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  • Uh oh Antetokounmpo: Giannis shoots 0-of-7
    Giannis Antetokoumpo missed all seven shots from the field in an otherwise stat-stuffing Wednesday game, adding one point at the line, five rebounds, three assists, four steals, three blocks and eight turnovers in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    15 minutes ago
  • Nikola Vucevic puts up nice stats on Wed.
    Nikola Vucevic got off to a fast start in 18 minutes against the Rockets during a 90-89 loss, finishing with 12 points on 6-of-7 from the field with six rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He's had three multi-block games in his last four and looks a lot better in that department. Vucevic only had 10 multi-block games in 57 outings last year, so this would be a huge development. Of course, it's hard to buy a complete transformation, so he's more of a guy to target at the turn of the third and fourth rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:58 pm
  • Kostas Papanikolaou starts in win
    Kostas Papanikkolaou made just 1-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's the most minutes he's played with Trevor Ariza resting, but he's had a horrible preseason. In his last five, Papanikolaou made just 32.6 percent from the field and made just 15.0 percent from beyond the arc. He's probably not going to be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:35 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia still out with hammy injury
    Zaza Pachulia (hamstring) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: His injury doesn't sound serious, but there's still a chance he misses the opener. Pachulia is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:30 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee) won't play on Wednesday
    Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:16 pm
  • Omri Casspi (back) returns to practice
    Omri Casspi (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed Monday's preseason game with his back issue, which hasn't been an issue since 2011. Casspi will back up Rudy Gay and won't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:11 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) won't play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (right calf) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Derek Fisher said he hopes to have Calderon out there on Friday and his calf strain is not considered serious. He's dealt with a slew of muscle pulls in his leg, so this injury shouldn't be completely dismissed. Still, he's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Shane Larkin will start and look to make an impact tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:52 pm
  • Trevor Ariza not playing on Wednesday night
    Trevor Ariza will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting a night off and has played fairly well in the preseason. Ariza has an effective field goal percentage of at least 50 percent in five of the six preseason contests. He won't be quite as good as last year, but he's still a nice target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:44 pm
  • Cody Zeller (hand) skips contact at practice
    Cody Zeller (hand) sat out contact portions of Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: It's unclear what exactly is wrong with Zeller, and for now we're leaving him off the injury report. Coach Steve Clifford said recently that Zeller needs to limit his fouls to maximize his playing time this season, and he's not worth owning while Marvin Williams is starting at PF. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:19 am
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:48 am
  • Hassan Whiteside waived by Grizzlies
    Grizzlies waive C Hassan Whiteside.

    Advice: Whiteside's length and shot-blocking ability earned him a training camp invite, and he averaged 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in just 8.2 minutes per game during the preseason. The Grizzlies' roster now stands at 16 players, so another cut is on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:39 am
  • Spurs championship favorites in GM survey
    The Spurs were overwhelmingly favored to repeat as NBA champions in a recent survey of the league's GMs, with Gregg Popovich earning 92.9 percent of votes for 'Best Coach.'

    Advice: Joakim Noah earned the nod for 'Best Defensive Player,' Jabari Parker was declared the rookie who will impress the most in five years, and Tyson Chandler's trade to Dallas was voted the 'Most Underrated Acquisition' of the summer. You can peruse the full results by clicking on the link below. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:58 am
  • Alonzo Gee makes Nuggets' reg. season roster
    Alonzo Gee has made the Nuggets' regular season roster after 3.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 16 minutes per game during the preseason.

    Advice: Gee is third on the depth chart at SF, behind Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, and he may not even crack the rotation during the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:57 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams does non-contact work
    Michael Carter-Williams (right shoulder) went through non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice, but there's still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: "It was good watching [Carter-Williams] direct an offense and take part in some non-physical drills," Brown said. "He's engaged. He's with the team. He is just not doing anything physical." MCW's high turnovers and low percentages are already a challenge in category-based leagues, and his nebulous timetable after shoulder surgery makes him a shaky option with so many healthy PGs available on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:45 am
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:14 am
  • Josh McRoberts not likely for finale
    Josh McRoberts is not likely to play in the Heat's preseason finale on Friday as he recovers from toe surgery.

    Advice: While McBob is out, Shawne Williams is starting at PF for the Heat, but you have to think that will end once McRoberts is healthy and gets a few practices in. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Ognjen Kuzmic grabs 10 boards in rare start
    Warriors C Ognjen Kuzmic had eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block as a starter with Andrew Bogut (illness) unavailable on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did his damage in just 27 minutes, and it was an impressive showing for the 24 year old considering he was matched up with DeAndre Jordan. Kuzmic's solid preseason may have earned him a spot in Steve Kerr's rotation, but it hasn't made him a viable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points in losing effort
    The Clippers fell to the Warriors on Tuesday despite J.J. Redick's preseason-high 21 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both resting so Redick took on a heavier offensive load, sinking 6-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, though he failed to grab any rebounds in 33 minutes. When healthy he's a decent late-round option in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Jeremy Lin has 15 pts w/ five dimes off bench
    Jeremy Lin returned from two sprained ankles on Tuesday, notching 15 points (including 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, five dimes and two steals off the Lakers' bench.

    Advice: Ronnie Price started at PG and coach Byron Scott said he likes how Lin has played with the second unit. Lin was returning from injury and we still expect him to get the nod on opening night. He'll hold solid value even if he does begin the season the focal point of the second unit's offense, and the return of Nick Young could also bump him back into the starting five. If you drafted Lin, or plan to, there's no need to panic. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Nate Robinson (ACL) still on 15-minute limit
    Nate Robinson started at PG in place of Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, but he finished with just four points and two assists in nine minutes.

    Advice: Denver's medical staff had Nate on a 15-minute limit, which should slowly increase during the first few weeks of the regular season. The 30-year-old is coming back from ACL surgery, and his backup role all but guarantees he won't help fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
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