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Chris Paul (thumb) to play against the Spurs 02-24-2017
Chris Paul G LAC
Chris Paul (thumb) will return to the lineup to face the Spurs on Friday night.

Rowan Kavner on Twitter
He's back. CP3 tweeted out that he was going to return for this game, so this isn't a surprise despite the questionable tag. He has done some conditioning while he's been out and he was cleared a couple days ago, so there's no reason to think he'll have a hard limit. Austin Rivers and Ray Felton will take a backseat.
Reggie Williams to sign with New Orleans 02-24-2017
Reggie Williams F NO
New Orleans is waiving Omri Casspi (thumb) and will sign Reggie Williams.

Shams Charania on Twitter
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.
NOP waive Casspi, will sign Reggie Williams 02-24-2017
Omri Casspi F NO
The Pelicans will waive injured forward Omri Casspi in order to sign Reggie Williams.

Shams Charania on Twitter
Casspi is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb, but this is still a bit surprising. We wouldn't expect another team to sign Casspi while he's on the shelf, so leave him on the wire. Reggie Williams likely won't have much value either and this should give Solomon Hill a slight boost.
Tyson Chandler will come off the bench 02-24-2017
Tyson Chandler C PHO
Tyson Chandler will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Bulls.

Chuck Swirsky on Twitter
The Suns are going nowhere this season and are building towards the future, so Chandler's minutes are likely going to trend down the rest of the way. Expect Alex Len, Marquese Chriss and possibly even Alan Williams to get more opportunities going forward at the expense of the veteran center. His owners should see what his role looks like tonight before making a roster move, unless of course that move is to add Len.
Alex Abrines starting for Oladipo 02-24-2017
Alex Abrines G OKC
Alex Abrines will start for Victor Oladipo (back) on Friday against the Lakers.

Thunder Digest on Twitter
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.
K.J. McDaniels is inactive on Friday 02-24-2017
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K.J. McDaniels (trade) is inactive on Friday vs. the Nuggets.

Brian Lewis on Twitter
He was just acquired at the deadline on Thursday, but there's a good chance that he will be cleared in time for Saturday's game vs. the Warriors. McDaniels should get a shot at minutes in Brooklyn and has upside in blocks and triples, but most fantasy owners can just keep an eye on him.
Arthur (illness) is available to play Friday 02-24-2017
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur (illness) is available to play Friday night vs. the Nets.

Harrison Wind on Twitter
Arthur was available to play Thursday night as well but received a DNP-CD. It will be difficult for Arthur to carve out consistent minutes with both Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried fully healthy.
Kenneth Faried available to play 02-24-2017
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried (ankle) is available to play against the Nets on Friday.

Harrison Wind on Twitter
He played just 14 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday. Faried should be looking at more playing time in a very fantasy friendly matchup, but he's more of a low-end guy.
Danilo Gallinari and Faried are active Friday 02-24-2017
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari (groin) and Kenneth Faried (ankle) will play on Friday vs. the Nets.

Nick Kosmider on Twitter
The Nuggets will list their injured players as probable for up to week after they return, so Gallo wasn't in real danger of missing this one. He scored 15 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings on Thursday and gets to look forward to a great matchup with the Nets.
Roy Hibbert not available for Friday 02-24-2017
Roy Hibbert C DEN
Roy Hibbert had issues with his flight and will not play on Friday vs. the Nets.

Chris Dempsey on Twitter
Hibbert isn't expected to be in the rotation most nights unless the Nuggets are playing against a team like the Pelicans. Leave him on the wire.
Alex Len listed as the starter for Friday 02-24-2017
Alex Len C PHO
Alex Len is listed as the starter for Friday against the Bulls.

Doug Haller on Twitter
Well, it looks like the youth movement didn't take long for the Suns. General manager Ryan McDonough mentioned Len will be playing a lot more going forward as the team wants to get a look at Len before he becomes a restricted free agent. Plus, the GM said Tyson Chandler was "phenomenal" about his new role as being more of a coach for the young guys. If you need a big man, you might want to add Len.
Emmanuel Mudiay not likely to be in rotation 02-24-2017
Emmanuel Mudiay G DEN
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is not likely to be in the rotation for the next few games.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
Coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray will be the backup point guard, so Mudiay is firmly in the doghouse. He has been a massive letdown this season and has been trending down since a somewhat solid December. Drop him.
Rodney Hood (knee) to start, Ingles to bench 02-24-2017
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Rodney Hood (knee) will return to the starting lineup on Friday vs. Milwaukee and Joe Ingles will return to the bench.

Jazz PR on Twitter
Hood, who has been battling an assortment of injuries all year long, is averaging 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers this season. He had missed seven straight games prior to Friday. Hood's return will limit the both Ingles and Joe Johnson's minutes.
Joe Ingles to the bench 02-24-2017
Joe Ingles F UTH
Joe Ingles will move back to the bench on Friday against the Bucks.

Jazz on Twitter
With Rodney Hood (knee) back, Ingles should see his playing time drop. He's been terrific when called upon, but Ingles is a drop in most leagues.
Serge Ibaka is starting on Friday vs. Boston 02-24-2017
Serge Ibaka F TOR
Serge Ibaka is starting on Friday vs. the Celtics.

Raptors MR on Twitter
The Raptors are missing Kyle Lowry (wrist), so we won't know for sure how involved Ibaka will be on the offensive end until Toronto is at full strength. Make sure he's in all lineups tonight.
Cory Joseph will start for Kyle Lowry (wrist) 02-24-2017
Cory Joseph G TOR
Cory Joseph will start for Kyle Lowry (wrist) against the Celtics on Friday night.

Raptors on Twitter
The Raptors will just throw their best point guard in the first unit with Delon Wright and Fred Vanvleet. Lowry had an X-ray on his wrist and will get more evaluation, so he could miss more action. Joseph is worth a look as a speculative add until Lowry gets the all clear.
Victor Oladipo (back) ruled out vs. Lakers 02-24-2017
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Victor Oladipo (back) will not play against the Lakers on Friday.

