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    • DeMarcus Cousins returned to action on Thursday December 18. Rotoworld.com
      56 minutes ago
    • Stephen Curry goes off with 34 points in win
      Stephen Curry had one of his patented explosions against the Thunder during a 114-109 win on Thursday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

      Advice: The Thunder came out firing with a 40-point first quarter, but Curry got it going. He did have a minor ankle scare tonight and it did not cause him to miss time. On top of the obvious treys, Curry has career highs in free throw makes, rebounds, steals, usage rate and true shooting percentage. Superstar. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:11 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
      Yesterday, 11:02 pm
    • Kevin Durant hopes to play Friday vs. Lakers
      Kevin Durant (ankle) hopes to play against the Lakers on Friday.

      Advice: "It was the foot I had surgery," Durant said. "I wanted to play, I wanted to go back out there, but they just wanted to be cautious." He left the arena without crutches, without a walking boot, and only had a minor limp, so everything suggests he's not going to miss much time. Of course, there is always the concern of swelling, so his owners will want to check back. Additionally, KD became the first player since the NBA-ABA merger to score 30 points in under 20 minutes, per Elias Sports Bureau. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:54 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Russell Westbrook scores 33 points in loss
      Russell Westbrook scored 33 points against the Warriors on Thursday on 11-of-30 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was the Russell Westbrook Show -- a great show, by the way -- in the second half as he posted a ridiculous usage rate of 46.5 to go with an assist percentage of 27.3. Westbrook is easily of the best players in the league and all of his naysayers have decided to hide out for a while. He can stuff a stat sheet like only a few others can and should be viewed as a first-round asset in standard leagues. He might be the best player for Daily Fantasy Sites this side of Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    • Jared Dudley scores season-high 19 points
      Jared Dudley scored a season-high 19 points against the Kings on Thursday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He had season highs in field goal attempts and free throw attempts in what was obviously his best game. Dudley has barely been shooting the rock while he's been out there and only had 0.8 triples per game in his previous eight games this month. This rotation is going to be a mess, so he's not a standard league target based on this game alone. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:26 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores 19 points in a win
      O.J. Mayo scored 19 points in just 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started out red hot with 17 of those 19 coming in the first quarter, but cooled off with some fouling issues. Surprisingly, Mayo's worst quarter this season has been the first and he's been able to exhibit some added effort on both ends. What's more, his fouling has been his biggest issue with at least five fouls in three of his last five. He's more of a player to track in standards, but a big game could change that. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:22 pm
    • Jerryd Bayless plays 29 minutes on Thursday
      Jerryd Bayless played 29 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: O.J. Mayo battled some foul trouble, so Bayless picked up some of the slack. He's going to get minutes in the mid-20s while the Bucks try to figure out how to fill their minutes at the forward spots, so he might have some low-end value in standard leagues for the next couple weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:18 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant plays 17 minutes
      Johnny O'Bryant played 17 minutes in his first NBA start on Thursday with six points, one rebound and one assist against the Kings.

      Advice: He had four fouls and had several "Welcome to the NBA" moments tonight. O'Bryant is a banger and doesn't have much polish to his game, but the Bucks need someone like that right now. His minutes might climb into the 20s while Ersan Ilyasova (face) is out. He's not worth owning in almost any league, though. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:12 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
      Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    • Rudy Gay flirts with a triple-double
      Rudy Gay flirted with a triple-double against the Bucks on Thursday with 20 points, nine rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

