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  • Jason Kidd praises Jerryd Bayless
    Bucks coach Jason Kidd praised Jerryd Bayless for his improved 3-point shot.

    Advice: "He has worked extremely hard at it and put a lot of time into it," Kidd said. "He is not short on confidence, so right now he is shooting the three at a very high level." Bayless has the fifth best 3-point percentage in the NBA at 43.6 percent, and he's also playing well off the bench with averages of 11.6 points, 3.4 boards, 3.2 assists and 2.8 treys over his last five games. If Michael Carter-Williams is dealt at the deadline, Bayless would be worth a pickup. Rotoworld.com 41 minutes ago
  • Pacers not looking to make any trades?
    Indiana coach Frank Vogel said that he isn't expecting the Pacers to make any trades at the deadline.

    Advice: George Hill has been linked to Atlanta in a potential deal for Jeff Teague, but that rumor has lost some steam in recent days. Hill is a great fit next to Monta Ellis and Paul George because of his ability to play off the ball, so Vogel is likely telling the truth here. Hill's value should be safe moving forward. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
  • Mayo scores two points in start
    O.J. Mayo scored two points with one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block, three turnovers and four fouls in 20 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: Yeah, this is another case of don't overrate starters. Mayo did get in early foul trouble again, but he is still not a fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Toney Douglas plays 25 minutes
    Toney Douglas played 25 minutes on Thursday with 10 points, two rebounds, one assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: With Bryce Dejean-Jones out tonight, there were more minutes up for grabs. The Pelicans have some extra run to go around, so chances are Douglas won't play much going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Tyreke Evans has surgery on right knee
    Tyreke Evans underwent successful surgery on his right knee on Thursday.

    Advice: He is out for the season due to his lingering tendinitis. Evans had his third right knee surgery in the past nine months, but he should be ready to start the season next year. The Pelicans will add another player, which should be Bryce Dejean-Jones. Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday benefit most while every other player benefits as well. Evans' future isn't looking great after winning Rookie of the Year over Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:54 pm
    Injured
  • Alonzo Gee starting at SG
    Alonzo Gee is starting at shooting guard on Thursday against the Thunder.

    Advice: It was expected to be Toney Douglas, but the Pelicans will go bigger. Gee is not an option tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • Gary Neal (right leg) ruled out for Thursday
    Gary Neal (right leg) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: It'll be Neal's second straight game on the sidelines with a sore leg, but he's not a major part of the rotation anyway with Bradley Beal healthy. Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple will pick up some extra minutes in Neal's absence, but that doesn't mean much at all in fantasy hoops. Neal should be good to go after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:33 pm
    GTD
  • DeMar DeRozan would prefer to stay in Toronto
    DeMar DeRozan said that it will be "pretty tough" for opposing teams to steal him away from the Raptors during free agency this offseason.

    Advice: "My whole mindset has always been this is home for me," DeRozan said. "This has always been home to me. I took pride in putting on this Toronto Raptors jersey since I've been drafted here. And my whole goal was to get this team to the point where it is now." DeRozan is having himself a career-season in a contract-year, posting averages of 23.4 points, 4.3 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game on 44.8 percent shooting, which has him ranking in the top-50 in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Patrick Beverley will miss Skills Competition
    Patrick Beverley (left ankle) will miss the Skills Competition this weekend in Toronto.

    Advice: Beverley wants to rest his ankle over the All-Star Break and will not defend his Skills Competition title. Beverley should be ready go when the second half of the season starts, but he's only averaging just 8.9 points and 2.8 assists on the season and isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:48 am
  • Gerald Henderson in double-digits again Wed
    Gerald Henderson had 13 points (3-of-10 FGs, 7-of-10 FTs), four rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes on Wednesday, marking his sixth straight game with double-digit points.

