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    • Elfrid Payton scores six with five turnovers
      Elfird Payton played 25 minutes in the starting lineup on Friday with six points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and five turnovers.

      Advice: He is turning the ball over way too much and he's not really showing signs of improvement. Payton is going to hurt fantasy owners in more places than he helps, so owners in standard leagues shouldn't even bother dealing with the negatives, Rotoworld.com
      42 minutes ago
    • Rodney Stuckey (facial contusion) out Fri
      Rodney Stuckey (facial contusion) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: Andre Drummond hit him in the face and perhaps he was poked in the eye. Stuckey needed help walking back to the locker room and maybe he couldn't see properly. Hopefully he didn't scratch his cornea or else it could cost him time. C.J. Watson and George Hill would get more run while Donald Sloan would likely get back in the rotation. Stuckey checked out with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against his former team. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:55 pm
    • Raymond Felton (ankle) out on Friday
      Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Lakers.

      Advice: He's not in the rotation. It's a good thing the Mavericks received one of the best centers in the NBA in a trade with the Knicks or else they might care about Felton missing time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:12 pm
       
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    • Ricky Rubio (ankle) does some 5-on-0 work
      Ricky Rubio (ankle) did some 5-on-0 work at shootaround Friday.

      Advice: He's getting closer and it would appear contact is just around the corner. Rubio has been out since Nov. 7 with his severe ankle sprain and the Wolves have been forced to play Zach LaVine a little more than they planned. If you're looking to stash Rubio in a shallow league, now is probably the time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:38 pm
    • C.J. Watson will start again Friday vs. DET
      C.J. Watson will draw another start for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

      Advice: George Hill is back in the lineup, but the Pacers are bringing him along slowly off the bench. However, it's only a matter of time until Hill usurps the starting point guard gig, so there's not much reason to own Watson in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:26 pm
    • George Hill will come off the bench on Friday
      George Hill will come off the bench again on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: He was extremely busy in his debut with a usage rate of 28.0 in 21 minutes of action. Hill should have a lot of his plate as the primary ball-handler, so he should be owned in all leagues right now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:23 pm
    • Monta Ellis (illness) will play Friday
      Monta Ellis (illness) is a go for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: Ellis has not missed a game for the past two years, so it wasn't likely a puny illness was going to stop him. Go ahead and get him active for a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:56 pm
       
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    • Patrick Beverley (illness) will play vs. MEM
      Patrick Beverley (illness) will play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

      Advice: He was listed as questionable before today, but Beverley is one of the toughest players in the NBA. He's good to go as a mid-round play. Additionally, if you were thinking about playing Mike Conley in daily fantasy leagues, you might want to reconsider. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:40 pm
    • O.J. Mayo moving to bench on Friday
      O.J. Mayo will come off the bench against the Hawks on Friday.

      Advice: Coach Jason Kidd said he wants to see how Mayo fared in the second unit, which sounds like a nice way of saying he's going to cut his playing time. Mayo has made just 4-of-14 from the field in his last two games and is not worth using in almost any league tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:35 pm
    • Matthew Dellavedova starting for Kyrie
      Matthew Dellavedova will start against the Magic on Friday in place of Kyrie Irving (knee).

      Advice: While he will get plenty of minutes, Dellavedova is not going to be handling the ball too much and will likely act more like a shooting guard. He has a tiny usage rate of just 11.6 this season, so don't expect him to score much. Dellavedova is still a punt play in DFS or in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:17 pm
    • Kendall Marshall starting, O.J. Mayo benched
      Kendall Marshall will enter the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. Atlanta, shifting Brandon Knight over to SG, and sending O.J. Mayo to the bench.

      Advice: Mayo has been struggling lately, shooting just 4-of-14 from the field over the last two games. Marshall hasn't done much this season to warrant attention in standard leagues, and he only managed to put up three points and four assists during his last start. This will be the 13th different starting lineup for the Bucks this season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:15 pm
    • Update: Kyrie Irving will not play Friday
      Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Magic on Friday.

      Advice: Wow. He must have had some pain in warmups due to his contusion from Thursday. Irving has multiple minor knee injuries and the last thing the Cavs need would be for him to make it worse. With Irving out, expect Matthew Dellavedova to play most of his minutes at point guard, which will also open up minutes at shooting guard for Dion Waiters. Fantasy owners could give Delly and Dion a look as a plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:13 pm
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Kyrie Irving and LeBron James will play
      Kyrie Irving (knee contusion) and LeBron James (leg tightness) will play on Friday against the Magic.

      Advice: Irving had a minor issue late in Thursday's game and was a bit of a bigger question mark for tonight, but it sounds like he's good to go. He should see his normal amount of playing time and will likely turn rookie Elfrid Payton into a pretzel tonight. Start him. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:35 pm
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Ramon Sessions (back) out Friday vs. Phoenix
      Ramon Sessions (back) will not suit up for Friday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: With Sessions unavailable Ray McCallum will get some extended run off the bench, but not enough to matter in most leagues. Both Sessions and McCallum will only become relevant in standard leagues if there is an injury to Darren Collison. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:12 pm
       
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    • Deron Williams doesn't play down the stretch
      Deron Williams played 21 minutes against the Celtics on Friday during a 109-107 win with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He did not play down the stretch because Jarrett Jack played his best game of the season. There are a lot of rumors flying around regarding Williams, but he would likely start no matter where he's dealt. Expect his minutes to increase more as the team gains confidence he D-Will can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:18 pm
    • Jarrett Jack scores a season-high 27 points
      Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 27 points against the Celtics on Friday with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made all 10 attempts from the line and hit a clutch 15-foot jumper to help the Nets get the win. Deron Williams was active for this one and the Nets are going to ease him back in hopes he doesn't aggravate his calf issue. Jack has seen his minutes climb to 35 per game over his last four and the Nets are reportedly looking to deal Deron, so Jack is worth a look in standard leagues. He's more of a stash, though. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:04 pm
    • Marcus Smart has four steals in a loss
      Marcus Smart moved back into the starting lineup on Friday during a 109-107 loss to the Nets, scoring five points with three rebounds, six assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: One of his steals was pure hustle as he dove for the ball and got the ball to a cherry-picking Jeff Green for a dunk on the other end. Smart should be starting the rest of the way and his output in steals and triples bode well for his fantasy value. Of course, his 34.3 percent from the field is going to be a tough pill to swallow. He should get better and is a decent foul shooter, so keep him owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:58 pm
    • Tony Wroten (knee) will play against Portland
      Tony Wroten (knee) will play against the Blazers on Friday.

