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  • No minutes restriction for Alan Anderson Sun
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not have a minutes restriction for Sunday's Game 1 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Head coach Lionel Hollins said that Anderson "looked fine" during Sunday's shootaround, so he should slot into his usual role getting around 20 minutes off the bench. Anderson's return to the rotation will likely hurt the value of Bojan Bogdanovic. Rotoworld.com
    58 minutes ago
  • Mike Scott (back) will be available Sunday
    Hawks' head coach Mike Budenholzer said that Mike Scott will be available for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: Scott will provide the Hawks with some solid depth, but with Paul Millsap and Al Horford healthy, he's not a great guy to target in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:54 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Tyreke Evans (left knee bone bruise) is officially being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Evans said that he's still not able to run at full speed, and that he will be a game-time decision for Game 2. He's expected to test his knee during Monday's pregame warmups to see if he is able to push off his left leg and attack the basket without experiencing any pain, so it sounds like he'll be a true game-time call. If he's unable to go, Jrue Holiday and Norris Cole will be asked to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:24 pm
     
    Injured
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Kirk Hinrich (knee) is improving, but he's unsure about his status for Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Tony Snell will pick up most of Hinrich's reserve minutes if he's again unable to go on Monday, but he's not going to see enough floor time to matter in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:32 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Tyreke Evans says he will be a game-time call
    Tyreke Evans (left knee bone bruise) said he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Evans will not practice on Sunday, but he did say he was feeling a lot better and he wasn't walking with a limp. For what it's worth, the injury doesn't sound too serious and Evans said he will find a way to play. Expect an update after shootaround on Monday, but Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday would have to step up if Evans can't give it a go. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:51 am
     
    Injured
  • Amir Johnson will see consistent minutes
    Head coach Dwane Casey said that Amir Johnson will play the same amount of minutes he usually does even if he continues to come off the bench behind Tyler Hansbrough.

    Advice: Casey was impressed with Johnson after he scored a team-high 18 points with eight boards, one assist and one block vs. the Wizards on Saturday, and the fact that he played 34 minutes speaks volumes. Hansbrough will likely continue to start for now, but he saw just 13 minutes of action on Saturday and he will probably have a short leash from here on out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:39 am
  • Jeff Green's back is reportedly doing better
    According to teammate Zach Randolph, Jeff Green's back is showing improvement.

    Advice: Green is still listed as questionable, but all indications point to him playing vs. the Blazers on Sunday. His back has been bothering him for a while now, but he has been able to play through it so far and it's very unlikely that he will miss tonight's game. We will have an update on his status prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:29 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will play on Sunday
    Tony Allen (hamstring) is expected to play vs. the Blazers on Sunday according to head coach Dave Joerger, though he is still listed as a game-time decision.

    Advice: This is exciting news for the Grizzlies considering Allen has missed their last nine games, but he will be back in the rotation tonight. His minutes will likely be held in check for obvious reasons, but his return could reduce the workload of Courtney Lee, Jeff Green (back) and Vince Carter. Check back for an update closer to tip-off to confirm that Allen is indeed active. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:09 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • DeAndre Jordan not worried about free throws
    DeAndre Jordan expects to spend plenty of time at the free throw line against the Spurs, but said that he wasn't worried about it.

    Advice: "It’s happened all season, and I feel like a lot of the games that they’ve done it we’ve won," Jordan said in regards to teams intentionally putting him at the foul line. "I’m not really worried about it. When it does happen, which I know it will, I’ll just go to the line and shoot the basketball. It’s not something that I’m dreading, but I’m prepared for it. I’m ready." Despite shooting just 39.7 percent from the line this season, the Clippers are 9-0 when he shoots at least 14 free throws. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:19 am
  • Tobias Harris not worried about free agency
    Tobias Harris said that he is not worried about becoming a restricted free agent in the summer, as he knows the Magic will have the final say whether or not he will stay in Orlando.

