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  • Knight keeps his foot on the gas pedal
    Brandon Knight kept his foot on the gas pedal with 13 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Knight hit just 2-of-8 shots from the field but did knock in 8-of-10 shots from the line while chipping in a three. Don't just attach this to the Sixers Bump, as he dropped a 22-8-13 line on the Bobcats on Wednesday. Knight could very well start and play above expectations all year long, but owners should at least entertain the idea of selling high while the going is very good.
    34 minutes ago
  • O.J. Mayo posts 25-3-5 line with five treys
    O.J. Mayo continued to put distance between his fat days and his skinny days with another solid effort on Friday, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including five threes) with three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Starting or not he's arguably the Bucks' best player right now and he looks like he's going to be one of the steals of this year's drafts. If he's available in your league, he shouldn't be.
    43 minutes ago
    W, 93-81 * vs Phi
  • Wroten turns the ball over eight times
    Tony Wroten had eight turnovers in Friday's loss, but still managed 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting (6-of-11 FTs) with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and zero 3-pointers.

    Advice: If you're punting threes, free throw percentage, turnovers and field goal percentage he can be a pretty fun play. Wait a second, that's a lot of punting. Owners that can manage his various deficiencies have a unique asset, but the sum of all that activity is a late-round value at best.
    Today, 9:11 pm
  • Kyrie Irving has an off night vs. Chicago
    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points on 6-of-17 from the field and 10-of-10 from the line against the Bulls on Friday with one rebound, three assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 36.0 percent from the field in his four games against the Bulls last season, so this line is not a surprise. Irving will get a favorable matchup against Damian Lillard on Tuesday and it's a plus to see that he's still getting shots in the teens. He's still not going to be the same player as he was last season from a fantasy perspective.
    Today, 8:22 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova gets extra run
    Matthew Dellavedova played down the stretch at shooting guard against the Bulls on Friday with no points, one rebound, four assists and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Bradley Beal called him the best defender he's faced, which explains who coach David Blatt went with him over Dion Waiters. Dellavedova isn't going to be taking many shots and would likely need an injury to Kyrie Irving in order to make it onto the fantasy map in 16-team leagues.
    Today, 8:20 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich gets hot to end regulation
    Kirk Hinrich scored 20 points on 7-of-11 from the field during an overtime 114-108 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was en fuego at the end of regulation to get this game to overtime. Hinrich hasn't really flourished over an extended period of time in a while, so he's more of a deep-league add, especially since Derrick Rose's ankle issue sounds minor.
    Today, 8:13 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey still gets just 13 minutes
    Rodney Stuckey played just 13 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: It looks like coach Frank Vogel doesn't want to unleash Stuckey for whatever reason. Perhaps it's due to his foot issue or maybe he's seen plenty of tape of how many poor shots he attempted with the Pistons last season. He certainly deserves more minutes, but not getting run while the team is missing so many guys is a really bad sign for his long-term fantasy value.
    Today, 6:29 pm
  • Livingston to get five-minute stretches
    Shaun Livingston can probably play five-minute stretches with the Warriors.

    Advice: He is still battling a toe injury and made a surprising four-minute debut on Wednesday. Livingston will back up Stephen Curry and won't have fantasy value anywhere near to what it was with the Nets last year while the Warriors are healthy in the backcourt.
    Today, 1:21 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (left hamstring) day-to-day
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is day-to-day and has been working on a treadmill.

    Advice: The Rockets said they will know more about his status for Saturday's game against the Celtics tomorrow. Beverley is not afraid to play at less than 100 percent, but the team certainly doesn't want this issue to linger. They released Ish Smith, so it'll be Isaiah Canaan as the backup against Rajon Rondo. His owners will want to check back for an update tomorrow.
    Today, 12:37 pm
  • Report: Brandon Knight will be an RFA
    Brandon Knight and the Bucks have ended their contract extension talks.

