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  • Jeff Taylor's hearing moved back to Oct. 29
    Jeff Taylor's pre-trial hearing on charges including domestic assault has been moved to Oct. 29, the same day the Hornets play their season opener.

    Advice: Taylor has been barred from team activities since charges were filed and he may face a suspension from the league if he admits guilt or is found guilty during the legal process.
    Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • Brandon Rush leaves w/ aggravated lower back
    Brandon Rush sat out the second half of Sunday's game due to spasms in his lower back.

    Advice: Rush tweaked his back on Friday and may need a few more days to recover, but at least the injury doesn't sound serious. Reconstructive knee surgery has derailed his career but he's looking to make a comeback with Golden State this season, and the injury risk combined with a bench role is enough reason to avoid him in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Dante Exum quiet in start at PG w/ Burke out
    Dante Exum started at PG on Sunday and finished with five points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He made 2-of-7 field goals (0-of-4 from deep) and only started because Trey Burke was given the night off. As a 19-year-old with minimal professional experience and a backup role, fantasy owners are right to be skeptical of his value as a rookie.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • P.J. Tucker ready to earn minutes at PF
    With mounting competition for playing time at small forward, P.J. Tucker said he's ready and able to play power forward as needed.

    Advice: "When I go to [power forward], very rarely are we going to be a mismatch," said Tucker, who will be suspended the first three games of the season. "I can guard any four. And then they're not going to be able to guard us with the way we run the ball and spread the floor." Gerald Green is likely to play more SF this season, and both Marcus Morris and rookie T.J. Warren are also vying for SF minutes. Tucker's ability to play some PF is encouraging for his fantasy outlook, but he's still a flier pick at best.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Julius Randle thrives in second-half surge
    Lakers rookie PF Julius Randle finished Sunday's game with a strong second half, on his way to eight points, five rebounds and two blocks in just 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: "[Randle] has a world of talent," coach Byron Scott said after the game. "It’s about [doing it consistently]." Consistency may be hard to come by for Randle, a rookie on a lottery-bound team who has barely played with the team's starting PGs. Although he's a sketchy draft-day value in most fantasy leagues, he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Enes Kanter struggles in another start at PF
    Enes Kanter scored 14 points with seven rebounds and one assist vs. the Lakers on Sunday, before fouling out in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Kanter made 7-of-15 field goals while going 0-of-3 from downtown and failing to attempt a single free throw. He added zero steals but did block one shot for his second defensive stat of the preseason, while allowing Carlos Boozer to explode for 19 points, nine boards and a career-high-tying six steals. The Kanter-as-PF experiment is still in a testing phase.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Lakers win behind Kobe's team-high 26 points
    Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 26 points on Sunday, making 7-of-22 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was serenaded with 'M-V-P' chants during the final minute of L.A.'s meaningless victory -- wins will be few and far between for the Lakers this year, so it's hard to begrudge their fans some preseason fun. Kobe is expected to play in L.A.'s final three exhibitions with his minutes slowly ramping up to test his regular-season conditioning.
    Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Carlos Boozer ties career-high w/ six steals
    Carlos Boozer tied his career-high with six steals during Sunday's exhibition win, adding 19 points, nine rebounds and one block in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Boozer made 6-of-12 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, taking full advantage of Enes Kanter's defensive limitations. He looks determined to hold off rookie Julius Randle for the starting PF job and shouldn't have much trouble early in the season. Just keep in mind that once the losses mount coach Byron Scott may cede to reality and unleash Randle to Boozer's detriment.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Ronnie Price gets 10 assists in 38 minutes
    With Steve Nash (nerve damage) and Jeremy Lin (ankle) unavailable for Sunday's exhibition, Lakers' PG Ronnie Price delivered 10 assists in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Price finished with six points, two rebounds, 10 dimes, four steals, one block and three turnovers against an inexperienced Jazz backcourt. The absence of rookie G Jordan Clarkson (calf) is yet another reason for Price's increased activity, and despite tonight's solid line he's not an option in average fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) leads Jazz w/ 21 points
    Alec Burks returned from his left shoulder injury to score 21 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers in 29 minutes during Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: Burks made 7-of-14 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs, and he made the highlight reel with a behind-the-back dribble to blow past Kobe Bryant and split two defenders for a layup in the second quarter. Utah needs another reliable ball-handler to take some pressure off Trey Burke, and Burks' offensive versatility makes him an intriguing late-round option at SG.
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Hayward, Favors rested in road loss to Lakers
    Gordon Hayward and Derek Favors each played 12 minutes before sitting out Utah's loss in L.A. as a precaution.

