won two straight games with Whiteside coming off the bench, so they don't feel the need to make any changes yet. Amare Stoudemire will continue to start, but he's better suited for deeper leagues. Whiteside is coming off a triple-double with 10 points, 10 boards and 10 blocks, so he belongs in all fantasy lineups no matter what. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 9:22 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins and Rondo are probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (turf toe) are both probable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Kings likely won't update their status before tip-off, but both players are going to play barring a late setback. The Kings have lost six out of their last seven games and coach George Karl is on the hot seat, so Sunday's game vs. the Celtics is going to be very interesting. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 6:48 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 w/ eight dimes
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with seven boards, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His stat line was fantastic, but the only negative is that he shot just 6-of-22 from the field because the Suns weren't generating any easy looks. The Suns have been using Morris as the focal point of their offense, but to be clear they are more than likely just showcasing him for a trade. Regardless, he needs to be owned in all leagues right now with averages of 16.0 points, 6.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 10:08 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 26 points in win
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points during an impressive 112-105 win over the Bulls on Saturday, adding 17 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell said after the game he likes how Towns and Dieng are playing together. Mitchell also hinted he could be giving Towns more run, which is music to his fantasy owners' ears. Even in just 34.2 minutes per game in his last 10, he's No. 4 in standard fantasy leagues. KAT has no ceiling. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:11 pm
  • Clint Capela doesn't score in 14 minutes
    Clint Capela did not score in 14 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday, adding six rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: If you want to look at a positive on this, he did play some minutes next to Dwight Howard tonight. Capela had the ol' 0.0 usage rate tonight and he's clearly trending down in fantasy leagues. Plus, with such little playing time while Terrence Jones (concussion) is out, it makes it obvious he's a cut candidate. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 4:55 pm
  • Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's a quad contusion from Friday night, which he was unable to return from in the loss. With Love out, the Cavs will likely be giving more minutes to Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov. Interestingly, Kyrie Irving's usage rate is 31.6 without Love and with LeBron James, so he has a nice chance tonight. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 2:51 pm
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  • Chris Bosh wasn't concerned with ankle
    Chris Bosh said the Heat are having more success with high pick-and-roll plays.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle in the first half and needed to be re-taped, but it looks like a non-issue. The Rockets were really aggressive on Bosh isolations on Tuesday, which may have caused so many PNRs on Friday. Bosh's output has dipped to just seventh-round value in his last 10, so expect him get it going again soon. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 12:55 pm
    GTD
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles with five block
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and five blocks in 32 minutes against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: Teammate Joe Ingles does commercials for mattresses, so one would think every mattress store around Salt Lake City would be calling Favors' agent. The big man is changing his mattress to fix his back problems and he's been rolling with second-round value in his last four. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 10:26 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis blocks six shots in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points during a 91-85 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday with 10 rebounds, six blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He finally broke out after a slump in the past week and change. After the game, Porzingis had some suggestions on the offense regarding pick-and-roll. "I think we need to do that a little more," he said. Porzingis should be an early-round player regardless of how many PNR chances he gets. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:36 pm
  • Boogie Cousins triple-doubles in loss to BK
    DeMarcus Cousins put up his first triple-double of the season with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Nets during a 128-119 loss on Friday.

    Advice: Boogie was not happy at the end of this game as his team allowed the Nets to score a season-high 128. "Not going to keep blaming the guys in the locker room," Cousins said. "We got a bigger issue." Fire up the grass and snake emojis? The Kings are fading fast while the Jazz have won five straight, so the Kings have a tough job on their hands. Expect the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors to start up in some capacity even if they don't hold a lot of weight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:06 pm
  • Al Horford scores 21 points in win
    Al Horford scored 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Pacers during a 102-96 win on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, there is a reason why any team would love to have Horford on their squad. He's grown as a 3-point shooter, is a very good defender and is one of the most efficient players without requiring a high usage. Horford is just coasting along with top-20 value on the season. He also had an awesome dunk (in link below). Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 7:46 pm
  • John Henson (back) out Friday vs. the Jazz
    John Henson (back) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: It'll be Henson's fifth straight game on the sidelines, which will allow Miles Plumlee to get some extra run, although that doesn't matter in almost any league. Henson is nothing more than a shot blocking specialist, and he's not really worth holding onto in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 5:31 pm
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  • DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo start
    DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are starting against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: They were expected to play the whole time and the Kings probably should've never even said they were probable. Cousins should be the focal point as per usual tonight in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 4:41 pm
  • Karl and Cousins are doing OK
    Coach George Karl said DeMarcus Cousins is "cool" and he's "enjoyed the adventure" of tweaking his offensive game.

