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  • Joe Johnson bounces back with 20-5-9 line
    Joe Johnson slumpbusted in the Nets' big 106-98 win over the Cavs on Friday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds and nine assists.

    Advice: Johnson and the Nets have a four-game week upcoming so hopefully owners used that as a tie-breaker in his favor on a drop decision. Even if he limps along at a late-round value, he'll be worth using in lineups that week and he's a must-add player if he was dropped. The Nets are a half-game out of the playoffs and the next 7-10 days are not likely to be the time in which he taps out.
    23 minutes ago
  • D-Will stars as Johnny 5 in Short Circuit 22
    Deron Williams scored five points with five rebounds, five assists and five turnovers in 22 minutes on Friday as he short-circuited against the Cavs.

    Advice: Jarrett Jack (26 minutes, 16 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals) got the lion's share of minutes tonight but it has been the other way around for a while now. The timeshare between the two players is annoying, but Williams has been hot lately and owners might want to give him another game or two before moving him to their benches.
    30 minutes ago
  • Jack gets back on track in win over Cavs
    Jarrett Jack turned things around on Friday against the Cavs, scoring 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 26 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Jack got the lion's share of the point guard minutes as Deron Williams (five points, five boards, five assists, five turnovers) logged just 22 minutes. Williams has had the upper hand for a few weeks now and the timeshare isn't doing either of them favors. Jack needs to do this again before we'll sanction anything but a flier if you need popcorn stats.
    36 minutes ago
  • Marcus Smart plays 34 minutes, scores six
    Marcus Smart made 2-of-3 from the field for six points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: What a weird game for Smart. In 34 minutes, he posted a 5.4 usage rate and a 4.8 assist percentage, which is almost unfathomable for a starting point guard. Smart isn't out there for his offense, so he's going to have a tough time being consistent in fantasy leagues now that Isaiah Thomas is back.
    36 minutes ago
  • Bogdanovic scores 18 points with two threes
    Bojan Bogdanovic hit 7-of-12 shots (including two threes) for 18 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic should see enough touches to give owners a shot at some points and threes, but that's just about it.
    38 minutes ago
  • Alan Anderson plays 30 minutes on Friday
    Alan Anderson logged 30 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Thaddeus Young (knee) looking doubtful for Sunday's game and possibly more, this type of workload seems like a decent bet until Young gets back. Anderson has a week of late-round value under his belt and isn't going to blow you away, but if you need shooting guard stats he could be worth a look.
    39 minutes ago
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 18 off the bench
    Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points against the Knicks on Friday with one rebound, six assists and two 3-pointers on 4-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: He has struggled since returning from a back injury, but getting 24 minutes tonight is an encouraging sign. Thomas was playing around 30 minutes per game before his injury and posting an elite usage rate, so he should be set for a bigger chance against the Clippers on Sunday.
    39 minutes ago
  • Shane Larkin plays 44 minutes
    Shane Larkin played 44 minutes against the Celtics on Friday during a 96-92 loss with 14 points, one rebound, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: It's his second 44-minute game in his last three, but it's his first game with double-digit points in his last four. Larkin isn't exactly a per-minute dynamo, but he'll be on the radar if he's logging 44 minutes. He's still not a must-own player or anything, but give him a look if you really need a point guard.
    44 minutes ago
  • Dennis Schroder double-doubles vs. Heat
    Dennis Schroder double-doubled against the Heat on Friday with 12 points, 11 assists, three boards, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well in the win, making 3-of-10 from the field. It's unknown how much longer Jeff Teague (ankle) will be out, but tonight wasn't just rest for him because the Hawks were at home. Considering the Hawks have locked up the No. 1 seed, we should see Teague on the sidelines at least a few more games the rest of the way. Schroder is worth owning in all standard leagues.
    Today, 9:05 pm
  • Goran Dragic and the Heat have awful game
    Goran Dragic scored just six points with two boards, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers during a 99-86 loss in Atlanta on Friday.

    Advice: Miami turned the ball over 19 times and couldn't get into an offensive rhythm tonight. With Dwyane Wade (knee) not at 100 percent, Dragic could have more offensive responsibility headed his way. His fantasy owners should have more confidence in him going forward.
    Today, 8:52 pm
  • Henry Walker scores 12 points vs. ATL
    Henry Walker scored 12 points with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: Udonis Haslem played 38 minutes on Wednesday and now Walker gets 40 minutes tonight. This is your 2014-15 Miami Heat right now. Walker has buried at least three 3-pointers in four of his last five, averaging 8.4 points, 4.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 treys in that span. He's worth a look in standard leagues, especially with Dwyane Wade dealing with a knee issue.
    Today, 8:49 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 13 points
    Mario Chalmers scored 13 points against the Hawks on Friday with one rebound, five assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Dwyane Wade is going to have his knee drained on Saturday, so he could miss some time. That would mean Chalmers would likely be thrust into the starting lineup for the Heat. He was a letdown in his last multiple-game stint as a starter, but maybe he'll have more success next to Goran Dragic. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
    Today, 8:41 pm
  • Chris Paul scores an efficient 25 points
    Chris Paul was magnificent against the 76ers during a 119-98 win on Friday with 25 points, three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on 9-of-15 from the field in just 30 minutes.

    Advice: It was all just too easy for CP3 with 19 points coming in the first half. Paul's offensive game is clicking at the right time, averaging 23.8 points, 4.4 boards, 12.0 dimes, 2.2 steals and 1.8 treys on 55.6 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line in his last five. If CP3 keeps this up, he'll likely be on a lot of fantasy championship teams.
    Today, 8:30 pm
  • Henderson grabs career-high 14 rebounds
    Gerald Henderson grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to go with 11 points, one steal, one block and one 3-pointers on Friday against the Wizards.

    Advice: Henderson is producing at a late-round level and the Hornets have a favorable schedule so he should be owned in most standard formats.
    Today, 8:22 pm
  • Monta Ellis dealing with a right calf injury
    Monta Ellis was kneed in the right calf and coach Rick Carlisle said he doesn't know what the extent of the injury is.

    Advice: "We'll see how he feels in the morning and go from there," Carlisle said. It sounds like he's dealing with a leg contusion, which has occurred an inordinate amount of times this season. Ellis is one of the toughest dudes in the NBA, so he might not need to miss time. If he does, it'll be Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Chandler Parsons filling in the most for Monta.
    Today, 8:16 pm
  • Monta Ellis suffers lower right leg injury
    Monta Ellis suffered a right leg injury on Friday night and will not return.

    Advice: He was getting looked at on the bench before going to the locker room. It's unknown what the extent of the injury is for Monta, but he's usually very durable and this is a little bit of a surprise to see he's unlikely to return. He may be re-evaluated on Saturday. Ellis left the game with 10 points, two boards, one assist and one steal. With Monta out, expect Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons to step up. There's also been a Raymond Felton sighting tonight.
    Today, 7:19 pm
  • Jose Calderon will be in walking boot 10-days
    Jose Calderon (Achilles) will be in a walking boot for 10-days.

    Advice: While Jose would not rule out the possibility of him making a return this season, he admitted that he doesn't like his chances. There's really no reason for Calderon to risk a setback playing for the worst team in basketball, so we don't expect to see him back on the floor this season. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Today, 4:35 pm
    L, 96-92 vs Bos
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) out for Friday night
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: He has no timetable to return due to his ankle soreness. With Rubio out, Zach LaVine and Lorenzo Brown will get most of the minutes at the guard spots. LaVine could be in for a big night with Pat Beverley (wrist) out.
    Today, 3:56 pm
  • Mario Chalmers back to the bench Friday
    Mario Chalmers will return to the bench for Friday's game vs. the Hawks with Dwyane Wade back in action.

    Advice: Chalmers is averaging 10.2 points, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game as a reserve, so his value takes a bit of a hit with the demotion to the second unit. He's not a great guy to play on such a busy Friday night.
    Today, 3:44 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (back) probable to play on Friday
    Nicolas Batum (back) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games and should be ready to play tonight. Batum reportedly looked good in warmups on Wednesday, but the team still held him out. Hopefully he doesn't aggravate his back injury and puts up a big line in what should be a high-scoring game. Dorell Wright can be dropped in most leagues while C.J. McCollum will also take a big hit.
    Today, 11:41 am
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Dennis Schroder will start Friday vs. Miami
    Dennis Schroder will slide into the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. Miami with Jeff Teague (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: We've seen this movie before, and basically every time Schroder starts, he's an excellent guy to target in daily leagues. Through seven starts this season Schroder has compiled averages of 14.0 points, 7.4 assists, and 0.9 steals per game. With a favorable matchup against Miami tonight, he's a great, low-budget play in daily leagues.
    Today, 10:32 am
  • Rose to be cleared for contact next week?
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (knee) will likely be cleared for contact by next week.

    Advice: Rose has been doing some non-contact work for a little over a week now, and he's been making steady progress without experiencing any setbacks, which is welcome news for a guy who has spent much of the past three years on the sidelines. It appears he's going to make it back in time for the playoffs, but his fantasy season is essentially kaput, and he belongs on the waiver wire in nearly all re-draft leagues.
    Today, 10:21 am
  • Will Bynum says he could play Friday vs. NY
    Will Bynum has officially signed a 10-day deal with the Wizards, and said he could play Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Bynum will offer some emergency backcourt depth to the Wizards, but he's not likely to do enough on the stat sheet to matter in most leagues. Leave him on the wire.
    Today, 10:03 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said he is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: We'll be considering Barea questionable for that one, and it'll be Devin Harris as the primary beneficiary for however long Barea is out. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers through the month of March, so he can be viewed as a low-end option in deep leagues.
    Today, 10:00 am
  • Kyle Lowry (back) out Friday vs. the Lakers
    Kyle Lowry (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Lowry has said that he won't rush a return, but the Raptors have not given any clear timeline on when he might be able to return to action. While he's out, Greivis Vasquez will continue to start at point guard, with Lou Williams and DeMar DeRozan being tasked with some more responsibilities on offense. We'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets, stay tuned.
    Today, 9:48 am
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • Chalmers likely to get another start Friday
    With Dwyane Wade (knee) not likely to play Friday vs. the Hawks, Mario Chalmers looks like he'll get another game with the starting unit.

    Advice: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hinted that he'll go with the same starting lineup from Wednesday which featured Goran Dragic, Mario Chalmers, Luol Deng, Henry Walker, and Udonis Haslem. Chalmers will see a boost in value as a starter, and he'll have a favorable matchup against the Hawks, so he's someone to consider in daily leagues.
    Today, 9:46 am
  • Robinson (knee) may not be retained by LAC
    The Clippers are reportedly waiting to see how Nate Robinson's knee is recovering before deciding whether or not to sign him for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: Robinson's second 10-day contract with the club expired on Thursday, and given that the Clippers have not yet signed him, he's not going to be available for Friday's game vs. the Sixers. Through nine games with the Clippers, Robinson put in averages of 5.1 points and 2.2 assists over 14 minutes of action. His reserve minutes will likely go to Austin Rivers, and at this point, it's safe to cut Robinson in all leagues.
    Today, 6:00 am
    W, 119-98 @ Phi
  • Report: Wizards to sign Will Bynum on Friday
    The Wizards are expected to sign Will Bynum on Friday, according to people familiar with the situation.

    Advice: With injuries to Bradley Beal (ankle), Garrett Temple (hamstring), and Toure Murry (ankle), the Wizards were in need of some backcourt depth, so they cut Murry to make room for Bynum on the roster. Bynum is expected to be available for Friday's game vs. Charlotte, but he's not likely to earn significant minutes right out the gate, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Today, 5:42 am
  • Jared Dudley has awful shot in win
    Jared Dudley returned from his kneecap injury on Thursday, scoring two points with one rebound, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: He had the worst shot you'll see all season with a backwards shot in the corner. We know that doesn't make sense, so click the link below to check it out. Dudley can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • O.J. Mayo scores three points in 13 minutes
    O.J. Mayo returned to action against the Pacers on Thursday, scoring three points with one rebound, four assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He didn't look too bad considering his hamstring issue has bothered him for most of the post-break run. Still, Mayo is likely going to have a 20-minute cap for the next week or so. Keep him on the wire.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play Thursday
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play Thursday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Mayo was limited to just six minutes when he returned to action on Tuesday, but head coach Jason Kidd said he'll "add minutes" for Mayo tonight. That's a pretty vague quote, but we doubt Mayo would see his minutes much higher than the 20s. With a tough matchup against the Pacers, and a lot of uncertainty around how much floor time Mayo will see tonight, he's not a great option in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:28 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Jared Dudley (knee) will play Thursday
    Jared Dudley (knee) will play Thursday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Dudley had some good stretches during the season, but his play has really fallen off during the month of March with averages of just 2.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game on 22.2 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely be eased back into the rotation, so it's safe to leave Dudley on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) doubtful Friday vs. HOU
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) is doubtful to play Friday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: If Rubio is again unavailable, it would be his fifth consecutive game on the sidelines, and Zach LaVine would draw yet another start. LaVine has been excellent over the past four games, averaging 19.0 points, 4.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers and 4.8 turnovers per game, so he's worth a look in all standard leagues if you can live with the turnovers.
    Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out Friday vs. San Antonio
    J.J. Barea (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: With Barea unavailable, Devin Harris will have the opportunity for some extended minutes. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, 1.1 three-pointers and 0.8 steals per game through the month of March, so his value is limited to deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 12:41 pm
  • Monta Ellis denies problem with Rajon Rondo
    Despite reports of dissension in the Mavs' locker room, Monta Ellis said he has no problems with Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: While the Rondo-Ellis pairing ranks 148 out of 149 Mavericks pairings this season, according to Basketball Reference, Ellis insists the duo can do great things together. "There’s no problem [with Rondo]," Ellis said. "Rondo is a great asset on both ends of the floor. It takes a while for the player to really get adjusted to a new system, new personalities, figuring out where guys want the ball. I think it’s going to work out for the best for us once we get over the hump." Ellis broke out of his slump in a big way against the Spurs on Tuesday night and will have a chance to continue that trend when the Mavericks play the Spurs again on Friday.
    Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Pain-free Derrick Rose hopes to return soon
    Derrick Rose (knee) said he's pain free and hopes to start taking contact in practice either this week or next week.

    Advice: Rose wouldn't commit on a return date, but said that the process has been smooth and added that he hasn't experience any swelling. "I don't have it," Rose said. "I don't have any. So that's a good sign. The swelling is gone. So it's all about just getting on the court." While Rose may get himself back for the Bulls' last three or four regular season games, owners in standard fantasy leagues will want to avoid the uncertainty here.
    Yesterday, 7:10 am
  • Isaiah Thomas offers self-criticism in return
    Isaiah Thomas (back) called his return to the court on Wednesday, "one of the worst games I've ever played."

    Advice: Thomas may want to go easy on himself since this was his first game since March 11, but he did struggle with just four points on 2-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes on Wednesday. "There's no excuses, I have to play better," said Thomas. "I'm my biggest critic, I have to come out and play better, offensively and defensively." Thomas will have three more weeks to shake the rust off and should be held in standard fantasy leagues while he's healthy.
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Surprise: Nic Batum gets a DNP Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum was actually listed as a starter at one point on Wednesday, and it then sounded like he would come off the bench for the Blazers as he deals with a sore back. However, he never got into the game.