    Advice: "I don’t really worry. I trust in God and I know that He has the ultimate plan for me,’’ Harris said. "You get a little nervous at times, but I think everything is going to work out for me. I wanted to go out and have a successful year and a great year and I think I’ve put in the work. It’s in the teams hands with whatever wants to be done. All I can do is really sit back and be patient at this time." Harris is expected to draw some serious interest in July, most notably from the Knicks, and it will be interesting to see if the Magic are wiling to match any offer. We will be following this story very closely over the summer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:54 am
     
    Injured
    L, 101-88 @ Bkn
  • James Harden scores 24 points with 11 dimes
    James Harden handled his business against the Mavs on Saturday during a 118-108 win, scoring 24 points with two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first double-double of his playoff career and Harden just killed the Mavs at the line, making 15-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Mavs also having injuries to two wings, Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons, is really going to hurt because of how Harden draws so many fouls. This was far from Harden's best game, so the Rockets have to be pleased they won by double-digits tonight. They host the Mavs again on Tuesday for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 19 points in 34 minutes
    Terrence Jones made 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 19 points against the Mavs on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: The shot total is almost shocking and this was the first time in Jones' career he's had more than 10 shots from the field and from the line. Jones saw a little more playing time than expected because of Dwight Howard getting into foul trouble, but he's still a good bet to play over 30 minutes per game in this series. Jones' season flew a little under the radar due to injuries, so he'll be a difference maker if he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Trevor Ariza has a dub-dub in great game
    Trevor Ariza was a wonderful two-way player against the Mavs on Saturday with 12 points, 10 boards, six assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The points don't tell the story. Ariza was a terror on defense and getting a double-double with six dimes went a long way. On the injury side of things, Ariza did have some cramping in both of his calves and he did receive some treatment. There's been no indication that he'll need to miss time going forward and this hasn't been a habitual problem for him. We're expecting him to be ready for Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Corey Brewer steps it up down the stretch
    Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores just 16 points vs. HOU
    Monta Ellis scored 16 points against the Rockets on Saturday with four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 5-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: This was not Monta's best game outside of a brilliant buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Ellis was able to attack the basket, but he just couldn't finish over the Rockets' size. Expect him to have a better game in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Tyreke Evans 'felt a little pop' in his knee
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he "felt a little pop" in his left knee on Saturday and will have an MRI Saturday night.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said this is a new injury for Evans. The Pelicans were just starting to get healthy, but now they might be without their top scoring guard. If he's out, Norris Cole would likely draw the start unless the team wants to lift Jrue Holiday's minutes limit. We'll look for the results on the MRI later today. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:42 pm
     
    Injured
  • Tyreke Evans (knee bruise) will not return
    Tyreke Evans suffered a left knee bruise on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: Evans' main issue with respect to injuries has been his left ankle, but he did have a knee injury back in December and he's had some other knee problems in the past. The Pelicans still went with Norris Cole to start the second half, so coach Monty Williams clearly wants to keep Jrue Holiday in the second unit. Cole is really going to have to play well against Stephen Curry. Evans finished with one point and one rebound. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
     
    Injured
  • Amir Johnson plays 34 minutes
    Amir Johnson played 34 minutes off the bench against the Wizards on Saturday, scoring a team-high 18 points with eight boards, one assist, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He was arguably the best player on the Raptors today and he'll likely be in the starting lineup for Game 2 on Tuesday. Johnson was rested for basically the last two weeks of the season due to his habitual ankle issues. Expect him to play close to 30 minutes going forward, assuming he avoids injuries and foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Mike Scott is not on the injury report
    Mike Scott (back) is not on the injury report for Game 1 against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: That means he should be ready to go. Scott suffered his back injury on Monday and missed the finale on Wednesday. He should have minutes in the mid-teens, but that's assuming Paul Millsap's shoulder holds up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:10 am
  • Mike Scott (back) expected to play Sunday
    Mike Scott (back) made it through practice on Saturday and is expected to be available for Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Scott has been a key contributor off the bench for the Hawks, and his presence is even more important considering Paul Millsap isn't 100 percent. We will have another update after shootaround Sunday, but things are definitely looking up for Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) plans to play Sunday
    Tony Allen (hamstring) plans to play on Sunday vs. the Blazers despite not being 100 percent.

    Advice: "I feel alright," Allen said. "I'm getting better day by day. I'm far from where I want to be, but I can tolerate the little pain I'm having." Allen is a warrior and it will take a lot for him to miss Sunday's game, so we expect to see him out there. We will consider him a game-time decision for now, but we should know more after shootaround. If Allen continues to sit out, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Jeff Green will have to step up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks, and it is unclear if he will be able to play in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: He has reportedly "plateaued" in his rehab, so it looks like he could miss more time. With Hinrich out of commission, Tony Snell will see some minutes in the rotation Saturday. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Jeff Green (back) questionable for Game 1
    Jeff Green (back) is questionable for Game 1 against the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Sources have intimated that Tony Allen (hamstring) is the only Grizzlies player to be in jeopardy and he'll probably do anything he can to get on the court. Among the group of banged up players in Memphis, Green's injury status has been a back-burner issue so owners may want to use him as they normally would. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:27 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Scott is progressing from injury
    Mike Scott (back) was a limited participant in practice on Friday and will be evaluated this weekend.

    Advice: "He is progressing," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We’ll know more between now and (Game 1) Sunday. I don’t think we can say either way that he is definitely in or definitely out. He went through a lot of practice today. We’ll see how he feels today and Sunday. We are hopeful he’ll be ready to go." With Paul Millsap back, Scott isn't going to be as important. If he's limited Mike Muscala would get more run with the second unit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:22 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) says he'll play Sunday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) said he'll be good to go for Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Anderson being available, which dampens the value of Bajon Bogdanovic. He should see his minutes in the mid-20s if is indeed able to play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:17 am
  • Tony Allen likely to be a game-time call
    Tony Allen (hamstring) is likely going to be a game-time decision for Game 1 on Sunday and did go through practice on Friday.

    Advice: The good news is that he expects to play. "I'm gonna try and test it," Allen said. "I've been amped up mentally. Physically I haven't. I'm just trying to get healthy as we go forward." He might have a minutes limit and could come off the bench. With Allen back, Jeff Green, Vince Carter and Courtney Lee lose some appeal. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:16 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) doesn't practice Friday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) was unable to practice Friday, and his status is uncertain for Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: If Hinrich can't go, Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of his minutes. Hinrich is a solid defender, but he doesn't really bring a lot to the stat sheet, so he's not really a factor in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:14 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) practices on Friday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) was a full participant during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Anderson didn't play in the Nets' final seven games of the season, but it sounds like there's a chance he's ready to go for Game 1 when the Nets open up their first round series against the Hawks on Sunday. His return to action would likely take away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:12 am
  • Howard's minutes to increase for playoffs
    Dwight Howard's minutes restriction will rise to around 32 minutes per game for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: Howard should eventually be without a minutes restriction at some point, but he should get the most floor time he's seen since returning from his knee injury during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Saturday. The more minutes Dwight gets, the further Joey Dorsey will fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Lionel hopes Anderson can return for playoffs
    Lionel Hollins said that he was hopeful that Alan Anderson (ankle) could return for the playoffs, but he also doesn't know where Anderson is at in his recovery.