    Advice: Hayward racked up eight points, three assists and three steals, and Favors was equally impressive, but the Jazz predictably lost their footing once they were pulled by coach Quin Snyder. Both of Utah's cornerstone players should see an uptick in playing time for Tuesday's road game vs. the Thunder.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Trevor Ariza gets 13 pts, four steals in win
    Trevor Ariza had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, three assists and four steals to help the Rockets defeat the visiting Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Ariza is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 14.4 points, 2.3 triples, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was playing in a contract year while absorbing easy 3-point attempts courtesy of John Wall, however, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to repeat those stellar numbers. As the unquestioned starting SF in an up-tempo offense he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds.
    Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Gary Neal cooling off as Hornets' reserve
    In 21 minutes off the Hornets bench on Sunday, Gary Neal scored six points with seven rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Neal was red-hot in his first four preseason games but has since gone cold, and his reality as a fantasy option lies somewhere in between. As long as Charlotte's starting backcourt is healthy, there's no reason to give him any thought in typical formats.
    Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Anthony Morrow scores 14 points as starter
    Anthony Morrow struggled from downtown in Sunday's home loss, going 0-of-5 from deep, but he still finished with 14 points and two assists in 31 minutes

    Advice: The good news is that Morrow still launched five 3-pointers and got solid playing time, which will be the bedrock of his fantasy value this season. He's worth a look as a perimeter specialist and may even earn a starting job on opening night, but be mindful that his role will shrink when Kevin Durant (foot) returns to action.
    Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Jeremy Lin sits out again w/ sprained ankle
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out Sunday's exhibition, as expected, allowing A.J. Price to start at PG.

    Advice: Lin is likely to start at PG even if Steve Nash's nerve damage subsides prior to opening night, which seems very doubtful. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals on a 36-minute-per-game basis with Houston last year, which should set fantasy owners' expectations for 2014-15.
    Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back) expected to play Monday
    Eric Gordon (back) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday against the Wizards.

    Advice: He is easily one of the most injury-prone players in the league but it is good to see that he is healthy enough to play in this preseason game. If you want to take a flier on him, he will more than likely be available in the later rounds.
    Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) out on Sunday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will sit out on Sunday Vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: His ankle isn't serious and the Thunder are just going to be cautious with him considering this is just preseason. Regardless, ignore him on draft day.
    Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) making progress
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is making progress in his recovery and was seen taking jumpers at practice Sunday.

    Advice: We expect him back very soon but he should still be considered questionable for opening night. Rice Jr. has a great chance to carve out a significant role in the Wizard's offense with Bradley Beal out so he may be worth a flier late in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:43 am
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds.
    Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) nearing a return
    Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) has been playing confidently and without hesitation during the Pistons' practices.

    Advice: "Physically, he looks fine and he's got great confidence. He doesn't seem to have hesitation on anything," said Stan Van Gundy. Perhaps Dinwiddie's impending return is the reason the Pistons felt comfortable shipping out backup point guard Will Bynum in their recent trade for Joel Anthony, and it's impressive that he's recovered so quickly from ACL surgery. However, Dinwiddie will enter a very crowded backcourt rotation in Detroit, and he should only be monitored in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:59 am
  • Amir Johnson says ankle/foot is fine
    Amir Johnson said that his ankle/foot is fine, and the team simply kept him out of the second half of Friday's game as a precaution.

    Advice: Johnson has a bit of a history with ankle injuries, but it appears everything will be fine moving forward, and the team was just being cautious during a meaningless preseason game. He also did not participate during Sunday's practice. Johnson averaged 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks last season with the Raptors, and he's worthy of a late-round selection in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Jeremy Lin's end in HOU not how he envisioned
    Jeremy Lin's exit from Houston was not how he envisioned it, but he's not bitter towards the franchise that traded him for close to nothing.

    Advice: "When I first got [to Houston], I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me," said Lin. "And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Jeremy Lin is now in a much better situation in LA, and with Steve Nash unable to stay healthy, Lin will see heavy minutes in the Lakers' rotation. He makes for an excellent late-round selection with plenty of upside.
    Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Snyder wants improvement from Enes Kanter
    Head coach Quin Snyder wants Enes Kanter to focus on the details this season, and become a better defensive player.

