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    • Channing Frye is still quiet for Magic
      Channing Frye played 17 minutes against the Cavs on Friday with nine points, three rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It's his best game since being moved to the bench, but the minutes just aren't there. Frye also has also taken just 5.0 shots per game in his last three, so there are not enough opportunities. Unless you're dying for treys, he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:46 pm
    • Darrell Arthur will return on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will play against the Wolves on Friday.

      Advice: He has been out for a week due to a mysterious leg injury. Arthur is injury-prone, so the Nuggets might ease him back into the rotation tonight. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson take mild hits. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:35 pm
       
      Injured
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Friday against the 76ers.

      Advice: He missed Monday and played on Tuesday with an illness, so this is a surprise. Aldridge is not at the arena and he should be considered questionable for Sunday against the Knicks. With Chris Kaman also out, expect Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland to get more looks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:28 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: Ouch. Cousins has been ill more often than any player this season and his stomach bug will keep him out tonight. The Kings play again on Saturday, so Cousins should be considered questionable for that one. Expect Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:53 pm
    • Anthony Tolliver will not play Friday vs. IND
      Anthony Tolliver will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Tolliver isn't likely to crack the rotation in Detroit any time soon, so he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:45 pm
    • Josh Smith will come off the bench
      Coach Kevin McHale said he will "play it by ear" on who he is going to start at power forward.

      Advice: It's going to be Donatas Motiejunas for the foreseeable future, but it should be Josh Smith in a week or two. Of course, Terrence Jones (leg) will be a factor here too. Fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes for any of these three guys. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:21 pm
    • Kevin Durant out Friday, but getting closer
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is getting closer to playing and was at shootaround on Friday, but he will not play against the Hornets.

      Advice: It sounds like Sunday is a possibility for KD, but it's pretty clear the Thunder won't be rushing him back. Expect to see a lot of Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson against the Hornets. Perry Jones will start and is only a play in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:27 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • Varejao undergoes surgery to repair Achilles
      Anderson Varejao underwent surgery on Friday to repair his torn Achilles and he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: The Cavs surprised everyone by starting Shawn Marion, and not Tristan Thompson, on Christmas but Thompson ended up playing more minutes during that game anyway. It seems like only a matter of time until Thompson finds himself in the starting lineup, and for that reason he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:49 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • DeMarcus Cousins (stomach flu) questionable
      DeMarcus Cousins (stomach illness) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: This is not the same thing as his viral meningitis, so there is a chance he could miss this one. Cousins doesn't usually miss games when it's up to him and he actually refused a minutes limit in his first game back this month. Still, his fantasy owners will have to check back. Ryan Hollins is out, so Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson are a little safer for owners in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:08 pm
    • Trevor Booker practices on Friday
      Trevor Booker practiced on Friday and is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

      Advice: He had a minor procedure and missed Monday. While he was out, Rudy Gobert continued to shine, so Booker's minutes might be at risk as the team looks to figure out how to play their lanky Frenchman more. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:13 pm
    • Brandan Wright plays six minutes
      Brandan Wright played six minutes against the Nets on Friday with four points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: The Celtics didn't make the Rondo deal for Wright and chances are he's just another trade piece for a draft pick. Wright is a great fit for a team with perimeter shooting, but the Celtics are unlikely to give him more than 20 minutes per game any time soon. He's not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:45 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable for Friday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He had an illness keep him out of action on Monday, but he was able to play on Tuesday. Chances are Aldridge is going to suit up, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit against Philly. His fantasy owners in standard leagues can probably plug him in, but Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) owners might want to avoid this one. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:57 am
    • Josh Smith unlikely to start in debut
      Josh Smith is expected to "get some run" tonight but is unlikely to start against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: That suggests Donatas Motiejunas will start again. There were rumors that Smith wouldn't agree to joining a team unless he starts, so that will likely be happening soon. Motiejunas can be dropped in several formats while Smith's fantasy value isn't great in standard leagues either. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:43 am
    • Josh Smith set to make Rockets debut Friday
      Josh Smith has officially signed with Houston, and he's set to make his Rockets debut Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith will likely start which will send Donatas Motiejunas to the bench. However, the Rockets were forced to cut Tarik Black in order to make room for Smith on the roster, so Motiejunas could see some time as Howard's primary backup with Terrence Jones (leg) still on the shelf. Owners of Motiejunas should see how he performs tonight before making the cut. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:15 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) out Friday
      Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: This concussion is coming out of nowhere, and Ilyasova just can't seem to stay healthy. A concussion cost him 21 games last year, so there's some cause for concern with this news. The Bucks frontcourt has been decimated by injuries this season, and they'll have to lean heavily upon Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant with current starter Larry Sanders (illness) also not expected to play Friday. John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, so if he could also be forced into minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:49 am
       
