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James Jones (personal) will not play on Monday.

This is Jones' first blurb since September when we noted his minutes would be reduced, and that's been the case throughout the year.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 01:34:00 PM

Joel Embiid played like an All-Star during a 113-104 win over the Bucks on Monday, making 4-of-9 from the field and 13-of-18 from the line for 22 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five blocks.

He should've had a sixth block on a terrific swat on Jabari Parker, but the refs didn't feel the same way and called it a goaltend (video in link below). Embiid has gone to the line 32 times in 56 minutes over his last two and is arguably the most unstoppable center in the NBA these days. In the fourth, he had a 93.8 true shooting percentage, a 37.3 usage rate, a 145.1 offensive rating and 12 points in those 7.6 minutes. If you don't know, now you know. Trust The Process.
Jan 16 - 6:35 PM

Dario Saric posted a solid all-around line vs. the Bucks on Monday, scoring 17 points with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and two triples in 24 minutes.

He looked great with the ball in his hands and had several flashy passes in this one. Saric finished 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line as he continues to log minutes at both the three and four. He was averaging 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.7 3-pointers in his previous six January games, so he's trending in the right direction and looks like a solid stash for the second half of the season.
Jan 16 - 6:30 PM

Chasson Randle scored a career-high 10 points in just 16 minutes vs. the Bucks on Monday.

T.J. McConnell (wrist) could be looking at a lengthy absence, and while Sergio Rodriguez started and logged 32 minutes, Randle impressed in limited minutes and made a case for a larger workload going forward. He finished 3-of-6 from the field with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two triples, so he should be on your radar if you're in a deeper league. We'd be surprised if the 76ers didn't sign him to another 10-day contract and it's possible that they have just found another gem.
Jan 16 - 6:23 PM

Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) is doubtful to return to Monday's game against the Pacers.

The good news here is that the X-rays taken on his thumb and hip both came back negative, so it appears AD has avoided a serious injury. He was barely able to walk to the locker room, so it would be quite shocking to see him return to the game today. He'll end his evening with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. Terrence Jones is going to be the primary beneficiary if Davis is forced to miss any additional time, so he's a solid pickup in any setting.
Jan 16 - 6:12 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) will start Monday vs. the Hornets, sending Marcus Smart back to the bench.

He'll be returning from a four-game stint on the sidelines, and there's no word of any sort of minutes limit, so his owners can feel free to get him active. Smart's value will take a decent sized hit with the return to the bench, and Isaiah Thomas' usage rate will take a slight hit.
Jan 16 - 6:01 PM

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) and Avery Bradley (Achilles) will play Monday vs. the Hornets.

Olynyk got tripped up by a ball boy during Sunday's practice and rolled his ankle, but luckily the ankle tweak won't force him to spend any time on the sidelines. Bradley is likely going to start tonight, which will send Marcus Smart back to the bench.
Jan 16 - 5:57 PM

Gary Harris (right ankle sprain) will not return to Monday's game against the Magic.

Ugh. Harris just hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, as he's had some major issues with his right leg. He's now missed time with a groin and foot injury (both to his right leg), and it's looking like this new ankle injury could again force him to the sidelines for at least a few games. Will Barton and Jamal Murray will benefit sans Harris, with Barton offering a bit more upside. The only positive here is that X-rays came back negative, but we should get a rough timetable after he undergoes an MRI.
Jan 16 - 5:45 PM

Kenneth Faried will move into the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Magic, sending Wilson Chandler to the bench.

This move is likely a matchup-based decision with Orlando going with a more traditional frontcourt, so Chandler could be back in the starting five as soon as Tuesday's game against the Lakers. In 15 starts this season, Faried owns averages of 9.8 points, 8.4 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.1 blocks per contest in 22.5 minutes, so him running with the first unit won't result in a major uptick in value.
Jan 16 - 4:28 PM

Gary Harris (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Magic.

They were both listed as probable so no surprises here. Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic will join them in the starting five with Wilson Chandler heading to the bench. Feel free to get Harris and The Rooster active.
Jan 16 - 4:26 PM

Enes Kanter is being listed as the probable starter for Monday's game against the Clippers.

This report is coming from the game notes, which are notoriously unreliable, but with Steven Adams (concussion) set to sit this one out Kanter moving into the starting five does make sense. Even if Kanter doesn't start, he's sure to see a solid uptick in minutes, and per-36-minutes this season he owns averages of 24.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. He's in for a big night sans Adams and makes for an intriguing DFS target.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Kanter is going to be an across-the-board play tonight as his minutes should trend closer to 33-35 as opposed to the 25-30 we're typically accustomed to seeing from him. We may not see him perform at his typical 1.14 FP per minute mark - he'll be seeing more court time with the starters - but he's the only offensive threat the Thunder have in the front-court.
Jan 16 - 4:14 PM

Jordan Clarkson (sprained right ankle) and Tarik Black (sprained left ankle) are being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.

It's unclear exactly when Clarkson suffered this ankle injury, but we should have a better idea on his status following Tuesday morning's shootaround. If he's out, guys like Lou Williams, D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram would all have the opportunity to see an uptick in minutes. Blacks absence would translate to more minutes for Thomas Robinson.
Jan 16 - 3:58 PM




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