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  • Calderon leaves game with strained right calf
    Jose Calderon left Monday's exhibition with a strained right calf and did not return.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point if the injury is serious and/or the early exit is precautionary. We'll update you as we learn more and Pablo Prigioni would probably fill Calderon's shoes in a timeshare over youngster Shane Larkin if Calderon missed any time.
    27 minutes ago
  • Stephenson (groin) will not play on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

    Advice: Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back.
    Today, 4:23 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard out w/ 'strong strain' of virus
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) is out for Monday's game and is dealing with a "strong strain" of the virus in his eye, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: "He had a really strong strain of whatever virus it is," Popovich said. "He's still out and they're going to re-evaluate [Tuesday]." Leonard is expected to miss much of the preseason and he is questionable to start the season. There has been no indication that he has anything seriously wrong with his eye, so he shouldn't be knocked down your draft board because of his illness.
    Today, 4:17 pm
  • Victor Oladipo back at practice on Monday
    Victor Oladipo (knee) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: There was little doubt that he would miss time in the regular season and now he looks to be ready to go. Oladipo did sit in some portions of practice and he might miss another preseason game, but fantasy owners can draft him as if he's healthy. He's a breakout candidate and the shift to shooting guard should help.
    Today, 4:08 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) out Monday vs. Cleveland
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Butler sprained his left thumb during Sunday's exhibition vs. the Hornets, and he's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday when the team returns to Chicago. The injury is not considered serious, but Butler is likely to sit for the remainder of the Bulls' preseason games. Kirk Hinrich will draw the start in Butler's place.
    Today, 3:38 pm
  • John Wall (knee tendinitis) out Monday vs. NO
    John Wall (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans, but head coach Randy Wittman expects him to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wall has dealt with tendinitis in his left knee for a few years now, but it didn't cause him to miss a single game last season. Given the fact that Wittman expects Wall to return to practice on Tuesday, we're not considering this to be a serious issue, and the Wizards are likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Wall led the league in total assists last season, and added a 3-point shot to his game. He's well worth a look towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
    Today, 3:25 pm
  • Gerald Henderson (hamstring) out Monday
    Gerald Henderson (hamstring) will not play Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Henderson is likely to see his 32 minutes per game average reduced this season with Lance Stephenson in town, and that will cause all of his numbers to take a substantial hit. Hendo didn't really offer much to fantasy squads aside from scoring, and with a much-diminished role in Charlotte, he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
    Today, 2:55 pm
  • Kobe says LAL will play smashmouth basketball
    Kobe Bryant said that the Lakers will play smashmouth basketball this season.

    Advice: "We’re going to be smashmouth basketball," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. "That’s how we’re going to play. We’re going to be nasty. We’re going to be physical... We’re a grind it out team." With minimal improvements to the Lakers' roster this offseason, the Lakers could be in for another turbulent season. Kobe will have to score a lot of points for them to be relevant, but he has looked great so far over preseason. He's a true risk/reward pick in the early rounds of standard leagues.
    Today, 2:27 pm
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts (ankle) will play Tues.
    Chris Douglas-Roberts (ankle) will practice on Monday, and play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: CDR will provide emergency depth for the Clippers this season, and it'll take a few injuries for him to gain any sort of fantasy relevance. He is not someone that should be targeted in standard leagues.
    Today, 2:15 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) not likely for Tuesday
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) is not expected to suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Portland.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and the team is likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Lawson averaged 17.6 points, 8.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, 1.6 steals, and 3.2 turnovers with the Nuggets last season, but there is some concern that he is an injury risk as he was only able to suit up for 62 games. Lawson is a bit of a risk/reward pick this season, and news of this hamstring injury, regardless of its seriousness, could see him fall down a bit on owners’ draft boards.
    Today, 1:04 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) out for preseason
    Rodney Stuckey (sprained right foot) will not suit up for the Pacers' final two preseason games.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and we expect him to be 100 percent for opening night. Stuckey is going to be the starting shooting guard for a Pacers team that doesn't have many offensive weapons, so he could score a lot of points this season. He's worth a late-round selection, but just know he doesn't contribute much to the stat sheet outside of points and free throw percentage.
    Today, 11:56 am
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) questionable for Tues.
    Reggie Jackson (bruised right wrist) went through a full practice on Monday and there's a chance he returns for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Jackson has gone through multiple full contact practices without any setbacks, so we're going to say he's very probable to return on Tuesday. He's going to be asked to do a lot with Kevin Durant (foot) on the sidelines, and he makes for a solid early-late round selection in standard leagues.
    Today, 11:42 am
  • Rajon Rondo could return opening night?
    According to head coach Brad Stevens, Rajon Rondo is "progressing great" from his broken hand, and there's a possibility he's able to suit up on opening night.

    Advice: Rondo didn't want to put an official date on his return, but he did say that his hand hasn't been bothering him. "When I dribble the ball, when I catch the ball, it doesn’t bother me," said Rondo. "But it’s night and day from trying to brace myself hitting the floor, and going into the lane and somebody smacking my hand." Rondo has yet to do any contact work, but there's a possibility he's cleared for that by the end of the week. Boston is going to be very careful with Rondo's recovery, but it's looking like he's making great progress, and even if he's not able to go for opening night, he could return within the first week of the regular season. Stay tuned.
    Today, 11:15 am
  • Markel Brown still out with hand issue
    Markel Brown will not play against the Sixers on Monday.

    Advice: He has a stomach bug and has been back out on the practice court after breaking his hand over the summer. Brown is likely headed to the D-League.
    Today, 10:28 am
  • Mario Chalmers needed three stitches
    Mario Chalmers needed three stitches above his left eye after being hit in the face on Saturday.

