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    • Perry Jone starting for Kevin Durant (toe)
      Perry Jones will start for Kevin Durant on Monday.

      Advice: He has been out of the rotation, but he'll slide into the starting unit tonight. While Jones did have a few big games earlier this year, that came with Russell Westbrook out of the lineup. He's still a very risky play tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:28 pm
    • Kevin Durant (toe) out for Monday night
      Kevin Durant (toe) will not play against the Wolves on Monday.

      Advice: He suffered the injury in Cleveland on Sunday and it's being called a left great toe sprain. Durant went through warmups, but there was too much soreness and he decided he'll sit. It's anyone's guess if he'll play on Wednesday and the Thunder do only have three games this week. It'll be Russell Westbrook running the show with a host of others stepping up. Expect Dion Waiters and Anthony Morrow to benefit the most. Perry Jones may start, though. It's worth mentioning KD needed surgery on his right foot. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:06 pm
       
      Injured
    • Shabazz Muhammad to be re-evaluated
      Shabazz Muhammad (oblique) will travel to Canada to be re-evaluated.

      Advice: Steve Nash's oblique doctor is in Vancouver, so that's why he's headed out of state. Muhammad is still expected to be out for a week or two, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Chase Budinger will have to step up with Robbie Hummel (hand) hurt. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:54 pm
    • Tobias Harris coming off the bench again
      Tobias Harris is coming off the bench again for Monday against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: It'll be Aaron Gordon in the starting lineup again for the Magic. Harris came off the bench for 25 games last year, so this isn't a surprise move from coach Jacque Vaughn. Although, Harris should start at some point. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:44 pm
    • Tony Allen (ankle) will not play on Monday
      Tony Allen (ankle) will not play against the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: He has a sprained ankle and it's not serious, but the Grizzlies don't need him as much now that Jeff Green is around. Expect Green and Courtney Lee to play a little more tonight. Additionally, Victor Oladipo has a better matchup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:26 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 103-94 vs Orl
    • Nick Young sprains ankle in practice
      Nick Young sprained his right ankle in practice on Monday and is questionable to play against the Wizards on Tuesday.

      Advice: It's strange timing with Young being benched on Sunday night because coach Byron Scott said Young looked like he "didn't want to be here." He's probably a little closer to doubtful, but his owners will want to check back tomorrow for an update. If he's out, Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin and Wes Johnson benefit most. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:34 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant will have surgery on shoulder
      Kobe Bryant will have surgery on his right rotator cuff and is out indefinitely.

      Advice: The Lakers will not announce a specific timetable yet, but he is out for the season. Bryant will have the surgery on Wednesday morning and the Lakers will provide more information on a prognosis following the procedure. His fantasy owners can drop him in all re-draft leagues. The Lakers will use more of Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington in their starting lineup while coach Byron Scott is going to mix and match his way with his starters all year. Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Nick Young also benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:19 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • DeRozan finally feeling back after Sunday
      DeMar DeRozan said Sunday's win was the first time he felt "normal" since his groin injury.

      Advice: DeRozan went off for 25 points, so it's safe to say his play jibed with the quote. "I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive. I came in [to the practice gym on Saturday] night and got some work in, working on my rhythm, working on a lot of in-game shots I always take," he said. This is DeRozan's first major injury, so it's natural for him to be a little timid upon his return. We're not concerned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:35 am
    • Update: Kevin Martin now out on Monday
      Updating a previous item, Kevin Martin (wrist) is now out on Monday.

      Advice: To say this is a surprise would be like saying the snow hitting the East Coast today would be a surprise. We knew this was coming, and it was just a matter of time. Andrew Wiggins, Mo Williams and Thaddeus Young will again be asked to carry the Timberwolves offense. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:56 am
       
      Injured
    • Tony Allen questionable to suit up on Monday
      Tony Allen (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play against the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: He did not participate in shootaround, and that's always an ominous sign for a player's availability. That being said, TA is as tough as they come, so it has to be a pretty nasty sprain. If he sits, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green should each see some extra run. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:07 am
       
      Injured
      W, 103-94 vs Orl
    • Kevin Martin questionable to suit up Monday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to play on Monday against the Thunder.

      Advice: Martin has been listed as questionable since last week, so there hasn't necessarily been a change in his status. On a seven-win team that's prioritizing rebuilding, Martin appears to be taking his time to return from his wrist injury. The Wolves should have incentive to get him on the floor to showcase him for a potential trade, but not much reason beyond that. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:26 am
       
      Injured
    • Marvin Williams has broken nose, concussion
      Marvin Williams, who is already dealing with a concussion, has also been diagnosed with a broken nose.

      Advice: Williams will not be able to return until he's able to pass the NBA's concussion protocol, and there is nothing to suggest a return is imminent. Already down Bismack Biyombo (knee), Cody Zeller, who has logged 30-plus minutes in two of his last three games, appears poised to see an even larger role. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:24 am
       
      Injured
    • Andre Iguodala returned to action on Sunday January 25. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to meet w/ doctor Mon
      Kobe Bryant (shoulder) has an appointment with a specialist on Monday, after which he'll decide whether to have surgery or pursue a different treatment option.

      Advice: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reiterates that so far "everyone has recommended surgery." It's safe to assume that Kobe is done for the season but he's performing his due diligence to explore every rehab possibility, and he and the Lakers should make an official announcement early this week. Assuming he does have rotator cuff surgery, he'd be looking at approximately six months of recovery. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:03 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Trevor Ariza shoots 3-of-14 in win vs. Lakers
      The Rockets cruised to a win in L.A. on Sunday, with Trevor Ariza chipping in nine points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

      Advice: He turned the ball over just once but his line was marred by a 3-of-14 mark from the field. Ariza is taking a lofty 61.4 percent of his attempts from downtown this season, which is a double-edged sword for fantasy owners -- 2.3 triples per game are excellent, but they're attached to a 37.4 percent shooter. It's a caveat his owners will happily live with, as he's still returning top-50 value on a season-long basis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    • Ryan Kelly scores two points in another start
      Ryan Kelly struggled in another start for L.A. with two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's home loss.

      Advice: Kelly will get an extended audition as a starter and his role is relatively secure with Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out of commission. Whether he'll have any fantasy appeal remains to be seen, however, and nearly all owners should observe him from a safe distance. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    • Nick Young benched Sunday, logs eight minutes
      Nick Young went scoreless in eight minutes off the Lakers' bench on Sunday, and Byron Scott said afterward that Young looked as though he "didn't want to be here."

      Advice: There was no swag tonight as Young missed both of his shot attempts and turned the ball over three times in a sloppy performance which led Scott to bench him. L.A.'s rotations are a complete mess and Young doesn't do much beyond scoring on a good night, so owners must brace themselves for some turbulent production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 pm
       
      Injured
    • James Harden still on fire, scores 37 points
      James Harden ran roughshod over the Lakers' defense in Sunday's road win, scoring 37 points (12-of-20 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with four 3-pointers, eight boards, five assists, two steals and six turnovers.

      Advice: Harden is averaging 37.0 points over Houston's past four games and continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game, well ahead of LeBron James (26.0), Kevin Durant (25.3), Anthony Davis (24.2), DeMarcus Cousins (24.2) and Carmelo Anthony (24.1). Just get comfortable and enjoy the fireworks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • Josh Smith solid in 25 minutes vs LAK defense
      Josh Smith chipped in across the board in an easy win vs. the Lakers, scoring 11 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 25 minutes vs. L.A.

      Advice: Smith has been nowhere near standard-league value since coming to Houston, especially when you factor in his ridiculous 36.7 percent FT shooting over the past month. Terrence Jones' eventual return is another threat to Smith, so don't let the occasional efficient performance lull you into wasting a roster spot on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Andre Iguodala returns to action on Sunday
      Andre Iguodala returned to action on Sunday vs. the Celtics, finishing with eight points, three boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He sat out for Friday's game in order to get some extra rest, so he should be fine moving forward. However, his role has diminished rapidly since last season, and there are simply not enough minutes to go around for Iguodala to make an impact in most leagues. Owners in standard leagues can safely leave him on the wire until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:11 pm
    • DeMar DeRozan breaks out of funk w/ 25 points
      DeMar DeRozan snapped a three-game offensive skid with 25 points on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and two steals without any turnovers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: The 25 points tied his season high, and they're a welcome sight after his recent three-game stretch of 4.7 points on 17.7 percent shooting. The Raptors have righted their ship with three wins in the past four games but they still have to shore up their defense, which is allowing 100.6 points per game (10th most in the league). Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:27 pm
    • Tobias Harris still benched, scores 11 points
      Tobias Harris came off the bench again on Sunday, notching 11 points on 2-of-5 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs, with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes of action.

      Advice: This time it was rookie Aaron Gordon vaulting ahead of Harris into the starting lineup. The Magic rank 25th in bench scoring (15.9 ppg), so it's understandable that coach Jacque Vaughn wants Harris' firepower with the reserves, but it's a lousy development for fantasy owners. There are no guarantees that Harris will resume starting, but this has all the hallmarks of an ideal buy-low moment. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:00 pm
    • Kevin Durant's 32 points not enough for OKC
      Kevin Durant led the Thunder on Sunday with 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting, as well as six rebounds, nine assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Cavaliers.

      Advice: Durant chipped in one 3-pointer and had only one turnover in 40 minutes, in the latest showcase for his elite fantasy talents. Oklahoma City's defeat dropped their record to .500 again, and they remain 3 1/2 games behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot out West. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:27 pm
       
      Injured
    • Andre Iguodola is active for Sunday's game
      Andre Iguodola is active for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

      Advice: Coach Steve Kerr opted to give the veteran some rest on Friday against the Kings, but Iguodola is all set to resume his normal role off the bench for the Warriors. With season averages of just 6.9 points, 3.2 boards and 3 assists per game, owners in standard leagues can do better. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:26 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) out Sunday vs. Atlanta
      Kevin Martin (wrist) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: Martin was listed as questionable earlier, but he is still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he will not play on Sunday. Robbie Hummel will draw another start on Sunday, but the true beneficiaries of Martin's absence remain Andrew Wiggins and Mo Williams. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:58 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable vs. Hawks
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Saturday and he is reportedly still dealing with some swelling in his wrist, so he is probably closer to doubtful. Martin is still worth a stash for his upside in points and 3-pointers, but his owners will have to be patient as he will likely be eased into action when he does return. If Martin can't play, Robbie Hummel will continue to start for Minnesota, but is only an option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:52 am
       
      Injured
    • Marvin Williams diagnosed with a concussion
      Marvin Williams has been diagnosed with a concussion.

      Advice: It's been a bloodbath with the injuries today and Williams is going to have to go through the concussion protocol. The good news for the Hornets is that they're off until Wednesday, so Williams may not miss any time. Although, he was awfully groggy on Saturday. Cody Zeller will play a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:38 pm
       
      Injured
    • Marvin Williams evaluated for a concussion
      Marvin Williams is being a evaluated for a concussion due to an injury in the first half against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He was walking back very slow and he will likely have to go through the concussion protocol. With Williams out, the Hornets are going to have to get creative for their forward spots. Cody Zeller will play more while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist may play some four. Noah Vonleh and Jason Maxiell may get in the rotation if there are other injuries to Bismack Biyombo and Lance Stephenson. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:29 pm
       
      Injured
    • Marvin Williams goes to the locker room
      Marvin Williams went to the locker room with an apparent leg injury on Saturday.

      Advice: It did not look good and he headed back to the locker room with a limp. Williams was walking slowly and there's a chance he's done for the night, especially considering how many leg injuries he's had in his career. Cody Zeller will get more run while Jason Maxiel and Noah Vonleh could help out. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:08 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) doesn't practice Sat
      Kevin Martin (wrist) did not practice on Saturday.

      Advice: He is dealing with some swelling and it would appear the swelling hasn't gone down yet. Martin is hoping to play on Sunday and the chances he plays might have dropped slightly. The Wolves should have a more detailed update on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:58 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMar DeRozan struggling since his return
      DeMar DeRozan has struggled significantly over his last three games, scoring a combined 14 points over that span.

      Advice: Since Terrence Ross was benched, DeRozan has been playing a lot more small forward but he doesn't blame his recent production on the switch. "It's not really about me playing the three, just my whole rhythm and feel of everything," DeRozan said. "Just get that back on track and let it come to me natural, like it was before. I kind of find myself looking for fouls now, instead of it coming naturally to me." To be clear, we fully expect him to be fine and it is just a matter of time before he starts scoring at an elite level again. It may not be a bad idea to float some buy-low offers if his owner is panicking. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:40 am
    • Tobias Harris not a fan of coming off bench
      Tobias Harris is not thrilled about coming off the bench for the past two games, but wants to remain professional about it.

