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    • Shawne Williams gets defensive in Heat win
      Shawne Williams played well in 31 minutes as a starter on Sunday, scoring 11 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

      Advice: Josh McRoberts (knee surgery) is out indefinitely and could be done for the season, which makes Williams a great speculative pickup in 12-team leagues. His primary virtue is 3-point shooting, but he also shoots with solid percentages and racks up occasional defensive stats, as evidenced tonight. With minimal competition for playing time, it's hard to dislike his rest-of-season outlook. Rotoworld.com
      47 minutes ago
    • Marcin Gortat plays just 20 minutes in loss
      Marcin Gortat played just 20 minutes in a loss to the Suns on Sunday, finishing with nine points, seven boards and two blocks.

      Advice: He deserves a pass here and the Wizards just decided to go with the hot hand in Kevin Seraphin off of the bench. Gortat has been a double-double machine for the Wizards this season, and should bounce-back against the Bulls on Tuesday. Keep Gortat locked into all lineups, and expect him to play big minutes against the imposing frontcourt of Chicago. Rotoworld.com
      54 minutes ago
    • Brandon Bass plays season-low five minutes
      Brandon Bass scored four points in a season-low five minutes vs. the Heat on Sunday, the Celtics' first game with newly-arrived big man Brandan Wright.

      Advice: There is a log-jam in Boston's frontcourt and it's not surprising to see Bass on the losing end of the rotation. His contract expires after the 2014-15 season and the Celtics aren't likely to use him much in a young frontcourt that features Wright, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:22 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic's 19 & 17 not enough vs. 76ers
      The Magic lost to the visiting 76ers on Sunday despite a big game from Nikola Vucevic, who scored 19 points with 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

      Advice: Vuc made 8-of-14 shots and turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes of action in the type of performance that has cemented him with top-40 fantasy value. The Magic are somehow just two games out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, giving them extra incentive to feed Vuc heavy minutes for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:54 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 17 points in win Sun
      Markieff Morris scored 17 points in a win over the Wizards on Sunday, but added just two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Apart from his scoring, this was quite a disappointing line from him considering he played 36 minutes. Morris has still been producing early-round value in standard leagues, but owners can expect a few bumps in the road along the way. Keep him active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:41 pm
    • Lou Williams lights up the Knicks on Sunday
      Lou Williams lit up the Knicks on Sunday for 22 points (6-of-14 shooting) to go with four 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

      Advice: This is what Lou does. He doesn't offer much peripheral stats, but if you're looking for some points, treys, and a free throw percentage booster, he's your guy. He's averaging 14.4 points and 1.8 three-pointers this season while shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe (on 4.4 attempts per game). He's certainly in the running for Sixth Man of the Year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:24 pm
    • Jonas Valanciunas has rough outing vs. NY
      Jonas Valanciunas only managed to score 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with five rebounds, an assists, and zero blocks over 22 minutes of action.

      Advice: Slow starts are nothing new for Valanciunas, and it's really only a matter of time until he starts to get things going. He averaged 16.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks during the month of April last year, so it would be wise to float out some buy-low offers before he starts rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:14 pm
    • Kyrie Irving ties career-high with 12 assists
      Kyrie Irving tied his career-high with 12 assists vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, while adding 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer and three rebounds.

      Advice: Irving committed only two turnovers in 37 minutes and improved efficiency has been a welcome boost for his fantasy value, as he's averaging career-best numbers in True Shooting (56.7 percent) and turnover rate (8.8 percent). His usage rate has predictably fallen off with LeBron James and Kevin Love in town, but that hasn't stopped Irving from producing at a top-15 level in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:14 pm
    • Kyle Lowry scores 22 points, dishes 9 assists
      Kyle Lowry put up 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting during Sunday's win, adding nine assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, three steals, and four turnovers.

      Advice: Lowry also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe as his career-year continues. He's hitting career-highs in points (19.4) and assists (7.8) this season, and is the main reason the Raptors currently own a record of 21-6 despite not having DeMar DeRozan. Keep rolling him out there as he establishes himself as an elite point guard in the league. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:05 pm
    • Jose Calderon goes for 15 & 10 vs. Toronto
      Jose Calderon put up 15 points and 10 assists against his former team on Sunday, while adding one 3-pointer, three rebounds, and two turnovers.

