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The Panthers have remained optimistic, but the pain in Cam Newton’s ankle hasn't gone away just yet, a reminder he’s not quite 100 percent.

The effects of surgery to tighten those tendons are still lingering and could actually be a problem for Newton heading into the season. It's not that we don't believe that he can play on it, but just how effectively he'll be able to play is the question. Scrambling outside the pocket is one of the main aspects of Newton's game. If he's at less than 100-percent, the whole offense could suffer.ANALYST: Howard Bender

The Lions will decide Monday whether or not to franchise tag impending free agent Ndomukong Suh.

If the Lions decide to tag him, it will cost them an exorbitant $26.9 million to do so. That seems like an absurd amount of money for one year of Suh. It's more likely that the Lions will continue to negotiate a long-term deal with their Pro Bowl defensive lineman, or let him walk. Analysis: Spencer Silva

The 76ers have waived JaVale McGee.

McGee, oddly enough, came out and said he wanted to be a "mentor" to the young players on the Sixers after arriving at the trade deadline. Just a few weeks late, McGee will be packing his bags, hoping he picks up with a contender. The seven-footer reportedly will not have to give back any money in a buyout, and is owed the remainder of his $11.2 million contract, along with $12 million next year.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Mike Leake is likely to start Game 2 of the regular season, according to Reds' beat writer John Fay.

Fay speculates that Leake will get the nod for the Reds' second game based on the fact the Reds have announced he'll start the Reds' second spring game on Saturday, March 7th. Leake was decent in 2014, posting a 3.70 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 164/50 strikeout-walk ratio over 214.1 innings. He's a solid back-end starter in NL-Only formats.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Jordan Hill scored 14 points (5-10 FGA, 3-4 FTA) going 1-for-1 from three point range with 12 rebounds and two assists.

Hill continues to put up solid numbers in spite of his decrepit supporting cast in LA. It looks like the hip injury is past him, as he's averaging close to a double-double since the all-star break. He should be owned in most fantasy leagues. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Yu Darvish said that accusations regarding his commitment to the Rangers last season were " bull s***."

Darvish didn't mince words in his first press conference without an interpreter, claiming the report that surfaced from ESPN Dallas last season about his unwillingness to pitch through pain was BS. It makes sense, given that Calvin Watkins -- the heir to Richard Durrett, who passed suddenly last summer -- made the report. Watkins isn't a baseball reporter by trade, and likely doesn't understand how elbows work. Expect Darvish to pitch with a purpose in 2015.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Jeremy Lin scored 20 points (7-14 FGA, 5-6 FTA) going 1-for-3 from three point range with six rebounds, eight assists and three steals during the Lakers' 108-101 loss to the Thunder on Sunday night.

Lin played 32 minutes off the bench and looked like the best player on the Lakers for most of the game. He's looked like a different player since the All-Star Break, averaging 17 points and 5 assists over his last five games. He's probably worth a flier if you need a PG/SG. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Wayne Ellington scored 12 points (5-15 FGA, 1-3 FTA) going 1-for-8 from three point range with six rebounds, six assists and a steal during the Lakers' 108-101 loss to the Thunder on Sunday.

Ellington got the start at the three and place of the injured Nick Young. He shot a pathetic 1-for-8 from three point range and 5-for-15 overall. He did, however, sprinkle on six assists and six rebounds, which made the overall line palatable.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Jordan Clarkson scored 12 points (5-14 FGA) going 2-for-4 from three point range with two rebounds, four assists and a block during the Laker's 108-101 loss to the Thunder on Sunday.

Clarkson had a nice buzzer-beating layup to end the first half. Overall the rookie has looked promising since taking over the starting point guard role. If Jeremy Lin continues playing well, Lin will likely be moved to shooting guard. Fear not, Clarkson owners. Analysis: Spencer Silva

DJ Augustin scored 18 points (6-15 FGA, 2-2 FGA) going 4-for-10 from three point range with nine rebounds, five assists and a steal during the Thunder's 108-101 win over the Lakers on Sunday.

With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sidelined, Augustin stepped in as the starter and actually played pretty well. He made 4-of-10 three pointers and managed to pull down nine boards too. It's unknown if Westbrook will miss anymore time recovering from face surgery. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Enes Kanter scored 16 points (6-10 FGA, 4-6 FTA) with 15 rebounds and five assists during the Thunder's 108-101 win over the Lakers on Sunday.

The newly acquired Kanter did his job Sunday, dominating in the paint against a short-handed Lakers front. He didn't manage a block or a steal, not that you expect those from him. He's worth owning in nearly all leagues. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points (6-17 FGA, 6-7 FTA) going 0-for-1 from three point range with 14 rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks during the Thunder's 108-101 win over the Lakers on Sunday night.

With KD and Russell Westbrook sidelined, it was up to Ibaka to provide the offensive burst for the Thunder. Serge has been excellent since KD has been sidelined, averaging better than a double-double per night with plenty of blocks and good percentages.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Isaiah Thomas came off the bench to score a team high 20 points with two rebounds and five assists in the Celtics 106-101 loss to the Warriors on Sunday.

Thomas has been as advertised since being acquired by the Celtics, averaging 21.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.6 three-pointers over the past five games. The Celtics are in contention for the eight seed in the Eastern Conference and with Thomas being that go to scorer the Celtics have lacked since trading away Paul Pierce they actually have a shot at making the playoffs this year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Jae Crowder came off the bench to score nine points with 17 rebounds, two assists and one block in the Celtics 106-101 loss to the Warriors on Sunday.

Crowder turned in an impressive performance on Sunday as he grabbed a career best 17 rebounds. The Celtics had won seven of ten games coming into Sunday and Crowder has been one of the biggest contributors during that stretch as he is averaging 15.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 three-pointers over the past five games. Crowder is averaging 27.0 minutes per game for the month and with his increased role has found himself becoming a reliable fantasy asset in both standard and daily league formats. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Brandon Bass registered a double-double on Sunday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds and one assist in the Celtics 106-101 loss to the Warriors.

The injuries to Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk has opened up the starting power forward role to Brandon Bass and he has answered the bell, averaging 12.8 points and 7.0 rebounds over the past five games. With the right match-up Bass is more than capable of flirting with a double-double but for now he should continue to produce solid fantasy production as a mid tier power forward. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Klay Thompson scored 20 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in the Warriors 106-110 win over the Celtics on Sunday.

While Thompson was able to reach the 20-point plateau on Sunday he was uncharacteristically cold from three-point range as he hit on just 2-of-10 shots from beyond the arc. Thompson has been shooting much better of late, averaging 22.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.2 three-pointers over the past five games and should continue to be deployed in both standard and daily league formats. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba
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