    Advice: "I want him to get better and commit to improving on both sides of the floor in every facet of the game," Snyder said. "If defense doesn’t come easily, then he has to focus on it. Enes has to make the minor details important, even things like getting into a stance. But he’s [22] years old, and we’re evaluating him against the best players in the world at a young age." Kanter's lack of defensive stats has been the greatest impediment to his fantasy value, and through five preseason games this season, Kanter has recorded just one steal and zero blocks. Currently, Kanter is locked into the starting power forward position with Utah, but if he continues to be useless defensively, he could lose playing time to emerging defensive stud Rudy Gobert.
    Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Report: Will Bynum may never suit up for BOS
    If the Celtics cannot trade Will Bynum, it is very likely that they will waive him, according to sources.

    Advice: The Celtics are looking for a trade to either improve their team, or create more roster flexibility for the future, but Bynum doesn't look to be a part of their future plans. It's unlikely that Bynum finds himself in a situation this season where he will have any fantasy value, and he can be ignored in all leagues come draft day.
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins turns it over nine times
    DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
    Saturday, 10:57 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 23 on 12 FGAs
    Jamal Crawford was terrific in his 36 minutes of action on Saturday with 23 points, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's coming off a 25-point game on Friday and is so hot right now. Crawford has been a little streaky, which is not unusual for a shooting guard. Crawford ate like was at a buffet while Chris Paul and J.J. Redick were out last season, but he's probably going to more of a late-round asset due to his lack of multiple-category lines.
    Saturday, 10:38 pm
  • Brandon Rush says he's fine on Saturday
    Brandon Rush said on Saturday that he's fine after his back injury on Friday.

    Advice: He said he originally hurt it while doing some weight lifting and he's questionable for Sunday. Rush has no fantasy value.
    Saturday, 9:09 pm
  • Cory Joseph has a nice game vs. Miami
    Cory Joseph scored 14 points in the starting lineup during a 111-108 overtime loss to the Heat, adding five rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

    Advice: With Patty Mills (shoulder) out until January, Joseph is going to get minutes. He's not worth drafting now, but will be worth a look should Tony Parker, who rested tonight, miss games.
    Saturday, 9:00 pm
  • Alec Burks (left shoulder) probable Sunday
    Alec Burks (left shoulder) is probable for Sunday's exhibition against the Lakers.

    Advice: He has been trying to recover from a bruised shoulder and appears to have beaten out the minor injury very quickly. He averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds last season and we expect those numbers to elevate with a bigger role under new coach Quin Snyder. Burks is a solid late-round pick in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 2:52 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) unlikely for Sunday's game
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's exhibition against the Jazz.

    Advice: He was spotted getting up some jumpers at Saturday's practice which is a good indication that he is making progress from his recently sprained ankle. We expect him to be ready for the season opener and the Lakers are just being cautious at the moment. Lin projects as a solid late-round selection as he should see plenty of minutes in LA's backcourt this season.
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Will Bynum (hamstring) out for preseason
    Will Bynum (hamstring) is expected to miss the last two preseason games for the Boston Celtics.

    Advice: There is still a very good chance that he gets waived by the Celtics if they can't strike another deal to move him. At this point, Bynum has almost no fantasy value until his situation changes.
    Saturday, 1:06 pm
  • Hayward scores 22 points, hits all 12 FTs
    Gordon Hayward lit up the box score in Friday's 101-97 preseason loss to the Clippers, scoring 22 points on 4-of-7 shooting (2-of-4 3PTs, 12-of-12 FTs) with six rebounds, four assists and six steals.

    Advice: Keep in mind that these games are loose and often generate pinball statistics. Hayward looks the part after his time with Team USA and has early round upside with a nice and safe mid-round floor.
    Friday, 11:38 pm
  • Morrow steps into the starting lineup
    Anthony Morrow (ankle) stepped into the starting lineup in Friday's 109-90 preseason loss to the Raptors, scoring 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Morrow looks like the guy to own between he and Jeremy Lamb and looks like the starting small forward on Opening Night. Whether he starts or not, the Thunder desperately need his outside shooting and he's a solid bet for 25-plus minutes per night at least until Kevin Durant returns.
    Friday, 10:43 pm
  • Neal finally cools off in Friday's win
    Gary Neal finally cooled off with four points on just 2-of-12 shooting with three assists and six turnovers in a 31-minute start on Friday.

    Advice: Neal wasn't breaking down any doors with his preseason surge but in deeper formats he has been well worth watching. He started tonight, but will come off the bench when the games start to count.
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Rush misses second half with back spasms
    Brandon Rush exited Friday's preseason game against the Heat before the second half due to back spasms and did not return.

