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  • Nikola Mirotic starting to work out
    Nikola Mirotic (hematoma) has started to work out.

    Advice: He posted a video of working on his left leg with a cable and weights. Mirotic getting some work in is a good sign and maybe he can make it back this month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:17 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler hopes to rehab soon
    Jimmy Butler (knee) said he expects to do some biking and start rehab soon.

    Advice: He added he was a bit "stubborn" with his injury in Denver, which suggests he probably shouldn't have played after missing one game. For now, E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott will get some minutes with Moore having better value. Hopefully, Butler is back for the first week of March. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:12 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (left knee) 'unsure' of return
    Jimmy Butler (strained left knee) is "unsure" of a return date from his injury, but guaranteed that he will return this season.

    Advice: He said that he will "listen" to his body during rehab, but it should be noted that the Bulls gave him a timetable of 3-4 weeks. Butler is as tough as they come, so he will do everything in his power to meet that timetable. His owners should continue to stash him, and in the meantime expect Derrick Rose and E'Twaun Moore to benefit the most. Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all play a little more as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 am
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  • Chandler Parsons says his body feels great
    Chandler Parsons said that his body "feels great."

    Advice: "I'm feeling great," Parsons said. "It's some of the best basketball I've ever played in my career. My body feels great. I'm as confident as I've ever been. And I'm in a good place." His knee surgery is a distant memory and the forward has been playing excellent with averages of 25.0 points, 4.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.0 3-pointers over his last two games. That pace likely isn't sustainable, but he's poised for a solid finish to the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Stevens is surprised by Crowders development
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens is surprised how fast Jae Crowder has developed.

    Advice: "I think for any of us to say that we would have thought he would have been averaging what he's averaging [and] being as focal a part of what we're trying to do — I don't know if any of us would have thought it would have happened that quickly," Stevens said. "But he got better and better as his opportunities increased last year and just kind of took off from there." The forward has also been a surprise in fantasy, returning top-30 value on the season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.7 triples. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Khris Middleton scores 27 points
    Khris Middleton scored 27 points with six rebounds, nine assists, five steals and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes during a 99-92 win over the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: Finally. Middleton has not played well in February, averaging just 18.3 points, 4.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.8 treys on 35.2 percent from the field in his previous games this month. While he hasn't played well under Jason Kidd, this seems like a coincidence. Expect Middleton to be better. Additionally, the Bucks making moves would help him. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Otto Porter scores 14 in loss to MIL
    Otto Porter scored 14 points on Thursday against the Bucks with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He played 10.4 minutes at the four, which is really helping his fantasy value. Porter should be able to flirt with top-50 value this season with his defensive output. If he can stay healthy, Porter could be very valuable. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:44 pm
  • Report: Teams interested in Shabazz Muhammad?
    The Celtics, Clippers, Blazers and Suns have all reached out to the Timberwolves to discuss the availability of Shabazz Muhammad.

    Advice: Shabazz could be exciting in Phoenix, but there's no indication that these reported talks have been anything more than exploratory. Muhammad needs playing time in the 30s to pop up on the standard league radar, and that won't be happening in Minnesota. He belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist (torn labrum) out indefinitely
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been diagnosed with a torn labrum, and he's in danger of missing the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: This is the same injury that MKG suffered during the pre-season, and it seems likely that this will be a season-ender for Kidd-Gilchrist, although we won't have an official timetable until after the All-Star break. Michael can opt to undergo surgery to repair the labrum tear, which would be a season-ending scenario, or he can try and rehab it, but that would make him more prone to future tears. With MKG out, guys like Jeremy Lin, Nicolas Batum, P.J. Hairston and Jeremy Lamb will all step up to help fill the void, with Hairston likely to return to the starting lineup. Jeremy Lin is worth a speculative add in deep leagues, while MKG is now officially a cut-candidate in all re-draft formats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:20 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony challenges Knicks teammates
    Carmelo Anthony challenged his Knicks teammates to bounce back after the All-Star Break.