      Advice: There was no concern with his Achilles tonight, but he's likely going to have to deal with some soreness. Gay posts better numbers next to Cousins because of improved efficiency. He actually failed to top 40 percent from the field in any of his previous four games while turning it over 3.3 times per game in that span, too. Expect him to get it going. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    • Jason Thompson takes a backseat
      Jason Thompson played 19 minutes with three points, three boards and two turnovers against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: He made 1-of-4 from the field and anyone who rode him in a deep league should be looking at other options. Thompson is not worth owning in even 20-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 pm
    • Omer Asik looks like garbage again
      Omer Asik did not play down the stretch on Thursday against the Rockets, finishing with two points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He is one of the most inept offensive big men in the NBA and doesn't even block shots. Asik has been the 176th-best player in standard leagues over the past month, so there is nothing wrong with cutting him if you want to add the upside of Marcus Smart or someone else. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:39 pm
    • Dante Cunningham coming on nicely
      Dante Cunningham hit a clutch jumper against the Rockets during a win on Thursday, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He played down the stretch next to Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson tonight. This is his third game with 30 minutes or more, so he should have some low-end fantasy value. Although, he does not do much else besides score, so he's not worth grabbing in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:35 pm
    • Kevin Durant has mild right ankle sprain
      Kevin Durant suffered a mild right ankle sprain on Thursday and will not return.

      Advice: This is good news. X-rays were negative, so he didn't suffer a re-fracture. He is likely going to be day-to-day and may have a shot to play on Friday against the Lakers. He had 30 points in the first half and looked absolutely fantastic. Perry Jones would benefit should KD not be ready. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:16 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Dwight Howard plays 35 minutes in a loss
      Dwight Howard played 35 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

      Advice: He looks healthy, but was a bit late on defense a couple times tonight. Howard should be ready to go for the future, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him miss a game out of the blue considering how much time he missed with a mysterious knee injury. Keep him in your lineup for now and perhaps entertain the idea of trying to deal him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    • Kostas Papanikolaou plays 23 minutes
      Kostas Papanikolaou played 23 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday with four points, two rebounds, four assists and no turnovers.

      Advice: He played a little more than expected, but that might have had a little to do with Jason Terry (personal) not playing. Papanikolaou is only going to be worth owning in very deep leagues and would lose even more value upon the return of Terrence Jones (leg). Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Kevin Durant (foot/ankle) leaves game
      Kevin Durant suffered an apparent foot or ankle injury at the end of the second quarter on Thursday.

      Advice: It's to the same foot that cost him time to start the year, so this is certainly going to make all of us hold our breath. Durant was remarkably durable before this injury, but there have been about 25 percent of foot fracture patients having a recurring issue. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:50 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Kevin Durant to get minutes in the mid-30s
      Kevin Durant is expected to get minutes in the mid-30s, according to coach Scott Brooks.

      Advice: He played 35 minutes on Tuesday and attempted 25 shots from the field, so it's probably safe to say he's back. Durant will be in Anthony Davis' tier for the best player in fantasy hoops in no time. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:15 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Johnny O'Bryant getting the start vs. Kings
      Johnny O'Bryant will start at power forward against the Kings.

      Advice: He made his NBA debut on Wednesday and he already making his first start. The Bucks are completely gutted up front and have nobody behind O'Bryant and Zaza Pachulia, so he could get big minutes. Of course, he's only worth a look in very deep leagues. O'Bryant joins Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Pachulia in the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:01 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
      Yesterday, 5:23 pm
    • Kostas Papanikolaou ready to go for Thursday
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

      Advice: He was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain back on Dec. 5 and was expected to miss the 10 days, so he's right there. With Dwight Howard back, Papanikolaou is not much of a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:01 pm
    • Dwight Howard is good to go for Thursday
      Dwight Howard is good to go against the Pelicans on Thursday.

      Advice: He looked great on Wednesday with 24 points against the Nuggets. Howard had some soreness on Saturday in his first game back, so there was at least a small chance he sat out. Start Howard as planned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:58 pm
    • Rudy Gay (Achilles) probable for Thursday
      Rudy Gay (Achilles) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. Milwaukee.

