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  • Anderson looks good in preseason win
    Kyle Anderson started with multiple Spurs starters out in Monday's 106-99 exhibition win over the Kings, scoring 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: It's not fair but Anderson falling to the Spurs looks like another win for the organization. He won't have any fantasy value to start the year but keep his name in your mental Rolodex for down the line.
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Cousins triple-doubles with turnovers vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

    Advice: Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Gay (ankle) having shot selection issues
    Rudy Gay (ankle) got back on the floor in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs, scoring 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting (10-of-12 FTs) with seven rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This wasn't a bad line but it was worth noting that Gay was taking bad shots that have characterized 'Bad Rudy' in past years. Isaiah Thomas kept him from doing that, but he's no longer there and prospective owners should keep in mind that his field goal percentage could slip this year.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Landry (knee) returns to action on Monday
    Carl Landry (knee) returned to action on Monday, scoring 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with seven rebounds and no steals or blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: This is a Landry line if we've seen one. He'll need to have a bunch more before we recommend to owners that they deal with his fantasy deficient stat-set in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Horford up to 24 minutes in Monday's game
    Al Horford played 24 minutes in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime win in Monday's exhibition against the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

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

    Advice: Zeller will have a larger role in the rotation this year but he's not breaking out anytime soon, at least not on the strength of this one meaningless preseason game. If this becomes a habit this week we'll let you know, but he's hands off in standard leagues until further notice. Bismack Biyombo falls in the same boat with his 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes.
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Chandler Parsons fills it up on Monday
    Chandler Parsons was great for the Mavs on Monday with 11 points, four boards, five assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The dimes have really been a big part of his game and he's averaged 4.3 per game over his last four. Of course, Parsons averaged 4.0 per game last year, so this isn't a surprise. His production on the stat sheet is basically made for fantasy, so he shouldn't slip beyond the fourth round.
    Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Marshall starts, Bucks roll w/ random lineup
    Kendall Marshall started at point guard in Monday's exhibition win over the Knicks, scoring six points on 2-of-2 shooting with zero rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Giannis Antetokounmpo started at shooting guard and went for 14 and seven with an 8-of-9 mark from the foul line. Khris Middleton scored 11 points in 14 minutes in a start at small forward, Jabari Parker went for 13 and six in 26 minutes, and John Henson double-doubled with 11 points and 10 boards in 27 minutes. With strong bench performances against a bad Knicks team tonight, we are no closer to clarity about the rotation than we were to start the night.
    Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Arnett Moultrie has another decent game
    Arnett Moultrie made 5-of-7 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He had a couple crafty passes which led to free throws and looks pretty comfortable out there. Moultrie was such a no-show last season that it's going to take a lot more out of him to be on the standard-league radar. He's going to be in the rotation on Philly, so that has to count for something, right?
    Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Eric Gordon returns, looks horrible
    Eric Gordon returned from his back injury and struggled against the Wizards on Monday, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't get to the line once and was a little bashful with the ball. Gordon had back spasms last week and returned to practice on Friday. There are just too many negatives to draft Gordon in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin plays well late on Monday
    Kevin Seraphin turned in a solid game on Monday with 14 points, five rebounds and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a roller coaster for Seraphin in the preseason. In his last five games, he's averaged 11.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks and 4.0 fouls in 22.6 minutes. With the Wizards missing Nene for the opener due to a suspension, this is a realistic line for the 24-year-old big man.
    Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Calderon leaves game with strained right calf
    Jose Calderon left Monday's exhibition with a strained right calf and did not return.

    Advice: Fisher said that injury is not serious and this will be one of many updates like this tonight.
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Writer 'beyond shocked' if Frye plays opener
    Longtime beat writer Josh Robbins wrote that it "seems next to impossible" for Channing Frye (knee) to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Whereas teammate Victor Oladipo (knee) was on the court participating in practice, Frye watched all of Monday's one-hour practice from the sidelines. There was an initial report of 1-2 months when the injury occurred that supposedly got put to bed, but Robbins does the math in his article that a return at the seven-week mark would equate to 13 missed games. There's some guesswork involved with that, but owners should now consider the possibility that Frye isn't guaranteed a quick return and his late-round valuation is teetering on the next update.
    Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Tiago Splitter out on Monday night
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will not play on Monday and is doubtful for Wednesday.

    Advice: He could miss the season opener and it appears his calf strain is not close to being healed. Splitter isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:22 pm
  • Channing Frye (knee) doesn't practice Monday
    Channing Frye (knee) was not a participant during Monday's practice.

