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Update: Rudy Gay will try to play vs. Cavs 02-08-2016
Rudy Gay F SAC
Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay (ankle) will try to play against the Cavs on Monday.

James Ham on Twitter
Wes Johnson getting the start 02-08-2016
Wesley Johnson G LAC
Wes Johnson will start against the 76ers on Monday in place of Paul Pierce (rest).

Tom Moore on Twitter
He has actually played really well and is putting up early-round value in the last month or so. Johnson should be owned in standard leagues with some added value for tonight.
Paul Pierce out Monday, Wes Johnson starting 02-08-2016
Paul Pierce F LAC
Paul Pierce (rest) will not play against the 76ers on Monday.

Tom Moore on Twitter
It's the second half of a back-to-back after the road win on Sunday. Pierce is likely going to be ready for Wednesday, but he's not worth using in most leagues.
Otto Porter will get more PF minutes 02-08-2016
Otto Porter Jr. F WAS
Otto Porter is expected to play more power forward.

CSN Mid Atlantic
He finally broke out of a slump on Saturday with 20 points. Porter has been flirting with top-50 value on the season and should be in that neighborhood going forward. Expect Jared Dudley to play slightly less.
Robert Sacre will start on Monday night 02-08-2016
Robert Sacre C LAL
Robert Sacre will start against the Pacers on Monday for Roy Hibbert (ankle).

Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
Scare played 16 minutes on Saturday and will likely be closer to 20 tonight. Expect to see minutes going to Tarik Black and Brandon Bass, as well. Sacre is not a great fantasy play.
Roy Hibbert (ankle) out on Monday night 02-08-2016
Roy Hibbert C LAL
Roy Hibbert (anke) will not play against the Pacers on Monday night.

Baxter Holmes on Twitter
It'll be his first missed game as a Laker and first since Nov. 29, 2014. With Hibbert out, Robert Sacre will probably get the start after starting the second half on Saturday. Brandon Bass and Tarik Black should also benefit.
Richaun Holmes is back for Monday 02-08-2016
Richaun Holmes F PHI
Richuan Holmes (ankle) will play against the Clippers on Monday.

Jessica Camerato on Twitter
His return may mean there could be fewer lineup combos of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Holmes is likely only going to get minutes in the teens, so he's not a fantasy option.
Matt Dellavedova likely out through break 02-08-2016
Matthew Dellavedova G CLE
Matt Dellavedova (hamstring) is out Monday and is unlikely for Wednesday.

Dave McMenamin on Twitter
The Cavs will allow him to rest through the break. With Dellavedova out, Mo Williams should get minutes as Kyrie Irving's backup.
Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings 02-08-2016
Kevin Love F CLE
Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings on Monday.

Dave McMenamin on Twitter
He was probable and was never in jeopardy of missing this game after missing Saturday. HIs return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench while Tristan Thompson shouldn't play as much as Saturday. Start Love like you normally would in a favorable matchup.
Ish Smith (ankle) starting, has 24-minute cap 02-08-2016
Ishmael Smith G PHI
Ish Smith (ankle) will start against the Clippers and has a 24-minute restriction.

