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Luol Deng (hamstring) will miss his fifth game in a row on Saturday at Washington.

The Bulls don't have much reason to chance it on Deng since he aggravated his injury last week. Jimmy Butler has been terrific in his four starts, averaging 15.5 points, 9.3 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 45.3 minutes. Butler should be starting in most formats against the Wizards and Deng owners will want to check back before Monday's game against the Bobcats.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 06:29:00 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (left knee) is probable for Sunday against the Raptors.

He looks like he's going to be back after missing his last two games. The Blazers only had Noah Vonleh as their only other power forward, so they had to shift Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless out of position in the last two games. If healthy, Aminu should be looking at close to 30 minutes and would be worth a look in standard leagues.
Feb 25 - 3:54 PM

The Lakers and Jose Calderon are exploring their buyout options, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Lakers have no reason to play Calderon as they look to play their younger guys. According to the report, the Warriors and Rockets look to be the favors to sign him assuming the buyout goes through. The Lakers will be leaning more on D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram.
Feb 25 - 2:53 PM

Kevin Durant (left hand contusion) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

Durant injured his left hand in a fall during the first half on Thursday night. However, X-rays confirmed it was only a contusioon and Durant was able to finish the game in fine fashion. And, before Durant owners get too nervous, it is important to note that the Warriors are playing the NBA's worst team, the Nets, on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr may simply be using the hand injury as an excuse to give Durant a night off. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson should see extra shots on Saturday, while some combo of Andre Iguodala, Patrick McCaw, Ian Clark and David West will divvy up KD's minutes.
Feb 25 - 1:55 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (patellar tendinitis) is not with the team and will not play Saturday vs. the Cavs.

Despite starting on Friday night, MCW played just eight minutes. This injury may have been a reason for his lack of playing time and production. Either way, Carter-Williams is averaging just 5.5 points and 2.7 assists over the Bulls last six games, five of which he started. If you were looking for an excuse to cut him lose, this latest injury should be it. With MCW out, Cameron Payne, making his Bulls debut, and Denzel Valentine should see additional minutes.
Feb 25 - 1:06 PM

E'Twaun Moore (personal) will not play Saturday vs. the Mavericks.

The Pelicans backcourt is already incredibly thin after New Orleans traded away Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway in the DeMarcus Cousins deal. Tim Frazier and Hollis Thompson will see extended minutes on Saturday. It's possible that the Pels choose to start Frazier alongside Jrue Holiday.
Feb 25 - 12:22 PM

Patrick Beverley (left groin tightness) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. Minnesota.

Beverly suffered a minor groin injury that forced him out of Houston's final game prior to the All-Star break. However, coach Mike D'Antoni said that Beverley was "fine" before Thursday's game and Beverly finished with two points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals in 30 minutes in that contest. Unfortunately, he may have aggravated the groin, although it's never wise to read too much into the game notes designation. If Beverly does not play, Eric Gordon and Lou Williams would see additional minutes.
Feb 25 - 11:40 AM

Coach Dwane Casey said he is unsure how long Kyle Lowry (wrist) is going to be out, but that "it's not a one-day thing."

Lowry, who sat out Friday's win over Boston, originally hurt his right wrist on Feb. 15. He iced his wrist while on the bench during the All-Star game, but told reporters he wasn’t in any serious pain and that he would be fine. He reportedly even went golfing on Sunday morning. "It was a little sore, paid no attention to it," said Lowry. "But it just constantly stayed bothering me." We will have to wait for an update from the Raptors in order to have a clear idea of what we are looking at going forward. Cory Joseph started and had 11 points and six assists on Friday.
Feb 25 - 11:39 AM

LeBron James (illness) missed shootaround this morning and is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

This is the first we've heard of LeBron being under the weather this week. He certainly looked healthy on Thursday, when he tallied 18 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a win over the Knicks. If LeBron does not play, Richard Jefferson would draw the start. However, Jefferson is not a reliable fantasy option even as a starter. If LeBron is sidelined, Kyrie Irving would be asked to carry the offensive load and see a major spike in his usage rate. Kyle Korver would also likely see more minutes and scoring opportunities.
Feb 25 - 10:59 AM

Mason Plumlee went off against the team that drafted him in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists against the Nets.

Revenge game? Plumlee basically out-Jokic'd Nikola Jokic with some terrific passing in the post. As you might expect, coach Mike Malone loved what he saw. "He was unbelievable tonight," Malone said. "This is the Mason Plumlee that we envisioned." The coach added how much he liked the screens set, which was his calling card in Portland. He's not going to unseat Jokic and the foul trouble for the young superstar explains the added minutes for Plumlee. Jokic and Plumlee have played together for just three minutes in the last two games combined, so that's a negative for MP. Plumlee is worth a look, but he's not going be this good.
Feb 25 - 2:59 AM

Gary Harris scored a career-high 25 points with two points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

Yeah, it was against the Nets, but Harris is on a roll and his coach gave him some credit. "I think Nikola [Jokic] loves playing with him because that is one of his favorite targets because Gary is in constant motion," coach Mike Malone said. Harris has been above his season scoring average in each of his last six games with 16 or more on terrific efficiency in each, as well. His strong second half last year was no fluke and he looks like a mid-round guy going forward. Harris probably deserves more mainstream love as one of the best 22-year-old guards in the NBA.
Feb 25 - 2:36 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points with eight rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Friday.

With Taj Gibson out of the picture, it's a whole new opportunity for Mirotic now. Back in October, Mirotic was fully expected to start for the Bulls this season, but Gibson thriving and Mirotic flopping caused a change. The Bulls still really, really need a shooter in their first unit, so the chance is there for Niko to start over Bobby Portis. He's on the 2017 Mt. Rushmore of most annoying players in fantasy, but give him a look if you want to see if he can stay hot with added motivation.
Feb 25 - 1:18 AM




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