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    • Kenyon Martin interested in Cavs?
      Kenyon Martin said he is "definitely interested" in joining the Cavs.

      Advice: "I believe I can immediately help in that system," Martin said. "I'm healthy and ready to play now." There have been some rumors before and now it's Cleveland's turn with Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out for the season. There is no reason to add Martin in any league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:21 pm
    • Festus Ezeli questionable for Thursday
      Festus Ezeli (ankle) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Thursday night.

      Advice: The Warriors could be without their top two centers and may have to call upon Marreese Speights to move into the starting lineup. They have used David Lee at center in some spots, so he would likely get a little extra run, too. Ezeli isn't worth owning in most leagues even with Andrew Bogut (knee) out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:16 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Christmas
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, everything) will not play on Christmas against the Wizards.

      Advice: The most important piece of information on Bargnani is that free agency starts on July 1, 2015. He can be left on the wire and it's certainly possible he might not play all year. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:54 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He has missed the past two games in order to rest but he is all set to play in an exciting matchup with the Wizards. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks opt to bring him off of the bench or start him, but we will pass along any updates as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:30 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful for Christmas
      Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful to play on Christmas vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: He was initially targeting this game for his return so it is a little disappointing to hear this news one day before tip-off. Owners should check back on Thursday morning just to verify, but it looks like Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will continue to soak up his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:23 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Center Samuel Dalembert linked to Cavaliers
      Samuel Dalembert is rumored to be a target for the Cavaliers after they learned that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) is done for the season.

      Advice: He is reportedly a last resort option for the Cavs which is really no surprise. Dalembert has been a major disappointment in New York and the Knicks have been aggressively shopping him for a while now. We will pass along updates as needed, but nothing seems to be in the works just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 am
    • Tristan Thompson likely starter for Cleveland
      Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup after it was learned that Anderson Varejao has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

      Advice: Thompson is a capable big who can rebound and score, but he isn't the most efficient player on offense and doesn't register a lot of defensive stats with season averages of 0.9 blocks and 0.4 steals per game. However, he should be in line for a big boost in playing time and should be worth owning in all leagues moving forward. Varejao can be cut across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:29 am
    • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) done for season
      Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

      Advice: This is terrible news for the Cavaliers and we wish Varejao all the best. This leaves Cleveland incredibly thin in their frontcourt and we expect them to be very aggressive in the trade market following this news. Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup and should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:17 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Anderson Varejao's injury doesn't look good
      According to a source close to Anderson Varejao, his ankle injury does not look good at all and he is currently having an MRI.

      Advice: This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski, so there is definitely some credibility here. We should know the severity of the injury very shortly after the MRI, so we won't speculate as to what is going on. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:32 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Festus Ezeli tweaks his ankle on Tuesday
      Festus Ezeli tweaked his ankle on Tuesday against the Lakers, finishing with 10 points, two boards and one assist in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said after the game that Ezeli was OK so we will leave him off of the injury report for now. Ezeli isn't seeing a lot of playing time even with Andrew Bogut (knee) sidelined, however, meaning owners in standard leagues can look the other way. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:45 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Anderson Varejao may have injured Achilles?
      The Cavaliers are concerned that Anderson Varejao may have injured his left Achilles during Tuesday's game, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

      Advice: Varejao collapsed under the basket on Tuesday and couldn't put any weight on his leg while being helped off the court. He had a walking boot and crutches while leaving the arena and all signs point to an extended absence, but the Cavs have yet to officially diagnose the injury. Tristan Thompson should start at center if Varejao misses any games, though a long-term injury could prompt them to explore the trade market for available centers. Varejao should undergo further testing on Wednesday, so check back soon for updates. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Jordan Hill blocks season-high four shots
      Jordan Hill had a season-high four blocks in Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors, adding four points, six boards and one assist in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: Owners shouldn't panic too much about the minutes, as the Lakers opted to play a little smaller to match up with the Warriors. Hill is still a double-double threat whenever he gets the minutes and we'll give him a pass for this performance. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:32 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ Chi
    • Davis Lee scores 12 points in only 18 minutes
      David Lee played 18 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, but still racked up 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: Lee said before the game that he'll "be playing a little bit more as each game goes on," but his integration into the rotation will be "gradual." The Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 23-4 and there are no indications that Lee will overtake Draymond Green for the starting PF job. Given Lee's career-long dearth of defensive stats it's hard to view him as more than a low-end fantasy option this season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
       
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Tyson Chandler scores season-high 22 Tuesday
      Tyson Chandler scored a season-high 22 points on Tuesday in a loss to the Suns, adding 14 boards and two assists in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He shot 6-of-8 from the floor and was able to connect on 10 of his 12 free throw attempts on the night. Chandler has been a revelation since returning to Dallas this season and as long as he stays healthy he will continue to be a double-double threat every game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:56 pm
    • Paul Millsap fills up stat sheet in Hawks win
      Paul Millsap missed eight of his 12 field goal attempts on Tuesday, but still racked up 17 points, one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block.

      Advice: The Sapper was also 8-of-9 from the FT line and this versatile performance is familiar to his fantasy owners. Last season he was the only player to average at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. It's no surprise that this season he joins Danny Green and Draymond Green as the only players averaging at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 0.9 blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:46 pm
    • Blake Griffin dishes season-high 11 assists
      Blake Griffin dished out a season-high 11 assists vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the FT line with only two turnovers in 36 minutes, but Blake's terrific game wasn't enough to avoid L.A.'s third loss in four games. Their bench production begins and ends with Jamal Crawford, which is the root of the problem, but Griffin's fantasy owners won't complain as he racks up top-30 value with FT percentage and turnovers excluded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:43 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan posts 15 & 22 w/ four blocks
      DeAndre Jordan piled up 15 points, 22 rebounds, one assist and four blocks vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while making seven of his season-high 11 field goals.

      Advice: Jordan leads the NBA in rebounding at 13.1 per game, ahead of Andre Drummond (12.6), Tyson Chandler (11.9) and Nikola Vucevic (11.8). He has zero plays called for him in L.A.'s offense, hence the season-high 11 shots, yet he's a first-round fantasy value when you ignore his atrocious FT shooting. The Clippers were questioned for matching Jordan's four-year, $43 million offer sheet in 2011, but that deal will look like a steal compared to what he earns as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:41 pm
    • Alex Len scores 17 with seven boards in win
      Alex Len scored 17 points with seven boards in a win over the Mavericks on Tuesday, adding one steal and one block before fouling out in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He has really shown a lot of improvement this season and is starting to make some noise in fantasy leagues. He was able to shoot a very efficient 6-of-9 from the field and has shown an excellent ability to alter shots at the rim. Len has now fouled out of three games this season, but if he can keep producing numbers like these he will be worth a look in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:36 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores just nine points Tues
      Markieff Morris scored just nine points on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding four boards, four assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Apart from the four steals, this line was rather disappointing as the Suns decided to go small for most of the game. Morris should be much better against the Kings on Friday, and his owners can expect him to have occasional bumps in the road like this one. That being said, he still belongs in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:28 pm
    • Pero Antic (ankle) questionable for Friday
      Pero Antic (ankle) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Bucks.

      Advice: He was actually considered probable for Tuesday's contest, but he ended up sitting this one out. However, even if Antic is cleared to play on Friday, he doesn't have a large enough role to matter in most leagues. You can leave him on the wire with confidence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:18 pm
       
      Injured
    • LaMarcus Aldridge OK after eye poke, score 25
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) had 25 points, nine rebounds and one block in 45 minutes of action during his return on Tuesday, though he made only 9-of-28 FGs before being ejected in overtime.

      Advice: He was poked in the eye during the first quarter but quickly returned and should be fine for Friday's game vs. the 76ers, though it never hurts to double-check his status. On a side note, the Blazers' veteran went 7-of-8 from the free throw line on Tuesday, in the process tying Jerome Kersey for third-most free throws made in franchise history (2,071). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:45 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng posts 20 & 11 w/ defensive stats
      Gorgui Dieng's impressive run as a starter continued on Tuesday with 20 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs, to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks.

      Advice: Dieng has solidified himself as a key part of the Wolves' future and owners must view him as a stable season-long asset, regardless of Nikola Pekovic's eventual return from wrist and ankle injuries. He's returning top-60 fantasy value in a mere 27.7 minutes per game this season, giving him tantalizing upside if his role ever increases. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:59 pm
    • Kevin Love(thumb) notches 20 & 10 Tuesday
      Kevin Love shook off a thumb injury to finish Tuesday's convincing victory with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: He mentioned after the game that he suffered the jammed thumb against Brooklyn last Friday, but said that it was just a minor concern moving forward. Regardless, Love hit 5-of-11 shots and was 9-of-11 at the FT line. He failed to contribute any defensive stats but that's not uncommon, and his fantasy owners should be relieved to see him avoid a serious injury while snapping a two-game slump during which he'd averaged 7.0 points. He should be ready to go for the Cavs' matchup with the Heat on Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Brandan Wright plays just 13 minutes Tuesday
      Brandan Wright was quiet in 13 minutes off the Celtics' bench on Tuesday, going for five points, three rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Wright's judicious shot selection and elite FG percentages gave him value in a 20-minute role for the Mavericks, but he belongs on the waiver wire now that he's in Boston. We'll let you know if he carves out a bigger role in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:03 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half over Sullinger
      Kelly Olynyk started alongside Tyler Zeller during the second half of Tuesday's game, which he finished with 14 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes.

      Advice: Olynyk is a more natural fit at PF than C and he's played well all season, earning coach Brad Stevens' trust. His starting gig may not last given the profusion of talented big men in Boston, but he's worth picking up if an antsy owner recently cut him in your league. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:56 pm
    • Anderson Varejao (ankle) seen in walking boot
      Anderson Varejao (ankle) was seen in a walking boot after Tuesday's game and was also using crutches.

      Advice: Coach David Blatt said that he was dealing with some type of ankle issue and that he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. It looks like Varejao may see some time on the sidelines so owners would be wise to have a backup plan ready. Tristan Thompson would likely draw the start on Thursday if Varejao can't play. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:50 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Marcin Gortat logs 38 minutes in loss to CHI
      Marcin Gortat, who averaged 23.3 minutes over the Wizards' previous three games, finished Tuesday's loss with 14 points, 11 boards and three blocks in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He shot just 5-of-15 from the field, but also made 4-of-4 free throws with an assist and a steal. The increased playing time is the key for fantasy owners, who can expect his minutes to hover around his season average of 29.5 per game. That's been enough for Gortat to rack up fourth-round fantasy value through the Wizards' first 26 games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:45 pm
    • Anderson Varejao exits with leg/ankle injury
      Anderson Varejao was helped to the Cavaliers' locker room after injuring his left leg/ankle during Tuesday's game, and will not return.

      Advice: He collapsed under the basket and wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he headed off the court. The Cavaliers will re-evaluate him on Wednesday so owners will want to check back for updates. Tristan Thompson would likely shift into the starting lineup if the injury prevents Varejao from playing during Cleveland's back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:39 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • LaMarcus Aldridge returns after eye injury
      LaMarcus Aldridge exited Tuesday's game after being poked in the eye during the first quarter, but he was able to return.

      Advice: He went into the Blazers' locker room briefly, but soon returned after presumably being cleared of any serious injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:33 pm
    • Kevin Love (hand) returns to game on Tuesday
      Kevin Love suffered a hand injury in Tuesday's game against Minnesota, but he has since returned.

      Advice: He is sporting a wrap on his hand but he appears to be fine. Check back after the game to see how he holds up, but for now it looks like Love dodged a bullet here. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 pm
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Amare Stoudemire probable for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire is probable to play on Christmas day vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There is nothing wrong with him, and the Knicks simply opted to rest him the past two games. Owners will have to deal with random DNPs for the rest of the season due to the Knicks' plummeting record, but Stoudemire is still a decent plug-and-play option every time he is active. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:31 pm
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) active on Tuesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is active vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

      Advice: It appears as though Aldridge will start at usual and owners should rush him into all active lineups, while keeping an eye out for last-second updates. Even at less than 100 percent he'll have more fantasy value than the vast majority of the league's power forwards. Myers Leonard will return to the bench with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:47 pm
    • David Lee says his hamstring is fine
      David Lee said that his hamstring felt great after logging 16 minutes in his return to the lineup on Monday, but acknowledged that he will be brought along slowly.

      Advice: "[Steve Kerr] just wants me to get used to it gradually here," said Lee. "I'll be playing a little bit more as each game goes on. But we want to bring myself back gradually. And most importantly, not take our team out of rhythm." This quote implies that Lee understands Draymond Green is going to remain the starting power forward in Oakland, although he could eventually slide into the starting center spot depending on how long Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:09 pm
       
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable for Tues
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: Aldridge is dealing with an upper respiratory infection and looks to be headed towards a game-time decision. We'll have an update closer to game-time, but Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, Thomas Robinson, and Chris Kaman would all see a small value boost if Aldridge is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Christmas
      Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said he's unsure if Amare Stoudemire (rest) will play on Christmas day.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow and then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," said Fisher. We should have update on STAT after Wednesday's practice, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up for Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:49 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Pero Antic (ankle) is questionable for Tues
      Pero Antic (sprained right ankle) is probable to play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

      Advice: He played his normal allotment of 16 minutes per game on Monday and he might have suffered the injury late in the win. Antic has been disappointing this season and has made just 40.2 percent from the field, so he's clearly not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:07 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh will miss 76ers game on Tuesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will miss Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Bosh had previously said he's targeting Miami's Christmas Day game against the Cavs. With Justin Hamilton (concussion) out Tuesday night, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will both see increased minutes while providing limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Josh McRoberts has successful knee surgery
      The Miami Heat announced that Josh McRoberts had a successful knee surgery and is likely to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: The Heat have already applied for an injury exception and have also been rumored to be interested in signing Josh Smith. We'll update McBob's condition as more news becomes available, but he can safely be dropped in standard leagues while Shawne Williams, Udonis Haslem, and Justin Hamilton will also see a small boost in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:31 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Kevin Love says Minnesota return emotional
      Kevin Love said he won't be emotional when the Cavs face the Wolves on Tuesday, but his eventual return trip to Minnesota will bring up sentimental feelings.

      Advice: Love said the game won't bring up any emotion, but his eventual return to the state when he played for six season will. "I’m sure going back to Minnesota will be a lot more emotional," he said. "Here we’ll try to step on the floor and try to get a win." While his fantasy owners would like more scoring production, there's not much else to complain about as Love is averaging 14.0 points, 11.6 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:05 am
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Kenyon Martin says ankle injury is healed
      Kenyon Martin said that his ankle injuries have healed and that he is in shape.

      Advice: Martin went through a workout with the Grizzlies back in November, but didn't show the team enough to warrant a contract. Despite the fact that Martin says he is healthy, fantasy owners don't need to keep him on a watch list as it would be a surprise if the 36-year-old hooks on with an NBA team. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:52 am
    • Ezeli scores career-high 15 points
      Festus Ezeli scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes on Monday against the Kings.

      Advice: Ezeli flashed some good post moves tonight but he needs to show up more consistently before we can recommend an add. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Lee goes for six and seven in 16 minutes
      David Lee (hamstring) returned to action in Monday's blowout win over the Kings, scoring six points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

      Advice: Lee's stat set requires big volume and he's simply not going to get it with this Warriors team. He could carve out some late-round value in a best case situation, but barring an injury in front of him he's a low-upside stash in 12-14 team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:33 pm
       
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Gobert grabs career-high 16 rebounds
      Rudy Gobert grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds on Monday, and also chipped in with two points and two blocks in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Gobert is doing everything he can to force Quin Snyder's hand and though this result comes with Trevor Booker (day-to-day) out he has been a must-own player for a while, if not all year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:32 pm
    • Blake Griffin scores 22 points vs. Spurs
      Blake Griffin scored 22 points against the Spurs on Monday with 22 points, six boards, six assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He's hoisting a ton of shots lately with at least 20 in three of his last four games. Griffin blocked his 10th shot of the season tonight, which has probably passed his foul shooting woes for the biggest knock on his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:24 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) out for Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) Will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

      Advice: He has an upper respiratory infection and should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Thunder. The Blazers have a total of four games this week, so Aldridge owners will probably want to still use him depending on the other options. Thomas Robinson is a great option tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:33 pm
    • David Lee will play on Monday night
      David Lee (hamstring) will play against the Kings on Monday.

      Advice: He went through both practices over the weekend and should be ready to go. One thing that will not be ready to go is his former role, which has been taken over by Draymond Green. Lee is not going to have the fantasy value he used to have and is unlikely to be a top-80 guy over the next month. Green owners shouldn't be too concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:29 am
       
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable now on Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (upper respiratory illness) is questionable to face the Rockets on Monday, and Terry Stotts said he'll be a game-time decision.

      Advice: Aldridge has been on a tear over his last several games, so the Blazers missing him in this one against the Rockets would be a tough blow. If he is forced to sit, Thomas Robinson would likely draw the start in his place with Joel Freeland starting at center for Robin Lopez (hand). Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:12 am
    • Samuel Dalembert gets $15,000 fine Monday
      Updating a previous item, Samuel Dalembert was fined $15,000 for his flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: Sammy D avoids a suspension, but he gets popped $15K for the elbow. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:28 am
    • Samuel Dalembert facing suspension for foul
      Samuel Dalembert is facing a possible suspension for his Flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: He was holding my arms. I kept mentioning that," Dalembert said. Actually he was the one who elbowed me in the first half. He kept holding me, I said, ‘Stop holding my arms,’ and I made that sudden movement and I actually hit him.’’ Dalembert is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:29 am
    • Doc Rivers gushes all over DeAndre Jordan
      DeAndre Jordan is leading the NBA with 13 rebounds per game, and he's also making 72.1 percent of his shots from the field.

      Advice: Jordan is shooting a lousy 43.6 percent from the charity stripe after a 42.8 percent mark last season, so it's not getting any better. However, that hasn't stopped Jordan from amassing impressive value to the Clippers and fantasy owners. "My gosh, what he's doing every night is unbelievable," Rivers said. "He does it every night, doesn't ask for the ball, sets picks, rolls, still scores because he's so active." Jordan has five straight games with at least 14 rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:25 am
    • Stoudemire's status uncertain for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) is uncertain to play on Christmas Day.

      Advice: It would be a surprise if STAT sits out considering the Knicks are off until Christmas after playing on Sunday, and there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire physically. Regardless, the Knicks and owners have plenty of time to figure it out with a few days until New York takes the court. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:02 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Andrea Bargnani drawing closer to debuting
      Andrea Bargnani (calf) is getting closer to being cleared for practice.

      Advice: Bargnani is "doing more on the court," but he still hasn't been cleared by the medical staff. Bargs also confirmed that he wants to stay in the NBA, in case anyone was interested. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:00 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Jordan Hill nearly double-doubles Sunday
      Jordan Hill nearly double-doubled vs. the Kings on Sunday, finishing with eight points, nine boards and one assist in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He recently recovered from an illness and was tasked with containing DeMarcus Cousins during Sunday's game, so he'll be better than this on most nights. Hill remains a must-own player moving forward, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat as long as he continues to see more than 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:07 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ Chi
    • Marcin Gortat plays just 20 minutes in loss
      Marcin Gortat played just 20 minutes in a loss to the Suns on Sunday, finishing with nine points, seven boards and two blocks.

      Advice: He deserves a pass here and the Wizards just decided to go with the hot hand in Kevin Seraphin off of the bench. Gortat has been a double-double machine for the Wizards this season, and should bounce-back against the Bulls on Tuesday. Keep Gortat locked into all lineups, and expect him to play big minutes against the imposing frontcourt of Chicago. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:43 pm
    • Brandan Wright logs 13 minutes off C's bench
      Brandan Wright had six points on 3-of-5 shooting with three rebounds on Sunday, playing 13 minutes off the bench in his debut with the Boston Celtics.

      Advice: Wright has been among the league-leaders in FG percentage all season, largely because 75.8 percent of his shots have come within five feet of the basket. He'll be a viable fantasy big man if he carves out sufficient playing time, but that's not guaranteed in Boston's competitive frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:17 pm
    • Alex Len blocks four shots in win on Sunday
      Alex Len blocked four shots in a win over the Wizards Sunday, adding eight points, eight boards and one assist in 24 minutes.

      Advice: While he was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, Len made just 2-of-6 from the free throw line and had five fouls on the night. Len has a steep learning curve in the NBA, but as long as he continues to start over Miles Plumlee he will be worth a look for owners in need of blocks and rebounding. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:45 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 17 points in win Sun
      Markieff Morris scored 17 points in a win over the Wizards on Sunday, but added just two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Apart from his scoring, this was quite a disappointing line from him considering he played 36 minutes. Morris has still been producing early-round value in standard leagues, but owners can expect a few bumps in the road along the way. Keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:41 pm
    • Samuel Dalembert gets ejected for flagrant 2
      Samuel Dalembert was ejected from Sunday's game vs. the Raptors after picking up a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow at Jonas Valanciunas' head.

      Advice: Dalembert finished the game with two points, two rebounds, one turnover, and one steal, and it's possible he's facing a suspension. If the league decides to suspend Dalembert for a game, Cole Aldrich would likely draw another start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:18 pm
    • Anderson Varejao hits 9-of-12 FGs for 18 pts
      Anderson Varejao poured in 18 efficient points during Sunday's win over the Grizzlies, adding seven rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

      Advice: AV made 9-of-12 field goals without committing any turnovers, and this was his second-highest scoring game of the season (trailing only a 23-point outburst in mid-November). He's averaging a modest 25.0 minutes per game this year but that's been enough for late-round value in 8-cat/9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Kevin Love held to single digits again Sunday
      Kevin Love was held to single-digit points again on Sunday, making 4-of-9 field goals to score eight points in 35 minutes vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He's averaging 7.0 points over the past two games and was visibly frustrated tonight, as the Grizzlies both prevented him from establishing a post game and chased him off the 3-point line. Love's declining offense may prevent him from capturing a top-10 fantasy valuation this season, but he's still a top-30 option thanks to elite rebounding and across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Chris Bosh (calf) hopeful to play Christmas
      Chris Bosh said that he's hopeful to suit up for Miami's Christmas day game vs. the Cavs, but he also said that worst-case he'll be out another month.

      Advice: "It’s a possibility, I think," Bosh said of playing this week. "That’s me being a glass-half-full kind of guy. It’s a work in progress, man." Bosh is being pretty vague with his quotes, so all owners can do is hope that he's ready to go soon. He has made significant progress the past few days, but he still needs to work on his conditioning, as he still hasn't been able to run. Shawne Williams has slid into the starting lineup, but he can only be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • David Lee (hamstring) expects to play Monday
      David Lee (hamstring) went through a full practice on Sunday, and he believes he'll be able to play Monday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Head coach Steve Kerr said that he plans to bring Lee off the bench, and he'll be limited to 12-15 minutes in his return. However, with Andrew Bogut (knee) not expected back until January, it's possible Lee eventually slides into the starting lineup at the center spot, and he should be owned in all leagues for his double-double potential. Marreese Speights' value will take a hit upon Lee's return. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:47 pm
       
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Amare Stoudemire expected to play Thursday
      Derek Fisher expects Amare Stoudemire to be available for Thursday's game vs. Washington.

      Advice: STAT has been off since Dec. 18, so he'll have a full week of rest heading into Thursday's game, and we fully expect him to suit up for that one. His return would likely send Cole Aldrich back to the bench, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:32 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) could practice soon
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) had another strong workout during Sunday's shootaround, and Derek Fisher said he might be able to start practicing before Christmas.

      Advice: The Knicks don't have much depth up front, but given Bargnani's injury history and lackluster play over the past three years, there's not a lot to like here. He can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:26 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for Amare's owners, as he was expected to play after taking the day off on Saturday. On the other hand, Smith was never expected to be available as continues to recover from plantar fasciitis. Cold Aldrich will likely continue to start for Amare, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:54 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Brandan Wright expected to play Sunday
      Brandan Wright will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

      Advice: It will be interesting to see how coach Brad Stevens uses Wright considering how crowded the frontcourt is at the moment. However, Wright is one of the most efficient players in the league and has too much talent to not see playing time with the Celtics. Owners in deeper leagues would be wise to take a gamble here, while owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:24 am
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 with eight dimes
      Blake Griffin handed out eight assists against the Bucks during a 106-102 win on Saturday, scoring 24 points with six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: The assists have been the story lately with 6.4 per game over his last five to go with averages of 23.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 steals. Griffin is posting career highs in usage rate and assist percentage while turning in a career low in turnover percentage. He's not just a freak athlete anymore. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:58 pm
    • Rudy Gobert grabs first career double-double
      Rudy Gobert grabbed his first career double-double in Saturday's loss to the Hornets, finishing with 11 points, 12 boards, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.

