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Ricky Rubio's strict minutes limit will be reevaluated before Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

"I hope so," Rubio said when asked about his minutes increasing. Rick Adelman said "all parties concerned will discuss increasing Rubio's minutes," but it's not clear how much leash he'd be given. The club will continue to treat Rubio with kid gloves, but the training wheels will eventually come off. When that happens, minutes for Luke Ridnour, Alexey Shved and J.J. Barea will be harder to come by.
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 08:54:00 AM

Myles Turner is questionable for Monday's game vs. Boston with a sore right thigh.

Turner had a sore right knee and a sore right calf earlier this season that came with a questionable tag, but he hasn't missed a game since his concussion. This is the second night of a back-to-back set after Turner logged 33 minutes vs. Brooklyn, but hopefully he continues to play through these minor ailments. If not, Domantas Sabonis would likely slide into the starting lineup and would be a strong play in all formats.
Dec 18 - 1:41 PM

Derrick Favors (eye) will not play on Monday vs. Houston.

With Favors out of the lineup against the Cavs on Saturday, Ekpe Udoh started and had a really nice line of nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and six blocks in 33 minutes. He's worth a long look as a short-term solution, and we should see a lot of small-ball lineups tonight as well.
Dec 18 - 12:56 PM

Lauri Markkanen (back) went through shootaround and is on track to start Monday's game vs. the 76ers.

Even with Nikola Mirotic lighting it up, it's a really good sign for Markkanen's rest-of-season outlook that he's keeping his job after a three-game absence. His minutes likely won't be as high going forward with Mirotic around, but he's a hold in fantasy leagues. Bobby Portis' minutes should also take a hit.
Dec 18 - 12:51 PM

Steven Adams (concussion) will not play on Monday vs. the Nuggets.

He's still in the concussion protocol and his status for the rest of the week is up in the air. With Adams on the shelf on Saturday, Dakari Johnson started and played 14 minutes, Patrick Patterson played 25 minutes off the bench and Nick Collison played nine. None of those guys are reliable fantasy options.
Dec 18 - 12:39 PM

Wes Johnson (left foot soreness) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

This is a new issue for Johnson and it couldn't come at a worse time for the Clippers. With Danilo Gallinari (glute) still out, this means we should see a healthy dose of Sam Dekker and C.J. Williams on the wings.
Dec 18 - 12:37 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) will not play on Monday vs. the Suns.

Smith Jr. did go through the morning shootaround which suggests he's getting closer, but he will sit out his sixth straight game. When asked about Wednesday's game vs. Detroit, coach Rick Carlisle said it's "possible" DSJ returns for that one. Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea are both solid streaming options in a cupcake matchup vs. Phoenix.
Dec 18 - 12:31 PM

Lou Williams (right foot sprain) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

Williams has been solid all season for the Clippers and has been on fire lately with December averages of 22.9 points, 7.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 triples. There's no word of the severity, so his fantasy owners should sit tight for now. Austin Rivers will be returning from his concussion tonight and is looking at more touches, while Milos Teodosic and Jawun Evans should be heavily involved in the offense as well.
Dec 18 - 12:25 PM

Austin Rivers is expected to return from his concussion on Monday vs. the Spurs.

This confirms another report from Sunday. Rivers has officially cleared the concussion protocol and the timing couldn't be any better with Lou Williams now sidelined with an ankle issue. If you can live with some inefficient shooting, Rivers will be a solid streaming option for the injury-depleted Clippers.
Dec 18 - 12:24 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Thunder according to coach Mike Malone.

He injured his ankle back on Friday, so it doesn't sound like he made enough progress over the weekend. With Mudiay expected to sit, Jamal Murray should see a heavy workload and Will Barton should see a bump in usage with the second unit.
Dec 18 - 12:18 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Jimmy Butler (back) to play on Monday vs. the Blazers.

Butler was listed as questionable with back spasms, but Thibodeau added that it loosened up during the morning shootaround. We'll confirm that Butler is starting after the pre-game warmups, but he's safe to pencil into lineups for now.
Dec 18 - 12:14 PM

Justise Winslow (knee) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Hawks.

We'd be surprised to see Winslow play through this knee issue even with the Heat missing several bodies. With James Johnson (ankle) and Hassan Whiteside (knee) already ruled out, we could see some two-center lineups with guys like Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo and Jordan Mickey getting a bump.
Dec 18 - 12:04 PM




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