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  • Joe Johnson gets rest day on Tuesday
    Joe Johnson (rest) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson's absence at practice wasn't injury-related, so there's nothing to worry about here. We'll keep an eye on Johnson during the preseason, but he's not the player he once was and the 34-year-old is now nothing more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. 45 minutes ago
  • Terrence Ross dealing with ankle tweak
    Terrene Ross (left ankle) will not travel with the Raptors to Ottawa after tweaking his ankle.

    Advice: Ross tweaked the same ankle he had surgically-repaired during the offseason, so the he and the team are likely to be cautious with the injury. We'll keep an eye on his status, but Ross can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. 51 minutes ago
  • Thabo Sefolosha may play on Wednesday
    There is a good chance Thabo Sefolosha (leg) will play on Wednesday according to Chris Vivlamore.

    Advice: Vivlamore reports there is no final word on Sefolosha's availability for Wednesday, but it looks like he's in line to make his preseason debut. While Sefolosha should see an increase in minutes this season, he's more of a defensive specialist and shouldn't be on fantasy rosters in standard leagues. Today, 9:59 am
  • Nik Stauskas back at Sixers practice
    Nik Stauskas (leg) was back at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stauskas was seen shooting at practice on Tuesday, which bodes well for his right tibia stress reaction. Sauce is expected to be the Sixers starting shooting guard and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to get healthy for the start of the regular season. Today, 9:24 am
  • James Harden takes analytics w/ grain of salt
    James Harden (knee) said he believes in advanced stats, but thinks they can go overboard sometimes.

    Advice: Though he said he thinks there is value to advanced stats, Harden said he doesn't think about those numbers while he's playing. "That’s too much," he said. "I don’t need to be thinking about none of that. I just need to go out there and play my game and attack." Harden's knee injury isn't thought to be serious and he should be ready to provide top-5 fantasy value starting on opening night. Today, 7:22 am
  • Dwayne Wade not playing on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade (rest) will not play against the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's healthy and looked great on Monday. Wade could be a value pick in the middle rounds, but resting during the regular season will annoy his prospective fantasy owners. Plus, his knees are troublesome these days. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Austin Rivers back at practice
    Austin Rivers (mouth) was back at practice on Monday.

    Advice: He missed Saturday due to losing five teeth. Rivers will come off the bench and won't have much value while the Clippers are healthy. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Alec Burks gets aggressive, scores 19 points
    Alec Burks looked like he was totally back against the Blazers on Monday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He is really attacking this month and a whopping 52.6 percent of his shots have come at the rim. He's also been terrific on his non-restricted twos and has 3.5 dimes per game. Burks could easily have an eye-catching season and is a nice late-round target. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 21 points in 19 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins made two 3-pointers on his way to 21 points against the Raptors on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in just 19 minutes.

    Advice: He's 3-of-4 from downtown in the preseason, so that's nice to see after making just 31.0 percent last year. If Wiggins can consistently knock down treys, it would really help his fantasy value. Still, he's likely going to be overdrafted in re-draft leagues because people get caught up in scoring. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Terrence Ross hurts his ankle
    Terrence Ross has a sore ankle and will be reevaluated on Tuesday.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity or even which ankle it is yet. Ross had surgery on his left ankle, so hopefully it isn't related. His fantasy value is lower than ever with DeMarre Carroll around. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 16 points, makes two 3s
    Dwyane Wade scored 16 points agains the Spurs on Monday during a 97-94 win, adding three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have any 3-pointers in his first two games, so it's hard to draw any conclusions from that. Wade looks healthy right now and he should have a fast start this season. Of course, the problem is whether or not he can keep it going. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Goran Dragic has a rough night on Monday
    Goran Dragic scored five points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He said he isn't in mid-season shape last week and it showed. Dragic should come around shortly and prospective fantasy owners shouldn't lower him in their rankings because of the slow start. Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 18 in efficient fashion
    Tyreke Evans scored 18 points on 7-of-10 from the field with two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's looked fantastic as a scorer this month. The Pelicans are now extremely thin at the point with Norris Cole (ankle) out indefinitely, so Evans will have to get some serious run at the one. He should be set for a monster November for fantasy owners, especially in DFS. Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Nik Stauskas (leg) could be back next week
    Nik Stauskas (leg) could return next week.

    Advice: He has a tibia stress reaction, which hopefully doesn't linger. Sauce Castillo is expected to be the starter and coach Brett Brown has said he's expecting Sauce to get a lot of 3-point shots. He's worth a look late in drafts. Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • James Harden (knee) says he feels 'real good'
    James Harden (knee) said he feels "real good" about his Sunday knee injury.

    Advice: He did some shooting drills and there is no reason to worry here at all. Harden should be ready to roll as soon as this weekend and fantasy owners shouldn't adjust his outlook. He's sitting at No. 3 in our Draft Guide rankings for standard leagues. Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Mario Chalmers out on Monday night
    Mario Chalmers (rest) won't play on Monday.

    Advice: It's just rest for Chalmers, who will get some playing time as the backup point guard during the season. He won't have value while Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic are healthy. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • James Harden (knee) not practicing Monday
    James Harden (knee) did not practice on Monday and is not expected to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Sunday. Harden had knee-to-knee contact to the side of his knee, walked around for a minute, and went to the bench. There is no word of the team giving him further evaluation and it didn't look too bad, so this shouldn't affect his outlook during the season. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Cartier Martin (wrist) still has a brace
    Cartier Martin (wrist) had a brace on his wrist at practice on Monday.

    Advice: Usually, talking about Cartiers and wrists is a good thing. Jokes aside, Martin won't be in the rotation this year with the Pistons adding some depth to their wings. It's not his time right now. Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Ronnie Price fine with being third PG
    Ronnie Price said he's "totally fine" with being the third point guard.

    Advice: With the Suns starting two point guards, Price could wind up getting decent minutes this season. He's looked great and has a nice rapport with his teammates in the up-tempo offense, but he's still not worth drafting in most leagues. Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • Austin Rivers (mouth trauma) out on Wednesday
    Austin Rivers (mouth trauma) is unlikely to play in Wednesday's preseason game in China.

    Advice: Rivers had five teeth on the bottom row of his mouth knocked out in practice last Friday by an inadvertent elbow from Branden Dawson, so there was some serious dental work required. Rivers is expected to be reevaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles on October 15, so we'll have a better idea of his timetable at that point. Pablo Prigioni is next man up on the point guard ladder. Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • George Hill (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Hill has been dealing with the issue for about a week, and the questionable tag is a good sign of progress after Hill had been ruled out of action last week. Although the sprain isn't considered serious, we always prefer it when guys stay healthy heading into the season vs. having an existing concern. Yesterday, 9:51 am
    Player Note
    George Hill Ind - PG,SG
  • No update on James Harden's (knee) condition
    Kevin McHale did not have a new update on James Harden's right knee contusion following Sunday's preseason loss against the Magic.

    Advice: Nobody seemed overly concerned and Harden "did not seem to have difficulty walking," but that's not really a sign of anything tangible considering what The Beard has played through in the past. Although Harden said "it's not really that serious," we'll be awaiting medical updates to learn more about Harden's status. Expect the Rockets to exercise extreme caution with their franchise superstar. Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Wade, Dragic working on how to play together
    Dwyane Wade said he's never played with an "attacking" point guard like Goran Dragic.

    Advice: "Sometimes I love to come back to the ball because I’m able to slow things down and get guys shots," Wade said. "But then I have to realize when Goran is in there sometimes I got to change it, and I got to go up the court." We're more worried about Wade's ability to stay on the floor than chemistry than Dragic, as he's missed 48 games over the last two seasons. It's also worth noting that Heat's starting five is the best it's been since LeBron James' time in Miami. Yesterday, 5:58 am
  • Harden leaves game w/ right knee contusion
    James Harden went down with a right knee contusion during Sunday's preseason game vs. the Magic, and he will not return.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but with plenty of time to rest up before the regular season, we're not very concerned about what is essentially a bruised knee. To further lessen any concern, Harden dealt with a left knee contusion last season, but it didn't cause him to miss any game-time action. He was going bonkers before the injury, tallying 12 points, three 3-pointers, four assists, two steals, one rebound, one block and two turnovers in just 13 minutes of action, and he'll be a popular target with the No. 3 overall selection on draft day. Sunday, 6:19 pm
  • Goran Dragic says he's not in shape yet
    Goran Dragic said his "legs are a little heavy" at training camp.

