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  • Reggie Williams to sign with New Orleans
    New Orleans is waiving Omri Casspi (thumb) and will sign Reggie Williams.

    Advice: Casspi broke his thumb on Thursday night and will miss 4-6 weeks. The Pelicans, in a push to capture the eighth seed and sneak into the playoffs, can't afford to wait for him to return. Williams played for the Pelicans earlier this season. He appeared in five games in December and averaged 5.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 12.6 minutes. Williams can be left on the waiver wire, as he likely won't see consistent minutes over the final two months of the season. Today, 5:14 pm
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  • Alex Abrines starting for Oladipo
    Alex Abrines will start for Victor Oladipo (back) on Friday against the Lakers.

    Advice: He should have by far his best chance at minutes with Dipo out and Anthony Morrow in Chicago. Abrines isn't going to do much outside of shoot, so he's only a stream in deep leagues. Today, 4:52 pm
  • Suns waive F Mike Scott
    Suns waive F Mike Scott.

    Advice: He is likely to clear waivers and could get some interest as a stretch four. Scott being hurt this season hurt his chances to get run, especially with Paul Millsap healthy for most of the season. Today, 4:12 pm
  • Gerald Green (heel) to miss two games
    Coach Brad Stevens said Gerald Green (heel) will miss Friday's game vs. the Raptors and Sunday's game in Detroit.

    Advice: There is not a significant fantasy impact as a result of this news, as Green is averaging under 12 minutes a night this season. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart will likely see some additional run. Today, 3:56 pm
  • Marcus Smart to come off bench on Friday
    Jaylen Brown (hip) will return to the Celtics on Friday and replace Marcus Smart in the starting lineup.

    Advice: Avery Bradley (Achilles) remains out. Smart's numbers dip slightly when coming off the bench vs. starting, but not dramatically. Smart is averaging 9.3 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.7 rebounds in 28.8 minutes as a reserve this season. Although it is important to note Bradley played in many of those games in which Smart came off the pine. Today, 3:53 pm
  • Avery Bradley officially out for Friday
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) is officially out for Friday against the Raptors.

    Advice: The good news is he is getting very close. He had a lengthy workout on Friday and is scheduled to have another practice on Saturday. Coach Brad Stevens also said Bradley will play "sooner rather than later." His fantasy owners should have him ready to roll next week. Today, 3:48 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin to the bench
    Kevin Seraphin will come off the bench against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: He could see minutes as the backup five with Al Jefferson (mouth) out. Seraphin still can't be counted on in most fantasy leagues. Today, 3:43 pm
  • Patrick Patterson back for Friday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) is available to play on Friday against the Celtics, as expected.

    Advice: The Raptors can take it easy on 2-Pat with Serge Ibaka as their starting four man. Patterson could get minutes late in games, especially when the Raptors are trailing. He lost a lot of fantasy value with the Ibaka addition. Today, 3:33 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (right wrist) will not play Friday
    Kyle Lowry (right wrist) will not play against the Celtics on Friday night.

    Advice: Ouch. Coach Dwane Casey said he doesn't know how long Lowry will be out and the team announced he will receive further evaluation over the weekend. Lowry has owned the Celtics this season, but now the Raptors will have to turn to Cory Joseph as their primary scoring one. Although, it is certainly possible Delon Wright or Fred VanVleet get the start. DeMar DeRozan should be very busy tonight. Today, 3:26 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne to make CHI debut on Friday
    Joffrey Lauvergne will be active but is not expected to play Friday night vs. the Suns.

    Advice: This means more minutes for starter Bobby Portis. Nikola Mirotic will also likely to see a bump in playing time. The Bulls next game is Saturday vs. the Cavs. We could see Lauvergne make his Bulls debut then. Today, 3:20 pm
  • P.J. Tucker available to play on Friday night
    P.J. Tucker is available to play against the Celtics on Friday night.

    Advice: The Raptors kept Serge Ibaka out for his game after a trade, but the Raptors will have Tucker available off the bench. He will likely be used as a second-unit defender, but he could take minutes away from DeMarre Carroll when Carroll goes into one of his numerous slumps. Tucker is more of a drop than an add. Today, 3:09 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi limited to 15-17 minutes
    Ian Mahinmi will be capped at 15-17 minutes for the next two weeks.

