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Tony Allen (mouth) is without a timetable for his return.

Allen is listed as day-to-day, but had to have 14 stitches to close the "severe cut" around his mouth and cheek. He's as tough as they come, but Allen's return date remains up in the air. Quincy Pondexter has started three straight games at shooting guard, but he's averaging just 6.7 points and 3.0 rebounds over six games in that role.
Tue, Apr 10, 2012 09:02:00 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said that he expects Marcus Smart (thigh) to play Friday vs. the Pistons.

Smart missed the final 11 games before the All-Star break due to a hand injury. He's been cleared to return from that ailment; however, he sat out Thursday's practice due to a thigh bruise. Yet, the bruise is considered minor and we should see Smart make his return to action on Friday night. Terry Rozier will see his playing time reduced with Smart back in the lineup.
Feb 23 - 11:09 AM

X-rays on Danilo Gallinari's bruised right hand came back negative, and Gallinari is hopeful that he will be able to play Friday night vs. Phoenix.

Gallinari suffered the injury in Thursday's loss to the Warriors. Gallo said there was some swelling in the hand, so we'll see how it responds. We may not get an update until Friday afternoon. If Gallinari is unable to play, Tyrone Wallace and Wes Johnson would soak up additional minutes.
Feb 23 - 9:13 AM

Stephen Curry popped off for 44 points on 14-of-19 shooting in Thursday's 134-127 win over the Clippers, adding eight triples, nine dimes, six boards, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

The Dubs got off to an incredible start in this one, and Curry had his #StephGonSteph moment early, draining a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to end the first quarter of action. He was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, giving him a remarkable 94.2 true shooting percentage on the evening to accompany his 33.1 usage rate, and it looks like Steph has a decent chance of putting together yet another 50-40-90 season.
Feb 23 - 2:09 AM

Russell Westbrook hit a buzzer-beating jumper to defeat the Kings 110-107 on Thursday, scoring 17 points with 15 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

He was open for a 3-pointer near the top of the key for one of the flattest triples you'll see this season, but it still counts for three. Before the game-winner, this was the 33rd time he's posted a triple-double before the fourth quarter in his career, and he had plenty of time to spare with it coming at the 7:04 mark in third quarter. Westbrook is up to 97 career triple-doubles and he'll likely be at 100 in the next couple weeks. He's not going to have the historic year like his MVP 2016-17 campaign, but Westbrook has been better after a slow start a couple months ago.
Feb 23 - 1:13 AM

LeBron James racked up 32 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals in a tough loss vs. the Wizards on Thursday.

LBJ sank 13-of-18 field goals tonight, with one 3-pointer, but that was the extent of the Cavs' offensive efficiency -- his teammates shot a combined 29-of-66 from the field (43.9%). Cleveland's revamped lineup had won five straight prior to this loss, but the No. 3 seed Cavs are still just 2.5 games ahead of the No. 6 seed Bucks. With home-court advantage in the playoffs at stake, LeBron's fantasy value looks rock-solid.
Feb 22 - 11:16 PM

Tomas Satoransky was terrific during Thursday's win in Cleveland, scoring 17 points on 6-of-7 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws in 31 minutes.

The 26-year-old guard added eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer without a single turnover. John Wall (knee surgery) recently got off crutches but he's unlikely to return before mid- to late-March, giving Satoransky at least a few weeks of unfettered minutes as the Wizards' starting PG. He's quietly emerged as one of the best waiver-wire additions this season, with past-month averages of 10.5 points (55.7% FGs, 100.0% FTs), 1.4 triples, 2.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks.
Feb 22 - 11:09 PM

Joel Embiid filled it up during a 116-115 win over the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 30 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals, four blocks, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Hello, Mr. Process. This was about as close to a 5x5 as he's been in his career. Embiid's minutes were starting to trend down earlier this month at just 29.7 in his previous February games, so getting up to 35 makes it seem like he could be closer to the 32.5 per game he played back in January. The 76ers are rolling with a six-game winning streak and they now have a 98 percent chance to make the playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight.com. The 76ers also have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the NBA, so playoff fever in Philly looks like it'll go beyond February.
Feb 22 - 11:07 PM

Ben Simmons scored a career-high 32 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He was very good from the field at 13-of-18, but he did make just 6-of-11 from the line. His free throw shooting has been an Achilles heel, but he knocked down two huge ones with six seconds left to help the 76ers earn their sixth straight win. Plus, coach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls wanted to foul Simmons on the previous possession, but the 76ers got the ball to J.J. Redick, who made both with eight second left. Simmons and Joel Embiid play very well off each other and the sky is the limit with this duo.
Feb 22 - 11:01 PM

Bobby Portis went berserk off the bench against the 76ers on Thursday, scoring a career-high 38 points with eight rebounds, two assists and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Those 3-pointers were a career-high and he only turned the ball over one time while taking a whopping 26 shots from the field. Portis is likely going to stay on the bench for the foreseeable future, but that's OK as this gem ranks second for points off the bench in a single game behind 6MOY favorite Lou Williams (40, twice). Portis needs to be owned in all leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:48 PM

David Nwaba scored a career-high 21 points during a start with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and six fouls in 33 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

Not a bad line before fouling out. Nwaba also played his usual hard-nosed defense and he helped set the tempo for the Bulls in transition. We've seen him heat up before and coach Fred Hoiberg trusts him against top-notch perimeter players, so the minutes should be there for him. We don't know if Justin Holiday is going to be a DNP-CD the rest of the way, so Nwaba is more of a look in standard leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:38 PM

Trey Burke scored a season-high 26 points on Thursday, knocking down 12-of-22 shots with two 3-pointers, six assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover in 30 minutes.

It looks like Jarrett Jack might be out of the rotation for good, which leaves Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina and Courtney Lee to handle the backcourt. Mudiay played 23 minutes as a starter tonight, while Ntilikina logged 30 minutes, and the most encouraging sign is that New York went with a lot of two-PG lineups. This will likely be the high-water mark for his fantasy value all season, and we're not overreacting to one big game vs. a poor Magic defense, but deep-league owners can consider him as a speculative add.
Feb 22 - 10:03 PM




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