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Larry Drew said he plans to keep Lou Williams in his starting lineup.

Drew originally put Williams into the starting five due to a foot injury to Devin Harris, but the Hawks coach now sounds committed to Williams as a starter even after Harris comes back. "I’m going to stay with what’s been working for us," Drew said. "He’s been good in our lineup and I’m going to keep it that way." The Hawks are 5-1 since Williams joined the starting lineup, and he's averaging 16.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.7 3s in those games. Harris, meanwhile, will not play in Friday's game against the Pistons.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 04:12:00 PM

The Pelicans are waiving Jordan Crawford.

This move is to open a spot for Jameer Nelson. Steez actually had a productive game on Friday with 13 points, one rebound, seven assists and three 3-pointers. He also had a whopping 15.2 points per game in April last year and he's probably responsible for some fantasy titles with his 41-point game in the 2013-14 season finale. Some team should sign him after he clears waivers.
Oct 21 - 4:09 PM

Jameer Nelson has agreed on a one-year deal with the Pelicans, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

That did not take long. The Pelicans make a strong case because they can offer him minutes right now and they could contend for the postseason. Nelson can clearly still play and he could even start next to Jrue Holiday. He likely won't be handling the ball much and there won't be many shots available, so he's only worth adding in very deep fantasy leagues.
Oct 21 - 3:10 PM

Rodney Hood (calf) has been ruled out for Saturday against the Thunder.

He had no chance to play today after he was carried off the court on Friday, but the good news is he is day-to-day. Hopefully, Hood can make it back at some point next week. Last night, Thabo Sefolosha replaced Hood at the time of the injury and played the final 6:08. Besides him, there could be more minutes for Donovan Mitchell, Alec Burks or even Raul Neto. Mitchell is the only one worth owning in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 3:05 PM

According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Rodney Hood's MRI revealed a minor calf strain and Hood is considered day-to-day.

This is great news for the Jazz, as it appeared Hood was dealing with a significant injury when he had to be carried off the court Friday night. We don't yet have official word on his status for Saturday's game vs. OKC, but it's probably safe to assume Utah will hold him out for at least one game. If Hood is sidelined, Donovan Mitchell and Thabo Sefolosha would be the most likely candidates to replace him in the starting lineup. Alec Burks would also likely see an uptick in minutes.
Oct 21 - 1:57 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said the Rockets will hold out Chris Paul until his knee is "completely well."

"It wasn't responding as quickly as we wanted," D'Antoni said. "We're going to hold him out until it's completely well. There really is no timetable on it. We're going to make sure it's 100 percent well. It is hard to put a timetable on it. If it is (a month-long absence) it is." This confirmes the ESPN report that CP3 will likely be sidelined 2-to-4 weeks. The Rockets will be cautious with Paul, as their primary focus is making sure he is as close to 100 percent as possible in April and May.
Oct 21 - 1:49 PM

DeMar DeRozan (illness) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup with the Sixers.

Game notes designations should always be taken with a grain of salt, so we'll have to wait until coach Dwane Casey addresses the media to see if DeRozan is in real danger of missing tonight's game. If DeRozan is unable to play, C.J. Miles would likely be inserted into the starting lineup. Norm Powell would see extended minutes and increased scoring opportunities. OG Anunoby might also see an uptick in playing time.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 21 - 1:34 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) practiced with the Hornets on Saturday.

Kidd-Gilchrist had been away from the team for almost two weeks, as he dealt with an undisclosed, excused personal situation. Charlotte's next game is Monday vs. Milwaukee. It is unknown if MKG will be ready to suit up for that contest. Dwayne Bacon started each of the Hornets first two games, averaging 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game. Bacon will be bumped back to the bench once Kidd-Gilchrist is ready to play starter's minutes.
Oct 21 - 1:22 PM

Aaron Gordon (sore left ankle) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. the Cavs.

Gordon initially injured his ankle in the Magic's season opener vs. Miami. He was a GTD for Friday's game as well and ended up sitting out, telling reporters that he would have hurt the team if he tried to play through the pain. Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to wait until just prior to tip-off before getting confirmation on his status. Jonathan Isaac started in place of Gordon Friday and tallied nine points and three dimes in 23 minutes. Nikola Vucevic had a monster night (41 points and 12 boards) as the focal point of the offense on Friday.
Oct 21 - 10:35 AM

Elfrid Payton (strained left hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Cleveland.

Payton injured the hamstring in Friday's game vs. Brooklyn and was unable to return for the second half. Hamstring injuries can linger if not fully healed, so it's safe to assume the Magic will want Payton to get as close to 100 percent as possible before returning. He can be considered questionable for Orlando's next game on Tuesday. The Magic will start either D.J. Augustin or Shelvin Mack at point guard on Saturday. Augustin is the preferred DFS option, as he logged 23 minutes Friday night, while Mack played only 10.
Oct 21 - 10:11 AM

Lonzo Ball turned it around against the Suns during a 132-130 win on Friday, making 12-of-27 from the field for 29 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

He just missed becoming the youngest player ever to have a triple-double. The Suns kept going underneath screens and Lonzo made them pay with what could be one of his highest scoring games of the year. He's been known as a pass-first guy since he showed up, but at times coach Luke Walton has said Ball needs to look for his shot and Brandon Ingram said Ball being aggressive makes the team better. He's had a bad debut in summer league, preseason and in the regular season, so maybe he'll keep it going now. He won't play the Suns every night, though.
Oct 21 - 3:24 AM

Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 25 points against the Suns on Friday, adding two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

This was against what looks like the worst defense in the league, but this is still great news after a rough month overall for the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft. We saw the Lakers give Ingram big minutes last year despite a disappointing season, so he could be among the league leaders for playing time. He'll be a roller coaster this year, but the upside is there.
Oct 21 - 3:12 AM




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