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  • Tony Allen (hamstring) probable for Game 2
    Tony Allen (hamstring) is listed as probable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Allen played well in his return to action on Sunday, contributing four points, three boards, two assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes. He also managed to avoid any setbacks and should fill a similar role as the Grizzlies look to take a decisive 2-0 series lead.
    18 minutes ago
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Lakers mixed on re-signing Wes Johnson
    The Lakers reportedly have mixed feelings on retaining Wes Johnson.

    Advice: While Johnson said he'd like to sign a multi-year deal to return to the Lakers, the team is reportedly concerned about the on-going inconsistencies in the 27-year-old's game. Lakers head coach Byron Scott still thinks Johnson can be one of the league's top defenders, but the Lakers will have other priorities as they head into free agency. We should have some clarity on the situation when Johnson becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but there's a good chance that clarity will come in another city besides Los Angeles.
    Today, 10:10 am
  • Jackson has mixed reviews on Tim Hardaway Jr
    Knicks president Phil Jackson has mixed reviews on Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Jackson said that Hardaway has a bright future, but was "both good and average" during the 2014-15 season. The Zen Master is correct as Hardaway had an inconsistent season during which he averaged 11.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.7 three-pointers on just 38.9 percent shooting from the field. While the 23-year-old has potential, he won't be much more than a late-round target in 2015-16 fantasy drafts.
    Today, 8:37 am
  • Caron Butler wants to return to Pistons
    Caron Butler said he would like to return to the Detroit Pistons next season.

    Advice: The ball is in the Pistons' court as the team holds a $4.5 million option on the 35-year-old, but Butler said he'd like to be back in Detroit next year. "I'm in a good situation," he said. "I like where we're at. I like what we've been able to accomplish, being better than we were prior, and I feel like I've got my fingerprints all over these guys. So it's a great opportunity to come back and continue the thing on." While Butler provided veteran leadership to the Pistons, his 2014-15 season averages of 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds will limit his fantasy potential to the deepest of leagues in 2015-16.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Jared Dudley will play on Monday night
    Jared Dudley will play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable, but coach Jason Kidd said he can play. Kidd also said rebounding was very important today, so maybe the Bucks won't go with a lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo. Dudley has very little fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 4:12 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Cho: Kidd-Gilchrist 'probably' most improved
    Hornets GM Rich Cho said Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was "probably" the Hornets most-improved player this season.

    Advice: That would be a dramatic understatement. Kidd-Gilchrist finished the season averaging 10.9 points and 7.6 boards, but that alone is not an accurate representation of his value. Tasked with defending the opposition's best perimeter player, MKG is growing into his role as a lockdown defender in this league.
    Yesterday, 8:23 am
  • Gerald Henderson unsure about contract option
    Gerald Henderson said he's unsure about whether or not he'll pick up his contract option for next season.

    Advice: Hendo has a $6 million player option for next season, but he said he hasn't given it much thought just yet. It wouldn't be shocking to see him opt out in search of a multi-year deal, which could lead to his departure in Charlotte.
    Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Jason Richardson open to re-signing w/ Sixers
    Jason Richardson is open to re-signing with the Sixers this offseason.

    Advice: Sam Hinkie should be forced to surrender some of the second-round picks he's traded for if he decides to re-sign Richardson.
    Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Gerald Green hoping to return to the Suns
    Gerald Green is hoping to re-sign with the Suns this offseason.

    Advice: "I do want to come back," he said. "I think they do want me back, too ... I just talked to Lon (Babby, president of basketball operations). It was a good conversation so I'm a little positive about that." Green had some ugly public back-and-forths with the Suns toward the end of the year about playing time, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he heads for greener pastures.
    Yesterday, 8:14 am
  • Danny Granger undecided about player option
    Danny Granger is undecided about picking up his player option for next season.

    Advice: Granger will spend the summer working with the Suns training staff in an attempt to get himself healthy, and it's hard to envision Granger earning the $2.1 million he's slated to make if he does indeed opt out.
    Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Beal, Wall both heap praise on Otto Porter
    John Wall and Bradley Beal both went out of their way to praise Otto Porter after Washington's Game 1 win over Toronto.

    Advice: "He does the little things that nobody sees," Wall said. Beal added, "He’s terrific for us. He helps space the floor, he can shoot the ball, and he’s just smart. I mean he just knows how to play and make the right reads. You need a guy like him." As for confidence in himself, Porter lacks none. "It’s just confidence from myself. I know what I can do."
    Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) looks good in return
    Tony Allen (hamstring) played through pain on Sunday, finishing a lopsided home victory with four points on 2-of-3 shooting, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He hadn't played in three weeks so tonight's line was an encouraging return to form, especially since he remained on the court with the victory sealed in the fourth quarter. Allen is worth a look if you're targeting steals in a fantasy-playoffs league, but that's about it.
    Sunday, 7:52 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) logs 16 minutes Sunday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) returned from a seven-game absence to open the playoffs with five points in 16 minutes of action off the Nets' bench.

    Advice: He shot 2-of-3 from the field with one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist and one steal, and his perimeter shooting is a welcome addition for the Nets -- not counting Anderson, they were a combined 4-of-19 from downtown tonight. Anderson doesn't have a playing-time restriction but he's unlikely to average more than 20 minutes vs. the Hawks.
    Sunday, 5:27 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Tony Allen (hamstring) is a go for Sunday's Game 1 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: With Allen active, he'll take away some minutes from Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Vince Carter. Allen spent the last nine games of the season on the sidelines, so he may have his minutes limited tonight.
    Sunday, 3:41 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Austin Daye will be inactive for Game 1
    Austin Daye will be on the inactive list for Game 1 against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: Daye likely wouldn't have left the bench even if he were active, so there aren't any fantasy implications with this news.
    Sunday, 2:10 pm
    Player Note
    Austin Daye Atl - SF,PF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • No minutes restriction for Alan Anderson Sun
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not have a minutes restriction for Sunday's Game 1 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Head coach Lionel Hollins said that Anderson "looked fine" during Sunday's shootaround, so he should slot into his usual role getting around 20 minutes off the bench. Anderson's return to the rotation will likely hurt the value of Bojan Bogdanovic.
    Sunday, 1:12 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Paul George will play some PF next season
    Larry Bird said that he would like Paul George to spend some time at the power forward position next season.

    Advice: "David [West] is our starter, but when we go smaller we'd like to see Paul maybe play some '4' and you know everybody says, 'You'll have a problem on the defensive end,' well, I don't think so," Bird said. "He can guard about anybody, and then on the other end, it's a major plus for us." It sounds like the Pacers would like to trim down West's minutes a bit next season, which will work to the benefit of George. Head coach Frank Vogel said that Pacers' medical staff are expecting George to make a full recovery, and he should be back to being a first-round selection next season.
    Sunday, 12:02 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will play on Sunday
    Tony Allen (hamstring) is expected to play vs. the Blazers on Sunday according to head coach Dave Joerger, though he is still listed as a game-time decision.

    Advice: This is exciting news for the Grizzlies considering Allen has missed their last nine games, but he will be back in the rotation tonight. His minutes will likely be held in check for obvious reasons, but his return could reduce the workload of Courtney Lee, Jeff Green (back) and Vince Carter. Check back for an update closer to tip-off to confirm that Allen is indeed active.
    Sunday, 9:09 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Luigi Datome hopes to remain a Celtic
    Luigi Datome, who is set to become a free agent in the summer, is hopeful that he will return to Boston next season.

    Advice: "It’s really early now," Datome said. "I hope during my free agency, hopefully the Celtics, hopefully other teams make a call or offer, because it means that this month, I did something good. For sure, I would like to be involved, feeling like part of the team, not just on the roster. It’s really early now and the focus is on the playoffs." Head coach Brad Stevens has made it clear that he likes Datome's game, and Celtic fans can't get enough of him. All signs point to Datome returning to Boston next season, but he still doesn't figure to be a key part of the rotation after seeing just 12.8 minutes per game during the month of April. He can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues leading into next season.
    Sunday, 6:25 am
  • Otto Porter gets 34 minutes vs. Raptors
    Otto Porter played a surprising 34 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: It's taken two years for coach Randy Wittman to trust Porter with important minutes and he didn't disappoint with impressive defense on DeMar DeRozan. The Wizards went small for several parts of this game with a forward combo of Porter next to Paul Pierce. They hardly played well in this game, but Porter should see close to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday.
    Saturday, 1:07 pm
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) plans to play Sunday
    Tony Allen (hamstring) plans to play on Sunday vs. the Blazers despite not being 100 percent.