    Advice: We're not quite sure what happened here, but the Blazers were not comfortable playing him tonight. The fact he appeared to be a go should be viewed as good news though, and hopefully he'll be back on Friday against the Suns. Allen Crabbe got the surprise start, but Dorell Wright had 15 points, five boards and three 3-pointers, and looks like the safest option if Batum is going to miss more time.
    Wednesday, 11:23 pm
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Isaiah Thomas a dud in return to action
    Isaiah Thomas returned from an eight-game absence with a back injury and hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, three turnovers and nothing else in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Hopefully he wasn't in your lineup tonight. "Hopefully that was just a rhythm thing and not how he's feeling," coach Brad Stevens said. "That's what I want to know." Thomas is obviously worth holding and we're guessing he looks much better on Friday night against the hapless Knicks.
    Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Henry Walker starts, hits four 3-pointers
    Henry Walker started for Dwyane Wade (knee) and hit 4-of-8 3-pointers for 12 points, four boards and two assists in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: James Ennis had six points and six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench, and Tyler Johnson added 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 20 minutes. Wade is day-to-day with his injury, and we expect this trio to continue to chip in as long as he's out. Unfortunately, none of them can be trusted in fantasy, even when Wade is out.
    Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • Shane Larkin invisible in ugly loss
    Shane Larkin hit just 1-of-2 shots for two points and two assists in 30 minutes of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He's getting minutes for the banged up and dreadful Knicks, but he is also dreadful. If you thought Tony Snell didn't do anything with his minutes for the Bulls, take a look at Larkin's game log.
    Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Gerald Henderson scores 23 in loss
    Gerald Henderson hit 10-of-19 shots for 23 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He's scored in double figures in five straight games and his 23 points were the most he's scored since Feb. 5, when he had 27. He's scoring again, but not doing a lot else right now to help his owners on most nights.
    Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Deron Williams flirts with another trip-dub
    Deron Williams hit just 2-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer on Wednesday, but still had 10 points, seven rebounds and 14 assists in a win over the Hornets.

    Advice: He had 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds on Monday, and while the shooting and points have been disappointing, he's at least coming through elsewhere. If you started him this week, he's probably helping your team win.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Joe Johnson stays cold on Wednesday
    Joe Johnson struggled again on Wednesday, hitting just 2-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, six rebounds and five assists.

    Advice: Johnson has been a disaster lately, hitting just 5-of-20 shots in his last two games, as well as scoring six or fewer points in three of his last five. He'll probably get it turned around, but you also have to wonder if his old legs are running out of gas. He's tough to trust right now, obviously.
    Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Dennis Schroder quiet in Hawks win
    Dennis Schroder hit just 4-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 11 points, three rebounds and three assists on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is he was shooting the ball, but he only played 20 minutes, which is his lowest number since March 11. The Hawks got hot in the fourth quarter when he was on the bench, and Jeff Teague stayed in the game to finish it off. Schroder has scored 11 or fewer points in three of his last five games, but had 18 and 21 in the two prior to this dud.
    Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Update: Nicolas Batum coming off the bench
    Nicolas Batum will come off the bench with Allen Crabbe starting in his place against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: This sounds about right from coach Terry Stotts. Batum should still see a nice chunk of minutes tonight and should be in all lineups. Crabbe is not a fantasy option.
    Wednesday, 6:03 pm
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Nicolas Batum will start against the Jazz
    Nicolas Batum (back) will start against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went through warmups and everything seems to be OK for Batum. There's no sign of him being limited, so his fantasy owners should have him locked and loaded tonight. Dorell Wright and Alonzo Gee are not attractive plays tonight.
    Wednesday, 5:54 pm
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Nic Batum might have a good chance to play?
    Nicolas Batum (back) may have a good chance to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: We're going based off team reporter Casey Holdahl saying he thinks Batum will give it a go. Batum may be limited and he's certainly going to be at risk for an aggravation, but owners of Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum and Alonzo Gee should dial down their expectations.
    Wednesday, 4:57 pm
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Nicolas Batum (back) is warming up to play
    Nicolas Batum (back) is on the court warming up to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's shaping up to be a game-time decision tonight. If he can't go, it should be Alonzo Gee and Dorell Wright getting most of his minutes. Batum has played through a lot of injuries this season, so he has a chance to play. We should have another update shortly.
    Wednesday, 4:34 pm
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Henry Walker starting, Beasley off bench
    Henry Walker will start against the Celtics on Wednesday with Michael Beasley coming off the bench.

    Advice: The Heat desperately need some scoring punch off the bench, so expect to see a lot of Beasley. He's also likely going to be a backup center fort Miami tonight. Walker is still a low-end option with Beasley offering the higher upside.
    Wednesday, 4:15 pm
  • Mario Chalmers will start vs. Celtics
    Mario Chalmers will start against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's going to get some serious minutes with the Heat missing more than half their team for back in October. With so much offense missing because of Dwyane Wade (knee) being out, Chalmers should have his biggest chance to produce since the break.
    Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play Wednesday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is likely going to miss more time due to his ankle soreness. Zach LaVine should see a ton of playing tonight at the point while Lorenzo Brown will back him up and could get some minutes at shooting guard. Most owners should cut Rubio at this point.
    Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Nate Robinson (knee) won't play vs. New York
    Nate Robinson (knee) will not play vs. the Knicks on Wednesday but he hopes to return later this week.

    Advice: It's unclear when injured himself, but fortunately the bone bruise in his knee doesn't sound severe. He has scored double-digit points just once since joining the Clippers and isn't a fantasy asset while J.J. Redick and Chris Paul are healthy.
    Wednesday, 2:39 pm
    W, 119-98 @ Phi
  • Isaiah Thomas cleared to return Wednesday
    Isaiah Thomas (back) will play against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been out since Mar. 9 and there has been growing optimism that he'd be ready to go since Monday. Thomas was arguably the best sixth man in the NBA since joining the Celtics with his sky-high usage rate, so his fantasy owners should have him locked and loaded for tonight. Expect to see Jae Crowder, Evan Turner and Marcus Smart to lose some chances to score tonight.
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Jared Dudley is questionable for Thursday
    Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He did go through practice, but that doesn't mean much because he went through practice on Monday and missed Tuesday's game. Dudley can remain on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:06 pm
  • O.J. Mayo is probable to play Thursday
    O.J. Mayo is probable to play against the Pacers on Thursday after going through practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played just six minutes on Tuesday in his return to the lineup. The Bucks are unlikely to play Mayo more than 10-12 minutes on Thursday, so keep him on the wire.
    Wednesday, 2:04 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Nicolas Batum (back) questionable for Wed
    Nicolas Batum (back) is questionable to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed Tuesday due to an injury from Saturday, but he was listed as doubtful for that game. The Blazers are hopeful Batum can play at some point on the upcoming road trip, which is just for today and Friday. If he's out, Alonzo Gee or Dorell Wright would likely start. Coach Terry Stotts started Gee on Tuesday with Wright at the four, but the matchup is a little different this time around against a big Utah front line. Wright is the more attractive play if you're feeling frisky. Batum owners will want to check back for an update.
    Wednesday, 12:12 pm
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will not play Wednesday
    Kyle Lowry (back) will not play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lowry has already said that he won't be rushing back from injury this time, so he is probably looking at an extended stint on the sidelines. Greivis Vasquez will likely start on Wednesday and is worth picking up in most leagues, while Lou Williams should see an uptick in minutes off the bench and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:52 am
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • Derrick Rose (knee) doesn't have any soreness
    Derrick Rose (knee) said that he isn't experiencing any soreness, and he is still planning on returning before the regular season ends.

    Advice: This is definitely exciting news for the Bulls, and Rose said his rehab is going smooth and he expects to be cleared for full contact sometime this week or the following. However, there is still no known timetable for his return, and fantasy owners outside of keeper leagues will want to avoid this situation because the Bulls will obviously proceed with caution. We will continue to track Rose's progress every step of the way.
    Wednesday, 7:31 am
  • Monta Ellis says that he is finally healthy
    Monta Ellis said after Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs that he has battled several injuries all season, but he is finally healthy and is ready to make some noise down the stretch.

    Advice: "I've been battling injuries all season," Ellis said. "The last few days, my body has been feeling good and tonight I'll sleep real good. I went and worked out last night for at least two and a half hours. I wanted to come in tonight and give my team a lift that they have been looking for." Ellis exploded for 38 points vs. the Spurs Tuesday after being held to just 11 points on 4-of-22 shooting vs. the Suns on Sunday, so hopefully this is a sign that his slump is over. There have been some reports that Ellis has created some unrest in the Mavericks' locker room, but a couple of wins will likely give everyone in Dallas a solid morale boost.
    Wednesday, 6:26 am
  • Mavs beat Spurs behind Monta Ellis' 38 points
    Monta Ellis bounced back after a disastrous game on Sunday, finishing Tuesday's impressive win vs. the Spurs with 38 points on 16-of-27 shooting with two 3-pointers, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: He shot a combined 7-of-31 in his previous two contests and almost single-handedly lost Sunday's game vs. the Suns, so it was a relief to see him score three quick buckets to get himself rolling tonight. The 29-year-old Ellis hasn't missed a game all season, which is remarkable given how much contact he takes every night, and he's rewarding 8-cat owners with top-40 value.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) scoreless in return
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) returned to action on Tuesday, going scoreless with two rebounds and one assist in six minutes vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He didn't check in until the end of the third quarter, presumably because Jason Kidd wanted more offensive weapons on the court with his Bucks trailing by seven points. Mayo has suffered a few setbacks with his hamstring in recent weeks and fantasy owners should view him with skepticism as long as he's playing limited minutes off the bench.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Kyle Lowry (back) won't rush back this time
    Kyle Lowry said that he won't rush back from injury this time after he was forced to leave Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons due to back spasms.

    Advice: This doesn't sound very reassuring for his owners, and it looks like Lowry should be considered highly doubtful to play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday. We will pass along further updates once we know more, but his owners should have a backup plan ready. Greivis Vasquez will likely draw the start if Lowry can't give it a go and he is worth a look for anyone in need of 3-pointers and assists, while Lou Williams should see a nice uptick in minutes as well and would be a must-start option in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • Mario Chalmers chips in 14 pts off Heat bench
    Mario Chalmers scored 14 points with one 3-pointer, two assists and three steals in 27 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's crushing loss in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Before the game Erik Spoelstra told reporters, "For the next month each game will have the feel of playoff intensity." The No. 7 seed Heat were facing the No. 6 seed Bucks tonight and they blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, so there's sure to be some soul-searching during their flight to Boston. Chalmers hasn't been worth owning in 12-team leagues since Goran Dragic (16 points, six assists) took over the starting PG job.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (back) expected to sit Tuesday
    Nicolas Batum (back) didn't go through warmups and he's not listed as a starter for Tuesday's game vs. Golden State.

    Advice: Batum didn't practice on Monday and he was listed as doubtful prior to being ruled out, so this shouldn't catch any owners by surprise. The extremely short-handed Blazers will rely on Alonzo Gee, Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum and Arron Afflalo to pick up extra playing time in Batum's absence, with Gee taking Batum's spot in the starting lineup.
    Tuesday, 7:28 pm
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will not return on Tuesday
    Kyle Lowry (back spasms) left Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Lowry had just returned from a two-game absence prior to tonight's game because of his back, so this is obviously a devastating blow for the Raptors and for his owners. We will go ahead and consider Lowry questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls, but considering he was only able to play 11 minutes before his back tightened up on him, he is probably closer to doubtful. If Lowry can't give it a go, Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams would both benefit. Expect another update following shootaround on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 5:22 pm
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will start Tuesday vs. DET
    Kyle Lowry (back) will start Tuesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Greivis Vasquez will likely head to the bench with this news, and his value will take a sizable hit with the demotion to the second unit. Lowry is obviously a must-start guy every time he's in uniform, so go ahead and get him active.
    Tuesday, 3:44 pm
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) a game-time decision
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: The Bucks will make a decision on Mayo after he goes through warm-ups, but even if he is able to go, he'll likely be on a minutes restriction which will really limit his upside. Mayo belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Jared Dudley (knee) out Tuesday vs. Miami
    Jared Dudley (knee) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Dudley is inching his way closer to making a return after going through a full practice on Monday, but today will not be the day. He wasn't playing well before going down, and he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) a true game-time call Tues.
    Kyle Lowry (back) will again be a true game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Lowry has spent the past two games on the sidelines, but he was able to go through a full practice on Monday, so there's that. The Raptors have waited until just before the tip before announcing Lowry's status over the past two games, and that's the situation we're headed for again today. If he sits, Greivis Vasquez will draw the start, with DeMar DeRozan doing the heavy lifting on offense. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 3:06 pm
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • Nate Robinson (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Nate Robinson (knee) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: If Robinson is unable to go on Wednesday, Austin Rivers and Jordan Hamilton will likely pick up most of his reserve minutes, but they can't be viewed as reliable options in almost any league.
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
    W, 119-98 @ Phi
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Rubio has spent the past three games on the sidelines, and Zach LaVine has played quite well in his absence, averaging 19.3 points, 4.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers and an unfortunate 5.0 turnovers per game during that span. If you're okay with the turnovers, LaVine is worth owning in standard leagues while Rubio is out.
    Tuesday, 1:59 pm
  • J.J. Barea will miss Tuesday's game vs Spurs
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: "He’s out tonight for sure," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "And my understanding is it’s more of a day-to-day thing. Not serious. But he turned it over the other day in practice. He’s not ready to go yet." Devin Harris is in line to see a minutes boost against the Spurs, but he isn't a lock to play as he recovers from an illness, so we may get a look at Raymond Felton if Harris experiences a setback before tip-off.
    Tuesday, 9:26 am
  • Marcus Smart says he's not a dirty player
    Marcus Smart said he's not a dirty player after his incident with Matt Bonner.

    Advice: Smart's shot to Bonner's groin earned him a one-game suspension and he's determined to move forward in a productive manner. "I respect the decision," Smart said. "I gotta live with it. Looking at the film, it does look a little intentional. But that’s not who I am. I’m not a dirty player." Smart only scored two points with one rebound and two steals in his first game back from his suspension on Monday and Isaiah Thomas (back) is due to return on Wednesday, so the rookie's fantasy value will likely be limited to deeper leagues for the rest of the season.
    Tuesday, 7:54 am
  • Larkin just can't get it done despite 44 mins
    Shane Larkin logged 44 minutes in Monday's loss, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, seven assists and one block.