Tom Moore on Twitter
He only needed to miss one game after a Friday ankle sprain. T.J. McConnell will move back to the bench and the two figure to split the minutes at the one. Smith gets a tougher matchup tonight, so he's probably not someone you'll want to use in DFS tonight.
Tim Duncan upgraded to questionable Tuesday 02-08-2016
Tim Duncan F SA
Tim Duncan (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's game against the Heat. He was listed as out earlier today, but the official team report says he has a chance to play. Duncan will likely be limited upon his return, which would also mean less run for David West.
D'Angelo Russell (groin) questionable vs. IND 02-08-2016
D'Angelo Russell G LAL
D'Angelo Russell (groin) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Monday. This injury came out of nowhere and he may have suffered the injury on Saturday night. If Russell can't go, there should be more minutes for Lou Williams while Marcelo Huertas could be in the rotation.
Roy Hibbert (ankle) unlikely for Monday night 02-08-2016
Roy Hibbert C LAL
Roy Hibbert (ankle) is unlikely to play on Monday against the Pacers. No revenge game here. With Hibbert likely out, that should mean more run for Tarik Black, Robert Sacre and Brandon Bass. Fantasy owners probably don't need to make an add here while Julius Randle could get a couple more minutes again.
Tiago Splitter getting second opinion 02-08-2016
Tiago Splitter C ATL
Tiago Splitter (hip) is getting a second opinion on his right hip.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
He is out through the break and he could be out for multiple weeks. Splitter can be left on the wire in just about all leagues. There will be more minutes for Mike Scott and Mike Muscala.
Amare Stoudemire back to the bench 02-08-2016
Amar'e Stoudemire F MIA
Amare Stoudemire could move back to the bench on Tuesday.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
Presumably this would mean Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is ready get back in the starting lineup, assuming he's healthy enough to play. Stoudemire has been surprisingly effective, but he's still not worth grabbing in almost any league.
Nikola Pekovic is out for Monday 02-08-2016
Nikola Pekovic C MIN
Nikola Pekovic (ankle, foot) will not play against the Pelicans on Monday.

Darren Wolfson on Twitter
He doesn't have a target date and is likely out for this week. Pekovic can be left on the wire in basically all leagues.
KG out for Monday against Pelicans 02-08-2016
Kevin Garnett F MIN
Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play against the Pelicans on Monday.

Darren Wolfson on Twitter
He probably won't be back until next week. Gorgui Dieng is getting huge minutes and that should continue going forward. Leave Garnett on the wire in all leagues.
Martin, Garnett and Pekovic out on Monday 02-08-2016
Kevin Martin G MIN
Kevin Martin (wrist), Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play against the Pelicans on Monday

Darren Wolfson on Twitter
He is probably out through the break, but other teams may want to see Martin get out there on the court before trading for him. Martin is not worth stashing in most leagues.
Festus Ezeli having left knee surgery 02-08-2016
Festus Ezeli C GS
Festus Ezeli (knee) is having surgery on his left knee.

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
It's unknown what the procedure is, but it'll almost certainly keep him out 4-6 weeks or more. With Ezeli out, Marreese Speights should play more in the second unit. Hopefully, the Warriors get their backup big for the playoffs.
Colangelo noncommittal on Ish Smith 02-08-2016
Ishmael Smith G PHI
Jerry Colangelo is noncommittal on Ish Smith's (ankle) future with the 76ers beyond this season

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"Where he was picked [an undrafted free agent], because he's bounced around quite a bit, and it's a great story that finally maybe he's landed somewhere where he could do a lot more than fit that description or that role," Colangelo said. "And I think you always have to keep your options open on everything." Smith has an ankle issue, but he should be back very soon.
Kyle Korver says he's healthy now 02-08-2016
Kyle Korver G ATL
Kyle Korver said he's finally feeling healthy now.

NBA.com
"I feel like things have healed, and I'm back and whole," Korver said. "There was, I felt like I missed so many shots for a while, and I think mentally, that does throw you a little bit." Korver hasn't been very good this season and is just outside of the top-150 rankings for his last 12 games. Hopefully, he can be better going forward.
Matt Bonner out for Tuesday night 02-08-2016
Matt Bonner F SA
Matt Bonner (calf) will not play against the Heat on Tuesday.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
He hurt his calf at the end of Friday's game. Bonner has dealt with calf issues before and he's likely out until after the break. There will be a few extra minutes for Boris Diaw and David West.
Tim Duncan (knee) out for Tuesday night 02-08-2016
Tim Duncan F SA
Tim Duncan (knee) will not play against the Heat on Tuesday.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
The Spurs are likely going to keep him out through the break, which would mean he would be out for close to four weeks. With Duncan out, it'll be David West in the starting lineup while the Spurs haven't played Boban Marjanovic much.
Zaza working on his jumper 02-08-2016
Zaza Pachulia C DAL
Zaza Pachulia has been working with Holger Geschwindner on improving his shot.

