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Dwyane Wade said that issues with his surgically-repaired left knee are "a thing of the past."

"I'm as good as I'm going to be," he said. "I felt like I was in January. I felt very well in January and I think I showed it with my play, just being consistent." During the Heat's current 11-game winning streak, Wade is averaging 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 08:29:00 AM

Roy Hibbert (left ankle) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Mavericks.

The Pacers just can't catch a break. Without Hibbert, the team is expected to start Ian Mahinmi at center against an explosive Dallas offense that has looked unstoppable at times. Hibbert does not currently have a timetable to return, but Mahinmi should be a solid low-end plug-and-play option for however long Hibbert is sidelined.
Nov 24 - 12:23 PM

Eric Gordon (shoulder) is out indefinitely with a torn labrum.

Gordon's left shoulder has a torn labrum as a result of a shoulder subluxation. He's out indefinitely, and that means Austin Rivers should take over as the team's starting shooting guard. New Orleans has very little depth at shooting guard, so Jimmer Fredette should also see some extended run for the Pelicans.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 24 - 12:04 PM

Patrick Beverley (left hamstring) will not play again on Monday vs. the Knicks.

Beverley didn't practice on Sunday after leaving Saturday's game a hamstring injury, and it's going to cost him at least Monday's game against New York. Isaiah Canaan is expected to draw the start in place of Beverley again, and he's averaging just 11.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, a steal and 2.3 triples over six starts (30 minutes per game) this season.
Nov 24 - 11:58 AM

Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) are both game-time decisions on Monday against Utah.

Previously Rose was questionable, so that's nothing new. Gasol was being listed as probable, and there's no use in guessing with Chicago's injury situation since the designations are largely meaningless in their reports. Gasol should play, but we've already been burned by his being "probable" before this season. With Kirk Hinrich (chest) questionable at best, Aaron Brooks and E'Twaun Moore would likely be the Bulls' point guards if Rose doesn't play. Rose did say he is feeling better and is confident about playing vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday if he can't go on Monday. The good news is he's no longer having pain in his hamstring.
Nov 24 - 11:47 AM

Updating a previous item, Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Knicks.

Howard was a "potential go" just hours earlier, but he must not have been feeling comfortable in the morning shootaround to be ruled out so early. Without Howard, the Rockets will continue to roll with Tarik Black at center, but Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou will be the guys fantasy owners want to use. For what it's worth, beat writer Jonathan Feigen guesses that Howard will miss more than three games with the knee ailment.
Nov 24 - 11:38 AM

Nerlens Noel and Tony Wroten both missed shootaround with a stomach virus, but each is expected to play on Monday against the Blazers.

The ailment doesn't seem serious since they're already being called probable, but owners may want to check in after shootaround to be sure they're both in the lineup. Noel's absence would mean more time for Brandon Davies, Henry Sims and Robert Covington, while Wroten's absence would increase time for Michael Carter-Williams, and possibly Hollis Thompson and K.J. McDaniels.
Nov 24 - 11:07 AM

Tobias Harris (calf) will be a game-time decision on Monday.

Harris won't go through shootaround, but he'll warm up prior to the game to see if he can give it a go. If Harris is forced to sit out, Moe Harkless should see a few more minutes, but it will basically result in a slight upticks in playing time across the board for the Magic's key contributors like Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye.
Nov 24 - 10:53 AM

Marcus Smart (ankle) is hoping to return to practice on Wednesday.

"He’s been doing his work in the weight room as far as conditioning goes," Brad Stevens said. "So we’ll see how much work he needs to do once he gets back on the floor. That’s a concern certainly." Even if Smart isn't able to return this week, it sounds like he's right around the corner.
Nov 24 - 9:35 AM

Leandro Barbosa (hyperextended knee) wrote after Sunday's game that he "had no serious injury, just a bit of pain."

He attempted to continue playing after the hyperextension but the Warriors' training staff wisely pulled him from the game to prevent further injury. It doesn't sound like he'll miss any time, but as a precaution we'll list him as questionable for Tuesday's game.
Nov 24 - 1:25 AM

Kenneth Faried was victimized by Brian Shaw's rotations on Sunday, scoring eight points with just one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes during Denver's road win in L.A.

Faried sat out until the bitter end of the fourth quarter and the entirety of overtime. He signed a four-year, $50 million extension during the offseason, but coach Brian Shaw may not have received the memo. Darrell Arthur (nine points in 19 minutes) played just as much as Faried, and J.J. Hickson (six points in 12 minutes) wasn't far behind. Faried started slow last year before picking it up after the All-Star break, and owners should do their utmost not to trade him for pennies on the dollar.
Nov 24 - 12:45 AM

Ty Lawson set a new season high with 16 assists in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Lakers, adding 18 points on 5-of-10 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs.

This was a foreseeable performance since the Lakers are giving up the most points (112.5) of any team in the league, as well as the third-most assists (25.4). Lawson turned the ball over five times and didn't have any steals, which is easy to overlook when his 18 & 16 double-double gets the headline. The best news might be that he logged 44 minutes and is showing no symptoms of the lingering ankle injury which cost him a game back in early November.
Nov 24 - 12:45 AM




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