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The Timberwolves will be without Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and J.J. Barea (foot) again Friday.

Brandon Roy (knee) also won't play against the Warriors as the Wolves try to scratch together enough healthy bodies to fill out a roster. Greg Stiemsma hasn't stepped up in Pekovic's absence, but he'll likely get the start again.
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 12:50:00 PM

Kendall Marshall will enter the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. Atlanta, shifting Brandon Knight over to SG, and sending O.J. Mayo to the bench.

Dec 26 - 6:15 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Magic on Friday.

Dec 26 - 6:13 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee contusion) and LeBron James (leg tightness) will play on Friday against the Magic.

Irving had a minor issue late in Thursday's game and was a bit of a bigger question mark for tonight, but it sounds like he's good to go. He should see his normal amount of playing time and will likely turn rookie Elfrid Payton into a pretzel tonight. Start him.
Dec 26 - 5:35 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (stomach illness) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

This is not the same thing as his viral meningitis, so there is a chance he could miss this one. Cousins doesn't usually miss games when it's up to him and he actually refused a minutes limit in his first game back this month. Still, his fantasy owners will have to check back. Ryan Hollins is out, so Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson are a little safer for owners in very deep leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 26 - 5:08 PM

Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 27 points against the Celtics on Friday with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

He made all 10 attempts from the line and hit a clutch 15-foot jumper to help the Nets get the win. Deron Williams was active for this one and the Nets are going to ease him back in hopes he doesn't aggravate his calf issue. Jack has seen his minutes climb to 35 per game over his last four and the Nets are reportedly looking to deal Deron, so Jack is worth a look in standard leagues. He's more of a stash, though.
Dec 26 - 4:04 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) and LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) are questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

Considering the matchup and how much Batum has struggled with his shot, he's probably a little closer to doubtful tonight. He did not play on Tuesday and it was mostly Allen Crabbe getting some extra run. Coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups a lot, so Crabbe is still an extremely risky play.
Dec 26 - 2:54 PM

Hollis Thompson (illness) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

He's been out since Sunday, so this is a bit strange and hopefully he's OK. While he is out, JaKarr Sampson, K.J. McDaniels and Tony Wroten will get more run at shooting guard. Jerami Grant may also play a bit more, but is not a great fantasy option. Thompson is not worth owning in most leagues.
Dec 26 - 2:26 PM

Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play Friday vs. OKC or Saturday vs. Orlando, but is hopeful for Monday's game vs. Milwaukee.

"I think we had a good idea he’d be out longer – it’s a tough [injury] day-to-day; where it is makes it hard to know," coach Steve Clifford said. "[Monday] at the very earliest. He hasn’t been able to do anything. He’s just getting to the point where he can even shoot." Gary Neal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gerald Henderson will see an uptick in value with Stephenson sidelined.
Dec 26 - 1:43 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli, and Kyle Anderson will all see extended minutes with Leonard sidelined, with Green offering the most upside out of the group. Coach Gregg Popovich said that Leonard's return will be based on his ability to tolerate the pain, and he remains without an official return date.
Dec 26 - 1:28 PM

Josh Smith has officially signed with Houston, and he's set to make his Rockets debut Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

Smith will likely start which will send Donatas Motiejunas to the bench. However, the Rockets were forced to cut Tarik Black in order to make room for Smith on the roster, so Motiejunas could see some time as Howard's primary backup with Terrence Jones (leg) still on the shelf. Owners of Motiejunas should see how he performs tonight before making the cut.
Dec 26 - 1:15 PM

John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Larry Sanders (flu) and Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) have already been ruled out for this one, so the Bucks could really use Henson back in the lineup. However, he's been out since Nov. 25, so his conditioning probably isn't quite there yet. Check back for an official update on Henson's status closer to tip-off, but know that he'll be a risky option in daily leagues despite the opportunity.
Dec 26 - 1:01 PM




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