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Shabazz Napier (hip) doubtful for Sunday 03-28-2015
Shabazz Napier G MIA
Shabazz Napier (hip) is doubtful to play against the Pistons on Sunday.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
He may have suffered the injury on Friday and the team is calling it "right hip pain." If the Heat are going to miss Dwyane Wade (knee, questionable) and Napier, there should be a lot of minutes going to Tyler Johnson and Mario Chalmers.
Jenkins, Muscala and Brand will start 03-28-2015
John Jenkins G ATL
Dennis Schroder, John Jenkins, Kent Bazemore, Mike Muscala and Elton Brand will start against the Hornets on Saturday. The only mild surprise is Jenkins starting over Shelvin Mack and Thabo Sefolosha at shooting guard. Sefolosha only played 10.0 minutes per game in his last two, so he's likely still on a minutes limit. Expect Mack to get around 15 minutes at point guard with 10-15 more minutes coming at the shooting guard spot. Bazemore should see see 32-36 minutes and could get double-digit shot attempts with other stats, as well. Muscala could also be a threat for a double-double and is worth a look in daily leagues.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out 7-10 days? 03-28-2015
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) could miss 7-10 days due to his ankle sprain.

Hornets on Twitter
This isn't a big surprise considering he wasn't in great shape on Friday following his injury. His fantasy owners should consider cutting him with only two more full weeks remaining in the season. Jeff Taylor should get some starts and most of the minutes, but there will be more scoring chances going to Marvin Williams and Gerald Henderson.
Jeff Taylor expected to start for MKG (ankle) 03-28-2015
Jeffery Taylor F CHA
Jeff Taylor (ankle) is expected to start against the Hawks on Saturday.
Aron Baynes (ankle) probable for Sunday 03-28-2015
Aron Baynes C SA
Aron Baynes (ankle) is probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Jeff McDonald on Twitter
Baynes is having a tough time battling injuries, but he'll be back. Still, he fights like a a younger man with nothing held back. The Spurs will have Baynes back in their precious armory on Sunday, but they will not need it.
Denver claims Ian Clark off waivers 03-28-2015
Ian Clark G UTH
Denver claimed Ian Clark off waivers on Saturday. The Jazz waived him on Thursday to clear a spot for Chris Johnson, but he wasn't getting playing time with them. Clark is unlikely to be in the rotation unless the Nuggets rest multiple backcourt players.
Cody Zeller (shoulder) out again on Saturday 03-28-2015
Cody Zeller F CHA
Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

Hornets on Twitter
He was questionable to play yesterday and apparently is not getting any closer. With Zeller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out, Marvin Williams and Gerald Henderson may have a shot at 40 minutes tonight. Expect Lance Stephenson, Mo Williams and Jason Maxiell to also benefit.
DeMarre Carroll out against the Hornets 03-28-2015
DeMarre Carroll F ATL
DeMarre Carroll (rest) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
The Hawks will rest their entire starting five for the first time and it's probably not going to be the last. They will likely have nine players available for tonight: Dennis Schroder, Shelvin Mack, Kent Bazemore, Thabo Sefolosha, Austin Daye, John Jenkins, Mike Muscala, Elton Brand and Pero Antic. Schroder is a no-brainer play while Kent Bazemore, Shelvin Mack, Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Muscala are interesting plays.
Kyle Korver out for Saturday vs. Charlotte 03-28-2015
Kyle Korver G ATL
Kyle Korver (rest) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
He's going to get some rest for the first time since his broken nose. Korver's fantasy owners may actually have to consider cutting him in weekly leagues because his fantasy value isn't high right now and he likely will sit in three or more games the rest of the way. With Korver out, Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha should get the starts on the wings.
Paul Millsap won't play on Saturday night 03-28-2015
Paul Millsap F ATL
Paul Millsap (rest) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
It's rest for Millsap and he's going to be sitting more in the future. The Hawks have another road game in a back-to-back set coming up on Tuesday in Detroit, so expect Millsap to sit in that game, as well. With Sapper out, Mike Muscala will likely start while the Hawks could use some stretch fours in Austin Daye and a couple other options.
Hawks sitting entire starting five vs. CHA 03-28-2015
Al Horford F ATL
Paul Millsap, Al Horford, DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
They clinched the No. 1 seed on Friday and are on the road tonight, so this isn't a surprise. The Hawks may also start to rest players in games outside of back-to-back sets, so owners of any Hawk should be concerned on using them -- that's especially true in road games. Expect Elton Brand, Pero Antic and Mike Muscala to get Horford's minutes.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out vs. Hawks 03-28-2015
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
Jeremy Lin should be fine for Sunday 03-28-2015
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin (illness) said he plans to play against the Nets on Sunday.

Inside So Cal
He did leave the door open of him missing the game, saying he'll play "unless it gets worse." A couple starting guards could be sick for Sunday afternoon with Deron Williams also under the weather. Lin had his allergy issue on Friday and still played 36 minutes, so he should be good to go.
Enes Kanter says he misses the mountains 03-28-2015
Enes Kanter C OKC
Enes Kanter said on Saturday that the only thing he misses in Utah is the mountains.

