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Ricky Rubio is "angling to play" and make his debut on Friday, but the more likely scenario is for Rubio to return on December 15, a source tells Darren Wolfson 1500 ESPN.

We're not buying it. Rick Adelman has said on repeated occasions that Rubio's conditioning is not where it needs to be, he is "still slow" with his lateral movement, and the idea of the Timberwolves rushing him back makes very little sense. Wolfson speculates that Rubio plays his first game on December 15, and that would be much more realistic. Rubio is getting close, but it would be nothing short of shocking to see him play on Friday.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 08:38:00 AM

DeMar DeRozan is confirmed in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Wednesday.

The Raptors may want to get a win against their divisional foes. DeRozan gets a good matchup tonight, so keep him rolling in your season-long leagues.
Jan 18 - 7:01 PM

Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

O'Quinn is about as hit-or-miss as they come, but with Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles), Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) and Noah all on the sidelines Wednesday night, he's sure looking at a good amount of opportunity. He's someone to consider throwing out there as a streamer or DFS punt play.
Jan 18 - 6:49 PM

DeMar DeRozan is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the 76ers.

The Raptors usually tweet out lineup changes on their officially Twitter account, but this isn't the source here. For now, DeRozan has a good chance to play on the second half of a back-to-back set. We'll see if there is another update on DeMar from the team before tip.
Jan 18 - 6:45 PM

Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) will play Wednesday vs. the Magic, as expected.

Davis looked fine while going through his pregame routine, and there's been no discussion of a minutes restriction, so his owners can feel free to fire him up. Alvin Gentry may have had the quote of the year during his pregame interview, stating, "AD will play hurt. He's played hurt since the day he got here." Yup.
Jan 18 - 6:40 PM

Evan Fournier (heel, foot) will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

He tried to return from a heel injury last week and apparently it's caused additional problems to his foot due to compensation. Fournier's owners obviously have to stash him. Jodie Meeks should play minutes around 30 while Elfrid Payton has also been terrific without Fournier lately. Meeks is worth a look in standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 6:35 PM

Klay Thompson (personal) flew to Portland to visit his ill grandfather today and intends to return to Bay Area to play against the Thunder on Wednesday night, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Thompson has told general manager Bob Myers he could fly back in time for the game tonight, so Thompson looks like he's closer to probable for this game. If he isn't back in time, we'll see more Pat McCaw Ian Clark and Andre Iguodala could play more.
Jan 18 - 6:31 PM

Ryan Anderson (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

Corey Brewer got the start on Tuesday with Anderson on the sidelines, and Sam Dekker saw some increased playing time with the second unit, but neither guy did that much. Instead, James Harden took on most of the offensive burden and popped off for a 40-point triple-double, and it'll likely be more of the same this evening.
Jan 18 - 6:28 PM

Jon Leuer (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday night.

The Pistons will hold him out for his fifth game. With Leuer and Kentavious-Caldwell Pope (shoulder) out, the Pistons will have to play Reggie Bullock, Stanley Johnson and Aron Baynes more than usual. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris also slightly benefit.
Jan 18 - 6:25 PM

Montrezl Harrell will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game, sending Clint Capela to the bench.

Capela is being eased back into things after a lengthy layoff, so it doesn't make sense to have him start if he's only going to play around 10 minutes or so. Harrell will likely split minutes at the five-spot with Capela and Nene, so he's not a very attractive option in most formats despite the starter tag.
Jan 18 - 6:25 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

His knee injury has kept him to just two games in 2017. Luckily for the Raptors, they have Jared Sullinger (foot) back for limited minutes -- he's likely only going to play 10-15 minutes tonight. The Raptors will also likely go smaller tonight while Pascal Siakam could play 20 minutes. None of these guys mentioned are worth using in standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 6:17 PM

Jared Sullinger (foot) will make his season debut and play limited minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

Wow. This comes as a surprise after Sullinger was cleared for practice on Jan. 13. He's coming off a foot surgery and chances are his conditioning isn't 100 percent yet. Sullinger will likely have a minutes limit for the foreseeable future, so he's only worth a pickup in deeper leagues right now. His upside isn't the greatest.
Jan 18 - 6:09 PM




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