      Advice: He has been dealing with a sprained knee basically since Michael Carter-Williams returned to the lineup. Wroten should be busy tonight with Hollis Thompson (illness) out. He's not a great guy in standard leagues, but he's an option in daily points leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:42 pm
    • Avery Bradley scores 17 points against BK
      Avery Bradley scored 17 points against the Nets on Friday with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Bradley looks to be coming out of a slump after making just 37.0 percent from the field in his previous 10 games, averaging 10.6 points, 3.2 boards, 2.0 assists and 0.9 steals. His assists and boards have seen a slight increase since the Rajon Rondo deal, but they'll likely fall off again as the team gains confidence in Marcus Smart. Bradley is still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:26 pm
    • Kirk Hinrich doesn't practice
      Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) did not practice on Friday.

      Advice: He's unlikely to play against the Pelicans on Saturday. Aaron Brooks has been terrific as the primary backup point guard, so he should get minutes in the mid-20s again. Hinrich is not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:51 am
       
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    • Deron Williams (calf) coming off the bench
      Deron Williams (calf) will come off the bench for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Jarret Jack will draw another start on Friday, but he'll be splitting minutes with Williams, so that's going to hurt his upside. Still, over the past two starts Jack put up averages of 16.0 points, 9.0 assists, and 1.5 steals over 37.5 minutes of action, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Williams is going to be eased back into the rotation, and given his price tag, he'll be an unattractive option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:35 am
    • Monta Ellis (illness) questionable for Friday
      Monta Ellis (illness) was not at shootaround, and his status for Friday's game vs. the Lakers has yet to be determined.

      Advice: Ellis is one of the toughest guys in the league, and hasn't missed a game for the past two seasons, so he'd have to be in really bad shape to miss this one. However, if he is forced to sit, Devin Harris, and J.J. Barea would be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:26 am
       
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    • Deron Williams (calf) will be a GTD on Friday
      Deron Williams (calf) is headed for a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: Beat reporter Tim Bontemps said that even if Williams is available to play, he will come off the bench, so it appears Jarret Jack will have one more game with the starting unit. Through two starts with the Nets this season, Jack is averaging 16.0 points, 9.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game and he'll make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues if Williams is unavailable. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:45 am
    • Marcus Smart starting, Jameer Nelson benched
      Marcus Smart will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Nets, sending Jameer Nelson back to the bench.

      Advice: Jameer Nelson had a decent game with the starting unit during his last outing, putting up nine points and 11 assists over 29 minutes of action, but the end result was a loss for the Celtics. Smart struggled during his first career start, managing just three points, four assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in all leagues. Hopefully he'll be able to get things going in a favorable matchup vs. the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:15 am
    • Jeff Teague to return to the starting lineup
      Jeff Teague is set to return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Bucks, according to plugged in beat reporter Chris Vivlamore.

      Advice: There was simply no way that Dennis Schroder was going to stick with the starting unit for long with Teague healthy, and it looks like he'll head to the bench on Friday ending his days of standard league relevancy. Teague was putting up early-round value before going down, and is a must-start guy every time he's in uniform. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:01 am
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) is nearing a return
      Patty Mills (shoulder) is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup for one of the Spurs' four remaining December games.

      Advice: While Mills is optimistic, head coach Gregg Popovich will need some convincing before he allows him to step into any game-time action. "I’m going to hold him off as long as I can," Popovich said. "There will be a point he won’t allow me to do that any more and that’s fine. But for right now I’m winning the battle." Mills will likely be brought along slowly, and as long as Tony Parker is healthy, Mills can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:38 am
       
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    • Ricky Rubio (ankle) out Friday vs. Denver
      Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Nuggets.

      Advice: Rubio isn't likely to return until January, and while he's sidelined Zach LaVine and Mo Williams will continue to split minutes at the point guard position. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:28 am
    • Suns send down Tyler Ennis for D-League stint
      The Suns have sent down Tyler Ennis for a D-League stint.

      Advice: Ennis is not part of the rotation in Phoenix, and he can remain on the wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:14 am
    • Jamal Crawford says elbow is feeling better
      Jamal Crawford said after Thursday's game that his right elbow is feeling much better.

      Advice: "If we’re being completely honest, maybe I should have sat out some of those games, because it’s my [right] shooting elbow that’s been bothering me," Crawford said. "I love basketball too much. I’ll deal with the percentages or whatever. It’s frustrating, because I could only get so far on my follow through. But now, make or miss, the last two games it’s felt a lot better and I’m a lot more comfortable." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:48 am
    • Chris Paul nets 22 points in Christmas finale
      Chris Paul put on an array of moves during a 100-86 win over the Warriors on Thursday with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

      Advice: After 13 hours of seeing Cliff Paul on TV today, Chris stepped up. Paul's assists have been on the decline lately with only one double-double in his last nine games. In that span, he's averaged 18.9 points, 5.0 boards, 8.2 dimes, 2.3 steals and 1.8 triples. CP3 is still a top-five fantasy player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    • Jamal Crawford scores 24 points off bench
      Jamal Crawford scored 24 points in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with seven rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: The rebounding has been a pleasant surprise lately and Crawford has set a season high in defensive rebounding rate in each of his last three games. Obviously, that's not what he's known for and his offense has made him the No. 110 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:36 pm
    • Stephen Curry scores 14 points in full line
      Stephen Curry scored 14 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He's fared well against the Clippers in his previous two seasons and made at least 50 percent from the field in each of his previous two seasons against them. Curry is in a minor slump at just 27.0 percent from beyond the arc over his last five, averaging 20.2 points, 5.4 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.0 triples. Chef Curry will likely be cooking up plenty goodies for the home folks against the Wolves on Saturday. Revenge game for drafting Jonny Flynn over him? Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:19 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) iffy for Friday
      Ramon Sessions is listed as questionable for Friday's game due to a lower back strain.

      Advice: If he's out it should just mean more minutes for Darren Collison. Sessions will only be worth using in fantasy leagues if Collison goes down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:48 pm
       
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    • Kyrie Irving injures left knee in loss
      Kyrie Irving hit 10-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 25 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and just two turnovers in Thursday's loss to the Heat, but also hurt his left knee late in the game.

      Advice: He injured the same knee against the Thunder earlier this season and was clearly in pain as the game ended tonight. He had his foot stepped on and then came down very awkwardly on his left leg, which is when he injured the knee and suffered a contusion. For now consider him day-to-day, but the fact an MRI wasn't needed is great news. If he's going to miss time, Matthew Dellavedova would likely take over at point guard for the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:06 pm
       
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      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) out on Christmas
      Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) will not suit up for the Bulls' Christmas Day game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: With Hinrich unavailable, Aaron Brooks will see some increased minutes off the bench in what will be a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers. Brooks has scored in double figures in his past four outings and looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:21 pm
       
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    • Patty Mills cleared to practice, not play
      Patty Mills (shoulder) has been cleared to resume basketball activities, but still isn't close to playing in a game.

      Advice: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Mills was cleared to practice two days ago, but Mills isn't expected to see game action until mid-January, at the earliest. He'll only be worth a look by owners in deeper leagues, at least as long as Tony Parker is somewhat healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:14 am
       
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    • Patrick Beverley questionable for Friday
      Patrick Beverley (illness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Beverley will head into Friday's game as a potential game-time decision, while James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (knee) are both listed as probable. We'll update Beverley's status after shootaround, but Isaiah Canaan would be in line for a spot-start if Beverley is unable to go. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 am
    • Deron Williams (calf) practices on Wednesday
      Deron Williams (calf) was able to practice on Wednesday, and coach Lionel Hollins may bring him off of the bench against the Celtics on Friday.

      Advice: He has missed Brooklyn's last two games with a slight calf strain but it is a good sing that he is already back practicing. Williams has two more days to heal up before their game against the Celtics so it appears that he has a good shot to play in that one, even if he does come off the bench. However, if he is held out of this game expect Jarrett Jack to continue to start in his place with Darius Morris also getting some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:30 am
    • Deron Williams most likely Net to be traded
      Deron Williams is the most likely player to be traded from the Nets according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

      Advice: Bondy also reported that the trade talks between the Nets and Kings are not dead but are in "hibernation" for now. We will be sure to monitor this closely, but for now nothing appears to be imminent at the moment. One thing we do know is that Mason Plumlee won't be included in any deal as the Nets view him as one of their key assets moving forward. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:14 am
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) returns in bench role
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) came off the Hawks' bench on Tuesday and finished with nine points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and six assists in 24 minutes, while posting a team-best +/- rating of +23.

      Advice: Dennis Schroder earned another start at PG, but he had only five points, four assists, four turnovers and a team-worst +/- rating of -18. Teague could regain the starting job as soon as Friday (vs. Milwaukee) or Saturday (at Milwaukee), and it shouldn't take long for his minutes to return to the 30-32 range he's been averaging all season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:45 pm
    • George Hill (knee) shines in season debut
      George Hill (knee, quad) made his season debut on Tuesday, coming off the Pacers' bench for 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 21 minutes.

      Advice: This was an unexpectedly fast start for Hill, who must regain his conditioning while adjusting to new teammates and a new role, and he has enough upside to be labeled 'must own' in standard fantasy leagues. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that Hill "looked great out there" before citing his speed, length and defense, and it shouldn't be long before he's back in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:31 pm
    • Watson, Stuckey challenged w/ G. Hill healthy
      C.J. Watson scored 10 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 28 minutes on Tuesday, helping Indiana defeat the visiting Pelicans.

      Advice: Rodney Stuckey added six points, five boards and four assists with some defensive stats, but both starting guards are on notice with George Hill (knee, quad) back in action. Watson's role seems the most precarious, though coach Frank Vogel has yet to reveal his ideal starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:27 pm
    • Elfrid Payton shoots 6-of-10 w/ seven dimes
      Elfrid Payton made 6-of-10 shots to finish Tuesday's win vs. the Celtics with 12 points, one rebound, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Orlando's lottery pick hasn't shot well as a rookie and he was 0-of-7 from the field on Sunday, but he's showing signs of improvement -- with Sunday's dud excluded, he's a combined 16-of-25 from the field (64.0 percent) in his past four games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:14 pm
    • Marcus Smart plays 17 minutes in bench role
      Marcus Smart shifted to a bench role during Tuesday's five-point loss in Orlando, finishing with three points, two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.

      Advice: Boston fell behind 20-4 to begin the game and Smart's fantasy owners should hold tight, as he's unlikely to play second-fiddle to veteran Jameer Nelson for very long. To wit, the Celtics set a new season-low for points in a quarter (nine) and points in a half (30) during Tuesday's defeat, before mounting a too-little-too-late rally. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:02 pm
    • Tony Wroten has sprained knee, out Tuesday
      Tony Wroten has a sprained right knee, and will not play on Tuesday.