    Advice: He took a little more time off than usual, so he's not in shape yet. It's still just Oct. 10 and Dragic doesn't have a history of being out of shape, so feel free to dismiss this. If he struggles in the preseason, this could be the reason. Saturday, 3:59 pm
  • Thabo could play on Wednesday
    Thabo Sefolosha (leg) could get limited minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was cleared of charges this past week and will be in the news for filing a lawsuit against the NYPD. Sefolosha should get more minutes this season, but his lower usage rate makes him an undesirable pick in most leagues. Saturday, 11:45 am
  • Tyreke Evans has a nice game vs. Hawks
    Tyreke Evans had no trouble getting to the rim against the Hawks on Friday, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: With Jrue Holiday still on a minutes restriction, there will be a lot of minutes and play-making chances for Evans. Coach Alvin Gentry said he wants Evans to move the ball if nothing is there, which has been a problem on occasion. He looks iike he's in for a big year under his new coach. Friday, 6:39 pm
  • Wiggins to get more scoring in isolation?
    Coach Sam Mitchell said he wants to see Andrew Wiggins score more without the team running plays for him.

    Advice: He was somewhat effective as an isolation scorer last year, posting a 0.85 points per play last year (60th percentile). The big thing his fantasy owners will be hoping for is more production from 3-point range. Wiggins is a mid-round target and tends to be over-drafted. Friday, 11:39 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) will play on Friday
    Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) will play vs. the Hawks on Friday as expected.

    Advice: Evans returned to practice on Monday and is simply dealing with a bruise, so there is no reason to be concerned. Evans will run the point a ton in the Pelicans up-tempo offense since Jrue Holiday will be on a minutes limit, so he is poised for a big season. Friday, 10:07 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty
    Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of all three charges on Friday.

    Advice: This is great news for Sefolosha and the Hawks in general, but it sounds like he will now open a lawsuit against the NYPD. Sefolosha is the favorite to start at small forward this season once he is healthy after recovering from right ankle surgery, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well and owners outside of deeper leagues can ignore him. Sefolosha will not join up with the Hawks in time for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans. Friday, 7:21 am
  • Stauskas (tibia) could be out two more weeks
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) could be out for another two weeks.

    Advice: Stauskas was hoping to participate in a preseason game, but this report doesn't bode well for his chances. This timetable would mean that Stauskas could be ready in time for the season opener, but don't expect the 76ers to play him if he is less than 100 percent. This certainly hurts his momentum leading up to fantasy drafts, so he is basically just a late-round flier for now. Friday, 6:26 am
  • Harden worked on conditioning and preparation
    James Harden spent the offseason working on better conditioning and being better prepared.

    Advice: "It was so frustrating, because in that Game 5 I turned the ball over 12 times. I pride myself on creating opportunities to score for my team," Harden said. The only knock on The Beard's fantasy game is his inclination to turn the ball over—a result of his insanely high usage—and Harden will be looking to cut down on the career-high 4.0 he averaged last season. Thursday, 3:44 pm
  • George Hill's sprained ankle not serious
    Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that if Thursday night's preseason game vs. the Magic were a regular-season contest, George Hill (sprained right ankle) would be playing.

    Advice: The injury was never believed to be serious, and Hill's participation in portions of Wednesday's practice partnered with Vogel's quote drive home that point. Hill will be the Pacers' starting point guard, although he may not be able to return to last year's averages of 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.6 three-pointers per game with Monta Ellis and Paul George competing for touches on offense. Thursday, 2:42 pm
    Player Note
    George Hill Ind - PG,SG
  • James Harden OK after offseason ankle sprain
    James Harden sprained his ankle "pretty badly" this summer, according to Kevin McHale, but he's healthy and showed no signs of injury while scoring 19 points on Wednesday.

