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Updating a previous report, Rajon Rondo (hip/thigh) will play on Sunday.

With Leandro Barbosa also back in action and Avery Bradley's return around the corner, there's not a lot of upside for Jason Terry and Courtney Lee.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 07:53:00 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

Dec 28 - 7:19 PM

Chris Kaman will play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

Dec 28 - 7:17 PM

Tyson Chandler (back spasms) will not play Sunday vs. OKC.

This injury is coming out of nowhere, but that is the nature of back spasms. With Chandler unavailable Dirk Nowitzki, Charlie Villanueva, and Greg Smith will get all the run they can handle. Villanueva has been playing well lately, scoring 13, 18, and 14 points in his last three outings, and he looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Head coach Rick Carlisle said Chandler's injury is not considered serious, so we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Washington.
Dec 28 - 5:58 PM

Josh Smith will start at power forward for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs, sending Donatas Motiejunas to the bench.

Smith was promised a starting job upon signing with Houston, so it was only a matter of time (in this case one game) until he overtook Motiejunas for the starting gig. Donatas was only able to put up four points and six rebounds during his last game, and with the demotion to the bench, he can probably be cut in most leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:48 PM

Gregg Popovich said that a recent MRI taken on Tony Parker's ailing hamstring looked positive, but he remains without an official timetable to return.

It sounds like Parker isn't going to be sidelined much longer, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. For now, Cory Joseph will continue to start at point guard for the Spurs, and he'll provide some short-term value as long as Parker is out.
Dec 28 - 5:47 PM

The Lakers have reportedly claimed Tarik Black off waivers.

They waived Xavier Henry in order to make room for Black on their roster, and Black will likely step into a reserve role in Los Angeles playing limited minutes behind Jordan Hill. He can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:41 PM

Updating a previous report, Patty Mills (shoulder) will suit up for Sunday's game vs. Houston.

Mills will likely be eased back into the rotation, so he's not going to have much value tonight in an unfavorable matchup with the Rockets. However, if he can get up to full speed before Tony Parker returns from his hamstring injury he could provide some short-term value in deeper leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:31 PM

Updating a previous report, Larry Sanders (flu) will not suit up for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

The Bucks will also be without Ersan Ilyasova (concussion), so Zaza Pachulia is going to get all the minutes he can handle, with John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant seeing some increased opportunity. Sanders is not currently traveling with the team, so we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs. He’s been very disappointing this season, and can no longer be considered a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 3:44 PM

Alec Burks (shoulder) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Clippers.

Rodney Hood started the last game that Burks was sidelined, but only managed to put up four points on 1-of-8 shooting from the field, so he's not much of an option in most leagues. Trey Burke however ended up logging 37 minutes, putting up 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting, but it's worth noting that he was playing against the 76ers. With a difficult matchup against the Clippers, Burke doesn't look like a great option on Monday, despite the increased opportunity.
Dec 28 - 3:31 PM

The 76ers have announced that the x-rays that were taken on Nerlens Noel's ankle following Saturday's game have come back negative.

Noel was able to return after briefly leaving Saturday's game when he came down awkwardly on his ankle, so it doesn't look like this is going to be an issue moving forward. However, the 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with their "star players," so we'll be considering Noel questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. If he sits, look for Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to help fill the void.
Dec 28 - 3:15 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons, but head coach David Blatt is hopeful to have him available for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

We'll be monitoring Irving's status closely heading into Tuesday's game, but for now, Matthew Dellavedova will continue to start at point guard for the Cavs. Dellavedova isn't a part of the Cavs offense, and won't be a very attractive option in daily leagues. Dion Waiters is probably the biggest beneficiary sans Irving, and he looks like a nice plug-and-play option with a favorable matchup vs. Detroit.
Dec 28 - 2:55 PM

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