      Advice: Gay has been playing through his Achilles tendinitis for some time now, so we'd expect him to give it a go. With Omri Casspi (knee) already ruled out, Gay will get all the minutes he can handle in a favorable matchup against the Bucks, and he makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins (illness) probable Thursday
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

      Advice: Cousins' return would send Reggie Evans back to the bench, and Jason Thompson's value would take a hit. All signs are pointing towards Cousins giving it a go on Thursday, and he's obviously a must-start option when in uniform. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:56 pm
    • Dwight Howard plays 43 minutes, scores 24
      Dwight Howard played 43 minutes in an overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday with 24 points, 16 boards, one assist and four blocks on 7-of-16 from the field and 10-of-15 from the line.

      Advice: The Rockets starters lived at the charity stripe with 48 attempts while their bench didn't have any. As for Howard, he was as dominant as he has been all season and helped keep the Nuggets out of the paint. His 43 minutes are a very encouraging sign and his fantasy owners should have some shred of confidence in him now. Of course, it makes a lot of sense to sell high considering how much time he missed from an injury that came out of nowhere. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:29 am
    • Johnny O'Bryant returned to action on Wednesday December 17. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:57 pm
    • O.J. Mayo returned to action on Wednesday December 17. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:57 pm
    • Jerryd Bayless scores 10 in 22 minutes
      Jerryd Bayless scored 10 points with two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He played his first two seasons in Portland, but didn't get his revenge. Bayless is likely to see a slight increase in playing time, but he's not taking many threes and is posting a low usage, so it's hard to be too excited about grabbing him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:14 pm
    • O.J. Mayo plays 36 minutes on Wednesday
      O.J. Mayo made 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals, five fouls and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

      Advice: It's the first time he's played 36 minutes in a non-overtime game in the past year and the Bucks losing Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) just before halftime probably had something to do with it. Mayo played 16 minutes in the first half, so the plan was probably to give him around 32 minutes. Conditioning hasn't been an issue for him and he's seen some minutes at small forward this season, so owners in standard leagues can keep him in mind. He's still not playing well enough to grab, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:07 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant makes his debut
      Johnny O'Bryant played five minutes in his NBA debut with two points on Wednesday.

      Advice: The good news is he's made 100 percent from the field, but the bad news is he has 9.6 fouls per 48 minutes. O'Bryant has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:54 pm
    • Jared Dudley scores three points in start
      Jared Dudley scored three points in 27 minutes during a start against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, five assists and one steal.

      Advice: He committed four fouls and wasn't as involved in the offense nearly as much. Dudley's usage rate is extremely low, so he's not going to be asked to score much. His assists are fairly high for a guy with his role, but it's still not enough to move the needle enough to grab him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:51 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play against Denver
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He went through warmups and everything appears to be fine. Howard admitted he had some soreness following Saturday, but that's to be expected with how much time he missed. Fantasy owners can use him like they normally would. Expect the Nuggets to be in foul trouble tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:28 pm
    • Jared Dudley starting in place of Parker
      Jared Dudley will start in place of Jabari Parker on Wednesday.

      Advice: He replaced Jabari when the injury happened, so this move is not a surprise. Dudley also played 20 minutes in the second half on Monday, so he should see a nice increase in playing time. He's worth a look in standard leagues, but there's no need to be too aggressive. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:38 pm
    • Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) out for Wed
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) won't play against Denver on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is still listed as questionable, but he is not with the team in Denver so it is safe to rule him out. You can safely ignore Papanikolaou in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:41 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins practices, plans to play
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) practiced on Wednesday and plans to play against the Bucks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Kings will likely make a decision following shootaround on Thursday. Cousins has been out for over three weeks with viral meningitis and the Kings could limit him in his first game back, especially since his conditioning is not likely where it should be. His owners will want to check back tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:26 pm
    • Dwight Howard (knee) goes through shootaround
      Dwight Howard (knee) participated in the morning shootaround, but is still questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver.

      Advice: His status will likely be determined closer to tip-off, so his owners will have to frequently check back for updates. If he is held out of Wednesday's game, Tarik Black would likely start but still wouldn't be an asset in most leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:52 am
    • Kevin Durant reaches 15,000 career points
      26-year-old Kevin Durant became the second youngest player in NBA history to reach 15,000 career points.

