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  • Joel Embiid fined several times by the 76ers?
    Joel Embiid was reportedly fined thousands of dollars for showing up late and missing multiple rehab sessions this season.

    Advice: Head coach Brett Brown recently said that he questioned Embiid's work ethic at times this season, so this report likely has some validity. This is definitely a story that he will continue to follow, and if you factor in the uncertainties surrounding his foot injury, he will be a high-risk, high-reward option next season. Hopefully, we will get a good chance to evaluate him at the summer league if he is cleared to play.
    Today, 7:13 am
    L, 105-101 vs Mia
  • 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
  • Rich Cho says Lance Stephenson must improve
    Hornets General Manager Rich Cho said that Lance Stephenson must improve after his disappointing performance this season.

    Advice: "Like I told Lance yesterday, I didn’t think he played well," Cho said. "He’s got to improve. In the 2013-14 season he shot 35 percent from [3-point range]. This year it was 17 percent. He’s got to improve that. He knows he had a bad year. I think he’s committed to getting better this summer." There is no denying that Stephenson is loaded with upside, but his stock is going to be really low heading into fantasy drafts next season. The Hornets may also continue to look for trade partners over the summer, so a move away from Charlotte could potentially give him a boost. That being said, It's probably best to let another owner deal with him next season.
    Today, 6:44 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Larry Sanders still not interested in NBA?
    Larry Sanders was reportedly in Milwaukee this week, but sources close to him say that he doesn't have any desire to play professional basketball again.

    Advice: Sanders has some personal issues to work through and recently said that he quit basketball to find his true purpose in life, so it doesn't sound like we will see him in the NBA any time soon. There is too much uncertainly surrounding Sanders to consider drafting him next season, but we will monitor this situation very closely in the off-season.
    Today, 6:19 am
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 1 vs. NO
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • James Ennis will work on his ball-handling
    James Ennis said that his primary focus during the offseason will be "getting stronger" and working on his "ball-handling."

    Advice: Ennis showed some flashes during his rookie season with the Heat, and he ended the regular-season on a high note by putting up his first-career triple-double. If Luol Deng opts out of his contract and leaves Miami during the offseason, Ennis could potentially be looking at a starting role with the Heat. However, there are far too many ifs right now to accurately project Ennis' value, and with season averages of just 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, he has a long ways to go before entering the standard league equation.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Lance Stephenson searching for confidence
    Lance Stephenson acknowledged that his 3-point shooting was "terrible" this season, and he will spend the summer trying to regain his confidence after a horrific season with the Hornets.

    Advice: "My 3-point percentage was the lowest ever in history. That’s terrible," Stephenson said. "I have to come in and figure out how to be a better shooter. Being a good shooter will help my overall game... It’s confidence – just wanting the shot to go in so bad and then you lose your confidence. That plays a major part when you don’t have confidence in your shot. This summer I’m going to find my confidence." Born Ready was not so ready for the move to Charlotte, and his name will likely regularly surface in various trade rumors throughout the year, it's finding a taker that's the tricky part.
    Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Frank Vogel believes David West will opt in
    Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel said while he didn't discuss David West's contract option with him during his exit meeting, his gut feeling is that West will opt in for next season.

    Advice: West reportedly spoke about "next year" during his exit meeting, implying that he will pick up the player option on his contract worth $12.6 million for the 2015-16 season. West will be 35-years-old next year, and with his numbers steadily declining over the past three years, it's unlikely he'd command such a high salary on the open market. He ended the 2014-15 season with averages of 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.7 steals and blocks per game on 47.1 percent shooting. At this point in his career, he's more of a deep league guy.
    Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Gores calls Andre Drummond a max player
    Pistons owner Tom Gores referred to Andre Drummond a "maximum guy" during a recent interview.