    Advice: Frye's been seen getting up some jumpers before games, and is reportedly making progress with his injury, but still remains without an official return date. Frye's ability to offer 3-point shooting from the power forward position mixed in with some blocks makes him a nice asset to own, and he's worth a gamble in the later rounds of standard leagues, despite the knee injury.
    Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet.
    Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Al Jefferson (rest) out Monday vs. Atlanta
    Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day.
    Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) not likely for Tuesday
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) is not expected to suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Portland.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and the team is likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Lawson averaged 17.6 points, 8.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, 1.6 steals, and 3.2 turnovers with the Nuggets last season, but there is some concern that he is an injury risk as he was only able to suit up for 62 games. Lawson is a bit of a risk/reward pick this season, and news of this hamstring injury, regardless of its seriousness, could see him fall down a bit on owners’ draft boards.
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Giannis says his brother could be better
    Giannis Antetokounmpo said his brother, Thanasis, could potentially be better than him.

    Advice: Potential is a funny word and very few scouts would even dare to think something like this. Thanasis Antetokounmpo isn't going to be in the rotation to start the season and won't have fantasy value this year.
    Yesterday, 10:33 am
  • Zaza Pachulia out with a hammy injury
    Zaza Pachulia (hamstring) will not play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Friday and has been one of the slowest healers in the NBA over the past couple season. Pachulia is not worth drafting in almost any league.
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Wiz non-committal on Glen Rice Jr.
    The Wizards have been "totally non-committal" on Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) for the season opener.

    Advice: He hasn't been moving much at practice and it would appear he's closer to doubtful. If the Wizards feel comfortable with Garrett Temple and Otto Porter at the shooting guard spot, there's no need to rush Rice back into the lineup. If you're looking to make a pickup from the Bradley Beal (wrist) fallout, Porter is probably your guy in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:56 am
  • Luis Scola expected to start on Tuesday
    Luis Scola is expected to start against the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: As it stands right now, he could be the starter on opening night with David West dealing with an ankle injury. Scola has rarely turned in top-100 value because he's only a two-category player, so fantasy owners shouldn't be overly excited about picking him up.
    Yesterday, 7:30 am
  • Harrison Barnes plays 24 minutes vs. HOU
    Harrison Barnes had another efficient preseason outing on Sunday against the Rockets, making 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points with two boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He's shot at least 57 percent from the field in four of his last five games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 triples in that span. It is preseason, so it's tough to get overly excited about Barnes' chances of breaking out. Fantasy owners in standard leagues should be able to do better.
    Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Rodney Hood has another solid outing
    Rodney Hood scored nine points in 27 minutes against the Lakers on Sunday with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's played in four preseason games and has an impressive effective field goal percentage of 67.4 percent. Hood looks like a lock for the rotation despite some early foul trouble issues this month and he could be a threat to make 1.5 triples per game. He's on the radar in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:25 am
  • Jeff Taylor's hearing moved back to Oct. 29
    Jeff Taylor's pre-trial hearing on charges including domestic assault has been moved to Oct. 29, the same day the Hornets play their season opener.

    Advice: Taylor has been barred from team activities since charges were filed and he may face a suspension from the league if he admits guilt or is found guilty during the legal process.
    Sunday, 11:51 pm
  • P.J. Tucker ready to earn minutes at PF
    With mounting competition for playing time at small forward, P.J. Tucker said he's ready and able to play power forward as needed.

    Advice: "When I go to [power forward], very rarely are we going to be a mismatch," said Tucker, who will be suspended the first three games of the season. "I can guard any four. And then they're not going to be able to guard us with the way we run the ball and spread the floor." Gerald Green is likely to play more SF this season, and both Marcus Morris and rookie T.J. Warren are also vying for SF minutes. Tucker's ability to play some PF is encouraging for his fantasy outlook, but he's still a flier pick at best.
    Sunday, 10:22 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back) expected to play Monday
    Eric Gordon (back) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday against the Wizards.

    Advice: He is easily one of the most injury-prone players in the league but it is good to see that he is healthy enough to play in this preseason game. If you want to take a flier on him, he will more than likely be available in the later rounds.
    Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) making progress
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is making progress in his recovery and was seen taking jumpers at practice Sunday.

