• Andre Drummond is turning to an unlikely source to help out with his free throws: virtual reality.

    In a report from Keith Langlois, Drummond details his new routine. With a VR setup at the Pistons’ practice facility as well as one in his own home, Drummond slides on the headset and watches himself make free throws after every practice.

    It’s been said that the free throw stroke is pure muscle memory so Drummond watching himself shoot the same shot over and over could help him out. While that doesn’t guarantee success, it does point to Drummond being strong enough to try an unorthodox method to step up his game. It’s hard not to respect someone taking difficult steps to improve a glaring weakness.

    Speaking on the difficulty, AD said “It was hard. I was doing something new. I’ve never done virtual reality in my life and to really accept the fact that I needed help with that part of my game was tough just to give in. When I finally gave in to training my brain to focus on one thing, it kind of worked out for me.”

    It’s definitely a bit of a mental shift for the big man, who had previously refused to try underhand free throws and claimed he would “stick with the formula” he already knew. Again, he deserves major credit for going outside the box here; stepping back from a somewhat stubborn approach from earlier this offseason.

    Credit also goes to the Pistons organization and coach Stan Van Gundy for providing their superstar with the technology and support to take these strides.

    While it’s safe to say he won’t turn into a league-average free throw shooter overnight, if the VR helps him out and calms him down it’ll be a worthy venture. There’s a mental side of the game that we often can’t account for and Drummond’s foray into virtual reality could help his confidence immensely. If that keeps him on the floor late in close games, the Pistons will be ready to take the next step as a team.

     

Fantasy News

  • Caris LeVert
    PG-SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Malika Andrews of ESPN is reporting that Levert (right thumb surgery) is on schedule for the initial 4-6 week timetable and has resumed on-court work but has yet to be cleared for contact.

    The Nets are without both Levert and Kyrie Irving (shoulder), but both are ramping up their activity. Neither have been cleared for contact yet, so this is a situation to continue to monitor for those who have either of them on fantasy rosters.

    Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Avery Bradley will come off the bench on Wednesday and will be restricted to 15 minutes.

    Bradley had a right leg hairline fracture that forced him to miss the past 13 games. He will slowly ramp up as he gets into game-shape but it is unclear if he will regain the starting role from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's contest vs. the Magic as he nurses a strained hamstring.

    Rondo has the potential to produce value worthy of the last spot on your roster in standard leagues, while he has slightly more value in 8-cat leagues. Alex Caruso will continue to see more opportunity if Rondo misses the game while Avery Bradley will see about 15 minutes in his first game back from injury.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • JaMychal Green
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    JaMychal Green (tailbone) has been ruled out ahead of Wednesday's matchup against the Clippers.

    This will be Green's fourth game that he has missed in the last five, while he only saw four minutes in the one game he did play. He is off the fantasy radar in standard leagues as he is producing per-game value just inside the top-200.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Fred Vanvleet will not play vs. the Clippers on Wednesday due to a right knee contusion.

    With Vanvleet ruled out, expect Norman Powell to start while Terence Davis and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will see additional minutes off the bench.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Eric Paschall
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Eric Paschall has been upgraded to probable ahead of Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Paschall has been exceeding all expectations that anyone had going into this season with the Warriors depleted of their depth. He is averaging 31.5 minutes per game thus far this year but is still hanging around the top-150 in terms of per-game value. This puts him below the cut-line in standard 12-team leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jakarr Sampson
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Jakarr Sampson (sore lower back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Sampson saw an increased opportunity when the Pacers suffered several injuries earlier in the year but still didn't do enough to provide standard league value. He is off the radar when the team is fully healthy, even in deep leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap is questionable for Thursday's divisional matchup vs. the Blazers as he is dealing with a sore foot.

    If Millsap ends up missing Thursday's game, Jerami Grant would see the biggest increase in value while Michael Porter Jr. and Juancho Hernangómez could also see additional run.

    Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray (trunk contusion) is questionable to face the Blazers on Thursday.

    Murray was only able to play five minutes in their last contest due to this injury. Monte Morris and Malik Beasley will see additional opportunity if he is forced to miss any time.

    Source: Nick Kosmider

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    The Magic announced that Markelle Fultz (illness) will not play on Wednesday and DJ Augustin will start in his place.

    Fultz has had his most relevant fantasy season thus far, maintaining per-game value inside the top-150. DJ Augustin should see additional opportunity on Wednesday while Michael Carter-Williams will likely be the backup point guard.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter