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  • LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Wednesday March 25.
    58 minutes ago
  • Roy Hibbert scores 10 points in loss
    Roy Hibbert scored 10 points with three rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: After a zero-point stinker on Wednesday, he looked really, really tired again tonight and started slowly. This isn't a surprise because Hibbert is routinely sub-par when he has no rest, making just 40.4 percent from the field on the season. He'll get a couple more days off before he gets to face Tyson Chandler on Sunday.
    Today, 7:41 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out Friday vs. HOU
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: It would be easier if the Timberwolves would just go ahead and announce that Pek will be shutdown for the season, but until that happens, we'll continue to post updates stating that he's out and belongs on the waiver wire. Justin Hamilton (migraines) returned to action on Wednesday, but only managed to log nine minutes off the bench. However, he was playing very well for Minnesota before going down, so if you have some dead weight on your roster, it makes sense to take a flier on Hamilton with the hopes he'll soon get a decent amount of minutes playing for a Minnesota team that has been devastated by injuries.
    Today, 2:04 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful Friday vs. HOU
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is doubtful to play Friday vs. Houston.

    Advice: It's a road game, so it's very likely Garnett will be wearing a suit on Friday. Expect Gorgui Dieng to get all the run he can handle, with Adreian Payne seeing his minutes in the 20s. Garnett belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Today, 1:48 pm
  • Greg Monroe misses Thursday practice
    Greg Monroe (knee) was unable to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Pistons don't have much motivation to rush Monroe back at this point, so this news may not bode well for his chances to play against the Magic on Friday. We'll update this situation after shootaround on Friday, but Anthony Tolliver would likely again pick up the start if Monroe is unable to suit up.
    Today, 9:10 am
  • DeAndre Jordan says he loves New York City
    When asked if he would consider the Knicks when he is a free agent after the 2014-15 season, DeAndre Jordan told reporters that he loves New York City.

    Advice: Before Knicks fans get all excited, it's worth pointing out that saying you love a city and signing with a team in that city are two different things. "I love New York City," Jordan said. "I love the city. But right now I’m not thinking of free agency. I’m thinking about finishing our season off strong and focusing on the playoffs.’’ Jordan added to the Clippers demolition of the Knicks with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks on Wednesday and should have no problem providing his fantasy owners with a strong finish to the 2014-15 season.
    Today, 8:16 am
  • Jordan Hill not sweating minutes decrease
    Jordan Hill said he has no issues with the Lakers decision to sit him for the next four or five upcoming games.

    Advice: While the Lakers openly tank, Hill is toeing the company line when it comes to his benching. "I’m not playing for nothing," Hill said. "It’s a good time to get other guys a lot more minutes and get a feel of the game." Hill can be dropped while the Lakers experiment with younger players and Ryan Kelly, Ed Davis, and Tarik Black are all worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Today, 7:33 am
  • Brandan Wright still getting some burn
    Brandan Wright played 28 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday with five points, seven boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He played next to Alex Len for a bit, but coach Jeff Hornacek dropped a minor hint that he could get crazy with his matchups because of Rudy Gay playing at the four. Thanks to his blocks, boards and field goal percentage, Wright is still a hold in standard leagues with minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s.
    Today, 12:14 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 24 points vs. Suns
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers against the Suns on Wednesday during a 108-99 victory.

    Advice: He has a foot issue and was probable because of it for this one. Cousins was already on the injury report for calf injury, but neither are likely to threaten his playing time. He should be active in all games going forward as it stands right now.
    Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge looks good in return
    LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a finger injury on Wednesday and had 19 points, nine rebounds and a block on 7-of-18 shooting.

    Advice: Not bad at all, especially considering that owners of Nicolas Batum were tortured by seeing him in street clothes. Aldridge said after the game that his hand is still in pain, but not enough that it will prevent him from playing. Aldridge has truly been a warrior this season, playing through injury after injury.
    Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Ed Davis drops 14 & 9 off bench
    Ed Davis came off the bench and played just 22 minutes, but had 14 points, nine rebounds and a steal in Wednesday's OT win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill have been taken out of action, in our opinion, for tanking purposes, so Davis is worth a look if you need a big man. We'd like him more if he were starting over Ryan Kelly or Tarik Black, but there's a possibility he ends up in the starting five at some point. None of them look like must-own players though, despite the opportunities that are coming their way.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca moves back to reserve role
    Alexis Ajinca played 15 minutes off the bench against the Rockets on Wednesday with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

    Advice: That's not a bad line in limited playing time, but the Pelicans look to be healthy with the exception of Ryan Anderson (knee). Ajinca can be dropped in most leagues with Anthony Davis' shoulder injury appearing to be minor.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Kevin Love looks like vintage Love in win
    Kevin Love hit 10-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's impressive win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Many think Love is deferring too much to LeBron, but he just hasn't played well this season. He looked great tonight and the Cavs opened up a 29-point lead over the Grizzlies in the third quarter. LeBron James had 20 points, eight boards, five assists and three 3-pointers, Kyrie Irving added 24 points and two assists, Timofey Mozgov had 14 points, nine boards and a block, and J.R. Smith added 13 points, six assists and three 3-pointers in the cakewalk. Hopefully Love can keep it going, even when they Cavs aren't blowing someone out. That makes four straight wins for the Cavs, and eight of their last nine.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores two in 14 minutes
    Taj Gibson played just 14 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 116-103 win, scoring two points with two assists.

