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Kyrie Irving played in his first 5-on-5 scrimmage on Monday, a little bit over two months after breaking his right (shooting) hand after punching a wall during practice.

Irving was forced out of conditioning work for three weeks following the surgery, but was able to work on his left-handed dribbling and is now back to full speed. Barring a major change in news, the injury shouldn't impact his draft day value. Going in the second half of Round 1 in many drafts, if you're seeing Irving available in Round 2 be ready to pounce.
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 08:15:00 PM

Nikola Vucevic came up big vs. Charlotte, finishing Wednesday's tough home loss with 14 points (6-of-12 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 12 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks, one steal and one turnovers in 30 minutes.

Vuc felt soreness in his troublesome right Achilles this weekend, but he looked sharp on Monday and obviously wasn't at all limited tonight. Considering how tricky Achilles injuries can be, and the fact that Orlando has the fourth-worst record in the NBA, Vucevic's owners have to be overjoyed with his recent production.
Mar 22 - 9:35 PM

John Henson (left thumb sprain) will not play vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

Greg Monroe stands to gain some minutes in Henson's absence, with Thon Maker and Mirza Teletovic also in the equation. It's possible that we'll even see Spencer Hawes or Terrence Jones crack the rotation. Henson is day-to-day so this doesn't have significant long-term implications.
Mar 22 - 9:13 PM

Russell Westbrook (hand) will start Wednesday vs. the 76ers, as expected.

Westbrook picked up a blister on his shooting hand during Monday's loss to Golden State, but he's obviously fine, and he should have a nice bounce-back performance with a matchup against Philly. Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson and Steven Adams will join him in the starting five.
Mar 22 - 7:49 PM

Ty Lawson and Kosta Koufos will both be rested for Wednesday's game vs. Milwaukee.

Darren Collison and Langston Galloway should pick up extra minutes with Lawson out of the picture, while Koufos' absence opens things up for Georgios Papagiannis, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere.
Mar 22 - 7:44 PM

Richaun Holmes will come off the bench on Wednesday with Jahlil Okafor (knee) starting.

Holmes won't approach the 42 minutes he saw on Tuesday, but he should still get more than enough run to benefit fantasy owners.
Mar 22 - 7:41 PM

Kyle Korver (foot) will play against the Nuggets on Wednesday night.

It will be his first action since Mar. 6. With Korver back, it'll be interesting to see how coach Ty Lue divides the minutes on the wing. Korver will have a lower upside, but he should be a solid specialist for treys going forward.
Mar 22 - 7:36 PM

J.R. Smith will start Wednesday's game, bumping Iman Shumpert to the second unit.

This was the plan all along, as Tyronn Lue only kept Smith on the bench to have more shooting in the second unit. With Kyle Korver (foot) returning tonight, Smith was pushed back to his usual starting role.
Mar 22 - 7:35 PM

Andre Drummond (knee) will start Wednesday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

Drummond left Tuesday's game during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with some minor knee pain, but it was never expected to be an issue that would cause him to spend any additional time on the sidelines. Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris will join him in the starting five for tonight's game.
Mar 22 - 7:32 PM

Wilson Chandler (groin) will play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

He needed almost two weeks to recover from a groin contusion. Chandler has dealt with a lot of groin injuries in his career, so the Nuggets could ease him back into his role. It'll be interesting to see where he fits in with coach Mike Malone liking the Mason Plumlee starting lineup. Chandler is worth owning, but his upside is capped. Kenneth Faried may also lose minutes.
Mar 22 - 7:25 PM

Ish Smith will enter the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Bulls, sending Reggie Jackson to the bench.

Smith has been heating up over the past month, while Jackson has been trending in the wrong direction, so this could be a lineup change that holds. Through 21 games as a starter this season, Smith owns averages of 10.8 points, 6.4 assists, 1.0 steal and just 1.5 turnovers per game on 43.1 percent shooting, so he's worth a look if those numbers fit your needs. Jackson, on the other hand, is quickly approaching cut candidate territory.
Mar 22 - 7:22 PM

Jahlil Okafor (knee) will start Wednesday vs. the Thunder, with Richaun Holmes coming off the bench.

Okafor will be returning from a one-game absence, and his return to action will result in fewer minutes for Holmes. Okafor is good for some points and boards, but he typically doesn't offer much on the defensive end and turnovers have been an issue as of late. He's more of a deep league guy, while Holmes should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 22 - 7:08 PM




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