    Advice: Anderson spent the final seven games of the season on the sidelines, but the Nets don't have their first playoff game until Sunday, giving him an additional three days to get things right. Hollins likes Anderson's defense, so if he is able to go, he'd likely siphon away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:33 am
  • James Harden triple-doubles, will face Mavs
    James Harden's triple-double helped the Rockets beat the Jazz 117-91 on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This is just his second game all season with single-digit attempts from the field (3-of-8) and from the line (8-of-8). Looking ahead, the Rockets will now take on the Mavs in the first round. In four games against them this season, Harden averaged 24.8 points, 6.0 boards, 5.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.5 treys on 44.3 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 21 minutes in blowout
    Dwight Howard played just 21 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert did block him once, but this was a great game for Dwight tonight. He would have played a lot more, but the Rockets had this game in the bag during the third quarter. He'll get a tough matchup against the Mavs and Tyson Chandler. Dwight only had one game vs. Dallas this year, scoring eight points with seven boards in 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Amir Johnson scores two in 21 minutes
    Amir Johnson scored two points during a 92-87 win over the Hornets on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He only played 16 minutes on Tuesday and may not be at 100 percent. Johnson will get a few days off before the playoffs start on Saturday. He'll likely see minutes in the mid 20s in the first round. The Wizards will travel to Toronto for Game 1 of that series. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Amir Johnson off bench, Psycho T starting
    Amir Johnson will come off the Raptors' bench again on Wednesday, with Tyler Hansbrough earning another start at power forward.

    Advice: It's surprising to see coach Dwane Casey leave Johnson in a reserve role, though it may be designed to keep his playing time in check due to his recent ankle injury. Hansbrough has been a marginal fantasy option even when starting, and Johnson's minutes are too limited to rely on him in typical fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:00 pm
  • Tobias Harris won't play due to sore Achilles
    Tobias Harris will not play on Wednesday due to a sore right Achilles.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of an Achilles injury for Harris and it sounds like a convenient excuse to rest him in a meaningless game, as the Magic can't move up or down the draft-lottery board. His absence shifts more playing time to Moe Harkless and Aaron Gordon. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 101-88 @ Bkn
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) out for Wednesday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be his seventh consecutive game out of the lineup. With Anderson out, suddenly hot Bojan Bogdanovic should get more chances to score in a must-win game. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play Wednesday
    Dwight Howard is expected to play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: This is just a reminder that Dwight will be back after missing Monday. He should get around 28-32 minutes against Rudy Gobert, which should be fun to watch. Howard has played well in his last four, averaging 17.3 points, 11.0 boards and 1.3 blocks. Start him even in a bad matchup unless free throw percentage is really important to you tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:05 am
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) rejuvenated Tuesday
    Amir Johnson (ankle) came off Toronto's bench on Tuesday for eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in only 16 minutes of action.

