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  • Marreese Speights gets hot, scores 27 points
    Marreese Speights looked like an All-Star against the Hornets on Friday, scoring 27 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: He attempted 20 shots tonight and made the most of his four offensive boards. Speights has seen a slight increase in minutes to 20.0 per game over his last five, averaging 17.6 points, 4.6 boards, 1.4 assists and 0.6 blocks. David Lee (hamstring) is getting close to a return, so it's hard to be too excited about picking Speights up as anything more than a short-term, deep league asset. Rotoworld.com
    50 minutes ago
  • Jeremy Evans questionable for Saturday
    Jeremy Evans (ankle) is questionable to face the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has a left ankle sprain and ti doesn't sound too serious. Evans isn't really in the rotation anyway, so he can be ignored in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:57 pm
  • John Henson (foot) is out on Friday night
    John Henson (foot) will not play on Friday night, and coach Jason Kidd does not expect him to be available for Saturday's game either.

    Advice: With both Henson and Zaza Pachulia (personal) unavailable, Larry Sanders will get all the run he can handle, with Ersan Ilyasova and Giannis Antetokounmpo seeing some minutes backing up the center position. Sanders has been coming on lately, and could make for a solid low-budget play in daily leagues tonight with a favorable matchup vs. the Pistons, and a healthy heaping of minutes coming his way. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:40 pm
     
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    W, 104-88 @ Det
  • David Lee (hamstring) out Friday vs. CHA
    David Lee (hamstring) will not play Friday vs. the Hornets, as expected.

    Advice: He was doubtful headed into this one, so this news isn't very surprising. Lee is targeting a return for Tuesday vs. Orlando, or Thursday vs. New Orleans, but he'll likely be on a minutes restriction upon his return. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:23 pm
     
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  • Ersan Ilyasova to get some backup C minutes
    Ersan Ilyasova is expected to get minutes as the backup center against the Pistons.

    Advice: Larry Sanders better stay out of foul trouble. Ilyasova hasn't seen much playing time due to coach Jason Kidd running an 11-man rotation much of the season, but he could get minutes in the low 20s tonight. There are still too many questions about his value to use him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:15 pm
  • Cody Zeller will start for Marvin Williams
    Cody Zeller will start at power forward against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He will presumably start on Saturday as long as he doesn't fall on his face tonight. Zeller has played well in his last three games with 12.3 points per game in that span. He'll really need to keep his fouls down, but the opportunity is there as a fantasy plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:25 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) ruled out Friday
    DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: The illness bug claimed another body tonight and the Kings will be in deep trouble. They don't really have a guy capable of playing big minutes at center, so it'll likely be a group effort. Jason Thompson does get some minutes at center, so he's probably the biggest beneficiary for minutes and has a solidified role. Although, Derrick Williams is also a very interesting player to use in daily leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:05 pm
  • Joakim Noah blocks six in 15 and 14 line
    Joakim Noah was dominant on both ends of the court against the Celtics on Friday, scoring 15 points with 14 boards, six assists and six blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He hit a clutch open jumper at the top of the key to give the Bulls a two-possession lead with 24 seconds left in the game. Noah played suffocating defense as well, and looked very healthy after missing Tuesday's game. His owners will have to keep an eye out on his knee injury and he could miss games in the future, but he should be good to go for Sunday against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:06 pm
     
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  • Nikola Mirotic steps up on defense
    Nikola Mirotic blocked a career-high five shots against the Celtics on Friday with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It was easily his best game on the defensive end and he wasn't too shabby on offense either, making 4-of-6 from the field. With Doug McDermott looking lost, Mirotic should get minutes in the high 20s while Taj Gibson (ankle) is out. He's worth owning in standard leagues for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:01 pm
  • Brandon Bass plays 27 minutes
    Brandon Bass played 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday with 16 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Kelly Olynyk had one of his routine disastrous games and Bass came in to help out. He's still going to need Olynyk to have a few more bad games before he'll have decent fantasy value in even deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:51 pm
  • Anderson Varejao (ribs) questionable for Sat
    Anderson Varejao (rib contusion) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Friday, but this injury doesn't sound too serious. Of course, Varejao has missed a lot of games in his career and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss time. If he does, Tristan Thompson would likely start while the Cavs could get Brendan Haywood in the mix. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:31 am
     
