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Are you totally up to date on whats happening around the NBA? You have to be if you want to stay ahead of the competition in your fantasy league.To help, weve done the work for you and compiled a list of the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 30 teams around the league.Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks continue to be without two key reserves in the frontcourt, Mike Scott and Tiago Splitter. Both Scott (knee) and Splitter (hamstring) are working their way back from injuries but have been ruled out for Mondays game against Sacramento. In their absence, the Hawks will continue to rely on more minutes off the bench from Mike Muscala and Kris Humphries.Boston Celtics: One of the biggest storylines from the first week of the season is the vast offensive improvement of Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley. While his shooting has made noticeable strides in recent years, the impressive part of his game this season is his effort on the glass -- Bradley pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds against Charlotte on Saturday and leads the Celtics with 8.7 rebounds per game.Brooklyn Nets: The Nets are off to a 1-2 start, and one of their objectives early this season will be establishing an identity with many new faces such as Jeremy Lin, Justin Hamilton, Trevor Booker and Luis Scola. That will take time, but so far, the revamped Nets are playing well in the fourth quarter, outscoring opponents by an average of 10.7 points in the final stanza.Charlotte Hornets: Frank Kaminsky returned to the lineup after missing the first two games due to a right-foot strain, and his presence provides a boost to a banged up Hornets frontline. Roy Hibbert missed the last two games due to knee soreness, and Cody Zeller missed the entire preseason due to a deep bruise in his right knee. Kaminsky scored 11 points and added four rebounds and three assists in his season debut against Boston on Saturday.Chicago Bulls: Remember when everyone said that the Bulls compiled a roster of guards who couldnt shoot the long ball? Well, its early, and that still could very well be true, but its funny what small sample sizes can do -- the Bulls enter Monday ranked third in the league in 3-point percentage (43.5), trailing only San Antonio and Memphis. Surprisingly, Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade and Doug McDermott have all made, on average, at least two 3-pointers per game in the early going.Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs are being more strategic with Kevin Loves minutes this season, giving him early rest in the first quarter to allow LeBron James and Kyrie Irving the freedom to create shots, and bringing him back in late in the quarter to make him the focal point of the offense while James and Irving rest. Loves 20 points per game over the first three games is an encouraging sign considering that his 16 PPG last season was his lowest since his second year in the league in 2009-10.Dallas Mavericks: Harrison Barnes faces lofty expectations as he enters his first season in Dallas, but so far he hasnt let that hurt his performance. The 24-year-old has put up 20 PPG and 6.3 RPG in his first three games with the Mavs, but his fantasy contributions are pretty much limited to points, rebounds and 3-pointers at this point in his career.Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris suffered a partially torn groin that kept him out most of the preseason, but hes nearing a return to the court. That could happen as early as Thursday against Minnesota, but it sounds like the Nuggets are going to be extra careful with how they approach Harris return. Gary is a guy that is one of the better young two-way players in the NBA, Denver coach Michael Malone told the Denver Post. We are going to be really smart and prudent about his injury and not rush him back, so when he does come back, we can have him for an extended stay.Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond is showing improvement on the offensive end in his second season under coach Stan Van Gundy, and its having a direct impact on the shooters on the team. Ive built a reputation in this league where you cant leave me open on the roll, Drummond said. So if I do roll to the basket, the whole teams going to come in. Its going to leave our 3-point shooters open.Golden State Warriors: The Warriors will probably be just fine as the season goes on, but the early numbers arent pretty defensively or from 3-point land. Chris Manning writes of the Warriors early shooting woes: ... They are shooting 26.7 percent from 3 on 30 attempts per game. By comparison, the Warriors shot 41.6 percent from three last year, on 31.6 attempts per game. Look for this to straighten itself out in the near future.Houston Rockets: Eric Gordon inked a four-year, $53 million deal to join the Rockets over the summer, and his fantasy value is improved by the addition of first-year Rockets head coach Mike DAntoni. The eight-year veteran is off to a shaky start, however, shooting just 41 percent in his first three games with Houston, and there is already buzz about how important it is for Gordon to show consistency if the Rockets are to have a chance to compete with the big teams in the West this season.Indiana Pacers: While the buzz surrounding Myles Turners star potential continues to grow, theres concern in Indianapolis regarding the underwhelming start of newly acquired point guard Jeff Teague, who has averaged just eight points per game and shot 20 percent in his first three games with the Pacers. Its way different than any team Ive played on in the past, Teague, who spent the previous seven seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, told the Indianapolis Star. Weve got a lot of talent, but its just different. It just is. Everything is different -- the concepts; everything is totally different. Im just trying to get used to it.Los Angeles Clippers: Slowly, Austin