      Advice: This injury came out of nowhere, and it leaves the 76ers with just eight active players for their game vs. the Heat. We will pass along updates as soon as we know more, but given the cautious nature of the 76ers Wroten may see some additional time on the sidelines. K.J. McDaniels will see his role increased off of the bench and should be owned in most leagues for his upside. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:43 pm
    • Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) questionable Thurs.
      Coach Tom Thibodeau isn't sure if Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) will be available to play Christmas Day vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: If Hinrich sits, Aaron Brooks will soak up his reserve minutes, and he'll have a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:09 pm
       
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    • George Hill will play nine minutes each half
      Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel is going to try and play George Hill nine minutes during each half for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Vogel also said that there will be no lingering injury concerns, just issues with conditioning, rhythm, and timing. Hill is going to be brought along slowly, but he's eventually going to be a primary fixture in the Pacers' offense, and should be owned in all leagues. C.J. Watson's value will take a hit once Hill is back to full strength, and Donald Sloan will likely fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:35 pm
    • Jeff Teague will come off the bench Tuesday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Dennis Schroder has been excellent filling in for Teague while he was sidelined, and it looks like the Hawks are going to ease Teague back into the rotation. Still, given Teague's upside, he's pretty much a must-start guy when in uniform. We'll let you know if any word comes out of a minutes restriction. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:08 pm
    • Marcus Smart will come off the bench Tuesday
      Marcus Smart will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

      Advice: Since the Rondo trade, Brad Stevens has started a new point guard each game. Jameer Nelson will be starting tonight, but given his unimpressive play throughout the season to this point, he doesn't figure to be a great play in daily leagues. Stevens has said Smart will have to earn the starting gig, but given that his competition goes by the names of Jameer Nelson and Evan Turner, it should only be a matter of time. Stay patient, and keep Smart stashed. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:48 pm
    • Deron Williams (calf) out Tuesday vs. Denver
      Deron Williams (calf) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.

      Advice: It looks like Jarrett Jack will draw another start tonight, and he makes for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues after going for 15 points and 10 assists in his last outing. The Nets don't play again until Friday vs. Boston, so we'll be considering Williams questionable for that one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:05 pm
    • Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) out Tuesday vs. WAS
      Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Expect Aaron Brooks to pick up most of Hinrich's reserve minutes. He put up 17 points over 25 minutes of action on Monday, but he remains a risky option in daily leagues with a difficult matchup vs. Washington, and Derrick Rose healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:47 pm
       
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    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) probable to play Tues
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is probable to play against the Clippers on Tuesday.

      Advice: He missed the last week and the Hawks did not miss him whatsoever, winning all three games against teams expected to make the playoffs in the Mavericks, Rockets and Cavs. It's unknown if Teague will play less than his 31.3 minutes per game, but it's not a wild idea considering how well Dennis Schroder played. Still, Teague can be placed back into fantasy lineups and those who added Schroder might want to make other plans. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:02 am
    • Deron Williams (calf) not likely dealt soon
      The Kings and Nets trade talks have "virtually" died, according ton ESPN.com's Chris Broussard.

      Advice: The Kings reportedly were more interested in Mason Plumlee than Williams, which is the opposite of what the Nets would want to do. Williams is unlikely to play on Tuesday due to a calf issue, so Jarrett Jack would be worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:45 am
    • George Hill will make season debut on Tues
      George Hill (knee) will make his season debut against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

      Advice: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said Hill will come off the bench on Tuesday and he "won't play [Hill] huge minutes. Enough to get his feet wet." Hill should be scooped off waiver wires if he's still available, while C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan take a hit to their fantasy values as both will now return to reserve roles. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:36 am
    • Elfrid Payton will start against Celtics Tues
      Elfrid Payton will be in the Magic's starting lineup when they face the Celtics on Tuesday.

      Advice: Payton is averaging 5.5 points, 4.3 boards, 5.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.3 blocks on 30.0 percent field goal shooting as a start this season, so the rookie's fantasy upside is a bit capped as he continues to develop his game. He's a decent plug-and-play option in daily games while continues to start, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to leave Payton on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:55 am
    • Kirk Hinrich strains his hamstring
      Kirk Hinrich suffered a left hamstring strain on Monday and did not return.

      Advice: While Derrick Rose is healthy, there is no reason to bring Hinrich back from his injury. He exited with three points, two rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and three turnovers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:20 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) ruled out for Monday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will not play on Monday night against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He is without a timetable and could miss additional games. Teague was outstanding before his injury and was close to being a No. 1 fantasy point guard, but the Hawks are just fine with Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack. Schroder is worth a look in daily leagues in a favorable matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:38 pm
    • Avery Bradley took a shot to his head
      Avery Bradley took a shot to his head on Sunday, but is expected to be fine.

      Advice: He had a horrible game against the Heat, making 2-of-10 from the field for four points with seven rebounds and four assists. He should see a little added responsibility with Rajon Rondo gone, so he is worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:50 pm
    • George Hill (knee) could make debut Tuesday
      George Hill (knee) has been upgraded to questionable against the Pelicans on Tuesday, and he could make his season debut.

      Advice: Hill's knee has responded well, and now he just has to get his conditioning together in order to make his season debut. At this point, Hill should not be on the waiver wire in any format, and if he is, make sure to scoop him up immediately as the Pacers sorely need everything he brings on offense. He'll be tasked with playing as large of a role as he can handle. CJ Watson and Donald Sloan will be pushed into their usual reserve roles when Hill returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:41 am
    • Jeff Teague doesn't have timetable for return
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Monday against the Mavericks, and there is no timetable for his return.

      Advice: Teague hasn't been able to suit up since last week, and it doesn't appear he's getting close yet. Dennis Schroder will draw another start in Teague's place, and he's averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.5 turnovers in a tiny two-game sample size. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:20 am
    • Deron Williams does not practice on Monday
      Deron Williams (calf, dental procedure) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: Williams didn't play on Sunday due to the calf injury, so that's the reason for owners to be concerned. It doesn't appear D-Will's calf injury is serious, but given the issues with his ankles, we'd like to see Williams avoid any issues with the lower half. Jarrett Jack will start and be a solid plug-and-play option for however long Williams sits, and it's not a lock Williams returns on Tuesday against Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:00 am
    • Stephen Curry openly endorses Steve Kerr
      Stephen Curry called Steve Kerr "the right man for the job."

      Advice: This was not a shot at Mark Jackson, who Curry remains very close with, but instead an admission that the Warriors hired the right coach. "He understood he was taking over a solid roster," Curry said. "We could get better; obviously, we didn’t win a championship. But we were very competitive and laid a foundation for success. It wasn’t that he was building from the ground up. It was just about fine tuning what he saw we could do better." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:22 am
    • C.J. Watson returned to action on Sunday December 21. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:23 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) picks up DNP-CD
      Ramon Sessions (back) was available for Sunday's game but he did not leave the Kings' bench.

