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Dirk Nowitzki (knee surgery) warmed up with the Mavs before their game against the Raptors.

Nowitzki only recently progressed to shooting jump shots and it appears early January would be a best-case scenario at this point. Dirk will still need to get his conditioning back and go through some full-contact practices before even approaching a return to game action.
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 06:42:00 PM

Al Jefferson had 22 points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes vs. Miami on Sunday, but he missed a last-second tip-in that could have won the game.

Big Al's rebounding is way down this season, thanks largely to Lance Stephenson's impact, but he's now cracked double-digits in two straight contests. Tonight's performance should be viewed in context however, as the Heat rank 28th in the NBA in rebound differential and they're routinely torched by opposing centers.
Nov 23 - 8:47 PM

Luol Deng erupted for a game-high 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block and zero assists on Sunday, making 10-of-14 shots with two 3-pointers.

He struggled with a wrist injury over the past week but it's clearly no longer an issue, as he torched Gerald Henderson and the Hornets in 38 minutes tonight. This is his second offensive eruption of the season but it should be noted that Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole were both sidelined, which thrust Deng into a bigger role.
Nov 23 - 8:44 PM

Mario Chalmers continued to shine in a lead role on Sunday, posting 20 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Hornets.

Kemba Walker's defense is porous and Chalmers wisely attacked the Charlotte defense all night long, resulting in a 9-of-10 mark at the FT line. The return of Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and Norris Cole (finger) will inevitably cut into Chalmers' production, but he's playing too well to drop off very much. In four starts this year he's averaged 19.3 points, 1.3 triples, 2.8 boards, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals, while making 55.3 percent of his shots. Nasty.
Nov 23 - 8:43 PM

Carlos Boozer (shoulder) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

He was listed as probable after missing Saturday's practice, was downgraded to questionable on Sunday afternoon, and ultimately ruled out an hour before tip-off. Ed Davis will get the start at PF in his absence, which should shore up the Lakers' leaky interior defense, and he's worth spot-starting as long as Boozer is sidelined.
Nov 23 - 8:12 PM

Leandro Barbosa suffered a sprained right knee during Sunday's game, and he will not return.

Barbosa didn't immediately leave the game, staying in to shoot free throws and play a few possessions, but he was ruled out upon further examination. Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala should get more playing time in his absence, but fantasy owners should consider him questionable to play Tuesday.
Nov 23 - 8:06 PM

Andrew Bogut suffered an orbital contusion during Sunday's game, and he will not return.

It's not entirely clear when he suffered the injury, but with luck the bruise won't cause him to sit out Tuesday vs. the Heat. If he does miss more time, Marreese Speights would likely start at center with Festus Ezeli as his primary backup.
Nov 23 - 8:01 PM

Chris Andersen went down during the Heat-Hornets game with a sprained right ankle, and he will not return.

Andersen limped his way to the locker room and the injury looked ugly enough that it's unsurprising to see him ruled out for the night. If he misses an extended period of time, his minutes will be split up between Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem.
Nov 23 - 6:44 PM

Tony Allen (illness) will return to the starting lineup on Sunday, sending Tayshaun Prince to the bench.

Allen can be viewed as a steals-specialist as he doesn't contribute much else to the stat sheet, but he does have a favorable matchup today against the Clippers. Get him active if you've got him.
Nov 23 - 5:58 PM

David Lee (hamstring) is targeting a return for Friday vs. the Hornets, or Saturday vs. the Pistons.

It's unclear if Lee would return as a starter or a reserve, but he'd likely be on a minutes restriction during his first couple of games, and given Draymond Green's impressive play it seems likely Lee would come off the bench initially. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so stay tuned for more updates as we draw closer to Friday's tip.
Nov 23 - 5:46 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) remains without an official timetable for his return, and he's currently not allowed to go through shooting drills, as doctors don't want him jumping.

We'll pass along any updates as they become available, but it's not looking like MKG is anywhere near making a return. While he's out, Gerald Henderson and Gary Neal will continue to see extended minutes, and Neal looks like a solid pickup for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
Nov 23 - 5:04 PM

Norris Cole (finger) will not play Sunday vs. the Hornets.

Chalmers will draw the start at point guard tonight with Cole sidelined, and he has a favorable matchup vs. the Hornets. Shannon Brown will likely draw another start at shooting guard, and Shabazz Napier will also get some additional run off the bench. Chalmers is looking like a must-start guy for Sunday, and Napier is coming off two solid games making him an attractive plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Brown logged 36 minutes in his last outing, but was only able to turn in seven points and two assists, making him a risky daily league option.
Nov 23 - 4:28 PM




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