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    • Randy Foye (quad) out again on Sunday
      Randy Foye (quad) was inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: Foye had been targeting a late-December return, but could only meet that timeline by playing on Dec. 30 vs. the Lakers, the first of the Nuggets' three games in Week 10. The Nuggets' backcourt is too deep for Foye to be worth plucking off the waiver wire in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:39 am
       
      Injured
    • Monta Ellis returned to action on Sunday December 28. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:11 pm
       
      Injured
    • Ty Lawson scores 28 points with seven assists
      Ty Lawson scored 28 points with seven assists in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday, adding five boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and didn't turn the ball over, but didn't get enough help from his teammates to mount a comeback. As long as Lawson can stave off injury he is going to be fantastic the rest of the way for Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:31 pm
    • Jeremy Lin bounces back w/ 19 points Sunday
      Jeremy Lin bounced back from a pair of lousy games on Sunday, coming off the bench for 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

      Advice: He turned the ball over twice and committed five fouls in just 26 minutes, but those are minor complaints given his sketchy play since being benched in favor of Ronnie Price (10 points in 22 minutes). Lin is flirting with 12-team value on a season-long basis but he's been much worse over the past month, and remains a hit-or-miss option as L.A.'s backup point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:18 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe flirts w/ triple-double vs. LAK
      Eric Bledsoe flirted with a triple-double vs. the Lakers on Sunday, notching 22 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block in the Suns' road win.

      Advice: Bledsoe's 3.2 turnovers take a toll in 9-cat leagues, and his 43.8 percent shooting could use improvement, but otherwise his fantasy owners have nothing to complain about. He's averaging 15.9 points, 1.0 threes, 5.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks, while making 84.0 percent of his 5.0 free throw attempts per game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    • Kobe Bryant defers to LAK teammates in return
      Kobe Bryant (rest) returned to action on Sunday with 10 points (4-of-10 shooting), eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and five turnovers in 32 minutes during the Lakers' 107-116 loss to the Suns.

      Advice: The Black Mamba had missed three straight games to rest his fatigued body, and he spent most of Sunday's game looking for teammates rather than dominating the ball as he had during his first 24 games this season (attempting 22.4 shots per game). The Lakers have no playoff aspirations and they'll be cautious with him the rest of the season -- fantasy owners should plug him into all active lineups while routinely checking his status before games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    • Lou Williams drops 31 points in win Sunday
      Lou Williams scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting in a win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He broke out of his slump in a big way, and was unstoppable all game long. Williams has been an obvious candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, and he should continue to be owned in standard leagues for his ability to contribute in 3-pointers, points, assists, and steals. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    • Kyle Lowry erupts for 30 points, 11 assists
      Kyle Lowry erupted for 30 points and 11 assists in a win over the Nuggets on Sunday, adding seven boards, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: It was his ninth double-double of the season, and it was also the fourth time in his career that he scored 30 points with 10 or more assists. Lowry has been a beast this season and should be in the MVP race considering the Raptors are sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference without star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:37 pm
    • Monta Ellis (ankle) vows to play on Tuesday
      Monta Ellis missed the end of Sunday's game after tweaking his left ankle, but he intends to play vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

      Advice: "I'm not missing [any] games," Ellis said after the game. "I'll go home and take care of what I need to take care of." The injury didn't look serious and Monta is one of the toughest players in the NBA, so there's every reason to think he'll be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game. We'll include him on the injury report as a precaution, however, and owners should double-check his status in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:52 pm
       
      Injured
    • Westbrook flirts w/ inefficient triple-double
      The Thunder fell in Dallas on Sunday despite Russell Westbrook's near triple-double of 18 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and five steals.

      Advice: It wasn't all good news for Westbrook, as he shot 6-of-23 from the field and 6-of-9 at the free throw line, while combining with Reggie Jackson (21 points, three assists) for 11 turnovers. WB's fantasy owners will happily take the good with the bad, as he remains a top-8 fantasy option even when you include his brutal 3.9 turnovers per game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:28 pm
    • Brandon Jennings scores game-high 25 points
      Brandon Jennings scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting in Sunday's road victory, making 5-of-9 shots from downtown with five boards, six assists and one steal.

