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  • Luol Deng returned to action on Sunday January 15. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:19 am
  • Maurice Ndour was signed by NY on Sunday January 15. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:19 am
  • Andre Drummond hits rare 3-pointer Sunday
    Andre Drummond briefly exited Sunday's game with a right leg injury, but he returned to finish with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond appeared to injure the knee or lower part of his right leg, but he was no worse the wear after returning and we'll leave him off the injury report. He wasn't very efficient tonight, hitting 6-of-17 FGs and 2-of-5 FTs, but he managed to sink a 3-pointer for the second time this season and fifth time in his career. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Reggie Bullock quiet as fill-in starter
    Reggie Bullock started for the short-handed Pistons on Sunday, but he committed five fouls in 29 minutes to finish with four points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) and Jon Leuer (knee) were both out tonight, and the Pistons didn't want to go big with Aron Baynes in a matchup vs. the Lakers. Bullock's playing time was robust, considering his foul trouble, and he's just a short-term option in deeper leagues while KCP is out of commission. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver plays 31 minutes vs. OKC
    Anthony Tolliver scored 10 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Tolliver started in his fourth consecutive game tonight and has played over 30 minutes in each of his starts. During that stretch, he is averaging 33.3 minutes, 12.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.3 treys per game. Coach Dave Joerger likes to mix it up with his starting five, so at any moment Tolliver could head back to his bench role. However, until that happens, he is worth considering in deeper leagues for fantasy owners in need of 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores career-high 31 points
    Doug McDermott scored 20 of his career-high 31 points during in the second quarter of Sunday's road win in Charlotte, finishing 9-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line.

    Advice: McDermott caught fire in the first half and helped the Bulls escape with a 108-104 road win, benefiting from extra minutes with Nikola Mirotic (illness) unavailable tonight. The third-year SF out of Creighton has had some nice moments over the past month, but tonight's eruption (against a tough Grizzlies' defense) doesn't necessarily make him worth owning. He added six boards, one steal and one block tonight, but for standard-league purposes he's only worth owning if you need a 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Rudy Gay double-doubles vs. Thunder
    Rudy Gay scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes on Sunday against the Thunder.

    Advice: This was his second consecutive double-double and his fourth of the season. He continues to have a nice January, averaging 35.4 minutes, 19.4 points, seven rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. There is no reason to think he will slow down any time soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Zach Randolph posts 16 & 15 in win vs Chicago
    Zach Randolph grabbed eight of his 16 rebounds on the offensive end vs. Chicago on Sunday, adding 15 points, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: In the process, Randolph passed Chris Webber for 88th on the NBA's all-time scoring list -- after Sunday's game he has 17,188 points in his career. He was awful to start tonight's game, but the veteran's newfound bench role hasn't prevented him from posting mid-round value over the Grizzlies' past 15 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Tony Allen solid in 33 minutes Sunday
    Tony Allen chipped in across the board on Sunday with four points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are now 8-13 in games they've trailed at halftime this season, which isn't shocking for a team that relies on their defense to win games. The veteran Allen isn't an obvious fantasy option, but he's worth owning with averages of 5.5 boards, 1.8 steals, and 10.1 points per game on 49.0 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins double-doubles vs. Thunder
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 8-of-20 shots for 31 points with 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer on Sunday against the Thunder.

    Advice: The big man has shown his passing abilities more often this season, averaging a career-high 4.1 assists per game. He has dished out at least five dimes in 10 of his last 11 games and has flirted with a triple-double several times during that stretch. Tonight’s double-double, marked his fifth consecutive one. Fantasy owners should be content with his production this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Paul Zipser starts, play 15 minutes Sunday
    Paul Zipser started Sunday's game in place of Dwyane Wade (rest), finishing with five points, two rebounds and three turnovers in 15 minutes.