    Advice: Larkin just isn't any good for fantasy leagues in Derek Fisher's system, so no matter how many minutes he gets he is deep league asset at best.
    Monday, 8:12 pm
  • D-Will flirts with low-end triple-double
    Deron Williams just missed a low-end triple-double in the Nets' 110-91 loss to the Celtics on Monday, scoring 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting with nine rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Williams did not hit a three but he made all six of his free throws, outplaying Jarrett Jack (19 minutes, 1-of-9 FGs) on a relatively encouraging night. We don't trust anybody in Brooklyn these days, but Williams, Thad Young (12 points, nine boards, two steals, one three) and Brook Lopez (31 points, four rebounds, one steal, two blocks, 7-of-7 FTs) are your best bets. The Nets fell to 1.5 games back of Boston for the No. 8 slot with two teams in-between.
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Johnson held in check against the Celtics
    Joe Johnson hit just 3-of-11 shots (no threes) for six points with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Johnson is slowing down as the Nets continue to mail in their season. He won't be this bad on most nights, but he's not a must-own player at this time.
    Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Jack hits just 1-of-9 shots in loss to BOS
    Jarrett Jack hit just 1-of-9 shots (6-of-7 FTs) for eight points with two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Deron Williams flirted with a low-end triple-double tonight and clearly was the better player, while the Nets as a whole looked lethargic in a key playoff loss. Jack and Williams have been splitting minutes because Bojan Bogdanovic (3-of-14 FGs) has been hot, but as you can see he cooled off, as well. It wouldn't be surprising if Jack had a bounce-back effort at some point, but he's not a must-own player right now.
    Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Bogdanovic scores six points with six boards
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored just six points on 3-of-14 shooting with six rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic had been a nice little run but this shows how shaky his value can be. He's a deep league play at best until he shows us a little bit more.
    Monday, 7:33 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play on Monday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: It'll be Zach LaVine getting the start with Lorezno Brown backing him up. Rubio doesn't sound too injured, but the Wolves are looking to get some extra lottery balls for Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns. Rubio is not a must-stash considering we only have a few weeks left in the season and he'll have a minutes cap even if he returns.
    Monday, 4:38 pm
  • Josh Calderon has surgery, out for season
    Jose Calderon had minor Achilles surgery and will likely miss the rest of the regular season.

    Advice: He had platelet rich plasma treatment and will take the offseason to recover. Calderon has been out since Feb. 25 due to a strain in his Achilles and should be fine for next season. The Knicks have his contract for the next two seasons at around $7.5 million per season.
    Monday, 3:36 pm
    L, 96-92 vs Bos
  • Isaiah Thomas will be probable for Wednesday?
    Isaiah Thomas (back) should be probable for Wednesday against the Heat, according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: He is out on Monday. Stevens said it'll be "as close to probable as it gets" regarding the sixth man's status for Wednesday. This just made a very tough decision for fantasy owners in weekly leagues. If Thomas can make it back, that would give him three games to put up stats. It has a lot to do with your other options, but Thomas is someone to consider using. He should be owned in all leagues while Marcus Smart is not as appealing now.
    Monday, 3:09 pm
  • Hollins continues praise for Bojan Bogdanovic
    Coach Lionel Hollins said he hasn't been playing Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack together because of how well Bojan Bogdanovic is playing right now.

    Advice: He had some kind of run last week, averaging 17.8 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 treys on 63.8 percent from the field in 35.0 minutes per game in his last four. There is a 49-minute outlier in there, so we're expecting Bojan to get minutes in the 28-33 range this week. He has four games, so feel free to give him a look if you're feeling saucy and want to roll the dice on a rookie. Additionally, Jack and Williams are both likely to play minutes in the mid 20s.
    Monday, 3:00 pm
  • Shane Larkin will start on Monday night
    Shane Larkin will start next to Langston Galloway on Monday night.

    Advice: This is interesting because the Knicks are putting their two active point guards in the starting lineup without a real backup point behind them. They are only dressing nine players with Ricky Ledo, Lance Thomas, Andrea Bargnani, Jason Smith, Quincy Acy, Cole Aldrich and Lou Amundson as the others. Larkin starting is a slight boost for his floor and ceiling in fantasy tonight.
    Monday, 2:53 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (back) doesn't practice Monday
    Nicolas Batum (back) did not practice on Monday and is doubtful to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: One season after the Blazers were one of the healthiest teams in decades, they're dealing with some injuries right now. Batum does have a couple minor injuries to his back, but this isn't a trend for him. Still, he appears doubtful to play on Tuesday. With Batum out, C.J. McCollum and Dorell Wright will benefit on the wing and maybe Arron Afflalo can finally get it going.
    Monday, 12:41 pm
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Jared Dudley questionable for Tuesday
    Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable to play against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He went through practice on Monday and could return after missing most of the second half due to an issue with his kneecap. Dudley would take minutes away from Ersan Ilyasova, but Ghosface Ilya is still worth owning in all leagues.
    Monday, 12:37 pm
  • O.J. Mayo is questionable for Tuesday
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: Even if he does return, the Bucks are unlikely to give him more than minutes in the teens. Mayo is not worth owning in almost any league. Tyler Ennis should remain in the rotation while Jerryd Bayless gets some extra run.
    Monday, 12:36 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) already ruled out for Tues
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's expected to miss multiple games due to his ankle sprain from Saturday's practice. Barea going down would have given more minutes to Devin Harris (illness), but he is also not 100 percent due to an illness. Raymond Felton could get some run as a backup for the Mavs.
    Monday, 11:54 am
  • Ricky Rubio, Kevin Garnett doubtful Monday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Kevin Garnett (knee) are doubtful to play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: This will likely be Rubio's third game out of the lineup and his fifth in last six games. There's a decent chance he misses more games in the future, so owners in weekly leagues have to bench him. Cutting him is also an option in several formats. Zach LaVine will get a 30-40 minutes and is worth a look in standard leagues as long as you're OK with high turnovers and low shooting percentage. Lorenzo Brown will also be in the rotation.
    Monday, 11:20 am
  • Kyle Lowry (back) goes through practice Mon.
    Kyle Lowry (back) was able to go through practice on Monday, but he remains questionable to play against the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lowry has been out since March 18, and there is no clear timetable for his return. It leaves fantasy owners in a very tough spot at a critical juncture of the season, but the good news is Lowry was able to get through practice on Monday. Owners will have to check back for an update (or two) ahead of Tuesday's contest.
    Monday, 10:21 am
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • Isaiah Thomas (back) ruled out for Monday
    Isaiah Thomas (back) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: He hasn't been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Heat, but that would be the optimist's view for Thomas' return. He's been out since March 9, so we're going on two-plus weeks without the spark plug in the lineup. Thomas "did more" on Sunday, but he remains day-to-day for the time being.
    Monday, 9:32 am
  • Rubio, Pekovic, Garnett questionable again
    Ricky Rubio (ankle), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are all questionable again to play the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: If Rubio doesn't play (he's missed three of the last four), Zach LaVine will again draw the start, and the rookie has averaged 10.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals on 42.9 percent shooting over 27 games in that role. If Garnett sits again, Adreian Payne should again draw the start, and he's averaging 8.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in that role. Finally, if Pekovic sits, it will be the Gorgui Dieng show inside, where he's averaged 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.0 blocks on 50.5 percent shooting.
    Monday, 9:15 am
  • Celtics want Marcus Smart to temper spirit
    The Celtics want Marcus Smart to focus on channeling his competitive energy in a more positive way.

    Advice: In other words, the C's want him to stop doing dumb things on the floor when his competitive juices get flowing. "What we love about Marcus is his competitive nature, his competitive spirit, but he has to handle that situation better. There’s no question about that," Brad Stevens said. The rookie will look to move on Monday when he'll be back in action following his one-game suspension.
    Monday, 7:29 am
  • Report: Monta Ellis 'big part' of DAL problem
    Monta Ellis reportedly has "folks in the Mavs organization" worried about his impact on "the team's soul."

    Advice: Specifically, these organizational members "have been fretting for weeks about the impact Ellis' moodiness" has on the club. This sounds like a complete cop out in an effort to make Ellis the fall guy for the Mavs struggles, and that's a bad look all the way around. Ellis still leads the NBA with 118 clutch points, but he has struggled since the All-Star break with averages of just 16.3 points, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals on 38.9 percent shooting.
    Monday, 6:42 am
  • Nicolas Batum (back) looking doubtful Tuesday
    Nicolas Batum's (back) status for Tuesday's game in the Warriors is in doubt after leaving Saturday's game early.