Andy Larsen on Twitter
"I don't want to make no comments on them, but I think, after I went to OKC, I was like 'Oh man, this is how NBA teams [are],'" Kanter said. "Everything there is just professional. Everything they do is for the players. You just only focus on basketball." Well, the boo birds are going to be flocking to Utah tonight. Plus, Rudy Gobert will probably guard Kanter on several possessions. It should be fun.
Jeff Teague (ankle) will not play against CHA 03-28-2015
Jeff Teague G ATL
Jeff Teague (ankle) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
The Hawks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, so expect Teague to take his time. Plus, the Hawks can essentially just use the first round of the playoffs to get back on track because they won't be facing a very good opponent. With Teague out, it'll be Dennis Schroder getting the start. He's worth starting in all leagues tonight in a favorable matchup. Shelvin Mack will also step up.
Paul George (leg) inactive for Sunday's game 03-28-2015
Paul George G IND
Paul George (leg) will not play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

Indiana Pacers on Twitter
So much for George supposedly playing this week. The Pacers have rightfully been cautious with their franchise player and it's highly doubtful that he takes the court any time soon. At this point in the season, hopeful owners who have stashed George should probably move on.
David West (illness) probable for Sunday 03-28-2015
David West F IND
David West (illness) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks.

Indiana Pacers on Twitter
West missed Thursday's game vs. the Bucks due to an allergic reaction, but he should be ready to roll in a tough matchup with the Mavericks. Check back after shootaround just to be safe, but West's owners can go ahead and pencil him into lineups. Luis Scola will head back to the bench and can be dropped in most leagues.
Rodney Stuckey (calf) questionable Sunday 03-28-2015
Rodney Stuckey G IND
Rodney Stuckey (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks.

Indiana Pacers on Twitter
Stuckey has been in street clothes for the past three games, and the Pacers may continue to err on the side of caution on Sunday. If Stuckey is unable to play, C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles will be the primary beneficiaries and would be worth a look in daily leagues. We should have another update after shootaround Sunday.
Draymond Green (rest) will not play Saturday 03-28-2015
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green (rest) will not play vs. the Bucks on Saturday.

GSWStats on Twitter
The Warriors are coasting towards the playoffs, and it was inevitable that Green would eventually get a day off. This is a tough blow for owners in the middle of fantasy playoffs, but Green should be good to go vs. Doc Rivers and the Clippers on Tuesday. David Lee will likely draw the start, while Marreese Speights should see more playing time as well.
J.J. Barea (ankle) questionable for Sunday 03-28-2015
Jose Juan Barea G DAL
J.J. Barea (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

Chuck Cooperstein on Twitter
Monta Ellis (calf) is doubtful to play Sunday 03-28-2015
Monta Ellis G DAL
Monta Ellis (calf) is considered doubtful to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday.

Chuck Cooperstein on Twitter
Ellis has played in 237 consecutive games and is easily one of the most durable players in the NBA, but it is highly unlikely that he plays. Ellis was still using crutches on Saturday and obviously isn't going to practice, but we should have another update after shootaround Sunday. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris would be extremely busy if Ellis ends up sitting this one out, while the Mavericks are also hoping that J.J. Barea (ankle) will be able to return Sunday.
Deron Williams (illness) misses practice Sat 03-28-2015
Deron Williams G BKN
Deron Williams (illness) was unable to practice on Saturday, leaving his status up in the air for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

Fred Kerber on Twitter
Williams was dreadful vs. the Cavaliers on Friday with five points, five assists and five turnovers in just 22 minutes, so this illness probably had something to do with it. If Williams is unable to play, Jarrett Jack would be in line for a huge chunk of minutes and would be a must-start option in all leagues. Expect another update following shootaround on Sunday.
Thaddeus Young (knee) officially out Sunday 03-28-2015
Thaddeus Young F BKN
Thaddeus Young (knee) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

Tim Bontemps on Twitter
Doug McDermott (back) will not play Saturday 03-28-2015
Doug McDermott F CHI
Doug McDermott (back) will not play vs. the Knicks on Saturday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
McDermott reportedly had another setback, so he is probably looking at some additional time on the sidelines. He wasn't a consistent part of the rotation anyways, so his absence won't have many fantasy implications. We will update his status once we know more.
Tayshaun Prince not likely to stay with DET 03-28-2015
Tayshaun Prince F DET
Tayshaun Prince said that while he won't rule out a return to Detroit next season, he is still hoping to land on a contending team.

