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Dwight Howard (shoulder) has been diagnosed with a torn labrum and will miss at least one week, but he's officially listed as 'out indefinitely.'

We're viewing the 'one week' timetable skeptically until we know more about the injury -- most labrum tears don't require surgery, and Dwight said outright "I don't need surgery," but the type and severity of the tear will ultimately determine his return date. Jordan Hill (hip) and Pau Gasol (concussion) will miss at least the next two games, which leaves L.A. threadbare in the middle. Antawn Jamison and Earl Clark will be forced into heavy minutes, and we may see Robert Sacre called up from the D-League.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 03:32:00 PM

Nicolas Batum grabbed a season-high 12 boards against the Mavericks on Thursday with 15 points, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

A healthy Batum is going to offset the loss of Wesley Matthews (foot). Batum has suddenly become the player his fantasy owners were hoping for, averaging 12.2 points, 6.2 boards, 6.2 dimes, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 2.2 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. If you bought low, pat yourself on the back.
Mar 6 - 1:09 AM

Arron Afflalo didn't play well against the Mavs on Thursday, making 2-of-9 from the field for six points with three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

Unfortunately for the Blazers, Wesley Matthews (foot) is likely going to miss some serious time with what looks like an Achilles issue. That means Afflalo is likely looking at minutes in the 30s and he should resume Matthews' role as a floor-spacing trey man. The Blazers are second in the NBA an 3-point attempts on the season and Afflalo is a career 39 percent shooter from deep, so it makes sense for him to play big minutes. He should be owned in all standard leagues.
Mar 6 - 1:06 AM

The Blazers are significantly concerned about the seriousness of a lower leg injury to Wesley Matthews (leg) and he will have an MRI.

It doesn't sound good. There are a lot of things that went wrong and based on the TNT report that Matthews was banging his fist on his way to the locker room suggests that the training staff gave him some bad news. Hopefully this is wrong about one of the easiest guys to root for in the NBA, but he could be out for the season. Arron Afflalo should be picked up in all leagues.
Mar 6 - 12:31 AM

Pau Gasol had a productive game against the Thunder on Thursday during a thrilling 108-105 win, scoring 21 points with 12 boards, two assists and one turnover.

He had his 40th double-double for the season, which leads the league (DeMarcus Cousins and Nikola Vucevic are second with 35 each). Gasol also had the pass of the night to set up E'Twaun Moore for the game-winning trey off a gorgeous touch pass. Anthony Davis is the only big man with more fantasy value than Gasol right now.
Mar 5 - 11:37 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 26 points against the Thunder on Thursday with eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He actually didn't play great tonight, making just 5-of-15 from the field. However, he attacked the basket and made 14-of-16 from the line, which launched his usage rate to 30.7 tonight. Mirotic has clearly earned his playing time and he's now scored at least 23 points in each of his last three. In that span, Mirotic averaged 26.0 points, 8.3 boards, 1.3 blocks, 2.3 treys and a 32.3 usage rate. He obviously has to be owned in every league.
Mar 5 - 11:16 PM

E'Twaun Moore was the unlikeliest hero of the night and drilled a game-winning 3-pointer with one second left to beat the Thunder 108-105 on Thursday, finishing with 19 points, four rebounds, two steals, one block and no turnovers.

He had a career high in scoring and made 9-of-10 from the field. Moore also did a bang-up job on Russell Westbrook late in the game and he's likely going to be earning his minutes. The Bulls are going to need someone to play shooting guard and it might be Moore, which mean there will be less minutes for Tony Snell, Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich. He's still going to need to do it again because he scored a combined three points in his previous nine games. Just keep an eye on him in deep leagues.
Mar 5 - 11:10 PM

Russell Westbrook's consecutive triple-double streak was snapped against the Bulls in a 108-105 loss on Thursday, scoring 43 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

That's still a ridiculous line and he now has three consecutive games of scoring at least 40. Westbrook was the OKC offense today, making 14-of-32 from the field and 12-of-15 from the line to give him an absurd usage rate of 50.5. Kobe Bryant has the record for usage rate in a season at 38.7 in 2005-06, but Westbrook has a legitimate chance to top him with his 38.1 entering tonight even before this monster game. In his last four games, he's averaged 42.8 points, 12.8 boards, 9.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 treys. He's a one-man offense.
Mar 5 - 10:58 PM

Serge Ibaka bounced back in loss to the Bulls on Thursday with 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks in 46 minutes.

He somehow only had two points and two boards against the 76ers on Wednesday, but filled the stat sheet tonight. Ibaka was magnificent in his other games since the break, averaging 15.9 points, 10.4 boards, 3.3 blocks and 0.5 steals in his previous eight games. Ibaka is one of the best power forwards in the NBA for fantasy and has missed just three games in his last five seasons.
Mar 5 - 10:46 PM

Steven Adams (hand) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

While Adams will remain sidelined for tonight's game, head coach Scott Brooks hinted that he may be able to return to the lineup for Sunday's game vs. Toronto. When Adams is able to return to action, he'll take away minutes from Mitch McGary and Nick Collison. None of these guys should be owned in standard leagues.
Mar 5 - 6:49 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) was spotted going through a shooting drill during Thursday morning's shootaround, and he appeared to be pushing off his right foot much better than he was just a week ago.

Durant is improving, but he will remain sidelined for Thursday's game vs. Chicago. He is without an official return date, and he has yet to go through a full contact practice with the team, but he has stated that he plans to return before the regular season ends. However, until that happens, Russell Westbrook will continue his phenomenal play as the heart of OKC’s offense, and he’ll be a very popular target in daily leagues.
Mar 5 - 5:56 PM

Paul George (leg) was noncommittal when asked about when he'd be able to return to the court this season.

"I didn't set any deadline," said George. "I said I was hopeful after two weeks of working out that I'd be in game-playing shape, but there's still no deadline." He also added that he feels he'll be brought along slowly if/when he is able to return to the court, but when he's been practicing, he has not experienced any pain that would hold him back from doing what he needs to do. We'll continue to track George's progress closely, and while he isn't a must-stash guy with no official return date on the calendar, his upside is certainly significant.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 5 - 4:27 PM




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