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  • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) doubtful vs. Spurs
    DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is doubtful to face the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: His knee injury is not an issue, but now the Kings are hit with a sudden illness for their team's MVP. Cousins has eight double-doubles in a row and the Kings are going to be a mess on offense even if Rudy Gay (Achilles) plays. If he's out, it'll likely be a group effort of Jason Thompson, Derrick Williams, Carl Landry and Reggie Evans. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:22 am
  • Eric Moreland sent down for D-League stint
    The Kings have sent Eric Moreland back to Reno for another D-League stint.

    Advice: Moreland has played a total of 34 seconds for the Kings this season, and that tells you about all you need to know about his non-existent fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:57 am
  • David Lee (hamstring) doubtful for Fri./Sun.
    Head coach Steve Kerr is considering David Lee (hamstring) doubtful to play Friday or Sunday.

    Advice: Lee will most likely return for one of the Warriors upcoming home games, either Tuesday vs. Orlando, or Thursday vs. New Orleans. With the Warriors currently sitting on a record of 12-2, and Draymond Green excelling as the starting power forward, there's just no need for Lee to rush a return. He'll likely be eased back into the rotation upon his return, and there are no guarantees he will take the starting job away from Green. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:19 am
     
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  • Grant Jerrett cleared to play for Thunder
    Grant Jerrett has been cleared to play for the Thunder after dealing with an ankle injury.

    Advice: With Russell Westbrook back and Reggie Jackson coming off the bench, Jerrett is clearly an afterthought. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:35 am
     
    Injured
    W, 105-78 vs NY
  • Taj Gibson feeling better, won't play Friday
    Taj Gibson's ankle is feeling much better after a cortisone shot, but he won't play on Friday and he doesn't sound likely to be ready for Sunday's game, either.

    Advice: It sounds like he's getting close, but with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol both playing today, Nikola Mirotic is a long shot at having a big day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:20 am
     
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  • Joakim Noah says he's playing on Friday
    Joakim Noah says he'll play through his eye and knee injuries on Friday.

    Advice: Taj Gibson is still not ready due to his ankle injury, but is feeling better after a cortisone shot. Get Noah in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:18 am
     
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  • Noah (knee) to be evaluated after shootaround
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) will go through shootaround, and if he feels fine, he will play according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Noah's return to the starting lineup would send rookie Cameron Bairston back to the bench. He was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, so things are looking positive towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:52 am
     
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  • Jason Kidd gives Larry Sanders some praise
    Jason Kidd was complimentary of Larry Sanders play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "He's there protecting the little guys," Kidd said. "And I think offensively he's around the rim finishing up plays. Also he's in the post making plays for himself or for his teammates. So he's playing on both ends at a very high level." Sanders is coming off a game in which he tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks, and despite playing limited minutes (22.2 per game) he's been effective. Sanders should be owned in all leagues for his ability to put up gaudy shot-blocking totals on any given night. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:43 am
  • Cody Zeller coming on for Hornets
    Cody Zeller had nine points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block on 4-of-10 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marvin Williams was useless again, failing to score in 11 minutes, and Zeller has now been playing well for three games. He's averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, a steal and a block in 30 minutes over that stretch. It would not be surprising to see him replace Marvin Williams in the starting lineup if things don't change soon. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:27 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins not on the injury report
    DeMarcus Cousins (leg) did not appear on the Kings' injury report for Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: The Kings have thrown players with very minor injuries on the injury report as "probable" and it looks like Cousins dodged a bullet here. He suffered what could have been a contusion on Wednesday, but he did play through it and there look to be no negative effects since. He's arguably the best fantasy big man this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 pm
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) probable for Friday
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Noah was able to go through a full practice on Thursday without any setbacks, and the Bulls listing him as probable is an encouraging sign. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip. If Noah is a go, Cameron Bairstow who was a surprise start on Tuesday would head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
     
