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  • Darren Collison shines against the Bulls
    Darren Collison played terrific ball on both ends of the floor against the Bulls on Thursday during a 103-88 win with 17 points, six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The Kings had a season-high 26 assists as a team tonight and had six players in double figures. They still rank 27th in the NBA for assists per game, but at least it's a step up from last in 2013-14. Collison has been a steal for his fantasy owners as a top-50 player despite sub-par shooting and it's become abundantly clear he has no competition for his starter's minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Aaron Brooks scores 12 points in a loss
    Aaron Brooks played down the stretch against the Kings during a 103-88 loss on Thursday, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kirk Hinrich (chest) suffered an injury tonight and the extent is not yet known. If Hinrich is out, Brooks would pick up all the minutes he can handle. Considering it's just a chest injury, fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive on adding Brooks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • X-rays are negative on Kirk Hinrich (chest)
    X-rays were negative on Kirk Hinrich's chest and he was diagnosed with a contusion following Thursday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't play at the end of the game, but that doesn't necessarily mean his injury had anything to do with it. Hinrich finished with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. If he is going to miss time, Aaron Brooks would almost become a must add as the only healthy point guard who is in the rotation. E'Twaun Moore would also get in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
    Injured
  • Chris Paul has another awesome game
    Chris Paul had just one turnover in Thursday's 110-93 win over the Heat to go with 26 points, two rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: The Clippers put up 39 points in the first quarter with a magnificent offensive rating of 169.6. They were first in the NBA in that category last year, but they only rank sixth so far this year. As for Paul, he's been the No. 3 player in fantasy leagues so far on the season -- fitting for CP3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Jamal Crawford stinks on Thursday
    Jamal Crawford had his worst scoring output of the season with just five points against the Heat on Thursday, adding three rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on 1-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: His nine assists were the most he's had since Jan. 25, 2014, but his shots were not falling. Crawford is likely going to stay in the second unit unless Matt Barnes (sore calf) needs to miss time. He'll still have decent value as one of the best sixth men in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Norris Cole plays better on Saturday
    Norris Cole did not return from his dislocated left middle finger against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with no points and one assist in 10 minutes.

    Advice: Cole was on the bench after a trip to the locker room, but it seemed clear the team didn't want to put him back out there. The team has yet to share any X-ray results and he might have an MRI coming on Friday. Shabazz Napier would be a deep-league speculative add for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
    Injured
  • Gary Neal (concussion) probable for Friday
    Gary Neal (concussion) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Neal still needs to pass the leagues' concussion protocol, but it's looking like he's very close to making a return. He's averaging 12.2 points and 1.2 three-pointers per game this season, so he's worth a look for owners seeking a 3-point specialist upon his return. Just know that he's also shooting 39.8 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    Injured
  • Rajon Rondo's ankle 'sore,' but will be fine
    Rajon Rondo said his ankle was "sore" after rolling it Wednesday night, but he's expected to be fine.

    Advice: This seems like a very minor thing, and Rondo has been known to play through nicks and bruises. We'll be monitoring Rondo's status leading up to Friday's tip, but it would be quite shocking if he were sidelined for that one. Rondo is currently averaging 10.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, and a league-leading 11.8 assists on the year. So far, the only detriments to his value are his horrid free throw shooting (40 percent), and high turnover rate (4.0 turnovers a game). But as a nightly triple-double threat, owners don't have much to complain about. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) hopes to play by Dec. 26
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) said that his family is coming for Christmas, and he hopes they will be able to watch him play.

    Advice: Rubio doesn't play on Christmas, but he has a game the following day on Dec. 26. Ultimately the decision will be based on rehab, and the Timberwolves' medical staff giving him clearance to play, but Dec. 26 falls right at the seven week mark of his initial 7-8 week timetable. Rubio's rehab has been going well, but he's still not able to put weight on his sprained ankle. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but while he's sidelined, Mo Williams may be worth a look as he's finally taken the starting spot away from Zach LaVine. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
    Injured
  • Report: Derrick Rose out Thurs., iffy Friday
    Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson reports that Derrick Rose's absence due to a strained hamstring "will likely extend to next week."

