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Tim Lincecum improved to 9-5 after hurling seven shutout innings and allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Over his last four starts, Lincecum has shown that the pitcher who once owned the National League and rightfully earned two Cy Young awards is still lurking beneath a sea of declining peripherals. He's won each of those four games and has allowed just one earned run in his last 30.1 innings (0.30 ERA) with a 24:9 K:BB. While the walks may be a little high, the performances have been nothing short of spectacular. How Lincecum comes out of the break is going to be a very telling story. He'll need a hot start to try and carry over this momentum. If not, he could head back to the struggling version we've seen more recently. Given his history, it's going to be very easy to fall for the hype, so just be careful with how much you end up paying for his services should you be looking to trade for him.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Hassan Whiteside (ankle) did not practice on Monday but is probable to play on Tuesday.

The general consensus is that Whiteside will not only play, but see the lion's share of the minutes at center. Amar'e Stoudemire is still expected to get the start for whatever reason, but Whiteside should be just fine for the game. Check in with the morning shootaround Tuesday just to be sure. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Bonner (calf) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game.

The 35-year old role-player will sit out for the Spurs game against the hapless Lakers and is considered day-to-day with the calf issue. It doesn't appear to be serious, but with the All Star break coming up, it's a good opportunity to get him some extra rest. Analysis: Howard Bender

Eagles released Riley Cooper on Monday.

Cooper had signed a front-loaded five-year deal with the Eagles back in 2014 but even with the more manageable contract, the Eagles are parting ways with the wide receiver. He was completely underutilized last season and he doesn't figure into the team plans moving forward. He'll look to catch on with another team in the offseason. Analysis: Howard Bender

Keith Appling's 10-day contract has expired and the Magic have decided against signing him for the remainder of the season.

The Magic wanted to keep Appling around for some added depth, but after having him sit for six of the last nine games, it was evident that he was no longer needed. After the second 10-day contract, the team would have had to sign him for the rest of the season if they wanted to hold onto him. It just wasn't worth it to them in the end. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tim Duncan (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game.

Duncan has missed the last seven games with the knee issue and it would appear that the Spurs are simply going to hold him out until after the All Star break. He'll try to practice during the week, but fantasy owners should not expect much of anything from the veteran forward until at least next week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Devin Harris (toe) is improving but will not play on Tuesday.

Harris has missed the last eight games with the same toe injury and even after visiting the specialist who actually did his foot surgery a few years back, he hasn't been able to completely clear this hurdle. He says that he is fine while he's barefoot but as soon as he puts on a shoe, the pain persists. He should still be considered day-to-day but expect him to miss at least a few more games. Analysis: Howard Bender

Knicks President Phil Jackson is likely to contact Tom Thibodeau this offseason.

After serving as the Bulls head coach from 2010-2015, Thibodeau has been working as an assistant for Team USA basketball. With the Knicks firing Derek Fisher and only giving Kurt Rambis the "interim" tag as their new coach, the team will likely meet with a number of coaching candidates before making their final decision. Analysis: Howard Bender

Nene (calf) was able to practice Monday.

Nene has missed the last two games with tightness in his calf. His participation in practice is obviously encouraging but considering the ridiculously lengthy injury history, you'll want to keep checking for updates before even thinking about inserting him back into your lineup. Analysis: Howard Bender

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will play on Tuesday.

Mayo has missed the last 11 games with the hamstring issue, but has returned to practice recently and should be good to go for Tuesday. If he doesn't experience any setbacks at the morning shootaround or in pre-game warm-ups, he should be able to handle his usual workload. Analysis: Howard Bender

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate said Calvin Johnson's body is not holding up which is why he is retiring.

We here at Fantasy Alarm are currently looking into where Tate received his medical degree, but if this is his diagnosis, well then perhaps he only stayed at a Holiday Inn Express recently. Obviously, Johnson's body isn't holding up well as he's dealt with knee and ankle issues steadily over the last few seasons. Unless he's going to have multiple surgeries to help clear up some of the issues, these injuries seem like they're going to be with him permanently. Only Megatron knows when his time has run out and if he's ready to retire due to the constant wear and tear on his body, then so be it. We always talk about guys staying around for too long. Why are we now suddenly fighting them on it?  Analysis: Howard Bender

Kris Humphries (knee) is likely to play on Tuesday.

After missing the last 16 games with calcification in his right knee, it appears as if Humphries is ready to get back into action. He practiced in full Monday and has been practicing in full-contact situations over the last week. If he proves healthy enough, the Wizards would like to get him back on the court Tuesday, but don't expect him to return to a prominent role to start. The Wizards will likely ease him back up to his usual minutes in an effort to avoid any setbacks. Analysis: Howard Bender

Darrell Arthur (quad) is listed as questionable for Monday's game.

There is little to no fantasy value for Darrell Arthur right now. The Nuggets have their full core of big men and he does not have a place in the rotation right now. They are not rushing to get him back on the court. Will Barton and Danilo Gallinari will continue to draw extra minutes.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jameer Nelson (wrist) is doubtful to play on Monday.

The Nuggets are in no rush to get Jameer Nelson back on the court especially with Emmanuel Mudiay's stellar play at the point guard position. He is the future and Denver knows that. There has been no official timetable for Nelson's return to the court which means we'll see more of Randy Foye as Mudiay's backup. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Suns will sign Jordan McRae to a second 10-Day contract.

The Suns are going to have to overhaul their roster especially after firing their coach last week. There was no harm in bringing Jordan McRae back on another 10-day deal and seeing if he could continued to be productive. It's always good to get an extended look at a player when you have the chance.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Julius Randle (ankle) will play on Monday night.

Julius Randle has been dealing with a twisted ankle after stepping on a cameraman during Saturday night's loss to the Spurs. The good news is that the X-rays were negative. The Lakers could use him as he's really stepped up over the past four games averaging 12.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. You'll see a lot of Randle on Monday night without Larry Nance available. He'll be back in the starting lineup.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

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