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  • David Lee (back) out for Game 1 vs. NO
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Bird would like to bring back Luis Scola
    Larry Bird said that he would like to bring back Luis Scola next season.

    Advice: Scola is a quality reserve in the league, but with season averages of just 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds, he’s nowhere near being a standard league asset.
    Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Gores calls Andre Drummond a max player
    Pistons owner Tom Gores referred to Andre Drummond a "maximum guy" during a recent interview.

    Advice: The Pistons can extend Drummond's rookie contract with a max offer this offseason, a preferable alternative than waiting to match offers when he hits restricted free agency following the 2015-16 season, but this all hinges upon whether Drummond accepts the contract extension before the October 31 deadline. If the Pistons make Drummond their designated player, they could sign him to a five-year max extension, meaning he'd spend at least the first nine years of his career in Detroit. It'll be very interesting to see what Andre decides to do this offseason, but he has certainly established himself as a max-player.
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) practices in full Fri
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) went through a full practice on Friday, and he will play Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks, as expected.

    Advice: Gibson was unable to finish Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks after injuring his shoulder, but he was never really expected to miss any time during the playoffs. He'll be in his usual Sixth Man role off the bench, and he should see his minutes in the high 20s.
    Yesterday, 11:10 am
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) practices Friday
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah missed the sat out the final two games of the regular-season, but he'll be back in action for the playoffs. However, with solid depth behind him in Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic, head coach Tom Thibodeau may limit his minutes.
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Tiago Splitter goes through light practice
    Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter (calf) went through a light practice on Friday, but he would not commit to his availability for Game 1 against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: "If he plays, he plays," said Popovich of Splitter. Splitter is likely headed for a game-time decision on Sunday, but if he's forced to sit, there will be more minutes for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Aron Baynes. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Chris Bosh will begin shooting in June/July
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) said that he will begin going through shooting drills in June or July, which puts him ahead of schedule in his recovery.

    Advice: Bosh has begun lifting and running after spending the second half of the season on the sidelines due to blood clots in his lungs, though he still remains on blood thinners. He acknowledged that he’s in the very early stages of the recovery process, but all signs are pointing towards him making a full recovery and being ready for training camp next season. Bosh finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and a career-high 1.4 three-pointers per game on 46.0 percent shooting from the field. He'll be a mid-round target in next year's draft with early-round upside.
    Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • Roy Hibbert to see reduced role with Indiana?
    During their exit interviews, both Larry Bird and Frank Vogel implied that if Roy Hibbert does indeed opt in and return to Indiana next season, he will see a diminished role with the franchise.

    Advice: The Pacers would like to go small, and play at a faster pace, which isn't a great sign for the slow and lumbering Hibbert. Hibbert can opt in to his contract that will reward him $15.5 million next season, a number he's unlikely to command on the open market, but it sounds like after two-years of declining numbers, the Pacers are ready to start moving in a different direction. Bird even seemingly took a shot at Hibbert saying, "Well, I don’t think Lance [Stephenson] is stealing his rebounds." It'll be interesting to see what Hibbert decides to do, but reading between the lines, it seems as if the Pacers are almost daring him to opt out.
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Did Rotoworld motivate Brendan Haywood?
    Brendan Haywood said he was "shocked" he played on Wednesday against the Wizards.

    Advice: "I had got a notification on Rotoworld before the game and it said I was resting," Haywood said. "Where and the hell did that come from? I've been resting all season." This is amazing and there are a ton of other great quotes in the link below (hat tip to Chris Haynes for this story, as well). Haywood played 15 minutes against one of his former teams, scoring five points with two blocks. Mr. Haywood, if you're receiving this in a mobile alert, we won't say you're "resting" ever again. Also, congrats on an NBA career spanning over a decade.
    Thursday, 5:33 pm
  • Joakim Noah will be ready for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) said he'll be ready to go for Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah had knee surgery last year and coach Tom Thibodeau believes this hamstring injury is related. Noah's rest at the end of the season seems to be precautionary. Even if he does have limitations, the emergence of Nikola Mirotic really adds some depth. Plus, Taj Gibson is playing well.
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Howard's minutes to increase for playoffs
    Dwight Howard's minutes restriction will rise to around 32 minutes per game for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: Howard should eventually be without a minutes restriction at some point, but he should get the most floor time he's seen since returning from his knee injury during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Saturday. The more minutes Dwight gets, the further Joey Dorsey will fall out of the rotation.
    Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Gobert will work on offense this offseason
    Rudy Gobert said that he will spend time this offseason working on his offensive game such as post moves and a mid-range jumper.

    Advice: Gobert was absolutely phenomenal this season after being thrust into the starting unit following the Enes Kanter trade, and he posted averages of 10.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and a whopping 2.8 blocks per game with the starting unit. Gobert added that his mid-range jumper is on point, and now it's just about taking them in games. He also said that while he will not be participating in Summer League, he will play international ball over the summer (Euro championships and Olympic qualifying). He's going to be an early-round selection next season.
    Thursday, 3:44 pm
  • David Lee (back) questionable for Game 1 Sat
    David Lee (lower back strain) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

    Advice: If Lee can't go on Saturday, expect Draymond Green to get all the run he can handle with Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. The Warriors don't necessarily need Lee available to dispatch the Pelicans in their first round playoff series.
    Thursday, 1:04 pm
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Ed Davis hopes to be back w/ Lakers next year
    Ed Davis said that he hopes to return with the Lakers next season.

    Advice: Davis said that he will not be chasing money during free agency, and he'd rather just land in an ideal situation where he's "comfortable," and with a coaching staff that "trusts" and "believes" in him. He also said he will spend the offseason working on his free throw shooting (career 56.6 percent free throw shooter) and midrange jumper. Davis is certainly a talented player, and he made improvements this season posting averages of 8.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game through 23 minutes of action. If he could get his minutes closer to the 30s, he'd be a nightly double-double threat, with the chance to post elite shot blocking totals.
    Thursday, 12:17 pm
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Robert Sacre hopes Lakers will pick up option
    Robert Sacre said that he's hopeful to remain with the Lakers next season.