    Advice: He only played five minutes in the first half and didn't pull down a single rebound. Gibson has lost minutes to red-hot Nikola Mirotic and that's probably going to continue for the foreseeable future. His owners will need to temper expectations and cutting him seems plausible.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Brandon Bass falls flat vs. Heat
    Brandon Bass hit just 3-of-6 shots for nine points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The Heat held a 17-point halftime lead and coach Brad Stevens seemed to be grasping for straws in hopes of getting back in the game. Eleven players saw meaningful minutes for Boston, while even Gerald Wallace came off the bench and played four minutes. With that many hands in the cookie jar, the Celtics are a potential headache for fantasy owners going forward. The Celtics are in a dogfight for the playoffs with Indy, Brooklyn and Charlotte, and fell a full two games behind the Heat with tonight's loss.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays 28 minutes vs. Raptors
    Joakim Noah played 28 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine points, five boards, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He is likely going to have his minutes kept in check until the playoffs. Noah did average 12.3 boards per game over his previous three and he's also passing more, so he's still worth owning in standard leagues. His owners will have to watch out for more rest games like he had on Monday.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Roy Hibbert doesn't score on Wednesday
    Roy Hibbert missed all six shots from the field against the Wizards on Wednesday with no points, five boards, two assists and one turnover in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't even block a shot tonight. Just when we thought Hibbert was finally getting it going, he lays an egg. We've seen this dozens of times before, so there's no need to adjust your opinion on Hibbert going forward. He'll face Zaza Pachulia on Thursday.
    Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay will start vs. PHX
    DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: They were listed as probable and should not be limited tonight. Start them in all leagues in what should be a very fast game.
    Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) will start vs. Jazz
    LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) will start against the Jazz on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He only needed one game on the sidelines after saying he was going to take his time coming back. This is a very important game for the Blazers against one of the better teams since the break. The Jazz have shut down a slew of power forward, but it'll be interesting to see how LMA does given his different style of play. He's obviously worth starting in all leagues.
    Yesterday, 5:52 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) out on Wednesday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Mar. 7 and the move to acquire him for Thaddeus Young is making less sense by the day because the team has said it's not tanking. Justin Hamilton benefits most while Adreian Payne could play more, too. Garnett could be dropped everywhere, obviously.
    Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer out Wednesday
    Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer are not expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The pair is not expected to play for the next 4-5 games. Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly will get the start and are worth a look in deeper leagues. Hopefully, Ed Davis gets more run than 16 minutes like he did on Tuesday. Hill can be dropped in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play against the Raptors
    Joakim Noah (soreness) will play against the Raptors on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He rested for "general soreness" on Monday. The return of Noah should mean the Bulls will have their entire frontcourt ready to go with Taj Gibson, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic good to go. There's certainly a chance for Nikola Mirotic to lose some playing time, but he's gone above and beyond all expectations this month. Mirotic is a hold for now while Noah can be inserted back into all lineups.
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (calf) listed as probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (calf, foot) is listed as probable to face the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings have yet to rest players a la the Nuggets or Lakers, so we're still fully expecting Cousins to give it a go even on a road game in a back-to-back set. The foot injury was recently added to the Kings' injury report and fantasy owners might want to make sure he's a go a little later this evening.
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Nic Batum are questionable
    LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) and Nicolas Batum (back) are questionable to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is an improvement here with the pair being listed as doubtful for Tuesday. Aldridge did not play in that game and he's also said he's not looking to rush back, but he certainly could come back tonight or Friday. His fantasy owners shouldn't be too optimistic for his status in a late game. Dorell Wright started on Tuesday, but coach Terry Stotts might play the matchup against Derrick Favors and go with Meyers Leonard in the starting lineup.
    Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Joakim Noah expected to play on Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (general soreness) is expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: The Bulls are going to be cautious with Noah moving forward, and Thibodeau still wants to see how Noah responds after shootaround, so we should be able to provide another update shortly. Taj Gibson would move to the bench and probably see fewer minutes if Noah is cleared to play, while impressive rookie Nikola Mirotic might see his minutes take a small hit as well. Expect another update after shootaround.
    Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Kings win behind DeMarcus Cousins' 33 & 17
    DeMarcus Cousins dominated Tuesday's game from start to finish, racking up multiple game-highs with 33 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, four steals and four blocks.

    Advice: Cousins is banged up and it wouldn't be surprising if he received a few DNPs as the season wanes, but tonight's enormous game should allay fears about his health. He made only 8-of-27 field goals tonight, but was a pristine 17-of-19 at the free throw line. Concerns about George Karl's impact on Cousins' fantasy value have proven to be unfounded -- Cousins and Rudy Gay have a combined usage rate of 60.5 percent since the All-Star break, the highest rate of any teammates.
    Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Ed Davis shoots 5-of-5 in 16 minutes Tuesday
    Ed Davis made all five of his shot attempts on Tuesday, but he played only 16 minutes and finished with 12 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Byron Scott has suggested that he'll start Davis soon, possibly for the remainder of the season, making him a sneaky pickup despite tonight's lackluster numbers. With top-80 value as a reserve over the past month, Davis doesn't even need a promotion to help fantasy owners in standard leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Jordan Hill likely to sit out next 4-5 games
    Jordan Hill (tanking) will likely sit out for the next four to five games so that the Lakers can evaluate their younger players.

    Advice: Unreal. The tanking saga continues around the NBA, and this move will certainly draw some harsh criticism from around the league. Hill has been one of the better plays for the Lakers this season with averages of 12.3 points and 8.0 boards per game, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts to this. For what it's worth, Carlos Boozer will also sit out with Hill, meaning Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre will handle the frontcourt duties for the Lakers until further notice. With fantasy playoffs in progress, Hill's owners should cut bait.
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum out Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) and Nicolas Batum (back) will not play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, and Alonzo Gee and Dorell Wright will shift into the starting lineup.