    Advice: "I feel alright," Allen said. "I'm getting better day by day. I'm far from where I want to be, but I can tolerate the little pain I'm having." Allen is a warrior and it will take a lot for him to miss Sunday's game, so we expect to see him out there. We will consider him a game-time decision for now, but we should know more after shootaround. If Allen continues to sit out, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Jeff Green will have to step up.
    Saturday, 9:58 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday
    Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: The Bucks rested him for the final two games of the season, so he should be fresh for the playoffs. Dudley is a seasoned veteran, and his experience will be a huge boost for the young Bucks. Expect Dudley to see minutes in the mid 20s tonight.
    Saturday, 8:46 am
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) says he'll play Sunday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) said he'll be good to go for Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Anderson being available, which dampens the value of Bajon Bogdanovic. He should see his minutes in the mid-20s if is indeed able to play on Sunday.
    Friday, 11:17 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Tony Allen likely to be a game-time call
    Tony Allen (hamstring) is likely going to be a game-time decision for Game 1 on Sunday and did go through practice on Friday.

    Advice: The good news is that he expects to play. "I'm gonna try and test it," Allen said. "I've been amped up mentally. Physically I haven't. I'm just trying to get healthy as we go forward." He might have a minutes limit and could come off the bench. With Allen back, Jeff Green, Vince Carter and Courtney Lee lose some appeal.
    Friday, 11:16 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) practices on Friday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) was a full participant during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Anderson didn't play in the Nets' final seven games of the season, but it sounds like there's a chance he's ready to go for Game 1 when the Nets open up their first round series against the Hawks on Sunday. His return to action would likely take away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic.
    Friday, 10:12 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • MRI on Paul George reveals strained left calf
    An MRI revealed a strained left calf for Paul George, and the injury is obviously not being considered serious.

    Advice: George said he felt a pop in his calf during Wednesday's regular-season finale, but the MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis of a calf strain, which is not a serious injury. PG-13 will have the entire offseason to get things right, and all signs are pointing towards George being back at 100 percent next season. Head coach Frank Vogel implied during his exit interview that the Pacers would like to up their Pace next season, playing some small ball with George at the four-spot, which is a positive sign for his fantasy value.
    Friday, 9:47 am
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Dudley (back), Bayless (neck) practice Thurs
    Jared Dudley (back), and Jerryd Bayless (neck) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: Dudley missed the final two games of the regular-season with a sore back, while Bayless missed the regular-season finale with a sore neck. Neither of these injuries sounds serious, so these guys should be ready for Game 1 against the Bulls on Saturday. That being said, both players will likely have their minutes trimmed down a bit for the postseason, and they're unlikely to do much on the stat sheet with the guys ahead of them in the rotation fully healthy.
    Thursday, 2:27 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Otto Porter (ankle) practices on Thursday
    Otto Porter (ankle) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he will play on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Randy Wittman said that Paul Pierce will play some power forward during their series against the Raptors, and that move should open up some more floor time for Otto Porter. Still, in a reserve role, Porter isn't likely to do much on the box score.
    Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Lionel hopes Anderson can return for playoffs
    Lionel Hollins said that he was hopeful that Alan Anderson (ankle) could return for the playoffs, but he also doesn't know where Anderson is at in his recovery.

    Advice: Anderson spent the final seven games of the season on the sidelines, but the Nets don't have their first playoff game until Sunday, giving him an additional three days to get things right. Hollins likes Anderson's defense, so if he is able to go, he'd likely siphon away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic.
    Thursday, 11:33 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Wes Johnson interested in return to Lakers
    Wes Johnson said he'd like to sign a multi-year deal somewhere and would love to be there for when the Lakers "turn it around."

    Advice: Johnson also turned introspective during his exit interview in recognizing his inconsistency, before adding, "if I could pinpoint it, it wouldn't be there." The 27-year-old finished the season strong on his way towards posting averages of 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 1.1 three-pointers in 30.5 minutes per game after the All-Star Break. Johnson has enough upside to be a player worth owning in standard fantasy leagues, but he'll have to fall into the right situation in order to realize that potential.
    Thursday, 10:53 am
  • Otto Porter's ankle injury not serious
    The left ankle injury suffered by Otto Porter in Wednesday's finale is not thought to be serious and he's expected to be ready for the playoffs, according to coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: "I don't think it's too bad," Wittman said after the game, and added he thought about putting him back in the game at one point. This is good news for the Wizards, who kick off the NBA Playoffs with the opening game at 12:30 this Saturday. If Porter's unable to go, Rasual Butler would likely eat up his minutes.
    Thursday, 8:40 am
  • Paul George unsure if he'll undergo an MRI
    Paul George (calf) is unsure if he'll undergo an MRI on his left calf after leaving Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: While George will now wait to determine the extent of his injury, the silver lining is that it did not involve his surgically-repaired right knee. "Just came off a screen and felt a pop, but they looked at it and it's nothing more than just a calf strain," George said, slowly. "It wasn't a knee injury but it's tough, you work so hard in rehab and have something else pop up. The good thing is, I know we've got a long summer and a lot to look forward to." We'll keep an eye on updates for George, but it sounds like he may have a bit of recovery ahead of him.
    Thursday, 6:42 am
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Jared Dudley likely to be ready for playoffs
    Jared Dudley sat out for a second straight game due to a sore back in Wednesday's finale against the Celtics.

    Advice: However, he's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks in the playoffs, which start Saturday against the Bulls.
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Paul George diagnosed with a left calf strain
    Paul George said that he felt a pop in his left calf when he was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies, but he said that he will be fine and that he is dealing with a calf strain.

    Advice: The Pacers were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday, so George will have ample time to recover. He didn't have an opportunity to play a lot of minutes since returning from an eight-month absence, but he should feel confident leading into next season and we will have plenty of updates on him over the summer.
    Wednesday, 9:26 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Luigi Datome leads Celtics to win
    Luigi Datome, not to be confused with the character your kid uses in Mario Kart, got a start at small forward on Wednesday and hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 22 points, three rebounds and two assists in a win over the Bucks.

    Advice: This was a meaningless game and the Celtics were without Avery Bradley (quad), leading to Datome's start. Jonas Jerebko and Kelly Olynyk each scored 16 points, and Jared Sullinger added 11, with all three players coming off the bench. Olynyk left with a head injury tonight and didn't return, so check back for updates on his (and Bradley's) status for Sunday's opening playoff game against the Cavaliers. The Celtics enter the postseason hot, winner's of six straight games, and they'll need everything they can get against the Cavs.
    Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Paul George (sore left calf) leaves game Weds
    Paul George (sore left calf) left Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies and will not return.

    Advice: First things first, it's not the same leg that he fractured over eight months ago, but he was in some pain and had to be carried to the locker room by his teammates. We will update his status when we know more, but it's not uncommon for players to deal with soreness after such a long time on the shelf. The Pacers have been eliminated from playoff contention, but George can feel confident heading into next season after showing some encouraging signs since returning from an eight-month absence.
    Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Otto Porter sprains ankle, will not return
    Otto Porter left Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers with a sprained left ankle and will not return.

    Advice: The last thing we want to see is an injury right before the playoffs, but hopefully it isn't too serious. Porter will probably have to deal with some swelling, but we will pass along any additional information once we know more. If Porter has to miss any time, Rasual Butler and Martell Webster could see more minutes. Porter finished tonight's game with four points and four boards in 21 minutes.
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
  • Luigi Datome starting for Celts on Wednesday
    Luigi Datome will start for the Celtics on Wednesday with Avery Bradley (quad) unavailable.

    Advice: Datome is averaging a mere 9.1 minutes per game in 20 appearances off the bench this year, and this marks his first start of the season. He's worth a glance if you need a quick injection of 3-pointers (0.8 per game), but that's about it.
    Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Jared Dudley out for Wednesday
    Jared Dudley will rest against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: There could be more rested players on the way for the Bucks. Plus, the Bucks will likely limit some of their guys.
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) out for Wednesday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be his seventh consecutive game out of the lineup. With Anderson out, suddenly hot Bojan Bogdanovic should get more chances to score in a must-win game.
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Wes Johnson (ankle) will not play Wednesday
    Wes Johnson (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He was considered doubtful to play in this one, so at least his owners have ample time to prepare without him. Johnson showed improvement towards the end of the season, but it will be interesting to see if the Lakers want to bring him back over the summer. Ryan Kelly will start at small forward, but he has struggled in that position and is a risky play outside of deeper leagues,
    Wednesday, 10:54 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out on Weds
    Michael Kidd-Gilcrhist (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He was never expected to play tonight, so he should have already been dropped everywhere, MKG made great strides this season, and hopefully he continues to work on his shooting this summer. MKG will finish the season with averages of 10.9 points, 7.6 boards 1.4 assists in 28.9 minutes per game. Jeff Taylor will remain in the starting lineup, but he is only worth a look in deeper formats.
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
  • Paul George plays season-high 18 minutes
    Paul George had 10 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes on Tuesday, as he remains on a "soft" minute-limit.

    Advice: This was George's highest playing time since returning five games ago. The Pacers' victory on Tuesday gives them a much better chance to eke into the playoffs -- they'll need to defeat the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday or have the Nets lose at home vs. the Magic, because Brooklyn owns the tie-breaker. It's anyone's guess how much PG will have in the tank and how hard the Pacers will push him in a back-to-back scenario.
    Tuesday, 9:10 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Otto Porter logs 43 minutes off bench Tuesday
    Otto Porter finished Tuesday's road loss with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist and zero steals or blocks in 43 minutes off the Wizards' bench.

    Advice: Paul Pierce criticized Porter's lack of intensity in a recent interview, saying, "[Porter] just doesn't understand how good he is. He can shoot, he's a slasher, he can defend, I'm just not sure how badly he wants it every day. That kid just needs to get mad ... I should punch him one day just to get him riled up.'' Pierce was kidding about the last part, of course, but his point is well taken. Porter had a nice run while filling in as a starter but he's a shaky fantasy option when coming off the bench.
    Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Wes Johnson (sprained ankle) doubtful Wed
    Wes Johnson (sprained ankle) is considered doubtful to play vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a "moderate" sprain but the Lakers have no incentive to play him with nothing at stake on Wednesday. Ryan Kelly should get all the minutes he can handle at SF, as the Lakers simply don't have any healthy alternatives.
    Tuesday, 6:03 pm
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) out Wednesday vs. IND
    Tony Allen (hamstring) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: There was some hope that Allen would be able to return for the regular-season finale, but that will not be the case. With Allen sidelined, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter, and Jeff Green will all split his minutes, with Green offering the most upside out of the group.
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: If Anderson is able to return to action on Wednesday, a majority of his minutes will come at the expense of Bajon Bogdanovic. Anderson is only worth considering as a steals and 3-point specialist in deep leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:01 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Paul George sticking to 15 minute limit
    Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said he plans to stick to a 15-minute limit with Paul George in Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: While George has looked good since his return from injury, the minutes cap severely limits his fantasy potential. George is worth a start in deeper leagues for his upside, but 15 minutes just isn't enough to make a different for fantasy owners in standard leagues
    Tuesday, 9:27 am
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Hardaway scores 23 points with three treys
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting (including three triples) with two rebounds, five assists and one block in 36 minutes on Monday against the Hawks.