      Injured
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) out Friday vs. Charlotte
      Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: While it's been Perry Jones starting for Durant, the true beneficiary has been Russell Westbrook who has been playing absolutely out of his mind lately. Westbrook will draw a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Hornets, and will make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Reggie Jackson also will get a small boost in value, while Jones won't be worth using in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:12 am
       
      Injured
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • Josh Smith is hopeful to play Friday vs. MEM
      Josh Smith is hopeful he'll be able to complete his physical and officially sign his deal with Houston early enough on Friday to be available for the Rockets' game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith has been guaranteed the starting power forward slot in Houston, and if he's cleared to play tonight Donatas Motiejunas will head to the bench. If Smith isn't able to complete all the necessary paper work in time for tonight's game, he's a sure bet for Sunday's game vs. San Antonio. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:37 am
    • Jonas Jerebko ready to step into the rotation
      Jonas Jerebko is ready for a larger role with the Pistons with the departure of Josh Smith.

      Advice: "Obviously, with a 4 man gone - I see myself as a 4 man - a lot more minutes open up in practice and in games," Jerebko said. "I feel like I'm ready to take that step and I'm ready to go in there and battle for them." Jerebko was buried on the bench while Smith was with the team, but now he'll likely be one of the first bigs off the bench. We’ll be monitoring coach Stan Van Gundy’s rotations closely over the coming weeks, and owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Jerebko. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:01 am
    • Blake Griffin notches 18-15-6 line in win
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points with 15 boards, six assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

      Advice: It's just his ninth double-double of the season, which is surprising because he notched his 20th double-double of the season on Christmas last year. DeAndre Jordan being such a monster on the glass while Griffin does have career lows in offensive and defensive rebounding rate, which might be due to him passing more. He's still a fantasy beast even with the dip in boards. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    • David Lee plays 19 minutes in a loss
      David Lee played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He continues to live at the rim with over half of his shots this season coming from within three feet on the season -- all five shots came at the rim tonight. The Warriors have so much talent on offense, Lee should get great shots all night. Still, his minutes are a bit capped with Draymond Green playing well, so he's more of a low-end standard fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:17 pm
    • Marreese Speights scores 11 in a loss
      Marreese Speights made 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line for 11 points with one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: As expected, his usage rate took a hit tonight, but he was still able to get involved on the offensive side. Draymond Green has been too good and David Lee won't take minutes from him, so it will likely be from Speights. His owners in deep leagues should expect a dip. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    • Speights Cowboy Saddles Up: Marreese starting
      Marreese Speights will start in place of Andrew Bogut (knee) and Festus Ezeli (ankle) against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: Bogut has been out for a couple weeks and Festus suffered a sprained ankle on Festivus (Dec. 23), so Speights is the next man up. He has one of the highest usage rates for a big man at 29.0, so that will likely take a hit with more of his minutes coming next to the starters. Still, he is a nice play tonight in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:25 pm
    • Report: Cavs in no rush to replace Varejao
      The Cavs are reportedly doing their due diligence but are in no rush to find a replacement for Anderson Varejao (Achilles).

