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X-rays on Jeremy Lin's sore right hand came back negative following Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

Lin said that his hand "just hurts," but did say that he also thought it was "fine." Negative X-rays are a great sign, but it's possible he undergoes further testing if the hand continues to bother him through the All-Star break. It's something for owners to keep an eye on, but hopefully the rest during the break is enough for him to heal.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 08:00:00 AM

Derrick Jones Jr. will start against the Bucks on Wednesday.

The Heat will turn on Airplane Mode for this one with Tyler Johnson (ankle) out. Jones Jr. was a DNP-CD on Monday, so it's still tough to count on him for more than 20 minutes. Wayne Ellington should benefit most while we should see some Justise Winslow in the mix.
Jan 17 - 7:20 PM

Pau Gasol (right wrist sprain) will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

The 37-year-old will again be fighting through the pain tonight, and at this point, it doesn't seem like the wrist issue will require him to spend any time on the sidelines. Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson and LaMarcus Aldridge will join him in the starting unit.
Jan 17 - 7:17 PM

The league will not be suspending James Harden or Chris Paul for their participation in Monday's locker room incident with the Clippers.

Harden and Paul have been described as trying to calm the situation down, so they won't be catching any heat in this ordeal, while both Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green will be serving a two-game suspension. Harden is expected to make it back to the court on Thursday, and he'll be dealing with a 24-25 minute limit.
Jan 17 - 6:41 PM

The NBA is suspending Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green two games for aggressively entering Clippers locker room.

He was reportedly the "most aggressive" of the team, so a suspension was likely to happen here. These two won't be playing on Thursday against the Wolves or Saturday against the Warriors in a primetime matchup. The Rockets did get Luc Mbah a Moute back, so he'll be an important piece in the rotation. Expect for P.J. Tucker to also see a slight bump in playing time, as well.
Jan 17 - 6:40 PM

Andre Roberson (knee) will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Lakers, sending Terrance Ferguson back to the bench.

Roberson has missed the past eight games, so he could have his minutes monitored tonight. Neither Roberson nor Ferguson can be considered viable targets in most leagues.
Jan 17 - 6:28 PM

Marc Gasol (illness) and Brandan Wright will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

Well, the Grizzlies are going to be short up front today, and chances are it'll be Deyonta Davis getting the start. Gasol was very sick this morning, so it's possible he won't be ready for Friday. For tonight, Davis makes some sense as a DFS punt play or as a stream in 14-team leagues. Expect to see more Jarell Martin, as well.
Jan 17 - 6:22 PM

Stan Van Gundy said he thinks Avery Bradley (groin) and Luke Kennard (thumb) will be able to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

Both players participated at shootaround, and it sounds like they'll be fighting through the pain tonight. We should get a firm update just prior to tip-off, but season-long owners can plan on having these guys active. Anthony Tolliver is no longer a very attractive streamer in most leagues.
Jan 17 - 6:21 PM

Fred VanVleet (knee) will not play against the Pistons on Wednesday.

The Raptors will play it safe in the middle of January here. With VanVleet out, the Raptors will likely ask Delon Wright to handle the ball more in the second unit while Norman Powell figures to get in the rotation again. Wright should be owned in standard leagues and is one of the hottest waiver-wire adds over the past few weeks.
Jan 17 - 6:17 PM

Markieff Morris (ankle) will start Wednesday vs. Charlotte.

Morris did not practice on Tuesday after rolling his ankle in Monday's loss to Milwaukee, but the ankle issue won't be anything that forces him to miss any game-time action. Joining Morris in the starting five will be John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat.
Jan 17 - 6:11 PM

Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

The injury happened on Tuesday night and Murray was diagnosed with a facial contusion. He did return to the game in the fourth, but the team monitored him through the night and Wednesday morning. Murray does not have a timetable to return, but hopefully this is more of a day-to-day issue. With him out, that should mean Emmanuel Mudiay gets in the rotation again while Will Barton plays more PG. That should also open up minutes for Torrey Craig and Malik Beasley.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Believe it or not, with Millsap/Murray and non-active Nuggets off the floor, Emmanuel Mudiay actually leads the team in usage at 25.9% (0.85 FPPM). While the majority of that production came with the second-unit against back-ups, Mudiay does enter the DFS discussion but remains a low-floor/high-ceiling option. Will Barton is the safer target with a higher ceiling, as he figures to pick up ball-handling duties.
Jan 17 - 4:35 PM

Skal Labissiere (shoulder) has been ruled out for Wednesday against the Jazz.

Just when it looked like Labissiere was going to get minutes on a regular basis, he has to sit out as the Kings turn to their youth. Coach Dave Joerger said he's expected to rest 2-3 veterans per game, but maybe this time Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos suit up. On the other hand, the Kings could turn to Georgios Papagiannis or run more small-ball lineups, but either way Z-Bo and Koufos can't be trusted. Willie Cauley-Stein is really the only reliable Kings big these days.
Jan 17 - 4:04 PM




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