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David Lee (abdominal surgery) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Lee went under the knife Thursday morning and had his torn abdominal and abductor muscles repaired. The relatively short timetable confirms it's not an overly serious procedure. Lee will be 100 percent well before training camp, but will be battling for rebounds with new teammate Andrew Bogut next season.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 07:10:00 PM

The Rockets have waived Tarik Black in order to make room for signing Josh Smith.

Black is a serviceable backup center, and he'll likely find a deal with another team. However, he is nothing more than a backup, and with averages of just 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Dec 26 - 11:25 AM

Marcus Smart will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Nets, sending Jameer Nelson back to the bench.

Jameer Nelson had a decent game with the starting unit during his last outing, putting up nine points and 11 assists over 29 minutes of action, but the end result was a loss for the Celtics. Smart struggled during his first career start, managing just three points, four assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in all leagues. Hopefully he'll be able to get things going in a favorable matchup vs. the Nets.
Dec 26 - 11:15 AM

Jeff Teague is set to return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Bucks, according to plugged in beat reporter Chris Vivlamore.

There was simply no way that Dennis Schroder was going to stick with the starting unit for long with Teague healthy, and it looks like he'll head to the bench on Friday ending his days of standard league relevancy. Teague was putting up early-round value before going down, and is a must-start guy every time he's in uniform. Go ahead and get him active.
Dec 26 - 11:01 AM

Head coach Gregg Popovich said that Kawhi Leonard's (hand) return will be dependent upon pain tolerance.

"It’s a pain thing," Popovich said. "He can’t move his hand. He can’t catch and dribble and that kind of stuff. Medically, they don’t think he can hurt it any more, so that’s good. So it’s just a matter of can he get used to the hand." Leonard remains without an official return date, and while he's sidelined Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, and Marco Belineli will all see extended minutes for San Antonio.
Dec 26 - 10:46 AM

Patty Mills (shoulder) is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup for one of the Spurs' four remaining December games.

While Mills is optimistic, head coach Gregg Popovich will need some convincing before he allows him to step into any game-time action. "I’m going to hold him off as long as I can," Popovich said. "There will be a point he won’t allow me to do that any more and that’s fine. But for right now I’m winning the battle." Mills will likely be brought along slowly, and as long as Tony Parker is healthy, Mills can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Dec 26 - 10:38 AM

John Henson (foot) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Henson is averaging 4.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game over 12 minutes of action this season. Until he can actually step on the court, Henson can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Dec 26 - 10:15 AM

Amare Stoudemire has missed just three games this season, but head coach Derek Fisher admitted that STAT may be looking at more recovery days in the future.

"When his minutes jumped up the past few weeks, his recovery was tougher for him," Fisher said. "The last few days a little bit of soreness, nothing crazy, but just enough for us to be really smart with his history." Fisher has been playing with fire this season, giving Stoudemire 29.5 minutes per game during the month of December. Amare has put in serviceable numbers during that span, averaging 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds on 56.6 percent shooting, but he'll be frustrating to own when the rest days start piling up.
Dec 26 - 10:05 AM

Jonas Jerebko is ready for a larger role with the Pistons with the departure of Josh Smith.

"Obviously, with a 4 man gone - I see myself as a 4 man - a lot more minutes open up in practice and in games," Jerebko said. "I feel like I'm ready to take that step and I'm ready to go in there and battle for them." Jerebko was buried on the bench while Smith was with the team, but now he'll likely be one of the first bigs off the bench. We’ll be monitoring coach Stan Van Gundy’s rotations closely over the coming weeks, and owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Jerebko.
Source: M Live
Dec 26 - 9:01 AM

Jamal Crawford said after Thursday's game that his right elbow is feeling much better.

"If we’re being completely honest, maybe I should have sat out some of those games, because it’s my [right] shooting elbow that’s been bothering me," Crawford said. "I love basketball too much. I’ll deal with the percentages or whatever. It’s frustrating, because I could only get so far on my follow through. But now, make or miss, the last two games it’s felt a lot better and I’m a lot more comfortable."
Source: NBA.com
Dec 26 - 8:48 AM

Chris Paul put on an array of moves during a 100-86 win over the Warriors on Thursday with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

After 13 hours of seeing Cliff Paul on TV today, Chris stepped up. Paul's assists have been on the decline lately with only one double-double in his last nine games. In that span, he's averaged 18.9 points, 5.0 boards, 8.2 dimes, 2.3 steals and 1.8 triples. CP3 is still a top-five fantasy player in standard leagues.
Dec 26 - 1:44 AM

Blake Griffin scored 18 points with 15 boards, six assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

It's just his ninth double-double of the season, which is surprising because he notched his 20th double-double of the season on Christmas last year. DeAndre Jordan being such a monster on the glass while Griffin does have career lows in offensive and defensive rebounding rate, which might be due to him passing more. He's still a fantasy beast even with the dip in boards.
Dec 26 - 1:27 AM




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