      Advice: This was a fantastic showing for Gobert, and this is the kind of line he can drop when he is given the minutes. This game reiterates the fact that Gobert should be owned in all leagues going forward, and he will only get better as his role grows towards the end of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:32 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 27 points in easy W
      LaMarcus Aldridge made 12-of-20 from the field for 27 points against the Pelicans on Saturday during a 114-88 win, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.

      Advice: It's not often Anthony Davis isn't the best power forward on the court on a given night, but LMA carved him up all night. He is coming off a 32-point game from Friday and has a double-double in 15 of his last 17 games. The Blazers are on a five-game winning streak and they'll look to extend it on Monday at Houston. Aldridge is one of the best fantasy big men around. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:37 pm
    • David Lee (hamstring) back at practice Sat.
      David Lee (hamstring) practiced on Saturday but won't discuss how he felt until Sunday.

      Advice: Lee had post-practice "maintenance" and remains day-to-day with an expected return date next week, but he's likely to be eased slowly into the rotation off the bench. With Lee struggling to stay healthy and Draymond Green playing well as a starter, nobody should expect immediate value from Lee upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:57 pm
       
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Markieff Morris scores 19 points
      Markieff Morris scored 19 points with five rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He bounced back from his Wednesday ejection nicely. Markieff scored 12 points in the third quarter and played down the stretch with the three-point guard lineup. He does have some bad games, but he's still producing early-round value in standard leagues. He'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:03 pm
    • Alex Len blocks three shots vs. Knicks
      Alex Len blocked three shots against the Knicks on Saturday with four points, eight rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes.

      Advice: He hasn't been unleashed in the starting lineup and the Suns won't be playing him more than 25 minutes for a while. Miles Plumlee is not really a threat to his playing time and the Suns going small so often hurts him more. Len has upside in blocks and shoots the ball well, so he's worth a look in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:55 pm
    • Dalembert plays down the stretch
      Samuel Dalembert played down the stretch against the Suns on Saturday with five points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He had seven offensive boards, but that's about all he did as far as positives go. Dalembert is likely going to have to share his minutes with Cole Aldrich even when Amare Stoudemire comes back, so there is even less to like about him. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:24 pm
    • Chris Bosh won't play on Sunday night
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Celtics on Sunday.

      Advice: He is also questionable to play on Tuesday and on Christmas. Bosh could be out until 2015, so his fantasy owners should plan on using someone else this week. With Bosh out, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Hassan Whiteside will benefit. Although, Dwyane Wade will do just about everything, so there's very little fantasy impact as far as pickups go. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:14 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:27 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Jordan Hill (flu) grabs just two rebounds
      Jordan Hill (illness) played 21 minutes on Friday against the Thunder, but managed just 10 points with two rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Hill has played well enough to be in many lineups this season, but owners may want to get him on the bench until he gets fully on track. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:36 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ Chi
    • Griffin scores 32, hits 14-of-18 free throws
      Blake Griffin scored 32 points on 9-of-20 shooting (14-of-18 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin's general performance has improved over the last few weeks but his low rebounding totals have kept him from truly capitalizing on the momentum in fantasy leagues. Hopefully for owners this signals the beginning of a comeback in that regard. Chris Paul went for 17 and 15 with three steals and DeAndre Jordan posted 11 and 14 with three steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Gortat struggles against the Heat
      Marcin Gortat scored just four points on 2-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and one block over 22 minutes on Friday against the Heat.

      Advice: Gortat should have done more against a depleted Heat squad, but he's been a relatively stable mid-round play this season. Keep him in lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:29 pm
    • Varejao plays just 17 minutes on Friday
      Anderson Varejao played just 17 minutes in Friday's win, scoring seven points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Varejao has been ice-cold lately and though he's returning late-round value on the season, with limited upside as well as durability issues owners shouldn't be attached to him in 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:45 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Wolves get KO'd: Kelly Olynyk scores 21 points
      Kelly Olynyk kept his foot on the gas against the Wolves on Friday with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assist, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 8-of-13 from the field with no turnovers for a massive night. Olynyk has been thriving off the bench especially in his last three, averaging 22.0 points, 7.7 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.7 blocks and 2.3 triples on 68.4 percent from the field. Needless to say, he needs to be owned in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:18 pm
    • Jordan Hill officially starting
      Jordan Hill is starting against the Thunder.

      Advice: He is on a minutes limit tonight, so there might be a few more minutes of Robert Sacre. Hill is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:34 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ Chi
    • Gobert blocks two shots in 14 minutes
      Rudy Gobert blocked two shots with six points and three rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Obviously it's not comfortable to hold onto a low-minute guy but he has returned top 75-90 (9/8 cat) value in standard leagues this season in just 17.7 minutes per game. His value proposition to owners is pretty simple. He's serviceable or even good in a low-minute role and has potential to explode if given the minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:50 pm
    • Jordan Hill expected to start with minutes limit
      Jordan Hill (illness) is expected to start against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is expected to have a limitation on his minutes. Hill has been sick for the past two days and was not at shootaround. His owners will want to check back and may want to consider him benching him considering this is a late game. If he's out, Robert Sacre will likely pick up his minutes while Ed Davis may also play a little more. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:22 am
       
      5:00 pm @ Chi
    • Brandan Wright inactive Friday vs. Minnesota
      Brandan Wright will be inactive for Friday's game vs. Minnesota.

      Advice: Tyler Zeller's starting spot is safe for now, but it'll be interesting to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop with Zeller, Wright, and Kelly Olynyk all vying for minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:46 am
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire is questionable to play Saturday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Amare started out of necessity on Thursday with Carmelo Anthony (knee), J.R. Smith (foot), and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) sidelined and put up 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a losing effort to the Bulls. If he's able to go on Saturday, he'll be one of the primary options on offense for a depleted Knicks squad. If he sits, expect his minutes to be split up between Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, and Travis Wear. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out Friday vs. Washington
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards, and remains without a timetable to return.

      Advice: Miami went with a starting frontcourt of Justin Hamilton and Chris Andersen during their last game with both Bosh and Josh McRoberts (knee) sidelined, but neither guy made a major impact on the boxscore. Andersen can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues, while Hamilton hasn't really been worth using. Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem will see some increased opportunity, but both those guys have been struggling lately. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:22 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Andrea Bargnani (calf) close to practicing
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) went through a full shooting workout before Thursday's game vs. Chicago, and Derek Fisher said he's getting close to practicing.

