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Kyle Lowry had 17 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, four steals and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss.

Jose Calderon is out of the way and this is the line Lowry's owners have been waiting for. And there should be plenty more where this one came from going forward.
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 10:58:00 PM

Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) will be available to play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

Okafor had missed three straight games due to the illness. The Sixers are saying that Okafor will not have a minutes restriction. He will likely start on Sunday, as Joel Embiid (elbow/rest) will not be available. Nerlens Noel is also set to make his season debut on Sunday. Noel will likely split time backup minutes with Richaun Holmes
Dec 10 - 1:19 PM

Nerlens Noel will be available to make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Pistons.

Dec 10 - 1:02 PM

Joel Embiid (minor inflammation in right elbow) will not play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

Embiid is dealing with a minor elbow issue, but part of the reason for sitting him on Sunday is also in order to keep his minutes at a minimum, or as the team terms it, "in conjunction with load management." After Sunday, the Sixers next game is Wednesday vs. the Raptors. We will have to wait until early next week to find out if the elbow is more than a minor issue, or if he will be back in the lineup on Wednesday. The Sixers frontcourt will be a bit more crowded next time Embiid suits up, as both Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are available to play Sunday.
Dec 10 - 1:01 PM

Gordon Hayward (finger) will play Saturday vs. the Kings.

Hayward sat out Thursday's game against the Warriors after aggravating his finger injury on Tuesday. However, Hayward will be back in the saddle on Saturday and has been able to play well despite dealing with the nagging injury all season. He is currently averaging career-highs in points (23.1) and rebounds (6.4), in addition to 3.9 assists, 1.7 3-pointers, and 1.1 steals. Make sure he is back in your starting lineup.
Dec 10 - 12:59 PM

Andre Iguodala (rest) will not play Saturday vs. Memphis.

Dec 10 - 12:57 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle sprain) will Saturday vs. Orlando.

Mudiay missed Thursday's game due to the ankle issue. However, prior to spraining his ankle, Mudiay had been struggling mightily. In his last five games, Mudiay is averaging 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 turnovers in 25.2 minutes, while shooting a horrid 28.0 percent from the floor, 18.8 percent from downtown, and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. It is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction Saturday.
Dec 10 - 11:13 AM

Bismack Biyombo (sprained/strained shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Biyombo appeared to injure the shoulder on a block attempt in the second half on Friday night. He played only 16 minutes. Nikola Vucevic (back) and Jeff Green (ankle) are both questionable for Saturday as well, so the Magic frontcourt situation appears extremely muddled at the moment. If both Biyombo and Vucevic can't play Saturday, Serge Ibaka would be asked to play all the minutes he could possibly handle. Orlando would also activate Stephen Zimmerman, and possibly start him at center.
Dec 10 - 10:32 AM

Nikola Vucevic (lower back contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Vucevic injured his back on Friday night in a bad spill after being undercut by Roy Hibbert. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Jeff Green (ankle) are also questionable, so there is a chance the Magic's frontcourt will be extremely shorthanded on Saturday. Check back for an official update closer to game time. If both Vucevic and Biyombo are out, Serge Ibaka would play all the minutes he could handle and Orlando would also likely be forced to play Stephen Zimmerman and/or Arinze Onuaku.
Dec 10 - 10:24 AM

Toronto believes Kyle Lowry's heavy usage and minutes per game average is a "big concern."

Lowry has played more minutes (859) than any player in the NBA thus far this season. "It’s a big concern. We watch it. We try to keep it down as much as we can, but at the same time we’re trying to win games," coach Dwane Casey said. Lowry agrees, even though he’s not thrilled about the possibility of extended rest down the line. "We’ve been trying to cut my minutes down," Lowry said. "Whenever [the coaches] want me to sit down I’ma do it, but right now I love to play the game of basketball, man." The problem is Lowry has been so good, it's difficult to sit him when he's clearly healthy.
Dec 10 - 9:55 AM

Hassan Whiteside told reporters he hurt his left knee in the second quarter of Friday night's loss to Cleveland.

The injury doesn't seem overly serious, as Whiteside was able to start the third quarter. However, coach Erik Spoelstra benched him less than three minutes into the second half. Whiteside didn't get back in the game until the fourth quarter. Spo downplayed the issue with Whiteside's knee and said the benching had more to do with lack of effort and intensity. The Heat play Saturday in Chicago, so we should have an update soon. It seems unlikely at this point that Whiteside would miss any time, but if he does Willie Reed would be the biggest beneficiary.
Dec 10 - 9:12 AM

Lou Williams scored 35 points on 10-of-19 shooting in Friday's 119-115 loss to the Suns, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and six triples in 35 minutes.

The Lakers have lost five straight games, but Williams has been one of the hottest players in the league in that span, averaging 30.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.4 treys on 48.9 percent shooting. The Lakers could get Nick Young (calf) back as soon as Monday's game vs. the Kings, so Williams' value should trend down a bit.
Dec 10 - 1:46 AM




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