    Advice: Rose ran and tried to loosen his hamstring during Thursday's shootaround, but Tom Thibodeau ruled him out vs. the Kings. He's officially questionable for Friday's game but it doesn't sound likely that he'll take the court until Monday's road game in Utah. Fantasy owners should confirm Rose's status on Friday afternoon. If he sits out again, Kirk Hinrich will start with Aaron Brooks backing him up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:05 am
    Injured
  • Jose Calderon expected to play Saturday
    Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: This is great news for the 3-10 Knicks as they could use Calderon's veteran leadership and it is also great news for fantasy owners who are in need of point guard help. Calderon should immediately take over point guard duties from Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin, while Iman Shumpert's fantasy value will take a minor hit as Calderson's return should diminish his usage. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 am
    Injured
  • Kobe Bryant scores 29 on 28 FGA, 10 FTA
    Kobe Bryant made 10-of-28 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for 29 points during a 98-92 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He started off fine making 6-of-11 from the field before halftime, but things turned sour in the second half with miss after miss. Bryant's usage actually dropped to 37.3 after tonight with his 36.8 in the win, but he's still on pace to have one of the highest usage rates ever -- he has the record of 38.7 in 2005-06. Expect Kobe to take plenty of shots against the Mavericks on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:21 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Ty Lawson goes for 15 & 15 in win
    Ty Lawson hit 6-of-13 shots for 15 points, a season-high 15 assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He somehow didn't hit a 3-pointer in either of his last two games, but has now hit double digits in assists in three of his last four games, which were all double-doubles with points. He's rolling right now and is a must-start in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:13 am
  • Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge
    Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:13 am
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Zach LaVine still struggling off bench
    Zach LaVine came off the bench against the Knicks on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, two assists and no turnovers on 1-of-5 from the field.

    Advice: He's been awful in his five games since the Ricky Rubio injury, averaging 6.4 points, 3.2 boards, 3.2 assists 0.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers on 32.4 percent from the field. LaVine is too raw to be counted on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:07 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez returned to action on Wednesday November 19. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Brandon Jennings hits 1-of-9 3-pointers
    Brandon Jennings hit just 7-of-19 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers for 19 points, seven assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Had he not been firing up the threes, his line would have been a lot better, but whatever was holding Jennings back early in the season has been fixed. Jennings has been playing well for 10 straight games after struggling mightily in his first two of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:00 pm
  • Brandon Knight scores 18 on 20 shots
    Brandon Knight made 5-of-20 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a 122-118 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two boards and two 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a wide-open breakaway layup at the end of overtime, but he redeemed himself in the last two frames. Missed layup aside, Knight has 17 dimes in his last two games and his steals are also up, so his fantasy owners are playing with house money right now with his top-40 value. He won't be this high all season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores season-high 34 in win
    Monta Ellis hit 10-of-21 shots, two 3-pointers and 12-of-14 free throws for a season-high 34 points, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Ellis is rolling right now, scoring 34, 18 and 30 points in each of his last three games, and his strong offensive game appears to be limiting Chandler Parsons. Look for more of the same from Monta against the Lakers on Friday, as L.A. gives it up more than any team to opposing guards. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
    Player Note
    Monta Ellis Dal - PG,SG
  • Jameer Nelson struggles, hurts head
    Jameer Nelson hit just 2-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 25 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He left the game with a head injury, and while details are very scarce, he was able to return briefly. Had he not been playing so poorly, he probably would have played more minutes, but the Mavs went with J.J. Barea down the stretch. We were hoping from more from Nelson since Devin Harris was out with an ankle injury, but he just couldn't get his shots to fall tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:25 pm
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