    Advice: He returned to action and is fine. Chalmers is a huge wild card for the Heat this season. He'll either start at point guard of he could be used as a sixth man at both guard spots a la Jamal Crawford. Regardless, the output in steals and treys make him a nice target late in drafts.
    Today, 9:48 am
  • No contact for Rajon Rondo (left hand) yet
    Rajon Rondo (hand) said on Monday that he hasn't had any contact in practice yet.

    Advice: He said he doesn't know if he'll be ready for the opener and he doesn't "wanna put any set goals." Rondo had been very optimistic before this quote, so chances are he'll likely miss at least a week of the regular season. He wasn't very good last year in reality with the Celtics only going 6-24 with Rondo and his value in fantasy has taken a hit, as well. Fantasy owners should let someone else deal with him.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Malcolm Lee out with a sprained ankle
    Malcolm Lee (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He was on his way to his biggest game before spraining his ankle in his 10th minute of action on Saturday. Lee could wind up making the team, but that has a lot to do with how the 76ers handle the Jason Richardson situation.
    Today, 9:11 am
  • Brandon Knight and Zaza Pachulia out on Monday
    Brandon Knight (groin) and Zaza Pachulia (hamstring) will not play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: Knight has been out for over a week now with his strained right groin, but there's still hope for him to play in the season opener. Kendall Marshall hasn't played well sans Knight and is shooting just 4-of-15 in his last three games, so Knight still looks like the favorite to start at point guard. Knight is only a late-round target due to a lower upside.
    Today, 8:59 am
  • Wiz non-committal on Glen Rice Jr.
    The Wizards have been "totally non-committal" on Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) for the season opener.

    Advice: He hasn't been moving much at practice and it would appear he's closer to doubtful. If the Wizards feel comfortable with Garrett Temple and Otto Porter at the shooting guard spot, there's no need to rush Rice back into the lineup. If you're looking to make a pickup from the Bradley Beal (wrist) fallout, Porter is probably your guy in deeper leagues.
    Today, 8:56 am
  • Ronnie Price a lock to make the team
    Ronnie Price is a lock to make the Lakers, according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times

    Advice: He's playing on a non-guaranteed deal, but has been terrific in camp with Steve Nash (back) and Jeremy Lin (ankle) out. This is bad news for rookie Jordan Clarkson's fantasy value in extremely deep leagues and Price has very little value, as well.
    Today, 6:14 am
  • Jeff Taylor's hearing moved back to Oct. 29
    Jeff Taylor's pre-trial hearing on charges including domestic assault has been moved to Oct. 29, the same day the Hornets play their season opener.

    Advice: Taylor has been barred from team activities since charges were filed and he may face a suspension from the league if he admits guilt or is found guilty during the legal process.
    Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • Brandon Rush leaves w/ aggravated lower back
    Brandon Rush sat out the second half of Sunday's game due to spasms in his lower back.

    Advice: Rush tweaked his back on Friday and may need a few more days to recover, but at least the injury doesn't sound serious. Reconstructive knee surgery has derailed his career but he's looking to make a comeback with Golden State this season, and the injury risk combined with a bench role is enough reason to avoid him in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Dante Exum quiet in start at PG w/ Burke out
    Dante Exum started at PG on Sunday and finished with five points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He made 2-of-7 field goals (0-of-4 from deep) and only started because Trey Burke was given the night off. As a 19-year-old with minimal professional experience and a backup role, fantasy owners are right to be skeptical of his value as a rookie.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • P.J. Tucker ready to earn minutes at PF
    With mounting competition for playing time at small forward, P.J. Tucker said he's ready and able to play power forward as needed.

    Advice: "When I go to [power forward], very rarely are we going to be a mismatch," said Tucker, who will be suspended the first three games of the season. "I can guard any four. And then they're not going to be able to guard us with the way we run the ball and spread the floor." Gerald Green is likely to play more SF this season, and both Marcus Morris and rookie T.J. Warren are also vying for SF minutes. Tucker's ability to play some PF is encouraging for his fantasy outlook, but he's still a flier pick at best.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Lakers win behind Kobe's team-high 26 points
    Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 26 points on Sunday, making 7-of-22 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was serenaded with 'M-V-P' chants during the final minute of L.A.'s meaningless victory -- wins will be few and far between for the Lakers this year, so it's hard to begrudge their fans some preseason fun. Kobe is expected to play in L.A.'s final three exhibitions with his minutes slowly ramping up to test his regular-season conditioning.
    Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Ronnie Price gets 10 assists in 38 minutes
    With Steve Nash (nerve damage) and Jeremy Lin (ankle) unavailable for Sunday's exhibition, Lakers' PG Ronnie Price delivered 10 assists in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Price finished with six points, two rebounds, 10 dimes, four steals, one block and three turnovers against an inexperienced Jazz backcourt. The absence of rookie G Jordan Clarkson (calf) is yet another reason for Price's increased activity, and despite tonight's solid line he's not an option in average fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) leads Jazz w/ 21 points
    Alec Burks returned from his left shoulder injury to score 21 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers in 29 minutes during Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: Burks made 7-of-14 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs, and he made the highlight reel with a behind-the-back dribble to blow past Kobe Bryant and split two defenders for a layup in the second quarter. Utah needs another reliable ball-handler to take some pressure off Trey Burke, and Burks' offensive versatility makes him an intriguing late-round option at SG.
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Hayward, Favors rested in road loss to Lakers
    Gordon Hayward and Derek Favors each played 12 minutes before sitting out Utah's loss in L.A. as a precaution.

