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Dominic McGuire left the Raptors on Thursday to attend to a family matter, but he's expected to play on Saturday.

The Raptors plugged McGuire into the starting SF spot out of desperation last week, but even in that role he doesn't do enough to help fantasy owners.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 02:11:00 PM

Khris Middleton (stomach virus) missed shootaround this morning and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets.

The flu bug has claimed many a victim this season. Here's hoping that Middleton is not added to the list of players that have been forced to miss a game. If Middleton is unable to suit up, Mirza Teletovic would likely see the biggest bump in playing time. Tony Snell and Jason Terry may log a few extra minutes as well.
Mar 28 - 1:05 PM

Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

This will be the third straight game Okafor has missed due to his troublesome right knee. Okafor has downplayed the severity of the injury and said that he could suit up if the Sixers were making a playoff push, but that coach Brett Brown and management want to err on the side of caution. Okafor should be left on waivers. Richaun Holmes and Shawn Long will continue to split minutes in Okafor's absence.
Mar 28 - 11:24 AM

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue hinted on Monday that he may be willing to sacrifice the top seed in the East in order to rest his best players.

The Cavs are currently a half game behind Boston; however, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are second and 14th in the NBA in minutes, respectively. Speaking with reporters, Lue explained he had been a part of teams in the past where the coaching staff decided resting key players was more important than playoff positioning. "It's crossed my mind," Lue said. "I might get in trouble [with NBA commissioner Adam Silver], so I don't know." For what it's worth, LeBron said: "Coach is going to have his logic of things, but at the end of the day, we need to play."
Mar 28 - 10:36 AM

Reggie Jackson (knee) is unlikely to play Tuesday vs. Miami and the Pistons may elect to shut him down for the remainder of the season.

Jackson has been fighting through a knee tendinitis injury all season after the platelet-rich plasma injections caused him to miss the first 21 games of the year. "We’ve been thinking about this for a long time. It’s hard to put a percentage, but he’s been playing at probably about 80 percent and as we get into this stretch of games in March where we’re playing a lot, the fatigue is making it worse," coach Stan Van Gundy said. Ish Smith will continue to start and play heavy minutes, with Beno Udrih backing him up.
Mar 28 - 10:03 AM

LeBron James (neck) said he will be ready to play on Thursday vs. the Bulls.

LeBron took an elbow to the spine near the base of his neck in the third quarter of Monday night's loss to the Spurs. He did not return to the game. However, James downplayed the injury afterward, and he will have two full days to rest before the Cavs next contest. It's safe to assume the Cavs would prefer to limit LeBron's minutes and potentially rest him to keep him fresh for the playoffs, but with Boston overtaking Cleveland for the top seed in the East, they may not have that luxury.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 9:06 AM

Anthony Davis' 36 points weren't enough in a 108-100 loss to the Jazz on Monday.

AD did everything he could, finishing 12-of-23 from the field and 11-of-14 from the line with 17 rebounds, three assists, three steals, three blocks and one triple in 41 minutes. This was his third straight game with 30+ points and 15+ rebounds which is tied for the 2nd longest streak in the last 20 seasons. The loss means the Pelicans are now 4.5 games behind the No. 8 seed (Blazers) with eight games remaining, so Davis' owners do have to worry about a potential shut-down once his team is mathematically eliminated.
Mar 28 - 1:47 AM

Rudy Gobert was dominant against the Pelicans on Monday with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, 19 rebounds, one assist, one steal and five blocks in 40 minutes.

Gobert publicly called out some of his teammates after Saturday's loss to the Clippers for not competing, but the Jazz held a team meeting after those comments and Gobert later apologized to his teammates. "For us to have players that have passion is a good thing," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We’ve talked about the best way to communication to one another. In that moment, I think Rudy was emotional and enthusiastic after the game." The Jazz looked cohesive tonight and Gobert was "set straight" by his teammates, so this shouldn't be an issue going forward.
Mar 28 - 1:25 AM

Joe Ingles started in place of Gordon Hayward (quad) in Monday's 108-100 win over the Pelicans and scored 19 points in 35 minutes.

The Jazz were running a lot of offense through him down the stretch and he delivered, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter -- he even hit a step-back jumper over Anthony Davis in the final two minutes. He finished 7-of-13 from the field and hit all five of his 3-pointers, adding four rebounds, four assists and one steal. He won't be this good, but give him a look if we learn that Hayward will miss more time. Ingles averaged 9.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.0 triples in 20 previous starts this season.
Mar 28 - 1:12 AM

Kyrie Irving managed just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting in Monday's 103-74 blowout loss in San Antonio.

Remember the Alamo? Remember when the Cavaliers were in first place in the Eastern Conference? That was earlier in the day. Kyrie, LeBron and the wine and gold slipped to a half-game back of the idle Boston Celtics for the top spot in the East with this embarrassing, costly loss. The Cavs are not a well-oiled machine right now and they have precious few days to get it together before the games really start to be meaningful. The eight points for Irving matched his worst since a 3-of-17 shooting performance Nov. 5, 2016 at Philadelphia.
Mar 27 - 11:36 PM

LeBron James (neck) did not return to Monday's game at San Antonio after taking an elbow to the base of the neck in the third quarter.

James likely left as a precaution, perhaps his neck was hurt, but also a bit of his pride took a shot, too. The game was well out of hand by the point he checked out and went to the locker room. LeBron will have two full days to recover before the Cavaliers, now in second place in the Eastern Conference, hit the court in the Windy City on Thursday night.
Mar 27 - 11:24 PM

Russell Westbrook hit the game-winning shot in Monday's 92-91 win over the Mavericks and triple-doubled with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

He's been incredible all season, but he took it to another level tonight -- the Thunder closed with a 14-0 run and Westbrook had 12 of those points. He shot 15-of-30 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line with two steals and two triples, recording his 37th triple-double of the season. With nine games remaining, Westbrook is on pace to break Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles (41). Mark Cuban is going to need some time to cool off after this performance.
Mar 27 - 11:14 PM




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