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  • P.J. Tucker goes scoreless in 38 minutes
    P.J. Tucker failed to score in 38 minutes vs. the Jazz on Saturday, missing all three of his shots from the field.

    Advice: Tucker recently said that he is hopeful that the Suns will not trade him at the deadline, so he certainly didn't boost his stock with this performance. The swingman added just four assists and one board to his name with a couple of turnovers, but he does have enough upside to warrant a hold in standard leagues for any owner in need of 3-pointers, boards and steals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 w/ eight dimes
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with seven boards, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His stat line was fantastic, but the only negative is that he shot just 6-of-22 from the field because the Suns weren't generating any easy looks. The Suns have been using Morris as the focal point of their offense, but to be clear they are more than likely just showcasing him for a trade. Regardless, he needs to be owned in all leagues right now with averages of 16.0 points, 6.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Rodney Hood scores 25 w/ three triples
    Rodney Hood had his second dominant performance in a row, scoring 25 points vs. the Suns with three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He shot 9-of-19 from the field and added four boards, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes. He has now scored 22 or more points in six out of his last nine performances and has now gone 20 straight games with at least one 3-pointer. He's a beast and could have top-50 value the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Jimmy Butler returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:55 pm
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  • Jae Crowder returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 22 points in win
    Gordon Hayward scored 22 points in a win over the Suns on Saturday with six boards, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He has been logging heavy playing time over his last four games, averaging 39.5 minutes in that span. The Jazz were missing Trey Burke (illness) tonight and Alec Burks (ankle) is expected to return after the All-Star break, so help is on the way for the Jazz. With Utah right in the middle of the playoff hunt, Hayward's mid-round value is safe for the remainder of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 26, Warriors beat OKC
    Stephen Curry scored a team-high 26 points during a 116-108 win over the Thunder on Saturday, adding six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: OKC held Steph in check for just his second game with just one 3-pointer this season. The Warriors were still able to get a win after blowing an 18-point lead and are currently on pace for the best record ever at 46-4. As for Curry, that one trey makes it 121 consecutive games with one triple while he also became No. 3 on the franchise's all-time steals list. He is making last year's MVP run seem ordinary. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Draymond Green scores nine with 14 boards
    Draymond Green scored nine points with 14 rebounds and six assists against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He was the unsung hero -- he always seems like the unsung hero. Green had the perfect microcosm of his style late in the game with a huge offensive board and eventually hitting Stephen Curry for a layup after killing the 24-second clock. He may have only scored nine points, but the Warriors probably would've lost without him. He's a fantasy stud, as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Danny Green scores 11 points in win
    Danny Green scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with five boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes in a win over the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: His production has been sporadic all season, but nights like these are why it's so difficult for us to let him go. Green is now averaging 9.6 points, 5.0 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.6 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games which is only good for top-100 value, but he's still a hold in standard leagues as long as you have some patience. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Kevin Durant's 40 points are not enough
    Kevin Durant scored 40 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors during a 116-108 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: The Thunder clawed back from an 18-point deficit to make this a game, but it just wasn't enough. As for KD, it's his third 40-point game on the year and he is tearing it up on offense right now. In his last 10, Durant averaged 32.1 points, 9.3 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.6 treys. He is up to 27.7 points per game and trails James Harden for second by just 0.1 points per game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 20 w/ 13 boards
    Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points with 13 boards, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes in a win over the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: This was his first game without a 3-point make since Jan. 12, but he had a huge offensive board late in the game to secure the win. Leonard still has top-3 value on the season and has scored 20 or more points in his last three games, but all his owners have to worry about now is an occasional rest day since the Spurs are sitting comfortably in second place in the West. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 27 in loss to GSW
    Russell Westbrook scored 27 points with three rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not have any field goal makes in the fourth quarter. Westbrook's three rebounds are tied for his third-lowest output in that category. His scoring is starting to come up again with just one game below 24 points in his last seven games. Before that stretch, he had six such games in his previous seven. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores eight with no blocks
    Serge Ibaka scored eight points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: This is pretty close to rock bottom for Serge. He's seen his usage rate really fall off and he isn't blocking shots like he usually does. His body of work suggests he'll get it turned around, so Ibaka is still a buy-low player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Enes Kanter playing well right now
    Enes Kanter scored 14 points with 15 rebounds and one assist against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He is actually in a really nice rhythm in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 9.4 boards, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 steals on 63.2 percent from the field and 92.9 percent from the line. This is probably his peak, so try to sell high if you can. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 21 in loss
    Jordan Clarkson dropped 21 points in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, adding six boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The best part of his line was his efficiency, as he hit 9-of-14 shots from the field, 2-of-2 from the line and 1-of-2 from 3-point range with just one turnover. Coach Byron Scott said that Clarkson has the potential to be an All-Star, and the young guard could have some massive offers waiting for him when he hits restricted free agency this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) did not suffer tear
    Jimmy Butler (left knee) was diagnosed with a knee strain and did not suffer damage to his ligaments.

    Advice: This is great news, but he is out Friday and Saturday. The diagnosis of a strain means it's something muscle related or it could be something with a tendon near his joint. Butler doesn't have a timetable to return, but it looks like he at least has a chance to be back this month. This may hurt his chance to play in the All-Star Game. Mike Dunleavy (back) should benefit while E'Twaun Moore and Tony Snell could help out. Derrick Rose will be very busy, too. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:10 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) ruled out Saturday
    Jimmy Butler (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He is reportedly dealing with a hyperextended left knee, but the Bulls still haven't released the results of his MRI. Until then, he should be considered day-to-day. Derrick Rose, Tony Snell and E'Twaun Moore will all have to step up in Butler's absence. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:19 am
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  • Rodney Hood is mentally stronger this season
    Rodney Hood said that he has been getting better mentally which helped him bounce back on Friday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "I think it helped just having a short-term memory," Hood said. "I've been getting better mentally, and I remember early in the season letting a situation like this go over from game to game. I'm maturing, so I just wanted to be aggressive, as long as I hit shots or not." Hood was held to eight points on Wednesday vs. the Jazz, but he put that performance behind him and dropped 23 points with three treys on Saturday. Hood is a stud and should be considered a must-start player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Scott says Clarkson can become an All-Star
    Byron Scott said that Jordan Clarkson has the potential to become an All-Star.

    Advice: "Hopefully in the next couple of years, he keeps progressing," Scott said. "When it’s his fourth or fifth year in this league, hopefully he’s one of those guys that you can look at as possibly being an All-Star." Clarkson will be a restricted free agent this summer, but he recently expressed his desire to stay in Los Angeles. "I definitely want to be here in LA and be a part of this young group and grow," Clarkson said. "Hopefully we can grow into something great. I love L.A." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • P.J. Tucker doesn't want a trade
    P.J. Tucker is hopeful that the Suns will not trade him.

    Advice: "I love being in Phoenix," Tucker said. "It’s been my longest stop of my career and hopefully it continues." Tucker is on the last year of his deal and the Suns are tanking, so he should draw plenty of interest prior to the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The Raptors have been linked with the swingman, but a move to Toronto would be bad news for his fantasy value. To be clear, nothing is imminent. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:51 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points with two treys
    Kawhi Leonard notched 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting Friday, with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Kawhi's has been underperforming over the past month, producing just third-round value in standard leagues, so now would be an excellent time to float out some buy-low offers to his frustrated owners. At 24 years old, Kawhi is in zero danger of random rest days down the stretch, and he was fantasy basketball's No. 4 overall option in 9-cat leagues after the break last season. The explosion is coming. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:59 pm
  • Rodney Hood scores 23 points vs. Bucks
    Rodney Hood scored a game-high 23 points during a win over the Bucks on Friday with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: That's a bounce-back from his rare dud on Wednesday. Hood has emerged as one of the best sophomores in the NBA and the Jazz continue to build the offense around him. Expect him to keep flirting with top-50 value even when Alec Burks (leg) comes back. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:29 pm
  • Danny Green scores eight points w/ two treys
    Danny Green scored eight points on 3-of-8 shooting Friday, to go with two 3-pointers, four boards, one assist and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Mr. Green has become elite at following up productive outing with meaningless stat lines, although he has managed to produce fifth-round value in 9-cat leagues over the past two weeks with averages of 9.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.7 three-pointers on 45.7 percent shooting. He can be truly infuriating to own, but with the upward trend, he's a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Report: Jimmy Butler hyperextended left knee?
    Jimmy Butler reportedly hyperextended his left knee, and while he'll likely sit out Saturday's game vs. the Timberwolves there's a chance he can play Monday vs. Charlotte or Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Butler is going to get an MRI on Saturday morning, but this report is great news if it turns out to be true. Owners can expect another update tomorrow morning, but with Jimmy likely sidelined on Saturday, Tony Snell figures to enter the starting five with E'Twuan Moore seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be busy on offense for however long Jimmy Buckets is out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:41 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) will have an MRI on Sat
    Fred Hoiberg said that Jimmy Butler will have an MRI on his sprained left knee on Saturday, and added that the Bulls will need to prepare to play without Butler "for a while no matter what."

    Advice: Hoiberg did say that the ligaments in Butler's left knee are "intact," but Jimmy said he heard a "pop" in his knee and it would be shocking to see him suit up for Saturday's game in Minnesota. Butler exited the arena on crutches and could be looking at a potentially looking at a lengthy absence, so E'Twaun Moore is someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues, while more minutes will be falling to guys like Doug McDermott and Tony Snell. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be doing the heavy lifting on offense for however long Butler is out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:09 pm
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  • Jae Crowder hits just 1-of-9 shots in 32 mins
    Jae Crowder was clearly bothered by his sore right ankle during Friday's win over the Cavs, hitting just 1-of-9 shots on his way to three points, seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crowder said that he felt like he was playing on one leg, and that he probably would have sat out if the Celtics were playing a different team. He did play some nice defense, but he didn't have any lift on his jumper, and his three points didn't come until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out Sunday's game vs. Sacramento, which would likely result in Evan Turner returning to the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (left knee) will not return Fri
    Jimmy Butler (left knee sprain) will not return to Friday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Butler was carted off the court, although he was able to walk from the X-ray room to the locker room under his own power, and was in relatively good spirits saying, "Ya'll get me the Forrest Gump knee brace!" Butler is likely headed for an MRI, and for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Timberwolves. Tony Snell started the second-half in Butler's place, and with Buckets sidelined there will be more opportunity for Derrick Rose and E'Twaun Moore. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:42 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (left leg) gets carted off
    Jimmy Butler suffered a left leg injury and was carted off the court in Denver on Friday.

    Advice: He had a bad collision with Joffrey Lauvergne and had a really ugly fall. Butler was put in a wheelchair for a few seconds, but he got up to shoot the free throws. He did not put much weight on his leg as he was put into the wheelchair again. We'll look for an update shortly, but this does not look good. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:18 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) starting vs. DEN Friday
    Jimmy Butler (knee tendinitis) will start Friday's game vs. the Nuggets, as expected.

    Advice: Pau Gasol is out tonight and the Bulls are opting to start Cameron Bairstow, so Jimmy should be even busier than usual offensively. Make sure he's looked into your active lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:33 pm
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  • Jae Crowder will play, has ankle taped
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play against the Cavs and had his ankle taped.

    Advice: Crowder said his ankle is "stiff as hell" for the game. He might be a little limited as far as performance goes against LeBron James, but there has been no talk of his minutes being limited tonight. Start him like you normally would in standard leagues. It'll be interesting to see how LeBron attacks Crowder tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:34 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) still on track to play
    Jae Crowder (ankle) is still on track to play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with swelling and missed shootaround, so he might not be at 100 percent against LeBron James. Crowder is fine to start in season-long leagues, but he's a very risky play in DFS tonight. He's been a fantasy steal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:05 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) says he will play Friday
    Jimmy Butler (knee) said he will play against the Nuggets on Friday and is now listed as probable.

    Advice: This is somewhat surprising after the Bulls said they wanted to be smart with Butler's knee. This isn't an official "will play" piece of news, but he's looking good to give it a go. That makes E'Twaun Moore less appealing tonight while Tony Snell will move back to the bench. We'll confirm this news as the days goes on. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:18 am
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  • Jimmy Butler (knee) is a game-time call
    Jimmy Butler (knee) is a game-time call against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He made it through the morning shootaround and is feeling a little better, but he wants to test his knee out in pre-game warmups before making a final decision. For what it's worth, Butler believes that he will be able to play. If he is cleared to go, Tony Snell will return to the bench and Derrick Rose's value will take a hit. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:50 am
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  • Jae Crowder (ankle) is a game-time call
    Jae Crowder (ankle) is a game-time call on Friday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He sprained his ankle on Wednesday vs. the Pistons, but he did say that he is expecting to play. Regardless, Crowder will not go through shootaround and is a true game-time call, so his owners should have a backup plan ready just in case. If Crowder sits, expect Evan Turner and Marcus Smart to see an uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:05 am
  • Markieff Morris cools off in loss
    Markieff Morris made 4-of-12 for 14 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The offense went through him quite a bit tonight, but the efficiency wasn't there like it was in his 30-point explosion. Morris was even teaching the younger guys tonight, which didn't happen often under Jeff Hornacek. A trade will kill his value, but he's worth owning as long as he's starting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Crowder rolls ankle, but says he's OK
    Jae Crowder sprained his ankle on Wednesday against the Pistons, but said after the game that he expects to play on Friday after momentarily being crumpled in pain after Marcus Morris fell onto his lower leg.