    Advice: Hayward racked up eight points, three assists and three steals, and Favors was equally impressive, but the Jazz predictably lost their footing once they were pulled by coach Quin Snyder. Both of Utah's cornerstone players should see an uptick in playing time for Tuesday's road game vs. the Thunder.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) looks fine vs. Bulls
    Lance Stephenson's recent groin injury didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Bulls on Sunday.

    Advice: Stephenson missed his only 3-point attempt, he didn't get to the free throw line, and he added just two assists and one steal with three turnovers. He also grabbed Joakim Noah's hand at one point, just to mess with him, which makes you question how much he's matured this offseason. Nevertheless, the reigning league-leader in triple-doubles has enough upside to justify a mid-round pick in typical fantasy formats.
    Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Jimmy Butler leaves w/ sprained left thumb
    Jimmy Butler will not return to Sunday's game after spraining his left thumb in the first half.

    Advice: He hurt himself during an attempted steal and was initially able to continue playing, but the Bulls pulled the plug in the second quarter. He's one of the toughest guys in the league and shouldn't miss significant time, so he's a near-certainty for Chicago's season opener unless tests reveal something more serious than a sprain.
    Yesterday, 6:04 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: He has been dealing with a right groin strain as well as a toe injury so it is good to see him suiting up for a preseason game. Stephenson is a solid late-mid round pick with upside.
    Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • Gerald Henderson (hamstring) ruled out Sunday
    Gerald Henderson (strained hamstring) will not play in Sunday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: He recently had a setback and it doesn't sound like he's been able to play full-contact 5-on-5, so it makes sense for Charlotte to keep him out as a precaution. He's not an appealing fantasy option now that he's fallen behind Lance Stephenson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the depth chart.
    Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Reggie Jackson out again w/ bruised wrist
    Reggie Jackson (bruised right wrist) will sit out again vs. the Wolves on Sunday.

    Advice: Jackson was close to play on Friday and he's gone through full workouts without any setbacks, so his absence is simply a precaution. With Jeremy Lamb (heel) also on the sidelines, there should be ample minutes available for Andre Roberson, Sebastian Telfair, Anthony Morrow and Michael Jenkins.
    Yesterday, 3:02 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) making progress
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is making progress in his recovery and was seen taking jumpers at practice Sunday.

    Advice: We expect him back very soon but he should still be considered questionable for opening night. Rice Jr. has a great chance to carve out a significant role in the Wizard's offense with Bradley Beal out so he may be worth a flier late in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:43 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) to miss rest of preseason
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) will miss the remainder of the preseason, and is questionable for the regular season opener on October 28.

    Advice: "Kawhi Leonard is still out, for 10 more days," Gregg Popovich said before tipoff of Saturday’s game. "[The infection] is going back and forth between the two [eyes]. It’s crazy." This infection is not considered serious, and we'd bet that Kawhi is on the probable side of questionable for the regular season opener vs. Dallas. Leonard was magnificent during the Spurs title-run last season, and he figures to be a late-first, early-second round selection in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:18 am
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) can't finish Sat. game
    Ty Lawson could not finish Saturday's game due to a tight hamstring.

    Advice: Uh oh. It doesn't sound serious and at least it's not to his ankle, but any Lawson injury will trigger the alarm bells. He did have a hamstring injury last season, so this is not something to ignore. He's probably not worth drafting in the top 30 anymore. And if he's going to miss time, Randy Foye will suddenly become quite relevant in fantasy.
    Saturday, 10:03 pm
  • Malcolm Lee sprains his ankle
    Malcolm Lee suffered a left ankle sprain on Saturday and did not return.

    Advice: He has a chance to make the team, but he's falling behind guys like Elliot Williams and K.J. McDaniels for minutes. Lee can be ignored in all leagues.
    Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Brandon Rush says he's fine on Saturday
    Brandon Rush said on Saturday that he's fine after his back injury on Friday.

    Advice: He said he originally hurt it while doing some weight lifting and he's questionable for Sunday. Rush has no fantasy value.
    Saturday, 9:09 pm
  • Mario Chalmers starts at shooting guard
    Mario Chalmers started at shooting guard against the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, two assists, three steals, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He needed to go to the locker room after a shot to the head, but he's fine. Chalmers was briefly in the doghouse, but he seems to be let loose. The steals and triples are going to be there with some dimes mixed in, so he's certainly worth a look as a boom-or-bust pick in the later rounds.
    Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts (ankle) out Saturday
    Chris Douglas-Roberts (ankle) is out for Saturday's exhibition game, with Joe Ingles starting in his place.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said that Douglas-Roberts sprained his ankle on Friday and that he will get a night off. The injury is not serious and the Clippers will have a chance to evaluate Joe Ingles, who was brought on this summer after an excellent FIBA showing for the Aussies. To summarize, this is the 5th different player to start at SF for the Clips and neither of these players are on the radar in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 6:08 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has infection in both eyes now
    Kawhi Leonard's right eye infection has spread to his left eye and he will miss Saturday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: He could miss the rest of the preseason and this doesn't sound good. To be clear, it doesn't sound serious and we would still expect him to be in the lineup on opening night. If anything, maybe this will cause his draft value to slide into the mid-second round.
    Saturday, 3:49 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) has 'vigorous' workout
    Victor Oladipo had a "vigorous" workout before Saturday's game against the Sixers, according to team beat writer John Denton.

    Advice: He's not going to play in the game, though. There was never much of a concern with his mild MCL sprain considering he played through the injury without knowing it, but this is concrete proof he'll be on the court for game action soon. He's a breakout candidate and is worth a look around pick 50.
    Saturday, 2:59 pm
  • Alec Burks (left shoulder) probable Sunday
    Alec Burks (left shoulder) is probable for Sunday's exhibition against the Lakers.