Earl Sneed on Twitter
Geschwinder is close to Dirk Nowitzki and is known for calculating optimum angles of jump shots. Pachulia is only making 32.7 percent of his jumpers on the year, so he definitely can improve there. His fantasy value has really taken a tumble and he's more of a low-end asset.
Rockets assign K.J. McDaniels to D-League 02-08-2016
K.J. McDaniels F HOU
Rockets assign G/F K.J. McDaniels to the D-League.

Rockets on Twitter
Like the Rockets, McDaniels' season has failed to launch as anticipated.
Marc Gasol (foot) questionable for Monday 02-08-2016
Marc Gasol C MEM
Marc Gasol (right foot) is questionable to play against the Blazers on Monday.

Ronald Tillery on Twitter
He admitted he is playing through an injury and described it as "playing on one leg." The Grizzlies have a game on Monday and Wednesday, so they might want to be careful with Gasol this week before the break. If he can't go, expect to see a lot of small-ball lineups from the Grizzlies.
Whiteside (ankle) expected to play on Tuesday 02-08-2016
Hassan Whiteside C MIA
Despite not practicing on Monday, Hassan Whiteside (left ankle) is expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

Jason Lieser on Twitter
Although Whiteside's ankle swelled on him overnight, Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside is okay and "could play big minutes tomorrow." It's unclear if that's Spo's way of hinting that Whiteside will be back in the first five, but Amare Stoudemire is tentatively expected to stick in the starting lineup for now. Either way, Whiteside should be active on all fantasy rosters.
Ben McLemore (wrist) doubtful for Mon. night 02-08-2016
Ben McLemore G SAC
Ben McLemore (wrist) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. Cleveland.

Sean Cunningham on Twitter
McLemore has really fallen out of favor, and he's not going to play on Monday. Marco Belinelli and Darren Collison will get more run against LeBron James and Co.
Rudy Gay (ankle) doubtful to play on Monday 02-08-2016
Rudy Gay F SAC
Rudy Gay (sprained left ankle) is doubtful to play in Monday's game vs. Cleveland.

Sean Cunningham on Twitter
Gay didn't play on Sunday due to the injury, so obviously it's more than just a minor sprain. With Gay sidelined, Omri Casspi's minutes should trend up although he's still likely to (inexplicably) come off the bench behind James Anderson. From a statistical perspective, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo will be the primary fantasy beneficiaries of Gay's absence.
Devin Harris 'highly unlikely' for Tuesday 02-08-2016
Devin Harris G DAL
Devin Harris (sprained left great toe) is "highly unlikely" to play on Tuesday vs. the Jazz.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
It's not a surprise considering the previous Harris update had him (likely) sitting through the All-Star break. While Harris is out, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will continue to pick up extra time.
John Henson (back) remains out on Tuesday 02-08-2016
John Henson F MIL
John Henson (back) did not practice on Monday, and he will not play on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

CF Gardner on Twitter
This will now be six straight games in street clothes for Henson, and there is no clear timetable for his return. It's irresponsible to stash Henson in standard formats considering he's just a blocks specialist even when healthy, but those in deeper leagues (16-plus teams) should wait until we get a clear diagnosis until making a decision. The time off during All-Star Weekend should help.
O.J. Mayo expected to return on Tuesday night 02-08-2016
O.J. Mayo G MIL
O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) is expected to make his return on Tuesday vs. Boston.

CF Gardner on Twitter
This confirms an earlier report, and all signs point to the veteran guard finally getting back on the floor. Following an 11-game absence, expect Mayo to be eased back into action. With Mayo and Jerryd Bayless once again in the mix, those with Michael Carter-Williams on the roster should be paying very close attention to the minutes distribution in Milwaukee.
Ronnie Price (toe) still out for the Suns 02-08-2016
Ronnie Price G PHO
Ronnie Price (toe) remains sidelined for the Suns.