    Advice: The Knicks are on a six-game losing streak and have lost 10 of 11 heading into the All-Star Break, but Anthony thinks the team can still make a playoff push. "We have to go get it at this point," Melo said. "Take this break, kind of reboot, mentally, physically, come back and be ready for a dogfight. Everybody — top to bottom — everybody’s got to be ready." Playoffs aside, Anthony's balky left knee has turned into a concern and his fantasy owners may want to gauge his trade value as he could be a shutdown candidate if the Knicks fall further out of the playoff race. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Sergey Karasev returned to action on Wednesday February 10. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:09 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad very quiet in 21 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad was quiet in 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday, posting eight points (1-of-6 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds and three personal fouls.

    Advice: This was even more disappointing since Tayshaun Prince (personal) wasn't playing. Muhammad has a nice stretch in late January but he's lost all momentum heading into the break, and belongs on the waiver wire in the vast majority of leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • LeBron leads Cavs w/ 29/11/7 vs. Lakers
    The Cavs improved to 8-3 under coach Tyronn Lue, aided by another monster game from LeBron James -- 29 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal.

    Advice: The King committed just one turnover in 37 minutes and he finished 12-of-22 from the field vs. the Lakers' lowly defense, sending the Cavs into the break with a 38-14 record. LeBron hasn't missed a game since early December and Lue hasn't talked about precautionary rest, so with any luck he'll be locked and loaded for all of the Cavs' remaining 30 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • J.R. Smith quiet in 33 minutes Wednesday
    J.R. Smith was quiet in 33 minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, posting nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: Smith wisely took a backseat to LeBron and Kyrie tonight, as the Cavs' superstars combined for 64 points. The silver lining is that all three of Smith's makes came from downtown, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- as long as the playing time is there, Smith should balance out as a mid-round value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 pm
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  • Kobe Bryant feels 'horrible' physically
    Kobe Bryant finished Wednesday's loss in Cleveland with 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Kobe played 33 minutes and said afterward that he feels "horrible" heading into the All-Star break. "My ankles hurt. My knees hurt. I'm looking forward to having a complete week where I do nothing," Bryant said, before groaning as he left the post-game presser. He's coming off a hot stretch and is motivated to play in as many games as possible, so the Mamba should be ready to go vs. San Antonio on Feb. 19. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist will have MRI on Thursday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) will have an MRI in Charlotte Thursday to determine the severity of his injury.

    Advice: He was taken to a hospital where doctors would pop the shoulder back into the joint. This is the same right shoulder that needed surgery for a torn labrum, so he is likely going to miss several games. Expect Jeremy Lin to benefit most while P.J. Hairston starts again. Frank Kaminsky will also benefit now that Marvin Williams will play some SF again. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:55 pm
  • Marcus Morris gets 19 points, six dimes
    The short-handed Pistons fell to the Nuggets on Wednesday, as Marcus Morris pitched in 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting, six assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Morris has been very involved offensively of late, averaging 14.0 points, 1.4 triples, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 steals in six February games. He continues to play enormous minutes, ranking seventh in the NBA at 36.2 per game, which has helped prop up his late-round appeal in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver starts for Ilyasova (ill)
    Anthony Tolliver started Wednesday's game in place of Ersan Ilyasova (illness), posting six points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran's main virtue is perimeter shooting, as he's averaging 1.4 triples on 36.7 percent shooting beyond the arc. He does almost nothing else to help fantasy owners, however, which limits him to being a deep-league specialist. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Jae Crowder posts all-around gem in 38 mins
    Jae Crowder notched 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block with zero turnovers in 38 minutes of action vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Crowder has been plagued by a high ankle sprain but refused to miss any games, and the All-Star break comes at an ideal time. He doesn't play again until Feb. 19, at which point he should resume playing at a top-40 level. If your trade deadline hasn't passed, consider floating a buy-low offer in case Crowder's owners are still flustered by his recent lull. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:13 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dislocates shoulder
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dislocated his right shoulder during Wednesday's game.

    Advice: MKG recently returned from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, so this is an ominous development. The Hornets will assuredly give him more tests in the coming days, after which a timetable should be available -- owners should hang tight and hope for the best. Until he can return, the Hornets will likely plug P.J. Hairston into the starting lineup with Nicolas Batum shifting back to small forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:47 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will start vs. Cavs
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will start against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be with the usual starters against LeBron and company. Bryant has seen a lot of volume and he should see a similar workload on the national stage. He's obviously a risky start tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver will start Wednesday vs. DEN
    Anthony Tolliver will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Nuggets with Ersan Illyasova (illness) unavailable.