    Advice: Tyler Hansbrough earned another start but Johnson, who missed the Raptors' past four games, should retake the starting PF job as soon as Wednesday's contest vs. the Hornets. Johnson looked rejuvenated tonight after battling nagging injuries for most of the season, which is great news for the Raptors as they gear up for the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Amir Johnson will come off the bench Tuesday
    Amir Johnson (ankle) will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Johnson's minutes will likely be limited in his first game back in action since April 3, so he's not a great option in most leagues. His return to the rotation will really hurt the limited value of Tyler Hansbrough, so while Psycho T will remain a starter, he won't be worth using in most leagues, as his minutes will likely take a hit tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:59 pm
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) out Wednesday vs. IND
    Tony Allen (hamstring) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: There was some hope that Allen would be able to return for the regular-season finale, but that will not be the case. With Allen sidelined, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter, and Jeff Green will all split his minutes, with Green offering the most upside out of the group. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of Hinrich's minutes, with Rose offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: If Anderson is able to return to action on Wednesday, a majority of his minutes will come at the expense of Bajon Bogdanovic. Anderson is only worth considering as a steals and 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:01 pm
  • Mike Scott (back) ruled out for Wednesday
    Mike Scott (back contusion) will not travel to Chicago for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: With Paul Millsap's (shoulder) status up in the air for Tuesday, and Scott out, Mike Muscala could be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes. He has however been struggling lately, scoring just two and five points in his previous two outings, so he'll be a risky play in daily leagues despite the increased opportunity. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:20 am
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) will be a GTD on Tuesday
    Amir Johnson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Raptors want to get Johnson 100 percent healthy heading into the playoffs, so there's certainly a chance he sits this one out. Tyler Hansbrough and Patrick Patterson will log extended minutes if Johnson sits, but neither guy makes for a great play in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:09 am
  • Amir Johnson questionable for Tues vs Celtics
    Amir Johnson (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he'd like to get Johnson some playing time on Tuesday or during Wednesday's game against the Hornets, but is prioritizing getting the big man 100 percent healthy for the playoffs. We should have an update later on Johnson later int he day, but Tyler Hansbrough would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Johnson can't suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:08 am
  • Green (back) returns to action on Monday
    Jeff Green (back) got on the floor on Monday against the Warriors, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies starters got throttled by the Dubs and they're all banged up, so it wouldn't be shocking if the now No. 6 seed Grizzlies gave up on seeding and rested up. Use guys like Green and Courtney Lee (nine points, one three, three boards, one steal, 21 minutes) at your own risk on Wednesday against the Pacers, who will be playing for a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:05 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Tobias Harris scores 26 points vs. Heat
    Tobias Harris had 26 points, 12 boards, one assist and two 3-pointers during a 100-93 loss to the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: The Magic are planning to re-sign Harris this summer and it's going to cost them quite a bit to do so. Harris played well over his last five, averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.6 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. He's going to be a mid-round target next season, assuming he stays in Orlando. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:21 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 101-88 @ Bkn
  • James Harden scores 29 in a win
    James Harden scored 29 points against the Hornets on Monday during a 100-90 win, adding six rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's going to need a miracle to earn the scoring title and he's also lost a lot of ground in the MVP race because of how Stephen Curry is burying treys like the world has never seen. Still, Harden has been a monster and he's a big reason why the Rockets will play for the No. 2 seed on Wednesday. They do need a lot of help, though. Harden will be a top-three fantasy pick next season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:07 pm
  • Terrence Jones double-doubles with 4 blocks
    Terrence Jones double-doubled on Monday against the Hornets with 10 points, 11 boards, two assists and four blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up some minutes at center tonight with Dwight Howard getting some rest. Jones' numbers have dipped a bit in his last five, averaging 7.6 points, 4.8 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.2 treys. He'll look to finish strong on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Alan Anderson out again on Monday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: It'll be his sixth straight game out of the lineup. Bojan Bogdanovic started the second half on Sunday and he could be looking at more minutes tonight based on his improved play. Give him a look in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 1:59 pm
  • Jeff Green (back) will play on Monday night
    Jeff Green (back) will play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He's been dealing with a back issue for about a week, but he's played in each of his last three games since suffering the injury. Green could be looking at a lot of responsibility with Marc Gasol (ankle) and Mike Conley (foot) up in the air. He should be worth starting in standard leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 1:57 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Amir Johnson may sit out one more game
    Amir Johnson (ankle) said he is feeling better and would play in a playoff game.

    Advice: He added he doesn't want to rush it, so Johnson could miss Tuesday's game. Tyler Hansbrough had a letdown on Saturday and would start again. We should have an update at Tuesday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 12:13 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play on Monday vs. Nets
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday against the Nets.

    Advice: Hinrich didn't go through shootaround and isn't expected to return until at least Game 1 of the playoffs. It will be the Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks show at point guard for Chicago, and that's the way it should remain regardless of whether or not Hinrich is available. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 8:07 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Monta Ellis (rest) will not play on Monday
    Monta Ellis (rest) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.

    Advice: J.J. Barea is likely to get the start in his place, but it should mean extended run for Richard Jefferson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton as well. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 8:02 am
  • Magic planning on re-signing Tobias Harris
    The Magic are planning to re-sign Tobias Harris in free agency.