    Advice: The Pistons can extend Drummond's rookie contract with a max offer this offseason, a preferable alternative than waiting to match offers when he hits restricted free agency following the 2015-16 season, but this all hinges upon whether Drummond accepts the contract extension before the October 31 deadline. If the Pistons make Drummond their designated player, they could sign him to a five-year max extension, meaning he'd spend at least the first nine years of his career in Detroit. It'll be very interesting to see what Andre decides to do this offseason, but he has certainly established himself as a max-player.
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) doesn't practice Friday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) was unable to practice Friday, and his status is uncertain for Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: If Hinrich can't go, Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of his minutes. Hinrich is a solid defender, but he doesn't really bring a lot to the stat sheet, so he's not really a factor in most fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:14 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Derrick Rose (knee) practices on Friday
    Derrick Rose (knee) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Rose will take the court in a playoff series for the first time since the 2011-12 season on Saturday, and it appears that the minor left knee soreness that caused him to miss the second half of Wednesday's regular-season finale will be a non-issue going forward. Any news regarding Rose's troublesome knees is going to make the headlines, but a deep playoff push behind a healthy Rose will at least temporarily silence the critics. Tom Thibodeau said that Rose will play around the same amount of minutes he did towards the end of the regular-season, so it sounds like he'll still be with a minutes limit.
    Yesterday, 10:55 am
  • Darius Morris (flu) doesn't practice Friday
    Darius Morris (flu) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to be considering Morris questionable for Game 1 on Sunday, but he's a negligible part of the Nets' rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications if he's unavailable.
    Yesterday, 10:16 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Chris Bosh will begin shooting in June/July
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) said that he will begin going through shooting drills in June or July, which puts him ahead of schedule in his recovery.

    Advice: Bosh has begun lifting and running after spending the second half of the season on the sidelines due to blood clots in his lungs, though he still remains on blood thinners. He acknowledged that he’s in the very early stages of the recovery process, but all signs are pointing towards him making a full recovery and being ready for training camp next season. Bosh finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and a career-high 1.4 three-pointers per game on 46.0 percent shooting from the field. He'll be a mid-round target in next year's draft with early-round upside.
    Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • Roy Hibbert to see reduced role with Indiana?
    During their exit interviews, both Larry Bird and Frank Vogel implied that if Roy Hibbert does indeed opt in and return to Indiana next season, he will see a diminished role with the franchise.

    Advice: The Pacers would like to go small, and play at a faster pace, which isn't a great sign for the slow and lumbering Hibbert. Hibbert can opt in to his contract that will reward him $15.5 million next season, a number he's unlikely to command on the open market, but it sounds like after two-years of declining numbers, the Pacers are ready to start moving in a different direction. Bird even seemingly took a shot at Hibbert saying, "Well, I don’t think Lance [Stephenson] is stealing his rebounds." It'll be interesting to see what Hibbert decides to do, but reading between the lines, it seems as if the Pacers are almost daring him to opt out.
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Carmelo Anthony says he's 'ahead of schedule'
    Carmelo Anthony said that he's "ahead of schedule" in his recovery during a recent interview, and that being ready for training camp next season is a non-issue.

    Advice: "I’ll be ready in June," Anthony said. "I’ll probably be ready a little before June, back to my regular program and working out... The rehab is going extremely well. I feel very positive where I will be about next training camp. I’m actually excited about the progress I’ve made in a short period of time." It sounds like Anthony will have no problem being ready for training camp next season after only making it through 40 games this year. He has first-round upside, but knee injuries are nothing to play with, so he'll certainly carry some risk with an early-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 8:37 am
    L, 112-90 vs Det
  • Report: Sefolosha underwent surgery Thursday
    Thabo Sefolosha reportedly underwent surgery on Thursday, and he's expected to be ready for the 2015-16 season opener.

    Advice: We wish Sefolosha the best, and all signs are pointing towards him making a full recovery. With Thabo out of the picture, Atlanta will give DeMarre Carroll all the run he can handle, while Kent Bazemore having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. The Hawks open up their first-round series against the Nets on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 8:19 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Derrick Rose dealing with left knee soreness
    Derrick Rose is dealing with minor left knee soreness.

