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  • Kevin Porter Jr. returns for 26 minutes
    Kevin Porter Jr. (hip) returned to action and played 26 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, hitting 3-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, three rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: He's intriguing and his talent is not in question, but how much of a role he can carve out with the Cavs remains in doubt. But he's in a good spot, as the Cavaliers are going to have to go young and let the kids play, meaning KPJ should be on your watch list throughout the rest of the preseason, and into the regular season. But he looked pretty pedestrian tonight. Yesterday, 6:33 pm
  • Dante Exum (knee) won't play on Wednesday
    Dante Exum (knee) will not play in Wednesday's preseason finale against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: He'll likely be limited to begin the year and is not a guy to target in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 3:29 pm
  • Kevin Huerter, Crabbe, Parsons out Wednesday
    Kevin Huerter (right knee), Allen Crabbe (knee) and Chandler Parsons (knees) have been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Huerter is simply dealing with some knee pain, so he should be able to get ready for opening night by resting up, although he's not the most attractive target in standard settings. Crabbe and Parsons are completely off the radar in most formats. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Damyean Dotson (shoulder) probable Wednesday
    Damyean Dotson (right shoulder) is likely to make his preseason debut on Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Dotson played through half of last season with an undiagnosed torn labrum, which he had surgery on in May and was expected to miss the entire preseason, but he got in a full practice on Sunday and appears to be on track to take the court tomorrow. Check back for another update following Wednesday's shootaround. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Evan Fournier (back) limited at practice Tues
    Evan Fournier (back) played "in a little bit" of Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Fournier said he's dealt with back spasms before, but not quite like the ones he's currently dealing with, and he admitted he was very sore after going through limited portions of Tuesday's scrimmage. It seems unlikely that he'll play in Thursday's preseason finale, but he has a little over a week to get himself ready for Orlando's season opener on October 23 vs. Cleveland. Yesterday, 12:46 pm
  • Terrence Ross goes through partial scrimmage
    Terrence Ross (ankle) was able to get through most of Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Ross tweaked his ankle during last Friday's preseason game and sat out Sunday's exhibition, but him getting through a majority of Tuesday's scrimmage is a great sign. It's possible he'll skip Orlando's preseason finale on Thursday, but he should be good to go for opening night. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (Achilles) ruled out Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum (sore right Achilles) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Batum has said the injury is "nothing serious" and that he expects to play in the regular season, but this is obviously concerning nonetheless. Bump him down on your draft board, as his upside isn't all that enticing even if he is fully healthy. Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Frank Ntilikina (groin) probable for Wed
    Frank Ntilikina (groin) practiced on Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Ntilikina was unable to practice on Monday due to a sore groin, which raised some red flags, considering he missed 31 of the final 33 games last season due to a nagging groin issue. However, the Knicks downplayed the injury, and it appears they were truthful. We'll see how much playing time Frank logs on Wednesday, as Dennis Smith Jr. (back) is expected to make his preseason debut. Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Dennis Smith Jr (back) probable for Wednesday
    Dennis Smith Jr. (strained lower back) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: DSJ was sidelined for each of the Knicks first two preseason contests, but it looks like he will make his debut on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if coach David Fizdale inserts Smith into the starting lineup, and how he divvies up minutes at point guard throughout the evening. Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • Report: G. Green (foot) to miss entire season
    According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Rockets fear that Gerald Green's broken foot is worse than initially expected and fear he'll miss the season.

    Advice: Green wasn't on the radar in standard-sized fantasy leagues, but his absence will likely open additional minutes for Danuel House, Eric Gordon, Ben McLemore and Gary Clark. Yesterday, 10:10 am
  • Damion Lee fills stat sheet in road defeat
    Damion Lee posted a stat line of 18 points (7-of-11 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, three steals and two assists in the Warriors' 104-98 loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: After averaging 11.7 minutes per game in 32 minutes last season, Lee is looking to show that not only does he belong on the roster but he should also factor into the Warriors' rotation. Lee was one of three bench players that managed to reach double figures in scoring, with Alfonzo McKinnie (four rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot and one three-pointer) and Jacob Evans (four rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot) scoring 11 points apiece. Lee isn't much of a factor fantasy-wise, even with Monday's effort. Monday, 11:30 pm
  • Zach Norvell Jr. scores 22 points in Lakers W
    Zach Norvell Jr. started and played 33 minutes in Monday's 104-98 win over the Warriors, scoring 22 points (6-of-13 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Lakers were without at least five players who will be a part of the rotation when the regular season begins, which opened things up for Norvell. The rookie out of Gonzaga, who's on a two-way contract, made the most of his opportunity by leading the Lakers in scoring with a combination of jump shots and tough finishes around the basket. And Norvell wasn't the only guard to do a good job of filling in for the team's veterans, as David Stockton (seven assists, one rebound and one steal) and Demetrius Jackson (seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block) scored ten and 11 points, respectively, off the bench. Monday, 11:05 pm
  • Gary Harris scores 18 in tight road victory
    Gary Harris tallied 18 points (6-of-10 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in Monday's 107-102 win over Phoenix.