    Advice: "I’m a little banged up but it’s a part of it and it’s about that time of the season where a lot of guys are getting nicks and knacks," he said. "But I’ll take care of my body the next few days and get ready for the next one." Crowder had 12 points, six boards and four steals in the win, and the Celtics play at Cleveland on Friday, so owners will want to check back and make sure Crowder's good to go. He came into Wednesday's game with a calf injury, but was able to play through it. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:43 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 26 points in win
    Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer on 11-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: He's been pretty quiet with a 10-point dud against the Magic on Monday. Leonard's scoring has been fine, but his steals and other stats have fallen off. Leonard might not be able to hang in the top three for fantasy value, but he should still be elite. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Danny Green scores 16 points in 39 minutes
    Danny Green scored 16 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in a season-high 39 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Green did not hit the 30-minute mark in any game since Jan. 8, so this is a shock. He has more ups and downs than an entire amusement park of roller coasters, but Green is putting up value. In 2016, he has put up sixth-round value in his last 15 games, so it's hard to complain too much. Keep him owned in all leagues and remember not to complain to your friends too much about the bad Green nights. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Rodney Hood struggles on 3-of-12 shooting
    Rodney Hood hit just 3-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points and a block on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was piping hot coming in, with his last single-digit scoring game coming on Jan. 6, while he had scored between 16 and 29 points in each of his last six games. He'll bounce back soon, but never got it going against the strong defense of Gary Harris tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:48 pm
  • Not Nice: Durant hits game winner, scores 37
    Kevin Durant hit 27-foot game-winner during a 117-114 victory over the Magic on Wednesday, finishing with 37 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, three blocks and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: KD is not nice. He gave Tobias Harris a dirty crossover to get free for the shot with 0.5 seconds left (video in link below). Durant is rolling in his last five, averaging 33.8 points, 9.8 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.8 steals and 3.0 treys on 50.5 percent from the field and 90.2 percent from the line. Yes, teams have interest in signing him this offseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Bestbrook: Russ Westbrook drops 24-19-14
    Russell Westbrook went bonkers during a win over the Magic on Wednesday, making 10-of-18 from the field for 24 points with 19 rebounds, 14 assists, two steals and just two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: That makes three straight triple-doubles for Westbrook with a career high in boards and he just missed joining Dwight Howard and Andre Drummond as the only players to post a 20-20 this year. Westbrook made 52.8 percent from the field in his last five for 24.2 points per game. Interestingly, he's attempted a whopping 49.4 percent of his shots at the rim in that span, so there's your reason for the bump in FG%. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Serge Ibaka blocks six shots, scores nine
    Serge Ibaka blocked six shots against the Magic on Wednesday with nine points, seven rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He had a great block on Victor Oladipo to deny the Magic from a lead before Kevin Durant hit a game-winning trey. Ibaka has not been very good lately and has only posted sixth-round value in 2016. He busted loose last year late in the season before an injury and has a very high floor, so he could improve later this year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 51 with 11 triples
    Stephen Curry scored 51 points during a 134-121 win over the Wizards on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, seven turnovers and a career-high-tying 11 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was a ridiculous 13-of-14 from the field in the first half with eight treys, which gave him a laughable 121.4 effective field goal percentage. Curry was coming off his worst game of the season from an efficiency standpoint, but he definitely got it right back. He became the first player to hit more than 10 treys in multiple games. Get ready for a great game on Saturday night with Steph vs. Russell Westbrook. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Draymond Green posts 10th trip-dub of year
    Draymond Green logged his 10th triple-double of the season during a win over the Wizards on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: That's back-to-back triple-doubles for Green and he managed to keep his lead over Russell Westbrook, who dropped his eighth triple-double on the season tonight. Green's blocks had also dropped in each full month this year, so he got a nice start there in February. He's one of a kind. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Jae Crowder (calf) good to go
    Jae Crowder (calf) is ready to play on Wednesday against the Pistons.

    Advice: He was never in doubt, but the team did mention as they announced actives. Crowder should be close to 30 minutes tonight in a slightly sub-par matchup for him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • Stein: Raptors interested in Markieff Morris
    The Raptors are showing interest in Markieff Morris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Stein reported earlier that the Raptors have interest in P.J. Tucker. The Raptors and Suns played last night, which included Morris going for a season-high 30 points in his best game of the season. Coach Earl Watson called Morris "the main focus" of the offense, so a trade to Toronto would cripple his value. If he's moved, that would help Mirza Teletovic, who is also believed to be on the block. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:53 am
  • Ibaka explains downward trend in his numbers
    Serge Ibaka said that spending more time away from the rim has contributed to the downward trend in his shot blocking and rebounding numbers.

