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Robin Lopez scored 21 points on 3-of-17 shooting (15-of-17 FTs) with 13 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and four blocks in 33 minutes on Wednesday against the Pacers.

Lopez had eight shots blocked (mostly by Roy Hibbert) in one of the most mixed performances we've seen in a while. He'll be worth a look as long as Anthony Davis (ankle) is out, but it's anybody's guess what type of value he'll put up.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 10:57:00 PM

DeMarre Carroll (rest) will not play against the Lakers on Friday and Norman Powell will start in his place.

It's scheduled rest on the front end of a back-to-back set, so Carroll will get to play against his former team, the Hawks, on Saturday. With Carroll out, both Norman Powell and Terrence Ross should be flirting with 30 minutes. Ross has been very good on defense and should carry the second unit tonight. Both are great streaming options in a fantastic matchup.
Dec 2 - 5:55 PM

Courtney Lee (ankle) and Joakim Noah (ankle) are both unavailable for Friday's game against the Wolves.

The Knicks are in a similar position as they were on Wednesday with Noah out for that game against the Wolves. Somewhat surprisingly, Marshall Plumlee picked up some extra run while Kyle O'Quinn and Mindaugus Kuzminskas also saw some added playing time. Noah is day-to-day and could play Sunday against the Kings, so the aforementioned bigs only have very short-term boosts.
Dec 2 - 5:51 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues.
Dec 2 - 4:58 PM

Zach Randolph (personal) will not play against the Lakers on Saturday.

He is still on bereavement leave for the loss of his mother. With Z-Bo out, Jarell Martin has seen the biggest bump in minutes while Deyonta Davis has received a chance to play. Martin gets a good matchup and could be a sneaky steam or DFS punt play. Randolph isn't worth stashing in most cases.
Dec 2 - 3:10 PM

Vince Carter (hip) is out for Saturday against the Lakers.

This will be his third game out of the lineup due to his right hip flexor injury. The Grizzlies have played more Tony Allen while Troy Daniels and Troy Williams have both stepped up lately. Daniels and Williams have similar short-term value with Daniels being more about scoring and Williams doing a little of everything. Allen should be a steals specialist.
Dec 2 - 3:07 PM

Nikola Jokic (left wrist) is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Rockets.

On Wednesday night, Jokic was pushed to the ground and braced himself with his left wrist, so that's likely when he suffered the injury. Jokic did stay in the game and it doesn't sound serious. He's playing some outstanding ball and does appear to have a good chance to play. If he's out, more run will go to Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and a number of other forwards.
Dec 2 - 2:23 PM

Doug McDermott (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday night vs. the Cavs and Saturday night in Dallas.

The Bulls are hopeful McDermott will be cleared for contact on Friday. However, coach Fred Hoiberg wants to see him get a couple workouts in before being cleared for a game. Isaiah Canaan and Nikola Mirotic have been the biggest beneficiaries of McDermott's absence and should continue to see increased workloads this weekend.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 2 - 12:21 PM

ESPN is reporting that Will Barton (ankle) will play Friday night vs. the Rockets.

Barton started off the year strong, averaging 18 points and five rebounds in 35 minutes over Denver's first three games of the season. However, he has missed 12 of the Nuggets last 15 games due to this nagging ankle injury. It is unknown if Barton will be on a minute restriction Friday. If you have room on your roster and he is still floating around your league's waiver wire, now is the time to nab him. Barton finished last season ranked among the top-85 overall fantasy players, according to BasketballReference.com. Barton's return will likely eat into the minutes of Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray.
Dec 2 - 12:03 PM

Joel Embiid will be on a 28-minute limit Friday night vs. Orlando, but likely will not play on Saturday vs. Boston.

In addition to the 28-minute limit vs. Magic, the Sixers announced that "the team anticipates to follow prior back-to-back protocol for Celtics on Saturday." Thus, we can safely assume they will rest Embiid on Saturday. Embiid has not played more than 27 minutes in any game this season, so 28 minutes would represent a career high. It will be interesting to see if Embiid can sustain his incredible per-minute production as his playing time increases. His current per-36 minute averages are mind-boggling: 28.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers.
Dec 2 - 11:36 AM

Jerryd Bayless (left wrist soreness) will not play Friday vs. Orlando and is questionable for Saturday vs. Boston.

Bayless had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on his wrist earlier this week and is not yet ready for game action. Sergio Rodriguez will likely start in his place on Friday, with T.J. McConnell as the first point guard off the bench. Rodriguez has averaged 8.2 points, 7.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds in the 17 games he has started this season.
Dec 2 - 11:28 AM

Kevin Durant matched his season-high 39 points on 12-of-28 from the field during a 132-127 double-overtime loss at home to the Rockets on Thursday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

The Warriors were not in a good rhythm on offense and Draymond Green said KD was stuck with some tough shots. Durant went 1-of-7 in OT and said he wasn't tired and just missed his shots, so at least that's a positive with Durant playing 49 minutes. KD has also lost his lead for true shooting percentage with Patty Mills leapfrogging him, but he's still the No. 1 player in standard leagues.
Dec 2 - 3:22 AM




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