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Marcin Gortat turned down an extension offer from the Suns in October.

"We just said we're going to wait," Gortat said. "The thing I'm concentrating is coming back to dominating the game and getting back to being a defensive spark." Gortat also called playing with Jermaine O'Neal the "best experience from this year," so he's got that going for him.
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 09:25:00 AM

Monta Ellis (calf) is considered very doubtful to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

Ellis has played in 237 consecutive games and is easily one of the most durable players in the NBA, but it is highly unlikely that he plays. Ellis was still using crutches on Saturday and obviously isn't going to practice, but we should have another update after shootaround Sunday. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris would be extremely busy if Ellis ends up sitting this one out, while the Mavericks are also hoping that J.J. Barea (ankle) will be able to return Sunday. For what it's worth, Ellis won't have an MRI until at least Monday when the team returns to Dallas, and while Carlisle is concerned, he doesn't expect the injury to be too serious.
Mar 28 - 12:18 PM

Deron Williams (illness) was unable to practice on Saturday, leaving his status up in the air for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

Williams was dreadful vs. the Cavaliers on Friday with five points, five assists and five turnovers in just 22 minutes, so this illness probably had something to do with it. If Williams is unable to play, Jarrett Jack would be in line for a huge chunk of minutes and would be a must-start option in all leagues. Expect another update following shootaround on Sunday.
Mar 28 - 12:11 PM

Thaddeus Young (knee) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

This will be his second straight game out of the lineup, and there is still no indication on when he will return. The Nets are still in the playoff hunt, so hopefully we will see Young back out on the floor soon. Mason Plumlee started at power forward on Friday vs. the Cavaliers, but he was largely ineffective and is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Mar 28 - 12:06 PM

Jose Calderon admitted that he is likely done for the season due to his ailing Achilles.

Calderon is expected to be in a walking boot for at least another week, and with the season drawing to a close, there is no reason for the veteran point guard to risk his health. "To play again, I don’t think it’s a good chance,’’ Calderon said. "It’s a totally different picture now.’’ Calderon can be dropped just about everywhere, and it will be up to Langston Galloway and Shane Larkin to handle most of the backcourt responsibilities for the remainder of the season.
Mar 28 - 10:30 AM

Dwyane Wade said that he has a lot of fluid in his knee, and he is still scheduled to have it drained on Saturday.

"I have a lot of fluid," Wade Said. "In a perfect world I would love to get some fluid out." This obviously isn't thrilling news for the Heat, and given Wade's injury history, it's possible that he ends up missing some time after this procedure. The Heat play the Pistons on Sunday, but Wade's owners should probably have a backup plan ready. If he is unable to play, Mario Chalmers will likely benefit the most, while Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson would get more opportunities on offense as well. We will provide another update as soon as the Heat update Wade's status.
Mar 28 - 9:42 AM

Gordon Hayward (shoulder) returned from a two-game absence in Friday's loss to the Nuggets, scoring 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting (1-of-7 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

Hayward looked fine and made it through the game unscathed at least as far as the postgame reporting indicates. If Derrick Favors misses any time with his back injury, you'll see Hayward get a few more touches.
Mar 28 - 2:48 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge hit a few wild shots against the Suns during an 87-81 victory on Friday, scoring a game-high 27 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

The Suns did a decent job on defense, but Aldridge was just knocking down contested shots. He made all six shots from the field in the fourth quarter for 15 points in that frame. Aldridge doesn't appear to be bothered by an index finger injury that kept him out of action on Tuesday, so his fantasy owners can keep him locked and loaded for Saturday because coach Terry Stotts isn't a fan of resting players. In his three previous games against the Nuggets, LMA averaged 26.3 points and 3.0 blocks per game, so his owners should have high hopes.
Mar 28 - 2:44 AM

Updating an earlier item, Monta Ellis (calf) left the locker room on crutches and as we passed along earlier he will be evaluated on Saturday.

Crutches can be used as a precautionary measure but it's certainly not good to hear. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the league and doesn't miss games, but the Mavs may be able to convince him that it would be necessary in advance of the playoffs. Rajon Rondo (seven points, five boards, five assists, one steal) and Chandler Parsons (nine points, six boards, two assists, three steals, one trey) would be beneficiaries if he misses any time.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 28 - 2:20 AM

Dwight Howard played 20 minutes against the Wolves on Friday, making 8-of-9 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, two steals and one block.

All eight of his makes came off an assist and most of those were as the roll man in a pick-and-roll. Howard is not going to play in back-to-back sets, so he's going to miss either Sunday or Monday. On the nights he plays, he should be worth starting as long as you're fine with him not making free throws.
Mar 28 - 2:10 AM

Josh Smith logged 40 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 16 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

He was the ball handler in a lot of pick-and-roll sets and had a nice rapport with Dwight Howard. Smith is basically the last man standing at power forward and should see major minutes for the next couple games until Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) can return. He'll be a must-start option until further notice.
Mar 28 - 2:07 AM

Stephen Curry torched the Grizzlies in an easy road win on Friday, scoring 38 points on 12-of-22 shooting (8-of-12 3PTs, 6-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one block.

This is just a crippling line if you had to go against Curry this week and right next door Klay Thompson wasn't bad either with 28 points and six treys of his own. Steve Kerr has made a number of overtures to the effect that rest is good, and owners have to hope that this just means they get hit with a game or two of rest and nothing more.
Mar 28 - 2:04 AM




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