    Advice: Hardaway has been a disappointment all season but he got it done tonight and he wasn't bad on Saturday with a game-winning trey, 13 points and four assists. Though he hit three 3-pointers in that contest, he was just 4-of-16 from the field and that's a typical problem for him. He's as risky as a risk-reward pickup can be heading into the team's final game on Wednesday.
    Monday, 11:49 pm
  • Butler scores 19 points in 27 minutes
    Caron Butler scored 19 points on Monday, hitting 6-of-10 shots (including six threes) with zero rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: This is a classic out-of-nowhere explosion for Butler, and with Stan Van Gundy talking about getting the younger guys going after the game we're pretty sure that doesn't apply to Tough Juice. Tap him at your own risk.
    Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Jason Richardson (knee) out for Monday night
    Jason Richardson is dealing with knee soreness and will not play against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He actually played well on Saturday with 19 points, but he might be out for the season now. The 76ers will start Ish Smith, Hollis Thompson, Robert Covington, Jerami Grant and Furkan Aldemir.
    Apr 13, 3:29 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is out for Monday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: He's likely out for the season and Jeff Taylor will continue to start. In his previous 11 starts, Taylor averaged just 6.1 points, 2.9 boards and 0.9 assists. Obviously that's not going to get it done for almost any owner. Gerald Henderson should log significant minutes at small forward tonight.
    Apr 13, 2:19 pm
  • Alan Anderson out again on Monday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: It'll be his sixth straight game out of the lineup. Bojan Bogdanovic started the second half on Sunday and he could be looking at more minutes tonight based on his improved play. Give him a look in all leagues.
    Apr 13, 1:59 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Caron Butler hoping to remain w/ the Pistons
    Caron Butler is hoping to remain with the Pistons next season.

    Advice: Butler has a $4.5 million team option for next year, and that is a lot of money to pay for "veteran presence." Butler called the Pistons his "boys, they're my brothers," and while Stan Van Gundy really likes what Butler brings to the table, the two sides could revisit a new deal if Detroit decides the current price tag is too rich.
    Apr 13, 8:11 am
  • Wes Johnson (ankle) won't play Mon vs. Kings
    Wes Johnson (sprained ankle) will not play on Monday but he is traveling with the Lakers for Monday's game in Sacramento.

    Advice: The sprain was described as "moderate" and X-rays came back negative, but the cellar-dwelling Lakers have no incentive to play him at less than 100 percent. Johnson is headed into unrestricted free agency this season and his fantasy value is nebulous until he signs on the dotted line. Assuming Johnson sits, which seems inevitable, Ryan Kelly is the only logical option to start at small forward.
    Apr 12, 9:39 pm
  • Wes Johnson limps off w/ ankle injury Sunday
    Wes Johnson will not return to Sunday's game after rolling his ankle in the second quarter.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and the Lakers called it a "moderate sprain," so they may just be playing it safe with nothing at stake and only two games left in the season. Ryan Kelly will have to hold down the SF spot if Johnson can't return for games on Monday and Wednesday. Wes finished with 16 points and four 3-pointers in just 20 minutes of action.
    Apr 12, 7:44 pm
  • Gerald Green (back) scores 23 pts in return
    Gerald Green led the Suns with 23 points in a futile effort on Sunday, knocking down 8-of-16 shots with two 3-pointers in 26 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Green obviously wasn't limited by the back spasms that forced him to leave Friday's game, as this marks just the fifth time since Jan. 1 that he's scored 20+ points. He even chipped in four rebounds and two assists tonight -- with Brandon Knight (ankle) out of commission, Green is an intriguing gamble for owners seeking points and 3-pointers.
    Apr 12, 7:00 pm
  • Paul George scores eight points in 14 minutes
    Paul George scored eight points with six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: It's hard to make an impact while playing under a 15-minute cap, but George has looked surprisingly comfortable since returning from an eight-month absence. The Pacers are battling the Nets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and it will be interesting to see if the Pacers allow George to up his minutes. For now, George is more of a deep-league asset.
    Apr 12, 6:12 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Caron Butler benched to start 2nd half Sunday
    Caron Butler was benched to begin the second half of Sunday's game, finishing scoreless with two rebounds in just 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: Butler's ability to space the floor is the only conceivable reason he's in the Pistons' starting lineup, but tonight's disappearing act is a reminder that he's useless for fantasy purposes. Leave him on the waiver wire.
    Apr 12, 4:17 pm
  • Gerald Henderson scores 14 points on 16 shots
    Gerald Henderson launched a team-high 16 shots on Sunday but he made only six of them to finish with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 26 minutes vs. Detroit.

