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An MRI on Mo Williams' right thumb revealed damage and he is out indefinitely.

Williams has been battling injuries all year and an injury to his shooting thumb could sideline him for an extended period of time. He's torn ligaments in his thumb before, but some of his owners might want to wait for a more specific diagnosis before cutting him. Although, if there's a hot free agent on the wire in a standard league, cutting Williams makes sense. Jamaal Tinsley will take over as the starter and is worth an add for owners looking to bolster their assist total.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 04:37:00 PM

Wilson Chandler (right hip soreness) will not play against the Magic on Saturday.

This is the same hip that kept him out all of last season and needed surgery, so this isn't a minor thing. That said, it's just soreness, so don't panic on him. Chandler has played way too many minutes because he's been the best and most consistent player. With Chandler out of the lineup, Kenneth Faried may be back in the mix while Darrell Arthur and Juancho Hernagomez get boosts, as well. Expect bigger usage rates for Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray in the second unit.
Dec 10 - 4:43 PM

Derrick Rose went through a full practice on Saturday.

More importantly, coach Jeff Hornacek said Rose looked good out there. Rose said he expects to play on Sunday against the Lakers, so this news coincides with that timetable. Rose would likely start and sounds like he could play 30 minutes. Brandon Jennings would move to the bench and be looking at minutes in the mid-20s.
Dec 10 - 4:32 PM

The Magic recalled Stephen Zimmerman on Saturday.

That is not a good sign for Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Nikola Vucevic (back) for tonight. Zimmerman actually blew up in the D-League on Friday with 20 points, 12 boards and two blocks. He's been awesome all year at Erie with averages of 21.8 points, 15.8 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.5 block -- yes, that's nice. He may get in the rotation and was a block machine in Summer League, but it would take a little slice of crazy to roll him out there for DFS. That would change if Vogel gets wild and starts him.
Dec 10 - 4:25 PM

Updating a previous item, D'Angelo Russell (knee) has a chance to play against the Knicks on Sunday.

He was taking some contact in his 3-on-3 on Saturday and went through a full practice, so that may have met coach Luke Walton's requirements to suit up. A big factor will be how his body responded to today's workload. Russell has said he's healthy and is already past his original prognosis. He'll likely be a game-time call. If he's out, Jordan Clarkson would go back to the bench while Lou Williams may actually slow down a bit.
Dec 10 - 4:02 PM

Isaiah Thomas (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Oklahoma City.

He did not even travel for the road game. Thomas has said he wants to play on Wednesday, but the Celtics are really going to be careful for him. Coach Brad Stevens said on Friday he really wants to make sure he's over his injury and doesn't want it to linger. With Thomas out, Marcus Smart gets the start while Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown get some extra playing time. Smart is worth a pickup in most leagues despite his shooting woes.
Dec 10 - 2:38 PM

Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play against the Pistons on Sunday.

This will be the eighth straight game Bayless has missed. Sergio Rodriguez will start once again. S-Rod has played well in place of Bayless this season. Rodriguez is averaging 9.1 points, 6.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 28.0 minutes in the 22 games he has started this season.
Dec 10 - 1:33 PM

Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) will be available to play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

Okafor had missed three straight games due to the illness. The Sixers are saying that Okafor will not have a minutes restriction. He will likely start on Sunday, as Joel Embiid (elbow/rest) will not be available. Nerlens Noel is also set to make his season debut on Sunday. Noel will likely split time backup minutes with Richaun Holmes
Dec 10 - 1:19 PM

Nerlens Noel (knee) will be available to make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Pistons.

Noel had surgery to repair inflamed tissue above his left knee on Oct. 24. He has been practicing with the team for weeks and is finally ready to get back on the court. Noel enters an unfavorable fantasy situation, due to the glut of quality bigs on the Sixers roster. Embiid has been phenomenal and will start and play at least 25 minutes whenever he suits up. Embiid will not play Sunday, but when he is available, Noel will likely have to compete for minutes behind Embidd with fellow bigs Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes.
Dec 10 - 1:02 PM

Joel Embiid (minor inflammation in right elbow) will not play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

Embiid is dealing with a minor elbow issue, but part of the reason for sitting him on Sunday is also in order to keep his minutes at a minimum, or as the team terms it, "in conjunction with load management." After Sunday, the Sixers next game is Wednesday vs. the Raptors. We will have to wait until early next week to find out if the elbow is more than a minor issue, or if he will be back in the lineup on Wednesday. The Sixers frontcourt will be a bit more crowded next time Embiid suits up, as both Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are available to play Sunday.
Dec 10 - 1:01 PM

Gordon Hayward (finger) will play Saturday vs. the Kings.

Hayward sat out Thursday's game against the Warriors after aggravating his finger injury on Tuesday. However, Hayward will be back in the saddle on Saturday and has been able to play well despite dealing with the nagging injury all season. He is currently averaging career-highs in points (23.1) and rebounds (6.4), in addition to 3.9 assists, 1.7 3-pointers, and 1.1 steals. Make sure he is back in your starting lineup.
Dec 10 - 12:59 PM

Andre Iguodala (rest) will not play Saturday vs. Memphis.

This will be the first game Iggy has missed this season. The Warriors play a back-to-back on Saturday vs. the Grizz and then play in Minnesota on Sunday. Shaun Livingston (fresh of a DNP-rest) and Ian Clark will likely soak up Iggy's minutes (he's averaging 24.6 minutes per game this season).
Dec 10 - 12:57 PM




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