      Advice: "Do I like it? No," Harris said. "But I'm a professional." It's interesting how he has remained on the bench despite rookie Devyn Marble's uninspiring play in the starting lineup, and one would almost have to start wondering if the reports that Harris wants to join the Knicks as a free agent has anything to do with it. While we still believe Harris will return to the starting lineup sooner rather than later, this is definitely something to keep an eye on going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:43 am
    • Kelly doesn't do much in 22-minute start
      Ryan Kelly started at small forward in Friday's loss to the Spurs, scoring seven points on 2-of-4 shooting with three rebounds and one block in 22 minutes.

      Advice: Kelly hasn't done anything of much value this season, but he has flashed potential in the past and as the Lakers turn the page on this season he'll be worth watching. If you're in a 14-16 team league and want to take a flier it's not the craziest thing we've heard of. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:41 am
    • Young scores 17 points with three treys
      Nick Young scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting with three treys and a 4-of-4 mark from the line in Friday's loss.

      Advice: Young didn't have any other stats and while that's not too shocking the 20 minutes is pretty annoying with Kobe Bryant out. Byron Scott played nine players between 19-29 minutes tonight and has been a mess in the fantasy sense, and he hasn't been all that impressive in the reality sense either. But Young should be owned in all formats with an excellent shot to be productive with Kobe Bryant expected to be out for the year. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:27 am
       
      Injured
    • Overshadowed: James Harden hits game-winner
      James Harden hit a game-winning buzzer-beater against the Suns during Friday's 113-111 victory, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: Just when you thought Harden was going to be the story of the night for a sick crossover to break P.J. Tucker's ankles before he buried a mid-range jumper, Klay Thompson happened. Anyway, Harden is still ridiculous on non-Klay terms over his last three, averaging 37.0 points, 3.7 boards, 7.7 assists, 3.0 steals and 4.3 treys on 51.9 percent from the field. Sadly, Harden won't get to play against Klay again this regular season. That's none of Klay's business, though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:42 pm
    • Tobias Harris comes off the bench again
      Tobias Harris came off the bench against the Knicks on Friday with nine points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

      Advice: He came off the bench on Wednesday, as well. Coach Jacque Vaughn liked to bring Harris off the bench last season, but he's unlikely to do it again, especially since they lost both games. Tobias will be a must-start player soon and it could come as soon as Sunday against the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:45 pm
    • Andre Iguodala to be rested vs. the Kings
      Andre Iguodala will not play against the Kings on Friday.

      Advice: He'll rest tonight and the Warriors are not even on a back-to-back set. Iguodala rested on Jan. 16 and Harrison Barnes played 40 minutes. Expect to see a little more Leandro Barbosa, Justin Holiday and Shaun Livingston. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:37 pm
    • James Harden and Dwight Howard starting
      James Harden (knee) and Dwight Howard (knee) will start against the Suns on Friday.

      Advice: They were both probable and there was little doubt that these guys would miss the big road game. The Rockets didn't have Howard in their last matchup against the Suns, too. Harden could put up huge numbers tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:49 pm
    • Ryan Kelly starting for the Lakers
      Ryan Kelly will start against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: It'll be his third start of the season. In his previous two, he averaged 7.5 points, 7.5 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.5 treys. Kelly could be worth a look in deeper leagues for owners needing treys. Of course, he's had a lot of trouble staying healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:17 pm
    • Shabazz Muhammad 'still a way away'
      Flip Saunders said that Shabazz Muhammad is "still a ways away" from making a return, and he is scheduled to see a specialist next week.

      Advice: Saunders also said he hopes to have Shabazz back before the All-Star break, but it's not clear exactly what role he'd be returning when Kevin Martin returns to the lineup. Muhammad's return would really hurt the value of Chase Budinger and Robbie Hummel. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:10 pm
    • Lakers confirm Kobe Bryant has rotator cuff tear
      The Lakers confirmed on Friday that Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a torn right rotator cuff.

      Advice: The team will take the weekend to decide if the Hall of Fame guard will require surgery. Unfortunately, there are multiple reports that Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season. Bryant seems to be in good spirits and even tweeted, "This is what happens when I pass too much!" Wayne Ellington will get to start and Jordan Clarkson gets in the rotation while the usage rates of Nick Young, Jeremy Lin and Wes Johnson will rise. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:07 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin dealing with swelling in wrist
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is dealing with swelling his right wrist and will be out until at least Sunday.

