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Carlos Boozer, who did not play on Wednesday due to his hamstring injury, will be a game-time call on Friday.

Boozer plans to warm up and "see what happens," so it sounds like Boozer will be a true game-time call. If Boozer is forced to sit again, Taj Gibson will draw another start in his place. Gibson had 14 points, nine rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 34 minutes on Wednesday.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 10:28:00 AM

K.J. McDaniels played down the stretch in his 33 minutes of action against the Nets on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 18 points with six rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers on 7-of-15 from the field.

The 33 minutes were a career high and he's played at least 27 minutes in three of his last four. McDaniels is playing better help defense and his shot selection is improving (more dunks), but he is still a little lazy on fouling and boxing out. His patient fantasy owners might start seeing dividends soon.
Nov 26 - 10:10 PM

Tony Wroten tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss against the Nets, finishing with 18 points, two rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and eight turnovers in 35 minutes.

He was able to play through the ankle tweak for the last couple minutes, but it was pretty clear he wasn't 100 percent. Considering the amount of players dealing with swelling in their ankles and missing time, his owners will want to keep an eye on him for Saturday against the Mavericks. He made 6-of-18 from the field tonight and 6-of-8 from the line, so that and eight turnovers gives him a 34.3 usage rate. The negatives are outweighing the positives in standard leagues.
Nov 26 - 10:03 PM

Michael Carter-Williams made 1-of-9 from the field for four points with six rebounds, eight assists, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers before fouling out in 27 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

His shooting is just awful and he's down to 34.4 percent on the season. At least he only attempted nine shots, which is a season low and way below his 16.1 per game. Carter-Williams is doing plenty in the other categories, but his misses and turnovers have destroyed his value in standard leagues. He's not showing any indication of getting better either.
Nov 26 - 9:48 PM

The Blazers extended their league-best winning streak to nine games on Wednesday, aided by Wesley Matthews' season-high 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including six 3-pointers.

Matthews is averaging 2.4 triples per game despite shooting a career-low 34.4 percent beyond the arc. There's room for improvement, in other words, but he's still been a reliable top-75 fantasy value through Portland's first 15 games.
Nov 26 - 9:38 PM

Brian Roberts came off the Hornets' bench for a career-high 24 points in a loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, making 10-of-17 FGs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and four assists in just 32 minutes of action.

Gary Neal was out with a shoulder injury so Roberts got extra playing time, and he made the most of the opportunity. This is just his fourth double-digit scoring game of the season and he's only worth a look in daily leagues while Neal is day-to-day.
Nov 26 - 9:37 PM

Lance Stephenson rode the Hornets bench in the fourth quarter again on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in just 23 minutes.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that rebounding was the key to beating the Blazers, which makes Stephenson's late-game absence even more perplexing -- he's the Hornets' leading rebounder at 8.2 per game. Stephenson's fantasy owners can only be patient and hope that he earns Clifford's trust sooner rather than later.
Nov 26 - 9:36 PM

Kemba Walker shook off a hard collision to finish Wednesday's home loss with 15 points (6-of-19 FGs), one 3-pointer, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

He took a knee to the thigh and was also elbowed in the face, but the Hornets' training staff quickly cleared him to return. We'll keep an eye out for any lingering problems but fantasy owners should expect to have Walker available vs. Stephen Curry and the Warriors on Friday.
Nov 26 - 9:34 PM

Al Jefferson had 21 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks vs. Portland on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to prevent Charlotte's seventh straight loss.

Big Al also logged 35 minutes without any turnovers and he's doing everything he can to get his team a victory, but the Hornets have proven inept at both ends of the court -- they rank 25th in offensive efficiency and 23rd in defensive efficiency. Jefferson's fantasy value has taken a hit this year, due mainly to a dip in rebounds (the Lance Stephenson effect) and his struggles at the FT line (63.5 percent).
Nov 26 - 9:33 PM

Isaiah Thomas (bruised right ankle) will not play on Wednesday, as expected.

Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe will be rotated into the PG spot throughout the game, and coach Jeff Hornacek decided to activate Zoran Dragic as backcourt insurance. Thomas is day-to-day, so hopefully he'll recover in time for Friday's game in Denver.
Nov 26 - 8:48 PM

Kemba Walker went down on Wednesday after bruising his thigh and being elbowed in the face, but he is available to return.

Walker was down for a while and looked a bit 'woozy' as he made his way to the Hornets' bench, but it sounds like he avoided any serious injuries. With Gary Neal (shoulder) already unavailable, Walker's absence would have left Charlotte heavily reliant upon Brian Roberts.
Nov 26 - 8:30 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) will not play on Wednesday night.

He doesn't have a timetable to return, but the Nuggets have him listed as day-to-day. McGee doesn't have a fracture, but the fact that the Nuggets are being so careful doesn't bode well for his outlook on the season. He's a tough player to own in almost any league. Timofey Mozgov and Jusuf Nurkic should play more.
Nov 26 - 7:56 PM




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