Rivers is going from a player known more for his offense to someone regarded more for his defense, and that was on display in the Clippers win over Utah as Rivers did a good job slowing down veteran Joe Johnson, despite a height and size disadvantage.Los Angeles Lakers: Two years after breaking his leg in the first game of his NBA career, Julius Randle says he has finally regained complete confidence in his game, and that confidence is showing on the court. While the double-double threat may never be a huge contributor in terms of steals and blocks like some other power forwards, his athleticism and willingness to share the ball separate him, and he has averaged 15 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the first three games this season.Memphis Grizzlies: Heres a stat for you:?Marc Gasol made 14 3-pointers in his career heading into Sundays game, then connected on four 3s?to beat Washington. Gasols second of the game forced overtime, then he hit two more long balls in the extra five-minute session to finish with four. This is noteworthy because it highlights a new trend for the veteran center; Gasol, whose previous single-season high for 3-point attempts was 17, has taken 13 3s in Memphis first three games this season.Miami Heat: Willie Reed is one of the biggest bright spots in the early going for the Heat, which enter the second week of the season 1-2 after consecutive losses to Charlotte and San Antonio. The 6-foot-10 forward has averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17 minutes per game thus far, serving as the primary backup center behind Hassan Whiteside.Milwaukee Bucks: Newly acquired small forward Tony Snell made his first two starts with the Bucks over the weekend after missing the teams season opener due to a sprained left ankle. A low usage player in his Chicago days, Snell attempted seven shots in both games and averaged just five points and three rebounds in 23 minutes during those contests against Brooklyn and Detroit.Minnesota Timberwolves: Ricky Rubio has been injury prone throughout his NBA career, and that crept up on him again in Saturdays loss to Sacramento as the starting point guard sprained his right elbow in the fourth quarter. As rough as Rubios absence will be to the Timberwolves, it is a big opportunity for rookie Kris Dunn, the fifth-overall pick this past June, to fill in as the starter and show what he can do with big-time scorers like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns around him in the lineup.New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis fantasy value this season ultimately depends on his durability, and there are large concerns with that when you consider that the power forward has never played in more than 68 games in any of his first four seasons in the league. Still, its hard not to get excited about his huge start to the season, particularly as a scorer. Davis averaged 24.3 points per game last season, tweets Jim Eichenhofer. He averaged 21.0 in the FIRST HALF of games last week.New York Knicks: The new-look Knicks are going to take some time to work out the kinks in their offense under new head coach Jeff Hornacek, and already there is one glaring problem through the teams first two games. Knicks ball movement still a work in progress when Derrick Rose is out there, notes Marc Stein. Kristaps Porzingis has taken one shot so far off a D-Rose pass.Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrooks start is the thing of legend, with a triple-double average through his first three games (38.7 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 11.7 APG). Maybe the most encouraging thing, though, from a fantasy standpoint is his early impact from beyond the 3-point arc -- he is shooting 44.4 percent from long range, and his six attempts per game would blow away his previous single-season high of 4.7.Orlando Magic: Defense was always been one of the staples of Frank Vogels teams in Indiana, and while that certainly will be the case again at some point in Orlando, it hasnt happened yet. The Magic enter the week ranked 25th in defensive efficiency, allowing 107.8 points per 100 possessions.Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid leads all rookies in scoring, averaging 17 PPG, which is more than twice as much as second-place (Jaylen Brown, eight PPG), but the team is being cautious with working him back to full speed and plans to rest him against Charlotte on Wednesday in the second of a back-to-back. Meanwhile, Jahlil Okafor will sit out against Orlando on Tuesday and play against the Hornets.Phoenix Suns: T.J. Warren earned the starting small forward spot with the Suns this season, and they are calling him Tony Buckets around the Valley of the Sun due to his natural scoring ability. Limited to 87 games in his first two NBA seasons, the 23-year-old former NC State star has averaged 23.3 points in 37.7 minutes through the Suns first three games. Thats well ahead of Eric Bledsoe (18.0) and Devin Booker (15.3) as far as scoring is concerned.Portland Trail Blazers: Allen Crabbes breakout year may have gone overlooked by some in Portland last season, but the secret is out as Crabbe continues to play well at the start of 2016-17. The fourth-year shooting guard is one of the leagues top sharp-shooters, and his averages of 13.3 points, 1.7 made 3-pointers and 30 minutes per game would all be career highs if they hold up over the course of the season.Sacramento Kings: Matt Barnes has quietly been one of the leagues best glue players ever since his days on the We Believe Warriors way back in 2007, and his return to his hometown of Sacramento looks like it could be a nice fit this season. Barnes has shown grit and toughness so far for the Kings while chipping in 9.