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  • Dejounte Murray starts, logs 18 minutes
    Dejounte Murray finished Sunday's exhibition with six points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: Murray was one of Rotoworld's favorite breakout candidates last year, prior to tearing his right ACL. He's healthy now and can play alongside Derrick White, another ascendant guard in San Antonio, and is worth targeting in the middle rounds. His defensive versatility is off the charts, as evidenced again tonight as he successfully shut down a variety of players off the dribble, in pick-and-rolls, and even in post-ups. 6 minutes ago
  • Derrick White headed to bench role for Spurs?
    Derrick White had four points, four rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes off the bench on Sunday.

    Advice: The Spurs are "strongly leaning" toward starting Dejounte Murray and Bryn Forbes in the backcourt, according to Gregg Popovich. That's not ideal news for White, but doesn't ruin his fantasy value since he'd still be a focal point for the second unit as a sixth man. He was a standout with Team USA this summer and will play a big role whether he's starting or coming off the bench. 7 minutes ago
  • Jrue Holiday (left quad) scores 16 points Sun
    Jrue Holiday (left quad) returned on Sunday with 16 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He sat out recently with a bruised left quad, but the injury only cost him one game. Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker stepped up in his absence, which is worth remembering as the season progresses, but Holiday will obviously be fine for opening night. He's going to cost you a top-20 pick as the offense of a lightning-quick offense in New Orleans. 12 minutes ago
  • Jerome Robinson gets 15/5/3 in 32 minutes
    Jerome Robinson had 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 32 minutes on Sunday.

    Advice: Paul George (shoulders) has been ruled out for at least L.A.'s first 10 games, and Rodney McGruder is out a while with a high-ankle sprain. That leaves Robinson with a potential path to value, but he'd just be a streaming guy -- there's no incentive to touch him in drafts. 22 minutes ago
  • Landry Shamet hurts left wrist on Sunday
    Landry Shamet injured his left wrist on Sunday, but coach Doc Rivers downplayed it after the game.

    Advice: Rivers said that Shamet could have continued playing "if it was Game 6 [in the playoffs]," but there was no reason to push him in the preseason. The Clippers canceled their practice on Monday to rest guys and 'load management' will be a theme for this team -- especially for their two superstars. Shamet should be fine, fortunately, and is an intriguing late-round gamble who will help you in 3-pointers, if nothing else. 32 minutes ago
  • Tyler Johnson (sore knee) ruled out Monday
    Tyler Johnson (sore knee) is out for Monday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: Johnson had right knee surgery last year, but there's no indication this is a major setback. As a veteran with an expiring contract on a rebuilding team, though, he's not exactly positioned for fantasy glory. Today, 3:12 pm
  • Patrick Beverley tweaks calf in preseason win
    Patrick Beverley tweaked his calf during Sunday's exhibition game, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, two steals and one turnover in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The severity of Beverley's calf tweak isn't yet known, but don't be surprised if he sits out the Clippers' preseason finale on Thursday. Beverley can provide a steady stream of steals and triples, but his tendency to find himself on the sidelines limits his appeal in fantasy hoops. We wouldn't view him as anything more than a late-round flier in deep leagues if you're desperate for a point guard. Today, 3:11 pm
  • Davis, McCaw, Miller, OG and Boucher start
    Terence Davis, Patrick McCaw, Malcolm Miller, OG Anunoby and Chris Boucher will start for Toronto on Sunday.

    Advice: Welcome to the preseason. Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell are all being rested tonight, while Kyle Lowry is out with a thumb injury. Today, 3:02 pm
  • Gordon Hayward takes three shots in 17 mins
    Gordon Hayward attempted just three shots through 17 minutes of play on Sunday, ending his evening with three points, three assists and one rebound.

