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  • John Henson gets 26 minutes vs. Bulls
    John Henson played 26 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He played more than Zaza Pachulia's 22 minutes and the extra length seemed to help the Bucks on defense. Henson hasn't played 26 minutes in any game since Mar. 9, so this came as a surprise. We'll see if this continues in this series, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see coach Jason Kidd change his mind.
    Today, 6:44 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey.
    Today, 4:49 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry scored 34 points during a 106-99 Game 1 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He had 13 attempts from deep and snapped a six-game streak of making at least 45 percent from that range heading into today. The Warriors looked like they were going to have one of their patented blowouts with a fast start in the third quarter, but credit the Pelicans for not going away. Now that Curry will be logging big minutes more often, expect him to have plenty of 30-point games.
    Today, 4:17 pm
  • Tyreke Evans 'felt a little pop' in his knee
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he "felt a little pop" in his left knee on Saturday and will have an MRI Saturday night.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said this is a new injury for Evans. The Pelicans were just starting to get healthy, but now they might be without their top scoring guard. If he's out, Norris Cole would likely draw the start unless the team wants to lift Jrue Holiday's minutes limit. We'll look for the results on the MRI later today.
    Today, 3:42 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 16 points vs. Warriors
    Eric Gordon scored 16 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and five turnovers in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Gordon was coming in red hot from deep, making 48.0 percent from beyond the arc in April to get him to averages of 15.2 points, 2.0 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.7 treys. Anthony Davis will be commanding a ton of double teams, so EJ will have plenty of chances for open looks in this series. Plus, if Tyreke Evans (knee) is out, Gordon will have a higher usage rate with more off-the-dribble stuff, too.
    Today, 3:39 pm
  • Omer Asik doesn't play well on Saturday
    Omer Asik played 22 minutes in the starting lineup with two points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He only attempted one shot from the field and only had two offensive boards. Considering he just sits in the paint and takes up space near the basket, you could argue he's setting back Anthony Davis. Asik didn't play in the final five minutes and Davis scored 18 points in those five minutes. We'll see what coach Monty Williams does in Game 2 because the Warriors are just too strong on the outside to have Asik out there.
    Today, 3:31 pm
  • Ryan Anderson has brutal shooting game
    Ryan Anderson made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with five boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: The Pelicans just couldn't get anything out of their other big men besides Anthony Davis. It does make a lot of sense to add some spacing to their offense and put Ryno in the starting lineup, but Quincy Pondexter actually did a decent job in that regard today. Anderson will need to play better on defense to earn more minutes.
    Today, 3:18 pm
  • Matt Bonner (calf) questionable for Sunday
    Matt Bonner (calf) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: He was well enough to direct a Spurs music video, but he hasn't played since suffering the injury on Apr. 10. The Spurs will give more minutes to Tim Duncan, so Bonner won't be needed as much.
    Today, 2:11 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee bruise) will not return
    Tyreke Evans suffered a left knee bruise on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: Evans' main issue with respect to injuries has been his left ankle, but he did have a knee injury back in December and he's had some other knee problems in the past. The Pelicans still went with Norris Cole to start the second half, so coach Monty Williams clearly wants to keep Jrue Holiday in the second unit. Cole is really going to have to play well against Stephen Curry. Evans finished with one point and one rebound.
    Today, 1:52 pm
  • Nene puts up a double-double in 21 minutes
    Nene scored 12 points with 13 boards, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was on the injury report for foot, shoulder and ankle issues, but you wouldn't know it based on his seven offensive boards and effective rim protection. Nene didn't play in five of the final seven games in the regular season to help him get ready for the postseason. He did mention earlier this week that his plantar fascia isn't healthy, so he'll be an injury risk going forward.
    Today, 1:16 pm
  • Drew Gooden gets 23 minutes vs. Toronto
    Drew Gooden played 23 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with six points, 10 boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: The Raptors actually made Gooden look good today and his line could have been a lot better than this. Gooden had four offensive rebounds and looked as spry as ever. He'll likely be looking at minutes around 20 on Tuesday.
    Today, 1:03 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan has a rough start to series
    DeMar DeRozan made 6-of-20 from the field for 15 points against the Wizards during a Game 1 93-86 overtime loss on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: Otto Porter provided some great defense on DeRozan today. If the Wizards can keep DeMar from getting to the line and force him to take contested jumpers, they are likely going to have some great defensive numbers. Additionally, this was one of the worst offensive showings from the Raptors and the made just 6-of-29 from deep today.
    Today, 12:56 pm
  • Tyler Hanbrough scores four in 13 minutes
    Tyler Hansbrough started on Saturday against the Wizards and played just 13 minutes, scoring four points with one block.