      Advice: He logged just over 31 minutes, compared to 17 minutes for backup D.J. Augustin (zero points, three assists), and he's finally heating up after averaging 5.5 points over an eight-game span to begin December. There are no guarantees that he'll stay hot, though the departure of inefficient Josh Smith should only help Jennings and the Pistons' offense. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:24 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) doubtful for Monday
      Ramon Sessions (back) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game vs. Brooklyn.

      Advice: If Sessions is unavailable, Darren Collison will get all the run he can handle with Ray McCallum seeing extended minutes off the bench. McCallum played 29.7 minutes last game that Sessions was sidelined, but only put up 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two turnovers, so he's not a great option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:32 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) will play Sunday
      Kobe Bryant (soreness) will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Bryant's return to action will send Wayne Ellington back to the bench, and take away some touches from Carlos Boozer. Kobe will be limited to 30 minutes tonight, but that's plenty of time for him to put up stats in an up-tempo game with Phoenix. He's obviously a must-start option every time he's in uniform, so go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:17 am
    • Stephen Curry scores 25 points in a win
      Stephen Curry scored 25 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and four 3-pointers during a 110-97 win over the Wolves on Saturday.

      Advice: His output isn't quite as great in the scoring department with just 18.3 points per game over his last four, adding 4.0 rebounds, 7.5 dimes, 2.8 steals and 2.0 triples on 51.8 percent from the field. Curry is becoming a well-rounded fantasy asset and should be a top-five guy the rest of the way with very little slumps in value. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:08 pm
    • Troy Daniels scores 14 in nine minutes
      Troy Daniels scored 14 points with four 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field in nine minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: He scored all 14 of those points in the last five minutes of the game. Daniels isn't entrenched in the rotation yet, but coach Flip Saunders says it could be coming. Although, that could be moot with Kevin Martin (wrist) getting closer. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:43 pm
    • C.J. Watson has great game off bench
      C.J. Watson scored 17 points off the bench against the Nets on Saturday with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He probably won't play 30 minutes again while George Hill gets his legs underneath him, so this might be his best line for the next two weeks or so. Still, Watson should still have some low-end fantasy value in standard leagues as the sixth man, but he's obviously not a must-own guy. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:08 pm
    • George Hill scores 12 in 23 minutes
      George Hill scored 12 points with six rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers against the Nets on Saturday.

      Advice: He did have a bad fall and was limping for a bit, but there's no reason to be worried. The Pacers have kept a limitation on his minutes, but he's been busy with a 24.1 usage rate in 23.8 minutes per game on the season. It should be just a matter of time before he gets it going. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:06 pm
       
      Player Note
      George Hill Ind - PG,SG
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • Ramon Sessions (back) out for Saturday
      Ramon Sessions (back) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He has really struggled with his back issue, and it looks like he could be seeing more time on the sidelines. Darren Collison will see big minutes Saturday while Ray McCallum will remain in the rotation. Sessions can be cut in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:11 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
    • George Hill gets the start on Saturday
      George Hill started against the Nets on Saturday.

      Advice: The team didn't announce the starting lineup until tip. Hill will start next to Rodney Stuckey and move C.J. Watson to the bench. Hill should be owned in all leagues based on his high usage and 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:12 pm
       
      Player Note
      George Hill Ind - PG,SG
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • Kyle Lowry scores 25 points in win vs. Clips
      Kyle Lowry turned in a gem against the Clippers during a 110-98 victory on Saturday with 25 points, three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was hot in the third quarter with 11 points and did a tremendous job on Chris Paul today. Lowry is doing it all for the Raptors and fantasy owners over his last five, averaging 23.2 points, 4.2 boards, 7.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 51.3 percent from the field. He's in the hunt for MVP with the Raptors holding the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:25 pm
    • Lou Williams cools off vs. Clippers
      Lou Williams stayed cold against the Clippers on Saturday with nine points, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He only made 3-of-10 from the field in his last game on Monday. Williams has seen his shooting numbers come down this month and has only made 39.1 percent from the field even before this dud. Williams is still doing enough to in triples, free throw percentage and points to remain owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:09 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) is probable for Sunday
      Kobe Bryant (soreness) is listed as probable to play against the Suns on Sunday.

