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    • Chris Johnson to sign 10-day deal w/ MIL
      The Bucks will reportedly sign Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract.

      Advice: Johnson will join a crowded rotation in Milwaukee, and he's very unlikely to earn enough floor time to be able to offer much of anything to a fantasy squad in most leagues. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      23 minutes ago
    • Things starting to click for Nerlens Noel
      Since the All-Star break, Nerlens Noel has really started to get things going, averaging 12.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 3.5 blocks per game.

      Advice: Noel is also shooting 46.4 percent from the field, and a much-improved 75.0 percent from the foul line (a significant jump from the 56.1 percent he shot before the break). He's managed to stay quite healthy during his rookie year, only missing four of the Sixers' 61 games so far this season due to injury, and he looks primed to finish his 2014-15 campaign strong after a somewhat slow start to the year. Rotoworld.com
      31 minutes ago
    • Robert Covington (elbow) questionable Friday
      Robert Covington (elbow) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Covington has been forced to spend the past two games on the sidelines after suffering a right elbow bruise during Sunday's game against Indiana. If he is again forced to sit JaKarr Sampson will start, but with averages of just 6.8 points and 1.1 steals per game with the starting unit, he's not a viable option in most leagues. Jason Richardson and Isaiah Canaan will likely do the heavy lifting on offense. Rotoworld.com
      53 minutes ago
      Injured
    • Fournier, Ridnour questionable Friday vs. SAC
      Magic head coach James Borrego said he was unsure if Evan Fournier (hip) and Luke Ridnour (hamstring) will be available for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

      Advice: If Fournier is unable to go it will be his fourth straight game on the sidelines, and with Luke Ridnour (hamstring) also looking doubtful, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris will again be asked to log heavy minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:04 am
      Injured
    • Monta Ellis not making excuses for slump
      Monta Ellis denied that his hip injury has been a factor in his recent shooting slump.

      Advice: "My hip is not a factor," Ellis said while walking briskly to the team bus after the Mavs' 94-75 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. While Ellis may not want to admit it, his numbers have dipped since suffering his hip injury back in early February, averaging just 15.6 points, 3.6 assists, and 0.5 three-pointers per game on 38.2 percent shooting since the break. Fantasy owners will just have to hope he gets things back on track soon. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:37 am
    • Mo Williams to remain a starter in Charlotte
      Head coach Steve Clifford said that Mo Williams will remain with the starting unit upon Kemba Walker's (knee) return.

      Advice: "We’re going to play them together," Clifford said. "We need to get [Walker] back as soon as we can, and then we’ll make an adjustment on the fly to play those guys together." With Williams set to remain with the starting unit, Gerald Henderson will likely head to the bench where he'll embrace a sixth man role with the team. Lance Stephenson is currently behind Henderson in the rotation, so he could find difficulty leaving the bench when Walker does return. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:16 am
    • Kemba Walker (knee) targeting Wednesday
      Kemba Walker (knee) is hopeful he'll be able to return for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

      Advice: When Walker does return, head coach Steve Clifford said that he will pair him and Mo Williams in the back court, a move that would likely send Gerald Henderson back to the bench. Walker let it be known that he's excited to work alongside Williams in the starting unit. "He makes so many plays," Walker said of Williams. "He’s so smart; he knows when to shoot and when to pass. You can see it in his numbers; he’s had some huge assist games." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:10 am
      Injured
    • X-rays comes back clean on Devin Harris' hand
      The x-rays taken on Devin Harris' right hand following Thursday's game vs. the Blazers came back clean, and he has been diagnosed with a bruise on the top side of his hand between the thumb and index finger.

      Advice: "I was dribbling under the basket and [Robin] Lopez kind of took a whack at the ball and hit me in an awkward spot," Harris said. "There’s a little bit of pain. I can’t really move it." We'll be considering Harris on the doubtful side of the questionable tag for Friday's game against the Warriors, and if he is indeed unable to go, there will be more minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:42 am
      Injured
    • Dorell Wright scores eight in 13 minutes
      Dorell Wright scored eight points in 13 minutes during Thursday's 94-75 win over the Mavs, adding one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: With Wes Matthews (Achilles) out for the season, Wright might step up. However, we've seen this movie before with role players for Stotts. Basically, Arron Afflalo is going to step into Matthews' minutes while Wright, Alonzo Gee, C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake will get Afflalo's 27 minutes. Wright isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:29 pm
    • Damian Lillard scores 14 points in win
      Damian Lillard turned it around late against the Mavs on Thursday during a 94-75 win, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He did turn the ball over five times and his scoring still wasn't quite right after going 1-of-13 from the field on Wednesday. Lillard has gone on slumps before, but now the Blazers are going to need him even more with Wesley Matthews (Achilles) going down. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:24 pm
    • Wesley Matthews suffers torn left Achilles
      Wesley Matthews suffered a torn left Achilles tendon on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.