    Advice: He has been trying to recover from a bruised shoulder and appears to have beaten out the minor injury very quickly. He averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds last season and we expect those numbers to elevate with a bigger role under new coach Quin Snyder. Burks is a solid late-round pick in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 2:52 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey (foot) is out on Saturday
    Rodney Stuckey (foot) will sit out on Saturday according to coach Vogel.

    Advice: His foot is just sore and the Pacer's are going to be cautious with him during the preseason. consider him day-to-day for now and expect him to be ready for the season. Stuckey is penciled in as the starting SG for the Pacers this season so if you are in need of a pure scorer, he is worth a late-round pick. C.J. Miles and Chris Copeland are the starting wings on Saturday.
    Saturday, 2:36 pm
  • Jimmy Butler worked on game all summer
    Jimmy Butler's impressive preseason average of 18 points on 60 percent shooting from the field is attributed to his rigorous off-season training.

    Advice: The small forward came into camp 10 pounds lighter and is reportedly more focused than ever. "All summer I worked on my game. The biggest thing is confidence, taking shots I know I can make," he said. Butler is still a viable option after the middle rounds of most drafts.
    Saturday, 7:53 am
  • Hayward scores 22 points, hits all 12 FTs
    Gordon Hayward lit up the box score in Friday's 101-97 preseason loss to the Clippers, scoring 22 points on 4-of-7 shooting (2-of-4 3PTs, 12-of-12 FTs) with six rebounds, four assists and six steals.

    Advice: Keep in mind that these games are loose and often generate pinball statistics. Hayward looks the part after his time with Team USA and has early round upside with a nice and safe mid-round floor.
    Friday, 11:38 pm
  • Chalmers still on the bench for the Heat
    Mario Chalmers (hip) was brought off the bench despite playing in his old Kansas digs on Friday, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals, two threes and four turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Miami media has caught on to the growing position battle between Chalmers and tonight's starter Norris Cole (five points, two assists, 21 minutes) -- so something is clearly up here. One theory is that Chalmers has essentially been playing the role of shooting guard for years and he could fit better backing up both guard positions, but in any event Chalmers' once-rosy outlook in terms of playing time and role is now in question. Cole didn't exactly run away with anything tonight but he's been playing fairly well this preseason. If you want to drop Chalmers down a few pegs and bring Cole up accordingly feel free, and in any event both players are likely to be affordable on draft day.
    Friday, 11:09 pm
  • Rush misses second half with back spasms
    Brandon Rush exited Friday's preseason game against the Heat before the second half due to back spasms and did not return.

    Advice: Rush is on the long road back from a serious knee injury and as a result tightness due to game action isn't too surprising. His services are particularly valuable to the Warriors while Shaun Livingston gets back on track from a toe injury.
    Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) out Friday vs. Toronto
    Reggie Jackson (wrist) will not play in Friday's preseason game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Coach Scott Brooks said that Jackson is "close" to making a return to the court, so this wrist injury seems very minor. Jackson will need to step it up in a big way while Kevin Durant (foot) is on the sidelines, and he's well worth a late-round selection in standard leagues.
    Friday, 3:53 pm
  • Alec Burks (bruised left shoulder) out Friday
    Alec Burks (bruised left shoulder) will not play in Friday's exhibition game against the Clippers.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but there's just no reason to risk anything during preseason. Burks averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 80.4 percent from the charity stripe as a starter last season, and the fact that he fits in well with coach Quin Snyder's system is encouraging for his fantasy value. We like Burks as a late-round selection with some upside.
    Friday, 1:27 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) ruled out for Friday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Born Ready is dealing with a right groin strain and has already had a toe injury. He had a breakout season last year with the Pacers, but we'd expect him to need an adjustment period with his new teammates and in a different system. Stephenson is a late-mid round target.
    Friday, 9:22 am
  • Mario Chalmers back in action on Friday
    Mario Chalmers (hip) will return to the lineup against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: He missed Tuesday's game but coach Erik Spoelstra said his point guard would have been in the lineup had it been a regular season game. Chalmers has lost some momentum after being benched for Norris Cole, but he has such a huge opportunity that he's worth a look late in standard leagues.
    Friday, 8:47 am
  • Dante Exum has his best line as a pro
    Dante Exum had his best game as a pro on Thursday against the Lakers, making 3-of-6 from the field for 13 points, one rebound, six assists, no turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made all six attempts from the line and was a huge plus off the bench. The Lakers have been lost on defense, so this terrific game does come with a grain of salt. He's going to start the season slow, but maybe he'll be on the radar in a couple months.
    Thursday, 10:39 pm
  • Gordon Hayward carves up the Lake Show
    Gordon Hayward scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: It sure does help to go against the Lakers, but this was Hayward's best game. He added some muscle to his frame and it should help his field goal percentage. He could put it all together and be a top-20 player this season.
    Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 27 points on 23 FGAs
    Kobe Bryant looked like his old self against the Jazz during a 119-86 loss on Thursday, making 10-of-23 from the field and 7-of-13 from the line for 27 points with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers missed all five shots from beyond the arc tonight and also missed all three on Sunday. Bryant took exception to ESPN ranking him as the 40th best player in the league and said he's "known for a long time that they're a bunch of idiots." We have Kobe inside the top 40 for our rankings in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 10:16 pm
  • Ty Lawson hands out 10 assists
    Ty Lawson handed out 10 assists against the Warriors on Thursday to go with eight points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did only shoot 1-of-8 from the field and he's in a mini-slump after a hot start. Lawson's production won't be the issue and all eyes will be on his ankles. His ceiling makes him a solid target in the third round.
    Thursday, 9:34 pm
  • Jimmy Butler hits game winner, scores 29
    Jimmy Butler hit a game-winning buzzer beater to defeat the Hawks 85-84 on Thursday, scoring 29 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 12-of-16 from the line and has been the Bulls' best player so far in the preseason. Butler is on a tear from the field and has shot 62.2 percent from the field in his last four preseason games. Perhaps Derrick Rose can help Butler improve on his field goal percentage, so feel free to give him a look in the early-late rounds.
    Thursday, 8:37 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) out Thursday vs Lakers
    Alec Burks (shoulder) will not play against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: Burks has been playing well in new coach Quin Snyder's new system and appears poised for a breakout season. His shoulder injury is minor so potential fantasy owners should keep an eye Burks as the later rounds approach in drafts.
    Thursday, 12:55 pm
  • Brandon Knight (groin) unsure if he'll play
    Brandon Knight (groin) unsure if he'll play Friday.

