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    • Nick Young will play Sunday vs. Sacramento
      Nick Young will not be suspended for his flagrant 2 foul on Steve Adams during Friday's game, and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Young is averaging 14.9 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game this season on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      38 minutes ago
    • Heat recall Andre Dawkins from D-League
      The Heat have recalled Andre Dawkins from the D-League.

      Advice: Dawkins has played a total of 13 minutes over three games this season. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:41 pm
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) doesn't need surgery
      Iman Shumpert's dislocated left shoulder will not require surgery, and he will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

      Advice: "I wanted to get back on the court as soon as possible. But it’s a healing process," said Shumpert. "It’s a lot better now that it’s back in place. I don’t need any medication or anything for it, just ice." With both Shumpert and J.R. Smith (heel) sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. is going to get all the minutes he can handle and is looking like a must-own player in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:36 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) probable for Monday
      James Harden (strained left hamstring) is probable to play Monday vs. Portland.

      Advice: Harden injured his hamstring during Saturday's game vs. Atlanta, but played through the strain and put up 18 points, six rebounds, and a season-high 14 assists over 39 minutes of action so we'd expect him to give it a go on Monday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:17 pm
    • Mike Miller (ankle) will play Sunday vs. MEM
      Mike Miller (ankle) will play Sunday vs. Memphis.

      Advice: Miller was able to put up 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting during his last outing, but going up against a tough Memphis squad, it's unlikely he'll be able to repeat that production. Miller is a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:11 pm
       
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    • Tony Allen (eye) out Sunday vs. Cleveland
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play Sunday vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Allen's minutes will be distributed to guys like Vince Carter, Quincy Pondexter, and Tayshaun Prince, with Carter offering the most upside out of the group. Prince and Pondexter shouldn't be considered an option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:06 pm
       
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    • Mike Miller (ankle) questionable for Sunday
      Mike Miller (left ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: If Miller is unavailable for Sunday, his minutes will be distributed to guys like Shawn Marion, Dion Waiters, Matthew Dellavedova, and Joe Harris. Marion and Waiters offer the most upside of the group, but none of these guys are a lock for production in an unfavorable matchup vs. Memphis. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:44 am
       
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    • J.R. Smith (heel) could be out another week?
      Derek Fisher was not optimistic when asked about J.R. Smith (heel), and speculated that he could be out another week in order to rest his heel.

      Advice: For as long as Smith is sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to soak up all his minutes, and he should be owned in most leagues. Over the past two weeks, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers per game over 29 minutes of action and he has almost zero competition for minutes. Go grab him if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:18 am
       
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    • Landry Fields (concussion) out on Sunday
      Landry Fields (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: He failed a concussion test on Sunday morning and he will now have to pass the NBA's protocol for concussions before being cleared again. James Johnson is the main beneficiary in Fields' absence, and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:57 am
       
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    • Jordan Adams, Jarnell Stokes return for Griz
      Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes have been recalled from the D-League on Sunday.

      Advice: They will be at the end of the Memphis bench and won't see much action. They can both be ignored in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:39 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out on Sunday vs. Raptors
      J.R. Smith (heel) is out for Sunday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: He never had a real shot of playing in this one and there has been no update on his timetable. Smith can be cut in most leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is definitely worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:02 am
       
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    • Kyrie Irving named USA player of the year
      Kyrie Irving was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year after helping team USA bring home the gold at FIBA World Cup this summer.

      Advice: The award could have also easily gone to Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, or James Harden, but Irving did his part too with averages of 12.11 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.9 steals per game. Irving has been an elite fantasy asset for his owners this season, and if he can stay healthy he will continue to keep it rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:06 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) doubtful for Sunday's game
      Tony Allen (eye) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: His eye still looks really rough, so there is almost no shot he plays in this one. Quincy Pondexter will likely start, but Vince Carter played 41 minutes the last time Allen rested and he looks like the best option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:02 am
       
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    • James Young (shoulder) making progress
      James Young is making progress in his recovery from his separated right shoulder, and was able to do some non-contact work during shootaround Sunday.

      Advice: He remains without a timetable to return, but it is great to see him making progress. Young is loaded with potential, but he won't have any fantasy value this season. Keep him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:36 am
       
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      3:00 pm @ Mia
    • Martell Webster (back) could play on Sunday
      Martell Webster (back) could return to action as soon as Sunday against the Suns.

      Advice: He has yet to play this season after coming off of his third back surgery in his career, so it will be great to see back out on the floor. He was seen getting up shots at practice on Saturday for a couple of hours, and he is reportedly feeling good. If he doesn't make his season debut Sunday, his next chance to play would be on Tuesday vs. the Bulls. However, Webster will likely be eased back into the rotation, and he won't see a lot of minutes while Paul Pierce and Otto Porter are healthy. Webster can be ignored in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:51 am
       
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      3:00 pm vs Pho
    • Lance Stephenson clashing with teammates
      According to league sources, Lance Stephenson is clashing with his teammates in the locker room, but coach Steve Clifford is hopeful that Charlotte's veterans will help Stephenson become more of a team player.

      Advice: This isn't surprising by any means, as Stephenson has been a major disappointment so far in Charlotte. However, it appears that the Hornets are no longer aggressively shopping him, as they feel like his value is too low to deal him right now. Unless Stephenson returns from his hip injury soon and starts to turn things around, he will be a really tough player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:22 am
       
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    • Evan Fournier drawing praise from head coach
      Evan Fournier, who scored 21 points during Friday's game against the Jazz, is drawing high praise from coach Jacque Vaughn.

      Advice: "Evan’s been really good for us," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I’ve been really pleased at his ability to guard two men [at different positions]. He is big for his size so that gives us a great luxury, and then he’s done a lot of other things that he did previously as far as shooting the basketball, having the basketball in his hands. We’ll give it to him at the end of quarters, so he’ll give us another ballhandler on the floor." Fournier has improved tremendously this season, and the move to Orlando has done wonders for his fantasy value. As long as he keeps this up, he will be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:11 am
    • Goran Dragic to keep open mind in free agency
      Goran Dragic will keep an open mind if he enters free agency in the offseason.

