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  • P.J. Tucker fails to score in 21 minutes
    P.J. Tucker finished with one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes against the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: We're not kidding. Tucker didn't attempt a shot and failed to add any assists, rebounds or blocks. The Suns were giving him a ton of minutes prior to Tuesday and there's no word of any injury. Tucker had a nice two-game run last week with 17 points against the Hawks on Nov. 30 and 21 points against the Nuggets on Nov. 27, but feel free to move on unless he gets hot again. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Kyle Anderson breaks loose on Tuesday
    Kyle Anderson played 22 minutes off the bench and had 11 points, a 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and a block on 2-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's 105-91 win over the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Anderson had scored a total of six points in his previous four games, so don't get too excited. But with Danny Green scoring just five points last night, and averaging just 7.5 points in his 13 games this season, Anderson is worth keeping an eye on in case Gregg Popovich grows tired of Green's struggles. But for now, Anderson belongs on waivers, along with Green. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 13 points vs. Suns
    Joe Johnson scored 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: The veteran wing added two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 29 minutes. Rodney Hood tweaked his right hamstring and didn't return, so Johnson is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value. The last time Hood missed a game on Dec. 1, Johnson started and scored 18 points in 33 minutes. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Nik Stauskas plays 38 minutes in loss
    Nik Stauskas played 38 minutes on Tuesday vs. Memphis, scoring 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc and added four rebounds, one assist and one block. He also only hit 5-of-10 from the line which was a surprise because he was a career 78.8 percent shooter prior to Tuesday. He's played 33 or more minutes in three straight games, but his upside is pretty low and he's more of a deep-league play. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores five in loss to Pistons
    Nikola Mirotic hit just 2-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, six rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mirotic went off for 18 points, seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on Monday, when no one saw it coming, and laid an egg on Saturday with Dwyane Wade out, when most of us thought he might do something. And that's the problem with Mirotic. He's more like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates than a reliable NBA player at this point. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 in win over Wiz
    Jeff Green came off the bench and hit 6-of-9 shots, a 3-pointer and 7-of-8 free throws for 20 points, three rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Green is rolling right now, scoring between 14 and 20 points in each of his last four games, and averaging 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. He's coming off the bench behind Aaron Gordon, but is getting 26 minutes a night, making him worth a look on your waiver wire if you've got a player you've been wanting to drop. Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores nine points in return
    Courtney Lee (ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Tuesday vs. the Heat, scoring nine points with seven rebounds, one assist and one triple in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks had no interest in easing him back into action and there's no word of any restrictions for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs on the second night of a back-to-back set. Lee shot 4-of-8 from the field and is worth a look as a low-end option if you could use help in 3-pointers and steals. Just keep your expectations in check. Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Courtney Lee starting on Tuesday vs. MIA
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is starting against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: Justin Holiday will move back to the bench. Lee is averaging 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.3 triples this season, so he's a low-end fantasy asset. Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • Dion Waiters (groin) hopes to play next week
    Dion Waiters (torn groin muscle) told reporters he feels "much better" and hopes to play next week.

    Advice: Waiters has missed Miami's previous four games and will miss at least four more, as he won't travel on Miami's upcoming three-game road trip. The earliest he'll be eligible to return will be Monday, December 12th, when the Heat return home to play the Wiz. Waiters was playing arguably the best basketball of his career before injuring his groin. In the six games prior to his injury, he was averaging 18.7 points, 5. assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers. Yesterday, 4:09 pm
  • Brandon Rush is available Tuesday
    Brandon Rush (sprained right big toe) is available for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He's not in the rotation, so he may not see the floor. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • James Johnson (shoulder) to miss 3 more games
    James Johnson (right rotator cuff strain) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Knicks and will not travel won't travel on Miami's three-game road trip.

    Advice: The Heat roster has been absolutely decimated by injuries. Like Johnson, Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), Josh Richardson (ankle/wrist) and Luke Babbitt (hip) all won't travel on the three-game trip. Miami will have just nine healthy players on the roster. Johnson won't be eligible to return until Monday, December 12th at the earliest when the Heat host the Wiz. Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington will benefit by seeing plenty of minutes at small forward. Yesterday, 3:32 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) could play Thurs?
    Doug McDermott (concussion) got in two full practices with Chicago's D-League affiliate, and he could return to action Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: McDermott is only averaging 10.6 points, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples per contest this season, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. Once he's fully up to speed, he'll likely take away some minutes from Denzel Valentine and Isaiah Canaan, but that really doesn't mean all that much. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • T.J. Warren (head) doing on-court drill work
    T.J. Warren (head) has progressed to going through some light on-court drill work, although he remains without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: Warren is dealing with an "unspecified head injury," which is both a strange and concerning injury, and Tuesday will mark his eighth consecutive game on the sidelines. With the lack of information coming out of Phoenix, It's impossible to speculate on when he'll be able to return, but he was a top-50 producer prior to going down so he has too much upside to outright cut in most settings. P.J. Tucker and Eric Bledsoe have emerged as the primary beneficiaries sans Warren. Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Nick Young shooting post-practice jumpers
    Nick Young (right calf) was spotted getting up some shots following Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Young is nearing the conclusion of Week-1 of his initial 2-4 week timetable, so while this is a minor step in the right direction, he's still not close to making a return. He's not really worth hanging onto if you don't have an IR-spot, and it'll be Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram picking up some extra minutes in his absence. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas will not report to Rockets
    Donatas Motiejunas will not report to Houston to take a physical and join the team, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Motiejunas, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with Brooklyn last week but the Rockets decided to match. As recently as last week, Motiejunas had said he would be open to a return to Houston, but obviously something has gone wrong. Per Woj, the Rockets and Motiejunas' representatives are discussing what the next steps will be. Motiejunas would only have seen limited minutes in Houston, so the fantasy implications here are relatively minor. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Brandon Rush (toe) is questionable for Tues.
    Brandon Rush (sprained right big toe) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Rush has been sidelined for the past three games due to the toe injury. Rush is averaging just 1.6 points this season and shouldn't be owned in any standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) expected to play Tuesday
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he expects Courtney Lee (ankle) to play Tuesday vs. Miami

    Advice: Lee has missed two straight games after spraining his ankle last Wednesday. Lee's return will bump Justin Holiday back to the bench. However, Holiday played well in his two spot starts, averaging 9.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals, which may have earned him additional playing time going forward. Lee is averaging 29.7 minutes per game this season, but may see those minutes reduced slightly if he doesn't pick up his level of play (he's sitting on a career-low 10.3 PER this season) Yesterday, 7:42 am
  • Jonas Jerebko quiet in start for Celtics
    Jonas Jerebko started over Amir Johnson on Monday and had six points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: That's basically what he does off the bench, minus the blocks and steal, but he had one of his better games in recent memory with the two 3-pointers. If he sticks in the starting five, give him a look, but this move may have just been based on matching up with the small Rockets. Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 18 points in loss
    Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday vs. Portland.

    Advice: The big performances have been few and far between, as he was coming off a scoreless dud against the Mavericks and has scored a combined 14 points in his last four games. Despite his upside, he's very inconsistent to say the least and is a headache to own in fantasy. If he can string together a few good games, then it will be time to pick him back up. Monday, 8:34 pm
  • Nik Stauskas hits 1-of-7 shots in loss
    Nik Stauskas hit just 1-of-7 shots (a 3-pointer) for four points, three rebounds, five assists, a block and three turnovers in 35 minutes of Monday's start for the Sixers.

    Advice: Stauskas has hit just 4-of-24 shots over his last three games. The minutes and opportunity are there, but he's in a shooting slump, making him a borderline fantasy play right now. He could get hot at any time though, and is too good a shooter to not break out of his funk sooner than later. Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko starting, Amir Johnson to bench
    Jonas Jerebko will start over Amir Johnson on Monday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: It's likely just a matchup move for Boston, as Jerebko will be a better fit against Houston's Ryan Anderson. Unless we learn that this a permanent switch, it's safe to leave Jerebko on the wire in most leagues. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Nik Stauskas will start again Monday vs. DEN
    Nik Stauskas will remain in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Nuggets with Robert Covington (knee, illness) unavailable.

    Advice: Covington is going to spend the next three games on the sidelines, so Sauce Castillo could be looking at a 30-plus minute starting role this week. That being said, Stauskas basically only hits triples (inefficiently) and he turns the ball over quite a bit (2.0 per game over the past two weeks) for a guy with a 17.3 usage rate. At the moment, he's just a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Report: HOU matches Motiejunas' offer sheet
    The Rockets have reportedly matched Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet from the Nets.