      Advice: Darren Collison logged 40 minutes as the team's starting PG and rookie Ray McCallum chipped in a pair of rebounds and assists in 11 minutes off the bench, allowing the Kings to rest Sessions a while longer. We're taking him off the injury report, and he should resume a 10-20 minute role vs. the Warriors on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 pm
       
      Injured
    • C.J. Watson (illness) starts, logs 29 minutes
      C.J. Watson returned from a sinus infection to finish Sunday's road win in Minnesota with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: Unfortunately, the impending return of George Hill makes Watson an unlikely source of long-term value -- he played 29 minutes on Sunday and that number will only decrease in the coming weeks. Former starter Donald Sloan also remains a threat to Watson's value, finishing Sunday's game with 10 points and seven assists in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:46 pm
    • Jarrett Jack leads Nets w/ 15 pts, 10 assists
      Jarrett Jack lit up the Pistons for 15 points, four rebounds, 10 assists and two steals on Sunday, while starting at PG in place of Deron Williams (calf).

      Advice: D-Will's injury is considered minor and he's questionable to return vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday, which makes it hard to recommend Jack as more than a temporary option. He turned the ball over just twice tonight and was likely a decisive factor in many weekly matchups, so don't be afraid to use him if Williams is ruled out for Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:18 pm
    • Celts' Marcus Smart quiet in first NBA start
      Marcus Smart made his first NBA start on Sunday, scoring three points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes vs. the Heat.

      Advice: He shot 1-of-4 from the field with all of his attempts coming from beyond the arc. Growing pains are inevitable, but the Celtics' decision to trade Rajon Rondo sets up Smart for a solid rookie season despite the arrival of Jameer Nelson. Smart is worth a speculative pickup in all leagues, if only for his upside in 3-pointers, assists and steals. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:24 pm
    • Elfrid Payton shoots 0-of-7 in start vs Magic
      Elfrid Payton struggled in his return to the starting lineup vs. Philadelphia, missing all seven of his field goal attempts to finish with one point, five rebounds, six assists and one steal.

      Advice: He logged 35 minutes, which is encouraging, but owners should either ignore him or learn to live with low scoring and painful percentages from the field (39.6 percent) and at the FT line (47.0 percent). Most owners, particularly those in roto leagues, should leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:58 pm
    • Kyrie Irving ties career-high with 12 assists
      Kyrie Irving tied his career-high with 12 assists vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, while adding 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer and three rebounds.

      Advice: Irving committed only two turnovers in 37 minutes and improved efficiency has been a welcome boost for his fantasy value, as he's averaging career-best numbers in True Shooting (56.7 percent) and turnover rate (8.8 percent). His usage rate has predictably fallen off with LeBron James and Kevin Love in town, but that hasn't stopped Irving from producing at a top-15 level in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:14 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • C.J. Watson (illness) starting Sunday vs. MIN
      C.J. Watson (illness) will start vs. the Timberwolves on Sunday.

      Advice: Watson missed one game with a sinus infection and he should be fine from a conditioning standpoint, while his return sends Donald Sloan back to the Pacers' bench. Watson is worth a look for temporary points and assists. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:49 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) upgraded to probable
      Ramon Sessions (back) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: As long as Darren Collison is healthy, Sessions won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • Elfrid Payton starting, Evan Fournier benched
      Elfrid Payton will draw the start at point guard for Sunday's game vs. the 76ers, shifting Victor Oladipo to shooting guard, and sending Evan Fournier to the bench.

      Advice: Payton put up 11 points and 11 assists during his last outing, so his arrow is pointing up. He does however hurt owners with poor percentages (39.6 percent from the field and 47.0 percent from the line) so his upside is limited. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:06 pm
    • Marcus Smart will start on Sunday vs. Miami
      Marcus Smart will draw his first career start Sunday vs. the Heat, sending Evan Turner back to the bench.

      Advice: Smart will draw a favorable matchup tonight vs. Miami, and it's likely he'll remain with the starting unit from here on out. He offers plenty of upside, and if he's somehow still available in your league, go and grab him now. The Celtics are rebuilding, so owners shouldn't fear Jameer Nelson taking much, if any, minutes away from Smart. He looks like a nice option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:45 pm
    • Jarret Jack will start on Sunday vs. Detroit
      Jarret Jack will replace Deron Williams (calf) in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

      Advice: Jack has a nice matchup tonight vs. the Pistons, and he'll serve as a quality low-budget plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Williams' injury isn't expected to sideline him for too long, but as long as he's out, Jack will be starting and is worth an add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:26 pm
    • Deron Williams (calf) out Sunday vs. Detroit
      Deron Williams (calf) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons, and Jarret Jack will draw the start.

      Advice: Deron's calf injury isn't expected to be serious, but he does usually take a bit longer to recover from injuries than your average player. Jack looks like a solid add in most leagues, and he'll serve as a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues as long as he's starting. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:21 pm
    • Kyrie Irving named USA player of the year
      Kyrie Irving was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year after helping team USA bring home the gold at FIBA World Cup this summer.

      Advice: The award could have also easily gone to Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, or James Harden, but Irving did his part too with averages of 12.11 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.9 steals per game. Irving has been an elite fantasy asset for his owners this season, and if he can stay healthy he will continue to keep it rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:06 am
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Chris Paul scores 27 points with nine dimes
      Chris Paul scored a game-high 27 points against the Bucks on Saturday three rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He only turned the ball over twice and has fixed his issues from earlier this month. Paul had a season-high 11 makes from the line tonight and is making 88 percent from the line on the season. He lost a little bit of steam and James Harden has leapfrogged him for No. 3 on fantasy value. Still, No. 4 is just fine. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:52 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores three points
      O.J. Mayo scored three points in 23 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday with one rebound, three assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: Well, he had three solid outings before this one, but a sub-par game from Mayo is nothing new. He only has season averages of 0.7 steals, 1.2 triples and 0.2 blocks to go with 1.9 turnovers, so there really are not enough positives to add him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:16 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey stinks in 35 minutes
      Rodney Stuckey was a disaster during one of the ugliest games of the year, making 1-of-10 from the field for four points, two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.