      Advice: "It's still early to talk about that," Dragic said. "Right now, I want to be 100 percent focused on the team and try to help the team and players. In the offseason, I'm going to probably sit down with my family first and with my agent and try to explore all the options. From there, I'll try to choose the one best for me." There is no doubt that Dragic is an elite point guard, and he will definitely draw some major interest from several different teams. It would not be surprising to see some teams try to pry him away at the trade deadline if the Suns don't feel like Dragic will return, but for now nothing is close to developing and we will pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:05 am
    • J.J. Redick scores 23 points vs. Bucks
      J.J. Redick scored 23 points against the Bucks with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He's so hot right now. Over his last 11 games, he posted a 68.9 true shooting percentage with 17.5 points, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.9 triples. Redick has been flirting with fifth-round value in that span, so keep him owned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:45 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 18 in full line
      Giannis Antetokounmpo made 8-of-12 from the field for 18 points in a 106-102 loss to the Clippers on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He had a career-high six assists and he's finally starting to come around in the stat diversity department. Antetokounmpo is shooting the ball much better, which was by far his biggest issue last season. He's improving and is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:34 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores three points
      O.J. Mayo scored three points in 23 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday with one rebound, three assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: Well, he had three solid outings before this one, but a sub-par game from Mayo is nothing new. He only has season averages of 0.7 steals, 1.2 triples and 0.2 blocks to go with 1.9 turnovers, so there really are not enough positives to add him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:16 pm
    • Jared Dudley scores 16 points vs. Clippers
      Jared Dudley excelled against his former team on Saturday with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

      Advice: That's back-to-back good games from Dudley and he's passed Khris Middleton as the waiver-wire add du jour. Dudley's done a fair amount of ball handling to go with his perimeter shooting, so there is enough upside to at least give him a look. That said, trusting coach Jason Kidd's rotation is like trusting a dingo to look after your baby. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:12 pm
    • Wilson Chandler scores four points
      Wilson Chandler could not get it going against the Pacers on Saturday with four points, three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 1-of-10 from the field and is in a mini-slump from beyond the arc, making just three of his last 15 attempts. Chandler is still getting solid minutes even with Danilo Gallinari suddenly coming on. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:53 pm
    • Donald Sloan scores nine in a loss
      Donald Sloan drew another start on Saturday during a 76-73 loss to the Nuggets with nine points, seven boards, four assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is not going to start much longer and tonight was just a complete lost cause. The Pacers made 30.7 percent from the field and had 18 points in the paint. Sloan can be dropped in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:41 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey stinks in 35 minutes
      Rodney Stuckey was a disaster during one of the ugliest games of the year, making 1-of-10 from the field for four points, two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: This was bad and Stuckey is known for his inefficient games. In fact, tonight was the 37th game of his career with a field goal percentage failing to crack 10.0 percent (with at least one attempt). This is what his owners will have to deal with, so adjust accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:31 pm
    • Devin Harris still has a good game
      Devin Harris played well of the bench against the Spurs on Saturday with 13 points, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

      Advice: He soaked up most of the bench guard minutes, which is encouraging. J.J. Barea took the biggest hit, so Harris' value might be about where it was before the Rajon Rondo deal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • James Harden (hamstring) double-doubles
      James Harden needed to go to the locker room in the first half due to a hamstring injury on Saturday and did return in the second quarter, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers during a 104-97 loss.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes and the injury didn't seem to bother him much. The Rockets are off until Monday when they'll get a much anticipated rematch against the Blazers, so Harden owners can expect him to suit up for that one. Of course there is a chance he deals with soreness. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:45 pm
    • James Harden returns after hurting hamstring
      James Harden strained his hamstring in Saturday's game vs. the Hawks, but has since returned.

      Advice: This is incredible news for the Rockets, and it looks like Harden dodged a bullet here. We will obviously monitor him closely, and we will provide updates as needed. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:49 pm
    • Donald Sloan starting for C.J. Watson
      Donald Sloan will start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: The Pacers just can't stay healthy. Sloan was booted from the rotation earlier this month, but now he's back with C.J. Watson out. Sloan actually is decent on a per-minute basis, so he's worth a look as a plug-and-play. Of course, he doesn't have much value following today. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:40 pm
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) out until Christmas
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play until Christmas.

      Advice: He is dealing with an injury to his pelvis and the Hornets won't have him for at least two more games following today. He should be considered questionable for Friday Dec. 26 against OKC. While he's out, Gary Neal, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams will benefit. None are worth owning in standard leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:19 pm
       
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    • Martell Webster still on schedule for return
      Martell Webster (back) is on schedule to return to action this month.

      Advice: He is going to have a minutes limit when he is able to play. Webster is a tremendous fit for the Wizards and he flourished last season while Bradley Beal was out. He'll have to fend off Rasual Butler for playing time, so most owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:00 pm
       
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      3:00 pm vs Pho
    • Goran Dragic has a quiet game on Saturday
      Goran Dragic had a sub-par game against the Knicks on Saturday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He was barely utilized in halfcourt sets and had a major chunk of his buckets in transition. Dragic is playing more with Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe a bit more and he should be a little better than this. Still, he's not going to come close to his fantasy value from last season. Additionally, CBS Sports reports that Dragic is the least likely to be traded. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:06 pm
    • Mike Miller (ankle) held out of practice
      Mike Miller (ankle) was held out of practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He tweaked it on Friday in what was his best game of the season. Miller will likely stay in the starting lineup, but he's very unlikely to be scoring in double-figures most nights. Fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:59 am
       
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    • Landry Fields practices, cleared of concussion
      Landry Fields was cleared for a concussion and was at practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He needed stitches to his head from Friday and it appears he will be fine. Fields plays about 20 minutes per night and only has value in extremely deep leagues. James Johnson doesn't get a bump in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:16 am
       
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    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) making progress
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) is hoping to return to practice in two weeks.

      Advice: He is still not expected to return before mid-January, but it is great to see him making progress. While he is by no means a must-own player, he might be worth a stash in deeper leagues for his ability to produce 3-pointers and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is worth a long look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:59 am
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) highly doubtful Sat
      Lance Stephenson (hip) is highly doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: He sat out on Friday against the 76ers, and there is almost no shot that he will play vs. the Jazz. Gerald Henderson will likely draw another start, while Gary Neal will also see a boost off of the bench. Stephenson has upside, but unless he is traded to a more favorable situation he will be really tough to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:49 am
       
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    • J.R. Smith (heel) out for Saturday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:36 am
       
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    • Nick Young not happy with Steven Adams
      Nick Young was visibly upset after being ejected in the second half of Friday's loss to the Thunder, and is not happy with Thunder center Steven Adams.

      Advice: "I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Swaggy P could be looking at a suspension from the league, and if he has to miss any time Wes Johnson would see a bump in his minutes, while Wayne Ellington could also see a larger role as well. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:48 am
    • Mike Miller returned to action on Friday December 19. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:36 pm
       
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    • Jackson busts out of slump with 25 points
      Reggie Jackson busted out of his slump on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3-of-5 3PTs, 4-of-4 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists and one block in 36 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Yes, Kevin Durant was out and yes this came against the Lakers, but it's probably just good for Jackson to see the ball go through the hoop. It sure seems like the Thunder are going out of their way to let Jackson know what the pecking order is in OKC now that the guys are back, but tonight's output is a reminder of both his short-term value and long-term value in the event one of the Thunder's big guns gets hurt again. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:28 pm
    • Mike Miller starts, hits 7-of-8 threes in win
      Mike Miller (concussion) returned to action and hit 7-of-8 shots (all threes) in the Cavs' 95-91 win over the Nets on Friday, finishing with 21 points and two rebounds in 34 minutes.

