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    • Harrison Barnes bounces back on Thursday
      Harrison Barnes bounced back on Thursday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover against the Clippers.

      Advice: His minutes did take a mild hit in David Lee's first two games back on Monday and Tuesday, but not tonight. Barnes is starting to come back to Earth over his last three, failing to shoot over 39 percent from the field in any of those games. His fantasy owners should probably expect him to continue to slide. Rotoworld.com
      48 minutes ago
    • 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
      51 minutes ago
    • Draymond Green does Draymond things
      Draymond Green was his usual productive self against the Clippers during a 100-86 loss on Christmas, scoring 10 points with 10 boards, three assists, two steals, two blocks, two 3-pointers and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: His coach loves him and his play speaks for itself. Green doesn't look like he's in jeopardy of losing his playing time to David Lee and he's also held a solid usage rate since Lee's return. He was the No. 31 player in standard leagues before tonight and should continue to be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:23 pm
    • Klay Thompson scores 15 points on Thurs.
      Klay Thompson scored a team-high 15 points against the Clippers on Thursday with three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: His output in defense and dimes has really been the bigger reason why he's posting first-round value in standard fantasy leagues. Of course, it does help that he has career-high scoring and rebound averages, and really the only negative is that he missed his first game due to injury this season. That's obviously a nit-picking negative and his fantasy owners can expect him to keep it going all season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:21 pm
    • Kobe Bryant could sit out for a week?
      Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

      Advice: This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:08 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • Jimmy Butler scores 21 in win over Lakers
      Jimmy Butler made 7-of-12 from the field for 21 points with six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: He just won't stop. Over his last five games, Butler averaged 25.0 points, 7.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 steals, 0.8 turnovers and 1.6 triples on 48.2 percent from the field and 92.5 percent from the line. He's a nine-category player right now. Jimmy's got some new moves and we're pretty sweet on Jimmy these days. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:40 pm
    • Wes Johnson plays well without Kobe
      Wes Johnson was busy in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Thursday, making 6-of-18 from the field for a season-high 19 points with nine rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He crushed his season high for field goal attempts and set a new high for free throw makes (five) in the loss. Johnson only has a usage rate of 13.0 on the season, so the high volume tonight is a surprise even with Kobe Bryant out. He is still worth owning in standard leagues for his output on defense and treys. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:41 pm
    • Nick Young doesn't play well on Christmas
      Nick Young made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer on Thursday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Well, at least his girlfriend bought him an Impala for Christmas. Young is just 6-of-19 in his two games without Kobe Bryant (rest), so he's been a bit of a letdown. He's been in the top 60 for fantasy value over the previous two weeks, so he'll be worth owning in standard leagues thanks to his 2.4 triples over that span. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:36 pm
    • Danny Granger scores season-high nine
      Danny Granger came off the bench for a season-high nine points, seven rebounds and a 3-pointer on 4-of-5 shooting in 22 minutes on Thursday.

      Advice: Granger has been irrelevant this season but it's possible that he's feeling good and could start contributing. He's not worth owning, but if he starts getting 25 minutes a night, he'll be worth a look if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:32 pm
    • Luol Deng dominates in win over Cavaliers
      Luol Deng hit 11-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Heat beat the Cavaliers on Christmas Day.

      Advice: Deng was a beast today and also did a nice job of playing defense on LeBron James. He got off to a slow start this season, but could be ready to go on a tear. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:25 pm
       
      W, 101-91 * vs Cle
    • LeBron James scores 30 in loss to Heat
      LeBron James hit 9-of-16 shots, 10-of-18 free throws and two 3-pointers for 30 points, four rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: He didn't have a steal or block and his free throw shooting wasn't good, but he still came through for his owners, despite leaving the game briefly with "left leg tightness." The Cavs, after losing Anderson Varejao for the season, have some issues on defense and simply don't look like one of the East's elite teams right now. But there's a long way to go and they still have plenty of time to get things figured out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:13 pm
    • Manu Ginobili hands out 13 assists in SA loss
      Manu Ginobili dished out a season-high 13 assists during the Spurs' loss to the Thunder on Christmas, adding 11 points, seven rebounds, one steal, one 3-pointer, and five turnovers.

      Advice: Ginobili has been playing well lately, and is averaging 16.8 points, 6.6 assists, and 2.0 three-pointers per game over the past two weeks. The Spurs play the second half of a back-to-back set tomorrow, so owners will want to check back for an update on Ginobili's status in case coach Gregg Popovich feels like handing out a DNP-OLD to one of his veteran stars. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:30 pm
    • LeBron James (leg) returns for Cavaliers
      LeBron James is expected to return for the Cavs in the fourth quarter after experiencing tightness in his left leg.

      Advice: He left the game and went to the locker room after leaping over the first row of seats and apparently suffered the injury at that time. LeBron may try to take over a close game down the stretch, as the score was very close with 11 minutes remaining, and he started things off with a monster dunk and a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:20 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play on Christmas
      Head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant is dealing with some "overall soreness," and he will not suit up for the Lakers' Christmas Day game vs. the Bulls, while Kobe says there's only a "slim" chance he'll play on Friday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: Bryant was listed as probable for this one, so it is surprising to see Scott suddenly pull the plug. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Nick Young, and Carlos Boozer to see some increased opportunity on offense, with Young offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:40 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • Danny Green struggles with shot in SA loss
      Danny Green shot 4-of-13 from the field (2-of-5 from the line) for 12 points during the Spurs' Christmas Day loss to the Thunder, adding two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, and two turnovers.

      Advice: Green's all-around production is what makes him an elite option, so even when he struggles to score, he's still capable of providing quality statistics in other areas. He had a difficult matchup vs. the Thunder tonight, but he'll likely bounce-back on Friday in what will be a favorable matchup vs. the Pelicans. Keep rolling him out there. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:17 pm
    • Anthony Morrow gets hot in Christmas Day win
      Anthony Morrow scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting off the bench, to go with five rebounds, three 3-pointers, one assist, one block, and one turnover as the Thunder defeated the Spurs.

      Advice: Morrow can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues, but his production is too sporadic to be considered a viable option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:02 pm
    • Perry Jones scores 14 points over 31 minutes
      Perry Jones scored 14 points over 31 minutes of action during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Jones shot 5-of-7 from the field (two 3-pointers) but only managed to pull down one rebound while adding doughnuts to all the other statistical categories. His minutes have been up while Kevin Durant (ankle) has been sidelined, but he really hasn't done much with the increased opportunity. The waiver wire seems like a suitable place for PJ3. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:54 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony's 34 points not enough for NY
      Carmelo Anthony logged a season-high 42.5 minutes during the Knicks' Christmas Day loss to the Wizards, putting up 34 points (13-of-28 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Melo has been logging heavy minutes over the past three games, however, that has not resulted in a win for New York. The Knicks have lost 16 of their past 17 games, and Anthony has admitted that his knee is still bothering him. Questions about Melo potentially shutting things down aren't going away anytime soon, so owners should seriously consider trying to sell-high while he's still in uniform. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:47 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) returns to practice Thursday
      Tony Allen (eye) returned to practice on Thursday, and is looking probable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Memphis is no longer listing Allen on their injury report, so it's looking very likely he will return to the lineup for a difficult matchup vs. the Rockets. His return will likely send Tayshaun Prince back to the bench, and hurt the limited value of Vince Carter. Check back for an official update on Allen's status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Paul Pierce limited to three points vs. NY
      Paul Pierce had his worst game of the season on Christmas, scoring just three points on 1-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, and two assists over 23 minutes of action.

