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  • Kyrie Irving scores 29 w/ four treys
    Kyrie Irving hit 12-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 29 points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals in Tuesday's easy win over the Knicks.

    Advice: With LeBron James expected to get more rest this season, and Irving to see an even bigger role, look for a lot more nights like this coming his way all season long. Just don't expect a ton of assists with LeBron handling the ball so much on offense. Today, 7:53 pm
  • Justin Holiday gets 26 minutes in loss
    Justin Holiday played 26 minutes and hit 2-of-7 shots (both 3-pointers) to finish with eight points, six boards, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's opener.

    Advice: Holiday and Brandon Jennings were the only non-starters to log decent minutes for the Knicks, so if you're in a real deep league, Holiday might worth a close eye moving forward. Sasha Vujacic, who could still take Holiday's backup job, played just three minutes in this one. Today, 7:40 pm
  • Brandon Jennings plays 21 minutes
    Brandon Jennings played 21 minutes on Tuesday, but hit just 1-of-7 shots for seven points, three rebounds and five assists.

    Advice: The days of him being one of the league's most explosive players are clearly over, but the second Derrick Rose goes down with an injury, Jennings will quickly become one of the hottest pickups in your league. If you own Rose, the handcuff with Jennings is in order. Today, 7:34 pm
  • Derrick Rose plays 30 minutes in opener
    Derrick Rose looked fine in 30 minutes of Tuesday's opening loss to the Cavs, finishing with 17 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He hit 7-of-17 shots and looked explosive on a few drives to the rack, but the one assist is a bit of a concern. But if Rose can somehow go for 30 minutes a night and stay healthy, the rest of his game will surely improve. And if 'ifs and buts were candy and nuts...' If you drafted Rose, just hang onto him for the next 10 days and then reevaluate the situation. Today, 7:30 pm
  • Curry, Klay, Durant, Green, Pachulia starting
    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia will start vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: On a typical night, the Warriors are expected to run a 10-man rotation with Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingtson, David West, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw coming off the bench. Today, 6:49 pm
  • Shumpert (concussion symptoms) won't return
    Iman Shumpert (concussion symptoms) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Cavaliers are still evaluating him in the locker room, so there could be another update after the game. He finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes. With Kay Felder (concussion) on the shelf, DeAndre Liggins will take Shumpert's place in the rotation for the remainder of the game. Today, 6:31 pm
  • Troy Daniels (knee) probable to play opener
    Troy Daniels (left knee sprain) is listed as probable for the season opener.

    Advice: Daniels suffered a left knee sprain during the preseason, but is progressing well and has returned to practice fully. He will officially be listed as probable for Wednesday night’s opener against Minnesota. Even when healthy, Daniels has no fantasy relevance. Today, 3:39 pm
  • Spo wants to keep Dragic's mins in low-30s
    Erik Spoelstra said he'd like to keep Goran Dragic's minutes in the low-30s this season due to Miami's new uptempo pace and style.

    Advice: Dragic was in the low-30s after the All-Star break last year and still managed to produce sixth-round value in standard 9-cat leagues behind averages of 17.3 points, 6.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.8 turnovers per game on 48.5 percent shooting, so owners shouldn't be too concerned with this quote. Plus, the improved pace should help Dragic do more in less time. He's in for a big year sans Chris Bosh (blood clots) and Dwyane Wade. Today, 2:19 pm
  • Hill, Hood, Johnson, Diaw, Gobert starting
    George Hill, Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's regular-season opener against Portland.

    Advice: With Gordon Hayward (finger) and Derrick Favors (knee) on the sidelines, it'll be Hill, Hood and Johnson doing the heavy lifting on offense, with Trey Lyles having some increased opportunity for minutes and likely to serve as the spark plug off the bench. Lyles is someone to consider as a low-budget DFS target. Today, 1:52 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) cleared for opening night
    P.J. Tucker (back surgery) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Kings.

    Advice: Tucker will come off the bench behind T.J. Warren, and he'll be brought along slowly. Devin Booker is also expected to spend some time at the three-spot this year, so it's going to take an injury to one of the guys ahead of him for Tucker to make a difference in fantasy hoops. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) ruled out for opener
    Updating a previous report, Jose Calderon (left calf) has been ruled out for opening night.

    Advice: There's not a league out there where Calderon's playing status matters. Today, 1:34 pm
  • Caris LeVert (foot) ruled out for opener
    Caris LeVert (foot) has been ruled out for Brooklyn's regular-season opener against Boston on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeVert is going to be brought along very slowly in Brooklyn, and it'll take a few injuries to the guys in front of him for him to have any shot at fantasy value. For now, he can safely remain on the waiver wire almost everywhere. Today, 1:27 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) practices in full Tuesday
    Alex Abrines (hip) went through a full practice on Tuesday and Billy Donovan expects to have him available for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the 76ers.

    Advice: He'll likely be available to play, but that doesn't mean he'll actually step foot on the court. Abrines can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Today, 1:24 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) returns to on-court work
    Tyreke Evans (right knee surgery) has returned to on-court work and is targeting a late-November, early-December return.

    Advice: "Tyreke began on-court activities this week, which is great," Demps said. "His timetable will be determined really in the next two weeks, depending on how rehab goes. But he’s on the court, he’s shooting, his body looks great." We'll be monitoring this situation very closely, but Evans remains a dubious asset in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot after only suiting up for a mere 25 games last season. Expect him to be brought along very slowly in New Orleans. Solomon Hill and Lance Stephenson will pick up the slack in his absence, but neither of those guys offer standard league appeal. Today, 1:14 pm
  • Barea, Acy questionable for season opener
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Both guys should be available, but neither one will be making a difference in most leagues while the team is healthy. Today, 12:31 pm
  • Aaron Brooks (knee) available to play vs. DAL
    Aaron Brooks (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Nate McMillan said he will only play Brooks in limited stints, which will likely be a trend that holds true throughout that year assuming the guys in front of him are healthy. Brooks isn't a fantasy option in any setting. Today, 11:49 am
  • Sergio Rodriguez expects to start in opener
    Sergio Rodriguez said that he expects to start on opening night with Jerryd Bayless (wrist) sidelined.

    Advice: Rodriguez has more talent and experience than T.J. McConnell, and he started the last few preseason games for the 76ers, but Brett Brown really seems to like McConnell and hasn't yet officially divulged his starting five. We expect Rodriguez to get the start, and he's on the radar in deep leagues for those seeking some triples with a trickle of assists. Today, 11:27 am
  • Alec Burks (knee, ankle) out Tuesday vs. POR
    Alec Burks (knee, ankle) is out for the regular-season opener against Portland.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely and obviously never had a shot of suiting up for tonight's game. Leave him on the wire. Today, 11:22 am
  • Randy Foye (hamstring) out vs. Boston
    Randy Foye strained his hamstring in practice and won't play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Foye has only a mild hamstring strain, but it will prevent him from suiting up on opening night. Coach Kenny Atkinson stated he had not yet decided who would start at shooting guard on Wednesday. Today, 10:40 am
  • Bobby Brown has made the Rockets final roster
    Bobby Brown has made the Rockets opening day roster.

    Advice: Brown played well in the preseason, averaging 9.6 points per game, despite playing just 14 minutes a night. However, Brown has very little fantasy value heading into the regular season, as he will likely see limited playing time. Today, 8:04 am
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