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C.J. Watson (Achilles) will miss at least another a week.

Watson injured the Achilles in the Magic's last game before the All-Star break, but it did not improve as hoped over the last week. As a result, the Magic have discussed signing another point guard to a 10-day contract. With Watson sidelined, Elfrid Payton, D.J. Augustin and Mario Hezonja will divvy up his minutes.
Feb 25 - 11:16 AM

LeBron James (illness) missed shootaround this morning and is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

This is the first we've heard of LeBron being under the weather this week. He certainly looked healthy on Thursday, when he tallied 18 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a win over the Knicks. If LeBron does not play, Richard Jefferson would draw the start. However, Jefferson is not a reliable fantasy option even as a starter. If LeBron is sidelined, Kyrie Irving would be asked to carry the offensive load and see a major spike in his usage rate. Kyle Korver would also likely see more minutes and scoring opportunities.
Feb 25 - 10:59 AM

The Rockets hope to slightly reduce James Harden's playing time over the final two months of the season.

Harden is averaging 36.5 minutes per game this season. While that's the seventh most in the NBA, it's actually the fewest minutes Harden has averaged in his five seasons in Houston. And coach Mike D'Antoni would prefer to have that number dip even further. "We can always maybe steal a couple minutes of James if that second unit can lengthen the lead," D'Antoni said. "There's different ways we can save James a bit. Obviously, that would be huge for us." Still, fantasy owners need not worry, as Harden will continue to play at least 35 minutes a night and rack up MVP-type numbers.
Feb 25 - 10:52 AM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants the Rockets to average 50 3-point attempts per game for the rest of the season.

Prior to the season, no team in NBA history had ever attempted 50 3-pointers in a game even once, let alone average that 50 attempts for over 20 games. While not quite realistic, the objective highlights the Rockets unique offensive approach. For instance, the Rockets scored 129 points on Thursday and 125 were on treys, free throws or in the lane. They attempted just three shots that were not in the paint or beyond the 3-point arc. This is all great news for the fantasy stock of Houston players, especially James Harden.
Feb 25 - 10:39 AM

Paul George battled through leg cramps on Friday night but said he expects to play Saturday vs. Miami.

The cramps hit late in the fourth quarter and George eventually had to hobble back to the locker room before the final buzzer. "The cramps started at about the five-minute mark," said George. "It just got worse and worse as the game went on... I should be fine. I’ll drink a lot of water and drink a lot of Gatorade." PG13 finished with just nine points, nine rebounds and four assists on Friday, but should bounce back on Saturday vs. the Heat.
Feb 25 - 10:25 AM

Dwyane Wade remains noncommittal about next season and says he is focused solely on making the playoffs this year.

Wade has a $24 million player option he can exercise this summer for the 2017-18 campaign. When asked if he thought Chicago management wanted him to pick up that option, Wade said he was unsure. "I haven't had that conversation about next season with the guys... I just want to play basketball. And do my best job as a player that I can do." Wade played well on Friday night, finishing with 23 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.
Feb 25 - 10:12 AM

Thaddeus Young said his wrist still feels sore but he does expect to play Saturday vs. Miami.

Young returned to the lineup Friday night after missing three weeks of action. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes. He did admit after the game that on "some of the post-ups I was guarding kind of with my wrist behind my back." But Young still provided a boost of energy for the team as they snapped a six-game losing streak. He should be locked into fantasy lineups going forward.
Feb 25 - 9:35 AM

C.J. Watson (Achilles) is listed as out in the game notes for Saturday's matchup with the Hawks.

Watson also sat out Thursday's contest. Elfrid Payton was plugged into the starting lineup on Thursday, but was relatively quiet and played just 22 minutes. D.J. Augustin played 25 minutes off the bench. Mario Hezonja also saw 25 minutes off the bench and scored 10 points.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 25 - 9:27 AM
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