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Dwight Howard (back) participated in full during Friday's practice, but is still ruled out for the Lakers' first preseason game on Sunday against the Warriors.

Whether Howard is ready for the season opener or not, the sense is that an absence isn't going to be a long one right now. Owners should draft him as they normally would, while assessing a small amount of injury risk because back injuries typically don't get any better over time.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 05:53:00 PM

Josh Richardson has suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, but plans to play in Game 5 on Tuesday, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

He was able to return from his shoulder injury in the second quarter and he didn't look limited whatsoever. The Heat will absolutely need Richardson out there as an option to defend Ben Simmons and he's also been an effective ball-handler. For now, expect him to play through this ailment.
Apr 21 - 6:36 PM

Ryan Anderson (ankle) is available to play against the Wolves in Game 3 on Saturday.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said Anderson will be out there today. Anderson has been hobbled for almost three weeks now and D'Antoni hasn't been very enthusiastic about letting the Ryno roam the 3-point line. He really can't be counted on in fantasy today while he could take a couple minutes from P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green.
Apr 21 - 6:03 PM

Ben Simmons was the star of the show during a 106-102 Game 4 win in Miami on Saturday, scoring 17 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and seven turnovers in 39 minutes.

He played the entire second half because coach Brett Brown seems to have lost faith in T.J. McConnell and Markelle Fultz, but Simmons didn't look tired one bit while out there -- a lot of fouls could've helped his wind. Simmons is just the fifth rookie to post a playoff triple-double and the first since 1980 (Magic Johnson). Simmons' domination late in games is a big reason why the 76ers have a ridiculous +40.0 net rating in the fourth quarter in this series thanks to a 130.6 offensive rating. Some people may say The Process took too long, but you won't hear a single 76er fan complaining these days. TTP.
Apr 21 - 5:42 PM

Joel Embiid made 2-of-11 from the field and 10-of-13 from the line for 14 points against the Heat in a Game 4 win on Saturday, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal, five blocks and eight turnovers.

Besides his outstanding defense and the sloppy turnovers, a big story going forward is that Embiid clearly doesn't like playing with his mask and that may be part of the reason he made just 2-of-11 from the field. He apparently tried to sneak out on the court for an offensive position to play without the mask and was fouled on a shot just seconds later, but coach Brett Brown was furious and forced Embiid to put the mask back on. Besides that, he is the first 76er with five blocks in a playoff game since Dikembe Mutumbo, and he's the first 76er with 10 free throw makes in consecutive games since Allen Iverson in 2003. If the 76ers can close out on Tuesday, maybe Embiid can have the mask off for the next round.
Apr 21 - 5:34 PM

Dwyane Wade scored 25 points with three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two turnovers in 26 minutes against the 76ers during a 106-102 loss in Game 4 on Saturday.

He kept the Heat in this game with 12 points in the final frame, but he did miss a costly free throw with 17.6 seconds left as the Heat now have to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Miami just doesn't have the firepower to guard Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid at the same time, so the deck is stacked against them for Game 5 in Philly on Tuesday. As for Wade, he gets plenty of credit for his strong play down the stretch of games at age 36.
Apr 21 - 5:29 PM

Hassan Whiteside scored 13 points with 13 rebounds and one block in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

He was actually engaged in the second half and part of that is thanks to Josh Richardson for hitting him on rolls to the rim. Whiteside did get late minutes in this game because of how Kelly Olynyk couldn't get into a rhythm due to foul trouble. Besides the loss factor and how he was crashing the boards when he didn't need to, his second-half run is about as encouraging as it gets after it looked like there was a chance he wasn't even going to hit 15 minutes based on his first stint today.
Apr 21 - 5:23 PM

Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Evan Turner, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Turner is getting over his toe injury and he will have a small metal plate in his shoe to protect this injury. It's also mildly interesting that Jusuf Nurkic is starting again after getting owned all series. Expect Turner and Shabazz Napier to play more minutes with Moe Harkless out.
Apr 21 - 4:21 PM

Moe Harkless (knee) will not play in Game 4 against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Even though Evan Turner will be out there, it's bad news for the Blazers that they won't have Harkless. The Blazers need some additional ball handlers to help out the backcourt, so we may see some extra Shabazz Napier to take pressure off Damian Lillard.
Apr 21 - 3:30 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart (thumb) will see a doctor next week, and he could return to action if he is cleared.

The Celtics have said that he's hopeful for Game 7 against the Bucks, so making it back before next weekend is possible. Smart was was given a 6-8 week timetable and the 27th would be six weeks. If he's back, he may still come off the bench because of how well Terry Rozier has played. Shane Larkin would lose minutes.
Apr 21 - 3:10 PM

John Henson (back soreness) is doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 vs. Boston.

He did not play in Game 3 and was ruled out almost two hours before tip time, so he wasn't close for that one. Thon Maker was one of the heroes for Game 3 with five blocks and 14 points, but he'll likely come off the bench behind Tyler Zeller. Jabari Parker is the clear winner here as the Bucks will go smaller more often.
Apr 21 - 2:45 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) went through practice on Saturday and is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday in San Antonio.

After he slightly rolled his ankle as he went after a loose ball, KD has downplayed this injury being a problem since Thursday night. Going through practice today makes it clear that this issue shouldn't affect him much, so he's a viable stud to play in your DFS lineups tomorrow.
Apr 21 - 2:25 PM




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