    Advice: Harden made 6-of-13 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in just 20 minutes, adding two 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in a thoroughly dominant performance vs. the Mavericks. His desire to find a rhythm after rehabbing his ankle this summer explains why he suited up for back-to-back exhibitions, and it's safe to say that the MVP candidate is in fine form. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Dwyane Wade briefly exits w/ finger injury
    Dwyane Wade briefly exited Wednesday's game with a finger injury, but he returned to finish with nine points, six assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries are the pendulum swinging over Wade's season, as he's averaged 19.5 DNPs over the past four seasons. Given the near-certainty of more missed games this year, the 12-year veteran is best left on the board until the end of the middle rounds. Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scoreless in 15 bench minutes
    Mario Chalmers went scoreless with two assists in 15 minutes off the bench vs. Orlando on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a minor leg injury earlier in training camp, but that's the least of his worries this season. Goran Dragic (12 points, five assists) has been installed as Miami's long-term PG, and the Heat reportedly dangled Chalmers in trade talks all summer, which speaks volumes about their lack of confidence in him. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Dwyane Wade jams finger during exhibition
    Dwyane Wade jammed a finger during Wednesday's game but he has since returned.

    Advice: The fact that he returned to a meaningless exhibition proves that it wasn't a serious injury. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • George Hill (ankle) questionable for Thursday
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Hill rolled his ankle in Tuesday's preseason game, but he was able to participate in a portion of Wednesday's practice. However, don't be surprised if the Pacers proceed with caution during the preseason. If Hill sits out against the Magic, Monta Ellis, Joseph Young and Rodney Stuck could get some extra run. Wednesday, 12:57 pm
    Player Note
    George Hill Ind - PG,SG
  • George Hill (right ankle) says he'll be fine
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) said that he expects to be fine.

    Advice: Hill rolled his ankle during Tuesday's preseason game, but it doesn't sound like he's too concerned with the injury. While players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing injuries, Hill has plenty of time to get right for the regular-season. The Pacers next preseason game comes on Thursday vs. Orlando, so it'll be interesting to see if he plays in that one. Wednesday, 7:17 am
    Player Note
    George Hill Ind - PG,SG
  • Alec Burks carries Jazz to preseason win
    Alec Burks played 37 minutes and hit 9-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, six dimes, three steals and a block in Tuesday's preseason win over the Lakers.

    Advice: He hit just 8-of-14 free throws, but was instrumental in the win. He won't play this much on most preseason nights, but is worth a late fantasy pick as the starting shooting guard for the Jazz. Wednesday, 12:27 am
  • Pacers' George Hill leaves w/ sprained ankle
    Pacers' point guard George Hill left Tuesday's preseason game with a sprained right ankle and is not expected to return.

    Advice: No word on the severity of the injury, but even if it's bad, he should have plenty of time to get ready for the start of the regular season. If he's going to miss time, Rodney Stuckey and Monta Ellis should benefit the most. Tuesday, 6:07 pm
    Player Note
    George Hill Ind - PG,SG
  • Goran Dragic happy for brother Zoran
    Goran Dragic said he's happy his brother Zoran is in a better situation in Russia.

    Advice: While Goran is without his brother in Miami, he said he's happy his sibling is in a situation where he'll see playing time. "I was sad, of course," Goran said of the trade. "I know how much he wants to be part of a team in the NBA, but I understand this is a business. That’s a better situation for him right now. He’s gonna get playing time. He signed a good deal in Russia. He’s happy. That’s a good thing." Family aside, Dragic is worth an early-mid round draft pick in standard fantasy drafts as he enters his first full season with the Heat. Tuesday, 7:14 am
  • Stauskas says he'll be ready for opener
    Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) said he'll be ready for the start of the regular season and "probably even the end of the preseason."

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that he loses a chance to get momentum before the games count and before fantasy drafts. With a fantasy stat set that's questionable, a lot of tape on the books from Sacramento that isn't great, and now this injury -- he's a flier pick in the late rounds at best. Monday, 8:21 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha's trial begins in Manhattan
    Thabo Sefolosha was at a Manhattan criminal court on Monday, where jury selection took place in his trial to contest charges of resisting arrest.

    Advice: Opening statements will follow on Tuesday and the result of the case could determine whether he'll face any punitive measures from the NBA. Sefolosha is still recovering from right ankle surgery, leaving him questionable for opening night, but once healthy he should start at SF ahead of Kent Bazemore and Tim Hardaway Jr. Monday, 2:12 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) rebuilt shot in rehab
    Alec Burks said that he rebuilt his shot while rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

    Advice: "I had to learn how to shoot again," said Burks. "I feel like it's going to help me in the long run with a better shot." He went 0-of-5 from the field during Sunday's exhibition, but shrugged off the difficulties: "I ain't worried about offense. I can score on accident." Burks is a late-round target as long as he's battling for minutes with Rodney Hood. Monday, 12:08 pm
  • Stauskas diagnosed with tibia stress reaction
    Nik Stauskas has been diagnosed with a right tibia stress reaction, and he will miss at least two weeks.