    Advice: He'll be in a contract year before he becomes a restricted free agent. Knight looked like a point guard in the opener with 13 dimes against the Hornets, so maybe he can have a career year under Jason Kidd.
    Today, 12:26 pm
  • Brandon Jennings off to rocky start with SVG
    Brandon Jennings has been benched in favor of D.J. Augustin for large portions of the Pistons' games, and has yet to play a single minute of the fourth quarter.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings is off to a rocky start with head coach Stan Van Gundy, and when he was told that Van Gundy said the reason for his benching was that Augustin was playing better, Jennings responded: "Then he should start right now and I'll be the back-up." That's not a great attitude to have, and SVG isn't afraid to question Jennings' horrid shot selection. Brandon is currently averaging just 17 minutes through two games this season, and if things don't improve soon, it might make sense to drop him and move on.
    Today, 11:28 am
  • Dwyane Wade (calf) practices in full on Fri.
    Dwyane Wade (calf contusion) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and is probable for Saturday's tilt vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Wade briefly excited Thursday's game with a bruised left calf, but he was able to play through it, and the fact that he was a full participant during Friday's practice is an encouraging sign. We think that he'll be a go for Saturday's game, but check back closer to the tip for official confirmation.
    Today, 9:55 am
  • Brad Stevens praises Marcus Smart's play
    Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens praised Marcus Smart's play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I’ve coached a lot of guys that are great great guys and [Smart's] one of the most unique people I’ve coached in his ability to raise the energy level of your team and you can see that already," said Stevens. Smart's elite defense is going to get him time on the court, however, his lack of offensive statistics makes him more of a deep league play.
    Today, 7:41 am
  • Sixers exercise team option on Tony Wroten
    The Sixers have exercised their team option on Tony Wroten for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Wroten has started off the year with a bang with Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) sidelined as he put up 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals during the Sixer's first game of the season. It's unclear how long Wroten will be able to sustain his value, as he could be headed to the bench upon MCW’s return, but for now he remains a solid option in standard leagues. Continue to roll him out there, and enjoy the ride while it lasts.
    Today, 7:01 am
  • 76ers pickup Michael Carter-Williams option
    The 76ers have picked up their team option on Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: The move was expected after MCW led all rookies in points (16.7), assists (6.3), and steals (1.9) last year on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award. Carter-Williams remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, but he is scheduled to go through a full practice on Nov. 6, after which, the 76ers will have a better idea as to when he can make his sophomore season debut. Stay tuned.
    Today, 6:46 am
  • Russell Westbrook could miss 4-6 weeks
    Russell Westbrook suffered a fracture to the second metacarpal in his right hand, and the Thunder say they will release a timetable for his return after getting a better look at it on Friday.

    Advice: The Oklahoman is speculating that Westbrook could be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but we'll wait for an official update from the Thunder organization. OKC is going to really struggle to find offense with only eight healthy bodies available, but everything is likely going to be go through Serge Ibaka and Perry Jones. Sebastian Telfair is currently the only healthy point guard on the roster, so he's going to be seeing a lot of minutes and makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues, although the Thunder are probably searching for an additional backup guard to join the team (Will Bynum?) Reggie Jackson (ankle) is going to have a lot on his plate upon his return, and he is going to get all the minutes he can handle.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Jordan Farmar plays 10 minutes as backup
    Jordan Farmar played 10 minutes as the second-string point guard on Thursday with six points, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played directly behind Chris Paul, so he's not going to have value while CP3 is healthy. Farmar can be ignored almost everywhere.
    Yesterday, 11:31 pm
  • Russell Westbrook has fracture in right hand
    Russell Westbrook suffered a small fracture in his right hand, according to coach Scott Brooks.

    Advice: This is getting ridiculous for OKC. Westbrook is likely going to miss 4-8 weeks based on most hand fractures, but the team will likely provide a prognosis in the next couple days. The team is likely going to get on the horn to bring in a free agent point guard or even look at the trade market. Sebastian Telfair will start until the return of Reggie Jackson (ankle), who is going to be a fantasy monster. Perry Jones should also be owned in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Kyrie Irving looks great in debut on Thursday
    Kyrie Irving scored 22 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: He looked great in the third quarter and finished with seven points in the fourth. Irving is coming into the season with some momentum and started hot, but he'll have some bad games mixed in there. He's still going to be a No. 1 fantasy point guard.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Russell Westbrook (hand) will not return
    Russell Westbrook (hand) will not return to Thursday's game against the Clippers and is sitting on the bench with ice on his hand.

    Advice: Uh oh. He will be re-evaluated on Friday, but this does not sound good. One would think he received an X-ray on his hand and teams usually reveal those results within 30 minutes or so. Sebastian Telfair is going to handle the point guard spot until Reggie Jackson (ankle) gets back out there. We'll obviously be tracking this situation closely. Also, general manager Sam Presti is likely on the phone looking to add a point guard.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Westbrook (hand) questionable to return
    Russell Westbrook went to the locker room with a hand injury and is questionable to return.