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  • Taj Gibson (ankle) out Friday vs. the Celtics
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: With Gibson out, Nikola Mirotic could see some extended minutes off the bench. However, Mirotic was only able to muster 20.8 minutes of action during his last outing with both Gibson and Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) sidelined, so there's no certainty that he will see major minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:50 pm
     
    Injured
  • Report: Teams inquiring about Brandon Bass
    Various scouts and front-office types have reportedly begun to inquire about the availability of veteran forward Brandon Bass.

    Advice: The Celtics currently own a record of 4-8, so they'll need to make a decision as to whether they're going to try and compete for a playoff spot, or go into a full rebuild. At 29-years-old, Bass doesn't make sense on a rebuilding team, so the Celtics may look to trade him for a younger asset or draft picks. It's not currently known what teams have reached out to the Celtics, and Danny Ainge has not made himself available to comment on the situation, but it is something worth monitoring. Bass doesn't get enough consistent minutes in Boston to be worth any attention in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) headed for GTD Friday
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The fact that Noah is having problems with his surgically repaired left knee is troubling, but some of those concerns can be eased if he's able to suit up on Friday. Owners will want to check back for an official update closer to tip-off, but if he's unable to go, Pau Gasol will start at center, and Nikola Mirotic could see some extended minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
  • Larry Sanders capitalizes with 15 & 5 blocks
    Larry Sanders was the 2012-13 version of himself against the Wolves on Wednesday with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-10 from the field and only committed three fouls in his best game of the year. Sanders was coming off a nice 12-point, nine-board game, so it's going to be awfully hard to leave him on the wire considering his upside in blocks. If you have anything on your team you're not too attached to, go get him before someone else does. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins is 'fine' after injury scare
    DeMarcus Cousins suffered a leg injury against the Rockets on Wednesday and did not miss time, finishing with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and seven turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, he said his knee is sore, but he will be fine for Friday against the Spurs. Cousins has put the team on his back over his last seven and has a usage of at least 36 percent in five of those games, which led to averages of 25.0 points, 14.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks on 52.4 percent from the field and 83.3 from the line. He is a monster and is basically unstoppable. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • John Henson ruled out for Wednesday
    John Henson (foot) will not play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is likely going to miss some time and needed some help off the floor last night. Henson's minutes were very inconsistent and he didn't even really step up while Larry Sanders missed time. He's not a fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:41 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-88 @ Det
  • Nikola Mirotic logs 21 minutes off CHI bench
    Nikola Mirotic came off the bench for the short-handed Bulls on Tuesday, making 1-of-5 shots to finish a loss in Denver with four points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He played 21 minutes and is a nice fantasy option with Taj Gibson (ankle) and Joakim Noah (eye, knee) both out of commission, though he usually scores more without the defensive stats. Gibson could return Friday and Noah is questionable, so keep in mind that Mirotic isn't guaranteed inflated minutes this week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins leads Kings to 9-5 record
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Tuesday with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: DMC made 8-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in another impressive performance, helping Sacramento improve their record to 9-5. He's solidified himself as a top-10 fantasy option and has only picked up one technical foul through 14 games, so owners shouldn't have to fret about suspensions as we near the end of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Marreese Speights cools off w/ eight points
    Marreese Speights followed up Sunday's 28-point game with eight points (4-of-5 FGs) and five rebounds vs. the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut (eye) missed most of Sunday's game but he was back in action tonight, which limited Speights to his usual 15 minutes of action. He scored double-digit points in four straight games prior to Tuesday but it will be hard for him to keep up that pace as the Warriors' backup center. Owners in standard leagues shouldn't hang onto him if there's a free agent with more upside. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • John Henson helped off court w/ foot injury
    John Henson was helped off the court on Tuesday with a sprained left foot, and he will not return.