    Advice: He didn't grab any rebounds and didn't play in the final 26 minutes of this game. It's safe to assume Hansbrough won't be starting on on Tuesday for Game 2.
    Today, 12:44 pm
  • Alonzo Gee (foot) questionable for Sunday
    Alonzo Gee (foot) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) doubtful, Gee would likely have been looking at some minutes in the playoff game. If he's out, there should be more time available for C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum and Allen Crabbe.
    Today, 12:26 pm
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  • Nene (shoulder) will start vs. the Raptors.
    Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot) will start vs. the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Nene missed the last two games of the season, and he is still probably not 100 percent. Paul Pierce is expected to see some time as the stretch four, so Nene's minutes will likely be held in check for the time being. The good news is that Nene will be going up against Tyler Hansbrough to start the game.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Tyler Hansbrough will start over Amir Johnson
    Tyler Hansbrough will continue to start over Amir Johnson against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: Johnson recently returned from an ankle injury and has come off the bench for the last two games, but it is a little surprising to see head coach Dwane Casey go with Psycho T again. Johnson should still see minutes in the mid-20s, but owners in daily leagues should probably avoid both players for now. Hansbrough started the last six games of the regular season, so the Raptors are probably just looking for some continuity.
    Today, 9:12 am
  • Jerryd Bayless, Jared Dudley will play on Sat
    Jerryd Bayless (sore neck) and Jared Dudley (back) will play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Bayless missed Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Celtics because of his sore neck, but he has since returned to practice and was never in danger of missing this contest. He averages over 22 minutes per game off the bench, and his return will likely push rookie Tyler Ennis out of the rotation.
    Today, 8:46 am
  • Allen Crabbe could start vs. Grizzlies on Sunday
    Head coach Terry Stotts said that Allen Crabbe could get the nod over C.J. McCollum in the first unit because of his defense.

    Advice: "I think Allen complements Damian [Lillard] and [LaMarcus Aldridge]," Stotts said, "as far as being defensive minded, not needing shots, not needing the ball." This isn't that surprising, as Stotts has been known to frequently alter his rotations. McCollum could still see close to 30 minutes of action, as he has simply been too good to keep off the floor. If Arron Afflalo returns from his shoulder injury soon, Crabbe will likely fall out of the rotation, while McCollum's role should still be safe.
    Today, 7:02 am
  • DeRozan won't be happy w/ 1st round exit
    DeMar DeRozan said that the Raptors' season won't be a success unless they advance past the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Raptors went out in the first round after a tough seven game series with the Nets last season, and DeMar has no intentions of making another early-round exit from the playoffs. The Raptors will begin their post-season against the Wizards on Saturday, and that should be quite the thrilling series.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Stephen Curry wants a title, and nothing less
    Stephen Curry stated during a recent interview that the Warriors' season will be a failure if it ends in anything less than a championship.

    Advice: "No one will be happy for anything less [than a championship]," said Curry. "If we don't win our last game this season it's going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short." The Warriors, boasting a regular-season record of 67-15 are one of the favorites to come out of the West, but nothing is guaranteed in basketball. The Spurs pose a real threat to the Dubs' championship prospects, and while the wins aren't guaranteed, this year's post-season is sure to be nothing less than electrifying. The Warriors' begin their playoff push on Saturday, get the popcorn ready.
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Howard's minutes to increase for playoffs
    Dwight Howard's minutes restriction will rise to around 32 minutes per game for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: Howard should eventually be without a minutes restriction at some point, but he should get the most floor time he's seen since returning from his knee injury during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Saturday. The more minutes Dwight gets, the further Joey Dorsey will fall out of the rotation.
    Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Nene (shoulder, ankle) practices on Thursday
    Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot) practiced on Thursday, and head coach Randy Wittman said that he will play when the Wizards kick off their series against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It is worth noting that Randy Wittman has told Paul Pierce to be prepared to play some power forward, so it sounds like Wittman may try and limit Nene's minutes if he's not as effective as he could be. Various injuries clearly hurt Nene's production this season, as he put in his worst averages in a Wizards' uniform with 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game.
    Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 10 points vs. Nuggets
    Stephen Curry played just 19 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday during a 133-126 win, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors finished the season with a 67-15 record, including 39-2 at home. They're the 10th team in NBA history to get to 67 wins and did it with a first-year head coach, Steve Kerr. They also destroyed teams this season, winning by 10.1 points per game. Curry and Klay Thompson also made more 3-pointers this season than five different teams (Wolves, Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards and Hornets). They'll live and die with the three, but they'll likely be living large in the postseason.
    Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 21 minutes in blowout
    Dwight Howard played just 21 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert did block him once, but this was a great game for Dwight tonight. He would have played a lot more, but the Rockets had this game in the bag during the third quarter. He'll get a tough matchup against the Mavs and Tyson Chandler. Dwight only had one game vs. Dallas this year, scoring eight points with seven boards in 18 minutes.
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Allen Crabbe, Alonzo Gee are starting
    Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee will start against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: They both have very small usage rates and shouldn't be involved in the offense much. Fantasy owners can probably avoid this one tonight with the Blazers locked in as the fourth seed.
    Wednesday, 5:09 pm
  • Nene out again on Wednesday night
    Nene (shoulder, ankle) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He continues to get rest and did say he's also dealing with a plantar fascia issue. Drew Gooden, Kris Humphries and Kevin Seraphin benefit.
    Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan (groin) will play vs. Hornets
    DeMar DeRozan (groin) will play vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: DeRozan sat out Tuesday's game but this proves that it was a mere precaution. He's likely to have his minutes held in check as the Raptors turn their gaze to the postseason, but owners might as well deploy DeRozan now that he's back in the starting lineup. His return sends Greivis Vasquez back to the bench.
    Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play Wednesday
    Dwight Howard is expected to play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: This is just a reminder that Dwight will be back after missing Monday. He should get around 28-32 minutes against Rudy Gobert, which should be fun to watch. Howard has played well in his last four, averaging 17.3 points, 11.0 boards and 1.3 blocks. Start him even in a bad matchup unless free throw percentage is really important to you tonight.
    Wednesday, 11:05 am
  • DeMar DeRozan (groin) plans to play on Weds
    DeMar DeRozan (groin) said that he is planning on playing in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He tweaked his groin earlier in the week and the Raptors wisely gave him the night off on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, but he should be ready to roll tonight. The Raptors made it clear that they were just being cautions with DeRozan, so hopefully his injury doesn't linger in the playoffs. We will have another update before tip-off, but DeRozan's owners can go ahed and pencil him into lineups. Greivis Vasquez will move back to the bench and lose most of his value.
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Drew Gooden logs 38 minutes as starting PF
    Drew Gooden started for Nene (shoulder, ankle) on Tuesday and posted six points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a road loss vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Washington benefited from a horrible offensive first half from the Pacers but couldn't capitalize, eventually falling 95-99 in double-OT. Gooden logged 38 minutes tonight but his minutes will fall drastically if Nene is cleared to play on Wednesday, so owners should keep a close eye on the injury report.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan OK despite tweaking groin
    DeMar DeRozan's precautionary DNP on Tuesday was related to a groin injury, but he downplayed the injury and said he could have played "if absolutely necessary."

    Advice: DeRozan tweaked an old injury this week and the Raptors wisely gave him the night off to avoid any potential setbacks -- given the nature of the injury and Toronto's stable playoff position, it wouldn't be surprising to see DeRozan take another game off on Wednesday. We'll know more after the Raptors' shootaround.
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough scoreless in start at PF
    Tyler Hansbrough started Tuesday's game in place of Amir Johnson but finished scoreless with six rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Raptors have the Atlantic Division wrapped up but tonight's loss dropped them a full game behind the idle Bulls for the No. 3 seed. Hansbrough is likely to slide back to a reserve role on Wednesday and tonight's dud should be enough incentive to avoid him in all fantasy formats.
    Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan (rest) will not play on Tuesday
    DeMar DeRozan (rest) will not play Tuesday vs. Boston, and Greivis Vasquez will start in his place.