    Advice: He's probably not going to play more than that even when he is 100 percent. Marcin Gortat has sneakily been one of the best centers in the Eastern Conference, so don't expect him to lose playing time. Today, 2:45 pm
  • Robert Covington to start, get backup 4 mins
    Robert Covington will start and is expected to get minutes as the backup power forward against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Justin Anderson is also expected to see a little run at the four. This actually isn't new for either with Covington coming up as a power forward in the Houston system and Anderson getting run at the four under coach Rick Carlisle at times. Plus, with Ersan Ilyasova out, RoCo should be the primary trigger man. If he can hit shots, he should have some big nights going forward. Today, 2:42 pm
  • C.J. Miles starts, Glenn Robinson to bench?
    C.J. Miles is expected to start and Glenn Robinson will come off the bench on Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMillan said this move is contingent on Thaddeus Young (wrist) starting. Young is probable, so Miles should be in the first unit today. His value shouldn't change too much in the starting lineup as a 3-point specialist. Today, 2:26 pm
  • Alan Williams will play a little more
    General manager Ryan McDonough said Alan Williams "will play a little bit more" the rest of the season.

    Advice: Williams is going to be a restricted free agent this summer, so the Suns want to get a look at him to help their decision on his contract for next season. Big Sauce has been a terrific rebounder in limited minutes, but he likely won't see much run while Tyson Chandler and Alex Len are out of the lineup. Expect Chandler to get some days off, though. Today, 1:45 pm
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) very doubtful
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) is very unlikely to play on Friday against the Raptors.

    Advice: According to the report, he won't play "barring some serious lobbying on Bradley’s part" to convince the medical staff that he’s ready. This injury is taking a very long time for Bradley, who has played in just one game since Jan. 7. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown are likely to pick up some extra run. Today, 12:49 pm
  • Kevin Durant has a wrap on left hand
    Kevin Durant had a wrap on his left hand at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He braced a fall with his left hand in the first half on Thursday night and an X-ray confirmed he only had a contusion. Durant looked fine following the injury and finished with 25 points, including 15 points in the third quarter. He's not on the injury report, so expect fantasy's No. 1 player to dominate against the Nets on Saturday. Today, 12:40 pm
  • Diamond Stone dealing with a left knee bruise
    Diamond Stone (left knee bone bruise) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: It's a new injury for the rookie. Before the deadline, there were some reports of the Clippers not really wanting to give up Stone to get a short-term role player. He does have some shooting touch for his size, but Stone won't be in the rotation while the Clippers are healthy up front. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Hawks need backup PGs for Friday
    Coach Mike Budenholzer said Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Thabo Sefolosha could get some backup hall-handling duties behind Malcolm Delaney on Friday.

    Advice: With Dennis Schroder suspended, Delaney is the only point guard available for tonight. We've see Bazemore play point guard earlier this season and he was a point guard back when he was in the Warriors system. Additionally, Hardaway Jr. has handled the ball at the point, and he also gets a 6.1 usage rate bump when Schroder is not on the floor -- Bazemore gets a 5.5 bump. THJ should be an attractive DFS play today. Today, 11:51 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return Friday night vs. Miami.

    Advice: Sefolosha has missed nine straight games due to the injury to his left groin. He will come off the bench on Friday, as coach Mike Budenholzer said Tim Hardaway Jr. will remain in the starting lineup for at least the "next few games." Hardway has played extremely well with Thabo sidelined, which means Sefolosha's minutes will likely be limited in the immediate future. Today, 10:31 am
  • Bobby Portis to start at PF on Friday night
    Bobby Portis will start at power forward Friday night vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Portis has been disappointingly quiet for much of the 2016-17 campaign, but it appears he will get a chance to showcase his talents over the season's final two months after the Bulls traded Taj Gibson to OKC on Thursday. Portis flashed his upside when he scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Bulls final contest before the All-Star break. He had 16 points and six boards in the only other game he played more than 25 minutes this season. His fantasy stock is rising. Today, 9:46 am
  • Bradley (Achilles) unlikely to play Friday
    Coach Brad Stevens said Avery Bradley (Achilles) will go through shootaround but will "most likely" not play Friday night vs. Toronto.

    Advice: This is somewhat discouraging news, as Bradley has appeared in only one game since Jan 6. and had been targeting Friday as a return date. However, Bradley did travel with the team and told reporters that he felt "100 percent." He said he hoped to play Friday night but that the training staff might not let him. Marcus Smart will again see heavy minutes in Bradley's absence. Today, 9:28 am
  • P.J. Tucker is unlikely to play Friday night
    P.J. Tucker is unlikely to make his Raptors debut Friday night vs. Boston.

