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LeBron James (knee) is expected to play on Friday vs. the Bulls.

As expected. It appears safe to get LeBron into all lineups despite a knee contusion sustained on Wednesday, although LeBron said he'd have to go through more treatment to know "for sure" if he'd play. Erik Spoelstra expects him to play, and so do we.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Kevin Durant (ankle) is making progress, but his return date remains uncertain.

"He’s not ready for the next step," Scott Brooks said. "He’s reached a lot of the benchmarks. He’s getting close. Each day this week he’ll practice and we’ll go from there." Durant did go through shootaround on Sunday, and Brooks added that Durant is "progressing well" every day, but is hesitant to circle a date for KD's return. OKC plays next on Wednesday and then again on Friday.
Source: Oklahoman
Dec 29 - 10:24 AM

Derek Fisher spoke about reducing Amare Stoudemire's (knee) minutes upon his return.

Averaging 26.5 minutes, the most since his 2011-12 campaign, STAT is now sidelined with knee soreness. When he does return, he'll be on some type of maintenance plan to ensure he doesn't break down as the season moves on, and owners will need to keep that in mind. STAT is enjoying a mini-resurgence this season with averages of 13.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks on 55.8 percent shooting.
Dec 29 - 10:16 AM

J.R. Smith (foot) is uncertain about his availability for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

It's painful (when I plant)," Smith said. "I've dealt with pain before in certain instances, but when it’s your foot, I just can’t move and I can’t take another step after planting, so that’s the most frustrating part." Smith isn't sure how much longer he might be out, and with a tear in his plantar fascia, it's going to be a pain tolerance issue for him to get back on the floor. Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue to get big minutes at shooting guard with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) still sidelined.
Dec 29 - 10:12 AM

The Bulls have experimented with Nikola Mirotic playing small forward.

It's an odd fit, but it's the best indication yet that the Bulls are looking to create more minutes for Mirotic. With 23 points, 13 rebounds and five three-pointers over his last two games, despite playing just 32 minutes combined, is a good indication of what he's capable of doing with extended production. Chicago is trying to find a way to get one of its best rotation players on the floor more often, and fantasy owners need to find a way to stash him on the roster.
Source: Real GM
Dec 29 - 9:35 AM

Chris Bosh (calf) went through a full practice on Sunday without limitations, and he is questionable to face the Magic on Monday.

"He was able to go through all of it," Erik Spoelstra said. "First day of testing it," Bosh said. "We wanted to get days like these in before I get back out there." The Heat play Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and it sounds like Bosh has a solid chance of being back this week if he doesn't return on Monday.
Dec 29 - 9:13 AM

Jordan Hill finished Sunday's loss to the Suns with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, a season-low one rebound, two assists, one steal, zero blocks and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

The Suns give up the fourth-most rebounds to their opponents (44.9) and this dud sums up a disappointing month for Hill. Thus far in December he's averaged 26.8 minutes, shot 45.9 percent from the field, averaged 6.6 rebounds, and scored double-digit points in seven out of 14 games. Those numbers are all way down from November but fantasy owners should hang tight in the expectation of a bounce-back in 2015.
Dec 29 - 12:43 AM

Kenneth Faried scored 17 points with 19 boards in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, adding two assists in 38 minutes.

He had 26 points with a career-high 25 rebounds on Friday, and it looks like he has officially turned things around. It is amazing what confidence can do for a player, as the Manimal looks completely reenergized after a disastrous start to the season. The buy-low window is now closed.
Dec 29 - 12:15 AM

Kobe Bryant (rest) returned to action on Sunday with 10 points (4-of-10 shooting), eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and five turnovers in 32 minutes during the Lakers' 107-116 loss to the Suns.

The Black Mamba had missed three straight games to rest his fatigued body, and he spent most of Sunday's game looking for teammates rather than dominating the ball as he had during his first 24 games this season (attempting 22.4 shots per game). The Lakers have no playoff aspirations and they'll be cautious with him the rest of the season -- fantasy owners should plug him into all active lineups while routinely checking his status before games.
Dec 29 - 12:15 AM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) intends to play on Wednesday vs. the Clippers after saying that he normally feels better with a few days of rest.

We admire Melo's courage, but there is no reason for him to continue to labor through knee pain in a lost season for the Knicks -- he said his knee feels "heavy, and weak and fatigued." His owners may want to trade him while they still can, as the possibility of him shutting it down is still looming despite Melo saying that he is not ready to do that. Check back for further updates, and expect Travis Wear, Quincy Acy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to all see a boost if Melo sits.
Dec 29 - 12:04 AM

Lou Williams scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting in a win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He broke out of his slump in a big way, and was unstoppable all game long. Williams has been an obvious candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, and he should continue to be owned in standard leagues for his ability to contribute in 3-pointers, points, assists, and steals.
Dec 29 - 12:00 AM

Jonas Valanciunas played just 17 minutes in Sunday's win over the Nuggets, finishing with seven points, six boards and one steal.

He had a long night and even received a flagrant 1 for elbowing Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic. Valanciunas deserves a pass for this performance after dropping 22 points and 11 boards vs. the Clippers on Saturday, and he should bounce-back against Portland on Tuesday.
Dec 28 - 11:44 PM

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