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Chris Paul (knee) is expected to miss his sixth straight game on Friday.

The Eric Bledsoe show continues for the Clippers. Bledsoe is averaging 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in 32.5 minutes per game as a starter, but he's shooting just 37.1 percent from the field. Paul "may" play on the Clippers road trip, an indication that his knee injury is more serious than the Clippers have let on to date. We don't expect him to be on the floor Friday.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 09:20:00 AM

Despite not practicing on Monday, Hassan Whiteside (left ankle) is expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

Although Whiteside's ankle swelled on him overnight, Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside is okay and "could play big minutes tomorrow." It's unclear if that's Spo's way of hinting that Whiteside will be back in the first five, but Amare Stoudemire is tentatively expected to remain in the starting lineup. Either way, Whiteside should be active on all fantasy rosters.
Feb 8 - 1:58 PM

Rudy Gay (sprained left ankle) is doubtful to play in Monday's game vs. Cleveland.

Gay didn't play on Sunday due to the injury, so obviously it's more than just a minor sprain. With Gay sidelined, Omri Casspi's minutes should trend up although he's still likely to (inexplicably) come off the bench behind James Anderson. From a statistical perspective, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo will be the primary fantasy beneficiaries of Gay's absence.
Feb 8 - 1:51 PM

Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) does not have a target date for his return.

It was previously reported that Mirotic was targeting just after All-Star weekend, but that timeline sounds like it will get pushed back. Fred Hoiberg reported Mirotic was feeling better and is starting to eat again after being forced to a liquid diet, but admitted it will take time to build up his conditioning and stamina in order to get back on the floor. Mirotic could still get back on the court in late February, but it may not come right after the break. While he's out, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will see increased minutes.
Feb 8 - 1:07 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "a lot better," but there is still no timetable for his return.

Butler will not play on Monday and is extremely doubtful to return on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, leaving his status for Sunday's All-Star Game up in the air. The good news: It sounds like Butler has a very real chance of resuming fantasy production on the other side of the break, so those with Jimmy on the roster just have to sit tight for now. In the interim, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all be in the mix for extra run.
Feb 8 - 12:45 PM

Mike Malone hinted that Joffrey Lauvergne will receive more playing time moving forward.

Lauvergne is coming off of a double-double in 29 minutes on Sunday, and Malone is looking to reward the big man. "I've been trying to play him lately because I think Joffrey's work ethic and his character are going to be big pieces moving forward," Malone said. With Nikola Jokic locked into place as the starting center, this is bad news for the out of shape Jusuf Nurkic.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 8 - 12:19 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) are both expected to play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

Despite Kobe's questionable tag, he's going to keep playing so long as he doesn't suffer a setback or new injury of any kind. And while Randle's ankle injury looked bad, he quickly shook it off and wasn't in real danger of missing any time. Both will be in the starting lineup as the Lakers take on Roy Hibbert's (ankle, questionable) old team on Monday.
Feb 8 - 12:00 PM

Kings players have "tuned out" George Karl, sources told The Vertical's Chris Mannix.

Additionally, the players are "privately seething over inefficient practices and shootarounds, and ineffective in-game adjustments from the bench." Per Mannix, "the front office's confidence in Karl has almost completely eroded," and it's gotten so bad under Vivek Ranadive's watch that minority owners "have quietly explored ways to seize controlling interest" from him. Things are not fine in Sacramento, and it would be shocking if the team didn't make (another) change at head coach.
Feb 8 - 11:47 AM

Kevin Love (quad) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Kings.

Assuming Love plays, he'll wind up missing just a single game with the quad injury. His return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench where he belongs, while Tristan Thompson will slide back over and assume starting center responsibilities.
Feb 8 - 11:17 AM

Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) has had two MRIs in the last three weeks, sources told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Despite both coming back clean, "the concern over his long-term health is very real," per Isola. Obviously there are a number of things going wrong in New York right now, and Melo's health woes are right at the top of the list. If the soreness in his surgically-repaired knee doesn't improve after the All-Star break, Melo will be a shutdown candidate as the Knicks fall further and further out of the playoff race. Anthony's absence would mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Derrick Williams and Lance Thomas while Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo would each assume a larger role in the offense.
Feb 8 - 11:14 AM

The Knicks have relieved Derek Fisher of his head coaching duties.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne had the news first, and so much for a slow news day on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Phil Jackson's hand-picked selection for head coach lasted less than two full seasons, and the countdown will now be on to see how long Jackson sticks around in New York's front office, though there is nothing beyond rumors to suggest his departure is being discussed currently. The Knicks are fading out of the postseason race fast, Carmelo Anthony has issues with his surgically-repaired knee and there is no clear direction for a franchise that sorely needs one. With Fisher's dismissal, Kurt Rambis will be the interim head coach, and ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports Brian Shaw and Luke Walton—two of Jackson's former players—are "top long-term replacement candidates." Welcome to New York, everybody.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 8 - 10:55 AM

The Magic "aren't discouraging" trade offers for Tobias Harris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

You could really say this about almost any player in the NBA beyond obvious franchise building blocks, but we digress. Harris was re-signed to a 4-year, $64M deal in the offseason, but the Magic are (rightfully) looking into his market with Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja in the fold. It wouldn't be surprising if Harris is moved, but we would have said the same thing prior to this report, as well. A potential offseason trade seems more likely than a drastic midseason shakeup.
Feb 8 - 10:01 AM




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