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Jacque Vaughn confirmed that Glen Davis suffered a left shoulder injury and he will be evaluated on Thursday.

He will likely get an MRI to check for any ligament damage. His owners will have to hold their collective breaths for the news and there's certainly some legitimate concern given the amount of pain Davis was dealing with. Andrew Nicholson, Gustavo Ayon and Josh McRoberts could be in line to take some of Big Baby's minutes. It could be a committee, so most owners shouldn't make a speculative add until we get the results of Thursday's evaluation.
Wed, Dec 19, 2012 09:59:00 PM

Marcus Smart (Achilles) is active against the Wolves on Friday night.

He's had some bad luck with injuries in the past month, spraining his ankle and suffering an Achilles injury. Smart will likely be eased back into his role, but his upside in steals and treys make him a very hot commodity. He should get better from the field and isn't too bad from the line. Smart should be owned in standard leagues.
Dec 19 - 5:53 PM

Evan Turner will start at point guard against the Wolves on Friday.

Marcus Smart (Achilles) might not be at 100 percent, so there should be a lot of playing time headed Turner's way. Coach Brad Stevens has the Celtics running at the fastest pace in the league, so there is a nice opportunity for Turner in a daily league. His value in season-long formats is also intriguing, but his upside is not as high as Smart's.
Dec 19 - 5:39 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Lakers.

OKC really didn't need him for a game against one of the bottom-tier teams in the Western Conference, and Russell Westbrook will be primed for a big game tonight. Perry Jones will likely slide into the starting lineup, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Durant will be re-evaluated on Saturday to determine his availability for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans. Stay tuned.
Dec 19 - 5:33 PM

Gerald Henderson will start against the 76ers on Friday.

Lance Stephenson (hip) did not even travel and is expected to miss time. Henderson has not been very active with the ball while with the first unit, posting a 15.5 usage rate while he's next to Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson this season. He's only worth a look in very deep leagues.
Dec 19 - 4:24 PM

Jeff Teague (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Saturday against the Rockets.

It's clear the Hawks are not going to rush him back, which makes sense considering how many players have aggravated their hamstring strains this season -- David Lee and Patrick Beverley, for example. His fantasy owners should just bench him and expect him back next week. Dennis Schroder gets a date with Patrick Beverley while Shelvin Mack will also get some run.
Dec 19 - 3:23 PM

Shabazz Muhammad is expected to get more playing time with the trade of Corey Brewer.

He's played very well and has a superstar-like usage rate of 29.2 over his last seven games. Muhammad has also been playing more time at small forward these days, so that bodes very well for his outlook. He's not going to do much outside of scoring, but he does have two three-steal games in his last four. 'Bazz is better suited for points leagues, but he's worth a look in standards, as well.
Dec 19 - 2:52 PM

Corey Brewer has been traded to the Rockets for Troy Daniels, Ronny Turiaf, two second-round picks and cash.

This has been in the works for a few days and was expected to get done today. Brewer will come off the bench to help a very thin second unit for the Rockets right now. He's a great fit in reality, but it's certainly not going to translate to solid fantasy value. Cut him in most leagues. Meanwhile, Shabazz Muhammad will get some extra minutes and is worth a look, especially in points leagues.
Dec 19 - 2:36 PM

Jordan Hill (illness) is expected to start against the Thunder on Friday.

He is expected to have a limitation on his minutes. Hill has been sick for the past two days and was not at shootaround. His owners will want to check back and may want to consider him benching him considering this is a late game. If he's out, Robert Sacre will likely pick up his minutes while Ed Davis may also play a little more.
Dec 19 - 2:22 PM

Rajon Rondo is expected to make his Mavs debut Saturday vs. the Spurs.

It's worth noting that the Mavs still intend to use Monta Ellis as their primary pick-and-roll ball handler, so while the spacing on the floor will change, Ellis' role will not. Rondo should be able to get some easier looks on offense with the offensive weapons that surround him, so perhaps he can improve on his current 40.5 percent shooting from the field.
Dec 19 - 2:13 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) was limited to some light shooting drills during Friday's practice, and he's questionable to play Saturday vs. Portland.

There remains some swelling in Evans knee, and he will take some anti-inflammatory medication and test his knee during shootaround Saturday morning. Austin Rivers stepped into the starting lineup on Thursday with Evans sidelined, but only managed to put up 10 points and six assists over 35 minutes of action. If Evans is unavailable, there will be more shots to go around for guys like Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis. Stay tuned.
Dec 19 - 2:06 PM

Paul Pierce (sore right toe) was a full participant during shootaround, and all signs are pointing towards him being available for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

If Pierce is a go, Otto Porter will head back to the bench where he'll be irreverent in nearly all leagues. Pierce has a favorable matchup today with the Heat, so owners will want to check back for an official update on his status as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Stay tuned.
Dec 19 - 1:48 PM




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