    Advice: Aldridge is dealing with some swelling and wasn't able to move his hand properly after leaving Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies. He also recently said that he won't rush back from injury, so he should be considered doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz. With Kaman and Batum also out tonight, Joel Freeland, Dorell Wright and Meyers Leonard should get plenty of opportunities in the frontcourt, while Alonzo Gee and C.J. McCollum could be in line for more minutes on the wing. However, this is the Blazers we are talking about, so nothing is off the table at this point.
    Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Aldridge, Batum, Kaman still doubtful Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (finger), Nicolas Batum (back) and Chris Kaman (shoulder) will all "most likely" not play on Tuesday, according to Terry Stotts.

    Advice: All three guys are listed as doubtful to face the Warriors and fantasy owners should prepare to be without them. Meyers Leonard gains the most if Aldridge is forced to sit out, with Joel Freeland and Dorell Wright also helping to fill the void at PF. None of them are appetizing fantasy players, however, especially in a tough matchup with Golden State.
    Tuesday, 5:50 pm
  • Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer may not play Tues
    Jordan Hill (tanking) and Carlos Boozer (tanking) may not be in the rotation vs. the Thunder on Tuesday according to Lakers beat writer Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black are starting in the frontcourt, so winning clearly isn't a priority tonight. The Lakers are going to get their younger guys some more playing time down the stretch, so Hill and Boozer's value will likely start to trend down. We will continue to monitor this story closely, but owners will want to see how things play out tonight before doing anything drastic.
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • Jordan Hill moves to the bench on Tuesday
    Jordan Hill will shift to the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Thunder, while Ryan Kelly will draw the start.

    Advice: The Lakers are desperately trying to improve their chances in the draft lottery, so it's not surprising to see them give their younger players a longer look. Hill's owners should use a wait-and-see approach here, but it look his value could take a hit down the stretch. Ryan Kelly is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:57 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out Wednesday vs. LAL
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Gorgui Dieng has been logging heavy minutes lately with zero depth behind him. He'll likely again be asked to play as close to the entire game as possible on Wednesday with Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful, and Justin Hamilton (migraines) questionable. Pekovic remains without a clear timetable to return, and with Minnesota playing for draft picks, it's unlikely we'll see Pek in uniform again this season.
    Tuesday, 2:46 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Garnett has been out since March 7, and he remains without an official timetable to return. At this point in his career, Garnett belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:27 pm
  • Greg Monroe (knee) out Tuesday vs. Toronto
    Greg Monroe (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Anthony Tolliver has been starting with Monroe sidelined, but he failed to score during his last outing, and only managed four points in his previous game without hitting a single 3-pointer in either contest. Andre Drummond on the other hand has been a monster, averaging 14.3 points, 15.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 2.8 blocks over the past four games while logging heavy minutes, and he appears to be the primary beneficiary sans Monroe. Tolliver makes for a risky play in daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:09 pm
  • Roy Hibbert unhappy with Pacers' defense
    Roy Hibbert was unhappy with the Pacers' defense during Monday's loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Hibbert had a strong game on Monday, but wasn't happy with the Pacers' team defense in the loss. "I'm going to give you a real answer, not a (B.S.) answer," Hibbert said. "I think that sometimes we take the easy way out. In the years past, we've been able to earn no calls and get stops and I think the easier way out has been to foul, myself included." Team defense issues aside, the big man is averaging 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks over his last five games and can be started with confidence in all fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:09 am
  • Taj Gibson scores four in 32 minutes
    Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with four points, seven rebounds, three steals and one block.

    Advice: He started tonight with Joakim Noah (rest) out. Gibson could be at risk of losing playing time because Nikola Mirotic is one of the hottest rookies in the NBA. He's still a hold in standard leagues, but isn't a must-own player with Noah expected to be back soon.
    Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Roy Hibbert scores 18 with 10 boards
    Roy Hibbert played well on offense against the Rockets on Monday during a 110-100 loss with 18 points, 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He made 8-of-12 from the field and both free throws. Hibbert has really turned it on over his last four, averaging 16.5 points, 7.0 boards, 1.5 dimes, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals on 57.4 percent from the field. His fantasy owners can finally start feeling confident in using him after a multiple-week slump earlier this month.
    Monday, 7:34 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) won't play Monday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: He's been out since Mar. 7 and has yet to play in a road game since joining the Wolves. Garnett can be dropped everywhere.
    Monday, 4:39 pm
  • Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler listed as starters
    Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler are listed as the starters against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (rest) won't play tonight while Butler makes his return. The Bulls should look to beat the Hornets inside with Charlotte missing some depth. Gibson is worth starting in most leagues tonight.
    Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Joakim Noah will not play on Monday night
    Joakim Noah will not play on Monday night due to general soreness.

    Advice: The Bulls are finally getting healthy with Jimmy Butler back, but now they'll sit Noah down for rest. Taj Gibson would likely start and should be worth using in all leagues after playing 19 minutes on Saturday. Nikola Mirotic is also an option for another game.
    Monday, 3:49 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge has index finger sprain
    LaMarcus Aldridge is dealing with a left index finger sprain and is doubtful to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: The good news is that this isn't another thumb injury for Aldridge. He is still not going to be in a rush to return to the lineup and his owners in weekly leagues should be expecting him to miss at least one game. With LMA out, it'll be Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland filling in at power forward. C.J. McCollum may also be asked to help Damian Lillard with the scoring.
    Monday, 2:23 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) doubtful Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) did not practice on Monday and is doubtful to play on Tuesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He's not going to rush back from his hand injury. His owners in weekly leagues should be looking for other options this week. Aldridge was replaced by Meyers Leonard to start the second half on Saturday, but Leonard didn't score vs. the Grizzlies. With LMA out, it was Leonard, Dorell Wright and Joel Freeland picking up minutes at power forward. Wright looks like the most attractive option right now.
    Monday, 12:41 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful for Monday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is doubtful to play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: It's a road game, so Garnett is almost a lock to not play for his one. With KG and a slew of others out in the frontcourt, expect Gorgui Dieng to be very busy. Plus, Adreian Payne and Chase Budinger will get some extra run.
    Monday, 11:22 am
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play vs. Jazz
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Jazz on Monday night.

