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  • Evan Fournier a game-time call Wednesday
    Evan Fournier will be a game-time call on Wednesday due to a quad injury.

    Advice: He finally cooled off on Monday and suffered the injury in that game. If he can't go, it should mean more goodies for Victor Oladipo, who played 36 minutes on Monday and had his best game of the season. Rotoworld.com
    20 minutes ago
  • Jamaal Franklin could return to NBA in Jan.
    Ex Grizziles guard Jamaal Franklin could return to the NBA in January.

    Advice: He's currently playing in China and scored scored 53 points on 19-of-29 shooting yesterday. He's eligible for a return to the NBA in January, but regardless of where he lands, 53 points might be a good over-under for the total points he might score over the last few months of season. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
  • J.R. Smith expected to start at SF Wednesday
    J.R. Smith is expected to start at forward in place of Carmelo Anthony (back) on Wednesday, according to coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: We'll have to wait and see who makes up the starting unit tonight, but Smith gets a boost in value with Carmelo very unlikely to play again before Sunday, at the earliest. Rotoworld.com
    36 minutes ago
  • Derrick Rose (hamstring) rested as precaution
    Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) sat out the second half of Tuesday's game as a precaution, and he "didn't feel anything pop or pull" prior to his exit.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau asked Rose to sit out the second half and Rose agreed. The Bulls' former MVP was very tentative during the first half, as he was during Monday's game, but Thibodeau is hopeful that a few days of rest will have Rose ready to go for Friday's game in Boston. When asked if Rose would require an MRI, Thibs replied, "I don’t believe so. I think he's fine." Fantasy owners have played this game long enough to distrust the Bulls' injury updates, however, and we're unlikely to learn Rose's status until close to tip-off on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    Injured
  • Jimmy Butler's 32 points not enough vs Denver
    Jimmy Butler set a new career high with 20 free throw attempts on Tuesday, making 18 of them to finish with 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Butler has been unbelievable to begin the season, embracing an expanded offensive role without letting up defensively in nearly 40 minutes per game. He's taken a massive leap into top-10 fantasy value and shows no signs of letting up, though his huge workload may take a toll physically as the season progresses. Congratulations to all those owners who snagged Butler in the middle rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Aaron Brooks scores 16 points in 22 minutes
    Aaron Brooks scored 16 points in 22 minutes in Tuesday's road loss, taking advantage of extra playing time following Derrick Rose's departure with hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Brooks has scored double-digit points in four straight games and he's worth deploying if you need scoring and 3-point shooting, with a trickle of steals and assists. Rose is questionable to return for Friday's game, so anyone targeting Brooks should keep an eye on Chicago's ever-changing injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (chest) plays well in return
    Kirk Hinrich returned from a chest injury vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday, scoring 10 points with eight assists and one steal in 31 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: He made two 3-pointers and Derrick Rose left early with hamstring tightness, which opened up more minutes in the second half for Hinrich and Aaron Brooks. Hinrich should start vs. the Celtics on Friday if Rose can't suit up, but even as the Bulls' starting PG he's a mediocre fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Ty Lawson leads Nuggets w/ 20 pts, 12 dimes
    Ty Lawson posted 20 points, one 3-pointer, 12 assists, three steals and a rare block in Tuesday's win over the visiting Bulls.

    Advice: This was Lawson's second 20 & 10 game of the season, the last one coming on Nov. 17, and he's averaging a terrific 16.3 points, 0.8 threes, 2.4 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He started out slow and missed one game with a lingering ankle injury but has since played without any physical limitations, so fantasy owners can look confidently toward his rest-of-season output. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots 1-of-13 Tuesday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo had a brutal night on Tuesday, making just 1-of-13 field goals to finish with two points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He also got into foul trouble but still logged 31 minutes, and coach Jason Kidd is showing increasing faith in him as a starter. Antetokounmpo is shooting 52.5 percent on the season, so tonight's dud should be viewed as an aberration. Look for him to bounce back vs. the Wolves' lenient defense on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Mario Chalmers ice cold after first quarter
    Mario Chalmers started out hot on Tuesday, but shot 0-of-8 after the first quarter to finish with 14 points, two 3-pointers, four assists, four steals and one blocks.

