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  • Speights thanks Kendrick Perkins for big game
    After scoring a season-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting in Sunday's win in Oklahoma City, Marreese Speights thanked Thunder center Kendrick Perkins.

    Advice: Speights almost single-handedly kept the Warriors in the game after Andrew Bogut left with an orbital contusion, and afterward coach Steve Kerr could only say, "Mo Speights, again, is ridiculous." He used the spotlight to take a shot at his adversary Perkins, saying, "[Perkins] thinks he’s a tough guy, but at the end of the day, his game is terrible. He always has something to say to me, every time we play against each other. It always gets me going, so: ‘Shout out to Perkins’ for helping me get this game." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Ed Davis OK despite minor ankle tweak Sunday
    Ed Davis tweaked his ankle during Sunday's game but he confirmed afterward that he'll be fine.

    Advice: Davis started at PF with Carlos Boozer (shoulder) sidelined, and he was mad at himself for fouling out in just 22 minutes. He's averaging 5.4 fouls per 36 minutes this season so it's not exactly shocking, and his fantasy owners can take solace in the fact that his ankle injury shouldn't limit him vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Kenneth Faried logs just 19 minutes vs. LAL
    Kenneth Faried was victimized by Brian Shaw's rotations on Sunday, scoring eight points with just one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes during Denver's road win in L.A.

    Advice: Faried sat out until the bitter end of the fourth quarter and the entirety of overtime. He signed a four-year, $50 million extension during the offseason, but coach Brian Shaw may not have received the memo. Darrell Arthur (nine points in 19 minutes) played just as much as Faried, and J.J. Hickson (six points in 12 minutes) wasn't far behind. Faried started slow last year before picking it up after the All-Star break, and owners should do their utmost not to trade him for pennies on the dollar. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • J.J. Hickson plays well in return to rotation
    J.J. Hickson returned to the Nuggets' rotation on Sunday, scoring six points with eight rebounds in just 12 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: JaVale McGee barely played before going down with a strained leg, and Kenneth Faried was held to 19 minutes, so Hickson benefitted from a deep-but-thin frontcourt rotation tonight. Given that he hadn't played in Denver's previous three games, there's simply no reason to trust him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Arron Afflalo shoots 5-of-17 in win vs Lakers
    Arron Afflalo logged 42 minutes on Sunday but made only 5-of-17 shots to finish with 15 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He made one 3-pointer and hit 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch, which helped take the sting out of his lousy shooting performance. As usual, Afflalo is a solid source of points (17.6) and triples (2.4), while failing to contribute many rebounds (3.4), assists (1.8), steals (0.4) or blocks (0.2). Despite the gaps in his fantasy game, he's returning top-120 value while playing heavy minutes in the Nuggets' chaotic rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Wes Johnson has 12 boards w/ extras vs. DEN
    Wesley Johnson came alive late in Sunday's game, finishing with seven points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 42 minutes of action.

    Advice: Johnson didn't make any 3-pointers, which is a mild disappointment, but he posterized Danilo Gallinari on a late dunk and his rebound total was more than double his previous season-high. The bad news is that Johnson hasn't cracked double-digit points or made a single 3-pointer in six games -- until he gets going offensively, he's only worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari logs season-high 31 minutes
    Danilo Gallinari played a season-high 31 minutes in Sunday's overtime win, finishing with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven boards and one assist.

    Advice: He made a crucial 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining in OT and it's very encouraging to see him log so many minutes on his surgically-repaired knee. He may not overtake Wilson Chandler for the starting SF job, and he's shooting just 30.9 percent on the season, so owners should think twice before adding him in typical 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Tony Allen (illness) plays well as starter
    Tony Allen (illness) returned to the Grizzlies starting lineup and had 12 points, five rebounds, one assist and one block in Sunday's 16-point win vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Allen is only 6'4" but his toughness and cerebral defense allow him to start at SF with Courtney Lee spreading the court at SG. This was his third double-digit scoring game of the season and he's shooting an abysmal 46.2 percent at the FT, while adding just 1.3 assists per game, so there are too many flaws in his game for reliable 10-team value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:20 pm
  • Matt Barnes (calf) plays well in 19 minutes
    Matt Barnes (sore left calf) looked fine in 19 minutes of action vs. the Grizzlies, contributing nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, one 3-pointer and two rebounds in the Clippers' road loss.