      Advice: Calderon is averaging just 8.5 points, 3.9 assists, and 1.5 three-pointers per game this season over 30 minutes of action. However, his numbers have been trending up lately, and he's scored 15, 21, and 12 points in his last three outings. He remains a buy-low candidate, but with New York being the mess that they are, there are no guarantees he turns things around. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:29 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker won't play Monday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) have both been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: Leonard was reportedly targeting Monday for his return, so the early cancellation of the plan isn't a great sign for his fantasy owners. The silver lining is that San Antonio also plays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, so both Leonard and Parker could potentially have three-game weeks despite Monday's DNP. Until those two get back on the court, Kyle Anderson and Cory Joseph are the biggest fantasy winners. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:51 pm
       
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    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) doesn't need surgery
      Iman Shumpert's dislocated left shoulder will not require surgery, and he will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

      Advice: "I wanted to get back on the court as soon as possible. But it’s a healing process," said Shumpert. "It’s a lot better now that it’s back in place. I don’t need any medication or anything for it, just ice." With both Shumpert and J.R. Smith (heel) sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. is going to get all the minutes he can handle and is looking like a must-own player in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:36 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kyrie Irving named USA player of the year
      Kyrie Irving was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year after helping team USA bring home the gold at FIBA World Cup this summer.

      Advice: The award could have also easily gone to Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, or James Harden, but Irving did his part too with averages of 12.11 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 boards and 1.9 steals per game. Irving has been an elite fantasy asset for his owners this season, and if he can stay healthy he will continue to keep it rolling. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:06 am
    • Ersan Ilyasova (nose) to be re-evaluated Mon
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is getting closer to a return, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday.

      Advice: There is a big opportunity for playing time now that Jabari Parker (knee) is done for the season, so he makes sense as a speculative add. We will update his status as soon as we know more, and we will consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:44 am
       
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    • Timofey Mozgov blocks five with 15 boards
      Timofey Mozgov played well in 36 minutes against the Pacers with six points, 15 boards and five blocks.

      Advice: This one was overdue. Mozgov had a season high in blocks and was one board shy of his season high. He was really struggling earlier this month, but nights like tonight serve as a reminder that he's still worth owning in standard leagues no matter how many times you've seen the video of Blake Griffin dunking on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:56 pm
    • Rajon Rondo has a mediocre debut, scores six
      Rajon Rondo had an underwhelming Dallas debut on Saturday, making 3-of-11 from the field for six points with seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four turnovers.

      Advice: He was a bystander as Monta had it all. Rondo's shot selection wasn't great tonight and the Mavericks might want him to dial down his mid-range jumpers if they want to remain No. 1 in offensive efficiency. The Celtics led the NBA in pace while he was there -- Dallas was 11th at the time of the trade -- while Rondo is posting career lows in several categories, so it's hard to get too excited about his fantasy value in standard leagues. He's obviously still worth owning, though. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 19 points
      Markieff Morris scored 19 points with five rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

      Advice: He bounced back from his Wednesday ejection nicely. Markieff scored 12 points in the third quarter and played down the stretch with the three-point guard lineup. He does have some bad games, but he's still producing early-round value in standard leagues. He'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:03 pm
    • Jose Calderon scores 21 points vs. Suns
      Jose Calderon matched his season high of 21 points against the Suns on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: Finally. Calderon didn't make more than one triple in any of his previous five games and he didn't make above 47 percent from the field in any of those games either. The Knicks should give him more triples these days, so his owners can probably expect him to get it going in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:42 pm
    • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) making progress
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) is hoping to return to practice in two weeks.

      Advice: He is still not expected to return before mid-January, but it is great to see him making progress. While he is by no means a must-own player, he might be worth a stash in deeper leagues for his ability to produce 3-pointers and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is worth a long look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:59 am
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Saturday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. Dallas as expected.

      Advice: Leonard is said to be targeting a return on Monday, while Parker is still without a timetable. Kyle Anderson will likely continue to play big minutes in place of Leonard, while Cory Joseph will continue to run the point in Parker's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 am
       
      Injured
    • Rajon Rondo ready to perform for Dallas
      Rajon Rondo is eager to embrace his role in Dallas, and is looking forward to helping his teammates succeed.

      Advice: "I’m able to help guys make it easier for themselves offensively," Rondo said. "Just get the ball out of my hands quicker and let guys make plays." It will be very intriguing to see how Dallas decides to use Rondo, as they already let Monta Ellis handle the ball a lot. Regardless, Rondo is surrounded by a host of talented players, and he should be able to be a more efficient player than he was in Boston. Deploy him as usual against the Spurs on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:36 am
    • Shawne Williams hits two threes for eight pts
      Shawne Williams hit two 3-pointers in Friday's 105-103 loss to the Wizards, finishing with just eight points and three rebounds in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Williams has all of the opportunity in the world with Chris Bosh (calf) out indefinitely and Josh McRoberts (knee) starting down a season-ender. He hasn't done anything with it so far but it wouldn't be surprising if he got hot so keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:38 pm
    • Gortat struggles against the Heat
      Marcin Gortat scored just four points on 2-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and one block over 22 minutes on Friday against the Heat.