      Advice: LeBron James hit that milestone at age 25, but this just speaks volumes of how great these two players really are. Durant has just recently returned from a foot injury, and has yet to fully hit his stride. However, his minutes are trending up and he should soon begin to rejoin the conversation for the best player to own in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:05 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Rudy Gay drops 22 points, adds six boards
      Rudy Gay dropped 22 points in Tuesday's loss to the Thunder, adding six boards, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He shot just 8-of-20 from the field, but Gay has to be feeling gassed from carrying the Kings in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins (illness). Gay is one of the few players on the Kings roster who can create his own shot, so his shooting percentage is clearly going to take a hit until Cousins returns. While he does appear to be hobbling, Gay continues to log big minutes and belongs in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:34 pm
    • Kevin Durant plays 35 minutes, drops 26 pts
      Kevin Durant played a season-high 35 minutes in a win over the Kings on Tuesday, finishing with 26 points, three boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: While it is great to see the minutes trending up for KD, this still wasn't a great game by his standards and he should be better in his next outing. Russell Westbrook has been carrying the load for the Thunder so far, but it may not be long before Durant regains his MVP form from last season. If there was ever a buy-low window, it would be right now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:13 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Russell Westbrook scores 32 points Tuesday
      Russell Westbrook scored 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting in Tuesday's win vs. the Kings, adding six boards, seven assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Westbrook has had at least 20 points, five boards, and five assists over his last nine games, and has played his way into MVP consideration. He has been the best player on the Thunder this season, and is doing a fine job propelling the Thunder until Kevin Durant regains his previous form. Continue to expect big things from Westbrook as the Thunder edge closer to a playoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:08 pm
    • 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
    • Steph Curry hits 1-of-10 treys as streak ends
      Stephen Curry hit just 9-of-25 shots and 1-of-10 3-pointers for 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies, the Warriors first since Nov. 11.

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

      Advice: Howard returned to the lineup on Saturday, logging 30 minutes and putting up 26 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks. However, he said he felt "tight" on Sunday, and it's a bit concerning that the Rockets are listing him as questionable after he missed a month with the injury. If he's forced to sit, Tarik Black would slide back into the starting lineup, although he doesn’t do enough to warrant consideration in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:56 am
    • Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) questionable Wed.
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) upgraded to questionable for Wednesday vs. Denver.

      Advice: With Patrick Beverley and Dwight Howard back in the rotation, it's going to be difficult for Papanikolaou to get enough touches to sustain any value in standard leagues. He can safely be watched from the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:38 am
    • Jerryd Bayless plays 26 minutes vs. Suns
      Jerryd Bayless had a nice game in his hometown vs. the Suns on Monday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in a 96-94 win.

      Advice: He's played in at least 20 minutes with at least nine points in each of his last five, averaging 10.8 points, 3.4 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 triples. He should get a few minutes of extra playing time as the Bucks shift their wings up to the three and four spots. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:59 pm
    • Cousins could play on Thursday vs. Bucks
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) could play on Thursday against the Bucks, but his minutes would be limited.

      Advice: Cousins is in the middle of a storm right now and it will be extremely interesting to watch how he reacts as chess pieces appear to be moving wildly around him without his input. To his credit, he has taken the high road while expressing his displeasure with the situation, and if he keeps his head down and plays hard he'll probably come out of this situation smelling better than most. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:52 pm
    • Jared Dudley plays 31 minutes as fill in
      Jared Dudley replaced Jabari Parker (knee) after his knee injury on Monday, finishing with 10 points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Coach Jason Kidd hasn't been playing Dudley too much with just 18.9 minutes per game on the season, but it's fair to think he'll get his playing time to around 26-28 minutes per game. He'll have a chance to make 1.5 treys per game, which puts him on the radar in standard leagues. Unless you hate the guy on the end of your bench, it's probably better to wait and see how things go on Wednesday against the Blazers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:39 pm
    • Mayo leaves game with hamstring injury
      O.J. Mayo left Monday's game with a hamstring injury and returned to start the second half.

      Advice: Now that Jabari Parker has gone down to a serious looking knee injury, his outlook has actually improved tonight. We'll be monitoring this game closely and for what it's worth Mayo has nine points, four rebounds, four turnovers and one three in 20 minutes mid-way through the third quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:39 pm
    • Cousins (virus) out on Tuesday vs. Thunder
      DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) will not play on Tuesday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Cousins is saying all the right things about the Mike Malone departure, but he hasn't made his dissatisfaction completely unknown, so it's going to be interesting to see how things progress in new owner Vivek Ranadive's laboratory. As for his absence, plugged-in sports producer Sean Cunningham gave a pure guess on Sunday against the Lakers for a return. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:25 pm
    • Dwight Howard had some soreness
      Dwight Howard "was tight" on Sunday after a game on Saturday, but is good to go for Wednesday.

      Advice: He played 30 minutes after missing a month, so some soreness was to be expected. Luckily, the Rockets have a few days off before they'll play on Wednesday. He can be inserted into most fantasy lineups now. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:43 pm
    • Westbrook shooting career-high from field
      Russell Westbrook is shooting a career-high 48.9 percent from the field and a career-high 35.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.

      Advice: Westbrook has been on an absolute tear this season, and he's doing it with improved efficiency. Westbrook is averaging a ridiculous 25.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists to go along with 1.7 steals and 1.0 3-pointers per game. The only knock on him currently is his 4.1 turnovers per game, but considering the stats he's piling up in an average of just 29.5 minutes, none of his owners are complaining. Let Westbrook be Westbrook. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:29 am
    • Russell Westbrook nearly triple-doubles Sun
      Russell Westbrook nearly triple-doubled in Sunday's win against the Suns, finishing with 28 points, eight boards, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: If this game wasn't over so quickly, he would have easily been able to notch the coveted triple-double. Instead, he was able to comfortably watch the game end from the sidelines as the Thunder destroyed the Suns. He made all 13 of his shot attempts from the free throw line and was an animal on both ends of the court all night. The Thunder are in a heated playoff race and Westbrook looks poised to put them on his back. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:41 pm
    • Kevin Durant scores 23 points in 24 minutes
      Kevin Durant scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Sunday's win over the Suns, adding eight boards, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

      Advice: This game was over in a hurry which explains the low minutes, but he was still able to muster up an impressive game. Coach Scott Brooks said on Sunday that Durant's minutes were going to be increased, so his value is only going to go up from here. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:35 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Dante Cunningham plays well in 30 minutes
      Dante Cunningham thrived in 30 minutes off New Orleans' bench on Sunday, finishing with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, five rebounds, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Cunningham has immediately earned the trust of coach Monty Williams, which isn't surprising since his competition at SF is Luke Babbitt (six points, five rebounds) and John Salmons (two points). His current bench role is too limited and unsteady for use in typical fantasy leagues, especially with Anthony Davis (chest) day-to-day and Eric Gordon (shoulder) expected back within a month, but he's worth keeping an eye on. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:35 pm
    • Kevin Durant's minutes will increase on Sun.
      Scott Brooks said that Kevin Durant's minutes will be increased for Sunday's game vs. Phoenix.

      Advice: Brooks would not say how much, but more time on the court can only be seen as a positive sign for owners of Durant. Obviously he's a must-start option, so go ahead and roll him out there for what should be a high-scoring, up-tempo game against the Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:30 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Rudy Gay scores 20 points on 22 FGAs
      Rudy Gay made 6-of-22 from the field for 20 points against the Pistons during a 95-90 loss on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: Outside of the awful shooting, this was a pretty nice line from Gay. He has been battling some Achilles soreness and has faded recently later in games. In fact, Gay has made 52.6 percent from the field in the first half of games and just 38.6 percent in the second half of games this season. Regardless, he'll be a stud a long as he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:33 pm
    • Dwight Howard scores 26 points in his return
      Dwight Howard played 30 minutes in his return to the lineup against the Nuggets on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

      Advice: He was 9-of-11 from the field and 8-of-18 from the line, so it was like he never left. Howard picked up his 10,000th rebound of his career tonight and dominated in the paint on both ends. The Rockets are off until Wednesday, so Dwight gets to heal after being off for almost one month. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:05 pm
    • O.J. Mayo scores six in 11 minutes
      O.J. Mayo scored six points against the Clippers on Saturday with one assist and two turnovers in 11 minutes.