    Advice: Henderson is healthy and productive, with an expiring $6 million contract, so the veteran may draw some trade interest as the deadline approaches. He doesn't typically contribute much beyond scoring and solid FT percentages, so it's hard to envision Henderson as a fantasy asset no matter where he finishes the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • James Harden scores 34 in blowout loss
    James Harden scored 34 points during a 116-103 loss to the Blazers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, eight turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The stat line was huge, but Harden was roasted on defense. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the Rockets are "broken" and it's "that simple." Bickerstaff also added he doesn't know if the roster will change at the deadline. Whatever the case, Harden will be a stat-stuffing machine in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Steph Curry scores 26, Dubs now 48-4
    Stephen Curry scored 26 points during a 112-104 win in Phoenix on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors have the best record of all time before the break at 48-4 and they're also 72-10 in their last 82 games counting last year. Curry's output from deep is unbelievable and his 245 treys are just 41 shy of his record last year. Based on his current pace, Curry will break his record on Mar. 6 against the Lakers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:33 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 24 in win
    Klay Thompson scored 24 points with three rebounds, one assist, five steals and five 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tuesday night was just his fourth game without a trey and he was 1-of-13 from there in his previous two. After a very disappointing start until December, Thompson wraps up his first half with second-round value to this point. Expect him to be in that neighborhood going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Tayshaun sidelined
    Zach LaVine started in place of Tayshaun Prince on Wednesday, pitching in 13 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Prince missed the game to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit, so we expect him to resume starting on the other side of the break. LaVine shot just 4-of-13 from the field tonight but the playing time is encouraging, and it's not purely a result of Prince's absence -- he's logged 30+ minutes in five of the Wolves' past nine games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 pm
    Player Note
    Zach LaVine Min - PG,SG
  • Archie Goodwin in news for the wrong reasons
    Archie Goodwin scored 20 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be in the news tomorrow because Markieff Morris got into it with him and Morris had his hand around Goodwin's neck. There is talk of Brandon Knight (groin) coming back, but Goodwin should remain owned until Knight is on the court. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Kyrie Irving pours in season-high 35 points
    Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Kobe Bryant feels 'horrible' physically
    Kobe Bryant finished Wednesday's loss in Cleveland with 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Kobe played 33 minutes and said afterward that he feels "horrible" heading into the All-Star break. "My ankles hurt. My knees hurt. I'm looking forward to having a complete week where I do nothing," Bryant said, before groaning as he left the post-game presser. He's coming off a hot stretch and is motivated to play in as many games as possible, so the Mamba should be ready to go vs. San Antonio on Feb. 19. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:59 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • Lance Stephenson gets 12 points in 24 minutes
    Lance Stephenson logged 24 minutes on Wednesday, his highest playing time since Dec. 2, finishing a tough road loss with 12 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Born Ready made 4-of-5 shots with only one turnover, rounding out an unusually efficient game. He was baited into a technical foul by Jae Crowder at one point, which got a nice chuckle from the Celtics' bench, and Boston wound up getting the last laugh with a 17-12 edge in overtime. Stephenson is playing more with Austin Rivers (hand) out of commission, but he's still not a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • J.J. Redick OK after ankle injury, scores 27
    J.J. Redick shook off a minor ankle injury to finish Wednesday's overtime defeat with 27 points, two 3-pointers and three rebounds, making 9-of-14 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Redick's efficiency is remarkable and he's anchoring his fantasy value with lights-out shooting beyond the arc -- he's averaging 2.8 triples per game since Jan. 1, which ranks eighth during that span behind J.R. Smith, Paul George, Kyle Lowry, James Harden, Damian Lillard and the Splash Brothers. His usage may take a slight hit when Blake Griffin gets back on the court, but that's the only knock on his rest-of-season outlook. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Wes Johnson chips in across board vs. Celtics
    Wes Johnson chipped in seven points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks in just 22 minutes of action vs. Boston on Wednesday.

    Advice: Johnson played 42 minutes with Paul Pierce resting on Monday, and Doc Rivers continues to rely on him as a key rotation player. Tonight's line doesn't jump out, but Johnson's ability to chip in 3-pointers, blocks and steals makes him a viable option until Blake Griffin gets back on the court. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:09 pm
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