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Mike Woodson said disgruntled Carmelo Anthony shouldn’t be feeling so blue and expects him to “be here to the bitter end,’’ fighting for a playoff berth. Anthony, who has never missed the playoffs in his career, expressed frustration about the Knicks’ losing ways after their horrible loss to the Sixers Wednesday, pointing out he has never been in this situation in his career and it’s “a learning experience.’’ His comments came soon after he cursed out a heckling fan, shouting “Go f—k yourself’’ in the final minute of the Garden loss, as reported by The Post.

Anthony may be disgruntle, but his fantasy owners sure aren't as he continues to be a force when on the court. Through 39 games, Anthony is averaging 26.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals all of which are better than his career averages. As long as the Knicks offense continues to run through Anthony, he will remain a top tier fantasy option.ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Kyrie Irving is skipping the morning shootaround to get tests on his left knee and is questionable for Game 2 on Friday night.

Irving re-aggravated his knee injury during Game 1 but is doing everything he can to ensure that he doesn't miss any time on the court. The tests will alert him to anything serious and whether or not he's going to cause worse damage but unless doctors specifically tell him not to play, he should be out there. Analysis: Howard Bender

Will Smith is likely facing a suspension for being ejected Thursday night for having a foreign substance on his forearm.

Well of course he's facing a suspension. Michael Pineda got 10 games for his pine tar incident so we don't expect anything less for Smith. The league is likely to hand down punishment this week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Masahiro Tanaka (wrist/forearm) reported no problems after Thursday's rehab game.

The Yankees have said that they didn't think Tanaka would need more than one rehab outing, though he did only throw 41 pitches over three innings. If they don;t feel like that was enough, he'll throw another but either way, it looks like he'll be able to join the team before the end of May.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Cowboys and CB Orlando Scandrick have agreed to terms on a new contract extension.

The financial terms have not been released but it is reported that Scandrick's deal runs through 2018. He is expected to be a starting corner once again as well as a leader on the team's defense. Analysis: Howard Bender

Reggie Bush asked to be included in punt-return competition.

While you've got to admire his desire to do more, putting Bush on the punt return team sounds like a sure-fire way to land on injured reserve. He has a tough enough time staying healthy as a running back, but if you add in punt return duties you're just begging for an injury. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rey Navarro was unavailable on Thursday after having emergency dental work done before the game.

Nothing major here, but Navarro was obviously in some pain and still feeling the residual effects of the anesthetic. Consider him day-to-day for now though his bigger problem is Everth Cabrera coming off the DL on Friday. Navarro should end up back on the bench or in Triple-A soon enough. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said no date has been set for RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (strained back muscle) to begin throwing.

Iwakuma suffered an apparent setback two weeks ago and was shut down from all activity once again for at least 10-to-14 days. He will be re-evaluated this weekend to see if he can start up baseball activities soon, but the fact that he is still experiencing so many issues is obviously not a good sign. Keep him stashed if you can, but if you're dealing with too many injuries and limited DL spots, you might have to make the tough sacrifice and let him go. Analysis: Howard Bender

Adam Ottavino (elbow) said his elbow doesn't hurt or anything, two weeks after undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery.

He's probably still numb from the pain. Regardless of how he is feeling right now, Ottavino is a non-facotr for at least a year here. We wish him the best in his recovery, but he is not keeper material nor should he be held in dynasty leagues. For our purposes in fantasy, he is done. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jean Segura (finger) could return to the Brewers starting lineup on Monday.

Segura is eligible to come off the DL after the weekend. If his finger has healed, he can grip a bat and he is not feeling any residual soreness, the Brewers will try and get him back into the lineup as soon as they can. Analysis: Howard Bender

Pablo Sandoval (knee) was much improved on Thursday, but there was still some soreness.

The Red Sox were hoping to have Sandoval back for Friday's game, so expect the team to re-evaluate him during the day and see if he is available for Friday. Consider him day-to-day still. Analysis: Howard Bender

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Joe Kelly's right wrist was fine after his was hit by a grounder in Wednesday's start.