    Advice: Hayward was extremely hesitant while he was out there, attempting just one shot through his first 12 minutes of play, and he didn't get his first bucket until late in the second quarter. He has looked a bit more explosive at times during the preseason, but he still seems to be attempting to find his place in the Celtics system, and his preseason usage rate of 17.4 isn't great. Today, 2:57 pm
  • Jaylen Brown scores 10 points with one block
    Jaylen Brown recorded 10 points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, three assists and one block over 16 minutes during Sunday's preseason win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Brown got his points efficiently, going 4-of-7 from the field and 1-of-1 from the stripe, and he finished the game with a team-high plus/minus rating of plus-30. Brown is a great player, but his game doesn't really translate to fantasy hoops, so he's not the best target in standard leagues. Today, 2:50 pm
  • Kemba Walker scores 12 points in 16 minutes
    Kemba Walker went 3-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line on his way to 12 points in Sunday's easy preseason win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Walker went 3-of-3 from 3-point range and added one rebound while he was out there, but he also committed two turnovers without recording any assists. The good news is his knee was not an issue, but Walker's 22.2 preseason usage rate is somewhat concerning. Brad Stevens tends to get the most out of his point guards, but it could take Walker a bit to really get going as he adjusts to sharing the rock with Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum. Today, 2:44 pm
  • Justin Robinson starting at PG for Wizards
    Justin Robinson will start at PG for the Wizards on Sunday.

    Advice: He's starting because the Wizards have few healthy bodies left without Ish Smith (hamstring) and Isaiah Thomas (thumb). The rebuilding Wizards may find time for Robinson this season, but most of his minutes are likely to come in the G League. Today, 2:36 pm
  • Allen Crabbe (right knee) out again Sunday
    Allen Crabbe (right knee) will not play on Sunday.

    Advice: The expectation has always been that Crabbe would miss the preseason while rehabbing from right knee surgery. Missing training camp and the preseason hurts his integration with a youthful team that has multiple promising prospects on the wings, and we don't expect Crabbe to have more than occasional 3-point-specialist appeal. Today, 2:33 pm
  • Kevin Huerter (right knee) won't play vs. MIA
    Kevin Huerter (right knee pain) will not play vs. the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: Huerter's fantasy value was spoiled by inefficiency last year -- in 27.9 minutes per game over the final month, he shot 41.0% from the field and 50.0% from the free-throw line. He was 73.2% from the line on the season, only missed seven games, and should assume a bigger role as a scorer this year. There's reason to target him, but he may fare better in points leagues. Today, 2:24 pm
  • Evan Turner (left Achilles) probable Monday
    Evan Turner (left Achilles pain) is probable for Monday's game vs. Miami.

    Advice: Turner was acquired by the Hawks in June and coach Lloyd Pierce reportedly wants to play him at four positions, PG through PF. He's a solid playmaking veteran to bring off the bench for Atlanta, but it doesn't help that he's yet to play in a preseason game. With an Achilles issue preceding opening night, there's no reason to target him. Today, 2:24 pm
  • Romeo Langford exits game with knee sprain
    Romeo Langford suffered a right knee sprain during Sunday's preseason game.

    Advice: That's an unfortunate injury for Langford to catch with the regular season just a little over a week away, and there's certainly a chance this will impact his status for opening night. He wasn't projected to have a large role in the rotation, though, so this doesn't really affect fantasy hoops. Today, 2:17 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (thumb) cleared for shooting
    Isaiah Thomas (left thumb surgery) has progressed to shooting with his left hand.

    Advice: Thomas is still a ways away, but he's hopeful to get back to the court by early-to-mid November. It's tough to target him given his injury history, and with him missing all of camp and the preseason, we don't know exactly what his role will look like. Today, 2:11 pm
  • Ish Smith (hamstring) won't play on Sunday
    Ish Smith (right hamstring tightness) will not play in Sunday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: This will be Smith's second straight game on the sidelines, but it makes sense for the Wizards to be extremely cautious here given the lack of depth they have at the PG position. Isaac Bonga will get the start tonight and he'll be joined by Justin Robinson, Bradley Beal, Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant. Today, 1:48 pm
  • Lowry, Ibaka, Siakam, FVV, Gasol, Powell out
    Kyle Lowry (thumb), Serbe Ibaka (rest), Pascal Siakam (rest), Fred VanVleet (rest), Marc Gasol (rest) and Normal Powell (rest) will not play in Sunday's exhibition game.

    Advice: Lowry is the only guy dealing with an actual injury, while the other guys are simply jetlagged after getting back from Japan. Expect the reserves to get some heavy burn today. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back) won't play on Sunday
    Evan Fournier (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's preseason matchup with the 76ers.

    Advice: Fournier was forced out of Friday's exhibition with back spasms, and he'll likely be taking it easy until the regular season. Michael Carter-Williams will get the start in his place today, and Markelle Fultz should see some extended run. The hope is that Fournier will be able to practice on Monday or Tuesday and return for the preseason finale on Thursday. Today, 1:34 pm
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