    Advice: He began limping after challenging a shot on defense and the Bucks quickly diagnosed him with a sprained foot. If the injury is serious enough to cost him any games, a few extra minutes would be available for Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:49 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-88 @ Det
  • David Lee (hamstring) might return Nov. 30
    David Lee (hamstring) is hoping to play vs. the Pistons on Nov. 30, but admitted that he's more likely to return on Dec. 2 or Dec. 4.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are easy to aggravate and the Warriors have no incentive ro rush him back with Draymond Green thriving as the team's starting PF. Lee is likely to come off the bench once he's healthy, at least at first, which dims his near-term fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:38 pm
     
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  • Joakim Noah diagnosed w/ left knee effusion
    Joakim Noah has been diagnosed with a left knee effusion, more commonly referred to as water on the knee, and he will not play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Noah also has an eye injury, but his surgically-repaired left knee is a more serious concern for fantasy owners. Pau Gasol will shift to center in his absence and Nikola Mirotic is a terrific speculative pick-up, having averaged 13.3 points, 2.0 threes and 7.0 rebounds over Chicago's past four games. The Bulls play in Boston on Friday, so Noah's owners will have to stay alert for updates over the next few days. At the moment we're considering him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:50 pm
     
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  • Joakim Noah (eye, knee) ruled out vs. Denver
    Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Noah's eye injury doesn't seem serious and fantasy owners should be more concerned about his left knee, which was surgically repaired over the summer. He's been on a minute-limit and hopefully this is just a precaution by Chicago in the second game of a back-to-back set. With Noah and Taj Gibson (ankle) both out, Pau Gasol will have a heavy workload and plenty of minutes will be available for Nikola Mirotic, with help from Doug McDermott. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:31 pm
     
    Injured
  • Joakim Noah (eye/knee) questionable Tuesday
    Joakim Noah (eye/left knee) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: It's worth noting that Joakim's left knee is the one that was surgically repaired this offseason, so we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If Noah sits out, Nikola Mirotic would likely slide into the starting lineup, and would serve as an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues against a weak Denver interior defense. Check back for an official update on Noah's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:24 pm
     
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  • Larry Sanders shares source of inspiration
    Larry Sanders spoke about the importance of sacred idols as the source of his inspiration.

    Advice: When asked during an interview about what inspires him outside of basketball, Sanders showed his theological side. "I would just say, I really look to sacred idols," Sanders said. "I feel people who draw other people to God. So, Buddha, Jesus, just all the sacred icons. It's all theosis." While the 26-year-old has had a rough start to the 2014-15 regular season, he's still worth holding onto in standard leagues due to his potential to put up huge block numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:02 am
  • Noah leaves briefly with eye injury
    Joakim Noah left Monday's game with an eye injury but eventually returned and finished with four points, five rebounds, four assists and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Noah is probably going to be a disappointment for anybody burning a high mid-round pick and that's before we talk about any injury risk. Unless you hear otherwise, feel free to have him in lineups for Tuesday's game in Denver. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:51 pm
     
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  • Mirotic mildly productive in 28 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with two threes, five boards and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: This was the fear in making a big play for Mirotic -- that Pau Gasol would return and negate the opportunity created by Taj Gibson's injury. Tom Thibodeau doesn't sound convinced that Gasol (calf) will play in Denver on Tuesday so there is some hope for another chance, and for what it's worth Joakim Noah played through a minor eye injury tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:44 pm
  • Varejao posts solid line in low minutes
    Anderson Varejao scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks over just 21 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Magic.