    Advice: The soreness is in the knee in which Rose tore his ACL back in 2012 and not the one needing surgery for a torn meniscus. "It's nothing serious at all," Rose said. "I'm just being cautious. I'm used to knee injuries and my knees being sore. It's just that it was the last game and we didn't want it to linger into a couple of more days." The Bulls are downplaying the issue, which isn't a surprise. Still, Rose should be good to go for Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • David Lee (back) questionable for Game 1 Sat
    David Lee (lower back strain) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

    Advice: If Lee can't go on Saturday, expect Draymond Green to get all the run he can handle with Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. The Warriors don't necessarily need Lee available to dispatch the Pelicans in their first round playoff series.
    Thursday, 1:04 pm
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Carmelo not sure he'll ever be 100 percent
    Carmelo Anthony said he doesn't think he'll ever be 100 percent, but will be fully-recored and injury-free in time for training camp.

    Advice: While it isn't exactly reassuring to hear a 30-year-old coming off knee surgery say he won't ever be 100 percent, it sounds like Melo will be ready to roll for the 2015-16 season. "I don't think I'll ever be a hundred percent, but as far as being fully recovered, injury-free, I'll be at that point," Anthony said. "If I lost my drive over this time then I shouldn't even be here, to be honest with you. My drive, everything that I've been through, and even this year in particular, I'm like pulling my hair out right now because I'm ready to get back on the court. I'm ready to prove everybody wrong." Anthony has the potential to deliver first-round fantasy value next season, but would be a very risky proposition at that draft spot coming off knee surgery.
    Thursday, 11:01 am
    L, 112-90 vs Det
  • 76ers coach questions Embiid's work ethic
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said there were times that he was disappointed with Joel Embiid's work ethic this season.

    Advice: Brown previously said he would be personally disappointed if Embiid isn't able to play in the summer league and on Thursday added, "there were times I wasn't happy with [Embiid's work ethic]." While Embiid is still young, it's not a great sign to have your coach question your work ethic, so here's to hoping the 21-year-old takes Brown's words to heart as he continues his rehab this summer. Embiid will enter 2015-16 fantasy drafts similarly to Nerlens Noel in 2014-15 and will provide his future owners with a high-risk, high-reward gamble.
    Thursday, 9:39 am
    L, 105-101 vs Mia
  • Carmelo Anthony says he'd be No. 2 option
    Carmelo Anthony said on Thursday that he wouldn't have a problem with becoming the No. 2 option on the Knicks if they're able to land another superstar.

    Advice: No, it's not April Fool's Day, as that happened a couple weeks ago. And whether the Knicks are able to get a superstar to come play for a team that was led by Langston Galloway, Jason Smith, Tim Hardaway and Cole Aldrich for much of the season isn't going to be an easy task. And finally, whether Melo can actually happily become a support player is also up for debate. It should be an interesting summer in New York. Marc Berman of the Post also reports that Melo's ahead of schedule as he recovers from knee surgery. He's expected to begin running and basketball activities on June 1, and then will start scrimmaging at a later date. He should be ready for the start of next season.
    Thursday, 9:27 am
    L, 112-90 vs Det
  • David West plays 28 minutes in loss
    David West played 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with four points, four boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He suffered a minor injury tonight, but was able to return. West did not have a strong finish to his season, averaging just 11.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.4 steals in 27 minutes during his previous April games.
    Wednesday, 9:46 pm
  • James Ennis double-doubles vs. Philly
    James Ennis had the first double-double of his career against the 76ers on Wednesday with 17 points, 12 boards, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

    Advice: He actually played seven minutes at shooting guard, which is very rare for him. Ennis was a very exciting player over the summer, but he was a mild disappointment this season partially due to the fact that the Heat really didn't play him at SG even while they were shorthanded. Apparently having six players was enough for the team to change its mind.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Derrick Rose sits out 2nd half with sore knee
    Derrick Rose didn't play in the second half of Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks due to soreness in his left knee, but the Bulls do not seem to be concerned.