    Advice: This is very surprising as head coach Dwane Casey had hinted earlier that he wasn't planning on resting anyone, but it is what it is. Vasquez will start, but he's really only worth using as a streamer option in deep leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Kyle Lowry is going to be busy tonight as Toronto's go-to guy on offense, and he should make for a fantastic daily league play with a favorable matchup against Boston.
    Tuesday, 3:48 pm
  • Nene (shoulder) out Tuesday vs. Indiana
    Nene (shoulder, ankle) will not play Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Drew Gooden will slide into the starting lineup tonight, but with averages of just 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds as a starter, he's not a great option in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Warriors will roll with regular starters Wed
    Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr said that he will play all his regulars for Wednesday's game vs. Denver, although he may limit their minutes.

    Advice: Even in limited minutes, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson are more than capable of putting up quality numbers, so owners should feel confident plugging those guys into their active roster for Wednesday's regular-season finale. There is however a bit more risk in deploying Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala.
    Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Matt Bonner (calf) ruled out for Wednesday
    Matt Bonner (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: With both Bonner and Tiago Splitter (calf) on the shelf for Wednesday's game, expect Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes to log extended minutes. Baynes makes for an intriguing, albeit risky, daily league prospect.
    Tuesday, 12:02 pm
  • Gordon scores 22 points; Pelicans win
    Eric Gordon scored 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds and two assists in the Pelicans' win over the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: Gordon is picking it up as the Pelicans try to close out the regular season with a trip to the playoffs. They hold the tiebreaker against the Thunder, so if they win on Wednesday against the Spurs then they'll have punched their ticket. Tyreke Evans added 22 points, three rebounds and five assists, and Anthony Davis went for 24 and 11 with five assists, two steals and six blocks in the win.
    Tuesday, 12:42 am
  • Ryan Anderson scores 15 points w/ two 3s
    Ryan Anderson scored 15 points in 27 minutes vs. Houston on Sunday, hitting 6-of-13 shots including two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's great to see Anderson healthy and once again knocking down some of his his plentiful attempts from the perimeter. He rounded out his evening with four rebounds and one turnover in 27 minutes, but didn't have any assists, steals or blocks to his credit.
    Sunday, 6:44 pm
  • Dwight Howard posts 19 & 11 w/ three blocks
    Dwight Howard played 28 minutes during Sunday's win vs. the Pelicans, which he finished with 19 points (7-of-10 FGs, 5-of-11 FTs), 11 rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: As a reminder, Howard will not play vs. the Hornets on Monday. He has three straight double-doubles despite being on a fairly strict minute-limit, and over his past four games he's averaging 17.3 points on 67.5 percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. Considering he missed almost two months with a serious knee injury, this is all fantasy owners could have hoped for.
    Sunday, 6:37 pm
  • Nene posts second double-double of season
    Nene's shoulder and ankle injuries didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on Sunday, marking his second double-double of the season.