      Advice: Pierce had a rough game today, but is still putting up serviceable averages of 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers a game, good enough for late-round value. His high basketball IQ is going to keep him on the court, though his minutes could come down a bit when Martell Webster (back) returns to the lineup. Look for Pierce to bounce-back on Saturday with a favorable matchup vs. Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:02 pm
    • Quincy Acy ejected on Xmas, suspension likely
      Quincy Acy was ejected from the Knicks' Christmas Day game vs. the Wizards for throwing a punch at John Wall, and he'll likely be facing a suspension from the league.

      Advice: Acy hasn't been worth using in almost any league with averages of 5.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season, so if he's suspended it's not going to mean much. Expect more minutes to go to Amare Stoudemire, Jason Smith, and Carmelo Anthony. If you missed the altercation, you can click the link below. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:45 am
    • Kevin Durant says he has a 'bad ankle sprain'
      Kevin Durant admitted that he's dealing with a "bad ankle sprain."

      Advice: "I can't play basketball," said Durant. "I can't run. I can't cut. I can't jump. I'm not just sitting out just because. If I could play I would play. But I can't play." Durant was noncommittal when asked if he thought he would come back soon saying, "it's day-by-day." Durant is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte, and if he's unable to go, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson will be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:20 am
       
      Injured
    • Marco Belinellli will start vs Thunder Thurs
      Marco Belinelli will draw the start against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: Belinelli will replace Kyle Anderson in the Spurs' starting lineup as Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out. Belinelli has averaged 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers as a starter, so makes for a decent plug-and-play option on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:29 am
    • Kevin Durant confirmed out for Christmas
      Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has confirmed Kevin Durant (ankle) as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: Durant wasn't expected to play on Thursday, but this news puts an end to any speculation. "He could not go if he wanted to go," Brooks said. The Thunder play the Hornets on Saturday, but Brooks' statement puts Durant's availability in doubt for that game as well. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson should see the biggest boost on Thursday with Durant out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:11 am
       
      Injured
    • Josh Smith excited to join Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith said he is excited to join the Houston Rockets.

      Advice: Smith will join old friend Dwight Howard in Houston and referred to James Harden as the best shooting guard in the NBA. "It's an exciting time for me," Smith said on Wednesday. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special." While Smith has plenty of potential, he can be a frustrating player to own so fantasy owners will want to temper their expectations for the mercurial forward. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:09 am
    • J.R. Smith out Thursday vs Wizards
      J.R. Smith (heel) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith went through pre-game warmups, but wasn't feeling well enough to suit up for the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards. Tim Hardaway Jr. will pickup Smith's minutes and makes for a solid play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:14 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • J.R. Smith game-time decision Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards, according to head coach Derek Fisher.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, it seems as if Smith is feeling well enough to be upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision. This one looks like it will come down to the wire, but Tim Hardaway Jr. would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Smith sits. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:30 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • J.R. Smith likely to miss Christmas Day game
      J.R. Smith (heel) is likely to miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith had been hoping to play on Christmas Day, but the last two days of practice didn't go as well as he and the Knicks had hoped. "Right now it’s a no," Smith said of his availability for Thursday. "We’ll see how the treatment reacts today, if it swells up." We'll update his status prior to tip-off, but Tim Hardaway Jr. will be in line for big minutes on Thursday if Smith can't play. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Raptors assign Bruno Caboclo to D-League
      The Raptors have assigned Bruno Caboclo to the D-League.

      Advice: Caboclo will join the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as the Raptors attempt to get the rookie valuable playing time. The 19-year-old has only played 15 total minutes this season, so he can be safely ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:23 am
    • Nuggets receive inquiries on Wilson Chandler
      The Nuggets have received trade inquiries on Wilson Chandler, but would like to keep him in Denver, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

      Advice: Dempsey reports that the Nuggets have received trade inquiries from a few teams, but would prefer to hold onto Chandler. The Nuggets may entertain those inquiries if they slip in the standings over the next few weeks as Chandler is having the best season of his career and could fetch a handsome return. With season averages of 14.0 points, 6.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 2.2 three-pointers, Chandler is worth owning in all standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:18 am
    • Josh Smith clears waivers on Wednesday
      Josh Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday at 5 pm EST.

      Advice: Obviously no team was going to claim Smith and help out the Pistons for their awful contract. He is going to sign with the Rockets for the bi-annual exception at $2.077 million. Interestingly, 25.8 percent of Smith's field goal attempts are long two-pointers of at least 16 feet. On the other hand, only 6.8 percent of the Rockets field goal attempts are long twos. Smith was just the 188th best player in standard leagues and is dead last in true shooting percentage among players with at least 26 minutes per game. Fantasy owners will probably not want to set their hopes too high for any Rockets power forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:59 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) listed as out for Xmas
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The team could change his status tomorrow, but for now he's not expected to play. This is a bit of a surprise considering the team called it a mild sprain and his owners will want to check back tomorrow morning to see if he goes through shootaround. For now, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:46 pm
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemie will play
      Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 am
    • Josh Smith has committed to Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith has committed to play for the Houston Rockets after he clears waivers at 5:00 pm EST.

      Advice: Given his outstanding relationship with Dwight Howard and Houston's promise to put him in the starting lineup, this move was expected. It's a little interesting that the Rockets were so intrigued with Smith given how inefficient he is, but maybe he can turn things around and provide a boost to their playoff aspirations. Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas' value takes a huge hit with this news, but owners should use a wait-and-see approach to see how things pan out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:04 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored
      Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored on a game-by-game basis moving forward according to coach Byron Scott.

      Advice: "It might be something I have to do periodically along with trying to get the minutes down," Scott said. "Sometimes I’ll have to give him days off as well as games off." While Bryant is fully expected to play on Christmas, it may be wise to sell-high on the Mamba with this news because there would be no reason to risk his health in a lost season for the Lakers. Nick Young and Wes Johnson would see their value rise whenever Bryant chooses to rest so plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:37 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • Houston to promise Josh Smith a starting spot
      The Houston Rockets are assuring Josh Smith that he would be a starter if he signed on with them according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

      Advice: Houston has emerged as the most likely destination for Smith, and this latest report would only solidify that. We will watch this situation very closely, as he is expected to clear waivers at 5:00 pm EST. His arrival would put a huge dent in the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones, so owners will want to stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:20 am
    • Kobe Bryant will play vs. Bulls on Christmas
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will play on Christmas Day vs. the Bulls, as expected.

      Advice: Did anyone doubt that he'd suit up for this one? Bryant sat out Tuesday's game to get some much needed rest so he should be ready to put on a show against the Bulls. Get the Black Mamba in all active lineups and expect Wayne Ellington to shift back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • Nick Young scores 15 points w/ rare full line
      Nick Young contributed across the board in Tuesday's upset win vs. Golden State, coming off the bench for 15 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He logged 30 minutes for the second straight game and should thrive whenever Kobe Bryant (rest) isn't in the Lakers' lineup, though he's been good enough to start under any circumstances. He has a total of 11 assists and 11 steals in 17 games this season, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, so don't expect more than voluminous points (15.6) and 3-pointers (2.4). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 pm
    • Draymond Green plays only 23 minutes Tuesday
      Draymond Green sputtered in 23 minutes on Tuesday, making 1-of-6 shots to finish with two points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in a loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Green didn't attempt a free throw or record any 3-pointers, steals or blocks, making this one of his worst statistical lines of the season. David Lee played well with 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench but Green's fantasy owners should view this as a fluke in an otherwise tremendous season. All signs point to Steve Kerr keeping his starting lineup intact -- when asked about it on Monday, Kerr said, "I mean, Draymond has been fantastic." Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:22 pm
    • Harrison Barnes quiet in 28 minutes vs. LAK
      Harrison Barnes finished Tuesday's surprising loss to the Lakers with five points on 2-of-6 shooting, four rebounds and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He made one 3-pointer and he's likely to maintain 12-team fantasy value while starting for Golden State, but owners should keep a close eye on his role now that David Lee is healthy. The Warriors only have one more game this week and they're one of 14 teams that play only three times in Week 10, so Barnes' owners should brace themselves for limited production until the New Year. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:16 pm
    • Perry Jones scoreless in 25 minutes Tuesday
      Perry Jones started at SF with Kevin Durant (ankle) out on Tuesday, but he went scoreless with three rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes vs. the Trail Blazers.