Michigan Live
"I'm not going to jump to conclusions," Prince said. "But as you guys know, and as of my time in Boston before I got traded to Detroit, my intention was to get to a contender. You know, you can never say never, but obviously, at this point in my career, I think that's where I help teams the best." Prince journeyed back into time on Friday and scored 23 points with seven boards, but he has been far too inconsistent to rely upon in most fantasy leagues. Considering he wasn't too thrilled when he was traded to Detroit from Boston this season, we will likely see him in a different uniform next season.
Dwyane Wade has a lot of fluid in his knee 03-28-2015
Dwyane Wade G MIA
Dwyane Wade said that he has a lot of fluid in his knee, and he is still scheduled to have it drained on Saturday.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
"I have a lot of fluid," Wade Said. "In a perfect world I would love to get some fluid out." This obviously isn't thrilling news for the Heat, and given Wade's injury history, it's possible that he ends up missing some time after this procedure. The Heat play the Pistons on Sunday, but Wade's owners should probably have a backup plan ready. If he is unable to play, Mario Chalmers will likely benefit the most, while Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson would get more opportunities on offense as well. We will provide another update as soon as the Heat update Wade's status.
Gooden surprises with 15 and 17 vs. CHA 03-28-2015
Drew Gooden F WAS
Drew Gooden surprised with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three treys, 17 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 39 minutes off the bench on Friday. These are what's known as 'Drew Gooden games.' Coming out of nowhere for near triple-double like numbers at a moment's notice, the problem for Gooden is actually keeping it up. Kris Humphries continues to miss time with a groin injury so give Gooden a look, but he comes with no guarantees that he'll be productive the next time out.
Trevor Booker could pickup some minutes 03-28-2015
Trevor Booker F UTH
Trevor Booker scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in Friday's loss to the Nuggets. Booker could slide into some extra minutes if Derrick Favors (back) misses some time and though he has never been a big minute guy he'd probably be worth the plug-and-play.
Gallinari (shoulder) plays on Friday 03-28-2015
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari (shoulder) played in the Nuggets' 107-91 win over the Jazz on Friday, scoring 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 28 minutes. Gallinari reported that his right triceps muscles were sore after the game, which sounds like it could be the shoulder injury that was previously reported. The overall production here doesn't draw any huge red flags, but the simple fact that he is hurting at all on a team that hasn't been shy about tanking is a red flag of its own. The Nuggets' schedule isn't great going forward, so be ready to make a tough decision to sit him if news worsens.
Dwyane Wade G MIA
Dwyane Wade returned to action on Friday March 27.
Shaun Livingston G GS
Shaun Livingston returned to action on Friday March 27.
Toney Douglas G NO
Toney Douglas was signed by NO on Friday March 27.
Faried slowing down for the Nuggets 03-28-2015
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried managed just five points, four rebounds and one assist over 17 minutes in Friday's win over the Jazz. The Nuggets looked as lethargic as they've looked for the last week and the only reason they beat the Jazz is because the Jazz looked worse. Faried seems to be a bellwether of how this team will perform, and over his last three games he has averaged just 8.3 points, 5.7 boards, 0.7 steals and 34.8 percent shooting from the field. The Nuggets finish out the fantasy playoffs with a pair of three-game weeks, so he needs to have a big game the next time out to give owners confidence next week.
Nurkic grounded in Friday's win over UTA 03-28-2015
Jusuf Nurkic C DEN
Jusuf Nurkic was grounded on Friday against the Jazz, logging 11 minutes with just three points and three rebounds to show for it. Nurkic looks like he came back from his ankle injury too soon and it appears to have derailed a promising last third of the season. With an unfavorable schedule, the only folks that should be sniffing a stash are those in desperate need of a big man.
Nelson stays on heater; scores 18 points 03-28-2015
Jameer Nelson G DEN
Jameer Nelson's heater continued on Friday as he hit 7-of-10 shots (including four threes) for 18 points, one rebound and three assists in just 22 minutes on Friday. Nelson has shot a ridiculous 52.1 percent over the last 15 games and that has made him a late-round value over that span, but when he plays lately he's even better than that because he's averaging 2.8 treys per game over the last six contests. Rest and shooting regressions threaten his value nightly, but especially if you need point guard stats and threes he's well worth a look.
Barton double-doubles off the bench 03-28-2015
Will Barton G DEN
Will Barton double-doubled off the bench on Friday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with 10 rebounds and two assists in just 20 minutes. Barton continues to hang onto late-round value in his low-minute role and it's enough to keep throwing kindling on the fire. If he can see some key guys ahead of him call it an early season, there is potential for him to post some really active lines. On the other hand, the Nuggets finish the fantasy playoffs with a pair of three-game weeks so that is working against him.
Hayward (shoulder) returns, produces vs. DEN 03-28-2015
Gordon Hayward G UTH
Gordon Hayward (shoulder) returned from a two-game absence in Friday's loss to the Nuggets, scoring 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting (1-of-7 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes. Hayward looked fine and made it through the game unscathed at least as far as the postgame reporting indicates. If Derrick Favors misses any time with his back injury, you'll see Hayward get a few more touches.
LaMarcus Aldridge scores 27 points vs. Suns 03-28-2015
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
LaMarcus Aldridge hit a few wild shots against the Suns during an 87-81 victory on Friday, scoring a game-high 27 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 35 minutes. The Suns did a decent job on defense, but Aldridge was just knocking down contested shots. He made all six shots from the field in the fourth quarter for 15 points in that frame. Aldridge doesn't appear to be bothered by an index finger injury that kept him out of action on Tuesday, so his fantasy owners can keep him locked and loaded for Saturday because coach Terry Stotts isn't a fan of resting players. In his three previous games against the Nuggets, LMA averaged 26.3 points and 3.0 blocks per game, so his owner should have high hopes.