Craig Grialou on Twitter
Price was originally targeting a return this week, but it seems like the earliest we'll see him again is in late February. He's not a fantasy option in any league, regardless of size or format.
McRoberts focused on health, contributing 02-08-2016
Josh McRoberts F MIA
Josh McRoberts is focused on getting healthy and contributing to the Heat.

Palm Beach Post
"I'm just trying to get healthy and have a chance to help the team in a way that I know I can," he said. It's been a trying road for McBob in Miami, relegating him to waiver wire fodder in fantasy leagues.
Nikola Mirotic's return date still uncertain 02-08-2016
Nikola Mirotic F CHI
Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) does not have a target date for his return.

Nick Friedell on Twitter
It was previously reported that Mirotic was targeting just after All-Star weekend, but that timeline sounds like it will get pushed back. Fred Hoiberg reported Mirotic was feeling better, but admitted it will take time to build up his conditioning and stamina in order to get back on the floor. Mirotic could still get back on the floor in late February, but it may not come right after the break. While he's out, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will see increased minutes.
Nene (calf) does some practice on Monday 02-08-2016
Nene Hilario C WAS
Nene (calf) went through some portions of practice on Monday.

J. Michael on Twitter
It's unclear exactly what he did, leaving Nene questionable (at best) for Tuesday vs. the Knicks. If he can't go, Drew Gooden will likely step into more minutes.
Kris Humphries (knee) could play Tuesday 02-08-2016
Kris Humphries F WAS
Kris Humphries (knee) practiced on Monday, and there is a "good chance" he plays on Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

J. Michael on Twitter
Humphries' last time on the floor was January 3. Leave him on the wire.
Emmanuel Mudiay praised by Mike Malone 02-08-2016
Emmanuel Mudiay G DEN
Mike Malone praised Emmanuel Mudiay's play in Sunday's win over the Knicks.

Denver Post
"I thought Emmanuel Mudiay was terrific, made some huge plays down the stretch," Malone said. "Nine assists, zero turnovers for a 19-year old rookie point guard is outstanding." Mudiay is enjoying his best month of the season so far in February, averaging 12.5 points, 7.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 triples with just 1.5 turnovers on 36.5 percent shooting.
Jimmy Butler (knee) feeling 'a lot better' 02-08-2016
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "a lot better," but there is still no timetable for his return.

Vincent Goodwill on Twitter
Butler will not play on Monday and is extremely doubtful to return on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, leaving his status for Sunday's All-Star Game up in the air. The good news: It sounds like Butler has a very real chance of resuming fantasy production on the other side of the break, so those with Jimmy on the roster just have to sit tight for now. In the interim, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all be in the mix for extra run.
Jameer Nelson (wrist) doubtful to play Monday 02-08-2016
Jameer Nelson G DEN
Jameer Nelson (wrist) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Nets.

Chris Dempsey on Twitter
The veteran point guard has no timetable for his return, meaning Randy Foye will continue to serve as Emmanuel Mudiay's backup.
Darrell Arthur (quad) questionable on Monday 02-08-2016
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur (quad) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Brooklyn.

Chris Dempsey on Twitter
Denver's big men are healthy and the Nuggets are occasionally going small with Will Barton and Danilo Gallinari, so between that and Arthur's consistent health issues, his fantasy appeal is currently nonexistent.
Scott wants Clarkson to improve in some areas 02-08-2016
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
Byron Scott wants Jordan Clarkson to improve his perimeter defense, outside shooting and assist-to-turnover ratio and free throw attempts.

