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  • Blake Griffin returns for 35 points
    Blake Griffin came off a day of rest and racked up 35 points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 14-of-26 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: Griffin looked great tonight, but didn't block a shot (as usual), and struggled from the line at 7-of-13. His free throw shooting really took a positive jump last season, and while this line doesn't put us in panic mode, it does give us pause. Griffin is going to be a solid late-first, or early-second round pick in all formats. Owners just have to hope tonight's free throw shooting isn't indicative of what's to come. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Spencer Hawes posts 8 & 10 in start for DJ
    Spencer Hawes started for DeAndre Jordan (rest) on Wednesday and had eight points, 10 rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes.

    Advice: As long as Jordan is healthy, Hawes is going to struggle to see enough minutes to make much of a fantasy dent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Miles Plumlee goes for 8 & 8 in loss
    Miles Plumlee had eight points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: His brother, Mason, is a better fantasy option while Brook Lopez is out for the Nets, but Miles has a starting job in Phoenix until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Marcus Morris plays well again for Suns
    Marcus Morris started at SF again and hit 4-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block.

    Advice: He's been playing as well, if not better, than his brother and is in line to start at least the first three games of the season. P.J. Tucker is suspended for those games, and by the time he returns, it's possible Marcus could have the job full time. And if that happens, it's also not great news for Gerald Green. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Markieff Morris struggles again in loss
    Markieff Morris hit just 3-of-9 shots and no 3-pointers for 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: His preseason hasn't gone quite as we had planned, but we're still on board with Morris. Anthony Tolliver didn't do much tonight and any talk of Morris coming off the bench has been quelled. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Julius Randle racks up 17 & 8 vs. Blazers
    Julius Randle had 17 points, eight rebounds, one steal and no blocks in Wednesday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: The Blazers sat most of their starters and Randle looked good against their bench players. He'll come off the bench for the Lakers, but tonight was a good sign for his fantasy value. Consider him late in your draft, but chances are you can find more of a sure thing to draft. He'll be playing behind Carlos Boozer (who didn't look great tonight) until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Carlos Boozer quiet in win over 'Blazers'
    Carlos Boozer hit 3-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes against the Portland B-squad.

    Advice: As usual, Boozer didn't block a shot, and it would have been nice to see him play better against the Blazers' bench (Damian Lillard was the only starter to play). Boozer is averaging 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and two steals over his last five games, but it's possible those numbers take a positive jump once the season starts. Julius Randle played well tonight, and is the biggest threat to Boozer struggling this season, but he's still worth a late draft pick in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 vs. Lakers
    Chris Kaman played through a head injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He started for the Blazers, who rested all their regulars except for Damian Lillard, who played just 17 minutes. Kaman played fairly well against his former team and is having a good preseason, but will likely need an injury from LaMarcus Aldridge or Robin Lopez to make a difference in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Boris Diaw plays well in start for Spurs
    Boris Diaw started on Wednesday and had 12 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: He hit 4-of-6 shots and played 25 minutes, but Kawhi Leonard sat this one out with an eye injury. Diaw is an interesting late fantasy option, as he qualifies at center in most leagues. He saw plenty of minutes in the rotation last season and could be more consistent now that he fully grasps the Spurs offensive plan. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Mike Scott drops 19 off Hawks bench
    Mike Scott hit 8-of-8 shots and 2-of-2 3-pointers for 19 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Scott will have some nice games, but as long as Al Horford and Paul Millsap are healthy, he's not going to get enough minutes to help out the average fantasy team. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Paul Millsap looking good as season nears
    Paul Millsap hit 3-of-6 shots and 9-of-10 free throws for 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in Wednesday's win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Millsap's assists and 3-pointers put him above most other power forwards in the league and he's primed for a monster season. He didn't have a 3-pointer or a block tonight, but they're coming. Millsap will be the second-round pick for a ton of owners this season, and they should feel rock-solid about taking him there. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Al Horford played well in 27 minutes
    Al Horford played 27 minutes and had 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: This looks a lot better than his 11-minute preseason debut on Oct. 15, but is still a far cry from what his owners are hoping for from him this season. His shoulder will remain a concern going forward, but once he's gets a few weeks of action under his belt, he should start looking like the Horford we remember from before his injuries. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet in 17 minutes
    Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Amir Johnson quiet in return to action
    Amir Johnson played through his sore foot/ankle on Wednesday but had just six points, three rebounds and a block in 15 minutes.

    Advice: He's scored in double figures in just two of his preseason games (10 & 13 points) and failed to score more than six in the other five. He also had five or fewer rebounds in six of those seven games and we've seen very little to get excited about. He seems to fail to meet expectations consistently, and this year isn't off to a great start, either. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles in loss
    Mason Plumlee started and had 15 points, 11 boards, two steals and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be a fine fantasy starter as long as Brook Lopez is out with his foot problem, but once Bro-Lo is back in action, Plumlee may struggle for consistency. Lopez should be ready to go around the start of the season, but if you draft him, taking Plumlee as insurance makes sense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Jared Sullinger bonkers again w/ 15 & 17
    Jared Sullinger was at it again on Wednesday, knocking down 7-of-10 shots and another 3-pointer for 15 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block against the Nets.

    Advice: In his last five games, which include a four-point dud last Wednesday, he's averaging 15.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting. He's the starting PF in Boston and while his preseason has been dreamy, owners should set realistic expectations. He'll have games like these, probably often, but it's hard to see him playing this well throughout the season. With all the late hype, he was taken with the 89th pick in one of Dr. A's drafts on Tuesday night. That seems a little high, but if you really want him, beware that readers of Rotoworld are likely going to be ready to pounce around the 80th pick or so. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic puts up nice stats on Wed.
    Nikola Vucevic got off to a fast start in 18 minutes against the Rockets during a 90-89 loss, finishing with 12 points on 6-of-7 from the field with six rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He's had three multi-block games in his last four and looks a lot better in that department. Vucevic only had 10 multi-block games in 57 outings last year, so this would be a huge development. Of course, it's hard to buy a complete transformation, so he's more of a guy to target at the turn of the third and fourth rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:58 pm
  • Terrence Jones goes off before neck issue
    Terrence Jones went to the locker room on Wednesday due to an apparent neck issue and did not return.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but we'll keep an eye on it. Jones went off before leaving the game, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer. He'll be a key part of the frontcourt rotation and last year's post-break run makes him a terrific target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:24 pm
  • Perry Jones gets his extension
    The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

    Advice: It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:11 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee) won't play on Wednesday
    Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:16 pm
  • Jason Smith starting at PF as experiment
    Jason Smith will start at power forward against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just an experiment after Quincy Acy started the previous four games. Smith should still get some minutes at center in the rotation, but he's not a fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Cody Zeller (hand) skips contact at practice
    Cody Zeller (hand) sat out contact portions of Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: It's unclear what exactly is wrong with Zeller, and for now we're leaving him off the injury report. Coach Steve Clifford said recently that Zeller needs to limit his fouls to maximize his playing time this season, and he's not worth owning while Marvin Williams is starting at PF. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 am
  • Miles Plumlee looks to improve as roll-man
    Miles Plumlee is working to be more secure with the ball in traffic, and to anticipate passes better as a roll-man.

    Advice: "You can't think that you're not going to get the pass and then, all of a sudden if someone throws it, you're not thinking about it so you're not going to catch," Hornacek said. Plumlee is hoping that improved conditioning will prevent his efficiency from flagging, as it did last season, but he's a marginal fantasy option with Alex Len (finger) as an imminent threat to his playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Nick Collison (ankle) back in action Tuesday
    Nick Collison (sprained ankle) was back in action vs. Utah on Tuesday, notching eight points in 11 minutes while making both of his 3-point attempts.

    Advice: The 10-year veteran has five made 3-pointers in his entire career. He has a nice jumper and the Thunder may ask him to hedge toward the arc more this season, but we're not expecting a late-career renaissance as a stretch-PF. With a 15-minute role as a blue-collar defender, screen-setter and rebounder, there's not much to like about Collison's fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:19 am
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Josh McRoberts not likely for finale
    Josh McRoberts is not likely to play in the Heat's preseason finale on Friday as he recovers from toe surgery.

    Advice: While McBob is out, Shawne Williams is starting at PF for the Heat, but you have to think that will end once McRoberts is healthy and gets a few practices in. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:34 pm
  • Spencer Hawes starts, has a bit of everything
    Spencer Hawes had 14 points and seven rebounds in a start at PF on Tuesday, with Blake Griffin resting as a precaution.