      Advice: Gortat should have done more against a depleted Heat squad, but he's been a relatively stable mid-round play this season. Keep him in lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:29 pm
    • Kyle Lowry fills it up, shoots poorly
      Kyle Lowry played just 25 minutes against the Pistons on Friday during a 110-100 win with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He did hit a clutch turnaround jumper to ice it, but finished making just 5-of-14 from the field. Lowry's shooting percentage hasn't dropped off too much since the loss of DeMar DeRozan, but he's getting to the line more and handing out 10 assists per night this month. He should be a No. 1 fantasy point guard all season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:02 pm
    • Jonas Valanciunas scores 17 points
      Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points with seven rebounds and two blocks against the Pistons on Friday.

      Advice: He starting to come around, averaging 11.4 points, 10.4 boards and 0.8 blocks over his last five. Valanciunas has seen consistent minutes and we're really just waiting on a big game from him. He's been a tremendous finisher in each of his last few seasons, so it makes sense to buy low before his owner realizes he/she is sitting on a goldmine. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:55 pm
    • Shawne Williams will start Friday vs. WAS
      Shawne Williams will start Friday vs. the Wizards, sending Justin Hamilton to the bench.

      Advice: Williams has been struggling lately, but he's a more effective player than Justin Hamilton and it'll be interesting to see how he fares returning to the starting unit. Chris Bosh (calf) is without a timetable to return, and Josh McRoberts (knee) could be done for the season, so the opportunity is there for Williams. He's worth a speculative add, but he has a tough matchup tonight vs. Washington. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:16 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard has torn ligament in hand
      Kawhi Leonard said he has a torn ligament in his right hand.

      Advice: He is going to let the swelling go down first and the Spurs will come up with a plan after that. Players will fight through torn ligaments in their hands all the time and it has a lot to do with the location of the tear. He is still listed as day-to-day and his fantasy owners should consider him questionable for Saturday. Kyle Anderson is worth a look in deep leagues. We'll add updates as we receive them. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:07 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard has damage to right hand
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) may have damage to his right hand, but remains day-to-day.

      Advice: "Something kind of torn in there; a little bit of mucked up stuff," coach Gregg Popovich said. Leonard may be dealing with a small tear to one of his tendons. He's not going to play on Friday and could miss additional games. Leonard was starting to come on and flirting with first-round value besides his slow start. Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw also benefit sans Kawhi. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:39 pm
       
      Injured
    • Rajon Rondo expected to make Mavs debut Sat.
      Rajon Rondo is expected to make his Mavs debut Saturday vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: It's worth noting that the Mavs still intend to use Monta Ellis as their primary pick-and-roll ball handler, so while the spacing on the floor will change, Ellis' role will not. Rondo should be able to get some easier looks on offense with the offensive weapons that surround him, so perhaps he can improve on his current 40.5 percent shooting from the field. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:13 am
    • Mavs 'confident' they can re-sign Rajon Rondo
      The Mavs are reportedly very "confident" that they'll be able to re-sign Rajon Rondo this offseason.

      Advice: Rondo had indicated before the trade that he'd be open to re-signing with the Mavs, so it seems to be just a formality at this point. There will be some growing pains with Rondo as he adjusts to a new system in Dallas, and it'll be interesting to see how he and Monta Ellis co-exist in the backcourt. Still, Rondo should be able to provide high assist totals while running Dallas’ high-octane offense. We recently wrote that he had a No. 129 value in standard leagues, but neglected to differentiate between 8- and 9-cat value at the time. He is the No. 77 value in 8-cat leagues and our apologies for the omission. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:39 am
    • Jose Calderon doesn't take any treys
      Jose Calderon did not attempt any attempts from 3-point range on Thursday against the Bulls, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

      Advice: Tonight was the first game in which he played at least 34 minutes and did not take an attempt fro beyond the arc since Feb. 15, 2012. Calderon also has just 2.9 attempt from deep per game this month, which is his lowest in a month since March 2012. Hopefully, the Knicks remember why they picked him up and have him shoot more triples. He's a nice buy-low player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:04 pm
    • Report: Rajon Rondo traded to Mavericks
      The Celtics have agreed in principle to deal Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder and two draft picks, according to ESPN.com.

      Advice: It's certainly not a deal like the one the Jazz received for Deron Williams, the Nuggets got for Carmelo Anthony or the Magic pulled off for Dwight Howard, but there are assets here. Of course, the Celtics lost a lot of their leverage because of Rondo's poor play and ACL tear, so it's not a bad deal. As for Rondo's fantasy value, he's likely to lose some value. He is likely going to have to give up some ball-handling responsibilities, so he is likely to lose his current lead for assists per game. Rondo has only held No. 129 value on the season in standard leagues, so it's going to be awfully tough to deal him. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:03 pm
    • Dallas emerging as frontrunners for Rondo
      Boston and Dallas are reportedly discussing a deal that would send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, and a first-round draft pick to Boston in exchange for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: That would be a nice haul for the Mavericks, and Boston's frontcourt would become even more confusing with Wright, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, and Brandon Bass all vying for minutes. Rondo would join one of the most crowded backcourts in the NBA, and he would essentially kill the value of Jameer Nelson. If this trade goes through, it’ll be interesting to see if Rondo and Monta Ellis can co-exist. Marcus Smart will become the Celtics' starting point guard when Rondo is dealt (if another point guard doesn't come back), and he is worth stashing in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:26 pm
    • Report: BOS's asking price too high for SAC
      Boston's asking price for Rajon Rondo is reportedly too high for Sacramento to re-engage in talks, according to sources of Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: There are plenty of rumors flying around right now, but if true, this news bodes well for Darren Collison whose value would take a substantial hit if Rondo ended up in Sac-town. As it stands right now, the Mavericks appear to be the frontrunners in the Rondo sweepstakes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:44 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Friday vs. Portland
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: This will be Leonard's second consecutive game out of the lineup due to his sore hand, and we'll consider him questionable for Saturday's game vs. Dallas. Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green will be asked to pick up the slack while Leonard is sidelined, and all those guys figure to be decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:41 pm
       
      Injured
    • Report: Lakers trying to bring in Rajon Rondo
      The Lakers have reportedly offered multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: The Mavs are currently the favorite to land Rondo, but the Rockets and Lakers have also thrown their names into the mix. There will be a lot of rumors flying around with regards to Rondo, but it's looking like there's a strong possibility that he is moved at some point this season, meaning Marcus Smart makes sense as a stash-candidate. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:06 am
    • Lakers offer picks and Nash for Rajon Rondo
      The Lakers have offered multiple picks and Steve Nash's expiring contract to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.

      Advice: By our count, the Rondo sweepstakes now includes the Mavericks, Rockets, Kings, Knicks, and Lakers bidding for the point guard's services. It's unclear what Celtics president Danny Ainge will do with his myriad of offers, but it's becoming clear that Rondo won't be wearing Celtic green for much longer. Fantasy owners would be wise to stash Marcus Smart before a trade becomes official. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:59 am
    • Markieff Morris lets emotions get best of him
      Markieff Morris said his ejection during Wednesday's win over the Hornets stemmed from his emotions getting the best of him.

      Advice: Of his ejection that occurred in the second half after two technical fouls that were two minutes and 33 seconds apart, Morris said, "I let my emotions get the best of me, which wasn't right." Morris shouldn't face suspension for his ejection and was still able to score 13 points with eight rebounds and one 3-pointer, so there will be better days to come for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:46 am
    • Rajon Rondo open to re-signing with DAL/HOU
      Rajon Rondo has indicated that he is open to re-signing with Dallas or Houston if he is traded to either team.

      Advice: With Rondo set to be a free agent after the season, any team trading for him would seek assurances that he would re-sign and reports say that he would be open to doing so with the Mavericks and Rockets. While a trade to the Rockets would benefit Rondo's fantasy owners more than a deal to the Mavericks, owners with an open roster spot would be wise to take a flier on Marcus Smart. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:11 am
    • Timofey Mozgov gets Dwight'd again
      Timofey Mozgov was shut down against the Rockets on Wednesday with one point, six rebounds and four fouls in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Foul trouble was a factor and Dwight Howard made him look pretty bad. He has hit a really bad rough patch lately, but both of those games came against the Rockets. Mozgov gets a date with the Clippers on Friday and hopefully he doesn't end up on a Blake Griffin highlight again. All these negatives aside, he's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:12 am
    • Kyle Lowry stays hot in win over Nets
      Kyle Lowry had 20 points, three rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and just two turnovers on 7-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: He's been on fire ever since DeMar DeRozan went down with a groin injury and is showing no signs of slowing down. And given Toronto's great win-loss record this season, he's also in most MVP discussions, to boot. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:53 pm
    • Jonas Valanciunas hits 6-of-7, double-doubles
      Jonas Valanciunas hit 6-of-7 shots for 16 points, 10 rebounds and a block in 28 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

      Advice: He totaled just 14 points in his previous two games, but is still averaging 11.6 points and 12.0 rebounds over his last five games, while shooting 53 percent. Keep running him out there and hope he gets enough shots in the Raptors offense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:51 pm
    • Shawne Williams plays 29 minutes in loss
      Shawne Williams came off the bench on Wednesday, hitting 2-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes.