Gobert double-doubles and adds a block 03-28-2015
Rudy Gobert C UTH
Rudy Gobert double-doubled with 14 points, 14 boards, three assists and one block over 35 minutes in Friday's loss to the Nuggets. Gobert's defensive numbers have been down lately and it's fair to wonder whether an ankle tweak and rough fall from the past week or two has done to his aggressiveness. The entire Jazz team looked a bit lethargic tonight, and they've likely exerted a ton of energy on their recent hot streak. We're not worried about Gobert right now, but if the trend continues we'll know where to trace it back to.
Exum misses second half of Friday's game 03-28-2015
Dante Exum G UTH
Dante Exum missed the second half of Friday's game due to illness. Exum logged 12 minutes on the night and had just one rebound and one steal to his credit. He has shown some nice defensive skills at times but his fantasy game is in the trash, so owners don't need to worry about his status too much.
Burke stays inefficient in loss to Nuggets 03-28-2015
Trey Burke G UTH
Trey Burke hit just 3-of-12 shots in Friday's loss, finishing with six points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes. Dante Exum (12 minutes) did not play in the second half due to an illness, and for Burke's part he did not hit a three and that's part of the allure here since he's going to hurt your field goal percentage and/or disappear. Burke has been a late-round value lately largely because he has averaged 17.3 shots in his last four games, including two without Gordon Hayward. Derrick Favors' back injury might keep that number up and he's worth a look if you can live with his blemishes.
Robin Lopez finally picking it up 03-28-2015
Robin Lopez C POR
Robin Lopez double-doubled against the Suns on Friday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in 29 minutes. Revenge game? He had six offensive boards and put up his second double-double since the break. Lopez hasn't attempted more than eight shots from the field or blocked more than one shot in any game since Mar. 15, so his fantasy value isn't great right now. Hopefully this game will get him going. Ro-Lo is a fringe player to own in standard leagues.
Yet another Millsap making noise for Utah 03-28-2015
Elijah Millsap G UTH
Elijah Millsap scored 16 points off the bench in 17 minutes on Friday, hitting 6-of-8 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds, three steals and one steal. Millsap also had three turnovers and that might explain the minutes cap, because he's usually in the 30-minute range when the team is banged up. Derrick Favors might miss some time now due to a back injury, and Millsap is worth a look for those seeking money counting stats (3PMs/STLs/BLKs).
Chris Kaman plays 18 minutes vs. PHX 03-28-2015
Chris Kaman C POR
Chris Kaman returned from a shoulder injury against the Suns on Friday with four points, 11 boards and one steal in 18 minutes. Besides the inflated rebounding total, this was a fair expectation for Kaman. He will have a minutes cap on him regardless of depth on the team, so he's only an option in very deep leagues.
Nicolas Batum scores five in return 03-28-2015
Nicolas Batum F POR
Nicolas Batum scored five points with nine rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 32 minutes against the Suns on Friday. It was his first game back from a two-game absence. Batum wasn't thoroughly involved with the scoring, but he did a fine job setting up LaMarcus Aldridge. Batum was rolling before his back injury, so expect him to pick it up on Saturday vs. the Nuggets.
Splitter scores 13 points with seven rebounds 03-28-2015
Tiago Splitter C SA
Tiago Splitter scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in the Spurs' 94-76 win over the Mavs on Friday. Splitter is on a nice little push with averages of 12.6 points, 6.4 boards, 1.9 combined steals and blocks, 67.2 percent field goals and 73.1 percent shooting from the line over his last eight games. That's good enough for top-55 returns and with the Spurs' favorable schedule he should be owned in all standard formats.
Eric Bledsoe has a bad game vs. Blazers 03-28-2015
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
Eric Bledsoe made 5-of-20 from the field for 13 points during an 87-81 loss to the Blazers on Friday with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and no turnovers. The Blazers have been giving up some big lines to point guards, so this was a big ol' letdown for Bledsoe and the Suns. Plus, this loss also dropped Phoenix to 10th in the Western Conference standings and they are now 3.5 games behind OKC for the No. 8 seed. Bledsoe will get Russell Westbrook in a huge game on Sunday.
Diaw scores 19 points off the bench 03-28-2015
Boris Diaw F SA
Boris Diaw scored 19 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 8-of-11 shots (including three treys) with three rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. Diaw is running at a top 90-100 level over his past four games and if you took a chance on him because of his excellent fantasy schedule so far you're winning.
Gerald Green scores 12 in 13 minutes 03-28-2015
Gerald Green G PHO
Gerald Green scored 12 points in 13 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with five rebounds and two 3-pointers. Coach Jeff Hornacek said he gave Green some extra run because he needed some shooting in the lineup, but Green looked gassed tonight. He probably didn't help himself much for playing time and Brandon Knight (ankle) should be back soon, so leave him on the wire.
Jefferson (back) returns to action on Friday 03-28-2015
Richard Jefferson F DAL
Richard Jefferson (back) returned to action on Friday in a seven-minute outing. Jefferson had just one rebound and one assist and he needs to produce before owners should pay him any attention.
Brandan Wright drops to just 18 minutes 03-28-2015
Brandan Wright F PHO
Brandan Wright played just 18 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with two points, two boards and one block. The Suns are back to playing Alex Len extended minutes, so it's going to be tough for Wright to put up solid fantasy value. If you need some production right now, Wright is probably not the best option. He could re-emerge if Len starts dealing with ankle soreness again.
Monta (calf) left locker room on crutches 03-28-2015
Monta Ellis G DAL
Updating an earlier item, Monta Ellis (calf) left the locker room on crutches and as we passed along earlier he will be evaluated on Saturday.

