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LaMarcus Aldridge's wrist X-rays came back negative and he's been diagnosed with a sprain.

Owners can safely exhale. Although the problem is on Aldridge's shooting hand, he is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Heat. We previously blurbed this as just "water under the bridge," but we had second thoughts and will simply advise owners to not panic but to take shooting wrist injuries seriously in general. Aldridge has dealt with chest, ankle, back and this wrist injury throughout the year, but has missed just two games and is averaging 20.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and a career-high 1.3 blocks.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Robert Covington kept it going against the Hornets on Friday with 19 points, two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and six 3-pointers.

He's for real. Covington is lapping the field for pickup of the year in deep leagues. He is a perfect fit for the 76ers and is going to keep this up all year. There's a decent chance he flirts with top-40 value. Over his last four, he's averaged 19.0 points, 5.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 4.3 treys.
Dec 19 - 10:02 PM

Landry Fields received stitches to his head on Friday and will not return.

He had a scary fall and might have suffered a concussion. Fields was in the starting lineup for the Raptors, so they might need to mix it up. James Johnson replaced Fields at the time of the injury and would make the most sense. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
Dec 19 - 9:26 PM

Deron Williams suffered a strained right calf on Friday and will not return.

Williams has a litany of leg injuries and he might be getting an MRI to check on the severity of the strain. He also has history of calf strains, so he's a good bet to miss at least a couple games. Jarrett Jack is worth a look for short-term value.
Dec 19 - 8:30 PM

Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play on Friday night against the Clippers.

He has a lower leg strain and the injuries just keep coming for Arthur. He's played well, but he's going to be tough to own in most leagues. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will pick up some playing time.
Dec 19 - 8:09 PM

Joel Freeland will start against the Spurs on Friday.

Coach Terry Stotts is going to mix it up in the starting lineup and Thomas Robinson will come off the bench. Robinson might not play much and Stotts has yo-yo'd him in the lineup several times. Freeland is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Dec 19 - 8:02 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) is hoping to take on contact in two weeks.

He was hoping to play around Christmas, but it doesn't sound like that's going to happen. Rubio will likely take at least a week to progress from practice to games. In other words, he's probably looking to return in January.
Dec 19 - 7:21 PM

Shawne Williams will start Friday vs. the Wizards, sending Justin Hamilton to the bench.

Williams has been struggling lately, but he's a more effective player than Justin Hamilton and it'll be interesting to see how he fares returning to the starting unit. Chris Bosh (calf) is without a timetable to return, and Josh McRoberts (knee) could be done for the season, so the opportunity is there for Williams. He's worth a speculative add, but he has a tough matchup tonight vs. Washington.
Dec 19 - 7:16 PM

Mario Chalmers will start at point guard on Friday night against the Wizards.

The move is a little overdue with Norris Cole not playing well. Chalmers is going to do a lot of work as a shooter as Dwyane Wade handles the ball, but his upside in treys and steals will make him worth owning in standard leagues.
Dec 19 - 7:16 PM

Mo Williams (back) will be available to play Friday vs. Boston.

Flip Saunders is going to limit him to 10-15 minutes tonight, so he shouldn't be viewed as a viable option in most leagues.
Dec 19 - 7:10 PM

Kawhi Leonard said he has a torn ligament in his right hand.

He is going to let the swelling go down first and the Spurs will come up with a plan after that. Players will fight through torn ligaments in their hands all the time and it has a lot to do with the location of the tear. He is still listed as day-to-day and his fantasy owners should consider him questionable for Saturday. Kyle Anderson is worth a look in deep leagues. We'll add updates as we receive them.
Dec 19 - 7:07 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

The Bulls have the deepest frontcourt in the NBA, so there is no need to bring Taj back too soon. He is close to a return and traveled with the team, but his owners should consider him questionable to play next week. Pau Gasol went off on Thursday while Nikola Mirotic was also superb.
Dec 19 - 6:33 PM




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