      Advice: The Cavs are reportedly intrigued by going with a small ball lineup, so it appears nothing is imminent on the trade front. Tristan Thompson looks to be the primary beneficiary with Varejao being ruled out for the rest of the season, and he should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:00 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • 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
      Yesterday, 11:20 am
       
      Injured
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • 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
      Yesterday, 10:11 am
       
      Injured
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • 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
      Yesterday, 9:09 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
      Wednesday, 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
      Wednesday, 12:46 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • 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
      Wednesday, 10:04 am
    • Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver for Tony Mitchell
      The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

      Advice: Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:40 am
    • Anderson Varejao (Achilles) done for season
      Anderson Varejao suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Tuesday's game and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

      Advice: This is terrible news for the Cavaliers and we wish Varejao all the best. This leaves Cleveland incredibly thin in their frontcourt and we expect them to be very aggressive in the trade market following this news. Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup and should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:17 am
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Anderson Varejao's injury doesn't look good
      According to a source close to Anderson Varejao, his ankle injury does not look good at all and he is currently having an MRI.

      Advice: This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski, so there is definitely some credibility here. We should know the severity of the injury very shortly after the MRI, so we won't speculate as to what is going on. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:32 am
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • 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
      Wednesday, 7:20 am
    • Anderson Varejao may have injured Achilles?
      The Cavaliers are concerned that Anderson Varejao may have injured his left Achilles during Tuesday's game, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

      Advice: Varejao collapsed under the basket on Tuesday and couldn't put any weight on his leg while being helped off the court. He had a walking boot and crutches while leaving the arena and all signs point to an extended absence, but the Cavs have yet to officially diagnose the injury. Tristan Thompson should start at center if Varejao misses any games, though a long-term injury could prompt them to explore the trade market for available centers. Varejao should undergo further testing on Wednesday, so check back soon for updates. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:41 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Davis Lee scores 12 points in only 18 minutes
      David Lee played 18 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, but still racked up 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: Lee said before the game that he'll "be playing a little bit more as each game goes on," but his integration into the rotation will be "gradual." The Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 23-4 and there are no indications that Lee will overtake Draymond Green for the starting PF job. Given Lee's career-long dearth of defensive stats it's hard to view him as more than a low-end fantasy option this season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 pm
    • Blake Griffin dishes season-high 11 assists
      Blake Griffin dished out a season-high 11 assists vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the FT line with only two turnovers in 36 minutes, but Blake's terrific game wasn't enough to avoid L.A.'s third loss in four games. Their bench production begins and ends with Jamal Crawford, which is the root of the problem, but Griffin's fantasy owners won't complain as he racks up top-30 value with FT percentage and turnovers excluded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:43 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores four points in return
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Hornets, scoring just four points to go with four boards and one assist in 17 minutes.

      Advice: After missing the previous nine games, you could tell that there was some obvious rust and he ended up shooting just 2-of-8 from the field and missing all three 3-point attempts. With that being said, Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season so there is a chance that Ilyasova can play his way into a larger role as the season progresses. Owners in standard leagues should monitor his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • LaMarcus Aldridge OK after eye poke, score 25
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) had 25 points, nine rebounds and one block in 45 minutes of action during his return on Tuesday, though he made only 9-of-28 FGs before being ejected in overtime.

      Advice: He was poked in the eye during the first quarter but quickly returned and should be fine for Friday's game vs. the 76ers, though it never hurts to double-check his status. On a side note, the Blazers' veteran went 7-of-8 from the free throw line on Tuesday, in the process tying Jerome Kersey for third-most free throws made in franchise history (2,071). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:45 pm
    • Brandan Wright plays just 13 minutes Tuesday
      Brandan Wright was quiet in 13 minutes off the Celtics' bench on Tuesday, going for five points, three rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Wright's judicious shot selection and elite FG percentages gave him value in a 20-minute role for the Mavericks, but he belongs on the waiver wire now that he's in Boston. We'll let you know if he carves out a bigger role in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:03 pm
    • Anderson Varejao (ankle) seen in walking boot
      Anderson Varejao (ankle) was seen in a walking boot after Tuesday's game and was also using crutches.

      Advice: Coach David Blatt said that he was dealing with some type of ankle issue and that he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning. It looks like Varejao may see some time on the sidelines so owners would be wise to have a backup plan ready. Tristan Thompson would likely draw the start on Thursday if Varejao can't play. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:50 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Anderson Varejao exits with leg/ankle injury
      Anderson Varejao was helped to the Cavaliers' locker room after injuring his left leg/ankle during Tuesday's game, and will not return.

