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  • Paul Pierce (knee) traveling w/ Wizards
    Paul Pierce (bruised knee) is traveling with the Wizards for Wednesday's game in New York.

    Advice: Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds. Rotoworld.com
    23 minutes ago
  • John Wall (knee) will return Wed. in New York
    John Wall (left knee tendinitis) said that he'll play in Wednesday's exhibition.

    Advice: He could have played on Monday but rested as a precaution, which was a big reason reserve guard Garrett Temple logged 42 minutes. Wall is coming off a career-best year with averages of 19.3 points, 1.3 triples, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals, racking up first-round fantasy value with zero DNPs all season. Rotoworld.com
    33 minutes ago
  • Deron Williams will sit out vs. Celtics
    Deron Williams will not travel with the Nets for Wednesday's game in Boston.

    Advice: This is purely a precaution. His ankles have held up well through five preseason games, and he's looked very good in 25.8 minutes per game. Injury concerns have knocked his ADP down to 33.3 in 9-cat Yahoo! leagues, just behind Ty Lawson and ahead of Dwyane Wade. Rotoworld.com
    46 minutes ago
  • Al Jefferson rests w/ left ankle soreness
    Al Jefferson rested on Monday in part due to left ankle soreness.

    Advice: Although this doesn't sound serious, it's an ominous report considering the early months of his 2013-14 season were plagued by a sprained right ankle. Jefferson's health is essential for the Hornets' chances of building on last year's playoff run and they'll be extra cautious with their 265-pound center, but at the moment there are zero indications that he's in danger of missing the season opener. Rotoworld.com
    55 minutes ago
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) ruled out vs. Blazers
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) will not play vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game with "tightness" in his hamstring and this doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Nevertheless, mounting health concerns are enough to knock Lawson down a peg in fantasy drafts. A serious ankle injury suffered last May prevented him from running until July and it caused the Nuggets "some concern" as recently as mid-October. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:43 am
  • Hawks waive C Dexter Pittman
    Hawks waive C Dexter Pittman.

    Advice: Pittman, who won a championship with the Heat in 2011-12, was never expected to make Atlanta's final roster. He played nine minutes in his lone preseason appearance and will likely spend his days overseas or in the D-League this year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:18 am
  • C.J. Watson will not play Tuesday night
    C.J. Watson (sore right foot) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition game against Minnesota.

    Advice: It's worth noting that Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that Watson would be able to play if it were the regular season. While Watson isn't the best option in standard fantasy leagues, he should see enough minutes at both guard spots to be a worthy late-round flier in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:55 am
  • Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson is locked in
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson is locked in and excited to start the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Clifford also added that, in his opinion, the most important thing to motivate players in the NBA is how good they think the team can be. After making the playoffs last season, things are looking up for Big Al and the former Bobcats with the addition of Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, and Brian Roberts to their roster. Jefferson had a breakout season in 2013-14 as he averaged 25.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the All-Star break and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall past the top-20 on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:25 am
  • Anthony Davis practicing on Tuesday
    Anthony Davis (wrist) was participated in Tuesday's practice with his right wrist wrapped.

    Advice: The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:06 am
  • James Harden committed to playing better D
    James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

    Advice: With Harden's defense (or lack thereof) a common topic in NBA circles, the 25-year-old is committed to silencing his critics this season. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden said. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor. It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it." Harden's defense shouldn't be of much to concern to fantasy owners as his 2013-14 averages of 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds. 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers make him an easy selection in the middle of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:58 am
  • Russell Westbrook aims to play 82 games
    Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.

    Advice: After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:50 am
  • Celtics waive F Christian Watford
    Celtics waive F Christian Watford.

    Advice: In a move that won't cause even the smallest of ripples across the fantasy basketball landscape, the Celtics have parted ways with the Indiana University alum, according to head coach Brad Stevens. While the 23-year-old could still hook on with an NBA team at some point this season, he's not a player who fantasy owners need to store in their memory banks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:51 am
  • John Lucas III close to signing with Wizards
    The Washington Wizards are close to signing G John Lucas III, according to league sources.

    Advice: With Brad Beal set to miss six weeks, Lucas would provide the Wizards with some much-need backcourt depth. The 31-year-old owns career averages of just 4.8 points, 1.0 boards, and 1.4 assists, so his fantasy value is essentially non-existent if and when he signs with the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:28 am
     
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  • Mavericks waive F Eric Griffin
    Mavericks waive F Eric Griffin.