    Advice: This isn't the same knee that he had his most recent procedure on, but it should be noted that he has torn his ACL in his left knee before (2012). However, Rose was in good spirits on the sidelines and said that he could have played if it were a playoff game, so it looks like he was just being cautious. Head coach Tom Thibodeau expects Rose to be ready to play in Game 1 of the playoffs, but we will pass along any additional information when we know more. Rose finished with two points, two boards, one assist and four turnovers in 10 minutes.
    Wednesday, 7:47 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
  • David Lee (back) day-to-day after having MRI
    David Lee (back) will not play on Wednesday and he's listed as day-to-day after having an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: The tests didn't reveal any significant damage but GM Boy Myers said, "It's not like we're resting him to be cautious." Lee may only be deployed strategically in certain matchups during the postseason, so his long-term health is more important than his immediate availability.
    Wednesday, 2:44 pm
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • David Lee (back) will not play on Wednesday
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a lower back strain and may have suffered the injury during his 14 minutes of action on Monday. Lee wasn't really in the rotation besides garbage time, so there is really not much here in terms of fantasy impact. If the Warriors do limit their guys, James Michael McAdoo would benefit most.
    Wednesday, 11:37 am
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments Wednesday
    Derrick Rose will play four segments on Wednesday vs. the Hawks according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Rose played just 23 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday, but that was mainly due to the lopsided score. He could approach close to 30 minutes tonight, so his owners can go ahead and get him active. Rose still needs to shake off some rust, but he is making a lot of progress and could make the Bulls a very dangerous team in the playoffs.
    Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out for Wednesday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play vs. the Raptors on Wednesday as expected.

    Advice: The trade rumors are going to be flying around Stephenson all summer, and a move away from Charlotte would portably be best for both sides. For obvious reasons, Stephenson's stock will be really low leading into fantasy draft's next season. Troy Daniels and Brian Roberts should see plenty of minutes off the bench.
    Wednesday, 6:42 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of Hinrich's minutes, with Rose offering the most upside.
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Thabo Sefolosha addresses the media Tuesday
    Thabo Sefolosha addressed the media for the first time on Tuesday since his arrest last Wednesday that resulted in a season-ending broken fibula.

    Advice: "I will simply say that I am in great pain, that I have suffered significant injury and those were caused by the police." Sefolosha didn't go into a lot of detail, but he did say that he will undergo surgery in the next few days. We'll continue to monitor this story very closely.
    Tuesday, 11:37 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • NYPD Internal Affairs to interview Sefolosha
    NYPD Internal Affairs wants to interview Thabo Sefolosha about last week's nightclub incident, according to reports.

    Advice: According to sources, the Internal Affairs bureau of the New York City Police Department has contacted counsel for Thabo Sefolosha about interviewing him as a complaining witness in last week's incident. Sefolosha was arrested during the incident and his counsel has since questioned the NYPD's tactics during the arrest. Sefolosha broke his leg during the incident and will miss the rest of the 2015-16 season.
    Tuesday, 10:59 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Derrick Rose scores 13 points vs. Nets
    Derrick Rose scored 13 points with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth segment tonight because the Bulls blew out the Nets tonight. Rose was effective on defense and he's really changed his mentality on the offensive side with less contested jumpers. Rose is expected to play in the season finale on Wednesday to help him shake off the rust.
    Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out vs. Rockets
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will not play against the Rockets on Monday night.

    Advice: He's unlikely to play again in the finale either. Stephenson's first season with the Hornets is one of the bigger flops of the season and the team will likely be entertaining trade offers for him. With Born Ready out, Troy Daniels, Brian Roberts and Mo Williams figure to be the main bench scorers on the outside.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments on Monday
    Derrick Rose (knee) could see his minutes increased in Monday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: After playing 28 minutes on Saturday, Rose will play four segments on Monday and could very well break the 30-minute barrier. After dropping 22 points, six boards, eight assists and three steals without a turnover (Disclaimer: Against the Sixers), we'll be watching Rose closely on Monday.
    Monday, 8:09 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play on Monday vs. Nets
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday against the Nets.

    Advice: Hinrich didn't go through shootaround and isn't expected to return until at least Game 1 of the playoffs. It will be the Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks show at point guard for Chicago, and that's the way it should remain regardless of whether or not Hinrich is available.
    Monday, 8:07 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Roy Hibbert double-doubles in win Sunday
    Roy Hibbert logged a double-double in a win over the Thunder on Sunday, scoring 17 points with 10 boards, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Hibbert is heating up at the right moment for the Pacers, and he has now recored double-doubles in his last three games. The Pacers obviously won't risk resting him with playoffs on the line, so Hibbert belongs in all lineups to close out the season.
    Sunday, 6:22 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) likely done for season
    Lance Stephenson (toe) is highly unlikely to play again this season.