    Advice: Tucker was dealt from Phoenix to Toronto on Thursday afternoon. Tucker's fantasy value takes a hit as a result of this trade. He was averaging 30-plus minutes a night over the last few months in Phoenix. In Toronto, he will have to split playing time with DeMarre Carroll and Norman Powell. Today, 8:51 am
  • Jarrett Jack signs 10-day contract w/ Pels
    Jarrett Jack has agreed to a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Advice: Jack has not appeared in an NBA game since he tore his ACL while playing for the Nets in January of 2016. The signing makes sense, as New Orleans had a need for a guard after trading away Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway in the DeMarcus Cousins deal. Still, Jack can be left on the waiver wire until he proves he is healthy and can still be productive. Today, 8:11 am
  • Ben Simmons (foot) will not play this season
    Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo announced on Friday that Ben Simmons will not play this season, as his foot has not yet fully healed.

    Advice: It's a tough blow for the Sixers, as they were hoping to get at least a glimpse of the first overall pick in the 2016 draft over the final month of the season. Simmons suffered a Jones fracture back in October. There was not timeline given initially, but Simmons had progressed to the point where he was recently participating in limited portions of practice. However, after consulting with team physicians, the Sixers decided it was best to sideline him for the entire season. If you had stashed Simmons on your roster in re-draft leagues, he can now be cut loose. Today, 7:51 am
  • Gerald Green (heel) will not play Friday
    Gerald Green (heel) will not play Friday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Green is averaging just 11.4 minutes per game for the Celtics this season. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart might see a small bump in playing time on Friday. Today, 7:31 am
  • Cavs discover Sanders was arrested last year
    According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Larry Sanders was arrested last year on a felony charge in Los Angeles.

    Advice: The ABJ reports: "According to Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department jail records, Sanders was arrested on June 12 and booked into the Van Nuys jail. His bail was set at $50,000." Well, this helps shed light as to why Sanders has not been able to secure even a 10-day contract after trying out for numerous teams. Despite his size and skill, Sanders' off-court issues have scared teams away. Today, 6:37 am
  • Kevin Durant fills stat sheet in win over LAC
    Kevin Durant fought through a left hand injury and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes of Thursday's 123-113 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: While he might have done even more had he not gone to the locker room for X-rays, owners aren't about to complain about this one, especially with just one turnover. Durant appears to have avoided a serious injury, as it's just being called a hand contusion, so look for him to keep rolling over the final several weeks of the season. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 23 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points against the Knicks on Thursday with three rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are playing well again, which means the likelihood of Irving getting rested will be on the rise. Additionally, Deron Williams could be joining the Cavs, assuming a team doesn't claim his big contract. Irving will still be elite when he plays, but his owners will have to keep their eyes peeled for a possible rest day. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Willy Hernagomez double-doubles in start
    Willy Hernangomez scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 27 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He looks to be locked in as the starter at least until Joakim Noah (hamstring) is out, and he could also get an expanded offensive role with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) being in a walking boot. Hernangomez should be owned in all standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Kevin Durant returns after hand scare
    Kevin Durant had X-rays taken on his left hand after the first quarter of Thursday's game and then quickly returned to action in the second quarter.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and it's being called a contusion, so it looks like Durant's owners, as well as the Warriors, avoided a disaster tonight. He's fine. Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • The Suns expected to waive Mike Scott
    The Suns are expected to waive Mike Scott.

    Advice: While the Suns really need some depth at forward, they'll look elsewhere. Scott could get some interest as a 10-day guy this weekend. Yesterday, 6:19 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha not on injury report
    Thabo Sefolosha is not on the injury report for Friday against the Heat.