    Advice: He will make the trip with the team to Cedar Rapids and New York, so the possibility remains that he will suit up for the Bucks' upcoming preseason games. Knight did say that his groin is feeling better and there doesn't seem to be a concern over him missing any regular season action.
    Thursday, 11:34 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) questionable for Fri
    Lance Stephenson is questionable to play against the Wizards on Friday due to a right groin strain.

    Advice: Considering he's questionable for a preseason game, it's probably a minor issue. Stephenson doesn't have a history of groin issues and there's no reason to bump him down your rankings. He should pick up some extra ball-handling responsibilities with his new team, but there might be an adjustment period.
    Thursday, 10:15 am
  • Gerald Henderson (hamstring) has a setback
    Gerald Henderson (hamstring) had a setback and might not play on Friday.

    Advice: He was doing some on-court work on Wednesday, but that may have been what triggered the setback. Henderson is losing ground for minutes on the wing and the arrival of Lance Stephenson will really cap his upside. Fantasy owners can look elsewhere in even deeper leagues.
    Thursday, 10:11 am
  • Victor Oladipo will not play Fri. vs Pistons
    Victor Oladipo (knee) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: With the start of the regular season right around the corner, it's beginning to look like we may not see Oladipo play in an exhibition game. While it would be nice to see the second-year player on the court before opening night, there have been no indications that he'll return this preseason. He remains a high-upside target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts now that Jameer Nelson is out of the picture.
    Thursday, 8:09 am
  • Rodney Stuckey scores 10 in loss to Cavs
    Rodney Stuckey started at shooting guard and hit just 1-of-6 shots for 10 points against the Cavs.

    Advice: He got to the line, as he's apt to do, and hit 8-of-9 shots, and added four rebounds, three assists and a steal. He's not going to hit any 3-pointers, but if you need a scorer late in the draft, it looks like he's going to be given a lot of opportunity from the thin Pacers this season.
    Wednesday, 8:31 pm
  • Glen Rice has right ankle in walking boot
    Glen Rice was in a walking boot to protect his sprained right ankle after Wednesday's game and he's expected to miss time with the injury, leaving him questionable for opening night.

    Advice: He doesn't sound likely to play on Thursday and we're wondering who will start at shooting guard for the Wizards. It could be Otto Porter, who is really a forward, while journeyman Rasual Butler will likely get some run while Rice is out. Xavier Silas' name has come up as well, and PG Garrett Temple started there on Saturday. The Wizards are suddenly dangerously thin at shooting guard.
    Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. leaves w/ sprained right ankle
    Glen Rice Jr. left Wednesday's game with a sprained right ankle.

    Advice: He had 11 points and four rebounds in 11 minutes, and should be considered day-to-day for now. He's got a shot at winning the starting job at shooting guard as long as Bradley Beal is out, but his two-game tryout has not gone well so far.
    Wednesday, 6:06 pm
  • Brandon Knight still out with a groin issue
    Brandon Knight (groin) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been out since Monday with his groin strain and downplayed the injury on Wednesday. Knight doesn't have a history of groin issues, but his injuries tend to linger more than most players. He's a possible late-round target in standard leagues and should be ready to go for the regular season.
    Wednesday, 11:37 am
  • Alec Burks is a game-time call for Thursday
    Alec Burks (shoulder) is a game-time decision to play against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: He just has a bruised shoulder and the Jazz not ruling him out confirms he's just dealing with a minor issue. Burks has created a lot of buzz for fitting in nicely in coach Quin Snyder's system and he was also outstanding in the starting lineup last season. A breakout could be coming.
    Wednesday, 11:29 am
  • Jose Calderon invisible on Tuesday
    Jose Calderon started and played 26 minutes on Tuesday, but missed both his shots and finished with zero points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: Not one of his better nights, but the starting job is his and he's a very efficient point guard. Once you need a starting PG at the end of your draft, he'll be a no-brainer option.
    Tuesday, 6:54 pm
  • Reggie Jackson out Tuesday w/ bruised wrist
    Reggie Jackson's bruised right wrist will prevent him from playing in Tuesday's exhibition.

    Advice: Jackson is day-to-day and his fantasy value got a major boost this week -- in Kevin Durant's absence, he'll need to fill a major gap in OKC's offense. Whether he comes off the bench or slots into the starting lineup alongside Russell Westbrook, he's worth drafting toward the late rounds.
    Tuesday, 3:51 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (hip) out again on Tuesday
    Mario Chalmers (right hip pointer) will not play on Tuesday, but coach Erik Spoelstra said he'd be active if it was a regular-season game.

