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Jrue Holiday, Kyrie Irving, Tyson Chandler, Paul George, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Chris Bosh were named as the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves.

The East is heavy on first timers, with Holiday, Irving, Chandler, Noah and George all making their first All-Star trip. Deng was picked for the second straight year, although it's surprising he made it over Nets C Brook Lopez, who is in the midst of a career year both ends of the court. However, Deng is dealing with a hamstring injury and it's entirely possible he may pull out of the game to get healthy for the second half of the year.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 06:52:00 PM

Andrea Bargnani and Cleanthony Early will start on Friday night against the Pistons.

Feb 27 - 6:14 PM

Andre Iguodala (rest) will not play on Friday night.

It is scheduled rest with Iguodala sitting out in previous back-to-back sets. The last time he sat, Klay Thompson scored 52 points, but it should be Brandon Rush picking up most of the minutes for Iggy tonight. Harrison Barnes only gets a slight bump tonight.
Feb 27 - 6:03 PM

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is questionable to play against the Warriors and is hopeful to practice on Saturday.

He's been out since January and is finally getting closer to a return. The Celtics have been very creative with their frontcourt and coach Brad Stevens has been playing a lot of Jonas Jerebko. "[Jerebko is] not a five in a perfect world but maybe a five in our world," Stevens said. Jae Crowder has also been a stretch four a ton and has benefitted the most in the past couple. Olynyk is worth stashing in most leagues now.
Feb 27 - 5:55 PM

LeBron James (back) will not play against the Pacers on Friday night.

"Just forward thinking on my part," coach David Blatt said. In other words, it sounds like a maintenance day. LeBron did have some back problems against the Warriors on Thursday and he was also on the injury report back in January because of it. He has been absolutely magnificent since the break, posting a 38.3 usage rate with a 59.6 true shooting percentage. With LeBron and Kyrie Irving out, Kevin Love should have a lot on his plate. J.R. Smith is also going to have a greener light than usual. Shawn Marion will likely start, but he's not a great fantasy option.
Feb 27 - 5:40 PM

Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

He suffered some sort of injury in pre-game on Wednesday, but it's not considered serious. The Wizards were a disaster on Wednesday, but coach Randy Wittman will likely start Otto Porter and Garrett Temple on the wings. Pierce is a tough own when he's not healthy.
Feb 27 - 5:35 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

That's a lot of offense to replace with Boogie posting a ridiculous 37.3 usage rate since George Karl took over. Plus, he's on pace to have the highest usage rate for a center in a season ever (among qualifiers for minutes per game). With Boogie out, the Kings are likely going to give his minutes to a combination of Carl Landry, Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson. However, Rudy Gay will likely be very busy tonight and Ben McLemore will also try to build off his 16-point game from Wednesday. Gay will also play a lot of PF, so there are more minutes for Omri Casspi.
Feb 27 - 4:15 PM

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will not play on Friday against the Pacers.

He suffered the left shoulder strain on Friday, but he was back on the bench following the injury. Irving had an MRI and it would appear he's day-to-day because the team did not rule him out for Sunday against the Rockets. Matthew Dellavedova logged all of the backup point guard minutes on Thursday night and is likely going to start.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 27 - 3:34 PM

O.J. Mayo (hamstring) will not play against the Lakers on Friday.

The Bucks called Mayo sitting on Wednesday as "rest" but it certainly raised a red flag because they weren't on the front or back end of a back-to-back set. Mayo tweaked his hamstring on Feb. 20, but he did play 31.0 minutes per game in his two following outings. With Mayo out, Jerryd Bayless will log more minutes at shooting guard which may allow Tyler Ennis to get minutes close to 20. Khris Middleton should also have a higher usage rate, which helped him get to 19 points on Wednesday. Mayo is a tough player to own now that he's not healthy.
Feb 27 - 3:04 PM

Tyson Chandler (hip contusion) was a full participant during Friday's practice, Rick Carlisle said he'll be "a probable/questionable" for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

Chandler said that he is hopeful to play on Saturday, and his return to practice is a step in the right direction. If Chandler is able to go, Bernard James will return to a bench role devoid of any fantasy value in standard leagues. Stay tuned.
Feb 27 - 1:40 PM

Chandler Parsons (ankle) did not practice on Friday, and he has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

Parsons has shed his walking boot, but he remains without an official timetable to return. We'll be considering him questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans, and with him sidelined, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will continue to split his minutes.
Feb 27 - 1:35 PM

Luol Deng (sore neck) was not required to go through the leagues concussion protocol after taking a blow to the head on Wednesday, and he's expected to play Friday vs. New Orleans.

With Chris Bosh done for the season, Luol Deng is going to be tasked with some more responsibilities on offense. He's been playing well through the month of February with averages of 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers on 48.0 percent shooting from the field, so make sure he's in your lineups for Friday's favorable matchup with the Pelicans.
Feb 27 - 1:25 PM




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