      Advice: The Lakers did list him as probable for Christmas against the Bulls and he missed that game, so this probable tag should be viewed as more of a questionable one. Bryant has complained about his Achilles and his entire body not being at 100 percent, so his owners will want to check back. Wayne Ellington is obviously much less appealing should Kobe make it back. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:27 pm
    • Ramon Sessions is doubtful for Saturday
      Ramon Sessions (back) is doubtful to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He did not play on Friday due to a lower back strain, which allowed Ray McCallum to play 26 minutes against the Suns. McCallum should see a similar amount of playing time while Darren Collison should come close to matching his 36 minutes, as well. Sessions is not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:02 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
    • Lin posts versatile line but hits only 2-of-8
      Jeremy Lin scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin has top 120-150 (8/9 cat) value in a season dominated by Kobe Bryant, which may be changing a bit to favor the little guys now that Kobe has been forced to look at his own role in the Lakers' disaster. This line has flaws and Lin's performance this season can be picked apart, but knowing things can't get much worse this 'floor' may deserve the benefit of the doubt. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:41 am
    • Brandon Jennings plays well in win
      Brandon Jennings double-doubled on Friday with 14 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: It was his best game in quite a while and he helped the Pistons get their first win at home since before Thanksgiving. Perhaps Jennings heard the Pistons loud and clear with the waiving of Josh Smith, but we'll obviously need to see him do it again before saying he's ready to get hot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:45 pm
    • George Hill plays well yet again
      George Hill played well in his second game of the season on Friday with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes during a 119-109 loss to the Pistons.

      Advice: He came off the bench again, but we'd guess he'll be in the starting lineup on Saturday. Hill shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:10 pm
       
      Player Note
      George Hill Ind - PG,SG
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • C.J. Watson plays 32 minutes on Friday
      C.J. Watson played 32 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with 14 points, four rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Rodney Stuckey (face) did not return from an injury, so Watson picked up a bit of playing time. He probably would be headed to the bench if not for the Stuckey injury, but he'll be worth a plug-and-play should Stuckey sit on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:57 pm
    • C.J. Watson will start again Friday vs. DET
      C.J. Watson will draw another start for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

      Advice: George Hill is back in the lineup, but the Pacers are bringing him along slowly off the bench. However, it's only a matter of time until Hill usurps the starting point guard gig, so there's not much reason to own Watson in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:26 pm
    • George Hill will come off the bench on Friday
      George Hill will come off the bench again on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: He was extremely busy in his debut with a usage rate of 28.0 in 21 minutes of action. Hill should have a lot of his plate as the primary ball-handler, so he should be owned in all leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:23 pm
       
      Player Note
      George Hill Ind - PG,SG
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) out Friday vs. Mavs
      Kobe Bryant (general soreness) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Mavs, but coach Byron Scott likes Kobe's chances of playing Sunday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Kobe was doubtful heading into this one, so this news shouldn't come as a surprise. "I just need to kind of hit the reset button," said Bryant. "What happens is my body realizes how messed up it is. Then everything starts hurting. It’s an opportunity to treat everything." While Kobe is sidelined, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Carlos Boozer will all see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:02 pm
    • Monta Ellis (illness) will play Friday
      Monta Ellis (illness) is a go for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: Ellis has not missed a game for the past two years, so it wasn't likely a puny illness was going to stop him. Go ahead and get him active for a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:56 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant listed as questionable for Friday
      Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable for Friday against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He said earlier that his Achilles is sore and his chances of playing tonight are slim, so his Bryant's fantasy owners should plan on him sitting. Wayne Ellington will likely get another start while Wes Johnson should have a higher usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:30 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) out Friday vs. Phoenix
      Ramon Sessions (back) will not suit up for Friday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: With Sessions unavailable Ray McCallum will get some extended run off the bench, but not enough to matter in most leagues. Both Sessions and McCallum will only become relevant in standard leagues if there is an injury to Darren Collison. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:12 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
    • Monta Ellis (illness) questionable for Friday
      Monta Ellis (illness) was not at shootaround, and his status for Friday's game vs. the Lakers has yet to be determined.

