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  • Joey Dorsey starts w/ Dwight Howard resting
    Joey Dorsey will start at center on Wednesday with Dwight Howard resting his knee during Houston's back-to-back set.

    Advice: Dorsey is a non-factor in standard leagues even when starting. He's averaging 3.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 fouls in just 15.2 minutes during his 15 starts this season, and was even the victim of a Hack-a-Dorsey strategy on Sunday.
    Today, 4:04 pm
  • Kevin Garnett ruled out again Wednesday
    Kevin Garnett (knee, illness) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: This confirms earlier reports and there's no clear return date for KG, though he did join the Wolves during shootaround on Wednesday. Adreian Payne, Anthony Bennett and Justin Hamilton will continue to hold down the frontcourt with KG, Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (concussion) all out of commission.
    Today, 3:57 pm
  • Kevin Martin (hamstring) will not play vs TOR
    Kevin Martin (hamstring) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is not a surprise despite the Wolves saying Martin could return. There's also some hope he'll play on Friday, but we have our doubts. Lorenzo Brown and Zach LaVine will get most of the backcourt minutes tonight.
    Today, 3:55 pm
  • Dion Waiters (foot) will play vs. Mavericks
    Dion Waiters (foot) will play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't have any setbacks during shootaround and it sounds like his re-evaluation on Tuesday went well, so Waiters should be in the clear. That doesn't make him a reliable fantasy option, of course, as he shot just 41.7 percent from the field and 62.9 percent from the FT line in March.
    Today, 3:26 pm
  • Hawks hope Walter Tavares joins NBA next year
    The Hawks intend to bring 2014 draft pick Walter Tavares to the NBA next season, according to David Pick of

    Advice: Tavares is a 7'3" center who currently plays for Gran Canaria in Spain, where he's averaging 8.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just 22 minutes per game. He's extremely raw and is unlikely to make a fantasy impact as a rookie.
    Today, 2:40 pm
  • Report: Mavs won't overpay for Rajon Rondo
    The Mavericks reportedly hope to re-sign Rajon Rondo in free agency this summer, but they "wouldn't be willing to get into a bidding war."

    Advice: Nor should they. Rondo has a PER of 11.7 since joining the Mavs, the lowest mark of his career, and his assist rate of 33.2 percent is the lowest since 2007-08. He's bound to get a hefty offer in free agency but fantasy owners should view him warily next season, as brutal FG and FT percentages continue to erode his overall value.
    Today, 2:24 pm
  • Scott won't share who's getting benched?
    Coach Bryon Scott wouldn't say who will get minutes for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: We know Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black are starting, but it's tough to say after that. Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer already had their turn to sit and now it's been Ed David missing time. Perhaps we see Robert Sacre and/or Tarik Black get some rest. We'll have some updates later today.
    Today, 12:02 pm
  • Iman Shumpert practices on Wednesday
    Iman Shumpert (ankle) practiced on Wednesday and will play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Shumpert has played around 25 minutes per game, but he's only made 36.0 percent from the field this month and hasn't done much outside of his 1.7 steals. He's not a fantasy option right now.
    Today, 11:43 am
  • Kevin Love (back) is a game-time decision
    Kevin Love (back) will be a game-time decision to face the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: He went through non-contact portions of practice on Wednesday. Love has previously said his back issue is not a problem and the Cavs did rest him for two games last month, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him rest again. If he's out, Tristan Thompson would directly benefit while J.R. Smith may get more shots, too.
    Today, 11:36 am
  • NBA rescinds a technical for Westbrook
    The NBA has rescinded a technical foul for Russell Westbrook and he now has 14 on the season.

    Advice: This is big news because he would be suspended for one game with 16 technical fouls on the season. Westbrook now has a one tech cushion in his final eight games this season. Rajon Rondo will try to stop Westbrook tonight, which means we'll likely see a huge line from Westy.
    Today, 11:22 am
  • J.J. Hickson unlikely to play on Wednesday
    J.J. Hickson (knee) is only expected to play if it's absolutely necessary on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He is technically questionable to play, but he'll be in uniform tonight. Without Hickson and Darrell Arthur (calf), Jusuf Nurkic and Kenneth Faried should have a higher floor for their minutes tonight. We'll likely see more of Joffrey Lauvergne as well. Hickson can be dropped just about everywhere.
    Today, 11:18 am
  • Ryan Anderson (knee) will return vs. Lakers
    Ryan Anderson (knee) will return to action on Wednesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Anderson was able to go through a full-court scrimmage on Tuesday so his knee must have responded well. Head coach Monty Williams said that Anderson won't have an official minutes restriction, but he did day that he would ease him back into action. Anderson is by no means a must-own player with the season winding down, but he is worth a flier if you need help in 3-pointers.
    Today, 10:51 am
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) doesn't practice Wed
    Tony Allen (hamstring) wasn't able to practice on Wednesday, and there is still no known timetable for his return.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries are no joke and the Grizzlies will want to make sure that he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Allen should be considered doubtful to play on Friday, but we will update his status once we know more. If Allen continues to sit, Vince Carter will likely continue to start and is worth a look in deeper leagues for his 3-point shooting, while Courtney Lee and Jeff Green will also benefit.
    Today, 10:23 am
  • Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is his fourth straight game out of the lineup and it's unclear when he will be able to return. Given his limited role off the bench, his absence won't have many fantasy implications and he can be left on the wire in most leagues.
    Today, 10:13 am
  • Doug McDermott (back) out on Wednesday
    Doug McDermott (back) will not play vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: This will be his fourth consecutive game on the shelf and there is still no known timetable for a return. McDermott wasn't a consistent part of the rotation before the injury, so he belongs on the wire in almost all leagues anyways.
    Today, 9:11 am
  • Derrick Rose (knee) will not play vs. Bucks
    Derrick Rose will not play vs. the Bucks, but his knee has responded well after two straight days of contact.

    Advice: Rose participated in some five-on-five scrimmages on Tuesday, and head coach Tom Thibodeau was optimistic about what he saw. Rose remains without a timetable to return, but it is still widely believed that he plays before the end of the regular season which means owners of Aaron Brooks will want to be on alert. If you like taking risks, Rose is worth a look in case he returns for the final stretch, but his owners should keep their expectations in check.
    Today, 8:59 am
  • Hassan Whiteside won't be 100% for 2 weeks
    Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be 100 percent until he gets his 10 stitches removed in two weeks, but he will continue to play through the ailment.

    Advice: The bandage that he is wearing pretty much only lets him use three fingers on his right hand, but Whiteside is just glad that he will be completely healthy for the postseason. "It’s an awkward injury," Whiteside said. "It’s a terrible place to have stitches. There’s really nothing I can do about it." Whiteside was still able to contribute 10 points, six boards, two steals and two blocks against the Spurs on Tuesday, and he is fully expected to play vs. the Cavaliers on Thursday. Keep him locked into all lineups, but as with all Heat players, keep a close eye on the injury report.
    Today, 8:37 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said that he is ready to play on Wednesday vs. the Thunder, and the Mavericks have him listed as probable.

    Advice: Barea has missed the past four games for the Mavericks, so it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't get a lot of run tonight. With averages of 7.5 points and 3.3 assists this season, Barea belongs on the wire in most leagues.
    Today, 7:54 am
  • Brandon Knight hoping to prove people wrong
    Brandon Knight has often been overlooked and underrated throughout his career, but he is hoping that his play this season has proved many people wrong.

    Advice: "A lot of people tried to put limitations on my game and say I wouldn’t be this, I wouldn’t be that," Knight said. "I think I’ve proven a lot of people wrong. I don’t think a lot of people thought I would be here based on my first two years." Knight has had a brilliant season thus far, but a nagging ankle injury has prevented him from keeping that momentum going since being traded to the Suns. Regardless, the Bucks traded Knight because they knew he would have a hefty price tag in the summer, and it's going to be interesting to see how committed Phoenix is this offseason. Knight's status is still up in the air for Thursday's game vs. the Warriors, but we should have another update on him soon.
    Today, 6:44 am
  • Courtney Lee struggling in March for Memphis
    Memphis coach Dave Joerger said that Courtney Lee suffers the most when the Grizzlies' ball-movement stagnates.

    Advice: "He needs a closeout and then he can either shoot it or put it on the ground for one or two dribbles and a pull-up," Joerger said. "We’re going to try and get him on the move a little bit and get him curling into the paint." C-Lee suggested that scouting reports have fed into his slump since the All-Star break, and he's averaging just 7.7 points on 34.4 percent shooting in March. It's nice that the Grizzlies are working to get him going, but in the meantime C-Lee belongs on the waiver wire in average leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:27 pm
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