    Advice: Chalmers shot 4-of-17 overall but he turned the ball over just once in 37 minutes. He had the unenviable task of slowing down Stephen Curry defensively, which he failed to do as Curry dropped 40 points in the Warriors' road win. The Heat are just 4-5 in their home games, but they're still above .500 with an 8-7 record. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Lakers get disabled player exception for Nash
    The Lakers have been awarded a $4.85 million disabled player exception for Steve Nash, who is out for the season with nerve damage.

    Advice: The Lakers are over the salary cap and this exception will allow them to sign a free agent for the remainder of the season, or possibly trade for a player in the final year of their contract. We should hear reports about possible targets for L.A. in the coming days, so owners in deep leagues should keep an eye out for updates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:18 pm
    Injured
  • Cory Joseph (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Cory Joseph (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: If Joseph is unable to play, Manu Ginobili will be asked to do a little more as the Spurs backup point guard, and Tony Parker will see some extended minutes. Joseph is averaging 7.8 points and 2.1 assists through 17.5 minutes of action this season, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:17 pm
    Injured
  • Scott may try to shorten Kobe Bryant's PT
    Coach Byron Scott said that he may try to trim a couple minutes off Kobe Bryant's current minutes allotment, as Kobe has been struggling with fatigue during the second half of games.

    Advice: Kobe is currently averaging 35.7 minutes per game, but is also shooting a career-worst 38.1 percent from the field. Scott is attributing some of those misses to fatigue, and while a minor reduction in minutes would have a minimal impact on Kobe's overall numbers, it could have a positive effect on his field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:11 pm
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • P.J. Hairston (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    P.J. Hairston (ankle) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Hairston could see some extended run with Gary Neal (shoulder) listed as doubtful, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out for Wednesday's game. However, Hairston is averaging just 6.0 points and 1.5 three-pointers as a starter, so there's not much to like here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:36 pm
    Injured
  • Eric Gordon (labrum) hoping to avoid surgery
    Eric Gordon is hopeful that he won't have to undergo surgery to repair his torn labrum.

    Advice: "We’ll see," Gordon said regarding a potential surgery. "It’s a full tear. I still have a labrum. But it’s tough for any athlete to deal with that. If I keep on playing, it’s going to be a lingering issue. This thing doesn’t heal all the way correctly, I’ve heard, unless surgery happens." An official decision on Gordon's recovery will be made in the next couple of weeks, and while he'd like to avoid it, it's looking like surgery is probable. Darius Miller has moved into the starting lineup with Gordon sidelined, but with career averages of just 3.2 points and not much else, owners can use a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:29 pm
    Injured
  • Raymond Felton tweaks ankle, not serious
    Raymond Felton tweaked his right ankle during Tuesday's practice, but according to head coach Rick Carlisle, the minor tweak is not considered serious.

    Advice: Raymond Felton is fighting for minutes with Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, and J.J. Barea, and he wasn't even able to get off the bench during his last outing. Felton should remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Harden scores season-high 36 points
    James Harden scored a season-high 36 points in the Rockets' 91-86 win over the Knicks on Monday, hitting 11-of-22 shots (7-of-12 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Harden is a beast and likely to be a top-5 fantasy asset even when LeBron James gets back on track, and the Thunder guys return and get rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Stuckey (wrist) productive in busy 32 minutes
    Rodney Stuckey (wrist) logged 32 minutes on Monday against the Mavs, scoring 12 points on 2-of-9 shooting (2-of-3 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line) with three rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Advice: Given his inability to stay healthy the heavy workloads recently are an uncomfortable bonus, so give him a look in deeper formats but don't drop anybody of real value just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:55 pm
  • Canaan quiet in start for Beverley
    Isaiah Canaan was quiet in another start for Patrick Beverley (hamstring) on Monday, scoring seven points with three assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Canaan hit 2-of-8 shots with a three and on the whole he doesn't have any real fantasy value. If you want to give him a desperation look or use him in DFS games, he's probably a coin flip to pay off at best. Beverley has about a week on his initial timetable. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Shumpert fills it up except for his FG%
    Iman Shumpert hit just 2-of-10 shots in Monday's loss to the Rockets, finishing with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 30 foul-plagued minutes.

    Advice: Shumpert has injury risk of his own but with plenty of main cogs getting dinged up he's a must-own player for that fact alone. That he already has top-100 value on his own is what owners can hang their hats on as long as he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:15 pm
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