    Advice: The Lakers have a team option on Sacre, but it's not exactly like he's a building block for a championship contending team, so it wouldn't be shocking to see them decline the option if they need to clear salary for a bigger signing. Sacre also said he'll spend the offseason working on his post game, and everything, but we're not expecting a major improvement during his fourth-year. Sacre finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game on 41.2 percent shooting from the field, he's not going to be an option in most leagues next year.
    Thursday, 12:08 pm
  • Al Jefferson unlikely to opt out of contract
    Al Jefferson said it's unlikely that he'll exercise the opt out clause in his contract to become a free agent in July.

    Advice: We'll monitor this situation throughout the summer, but this would be great news for Hornets fan if Big Al sticks to his word and returns. Jefferson also added that he'd like to lose 25 pounds this summer, which would hopefully help him further exacerbate his existing knee injury. Assuming he's fully healthy next fall, the 30-year-old will provide solid early-round value for owners who are willing to accept the fact that he hasn't played more than 78 games since the 2010-11 season.
    Thursday, 9:49 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • 76ers coach questions Embiid's work ethic
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said there were times that he was disappointed with Joel Embiid's work ethic this season.

    Advice: Brown previously said he would be personally disappointed if Embiid isn't able to play in the summer league and on Thursday added, "there were times I wasn't happy with [Embiid's work ethic]." While Embiid is still young, it's not a great sign to have your coach question your work ethic, so here's to hoping the 21-year-old takes Brown's words to heart as he continues his rehab this summer. Embiid will enter 2015-16 fantasy drafts similarly to Nerlens Noel in 2014-15 and will provide his future owners with a high-risk, high-reward gamble.
    Thursday, 9:39 am
    L, 105-101 vs Mia
  • Cody Zeller to undergo shoulder procedure
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) said he will undergo a small procedure to repair his rotator cuff.

    Advice: Zeller's estimated timetable is four-to-six weeks, so he should be healed in plenty of time for training camp. The 22-year-old showed improvement in his second season, but his averages of 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks still leave something to be desired for fantasy owners. While Zeller deserves a look in deeper leagues next season, he shouldn't be more than a late-round flier for owners in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 9:29 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Brendan Haywood returned to action on Wednesday April 15.
    Wednesday, 11:37 pm
  • Pero Antic returned to action on Wednesday April 15.
    Wednesday, 11:37 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 26 with 11 boards
    Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points on 12-of-21 shooting with 11 boards, five assists, one steal and one block in 40 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vucevic's owners will be thrilled that he played 40 minutes in such a meaningless game for the Magic. He certainly gave Brooklyn a scare, but he couldn't prevent the Nets from pulling away in the fourth quarter. Victor Oladipo played well with 19 points, three assist, two boards, two 3-pointers and a block, while Andrew Nicholson impressed by scoring 18 points with nine boards, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
    Wednesday, 10:22 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 17 points
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 17 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played just seven minutes on Monday, which basically sums up his season. We saw Nurkic post some massive numbers at times, but his coaches always seemed to keep the doghouse open for him. The Nuggets might draft a big man, which would hurt Nurkic's upside.
    Wednesday, 10:22 pm
  • Marc Gasol drops 33 points, will face Blazers
    Marc Gasol sure looked 100 percent during a huge 95-83 win over the Pacers on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 33 points with 13 boards, two assists, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The Memphis crowd should have been chanting "Spaniard" after this one. Gasol was expected to be on a minutes limit, but he played one of his best games of the year. Now, the Grizzlies will get a home game in the first round when the Blazers come to town. Both teams are really banged up, so health will be a massive factor.
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 18 with nine boards
    Zach Randolph scored 18 points against the Pacers on Wednesday with nine boards and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He did have a minor ankle tweak tonight, but Randolph was able to play through it. He's also shown up on the injury report for elbow and back issues in the past few weeks, so he's probably not going to be 100 percent. Still, expect Z-Bo to be a primary option against the Blazers in the first round.
    Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 14 with three blocks
    Brook Lopez played well in a win over the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with seven boards, one assist, four steals and three blocks.

    Advice: The Nets won themselves the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference tonight, but they don't have time to celebrate as they will be taking on the Hawks in the first round on Sunday. Joe Johnson also did his part with 16 points, seven boards, six assists and two 3-pointers, while Thaddeus Young contributed 16 points, nine boards, three assists, two steals and one block.
    Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin gets big minutes
    Kevin Seraphin played 39 minutes during a 113-108 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: The Wizards didn't play 80 percent of their usual starting lineup and Marcin Gortat only played 14 minutes, so it was Seraphin's golden opportunity tonight. That won't be the case when the Wizards travel to Toronto for Game 1 on Saturday.
    Wednesday, 9:34 pm
  • Aldridge leads Blazers to 'No. 4 seed'
    LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Wednesday and had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blazers in a loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: The Blazers are technically the No. 4 seed in the West, but will face the No. 5 seeded Grizzlies, who will have home-court advantage due to having a better record than Memphis. Damian Lillard scored 17, but it was reserve Tim Frazier who was one of the surprises of the night, racking up 13 points, 10 assists and a 3-pointer off the bench in 30 minutes. Nicolas Batum sat this one out, and is iffy for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.
    Wednesday, 9:07 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 21 minutes in blowout
    Dwight Howard played just 21 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert did block him once, but this was a great game for Dwight tonight. He would have played a lot more, but the Rockets had this game in the bag during the third quarter. He'll get a tough matchup against the Mavs and Tyson Chandler. Dwight only had one game vs. Dallas this year, scoring eight points with seven boards in 18 minutes.
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Tyson Chandler leads Mavs over Blazers
    Tyson Chandler returned from a night of rest and led the Mavericks with 22 points, 15 rebounds, a steal and a block as Dallas beat the Blazers 114-98.

    Advice: The Mavs are the No. 7 seed and will face the No. 2 Rockets in Round 1 of the playoffs. Dirk Nowitzki (16) and Monta Ellis (15) also returned from a rest, while Chandler Parson missed another game with his knee injury.
    Wednesday, 9:02 pm
  • Rudy Gobert has a sub-par finish
    Rudy Gobert played 24 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday with eight points, eight boards, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: He had such a great season and is in the running for Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player. Gobert is arguably the best rim protector in the NBA thanks to keeping his man 11.9 percent below his season average on field goal percentage this season (shots less than 10 feet). He's a decent bet to lead the NBA in rebounds and blocks next season, which makes him a second-round target. Plus, playing in 82 games this year is big time.
    Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Taj Gibson says he will be ready for playoffs
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) said that he will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs after being forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Gibson revealed that he received a cortisone shot at halftime, and it's pretty obvious that his shoulder was an issue as he was held scoreless in 20 minutes of action. Gibson is a warrior and it doesn't sound like he will miss any time, but we will update his status when we know more.
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic will start vs. Warriors on Weds
    Jusuf Nurkic will join Ty Lawson, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari in the starting lineup vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't been playing well at all, but the Nuggets are resting Faried tonight and Nurkic could have a big game if he manages to stay out of foul trouble. Regardless, he is only worth a last-second look for any owner in need of boards and blocks.
    Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) will not return Weds
    Taj Gibson left Wednesday's game against the Hawks with a shoulder strain and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Gibson was dealing with soreness in his shoulder prior to the game, so hopefully the Bulls are just being cautious. The Bulls were already without Joakin Noah for this game, meaning Nikola Mirotic will have to step up. We will update Gibson's status as soon as we know more.
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
  • Taj Gibson will start on Wednesday
    Taj Gibson will start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He does have some shoulder soreness, but he should be ready to go. The Bulls are going for the three seed tonight and Nikola Mirotic should get some run tonight, too.
    Wednesday, 4:38 pm
  • Marc Gasol (ankle) on minute-limit vs. Pacers
    Marc Gasol (ankle) will play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday but he will be on a minute-limit.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are without both Tony Allen and Mike Conley tonight, so they'll take anything they can get from Gasol. The Grizzlies will be either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the playoffs -- to get the No. 5 seed they'll need to beat Indiana and have either the Spurs or Rockets lose on Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 2:52 pm
  • David Lee (back) day-to-day after having MRI
    David Lee (back) will not play on Wednesday and he's listed as day-to-day after having an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: The tests didn't reveal any significant damage but GM Boy Myers said, "It's not like we're resting him to be cautious." Lee may only be deployed strategically in certain matchups during the postseason, so his long-term health is more important than his immediate availability.
    Wednesday, 2:44 pm
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Marc Gasol is questionable, expected to play
    Marc Gasol (ankle) is officially listed as questionable to play against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: We would be shocked if Gasol didn't play in this very important game for the Grizzlies and their playoff positioning. Coach Dave Joerger has already said that Gasol would give it a go. Additionally, fantasy owners can take a "no news is good news" approach on Gasol tonight.
    Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • David Lee (back) will not play on Wednesday
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a lower back strain and may have suffered the injury during his 14 minutes of action on Monday. Lee wasn't really in the rotation besides garbage time, so there is really not much here in terms of fantasy impact. If the Warriors do limit their guys, James Michael McAdoo would benefit most.
    Wednesday, 11:37 am
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Dwight Howard expected to play Wednesday
    Dwight Howard is expected to play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: This is just a reminder that Dwight will be back after missing Monday. He should get around 28-32 minutes against Rudy Gobert, which should be fun to watch. Howard has played well in his last four, averaging 17.3 points, 11.0 boards and 1.3 blocks. Start him even in a bad matchup unless free throw percentage is really important to you tonight.
    Wednesday, 11:05 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) will play Wednesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) will play on Wednesday vs. the Mavericks, and he is expecting to see his normal allotment of minutes.

    Advice: Nicolas Batum (knee) and C.J. McCollum (ankle) have already been ruled out, meaning Aldridge will be able to take as many shots as he pleases Wednesday. Aldridge has missed the last two games, but the Blazers likely want him to establish some rhythm leading into the playoffs. Aldridge obviously belongs in all lineups, while Meyers Leonard will shift to the bench and loses most of his value.
    Wednesday, 10:13 am
  • Marc Gasol (ankle) will start vs. the Pacers
    Marc Gasol (ankle) will start Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: Gasol was ineffective vs. the Warriors on Monday, scoring six points with two rebounds, four assists and one steal in just 21 minutes. His ankle isn't 100 percent, but Gasol is incredibly tough and should see his normal allotment of minutes tonight. Get him in all lineups.
    Wednesday, 9:14 am
  • Taj Gibson will play despite sore shoulder
    Taj Gibson will play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday despite dealing with shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (hamstring) isn't active tonight, meaning Gibson will have the chance to draw another start. Gibson scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist and four blocks vs. the Nets on Monday, so he should be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich out Wednesday
    Joakin Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) and Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Thibodeau said that Noah will be ready for the playoffs, so the Bulls are obviously erring on the side of caution tonight. With Noah on the shelf, Taj Gibson will likely draw the start and should be plugged into all lineups, while Nikola Mirotic will also see an uptick in minutes and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:01 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Zeller, Stephenson, Hairston out Wednesday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder), Lance Stephenson (toe) and P.J. Hairston (knee) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is just a formality, as Zeller never had a realistic shot of playing tonight. We will track his progress closely in the coming weeks, but his shoulder injury is a little concerning. Marvin Williams and Noah Vonleh will both benefit for the short-handed Hornets.
    Wednesday, 6:41 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Al Jefferson, Kidd-Gilchrist out Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (knee) and Michael Kidd-Gilcrhist (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Hornets have no reason to risk Big Al's health, so this is not a surprise. Jefferson's knee was a major concern down the stretch, so it will definitely be something to monitor closely in the offseason. Bismack Biyombo will draw the start tonight and is worth a look in all leagues for his ability to rebound and block shots at a high level.
    Wednesday, 6:39 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Luis Scola scoreless in 17 minutes on Tuesday
    Luis Scola finished Tuesday's sloppy 99-95 win vs. the Wizards with zero points, assists or blocks in 17 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The veteran power forward has had some nice moments since the All-Star break, including a 23-point game on Apr. 5, but tonight was not one of them. He grabbed seven rebounds and stole the ball once but missed both of his field goal attempts, and contributed to the Pacers' bench shooting a horrific 25.8 percent from the field.
    Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) probable Wednesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Head coach Terry Stotts said on Monday that he was hopeful Aldridge would be able to play Wednesday, so it's looking like he has a good chance of suiting up tomorrow. He'll be very busy on offense with Nicolas Batum (knee) and C.J. McCollum (ankle) already having been ruled out, so he'll be someone to consider in daily leagues. Meyers Leonard would head back to the bench with Aldridge active, rendering him a negligible option in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • Marc Gasol (ankle) questionable for Wednesday
    Marc Gasol (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Gasol didn't look right during his 21 minutes of action on Monday, so there's certainly a chance the Grizzlies elect to give their star big man the night off for Wednesday's regular-season finale. If he sits, Kosta Koufos would likely slide into the starting lineup, but it would be Zach Randolph as the primary beneficiary, assuming he isn't also handed out a rest day. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 3:32 pm
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) doubtful Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Noah spent Monday's game on the sidelines as well, so we're not expected him to suit up on Wednesday. Taj Gibson will draw the start if Noah is indeed unavailable, with Nikola Mirotic logging extended minutes off the bench. Both players offer plenty of upside, and they'd make for fine plug-and-play options in daily leagues. This seems like a very minor issue for Noah, and while he's unlikely for Monday, all signs are pointing towards him being available for Game 1 of the playoffs.
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Pero Antic (illness) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Pero Antic (illness) did not practice on Tuesday, and he is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Chicago.