      Advice: Miller is capable of shooting explosions like these but at his age and with his injury history, along with the empty stat lines he's bound to produce, owners should make him do it again before moving the needle. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:47 pm
       
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    • Waiters plays seven minutes on Friday
      Dion Waiters played just seven minutes on Friday.

      Advice: We haven't heard of an injury and aside from having plenty of fantasy deficiencies in standard leagues, this would qualify as a reason not to bite when he gets hot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:43 pm
    • Nick Young gets tossed for flagrant 2 foul
      Nick Young was ejected in the second half on Friday for a flagrant 2 foul.

      Advice: He elbowed Steven Adams in the throat and this was an easy call for the refs. Young could be looking at a suspension from this one, so Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington may see more playing time on Sunday. Swaggy P finished with 11 points, two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:32 pm
    • Fournier scores 21 points with four treys
      Evan Fournier hit four 3-point shots in Friday's home loss to the Jazz, finishing with 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, three rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes.

      Advice: Fournier has turned things around over the past week and he's worth a look while he's hot. When the Magic are at full strength he could find himself getting added and dropped quite a bit as he goes up and down the ladder. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:31 pm
    • Landry Fields gets stitches, out for game
      Landry Fields received stitches to his head on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: He had a scary fall and might have suffered a concussion. Fields was in the starting lineup for the Raptors, so they might need to mix it up. James Johnson replaced Fields at the time of the injury and would make the most sense. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:26 pm
       
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    • Tony Allen (eye) out Friday vs. Chicago
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: Quincy Pondexter will likely draw the start, while Vince Carter will see extended minutes off the bench. Carter logged 41 minutes during his last outing with Allen sidelined, and put up 18 points with five 3-pointers, he does however have a difficult matchup against the Bulls, so Carter remains a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:26 pm
       
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    • Tony Allen (eye) questionable Friday vs. CHI
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) is questionable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: If Allen is forced to sit, Quincy Pondexter would likely draw another start, but he doesn't do enough statistically to be considered an option in most leagues. While Allen averages 25.8 minutes per game, he's not a large part of the offense (6.5 FGAs per game) so his absence doesn't have too much of a statistical impact on the player replacing him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:12 am
       
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    • J.R. Smith (foot) doubtful Saturday vs. PHO
      J.R. Smith (foot) is being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Smith has been a train wreck this season, and given his obvious struggles with grasping the triangle offense, he shouldn't be viewed as a stash candidate in standard leagues. If he's unable to go Saturday, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'd make for a quality option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:42 am
       
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    • Report: Mike Miller will start at SG on Fri.
      Mike Miller will reportedly be inserted into the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Nets, sending Shawn Marion to the bench.

      Advice: This is an interesting move, and it'll be interesting to see how Miller's body holds up with the extended minutes. Miller is coming into this game with averages of 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds over 12 minutes of action, so owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with the injury-prone veteran. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:18 am
       
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    • Report: Stephenson no longer on trading block
      The Hornets have reportedly pulled Lance Stephenson off the trading block as none of the offers they received were enticing enough to pull the trigger on a deal.

      Advice: The Hornets believe that Stephenson's groin injury has hindered him all season, and is the main culprit to his lack of production thus far. Charlotte feels that the injury affected Stephenson's movement and conditioning, and they would like to see him at full strength before sending him away for pennies on the dollar. While Stephenson may get traded away at some point this season, it is not likely to happen any time soon. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:01 am
       
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    • Mike Miller will be activated Friday vs. BKN
      Mike Miller (concussion) will be activated for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Miller will likely return to a reserve role off the bench, and he can't be considered a viable option in most leagues. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:33 am
       
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    • Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the 76ers, and he's being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: This is just a reminder to get Stephenson out of your lineups. Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal, and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will all be asked to step up with Stephenson sidelined in a favorable matchup vs. the 76ers. MKG and Neal offer the most upside, but neither is a lock for production. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:03 am
       
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    • Report: Heat express interest in Stephenson
      The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: Add Miami to the list of suitors that currently includes Indiana, Brooklyn, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Stephenson would have the most value in a return Indiana, but right now, everything is in the very early stages and nothing is imminent. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:19 am
       
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    • Giannis Antetokounmpo played 37 minutes
      Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) played 37 minutes against the Kings during a 108-107 win on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block on 4-of-5 from the field.

      Advice: The minutes jump off the page and the Alphabet has been freed. He should be able to get all the minutes he can handle and his offensive efficiency has taken some major steps forward, so he just needs to get his blocks and steals back. Those were two of his best assets last season, so there is certainly enough upside to own him in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:34 pm
    • Jared Dudley scores season-high 19 points
      Jared Dudley scored a season-high 19 points against the Kings on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He had season highs in field goal attempts and free throw attempts in what was obviously his best game. Dudley has barely been shooting the rock while he's been out there and only had 0.8 triples per game in his previous eight games this month. This rotation is going to be a mess, so he's not a standard league target based on this game alone. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:26 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores 19 points in a win
      O.J. Mayo scored 19 points in just 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started out red hot with 17 of those 19 coming in the first quarter, but cooled off with some fouling issues. Surprisingly, Mayo's worst quarter this season has been the first and he's been able to exhibit some added effort on both ends. What's more, his fouling has been his biggest issue with at least five fouls in three of his last five. He's more of a player to track in standards, but a big game could change that. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:22 pm
    • James Harden scores 21 points in a loss
      James Harden scored 21 points on 8-of-23 from the field during a 99-90 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: Kudos to Austin Rivers for actually doing something most players can't do: Keep Harden in check. Obviously Harden is one of the biggest stat-stuffers in the NBA, leading the NBA in scoring and free throw makes with two steals per night. He did play the second half of a back-to-back, so he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:31 pm
    • Not Ready: Lance Stephenson (hip) out Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He did not travel due to his pelvic sprain and is expected to miss at least another game. With Stephenson out, Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will likely pick up some minutes. Neal is likely to benefit most, especially since he closes out several games for coach Steve Clifford. Stephenson's value can't get much lower than this. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:28 pm
       
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    • Giannis Antetokounmpo will start on Thursday
      Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) will start against the Kings on Thursday.

