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Anthony Davis picked up a few quick fouls on Saturday and sat out most of the first half, before being benched down the stretch in favor of Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith.

A Hornets source reportedly said, by way of explanation, "[the] rotation now is clicking," and Monty Williams heaped praise on both Jason Smith and Al-Farouq Aminu after the game. With those two guys playing a combined 66 minutes, and Ryan Anderson playing 38 minutes off the bench, AD was apparently just squeezed out of the picture. We doubt this will become a trend, but owners should obviously check back to see how Monty addresses the decision.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 12:16:00 AM

Tristan Thompson will start at center against the Magic on Friday.

The Cavs don't really draw up plays for him, so most of his output on offense is going to come off the offensive glass. For what it's worth, he only has a usage rate of 15.1 when he's on the floor with LeBron James and Kevin Love. He's a decent bet for a double-double with not much else.
Dec 26 - 6:20 PM

Matthew Dellavedova will start against the Magic on Friday in place of Kyrie Irving (knee).

While he will get plenty of minutes, Dellavedova is not going to be handling the ball too much and will likely act more like a shooting guard. He has a tiny usage rate of just 11.6 this season, so don't expect him to score much. Dellavedova is still a punt play in DFS or in deep leagues.
Dec 26 - 6:17 PM

Kendall Marshall will enter the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. Atlanta, shifting Brandon Knight over to SG, and sending O.J. Mayo to the bench.

Mayo has been struggling lately, shooting just 4-of-14 from the field over the last two games. Marshall hasn't done much this season to warrant attention in standard leagues, and he only managed to put up three points and four assists during his last start. This will be the 13th different starting lineup for the Bucks this season.
Dec 26 - 6:15 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Magic on Friday.

Wow. He must have had some pain in warmups due to his contusion from Thursday. Irving has multiple minor knee injuries and the last thing the Cavs need would be for him to make it worse. With Irving out, expect Matthew Dellavedova to play most of his minutes at point guard, which will also open up minutes at shooting guard for Dion Waiters. Fantasy owners could give Delly and Dion a look as a plug-and-play.
Dec 26 - 6:13 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee contusion) and LeBron James (leg tightness) will play on Friday against the Magic.

Irving had a minor issue late in Thursday's game and was a bit of a bigger question mark for tonight, but it sounds like he's good to go. He should see his normal amount of playing time and will likely turn rookie Elfrid Payton into a pretzel tonight. Start him.
Dec 26 - 5:35 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (stomach illness) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

This is not the same thing as his viral meningitis, so there is a chance he could miss this one. Cousins doesn't usually miss games when it's up to him and he actually refused a minutes limit in his first game back this month. Still, his fantasy owners will have to check back. Ryan Hollins is out, so Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson are a little safer for owners in very deep leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 26 - 5:08 PM

Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 27 points against the Celtics on Friday with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

He made all 10 attempts from the line and hit a clutch 15-foot jumper to help the Nets get the win. Deron Williams was active for this one and the Nets are going to ease him back in hopes he doesn't aggravate his calf issue. Jack has seen his minutes climb to 35 per game over his last four and the Nets are reportedly looking to deal Deron, so Jack is worth a look in standard leagues. He's more of a stash, though.
Dec 26 - 4:04 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) and LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) are questionable to play against the 76ers on Friday.

Considering the matchup and how much Batum has struggled with his shot, he's probably a little closer to doubtful tonight. He did not play on Tuesday and it was mostly Allen Crabbe getting some extra run. Coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups a lot, so Crabbe is still an extremely risky play.
Dec 26 - 2:54 PM

Hollis Thompson (illness) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

He's been out since Sunday, so this is a bit strange and hopefully he's OK. While he is out, JaKarr Sampson, K.J. McDaniels and Tony Wroten will get more run at shooting guard. Jerami Grant may also play a bit more, but is not a great fantasy option. Thompson is not worth owning in most leagues.
Dec 26 - 2:26 PM

Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play Friday vs. OKC or Saturday vs. Orlando, but is hopeful for Monday's game vs. Milwaukee.

"I think we had a good idea he’d be out longer – it’s a tough [injury] day-to-day; where it is makes it hard to know," coach Steve Clifford said. "[Monday] at the very earliest. He hasn’t been able to do anything. He’s just getting to the point where he can even shoot." Gary Neal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gerald Henderson will see an uptick in value with Stephenson sidelined.
Dec 26 - 1:43 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli, and Kyle Anderson will all see extended minutes with Leonard sidelined, with Green offering the most upside out of the group. Coach Gregg Popovich said that Leonard's return will be based on his ability to tolerate the pain, and he remains without an official return date.
Dec 26 - 1:28 PM




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