      Advice: Ellis is one of the toughest guys in the league, and hasn't missed a game for the past two seasons, so he'd have to be in really bad shape to miss this one. However, if he is forced to sit, Devin Harris, and J.J. Barea would be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:26 am
       
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant (soreness) unlikely for Friday
      Kobe Bryant said both of his Achilles are sore, and his chances to play Friday night vs. the Mavs are "slim."

      Advice: Wayne Ellington, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Carlos Boozer will all be given more offensive responsibilities with Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young has been struggling lately sans Kobe, going 6-of-19 from the field through his past two outings, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:57 am
    • Stephen Curry scores 14 points in full line
      Stephen Curry scored 14 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He's fared well against the Clippers in his previous two seasons and made at least 50 percent from the field in each of his previous two seasons against them. Curry is in a minor slump at just 27.0 percent from beyond the arc over his last five, averaging 20.2 points, 5.4 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.0 triples. Chef Curry will likely be cooking up plenty goodies for the home folks against the Wolves on Saturday. Revenge game for drafting Jonny Flynn over him? Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:19 pm
    • Kobe Bryant could sit out for a week?
      Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

      Advice: This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:08 pm
    • Jeremy Lin takes a step back on Thursday
      Jeremy Lin scored six points with one rebound, two assists and two steals on 2-of-8 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He had a nice game on Tuesday, but couldn't get anything going tonight. Over his last 13 games, Lin has averaged just 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 turnovers and 0.7 triples on 32.7 percent from the field. That's not going to get it done for fantasy owners in standard leagues, so his owners should have their eyes peeled for a pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:54 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) iffy for Friday
      Ramon Sessions is listed as questionable for Friday's game due to a lower back strain.

      Advice: If he's out it should just mean more minutes for Darren Collison. Sessions will only be worth using in fantasy leagues if Collison goes down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:48 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
    • Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play on Christmas
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant is dealing with some "overall soreness," and he will not suit up for the Lakers' Christmas Day game vs. the Bulls, while Kobe says there's only a "slim" chance he'll play on Friday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: Bryant was listed as probable for this one, so it is surprising to see Scott suddenly pull the plug. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Nick Young, and Carlos Boozer to see some increased opportunity on offense, with Young offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:40 pm
    • Russell Westbrook dominant in Thunder win
      Russell Westbrook looked dominant during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs, scoring 34 points on 14-of-28 shooting (6-of-8 from the line) to go with 11 assists, five rebounds, a season-high five steals, and four turnovers.

      Advice: Westbrook was aggressive all game long, and he has definitely entered the conversation as an MVP candidate with averages of 28.2 points, 7.1 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. His 3.8 turnovers per game are unfortunate, but given the elite value he bumps into all the surrounding categories, it's easy to forgive the miscues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:20 pm
    • Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored
      Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored on a game-by-game basis moving forward according to coach Byron Scott.

      Advice: "It might be something I have to do periodically along with trying to get the minutes down," Scott said. "Sometimes I’ll have to give him days off as well as games off." While Bryant is fully expected to play on Christmas, it may be wise to sell-high on the Mamba with this news because there would be no reason to risk his health in a lost season for the Lakers. Nick Young and Wes Johnson would see their value rise whenever Bryant chooses to rest so plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:37 am
    • Kobe Bryant will play vs. Bulls on Christmas
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will play on Christmas Day vs. the Bulls, as expected.

      Advice: Did anyone doubt that he'd suit up for this one? Bryant sat out Tuesday's game to get some much needed rest so he should be ready to put on a show against the Bulls. Get the Black Mamba in all active lineups and expect Wayne Ellington to shift back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays well in Lakers win Tuesday
      Jeremy Lin had a solid game on Tuesday in a win over the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, five assists, one board, three steals and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Kobe Bryant was rested on Tuesday, so Lin got another chance to impress in extended minutes off of the bench. He has had a tough season in Los Angeles, but if the Lakers continue to fall behind in the Western Conference it wouldn't be surprising to see Lin's minutes trend upwards as Bryant's spiral down. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe triple-doubles in win vs. Dallas
      Eric Bledsoe notched his second triple-double of the season in a win over Dallas on Tuesday, finishing with 16 points, 11 assists, 10 boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 6-of-19 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but his owners have to be thrilled with this line. Bledsoe's rebounding has really improved over his last three games, and he has been able to snag 29 boards over that span. He will look to continue his torrid pace against the Kings on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:14 pm
    • OKC falls despite Russell Westbrook's 40 pts
      Russell Westbrook poured in a season-high 40 points in a losing effort on Tuesday, hitting 16-of-34 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs with one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals.

