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James Johnson scores just four points in W 03-02-2015
James Johnson F TOR
James Johnson scored four points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks against the 76ers during a 114-103 win on Monday. It was a far cry from his big 14-point, three-block game on Saturday, but the defense was still there. Johnson averages over his last five even with this bad game are all fantasy owners need to know about his value, averaging 8.6 points, 3.6 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals on 62.5 percent from the field. He should be owned in all standard leagues.
Barnes struggles in loss to the Nets 03-02-2015
Harrison Barnes F GS
Harrison Barnes scored six points on 2-of-7 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds and three steals in Monday's loss to the Nets. Barnes has probably been added and dropped a whole bunch this season in your 12-team standard league, though his 1.5 turnovers per game gives him a bit more value in 9-cat formats.
Patrick Patterson scores 15 points 03-02-2015
Patrick Patterson F TOR
Patrick Patterson scored 15 points against the 76ers on Monday during a 114-103 win with four rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers. The second unit is now a lot thinner with Greivis Vasquez moving into the starting lineup. James Johnson has to play more at small forward, so there are plenty of minutes for Patterson now. He should be an under-the-radar winner from the Kyle Lowry injury and should have nice value in the next week or so.
Green plays on Monday against the Nets 03-02-2015
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green played on Monday against the Nets despite words from Steve Kerr indicating he'd prefer to rest him, and finished with three points, 11 boards, four assists, two steals and one block. Nothing to see here, folks. We'll let you know if we hear anything about rest and he should remain locked into lineups.
Bogut goes for 16 and eight with three blocks 03-02-2015
Andrew Bogut C GS
Andrew Bogut scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and three blocks over 25 minutes on Monday against the Nets. Bogut was nearly rested tonight and he's been slumping so owners win out on both fronts. The Warriors concluded a stretch with 10-of-11 games on the road, so the obligatory trap game when a team returns home might actually be the game Steve Kerr targets for some rest. Owners need to stay on their toes.
Jonas Valanciunas only takes two shots 03-02-2015
Jonas Valanciunas C TOR
Jonas Valanciunas didn't take advantage of a good matchup against the 76ers on Monday with five points, five boards and one block on 1-of-2 from the field. He lacked aggression tonight and his teammate, James Johnson, even told him to go post up down low. Valanciunas was looking a little better in his previous games after the break, averaging 11.5 points, 10.5 boards, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. He should get better.
Terrence Ross finally plays well 03-02-2015
Terrence Ross G TOR
Terrence Ross had his best game in a while against the 76ers on Monday with 12 points, one rebound, two assists and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes. He's been a ghost for about three months, but at least he finally showed he can play a bit. Ross is really going to need to step up with Kyle Lowry out, but we still don't have high hopes considering the regression this season. He can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Ezeli plays well after return from suspension 03-02-2015
Festus Ezeli C GS
Festus Ezeli returned from his one-game suspension and put up 14 points, eight rebounds and one block in 15 minutes of action on Monday against the Nets. Ezeli has some potential but injuries and lack of playing time have derailed his fantasy value. If that changes we'll let you know.
Greivis Vasquez has a mild letdown game 03-02-2015
Greivis Vasquez G TOR
Greivis Vasquez scored 12 points on 5-of-8 from the field with one rebound, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the 76ers on Monday. That's pretty good efficiency, but the usage wasn't there with DeMar DeRozan being a one-man band. Vasquez has been solid so far in his starts, putting up a 14-point, six-dime line on Saturday. He should be worth starting in standard leagues while Kyle Lowry (finger) is out.
Iguodala scores 12 points off the bench 03-02-2015
Andre Iguodala G GS
Andre Iguodala scored 12 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-8 shots (including two threes) with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes. Iguodala's season-long numbers are on the wrong side of the ledger in 12-team leagues, but he has been a mid-round value over the last month. During that span he has averaged 10.1 points, 1.3 treys, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 combined steals and blocks in 28.7 mpg.
DeMar DeRozan scores season-high 35 points 03-02-2015
DeMar DeRozan G TOR
DeMar DeRozan exploded for a season-high 35 points against the 76ers during a 114-103 win, adding nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes. It was against the 76ers, but DeRozan needed this one in a big way. He is coming off a putrid February, averaging 16.7 points, 4.2 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.2 treys on 33.9 percent from the field. With Kyle Lowry (finger) likely out for a couple, DeMar can start to get it going.
Anthony Davis (shoulder) 'close to returning' 03-02-2015
Anthony Davis F NO
Sideline reporter Jennifer Hale reported that Anthony Davis (shoulder) is close to returning to game action.

Bourbon Street Shots
We're not quite sure where that puts him, just like an earlier report stating the Pelicans weren't going to rush him back was similarly vague. We're in the second week of his 1-2 week timetable and as long as there isn't a setback his return is essentially imminent.
Jerami Grant plays 29 minutes, scores four 03-02-2015
Jerami Grant F PHI
Jerami Grant scored just four points with two rebounds, four assists and one block in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Monday during a 114-103 loss. The playing time was there, but Grant just couldn't hit any of his four open 3-pointers. He had a ton of highlights tonight: Grant stuffed Terrence Ross on a jam, had an sweet offensive board and follow slam, and had a couple very nice dimes. Just keep an eye on him for now. Robert Covington (elbow) could play Wednesday.
Thomas Robinson plays 15 minutes in loss 03-02-2015
Thomas Robinson F PHI
Thomas Robinson scored 13 points in 15 minutes against the Raptors on Monday with five rebounds and one assist. He is just an animal on the glass. Robinson didn't really see his playing time rise with the 76ers missing a couple starters, so it looks like his playing time is going to be capped. As attractive as his upside is for points leagues, he can be kept on the wire in most cases. Owners in standard leagues are going to need him to play a ton to be valuable.
Nerlens Noel makes all seven FGAs in loss 03-02-2015
Nerlens Noel F PHI
Nerlens Noel made all seven shots from the field for 17 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block against the Raptors on Monday. His offensive game has been the story lately. Perhaps the highlight is making 83.3 percent of his 6.0 free throw attempts per game over his last five, averaging 13.4 points, 9.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 blocks, 1.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers on 48.8 percent from the field. He's one of the hottest properties in fantasy hoops right now.
Jamal Crawford (calf) out for game on Monday 03-02-2015
Jamal Crawford G LAC
Jamal Crawford (calf) will not return on Monday.
He has a calf contusion, which means it's not a muscle strain. That's important to note because Crawford has a history of calf injuries. With Crawford out, Austin Rivers is really going to have to step up. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Crawford finished with nine points, two boards and one 3-pointer.
Isaiah Canaan looking like a shooting guard 03-02-2015
Isaiah Canaan G PHI
Isaiah Canaan made 5-of-12 from the field for 14 points with one rebound, three assists and four 3-pointers against the Raptors on Monday. He played a lot of shooting guard tonight, which is basically what his role is when he's on the court for offense. Canaan has not played well in his last few games and has been clearly outplayed by Ish Smith. However, the 76ers are committed to him for next season and are going to want to develop him, so he should be able to get minutes in the 25-29 range. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
Alex Len ejected for wrestling 03-02-2015
Alex Len C PHO
Alex Len was ejected for wrestling with Hassan Whiteside on Monday. He got tangled up with Whiteside under the basket and Whiteside tried to tackle him. Len probably isn't as likely as Whiteside to get a suspension, but it's possible. He played well tonight, finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and two steals. Len should be owned in all leagues.
Hassan Whiteside, Alex Len are ejected 03-02-2015
Hassan Whiteside C MIA
Hassan Whiteside and Alex Len were ejected for wrestling on Monday night. This game in Miami is one of the most emotional ones of the season. Whiteside tried to tackle Len and there's certainly a chance he gets hit with a suspension for this one. He finished with 17 points, 10 boards, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes. He's a better basketball player than a tackler and his owners are going to be hoping for mercy from the NBA in hopes he doesn't get suspended.
Markieff Morris ejected for flagrant 2 foul 03-02-2015
Markieff Morris F PHO
Markieff Morris was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Goran Dragic in the third quarter.

Mike Gallagher on Twitter
It was a hard foul in transition that sent Dragic to the floor hard, but Markieff's reputation might have hurt him here for the flagrant 2 call. Morris probably won't be suspended for this infraction, but he picked up another technical foul tonight and is a strong bet to be suspended for too many in one season. He finished with 13 points, five boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes. You can check out a video of the foul in the link below.
Bernard James expected to start 03-02-2015
Bernard James F DAL
Benard James will start against the Pelicans on Monday. The Mavs are going big against the Pelicans, which makes sense. James is still not a fantasy option in almost any league Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis, Richard Jefferson and Dirk Nowitzki are the other starters.
Jordan Hamilton expected to start 03-02-2015
Jordan Hamilton F LAC
Jordan Hamilton is expected to start for Matt Barnes on Monday.