    Advice: Motiejunas may have been able to put up some low-end fantasy value in Brooklyn, but now he'll be fighting for reserve minutes in Houston with the likes of Nene and Montrezl Harrell. Motiejunas has been training in Canada, but his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be, and he still needs to pass a physical before he's allowed to play. This is far from an ideal situation in fantasy hoops, so he can remain on the wire in most scenarios. Monday, 2:03 pm
  • James Johnson (shoulder) won't play Tuesday
    James Johnson (right rotator cuff strain) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Heat just can't catch a break. This is a new injury for Johnson and it's not clear how much time he will miss. Justise Winslow (wrist) and Dion Waiters (groin) remain out, while Luke Babbitt (hip) and Josh Richardson (ankle) are questionable. Expect to see a lot of three-guard lineups vs. the Knicks with Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington picking up some minutes at the three. Monday, 10:32 am
  • McDermott (concussion) assigned to NBADL
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been assigned to the NBA D-League.

    Advice: It's simply the next step in his rehab after he was recently cleared for contact. It sounds like McBuckets could return within the week, but he's only a stash in deeper leagues if you're desperate for 3-pointers. Monday, 9:46 am
  • Jeff Green in double-digits again vs. Detroit
    Orlando followed up Friday's blowout victory with a win in Detroit on Sunday, aided by Jeff Green's 14 points on 6-of-11 FGs, two 3-pointers, five boards and three assists in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Magic have brought Green off the bench for the past five games, posting a 3-2 record in that span. The move seems to be helping Green, who has followed up an atrocious offensive stretch with three straight games in double-digits. He's a combined 17-of-32 from the field during that span but doesn't do enough across the board to merit 12-team ownership. Sunday, 5:40 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) out Sunday vs. Kings
    Courtney Lee (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Justin Holiday will likely be drawing the start tonight, and he's someone to consider in DFS after putting up 13 points, seven boards, three steals, one block and two triples over 31 minutes in a spot-start on Friday night. For now, we'll be considering Lee questionable for Tuesday's game in Miami. Sunday, 2:53 pm
  • P.J. Tucker quietly hot for Suns
    P.J. Tucker had nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 4-of-11 shooting against Kevin Durant and the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He came into this one hot and at least stayed relevant with the line and is averaging 12.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. It's possible you're holding a player doing less than that, so at least give Tucker a look as long as he's starting for the Suns. Saturday, 10:29 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic disappears in rare start
    Nikola Mirotic started over Dwyane Wade (rest) on Saturday, but missed all four of his shots and played just 13 minutes, finishing without a point and five rebounds as the Bulls were crushed by the lowly Mavericks 107-82.

    Advice: There is nothing good about this situation. Mirotic had 15 points and 15 boards against the Lakers in his last start, so there was some hope he might post a decent line tonight. It wasn't meant to be and if Mirotic couldn't do anything with this opportunity, other than somehow managing a +/- of -24 in just 13 minutes, the outlook for him coming off the bench is pretty bleak. He belongs on waivers in most leagues until he starts showing that he can play well consistently. Or at all. Saturday, 9:42 pm
  • James Johnson ejected for two technical fouls
    James Johnson was ejected in the third quarter on Saturday for picking up two technical fouls.

    Advice: The Heat are now down to just seven healthy players for the fourth quarter. Johnson wasn't having a great game today, finishing with two points, four rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He's still a hold in standard leagues with the missing so many players. Saturday, 8:55 pm
  • Nik Stauskas gets 33 minutes in start
    Nik Stauskas got the start for Robert Covington (knee) on Saturday, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He matched up against Avery Bradley tonight and held his own for the most part. Coach Brett Brown likes Stauskas more than last year because he's doing more than just shooting, so he may have a chance at 30 minutes while RoCo is out -- there is no word on the severity of Covington just yet. Sauce Castillo's ceiling isn't the best, so he's more of a player to add for owners with something to cut. That may change if Covington is out for an extended period of time. Saturday, 8:18 pm
  • P.J. Tucker will start opposite Kevin Durant
    P.J. Tucker will start at small forward against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll start opposite Kevin Durant. Good luck, Mr. Tucker. Saturday, 6:30 pm
  • Doug McDermott getting better
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for contact.