      Advice: Ugh. Matthews was leading the NBA in 3-pointers just last month and has been a big reason why the Blazers are looking for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. He has the nickname Ironman because he had a consecutive games played streak of 250 earlier in his career and now his 142 consecutive games played streak will come to an end. This is a crippling blow for Matthews who will enter free agency coming off a bad injury. We're rooting for him to be out on the court in October. Arron Afflalo should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 pm
      Injured
    • Nicolas Batum grabs season-high 12 boards
      Nicolas Batum grabbed a season-high 12 boards against the Mavericks on Thursday with 15 points, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: A healthy Batum is going to offset the loss of Wesley Matthews (foot). Batum has suddenly become the player his fantasy owners were hoping for, averaging 12.2 points, 6.2 boards, 6.2 dimes, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 2.2 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. If you bought low, pat yourself on the back. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    • Arron Afflalo plays 29 minutes in a victory
      Arron Afflalo didn't play well against the Mavs on Thursday, making 2-of-9 from the field for six points with three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Unfortunately for the Blazers, Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is out for the season. That means Afflalo is likely looking at minutes in the 30s and he should resume Matthews' role as a floor-spacing trey man. The Blazers are second in the NBA an 3-point attempts on the season and Afflalo is a career 39 percent shooter from deep, so it makes sense for him to play big minutes. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:06 pm
    • Dirk Nowitzki looks slow on Thursday
      Dirk Nowitzki looked a little tired against the Blazers on Thursday during a 94-75 loss with 10 points on 5-of-13 from the field, adding four rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He just doesn't look right. In his last five, Nowitzki made just 41.5 percent from the field for averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.4 treys. Owner Mark Cuban has said before he's totally fine with resting guys, so there is a very good chance Dirk sits in a road game at Golden State tomorrow. His owners will have to check back. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:02 pm
    • Tyson Chandler scores four with 14 boards
      Tyson Chandler returned from a hip injury on Thursday with four points, 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He looked fine despite having one of his worst shooting games, making 1-of-4 from the field. It's a good sign to see Chandler already close to 30 minutes after missing three games, so he should have a better performance against the Warriors on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:59 pm
    • Rajon Rondo flirts with a triple-double
      Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double against the Blazers on Thursday with 10 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four turnovers no 5-of-13 from the field.

      Advice: He hit a couple jumpers in the fourth quarter and perhaps the Dallas shooting coach is helping him there. Rondo is going to be a huge reclamation project and made just 30.8 percent of his mid-range shots before tonight this season. His fantasy owners have to be hoping better lines are on the way. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    • LaMarcus Aldridge fighting through thumb pain
      LaMarcus Aldridge admitted during a recent interview that he had to go through an adjustment period learning to play with a sore thumb on his right shooting hand.

      Advice: "It’s still sore but it’s not bothering me too much," Aldridge said. "I had to get used to it, but I’m not going to say it messed with my shooting because that’s not who I am." Aldridge is as tough as they come, so he's not going to use any excuses for the missed shots. However, he is shooting just 36.3 percent from the field since the break, so the injury has clearly affected him. He's still an elite asset, despite the poor shooting. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:06 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia bounces back
      Zaza Pachulia, who started and played just 13 scoreless minutes on Tuesday, had 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals on 5-of-9 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's not going to go crazy on most nights with John Henson around, but played well tonight. But as we saw on Tuesday, he's not exactly reliable right now, either. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:06 pm
    • Gorgui Dieng plays 33 minutes
      Gorgui Dieng played 33 minutes off the bench on Wednesday during a 100-85 loss to the Nuggets, scoring eight points with 10 rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

      Advice: Nikola Pekovic returned and was on a minutes limit, which should continue because his ankles can't sustain 30 minutes per game. Dieng is worth owning in all leagues and holds top-30 upside if Pek needs to miss time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:10 pm
    • Thaddeus Young starts second half, still duds
      Thaddeus Young started the second half over SG Markel Brown on Wednesday, but still managed just eight points, three rebounds, three steals and a 3-pointer on 3-of-5 shooting in 24 minutes.

      Advice: The Nets were waxed by the Hornets and maybe this was a wakeup call? Until they give in and start Brook Lopez and Young, it will be hard to take them seriously as a playoff contender in the East. Yet, that's exactly what they are, sitting just a game behind the Hornets for the final spot. Young has had a pretty disappointing season, but could make it up to his owners if he begins starting and playing well for the Nets, as the fantasy playoffs approach. Just continue to hang in there with him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:06 pm
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