    Advice: There was almost no chance Pekovic was going to play tonight and the Wolves finally decided to rule him out early. There's a very good chance we won't see Pek back on the court this season with the Wolves playing for lottery balls and being tied to his contract. Gorgui Dieng will continue to be one of the best big men to own in fantasy while Adreian Payne and Chase Budinger will get the rest of the big-man minutes. Dieng does get a bad matchup against Rudy Gobert tonight, though.
    Monday, 11:21 am
  • Ed Davis could join starting lineup soon?
    Ed Davis could soon join the starting lineup, but it's unclear who he'd replace.

    Advice: It would either be Jordan Hill or Tarik Black. As a starter, Davis is averaging 8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 1.1 blocks on 56.8 percent shooting over 24 games. Seeing as how he's producing that line in just 26 minutes per contest, Davis has plenty of room to contribute for fantasy owners if he's ever unleashed.
    Monday, 9:37 am
  • Kevin Garnett again questionable for Monday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is questionable to play on Monday vs. Utah.

    Advice: There is just no incentive to play Garnett right now, and it doesn't sound like he's close to returning since we never got an update on his second opinion after he was examined last week. Adreian Payne, who is averaging 8.7 points and 6.7 rebounds as a starting power forward, should once again get the call.
    Monday, 9:19 am
  • Nikoa Pekovic again questionable on Monday
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is once again listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Jazz.

    Advice: Despite the questionable tag, Pek has missed six straight and he's just not worth the constant headache. We don't expect him to play, and we should instead see Gorgui Dieng, who is a must-own, must-start player at this time. He's averaging 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.0 blocks on 50.5 percent shooting as the starting center, and Justin Hamilton (migraines) has already been ruled out, as well.
    Monday, 9:17 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge won't rush back from injury
    LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) said that he will not rush back from his latest injury.

    Advice: "I'm already having a thumb issue, so...I'm not going to rush it. I'm going to try to let it heal up." We'll consider him doubtful for Tuesday against the Warriors and Wednesday against the Jazz, but then the Blazers play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. It's not a good time for fantasy owners or the Blazers to have Aldridge be in street clothes.
    Monday, 6:16 am
  • Ed Davis blocks four shots w/ 11 rebounds
    Ed Davis came off the Lakers bench for eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocks on Sunday, helping L.A. hold on for a 101-87 win vs. the visiting Sixers.

    Advice: His play was bigger than the stat line reveals, particularly in the decisive fourth quarter, but Davis is trapped as a late-round value due to limited playing time -- he's played 30+ minutes just three times since Jan. 1.
    Sunday, 9:38 pm
  • Jordan Hill shoots 6-of-7 in just 20 minutes
    Jordan Hill made 6-of-7 shots vs. the Sixers on Sunday, finishing L.A.'s home victory with 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists in only 20 minutes.

    Advice: Hill was a combined 10-of-31 from the field in his three previous games, so it's nice to see him get going offensively vs. a Sixers defense which has been surprisingly stingy in recent weeks. Hill is a reliable late-round value but he lacks explosive upside while logging 25-28 minutes for coach Byron Scott. Owners should be on the lookout for potential lineup changes, too, as Scott has suggested that he'll tweak his rotations over L.A.'s final 10 games.
    Sunday, 9:37 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (calf) struggles w/ fouls
    DeMarcus Cousins' calf injury didn't limit him on Sunday, as he notched 20 points (6-of-11 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 109-86 win vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: What did limit DMC was foul trouble, but he still finished with a solid fantasy line despite playing just 23 minutes. He's playing through ankle and calf injuries and could easily pick up DNPs with the Kings eyeing the draft lottery, so owners should double-check his status prior to Tuesday's game vs. Philly.
    Sunday, 5:47 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca double-doubles in fill-in start
    Alexis Ajinca double-doubled in another start for the short-handed Pelicans on Sunday, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Omer Asik was sidelined by a calf injury which led to another start for Ajinca, this time alongside Anthony Davis. He held his own vs. DeAndre Jordan but the Pelicans fell on the road, 100-107, bumping them three full games outside of the playoff picture. Anyone banking on Ajinca for production next week should keep a close eye on Asik's status.
    Sunday, 3:29 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play Sunday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: The Wolves have no reason to play Garnett at less than 100 percent, and we wouldn't count on Garnett playing on Monday vs. the Jazz either. Adreian Payne will draw the start again, but Chase Budinger has emerged as the primary beneficiary off the bench for the Wolves.
    Sunday, 3:26 pm
  • Ho-hum: DeAndre double-doubles w/ three BLKs
    DeAndre Jordan finished Sunday's home victory with 12 points, 16 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 37 minutes, while making 5-of-7 FGs and 2-of-7 FTs.