Los Angeles Daily News
This news was buried in between Scott praising Clarkson and saying he has the potential to become an All-Star, so let's not get out the pitchforks just yet. These are valid criticisms, as Clarkson needs to gamble less on defense, shoots 34.2 percent from deep, shoots just 2.8 free throws per game and checks in with averages of 2.5 assists compared to 1.8 turnovers.
Vogel heaps praise all over Myles Turner 02-08-2016
Myles Turner C IND
Frank Vogel praised Myles Turner's development, calling him "an unusually mature young man."

ESPN
"I think he's an unusually mature young man, articulate 19-year-old," Vogel said. "He's very intelligent and he has a good approach, a good feel for being a rookie in the NBA. He has a nice humbleness to him, and his work ethic has been a pleasant surprise. He's constantly in the weight room, constantly putting extra shots up and working with the coaches -- and that's a big reason why he's having success." In six games as a starter, Turner is averaging 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and just 1.2 turnovers on 46.8 percent shooting.
Report: Suns to sign McRae to second 10-day 02-08-2016
Jordan McRae G PHI
The Suns will sign Jordan McRae to a second 10-day contract, sources told Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.

Alex Kennedy on Twitter
There is no reason for the Suns to ditch McRae, and Phoenix will get a longer look at McRae once the deal is official.
Malone hints at more minutes for Lauvergne 02-08-2016
Joffrey Lauvergne F DEN
Mike Malone hinted that Joffrey Lauvergne will receive more playing time moving forward.

Denver Post
Lauvergne is coming off of a double-double in 29 minutes on Sunday, and Malone is looking to reward the big man. "I've been trying to play him lately because I think Joffrey's work ethic and his character are going to be big pieces moving forward," Malone said. With Nikola Jokic locked into place as the starting center, this is bad news for the out of shape Jusuf Nurkic.
Pacers assign Shayne Whittington to D-League 02-08-2016
Shayne Whittington C IND
Pacers assign C Shayne Whittington to the D-League.

NBA.com
With the frontcourt healthy following Ian Mahinmi's back injury, there is no room for Whittington on the active roster.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo's 10-day deal expires 02-08-2016
Thanasis Antetokounmpo F NY
Thanasis Antetokounmpo's 10-day contract has expired.

Ian Begley on Twitter
The Knicks could re-sign him to another 10-day deal, but there has been no indication that New York is interested in that move.
Raptors recall Bruno Caboclo from D-League 02-08-2016
Bruno Caboclo F TOR
Raptors recall F Bruno Caboclo from the D-League.

Raptors MR on Twitter
Unfortunately, this is not a sign that the Brazilian Kevin Durant is about to enter the rotation.
Roy Hibbert (ankle) questionable for Monday 02-08-2016
Roy Hibbert C LAL
Roy Hibbert (left ankle sprain) is still questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

Baxter Holmes on Twitter
Hibbert will want to play against his former team, so he'll do whatever he can to try and be out there. If he sits, expect Tarik Black, Brandon Bass and Robert Sacre to have a bump in minutes.
Julius Randle expected to play on Monday 02-08-2016
Julius Randle F LAL
Julius Randle (ankle) is expected to start on Monday vs. Indiana.

Baxter Holmes on Twitter
Randle twisted his ankle after stepping on a cameraman in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, but postgame X-rays were negative and as Randle said, he's fine. Averaging 12.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists on 47.8% from the field over his last four games, Randle should keep getting big minutes without Larry Nance (knee) in the lineup. With how well he's been playing, it would be a surprise if Randle was sent back to the bench once Nance is ready to return.
Kobe, Randle both expected to play on Monday 02-08-2016
Kobe Bryant G LAL
Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) are both expected to play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

Baxter Holmes on Twitter
Despite Kobe's questionable tag, he's going to keep playing so long as he doesn't suffer a setback or new injury of any kind. And while Randle's ankle injury looked bad, he quickly shook it off and wasn't in real danger of missing any time. Both will be in the starting lineup as the Lakers take on Roy Hibbert's (ankle, questionable) old team on Monday.
Hawks assign Walter Tavares to the D-League 02-08-2016
Walter Tavares C ATL
Hawks assign C Walter Tavares to the D-League.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Tavares doesn't have a role with the Hawks despite Tiago Splitter's hip injury, an indication of "Edy's" current fantasy appeal.
Rick Carlisle praises Justin Anderson's play 02-08-2016
Justin Anderson F DAL
Rick Carlisle praised rookie Justin Anderson for his recent performance on the floor.