      Advice: This was bad and Stuckey is known for his inefficient games. In fact, tonight was the 37th game of his career with a field goal percentage failing to crack 10.0 percent (with at least one attempt). This is what his owners will have to deal with, so adjust accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:31 pm
    • Too, Too Much Monta: Ellis scores 38 points
      Monta Ellis dominated down the stretch against the Spurs during a 99-93 win with 38 points, one assist, four steals and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

      Advice: It was Monta Time. He scored 11 of the last 13 points for the Mavericks, which is no surprise since he leads the NBA in field goals in the second half. Ellis has been a much better ball handler than Rajon Rondo this year and his turnover rate is his best ever while he has tremendous rapport with the rest of the starters. The Mavericks lead the NBA in offensive efficiency because of Monta, so don't expect that to change much. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:50 pm
       
      Injured
    • Patrick Beverley fouls out on Saturday
      Patrick Beverley fouled out in 41 points against the Hawks on Saturday with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: His output in treys has been huge and it's a big reason why the Rockets are not in the hunt for a point guard in the trade market. Beverley has seen his field goal shooting dip to 36.5 percent over his last five, averaging 11.8 points, 6.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 treys. He's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:27 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back strain) iffy for Sunday
      Ramon Sessions (strained lower back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

      Advice: He has been hit-or-miss off of the Kings bench this year, and is not reliable enough for owners in standard leagues. Check back before tip-off Sunday, and expect Ray McCallum to step into the rotation if Sessions sits. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:58 pm
       
      Injured
    • C.J. Watson (illness) out for Saturday's game
      C.J. Watson (illness) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets, and Donald Sloan will draw the start.

      Advice: Watson is dealing with a sinus infection, so he shouldn't be in too much danger of missing additional time. Sloan is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value, but owners in standard leagues should probably look the other way with George Hill's return on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:39 pm
    • Raymond Felton likely out until Christmas
      Coach Rick Carlisle doesn't think Raymond Felton (ankle) will be back before Christmas.

      Advice: The Mavericks just landed Rajon Rondo, and already have two solid point guards off of the bench in Devin Harris and J.J. Barea. Felton belongs on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) out on Saturday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game against the Rockets, meaning Dennis Schroder will draw another start.

      Advice: Teague was considered doubtful heading into this game, so owners should have seen this coming. Teague should be considered day-to-day moving forward, and we will update his status as soon as we know more. Dennis Schroder will draw another start on Saturday, but he will unfortunately get the Patrick Beverley treatment. Shelvin Mack will also see a boost off of the bench, and is coming off a career-high 24 points on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:02 pm
    • Nets discussing Deron Williams trade to Kings
      The Nets are in trade talks with the Kings over former All-Star point guard Deron Williams.

      Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting it, so we know that there is some traction here. Talks are reportedly ongoing, but it is still unclear what other players are involved. Darren Collison would likely have to be included in any deal, but one obstacle to the talks is Sacramento's desire to obtain Mason Plumlee, who the Nets are enamored with. We will let you know if any further developments occur. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:51 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) now questionable
      C.J. Watson is questionable for Saturday against the Nuggets with an illness.

      Advice: He was probable as of Friday with a sinus infection, so a downgrade doesn't sound promising. Watson would be looking at a chance to start, but he hasn't been involved in the offense much since his return. If he's out, Donald Sloan would be worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:02 am
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) doubtful Saturday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is still listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Even if he was active, he would have gotten the Patrick Beverley treatment so owners can go ahead and bench him. Consider him day-to-day for now and expect Dennis Schroder to draw another start. Shelvin Mack will also see some extra run as well, and just scored a career-high 24 points on Wednesday. Both players are worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:55 am
    • Jamal Crawford ignoring recent trade rumors
      Jamal Crawford is paying no attention to recent trade rumors, and coach Doc Rivers reiterated the fact that there was no traction to any of them.

      Advice: "The fact that Jamal’s name is being mentioned, this is the first I’ve heard, literally right now," coach River said. Crawford just recently broke out of his shooting slump, scoring 20 points off of the bench in a loss to the Nuggets on Friday, so hopefully he can keep it rolling. Clearly there is nothing to worry about here, and owners can only hope that the Clippers don't sign Ray Allen, who would inevitably take a few minutes away from Crawford. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:34 am
    • Crawford scores 20 points off the bench
      Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-15 shots (including a three) with one steal in 26 minutes.

      Advice: Crawford hit all five of his free throws but this is still a pretty empty line. It stops the bleeding from a recent slide at least a little bit though, and could be a sign to get him back into lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:16 pm
    • Avery Bradley steps it up on Friday night
      Avery Bradley played well in 32 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 14 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block.

      Advice: It was the first game all season with more than two assists, so it's pretty clear he's going to benefit without Rajon Rondo. Bradley had the scoring components down and this line tonight is probably enough to go ahead and grab him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:28 pm
    • Jack next man up after Williams calf injury
      Jarrett Jack scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one three in Friday's loss, and he could be in line for more playing time if Deron Williams' calf injury is serious.

      Advice: Williams is probably heading for an MRI and he's not the most durable guy around, so Jack makes sense as a speculative add. Just keep in mind that he has been pretty terrible lately, but that could be a function of being a secondary player next to two guys in Williams and Joe Johnson that dominate the ball. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:18 pm
    • Payton double-doubles with 11 and 11 vs. UTA
      Elfrid Payton double-doubled with 11 points and 11 assists in Friday's loss, hitting 5-of-7 shots (no threes) with two rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: This is one of his best lines of the season and it's nowhere near good enough to get us to overlook his massive fantasy deficiencies up and down the stat sheet. He's only worth a look in points leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:29 pm
    • Marcus Smart looks pretty good in return
      Marcus Smart played well in his return to the lineup on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

      Advice: It's not a huge line, but this is encouraging line. The triples and assists are two things his fantasy owners should be most concerned with because the steals are in the bag. As long as he can shoot the ball reasonably well, Smart could emerge as a must-start fantasy point guard. He should be owned in all leagues to see what happens. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:15 pm
    • Tony Wroten scores 19 with four treys
      Tony Wroten scored 19 points with one rebound, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

      Advice: He is going to stay on the bench with Alexey Shved no longer on the team. Wroten will have a higher usage rate when he's not next to Michael Carter-Williams and should have solid dimes, as well. He should have solid fantasy value in points leagues, but the shooting percentage and turnovers are huge negative for standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:15 pm
    • George Hill (knee) practices on Friday
      George Hill (knee, quad) participated during Friday's practice, and ran with the starters towards the end with C.J. Watson (sinus infection) unable to finish the session.