    Advice: "It's tough. Four years ago, I used to be in the paint most of the time, so I used to get more blocks, more rebounds," said Serge. "Now the way they play, we have to change." For the first time in Ibaka's career, Russell Westbrook is averaging more rebounds than him at 7.4 per game, although Serge has still managed to put up top-50 value on the season largely due to his 2.1 blocks per game. Ibaka qualifies as a buy-low guy, but there are no guarantees he can be a top-20 player to close out the year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:15 am
  • Report: Toronto interested in P.J. Tucker
    The Raptors have reportedly expressed interest in trading for P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: It makes sense as the Raptors’ small forwards have been ravished by injuries, although Tucker would lose a lot of value in Toronto once DeMarre Carroll (knee) is able to get back on the court. It's unclear exactly what assets the Raptors would send to the Suns in order to make this deal happen, but Stein reports that Phoenix is likely seeking a "nice" draft pick as compensation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Durant and Westbrook to LA highly unlikely
    The idea of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook signing with the Lakers as free agents is "almost laughable," according to sources of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: The initial KD and Westbrook to Los Angeles story was spawned by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, who tends to favor sensationalism over journalism, and the reality is that if the pair would like to remain together they'd make more money by staying in OKC. Additionally, it wouldn't make sense for Durant to leave the Thunder in order to pursue a championship and then wind up going through a rebuild with the Lakers. For now, Los Angeles seems like a very unlikely destination for the Durantuala. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:05 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 16 points in win
    Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points with three boards, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes vs. the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott has hinted several times that D'Angelo Russell will eventually move back into the starting lineup after the All-Star break, but that would likely push Lou Williams to the bench as opposed to Clarkson. Additionally, Williams is a trade candidate so that would take the pressure off both Russell and Clarkson if he was moved. Clarkson is a huge part of the Lakers' future and his role should be safe no matter what, so his owners don't have too much to be worried about. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:59 pm
  • Watson: Markieff Morris is 'focus' of offense
    Earl Watson said after Tuesday's game, when Markieff Morris exploded for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer, that Morris is now the focal point of the team's struggling offense.

    Advice: "He is the main focus of our offense moving forward, we know that," Watson said after the game. Morris racked up season highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks (tie) and is officially a must-pickup player in fantasy hoops. He could flop at any time or be traded into a bad situation, but based on what his coach said tonight, you have every reason to try to get him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Markieff Morris goes for 30 & 11 in start
    Markieff Morris started over Mirza Teletovic on Tuesday and went off for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 13-of-20 shooting in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The points, boards, assists and blocks (tie) were all season highs for the disgruntled Morris, and the Suns and new coach Earl Watson are in full showcase mode as they hope to trade Morris. This will certainly help his trade value and he is officially the hottest pickup of the night in fantasy. He could fade just as quickly as he exploded, but he's probably worth grabbing if you have someone to drop. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 16 in Celtics win
    Jae Crowder played through a calf injury and hit 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, five rebounds and a steal on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was iffy coming in with the injury but looked fine tonight. Get him back in your lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday
    Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Suns will likely be sellers at the trade deadline and Morris is a candidate to be moved, so they're clearly trying to boost his value. He hasn't played well this season, and a trade to a contender wouldn't necessarily be a good thing for his value. For now, he's better suited for deeper leagues. Mirza Teletovic will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:55 pm
  • Jae Crowder (shin/calf) will start Tuesday
    Jae Crowder (shin/calf) will start on Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Crowder is a little banged up and won't be 100 percent, but he was cleared to play earlier in the day and should see his normal workload. Get him in your lineups and we will let you know how he holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:35 pm
  • Markieff Morris could start Tuesday vs. TOR?
    Markieff Morris may return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors, according to beat reporter Paul Coro.

    Advice: Coro is basing this assessment off newly appointed interim head coach Earl Watson's quotes from earlier today when he said he's going to "nurture and embrace" Morris. Markieff's playing time could be trending up with a new coach at the helm, so he's someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues if you have someone to cut. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Jae Crowder (calf) expected to play Tuesday
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that he thinks Jae Crowder (shin/calf) will play Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Stevens added that Crowder has been cleared to play after suffering the injury to his calf/shin during Monday's practice, so owners can feel free to get him active for tonight's favorable matchup with the Knicks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:08 pm
  • Watson says the Suns will 'embrace' Markieff
    Coach Earl Watson said the Suns are going to "nurture and embrace" Markieff Morris.

    Advice: He said the team needs him and for Morris' attitude "to be positive no matter what." Watson talked a lot about a family environment, passion and honesty in his press conference, so Morris may be receptive at least in the short term. Morris and Watson have a good relationship and the new coach says he wants clearer roles, so there's a good chance Morris gets the lion's share of power forward minutes tonight. He's not playing well, so he's only worth a look if you have something to cut for now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:08 pm
  • Durant practices in full without knee brace
    Kevin Durant went through a full practice on Tuesday without wearing any brace or sleeve on his right knee.