Arash Markazi on Twitter
He played six minutes on Sunday and he is very unlikely to play more than 20 minutes tonight. Hamilton had himself a nice run in the D-League this season, but he's not a fantasy option in almost any league.
Pelicans not rushing Anthony Davis back 03-02-2015
Anthony Davis F NO
The Pelicans are not going to rush Anthony Davis (shoulder) back.

Bryan Gutierrez on Twitter
Coach Monty Williams said that Davis is getting closer, but it's not going to be tonight. Additionally, there has been no indication that he'll be back in the next 2-3 games, as well. Alexis Ajinca finally turned it on and is worth a look for short-term value.
Andrew Bogut, Draymond Green starting 03-02-2015
Andrew Bogut C GS
Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green are starting against the Nets on Monday. Well, so much for Kerr's comments about resting Bogut. Green and Kerr are likely to see their minutes decrease a tad, but fantasy owners shouldn't be investing in Marreese Speights or other secondary guys.
Gary Neal to start for Martin 03-02-2015
Gary Neal G MIN
Gary Neal will start for Kevin Martin (illness) on Monday against the Clippers. He is coming off a nice 16-point game on Saturday and should get minutes. Still, Neal is a very risky player to use tonight. We might also see Zach LaVine play some shooting guard, which hasn't happened in the second half yet.
Nikola Pekovic will not play on Monday 03-02-2015
Nikola Pekovic C MIN
Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

TWolves PR on Twitter
His ankle is acting up and the Wolves are likely going to rest him for a while. Gorgui Dieng is back to being a must-start player in all leagues. If you want to cut Pek, it's not a bad idea given how much time he's needed to recover from ankle soreness.
Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic out Monday 03-02-2015
Kevin Martin G MIN
Kevin Martin (illness) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

TWolves PR on Twitter
The Wolves will start Gorgui Dieng and Gary Neal. Coach Flip Saunders said that the flus is going around and their assistant coach won't be at the arena. Martin still isn't a must-start player now that he has one game on the sidelines this week. Neal is also a risky play. We should get a lot of Andrew Wiggins.
Blake Griffin (elbow) could play on Sunday 03-02-2015
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin (elbow) could return against the Warriors on Sunday.
Chris Andersen expected to play 03-02-2015
Chris Andersen F MIA
Chris Andersen is expected to play against the Suns on Monday.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
The Heat are starting Udonis Haslem at power forward, which means Haslem won't be the backup center. Andersen will likely play minutes around 20 and is only a blocks specialist. This news doesn't affect Hassan Whiteside much.
Goran Dragic will start on Monday night 03-02-2015
Goran Dragic G MIA
Goran Dragic (back) is going to start against the Suns on Monday.

Heat on Twitter
If you're into revenge games, this might be your Super Bowl. Dragic should get minutes in the mid 30s tonight and is a must-start in standard leagues. He and Dwyane Wade haven't played too well together, but that's to be expected for two ball-dominant guys. Start the Dragon.
James Harden suspended for Tuesday night 03-02-2015
James Harden G HOU
James Harden will be suspended for Tuesday's game against the Hawks for kicking LeBron James in the groin on Sunday.
We'll finally get to see just how valuable Harden really is. He's having one of the best seasons for stats in recent memory, so his fantasy owners should still start him with three games. With Harden out, there should be many more minutes for Corey Brewer and coach Kevin McHale may kick the tires on K.J. McDaniels. The violation is attached in the link below.
Matt Barnes (hamstring) likely out on Monday 03-02-2015
Matt Barnes F LAC
Matt Barnes (hamstring) is unlikely to play on Monday against the Wolves.

Kyle Ratke on Twitter
The Clippers are going to have to get creative here with Barnes out. We can expect to see a lot of small-ball lineups with J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford on the wings. Plus, we will also see more of Austin Rivers while Jordan Hamilton could get some action.
Kerr wants to play Andrew Bogut on Monday 03-02-2015
Andrew Bogut C GS
Coach Steve Kerr said he wants to play Andrew Bogut on Monday against the Nets.

