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  • Mason Plumlee goes for 16 & 9 in loss
    Mason Plumlee hit 7-of-9 shots for 16 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's made a name for himself over the past 30 games and should have another nice one on Wednesday, with or without the regular starters playing for Jason Kidd.
    Today, 8:33 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire scores 14 in win
    Amare Stoudemire played 21 minutes on Tuesday and had 14 points, three rebounds and a block.

    Advice: Mike Woodson left it up to Amare as to whether he played or not tonight, and he looked pretty good at times. It would be a little surprising to see Stoudemire play in Wednesday's finale, although it's still possible. Either way, look for Cole Aldrich, who had 13 & 13 tonight, to play well again tomorrow.
  • Bucks sign F Chris Wright to multi-year deal
    Bucks sign F Chris Wright to multi-year contract on Tuesday.

    Advice: He must have made an impression in his two 10-day contracts to end the season, but he's nothing more than bench fodder for next season.
    Today, 7:40 pm
  • Josh Powell signed by Rockets
    Big man Josh Powell passed his physical and was signed by the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll give them a little depth in the playoffs, but that's about it.
    Today, 6:14 pm
    Not Active
    W, 109-98 @ Bkn
  • Amare Stoudemire will start Tuesday's game
    Amare Stoudemire will start at PF vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision but coach Mike Woodson said Amare would determine his own status, so apparently he felt good enough to play. Whether he suits up again on Wednesday is less certain, as is his long-term future in the NBA -- Amare said on Tuesday that he'll consider leaving to play for his team in Israel after the 2014-15 season.
  • Amare Stoudemire may leave to play in Israel
    Amare Stoudemire suggested that he might leave the NBA to play in Israel once his contract with the Knicks expires in 2015.

    Advice: Stoudemire is co-owner of Hopoel Jerusalem, a team which finished first in the Israeli league this summer. "We'll see,'' Stoudemire said. "You can't rule anything out. The future is unknown and so if I have an opportunity to [play in Israel] and am still in great health, it would be great." The very possibility of Amare heading to Israel will grab headlines but we won't read too much into this until the 2014-15 season begins winding down.
  • Arnett Moultrie back after 5-game suspension
    Arnett Moultrie has rejoined the 76ers after serving a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, and he called the suspension his "wake-up call."

    Advice: Moultrie was recovering from ankle surgery to start the season, but he gained weight during his rehab and wasn't in playing condition upon his return. Sixers coach Brett Brown resisted playing him and Moultrie even spent some time in the D-League prior to his suspension, so his season couldn't have gone much worse. Brown summed up the situation, saying, "If Arnett takes things extremely serious, if Arnett understands what it really, really takes to cultivate his obvious skills, then, yes, he can [make it in the league]."
    Today, 11:57 am
  • Amare Stoudemire a game-time call vs. Nets
    Amare Stoudemire joins the list of game-time decisions for Tuesday, as coach Mike Woodson says it's up to Amare as to whether or not he plays.

    Advice: And given that we all now know that if Stoudemire sits out, it's because he didn't want to play, we're guessing he'll suit up for at least a few minutes. But again, it's up to him.
  • Teletovic, Livingston, Anderson all out
    Mirza Teletovic will miss Tuesday's game against the Knicks for personal reasons.

    Advice: Alan Anderson and Shaun Livingston are also out, while Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all listed as game-time decisions. Carmelo Anthony is not expected to play for the Knicks, and this game is setting up to be a bit of a no-name circus. Marcus Thornton, Marquis Teague and Mason Plumlee could all have big games tonight.
  • Matt Bonner returned to action on Monday April 14.
  • Speights could play big minutes in finale
    Marreese Speights scored nine points on 4-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds and one block in 16 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Wolves.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely and Jermaine O'Neal (10 points, four boards, one steal) is a candidate to be held out of Wednesday's game. That makes Speights a likely target to carry the load down low, and he has a history of big games when he's allowed to shoot at will. Hilton Armstrong could also take over O'Neal's lower-minute role.
    Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Jordan Hill scores 21 points vs. the Jazz
    Jordan Hill had easy buckets all night against the Jazz on Monday, finishing with 21 points, six boards and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Jazz have been torched by big men all season and Hill kept his momentum going. In his last five, he averaged 16.6 points, 8.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks on 58.7 percent from the field. He'll be a must-start player against the Spurs on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Jarvis Varnado plays 16 minutes in return
    Jarvis Varnado (heel) played 16 minutes against the Celtics on Monday with four points, one board, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: He sat out on Saturday due to soreness in his heel and there was no word on his status before the game started. Varnado looked good in the D-League this year for his high block totals and it has translated with 29 blocks in just 22 games with the Sixers. He still has little fantasy value outside of that, though.
    Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Michael Beasley scores 18 points off bench
    Michael Beasley scored 18 points in Monday's blowout 114-93 loss to the Wizards, adding five boards, three assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat sat Chris Bosh and LeBron James tonight to allow Beasley to put up a nice line in his home town. He'll likely be looking at another chance on Wednesday vs. the Sixers with the Heat locked into the two spot in the Eastern Conference. Considering how he likes to dominate the ball, Beasley could be looking at a big night should Miami sit their guys out again.
    Yesterday, 6:33 pm
  • Nick Collison was ejected on Monday night
    Nick Collison was ejected on Monday for an altercation with Austin Rivers.

    Advice: Collison is usually in the news for his face getting busted open, but not tonight. He lasted just eight minutes before the ejection, finishing with no points, one board and two assists. There shouldn't be a suspension for this incident.
    Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Josh Powell planning to sign with Rockets
    The Rockets plan to sign Josh Powell for the rest of the season.

    Advice: The Rockets are looking to add another big man and would probably be best suited to get a player out of the NBA so he can be eligible for the playoffs. Powell has been out of the league since 2010-11 and has played on five teams since 2005-06. The 31-year-old big man was cut by the Knicks in training camp.
    Yesterday, 11:31 am
    Not Active
    W, 109-98 @ Bkn
  • Bulls waive F Tornike Shengelia
    Bulls waive F Tornike Shengelia.

    Advice: Toko hasn't been part of Chicago's rotations and his departure trims Chicago's roster to 14 players, so they may add another veteran for insurance during the playoffs.
    Yesterday, 10:01 am
    Not Active
  • Michael Beasley likely to start at SF on Mon.
    Michael Beasley is likely to start at SF on Monday with LeBron James (rest) doubtful to play.

    Advice: Beasley has played exactly one minute in Miami's past five games, but there's a good chance he'll get aired out vs. the Wizards. In two previous starts this season, Beasley averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27 minutes per contest. He's a D.C. native, adding further intrigue to his potential for a big game tonight.
    Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Pelicans sign C Melvin Ely
    Pelicans sign C Melvin Ely.

    Advice: Ely played two season with the Hornets from 2007-09 but he hasn't played in the NBA for two seasons. Even if the Pelicans intend to play him in their final two games, he has zero fantasy appeal.
    Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Joel Freeland (knee) doesn't leave bench Sun.
    Joel Freeland (knee) was available to play on Sunday, but he never entered the game during a thrilling OT victory vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Blazers coach Terry Stotts has shown a willingness to deploy Freeland in his second unit, but tonight wasn't a good night to return a rusty player to the rotation after months of inactivity.
    Sunday, 10:06 pm
    Player Note
    Joel Freeland Por - SF,PF,C
  • Jordan Hill (migraine) double-doubles vs. MEM
    Jordan Hill (migraine) double-doubled with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes during Sunday's loss to the visiting Grizzlies.

    Advice: Hill added three assists, one steal and two blocks, and the defensive stats are a nice sight -- even as a starter he's only averaging 0.4 steals and 1.0 blocks this season. With Pau Gasol (vertigo) done for the year and Chris Kaman (calf) questionable to return, Hill should remain a solid option.
    Sunday, 9:24 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic gets hot from deep vs. Magic
    Nets PF Mirza Teletovic made 7-of-12 field goals with four 3-pointers on Sunday, while grabbing six rebounds and blocking one shot in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Teletovic is shooting nearly 39 percent from downtown on the season and he's picked up the pace in April (42.9 percent), which gives Brooklyn some much-welcomed firepower off the bench. His perimeter shooting makes him an intriguing fantasy player, and we'll keep an eye on him this summer with the Nets' roster likely to see plenty of changes.
    Sunday, 5:33 pm
  • Jordan Hill (migraine) expected to play Sun.
    Jordan Hill is suffering from a migraine but he's still expected to play on Sunday.