    Advice: He will practice with the D-League Windy City Bulls on Monday and Tuesday, if no setback. McDermott will likely be out for a couple more games due to suffering two concussions last month. Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic starting for Dwyane Wade
    Nikola Mirotic is starting for Dwyane Wade (rest) against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He erupted in his last start with 15 points and 15 boards against the Lakers. The matchup isn't quite as good and Mirotic is wildly inconsistent, but he's certainly capable of putting up another nice line. He's a prime DFS option tonight and is a low-end hold in standard leagues. Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • Nick Young out of the walking boot
    Nick Young (calf) is out of his walking boot.

    Advice: There's no word of his progressions on his strained calf, so he is still expected to miss the next 1.5-3.5 weeks. With Young out, it's been Brandon Ingram moving over the the two while the other guards have seen a few more minutes. Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Brandon Rush inactive
    Brandon Rush is inactive for Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: The Wolves not using Rush is part of the reason Zach LaVine has played 42.0 minutes per game in his last three. Saturday, 3:17 pm
  • Nik Stauskas gets the start for Covington
    Nik Stauskas will start for Robert Covington (knee) against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he wants another ball-handler out there, which may have to do with Joel Embiid being out of the lineup tonight. Sauce Castillo has cooled off considerably, making just 38.1 percent from the field. Although, the uptick in assists with 3.6 per game in his last five may be the reason he starts. He's a speculative add in competitive leagues while Hollis Thompson should benefit as well. Saturday, 2:50 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    Courtney Lee says his ankle sprain is improving and he hasn't ruled out returning to the lineup Sunday against the Kings.

    Advice: "It feels a lot better than it did when I initially twisted it," Lee said Friday. "I wasn't able to walk that night but I was able to move around (Friday)." If Lee can't play Sunday, look for Justin Holiday to start in his place. Holiday played well in his start on Friday, tallying 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two 3-pointers and one block. He will be a cheap DFS option on Sunday if Lee doesn't play. Saturday, 9:24 am
  • Brandon Rush (toe) questionable for Saturday
    Brandon Rush (sprained right big toe) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Rush has been sidelined for the past two contests with a sprained right big toe. He's averaging just 1.6 points this season and hasn't played more than eight minutes in a game since November 5th. He holds no fantasy value and can be left on waivers. Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Nikola Mirotic set for a big Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic scored two points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He'll likely be getting a start against the Mavs on Saturday night with Dwyane Wade (rest) getting the night off. The last time Wade sat, Mirotic exploded with 15 points and 15 boards in 37 minutes. He's going to be a popular DFS target. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 16 points off bench
    Jeff Green scored 16 points with six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He continues to get decent minutes with 25.0 in his last three since he moved to the bench again. Green's best game in this span was tonight, but that's likely more about the 76ers bump. His upside just isn't high enough to add in most standard-style leagues. He may lose a couple minutes to Jodie Meeks, too. Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Nik Stauskas doesn't score vs. Magic
    Nik Stauskas missed all six shots from the field and didn't go to the line against the Magic on Friday, adding one rebound and five assists in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Hey, at least the five assists were a season high. Sauce Castillo has cooled off considerably in his last five, making just 38.1 percent from the field for 9.0 points per game with 3.6 dimes. There could be more minutes headed his way with Robert Covington (knee) getting hurt tonight. Stauskas' upside still isn't all that great, so he's only a speculative add in deep leagues for now. Friday, 6:26 pm
  • Nets sign Motiejunas to $37M offer sheet
    The Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

    Advice: Wow. The Rockets will have three days to match, but that doesn't seem likely. D-Mo didn't have many suitors this summer because his troublesome back raised several red flags, but clearly that didn't faze the Nets. Assuming the Rockets don't match, D-Mo could find minutes at both the four and five in Brooklyn and could have some value in deeper leagues -- he averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 treys in 14.8 minutes per game in 2015-16 with Houston. For now, Trevor Booker's owners shouldn't be too worried. Friday, 4:40 pm
  • Courtney Lee out for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks will go with more of Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings to help fill the void left by Lee. Holiday hasn't played too well, but he should be able to get minutes in the upper 20s. Plus, Jennings could see minutes around 30, especially if he plays close to 10 minutes next to Derrick Rose. Friday, 2:53 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Fri. and Sat.
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday night vs. the Cavs and Saturday night in Dallas.