    Advice: The Wizards are clearly gearing up for the playoffs, as they decided not to rest Nene and John Wall (ankle) even though the Hawks were resting their entire starting lineup. That said, it wouldn't be surprising to see the No. 5 seed Wizards give Nene a night off either Tuesday (at the Pacers) or Wednesday (at the Cavaliers).
    Sunday, 5:55 pm
  • John Henson blocks three shots in 19 minutes
    John Henson came off the Bucks' bench for six points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in only 19 minutes vs. the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: A lack of playing time has been Henson's biggest obstacle to sustained value. Owners should remember his per-36-minute averages next season -- 13.9 points (56.8 percent FGs, 56.8 percent FTs), 9.1 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.8 blocks. His tendency to get into foul trouble doesn't help his cause, but the biggest roadblock is veteran C Zaza Pachulia, who is under contract for $5.2 million next year.
    Sunday, 2:51 pm
  • Dwight Howard to play Sunday, rest on Monday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans, but he will sit out Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Howard isn't cleared to play in both games of a back-to-back set, so there are no surprises here. Howard belongs in all active lineups Sunday as long as you can deal with his awful free throw shooting, while Terrence Jones, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey will all benefit in his absence vs. the Hornets on Monday.
    Sunday, 8:52 am
  • Future MVP Stephen Curry scores 34 points
    Stephen Curry solidified his case for MVP on Saturday against the Wolves during a 110-101 win, scoring 34 points with four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Before this weekend, Curry had more 3-pointers in his last 10 games than the entire Wolves team did in their last 10. Curry had his 72nd career game with at least five dimes and five 3-pointers, which is already obliterating the NBA record (previously Ray Allen at 50). He's a once-in-a-generation player and is the all-time leader in NBA Vines.
    Saturday, 11:10 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores career-high 11 points
    Allen Crabbe scored a career-high 11 points vs. the Jazz on Saturday, adding four boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is expected to miss 1-2 weeks, so Crabbe could be in line for more minutes down the stretch. Having said that, Crabbe is only on the radar in deeper leagues, and C.J. McCollum should continue to be the primary beneficiary in Afflalo's absence.
    Saturday, 10:15 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 24 points in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points during a 107-104 win over the Heat on Saturday with six rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He did need to get some stretching in for what the team called a "left hip/leg" injury. DeRozan had a right groin tear earlier this season, so at least it's not on the same side. The Raptors are going to wind up with the third or fourth seed, so they might rest DeRozan on Tuesday or Wednesday. They're in Boston on Tuesday and finish up the season at home on Wednesday.
    Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough scores two points
    Tyler Hansbrough scored just two points against the Heat on Saturday with 10 rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He had a bloody nose tonight and he had a little trouble with Hassan Whiteside. Amir Johnson would have played in a playoff game and he's been going through shootaround, so he has a very good chance to play on Tuesday. Even if Amir is out, it's hard to keep Hansbrough on your roster with two whole days off in daily season-long leagues.
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Warriors not resting guys for Saturday
    The Warriors have their usual starters for Saturday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: Unlike several teams, the Warriors have given us ample time on their DNPs, so it's not a surprise to see everyone except Leandro Barbosa is good to go in a home game.
    Saturday, 7:05 pm
  • Matt Bonner (calf) doubtful for Sunday
    Matt Bonner (calf) is doubtful to play against the Suns on Sunday.

    Advice: It will be Boris Diaw, Aron Baynes and Jeff Ayres getting most of the big man minutes next to Tim Duncan on Sunday. Diaw offers the most upside while Baynes is also worth a look in standard leagues for the last day of the week.
    Saturday, 3:07 pm
  • Dwight Howard will sit Sunday or Monday
    Dwight Howard said he will rest Sunday or Monday, but doesn't know which one yet.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and Dwight has yet to play in both games of a back-to-back set since his return to the lineup. On the night he sits, there should be more minutes going to Terrence Jones, Joey Dorsey and Josh Smith.
    Saturday, 11:15 am
  • Asik grabs 18 rebounds in win over PHO
    Omer Asik grabbed 18 rebounds to go with three points and two assists in 22 minutes on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: Despite the big game on the glass he's not a valuable player in standard leagues. But if you're targeting that category, give him a look.
    Friday, 11:30 pm
  • Nene Hilario returned to action on Friday April 10.
    Friday, 11:30 pm
  • Anderson continues to slump on Friday
    Ryan Anderson continued to flop in Friday's win over the Suns, hitting just 1-of-7 shots for three points, three rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Anderson's one make was a three and he's on a short leash with Monty Williams right now. If he makes some shots he'll probably get more playing time, but how much is certainly a question, and in the end he's certainly a guy you can drop. If you're desperate for threes, however, you might gamble on the chance for a bounce-back performance.
    Friday, 11:28 pm
  • Howard double-doubles in loss to SA
    Dwight Howard scored 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting (6-of-9 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 27 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Howard's minutes are slowly getting ramped up for the playoffs and he's more or less where owners want him to be productivity-wise. He's much better than the deep league asset we called him earlier today, though there is going to be risk of DNPs as we finish the season.
    Friday, 11:02 pm
  • Nene returns on Friday night
    Nene returned to the lineup on Friday with six points, two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He did have a minor ankle tweak, but it doesn't look like a major concern. Nene will likely rest one more time before the playoffs, so keep him on the wire.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough has a solid night vs. Magic
    Tyler Hansbrough scored 16 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Amir Johnson (ankle) went through shootaround today and is expected to play on Saturday. Hansbrough averaged 15.0 points and 10.0 boards in his previous two games, but he will likely take a backseat on Saturday. If you've enjoyed his last three, you can probably make a proactive cut here.
    Friday, 7:11 pm
  • McHale hopes to bump up Dwight's mins Fri
    Kevin McHale said that he hopes to increase Dwight Howard's minutes for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The Rockets are slowly but surely increasing Dwight's minutes, and while McHale didn't give a precise figure, it's reasonable to assume he'll see somewhere between 24-28 minutes tonight. His price tag in daily leagues is way too high to be considered a quality plug-and-play option, but he's worth owning as a low-end asset in deep leagues assuming you're punting the free throw category.
    Friday, 3:32 pm
  • Nene (shoulder) will play Friday vs. Brooklyn
    Nene (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Nene will return from a three-game absence, sending Drew Gooden back to the bench. Gooden can be dropped in all leagues with this news, and both Kevin Seraphin and Kris Humphries' minutes will likely take a hit with Nene back in the fold.
    Friday, 10:30 am
  • Nene (shoulder) goes through shootaround
    Nene (shoulder) was a full participant during Friday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: For now, we'll be considering Nene questionable for Friday's game against the Nets. If he's unable to go, Drew Gooden would have the opportunity to start, with Kevin Seraphin and Kris Humphries logging extended minutes off the bench. Seraphin can be viewed as a shot blocking specialist in deep leagues, but none of these guys offer a lot of upside, and this situation should be avoided in standard leagues.
    Friday, 9:35 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 45, sets record for 3s
    Stephen Curry broke his own record for 3-pointers in a season during a 116-105 victory over the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 45 points with two rebounds, 10 assists and eight 3-pointers on 17-of-23 from the field.