    Advice: Durant wore a right knee brace during Monday's game, but he produced a standard stat stuffing line, and after going through a full practice on Tuesday there's nothing to be concerned about here. Move along. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:37 pm
  • Report: Dubs in the running for Kevin Durant?
    The Warriors have emerged as "significant frontrunners" to sign Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent if he decides to leave the Thunder this offseason, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski

    Advice: In order for the Dubs to create the cap space for this move, they would need to trade away Andre Iguodala, stretch Andrew Bogut and Jason Thompson, and withdraw Harrison Barnes' qualifying offer. Durant is also by no means a lock to leave OKC this offseason, and another idea that has been floated around is him signing a two-year deal with the Thunder with a player option on the second-year, so that he would hit free agency with Russell Westbrook. This is obviously going to be a huge story this offseason, but for now, Durant is fantasy basketball's No. 2 overall option. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:51 am
  • OKC mum on reason for Kevin Durant's brace
    Kevin Durant wore a brace on his right knee during Monday's win over the Wizards, but the Thunder didn't elaborate on the reason.

    Advice: Head coach Billy Donovan said reporters would have to ask Durant about the brace/sleeve that he wore on his right knee, but Durant left the locker room without talking to reporters. While he was seen icing the knee on the bench, KD didn't look any worse for the wear on the court en route to scoring 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting. We'll keep an eye out for updates, but it doesn't sound like this is anything fantasy owners should worry about just yet. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:37 am
  • G Time Flies: Gordon Hayward scores 27 points
    Gordon Hayward scored 27 points against the Bulls during a 105-96 overtime win on Monday with 12 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes.

    Advice: He hit a clutch shot at the rim to tie it in regulation with four seconds left and forced a turnover on the Bulls' next possession. G Time also had one of the prettiest backdoor cuts leading to a jam of the season during OT (in link below). He's playing off the ball more, but its led to fourth-round value in January. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:50 pm
  • Rodney Hood fouls out, scores 19
    Rodney Hood scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers before fouling out against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Hood has a knack for getting two quick fouls, but this was his first time fouling out in his career on six personals. On the positive side, he's quickly becoming one of the best wings in pick-and-roll and that's become the Jazz's new pet play. Hood has top-40 value in 2016 and should flirt with top-50 value going forward. It's all good with the Hood. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Serge Ibaka bounces back with 19 points
    Serge Ibaka broke out of his slump with 19 points and 10 boards vs. the Wizards on Monday.

    Advice: He looked great tonight and added three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He averaged just 4.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in his previous two games, so he needed tonight's performance in the worst way. His owners can deploy him with confidence on Wednesday against the Magic. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:57 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 28 points in win
    Kevin Durant scored 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting in Monday's win over the Wizards, adding nine boards, four assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He was wearing a brace on his right knee tonight, but there is no report of an injury. For now, his owners shouldn't be concerned. KD looked great out there despite turning the ball over a game-high seven times, and he gets a pass for that since he has been the second best player in fantasy this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles in win
    Russell Westbrook triple-doubled in Monday's 114-98 win over the Wizards, scoring 17 points with 13 boards, 11 assists, one steal and five turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: This was his second triple-double in a row and his seventh of the season. Westbrook was an efficient 8-of-13 from the field, but he missed all three 3-pointers and the five turnovers were a buzzkill. The Thunder will be back in action on Wednesday vs. the Magic, and then they will take a trip to Oracle Arena to take on the Warriors on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:37 pm
  • Kerr compares Curry to Price and Steve Nash
    Steve Kerr recently compared Stephen Curry to Mark Price and Steve Nash for his offensive abilities.

    Advice: "The two guys I’d maybe compare him the most to are Mark Price and Steve Nash in terms of the combination of ball-handling and passing and shooting range and creativity," Nash said. "But Steph has taken it to a new level. But he’s taken it to a new level in terms of just the range, the ballhanding and creativity. It’s pretty special." We agree, coach. We agree. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:57 am
  • Stephen Curry struggles vs. the Knicks
    Stephen Curry struggled against the Knicks on Sunday, scoring 13 points on just 5-of-17 shooting.