    Advice: He was aided by the absence of Omer Asik during Sunday's game but this is just another day at the office for DeAndre. He leads the NBA in boards (14.8), ranks fourth in blocks (2.2) and is making an unheard-of 70.9 percent of his field goals -- the next-closest player is Mason Plumlee at 58.3 percent.
    Sunday, 3:22 pm
  • Kevin Love struggles with shot on Sunday
    Kevin Love struggled with his shot during Sunday's win over the Bucks, scoring just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, with three rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers through 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love did not leave the bench during the fourth quarter as the game turned into a blowout, but consistency continues to be an issue for Cleveland's third-wheel. He's scored nine, 11, 10, eight, and 21 points in his previous five outings, and there's really no telling when the good Love is going to show up. He usually does enough in the rebounding and 3-point categories to balance out the minimal scoring production, but he's simply not the guy owners thought they were buying on draft day.
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) ruled out for Sunday
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: This will be his sixth straight game on the sidelines and there is simply no telling if he will play again this season. Pekovic's owners should have already moved with fantasy playoffs in progress, while Gorgui Dieng will continue to be a must-start player in all formats. Justin Hamilton has also been playing well and is worth a look in deeper leagues if his migraines clear up.
    Sunday, 2:58 pm
  • Greg Monroe (knee) out Sunday vs. Celtics
    Greg Monroe (knee) will not play vs. the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: He wasn't expected to play vs. Boston but coach Stan Van Gundy is hopeful to have Monroe back for Tuesday's game. The Pistons have a mediocre three-game schedule this week, so ideally Monroe's status will be confirmed after Monday's practice. In his absence, Anthony Tolliver will continue playing heavy minutes as a fill-in starter.
    Sunday, 12:06 pm
  • Brandan Wright plays 30 minutes
    Brandan Wright came off the bench and logged 30 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday, scoring eight points with nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He earned playing time due to stepping it up over his last two. Wright was only logging minutes in the teens before the Alex Len injury, but he should be in the upper 20s going forward. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 9:00 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays 19 minutes, scores 13 pts
    Taj Gibson played 19 minutes on Saturday vs. the Pistons, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three rebounds.

    Advice: Gibson acknowledged that his ankle was doing fine, but he said that he is dealing with some tightness in his Achilles and calf. However, his owners shouldn't panic as he will simply have to continue to build on his conditioning and shake off the rust after an extended period on the shelf. Having said that, Gibson isn't a must-own player until he can get at least 25 minutes per game, especially with fantasy playoffs in full swing. Nikola Mirotic's role looks safe for now and he is still a must-start player.
    Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Roy Hibbert scores 16 points vs. Nets
    Roy Hibbert scored 16 points with six boards, two assists and one block against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Nets are giving up some big lines to centers these days, so we can't get too excited about Hibbert turning in a productive game. Although, he's trending up in his last four games with 16.3 points, 6.3 boards, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 turnovers on 50.0 percent from the field. He looks safe to start now, but that could change in a moment's notice.
    Saturday, 7:18 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum won't return
    LaMarcus Aldridge (left hand injury) and Nicolas Batum (lower back pain) will not return to Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: X-rays were negative on Aldridge's hand, but he is reportedly dealing with a lot of swelling and wasn't able to use his hand after the game. Aldridge didn't know if he would be able to play on Tuesday vs. the Warriors, but he said he would be cautious moving forward and it looks like his status could be in serious doubt following this news. We should have plenty of updates prior to Tuesday, so his owners should remain patient for now. Meyers Leonard started the second half in place of Aldridge, but head coach Terry Stotts tweaks his lineups a lot which makes it difficult to predict who would benefit the most if Aldridge has to miss any time.
    Saturday, 6:40 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (calf) listed as probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (calf) is listed as probable to play against the Wizards on Sunday.

    Advice: When the Kings list a guy as probable, it basically means they are a lock because they often don't update them until right before tip. Cousins missed the last two games and should be ready to roll for the home game. His owners can plug him back into their lineups, but it doesn't hurt to check back to make sure he's a go at shootaround.
    Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) questionable for Sunday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is questionable to play for Sunday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He has been questionable for each of the last four games and hasn't played in any of them. Garnett hasn't played on the road yet, but he does have a small chance to play on Sunday. Regardless, keep him on the wire. If he does play, Chase Budinger and Adreian Payne would lose some minutes.
    Saturday, 3:38 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) questionable for Sun
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is questionable to play against the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: His ankle are not capable of playing big minutes, so don't expect to see Pekovic get many minutes even if he can play. We're still not expecting him to play and aren't interested in picking him up. Gorgui Dieng is going to continue putting up huge numbers.
    Saturday, 3:19 pm
  • Greg Monroe (knee) out for Saturday night
    Greg Monroe (knee) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He is not expected to play against the Celtics on Sunday with coach Stan Van Gundy saying he's hopeful Monroe can play on Tuesday. Monroe was a surprise scratch this week due to an injury in practice on Monday, which burned fantasy owners in weekly leagues. With Monroe out, Anthony Tolliver is worth a look while a number of other players will have to do more on offense.
    Saturday, 3:06 pm
  • Taj Gibson is probable for Saturday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is listed as probable to play against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: He played just 11 minutes in his return on Friday. The Bulls have the dreaded back-to-back game on the road, so there's a chance they rest Gibson tonight against one of the worst teams in the NBA. The Bulls didn't reveal much about Gibson yesterday, so he's a very risky play tonight. Nikola Mirotic is safe to start in all leagues.
    Saturday, 1:15 pm
  • Ajinca goes for 15 and eight with a block
    Alexis Ajinca scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and one block in 19 minutes of action in Friday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Ajinca had slowed down for the past two weeks but he put up good numbers on Thursday and the whole team seems to be breaking down. Prior to that Ajinca had a nice multi-week run with startable fantasy value and he hasn't needed big minutes to do that. Give him a look if you need a big man.
    Saturday, 12:45 am
  • Taj Gibson plays 11 minutes in his return
    Taj Gibson played 11 minutes in his return to the lineup on Friday with four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Raptors.