    Advice: Norris Cole has started the past two exhibitions at PG and he'll get another start by default. Chalmers hasn't conceded the PG job just yet, however, and he'll have four more preseason games to get on the court and prove he's the man for the job. Fantasy owners should watch this position battle very closely, though both Cole and Chalmers should get healthy minutes regardless of whose starting alongside Dwyane Wade.
    Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) limited to non-contact
    Alec Burks (bruised left shoulder) participated in non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: He's day-to-day and this shouldn't impact his status for Utah's season opener, which is still a few weeks away. Burks has quietly moved up fantasy draft boards during the preseason, going from an occasional flier pick to a solid late-round target.
    Tuesday, 1:33 pm
  • Victor Oladipo will not play Weds vs Flamengo
    Victor Oladipo (knee) will not play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Flamengo.

    Advice: Oladipo is getting closer to returning to the court, but it's starting to sound like we may not see much of him before the start of the regular season as he recovers from a minor MCL sprain. The second-year player is a popular breakout pick entering the 2014-15 fantasy season and is still a solid high-upside target in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • Butler scores 21 points to lead Bulls
    Jimmy Butler scored 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting (7-of-7 FTs) with six rebounds, two steals and one block in just 22 minutes against the Nuggets.

    Advice: The Nuggets were terrible tonight so it's hard to put too much stock in this line, but Butler did play very well and he will probably be a value pick after failing to fully break out last season.
    Monday, 11:19 pm
  • Exum scores nine points with four assists
    Dante Exum scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting (all threes) with one rebound, four assists and eight turnovers in 22 minutes off the bench against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Exum got some Chris Paul treatment and in general he continues to struggle with the pace of the NBA game, which is fine because he's just 19 years old and it has become increasingly clear that he won't be the No. 1 signal caller this year. Pick him up in Dynasty leagues, but in redraft formats he's restricted to deep leagues only.
    Monday, 10:34 pm
  • Douglas-Roberts starts on Monday night
    Chris Douglas-Roberts drew a start at small forward on Monday against the Jazz, scoring just four points on 1-of-5 shooting with four rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers are still working out the kinks and are winless in the preseason, so it's hard to pin this bad stat line entirely on CDR, but regardless we're not expecting much from him this season.
    Monday, 10:22 pm
  • Lawson (ankle) logs 24 minutes on Monday
    Ty Lawson (ankle) played 24 minutes in Monday's preseason game, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting (0-for-4 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson has been playing through injuries dating back to his North Carolina days and his ankle will likely be an issue he deals with for the rest of his career, though it's too early to say with any certainty that it will be a major detriment this season. The Nuggets have a lot of depth at guard this season and an incremental downtick in minutes could make sense for all involved. Owners may want to bump Lawson slightly down due to his growing injury risk.
    Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Stephenson (toe) looks fine in return
    Lance Stephenson (toe) logged 27 minutes in Monday's preseason win over the Magic, scoring eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Stephenson's "deep cut" wasn't a big deal and he's on track to produce the type of lines we saw in Indy, but with perhaps a bit more effectiveness playing with a team with better offensive players. That said, with the presence of the Big Cat Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker he'll have his work cut out for him to maintain last year's usage rate.
    Monday, 8:03 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) out for Monday night
    Alec Burks (bruised left shoulder) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and hopefully he'll be ready to go for the weekend. Burks has been one of the trendiest players we've been following this month and definitely will benefit in coach Quin Snyder's system. He's still a nice target in the late rounds. We'll let you know if any additional info emerges about the severity of his injury. As for tonight, Rodney Hood, Dahntay Jones or even Dante Exum could start.
    Oct 13, 4:17 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) will start on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will return to the starting lineup for Monday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Stephenson missed Friday's preseason game vs. the Wizards with a "deep cut" to his small toe, but obviously the injury was not serious, as he'll be suiting up on Monday night. Stephenson is not a great free throw shooter (71.1 percent), but that's easy to forgive with averages of 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He should be able to get close to those numbers with his new team this season, and he makes for a solid mid-round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 13, 2:39 pm
  • Brandon Knight (groin) will not play Tuesday
    Brandon Knight (strained right groin) did not practice Monday, and will not play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: This is the first time we're hearing about a groin injury, so hopefully this is more of a precautionary move than anything else. Knight can be a cheap source of some 3s, steals, assists, and points, and he makes for a decent value pick in the later rounds of drafts in standard leagues.
    Oct 13, 11:47 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) misses practice
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) missed practice on Monday and will not travel for Thursday's game in Phoenix.

    Advice: He missed Saturday's game with the same illness and it's not considered serious. Leonard was used in several different offensive situations in his one preseason game, so we're eager to see if coach Gregg Popovich will continue to allow Kawhi to blossom. He's worth a look at the turn of the first and second rounds of standard drafts.
    Oct 13, 10:04 am
  • Victor Oladipo out Monday, doing pool work
    Victor Oladipo (knee) will not play on Monday and has been doing work in the pool to recover from a minor MCL sprain.

    Advice: He didn't get ruled out of Monday's game until today, so chances are he'll be ready to go for the regular season. Oladipo was much better on the wing last season and the Magic won't put him at the point as much. He has top-25 upside in eight-category leagues and is a nice target in the early-middle rounds.
    Oct 13, 9:52 am
  • Rajon Rondo does light shooting at practice
    Rajon Rondo (hand) did some light shooting and dribbled a bit with his left hand at Monday's practice.