      Advice: He had to have his wrist drained on Thursday and is still hopeful to play against the Hawks on Sunday. Martin wore a brace at shootaround on Friday and it would appear he's at least making an attempt to play. The oft-injured guard should be a solid player to start while he's on the court, but the injuries are going to make him annoying to own. Expect Robbie Hummel to start and have some low-end fantasy value tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:01 pm
       
      Injured
    • Report: Lakers expecting Kobe to miss season
      The Lakers are expecting Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to miss the rest of the season due to a torn rotator cuff, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

      Advice: The announcement will likely come at some point today to make it official, but the Lakers may take the weekend to decide on his treatment. Bryant hasn't been able to complete the last three seasons of his career due to an Achilles injury in 2012-13, a knee injury in 2013-14, and now this shoulder issue this season. He is still going to be under contract for next year and chances are he'll be back. For now, the Lakers will likely add another wing on a 10-day deal while Wayne Ellington starts. Expect Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson to play more. Unfortunately, Kobe can be dropped in all redraft leagues once the official word comes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) won't play on Friday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: He left shootaround with a brace on his wrist and told reporters that he's "not ready" yet, which is disappointing since he's been questionable to play in the Wolves' past three games. Owners will simply have to keep him tucked away on the bench a bit longer, while Robbie Hummel continues to fill in at SG without providing fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:06 am
       
      Injured
    • Tobias Harris may come off bench again vs NYK
      Tobias Harris may come off Orlando's bench again on Friday, according to beat writer John Denton.

      Advice: It's surprising that Harris wouldn't overtake struggling starter Devyn Marble, but he should still get a healthy dose of minutes and shot attempts even if he's stuck in the second unit. Keep him active and check back prior to tip-off for updates on Orlando's starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:43 am
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable for Friday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to return on Friday vs. New Orleans.

      Advice: He was on the Wolves' active roster for Wednesday's game but didn't play, and owners can anticipate an imminent return even if he sits out again vs. the Pelicans. Martin was hot in nine games before his injury, scoring 20.4 points with 2.9 triples per game, and he shouldn't be floating on any waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:15 am
       
      Injured
    • James Harden probable Friday w/ bruised knee
      James Harden (left knee contusion) is listed as probable for Friday's game in Phoenix.

      Advice: He scored 33 points in 32 minutes during Wednesday's loss to Golden State and we're guessing he'll be fine, but owners should stay tuned for pre-game updates. Harden hasn't missed a game all season and should have extra motivation after recently being snubbed as a starter for the All-Star game. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:59 am
    • Report: Tobias Harris aiming to join Knicks?
      Magic F Tobias Harris has the Knicks "atop [his] free agency list," according to NY Post writer Marc Berman.

      Advice: The report from a Knicks beat writer cites an unnamed "close friend of Harris," who reportedly said, "He wants to win a championship with the Knicks." Take that for what it's worth. Harris has a $3.4 million qualifying offer this summer and the Magic can match any offer to retain him in free agency, so even if he wants to join the Knicks it may not happen. He returned from a sprained ankle on Wednesday with a 19-point game off the bench, and it's unclear if he'll be back in the starting lineup on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:06 am
    • Report: Lakers fear Kobe Bryant needs surgery
      The Lakers organization fears that Kobe Bryant (torn rotator cuff in right shoulder) will need season-ending surgery, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.

      Advice: The team will evaluate him on Friday and will likely make an announcement at some point. Bryant has been playing through his right shoulder issue for most of the season and he made it worse on Wednesday. Wayne Ellington will start for the foreseeable future while Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Jordan Clarkson will also benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:28 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Nick Young (thumb) is probable for Friday
      Nick Young has a sprained right thumb and is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: This is the first we are hearing about his thumb but he should be fine for Friday's game. We just learned that Kobe Bryant could be sidelined for quite some time due to a tear in his rotator cuff, so Young shouldn't be floating around many waiver wires at this point. We will pass along additional updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:47 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant has a tear in his rotator cuff
      Kobe Bryant's MRI results revealed a tear of his rotator cuff.

      Advice: Not good. Bryant is flying home from San Antonio as we speak and he is expected to be examined by team doctors on Friday morning. Owners shouldn't do anything drastic until we hear all the details, but Bryant could potentially be looking at some serious time on the sidelines. The Lakers are also currently sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them shut Bryant down for the season even if the injury somehow isn't as serious as initially thought. Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will all see an increase in value with this news. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:33 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • MRI results on Kobe Bryant due late Thursday
      Kobe Bryant had an MRI on his shoulder but the Lakers won't release the results until Thursday evening.

