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Dwyane Wade aggravated his left foot injury on Wednesday, and he's not sure if he'll be able to play in Thursday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Miami may not have shootaround on the second day of back-to-back games, but we'll pass along more information once it's available.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 12:26:00 PM

Blake Griffin scored 18 points with 15 boards, six assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

It's just his ninth double-double of the season, which is surprising because he notched his 20th double-double of the season on Christmas last year. DeAndre Jordan being such a monster on the glass while Griffin does have career lows in offensive and defensive rebounding rate, which might be due to him passing more. He's still a fantasy beast even with the dip in boards.
Dec 26 - 1:27 AM

Coach Bryon Scott told Wayne Ellington and the Lakers that "it could be a week" before Kobe Bryant returns to a game action.

This is another weird story and Bryant was probable for Thursday, so Scott basically pulled a coach Tom Thibodeau here. Bryant said before the game that he's just feeling old, which is not a surprise because he's struggled so much considering how much he's carrying his team. His fantasy owners should bench him for now. Wes Johnson is worth a look in all leagues while Wayne Ellington could play more in the starting lineup.
Dec 26 - 12:08 AM

Jimmy Butler made 7-of-12 from the field for 21 points with six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

He just won't stop. Over his last five games, Butler averaged 25.0 points, 7.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 steals, 0.8 turnovers and 1.6 triples on 48.2 percent from the field and 92.5 percent from the line. He's a nine-category player right now. Jimmy's got some new moves and we're pretty sweet on Jimmy these days.
Dec 25 - 11:40 PM

Pau Gasol scored 23 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

He has been on a roll over his last five, averaging 16.2 points, 9.8 boards, 2.8 assists and 2.6 blocks on 50.0 percent from the field and 92.0 percent from the line. Gasol was in a slump earlier this month, but he's busted out and has been second-round guy in standard fantasy leagues this season.
Dec 25 - 11:30 PM

Nikola Mirotic stayed hot against the Lakers on Thursday with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

He's just been too good to keep out of the lineup. Mirotic leads qualifying rookies in true shooting percentage and is forcing coach Tom Thibodeau's hand. He's been ridiculously hot over his last five, posting a true shooting percentage of 81.0 with averages of 14.4 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 2.6 triples. His low minutes suggest darker days are ahead, but he's one of the best stashes around considering how many Bulls big man have been hurt this season.
Dec 25 - 11:10 PM

Ed Davis turned in a nice line in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 13 points, 14 boards and three blocks in 33 minutes.

Big men tend not to have great games against the Bulls, but Boss' seven offensive boards were a big part of his success. Davis doesn't have eye-popping numbers in his previous 10 games, averaging 8.3 points, 6.3 boards and 1.0 blocks in 24.9 minutes. Still, the blocks and low turnovers have given him seventh-round fantasy value in that span. He's a hold in standard leagues.
Dec 25 - 10:30 PM

Marreese Speights will start in place of Andrew Bogut (knee) and Festus Ezeli (ankle) against the Clippers on Thursday.

Bogut has been out for a couple weeks and Festus suffered a sprained ankle on Festivus (Dec. 23), so Speights is the next man up. He has one of the highest usage rates for a big man at 29.0, so that will likely take a hit with more of his minutes coming next to the starters. Still, he is a nice play tonight in all leagues.
Dec 25 - 10:25 PM

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he expects Andrew Bogut to return from his knee injury in the next few days.

It sounds like Bogut is getting close to game action after missing several games with the injury, but we still don't have a specific target date for his return. A logical guess is that he'll play on Tuesday against the Sixers, although there's also an outside chance he could be ready for Saturday's game against the Timberwolves.
Dec 25 - 9:11 PM

Dwyane Wade hit 21-of-28 shots and two 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in Thursday's 101-91 win over the Cavs.

Wade is healthy again and getting it done, but he was bothered by his sore knee at times tonight. Hopefully he'll continue to play through the pain.
Dec 25 - 8:30 PM

Luol Deng hit 11-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Heat beat the Cavaliers on Christmas Day.

Deng was a beast today and also did a nice job of playing defense on LeBron James. He got off to a slow start this season, but could be ready to go on a tear.
Dec 25 - 8:25 PM

LeBron James hit 9-of-16 shots, 10-of-18 free throws and two 3-pointers for 30 points, four rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

He didn't have a steal or block and his free throw shooting wasn't good, but he still came through for his owners, despite leaving the game briefly with "left leg tightness." The Cavs, after losing Anderson Varejao for the season, have some issues on defense and simply don't look like one of the East's elite teams right now. But there's a long way to go and they still have plenty of time to get things figured out.
Dec 25 - 8:13 PM




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