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In an interview with NBA TV's Steve Aschburner, Derrick Rose mentioned the possibility that he could miss the entire season as he recovers from knee surgery.

Rose is still targeting the All-Star break for a return and it's entirely possible it happens. But how much he'll be able to do in the last couple months of the season is still a huge question mark. We're advising owners to stay away in standard leagues, unless you have extremely deep benches. It's a simple strategy issue as anybody selecting Rose will have decreased ability to attend to their roster throughout the year. If your league starts to get into the 20-team range with a standard set of bench slots, then owners should consider stashing the former MVP.
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 01:54:00 AM

Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.

This was the second night of a back-to-back set and he logged 34 minutes, so it's safe to say that he's healthy after a knee/calf scare last week. Griffin added four assists, two blocks and hit a triple to give him five 3-pointers on the season. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Sunday.
Dec 2 - 11:26 PM

Al Horford exploded against the Kings during a 97-92 win on Friday, scoring 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, six blocks and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

That's season highs in points, blocks and treys, and he also matched his best total in steals and minutes. We've seen coach Brad Stevens mix it up with his bigs, but he's never had someone as good as Horford. This massive game moved him to No. 6 on per-game value for standard leagues despite just 32.4 minutes per game. He's going to be outstanding all year.
Dec 2 - 11:18 PM

Anthony Davis (right shoulder) returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers and looked fine, scoring 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting in 31 minutes.

He bumped into Marreese Speights in the first quarter and was in the locker room for about 10 minutes, but it didn't seem to bother him down the stretch. This isn't the same shoulder that had a partial tear last season, so there's no real concern here and we haven't heard anything about the Pelicans running any tests. He grabbed six rebounds with four assists, one steal and one block and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.
Dec 2 - 10:57 PM

Brandon Ingram started at SG on Friday vs. the Raptors and scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

Here he comes. The Lakers are ready to set him loose and he played 35 minutes even though the game was a blowout -- no other starter played more than 24 minutes. Ingram added six rebounds, two assists and one trey, and his path to minutes has widened with his ability to play three different positions. With Nick Young (calf) out 2-4 weeks and D'Angelo Russell (knee) still out, Ingram is looking at minutes in the 30s for the foreseeable future. He's a nice pickup in most formats and he should be even better after the All-Star break.
Dec 2 - 10:40 PM

Aaron Gordon busted out against the 76ers during a 105-88 win on Friday, scoring a season-high 20 points with two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

It was just two points off his career high and Gordon did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. He's been horrendous for his previous 10 games with only a 37.1 field goal percentage for 8.0 points and 1.2 dimes on the offensive side. Maybe this game can get him going, but it was a dream matchup for him. He's only a borderline hold right now and gets a tougher matchup against the Pistons on Sunday.
Dec 2 - 10:32 PM

Larry Nance has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion and is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

He bumped knees on Friday vs. Toronto and will likely be re-evaluated on Saturday morning. Nance finished with six points and six rebounds in 23 minutes. If he sits out, Julius Randle will have a heavy workload and Thomas Robinson should be in the rotation.
Dec 2 - 10:26 PM

Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

He was also questionable on Thursday vs. the Heat, but he was ruled out about an hour before tip-off. Joe Johnson started in Hood's place and scored 18 points in 33 minutes, so he will be a nice low-end option if Hood misses his second straight game.
Dec 2 - 9:56 PM

Joel Embiid played 27 minutes during a 105-88 loss to the Magic on Friday, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.

He had a 28-minute limit for this game and even played in some of garbage time to help him get close to it. Embiid did play 13 minutes next to Jahlil Okafor tonight against the bigger lineup of the Magic, so that's something to watch. Obviously it's not going to affect his minutes, usage or rebounding rate. Plus, coach Brett Brown really likes him around the rim, so his blocks should be fine, too. Embiid is very likely to rest on Saturday.
Dec 2 - 9:56 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Rockets on Friday.

We'll see how many minutes Barton gets in his return. He's worth a pickup in standard leagues while he will take minutes away from all the other forwards and wings.
Dec 2 - 9:53 PM

George Hill (left big toe) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

The doubtful tag this early is always a concern, so Hill's owners may have to prepare for another lengthy absence. He's been having a career year, so his owners just need to hold onto him. Dante Exum started on Thursday, but Shelvin Mack outplayed him off the bench and is the better short-term option in deeper leagues.
Dec 2 - 9:52 PM

The Hawks benched their entire starting five at halftime of Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

The Hawks were down by 19 points at half, so Malcolm Delaney, Tim Hardaway Jr., Taurean Prince, Mike Muscala and Kris Humphries started the third quarter. We'll definitely be on the lookout for some quotes from coach Mike Budenholzer after the game.
Dec 2 - 9:17 PM




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