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    • 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
    • Derrick Rose (illness) expects to play Monday
      Derrick Rose (illness) said barring any setbacks, he intends to play Monday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: "I'm feeling a lot better. Getting my energy back. Just fatigued the last couple of days," said Rose. Considering he's just dealing with an illness, and he's currently on the mend, a "setback" isn't something that's very likely. His return would send Kirk Hinrich back to the bench, and Aaron Brooks would go back to being a negligible option in most leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:28 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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    • Zach Randolph (knee) out on Sunday vs. Cavs
      Zach Randolph (knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs, and is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: "Taking a couple of nights off isn't the worst thing in the world," said head coach David Joerger. "His knee is pretty swollen." The good news here is that an MRI on Randolph's knee came back clean, so he shouldn't be looking at a prolonged absence. Expect Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos to see some extended minutes with Randolph unavailable, and the guy who starts will make for the better play in daily leagues. Stay tuned for an update on the Grizzlies starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:00 pm
       
      Injured
    • James Johnson will start on Sunday vs. NY
      James Johnson will enter the starting lineup in place of Landry Fields (concussion) for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: James Johnson will spend most of the game defending Carmelo Anthony, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Greivis Vasquez will also likely see extended minutes off the bench, and he has a favorable matchup today vs. the Knicks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:57 am
    • Amare Stoudemire expected to play Thursday
      Derek Fisher expects Amare Stoudemire to be available for Thursday's game vs. Washington.

      Advice: STAT has been off since Dec. 18, so he'll have a full week of rest heading into Thursday's game, and we fully expect him to suit up for that one. His return would likely send Cole Aldrich back to the bench, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:32 am
    • Derrick Rose practices partially on Sunday
      Derrick Rose (illness) practiced partially on Sunday, and head coach Tom Thibodeau is hopeful he'll be able to play for Monday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: The Bulls are always going to be cautious with Rose, but at least he has a shot to play in this one. We should have further updates after shootaround on Monday, and we will provide those as needed. Expect Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks to pick up the slack if Rose can't go. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:52 am
       
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    • Danilo Gallinari diagnosed with meniscus tear
      Danilo Gallinari was diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his right knee, and the tentative timetable is three weeks.

      Advice: This is a huge blow both Gallinari and the Nuggets, as he was finally showing signs of improvement before this setback. He will need surgery, and he is expected to miss at least three weeks. However, we wouldn't be surprised if he was held out for even longer, and it looks like Wilson Chandler will have no competition for playing time in the near future. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:33 am
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for Amare's owners, as he was expected to play after taking the day off on Saturday. On the other hand, Smith was never expected to be available as continues to recover from plantar fasciitis. Cold Aldrich will likely continue to start for Amare, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:54 am
    • 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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    • Zach Randolph, Tony Allen likely out Sunday
      Zach Randolph (knee) and Tony Allen (eye) likely won't play in Sunday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: Randolph hasn't even made the trip to Cleveland yet, so there is almost no chance he plays against the Cavs. Randolph just had an MRI on Saturday, and even though it came back clean he is still dealing with swelling in his knee. Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos will pick up some extra minutes if Randolph sits, but neither player is a reliable option. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:56 am
       
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    • Jameer Nelson to be active on Sunday vs. Heat
      Jameer Nelson will be active for Sunday's outing against Miami.

      Advice: He was terrible for Dallas, and with the Celtics rebuilding there is not a lot to love here. The Celtics are enamored with rookie point guard Marcus Smart, and are going to give him every chance to succeed. Nelson can be cut in most leagues while Smart is now a must-own option for his upside. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:31 am
    • Russ Smith scores first NBA points Saturday
      Russ Smith scored for the first time in his NBA career on Saturday, finishing with five points, two boards and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes.

      Advice: He was recalled from the D-League prior to the game on Saturday, and was able to pick up some experience in garbage time against Portland. Smith was a stud at the Las Vegas summer league and was the leader in assists per game, but he has a long way to go before he will be relevant in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:33 am
    • Matt Barnes lays a goose egg
      Matt Barnes did not score against the Bucks on Saturday with five rebounds and four assists.

      Advice: He had 16 points on Friday and went the other way tonight. Barnes was putting up No. 65 fantasy value over the past two weeks, so there is enough upside to cut him some slack unless it's to grab a hot free agent. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:37 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 28 minutes, scores 19
      Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 19 points against the Pacers during a 76-93 win on Saturday with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It's the most minutes he's played all month and it crushed his previous monthly average of 17.1 minutes. Gallinari has been shut down due to knee soreness before and that concern will always be hanging over his fantasy value. Unless you're going to cut something you're not going to terribly miss, it's tough to add the Rooster. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    • Timofey Mozgov blocks five with 15 boards
      Timofey Mozgov played well in 36 minutes against the Pacers with six points, 15 boards and five blocks.

      Advice: This one was overdue. Mozgov had a season high in blocks and was one board shy of his season high. He was really struggling earlier this month, but nights like tonight serve as a reminder that he's still worth owning in standard leagues no matter how many times you've seen the video of Blake Griffin dunking on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:56 pm
    • Kenneth Faried scores four in awful game
      Kenneth Faried had one of his worst games of the season on Saturday against the Pacers, making 2-of-10 from the field with four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He had a couple solid games before tonight and maybe the second half of a back-to-back got to him. Darrell Arthur (leg) could miss time, so Faried may get a bigger chance to redeem himself from a slow start. His owners can't be happy with him, but they just have to hang in there. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:46 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
    • Roy Hibbert doesn't score in 24 minutes
      Roy Hibbert did not score in 24 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds and four turnovers.

      Advice: "I couldn’t get into a rhythm, I just haven’t been playing the way I have been," Hibbert said. Uh oh, here we go again. Hibbert had a tremendous start in 2013-14 and fizzled out worse than leaving a bottle of soda open for a day, and he might be doing it again. In his last five, he's averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 boards, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 turnovers on 33.3 percent from the field. It's not time to repeatedly press the panic button yet, but his fantasy owners should be on alert. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:18 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
    • 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
    • Zach Randolph (knee) questionable Sunday
      Zach Randolph (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: This comes out of nowhere, and we just learned that he had an MRI, but luckily it came back clean. Randolph didn't practice Saturday, and there is some swelling in his right knee. He looks like he could be in serious danger of missing Sunday's game, and if he sits Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos would pick up some extra playing time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:36 am
       
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    • Russ Smith recalled from NBA D-League Sat
      Russ Smith was recalled from the NBA D-League on Saturday.

      Advice: Gal Mekel was recently waived, so Smith could potentially see some minutes as a backup point guard. However, he won't see enough minutes to matter in most leagues, so he can be left on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:06 am
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:27 am
    • Faried goes for 14 and seven in 28 minutes
      Kenneth Faried scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Nuggets' 109-106 win over the Clippers on Friday.

      Advice: Faried is coming off an 11 & 11 game on Wednesday and though he hasn't been anywhere near as advertised this is a small step forward. He's not a must-start player, but he should remain owned and is a buy low target though at some point we have to put an expiration date on that. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:24 pm
    • Barnes gets back on track in loss to Denver
      Matt Barnes bounced back from an off-night to score 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting (no threes) with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes on Friday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Barnes has been a solid mid-round value lately and he should remain in all lineups. J.J. Redick scored just eight points with one trey, two boards and two assists, but he has been serviceable lately and owners might want to give him at least one night of slack. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Bang the Drummond: James Johnson throws 1 down
      James Johnson had one of the best dunks of the year on Andre Drummond on Friday, finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: "That was nasty, right? I cocked that joint back and banged on him," Johnson said. Yes, James. Yes it was. Johnson also picked up some playing time and could see more action with Landry Fields (head) getting hurt. He hasn't seen much playing time, but his upside makes him worth watching. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:48 pm
    • 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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    • Jameer Nelson not active Friday vs. MIN
      Jameer Nelson will not be active for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: With Marcus Smart (Achilles) being listed as questionable, there's a chance that Evan Turner will draw the start in a favorable matchup vs. the Wolves. Turner has averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds through two games with the starting unit this season, so he could work as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:38 am
    • Derrick Rose (illness) out Friday vs. Memphis
      Derrick Rose (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Expect Kirk Hinrich to draw the start, Aaron Brooks to see extended minutes off the bench, and Jimmy Butler to be tasked with running the offense. The Bulls don't play again until Monday, so we'll consider Rose questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:21 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
       
      Injured
    • Boston's new arrivals uncertain for Friday
      Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, and Brandan Wright did not arrive in time for shootaround, and their status for Friday's game vs. Minnesota is uncertain.