    Advice: Varejao is beating the odds by staying on the court and he should be in most lineups at this time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:59 pm
     
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  • Cody Zeller scores career-high 17 points
    Cody Zeller scored a career-high 17 points against the Clippers on Monday during a 113-92 loss with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin dominated Marvin Williams in the early going, so Zeller picked up some extra playing time. Zeller does have some bright spots, but his inability to hit jumpers will likely cost him a chance to be a regular contributor on the stat sheet. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:17 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) likely out until Dec
    David Lee (hamstring) is not expected to return to the lineup until at least Dec. 2.

    Advice: He's not close to returning and the Warriors learned their lesson on bring him back so soon. Considering how well Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are playing right now, there is no rush. Lee isn't a must-own player while Green is a must-start guy right now. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:14 pm
     
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  • David Lee (hamstring) will not play Tuesday
    David Lee (hamstring) will not play on Tuesday vs. Miami.

    Advice: This is just a reminder as Lee is tentatively targeting a return on Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. Draymond Green will continue to start at power forward. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:02 am
     
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  • Joakim Noah calls Mirotic a difference-maker
    Joakim Noah said Nikola Mirotic is a "difference-maker at the offensive end."

    Advice: Mirotic balled out on Friday without Taj Gibson (ankle) and Pau Gasol (calf) available with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four 3-pointers, but he's going to need injuries ahead of him to produce like that regularly. He has an offensive game that's very capable of helping fantasy teams, but he's limited by his current role. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:55 am
  • Taj Gibson not a lock to return on Friday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is uncertain to return by Friday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Gibson has already been ruled out of Monday and Tuesday's contests, and he's not even traveling with the team currently. Tom Thibodeau said there isn't much swelling, the Bulls won't take any chances with letting Gibson's ankle injury linger. Nikola Mirotic stands to benefit from Gibson's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:44 am
     
    Injured
  • Speights thanks Kendrick Perkins for big game
    After scoring a season-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting during Sunday's win in Oklahoma City, Marreese Speights thanked Thunder center Kendrick Perkins.

    Advice: Speights almost single-handedly kept the Warriors in the game after Andrew Bogut left with an orbital contusion, and afterward coach Steve Kerr could only say, "Mo Speights, again, is ridiculous." He used the spotlight to take a shot at his adversary Perkins, saying, "[Perkins] thinks he’s a tough guy, but at the end of the day, his game is terrible. He always has something to say to me, every time we play against each other. It always gets me going, so: ‘Shout out to Perkins’ for helping me get this game." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:27 pm
  • Marreese Speights drops season-high 28 points
    Marreese Speights caught fire once Andrew Bogut went down with an orbital contusion on Sunday, scoring a season-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting in just 25 minutes of action.

    Advice: Speights has been a scoring machine off Golden State's bench this year, averaging 10.2 points in just 13.3 minutes per game. He added seven rebounds and two assists tonight, without any steals or blocks, and should be a terrific fill-in fantasy option if Bogut's injury costs him any games. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:10 pm
  • Cody Zeller finally cracks double-digits
    Cody Zeller scored double-digit points for the first time in eight games vs. Miami on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-7 FTs and 3-of-4 FTs.

    Advice: He added two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes of action, but it's hard to like his fantasy outlook given his infrequent scoring outbursts and poor supporting stats. He's averaging 21.6 minutes over the past five games, however, so owners in deep leagues may find him useful. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:47 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) targeting Friday return
    David Lee (hamstring) is targeting a return for Friday vs. the Hornets, or Saturday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It's unclear if Lee would return as a starter or a reserve, but he'd likely be on a minutes restriction during his first couple of games, and given Draymond Green's impressive play it seems likely Lee would come off the bench initially. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so stay tuned for more updates as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:46 pm
     
    Injured
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) out Monday and Tuesday
    Taj Gibson (ankle) was sent home to Chicago to be evaluated by team doctors, and he will not play Monday vs. the Jazz or Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic will be the main beneficiary of Gibson's absence, and he is coming off a 24-point 11-rebound outing vs. Portland. If Pau Gasol (calf) is also unable to suit up on Monday, Mirotic is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and he makes for a decent speculative add in standard leagues for owners with roster space. Just know that Mirotic's value could be short-lived with Gasol nearing a return. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:44 am
     