      Advice: Westbrook played Superman for the evening with Kevin Durant (ankle) sidelined again, and he racked up those gaudy numbers with only two turnovers before fouling out after 39 minutes. He's locked into first-round value and won't budge as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:40 pm
    • Ty Lawson scores 29 points in tough defeat
      Ty Lawson made 10-of-20 shots with four 3-pointers on Tuesday, finishing a tough loss in Brooklyn with 29 points, four boards, nine assists and four turnovers.

      Advice: He logged 42 minutes and didn't seem at all bothered by his recent back injury. He's averaging 39+ minutes in December and has just one DNP all season, back in early November, though his fantasy value has fallen compared to last season due to decreased scoring (15.3 points) and poor shooting (40.5 percent). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Troy Daniels plays just five minutes Tuesday
      Wolves guard Troy Daniels didn't leave the bench until the final five minutes of Tuesday's loss in Cleveland.

      Advice: Daniels hopes to be unleashed as a perimeter scorer in Minnesota, but for now Flip Saunders is content to bench him in favor of guys like Zach LaVine, Mo Williams and Chase Budinger. Daniels should eventually emerge with a reserve role, but he'll be too limited for use outside of the deepest leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:59 pm
    • George Hill (knee) shines in season debut
      George Hill (knee, quad) made his season debut on Tuesday, coming off the Pacers' bench for 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 21 minutes.

      Advice: This was an unexpectedly fast start for Hill, who must regain his conditioning while adjusting to new teammates and a new role, and he has enough upside to be labeled 'must own' in standard fantasy leagues. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that Hill "looked great out there" before citing his speed, length and defense, and it shouldn't be long before he's back in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:31 pm
       
      Player Note
      George Hill Ind - PG,SG
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • Watson, Stuckey challenged w/ G. Hill healthy
      C.J. Watson scored 10 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 28 minutes on Tuesday, helping Indiana defeat the visiting Pelicans.

      Advice: Rodney Stuckey added six points, five boards and four assists with some defensive stats, but both starting guards are on notice with George Hill (knee, quad) back in action. Watson's role seems the most precarious, though coach Frank Vogel has yet to reveal his ideal starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:27 pm
    • George Hill will play nine minutes each half
      Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel is going to try and play George Hill nine minutes during each half for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Vogel also said that there will be no lingering injury concerns, just issues with conditioning, rhythm, and timing. Hill is going to be brought along slowly, but he's eventually going to be a primary fixture in the Pacers' offense, and should be owned in all leagues. C.J. Watson's value will take a hit once Hill is back to full strength, and Donald Sloan will likely fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:35 pm
       
      Player Note
      George Hill Ind - PG,SG
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • George Hill will make season debut on Tues
      George Hill (knee) will make his season debut against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

      Advice: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said Hill will come off the bench on Tuesday and he "won't play [Hill] huge minutes. Enough to get his feet wet." Hill should be scooped off waiver wires if he's still available, while C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan take a hit to their fantasy values as both will now return to reserve roles. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:36 am
       
      Player Note
      George Hill Ind - PG,SG
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • Lowry scores 34 points with four treys
      Kyle Lowry scored 34 points on 12-of-22 shooting with four threes, six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Monday's loss to the Bulls.

      Advice: Big nights from Lowry are no surprise and he should make his first All Star team this season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:38 pm
    • Ty Lawson (back) plays well OK in a bad loss
      Ty Lawson (back) scored 18 points with four assists, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes during a 110-92 loss on Monday.

      Advice: He was roasted on defense, but it might have been due to his sore back. Lawson was a game-time decision and it was announced he was good to go about 90 minutes before tip, so he has a good chance to play on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:00 pm
    • Ty Lawson (back) will play on Monday night
      Ty Lawson (back) will play against the Hornets on Monday.