    Advice: It was a tough matchup vs. the Grizzlies' defense, but that's hardly the only reason to avoid Zipser, a 22-year-old rookie taken by Chicago at No. 48 overall this season. Wade is due back on Tuesday, kicking off the Bulls' three-game week, and we're unlikely to hear much from Zipser until a back-to-back set on Jan. 24-25. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo gets 33/87/6 w/ extras
    Giannis Antetokounmpo piled up 33 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals in 40 minutes on Sunday.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo shot 13-of-22 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line, but it wasn't enough to beat the Hawks in Atlanta tonight. The Bucks' defense was their undoing, as they allowed the Hawks to score 111 points on 52.5 percent shooting (13-of-26 from downtown), and they'll need to tighten up during Monday's matinee vs. the Sixers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Mindaugas Kuzminskas ineffective in 23 mins
    Mindaugas Kuzminskas didn't do much in his 23 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring nine points on 3-of-8 shooting to go with two boards, one assist, one 3-pointer and two turnovers.

    Advice: This was disappointing following Thursday's 19-point outburst, particularly with Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) leaving the game after just two minutes of action. Kuzminskas may be able to see some increased opportunity with Thomas set spend some time on the shelf and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) uncertain for Monday, but he's been too inconsistent to warrant a pickup in most season-long settings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores 17 points off the bench
    Justin Holiday scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting Sunday, to go with three 3-pointers, three boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Holiday also went 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, giving him a sterling true shooting percentage of 83.3 on the evening. The blowout nature of the game, partnered with Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) going down early with an injury helped Holiday get some extended minutes, and it'll be interesting to see if he can keep his momentum going into Monday's matchup with the Hawks. This is a wait-and-see situation in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Mike Muscala (left ankle) won't play Monday
    Mike Muscala (left ankle) won't travel for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Hawks play in Detroit on Wednesday, so there's a chance that Muscala will miss multiple games. Kris Humphries should see his role increase with Muscala on the shelf, but Atlanta also relied heavily on their swingmen after Muscala's injury on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:48 pm
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  • Gorgui Dieng scores season-high 21 points
    Gorgui Dieng scored a season high-21 points on 10-of-12 shooting during Sunday's 98-87 loss to the Mavericks, adding eight rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Dieng was en fuego on the offensive end, as he regularly abused Dirk Nowitzki on his post ups. This was a nice bounce-back game after Friday's four-point, 1-of-10 shooting disaster, and while owners shouldn't expect this sort of offensive output on most nights, Dieng's steady stream of defensive statistics with solid shooting percentages has his him churning out steady mid-round value on the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Report: Miami granted hardship exception
    Miami has reportedly been granted a hardship exception and they will be calling up Okaro White from their D-League affiliate to fill their 16th roster spot.

    Advice: This report means that an independent doctor has ruled that Josh Richardson (foot) will miss at least another two weeks with his injury, and while White could get some run for the injury-depleted Heat, Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson will be the primary beneficiaries sans Richardson. Owners in most settings can use a wait-and-see approach with White. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:59 pm
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  • Willie Reed (sternum) limited at practice Sun
    Willie Reed (bruised sternum) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: "During the non-contact part, there was some soreness," Reed said. "All in all, I’m fine. We’re just going to see how it feels when you take a blow to it. That’s the biggest key." With Reed on the sidelines, James Johnson has been forced into heavy minutes, earning some run at the five-spot in small ball lineups when Hassan Whiteside goes to the bench. Reed isn't worth a roster spot anywhere. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
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  • Patrick Patterson (knee) won't play Sunday
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Sunday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He will miss his second game in a row, but the Raptors are likely being cautious based on coach Dwane Casey's comments earlier in the week. With Patterson out, the Raptors are going to roll with Lucas Nogueira at the four, but that might not be ideal if the Knicks start Lance Thomas in place of Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles). Nogueira had 10 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists in his last start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 15 points in 32 mins
    Nikola Vucevic played 32 minutes, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in Saturday’s loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Despite the tough matchup, Vuc was able to put together a nice performance. He continues to play significant minutes, playing 32 minutes in three consecutive games. In the month of January, he is averaging 30.1 minutes, 16.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Orlando’s new approach on offense has not affected Vucevic in a negative way whatsoever. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:05 pm
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