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X-rays were negative on Kevin Love's finger and he was diagnosed with a sprained third metacarpal on Thursday night.

This is obviously good news for his owners that he didn't break the same bone that was fractured from doing knuckle pushups back in October. Love should be considered questionable for Saturday's game at home against the Blazers.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 12:31:00 AM

Kawhi Leonard (eye) will play against the Suns on Friday, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

Leonard will travel with the team to Phoenix after practicing for the last several days, and Gregg Popovich gave the best news that Leonard's fantasy owners could hope for in saying, ""He's in for Friday." Leonard has been a popular breakout pick among the Rotoworld hoops staff and owners shouldn't think twice about putting him in their lineups for Friday night.
Oct 30 - 12:58 PM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) refused to speak to reporters about his injury following Houston's win over the Jazz on Wednesday.

Beverly spent a good deal of time in the treatment room after leaving the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and was in no mood to talk with reporters. "Don’t come over here with questions," he said. "I’m not answering no questions." Several Rockets sources said the injury doesn't seem serious, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues may want to take a flier on Isaiah Canaan just in case Beverley misses any time.
Oct 30 - 12:34 PM

Mavericks sign G J.J. Barea.

After clearing waivers on Wednesday, Barea has signed a veteran's minimum deal to rejoin the Dallas Mavericks. "We could not be more excited to have J.J. back in a Mavericks uniform," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "He was a key contributor in bringing a championship to Dallas. A player with his experience and leadership will be a great addition to our team." Barea brings more real value to the Mavericks than he does fantasy value to fantasy owners as he'll be part of a crowded backcourt rotation alongside Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, Raymond Felton, and Devin Harris.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Oct 30 - 12:13 PM

Brandon Jennings said he was surprised at his lack of usage during Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

While Jennings did say that it is the coach's decision, he didn't sound happy about only seeing 20 minutes of playing time during the Pistons' opening night loss. "A little surprising," he said. "Never happened before in my career. But hey, it is what it is. We've just got to keep pushing through it." D.J. Augustin saw 28 minutes of action and received a voice of support from head coach Stan Van Gundy after the game. "I thought he was playing better than Brandon, I guess," Van Gundy said. This situation has a chance of getting ugly pretty quickly, but Jennings' fantasy owners don't have much of a choice than to sit tight and hope things turn around.
Oct 30 - 11:20 AM

Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in his first game as the Heat's starting point guard during Wednesday's win against Washington.

Cole had a big opening night as played 27 minutes in his new role and impressed head coach Erik Spoelstra. "I wasn’t even expecting that. I just wanted him to quarterback our team and make decisions and get us organized," Spoelstra said. "He came out super aggressive at the beginning, almost frantic, and then settled in from there." The 26-year-old emergence has relegated Mario Chalmers to second unit duties and makes Cole a must-add in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 30 - 10:48 AM

Rajon Rondo (hand) told reporters that he felt "91 percent" during Wednesday's 121-105 win over the Nets.

Rondo's tongue-in-cheek self-appraisal has gone from 79 to 83 to 91 percent over the course of a week, so he's trending in the right direction. His 13 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block, and one three-pointer on Wednesday night had opponents noticing too. "Rondo was classic," said Kevin Garnett. "I don't know what he said he was, 89, 83 percent? That's a hell of an 83 percent." Head coach Brad Stevens said Rondo won't be on a minutes restriction going forward, so as long as he can stay healthy, the 28-year-old will be a threat to post a triple-double on any given night.
Source: ESPN Boston
Oct 30 - 10:32 AM

Pau Gasol thinks his brother Marc may end up with the New York Knicks when he hits free agency after the 2014-15 season.

The Knicks are a logical suitor as they'll have over $20 million in cap space next summer, but it sounds like the brother have already spoken about Pau's former coach. "Hopefully he’ll have a strong year and all the options in the world, because he’s one of the top centers, interior players in the league, so any team would be fortunate to have him," Pau said. "It’s a personal decision. I talked to my brother enough about Phil that he knows what he brings to the table. Gasol had a strong season opener with 32 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks and is one of the better centers in fantasy basketball as long as he is healthy.
Oct 30 - 9:15 AM

Isaiah Thomas filled it up in just 20 minutes during an easy 119-99 win over the Lakers on Wednesday, making 9-of-11 from the field for 23 points with one rebound, three assists and five 3-pointers.

That's good for a ridiculous 104.5 effective field goal percentage, 17.8 assist ratio and a 29.2 usage rate. Thomas is definitely going to have some down nights with his minutes taking a hit, but he just looks so good in this up-tempo offense. He won't be this great, but should be a player worth starting now and would become a tremendous asset should Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe need to miss time.
Oct 30 - 4:03 AM

Marcus Morris caught fire against the Lakers on Wednesday with 21 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers as the starting small forward.

He owned the Lakers last season and got it going tonight in the blowout. In the post-game interview, Morris said he was practicing 200-300 attempts from beyond the arc per night, so it paid some immediate dividends. P.J. Tucker is still out for two more games, so fantasy owners should consider Marcus a near must-start option until further notice.
Oct 30 - 3:31 AM

Kobe Bryant attempted 25 of the Lakers' 86 shots from the field, making 11 of them for 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a blowout 119-99 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.

If you're scoring at home, he had a usage rate of 43.6, which is a basically 150 percent of what the 2013-14 league leader posted. Usage is obviously not going to be a problem for Kobe, so the stats are going to be there as long as you're OK with some efficiency issues. He should get better and just needs to stay healthy.
Oct 30 - 3:27 AM

Ed Davis turned in a big line against the Suns on Wednesday with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.

He is 2-for-2 with big lines and it looks like he's earning his bump in minutes. The Lakers are getting absolutely torched on defense and Carlos Boozer isn't helping. A move to the starting lineup for Davis could help, but he's still worth owning in most leagues even with his current bench role.
Oct 30 - 3:04 AM


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