      Advice: It's his second game in his last four with minutes under 14 and he's made just 40 percent from the field on the year, so it's going to be awfully tough to trust him. Mayo is going to need to string together about five games in a row for fantasy owners in most leagues to consider grabbing him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:46 pm
    • Dwight Howard expected to play 20-24 minutes
      Dwight Howard (knee) is expected to play 20-24 minutes in his return on Saturday.

      Advice: He'll play in 4-5 minute spurts, according to coach Kevin McHale. The Rockets played really well without Howard and they certainly won't want him to aggravate his knee injury, so he could see limited playing time for a few games. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:26 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant is available on Saturday
      Johnny O'Bryant is available to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

      Advice: He is expected to be limited and is not a lock for playing time. O'Bryant has no fantasy value right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:02 pm
    • Steph Curry scores 29, GSW wins 15th in a row
      Stephen Curry scored a game-high 29 points against the Mavericks during a 105-98 win on Saturday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and one turnover.

      Advice: This game wasn't that close and the Warriors put up a ridiculously efficient 39 points in the first quarter. They actually missed a ton of wide-open triples today, but had a slew of easy buckets around the rim due to great passing. Curry is unstoppable and is going to be great for a very long time. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:12 pm
    • Dwight Howard will play on Saturday vs. DEN
      Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: "I'm just thankful to be back out there," Howard said. "Nobody wants to sit on the bench in a suit and watch his team play." The Rockets have been rolling without him, winning nine of their last 10 games. Howard has been out since Nov. 19 and should get a good amount of minutes. Donatas Motiejunas should see his usage rate go down while Tarik Black and Joey Dorsey will lose most of their minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:01 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant (knee) questionable Saturday
      Johnny O'Bryant (knee) is considered questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: He likely won't be in the rotation upon his return and would need an injury to Zaza Pachulia or Larry Sanders before owners in deep leagues should pay him any attention. Leave him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:41 am
    • Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) inactive Saturday
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will not play against Denver on Saturday.

      Advice: He suffered a grade 1 sprain on Dec. 5, but could return as soon as next week which is excellent news for the depleted Rockets. Papanikolaou carved out a decent role in the rotation due to a lot of injuries, but will only be an asset in deeper leagues until he earns more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:13 am
    • Westbrook still on a tear with 34-6-6
      Russell Westbrook continued his tear with 34 points on 12-of-19 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 8-of-9 FTs), six rebounds, six assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Wolves.

      Advice: Westbrook has yet to have a game this season in which he hasn't put up 20 points, five boards and five assists. Our only concern is that he continues to jam like a madman with his still-recovering right hand and nobody in Oklahoma City has the fortitude to demand he stop for a few weeks. He's the No. 7 and 16 play in 8- and 9-cat leagues on a per-game basis, respectively. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:32 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins could practice next week
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) could practice next week, according to coach Mike Malone.

      Advice: That means he's likely over one week from returning. Cousins did a light workout on Friday and will likely have a few more of those. His fantasy owners should be planning on benching him next week. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:48 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins getting shots up at practice
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) was getting shots up at practice on Friday.