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
This is a surprise. On Saturday, Kerr said he would like to rest Bogut on Sunday, but Festus Ezeli being suspended forced his hand to play him. Therefore, one would think he would sit out tonight with Ezeli back. All that said, Bogut is still extremely risky to play tonight and not the strongest start in weekly leagues.
Kerr wants to play Draymond Green less Monday 03-02-2015
Draymond Green F GS
Steve Kerr said he would like to get Draymond Green some rest after playing 44 minutes on Sunday, but added tonight's matchup probably won't allow it

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
In other words, it looks like Green will play, but it might only be 30-33 minutes. To be clear it's all a guessing game right now, but owners in standard leagues should start Green as of right now. If you're in DFS, steering clear of Dray makes the most sense.
Brandon Knight to start against the Heat 03-02-2015
Brandon Knight G PHO
Brandon Knight (hip) will start against the Heat on Monday.

Paul Coro on Twitter
Pau Gasol is probable for Tuesday 03-02-2015
Pau Gasol F CHI
Pau Gasol (illness) is probable for Tuesday against the Wizards.

Chuck Swirsky on Twitter
He was questionable for Sunday, but didn't play well with four points and 15 boards. Gasol is basically a lock to play. If he's somehow out, the Bulls might hold an open tryout at the United Center tomorrow. Kidding aside, start Gasol in weekly leagues.
Goran Dragic (back) is a game-time call 03-02-2015
Goran Dragic G MIA
Goran Dragic is a game-time decision against the Suns on Monday.

Heat on Twitter
One would think he would at least try to play against a team with a front office he doesn't trust. Dragic has played well with the Heat, averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 boards, 5.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys, so he's a must-start player if active, obviously. If he's out, we should get a lot of Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers running the point, but it'll be the Dwyane Wade Show, as well.
Isaiah Canaan still the starter 03-02-2015
Isaiah Canaan G PHI
Isaiah Canaan is still going to start on Monday against the Raptors.

Dei Lynam on Twitter
He was benched to start the second half because his play has been flat-out abysmal, but coach Brett Brown has his back. "We can grow Isaiah," Brown said. "Contractually we have a greater commitment to Isaiah. Ish [Smith] is a proven backup. Best of two worlds." With so many pickups out there like Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic, it makes sense to swap out Canaan for someone who has played well. Still, the upside is well worth monitoring or even owning in standard leagues.
Raptors confirm Kyle Lowry is out Monday 03-02-2015
Kyle Lowry G TOR
Kyle Lowry (rest) will not play against the 76ers on Monday.

Raptors Media Relations on Twitter
According to some earlier reports, there's a decent chance Lowry sits out more games, which makes sense given how awful he's played lately. That means Greivis Vasquez, a 6'6 guard, will go up against Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan tonight, both are listed at 6'0. Vasquez will have a big opportunity in front of him tonight. As for Lowry, his fantasy owners should bench him in weekly leagues.
JaKarr Sampson, Henry Sims starting for PHI 03-02-2015
Jakarr Sampson F PHI
JaKarr Sampson and Henry Sims will start for the 76ers on Monday against the Raptors. In his previous 15 starts, Sampson averaged just 6.7 points, 2.5 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 19.4 minutes, so it's hard to get excited about him getting the nod tonight. However, Jerami Grant will likely see a big increase in playing time. Robert Covington (elbow) is out tonight and he was benched for much of last week's game against the Bucks, which allowed Grant to play a career-high 33 minutes. If you're looking to invest on somebody on the Philly wing (a $50 bill maybe?), it makes sense to go with Grant.
Jason Richardson out for Monday night 03-02-2015
Jason Richardson G PHI
Jason Richardson (rest) will not play on Monday against the Raptors.

Keith Pompey on Twitter
It is not a surprise at all on the second night of a back-to-back set. Richardson has actually played very well lately, scoring double figures in each of his last three. He's worth using in some leagues, but sitting out back-to-backs is a little too annoying for standard leagues. The last time J-Rich sat out, Hollis Thompson scored 22, and should get over 30 minutes tonight. Expect to see more of Jerami Grant on the wing, too.
Robert Covington, Jason Richardson out Monday 03-02-2015
Robert Covington F PHI
Robert Covington (elbow) and Jason Richardson (rest) will not play Monday against the Raptors.

