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    • Jamal Crawford scores 24 points off bench
      Jamal Crawford scored 24 points in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with seven rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: The rebounding has been a pleasant surprise lately and Crawford has set a season high in defensive rebounding rate in each of his last three games. Obviously, that's not what he's known for and his offense has made him the No. 110 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      50 minutes ago
    • Klay Thompson scores 15 points on Thurs.
      Klay Thompson scored a team-high 15 points against the Clippers on Thursday with three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: His output in defense and dimes has really been the bigger reason why he's posting first-round value in standard fantasy leagues. Of course, it does help that he has career-high scoring and rebound averages, and really the only negative is that he missed his first game due to injury this season. That's obviously a nit-picking negative and his fantasy owners can expect him to keep it going all season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:21 pm
    • Stephen Curry scores 14 points in full line
      Stephen Curry scored 14 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers against the Clippers on Thursday.

      Advice: He's fared well against the Clippers in his previous two seasons and made at least 50 percent from the field in each of his previous two seasons against them. Curry is in a minor slump at just 27.0 percent from beyond the arc over his last five, averaging 20.2 points, 5.4 boards, 7.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.0 triples. Chef Curry will likely be cooking up plenty goodies for the home folks against the Wolves on Saturday. Revenge game for drafting Jonny Flynn over him? Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:19 pm
    • Kobe Bryant could sit out for a week?
      Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

      Advice: This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:08 pm
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Jimmy Butler scores 21 in win over Lakers
      Jimmy Butler made 7-of-12 from the field for 21 points with six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

      Advice: He just won't stop. Over his last five games, Butler averaged 25.0 points, 7.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 steals, 0.8 turnovers and 1.6 triples on 48.2 percent from the field and 92.5 percent from the line. He's a nine-category player right now. Jimmy's got some new moves and we're pretty sweet on Jimmy these days. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:40 pm
    • Ronnie Price plays 29 minutes vs. Bulls
      Ronnie Price played 29 minutes during a 113-93 loss against the Bulls on Christmas, making 3-of-7 from the field for seven points with eight rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It's been a straight split for Price at point guard in his previous eight starts, averaging 6.4 points, 1.8 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 33.3 percent from the field in 23.8 minutes per game. He's only worth owning in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:01 pm
    • Jeremy Lin takes a step back on Thursday
      Jeremy Lin scored six points with one rebound, two assists and two steals on 2-of-8 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: He had a nice game on Tuesday, but couldn't get anything going tonight. Over his last 13 games, Lin has averaged just 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 turnovers and 0.7 triples on 32.7 percent from the field. That's not going to get it done for fantasy owners in standard leagues, so his owners should have their eyes peeled for a pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:54 pm
    • Wes Johnson plays well without Kobe
      Wes Johnson was busy in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Thursday, making 6-of-18 from the field for a season-high 19 points with nine rebounds, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He crushed his season high for field goal attempts and set a new high for free throw makes (five) in the loss. Johnson only has a usage rate of 13.0 on the season, so the high volume tonight is a surprise even with Kobe Bryant out. He is still worth owning in standard leagues for his output on defense and treys. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:41 pm
    • Nick Young doesn't play well on Christmas
      Nick Young made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer on Thursday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Well, at least his girlfriend bought him an Impala for Christmas. Young is just 6-of-19 in his two games without Kobe Bryant (rest), so he's been a bit of a letdown. He's been in the top 60 for fantasy value over the previous two weeks, so he'll be worth owning in standard leagues thanks to his 2.4 triples over that span. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:36 pm
    • Ramon Sessions (back) iffy for Friday
      Ramon Sessions is listed as questionable for Friday's game due to a lower back strain.

      Advice: If he's out it should just mean more minutes for Darren Collison. Sessions will only be worth using in fantasy leagues if Collison goes down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:48 pm
      Injured
    • Suns send Goodwin, Ennis, Warren to D League
      The Suns sent G Archie Goodwin, G Tyler Ennis and F T.J. Warren to the D-League.

      Advice: They're expected to play three games for Bakersfield and then re-join the team on Dec. 31 for a game at OKC. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:45 pm
    • Dion Waiters quiet in Thursday's loss
      Dion Waiters hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.

      Advice: His steals and blocks helped make up for a lack of scoring today and Waiters will continue to be a hit-or-miss player on most nights as long as he's coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:21 pm
    • Kyrie Irving injures left knee in loss
      Kyrie Irving hit 10-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 25 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and just two turnovers in Thursday's loss to the Heat, but also hurt his left knee late in the game.

      Advice: He injured the same knee against the Thunder earlier this season and was clearly in pain as the game ended tonight. He had his foot stepped on and then came down very awkwardly on his left leg, which is when he injured the knee and suffered a contusion. For now consider him day-to-day, but the fact an MRI wasn't needed is great news. If he's going to miss time, Matthew Dellavedova would likely take over at point guard for the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:06 pm
      Injured
    • Tony Allen (eye) returns to practice Thursday
      Tony Allen (eye) returned to practice on Thursday, and is looking probable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Memphis is no longer listing Allen on their injury report, so it's looking very likely he will return to the lineup for a difficult matchup vs. the Rockets. His return will likely send Tayshaun Prince back to the bench, and hurt the limited value of Vince Carter. Check back for an official update on Allen's status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:09 pm
      Injured
    • Bradley Beal scores 17 points with full line
      Bradley Beal scored 17 points during the Wizards' Christmas Day win over the Knicks, adding five rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: Beal has now recorded at least one steal in his past seven outing, and he's currently putting up mid-round value on the year with averages of 15.1 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers per game. He's a primary component of the WizardsÂ’ offense, and will continue to be a reliable source of points, 3-pointers, and steals. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:06 pm
    • Marco Belinellli will start vs Thunder Thurs
      Marco Belinelli will draw the start against the Thunder on Thursday.

      Advice: Belinelli will replace Kyle Anderson in the Spurs' starting lineup as Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out. Belinelli has averaged 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers as a starter, so makes for a decent plug-and-play option on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:29 am
    • Kawhi Leonard remains out indefinitely
      Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out indefinitely.

      Advice: Popovich played coy by saying that Leonard could come back tomorrow, two weeks from now, or even beyond that. Besides the vague statement, Pop did add that Leonard can't injure himself any further, so there is a good chance we see him back on the court sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, and Marco Belinelli will continue to see a boost in their fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:18 am
      Injured
    • Iman Shumpert on court taking shots Thursday
      Iman Shumpert (shoulder) was on the court taking shots before the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards.

      Advice: It's been two weeks since Shumpert dislocated his left shoulder, so it's a good sign to see him back on the court taking shots. He's still a ways away from his targeted mid-January return, so fantasy owners who picked up Tim Hardaway Jr. should enjoy a few more weeks of productivity. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:39 am
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith out Thursday vs Wizards
      J.R. Smith (heel) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith went through pre-game warmups, but wasn't feeling well enough to suit up for the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards. Tim Hardaway Jr. will pickup Smith's minutes and makes for a solid play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:14 am
      Injured
    • Nuggets receive inquiries on Wilson Chandler
      The Nuggets have received trade inquiries on Wilson Chandler, but would like to keep him in Denver, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

      Advice: Dempsey reports that the Nuggets have received trade inquiries from a few teams, but would prefer to hold onto Chandler. The Nuggets may entertain those inquiries if they slip in the standings over the next few weeks as Chandler is having the best season of his career and could fetch a handsome return. With season averages of 14.0 points, 6.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 2.2 three-pointers, Chandler is worth owning in all standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:18 am
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