    Advice: Griffin had been competing for one of the Mavericks' final roster spots after a strong showing at Las Vegas Summer League, but it looks like he's reached the end of the line in Dallas. While the 24-year-old may hook on with another team, he won't provide much fantasy value to owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:04 am
  • Anderson looks good in preseason win
    Kyle Anderson started with multiple Spurs starters out in Monday's 106-99 exhibition win over the Kings, scoring 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: It's not fair but Anderson falling to the Spurs looks like another win for the organization. He won't have any fantasy value to start the year but keep his name in your mental Rolodex for down the line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Horford up to 24 minutes in Monday's game
    Al Horford played 24 minutes in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime win in Monday's exhibition against the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Horford continues to slowly ramp up his minutes and if all goes well he'll be able to show he's 100 percent healthy at some point this week. Expecting him to roll right into his top-end productivity levels is a bit optimistic, but he should settle in eventually and secure early round value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • All Clear: Anthony Davis says wrist is 'fine'
    Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

    Advice: All clear, as expected. Davis wanted to return but Monty Williams held him out, and as writers said at the time he never appeared to be in pain. Owners can continue drafting him anywhere between No. 1 and 3 with visions of untold fantasy greatness. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers sprained right wrist
    Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right wrist in Monday's preseason game and will not return.

    Advice: That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:01 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • John Wall (knee tendinitis) out Monday vs. NO
    John Wall (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans, but head coach Randy Wittman expects him to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wall has dealt with tendinitis in his left knee for a few years now, but it didn't cause him to miss a single game last season. Given the fact that Wittman expects Wall to return to practice on Tuesday, we're not considering this to be a serious issue, and the Wizards are likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Wall led the league in total assists last season, and added a 3-point shot to his game. He's well worth a look towards the end of the first round in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Al Jefferson (rest) out Monday vs. Atlanta
    Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) not likely for Tuesday
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) is not expected to suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Portland.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and the team is likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Lawson averaged 17.6 points, 8.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, 1.6 steals, and 3.2 turnovers with the Nuggets last season, but there is some concern that he is an injury risk as he was only able to suit up for 62 games. Lawson is a bit of a risk/reward pick this season, and news of this hamstring injury, regardless of its seriousness, could see him fall down a bit on owners’ draft boards. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • James Harden sinks 2-of-12 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs
    James Harden finished Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, making 10-of-11 FTs but only 2-of-12 FGs in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: He missed a few days with a minor hip injury but looked good vs. the Warriors, and the injury isn't a concern heading into the regular season. Harden vowed to improve his defense this year but fantasy owners will be happy if he keeps up the offensive fireworks -- he's averaged at least 25 points, 2.3 triples and 5.8 assists during his two seasons with Houston, while racking up phenomenal weighted-FT percentages. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Russell Westbrook w/ apparent wrist injury
    Russell Westbrook (wrist) scored 11 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal before exiting Sunday's game after 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Westbrook seemed to tweak his wrist just before exiting, but there are no indications that it's a meaningful injury. He shot 3-of-12 from the field with five turnovers against a makeshift Wolves' starting lineup, so it wasn't his finest hour. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:07 pm
  • Deron Williams plays well in start Sunday
    Deron Williams posted 16 points and added three rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 25 minutes Sunday.

    Advice: He looked good tonight, apart from the four turnovers, and the Nets are really going to have to rely on him to lead the team this year. Williams is one of the most injury-prone players in the league and has battled ankle injuries for many years now, but if he can stay healthy, he could have a big year. If you are looking for a good risk/reward pick, you will have to gamble on him in the third or fourth round. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:49 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) can't finish Sat. game
    Ty Lawson could not finish Saturday's game due to a tight hamstring.

    Advice: Uh oh. It doesn't sound serious and at least it's not to his ankle, but any Lawson injury will trigger the alarm bells. He did have a hamstring injury last season, so this is not something to ignore. He's probably not worth drafting in the top 30 anymore. And if he's going to miss time, Randy Foye will suddenly become quite relevant in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:03 pm
  • Kyle Anderson steps up on Saturday
    Kyle Anderson looked great in the starting lineup against the Heat on Saturday with 17 points, seven boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and two turnovers on 4-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: He was really crafty tonight and started off hot with his two 3-pointers to start the game. Anderson could get in the rotation to start the season with Kawhi Leonard (eyes) up in the air for the opener. He's still not worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Al Horford plays 21 minutes vs. Detroit
    Al Horford played 21 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His minutes are steadily rising and he should be close to 100 percent for the regular season. If Horford stays healthy, he could be a first-round asset. He shouldn't go past 30 in your draft and there's nothing wrong with taking him in the teens. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • C.J. Watson will not play on Saturday night
    C.J. Watson (foot) will not play on Saturday night.

    Advice: He's dealt with his sore foot for a while, but it's not considered serious. Watson should get minutes at both guard spots and is on the radar in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Paul Pierce will play on Friday vs. Hornets
    Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Al Horford getting his confidence back
    Al Horford is feeling more confident on the court after two preseason games.

    Advice: "The second game I definitely had a breakthrough against the Bulls," Horford said Friday. "Mentally, I was in a much better place because I was more comfortable. The first game I was more tentative." The plan for Horford is to continue to play the remainder of the preseason in order to increase his game conditioning. It may take some time for Horford to dust off some of the rust, after spending most of last season on the sidelines, but his upside is first-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:06 pm
  • Ty Lawson hands out 10 assists
    Ty Lawson handed out 10 assists against the Warriors on Thursday to go with eight points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did only shoot 1-of-8 from the field and he's in a mini-slump after a hot start. Lawson's production won't be the issue and all eyes will be on his ankles. His ceiling makes him a solid target in the third round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:34 pm
  • Al Horford plays 16 minutes
    Al Horford played 16 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with four points, six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played 11 minutes in his debut on Tuesday and his minutes will likely rise leading up to start the season. Horford was putting up first-round value before his injury last season, so he's worth a look late in the second round if you're feeling saucy. He shouldn't slip out of the third round in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis looks amazing again
    Anthony Davis looked dominant against the Thunder on Thursday, making 10-of-15 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He's good at basketball. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • James Harden (hip) practices on Thursday
    James Harden (hip) participated in Rockets practice on Thursday.

    Advice: This is good news for the Rockets as a sore hip has kept their leading scorer out of action for the past few days. Harden never seemed to be in any danger of missing time during the regular season and should be a first-round pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:59 pm
  • Russell Westbrook getting Thursday night off
    Russell Westbrook (rest) will not play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge part of the OKC offense and will play on Friday night. Westbrook only played about 10 percent of his playing time without Kevin Durant, so he'll have to adapt to a new role. If he can stay healthy, he'll have a chance to put up huge numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:33 am
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Al Horford (chest) feels fine after debut
    Al Horford said that he was "not sore at all" after making his preseason debut on Tuesday, scoring two points in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: "It's going to take a little bit of time to get back into that rhythm," Horford said after the game. "My whole focus is to keep improving each game." Horford hasn't played an NBA game last late December and he'll be scraping the rust off his game for weeks to come, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting him in the 25-30 range. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Russell Westbrook double-doubles
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-10 shots for 14 points, three rebounds, 12 assists and seven turnovers in Tuesday's preseason win.

    Advice: Westbrook is going to be a beast as long as he can stay healthy, and many of tonight's TOs weren't his fault, as his teammates must have eaten some buttered popcorn prior to the game. He's still going to be a turnover machine, but most high-volume scorers are. Westbrook looks like a Top 5 pick with Kevin Durant expected to miss a couple months of action with a broken foot. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Anthony Davis in midseason form in win
    Anthony Davis hit 9-of-11 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Dwight Howard and James Harden were out for the Rockets, but Davis is going to be dominant any time he's on the court this season. If you want to take him No. 1 overall with Kevin Durant down and out (foot), do it. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Al Horford plays 11 min. in preseason debut
    Al Horford made his season debut on Tuesday after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in December of last year.

    Advice: He was very quiet, with just two points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes, but the news here is that he was healthy enough to play in an NBA game. That means he should be out there on opening night, barring a setback, but it could take him until Thanksgiving, or even Christmas, to get back to his old form. He's still a top fantasy center option, but he'll also come along with plenty of risk. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Al Horford in starting lineup vs Heat Tuesday
    Al Horford (pectoral) is in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: This is the news that fantasy owners have been waiting for since the big man went down with a torn pectoral muscle on December 26, 2013. While the Hawks will likely ease Horford back into the action, he should be all systems go for the start of the regular season and is a solid late-second, early-third round pick in fantasy drafts after averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks before getting hurt last year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • Lawson (ankle) logs 24 minutes on Monday
    Ty Lawson (ankle) played 24 minutes in Monday's preseason game, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting (0-for-4 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson has been playing through injuries dating back to his North Carolina days and his ankle will likely be an issue he deals with for the rest of his career, though it's too early to say with any certainty that it will be a major detriment this season. The Nuggets have a lot of depth at guard this season and an incremental downtick in minutes could make sense for all involved. Owners may want to bump Lawson slightly down due to his growing injury risk. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Westbrook: 'I can't win games by myself'
    Russell Westbrook wants OKC to come together as a team in wake of Kevin Durant's (foot) injury.