    Advice: No. Way. He subbed himself out and didn't look to be in any serious pain, but he didn't hesitate in coming out of the game. Additionally, some fan said something to him on the way to the locker room that made him angry. We'll update his status as soon as the information becomes available and he's likely getting X-rays right now.
    Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Brandon Jennings plays just 16 minutes
    Brandon Jennings played just 16 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday, scoring four points with two rebounds and six assists on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: His minutes are in deep, deep trouble. For the first three halves of the season, coach Stan Van Gundy basically played Jennings for the first 10 minutes of the half and would then go with D.J. Augustin for the rest. However, Jennings picked up a third foul early in the third quarter, picked up a technical foul, and was sent for the bench for good. He's not a must-own player anymore.
    Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Brandon Jennings starting to get it finally
    Brandon Jennings said that he's "starting to get it."

    Advice: That's a good start, Brandon. "Who has the hot spots, who's been scoring, when I see guys down and when to pick up the energy of the team. They're gonna feed off my energy, on the floor and off." Jennings seems committed to really improving his reputation as a point guard, but he played just 20 minutes in the Pistons' first game with four points, four rebounds and two assists.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Frank Vogel heaps praise on Rodney Stuckey
    Frank Vogel heaped praise on Rodney Stuckey when asked about his performance in the opener.

    Advice: "He was spectacular," Vogel said. "Really elevated the level of play for our whole team." Stuckey had 16 points in 16 minutes, and he needed just nine shots to do it. Once Stuckey (foot) is fully healthy, he should be even more effective. The Pacers will need him to help in a big way, especially with George Hill (knee) out for at least three weeks to begin the season.
    Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Patrick Beverley sheds no light on injury
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) refused to speak to reporters about his injury following Houston's win over the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beverly spent a good deal of time in the treatment room after leaving the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and was in no mood to talk with reporters. "Don’t come over here with questions," he said. "I’m not answering no questions." Several Rockets sources said the injury doesn't seem serious, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues may want to take a flier on Isaiah Canaan just in case Beverley misses any time.
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Brandon Jennings surprised at lack of usage
    Brandon Jennings said he was surprised at his lack of usage during Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: While Jennings did say that it is the coach's decision, he didn't sound happy about only seeing 20 minutes of playing time during the Pistons' opening night loss. "A little surprising," he said. "Never happened before in my career. But hey, it is what it is. We've just got to keep pushing through it." D.J. Augustin saw 28 minutes of action and received a voice of support from head coach Stan Van Gundy after the game. "I thought he was playing better than Brandon, I guess," Van Gundy said. This situation has a chance of getting ugly pretty quickly, but Jennings' fantasy owners don't have much of a choice than to sit tight and hope things turn around.
    Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • Brandon Jennings plays 20 mins, Augustin at 28
    Brandon Jennings played just 20 minutes against Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring four points with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: Uh oh. It takes a special type of player to fit on coach Stan Van Gundy's system and Jennings is certainly not the prototype. He did have some Achilles soreness and maybe that was a factor, but the coast is clear on the injury front right now. Jennings is probably one of the biggest losers from a fantasy perspective tonight and he is on thin ice after just one game.
    Wednesday, 11:19 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 38 in loss
    Russell Westbrook hit 11-of-26 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 38 points, three rebounds, six assists, three steals and just two turnovers in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and it will likely continue as long as Kevin Durant is out. His two turnovers were possibly more impressive than all the points, but he's not going to turn it over a lot if he's shooting instead of passing.
    Wednesday, 11:18 pm
  • Shaun Livingston plays four minutes
    Shaun Livingston played four minutes on Wednesday, despite being listed as doubtful due to a toe injury.

    Advice: He didn't score and will have a tough time making much noise playing behind studs like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But he could break loose on nights when the Warriors are up big.
    Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 12 pts as fill-in starter
    Kirk Hinrich scored 12 points with three 3-pointers, one rebound and one steal in 24 minutes on Wednesday, while filling in at SG in place of Jimmy Butler (thumb).

    Advice: Hinrich hit 4-of-10 field goals and his temporary starting gig doesn't do much for his fantasy value. As a starter in 61 games last year without Derrick Rose, for instance, he averaged a thoroughly mediocre 9.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 2.7 boards, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 21 in opener
    Dwyane Wade had 21 points and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 shooting, but added just one rebound, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He also left the game briefly with a bruised left calf, which is obviously a cause for concern. The fact he was able to play through it was nice to see, and no news is good news on Wade's calf. Keep an eye out for an update on Thursday, but consider him probable for his next game. He didn't exactly fill the stat sheet tonight, but as long as he can stay on the court, big lines are on the way.
    Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) doesn't return
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not return due to a strained hamstring against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He would not answer questions following the game and he is likely going to be questionable for Saturday. Beverley doesn't have any chronic hamstring issues, but we'll keep you posted if he gets an MRI. He finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Isaiah Canaan will likely start.
    Wednesday, 9:31 pm
  • Marcus Smart has four steals in NBA debut
    Marcus Smart played 28 minutes during his NBA debut in an easy 121-105 win against the Nets on Wednesday with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made a tremendous impact on defense and he definitely is going to be able to stick NBA-caliber ball handlers. Smart didn't take too many bad shots and he even had a four-point play. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect many lines like this one and he's more of a stash or a deep-league asset. Additionally, the Celtics had eight players in double figures tonight.
    Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey scores 16 in 16
    Rodney Stuckey played just 16 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, and hit 5-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He also had three rebounds, five assists and a steal, and his two 3-pointers were quite unexpected. He's been bothered by a foot injury, but should be an effective fantasy player once he's fully healthy. Just don't expect him to fill the stat sheet like he did tonight on a regular basis.
    Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Tony Wroten scores 22 in start at PG
    Tony Wroten started at point guard on Wednesday and had 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: He hit 9-of-21 shots and is going to be fun to own as long as Michael Carter-Williams is out with his shoulder injury. And when MCW returns, it's possible the Sixers could slide Wroten over to shooting guard. He's worth a pick up if you have someone to drop, although it may be a short-term move.
    Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • O.J. Mayo scores 17 off bench
    O.J. Mayo came off the bench to hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and a block in 24 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He finished the preseason on a high note and kept it rolling tonight. If he's available in your league, he's probably worth grabbing while things are still going so well.
    Wednesday, 7:29 pm
    W, 93-81 * vs Phi
  • Brandon Knight posts big double-double
    Brandon Knight hit just 5-of-17 shots, but also made 10-of-10 free throws and two 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists and a block in Wednesday's OT loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Knight, who played 39 minutes, was fantastic tonight and Kendall Marshall didn't even get off the bench. Knight has the starting job locked down after this one, and if he somehow isn't owned in your league, try to get him.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Shaun Livingston targeting Saturday return
    Shaun Livingston is expected to return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 against the Lakers after missing the start of the season with a toe injury.

    Advice: Livingston will see minutes backing up both guard spots for the Dubs this season, but would likely need for one of them to get injured in order to be worth owning in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:21 pm
  • Shaun Livingston still doubtful for Wed.
    Shaun Livingston (toe) is not expected to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: This echoes the Tuesday news, but Livingston is getting close to his GSW debut and has been practicing. Leandro Barbosa will play behind Stephen Curry tonight.
    Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Patrick Beverley shuts down J-Lin in opener
    Patrick Beverley tortured Jeremy Lin defensively on Tuesday, while chipping in nine points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and five assists during the Rockets' season-opening 108-90 win vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Beverley no longer has to compete with former teammate Lin for playing time, as he did last season, which should free him to realize his potential. His career per-36-minute stats offer a reasonable baseline for fantasy owners' expectations -- 11.7 points, 1.9 triples, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and a stingy 1.6 turnovers.
    Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) remains doubtful
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) scrimmaged on Tuesday, but he remains doubtful for Wednesday's season opener vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Livingston is making progress, but his backup role and lack of a 3-point shot really limits his fantasy value. He's likely going to have his minimal minutes limited as head coach Steve Kerr eases him back into things, and the waiver wire seems like a suitable place for the 10-year veteran.
    Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey expects to play some backup PG
    Rodney Stuckey thinks that he'll see some minutes as the teams backup point guard with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) on the sidelines.

    Advice: He's probably right, as the Pacers don't really have any other healthy bodies on the roster with point guard experience. Stuckey is going to start the 2014-15 season as the Pacers' starting shooting guard, and he's going to be asked to do a lot on offense with David West (ankle) also sidelined. He doesn't do much aside from score points, but he'll have plenty of opportunity, as the Pacers will be entering the season with just nine healthy bodies, and one starter (Roy Hibbert) from last year.
    Tuesday, 1:44 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey will play vs Sixers on Weds
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) will be play in Wednesday's regular season opener against the 76ers.