      Advice: Until Bargnani can actually step foot on the court, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. The Knicks have been devastated by injuries, so he could have some opportunity upon his eventual return, but that doesn't necessarily mean much for the constantly injured and disappointing Italian. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:54 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire steps up with 16 points
      Amare Stoudemire made a surprise start on Thursday with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a 103-97 loss.

      Advice: He was expected to rest tonight, but the Knicks needed him to play because of their lack of scoring depth. The Knicks have a back-to-back set starting on Saturday, so his fantasy owners can expect him to sit in one of those games. His owners in weekly leagues will have a tough time using him because of the DNPs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:12 pm
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • David Lee is expected to return next week
      David Lee (hamstring) is expected to return next week.

      Advice: The Warriors won't be in a rush to bring him back after he's already aggravated his strain in his first game back. Draymond Green Wally Pipp'd him already, so Lee is not going to get minutes over 26 or so. He's worth a stash and perhaps someone in your league thinks he'll be the same player he was last year. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:05 pm
       
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Andrea Bargnani gets shots up Thursday
      Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring, talent) was getting shots up before Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: The Knicks are completely gutted on their roster, but they're still not going to rush him back. Their front office is probably counting down the days to get him off their books. Bargnani is not worth stashing in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:50 pm
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire starting Thursday vs. CHI
      Amare Stoudemire will start Thursday as the Knicks take on the Bulls.

      Advice: Stoudemire will draw a difficult matchup tonight against the Bulls, but with J.R. Smith (foot) and Carmelo Anthony (knee) not playing, he's going to be given a lot of responsibility on the offensive end. He remains a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:43 pm
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
    • Brandan Wright headed to BOS in Rondo deal
      Brandan Wright will be sent to Boston as part of the trade for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright will enter a very crowded frontcourt in Boston, and he'll be fighting for minutes with the likes of Tyler Zeller (current starter), Kelly Olynyk, and Brandon Bass. It'll be interesting to watch Boston's rotations develop, but Wright makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:08 pm
    • Jordan Hill (illness) probable for Friday
      Jordan Hill (upper respiratory infection) did not practice on Thursday, but he is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: This is Hill's second consecutive missed practice, but he doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of missing Friday's game. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip, and if he's unable to go, Robert Sacre, Ed Davis, and Carlos Boozer will help fill the void. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:24 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ Chi
    • Markieff Morris lets emotions get best of him
      Markieff Morris said his ejection during Wednesday's win over the Hornets stemmed from his emotions getting the best of him.

      Advice: Of his ejection that occurred in the second half after two technical fouls that were two minutes and 33 seconds apart, Morris said, "I let my emotions get the best of me, which wasn't right." Morris shouldn't face suspension for his ejection and was still able to score 13 points with eight rebounds and one 3-pointer, so there will be better days to come for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:46 am
    • DeAndre Jordan goes for 15-23-2 in win
      DeAndre Jordan abused Roy Hibbert for 15 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit just 7-of-15 shooting, but you don't care about his free throw percentage if you own him, as his struggles from the line are not a surprise, nor is he going to improve from there any time soon. DJ's line will be overshadowed by what Andre Drummond did tonight (19 points, 24 rebounds, four steals, three blocks), but Jordan's line was certainly noteworthy. Make a note to play opposing centers against Hibbert and the Pacers going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:52 pm
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Rudy Gobert plays just 19 minutes in win
      Rudy Gobert played just 19 minutes, but played well with six points, seven rebounds, a steal and two blocks on 2-of-2 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: Derrick Favors is back and Enes Kanter is on fire, meaning Gobert will go back to obscurity until one of the Jazz big men go down again. It was nice while it lasted. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:44 pm
    • Alex Len keeps his fouls down in start
      Alex Len committed just two fouls in 19 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He was destroyed in the early going against Al Jefferson, but turned it around as the game went on. Len is extremely raw, but the Suns seem committed to him as their starter. It shouldn't be long before he's seeing 24 minutes or so, and he has enough upside to be a standard league asset. There's not much need to add him in standards yet, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:56 pm
    • Report: Brandan Wright in trade talks to BOS
      Multiple sources are reporting that the Mavs and Celtics are having serious discussions about a trade that would include Brandan Wright going to Boston for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright had 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Magic, but it's hard to say what would happen to his fantasy value if he goes to Boston. Tyler Zeller is starting, Kelly Olynyk is playing at a high level and Jared Sullinger can also play center. In other words, a move to Boston may not be a bad thing for Wright, but we doubt it makes him a must-own player, either, as long as the aforementioned bigs remain in Beantown. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk stays hot in win over Magic
      Kelly Olynyk came off the bench and hit 6-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Olynyk isn't starting for Boston, but he should be treated like he is by fantasy owners. He's averaging 16.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers in 29 minutes over his last five games, and is clearly a better option than Jared Sullinger or Tyler Zeller right now. However, that could change, as the Celtics are said to be in serious talks with the Mavericks in a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to the Mavs for C Brandan Wright. If that happens, the Celtics will truly have a logjam in the middle, if they don't already. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:22 pm
    • Kevin Love double-doubles despite illness
      Kevin Love, playing through an illness, hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's ugly home loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: This was a far cry from Monday's 22 & 18 line for Love, but at least he played through the illness. The Cavaliers were dominated all night and finally ended up losing by 29 points to a Hawks team missing Jeff Teague. Hopefully, Love's sickness is in the past and he'll be ready for their next game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:03 pm
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Markieff Morris tossed for 2 technical fouls
      Markieff Morris was ejected for two technical fouls against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He started slow, but had it going as he was ejected for arguing with a ref. Morris finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and one 3-pointer on 6-of-10 from the field. He won't be suspended and hopefully he keeps his temper in check against the Knicks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:50 pm
    • Rudy Gobert will head back to bench Wed
      Rudy Gobert will return to the Bench on Wednesday as Derrick Favors (ankle) returns to action.

      Advice: His moment of glory in the starting lineup only lasted two games, but it won't soon be forgotten. Gobert had a combined 18 boards and six blocks in those two games, and showed his jaw-dropping upside on several occasions. While he will lose value on the bench, Gobert is more than worth a stash on almost all rosters as he will surely see his minutes rise as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:05 pm
    • Josh McRoberts may not be out for season
      Josh McRoberts will "do all I can to make it back" from his meniscus surgery next week, and he won't know his timetable for a return until after the procedure.

      Advice: We can only hope that McBob can return this season, as he was finally starting to figure it out in Miami before going down with the injury. If you have an IR spot available, he may be worth a stash in deeper leagues. However, unless we get a positive report after the surgery, owners in standard leagues should move on. Shawne Williams, Udonis Haslem, and Justin Hamilton will all benefit in his absence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:52 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • David Lee, Andrew Bogut out for Thursday
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Thunder.

      Advice: There is still no timetable for a return on Lee and the Warriors are in no rush to bring him back. He took part in some 3-on-3 at practice last week, but the team is unlikely to give him regular minutes until 2015. He's a low-upside stash in standard leagues. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are good to go. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:28 pm
       
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Kevin Love (illness) will play Wednesday
      Kevin Love (illness) will play in Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

      Advice: This is excellent news for the Cavaliers, as Love was in serious danger of missing this one after not participating in the morning shootaround due to flu-like symptoms. Owners will want to activate Love in all lineups, even if he is at less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:21 pm
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Jordan Hill (illness) misses practice on Wed
      Jordan Hill (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Lakers are off until Friday, so Hill should be ready to go. He's been able to stay healthy this season despite the massive increase to 30.1 minutes per game. If for some reason he's not ready to play, the Lakers will have to come up with a patchwork group of Robert Sacre, Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer to help out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:32 pm
       
      5:00 pm @ Chi
    • Alex Len listed as probable starter Wed.
      Alex Len is listed as the probable starter to face the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: There wasn't much of a doubt, but it's worth a quick mention. Len was a letdown in his first start on Monday, fouling out in 19 minutes. The second-year center also has 6.2 fouls per 36 minutes, so this is a problem. He is still a very good shot blocker and shoots the ball well, so there is some upside here. He should be on the radar in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:11 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out again on Wednesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is no surprise, as Bosh is considered out indefinitely and could miss several weeks. Josh McRoberts (knee) could be lost for the season, so it will be up to Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Willimas to soak up extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:51 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Kevin Love (illness) is game-time decision
      Kevin Love (illness) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to participate in the morning shootaround, so owners will have to check back prior to tip-off for the official word. If Love can't go, Tristan Thompson would likely play all the minutes he could handle and would be worth a look in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:50 am
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Pero Antic (illness) will be active on Wed
      Pero Antic (illness) will be active for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: He has missed the past three games so the illness must have been pretty serious. However, Antic is said to be doing better and should return to his normal role off of the bench. He has averaged just 16.8 minutes per game this season, so he can be ignored in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:29 am
       
      Injured
    • Rudy Gobert blocks three shots in loss Tues
      Rudy Gobert blocked three shots in Tuesday's loss to the Pelicans, adding six points, nine boards and two assists in 33 minutes.

      Advice: In his second start for Derrick Favors (ankle), Gobert continued to put up impressive numbers and displayed why the fantasy basketball world is so intrigued with him. He has insane length and is surprisingly spry for a guy his size, and seems to alter every shot that comes his way. Favors could return as soon as this week, but if you a have a roster spot open Gobert is definitely worth a stash in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:15 pm
    • Tyson Chandler hauls in 14 rebounds vs. NY
      Tyson Chandler scored just eight points, but had 14 rebounds and a block in 25 minutes of Tuesday's blowout win over his former team, the Knicks.

      Advice: He played well in the revenge game, but honestly, probably felt sorry for them. He also played just 25 minutes due to a lopsided score, or he might have had a 20-rebound night. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:34 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles w/ 3 blocks
      Gorgui Dieng stayed hot on Tuesday with 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in a loss to the Wizards.

      Advice: Nikola Pekovic's season is in some doubt and Dieng could start the rest of the way. And given his strong play since taking over, he should be owned in all leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:49 pm
    • Pero Antic (illness) will be active for Wed.
      Pero Antic (illness) will be activated for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Antic has a very limited role with the Hawks this season, and is currently averaging just 5.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • Heat will seek injury exception for McRoberts
      The Miami Heat will apply to the NBA for an injury exception to replace Josh McRoberts (knee surgery).

      Advice: Under league rules, the Heat will receive a $2.65 million salary cap exception if McRoberts' torn meniscus is deemed season-ending by an independent NBA physician. It would be a surprise if the Heat aren't granted the exception, but for the meantime, Justin Hamilton, Shawne Williams, Chris Andersen, and Udonis Haslem will all see larger roles. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:45 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Pero Antic returns to Hawks practice Tuesday
      Pero Antic (illness) returned to Hawks practice on Tuesday and will likely be upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: Antic has missed three games with the flu, but it sounds like he's getting closer to a return. The 32-year-old is only averaging 5.3 points and 2.6 boards on the season, however, so he can be ignored outside the very deepest of fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:33 am
       
      Injured
    • Spoelstra unsure how long Chris Bosh out
      Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said he doesn't know how long Chris Bosh (calf) will be out and can't even put a guess on it.

      Advice: While Bosh was a limited participant in Monday's practice, Spoelstra's comments allude to a lengthier absence than just a game or two. With Josh McRoberts (knee) out and Dwyane Wade (illness) questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets, we could see a lot of Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Williams in the short-term. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:32 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Celtics looking for more aggressive Olynyk
      Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is hoping to see a more aggressive Kelly Olynyk moving forward.

      Advice: Tyler Zeller usurped Olynyk as the C's starter after the second-year player's November slump, but a recent resurgence has Brad Stevens excited about Olynyk's play. "We need him to make shots," Stevens said of Olynyk. "Our team depends on it." The 23-year-old has been averaging 13.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.0 three-pointers over his last five games and should be owned in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:11 am
    • Blake Griffin posts 18-7-7 line in blowout
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Griffin has rehabilitated his season-long value into the top 50-60 range and he's been a solid top-30 play over the last two weeks. It wouldn't be surprising if he continues along that trajectory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:00 am
    • Aldridge goes for 23 and 14 in win over Spurs
      LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting with 14 rebounds and one steal in Monday's win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Aldridge will have to do some extra work without Robin Lopez (hand) around to occupy opposing teams' big men so it wouldn't be surprising if his efficiency took a small hit. Lopez does a lot to attract rebounding attention from other teams too, so that focus could shift over to him and make his life harder. That or he'll have more rebounds available to grab. It's a toss-up in that respect. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:45 pm
    • Alex Len fouls out in his first start
      Alex Len fouled out in his first start against the Bucks on Monday, making 2-of-7 from the field for six points, six boards, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: He was a great fit for the Suns with their smaller guys around him. Len has a good rapport with Eric Bledsoe and does have 0.9 blocks per game in just 18.2 minutes. On the downside, his fouls are way too high, so he'll need to get that rectified to have a nice run. Still, the upside in blocks to go with solid percentages make him a desirable, high-ceiling player. He's more of a stash, though. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:31 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 25 points vs. Bucks
      Markieff Morris made 9-of-13 from the field for 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and six turnovers against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: He had an awful game against the Thunder due to foul trouble and bounced back nicely in 37 minutes. Morris has seen his fouls go up recently, but it's still not enough to be alarmed. He's posting top-30 total value on the season and there's no reason to think he won't be in that neighborhood at season's end. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:17 pm
    • Paul Millsap rebounds with four steals
      Paul Millsap scored 17 points during a 93-86 win over the Bulls on Monday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He had one of his worst games in over a month on Saturday, but rebounded nicely tonight. Millsap continues to get plenty of shots even with Al Horford being integrated more into the offense and both guys should put up terrific fantasy value. Millsap has been a top-40 player on the season and is probably going to finish higher than that. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:00 pm
    • Turn back the clock: Love posts 22-18-5-4-4
      Kevin Love scored 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including four threes) with a season-high 18 rebounds, five assists and four steals in Monday's win over the Bobcats.

      Advice: Don't look now but Love is a top 25-30 value and trending upward. The buy low window slams with the output. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:27 pm
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Thompson posts empty line on Monday
      Tristan Thompson scored 10 points with five rebounds in 25 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: Thompson did not record a steal or block and owners that may have been chasing his hot streak are reminded of his limitations tonight. He's a deep league asset only. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:20 pm
    • Kelly Olynyk scores a career-high 30 points
      Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points against the 76ers on Monday with nine rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 12-of-17 from the field and all three free throws for a massive game. Olynyk has been extremely quiet in his previous games off the bench, averaging 8.9 points, 4.8 boards, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in 23.9 minutes in those eight. He's really filling it up on defense and triples even before this game, so he should be owned in standard leagues for his upside. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:16 pm
    • Alex Len taking over as starting center
      Alex Len will start in place of Miles Plumlee on Monday against the Bucks.

      Advice: Miles Plumlee will come off the bench tonight. The Suns were destroyed up front last night against the Thunder and Plumlee hasn't progressed at all. Meanwhile, Len has shown some flashes and he certainly deserves a look as the starter. If you need a center in a deeper league, feel free to give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:59 pm
    • Pero Antic won't play on Monday
      Pero Antic (illness) will not play on Monday against the Bulls.

      Advice: It's his third game out with the flu, but the Hawks do not need him anyway. Antic barely had any value last season even with the Hawks decimated by injuries, so there's little incentive to owning him in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:45 pm
       
      Injured
    • David Lee, Bogut ruled out for Tuesday night
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: Lee's hamstring is going to need to go through some rigorous testing because the Warriors do not even need him with of Draymond Green playing like an All-Star. He is probably worth stashing in most leagues, but his upside isn't really going to be a top-80 player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:29 am
       
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Chris Bosh out Tuesday, could miss weeks?
      Chris Bosh (calf) was a limited participant in Monday's practice and will not travel to Brooklyn for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: Bosh is facing the possibility of missing weeks with his calf injury, but it sounds like it will really be day-by-day for the time being. With Josh McRoberts (knee) out indefinitely and Dwyane Wade (flu) questionable against the Nets, the Heat are devolving into a giant mess. Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem and Shawne Williams will help to fill in for Bosh (and McRoberts). Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:19 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Josh McRoberts out with torn meniscus in knee
      Josh McRoberts (knee) has been diagnosed with a torn right lateral meniscus, and he will be out indefinitely.

      Advice: McBob will need surgery, and there's a possibility he'll be out for the season. It's a devastating blow for the Heat and continues the lost season for McRoberts after being signed in free agency. Without McBob, Shawne Williams, Udonis Haslem and possibly Justin Hamilton will be asked to play larger roles. The Heat are already facing the possibility of Chris Bosh (calf) missing several weeks as well. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:09 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Chris Bosh admits to losing quickness, speed
      Chris Bosh admitted to losing some quickness and speed in a recent interview.

      Advice: Discussing how his game has changed since taking over as the primary option, Bosh explained, "My mid-range is more solid, which it has to be, because I've lost some quickness and speed. My three-point shot is a lot better. I'm a better passer, and the game is a little bit more under control." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:08 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Marcin Gortat hit with flop warning Sunday
      Marcin Gortat was given a flop warning for his actions against the Jazz on Sunday.

      Advice: VIdeo of the flop can be found below. If Gortat is found guilty again, he'll face a $5,000 fine. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:29 am
    • Chris Bosh (calf) could be out for weeks?
      There is a possibility that Chris Bosh (calf) could be out for "a few weeks."

      Advice: Bosh is being listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Nets, but he's expected to be reevaluated on Monday. Bosh had no explanation for the injury, and he said that if he tries to play through the injury, "the muscle could tear away from the bone." If Bosh misses extended time, Dwyane Wade will be asked to carry a bigger load for the Heat, but pretty much everyone will have to step up as no one man will replace Bosh's statistical production. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:53 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Pero Antic will be game-time call on Monday
      Pero Antic (illness) is at shootaround on Monday, and he will be a game-time decision against the Bulls.

      Advice: Antic missed Friday and Saturday with an illness, but it appears he's good to go after missing the last couple of games. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:05 am
       
      Injured
    • Andrea Bargnani's return a complete mystery
      Andrea Bargnani's (calf) return is a complete mystery.

      Advice: "Until he practices, I can’t say what I expect,’’ Derek Fisher said. "When he’s at practices and he’s out there, that’s when it will be. It isn’t a situation where we’re counting the days. He is progressing but we saw what happened last time." Bargs has been out all year, and there is no timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:49 am
       
      Injured
      9:00 am vs Was
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