    Advice: "It's not about me. It's about our team. I can't win games by myself. I can't do anything by myself," Westbrook said Monday. "I kind of want to take the attention off me and put it more on the team. Everybody keeps asking what I'm going to do and how I'm going to change. I think it's more about our team and what we can do." Westbrook is going to be asked to do a lot for the Thunder sans Durant, and he has the potential to lead the league in scoring while Durant is on the sidelines. Russell will be putting up some monster lines to start the 2014-15 season, and he's well worth a selection in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:05 pm
  • Al Horford (pectoral) close to making debut
    Al Horford (pectoral) is targeting a return for one of the Hawks three upcoming preseason games.

    Advice: "I'll keep working," Horford said. "I'm pretty much in everything [in practice]. My whole thing is keep practicing, keep getting more comfortable with the guys and to be back playing period." Horford participated in most of the Hawks 5-on-5 scrimmage Monday, and it looks like he's targeting a return for either Tuesday vs. the Heat, Thursday vs. the Bulls, or Saturday vs. the Pistons. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:24 pm
  • James Harden (hip) out Tuesday vs. Pelicans
    James Harden (hip) will not suit up for Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but there's no reason to risk anything during the preseason, so he's not going to play. Harden averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 three-pointers, 3.6 turnovers, and 1.6 steals on 45.6 percent shooting from the field last season with the Rockets, and those numbers are worthy of a top-5 selection in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 12:41 pm
  • James Harden (hip) to sit out on Monday night
    James Harden (hip) will not play against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: It sounds a lot like the hip injury Dirk Nowitzki just got over and Harden would probably be playing in a regular season game. He just has a bruise and he should be ready for game action by the end of next week. Harden is going to do a heck of of a lot for an up-tempo offense, so he should be off the board in the first five picks in standard drafts. Troy Daniels and Nick Johnson will get a little extra burn tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 9:06 am
  • C.J. Watson scores 16 points off Indy's bench
    C.J. Watson (foot) made four 3-pointers in 26 bench minutes to finish Sunday's road loss with 16 points, three rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Pacers need Watson to be aggressive this season, and he's likely to have a green light offensively whenever he steps on the court. Deep-league owners should keep an eye on him as a dirt-cheap source of points, 3-pointers, assists and steals. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 7:07 pm
  • Shaw: Ty Lawson's ankle causes 'some concern'
    Nuggets coach Brian Shaw admitted that there is "some concern" about Ty Lawson's ongoing left ankle injury, but he's not sure if he'll rest Lawson for any preseason games.

    Advice: "I haven't really been killing him in practice or even in games. I'm cognizant of [the injury]," Shaw said. "But once again, it's something that he's going to have to work himself through ... It's that fine line because you want guys to continue to build up their stamina and their conditioning and be sharp." Lawson, who injured his ankle late last season, is expected to wear a small brace as a precaution this year. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 3:58 pm
  • James Harden rests bruised hip on Sunday
    James Harden rested his bruised hip during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: It wouldn't be surprising to see him skip Monday's exhibition as a precaution, but the injury is not a significant concern. Harden takes a ton of contact on a game-by-game basis, but he's averaged only 4.6 DNPs during his five-year career. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 1:33 pm
  • Ty Lawson (ankle) sits out end of practice
    Ty Lawson (ankle) started Sunday's practice but he did not finish, leaving him questionable for Monday's road game in Chicago.

    Advice: Lawson spent much of his offseason recovering from a severe sprain and "minor bone damage" in his left ankle. It's unclear if he tweaked the ankle or merely sat out the end of practice as a precaution, but fantasy owners should monitor his health closely with the regular season approaching. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 1:23 pm
  • Russell Westbrook set to carry OKC's offense
    With news that Kevin Durant will be sidelined a minimum of 6-8 weeks, Russell Westbrook is primed for a monster start to the season.

    Advice: Westbrook's usage rate with Kevin Durant on the bench last year was 44.6, so while the turnovers might border on ridiculous, he's going to be huge to start the 2014-15 season. You can go ahead and slide Westbrook up on your draft boards, as he'll be worthy of a top-8 selection in 8-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 8:20 am
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