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Ersan Ilyasova admitted to Scott Skiles that he was relieved to come off the bench before Monday's comeback win over the Bulls, and responded with 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 22 minutes.

Ilyasova played sparingly for the first half of the game, but then Skiles rode his bench and Ilyasova for the entire fourth quarter. During that time he was a mixed bag offensively and passed up some open looks, but he hit a number of big shots and had a few huge plays late to secure the win. We're not going to say that he's back, but we've seen him thrive in his bench role in the past and tonight was definitely a building block experience. We're all for adding him if he has been dropped, though patience will continue to be a necessity.
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 11:08:00 PM

Rajon Rondo (hand) said on Monday that he hasn't had any contact in practice yet.

He said he doesn't know if he'll be ready for the opener and he doesn't "wanna put any set goals." Rondo had been very optimistic before this quote, so chances are he'll likely miss at least a week of the regular season. He wasn't very good last year in reality with the Celtics only going 6-24 with Rondo and his value in fantasy has taken a hit, as well. Fantasy owners should let someone else deal with him.
Oct 20 - 12:18 PM

Nerlens Noel (illness) will not play against the Nets on Monday night.

Coach Brett Brown said that he's not concerned about Noel missing time because the rookie has been practicing. Noel has been out since Oct. 15 and has missed three games, but he should be ready for the season opener. Fantasy owners can target him in the middle rounds. Arnett Moultrie has stepped it up while Noel has been out.
Oct 20 - 12:08 PM

Brandon Knight (groin) and Zaza Pachulia (hamstring) will not play against the Knicks on Monday.

Knight has been out for over a week now with his strained right groin, but there's still hope for him to play in the season opener. Kendall Marshall hasn't played well sans Knight and is shooting just 4-of-15 in his last three games, so Knight still looks like the favorite to start at point guard. Knight is only a late-round target due to a lower upside.
Oct 20 - 11:59 AM

Anderson Varejao will start at center against the Bulls on Monday.

Tristan Thompson is coming off the bench tonight. Over the weekend, coach David Blatt said he was going to treat this game like a regular season contest, so this is a telling development if what he said was true. Varejao is hurt quite a bit, but he does offer higher upside than Thompson.
Oct 20 - 11:38 AM

David West (ankle) will have an MRI on his ankle on Monday.

His ankle sprain looked awful on Saturday, but he didn't break it because X-rays were negative. West is likely out for the rest of the preseason and he could be in jeopardy of missing some regular season action. Luis Scola is going to start, but Chris Copeland is probably the preferred target in a vacuum because of his output in 3-pointers and higher upside.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 20 - 9:44 AM

Jeff Taylor's pre-trial hearing on charges including domestic assault has been moved to Oct. 29, the same day the Hornets play their season opener.

Taylor has been barred from team activities since charges were filed and he may face a suspension from the league if he admits guilt or is found guilty during the legal process.
Source: USA Today
Oct 20 - 2:51 AM

Carlos Boozer tied his career-high with six steals during Sunday's exhibition win, adding 19 points, nine rebounds and one block in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

Boozer made 6-of-12 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, taking full advantage of Enes Kanter's defensive limitations. He looks determined to hold off rookie Julius Randle for the starting PF job and shouldn't have much trouble early in the season. Just keep in mind that once the losses mount coach Byron Scott may cede to reality and unleash Randle to Boozer's detriment.
Oct 20 - 12:19 AM

Nemanja Nedovic made the most of a start at PG on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with one rebound, five assists and two turnovers on the road vs. the Rockets.

Nedovic's offseason toe injury hasn't bothered him this preseason but his fantasy value is nil considering the Warriors' backcourt depth. He's likely to spend the 2014-15 season flitting between the Warriors' bench and the D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors.
Oct 19 - 10:59 PM

Kirk Hinrich caught fire in 32 minutes off Chicago's bench on Sunday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting with two 3-pointers.

Captain Kirk added two assists, one steal and zero turnovers to round out a phenomenal evening, but he's a marginal fantasy player with Derrick Rose healthy and Aaron Brooks soaking up backup PG minutes. As a point of reference, Hinrich didn't score 20 points in a single game last year, even though he started 61 games. You've gotta love the preseason.
Oct 19 - 10:37 PM

Joakim Noah (knee) started Sunday's game vs. Charlotte and scored four points with seven rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.

"I feel a lot better than I did two weeks ago," said Noah, who had offseason knee surgery. "It’s a work in progress, but overall I’m very happy. I have no swelling in my knee and I can keep building." We've repeatedly warned that his scoring and assists may dip this year with Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol leading the offense, but that shouldn't prevent Noah from being a top-50 fantasy option and a low-end No. 1 center.
Oct 19 - 10:36 PM

Anthony Bennett struggled in 11 minutes on Sunday before sitting out due to a sore knee.

He went 0-of-2 from the field with two rebounds and one steal in limited action. His knee injury doesn't sound serious but it's one more obstacle between Bennett and meaningful fantasy value. He's not a recommended fantasy target while Andrew Wiggins and Thaddeus Young are both healthy.
Oct 19 - 10:13 PM




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