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Wesley Matthews (ankle) left the arena in a walking boot and on crutches on Friday.

While the injury is not expected to be serious since X-rays were negative, Matthews is not expected to play Saturday. He missed the first game of his NBA career earlier this year due to a hip, so we wouldn't totally count him out to face the Jazz. The Blazers went with Luke Babbitt to fill most of the void on Friday, but he's only a desperation plug-and-play option.
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 12:27:00 AM

Greg Oden is attempting to get his life back on track after his August arrest on battery charges.

Oden is headed to trial on October 22 to face domestic battery charges, but a recent report on ESPN highlighted some of the demons that the 26-year-old has been dealing with. The article sheds light on Oden's issues with alcohol abuse as well as his battles with depression and shows that there are issues much bigger than basketball at play. If he lands with an NBA team, Oden would likely face a 10-game suspension, but this saga may be the end of the former No. 1 overall pick's NBA career.
Source: ESPN
Sep 16 - 11:06 AM

Australian G/F Joe Ingles is set to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Ingles drew interest from several NBA teams after averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists during five games at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball and will now land with Doc Rivers' Clippers. The 26-year-old had a moderately successful 2013-14 season with Maccabi Tel Aviv, but will be hard-pressed to find enough minutes on the Clippers to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 16 - 9:27 AM

Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Team USA to the gold medal with a 129-92 victory vs. Serbia.

Irving was on fire throughout the championship game, scoring 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. James Harden added 23 points in the victory and eight different U.S. players scored in the double-digits. The All-World Cup Team featured Irving, teammate Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Serbian SG Milos Teodosic.
Sep 14 - 5:02 PM

Derrick Favors is expected to start at center for new head coach Quin Snyder, according to Jazz writer Tony Jones.

Enes Kanter played almost all of his minutes as a C under former coach Ty Corbin last year, but we should see a new-look Jazz frontcourt with Snyder at the helm. Favors has focused this summer on losing weight, expanding his shooting range and improving his back-to-the basket post moves. He's expected to spend more time in pick-and-rolls this year, which is good news since he was one of the most efficient roll-men off screens last season.
Sep 14 - 3:53 PM

Derrick Rose said he would give his FIBA World Cup performance an "A" grade.

He must not have had many difficult classes in his day. Rose is sitting at 27.3 percent from the field and is 1-of-17 from beyond the arc, which gives him an effective field goal percentage of 28.2 in eight FIBA games. As a reference point, Michael Carter-Williams finished last among qualifiers with a 43.1 effective field goal percentage last season. Despite what he says, Rose really needs a strong game in the final to help his confidence.
Sep 14 - 9:19 AM

Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured from Thursday game vs. Lithuania.

He said that he had a fracture in his jaw in a report earlier today, but a team official said that it wasn't the case. Gay does have a broken tooth and it's not expected to keep him out long. He could suit up for Sunday's final vs. Serbia.
Source: USA Today
Sep 13 - 9:04 PM

Carmelo Anthony said on Saturday that future NBA free agents will be hesitant to sign with the Hawks based on statements from general manager Danny Ferry.

"[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Anthony said. "At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint." Ferry had some interesting comments on Melo, saying he would "absolutely" be worth $20 million per season if he was used the right way. Ferry is on an indefinite leave of absence and his future with the Hawks isn't looking great.
Source: ESPN NY
Sep 13 - 3:54 PM

Jonas Valanciunas finished his FIBA World Cup on a high note in a loss to France on Saturday, scoring 25 points with nine rebounds and no turnovers on 8-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line.

The Lithuanian team didn’t play him big minutes in the early going, but the 22-year-old center was just too good to keep on the bench in this tournament. Valanciunas has been outstanding down the stretch in each of his last two seasons, but some slow starts have kept his draft value a bit low. There’s a chance he puts it all together in his third year and is well worthy of a mid-round pick.
Sep 13 - 2:24 PM

Nicolas Batum was outstanding in France's 95-93 victory over Lithuania on Saturday, making 8-of-12 from the field for 27 points with three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers.

Considering the French team didn't have Tony Parker, they have to be pleased with a bronze medal. Batum was fantastic the entire tournament, averaging 14.6 points 3.1 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.7 triples on 48.9 percent from the field. He was extremely efficient after the break last season with a sterling 57.4 effective field goal percentage with the Blazers, which helped him climb to second-round value in fantasy leagues last year. He'll be looking at a similar role and is a bit of an unheralded fantasy stud.
Sep 13 - 2:23 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's not all the way back from his arthroscopic knee surgery.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time, working on the strength in my knee and just coming in and getting up shots," Evans said. He's expected to be close to 100 percent in the coming weeks from his surgery back in May. It's still unclear if he's going to be come off the bench or start, but his fantasy value shouldn't be affected too much regardless of coach Monty Williams' decision.
Sep 13 - 10:27 AM

Shaun Livingston (right toe surgery) said he felt "great" after his cast was removed on Thursday and that he hopes to be ready for the season opener.

Livingston was on a minimum 6-8 week timetable based on an August 15 report and this fits snugly into that outlook. Leandro Barbosa was brought on as insurance along with July acquisition Brandon Rush, so the Warriors have mobilized to play it safe, and along with this good news we haven't heard anything specific that would cause us to rule out his chances of playing on Opening Night.
Sep 12 - 8:43 PM




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