    Advice: While Stuckey said he would be available for the season opener, he added that he doesn't expect to start and will likely see limited minutes. Stuckey will likely see some minutes at point guard with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) out, but he's a risky fantasy play Wednesday night if he's backing up Donald Sloan and Solomon Hill.
    Tuesday, 10:09 am
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) doubtful for opener
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) was limited during Monday's practice, and he remains doubtful for the Warriors season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Livingston is a guy that offers much more to his actual team, than he does to a fantasy squad, and he's not on the radar in standard leagues. We're not expecting him to suit up for opening night, as Kerr has stated he'd like to get Livingston's conditioning in check before he sees time on the court.
    Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) questionable for opener
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) said on Saturday that he was day-to-day, and remains questionable for opening night.

    Advice: The Pacers will really need Stuckey with C.J. Watson (foot) and George Hill (knee) sidelined to start the season. If Stuckey is able to go, he'd likely split minutes with Donald Sloan at point guard, however, if he is unable to suit up opening night, Sloan would get as many minutes as he could handle. The Pacers have been bit by the injury bug early this year, and are limping their way into the regular season.
    Monday, 11:39 am
  • Marcus Smart returns to practice Monday
    Marcus Smart (illness) will return to practice on Monday.

    Advice: Smart felt "better and better" as the weekend went on, and he's ready to go two days before the Celtics open their season. If Rajon Rondo (hand) can get cleared before Wednesday's opener, Smart will make his debut off the bench.
    Monday, 8:51 am
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) returns to practice
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) practiced on Sunday but he remains doubtful for the Warriors' season opener.

    Advice: Golden State is playing it safe with Livingston, whom they'll rely on for playmaking with the second unit. He's a better real-world fit with the Warriors than he is in fantasy leagues, where his lack of 3-point shooting and injury history keeps him off the standard-league radar.
    Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • Carter-Williams will be re-evaluated Nov. 6
    Michael Carter-Williams is set to go through a full practice on November 6, after which the 76ers will have a better idea on his return date.

    Advice: Head coach Brett Brown was noncommittal when asked of MCW's current projected return date of November 13, and implied that he may play limited minutes upon his return. "The duration and when [he returns] is more about gut feels," said Brown. "It's certainly not going to take a month [from now] before he first comes back. I think we can give him some sporadic minutes quite soon." Tony Wroten will man the point guard position while Carter-Williams is on the shelf, and he makes for a decent short-term addition to fantasy squads.
    Sunday, 7:40 am
  • Rodney Stuckey (sore foot) could miss opener
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) said he hasn't done on-court work lately and is unsure if he'll be ready to start the season.

    Advice: He's been out since Oct. 18 and this injury is taking a lot to heal than anticipated. Stuckey is expected to be a major part of the offense, but he's not exactly a must-grab player later in drafts because of a lack of triples and inefficient shooting.
    Saturday, 11:27 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams to scrimmage on 11/6
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is expected to scrimmage on Nov. 6.

    Advice: He is targeting a return of Nov. 13 for game action, but coach Brett Brown didn't seem very optimistic. "I believe that it's not going to take long to play him [once he starts scrimmaging Nov. 6]," Brown said. Carter-Williams hasn't been very positive about his shoulder injury and it's still possible he doesn't hit his target date. He's not a great target in fantasy drafts while Tony Wroten should start off hot.
    Saturday, 11:24 am
  • Marcus Smart (stomach bug) doesn't practice
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is Smart's second consecutive absence from practice due to this stomach bug, but we're still considering him probable for the regular-season opener. However, with Rajon Rondo (hand) targeting a return for opening night, Smart's fantasy value is limited.
    Friday, 11:42 am
  • Patrick Beverley worked on his offensive game
    Patrick Beverley worked hard this offseason to improve his offensive game.

    Advice: "I’m going to let the game come to me, but I worked extremely hard on my offensive game this summer. I’m very confident. I’m more confident in pick-and-roll. I’m stronger with my shot. My shot feels good." Beverley is set to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, and he is aware of the importance of his performance this year. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range through seven preseason games, which is an encouraging sign, but the offense in Houston still runs through James Harden. Beverley isn't going to rack of the assists, but he's good for some steals, some 3-pointers, and solid percentages. With the departure of Jeremy Lin, Beverley is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and in a contract year, we like Beverley as a late-round sleeper pick.
    Friday, 7:02 am
  • Tony Wroten has a decent finale
    Tony Wroten made 2-of-4 from the field and 5-of-11 from the line for 11 points against the Pistons on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This sums up Wroten pretty well. He's going to have his shooting issues, but the stats are going to be there. Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is out for the start of the season, so Wroten is well worth owning in almost any league.
    Thursday, 8:14 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams eyes Nov 13 return
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is planning to return to action when the 76ers take on the Mavericks on November 13, according to sources.