    Advice: Tolliver could be getting some heavy minutes tonight with Detroit so banged up, and with a favorable matchup against Denver, he's someone to consider as a punt play in DFS. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • Mirotic (appendectomy) still in a lot of pain
    Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) is "still in a lot of pain," and remains without an official timetable to return, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg.

    Advice: Hoiberg added that Mirotic's return to the court is currently being measured in weeks and not days, and that he's lost 15 pounds due to complications of the surgery. It doesn't sound like he'll be back on the court any time soon, and Taj Gibson will be the primary beneficiary in his absence as Chicago's unquestioned starting power forward. Bobby Portis will also continue to see his minutes in the 20s, although that's not enough time for him to make a difference in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:24 am
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  • Carmelo Anthony committed to Knicks' future
    Carmelo Anthony said that he'll continue to trust Phil Jackson in wake of Derek Fisher's firing, and that he has no intention of seeking a trade away from New York.

    Advice: "This is something I didn't see coming, [that] nobody saw coming," Anthony said of Fisher's firing. "So you have to continue to put your trust into Phil. At this point, what could you do? Can't shy away from that. Can't go against it. So for me, it's continue. I have to trust in it. I decided to stay here. I decided to make that decision to trust in the Knicks and trust in Phil. I have to continue doing that." Anthony's surgically repaired left knee is a concern, but as long as New York is in the playoff hunt, owners can expect Melo to fight through the discomfort. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Chandler Parsons leads Mavs with 24 in loss
    Chandler Parsons hit 8-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 24 points, one rebound, one steal and one block in 36 minutes of Tuesday's overtime loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: After slumping for a couple games, Parsons is setting up nicely for a big run after the All-Star break, scoring 26 and 24 points in his last two games with eight 3-pointers and nine rebounds. He was tough to stomach over the first couple months of the season, but patient owners are now being rewarded on most nights. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 18 points w/ three treys
    Jae Crowder (ankle) looked great on Tuesday vs. the Bucks, scoring 18 points with five boards, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens admitted that Crowder's ankle is still bothering him, but he's incredibly tough and it's safe to say that he isn't interested in missing any time. The All-Star break should help him heal up, so his owners should be feeling very confident. He finished 7-of-12 from the field and didn't turn the ball over. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 20 in win over BOS
    Khris Middleton scored 20 points in a win over the Celtics on Tuesday to help the Bucks snap a five-game losing streak.

    Advice: He added five boards, five assists and two 3-pointers and shot 6-of-17 from the field with three turnovers. The Bucks have been giving him a massive workload with an average of 38.0 minutes over his last five games, so that might explain why he is shooting just 32.1 percent from the field in that span. He's going to be fine and should be a fourth- or fifth-round guy moving forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony drops 33 & 13
    Carmelo Anthony's knee looked just fine on Tuesday when he went off for 33 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers on 12-of-22 shooting in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Melo has had a pair of MRIs in the last few weeks and there's still plenty of concern about his role if the Knicks fall out of the playoff race, but until that happens, it looks like he's going to be playing on most nights. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. MIL
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "This is the most opportunity he's ever gotten," said Brad Stevens on Crowder. "He's a versatile player." He'll continue to fight through the pain, and is safe to activate in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:40 pm
  • Kobe Bryant is probable for Wednesday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is probable to play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a road game and his last game in Cleveland, so expect Kobe to be ready to go for that game. Bryant has not missed any games away from Staples in 2016 and he's played 32.8 minutes per game in his last four. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:50 am
  • Jimmy Butler out 3-4 weeks with knee injury
    Jimmy Butler (knee) will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee.

    Advice: Butler's knee injury was worse than expected and fantasy owners will now be without Butler until what sounds like the beginning of March at the earliest. While Butler is worth holding in standard leagues for now, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott, and Mike Dunleavy will all see extra minutes, with Moore being the priority add in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 am
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  • Jae Crowder dealing with high-ankle sprain
    Jae Crowder (ankle) said he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

    Advice: While Crowder's ankle is obviously giving him trouble, he said he's committed to playing through the injury. "It's a high ankle sprain," he said on Tuesday. "It's mind over matter. I'm trying to suck it up; do my job." Crowder has been a revelation for his owners in season-long leagues and should continue to be started, but he's a risky play in DFS as long as he's dealing with his injury. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:25 am
  • Kobe Bryant doesn't want to change FT rules
    Kobe Bryant isn't a proponent of changing free throw rules to discourage hacking.