    Advice: We expect him back very soon but he should still be considered questionable for opening night. Rice Jr. has a great chance to carve out a significant role in the Wizard's offense with Bradley Beal out so he may be worth a flier late in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 11:43 am
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds.
    Sunday, 11:40 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins turns it over nine times
    DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
    Saturday, 10:57 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) can't finish Sat. game
    Ty Lawson could not finish Saturday's game due to a tight hamstring.

    Advice: Uh oh. It doesn't sound serious and at least it's not to his ankle, but any Lawson injury will trigger the alarm bells. He did have a hamstring injury last season, so this is not something to ignore. He's probably not worth drafting in the top 30 anymore. And if he's going to miss time, Randy Foye will suddenly become quite relevant in fantasy.
    Saturday, 10:03 pm
  • Kyle Anderson steps up on Saturday
    Kyle Anderson looked great in the starting lineup against the Heat on Saturday with 17 points, seven boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and two turnovers on 4-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: He was really crafty tonight and started off hot with his two 3-pointers to start the game. Anderson could get in the rotation to start the season with Kawhi Leonard (eyes) up in the air for the opener. He's still not worth drafting in most leagues.
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Al Horford plays 21 minutes vs. Detroit
    Al Horford played 21 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His minutes are steadily rising and he should be close to 100 percent for the regular season. If Horford stays healthy, he could be a first-round asset. He shouldn't go past 30 in your draft and there's nothing wrong with taking him in the teens.
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Arnett Moultrie turns in another solid line
    Arnett Moultire provided some nice defense against the Magic on Saturday with two blocks and two steals to go with six points, eight boards and two assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He was roasted for his conditioning last season, but coach Brett Brown has praised Moultrie so far this year. The big man has a solid mid-range game and seems like a lock to be in the rotation. Just keep an eye on him for now.
    Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Rudy Gay (left ankle) out on Saturday night
    Rudy Gay (left ankle) will not play on Saturday night.

    Advice: There is no word the severity of the injury, but we'd guess it's minor right now. Gay is going to handle the ball a little more with Isaiah Thomas in Phoenix, which could be a bad thing. He's an early-middle round guy and we'll keep you posted on the details of his injury. Omri Casspi is starting tonight.
    Saturday, 5:52 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) will sit on Saturday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will sit during Saturday's exhibition game.

    Advice: He wasn't expected to play at all tonight and he doesn't have a timetable to return. Until we get a concrete report on his status, it will be hard to target him in most fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (rest) is out on Saturday
    Chandler Parsons (rest) is out for Saturday's exhibition game.

    Advice: He is going to get some extra rest on Saturday after he finally started to turn it on during the preseason. He is a solid pick in the early-middle rounds as he will see plenty of minutes for an aging Dallas team.
    Saturday, 3:35 pm
  • Channing Frye (knee) out again on Saturday
    Channing Frye (knee) will not play in Saturday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: He is still nursing a knee injury, but he was taking jumpers before the game started and is coming along nicely. He is reportedly making progress and the fact that the Magic is giving updates bodes well for his status. While the knee injury may scare some fantasy owners away, he may be worth a gamble in the later rounds for his outstanding three-point shooting.
    Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Parsons continues to improve
    Chandler Parsons' form is finally rounding into shape as the small forward had his best game of the preseason on Friday, posting 19 points, five boards, four assists, and two three-pointers against Cleveland.

    Advice: Parsons was criticized by head coach Rick Carlisle for coming into training camp slightly overweight but Parsons and Carlisle have since buried the hatchet and the Mavericks' big off-season signing is starting to fit right in. Parsons should be just as useful as he was last year from a fantasy perspective.
    Saturday, 5:36 am
  • Pachulia leaves game with hamstring issue
    Zaza Pachulia left Friday's exhibition against the Wolves with a hamstring issue and did not return.

    Advice: Pachulia logged 13 minutes with eight points, one assist and one steal before checking out. We'll update you as soon as know the severity of the injury.
    Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down.
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) returns to practice
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) returned to practice on Friday, but he remains questionable for Monday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said that Gordon's status for Monday's preseason game won't be determined until Sunday at the earliest after he goes through a full scrimmage. Gordon began to experience back spasms after logging 26 minutes in Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets, saying: "I really started to spasm up a little bit after waking up [Wednesday]. It just got a little tight, nothing serious. I’ll be fine." Gordon is about as injury prone as they come, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection come draft day.
    Friday, 4:04 pm
  • Paul Pierce will play on Friday vs. Hornets
    Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts.
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but he will play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: The fact that DeMarcus will be playing in a meaningless preseason game tells us this Achilles tendinitis will be a non-issue moving forward. Boogie was superb last season with the Kings, averaging career-highs across the board in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), assists (2.9), and blocks (1.3). With zero competition for minutes, and him again set to be the focal point of the Kings' offense, Cousins makes for an excellent selection towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
    Friday, 1:43 pm
  • Al Horford getting his confidence back
    Al Horford is feeling more confident on the court after two preseason games.