    Advice: Batum felt a shooting pain up his legs and back after landing "awkwardly" on his heels, and after the game he had a tough time standing up, so none of that sounds very good at all. With Batum unlikely to suit up, that would mean a larger role for Dorell Wright, who would likely start in Batum's place, with C.J. McCollum also playing extended minutes off the bench.
    Monday, 6:19 am
    W, 87-81 @ Pho
  • Monta Ellis shoots 4-of-22 from the field
    Monta Ellis shot just 4-of-22 from the field during Sunday's loss to the Suns, finishing with 11 points, two assists, two boards and three steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Needless to say, it was a dreadful performance by Ellis and his owners can only hope that he bounces back vs. the Spurs on Tuesday. Devin Harris (illness) and J.J. Barea (ankle) could both be looking at some time on the shelf, so Ellis and Rajon Rondo could have their hands full moving forward. Keep Ellis locked into all lineups.
    Sunday, 9:09 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) has no timetable to return
    Head coach Rick Carlisle said that J.J. Barea's ankle injury isn't too serious, but he said there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Barea sprained his ankle at practice Saturday and isn't even traveling with the team, so we will go ahead and consider him doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. We will track Barea's status closely, but it's safe to drop him in most leagues. Devin Harris will get some more ball-handling responsibilities off the bench following this news and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Sunday, 4:47 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) ruled out again Sunday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play vs. the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: He's now missed three of the Wolves' past four games but has been a game-time decision for each of his DNPs, giving the impression that he could return any day now. Zach LaVine has shown steady improvement and he's worth a look as Minnesota's fill-in PG, particularly if you need a quick boost in 3-pointers, assists and FT percentages.
    Sunday, 3:27 pm
  • Chris Paul guides Clippers to 107-100 victory
    Chris Paul led the Clippers to a 107-100 win vs. the Pelicans on Sunday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists and four steals.

    Advice: He did his damage in 38 minutes and he's averaging a stellar 22.3 points, 11.3 assists and 1.6 steals since the All-Star break. The No. 5 seed Clippers are in the thick of the playoff race with 2.5 games separating the No. 7 and No. 3 seeds, so CP3's owners shouldn't have to worry about precautionary DNPs this week.
    Sunday, 3:22 pm
  • Goran Dragic playing through nagging injuries
    Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade each scored 12 points during Sunday's road loss in Oklahoma City, shooting a combined 10-of-25 from the field.

    Advice: Dragic made one 3-pointer with five rebounds and three assists, but he didn't have any steals despite Russell Westbrook committing six turnovers. Dragic said before the game that he's dealing with nagging injuries and has felt "slow" for weeks. You can't tell by watching him play lately, however, as he came in with five-game averages of 18.6 points (55.1 percent FGs, 78.9 percent FTs), 0.4 threes, 4.0 boards, 6.6 assists and 2.0 steals.
    Sunday, 3:02 pm
  • Henry Walker shoots 0-of-6 in blowout loss
    Heat F Henry Walker missed all six of his shot attempts vs. the Thunder, finishing scoreless with four rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: More than three-quarters of Walker's shots come from beyond the arc, which makes him especially prone to boom-or-bust games offensively. He's foul-prone and has scored 10+ points just once in the month of March, so there's no reason to own him despite his steady minutes in Erik Spoelstra's second unit.
    Sunday, 3:02 pm
  • Mario Chalmers plays team-high 34 minutes
    Mario Chalmers logged a team-high 34 minutes in Sunday's road loss, scoring 12 points with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, two steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: He helped pester Russell Westbrook into 5-of-16 shooting, though WB still racked up his 10th triple-double of the season. It wasn't all good for Chalmers, as he shot 4-of-14 from the field and didn't have any assists. His value has plummetted since Goran Dragic arrived in Miami and owners in 12-team leagues should leave him floating on the wire.
    Sunday, 3:01 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 18 pts on 8-of-13 FGs
    Dennis Schroder provided a rare bright spot for the Hawks on Sunday, coming off the bench for 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, two 3-pointers, three boards, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He turned the ball over twice in 24 minutes and has proven to be a steady contributor as the leader of Atlanta's second unit. Schroder is flirting with late-round value in just 25 minutes per game over the past few weeks, but he's best deployed as a spot-starter if and when Jeff Teague is rested -- with back-to-back sets coming up on Friday/Saturday and Monday/Tuesday, it's possible we'll see Schroder starting at PG in the near future.
    Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (back) unlikely for Monday
    Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas' (tailbone, elbow) new tentative return date will be mid-to late next week.

    Advice: Owners will need to check back for another update on Thomas' status on Monday, but given his new timeline, it's a pretty sure bet he won't be active tomorrow. Marcus Smart, Evan Turner, and Avery Bradley will continue to step up in Isaiah's absence, with Bradley being the go-to guy on offense. After Monday, the Celtics have a home game against the Heat on Wednesday, and we'll be considering him questionable for that one. Stay tuned.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • Jared Dudley (knee) and Mayo (hamstring) out
    Jared Dudley (knee) and O.J. Mayo (hamstring) remain out indefinitely.

    Advice: Neither guy will play on Sunday, of course, and their absence leaves extra playing time available for Tyler Ennis, Jerryd Bayless, Ersan Ilyasova and others. Ilyasova is the best bet for reliable value, though Bayless is also worth a glance for deep-league owners seeking guard help. Dudley and Mayo both belong on the waiver wire until a return date is announced.
    Sunday, 12:14 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) ruled out Sunday vs. Knicks
    Kyle Lowry (back) will not play vs. the Knicks on Sunday and Greivis Vasquez will take his spot in the starting lineup.

    Advice: It's a brutal blow for Lowry's fantasy owners, who can only hope that he's healthy enough to suit up in Detroit on Tuesday. Toronto is being cautious to avoid any long-term setback with the postseason just weeks away. "The problem is not whether [Lowry] can play through it but if he gets hit again," said coach Dwane Casey. Vasquez is a decent plug-and-play as a starter in Lowry's absence, especially if you need 3-pointers and assists.
    Sunday, 12:09 pm
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • Deron Williams scores 17 in the first half
    Deron Williams scored all 17 of his points in the first half during a 123-111 win over the Pacers on Saturday, adding one rebound, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: For the second night in a row, Deron disappeared in the second half. He looked good and was attacking the defense early on, so it's hard to say his performance was why coach Lionel Hollins didn't play him in the final 18 minutes. He's still worth starting in most leagues, but he's not someone who will carry fantasy owners with limited playing time.
    Saturday, 7:06 pm
  • Joe Johnson slows down again
    Joe Johnson slowed down against the Pacers on Saturday with 14 points, three rebounds and no other stats in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-12 from the field and made 52.5 percent from the field in his last five, averaging 15.4 points, 4.2 boards, 2.8 dimes and 1.2 treys. Johnson isn't a complete must-own player, but he should flirt with top-125 value going forward.
    Saturday, 7:00 pm
  • Jarrett Jack plays well in 24 minutes
    Jarrett Jack played 24 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Saturday with 13 points, eight assists and no turnovers.

    Advice: He split the point guard minutes with Deron Williams even though Deron played well tonight. Jack doesn't really have a big upside in standard leagues with his lack of steals and treys, but he's someone to consider for those of you looking for some points, free throw shooting and dimes. That's about all he's good for.
    Saturday, 6:53 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 21, makes all 8 FGAs
    Bojan Bogdanovic stayed hot against the Pacers on Saturday, making all eight attempts from the field for 21 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He played a whopping 49 minutes on Friday and scored 17 points in a win. Bogdanovic has played at least 27 minutes in four straight games, averaging 17.8 points, 3.8 boards, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 treys. It's becoming clearer that coach Lionel Hollins is going to play him more, so he's worth a look in standard leagues while he's hot.
    Saturday, 6:46 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) is questionable to play against the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: He has missed the last two road games, but he did play at home on Wednesday. Rubio and the Wolves are at home for this one, so it's fair to be somewhat optimistic he'll play for that one. He will likely have his minutes held in check if he does play, though.
    Saturday, 3:31 pm
  • Derrick Rose (knee) close to taking contact
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose is close to taking contact in practice.