      Advice: Slowly but surely Hill is nearing a return. He's likely going to start out slow after being sidelined for over a month, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:45 pm
    • C.J. Watson (illness) is probable for Sat
      C.J. Watson (illness) is probable to play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: He did not finish practice and has been ill since Wednesday. Watson should be fine, but his fantasy value is about to take a hit with George Hill almost ready to go. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:42 pm
    • Ricky Rubio hopeful for contact in two weeks
      Ricky Rubio (ankle) is hoping to take on contact in two weeks.

      Advice: He was hoping to play around Christmas, but it doesn't sound like that's going to happen. Rubio will likely take at least a week to progress from practice to games. In other words, he's probably looking to return in January. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:21 pm
    • Marcus Smart is active on Friday night
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is active against the Wolves on Friday night.

      Advice: He's had some bad luck with injuries in the past month, spraining his ankle and suffering an Achilles injury. Smart will likely be eased back into his role, but his upside in steals and treys make him a very hot commodity. He should get better from the field and isn't too bad from the line. Smart should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:53 pm
    • Jeff Teague (hamstring) doubtful for Saturday
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Saturday against the Rockets.

      Advice: It's clear the Hawks are not going to rush him back, which makes sense considering how many players have aggravated their hamstring strains this season -- David Lee and Patrick Beverley, for example. His fantasy owners should just bench him and expect him back next week. Dennis Schroder gets a date with Patrick Beverley while Shelvin Mack will also get some run. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:23 pm
    • Smart (Achilles) returned to practice Thurs.
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) returned to practice on Thursday, and is questionable to play Friday vs. the Timberwolves.

      Advice: Smart removed himself from Tuesday's practice after not feeling healthy enough to continue, but his return to Thursday's practice is an encouraging sign. With Rajon Rondo now in Dallas, Smart should be owned in most leagues as he's set to be the main man at point guard in Boston. If Smart is unable to go Friday, expect Evan Turner and Jameer Nelson (if available) to see extended minutes at the point guard spot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:37 am
    • Stephen Curry goes off with 34 points in win
      Stephen Curry had one of his patented explosions against the Thunder during a 114-109 win on Thursday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: The Thunder came out firing with a 40-point first quarter, but Curry got it going. He did have a minor ankle scare tonight and it did not cause him to miss time. On top of the obvious treys, Curry has career highs in free throw makes, rebounds, steals, usage rate and true shooting percentage. Superstar. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:11 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores 19 points in a win
      O.J. Mayo scored 19 points in just 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started out red hot with 17 of those 19 coming in the first quarter, but cooled off with some fouling issues. Surprisingly, Mayo's worst quarter this season has been the first and he's been able to exhibit some added effort on both ends. What's more, his fouling has been his biggest issue with at least five fouls in three of his last five. He's more of a player to track in standards, but a big game could change that. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:22 pm
    • Marcus Smart poised for increase in PT
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is poised for an increase in playing time.

      Advice: He is still a major project as a scorer. Smart has made just 27.9 percent of his jumpers overall and 33.3 percent of any shot off the dribble, so both of those are going to have to come up. Unlike Rajon Rondo, Smart can potentially make a triple per game and he's not going to shoot 33.3 percent from the line, so he has decent upside with his dimes and terrific output in steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues to see how it plays out. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:00 pm
    • Patrick Beverley dealing with a sore calf
      Patrick Beverley is dealing with a sore calf, but he will still suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: Beverley hasn't dealt with any calf issues in the past, and he was able to play 46 minutes during his last outing putting up 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals, so we're going to say he's fine. Deploy him as you usually would. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:20 pm
    • Patrick Beverley plays 46 minutes
      Patrick Beverley played 46 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

      Advice: There are some rumors of the Rockets going after Rajon Rondo, but it's fair to argue Beverley is a better fit. He's a better defender, a better shooter and doesn't need to dominate the ball -- James Harden is all they need. Beverley is worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:34 am
    • O.J. Mayo returned to action on Wednesday December 17. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:57 pm
    • Jamal Crawford scores 10 in win over Pacers
      Jamal Crawford hit 4-of-7 shots for 10 points, a steal and a 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Crawford's not nearly as reliable as he was a year ago and the strong play of J.J. Redick is a big reason why. Redick has been playing very well as the starter and had 16 points and three more 3-pointers tonight. And as long as he's playing so well, it's going to be tough for Crawford to put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:56 pm
    • Chris Paul toys with Pacers in win
      Chris Paul hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 20 points, six rebounds, nine assists and five steals in Wednesday's win over the Pacers.

      Advice: The Pacers don't have much at point guard and CP3 had his way with them tonight. The five steals were the icing on the cake and it's been nice to see Paul roaming the court injury free this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:54 pm
    • C.J. Watson goes for 12 & 4 in start
      C.J. Watson had 12 points, four assists and five turnovers on 3-of-9 shooting in Wednesday's loss.