    Advice: Harris, who is slated to become a restricted free agent, will have no shortage of offers, but Orlando GM Rob Hennigan said that the club plans on bringing him back "no matter what" the cost is. We'll see how serious he is when Harris starts getting multiyear offers between $12 and $15 million annually. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 6:19 am
     
    Injured
    L, 101-88 @ Bkn
  • Monta Ellis expected to sit out Monday's game
    Monta Ellis is not expected to travel to Utah for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Ellis is one of the league's premier 'iron men' who never willingly misses a game, but he managed only four points on 2-of-8 FGs vs. the Lakers on Sunday and a day off could do him good. He'll get two days of rest before potentially returning vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, and his absence should result in plentiful minutes for J.J. Barea, Richard Jefferson and Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 9:54 pm
  • Monta Ellis lousy in 30 minutes vs. Lakers
    Monta Ellis struggled vs. the Lakers on Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle is rotating his key veterans into the DNP-CD cycle and Ellis could be a candidate on Monday, though he's always averse to missing games. Monta sat alone and looked sullen when the Mavs won in double-OT on Friday, and there were reports a few weeks ago that his "moodiness" has negatively impacted the Mavs' locker room, so we'll keep an eye on the situation. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 9:20 pm
  • Terrence Jones quiet in 25 mins vs. Pelicans
    Terrence Jones was quiet in 25 minutes vs. the Pelicans, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: A matchup with Anthony Davis is enough to slow down any power forward, and Jones faces an additional challenge with teammate Dwight Howard vacuuming up rebounds and dominating the paint. Dwight will rest on Monday, however, making Jones an excellent option vs. the Hornets' injury-ravaged frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 6:45 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores 20 points, shoots 6-of-11
    Corey Brewer scored 20 points with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes on Sunday, helping Houston hold off the Pelicans for a 121-114 victory.

    Advice: Brewer has been nowhere near fantasy value over the past few weeks, averaging just 7.8 points on 32.7 percent shooting, so it was nice to see him make 6-of-11 field goals and 8-of-11 free throws tonight. He's not a 3-point threat and his steals have tailed off lately, so most fantasy owners should leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 6:38 pm
  • Dwight Howard posts 19 & 11 w/ three blocks
    Dwight Howard played 28 minutes during Sunday's win vs. the Pelicans, which he finished with 19 points (7-of-10 FGs, 5-of-11 FTs), 11 rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: As a reminder, Howard will not play vs. the Hornets on Monday. He has three straight double-doubles despite being on a fairly strict minute-limit, and over his past four games he's averaging 17.3 points on 67.5 percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. Considering he missed almost two months with a serious knee injury, this is all fantasy owners could have hoped for. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 6:37 pm
  • Mike Scott leads Hawks w/ 19 points in defeat
    Mike Scott led the Hawks with 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting vs. the Wizards, hitting three 3-pointers with three rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Hawks' reserve forward has explosive offensive potential, as evidenced by his averages of 17.0 points and 2.1 triples per 36 minutes this season. He's averaging only 16.2 minutes per game this season and will be limited with the Hawks' starters returning on Monday, however, so don't put too much stock in tonight's outburst. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 5:53 pm
  • Jeff Green (back) questionable Monday
    Jeff Green (back) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Green has been dealing with back spasms for a while now, and he has continued to play despite not being 100 percent. The Grizzlies could desperately use the bodies Monday, so we would expect Green to remain on the active roster, especially with Tony Allen (hamstring) not even traveling. We should know more on Green's status after shootaround on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 3:58 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Dwight Howard to play Sunday, rest on Monday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans, but he will sit out Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Howard isn't cleared to play in both games of a back-to-back set, so there are no surprises here. Howard belongs in all active lineups Sunday as long as you can deal with his awful free throw shooting, while Terrence Jones, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey will all benefit in his absence vs. the Hornets on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 8:52 am
  • DeAndre Jordan makes free throws
    DeAndre Jordan made 6-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for 16 points with 16 boards, three steals and two blocks.

    Advice: He's not supposed to be this good from the line. In fact, he hasn't made over 70 percent from the line with at least three attempts in any game in 2015 before tonight. Jordan's fantasy owners shouldn't care by now thanks to the boards, field goal percentage and blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 10:11 pm
  • Jeff Green plays 41 minutes vs. Clippers
    Jeff Green played 41 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer on 5-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He took an elbow to the face from Blake Griffin, but Green seems to be fine. He was questionable for this game due to a lower back issue, but obviously playing 41 minutes suggests he's fine. If Marc Gasol (ankle) is out, Green is going to have some major offensive responsibilities. He looks like a high-upside, must-start player for Monday against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 9:54 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jeff Green (back) will play vs. the Clippers
    Jeff Green (back) will play vs. the Clippers on Saturday night.

