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Carlos Boozer (hamstring) is warming up for Saturday's game in Atlanta.

He definitely wants to play and is going through his normal routine. Boozer missed two games with his strained hamstring and a decision isn't likely to be made until game time. Luol Deng did suffer an aggravation to his hamstring last month, so the Bulls might be a little apprehensive to give Boozer a green light. Taj Gibson is already worth owning in all standard leagues with Joakim Noah out indefinitely.
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 06:13:00 PM

Andre Drummond lit up the Cavs on Sunday for 16 points (8-of-12 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs), 17 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in 34 minutes of action.

Cleveland's interior defense is as soft as pudding without Anderson Varejao (Achilles), but Drummond has been on a roll regardless of his opponent over the past few weeks. Foul trouble is the only thing that's been slowing him down, though as usual owners must accept his atrocious free throw numbers -- he's shooting 30.8 percent on 5.2 attempts over the Pistons' past five games.
Dec 28 - 7:24 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

This will be third game missed out of the last four meaning the upper respiratory illness he has must be pretty serious. Owners need to have a backup plan ready, and should consider Aldridge day-to-day moving forward. It is impossible to predict who will start for Portland, but Thomas Robinson started in place of him on Friday but is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Dec 28 - 7:19 PM

Chris Kaman will play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

He missed Friday's game because his wife gave birth to their child, but Kaman will be back in action against a weak Knicks team. Kaman is currently coming off of the bench for Portland, and his value is limited to deeper leagues until coach Terry Stotts decides to give him a bigger role.
Dec 28 - 7:17 PM

Tyson Chandler (back spasms) will not play Sunday vs. OKC.

This injury is coming out of nowhere, but that is the nature of back spasms. With Chandler unavailable Dirk Nowitzki, Charlie Villanueva, and Greg Smith will get all the run they can handle. Villanueva has been playing well lately, scoring 13, 18, and 14 points in his last three outings, and he looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Head coach Rick Carlisle said Chandler's injury is not considered serious, so we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Washington.
Dec 28 - 5:58 PM

Josh Smith will start at power forward for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs, sending Donatas Motiejunas to the bench.

Smith was promised a starting job upon signing with Houston, so it was only a matter of time (in this case one game) until he overtook Motiejunas for the starting gig. Donatas was only able to put up four points and six rebounds during his last game, and with the demotion to the bench, he can probably be cut in most leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:48 PM

Gregg Popovich said that a recent MRI taken on Tony Parker's ailing hamstring looked positive, but he remains without an official timetable to return.

It sounds like Parker isn't going to be sidelined much longer, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. For now, Cory Joseph will continue to start at point guard for the Spurs, and he'll provide some short-term value as long as Parker is out.
Dec 28 - 5:47 PM

The Lakers have reportedly claimed Tarik Black off waivers.

They waived Xavier Henry in order to make room for Black on their roster, and Black will likely step into a reserve role in Los Angeles playing limited minutes behind Jordan Hill. He can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:41 PM

Updating a previous report, Patty Mills (shoulder) will suit up for Sunday's game vs. Houston.

Mills will likely be eased back into the rotation, so he's not going to have much value tonight in an unfavorable matchup with the Rockets. However, if he can get up to full speed before Tony Parker returns from his hamstring injury he could provide some short-term value in deeper leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:31 PM

Updating a previous report, Larry Sanders (flu) will not suit up for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

The Bucks will also be without Ersan Ilyasova (concussion), so Zaza Pachulia is going to get all the minutes he can handle, with John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant seeing some increased opportunity. Sanders is not currently traveling with the team, so we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs. He’s been very disappointing this season, and can no longer be considered a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 3:44 PM

Alec Burks (shoulder) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Clippers.

Rodney Hood started the last game that Burks was sidelined, but only managed to put up four points on 1-of-8 shooting from the field, so he's not much of an option in most leagues. Trey Burke however ended up logging 37 minutes, putting up 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting, but it's worth noting that he was playing against the 76ers. With a difficult matchup against the Clippers, Burke doesn't look like a great option on Monday, despite the increased opportunity.
Dec 28 - 3:31 PM

The 76ers have announced that the x-rays that were taken on Nerlens Noel's ankle following Saturday's game have come back negative.

Noel was able to return after briefly leaving Saturday's game when he came down awkwardly on his ankle, so it doesn't look like this is going to be an issue moving forward. However, the 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with their "star players," so we'll be considering Noel questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. If he sits, look for Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to help fill the void.
Dec 28 - 3:15 PM




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