    Advice: Al Jefferson (knee) was out and Mo Williams was rested, which fed into a horrible offensive game for the Hornets -- they scored 77 points on 34.2 percent shooting, including a 4-of-15 mark from beyond the arc. Henderson may very well be rested or limited in Charlotte's final two games, allowing P.J. Hairston more opportunities, so use him with due caution.
    Apr 12, 3:23 pm
  • Gerald Green (back) will play on Sunday
    Gerald Green (back) will play on Sunday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Green was forced to leave Friday's game against the Pelicans due to back spasms, but he will be ready to roll tonight. The Suns will have just 10 players available, so Green could get plenty of minutes off the bench. He will always be a hit-or-miss option, but Green is worth a flier for any owner in need of scoring or 3-pointers.
    Apr 12, 2:55 pm
  • Jared Dudley expected to rest Mon. & Wed.
    Jared Dudley went scoreless in 28 minutes off Milwaukee's bench on Sunday, and Jason Kidd said after the game that Dudley will likely rest on Monday and Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been struggling with back and knee issues lately, which helps to explain his 0-of-4 shooting on Sunday, and it makes sense for the Bucks to rest him with the No. 6 seed locked up. His absence should open up more minutes for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and even O.J. Mayo.
    Apr 12, 2:49 pm
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out Sunday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Look for Jeff Taylor and Gerald Henderson to log extended minutes with MKG sidelined. Taylor is a negligible factor in all fantasy leagues, while Henderson doesn't do much aside from score. Henderson has struggled in his past two outings, making him a risky play in most leagues.
    Apr 12, 12:03 pm
  • Jason Richardson scores 19 points vs. Bulls
    Jason Richardson scored 19 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: His defense wasn't very good, but he was able to knock down shots. The 76ers play on Monday and Wednesday, so Richardson may play in both games because of no back-to-backs. Don't expect a line this good, though.
    Apr 11, 8:08 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. hits a game-winning trey
    TIm Hardaway Jr. made a game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left on Saturday to beat the Magic, finishing with 13 points, one rebound, four assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was going to be an ugly game for Hardaway Jr., but he had a big fourth quarter. His shooting line was still putrid, making 4-of-16 from the field and he's now made just 28.6 percent from the field in his last five. Leave him on the wire in most leagues.
    Apr 11, 6:59 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) out again for Sunday
    Alan Anderson (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Sunday.

    Advice: It will be his fifth consecutive game out of the lineup. Anderson did not even travel and coach Lionel Hollins hinted Anderson could be out for the rest of the regular season. Bojan Bogdanovic is worth a look in all leagues.
    Apr 11, 2:37 pm
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) could return April 15
    Tony Allen (hamstring) could return for the regular-season finale against the Pacers on April 15.

    Advice: He will remain out for Saturday's game against the Clippers as well as Monday vs. the Warriors, but the Grizzlies will at least be glad that Allen is on track to return before the playoffs. Allen shouldn't be owned in almost any league following this news, while Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Jeff Green will all benefit.
    Apr 11, 7:31 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Green leaves game due to back spasms
    Gerald Green left Friday's game due to back spasms after 12 minutes of action.

    Advice: Green scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting with one three and this kills any appeal he had after his 30-point eruption on Wednesday. If he gets the all-clear going forward, he's to be viewed as a 3-point shooting lottery ticket and that's it.
    Apr 10, 11:18 pm
  • Paul George still on a minutes cap
    Paul George played 14 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's looked healthy while he's out there and is taking very good shots. George is not expected to see his minutes rise over 20 in the near future, so he won't have much value this season. However, this past week bodes well for his value in 2015-16.
    Apr 10, 9:42 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
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