      Advice: Well this news isn't going to ease the nerves of Bryant's owners, as this leaves us with more questions than answers. Bryant obviously didn't practice on Thursday, and if we had to guess there is not much of a shot that he plays on Friday against the Spurs. However, until we get any additional information, there is no need to speculate and we will be sure to pass along any further information as soon as it is made available. Should the Mamba miss any time, Nick Young, Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington will all benefit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:19 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant set for MRI on Thursday
      Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is set to have an MRI on Thursday.

      Advice: Bryant tweaked his shoulder during a dunk in the third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans, but downplayed the severity of his injury after the game. "I’ve played with a torn labrum before. I’m not too concerned about it," Bryant said. The Mamba said he wasn't sure if he'll be able to play against the Spurs on Friday, so his owners will want to check back for more updates. Nick Young, Wayne Ellington, and Wesley Johnson would all be in line for more minutes if Bryant misses any time. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:45 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Josh Smith ejected in Wednesday's loss
      Josh Smith lasted just 14 minutes and finished with five points before being ejected with two technical fouls in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: Smith thought he got fouled when he banged knees with a Warrior, and later tore into the referees. It kind of looked like he wanted to go home early in a blowout loss, as he continues to do "Josh Smith" kind of things, regardless of what uniform he's wearing. He's been a bit of a disaster with the Rockets and things aren't likely to get better once Terrence Jones finally returns from his leg injury. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:38 pm
    • James Harden plays well in loss to Warriors
      James Harden hit 8-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 14-of-16 free throws on Wednesday, finishing with 33 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.

      Advice: He's still in the MVP discussion, but the Rockets are going to have to improve their record for him to win it. They were crushed by the Warriors tonight, despite making a late comeback in garbage time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:35 pm
    • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook go off in DC
      Kevin Durant scored a game-high 34 points in his homecoming during a 105-103 overtime win against the Wizards, adding seven rebounds, three assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

      Advice: He is on cruise control and just missed a triple-double against the Heat on Tuesday. Durant has picked it up lately over his last nine, averaging 22.4 points, 5.0 boards, 3.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.7 treys. This still isn't quite as great as he was last season, but it won't be long until he's hanging 30-point games on a regular basis. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMar DeRozan scores six points in 33 minutes
      DeMar DeRozan logged 33 minutes vs. Memphis on Wednesday, but scored only six points on 2-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and one block.

      Advice: DeRozan didn't attempt any 3-pointers and he added just one assist without any steals, making this a thoroughly disappointing line for his patient fantasy owners. The Raptors are 27-15 overall but just 11-8 on the road, and they've fallen from No. 1 in the Eastern Conference to No. 3, with the Bulls trailing by just half a game. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:37 pm
    • Nick Young struggles in Kobe's return
      Nick Young hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for nine points in 19 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Young went off on Monday with 24 points while Kobe Bryant watched in street clothes, but Kobe was back for tonight's game. Of course, Young has struggled for the most of the season with or without Kobe, but we like his chances better for success on nights when Bryant isn't playing. Kobe's shoulder was bothering him tonight and we still think Young should be held once the Kobe Shutdown finally happens. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kobe Bryant scores 14 points in loss
      Kobe Bryant returned to action for the Lakers on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: He asked out of the game at one point and headed to the locker room once the game was decided to get treatment on his shoulder. The good news is that he played and didn't shoot it like he was wearing a blindfold. The bad news is that he'll remain day-to-day until further notice as a season shutdown looks probable at some point. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:28 pm
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Tobias Harris (ankle) scores 19 pts in return
      Tobias Harris (ankle) returned from a five-game absence on Wednesday, coming off Orlando's bench to score 19 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Harris shot 7-of-15 from the field and moved without obvious discomfort, and he should displace Devyn Marble in the starting lineup for Friday's game in New York. Harris has been a top-50 value on a season-long basis and he's safe to activate in all formats, while his return should put a dent in the expanded offensive roles Marble and Channing Frye have enjoyed in his absence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:20 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) out again on Wednesday
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will not return for Wednesday's home game vs. the Mavericks.

