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    • Report: MN claims Justin Hamilton off waivers
      The Timberwolves have reportedly claimed F/C Justin Hamilton off waivers.

      Advice: Hamilton will add some depth to the Timberwolves' frontcourt, but with averages of just 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, it's safe to leave him on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:14 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) questionable for Friday
      Nick Young (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Memphis.

      Advice: Young has said that he's targeting a return for Sunday's matchup against the Mavericks, so we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of the questionable tag for Friday's game. When he is able to return to the lineup, Jeremy Lin's value could take a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:09 pm
       
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    • Report: Contenders again checking in on McGee
      Playoff teams around the league are again checking in with JaVale McGee after contract talks with the Boston Celtics fell through.

      Advice: The Warriors, Mavericks, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, and Bulls have all expressed interest in signing McGee, but he's not likely to earn enough minutes in the rotation with any of those clubs to be able to produce any reliable value in most fantasy leagues. McGee reportedly wants a player option for next season (which is the reason his contract talks fell apart in Boston), and it'll be interesting to see if any of these contending teams cater to his demands. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:40 pm
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) out two more games
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) will remain sidelined for at least two more games.

      Advice: That means Parsons will be unavailable for Thursday's game vs. the Trail Blazers, as well as Friday's matchup with the Warriors. He did however say that he is hopeful to suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers, so we'll be considering him questionable for that one. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson will continue to start with Al-Farouq Aminu seeing extended minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:55 am
    • Update: JaVale McGee not heading to Boston
      Updating a previous report, JaVale McGee will not be heading to Boston.

      Advice: The two sides apparently couldn't come to an agreement on the terms of McGee's contract, so he will seek employment elsewhere. McGee is averaging a meager 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks on the season, and unless your league awards points for appearances on Shaqtin' a Fool, McGee belongs on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:21 am
    • Terrence Jones questionable for Friday
      Terrence Jones (lower back pain) is questionable for Friday's game against the Pistons.

      Advice: Jones has been on fire as of late, so his owners will have to watch his status closely leading up to Friday's game. If he's unable to suit up, Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas would be in line for big minutes against the Pistons. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:41 am
    • Derrick Rose still beginning rehab process
      Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose (knee) is still in the initial phases of his rehab process.

      Advice: Thibodeau added that Rose has been riding a stationary bike, but it doesn't sound like he'll be traveling with the team to Indianapolis or San Antonio. Rose is planning on returning this season, but it's unlikely he'll return in time to make enough a dent in fantasy leagues and can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:05 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • Danny Ainge explains JaVale McGee signing
      While the signing still isn't official, Celtics president Danny Ainge explained his thought process in pursuing JaVale McGee.

      Advice: "I probably shouldn’t touch on that yet since it’s still in the works, but that report is accurate," Ainge said. "Javale is a long, athletic guy. We don’t have that type of player. Above the rim, he’s an offensive and defensive player." Once the signing is official, McGee will join a crowded frontcourt alongside Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, and Kelly Olynyk, but he's worth a flier in deeper leagues as he could get decent run. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:39 am
    • Russell Westbrook has no problems with mask
      Russell Westbrook (face) said he has no issues with his protective mask that he wore during Wednesday's win over the 76ers.

      Advice: Westbrook recorded his fourth consecutive triple-double Wednesday night and the mask did little to hamper his efforts. "I mean, it was weird, obviously, [I] kept wiping it and it was a total, big process of trying to keep everything from not falling and all this stuff," he said. "But that's not going to stop me. My job is to come out there and lead my team." There's not much else to say about Westbrook right now other than that he should be cemented in every fantasy lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:05 am
    • LeBron James looking to protect himself more
      LeBron James said he needs to protect himself more after being the recipient of a second flagrant foul in his last three games.

      Advice: "Maybe I got to protect myself a little bit more, too," James said after taking a flagrant foul from Jonas Valanciunas during Wednesday's win over the Raptors. "I don't want to get too much involved in it because I don't want to cry about it because it's not like I'm not able to get back up, but it's a lot of plays that are just not basketball plays." Fouls aside, James has been on fire as of late with averages of 33.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 2.8 three-pointers over his last four games and is making a late-season push for NBA MVP. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:48 am
    • Celtics close to signing JaVale McGee
      The Boston Celtics are reportedly close to signing JaVale McGee.

      Advice: McGee has had a fair share of suitors since being released by the 76ers, but it looks like he'll end up in Celtic green on a deal that will reportedly be through the 2015-16 season. McGee will join a crowded Celtics frontcourt of Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass, Kelly Olynyk, so the fantasy fallout from this move is more of a downgrade for all four players than it is an upgrade for any. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:54 am
    • Dray Green fills stat sheet in slumpbuster
      Draymond Green broke out of a funk with a monster line on Wednesday, racking up 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers on 9-of-14 shooting in a win over the Bucks.

      Advice: While we've been the biggest supporters of Dray's run this season of anyone we've seen, even Rotoworld was a bit surprised by this line. Green had just three points on Monday, but is still averaging 14.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.4 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five. Beast. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:22 pm
    • Eric Gordon slows down vs. Detroit
      Eric Gordon scored just four points with two assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer against the Pistons on Wednesday.

      Advice: He scored at least 18 points each of his three previous games with 3.7 treys per game. Obviously Gordon's usage took a nosedive with the return of Anthony Davis, but he should still be able to score in the teens with over two treys per game. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:11 pm
    • Jared Dudley starts, posts 'dud' in loss
      Jared Dudley started at shooting guard on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-5 shots for two points, four rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He was relevant a month ago, but should no longer be owned in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:10 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia bounces back
      Zaza Pachulia, who started and played just 13 scoreless minutes on Tuesday, had 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals on 5-of-9 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's not going to go crazy on most nights with John Henson around, but played well tonight. But as we saw on Tuesday, he's not exactly reliable right now, either. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:06 pm
    • Derrick Williams scores 11 in 19 minutes
      Derrick Williams came off the bench for 11 points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: This was a pretty useless fantasy line, but he is coming on, scoring in double figures in three straight games. The scoring is nice, but is only averaging 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:54 pm
    • D.J. Augustin moves back to the bench
      D.J. Augustin scored 17 points off the bench against the 76ers on Wednesday with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was one of his better games with OKC and he's going to have a chance to produce next to Russell Westbrook. Augustin will see his chances to shoot decrease in a big way upon the return of Kevin Durant (foot), but he should be worth owning in standard leagues until then. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    • Jeremy Lin goes for 12 & 9 in loss
      Jeremy Lin had 12 points, two rebounds, nine assists, four steals and a 3-pointer on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss.

      Advice: Lin is kind of rolling right now, averaging 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five games. Pick him up if you he's available and you need a point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:25 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson scores 10 in loss to Heat
      Jordan Clarkson hit just 3-of-11 shots, but still had 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a 3-pointer in the Lakers loss to Miami on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeremy Lin is outplaying Clarkson right now off the bench, but Clarkson is still averaging 15.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, shooting 49 percent from the floor. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    • Ish Smith plays just 15 minutes
      Ish Smith played 15 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover.

      Advice: Isaiah Canaan was on fire tonight, so coach Brett Brown kept Smith on the bench. Smith is going to backup Canaan for the rest of the season, so he is going to have some inconsistency. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:59 pm
    • Kyrie Irving scores 26 in win over Raptors
      Kyrie Irving had 26 points, eight assists and a 3-pointer on 9-of-17 shooting in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love all played well for the Cavs, and when that happens, they just don't lose. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:59 pm
    • LeBron takes over after Valanciunas flagrant
      LeBron James didn't take kindly to a flagrant tackle by Jonas Valanciunas late in the third quarter on Wednesday, and finished the win with 29 points, six rebounds, 14 assists and three 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting.

      Advice: He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and the 14 dimes matched his season high. The Cavs are all but a lock to finish as the No. 2 seed in the East, and an eventual Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Hawks would be fun to watch. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    • Kevin Love plays well in win over Raptors
      Kevin Love had 22 points, 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers on 6-of-10 shooting in Wednesday's comeback win over the Raptors.

      Advice: He had an IV after Tuesday's game against the Celtics, but looked fine tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:52 pm
    • Jonas Valanciunas scores 26 in loss to Cavs
      Jonas Valanciunas hit 12-of-17 shots for 26 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 31 minutes in Wednesday's loss against the Cavs.

