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  • Terrence Jones available after Cousins deal?
    The Pelicans are reportedly looking to trade Terrence Jones in the wake of Sunday's deal that brought DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

    Advice: The desire for a trade is a "mutual decision" between the team and Jones' representatives, and it makes sense now that frontcourt minutes are scarce. The sheer uncertainty of his situation makes it difficult to own him, but Jones' fantasy value could spike if he's dealt an ideal role -- he's a luxury hold until the deadline passes. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Omri Casspi heads to Pelicans in Cousins deal
    Omri Casspi will reportedly be traded to the Pelicans as part of Sunday's deal centered around DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Casspi, who has been dealing with a calf injury since mid-January, has been targeting a return soon after the All-Star break. Assuming he's healthy, he should vie for minutes with guys like Dante Cunningham, Solomon Hill and Terrence Jones. The Kings' frontcourt minutes will be swallowed up by Cousins and Anthony Davis, so it's hard to trust Casspi or any other forward on the roster. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Report: DeMarcus Cousins traded to Pelicans
    The Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Kings are expected to get Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a future first-round pick and a future second-round pick. This is a stunning move that gives New Orleans an overwhelming frontcourt with Cousins joining All-Star MVP Anthony Davis -- the Pelicans are currently 2.5 games out of the playoff picture, so they could make a late run. Cousins' fantasy value could take a hit in New Orleans, since his usage rate should dip, but he's still an elite fantasy option. Teams on the bubble of the playoff picture out West have been put on notice, and we can't wait to see how Cousins and AD play as a frontcourt duo. Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • All-Star DeMarcus Cousins faces trade rumors
    DeMarcus Cousins reportedly asked to play limited minutes during Sunday's All-Star game because he was "dinged up."

    Advice: DMC is healthy and his limitations during Sunday's meaningless game aren't a concern. His owners should be monitoring the swirling trade rumors, however, as the Kings are reportedly "strongly considering" an offer from the Pelicans which would send Cousins to New Orleans in exchange for Buddy Hield and two first-round picks. Plenty of teams will likely get involved in a bidding war, assuming the Kings are open to moving Cousins before the deadline, so this storyline is far from over. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • LeBron James tops All-Star scoring records
    LeBron James scored 23 points during the East's All-Star game loss on Sunday, making 10-of-17 shots with three rebounds in just 19 minutes of action.

    Advice: In the process, LeBron became the first player to score at least 300 points in All-Star games during their career. LBJ also passed Kobe Bryant for the most made field goals in All-Star history, and the 32-year-old is sure to pad his totals before his career ends. The East and West combined to score 374 points tonight, a new record, as nobody on the court even attempted to play defense. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Anthony Davis posts All-Star record 52 points
    Hometown hero Anthony Davis was named the MVP of Sunday's All-Star game in New Orleans, scoring an all-time record 52 points on 26-of-39 shooting with 10 rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Davis blew past Wilt Chamberlain's previous record of 42 points, set in the 1961-62 season, and his Western Conference teammates were looking for him in the Pelicans' home arena -- his 39 shots tonight were almost equal to the rest of the West's starting unit combined. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Cousins' agent shoots down trade rumors
    DeMarcus Cousins' agent Jarinn Akana shot down rumors that the Kings are looking to deal Cousins at the trade deadline.

    Advice: "We met with Vlade [Divac] and ownership and they assured us and DeMarcus that he's not being traded," said Akana. "As far as we're concerned, nothing has changed." The Kings are reportedly willing to listen to potential godfather offers from other teams, but it seems unlikely that Sacramento will be trading away Boogie at the deadline, particularly with Divac at the helm. Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Report: Kings considering trading Cousins
    The Kings have reportedly been "engaging" in trade talks regarding DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: This is the first credible report we've heard regarding Sacramento shopping Cousins since GM Vlade Divac briefly quelled the rumors earlier in the year saying that the Kings intended to re-sign DMC to a massive deal during the offseason. Cousins has been linked to the Celtics and Suns this year, and Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Kings recently had discussions with the Pelicans, although Sacramento is still debating Cousins' future with the franchise internally. As for fantasy hoops, Boogie's value should be fairly safe regardless of where he's playing. Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Dragan Bender targeting mid-March
    Suns GM Ryan McDonough said Dragan Bender's (ankle) rehab is going well.

    Advice: "We don’t want to put a hard date on it, but I do think at some point – whether that’s mid-to-late March or April – that he’ll come back and play," McDonough said. "The surgery went well. His rehab up to this point has gone well. He’s off crutches. I believe he’s out of a walking boot already so it’s been a very smooth process." The Suns are expected to be sellers at the deadline, but it doesn't sound like the rookie will return in time to help fantasy owners this season. He's a nice stash in dynasty but he belongs on the wire in all re-draft leagues. Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • Carmelo Anthony expected to remain in NY
    Carmelo Anthony is still expected to remain with the Knicks past the deadline according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: The Knicks haven't brought him a potential deal in recent days, suggesting that the talks with the Clippers, Cavaliers and Celtics have cooled. Melo still holds all the power with his no-trade clause, and Phil Jackson's tactics to drive him out of New York have backfired. Barring a surprise, expect Melo to finish out the season in New York. Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Wilson Chandler linked to Clippers, Thunder
    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that the Clippers and Thunder could make a push for Wilson Chandler at the deadline.

    Advice: Both teams are in the market for a SF, as the Clippers were previously linked to Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder had their eyes on Rudy Gay (Achilles) before his injury. There was a report in early February that Chandler wanted a trade due to "inconsistency with his role," but his minutes have stabilized due to a lot of injuries in Denver. The Nuggets are committed to making a playoff push and won't just give Chandler away, but it's worth noting that Danilo Gallinari's name is also floating around the rumor mill. A trade could hurt Chandler or Gallinari, but it would open up minutes for impressive rookie Juancho Hernangomez. Yesterday, 6:43 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis wins Skills Challenge
    Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills Challenge on Saturday night.

    Advice: He is the first Knick to win the Skills Challenge and is the second big in a row to win it with Karl-Anthony Towns taking it home last year. Porzingis was also effective with 24 points in the World's victory in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, so he had a solid weekend on the court. You could make an argument he should've made the All-Star team over Carmelo Anthony, too. After dealing with an Achilles issue for three different stints last month, he's back up to 31.1 minutes per game in February. Saturday, 5:38 pm
  • Celtics keeping an eye on Gallo?
    The Celtics will "keep an eye on" Danilo Gallinari (groin) as a possible trade target, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

    Advice: The Celtics are reportedly making their picks available for the right deal, including the potential No. 1 lottery spot with Brooklyn's pick. That pick likely isn't going to be in play for Gallinari, but young talent or future firsts could be in play on this deal. Gallo would take a big hit in big hit in Boston while Will Barton and Juancho Hernangomez could benefit. Saturday, 5:13 pm
  • KD has no comment on taking less money
    Kevin Durant wouldn't comment about possibly taking less money this summer to help fit others into the salary cap.

    Advice: "We'll figure that out when the time comes," Durant said. He has a max $27.7 million cap number on his player option for next year, so that's a big chunk of the raised cap for the 2017-18 season. Durant is having his most efficient season as a pro and looks to be enjoying his time in the Bay Area so far. Saturday, 3:33 pm
  • Anthony Davis says Westbrook is close friend
    Anthony Davis called Russell Westbrook one of his closest friends in the league.

    Advice: The two share the same agent and are frequently asked questions about teaming up down the line. In fact, Westbrook was asked about joining Davis this weekend, but he answered with a question about fashion. Davis will be starting for his home team on Sunday night. Saturday, 1:34 pm
  • Draymond Green wins informal DPOY poll
    Draymond Green won an informal Defensive Player of the Year poll conducted by ESPN at All-Star Weekend.

    Advice: ESPN polled 80 media members who have postseason awards voting privileges. Green received 41 first-place votes, 28 second-place votes and six third-place votes. Rudy Gobert finished second and Kawhi Leonard came in third. Green is averaging a career-high 2.1 steals and 1.5 blocks. He is on pace to become just the eighth player in NBA history to average at least 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in a season. Saturday, 6:53 am
  • Johnny O'Bryant re-joins Suns D-League team
    Johnny O'Bryant re-joined the Northern Arizona Suns of the D-League after his 10-day contract with the Nuggets ended.

    Advice: O'Bryant had signed two consecutive 10-day contracts with Denver. He appeared in a total of seven games, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He should obviously be left on waiver wires in all leagues. Saturday, 6:52 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis unhappy with recent play
    Kristaps Porzingis expressed frustration with inconsistent play over the last two months.

    Advice: "I’ve been up and down a little bit," Porzingis said. "I haven’t been consistent. I’m just trying to get back in my rhythm, trying to play the right way." KP also said his nagging left Achilles injury and recent stomach illness have made it difficult to find his rhythm. Porzingis was averaging 20.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers over the first 32 games of the season (before his Achilles injury). He's averaging 14.4 points, 5.6 boards 1.4 3-pointers in the 16 games he's played since. Hopefully he bounces back over the final two months of the season. Saturday, 6:27 am
  • Magic turned down a deal for DeMarcus Cousins
    According to a report from Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, earlier this season the Kings offered DeMarcus Cousins to Orlando for Nikola Vucevic and either Evan Fournier or draft picks, but the Magic declined.

    Advice: That certainly would have been a blockbuster. Cousins is posting career-highs in numerous statistical categories this season, including scoring (27.8 points per game), assists (4.9) and 3-pointers (1.7). DMC, along with Russell Westbrook, have a chance to become the first players since Larry Bird in 1984-85, to average at least 27 points, ten boards and five dimes over the course of a full season. Saturday, 6:17 am
  • Nikola Jokic flirts with a triple-double
    Nikola Jokic scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Rising Stars game on Friday.

    Advice: We all know flirting with a triple-double was nothing new. It looked like Jokic was on his way to lead the night in highlights with four no-look passes in the first half, but the World got away from it and just chucked treys. Just like he does during the season, Jokic brought the ball up and is a true point center. His fantasy owners should be expecting him to flirt with first-round value going forward. Friday, 8:23 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 32 points
    Frank Kaminsky scored 32 points in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, adding three rebounds, two assists and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: He kept the USA in it with a late 3-point barrage, needing only 12 attempts from deep total. Kaminsky now has coach Steve Clifford's confidence as a backup five man, so he may be able to get minutes at two positions even when Cody Zeller (quad) comes back. Kaminsky has posted eighth-round value in his last 10 games, so he's a possible asset in standard leagues until he cools off. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Pacers could ship their first-round pick
    The Pacers have made their first-round pick available to help Paul George, according to Chris Haynes of

    Advice: This is nothing new after they traded their first-round pick last year to get Thaddeus Young. According to the report, the Pacers are hoping that pick would translate to the addition of either an established wing or established frontline player. As we saw last week, the Pacers really need some depth at power forward while Glenn Robinson III isn't exactly a strong starter. This shouldn't affect George, Myles Turner or Jeff Teague, assuming the Pacers don't make a massive deal. Friday, 7:09 pm
  • Joel Embiid hoping to play right after break
    Joel Embiid (knee) said he thinks he can "probably" play in the first game after the All-Star break.

    Advice: In case you missed it, he had suffered a minor tear to his meniscus late last month. He said as long as the practices go well and he's not dealing with swelling or soreness, he expects to be out there against the Wizards on Feb. 24. Embiid said he's been getting through some workouts about every other day to help get him going, as well. This is encouraging news for The Process and perhaps he can get back out there, but obviously the training staff and front office will have their say on this matter. Friday, 1:08 pm
  • Cavs expected to sign Williams to 2nd 10-day
    The Cavs are expected to sign Derrick Williams to a second 10-day contract on Saturday, and then sign him for the remainder of the season after that contract ends.

    Advice: According to beat writer Joe Vardon, "the Cavs think Williams will be their seventh or eighth man against the Warriors in the Finals." The reason they will sign him to a second 10-day deal is to maintain roster flexibility through the trade deadline, should something unexpected arise. Williams will be tough to trust from a fantasy standpoint, as his production will likely be inconsistent and unpredictable over the final two months of the regular season. Friday, 9:26 am
  • Jeff Ayres leaves D-League for Japan
    Jeff Ayres has left the Lakers D-League affiliate and signed with Toyota Alvark in Japan.

    Advice: Ayres played with the Clippers last season. He started this season in Russia with CSKA Moscow before returning to NBA D-League. Friday, 8:40 am
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  • Raptors may consider trading Jared Sullinger
    Beat writer Doug Smith is reporting that while Toronto does not want to trade any of their young players, they would be willing to move Jared Sullinger and a 2017 first-round pick.

    Advice: "League sources insist Toronto will not give away any more young assets such as Delon Wright, Jakob Poeltl, Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam, Norm Powell or Fred VanVleet, but that doesn’t mean a package can’t be put together," writes Smith in the Toronto Star. Smith adds that the Raps could be in the market for "an offensively creative big small forward." Sullinger, who is on a one-year deal worth $5.6 million, has fallen completely out of the Raptors rotation and has no fantasy value at the moment. Friday, 8:30 am
  • Cousins hopes to sign extension with Kings
    DeMarcus Cousins says he is "very happy" in Sacramento and intends to sign an extension with the Kings this summer.

    Advice: Cousins had been mentioned in trade rumors frequently over the past couple of seasons but signing an extension would put those discussions to rest. He will be able to sign a five-year extension worth up to $219 million this summer. "I'm a guy that's all about loyalty and honesty," Cousins said. "It's hard, but at the end of the day you gotta remember that this is a business." Friday, 7:09 am
  • Kerr to consider playing Westbrook w/ Durant
    Coach Steve Kerr told reporters that he would "definitely consider" playing Russell Westbrook alongside Kevin Durant in Sunday's All-Star Game.