Randy Renner on Twitter
It will be his first game out of the lineup in the 2017 portion of the season. It's a little worrisome that Oladipo is out just after the All-Star break, especially after he logged 37 minutes in his last game on Feb. 15. With him out, Alex Abrines, Doug McDermott and maybe Semaj Christon benefit.
Suns waive F Mike Scott 02-24-2017
Mike Scott F PHO
Suns waive F Mike Scott.

NBA.com
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.
Suns waive Jared Sullinger 02-24-2017
Jared Sullinger C PHO
Suns waive F/C Jared Sullinger.

NBA.com
He was sent to the Suns just to make the money work on a P.J. Tucker deal. Sullinger has not looked very good due to a foot injury keeping him out, but someone will likely give him a 10-day deal.
Dwyane Wade good to go for Friday 02-24-2017
Dwyane Wade G CHI
Dwyane Wade (wrist) will start against the Suns on Friday.

Sean Highkin on Twitter
He's good to go after a bruised right wrist cost him some time at the end of the first half of the season. Wade is starting to trend down after a solid start, but he's still worth using when he's active. Plus, he gets a great matchup.
Carter-Williams starting over Grant 02-24-2017
Michael Carter-Williams G CHI
Michael Carter-Williams, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez will start against the Suns.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
MCW should see some decent minutes with the Bulls thin on the wing to go with his starting role. He's still a risky fantasy play with Wade and Butler in the lineup.
Gerald Green (heel) to miss two games 02-24-2017
Gerald Green F BOS
Coach Brad Stevens said Gerald Green (heel) will miss Friday's game vs. the Raptors and Sunday's game in Detroit.

Celtics PR on Twitter
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.
Marcus Smart to come off bench on Friday 02-24-2017
Marcus Smart G BOS
Jaylen Brown (hip) will return to the Celtics on Friday and replace Marcus Smart in the starting lineup.

A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter
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.
Corey Brewer is available to play 02-24-2017
Corey Brewer F LAL
Corey Brewer is available to play against the Thunder on Friday.

Mike Trudell on Twitter
He is not a lock to play in this game. The Lakers are expected to go with a youth movement, so Brewer likely won't be featured on his new team. He is under contract for next year, though.
Avery Bradley officially out for Friday 02-24-2017
Avery Bradley G BOS
Avery Bradley (Achilles) is officially out for Friday against the Raptors.

A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter
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.
Kevin Seraphin to the bench 02-24-2017
Kevin Seraphin F IND
Kevin Seraphin will come off the bench against the Grizzlies on Friday.

Pacers on Twitter
He could see minutes as the backup five with Al Jefferson (mouth) out. Seraphin still can't be counted on in most fantasy leagues.
Michael Beasley to start again on Friday 02-24-2017
Michael Beasley F MIL
The Bucks will stay with the same lineup in their first game out of the All-Star break Friday vs. Utah: Matthew Dellavedova, Tony Snell, Michael Beasley, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker.

Eric Nehm on Twitter
Beasley started each of the Bucks last three contests prior to the break. He averaged 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in those three starts. He also reached double-figures in four of Milwaukee's last five games.
Thaddeus Young, C.J. Miles in starting lineup 02-24-2017
Thaddeus Young F IND
Thaddeus Young (wrist) and C.J. Miles are in the starting lineup against the Grizzlies on Friday. Young will get his first action since an ugly fall on Feb. 3. While it is to his shooting wrist, Young didn't have structural damage and the All-Star break likely helped him get close to 100 percent. Get him in your lineups.
Patrick Patterson back for Friday 02-24-2017
Patrick Patterson F TOR
Patrick Patterson (knee) is available to play on Friday against the Celtics, as expected.

Blake Murphy on Twitter
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.
Enes Kanter (arm) available to play Friday 02-24-2017
Enes Kanter C OKC
Enes Kanter (arm) will be available and is expected to play Friday night vs. the Lakers.

Mike Trudell on Twitter
This will be Kanter's first game action since fracturing his right arm back in late January punching a chair. OKC traded for Taj Gibson on Thursday, which will reduce the amount of playing time available for Kanter over the final two months of the season. We will have to see how coach Billy Donovan divides the minutes on Friday night in order to get a sense of what the rotation will look like going forward.
Victor Oladipo (back) a game-time call 02-24-2017
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Victor Oladipo (back spasms) is a game-time decision to face the Lakers on Friday.

Brett Dawson on Twitter
This is a new injury for Oladipo for his first game after the break, so that's not really a good sign. If he can't play the Thunder may have to turn to Alex Abrines more often, especially with Anthony Morrow in Chicago. Abrines would be a risky play, of course.
Kyle Lowry (right wrist) will not play Friday 02-24-2017
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Kyle Lowry (right wrist) will not play against the Celtics on Friday night.

Raptors on Twitter
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.
Anthony Morrow available 02-24-2017
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Anthony Morrow is available for Friday against the Suns.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
The Bulls are dying for 3-pointers and maybe they could use Morrow. That said, he's not a lock for playing time and most fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach.
Joffrey Lauvergne to make CHI debut on Friday 02-24-2017
Joffrey Lauvergne C CHI
Joffrey Lauvergne will be active but is not expected to play Friday night vs. the Suns.

Nick Friedell on Twitter
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.
Cameron Payne (illness) will not play vs. PHX 02-24-2017
Cameron Payne G CHI
Cameron Payne (illness) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
The other former Thunder players are good to go, but Payne has the flu. The Bulls overpaid for Payne, so they will likely give him decent minutes once he gets a grip on the offense. He'll have a lot of bumps in the road in his new role, but he's worth a look in fantasy leagues if you need a point guard.
Omer Asik out for Saturday 02-24-2017
Omer Asik C NO
Omer Asik (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Mavs.

Pelicans on Twitter
Asik is not expected to be in the rotation with DeMarcus Cousins in the fold.
P.J. Tucker available to play on Friday night 02-24-2017
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P.J. Tucker is available to play against the Celtics on Friday night.

Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
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.
Doug McDermott available for Friday 02-24-2017
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Doug McDermott is available to play against the Lakers on Friday.

Fred Katz on Twitter
It'll be interesting to see how the Thunder will use McBuckets. Russell Westbrook sure could use another shooter out there next to him, especially with Andre Roberson only making 25.0 percent from deep off Westbrook passes. McDermott's defense will hold him back from seeing big minutes, so he's not a pickup just yet.
Taj Gibson to make OKC debut on Friday 02-24-2017
Taj Gibson F OKC
Taj Gibson will be available to play and is expected to make his OKC debut on Friday night vs. the Lakers.

Fred Katz on Twitter
Ian Mahinmi limited to 15-17 minutes 02-24-2017
Ian Mahinmi C WAS
Ian Mahinmi will be capped at 15-17 minutes for the next two weeks.

J. Michael on Twitter
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.
Jahlil Okafor to start at center on Friday 02-24-2017
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Jahlil Okafor will start at center on Friday night vs. the Wizards.

Jessica Camerato on Twitter
With Nerlens Noel in Dallas and Joel Embiid expected to miss the Sixers next four games, Okafor will start and will likely play heavy minutes. Okafor has started 22 games this season and is averaging 13.5 points (on 55.4 percent shooting), 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.4 minutes in those starts. He is an enticing DFS and streaming option on Friday. Richaun Holmes will backup Okafor.
Robert Covington to start, get backup 4 mins 02-24-2017
Robert Covington F PHI
Robert Covington will start and is expected to get minutes as the backup power forward against the Wizards on Friday.

Jessica Camerato on Twitter
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.
Al Jefferson (dental pain) out for Friday 02-24-2017
Al Jefferson C IND
Al Jefferson (dental pain) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies.

Pacers on Twitter
Hopefully this is just a one-day thing for Jefferson, who was not on the injury report just an hour ago. With the Pacers getting their power forwards back, Kevin Seraphin should slide over the backup five spot behind Myles Turner against the bigger Memphis front line. Turner also get a slight bump, too.
Justin Anderson available for 76ers debut 02-24-2017
Justin Anderson G PHI
Justin Anderson is available for Friday against the Wizards.

Jessica Camerato on Twitter
With the 76ers having almost no chance to get a first-round pick in the Nerlens Noel trade, they're clearly invested in Anderson. He's a great fit in Philly's system and should see minutes at three positions, especially with Dario Saric as the only healthy power forward. Anderson is more of a watch-list guy in fantasy, but coach Brett Brown should get a good look at him the rest of the way.
Glenn Robinson III to be bumped to the bench 02-24-2017
Glenn Robinson F IND
C.J. Miles is expected to start on Friday vs. Memphis, which will bump Glenn Robinson III back to the bench.

Pacers PR on Twitter
Robinson, who won the Dunk Contest last weekend, had started each of the Pacers last three games prior to the All-Star break. On the season, he has started 27 games and been a reserve in the other 28. Robinson is averaging just 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 14.6 minutes in those games in which he has come off the bench. He can be left on the wire.
C.J. Miles starts, Glenn Robinson to bench? 02-24-2017
C.J. Miles F IND
C.J. Miles is expected to start and Glenn Robinson will come off the bench on Friday against the Grizzlies.

Nate Taylor on Twitter
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.
Kevin Love calls the knee procedure 'minor' 02-24-2017
Kevin Love F CLE
Kevin Love (knee) said on Friday his knee scope was "very minor."

ESPN.com
"I don't know what the [plan is] as far as other guys resting or me resting going forward, but I imagine between J.R. [Smith] and myself, we'll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go for whenever [the playoffs start] in April," Love said. He is expected to miss almost all of March and he'll be seeing plenty of maintenance days upon his return. Channing Frye should have some value for owners needing treys.
Alex Len to take on a bigger role 02-24-2017
Alex Len C PHO
General manager Ryan McDonough expects Alex Len to take on a bigger role the rest of the way.

NBA.com
Tyson Chandler also hinted that the younger guys are going to play more. Len has not been very good lately, averaging 7.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.0 blocks in 16.6 minutes per game. Len should be looking at minutes in the 20s going forward, so he's still an attractive stash for owners needing a big man. He'll need to play better and keep his fouls down, though.
Brooks talks up Bojan Bogdanovic 02-24-2017
Bojan Bogdanovic G WAS
Coach Scott Brooks said Bojan Bogdanovic will be a "big-time" shooter off the bench for the Wizards.

Wizards on Twitter
Brooks said they like his size, how he cuts and how he cuts off pin-downs. Still, it's all about the shooting for Bogie. On the season, he's made 39.4 percent on catch-and-shoot treys compared to 28.4 percent on pull-ups. Bogdanovic is not going to have much value in most leagues.
Hornets sign Johnny O'Bryant 02-24-2017
Johnny O'Bryant F CHA
The Hornets signed F/C Johnny O'Bryant to a 10-day deal.

NBA.com
The Hornets are in dire straits for a big man with Miles Plumlee and Cody Zeller currently on the shelf. Frank Kaminsky should still be very busy and is worth owning in standard leagues. O'Bryant may get double-digit minutes, but doesn't have value in most leagues.
Lou Williams likes playing for Houston 02-24-2017
Lou Williams G HOU
Lou Williams said playing with the Rockets fits his style.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
"It's easy to play with these guys," Williams said. "It's a very open style. Everybody eats. Everybody's happy." Williams was eating in the buffet line on Thursday with 15 points during his 12 fourth-quarter minutes, finishing with 27 points total. Williams also avoided playing next to James Harden for the most part with 6.8 minutes with The Beard and 18.3 without him -- 18 of his points were without Harden, too. Williams should be more of a mid-to-late round guy in standard leagues.
Stephen Curry gets a rest day 02-24-2017
Stephen Curry G GS
Stephen Curry did not practice on Friday and should be fine to play on Saturday against the Nets.

