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  • Enes Kanter struggles in another start at PF
    Enes Kanter scored 14 points with seven rebounds and one assist vs. the Lakers on Sunday, before fouling out in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Kanter made 7-of-15 field goals while going 0-of-3 from downtown and failing to attempt a single free throw. He added zero steals but did block one shot for his second defensive stat of the preseason, while allowing Carlos Boozer to explode for 19 points, nine boards and a career-high-tying six steals. The Kanter-as-PF experiment is still in a testing phase.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Carlos Boozer ties career-high w/ six steals
    Carlos Boozer tied his career-high with six steals during Sunday's exhibition win, adding 19 points, nine rebounds and one block in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Boozer made 6-of-12 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, taking full advantage of Enes Kanter's defensive limitations. He looks determined to hold off rookie Julius Randle for the starting PF job and shouldn't have much trouble early in the season. Just keep in mind that once the losses mount coach Byron Scott may cede to reality and unleash Randle to Boozer's detriment.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Marreese Speights back after family funeral
    Marreese Speights returned from a family funeral in time to play on Sunday, notching four points, five rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the Warriors' bench.

    Advice: The Warriors are relying on two injury-prone centers in Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, so Speights' presence on the bench could prove critical as the season progresses. For now, however, he's not an option in standard fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • David Lee, Andrew Bogut rested on Sunday
    David Lee posted two points, four rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, while Andrew Bogut chipped in two points and two boards in nine minutes.

    Advice: Lee, Bogut and Andre Iguodala all sat out the second half of Sunday's game as a precaution, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got the night off entirely. Head coach Steve Kerr rested his veterans and delved deeper into his roster, so there's no need to adjust any fantasy expectations after tonight's fluky boxscore.
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) looks good in 11 minutes
    Dwight Howard (knee) shook off a slow start to finish Sunday's exhibition with 11 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in just 17 minutes vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This was Dwight's first exhibition action since Oct. 7 but he showed minimal rust, and should be ready to go for the Rockets' season opener. Owners willing to accept his awful FT shooting should benefit from stats right around his 2013-14 averages -- 18.3 points on 59.1 percent shooting, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
    Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Pau Gasol's back no issue in 15 & 10 game
    Pau Gasol (back) finished Sunday's exhibition victory with 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five turnovers.

    Advice: His back injury was never serious and the veteran big man will be ready to start alongside Joakim Noah on opening night. Whether he's on the court to finish games during the regular season is another question -- Gasol said recently that he wants to play in the fourth quarter, but coach Tom Thibodeau has shown a preference for the defensive pairing of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Either way, Gasol's current ADP of 60.7 gives him considerable upside in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Joakim Noah: 'I have no swelling in my knee'
    Joakim Noah (knee) started Sunday's game vs. Charlotte and scored four points with seven rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "I feel a lot better than I did two weeks ago," said Noah, who had offseason knee surgery. "It’s a work in progress, but overall I’m very happy. I have no swelling in my knee and I can keep building." We've repeatedly warned that his scoring and assists may dip this year with Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol leading the offense, but that shouldn't prevent Noah from being a top-50 fantasy option and a low-end No. 1 center.
    Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Lakers expected to waive C Jeremy Tyler
    The Lakers are expected to waive C Jeremy Tyler, allowing him to sign a contract in China.

    Advice: Tyler appeared in three preseason games, averaging 2.7 points in 9.3 minutes per game, and he was never likely to make L.A.'s regular-season roster.
    Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Kendrick Perkins still sidelined w/ sore quad
    Kendrick Perkins' quadriceps injury will keep him on the sidelines yet again on Sunday.

    Advice: Perk sat out training camp and he's now missed six games to open the exhibition season. Even if he does return for Tuesday's preseason finale, his conditioning may be an issue and it's hard to envision him overtaking Steven Adams for the starting C job on opening night. Perkins is still only 29 years old, but his days of fantasy relevance are long gone.
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Jerome Jordan goes 7-of-7 from the field
    Jerome Jordan went 7-of-7 from the field Sunday, scoring 17 points to go along with six rebounds and one block.

    Advice: When asked about Jordan's performance, coach Lionel Hollins said, "Jerome who? I thought that was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar." All joking aside, it was a great performance from a player who just recently signed a training camp deal. However, unless he continues to put stats up like this he may not even make the regular-season roster.
    Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Brandon Bass impresses off bench Sunday
    Brandon Bass was impressive off the bench for the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting and adding six rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, and one block.

    Advice: He looked great but starter Jared Sullinger played even better by posting 21 points and 19 boards. Bass may carve out a nice role off the bench this season but he won't be worth drafting in almost any format.
    Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Marreese Speights returns to Warriors
    Marreese Speights returned to the Warriors after attending his grandfather's funeral.

    Advice: It is good to see Marreese back and we wish him all the best during this tough time. He could see some quality minutes this season with Jermaine O'Neal considering retirement and Festus Ezeli (shin) still out. Considering how fragile the Warrior's frontcourt is, Speights may carve out a nice role as the season progresses.
    Yesterday, 12:26 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng has team option exercised
    Gorgui Dieng had his team option exercised on Sunday.

    Advice: He was a revelation at the end of last season when he replaced an injured Nikola Pekovic in the starting lineup. Dieng is penciled in as the backup center to Pek for now, but given Pek's injury history, Dieng might be worth a late-round flier.
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah feeling good physically
    Joakim Noah is very happy with where he's at physically, and he's experienced no swelling in his knee.

    Advice: Noah isn't going to be asked to do as much this season with Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose helping out with the offense, but he'll still be worthy of an early-round selection.
    Yesterday, 11:06 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn looking to space the floor
    Kyle O'Quinn is hoping he can help space the floor better by consistently being able to knock down the 3-point shot.

    Advice: "Number one, me and Vooch [center Nik Vucevic] might see more minutes together," said O'Quinn regarding his 3-point shooting. "We won’t just clog the paint. He’s a better finisher in the paint, a better post-up player. So if we let him have the paint, it’s probably to our advantage. And it may give me a couple more minutes because I’m not sitting on top of him, crowding his space." O'Quinn is going to struggle finding enough minutes for standard league relevance while Channing Frye is healthy, and right now, he looks like more of a deep league option.
    Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Pau Gasol won't be happy on bench during 4Q
    Pau Gasol stated during a recent interview that he does not want to be benched during the closing minutes of games.

    Advice: "You always like to be in the last minutes of a game when the game is on the line,’’ Gasol said. "It’s good to be put in that position, and it makes you feel like your coach trusts you to do the best things out there on both ends of the floor... Obviously I would like to be on the floor when the game is on the line. That’s what I’ve been getting paid for my entire career, and that’s what I will continue to do." It'll be interesting to see who plays during the final minutes of games for head coach Tom Thibodeau, but it's worth noting that Gasol is much better defensive player than Carlos Boozer. Taj Gibson was Thibedeau's guy last season, and his value will take a hit if he's no longer closing out games for the Bulls.
    Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • Snyder wants improvement from Enes Kanter
    Head coach Quin Snyder wants Enes Kanter to focus on the details this season, and become a better defensive player.

    Advice: "I want him to get better and commit to improving on both sides of the floor in every facet of the game," Snyder said. "If defense doesn’t come easily, then he has to focus on it. Enes has to make the minor details important, even things like getting into a stance. But he’s [22] years old, and we’re evaluating him against the best players in the world at a young age." Kanter's lack of defensive stats has been the greatest impediment to his fantasy value, and through five preseason games this season, Kanter has recorded just one steal and zero blocks. Currently, Kanter is locked into the starting power forward position with Utah, but if he continues to be useless defensively, he could lose playing time to emerging defensive stud Rudy Gobert.
    Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins turns it over nine times
    DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
    Saturday, 10:57 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 points vs. Nuggets
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with five rebounds, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-13 from the line, which has been a bit of a problem in the preseason. Griffin was 3-of-9 on Friday, so hopefully he's just in a funk. His 74 percent from the line after the break might have been a bit of a fluke.
    Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn puts up a solid line
    Kyle O'Quinn looked good against the 76ers on Saturday during a 95-84 loss, scoring 14 points with 11 boards, four assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's very underrated in fantasy, but the Magic have a logjam at forward. O'Quinn will likely get most of the backup minutes at center and he might actually turn in low-end fantasy value in that role. Although, most fantasy owners should shoot for a higher upside.
    Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn working on three-point shooting
    Kyle O'Quinn has been working hard on adding a three-point shot to his arsenal.

    Advice: He is the current starter for the Magic but that will probably change when Channing Frye returns. O'Quinn is solid when he gets the minutes and adding a three-point shot can't hurt. Keep an eye on him for now, as he may be a solid late-round pick if he holds on to his spot.
    Saturday, 1:59 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn impressive in start
    Kyle O'Quinn started on Friday night for Orlando and looked impressive, scoring 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

    Advice: O'Quinn added a pair of three-pointers to round out a nice fantasy line. He likely won't hold the starting spot as Channing Frye will start when he's healthy but O'Quinn is certainly someone to keep an eye on. He was quite serviceable over the final two months last season and could hold late round value if he gets the minutes.
    Saturday, 5:24 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but he will play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: The fact that DeMarcus will be playing in a meaningless preseason game tells us this Achilles tendinitis will be a non-issue moving forward. Boogie was superb last season with the Kings, averaging career-highs across the board in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), assists (2.9), and blocks (1.3). With zero competition for minutes, and him again set to be the focal point of the Kings' offense, Cousins makes for an excellent selection towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
    Friday, 1:43 pm
  • Olajuwon thinks Howard can have MVP-type year
    Hakeem Olajuwon thinks Dwight Howard is ready to have an MVP-type season.

    Advice: "I could see last year when I worked with him in camp that there were some things that he could not do. Or they were things that he did not think he could do," said Olajuwon. "The difference now is that he is fit and those doubts are gone... He should have a season that makes everyone vote for him as MVP." Howard can be a great addition to a fantasy squad that is tanking the free throw category, with solid contributions to points, rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage.
    Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Kendrick Perkins (quad) out Friday vs. TOR
    Kendrick Perkins (quad) will not suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Perkins averaged 3.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks over 19.5 minutes of action last season, and it's actually kind of impressive how ineffective he can be in a starting center role on a playoff team. Steve Adams has been very good so far this preseason, and he's looking more and more like the starting center once the regular season begins, but with coach Scott Brooks you never really know. If Adams is named the starter he could be a late-round steal in standard leagues. However, if Brooks for some reason decides to go with Perkins, he still shouldn't be drafted in any league.
    Friday, 11:53 am
  • Carlos Boozer looks good on Thursday
    Carlos Boozer played 28 minutes against one of his former teams on Thursday during a 119-86 loss, scoring 17 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He's posting some decent scoring lines in the preseason, but the Lakers look lost on defense. Boozer isn't going to be a highly-coveted guy in your draft, but he should put up some nice points and boards totals.
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays 27 minutes on Thursday
    Joakim Noah played 27 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday with seven points, 13 boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: His knee soreness seems to be behind him and he was active under the basket tonight. Noah is not going to be asked to do nearly as much, so fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to be a top-20 guy again. Plus, he did have some injuries before his big 2013-14 season.
    Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) hopes to play Sunday
    Dwight Howard (knee) is hoping to play Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been dealing with a sore knee for the past week, and has missed multiple preseason games as a result. Injuries have limited Howard from the dominant force he once was, but he still carries a ton of fantasy value. He can score, grab rebounds, and block shots at an above average clip, however potential owners must be willing to sacrifice free three percentage if they draft him.
    Thursday, 2:32 pm
  • Brandon Bass becoming afterthought
    Brandon Bass, who has started at PF for the Celtics over the last few seasons, had just three points and one rebound in 16 minutes Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit just 1-of-6 shots and the Celtics are high on Jared Sullinger, who is the new starting PF for Boston. Forget about Bass this season.
    Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Pau Gasol back at practice on Wednesday
    Pau Gasol (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't sound concerned and he just needed some rest on Tuesday. Gasol has played very well so far with the Bulls and he tends to slide in fantasy drafts. If some of your favorite mid-round targets went earlier than you thought, Gasol isn't a bad backup plan.
    Wednesday, 12:19 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins rested w/ Achilles soreness
    DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's game due to "bilateral Achilles soreness," but the injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: This was really just a maintenance day for Cousins before the Kings' long flight home from Beijing, where they played the Nets in a preseason exhibition. Achilles injuries are typically a red flag but unless another report emerges this shouldn't impact DMC's season outlook.
    Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • Pau Gasol sits out w/ minor back soreness
    Pau Gasol, who had nine points and four blocks in 24 minutes of action on Monday, sat out Tuesday's practice due to minor back soreness.

    Advice: His absence was purely precautionary, and he looks like a great fit in Chicago's frontcourt even if his minutes do take a hit -- it's still open for debate whether he'll be on the court down the stretch in the fourth quarter, as Tom Thibodeau prefers the defensive pairing of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. With an ADP of 60.9 in 9-cat leagues, Gasol should be a solid draft-day value.
    Tuesday, 12:27 pm
  • Griffin scores 31 points in loss to Jazz
    Blake Griffin scored 31 points on 14-of-22 shooting with five rebounds and two steals in Monday's preseason loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Griffin struggled vs. Portland on Sunday and the extended minutes were a bit of a surprise, but he was able to get back on track nonetheless. Especially with Kevin Durant dealing with a foot issue now, Griffin is going to be in the mix for MVP consideration and he's a top 20-30 guy in 8- and 9-cat leagues, respectively.
    Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Gasol blocks four shots in Monday's game
    Pau Gasol had another nice night in 24 minutes of action on Monday against the Nuggets, blocking four shots to go with nine points and four rebounds in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Gasol is playing like a re-energized man after leaving the toxic situation in L.A., and though his minutes will be limited in a crowded rotation it's probably a good thing for his health. Don't go crazy here, but he's looking like a solid mid-round pick in standard leagues.
    Monday, 9:38 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) out Tuesday vs. Pelicans
    Dwight Howard (knee) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and he'd likely be playing if this were the regular season. If you're okay with never winning the free throw category, Dwight is a solid player to own as he averaged 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.1 percent shooting from the field with the Rockets last season.
    Monday, 12:45 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) out on Monday night
    Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday against the Suns.