ESPN Dallas
Crutches can be used as a precautionary measure but it's certainly not good to hear. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the league and doesn't miss games, but the Mavs may be able to convince him that it would be necessary in advance of the playoffs. Rajon Rondo (seven points, five boards, five assists, one steal) and Chandler Parsons (nine points, six boards, two assists, three steals, one trey) would be beneficiaries if he misses any time.
Alex Len plays 30 minutes vs. Blazers 03-28-2015
Alex Len C PHO
Alex Len played 30 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with six points and five boards. The Suns have dropped the minutes restriction on Len, so he's worth owning in standard leagues right now. Hopefully he doesn't suffer another aggravation to his surgically-repaired ankle.
Marcus Morris scores 19 points in loss 03-28-2015
Marcus Morris F PHO
Marcus Morris scored 19 points in 44 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with 12 boards, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers. He's been very busy on the glass with four double-digit board games in his last five, averaging 13.6 points, 9.8 boards, 3.6 dimes, 1.4 steals and 1.8 treys on 42.9 percent from the field. Brandon Knight (ankle) was very close to a return yet again tonight, so Marcus will likely be losing playing time in the near future. He's worth owning in standard leagues until Knight can actually make it through a warmup, though.
James Harden scores 33 points vs. Wolves 03-28-2015
James Harden G HOU
James Harden scored 33 points during a 120-110 win over the Wolves on Friday with four rebounds, eight assists, five steals and six 3-pointers. He tied his season high in steals tonight and his six treys were the most he's made in a game during the second half. The Rockets were able to clinch a spot in the playoffs, but Harden may have actually lost ground in the MVP race with Stephen Curry hitting a 9.5 on the Curry-O-Meter tonight.
Conley logs 32 minutes in home loss to GSW 03-28-2015
Mike Conley G MEM
Mike Conley led the team with 32 minutes played in the Grizzlies' 107-84 home loss to the Warriors on Friday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, five assists and three steals. Conley is as banged up as they come due to multiple ankle sprains and a suspect shooting wrist, but as you can see in the big game he pushed through it for greater returns. The Grizzlies have lost their cushion ahead of the pack with just a half-game lead over Houston for the No. 2 slot, and if they don't get things turned around they could fall at least a few places below that. Unless they decide it's worth resting Conley even at the expense of seeding, he's going to keep playing through his ailments.
Dwight Howard scores 18 in 20 minutes 03-28-2015
Dwight Howard C HOU
Dwight Howard played 20 minutes against the Wolves on Friday, making 8-of-9 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, two steals and one block. All eight of his makes came off an assist and most of those were as the roll man in a pick-and-roll. Howard is not going to play in back-to-back sets, so he's going to miss either Sunday or Monday. On the nights he plays, he should be worth starting as long as you're fine with him not making free throws.
Green goes for 16 and eight off the bench 03-28-2015
Jeff Green F MEM
Jeff Green scored 16 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-12 shots (including two threes) with eight rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes. Tony Allen got knocked out of the game with a hamstring injury and the rest of the backcourt isn't exactly a picture of health. Green's minutes become solidified if Allen misses any time and he might be in line for a few more touches too. He's on a bit of a hot streak with mid-round value over the last two weeks, but the Grizzlies' pair of three-game weeks offsets some of the buzz that might create. Give him a look with late-round expectations.
Josh Smith flirts with trip-dub in 40 minutes 03-28-2015
Josh Smith F HOU
Josh Smith logged 40 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 16 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers. He was the ball handler in a lot of pick-and-roll sets and had a nice rapport with Dwight Howard. Smith is basically the last man standing at power forward and should see major minutes for the next couple games until Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) can return. He'll be a must-start option until further notice.
Curry posts 38 & 10 with eight 3-pointers 03-28-2015
Stephen Curry G GS
Stephen Curry torched the Grizzlies in an easy road win on Friday, scoring 38 points on 12-of-22 shooting (8-of-12 3PTs, 6-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one block. This is just a crippling line if you had to go against Curry this week and right next door Klay Thompson wasn't bad either with 28 points and six treys of his own. Steve Kerr has made a number of overtures to the effect that rest is good, and owners have to hope that this just means they get hit with a game or two of rest and nothing more.
Jason Terry catches fire, scores 17 points 03-28-2015
Jason Terry G HOU
Jason Terry made 6-of-7 from the field with five 3-pointers for 17 points against the Wolves on Friday with three rebounds, four assists and one block in 28 minutes. That's good for a pristine 121.4 effective field goal percentage. As great as this line is, he still only had an 11.7 usage rate, which usually won't result in double-digit scoring unless it's in a 40-minute game. Fantasy owners looking for treys with some dimes can give him a look as long as they're not expecting a line like this one.
Barnes scores three points with two steals 03-28-2015
Harrison Barnes F GS
Harrison Barnes scored three points on 1-of-2 shooting (including a trey) with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes on Monday against the Grizzlies. Barnes is riding the coattails of a few big games this past week and altogether he's been productive enough over that span to be worth owning. Obviously he's a shaky asset but Andre Iguodala is already ruled out for Saturday's game and with four games next week he could be worth sticking into lineups if the Dubs rest guys.
Livingston back on the floor for the Warriors 03-28-2015
Shaun Livingston G GS
Shaun Livingston scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting with two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday. The Warriors have resisted resting guys too much but Andre Iguodala is already slated for a game off on Saturday against the Bucks. The Warriors have four games next week and Livingston might be able to carve out some late-round value if all goes well.
Andrew Wiggins scores 31 points vs. Rockets 03-28-2015
Andrew Wiggins F MIN
Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points against the Rockets on Friday during a 120-110 loss, adding four rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer. He's having a very strong second half and no player has logged more minutes than him since the break. Wiggins has scored at least 20 points in four of his last five, averaging 22.6 points, 5.0 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 treys. He and Nerlens Noel are making it tough on voters for Rookie of the Year.
Lorenzo Brown scores six 03-28-2015
Lorenzo Brown G MIN
Lorenzo Brown scored six points with two rebounds, five assists, three steals and two turnovers in 37 minutes against the Rockets on Friday. The minutes and dimes are there, but the scoring isn't just yet. Kevin Martin (hamstrings) appears to be out for a couple more games, so expect Brown to have plenty of minutes headed his way. He'll likely have more offensive responsibility on Sunday. He's only worth a look in 16-team leagues.
Chase Budinger puts up 23 points vs. Houston 03-28-2015
Chase Budinger F MIN
Chase Budinger scored 23 points against the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes. He's basically the sixth man for the Wolves right now. The Wolves only had seven guys log more than 10 minutes for the second consecutive game, so being the sixth man is a pretty good gig. Budinger scored 22 points on Wednesday and is worth owning in standard leagues right now.
Tyreke goes for 25 and 10 in revenge game 03-28-2015
Tyreke Evans G NO
Tyreke Evans scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in the Pelicans' 102-88 win over his old Kings squad on Friday. Evans is towing the line big-time for his fantasy owners as he continues to produce despite an ankle injury. Anthony Davis added 24 points on 11-of-26 shooting with nine rebounds, one steal and six blocks in the win.
Eric Gordon disappears yet again on Friday 03-28-2015
Eric Gordon G NO
Eric Gordon disappeared yet again on Friday against the Kings, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting with zero rebounds and four assists in just 20 minutes of action. Something is clearly not right and injury reporting in New Orleans is notoriously light. It's been a while since Gordon has been productive and the only play (other than a drop) that makes sense here is to hold him while targeting the four-game week following next week. The Pelicans are three games back in the playoff chase, but a handful of losses (or OKC wins) could cause them to take their foot off the gas.
DeMar DeRozan makes 1-of-10 from field 03-28-2015
DeMar DeRozan G TOR
DeMar DeRozan made 1-of-10 from the field for six points during a 94-83 win over the Lakers on Friday, adding 10 boards, seven assists, one steal and one turnover. He really has to take it easy on his jumpers. In his last nine games, DeRozan has made just 25.8 percent on his jump shots, which account for 44.9 percent of his shot total. He's also struggled all over the court on shooting, averaging 20.1 points, 6.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.6 treys on 37.0 percent from the field in that span. Considering he's taking 15.3 shots per game, he's one of the worst guys for field goal percentage right now.
Pondexter scores 16 points with four threes 03-28-2015
Quincy Pondexter F NO
Quincy Pondexter scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds and two steals against the Kings on Friday. The Kings are good for a few extra 3PAs for their opponents so nothing really stands out here. If you need the triples, give him a look.
Greivis Vasquez scores five in 26 minutes 03-28-2015
Greivis Vasquez G TOR
Greivis Vasquez scored five points with one rebound, five assists and one 3-pointer against the Lakers on Friday. It's been DeMar DeRozan and Lou Williams handling the ball more for the Raptors, so there have been some quiet nights from Vasquez lately. Kyle Lowry (back) doesn't seem to be progressing and he could miss more time. If you need a point guard who can hit some treys, give him a look.
Jonas Valanciunas scores 19 points 03-28-2015
Jonas Valanciunas C TOR
Jonas Valanciunas made 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points with seven rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Lakers on Friday. He attempted the first five shots from the field for the Raptors tonight and was clearly part of the plan against a weaker frontcourt. His 19 points tonight were his highest since Mar. 4 and he made over 50 percent from the field for the first time since Mar. 18. Valanciunas will get the Rockets on Monday -- they are playing in the second half of a back-to-back set for that game.
Cousins drops 39 & 20 in loss to Pelicans 03-28-2015
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
DeMarcus Cousins scored 39 points on 16-of-28 shooting (7-of-12 FTs) with 20 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in Friday's loss to the Pelicans. As long as the big man isn't too angry or beat up he might successfully navigate tanking season. Rudy Gay added 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting with four rebounds, one steal, one block and one trey in the loss.
Jordan Clarkson scores 14 with no dimes 03-28-2015
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points during a 94-83 loss to the Raptors on Friday with four rebounds, two steals and one turnover in 33 minutes. He didn't have an assist tonight, but the scoring numbers are there for Clarkson. He's a good bet to lead the team in points going forward and he should add some steals along with a few other stats along the way. He's worth owning in all leagues.
Miller set aside by Karl to develop Ray Mac 03-28-2015
Andre Miller G SAC
Andre Miller played just 14 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting with three turnovers and that's it. Ray McCallum (two points, two boards, five assists, one steal, 34 minutes) also struggled and this is what you get when dealing with low-end fantasy assets. Miller has fallen off lately and doesn't have enough upside to justify dealing with this kind of stuff, while McCallum is probably worth being more patient with. If and when Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins start resting there will be a lot more stats to go around.
Ryan Kelly plays 31 minutes vs. Raptors 03-28-2015
Ryan Kelly F LAL
Ryan Kelly played 31 minutes against the Raptors on Friday with seven points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer. Those are some empty stats with all that playing time. Kelly said he's more comfortable at power forward, but he's not exactly playing with pass-first teammates right now. Kelly is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Sauce Castillo scores five points; SAC swoons 03-28-2015
Nik Stauskas G SAC
Sauce Castillo scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes off the bench on Friday. The artist formerly known as Nik Stauskas also had a nasty dunk. It's asking a lot for him to suddenly become a fantasy asset, but the buzz surrounding this nickname thing is just weird enough to loosen up the tight rookie. That and the Kings are tanking and trying to do anything they can to develop the kid, but what fun is that.
Jeremy Lin plays well in 36 minutes 03-28-2015
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin had team highs with 36 minutes, 18 points and five assists against the Raptors on Friday, adding seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers. He had an allergy issue and was a game-time decision, but it didn't seem to affect him. Lin has done a fine job in the starting lineup and not having Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill have allowed some extra shots to go around. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
Tyler Zeller plays 12 minutes 03-28-2015
Tyler Zeller F BOS
Tyler Zeller played just 12 minutes with two points, three boards and two fouls against the Knicks on Friday. Ouch. The Celtics went small and that could have been because the Knicks don't have real size in their rotation. Zeller should be better against the Clippers on Sunday because DeAndre Jordan is a large human being.
Jae Crowder still getting some minutes 03-28-2015
Jae Crowder F BOS
Jae Crowder scored 17 points in 29 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Friday during a 96-92 win, adding nine rebounds, two steals and one turnover. Even with Isaiah Thomas getting more minutes, Crowder still saw a nice chunk of playing time. Coach Brad Stevens is taking minutes away from Cody Zeller and Kelly Olynyk, so Crowder might be able to stay fantasy relevant in standard leagues. He's a little too inconsistent to be considered as a strong add, though.
Joe Johnson bounces back with 20-5-9 line 03-28-2015
Joe Johnson G BKN
Joe Johnson slumpbusted in the Nets' big 106-98 win over the Cavs on Friday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds and nine assists. Johnson and the Nets have a four-game week upcoming so hopefully owners used that as a tie-breaker in his favor on a drop decision. Even if he limps along at a late-round value, he'll be worth using in lineups that week and he's a must-add player if he was dropped. The Nets are a half-game out of the playoffs and the next 7-10 days are not likely to be the time in which he taps out.
Plumlee quiet in start on Friday vs. CLE 03-28-2015
Mason Plumlee F BKN
Mason Plumlee moved into the starting lineup for Friday's win over the Cavs, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting with eight rebounds and one block in 24 minutes. Something about Plumlee doesn't agree with Lionel Hollins' system or vice-versa, but he is hit-or-miss when given the minutes and it's usually a miss. There's some opportunity here and Thad Young (knee) is doubtful to play through this weekend, but plenty of risk on an outright add or even a plug-and-play. Give him a bump up in your projections if you're punting free throw percentage.
Derrick Favors (back) could be out Saturday 03-28-2015
Derrick Favors F UTH
Derrick Favors said his back locked up on Friday night and was walking gingerly after the game.