John Dickinson on Twitter
It's just a day off for the reigning MVP. Coach Steve Kerr said Curry is a little banged up from Thursday's win. He went off in the third quarter with 20 points as the main reason why the Warriors scored 50 points with a laughable 200.0 offensive rating in that quarter.
Avery Bradley (Achilles) very doubtful 02-24-2017
Avery Bradley G BOS
Avery Bradley (Achilles) is very unlikely to play on Friday against the Raptors.

CSN NE
According to the report, Bradley 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
Kevin Durant has a wrap on left hand 02-24-2017
Kevin Durant F GS
Kevin Durant had a wrap on his left hand at practice on Friday.

John Dickinson on Twitter
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.
Lavoy Allen is probable for Friday 02-24-2017
Lavoy Allen F IND
Lavoy Allen (right knee) is probable for Friday against the Grizzlies.

Pacers on Twitter
Thaddeus Young (wrist) is also expected to come back, so Allen is likely just going to be a backup. He's played reasonably well and should still be looking at minutes in the teens tonight.
Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen are probable 02-24-2017
Thaddeus Young F IND
Thaddeus Young (left wrist) and Lavoy Allen (right knee) are probable to play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

Pacers on Twitter
The Pacers should get their starting power forward back to fill around 31 minutes per game. In January, Young racked up 2.8 steals per game, adding averages of 10.3 points, 5.3 boards, 2.0 assists and 0.7 treys. If he's sitting on your wire, go pick him up. Kevin Seraphin is going to lose most of his minutes.
Chris Paul (thumb) listed as questionable 02-24-2017
Chris Paul G LAC
Chris Paul (thumb) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

Chris Paul on Twitter
For what it's worth, Chris Paul tweeted "back at it" this afternoon, which suggests he'll be back out there. Paul is still about a full week ahead of his timetable, but he is medically cleared to play. This game won't tip until 10:30 EST, so we likely won't be getting anything concrete on his status until 9:00. If CP3 is back, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton figure to lose minutes.
Pat Beverley goes on super overload 02-24-2017
Patrick Beverley G HOU
Patrick Beverley said he enjoys playing for coach Mike D'Antoni.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
"Super, super, super, super, super cool, super dope coaching staff," Beverley said. Cool. Even with Lou Williams in the mix, Thursday was an encouraging game for Beverley with 30 minutes and he also didn't play the final three minutes due to garbage time. Fantasy owners weren't counting on Pat-Bev for scoring anyway, so he should still be viewed as a hold as a mid-round guy in standard leagues.
Omri Casspi officially out 4-6 weeks 02-24-2017
Omri Casspi F NO
The Pelicans announced Omri Casspi was diagnosed with a fractured right thumb and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

Pelicans on Twitter
This confirms the reports from Thursday night after Casspi made his Pelicans debut. He was playing very well in this 24 minutes with 12 points, but now the team will have to turn more to Solomon Hill and Dante Cunningham.
Hawks need backup PGs for Friday 02-24-2017
Kent Bazemore F ATL
Coach Mike Budenholzer said Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Thabo Sefolosha could get some backup hall-handling duties behind Malcolm Delaney on Friday.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
Tyson Chandler hints young guys to play more 02-24-2017
Tyson Chandler C PHO
Tyson Chandler said it's important for young players to get "good quality minutes" in the second half of the season.

Arizona Sports
"Fourth quarter. Decision making. All of that," Chandler said about young guys playing more. "This is a big time for a lot of these young players to grow." Reading between the lines, it sounds like Chandler's playing time is going to start dropping while guys like Alex Len, Marquese Chriss and maybe even Alan Williams get more run up front. Chandler's fantasy owners should expect his output to start dropping.
The Homie Dario now the No. 1 option? 02-24-2017
Dario Saric F PHI
When general manager Bryan Colangelo was asked what he would say to fans who think the 76ers are tanking, he answered "Dario Saric."

Tom Moore on Twitter
The Homie looks like the man. Unless the 76ers sign someone else, Saric is now the only power forward on the roster. The team could look at Richaun Holmes or Robert Covington to help out while we've seen Justin Anderson even play some four in Dallas. Whatever the 76ers do, Saric looks poised for a strong finish.
Emmanuel Mudiay is probable for Friday 02-24-2017
Emmanuel Mudiay G DEN
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He was a DNP-CD on Thursday while Jamal Murray took over as the backup point guard. Murray did not take advantage of his opportunity, so maybe Mudiay can get minutes today. Obviously he can stay on the wire as one of the most inefficient players in 2017.
Kenneth Faried is probable 02-24-2017
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried (ankle) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He is fully expected to play. Faried did not fare well in his return to the lineup on Thursday with just two points on 1-of-7 from the field in 14 minutes -- all seven shots were within six feet. With the Nuggets close to full strength, Faried may only be a low-end guy in standard leagues.
Roy Hibbert is questionable for Friday 02-24-2017
Roy Hibbert C DEN
Roy Hibbert is questionable for Friday against the Nets.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
Mason Plumlee played all of his minutes at center in Thursday, so Hibbert is clearly the No. 3 center on the depth chart. Outside of games against oversized fives, Hibbert is not likely to be in the rotation.
Danilo Gallinari is probable to play vs. BK 02-24-2017
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari (groin) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He returned from his groin injury on Thursday and played 30 minutes. The Nuggets habitually list players as probable for the game following a return, so this is status quo. There is a chance he does sit or could be limited, but for now we're expecting him to play around 30 minutes.
Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable 02-24-2017
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He was available to play on Thursday and was a DNP-CD. Arthur may not be in the rotation while Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried are healthy.
Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) out several days 02-24-2017
Kristaps Porzingis F NY
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Kristaps Porzingis will be out several days with an ankle injury, but that there is only swelling and no ligament damage in the ankle.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Pau Gasol (hand) will play Friday night 02-24-2017
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Coach Gregg Popovich confirmed that Pau Gasol (hand) will play Friday night vs. the Clippers