    Advice: He is probably going to have a minutes cap going forward, especially with how Nikola Mirotic is tearing up the league. Gibson can remain on the wire in most leagues until he puts up a big night.
    Friday, 10:37 pm
  • Hibbert scores 20 points with eight boards
    Roy Hibbert scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists and one block in Friday's loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Hibbert won't be scoring this much if Paul George returns and logs anywhere close to the 25 mpg, though it's not a guarantee that Hibbert scores on any given night, anyway. George Hill added 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go with four treys and three assists, and he'd be a candidate to see his touches reduced if PG is anything near his old self.
    Friday, 9:42 pm
  • Cousins now ruled out for Friday vs. CHA
    DeMarcus Cousins (calf) will not play on Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: There is more than meets the eye to this situation and there is some conflict between George Karl and Cousins about whether or not he should play. In reality, this is the fruit of the Kings' front office scapegoating Cousins for their inability to quickly hire Karl, among other things like firing Mike Malone. Now this has become a weird issue, and to be clear if anybody deserves a game off or two while the Kings tank it's Cousins -- who has sprained his ankle twice in the past few weeks, been beat up all year, and had to bounce back from a nasty case of viral meningitis. Owners should be prepared for a bumpy ride with Cousins and tonight Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi and Andre Miller are your beneficiaries.
    Friday, 5:32 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins now a game-time call
    DeMarcus Cousins (calf) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: There have been conflicting reports both internally and in the press about his status, so we're simply calling him questionable and we'll let you know when we have clarity. We know he is on the court and working out. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 5:11 pm
  • Taj Gibson in uniform to face the Raptors
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is in uniform to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: There is still no word on if he's going to play for sure, but he did go through shootaround this morning. Gibson is a risky play tonight and the Bulls probably won't let him play big minutes off the bat considering he's had so much trouble with his ankle this season. Nikola Mirotic should be starting in standard leagues.
    Friday, 4:55 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (calf) will play on Friday
    DeMarcus Cousins (calf) will play Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Cousins dropped 20 points and 14 rebounds in his last outing against the Hornets, so make sure he's on your active roster. Those that swooped up Jason Thompson under the assumption that Cousins would be out tonight should look elsewhere for production.
    Friday, 4:47 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (calf) warming up to play
    DeMarcus Cousins (calf) is warming up to play against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He is still questionable for this one and will likely be a game-time decision. Cousins missed Wednesday night due to a strain and the Kings certainly have nothing to play for outside of lottery balls, so he could sit even though this game is at home. Jason Thompson is probably the only player worth an add in deep leagues. There should be an update on DMC soon.
    Friday, 4:06 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) a game-time decision Fri.
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Head coach Tom Thibodeau seemed optimistic when discussing Gibson's following Friday morning's shootaround, but nothing is official just yet. If Gibson can't go tonight, Nikola Mirotic will have his minutes unimpeded, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 3:19 pm
  • Greg Monroe (knee) doubtful for the weekend
    Greg Monroe (knee) is doubtful to play Saturday vs. Chicago, as well as Sunday vs. Boston.

    Advice: This is very unfortunate news for owners of Monroe, and with him sidelined, Anthony Tolliver will likely stick with the starting unit. Through two games as a starter this season, Tolliver has put in averages of 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.0 three-pointers per game, so he's worth a look as a streamer option for those seeking some 3-point shooting. Jodie Meeks will also see some increased opportunity on offense with Monroe out.
    Friday, 10:27 am
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Taj Gibson (ankle) went through shootaround, and head coach Tom Thibodeau said he may be able to give it a go for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Gibson is officially being listed as questionable, but his participation in shootaround can certainly be viewed as a positive sign. He's been out since Feb. 27, so his conditioning probably isn't where it needs to be, and he could be limited if he does go tonight. Folks in Chicago have wondered if he'll cede playing time to Nikola Mirotic and he hasn't produced anywhere near enough this season to be called a must-own player, but he's certainly worth a look.
    Friday, 8:56 am
  • Jordan Hill scores four points in a loss
    Jordan Hill scored four points in an 80-73 loss to the Jazz on Thursday with 10 rebounds, one block and two steals in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes are there for Hill right now, but he's made a combined 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) from the field in his last three games. Hill does have some decent production in the other categories with at least nine rebounds in each of his last four, so he's a decent guy to own. The Lakers have a 4-4-4 schedule in the last three full weeks of the season.
    Thursday, 10:12 pm
  • Wright On: Brandan blocks seven, scores 16
    Brandan Wright brought it on both ends of the floor during a 74-72 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds and seven blocks on 8-of-10 from the field in 38 minutes.

    Advice: For years we've been wondering what it would look like for Wright to be unleashed and he's surpassing almost all expectations. He put up an 18-11 line on Sunday and has made it obvious he'll deserve more playing time even when Alex Len (ankle) gets back. Considering how much of a monster he's been, fantasy owners have to pick him up in most leagues even with Len getting closer.
    Thursday, 9:52 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca scores 10 in 26 minutes
    Alexis Ajinca scored 10 points in 26 minutes against the Suns on Thursday with seven rebounds, four assists and one block.

    Advice: At this point, there seem to be as many Pelicans as dodo birds with how many players they're missing. Extinct jokes aside, Ajinca is looking like a solid player to add in most leagues with Omer Asik (calf) possibly missing time. Anthony Davis (ankle) could also miss time, which would make Ajinca a great player in daily leagues. If you have some dead weight give him a look against the Warriors on Friday.
    Thursday, 9:24 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out Thursday vs. NY
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will remain sidelined for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Head coach Flip Saunders said that Pekovic will be out for "a while," but wouldn't confirm whether or not that means he's done for the season. Given the fact that Pek has been battling ankle soreness the entire year, and that Minnesota is playing for draft picks, we don't expect Pekovic to return to action this year; and he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Gorgui Dieng and Adreian Payne are currently the only healthy bigs on the roster for Minnesota, so they will obviously be forced into heavy minutes tonight. Dieng should be a stud while Payne will look to bounce back from a lackluster Wednesday.
    Thursday, 3:28 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play Thursday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play Thursday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This marks Garnett's fifth consecutive game on the sidelines, and he remains without a clear timetable to return. With Garnett, Justin Hamilton (illness), and Nikola Pekovic (ankle), all unavailable tonight, Gorgui Dieng and Adreian Payne will be forced into heavy minutes.
    Thursday, 3:25 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) hopeful for Friday vs. TOR
    Updating a previous report, Taj Gibson (ankle) is hopeful he'll be able to return for Friday's game vs. the Raptors, and he's officially being listed as questionable.