    Advice: While the league looks at improving the aesthetic of the game by doing away with intentional fouling of poor-shooting players, Bryant thinks it's a bad idea. "That sets a horrible example for the kids," Kobe said. "Can't protect guys that can't make free throws." Free throws aside, Bryant is averaging 26.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 4.6 treys over his last five games and is a must-start player as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:49 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad scores 14 points in loss
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 14 points with nine boards and one assist in 25 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: He took advantage of some extra minutes in garbage time, but unfortunately he shot just 4-of-13 from the field. Muhammad should continue to steal some of Tayshaun Prince's minutes (19) moving forward since the Wolves are looking towards the future, but he's a better stash in points leagues because he doesn't shoot many 3-pointers or generate many assists, steals or blocks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:18 pm
  • Marcus Morris scores 14 with full line
    Marcus Morris scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He has attempted seven or fewer shots just five times this season, but Darrun Hilliard took away some of his shots tonight. Morris added six assists, five boards, one block, three steals and two treys to give himself a full stat line, so obviously his owners didn't mind the low FGAs. He has been inconsistent at times, but he's still holding low-end value in standard leagues over the course of the season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:36 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 19 in 33 minutes
    Kobe Bryant made 6-of-25 from the field for 19 points with five rebounds and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes during an 89-87 loss to the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He wasn't bashful and forced a lot of shots in the failed comeback attempt. "I made a shot and then went back to shooting like [expletive]," Kobe said. "Pulled the rabbit out of the hat & the rabbit disappeared." He looks pretty healthy and should play in most road games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:42 pm
  • LeBron James posts 1st triple-double of year
    LeBron James had his first triple-double of the season during a 120-100 win over the Kings on Monday, scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: It's the 40th triple-double of the season, which is the seventh most in NBA history. James is getting more shots now even with Kyrie Irving coming around, averaging 25.0 points, 7.6 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 treys. He'll hang around late-first value going forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores season-high 20
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored a season-high 20 points against the Bulls on Monday with seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He hit his third 3-pointer of the season, which matches his career total from his first three seasons. Kidd-Gilchrist has expanded his offensive game this year and he's still just 22 years old, so he could grow a little more in his fourth season. He should be more of a late-round guy even with the extra output from 3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:52 pm
  • Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle will start
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) will both start vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: Their status was never really in doubt, so they shouldn't have any limitations. Bryant is averaging 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last four games, so he needs to be in all lineups until he cools off. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:46 pm
  • Karasev not playing on Monday.
    Sergey Karasev (illness) will not play on Monday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He's not in the rotation anyway. Leave Karasev on the wire. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:57 pm
  • Otto Porter will get more PF minutes
    Otto Porter is expected to play more power forward.

    Advice: He finally broke out of a slump on Saturday with 20 points. Porter has been flirting with top-50 value on the season and should be in that neighborhood going forward. Expect Jared Dudley to play slightly less. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:41 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic's return date still uncertain
    Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) does not have a target date for his return.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Mirotic was targeting just after All-Star weekend, but that timeline sounds like it will get pushed back. Fred Hoiberg reported Mirotic was feeling better and is starting to eat again after being forced to a liquid diet, but admitted it will take time to build up his conditioning and stamina in order to get back on the floor. Mirotic could still get back on the court in late February, but it may not come right after the break. While he's out, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will see increased minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:07 am
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) feeling 'a lot better'
    Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "a lot better," but there is still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Butler will not play on Monday and is extremely doubtful to return on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, leaving his status for Sunday's All-Star Game up in the air. The good news: It sounds like Butler has a very real chance of resuming fantasy production on the other side of the break, so those with Jimmy on the roster just have to sit tight for now. In the interim, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all be in the mix for extra run. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:45 am
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  • Kobe, Randle both expected to play on Monday
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) are both expected to play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Despite Kobe's questionable tag, he's going to keep playing so long as he doesn't suffer a setback or new injury of any kind. And while Randle's ankle injury looked bad, he quickly shook it off and wasn't in real danger of missing any time. Both will be in the starting lineup as the Lakers take on Roy Hibbert's (ankle, questionable) old team on Monday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:00 am
  • Report: Melo had two MRIs in last three weeks
    Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) has had two MRIs in the last three weeks, sources told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