      Advice: He still has no timetable to return and there are some reports of him being out until January. The Kings are not going to rush him back, but there is a decent chance he can make it back in a week or so. Until then, Derrick Williams, Ben McLemore and Darren Collison have stepped up while Ryan Hollins and Reggie Evans will get more minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:09 pm
    • Kostas Papanikolaou still out for Saturday
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will not play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

      Advice: He is expected to miss a few more days at least due to a Grade 1 sprain. Papanikolaou didn't really show up on the scene until Dwight Howard went down, so his value is undesirable now that Howard is close to a return. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:20 am
    • Johnny O'Bryant does more work at practice
      Johnny O'Bryant (knee) did some more work at practice on Friday.

      Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return and is up in the air for Saturday. The Bucks need a big man behind Larry Sanders and Zaza Pachulia, so O'Bryant has an outside shot at playing time. Of course, he's not worth owning in any league. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:13 am
    • Kevin Durant says he's close to 100 percent
      Kevin Durant stated after Thursday's win that he's getting close to being his regular self.

      Advice: Durant scored eight of his 19 points during the fourth quarter of Thursday's win over the LeBron James-less Cavs, and he's managing to put up early-round value despite being limited to 30 minutes per game. He's been the best player in fantasy basketball for the past five years, but he does carry a bit of injury risk this year. Still, it couldn't hurt to send out a few buy-low offers before he has a traditional KD 40-point-game. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:23 am
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Rudy Gay still wears pressurized walking boot
      Rudy Gay continues to wear a pressurized walking boot on his right foot, as he's still dealing with Achilles tendinitis.

      Advice: Gay is playing despite dealing with the discomfort, but this will be something we'll continue to monitor. He's missed a couple games this year due to his troublesome Achilles, and if he were ever to miss extended time, Omri Casspi would make for a solid pickup. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:53 am
    • Rudy Gay struggles against the Rockets
      Rudy Gay made 4-of-18 from the field for 13 points during a 113-109 overtime loss to the Rockets on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: His shots are up since DeMarcus Cousins went down, but he's shot the ball fairly well until tonight. Gay made 50 percent or higher in four of previous six games without Cousins and should be just fine without him. His fantasy owners' biggest concern should be his Achilles, which cost him two games earlier this season. To be clear, he looks healthy right now. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:01 pm
    • Jason Thompson double-doubles vs. HOU
      Jason Thompson grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds against the Rockets on Thursday with 13 points, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He's had at least eight boards in his each of his last five, averaging 11.0 points, 10.2 boards, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks on 48.6 percent from the field in 33.8 minutes in that stretch. Thompson isn't going to be great in standard leagues because of his lack of defense, but owners in points leagues can give him a look until DeMarcus Cousins comes back. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:51 pm
    • Kevin Durant finishes strong after slow start
      Kevin Durant scored the Thunder's last eight points of their 103-94 win against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He is going to play in the second half of the back-to-back set on Friday, and he'll likely still see his minutes around 30. Durant has still been able to post third-round value in standard fantasy leagues despite the low minutes and his lack of defensive stats before tonight, so it'll be just a matter of time before he's a top two player in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:26 pm
       
      Injured
      7:30 pm @ LAL
    • Russell Westbrook scores 26 points in win
      Russell Westbrook was everywhere against the Cavs on Thursday with 26 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is co-existing just fine with Kevin Durant and is still posting a usage rate of 35.9 in his last five games since Durant debuted, which is only a shade below where he was before. Westbrook is the only player to have a usage rate greater than 30 and an assist percentage over 40 -- he's at 37.3 and 44.6, respectively. No player in the NBA is the offensive weapon that Westbrook is and he'll have elite fantasy value as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:22 pm
    • Kostas Papanikolaou still out for Thursday
      Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Kings.

      Advice: He is expected to miss at least a few more days with his knee sprain. Papanikolaou will lose a lot of value once Terrence Jones (knee) comes back, so there is no reason to stash Big Papa. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:37 pm
    • DeMarcus Cousins is around the team
      DeMarcus Cousins (illness) has been around the team for the past few days and is improving.

      Advice: He isn't doing any basketball activities and the Kings are just going to take it slow. Cousins could be out for the rest of the month, but nothing his certain. His fantasy owners should just bench him for now. Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Ryan Hollins are getting some more run sans DMC. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:11 pm
    • Johnny O'Bryant (knee) returns to practice
      Johnny O'Bryant (knee) returned to practice on Thursday, and is nearing a return.