    Advice: He still has a brace on his left, non-shooting wrist and still doesn't have a target date to return. Rondo is expected to miss the first week of the season and it could be up to three weeks. He wasn't even a top-100 player while he was active last year, so fantasy owners should probably let someone else deal with him in most formats.
    Oct 13, 9:03 am
  • Glen Rice Jr. cools off vs. Detroit
    Glen Rice Jr. made 1-of-6 from the field for two points against the Pistons on Sunday, adding just one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He started in place of Bradley Beal (wrist) and is probably the favorite to do so in the regular season. This is obviously not the start Rice wanted, but he had an awesome summer as the Las Vegas Summer League MVP. The key to Rice's success will be 3-pointers and defense, so he does offer alluring upside late in drafts. Hopefully, he'll be better next time out.
    Oct 13, 6:42 am
  • Lakers destroyed 75-116 by Golden State
    Kobe Bryant made 3-of-13 field goals and finished an embarrassing 75-116 loss on Sunday with six points, one rebound and five assists.

    Advice: He did have four steals and one block, and he was very active in 24 minutes of action, but the short-handed Lakers were brutally outmatched by the Warriors. Kobe is as healthy as he's been in years and he'll need a Herculean season to keep the Lakers out of the Western Conference's cellar, and his ADP has crept north of 30 thanks to his impressive preseason.
    Oct 12, 9:10 pm
  • Ronnie Price logs team-high 33 minutes for LA
    Ronnie Price played a team-high 33 minutes off the Lakers' bench during Sunday's game, finishing with nine points, two boards, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: In a bizarre preseason twist, Price's shoe fell off during the game and he threw it at Andre Iguodala to disrupt his dribble. The move earned him a technical foul but shouldn't incur further punishment. If Steve Nash's health fails him, as it very well might, Price could find himself as L.A.'s default backup PG.
    Oct 12, 9:09 pm
  • Shaw: Ty Lawson's ankle causes 'some concern'
    Nuggets coach Brian Shaw admitted that there is "some concern" about Ty Lawson's ongoing left ankle injury, but he's not sure if he'll rest Lawson for any preseason games.

    Advice: "I haven't really been killing him in practice or even in games. I'm cognizant of [the injury]," Shaw said. "But once again, it's something that he's going to have to work himself through ... It's that fine line because you want guys to continue to build up their stamina and their conditioning and be sharp." Lawson, who injured his ankle late last season, is expected to wear a small brace as a precaution this year.
    Oct 12, 3:58 pm
  • Ty Lawson (ankle) sits out end of practice
    Ty Lawson (ankle) started Sunday's practice but he did not finish, leaving him questionable for Monday's road game in Chicago.

    Advice: Lawson spent much of his offseason recovering from a severe sprain and "minor bone damage" in his left ankle. It's unclear if he tweaked the ankle or merely sat out the end of practice as a precaution, but fantasy owners should monitor his health closely with the regular season approaching.
    Oct 12, 1:23 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) may miss some time
    GM Sam Presti stated that Reggie Jackson could miss some time with a right wrist contusion, but he's expected to be back relatively soon.

    Advice: The Thunder will really need Jackson back as soon as possible as they'll be lacking in offensive options with Durant (foot) sidelined. The injury doesn't sound serious, and Jackson remains a safe early-late round target in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 10:13 am
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) returns to practice
    Lance Stephenson (toe) returned to practice on Sunday, and coach Steve Clifford said that he looked "good."

    Advice: Stephenson missed Friday's preseason game with a deep cut to his small toe, but this injury is not expected to be serious. He was moving well at practice, so we're going to consider him probable for Monday's game vs. the Magic. Stephenson will be a primary component of the Hornets offense, and a nightly triple-double threat. He's a solid mid-round target in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 9:46 am
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) unlikely to play Monday
    Victor Oladipo (sprained MCL) is highly unlikely to suit up for Monday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Oladipo is making progress, but the Magic aren't going to rush him to return. He's likely to be ready to go by opening night, and is primed for a big season as the team's starting shooting guard. Oladipo averaged 14.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers as a starter for the Magic last season, and he's a solid early-mid round target in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 9:00 am
  • Reggie Jackson to see increased role with OKC
    With news that Kevin Durant will be sidelined for a minimum of the first 6-8 weeks, Reggie Jackson looks to be the team's second-option on offense.

    Advice: Jackson averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 three-pointers as a starter for the Thunder last season, and he should have no problem returning to those numbers to start the 2014-15 season. Owners can bump him up a bit on draft boards, and he now profiles as more of an early-late round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 8:32 am
  • Brandon Rush says knee is feeling pretty good
    Brandon Rush stated during a recent interview that his knee is feeling "pretty good."

    Advice: "It’s feeling pretty good, no swelling, no soreness. Everything feels pretty good," said Rush. Rush is a solid defender, and a terrific shooter from beyond the arc, however he's not likely to average enough minutes for standard league consideration. Feel free to ignore Rush come draft day.
    Oct 12, 7:23 am
  • Jimmy Butler scores 18 points on Saturday
    Jimmy Butler hit 6-of-10 shots for 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in Saturday's win over the Bucks in preseason action.

    Advice: He also had 18 points on Tuesday and looks very good playing alongside Derrick Rose. We thought Butler would break out last season, and he was a solid player, but could be even better this year.
    Oct 11, 8:47 pm
  • Jose Calderon scores nine in Knicks win
    Jose Calderon played 21 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to nine points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Calderon isn't a flashy fantasy pick, but he's highly efficient, has a great assist-to-turnover ratio and will be an effective point guard. Once the big names are off the board, Calderon is worth a look if you need a point guard, but his injury history is a little bothersome.
    Oct 11, 7:09 pm
  • Mario Chalmers leaves with hip injury
    Mario Chalmers left Saturday's game against the Cavs with a hip-pointer injury and will not return.