    Injured
  • Larry Sanders gets his minutes in check
    Larry Sanders played 19 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with five points, four rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He fouls too much and the Bucks run an 11-man rotation, so that leaves a lot to be desired from the 2012-13 breakout player. Still, the blocks make him someone worth holding on to just in case coach Jason Kidd decides to tighten his rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins dominates w/ 31 pts, 18 reb
    DeMarcus Cousins steamrolled the short-handed Wolves in Saturday's road win, scoring 31 points and tying his season-high with 18 rebounds.

    Advice: He navigated foul trouble while making a stellar 11-of-15 FGs and 9-of-10 FTs, to go along with two assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers. Wolves coach Flip Saunders said prior to the game that DMC is in his top-five MVP candidates to begin the season, and it's hard to disagree. The Kings' 8-5 record would be golden in the Eastern Conference, but as things stand they're in fourth place in the tough Pacific division. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
  • Anderson Varejao double-doubles in defeat
    Anderson Varejao posted his second double-double of the season on Saturday with 13 points and 12 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: He chipped in three assists with two turnovers and zero defensive stats, and his 5-of-9 FGs were tainted by a 3-of-6 mark at the FT line. AV has been a top-100 value this year and he's ably held off Tristan Thompson (11 points, seven boards in 20 minutes) for the starting center job so far. David Blatt said he's considering a change to the starting five, but that's more likely to impact Shawn Marion than Varejao. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:38 pm
     
    Injured
  • John Henson score will change
    The NBA has changed the score of Friday's Bucks at Raptors game to 124-83 to 124-82.

    Advice: With 1:44 left in the blowout, the scorer incorrectly gave John Henson a 3-pointer. That means anyone who started him will lose one point and a 3-pointer in their stats. Considering Henson was barely in the rotation and there were 12 games on Friday, this probably won't affect many fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 104-88 @ Det
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) frustrated by third sprain
    Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle for the third time since last year's playoffs on Friday, saying afterward, "I have to stop trying to run back out there and trying to play through these things."

    Advice: "I pushed through a whole summer of trying to rehab the same ankle and it just keeps flaring up," Gibson said. "I just keep having these little bum ankle turns ... I have to be patient ... We've got a long season, but the dog in me wants to be out there and play. I have to learn from this." The ongoing nature of Gibson's injury suggests he'll miss significant time with his latest sprain, though fantasy owners can expect plenty of nebulous injury updates from the Bulls in the days to come. Nikola Mirotic posted a 20-10 game after Gibson went down on Friday, though his role will be limited once Pau Gasol (calf) gets back on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:16 am
     
    Injured
  • Nikola Mirotic erupts w/ 24 points, 11 boards
    Nikola Mirotic stepped up with Taj Gibson (ankle) getting hurt against the Blazers on Friday, scoring a career-high 24 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Pau Gasol (calf) did not play tonight and X-rays were negative on Gibson's ankle, so he is not a lock for minutes. That said, Mirotic is capable of blocking shots, hitting treys and turning in good percentages, so it's not a bad idea to add him speculatively in some leagues. To be clear, we wouldn't cut a player you're going to miss. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:10 pm
  • Thibs downplays Gibson's ankle injury
    Coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the ankle injury suffered by Taj Gibson on Friday night against the Blazers, saying he didn't think it was serious despite Gibson leaving the arena on crutches and in a walking boot.

    Advice: X-rays taken were negative but there is a different vibe coming from writers that think he may need at least a little time to get his ankle right. Owners speculating on Nikola Mirotic (24 points, 11 rebounds, four threes) may want to tap the breaks here, but the running joke is that Thibs doesn't think any injury is serious. With Pau Gasol set to come back sooner rather than later it would appear, Mirotic is more of a flier than anything in 12-14 team formats. In daily formats owners could be able to squeeze a few good games out of him. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:26 pm
     
    Injured
  • Taj Gibson hurts ankle in Friday's game
    Taj Gibson hit the ground after hurting his left ankle in Friday's game and did not return.

