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LeBron James scored 38 points with eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in OT win over Hawks.

NFL reportedly upholds Vontaze Burfict's three-game suspension after the appeal.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who actually watched the Bengals-Steelers wild card game. Burfict lost control and opted to go head-hunting as his team was looking at yet another playoff loss and should have actually been ejected from the game. Some may not think the punishment fits the crime, but at least the NFL is taking a proper stand against this type of on-field behavior. Analysis: Howard Bender

Drew Gooden is listed as questionable for Thursday.

Gooden is dealing with an undisclosed illness right now and is likely to be held out of Thursday's game, given that the All Star break is coming up and he'll have extra time to get better and not infect the rest of the team. He's only averaging 12.9 minutes per game this season, so his absence isn't going to devastate anyone. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kris Humphries is listed as questionable for Thursday.

Humphries returned to the court Tuesday after a lengthy absence due to a knee issue. Now, though, he is dealing with some undisclosed illness and could be held out Thursday and given extra time to rest over the All Star break. If he doesn't play, DeJuan Blair should see a few extra minutes. Analysis: Howard Bender

Gary Neal is listed as questionable for Thursday.

Neal was held out for Tuesday's game with a sore right leg and hasn't logged more than 18 minutes in a game over his last five. While you'll have to check back closer to tip-off, you can probably expect the Wizards to hold him out Thursday with the All Star break coming up. His minutes would just be redistributed among the rest of the backcourt options. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Bryce Dejean-Jones' second 10-day contract has expired, but the Pelicans are currently in contract negotiations to keep him for rest of season, according to team sources.

While his playing time has certainly diminished over the last few games, Dejean-Jones has averaged just under 20 minutes per game with 6.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.8 steals. He's been a solid asset off the bench and has proven to be strong depth in the wake of a run of injuries for the Pelicans. Look for an agreement to be reached soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kobe Bryant (ankles, knees) said he’s looking forward to the All-Star break because of general soreness.

Well, well, well. Look who realized that being 40 years old and competing with 20-somethings sucks. "(I) feel horrible," Bryant said. "My ankles, knees, everything." The body doesn't heal like it used to and the daily wear-and-tear of playing in the NBA is obviously more taxing than it was 20 years ago for Bryant. He'll share in the festivities for his final All Star game, but look for him to spend most of his time glad-handing people throughout the weekend rather than competing. Analysis: Howard Bender

O.J. Mayo will start on Thursday.

Mayo is playing in just his second game back from an 11-game absence due to a hamstring injury, but will garner the start once again as coach Jason Kidd's plan of having Michael Carter-Williams seemed to work well in Tuesday's game and he wants to keep it going. Mayo may not see the bulk of the minutes despite getting the start, though, so be mindful of that. Analysis: Howard Bender

Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench Thursday.

Coach Jason Kidd had MCW come off the bench Tuesday and the usual starting point guard responded well with 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists over 26 minutes. While it doesn't appear to be a permanent move, Kidd is going to try using it until it doesn't work. MCW will still see a solid minutes total, but losing the start does trim off a few minutes, so keep that in mind. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rockets guard Pat Beverley will not participate in skills competition this weekend. Beverley re-injured his ankle Wednesday.

Beverley tweaked the ankle Wednesday, but managed to stay in the game and play a total of 32 minutes. However, with the All Star break coming, it's an opportune time for Beverley to get some much-needed rest and allow the ankle proper time to heal. The skills competition is entertaining and all, but it's his availability for the regular season which matters most right now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Carlos Beltran acknowledged the 2016 season might be the last of his career Wednesday.

It has been a great career for Beltran that began in 1998 and saw him win Rookie of the Year in the American League in 1999. The 38-year-old still has fantasy value, especially in American League only leagues as he was able to hit 19 homeruns last year in 133 games. If Beltran is able to stay healthy, he should continue to provide pop for fantasy owners and won’t hurt in the batting average category either.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Tommy Hunter has been rehabbing from core muscle surgery earlier this offseason.

Hunter had a very disappointing 2015 season between the Orioles and Cubs as he pitched to an ERA of 4.18 and a WHIP of 1.243. Hunter is still available on the free agent market and it doesn’t appear he will be signed by a team to become their closer or set-up man which makes his fantasy value non-existent.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Lazaro Armenteros is expected to make a decision on who he'll sign with Thursday or Friday.

The 16-year-old is drawing interest from at least nine teams including Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Padres and Phillies. At this point, Armenteros has been training as a centerfielder and corner outfielder, but the expectation is for him to settle in one of the corner spots as he continues to add to his frame. Armenteros is listed at 6’2 and 205 pounds and has drawn praise for his power, speed and athleticism. Armenteros can be targeted in all dynasty leagues, but he will still be a couple of years away from making an impact on a big league roster.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Danny Ainge clarifies that Kelly Olynyk has bruised shoulder not partially dislocated.

It was originally feared that Olynyk dislocated his shoulder which would have meant the center would be sidelined for a couple of weeks. The Celtics don’t return to the court until February 19 so there’s a chance Olynyk won’t miss any games. This is a situation to follow over the All-Star break, but Olynyk’s status won’t become clearer until later next week. The center is averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Jacob deGrom is open to signing an extension with the Mets.

deGrom isn’t a free agent until after the 2020 so there isn’t any rush, but a deal would at least cover the first year or two of deGrom’s free agent years and give the talented right-hander a security blanket in case of injury. deGrom has been lights out in his two years in the big leagues as he has a career ERA of 2.61, WHIP of 1.047 and a very impressive K:BB ratio of 349:81. deGrom is an SP 1 in fantasy baseball in 2016 and will continue to help owners in all categories.  Analysis: Phil Backert

The Atlanta Hawks believe PG Dennis Schroder can be the starting point guard.

This is very important because it appears the Hawks are ready to move on from starting point guard Jeff Teague. It’s not unrealistic to believe Schroder can’t handle a starting workload as he is currently averaging nearly 21 minutes a game. In those minutes, the point guard is averaging 10.7 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. Schroder’s fantasy value would sky rocket if Teague is traded and he becomes the starting point guard for the Hawks.  Analysis: Phil Backert

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