      Advice: He is dealing with back soreness and there is no word of him being limited. Lawson's bigger issue has been his ankle and he hasn't had too many back issues in his career, so his fantasy owners can throw him into their lineups. If something goes wrong, Nate Robinson would get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:39 pm
    • Russell Westbrook will take less treys?
      Russell Westbrook said he might take less 3-pointers this season.

      Advice: "Yeah, but I'm still missing a lot of them," Westbrook said. "I honestly need to stop taking as many as I'm taking to tell you the truth. I'm gonna take those down as the season goes along." He has never really been an elite shooter at just 39.4 percent from beyond the arc, but the threat of him shooting treys makes him a deadly scorer. Whatever he does, he's going to dominate on the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:58 pm
    • Troy Daniels wants the green light
      Troy Daniels said he is hoping to " get the green light" from the Wolves to shoot.

      Advice: "I’m a shooter, so I have to do what I do, what got me here. Shoot the ball," Daniels said. "There will be a lot more threes. I can tell you that." The Wolves are dead last in triples, so they could use a guy like Daniels. Of course, he didn't score in his debut on Sunday, so he's only worth a look in very deep leagues. Coach Flip Saunders also mentioned Daniels won't get much playing time early on. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:23 pm
    • George Hill (knee) could make debut Tuesday
      George Hill (knee) has been upgraded to questionable against the Pelicans on Tuesday, and he could make his season debut.

      Advice: Hill's knee has responded well, and now he just has to get his conditioning together in order to make his season debut. At this point, Hill should not be on the waiver wire in any format, and if he is, make sure to scoop him up immediately as the Pacers sorely need everything he brings on offense. He'll be tasked with playing as large of a role as he can handle. CJ Watson and Donald Sloan will be pushed into their usual reserve roles when Hill returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:41 am
       
      Player Note
      George Hill Ind - PG,SG
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • Ty Lawson (back) now for game-time decision
      Ty Lawson (back) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Hornets.

      Advice: Lawson appearing as a game-time call is certainly a surprise, and Nate Robinson would draw the start at point guard if Lawson is unable to suit up. Owners will need to check back for an update prior to tipoff as it sounds like the call will be made shortly before tipoff. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:07 am
    • Stephen Curry openly endorses Steve Kerr
      Stephen Curry called Steve Kerr "the right man for the job."

      Advice: This was not a shot at Mark Jackson, who Curry remains very close with, but instead an admission that the Warriors hired the right coach. "He understood he was taking over a solid roster," Curry said. "We could get better; obviously, we didn’t win a championship. But we were very competitive and laid a foundation for success. It wasn’t that he was building from the ground up. It was just about fine tuning what he saw we could do better." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:22 am
    • C.J. Watson returned to action on Sunday December 21. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 11:23 pm
    • Jeremy Lin plays just 21 minutes off of bench
      Jeremy Lin played just 21 minutes off the bench on Sunday vs. the Kings, ending the game with four points, five assists and three boards.

      Advice: Coach Byron Scott is sticking to his plan of keeping Ronnie Price in the starting lineup for now, and Lin's value continues to plummet. Lin may redeem himself later on if the Lakers opt to rest Kobe Bryant down the stretch, but for now owners in standard leagues should look for another option. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:03 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) picks up DNP-CD
      Ramon Sessions (back) was available for Sunday's game but he did not leave the Kings' bench.

      Advice: Darren Collison logged 40 minutes as the team's starting PG and rookie Ray McCallum chipped in a pair of rebounds and assists in 11 minutes off the bench, allowing the Kings to rest Sessions a while longer. We're taking him off the injury report, and he should resume a 10-20 minute role vs. the Warriors on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:02 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
    • C.J. Watson (illness) starts, logs 29 minutes
      C.J. Watson returned from a sinus infection to finish Sunday's road win in Minnesota with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: Unfortunately, the impending return of George Hill makes Watson an unlikely source of long-term value -- he played 29 minutes on Sunday and that number will only decrease in the coming weeks. Former starter Donald Sloan also remains a threat to Watson's value, finishing Sunday's game with 10 points and seven assists in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:46 pm
    • Troy Daniels scoreless in his Wolves debut
      Troy Daniels was scoreless in his very brief debut for the Timberwolves on Monday.

