• We just can’t get a break from the bad news in the NBA. Just a day after finding out that DeMarcus Cousins is going to miss the remainder of the season, it looks like Andre Roberson may be missing the rest of the year as well due to a possible patellar tendon injury. Besides the grim news, there was an exciting showdown between two elite point guards and some nice comeback wins in the Association.

    Thunder 121 @ Pistons 108

    Carmelo Anthony scored his 25,000th point on a free throw and ended the game with 21 while Russell Westbrook and Paul George chipped in their standard lines, Russ with a triple-double and PG with four treys and three steals. Andre Roberson went down with a leg injury and the preliminary report from Woj is that it’s a ruptured patellar tendon and that his season is over. This is a huge blow to the Thunder in reality, but it doesn’t change anything in regards to fantasy value.

    The Pistons got 34 minutes from Reggie Bullock and he’s solely a 3-point specialist. Tobias Harris played well again and so did Andre Drummond, but tonight he shot 2-for-6 at the line. It’s a great year to own Drummond though as he’s picking up defensive counters and leading the league in rebounds.

    Magic 112 @ Pacers 114

    Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon chipped in 21 and 22 points respectively, but the Magic lost this game in the second half, squandering a 17-point lead. They really miss Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon’s shooting has suffered due to his absence. Tonight he picked it up, shooting 9-for-20 from the field, but he went 3-for-8 at the line.

    Thaddeus Young is back on track and Dan Besbris is all smiles while Victor Oladipo lead the charge for the Pacers to storm back and take this game behind his 25-5-6-1 line. Domantas Sabonis had another decent line, but Myles Turner returned to action and posted a dud in 11 minutes. He has another couple games of value while Turner gets flow back.

    Hornets 91 @ Heat 95

    Dwight Howard had a monster 20 & 16 game with four blocks and 6-of-7 foul shooting while Kemba Walker added 31-6-5 and trade rumors around him should be ignored for fantasy purposes as he’ll be fine no matter what the situation is.

    Another comeback story for Saturday was Miami taking this game after being down 15 thanks to solid play from Josh Richardson and the bench. Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk and Wayne Ellington all produced standard league lines tonight and displayed the depth on the roster for the Heat while Justise Winslow had a game-high plus-25 rating. Ellington is a guy who should be owned in all leagues and drilled a 3-pointer to lift the Heat to a victory with four seconds left. If he’s not in the 3-point contest it’ll be an atrocity.

    Wizards 129 @ Hawks 104

    Washington played with a lot of hustle and ball movement without their star John Wall, who sat this game out with a sore knee. Wall’s knee is a minor concern right now, but it seems like he just can’t get into a solid rhythm due to either team dysfunction or injuries. Otto Porter got back on track while Bradley Beal did his thing and has been the most consistent Wizards player this season. Markieff Morris scored a season-high 23 points, but we’re not sounding the alarm on him just yet.

    At,anta was overpowered in this game from the get go, but Tauren Prince provided a serviceable line and should be owned everywhere while Dewayn Dedmon continues to be steady with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. John Collins tacked on two blocks and is a solid high-upside stash due to the fact that he’s producing now and can be in line for a couple extra minutes per game down the line.

    Mavs 89 @ Nugges 91

    The Mavs are playing relatively well as of late, challenging strong teams but haven’t come up with many Ws and tonight was the same story. You can’t really trust any of these players to provide consistent value, but Harrison Barnes turned out another well-rounded line with 22 points, six boards and two triples. He’s not doing this consistently enough to get him into the middle round valuation though.

    Jamal Murray came off the bench for the Nuggets while Will Barton replaced him in the starting lineup, but he still logged 31 minutes and closed out the game. He’s been on a tear lately and Paul Millsap isn’t due until mid-February. Fantasy studs Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris were what owners expected on Saturday, the Joker dropping a triple-double and Gary Harris with three triples, two steals and 8-of-16 shooting towards 24 points.

    Nets 97 @ Wolves 111

    Jahlil Okafor played 24 minutes off the bench and dropped a 21 & 6 line on 9-of-14 shooting but this would seem to be an anomaly and is a wait and see situation as Okafor is barely a standard league guy even if he averages minutes in the 20s. The rest of the Nets box score is a wasteland and they got outmatched big time by the Wolves.

    Jimmy Butler returned from a four game absence and went straight to work with 21-6-5-2-1 but shot 4-for-14 from the field. He’ll knock off the rust soon and is a fine top-10 option. Andrew Wiggins enjoyed playing against the Nets with another solid line but is a definite sell-high as a one dimensional point scorer. Karl-Anthony Towns tacked on to his league leading 43double-doubles with 16 & 19 to go with three blocks.

    Celtics 105 @ Warriors 109

    Kyrie Irving started off 7-for-7 and finished shooting 13-for-18 with 37 points and five 3-pointers. He loves playing against Golden State and was dueling with Stephen Curry and almost taking home the dub in Oracle. Al Horford chugged along with 15-13-3-1-2 and two triples and played stellar pick and roll defense, he isn’t talked about enough in regards to Boston’s success.

    Draymond Green and Kevin Durant did their usual thing while Klay Thompson struggled and the Warriors came back into this game on the heels of a signature Stephen Curry barrage in the third quarter. Constant pick and roll and off-ball motion screens were set for the Chef who ended the game with 49 points on 16-of-24 shooting with eight 3-pointers. The efficiency and volume of triple he’s hitting is almost equal to that of his unanimous MVP season and owners are thrilled.

Fantasy News

  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Frank Kaminsky (hip contusion) and Cameron Johnson (knee soreness) are both probable ahead of Thursday's matchup against the Pelicans.

    With Baynes ruled out, the Suns are in need of big men. Kaminsky will likely continue to start while Johnson will continue to launch from distance. The Suns will look to rebound after a disappointing loss to the Kings.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Coby White
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Coby White sprained his ankle during warmups but plans to play Wednesday against the Pistons.

    The Bulls are suffering multiple injuries as head coach Jim Boylen has decided to start someone who hasn't even been a part of the rotation this season, Shaquille Harrison. If White does play, he will continue to compete with Tomas Satoransky and Kris Dunn for minutes.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio is doubtful to face the Pelicans on Thursday due to back spasms.

    Rubio tried to give it a go on Tuesday but was unable to finish the game due to this injury. He has been a tremendous addition to this roster this season, running the offense with great success. Expect Tyler Johnson, Jevon Carter and Elie Okobo to see additional minutes for as long as Rubio is forced to sit out.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes (right hip contusion) will not play in Thursday's game against the Pelicans.

    Baynes has been instrumental to the Suns' early season success and they missed him on Tuesday as they lost to the Kings. Frank Kaminsky, Dario Sarić and Cheick Diallo will get more opportunity while Baynes remains out.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green will not play against the Mavs on Wednesday due to right heel soreness.

    Green was only deemed questionable a couple hours before game-time and will ultimately sit out the second half of their back-to-back. The Warriors aren't fighting for the playoffs this season so there was no reason to push their All-Star forward. Look for Ky Bowman to have more opportunity handling the ball with D'Angelo Russell already ruled out.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside (right hip) is listed as questionable ahead of Thursday's matchup against the Bucks.

    Whiteside has been the only healthy center for the Blazers after they saw youngster Zach Collins undergo shoulder surgery. He will continue to pile up points and rebounds as long as he is healthy and his percentages have improved season over season. If he is forced to miss this contest, Anthony Tolliver, Nassir Little and Skal Labissiere could see extra run.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Anfernee Simons
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Anfernee Simons is questionable to face the Bucks with a left ankle injury.

    Simons got his first start of the season on Tuesday, replacing Damian Lillard (back spasms) in the starting lineup. He is only 20 years old and will continue to grow as an NBA player. Simons is currently one of the best scoring options on this Blazers roster, even when healthy. He is best left on the wire in standard leagues.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard (back spasms) has been ruled out for Thursday's tilt vs. the Bucks.

    This will the second consecutive game that Lillard is forced to miss a result of his recent ailment. This is a situation to monitor going forward. Expect CJ McCollum to have increased value for as long as Lillard is out while Anfernee Simons, Kent Bazemore and Rodney Hood will continue to see more opportunity. It is worth noting that Simons is also questionable for Thursday with a left ankle injury.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Coby White
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Coby White sprained his ankle in warmups and is a game-time decision ahead of Wednesday's matchup against the Pistons.

    White has had some very nice moments for the Bulls so far this season so it would be a shame to see him have to miss time as a result of this recent sprain. He is currently competing with Tomas Satoransky and Kris Dunn for minutes at point guard but is an intriguing rookie going forward.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Shaquille Harrison
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Shaquille Harrison will replace the injured Chandler Hutchison in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pistons.

    Harrison hasn't made an impact so far this season for the Bulls, averaging 3.4 minutes per game over seven contests. However, he did produce fantasy value worthy of 20-team leagues last season when he saw closer to 20 minutes per-game. It is unlikely that Harrison sees a huge increase in minutes long-term but can be played in DFS lineups with the Bulls' recent injury woes.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter