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  • Mighty Healthy: Ghostface Ilya nets 34 points
    Ersan Ilyasova scored a career-high 34 points on 12-of-14 from the field against the Pacers during a 111-107 win on Thursday, adding six rebounds, two assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He gets the fantasy equivalent of a Grammy for posting an effective field goal percentage of 103.6. Back in January, it was a winter war for Ghostface Ilya with his minutes per game at just 17.2. Now, he’s finally been consistent with at least 29 minutes in each of his previous five, averaging 17.0 points, 8.8 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 treys on 45.9 percent from the field. He's spitting hot fire right now and is a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • John Henson plays 16 minutes vs. Pacers
    John Henson played 16 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with eight points, two boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: It’s no coincidence that Henson played just 13.5 minutes per game in his previous two and Zaza Pachulia has exploded. Henson hasn’t topped 24 minutes in a game since Mar. 9 and he’s probably going to need a Zaza injury to be more than a one-category guy for his blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 16 on 10 FGA
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 points on 7-of-10 from the field against the Pacers on Thursday with four boards, two assists and one block in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He’s really honed in on how to score, which explains why he’s been so much better with respect to efficiency like tonight. In his previous March games, Antetokounmpo attempted 69.4 percent of his shots in the paint. That helped him get to 49.7 percent from the field with averages of 16.6 points, 8.2 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.2 treys. If he develops his jumper, the sky is the limit. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Jazz will sign Chris Johnson to a deal
    Jazz sign G/F Chris Johnson.

    Advice: The Bucks let him go today and the Jazz didn't hesitate to grab him. Considering Rodney Hood (illness) is still not well, Johnson may get some minutes. He'll compete with Elijah Millsap for playing time. Johnson is only worth a look in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Bennett (ankle), Hummel (hand) out again Fri.
    Anthony Bennett (ankle) and Robbie Hummel (hand) will not play Friday vs. Houston.

    Advice: There's no reason to roster either of these guys in any league, leave them on the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:14 pm
    Injured
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doesn't practice Thurs
    Kris Humphries (groin) was unable to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Humphries was spotted going through a lot of individual work on Thursday, but his absence from practice would suggest he's doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte. If he's unable to go, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to split his reserve minutes. Seraphin can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in extremely deep leagues, while Humphries belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:03 pm
    Injured
  • Josh Smith (ankle) probable Friday vs. MIN
    Josh Smith (ankle) is probable to play Friday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: Smith has been playing through the pain, so there's no reason to think he will sit on Friday. With Donatas Motiejunas (back) being listed as questionable, Smith may find himself in the starting lineup with a very favorable matchup against the Timberwolves. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • Cody Zeller questionable for Friday vs Wizard
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: If Zeller is unable to play on Friday, he will have missed eight out of the Hornets' last nine games and can safely be dropped in most fantasy formats. We'll update his status after Friday's shootaround, but Marvin Williams stands to benefit the most if Zeller is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 am
    Injured
  • Al Jefferson probable for Friday vs Wizards
    Al Jefferson (knee) is probable for Friday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Jefferson had some fluid removed from his balky knee earlier in the week, but was still able to post a double-double in Wednesday's loss to the Nets. He missed practice on Thursday, but fantasy owners should make sure Big Al is in their lineups as it sounds like he'll be ready to play on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:48 am
  • Jordan Hill not sweating minutes decrease
    Jordan Hill said he has no issues with the Lakers decision to sit him for the next four or five upcoming games.

    Advice: While the Lakers openly tank, Hill is toeing the company line when it comes to his benching. "I’m not playing for nothing," Hill said. "It’s a good time to get other guys a lot more minutes and get a feel of the game." Hill can be dropped while the Lakers experiment with younger players and Ryan Kelly, Ed Davis, and Tarik Black are all worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
    Injured
  • Udonis Haslem gutted through injuries Weds
    Udonis Haslem said he played through several injuries during Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said Haslem was dinged up enough to sit out, but the veteran wanted to make sure the short-handed Heat weren't even more short-handed. "Yeah, I've got my tweaks man, but I was so disappointed in that loss last night and I was so disappointed in my performance that I didn't want to hide behind my injuries," Haslem said. "I wanted to come out and play tonight to give whatever I could give to spark this team." Even though Haslem posted 12 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals against the Celtics, he'll move back to a minor role once Hassan Whiteside and Chris Andersen are healthy and can be left on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Channing Frye returned to action Wednesday
    Channing Frye returned to action off the bench on Wednesday with two points in six minutes.