    Advice: It's just a sore knee and this injury shouldn't linger into the preseason. Howard has said he's returned from injury too soon earlier in his career, so he'll be erring on the side of caution this time around. Tarik Black was outstanding on Thursday and will get another chance to shine. Joey Dorsey will also get more run.
    Monday, 9:47 am
  • Jeremy Tyler (hamstring) looks fine Sunday
    Jeremy Tyler had six points, five rebounds and one block in 11 bench minutes vs. Golden State on Sunday, showing no signs of a recent hip injury.

    Advice: There was a speculative report that he tweaked his hammy during Thursday's practice, but it doesn't appear to be a concern. Tyler slots into a backup center role, and the presence of Ed Davis and Robert Sacre could cause him to be waived before the regular season.
    Oct 12, 9:20 pm
  • Blake Griffin goes 4-of-16, limited by fouls
    Blake Griffin struggled vs. LaMarcus Aldridge and the Blazers on Sunday, shooting 4-of-16 from the field for nine points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Griffin shot 20-foot jumpers with confidence but was just 1-of-10 outside of the paint, and he quickly got into foul trouble vs. Aldridge. Doc Rivers doesn't expect to give his starters many minutes on Monday, in the second half of a preseason back-to-back set, so don't be surprised to see Griffin and other starters rested early and often.
    Oct 12, 8:50 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) doubtful to play Monday
    Dwight Howard (sore knee) is doubtful to play on Monday and he may also sit out Tuesday's exhibition.

    Advice: Howard skipped Sunday's practice but his continued absence is just a precaution. The eight-time All-Star won't risk aggravating a minor injury during meaningless games but he should be ready to go on opening night. His fantasy appeal hinges on owners' willingness to punt FTs, and even then he's a less appealing option than Andre Drummond.
    Oct 12, 1:30 pm
  • Joakim Noah starts on Saturday
    Joakim Noah returned to action from a sore knee on Saturday and had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block on 3-of-4 shooting in 24 minutes.

    Advice: With Pau Gasol stealing his rebounds and blocks, and Derrick Rose taking his assists, we doubt Noah is the triple-double threat he was last year. But he's still a quality starting center and should be better than this on most nights.
    Oct 11, 8:40 pm
  • Pau Gasol boarding, blocking shots for Bulls
    Pau Gasol went off for 20 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three more blocks in Saturday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: It looks like Gasol will spend a ton of time in the paint for the Bulls and has been designated as the team's rim protector. He's blocked eight shots and grabbed 29 rebounds in three preseason games, yet wasn't taken until the 59th pick in a recent expert mock draft we participated in. Don't sleep on Gasol. If he stays healthy, he's going to do big things for the Bulls.
    Oct 11, 8:36 pm
  • Joakim Noah (left knee) to start Saturday
    Joakim Noah (left knee) will start on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Coach Thibodeau will monitor Noah's playing time along with Derrick Rose's based on how they look throughout the game. Noah will remain a top center this year as long as he stays healthy and he will cost an early round selection for prospective owners.
    Oct 11, 4:18 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng continuing to back up Pek
    Gorgui Dieng came off the bench against the 76ers on Friday, scoring five points with nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to back up Nikola Pekovic and will probably have a tough time getting big minutes while Pek is healthy. Fantasy owners can still give him a look late because Pekovic is already being rested for a foot injury. He did have 12 points, nine boards and one block tonight, though.
    Oct 10, 8:44 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins feels like he's 45 years old
    DeMarcus Cousins said he feels like he's "about 45 years old" because of all the travel this summer.

    Advice: He traveled a ton during FIBA and the Kings are in China for the NBA Global Games. Cousins will probably get some rest once he's back in the stats because of these comments, but there's no reason to think it will hurt his production in the regular season.
    Oct 10, 7:12 am
  • Carlos Boozer scores 16 points vs. GSW
    Carlos Boozer scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He fared much better than his six-point game in the opener. Boozer had a minor injury while on defense, but it didn't cost him any playing time. If you're fine with no blocks or assists from Boozer, he's worth a look late in drafts.
    Oct 9, 10:23 pm
  • Enes Kanter double-doubles on Thursday
    Enes Kanter double-doubled against the Blazers on Thursday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and five turnovers on 8-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: He had a solid game on Tuesday and isn't losing ground to Rudy Gobert just yet. Although, Gobert had a massive offensive rebound late in this game and played well with five points, six boards and one block in 19 minutes. Kanter is worth a look late and is more of a two-category player.
    Oct 9, 9:44 pm
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