      Advice: Martin has been active at practices and his return is imminent, but owners will have to wait at least one more game before prying him off fantasy benches. Robbie Hummel should earn another start in K-Mart's absence, but he was scoreless in 24 minutes on Monday and isn't an appealing option. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:49 pm
       
      Injured
    • Tobias Harris may come off the bench vs. DET
      Tobias Harris (ankle) is expected to play and may come off the bench against the Pistons on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is on track to play, but coach Jacque Vaughn said it's still possible Harris sits. After playing through an ankle roll on Jan. 9, Harris has missed his last five games. He was playing 35 minutes per night, but he might be a touch under 30 minutes tonight. Basically all the Magic players take a hit on offense with Channing Frye possibly taking the biggest loss. Harris is still a solid player to start in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:06 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (rest) will play against Pelicans
      Kobe Bryant (rest) will play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

      Advice: He has sat out of the last two game in order to get some additional rest due to general soreness all around his body, so he should be feeling pretty fresh for this contest. Bryant will likely only see around 30 minutes of playing time, but he should still be considered a must-start player when active. Coach Byron Scott also added that Bryant will remain on a minutes limit for at least the next 10-15 games, and said that he may continue to sit him out some nights. This doesn't bode well for Bryant's outlook going forward, and it looks like his owners will see plenty more DNPs before the season is over. Wayne Elllington will shift to the bench with this news and loses almost all of his short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:20 am
       
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Tobias Harris (ankle) is a game-time decision
      Tobias Harris (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

      Advice: Harris has missed the Magic's last five games due to his ankle sprain, so his owners will be eager to get him back into their lineups. Check back before tip-off for the official word, and expect Channing Frye and rookie Devyn Marble to benefit the most should Harris sit out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:45 am
    • Kevin Durant nears triple-double w/ zero TOs
      The Thunder won on the road on Tuesday behind Kevin Durant's near triple-double of 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

      Advice: Durant fell hard and appeared to injure his right elbow during the second half, but shook it off and confirmed that he'll play on Wednesday. He went 0-of-8 from downtown but still finished 9-of-24 from the field, while chipping in four steals and one block without any turnovers in 39 minutes. The moment his fantasy owners have awaited finally arrived this week, as he leapfrogged Anthony Davis and James Harden to return No. 1 fantasy value over his past four games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:17 pm
       
      Injured
    • Tobias Harris questionable to play Wednesday
      Tobias Harris suffered a "pretty bad sprain" when he rolled his ankle on Jan. 9, but he's improved enough to be questionable for Wednesday's game.

      Advice: "It's getting better," Harris said. "Every day I'm able to do a little bit more and more." The Magic aren't a realistic playoff team and they're likely to play it safe with Harris to avoid any setbacks, so owners should prepare alternatives in case he misses his sixth straight game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:20 pm
    • Kevin Martin (wrist) headed for a GTD on Wed.
      Kevin Martin (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Dallas.

      Advice: Martin sounded optimistic when talking about his chances about suiting up tomorrow, and said he will base his decision on how he feels when he wakes up in the morning. It's unclear if Martin will be on a minutes restriction upon his return, but given his upside, he needs to be owned in all leagues at this point. His return will likely hurt the value of Shabazz Muhammad (abdominal strain). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:04 pm
       
      Injured
    • Nick Young says you can't turn Swaggy P off
      Nick Young told reporters that Swaggy P can't be turned off after Monday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: Young had one of his best games of the season with Kobe Bryant on Monday as he scored 24 points to go along with four rebounds, three, assists, and two steals off the bench. "They told me you can’t turn Swaggy off," Young said after the game. "You made this guy so you gotta be him." It's unclear exactly who "they" and "you" are in Young's statement, but Swaggy P should be owned in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:57 am
       
      Injured
    • Young scores 24 points with full stat line
      Nick Young hit 7-of-12 shots (including four threes) for 24 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steal in 26 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Young also added 6-of-7 free throws for good measure and he's hot again, giving owners a preview of what a good night without Kobe Bryant might look like in the last third of the season. He should be owned in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:20 am
       
      Injured
    • DeRozan goes 0-for-9, Raptors survive and win
      DeMar DeRozan missed all nine of his field goal attempts in Monday's win over the Bucks, finishing with three rebounds and four assists to go with his goose egg in the scoring column.

      Advice: We'll cut him some slack and call this rust but he has a way to go to match the Team USA hype from this summer. Obviously he should remain owned in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:49 pm
    • Harden drops season-high 45 points on Indy
      James Harden scored a season-high 45 points in the Rockets' 110-98 win over the Pacers on Monday, hitting 12-of-18 shots (7-of-12 3PTs, 14-of-15 FTs) with one rebound, seven assists, four steals and one block.