    Advice: "The second game I definitely had a breakthrough against the Bulls," Horford said Friday. "Mentally, I was in a much better place because I was more comfortable. The first game I was more tentative." The plan for Horford is to continue to play the remainder of the preseason in order to increase his game conditioning. It may take some time for Horford to dust off some of the rust, after spending most of last season on the sidelines, but his upside is first-round value.
    Friday, 1:06 pm
  • Rodney Hood looks solid in 28 minutes
    Rodney Hood looked good in his 28 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is playing sound ball and the Jazz are going to throw him into the rotation to start the year. He's not going to see more than 22 minutes per game while the team is healthy, so he's only a target in deep leagues.
    Thursday, 10:28 pm
  • Ty Lawson hands out 10 assists
    Ty Lawson handed out 10 assists against the Warriors on Thursday to go with eight points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did only shoot 1-of-8 from the field and he's in a mini-slump after a hot start. Lawson's production won't be the issue and all eyes will be on his ankles. His ceiling makes him a solid target in the third round.
    Thursday, 9:34 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores five in start
    Harrison Barnes played 35 minutes in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Thursday, making just 2-of-8 from the field for five points with five rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He's the favorite to start for the Warriors, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll have fantasy value. Fantasy owners are much better off grabbing Draymond Green later in their drafts. Green and nine points, four rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.
    Thursday, 9:22 pm
  • Al Horford plays 16 minutes
    Al Horford played 16 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with four points, six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played 11 minutes in his debut on Tuesday and his minutes will likely rise leading up to start the season. Horford was putting up first-round value before his injury last season, so he's worth a look late in the second round if you're feeling saucy. He shouldn't slip out of the third round in any league.
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Arnett Moultrie plays well off the bench
    Arnett Moultrie played 34 minutes off the bench against the Celtics on Thursday, making 8-of-19 from the field for 16 points with nine boards, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: The big minutes are interesting and Moultrie looks like a new player this season. He had major conditioning issues last season and was in the doghouse, but coach Brett Brown has said he's been impressed at camp so far. Moultrie is a decent jump shooter and projects to be in the rotation. We'll still need to see a lot more before we suggest him in anything other than a very deep league.
    Thursday, 7:02 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) doubtful on Thurs.
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) is doubtful to play on Thursday against the Thunder due to his back tightening up after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but there really haven't been many minor Eric Gordon injuries. He's battled countless knee injuries and he's coming off a knee surgery over the summer, so this is just another reason to target someone else in fantasy drafts. Austin Rivers will get some more run tonight.
    Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Channing Frye will not play Friday vs Pistons
    Channing Frye (knee) will not play in Friday's exhibition game against Detroit.

    Advice: Frye had previously said he didn't have a timetable for a return, but an update from the Magic on an individual exhibition game could mean that he's getting closer. Frye can be a valuable source of three-pointers towards the end of fantasy drafts, so owners shouldn't shy away from the 31-year-old due to his preseason recovery from knee injury.
    Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Kevin Seraphin double-doubles in win
    Kevin Seraphin started and hit 6-of-12 shots for 18 points and 12 rebounds on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was quite a game for Seraphin and if Nene goes down at some point, he could get some serious run. But for now, he's still not someone you want to target in standard leagues. However, if you want to use him as a cheap option in Fanduel leagues on opening Wednesday, he should be a great play with the Wizards bigs thinned out by suspensions, including Nene.
    Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Glen Rice has right ankle in walking boot
    Glen Rice was in a walking boot to protect his sprained right ankle after Wednesday's game and he's expected to miss time with the injury, leaving him questionable for opening night.

    Advice: He doesn't sound likely to play on Thursday and we're wondering who will start at shooting guard for the Wizards. It could be Otto Porter, who is really a forward, while journeyman Rasual Butler will likely get some run while Rice is out. Xavier Silas' name has come up as well, and PG Garrett Temple started there on Saturday. The Wizards are suddenly dangerously thin at shooting guard.
    Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. leaves w/ sprained right ankle
    Glen Rice Jr. left Wednesday's game with a sprained right ankle.