    Advice: The Warriors got off to a brutal start to the game and had their lowest-scoring quarter of the season with 18 in the first, but they still got the job done to secure their seventh straight win. The Warriors are now 44-4 on the season and Curry will look to get back on track vs. the Wizards on Wednesday. He added four boards, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes. He has a minor cut on his forehead, but he's obviously going to be fine. Rotoworld.com Jan 31, 7:19 pm
  • Markieff Morris gets season-high four steals
    Markieff Morris collected a season-high four steals on Sunday, adding 13 points with four rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Morris shot 5-of-13 from the field in 26 minutes of action, and he's showing some signs of life over the Suns' past four games. He's on the trade block but Phoenix is hoping to extract more value than what they've been offered thus far, so it looks like Morris will be stuck in his current role until the trade deadline is impending. Rotoworld.com Jan 31, 7:14 pm
  • Draymond Green records 9th triple-double
    Draymond Green recorded his ninth triple-double of the season with 20 points, 10 assists and 10 boards in Sunday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: He was a perfect 9-of-9 from the field and added two steals, two blocks, two 3-pointers and four turnovers in 37 minutes. Green blamed his "selfish unselfishness" after chasing stats in his previous game vs. the 76ers in which he turned the ball over a career-high seven times, but he didn't force a lot of passes tonight. For what it's worth, the last Warrior to go a perfect 9-of-9 from the field on at least nine attempts was Chris Mullin in 1990. Rotoworld.com Jan 31, 6:55 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 24 points vs. Cavs
    Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points against the Cavs on Saturday during a 117-103 loss, adding six rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: What's up with the Spurs? They've been blown out in their last two road games with everyone watching. Kawhi's numbers did drop a bit in January, averaging 17.7 points with 5.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 treys. He only put up second-round value this month, but he's still No. 3 in standard leagues on the season. Rotoworld.com Jan 30, 8:27 pm
  • Danny Green has a bad game
    Danny Green scored five points with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: You have to take the good with the bad with Green and it was bad tonight. He'll probably have a big game soon and he was shooting 50.0 percent from deep in his previous January games. Hang in there. Rotoworld.com Jan 30, 8:21 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 23 points vs. 76ers
    Stephen Curry scored 23 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Warriors were almost lucky to get this one after they turned in one of their worst quarters during a fourth-quarter collapse. As for Curry, he's hit at least three 3-pointers in 14 straight, which doesn't even match his 17 in a row from November to December. He is going to crush his record for treys in a season. Rotoworld.com Jan 30, 5:24 pm
  • Draymond Green just misses a trip-dub
    Draymond Green scored 10 points with 13 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and seven turnovers against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: His seven turnovers are a career high and he was really forcing a lot of passes. However, he had the game-winning assist as he hit Harrison Barnes with less than a second left for the game winner. Green's assists were dipping in his previous three with just 12 in that span, but there's nothing to worry about as he's still sixth in the NBA for assists per game with across-the-board production. Rotoworld.com Jan 30, 5:20 pm
  • Danny Green hopes his shot keeps falling
    Danny Green is hopeful that his shot will continue to improve.

    Advice: "Most nights [the shot] doesn’t feel like you’d like it to," Green said. "My teammates are constantly encouraging me to shoot, and that helps." Green has been in a season-long slump, but he actually hit 25-of-50 3-pointers during the month of January and is coming off an 18-point performance against the Rockets in which he hit six triples. As frustrating as he has been, he shouldn't be sitting on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 30, 8:47 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 17 points w/ 8 boards
    Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting during Friday's loss to the Clippers, adding eight rebounds, two assists and three turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Clarkson has been a solid late-round guy on the season, but that’s basically where his value maxes out due to a low shooting percentage (43.7 percent from the field) and limited 3-point shooting (1.0 three-pointer per contest). His game translates better to points leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 29, 9:59 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 33 points on 75.1 TS%
    Kevin Durant made 11-of-18 from the field and all nine free throws for 33 points against the Rockets during a 116-108 win on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was cooling off a tad earlier this month, but he's rolling again. In his last four, Durant averaged 34.0 points, 11.3 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.3 treys on 51.2 percent from the field. He's putting up wonderful numbers on two-point shots and he's been the No. 2 player in January behind Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com Jan 29, 9:34 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 12 points on nine shots
    Gordon Hayward scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting Friday, adding five boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Hayward didn't look for his shot much this game with Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood doing the heavy lifting on offense, but that's not a trend that's likely to continue. He's been a top-40 player over the past month, and he should have no trouble closing out the season as an early-round guy. Rotoworld.com Jan 29, 9:31 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles vs. Rockets
    Russell Westbrook triple-doubled against the Rockets on Friday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He was 9-of-21 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line, so his usage rate was right back where it should be. Westbrook was only hanging around 28 for usage rate in his previous seven games and he's produced some un-Westy numbers in January. He's only been a third-round guy this month, but expect him to be better going forward. Rotoworld.com Jan 29, 9:27 pm
  • Enes Kanter drops 22 points vs. Rockets
    Enes Kanter scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, one block and two steals in 26 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: That's two really nice 20-10s from Kanter with one coming against the Wolves on Wednesday. The Thunder are using more lineups of Kanter and Steven Adams, but don't forget Kanter dropped two points on Tuesday. He's not a must-have player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 29, 9:23 pm
  • Serge Ibaka has a really bad game
    Serge Ibaka made 1-of-7 from the field for two points with two rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 26 minutes on Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Gross. Ibaka put up a double-double with four blocks in his last game against the Rockets this year and he's fared well in his career. Ibaka probably burned a lot of people in DFS tonight and his season-long owners are a little disappointed too. There is still a decent chance Ibaka heats up, but the chances are shrinking. Rotoworld.com Jan 29, 9:19 pm
  • Rodney Hood scores 22 points with two treys
    Rodney Hood scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting Friday, to go with four assists, two 3-pointers, one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Hood has been tearing it up over the past month, owning averages of 18.6 points, 4.0 boards, 2.9 assists, 3.1 treys and just 1.6 turnovers during that span on 45.2 percent shooting from the field which has been good enough for third-round value in 9-cat leagues. His usage rate has also jumped to 24.7 through the month of January, and he’s been extremely effective in pick-and-roll sets with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. Owners shouldn’t fear the return of Alec Burks, as Hood has clearly earned his minutes in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Jan 29, 9:18 pm
  • Rodney Hood says he is more confident
    Rodney Hood said that he is gaining more confidence in his shot.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m shooting better, especially compared to the first half of the season," Hood said. "I’m shooting it more consistent. I’ve just been working on it." Hood has been sensational over his last five games, averaging 20.6 points, 4.6 boards, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.6 3-pointers on 43.8 percent shooting from the field. He is a must-start player until further notice. Rotoworld.com Jan 29, 9:42 am
  • Suns still looking to trade Markieff Morris
    The Suns are still looking to trade Markieff Morris, but they are holding out for a solid offer.