    Advice: The potential pairing of Westbrook and Durant will be one of the more interesting subplots in the 2017 All-Star contest. Any possible interaction between the two former teammates and friends will surely generate plenty of headlines. Steph Curry believes that Draymond Green will help ease the tensions and break the ice in the Western Conference locker room. "[Green] is going to come in and just probably crack jokes and do something real loud and make it a locker room scene," said Curry. Friday, 6:46 am
  • Markieff Morris thrives yet again in win
    Markieff Morris scored 21 points with seven boards, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: That game off for the minor calf issue on Feb. 8 seems to have got him going again. In those three, Morris averaged 23.3 points, 7.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and whopping 3.0 treys per game. The Wizards have ditched the Morris stagger move with Morris playing just 4.4 minutes per game without John Wall compared to 27.5 with him in those three. In his last 15 active games, he's held second-round value per game. He's having a monster season, but can be considered a sell-high guy because he's not this good. Thursday, 6:51 pm
  • Paul George scores 17 on off shooting
    Paul George made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points during a 111-98 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMillan left George in a little longer than usual in the third, but it still wasn't enough to now put the Pacers on a six-game losing streak. George has been particularly bad in those last four, making just 34.4 percent from the field in those losses. A big reason why is he's made just three shots at the rim and went just 4-of-22 on his mid-range shots -- that's usually the main reason why he slumps. He'll head to his fourth All-Star Game and look to get it going again after that. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin is decent vs. old team
    Kevin Seraphin scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: Thanks to injuries to Thaddeus Young (wrist) and Lavoy Allen (knee), Seraphin had a nice little chance to show he was worth his free agent deal. In his last five games with this opportunity, he averaged 9.4 points, 3.8 boards, 0.8 assists and 0.8 blocks. With a week off to get healthy, he'll likely be losing a lot of playing time after the break. Thursday, 6:27 pm
  • Jason Smith's role set to trend down
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks indicated that Jason Smith deserves to stay in the rotation with Ian Mahinmi back.

    Advice: "My job is to find him a role because he makes shots, he blocks shots, he gets in our defensive coverage, he’s athletic," Brooks said. "He’s done some good things for us the last two or three months, he deserves to stay in." Smith has played slightly over 20 minutes per game since Mahinmi returned on Feb. 8, but that number could take another hit once Mahinmi's playing time restrictions are lifted. He's strictly a deep-league asset until further notice. Thursday, 6:17 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 17 points vs. Hawks
    Blake Griffin scored 17 points during a 99-84 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, nine assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Clippers won this game with defense to end their first half on a four-game winning streak. They were dominating with defense earlier this season and are 19-3 when they hold their opponents under 100 points this season. Griffin is also coming into the break on a roll, averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 boards, 5.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 treys on 53.4 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the line in his previous February games. He'll have a tough time keeping up these numbers when Chris Paul (hand) comes back and BG has been a little injury prone, so this may be a decent sell-high moment. Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Kevin Durant, Warriors cruise to win vs. SAC
    Kevin Durant scored 21 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in just 32 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Golden State lost to Denver on Monday, but their streak of 131 games without a consecutive loss was kept alive in a lopsided win vs. the Kings tonight. Klay Thompson blew up for 35 points, Steph Curry added 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and the team didn't even need Draymond Green after his early ejection. It's good to be the team with the league's best record, most efficient offense, and third-most efficient defense. Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays just 11 minutes Wednesday
    Kosta Koufos started vs. the Warriors on Wednesday but had only one point, two rebounds, one block and four personal fouls in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Koufos was similarly quiet in his last game vs. the Warriors -- it's not a good matchup for him, and tonight was a perfect storm with both foul trouble and a blowout conspiring against him. Willie Cauley-Stein is gaining traction and there's no reason to own Koufos in typical leagues. Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins held to 23 mins in blowout
    DeMarcus Cousins played only 23 minutes during Wednesday's blowout loss to Golden State, scoring 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting with six assists, four rebounds, one block and three turnovers.

    Advice: Hey, at least he didn't pick up a technical foul tonight. "It's obvious I can't be myself," Cousins said after getting his 17th tech on Sunday. "Me playing how I play is what makes me the player that I am. Obviously it's not acceptable." It seems inevitable that he's going to face at least one more disciplinary DNP stemming from his technical foul issues, and fantasy owners can only hope that he stays on the court when the fantasy playoffs roll around. Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony named All-Star replacement
    Carmelo Anthony, who was named an All-Star replacement on Wednesday, finished a road loss in OKC with 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, six 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Melo has now made eight straight All-Star teams, although it took an injury to Kevin Love for him to make the cut this season. As for all the trade talk engulfing the Knicks, Melo continues to downplay the rumors. "I never thought I would be anywhere [other than New York]," he said. "Nothing came to my table for me to look at. Until that time comes, then they don't need for me to even talk about the [no-trade] clause." If he were to be dealt, he'd be hard-pressed to duplicate his current 29.6 percent usage. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores just 19 points vs. MEM
    Anthony Davis scored 19 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal and three turnovers during a 95-91 win in Memphis on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies continue to do an outstanding job on Davis. In his previous two, Davis averaged 19.0 points, 11.5 boards, 1.0 assists, 3.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.0 treys on 32.5 percent from the field. As he heads into the break, his fantasy owners have to be pleased to see he hasn't missed a game since Jan. 23. The Pelicans are also just 2.5 games out of the eighth spot. Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Nikola Jokic fills it up again in loss to MIN
    Nikola Jokic filled it up again on Wednesday with 15 points, 14 rebounds (four offensive), four assists, four blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Jokic played alongside Mason Plumlee for most of the game, but that was mostly out of desperation with so many frontcourt guys injured. He shot just 6-of-19 from the field but also hit two 3-pointers and lit it up everywhere else, the type of performance that's becoming ho-hum for the elite big man. Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Draymond Green ejected for 2 technical fouls
    Draymond Green was ejected for two technical fouls in the second quarter against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He argued with the refs after a DeMarcus Cousins bucket to get both of those techs, so he will get an early start to his All-Star break. Green now has 11 technical fouls, so he's starting to get a little close to the automatic suspension. He finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 15 minutes. Green will be suiting up in New Orleans this weekend for the Western Conference. Wednesday, 8:39 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 27 points in 37 minutes
    Frank Kaminsky picked up 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting on Wednesday, hitting three 3-pointers with five boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) were both out tonight, so Kaminsky was basically playing unchallenged minutes in the middle. Zeller and Plumlee should both return to action after getting extended rest during the break, however, so it's hard to love Frank the Tank's rest-of-season outlook. Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • LeBron James posts 31/5/4, makes 12-of-17 FGs
    LeBron James racked up 31 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal during Wednesday's home win, making 12-of-17 shots with four 3-pointers.

    Advice: LeBron recently lamented how "top heavy" the Cavs' roster is, but he had a different message when addressing Kevin Love's knee surgery. "As long as I’m in the lineup, we’ve got a chance," he said. "We good. Kev is out for an extended period of time. J.R. [Smith] has been out, but I’m in the lineup." He's never lacked for confidence, and his play tonight once again backed it up. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin scores four points in 27 mins
    Kevin Seraphin earned another start on Wednesday and posted four points on 2-of-3 shooting with three rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: Lavoy Allen (knee) was out tonight, as was Thaddeus Young (wrist), so Seraphin was gifted another starting opportunity vs. the Cavs. The Pacers go again on Thursday and they're likely to play it safe with Allen and Thad, so Seraphin should hold mild streamer and DFS appeal for at least one more game. Don't expect much after the break, though. Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Paul George starts hot, finishes cold in loss
    Paul George went ice cold after a strong start on Wednesday, finishing a loss to the Cavs with 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and no defensive stats in 36 minutes.

