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Dirk Nowitzki's soreness and swelling in his knee could linger all year and he is already talking about the idea of potential surgery.

"We’ll see how it responds," Nowitzki said. "But the longer we wait, obviously the worse it is. If we have to do something, it’d be better to do it quick." It took Dirk two months before his knee felt right last season and the 34-year-old forward is starting to show his age. The current knee trouble should make fantasy owners think twice about drafting him in Round 2 given the fact he's already talking about potential surgery. Elton Brand is already worth consideration at the end of standard league drafts because of his fantasy friendly game, but with this news he becomes somebody for owners to take a bit more seriously.
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 12:06:00 AM

Nicolas Batum set a new season high with eight 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with 31 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one block in 43 minutes.

The Clippers have held opponents to 9.0 threes per game this season, sixth-fewest in the league, which makes Batum's eruption surprising. The fact that all eight of his threes came in the second half and overtime makes it surreal, as he helped the Hornets stay in this game until the bitter end of OT. The veteran has consistently flirted with top-40 value in roto leagues this season.
Feb 27 - 12:42 AM

Kemba Walker carried the Hornets on Sunday with 34 points, six 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in a tough road loss vs. the Clippers.

Kemba has never beaten the Clippers in his career, now sporting an unenviable 0-10 record. He forced overtime with a clutch 3-pointer, followed by a pair of free throws, to quickly erase a five-point deficit with under 30 seconds left. His undermanned team didn't have enough in the bonus frame, however, and the struggling Hornets are now 2.5 games out of the No. 8 seed.
Feb 27 - 12:41 AM

Russell Westbrook survived an injury scare to finish Sunday's win vs. the Pelicans with 41 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and nine turnovers, making 14-of-29 FGs and 11-of-12 FTs in 37 minutes.

Westbrook limped off the court after falling on a drive to the basket in the second quarter, but he started the third and didn't show any obvious discomfort. He scored 21 points in the fourth quarter tonight and willed OKC to another win, putting them within 3.5 games of the No. 4 seed. He's averaging a triple-double this season, so tonight's line doesn't seem as outrageous as it would for any other human.
Feb 26 - 9:54 PM

Anthony Davis went off for 38 points in a losing effort on Sunday, making 15-of-28 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws with two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal.

Davis dropped 24 points in the first quarter alone, setting a new franchise record for points in a quarter. He and DeMarcus Cousins combined for a whopping 69 points tonight, but their teammates added just 41 points on 35.1 percent shooting. They're figuring things out on the fly, but so far it doesn't look like AD will take a big hit statistically with Cousins alongside him.
Feb 26 - 9:51 PM

DeMarcus Cousins picked up his 18th technical foul of the season on Sunday, meaning he'll be suspended one game if the tech isn't rescinded.

Cousins finished the game with 31 points and 10 rebounds, making 8-of-15 FGs and 15-of-15 FTs before fouling out, but those numbers are overshadowed by the possibility of a suspension. His combustibility could haunt owners if he gets more techs during the fantasy playoffs. The trade deadline has passed in most leagues, so his owners can only hope that he keeps his cool down the stretch.
Feb 26 - 9:50 PM

DeMar DeRozan powered the Raptors to a 112-106 home win on Sunday, scoring 33 points on 9-of-16 field goals and 15-of-16 free throws, with six boards and two assists.

DeRozan had made 27 straight free throws before missing his final attempt tonight, the type of high-volume efficiency that makes it easier to swallow his lack of 3-pointers. He chipped in two steals and one block in 36 minutes, and his owners have to be hoping that Kyle Lowry (wrist) takes his time returning.
Feb 26 - 9:04 PM

Kevin Durant (left hand contusion) is probable for Monday's game vs. the 76ers.

Steve Kerr said that KD's hand has improved enough that he's expected to play. The early update is terrific news for owners in weekly leagues, who can safely keep him locked into their lineups. Patrick McCaw will head back to the bench.
Feb 26 - 8:26 PM

John Wall had a mixed game on Sunday, scoring 23 points with 11 assists, three rebounds and four steals, but he also committed nine turnovers.

Wall has at least five first-quarter assists in six consecutive games, and he did his best to carry his team to a win tonight, but their offense wasn't up to snuff at 42.5 percent shooting. His turnovers didn't help matters tonight, but all credit is due to Utah's suffocating team defense. Wall's shot has been off lately, so it was also nice to see him knock down 9-of-18 shots with a pair of 3-pointers tonight.
Feb 26 - 7:56 PM

Rudy Gobert dominated Sunday's game with a game-high 20 rebounds to go along with 15 points (2-of-5 FGs, 11-of-14 FTs), three assists, one steal and four blocks.

Gobert and his teammates turned up the defensive pressure after halftime and they finished with 11 blocks as a team. Gobert is returning steady third-round value over the past month, checking all the boxes his owners expected on draft day. He's still only 24 years old, and the best is yet to come.
Feb 26 - 7:47 PM

Mike Conley posted 31 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals with just one turnover over 35 minutes in Sunday's 105-98 road victory against the Nuggets.

Conley has 30 or more points in six outings this season after posting just five 30-plus performances over his first nine NBA seasons combined. He has three of those performances over his past 11 games, too. The Ohio State product is on pace for career highs in points per game and rebounds this season. He is also well ahead of his career average of 1.2 triples per contest, hitting 2.3 per from behind the perimeter through 48 games.
Feb 26 - 7:39 PM

Khris Middleton got his first start of the season during Sunday's 100-96 win over Phoenix, registering eight points, seven boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

Middleton replaced Michael Beasley in the starting five on Sunday, but he'll be rested for the second leg of this back-to-back set on Monday, meaning Beasley will likely be starting vs. Cleveland tomorrow. Middleton did struggle with his shot a bit in this one, going 3-of-8 from the field, and it could take some time for him to find his footing after spending most of the season watching from the sidelines. Still, he has enough upside to warrant a roster spot in any league.
Feb 26 - 7:33 PM




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