Keith Pompey on Twitter
The 76ers are going to start Isaiah Canaan, JaKarr Sampson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims in a bigger lineup. As for Covington, he has a shot to play Wednesday and his elbow injury doesn't sound severe. That said, his owners will probably want to bench him given how he hasn't played well. To be clear, he should be owned in all leagues. Jerami Grant and Hollis Thompson benefit more than Sampson does for most fantasy owners.
Leandro Barbosa will not play vs. BK 03-02-2015
Leandro Barbosa G GS
Leandro Barbosa (illness) will not play against the Nets on Monday.

Warriors Stats on Twitter
He is playing minutes in the teens in close games and the Warriors might have to shift Shaun Livingston around a little more tonight. We may also see more of Justin Holiday to help because the Warriors might rest Andrew Bogut tonight, as well. Barbosa can be left on the wire.
Nick Young is questionable for Tuesday 03-02-2015
Nick Young G LAL
Nick Young (knee) is questionable to play against the Hornets.

Mark Medina on Twitter
He's been out for three games with swelling in his left knee, which was a problem for him earlier this season. Young has also been in the news for his off-the-court comments regarding his girlfriend, Iggy Azalea. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues while his possible return may hurt Wes Johhson, Jeremy Lin and Wayne Ellington the most.
Vince Carter (foot) now questionable for Tues 03-02-2015
Vince Carter G MEM
Vince Carter (foot) is questionable to play against the Jazz on Tuesday.

Rob Fischer on Twitter
He has been out since Jan. 29 and he is likely going to be back this week. Considering the amount of complications with foot injuries, the Grizzlies are likely going to take it easy on VC. Additionally, there could be a change coming to the starting lineup on the wing, so fantasy owners should see what happens with Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Tony Allen.
O.J. Mayo (hamstring) out again for Tuesday 03-02-2015
O.J. Mayo G MIL
O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will not play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

C.F. Gardner on Twitter
The red flag went up when he was "rested" last week when it wasn't because of a back-to-back. Hopefully, there is nothing wrong with his conditioning like last year, but given the strange nature of the way this is shaking out and last season, Mayo looks like a drop candidate in most leagues.
Jared Dudley ready to roll for Tuesday night 03-02-2015
Jared Dudley G MIL
Jared Dudley (knee) will play against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

C.F. Gardner on Twitter
He missed Saturday due to some soreness in his knee cap and looks to be in the clear. Interestingly, every fantasy owner's favorite headache, Ersan Ilyasova, stepped up while Dudley was down, so that is the major fantasy implication here. While Dudley isn't worth owning, it'll be interesting to see what happens with Ghostface Ilya. Dudley isn't worth owning in most leagues while Ilyasova is worth a look/
James Harden listed with a shoulder injury 03-02-2015
James Harden G HOU
James Harden is listed as probable for Tuesday against the Hawks with a shoulder injury.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
For the past three months, the Rockets listing a guy as probable has been pretty much meaningless, so Harden should be good to go. He's putting up historic numbers this season and has been the a top-two player in fantasy for almost any format this season.
Nikola Mirotic is a must-add player 03-02-2015
Nikola Mirotic F CHI
Nikola Mirotic is expected to play more for the Bulls with the injuries to Jimmy Butler (elbow) and Taj Gibson (ankle). The entire season has been a wild ride for Mirotic. Whether or not coach Tom Thibodeau plays him at the three has been a tough subject to monitor. He played all of his minutes at small forward on Wednesday, but he only played two minutes at small forward in his last two games. Plus, don't forget the Bulls will also have to replace Jimmy's 21.6 usage rate along with his 38.9 minutes per game. Regardless, MIrotic should be very attractive the next week or so without Taj Gibson. He should be owned in all leagues.
Tony Snell is expected to pick up minutes 03-02-2015
Tony Snell G CHI
Tony Snell is expected to pick up minutes with the Jimmy Butler (elbow) injury. The Bulls have to replace the NBA's leader in minutes per game, so it won't be a one-man job. However, Snell's improvements have been undeniable lately. In his last 17 games, he's increased his usage rate to 16.2, which is up from 11.2 in his first 34. Also, he's been on fire in his last 10, posting a 72.7 effective field goal percentage. If you're looking for more of sure thing, Snell is a fantastic add in all standard leagues. If you really want to swing for the fences, Nikola Mirotic is possibly the better add. To be clear, both players should be owned in all leagues.
Report: Jimmy Butler (elbow) out 3-4 weeks 03-02-2015
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler (elbow) is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a sprain, but he will not need surgery, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
The Bulls are officially calling it a ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. Per beat writer KC Johnson, Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis, and it's possible he'll return in under three weeks, but we're definitely looking at an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available. Without Butler and Derrick Rose (knee), the Bulls are going to be slogging through the offensive end in the near future.
Kevin Martin suddenly questionable w/ illness 03-02-2015
Kevin Martin G MIN
Kevin Martin (illness) is questionable to play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
If Martin can't suit up, expect Andrew Wiggins to be at the epicenter of whatever Minnesota tries to do against Los Angeles. And if the veteran is sidelined, it's possible Gary Neal would slide into the starting lineup.
Pekovic, Martin both questionable on Monday 03-02-2015
Nikola Pekovic C MIN
Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (illness) are both questionable to play on Monday against the Clippers.