    Advice: He had 11 points and four rebounds in 11 minutes, and should be considered day-to-day for now. He's got a shot at winning the starting job at shooting guard as long as Bradley Beal is out, but his two-game tryout has not gone well so far.
    Wednesday, 6:06 pm
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active.
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Myers confirms talk of Barnes as starter
    General manager Bob Myers confirmed that Harrison Barnes could be the starting small forward.

    Advice: "It's a possibility," Myers said. It's become more and more likely that Barnes starts for the Warriors, which is risky after a massive letdown in his sophomore season. He still isn't going to be worth drafting in most leagues until proven otherwise.
    Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins rested w/ Achilles soreness
    DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's game due to "bilateral Achilles soreness," but the injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: This was really just a maintenance day for Cousins before the Kings' long flight home from Beijing, where they played the Nets in a preseason exhibition. Achilles injuries are typically a red flag but unless another report emerges this shouldn't impact DMC's season outlook.
    Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • Al Horford (chest) feels fine after debut
    Al Horford said that he was "not sore at all" after making his preseason debut on Tuesday, scoring two points in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: "It's going to take a little bit of time to get back into that rhythm," Horford said after the game. "My whole focus is to keep improving each game." Horford hasn't played an NBA game last late December and he'll be scraping the rust off his game for weeks to come, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting him in the 25-30 range.
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Rudy Gay stuffs the stat sheet in OT defeat
    Rudy Gay filled up the stat sheet vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday with 21 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was averaging just 9.0 points on 30.0 percent shooting in two preseason games before this gem, which is a timely reminder of his fantasy upside. He's entering a contract year and should have no trouble matching last year's numbers with the Kings -- 20.1 points, 0.8 threes, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks.
    Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Carl Landry (knee) barely plays vs. Brooklyn
    Carl Landry started Wednesday's exhibition in Beijing but only played five minutes in the Kings' overtime loss to the Nets.

    Advice: Landry isn't big enough to defend Brook Lopez in the paint and he's not mobile enough to chase Mirza Teletovic off the 3-point line, so this was a dreadful matchup for him. That will be the case on plenty of nights this season, and his likely backup role is one of many reasons to avoid him.
    Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • Eric Gordon looks good in another start
    Eric Gordon started at shooting guard and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and a block in 26 minutes Tuesday.

    Advice: With Tyreke Evans currently on the shelf, EJ looks like a sure bet to start on opening night. And if he can stay healthy and productive, he should keep the job all season.
    Tuesday, 9:44 pm
  • Al Horford plays 11 min. in preseason debut
    Al Horford made his season debut on Tuesday after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in December of last year.

    Advice: He was very quiet, with just two points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes, but the news here is that he was healthy enough to play in an NBA game. That means he should be out there on opening night, barring a setback, but it could take him until Thanksgiving, or even Christmas, to get back to his old form. He's still a top fantasy center option, but he'll also come along with plenty of risk.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia scores 12 in start for Bucks
    Zaza Pachulia started at center on Tuesday and had 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

    Advice: Larry Sanders, who's dealing with the flu, got the night off, as each regular for the Bucks does in the preseason, so Pachulia got a chance to shine. He's proven he can play and is having a good preseason, but it would likely take an injury or two for him to become relevant in standard leagues.
    Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • Jose Calderon invisible on Tuesday
    Jose Calderon started and played 26 minutes on Tuesday, but missed both his shots and finished with zero points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: Not one of his better nights, but the starting job is his and he's a very efficient point guard. Once you need a starting PG at the end of your draft, he'll be a no-brainer option.
    Tuesday, 6:54 pm
  • Al Horford in starting lineup vs Heat Tuesday
    Al Horford (pectoral) is in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: This is the news that fantasy owners have been waiting for since the big man went down with a torn pectoral muscle on December 26, 2013. While the Hawks will likely ease Horford back into the action, he should be all systems go for the start of the regular season and is a solid late-second, early-third round pick in fantasy drafts after averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks before getting hurt last year.
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • Channing Frye feeling better every day
    Channing Frye (knee) said that he still doesn't have a timetable for his return, but his knee is feeling better every day.