    Advice: The Bulls are hopeful McDermott will be cleared for contact on Friday. However, coach Fred Hoiberg wants to see him get a couple workouts in before being cleared for a game. Isaiah Canaan and Nikola Mirotic have been the biggest beneficiaries of McDermott's absence and should continue to see increased workloads this weekend. Friday, 9:21 am
  • Rockets hope to keep Donatas Motiejunas
    Donatas Motiejunas is expected to sign an offer sheet with the Nets, but the Rockets are not ready to give up hope that they might him.

    Advice: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been told to expect to receive an offer sheet, possibly as soon as Friday. Motiejunas had met with the Brooklyn Nets this week and had been examined by their team physicians as the Nets prepare an offer sheet. "We're big fans of Donatas," Morey said. "We hope to have him at some point this year. It's our understanding he will probably sign something in the next day. We won't know until it's official. We don't know how much it will be." The Rockets would have three days to match an offer sheet or let him join the Nets. From a fantasy perspective, landing in Brooklyn offers more upside for Motiejunas. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Jeff Green scores 14 points in loss
    Jeff Green came off the bench to hit 5-of-8 shots for 14 points, two rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes of Thursday's tough loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Starter Aaron Gordon played just 21 minutes, and while Green hasn't really done much to be owned in fantasy leagues, he's doing a fantastic job of ruining the fantasy value of Gordon. Green could easily replace Gordon in the starting lineup again at any time, but he's come off the bench in two straight since returning from a back injury. Gordon is still the guy to own, but Green is making him a less-than-effective fantasy player right now. Thursday, 9:35 pm
  • Joe Johnson starts vs. Heat
    Joe Johnson started on Thursday and hit 6-of-9 shots for 18 points, three rebounds, and four assists.

    Advice: Johnson played 32 minutes against his former team, draining four from beyond the arc. He now has seven 3-pointers in the last two games and has scored double-digit points in each of those games. The 18 points was the second most he has scored all season and the 32 minutes was the most he has played since November 2nd. He will have nights like these, but they do not come often. Rodney Hood (hamstring) is day-to-day, once he returns, Johnson will go back to the bench. Thursday, 9:28 pm
  • James Johnson has a big night
    James Johnson hit 11-of-15 shots for 24 points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block in Thursday’s win against the Jazz.

    Advice: Johnson played 24 minutes and saw more playing time after Luke Babbitt (hip) exited the game. Prior to tonight’s game, Johnson was averaging 30.4 minutes, 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game in his previous five. Although he does not do anything particularly great, he contributes to just about every category. Johnson was already making a charge for added minutes before this game, but the new wave of injuries to guys like Luke Babbitt (hip) strengthens his case as an asset in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) likely out for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: This report adds that Lee is not expected to miss much time. His ankle doesn't appear to have any structural damage and perhaps he can make it back next week. Until then, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday should get some extra run. Thursday, 6:01 pm
  • Update: Joe Johnson will start against Heat
    Joe Johnson will start against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Revenge game? it was previously reported Joe Ingles would get the start, but coach Quin Snyder wants to go with Iso Joe against his former team. Johnson should get minutes close to 30 tonight and could have short-term value. Rodney Hood (hamstring) is only day-to-day for now. Thursday, 5:34 pm
  • Doug McDermott out for Friday night
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: There's not much of an update here. McDermott has still not been cleared for contact and doesn't have a target date. Isaiah Canaan has been the most consistent bench perimeter guy while Nikola Mirotic has seen some bright spots. Hopefully, McDermott can make it back next week. Thursday, 11:46 am
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) questionable for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is questionable for Friday against the Wolves.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Wednesday night and did not return. Lee is not expected to miss much time and could even be back for Friday. If he's going to miss another game, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday would get some extra playing time. Thursday, 11:09 am
  • Nets preparing Donatas Motiejunas offer sheet
    The Nets are reportedly preparing an offer sheet for Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Assuming the Rockets don't match the offer sheet in the next three days, Motiejunas will become a member of the Nets. It's unclear what shape he's in, but he's worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues as he'll see minutes in Brooklyn. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Brandon Rush questionable for Friday vs NYK
    Brandon Rush (toe) is questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Rush looks to be a game-time decision with his toe injury, but he can be left on waivers in fantasy leagues regardless of his status. Thursday, 8:58 am
  • Courtney Lee unlikely to miss extended time
    Courtney Lee (left ankle) sprain is unlikely to miss extended time after leaving Wednesday's game.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Lee's ankle and he isn't expected to be out for very long. We'll keep an eye on his progress, but Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings will both see a bump in deeper fantasy league value while Lee is out. Thursday, 7:08 am
  • P.J. Tucker efficient in win vs. visiting ATL
    P.J. Tucker led the Suns' starters on Wednesday with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, hitting two 3-pointers with three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Tucker has been on fire for his past two games, with a combined 12-of-19 mark from the field, including 2.5 threes, 5.5 rebounds. 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals. T.J. Warren (head) is out indefinitely, which opens up more opportunities for Tucker, but he's not a strong rest-of-season addition. Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) will not return vs. MIN
    Courtney Lee suffered a left ankle sprain on Wednesday night and will not return, though X-rays came back negative.