      Advice: With Marcus Smart (Achilles) being listed as questionable, and Jameer's status uncertain, Evan Turner could draw the start on Friday in a favorable matchup vs. the Timberwolves. Jae Crowder would likely play sparingly behind Jeff Green if available, so his status shouldn't matter in most leagues, while Brandan Wright's spot in the rotation is not clear at this point. Stay tuned for an official update closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:06 am
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire is questionable to play Saturday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Amare started out of necessity on Thursday with Carmelo Anthony (knee), J.R. Smith (foot), and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) sidelined and put up 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a losing effort to the Bulls. If he's able to go on Saturday, he'll be one of the primary options on offense for a depleted Knicks squad. If he sits, expect his minutes to be split up between Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, and Travis Wear. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
    • Derrick Rose not traveling with team to Memphis
      Derrick Rose (illness) is not traveling with the Bulls for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: He could travel on his own, but we would consider Rose doubtful to play. After playing 11 in a row, he's going to miss his second consecutive game. The former MVP is the most annoying player to own and his owners have probably checked for updates more than any other player. Aaron Brooks is worth a look in a sub-par matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:31 pm
       
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    • Amare Stoudemire steps up with 16 points
      Amare Stoudemire made a surprise start on Thursday with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a 103-97 loss.

      Advice: He was expected to rest tonight, but the Knicks needed him to play because of their lack of scoring depth. The Knicks have a back-to-back set starting on Saturday, so his fantasy owners can expect him to sit in one of those games. His owners in weekly leagues will have a tough time using him because of the DNPs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:12 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire starting Thursday vs. CHI
      Amare Stoudemire will start Thursday as the Knicks take on the Bulls.

      Advice: Stoudemire will draw a difficult matchup tonight against the Bulls, but with J.R. Smith (foot) and Carmelo Anthony (knee) not playing, he's going to be given a lot of responsibility on the offensive end. He remains a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:43 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire will dress vs. Bulls
      Amare Stoudemire will dress against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He was expected to rest, but the Knicks are simply running out of bodies. This doesn't necessarily mean he is going to play, so his owners will want to keep their eyes peeled. Unless he is in the starting lineup, it's probably best to steer of this situation. If you were planning on using Jason Smith, Quincy Acy or even Travis Wear in daily, you might want to dial back your expectations for now. Stay tuned as we provide updates leading to tip. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:20 pm
    • Derrick Rose (illness) will not play on Thurs
      Derrick Rose (illness) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

      Advice: He was questionable for the game due to an illness and this will snap his 11-game streak of playing in games -- his longest since his ACL tear. Rose should be considered questionable for Friday against the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, Aaron Brooks is an interesting option as a plug-and-play guy. Kirk Hinrich will likely start. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:19 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jameer Nelson headed to Boston
      Jameer Nelson has been traded to the Celtics.

      Advice: He is having an awful year with the Mavericks and perhaps his zero-point game is what forced the team's hand to make a deal. Simply put, this might be the worst year of his career. He has a career low in assist percentage, usage rate, field goal percentage and points while just being roasted on the defensive end. Nelson is not part Boston's future, so there is little reason to add him. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:18 pm
    • Derrick Rose questionable for Thursday night
      Derrick Rose (illness) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Knicks.