    Advice: Despite both coming back clean, "the concern over his long-term health is very real," per Isola. Obviously there are a number of things going wrong in New York right now, and Melo's health woes are right at the top of the list. If the soreness in his surgically-repaired knee doesn't improve after the All-Star break, Melo will be a shutdown candidate as the Knicks fall further and further out of the playoff race. Anthony's absence would mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Derrick Williams and Lance Thomas while Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo would each assume a larger role in the offense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:14 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) may need more DNPs
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) has been assured that the pain in his surgically-repaired knee is "part of the recovery," but he suggested that he might sit out more games to rest his knee.

    Advice: "I can feel it when I'm out there, as far as the rhythm, mechanically shooting the ball," said Anthony. "It's not aligned for me right now." He has missed three of the Knicks' past eight games and although the All-Star break should help, owners have to prepare for occasional DNPs down the stretch. Melo's recent MRI came back negative and he said on Sunday that he intends to play in the All-Star game, which at least suggests that he's not overly concerned. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:29 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) out Monday, doubtful Wed
    Jimmy Butler (strained knee) will not play Monday and he will "likely" miss Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Butler met with a team physician on Sunday but the Bulls have not provided an update on his status, and it's unclear whether he'll suit up for the All-Star game. Barring a positive update after Monday's shootaround, owners in weekly leagues should keep Butler on their benches heading into the break. E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, three 3-pointers and seven assists as a starter on Saturday, and he's worth a look as a punt play in DFS. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:21 pm
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  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will play in A.S. game
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) said that he will play in the All-Star game, though he admitted that his knee "[isn't] gonna heal in a week ... or even two weeks."

    Advice: He recently had a precautionary MRI which ruled out structural damage, and Derek Fisher thinks Melo will be fine "long term," but this is still a huge concern for fantasy owners. New York is five games out of the playoff picture, dropping nine of their past 10 games, and the prospect of a shutdown looms larger with each defeat. His fantasy appeal is tanking, making it hard to extract value in a trade, but owners may want to see what opposing GMs think he's worth. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:52 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) plays 35 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) finished Sunday's home loss with 21 points (7-of-19 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), six rebounds, seven assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Melo is shooting a career-worst 42.4 percent from the field and his surgically-repaired knee is a constant concern for fantasy owners, though coach Derek Fisher tried to downplay the severity. "I think he'll be fine long term," Fisher said. "I think we just have to get through this next set of days into the break and hopefully re-evaluate him from there in terms of something that's not reoccurring." This loss knocked New York five games behind the No. 8 seed Pistons, and Melo's owners can only hope that they don't fall further out of the playoff picture. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:29 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't look right on Friday vs. the Cavs, scoring just three points on 1-of-9 shooting with seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. However, Crowder is as tough as they come and doesn't want to take any time off, so he shouldn't have any restrictions vs. the Kings. He's a risky play in DFS, but owners in season-long leagues should activate him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:24 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: He participated in Saturday's light practice and was always expected to return to the court against his former team. Anthony is still battling soreness in his knee and clearly isn't 100 percent, so the shut-down risk will grow if the Knicks don't start winning games. They have lost four straight. Langston Galloway will return to the bench for Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:19 am
  • Kobe Bryant and Roy Hibbert are questionable
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Roy Hibbert (ankle) are questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Bryant has been on fire over his last four games with averages of 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers, so it would be a shame if he was forced to sit out. If he isn't able to play, Anthony Brown would draw the start, but Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell would benefit the most. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:34 am
  • Jae Crowder returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • Jimmy Butler returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:55 pm
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  • Kobe Bryant scores 25 points vs. the Spurs
    Kobe Bryant scored 25 points on 9-of-28 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, adding four assists, one board, one block and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: To his credit, Bryant kept the Lakers in this one until the very end, as the Spurs surprisingly only won by four points. The Black Mamba has been lethal over his last four games with averages of 28.5 points, 6.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.8 3-pointers. He needs to be in all lineups until he cools off, but his owners should really consider selling high. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Chandler Parsons drops 26 points w/ 5 treys
    Chandler Parsons was phenomenal in Saturday's 114-110 overtime win over the Grizzlies, scoring 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

