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    • Festus Ezeli (ankle) out Christmas vs. LAC
      Festus Ezeli (ankle) has been ruled out for the Warriors Christmas Day game vs. the Clippers, and either Marreese Speights or David Lee will start in his place. Rotoworld.com
      29 minutes ago
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Kevin Durant says he has a 'bad ankle sprain'
      Kevin Durant admitted that he's dealing with a "bad ankle sprain."

      Advice: "I can't play basketball," said Durant. "I can't run. I can't cut. I can't jump. I'm not just sitting out just because. If I could play I would play. But I can't play." Durant was noncommittal when asked if he thought he would come back soon saying, "it's day-by-day." Durant is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte, and if he's unable to go, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson will be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      39 minutes ago
       
      Injured
    • Marco Belinellli will start vs Thunder Thurs
      Marco Belinelli will draw the start against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: Belinelli will replace Kyle Anderson in the Spurs' starting lineup as Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out. Belinelli has averaged 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers as a starter, so makes for a decent plug-and-play option on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:29 am
    • Kawhi Leonard remains out indefinitely
      Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out indefinitely.

      Advice: Popovich played coy by saying that Leonard could come back tomorrow, two weeks from now, or even beyond that. Besides the vague statement, Pop did add that Leonard can't injure himself any further, so there is a good chance we see him back on the court sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, and Marco Belinelli will continue to see a boost in their fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:18 am
       
      Injured
    • Patty Mills cleared to practice, not play
      Patty Mills (shoulder) has been cleared to resume basketball activities, but still isn't close to playing in a game.

      Advice: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Mills was cleared to practice two days ago, but Mills isn't expected to see game action until mid-January, at the earliest. He'll only be worth a look by owners in deeper leagues, at least as long as Tony Parker is somewhat healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:14 am
    • Kevin Durant confirmed out for Christmas
      Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has confirmed Kevin Durant (ankle) as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: Durant wasn't expected to play on Thursday, but this news puts an end to any speculation. "He could not go if he wanted to go," Brooks said. The Thunder play the Hornets on Saturday, but Brooks' statement puts Durant's availability in doubt for that game as well. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson should see the biggest boost on Thursday with Durant out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:11 am
       
      Injured
    • Josh Smith excited to join Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith said he is excited to join the Houston Rockets.

      Advice: Smith will join old friend Dwight Howard in Houston and referred to James Harden as the best shooting guard in the NBA. "It's an exciting time for me," Smith said on Wednesday. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special." While Smith has plenty of potential, he can be a frustrating player to own so fantasy owners will want to temper their expectations for the mercurial forward. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:09 am
    • Patrick Beverley questionable for Friday
      Patrick Beverley (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Beverley will head into Friday's game as a potential game-time decision, while James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (knee) are both listed as probable. We'll update Beverley's status after shootaround, but Isaiah Canaan would be in line for a spot-start if Beverley is unable to go. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 am
    • Samuel Dalembert will start vs Wizards Thurs
      Samuel Dalembert will start against the Wizards on Thursday.

      Advice: Dalembert doesn't present much fantasy value as he's only averaged 2.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks in his last five days. He's a decent punt play in daily leagues on Thursday, but he can be safely left on waiver wires in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:01 am
    • Amare Stoudemire will play vs Wizards Thurs
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will play against the Wizards on Christmas Day.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, Stoudemire will indeed suit up against the Wizards on Christmas Day. The Knicks may try to limit his minutes as he's been dealing with knee soreness, but his fantasy owners can feel free to fire up STAT against the Wizards. Cole Aldrich will return to the bench with Stoudemire active. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:59 am
    • Iman Shumpert on court taking shots Thursday
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) was on the court taking shots before the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards.

      Advice: It's been two weeks since Shumpert dislocated his left shoulder, so it's a good sign to see him back on the court taking shots. He's still a ways away from his targeted mid-January return, so fantasy owners who picked up Tim Hardaway Jr. should enjoy a few more weeks of productivity. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:39 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Nene will start for Wizards vs Knicks
      Nene will start against the Knicks on Christmas Day.

      Advice: This will be Nene's first start since November 22 as he's come off the Wizards' bench for the last nine games following his knee injury. Fantasy owners can feel free to plug the 32-year-old into their lineups, while his return to the starting lineup will put a dent in Kris Humphries' value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:35 am
    • J.R. Smith out Thursday vs Wizards
      J.R. Smith (heel) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith went through pre-game warmups, but wasn't feeling well enough to suit up for the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards. Tim Hardaway Jr. will pickup Smith's minutes and makes for a solid play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:14 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • J.R. Smith game-time decision Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards, according to head coach Derek Fisher.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, it seems as if Smith is feeling well enough to be upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision. This one looks like it will come down to the wire, but Tim Hardaway Jr. would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Smith sits. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:30 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire game-time decision for XMas
      Amare Stoudemire (knee) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Stoudemire is dealing with a knee injury due to his early-season workload, according to Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. We'll update his status as more information becomes available, but Cole Aldrich and Quincy Acy would be in line for more minutes if STAT can't play on Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:27 am
    • J.R. Smith likely to miss Christmas Day game
      J.R. Smith (heel) is likely to miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith had been hoping to play on Christmas Day, but the last two days of practice didn't go as well as he and the Knicks had hoped. "Right now it’s a no," Smith said of his availability for Thursday. "We’ll see how the treatment reacts today, if it swells up." We'll update his status prior to tip-off, but Tim Hardaway Jr. will be in line for big minutes on Thursday if Smith can't play. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Raptors assign Bruno Caboclo to D-League
      The Raptors have assigned Bruno Caboclo to the D-League.