    Advice: Rush is on the long road back from a serious knee injury and as a result tightness due to game action isn't too surprising. His services are particularly valuable to the Warriors while Shaun Livingston gets back on track from a toe injury.
    Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Johnson leaves game with sore left foot
    Amir Johnson left Friday's preseason game against the Thunder with a sore left foot and did not return.

    Advice: Johnson has a history of ankle injuries and a sore foot would fall in line with what we've seen in the past. Should the injury be anything serious, owners will want to bump Patrick Patterson up on their cheat sheets. For now, hang tight until we get our next update.
    Friday, 7:43 pm
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down.
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) returns to practice
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) returned to practice on Friday, but he remains questionable for Monday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said that Gordon's status for Monday's preseason game won't be determined until Sunday at the earliest after he goes through a full scrimmage. Gordon began to experience back spasms after logging 26 minutes in Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets, saying: "I really started to spasm up a little bit after waking up [Wednesday]. It just got a little tight, nothing serious. I’ll be fine." Gordon is about as injury prone as they come, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection come draft day.
    Friday, 4:04 pm
  • Anthony Morrow (ankle) could start on Friday
    Anthony Morrow (ankle) went through some light pregame work, and could draw the start at small forward for Friday's preseason game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: It's not yet been determined who will start once the regular season begin, but Morrow figures to be either the team’s starting small forward, or their sixth man. Either way, Morrow offers enough upside to be worthy of a late-round selection for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
    Friday, 3:47 pm
  • Paul Pierce will play on Friday vs. Hornets
    Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts.
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but he will play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: The fact that DeMarcus will be playing in a meaningless preseason game tells us this Achilles tendinitis will be a non-issue moving forward. Boogie was superb last season with the Kings, averaging career-highs across the board in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), assists (2.9), and blocks (1.3). With zero competition for minutes, and him again set to be the focal point of the Kings' offense, Cousins makes for an excellent selection towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
    Friday, 1:43 pm
  • Alec Burks (bruised left shoulder) out Friday
    Alec Burks (bruised left shoulder) will not play in Friday's exhibition game against the Clippers.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but there's just no reason to risk anything during preseason. Burks averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 80.4 percent from the charity stripe as a starter last season, and the fact that he fits in well with coach Quin Snyder's system is encouraging for his fantasy value. We like Burks as a late-round selection with some upside.
    Friday, 1:27 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers could certainly use him back, as they've been running with Ronnie Price as their starting point guard with both Lin and Steve Nash (back) on the sidelines. While Lin may not enter the season as the team's starting point guard, he still makes for an intriguing late-round selection with some upside, as there's basically no way Nash makes it through a full season. Lin should be able to offer some assists, steals, and 3-pointers to a fantasy squad, while hitting free throws at an efficient rate.
    Friday, 12:54 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) will not play Friday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will not play in Friday's exhibition game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Collison's injury isn't serious, but he's also not a viable fantasy option in any fantasy leagues. Feel free to ignore the 10-year veteran come draft day.
    Friday, 11:58 am
  • Celtics trade Joel Anthony for Will Bynum
    The Celtics have acquired Will Bynum (hamstring) in exchange for Joel Anthony in a trade on Friday.