    Advice: Gibson said he wants to see how he feels following Friday morning's shootaround, so owners can expect to get another update then. Make sure Gibson isn't sitting on your waiver wire, as it's looking likely he'll be able to return to action this weekend. It'll be interesting to see how he affects Nikola Mirotic's minutes upon his return.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) questionable Thursday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is questionable to play Thursday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: If Garnett is again unable to go on Thursday, it will be his fifth consecutive game on the sidelines. Adreian Payne will be the primary beneficiary if Garnett is unable to go, and he's worth a look as a streamer option in deep leagues. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 11:39 am
  • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) questionable Thursday
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Even if Pekovic is able to go, his minutes will more than likely be limited as he's simply not able to log heavy minutes on those gimpy ankles. We'll consider him on the doubtful side of questionable, and if he's unable to go, there will be more minutes for Gorgui Dieng and Adreian Payne, with Dieng offering the most upside.
    Thursday, 11:36 am
  • Joakim Noah plays 29 minutes
    Joakim Noah played 29 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with six points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: He did play down the stretch even with the Bulls winning by 17 tonight. Noah will have a minutes cap going forward because the team can't afford to lose another player. He should still have some solid value in all leagues until Derrick Rose (knee) gets back.
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Roy Hibbert plays 31 minutes vs. Bulls
    Roy Hibbert played 31 minutes against the Bulls during a 103-86 loss on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: His minutes have increased in each of his last three games and may have played a little more tonight because of Ian Mahinmi's injury. Hibbert was having an abysmal start to his March before tonight, averaging 7.8 points, 7.8 boards, 2.0 blocks and 0.5 steals on 33.3 percent from the field. He's not a must-start player right now.
    Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Brandon Bass scores 20 in loss to OKC
    Brandon Bass had 20 points, three rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer on 8-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: That's an efficient line as Bass's surprising season continues. He's not making many headlines, but is averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and is shooting 66 percent over his last five games, making him worth a look in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Kevin Love goes for 10 & 11 in return
    Kevin love returned from a two-game absence in which he rested and hit 4-of-9 shots and zero 3-pointers for 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes of Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.

    Advice: Love's lack of stats tonight is not encouraging, but at least he played. Hopefully his rest period is over and he'll finish the regular season on a high note.
    Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Pekovic, Neal, Garnett won't play Wednesday
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Pek joins Kevin Garnett (knee), Gary Neal (hand) and Justin Hamilton (illness) on the sidelines, meaning Adreian Payne and Gorgui Dieng will be very busy tonight. Pek's ankles are a chronic problem and it's anyone's guess when he'll get back on the court.
    Wednesday, 4:02 pm
  • Greg Monroe (knee) unlikely until next week?
    Greg Monroe (knee) may not play over the weekend against the Bulls and Celtics.

    Advice: This is arguably the toughest blow of the week for owners in weekly fantasy leagues. On Monday afternoon, they were looking at four games from Monroe this week, but now they might not get a single minute out of him. Anthony Tolliver is worth a look in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:31 pm
  • KG, Pekovic and Gary Neal unlikely to play
    Kevin Garnett (knee), Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Gary Neal (hand) are very unlikely to play on Wednesday night against the Raptors.

    Advice: This isn't really a big update with these guys being doubtful this morning, but the Wolves are preparing for this one with eight players. Justin Hamilton continues to be a hot pickup in standard leagues while Gorgui Dieng is a must-start option. Garnett is possibly out for the season.
    Wednesday, 3:17 pm
  • Greg Monroe (knee) out again on Wednesday
    Greg Monroe (knee) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for fantasy owners because he was expected to play as of this morning. With Monroe out, the Pistons will run their offense through Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond may have more plays go his way, too. Anthony Tolliver also played 32 minutes on Tuesday with 15 points, seven boards, one steal and four 3-pointers, so he's worth a look as a plug-and-play tonight. Hopefully Monroe can give it a go on Saturday.
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Joakim Noah says he wants to close games
    Joakim Noah, who is currently on a playing limit of 32 minutes per game, vented his frustration about not being able to close games for the Bulls.