      Advice: The minutes were great, as he played just 19 of them on Tuesday. He's struggled recently, but with Chris Bosh out indefinitely and Josh McRoberts likely out for the season, Williams still has a chance to make some noise in Miami. Just keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:05 pm
    • Brandon Bass scores 18 points in 22 minutes
      Brandon Bass came off the bench to hit 6-of-10 shots for 18 points and two rebounds in 22 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Bass is averaging 13.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over his last five games, but all that really means is his eating from Jared Sullinger's bucket. Sully was better tonight with 16 points, but played just 24 minutes, in part because Bass has been playing so well. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:17 pm
    • Kyrie Irving dominated by Hawks guards
      Kyrie Irving managed just nine points, six assists and nothing else on 4-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes as the Cavs were embarrassed by the Hawks in Cleveland by a final score of 127-98 on Wednesday.

      Advice: Jeff Teague was out, so Dennis Schroder started and had 10 points and 10 assists, and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to torch Irving and company for 24 points, which included 7-of-8 shooting and 6-of-6 shooting from downtown. Irving was clearly disturbed by getting worked over by a couple Hawks reserves, and spent time after the game on the court getting up some shots and going through drills with an assistant coach. The Hawks were not expected to win this game with Teague in street clothes, but Schroder and Mack didn't blink. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:08 pm
    • Markieff Morris tossed for 2 technical fouls
      Markieff Morris was ejected for two technical fouls against the Hornets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He started slow, but had it going as he was ejected for arguing with a ref. Morris finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and one 3-pointer on 6-of-10 from the field. He won't be suspended and hopefully he keeps his temper in check against the Knicks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:50 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Wednesday
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play against Memphis on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is just a reminder so owners can have a backup plan ready in time for Wednesday's tip-off. Cory Joseph is the obvious beneficiary in Parker's absence while Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili will see increase workloads in place of Leonard. We will update Leonard as needed and he is simply dealing with a sore hand and should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:23 am
       
      Injured
    • Ersan Ilyasova (out) for Wednesday's game
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is out for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: He is not expected to play on the current road trip, so the next chance he would have to play would be on Dec. 23 vs. Charlotte. Jabari Parker (knee) was ruled out for the rest of the season, so Ilyasova could see a bump in his minutes upon his return. He will have to string together a few good games before being considered in standard leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Jose Calderon hits 1-of-6 shots in loss
      Jose Calderon hit just 1-of-6 shots (a 3-pointer) for three points, four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Mavericks.

      Advice: Calderon had 13 points and five assists on Sunday, but has only scored in double figures in three games this season. The entire Knicks team is a disaster this season and it's hard to say if Calderon will ever really get it going. The odds are in his favor, but whether he can stay healthy or motivated while toiling for a 5-22 team is up for debate. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:48 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) out Wednesday vs. MEM
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Leonard again had x-rays taken on his sore right hand following Monday's game vs. Portland, but they revealed no fracture. The Spurs are currently awaiting the results of further testing that is being performed today in San Antonio, and we'll keep you posted as soon as details become available. Leonard was seen holding his hand and wincing in pain throughout Monday's game, and with the Spurs main focus set on a title run, he could miss some extended time here. Marco Bellineli and Manu Ginobili will see some increased opportunity with Leonard sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:58 pm
       
      Injured
    • Kawhi Leonard scores 21 points vs. Blazers
      Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points against the Blazers during a 108-95 loss on Monday to go with nine rebounds, four assists and one block in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He made 7-of-18 from the field and did a lot of his scoring off the dribble. His usage rate tonight was higher than any game in his career with at least 15 minutes on the court. On the downside, he is shooting much worse on pull-ups this season, which explains the 6.8 percent dip in field goal percentage. Leonard has been a top-20 player on the season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Lowry posts big line in win over Magic
      Kyle Lowry scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in the Raptors' 95-82 win over the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: Lowry is more or less giving owners what they bargained for on draft day, returning mid-second round value with no signs of letting up. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:29 pm
    • Williams scores 18 points off the bench
      Lou Williams scored 18 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 6-of-14 shots (including a three) with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