      Advice: Besides the fact that Rose has played in 11 consecutive games, the silver lining here is that his questionable status has nothing to do with his knees. We'll update his status as soon as we know more, but Rose looks to be headed towards a game-time decision for Thursday's game. If Rose sits against the Knicks, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks would become viable plug-and-play options while Jimmy Butler would also see an uptick in his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:35 am
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire out Thursday vs Bulls
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) will miss Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: Carmelo Anthony is also questionable for Thursday, so we may see a very different lineup when the Knicks take the floor against the Bulls. Quincy Acy, Samuel Dalembert, and Travis Wear are likely to inherit most of STAT's minutes on Thursday, though none are worth a look for fantasy purposes outside of daily games. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:32 am
    • Timofey Mozgov gets Dwight'd again
      Timofey Mozgov was shut down against the Rockets on Wednesday with one point, six rebounds and four fouls in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Foul trouble was a factor and Dwight Howard made him look pretty bad. He has hit a really bad rough patch lately, but both of those games came against the Rockets. Mozgov gets a date with the Clippers on Friday and hopefully he doesn't end up on a Blake Griffin highlight again. All these negatives aside, he's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:12 am
    • Danilo Gallinari has a great game vs. HOU
      Danilo Gallinari returned from a three-game absence on Wednesday during a loss to the Rockets, playing 26 minutes with 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was one of his best showings of the season and he shot the ball with a lot of confidence. Gallinari's knee has flared up on him multiple times and he was only playing 13.8 minutes per game in his four games before the rest, so fantasy owners in standard leagues shouldn't consider him "back" yet. Plus, he's not looking to shoot nearly as much as he has in his career. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:00 am
    • Kenneth Faried double-doubles
      Kenneth Faried started on Wednesday against the Rockets with 11 points, 11 boards, two assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: He fouled out and had an egregious turnover at the end of regulation, so it wasn't all good. Even before his ankle injury, Faried was in coach Brian Shaw's doghouse, which is nothing new in his second season with the coach. He worked his way out of the doghouse last season and erupted as one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Fantasy owners should try to buy low before he turns in a huge game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:55 pm
    • Matt Barnes disappears in win over Pacers
      Matt Barnes hit just 1-of-3 shots for three points, two rebounds, four assists and a block in 31 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He came in sort of hot, but never got it going tonight. He's been playing much better over the last two weeks, so we fully expect him to bounce back in his next game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:49 pm
    • Roy Hibbert awful in loss to Clippers
      Roy Hibbert was overmatched by DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday and lasted just 16 minutes before leaving with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, zero steals and zero blocks on 3-of-10 shooting.

      Advice: He had four fouls and could do nothing to slow Jordan down, as he racked up 15 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks in the win. Hibbert played well early in the season, but looks lost again. He'll eventually get it turned around, but you might have to bench him until he figures things out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:32 pm
    • Zach Randolph goes for 21 and 21 in win
      Zach Randolph scored 21 points with 21 rebounds, one assist and two steals against the Spurs on Wednesday.

      Advice: That's five consecutive double-doubles for Z-Bo, averaging 19.8 points, 13.2 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.0 turnovers in that span. Randolph is starting to get it going on offense and it's safe to say his slow start is behind him, making 53 percent from the field over his last 11. His fantasy owners can go back to penciling him in for a double-double most nights. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:20 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jameer Nelson scoreless despite start, 26 min
      Jameer Nelson started and played 26 minutes, but missed all four of his shots and finished with zero points and zero assists in a win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Devin Harris had eight points, nine assists and two 3-pointers off the bench, and is clearly the better play right now. This could all be a moot point soon though, as ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Mavs are in serious discussions with the Celtics in a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to Dallas for a package that would include C Brandan Wright. And if you think Nelson's hideous play this season has Mark Cuban trying to work out a deal for Rondo, you're probably right. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:28 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
    • 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
       
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    • Danilo Gallinari (knee) will play Wednesday
      Danilo Gallinari (knee) will play on Wednesday vs. Houston.

      Advice: The Italian has been a ghost of the player he used to be this season, and has really struggled with his knee. Wilson Chandler is locked in as the starting small forward for the Nuggets, and unless he is traded there is not a lot of playing time available. Until Gallinari strings together a few good games and stays active, he won't be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:54 am
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will start Wednesday
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) will start for the Nuggets on Wednesday after practicing in full on Tuesday.

      Advice: He has had some tough luck with injuries over the past two weeks, but he will look to put that behind him in a key matchup against Houston. Faried has been in a slump since the beginning of the season, but he is loaded with talent and should turn it around soon. The buy-low window is wide open, so now may be your chance to snag him in a trade. J.J. Hickson will return to the bench with this news, and owners in standard leagues can think about moving on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:49 am
    • 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
    • Zach Randolph drops 17 & 10 on Warriors
      Zach Randolph had 17 points and 10 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's big win over the Warriors, which snapped their 16-game winning streak.

      Advice: Randolph didn't do anything amazing tonight, but played well enough to help his team win, just as he's done all season. Mike Conley added a pedestrian 17 points, five assists and four steals on 6-of-18 shooting, but the Memphis D was too much for the streaking Dubs tonight. The Grizzlies now hold a record of 20-4, which is just one less win than the 21-3 Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire scores 10 in ugly loss
      Amare Stoudemire had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Mavericks.

      Advice: He's playing very well for one of the league's worst teams this season, but how long he can stay healthy, or motivated to do so, remains to be seen. The Knicks are now 5-22 on the season, and just 3-11 in the Garden. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:36 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
    • Danilo Gallinari (knee) will play Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Danilo Gallinari (knee) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Gallinari is having a very disappointing season with averages of 6.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. He can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:26 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) will play Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Kenneth Faried (ankle) will return to the starting lineup on Wednesday as the Nuggets take on the Rockets.

      Advice: J.J. Hickson will head back to the bench upon Faried's return, and he can be cut in standard leagues. Faried hasn't been living up to his potential this season, but there are still a lot of games left, and he tends to be a second-half player. The buy-low window remains open. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:19 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari (knee) returns to practice
      Danilo Gallinari (knee) returned to practice on Tuesday.

      Advice: He may be able to suit up for Wednesday's game vs. Houston, but has been far too inconsistent this season to warrant an add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:35 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) returns to practice
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) returned to practice on Tuesday.

      Advice: This is a good sign for Faried possibly being able to return to the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets after sitting out on Sunday. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so stay tuned for more updates as we near Wednesday's tip. If Faried returns, J.J. Hickson will head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:34 pm
    • Barnes hits three treys for 10 points
      Matt Barnes scored 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting (including three triples) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal over 24 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Barnes is on a roll with top-50 value over the last two weeks, averaging 14.5 points with 2.2 treys, 1.7 combined steals and blocks, 53.2 percent field goal shooting and 88.9 percent shooting from the line. Pick him up in all standard formats and hope he doesn't faceplant. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:56 pm
    • Johnson posts balanced line on Monday
      James Johnson scored eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Johnson has returned late-round value while DeMar DeRozan has been out and this line only strengthens that case. Just know he'll struggle to hang on whenever DeRozan returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:26 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
    • Derrick Rose struggles with his shot
      Derrick Rose made 6-of-17 from the field for 14 points with five rebounds, eight assists, one block and six turnovers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau wanted Rose to be aggressive, but he had six mid-range attempts tonight and was careless with the ball. Poor game aside, it's nice to see Rose on the court for 11 consecutive games, so his fantasy owners should have some confidence in him on a nightly basis. Rose hasn't been in the top 150 for standard leagues per-game fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:31 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire gets to rest on Monday
      Amare Stoudemire (recovery) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: It was just a day of rest for Stoudemire, but there's not yet word if a wine bath may or may not be involved later. He should be fine for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:49 am
    • Thibodeau wants Rose to be aggressive in 4th
      Tom Thibodeau wants Derrick Rose to be more aggressive in the fourth quarter.

      Advice: "Just put it in my mind: It’s still the fourth quarter no matter what the score is I still have to be myself in the fourth quarter," said Rose. "Thibs always tells me I should be more aggressive in the fourth no matter what the score of the game is. Just getting those reps; shooting mid range, getting my floater game together." Rose added that he wasn't mentally prepared for his previous comeback, but this time around "it's totally different. I'm at peace with myself." Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 6:58 am
       
      Injured
    • Timofey Mozgov double-doubles in defeat
      Timofey Mozgov double-doubled in Sunday's loss to the Spurs, finishing with 11 points, 13 boards and two blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 4-of-12 from the field and struggled with foul trouble, but owners can't complain about this production. JaVale McGee (tibia) is expected to miss significant time, so Mozgov is locked in as the starting center and should be a double-double threat every time he plays. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:52 pm
    • Derrick Rose quiet w/ 14 points vs. Miami
      Derrick Rose couldn't build on his momentum from Friday's 31-point outburst, finishing Sunday's road win with 14 points and three assists in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Tom Thibodeau continues to be conservative with his starting PG's playing time, which makes perfect sense, and fantasy owners should still be ecstatic about Rose's averages over the past three games -- 22.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. His utter lack of defensive stats takes a big chunk out of his value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues, where he's only a top-100 value so far this year (on a per-game basis). Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 5:56 pm
       
      Injured
    • Gallinari (knee), Foye (knee) out Sunday
      Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Randy Foye (knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Neither of these guys are currently worth owning in standard leagues. Wilson Chandler and Aaron Afflalo will continue to log heavy minutes with both their backups sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 4:11 pm
    • Kenneth Faried (ankle) out Sunday vs. Spurs
      Kenneth Faried (ankle) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Faried injured his ankle during Saturday's game against the Rockets, and though he was able to return to that game, his ankle is too sore to give it a go today. J.J. Hickson, Jusuf Nurkic, and Darrell Arthur will all benefit with Faried sidelined, with Hickson and Arthur offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 3:44 pm
    • Matt Barnes fined $25,000 in Friday's loss
      Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 in Friday's loss to the Wizards after he kicked a water bottle into the stands and used profane language to the fans.

      Advice: This has become very typical for Barnes, as he loves playing the villain role in the NBA. If anything, this incident must have a lit a fire under him considering he responded with his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with one board, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers. If you are in need of a player, Barnes is worth a look as long as he continues to start for the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 6:03 am
    • Kenneth Faried returns from an ankle issue
      Kenneth Faried returned from an in-game ankle injury on Saturday against the Rockets, finishing with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 20 minutes.

      Advice: He's easily the most frustrating player to own this season. Faried is the No. 164 player based on per-game value in standard leagues and his numbers are actually trending down. The Nuggets paid him big bucks and they kept him in the doghouse in December last year as well, so there is still hope for him to turn it around. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:49 pm
    • Timofey Mozgov has some foul trouble
      Timofey Mozgov had some foul trouble on Saturday, finishing with no points, four boards, one assist and five fouls in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Ouch. He had double-digit rebounds in three straight before tonight and Dwight Howard usually causes some problems for centers, so he gets a pass here. Mozgov is still worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:38 pm
    • Matt Barnes scores season-high 26 points
      Matt Barnes had his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with one rebound, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 10-of-18 from the field and is starting to come on. Over his last five games, Barnes has averages of 14.0 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.4 triples. Fantasy owners in standard leagues could use those numbers and he was a top-40 guy after the break last year, so there is some incentive to picking him up. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:29 pm
    • Kenneth Faried returns to game on Saturday
      Kenneth Faried left Saturday's game against Houston and has since returned to the game.

      Advice: He took a hard foul by Joey Dorsey and struggled to get back on his feet. Faried was clearly in pain and it should be noted that he just recently missed two games with a lower back strain. We will monitor this situation closely but it appears that Faried dodged a bullet here. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:02 pm
    • Roy Hibbert double-doubles in a loss
      Roy Hibbert double-doubled against the Blazers on Saturday with 10 points, 10 boards, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: It wasn't a great game, but it was a step from what he was doing. In his previous six games since his injury, Hibbert averaged just 8.5 points, 5.7 boards and 1.0 blocks on 40.0 percent from the field. His ankle isn't quite back to 100 percent, but maybe a date with the Lakers on Monday will help him out. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 6:15 pm
    • Jameer Nelson plays 27 minutes in return
      Jameer Nelson played 28 minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday against the Warriors, making 2-of-7 from the field for six points with four rebounds, five assists and one steal.

      Advice: He had some Kinesio tape on his shooting shoulder and maybe that was a factor today. Nelson is making just 38.1 percent from the from the field on the season while not doing much else, so he's not a fantasy option right now. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:43 pm
    • 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
    • Kenneth Faried to come off bench again Sat
      Kenneth Faried will come off of the bench again on Saturday, though coach Brain Shaw stressed that the move was not permanent.

      Advice: J.J. Hickson will draw another start, but it is at least somewhat encouraging that coach Shaw said it wasn't permanent. Faried is loaded with upside and it is only a matter of time before he gets it going, so the buy-low window could be gone before you know it. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 10:49 am
    • Jameer Nelson (shoulder) will play Saturday
      Jameer Nelson (shoulder) will play in Saturday's game vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: He doesn't have a favorable matchup considering he will have to go up against arguably the best point guard in the league, Stephen Curry, so owners should probably look elsewhere for production. Devin Harris and J.J. Barea's value takes a hit with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 10:02 am
    • Jameer Nelson (shoulder) is a game-time call
      Jameer Nelson (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Saturdays' game vs. the Warriors.

      Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle said he was more optimistic about Nelson playing than he was about Chandler Parsons (back), so it will be interesting to see if he will give it a go. Nelson isn't a reliable option due to Dallas' crowded backcourt, but Devin Harris would be worth a plug-and-play if Nelson sits while J.J. Barea will also get more minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:31 am
    • Danilo Gallinari (knee) doubtful for Saturday
      Danilo Gallinari (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Rockets.

      Advice: We would be surprised if he played considering his knee has been a nuisance all season. Gallinari has yet to perform up to his usual standards and we don't see him becoming relevant in standard leagues this season given how well Wilson Chandler has played. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 9:18 am
    • Jameer Nelson (shoulder) questionable for Sat
      Jameer Nelson (shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Warriors.

      Advice: He has already missed Wednesday's game, and it wouldn't be a bad idea for Dallas to rest the veteran until he gets healthy. Nelson has battled a variety of ailments this season, and he has really struggled with the first unit this season. If he sits, expect Devin Harris to draw the start while J.J. Barea would also get more run. Harris is worth a look for short-term value or as a daily plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 6:59 am
    • Roy Hibbert's ankle making steady progress
      Roy Hibbert said on Friday that his ankle is getting better, but that he is still not at 100 percent.

      Advice: His ankle has clearly had an impact on his play of late, and he was held to just six points, two rebounds and two blocks Friday's loss to the Raptors. Owners have no choice but to patient for now, and they may want to consider benching him until he turns it around. However, the good news is that Hibbert is playing and he will look to bounce back against Portland on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 6:08 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
    • Zach Randolph drops 20-11 on Friday night
      Zach Randolph double-doubled during a 113-107 overtime win on Friday with 20 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers in 43 minutes.

      Advice: It was his first 20-10 of the month and just his second double-double, as well. Randolph was outside the top 150 for standard league value over the past two weeks, so a big game tonight had to feel good for his owners. He'll get a friendly matchup against the 76ers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:42 pm
       
      Injured
    • Johnson scores 13 points in 15 minutes
      James Johnson scored 13 points in 15 minutes on Friday, hitting 6-of-9 shots (including a three) with three rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: Johnson hasn't exactly been a world beater over the last two weeks but he's a top 100-125 play over that span (9/8 cat), averaging 9.9 points with 4.4 boards, 59.3 percent field goals and 2.1 combined threes, steals and blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:11 pm
    • Hibbert grabs just two rebounds on Friday
      Roy Hibbert grabbed just two rebounds to go with six points and two blocks over 28 minutes in Friday's loss to the Raptors.

      Advice: Hibbert is in a major funk since his ankle injury, which derailed what started as a promising season. And as guys start to get healthy, he won't be Plan A, B and C anymore. Let's give him another game or two to get right before projecting him below his current top 75-80 value on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 9:57 pm
    • Rose scores season-high 31 points in win
      Derrick Rose scored a season-high 31 points on 14-of-24 shooting with three rebounds, five assists and one steal in the Bulls' 115-106 win over the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: Rose has been a mess this season and averaging just 0.6 combined steals and blocks on the year he's returning just top 90-150 value (8/9 cat) in standard leagues. On a deep team, he's not getting the volume necessary to float his poor peripherals, and if you want to get out from under his risk this is probably a good time. As an aside, he'll probably lift those valuations a bit as long as he stays relatively healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:01 pm
       
      Injured
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Jameer Nelson (shoudler) is questionable
      Jameer Nelson (shoulder) is questionable to face the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: He did not play on Wednesday and he certainly has a chance to miss this one. Devin Harris stepped up off the bench and is worth a look for short-term value. Nelson is not worth owning in most leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 11:06 am
    • Shaw explains why Gallinari's PT is down
      Nuggets' head coach Brian Shaw explained during a recent interview why Danilo Gallinari's playing time has been down this season.

      Advice: "[Gallinari] understands that if Wilson [Chandler] wasn't playing as well as he is playing at that position, then maybe I'd let him out there and try to play through it a little bit more," said Shaw. "But Wilson is playing well, and he's not, so that's why Wilson is out there." Gallinari's numbers are way down this season, and he's shooting a career-worst 32.8 percent from the field. He's not going to get things turned around anytime soon, and belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 9:37 am
    • 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
    • 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
    • Gallinari (knee) will miss next couple games
      Danilo Gallinari (knee) estimated that he'll miss the next couple of games in order to rest and heal his surgically-repaired left knee.

      Advice: Gallinari has been a shell of his former self this season, putting up his worst numbers since his rookie year with averages of 6.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. His knee is going to be an ongoing issue, and given his limited upside, he can be cut in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 1:49 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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