    Advice: If Antic is unable to go, expect Elton Brand and Mike Muscala to pick up most of his reserve minutes. Muscala would be the guy to target in daily leagues, although after failing to do much of anything in his previous two outings, he remains a risky option.
    Tuesday, 12:06 pm
  • Gasol (ankle) plays 21 minutes on Monday
    Marc Gasol (ankle) labored through 21 minutes of action in Monday's lopsided loss to the Warriors, scoring six points on 3-of-7 shooting with two rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Both Gasol and Zach Randolph (10 points, five boards, four assists, one steal, 21 minutes) looked like they needed the night off and after falling to No. 6 in the seeding they might just get that on Wednesday. Owners of all Grizzlies players need to stay glued to the injury report.
    Tuesday, 2:06 am
  • Davis grabs 14 rebounds off the bench
    Ed Davis grabbed 14 rebounds off the bench on Monday, but added just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting to his stat line in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers and/or Byron Scott don't really seem like they want to unleash them, but if they remain as banged up as they are right now then he should see similar minutes on Wednesday against the Kings.
    Tuesday, 1:30 am
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Go-Go-Gadget: Gobert drops huge line on DAL
    Rudy Gobert tied a career-high with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 17 rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks in the Jazz's 109-92 win over the Mavs on Monday.

    Advice: Gobert already has go-go-Gadget arms and legs but when he can also get a bunch of offensive touches he's a fantasy force to be reckoned with.
    Tuesday, 1:26 am
  • Marc Gasol returned to action on Monday April 13.
    Monday, 11:57 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 15 points with nine boards
    Taj Gibson started for Joakim Noah (hamstring) on Monday during a 113-86 win over the Nets, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist and four blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He's rolling in his last four with each of those games resulting in at least 13 points. Gibson would likely be looking at minutes in the low 30s again if the Bulls are going to rest Joakim Noah in the season finale. He's going to be worth starting regardless, though.
    Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Marc Gasol (ankle) will try to play Monday
    Marc Gasol (ankle) will try to play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: This game is huge for the Grizzlies and they'll have to earn a win in the NBA's toughest place to play. Gasol gets a bad matchup tonight and isn't 100 percent, but he's still worth starting in standard leagues. He's not a great DFS play, though.
    Monday, 6:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah (knee) out, Taj Gibson to start
    Joakim Noah will not play against the Nets on Monday and Taj Gibson will start.

    Advice: The team is calling it "left knee tendinitis" but it doesn't sound serious. Taj Gibson will start and could be in for a huge line. Nikola Mirotic also greatly benefits here. Noah should be considered questionable for Wednesday.
    Monday, 3:52 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Pero Antic (illness) out for Monday night
    Pero Antic (illness) will not play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He's sick and should be considered questionable to play in Chicago on Wednesday. Elton Brand, Mike Muscala and Mike Scott should get a couple extra minutes.
    Monday, 3:48 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) hopeful for Wed
    Coach Terry Stotts said he's hoping LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) can play on Wednesday night against the Mavericks.

    Advice: He's out against the Thunder tonight and the Blazers will start Meyers Leonard again. It's great to hear Aldridge is getting close because the Blazers will obviously need him this weekend for the playoffs.
    Monday, 3:40 pm
  • Big Al, Lance, Cody, P.J. & MKG are all out
    Al Jefferson (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Monday night.

    Advice: The Hornets finally turned to Noah Vonleh on Sunday. He played 29 minutes and posted career highs in 16 points and 12 boards. Vonleh should get another look tonight, so give him a look if you are a dice roller. Bismack Biyombo will start and play around 30-34 minutes, assuming the Hornets aren't blown out again. Jefferson is likely out for the season.
    Monday, 2:20 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) out again for Monday
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: He aggravated his shoulder injury last month and has been out since Mar. 20. Zeller's season is likely over. It was Noah Vonleh who was the most impressive Hornet on Sunday, so he's someone to watch tonight. Expect Jason Maxiell to get close to 20 minutes as well.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Marc Gasol (ankle) is a game-time decision
    Marc Gasol (ankle) is a game-time decision to face the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He had an MRI on his ankle and the results were negative, so he at least has a chance to play. Gasol suffered his ankle sprain on Saturday and did not return, which means he's likely going to be less than 100 percent if he does play. If he's out, expect Kosta Koufos to get most of the center minutes.
    Monday, 1:51 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) ruled out for Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) will not play on Monday against the Thunder.