      Advice: He collapsed under the basket and wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he headed off the court. The Cavaliers will re-evaluate him on Wednesday so owners will want to check back for updates. Tristan Thompson would likely shift into the starting lineup if the injury prevents Varejao from playing during Cleveland's back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:39 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • LaMarcus Aldridge returns after eye injury
      LaMarcus Aldridge exited Tuesday's game after being poked in the eye during the first quarter, but he was able to return.

      Advice: He went into the Blazers' locker room briefly, but soon returned after presumably being cleared of any serious injuries. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:33 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Tuesday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: This will be the fourth game in a row that he will miss due to a lower leg strain, and there is still no known timetable for his return. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended run in Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:56 pm
       
      Injured
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) active on Tuesday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is active vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

      Advice: It appears as though Aldridge will start at usual and owners should rush him into all active lineups, while keeping an eye out for last-second updates. Even at less than 100 percent he'll have more fantasy value than the vast majority of the league's power forwards. Myers Leonard will return to the bench with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:47 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will play Tuesday
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will come off the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: Ilyasova was playing well before going down, and with Jabari Parker (knee) done for the season, he's going to have plenty of opportunity. Johnny O'Bryant will remain with the starters for tonight's game, but it should only be a matter of time until Ilyasova finds himself in the starting unit. Go and pick him up if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:24 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • David Lee says his hamstring is fine
      David Lee said that his hamstring felt great after logging 16 minutes in his return to the lineup on Monday, but acknowledged that he will be brought along slowly.

      Advice: "[Steve Kerr] just wants me to get used to it gradually here," said Lee. "I'll be playing a little bit more as each game goes on. But we want to bring myself back gradually. And most importantly, not take our team out of rhythm." This quote implies that Lee understands Draymond Green is going to remain the starting power forward in Oakland, although he could eventually slide into the starting center spot depending on how long Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:09 pm
    • 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
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable for Tues
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: Aldridge is dealing with an upper respiratory infection and looks to be headed towards a game-time decision. We'll have an update closer to game-time, but Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, Thomas Robinson, and Chris Kaman would all see a small value boost if Aldridge is out. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:00 am
    • 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
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • Lee goes for six and seven in 16 minutes
      David Lee (hamstring) returned to action in Monday's blowout win over the Kings, scoring six points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

      Advice: Lee's stat set requires big volume and he's simply not going to get it with this Warriors team. He could carve out some late-round value in a best case situation, but barring an injury in front of him he's a low-upside stash in 12-14 team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:33 pm
    • Blake Griffin scores 22 points vs. Spurs
      Blake Griffin scored 22 points against the Spurs on Monday with 22 points, six boards, six assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He's hoisting a ton of shots lately with at least 20 in three of his last four games. Griffin blocked his 10th shot of the season tonight, which has probably passed his foul shooting woes for the biggest knock on his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:24 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is starting on Monday
      DeMarcus Cousins is starting against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: There was no doubt despite him being listed as probable. Cousins should go off tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:16 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) won't play on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Monday night against the Hornets.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and considering how long it takes for him to recover from injuries, he is likely going to miss more games. Expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
       
      Injured
    • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) out for Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) Will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

      Advice: He has an upper respiratory infection and should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Thunder. The Blazers have a total of four games this week, so Aldridge owners will probably want to still use him depending on the other options. Thomas Robinson is a great option tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:33 pm
    • Cousins and several Kings are probable
      DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi, Reggie Evans and Ramon Sessions are all probable to play against the Warriors on Monday.

      Advice: It would be an absolute shock to see Cousins miss this game. He has already turned down a minutes cap since his return to the lineup and he has been fantastic, averaging 28.0 points, 12.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. Start him, obviously. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:41 pm
    • 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
    • David Lee will play on Monday night
      David Lee (hamstring) will play against the Kings on Monday.

      Advice: He went through both practices over the weekend and should be ready to go. One thing that will not be ready to go is his former role, which has been taken over by Draymond Green. Lee is not going to have the fantasy value he used to have and is unlikely to be a top-80 guy over the next month. Green owners shouldn't be too concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:29 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
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • Ilyasova practicing, questionable on Tuesday
      Ersan Ilyasova (face/nose) returned to practice on Monday, and he's questionable for Tuesday against the Hornets.