    Advice: Hawes chipped in two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in just 28 minutes, highlighting his unique skill-set for a seven-footer. He was a top-50 player in just 31 minutes last season, and shouldn't see fewer than 25 per game backing up Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, so don't be afraid to grab him in the final rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Markieff Morris shoots 3-of-10 for seven pts
    Markieff Morris struggled in 27 minutes vs. the Lakers, shooting 3-of-10 from the field for seven points, four rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He chipped in one 3-pointer and one steal, and he has plenty of upside thanks to his statistical versatility and a guaranteed starting job. Don't let a few quiet preseason games fool you -- Kieff is poised for a big season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Nuggets offense listless without Ty Lawson
    The Nuggets' offense was listless without Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, with Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov leading all starters with six points each.

    Advice: Denver shot 32.6 percent from the field and Lawson's absence was painfully evident, especially with fill-in PG Nate Robinson (knee) on a minute-limit. Denver will look to recover from this drubbing in their preseason finale vs. the Warriors on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Terrence Jones struggles again in start
    Terrence Jones hit just 2-of-9 shots for seven points, eight rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 28 minutes and a start on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been highly disappointing this preseason, but at least he started and got the minutes tonight. We still think the starting job is his on opening night, but we have cooled a bit on him. He's struggled thus far and Kevin McHale seems to like Donatas Motiejunas a little too much. But for now, Jones still looks like the starter, and could immediately start playing better once the games count. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Perry Jones scores 20 off OKC bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds and an assist.

    Advice: He's still battling for the starting SF job in the absence of Kevin Durant (broken foot), but it's also possible that Anthony Morrow has won the job. Either way, Jones should get a lot of run off the bench and is worth a late look in most fantasy leagues, along with Morrow. Jones hit just 6-of-11 free throws tonight, which is something to keep an eye on if you're thinking about drafting him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Morris twins starting for Suns
    Both Markieff and Marcus Morris are in the starting lineup for the Suns on Tuesday, along with Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Miles Plumlee.

    Advice: We could see this lineup for the first three games of the regular season with P.J. Tucker suspended. And if Marcus continues to play well alongside his brother, it could stick even after Tucker is ready. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:18 pm
  • Blake Griffin, CP3 get the night off
    Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will both be rested on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Nothing to see here, folks. It's simply a preseason day off. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:10 pm
  • Chris Kaman playing well off Blazers bench
    Chris Kaman is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his four games off the bench for Portland this preseason.

    Advice: If you're in a deep league that requires you starting two centers, Kaman may be worth a look at the end of your draft. And if Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge go down at some point, he'll become a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Magic extend Vucevic for four years, $53 M
    The Magic extended the contract of C Nikola Vucevic for four years and $53 million on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's quite a pay day for the big man, but he's earned it. He's a top fantasy center option agains this season and remains unchallenged for his job or minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:07 pm
  • Cody Zeller limited by tendency for fouls
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that for Cody Zeller to reach his potential, "the fouling has to come down."

    Advice: Zeller averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes last year and he's been even more foul-prone during the preseason. He scored 18 points in 30 minutes of action on Monday but won't get that much run very often, and he's not an option in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:00 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) still sidelined
    Josh McRoberts will sit out again on Tuesday as he recovers from toe surgery.

    Advice: The Heat have suggested that McRoberts' recovery will extend into the regular season, leaving a major gap at PF. Shawne Williams may start on opening night if McRoberts isn't ready to go, supported by Udonis Haslem, and both Luol Deng and Danny Granger have spent time as backup PFs during the preseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee) traveling w/ Wizards
    Paul Pierce (bruised knee) is traveling with the Wizards for Wednesday's game in New York.

