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Alan Anderson (foot) went through shootaround Wednesday, but he still isn't ready to return to action.

Given the previous timeline, it's encouraging that Anderson is practicing, but he remains at least a week away. Landry Fields (elbow) did some shooting off to the side Wednesday, but he remains out as well. Terrence Ross will continue to see more minutes as long as Anderson and Fields are sidelined.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 02:31:00 PM

Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

He was also questionable on Thursday vs. the Heat, but he was ruled out about an hour before tip-off. Joe Johnson started in Hood's place and scored 18 points in 33 minutes, so he will be a nice low-end option if Hood misses his second straight game.
Dec 2 - 9:56 PM

Joel Embiid played 27 minutes during a 105-88 loss to the Magic on Friday, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.

He had a 28-minute limit for this game and even played in some of garbage time to help him get close to it. Embiid did play 13 minutes next to Jahlil Okafor tonight against the bigger lineup of the Magic, so that's something to watch. Obviously it's not going to affect his minutes, usage or rebounding rate. Plus, coach Brett Brown really likes him around the rim, so his blocks should be fine, too. Embiid is very likely to rest on Saturday.
Dec 2 - 9:56 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Rockets on Friday.

We'll see how many minutes Barton gets in his return. He's worth a pickup in standard leagues while he will take minutes away from all the other forwards and wings.
Dec 2 - 9:53 PM

George Hill (left big toe) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

The doubtful tag this early is always a concern, so Hill's owners may have to prepare for another lengthy absence. He's been having a career year, so his owners just need to hold onto him. Dante Exum started on Thursday, but Shelvin Mack outplayed him off the bench and is the better short-term option in deeper leagues.
Dec 2 - 9:52 PM

The Hawks benched their entire starting five at halftime of Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

The Hawks were down by 19 points at half, so Malcolm Delaney, Tim Hardaway Jr., Taurean Prince, Mike Muscala and Kris Humphries started the third quarter. We'll definitely be on the lookout for some quotes from coach Mike Budenholzer after the game.
Dec 2 - 9:17 PM

Robert Covington suffered a left knee sprain and will not return on Friday night.

He and T.J. McConnell dove for a ball near the stands and McConnell's shoulder caught the side of Covington's knee. Covington was in some pain and the 76ers ruled him out about five minutes later in real time -- it is a blowout. He finished with nine points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes. If he's out, there will be more minutes going to Hollis Thompson and Nik Stauskas. Both are speculative adds with a slight edge to Stauskas.
Dec 2 - 9:09 PM

Anthony Davis (right shoulder) has returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

He played the whole first quarter before heading to the locker room, but returned with three minutes left before halftime. The replay showed Davis colliding with Marreese Speights, but it looked very minor. It looks like Davis is in the clear, but this is why it's important to handcuff him with Terrence Jones on your fantasy team. We'll have an update after the game.
Dec 2 - 9:04 PM

Nene (rest) will not play again on Friday night against the Nuggets.

Wow, he's getting back-to-back nights off. This likely has a lot to do with Montrezl Harrell playing very well on Thursday, so maybe it's possible rotation change, too. Nene can be dropped in most leagues while Harrell could have another nice game. Harrell would only be worth a look in deep leagues.
Dec 2 - 9:03 PM

Anthony Davis (right shoulder) is questionable to return Friday night against the Clippers.

This is the same right shoulder he had problems with two seasons ago, but not the left shoulder with a partial tear from last year. Davis didn't appear to be hurt, so it's all a guessing game right now. We'll have another update once we have more info.
Dec 2 - 8:43 PM

Danilo Gallinari (thigh) and Darrell Arthur (illness) will play against the Rockets on Friday.

The Nuggets usually throw guys on the injury report as probable after an injury, so the Italian was always expected to play. Expect Gallo to get his normal playing time and he could even play some four tonight in a favorable matchup. Get him in your lineup.
Dec 2 - 8:25 PM

Nikola Jokic (left wrist) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.

This is a surprise after Jokic played through what looked like a minor wrist injury sustained from Wednesday night. Jokic did say he couldn't move his wrist the following day, so it apparently was worse than it looked. Jokic was really coming on after a rough start with two straight double-doubles. For tonight, it'll be more of Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur. Plus, there should be more small-ball lineups against the Rockets.
Dec 2 - 8:19 PM




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