    Advice: He should be good to go and it'll be interesting to see how he fits in going forward. Tim Hardaway Jr. has been very good while the rookies, Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry, have improved in the past month. Sefolosha isn't an add in fantasy. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Bobby Portis could be unleashed w/ Taj gone?
    Bobby Portis should see a significant increase in playing time following Thursday's trade that sent Taj Gibson to Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Portis was one of the biggest winners at the trade deadline, just by virtue of staying put. He looks like the probable starting PF and is coming off a few strong performances before the break, including a 19-point, eight-rebound game last Thursday. His efficiency has improved this season and Chicago could turn him loose, so he's a reasonable pickup if you need a free agent forward. Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Woj: Raptors acquire P.J. Tucker in trade
    The Suns are trading P.J. Tucker to the Raptors in exchange for Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: The Raptors get their guy at the deadline buzzer and it didn't cost them any first-round picks, so this is a terrific pickup for general manager Masai Ujiri. There was some talk that the Raptors wanted Tucker to help guard LeBron James in the playoffs. He figures to take a few minutes away from Norman Powell and DeMarre Carroll on his new team. Also with Tucker gone, T.J. Warren should be looking at big minutes, assuming he can avoid too many defensive hiccups. Yesterday, 12:03 pm
  • Woj: Mike Scott traded to Phoenix for cash
    Atlanta has traded Mike Scott to the Suns for cash, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: The Hawks don't need Scott anymore with Ersan Ilysasova around. The Suns are under the salary cap, so it's basically just a salary dump here. He is not expected to take minutes away from a heating-up Marquese Chriss. Yesterday, 11:58 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne traded to the Bulls
    Joffrey Lauvergne has been traded to the Bulls.

    Advice: Even though Taj Gibson is moving on to OKC, Chicago isn't necessarily a great spot for King Joffrey because the Bulls probably want to give Bobby Portis most of the power forward minutes as they look towards the future. Lauvergne is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues, especially if the Bulls move another big like Nikola Mirotic or Robin Lopez. He averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.4 steals in 14.8 minutes per game for OKC. Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne could be going to Bulls
    If the Thunder and Bulls pull off a trade that would send Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and draft compensation would also likely be part of the deal.

    Advice: Lauvergne has been getting extra run with the Thunder due to the absence of Enes Kanter (arm), but Kanter is nearing a return to action. And if Lauvergne ends up with the Bulls, he would likely be in the rotation, as the Bulls only have Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic (as of now) to play at the four. Having said that, it's still hard to imagine Lauvergne having 12-team fantasy value with the Bulls, or any other team. Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • Pelicans to work out G Jarrett Jack
    Combo guard Jarrett Jack will work out for the guard-depleted Pelicans, according to Marc Stein.

    Advice: The former Yellow Jacket and NBA vet last played for the Nets and Hawks, and is trying to come back from an ACL tear suffered in 2016. The Pelicans, who need guard help after the DeMarcus Cousins trade, would be a nice landing spot for him, but he's 33 years old and probably wouldn't make much of a fantasy impact even if he were to be signed. Yesterday, 10:27 am
  • Avery Bradley goes through partial practice
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) went through part of practice on Thursday as planned.

    Advice: He's only played in one game since Jan. 6, but he said he felt good after the limited practice. Coach Brad Stevens didn't even know if Bradley would travel for Friday's game vs. the Raptors, so that's a concern considering Bradley was initially targeting that game for his return. We could have another update soon, but Marcus Smart will continue to benefit if he's out. Yesterday, 9:48 am
  • Gerald Green (heel) misses practice Thursday
    Gerald Green sat out Thursday's practice with a sore heel.

    Advice: His availability for Friday's game vs. the Raptors is unclear, but either way it's unlikely to alter many fantasy lineups. Check back for updates after shootaround. Yesterday, 9:47 am
  • ESPN & Woj: Raptors interested in Tucker
    The "big Deadline Day decision" for the Raptors is whether to surrender a first-round pick with Jared Sullinger for P.J. Tucker, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Late on Wednesday night, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the Raptors are interested in Tucker, so they appear to be the favorite to land him. Of course, there have been rumors for the Celtics, Jazz, Hawks, Wizards and Clippers. Tucker is among the most-likely players to be deal today, which would open up minutes for T.J. Warren. Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) targeting Friday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) looked good during Wednesday's practice, according to coach Dwane Casey, and he's expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: Patterson missed the Raptors' final six games before the break, and he's had 12 DNPs in Toronto's past 19 games. His return to health is great news for the team's frontcourt depth, but most fantasy owners won't care now that Serge Ibaka has slotted into the starting PF job. Wednesday, 5:11 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi unlikely to see many more minutes
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi's playing time will increase "a little, not a lot."

    Advice: Washington's offseason acquisition has averaged 13.3 minutes per game since his return on Feb. 8. Brooks has vowed to keep Jason Smith in the rotation, and as long as Smith and Marcin Gortat are healthy it's unlikely that Mahinmi will emerge as a standard-league asset. Wednesday, 5:08 pm
  • Tyronn Lue praises FA center Larry Sanders
    Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue praised free agent C Larry Sanders after meeting him on Wednesday, but he didn't comment on whether the team would sign him.