    Advice: Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Terrence Jones putting in extra work
    Terrence Jones is putting in extra work after practice with Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Jones and Motiejunas have assigned themselves a post-practice routine that they hope will take their games to another level this season. "We just put in extra work trying to get better," Jones. "We know the four position is a big role for this team. We're just trying to make sure we're prepared for the end of the season by putting in the extra work. It's something we're going to get used to, being the last ones out." While Jones and Motiejunas are battling for the Rockets starting PF job, both should see enough minutes to warrant a late-round fantasy selection. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:41 am
  • Horford up to 24 minutes in Monday's game
    Al Horford played 24 minutes in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime win in Monday's exhibition against the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Horford continues to slowly ramp up his minutes and if all goes well he'll be able to show he's 100 percent healthy at some point this week. Expecting him to roll right into his top-end productivity levels is a bit optimistic, but he should settle in eventually and secure early round value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Zeller goes for 18 and eight in start
    Cody Zeller started for Marvin Williams (rest) in Monday's exhibition game against the Hawks, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists before fouling out in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Zeller will have a larger role in the rotation this year but he's not breaking out anytime soon, at least not on the strength of this one meaningless preseason game. If this becomes a habit this week we'll let you know, but he's hands off in standard leagues until further notice. Bismack Biyombo falls in the same boat with his 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:03 pm
  • Mason Plumlee flirts with 20-20 in win
    Mason Plumlee had a field day against the 76ers on Monday with 20 points, 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-12 from the line in an Andre Drummond-like outing. Plumlee is obviously going to benefit in a big way from the Brook Lopez (injury), so fantasy owners missing out on a big man shouldn't be shy about grabbing him near pick No. 100 for the short term and perhaps more. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Thompson looks like he's coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) questionable for Tues.
    Nick Collison (ankle) could make his preseason debut Tuesday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Collison doesn't offer enough to the box score to be considered a viable fantasy asset in almost any format, ignore him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:02 pm
  • Tristan Thompson coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's actually been great so far this preseason, making 20-of-34 from the field and 15-of-19 from the line. Thompson isn't a great foul shooter and only somehow blocked just 0.4 shots per game last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:41 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:26 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:19 pm
  • Perry Jones leads OKC w/ 21 points off bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench on Sunday but still led the Thunder with 21 points on 7-of-15 FGs and 5-of-8 FTs, eight rebounds and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He also sank a pair of 3-pointers and is the favorite to start at SF while Kevin Durant (foot) is sidelined. Fantasy owners should view him as a low-end, short-term option capable of contributing a trickle of across-the-board stats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:14 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:22 pm
  • Mason Plumlee starts and scores six points
    Mason Plumlee started during Sunday's historic 44-minute NBA game but only posted six points and four rebounds in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He had four turnovers and didn't look comfortable out there. Regardless, Plumlee has a chance to get some major minutes this season with Kevin Garnett fading away and Brook Lopez coming off a major foot injury. He is worth a look as a late-round flier if you are patient. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:43 pm
  • Jared Sullinger posts massive double-double
    Jared Sullinger posted a massive double-double in Sunday's win over Brooklyn by scoring 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and adding 19 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and three 3-pointers in the NBA's first ever 44-minute game.

    Advice: He had his way with Brooklyn all afternoon and the 3-pointers are really encouraging. It should be noted that he also had five fouls which has always been a concern with him. Sullinger is the clear starting PF and games like this only solidify his role. He will be an excellent value pick late in standard league drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:40 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 am
  • Jared Sullinger draining 3s this preseason
    After Thursday's 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range, Jared Sullinger has now knocked down 11-of-21 treys this preseason.

    Advice: "His stroke looks great, his touch is great, and he doesn’t have any arc issues, so you felt like he’d be a guy that could really shoot that well," said head coach Brad Stevens. "Obviously he’s shooting it well now, and hopefully it continues, because he is putting in a lot of work. He’s clearly improved his shooting." Sullinger has the starting power forward gig locked up for the Celtics, and he looks to be a value pick towards the later rounds of your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 points vs. Nuggets
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with five rebounds, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-13 from the line, which has been a bit of a problem in the preseason. Griffin was 3-of-9 on Friday, so hopefully he's just in a funk. His 74 percent from the line after the break might have been a bit of a fluke. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Kenneth Faried puts up 19 points vs. Clips
    Kenneth Faried scored 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He was 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-9 from the line, so the usage rate in this game is interesting. Faried is all set for a breakout season with his strong second half and awesome FIBA outing, so don't be afraid to reach for him in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Al Horford plays 21 minutes vs. Detroit
    Al Horford played 21 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His minutes are steadily rising and he should be close to 100 percent for the regular season. If Horford stays healthy, he could be a first-round asset. He shouldn't go past 30 in your draft and there's nothing wrong with taking him in the teens. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Paul Millsap has a disastrous shooting game
    Paul Millsap made 1-of-11 from the field and 3-of-10 from the line for five points, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one turnover against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: He did fill up the stat sheet, but this is a shooting line that may have made Brandon Jennings feel better about himself. This dud was good for a true shooting percentage of 16.2, but who cares? Millsap is a fantasy stud and is definitely capable of being a top-25 player. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (rest) is out for Saturday
    Nikola Vucevic (rest) is out for Saturday's preseason game against the 76ers.