    Advice: If he is unexpectedly ruled out, Robert Sacre will start for the Lakers' decimated frontcourt. The Lakers' game tips off at 9:30 ET so we won't have to wait long for official confirmation of his status.
    Sunday, 4:50 pm
  • Joel Freeland (MCL) active for Sunday's game
    Joel Freeland (sprained MCL) will be active for Sunday's game.

    Advice: Freeland hasn't played in two months and he's unlikely to get more than a few minutes off the bench, but his return is great news for the Blazers with the playoffs on the horizon. He'll likely steal the few minutes that Meyers Leonard was getting, while also challenging Thomas Robinson for playing time.
    Sunday, 4:19 pm
    Player Note
    Joel Freeland Por - SF,PF,C
  • Nick Collison gets cut open yet again
    Nick Collison needed eight stitches on his face after suffering a cut on Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting cut open a lot these days and needed four staples to the top of his head on Apr. 4. Collison did not score in 16 minutes of action vs. the Pacers, adding two boards, three assists and one block.
    Sunday, 12:37 pm
  • Jarvis Varnado (sore heel) out Saturday
    Jarvis Varnado will not play at Charlotte on Saturday due to a sore right heel.

    Advice: This leaves Philly even thinner than usual behind starting center Henry Sims, and Al Jefferson should have a field day in the paint. Varnado should be considered day-to-day in advance of Monday's home game.
    Saturday, 3:40 pm
  • Joel Freeland (knee) game-time vs. Warriors
    Joel Freeland (knee) is a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Warriors.

    Advice: He's been sidelined since early February and the Blazers would love to work him back into the rotation before the playoffs begin. After two straight days of 4-on-4 work during practice, there's a good chance we'll see him play on Sunday or at least Wednesday's season finale.
    Saturday, 1:03 pm
    Player Note
    Joel Freeland Por - SF,PF,C
  • Hill goes for 18 and 12 in blowout loss
    Jordan Hill scored 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting with 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Lakers' 112-95 loss to the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: Hill is doing what everybody hoped he might be able to do all season, if not for knee limitations and Mike D'Antoni's magically changing lineups. It looks like he'll be fun to own for the rest of the year, but we'd be lying if we said we're not crossing all sorts of fingers and toes.
    Friday, 11:59 pm
  • Speights takes advantage of Lakers on Friday
    Marreese Speights took advantage of the Lakers on Friday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers don't even try to play defense so owners should keep that in mind when assessing Speights going forward. The Warriors are basically locked into the No. 6 seed so they may rest some of their key big men down the stretch, and in that case Speights would be worth a look.
  • Plumlee scores 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting
    Mason Plumlee hit all six of his field goal attempts on Friday, scoring 17 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Plumlee is cruising right now with averages of 14.3 points, 6.0 boards, 1.5 combined steals and blocks, and 83.3 percent field goal shooting over his last four games. He's averaging 27.4 minutes in that span and it wouldn't be surprising if he keeps it up while the Nets rest their older players. Those numbers are good enough for mid-round value and owners needing a big man should pick him up.
    Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire plays 40 minutes, scores 24
    Amare Stoudemire played a season-high 40 minutes against the Raptors on Friday for 24 points, 11 boards and one block on 10-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: Is it 2008 or something? Stoudemire played more than 32 minutes just once this season and the Knicks let him loose in a must-win game. STAT has been very good since he rested on Mar. 31, averaging 16.3 points, 6.5 boards, 1.3 blocks and 0.3 steals on 65.8 percent shooting in his last four. The team should play him in all three of the final games this season, which makes him a nice start in standard formats.
  • Matt Bonner out for Friday night
    Matt Bonner will not play against the Suns on Friday due to food poisoning.

    Advice: He probably would have received some minutes with Tim Duncan out, but the Spurs will be without the Red Rocket. Bonner has no fantasy value.