      Advice: O'Bryant isn't likely to be a key rotation player for the Bucks, and he can be left on the wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:11 pm
    • Mo Speights plays well sans Andrew Bogut
      Mo Speights came off the bench for 15 points, eight rebounds and a block in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Festus Ezeli started at center and had seven points and three rebounds, but any time Andrew Bogut (knee) is out, Speights is the guy you'll want to plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:59 pm
    • Omer Asik racks up 15 more rebounds in loss
      Omer Asik scored just six points on 2-of-6 shooting, but also had 15 rebounds in 26 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Asik has hit double digits in boards in six straight games and is averaging 9.8 points and 13.0 rebounds over his last five. He hasn't been blocking many shots, and maybe he never will, but he's playing well again for the Pelicans. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:45 pm
    • Jerryd Bayless solid in 20 minutes vs. OKC
      Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless played one of his most complete games of the season on Tuesday, scoring 11 points with six assists and two steals in just 20 minutes of action.

      Advice: He's had a few solid games this year, including last Friday's 12-point, five-assist, two-steal performance, but his limited 3-point range and sporadic production spoil any fantasy value. Jared Dudley chipped in eight points on Tuesday while reserves Khris Middleton and Zaza Pachulia each scored seven, and the Bucks continue to have one of the league's most productive benches. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:36 pm
    • Russell Westbrook leads Thunder w/ 28 points
      Russell Westbrook had 28 points, five rebounds, seven dimes and three steals in 32 minutes during Tuesday's win vs. the visiting Bucks.

      Advice: He led the Thunder in shot attempts and has now recorded at least 21 points, five rebounds and seven assists in each of his five games this season. It's not surprising that he easily leads all NBA guards with 63 games of at least 25-5-5 over the past seven seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:32 pm
    • Omer Asik double-doubles w/ 16 pts, 14 boards
      Omer Asik notched 16 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season on Tuesday, helping New Orleans in a win vs. the visiting Knicks.

      Advice: Asik made 7-of-10 FGs and 2-of-4 FTs, and it was nice to see him blocking shots after going three games without a single swat. He's among the league's best sources of rebounds but remains a marginal fantasy option in most leagues thanks to damaging averages in points (8.4), FT percentage (59.1 percent), steals (0.3) and blocks (0.7). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:06 pm
    • Dante Cunningham logs season-high 31 minutes
      Dante Cunningham logged a season-high 31 minutes vs. the Knicks on Tuesday, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and one assist off the Pelicans' bench.

      Advice: It hasn't taken long for Cunningham to carve out a big role under coach Monty Williams, who is desperately looking for capable small forwards. Cunningham has yet to make any waves in fantasy leagues, and for now he's simply a guy to put on the 'watch list' in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:05 pm
    • Gay, Collison to have plenty of touches
      Rudy Gay scored 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting (9-of-10 FTs) with six rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in the Kings' 101-92 win over the Jazz on Monday.

      Advice: Gay and Darren Collison (16 points, six assists, one steal) are going to carry as much load as they can handle with DeMarcus Cousins out for a while. Their efficiency numbers could take a hit or even a tumble since they were already carrying close to a max-load with Cousins on the court. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:13 pm
    • Thompson just misses double-double
      Jason Thompson just missed a double-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists over 36 minutes in Monday's win over the Jazz.

      Advice: Thompson did not record a steal or block and he's going to be raw in the fantasy sense even if he gets a boatload of minutes. With DeMarcus Cousins looking at weeks and maybe even months before he returns at full speed, there is a big window to plod his way into standard league value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:10 pm
    • Speights goes for 12 and seven in 21 minutes
      Marreese Speights scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Wolves.

      Advice: If you've been riding Speights this keeps him on your good side before David Lee eventually returns to dent his value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:04 pm
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