    Advice: He is simply being rested considering the Magic are on the second game of a back-to-back set. Vucevic has been a beast in preseason and has solidified himself as a No.1 fantasy center. He is an early-mid round target with a lot of upside on a young Magic team. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:21 pm
  • Jason Smith could start for Knicks
    Knicks head coach Derek Fisher reiterated that there is still plenty of competition for the starting power forward job and that Jason Smith could be in the mix.

    Advice: Although Quincy Acy has started during all of the Knicks' preseason games Fisher said, "Jason Smith has played some good minutes for us the last couple games since he’s been back and there’s no reason why he couldn't maybe crack into that [starting lineup]." If Smith were to earn a starting job his fantasy value would increase by a good margin. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:57 am
  • Hawes scores 24 points in 23 minutes
    Spencer Hawes scored 24 points in 23 minutes in Friday's exhibition win, hitting 9-of-15 shots (including three treys) with six rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin combined to play 70 minutes and this illustrates how Hawes has a legit chance to help fantasy squads this year. Hawes will be held back by lower field goal percentage because of all those 3-point attempts, and his defensive stats are nothing to write home about, but all told he's a safe and solid pick in the late rounds of a standard draft. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:31 pm
  • Thompson double-doubles in start
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled in another start on Friday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that as usual he didn't do anything else in the box score and outside of points leagues those other categories count too. Kevin Love (neck) was held out tonight so Anderson Varejao (seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals) also started and we did not get much clarity on who will be in the starting lineup on Opening Night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Magic clicking as they dispatch the Pistons
    Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals in the Magic's 99-87 preseason win over the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: The whole team clicked tonight with Vucevic and Tobias Harris (22 points, nine boards) leading the way. Ben Gordon scored 10 points with five rebounds, four assists and a block in just 18 minutes, and Kyle O'Quinn posted 14 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two threes in a Magic box score that was productive throughout. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:36 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:03 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Al Horford getting his confidence back
    Al Horford is feeling more confident on the court after two preseason games.

    Advice: "The second game I definitely had a breakthrough against the Bulls," Horford said Friday. "Mentally, I was in a much better place because I was more comfortable. The first game I was more tentative." The plan for Horford is to continue to play the remainder of the preseason in order to increase his game conditioning. It may take some time for Horford to dust off some of the rust, after spending most of last season on the sidelines, but his upside is first-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:06 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:58 am
  • Paul Millsap did not play on Thursday
    Paul Millsap did not play on Thursday against the Bulls.

    Advice: No injury was reported and he likely just got the night off after a stellar 23-point Tuesday. Millsap's usage was a little lower while Al Horford was active last season, but he was more efficient. Fantasy owners should target him around the turn of the second and third rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:41 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Markieff Morris looks great off the bench
    Markieff Morris came off the bench and played 23 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, making 7-of-10 from the field for 17 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He hasn't been completely unleashed in the preseason, but the stats have been there in limited playing time. All the pieces are in place for a Markieff breakout after being the 38th-best player in nine-category leagues after the break last season. Plus, that was with Channing Frye around. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Marcus Morris looks good as starting SF
    Marcus Morris scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes in the starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: He is expected to start at small forward on opening night and should have some nice value in the first three games. Fantasy owners can give him a look for short-term value in all leagues and he could provide enough value in 14-team formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:55 pm
  • Al Horford plays 16 minutes
    Al Horford played 16 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with four points, six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played 11 minutes in his debut on Tuesday and his minutes will likely rise leading up to start the season. Horford was putting up first-round value before his injury last season, so he's worth a look late in the second round if you're feeling saucy. He shouldn't slip out of the third round in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Perry Jones III takes 14 shots
    Perry Jones made 4-of-14 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He started at power forward and is the heavy favorite to start at small forward on opening night. Jones' ability to play the four is a big reason why he might take on most of Kevin Durant's (foot) minutes. Fantasy owners can consider him in deep leagues, but he's not on the radar in standards. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:37 pm
  • Jared Sullinger puts up huge 21-point line
    Jared Sullinger torched the Sixers on Thursday, making 8-of-10 from the field for 21 points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Yes, it was against the 76ers, but this is a massive line. Sullinger essentially has the starting power forward spot locked up and he'll be in a position to post some nice stat lines. If he can bring up his field goal percentage, Sully has an excellent chance to be a top-50 player. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:10 pm
  • Marcus Morris likely to start on opening nite
    Marcus Morris is expected to start at small forward on opening night.