      Advice: Jones, who scored 12 points on Sunday, missed all five of his shots and remains too inconsistent for fantasy use even when Durant is unavailable. With KD day-to-day, Jones belongs on the waiver wire in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:38 pm
    • Jimmy Butler cools off w/ 11 pts vs. Wizards
      Jimmy Butler cooled off on Tuesday with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, six rebounds and two assists.

      Advice: He made one 3-pointer and didn't turn the ball over in 38 minutes so it wasn't all bad, and it's impossible to fault him given his otherworldly level of play this season. He's producing at a truly elite level for lucky fantasy owners, averaging 22.1 points, 1.0 threes, 6.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks, all with excellent percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:37 pm
    • Kobe Bryant rested, will not play Tuesday
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, but he's expected to meet the Lakers in Chicago for Thursday's game.

      Advice: Wayne Ellington will start in Kobe's absence, with Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jeremy Lin also getting more opportunities. Bryant has deferred the management of his minutes, DNPs and role to coach Byron Scott, and Scott said he intends to play Kobe around 32 minutes per game, down from his current 35 per game. More DNPs during back-to-back sets seem inevitable, and they're something Bryant's fantasy owners will have to live with -- if more rest leads to improved efficiency, the trade-off won't sting nearly as much. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:46 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • Tony Allen (eye) questionable Friday vs. HOU
      Tony Allen (eye) is questionable for Friday's game against the Rockets.

      Advice: Tayshaun Prince has started the last two with Allen sidelined, but his contributions to the stat sheet have been negligible (zero points in his last outing). Vince Carter has been the main beneficiary with Allen unavailable, and he can be viewed as a low-end plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:38 pm
       
      Injured
    • Howard would love to see Josh Smith in HOU
      Dwight Howard said he's already had some discussions with Josh Smith, and he would love to see his old friend in Houston.

      Advice: Houston is very confident they will be able to land Smith, and if he does end up in a Rockets uniform, he's really going to hurt the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). The Kings, Clippers, Heat, and Mavs remain in the running, and Smith is expected to clear the NBA waiver process Wednesday at 5pm EST. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:50 am
    • Scott unsure if Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday
      Kobe Bryant was not a participant during shootaround, and head coach Byron Scott is unsure if he'll suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Golden State.

      Advice: If Kobe is withheld from Tuesday's game, Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Wayne Ellington, and Wesley Johnson would all see boost in value. It's possible Ellington would be the one to slide into the starting lineup, as coach Scott likes Young coming off the bench, but Young would be free to jack up as many shots as he sees fit, and offers the most upside out of the group. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:20 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • J.R. Smith misses practice on Tuesday
      J.R. Smith (heel) missed practice on Tuesday and appears to be questionable to play on Christmas.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow & then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," coach Derek Fisher said. Smith's injury has kept him out for seven games and it's allowed Tim Hardaway Jr. to play more. Smith is not worth owning in standard leagues while THJ only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) won't play on Tuesday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play on Tuesday against the Blazers.

      Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup in a row since suffering the injury on Thursday. Durant has not gone through practice and he should be considered questionable to play against the Spurs on Christmas. While he is out, Perry Jones and Anthony Morrow figure to pick up the most playing time. Reggie Jackson will also get a nice boost in usage rate. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:15 am
       
      Injured
    • Scott plans to ease Kobe Bryant's workload
      Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he plans to reduce Kobe Bryant's workload.

      Advice: Scott doesn't have a firm plan in place yet, but he admitted he's talked to Bryant about implementing some rest days. "You know him," Scott said of sitting Bryant. "It's real difficult. He's such a competitor. He wants to go out there and play every minute that he can. The mind is willing, but sometimes the body is not." There's a chance Bryant could sit out Tuesday's game and Nick Young, Wayne Ellington, and Wes Johnson would see an uptick in fantasy value if that happens. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:23 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • Manu Ginobili feels recharged after rest day
      Manu Ginobili said he feels recharged after sitting out Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: "I was dead [after the Portland game]," said Ginobili. "I ran the video in my head a lot of times and saw the mistakes I made over and over again even if I didn’t want to. I needed to unplug, so I played with my kids and tried to do something else." Ginobili is averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 2.0 treys over his last three games and has turned himself into a must-start any time he is in the Spurs' lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:18 am
    • Klay Thompson and Co. roll over Kings
      Klay Thompson scored 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Warriors' 128-108 cakewalk win over the Kings on Monday.

      Advice: Thompson and Co. barely looked like they were into the game and still got their numbers against a Kings team that looks overwhelmed with drama in the front office. Stephen Curry scored 12 points with 11 assists and three steals as he let others take charge, Draymond Green did his thing with six points, eight boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks, and Harrison Barnes wasn't really needed with eight points, eight boards and one steal in the blowout. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:38 pm
    • Jimmy Butler puts up yet another monster line
      Jimmy Butler scored 27 points on 7-of-16 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 11-of-11 FTs) with 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and five blocks in Monday's win over the Raptors.

      Advice: Butler simply hasn't slowed down as he cranks out first round value. If anything, he's the durable guy playing with a bunch of injury risks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:07 pm
    • Danny Green doesn't get a stealth pop
      Danny Green played 29 minutes against the Clippers on Monday with 11 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He was extremely quiet in the first half, but turned it on late with a huge corner 3-pointer to help ice this one. Green is putting up first-round value on the season, but he'll eventually slow down. Also, the next time he isn't in the starting lineup, it should raise a red flag. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:53 pm
    • Manu Ginobili plays well in 27 minutes
      Manu Ginobili scored 19 points with two rebounds, 10 assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

      Advice: He did suffer a mild injury to his shoulder late in this game, which is concerning considering he has already missed a game due to a shoulder injury. The Spurs are off until Thursday, so this issue might not cost him a game. The DNPs are going to be too annoying in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:39 pm
    • Wilson Chandler plays 21 minutes
      Wilson Chandler played 21 minutes against the Hornets on Monday with eight points, nine rebounds and one block.

      Advice: He picked up some minutes at power forward tonight and he should see an overall increase to his value while Danilo Gallinari (knee) is on the shelf. Chandler is worth owning in standard leagues and perhaps owners can use this dud to try and buy low on him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:55 pm
    • Tony Allen out on Monday with eye injury
      Tony Allen is out again on Monday due to his eye injury.

      Advice: There's no timetable for his return, so look for Vince Carter to produce a little better than average again tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:41 pm
       
      Injured
    • Rockets still in the lead to sign Josh Smith
      Josh Smith has been linked to the Heat in addition to the Kings, Clippers and Mavericks, but the Rockets remain the apparent frontrunner to sign him once he clears waivers.

      Advice: Miami has a clear need at PF with Josh McRoberts (knee) likely done for the season, and the Heat seem like a better fit than the Rockets, but Smith may be lured to Houston by the prospect of playing alongside Dwight Howard in the postseason. If he instead decides to sign with the Mavericks, beat writer Tim MacMahon reports that he'd fill Brandan Wright's former bench role -- Wright averaged under 19 minutes per game, so Dallas would be a poor fantasy destination for Smoove. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:12 pm
    • Kobe Bryant skips practice, could miss Tues
      Kobe Bryant was held out of practice on Monday and coach Bryon Scott has not decided on his status for Tuesday.

      Advice: Kobe has been complaining about his body not being right, so there's a good chance he sits on Tuesday or at least one game this week. The Lakers have four games this week, so it still makes sense to start Bryant in weekly formats. If he's out Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:32 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • Paul Pierce skips practice
      Paul Pierce (left toe) missed practice on Monday, but will play Tuesday.

      Advice: While he did miss Tuesday of last week with the toe issue, it's not a major concern right now. Pierce should have a similar role on Tuesday, but could lose a few minutes of playing time to Martell Webster (back) soon. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:11 pm
    • Houston leading the way for Josh Smith
      The Houston Rockets have emerged as the frontrunner for Josh Smith, according to Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: From an offensive standpoint, this makes zero sense. Smith gave himself the nickname Mid Range Shawty a couple years ago and the Rockets take less mid-range shots than any team. He reportedly was "fixated" on joining the Rockets, who have two improving power forwards in Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). Owners in standard leagues might have an excuse to cut him now because he was just the No. 182nd player in those formats before today. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:46 am
    • OKC needs more out of Perry Jones?
      Coach Scott Brooks said he needs more out of Perry Jones.

      Advice: After a nightmare performance without any stats against the Lakers on Friday, Jones had 12 points and four rebounds on Sunday. He should continue to start while Kevin Durant (ankle) is on the mend, which shouldn't be much longer. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:27 am
    • Kevin Durant misses practice on Monday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) missed practice on Monday and is a game-time decision against the Blazers on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Thunder called it a "mild" ankle sprain on Friday, but they're still being very cautious. OKC rattled off a seven-game winning streak this month and are already just 1.5 games out of a playoff spot, so resting him makes sense. The Thunder have four games this week, so it's almost impossible to bench KD in weekly leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:21 am
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee is still hurting
      Carmelo Anthony admitted that his knee is still bothering him.

      Advice: Asked about shutting it down, here was Melo's reply: "We’re dropping further and further, but we’re in December it’s hard to for me to take it easy and sit out and see what happens. I never know what’s going to happen. If I sit it out, will [the knee] get better? I’m feeling it now.’’ The Knicks are showing zero signs of improvement, and those with Anthony on the roster should really think about moving him before it's too late, even if it means selling at a slight discount. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:25 am
    • Pistons pull plug on Josh Smith experiment
      Pistons waive F Josh Smith.

      Advice: It's a stunning move from the Pistons, and an admission that the free-agent signing never made sense to begin with when the move was made. Still owed $27 million after this season, Detroit will use the stretch provision to remove Smith from the roster. When Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons were going to prioritize the future, he wasn't kidding. Greg Monroe should become the starting power forward in Detroit for now, but it doesn't seem like the Pistons are done making moves. The Kings, Clippers, Rockets and Mavericks are expected to have interest when Smith clears waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:55 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) has no timetable to return
      Tony Allen (eye) currently has no timetable to return.

      Advice: Allen is dealing with a corneal abrasion, and it's hard to even speculate how long he might miss with the eye injury. While he's sidelined, look for Quincy Pondexter, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince to all fill in for the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:26 am
       
      Injured
    • JR Smith more than just 'day-to-day w/ foot
      JR Smith (foot) could be facing more than just a "day-to-day" situation.

      Advice: Derek Fisher said Smith "may not have been day-to-day," but the Knicks listed him that way anyway on the medical report. Fisher then attempted to clarify with the following: "I think it's day-to-day. From the beginning, it may not have been day-to-day. It was probably going to be a few weeks or so." It's not clear when Smith might actually return yet, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue seeing increased minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also out. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:10 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • LeBron James doing more ballhandling now
      LeBron James has increased the amount of ballhandling he's doing for the Cavs.

      Advice: Since LeBron took over increased point guard duties, the Cavs are 11-4 in their last 15 games. James has at least nine assists in three of his last four games, and he's now averaging 7.8 assists per game, the second-highest mark of his career. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:13 am
    • Kobe Bryant (fatigue) may take 1-2 games off
      Kobe Bryant admitted after Sunday's game that he's fatigued and may soon miss a game to rest, saying, "I don't have much of a choice if [my] body is feeling the way it's feeling right now."

      Advice: The Lakers can't feasibly contend for a playoff spot out West, and Kobe is owed a guaranteed $25 million next year, so a few precautionary DNPs seem inevitable as the season progresses. He shot 8-of-30 from the field and committed nine turnovers in a seven-point loss on Sunday and Lakers coach Byron Scott agreed that L.A.'s resident superstar might need some rest. We'll keep a close eye on Kobe's status for games on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:12 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • Nick Young buries four 3-pointers, scores 26
      Nick Young hit four 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Kings, which he finished with 26 points, five boards, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He was in danger of missing this game after his altercation with Steven Adams on Friday, so his owners have to be thrilled with this result. Swaggy P has been phenomenal all season, and with rumors going around that Kobe Bryant may be rested, Young's value is only going to get higher as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:58 pm
    • Perry Jones scores 12 points in start Sunday
      Perry Jones scored 12 points in the starting lineup on Sunday, adding four boards, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Kevin Durant (ankle) should return any day now, but Jones will be worth a look in deeper leagues if KD continues to miss time. Owners in standard leagues can probably do much better. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:38 pm
    • Josh Smith racks up stats w/ poor percentages
      Josh Smith posted 13 points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in just 28 minutes on Sunday, but he also shot 5-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from the FT line.

      Advice: If percentages count in your league, you should have come to terms with Smoove's fantasy deficiencies long ago. For everyone else his across-the-board production and defensive stats are fantasy gold, and he's seemingly in no danger of losing his starting job to backup big man Greg Monroe. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:07 pm
    • Luol Deng scores 23 points in Miami's victory
      Luol Deng scored 23 points in Sunday's win vs. the Celtics, equaling his second-highest scoring total of the season on 9-of-15 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs.

      Advice: One of his makes came from downtown, and he added three rebounds, one assist and two steals to round out a very nice fantasy line in 36 minutes of action. His minutes have spiked over the past few weeks, which could leave him open to injury, but his owners can't complain while he's racking up mid-round production. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:49 pm
       
      W, 101-91 * vs Cle
    • Danny Granger chips in seven points off bench
      Danny Granger was back in action on Sunday, scoring seven points in 18 minutes off Miami's bench.

      Advice: He made one 3-pointer and chipped in four rebounds and one steal without any turnovers, but he also racked up five personal fouls. While it's nice to see Granger healthy and productive, he's far too injury-prone and risky for use in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:42 pm
    • Paul Pierce shoots just 4-of-13 in loss Sun
      Paul Pierce shot just 4-of-13 from the field in a loss to the Suns on Sunday, finishing with 12 points, three boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He had a rough outing on Sunday as he simply couldn't get anything going. Regardless, Pierce looks like he is over his toe injury that he suffered last week, and he will look to bounce-back against the Bulls on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:12 pm
    • Kobe Bryant shoots 8-of-30 in loss Sunday
      Kobe Bryant shot just 8-of-30 in Sunday's loss to the Kings, adding five boards, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: If you thought the shooting was bad enough, Bryant managed to turn the ball over nine times and was clearly lumbering around the court. Bryant is without a doubt fatigued, and coach Byron Scott actually hinted that he might opt to rest him for a game soon. Owners may want to sell-high if they still can, because the Lakers are quickly heading for another lost season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:03 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
      L, 113-93 @ Chi
    • Carmelo Anthony scores 28 points, Knicks lose
      Carmelo Anthony played 37 minutes during Sunday's loss, scoring 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: The minutes suggest that Melo's knee is healthy, but with the Knicks owning a record of 5-24, there's always going to be talk of him shutting things down. Carmelo remains an elite option while he's in uniform, but owners may want to seriously consider selling high. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:37 pm
    • Perry Jones starting Sunday with Durant out
      Perry Jones will start at SF for the Thunder on Sunday with Kevin Durant (ankle) unavailable.

      Advice: A start for Jones doesn't necessarily mean that he'll have fantasy value, as he finished Friday's win vs. the Lakers scoreless without any stats to his credit in 12 minutes of action. When asked whether he needs more production from Jones as a starter, coach Scott Brooks replied, "Yeah ... yeah." Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:38 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Sunday vs. NO
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans, and Perry Jones will draw the start.

      Advice: With Durant sidelined, expect Russell Westbrook to have another big game, and he'll make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Perry Jones and Reggie Jackson will also be asked to step up, however Jones didn't do much with his last start, so he'll be a risky option in dailies. We'll be considering Durant questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nick Young will play Sunday vs. Sacramento
      Nick Young will not be suspended for his flagrant 2 foul on Steve Adams during Friday's game, and he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Young is averaging 14.9 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game this season on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:05 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Sunday vs. Cleveland
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play Sunday vs. the Cavs.

      Advice: Allen's minutes will be distributed to guys like Vince Carter, Quincy Pondexter, and Tayshaun Prince, with Carter offering the most upside out of the group. Prince and Pondexter shouldn't be considered an option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:06 pm
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) could be out another week?
      Derek Fisher was not optimistic when asked about J.R. Smith (heel), and speculated that he could be out another week in order to rest his heel.

      Advice: For as long as Smith is sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to soak up all his minutes, and he should be owned in most leagues. Over the past two weeks, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers per game over 29 minutes of action and he has almost zero competition for minutes. Go grab him if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:18 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out on Sunday vs. Raptors
      J.R. Smith (heel) is out for Sunday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: He never had a real shot of playing in this one and there has been no update on his timetable. Smith can be cut in most leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is definitely worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:02 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Carmelo Anthony will play Sunday vs. Raptors
      Carmelo Anthony will play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: This is exciting news for Melo, and the good news is that he said his knee was feeling great after Saturday's loss. There will always be some risk of the Knicks opting to rest him, but this is definitely a good sign. Get Melo active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:52 am
    • Kevin Durant's (ankle) status still unclear
      Kevin Durant's (ankle) status for Sunday's game is still uncertain, and coach Scott Brooks will make a decision about 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

      Advice: Durant's owners are just thankful that he has a shot to play in this one and that he didn't suffer a setback with his foot. Check back for official confirmation before deploying him in lineups, and expect Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones to pick up the slack if KD sits. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:46 am
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee felt good Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony said that his knee felt good in Saturday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: "These past three days, I was able to just kind of get my body right and stay off of the leg a little bit," Anthony said. "I felt pretty good out there. My knee felt good." Anthony had a great game on Saturday, scoring 25 points and pulling down 11 boards, and it doesn't appear that his status is in jeopardy for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors. Check back before tip-off just in case, but owners should be feeling a little more confident. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:40 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) doubtful for Sunday's game
      Tony Allen (eye) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

      Advice: His eye still looks really rough, so there is almost no shot he plays in this one. Quincy Pondexter will likely start, but Vince Carter played 41 minutes the last time Allen rested and he looks like the best option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Wilson Chandler scores four points
      Wilson Chandler could not get it going against the Pacers on Saturday with four points, three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 1-of-10 from the field and is in a mini-slump from beyond the arc, making just three of his last 15 attempts. Chandler is still getting solid minutes even with Danilo Gallinari suddenly coming on. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:53 pm
    • Marco Belinelli scores 21 points in start
      Marco Belinelli scored a team-high 21 points against the Mavs on Saturday with three rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

      Advice: He played 39 minutes in the starting lineup with the Spurs resting most of their wing guys. Belinelli has been good on the nights he gets heavy minutes, but the problem is that doesn't happen often enough. He'll have a big night again, so keep him in mind the next time the Spurs rest numerous players. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:44 pm
    • Stealth Pop: Danny Green, Tiago Splitter DNPs
      Danny Green and Tiago Splitter have been benched for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He was not listed in the starting lineup and coach Gregg Popovich just kept them on the bench. Green has played magnificent basketball and certainly deserved the night off. He's been the biggest steal of fantasy drafts and should get it going on Monday against the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:19 pm
    • Marco Belinelli set to start on Saturday
      Marco Belinelli will start on Saturday vs. Dallas, replacing Danny Green.

      Advice: Green will come off of the bench in an effort to monitor his playing time after playing 44 minutes on Friday, so this is by no means a permanent move. Belinelli is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of 3-pointers, and will also be a decent plug-and-play option Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:37 pm
    • Danny Green to come off bench on Saturday
      Danny Green will come off of the bench on Saturday vs. Dallas.

      Advice: There is nothing to worry about here, as coach Gregg Popovich is likely doing this to reduce Green's workload after playing 44 minutes on Friday. Marco Belinelli will draw the start, and is a sneaky plug-and-play option. Green's owners should temper their expectations for this contest, as we don't see him playing too many minutes Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:31 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) iffy to return Sunday
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has not been officially ruled out of Sunday's game, according to beat writer Anthony Slater.

      Advice: A Pelicans writer previously reported that Durant had been ruled out, but it sounds as though he's closer to questionable. Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones would gain the most if Durant misses another game, but owners should check back for the latest after OKC's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:15 pm
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony plays 40 minutes in return
      Carmelo Anthony played 40 minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday during a 99-90 loss to the Suns, making 9-of-19 from the field for 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assist, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was a solid game from Anthony and he didn't appear to be hindered by knee soreness. The Knicks are a total nightmare and haven't won a home game since before Thanksgiving and now have the second-worst record in the NBA. Anthony's fantasy owners should be prepared for him to rest somewhat frequently. He said he is planning to play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:52 pm
    • Wes Johnson (ankle) expected to play Sunday
      Wes Johnson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday and expects to play on Sunday against the Kings.

      Advice: He suffered a mild tweak on Friday, but he still played 28 minutes and looked OK. Johnson has consistently seen playing time, but he is not getting many shots. His fantasy value will have a lot to do with his defense, so there is very little upside. He's still worth a look as a specialist. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:31 pm
    • Kevin Durant listed as out for Sunday vs. NO
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.

      Advice: This is a little bit of a surprise considering he was ruled out until a few hours before on Friday. Still, Durant's injury was scary and the Thunder are still going to have Russell Westbrook. Reggie Jackson will likely benefit most while the rest of the wing guys just help out. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:09 am
       
      Injured
    • Manu Ginobili (rest) out for Saturday's game
      Manu Ginobili (rest) will not play in Saturday's game vs. Dallas.

      Advice: He played 30 minutes on Friday, so this comes as no surprise. Marco Belinelli and Danny Green will be solid plug-and-play options on Saturday for owners in need of 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:34 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out for Saturday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play in Saturday's game against the Suns, and is listed in the starting lineup.

