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  • Johnson quiet again on Friday against LAC
    Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-8 shots for five points, five rebounds, one steal and one three over 30 minutes in Friday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Johnson hasn't done anything so far this season and it's possible he won't as a bit player now that Kobe Bryant is calling the shots. He might get it going at some point, but for now owners can move on for a hot free agent.
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Jeremy Lin gets on the board with 17-4-9 line
    Jeremy Lin finally got on the board with fantasy owners on Friday against the Clippers, scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Lin even waved Kobe off at one point and drew praise from the Mamba after the game for it. There are going to be ups and downs playing for a bad team, but Lin's mid-round upside is right there for the taking and he should be worth owning and/or starting as long as he's healthy.
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Crawford scores 22 points off the bench
    Jamal Crawford scored 22 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 5-of-11 shots with three treys, two boards and five assists.

    Advice: Crawford added 9-of-10 free throws to complete the solid outing, and looking sharp as ever this is what owners can expect on a moderately good night.
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Collison posts 17-8-8 line against Blazers
    Darren Collison scored 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting (no threes) with eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in Friday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: This is an incredible line and Collison was similarly productive in the season opener, but both games have been sloppy and he's seen two of the league's worst defenders in Steph Curry and Damian Lillard. Regardless, he has run away with the starting job and he should be in all lineups until further notice.
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • McLemore quiet again in Friday's win
    Ben McLemore scored seven points on 2-of-5 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: McLemore hit a prayer three and had a fast break dunk to account for most of his production, and was pretty much terrible other than that. The Kings don't look quite ready to give up on him yet, but the announcement that they were trying to get in on Klay Thompson was clearly a ploy to signal that a change at SG could be in order if Ben doesn't get on track. Nik Stauskas went 0-for-4 in 16 minutes off the bench.
    Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Lillard bounces back a little bit vs. Kings
    Damian Lillard took a step forward in Friday's loss to the Kings, scoring 20 points on 4-of-13 shooting (4-of-8 3PTs, 8-of-9 FTs) with seven rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Lillard and his teammates looked like they were sleepwalking in Sacramento, but he managed to get things moving in the right direction tonight. Once he gets rolling he'll be among the safer, more consistent top-25 values in the NBA.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Green playing well, but productivity lacking
    Gerald Green played well in Friday's win over the Spurs, but put up just 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Green's having trouble getting run right now and P.J. Tucker isn't even back yet. It looked like he would be able to command 22-26 minutes per game during the preseason, but it's just not happening right now. Owners can feel free to move on if they'd like, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Green produce at a later time.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • The Pizza Guy leads Suns to win over Spurs
    Isaiah Thomas continued to smolder in Friday's win over the Spurs, scoring 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting with two rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: You just can't keep this guy down and he appears to have a real good chemistry with the other guards on the team. Thomas' big third quarter keyed a Phoenix comeback, and he pretty much kept it going all the way through the fourth. He should be in all lineups until he cools off, if he cools off.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Leonard returns to action in rusty effort
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) returned to action in Friday's loss to the Suns, scoring six points on 6-of-6 FTs with eight rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Leonard missed all five of his field goal attempts in what was essentially his preseason tune-up. Owners may want to wait one more game before deploying him if you have other options, but he'll be good to go in short order.
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Green quiet in Friday's loss to the Suns
    Danny Green hit just 1-of-5 shots in Friday's game against the Suns, finishing with three points, four rebounds, two blocks and one trey in 21 minutes.

    Advice: As a streaky player Green isn't a guy that you usually measure game by game, but if he goes cold for an extended period of time owners should certainly feel free to move along.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Ginobili shoots blanks in 25 minutes
    Manu Ginobili missed all five of his shots in 25 minutes of action on Friday.