    Advice: "I don't think Boogie is ever going to like coaches," Karl said. Karl did admit he did "stupid" things involving Cousins, so it was nice to see him take the blame. Karl praised Cousins' attitude in the preseason, as well. Cousins is expected to play tonight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 2:39 pm
  • Clint Capela returned to action on Thursday February 4. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 11:40 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 10 points
    Clint Capela scored 10 points with four rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not play next to Dwight Howard at all and those days might be done. Capela isn't the greatest per-minute guy and those are trending down, too. He's a drop candidate unless you want to use him as Dwight Howard insurance. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 9:17 pm
  • Markieff Morris cools off in loss
    Markieff Morris made 4-of-12 for 14 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The offense went through him quite a bit tonight, but the efficiency wasn't there like it was in his 30-point explosion. Morris was even teaching the younger guys tonight, which didn't happen often under Jeff Hornacek. A trade will kill his value, but he's worth owning as long as he's starting. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 8:55 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis struggling right now
    Kristaps Porzingis scored five points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Thursday.

    Advice: He hasn't been involved in the offense much. In his 57 minutes next to Carmelo Anthony in his previous three games, Porzingis only has made 33.3 percent from the field and a 21.9 usage rate. His efficiency on jumpers is down about 10 percent in the previous 10 games, too. Porzinigis' blocks are also down, so nothing is going right. As bad as this sounds, he's still put up seventh-round value in his last 10. He's a buy-low guy. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 8:14 pm
  • Clint Capela (hip) cleared to play vs. PHX
    Clint Capela (hip) has been cleared to play against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He will come off the bench behind Dwight Howard, who hasn't finished a game in over a week due to ejections and a suspension. The Rockets are likely going to go small a lot, so Capela isn't a great fantasy asset right now. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 4:34 pm
  • Clint Capela (hip) a game-time decision Thurs
    Clint Capela (left hip flexor, thigh) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Donatas Motiejunas said that the reason he's headed back to the D-League on Thursday is because "Clint is healthy," and Capela reportedly ran around at shootaround with "little difficulty," so it sounds like he'll be out there tonight. With Clint active, Marcus Thornton's minutes will likely take the biggest hit. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 12:43 pm
  • Report: Bucks have made Greg Monroe available
    The Bucks have reportedly made Greg Monroe available "at the right price."

    Advice: The Bucks have been underperforming this season sitting on a 20-31 record, and while Monroe has been putting up solid numbers during his first year in Milwaukee, his defense hasn't been very good at all. "From what I’m hearing is they (the Bucks) are willing to trade anybody not named [Jabari] Parker, [Giannis] Antetokounmpo or [Kris] Middleton,’’ an NBA executive said. "I even heard they'd listen [to offers] for Parker and Middleton, but it would have to be some crazy offer." Monroe's fantasy value should be safe regardless of what jersey he's wearing. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 11:38 am
  • Clint Capela (hip) moving well at shootaround
    Clint Capela (left hip flexor, thigh) was moving well during Thursday morning's shootaround, according to beat reporter Jonathan Feigen.

    Advice: The Rockets sent Donatas Motiejunas back to the D-League on Thursday, which could be an indication that Capela is feeling good enough to play. We'll have another update on his status closer to tip-off, but if Capela is out there, there will be less minutes available for Josh Smith and Marcus Thornton. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 11:23 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns turns it up late
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not score in the first half and got hot late. Towns is putting up an all-time rookie season and it's obviously translating to fantasy. In his last 10 games, only Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant have more value than Towns. He's 20. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 11:41 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops 16-11-6 in win
    Derrick Favors had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks on 7-of-14 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: He's played 30-plus minutes in each of his last three games, and it looks like he's back and good to go. That was a long month that he was listed as day-to-day with his back injury, so let's just quietly hope he stays healthy the rest of the way. He's averaging 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in his five games since returning from the injury. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 9:41 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays 15 minutes off bench
    Jusuf Nurkic played just 15 minutes and had five points, five rebounds and zero blocks for the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic finally cooled off, yet the Nuggets went to Joffrey Lauvergne before putting Nurkic in the game off the bench. Lauvergne was awful (0-for-4) and Nurkic just can't do much if he's not getting 25 minutes a game. But he's only been back for two games since the nagging knee injury and there's still time for him to get it turned around. But with Jokic playing so well, and Lauvergne getting off the bench before Nurkic, we wouldn't blame you if you're ready to move on from Nurkic. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 9:38 pm
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