    Advice: Sorry, 76ers fans. This is the same injury that has hampered both Bradley Beal and Jrue Holiday in the past, and those guys each dealt with its recurrence at least once in the recovery process. Coach Brett Brown said the Sixers will bring Stauskas along "slowly," meaning he'll almost certainly be limited to begin the year. Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant could see more time with Stauskas sidelined. Oct 5, 10:16 am
  • Nik Stauskas (knee) still sidelined on Monday
    Nik Stauskas (knee) was still absent from practice on Monday.

    Advice: Stauskas, who sat out Saturday's scrimmage after Brett Brown revealed he had a knee issue, is not on the court to begin the new week. So long as his knee injury doesn't become a lingering concern, Stauskas offers excellent value toward the end of your draft for the role he's poised to enjoy in Philadelphia. After the All-Star break last season, Stauskas shot 42.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. Oct 5, 10:03 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) practicing on Monday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) returned to practice on Monday and will scrimmage later in the evening.

    Advice: After sitting out on Sunday as a precaution, Evans was right back in the mix on Monday and is fully expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Hawks. Don't confuse preseason concerns with actual injuries. Despite the history of knee issues, Evans is fine and primed for a big season under Alvin Gentry. Oct 5, 9:40 am
  • Alec Burks fails to score in start for Utah
    Alec Burks started at shooting guard for the Jazz on Sunday, but missed all five of his shot attempts and finished with just four rebounds, three assists and one turnover to his credit.

    Advice: This was Burks' first game-time action since he went down with a shoulder injury in December last season, so some rust should be expected. He's currently in a battle with Rodney Hood for the starting shooting guard position in Utah, although Hood also failed to make much of an impact Sunday night, shooting just 1-of-9 from the field to go with two assists and a turnover. The Jazz take on the Lakers again on Wednesday, and it'll be interesting to see if head coach Quin Snyder gives Hood a shot at the starting lineup, or if he allows Burks to try and bounce-back after an uneventful evening. Oct 4, 9:46 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 12 points in loss to CHA
    Dwyane Wade scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting during Sunday's preseason loss to the Hornets, adding five rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 23 minutes.

    Advice: Wade has spent a lot of time on the sidelines over the years due to issues with his troublesome knees, and through 62 games last season, Wade was only able to put up eighth-round value on a per-game basis in standard nine-cat leagues. Wade can be a headache to own, so we'd let someone else take a chance on the future Hall of Famer on draft day. Oct 4, 5:38 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) out on Saturday
    Tyreke Evans will not play vs. the Pacers on Saturday due to a knee contusion.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity of the injury, but the Pelicans aren't going to risk his health if he isn't 100 percent. Evans is expected to spend most of his time playing point guard this season because of Jrue Holiday's (leg) limitations, so he is poised for a solid season in the Pelicans' up-tempo offense. Oct 3, 10:52 am
  • Brown: Nik Stauskas has a minor knee issue
    Nik Stauskas didn't scrimmage on Saturday due to a minor knee issue.

    Advice: 76ers head coach Brett Brown said that there is nothing to worry about, so he is probably just dealing with some soreness. Stauskas has an excellent chance to succeed as the starting shooting guard in Philly, and he should fly under the radar because of his forgetful 2014-15 rookie season in Sacramento. We will post an update on his knee once we know more. Oct 3, 9:10 am
  • Terrence Ross says his ankle is doing well
    Terrence Ross implied that his ankle is doing much better now.

    Advice: "I used to have this weird clicking in my ankle. I don't have that any more," Ross said. "When I wake up, it doesn't hurt, it doesn't ache." Ross had surgery to remove some bone spurs and loose bodies from his ankle back in May, and head coach Dwane Casey cited that as one of the reasons why he struggled so much last season. Ross will look to bounce back this season, but his playing time is set to decline with DeMarre Carroll in town, meaning he should only be considered in deeper leagues. Oct 3, 7:34 am
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