    Advice: It's a big break for the Thunder as the team fights the Pelicans for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Without Aldridge available, Meyers Leonard is likely to draw another start. Leonard is averaging 10.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 triples on 50.9 percent shooting. We know what you're thinking: We're surprised, too.
    Monday, 10:21 am
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) ruled out for Wednesday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) has already been ruled out for Wednesday's regular season finale.

    Advice: Additionally, Splitter will be on a strict minutes limit if he suits up for Game 1 of the postseason. It's a redux of what we saw last season with Splitter, when his calf issues were at the forefront of the playoff conversation. Of course, the Spurs went on to win the title, so we think they'll figure it out with or without Splitter.
    Monday, 9:44 am
  • Tyson Chandler (rest) will not play on Monday
    Tyson Chandler (rest) will not play on Monday vs. Utah.

    Advice: This was expected and is now official. Without Chandler, expect Amare Stoudemire, Charlie Villanueva, Bernard James and Greg Smith to all be in the mix, with James or Smith as the most likely candidate to start.
    Monday, 8:04 am
  • Tyson Chandler likely DNP-CD vs. Jazz Monday
    Tyson Chandler is expected to sit out Monday's road game in Utah as a precaution.

    Advice: Chandler dominated the Lakers on Sunday with 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, nine rebounds and two blocks, but he won't even travel with the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki is also expected to rest as a precaution, which leaves the frontcourt wide open for Amare Stoudemire, Charlie Villanueva, Bernard James, Dwight Powell and Greg Smith.
    Sunday, 9:57 pm
  • Ed Davis starts second half vs. Mavericks
    Ed Davis started the second half of Sunday's game at PF, playing 23 minutes to finish with 11 points, five boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Davis has been yanked around Byron Scott's rotation this season but he could earn big minutes by default if Wes Johnson (ankle) can't play on Monday. Scott could also dust off Jordan Hill or Carlos Boozer, of course, and we'll await updates on Johnson's status before projecting Davis' role over L.A.'s final two games.
    Sunday, 9:13 pm
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Dwight Howard posts 19 & 11 w/ three blocks
    Dwight Howard played 28 minutes during Sunday's win vs. the Pelicans, which he finished with 19 points (7-of-10 FGs, 5-of-11 FTs), 11 rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: As a reminder, Howard will not play vs. the Hornets on Monday. He has three straight double-doubles despite being on a fairly strict minute-limit, and over his past four games he's averaging 17.3 points on 67.5 percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. Considering he missed almost two months with a serious knee injury, this is all fantasy owners could have hoped for.
    Sunday, 6:37 pm
  • Roy Hibbert double-doubles in win Sunday
    Roy Hibbert logged a double-double in a win over the Thunder on Sunday, scoring 17 points with 10 boards, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Hibbert is heating up at the right moment for the Pacers, and he has now recored double-doubles in his last three games. The Pacers obviously won't risk resting him with playoffs on the line, so Hibbert belongs in all lineups to close out the season.
    Sunday, 6:22 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin falls out of Wizards' rotation
    Kevin Seraphin fell out of the Wizards' rotation on Sunday, failing to record any stats in under one minute of action.

    Advice: Seraphin has been logging a steady 15-20 minutes off the bench all year and it's doubtful that he'll fall completely out of the rotation. That said, he's not a viable fantasy option while scrapping for minutes in a frontcourt that includes Marcin Gortat, Nene, Kris Humphries and Drew Gooden.
    Sunday, 6:00 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays only 11 minutes off bench
    Jusuf Nurkic played only 11 minutes off Denver's bench on Sunday, finishing with two points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The small-ball Kings weren't a good matchup for Nurkic, but he's averaging a mere 11.0 minutes over the past three games. The Nuggets may be protecting the health of their prized 20-year-old center, as he recently returned from an ankle injury, but either way he's become unusable in fantasy leagues. Look elsewhere for a dose of rebounds and blocks.
    Sunday, 4:43 pm
  • Gasol, Conley, and Green all questionable Mon
    Marc Gasol (knee), Mike Conley (foot) and Jeff Green (back) are all considered questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are in serious trouble, and they could be really shorthanded in a crucial game vs. the Warriors. Gasol is very tough and will likely do everything in his power to play, but his owners should have a backup plan ready. If Gasol is unable to play, Kosta Koufos would likely start and would be worth a look in deeper leagues. Expect another update after shootaround Monday.
    Sunday, 3:57 pm
  • Andre Drummond hauls in 19 rebounds on Sunday
    Andre Drummond was his usual monster-self during Sunday's win over the Hornets, as scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting (1-of-3 FTs), with 19 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one turnover through 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Drummond makes these monster lines look ordinary, and he has been simply phenomenal since the break with averages of 16.0 points, 14.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 0.7 steals per game on 52.4 percent shooting from the field. He has grabbed 430 offensive rebounds on the season, and the only other player in the league over 300 offensive rebounds is DeAndre Jordan with 383. Drummond is going to be an elite fantasy asset for many years to come for those punting the free throw category.
    Sunday, 3:48 pm
  • Brook Lopez double-doubles in loss to Bucks
    Brook Lopez was held in check vs. the Bucks, finishing Sunday's road loss with 12 points (3-of-8 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 10 rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He only turned the ball over once in 31 minutes and this isn't a total wash for Lopez's fantasy owners. The Bucks have been very stingy against opposing centers over their past 10 games, allowing a mere 16.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting (third-lowest in the NBA), so it's not shocking to see BroLo struggle. He gets another tough matchup vs. Chicago on Monday.
    Sunday, 2:58 pm
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) out Sunday vs. DET
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Marvin Williams will get another start tonight, but he has been struggling mightily over the past three games, so this is a situation that should be avoided in most leagues.
    Sunday, 12:10 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Al Jefferson (knee) will not play on Sunday
    Al Jefferson (knee) will remain sidelined for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Bismack Biyombo gets another start today, so give him a look if you're in need of some rebounding and shot blocking.
    Sunday, 12:01 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Brendan Haywood (rest) will not play Sunday
    Brendan Haywood (rest) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Haywood hasn't even left the Cavs' bench since Feb. 26, so his absence from the lineup today will have zero fantasy implications. In fact, Haywood has only managed to step onto the court 21 times this season, putting in averages of 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Hopefully you don't need us to tell you to leave him on the wire.
    Sunday, 11:33 am
  • Dwight Howard to play Sunday, rest on Monday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans, but he will sit out Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Howard isn't cleared to play in both games of a back-to-back set, so there are no surprises here. Howard belongs in all active lineups Sunday as long as you can deal with his awful free throw shooting, while Terrence Jones, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey will all benefit in his absence vs. the Hornets on Monday.
    Sunday, 8:52 am
  • Brown hopes Embiid will play this summer
    Head coach Brett Brown would be "personally" disappointed if Joel Embiid (foot) isn't able to play in the summer league.

    Advice: "Personally, I expect him to play in the summer league," Brown said. "But if I guessed any of this wrong, I want to make sure that the club is on record not being definitive. We are not in the position to say that now." The 76ers have been extremely cautious with Embiid, and it wasn't a surprise to see them hold him out for the entire season. Embiid is loaded with potential, and it will be interesting to see if he can get in some game action this offseason. He will be a high-risk, high-reward player in fantasy drafts next season.
    Sunday, 6:05 am
    L, 105-101 vs Mia
  • Zach Randolph scores 21 points in a loss
    Zach Randolph scored 21 points with 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 39 minutes during a 94-86 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He's going to be the focal point of the offense until the Grizzlies can get the cavalry ready to go. Unless the Warriors rest players, Z-Bo is headed towards a bad matchup on Monday. However, the high usage rate, assist percentage and rebound rate all give him a massive upside.
    Saturday, 10:03 pm
  • Rudy Gobert scores six points with 11 boards
    Rudy Gobert was solid again on Saturday vs. the Blazers, recording six points, 11 boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Gobert's owners have to be relieved that the Jazz didn't rest him like they did with Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors tonight, and he should be locked into all lineups for the remainder of the season. Gobert should be in the running for the Most Improved Player Award, and it looks like he is going to be an elite asset in fantasy leagues for many years to come.
    Saturday, 9:59 pm
  • Taj Gibson looks great again on Saturday
    Taj Gibson was terrific against the 76ers on Saturday with 13 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-7 from the field and is playing some of his best ball right now. In his last three, Gibson averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues, especially since there's a chance we see Joakim Noah rest on Monday.
    Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 12 points vs. Knicks
    Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points with 13 rebounds, one steal, one block and three turnovers against the Knicks during an 80-79 loss to the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: It was Fan Appreciation Night tonight and the Magic rewarded their faithful crowd with the worst scoring quarter in the history of the National Basketball Association. They were outscored 8-7 in the second quarter and they didn't score at all in the first six minutes of that frame.
    Saturday, 6:49 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge only has a sore foot
    An MRI was negative on LaMarcus Aldridge's foot and he's only dealing with soreness.

    Advice: This is good news and the Blazers are just taking it easy on their star power forward. They're almost a lock to be the fourth seed, so the risk outweighs the reward. Meyers Leonard is worth a look tonight against the Jazz.
    Saturday, 5:21 pm
  • Tiago Splitter out, Matt Bonner doubtful
    Tiago Splitter (calf) is out for Sunday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He is not likely to be 100 percent until the playoffs. Splitter was playing well before his nagging calf injury popped up again, but the Spurs are doing just fine without him. Aron Baynes and Boris Diaw will handle most of the minutes next to Tim Duncan.
    Saturday, 3:05 pm
  • Dwight Howard will sit Sunday or Monday
    Dwight Howard said he will rest Sunday or Monday, but doesn't know which one yet.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and Dwight has yet to play in both games of a back-to-back set since his return to the lineup. On the night he sits, there should be more minutes going to Terrence Jones, Joey Dorsey and Josh Smith.
    Saturday, 11:15 am
  • Noah won't have restrictions in the playoffs
    After talks with the coaching staff, trainers and the front office, Joakim Noah said that his minutes restriction will be lifted for the playoffs.

    Advice: Noah has been on a minutes limit of round 32 minutes per game for most of the season (he has gone over that number several times), but it's encouraging that the Bulls are showing confidence in his health leading into the playoffs. This news obviously doesn't help fantasy owners, but if anything at least the restrictions kept him healthy for most of the season.
    Saturday, 9:33 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Ed Davis posts disappointing line on Friday
    Ed Davis scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting with nine rebounds and one block in 18 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Davis has been hit-or-miss for a while now and anybody considering him is doing it at their own risk.
    Saturday, 1:17 am
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Nurkic plays 14 minutes on Friday
    Jusuf Nurkic played just 14 foul-plagued minutes in Friday's double-overtime loss, scoring eight points on 2-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Nurkic hasn't been able to get over the hump since his serious ankle injury and he's a risky play at best for those needing big man help.
    Saturday, 12:35 am
  • Howard double-doubles in loss to SA
    Dwight Howard scored 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting (6-of-9 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 27 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Howard's minutes are slowly getting ramped up for the playoffs and he's more or less where owners want him to be productivity-wise. He's much better than the deep league asset we called him earlier today, though there is going to be risk of DNPs as we finish the season.
    Friday, 11:02 pm
  • Antic plays 13 minutes and scores five points
    Pero Antic played 13 minutes on Friday after being questionable due to the police action taken against he and Thabo Sefolosha early Wednesday morning.

    Advice: Antic scored five points with two rebounds and one assist. As more tape from the incident gets released, we'd expect this story to grow nationally and the Hawks will do whatever it takes to keep it from being a distraction.
    Friday, 8:55 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 26 points vs. Wizards
    Brook Lopez scored 26 points with nine rebounds, one steal, one block and no turnovers in 32 minutes against the Wizards during an easy 117-80 victory.