Timberwolves PR on Twitter
Pekovic did not participate in shootaround, and he'll warmup before the game to see if he can give it a go. It doesn't sound promising even if he plays, so Gorgui Dieng should remain very ready, and he'd be the most obvious candidate to benefit without the big man. As for Martin, his illness is out of nowhere, so if he doesn't play, Andrew Wiggins will be an even greater point of emphasis with Gary Neal possibly joining the starting lineup.
Jose Calderon now out for at least two weeks 03-02-2015
Jose Calderon G NY
Jose Calderon (achilles) will be out for at least two weeks.

Ian Begley on Twitter
He'll be reevaluated at that point. This means Calderon will miss at least the next 14 days, and it sounds like there is a good chance he'll miss additional time beyond that. Without the veteran in the lineup, expect Langston Galloway and Shane Larkin to see the bulk of minutes at point guard as Derek Fisher gets creative with his lineups. Of the two, Galloway is the one to target in standard leagues, while Larkin has to show us something real to earn any additional consideration.
Mike Muscala recalled from D-League by ATL 03-02-2015
Mike Muscala C ATL
Hawks recalled C Mike Muscala from the D-League.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
If you blinked, you probably missed the fact that he was even sent down.
Kris Humphries still dealing w/ groin issues 03-02-2015
Kris Humphries F WAS
Kris Humprhies (groin) is still unable to move laterally.

J. Michael Falgoust on Twitter
Humphries missed Saturday's game against the Pistons, his second consecutive on the sidelines. It doesn't sound like he's all that close to a return, meaning Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will earn extra minutes behind Marcin Gortat and Nene.
Henry Walker expected to get second 10-day 03-02-2015
Bill Walker G MIA
The Heat are expected to sign Henry Walker ot a second 10-day contract, sources told Real GM.

Shams Charania on Twitter
No surprise here. Bill.I.Am has made an impression during his short stint in Miami, and he'll continue to get a ton of opportunity with Chris Bosh out for the season and the Heat paper-thin behind Hassan Whiteside in the frontcourt.
Pero Antic (knee) back at practice on Monday 03-02-2015
Pero Antic C ATL
Pero Antic (knee) returned to practice on Monday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
It doesn't sound like he's in danger of missing any additional time going forward, but we're going to keep him sidelined since he was dealing with an actual injury.
DeMarre Carroll back at practice on Monday 03-02-2015
DeMarre Carroll F ATL
DeMarre Carroll (rest) was back at practice on Monday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
After sitting Saturday's game to rest, Carroll should be back out there in the starting lineup.
Al Horford back at practice on Monday 03-02-2015
Al Horford F ATL
Al Horford (rest) returned to practice on Monday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
He sat out Saturday's game against the Heat, but big Al is good to go going forward.
Teague, Horford, Carroll, Antic at practice 03-02-2015
Jeff Teague G ATL
Jeff Teague (hamstring), Al Horford (rest), DeMarre Carroll (rest) and Pero Antic (knee) all returned to practice on Monday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
All four guys sat out the previous game on Saturday, but it sounds like they're all good to go going forward.
Official: Sixers waive center JaVale McGee 03-02-2015
JaVale McGee C PHI
Sixers waive C JaVale McGee.
The Sixers made the move prior to midnight on March 1, meaning McGee will be eligible to join a playoff-bound team if one actually signs him to their active roster. We'll see if that happens.
Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons out Monday 03-02-2015
Tyson Chandler C DAL
Tyson Chandler (hip) and Chandler Parsons (ankle) are both out against the Pelicans.

Tim MacMahon on Twitter
The Mavericks could once again go small with Dirk Nowitzki at center while starting J.J. Barea alongside both Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis in the backcourt, but it's also conceivable the team goes with a more traditional look and starts Bernard James at center. As for Parsons, Richard Jefferson should once again draw the start, and he's averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 triples over eight games (29 minutes in that role).
Kyle Lowry will not play vs. Sixers on Monday 03-02-2015
Kyle Lowry G TOR
Kyle Lowry (personal) will not play on Monday against the Sixers.

Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
Lowry said "a bunch of things" are bothering him, and that would help to explain at least some of Lowry's recent struggles. The point guard also revealed the organization wants to take the long-term approach when considering the postseason, and it sounds like Lowry could miss additional time as well. The Raptors play Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. For however long Lowry sits, expect Greivis Vasquez to see a big bump in time with more minutes for Lou Williams.
Birdman Andersen questionable for Monday 03-02-2015
Chris Andersen F MIA
Birdman Andersen (illness) is questionable to face the Suns on Monday.

Heat on Twitter
The Bird did not go through shootaround, so he may be grounded in the nest for this one. All terrible puns aside, his absence would mean more minutes for Hassan Whiteside with guys like Henry 'Bill' Walker and Michael Beasley filling the gaps if Miami goes small.
Goran Dragic (back) questionable for Monday 03-02-2015
Goran Dragic G MIA
Goran Dragic (back) is still being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Suns.

Heat on Twitter
Dragic really wants to play, but he's clearly hurting. He did not participate in shootaround, an indication that The Dragon could be headed for a dreaded game-time call. If he's unable to suit up, Mario Chalmers would start and see all of the minutes he can handle with Shabazz Napier as his backup.
Brian Shaw blames himself for Nuggets issues 03-02-2015
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Brian Shaw said that he was "frustrated in myself" with how the Nuggets season has gone.

Denver Post
While Shaw should shoulder some of the blame, he shouldn't get the majority of it as he has been. He's dealing with a front office operating without a blueprint, a roster of players with varying levels of commitment and a team that has no idea what it wants to be. We won't be surprised if Shaw is replaced in the offseason, but Denver's problems run much deeper than its head coach.
Agent: Monroe will consider Pistons in FA 03-02-2015
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Greg Monroe's agent David Falk said Monroe will "absolutely" consider re-signing with the Pistons in free agency.
What Falk didn't say, however, is how long Monroe would consider the possibility. Falk added that Monroe made the decision to pursue signing the qualifying offer, calling him "one of the brightest clients I've ever represented." The Monroe-Andre Drummond frontline has worked out much better ever since Josh Smith's departure, but it's still hard to envision a scenario where the Pistons commit big money to the Moose, especially if the club intends to extend restricted free agent Reggie Jackson. Monroe will be free to sign anywhere this summer.
Gerald Green wants to play, wants to win more 03-02-2015
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Gerald Green admitted he wants to play, but added he'd do whatever is best for the team.

Arizona Republic
"We're all fighting for something - to get in the playoffs. So that's all I'm worried about. I want to play but, even if I don't, I just want to win." Green has played less than 16.5 minutes in three of his last four contests.
Marcus Morris gets technical rescinded 03-02-2015
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The NBA rescinded a technical on Marcus Morris from Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

Arizona Republic
That leaves Morris now with seven technical fouls this season instead of eight, but it won't impact his fantasy value either way.
Hornacek: Knight 'understands the game' 03-02-2015
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Jeff Hornacek praised Brandon Knight because he "understands the game."