    Advice: The Knicks ruled him out somewhat quickly from his sprain in the first half. With Lee out, they're already going with more two-PG lineups while Justin Holiday should also get a nice bump in minutes. Holiday and Brandon Jennings are both worth speculative looks in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 6:03 pm
  • Brandon Rush out again for Wednesday
    Brandon Rush (toe) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: His toe sprain is minor, but Rush isn't a lock for the rotation anyway. Wednesday, 4:04 pm
  • Dion Waiters (groin) out at least 2 weeks
    MRI results revealed Dion Waiters (groin) has a Pectineus tear and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    Advice: There is still a chance Waiters needs to miss more time beyond those two weeks. He was playing through his groin strain for over a week, which in hindsight may have been a mistake. Waiters was actually playing really well as the starting shooting guard, including a 28-point game on Saturday. While he's out, Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington may pick up some extra minutes. Waiters is a drop candidate. Wednesday, 2:13 pm
  • Nick Young (right calf) will miss 2-4 weeks
    Nick Young (strained right calf) will miss the next 2-4 weeks.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed his injury, which occurred in the first quarter on Tuesday night. Young was having a very solid season with career highs in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and 3-point percentage, but now his fantasy owners probably have to cut him. While he's out, the Lakers will have to lean more on Jose Calderon and Marcelo Huertas until D'Angelo Russell (knee) can return. Both Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams should be very busy while more shots should go to rookie Brandon Ingram. Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Wednesday
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, as expected.

    Advice: "Every case is individualized," Fred Hoiberg said. "You look at it based on what their symptoms are, and Doug, unfortunately has two of them in this early portion of the season, so he’s just not ready yet." He's yet to be cleared for contact, so for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Chicago's upcoming back-to-back set Friday vs. Cleveland and Saturday vs. Dallas. Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Nick Young (Achilles) out Wednesday vs. CHI
    Nick Young (right Achilles) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: The Lakers haven't yet released the results of Young's MRI, so we won't be speculating on the length of his absence until that information is made available. With Young on the sidelines Wednesday night, Jordan Clarkson will more than likely move into the starting lineup, and he'll get all the run he can handle with D'Angelo Russell (knee) also unavailable. Lou Williams should also see an uptick in value, as he won't have to share the floor with a teammate that steals his passes tonight. Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • Nick Young (Achilles) sporting a walking boot
    Nick Young (right Achilles strain) was spotted leaving the Smoothie King Center wearing a walking boot.

    Advice: Young was also able to put pressure on his foot while limping around the Lakers' locker room after Tuesday's game, and he was in high spirits, although Uncle P is eternally optimistic. He's scheduled to undergo an MRI once the Lakers arrive in Chicago, but for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Bulls. If he's out, Jordan Clarkson will get all the burn he can handle and Brandon Ingram will see some increased opportunity with the second unit. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 8:06 am
  • Joe Johnson scores 11 off the bench
    Joe Johnson scored 11 points on Tuesday vs. the Rockets with three rebounds, three assists and three triples in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Rodney Hood left the game with a hamstring strain and didn't return after 20 minutes, so Johnson is the next man up if Hood has to miss time. He's been quiet lately, but he did average 13.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 triples in six starts at the beginning of the season. Just put him on your radar until we get an update on Hood. Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • Jeff Green (sore lower back) plays 25 minutes
    Jeff Green (sore lower back) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Spurs, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He came off the bench behind Aaron Gordon and we'd be a little surprised if he moved back into the starting five. Green was shooting 29.6 percent from the field prior to Tuesday and is having a tough year in Orlando. He belongs on the waiver wire. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Nick Young (Achilles strain) won't return
    Nick Young (right Achilles strain) will not return on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Young needed the help of his teammates to get back to the locker room and the Lakers ruled him out for the game after just a few minutes. Young will have an MRI on Wednesday and the Lakers will provide an update at that time. His status for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls isn't looking great right now. Jordan Clarkson is looking at heavy minutes if Young misses additional time. Tuesday, 5:25 pm
  • Nick Young goes to locker room Tuesday
    Nick Young (right leg) left Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans and went to the locker room. Tuesday, 5:19 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) not yet cleared
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has not yet been cleared for full-contact practice, so it appears he will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: McDermott has to be symptom-free and pass all required tests in order to progress through the league-mandated concussion protocol. He has missed six straight games, but appears to at least be headed in the right direction. Tuesday, 11:14 am
  • Jeff Green (back) will play Tuesday
    Jeff Green (sore lower back) will play Tuesday in San Antonio, but he will come off the bench according to coach Frank Vogel.

    Advice: Green has been a major disappointment this season in Orlando. He hasn't scored more than 11 points in three weeks. Over the Magic's last 10 games, eight of which he started, Green is averaging just 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while shooting a frigid 29.6 percent from the floor; including 17.9 percent from 3-point territory. Tuesday, 10:29 am
  • Dion Waiters (groin) to miss at least 3 games
    The Heat announced on Tuesday that Dion Waiters (groin) and Justise Winslow (wrist) will not travel with the team on their three-game road trip.

    Advice: The Heat play Wednesday in Denver, Thursday in Utah and Saturday in Portland, but both players will stay in Miami to receive treatment. The news stings for Waiters owners because he had been playing some of the best basketball of his career of late. Prior to missing Monday's contest, Waiters was averaging 18.7 points, 5.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers over Miami's previous five games. Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder will see a boost in value with Waiters sidelined. Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Vogel hopeful Green (back) can play Tuesday
    Frank Vogel is hopeful that Jeff Green (sore lower back) will be ready for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Vogel gave Green the day off during Monday's practice in order to help rest up his back, and given that he's simply dealing with a sore back, it seems there's a decent chance he'll be able to return to the court on Tuesday night. Green will more than likely resume his spot in Orlando's starting five, a move that would send Aaron Gordon (who went scoreless on Sunday) back to the bench. Check back for another update on Green following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Monday, 11:22 am
  • Doug McDermott cleared for non-contact work
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact work and shooting.

    Advice: He's been out for a few weeks and still doesn't have a clear return date, but this is a step in the right direction. Prior to going down, McDermott was averaging 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples in 23.7 minutes per game, so he's only worth stashing in deeper leagues. Monday, 10:57 am
  • Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson both out Monday
    Dion Waiters (groin) and Tyler Johnson (tooth) are both out for Monday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: Goran Dragic (elbow) is questionable, so Josh Richardson may have to flirt with 48 minutes Monday. Waiters has been on the injury report with this groin issue since Nov. 19 and this is his first missed game all season, so maybe playing through the injury caught up to him. Waiters should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver. Luckily for the Heat, it sounds like Wayne Ellington (thigh) could finally be available.Daily Slant: Josh Richardson is one of the top $/point DFS plays across the industry with Waiters and Johnson out. There aren't many scenarios where Richardson could end up with fewer than 30-33 minutes of court time, and he could very well end up at 40+. He's a core DFS play in any format. James Johnson should also see an uptick in minutes, making him a sneaky GPP punt play. He's played at least 30 minutes in the past three games. Monday, 9:30 am
  • Nick Young (toe) returns with 17-point game
    Nick Young (toe) returned in style on Sunday with 17 points on 6-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-5 shooting from downtown.

    Advice: Young slotted into his normal starting SG spot, as coach Luke Walton seems pleased with the backcourt rotation he's established early in the season. He didn't do much beyond scoring tonight, adding just one rebound and one steal, but he remains a viable late-round option in most formats. Nov 27, 9:48 pm
  • Nick Young (toe) returns to action Sunday
    Nick Young (toe) will start vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: His return sends Jordan Clarkson back to the bench, and Young's owners should feel free to deploy him as usual tonight. Nov 27, 4:53 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores season-high 21 points
    P.J. Tucker moved into the starting lineup on Sunday and scored a season-high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three 3-pointers, one assist and one steal in 42 minutes.