    Advice: It will only be temporary with P.J. Tucker suspended for the first three games. Morris can play both forward positions and should get minutes in the low 20s even while the team is at 100 percent. He'll be an interesting plug-n-play option on opening night after owning the Lakers last season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:01 pm
  • Jared Sullinger cools off in loss to Raps
    Jared Sullinger started at power forward again on Wednesday, but hit just 2-of-11 shots (0-for-3 from downtown) to finish with four points, 10 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

    Advice: He's been playing very well and we're not going to let this game bring us down. He's been bombing threes and crashing the boards, and looks like an excellent way to use a later pick when you need a big or someone who can hit 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Tristan Thompson over his shoulder injury
    Tristan Thompson returned to action from a sore shoulder on Wednesday and hit 3-of-6 shots for six points, nine rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to see a lot of minutes at power forward and especially center, if Anderson Varejao can't stay healthy. He's worth a late draft pick even if coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic double-doubles Wednesday
    Nikola Vucevic double-doubled on Wednesday with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds and three blocks in only 25 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like the Achilles injury is behind him as he was simply fantastic tonight. He is easily a No. 1 fantasy center and this game only solidifies that. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play Wed.
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He had a minor shoulder injury keep him out of the lineup on Tuesday. Thompson is expected to start at center this season, but he's one of the most inefficient players in the league and will really need to post some eye-popping stats to become a top-100 player. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:20 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Al Horford (chest) feels fine after debut
    Al Horford said that he was "not sore at all" after making his preseason debut on Tuesday, scoring two points in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: "It's going to take a little bit of time to get back into that rhythm," Horford said after the game. "My whole focus is to keep improving each game." Horford hasn't played an NBA game last late December and he'll be scraping the rust off his game for weeks to come, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting him in the 25-30 range. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Mason Plumlee scores 18 points off bench
    Mason Plumlee came off Brooklyn's bench to score 18 points in 25 minutes vs. the Kings on Wednesday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs.

    Advice: Plumlee added five rebounds, one assist and one steal, but he also turned the ball over four times without blocking any shots. Owners in need of a cheap big-man should keep an eye on Plumlee, who should only build on his numbers after the All-Star break -- 9.1 points on 68 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks in just 22 minutes per contest. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Perry Jones could start for Kevin Durant
    Perry Jones started for the Thunder on Tuesday and hit 5-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for 12 points, two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes.

    Advice: We're guessing he gets the start at small forward for Kevin Durant, who will miss a couple months with a broken foot, but it's also possible that Jeremy Lamb or Anthony Morrow could get the job. If Perry wins it, he's going to be worth a late draft pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Terrence Jones quiet again, bangs elbow
    Terrence Jones struggled again on Tuesday, going for five points, two rebounds and a steal on 2-of-6 shooting in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He also suffered a right elbow injury after a collision with Ish Smith, but played through it with a wrap on his elbow. He's been highly disappointing thus far, but did have 18 points on Monday. He's still not a lock to win the starting PF job in Houston, but we are still leaning that way. Donatas Motiejunas appears to be his main competition for the job and had nine points, one rebound and a 3-pointer on 2-of-8 shooting. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:34 pm
  • Paul Millsap in midseason form, minus treys
    Paul Millsap hit 9-of-14 shots for 23 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block on Tuesday, but didn't hit any 3-pointers.

    Advice: The 3-point shot has become an extra weapon for Millsap over the year of so. After hitting a total of 31 over his first seven seasons, he doubled that number with 76 3-pointers last season, according to Tommy Beer. And that has also given him much more fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Al Horford plays 11 min. in preseason debut
    Al Horford made his season debut on Tuesday after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in December of last year.