    Advice: The Hornets are out of the playoff race, so there is no reason to rush him back. This season can't end quick enough for Stephenson, and he has to be one of the most disappointing players in the league after playing so well for the Pacers last year. His owners will have a bad taste in their mouth heading into next season's fantasy drafts. Stephenson should be considered highly doubtful for Monday's game vs. Houston and Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors. Gerald Henderson, Troy Daniels and Jeff Taylor will benefit.
    Sunday, 6:15 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Andre Drummond hauls in 19 rebounds on Sunday
    Andre Drummond was his usual monster-self during Sunday's win over the Hornets, as scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting (1-of-3 FTs), with 19 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one turnover through 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Drummond makes these monster lines look ordinary, and he has been simply phenomenal since the break with averages of 16.0 points, 14.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 0.7 steals per game on 52.4 percent shooting from the field. He has grabbed 430 offensive rebounds on the season, and the only other player in the league over 300 offensive rebounds is DeAndre Jordan with 383. Drummond is going to be an elite fantasy asset for many years to come for those punting the free throw category.
    Sunday, 3:48 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) ruled out for Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: P.J. Hairston, Gerald Henderson, and Jeff Taylor will split Stephenson's minutes, but none of these guys are great option in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 12:07 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Brown hopes Embiid will play this summer
    Head coach Brett Brown would be "personally" disappointed if Joel Embiid (foot) isn't able to play in the summer league.

    Advice: "Personally, I expect him to play in the summer league," Brown said. "But if I guessed any of this wrong, I want to make sure that the club is on record not being definitive. We are not in the position to say that now." The 76ers have been extremely cautious with Embiid, and it wasn't a surprise to see them hold him out for the entire season. Embiid is loaded with potential, and it will be interesting to see if he can get in some game action this offseason. He will be a high-risk, high-reward player in fantasy drafts next season.
    Sunday, 6:05 am
    L, 105-101 vs Mia
  • 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
  • Derrick Rose finishes strong, scores 22 in W
    Derrick Rose looked great down the stretch against the 76ers during a 114-107 win on Saturday, scoring 22 points with six rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Most importantly, he had no turnovers. Rose attacked the basket at will to close this game out, which is exactly what the Bulls will want out of him because he's lost his touch from deep. Rose had his usual bounce tonight in his 28 minutes, too. The Bulls will probably want him to shake the rust off, so we'd expect him to play in the final two games.
    Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not return on Sat
    Kirk Hinrich suffered a hyperextended left knee on Saturday vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

    Advice: He has had some tough luck with his knee in recent weeks, but the good news is that he plans on traveling for Monday's game vs. the Nets. However, with Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks both healthy, Hinrich won't be making an impact in fantasy leagues any time soon. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more, but he belongs on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Saturday, 6:41 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Derrick Rose to play 24-28 minutes Saturday
    Derrick Rose feels great and will play anywhere from 24-28 minutes vs. the 76ers on Saturday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: This is encouraging new for the Bulls and it seems like Rose's knee is responding well to the increased workload. Rose has averaged 10.5 points, 2.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 20 minutes per game in two appearances since returning from injury, so he is not exactly a must-own player in standard leagues. Rose's minutes will likely continue to rise for the last week of the season, and the good news is that he isn't expected to have any restrictions in the playoffs.
    Saturday, 9:06 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha hit by a nightstick?
    A new video released by TMZ appears to show an officer hitting Thabo Sefolosha with a nightstick.

    Advice: You can see six different officers tugging Sefolosha around in the video, and then one officer decides to swing his nightstick towards him. Police reports suggest that Sefolosha charged at an officer which started the altercation, but there hasn't been any video evidence to support that claim yet. Sefolosha suffered a broken fibula during the scuffle which will end his NBA season, but this story is far from over and we will continue to pass along updates when we know more. Click the link below to see the video.
    Saturday, 8:40 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • NBPA investigating Thabo Sefolosha's arrest
    The NBPA is launching an investigation into the tactics used by the NYPD during Thabo Sefolosha's arrest early Wednesday morning that resulted in a season-ending broken fibula that will require surgery.

