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Dwight Howard had his first hands-on session with Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti on Monday.

According to beat writer Kevin Ding, the Lakers are "starting to get a better idea" of when Howard will be healthy. "The level of mobility and strength Howard is already showing has to be encouraging," and it's important to note that the Lakers still haven't officially ruled out the idea of Howard suiting up on opening night. Although that scenario seems unlikely, this is a major step in the right direction. Ding also writes that Howard has "increasingly indicated" that "his intent" is to play in Los Angeles for the long haul.
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 08:09:00 PM

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points during a 106-98 win over the Knicks on Saturday, adding five rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

The minutes continue to be there and it looks like for the second year in a row, Kawhi will play more minutes per game after the break than he did before it. Leonard also hinted that he won't be seeing a decrease in minutes based on the tough upcoming schedule. "It's going to get us mentally prepared," Leonard said. This tough stretch starts against the Cavs on Monday as the Spurs start a four-game week.
Mar 25 - 11:56 PM

Pau Gasol scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

He's been kind of ridiculous as a jump shooter. Since returning from injury, Gasol has made 7-of-8 on corner treys to go with his 51.5 percent on above the breaks for his 24 total treys in 16 games. His defense isn't great, but his shooting has made the San Antonio offense especially tough to guard. Keep him rolling and hope he doesn't rest in back-to-back sets.
Mar 25 - 11:52 PM

Willy Hernangomez scored 24 points with 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 36 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

With Kristaps Porzingis having a nightmare performance, the Knicks needed Willy to come through inside. The Knicks could be resting more players the rest of the way, so Hernangomez could be a difference maker in fantasy. He was still turning in value worth starting before Carmelo Anthony (knee) was out, but the added value with possible shutdowns makes him a very strong start.
Mar 25 - 11:33 PM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas matched his career-high 19 points against the Spurs on Saturday, adding one rebound, two assists and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

The Knicks appear to want to get an extra look at Kuzminskas, who came off a 14-point Thursday in Portland. Of course, his minutes and stat output will be based on whether or not Carmelo Anthony (knee) gets shut down this season. There is a decent chance this happens, so Kuzminskas is worth a look in deep leagues until we have a clear picture on Melo's status. At this time, it'll be really hard to trust him in a weekly league when it comes time to set lineups on Monday.
Mar 25 - 11:24 PM

John Wall scored 37 points during a 127-115 win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding four rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

He was red hot and made his first seven shots from the field during this win. Wall and the Wizards just dominated in the paint with 58 points from that range, and they also had a 27-4 advantage in fast-break points during this win. The Wizards are within shouting distance for the top seed and are just 2.5 behind the Cavs while they're 2.0 behind Boston for No. 2. Wall's shot is back with two efficient games in a row, so his owners can expect monster stat lines with four games this week.
Mar 25 - 11:02 PM

Kelly Oubre was superb off the bench against the Cavs on Saturday, making 7-of-8 from the field for 16 points with seven rebounds, one steal and no turnovers in 26 minutes.

It was a fantastic showing for Oubre, who went up against LeBron James throughout this game. You could say this was his best game of the season with terrific play on offense, defense and especially in transition. If Bojan Bogdanovic (back) misses more time, maybe Oubre is worth a look in deep leagues. Most owners can leave him on the wire.
Mar 25 - 10:34 PM

LeBron James (eye) scored 24 points during a 127-115 loss to the Wizards on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, eight assists, one block and three turnovers in 41 minutes.

He had some goggles on to start the game, but he ditched them in the first quarter after he missed a 3-pointer. After this loss, the Cavs are now just 0.5 games ahead of the Celtics in the standings. A big reason why has been their defense, giving up a league-worst 115.0 defensive rating in their last 14 games. LeBron's fantasy owners can few this as a positive because he's less likely to be rested late.
Mar 25 - 10:32 PM

Tony Parker returned to action in the third quarter.

He looks to be just fine. The Knicks had a big run after Parker checked out, so that may have been a factor for his return.
Mar 25 - 10:08 PM

Tony Parker (head) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Saturday.

He was on a drive and lowered his head to collided into Willy Hernangomez's left hip. Parker was able to walk to the bench under his own power, but he went straight to the locker room. With the Spurs up 20 at the time of the injury, Parker may be done for the night. He's likely being evaluated for a concussion.
Mar 25 - 9:56 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play against the Nuggets on Sunday.

This may have been sustained late in the game when he had some contact with Ryan Anderson. Cousins did finish the game and played the entire fourth quarter. We should have an update at shootaround, but there's a decent chance Boogie can give it a go. If not, Dante Cunningham and Solomon Hill should benefit. Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis would do the heavy lifting, of course.
Mar 25 - 9:40 PM

Marc Gasol (left foot strain) is questionable for Sunday against the Warriors.

The good news is that this isn't the same foot that needed surgery last season. For what it's worth foot strain is typically not as worrisome as a sprain, but of course every injury is different. Gasol has played a whopping 37.6 minutes per game over his last five games and the Grizzlies may slightly dial him back even if he's OK. If he can't go, we'll see a lot more Brandan Wright with some added Zach Randolph and JaMychal Green.
Mar 25 - 9:12 PM




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