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An MRI revealed that Thaddeus Young suffered a Grade-1 hamstring strain and he is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks.

Reports from earlier today suggested he might have suffered a complete tear -- also known as a Grade-3 strain -- and this news shouldn't come as a big shock to his owners. Young is in the midst of a career season with career highs in boards, assists, blocks and steals and the Sixers are going to have a tough time replacing his 35.5 minutes per game. Spencer Hawes should be considered a must-own player while Dorell Wright and Lavoy Allen could also be called upon to fill the void, though Doug Collins will mix and match depending on matchups. Young owners in standard leagues can cut him in some situations.
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 12:36:00 PM

Bismack Biyombo (knee) will play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

Biyombo took a nasty spill during Monday's game, but he played through it, and after resting up on Tuesday he'll be good to go for tonight's game. Biyombo hasn't been very good this season, owning meager averages of 6.1 points, 7.6 boards and 1.3 blocks per contest, so while his bones may very well be infused with liquid adamantium, he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 1:33 PM

Kevin Love (back) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, and he's being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Suns.

Love didn't take any contact during Wednesday's practice, and with a matchup against the 13-28 Suns, the Cavs may want to play it safe with Love in order to have him 100 percent for Saturday's matchup with the Spurs. We should get another update following Thursday morning's shootaround, but it's looking like he'll be headed for a game-time call. If he's out, Channing Frye would likely draw the start, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving being asked to do a bit more on offense.
Jan 18 - 12:40 PM

Jon Leuer (knee) will be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Hawks.

Leuer did get in a full practice on Tuesday and participated during shootaround, and head coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged that he could return to action tonight, so things are trending in a positive direction here. If Leuer does get back to the court, Tobias Harris will return to the bench and Stanley Johnson could lose some minutes. Check back closer to tip-off for an official update.
Jan 18 - 12:32 PM

Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) said that he will play Wednesday vs. Orlando.

Davis really likes going up against the Magic, in eight career outings against Orlando he owns impressive averages of 18.8 points, 13.4 boards, 1.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and a whopping 4.1 swats per contest, so he's on the radar as a potential DFS target. Just check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off.
Jan 18 - 12:12 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) will not play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

This will be KCP's third straight game on the sidelines, and it's currently unclear exactly when he'll be able to get back to the court. Reggie Bullock started in Caldwell-Popes' place on Sunday, but Stanley Johnson produced the better stat line in 34 minutes off the bench. Jon Leuer (knee) went through shootaround and he could be back on the court tonight, and his return could cut into Johnson's minutes. For now, we'll consider Caldwell-Pope questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Wizards.
Jan 18 - 12:08 PM

Andre Drummond (knee) and Aron Baynes (knee) will play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

Drummond and Baynes both sat out Tuesday's practice with some knee soreness, but neither injury was ever believed to be serious, so there's no reason to anticipate any sort of minutes restrictions tonight. Feel free to get Drummond active for tonight's battle of the bigs with Dwight Howard.
Jan 18 - 12:04 PM

Nerlens Noel (ankle) is probable to play Wednesday vs. Toronto.

Noel got in a full practice on Tuesday and said that he was planning on suiting up for Wednesday's game, so it's looking like the ankle issue will only end up costing him one game on the sidelines. Joel Embiid (illness) could miss tonight's game, which would present both Noel and Jahlil Okafor with the opportunity for some extended minutes.
Jan 18 - 11:45 AM

Joel Embiid (illness) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

Embiid wasn't able to go through shootaround, so he's likely headed for a game-time call here. Nerlens Noel (ankle) is probable, so if Embiid is out, it'll be Jahlil Okafor and Noel manning the five-spot with Noel being the more attractive target. Stay tuned.
Jan 18 - 11:44 AM

T.J. McConnell (wrist) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

McConnell said on Tuesday that he was going to "try to play" today, and he was able to go through shootaround without wearing the wrist splint, so things are trending in a positive direction here. He was playing really well with the starting unit prior to going down, so it'll be interesting to see if he's imminently re-inserted back into the starting five, or if coach Brett Brown opts to bring him along more slowly off the bench. Either way, if T.J. gets back, Sergio Rodriguez's minutes will take a hit.
Jan 18 - 11:43 AM

Ron Baker will remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, with Courtney Lee coming off the bench.

Ron "Burgundy" Baker had a solid outing in his previous start, posting 12 points, four triples, three boards, one assist and two steals in his 22 minutes of floor time, so he's on the radar as a potential deep league streamer. Lee was a no-show in 21 minutes off the bench, scoring just seven points to go with one 3-pointer and not much else, so he's a cut candidate with the demotion to the second unit.
Jan 18 - 11:41 AM

Updating a previous report, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

He's still dealing with soreness in his left Achilles, so the Knicks will continue to take an extremely cautious approach with their franchise big man. Joakim Noah (ankle) did not participate during shootaround and is looking doubtful, so we could see a lot of Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez operating at the five-spot today, with Mindaugas Kusminskas earning another start at the four sans Porzingis.
Jan 18 - 11:35 AM




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