    Advice: George recently expressed his frustration with the Pacers' struggles. "We see what works for us and then we go away from it," George said. "It's very frustrating, especially losing to Eastern [Conference] teams, where these games are going to come down to late March, early April, where we're playing desperate basketball trying to make the playoffs." Indiana is riding a five-game losing streak, but they have one more chance to turn things around in Thursday's pre-break finale. Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (sick) out against the Wolves
    Wilson Chandler (illness) is out against the Wolves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He was very unlikely to play, so he'll have the All-Star break to feel better. Chandler was also on the trade block, but that may have changed due to his new role at small forward. For tonight, we should get another heavy dose of Juan Hernangomez. Wednesday, 4:25 pm
  • Malone not expecting Wilson Chandler to play
    Coach Mike Malone said he's not expecting Wilson Chandler (illness) to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: That means Juan Hernangomez is the heavy favorite to start and will try to build off his career-high 27 points against the Warriors. Will Barton would also be in a great spot for tonight. We'll have another update on Chandler later this evening, but Hernangomez looks like a nice play tonight. Wednesday, 3:05 pm
  • Update: Wilson Chandler is now questionable
    Updating a previous item, Wilson Chandler (illness) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday against the Wolves.

    Advice: He was ruled out earlier today, but apparently he is feeling better with this newest injury report update. If Chandler can't go, Juancho Hernangomez will likely join his bro, Willy, as a starter tonight. Will Barton and Gary Harris would also benefit while we could see some Mason Plumlee play a handful of PF minutes. Daily Slant: Even if Chandler is able to suit up, the Denver side still has plenty of appealing options in what should be one of the best games on the slate. Nikola Jokic is a lock and load option regardless of Chandler's status, but Jokic would only become more appealing if Chandler sits. Jameer Nelson and Will Barton both figure to continue seeing minutes in the mid-thirties, and while Juan Hernangomez isn't likely to play 40+ minutes again tonight, he should still see enough court time to pay off his modest DFS price tag. Wednesday, 12:50 pm
  • Chandler, Mudiay out Wednesday vs. Minnesota
    Wilson Chandler (illness) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) have been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Kenneth Faried (ankle), Danilo Gallinari (groin) and Darrell Arthur (knee) will also be on the sidelines on Wednesday night, so we could see Juan Hernangomez earn another start with Mason Plumlee logging extended minutes with the second unit. Hernangomez shined as a starter during Monday's win over Golden State, popping off for 27 points, 10 boards and six triple over 43 minutes, so he'll be on the DFS radar if he gets another start tonight. Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • Anthony unlikely to waive no-trade clause
    Carmelo Anthony said he's given no indication to Knicks management that he has any intention of waiving his no-trade clause.

    Advice: This has been a constant theme, and while it hasn't stopped the trade rumors from swirling around Melo, it seems extremely unlikely that he'll be moved at the deadline. The Knicks are currently just three games out of the playoff hunt, and as long as they're relevant, Anthony won't be in any danger of a potential shutdown. Wednesday, 10:28 am
  • Jokic will replace Embiid in Skill Challenge
    Nikola Jokic will replace Joel Embiid (knee) in the Skills Challenge at All-Star weekend.

    Advice: Jokic will also be competing the Rising Stars Challenge, so he'll be busy at All-Star weekend, a trend that will likely continue for a very long time. Jokic has been a top-25 guy on the year, and over the past month, he's established himself as a first-round stud in standard 9-cat leagues. The sluggish start to the season is now a distant memory for The Joker. Wednesday, 8:45 am
  • Joel Embiid will not play in All-Star events
    Joel Embiid (knee) will be in New Orleans with the 76ers medical staff for the All-Star festivities, but he will not participate in either of the events he was selected for.

    Advice: Embiid was supposed to compete in the Rising Stars game, as well as the Skills Challenge, but unfortunately, this knee injury will preclude him from participating in those events. He's also not with the team in Boston for today's game against the Celtics, but the 76ers continue to suggest this lengthy absence for Embiid has been largely precautionary, so perhaps he gets back on the court after the break. Nerlens Noel will start tonight with Jahlil Okafor backing him up. Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Anthony Davis committed to staying in NO
    Anthony Davis said he has no plans of leaving the Pelicans.

    Advice: "I don't plan on leaving, so make sure you write that down," Davis said when asked about trade speculation. Davis also shot down the recent rumors that he's planning on joining up with Russell Westbrook in Los Angeles, saying, "I don't pay attention to [the rumors]. I don't know who said it or how it came about. I'm with the Pelicans right now." Davis is in the first year of a five-year deal, so it would be absolutely shocking to see the rising superstar change jerseys anytime soon. Wednesday, 8:01 am
  • Report: DEN open to moving Danilo Gallinari
    The Nuggets are reportedly open to moving Danilo Gallinari (groin) at the trade deadline.

    Advice: Gallinari has reportedly received interest from the Clippers, Celtics and Rockets, and of those locations, Los Angeles and Houston would be the best potential landing spots. As for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, Gallinari will not play, and with Wilson Chandler (illness) being listed as questionable, we could again see Juan Hernangomez in the starting lineup. To be clear, nothing is imminent on the trade front for The Rooster, but this is a situation we'll be monitoring closely. Wednesday, 7:53 am
  • Boogie Cousins goes for 40-12-8 in win
    DeMarcus Cousins racked up 40 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 13-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's 97-96 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Boogie didn't pick up a technical foul tonight and played like a man possessed, or a ball hog, depending on your perspective. He had six turnovers, but filled up the stat sheet and willed his team to a win. He's one technical foul away from another suspension, but he will be out there rocking and rolling again against the Warriors tonight. He had 32 points, 12 boards and eight dimes in their last meeting on Feb. 4. Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • Derrick Williams plays well off Cavs bench
    Derrick Williams played 23 minutes and hit 5-of-7 shots for 13 points, six rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Channing Frye is the obvious winner in the Kevin-Love-knee-surgery sweepstakes, but it's possible that Williams could have some shining moments as well. But he scored just seven points with one rebound on Saturday and had 12 points and zero rebounds in the game before that one, so it's too early to get excited about D-Will. Just keep an eye on him. Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • LeBron James goes for 25 points, 14 assists
    LeBron James hit 10-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 25 points, eight rebounds, 14 assists, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 40 minutes of Tuesday's 116-108 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: LeBron was great tonight and saw his usage rate take a spike with Kevin Love out due to knee surgery. There's going to be more where that came from, but one concern is the minutes he's going to play. The Cavaliers would love to monitor Bron's playing time in preparation for the playoffs, but without Love, he's going to have to play heavy minutes. The Wolves didn't go down without a fight tonight and that's likely going to be the case for the Cavs every time they play, as even marginal teams get up for them. Luckily LeBron's big and strong enough to fight through it, but don't be surprised if he gets an extra night or two off once the playoff picture is a little more clear. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Terrence Jones, Cunningham out Wednesday
    Terrence Jones (thumb) and Dante Cunningham (personal) have been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Wednesday will be New Orleans' final game before the break, so it makes sense to hold Jones out with the Pelicans only playing for Ping Pong balls. With both Jones and Cunningham on the sidelines, Alexis Ajinca will have another opportunity to start, and Anthony Davis will flirt with minutes in the 40s. Both Jones and Cunningham should be back in action after the All-Star break. Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (groin) won't play Wednesday
    Danilo Gallinari (groin) will not play Wednesday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: The Nuggets are smartly playing it safe and keeping Gallo out through the All-Star break, which will give him another full week to heal. With Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Darrell Arthur (knee) already ruled out, and Wilson Chandler (illness) questionable, Juancho Hernangomez and Will Barton will see all the minutes they can handle on Wednesday. Hernangomez, who exploded for 27 points, six 3-pointers and 10 rebounds in 43 minutes on Monday, will be a very popular DFS play on Wednesday night. Tuesday, 2:07 pm
  • Wilson Chandler, Mudiay questionable vs. MIN
    Wilson Chandler (illness) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Chandler was withheld from Monday's win over the Warriors due to the illness, but we should have a better idea on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. The same goes for Mudiay. If Chandler can get back to the court Wednesday night, he could be forced into heavy minutes with Danilo Gallinari (groin) and Kenneth Faried (ankle) out. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 1:55 pm
  • Embiid (knee) injury not expected to linger
    Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said that he does not believe Joel Embiid's knee injury will linger long-term but that Embiid will not return to the court until he’s fully free of all symptoms.

    Advice: "If the injury presents as asymptomatic, and he can show he’s healthy and able to play basketball, there’s no reason he shouldn’t play," Colangelo said. "I don’t think there’s any potential long-term effects. This is not thought to be a severe injury. It’s thought to be a complicated injury." It is highly unlikely Embiid will play in the Sixers final game before the All-Star break on Wednesday. We will likely have to wait until early next week for a thorough update on Embiid's knee and will then find out how soon we can expect to see him back in action. Tuesday, 6:39 am
  • Anthony Davis scores 24 points in win
    Anthony Davis led the Pelicans in a 110-108 win over the Suns on Monday, scoring 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting in 40 minutes.

    Advice: AD was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line and grabbed 10 rebounds with four blocks, two assists and three turnovers. This was Davis' ninth game of the season with 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 4+ blocks, while the rest of the NBA has 11 such games combined. Davis' outlook should be fine as long as the Pelicans keep their eyes on the No. 8 seed out West. Monday, 10:37 pm
  • Triple-Jokic: Nikola triple-doubles again
    Nikola Jokic hit 7-of-13 shots for 17 points, 21 rebounds, 12 assists and two steals in Monday's blowout 132-110 win over the Warriors, racking up the second triple-double of his career.

    Advice: Jokic set a career high in boards with this one and easily crushed his 20-13-11 triple-double from Feb. 3. This guy is tearing up the league right now and is making a case to be a Top 10 fantasy pick next season. He got off to a slow start this year, but is playing as well as anyone in the league these days, averaging 23 points, 12.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 58 percent shooting over his last five. Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 points in win
    Blake Griffin scored 26 points to lead the Clippers to a 88-72 win over the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Griffin was just named the Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 26.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists in his last three games, and he certainly looked the part tonight. He finished 11-of-18 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, adding 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal in 34 minutes. As good as Griffin has been, he has some tough games coming up agains the Hawks, Warriors and Spurs. Monday, 8:41 pm
  • Draymond Green quiet in loss to Nuggets
    Draymond Green played just 24 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for five points, two rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks in Monday's blowout 132-110 loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: GSW may have used all their juice against the Thunder on Saturday and got blown out by the Nuggets tonight. Green has scored six or fewer points in each of his last three games, but he is still racking up some ridiculous peripheral stats. He's averaging 10 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 3.8 steals, 2.2 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five games. The starters sat out the fourth quarter in this one, as Steve Kerr waved the white flag. Monday, 8:31 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 23 points in win
    Markieff Morris scored 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting in Monday's blowout win over the Thunder.

    Advice: This was his second game back after returning from a minor calf issue, and considering he scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting in his previous game, it's safe to say he's fine. Morris added six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 32 minutes, and he also hit all three of his triples and finished 4-of-5 from the line. Morris was once referred to as a "team cancer" back in his Phoenix days, but Marcin Gortat said he sees him very differently. "I see a guy with incredible talent, with very good work ethic. He’s a great, great teammate." Gortat calls himself and Morris the "Phoenix Outlaws," and their chemistry in the frontcourt is one of the many reasons why the Wizards are 17-5 since the new year. Monday, 8:03 pm
  • Omri Casspi (calf) out Tuesday
    Omri Casspi (calf) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Lakers or Wednesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: The Kings provided an update on his status on Monday, announcing that he has a right plantaris tendon tear and a right medial gastrocnemius strain. The good news is that he's progressing and we should see him soon after the All-Star break. In Casspi's absence, Ben McLemore, Matt Barnes and Arron Afflalo will continue to get the bulk of the wing minutes. Monday, 7:57 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky double-doubles in start
    Frank Kaminsky double-doubled vs. the 76ers on Monday, scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds.

    Advice: Frank the Tank couldn't find his shot and finished 5-of-16 from the field, but logged 38 minutes and added two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and three blocks (matching a career-high). This was Kaminsky's fourth start at center this season and he averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.7 triples in his previous three, so keep rolling him out there with confidence until Cody Zeller (quad) is able to return. Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin holds own in rare start
    Kevin Seraphin started at power forward for the Pacers on Monday and had 12 points, four rebounds and a block on 6-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Lavoy Allen (knee) and Thaddeus Young (wrist) are both banged up right now, so Seraphin got the call. He came through with a decent line, but unless Allen and Young are going to miss a lot more time, Seraphin isn't worth a real look in fantasy. But if you used him tonight as a flier, he at least came close to hitting value. Monday, 6:34 pm
  • Terrence Jones (thumb) ruled out Monday
    Terrence Jones (thumb) will not play on Monday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: This is the third game in a row on the shelf for Jones, but he remains day-to-day. With Dante Cunningham (personal) out, we could get an extended look at Donatas Motiejunas tonight. Monday, 5:18 pm
  • Chandler, Plumlee and Mudiay out Monday
    Wilson Chandler (illness), Mason Plumlee (trade) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) will not play on Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Yikes. In case you missed it, Danilo Gallinari (groin), Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Darrell Arthur (knee) are also out. The Nuggets have nine available players tonight, and apart from the starters, expect to see a lot of Jamal Murray and Juancho Hernangomez. Monday, 4:22 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin will start Monday vs. Spurs
    Kevin Seraphin will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Spurs, with both Thaddeus Young (wrist) and Lavoy Allen (knee) unavailable.

    Advice: The Pacers don't really have any other options to start at the four with both Young and Allen out, so Seraphin gets the call out of necessity, and we could see Al Jefferson get some more minutes tonight. Jeff Teague, Glenn Robinson, Paul George and Myles Turner will join Seraphin in the starting five for Monday's game, with C.J. Miles going to the bench. Monday, 3:42 pm
  • Terrence Jones (thumb) questionable Monday
    Terrence Jones (thumb) is questionable to play Monday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Dante Cunningham (personal) has already been ruled out for Monday night, so if Jones can give it a go, he'll likely be looking at 30-plus minutes as a starter. Check back closer to tip-off for an official update on Jones. Monday, 12:01 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (illness) misses shootaround
    Wilson Chandler (illness) did not participate in the morning shootaround.

    Advice: He was originally listed as probable, but his status for Monday's game vs. the Warriors is now up in the air. With Danilo Gallinari (groin) already ruled out, that means we could see a heavy dose of both Will Barton and Juancho Hernangomez. Monday, 10:09 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (groin) eyed by TOR & LAC?
    The Raptors and Clippers are "monitoring" Danilo Gallinari (groin) as the trade deadline approaches, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Nuggets reportedly expect Gallo to opt for free agency this summer, bypassing a $16.1 million player option, so they might try to deal him before that happens. They're negotiating from a position of weakness, however, so it's unclear how much they could extract for the oft-injured veteran. To be clear, this is firmly in the 'rumor' stage. Feb 12, 9:47 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins leads Kings with 28 points
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points with 14 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Sunday's 105-99 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Cousins briefly headed to the locker room to cool off, as he was hit with his 17th technical foul of the season, one away from a one-game suspension, but that did not stop him from recording his 32nd double-double of the season. The big man flirted with a triple-double for the third time in the last five games and is averaging seven dimes per game during that stretch. The only concern for fantasy owners, are the potential suspensions he can face down the stretch due to the technical fouls. He has also averaged five turnovers per game in the last month. Aside from that, he remains a top 10 fantasy player and is second in the league with a 37.5 percent usage rate. Feb 12, 8:43 pm
  • Anthony Davis gets 32 & 10 w/ complete line
    Anthony Davis scored a game-high 32 points on Sunday, making 11-of-24 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws in road loss to the Kings.

    Advice: Davis added 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer. The all-around performance negated his six turnovers in most leagues, and he's cruising into the break with top-three roto value (8-cat and 9-cat). The Pelicans are just 3.0 games out of the playoffs, moreover, which reduces the risk that AD will be shut down in the final weeks of the regular season. He's missed only four of the Pelicans' 55 games this season. Feb 12, 8:41 pm
  • Jared Sullinger gets healthy DNP-CD Sunday
    Jared Sullinger was a healthy DNP-CD vs. the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: Sullinger was called up from the D-League earlier in the day, as the Raptors are doing whatever they can to get him in shape following knee surgery. He's never been known for his dedication to conditioning, so it could take a while. He's waiver wire fodder in all leagues until his role evolves. Feb 12, 5:56 pm
  • Terrence Jones has been ruled out for Sunday
    Terrence Jones (right thumb) will not play in Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Jones will miss his second straight game with the injury, which will allow Dante Cunningham to get his second consecutive start. Donatas Montiejunas could see added minutes in this contest as well. Feb 12, 4:42 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 16 pts w/ four blks
    Kristaps Porzingis finished a win vs. the Spurs on Sunday with 16 points (4-of-10 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, four blocks and one steal in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Porzingis moved back to power forward tonight, although coach Jeff Hornacek said he might still experiment with KP at center in certain situations. Porzingis didn't look at all hesitant tonight and coach Jeff Hornacek praised his aggression, which is a great sign after his Achilles injury. As a footnote, this was the first time two Latvian players have played in the same NBA game, with Porzingis being joined by Spurs forward Davis Bertans. "It’s a big deal," Bertans said before the game. "In Latvia, there’s going to be people staying up all night to watch." Feb 12, 4:06 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 25 pts on 9-of-21 FGs
    Carmelo Anthony made 9-of-21 shots with three 3-pointers to finish Sunday's surprise win vs. the Spurs with 25 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Melo scored 15 points in the third quarter, propelling the Knicks to a 69-68 lead before the final quarter, and they used some unusually pesky defense to seal the victory. Knee and shoulder injuries haven't been a big issue, as Melo has missed one game all season, and he continues to play well despite the whirlwind of off-court distractions that surround him in New York. So far, so good for his fantasy owners. Feb 12, 4:01 pm
  • Jared Sullinger recalled from D-League
    Jared Sullinger has been recalled from the D-League.

    Advice: Bruno Caboclo and Fred VanVleet were also called up prior to Sunday's game vs. the Pistons. Sullinger is out of shape and hasn't played more than nine minutes in the Raptors' past four games. Feb 12, 12:18 pm
  • Knicks 'may change' starting lineup Sunday
    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said that he "may change" his starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The Knicks have lost four straight games and it's probable that Kristaps Porzingis will slide back to power forward, with either Kyle O'Quinn or Willy Hernangomez starting at center. The game tips off at 3:30 ET, so we won't have to wait long for confirmation. Feb 12, 11:25 am
  • Wilson Chandler is probable for Monday
    Wilson Chandler (illness) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Chandler looked fine on Saturday vs. the Cavs when he played through his illness, scoring 13 points in 34 minutes. With another day of rest under his belt, he will be ready for another significant workload on Monday. He's worth deploying in most leagues. Feb 12, 10:59 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (groin) out Monday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left groin) will not play vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He's not expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Kings as well because the Nuggets are expected to hold him out until the All-Star break. Wilson Chandler and Will Barton are the biggest winners in Gallinari's absence, while rookie Juancho Hernangomez gets a boost as well. Feb 12, 10:54 am
  • Joel Embiid (knee) listed as out for Monday
    Joel Embiid (knee) has been listed as out for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He's expected to be sidelined through the All-Star break, so expect him to miss Wednesday's game vs. Boston as well. Embiid is dealing with a "very minor" tear in his meniscus in his left knee, but he reportedly doesn't need surgery and is considered day-to-day. With Jahlil Okafor expected to be moved shortly, Nerlens Noel and Richaun Holmes will soak up the center minutes for the next two games. Feb 12, 10:02 am
  • LeBron wants Derrick Williams to stay
    LeBron James said he wants Derrick Williams to remain in Cleveland for the rest of the season.

    Advice: "We hope that this is a long-term thing," James said of Williams. "Obviously, we know that he's on a 10-day contract, but we believe it's going to be long-term." Williams is averaging 9.5 points on 83.3 percent shooting in his first two games with the Cavs and is benefitting from playing next to a strong supporting cast. He's playing 21.5 minutes per game so far, so he's just someone to monitor in deeper leagues for now. Feb 12, 6:45 am
  • Piece of (Cup)Cake: KD scores 34 in 130-114 W
    Kevin Durant emerged victorious in his first game as a visitor at Oklahoma City during a 130-114 win on Saturday, scoring 34 points with nine rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The boo birds were out in full force and the OKC fans were chanting "cupcake" all game long. Durant and Russell Westbrook were also getting into it with some chatter, but Durant said after the game that it was a fun game. KD has torched his former team in the three outings this season, averaging 37.7 points, 9.3 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 5.0 treys in those three wins. He also said he's expecting to hear some boos in the next game on Mar. 20. KD is fantasy's No. 1 player this year. Feb 11, 9:01 pm
  • Paul George fouls out in loss
    Paul George scored 13 points before fouling out of Saturday's loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: He had a tough time guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo, but then again, who wouldn't? George still logged 38 minutes and shot 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line, adding eight boards, three assists, two triples and five turnovers. Things won't get any easier for George on Monday vs. the Spurs as he should see a lot of Kawhi Leonard -- The Spurs allow the second fewest fantasy points to opposing small forwards. Feb 11, 8:07 pm
  • Omri Casspi (calf) out Sunday
    Omri Cassp (calf) will not play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He's not expected to return before the All-Star break. In his absence, Matt Barnes, Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore have been soaking up most of the wing minutes. Casspi isn't worth stashing in standard leagues. Feb 11, 7:52 pm
  • LeBron James scores 27 points in win over DEN
    LeBron James needed just 33 minutes to score 27 points during a 125-109 win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, six turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was able to keep his minutes down, which has been a hot topic for the player who was tied for the lead in minutes per game before tonight -- Kyle Lowry is alone at the top now. Before the game, coach Ty Lue said James "feels great" and he will look to get him some rest going forward. When the Cavs are on a road back-to-back game, his owners will have to watch out for a night off. LeBron also passed Brad Daugherty for second on the all-time franchise list for rebounds. Feb 11, 7:42 pm
  • Nikola Jokic only scores 27 points in loss
    Nikola Jokic scored 27 points during a 125-109 loss to the Cavs on Saturday, adding 13 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: While it wasn't a 40-point explosion like Friday at MSG, this is still a terrific line. Besides his ridiculous passing, Jokic has been one of the most efficient shooters among bigs. He's turned in a wonderful 59.3 effective field goal percentage on his jumpers over his last 11 games, which helped him get to a 65.8 true shooting percentage. Jokic is getting close to Karl-Anthony Towns territory in reality and in fantasy, and both have been top-10 players in their last 10 games. Feb 11, 7:26 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores 13 points
    Wilson Chandler scored 13 point with six rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: Maybe the illness explains the subpar game from Chandler. Plus, Chandler has asked for a consistent role and now he's played much more small forward than power forward. There could be something to that, but obviously Danilo Gallinari (groin) not playing is a factor. Whatever the case, Chandler should be owned in all leagues. Feb 11, 7:19 pm
  • Terrence Jones (thumb) questionable vs. Kings
    Terrence Jones (right thumb) is questionable to face the Kings on Sunday.

    Advice: He missed the last game to allow Dante Cunningham to get the start. Cunningham was somewhat productive with 12 points, four boards, one block and three treys in 38 minutes Donatas Motiejunas was not with two points in 19 minutes. If Jones can't go, Cunningham might be a decent low-end punt or Sunday stream. He'll likely be a game-time call. Feb 11, 6:10 pm
  • Blake Griffin drops a 20-12-8 line in win
    Blake Griffin scored 20 points in a 107-102 win over the Hornets on Saturday, adding 12 rebounds, eight assists and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: After an 11-point first quarter, Blake did not score in the second and didn't score again until 3:00 was left in the third quarter. He also picked up his eighth assist with 5:37 left in the third quarter, so Griffin probably should've had his second triple-double of the week -- he had one against the Raptors on Monday. BG is cooking with gas right now and is back to his early-round ways as the focal point of the offense. He's also on the table for DFS on any given night these days. Feb 11, 5:04 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 20 points vs. Clippers
    Frank Kaminsky started at center during a 107-102 loss to the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 20 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It looked like Kaminsky was in for a rough day with a foul in the first 20 seconds of this game. However, it was DeAndre Jordan getting into foul trouble with Kaminsky doing a solid job against the All-Star. After this game and the game against Rudy Gobert last Saturday, coach Steve Clifford seems to have some confidence in Frank at the five. Cody Zeller (quad) shouldn't miss more than a couple games, so Kaminsky is only a short-term add. He is trending up and could also get some backup five minutes once Zeller is healthy. Feb 11, 4:51 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) has minor meniscus tear
    Joel Embiid (knee) has a "very minor" tear in his meniscus in his left knee, according to general manager Bryan Colangelo.

    Advice: He is still only day-to-day and Colangelo said that players play through minor meniscus tears a lot. This is not expected to require surgery and this minor tear was found back on Jan. 20. That means Embiid did play through this injury back on Jan. 27 against the Rockets on national TV. Embiid also admitted on Saturday that he is not healthy, so this injury will almost certainly hold him out until the All-Star break. Until then, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor should split the minutes at the five. Feb 11, 4:27 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky starting vs. DeAndre Jordan
    Frank Kaminsky will start at center for Cody Zeller (quad) against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: Kaminsky has dealt with some tough matchups at center. He started against Rudy Gobert and Brook Lopez in the last week, so starting against DeAndre Jordan isn't a huge deal. He'll be a viable DFS play today and a stream. Zeller could miss a couple more games, so he's worth a look for his short-term boost. Feb 11, 12:29 pm
  • Joel Embiid: I'm not healthy
    Joel Embiid (knee) said on Saturday that he's not healthy.

    Advice: "I think my [left] knee [has a] bone bruise," Embiid said. "It's been on and off working out. It swells up a little bit, and then it kind of slows down." Embiid also said missing time has nothing to do with the 76ers tanking. The "get off my lawn" folks can probably get on Embiid for dancing shirtless on stage at a Meek Mill concert on Friday, but dancing and playing basketball at the highest level are two different things. For now, expect Embiid to sit out until the break. Jahlil Okafor will start while Nerlens Noel backs him up. Feb 11, 11:53 am
  • Gallinari, Faried, Mudiay all out Saturday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left groin), Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) have all been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: This will be the sixth straight game Gallo has missed and the Denver Post ran a story on Saturday morning speculating that the Nuggets may choose to sit him out through the All-Star break. Wilson Chandler has started five straight games for Denver and is averaging 18.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.0 minutes over those five contests. He should see plenty of playing time again on Saturday is an intriguing DFS play. Feb 11, 9:03 am
  • Hornacek unhappy with Porzingis' defense
    Coach Jeff Hornacek let it be known he was unhappy with Kristaps Porzingis' defense on Friday night.

    Advice: Porzingis got annihilated by Nikola Jokic, who scored 40 points and looked like he barely broke a sweat. "He should be quicker than [Jokic]," Hornacek said of KP’s defensive troubles. "He might get overpowered at some point, but a lot of shots, he just lined ’em up. If our guys think that’s a challenged shot, we need to redefine what that is." Porzingis' offensive output has also dipped over the last six weeks. In his last 13 games, KP is averaging 14.4 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor and 25.9 percent from 3-point territory. KP is still returning fourth-round value on the season. Feb 11, 8:08 am
  • Gallinari (groin) may sit through AS Break
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left groin) may not play until after the after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Gallo has missed five straight games after since suffering the injury back on Feb. 1. Denver has three games left before the break (Saturday at Cleveland, Monday vs. Golden State, Wednesday vs. Minnesota). Coach Mike Malone did say that Gallinari was able to practice on Friday but also added that if Denver had to keep him out until after the break to get him fully healthy, then they would do just that. Feb 11, 6:59 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 22 in return
    DeMarcus Cousins returned from a one-game suspension on Friday vs. the Hawks and scored 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting.

    Advice: He hit a tough layup late and helped the Kings rally back from a 22-point deficit. He hit 8-of-13 free throws and 2-of-8 triples, adding 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and nine turnovers in 32 minutes. His fantasy owners will be relieved to know that he didn't pick up a technical foul tonight, as he will receive a one-game suspension for every two additional technicals moving forward. Feb 10, 10:41 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 42 points in win vs. MIN
    Anthony Davis scored 42 points during a 122-106 win in Minnesota on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He bounced back nicely from a 12-point dud against Rudy Gobert on Wednesday. Davis picked up his 750th block of his career to become the fourth-youngest player to hit that mark. He also had his sixth 40-point scoring game and hit double digits in the first quarter for the 23rd time this season. After a showdown with fellow Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns today, he'll get another one against DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday. Feb 10, 10:34 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays 18 minutes
    Kosta Koufos (finger) played 18 minutes on Friday vs. the Hawks, scoring two points on 1-of-4 shooting with four boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: His right ring finger was very swollen on Wednesday, so he's fortunate that he was able to play tonight. To be clear, he doesn't have much fantasy value anyways and Willie Cauley-Stein could be coming for his minutes soon. Feb 10, 10:24 pm
  • Paul George scores 31 points in loss
    Paul George scored 31 points with four boards, two assists, one block and two triples in Friday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: He finished 12-of-23 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line in 36 minutes. PG-13 is shooting a combined 12-of-17 from the line over his last four games, but he's still third in the NBA in FT percentage, shooting 91.1 percent on the season. He's scored 21+ points in five straight games, but should see a lot of Giannis Antetokounmpo on Saturday vs. the Bucks. Feb 10, 9:54 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin scores season-high 16 points
    Kevin Seraphin scored a season-high 16 points on Friday vs. the Wizards, adding seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 25 minutes.