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Tim Hardaway Jr. to start the next few games 02-24-2017
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Tim Hardaway Jr. will remain in the Hawks starting lineup for at least the next few games.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return to the Hawks lineup on Friday, but Hardaway will remain in the starting lineup. THJ has played very well in Thabo's absence. In the Hawks last seven games prior to the All-Star break, Hardaway averaged 20.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 treys in 33.4 minutes, while shooting 50.5 percent and 39.1 percent from 3-point territory. However, even though he is still starting, THJ's minutes will likely be reduced now that Sefolosha has returned.
Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return Friday 02-24-2017
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Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return Friday night vs. Miami.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will start Friday 02-24-2017
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Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will start Friday night vs. the Nuggets.

Greg Logan on Twitter
This will be Lin's first game action since Dec. 26. He has played in only 12 games this season for the Nets but is averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 treys and 1.3 steals in those contests. Spencer Dinwiddie, who had a few nice games prior to the All-Star break, will get bumped back to the bench.
Brewer (trade) 'long shot' to play Friday 02-24-2017
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Corey Brewer is with his new team but is a "long shot" to make his Lakers debut Friday vs. OKC.

John Ireland on Twitter
Brewer has struggled mightily this season, averaging career-lows in points (4.2), rebounds (2.0), steals (0.7) and minutes (15.9). With the Lakers in rebuilding mode, the 30-year old Brewer is expected to see only limited minutes off the L.A. bench. He can be left on the waiver wire.
Tyler Ennis (trade) will not play Friday 02-24-2017
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Tyler Ennis (trade) will not play Friday night vs. OKC

Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
Ennis is expected to make his Lakers debut Sunday vs. the Spurs. The Rockets traded Ennis in order to shed salary. Ennis has not played well since being drafted 18th overall out of Syracuse in the 2014 draft. This season he is averaging just 1.9 points and 1.1 assists in 6.3 minutes. The Lakers are his fourth team in less than three years. Ennis can be left on the waiver wire.
Bobby Portis to start at PF on Friday night 02-24-2017
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Bobby Portis will start at power forward Friday night vs. the Suns.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
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.
Dennis Schroder suspended for one game 02-24-2017
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The Hawks have suspended Dennis Schroder for one game (Friday night vs. Miami) for failure to report to the team on time after the All-Star break.

Howard Beck on Twitter
"Dennis has played an important role for our team and been a significant contributor to our success this season," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We are disappointed that he did not return to the team on time and we have discussed this with him. We look forward to him rejoining the team in Orlando tomorrow night." Malcolm Delaney is expected to draw the start in place of Schroder on Friday night and makes for an excellent streaming and/or DFS option.
Bradley (Achilles) unlikely to play Friday 02-24-2017
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Coach Brad Stevens said Avery Bradley (Achilles) will go through shootaround but will "most likely" not play Friday night vs. Toronto.

Jay King on Twitter
Rodney Hood (knee) will play Friday night 02-24-2017
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Rodney Hood (knee) will play Friday night vs. the Bucks.

David Locke on Twitter
Hood, who has missed seven straight games, has been somewhat disappointing this season. His scoring, assist and steals averages are lower than there were compared to the 2015-16 campaign. This is due in large part to the nagging injury issues that have limited him for much of the season. With Hood back in the lineup, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will see their minutes reduced.
Andrew Bogut (personal) out at least a week 02-24-2017
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Andrew Bogut will not be with Sixers for at least a week while dealing with personal issues.

Keith Pompey on Twitter
There are no further details as to the nature of the issues. However, this does not preclude the Sixers from buying out Bogut's contract, which would enable him to sign with a contender. The Warriors, Cavs and Rockets are reportedly the teams that will be competing for Bogut's services.
Bogdanovic will make Wizards debut on Friday 02-24-2017
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Bojan Bogdanovic will be active and is expected to make his Wizards debut Friday vs. the Sixers.

J. Michael on Twitter
Bogdanovic was the Nets second-leading scorer and was also second on the team in minutes played. However, he will see far fewer minutes and scoring opportunities in Washington, as he will be coming off the bench behind rising star Otto Porter.
P.J. Tucker is unlikely to play Friday night 02-24-2017
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P.J. Tucker is unlikely to make his Raptors debut Friday night vs. Boston.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
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.
Serge Ibaka to make Raps debut on Friday 02-24-2017
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Serge Ibaka is expected to make his debut with the Raptors on Friday vs. the Celtics.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
We will get our first indication of how coach Dwane Casey plans to employ Ibaka and the rest of the Raps rotation behind him. Assuming Ibaka is installed as the starter, his minutes and production should remain steady. However, Patrick Patterson, Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl will have to fight for playing time off the bench.
Thaddeus Young (wrist) may return Friday 02-24-2017
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Thaddeus Young (wrist) is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Memphis, but said he is "leaning" toward playing.

Pat Boylan on Twitter
Young has missed each of the Pacers last eight games after injuring his wrist in a nasty spill back on February 3rd in Brooklyn. Lavoy Allen (knee) is also listed as questionable for Friday. Kevin Seraphin would soak up extra minutes if either Young or Allen don't play.
Ersan Ilyasova expected to play Friday 02-24-2017
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Ersan Ilyasova is expected to make his Hawks debut Friday night vs. Miami.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Ilyasova's fantasy value took a major hit as a result of the trade that sent him from Philly to Atlanta. He was averaging over 27 minutes per game for the Sixers, but won't approach that amount of playing time with the Hawks now that he is backing up Paul Millsap. We should have a better feel of where Ilyasova fits in the Atlanta rotation after Friday night's contest.
Jarrett Jack signs 10-day contract w/ Pels 02-24-2017
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Jarrett Jack has agreed to a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
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.
Number of teams will pursue Andrew Bogut 02-24-2017
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A number of title contenders that will pursue Andrew Bogut once he clears waivers.

