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There is no timetable for Brandon Roy's (knee) return, but he will be out for at least another two weeks.

It sounds like Roy would be available around the All-Star break, at the earliest. Fantasy owners can't count on him to contribute and there is no guarantee he'll be able to make it back this season.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 02:01:00 PM

Updating a previous report, Paul George (calf) is going through some drills at Monday's morning shootaround.

The previous report was that George wasn't at the shootaround, but that's no longer the case (maybe he was late due to treatment). He's still considered questionable to play on Monday vs. the Hornets and is probably going to be a game-time call. As previously noted, Alex Abrines will be a streaming option if George sits after scoring 20 points with six 3-pointers in his last game.
Dec 11 - 12:26 PM

James Harden is probable for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans with a bruised left calf.

Harden is remarkably durable and this injury sounds very minor, so we're fully expecting him to play and to see his normal allotment of minutes. We'll have confirmation that he's in the starting lineups after warmups tonight. The Pelicans have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to SGs this season, so Harden should be able to eat if his injury doesn't hold him back.
Dec 11 - 11:15 AM

Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) does not have a timetable to return, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

"[Smith Jr.] getting 100 percent healthy is our No. 1 priority," Carlisle said. He will meet with the team physician when the Mavs return home on Monday, so we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. San Antonio. Owners should await an update after the re-evaluation -- if DSJ does miss more time, Yogi Ferrell should continue to start alongside Wes Matthews, with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris picking up a few extra minutes off the bench.
Dec 11 - 1:17 AM

Doug McDermott scored a season-high 23 points in 31 minutes on Sunday, making 9-of-13 field goals with two 3-pointers and three rebounds.

He also went 3-of-3 at the free throw line, but didn't have any assists, steals or blocks. This was a terrific turn of events if you were somehow playing him tonight, but he's still untouchable in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Dec 10 - 11:37 PM

Ersan Ilyasova stayed hot with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting Sunday, going 5-of-6 from downtown with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes.

The 10-year veteran was coming off a pristine 9-of-9 shooting performance on Saturday, and he's a combined 10-of-11 on 3-point shots over the past two games. The Hawks don't have much frontcourt depth due to injuries right now, which protects Ilyasova's minutes night to night, and he's worth deploying while he's running hot.
Dec 10 - 11:26 PM

Rajon Rondo returned from a day of rest to finish Sunday's home victory with a season-high 18 assists, 13 points, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Not too shabby. This is just the second time Rondo has exceeded 30 minutes since returning in mid-November, as the Pelicans are wisely being cautious with his workload. He's played in two back-to-back sets, though, so the restrictions aren't too severe. He came into this game hot over the past five games, averaging 9.8 points on 56.8% shooting, 1.4 triples, 5.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 0.8 steals. Those numbers are going up after tonight's gem.
Dec 10 - 11:09 PM

Jrue Holiday dropped 34 points with five 3-pointers, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks on Sunday, making 11-of-21 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs in 41 minutes.

Holiday jump-started the offense late, scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter to help New Orleans avoid a loss to the short-handed Sixers. He's really settled into his role alongside Rajon Rondo and is taking advantage of the defensive attention drawn by DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, which frees him up for easier looks. That said, it will be Jrue's defense that gets tested vs. the Rockets on Monday.
Dec 10 - 11:07 PM

Ben Simmons had 27 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and one block, but he couldn't prevent the Sixers' fourth straight loss on Sunday.

Simmons made 10-of-16 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs in a high-scoring affair in New Orleans, and he was relentless attacking the basket -- all of his shots came within 14 feet, and he feasted in the restricted area. As usual, he's a monster for DFS and points leagues, while taking a sizable hit in category leagues due to poor FT shooting (55.7%) and high turnovers (3.8 per game).
Dec 10 - 10:42 PM

Joel Embiid (back tightness) expects to play on Tuesday, but he'll work out on Monday to see how his back responds.

"If it was the Finals I'm sure I could have [played on Sunday]," Embiid said. He first experienced tightness while playing 36 minutes vs. the Lakers on Thursday, but his absence on Saturday was described by the team as simple 'rest'. He was a very late scratch on Sunday, suggesting that he warmed up but didn't feel quite ready, and at least he's optimistic that he won't miss more games. Check back for updates on Monday afternoon.
Dec 10 - 10:39 PM

Will Barton racked up 21 points, nine assists, six rebounds and two steals on Sunday, with just one turnover in 45 minutes.

Barton is thriving in the Nuggets' small-ball lineup, and coach Mike Malone said recently that he's comfortable playing him huge minutes. He's at 33.7 minutes over the past month, during which time he's averaged 17.7 points (49.2% FGs, 74.4% FTs), 2.4 triples, 5.5 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks. That across-the-board production is resulting in early-round value, which should be sustainable as long as the minutes are there. He's simply crushing most pre-season expectations.
Dec 10 - 8:55 PM

Trey Lyles erupted for a career-high 25 points on Sunday, hitting 9-of-15 field goals with five 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal in just 26 minutes off the bench.

Lyles' team-high scoring wasn't enough to earn the victory, as Denver was outscored 12-2 in overtime, but that won't sour the mood for fantasy owners who gambled on him. He was coming off a dud on Friday (three points, 0-of-8 FGs), but was a picture of efficiency tonight -- all of his makes came either from downtown or in the restricted area. He's worth a look for cheap, temporary value while Nikola Jokic (ankle) is on the sidelines.
Dec 10 - 8:54 PM




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