    Advice: This has fluke written all over it. Seraphin picked up some extra run with Thaddeus Young (wrist) out again and made the most of it by hitting 8-of-10 shots from the field, but he played 13 and 15 minutes in his previous two outings. With Young considered day-to-day, leave Seraphin on the wire unless he does this a couple more times. Feb 10, 9:45 pm
  • Draymond Green triple-doubles w/ four points
    Draymond Green turned in one of the most unique triple-doubles in NBA history during a 122-107 win at Memphis on Friday, scoring four points with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals, five blocks and two turnovers.

    Advice: Not only was he the first player ever to post a triple-double without scoring 10 points, Green couldn't even get to the 5x5 due to the lack of scoring. He was able to set a franchise record for steals in a game and was just one off the NBA record, as well. The Warriors are also 18-0 when Green drops a triple-double, and Green's massive steal game bumped him from 1.9 per game to 2.1 in his 50th game of the season. He's one of a kind. Feb 10, 9:42 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 24 against Memphis
    Kevin Durant made just 5-of-14 from the field for 24 points with five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: He'll be headed to OKC coming off one of his worst stretches of the season. In his last five games, Durant averaged just 20.0 points, 8.0 boards, 6.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.4 treys on 41.3 percent from the field -- that's pretty good for a normal star NBA player. Las Vegas is taking bets on how Durant and Russell Westbrook will interact, but you can bet all of the NBA will be watching on Saturday night. KD is expected to get plenty of boos. Feb 10, 9:23 pm
  • Markieff Morris (calf) scores 26 in return
    Markieff Morris (calf) returned from a one-game absence in style in Friday's 112-107 win over Indiana, scoring a season-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting.

    Advice: Welcome back! Morris logged 31 minutes and his calf wasn't an issue, as he racked up 10 rebounds with three assists, one steal and three triples. "Really [it was] precautionary reasons," Morris said of being a late scratch on Wednesday vs. the Nets. "It was just super-tight." He was averaging 18.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers in his previous five games, so expect another solid game against the Thunder on Monday. Feb 10, 9:13 pm
  • Superstar Nikola Jokic scores career-high 40
    Nikola Jokic put on a show at Madison Square Garden during 131-123 win on Friday, scoring a career-high 40 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The World's Most Famous Arena was just another venue for Big Honey and his coach gave him some major props after the game. "We’re ready to proclaim that Nikola Jokić is a star," coach Mike Malone said. Jokic continues to drop dimes and he torched the Knicks with his jumper in this matchup against Kristaps Porzingis. "Every matchup is a good matchup. I like to play against the best in the league," Jokic said. It won't be long until Jokic is considered as one of the best in the league, and he's already one of the most fun players to watch. He'll face LeBron James and co. on Saturday. Feb 10, 7:36 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 33 points in loss
    Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers during a 131-123 loss to the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: While Melo was red hot late with 19 points in the fourth quarter, the Knicks were just a no show on the other end. Coach Jeff Hornacek said his team should be embarrassed and that his starting lineup is terrible at defense. In other words, don't expect to see Anthony start at power forward again on Sunday. He's still playing well and the trade rumors won't be going away. Feb 10, 7:01 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis gets the start at C
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It was the first start at center in his career and it was a night to forget on the defensive end. This lineup probably won't stick for the Knicks after giving up 131 today. Coach Jeff Hornacek liked the idea in December, but he hasn't used Porzingis nearly as much at the five up until today -- he also played more four today, as well. The Unicorn just needs to stay healthy. Feb 10, 6:46 pm
  • Terrence Jones, Tyreke Evans out for Friday
    Terrence Jones (thumb) and Tyreke Evans (ankle) will not play against the Wolves.

    Advice: This will be Jones' first game out of the lineup due to his thumb sprain. He was actually playing well and seemed to have the starting job locked up, so his fantasy owners should hold steady. Dante Cunningham and Donatas Motiejunas could look to get some added minutes while the Pelicans could use their centers. Motiejunas is only worth an add in deep leagues. Feb 10, 3:43 pm
  • Jared Sullinger to the D-League
    Jared Sullinger was assigned to the D-League on Friday.

    Advice: He's likely going to be right back up for Sunday's game against the Pistons. Sullinger doesn't look to be in game shape and isn't in the rotation right now. Feb 10, 2:46 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) ruled out for Saturday
    Joel Embiid (left knee contusion) will not play against the Heat on Saturday night.

    Advice: After the home game on Saturday, the 76ers are on the road for Monday and Wednesday. Chances are we might not see The Process until after the All-Star Game -- he probably won't be playing in the Rising Stars game. Jahlil Okafor will get at least one more start to show his trade value while Nerlens Noel backs him up. Feb 10, 12:38 pm
  • Terrence Jones (thumb) questionable Friday
    Terrence Jones (right thumb sprain) is listed as questionable for Friday's game at Minnesota.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of a thumb issue for Jones. Since we can't glean much info from the game notes, we will have to wait for the coach Alvin Genty or Jones himself to speak after shootaround. Jones has been playing his best ball of the season of late. He has started each of the Pels last nine games and is averaging 15.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals over that stretch. Dante Cunningham and Donatas Motiejunas would soak up most of Jones' minutes if he does not play. Feb 10, 9:48 am
  • Markieff Morris (calf) says he'll play Friday
    Markieff Morris (calf) says he will play Friday night vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: It appears it will be just a one-game absence for Morris. He had been playing at a high level prior to sitting out Wednesday's game vs. the Nets. Over his previous five contests, Morris was averaging 18.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers per game. Kelly Oubre will get bumped back to the bench on Friday night. Feb 10, 9:26 am
  • Williams likely to last full season in CLE?
    Derrick Williams has a "strong chance" to remain with the Cavs for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, according to Cleveland beat writer Joe Vardon.

    Advice: Williams, who just signed a 10-day contract, played well in his Cavs debut on Thursday night, scoring 12 points in 22 minutes. However, it is unlikely Williams will be able to make a fantasy impact, especially once DeAndre Liggins (tooth) and Iman Shumpert (sprained left ankle) return to the lineup. Williams could see extended run on nights LeBron James is rested. Williams can be left on the waiver wire for now. Feb 10, 8:36 am
  • Blake Griffin excelling as a playmaker
    Blake Griffin has been asked to be more of a playmaker with Chris Paul (thumb) sidelined and Griffin has delivered.

    Advice: "I don’t think it’s really about getting the ball more," Griffin said. "I think it’s just about trusting the offense. I’m figuring out different ways we can score while CP is still out, figuring out how to better serve the offense." Griffin has been a beast over the Clippers last five games, averaging 28.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals. He should continue stuffing the stat sheet at a prolific rate, including racking up five-plus assists per night, while CP3 is recovering. Feb 10, 7:15 am
  • Omri Casspi (calf) listed as out Friday
    Omri Casspi (right plantaris tendon strain) is listed as out in the Kings' game notes for Friday's matchup vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Casspi, who has been sidelined since Jan. 13, did say earlier this week that he was feeling much better and "hoping" that he'd be able to play on Friday. Thus, we'll take the game notes designation with a grain of salt and wait for a formal update from either Casspi or the team following Friday morning's shootaround. However, even if he is returning, his fantasy impact will likely be minimal and Casspi can be left on waiver wires. Feb 10, 6:19 am
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