      Advice: Everything must have went well in warmups and it must be nice to be a 19-year-old professional basketball player. Antetokounmpo was going off on Wednesday before his injury, so his owners should have decent expectations tonight. He should be owned in all leagues. Khris Middleton takes a hit. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:56 pm
    • Antetokounmpo (ankle) questionable Thursday
      Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: If Giannis isn't able to go, Khris Middleton, O.J. Mayo, and Jared Dudley would be in line for extended minutes with Middleton and Mayo offering the most upside. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:28 am
    • James Young's shoulder improving w/treatment
      James Young (shoulder) said his separated right shoulder is improving with treatment.

      Advice: Young also added that he's been able to begin basketball activities, but remains without a return timetable. The rookie is part of the Celtics' future plans, but that doesn't include the 2014-15 season so fantasy owners outside of dynasty leagues can feel free to move to the next news item. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:58 am
       
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      3:00 pm @ Mia
    • Lance Stephenson doubtufl for next two games
      Lance Stephenson (pelvis) is doubtful for the Hornets' next two games with a pelvic sprain.

      Advice: The Hornets play the 76ers on Friday and the Jazz on Saturday and it looks like they'll have to do so without Stephenson. We'll update his status after Friday's shootaround, but fantasy owners can expect to see more of Gerald Henderson, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gary Neal if Stephenson is out for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:30 am
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic missing second half stamina
      After missing two games with a lower back strain, Goran Dragic said his stamina wasn't there during the second half of Wednesday's win over the Hornets.

      Advice: Dragic only scored four points in the second half of the win after pouring in 16 in the first half, but it was a good sign for fantasy owners to see him back on the court nevertheless. With his back issues seemingly behind him, the 28-year-old will be able to put full games together and should provide his fantasy owners with top-50 value for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:37 am
    • James Harden scores 41 points in OT win
      James Harden added his newest piece of evidence in his bid for MVP during a 115-111 overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday scoring 41 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 11-of-21 from the field and 18-of-21 from the field in 45 minutes. This line is pretty ridiculous and he became the sixth player since 1985-86 to have more than 20 attempts from the field, more than 20 attempts from the line, and at least 10 assists. The other five are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kenny Anderson. Harden is good. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:52 am
    • Wilson Chandler scores 23 with five treys
      Wilson Chandler was outstanding against the Rockets during a 115-111 overtime loss on Wednesday with 23 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: He keeps putting up big lines and coach Brian Shaw will continue to play him huge minutes. Over his last five, Chandler has averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.6 triples. His fantasy owners can consider him a must-start guy, but a trade would really hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:19 am
    • O.J. Mayo returned to action on Wednesday December 17. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:57 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey cools off against Clippers
      Rodney Stuckey, who torched the Lakers for 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven dimes on Monday, had just 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal on 6-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: The Lakers are awful against opposing guards, so tonight's line is probably a more realistic expectation from Stuckey going forward. But as long as he's starting for the Pacers, he's worth owning in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:34 pm
    • O.J. Mayo plays 36 minutes on Wednesday
      O.J. Mayo made 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals, five fouls and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: It's the first time he's played 36 minutes in a non-overtime game in the past year and the Bucks losing Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) just before halftime probably had something to do with it. Mayo played 16 minutes in the first half, so the plan was probably to give him around 32 minutes. Conditioning hasn't been an issue for him and he's seen some minutes at small forward this season, so owners in standard leagues can keep him in mind. He's still not playing well enough to grab, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:07 pm
    • Jared Dudley scores three points in start
      Jared Dudley scored three points in 27 minutes during a start against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, five assists and one steal.

      Advice: He committed four fouls and wasn't as involved in the offense nearly as much. Dudley's usage rate is extremely low, so he's not going to be asked to score much. His assists are fairly high for a guy with his role, but it's still not enough to move the needle enough to grab him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:51 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo's injury is not serious
      Giannis Antetokounmpo's left ankle injury is not considered serious and there is a chance he plays against the Kings on Thursday.

      Advice: This is great news. The Bucks absolutely need Antetokounmpo back with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the season. Obviously, this positive outlook could change quickly and he is very questionable to play in a late game. If he's out, Khris Middleton would start and have decent value in standard leagues. Jared Dudley would also gain value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:43 pm
    • Goran Dragic scores 20 points in return
      Goran Dragic looked terrific in his return against the Hornets on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He missed the previous two games due to a strained back and was his aggressive self tonight. Dragic was really turning it on while Isaiah Thomas was out earlier this month and that might be due to his mentality and not because of the personnel. He should be able to flirt with top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:00 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) out for game
      Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Blazers.

      Advice: The Bucks are not having a good week. Jabari Parker tore his ACL on Monday and Antetokounmpo could be looking at some time on the sidelines. He was playing terrific in this game, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds and one steal in 18 minutes. Khris Middleton started the second half in his place and is worth a long look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:34 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo rolls left ankle
      Giannis Antetkounmpo rolled his left ankle and went to the locker room on Wednesday.

      Advice: He had an ugly ankle sprain a few weeks ago, but didn't miss time. Perhaps he just gets taped up and comes back out. We'll add updates as we receive them. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:05 pm
    • Dion Waiters scores 21 in ugly loss to Hawks
      Dion Waiters hit 9-of-18 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, three rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's brutal home loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: Waiters was one of Cleveland's better players tonight, especially in fantasyland. He's coming off an abdominal injury and this game was a good indicator that he's getting back into a groove after the injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:11 pm
    • Kyrie Irving dominated by Hawks guards
      Kyrie Irving managed just nine points, six assists and nothing else on 4-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes as the Cavs were embarrassed by the Hawks in Cleveland by a final score of 127-98 on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeff Teague was out, so Dennis Schroder started and had 10 points and 10 assists, and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to torch Irving and company for 24 points, which included 7-of-8 shooting and 6-of-6 shooting from downtown. Irving was clearly disturbed by getting worked over by a couple Hawks reserves, and spent time after the game on the court getting up some shots and going through drills with an assistant coach. The Hawks were not expected to win this game with Teague in street clothes, but Schroder and Mack didn't blink. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:08 pm
    • Jared Dudley starting in place of Parker
      Jared Dudley will start in place of Jabari Parker on Wednesday.

      Advice: He replaced Jabari when the injury happened, so this move is not a surprise. Dudley also played 20 minutes in the second half on Monday, so he should see a nice increase in playing time. He's worth a look in standard leagues, but there's no need to be too aggressive. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:38 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: He suffered a corneal abrasion to his right eye on Tuesday, and was forced from that game. There is no word as to how severe the issue is, but we will pass along updates as needed. The Grizzlies have yet to name who will start in his place, but Courtney Lee, Tayshaun Prince, and Vince Carter will also see their minutes increased. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
    • Mike Miller (neck) will not play Wednesday
      Mike Miller (neck) will not play in Wednesday's game vs. Atlanta.