      Advice: Williams will be streaky in his bench role but he's a must-own player as long as DeMar DeRozan is out. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:09 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores 25 points vs. Bucks
      Markieff Morris made 9-of-13 from the field for 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and six turnovers against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: He had an awful game against the Thunder due to foul trouble and bounced back nicely in 37 minutes. Morris has seen his fouls go up recently, but it's still not enough to be alarmed. He's posting top-30 total value on the season and there's no reason to think he won't be in that neighborhood at season's end. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:17 pm
    • Marcin Gortat hit with flop warning Sunday
      Marcin Gortat was given a flop warning for his actions against the Jazz on Sunday.

      Advice: VIdeo of the flop can be found below. If Gortat is found guilty again, he'll face a $5,000 fine. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 9:29 am
    • Magic feeding Nikola Vucevic in the post
      Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said the Magic are feeding Nikola Vucevic in the post more than ever.

      Advice: "We’ve thrown him the ball more often than we ever have in the past," Vaughn said. "His ability to post up for us, even command double teams, has been very good." His usage rate has skyrocketed, and after signing a 4-year, $53 million extension with the Magic, he's looking like the key cog in Orlando's rebuild. Follow the link below for an excellent feature on Vucevic's journey to the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 9:04 am
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) just misses 5x5 line
      Kawhi Leonard (bruised hand) set a career high with six blocks during Sunday's win over the Nuggets, while also tying his career high with five steals.

      Advice: Leonard also scored 18 points with eight rebounds, four assists and only one turnover. He's playing a career-high 31.9 minutes per game this season, racking up elite fantasy value with 14.8 points (46.0 percent FGs, 75.0 percent FTs), 1.0 threes, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks. Those numbers aren't likely to dip as the season progresses but they could easily improve, giving Leonard nice upside after a relatively slow start to the season. Tonight's performance made him the first Spurs player since David Robinson in 1992 to record six blocks and five steals in the same game. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 8:02 pm
       
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    • Timofey Mozgov double-doubles in defeat
      Timofey Mozgov double-doubled in Sunday's loss to the Spurs, finishing with 11 points, 13 boards and two blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 4-of-12 from the field and struggled with foul trouble, but owners can't complain about this production. JaVale McGee (tibia) is expected to miss significant time, so Mozgov is locked in as the starting center and should be a double-double threat every time he plays. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:52 pm
    • Jose Calderon logs season-high 40 minutes
      Jose Calderon played a season-high 40 minutes on Sunday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds and five assists, but the result was another Knicks' loss.

      Advice: The veteran PG chipped in one 3-pointer and only turned the ball over twice, and it was nice to see him score 13 points after being held to single digits for the previous six games. The Knicks are foundering in the standings at 5-21 and Calderon has been quiet all season, but he has too much upside to think about cutting him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:28 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores four points in loss
      Markieff Morris scored just four points in Sunday's loss to the Thunder, adding one rebound in 10 minutes.

      Advice: It was by far his worst game of the season, and the low minutes occurred due to the fact that he had five fouls in 10 minutes. Morris' owners should give him a break after this dud, as he has managed to post early-round value in what has been his breakout season. Expect him to bounce back against the Bucks on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:04 pm
    • Marcin Gortat quiet w/ five points Sunday
      Marcin Gortat was very quiet on Sunday, scoring only five points on 2-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

      Advice: Rudy Gobert started for Utah and his incredible length and athleticism get some credit for Gortat's off night, which was only his sixth single-digit scoring game of the season. He should have much better luck on Tuesday vs. the Wolves, and especially on Friday vs. the Heat. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 5:46 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard (hand) active for Sunday's game
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) will give it a go on Sunday despite still being sore.

      Advice: After resting for two games, Leonard looks set to play against the Nuggets and owners will want to make sure he is in their active lineups. We will let you know how he does after the game, but it appears he has finally turned the corner with his hand injury. Marco Belinelli takes a huge hit with this news and should be cut in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 4:12 pm
       
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    • Timofey Mozgov has some foul trouble
      Timofey Mozgov had some foul trouble on Saturday, finishing with no points, four boards, one assist and five fouls in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Ouch. He had double-digit rebounds in three straight before tonight and Dwight Howard usually causes some problems for centers, so he gets a pass here. Mozgov is still worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:38 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic goes for 18 and 11 in return
      Nikola Vucevic returned from a six-game absence on Saturday against the Hawks, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and one block in 35 minutes.