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.3 APG and 2.0 3-pointers made per game. These are the type of numbers that can serve as the perfect complement to the bigger name stars on your fantasy roster.San Antonio Spurs: There is so much to like about the efficiency of Kawhi Leonards game, and so far this season, hes as good in that area as he has ever been, shooting 50 percent from the field while taking a career-high 17.5 shots per game and shooting 95 percent from the free throw line while attempting a career-high 10 free throws per game. With Tim Duncan now settling into retirement, its clear as ever that this is Leonards team for the foreseeable future.Toronto Raptors: How much is Toronto relying on DeMar DeRozan in the early going? Probably more than you even realized. DeRozans 40.7 usage rate leads the league, ranking ahead of Russell Westbrook (40.4). Thats an unsustainable number, and you can expect DeRozans field goal attempts (27.7 per game) to drop as well; he has never averaged more than 17.8 shots per game in any of his first seven NBA seasons.Utah Jazz: Though the Jazz are off to a disappointing 1-2 start, the offseason addition of George Hill looks like a good one. He has led the team in scoring in two of the first three games, providing stability at a point guard position that has been shaky in Utah ever since John Stockton hung up his sneakers.Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal has the reputation as one of the leagues good young shooters, but the 23-year-old is a career 42.6 percent shooter and is shooting an icy 37.9 percent (20 percent from 3-point range) in the Wizards first two games this season. Cheap Chicago Bears Jerseys . The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Lions have not announced the hiring, which was first reported by ESPN. 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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trevor Bauer was already in a foul mood when he learned he would start the Cleveland Indians first game of the AL Division Series on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.After giving up two runs and three hits in the sixth inning of the Indians 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, Bauer was told by manager Terry Francona in the dugout he would start the postseason opener.I told him why I was taking him out -- because he was going to start Game 1, Francona said. But he was kind of in the middle of beating up the dugout. So much for that feel-good moment.Bauer threw 96 pitches, tuning up for the postseason by striking out nine over six innings of three-run ball.I have a lot of confidence in my teammates and hopefully they have confidence in me, Bauer said. It should be fun. Like I said before, they tell me when to pitch and I go out there and pitch. Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, or whatever, theyre all important.Cy Young Award candidate Corey Kluber will pitch Game 2 on Friday after throwing a bullpen session Sunday. Kluber has not pitched since leaving a start Monday with a quadriceps injury.Hell throw an extended side on Tuesday, which will line him up for Friday, Francona said. Klub really wanted to pitch Thursday. Weve been talking about it for three or four days, but I just kind of overruled him.In fact, I know its the right thing for everybody. I dont think its fair for Kluber to have him sit for 10 days and have him pitch two games in four days (possibly in the postseason). He certainly wanted to. I kind of -- again not just me -- but talking to everybody -- I just took it out of his hands. Now he can prepare for Game 2. He can do that without the anxiety and worry or rushing.Francisco Lindor hit a two-out two-run double during an eighth-inning rally, helping the Indians beat Kansas City.All three Indians runs in the eighth were unearned after second baseman Whit Merrifields error on pinch-hitter Abraham Almontes grounder, which allowed Rajai Davis to score with one out.Royals rookie left-hander Matt Strahm (2-2) issued Davis a leadoff walk and Davis stole second, his AL-leading 43rd steaal.ddddddddddddalks killed us, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Four runs scored off of walks. That got us a little bit.Kevin McCarthy replaced Strahm and walked the bases loaded before Lindors double over third base.Mike Clevinger (3-3) won for the AL Central champs by retiring the only two batters he faced. Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 31st save in 34 opportunities.Tyler Naquin singled home Coco Crisp in the second for the Indians first run. Lonnie Chisenhall tripled in the third and scored on Edinson Volquezs wild pitch. Chisenhalls sacrifice fly in the fifth scored Lindor, putting the Indians up 3-1.Bauer yielded two runs in the sixth on successive doubles by Kendrys Morales and Paulo Orlando to lead off and Alcides Escobars RBI single. Merrifields two-out single in the third scored Drew Butera for the first run off Bauer.Volquez finished the season winless in his final seven starts. He was charged with three runs, five hits, four walks and a hit batter over five innings. It could have been Volquezs final Royals start as he is eligible for free agency after the season.I hope not, Volquez said. You have to wait until the World Series and see what happens.UNSUAL BACK-TO-BACKCarlos Santana doubled and tripled in back-to-back games. The last Indian to accomplish that was Ordell Hale on July 19 and 21, 1936. Santana has tripled in consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 15-16, 2012 against Detroit.TRAINERS ROOMIndians: RHP Danny Salazar could throw a simulated game Monday. He has been idle since Sept. 9 with a forearm strain.Royals: All-Star C Salvador Perez was not in the lineup for the third straight game because of a sore knee and hamstring strain. ... RHP Dillon Gee, who was treated for two blood clots after pitching Sept. 25, tweeted, Got the blood clot out of my vein. Another step done, on to the next one!!UP NEXTIndians: RHP Josh Tomlin will start the season finale on six days of rest.Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy has failed to complete six innings in four of his past seven starts. 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