      Advice: He has been cleared of his concussion, but Miller is now dealing with stiffness in his neck and will sit this one out. Miller only averages 12.2 minutes per game, so his absence won't have an impact on Cleveland's rotation. Leave Miller on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:27 pm
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic (back) will start Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) will start on Wednesday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: After missing the previous two games, Dragic is back and his owners can safely activate him in their lineups. He has a favorable matchup against the Hornets, and should be in for a nice night if his back doesn't flare up on him. Gerald Green will shift back to the bench on Wednesday, while Isaiah Thomas' value takes a slight hit with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:19 pm
    • J.R. Smith (foot) won't play on Thursday
      J.R. Smith (foot) will not play in Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: It will be his fifth straight game out of the lineup and it is becoming pretty evident that this injury has become a real issue for him. Smith isn't worth owning in standard leagues as he has failed to succeed in the triangle offense and it is unclear when he will return to action. Tim Hardaway Jr. will play all the minutes he can handle Thursday and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic (back) probable for Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) is probable for Wednesday's game after going through shootaround.

      Advice: He has missed the last two games after his back flared up on him during Friday's game vs. the Pistons, but he appeared to turn the corner and should be good to go Wednesday. Dragic has a favorable matchup against the reeling Hornets, and owners will want to get him active in their lineups. Gerald Green will likely shift back to the bench Wednesday and Isaiah Thomas will also see a decrease in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:22 am
    • Mike Miller (concussion) will play Wednesday
      Mike Miller (concussion) will play on Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Don't get too excited, as Miller is much more valuable to the Cavaliers in real life compared to fantasy leagues. Miller has only averaged 12.2 minutes per game this season, and unless you are in a deep league and desperate for 3-pointers, you should leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:21 am
       
      Injured
    • Tony Allen iffy for Wednesday w/ eye injury
      Tony Allen suffered a corneal abrasion in his right eye on Tuesday and is questionable to play on Wednesday against the Spurs.

      Advice: If Allen's out it's going to leave a big dent in the defensive scheme of Memphis, while Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince would all see some extra minutes against the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • Reggie Jackson sees just 20 minutes of action
      Reggie Jackson saw just 20 minutes of action on Tuesday, finishing with eight points, three assists, two boards and one steal.

      Advice: This was a tough blow for Jackson, as he expectedly hasn't been able to retain his value since the return of Russell Westbrook. Jackson still has too much upside to not be owned in standard leagues, and owners will just have to be patient with him until he adjusts better to his role off of the bench. Expect him to bounce back vs. the Warriors on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:28 pm
    • Tony Allen goes leaves game after hard fall
      Tony Allen left Tuesday's game after a hard fall and is questionable to return.

      Advice: It will be interesting to see if he returns to the game and we will be sure to update his status as soon as we know more. If Allen were to miss time, Tayshaun Prince and Vince Carter will see a bump in their minutes, but still won't be worth picking up in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • Mike Miller (concussion) expected to play Wed
      Mike Miller (concussion) passed the NBA's concussion protocol and will be active for Wednesday's game.

      Advice: This is excellent new for the Cavaliers, as Miller is one of the best pure shooters in the league. However, Miller plays limited minutes off of the bench and can be ignored outside of the deepest fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:43 pm
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (foot) out Tuesday vs. Dallas
      J.R. Smith (foot) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks, and his status for Thursday's game vs. Chicago remains uncertain.

      Advice: That means that Tim Hardway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'll make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Hardaway Jr. has gone for 18, 16, and 23 points in his last three outings while seeing his minutes in the 30s, and with Smith's status uncertain for Thursday, he makes for a decent add in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:21 pm
       
      Injured
    • Wilson Chandler (illness) feeling much better
      Wilson Chandler is feeling much better, and given the fact his illness has not forced him to miss any time, we're considering him probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Chandler is having a solid season in Denver with averages of 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game. Injuries will always be a concern with Wilson, but as long as he's healthy, he'll be worth owning for his across-the-board production. However, there have been a few trade rumors involving Chandler, and a move to another team would likely hurt his value. This may be a sell-high moment. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:02 pm
    • Evan Fournier will practice in full Tuesday
      Evan Fournier is expected to go through a full practice on Tuesday.

      Advice: Fournier took an elbow from Tyler Hansbrough during Monday's game that sent him to the locker room, but he was able to return, and it's not looking like he'll be forced to miss any time. We'll consider him probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics, but owners will want to check back for an official update closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:09 pm
    • Pacers owner leaving Stephenson trade to Bird
      Pacers owner Herb Simon said he would support a trade to bring Lance Stephenson back to Indianapolis, but is leaving the decision to team president Larry Bird.

      Advice: With Stephenson eligible to be traded starting Monday, the Hornets have been rumored to be looking for a trade partner and the Pacers have been the low-hanging fruit in those rumors. "I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits," Simon said. Stephenson has struggled in his short time in Charlotte, so a trade would be good news for his fantasy owners as it can't get much worse than his 38.9 percent field goal percentage and 10.4 points per game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:33 am
       
      Injured
    • Fournier returns to the game, scores 11
      Evan Fournier left Monday's loss to the Raptors after taking an inadvertent elbow from Tyler Hansbrough, but returned to finish with 11 points, three boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Fournier hit 4-of-10 shots and he's showing some signs of life since hitting rock bottom with owners over the past few weeks. Give him a look but giving him anything more than a late-round grade would be overly optimistic. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:07 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo could see role change
      Giannis Antetokounmpo had a sub-par showing against the Suns on Monday with six points, eight rebounds and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He played a little out of position tonight and he'll likely have to play some power forward with Jabari Parker (knee) going down. Antetokounmpo has been keeping his fouls down and his shot selection is much better, so he should see a slight uptick in overall production while Parker is out. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:47 pm
    • Jared Dudley plays 31 minutes as fill in
      Jared Dudley replaced Jabari Parker (knee) after his knee injury on Monday, finishing with 10 points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Coach Jason Kidd hasn't been playing Dudley too much with just 18.9 minutes per game on the season, but it's fair to think he'll get his playing time to around 26-28 minutes per game. He'll have a chance to make 1.5 treys per game, which puts him on the radar in standard leagues. Unless you hate the guy on the end of your bench, it's probably better to wait and see how things go on Wednesday against the Blazers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:39 pm
    • Stuckey posts 20-10-7 line in blowout win
      Rodney Stuckey lit up the Lakers in Monday's 110-91 blowout win, scoring 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting with 10 rebounds and seven assists.

      Advice: Stuckey didn't hit a three or get a steal or block, but this is a very nice line to go with a pretty solid hot streak. George Hill will return at some point and knock him down a few pegs, and until then he's probably a coin flip's chance to retain low-end value in standard 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:31 pm
    • Sloan gets one last hurrah in blowout
      Donald Sloan scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Monday's blowout win.