    Advice: Every player signed by Cleveland carries big luxury-tax implications, so the team won't be rushing into anything. "With me, everybody I meet always has a clean slate," Lue said. "You have a clean slate until you do something wrong, so he was a great dude just talking to him." Even if Sanders inks a deal in Cleveland, or elsewhere, it's very hard to envision him as a fantasy asset this season. Wednesday, 4:20 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (groin) could play Friday?
    Thabo Sefolosha (groin) may be able to return to the court for Friday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Sefolosha was spotted getting up some 3s after going through a full practice on Wednesday and given that he's been out since Jan. 27 with this groin injury, he has to be getting very close to a return. Sefolosha has value as a steals specialist as Atlanta's starting small forward, but a trade at the deadline would likely crush his value. Until he's actually playing games, he can remain on the wire in most leagues. Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Brown wants Ben Simmons to play this season
    76ers head coach said he'd like to see Ben Simmons take the court this season.

    Advice: Simmons was limited to individual work during Wednesday's practice, and he's scheduled to have another CT scan on Thursday. While Brown would like to see what he's got in the No. 1 overall pick, the 76ers are running out of time, and considering he's yet to go through any 5-on-5 work we can go ahead and assume he'll miss both games this weekend. The talent is there, but at this point, Simmons just isn't a great standard league stash. Wednesday, 10:07 am
  • Larry Sanders will workout for the Cavaliers
    Larry Sanders is scheduled to workout for the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sanders is attempting an NBA comeback, and he's already had workouts with the Lakers, Miami and a handful of other teams. So far, those workouts have not resulted in a contract, and Sanders has reportedly looked a bit out of shape which is understandable considering he's been out of the league for two years now. Even If Sanders is able to snag a deal for the minimum, it's unlikely he'll have much, if any, fantasy value this season. Wednesday, 6:58 am
  • Willy Hernangomez will start again Thursday
    Willy Hernangomez will start at center on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Joakim Noah tweaked his hamstring right before the break and will probably miss extended time. The rookie looks like a great pickup and is averaging 11.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 block and 1.7 steals in three previous starts this season. His rest-of-season outlook is very promising, especially if the Knicks are sellers at the deadline. Tuesday, 5:10 pm
  • Report: P.J. Tucker highly coveted around NBA
    The Suns have reportedly received inquiries regarding the availability of P.J. Tucker from the Raptors, Celtics, Wizards, Clippers, Hawks and Jazz.

    Advice: Tucker is very likely to be moved at the deadline, and in terms of fantasy value, Los Angeles and Atlanta look like the best potential destinations as he would assuredly lose value with any of the other aforementioned teams. T.J. Warren could see a nice boost in value if the Suns don't bring back another wing, so he's someone to consider stashing away ahead of the trade deadline. Tuesday, 12:06 pm
  • P.J. Tucker the 'most likely' to be moved?
    Zach Lowe of ESPN is reporting that P.J. Tucker is the "most likely" to be traded by the Suns at the deadline.

    Advice: Phoenix is taking calls on "most" of their veterans and that surely includes Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight, but Tucker will likely draw the most interest because of his cheap expiring contract. Previous reports have indicated that the Suns are holding out for a first-round pick, but that seems a bit ambitious. The Raptors, Clippers and Celtics have all been linked to Tucker in recent days, but a trade would shatter his fantasy value and open the door for T.J. Warren to have a consistent role with minutes in the 30s. Monday, 6:50 pm
  • Report: Celtics interested in P.J. Tucker
    The Celtics have reportedly expressed "deep interest" in P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: Tucker would add some solid depth to the Celtics, but his playing time would take a substantial hit in Boston, so Tucker owners should be hoping that he remains in Phoenix past the deadline. There have been more than a few trade rumors regarding Tucker, though, so him remaining with the Suns is far from a certainty. Sunday, 12:06 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
  • 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
  • Bobby Portis is back? Maybe?
    Bobby Portis scored a season-high 19 points with eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: Free Bobby Portis? Nikola Mirotic (back) was expected to play in this game, but it looks like coach Fred Hoiberg wanted to give the second-year Portis a chance after some energetic effort this week. He's still a work in progress, but Portis playing well does put him on the radar in deep leagues. After all, it's not like Mirotic has played well this season. Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores just five points
    Marcus Smart made just 1-of-5 from the field for five points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a huge defensive play on the second-to-last possession, but fouled Jimmy Butler with 0.9 seconds left in regulation on the last Chicago play. Although, it was a very questionable foul call from the refs. Anyway, Smart's red-hot shooting came to a screeching halt with his game, which surprises nobody. After the break, Smart should likely drop below the 30-minute mark most nights due to the depth likely coming back. As long as you're OK with subpar shooting, Smart could be a solid hold for you. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Gerald Green (heel) scores six points vs. CHI
    Gerald Green (heel) scored six points with three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 12 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He was unlikely to play, but he have the Celtics some decent minutes with a +4 in +/- today. Green has clearly benefited with Avery Bradley (Achilles) and Jaylen Brown (hip) out, so he may fall out of the rotation after the break. Thursday, 7:28 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
  • Ben Simmons to have another test 2/23
    Ben Simmons (foot) is scheduled to have another CT scan on Feb. 23.

    Advice: According to the 76ers, they will continue to monitor his recovery and are "employing a conservative and thoughtful approach" on his rehab. The team added Simmons' long-term health is the primary concern, which suggests he is even less likely to play this season. Of course, the Feb. 23 scan will be a big milestone for him. Thursday, 3:39 pm
  • Gerald Green is 'questionable at best'
    Gerald Green (heel) is "questionable at best" for Thursday against the Bulls, according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: He wants to play, but the coaching staff may have the last say. If he can't go, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart could see a few extra minutes. Smart has been absolutely on fire and needs to be owned everywhere. Thursday, 3:34 pm
  • Scan on Simmons' foot didn't go well?
    A foot scan for Ben Simmons (foot) on Jan. 23 showed that his foot was not fully healed, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Advice: "The first overall pick in last summer’s draft is scheduled to visit the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York as early as Monday to determine if his right foot is fully healed," according to the report. The 76ers have said they are planning on Simmons making his debut this season, but the chances continue to decrease. Coach Brett Brown said Simmons needs at least five full practices to play, so he's still not close yet. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha on the trade block?
    The Hawks have had discussions with other teams about Thabo Sefolosha with the deadline looming.

    Advice: Sefolosha is on a bargain of a contract at just under $3.9 million, but he will hit free agency this summer. The Hawks are looking to be buyers at the deadline, so Sefolosha and Tiago Splitter are the two most likely pieces to be moved to make a deal work. The Hawks are loaded with depth at SF and they may want to clear up more minutes for guys like Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry, but no deal is imminent at this time. He's not a great stash. Thursday, 11:14 am
  • Robert Covington (head) says he's 'fine'
    Robert Covington (head) said he's "fine" after leaving Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics early in the fourth quarter.

    Advice: "I hit it on the chair pretty hard," Covington said after the game. "I didn’t black out or anything. I didn’t get dizzy. It just started ringing and I had to sit there for a second. Overall, all I think it is right now is a headache." He added that he doesn't think he has a concussion, but we'll let you know if the 76ers run any tests on him. For now, expect the stat-stuffing machine to be ready to go when the 76ers return from the break. Thursday, 9:05 am
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) targeting Feb. 24
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) said he's targeting a return on Feb. 24 against the Raptors, the first game after the All-Star break.

    Advice: "I want to play and play through it," Bradley said of the Celtics' decision to shut him down until the break. "But the team advised me that it's just not the time to take that risk right now with something potentially happening with my Achilles, or a different injury." He added that he's been pain-free for a while, but he's going to ramp up his activities this week and his owners can look forward to having back in their lineups on Feb. 24. Thursday, 7:53 am
  • Brown expects Ben Simmons to play this season
    76ers coach Brett Brown said on Wednesday that he expects Ben Simmons (foot) to play at some point this season.