Mavs.com
"He's been getting opportunities to play, which he has earned with consistency, with hard work and with understanding his role on the team," Carlisle said. "He made some rebounds in traffic that I haven't seen anybody make here in the last seven-plus years, and I don't know how you duplicate his enthusiasm and exuberance for the game and his teammates. You know, we knew he was a special kid when we drafted him." The words are nice, but Anderson is not currently on the fantasy radar.
Magic won't sign Keith Appling for the season 02-08-2016
Keith Appling G ORL
Keith Appling's second 10-day contract with the Magic has expired.

Magic PR on Twitter
The Magic would have had to sign him for the remainder of the season, so Orlando will instead allow him to return to the D-League.
Matthew Dellavedova out again on Monday night 02-08-2016
Matthew Dellavedova G CLE
Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play on Monday vs. Sacramento.

Hayden Grove on Twitter
Delly's absence means Mo Williams will continue to remain in the rotation, but only as a backup to a healthy Kyrie Irving. Leave Williams on the waiver wire in your fantasy league.
Kevin Love (thigh) probable to play on Monday 02-08-2016
Kevin Love F CLE
Kevin Love (quad) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Kings.

Hayden Grove on Twitter
Assuming Love plays, he'll wind up missing just a single game with the quad injury. His return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench where he belongs, while Tristan Thompson will slide back over and assume starting center responsibilities.
Report: Melo had two MRIs in last three weeks 02-08-2016
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) has had two MRIs in the last three weeks, sources told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

New York Daily News
Despite both coming back clean, "the concern over his long-term health is very real," per Isola. Obviously there are a number of things going wrong in New York right now, and Melo's health woes are right at the top of the list. If the soreness in his surgically-repaired knee doesn't improve after the All-Star break, Melo will be a shutdown candidate as the Knicks fall further and further out of the playoff race. Anthony's absence would mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Derrick Williams and Lance Thomas while Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo would each assume a larger role in the offense.
Confirmed: Knicks fire Coach Derek Fisher 02-08-2016
Derek Fisher G OKC
The Knicks have relieved Derek Fisher of his head coaching duties.

NBA.com
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne had the news first, and so much for a slow news day on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Phil Jackson's hand-picked selection for head coach lasted less than two full seasons, and the countdown will now be on to see how long Jackson sticks around in New York's front office. The Knicks are fading out of the postseason race fast, Carmelo Anthony has issues with his surgically-repaired knee and there is no clear direction for a franchise that sorely needs one. With Fisher's dismissal, Kurt Rambis will be the interim head coach, and ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports Brian Shaw and Luke Walton-two of Jackson's former players-are "top long-term replacement candidates." Welcome to New York, everybody.
Report: Half of MIN roster concerned w/ coach 02-08-2016
Sam Mitchell F Min
According to the Associated Press, "nearly half the [Timberwolves] of 15 players privately expressed concerns about [Sam] Mitchell.

Associated Press
Players have reportedly complained about 1) an "outdated offensive system," 2) a "tendency to platoon his rotations" and 3) "a lack of personal accountability for the struggles." While some of this may be true, it's a bad look to present this feedback anonymously through the press, especially given the unfortunate circumstances which led to Mitchell's elevation. Do better, Young Wolfpack.
Parker to play in Olympic Qualifying Tourney 02-08-2016
Tony Parker G SA
Tony Parker plans to play in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the French National Team.