      Advice: Ilyasova is going to get a big chance at meaningful minutes with Jabari Parker (knee) out for the year, and it could come as soon as Tuesday vs. Charlotte. Jared Dudley will lose much of his streamer appeal when Ilyasova initially returns. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:50 am
       
      Injured
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • LaMarcus Aldridge questionable now on Monday
      LaMarcus Aldridge (upper respiratory illness) is questionable to face the Rockets on Monday, and Terry Stotts said he'll be a game-time decision.

      Advice: Aldridge has been on a tear over his last several games, so the Blazers missing him in this one against the Rockets would be a tough blow. If he is forced to sit, Thomas Robinson would likely draw the start in his place with Joel Freeland starting at center for Robin Lopez (hand). Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:12 am
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) doubtful again on Monday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) is doubtful to play on Monday.

      Advice: Arthur has a lower leg/muscle strain, and at this point, it's not clear what kind of timetable he's looking at for a return. Without him, look for Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to each pick up some extra time. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:15 am
       
      Injured
    • DeMarcus Cousins posts 29 & 14 w/ full line
      DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Lakers on Sunday, piling up 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks with two turnovers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: His weeks-long struggle with viral meningitis hasn't been evident since his return to action on Thursday, and tonight's line was a reminder of DMC's first-round fantasy value. The Kings recently fired coach Mike Malone, installing interim coach Ty Corbin in his stead, and they're involved in nearly every high-profile trade rumor in the NBA, but none of those distractions have detracted from Cousins' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:08 pm
    • Brandan Wright logs 13 minutes off C's bench
      Brandan Wright had six points on 3-of-5 shooting with three rebounds on Sunday, playing 13 minutes off the bench in his debut with the Boston Celtics.

      Advice: Wright has been among the league-leaders in FG percentage all season, largely because 75.8 percent of his shots have come within five feet of the basket. He'll be a viable fantasy big man if he carves out sufficient playing time, but that's not guaranteed in Boston's competitive frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:17 pm
    • Channing Frye quiet in 18 minutes as reserve
      Channing Frye shifted to Orlando's bench on Sunday, where he finished with only four points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes of action.

      Advice: Frye's court spacing is a boon for the Magic offense, but he wasn't doing enough in other categories to warrant the starting job ahead of Kyle O'Quinn. Fantasy owners may want to wait a game or two before cutting Frye in case this was a matchup-based lineup change, but anyone fed up with his muted production should take this as their cue to unload him. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:55 pm
    • Anderson Varejao hits 9-of-12 FGs for 18 pts
      Anderson Varejao poured in 18 efficient points during Sunday's win over the Grizzlies, adding seven rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

      Advice: AV made 9-of-12 field goals without committing any turnovers, and this was his second-highest scoring game of the season (trailing only a 23-point outburst in mid-November). He's averaging a modest 25.0 minutes per game this year but that's been enough for late-round value in 8-cat/9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:12 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Trevor Booker will not play Monday vs. MEM
      Trevor Booker had a minor outpatient procedure in Charlotte, and he will not suit up for Monday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Booker plays limited minutes off the bench in Utah, and is averaging just 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds, so his absence will go largely unnoticed in standard leagues. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter will likely pick up most of his minutes. He's not expected to be sidelined beyond Monday's game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:14 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
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • David Lee (hamstring) expects to play Monday
      David Lee (hamstring) went through a full practice on Sunday, and he believes he'll be able to play Monday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: Head coach Steve Kerr said that he plans to bring Lee off the bench, and he'll be limited to 12-15 minutes in his return. However, with Andrew Bogut (knee) not expected back until January, it's possible Lee eventually slides into the starting lineup at the center spot, and he should be owned in all leagues for his double-double potential. Marreese Speights' value will take a hit upon Lee's return. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:47 pm
    • 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
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • Brandan Wright expected to play Sunday
      Brandan Wright will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

      Advice: It will be interesting to see how coach Brad Stevens uses Wright considering how crowded the frontcourt is at the moment. However, Wright is one of the most efficient players in the league and has too much talent to not see playing time with the Celtics. Owners in deeper leagues would be wise to take a gamble here, while owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:24 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) to be re-evaluated Mon
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is getting closer to a return, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday.

      Advice: There is a big opportunity for playing time now that Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season, so he makes sense as a speculative add. We will update his status as soon as we know more, and we will consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 with eight dimes
      Blake Griffin handed out eight assists against the Bucks during a 106-102 win on Saturday, scoring 24 points with six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: The assists have been the story lately with 6.4 per game over his last five to go with averages of 23.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 steals. Griffin is posting career highs in usage rate and assist percentage while turning in a career low in turnover percentage. He's not just a freak athlete anymore. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:58 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is probable for Sunday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Lakers on Sunday.

      Advice: It would be a shock to see him sit out based on how terrific he looked in his return on Thursday. Cousins refused to take a minutes limit and played 33 minutes, so he'll probably be around 35-37. He's going to have a late supper and eat big time. Start him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:57 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 27 points in easy W
      LaMarcus Aldridge made 12-of-20 from the field for 27 points against the Pelicans on Saturday during a 114-88 win, adding 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.

      Advice: It's not often Anthony Davis isn't the best power forward on the court on a given night, but LMA carved him up all night. He is coming off a 32-point game from Friday and has a double-double in 15 of his last 17 games. The Blazers are on a five-game winning streak and they'll look to extend it on Monday at Houston. Aldridge is one of the best fantasy big men around. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:37 pm
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) out again on Saturday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Saturday.

      Advice: He has some sort of muscle strain and it sounds like he's going to miss time. Arthur is hurt far too often, so expect J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried to plck up most of the minutes at power forward. Wilson Chandler also plays some four, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:39 pm
       
      Injured
    • David Lee (hamstring) back at practice Sat.
      David Lee (hamstring) practiced on Saturday but won't discuss how he felt until Sunday.

      Advice: Lee had post-practice "maintenance" and remains day-to-day with an expected return date next week, but he's likely to be eased slowly into the rotation off the bench. With Lee struggling to stay healthy and Draymond Green playing well as a starter, nobody should expect immediate value from Lee upon his return. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:57 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
      W, 98-75 vs Cha
    • Griffin scores 32, hits 14-of-18 free throws
      Blake Griffin scored 32 points on 9-of-20 shooting (14-of-18 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin's general performance has improved over the last few weeks but his low rebounding totals have kept him from truly capitalizing on the momentum in fantasy leagues. Hopefully for owners this signals the beginning of a comeback in that regard. Chris Paul went for 17 and 15 with three steals and DeAndre Jordan posted 11 and 14 with three steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Varejao plays just 17 minutes on Friday
      Anderson Varejao played just 17 minutes in Friday's win, scoring seven points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Varejao has been ice-cold lately and though he's returning late-round value on the season, with limited upside as well as durability issues owners shouldn't be attached to him in 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:45 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 98-89 @ Orl
    • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday
      Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

      Advice: He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • Brandan Wright inactive Friday vs. Minnesota
      Brandan Wright will be inactive for Friday's game vs. Minnesota.

      Advice: Tyler Zeller's starting spot is safe for now, but it'll be interesting to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop with Zeller, Wright, and Kelly Olynyk all vying for minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:46 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins refuses minutes restriction
      DeMarcus Cousins said that there was no way he was going to accept the limited minutes, and ended up playing the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins added that he'll be fine, so it appears owners can get back to plugging him into their lineups without hesitation every time he's active. He finished Thursday's game with a standard 27-point, 11-rebound Boogie outing, while playing 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:26 am
    • DeMarcus Cousins returned to action on Thursday December 18. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:58 pm
    • Marreese Speights has 10 points in 19 minutes
      Marreese Speights had 10 points in 19 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

      Advice: He has a very high usage rate and should be able to score in the teens while Andrew Bogut (knee) is out. Bogut could miss up to a month, so that means the Speights Cowboy is worth a grab in standard leagues. Some people call him Marreese. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:02 pm
    • Boogie's Back: DeMarcus Cousins drops 27
      DeMarcus Cousins returned to action during a 108-107 loss to the Bucks on Thursday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

      Advice: Well, so much for the minutes cap. Cousins was outstanding on the offensive end, making 8-of-12 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line. He wasn't thrilled about the firing of coach Mike Malone and tonight he had a long talk with new coach Ty Corbin. As long as he's avoiding ejections, Cousins is going to be one of the best big men in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:09 pm
    • David Lee is expected to return next week
      David Lee (hamstring) is expected to return next week.

