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Cavs coach Byron Scott said that rookie Dion Waiters will have to "earn" a starting role.

A previous report from beat writer Bob Finnan stated that Waiters "will be given every opportunity to start," and while that may be true, the Cavs won't just hand the job to him in training camp. The most realistic competition for the starting gig is newly-signed C.J. Miles, but we expect Waiters to ultimately emerge as the starting shooting guard.
Source: News-Herald
Fri, Aug 10, 2012 09:09:00 AM

Cory Joseph (sore left shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

Darren Collison (sore knee) is also questionable to play on Wednesday, and if both those guys are out, we could see Victor Oladipo shift over to point guard with Lance Stephenson moving into the starting five and there would be more minutes available for Joe Young. Check back for another update on Joseph following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Dec 12 - 3:03 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard (quad) is "good to go" for Tuesday's game vs. the Mavericks but that Leonard will be on a minutes restriction.

He's back! The Spurs managed to win 19 of their first 27 games this season and now welcome back one of the best two-way players on the planet. Considering Leonard hasn't played in an NBA game in over six months, Coach Pop will likely keep Kawhi on a minutes cap over his first few appearances. The Spurs will also probably rest him sporadically. Kawhi finished last season ranked fourth overall in nine-category fantasy leagues, averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 treys, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocks.
Dec 12 - 12:51 PM

Aaron Gordon (concussion) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers

Gordon, who is dealing with a "mild" concussion, was able to do full-court sprint work on Monday and reportedly is hopeful he will able to play Wednesday night. However, Gordon still has to be cleared by team doctors and an independent physician in order to exit concussion protocol. If Gordon is able to suit up, Mario Hezonja would get bumped back to the bench.
Dec 12 - 11:42 AM

If Kevin Love (hip) and Tristan Thompson (calf) "come through pregame workouts OK, they will play," according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

The Cavs and Hawks tip-off at 7 pm EST, so we should have confirmation on the status of both players by around 5:30, well before roster locks in DFS. Coach Lue has already said Thompson will come off the bench upon his return. If Love can suit up on Tuesday, Ante Zizic would get bumped out of the starting lineup and likely out of the rotation altogether. Channing Frye and Jeff Green would also see fewer minutes off the bench.
Dec 12 - 11:29 AM

John Collins (shoulder) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. Cleveland.

Collins was hoping to return for this contest but will be forced to miss his sixth straight. The Hawks next play on Thursday vs. Detroit, and Collins should be considered questionable for that game. Ersan Ilyasova, Luke Babbitt and Tyler Cavanaugh will continue to soak up additional minutes. Ilyasova has scored at least 20 points in two straight games and will be on the DFS radar Tuesday night.
Dec 12 - 11:18 AM

Milos Teodosic hit just 4-of-12 shots and 2-of-9 3-pointers for 12 points, seven rebounds and zero assists in Monday's win over the Raptors, which was his first game since Oct. 21 after suffering a foot injury.

Welcome back, Milos! We've been hyping him pretty hard and new owners should exercise patience here. He's not going to go assist-less on many nights, nor will he shoot it this poorly on most nights. He had just one turnover and looked pretty good, despite the shooting. He also hit a massive 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in the game to give the Clippers a five-point lead that ended up winning the game for his team. Pick him up, look for him to take baby steps as he gets his conditioning back, and get ready to watch him play some mean point guard for the Clippers.
Dec 12 - 1:19 AM

Damian Lillard scored 39 points in a losing effort on Monday vs. the Warriors, hitting 12-of-28 shots and 10-of-12 free throws.

He was borderline unfair in the second half and almost brought the Blazers back from a massive deficit, forcing the Warriors to guard him with Klay Thompson and even Kevin Durant for stretches. He only handed out two assists, but he hit five 3-pointers with four rebounds and a pair of steals. Portland has lost five straight, but their schedule softens up a bit with games coming up against the Heat, Magic and Hornets.
Dec 12 - 1:16 AM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 8-of-10 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-6 free throws for a season-high 23 points and 15 rebounds in 28 minutes of Monday's loss to the Clippers.

He also had 23 points in the season opener, but has been pretty quiet ever since. He hadn't scored more than nine points in his previous three games and it looked like Jakob Poeltl might be ready to challenge him for his job. Hopefully the Raptors figure out that he needs more minutes (tonight marked his most since Nov. 15) and turn him loose. Either way, despite his struggles, JV is too good to drop in any league.
Dec 12 - 1:05 AM

Jordan Bell started for Draymond Green (shoulder) on Monday vs. the Blazers and scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shots and 1-of-2 free throws with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

The nickname "mini Draymond" is catching on and there are a lot of similarities with the way both players can fill up the box score, especially in steals and blocks. He had another ridiculous chase-down block on Damian Lillard tonight and has been slowly earning coach Steve Kerr's trust over the past few weeks. He continues to trend up as a high-upside stash, but keep in mind the Warriors only have one more game this week.
Dec 12 - 12:59 AM

Kevin Durant led the Warriors to their seventh straight win in a 111-104 victory over the Blazers on Monday, scoring 28 points (11-of-21 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two triples in 36 minutes.

Durant was putting up 35.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 3.5 blocks, 0.5 steals and 3.0 triples in his last two games without Stephen Curry (ankle) and continued his dominant play tonight. Durant did have a slight limp near the end of the third quarter and a trainer was working on his lower right leg, but he did return to the game and seemed fine. The only concern for Durant’s owners is that they only get to deploy him one more time this week.
Dec 12 - 12:53 AM

Montrezl Harrell was on fire on Monday night, but hurt his right knee on the landing after a great shot block. NBA TV cut away from the game so we didn't get to see how Harrell exited the court, but we'll assume it was gingerly, at best.

He was down, in a lot of pain, and we're going to assume he won't return. If that's the case, he'll finish with 17 points, four rebounds and two blocks, despite playing just 14 minutes. Hopefully the injury isn't serious, and there are reports that he remained on the bench and was trying to shake it off. Despite the big line, he'll need more minutes than he's getting to be a must-own in fantasy. Sam Dekker gets a boost if Harrell's going to miss time.
Dec 12 - 12:35 AM




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