Kelly seems to be just fine after the incident. Maybe he was a little sore afterwards but nothing that will affect his status for his next start.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Stephen Curry scored 33 points (13-21 FGA, 2-3 FTA) going 5-for-11 from three-point range with three rebounds, six assists and one steal against the Rockets on Thursday.

Curry carried the Warriors to a quick 2-0 series lead over the Rockets with a big win on Thursday as he shot 61.9 percent from the field for his second 30-point game of the series. At this point the reigning NBA MVP can't be stopped so expect to see him perform at a high level the rest of the playoffs.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

James Harden scored 38 points (13-21 FGA, 9-10 FTA) going 3-for-6 from three-point range with 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and one block against the Warriors on Thursday.

Harden managed to fall just one assist shy of posting a triple-double in Thursday's loss but it wasn't enough to help the Rockets get their first win of the series. We already know what we are going to get form Harden the rest of the way, so hopefully his teammates will be able to help his case next time on the court.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kyle Hendricks tossed a complete game shutout allowing just five hits and no walks while striking out seven batters against the Padres on Thursday.

Hendricks had his best start of the season Thursday night as he was able to bounce back from a terrible outing in which he allowed five runs in his last start. He is now sitting 1-1 with a 4.14 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a 37:9 K:BB rate through eight starts, so there is some deep league value to be round in the Cubs hurler. Hendricks will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Nationals on Tuesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 connecting on his fifth home run of the season in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Padres.

Bryant has been everything fantasy owners could have asked for in the early going as he is now slashing .289/.411/.482 with five home runs and 27 RBI through his first 114 at-bats. Although his strikeouts are alarming, he is still a must-start on a daily basis while being one of the best RBI producers in the league. Analysis: Matthew Beck


Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - May 22, 2015 |
Michael A. Stein

Fantasy Baseball Injury Report - May 22, 2015

Michael A. Stein reviews fantasy baseball injuries.

Daily Trends: May 22, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: May 22, 2015

Dr. Flowers is making a house call by reviewing some of the hurlers who took the bump on Wednesday night and offers a long-term prognosis.

DFS MLB Playbook: May 22nd  |
Jeff Mans

DFS MLB Playbook: May 22nd

Jeff Mans pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: May 22nd |
Jeff Mans

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: May 22nd

Jeff Mans ranks all of the top players by position for today's slate of games in daily fantasy baseball with complete pricing breakdown

Ray’s Ramblings: A Look at Thursday, May 21st |
Ray Flowers

Ray’s Ramblings: A Look at Thursday, May 21st

Ray breaks down the diamond action Thursday from deGrom’s dominance, to Pollock’s greatness to the suddenly streaking Cuban import in the desert.

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups: May 21th-Late |
Ted Schuster

2015 Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups: May 21th-Late

Ted Schuster gives out a few of his optimized DFS MLB lineups for Fantasy Aces, Fanduel and Draftkings for tonight's slate of games

2015 Bullpen Report: The Closer Grid |
Howard Bender

2015 Bullpen Report: The Closer Grid

The Closer Grid is a one-stop shop for all your bullpen needs as we identify each team's ninth-inning specialist and those who find themselves next in line for saves.

DFS MLB Playbook: May 21st - Late |
Ted Schuster

DFS MLB Playbook: May 21st - Late

Ted Schuster pours over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS MLB players for today's contests

Daily Trends: May 21, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

Daily Trends: May 21, 2015

Ray Flowers breaks down the batted ball by taking a look at fly ball distances. He also explains why Gio Gonzalez and Tyson Ross are far from broken.

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - May 21, 2015 |
Ray Flowers

DFS MLB Hitting Coach - May 21, 2015

The matchups are spinning in Ray’s head, and before he falls over due to fatigue he thought he should download the data for your enjoyment/success.