      Advice: CJW is likely going to continue to start until George Hill is ready to play again, so he's worth holding until we see Hill back on the floor after his knee injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:36 pm
    • Rodney Stuckey cools off against Clippers
      Rodney Stuckey, who torched the Lakers for 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven dimes on Monday, had just 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal on 6-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: The Lakers are awful against opposing guards, so tonight's line is probably a more realistic expectation from Stuckey going forward. But as long as he's starting for the Pacers, he's worth owning in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:34 pm
    • Kendall Marshall might be in the rotation now
      Kendall Marshall played 17 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He backed up Brandon Knight tonight and that will likely continue now that the Bucks need Jerryd Bayless to play more shooting guard. Marshall is not worth owning in most leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:20 pm
    • O.J. Mayo plays 36 minutes on Wednesday
      O.J. Mayo made 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals, five fouls and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: It's the first time he's played 36 minutes in a non-overtime game in the past year and the Bucks losing Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) just before halftime probably had something to do with it. Mayo played 16 minutes in the first half, so the plan was probably to give him around 32 minutes. Conditioning hasn't been an issue for him and he's seen some minutes at small forward this season, so owners in standard leagues can keep him in mind. He's still not playing well enough to grab, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:07 pm
    • Kyrie Irving dominated by Hawks guards
      Kyrie Irving managed just nine points, six assists and nothing else on 4-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes as the Cavs were embarrassed by the Hawks in Cleveland by a final score of 127-98 on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeff Teague was out, so Dennis Schroder started and had 10 points and 10 assists, and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to torch Irving and company for 24 points, which included 7-of-8 shooting and 6-of-6 shooting from downtown. Irving was clearly disturbed by getting worked over by a couple Hawks reserves, and spent time after the game on the court getting up some shots and going through drills with an assistant coach. The Hawks were not expected to win this game with Teague in street clothes, but Schroder and Mack didn't blink. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:08 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • C.J. Watson will start against the Clippers
      C.J. Watson (illness) will start against the Clippers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He missed shootaround due to an illness, but it sounds like he's good to go based on the starting distinction. Watson has been inconsistent on the season, averaging 11.2 points, 4.4 assists and 1.2 triples in 25.0 minutes. He's worth owning in deeper leagues until George Hill (knee) is back. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:05 pm
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) still targeting Jan
      Patty Mills (shoulder) is still targeting a return in January, and has been able to participate fully in shootarounds.

      Advice: He is still on track to meet his timetable which is awesome news for the Spurs. However, Mills will likely be eased back into the rotation and will only be an asset in deeper leagues upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:29 pm
       
      Injured
    • Raymond Felton out on Wednesday night
      Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play on Wednesday against the Pistons.

      Advice: There's no rush to bring him back. Felton has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:11 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jeff Teague ruled out on Wednesday night
      Jeff Teague (hamstring) will not play on Wednesday night against the Cavs.

      Advice: He could miss additional time with the Hawks in the playoff hunt and all the hamstring aggravations this season. While Teague is out, Dennis Schroder is going to be a lot of fun to watch while Shelvin Mack also gets some extra playing time. Schroder is a very attractive daily play tonight and is worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:42 pm
    • Steph Curry hits 1-of-10 treys as streak ends
      Stephen Curry hit just 9-of-25 shots and 1-of-10 3-pointers for 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies, the Warriors first since Nov. 11.

      Advice: The Grizzlies play solid defense and the Warriors could have used Andrew Bogut, or Harrison Barnes being at 100 percent, which would have helped them keep the 16-game winning streak alive. We're not going to lie and say the Warriors are glad the streak is over, but the pressure is off and they'll no longer have to hear about it every day, which has to be viewed as a good thing. With tonight's loss the Warriors are still a league best 21-3. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:15 pm
    • Raymond Felton (ankle) out again on Tuesday
      Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He is reportedly making progress, but he can't seem to turn the corner and has yet to play this season. Dallas has plenty of depth in their backcourt, so owners in standard leagues can leave him on the waiver wire with confidence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:22 pm
       
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    • Tony Wroten wants a bigger role with 76ers
      Tony Wroten said that he's ready for a bigger role with the 76ers, but the decision is ultimately up to head coach Brett Brown.

      Advice: "If [Brown] feels it's best to ease me in and bring me off the bench, that's what he's going to do," said Wroten. Wroten took just three shot attempts during his last outing, despite playing just under 30 minutes. Michael Carter-Williams does not pair well with Wroten, so it's not likely he'll return to the starting lineup anytime soon. His propensity to turn the ball over, partnered with poor percentages makes him a difficult guy to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:13 pm
    • George Hill (knee) ramping up activities
      George Hill (knee, quad) went through most of Tuesday's practice, although he has "a long way to go with his conditioning," according to head coach Frank Vogel.

      Advice: Vogel added that Hill is "moving really well," and it's probably time to grab him off the waiver wire if he's still available. He's nearing a return, and he's going to be asked to be one of the Pacers' main guys on offense with Paul George (leg) sidelined. It's reasonable to think he'll be able to get somewhere near his 2012-13 averages of 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 1.7 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals per game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:19 am
    • Ricky Rubio may return earlier than expected
      Ricky Rubio (ankle) is running on his own and could speed up his return timetable, according to head coach Flip Saunders.

      Advice: Saunders said he's hopeful that Rubio will be able to get on the court by Christmas, which would put him on-track for a return in early-January. Rubio will likely be eased back into the rotation upon his return, but he should be owned in all fantasy leagues for his ability to rack up assists and steals. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:05 am
    • Crawford struggles through poor shooting
      Jamal Crawford missed all six of his field goal attempts in Monday's blowout win, but did manage to score five points on free throws with two boards, seven assists and a steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Crawford has fluid in the bursa sac of his right elbow but it reportedly isn't serious, and we'll take that at face value unless this becomes a trend. He's a must-own player in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:53 pm
    • Stuckey posts 20-10-7 line in blowout win
      Rodney Stuckey lit up the Lakers in Monday's 110-91 blowout win, scoring 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting with 10 rebounds and seven assists.

      Advice: Stuckey didn't hit a three or get a steal or block, but this is a very nice line to go with a pretty solid hot streak. George Hill will return at some point and knock him down a few pegs, and until then he's probably a coin flip's chance to retain low-end value in standard 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:31 pm
    • Dellavedova (illness) plays on Monday
      Matthew Dellavedova (illness) played on Monday, logging 12 minutes with just one rebound to his stat line.

      Advice: Dellavedova has value to the Cavs but he'll struggle to put up numbers for the Cavs. He has no real fantasy value unless multiple people get hurt. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:15 pm
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