    Advice: He was very quiet, with just two points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes, but the news here is that he was healthy enough to play in an NBA game. That means he should be out there on opening night, barring a setback, but it could take him until Thanksgiving, or even Christmas, to get back to his old form. He's still a top fantasy center option, but he'll also come along with plenty of risk. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Jason Smith scores 14 off Knicks bench
    Jason Smith played 24 minutes and hit 5-of-10 shots for 14 points, five rebounds and one assist on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's coming off knee surgery and made his season debut tonight. He played well and should eventually challenge Samuel Dalembert for the starting center job in New York. And if it happens, he'll be worth a late look in deep leagues by owners in need of a center. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) out Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will miss Tuesday's game as a precaution.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao will start again at center, though early signs point to Thompson earning the job on opening night. Thompson's double-double potential is intriguing but he doesn't offer enough assists, steals or blocks to be a viable option in most 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Andre Roberson, Perry Jones start at SG, SF
    The Thunder's starting lineup for Tuesday features Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Perry Jones, Lance Thomas and Steven Adams.

    Advice: Roberson's defense makes him a likely starter for coach Scott Brooks, and Perry Jones could also fill in at SF while Kevin Durant (foot) is on the sidelines. Thomas and Adams may lose their starting jobs once Serge Ibaka (ankle) and Kendrick Perkins (quad) return to action, and at the moment there are more questions than answers in OKC. Brooks could also slide Roberson to SF with Anthony Morrow, Reggie Jackson or Jeremy Lamb at SG, so fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the Thunder as the preseason winds down. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) game-time Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: He sat out practice as a precaution but the injury is "nothing major" and he should be back on the court very soon, even if he does sit out vs. the Bucks. Anderson Varejao is likely to get another start at center if Thompson can't suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:31 am
  • Al Horford in starting lineup vs Heat Tuesday
    Al Horford (pectoral) is in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: This is the news that fantasy owners have been waiting for since the big man went down with a torn pectoral muscle on December 26, 2013. While the Hawks will likely ease Horford back into the action, he should be all systems go for the start of the regular season and is a solid late-second, early-third round pick in fantasy drafts after averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks before getting hurt last year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • Popovich not concerned w/ Boris Diaw's weight
    Gregg Popovich said that he's not conerned with Boris Diaw's playing entering the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: After joking that he was wondering what kind of shape Diaw would come to came in, Popovich didn't sound too concerned with the man who Manu Ginobili is calling "Dora the Explorer." Said Popovich, "Boris looked fine and he’s ready to go. He’s always played with a little more weight, and he knows how to use it. He’s fine." Diaw can be an asset in deeper fantasy leagues, but his 2013-14 averages of 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 0.6 three-pointers should keep him off standard league draft boards. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Griffin scores 31 points in loss to Jazz
    Blake Griffin scored 31 points on 14-of-22 shooting with five rebounds and two steals in Monday's preseason loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Griffin struggled vs. Portland on Sunday and the extended minutes were a bit of a surprise, but he was able to get back on track nonetheless. Especially with Kevin Durant dealing with a foot issue now, Griffin is going to be in the mix for MVP consideration and he's a top 20-30 guy in 8- and 9-cat leagues, respectively. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Jones leads Rockets with 18 points
    Terrence Jones scored 18 points in the Rockets' 95-92 preseason win over the Suns on Monday, hitting 8-of-15 shots with seven rebounds, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Granted, James Harden and Dwight Howard took the night off, but this is one of the reasons we love Jones as a middle round target. Yes, there's been talk about an open competition at power forward between he and Donatas Motiejunas (nine points, five boards, one steal, 20 minutes), but as long as Jones doesn't faceplant he has late-early round upside in a starting role. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:14 pm
  • Al Horford (pectoral) close to making debut
    Al Horford (pectoral) is targeting a return for one of the Hawks three upcoming preseason games.

    Advice: "I'll keep working," Horford said. "I'm pretty much in everything [in practice]. My whole thing is keep practicing, keep getting more comfortable with the guys and to be back playing period." Horford participated in most of the Hawks 5-on-5 scrimmage Monday, and it looks like he's targeting a return for either Tuesday vs. the Heat, Thursday vs. the Bulls, or Saturday vs. the Pistons. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:24 pm
  • Spencer Hawes plays well again
    Spencer Hawes played 23 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Sunday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He looks to be penciled in for minutes in the mid 20s with his new team, which should allow him to produce some decent fantasy stats due to his contributions in treys and blocks. Hawes may get some added run in the fourth quarter because DeAndre Jordan can't make free throws. Although, DJ's best quarter for free throws last season was the fourth. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:30 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:23 am
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