      Advice: Sloan has gone in and out of the rotation a bit and George Hill's return is on the horizon. This output can be ignored at really low risk. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:07 pm
    • Young scores 18 points with two threes
      Nick Young hit 6-of-12 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Monday's blowout loss.

      Advice: Young hit 4-of-4 free throws and logged 23 minutes. The defensive stats are a nice bonus and he is a nice top 80-120 value (9/8 cat) when on the floor this year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:56 pm
    • Waiters quiet in 24 minutes off the bench
      Dion Waiters hit just 3-of-10 shots (including a three) for seven points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Waiters' peripheral stats float his value but that has never been a strong suit of his. He has a lot of challenges to overcome in fantasy leagues and this wasn't exactly a game-changing performance. He's not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:17 pm
    • Stephenson scores eight points on Monday
      Lance Stephenson scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting with two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: Stephenson's two steals make this line a lot better than what we see on most nights, but the real issue here is where he'll be traded and what that will do to his value. It can't get much worse than it is in Charlotte, making him a buy low guy with a bigger name than fantasy game due to all of his deficiencies in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:35 pm
       
      Injured
    • Mayo leaves game with hamstring injury
      O.J. Mayo left Monday's game with a hamstring injury and returned to start the second half.

      Advice: Now that Jabari Parker has gone down to a serious looking knee injury, his outlook has actually improved tonight. We'll be monitoring this game closely and for what it's worth Mayo has nine points, four rebounds, four turnovers and one three in 20 minutes mid-way through the third quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:39 pm
    • Evan Fournier catches elbow, leaves game
      Evan Fournier caught a bad elbow from Tyler Hansbrough and left the game on Monday.

      Advice: It was bad. Hansbrough came down with an elbow after going for a rebound. Fournier might be checked for a concussion and he's probably going to need stitches. If he's out, Elfrid Payton would pick up minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:31 pm
    • Goran Dragic will not play on Monday
      Goran Dragic (back) will not play against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: His back flared up on him on Friday and he missed Sunday, so he could miss additional time. Although, it's somewhat encouraging that the Suns ruled him out just a little over an hour before the game started. With Dragic out, expect to see more of Eric Bledsoe handling the offense. Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas also get upticks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:22 pm
    • J.R. Smith (plantar fasciitis) skips practice
      J.R. Smith (foot) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: Smith was announced as a starter on Sunday, but then he was ruled out just moments before tipoff. Considering he's dealing with a plantar fascia tear, it's going to be an issue of pain tolerance for Smith that will determine his availability moving forward. With Iman Shumpert (shoulder) already out, Tim Hardaway Jr. could soon find himself playing big minutes after logging 30-plus in each of his last two. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:45 am
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic's back flared up on him Friday
      Goran Dragic's back initially flared up on him on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: "You get cold and it's more stiff," Dragic said. "It was better (Saturday) when we did therapy. (Sunday), we didn't have practice and it is even tighter." Dragic should be considered questionable to play on Monday against the Bucks, and if he can't give it a go, look for Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe to make up for Dragic's absence, with Gerald Green collecting some extra time as well. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 7:48 am
    • Nick Young held to seven points in 24 minutes
      Nick Young was limited to seven points in 24 minutes off the bench in Sunday's road win, making 2-of-9 shots with one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He added just one rebound with two steals and wouldn't be worth owning if he didn't score at a prodigious clip -- fortunately for his owners, he'd averaged 17.7 points over the Lakers' past nine games. Young's offensive firepower is essential for the Lakers as the season progresses, making him a worthwhile player to own in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:08 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) now out for Sunday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) is now out for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: He was announced as a starter prior to the game but has now been officially ruled out. This is a tough blow for his owners as he could have been looking at a decent increase in minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) on the sidelines. Tim Hardaway Jr. will be the biggest beneficiary of this news, and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 4:04 pm
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic (back) out Sunday vs. OKC
      Goran Dragic (lower back strain) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder, and Gerald Green will start in his place.

      Advice: Gerald Green, Isaiah Thomas, and Eric Bledsoe will all see an uptick in value with Dragic sidelined, and all of those guys will make for quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 3:08 pm
    • J.R. Smith (heel) will start Sunday vs. TOR
      J.R. Smith (heel) will replace Iman Shumpert (out, shoulder) in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: Smith has been very hit-or-miss this season, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues. Tim Hardaway Jr. loses some luster with Smith returning to the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
    • Scott calls coaching Nick Young 'interesting'
      Lakers' head coach Byron Scott described coaching Nick Young as an "interesting" experience, but also "fun."

      Advice: "He cares about winning," Scott said. "That’s the thing I love about him the most. He’s a player that likes to play around and have fun and practice and enjoys playing... But when we lose games, he takes it pretty hard. That’s very important." Swaggy P, or I.D.M. (I don't miss) has been a bright spot for LA this season, and is currently averaging 15.7 points and 2.5 three-pointers per game. He's worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 12:07 pm
    • Dion Waiters (abdomen) will play on Monday
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) will play in Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: He was able to participate in a full practice on Sunday and appears ready to resume his role off of the bench for the Cavs. Mike Miller (concussion) is out and Matthew Dellavedova (illness) is questionable for Monday so Waiters could see some decent minutes and is worth a look considering how hot he was before he went down. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 10:24 am
    • Dion Waiters, Matthew Dellavedova practicing
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) and Matthew Dellavedova (illness) are practicing on Sunday.

      Advice: They should be good to go for Monday's game after they were both released from the hospital on Saturday. Waiters has finally broken out of his slump but is still too inconsistent to be owned in most leagues. Deep league owners should only pay him attention if they are in need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 9:11 am
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps improving game
      Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps improving his game, and has shown off a new ability to consistently get to the free throw line.

      Advice: "He's learning how to play without having to score the ball, say shooting threes or shooting jump shots," coach Jason Kidd said. "He can live at the free-throw line. Some of the top players in this league, that's what they do." The Greek Freak has already attempted 98 free throws this season, after attempting 202 all of last season. He is only going to get better as the season progresses and his ridiculous upside makes him worth owning in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 9:05 am
    • James Harden drops third trip-dub of career
      James Harden logged the third triple-double of his career on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He did make just 7-of-20 from the field, which dropped his season shooting to just 41.7 percent. On the other hand, he's made 89.1 percent of his 9.6 free throws per game, which boost his true shooting percentage to 57.8 percent. Harden is the third-best player in fantasy leagues despite his poor shooting and turnovers. He's a monster everywhere else, though. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:11 pm
    • Wilson Chandler plays 31 minutes
      Wilson Chandler (illness) played 31 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday with nine points, nine rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: There are some trade rumors swirling on Chandler, which makes sense because he's playing well. Chandler is worth owning in standard leagues now, but a trade would likely destroy his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:43 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores six in 11 minutes
      O.J. Mayo scored six points against the Clippers on Saturday with one assist and two turnovers in 11 minutes.

      Advice: It's his second game in his last four with minutes under 14 and he's made just 40 percent from the field on the year, so it's going to be awfully tough to trust him. Mayo is going to need to string together about five games in a row for fantasy owners in most leagues to consider grabbing him. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:46 pm
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo has a nice night
      Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 points against the Clippers on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and four turnovers.

      Advice: His scoring is coming around with at least 14 points in four straight and he does have 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks in that span, too. Antetokounmpo is shooting the ball well this season at 49.3 percent from the field and his improved shot selection has been a common thread all year. He's clearly trending up. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:41 pm
    • J.J. Redick scores 25 points against Bucks
      J.J. Redick scored 25 points in a 111-106 loss to the Bucks on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: On a night when Tobias Harris hit a game winner and Redick has a nice game, the Bucks needed to win this one to feel good about themselves. As for J.J., he's getting really hot from deep, making a ridiculous 54.8 percent from that range this month. Redick is making over three per game in December, so happy holidays to his fortunate owners. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:35 pm
    • Evan Fournier looks great again on Saturday
      Evan Fournier had an effective night against the Hawks on Saturday with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

      Advice: Elfrid Payton had a nice little showcase, but coach Jacque Vaughn is all about Fournier again -- rightfully so. He is not much of a stat-sheet filler, so he's more of a low-end player to own in standard leagues with a little extra bonus for his 1.8 treys. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:05 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey grabs 14 boards, scores 14
      Rodney Stuckey grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds against the Blazers on Saturday with 14 points, two assists, one steal and two turnovers.

      Advice: It was just his third double-digit rebound game in his career, which is interesting considering tonight was his 500th game in the regular season. Stuckey's minutes have held steady lately and the team will ask him to play more at shooting guard to help with the loss of C.J. Miles. He should have some low-end value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 6:24 pm
    • Devin Harris cools off against the Warriors
      Devin Harris had a diminished role against the Warriors on Saturday, playing 22 minutes with six points, one rebound, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He played well on Wednesday with 20 points, but the return on Jameer Nelson hurt him badly. Harris isn't usually this ineffective, but he played a lot of shooting guard and couldn't get many clean looks against a good Warriors defense. He has some value in deeper leagues even with Nelson healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:56 pm
    • J.R. Smith day-to-day w/ plantar fascia tear
      J.R. Smith was diagnosed with a small tear of his plantar fascia and is questionable to play on Sunday.

      Advice: It sounds like a minor injury, but the Knicks aren't going to be in any rush to bring him back. Smith doesn't have a history of plantar fascia issues, though. While he's out, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get some extra shots to play with. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • Report: Iman Shumpert could miss four weeks
      Iman Shumpert (dislocated left shoulder) could miss up to four weeks, according to Frank Isola of the Daily News.

      Advice: The Knicks diagnosed him with a dislocated shoulder and popped it back into place last night. It doesn't sound like he's going to need surgery and the team will just allow him to rehab. With Shumpert out, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get most of the playing time and is worth a look in standard leagues. Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin will play more, too. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:18 pm
    • Wilson Chandler (illness) will play Saturday
      Wilson Chanlder (illness) will play in Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: This is excellent news as the illness wasn't serious enough to make him miss any action. Chandler has run away with the starting small forward spot in Denver and has become a must-start option in all leagues. There are some rumors floating around about a trade to Oklahoma City, but a deal at this point looks unlikely and owners shouldn't be too concerned. Deploy him with confidence Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 10:23 am
    • Dion Waiters (abdomen) released from hospital
      Dion Waiters (abdomen) was released from the hospital in New Orleans and is on his way back to Cleveland after the tests came back normal.

      Advice: It is great to see him doing well and the Cavaliers should update his status shortly. Waiters has been inconsistent, but was really heating up before Friday night. He scored 14, 18 and 26 points with six 3-pointers over that stretch and it will be interesting to see if he can keep it going once he's back on the court. If he does miss time his minutes would likely be soaked up by Matthew Dellavedova and Shawn Marion. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:34 am
    • Wilson Chandler (illness) probable Saturday
      Wilson Chandler (illness) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Owners shouldn't be too concerned, as the illness isn't thought to be serious. Chandler has been fantastic this season, and has become a must-start option in fantasy leagues. His name has been floated around in trade rumors but it shouldn't have an impact on his play. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:14 am
    • Nick Young sprinkles swagger all over SA
      Nick Young hit 9-of-14 shots (including a crazy game-winner), six threes and hit all five of his free throws to finish with 29 points on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: We'll spare you all the Swaggy quotes from after the game because you're going to hear them everywhere else for a few days. Let's just say the man doesn't lack confidence and he makes a depressing basketball team much easier to watch. And he should be owned in all formats based on his solid late-round value when on the floor this year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 12:48 am
    • Dragic posts big 18-5-5 line in loss
      Goran Dragic scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Suns' 105-103 home loss to the reeling Pistons on Friday.

      Advice: This was a bad loss for the Suns and for Dragic and Eric Bledsoe's (16 points, five boards, two threes, one steal, one block) owners it's bad news that Isaiah Thomas is back. We like Bledsoe to hold his value better than Dragic, so if you own Dragic this is a good time to see what you can get in return via trade. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 12:28 am
    • Kyrie Irving sores 17 points in a loss
      Kyrie Irving scored 17 points against the Pelicans during a 119-114 loss on Friday with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

      Advice: His knee issue from Thursday is not a problem and he looked as agile as ever. Although, he missed his first 10 shots tonight. Irving was killing it earlier in the year from an efficiency standpoint, but he's made just 33.9 percent from the field in his last four. He probably wasn't going to make 47 percent all season, but his fantasy owners should still be quite pleased with his output. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 11:08 pm
    • Evan Fournier scores 18 points
      Evan Fournier scored 18 points with six rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers against the Hawks on Friday in 34 minutes.

      Advice: His minutes dipped significantly on Wednesday with just 21 against the Wizards, but he was back up to his normal allotment tonight. The more the Magic lose games the more likely they'll be giving Elfrid Payton more minutes. Fournier is still worth owning in standard leagues, but he's probably going to have some ups and downs. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:08 pm
    • Dion Waiters (abdominal pain) out for game
      Dion Waiters is dealing with abdominal pain on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: He is going to the hospital to be checked out and hopefully everything is fine. With Waiters out, Matthew Dellavedova will get some more run in the second unit while Shawn Marion may also see a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 6:58 pm
    • Shumpert leaves game with shoulder injury
      Iman Shumpert left Friday's game with what looked like a left shoulder injury and his return is questionable.