    Advice: "The players union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic's arrest and is doing its own investigation of the situation," NBPA spokeswoman Tara Greco said. "The union was fully engaged in supporting all three players in court and in the precinct this week, and will continue to stay engaged as each situation evolves." Sefolosha's injury went untreated as he was held in custody, and this is developing into a pretty major story. We'll continue to provide updates as they become available.
    Friday, 10:59 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out Friday vs. ATL
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: This will be Stephenson's second straight game on the sidelines, and his minutes will be split up between Gerald Henderson, Jeff Taylor, and P.J. Hairston. Henderson is the only one worth owning out of the group, and he'll have plenty of opportunity on offense with Al Jefferson (knee) also sidelined.
    Friday, 9:23 am
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • 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
  • Derrick Rose plays 20 minutes, scores 12
    Derrick Rose played 20 minutes against the Heat on Thursday, making 5-of-15 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth quarter and coach Tom Thibodeau kept Rose at his minutes limit. The former MVP did take too many jumpers to start the game, but he went into attack mode in the third quarter. Teammate Pau Gasol said it's going to be a process regarding Rose coming back, so he is likely going to have at least two more games with a noteworthy minutes cap. He's not a must-own player in standard fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 7:58 pm
  • Sefolosha needs surgery on fractured fibula
    Updating a previous report, an X-ray and MRI revealed a fractured fibula and ligament damage in Thabo Sefolosha's right leg, and he will need surgery to correct the injury.

    Advice: "This is a very difficult situation for Thabo and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery. We know that his approach and dedication will serve him well in his rehabilitation," Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Our team remains focused and will be prepared as we head into the postseason." Kent Bazemore is going to pick up most of Sefolosha's minutes, but he's not going to see enough floor time as a reserve to matter in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 4:06 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kirk Hinrich will play Thursday vs. the Heat
    Kirk Hinrich is a go for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Hinrich is one of those guys that helps his actual team much more than a fantasy team. He's averaging a meager 5.9 points and 2.3 assists on the season, so it's safe to ignore Hinrich in most leagues.
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Derrick Rose (knee) will play on Thursday
    Derrick Rose (knee) will play Thursday against the Heat.

    Advice: He'll be a 20 minutes limit tonight, and he'll likely sit out the fourth quarter of action. Rose will take away minutes from Aaron Brooks, but Brooks still managed to put up 13 points with two 3-pointers during his last game. However, the timeshare limits the upside of both guys.
    Thursday, 3:38 pm
  • Report: Sefolosha diagnosed w/ broken ankle
    Thabo Sefolosha has reportedly been diagnosed with a fractured fibia, and he will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Sefolosha suffered the injury during his arrest in New York early Wednesday morning following the stabbing of Chris Copeland and two other women, and he is currently facing charges of resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct. Sefolosha was averaging 18.8 minutes per game for the Hawks, and this is a tough blow for Atlanta as they are losing their defensive specialist off the bench. Kent Bazemore will pick up most of Sefolosha's reserve minutes, but 18 minutes isn't enough floor time for Bazemore to produce in a meaningful way in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 1:16 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kirk Hinrich probable to play vs Heat Thurs
    Kirk Hinrich is probable to play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Hinrich only played 15 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Magic, so he'll likely be limited along with Derrick Rose on Thursday. With a split of minutes with both Rose and Aaron Brooks on Thursday, Hinrich has very little fantasy value outside of the deepest of leagues.
    Thursday, 10:46 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Andre Drummond patches things up with SVG
    Andre Drummond and Pistons head coach patched things up after a quick disagreement during Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Van Gundy benched Drummond briefly during the third quarter after the coach thought his young center looked disengaged on the court. "I just brought him back in from the end of the bench, into the team," Van Gundy said. "I don't have a problem when guys are pissed off at me. I don't. But they can't check out on their teammates because they're pissed off at me, and I think he understood that and came back and was fine." Drummond was still able to post 22 points and 14 boards in the loss, so fantasy owners shouldn't worry about any lasting effects here.
    Thursday, 6:59 am
  • Andre Drummond scores 22 points vs. Boston
    Andre Drummond scored 22 points with 14 boards and one block against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and missed all three from the line to give him a ridiculous 39.0 usage rate. The increase in usage rate has been a theme for Drummond this season, but his efficiency is down quite a bit. Don't forget, he's still just 21 years old, so he could become a more developed offensive weapon very soon.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich plays 15 minutes in return
    Kirk Hinrich played through a sore knee on Wednesday and had five points, two assists and a 3-pointer in 15 minutes.