    Advice: Thibs still said he still doesn't know when Rose will be back, but he's certainly going to need to go through a practice or two before we have any idea when he'll be back. Fantasy owners can keep Rose on the wire in most leagues because the Bulls will handle his situation very carefully until the playoffs.
    Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Deron Williams is starting on Saturday
    Deron Williams, Markel Brown, Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez are starting on Saturday against the Pacers.

    Advice: They played a triple-overtime game on Friday and are on the road, so it was possible coach Lionel Hollins rested guys a la the Denver Nuggets. Williams was also benched for most of the second half and will get a chance to redeem himself.
    Saturday, 2:46 pm
  • Derrick Rose (knee) still listed as out
    Derrick Rose (knee) is still listed as out for Saturday against the Pistons.

    Advice: He is doing some non-contact stuff in practice and could get a full practice in at some point this month. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager in stashing Rose, especially with the fantasy playoffs just around the corner for most owners. Plus, Rose is unlikely to hit the ground running upon his return.
    Saturday, 1:11 pm
  • Marcus Smart suspended for one game
    Marcus Smart has been suspended for one game and will not play against the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: He may have deserved more than one game for one of the worst plays of the season. With Smart out, the Celtics will use Evan Turner and Phil Pressey at point guard. There should also be more minutes available for Jae Crowder on the wing. Smart is worth a hold in some leagues until Isaiah Thomas gets back.
    Saturday, 12:33 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out for Sunday night
    J.J. Barea sprained his left ankle at practice on Saturday and will not play against the Suns on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't even travel, so he could miss Tuesday at home against the Spurs. With Barea out, Devin Harris should play more and Monta Ellis should get a little more ball-handling chances. Barea is not worth owning in most leagues.
    Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • CP3 posts 30-6-15 in win over Wizards
    Chris Paul scored 30 points on 12-of-21 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, 15 assists and one steal in the Clippers' 113-99 win over the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Paul is a forgotten elite fantasy play this season returning top 3-4 value. He wasn't the only one to get off tonight, as J.J. Redick scored 26 points with four treys, Blake Griffin scored 22 points with a full line, and DeAndre Jordan went for 10 and 23 with two steals and three blocks in the win.
    Saturday, 12:10 am
  • Schroder scores 21 points off the bench
    Dennis Schroder scored 21 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-14 shots (including three treys) with three rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, Kyle Korver (nose) was out but Schroder has been on the fantasy radar in 12-team leagues for a while, even if he hasn't really been able to produce enough for starting lineups. The Hawks will probably rest guys down the stretch, and Schroder is somebody to take a hard look at.
    Friday, 10:54 pm
  • Chalmers has productive night vs. Nuggets
    Mario Chalmers scored 10 points on 2-of-4 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with four rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: Chalmers is providing some surprising late-round value over the past week or two, but he's 55 percent of his shots over the last seven games and when that straightens itself out he might not even be a 14-team play. Plan accordingly.
    Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) doesn't play Friday
    Kyle Lowry (back) did not play on Friday night against the Bulls.

    Advice: The Raptors only had him available as an emergency, so that's a good sign he'll be able to play against the Knicks on Sunday. Plus, the Raptors losing this game moves them further down the seeding chart and they are now fourth in the East. Check back for an update tomorrow.
    Friday, 10:03 pm
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • Jarrett Jack scores 12 in 41 minutes
    Jarrett Jack played 41 minutes against the Bucks on Friday with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

    Advice: Deron Williams was in the doghouse tonight, so Jack ran the offense for the majority of the second half and the three overtimes. This punishment for Deron probably won't continue heading into Saturday against the Pacers, so Jack isn't a strong grab if you're looking for some value beyond the weekend. He's barely been worth owning in standard leagues for his low upside.
    Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic plays 49 minutes
    Bojan Bogdanovic played 49 minutes against the Bucks on Friday during a triple-overtime win with 17 points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit a couple clutch shots and his coach clearly has confidence in him. Bogdanovic played 36 minutes on Wednesday and he's also taken 39 shots combined in his last three. He's still not a must-own player because of how many slumps he's had, but he's definitely on the radar now. He's probably a grab in 16-team leagues.
    Friday, 9:36 pm
  • Deron Williams gets benched
    Deron Williams was benched for most of the late action against the Bucks on Friday, playing 22 minutes for four points, two rebounds, five assists and no turnovers.

    Advice: He sat out 24 minutes of the second half and overtime combined tonight. Williams played well heading into tonight, but he just had no offensive game, making 1-of-6 from the field. HIs owners shouldn't worry too much and can expect him to be better on Saturday against the Pacers.
    Friday, 9:26 pm
  • Larkin scores 13 points with six boards
    Shane Larkin scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 33 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: This level of production has been his high water mark and owners need to see a lot more of this before considering an add.
    Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Marcus Smart ejected for punch to groin
    Marcus Smart was ejected on Friday for punching Matt Bonner in the groin.

    Advice: It was bad and Smart has some explaining to do. He came off a screen and basically wound up before hitting Bonner below the belt. He'll be suspended for this one, so Phil Pressey will likely start for at least one game. Smart finished with 10 points, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. You can check out a quick video in the link below.
    Friday, 7:45 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) active, but not starting
    Kyle Lowry (back) will be active for Friday's game vs. Chicago, but Greivis Vasquez will draw the start at point guard.

    Advice: It's not clear exactly what this means, but Lowry may be on a minutes limit tonight, so owners will take some risk in putting him on their active roster. There's also no guarantees he even leaves the bench, so owners may want to consider sliding someone else into to Lowry's spot on your active roster.
    Friday, 4:37 pm
    W, 94-83 vs LAL
  • Isaiah Thomas not likely for Sunday or Monday
    While Isaiah Thomas (tailbone, elbow) continues to improve, Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens said he's unlikely for Sunday's game vs. Detroit, as well as Monday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: "He continues to feel better," said Stevens. "He's still very unlikely for Sunday, which I assume means unlikely for Monday. Holding pattern." That means Thomas will return for Wednesday's game vs. Miami at the earliest, and we'll continue to follow this situation closely. With Thomas out, Marcus Smart, Evan Turner, and Avery Bradley will continue to see some increased opportunity, with Bradley offering the most upside.
    Friday, 9:09 am
  • Jared Dudley (back) will not play on Friday
    Jared Dudley (back spasms) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Brooklyn, and he is currently without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: With Dudley out, Ersan Ilyasova will likely continue to see his minutes in the 30s, with Giannis Antetokounmpo getting all the run he can handle. Dudley belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Friday, 8:26 am
  • Mayo (hamstring), Dudley (back) out Friday
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) and Jared Dudley (back) have been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Nets, and both players are without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: With both Mayo and Dudley unavailable, Giannis Antetokounmpo will get all the run he can handle with Jerryd Bayless and Tyler Ennis seeing extending minutes off the bench. Bayless can be viewed as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues, but Ennis doesn't offer much value at all. Mayo and Dudley can be cut in all leagues.
    Friday, 8:09 am
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) out Thursday vs. New York
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Zach LaVine will more than likely get the start tonight with a favorable matchup against the Knicks, so he's someone to consider as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. The Timberwolves don't play again until Sunday vs. Charlotte, so we'll be considering Rubio questionable for that one, stay tuned.
    Thursday, 3:16 pm
  • Jose Calderon still can't do on-court work
    Jose Calderon (Achilles) has still not been able to participate in any on-court work, but head coach Derek Fisher remains hopeful that he'll be able to return at some point this season.

    Advice: There's absolutely no reason Calderon should risk a more serious injury to play for a team that would like to lose, and given the fact he wasn't very effective while he was on the court this season, Calderon should remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Alexey Shved, Shane Larkin, and Langston Galloway will continue to see some increased opportunity with Calderon on the shelf, and Shved is the guy to own out of the three.
    Thursday, 3:14 pm
    L, 96-92 vs Bos
  • Rose (knee) goes through non-contact work
    Derrick Rose (knee) participated in all the non-contact portions of Thursday's practice.

    Advice: This is an improvement from Tuesday's practice in which he was only able to go through some non-contact work, but he's still not close to being able to suit up for any game-time action. At this point in the season, Rose belongs on the waiver wire in most standard re-draft leagues.
    Thursday, 12:11 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas a week away from returning
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said Isaiah Thomas (tailbone, elbow) is a week away from returning to the court.

    Advice: If Ainge's timetable holds true, Thomas could return against the Heat on Wednesday or against the Knicks on Friday. We'll update his status as the week progresses, but Marcus Smart, Evan Turner, and Avery Bradley will all continue to see a boost in fantasy value while Thomas is out.
    Thursday, 8:51 am
  • Chris Paul, Jordan play well in Clips win
    Chris Paul had 30 points, 11 assists, a steal and four 3-pointers on 13-of-20 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: DeAndre Jordan had just six points, but added 15 rebounds, a steal and a block, and these two guys continue to put up fun fantasy stats for their owners, night after night.
    Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores career-high 25 in loss
    Marcus Smart hit 8-of-14 shots and seven 3-pointers for a career-high 25 points to go along with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Finally. He's flirted with fantasy greatness for weeks, but finally came through with the 'big one' tonight. Maybe this is the game he needed to get going. With Boston fully invested in Smart the rest of the way, picking him up right now looks like a very smart thing to do, if he happens to be available in your league.
    Wednesday, 9:43 pm
  • Goran Dragic double-doubles w/ 20 & 11
    Goran Dragic had 20 points, 11 assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 9-of-16 shooting in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: The move to Miami has worked out well for Dragic, although a back injury slowed him down for a minute. Since returning from that, he's averaging 18.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, two steals is shooting 53 percent over his last four games.
    Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 12 on Wednesday
    Bojan Bogdanovic came off the bench for 12 points, two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers on 5-of-9 shooting in 36 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He blew up for 21 points on Monday, so maybe he's getting ready to heat up. Just keep an eye on him.
    Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores just six points in 27 min
    Joe Johnson hit just 3-of-9 shots for six points, three boards and one assist in Wednesday's ugly loss to Cleveland.

    Advice: Joe Cool went for 22 points on Monday and has been playing a little better lately, but bottomed out tonight. Hopefully this is just a blip on the radar and he'll bounce back against the Bucks on Friday.
    Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) won't play Wednesday
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will not play against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is likely out for a while and the Bucks won't be rushing him back. Jerryd Bayless and Tyler Ennis will benefit most with Bayless holding much more fantasy value. Mayo can be dropped basically everywhere.
    Wednesday, 11:34 am
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Jared Dudley (back spasms) out for Wednesday
    Jared Dudley (back spasms) will not play against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been on the injury report for a knee injury, so chances are we won't be seeing Dudley on the court anytime soon now that he has another injury. Since he went down last month, Ersan Ilyasova has really stepped up and is worth a look in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:33 am
  • J.J. Barea (illness) will play vs. the Magic
    J.J. Barea (illness) will play vs. the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He does have a fever, but Barea was able to go through shootaround and he will likely resume his normal role off the Dallas bench. That being said, he is only worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of points and assists.
    Wednesday, 9:05 am
  • Isaiah Thomas (back) likely out 3 more games
    Isaiah Thomas (back) likely won't return to action until Monday vs. Brooklyn, meaning he would miss the next three games for the Celtics.

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens didn't rule out Thomas joining up with the team in San Antonio on Friday, though it's highly doubtful that he plays. The good news is that Thomas is reportedly feeling better, so his owners will have to simply stash him in the hopes that he returns soon. In the meantime, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Evan Tunrer will have to continue to step up for the Celtics.
    Wednesday, 8:50 am
  • Gerald Henderson chips in 16 points vs. Clips
    Gerald Henderson finished Tuesday's loss in L.A. with 16 points (5-of-13 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), one rebound, four assists and two steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Monday's dud can be forgiven, as the entire Hornets team was limited in a blowout, and Henderson continues to log solid minutes despite the return of Kemba Walker. His usage rate may take a hit in the long run but he's been good enough to deserve some leeway from owners in 12-team leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:20 pm
  • Nate Robinson notches 12 points in home win
    Nate Robinson was one of five Clippers in double-figures vs. the Hornets, scoring 12 points with two 3-pointers, two assists and one rebound in 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: He's no Jamal Crawford, but the Clippers' bench needs all the scoring Nate can provide with J-Craw out indefinitely and Matt Barnes (hamstring) day-to-day. He's worth a look for temporary value in deeper leagues, but most owners can safely ignore him.
    Tuesday, 10:19 pm
    W, 119-98 @ Phi
  • O.J. Mayo (hamstring) not with team Tuesday
    O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday, as he's in Milwaukee receiving treatment.

    Advice: Mayo's hamstring has bothered him for weeks and he may have aggravated it in just seven minutes of action on Saturday. Whether he'll return for Wednesday's home game is unclear, but his inability to stay healthy rules him out as a fantasy option at this critical juncture of the season.
    Tuesday, 4:26 pm
    Player Note
    O.J. Mayo Mil - PG,SG
  • Jared Dudley (knee) questionable for Wed.
    Jared Dudley (knee) won't play vs. New Orleans on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's back in Milwaukee receiving treatment and Jason Kidd said that Dudley was "struggling to move" on Monday, so there are no guarantees that he'll return to the lineup for Wednesday's home game vs. the Spurs. Dudley had a few nice stretches this season but he now belongs on the wavier wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:23 pm
  • LAC ink Nate Robinson to second 10-day deal
    The Clippers have signed Nate Robinson to a second 10-day contract.

    Advice: Robinson is averaging just 4.0 points and 2.0 assists on 24.1 percent shooting through 14.7 minutes of action with the Clippers this season. He'll add some emergency depth the LAC's backcourt, but he belongs on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:19 pm
    W, 119-98 @ Phi
  • J.J. Barea (illness) misses practice Tuesday
    J.J. Barea (illness) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: We'll be considering Barea questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic, and if he's unable to go, Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo would be forced into heavy minutes with Devin Harris (illness) also looking unlikely. Raymond Felton would have the opportunity to see some increased minutes off the bench, but he's not going to do enough on the stat sheet to matter in any league as a reserve for the Mavericks. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 11:14 am
  • Rose (knee) does non-contact work at practice
    Derrick Rose (knee) went through some non-contact work during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Rose is "on schedule, maybe even slightly ahead," and this is excellent news for the Bulls' championship aspirations. However, Rose is currently at the beginning of the 3-week mark of his initial 4-6 week timetable, so he won't be returning this week. If your team is fighting to make it to the next round of the playoffs, it wouldn't be advisable to have Rose on your roster.
    Tuesday, 10:50 am
  • Jose Calderon (Achilles) hopeful to return
    Jose Calderon (Achilles) will be re-evaluated on Tuesday and said he still hopes to return this season.

    Advice: Calderon's left Achilles injury has caused him to miss 10 straight games and the Knicks have little incentive to deploy him as they drift toward the draft lottery. He admitted that he won't return "if there's a risk" and all signs point to Calderon being done for the season, which makes Alexey Shved an even safer option with four games left on the schedule this week.
    Tuesday, 6:26 am
    L, 96-92 vs Bos
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