      Advice: Shumpert looked like he was in a ton of pain and had to be helped off the court. He just hasn't been able to stay healthy in his career and Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith will be the primary beneficiaries. Smith has a better fantasy stat set but he hasn't been able to stay healthy or out of Derek Fisher's doghouse, while Hardaway has been inconsistent and clashing with Carmelo Anthony. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 5:39 pm
    • Landry Fields is starting again on Friday
      Landry Fields is starting again on Friday night against the Pacers.

      Advice: Well, it wasn't a matchup against LeBron James on Tuesday after all because the Pacers do not have a big group of starters. Fields is still not going to be worth owning in standard leagues and he probably won't stick in the starting lineup much longer. Greivis Vasquez will come off the bench again. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 4:04 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kyrie Irving will play on Friday night
      Kyrie Irving will play against the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: He said he expected his knee to stiffen up on him, but everything seems to be fine. Irving looks safe to start in all leagues tonight. If you picked up Dion Waiters or Matthew Dellavedova last night, it's probably time to make a move. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:40 pm
    • James Young (shoulder) hopes to avoid surgery
      An MRI revealed a slight muscle tear in James Young's right shoulder, and he is hoping to avoid surgery.

      Advice: Young will rehab over the next few weeks, after which he will be re-evaluated. He was not a part of the Celtics rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications here. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:37 pm
       
      Injured
      3:00 pm @ Mia
    • Donald Sloan back in the rotation now?
      The Pacers second unit projects to be Donald Sloan, Solomon Hill, Chris Copeland, Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen.

      Advice: Sloan was out of the rotation before the switch and now he looks like he's back in. Of course, he has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:29 pm
    • Grizzlies send Jordan Adams back to D-League
      The Grizzlies have sent Jordan Adams down for another D-League stint.

      Advice: The only headlines that Adams makes are his send-downs and call-ups from the D-League. He'll get some experience down there, but he has zero fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 2:40 pm
    • OKC after Wilson Chandler?
      The Thunder have inquired about acquiring Wilson Chandler from the Nuggets, according to Chris Mannix of SI.com.

      Advice: Nothing is imminent, the Nuggets are 10-12, and Danilo Gallinari is not healthy, so Chandler will likely be with the Nuggets for a little while longer. He's been fantastic with the Nuggets recently and a trade would destroy his fantasy value. If he gets dealt, Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur and Gary Harris would all benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 1:54 pm
    • What back injury? James Harden scores 44
      James Harden put the Rockets on his back during a 113-109 overtime win against the Kings on Thursday, scoring a season-high 44 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 14-of-32 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line and had the ball in his hands throughout the night in 48 minutes. Harden is leading the NBA in scoring at 26.4 points per game while also posting averages of 6.2 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 triples. He's a stat factory and his shooting percentage is starting to come around, too. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 11:16 pm
    • Kyrie Irving expects knee to stiffen up on him
      Kyrie Irving said he expects his left knee to stiffen up on him, but expects to play on Friday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: He said he felt his knee buckle and the Thunder's team doctor examined him at halftime. Irving did have a left knee injury last season, so perhaps the Cavs take it easy on him and sit him down for one. Matthew Dellavedova and Dion Waiters would get more run should Kyrie sit. Again, it sounds like he should be out there for now. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 8:58 pm
    • Dion Waiters gets 13 shots, makes five
      Dion Waiters made 5-of-13 from the field for 14 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: He has seen his shots go up lately with 14.7 per game over his last three. Waiters has averages of just 1.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 triples, so he's not really adding much else to the scoring. Fantasy owners in standard leagues can leave him on the wire in most formats. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 7:58 pm
    • Kyrie Irving looks fine after injury scare
      Kyrie Irving started the second half after suffering a knee contusion in the second quarter on Thursday, finishing with 20 points, three rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 7-of-21 shooting.

      Advice: He looked a little apprehensive to start the second half, but seemed to have a little more confidence as the half went on. There shouldn't be too much concern about Irving heading into Friday's game against the Pelicans, but his owners might want to check back for an update after morning shootaround. Irving has been a top-five player in fantasy leagues so far this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 7:49 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (left knee contusion) will return
      Kyrie Irving only suffered a left knee contusion against the Thunder on Thursday and will return.

      Advice: Irving gave everyone a pretty good scare and he was down for quite some time, so the Cavs lucked out here. He sounds like he's going to start the second half and we'll let you know how he looks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 6:28 pm
    • James Young dealing with shoulder subluxation
      James Young is dealing with a shoulder subluxation, and is getting x-rays to determine the severity of the injury.

      Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens is unsure of how much time Young will miss, but we'll know more once the result of the x-rays are made public. Young wasn't a part of the Celtics' rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 12:10 pm
       
      Injured
      3:00 pm @ Mia
    • Martell Webster practices in limited capacity
      Martell Webster (back) practiced on Thursday, but was unable to participate in full.

      Advice: Webster has been ramping up his rehab, but didn't participate in a full-court practice on Thursday so we're reading tea leaves as to when he'll return. Webster's eventual return will cut in the fantasy value of Paul Pierce, Rasual Butler and Otto Porter, but standard league owners can feel free to leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 10:43 am
       
      Injured
      3:00 pm vs Pho
    • Wilson Chandler stays hot with 17 points
      Wilson Chandler hit 8-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Chandler's line would have been better, but the starters were benched in the fourth quarter in the blowout win. Chandler's a must-start player right now, and Danilo Gallinari is showing no signs of stealing his job. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 10, 11:12 pm
    • James Harden scores 34 in loss to Dubs
      James Harden played through a back injury and had 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and three 3-pointers on 14-of-27 shooting, but the Rockets fell to the Warriors.

      Advice: He outshined Stephen Curry (20-7-7) and Klay Thompson (21-4-4) tonight, but the Warriors got the last laugh with their 14th straight game and now sit at a ridiculous 19-2 on the season. The Rockets were 7-1 over their last eight games and were in this game until the end, but weren't able to win it in the end. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 10, 10:45 pm
    • Devin Harris scores 20 off Mavs bench
      Devin Harris came off the bench behind J.J. Barea on Wednesday and had 20 points, two rebounds, three assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13 shooting.

      Advice: He had scored just 6, 6, 10 and 2 points in each of his previous four games, but things will change with him if Jameer Nelson will miss time with his shoulder injury. If that's the case, Harris will be worth a short-term look. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 10, 10:16 pm
    • X-rays negative on Iman Shumpert's hand
      X-rays were negative on Iman Shumpert's right index finger on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was in some pain after being hit, but he didn't leave the game at the time of the injury. Shumpert was awful in the loss, scoring eight points with five rebounds, six assists and five turnovers in 30 minutes. He'll likely get it figured out and the Knicks are going to need him while Carmelo Anthony (knee) is out. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 10, 9:54 pm
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