      Advice: He picked up right where he left off. Vucevic said he didn't expect to see a drop in his conditioning and that held up as a true statement. He'll get a day off before heading to Toronto on Monday. Make sure he's in your lineup in weekly leagues with his four-game slate. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:09 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic (back) will start on Saturday
      Nikola Vuecvic (back) will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: "We'll see how many minutes he plays," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I'll gauge and see what he looks like out there." Kyle O'Quinn has been solid in the starting lineup, but he's likely going to lose a ton of minutes even though he does play next to Vucevic on occasion. Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo will also lose some shots. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 2:21 pm
    • Report: Iman Shumpert could miss four weeks
      Iman Shumpert (dislocated left shoulder) could miss up to four weeks, according to Frank Isola of the Daily News.

      Advice: The Knicks diagnosed him with a dislocated shoulder and popped it back into place last night. It doesn't sound like he's going to need surgery and the team will just allow him to rehab. With Shumpert out, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get most of the playing time and is worth a look in standard leagues. Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin will play more, too. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:18 pm
       
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    • Kyrie Irving sores 17 points in a loss
      Kyrie Irving scored 17 points against the Pelicans during a 119-114 loss on Friday with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

      Advice: His knee issue from Thursday is not a problem and he looked as agile as ever. Although, he missed his first 10 shots tonight. Irving was killing it earlier in the year from an efficiency standpoint, but he's made just 33.9 percent from the field in his last four. He probably wasn't going to make 47 percent all season, but his fantasy owners should still be quite pleased with his output. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 11:08 pm
    • Valanciunas double-doubles in win
      Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled for a career-high third straight time in the Raptors' 106-94 win over the Pacers on Friday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting with 14 rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: It's not the cleanest line but he did add 4-of-4 free throws to shine it up. Owners are hoping there will be a tipping point that frees Valanciunas up for heavy minutes, but it's still unclear if we're going to see that this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:13 pm
    • Sweet Lou scores 26 points with five treys
      Lou Williams scored 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting (including five threes) with four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Williams is a top 90-100 play on the season in just 21 mpg, which he is going to get on most nights while DeMar DeRozan is out. He's a must-own player right now, but expect inconsistency and see if he was dropped during this recent cold streak. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 10:03 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic expected back for Saturday
      Nikola Vucevic (back) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday against the Hawks.

      Advice: He's been out for six games and the Magic will likely toss him back in the starting lineup. Vucevic was putting up early-round value and hopefully all this time off has put the injury behind him. Kyle O'Quinn will lose some value while Channing Frye and Tobias Harris may be affected negatively. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:59 pm
    • Calderon goes for nine and seven
      Jose Calderon scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one trey in Friday's win.

      Advice: With players dropping like flies the Knicks are going to need Calderon more than ever. The only thing that should keep him out of mid-round value is his durability. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:46 pm
    • Marcin Gortat plays well in 22 minutes
      Marcin Gortat was a handful for the Clippers during a win on Friday, making 8-of-10 from the field for 18 points with two rebounds and two blocks.

      Advice: He had a terrific block against Blake Griffin in the low post. Gortat and the Wizards have won seven of their last eight games and the big man has shot at least 55 percent from the field in seven of those eight. He's blocking shots, pulling down boards and making 96 percent of his free throws in that span, so he's as must-start as it gets. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:43 pm
    • Shumpert leaves game with shoulder injury
      Iman Shumpert left Friday's game with what looked like a left shoulder injury and his return is questionable.

      Advice: Shumpert looked like he was in a ton of pain and had to be helped off the court. He just hasn't been able to stay healthy in his career and Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith will be the primary beneficiaries. Smith has a better fantasy stat set but he hasn't been able to stay healthy or out of Derek Fisher's doghouse, while Hardaway has been inconsistent and clashing with Carmelo Anthony. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 5:39 pm
       
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    • Jose Calderon playing through neck issue
      Jose Calderon said he's playing through a stiff neck and will play on Friday.

      Advice: He said it's not impacting his play, but anyone who has played ball with a stiff neck will probably feel for him. Calderon has been awful in the past couple games. but he should be better soon. Keep him owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 4:10 pm
    • Kyrie Irving will play on Friday night
      Kyrie Irving will play against the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: He said he expected his knee to stiffen up on him, but everything seems to be fine. Irving looks safe to start in all leagues tonight. If you picked up Dion Waiters or Matthew Dellavedova last night, it's probably time to make a move. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:40 pm
    • Nikola Vucevic out again for Friday night
      Nikola Vucevic (back) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

      Advice: It'll be his sixth game out, which is hard to believe because this injury came out of nowhere last week. Kyle O'Quinn will get another start and will have his hands full with Al Horford. He's worth a look tonight. Vucevic owners can only hope he'll be ready for next week. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 3:02 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova not traveling for road trip
      Ersan Ilyasova (nose) is not going to travel with the Bucks for their four-game road trip.

      Advice: "I've broken my nose several times in the past eight years, and so far this is one of the worst ones," Ilyasova said. "I had a couple fractures, some of the new and old ones." That means he's out until Dec. 23 with his broken nose. Expect to see more Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zaza Pachulia. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 1:09 pm
       
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    • Ersan Ilyasova (face) limited to conditioning
      Ersan Ilyasova (face) has not yet been cleared to return to practice, but he will be re-evaluated on Monday.

      Advice: Ersan has been limited to doing light conditioning work, and given the fact he hasn’t been cleared for practice, it's looking pretty safe to assume he won't be able to go on Saturday vs. the Clippers. With Ilyasova sidelined, Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo will continue to log heavy minutes for the Bucks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 11:06 am
       
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    • Nikola Vucevic says back feeling better
      Nikola Vucevic said his back continues to feel better, but his status for Friday's game vs. the Hawks remains uncertain.

      Advice: The Magic continue to list Vucevic as day-to-day, so we'll be monitoring his status closely. He's likely headed for another game-time decision, but if he's unable to go, Kyle O'Quinn will be set to log heavy minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:06 am
    • Kyrie Irving expects knee to stiffen up on him
      Kyrie Irving said he expects his left knee to stiffen up on him, but expects to play on Friday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: He said he felt his knee buckle and the Thunder's team doctor examined him at halftime. Irving did have a left knee injury last season, so perhaps the Cavs take it easy on him and sit him down for one. Matthew Dellavedova and Dion Waiters would get more run should Kyrie sit. Again, it sounds like he should be out there for now. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 8:58 pm
    • Kyrie Irving looks fine after injury scare
      Kyrie Irving started the second half after suffering a knee contusion in the second quarter on Thursday, finishing with 20 points, three rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 7-of-21 shooting.

      Advice: He looked a little apprehensive to start the second half, but seemed to have a little more confidence as the half went on. There shouldn't be too much concern about Irving heading into Friday's game against the Pelicans, but his owners might want to check back for an update after morning shootaround. Irving has been a top-five player in fantasy leagues so far this season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 7:49 pm
    • Kyrie Irving (left knee contusion) will return
      Kyrie Irving only suffered a left knee contusion against the Thunder on Thursday and will return.

      Advice: Irving gave everyone a pretty good scare and he was down for quite some time, so the Cavs lucked out here. He sounds like he's going to start the second half and we'll let you know how he looks. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 6:28 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova (face) doesn't practice Thurs.
      Ersan Ilyasova's face is still too swollen to be fitted for a mask, and until the swelling goes down he will be unable to practice.

      Advice: Ilyasova was targeting a return for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers, but the fact that he still hasn't been able to return to practice is putting that in jeopardy. Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo will continue to see heavy minutes with Ilyasova sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 12:39 pm
       
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    • Nikola Vucevic back at Magic practice Thurs
      Nikola Vucevic (back) was present and shooting baskets at Magic practice on Thursday.

      Advice: It's unclear what this means for Friday's game against the Hawks, but it's likely that Vucevic is headed towards another game-time decision after missing the last five games. It he sits again on Friday, Kyle O'Quinn would again draw the start and make for a solid plug-and-play option against Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 8:35 am
    • Jose Calderon has a major letdown
      Jose Calderon had a disappointing game against the Spurs on Wednesday with two points, four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

      Advice: He didn't even take a triple today and his point total was a season low. Calderon only made 1-of-4 from the field and wasn't involved on offense much tonight. The Knicks and their triangle offense just isn't close to coming around, but Calderon's owners can expect him to get better. He's a nice buy-low target. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 10, 10:04 pm
    • X-rays negative on Iman Shumpert's hand
      X-rays were negative on Iman Shumpert's right index finger on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was in some pain after being hit, but he didn't leave the game at the time of the injury. Shumpert was awful in the loss, scoring eight points with five rebounds, six assists and five turnovers in 30 minutes. He'll likely get it figured out and the Knicks are going to need him while Carmelo Anthony (knee) is out. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 10, 9:54 pm
       
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