      Advice: This was one of JV's best games of the season, and especially good to see after his five points and five boards on Monday. However, he also tackled LeBron James late in the third quarter, picked up a flagrant foul, and inspired LeBron to crush the Raptors in the fourth quarter, so there's that. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 32 minutes vs. Wolves
      Danilo Gallinari played 32 minutes against the Wolves during a 100-85 win on Wednesday with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He basically played the entire game and didn't check out until 1:15 left. Gallinari has his minutes limit lifted right now and he's been putting up good numbers over his last five, averaging 19.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 steals and 3.2 treys. He should be owned in all standard leagues as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:40 pm
    • Will Barton scores 17 points in 30 minutes
      Will Barton scored 17 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Wolves on Wednesday.

      Advice: Seven of these points did come in garbage time and Barton was probably looking at around minutes in the low 20s had this game been close. Now that Nuggets are playing some of their veterans again, Barton isn't quite as attractive as an add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:28 pm
    • Manimal's Back: Kenneth Faried drops 18 & 14
      Kenneth Faried looked terrific against the Wolves on Wednesday with 18 points, 14 boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.

      Advice: That's two games without Brian Shaw and two wonderful lines on the stat sheet. It's probably a tad premature to say he's going to be this good, but Faried was truly awesome down the stretch last season and over the summer, so he could be an 18-point, 12-board guy the rest of the way. All that patience is paying dividends right now and he obviously needs to be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:20 pm
    • Bro-Lo plays just 19 minutes in ugly loss
      Brook Lopez scored just eight points on 2-of-7 shooting and added three rebounds and a block in 19 minutes of playing time in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Hornets.

      Advice: Yes, it was a blowout, but the Nets' box score is still a mess. Lopez had 26 points off the bench him Monday's shocking win over the Warriors, but all the good they did in that game will be overshadowed by the no-show they had against the Hornets, who zipped past them for the final playoff spot tonight. Mason Plumlee started, as usual, and had 11 points and seven rebounds, but didn't have a block on the night. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:13 pm
    • Thaddeus Young starts second half, still duds
      Thaddeus Young started the second half over SG Markel Brown on Wednesday, but still managed just eight points, three rebounds, three steals and a 3-pointer on 3-of-5 shooting in 24 minutes.

      Advice: The Nets were waxed by the Hornets and maybe this was a wakeup call? Until they give in and start Brook Lopez and Young, it will be hard to take them seriously as a playoff contender in the East. Yet, that's exactly what they are, sitting just a game behind the Hornets for the final spot. Young has had a pretty disappointing season, but could make it up to his owners if he begins starting and playing well for the Nets, as the fantasy playoffs approach. Just continue to hang in there with him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:06 pm
    • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles, scores 49
      Russell Westbrook returned from a facial fracture on Wednesday and had a ridiculous triple-double against the 76ers during a 123-118 overtime win, scoring a career-high 49 points with 16 boards, 10 assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

      Advice: Where do we begin? He logged his fourth consecutive triple-double to become the first player since Michael Jordan to do that, became just the third player to log consecutive 40-point triple-doubles in NBA history (Jordan and Pete Maravich), had a career high in boards, and became the second player in the past 30 seasons to drop a 45-15-10 line (Vince Carter). He also had a ridiculous 46.1 usage rate tonight. This guy needed surgery to repair a dent in his face last week. Crazy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:51 pm
    • Terrence Jones goes off again, scores 21 pts
      Terrence Jones looked great in a tough matchup against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 21 points, nine rebounds, two steals, one steal and two blocks on 10-of-14 from the field in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is on fire. In his last five games, Jones averaged 19.6 points, 8.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.0 turnovers on 64.1 percent from the field. He was a very efficient scorer as a backup center last year, but he's clearly surpassing all expectations. The Rockets are in no rush to bring Dwight Howard back and Jones should be a stud for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:07 pm
    • Jared Dudley will start, Ilyasova off bench
      Jared Dudley will start against the Warriors on Wednesday with Ersan Ilyasova coming off the bench.

      Advice: Coach Jason Kidd said he likes Dudley's communication skills and he thinks the team needs that during this adjustment period. This isn't the first time Ilyasova gets bumped to the bench and it'll be interesting to see how he responds. Dudley can be left on the wire for now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:38 pm
    • Russell Westbrook without minutes restriction
      Russell Westbrook (face) will not have a minutes restriction on Wednesday against the 76ers.

      Advice: He'll have a mask on tonight and should be ready to be unleashed against poor Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan. Westbrook will look to put up another triple-double tonight and we like his chances. Start him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:22 pm
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) out for Thursday
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday.

      Advice: He did travel with the team for their upcoming three-game trip, but he is likely doubtful to play in any of them considering they're already ruling him out for Thursday. With Parsons out, Al-Farouq Aminu is finally starting to step up and is worth a look in standard leagues for short-term value. In his last two, he averaged 7.0 points, 2.5 boards 1.0 blocks, 1.0 treys and 4.0 steals. Parsons is still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:42 pm
    • Russell Westbrook (face) will play Wednesday
      Russell Westbrook (face) will play vs. the 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He still has some swelling and discomfort in his face, but it's a fantastic sign if the Thunder are going to allow him to play against the lowly 76ers. Westbrook is arguably the hottest player in the NBA right now and is coming off three straight triple-doubles, so his owners have to be feeling pretty good about themselves right about now. D.J. Augustin will shift to the bench and can be dropped outside of deeper leagues. 76ers' PG Isaiah Canaan should be trembling right now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:44 am
    • Raptors have interest in C JaVale McGee
      The Raptors are reportedly interested in acquiring JaVale McGee once he clears waivers on Wednesday evening.

      Advice: The Heat and Mavericks are also said to be interested, but McGee wouldn't have a large enough role on any team to be a factor in most fantasy leagues. We will continue to follow this story closely, but it's safe to leave McGee on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:12 am
    • Kevin Love (illness) good to go on Wednesday
      Kevin Love had to receive an IV after Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics and said that he may have food poisoning, but he will play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

      Advice: It clearly doesn't sound like Love is 100 percent, but his owners can safely keep him in all active lineups today in a huge matchup with Toronto. Love scored just 12 points with eight boards in a blowout victory over the Celtics on Tuesday, so hopefully he will be a little more involved on offense tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:35 am
    • Zaza Pachulia awful in 13 minutes vs. Denver
      Zaza Pachulia started Tuesday's game but was awful in 13 minutes of action, going scoreless with three turnovers, two fouls and no other stats to his credit.

      Advice: Pachulia was completely out of sorts in an awkward matchup vs. Kenneth Faried, and Jason Kidd wisely opted to limit his playing time after a brutal start to the game. He's off the radar in all but the deepest leagues, regardless of where he begins the game. John Henson (10 points, five boards, one block) is still the center to own in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:02 pm
    • Jared Dudley (knee) struggles in return Tues
      Jared Dudley (knee) finished Tuesday's loss in Denver with two points, five boards and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He shot just 1-of-6 from the field and may not be 100 percent healthy. Standard-league owners can leave him on the waiver wire as long as he's playing 20-25 minutes behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:00 pm
    • Will Barton struggles in 22 minutes vs. Bucks
      Will Barton struggled in 22 minutes off Denver's bench on Tuesday, scoring two points on 0-of-2 field goals and 2-of-5 free throws.

      Advice: He added three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block, so it wasn't a total loss. This is still a far cry from the 18.8 points he was averaging over his previous four games, and owners may want to hold him a bit longer to see how he fares under interim coach Melvin Hunt. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:58 pm
    • Nuggets win in coach Melvin Hunt's debut
      The Nuggets snapped their losing streak with a win vs. the Bucks on Tuesday, led by Danilo Gallinari's game-high 26 points, four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Gallo's re-emergence is one of the best stories in recent weeks. Since the All-Star break he's averaging 17.0 points, 2.8 threes, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals as a go-to scorer for the Nuggets, and he should be owned in all fantasy leagues despite his very real injury risk. Gallo even scored efficiently for once, hitting 8-of-16 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws in the much-needed home victory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:47 pm
    • Kenneth Faried double-doubles w/ two blocks
      Kenneth Faried started again on Tuesday, posting 14 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes under new coach Melvin Hunt.