    Advice: Harris and Jamal Murray (16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers) combined to score 34 points on the night, supplementing Jerami Grant's 22-point outing as the Nuggets held off the Suns. Limited by injury for much of last season, Harris is back to full strength and he's managed to impact games in a variety of ways. He's a good perimeter option in both eight and nine-category leagues. Monday, 10:48 pm
    Player Note
    Gary Harris Den - SG,SF
  • Joe Ingles tallies team-high eight assists
    Joe Ingles finished Monday's 128-115 loss to Sacramento with 12 points (3-of-6 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), eight assists, four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Coming off the bench during the preseason after starting all 82 regular season games for the Jazz in 2018-19, Ingles has been more effective as a passer. He entered Monday's game averaging 7.3 assists per game, and that figure is going to increase thanks to his eight-assist effort against the Kings. Ingles still has late round value in most leagues, and it's a safe bet that he's going to be on the floor in crunch time on most nights. Monday, 10:20 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Ingles Uta - SG,SF
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 22 points vs. Kings
    Donovan Mitchell shot 8-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line in Monday's 128-115 loss to Sacramento, scoring 22 points with five rebounds, two assists and one three-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: While Mitchell has shot nearly 49% from the field during the preseason, he's struggled to knock down three-pointers. The third-year guard shot 1-of-6 from distance Monday night, and for the preseason he's shooting just 21.4% with an average of 4.7 three-point attempts per game. Mitchell still has high value in both eight and nine-category leagues, but he'll be even better with improved perimeter shooting numbers. Monday, 9:46 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell chips in with ten points vs. UTA
    Yogi Ferrell accounted for ten points (3-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes as the Kings beat Utah, 128-115.

    Advice: With Cory Joseph getting the night off, Ferrell put forth a solid effort off the bench as the Kings beat the Jazz in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately for him, he's still going to struggle for minutes once the regular season begins due to Sacramento's depth on the perimeter. As a result, Ferrell doesn't provide much value from a fantasy standpoint. Monday, 9:41 pm
  • Buddy Hield scores 23, dishes out 5 assists
    Buddy Hield finished Monday's 128-115 win over the Jazz with 23 points (9-of-17 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: One day after saying that he would like to finalize a contract extension with the Kings by the October 21 deadline, Hield put together a solid performance to help lead Sacramento past Utah. The lone negative was the shooting guard's turnover output, as he racked up four. But turnovers aren't much of a concern for Hield, as he averaged 1.8 per game last season. Monday, 9:36 pm
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic posts 16/5/8 stat line
    Bogdan Bogdanovic accounted for 16 points (6-of-16 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes in Monday's win over Utah.

    Advice: Bogdanovic didn't have his best night shooting the basketball, as he finished 2-of-7 from beyond the arc. But he managed to do a little bit of everything while on the floor, leading the team in assists while also leading the reserves with his 16 points off the bench. Bogdanovic should get into the high twenties in minutes on a nightly basis, and while his fantasy value is hurt some by the fact that he comes off the bench he's certainly worthy of being selected in the latter stages of most league drafts. Monday, 9:03 pm
  • Malik Monk plays through toe injury
    Malik Monk played through his toe injury on Monday vs. Memphis, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one triple in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He's never been a great steals or blocks guy with 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per 36 minutes for his career, but he has added some muscle and is at least starting to compete on that end of the floor. The Hornets should be one of the worst teams in the NBA and they will want to get Monk a fair chance this season, but there's not much fantasy value to be had with Dwayne Bacon running away with the starting SG role. Monday, 8:07 pm
  • Dwayne Bacon scores 21 points
    Dwayne Bacon scored 21 points vs. the Grizzlies on Monday, adding five assists, three rebounds, three triples and four turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He's finding his rhythm after a slow start to the preseason. The Hornets are putting the ball in his hands more often and we've heard multiple times that he could be the No. 2 option on offense this season. The defensive stats are nowhere to be found, but he's gaining steam as a late-round source of points, 3s and dimes. Monday, 7:59 pm
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