    Advice: "We do expect him to play this year," Brown said. "It is our expectation that he will get on a court. It’s moving slowly. It’s calculated. We’re trying to be very careful." With a playoff push looking very unlikely, his chances of playing this season have taken a hit and several reports out of Philly have indicated that his return isn't imminent. Simmons isn't even going to play 5-on-5 over the All-Star break, yet the 76ers want to see him go through five full practices before clearing him. At this point in the season, he's more of a luxury stash. Thursday, 7:03 am
  • 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
  • Kent Bazemore scores just two points
    Kent Bazemore scored two points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 17 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: This game was a blowout, and now Baze is cold again. In his last five games, Bazemore averaged 8.8 points, 3.2 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 treys on 34.2 percent from the field in 27.4 minutes per game. These are the breaks with Bazemore, he is still adding defensive stats, and he was fairly hot before this dud. He's a hold in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • P.J. Tucker plays through tweaked back
    P.J. Tucker played through a back issue on Wednesday vs. the Lakers, finishing with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting with three boards and one triple in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He briefly went to the locker room after falling into the camera area, but the fact that he returned to a game that the Suns won by 36 points is a great sign. He also gets a full week of rest during the All-Star break. Tucker is going to draw some interest at the deadline, but his owners won't miss him too much if he's dealt to a contender. Wednesday, 9:52 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez chips in across the board
    Willy Hernangomez started Wednesday's game and racked up eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 32 minutes vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (hamstring) was out again tonight, predictably, and the rookie center used the opportunity to turn in his best fantasy line in four games. He's prone to some disappearing acts, but with the Knicks struggling this season they have every reason to develop him in their final 26 games after the break. Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Kyle Lowry gets 21/6/6 in comeback victory
    Kyle Lowry chipped in 21 points, six rebounds, six assists, four 3-pointers and one steal in 41 minutes during Wednesday's topsy-turvy home victory.

    Advice: The Raptors were badly in need of a win and they preyed on the slumping Hornets tonight, providing some momentum as they head to the break. Lowry heaped praise on the acquisition of Serge Ibaka, citing his perimeter shooting, shot-blocking and ability to run the floor at the PF position, so there's some reason for optimism in Toronto. Win or lose, Lowry is a phenomenal fantasy asset. Wednesday, 8:25 pm
  • Marcus Smart dominant with 21/5/5 & 8 steals
    Marcus Smart was a dominant force during Wednesday's home win, stealing the ball eight times while making 7-of-11 shots to finish with 21 points, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and one block.

    Advice: Smart also commited six turnovers in 34 minutes, but who cares? He said after the game that he's never felt more comfortable in a Celtics uniform, which is ironic since his name continues to surface in trade rumors. Boston has now won 11 of their last 12 games, a stretch that's even more impressive due to the absence of Avery Bradley (Achilles). Bradley could return soon after the All-Star break, threatening Smart's starting role and playing time, but owners should obviously hold on tight here. Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) returns to the game
    P.J. Tucker returned to the game in the third quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Suns have this game in the bag, so Tucker returning with a 20-plus scoring lead is a great sign. He's fine. Wednesday, 7:44 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
  • P.J. Tucker (back) questionable to return
    P.J. Tucker (back) suffered a lower back contusion on Wednesday and is questionable to return.

    Advice: He fell into the camera area and limped to the locker room. Tucker was up-ended by the cameraman and landed on the area near his hip. If he can't return, we'll see more Marquese Chriss and T.J. Warren. Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • C.J. Miles quiet in 19 minutes vs. Cavs
    C.J. Miles played 19 minutes on Wednesday, finishing a 113-104 loss vs. Cleveland with eight points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Miles appeared to have an expanded opportunity with both Lavoy Allen (knee) and Thaddeus Young (wrist) on the sidelines, but he couldn't take advantage tonight. He's coming off the bench behind Glenn Robinson III but the result has been more losses for Indy, and things don't get easier vs. the rested Wizards on Thursday. Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Robert Covington (head) out for game
    Robert Covington (head contusion) went to the locker room in the fourth quarter on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: He hit his head and was able to walk back to the locker room under his own power. Covington was having a monster night in Boston, but he was down for a couple minutes and could have a concussion. He finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block, four 3-pointers and no turnovers. Wednesday, 6:49 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (groin) out for Wednesday
    Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: This will be his ninth straight game out of the lineup, but now he'll have the break to hopefully get back to normal. Taurean Prince was terrific on Monday and could fill in again. Tim Hardaway Jr. should also be busy. Wednesday, 6:34 pm
  • Gerald Green (heel) questionable to return
    Gerald Green (bruised left heel) is questionable to return to Wednesday's game.

    Advice: He has since returned to the bench, which is a good sign. If he can't return, Terry Rozier should benefit the most. Wednesday, 5:21 pm
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) out for next 2 games
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play in the Celtics final two games prior to the All-Star break.