Akron Beacon Journal
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Warriors, Cavs and Rockets will all be among the teams in pursuit of Bogut once he becomes a free agent. From a fantasy standpoint, Bogut is not nearly as hot a commodity. Regardless of where he lands, Bogut will likely see limited minutes off the bench over the rest of the regular season, as his new team will do their best to keep him fresh for the playoffs.
Gerald Green (heel) will not play Friday 02-24-2017
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Gerald Green (heel) will not play Friday vs. Toronto.

NBA.com
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.
Lin not on injury report, expected to play 02-24-2017
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Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is not listed on the injury report and is expected to play Friday night vs. the Nuggets.

Brian Lewis on Twitter
Lin has not appeared in a game since the day after Christmas. And he has played in just seven games since the start of November. Being injury prone obviously makes him a risky add, especially because the Nets will err on the side of caution and limit his minutes the rest of the way. However, he has averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 treys and 1.3 steals in the 12 games he's played in this season. He's worth a flier if you have room on your roster.
Nerlens Noel not expected to play Friday 02-24-2017
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Nerlens Noel is not expected to make his Mavs debut on Friday night vs. Minnesota.

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Noel is listed as out and not yet with the team. The Mavs next game is Saturday night at home vs. the Pelicans. Noel's fantasy stock has received a major boost via the trade to Dallas, especially since the Mavs have waived Andrew Bogut. In fact, it could be argued Noel is one of the biggest winners among all players on the move at the deadline. Considering Dallas traded for Noel with the intention of signing him long-term, Noel is expected to be installed as the starter and play heavy minutes immediately.
Quincy Acy will not play Friday 02-24-2017
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Quincy Acy (ankle) will not play Friday night in Denver.

Bryan Fonseca on Twitter
Acy sprained his ankle back on February 5th and has not appeared in a game since. He was expected to return after having a week to rest but is obviously not yet 100 percent. The fantasy impact is minimal, as Acy is averaging just 11.2 minutes per contest in the 12 games he played as a Net.
Smith may be 'slightly ahead' of schedule 02-24-2017
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Cavs general manager David Griffin said that J.R. Smith is doing very well and may be "slightly ahead of schedule."

Cleveland.com
Smith has been seen working out on the court prior to each of the Cavs last two games. Smith was originally projected to miss 12-14 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery back on Dec. 20. If he returns by the 12-week mark, he'd be back in action by mid-March. However, Smith will likely have his playing time limited initially. In addition, with Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver playing well, there isn't an excess of minutes to go around. Smith can be left on the wire.
Bucks to sign Axel Toupane to 10-day contract 02-24-2017
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The Milwaukee Bucks are planning to sign Axel Toupane of the Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract.

Chris Reichert on Twitter
Very limited fantasy impact here, as it is extremely unlikely that Toupane will crack the rotation and see anything other than garbage-time minutes.
Cavs discover Sanders was arrested last year 02-24-2017
Larry Sanders F MIL
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Larry Sanders was arrested last year on a felony charge in Los Angeles.

Akron Beacon Journal
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.
Jazz may claim Deron Williams off waivers 02-24-2017
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Utah is well below the salary floor and may be interested in claiming Deron Williams off the waiver wire.

Akron Beacon Journal
It has been widely reported that Williams will sign with the Cavs once he clears waivers; however, it's not a given that will happen. The Jazz are $4 million below the salary floor and thus can easily absorb the remainder of Williams contract. D-Will was originally drafted by the Jazz and still owns a home in Utah. The Cavs still appear to be the heavy favorites to land Williams if he clears waivers, but Utah will have a crack at him first. Williams fantasy value will take a big hit in either Cleveland or Utah, as he will be relegated to reserve duty.
Ronnie Price expected to sign for full season 02-24-2017
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The Suns plan to waive Jared Sullinger and Mike Scott and sign Ronnie Price for rest of the season.

Doug Haller on Twitter
Sullinger and Scott were acquired in deals just prior to Thursday's deadline. Price, who is currently on his second 10-day contract, has appeared in just two two games for Phoenix. He should be left on waiver wires in all leagues.
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Terrence Ross returned to action on Thursday February 23.
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Maurice Ndour was signed by NY on Thursday February 23.
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Ty Lawson returned to action on Thursday February 23.
Willie Cauley-Stein scores career-high 29 02-24-2017
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Willie Cauley-Stein played the game of his life during a 116-100 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring a career-high 29 points with 10 rebounds, one block and three turnovers in 35 minutes. DeMarcus who? Cauley-Stein showed off some moves in the low post we haven't seen all year. Cauley-Stein was also unassisted for five of his buckets and had three makes outside of the paint, so that's some positive growth as well. He becomes the franchise big man for now and will be playing big minutes as a starter or off the bench. He should be owned in all leagues.
David West plays 11 minutes in return 02-24-2017
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David West (thumb) returned to action on Thursday and had four points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 11 minutes off the bench. He's been out since Jan. 18 and spent most of his night trying to shield teammate Draymond Green from the opposing team and the officials from the comfort of the Warriors bench. He serves a purpose for the Warriors and played well tonight, but as long as Green is healthy, West is nothing more than a good locker-room guy in Golden State.
Tyreke Evans scores 15 points in win 02-24-2017
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Tyreke Evans played 26 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer off the bench. He played the three for the Kings in this game, but he handled the ball in both halfcourt and in transition. Interestingly, Evans took DeMarcus Cousins' old locker and vice versa in New Orleans. The Kings also going to Evans for 26 minutes right out of the gate is an encouraging sign for his playing time going forward. He is injury prone, but Evans is worth owning in standard leagues.
Steph Curry scores 20 in 50-point 3rd quarter 02-24-2017
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Stephen Curry scored 20 points during the Warriors remarkable 50-point third quarter on Thursday night, finishing with 35 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and six 3-pointers on 10-of-16 shooting. The NBA All-Star Game, which featured a 192-182 final score, resulted in just one 50-point quarter, while the other seven came in between 39-49 points. And considering there was no defense played in that game, what the Warriors did against the defensive-minded Clippers tonight was amazing. The last time an NBA team scored 50 points in a quarter was 2014 and the last time the Warriors did it was in 1989. Curry was a beast tonight and broke a close game open by going on a crazy run over the last half of the third quarter. The Warriors hit 17-of-23 shots in the third, which was one more field goal than they hit in the entire first half.
Ty Lawson scores eight in start 02-24-2017
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Ty Lawson scored eight points in a start against the Nuggets on Thursday with four rebounds, six assists, two steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes. While he did play well, Lawson probably won't be sticking in the first unit for too long. Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans will be vying for Lawson's minutes, and Darren Collison is locked in. Lawson is more of a 14-team point guard for now.
Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) back from absence 02-24-2017
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Zaza Pachulia returned from an eight-game absence with a shoulder injury on Thursday and had six points, four rebounds, a steal and four blocks in 18 minutes. There are rumors floating around that Andrew Bogut is soon to be heading back to the Warriors, which would be bad news for Pachulia. But then again, he wasn't really worth owning even when starting for the Dubs, while JaVale McGee moved back to the bench and played just 12 minutes in Zaza's return tonight.
Kevin Durant fills stat sheet in win over LAC 02-24-2017
Kevin Durant F GS
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. 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.
Draymond Green quiet in win over Clippers 02-24-2017
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green was quiet in the box score Thursday, finishing with seven points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, six turnovers and five fouls in just 23 minutes of a 123-113 win over the Clippers. He was not, however, quiet on the sidelines, picking up a technical foul, shouting at coach Steve Kerr, and while being babysat by David West and screaming from the sidelines for much of the third quarter. Green is still a front-runner for the Defensive Player of the Year Award and still a fantasy force on most nights, but he might have let his emotions get the best of him in this one.
Ben McLemore scores 10 points vs. Nuggets 02-24-2017
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Ben McLemore scored 10 points in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes. While he didn't have his worst game, Tyreke Evans and Buddy Hield were more impressive off the bench. McLemore still deserves a lot of credit for averaging 12.8 points per game in his previous February outings, which destroys his 1.7 points per game in January. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Darren Collison scores 15 with 10 dimes 02-24-2017
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Darren Collison made 5-of-13 from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday. Not much analysis needed on Collison here. His fantasy owners can thank their lucky stars he wasn't traded because he should be putting up big numbers as the top offensive weapon for the Kings going forward. He should flirt with top-50 value the rest of the way.
Anthony Tolliver gets 31 minutes 02-24-2017
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Anthony Tolliver played 31 minutes in a start against the Nuggets on Thursday with three points, eight rebounds and three assists. Based on how Skal Labissiere looked, Tolliver's minutes should start to trend down. Unless you really need treys from the power forward spot, leave Tolliver on the wire.
Jamal Crawford scores 19 in 34 minutes 02-24-2017
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Jamal Crawford played 34 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, four assists and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Warriors. Crawford has played well in Chris Paul's absence, although he was just 1-of-7 for five points in his last game before the All-Star break. However, with Paul due back as soon as Friday night, Crawford's likely going to see a few less looks. But unlike Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton, Crawford was relevant even when CP3 was healthy, so owners should just hang onto him unless there's a really hot free agent calling your name from the waiver wire.
Kosta Koufos scores eight in start 02-24-2017
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Kosta Koufos scored eight points with six rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday. That's about what to expect from Koufos going forward. His upside just isn't attractive enough to own in standard leagues, but he could be a low-end deep guy for desperate owners.
Raymond Felton scores 13 off Clippers bench 02-24-2017
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Raymond Felton came off the bench again on Thursday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes in a 123-113 loss to the Warriors. Felton and Austin Rivers filled in admirably while Chris Paul was out, but it sounds like Paul may play on Friday night against the Spurs. It looks like it's safe to drop Felton, while Rivers could cling to a little value over the next week or so as CP3 gets back in the flow for the Clippers. But once Paul is back, both guards are going to see a big decrease in playing time.
Nikola Jokic starts second half slowly 02-24-2017
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Nikola Jokic had a disappointing line during a 116-100 loss to the Kings on Thursday, scoring four points with 10 rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 26 minutes.