    Advice: Barnes has reclaimed the starting SF job and is at least worth monitoring in all formats for his under-the-radar contributions -- in the past five games he's averaging 10.0 points on 47.2 percent shooting, with 1.8 threes, 2.2 rebounds and 0.4 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:18 pm
  • Marvin Williams FT-less streak at 354 minutes
    Marvin Williams didn't attempt a free throw vs. the Heat on Sunday, extending his FT-less streak to an astounding 354 minutes.

    Advice: He's one of four players in NBA history to begin a season with 300+ minutes without any free throw attempts, and there's no telling when the streak will end. He finished Sunday's game with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds and one assist, and he's only worth considering if you're desperate for 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • Cody Zeller finally cracks double-digits
    Cody Zeller scored double-digit points for the first time in eight games vs. Miami on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-7 FTs and 3-of-4 FTs.

    Advice: He added two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes of action, but it's hard to like his fantasy outlook given his infrequent scoring outbursts and poor supporting stats. He's averaging 21.6 minutes over the past five games, however, so owners in deep leagues may find him useful. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:47 pm
  • Lance Stephenson fills it up in tough defeat
    Lance Stephenson made 7-of-14 shots in Sunday's heartbreaking loss in Miami, finishing with 17 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Advice: Sir Lancelot has shot better than 50 percent from the field just once in 14 games this season. He's hurting fantasy owners with 38.1 percent FGs and 64.3 percent FTs, as well as middling defensive stats -- 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks. On the other hand, he's a nightly triple-double threat and is slowly figuring out how to succeed in the Hornets offense, so things should only improve as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:46 pm
  • Luol Deng gets 26 points on 10-of-14 FGs
    Luol Deng erupted for a game-high 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block and zero assists on Sunday, making 10-of-14 shots with two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He struggled with a wrist injury over the past week but it's clearly no longer an issue, as he torched Gerald Henderson and the Hornets in 38 minutes tonight. This is his second offensive eruption of the season but it should be noted that Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole were both sidelined, which thrust Deng into a bigger role. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Adreian Payne recalled from D-League stint
    The Hawks have recalled Adreian Payne from the D-League.

    Advice: Payne has yet to play a single minute for the Hawks this season, and as long as Paul Millsap and Al Horford are healthy, Payne is not going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:05 pm
  • Luigi Datome (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    Luigi Datome (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Datome currently is not a rotation player for the Pistons, and he can remain on the waiver wire in all leagues until he proves otherwise. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:36 pm
    Injured
  • Jeff Green frustration at an 'all-time high'
    Jeff Green said that his frustration level was at an "all-time high" after Friday's loss to Memphis.

    Advice: "[Friday] we let them get whatever they wanted," Green said. "So we deserved to lose." He has been playing well this year, leading the Celtics in scoring at 18.4 points per game, but is reasonably dissatisfied with his team's 4-7 record. Green can opt for free agency this summer and it's not implausible that Boston could trade him during the season -- a league executive told CSNNE.com that the market for Green is strong, "if not stronger," than it is for Rajon Rondo. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Derrick Favors has a double-double
    Derrick Favors double-doubled against the Pelicans during a 106-94 loss on Saturday with 13 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He had a front-row seat for the Anthony Davis Show, but Favors wasn't too bad on the offensive side of the ball. Favors has two sub-par games in a row and his foul shooting is coming down, but his owners shouldn't be overly concerned. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:23 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores career-high 43 points
    Anthony Davis scored a career-high 43 points on 16-of-23 from the field against the Jazz on Saturday to go with 14 boards, two steals and one block.

    Advice: We promise this is not from a video game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:01 pm
  • Danny Green drops 25 on 105.0 eFG%
    Danny Green kept his momentum going on Saturday against the Nets with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's good for a 105.0 effective field goal percentage. Green is money in fantasy leagues and he has seven blocks in his last two games. There's no reason why he should be on any waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:50 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic comes through on Sat.
    Mirza Teletovic delivered on Saturday against the Spurs with 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He started for Kevin Garnett (rest) and was all his fantasy owners could ask for. Garnett will likely sit later on this year and Teletovic was already putting up solid value, so he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:43 pm
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