    Advice: "It’s frustrating," Noah said regarding sitting out in close games. "I think I’m not the only one who’s frustrated sometimes. I think it’s part of the grind. I’m just trying to stay focused on what’s important and trying to win basketball games. I’m not trying to get caught up in any noise or anything like that. I don’t want to be a distraction. We’ll figure it out internally and do what’s best for the team." Despite the minutes limit, Noah's owners will just be glad to see him healthy and active, as he hasn't exactly been the most durable player in recent years. While the minutes limit likely won't be lifted until the postseason, Noah is obviously a must-start player every time he steps onto the floor.
    Wednesday, 10:08 am
  • Kevin Love (rest) will play Wednesday vs. BKN
    Kevin Love (rest) will play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love has missed the last two games for the Cavaliers, but he made it clear that it was simply because he needed rest and that it had nothing to do with his back. Regardless, Love should be feeling pretty refreshed tonight, and his owners can confidently deploy him into all lineups. Tristan Thompson will shift to the bench and will lose most of his value following this news.
    Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • DeAndre Jordan hacked again in fourth quarter
    The Hornets intentionally fouled DeAndre Jordan down the stretch on Tuesday, and he finished L.A.'s victory with 12 points (3-of-6 FGs, 6-of-12 FTs), 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Jordan split three pairs of free throws down the stretch and Doc Rivers once again let him play through the Hack-a-Jordan strategy. It does his overall fantasy value no favors, but owners have obviously learned to live with the brutal percentages at this late stage in the season.
    Tuesday, 10:22 pm
  • MRI comes back clean on Greg Monroe (knee)
    An MRI taken on Greg Monroe's right knee came back clean, and he is expected to play Wednesday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: This is excellent news for owners of Monroe as it would appear he's only going to be forced to miss one game with the knee injury. Check back for an official update closer to Wednesday's tip, but if Monroe is indeed able to go on Wednesday, Anthony Tolliver will head back to the bench.
    Tuesday, 3:47 pm
  • Greg Monroe (knee) out for Tuesday night
    Greg Monroe (right knee strain) will not play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The injury happened at practice on Monday and is yet another bad break for fantasy owners. Monroe doesn't have an injury history with his knees and this is a strain -- not a sprain -- so he might not be out for too long. He should be considered questionable for Friday against the Magic in Orlando. With Monroe out, Anthony Tolliver will likely get more minutes while a slew of other Pistons will get more shots. Andre Drummond (concussion) is also expected to play and could be busy in the low post.
    Tuesday, 8:38 am
  • Joakim Noah remains on minutes limit
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Joakim Noah remains on a playing limit of 32 minutes per game.

    Advice: While Noah has appeared frustrated with the limit, the Bulls front office is determined to preserve their center and Thibodeau is toeing the company line. "You got to keep the game together," Thibodeau said. "Sometimes a group's on a run, sometimes you got to look at the matchup, then you take your shot at the end. You just got to use it the best way you can." While it would be nice to see Noah without a restriction, the big man can still productive enough in 32 minutes to be started whenever he's in the starting lineup.
    Tuesday, 8:19 am
  • Cavaliers maintain Kevin Love isn't injured
    The Cavaliers maintain that Kevin Love (rest) has not missed the last two games due to an injury.

    Advice: Despite the speculation that he is nursing a back injury, the Cavs maintain that Love is not hurt. With resting players becoming a trend in the NBA, there is a good chance that Cavs head coach David Blatt is letting Love save his energy for what will be his first playoff series. We expect Love to play against the Nets Wednesday night, but we'll have updates as soon as more information becomes available.
    Tuesday, 7:14 am
  • Hill goes for 15 and 12 with five assists
    Jordan Hill continued to heat up with 15 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a rare 3-pointer in Monday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: After providing droppable numbers for weeks he's back on the right side of the ledger and should be owned in most, if not all standard formats going forward.
    Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Davis gets just 18 minutes, blocks three
    Ed Davis played just 18 minutes on Monday against the Warriors, scoring four points on 1-of-2 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

    Advice: Davis has been running well lately and owners can forgive this low-minute outing. The Lakers were in a tight game with the Warriors, so naturally Byron Scott turned his veterans -- for better or worse.
    Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Hibbert goes for 17 and seven with two blocks
    Roy Hibbert scored 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting (7-of-8 FTs) with seven rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes on Monday against the Raptors.

    Advice: Hibbert can be useful when he's rolling and unfortunately for owners it's been a while since that has been the case. Give him a look, but with just low-end value in 12-team leagues over the last two months he's best viewed as a flier pickup.
    Mar 16, 7:28 pm
  • Kevin Love out again, LeBron James will play
    Kevin Love (rest) will not play against the Heat on Monday night, but will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He reportedly is dealing with a back injury and asked to rest today, according to ESPN's Israel Gutierrez. Love and the Cavs have three more games this week and no more back-to-back games. We're expecting him to play on Wednesday night.
    Mar 16, 3:43 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan not mulling one-year contract
    DeAndre Jordan is not considering signing a one-year contract this offseason in free agency.

    Advice: There had been some talk of Jordan going that route because of the expected salary cap spike, but he has no interest in that path. "I’m not going to be greedy and sign a one-year deal," Jordan said. "Nah. I’m just focused on getting it over with and focusing on playing again. I'm just trying to win here." Jordan is primed to cash in after his phenomenal season concludes.
    Mar 16, 9:29 am
  • Wright calls lockout blessing in disguise
    Brandan Wright called the previous NBA lockout a "blessing in disguise" because it allowed him to heal his shoulder injury.

    Advice: As a big man with a 7'4" wingspan and a 36" vertical leap, health was the biggest thing preventing Wright from making the impact in the NBA so many thought he would initially. He's now found his niche in the league, and he'll be one of the more fascinating free-agent cases this summer. Wright is averaging 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks in 19 minutes per game for the Suns.
    Mar 16, 8:30 am
  • Joakim Noah declines comment on min. limit
    Joakim Noah declined to comment on his minutes limit after Sunday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Noah had 15 points, three rebounds, seven assists and a steal, but he played just 31 minutes and sat for most of the fourth quarter. Beat writer KC Johnson describes the situation as the latest battle between Tom Thibodeau and management, and it doesn't appear Noah will be able to exceed 32 minutes at any point in the near future. He's been on a minutes limit all season, and the team has been especially stringent since Noah recently sat out for a game with knee soreness. The big man can still be a very productive player, but his ceiling is limited in this role.
    Mar 16, 6:19 am
  • Ed Davis heats up in 4Q vs. visiting Hawks
    Ed Davis came to life late in Sunday's home loss, which he finished with seven points, a game-high 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He did his damage in just 24 minutes and was the catalyst for a late charge by the Lakers, but it proved to be too little, too late. Davis has done enough for standard league value despite his awful FT shooting (1-of-3 tonight), but he won't truly break out while stuck in a reserve role behind Jordan Hill and Tarik Black.
    Mar 15, 9:10 pm
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