Harrison Wind on Twitter
The Kings actually did a bang-up job on Jokic, keeping bodies on cutters and not allowing Jokic to establish deeper position. Plus, it wasn't a good defensive game for him and coach Mike Malone didn't hold back his thoughts after the game. "If he wants to be our best player and a franchise player he's got to play better," Malone said. "They went at him, scored easily on him." Jokic has struggled since Mason Plumlee arrived is more of a confidence, especially since those two didn't play together tonight. Jokic's fantasy owner should still expect him to be truly elite going forward.
Austin Rivers scores 19 in loss to Warriors 02-24-2017
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Austin Rivers hit 7-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Warriors. Is this the last hurrah for Rivers? Maybe not, but all signs are pointing to Chris Paul returning from his thumb injury on Friday night against the Spurs. Rivers, for the most part, has been rolling since CP3 went down, starting most nights and averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. With Paul on the verge of coming back, Rivers will surely take a hit. Don't drop him just yet, but once Paul proves he's healthy and ready to roll, and once Rivers' minutes take the hit that's coming, owners will be thankful they pre-planned for what's coming.
Kenneth Faried only scores two in return 02-24-2017
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried only scored two points in a start against the Kings on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one assist and one block in 14 minutes. It was a bad line, but it wasn't all bad news for a guy who was listed as doubtful to play yesterday. Mason Plumlee didn't play any power forward minutes, Darrell Arthur was a DNP-CD, and Juancho Hernangomez wasn't in the rotation. Faried's value is capped with the Nuggets close to full strength, so he's only a borderline hold.
Jameer Nelson scores 12 points in loss 02-24-2017
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Jameer Nelson scored 12 points with four rebounds, six assists, five steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes during his start against the Kings on Thursday. He kept the Nuggets in this game and looks like he has the starting job locked up. Emmanuel Mudiay did not play in this game and Jamal Murray had a game to forget. Nelson not being traded is huge for his value, so he should be owned in standard leagues. He should get heavy run as long as the Nuggets are going for the No. 8 spot.
Danilo Gallinari returns on Thursday 02-24-2017
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari returned to action on Thursday with 15 points six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings. It's his first game back since a scary groin strain on Feb. 1, and there are just no half measures on Gallinari and the Nuggets. Even coming off an injury, he didn't really see limited run, which is part of the reason he's hurt so often. Still, Gallinari not getting traded is good for his fantasy value, so expect him to flirt with mid-round value as long as he's healthy.
Blake Griffin still sluggish after break 02-24-2017
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin, who scored just 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting in his last game before the All-Star break, hit just 3-of-13 shots for 12 points, five rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's 123-113 loss to the Warriors. Maybe it was the Warriors' defense, but Griffin looked a little sluggish tonight, and he's struggled a bit in his last two games. Look for him to take out his frustrations on the hapless Nets on Saturday night.
Gary Harris scores 23 points 02-24-2017
Gary Harris G DEN
Gary Harris scored 23 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and five 3-pointers against the Kings on Thursday. He was just one point off his season high in scoring for this game. The Nuggets pushing Jamal Murray to the one would be a big win for Harris, who has been heating up this month. In his previous February games, Harris averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 treys. He should be owned in all standard leagues.
Wilson Chandler scores 18 points 02-24-2017
Wilson Chandler F DEN
Wilson Chandler scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Kings on Thursday. Despite some complaints about his role, Chandler stayed put at the deadline. He said he wasn't happy with his inconsistent usage and playing with different guys. After he was logging more minutes at the three while Danilo Gallinari (groin) was out, Chandler only played three minutes at small forward in this game. He should still be worth owning in standard leagues no matter where he gets his minutes.
Mason Plumlee gets 22 minutes off bench 02-24-2017
Mason Plumlee F DEN
Mason Plumlee played 22 minutes off the bench against the Kings on Thursday with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals. He did not get any minutes at power forward tonight, which should be the norm going forward. While Jusuf Nurkic has been magical in Portland, Plumlee has been rotten with his -39 in +/- this season with Denver. The Nuggets obviously won't keep Nikola Jokic's minutes down very often, so Plumlee will likely have a tough time holding value in 12-team leagues.
Will Barton scores 16 points in 32 minutes 02-24-2017
Will Barton F DEN
Will Barton scored 16 points in 32 minutes off the bench against the Kings on Thursday, adding two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers. One small win for Barton today is that the Nuggets used Jamal Murray at the one tonight. Going forward, that situation is unclear because sticking with that plan would mean the team is keeping Emmanuel Mudiay out of the rotation. Still, Barton's playing time should be around 30 minutes most nights, making him a hold in standard leagues.
Darrell Arthur gets a DNP-CD 02-24-2017
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur was a DNP-CD on Thursday. With Kenneth Faried back and the Nuggets not trading anyone away today, Arthur is not expected to get much playing time. He likely won't be a DNP-CD every game, but the Nuggets will continue to manage Arthur and his aging knees.
Emmanuel Mudiay gets a DNP-CD 02-24-2017
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Emmanuel Mudiay was a DNP-CD on Thursday. The Nuggets gave Jamal Murray all of the backup point guard minutes, so they kept Mudiay out of the lineup for this game. Despite creating some buzz over the summer, Mudiay just hasn't been able to perform in his second season. He will likely find playing time at some point but there's just no reason to own him in most leagues.
LeBron James posts triple-double in win vs NY 02-24-2017
LeBron James F CLE
LeBron James turned in his sixth triple-double of the season during a 119-104 win over the Knicks on Thursday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 15 assists, three blocks and six turnovers in 37 minutes.

ESPN
That's the 48th triple-double of his career with those 15 dimes matching his career best for assists in a triple-double line. Plus, he is now only one triple-double shy of matching his career best for the most he's had in a season. James and the Cavs will be active in the buyout market, which could help LeBron get a little rest here and there.
Kyrie Irving scores 23 points in win 02-24-2017
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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. 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.
Kyle Korver remains red hot in win 02-24-2017
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Kyle Korver scored 20 points with two rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday. He's one of the hottest shooters in the NBA, which is hardly a surprise. In fact, Korver has a ridiculous 84.9 true shooting percentage this month, averaging 15.9 points, 3.4 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 4.0 treys. He's too hot to leave on the wire right now.
Iman Shumpert scores five points 02-24-2017
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Iman Shumpert scored five points with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday. He did have some lukewarm trade rumors surrounding him in the last couple days due to the Cavs needing a point guard. Additionally, Shumpert has not been the same since returning from his ankle injury, making just 30.4 percent from the field in his last three games. He was on fire when he was starting last month, but he's probably not worth owning until he shows signs of life again.
Carmelo Anthony scores 20 points 02-24-2017
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Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points with five rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes during a 119-104 loss to the Cavs on Thursday. The rumors were seemingly endless on Melo being traded, but there was never a sense that Anthony would waive his no-trade clause this season. He could really have to carry the Knicks in the short term with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) getting hurt and needing a walking boot after the game. Melo gets a 6.0 usage rate bump when KP is on the bench, so expect some bigger lines until the Knicks get their Unicorn back.
Willy Hernagomez double-doubles in start 02-24-2017
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Willy Hernangomez scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 27 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday. 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.