Arizona Republic
"For myself, being a leader, directing guys, it's just putting them in the right positions and learning on the go and learning on the fly," Knight said. "If I talk myself through it, it looks like I'm leading but I'm kind of helping myself." Hornacek added that Knight is "willing to talk in practice," saying he's already been communicating with teammates about what needs improvement. By comparison, Eric Bledsoe plans to lead by example, "I keep on hearing everybody telling me I need to talk more...I'm pretty much going to go out there and do."
Ennis happy for new chance with Bucks 03-02-2015
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Tyler Ennis reiterated that he's thankful to get a fresh start with the Bucks.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"In Phoenix, I was happy they drafted me," Ennis said. "But the situation guards-wise wasn't ideal for me coming in as a rookie, trying to compete against three established guards in the league." The Suns drafting Ennis never made a lot of sense, but now he's with Milwaukee so it's a moot point. Ennis will backup Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless with the Bucks.
Pistons recall Quincy Miller from D-League 03-02-2015
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Pistons recall F Quincy Miller from the D-League.

Pistons on Twitter
Miller averaged 11.5 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a block over two games in the D-League. He's not a fantasy option in any format.
Luis Scola adjusting to bench role for Pacers 03-02-2015
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Luis Scola explained that his adjustment to coming off the bench has been easier this season.
Hampered last season by a sore shooting elbow, Scola is now comfortable and healthy. "It took me a little while to get used to (playing off the bench)," he said. "When you have a consistent role you get to know what your team is going to do and they know how you play and you know when you're going to get into the game and how many minutes you play," he added. Scola got some run with the starters early this year when David West (ankle) was out, and it's benefiting him nicely now. In unrelated news, Scola had a red welt on his knee after Sunday's win, but it's not expected to be an issue.
Festus Ezeli's suspension concludes Sunday 03-02-2015
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Festus Ezeli will return to the Warriors now that he's served his one-game suspension.

San Jose Mercury News
This is just a reminder after Ezeli served his suspension in Sunday's win over the Celtics.
Lillard: Things 'starting to turn around' now 03-02-2015
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Damian Lillard said "things are starting to turn around" when asked if February was the worst shooting slump of his career.

The Oregonian
Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 triples over nine February games, so it's not like he was completely useless. However, his 26.3 percent mark from deep was not typical, and that marked the second straight month he was under 30 percent from downtown. Lillard has started March at 60 percent from behind the 3-point line, but it's worth noting he's shooting a career-low 34.4 percent from distance while averaging a career-high 7.2 attempts per game. We know he won't stop shooting them.
Gibson (ankle) to miss at least 1 more week 03-02-2015
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Taj Gibson (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for at least another week.

Chicago Tribune
Not good. Gibson's ankle sprain is clearly serious, and Gibson has a history of playing through ankle injuries, so we know it must be bothering the big man. The Bulls play four times this week, so if Gibson misses all of those contests, Nikola Mirotic will continue to see big minutes off the bench with Chicago leaning a little harder on both Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
Derrick Rose says he'll return this season 03-02-2015
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Derrick Rose (knee) said that he would return this season.

KC Johnson on Twitter
Rose has already started his rehab and all reports have been tremendously positive since his outpatient surgery. While we're likely to get daily Rose updates for however long he's sidelined, it's important to remember that the earliest he'll return is at the back end of March. That doesn't leave a lot of time for him to contribute to fantasy owners looking to win their postseason matchups.
Bradley Beal (leg) reports no pain in return 03-02-2015
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Bradley Beal (leg) reported no pain following his first game back in Saturday's win over the Pistons.

Washington Post
"I felt good, no pain" he said. "Just a little winded at the beginning." Beal shot just 2-of-10 from the field, but the fact the he had no issues after jumping right back in with 32 minutes of action is a great sign going forward. Get him back in your lineup if he's not already.
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Andre Iguodala returned to action on Sunday March 1.
Marreese Speights a healthy DNP-CD Sunday 03-02-2015
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Marreese Speights was a healthy DNP-CD vs. the Celtics on Sunday. Boston went very small with their second unit, deploying Jonas Jerebko at center, so the matchups didn't favor Speights at all. He's averaging just 13 minutes over Golden State's past 10 games and has no fantasy upside while Andrew Bogut, David Lee and Draymond Green are healthy.
Report: 76ers agree to waive JaVale McGee 03-02-2015
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The 76ers have agreed to waive JaVale McGee in time for him to sign with a playoff contender, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

USA Today
Philadelphia will reportedly pay McGee the full amount he's owed, including a $12 million payout next season, and he's likely to sign a minimum deal to give a playoff-bound team more frontcourt depth. He's not a fantasy asset no matter where he lands after clearing waivers.