      Advice: Daniels made a splash with the Rockets in last year's playoffs but he's had a hard time earning minutes this season, so a trade to Minnesota can only be a good thing. The Wolves' backcourt is banged up enough that Daniels is worth a look in very deep leagues, especially if you're hunting 3-pointers, but he's best-suited to the waiver wire in all other circumstances. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:32 pm
    • Russell Westbrook drops 29 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook dropped 29 points on 10-of-27 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, adding eight assists, five boards and three steals in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He was criticized for not passing the ball enough during Sunday's loss, but it's tough to blame him given how well he has played this season. "When we won eight in a row nobody said nothing about not passing," Westbrook said, "so I don't want to hear it now." He's been playing at an MVP level and has earned the right to shoot at will, especially with Kevin Durant (ankle) sidelined. Expect Westbrook to answer his critics and take out his frustration against Portland on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:30 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe leads Suns to win on Sunday
      Eric Bledsoe led the Suns to a win over the Wizards on Sunday, finishing with 17 points, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He had 25 points with 10 rebounds on Saturday, so hopefully he can keep rebounding and scoring at a high rate. Bledsoe probably won't see more than 30 minutes most nights as long as Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas are healthy, but Bledsoe should continue to be an elite asset moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 5:36 pm
    • Lou Williams lights up the Knicks on Sunday
      Lou Williams lit up the Knicks on Sunday for 22 points (6-of-14 shooting) to go with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

      Advice: This is what Lou does. He doesn't offer much peripheral stats, but if you're looking for some points, treys, and a free throw percentage booster, he's your guy. He's averaging 14.4 points and 1.8 three-pointers this season while shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 4.4 attempts per game). He's certainly in the running for Sixth Man of the Year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:24 pm
    • Kyle Lowry scores 22 points, dishes 9 assists
      Kyle Lowry put up 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting during Sunday's win, adding nine assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, three steals, and four turnovers.

      Advice: Lowry also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe as his career-year continues. He's hitting career-highs in points (19.4) and assists (7.8) this season, and is the main reason the Raptors currently own a record of 21-6 despite not having DeMar DeRozan. Keep rolling him out there as he establishes himself as an elite point guard in the league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 4:05 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) starting Sunday vs. MIN
      C.J. Watson (illness) will start vs. the Timberwolves on Sunday.

      Advice: Watson missed one game with a sinus infection and he should be fine from a conditioning standpoint, while his return sends Donald Sloan back to the Pacers' bench. Watson is worth a look for temporary points and assists. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:49 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) upgraded to probable
      Ramon Sessions (back) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: As long as Darren Collison is healthy, Sessions won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 2:22 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
    • Too, Too Much Monta: Ellis scores 38 points
      Monta Ellis dominated down the stretch against the Spurs during a 99-93 win with 38 points, one assist, four steals and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

      Advice: It was Monta Time. He scored 11 of the last 13 points for the Mavericks, which is no surprise since he leads the NBA in field goals in the second half. Ellis has been a much better ball handler than Rajon Rondo this year and his turnover rate is his best ever while he has tremendous rapport with the rest of the starters. The Mavericks lead the NBA in offensive efficiency because of Monta, so don't expect that to change much. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 8:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • Ramon Sessions (back strain) iffy for Sunday
      Ramon Sessions (strained lower back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

      Advice: He has been hit-or-miss off of the Kings bench this year, and is not reliable enough for owners in standard leagues. Check back before tip-off Sunday, and expect Ray McCallum to step into the rotation if Sessions sits. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:58 pm
       
      Injured
      4:30 pm @ Bkn
    • C.J. Watson (illness) out for Saturday's game
      C.J. Watson (illness) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets, and Donald Sloan will draw the start.

      Advice: Watson is dealing with a sinus infection, so he shouldn't be in too much danger of missing additional time. Sloan is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value, but owners in standard leagues should probably look the other way with George Hill's return on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 4:39 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe scores 25 points in win at MSG
      Eric Bledsoe was terrific against the Knicks during a 99-90 win on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He carved up the Knicks and they didn't have anyone to cover him. Bledsoe has not been affected by the return of Isaiah Thomas, averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 triples. He can be viewed as a top-10 fantasy shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 1:08 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) now questionable
      C.J. Watson is questionable for Saturday against the Nuggets with an illness.

      Advice: He was probable as of Friday with a sinus infection, so a downgrade doesn't sound promising. Watson would be looking at a chance to start, but he hasn't been involved in the offense much since his return. If he's out, Donald Sloan would be worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 11:02 am
    • Lin gets going in loss to the Thunder
      Jeremy Lin scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Lin didn't hit a three or record a steal or block but this is a reminder that he is capable of being a fantasy asset. He's going to be inconsistent and probably a late-round guy as long as he doesn't face-plant, but if Kobe Bryant ever decides this season isn't worth blowing out the odometer then Lin could get hot real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:33 pm
    • Westbrook goes for 31 and 10, 13-of-13 FTs
      Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.

      Advice: Westbrook is producing at a top-5 level in 8-cat leagues since his return and a top-8 level in 9-cat formats. With or without Kevin Durant on the court, he could easily continue this pace and he's currently in the MVP conversation. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:31 pm
    • Brandon Jennings scores 22 points
      Brandon Jennings scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

      Advice: It was just the third block of the season for Jennings and one of better high-volume shooting games in a long time. Before this game, Jennings was shooting 24.1 percent from the field this month for averages of 6.2 points, 2.6 boards, 6.9 dimes and 0.3 steals. That was his low point, but he's not going to be a fantasy savior this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:07 pm
    • Kyle Lowry fills it up, shoots poorly
      Kyle Lowry played just 25 minutes against the Pistons on Friday during a 110-100 win with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did hit a clutch turnaround jumper to ice it, but finished making just 5-of-14 from the field. Lowry's shooting percentage hasn't dropped off too much since the loss of DeMar DeRozan, but he's getting to the line more and handing out 10 assists per night this month. He should be a No. 1 fantasy point guard all season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:02 pm
    • George Hill (knee) practices on Friday
      George Hill (knee, quad) participated during Friday's practice, and ran with the starters towards the end with C.J. Watson (sinus infection) unable to finish the session.

      Advice: Slowly but surely Hill is nearing a return. He's likely going to start out slow after being sidelined for over a month, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 4:45 pm
       
      Player Note
      George Hill Ind - PG,SG
      4:00 pm vs Chi
    • C.J. Watson (illness) is probable for Sat
      C.J. Watson (illness) is probable to play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: He did not finish practice and has been ill since Wednesday. Watson should be fine, but his fantasy value is about to take a hit with George Hill almost ready to go. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 4:42 pm
    • Troy Daniels headed to the Wolves
      Troy Daniels has been traded to the Wolves.

      Advice: He was lighting it up int he D-League last year and also has a game-winning shot in the NBA playoffs last season, but Daniels isn't quite a lock for minutes once the team is at full strength. However, with Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Kevin Martin (wrist) out, he could get some run. Of course, he's only worth a look in extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:43 am
    • Stephen Curry goes off with 34 points in win
      Stephen Curry had one of his patented explosions against the Thunder during a 114-109 win on Thursday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: The Thunder came out firing with a 40-point first quarter, but Curry got it going. He did have a minor ankle scare tonight and it did not cause him to miss time. On top of the obvious treys, Curry has career highs in free throw makes, rebounds, steals, usage rate and true shooting percentage. Superstar. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 11:11 pm
    • Russell Westbrook scores 33 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook scored 33 points against the Warriors on Thursday on 11-of-30 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was the Russell Westbrook Show -- a great show, by the way -- in the second half as he posted a ridiculous usage rate of 46.5 to go with an assist percentage of 27.3. Westbrook is easily of the best players in the league and all of his naysayers have decided to hide out for a while. He can stuff a stat sheet like only a few others can and should be viewed as a first-round asset in standard leagues. He might be the best player for Daily Fantasy Sites this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 10:44 pm
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