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Kemba Walker (left ankle) landed on Ian Mahinmi's foot in the first half of Monday's game and returned to the game in the third quarter.

He suffered a mild sprain to his left ankle on Monday and aggravated the injury. Kemba tried to walk back to play defense and went to the ground in a lot of pain. The training staff tended to him and he needed assistance to get to the locker room. The Bobcats are off until Friday, so any possible swelling has a very good chance to go down by the time they face the Magic.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 07:56:00 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) will play in Wednesday's season opener against the Wizards.

Brett Brown said that he'll keep Embiid's minutes in the teens to start the season, so don't expect to see The Process on the floor for much more than 16 minutes tonight. Jahlil Okafor will likely pick up most of the center minutes while Embiid is eased into the rotation, and guys like Amir Johnson and Dario Saric could also spend some time at the five-spot.
Oct 18 - 11:10 AM

Gordon Hayward (ankle) will evaluate a course of action for surgical scenarios after undergoing an MRI and CT scan in Boston on Wednesday.

While surgery is likely, it hasn't officially been decided if that's the course that Hayward will take, but we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. For what it's worth, Hayward's gruesome leg injury was reportedly a "clean break," but still, this is the sort of thing that could very well end his season. Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris all figure to see an uptick in minutes while Hayward is on the sidelines, while Kyrie Irving will be operating with a hefty usage rate.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 10:36 AM

Bobby Portis has a call setup with the NBA on Wednesday to discuss the altercation he got into with Nikola Mirotic on Tuesday, and he's expected to face a multi-game suspension.

The Bulls are currently "evaluating disciplinary actions" for Portis, but we doubt that he'll be available for Chicago's season opener against Toronto on Thursday. For what it's worth, Mirotic reportedly initiated Tuesday's altercation, charging at Portis after things got heated during a scrimmage, and Portis ended things with a single punch. If Portis was acting in self-defense, perhaps the league will be lenient with his suspension. Either way, Lauri Markkanen looks like a must-grab right now.
Oct 18 - 10:24 AM

Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb (groin), Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against the Pistons.

Head coach Steve Clifford hasn't yet announced his fifth starter, but there's a good chance that it'll be Dwayne Bacon moving into the starting five tonight with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) and Nicolas Batum (elbow) on the sidelines. Lamb got in a full practice on Tuesday, and with the Hornets so thin on the wings, he figures to log heavy minutes in his regular season debut making him an intriguing low-budget option in daily leagues.
Oct 18 - 10:08 AM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Chris Paul was "playing on one leg" against the Warriors on Tuesday.

Paul scored just four points on 2-of-9 shooting in his Houston debut, but he did hand out 11 assists with eight rebounds, two steals and a block in 33 minutes. Paul was bothered by a shoulder and knee issue in the preseason, and it sounds like the latter bothered him tonight. "[CP3 was] dragging his leg a little bit, I had to get him out of there," D'Antoni said after the game -- the Rockets pulled him with five minutes left in regulation in a very close game. We'll put him on the injury report and consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Kings.
Oct 18 - 1:51 AM

Nick Young scored 20 points in 13 minutes for the Warriors and finished the game with 23 points, two rebounds and six 3-pointers on 8-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes off the bench in Tuesday night's opener.

Young did most of his damage in the first half, when the Warriors opened up a 17-point lead, but the Rockets clawed back for the win as Draymond Green sat out the fourth quarter with a strained left knee. Young was fantastic tonight, but we're not ready to declare him a waiver-wire god just yet. He won't shoot it this well on most nights and Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Green will be much more lethal going forward. Just keep an eye on Swaggy P for now. And let's not forget that Andre Iguodala was on the shelf for this one with a sore back.
Oct 18 - 1:50 AM

James Harden was phenomenal in Tuesday's season-opening 122-121 win over the Warriors, scoring 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting.

With Harden leading the way, the Rockets overcame a 17-point deficit and went on a 10-3 run in the final 3:45 of the game. Harden still ran the offense a ton next to Chris Paul, dishing out 10 assists with six rebounds, one steal, four 3-pointers and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Even though he's sharing the backcourt with a future Hall of Famer, there's no reason why Harden can't be a top-5 fantasy asset in most formats.
Oct 18 - 1:45 AM

P.J. Tucker looked like a stud in his Houston debut on Tuesday vs. Golden State, scoring 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

Tucker was brought to Houston for matchups like these and he could be an X-Factor in the playoffs for his ability to guard players such as Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and LeBron James. He was a leader tonight and he'll get plenty of minutes with his ability to play multiple positions, but he probably won't have too many big scoring nights like this one. We won't call him a must-own player after one big game, but he's off to a great start and is worth a look if you're targeting rebounds, triples and steals.
Oct 18 - 1:37 AM

Draymond Green took a shot to his left knee at the end of the third quarter, shot some free throws, and then headed to the locker room with a left knee strain in Tuesday's opener. He will not return to the game.

Green was clearly in pain and struggled to shoot his free throws after being fouled, then quickly headed to the locker room to be checked out. This injury could go in any direction so it's simply too early to predict a timetable. Hopefully the Warriors are just being cautious with him and he'll be ready to go for Game 2, but obviously, his owners will want to keep a close eye on the news feed over the coming days. David West and Jordan Bell will absorb his minutes, but neither player is a hot waiver wire pickup at this point. For the record, Green told ESPN "I'll be good. I'm fine," after the game.
Oct 18 - 1:02 AM

Jaylen Brown put on a show with a career-high 25 points in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.

Brown started at shooting guard, but shifted to small forward when Gordon Hayward left the game with a gruesome leg injury. He not only played great defense on LeBron, but he was attacking the rim relentlessly and his athleticism helped him get a lot of easy looks in transition including some monster dunks. He finished 11-of-23 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with six rebounds, three steals and two triples (on nine attempts) in 40 minutes. He's looking at heavy minutes this season and proved tonight that he was the worth the gamble in the later rounds. If he's on the wire, change that.
Oct 17 - 11:36 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return to Cleveland on Tuesday, adding 10 assists, four rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

Irving hit 8-of-17 shots and 2-of-2 from the line, but posted a usage rate of just 21.5. That's likely to go way up with Gordon Hayward (ankle, leg) potentially out for the season, so that's not a concern moving forward. As long as Irving can stay healthy, expect him to flirt with first-round numbers in 9-category leagues.
Oct 17 - 11:28 PM




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