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Raymond Felton returned from his finger injury on Saturday and started, but hit just 2-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points and three assists in 29 minutes.

The minutes were nice, but it was a disastrous night for Knick guards. Jason Kidd failed to score in 15 minutes, Iman Shumpert was 0-for-6 with one point in 18 minutes, and J.R. Smith was 0-for-8 without a point in 27 minutes. All of these guys should bounce back soon, although Kidd's playing time is going to take a hit with Shumpert and Felton set to start going forward.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 09:57:00 PM

Paul Pierce (toe) will not play vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

It makes sense for Washington to rest their veteran against the lowly Lakers, and Otto Porter typically starts when Pierce can't suit up. Rasual Butler and Martell Webster may also see an uptick in their playing time, but Porter is the most likely target for opportunistic owners in daily leagues.
Jan 27 - 9:05 PM

Jimmy Butler (illness) will not play on Tuesday against the Warriors.

This is a tough blow for his owners but Butler should be fine with a couple days rest. We will go ahead and consider him questionable for Thursday's game against the Lakers, but in the meantime we would expect Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich to see an uptick in minutes in Butler's absence.
Jan 27 - 9:05 PM

Ersan Ilyasova will not return to Tuesday's game due to a sore right groin.

Anyone surprised by this news hasn't been paying attention to Ilyasova's injury history, as he's missed an average of 16.0 games over the past four seasons. We're considering him questionable to play vs. the Magic on Thursday but a few DNPs should be anticipated by owners, as groin injuries are notoriously slow to heal. Johnny O'Bryant may return to the starting lineup for any games Ilyasova sits out, though Jared Dudley took his place during the second half on Tuesday.
Jan 27 - 8:53 PM

An MRI taken on Tuesday night confirmed that Nick Young suffered a moderate ankle sprain, and he is being considered questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

He obviously won't play tonight, but it's definitely a good sign that the injury isn't too serious. Young was benched down the stretch during Sunday's game due to a lack of effort, but the Lakers are obviously going to need his scoring punch with the news that Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is likely out for the season, so owners should consider holding onto him. Expect Wayne Ellington, Jordan Clarkson and Jeremy Lin to benefit in the short-term.
Jan 27 - 8:52 PM

Tony Allen (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's game against Dallas.

Allen was recently benched in favor of Jeff Green, so this news certainly doesn't help his already limited value. Expect Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Vince Carter to pick up the slack for Memphis on Tuesday.
Jan 27 - 8:25 PM

Mike Conley (wrist) will dress for Tuesday's game against Dallas, but he is not expected to play.

Owners should probably keep Conley on the bench tonight, as he will likely serve as Emergency depth for the Grizzlies. Beno Udrih will draw the start in his absence, and should be considered in most leagues for owners in need of short-term value. Nick Calathes, Courtney Lee and Vince Carter should all benefit as well.
Jan 27 - 8:03 PM

The Pistons are emerging as a suitor for Norris Cole.

The Pistons just lost Brandon Jennings (Achilles) for the season, so they could definitely use some depth in their backcourt. Cole has found himself out of the rotation in Miami, as they have opted to go with Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier instead. It probably wouldn't take much for the deal to work, but the Hornets are also said to be interested in Cole. We will continue to follow this story closely, but owners in standard leagues can safely leave Cole on the wire for now, as he likely wouldn't start no matter where he ends up.
Jan 27 - 7:21 PM

The All-Star Slam Dunk contest will include Mason Plumlee, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo, and Zach LaVine.

It's definitely an intriguing group to watch this season, but it's no secret that the dunk contest has lost a lot of steam in recent years, so hopefully these players turn that around. Plumlee, Giannis and Oladipo have been must-own players this season, but rookie Zach LaVine has had a tough time adapting to life in the NBA. LaVine should be in his element for this contest though, and should be considered to be the favorite to win the competition.
Jan 27 - 7:11 PM

Hassan Whiteside is expected to replace Chris Andersen (elbow, back) in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

Whiteside is coming off a massive tripe-double from Sunday, and he'll look to keep the momentum going with a favorable matchup against the Bucks on Tuesday. Make sure you have him active, and give him a look if you're playing in any daily leagues.
Jan 27 - 6:02 PM

Chris Andersen (elbow, back) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Milwaukee.

With Andersen unavailable, Hassan Whiteside will likely slide into the starting lineup and he'll make for a fantastic plug-and-play option in daily leagues coming off a monster triple-double on Sunday.
Jan 27 - 5:58 PM

Luol Deng (sore calf) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

Danny Granger is expected to slide into the starting lineup with Deng sidelined, but with averages of just 4.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting with the starting unit this season, there's not much to like here. James Ennis will also see some increased opportunity, but he's been far too inconsistent to rely upon in most leagues. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be tasked with more responsibilities on offense, and they look like the best plays in daily leagues with Deng unavailable.
Jan 27 - 5:51 PM




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