    Advice: He's going to miss both Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers as well as Thursday's matchup against the Bulls, but he's reportedly pain-free and has been going through two-a-day workouts since February 8, so he has a good shot of getting back on the court following the All-Star break. Marcus Smart will continue to start in his absence with Isaiah Thomas running the show on offense. Wednesday, 2:56 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) won't play Wednesday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: He'll likely be active for the first game after the break, but it's unclear what his role will look like with Serge Ibaka in the fold. Lucas Nogueira should be able to see his minutes in the mid-20s tonight with both Patterson and Ibaka on the sidelines. Wednesday, 2:52 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) questionable vs. CHA
    Patrick Patterson (knee) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Patterson has gotten in multiple full practices, but the Raptors continue to withhold him from games, so it feels as though they want him to sit for the final game prior to the All-Star break. With the arrival of Serge Ibaka, Patterson will be even more irrelevant than he already was. Wednesday, 2:38 pm
  • Cavs not resting healthy players vs. Pacers
    Coach Ty Lue said he is not resting his healthy players on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: That means Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are both ready to roll as they close out their first halves on the second half of a back-to-back set. Irving scored 25 points on Tuesday and could be in for a huge night tonight based on how his usage rate spikes without Kevin Love. Wednesday, 2:29 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi will play 12-14 mins Thursday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will be limited to 12-14 minutes during Thursday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Mahinmi could see his minutes limit lifted after the break, but he won't be making any noise in fantasy hoops as long as Marcin Gortat is healthy. Wednesday, 10:57 am
  • Alex Abrines named to Rising Stars Challenge
    Alex Abrines has been named as Joel Embiid's (knee) replacement for the Rising Stars Challenge.

    Advice: Abrines has had a few impressive performances this season when given the minutes, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do during All-Star weekend. However, as the third-string two-guard in OKC, Abrines has zero fantasy value. Wednesday, 8:48 am
  • Report: Ben Simmons may not play this year
    The chances of Ben Simmons (foot) taking the court this season are dwindling, according to plugged-in 76ers' beat reporter Tom Moore.

    Advice: Brett Brown said that Simmons will need to go through "at least" five 5-on-5 full scrimmages before he's cleared to play, and given that this won't be happening during the break, there's just not much time left in the season for Simmons to put in that kind of work. Even if he scrimmages in full Feb. 22 and 23, the 76ers then have seven games in 11 days, followed by a four-game West Coast trip, leaving little time to practice. Simmons isn't a great guy to stash in standard leagues. Wednesday, 6:45 am
  • Kyrie Irving scores 25 points vs. Wolves
    Kyrie Irving had 25 points, seven assists and two 3-pointers on 10-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's 116-108 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: He would have had a better night had he not gone just 2-of-10 from downtown but he also managed to get through the night without a single turnover. Irving shouldn't be too impacted by the absence of Kevin Love (knee surgery) for the next six weeks, and it looks like Channing Frye will be able to give Irving a nice assist option in Love's place. Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) out Tuesday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Patterson has been medically cleared to play, but he's still not 100 percent and it's all about pain tolerance according to coach Dwane Casey. Jakob Poeltl is getting the start tonight, but there's not much upside there. Serge Ibaka could make his debut on Wednesday vs. the Raptors, and his arrival should spell trouble for the fantasy outlook of Patterson. Tuesday, 4:58 pm
  • Sefolosha (groin) questionable Wednesday
    Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will be listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Sefolosha has missed eight straight games, so it would be surprising if the Hawks played him Wednesday, as opposed to sitting him through the All-Star break, which would allow him to get another full week of rest. Tim Hardaway Jr. will draw another start if Thabo does not play. THJ has been playing the best basketball of his career of late. He is averaging 22.5 points (while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor), 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 treys over Atlanta's last six games. Tuesday, 4:46 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez may continue to start
    Team president Phil Jackson views Willy Hernangomez and Kristaps Porzingis as the "starting frontcourt tandem of the future," according to Mark Berman of the New York Post.

    Advice: Sunday was the first time Hernangomez started alongside Porzingis and Knicks posted arguably their most impressive win of the season, a 94-90 victory over the Spurs. Joakim Noah (hamstring) is expected to miss at least one more game, so Hernangomez will likely start again on Wednesday vs. OKC. If Noah is healthy after the All-Star break, coach Jeff Hornacek will have a tough decision to make. Either way, Hernangomez had done enough to earn consistent minutes going forward. Tuesday, 7:08 am
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