    Advice: This news would have the reigning Rookie of the Year missing just over a week of the regular season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned about him missing the start of the season. There is a chance that the Sixers will be cautious with MCW and hold him out beyond his targeted return date, so fantasy owners with an open spot would be wise to grab Tony Wroten as a short-term fill-in.
    Thursday, 10:31 am
  • Marcus Smart misses practice with stomach bug
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

    Advice: This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded.
    Thursday, 10:00 am
  • Brandon Jennings out Thursday vs Sixers
    Brandon Jennings (sore achilles) will miss Thursday's preseason finale against the 76ers.

    Advice: With the start of the regular season a week away, this sound like a precautionary move to keep Jennings from injuring himself further. While Jennings has plenty of talent and will produce some stellar games, potential fantasy owners need to be aware of the poor field goal percentage baggage that comes with spending a later middle round pick on Jennings.
    Thursday, 8:36 am
  • O.J. Mayo starts hot, fizzles out
    O.J. Mayo scored all 11 points in the first quarter against the Wolves on Wednesday to go with two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He's playing a lot better and looks like a new player. Mayo is coming off a two-game span with 21.5 points per game and it looks like he might be one year late to the party. Obviously, we're still going to see a lot more out of him, but fantasy owners should watch him closely. Plus, the Bucks need a shooting guard.
    Wednesday, 8:06 pm
    W, 93-81 * vs Phi
  • Brandon Knight misses all eight shots
    Brandon Knight missed all eight shots from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday with one points, five rebounds, six assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He turned it over four times and was torched by Ricky Rubio. Knight returned from a groin injury and he should be considered as the favorite as the starter at point guard. He's more of a lower-upside player to grab around pick 100.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Kyrie Irving plays well sans LeBron
    Kyrie Irving hit 7-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and a block on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeBron James got the night off so Irving was allowed to have the ball in his hands more than he usually will. He's still a top point guard option, but it's hard to see him putting up massive numbers when Kevin Love and LeBron are going to have the ball on most trips down the court.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 16 points in 16 minutes
    Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half.
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova available Wed.
    Brandon Knight (groin) and Ersan Ilyasova (knee) are both available to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed over one week with his groin injury and it's unclear if he'll be limited tonight. Nobody stepped up while Knight was on the shelf, so he is expected to start at point guard. Fantasy owners can target him in the later rounds of drafts.
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams does non-contact work
    Michael Carter-Williams (right shoulder) went through non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice, but there's still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: "It was good watching [Carter-Williams] direct an offense and take part in some non-physical drills," Brown said. "He's engaged. He's with the team. He is just not doing anything physical." MCW's high turnovers and low percentages are already a challenge in category-based leagues, and his nebulous timetable after shoulder surgery makes him a shaky option with so many healthy PGs available on draft day.
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
  • Dwyane Wade plays well on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade hit 11-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, two rebounds, six assists and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's back. How long his body will allow him to be back is anyone's guess, but he's the best player on the Heat by a mile, and is going to return first-round value as long as he's healthy enough to play.
    Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Patrick Beverley struggles on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley started and hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, one rebound, three assists and four fouls on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still seems more interested in frustrating opposing point guards than getting his shots, but he still has a chance to be a solid point guard in fantasy. Especially with Jason Terry backing him up right now.
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Russell Westbrook double-doubles in loss
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-16 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hasn't really blown up offensively yet, but the games haven't counted yet, either. He's going to be a monster as long as his knees hold up, and could lead the league in scoring with Kevin Durant sidelined indefinitely.
    Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Jordan Farmar out with back injury
    Jordan Farmar will miss Tuesday's game due to a back injury.

    Advice: He was hurt in Saturday's game and there has been some talk about him having trouble with nerve pain. We'll monitor him going forward, but for now Farmar should be considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • Shaun Livingston not expected for opener
    Coach Steve Kerr says it's "highly doubtful" that Shaun Livingston (toe) will play in the opener on Oct. 29.

    Advice: Livingston keeps saying he hopes to be ready, but it doesn't sound likely to happen. He'll help back up both guard spots occupied by the league's most exciting backcourt duo - Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
    Tuesday, 5:55 pm
  • Russell Westbrook aims to play 82 games
    Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.

    Advice: After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day.
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
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