      Advice: Caboclo will join the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as the Raptors attempt to get the rookie valuable playing time. The 19-year-old has only played 15 total minutes this season, so he can be safely ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:23 am
    • Nuggets receive inquiries on Wilson Chandler
      The Nuggets have received trade inquiries on Wilson Chandler, but would like to keep him in Denver, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

      Advice: Dempsey reports that the Nuggets have received trade inquiries from a few teams, but would prefer to hold onto Chandler. The Nuggets may entertain those inquiries if they slip in the standings over the next few weeks as Chandler is having the best season of his career and could fetch a handsome return. With season averages of 14.0 points, 6.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 2.2 three-pointers, Chandler is worth owning in all standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:18 am
    • Josh Smith clears waivers on Wednesday
      Josh Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday at 5 pm EST.

      Advice: Obviously no team was going to claim Smith and help out the Pistons for their awful contract. He is going to sign with the Rockets for the bi-annual exception at $2.077 million. Interestingly, 25.8 percent of Smith's field goal attempts are long two-pointers of at least 16 feet. On the other hand, only 6.8 percent of the Rockets field goal attempts are long twos. Smith was just the 188th best player in standard leagues and is dead last in true shooting percentage among players with at least 26 minutes per game. Fantasy owners will probably not want to set their hopes too high for any Rockets power forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:59 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard listed as out for Christmas
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been listed as out for Thursday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: There was some optimism that he would play on Christmas, but it doesn't look like it. Leonard's damage to his hand doesn't sound too serious and hopefully he can make it back on the court at some point in 2014. Kyle Anderson will start, but Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli are benefiting the most. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:30 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jannero Pargo (back) out on Friday
      Jannero Pargo (back) will not play on Friday.

      Advice: He has low back soreness and the injury is not considered serious. Pargo doesn't get minutes anyway, so he's not worth owning in any league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:21 pm
    • Festus Ezeli questionable for Thursday
      Festus Ezeli (ankle) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Thursday night.

      Advice: The Warriors could be without their top two centers and may have to call upon Marreese Speights to move into the starting lineup. They have used David Lee at center in some spots, so he would likely get a little extra run, too. Ezeli isn't worth owning in most leagues even with Andrew Bogut (knee) out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:16 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) listed as out for Xmas
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The team could change his status tomorrow, but for now he's not expected to play. This is a bit of a surprise considering the team called it a mild sprain and his owners will want to check back tomorrow morning to see if he goes through shootaround. For now, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:46 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

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

      Advice: He was initially targeting this game for his return so it is a little disappointing to hear this news one day before tip-off. Owners should check back on Thursday morning just to verify, but it looks like Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will continue to soak up his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:23 am
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemie will play
      Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas likely headed to bench
      Donatas Motiejunas will likely return to a bench role once Josh Smith signs with Houston Wednesday evening.

      Advice: It really is a shame considering how well Motiejunas had done after filling in for Terrence Jones (leg) in the starting lineup, but it looks like his time for fantasy relevancy in standard leagues is coming to an end. Owners may want to give it a few games before making a decision, but we won't blame you if you decide to move on. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:15 am
    • Josh Smith has committed to Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith has committed to play for the Houston Rockets after he clears waivers at 5:00 pm EST.

      Advice: Given his outstanding relationship with Dwight Howard and Houston's promise to put him in the starting lineup, this move was expected. It's a little interesting that the Rockets were so intrigued with Smith given how inefficient he is, but maybe he can turn things around and provide a boost to their playoff aspirations. Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas' value takes a huge hit with this news, but owners should use a wait-and-see approach to see how things pan out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:04 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Center Samuel Dalembert linked to Cavaliers
      Samuel Dalembert is rumored to be a target for the Cavaliers after they learned that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) is done for the season.

      Advice: He is reportedly a last resort option for the Cavs which is really no surprise. Dalembert has been a major disappointment in New York and the Knicks have been aggressively shopping him for a while now. We will pass along updates as needed, but nothing seems to be in the works just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 am
    • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) done for season
      Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

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

      Advice: This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski, so there is definitely some credibility here. We should know the severity of the injury very shortly after the MRI, so we won't speculate as to what is going on. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:32 am
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Houston to promise Josh Smith a starting spot
      The Houston Rockets are assuring Josh Smith that he would be a starter if he signed on with them according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

      Advice: Houston has emerged as the most likely destination for Smith, and this latest report would only solidify that. We will watch this situation very closely, as he is expected to clear waivers at 5:00 pm EST. His arrival would put a huge dent in the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones, so owners will want to stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:20 am
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) hopes to play Thursday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has reportedly told some of his closest associates that he thinks he will be able to play on Christmas vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich recently said that he doesn't expect to have him in the lineup anytime soon, so this report should be taken with a grain of salt. The Spurs have always been cautious with their players, so it is still unlikely that we will see him take the floor. Owners will want to check back before tip-off just in case, but if Leonard sits out for the fifth game in a row then it will be up to Kyle Anderson and Danny Green to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:08 am
       
      Injured
    • Festus Ezeli tweaks his ankle on Tuesday
      Festus Ezeli tweaked his ankle on Tuesday against the Lakers, finishing with 10 points, two boards and one assist in 14 minutes.

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

      Advice: Varejao collapsed under the basket on Tuesday and couldn't put any weight on his leg while being helped off the court. He had a walking boot and crutches while leaving the arena and all signs point to an extended absence, but the Cavs have yet to officially diagnose the injury. Tristan Thompson should start at center if Varejao misses any games, though a long-term injury could prompt them to explore the trade market for available centers. Varejao should undergo further testing on Wednesday, so check back soon for updates. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Andre Iguodala vanishes in season-low 15 min
      Andre Iguodala played a season-low 15 minutes on Tuesday, scoring three points without any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.

