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Steve Nash (fractured fibula) could miss four weeks, according to Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan.

The key word here is "could" and this shouldn't be taken as an official report, though we won't be at all surprised if Nash is out longer than the minimum one-week timetable. Steve Blake should continue to start in his absence, Darius Morris will handle backup PG duties, and if things get desperate we might get a Chris Duhon sighting. Stay tuned.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 09:00:00 PM

Arron Afflalo has been suspended two games for throwing a punch at Nemanja Bjelica during Tuesday's game.

Afflalo threw a serious punch and this is somewhat lenient from the league. Wesley Iwundu and Mario Hezonja stand to gain a few extra minutes in his absence -- Afflalo is averaging 12.9 minutes this season, so there are no big fantasy implications.
Jan 18 - 4:45 PM

Kris Dunn has been diagnosed with a concussion and he's not traveling with the Bulls for Saturday's game in Atlanta.

Dunn took a nasty fall during Wednesday's game, landing face-first and knocking loose a few teeth. A concussion was initially ruled out, but subsequent tests revealed that he will indeed be in the league's strict concussion protocol. Chicago's next three games are on the road and it's unclear when Dunn might join them -- they play Saturday (at Atlanta), Monday (at New Orleans) and Wednesday (at Philadelphia). Jerian Grant and Denzel Valentine should earn more minutes if he misses any games.
Jan 18 - 4:22 PM

T.J. Warren (back) practiced on Thursday and is expected to start Friday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Josh Jackson would head back to the bench with Warren active, undermining his appeal as a streaming and DFS option. Warren has missed the past two games but the injury sounds minor, and we should have confirmation of his status after Friday's shootaround.
Jan 18 - 3:56 PM

Marquese Chriss (right hip) will not play on Friday and he's considering getting a second MRI.

Chriss was injured on Jan. 7 and initially diagnosed with a strained hip flexor. The fact that he's considering another MRI suggests it's not responding to therapy as he'd hoped, but we'll know more in the coming days. Owners should brace themselves for more DNPs while awaiting updates -- Dragan Bender gains the most if Chriss misses time.
Jan 18 - 3:52 PM

Harry Giles (knee) has been ruled out for the 2017-18 season.

Giles is reportedly "healthy" and hasn't suffered any setbacks, but the Kings will hold him out until the Summer League. Giles tore his left ACL in 2013 and his right one in 2015, and the Kings want to improve his overall strength before throwing him into game action. The Kings are saying that his measurements in athletic tests are better than they were before the draft, and he still has some intrigue in dynasty formats.
Jan 18 - 1:17 PM

James Harden (hamstring) will play vs. the Wolves on Thursday.

Even though the Rockets will be shorthanded with Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green suspended, Harden will have restrictions and is expected to see about 24-25 minutes. As long he doesn't suffer any setbacks, it shouldn't take long for the MVP candidate to get back to his normal allotment of minutes.
Jan 18 - 11:57 AM

Joel Embiid said that he's hopeful that he'll play in both games of back-to-back sets by the end of the month.

Take this with a grain of salt, as this decision likely isn't up to Embiid. He would see a huge boost in value if this comes true and it would be a game-changer for fantasy owners in head-to-head leagues. He gets a matchup with the Celtics on Thursday night, a team that he struggled against last week with 15 points on 6-of-17 shots.
Jan 18 - 11:23 AM

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he may tweak the rotation to get Shabazz Napier more minutes.

"Coach talked to us a little bit about doing some different things with the rotation," C.J. McCollum said. "Trying to figure out different ways to get us on the court together and have [Shabazz] out there." We've seen some 3-PG lineups for the Blazers in recent weeks with Napier sharing the floor with Damian Lillard and McCollum, and it makes sense for Portland to get Napier more involved because he's been really solid on offense. He's an excellent handcuff for Lillard's owners and will have some standalone value if this trend continues.
Source: Oregon Live
Jan 18 - 9:40 AM

Bogdan Bogdanovic went off for a career-high 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, two assists, one steal and a flawless 6-of-6 mark from downtown.

He played 39 minutes and you should double-check that he's not available in your leagues. The Kings will rest 2-3 veterans every game and Bogdanovic is one of the big winners here, as the 25-year-old is more polished than most rookies thanks to years of pro experience overseas. The league's GMs ranked him one of the summer's "most underrated player acquisitions" before the season began, and we're starting to see why.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 18 - 1:35 AM

Willie Cauley-Stein scored a season-high-tying 26 points on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-18 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

WCS played 37 minutes tonight and he's now averaging 36.7 minutes in the Kings' past three games. His fantasy owners have to be thrilled that Sacramento is turning him loose in mid-January, rather than waiting until the All-Star break. With multiple veterans resting every night, Cauley-Stein's rest-of-season outlook is fantastic.
Jan 18 - 1:28 AM

Rodney Hood lit up for 25 points vs. Sacramento on Wednesday, making 9-of-16 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds and two assists.

Hood also had two steals without a turnover tonight, and it's encouraging to see him chip in across the board -- he's averaging a mere 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks this season. Thabo Sefolosha (knee surgery) is done for the season, which leaves 20+ minutes available on the wings, so it's likely Hood will absorb some of that -- he played 31 minutes tonight.
Jan 18 - 1:19 AM




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