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Nikola Vucevic played just 18 minutes on Wednesday for two points and four rebounds, while Glen Davis saw just 19 minutes for four points, six rebounds and four assists on 2-of-9 shooting.

It appears that Jacque Vaughn channeled his inner Bob Knight tonight and benched everyone he was mad at after a terrible second quarter. Then again, that's just a guess. In any case, rookie Andrew Nicholson saw 27 minutes and Moe Harkless played 22 minutes, as Vaughn appeared to send a message to his two big studs. The good news is that there is no word of injury, and we expect both Vucevic and Baby to bounce back in their next one.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 12:06:00 AM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) could return in 2-3 weeks.

"I am trying to do my best," Rubio said. "Sometimes it is a little bit painful. I got to get through that. Some things are mentally [challenging]. I just push myself and try to come back as soon as a I can." Rubio is not expected back until at least early-to-mid January at this point, and it may be even later than that. Mo Williams and Zach LaVine will hold it down until Rubio returns.
Dec 29 - 11:11 AM

Updating a previous item, Chris Bosh (calf) is expected to return on Monday.

Bosh went through a full practice on Sunday, and followed it up by going through a complete shootaround on Monday morning. All signs point toward Bosh's return, and the Heat desperately need him. Owners, particularly those in weekly formats, need to be sure Bosh is active and in lineups for New Year's week.
Dec 29 - 11:00 AM

Jared Sullinger (ankle) will not practice on Monday, and Brad Stevens is unsure of his availability this week.

The Celtics don't play until Wednesday on New Year's Eve, but then have a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. If Sullinger misses any time, Brandon Bass is a candidate to start, but Kelly Olynyk would likely see an increased role as well. Of the two, Olynyk is the more favorable fantasy play and has eight straight games with double-digits in the scoring column.
Dec 29 - 10:47 AM

Kevin Durant (ankle) is making progress, but his return date remains uncertain.

"He’s not ready for the next step," Scott Brooks said. "He’s reached a lot of the benchmarks. He’s getting close. Each day this week he’ll practice and we’ll go from there." Durant did go through shootaround on Sunday, and Brooks added that Durant is "progressing well" every day, but is hesitant to circle a date for KD's return. OKC plays next on Wednesday and then again on Friday.
Source: Oklahoman
Dec 29 - 10:24 AM

Derek Fisher spoke about reducing Amare Stoudemire's (knee) minutes upon his return.

Averaging 26.5 minutes, the most since his 2011-12 campaign, STAT is now sidelined with knee soreness. When he does return, he'll be on some type of maintenance plan to ensure he doesn't break down as the season moves on, and owners will need to keep that in mind. STAT is enjoying a mini-resurgence this season with averages of 13.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks on 55.8 percent shooting.
Dec 29 - 10:16 AM

J.R. Smith (foot) is uncertain about his availability for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

It's painful (when I plant)," Smith said. "I've dealt with pain before in certain instances, but when it’s your foot, I just can’t move and I can’t take another step after planting, so that’s the most frustrating part." Smith isn't sure how much longer he might be out, and with a tear in his plantar fascia, it's going to be a pain tolerance issue for him to get back on the floor. Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue to get big minutes at shooting guard with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) still sidelined.
Dec 29 - 10:12 AM

The Bulls have experimented with Nikola Mirotic playing small forward.

It's an odd fit, but it's the best indication yet that the Bulls are looking to create more minutes for Mirotic. With 23 points, 13 rebounds and five three-pointers over his last two games, despite playing just 32 minutes combined, is a good indication of what he's capable of doing with extended production. Chicago is trying to find a way to get one of its best rotation players on the floor more often, and fantasy owners need to find a way to stash him on the roster.
Source: Real GM
Dec 29 - 9:35 AM

Jordan Hill finished Sunday's loss to the Suns with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, a season-low one rebound, two assists, one steal, zero blocks and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

The Suns give up the fourth-most rebounds to their opponents (44.9) and this dud sums up a disappointing month for Hill. Thus far in December he's averaged 26.8 minutes, shot 45.9 percent from the field, averaged 6.6 rebounds, and scored double-digit points in seven out of 14 games. Those numbers are all way down from November but fantasy owners should hang tight in the expectation of a bounce-back in 2015.
Dec 29 - 12:43 AM

Kenneth Faried scored 17 points with 19 boards in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, adding two assists in 38 minutes.

He had 26 points with a career-high 25 rebounds on Friday, and it looks like he has officially turned things around. It is amazing what confidence can do for a player, as the Manimal looks completely reenergized after a disastrous start to the season. The buy-low window is now closed.
Dec 29 - 12:15 AM

Kobe Bryant (rest) returned to action on Sunday with 10 points (4-of-10 shooting), eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and five turnovers in 32 minutes during the Lakers' 107-116 loss to the Suns.

The Black Mamba had missed three straight games to rest his fatigued body, and he spent most of Sunday's game looking for teammates rather than dominating the ball as he had during his first 24 games this season (attempting 22.4 shots per game). The Lakers have no playoff aspirations and they'll be cautious with him the rest of the season -- fantasy owners should plug him into all active lineups while routinely checking his status before games.
Dec 29 - 12:15 AM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) intends to play on Wednesday vs. the Clippers after saying that he normally feels better with a few days of rest.

We admire Melo's courage, but there is no reason for him to continue to labor through knee pain in a lost season for the Knicks -- he said his knee feels "heavy, and weak and fatigued." His owners may want to trade him while they still can, as the possibility of him shutting it down is still looming despite Melo saying that he is not ready to do that. Check back for further updates, and expect Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to all see a boost if Melo sits.
Dec 29 - 12:04 AM




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