      Advice: He also turned the ball over three times during his limited playing time, and this is an ominous development as his reduced minutes coincided with David Lee's return to a prominent role in coach Steve Kerr's rotation. Iguodala had picked up the pace over the past three games, chipping in enough 3-pointers, assists and steals to hold standard-league value, but he's best left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:20 pm
    • Dwight Powell makes debut for Dallas
      Dwight Powell made his debut for the Mavericks on Tuesday, but played just one minute and failed to register any stats.

      Advice: It is really hard to lead your team to a comeback win in one minute, but we shouldn't put too much blame on Powell for this loss. All kidding aside, Powell will likely only see minutes in garbage time for the rest of the season and he is well off of the fantasy radar in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:11 pm
    • DeMarre Carroll scores season-high 25 points
      DeMarre Carroll set a new season-high with 25 points on Tuesday, going 5-of-6 beyond the arc while adding 10 rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in a rousing home win vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: The 28-year-old SF set a season-high for 3-pointers while recording his second double-double of the season. He's now scored double-digit points in four consecutive games, averaging 3.0 triples during that span. Carroll doesn't get much hype in fantasy leagues, but he's returning top-80 value and there's no reason to think he can't sustain it all season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:45 pm
    • Gerald Green drops 22 points off of bench
      Gerald Green dropped 22 points in 23 minutes on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding one assist, one board, one steal and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He continues to be one of the streakiest shooters in the league, but when he is feeling it he can put on quite a show. Green shot 7-of-13 from the field and a ridiculous 6-of-9 from 3-point range as the Suns opted to use a smaller lineup down the stretch. Green has been able to hold his value pretty well with limited minutes, but if owners are patient they will be rewarded with big games like these occasionally. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:41 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe triple-doubles in win vs. Dallas
      Eric Bledsoe notched his second triple-double of the season in a win over Dallas on Tuesday, finishing with 16 points, 11 assists, 10 boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 6-of-19 from the field and turned the ball over three times, but his owners have to be thrilled with this line. Bledsoe's rebounding has really improved over his last three games, and he has been able to snag 29 boards over that span. He will look to continue his torrid pace against the Kings on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:14 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) scores 23 points in return
      Dwyane Wade (knee) returned to action on Tuesday with 23 points, five rebounds, six assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes vs. the visiting Sixers.

      Advice: "I got some of the swelling out of [the knee] and got some good rest. I’m ready to go," Wade said before the game. He shot 9-of-21 from the field and 5-of-7 from the FT line, and didn't seem bothered by the injury, so owners should expect to have him available for Wednesday's matchup with the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:04 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Anderson Varejao (ankle) seen in walking boot
      Anderson Varejao (ankle) was seen in a walking boot after Tuesday's game and was also using crutches.

      Advice: Coach David Blatt said that he was dealing with some type of ankle issue and that he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. It looks like Varejao may see some time on the sidelines so owners would be wise to have a backup plan ready. Tristan Thompson would likely draw the start on Thursday if Varejao can't play. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:50 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Anderson Varejao exits with leg/ankle injury
      Anderson Varejao was helped to the Cavaliers' locker room after injuring his left leg/ankle during Tuesday's game, and will not return.

      Advice: He collapsed under the basket and wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he headed off the court. The Cavaliers will re-evaluate him on Wednesday so owners will want to check back for updates. Tristan Thompson would likely shift into the starting lineup if the injury prevents Varejao from playing during Cleveland's back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:39 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Amare Stoudemire probable for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire is probable to play on Christmas day vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There is nothing wrong with him, and the Knicks simply opted to rest him the past two games. Owners will have to deal with random DNPs for the rest of the season due to the Knicks' plummeting record, but Stoudemire is still a decent plug-and-play option every time he is active. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:31 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) will play Tuesday vs. PHI
      Dwyane Wade (knee) will play Tuesday vs. the 76ers.

      Advice: With Chris Bosh (calf) still out, Wade is going to be the main man on offense, and makes for an excellent plug-and-play option going up against a horrid 76ers squad. His return to the lineup will hurt the value of Mario Chalmers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:53 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Howard would love to see Josh Smith in HOU
      Dwight Howard said he's already had some discussions with Josh Smith, and he would love to see his old friend in Houston.

      Advice: Houston is very confident they will be able to land Smith, and if he does end up in a Rockets uniform, he's really going to hurt the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). The Kings, Clippers, Heat, and Mavs remain in the running, and Smith is expected to clear the NBA waiver process Wednesday at 5pm EST. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:50 am
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Christmas
      Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said he's unsure if Amare Stoudemire (rest) will play on Christmas day.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow and then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," said Fisher. We should have update on STAT after Wednesday's practice, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up for Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:49 am
    • J.R. Smith misses practice on Tuesday
      J.R. Smith (heel) missed practice on Tuesday and appears to be questionable to play on Christmas.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow & then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," coach Derek Fisher said. Smith's injury has kept him out for seven games and it's allowed Tim Hardaway Jr. to play more. Smith is not worth owning in standard leagues while THJ only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) won't play on Tuesday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

      Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup in a row since suffering the injury on Thursday. Durant has not gone through practice and he should be considered questionable to play against the Spurs on Christmas. While he is out, Perry Jones and Anthony Morrow figure to pick up the most playing time. Reggie Jackson will also get a nice boost in usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:15 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh will miss 76ers game on Tuesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will miss Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Bosh had previously said he's targeting Miami's Christmas Day game against the Cavs. With Justin Hamilton (concussion) out Tuesday night, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will both see increased minutes while providing limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 am
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Dwyane Wade questionable vs 76ers Tuesday
      Dwyane Wade (knee) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: Despite the questionable status, Wade did participate in shootaround so there may be some silver-lining here. The injury-depleted Heat need Wade to take the court Tuesday night, but fantasy owners can expect big minutes out of Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers if Flash is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:42 am
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Ezeli scores career-high 15 points
      Festus Ezeli scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes on Monday against the Kings.