      Advice: The Warriors won't be in a rush to bring him back after he's already aggravated his strain in his first game back. Draymond Green Wally Pipp'd him already, so Lee is not going to get minutes over 26 or so. He's worth a stash and perhaps someone in your league thinks he'll be the same player he was last year. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:05 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins will start with minutes limit
      DeMarcus Cousins will start against the Bucks on Thursday with a minutes limit.

      Advice: He's been out since November and his conditioning probably is not up to speed just yet. Cousins is one of the best offensive big men in the NBA while he's pulling down 12.6 boards and adding 1.5 blocks per game. Even with 20 minutes tonight, his owners should still have him in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:23 pm
    • Brandan Wright headed to BOS in Rondo deal
      Brandan Wright will be sent to Boston as part of the trade for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright will enter a very crowded frontcourt in Boston, and he'll be fighting for minutes with the likes of Tyler Zeller (current starter), Kelly Olynyk, and Brandon Bass. It'll be interesting to watch Boston's rotations develop, but Wright makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:08 pm
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Report: Brandan Wright in trade talks to BOS
      Multiple sources are reporting that the Mavs and Celtics are having serious discussions about a trade that would include Brandan Wright going to Boston for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Wright had 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Magic, but it's hard to say what would happen to his fantasy value if he goes to Boston. Tyler Zeller is starting, Kelly Olynyk is playing at a high level and Jared Sullinger can also play center. In other words, a move to Boston may not be a bad thing for Wright, but we doubt it makes him a must-own player, either, as long as the aforementioned bigs remain in Beantown. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Channing Frye scores 13 in Magic loss
      Channing Frye hit 4-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points,, five rebounds and a steal in Wednesday's loss.

      Advice: This was his first game in double-digit scoring in four games and while he doesn't belong in starting lineups right now, this could be a sign that he's about to become relevant again. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:43 pm
    • David Lee, Andrew Bogut out for Thursday
      David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Thunder.

      Advice: There is still no timetable for a return on Lee and the Warriors are in no rush to bring him back. He took part in some 3-on-3 at practice last week, but the team is unlikely to give him regular minutes until 2015. He's a low-upside stash in standard leagues. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are good to go. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:28 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova (out) for Wednesday's game
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is out for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: He is not expected to play on the current road trip, so the next chance he would have to play would be on Dec. 23 vs. Charlotte. Jabari Parker (knee) was ruled out for the rest of the season, so Ilyasova could see a bump in his minutes upon his return. He will have to string together a few good games before being considered in standard leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
      W, 107-77 @ Atl
    • Marreese Speights drops 18-8-2 line in loss
      Marreese Speights came off the bench for 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 7-of-14 shooting in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

      Advice: With news that Andrew Bogut's knee injury might be more serious than we were initially led to believe, Picking up Speights might be a good idea. He usually gets just 19 minutes a game, but saw more than that tonight and could be a very effective fantasy player if Bogut is going to miss extended time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:26 pm
    • Blake Griffin posts 18-7-7 line in blowout
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Griffin has rehabilitated his season-long value into the top 50-60 range and he's been a solid top-30 play over the last two weeks. It wouldn't be surprising if he continues along that trajectory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:00 am
    • Aldridge goes for 23 and 14 in win over Spurs
      LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting with 14 rebounds and one steal in Monday's win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Aldridge will have to do some extra work without Robin Lopez (hand) around to occupy opposing teams' big men so it wouldn't be surprising if his efficiency took a small hit. Lopez does a lot to attract rebounding attention from other teams too, so that focus could shift over to him and make his life harder. That or he'll have more rebounds available to grab. It's a toss-up in that respect. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:45 pm
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