      Advice: This marks the first time Faried has played 30+ minutes or had a double-double since early February. He never found a sustained rhythm under Brian Shaw so the coaching shake-up could be the moment his fantasy owners have been waiting for all season. With any luck the Manimal will be unleashed over Denver's final 23 games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:46 pm
    • Terrence Jones scores 18 pts w/ three blocks
      Terrence Jones was a force to be reckoned with on Tuesday, racking up 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 37 minutes vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: The Rockets' five-game winning streak was snapped by the Hawks, who now have their own five-game streak going. T-Jones has been steadily improving since returning from his serious leg injury and he's once again a must-own fantasy option. The lone caveat is his free throw shooting -- he's 65.3 percent at the charity stripe this season and missed four of his six attempts tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:44 pm
    • Jeremy Lin sinks key 3-pointer vs. Charlotte
      Jeremy Lin sank a late 3-pointer in Charlotte on Tuesday, finishing the Lakers' one-point loss with 23 points, six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.

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

      Advice: The Lakers want Clarkson to play in Summer League but he's rapidly developing into a reliable NBA point guard. "I'm still real excited about Jordan Clarkson," Byron Scott said in late February. "I keep getting excited about that kid because his growth is getting better and better." Fantasy owners can say the same thing, and he deserves to be owned in standard leagues with averages of 14.0 points, 0.9 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 16 starts this season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:27 pm
    • Derrick Williams gets 17 points off SAC bench
      Derrick Williams came off the bench for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting on Tuesday, making three 3-pointers with three boards, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Knicks' opponents are shooting a league-best 38.6 percent from downtown and it showed on Tuesday, as the Kings made a combined 10-of-18 triples in the easy road win. George Karl is still figuring out how to get "more consistent value" from Williams, but he also referred to him as "one of our more skilled players." Standard-league owners should keep a close eye on D-Will in case his role continues to grow during the Kings' final 24 games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:52 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) plays well in return
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) returned to action on Tuesday with 18 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in an easy win vs. Boston.

      Advice: He logged only 26 minutes and showed no signs of his recent injury, making 6-of-10 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws before taking a seat down the stretch. His return bumped Matthew Dellavedova back to the bench, where he went scoreless with five rebounds and seven assists. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:35 pm
    • LeBron James passes Ray Allen on scoring list
      LeBron James racked up 27 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block before taking a seat after 26 minutes of action on Tuesday.

      Advice: He made 12-of-23 shots and only turned the ball over once, a rare treat from the player who ranks second in the NBA with 4.3 turnovers per game (trailing only DeMarcus Cousins). LeBron spent the past few days criticizing himself for missing eight free throws in Sunday's tough overtime loss, but it didn't take him long to put that defeat in the rearview mirror. He also passed Ray Allen on the all-time scoring list with this performance, giving him 24,507 points in his phenomenal 12-year career. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:26 pm
    • Kevin Love plays through illness vs. Boston
      Kevin Love (illness) decided to play at the last minute on Tuesday and he made 4-of-10 shots to finish with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 25 minutes.

      Advice: It wasn't his best game but the Cavs didn't need more from him and he posted a +/- rating of +25 in the blowout victory. He'll be ready to go vs. the Raptors on Wednesday and his fantasy owners should only be concerned about Cleveland's brutal two-game slate in Week 23 (March 30 - April 5). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:25 pm
    • Nuggets will roll with same starters on Tues.
      The Nuggets will start Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: The Nuggets parted ways with coach Brain Shaw on Tuesday, so it will be very interesting to see how their rotations shape up in the coming weeks. Faried has an excellent shot to redeem himself now that coach Shaw can't hold him back, so hopefully he finally rewards his patient owners with some late-season production. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:36 pm
    • Pelicans waive Justin Hamilton
      The Pelicans officially waived Justin Hamilton on Tuesday.

      Advice: Hamilton is averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds on the season, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:18 pm
    • Kevin Love (illness) a go for Tuesday vs. BOS
      Kevin Love (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Go ahead and get him active. Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson expecting a big night may want to look elsewhere for production. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:50 pm
    • Report: MIA also interested in JaVale McGee
      The Miami Heat are reportedly interested in bringing on JaVale McGee.

      Advice: McGee is due to clear waivers on Wednesday, and we'll be following this story closely. So far the Mavs and Heat have been reported to have interest in acquiring McGee's services, but the sense is that there are more teams out there also intrigued by McGee. To be clear, we don't expect him to offer any fantasy value to owners in most leagues regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:56 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) targeting return on Sunday
      Nick Young (knee) will remain sidelined for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets and he's targeting a return on Sunday.

      Advice: This will be Young's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and a Sunday return would cause him to miss two more games on Wednesday and Friday. While he's out there will be more opportunities on offense for Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, and Wes Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:36 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Love (illness) a game-time decision
      Kevin Love (illness) is headed for a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics.

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

      Advice: Irving will return to the starting lineup, sending Matthew Dellavedova to the bench. Irving will draw a favorable matchup against the Celtics tonight, so make sure you have him on your active roster. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:27 pm
    • Report: DAL interested in adding JaVale McGee
      The Mavericks are reportedly "seriously interested" in signing JaVale McGee.

      Advice: While the Mavericks have significant interest in McGee, it's being reported that the list of interested teams stretches well beyond Dallas, which is a rather strange sentence to write. McGee couldn't earn significant minutes playing for the 76ers, so he's going to have difficulty leaving the bench on an actual championship contender. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:56 pm
    • Karl wants consistency from Derrick Williams
      Kings' head coach George Karl said that he would like to get more consistency from Derrick Williams.

      Advice: "Derrick is one of our more skilled players, and we’re trying to figure out how he fits with the team," Karl said. "I thought that he and Andre Miller had chemistry together [on Sunday]. As a coaching staff, we feel that we should try and get more out of him, and more consistent value." Williams was able to put up 18 points on Sunday, but was held to single digits in his previous three outings, including a zero-point performance vs. San Antonio. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:50 pm
    • Report: Pelicans to waive Justin Hamilton
      The Pelicans are expected to waive F/C Justin Hamilton, according to sources.

      Advice: Hamilton hasn't played a single game for the Pelicans since coming to New Orleans at the trade deadline, and he's never going to be a difference maker for an NBA team, so the move makes sense. While he may be able to hook on with another NBA team, he's not going to have any fantasy value wherever he lands. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:07 pm
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) to travel w/ Mavs
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) will travel with the Mavs on their upcoming three-game road trip.

      Advice: Parsons will be traveling with the team, but head coach Rick Carlisle said he's unsure of his availability for Thursday's game vs. the Trail Blazers. We'll be considering him questionable, and if he's unable to go, Richard Jefferson will have another game with the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:13 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) a game-time decision
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is likely headed for a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. Boston.

      Advice: We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but if Irving is unavailable, Matthew Dellavedova will have another game with the starting unit. However, Dellavedova only managed to put up three points and four assists through 41 minutes of action during his last start, so the true beneficiaries of an Irving absence will be LeBron James and Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:57 am
    • Nick Young questionable for Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Young didn't participate in Tuesday's shootaround and Lakers' head coach Byron Scott said he'll see how Swaggy P feels later in the day before making a final decision. While Young doesn't belong on any standard league fantasy rosters, his eventual return will cut into the fantasy value of Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, and Wes Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:08 am
       
      Injured
    • Russell Westbrook likely to return Wednesday
      Russell Westbrook (face) is likely to return to action as soon as Wednesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

      Advice: This isn't set in stone just yet, but Westbrook is expected to play with a protective mask on Wednesday barring an unforeseen setback. We'll update his status after Wednesday's shootaround, but Westbrook's owners can feel free to slot him back into their lineups while D.J. Augustin will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:01 am
    • Kyrie Irving questionable for Tues vs Celtics
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game agains the Celtics.

      Advice: Cavs' head coach David Blatt had previously said that Irving would return to action against the Celtics on Tuesday, so there's a good chance his questionable status turns to probable later in the day. We'll pass along updates as soon as they're available, but Matthew Dellavedova will return to a bench role if Irving does indeed play on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:42 am
    • Kevin Love misses Tuesday shootaround
      Kevin Love (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround, but is probable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

      Advice: While the Cavs told Love to stay home for Tuesday morning's shootaround, the good news for his fantasy owners is that he is still listed as probable to face the Celtics. We'll update Love's status as soon as more information becomes available, but Tristan Thompson would be in line for a value boost if Love's status is downgraded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:38 am
    • Scott happy with Jeremy Lin's recent play
      Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's happy with the way that Jeremy Lin has been playing recently.

      Advice: "I am really happy with the way he’s starting to show that consistent effort for every single night," Scott said of Lin after Sunday's loss to the Thunder. "He’s playing the way I think he’s capable of playing." While Lin has had an inconsistent season, he's stepped up his play as of late and is averaging 17.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.2 steals in 27.8 minutes over his last five games. As long as he can continue to his pace, he's worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:38 am
    • Eric Gordon posts 18-5-4 line with four treys
      Eric Gordon's surprising surge continued in Monday's loss to the Mavs as he scored 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including four treys) with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: The production isn't surprising as he's been doing this for a while now, posting a top 50-80 month (8/9 cat) with no end in sight. The fact that he has been consistent and healthy is the good part, and it's nice to see him carry some of the weight from that ugly contract the Pelicans signed him to. Tyreke Evans added 17 points, three boards, seven assists, one steal and one three in the loss. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:14 pm
    • Hot Ish: Smith has a good game vs. Raps
      Ish Smith scored 19 points with five rebounds, nine assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

      Advice: Coach Brett Brown already said that he likes Smith as a backup point guard, so he's not going to leapfrog Isaiah Canaan for the starting gig. That doesn't necessarily mean he won't outproduce him. In his last two games, he's averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 boards, 7.0 boards and 1.0 treys. He is worth a look in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:10 pm
    • Thad posts solid line in 25 minutes on Monday
      Thaddeus Young scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Warriors.

      Advice: Young has leveled out with late mid-round value so far during his time in Brooklyn and that will probably improve by a round or two once he's fully integrated into their system. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:22 pm
    • Lopez scores 26 points; Jack hits game-winner
      Brook Lopez scored 26 points off the bench in Monday's win over the Warriors, hitting 11-of-22 shots with six rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

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

      Advice: Nothing to see here, folks. We'll let you know if we hear anything about rest and he should remain locked into lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:06 pm
    • Jonas Valanciunas only takes two shots
      Jonas Valanciunas didn't take advantage of a good matchup against the 76ers on Monday with five points, five boards and one block on 1-of-2 from the field.

      Advice: He lacked aggression tonight and his teammate, James Johnson, even told him to go post up down low. Valanciunas was looking a little better in his previous games after the break, averaging 11.5 points, 10.5 boards, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. He should get better. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:04 pm
    • Kerr wants to play Draymond Green less Monday
      Steve Kerr said he would like to get Draymond Green some rest after playing 44 minutes on Sunday, but added tonight's matchup probably won't allow it.

      Advice: In other words, it looks like Green will play, but it might only be 30-33 minutes. To be clear it's all a guessing game right now, but owners in standard leagues should start Green as of right now. If you're in DFS, steering clear of Dray makes the most sense. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:15 pm
    • Nick Young is questionable for Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) is questionable to play against the Hornets on Tuesday.

      Advice: He's been out for three games with swelling in his left knee, which was a problem for him earlier this season. Young has also been in the news for his off-the-court comments regarding his girlfriend, Iggy Azalea. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues while his possible return may hurt Wes Johhson, Jeremy Lin and Wayne Ellington the most. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:06 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jared Dudley ready to roll for Tuesday night
      Jared Dudley (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

      Advice: He missed Saturday due to some soreness in his knee cap and looks to be in the clear. Interestingly, every fantasy owner's favorite headache, Ersan Ilyasova, stepped up while Dudley was down, so that is the major fantasy implication here. While Dudley isn't worth owning, it'll be interesting to see what happens with Ghostface Ilya. Dudley isn't worth owning in most leagues while Ilyasova is worth a look -- add at your own risk of course. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:25 am
    • Official: Sixers waive center JaVale McGee
      Sixers waive C JaVale McGee.

      Advice: The Sixers made the move prior to midnight on March 1, meaning McGee will be eligible to join a playoff-bound team if one actually signs him to their active roster. We'll see if that happens. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:25 am
    • Chandler Parsons out again on Monday night
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) will not play against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: He was previously hopeful to return, but he will be sidelined once again. Without Parsons available, expect Richard Jefferson to continue to start in his place, while Al-Farouq Aminu will continue to see an increase in minutes off the bench, and he may be motivated to deliver a solid effort against his former team. Parsons has not played since Feb. 20. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:14 am
    • Derrick Rose says he'll return this season
      Derrick Rose (knee) said that he would return this season.

      Advice: Rose has already started his rehab and all reports have been tremendously positive since his outpatient surgery. While we're likely to get daily Rose updates for however long he's sidelined, it's important to remember that the earliest he'll return is at the back end of March. That doesn't leave a lot of time for him to contribute to fantasy owners looking to win their postseason matchups. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:27 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • Report: 76ers agree to waive JaVale McGee
      The 76ers have agreed to waive JaVale McGee in time for him to sign with a playoff contender, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

      Advice: Philadelphia will reportedly pay McGee the full amount he's owed, including a $12 million payout next season, and he's likely to sign a minimum deal to give a playoff-bound team more frontcourt depth. He's not a fantasy asset no matter where he lands after clearing waivers. Yahoo! Sports reports there are 10 teams that have already expressed interest, but that would mean a third of the NBA, and we're not buying that. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:07 pm
    • Kenneth Faried struggles in start at center
      Kenneth Faried started at center in the Nuggets' small lineup on Sunday, but he made only 1-of-6 shots to finish with three points, six boards, three assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: Faried logged 27 minutes and may have played more if it weren't for foul trouble. The starting job and increased playing time are both silver linings for exasperated fantasy owners, and for now it seems likely that he'll stick at center for Tuesday's game vs. Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:05 pm
    • Eric Gordon scores 18 points in NOP victory
      Eric Gordon scored 18 points vs. the Nuggets on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He's now made a 3-pointer in 25 consecutive games which is huge for a Pelicans team that ranks in the bottom-10 for 3-pointers made. With Ryan Anderson (knee) out of commission, it's safe to say Gordon will have a neon-green light to shoot from downtown in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:03 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari leads Nuggets w/ 21 points
      Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 21 points on Sunday, making 7-of-18 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs with four rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Gallinari is one of the only positive stories in Denver this season, as he's rounding into form after an injury-plagued start to the season. He's scored double-digit points in six straight games and is averaging 2.8 triples during that span. Get him into your active lineups and hope that he can avoid the injury-bug in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:59 pm
    • Will Barton scores 16 points w/ 10 rebounds
      Will Barton came off Denver's bench for 16 points and a season-high 10 rebounds in Sunday's home loss, adding two steals without any turnovers in 27 minutes.

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

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

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

      Advice: Westbrook isn't expected to be out long and OKC doesn't play again until Wednesday, so this may be Augustin's only fill-in start. He shot 6-of-15 from the field in 41 minutes and would resume must-own fantasy status if Westbrook ever suffered a long-term injury, so don't lose sight of him in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:10 pm
    • JaVale McGee buyout looking less likely
      JaVale McGee, who has been mentioned in buyout rumors, finished Sunday's road loss with three points, one rebound and one block in eight minutes off the 76ers bench.

      Advice: McGee said before the game that he wasn't aware of any talks with Sixers management, and a buyout is now reportedly "unlikely." He won't be eligible for the playoffs if he's waived after midnight on Sunday, so a buyout would be implausible if it doesn't happen very soon. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:50 pm
    • Ish Smith starts 2nd half over Isaiah Canaan
      Ish Smith took over at PG to start the second half vs. Indiana on Sunday, posting 11 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and five assists in the Sixers' loss.

      Advice: Smith is a career 38.6 percent shooter and fantasy owners should be extremely wary of his 47.4 percent free throw shooting this season. He's a decent speculative add for deep-league owners seeking a point guard, but his starting job isn't guaranteed and we wouldn't cut anyone of value to get him. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:27 pm
    • Derrick Williams scores 18 points in loss
      Derrick Williams matched his season-high with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting against the Blazers on Sunday, adding one rebound in 23 minutes.

      Advice: His role has been erratic at best under head coach George Karl, and he has averaged just 16.4 minutes per game since coach Karl took over. Until Williams earns a bigger role in Sacramento, he is going to be tough to own outside of the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:24 pm
    • Draymond Green posts 14 & 11 w/ extras Sunday
      Draymond Green pitched in 14 points, two 3-pointers, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks with only one turnover during Sunday's thrilling road win in Boston.

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

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

      Advice: LeBron became the first player since Truck Robinson in 1978 to score 37+ points while shooting under 30.0 percent on 10 or more free throw attempts. He was in disbelief after numerous misses in the clutch and took responsibility for the loss afterward, though fantasy owners will assuredly forgive the flaws in this statistical bonanza. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:34 pm
    • Terrence Jones scores 19 pts w/ one 3-pointer
      Terrence Jones had another solid outing on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting (6-of-9 from the line), with seven rebounds and one 3-pointer through 44 minutes of action.

      Advice: This is the first game since the All-Star break that Jones did not record a block, which tells you just how good he's been. He's averaging 15.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, and a whopping 3.0 blocks per game since the break, and he shows no signs of slowing down. It'll be interesting to see how/if his minutes are affected in the rotation upon Dwight Howard's return, but for now, owners can simply enjoy the ride. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:16 pm
    • Kenneh Faried, Wilson Chandler starting Sun.
      Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler will start Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, sending J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne back to the bench.

      Advice: Faried has been a huge disappointment this season, and it's only gotten worse after the All-Star break with averages of 6.5 points and 6.3 boards in just over 21 minutes in his last four outings. It's a bold move from head coach Brain Shaw as Faried rarely plays center, but he simply has too much talent to not bounce back eventually. We will let you know how the Manimal does after the game. J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne can be cut in most leagues following this news. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:54 pm
    • LeBron James starting, James Jones benched
      LeBron James will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets, sending James Jones back to the bench.

      Advice: This is just a reminder to make sure you have James in your active lineups. James Jones’ return to the bench will render him a non-option, and he can be sent back to the wire in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:38 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) to return on Tuesday
      Cavs' head coach David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will return to action on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Irving won't be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets, giving Matthew Dellavedova one more game with the starting unit. Dellavedova managed to put up 14 inefficient points during Friday's loss to the Pacers, but those numbers came with both LeBron James and Irving out of the lineup. With James set to return on Sunday, Dellavedova isn't going to be a great option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:10 am
    • LeBron James (back) expected to play Sunday
      LeBron James (back) is expected to play against the Rockets on Sunday.

      Advice: He was held out of Friday's game vs. the Pacers for precautionary reasons, but the Cavaliers are going to need him against the formidable Rockets. Kyrie Irving has already been ruled out due to a shoulder strain, so James and Kevin Love are going to be busy Sunday. It's safe to activate James in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:56 am
    • Coach Thibs confident about Rose returning
      Head coach Tom Thiodeau said that he is confident Derrick Rose will return this season.

      Advice: "He'll get past this hurdle," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He has made it through two tough rehabs. This one will be much shorter, and he'll get back to being who he is." Rose is expected to be sidelined for anywhere from 4-6 weeks, and while it would be great to see him back in time for the NBA playoffs, he likely won't return quick enough to impact fantasy leagues. Aaron Brooks hasn't exactly been lighting it up, but he is still worth owing in most leagues as long as he continues to start in Rose's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:40 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • Brook Lopez scores seven in 15 minutes
      Brook Lopez played just 15 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday with seven points, five rebounds and three fouls.

      Advice: Perhaps he was just being rested because of the second night of a back-to-back set. Lopez didn't look like he hurt anything, so there's no need to be alarmed just yet. His fantasy owners can just keep their eyes peeled for an update. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:23 pm
    • Thaddeus Young scores 16 points off bench
      Thaddeus Young scored 16 points against the Mavs on Saturday with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: The Nets played five road games with Thad and went 3-2, which isn't too shabby considering they lost to the Rockets in one of those. Young's averages in that span include 13.4 points, 4.8 boards 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 treys on 59.0 percent from the field. He's a hold in standard leagues and could see a slight uptick. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:21 pm
    • Jared Dudley (knee) out for Saturday
      Jared Dudley (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

      Advice: X-rays were negative on his kneecap and he appears to be day-to-day. However, it's tough to gauge how much time he is going to miss because Dudley did have an issue with his kneecap last year. He can be dropped in most leagues. Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless likely get most of Dudley's minutes. Ilyasova is worth a look in standard leagues and we'll let you know how he does tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:45 pm
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) targeting Monday
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) is hopeful that he can return against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: Parsons is going to test out his ankle on Sunday before making a decision regarding the game against the Pelicans, but it certainly sounds like he is getting closer to a return. Richard Jefferson's value will take a massive hit when Parsons does return, while Al-Farouq Aminu will see a reduced as well. That being said, Aminu is still worth holing onto in deeper leagues for his ability to contribute in multiple categories. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:42 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (left shoulder) out for Sunday
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will not play against the Rockets on Sunday.

      Advice: It'll be his second game out of the lineup for the Cavs and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Celtics. Matthew Dellavedova put up a fluky 14-point, 10-board game on Friday, but that was also without LeBron James. Outside of maybe giving J.R. Smith, Kevin Love and LeBron a little bump in usage rate, there's not much impact from Kyrie missing time. Iman Shumpert may play more for owners in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:42 pm
    • Russell Westbrook could play in playoff game
      Russell Westbrook (face) won't miss much time due to his facial surgery on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: "If he had a playoff game [on Sunday], he could play," the report added. As mentioned 30 minutes ago, Westbrook is going to be re-evaluated later this week due to surgery on the zygomatic arch on his right cheek, so he sounds like he could actually play on Wednesday against the 76ers. Still, fantasy owners will want to grab D.J. Augustin in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:06 pm
    • Russell Westbrook has facial surgery, out Sun
      Russell Westbrook (face) underwent a successful procedure to address a fracture to the zygomatic arch and will be re-evaluated this week.

      Advice: He is not going to play on Sunday, but he hasn't officially been ruled out for Wednesday against the 76ers. Westbrook is likely going to have to play with a mask upon his return and we still really have no idea how much time he's going to miss. In the meantime, it makes sense to grab D.J. Augustin in all standard leagues until Westy is back. Westbrook owners have to just sit tight and hope he can continue his triple-double streak right after being re-evaluated. To be clear, this doesn't sound like bad news. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:32 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) out again on Sunday
      Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.

      Advice: He is still dealing with swelling in his knee and the fact that the Lakers ruled him out a day before the game suggests he could miss Tuesday against the Hornets. Wayne Ellngton had a great second half on Friday while Jeremy Lin is finally starting to put some good games together, averaging 16.3 points, 2.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 0.8 treys in his last four. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:36 pm
       
      Injured
    • Derrick Rose (knee) starts rehab on Saturday
      Derrick Rose (knee) started his rehab on Saturday.

      Advice: His surgery wasn't nearly as severe as last time, so he's obviously not going to need five months like he did back in the 2013-14 season to allow his torn meniscus to heal. For what it's worth, Metta World Peace needed less than two weeks to return from a torn meniscus earlier in his career, so Rose's 4-6 week timetable is doable. Still, he's not worth owning because the Bulls will likely take it easy on him until the playoffs. Aaron Brooks has been a letdown, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:24 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) questionable Sunday
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: An MRI taken on his shoulder reportedly came back clean, and he is said to be dealing with a minor strain. We will know more on his status after shootaround Sunday morning, so his owners will want to be on alert for an update. If Kyrie sits, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova will see increased minutes in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:34 am
    • Lin posts 14-5-6 line in win over Bucks
      Jeremy Lin scored 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes off the bench in the Lakers' 101-93 win over the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: Lin has hovered around the bottom of the top-150 over the last month but has picked it up over the last week or so. Bryon Scott has said that he's thinking of starting Lin at some point, but that's not necessarily the driver of his value. He's worth a pickup though for the chance he can make a late-season run. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:44 am
    • Gallinari scores 13 points in loss
      Danilo Gallinari scored 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, one assist and two steals in Friday's blowout loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: Gallo has been running pretty hot and this game shouldn't reverse any of that momentum. He should be owned in most standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:10 am
    • Faried (thumb) goes for 12 and eight
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) returned to action on Friday against the Jazz, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Faried is at the middle of the drama in Denver and Brian Shaw is apparently bullet-proof so there isn't any end in sight for the inconsistency. In a best-case scenario, Faried busts his hump to prove Shaw wrong but the situation is so toxic there we wouldn't hold our breath. The high draft pick is barely clinging to top-125 value on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:08 am
    • Barton scores 22 points with empty line
      Will Barton scored 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with two rebounds and two assists in Friday's blowout loss.

      Advice: Barton went huge on Wednesday but unlike tonight he actually had stats outside of the scoring department. It's hard to trust much that is going on in Denver these days, but there's some flier appeal here because he might be the only guy not in Brian Shaw's doghouse right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:01 am
    • Gordon posts 20 pts, eight rebs, four 3PMs
      Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound and eight assists in the Pelicans' 104-102 win over the Heat on Friday.

      Advice: The Pelicans aren't falling out of contention in the playoff chase and Gordon is a big reason why. He's been a top 50-75 guy (8/9 cat) over the last month or so and that'll probably be the case until (if) Jrue Holiday returns. Tyreke Evans added 19 points, three boards, 11 assists, one trey and five turnovers in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:44 am
    • Terrence Jones scores season-high 26 points
      Terrence Jones scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting (no threes) with 12 rebounds and one block in the Rockets' 102-98 win over the Nets on Friday.

      Advice: Jones hit all four of his free throws and he's been a stud since the All Star break with top 25-35 value in his last four contests. Trevor Ariza also had a great night with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting (including five threes), five boards and two steals in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:22 am
    • Thad plays just 16 minutes on Friday
      Thaddeus Young played just 16 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring nine points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds and no other stats.

      Advice: Odd. Young had been trending upward nicely before tonight's setback, and it should be worth noting that Lionel Hollins has been yanking guys around this year. Owners shouldn't do anything crazy like drop him, but we'll certainly be tracking this. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:59 pm
    • D.J. Augustin to get more playing time?
      D.J. Augustin played 20 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Blazers during a 115-112 loss with six points, one rebound, four assists and two steals.

      Advice: There is nothing encouraging coming out regarding Russell Westbrook now and it sounds like he's going to need to miss time with his facial injury. As of Friday night, he is going to be evaluated, but the team might not provide an update until Saturday. If you need a point guard and are OK with cutting someone, it makes sense to add Augustin. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:45 pm
    • Kenneth Faried returned to action on Friday February 27. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:24 pm
    • Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on knee
      Jared Dudley needed an X-ray on his knee following Friday's game.

      Advice: He said he is dealing with some problems with his kneecap, which bothered him last season. Dudley hasn't played well lately and has clearly been passed by Khris Middleton. If he's out, more minutes will go to Ersan Ilyasova and Jerryd Bayless. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
    • Russell Westbrook (face) to be re-evaluated
      Russell Westbrook suffered an injury to his face on Friday against the Blazers, posting a triple-double for the third consecutive game with 40 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and six turnovers on 14-of-32 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line.

      Advice: Believe it or not, it looked like Westbrook had a penny-sized dent on the side of his face. He did not speak to the media and it's also possible he is dealing with concussion-like symptoms due to Andre Roberson kneeing him in the head. If Westy needs to miss time, it would be a massive loss for the NBA and especially the Thunder. D.J. Augustin would start and become a must-own player while Dion Waiters would also have to score more. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:41 pm
    • Draymond Green turns in monster stat line
      Draymond Green was everywhere against the Raptors in 28 minutes during a 113-89 win on Friday with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 6-of-9 from the field, hit both free throws and didn't turn the ball over for a nine-category line. Green is putting up elite value on the season, averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 boards 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 treys. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:29 pm
    • Kevin Love makes just 6-of-19
      Kevin Love made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: While he does have a bigger chance to produce, Love actually hasn't really stepped up. He actually made just 3-of-15 from the field in the last game without LeBron James back on Jan. 28. Love hasn't been playing well right now, averaging 16.2 points, 9.8 boards and 2.8 treys in his last five. He's fine, though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:41 pm
    • Russell Westbrook is good to go vs. Blazers
      Russell Westbrook (ankle) is ready to go against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: Even though the Thunder lost, Westbrook was ridiculous on Thursday. He actually put up a 63.4 usage rate in the fourth quarter. Amazingly, the Thunder are 8-0 on the second night of a back-to-back with a healthy Westy. Enjoy watching the game tonight, everyone. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:10 pm
    • Nick Young officially out for Friday
      Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: He was essentially ruled out on Thursday and he is likely going to miss games. Young is in the news most of the time for leading the league in shoekeepers and keeping his right arm tattoo-free strictly for buckets. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:01 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) is a go for Friday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) will play against the Jazz on Friday and come off the bench.

      Advice: He missed Wednesday and there's no word on how many minutes he'll play. Faried was only playing minutes in the low 20s leading up to the injury, but he should have a chance for more with Darrell Arthur (knee) out. He's still not a must-start player tonight, especially with Rudy Gobert protecting the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:48 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) questionable Sunday
      David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving's (shoulder) MRI came back clear enough that he may be able to suit up for Sunday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Irving is just dealing with a shoulder strain, so hopefully he'll be ready to go on Sunday after sitting out of Friday's game vs. the Pacers. Matthew Dellavedova will slide into the starting point guard spot for as long as Irving is out, but with averages of just 6.6 points, 4.9 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers with the starting unit, Dellavedova's value is limited to very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:49 pm
    • LeBron James (back) out for Friday night
      LeBron James (back) will not play against the Pacers on Friday night.

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

      Advice: "It makes it a lot easier having Boozer on the court, a veteran guy that can knock down shots," said Clarkson. "He's out there talking to me throughout the whole time." The Lakers have made it clear that developing Clarkson will be a priority in LA, so it's quite possible that Boozer sticks with the starting lineup as Clarkson's mentor. Clarkson is averaging a respectable 13.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.2 steals since entering the starting lineup, and he's well worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:22 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) ruled out on Friday
      Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will not play on Friday against the Pacers.

      Advice: He suffered the left shoulder strain on Friday, but he was back on the bench following the injury. Irving had an MRI and it would appear he's day-to-day because the team did not rule him out for Sunday against the Rockets. Matthew Dellavedova logged all of the backup point guard minutes on Thursday night and is likely going to start. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:34 pm
    • Lin to start over Clarkson at some point?
      Coach Bryon Scott said he is thinking of starting Jeremy Lin at some point.

      Advice: The change is not going to happen tonight with the Lakers sticking with the same starting five. Lin may start over Jordan Clarkson or the team could go with a two-PG lineup, as well. Clarkson has played next to Lin for 23.3 percent of his minutes this season, so this isn't too bold and there won't be many fantasy implications here outside of Wayne Ellington being less appealing. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 am
    • Scott still doesn't expect Nick Young to play
      Coach Byron Scott said he does not expect Nick Young (knee) to play against the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: He is technically questionable, but there has been nothing to suggest he is going to play. With Young out, we'll see more of Jeremy Lin in the second unit with Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson all expected to score more, too. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:32 am
       
      Injured
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) out Saturday vs. BKN
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) did not practice on Friday, and he has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Parsons has shed his walking boot, but he remains without an official timetable to return. We'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans, and with him sidelined, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will continue to split his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:35 am
    • Rose's (knee) timetable set at 4-6 weeks
      Derrick Rose underwent a meniscectomy on Friday morning, and he is expected to make a full recovery in 4-6 weeks.

      Advice: Rose is full-weight bearing after undergoing the procedure, and he was able to walk out of the hospital. Rookie Doug McDermott had a similar procedure earlier in the year, and he was able to return to practice in four weeks, so things appear to be moving in a positive direction. If Rose is able to return at the four-week mark, he'll return for the final nine games of the season, however, he sits until the six-week mark he'll only be returning for the final three games of the season. Given Rose's tendency to be on the long-end of his recovery timetable, and the fact his minutes will likely be limited upon his return, owners in all re-draft leagues should probably just drop him at this point. Aaron Brooks will be the starting point guard and primary beneficiary with Rose sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:34 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • Almost Bestbrook: Russell trip-dubs in loss
      Russell Westbrook notched his second straight triple-double in Thursday's 117-113 overtime loss to the Suns, finishing with 39 points, 14 boards, 11 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes, though he did suffer a minor ankle tweak in the closing moments of the game.

      Advice: That's good for a 48.3 usage rate. He was seen walking around the locker room with no visible limp after the game, so it doesn't look like he is in any danger of missing any action. Westbrook was able to find a tremendous amount of defensive rebounds and he carried the OKC offense tonight, especially in transition. He and teammate Serge Ibaka were No. 1 and 2 in fantasy value since the break. In addition to that, Westbrook is on pace with Oscar Robertson to become the second player in NBA history to average 30 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a month. If you're under 40 years old, you've never seen this before. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:23 pm
    • D.J. Augustin scores 13 points in 27 minutes
      D.J. Augustin scored 13 points in 27 minutes off the bench on Thursday vs. the Suns, adding five boards, three assists and one 3-pointer.

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

      Advice: The five steals were one off his career-high of six which was set against the Wolves on Dec. 27, but this was actually just the fifth game this season in which he didn't record either a block or steal. Green has emerged as a fantasy stud for arguably the best team in the NBA, and he is going to be one of the most fun players to own for years to come. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:45 pm
    • Kevin Love scores 16 points with eight boards
      Kevin Love scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting with eight boards in Thursday's win over the Warriors, adding one assist and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: The low shot attempts probably had something to do with LeBron James going off for 42 points, but the good news is that he kept up his torrid pace from beyond the arc. Love has now averaged 4.3 3-pointers over his last three games which has opened up driving lanes for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Love may see an increased role on offense in Indiana Friday with Kyrie Irving nursing a shoulder injury, so owners in daily leagues should take that into consideration. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:55 pm
    • Cavs beat Warriors, LeBron drops 42 points
      LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points in a 110-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday despite briefly leaving the game with a tweaked back.

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

      Advice: He was wearing a wrap on his back when he left for the locker room but he didn't appear to be limited in any way when he returned to the floor. We will continue to monitor his status closely, but it appears that he has dodged a bullet here and his owners can breathe easy. For what it's worth, James has 24 points heading into halftime. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:12 pm
    • Bulls hopeful Rose will return this season
      Bulls Vice President John Paxson said on Thursday that he is hopeful that Derrick Rose (knee) will be able to return this season.

      Advice: Rose is set to undergo surgery on Friday morning at which point a firm timetable will be established, but the Bulls are hoping that this latest injury is just a minor setback. Owners might as well stand pat for now until we get more details after the surgery, but there is still a good chance that Rose misses significant time. Aaron Brooks will continue to start for the Bulls at PG in the meantime and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:58 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • Derrick Rose set to undergo surgery Friday
      Derrick Rose is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee Friday morning, and a timeline for his return will be announced following his procedure.

      Advice: Rose will undergo a meniscectomy, which is a procedure that will remove all or part of his torn meniscus, but it's worth noting that many within the Bulls' organization remain cautiously optimistic that Rose will be able to return at some point this season. We'll be following this story closely, but given the amount of time Rose has spent sidelined over the past three seasons, we're not as optimistic as the Bulls, and Rose can probably be dropped in standard leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:51 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • Nick Young (knee) says he will not play Fri.
      Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Thursday's practice, and said that he will not play Friday vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: "I don’t think it’s serious," said Lakers coach Byron Scott of Young's knee injury. "But it’s serious enough that he might miss another game or two. I know it’s getting better and the swelling is going down." If Young does indeed sit out on Friday, Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, and Jeremy Lin will all see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kenneth Faried (thumb) probable for Friday
      Kenneth Faried (thumb) is likely to play Friday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Faried's play has fallen off greatly during the month of February with averages of just 8.1 points and 6.8 rebounds on 40.3 percent shooting from the field through 23.4 minutes of action. However, with Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) out and Darrell Arthur (calf) being listed as doubtful, Faried will likely be forced into heavy minutes on Friday, and hopefully he can bust out of his month long slump. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:36 pm
    • Shaw wants a more consistent Kenneth Faried
      Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said he'd like to see more consistency out of Kenneth Faried (thumb).

      Advice: Faried is dealing with a thumb injury, but he was also benched in favor of Darrell Arthur on Monday. "The expectation level with Kenneth was never as a go-to guy. He was never a guy we expected to be able to throw the ball into and say: 'Go get us 20 points every night.' It's probably unfair for people to expect that," Shaw said. "But the other things — the rebounding, the running the floor and the energy — that's what people expect. And that's been a little bit inconsistent." The Manimal's fantasy owners likely agree with Shaw and may want to think about cutting Faried in deeper leagues if another solid option is available. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:22 am
    • Basketball Jones: Terrence goes off again
      Terrence Jones continued his stellar post-break run on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and five blocks in 32 minutes against the Clippers.

      Advice: Jones is returning fourth round value since the start of the second half, averaging 12.3 points, 10.3 boards, 0.5 steals and 3.5 blocks on 47.4 percent from the field in his last four. If he's still on the wire in your league, you might want to try and find a more competitive league next season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:12 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson scores career-high 22 in win
      Jordan Clarkson hit 10-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for a career-high 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.

      Advice: Jeremy Lin hit just 3-of-12 shots for eight points and three assists tonight, after going off for 25 and 18 points in his previous two games. Clarkson had cooled off recently and appeared to be losing traction to Lin, but is still averaging 13.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 0.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. As long as he's starting, he still looks like a much safer play than Lin at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:35 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 34 minutes
      Danilo Gallinari played 34 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday during a 110-96 loss with 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: The Nuggets are losing forwards all over the place and they're going to lose another one if they play Gallo this much. That said, this is his second consecutive 20-point game and he's taking a ton of shots with at least 11 in each of his last four. Gallinari is worth grabbing in standard leagues and his owners can just worry about an injury if/when it happens. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:19 pm
    • Will Barton starts second half, scores 22
      Will Barton scored a season-high 22 points against the Suns on Wednesday with eight rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: Wilson Chandler did not play and Darrell Arthur (knee) lasted just three minutes, so it was Barton starting the second half. Barton did score 15 points on Monday and he is likely to get minutes in the 20s even when Chandler comes back -- Chandler is hoping to play on Friday. He's worth a look in deep leagues right now and is a speculative add in 14-team leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:09 pm
    • Eric Gordon's slump continues Wednesday
      Eric Gordon hit just 2-of-11 shots (both 3-pointers) for eight points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's really struggling with his shot right now, hitting just 19-of-61 shots over his last five games, good for just 31 percent. He's averaging 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.2 3-pointers over that stretch, so if his shot ever comes back, he could start putting up some really nice numbers. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:02 pm
    • Bro-Lo crushing Mason Plumlee right now
      Brook Lopez came off the bench again and had 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans.

      Advice: Mason Plumlee disappeared tonight and has done so in two of his last three games, so maybe the Nets are getting close to giving Bro-Lo his job back. Then again, they're the Nets, so who knows? Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:53 pm
    • Thaddeus Young still coming off pine for Nets
      Thaddeus Young once again came off the bench for the Nets, but still managed 19 points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer on 8-of-12 shooting.

      Advice: Maybe the Nets will put him in the starting lineup at some point soon, but even if they don't, Young should continue to improve as he learns how to play with his new teammates. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:48 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 19 minutes on Wed
      Zaza Pachulia played 19 minutes on Wednesday against the 76ers with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He saw a big increase from his six minutes on Monday, but he played a lot less than John Henson. Considering how well Henson played tonight, it's hard to be encouraged by Pachulia. Fantasy owners in most leagues will want to keep Pachulia on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 pm
    • Derrick Rose (knee) surgery may happen by Fri
      Derrick Rose is expected to have surgery on his torn medial meniscus "sooner rather than later," and it could happen as soon as Friday.

      Advice: Beat writer K.C. Johnson also confirmed that there's a growing belief the tear isn't as serious as the one Rose suffered in the same knee on Nov. 2013, which kept him out for nine months after surgery. This could be a small cartilage tear requiring a minimally-invasive procedure, but it's possible that Rose could have his meniscus removed to prevent future setbacks. We won't have a timetable until the surgery is performed, but owners in re-draft leagues can't afford to hold him with the fantasy playoffs looming a few weeks away. Aaron Brooks is an excellent pickup in Rose's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:55 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • Zaza Pachulia starting, John Henson benched
      Zaza Pachulia will start against 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He has been coming off the bench, but he'll be back in the starting lineup tonight. Pachulia only played six minutes on Monday and he's basically in a three-way timeshare with John Henson and Miles Plumlee. He can be left on the wire in most leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:02 pm
    • Chandler Parsons (ankle) will not play vs ATL
      Chandler Parsons (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday night.

      Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup and he should be considered questionable to play on Saturday. With Parsons and also Amare Stoudemire (rest) out, there should be a lot of minutes going to Al-Farouq Aminu tonight. Plus, Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva will also benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:03 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) will not play vs. the Jazz
      Nick Young (knee) will not play vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is coming off a 19-point performance vs. the Celtics on Sunday, so it's a shame that he is going to have to sit this one out. The good news is that an MRI taken on his knee came back negative, but head coach Byron Scott said that Young was still dealing with some swelling. Consider Young day-to-day for now, and expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin to all see increased opportunities with Young on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:36 am
       
      Injured
    • Derrick Rose to have surgery sooner, not later
      Derrick Rose's medial meniscus tear is not as severe as it was in 2013 and he is expected to have surgery sooner rather than later.

      Advice: Additionally, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson added some notes this morning: Rose was told after first surgery last season of possibility another tear could happen and that "snip" procedure likely then. He also opted for meniscus to be reattached rather than removed in 2013, but the snipping procedure tends to have a shorter rehab. There's no timetable for his return, but sadly his fantasy owners can cut him in all redraft leagues. Aaron Brook is likely to score more from the point guard spot and is worth a look in standard leagues. Meanwhile, expect Jimmy Butler to really step up. Butler saw a massive increase in production the last time Rose went down, but he's grown immensely since and could have another boost. Tony Snell has also been on a tear and is worth watching. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:50 am
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • D.J. Augustin struggles in 25 minutes Tuesday
      D.J. Augustin struggled in 25 minutes on Tuesday, as he came off the bench to score three points on 1-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

      Advice: Anyone holding onto Augustin should scour the waiver wire for a better option. His value tanked overnight with the trade to OKC and he's only worth keeping if you're targeting 3-pointers and assists in a deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:16 pm
    • Report: Derrick Rose has torn right meniscus
      Derrick Rose will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Bulls announced on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is heartbreaking news for the former MVP, who was just regaining his rhythm after recovering from a torn medial meniscus in his right knee last season. The Bulls will announce an official timetable after he has surgery but it's probable that he's done for the season, including the playoffs. He originally tore his meniscus last November and didn't play in a game until suiting up for FIBA in late August, a nine-month timetable which may be even longer this time considering his lengthy injury history. The only good news is that according to beat writer K.C. Johnson, "[The] initial belief is that this tear is not as extensive as tear in November 2013." Aaron Brooks, Kirk Hinrich and E'Twaun Moore will do their best to fill the void at PG in his absence, with Brooks and Hinrich standing out as the best speculative fantasy pickups. Get well, D-Rose. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 108-105 vs OKC
    • Kevin Love ties career-high w/ eight triples
      Kevin Love tied his career-high with eight 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing a road win in Detroit with 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers.

      Advice: Kyrie Irving has been cold from the perimeter lately, which makes Love's bombardment even better news for a Cavs team which already dominates the mid-range thanks to LeBron -- they're shooting 46.5 percent when 15-19 feet from the hoop, while the second-ranked Hawks are at 44.8 percent. Love is coming off a solid 16 & 16 performance from Sunday and it appears he's figured out how to "fit in" with his new star-studded team. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:34 pm
    • LeBron James passes Pippen in career assists
      LeBron James led the Cavs to a win in Detroit on Tuesday with 19 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one block, but he also turned the ball over nine times.

      Advice: The high turnovers are a forgivable footnote for LeBron, who also passed Scottie Pippen for the most assists by a forward in NBA history with 6,142 for his career. He's just 30 years old and Pippen's former record will be a speck in the rearview mirror by the time LBJ hangs up his sneakers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:33 pm
    • Nick Young (knee) doesn't practice Tuesday
      Nick Young (knee) did not participate during Tuesday's practice.

      Advice: An MRI taken on Young's knee came back negative, but with him sitting out of Tuesday's practice, he looks to be on the doubtful side of questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Utah. If he's unable to go, there will be more minutes for guys like Jeremy Lin, Wes Johnson, and Wayne Ellington. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:55 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chandler Parsons misses Tuesday practice
      Chandler Parsons (sprained left ankle) missed Tuesday's practice due to a fever.

      Advice: Parsons is already set to miss at least the Mavericks' next two games, so this shouldn't cut into his timetable at all. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday and his next chance to return will be Feb. 28 against the Nets, while Al-Farouq Aminu will see the biggest boost in fantasy value in the interim. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:22 am
    • Thaddeus Young scores an efficient 15
      Thaddeus Young scored 15 points on 6-of-11 from the field during a 110-82 win over the Nuggets on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He only played 12 minutes in his Brooklyn debut on Friday and doubled his playing time tonight. Young is logging most of his playing time at power forward, but he does have a handful of minutes at small forward, which helps his upside. Considering the Nets have gone with such small lineups, Thad could start soon. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:30 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 30 minutes on Monday
      Danilo Gallinari played 30 minutes against the Nets during a 110-82 loss on Monday, scoring a game-high 22 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was his third start in a row and his numbers look pretty good in that span, averaging 16.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.7 treys on 42.9 percent from the field. He is one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA, but at least the production is starting to show up. He is worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:11 pm
    • Valanciunas goes for 17 and 14 in loss to NO
      Jonas Valanciunas teed off on the Pelicans' depleted frontcourt on Monday, scoring 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (7-of-10 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Valanciunas could easily be a post-hype All Star next season as he's playing a round or two below his ADP but doing so in just 26.4 mpg on the year. If he can ever gain Dwane Casey's trust on the defensive end, he has easy early round upside. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:03 pm
    • Terrence Jones goes for 15 points, 15 boards
      Terrence Jones moved into the starting lineup and continued his torrid pace on Monday against the Wolves with 15 points, 15 boards, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

      Advice: As has been the case for his previous two games, it's on. In his last three, Jones averaged 11.7 points, 11.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.0 blocks in 28.2 percent from the field. Jones hasn't even hit his stride on offense yet and he could start climbing into the teens for scoring. He has to be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:25 pm
    • Ish Smith plays 24 minutes, scores seven
      Ish Smith made his 76ers debut on Monday, scoring seven points with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He has already leapfrogged Tim Frazier and he logged some minutes next to Frazier and Canaan tonight. Smith could be looking at around 27 minutes per game with his new team, but he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Additionally, this is his eighth team in five seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:50 pm
    • Pachulia plays six minutes against Chicago
      Zaza Pachulia played just six minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Pachulia missed all three of his shots and had just one rebound and one assist to his credit. Yes, the Bucks found themselves in a blowout loss against a vastly superior team, but Pachulia's already teetering deep league value took a major blow tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:42 pm
    • Dudley goes scoreless on Monday vs. Bulls
      Jared Dudley was demoted to a bench role on Monday and missed all four of his shot attempts, finishing with no points as the Bulls had no mercy on his soul.

      Advice: Dudley managed two steals, one board and one assist and he has been slowly trending down over the past week. After a night like this, owners have to be thinking about a drop and if there's any slightly better than average free agent it's an easy call. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:40 pm
    • Terrence Jones will start next to Motiejunas
      Terrence Jones will start against the Wolves on Monday.

      Advice: Based on how awesome he was on Saturday, this is not a surprise whatsoever. Jones has been playing minutes in the upper 20s since his return last week and he's certainly capable of guarding guys on the low block. He has huge upside and should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 3:33 pm
    • Byron Scott still excited about J. Clarkson
      Byron Scott said that he's "still really excited about Jordan Clarkson."

      Advice: "I keep getting excited about that kid because his growth is getting better and better. I’m excited with the way he’s played so far, he’s come a long way in a short period of time," Scott said. Since becoming the starting point guard, Clarkson is averaging 12.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals in just under 29 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:27 am
    • Jeremy Lin scores 25 points in Lakers' OT win
      The Lakers stole an overtime win vs. the Celtics on Sunday behind Jeremy Lin, who scored 25 points and handed out six assists in just 30 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Lin didn't play during the first quarter and seemed headed for another lousy night, but he caught fire as the game went on and was the difference-maker in L.A.'s comeback victory. The Lakers have won two of their past 18 games and they're headed nowhere this season, which is another reason to distrust Lin's ROS value, but he's at least worth stashing on your bench in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:56 pm
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