    Advice: With Derrick Rose also back, Aaron Brooks still getting minutes and Jimmy Butler rolling (19 points and a full stat line tonight), Hinrich isn't going to see a lot of opportunities to help fantasy teams.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Thabo Sefolosha (ankle) out for Wednesday
    Thabo Sefolosha suffered an ankle injury during his arrest and will not play against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a bandage on his right ankle, so it doesn't sound serious. There has been no word of the Hawks resting guys just yet, so the team won't miss Sefolosha too much.
    Wednesday, 2:42 pm
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) cleared to play vs. Magic
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will be available to play vs. the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: Derrick Rose (knee) will start at PG tonight in his return from knee surgery. He's only expected to play 20 minutes, but the presence of Aaron Brooks reduces Hinrich to an afterthought in fantasy leagues. Leave him where you found him -- on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 2:36 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) out Wed., maybe more
    Lance Stephenson (jammed toe) will not play on Wednesday and he may miss more games, according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Stephenson apparently aggravated an existing injury during an eight-point game on Tuesday, and there's a chance that his season is in jeopardy. His absence thrusts even more minutes toward starters Gerald Henderson and Jeff Taylor. Rookie P.J. Hairston played only seven minutes on Tuesday but he and Brian Roberts may also see their roles expand as the Hornets try to stay relevant in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Lance Stephenson dealing with a toe injury
    Lance Stephenson is dealing with a jammed toe and his status is unclear for Wednesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Tuesday night while playing 20 minutes. We should have another update soon, but the Hornets would have to give more minutes to Jeff Taylor and P.J. Hairston sans Lance.
    Wednesday, 1:35 pm
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Thabo Sefolosha 'charged at an officer' Wed
    Thabo Sefolosha reportedly "charged at an officer" on Wednesday and has been arrested and charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

    Advice: These events transpired after Chris Copeland and another woman were brutally attacked by a man wielding a knife, but it's unclear why Thabo Sefolosha and teammate Pero Antic interfered with the crime scene. Sefolosha was seen limping on Wednesday morning, but it's safe to say he won't be taking the court against the Nets tonight. We will pass along further details as soon as we know more. Kent Bazemore will have to step up for the Hawks in Sefolosha's absence.
    Wednesday, 11:14 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Joel Embiid (foot) will not play this season
    Joel Embiid (foot) is making a lot of progress, but he will not play this season as expected.

    Advice: The 76ers only have four games remaining on their schedule, so nobody should be surprised by this news. Embiid has looked really good in pre-game workouts and has been able to play some 2-on-2 basketball as well. "When you see glimpses of his skill package, you can’t help but say ‘wow,' " head coach Brett Brown said. Embiid is going to be an intriguing prospect in fantasy drafts next year, but he is going to be an injury risk. As always, we will keep a close eye on his recovery and prospective owners should keep tabs on him this summer.
    Wednesday, 7:19 am
    L, 105-101 vs Mia
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) is a game-time decision
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Hinrich has missed the past two games for the Bulls, but the return of Derrick Rose won't do his value any favors. We will let you know if Hinrich is available to play tonight, but he belongs on the wire in just about all leagues.
    Wednesday, 6:46 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Thabo Sefolosha, Pero Antic arrested on Wed
    Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic have both been arrested for preventing police from setting up a crime scene at a New York nightclub.

    Advice: Chris Copeland of the Pacers and another woman were stabbed with a knife at that nightclub, but it doesn't make sense why Antic and Sefolosha got involved. The Hawks arrived in New York to face the Nets on Wednesday and the Pacers are playing the Knicks, but it doesn't sound like their chances of playing is too good after this altercation. We will let you know as soon as we uncover more details.
    Wednesday, 6:26 am
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
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