      Advice: Monster. Harden is fantasy's No. 1 producer in 8-cat leagues and No. 3 in 9-cat formats when measuring on a per-game basis. His consistency and durability come with way less heartburn than some of his fellow elite, too. Dwight Howard went for 14 and 17 with one block in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:05 pm
    • Smith has another bad fantasy outing
      Josh Smith hit just 3-of-11 shots for six points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Smith missed both of his 3-pointers and his only free throw to boot. He has played well below the cut line in most standard leagues and owners can leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:57 pm
    • Kevin Durant racks up 21/11/8 in blowout win
      Kevin Durant led the Thunder's absurdly efficient offense on Sunday, scoring a team-high 21 points on 7-of-10 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, with 11 rebounds and eight assists.

      Advice: He also had one steal and one block in a mere 28 minutes of action, and has resumed MVP-caliber play since returning to action on Dec. 31. The win brought OKC back to .500 with a 20-20 record, leaving them just three games behind the Suns for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 5:45 pm
       
      Injured
    • DeMar DeRozan scores 22 points on Sunday
      DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points on 7-of-18 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, adding three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, and one turnover.

      Advice: DeRozan also shot 7-of-9 from the stripe, making this your prototypical DeRozan line. He also logged 35.9 minutes, and he looks to be fully recovered from his groin injury that sidelined him for all of December. Before that extended absence, DeRozan had only missed three games over the past four seasons, so hopefully he'll be able to remain on the court for the rest of the year. He has mid-round upside. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:33 pm
    • James Harden had huge letdown vs. Warriors
      James Harden didn't show up against the Warriors on Saturday, making 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and no 3-pointers.

      Advice: Sometimes when you win, you actually lose, and sometimes when you lose, you actually win. Not this time, though. Harden was a big letdown on the main stage tonight, but he'll bounce back on Monday against the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 9:20 pm
    • Young tries to make the FT line so Swaggy
      Nick Young busted out of a slump with 23 points on 4-of-9 shooting, two threes, two boards and a season-high 13-of-13 makes from the foul line on Friday.

      Advice: Young has played well enough to be owned in all 12-team formats this year, but his ups and downs might have him on benches or even the waiver wire for stretches. If anything happens to Kobe down the stretch, he could add a couple of rounds to his value real quick. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:57 pm
       
      Injured
    • Durant hits 14-of-18 shots for 36 points
      Kevin Durant hit 14-of-18 shots in the Thunder's win over the Warriors on Friday, finishing with 36 points, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal.

      Advice: Durant has climbed up into the top-5 on a per-game basis and everybody above him is fair game at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:03 pm
       
      Injured
    • Allen productive across the box score on Fri
      Tony Allen scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, two steals and one block in Friday's win over the Magic.

      Advice: Allen has snuck into late mid-round value on the season and nobody has noticed. He's averaging 8.2 points, 0.2 threes, 4.0 boards, 2.2 steals and 0.5 blocks while hitting 48.3 percent from the field and 71.6 percent from the line. He should be owned in all standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:34 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 103-94 vs Orl
    • DeMar DeRozan scores 25 points in 32 minutes
      DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points against the Hawks on Friday with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 11-of-18 from the field in his 32 minutes of action. Clearly, the Raptors have dropped his minutes limit and he should be on his way to his season average of 34 soon enough. DeRozan was below 40 percent from the field before his injury, but he's buried 62.5 percent in his last two. He is safe to start everywhere. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 8:10 pm
    • Tony Allen (hamstring) remains probable Fri.
      Tony Allen (hamstring) was a full participant during shootaround, and he remains probable for Friday's game against the Magic.

      Advice: Jeff Green will likely enter the starting lineup in Memphis soon, and it's unclear if that move will send Allen or Courtney Lee to the bench. While Allen's gritty defense will guarantee him minutes for the Grizzlies, his averages of 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game point to the fact that he's not much more than a specialist in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 10:29 am
       
      Injured
      W, 103-94 vs Orl
    • Andre Iguodala (rest) out Friday vs. OKC
      Andre Iguodala (rest) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Thunder.

      Advice: Head coach Steve Kerr said that Shaun Livingston will play heavy minutes tonight with Iguodala out of the lineup, so he could make for a decent low-budget plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Harrison Barnes will also have the opportunity for extended minutes, although he'll draw a difficult matchup vs. Kevin Durant of the Thunder, so he makes for a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 16, 9:16 am
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