    Advice: Ginobili finished with two points, two rebounds and two assists, and these are the breaks for an aging, streaky player that's on a strict minutes limit. He might be able to accumulate late-round value when he's on the floor, but owners should be willing to look elsewhere should the opportunity present itself.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Knight keeps his foot on the gas pedal
    Brandon Knight kept his foot on the gas pedal with 13 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Knight hit just 2-of-8 shots from the field but did knock in 8-of-10 shots from the line while chipping in a three. Don't just attach this to the Sixers Bump, as he dropped a 22-8-13 line on the Bobcats on Wednesday. Knight could very well start and play above expectations all year long, but owners should at least entertain the idea of selling high while the going is very good.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Antetokounmpo quiet in Friday's win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored eight points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-8 shots to go with six rebounds, two assists, one block and four turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo has all sorts of upside but it's anybody's guess if that will manifest into value this year or not. On a team with so many parts, and parts in O.J. Mayo that didn't make themselves known until very late in the draft season, it's possible he doesn't get breathing room to break out. He's still a stash candidate, but he's not a must-own player given the overall lack of production in his short career.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • O.J. Mayo posts 25-3-5 line with five treys
    O.J. Mayo continued to put distance between his fat days and his skinny days with another solid effort on Friday, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting (including five threes) with three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Starting or not he's arguably the Bucks' best player right now and he looks like he's going to be one of the steals of this year's drafts. If he's available in your league, he shouldn't be.
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Wroten turns the ball over eight times
    Tony Wroten had eight turnovers in Friday's loss, but still managed 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting (6-of-11 FTs) with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and zero 3-pointers.

    Advice: If you're punting threes, free throw percentage, turnovers and field goal percentage he can be a pretty fun play. Wait a second, that's a lot of punting. Owners that can manage his various deficiencies have a unique asset, but the sum of all that activity is a late-round value at best.
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Wolves, Rubio agree to four-year, $55M deal
    Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that the Wolves and Ricky Rubio have come to an agreement on a four-year, $55 million extension.

    Advice: If there are any new interesting details we'll pass them along but this makes sense for the Wolves and it really makes sense for Rubio, since there is some doubt as to whether or not he can be a difference-maker at a competitive position in the NBA. Still, he's shown enough to be worth this type of risk, as the addition of a jump shot would make him deadly on the offensive end.
    Yesterday, 5:46 pm
  • Brad Stevens praises Marcus Smart's play
    Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens praised Marcus Smart's play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I’ve coached a lot of guys that are great great guys and [Smart's] one of the most unique people I’ve coached in his ability to raise the energy level of your team and you can see that already," said Stevens. Smart's elite defense is going to get him time on the court, however, his lack of offensive statistics makes him more of a deep league play.
    Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Russell Westbrook could miss 4-6 weeks
    Russell Westbrook suffered a fracture to the second metacarpal in his right hand, and the Thunder say they will release a timetable for his return after getting a better look at it on Friday.

    Advice: The Oklahoman is speculating that Westbrook could be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but we'll wait for an official update from the Thunder organization. OKC is going to really struggle to find offense with only eight healthy bodies available, but everything is likely going to be go through Serge Ibaka and Perry Jones. Sebastian Telfair is currently the only healthy point guard on the roster, so he's going to be seeing a lot of minutes and makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues, although the Thunder are probably searching for an additional backup guard to join the team (Will Bynum?) Reggie Jackson (ankle) is going to have a lot on his plate upon his return, and he is going to get all the minutes he can handle.
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • GR Jr. makes his debut on Thursday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) returned to action on Thursday with 14 minutes, five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in his season debut.

    Advice: He backed up Garrett Temple, who played well tonight. Rice has too many holes on defense and issues with his shot selection, so he's not going to have fantasy value.
    Thursday, 11:33 pm
  • Jordan Farmar plays 10 minutes as backup
    Jordan Farmar played 10 minutes as the second-string point guard on Thursday with six points, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played directly behind Chris Paul, so he's not going to have value while CP3 is healthy. Farmar can be ignored almost everywhere.
    Thursday, 11:31 pm
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