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  • Gordon Hayward (finger) will play Saturday
    Gordon Hayward (finger) will play Saturday vs. the Kings. 32 minutes ago
  • Jeff Green (ankle) questionable for Saturday.
    Jeff Green (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: Green sprained his ankle on Friday night during another disappointing outing in which he scored just three points in 24 minutes. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Nikola Vucevic (back) are also questionable for Saturday. If Green can't play, Aaron Gordon would likely see a significant uptick in minutes. It's possible the Magic might even let Mario Hezonja get some run at small forward as well. Today, 7:45 am
  • The Bulls recall Jerian Grant from D-League
    Jerian Grant has been recalled from his D-League stint.

    Advice: Grant has played heavy minutes when Rondo has been either hurt or suspended, but otherwise sees very limited playing time off the Chicago bench. He would only have fantasy relevance as a handcuff to Rondo. Today, 7:16 am
  • Raps trying to cut Kyle Lowry's minutes
    Toronto believes Kyle Lowry's heavy usage and minutes per game average is a "big concern."

    Advice: Lowry has played more minutes (859) than any player in the NBA thus far this season. "It’s a big concern. We watch it. We try to keep it down as much as we can, but at the same time we’re trying to win games," coach Dwane Casey said. Lowry agrees, even though he’s not thrilled about the possibility of extended rest down the line. "We’ve been trying to cut my minutes down," Lowry said. "Whenever [the coaches] want me to sit down I’ma do it, but right now I love to play the game of basketball, man." The problem is Lowry has been so good, it's difficult to sit him when he's clearly healthy. Today, 6:55 am
  • Marcelo Huertas scores 12 off the bench
    Marcelo Huertas came off the bench to score 12 points with three assists, one rebound and two triples in 19 minutes vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He moved back to the bench with Brandon Ingram back in the starting five. Nick Young (calf) is on the verge of a return, so it won't be easy for Huertas to find consistent minutes despite his recent strong play. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores nine points in start
    Brandon Ingram moved back into the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Suns, scoring nine points with seven rebounds, three assists and one triple in 31 minutes.

    Advice: With Nick Young (calf) expected to return on Monday vs. the Kings, Ingram should grab at least one more start vs. the Knicks on Sunday. Ingram only hit 3-of-8 shots from the field, but the biggest takeaway is that he's starting to look more confident with the ball in his hands, finishing with zero turnovers for just the fourth time this season. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Lou Williams goes off for 35 points in loss
    Lou Williams scored 35 points on 10-of-19 shooting in Friday's 119-115 loss to the Suns, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and six triples in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers have lost five straight games, but Williams has been one of the hottest players in the league in that span, averaging 30.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.4 treys on 48.9 percent shooting. The Lakers could get Nick Young (calf) back as soon as Monday's game vs. the Kings, so Williams' value should trend down a bit. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Nick Young (calf) is targeting Monday
    Nick Young (calf) is hoping to be ready for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: If he does play, he will crush the original timetable he was given. Young was averaging 13.3 points, 1.1 assists and 2.6 triples before the injury, so feel free to pick him up if you're targeting points and triples. Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and Brandon Ingram could each lose a few minutes upon Young's return. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Brandon Jennings scores 13 with seven dimes
    Brandon Jennings made his second consecutive start for Derrick Rose (back) against the Kings on Friday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds, seven assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Besides the turnovers, this is a solid game for Jennings with his 5-of-10 from the field. Rose is expecting to play on Sunday against the Lakers, so Jennings will likely move to the bench The two have played together, so Jennings could still get minutes in the mid 20s. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Arron Afflalo gets a DNP-CD again
    Arron Afflalo picked up his second straight DNP-CD on Friday.

