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  • Rivers won't commit to Johnson as starter
    Despite the fact that the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak with Wes Johnson as the starting small forward, Doc Rivers would not commit to keeping him in the starting five long-term.

    Advice: "That lineup is a lineup that I'm going to keep moving, depending on guys," Rivers said. "I like Wes the most because of his size and his ability to shoot, but there's nights where you play a great offensive player at that spot and we may go with a defensive guy. We're going to just keep moving it around." Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce and Johnson are going to continue subbing in-and-out of the starting five for the foreseeable future, making it tough to own any of these guys in most leagues. 28 minutes ago
  • Gerald Green runs w/ starters at shootaround
    Gerald Green was spotted running with the starting unit during Wednesday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: Luol Deng (hamstring) is extremely unlikely to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons, and it looks like Erik Spoelstra is contemplating giving Green the start over rookie Justise Winslow. Green can fill it up when given the minutes, but he's been pretty horrible this season with averages of just 7.6 points and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He'll also be competing for touches with Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as a starter, so even as a punt play in DFS, he'll be a very risky option. 40 minutes ago
  • Pekovic participates in pick-and-roll drills
    Nikola Pekovic (right Achilles) was spotted going through some two-on-none pick-and-roll work with Ricky Rubio on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pekovic won't play on Wednesday, but this is the next step in his progression from the offseason Achilles surgery. However, with Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng on the roster, there's no reason to own Pek in any format. 52 minutes ago
  • Mitch McGary (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Mitch McGary (ankle) was moving well during Wednesday morning's shootaround, according to beat reporter Anthony Slater, and he'll likely be available vs. the Nets.

    Advice: McGary is averaging just 5.7 minutes per game this season, so his playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy leagues. 56 minutes ago
  • Beverley (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) was a full participant during shootaround, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Beverley seems on track to make his return on Wednesday, but he's going to come off the bench and his minutes will be monitored, making him an unattractive option in most leagues. Beverley could conceivably start for the Rockets at some point, but he's likely headed for a three-way timeshare with Jason Terry and Ty Lawson; meaning at best he could only be viewed as a steals and 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Today, 9:14 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) out Wednesday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not accompany the Heat on their two-game road trip, and he will not play Wednesday against the Pistons.

    Advice: Stoudmire has just suited up for the Heat two times this season, so his absence from the lineup will have zero consequences with regards to fantasy hoops. He's also doubtful for Friday's game against the Knicks, and at this stage in his career, Amare should not be owned in any leagues. Today, 9:09 am
  • Channing Frye will start Wednesday vs. Knicks
    Channing Frye will replace Victor Oladipo in the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Joining him in the starting unit will be Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucavic. Frye is about as hit-or-miss as they come, and with averages of just 6.5 points, 4.0 boards and 1.5 three-pointers on 36.1 percent shooting as a starter this season, he's not worth a pickup in most leagues. It'll be interesting just how long he sticks in the starting five, as Aaron Gordon seems like the better option. Today, 9:01 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) doubtful for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (hamstring) is not expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Deng said that he will wait until closer to Friday before determining his status for the Heat's game against the Knicks, implying that he will not suit up tonight. Owners of Deng should keep him on their bench, and Goran Dragic will see a bit of a boost sans Deng. Justise Winslow will have the opportunity to enter the starting five with Deng on the sidelines, but he doesn't really fill up the stat sheet even when given the minutes. Today, 8:36 am
  • Nik Stauskas (knee) ruled out for road trip
    Nik Stauskas (left knee contusion) has been ruled out for the remainder of the 76ers three-game road trip.

    Advice: Stauskas is expected to miss the next week of action, which will translate to more opportunity for guys like Robert Covington, Isaiah Canaan, JaKarr Sampson and Hollis Thompson, with Covington offering the most upside. Stauskas wasn't playing very well before the injury, so owners may want to consider sending him to the waiver wire. Today, 8:29 am
  • Nik Stauskas (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Brett Brown said that Nik Stauskas (left knee contusion) might not be available for the rest of the 76ers three-game road trip. Today, 8:15 am
  • Shumpert (wrist) making progress in recovery
    Iman Shumpert (wrist) has progressed to short-range form shooting with his surgically repaired right wrist, and he's also converting layups.

    Advice: Shumpert is shooting to return by mid-December, which is right at the 12-week mark of his initial 12-14 week timetable. He'll provide a major boost to the Cavs' second-unit, but he can't be viewed as much more than a 3-point and steals specialist in deep leagues. Today, 8:12 am
  • Patrick Beverley's minutes will be monitored
    Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that he will monitor Patrick Beverley's (ankle) minutes upon his return.

    Advice: Beverley is questionable to play Wednesday against the Grizzlies, but if he does get on to the court following a five-game absence, he will continue to come off the bench and Bickerstaff will be cautious with his minutes. Bickerstaff said he likes the leadership that Jason Terry brings, which is why Terry will continue to start, and it's looking like this could turn into a three-way timeshare at the point guard slot in Houston between JET, Ty Lawson and Beverley; which isn't great from a fantasy standpoint. Today, 7:43 am
  • Kobe Bryant says he could be averaging 35 PPG
    Kobe Bryant said he wasn't really all that worried about his current career-low shooting percentage (31.1 percent) following the Lakers blowout loss to the Warriors on Tuesday, and added that he could be averaging 35 points per game if he really wanted to.

    Advice: "I'm not really worried about it, honestly," Bryant said. "My shooting will be better. I could've scored 80 [Tuesday vs. Golden State]. It wouldn't have made a damn difference. We just have bigger problems. I could be out there averaging 35 points a game. We'd be what, 3-11? We've got to figure out how to play systematically in a position that's going to keep us in ballgames." Given that Kobe is currently shooting a career-low 31.1 percent from the field, he'd need roughly 50 shots a game to get to that 35 points per game averages, so he's right that that probably wouldn't be best for his team. He also missed a layup on his way to a 1-of-14 shooting performance Tuesday night, so 80 points seems a tad unrealistic. Today, 6:27 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores four points in loss
    Jordan Clarkson scored just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: It was easily the worst game of his season which is a shame because he averaged 18.0 points per game in his previous five outings. The Lakers aren't going anywhere this season and may shift gears and start looking towards the future (their draft pick is top-3 protected next summer), so Clarkson's value should rise as the season progresses. He deserves a pass for tonight's performance. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Kobe Bryant shoots 1-of-14 from the field
    Kobe Bryant shot just 1-of-14 from the field in Tuesday's blowout loss against the Warriors, finishing with four points, six boards, two assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: In case you're wondering, it was the worst shooting performance of his career and some of his shots weren't close at all. Father Time is undefeated and the Black Mamba is his next victim, so his owners shouldn't be expecting too much out of him going forward. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Noah Vonleh quiet in another start
    Noah Vonleh started again on Tuesday, but hit just 3-of-7 shots for seven points, three rebounds and a block in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Ed Davis played 35 minutes off the bench and is the starter for all intents and purposes, and finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. With Meyers Leonard out, Davis is the guy you want to own here. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores four points off bench
    Paul Pierce moved to the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets, finishing with four points, one steal and one board in 19 minutes.

    Advice: This is the second consecutive game that Pierce has played less than 20 minutes and it doesn't help that Wes Johnson played well with the starters tonight. Feel free to move on from Pierce if you haven't already. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Wes Johnson scores 11 points in start Tues
    Wes Johnson scored 11 points in a start at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets, adding two boards, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He probably would have seen a few extra minutes if he didn't get into foul trouble, but it was an encouraging game for Johnson and it's possible that he could stick in the starting lineup. Paul Pierce hasn't been playing well and Lance Stephenson is still Lance Stephenson, so feel free to take a flier on Johnson if you're in a deep league. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Raymond Felton scores 16 off Mavs' bench
    Raymond Felton hit 5-of-8 shots and four 3-pointers for 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Devin Harris got the night off for rest and Deron Williams was benched in the fourth quarter with the score out of hand. This was just his fifth game in double-digit scoring this season, so as long as Williams, Harris and J.J. Barea are healthy, Felton will have a tough time doing things like this consistently. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Paul Pierce will move back to the bench
    Paul Pierce will move to the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Pierce started vs. the Raptors on Sunday and played just 19 minutes, but the Clippers will likely continue to shuffle their lineup until they find some success. Pierce is only an option in deeper fantasy leagues. Wes Johnson will draw the start on Tuesday. Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Wes Johnson will start, Paul Pierce to bench
    Wes Johnson will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets with Paul Pierce moving to the bench.

    Advice: The Clippers haven't gotten a lot of production out of Pierce or Lance Stephenson, so it will be interesting to see if Johnson can build some momentum. Johnson's minutes will still be relatively low with the starters, so owners in deeper leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Yesterday, 5:22 pm
  • Nik Stauskas diagnosed with knee contusion
    An MRI revealed nothing more than a left knee contusion for Nik Stauskas, and the 76ers are currently listing him as day-to-day.

    Advice: A knee contusion typically isn't a lengthy absence, but given the way the 76ers tend to handle injuries, we're going to consider Stauskas doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Celtics. Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington will benefit sans Sauce Castillo. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire dealing with an illness
    Amare Stoudemire is dealing with an illness and was limited during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Stoudemire's status for Wednesday's game in Detroit is currently up in the air, and with both him and Hassan Whiteside (illness) questionable for Wednesday's game, Erik Spoelstra may be forced to bring Udonis Haslem back into the rotation. Haslem wouldn't have much value in most leagues, but if Whiteside can't give it a go, Andre Drummond could be in for another monster game on Wednesday. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) sits out practice Tues
    Luol Deng (hamstring) sat out Tuesday's practice and is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are tricky, and given that Deng said his hamstring tightened up on him during Monday's game, it wouldn't be surprising to see him wearing a suit on Wednesday night. If Deng can't give it a go tomorrow, Goran Dragic would have some increased opportunity for touches on offense. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would also see a spike to their usage rates, and Justise Winslow would have the opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Kobe Bryant sits out Tuesday's shootaround
    Kobe Bryant did not participate during shootaround, but he's still fully expected to suit up for Tuesday night's game against the undefeated Warriors.

    Advice: Byron Scott is just giving Kobe as much rest as possible prior to tonight's game, but there's no reason to believe he won't be out there. The Dubs currently own the sixth-best defense in the league, so owners of Bryant can expect plenty of missed shots tonight. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Mithc McGary (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Mitch McGary (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: McGary's been a negligible part of the rotation for the Thunder this season, so there won't be much fantasy fallout if he's unable to give it a go. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) practices on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, and has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Beverley is on track to play Wednesday, although interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that Jason Terry will still be the starting point guard upon Beverley's return. JET as the starting point is not a trend that's likely to continue once Beverley is fully up to speed, but this is very bad news for Ty Lawson owners as his minutes will head even further south with Patrick active. Beverley won't score a lot of points, but he should be able to do enough with steals and 3-pointers to warrant a roster spot in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire says Knicks mis-used him
    Amare Stoudemire said the Knicks didn't use he and Carmelo Anthony properly.

    Advice: While some would argue injuries affected his play in New York more, Stoudemire placed some blame for his disappointing Knicks tenure on the team. "I don’t think we had enough opportunities to play together,’’ Stoudemire said. "I moved to the bench and [became the] sixth, seventh man. When I was in the game, Melo, he was out of the game and vice versa. When we did play together, we showed some flashes of what we could do on the pick-and-roll." War of words aside, Stoudemire can be ignored by fantasy owners as he doesn't play enough to provide any value. Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Mitch McGary twists his ankle on Monday
    Mitch McGary twisted his ankle in Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He was getting a few minutes of action in garbage time, so it's tough to see him suffer an injury in a blowout win. McGary was in a lot of pain and could be looking at some time on the shelf, but he wasn't on the fantasy radar anyways because he has been buried on the bench. Monday, 9:44 pm
  • Luol Deng plays 31 minutes vs. Knicks
    Luol Deng scored nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision to play today due to a hamstring issue. Deng has not been heavily involved in the offense and has taken less than 10 shots from the field in seven of his last eight games. Deng's low ceiling makes him an undesirable player to own in standard leagues. Monday, 9:40 pm
  • Nik Stauskas (knee) will have an MRI Tuesday
    Nik Stauskas (left knee pain) will have an MRI on Tuesday.

    Advice: He wasn't able to play in the second half of Monday's game vs. the Wolves after he complained about some soreness, and he didn't look quite right with just one shot attempt on the night. Isaiah Canaan started the second half on Sunday, while Robert Covington would also benefit if Stauskas needs to miss time. For what it's worth, Stauskas wouldn't reveal if he thought he had any ligament damage, so it certainly sounds like it's possible that he could be looking at an extended absence. Monday, 8:10 pm
  • Channing Frye gets seven minutes
    Channing Frye played seven minutes against the Cavs on Monday with nine points and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was really late on some defensive rotations late in the game and he did not enter the game until seven minutes were left in the fourth quarter. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Nik Stauskas (left knee pain) will not return
    Nik Stauskas (left knee pain) will not return to Monday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: Stauskas missed his only shot attempt of the night and complained about his knee at halftime, so Isaiah Canaan started the second half. Stauskas has struggled all season long despite having the green light from deep and virtually no competition for minutes, but owners in deep leagues may want to wait until we get a firm update before making any changes. Monday, 6:32 pm
  • Luol Deng will start on Monday night
    Luol Deng (hamstring) will start against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He might be limited tonight with his hamstring issue and had tightness for much of the day. If Deng doesn't get his normal playing time, that could mean more minutes for Justise Winslow. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire out for Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) will not play on Monday against the Knicks.

    Advice: No revenge game today. He's been ill and should be ready to play later this week. Stoudemire has said he is focused more on big games, but he's barely playing right now. Monday, 3:35 pm
  • Luol Deng (leg) is a game-time call
    Luol Deng (hamstring) still has tightness in his hamstring and remains a game-time decision against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He is getting treatment and it sounds like the team is hopeful he'll be able to play. If Deng is out, Justise Winslow would be looking at even more playing time. Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside would play more, too. Monday, 2:52 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire (illness) is now doubtful
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) is now doubtful to play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: STAT may not even see the floor if he is active and he has played in just two games this season. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters. Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Pat Beverley up in the air for Wednesday
    Pat Beverley (ankle) will go through practice on Tuesday and coach B.J. Bickerstaff said "we'll see" regarding his status for Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets rested Beverley on Monday after they gave him extra work on Sunday. Beverley will likely be in the starting lineup and should find minutes in the mid 20s. He's worth a look in 14-team leagues. Monday, 12:46 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (rest) doesn't practice
    Kobe Bryant (rest) did not practice on Monday and is still expected to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's just a day off after Sunday and all signs point to him being ready to play against the Warriors. Bryant is not doing much on a per-game basis and is not a must-own player. Monday, 12:14 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) doesn't practice Monday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was on track to practice today, so perhaps he won't be able to play on Wednesday. Beverley is likely going to start for the Rockets and he could have value in 14-team leagues off the bat. If you need steals or treys, give him a look. Monday, 11:38 am
  • Amare Stoudemire game-time call on Monday
    Amare Stoudemire (illness) did not go through shootaround, and he's a game-time decision vs. the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: Even if STAT feels well enough to play, the Heat may opt to keep him under bubble wrap. He's played in just two games this season as Miami tries to keep him healthy for the stretch run. Monday, 8:34 am
  • Luol Deng (hamstring) a game-time call Monday
    Luol Deng (tightness in hamstring) is a game-time decision for Monday's contest vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: After originally tweaking the hamstring in the third quarter vs. the Sixers, Deng was able to make it through shootaround despite getting treatment, so that's at least a good sign that the injury isn't serious. Still, the Heat are extremely cautious when treating injuries, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Deng sit out. If he does miss this one, rookie Justise Winslow could get the call since Miami will need his defense vs. Carmelo Anthony. Monday, 8:13 am
  • Stoudemire keeping 'big picture in mind' now
    Amare Stoudemire, who has appeared in two games this season, said he's keeping the "big picture in mind."

    Advice: "It’s about really just keeping the maintenance program and making sure we’re at 100 percent strength by the playoffs," he said. STAT is not relevant in any fantasy format. Monday, 7:08 am
  • Kobe Bryant again hints this is final season
    In a recent SiriusXM interview, Kobe Bryant again hinted that he's likely to retire after the season.

    Advice: "If something changes I'll come back and play next season. If something doesn't change this is it for me." Some pundits will try to use the quote to take shots at the Lakers, but Kobe is simply referring to himself and whether or not his body can handle another tour of duty. With nothing left to prove and the Lakers rebuild needing to move forward, it would be a surprise to see Bryant return for a potential 21st season. Monday, 6:12 am
  • Paul Pierce returned to action on Sunday November 22. Sunday, 11:25 pm
  • Kobe Bryant's shot missing in loss to Blazers
    Kobe Bryant missed all five of his 3-point attempts and finished 6-of-22 from the field on Sunday, scoring 18 points with four rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Kobe scored a season-low 10 points on Friday despite logging 37 minutes, and he's logged 30+ minutes in six straight games despite Byron Scott's insistence that he'll give Kobe more rest. His jumpers are coming up short but he keeps firing away, and his 33.1 percent shooting is a huge drag in roto and head-to-head leagues. Sunday, 9:14 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson takes over as backup PG
    Jordan Clarkson took over as the Lakers' backup PG on Sunday and finished with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Byron Scott wasn't thrilled with Lou Williams' performance as a reserve PG, so he tweaked his lineup to give Clarkson the ball when D'Angelo Russell sat. Clarkson played 35 minutes, just under his season high, and the added responsibilities should be a boon for his already-solid fantasy value. Sunday, 9:13 pm
  • Kobe Bryant is starting on Sunday night
    Kobe Bryant will start on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Kobe played a season-high 37 minutes against the Raptors on Friday, but head coach Byron Scott made it clear that he will be more careful with his workload tonight. Expect him to play around 30 minutes, but his owners can safely activate him in lineups. Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Bryant's minutes will be monitored on Sunday
    Byron Scott said that he will try and do a better job of managing Kobe Bryant's minutes during Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Kobe played a season-high 37 minutes on Friday, but the high minute total for the future Hall of Famer still resulted in a loss for the Lakers. "If I want [Kobe] to play both those two games [Sunday vs. Portland and Tuesday vs. Golden State] and be effective," Scott said, "I have to put the minutes back down." Scott said that Kobe's minutes could again be in the 35-37 minute range on Tuesday, given that the team's light schedule this upcoming week, but his minutes will likely be in the low-30s on Sunday. Sunday, 12:44 pm
  • Paul Pierce will start Sunday vs. the Raptors
    Paul Pierce will start Sunday's game against the Raptors, sending Lance Stephenson back to the bench.

    Advice: Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordon will join Pierce in the starting five for today's game. Despite averaging 31 minutes per game as a starter this season, Pierce is only putting up 4.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 three-pointers per game in his previous two starts. Needless to say, he's not worth rostering in most formats. Sunday, 11:05 am
  • Luol Deng plays 25 minutes
    Luol Deng scored 11 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's moved down pretty far on the totem pole and Justise Winslow is taking some of his minutes. Deng does not have enough upside to own in standard leagues right now with so many high-usage players on the Heat. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire will be inactive Saturday
    Amare Stoudemire will be inactive for Saturday's game vs. Philly.

    Advice: Stoudemire only intends to play in "big" games this season, so this game was crossed off his calendar a long time ago. He has no fantasy value. Saturday, 4:22 pm
  • Luol Deng (illness) will start on Saturday
    Luol Deng (illness) will be in the starting lineup on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Deng wasn't able to practice on Friday, but his status wasn't in doubt and his owners can go ahead and activate him in their lineups. Saturday, 4:18 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) targeting Wednesday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) is on track to practice on Monday and is targeting Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies for his return.

    Advice: Beverley suffered the ankle injury on Nov. 13 and hasn't played since, so this great news for the Rockets. Ty Lawson was recently demoted to the bench because of poor play and Jason Terry has been running the point in the first unit, but Beverley could very well be starting when he gets back. Saturday, 3:31 pm
  • Luol Deng (illness) good to go Saturday
    Luol Deng (illness) will be available for Saturday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Deng took the day off at practice on Friday because of the illness, but head coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that he was back with the team on Saturday. Deng has been really inconsistent this season and is averaging just 10.4 points, 4.1 boards, 1.0 steal, 1.3 assists and 1.2 3-pointers per game, so he is a low-end option at best. Saturday, 8:59 am
  • Plays His Age: Kobe Bryant gets 37 minutes
    Kobe Bryant played a season-high 37 minutes against the Raptors during a 102-91 loss on Friday, making 5-of-13 from the field for 10 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said he wouldn't get Kobe over 37 minutes, but he logged exactly 37:04 tonight. Bryant said he felt fine and said there was no difference between 27 minutes in a game and 37. He is expected to play on Sunday, but isn't a must-own player. Saturday, 1:09 am
  • Jordan Clarkson keeps it going
    Jordan Clarkson scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He has turned it around with four straight games of an effective field goal percentage of 50.0 or higher. Clarkson also has 2.0 treys per game in that span and has done a nice job of expanding his game. He's a solid player to own in standard leagues. Saturday, 1:04 am
  • Kobe Bryant returned to action on Friday November 20. Friday, 11:56 pm
  • Nik Stauskas scores 15 points, turning around
    Nik Stauskas scored 15 points against the Hornets with two rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was 5-o-12 field and is finally snapping out of it. Stauskas is getting the open looks and plenty of them, but he hasn't been able to knock them down. He still hasn't done enough to raise the demand to be added in standard leagues just yet, but certainly give him a look if you need the treys. Friday, 6:41 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest) out for Friday vs. POR
    Paul Pierce (rest) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He probably needs the day off after a season-high 32 minutes on Thursday. Pierce has been awful this season and isn't worth owning in almost any league. Friday, 5:41 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) still out for Friday
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Rockets will have to go with Jason Terry and Ty Lawson at the point guard spot for a little longer. Beverley has no timetable to return and isn't worth stashing due to a lower upside. Friday, 11:20 am
  • Luol Deng (illness) misses practice Friday
    Luol Deng (illness) was not able to practice on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat have a game against the winless 76ers on Saturday, so it's possible that Miami might hold him out as a precaution if he isn't 100 percent. If Deng is unable to play we should see a lot more of Justise Winslow, while Tyler Johnson and Gerald Green could get a few more minutes off the bench. Friday, 10:42 am
  • Paul Pierce plays 32 minutes
    Paul Pierce played a season-high 32 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with six points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers really wanted to use Pierce as much as he could, but it didn't work out. Don't expect Pierce to play nearly as much on Friday against the Blazers. He's only worth owning in deep leagues and will lose value once J.J. Redick (back) returns. Thursday, 10:51 pm
  • Noah Vonleh starts, scores four
    Noah Vonleh started on Wednesday with four points, six boards, and one turnover in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He's been shuffled in and out of the starting lineup because coach Terry Stotts likes to play the matchups. Vonleh will be too inconsistent to own in almost any league. Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Channing Frye gets unexpected 2nd-half start
    Channing Frye unexpectedly started the second half of Wednesday's game, but he failed to score and played only seven minutes.

    Advice: He and Dewayne Dedmon started in place of Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic after the half, but it was Jason Smith (27 minutes) who absorbed all the playing time at center. Frye's bizarre, temporary promotion clearly does not affect his fantasy outlook. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Gerald Green plays 12 minutes in return
    Gerald Green returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, scoring two points with four boards and one assist in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Green was averaging 21.7 minutes per game prior to his suspension, so he is probably going to have to climb out of the doghouse before he will have any fantasy value. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Gerald Green will be available Tuesday
    Gerald Green will be available to play on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: Head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he is planning on playing Green, but his owners may want to keep him on their bench until we see what type of role he will have. Green is only on the radar in deeper formats while Dwyane Wade is healthy. Tuesday, 3:01 pm
  • Iman Shumpert ahead of schedule in rehab
    Iman Shumpert (right wrist surgery) is now targeting a mid-December return.

    Advice: Shumpert said he's ahead of schedule in rehabbing a ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in his right wrist and is hoping to make his season-debut in mid-December. "They said 12-14 [weeks], right? If I can make it at 12, I'm trying to make it at 12," Shumpert said. "If I can get there right at 12, I'm trying to get there right at 12, but I'm trying to make sure I take my time." While Shumpert's return will be a boost to the Cavs rotation, his low ceiling limits him to being an add in deeper fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:39 am
  • Jordan Clarkson snapping out of it
    Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: It's really the first time he's had success with efficiency while Kobe Bryant (rest) was out this season. Clarkson has made 50 percent from the field in each of his last three games with multiple treys in each, too. His slump from earlier this month seems to be behind him. Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Noah Vonleh moves back to the bench
    Noah Vonleh moved back to the bench on Monday with three points, six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Spurs.

    Advice: He hit his first 3-pointer of his career and didn't look too bad tonight. Chances are Chris Kaman won't stick in the starting lineup for long, so maybe the Blazers give Vonleh a longer look. Obviously there's no need to add him because he hasn't produced anything noteworthy in the NBA and Meyers Leonard (shoulder) was even doing some shooting today. Vonleh has some upside, though. Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Weak Sauce: Nik Stauskas is scoreless again
    Nik Stauskas missed all four shots from the field and did not score in 16 minutes against the Mavs on Monday, adding two rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: That's back-to-back scoreless games from Sauce Castillo. The team said Sauce would get the green light for this game, but he was benched for the final 19:56 of this game. If you haven't dropped Stauskas yet, you are a very patient fantasy owner. Monday, 6:39 pm
  • Noah Vonleh will return to the bench
    Noah Vonleh will return to the bench for Monday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Vonleh got the start in place of Meyers Leonard (shoulder) on Sunday vs. the Hornets, but coach Terry Stotts will go with Chris Kaman tonight. Vonleh has upside, but he won't worth a look until he is consistent part of the rotation. Monday, 5:39 pm
  • Pat Beverley (ankle) out of walking boot
    Patrick Beverley (ankle) is out of his walking boot and still has no timetable to return.

    Advice: That's good news for Beverley, but he still might miss the entire week. Ty Lawson has been a disaster so far this year and he'll get more minutes again this week. Beverley isn't worth owning in most leagues. Monday, 3:44 pm
  • Stauskas still has the green light
    Nik Stauskas still has the green light from the coaching staff.

    Advice: It should probably be a blinking yellow light after his 0-of-6 from Saturday. Stauskas isn't a must-own player and he probably deserves to be on benches for those who want to wait for him to get out of this slump. Monday, 2:27 pm
  • Gerald Green's conditioning is game-ready
    Gerald Green's conditioning is considered game-ready.

    Advice: It's unclear what role Green will hold upon returning to the Heat, but the good news is he's not limited now that he's back with the team. Nov 16, 10:02 am
  • Patrick Beverley (ankle) out again on Monday
    Patrick Beverley (left ankle) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Beverley was expected to be evaluated over the weekend, but we still don't know the exact severity of his injury and the Rockets aren't putting a timetable on his return. Without Beverley available, the Rockets will lean a little more on James Harden and Ty Lawson while hoping Jason Terry can give something in limited run off of the bench. Nov 16, 8:51 am
  • Gerald Green apologizes for suspension
    Gerald Green apologized for his two-game suspension, saying he was "ashamed" of his incident.

    Advice: Green declined to discuss details. "I'm just trying to just get over this situation," Green said. "I can't apologize enough to the residents that lived in my building, my fans who supported me and definitely my family. That was a situation that I'm not proud of. But I'm ready to move forward. I'm ready to continue with the team's goals. I'm ready to be with my brothers." No charges have been filed. Nov 16, 7:01 am
  • Nik Stauskas will start vs. Mavs on Monday
    Nik Stauskas will start at shooting guard vs. the Mavs on Monday despite being benched to begin the second half of Saturday's game.

    Advice: Brett Brown confirmed that he won't give up on Stauskas despite his awful start to the season -- he's shooting 33.0 percent from the field, and 28.1 percent from deep. "It just feels like you keep missing, keep missing," Stauskas said. "A lot of times all you need is two or three to go in in a row ... But I feel like every one I make, I end up missing the next three." If you haven't cut him yet, at least bench him until he gets going. Nov 15, 11:44 pm
  • Noah Vonleh quiet despite start at PF Sunday
    Noah Vonleh had nine points, six rebounds, one assist and no defensive stats on Sunday, while filling in at PF for Meyers Leonard (shoulder).

    Advice: Leonard has no clear return date and coach Terry Stotts is still experimenting with his lineups -- Vonleh replaced Ed Davis in the starting five at the last minute tonight. Vonleh has barely been in the rotation and will need to string together a few nice games before getting on the standard-league radar. Nov 15, 4:54 pm
  • Noah Vonleh starting Sunday vs. Charlotte
    Noah Vonleh, and not Ed Davis, will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Terry Stotts has again pulled a fast one on us, changing the starting lineup at the very last second, despite Ed Davis originally being listed as the starter. It's going to be tough to predict who gets the start at the power forward spot for however long Meyers Leonard (shoulder) is out with Stotts at the helm, but it'll likely be Davis, Vonleh and Kaman fluctuating in and out of the starting five based on the matchup. We'll let you know how Vonleh fares in his first career start against the team that drafted him following the game. Nov 15, 2:03 pm
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