    Advice: In addition to saying that he is swimming "like a fish", Frye said, "It feels better every day. I was kind of a freak thing and since I've never had this type of injury, it's tough to assess what's going on." Frye traveled with the team to Charlotte and was seen shooting three-pointers before the Magic's exhibition game on Monday, so fantasy owners who take a late-round risk on the 31-year-old could soon be rewarded.
    Tuesday, 7:25 am
  • Hood scores 12 points in start vs. LAC
    Rodney Hood (hip flexor) scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 33 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Trevor Booker was telling reporters in the locker room about how well Hood played, but it doesn't appear that he's entering the year as the starting small forward despite a dearth of options there for Utah. Plugged in beat writer Jody Gennessy said that he started tonight only because of Alec Burks' (shoulder) absence, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Hood in the starting lineup at some point this season. Unfortunately, a lack of versatility gives him little room for error and he's not a standard league asset.
    Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Lawson (ankle) logs 24 minutes on Monday
    Ty Lawson (ankle) played 24 minutes in Monday's preseason game, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting (0-for-4 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson has been playing through injuries dating back to his North Carolina days and his ankle will likely be an issue he deals with for the rest of his career, though it's too early to say with any certainty that it will be a major detriment this season. The Nuggets have a lot of depth at guard this season and an incremental downtick in minutes could make sense for all involved. Owners may want to bump Lawson slightly down due to his growing injury risk.
    Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Al Horford (pectoral) close to making debut
    Al Horford (pectoral) is targeting a return for one of the Hawks three upcoming preseason games.

    Advice: "I'll keep working," Horford said. "I'm pretty much in everything [in practice]. My whole thing is keep practicing, keep getting more comfortable with the guys and to be back playing period." Horford participated in most of the Hawks 5-on-5 scrimmage Monday, and it looks like he's targeting a return for either Tuesday vs. the Heat, Thursday vs. the Bulls, or Saturday vs. the Pistons.
    Monday, 1:24 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) out for Thursday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will not travel for Thursday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He has a strained soleus muscle and doesn't have a timetable to return. Splitter has dealt with a ton of calf issues and the Spurs are probably going to hold him out for a while. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 10:28 am
  • Channing Frye (knee) shooting, increases work
    Channing Frye (knee) has been shooting 3-pointers and has been increasing his workload at practice.

    Advice: He said his knee feels structurally sound, so the report from last week saying he could miss up to two months can probably be put to bed. Frye doesn't have any significant tearing in his sprained MCL and has a decent chance to be ready for the season opener. He's a solid late-round pick and can probably come a little cheaper with this news.
    Monday, 9:35 am
  • Glen Rice Jr. cools off vs. Detroit
    Glen Rice Jr. made 1-of-6 from the field for two points against the Pistons on Sunday, adding just one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He started in place of Bradley Beal (wrist) and is probably the favorite to do so in the regular season. This is obviously not the start Rice wanted, but he had an awesome summer as the Las Vegas Summer League MVP. The key to Rice's success will be 3-pointers and defense, so he does offer alluring upside late in drafts. Hopefully, he'll be better next time out.
    Monday, 6:42 am
  • Harrison Barnes plays well as starting SF
    Harrison Barnes started on Sunday and had eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks before sitting down after 22 minutes.

    Advice: Andre Iguodala may come off the bench while Shaun Livingston (toe) is out of commission, giving Barnes a golden opportunity to establish himself with the starters. He can be drafted in the final rounds but fantasy owners shouldn't reach for him, and his career numbers point out a few of his deficiencies -- 9.3 points on 41.9 percent shooting, 0.7 threes, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks in 27 minutes per game.
    Oct 12, 9:14 pm
  • Chandler Parsons plays well in 28 minutes
    Two days after coach Rick Carlisle criticized his weight and conditioning, Chandler Parsons finished Sunday's exhibition with 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: Carlisle publicly apologized for telling reporters that Parsons needed to lose 6-8 pounds, and the incident will have zero impact on his on-court performance. It's particularly nice to see Parsons getting after it defensively -- he had four combined steals and blocks in just six games last season, but he racked up three steals and one block in only 28 minutes tonight.
    Oct 12, 7:03 pm
  • Shaw: Ty Lawson's ankle causes 'some concern'
    Nuggets coach Brian Shaw admitted that there is "some concern" about Ty Lawson's ongoing left ankle injury, but he's not sure if he'll rest Lawson for any preseason games.

    Advice: "I haven't really been killing him in practice or even in games. I'm cognizant of [the injury]," Shaw said. "But once again, it's something that he's going to have to work himself through ... It's that fine line because you want guys to continue to build up their stamina and their conditioning and be sharp." Lawson, who injured his ankle late last season, is expected to wear a small brace as a precaution this year.
    Oct 12, 3:58 pm
  • Channing Frye (MCL) will not play vs. Hornets
    Channing Frye (sprained left MCL) will not play vs. the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: Frye has done some light shooting but isn't yet practicing, and the team has declined to provide a specific timetable for his return. His absence opens up more playing time for Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Aaron Gordon at the PF spot.
    Oct 12, 3:12 pm
  • Ty Lawson (ankle) sits out end of practice
    Ty Lawson (ankle) started Sunday's practice but he did not finish, leaving him questionable for Monday's road game in Chicago.

    Advice: Lawson spent much of his offseason recovering from a severe sprain and "minor bone damage" in his left ankle. It's unclear if he tweaked the ankle or merely sat out the end of practice as a precaution, but fantasy owners should monitor his health closely with the regular season approaching.
    Oct 12, 1:23 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin looks good again
    Kevin Seraphin came off Washington's bench for 14 points, eight rebounds and one block in 22 minutes, making 6-of-10 FGs along the way.

    Advice: Seraphin has been very foul-prone in four preseason games, but he also looks healthy and fit as he prepares for a contract year. He scored double-digit points eight times during the entire 2013-14 season, and won't be a reliable fantasy option in a busy rotation featuring Marcin Gortat, Nene, Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. Owners looking ahead to daily-league formats should keep him in mind on opening night, however, as suspensions will thin out the Wizards' frontcourt.
    Oct 12, 1:07 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hip) will return on Monday
    Jazz rookie Rodney Hood (hip flexor) will make his preseason debut vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Hood's 3-point shooting is a useful asset for coach Quin Snyder, and he's likely to earn a spot in the rotation as a backup SF and PF. Fantasy owners in deep leagues can watch him as a potential specialist, but he's unlikely to help in typical leagues.
    Oct 12, 12:52 pm
  • Mavs coach apologizes to Chandler Parsons
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle apologized for criticizing Chandler Parsons after Friday's game, saying that he set a "bad example ... beneath the dignity of a championship organization."

    Advice: Carlisle said that Parsons needs to lose more weight to effectively play PF this season. It's a rocky start to Parsons' tenure in Dallas after signing a three-year, $46 million deal this summer, but should be water under the bridge once the regular season begins.
    Oct 12, 11:19 am
  • Zaza Pachulla plays well off Bucks bench
    Zaza Pachulia had 12 points, 11 rebounds and a block in just 19 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: He looked very good, but as long as guys like Larry Sanders and John Henson are healthy, Pachulia should be nothing more than a role player.
    Oct 11, 9:02 pm
  • Jose Calderon scores nine in Knicks win
    Jose Calderon played 21 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to nine points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Calderon isn't a flashy fantasy pick, but he's highly efficient, has a great assist-to-turnover ratio and will be an effective point guard. Once the big names are off the board, Calderon is worth a look if you need a point guard, but his injury history is a little bothersome.
    Oct 11, 7:09 pm
  • Hornacek unsure of P.J. Tucker's role?
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said deciphering P.J. Tucker's role is "hard."

    Advice: "It was good for us last year to have the energy right from the start of the game.," Hornacek said. "You kind of set the tone in the beginning." Interesting. The coach could just be talking about Tucker's suspension, but we'll still keep an eye on this situation.
    Oct 11, 12:05 pm
  • Chandler Parsons needs to slim down
    According to head coach Rick Carlisle, Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons needs to lose some weight in order to play more power forward this season.

    Advice: Parsons reportedly showed up at camp weighting 235lbs but Carlisle would like him to be closer to 225lbs. Parsons commented, "At the end of the day, I respect his opinion. After training camp, my weight fluctuates. I'll get it down." Parsons looked a bit sluggish on Friday, as he shot just 4-of-12 during a preseason game against the Thunder.
    Oct 11, 7:25 am
  • Chandler Parsons gets 12 shots on Friday
    Chandler Parsons made 4-of-12 from the field for nine points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on Friday.

    Advice: It's tough to get a read on his role with Dirk Nowitzki (hip) and Monta Ellis (knee) out tonight, but this game against the Thunder wasn't a negative. Parsons should be heavily involved on offense and is worth a look in the early middle rounds.
    Oct 10, 9:35 pm
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