    Advice: He had a six-point dud vs. the Spurs on Friday, so it was great to see him get back on track. The forward added eight boards, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 41 minutes, helping the Mavericks snap a three-game losing skid in the process. Keep Parsons locked in all lineups. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:10 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores 20 points with six treys
    J.R. Smith scored 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and six 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: There were some extra shots to go around with Kevin Love (quad) out and Smith capitalized. He is playing with a lot of confidence and attempted a whopping 16 attempts from deep tonight. This was also his eighth game with more than 15 attempts from deep in his career, which ties Stephen Curry for the most in NBA history. Smith should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:01 pm
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
     
  • Anthony Tolliver scores 17 points in loss
    Anthony Tolliver scored 17 points with four rebounds, one assist, three steals and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He took some minutes away from Ersan Ilyasova tonight because Ilyasova couldn't connect on anything. Tolliver could potentially benefit from the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) injury because Marcus Morris can play all small forward, but he'll need to do it again after not playing more than 19 minutes in any of his previous three games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:03 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores nine in win
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored nine points with no rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: He actually lost some minutes to Jeremy Lin tonight with the Hornets playing Nicolas Batum at the three down the stretch. Kidd-Gilchrist also attempted two 3-pointers tonight, so his five attempts in five games are a surprise after not taking any last year -- he's made two. MKG is more of a late-round guy. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:37 pm
  • Otto Porter turns it around, scores 20
    Otto Porter turned it around during a 108-104 loss to the Hornets on Saturday, scoring 20 points with eight rebounds, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 18 points in the first half thanks to some easy transition buckets. Porter was off to a terrible start in February, averaging 9.0 points, 2.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.7 treys. There was never a doubt he'd get it going and his owners can expect him to be a top 50-type player going forward. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) did not suffer tear
    Jimmy Butler (left knee) was diagnosed with a knee strain and did not suffer damage to his ligaments.

    Advice: This is great news, but he is out Friday and Saturday. The diagnosis of a strain means it's something muscle related or it could be something with a tendon near his joint. Butler doesn't have a timetable to return, but it looks like he at least has a chance to be back this month. This may hurt his chance to play in the All-Star Game. Mike Dunleavy (back) should benefit while E'Twaun Moore and Tony Snell could help out. Derrick Rose will be very busy, too. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:10 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) ruled out Saturday
    Jimmy Butler (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He is reportedly dealing with a hyperextended left knee, but the Bulls still haven't released the results of his MRI. Until then, he should be considered day-to-day. Derrick Rose, Tony Snell and E'Twaun Moore will all have to step up in Butler's absence. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:19 am
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  • Lakers have reduced Kobe's workload
    Lakers coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant's workload in practice has been reduced so that he can be fresh for games.

    Advice: "Less work has been better because his legs are fresh, especially the last couple of weeks," Scott said. "He has a different pep in his step." Bryant sat out of Friday's practice, but his status for Saturday's game vs. the Spurs isn't in doubt. He's averaging 29.3 points and 5.0 3-pointers over his last three games, so he's worth deploying in all lineups until he cools off. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:44 am
  • Fisher says Carmelo will be fine long-term
    Knicks coach Derek Fisher said that Carmelo Anthony will be fine "long-term."

    Advice: "He’s carrying a big load,’’ Fisher said. "Coming off an ankle injury, he got thrown into an intense week. It hasn’t calmed down completely since then. He’ll be fine long-term, but we just have to get through these next seven days and hopefully reevaluate from there so it’s not something that’s recurring.’’ An MRI came back clean and Anthony is expected to play on Sunday vs. Denver, but his owners should be concerned about a possible shutdown after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:22 am
  • Chandler Parsons scores 6 pts in blowout loss
    Chandler Parsons only managed to score six points on 3-of-9 shooting during Friday's blowout loss to San Antonio, adding one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs trailed by 36 points at the half, which was the largest halftime deficit in franchise history, so it's hard to take away much from this unproductive performance from Parsons. He should be able to bounce-back on Saturday vs. Memphis. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:33 pm
  • Khris Middleton struggling with Kidd back
    Khris Middleton turned it over a career-high nine times against the Jazz during an 84-81 loss on Friday, scoring 18 points with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was the nightmare matchup for the Bucks. They can't score consistently outside of the paint and the Jazz lock down the area around the rim. Meanwhile, Middleton continues to struggle since Jason Kidd returned. In fact, he made just 32.7 percent from the field in those six games and has struggled in every facet. He should be better. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:22 pm
  • LeBron James' 30 points not enough for CLE
    LeBron James struggled with his shot during Friday's loss to the Celtics, going 9-of-23 from the field on his way to 30 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs self-destructed during the closing minutes of the game, and James was not at all pleased with the results saying: "It’s not about the wins and losses but it’s about how we lost. How we lost, it hurts. It’s been a while since I felt like this." LBJ will likely be looking for blood Saturday vs. the Pelicans, and he could very well produce a monstrous line with a matchup against the second-worst team at defending the small forward position. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:13 pm
  • J.R. Smith drains five triples, swats a shot
    J.R. Smith drained five more triples during Friday's heartbreaking loss to the Celtics, to go with 20 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Swish did pick up a questionable foul during the closing minutes of the game, which essentially cost Cleveland the win, but at least his stats were nice. He's been a mid-round guy over the past month, and he's fully capable of going stretches producing early-round value. The horrendous start is a distant memory. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:54 pm
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
     
  • Report: Jimmy Butler hyperextended left knee?
    Jimmy Butler reportedly hyperextended his left knee, and while he'll likely sit out Saturday's game vs. the Timberwolves there's a chance he can play Monday vs. Charlotte or Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Butler is going to get an MRI on Saturday morning, but this report is great news if it turns out to be true. Owners can expect another update tomorrow morning, but with Jimmy likely sidelined on Saturday, Tony Snell figures to enter the starting five with E'Twuan Moore seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be busy on offense for however long Jimmy Buckets is out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:41 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) will have an MRI on Sat
    Fred Hoiberg said that Jimmy Butler will have an MRI on his sprained left knee on Saturday, and added that the Bulls will need to prepare to play without Butler "for a while no matter what."

    Advice: Hoiberg did say that the ligaments in Butler's left knee are "intact," but Jimmy said he heard a "pop" in his knee and it would be shocking to see him suit up for Saturday's game in Minnesota. Butler exited the arena on crutches and could be looking at a potentially looking at a lengthy absence, so E'Twaun Moore is someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues, while more minutes will be falling to guys like Doug McDermott and Tony Snell. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be doing the heavy lifting on offense for however long Butler is out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:09 pm
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  • Jae Crowder hits just 1-of-9 shots in 32 mins
    Jae Crowder was clearly bothered by his sore right ankle during Friday's win over the Cavs, hitting just 1-of-9 shots on his way to three points, seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crowder said that he felt like he was playing on one leg, and that he probably would have sat out if the Celtics were playing a different team. He did play some nice defense, but he didn't have any lift on his jumper, and his three points didn't come until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out Sunday's game vs. Sacramento, which would likely result in Evan Turner returning to the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Otto Porter has brutal game again
    Otto Porter scored five points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: It hasn't been a good week for Porter. In his last five, he's averaged just 7.6 points, 2.4 boards, 0.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys on 42.9 percent from the field. We saw Porter fall off a cliff earlier this year and he bounced back, so we're expecting him to do it again. Keep him on your roster in all leagues and consider him a buy-low guy if you don't have him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:36 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores nine points
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored nine points with three rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat are very good at keeping guys out of the paint and they are the first team to do so with MKG this season. Kidd-Gilchrist is still going to be worth owning, but his owners may want to temper expectations from his terrific start. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Jae Crowder will play, has ankle taped
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play against the Cavs and had his ankle taped.

    Advice: Crowder said his ankle is "stiff as hell" for the game. He might be a little limited as far as performance goes against LeBron James, but there has been no talk of his minutes being limited tonight. Start him like you normally would in standard leagues. It'll be interesting to see how LeBron attacks Crowder tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:34 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) still on track to play
    Jae Crowder (ankle) is still on track to play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with swelling and missed shootaround, so he might not be at 100 percent against LeBron James. Crowder is fine to start in season-long leagues, but he's a very risky play in DFS tonight. He's been a fantasy steal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:05 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) out on Friday
    Carmelo Anthony (left knee) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday night.