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It sounds like he's not going to play on Saturday, which just adds to one of the most ridiculous months with respect to injuries. With Favors out, Trevor Booker will get most of his minutes while Jeremy Evans will also likely be in the rotation. Favors' fantasy owners might want to start planning on not having him for a few games.
D-Will stars as Johnny 5 in Short Circuit 22 03-28-2015
Deron Williams G BKN
Deron Williams scored five points with five rebounds, five assists and five turnovers in 22 minutes on Friday as he short-circuited against the Cavs. Jarrett Jack (26 minutes, 16 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals) got the lion's share of minutes tonight but it has been the other way around for a while now. The timeshare between the two players is annoying, but Williams has been hot lately and owners might want to give him another game or two before moving him to their benches.
Jack gets back on track in win over Cavs 03-28-2015
Jarrett Jack G BKN
Jarrett Jack turned things around on Friday against the Cavs, scoring 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 26 minutes off the bench. Jack got the lion's share of the point guard minutes as Deron Williams (five points, five boards, five assists, five turnovers) logged just 22 minutes. Williams has had the upper hand for a few weeks now and the timeshare isn't doing either of them favors. Jack needs to do this again before we'll sanction anything but a flier if you need popcorn stats.
Marcus Smart plays 34 minutes, scores six 03-28-2015
Marcus Smart G BOS
Marcus Smart made 2-of-3 from the field for six points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Friday. What a weird game for Smart. In 34 minutes, he posted a 5.4 usage rate and a 4.8 assist percentage, which is almost unfathomable for a starting point guard. Smart isn't out there for his offense, so he's going to have a tough time being consistent in fantasy leagues now that Isaiah Thomas is back.
Bogdanovic scores 18 points with two threes 03-28-2015
Bojan Bogdanovic G BKN
Bojan Bogdanovic hit 7-of-12 shots (including two threes) for 18 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench on Friday. Bogdanovic should see enough touches to give owners a shot at some points and threes, but that's just about it.
Isaiah Thomas scores 18 off the bench 03-28-2015
Isaiah Thomas G BOS
Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points against the Knicks on Friday with one rebound, six assists and two 3-pointers on 4-of-13 from the field. He has struggled since returning from a back injury, but getting 24 minutes tonight is an encouraging sign. Thomas was playing around 30 minutes per game before his injury and posting an elite usage rate, so he should be set for a bigger chance against the Clippers on Sunday.
Alan Anderson plays 30 minutes on Friday 03-28-2015
Alan Anderson G BKN
Alan Anderson logged 30 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and one steal. With Thaddeus Young (knee) looking doubtful for Sunday's game and possibly more, this type of workload seems like a decent bet until Young gets back. Anderson has a week of late-round value under his belt and isn't going to blow you away, but if you need shooting guard stats he could be worth a look.
Shane Larkin plays 44 minutes 03-28-2015
Shane Larkin G NY
Shane Larkin played 44 minutes against the Celtics on Friday during a 96-92 loss with 14 points, one rebound, six assists and one steal. It's his second 44-minute game in his last three, but it's his first game with double-digit points in his last four. Larkin isn't exactly a per-minute dynamo, but he'll be on the radar if he's logging 44 minutes. He's still not a must-own player or anything, but give him a look if you really need a point guard.
Cleanthony Early scores 12 points vs. Boston 03-28-2015
Cleanthony Early F NY
Cleanthony Early scored 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, three steals and one turnover in 29 minutes against the Celtics on Friday. He was 5-of-13 from the field and he's finally starting to get some significant run. Alexey Shved (ribs) is likely out for the season, so Early could have an impact in deeper leagues. Until he starts to make shots, he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Il Mago Reappears: Andrea Bargnani scores 25 03-28-2015
Andrea Bargnani C NY
Andrea Bargnani scored a game-high 25 points against the Celtics on Friday with seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes. He played a season high in minutes and matched his season high in scoring. Bargnani was starting to fade before tonight with a six-point game on Wednesday while he only had 1.0 boards per game in his last two. He should still be worth owning in standard leagues even with his inconsistency.
LeBron posts big line in loss to Brooklyn 03-28-2015
LeBron James F CLE
LeBron James scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting (2-of-5 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with five rebounds, nine assists, five steals and one block in Friday's loss to the Nets. The Cavs played like a team that's starting to coast but most of their key guys got their numbers tonight. Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with three assists, one steal and two blocks, and Kevin Love scored 18 points with seven rebounds and two threes. J.R. Smith had a down night with eight points, five rebounds, two steals and two threes, and all of these guys play just seven games in three weeks starting next week. This has the potential to get ugly for owners, and owners have to hope the Bulls can close in from 2.5 games behind for the No. 2 slot in the East.
DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points vs. Heat 03-28-2015
DeMarre Carroll F ATL
DeMarre Carroll scored a game-high 24 points against the Heat on Friday during a 99-86 win, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers. It was 2 Chainz Night in Atlanta and they clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the second time in the history of the franchise -- these two events are not likely related. Carroll will likely have some rest headed his way, so his fantasy owners will want to keep their eyes peeled, especially on road games.
Mozgov struggles in loss to the Nets 03-28-2015
Timofey Mozgov C CLE
Timofey Mozgov scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting with five rebounds and one block in 17 minutes on Friday against the Nets. The Cavs came out flat and Mozgov has been underwhelming with very low-end value for 12-team leagues over the last two weeks. When you factor in the Cavs' league-worst schedule going forward, owners can make the cut with relatively low risk.
Dennis Schroder double-doubles vs. Heat 03-28-2015
Dennis Schroeder G ATL
Dennis Schroder double-doubled against the Heat on Friday with 12 points, 11 assists, three boards, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes. He didn't shoot the ball well in the win, making 3-of-10 from the field. It's unknown how much longer Jeff Teague (ankle) will be out, but tonight wasn't just rest for him because the Hawks were at home. Considering the Hawks have locked up the No. 1 seed, we should see Teague on the sidelines at least a few more games the rest of the way. Schroder is worth owning in all standard leagues.