    Advice: He was going to compete with D.J. Augustin for the backup point guard, but with rookie Spencer Dinwiddie already getting some 5-on-5 reps in, the Pistons aren't going to need Bynum nearly as much. He's likely just going to provide depth for the Celtics as a backup. Of course, the Celtics may end up waiving him and save $900K to get under the tax line this season.
    Friday, 6:54 am
  • Dante Exum has his best line as a pro
    Dante Exum had his best game as a pro on Thursday against the Lakers, making 3-of-6 from the field for 13 points, one rebound, six assists, no turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made all six attempts from the line and was a huge plus off the bench. The Lakers have been lost on defense, so this terrific game does come with a grain of salt. He's going to start the season slow, but maybe he'll be on the radar in a couple months.
    Thursday, 10:39 pm
  • Gordon Hayward carves up the Lake Show
    Gordon Hayward scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: It sure does help to go against the Lakers, but this was Hayward's best game. He added some muscle to his frame and it should help his field goal percentage. He could put it all together and be a top-20 player this season.
    Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 27 points on 23 FGAs
    Kobe Bryant looked like his old self against the Jazz during a 119-86 loss on Thursday, making 10-of-23 from the field and 7-of-13 from the line for 27 points with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers missed all five shots from beyond the arc tonight and also missed all three on Sunday. Bryant took exception to ESPN ranking him as the 40th best player in the league and said he's "known for a long time that they're a bunch of idiots." We have Kobe inside the top 40 for our rankings in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 10:16 pm
  • Carlos Boozer looks good on Thursday
    Carlos Boozer played 28 minutes against one of his former teams on Thursday during a 119-86 loss, scoring 17 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He's posting some decent scoring lines in the preseason, but the Lakers look lost on defense. Boozer isn't going to be a highly-coveted guy in your draft, but he should put up some nice points and boards totals.
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Julius Randle dealing with blisters
    Julius Randle was dealing with blisters on his heels in Thursday's game against the Jazz, finishing with four points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said Randle could have gone back in and mentioned the rookie has to play "harder for longer." Randle was impressive in summer league, but the transition to the NBA game isn't happening right away. He's not really a target in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) out Thursday vs Jazz
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out the Lakers' preseason game against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: Lin started some light running, and is targeting Sunday for a return to action on the court. Resting his ankle may become an even bigger priority for the Lakers now that Steve Nash's health is already a major concern. His fantasy value jumps dramatically if he indeed takes over starting duties.
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) out Thursday vs Lakers
    Alec Burks (shoulder) will not play against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: Burks has been playing well in new coach Quin Snyder's new system and appears poised for a breakout season. His shoulder injury is minor so potential fantasy owners should keep an eye Burks as the later rounds approach in drafts.
    Thursday, 12:55 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) doubtful on Thurs.
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) is doubtful to play on Thursday against the Thunder due to his back tightening up after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but there really haven't been many minor Eric Gordon injuries. He's battled countless knee injuries and he's coming off a knee surgery over the summer, so this is just another reason to target someone else in fantasy drafts. Austin Rivers will get some more run tonight.
    Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Glen Rice has right ankle in walking boot
    Glen Rice was in a walking boot to protect his sprained right ankle after Wednesday's game and he's expected to miss time with the injury, leaving him questionable for opening night.

    Advice: He doesn't sound likely to play on Thursday and we're wondering who will start at shooting guard for the Wizards. It could be Otto Porter, who is really a forward, while journeyman Rasual Butler will likely get some run while Rice is out. Xavier Silas' name has come up as well, and PG Garrett Temple started there on Saturday. The Wizards are suddenly dangerously thin at shooting guard.
    Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. leaves w/ sprained right ankle
    Glen Rice Jr. left Wednesday's game with a sprained right ankle.

    Advice: He had 11 points and four rebounds in 11 minutes, and should be considered day-to-day for now. He's got a shot at winning the starting job at shooting guard as long as Bradley Beal is out, but his two-game tryout has not gone well so far.
    Wednesday, 6:06 pm
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active.
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Jeremy Lin does some light running
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) did some light running at practice on Wednesday and hopes to return to game action on Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting closer to a return and he should have plenty of minutes on his plate. Lin will be asked to drive a lot and it should help him facilitate the offense. Fantasy owners will probably have to reach a round or two in order to pick him up, but it looks like it could be worth it.
    Wednesday, 1:50 pm
  • Alec Burks is a game-time call for Thursday
    Alec Burks (shoulder) is a game-time decision to play against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: He just has a bruised shoulder and the Jazz not ruling him out confirms he's just dealing with a minor issue. Burks has created a lot of buzz for fitting in nicely in coach Quin Snyder's system and he was also outstanding in the starting lineup last season. A breakout could be coming.
    Wednesday, 11:29 am
  • Anthony Morrow dealing with a sore ankle
    Anthony Morrow will not practice on Wednesday due to a sore ankle and he will not play on Thursday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he's not in jeopardy of missing regular season action. Morrow will have a chance to contribute more on offense with Kevin Durant (foot) out, so he's worth a look late for fantasy teams needing 3-pointers. Perry Jones and Andre Roberson will get a lot of run on Thursday and could really help themselves with a big game.
    Wednesday, 11:07 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins rested w/ Achilles soreness
    DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's game due to "bilateral Achilles soreness," but the injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: This was really just a maintenance day for Cousins before the Kings' long flight home from Beijing, where they played the Nets in a preseason exhibition. Achilles injuries are typically a red flag but unless another report emerges this shouldn't impact DMC's season outlook.
    Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • Gary Neal scores team-high 20 pts off bench
    Gary Neal scored a team-high 20 points for the Hornets on Wednesday, hitting 5-of-9 FGs and 10-of-10 FTs in support of starters Brian Roberts and Lance Stephenson.

    Advice: Kemba Walker (knee) wasn't available and the Hornets' offense fell to pieces without him. They scored 84 points on just 34.1 percent shooting, including a paltry 3-of-22 mark from downtown. They'll look to bounce back during Friday's road game in Washington D.C.
    Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • Jeremy Lin now looking like starting PG
    Jeremy Lin is now looking like the starting point guard for the Lakers, especially given the fact Steve Nash is already sidelined again with a "sciatica problem."

    Advice: Nash is dealing with serious nerve-related pain and it's unclear how much he'll be able to play this season. Expect to see Lin out there on opening night and we doubt he gives up the starting point guard job as long as he can stay healthy.
    Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Anthony Morrow wakes up in win over MEM
    Anthony Morrow came off the bench to hit 5-of-6 shots and three 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing with 19 points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal.

    Advice: He looks like the sixth man for the Thunder, but can also play small forward and could see a ton of minutes now that Kevin Durant has been shut down for a couple months with a broken foot. He's also a possibility to overtake Andre Roberson as the starting shooting guard, although that's probably not likely. We liked Morrow as a source of threes late in drafts, but he now has the potential to vie for the Sixth Man of the Year Award with the Durant news.
    Tuesday, 10:05 pm
  • Eric Gordon looks good in another start
    Eric Gordon started at shooting guard and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and a block in 26 minutes Tuesday.

    Advice: With Tyreke Evans currently on the shelf, EJ looks like a sure bet to start on opening night. And if he can stay healthy and productive, he should keep the job all season.
    Tuesday, 9:44 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) limited to non-contact
    Alec Burks (bruised left shoulder) participated in non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: He's day-to-day and this shouldn't impact his status for Utah's season opener, which is still a few weeks away. Burks has quietly moved up fantasy draft boards during the preseason, going from an occasional flier pick to a solid late-round target.
    Tuesday, 1:33 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) may start ahead of Nash
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday, but coach Byron Scott confirmed that he may start at PG ahead of Steve Nash this season.

    Advice: With Nash already battling nerve-related pain, the decision could be made for Scott before opening night. Lin would inject some much-needed penetration into L.A.'s lineup, and he's worth a late-round pick for anyone in need of a competent PG. On a per-36-minute basis last year, he averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Tuesday, 1:23 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie hoping to play in preseason
    Spencer Dindwiddie (knee) is aiming to play in Detroit's final preseason game on October 23.

    Advice: Dinwiddie played full-speed 5-on-5 for the first time on Tuesday and looks to be close to a return from ACL surgery. Despite Jodie Meeks' recent injury, Dinwiddie's fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues as he'll have to fight for a spot in the Pistons' crowded backcourt rotation.
    Tuesday, 10:50 am
  • Exum scores nine points with four assists
    Dante Exum scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting (all threes) with one rebound, four assists and eight turnovers in 22 minutes off the bench against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Exum got some Chris Paul treatment and in general he continues to struggle with the pace of the NBA game, which is fine because he's just 19 years old and it has become increasingly clear that he won't be the No. 1 signal caller this year. Pick him up in Dynasty leagues, but in redraft formats he's restricted to deep leagues only.
    Monday, 10:34 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) out for Monday night
    Alec Burks (bruised left shoulder) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and hopefully he'll be ready to go for the weekend. Burks has been one of the trendiest players we've been following this month and definitely will benefit in coach Quin Snyder's system. He's still a nice target in the late rounds. We'll let you know if any additional info emerges about the severity of his injury. As for tonight, Rodney Hood, Dahntay Jones or even Dante Exum could start.
    Monday, 4:17 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) game-time decision Thurs.
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) did not practice on Monday, and will be a game-time decision for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Byron Scott said that Lin has a 50-50 chance of suiting up, so this injury doesn't sound very serious. Steve Nash is currently penciled in as the starter, but it's extremely unlikely he can make it through a full 82-game season, and once Nash goes down Lin will get all the minutes he can handle. Lin has some decent upside, and makes for a solid late-round target.
    Monday, 12:59 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. cools off vs. Detroit
    Glen Rice Jr. made 1-of-6 from the field for two points against the Pistons on Sunday, adding just one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He started in place of Bradley Beal (wrist) and is probably the favorite to do so in the regular season. This is obviously not the start Rice wanted, but he had an awesome summer as the Las Vegas Summer League MVP. The key to Rice's success will be 3-pointers and defense, so he does offer alluring upside late in drafts. Hopefully, he'll be better next time out.
    Monday, 6:42 am
  • Julius Randle plays poorly again
    Julius Randle made just 2-of-7 from the field for four points with six rebounds and three turnovers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He's showing he's a rookie and he's not going to become a consistent NBA player over night. Coach Byron Scott said last week that the game is moving to fast for Randle, which means he's not going to be able to count on his isolation game like he did in college or at summer league. He's losing some momentum as a late-round target.
    Monday, 6:23 am
  • Lakers destroyed 75-116 by Golden State
    Kobe Bryant made 3-of-13 field goals and finished an embarrassing 75-116 loss on Sunday with six points, one rebound and five assists.

    Advice: He did have four steals and one block, and he was very active in 24 minutes of action, but the short-handed Lakers were brutally outmatched by the Warriors. Kobe is as healthy as he's been in years and he'll need a Herculean season to keep the Lakers out of the Western Conference's cellar, and his ADP has crept north of 30 thanks to his impressive preseason.
    Oct 12, 9:10 pm
  • Ronnie Price logs team-high 33 minutes for LA
    Ronnie Price played a team-high 33 minutes off the Lakers' bench during Sunday's game, finishing with nine points, two boards, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: In a bizarre preseason twist, Price's shoe fell off during the game and he threw it at Andre Iguodala to disrupt his dribble. The move earned him a technical foul but shouldn't incur further punishment. If Steve Nash's health fails him, as it very well might, Price could find himself as L.A.'s default backup PG.
    Oct 12, 9:09 pm
  • Jamal Crawford hits six 3s, scores 23 points
    Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 23 points, six 3-pointers, three rebounds and one assist off the bench on Sunday.

    Advice: J-Craw finished an efficient 8-of-13 from the field and even created one of his patented 4-point plays in the second half. The perennial Sixth-Man candidate is a reliable source of scoring and triples, as well as stellar FT percentages (86.6 percent last year) and lousy FG percentages (41.1 percent).
    Oct 12, 9:01 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) could return Thursday
    Jeremy Lin (sprained ankle) will not play in Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: Byron Scott said that Lin could return Thursday vs. the Jazz, so it doesn't sound like a serious sprain that would jeopardize his status for L.A.'s season opener. Steve Nash has looked good throughout the preseason, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting Lin in the late rounds.
    Oct 12, 5:27 pm
  • Will Bynum (hamstring) out Sunday vs. Wizards
    Will Bynum (hamstring) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Will Bynum is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. Orlando. Bynum will enter the 2014-15 season as the team's third-string point guard behind Brandon Jennings and D.J. Augustin, and he's not someone that should be targeted in most leagues.
    Oct 12, 9:19 am
  • Anthony Morrow now likely OKC's sixth man
    Anthony Morrow will now likely be OKC's sixth man with news of Kevin Durant's injury.

    Advice: Morrow has played well off the bench for OKC so far this preseason, and with Reggie Jackson a sure bet to enter the starting unit, Morrow will likely take on the role of the team's sixth man. He doesn't do much aside from drain 3-pointers, but during the month of April last season Morrow averaged 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 three-pointers over 30 minutes of action. With an increased role in OKC, Morrow looks like a decent late-round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 8:43 am
  • Brandon Rush says knee is feeling pretty good
    Brandon Rush stated during a recent interview that his knee is feeling "pretty good."

    Advice: "It’s feeling pretty good, no swelling, no soreness. Everything feels pretty good," said Rush. Rush is a solid defender, and a terrific shooter from beyond the arc, however he's not likely to average enough minutes for standard league consideration. Feel free to ignore Rush come draft day.
    Oct 12, 7:23 am
  • Hornacek unsure of P.J. Tucker's role?
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said deciphering P.J. Tucker's role is "hard."

    Advice: "It was good for us last year to have the energy right from the start of the game.," Hornacek said. "You kind of set the tone in the beginning." Interesting. The coach could just be talking about Tucker's suspension, but we'll still keep an eye on this situation.
    Oct 11, 12:05 pm
  • Amir Johnson puts up a nice line in 25 mins.
    Amir Johnson played 25 minutes against the Celtics on Friday, making 5-of-9 from the field for 13 points with eight rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: His ankle injury limited him for basically the entire second half and the playoffs, so he had some advanced scanning on it to make sure everything is fine. Johnson won't be the popular sleeper than Jonas Valanciunas is, but he's still worthy of a late-round pick.
    Oct 11, 10:00 am
  • Anthony Morrow excels off the bench
    Anthony Morrow shot the ball very well off the bench on Friday, scoring 21 points with one block, one turnover and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: If the Thunder can get this kind of line out of Morrow, they're going to be very happy. It's still unclear what they're going to do with their sharp-shooting swingman, so it'll be hard to draft him in most formats.
    Oct 10, 9:26 pm
  • Gary Neal steps it up sans Lance
    Gary Neal was superb in the starting lineup against the Wizards on Friday with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lance Stephenson (toe) doesn't have a serious injury and should be back in the lineup soon. Neal will likely need Stephenson to remain out of the lineup to be relevant in fantasy hoops this season.
    Oct 10, 7:27 pm
  • Gary Neal listed as starter vs. Wizards
    Gary Neal will start in place of Lance Stephenson (toe) for Friday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Lance is out with a cut to his small toe, clearing the way for Neal to get the start. Neal will provide some solid outside shooting off the bench for the Hornets this season, but his inability to contribute in other statistical categories makes him an unappealing option in most leagues.
    Oct 10, 3:05 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) plays some 4-on-4
    Spencer Dinwiddie (knee surgery) did some full-speed 4-on-4 work during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is recovering from ACL surgery, but he has received a lot of praise from head coach Stan Van Gundy. However, he's going to have to fight to earn minutes in a very crowded Pistons' backcourt, and he's not someone to target in standard leagues.
    Oct 10, 2:31 pm
  • Will Bynum (hamstring) practices on Friday
    Will Bynum (hamstring) went through Friday's practice.

    Advice: Bynum will be the team's third-string point guard behind Brandon Jennings and D.J. Augustin, and he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues.
    Oct 10, 2:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins feels like he's 45 years old
    DeMarcus Cousins said he feels like he's "about 45 years old" because of all the travel this summer.

    Advice: He traveled a ton during FIBA and the Kings are in China for the NBA Global Games. Cousins will probably get some rest once he's back in the stats because of these comments, but there's no reason to think it will hurt his production in the regular season.
    Oct 10, 7:12 am
  • Quin Snyder wants Burks to be aggressive
    Coach Quin Snyder said he wants Alec Burks to be aggressive this season.

    Advice: "Taking the ball to the basket is his strength," Snyder said. "So we want him to look to make plays. We want him to suck people in." Among non-point guards playing at least 20 minutes per game, only Eric Bledsoe had more drives per 48 minutes than Burks las season. He also shot a respectable 47.3 percent on drives, but his teammates only added 1.8 points per game off his drives. He's a fantastic target and could break out in the new.
    Oct 10, 6:54 am
  • Scott: Julius Randle looked lost on Thursday
    Julius Randle "looked lost" for most of the Thursday loss to the Warriors, according to coach Byron Scott.

    Advice: The Warriors were moving the ball a lot and it was something Randle was not used to. "In the second half, I thought he was better," Scott said. "But I thought the first half the game was too fast for him." Randle admitted he was also forcing shots in the loss, which explains why he only shot 4-of-12 from the field in 18 minutes. Carlos Boozer looked much better, so Randle will need to turn it around next time out.
    Oct 10, 6:42 am
  • Carlos Boozer scores 16 points vs. GSW
    Carlos Boozer scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He fared much better than his six-point game in the opener. Boozer had a minor injury while on defense, but it didn't cost him any playing time. If you're fine with no blocks or assists from Boozer, he's worth a look late in drafts.
    Oct 9, 10:23 pm
  • Kobe Bryant continues to look healthy
    Kobe Bryant looked great again on Thursday with 15 points, two rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He had a great strip of Stephen Curry and went coast-to-coast for the dunk in the first half. Bryant said in an interview on NBATV that his knee and Achilles injuries aren't even in his head when he's out there, so we should probably believe him based on his performance in the preseason so far. He's probably going to cost you a pick at the turn of the second and third rounds of drafts.
    Oct 9, 10:20 pm
  • Enes Kanter double-doubles on Thursday
    Enes Kanter double-doubled against the Blazers on Thursday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and five turnovers on 8-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: He had a solid game on Tuesday and isn't losing ground to Rudy Gobert just yet. Although, Gobert had a massive offensive rebound late in this game and played well with five points, six boards and one block in 19 minutes. Kanter is worth a look late and is more of a two-category player.
    Oct 9, 9:44 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 20 points on Thursday
    Alec Burks scored 20 points against the Blazers on Thursday with one rebound, two assists and two steals on 7-of-12 from the field.

    Advice: He missed a couple big free throws down the stretch, but looked good throughout the game. Burks has solidified his role as a starter and he'll see a sizable increase in playing time -- he played 37 minutes tonight. Burks is a fantastic target late in drafts and his arrow is pointing up.
    Oct 9, 9:41 pm
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