      Advice: This is excellent news for his owners, and coach Derek Fisher also said that he is hoping Melo would be able to play on Sunday. Melo is obviously a must-start option when he is healthy, and should be in for a good game against the up-tempo Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:23 am
    • Manu Ginobili is a candidate to rest Saturday
      Manu Ginobili may be rested for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

      Advice: He played 30 minutes in Friday's second consecutive triple-overtime loss, so we saw this one coming. Owners should have a backup plan ready, and will want to check back before tip-off for official confirmation. Marco Belinelli and Danny Green would be solid plug-and-play options if Ginobili sits this one out. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:48 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
    • Nick Young not happy with Steven Adams
      Nick Young was visibly upset after being ejected in the second half of Friday's loss to the Thunder, and is not happy with Thunder center Steven Adams.

      Advice: "I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Swaggy P could be looking at a suspension from the league, and if he has to miss any time Wes Johnson would see a bump in his minutes, while Wayne Ellington could also see a larger role as well. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:48 am
    • Wes Johnson tweaks ankle, stays in game
      Wes Johnson tweaked his ankle in Friday's loss to the Thunder but stayed in the game, finishing with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting, one three, three boards, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Johnson has produced enough to be considered a must-own player in 12-team standard leagues, and we'll let you know if anything pops up with his ankle going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 pm
    • 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
    • Danny Green fireworks continue on Friday
      Danny Green scored 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting (including six threes) with 10 rebounds and one steal over 44 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: Green is returning top 15-25 value (9/8 cat) and while he's getting heavy run this week with the absences and overtime games, his production isn't the outlier that many believe it to be. The real difference in his value lies in the increase in trust and minutes that Gregg Popovich has been willing to give him this season, and it would be pretty surprising if he's not a top-40 play at the end of the year. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:08 pm
    • Manu Ginobili logs 30 minutes in 3OT game
      Manu Ginobili logged 30 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss, scoring 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting with five rebounds, five assists and six turnovers.

      Advice: Ginobili should be considered questionable for Saturday's game in Dallas, but because there's nothing official we're leaving him off the injury report. With Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard out he should be in most lineups when active. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:02 pm
    • Pierce (toe) returns and scores 14 points
      Paul Pierce (toe) returned to action in Friday's win, scoring 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Pierce has been a top 80-90 play this season and he should be in most lineups when healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:30 pm
    • Jimmy's jumping for dollars: Butler scores 31
      Jimmy Butler went off yet again on Friday, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 43 minutes.

      Advice: Jimmy just won't quit and he is going to get paid this offseason. Butler is coming off a career-high 35 points on Thursday, so it's probably only a matter of time before Jimmy gets a shoe deal, especially considering how high he jumps. He is for real and his owners can pat themselves on the back. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:27 pm
    • Nick Young gets tossed for flagrant 2 foul
      Nick Young was ejected in the second half on Friday for a flagrant 2 foul.

      Advice: He elbowed Steven Adams in the throat and this was an easy call for the refs. Young could be looking at a suspension from this one, so Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington may see more playing time on Sunday. Swaggy P finished with 11 points, two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:32 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) out Friday vs. Chicago
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: Quincy Pondexter will likely draw the start, while Vince Carter will see extended minutes off the bench. Carter logged 41 minutes during his last outing with Allen sidelined, and put up 18 points with five 3-pointers, he does however have a difficult matchup against the Bulls, so Carter remains a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
    • Paul Pierce (toe) a go for Friday vs. Miami
      Paul Pierce (sore right toe) will start Friday vs. the Heat.

      Advice: Otto Porter will head back to the bench, so those that made a speculative add of Porter can go ahead and send him back to the waiver wire. Pierce has a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Heat, and he could serve as a decent low-budget plug-and-play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:14 pm
    • Perry Jones is expected to start on Friday
      Perry Jones is likely going to start against the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: He looked great before his knee contusion last month, but the return of Russell Westbrook took the gem out of his donut for stats. Jones might have a decent game against an awful defense, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues. It's worth mentioning he did only play six minutes in the second half on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:36 pm
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Friday vs. Lakers
      Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Lakers.

      Advice: OKC really didn't need him for a game against one of the bottom-tier teams in the Western Conference, and Russell Westbrook will be primed for a big game tonight. Perry Jones will likely slide into the starting lineup, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Durant will be re-evaluated on Saturday to determine his availability for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Paul Pierce (toe) goes through shootaround
      Paul Pierce (sore right toe) was a full participant during shootaround, and all signs are pointing towards him being available for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

      Advice: If Pierce is a go, Otto Porter will head back to the bench where he'll be irreverent in nearly all leagues. Pierce has a favorable matchup today with the Heat, so owners will want to check back for an official update on his status as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:48 am
    • Tony Allen (eye) questionable Friday vs. CHI
      Tony Allen (right corneal abrasion) is questionable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: If Allen is forced to sit, Quincy Pondexter would likely draw another start, but he doesn't do enough statistically to be considered an option in most leagues. While Allen averages 25.8 minutes per game, he's not a large part of the offense (6.5 FGAs per game) so his absence doesn't have too much of a statistical impact on the player replacing him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) questionable Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) is being listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: There has been talk of Anthony shutting things down to get his knee right, so we'd say he's more on the doubtful side of questionable. If he's unable to go Travis Wear could get another start, but he shouldn't be considered an option in standard leagues. Tim Hardaway Jr., however, would be a primary option on offense if Melo is unavailable, so he’d be the guy to target in dailies. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:50 am
    • J.R. Smith (foot) doubtful Saturday vs. PHO
      J.R. Smith (foot) is being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Smith has been a train wreck this season, and given his obvious struggles with grasping the triangle offense, he shouldn't be viewed as a stash candidate in standard leagues. If he's unable to go Saturday, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'd make for a quality option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:42 am
       
      Injured
      L, 102-91 vs Was
    • Danny Granger (illness) expected to play Fri.
      Danny Granger (illness) went through shootaround and did not play Friday vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: Granger is averaging just 4.0 points on 30.0 percent shooting from the field this season, so whether he plays or not should be of little concern to owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:42 am
    • Paul Pierce (toe) hopeful to play Friday
      Paul Pierce (sore right toe) is hopeful to play Friday vs. the Heat.

      Advice: The Wizards are listing Pierce as questionable, so owners will need to check back for an official update closer to tip-off. If Pierce is unable to go, Otto Porter would likely get another start, but his limited upside makes him an unattractive option in standard and daily leagues. Rasual Butler went off for 23 points the last game that Pierce was sidelined, so he'd be the biggest beneficiary if Pierce is again unavailable. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:40 am
    • Jimmy Butler: 'I don't want to be a star'
      Jimmy Butler stated during a recent interview that he sees himself as more of a role player than a star in the league.

      Advice: "I don’t want be a star," said Butler. "I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team." While Butler may not be ready to admit it, he's emerging as a star in the league during his fourth NBA-season. Butler is hitting career-highs in points (21.5), rebounds (5.8), and assists (3.4), while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, and 81.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 8.2 attempts per game). He’s returning early-round value, and shows no signs of slowing down. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:20 am
    • Harrison Barnes getting a face procedure
      Harrison Barnes will have a minor procedure on his nose on Friday, but doesn't expect to miss time.

      Advice: He played well against the Thunder on Thursday with 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes. Barnes is a low-end player to hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:59 pm
    • Draymond Green flirts with a triple-double
      Draymond Green filled the stat sheet as per usual with 16 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: He did make just 1-of-4 from the line, but who cares? Green is probably third on the NBA's Most Improved Player list behind Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis, and he's also absolutely no fluke. He has Wally Pipp'd David Lee and should be worth owning in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:57 pm
    • Perry Jones plays 19 minutes
      Perry Jones played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with four points and five rebounds.