    Advice: Good luck. Morris threw a towel in the face of his coach this season and is still facing potential legal trouble for an incident back in the Spring of 2015, and it doesn't help that he hasn't been playing well either. Morris' fantasy value would likely get a boost if he was traded, but there is no real reason to stash him in most cases. Rotoworld.com Jan 29, 6:42 am
  • Curry scores just 14 in win over Mavs
    Stephen Curry scored 14 points against the Mavs on Wednesday with two rebounds, nine assists, one block, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did not have any triples in the first half, but he was able to extend his streak with at least one trey to 117 straight games. He only has 10 more to match Kyle Korver's 127 -- Curry plays the Hawks for what could be his 126th. Additionally, the Warriors dropped 30 assists or more for the fifth straight game, which hasn't been done since the 1995 Magic. Curry will look to bounce back from this dud against the 76ers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Jan 27, 10:19 pm
  • Danny Green scores 18 with six treys
    Danny Green matched his season highs of 18 points and six 3-pointers against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: We know, we know. Green is a disappointment. However, he's actually shooting an even 50.0 percent from deep in January and he's sneakily posted sixth-round value this month. "I wouldn't have known that if you didn't tell me," Green said about his improved January shooting. As annoying as he's been and even though the following sentence has been written 30 times this season, his upside is too nice to leave on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 27, 9:49 pm
  • Rodney Hood leads Utah w/ 24 pts & full line
    Rodney Hood led Utah with 24 points, four rebounds and four assists during Wednesday's home victory, connecting on 8-of-16 shots including four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Hood also went 4-of-4 from the FT line with one steal, and he committed just one turnover in 31 minutes. He may lose some touches once Derrick Favors resumes a full workload offensively, but Hood is still a promising hold for rest-of-season value. Rotoworld.com Jan 27, 9:26 pm
  • Ho-Hum: Russell Westbrook gets 24/15/8 vs MIN
    Russell Westbrook had another gaudy line on Wednesday, piling up 24 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Westbrook and Kevin Durant (27 points, nine boards) combined to scores OKC's final 15 points, helping them hold off the upstart Wolves and improve their road record to 14-8. WB is on cruise-control as a top-three option in nearly all points leagues, though his roto value is slightly lower due to percentage problems over the past month -- 41.1 percent FGs and 75.6 percent FTs. Not that his owners are complaining. Rotoworld.com Jan 27, 9:11 pm
  • Serge Ibaka quiet in 25 minutes vs. Wolves
    Serge Ibaka was quiet in 25 minutes vs. the Wolves, scoring six points on 2-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, one assist and zero steals or blocks.

    Advice: He was coming off a big 12 & 17 double-double vs. the Knicks on Tuesday, and this snapped a streak of four double-digit scoring performances for Ibaka. He's hovering inside the top-50 for 9-cat value this season, thanks to 6.9 boards and 2.1 blocks per game, but he might not crack the top-30 unless he gets more looks offensively -- his 11.3 shot attempts are his lowest since the 2012-13 season. Rotoworld.com Jan 27, 9:10 pm
  • Enes Kanter gets 23 & 10 w/ two blocked shots
    Enes Kanter blew up for 23 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in just 23 minutes of action vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws.

    Advice: We assumed Kanter would have some big games while Steven Adams was on the shelf, but better late than never. The blocks are nice, if fluky, and Kanter is still an inconsistent late-round value in typical formats. OKC has now won 10 consecutive games vs. the Wolves and this victory bumped their record to 35-13, five games behind the No. 2 seed Spurs. Rotoworld.com Jan 27, 9:08 pm
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