    Advice: This is his surgically repaired knee that also kept him out for two games last month. An MRI ruled out any structural damage, but this isn't the usual DNP-REST with the news of needing an MRI. Coach Derek Fisher said there is no thought of shutting him down, but Melo could miss more games. Langston Galloway and Derrick Williams are the beneficiaries here while Arron Afflalo and Kristaps Porzingis also get more shots. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:51 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic targeting return after ASB
    Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) is targeting a return after the All-Star Break.

    Advice: Mirotic has been discharged from the hospital after two surgeries and is now hoping to return to the Bulls after the All-Star Break. While Mirotic is worth a stash if he was dropped, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will continue to see a value boost while Mirotic is out. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:25 am
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  • Chandler Parsons confused by late benching
    Chandler Parsons said his late-game benching during Wednesday's loss to Miami was "definitely strange."

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle opted for Raymond Felton over Parsons to close the game and explained the move by saying that Parsons had been struggling for most of the game. "It's definitely strange to me, especially after how I've been playing," Parsons said after the game. "It's definitely different, but every game calls for something different." Parsons has been on fire as of late and should be be in all fantasy lineups as he's due for a rebound against the Spurs on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad gets 12 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad played 12 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, no turnovers and no fouls.

    Advice: No injuries to report here as coach Sam Mitchell just had to give Tayshaun Prince 31 minutes, giving Andrew Wiggins some small forward minutes and even Damjan Rudez got in there for 18 minutes. Expect Muhammad to be better, but his upside isn't great anyway. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:47 pm
  • Otto Porter scores nine with four steals
    Otto Porter played 32 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and one turnover.

    Advice: The Warriors ran him all over the court, but it didn't seem to affect him much tonight. Porter's troublesome hip has been his biggest bugaboo for his fantasy value, but he's posting fourth-round value on the year and in his last 10 active games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Marcus Morris plays well in 36 minutes
    Marcus Morris played 36 minutes and hit just 4-of-17 shots, but also hit two 3-pointers and five 3-pointers to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went down with a potentially serious groin injury, so Morris should continue to get heavy minutes going forward. He shot it terribly tonight, but the minutes were there and he should have a lot of opportunity going forward given KCP's injury. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubles vs Cavs
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubled on Wednesday with 11 points and 13 boards, shooting 5-of-14 from the field without any 3-pointers, assists, steals or blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't bothered by the apparent leg injury he suffered toward the end of Sunday's game, and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with the early returns -- a player who wasn't expected to suit up this season is now averaging 14.3 points, 0.7 triples, 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his first three appearances. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • J.R. Smith makes four 3s, gets four steals
    J.R. Smith shot just 5-of-14 from the field on Wednesday, scoring 14 points, but four of his makes came from downtown and he added a season-high-tying four steals.

    Advice: Smith also chipped in three rebounds and a block without any turnovers, enough to pacify most fantasy owners. He's a streaky scorer and occasional duds are to be expected, but the 12th-year guard is anchoring his value with 2.4 triples and 1.1 steals per game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:12 pm
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
     
  • LeBron James notches 23/6/6 w/ two blocks
    LeBron James notched 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks on Wednesday, with only one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs shot 45.8 percent and turned the ball over just eight times, but they were outscored in the paint while being out-rebounded 28-49, a margin LBJ said was "unacceptable" after the game. The loss snapped a five-game win streak and James will be eager to start a new streak on Friday, to the detriment of the Celtics. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Hoiberg unsure on timeline for Nikola Mirotic
    Fred Hoiberg said that he doesn't know when Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) will be able to return to the court for the Bulls.

    Advice: Mirotic, who had an appendectomy on on January 27 was hopeful to get back on the court some time after the All-Star break, but he was forced to undergo another procedure on Tuesday to have a hematoma removed, putting his initial timeline in jeopardy. Taj Gibson will be the unquestioned starting power forward for however long Mirotic is out, with Bobby Portis seeing around 20 minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:09 am
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  • Khris Middleton scores 21 points in loss
    Khris Middleton scored 21 points on Tuesday vs. the Blazers with eight boards, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: His shot wasn't falling and he hit just 7-of-22 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line, but he deserves some credit for staying aggressive and he said this week that his confidence has improved. "Now, I'm not afraid," Middleton said. "Or getting myself down about missing shots or missing an assignment late. The game goes on. You've got another chance. That's definitely a mental thing." Treat him as a top-40 player going forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:16 pm
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