    Advice: Where do we start? It was his first 40-point, 10-dime game of his career, it was the best game he's ever had based on field goal percentage (with at least 20 shots from the field), he was the 12th player ever to score 45 points with three or less attempts from the line, and he made all seven shots from the field in the final seven minutes to outscore the Blazers 19-17 in that span. Translation: Game, set, MVP.
    Thursday, 10:37 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores five in 14 minutes
    Allen Crabbe played 14 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with five points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo (shoulder) went down tonight, so Crabbe could be a candidate to start because C.J. McCollum has really thrived in the second unit. Crabbe would still be very unlikely to see minutes over 24 and his usage rate is going to be tiny, but he's at least on the radar. To be clear, McCollum is a way better pickup.
    Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Dwight Howard hopes to play 20 years in NBA
    Speaking during a recent interview, Dwight Howard said he would like to play 20 years in the NBA.

    Advice: "That’s always been my goal- to play 20 years in the league so I think it can be done," said Howard, who is in his 11th NBA season. "It would be great. Tim is still playing great basketball. He has migrated to different spots on the floor instead of just the post." Howard has spent a majority of this season on the sidelines due to a knee issue, and he's statistically having one of his worst years since his sophomore season with averages of 15.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. Still, when healthy, Dwight is one of the best defensive centers in the league, and hopefully the knee doesn’t become a lingering issue for the big man.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Ryan Anderson plays just 13 minutes
    Ryan Anderson was awful against the Grizzlies in 13 minutes on Wednesday, missing all six shots from the field with one rebound and one steal.

    Advice: He didn't check in until the start of the second quarter and maybe coach Monty Williams is a little worried about Anderson's playing time. It also could have been due to the matchup because Anderson did play 31 minutes on Tuesday, so the back-to-back factor also comes into play here. Anderson has not looked good since his return, averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 boards, 0.8 assists and 1.4 treys on 29.8 percent from the field in his last five. We don't blame you if you want to cut him.
    Wednesday, 7:22 pm
  • Tyler Hansbrough double-doubles in 37 minutes
    Tyler Hansbrough played a team-high 37 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 boards, and two blocks.

    Advice: Jonas Valanciunas was in foul trouble, so Hansbrough was the main big man tonight. He's playing some of the best ball in his Raptor days with an 18-point, eight-board game coming on Saturday. Amir Johnson will likely miss more time, so give Psycho T a look as long as you're not expecting a line this good.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Matt Bonner (illness) will play vs. Houston
    Matt Bonner (illness) will play vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bonner will play a larger-than-usual role with Tiago Splitter (calf) on the sidelines, but he's a dubious fantasy option even if he gets the start ahead of Aron Baynes.
    Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Matt Bonner (illness) is questionable vs. HOU
    Matt Bonner (illness) is questionable to play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He came off the bench on Tuesday and it should be Aron Baynes getting the start again tonight. Baynes scored 10 points with six boards in 22 minutes and he could be even better tonight. Tiago Splitter (calf) is also out.
    Wednesday, 11:07 am
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