      Advice: Ezeli flashed some good post moves tonight but he needs to show up more consistently before we can recommend an add. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:35 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAC
    • Wilson Chandler plays 21 minutes
      Wilson Chandler played 21 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with eight points, nine rebounds and one block.

      Advice: He picked up some minutes at power forward tonight and he should see an overall increase to his value while Danilo Gallinari (knee) is on the shelf. Chandler is worth owning in standard leagues and perhaps owners can use this dud to try and buy low on him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:55 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) expected to miss time
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) is not expected to return to the lineup anytime soon, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

      Advice: He had another injection on his hand, may need offseason surgery, and his doctor said he hasn't seen an injury like this before. The Spurs do not play their guys at less than 100 percent and they're going to allow Leonard to heal. His fantasy owners have no choice but to bench him and hope he'll make it back in early 2015. While he's out Kyle Anderson will likely get more starts, but he's not a great fantasy option. Marco Belinelli will also play more. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Rockets still in the lead to sign Josh Smith
      Josh Smith has been linked to the Heat in addition to the Kings, Clippers and Mavericks, but the Rockets remain the apparent frontrunner to sign him once he clears waivers.

      Advice: Miami has a clear need at PF with Josh McRoberts (knee) likely done for the season, and the Heat seem like a better fit than the Rockets, but Smith may be lured to Houston by the prospect of playing alongside Dwight Howard in the postseason. If he instead decides to sign with the Mavericks, beat writer Tim MacMahon reports that he'd fill Brandan Wright's former bench role -- Wright averaged under 19 minutes per game, so Dallas would be a poor fantasy destination for Smoove. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:12 pm
    • Houston leading the way for Josh Smith
      The Houston Rockets have emerged as the frontrunner for Josh Smith, according to Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: From an offensive standpoint, this makes zero sense. Smith gave himself the nickname Mid Range Shawty a couple years ago and the Rockets take less mid-range shots than any team. He reportedly was "fixated" on joining the Rockets, who have two improving power forwards in Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). Owners in standard leagues might have an excuse to cut him now because he was just the No. 182nd player in those formats before today. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:46 am
    • Kevin Durant misses practice on Monday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) missed practice on Monday and is a game-time decision against the Blazers on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Thunder called it a "mild" ankle sprain on Friday, but they're still being very cautious. OKC rattled off a seven-game winning streak this month and are already just 1.5 games out of a playoff spot, so resting him makes sense. The Thunder have four games this week, so it's almost impossible to bench KD in weekly leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:21 am
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee is still hurting
      Carmelo Anthony admitted that his knee is still bothering him.

      Advice: Asked about shutting it down, here was Melo's reply: "We’re dropping further and further, but we’re in December it’s hard to for me to take it easy and sit out and see what happens. I never know what’s going to happen. If I sit it out, will [the knee] get better? I’m feeling it now.’’ The Knicks are showing zero signs of improvement, and those with Anthony on the roster should really think about moving him before it's too late, even if it means selling at a slight discount. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:25 am
    • Samuel Dalembert gets $15,000 fine Monday
      Updating a previous item, Samuel Dalembert was fined $15,000 for his flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: Sammy D avoids a suspension, but he gets popped $15K for the elbow. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:28 am
    • Pistons pull plug on Josh Smith experiment
      Pistons waive F Josh Smith.

      Advice: It's a stunning move from the Pistons, and an admission that the free-agent signing never made sense to begin with when the move was made. Still owed $27 million after this season, Detroit will use the stretch provision to remove Smith from the roster. When Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons were going to prioritize the future, he wasn't kidding. Greg Monroe should become the starting power forward in Detroit for now, but it doesn't seem like the Pistons are done making moves. The Kings, Clippers, Rockets and Mavericks are expected to have interest when Smith clears waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:55 am
    • Samuel Dalembert facing suspension for foul
      Samuel Dalembert is facing a possible suspension for his Flagrant-2 foul against Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

      Advice: He was holding my arms. I kept mentioning that," Dalembert said. Actually he was the one who elbowed me in the first half. He kept holding me, I said, ‘Stop holding my arms,’ and I made that sudden movement and I actually hit him.’’ Dalembert is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:29 am
    • JR Smith more than just 'day-to-day w/ foot
      JR Smith (foot) could be facing more than just a "day-to-day" situation.

      Advice: Derek Fisher said Smith "may not have been day-to-day," but the Knicks listed him that way anyway on the medical report. Fisher then attempted to clarify with the following: "I think it's day-to-day. From the beginning, it may not have been day-to-day. It was probably going to be a few weeks or so." It's not clear when Smith might actually return yet, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue seeing increased minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also out. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:10 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Stoudemire's status uncertain for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) is uncertain to play on Christmas Day.

      Advice: It would be a surprise if STAT sits out considering the Knicks are off until Christmas after playing on Sunday, and there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire physically. Regardless, the Knicks and owners have plenty of time to figure it out with a few days until New York takes the court. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:02 am
    • Josh Smith racks up stats w/ poor percentages
      Josh Smith posted 13 points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in just 28 minutes on Sunday, but he also shot 5-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from the FT line.

      Advice: If percentages count in your league, you should have come to terms with Smoove's fantasy deficiencies long ago. For everyone else his across-the-board production and defensive stats are fantasy gold, and he's seemingly in no danger of losing his starting job to backup big man Greg Monroe. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:07 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) to be re-evaluated Monday
      Dwyane Wade (knee) will be re-evaluated on Monday to determine his status for Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: He sat out on Sunday to get some additional rest, but the good news is that he is dealing with a just a bruise to his knee. We will update his status on Monday, but expect Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers to pick up the slack if Wade sits on Tuesday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:55 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Gerald Green scores 13 points in 18 minutes
      Gerald Green played just 18 minutes on Sunday, but still managed to score 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting while adding four boards and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He is going to be a hit-or-miss option every night, but he has shown that he has the ability to produce in limited minutes. However, unless his role grows he will be a tough player to own in standard formats. He is still worth a look for owners in need of 3-pointers and scoring, though. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:51 pm
    • Eric Bledsoe leads Suns to win on Sunday
      Eric Bledsoe led the Suns to a win over the Wizards on Sunday, finishing with 17 points, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He had 25 points with 10 rebounds on Saturday, so hopefully he can keep rebounding and scoring at a high rate. Bledsoe probably won't see more than 30 minutes most nights as long as Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas are healthy, but Bledsoe should continue to be an elite asset moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:36 pm
    • Samuel Dalembert gets ejected for flagrant 2
      Samuel Dalembert was ejected from Sunday's game vs. the Raptors after picking up a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow at Jonas Valanciunas' head.

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

      Advice: AV made 9-of-12 field goals without committing any turnovers, and this was his second-highest scoring game of the season (trailing only a 23-point outburst in mid-November). He's averaging a modest 25.0 minutes per game this year but that's been enough for late-round value in 8-cat/9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Carmelo Anthony scores 28 points, Knicks lose
      Carmelo Anthony played 37 minutes during Sunday's loss, scoring 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: The minutes suggest that Melo's knee is healthy, but with the Knicks owning a record of 5-24, there's always going to be talk of him shutting things down. Carmelo remains an elite option while he's in uniform, but owners may want to seriously consider selling high. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:37 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) hopeful to play Christmas
      Chris Bosh said that he's hopeful to suit up for Miami's Christmas day game vs. the Cavs, but he also said that worst-case he'll be out another month.

      Advice: "It’s a possibility, I think," Bosh said of playing this week. "That’s me being a glass-half-full kind of guy. It’s a work in progress, man." Bosh is being pretty vague with his quotes, so all owners can do is hope that he's ready to go soon. He has made significant progress the past few days, but he still needs to work on his conditioning, as he still hasn't been able to run. Shawne Williams has slid into the starting lineup, but he can only be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:59 pm
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker won't play Monday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) have both been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Leonard was reportedly targeting Monday for his return, so the early cancellation of the plan isn't a great sign for his fantasy owners. The silver lining is that San Antonio also plays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, so both Leonard and Parker could potentially have three-game weeks despite Monday's DNP. Until those two get back on the court, Kyle Anderson and Cory Joseph are the biggest fantasy winners. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Sunday vs. NO
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, and Perry Jones will draw the start.

      Advice: With Durant sidelined, expect Russell Westbrook to have another big game, and he'll make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Perry Jones and Reggie Jackson will also be asked to step up, however Jones didn't do much with his last start, so he'll be a risky option in dailies. We'll be considering Durant questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) out Sunday vs. Boston
      Dwyane Wade (bruised knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: This will be the first game that Wade misses this season due to a knee injury, but he does have a history with knee injuries, so we'll be watching this situation closely. Look for Mario Chalmers and Luol Deng to be the primary options on offense, and both guys looks like quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:29 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Dwyane Wade (knee) a game-time decision Sun.
      Dwyane Wade has a bruised knee that is currently being examined, and he will be a game-time decision Sunday vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: If Wade is forced to sit on Sunday, Mario Chalmers is going to get all the run he can handle, and will serve as a quality option in daily leagues. Luol Deng will also be asked to step up on the offensive end, and he'll have a favorable matchup vs. the Celtics. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:30 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • 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
      Sunday, 12:36 pm
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire expected to play Thursday
      Derek Fisher expects Amare Stoudemire to be available for Thursday's game vs. Washington.

      Advice: STAT has been off since Dec. 18, so he'll have a full week of rest heading into Thursday's game, and we fully expect him to suit up for that one. His return would likely send Cole Aldrich back to the bench, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:32 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) could be out another week?
      Derek Fisher was not optimistic when asked about J.R. Smith (heel), and speculated that he could be out another week in order to rest his heel.

      Advice: For as long as Smith is sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to soak up all his minutes, and he should be owned in most leagues. Over the past two weeks, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers per game over 29 minutes of action and he has almost zero competition for minutes. Go grab him if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:18 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out on Sunday vs. Raptors
      J.R. Smith (heel) is out for Sunday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: He never had a real shot of playing in this one and there has been no update on his timetable. Smith can be cut in most leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is definitely worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:02 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors.

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

      Advice: This is exciting news for Melo, and the good news is that he said his knee was feeling great after Saturday's loss. There will always be some risk of the Knicks opting to rest him, but this is definitely a good sign. Get Melo active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:52 am
    • Kevin Durant's (ankle) status still unclear
      Kevin Durant's (ankle) status for Sunday's game is still uncertain, and coach Scott Brooks will make a decision about 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

      Advice: Durant's owners are just thankful that he has a shot to play in this one and that he didn't suffer a setback with his foot. Check back for official confirmation before deploying him in lineups, and expect Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones to pick up the slack if KD sits. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:46 am
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee felt good Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony said that his knee felt good in Saturday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: "These past three days, I was able to just kind of get my body right and stay off of the leg a little bit," Anthony said. "I felt pretty good out there. My knee felt good." Anthony had a great game on Saturday, scoring 25 points and pulling down 11 boards, and it doesn't appear that his status is in jeopardy for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors. Check back before tip-off just in case, but owners should be feeling a little more confident. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:40 am
    • Wilson Chandler scores four points
      Wilson Chandler could not get it going against the Pacers on Saturday with four points, three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 1-of-10 from the field and is in a mini-slump from beyond the arc, making just three of his last 15 attempts. Chandler is still getting solid minutes even with Danilo Gallinari suddenly coming on. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:53 pm
    • Marco Belinelli scores 21 points in start
      Marco Belinelli scored a team-high 21 points against the Mavs on Saturday with three rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes in the starting lineup with the Spurs resting most of their wing guys. Belinelli has been good on the nights he gets heavy minutes, but the problem is that doesn't happen often enough. He'll have a big night again, so keep him in mind the next time the Spurs rest numerous players. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:44 pm
    • Donatas Motiejunas finally struggling
      Donatas Motiejunas scored eight points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: He's made just 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) from the field in his last two and has finally slowed down. This is probably good news for the Terrence Jones (leg) stashers out there and Motiejunas may have some trouble holding value in a few weeks. If there is an irresistible guy on the wire, D-Mo's ceiling isn't too high anyway. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:33 pm
    • Patrick Beverley fouls out on Saturday
      Patrick Beverley fouled out in 41 points against the Hawks on Saturday with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: His output in treys has been huge and it's a big reason why the Rockets are not in the hunt for a point guard in the trade market. Beverley has seen his field goal shooting dip to 36.5 percent over his last five, averaging 11.8 points, 6.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 treys. He's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:27 pm
    • Marco Belinelli set to start on Saturday
      Marco Belinelli will start on Saturday vs. Dallas, replacing Danny Green.

      Advice: Green will come off of the bench in an effort to monitor his playing time after playing 44 minutes on Friday, so this is by no means a permanent move. Belinelli is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of 3-pointers, and will also be a decent plug-and-play option Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:37 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) iffy to return Sunday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has not been officially ruled out of Sunday's game, according to beat writer Anthony Slater.

      Advice: A Pelicans writer previously reported that Durant had been ruled out, but it sounds as though he's closer to questionable. Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones would gain the most if Durant misses another game, but owners should check back for the latest after OKC's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:15 pm
       
      Injured
    • Eric Bledsoe scores 25 points in win at MSG
      Eric Bledsoe was terrific against the Knicks during a 99-90 win on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He carved up the Knicks and they didn't have anyone to cover him. Bledsoe has not been affected by the return of Isaiah Thomas, averaging 15.8 points, 4.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 triples. He can be viewed as a top-10 fantasy shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:08 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony plays 40 minutes in return
      Carmelo Anthony played 40 minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday during a 99-90 loss to the Suns, making 9-of-19 from the field for 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assist, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was a solid game from Anthony and he didn't appear to be hindered by knee soreness. The Knicks are a total nightmare and haven't won a home game since before Thanksgiving and now have the second-worst record in the NBA. Anthony's fantasy owners should be prepared for him to rest somewhat frequently. He said he is planning to play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:52 pm
    • Dalembert plays down the stretch
      Samuel Dalembert played down the stretch against the Suns on Saturday with five points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

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

      Advice: He is also questionable to play on Tuesday and on Christmas. Bosh could be out until 2015, so his fantasy owners should plan on using someone else this week. With Bosh out, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Hassan Whiteside will benefit. Although, Dwyane Wade will do just about everything, so there's very little fantasy impact as far as pickups go. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:14 pm
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Kevin Durant listed as out for Sunday vs. NO
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.

      Advice: This is a little bit of a surprise considering he was ruled out until a few hours before on Friday. Still, Durant's injury was scary and the Thunder are still going to have Russell Westbrook. Reggie Jackson will likely benefit most while the rest of the wing guys just help out. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:09 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
      Saturday, 10:59 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Saturday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. Dallas as expected.

      Advice: Leonard is said to be targeting a return on Monday, while Parker is still without a timetable. Kyle Anderson will likely continue to play big minutes in place of Leonard, while Cory Joseph will continue to run the point in Parker's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:28 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out for Saturday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:27 am
    • Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play in Saturday's game against the Suns, and is listed in the starting lineup.

      Advice: This is excellent news for his owners, and coach Derek Fisher also said that he is hoping Melo would be able to play on Sunday. Melo is obviously a must-start option when he is healthy, and should be in for a good game against the up-tempo Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:23 am
    • Wade scores 28 points with eight assists
      Dwyane Wade scored 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Wade is getting a ton of looks right now and owners should do what they can to move him while he's producing like this. The Heat aren't going to run him into the ground just so they can get trounced in the first round of the playoffs, if they make it that far. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:35 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Nene scores 20 points in 26 minutes on Friday
      Nene hit 8-of-10 shots for 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes on Friday against the Heat.

      Advice: Kris Humphries played just 13 minutes and perhaps Nene is ready to take the lion's share of minutes back at power forward. He has health issues and hasn't been great this season, but Nene is worth a look if you need a big. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:05 pm
    • Varejao plays just 17 minutes on Friday
      Anderson Varejao played just 17 minutes in Friday's win, scoring seven points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Varejao has been ice-cold lately and though he's returning late-round value on the season, with limited upside as well as durability issues owners shouldn't be attached to him in 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:45 pm
       
      Injured
      2:00 pm @ Mia
    • Kawhi Leonard has torn ligament in hand
      Kawhi Leonard said he has a torn ligament in his right hand.

      Advice: He is going to let the swelling go down first and the Spurs will come up with a plan after that. Players will fight through torn ligaments in their hands all the time and it has a lot to do with the location of the tear. He is still listed as day-to-day and his fantasy owners should consider him questionable for Saturday. Kyle Anderson is worth a look in deep leagues. We'll add updates as we receive them. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:07 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard has damage to right hand
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) may have damage to his right hand, but remains day-to-day.

      Advice: "Something kind of torn in there; a little bit of mucked up stuff," coach Gregg Popovich said. Leonard may be dealing with a small tear to one of his tendons. He's not going to play on Friday and could miss additional games. Leonard was starting to come on and flirting with first-round value besides his slow start. Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw also benefit sans Kawhi. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:39 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Friday vs. Lakers
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: OKC really didn't need him for a game against one of the bottom-tier teams in the Western Conference, and Russell Westbrook will be primed for a big game tonight. Perry Jones will likely slide into the starting lineup, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Durant will be re-evaluated on Saturday to determine his availability for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • 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
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) questionable Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) is being listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: There has been talk of Anthony shutting things down to get his knee right, so we'd say he's more on the doubtful side of questionable. If he's unable to go Travis Wear could get another start, but he shouldn't be considered an option in standard leagues. Tim Hardaway Jr., however, would be a primary option on offense if Melo is unavailable, so he’d be the guy to target in dailies. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:50 am
    • J.R. Smith (foot) doubtful Saturday vs. PHO
      J.R. Smith (foot) is being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Smith has been a train wreck this season, and given his obvious struggles with grasping the triangle offense, he shouldn't be viewed as a stash candidate in standard leagues. If he's unable to go Saturday, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'd make for a quality option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:42 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Dwyane Wade says he's over stomach virus
      Dwyane Wade said that he's completely over his stomach virus.

      Advice: The virus really didn't limit him too much at all, as he went off for a season-high 42 points during his last outing. Wade is going to be asked to carry Miami's offense while Chris Bosh (calf) is sidelined, and he remains an excellent option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:37 am
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out Friday vs. Washington
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards, and remains without a timetable to return.

      Advice: Miami went with a starting frontcourt of Justin Hamilton and Chris Andersen during their last game with both Bosh and Josh McRoberts (knee) sidelined, but neither guy made a major impact on the boxscore. Andersen can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues, while Hamilton hasn't really been worth using. Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem will see some increased opportunity, but both those guys have been struggling lately. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:22 am
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Donatas Motiejiunas finally has a bad game
      Donatas Motiejunas had an overdue dud on Thursday against the Pelicans with nine points, four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

      Advice: He got a front-row seat to watch Anthony Davis destroy him and he gets a pass here. Motiejunas made an impressive 56.7 percent from the field in his previous 10 for 16.6 points per game, so expect him to turn it around on Saturday against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:11 pm
    • Patrick Beverley dealing with a sore calf
      Patrick Beverley is dealing with a sore calf, but he will still suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Beverley hasn't dealt with any calf issues in the past, and he was able to play 46 minutes during his last outing putting up 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals, so we're going to say he's fine. Deploy him as you usually would. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:20 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will not play vs. Bulls
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) will not play against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: There is talk of people advising him to sit out for a few weeks, so Anthony could miss time despite how he said he wants to play. With Anthony out, the Knicks are going to have to come up with some creative ways to score the ball. Tim Hardaway Jr. is probably their best bet based on how he carried the Knicks at summer league. Pablo Prigioni, Shane Larkin and Jose Calderon may be used in two-PG lineups, too. Anthony should be considered questionable for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:34 pm
    • Dwight Powell sent to Dallas in Rondo deal
      The Celtics will send Dwight Powell to Dallas as a part of the Rajon Rondo deal.

      Advice: Powell didn't do much with the Celtics aside from various D-League assignments, however, the Mavs now have a relatively thin frontcourt with the departure of Jae Crowder and Brandan Wright, so it's possible he steps into the rotation at some point. Still, owners in almost all leagues can avoid him. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:19 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Friday vs. Portland
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: This will be Leonard's second consecutive game out of the lineup due to his sore hand, and we'll consider him questionable for Saturday's game vs. Dallas. Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green will be asked to pick up the slack while Leonard is sidelined, and all those guys figure to be decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:41 pm
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony being told to shut it down?
      Carmelo Anthony stated during Thursday morning's shootaround that he's had multiple people tell him he should consider sitting out for an extended period of time.

      Advice: "I've had multiple people say kind of just shut it down or just take time off," said Anthony. "At the end of the day it's hard for me to just do that right now with what's happening with the team. So I'm just trying to be smart about it." The Knicks currently own a record of 5-22, and each loss gives Carmelo another reason to shut it down instead of risk further injury. Tim Hardaway Jr. is looking more and more like a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:39 am
    • Casey impressed by Bruno Caboclo's work ethic
      Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he’s never seen a young player work on his game as hard as Bruno Caboclo.

      Advice: Caboclo was a popular draft day head-scratcher, but the 19-year-old's work ethic has impressed his coach thus far. However, Bruno has only been on the court for one minute since November 21, so fantasy owners outside of dynasty leagues can feel free to move forward without Caboclo this season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:05 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas keeps the party going
      Donatas Motiejunas was fantastic against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 18 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: Terrence Jones (leg) is at least getting some shots up at practice, so he's at least on his way back. There is still no timetable for his return, so Motiejunas is good to go as a must-start guy right now. Keep him roster and cross the TJ bridge when you get to it. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:37 am
    • Patrick Beverley plays 46 minutes
      Patrick Beverley played 46 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