    Advice: He is going to lose a lot of playing time to Dewayne Dedmon. Frye can be ignored in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:46 am
  • Brandan Wright still getting some burn
    Brandan Wright played 28 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday with five points, seven boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He played next to Alex Len for a bit, but coach Jeff Hornacek dropped a minor hint that he could get crazy with his matchups because of Rudy Gay playing at the four. Thanks to his blocks, boards and field goal percentage, Wright is still a hold in standard leagues with minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:14 am
  • Nerlens Noel goes nuts against the Nuggets
    Nerlens Noel exploded against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 14 points, 15 boards, two assists, four steals, four blocks and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This line in a win has to move him closer to catching Andrew Wiggins for Rookie of the Year. He is just ridiculous over his last four, averaging 15.0 points, 11.5 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 3.8 blocks on 56.1 percent from the field. He hasn't been great when he's not at the basket, but making 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) at the rim in that span explains the offensive surge. It's hard to believe how great he's become after struggling for two months. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:05 pm
  • Omer Asik plays 26 minutes in his return
    Omer Asik (calf) returned to the lineup on Wednesday with six points, six boards, two assists, one steal and four turnovers in 26 minutes against the Rockets.

    Advice: He was a victim of a James Harden poster and didn't have his best game in his return. Asik cost the Pelicans a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, so this sub-par game stings a little more. He's a questionable player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Kevin Love looks like vintage Love in win
    Kevin Love hit 10-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's impressive win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Many think Love is deferring too much to LeBron, but he just hasn't played well this season. He looked great tonight and the Cavs opened up a 29-point lead over the Grizzlies in the third quarter. LeBron James had 20 points, eight boards, five assists and three 3-pointers, Kyrie Irving added 24 points and two assists, Timofey Mozgov had 14 points, nine boards and a block, and J.R. Smith added 13 points, six assists and three 3-pointers in the cakewalk. Hopefully Love can keep it going, even when they Cavs aren't blowing someone out. That makes four straight wins for the Cavs, and eight of their last nine. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:12 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Kelly Olynyk awful in loss to Heat
    Kelly Olynyk played just 17 minutes and finished with four points and one rebound in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The Heat were without a center tonight (Hassan Whiteside, hand injury), so Olynyk wasn't really needed. Tyler Zeller started again and had 10 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes, and while Olynyk has shown flashes of being ready to get hot, he's yet to do so. Maybe it's time to move on. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores two in 14 minutes
    Taj Gibson played just 14 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday during a 116-103 win, scoring two points with two assists.

    Advice: He only played five minutes in the first half and didn't pull down a single rebound. Gibson has lost minutes to red-hot Nikola Mirotic and that's probably going to continue for the foreseeable future. His owners will need to temper expectations and cutting him seems plausible. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:56 pm
    Player Note
    Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
  • Brandon Bass falls flat vs. Heat
    Brandon Bass hit just 3-of-6 shots for nine points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The Heat held a 17-point halftime lead and coach Brad Stevens seemed to be grasping for straws in hopes of getting back in the game. Eleven players saw meaningful minutes for Boston, while even Gerald Wallace came off the bench and played four minutes. With that many hands in the cookie jar, the Celtics are a potential headache for fantasy owners going forward. The Celtics are in a dogfight for the playoffs with Indy, Brooklyn and Charlotte, and fell a full two games behind the Heat with tonight's loss. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:53 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays 28 minutes vs. Raptors
    Joakim Noah played 28 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday with nine points, five boards, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He is likely going to have his minutes kept in check until the playoffs. Noah did average 12.3 boards per game over his previous three and he's also passing more, so he's still worth owning in standard leagues. His owners will have to watch out for more rest games like he had on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:53 pm
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