    Advice: He was helped off the floor by teammates and he is already on crutches, and it's the same ankle he hurt against the Cavs. Nikola Mirotic has looked pretty good with Pau Gasol out and he'll clearly take a backseat to Gasol and Joakim Noah, but in that injury prone crew he'll also be well-positioned if the injury bug strikes. We don't have a timetable on Gibson since the injury just occurred, but Mirotic is worth a look as a speculative add for any low-upside or risky player on your roster. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:07 pm
     
    Injured
  • Lee (hamstring) 'making good progress'
    David Lee (hamstring) is "making good progress" according to the Warriors and he will be evaluated again on their current road trip.

    Advice: We'll need to see a bit more progress before arbitrarily assuming he's close to being back, but it's a good report nonetheless. His minutes and starting status will be in doubt upon his return, but he'll still be worth owning in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:04 pm
     
    Injured
  • Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup against the Raptors.

    Advice: We just thought we'd throw that out there considering it was an issue with him last time. Start Sanders like you normally would and hope he avoids foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:08 pm
  • Larry Sanders left thigh now 100 percent
    Larry Sanders said that he's fully healed from his left thigh injury he sustained during Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: It's nice to know that he's healthy, but it would be better if he could start contributing consistently. Sanders is averaging 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game this season while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the charity stripe. Those poor shooting percentages are keeping him out of the top-100, and right now he doesn't look like much more than a blocks specialist in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:58 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins post 22-14 line in win
    DeMarcus Cousins played through a hip injury and lived in the paint against the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 22 points with 14 boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He did turn the ball over five times and had five fouls. Cousins leads the NBA in fouls and has committed at least five in all but three games this season. Besides that and the high turnovers, Cousins is dominating on the stat sheet and is the main reason why the Kings are 7-5. He's in the mix to be the most valuable big man behind Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:41 pm
  • Taj Gibson has a letdown game in Sacramento
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 34 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: Gibson owners had higher hopes than this tonight as the starting power forward. In his seven starts at power forward last season, he averaged 20.6 points, 9.7 boards, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals. Pau Gasol (calf) could miss more time, so Gibson owners should continue to have him locked into their lineups until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:20 pm
     
    Injured
  • Joakim Noah turns it on late
    Joakim Noah turned it on late against the Kings in a losing effort on Thursday, finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He played almost the entire fourth quarter with five fouls and was very active on the glass. Noah had another double-double on Monday in the first game without Pau Gasol, so it's fair to say Noah will have better fantasy value sans Pau. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:17 pm
     
    Injured
  • David Lee's re-evaluation pushed back to Fri.
    David Lee's (hamstring) re-evaluation will now take place on Friday rather than Thursday.

    Advice: Lee went through some 5-on-0 portions of Wednesday's practice, and he was expected to be re-evaluated today, but that will have to wait another day. He's likely going to be eased back into the rotation, so owners still holding on will need to be patient upon his initial return. He sounds doubtful for Friday's game against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:42 pm
     
