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Dirk Nowitzki (right adductor) is doubtful to play against the Suns on Friday.

The news of him missing Thursday's game with a strained right adductor didn't break until one hour before the game started, so there are still a lot of details that need to be discovered. Owners should take him out of their lineups while a host of Mavericks should pick up some slack. Shawn Marion and Vince Carter took advantage on Thursday and should be called upon again on Friday.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 02:02:00 AM

The Bulls are reportedly actively shopping Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic, although thus far, GM Gar Forman has not seen an offer he deems a worthy return.

"Obviously, you knew that would be the case with Rondo," an unnamed source said. "But they don’t like what they’re hearing back on [Mirotic] either. Then again, that’s a [front office] that tends to overvalue its assets." With how low Rondo's value is right now around the league, the Bulls may be forced to outright cut him in order to get him off the roster, but until he's wearing a different jersey he won't be worth owning in standard leagues. Mirotic is consistently inconsistent, and a change to the name across the front of his uniform may not be able to change that.
Jan 22 - 3:58 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) and Nick Young (knee) will start Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

Deng will be returning from a two-game absence, and Brandon Ingram, Young, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov will join him in the starting five. Deng hasn't played very well over the past month, and with Larry Nance (knee) also getting back to the court tonight, he's not a strong pickup in most settings. Ingram has been playing really well lately, and after flirting with a triple-double the last time he started at point, he makes for an intriguing DFS play today.
Jan 22 - 3:22 PM

Klay Thompson scored 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting Sunday, to go with seven 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

Thompson torched Orlando from beyond the arc, scoring all 21 of his points from distance and missing just two of those nine attempts. This was also the second time the Splash Brothers each drained seven triples in the same game, a feat that no other pair of teammates has ever done more than once.
Jan 22 - 2:50 PM

Elfrid Payton posted a 23-point, 10-assist double-double during Sunday's loss to the Warriors, to go with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 39 minutes of play.

Payton has been steadily ascending the rankings over the past month, and with D.J. Augustin (ankle) going down in this one, he could be looking major minutes for the Magic moving forward. This was the ninth time this season that Payton had eclipsed the 20-point mark, and over the past few weeks, he’s been a top-75 guy with averages of 17.8 points, 6.7 dimes, 1.2 steals, 1.0 triple and 2.8 turnovers per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field.
Jan 22 - 2:40 PM

Stephen Curry was en fuego during the Warriors 118-98 blowout victory over the Magic, tallying 27 points, seven 3-pointers, four boards, six assists and three turnovers in 30 minutes of floor time.

Orlando had precisely zero answers for Curry in this one, as he regularly lit them up from beyond the arc (as per usual) and also showcased his elite passing and decision making abilities during the blowout win. He was the primary factor in Golden State going off for 42 points during the third quarter (their 11th time scoring at least 40 points in a quarter this season), and he may have had an even crazier game if it weren’t for the lopsided score.
Jan 22 - 2:21 PM

Rick Carlisle said that while Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will miss Sunday's game against the Lakers, there's a chance he could get back out there sometime next week.

Sunday will mark Bogut's sixth straight game on the sidelines, but it sounds like he should be able to get back out there for at least one game of Dallas' upcoming Wednesday-Thursday back-to-back set. Bogut's return will significantly cut into Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell's minutes.
Jan 22 - 2:11 PM

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) is likely out until the All-Star break according to coach Rick Carlisle.

This isn't a surprise because Barea can't seem to shake this calf issue. With Barea out, Deron Williams and Seth Curry are locked into a heavy workload for the foreseeable future and should be owned in standard leagues. Devin Harris will also play more, but he's not an attractive fantasy asset.
Jan 22 - 2:07 PM

Steven Adams (concussion) is traveling to Utah for Monday's game against the Jazz.

There's no word that he's officially cleared the league mandated concussion protocol testing, but him traveling with the team is an encouraging sign. Owners can expect to get another update following Monday morning's shootaround, and if he is able to get back to the court, Jerami Grant would more than likely return to the bench.
Jan 22 - 2:05 PM

Tyler Johnson (left shoulder strain) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

Johnson missed more than half of the 2015-16 season after having surgery on his left shoulder before ultimately returning for the playoffs, so this is a concern. However, the Heat are listing him as day-to-day for now. Coach Erik Spoelstra also downplayed the injury on Saturday and said that Johnson is not planning to get X-rays or an MRI. If Johnson is out Monday, Dion Waiters will be the primary beneficiary and he's coming off a monster 33-point effort against the Bucks.
Jan 22 - 1:57 PM

Blake Griffin (knee) has been upgraded from "out" to "doubtful" for Monday's game vs. the Hawks.

Griffin has made it clear that he intends to return this week, so if we don't see him on Monday he could make his return to the lineup on Tuesday vs. the 76ers. The Clippers play a total of three times in Week 14, so starting Griffin in weekly formats is a bit too risky unless we get word that he will give it a go on Monday. Luc Mbah a Moute, Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass all take a hit with Griffin nearing a return, but Rivers is still worth owning in standard leagues.
Jan 22 - 1:17 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was able to practice on Sunday.

Coach Stan Van Gundy said he's unsure of KCP's status for Monday's game vs. the Kings, but it sounds like he's on the verge of returning from a four-game absence. If KCP is able to give it a go on Monday, both Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock will lose most of their value. KCP should be stashed in all standard leagues.
Jan 22 - 1:12 PM




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