Sportando
While this won't directly impact Parker's fantasy contributions this season, it's a reminder that he's going to be playing this summer, which may have an impact on his start at the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign.
Whiteside done talking to Spoelstra about 4Q 02-08-2016
Hassan Whiteside C MIA
Hassan Whiteside said he's "done" talking to Erik Spoelstra about his fourth quarter playing time.

Palm Beach Post
"I'm done talking to Coach about it," he said. "I have nothing else- We've talked about it so many times, ain't no reason to keep talking to him about it. I'm just gonna play." While Spo said the "offense needed a little bit of a punch" on Sunday in explaining Whiteside's crunchtime benching, this has been a theme throughout the season. The coach did admit that Whiteside's ankle tweak was part of the big man sitting, but the big man said he was "fine" and it seemed like a convenient excuse for Spoelstra. Regardless of when his minutes are coming or whether or not he's starting, Whiteside should be locked into all lineups.
Report: ORL listening on Tobias Harris deals 02-08-2016
Tobias Harris F ORL
The Magic "aren't discouraging" trade offers for Tobias Harris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Marc Stein on Twitter
You could really say this about almost any player in the NBA beyond obvious franchise building blocks, but we digress. Harris was re-signed to a 4-year, $64M deal in the offseason, but the Magic are (rightfully) looking into his market with Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja in the fold. It wouldn't be surprising if Harris is moved, but we would have said the same thing prior to this report, as well. A potential offseason trade seems more likely than a drastic midseason shakeup.
Lance Thomas (concussion) could return Tues. 02-08-2016
Lance Thomas F NY
Lance Thomas (concussion) could return on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

Newsday
He might, he might not. Either way, Thomas isn't a fantasy option with Carmelo Anthony (knee), Langston Galloway and Derrick Williams all available.
Scott praises Hibbert's defensive activity 02-08-2016
Roy Hibbert C LAL
Byron Scott said Roy Hibbert has "done everything he can do from us from a defensive standpoint."

Los Angeles Daily News
Some might argue differently, but the Lakers defense is so bad that no one man is going to make a sizable impact. Regardless, Hibbert has really struggled in his first season with the Lakers, and as his playing time has dwindled, he's embraced a mentorship role with the younger players. Hibbert is questionable for Monday's (revenge) game vs. the Pacers due to a sprained left ankle, but you can bet he'll do his best to be out there against his former team. If not, Tarik Black, Brandon Bass and Robert Sacre will earn more minutes.
Muscala earns praise from Mike Budenholzer 02-08-2016
Mike Muscala C ATL
Mike Muscala earned praise from Mike Budenholzer for his readiness to step into the rotation.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The fact that he hadn't played much, to step in and be ready to play pretty good is a statement to how he works," Budenholzer said. "I'm pleased with how he kept himself ready. And his activity defensively, his length at the rim and his verticality at the rim has been really good. I think the pace with which (he has played), he has gotten some easy baskets in transition and beat people down the court. He's moving the ball and playing within what we do. He's really stepped in and done well after not playing much for a good month or so." Despite "feeling comfortable" in Tiago Splitter's (hip) absence, Muscala isn't a fantasy option.
JaMychal Green odd man out of Grizz rotation 02-08-2016
JaMychal Green F MEM
JaMychal Green is the odd man out in the Memphis rotation.

Memphis Commercial Appeal
"Unless you're going to play 11 or 12 guys, it's very difficult [to work in Green]," Dave Joerger said. "He's certainly a valuable piece of what we're trying to do." Ryan Hollins is playing ahead of Green, an illustration of Green's fantasy value in any format.
Marc Gasol admits he's playing through injury 02-08-2016
Marc Gasol C MEM
Marc Gasol admitted that he's currently playing through an injury.

