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Dion Waiters (ankle) will practice on Monday and will play on Tuesday against the Raptors, but Byron Scott wouldn't commit to starting him.

C.J. Miles has been holding down the shooting guard spot of late with Waiters sidelined, averaging 22.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and an unbelievable 4.3 3-pointers. Byron Scott doesn't want to shake Miles' newly found confidence, and the Cavs could work Waiters in slowly following an eight-game absence.
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 09:36:00 AM

J.J. Barea (left calf) is expected to miss weeks due to his calf injury from Friday night.

Coach Rick Carlisle was not encouraged after the game. "Same calf, different area. Unlucky. It's gonna be a while," Carlisle said. That means Barea has now suffered three different injuries to his lower left leg with a previous calf strain and another Achilles problem before that. The Mavs likely have to shut him down at least to help his career long term. He's a drop candidate. Meanwhile, go get Seth Curry in all leagues while Devin Harris also benefits.
Jan 20 - 11:45 PM

Nick Young hyperextended his left knee on Friday vs. the Pacers and is questionable to return.

X-rays were negative and there's a chance that Young could play in the second half. If Young or D'Angelo Russell (knee) are unable to return, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will be busy in the second half. Stay tuned .
Jan 20 - 11:43 PM

Caris LeVert made all six shots from the field and both free throws for 17 points against the Pelicans on Friday, adding five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

Kaboom. There has been buzz about LeVert for over a month and coach Kenny Atkinson has said that the rookie is forcing his hand to play him more despite how he planned to bring him along slowly. Since 1983-84, LeVert is the only Net to post at least 15 points, five boards and five assists while not missing any shots. He ran the offense a ton in the second half and his efficiency has been fantastic lately as a scorer with some of the flashiest moves in the NBA. With how well he's been playing, how he plays three positions, has his coach talking him up, and with the Nets playing at the fastest pace in the NBA, he has to be added right now.
Jan 20 - 11:35 PM

Nick Young limped to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday.

He had a tweak to his left knee on a non-contact injury and couldn't put weight on it as he hopped off the floor. Young was in a lot of pain along the baseline for about two minutes before going back to the locker room. If he's out, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will be busy. We'll likely see more Jose Calderon and Brandon Ingram, as well.
Jan 20 - 11:29 PM

D'Angelo Russell has been diagnosed with a mild MCL sprain in his right knee, but he could return for the second half of Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

This is great news. It sounds like the injury is very minor, but we'll know for sure when Russell is re-evaluated at halftime. Jose Calderon entered the game when Russell went back to the locker room, but Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will benefit the most if Russell misses time.
Jan 20 - 11:09 PM

J.J. Barea suffered a lower left leg injury in the fourth quarter and went to the locker room.

He went up for a jump shot and just over-extended his calf or Achilles. This is the same leg that has cost him several games in multiple stints this year, so he's almost a lock to miss time. Make sure Seth Curry isn't on your waiver wire.
Jan 20 - 10:57 PM

Elfrid Payton scored 20 points with six assists, four rebounds, three steals and two triples in Friday's 112-96 win over the Bucks.

Payton logged a team-high 37 minutes and the Magic used a lot of two-PG lineups with Jodie Meeks (right thumb) and Evan Fournier (heel, foot) both out -- C.J. Watson played 31 minutes and D.J. Augustin played 28. Payton is going to be a workhorse going forward and finished 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. The Magic have been linked to Goran Dragic, so Payton's owners will obviously be hoping for a quiet trade deadline.
Jan 20 - 10:17 PM

Kemba Walker scored 32 points in a 113-78 win over the Raptors on Friday, adding four rebounds, eight assists and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

It's been a while since we've see a Kemba explosion like this one with only 21.4 points per game in his previous five. We've love to call this an All-Star snub game, but Walker said he didn't really care about that. "I really don’t care, honestly," Walker said. "It’s really starting to get old, hearing about it. If my name is called, I’ll be super excited. But if not, I’ll just have to move on." He has a great chance to be a reserve, but the East guards are stacked.
Jan 20 - 10:16 PM

Greg Monroe played just 14 minutes in Friday's loss to the Magic and scored seven points on 2-of-7 shooting.

The worst nightmare for Monroe's owners came true on Friday as the Bucks used a three-man rotation at center for the first time since November (with the exception of garbage time) -- Miles Plumlee and John Henson each played 16 minutes. Hopefully the lopsided score had something to do with it, but this is worth keeping an eye on during Saturday's game vs. the Heat. Monroe added five rebounds, one assist and one steal, and he's still a hold in standard leagues despite scoring just two points in 18 minutes in his previous outing.
Jan 20 - 9:58 PM

Larry Nance (knee) will return to practice on Saturday and will play limited minutes on Sunday vs. Dallas.

He's not going to play on Friday vs. the Pacers, but this is huge news for the Lakers. His minutes will be held in check right out of the gate, but Nance is worth keeping an eye on going forward with the Lakers rebuilding. Nance averaged 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 steals in 22.4 minutes on 58.4 percent shooting prior to the injury, so it makes sense to put him on your watch list.
Jan 20 - 9:46 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) will not play on Friday vs. the Pacers.

Brandon Ingram will start in his place once again. The Lakers initially said Deng was out indefinitely a few days back, but he was a game-time call tonight which suggests he's probably day-to-day. Regardless, he belongs on the wire in most leagues anyways. Ingram is looking at a heavy workload and is trending up as a nice stash in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 9:32 PM




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