    Advice: He came off the bench behind Norris Cole again and failed to impress with only 3 points. We will update Chalmer's status as soon as more news comes out but this can't help his case as he fights for playing time. Having said that, there is not a lot of depth in the Heat's backcourt so he may still be worth a pick late in drafts.
    Oct 11, 3:52 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard dealing with eye infection
    Kawhi Leonard missed Saturday's game due to an eye infection according to Coach Popovich during Saturday's post-game interview.

    Advice: He is expected to be fine and the Spurs were more than likely being cautious with their young star. Leonard is poised for a big season and should be targeted in late-first, early second rounds.
    Oct 11, 1:20 pm
  • Hornacek unsure of P.J. Tucker's role?
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said deciphering P.J. Tucker's role is "hard."

    Advice: "It was good for us last year to have the energy right from the start of the game.," Hornacek said. "You kind of set the tone in the beginning." Interesting. The coach could just be talking about Tucker's suspension, but we'll still keep an eye on this situation.
    Oct 11, 12:05 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard doesn't play on Saturday
    Kawhi Leonard did not play on Saturday against Fenerbahce.

    Advice: There is no word of an injury and Leonard is probably just getting a day off. Coach Gregg Popovich counted on him heavily for offense in the opener and his offensive role is likely to grow this season. If anything comes up as to why he missed the game, we'll let you know.
    Oct 11, 11:26 am
  • Reggie Jackson plays well before injury
    Reggie Jackson left Friday's game with an arm injury and did not return, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great and was the engine of the second unit. The Thunder did not provide an update on his injury, but we'll keep you posted on Saturday. Jackson is a solid guard to select in the late rounds due to his game translating to fantasy very well.
    Oct 10, 9:14 pm
  • John Wall has a rough night vs. CHA
    John Wall shot 2-of-10 from the field for five points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He's not having a great preseason and is coming off a nine-turnover game on Wednesday. Still, Wall is going to be the focal point of the Wizards offense and is worth a look late in the first round. He did suffer a thumb injury, but it sounds minor.
    Oct 10, 7:34 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey scores 10 in loss
    Rodney Stuckey scored 10 points with four rebounds, one assist and two steals in 25 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He didn't handle the ball quite as much as he did heading into this game, but he was still fairly involved. Stuckey is a dark horse to lead the team in scoring and should have no problem getting in the teens for points per game. Of course, he doesn't do much else, which makes him a low-end fantasy target.
    Oct 10, 6:35 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) does non-contact work
    Rajon Rondo (hand) did some non-contact offensive work during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens said that Rondo has still not been approved for contact drills, and that will remain true "for the foreseeable future." Rondo will be out at least the first week of the season, and he'll be a risk-reward pick on draft day.
    Oct 10, 3:37 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out vs. Wizards
    Lance Stephenson has a deep cut on his small toe, and he will not play in Friday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Head coach Steve Clifford is hopeful Lance will be back for Sunday's practice, and this sounds like a very minor injury. Gary Neal will draw the start in his place, while rookie P.J. Hairston will see some extended time off the bench.
    Oct 10, 2:41 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) does full-court sprints
    Victor Oladipo (sprained MCL) was spotted doing some full-court sprints during Friday's practice.

    Advice: This is a step in the right direction, and all signs are pointing to Oladipo being a go for opening night. Oladipo has tantalizing upside after averaging 14.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers as a starter last season, and with Arron Afflalo no longer standing in his way, Victor is primed for a breakout season. He's a solid early-mid round target in standard leagues.
    Oct 10, 2:16 pm
  • Victor Oladipo out with 'minor knee soreness'
    Victor Oladipo (knee) will not play on Friday due to "minor knee soreness," according to beat writer John Denton.

    Advice: There is still no concrete timetable on his return, but it would appear Oladipo will be back in time for the regular season. He only has a minor sprain and was actually even able to play through the injury last week. Fantasy owners can look to target him in the early middle rounds.
    Oct 10, 7:58 am
  • Quin Snyder wants Burks to be aggressive
    Coach Quin Snyder said he wants Alec Burks to be aggressive this season.

    Advice: "Taking the ball to the basket is his strength," Snyder said. "So we want him to look to make plays. We want him to suck people in." Among non-point guards playing at least 20 minutes per game, only Eric Bledsoe had more drives per 48 minutes than Burks las season. He also shot a respectable 47.3 percent on drives, but his teammates only added 1.8 points per game off his drives. He's a fantastic target and could break out in the new.
    Oct 10, 6:54 am
  • Kobe Bryant continues to look healthy
    Kobe Bryant looked great again on Thursday with 15 points, two rebounds, three assists, three steals and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He had a great strip of Stephen Curry and went coast-to-coast for the dunk in the first half. Bryant said in an interview on NBATV that his knee and Achilles injuries aren't even in his head when he's out there, so we should probably believe him based on his performance in the preseason so far. He's probably going to cost you a pick at the turn of the second and third rounds of drafts.
    Oct 9, 10:20 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 20 points on Thursday
    Alec Burks scored 20 points against the Blazers on Thursday with one rebound, two assists and two steals on 7-of-12 from the field.

    Advice: He missed a couple big free throws down the stretch, but looked good throughout the game. Burks has solidified his role as a starter and he'll see a sizable increase in playing time -- he played 37 minutes tonight. Burks is a fantastic target late in drafts and his arrow is pointing up.
    Oct 9, 9:41 pm
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