Memphis Commercial Appeal
"I have some issues, but you have to push through it," Gasol said. "I'm never going to use not being 100 percent as an excuse. It's just not me. I'm going to push through it and give whatever I have to my team. That's how I've always been, and that's how it's going to be." Coach Dave Joerger recently said that Gasol is "playing on one leg," so the All-Star break can't come soon enough for the big man. Through three February games, Gasol is averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks on 55.3 percent shooting. Despite the injury concern, selling low doesn't make sense, and Gasol is fully expected to continue playing at less than full strength.
Jason Kidd believes Jabari Parker is growing 02-08-2016
Jabari Parker G MIL
Jason Kidd believes Jabari Parker is "growing," and that he's "gotten better" as the season has progressed.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"He's growing. He's still a rookie; he hasn't played 82 games yet," Kidd said. "You look at his rebounding defensively, being able to start the break and setting the table for his teammates." Parker has come on as a low-end asset in standard formats, but he's struggled over his last five games, averaging just 9.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks.
Jason Kidd calls for Bucks to sacrifice shots 02-08-2016
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Coach Jason Kidd believes his starting lineup needs to do a better job of sacrificing in order to start winning games.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"Our first group, they're starting to understand each other," Kidd said. "It takes time. It just doesn't happen overnight. We've got a lot of guys who can put the ball in the basket. Someone has to sacrifice on any given night. I think it's just a matter of them getting minutes under their belt to understand that." Milwaukee has taken a major step back this season, and the Bucks enter Tuesday's game vs. Boston with just a 20-32 record.
Garnett endorses Sam Mitchell, coaching staff 02-08-2016
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Kevin Garnett recently praised interim coach Sam Mitchell and his staff for the job they've done this season.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"I feel real good about the progression of this team since Day 1, and I think it needs to be said and needs to be understood that I'm endorsing Sam Mitchell and our coaching staff and this organization," Garnett said. KG's words carry weight in the organization, but that may not prevent a coaching change at the end of the season.
Stevens called Zeller stable presence at rim 02-08-2016
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Coach Brad Stevens called Tyler Zeller a "stable presence at the rim."

Metro West Daily News
"Tyler's always going to run the floor really hard and he's always going to roll to the rim really hard," Stevens said. "So you've got a stable presence at the rim. We were getting some good things from our shooters, so to have a guy that's going to be at the rim opens up some opportunities for the guys on the perimeter." Over his last four games, Zeller is averaging 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, but he's played more than 25 minutes just once during that span. The Celtics have a ton of options in the frontcourt, making Zeller a tough player to rely on in standard formats.
Hoiberg wants Rose to play with pace and push 02-08-2016
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Fred Hoiberg wants Derrick Rose to play "with pace and his push" moving forward.

Chicago Tribune
With Jimmy Butler (knee) likely out through the All-Star break, Rose's usage rate figures to climb in the upward direction. Rose has been playing better over his last six games, averaging 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.0 steals on 42.9 percent shooting. He's better in DFS and points formats than standard leagues because Rose doesn't hit threes, steal the ball or block any shots.
Pau Gasol dealing with soreness in left hand 02-08-2016
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Pau Gasol is dealing with soreness in his injured left hand.

Chicago Tribune
Gasol returned on Saturday with a bang, scoring 25 points to go along with eight boards, three dimes, two blocks and two triples, but his hand injury isn't quite behind him just yet. "Once I went out and got a feel for the ball and took some shots and warmed up and saw how the hand felt, I knew I'd be a little limited, a little sore at times, but I knew I could be effective and compete," he said. Gasol will likely continue to play with a pad on his injured area, but he'll be out there so long as he doesn't suffer a setback.
Dunleavy confident conditioning will come 02-08-2016
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Mike Dunleavy, who made his season debut on Saturday, is confident that his conditioning will improve sooner rather than later.

Chicago Tribune
"It's going to be a progression, build it up slowly," Dunleavy said. "I think [game condition] will come sooner rather than later. I put a lot of work in, feel pretty good about it. I'll be good." Dunleavy played just 14 minutes in his inaugural game, but his playing time will creep up so long as he doesn't have any setbacks after offseason surgery. When it does, he'll take minutes from Tony Snell, E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott.