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Coach Dwane Casey said DeMar DeRozan has "really improved" his 3-point shooting this offseason.

The Raptors are planning on running their offense through rising star center Jonas Valanciunas. He'll be drawing double teams, which should free up DeRozan for more open looks. The problem is that last season, DeRozan shot just 28.3 percent (34-of-120) from 3-point range and is at 23.9 percent (67-of-280) for his career. He'll have to take a giant leap forward to be considered a solid long-ball shooter, a risky thing for fantasy owners to count on.
Source: Toronto Sun
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Derrick Williams came off the bench for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting on Tuesday, making three 3-pointers with three boards, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

Knicks' opponents are shooting a league-best 38.6 percent from downtown and it showed on Tuesday, as the Kings made a combined 10-of-18 triples in the easy road win. George Karl is still figuring out how to get "more consistent value" from Williams, but he also referred to him as "one of our more skilled players." Standard-league owners should keep a close eye on D-Will in case his role continues to grow during the Kings' final 24 games.
Mar 3 - 9:52 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) returned from his two-game absence vs. the Knicks, scoring 22 points (5-of-10 FGs, 11-of-11 FTs) with one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Cousins has fared well under coach George Karl even though Karl's offense typically shuns post-ups. As noted by Brett Kormenos, "Karl's last team in Denver actually ran fewer post-ups per game as a team (5.6) than Cousins has this year as an individual." He did his damage in under 30 minutes during tonight's blowout win, and fantasy owners can look forward to elite value in the season's final six weeks.
Mar 3 - 9:51 PM

LeBron James racked up 27 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block before taking a seat after 26 minutes of action on Tuesday.

He made 12-of-23 shots and only turned the ball over once, a rare treat from the player who ranks second in the NBA with 4.3 turnovers per game (trailing only DeMarcus Cousins). LeBron spent the past few days criticizing himself for missing eight free throws in Sunday's tough overtime loss, but it didn't take him long to put that defeat in the rearview mirror. He also passed Ray Allen on the all-time scoring list with this performance, giving him 24,507 points in his phenomenal 12-year career.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM

Head coach James Borrego hinted that he is considering changing his starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

"We're looking at different ways to help that starting unit, Borrego said. "I'm open to all options right now. But we have to get off to better starts." Coach Borrego didn't mention any names, but Channing Frye certainly comes to mind as he has struggled in recent games and saw just 18 minutes vs. the Hornets on Sunday. Rookie Elfrid Payton also saw just 13 minutes vs. the Hornets, but the Magic will likely want to keep prioritizing his development in what has been a lost season. Check back after shootaround on Wednesday for the latest updates.
Mar 3 - 9:10 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) will not play against the Bucks on Tuesday.

The Nuggets have failed to provide a timetable for the rookie's return, and all we know is that former head coach Brain Shaw hinted that Nurkic would be out for a while. Nurkic is worth a stash if you have an open IR spot, but with fantasy playoffs upon us, his owners may need to look at other options. In the meantime, Kenneth Faried will continue to start at center, while more opportunities will be available for guys like J.J. Hickson and Joffrey Lauvergne.
Mar 3 - 8:54 PM

The Nuggets will start Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

The Nuggets parted ways with coach Brain Shaw on Tuesday, so it will be very interesting to see how their rotations shape up in the coming weeks. Faried has an excellent shot to redeem himself now that coach Shaw can't hold him back, so hopefully he finally rewards his patient owners with some late-season production.
Mar 3 - 8:36 PM

Tony Snell will draw the start in place of Jimmy Butler (elbow) on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

With Butler set to miss at least a few weeks, Snell is worth a flier in all standard leagues. In ten previous starts this season, he averaged 8.3 points, 3.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in 29.8 minutes. However, Snell has shown a lot of improvement recently, scoring in double digits in each of his last four games. We will let you know how he does after the game, but it looks Snell could be a must-own player until further notice.
Mar 3 - 7:42 PM

Markieff Morris has been fined $15,000 for making above-the-shoulder contact with Goran Dragic.

He swiped at Dragic and caught his head, sending him to the ground, which earned Morris a Flagrant-2 foul and an ejection. He said Dragic was "overexaggerating" on the play, and either way the league didn't see enough malicious intent to suspend him.
Mar 3 - 7:14 PM

Alex Len has been fined $20,000 for Monday night's wrestling match with Hassan Whiteside, but he will not be suspended.

"[Whiteside] came down on me twice," Len said. "He did it a second time and I just got frustrated so I pushed him a little bit and we got into it ... I'm not going to let him just keeping doing this dirty stuff." Len will be good to go for Wednesday's favorable matchup with the Magic, so make sure you have him active tomorrow.
Mar 3 - 7:10 PM

Darren Collison underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury, and he is expected to remain sidelined for approximately 6-weeks.

The NBA regular season ends in 6-weeks, so it's seems very likely that this will be the end to Collison's season. He'll finish with averages of 16.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field. Andre Miller and Ray McCallum will continue to man the point guard position in Sacramento with Collison out, but their timeshare will limit their value to deeper leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 3 - 7:00 PM

Kevin Love (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

Go ahead and get him active. Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson expecting a big night may want to look elsewhere for production.
Mar 3 - 6:50 PM




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