      Advice: There are some rumors of the Rockets going after Rajon Rondo, but it's fair to argue Beverley is a better fit. He's a better defender, a better shooter and doesn't need to dominate the ball -- James Harden is all they need. Beverley is worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:34 am
    • Wilson Chandler scores 23 with five treys
      Wilson Chandler was outstanding against the Rockets during a 115-111 overtime loss on Wednesday with 23 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: He keeps putting up big lines and coach Brian Shaw will continue to play him huge minutes. Over his last five, Chandler has averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.6 triples. His fantasy owners can consider him a must-start guy, but a trade would really hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:19 am
    • Dwyane Wade scores season-high 42 in loss
      Dwyane Wade hit 12-of-19 shots for a season-high 42 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: The bad news is he hit just 16-of-21 free throws and committed six turnovers, but the fact he played so well in a pair of back-to-backs (while battling an illness tonight) speaks volumes. The Heat are off until Friday, so hopefully Wade is able to get some rest and will be ready to go. He had 28 on Tuesday against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:01 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Gerald Green scores 16 points off the bench
      Gerald Green scored 16 points off the bench against the Hornets during a 111-106 win on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He picked up a ton of minutes at the forward spots with Markieff Morris being ejected. Green is the only player in the NBA to average at least 11 shots per game with less than 25 minutes per game, so he might actually hold some value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:03 pm
    • Josh Smith benched for hot Jerebko
      Josh Smith played just had seven points, two rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block on Wednesday, but also had four fouls and played just 19 minutes in the loss to Dallas.

      Advice: Jonas Jerebko played just 13 minutes, but hit 5-of-5 shots, 1-of-1 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws to finish with 13 points and two rebounds. Stan Van Gundy said after the game he stuck with the hot Jerebko and left Smith on the bench. Jerebko isn't going to be this hot on most nights, so don't panic if you own Smoove, who is also rumored to still possibly be heading to the Kings at some point this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:42 pm
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) still targeting Jan
      Patty Mills (shoulder) is still targeting a return in January, and has been able to participate fully in shootarounds.

      Advice: He is still on track to meet his timetable which is awesome news for the Spurs. However, Mills will likely be eased back into the rotation and will only be an asset in deeper leagues upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:29 pm
    • Gerald Green coming off the bench again
      Gerald Green will come off the bench against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He launched 15 triples in his last start on Monday and will move back to a bench role with Goran Dragic back. Green's minutes are going to be inconsistent, so he's not a must-own player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:18 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play on Wednesday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was very ill on Tuesday and reportedly feels better heading into tonight. Wade played well through the illness, scoring 28 points in a win over the Nets. With Chris Bosh out, he's going to be very busy and should be in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:52 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out again on Wednesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is no surprise, as Bosh is considered out indefinitely and could miss several weeks. Josh McRoberts (knee) could be lost for the season, so it will be up to Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Willimas to soak up extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:51 am
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Wednesday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play against Memphis on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is just a reminder so owners can have a backup plan ready in time for Wednesday's tip-off. Cory Joseph is the obvious beneficiary in Parker's absence while Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili will see increase workloads in place of Leonard. We will update Leonard as needed and he is simply dealing with a sore hand and should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:23 am
       
      Injured
    • Wilson Chandler (illness) feeling much better
      Wilson Chandler is feeling much better, and given the fact his illness has not forced him to miss any time, we're considering him probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Chandler is having a solid season in Denver with averages of 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game. Injuries will always be a concern with Wilson, but as long as he's healthy, he'll be worth owning for his across-the-board production. However, there have been a few trade rumors involving Chandler, and a move to another team would likely hurt his value. This may be a sell-high moment. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:02 pm
    • Spoelstra unsure how long Chris Bosh out
      Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said he doesn't know how long Chris Bosh (calf) will be out and can't even put a guess on it.

      Advice: While Bosh was a limited participant in Monday's practice, Spoelstra's comments allude to a lengthier absence than just a game or two. With Josh McRoberts (knee) out and Dwyane Wade (illness) questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets, we could see a lot of Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Williams in the short-term. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:32 am
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Gerald Green takes 15 treys, makes two
      Gerald Green launched 15 attempts from beyond the arc on Monday against the Bucks, making just two of them on his way to 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in 40 minutes.

      Advice: He was not bashful tonight and a lot of shots from Green is nothing new. Goran Dragic could miss another game or two, so Green should have some decent short-term value. Additionally, no player has taken more treys in a game this season than Gerald did tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:20 pm
    • Chris Bosh out Tuesday, could miss weeks?
      Chris Bosh (calf) was a limited participant in Monday's practice and will not travel to Brooklyn for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: Bosh is facing the possibility of missing weeks with his calf injury, but it sounds like it will really be day-by-day for the time being. With Josh McRoberts (knee) out indefinitely and Dwyane Wade (flu) questionable against the Nets, the Heat are devolving into a giant mess. Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem and Shawne Williams will help to fill in for Bosh (and McRoberts). Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 11:19 am
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Chris Bosh admits to losing quickness, speed
      Chris Bosh admitted to losing some quickness and speed in a recent interview.

      Advice: Discussing how his game has changed since taking over as the primary option, Bosh explained, "My mid-range is more solid, which it has to be, because I've lost some quickness and speed. My three-point shot is a lot better. I'm a better passer, and the game is a little bit more under control." Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:08 am
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
    • Chris Bosh (calf) could be out for weeks?
      There is a possibility that Chris Bosh (calf) could be out for "a few weeks."

      Advice: Bosh is being listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Nets, but he's expected to be reevaluated on Monday. Bosh had no explanation for the injury, and he said that if he tries to play through the injury, "the muscle could tear away from the bone." If Bosh misses extended time, Dwyane Wade will be asked to carry a bigger load for the Heat, but pretty much everyone will have to step up as no one man will replace Bosh's statistical production. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 8:53 am
       
      Player Note
      Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
      Injured
      2:00 pm vs Cle
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