    Advice: Green is going to be very busy with Mike Conley and Tony Allen in street clothes, so he belongs in all active lineups tonight despite not being 100 percent. We will let you know how his back holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 7:05 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Tobias Harris scores 15 points vs. NYK
    Tobias Harris scored 15 points against the Knicks on Saturday with five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He'll be a restricted free agent this summer and there have been plenty of rumors of the Long Island native going back home. Harris and the Magic have a big of a logjam at forward with Aaron Gordon likely in line of minutes, but he'd still be main option. He's a must-start player the rest of the way this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 6:44 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 101-88 @ Bkn
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not return on Sat
    Kirk Hinrich suffered a hyperextended left knee on Saturday vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

    Advice: He has had some tough luck with his knee in recent weeks, but the good news is that he plans on traveling for Monday's game vs. the Nets. However, with Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks both healthy, Hinrich won't be making an impact in fantasy leagues any time soon. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more, but he belongs on the wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 6:41 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) out again for Sunday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Sunday.

    Advice: It will be his fifth consecutive game out of the lineup. Anderson did not even travel and coach Lionel Hollins hinted Anderson could be out for the rest of the regular season. Bojan Bogdanovic is worth a look in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 2:37 pm
  • Jeff Green is questionable for Saturday night
    Jeff Green (back) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies haven't been updating most of their injured guys heading into games, so we might not get an official word on Green until just before the 10:00 EDT tip. For now, his owners can take a no news is good news approach. Green did play 33 minutes on Wednesday and they'll definitely need him in a massive game tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 1:02 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Dwight Howard will sit Sunday or Monday
    Dwight Howard said he will rest Sunday or Monday, but doesn't know which one yet.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and Dwight has yet to play in both games of a back-to-back set since his return to the lineup. On the night he sits, there should be more minutes going to Terrence Jones, Joey Dorsey and Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 11:15 am
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) listed as out Saturday
    Amir Johnson (ankle) is listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: This will be Johnson's fourth consecutive game on the shelf, but he was able to go through a full shootaround on Friday and appears to be close to making a return. However, Johnson belongs on the wire in most leagues at this point in the season. Tyler Hansbrough has been playing well with the first unit and is worth a look as a cheap source of points and boards. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 11:10 am
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) could return April 15
    Tony Allen (hamstring) could return for the regular-season finale against the Pacers on April 15.

    Advice: He will remain out for Saturday's game against the Clippers as well as Monday vs. the Warriors, but the Grizzlies will at least be glad that Allen is on track to return before the playoffs. Allen shouldn't be owned in almost any league following this news, while Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Jeff Green will all benefit. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 7:31 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Tobias Harris says the Magic hold his fate
    Tobias Harris is set to become a restricted free agent in the summer, but he wants to remind people that the Magic will determine whether he stays or goes.

    Advice: "There's a lot of things you have to look at in any type of free agency, but what I think what everybody's beginning to forget is that [I'll be] a restricted free agent," Harris said. "So whatever happens, it's in the organization's hands to make a call. So I think everybody has to really keep that in mind and not just say, 'You might want to go here and there.' " Harris has had a pretty decent season and is sure to command a lot of interest this summer, but any interested teams will likely have to overpay to have a chance of stealing him from the Magic. For obvious reasons, we will be watching this story very closely in the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 6:40 am
     
    Injured
    L, 101-88 @ Bkn
  • Jones gets back on track against the Spurs
    Terrence Jones scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds and one block in the Rockets' 104-103 loss to the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: Jones' conditioning has been a question mark since returning and there have also been reports of aggravation to his rib injury. This game goes a long way toward getting him back into lineups, however, because his immense upside is very hard to pass up. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 11:04 pm
  • Howard double-doubles in loss to SA
    Dwight Howard scored 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting (6-of-9 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 27 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Howard's minutes are slowly getting ramped up for the playoffs and he's more or less where owners want him to be productivity-wise. He's much better than the deep league asset we called him earlier today, though there is going to be risk of DNPs as we finish the season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 11:02 pm
  • Terrence Jones still not over rib injury
    Terrence Jones was hit in his ribs on Wednesday night and it bothered him the rest of the night.

    Advice: Perhaps this explains why he only played 17 minutes and didn't look like his usual self on Wednesday. Jones will likely get minutes in the 22-26 range tonight, which is more than enough to start him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 3:42 pm
  • McHale hopes to bump up Dwight's mins Fri
    Kevin McHale said that he hopes to increase Dwight Howard's minutes for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The Rockets are slowly but surely increasing Dwight's minutes, and while McHale didn't give a precise figure, it's reasonable to assume he'll see somewhere between 24-28 minutes tonight. His price tag in daily leagues is way too high to be considered a quality plug-and-play option, but he's worth owning as a low-end asset in deep leagues assuming you're punting the free throw category. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 3:32 pm
  • Alan Anderson without a timetable
    Alan Anderson (ankle) doesn't have a timetable to return.

    Advice: "I don't know if he's coming back at all," coach Lionel Hollins said. Bojan Bogdanovic is playing some encouraging ball right now and is worth a look in standard leagues. Anderson can be dropped everywhere. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 3:02 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) out Friday vs. WAS
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will remain sidelined for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: This will be Anderson's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and with him unavailable, look for Thaddeus Young to get all the run he can handle with Bojan Bogdanovic getting some extended run. Bojan has been playing well lately, and he's worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 7:59 am
  • James Harden: 'I am the MVP'
    James Harden made his own case for MVP honors during a recent interview, boldly claiming: "I am the MVP."

    Advice: "I feel as though I am the MVP," Harden said. "I think the MVP is the most valuable player to your team. Obviously you have to be winning and be one of the top teams in this league and we are. I'm not taking credit away from anybody else in the league. But I've been consistent all year. I've just been doing the right things to put my team in situations to win, considering all of the different circumstances we've had to deal with." The vote is going to come down to either Harden or Stephen Curry, and you can make a legitimate case for either. Harden may or may not be the MVP this year, but after having a career-year with the Rockets this season, Harden has likely carried a lot of fantasy teams to the Finals with his ridiculous stat lines. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 7:00 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will play Thursday vs. the Heat
    Kirk Hinrich is a go for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Hinrich is one of those guys that helps his actual team much more than a fantasy team. He's averaging a meager 5.9 points and 2.3 assists on the season, so it's safe to ignore Hinrich in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 9, 3:43 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Tony Allen (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Allen is expected to be out through the weekend, and it'll be Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, and Vince Carter picking up the slack in his absence. Green offers the most upside out of the group. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 9, 3:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kirk Hinrich probable to play vs Heat Thurs
    Kirk Hinrich is probable to play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Hinrich only played 15 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Magic, so he'll likely be limited along with Derrick Rose on Thursday. With a split of minutes with both Rose and Aaron Brooks on Thursday, Hinrich has very little fantasy value outside of the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 9, 10:46 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • James Harden scores 22 in a loss
    James Harden made 6-of-15 from the field against the Spurs during a 110-98 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This one is going to sting for the Rockets with the Grizzlies and Blazers winning tonight while the Clippers are on a four-game winning streak. In fact, it's very possible the Rockets fall to the fifth seed this weekend with a loss to the Spurs on Friday. They'll be in Houston for that one, though. The Rockets also set the record for most 3-pointers in a season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 8, 9:47 pm
  • Terrence Jones plays just 17 minutes
    Terrence Jones played just 17 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday with two points and one turnover.

    Advice: It was an awful game from Jones with no other stats, making just 1-of-3 from the field. He just didn't have it tonight and he should be better on Friday against these same Spurs. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 8, 9:41 pm
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