    Advice: No revenge game for Mr. Afflalo against the Knicks. Even with Matt Barnes (rest) out, Afflalo was still a DNP-CD. Ouch. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 15 before fouling out
    Devin Booker scored 15 points before fouling out in 28 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

    Advice: He dished out four assists with three rebounds, one triple and two turnovers, hitting 6-of-17 from the field. Booker is already a star in real life, but he's only returning late-round value in standard leagues due to subpar averages in rebounds (2.6), assists (2.7) steals (0.9) and blocks (0.3). With that said, he should get better as the season progresses. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 10 with six dimes
    Ricky Rubio made 4-of-5 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds, six assists and no turnovers during an ugly 117-89 home loss to the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: Umm, so what's up with the Wolves? They are currently 28th in the NBA for winning percentage and continued to get decimated in the third -- they were blown out 68-47 in the second half tonight. Rubio actually played fairly well in this game and he's kept his turnovers down with no more than one in four straight. He's annoying in fantasy, but his owners should try to stick with him. Rubio is a buy-low option because he will likely cost next to nothing. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • James Harden scores 21 points in win at OKC
    James Harden scored 21 points during a 102-99 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He beat his former team, but it certainly wasn't his best game. Harden had eight turnovers and made just 6-of-23 from the field. Interestingly, he's not touching the ball as much since Pat Beverley has returned. Before Beverley, Harden had a time of possession of 9.5 minutes per game, but that number has dropped to 8.7 in the previous 11 games before tonight. He's still going to be a stat monster and so much for coach Mike D'Antoni dropping his minutes, right? Yesterday, 9:36 pm
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  • Pat Beverley brings the defense
    Pat Beverley scored three points with 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and no turnovers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: The OKC fans do not like Pat-Bev after he collided with Russell Westbrook to cause an injury a couple years ago. Beverley gave coach Mike D'Antoni a huge bump at the end of the game and D'Antoni joked he'll be out for two games (video in link below). Beverley did a fantastic job on Westbrook tonight and he's certainly earned all of his minutes. Despite his lack of scoring, Beverley has sixth-round value in standard leagues. He may be able to hold it, too. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Monta Ellis fails to score in loss to Dallas
    Monta Ellis failed to score against Dallas on Friday, missing all five of his shots in 20 minutes.

    Advice: No revenge game for Mr. Ellis. He added just a pair of rebounds and assists with one turnover, as the Pacers rolled with Rodney Stuckey for 27 minutes off the bench. Ellis has only scored double-digit points in one out of his last six games and he has a combined 11 assists and nine turnovers in that span. His value has never been lower and his fantasy owners may be tempted to move on if he doesn't turn things around soon. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 17 points vs. OKC
    Eric Gordon scored 17 points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: He's on a serious heater from deep with at least three treys in eight straight games. Since 2011, only Stephen Curry has posted a double-digit consecutive game streak with at least three treys -- Curry has done it three different times with 17 being his most. Gordon is second in the NBA for 3-pointers -- behind you know who -- and clearly loves his role as the sixth man. He has sixth-round value on the season with an upward trend. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Wesley Matthews scores 26 points in win
    Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 26 points in 36 minutes in Friday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Matthews was on fire, hitting 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-10 from deep with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover. He's averaging a ridiculous 5.0 3-pointers over his last four games and it's not a bad idea to sell high with his team sliding in the standings. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores nine, fills it up
    Andre Roberson scored nine points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: He's playing some solid basketball and is easily being overshadowed by his point guard. Roberson is on his best five-game run of the year, averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.4 treys. He's an option in deeper leagues and always makes sense as a DFS tourney punt next to Russell Westbrook. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Seth Curry (knee sprain) dishes out 6 dimes
    Seth Curry (knee sprain) returned from a four-game absence on Friday vs. the Pacers, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with six assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He showed a little bit of rust but a 25-minute workload is a fair expectation going forward with Deron Williams healthy (for now). Coach Rick Carlisle said after the game that he's not planning on resting any players for Saturday's game vs. Houston, so expect to see Curry out there. He's a solid stash for the stretch run with Mavs sitting in last place in the West. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles yet again
    Russell Westbrook posted his seventh consecutive triple-double in a loss to the Rockets on Friday, scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and eight turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's the first player to triple-double for seven straight since Michael Jordan in 1989. On the other hand, his efficiency was bad today with 25 attempts from the field, making only eight of those. Westbrook's usage rate tonight (45.5) was higher than his true shooting percentage (44.6) and playing time. He's on a record pace for the season at 40.4 usage rate to go with these ridiculous triple-doubles. We've never seen a player like this. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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