    Injured
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Cousins' injury seems very minor, and he was able to put up 24 points and 17 rebounds during his last outing, despite tweaking his left hip flexor during Tuesday's warmups. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Thursday's tip, but things are looking positive for Sacramento's primary offensive weapon. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova has another good game
    Ersan Ilyasova played well against the Nets on Wednesday with 14 points, five rebounds, one assist, three steals and three fouls in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He played just 20 minutes in his 20-point game from Tuesday, but there is still no indication he's going to get more than around 20 minutes. Ilyasova can be left on the wire in most leagues until his minutes rise. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Larry Sanders plays 14 minutes
    Larry Sanders played 14 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with four points, four boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision tonight and the Bucks didn't announce he was a go until after the 7:30 start time in Brooklyn. Sanders will likely have his minutes limited in his next game on Friday, so his owners should have low expectations against the Raptors on Friday. Check back for updates, assuming the team provides them. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Brandon Bass scores season-high 23 in win
    Brandon Bass hit 9-of-13 shots for a season-high 23 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Bass had only hit double digits in scoring in two games this season prior to tonight and doesn't belong on fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Anderson Vareajao bounces back w/ monster
    Anderson Varejao, who played 18 minutes and failed to score on Monday, blew up for 23 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks on 11-of-16 shooting against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He followed up his worst game of the season with his best and Varejao looks like a complete mystery thus far. After going on a three-game "tear" where he averaged 14.3 points and 4.5 rebounds last week, he disappeared for a two-game streak of 1.0 points and 7.0 rebounds before tonight's explosion. With his season highs in both points and boards tonight, it's possible the Cavs are just going to showcase Varejao in the big matchups this season in hopes of keeping him healthy. And that has fantasy headache written all over it. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:59 pm
     
    Injured
  • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Thursday
    DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is probable to face the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He should be fine and was able to play through the injury on Tuesday. Cousins has been outstanding this season and he'll get a tough test against a great Chicago frontline. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Larry Sanders is starting on Wednesday
    Larry Sanders is in the starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: In usual Bucks fashion, this update comes at 7:37 pm EST for the 7:30 game. Sanders' thigh issue may limit him and his minutes have been a bit erratic anyway, so he should be on the bench in most fantasy leagues. Zaza Pachulia will move back into the second unit tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • Larry Sanders is a game-time call vs. Nets
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is a game-time call on Wednesday night to face the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday and there is a good chance he misses tonight. Zaza Pachulia is coming off a nice game and would be a desperate plug-and-play option on a busy night in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • David Lee goes through 5-on-0
    David Lee (hamstring) went through 5-on-0 portions of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to be re-evaluated on Thursday, but is still expected to miss the next week. Lee will likely have his minutes monitored and he's likely lost his starting job to Draymond Green. It does make some sense to stash Lee, but he's probably not a top-50 player upon his return. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:57 pm
     
    Injured
  • Larry Sanders (thigh) questionable Wednesday
    Larry Sanders (thigh) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: He was a late scratch on Tuesday because of his bruised thigh, so owners will want to check back for updates prior to tip-off. If Sanders can't go, expect Zaza Pachulia to draw another start after he double-doubled on Tuesday, but anything is possible with coach Kidd. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:36 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins (hip) plays well vs Pelicans
    DeMarcus Cousins tweaked his left hip flexor while warming up for Tuesday's game, but he still finished with 24 points, 17 boards, three assists and two blocks vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Needless to say, the hip injury didn't limit DMC and shouldn't be a problem going forward. The Kings jumped out to a big lead for the third straight game tonight, but once again they let it slip away and their record has fallen to 6-5 after an impressive 5-1 start to the season. They'll have a tough task staying above .500 with the Bulls coming to town for a nationally-televised game on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova shoots 8-of-10 for 20 points
    Ersan Ilyasova made 8-of-10 field goals with three 3-pointers to finish Tuesday's home win with 20 points in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: He chipped in two rebounds and one assist, but also missed 1-of-4 free throws in a fluky line off the bench. His limited playing time is reason enough to avoid him, though he has too much upside to fall completely off the radar. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Gibson enjoys like without Pau on Monday
    Taj Gibson enjoyed life without Pau Gasol (calf) in Monday's road win over the Clippers, scoring 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, he would be quite good if Gasol (day-to-day) missed any extended time, but everybody knew that coming into the season. He still has standalone value and should be in many lineups on a weekly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:08 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mirotic productive with Pau Gasol out
    Nikola Mirotic was productive with Pau Gasol (calf) out on Monday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Mirotic needs an injury or two in front of him before he has any real fantasy value, but this is a good sign that he may be able to come through if given the chance. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:55 pm
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