    Advice: He just keeps putting up big lines. In his last 13 games, Lopez averaged 26.2 points, 9.6 boards, 0.9 assists, 2.4 blocks and 0.6 steals. Lopez and the Nets are on the brink of clinching a postseason berth and have a big game in Milwaukee on Sunday.
    Friday, 8:00 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) out for Saturday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (left foot sprain) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: The Blazers are having some really bad luck with injuries right now. Hopefully, this is more precautionary than anything because there were no indications he was hurt on Thursday. The Blazers would probably be wise to rest guys because they're losing all of their forwards to injury. As for Saturday, Meyers Leonard will be a very popular play in daily leagues following a big 17-point, 15-board outing the last time LMA missed a game.
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • McHale hopes to bump up Dwight's mins Fri
    Kevin McHale said that he hopes to increase Dwight Howard's minutes for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The Rockets are slowly but surely increasing Dwight's minutes, and while McHale didn't give a precise figure, it's reasonable to assume he'll see somewhere between 24-28 minutes tonight. His price tag in daily leagues is way too high to be considered a quality plug-and-play option, but he's worth owning as a low-end asset in deep leagues assuming you're punting the free throw category.
    Friday, 3:32 pm
  • Pero Antic says he will play Friday vs. CHA
    Pero Antic said that he will play Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Antic addressed the media on Friday regarding his arrest that took place early Wednesday morning, and there appears to be some contradictions between what the NYPD is alledging, and what can be seen in a video that is circulating around the Internet. This is going to develop into a very big story, and we'll be providing updates as they become available. On the basketball side of things, it would appear that Antic will be available for Friday's game, although he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in most leagues.
    Friday, 10:15 am
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) out Friday vs. Atlanta
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play Friday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: This will be Zeller's 12th consecutive game on the sidelines, and with no clear return date in sight, he belongs on the waive wire in all leagues. Marvin Williams will continue to start in his absence, but he has really cooled off lately, scoring just one and eight points in his previous two outings.
    Friday, 9:27 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Al Jefferson (knee) out Friday vs. the Hawks
    Al Jefferson (knee) is listed as out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Bismack Biyombo will continue to start for Charlotte for as long as Big Al is sidelined, and he's worth a look for anyone seeking some rebounding and shot blocking.
    Friday, 9:16 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 27 points vs. GSW
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 27 points against the Warriors during a 116-105 loss on Thursday, adding six rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had some trouble on close-range shots with Draymond Green defending him. Aldridge was rested on Monday night and the Blazers will likely take it easy on him going forward. Yes, coach Terry Stotts said he isn't planning on resting guys, but he might change his mind with all the injuries occurring to his team.
    Thursday, 10:19 pm
  • Taj Gibson looks amazing against the Heat
    Taj Gibson played 34 minutes against the Heat on Thursday with 14 points, 12 boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He hit the offensive glass very hard with four boards on that end and was wonderful on defense. Gibson played 29 minutes on Wednesday and he looks safe to start in all leagues again. Plus, his ankle didn't seem to be an issue whatsoever. The Bulls are battling for seeding, so Gibson should be good to go for the weekend. He's worth owning in all leagues.
    Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) out Friday vs. Houston
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will remain sidelined for Friday's game vs. the Rockets, as expected.

    Advice: Splitter's next chance to play will come Sunday vs. the Suns, so we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable for that one. With Splitter sidelined, Aron Baynes, Matt Bonner, and Boris Diaw will have the opportunity for extended minutes, although none of those guys can be viewed as viable options in standard leagues. Splitter belongs on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
    Thursday, 2:41 pm
  • Dwight Howard hopes to play 20 years in NBA
    Speaking during a recent interview, Dwight Howard said he would like to play 20 years in the NBA.

    Advice: "That’s always been my goal- to play 20 years in the league so I think it can be done," said Howard, who is in his 11th NBA season. "It would be great. Tim is still playing great basketball. He has migrated to different spots on the floor instead of just the post." Howard has spent a majority of this season on the sidelines due to a knee issue, and he's statistically having one of his worst years since his sophomore season with averages of 15.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. Still, when healthy, Dwight is one of the best defensive centers in the league, and hopefully the knee doesn’t become a lingering issue for the big man.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Andre Drummond patches things up with SVG
    Andre Drummond and Pistons head coach patched things up after a quick disagreement during Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Van Gundy benched Drummond briefly during the third quarter after the coach thought his young center looked disengaged on the court. "I just brought him back in from the end of the bench, into the team," Van Gundy said. "I don't have a problem when guys are pissed off at me. I don't. But they can't check out on their teammates because they're pissed off at me, and I think he understood that and came back and was fine." Drummond was still able to post 22 points and 14 boards in the loss, so fantasy owners shouldn't worry about any lasting effects here.
    Thursday, 6:59 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge goes for 24 & 13
    LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points, 13 rebounds and a 3-pointer on 10-of-16 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: The Blazers have clinched their division, guaranteeing them the No. 4 seed in the West, but they are just two games behind the Grizzlies and Rockets for the No. 2 and 3 seeds. If they want to go for it, the starters should continue to play. However, it's also possible they could give up, take the No. 4 seed and give their guys some rest. Watch for news as this story develops. The big names, including Aldridge, got the day off on Monday, so more rest could be coming in the near future.
    Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • Tyson Chandler goes for 12 & 23 in win
    Tyson Chandler racked up 12 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: They Mavs knocked the Suns out of the playoffs with the win and Chandler abused former teammate, Brandan Wright. The Mavs sound like they may rest some starters over the final week, so Chandler's owners should watch the news feed to make sure he's playing from night to night.
    Wednesday, 9:43 pm
  • Ed Davis double-doubles in 31 mins off bench
    The Lakers lost their fifth straight game on Wednesday despite Ed Davis providing 15 points, 12 rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Byron Scott ran with an eight-man rotation, resulting in DNP-CDs for both Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer, which thrust Davis into enough minutes for his sixth double-double of the season. Davis himself received three DNPs bridging late March and early April, so anyone who picks him up does so at their own risk.
    Wednesday, 9:36 pm
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Dwight Howard scores 16 in a loss
    Dwight Howard scored 16 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He would have played more, but the Rockets were blown out tonight. Howard is likely going to rest either Sunday or Monday, so his fantasy owners will have to be on the lookout for that news. Plus, he could rest in the finale on Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 9:35 pm
  • Rudy Gobert double-doubles in 30 minutes
    Rudy Gobert had 12 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Jazz have been fickle and annoying with the minutes of Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward lately, but Gobert is young enough that he might be immune to any benchings. The Jazz have nothing to play for, but we trust Gobert's minutes a lot more than those of Favors and Hayward right now.
    Wednesday, 9:15 pm
  • Brook Lopez goes for 26-10-3 in loss
    Brook Lopez hit 8-of-17 shots and 10-of-10 free throws for 26 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Bro-Lo has been on a tear, averaging 23.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over his last five games, and might be carrying fantasy teams right now. Keep running him out there as long as he's playing for the Nets. Brooklyn is fighting for a spot in the postseason, so there's a good chance Bro-Lo keeps it going through the end of the season.
    Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 22 points vs. Boston
    Andre Drummond scored 22 points with 14 boards and one block against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and missed all three from the line to give him a ridiculous 39.0 usage rate. The increase in usage rate has been a theme for Drummond this season, but his efficiency is down quite a bit. Don't forget, he's still just 21 years old, so he could become a more developed offensive weapon very soon.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 15 points vs. AD
    Zach Randolph put up a double-double against the Pelicans during a 110-74 win on Wednesday, scoring 15 points with 13 boards, six assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: It was too easy for the Grizzlies tonight and this game was basically over in the third quarter. Randolph has been on the injury report due to back and elbow problems, but he hasn't missed a game since Mar. 3. The Grizzlies absolutely do not want to play the Spurs in the first round, so expect them to try and lock up the No. 2 seed.
    Wednesday, 7:46 pm
  • Gibson, Mirotic split minutes, production
    Taj Gibson came off the bench to hit 6-of-12 shots for 15 points, seven rebounds and a block in 29 minutes, while Nikola Mirotic played 27 minutes for 15 points, two rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers, also coming off the bench.

    Advice: Mirotic hit just 3-of-11 shots and Gibson has now played pretty well in two of his last three games. The Bulls know they'll need Gibson in the playoffs and while we're not giving up on Mirotic after one off shooting night, he could struggle a bit down the stretch if the Bulls continue to give Gibson heavy minutes.
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Zach Randolph, Jeff Green listed as starters
    Zach Randolph and Jeff Green are listed as the starters on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have been listing Z-Bo has questionable, but they don't update his status when he's active. In other words, no news is good news on Randolph going forward.
    Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Pero Antic out for Wednesday night
    Pero Antic will not play against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Hawks have released a statement that they're aware of Antic's arrest and they may keep him out of the lineup until they gather more information. Antic and Thabo Sefolosha said they will contest the charges. Mike Muscala and Elton Brand will get more playing time.
    Wednesday, 2:51 pm
  • Cody Zeller, Al Jefferson and MKG out again
    Cody Zeller (shoulder), Al Jefferson (knee) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: All three players are not close to a return and could be out for the rest of the season. The Hornets could also be without Lance Stephenson, so they could be very shorthanded. Marvin Williams and Bismack Biyombo are worth owning in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Pero Antic physically grabbed an officer
    Pero Antic physically grabbed an officer while Thabo Sefolosha was being arrested on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wow, these reports are starting to look pretty grim for the Hawks and it appears that we are just scratching the surface. Antic was charged with obstructing governmental administration as well as menacing and disorderly conduct, and it appears that Sefolosha is facing similar charges. Antic and Sefolosha could be in some serious trouble, so don't expect to see them in action vs. the Nets Wednesday. The Hawks will have to rely a little more on Mike Muscala and Mike Scott moving forward.
    Wednesday, 11:24 am
  • Tiago Splitter out again on Wednesday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His calf issues have been the major problem for him this season. Splitter was just getting it going, but we're not expecting him to be playing much more this regular season. Cut him in all re-draft leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:09 am
  • Joel Embiid (foot) will not play this season
    Joel Embiid (foot) is making a lot of progress, but he will not play this season as expected.

    Advice: The 76ers only have four games remaining on their schedule, so nobody should be surprised by this news. Embiid has looked really good in pre-game workouts and has been able to play some 2-on-2 basketball as well. "When you see glimpses of his skill package, you can’t help but say ‘wow,' " head coach Brett Brown said. Embiid is going to be an intriguing prospect in fantasy drafts next year, but he is going to be an injury risk. As always, we will keep a close eye on his recovery and prospective owners should keep tabs on him this summer.
    Wednesday, 7:19 am
    L, 105-101 vs Mia
  • Pero Antic arrested at nightclub Wednesday
    Pero Antic was arrested at a New York nightclub on Wednesday for reportedly preventing police from setting up a crime scene.

    Advice: Thabo Sefolosha was also arrested, and it's possible that both players could face a suspension from the NBA or from the Hawks. Atlanta is sitting comfortably atop of the Eastern Conference, so it's a shame that they will have to deal with this distraction. We will let you know more as soon as possible. In case you missed it, Chris Copeland of the Pacers was stabbed by a man wielding a knife which was why the police showed up in the first place. Copeland is in stable condition.
    Wednesday, 6:33 am
  • Ed Davis grabs 11 boards in 23 minutes
    Ed Davis played 23 minutes off L.A.'s bench on Tuesday, posting seven points, 11 rebounds and one assist without any defensive stats.

    Advice: Byron Scott excoriated his team this weekend, urging them to show some effort on the court, but tonight's game suggests that Davis will hang onto his role while Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer rack up DNP-CDs down the stretch. Unfortunately, the uncertainty of Davis' role makes him a huge gamble in standard leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:30 pm
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
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