      Advice: He picked up some extra playing time with Kevin Durant (ankle) going down tonight. Jones had a couple bright spots while the Thunder were banged up, but there is still no need to pick him up in most cases because KD should be back quickly. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:50 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores a career-high 35 points
      Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points against the Knicks on Thursday with five rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: While Anthony Davis is rolling, Butler is the frontrunner for Most Improved Player. He has completely turned around his offensive game while still playing major minutes and filling up the stat sheet in other areas. Butler is flirting with first round value and is not slowing down. Basically, he is for real and when fantasy opponents try to trade for him, his owners should say, "Don't touch Jimmy!" Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:22 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will not play vs. Bulls
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) will not play against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: There is talk of people advising him to sit out for a few weeks, so Anthony could miss time despite how he said he wants to play. With Anthony out, the Knicks are going to have to come up with some creative ways to score the ball. Tim Hardaway Jr. is probably their best bet based on how he carried the Knicks at summer league. Pablo Prigioni, Shane Larkin and Jose Calderon may be used in two-PG lineups, too. Anthony should be considered questionable for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:34 pm
    • Danny Green (foot) expected to play Friday
      Danny Green (foot) was spotted limping to the Spurs' locker room after Wednesday's triple-overtime loss, but he's still expected to play Friday vs. Portland.

      Advice: "I'm not considered one of the older guys here, so I have to play," said Green. After a very up-and-down season last year, he's hitting career-highs in all categories this season, and he's entered elite territory. Check back for an official update on his status closer to Friday's tip, but consider him probable. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:15 pm
    • Paul Pierce sits out Thursday practice
      Paul Pierce (sore right big toe) did not practice on Thursday.

      Advice: Pierce missed Tuesday's game with his toe injury and a missed practice on Thursday doesn't bode well for his availability against the Heat on Friday. There's a chance the Wizards are just giving the veteran an extra day to recuperate, so we'll have to check back on his status after Friday's shootaround. If Pierce does sit, Otto Porter would likely get the start and remain a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:08 am
    • Casey impressed by Bruno Caboclo's work ethic
      Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said he’s never seen a young player work on his game as hard as Bruno Caboclo.

      Advice: Caboclo was a popular draft day head-scratcher, but the 19-year-old's work ethic has impressed his coach thus far. However, Bruno has only been on the court for one minute since November 21, so fantasy owners outside of dynasty leagues can feel free to move forward without Caboclo this season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:05 am
    • Manu Ginobili disappointed w/ buzzer beater
      Manu Ginobili said he was disappointed with his last-second shot attempt in Wednesday's triple-overtime loss to the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Speaking of his buzzer-beater shot attempt that hit nothing but the backboard, Ginobili said, "It was a bad shot. I'm disappointed in the decision I made." Manu's fantasy owners can't be disappointed with his Wednesday output of 21 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and four 3-pointers, but should expect an upcoming rest day for the 37-year-old on either Friday or Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:52 am
    • LeBron James not embarrassed by Hawks loss
      LeBron James said he wasn't embarrassed by Wednesday's 29-point loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: After Cavs head coach David Blatt characterized the loss as embarrassing in his post-game press conference, LeBron didn't seem to be on the same page as his coach. "Nah, I'm embarrassed losing the Finals," James said when asked if the loss was embarrassing. While James and the Cavs still have some work to do, he's averaging 31.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers over his last four games so his fantasy owners can't be too upset. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:24 am
    • Danny Green seen limping after Spurs loss
      Danny Green (foot) was seen limping in the Spurs' locker room after Wednesday's triple-overtime loss to the Spurs.

      Advice: Green took a hard foul towards the end of the first overtime, but the injury doesn't seem serious as he hasn't popped up on the injury report yet. We'll keep an eye on this one and Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Kyle Anderson would see an uptick in fantasy value if Green misses any time. Green scored a season-high 25 points in Wednesday's loss and is worth an add in standard fantasy leagues due to his recent strong play. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:26 am
    • Wilson Chandler scores 23 with five treys
      Wilson Chandler was outstanding against the Rockets during a 115-111 overtime loss on Wednesday with 23 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: He keeps putting up big lines and coach Brian Shaw will continue to play him huge minutes. Over his last five, Chandler has averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.6 triples. His fantasy owners can consider him a must-start guy, but a trade would really hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:19 am
    • 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
    • Manu Ginobili scores 21 points in 41 minutes
      Manu Ginobili played 41 minutes against the Grizzlies during a 117-116 triple-overtime loss on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with eight boards, eight assists and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started at point guard in the second half and the Spurs probably wanted this one badly. Ginobili has been effective while he's out there this season, but all the DNPs and low minutes will be annoying. He's almost a lock to rest on either Friday or Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:05 pm
    • Danny Green goes bonkers in triple-OT loss
      Danny Green had one of the most unique stat lines in NBA history on Wednesday during a triple-overtime loss to Memphis, scoring a season-high 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and seven 3-pointers in 52 minutes.

      Advice: He became the first player in NBA history to make seven triples and block five shots in a game. Unlike last year, Green is seeing consistent minutes and it's led to him flirting with first-round value on the season. He's not going to be this great, but he's absolutely going to smash his ADP. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:36 pm
    • Josh Smith benched for hot Jerebko
      Josh Smith played just had seven points, two rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block on Wednesday, but also had four fouls and played just 19 minutes in the loss to Dallas.

      Advice: Jonas Jerebko played just 13 minutes, but hit 5-of-5 shots, 1-of-1 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws to finish with 13 points and two rebounds. Stan Van Gundy said after the game he stuck with the hot Jerebko and left Smith on the bench. Jerebko isn't going to be this hot on most nights, so don't panic if you own Smoove, who is also rumored to still possibly be heading to the Kings at some point this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:42 pm
    • LeBron posts pedestrian line in ugly loss
      LeBron James hit 8-of-16 shots for 21 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's blowout 127-98 loss to the Hawks, the Cavs' most lopsided loss of the season.

      Advice: It's hard to explain how this one happened, as the Hawks were playing without starting point guard Jeff Teague, but Shelvin Mack got hot in the second quarter and the Cavs never threatened again. James played OK, but his owners were hoping for more than this in most instances. Due to the lopsided score, LeBron and most other starters were on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:05 pm
    • Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday
      Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: He suffered a corneal abrasion to his right eye on Tuesday, and was forced from that game. There is no word as to how severe the issue is, but we will pass along updates as needed. The Grizzlies have yet to name who will start in his place, but Courtney Lee, Tayshaun Prince, and Vince Carter will also see their minutes increased. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
    • Danny Granger (illness) questionable Wed
      Danny Granger (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: If he can't go, Luol Deng will likely play all the minutes he can handle on Wednesday. However, even if Granger is activated, he is not a reliable option in almost any league at this stage of his career. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:52 pm
    • Manu Ginobili (back) is active for Wednesday
      Manu Ginobili (back) is not listed on the injury report, and will play on Wednesday vs. Memphis.

      Advice: He was given the day off on Monday to rest his ailing back, but he is good to go in a key matchup with a strong Memphis team. Tony Parker (hamstring) is inactive, so Ginobili will continue to handle the ball more and could see an uptick in his assists. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:41 am
    • Tony Allen iffy for Wednesday w/ eye injury
      Tony Allen suffered a corneal abrasion in his right eye on Tuesday and is questionable to play on Wednesday against the Spurs.

      Advice: If Allen's out it's going to leave a big dent in the defensive scheme of Memphis, while Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Tayshaun Prince would all see some extra minutes against the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:22 pm
       
      Injured
    • Luol Deng plays 40 minutes in win on Tuesday
      Luol Deng played 40 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Nets, finishing with 18 points, six boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: The fact that he played 40 minutes should make his owners nervous, as Deng has been extremely injury-prone over the past couple of seasons. However, the Heat are dealing with several key injuries such as Chris Bosh (calf) and Josh McRoberts (knee), so Deng may have to carry the load for the Heat for the foreseeable future. Expect a bump in his value and consider him a must-start player in the short-term. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:40 pm
       
      W, 101-91 * vs Cle
    • Klay Thompson stays hot in loss at Memphis
      Klay Thompson hit 8-of-16 shots for 22 points, two rebounds, a steal, a block and four more 3-pointers as the Warriors finally saw their 16-game winning streak come to an end after a 105-98 loss at Memphis.

      Advice: While you won't often hear Thompson's name in the MVP conversation, it should probably be included in a list that will include John Wall, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, James Harden, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Kyle Lowry and a few others. He's averaging 21.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.9 3-pointers on the season, with shooting percentages of 45 percent from the floor, 43 percent from downtown and 87 percent from the line. And for good measure, he's also averaging just 2.2 turnovers per game. Stud. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    • Dray Green hits 2-of-11 shots in loss
      Draymond Green hit just 2-of-11 shots and was 0-for-4 from downtown in Tuesday's loss at Memphis, which snapped the Dubs' 16-game winning streak.

      Advice: Despite his dismal shooting, Green was still effective with four points, 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a career-high five blocks. He's blocked at least two shots in three straight games and with Andrew Bogut's knee injury suddenly becoming a bigger concern, Green's role is going to remain strong with this team, even when David Lee returns. Hang onto him at all costs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:11 pm
    • Harrison Barnes wears face mask in loss
      Harrison Barnes played through his facial injury on Tuesday wearing a mask, and finished with eight points, 11 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer as the Warriors saw their 16-game winning streak come to a halt in Memphis.

      Advice: Barnes likely would have fared better without the obtrusive mask, but he was effective while helping to make up for the loss of Andrew Bogut. It looks like Barnes dodged a bullet with this injury and is still a guy we're in favor of owning across the board right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:08 pm
    • Paul Pierce (toe) out Tuesday vs. MIN
      Paul Pierce (sore right toe) will not play Tuesday vs. the Timberwolves, and Otto Porter will draw the start in his place.

      Advice: While Porter is starting, this news will likely translate to more shots going to Bradley Beal. Porter has shown flashes, but remains a risky option in daily leagues coming in with averages of just 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:31 pm
    • Danny Granger (illness) out Tuesday vs. BKN
      Danny Granger (illness) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: With Granger out, Luol Deng will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'll be tasked with a bit more offensive responsibilities with Chris Bosh (calf) sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:16 pm
    • Wilson Chandler (illness) feeling much better
      Wilson Chandler is feeling much better, and given the fact his illness has not forced him to miss any time, we're considering him probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

      Advice: Chandler is having a solid season in Denver with averages of 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game. Injuries will always be a concern with Wilson, but as long as he's healthy, he'll be worth owning for his across-the-board production. However, there have been a few trade rumors involving Chandler, and a move to another team would likely hurt his value. This may be a sell-high moment. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:02 pm
    • Harrison Barnes will play Tuesday vs Grizz
      Harrison Barnes (mouth) will play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

      Advice: Barnes will play with a generic protective mask after receiving two stitches to his mouth and said that he will get fitted for a custom mask once the Warriors return home. Fantasy owners can feel free to start Barnes as they normally would, while Andre Iguodala misses out on the value boost he would've had if Barnes missed Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:27 am
    • Danny Granger misses Tuesday shootaround
      Danny Granger (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround in advance of the Heat's game against the Nets Tuesday night.

      Advice: We'll consider Granger as questionable heading into Tuesday night's game against the Knicks as he deals with the illness that he affected quite a few Heat players. Granger has only hit four of 16 shots in his past three games and just isn't worth fantasy owners' attention right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:24 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
    • Young scores 18 points with two threes
      Nick Young hit 6-of-12 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Monday's blowout loss.

      Advice: Young hit 4-of-4 free throws and logged 23 minutes. The defensive stats are a nice bonus and he is a nice top 80-120 value (9/8 cat) when on the floor this year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 9:56 pm
    • Jimmy Butler scores 22 points on Monday
      Jimmy Butler scored 22 points against the Hawks during a 93-86 loss on Monday with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He only attempted 10.3 shots per game in his previous three outings, so this game was very encouraging. Butler did have a nice little buy-low window before tonight, but that's probably closed now. He should be a top-40 player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 9:52 pm
    • LeBron posts massive line in win over CHA
      LeBron James scored 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and three blocks in Monday's 97-88 win over the Hornets.

      Advice: James is starting to get it going and the biggest issue with his fantasy value is his 49 percent shooting this year. For comparison's sake he shot 56.6 percent over the last two seasons and it's a reflection of the struggles the Cavs are having getting to know one another. Look for that to improve, but a bad fantasy playoff schedule and new competition at the top of fantasy leagues have taken the crown off his head. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 9:37 pm
    • Jimmy Butler is fine for Monday night
      Jimmy Butler is a full go for Monday night against the Hawks.

      Advice: He played through an illness on Sunday. Butler is not expected to be limited and should see his normal playing time. His numbers have come back to Earth since the return of Derrick Rose, but he's still a must-start play this week. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 3:08 pm
    • Manu Ginobili will not play on Monday
      Manu Ginobili (lower back contusion) will not play on Monday against the Blazers.

      Advice: He was listed with a shoulder injury last week, so a back injury is a little more troubling. While it doesn't sound serious, this likely means Manu is going to sit out for most of the back-to-back sets. He is not worth using this week. Danny Green, Marco Belinelli, Cory Joseph and Austin Daye all benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 12:41 pm
    • Harrison Barnes is questionable for Tuesday
      Harrison Barnes (mouth) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, but coach Steve Kerr said he'd be shocked if Barnes doesn't play.

      Advice: He had a visit to the dentist on Monday and needed two stitches to his mouth, but chances are he'll be able to play. The Warriors only have two games this week, so Barnes isn't an option in weekly leagues. Andre Iguodala would benefit sans Barnes. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 11:32 am
    • Harrison Barnes getting teeth fixed Monday
      Harrison Barnes is visiting the dentist to get his teeth fixed on Monday.

      Advice: Barnes also needed two stitches in his mouth, and the exact dental work he'll need is to be determined when he goes in on Monday. We'll mark him sidelined considering he needs a dental procedure, but it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't miss any time. He returned to action on Sunday after getting the stitches. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 7:34 am
    • Draymond Green used cotton to stop bleeding
      Draymond Green finished Sunday's win with a cotton ball in his nostril to stop the bleeding.

      Advice: Green finished with 11 points, 13 boards, five assists, a steal and four blocks, so clearly the cotton didn't impact his ability to ball out. Despite David Lee's (hamstring) impending return, Green is on fire and showing no signs of slowing down. He's one of the best bargain-bin values of the season to date. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 7:32 am
    • Jimmy Butler played through the flu on Sunday
      Jimmy Butler (illness) played through the flu in Sunday's win over the Heat.

      Advice: Butler had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 36.5 minutes, so Butler's performance looks even better with this news. "Can’t say enough about Jimmy," said Thibodeau. "Wasn’t feeling well; don’t hear boo. Just go out and do the job." Butler should be able to stay on the floor if he played through it Sunday, but owners will want to keep a close eye on his status for Monday's game against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 6:54 am
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