    Advice: This was Tucker's 10th career game with 20-plus points, so don't expect the scoring to become a regular thing for the five-year veteran. He can, however, provide sneaky low-end value in deep leagues with his ability to contribute a little bit of everything to the box score, and with T.J. Warren still a few weeks away, he makes sense as a speculative add in deep leagues. Nov 27, 4:21 pm
  • Jeff Green (sore back) ruled out for Sunday
    Jeff Green (sore lower back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Green said that his back has been bothering him for the past few games, so it sounds like there's a chance he could miss Tuesday's game in San Antonio as well. His absence from tonight's game will likely result in Aaron Gordon returning to the starting five and flirting with around 30 minutes. It's not the best matchup for Gordon, but his numbers will assuredly be better as a starter, so owners shouldn't hesitate to get him active. Nov 27, 2:00 pm
  • Green, Watson questionable Sunday vs. MIL
    Jeff Green (sore lower back) and C.J. Watson (illness) are questionable to play Sunday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Green has been starting for the Magic, but if he's out tonight, that'll more than likely result in Aaron Gordon seeing a significant boost in value with the return to the starting lineup. Watson isn't a major part of the rotation, but if he's out, D.J. Augustin would likely pickup most of his minutes. Stay tuned. Nov 27, 1:32 pm
  • T.J. Warren hoping to do some light work
    T.J. Warren (minor head injury) is hoping to get in some "light activity" at practice "very soon," according to Suns sideline reporter Kevin Ray.

    Advice: Warren is in good spirits for what the Suns continue to call a minor head injury. He is still unlikely to be back for this week and general manager Ryan McDonough said it'll be "weeks" for Warren to return. He is with the team and is sitting on the bench in street clothes for Sunday. With Warren out, P.J. Tucker, Dragan Bender and Brandon Knight should get slight bumps. Nov 27, 1:09 pm
  • Nik Stauskas drains two more triples Sunday
    Nik Stauskas drained two more triples on 4-of-6 shooting (2-of-4 from beyond the arc) Sunday, on his way to 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Stauskas has been playing some solid ball over the past 10 games, putting up mid-round value behind averages of 12.9 points, 2.3 triples, 1.7 assists and 2.0 turnovers per contest to go with a sterling 71.9 true shooting percentage. It’s unlikely he’ll be able to keep this up for the entire year, but the Sauce is hot right now and deserving of a speculative add in standard leagues for those seeking some points and triples. Nov 27, 1:04 pm
  • P.J. Tucker starting, Knight to the bench
    P.J. Tucker will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Nuggets, sending Brandon Knight to the bench.

    Advice: Tucker can rack up the steals when given the minutes, so he's on the radar as a potential streamer option with a favorable matchup against Denver tonight. Knight's value is going to take a bit of a hit with the move to the bench. Nov 27, 11:51 am
  • Dion Waiters (groin) questionable Monday
    Dion Waiters (groin) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: He's been on the injury report with this groin issue since Nov. 19, but he's yet to miss any action. Waiters is coming off a dominant 28-point effort against the Grizzlies in 36 minutes, and he's averaging 17.8 points, 5.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 38.4 percent shooting over his last five games. If you don't mind the bad FG percentage, Waiters is worth deploying in fantasy lineups while he's hot. Nov 27, 10:16 am
  • Nikola Mirotic would like to re-sign with CHI
    Nikola Mirotic said that he would like to re-sign with the Bulls when his contract expires this summer.

    Advice: "I love the Bulls," Mirotic said. "I love my teammates. I love the city. It's the perfect place for me. The first idea is to re-sign." Mirotic has been linked to a move to his former team Real Madrid, but he said the NBA is the best place for him to grow as a player. Mirotic has been wildly inconsistent for the Bulls with averages of 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.6 triples on 40.0 percent shooting, so it will be interesting to see how much the Bulls are willing to spend on the impending free agent. Nov 27, 7:08 am
  • Dion Waiters scores 28 points with six dimes
    Dion Waiters scored a season-high 28 points during a 110-107 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, adding five rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: On top of his 17.8 points per game over his last five, Waiters surprisingly has 5.2 assists per game. Although, he'll tell you he doesn't care about that. "I don't care about no stats -- none of that. I want to win," Waiters said. His fantasy owners in points leagues certainly care with Waiters playing very well for them. Although, his upside isn't the best in standard leagues, so he's more of a lukewarm add while he's hot. Nov 26, 9:07 pm
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