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The Hornets have signed PF/C Henry Sims out of the D-League.

Sims will play on a 10-day contract and his signing is merely insurance for the Hornets frontcourt now that Jason Smith (shoulder) is done for the season.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 01:27:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki exited Wednesday's game in the first quarter after being elbowed in the face by James Harden, but he has since returned.

The Mavs' training staff evaluated him on the bench and he seems to have a mouth injury, but it obviously wasn't very serious. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the course of the game as a precaution.
Jan 28 - 8:21 PM

J.J. Redick will not play on Wednesday due to back spasms.

Doc Rivers will probably keep Jamal Crawford in his usual sixth-man role, leaving Redick's minutes to Austin Rivers and Dahntay Jones. Crawford and Matt Barnes should also pick up extra playing time. Redick has suffered from back spasms in previous years but it never cost him much time, so owners can consider him questionable to return in New Orleans on Friday.
Jan 28 - 8:06 PM

Dwight Howard (ankle) will not play against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

He's not even on the active roster and will be in street clothes. The Rockets might not have him for Friday against the Celtics, so his fantasy owners just have to bench him for now. Expect Joey Dorsey to start again with Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones to help out.
Jan 28 - 7:36 PM

Tyreke Evans will start against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

He was basically probable for this one and should be able to resume his normal role. Evans figures to run the offense and he'll attempt to keep Ty Lawson out of the lane on defense. He's a must-start option tonight.
Jan 28 - 7:34 PM

Flip Saunders said that Ricky Rubio (ankle) isn't likely to return until next week.

Rubio won't play on Wednesday and this makes him very doubtful for games on Friday and Saturday. The Wolves play four games next week, beginning Monday in Dallas, so owners should keep an eye out for updates over the weekend. Zach LaVine will be running the show on Wednesday with Mo Williams (personal) unavailable.
Jan 28 - 6:59 PM

LeBron James (wrist) is considered doubtful to play against the Kings on Friday.

It's weird day to see LeBron James and Kevin Durant out on he same night. James has been extremely durable before this season, but he's had knee and back issues before this injury. The Cavs are on a back-to-back this weekend, so James should be considered questionable for Saturday in Minnesota. Expect to see more of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion with Smith as the only reliable option.
Jan 28 - 6:50 PM

Kevin Martin (wrist) will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Celtics.

It will be his first game back since November and he might see some limited playing time. Martin will likely bump Andrew Wiggins over to small forward, which may cut minutes Thaddeus Young,, Gorgui Dieng and Nikola Pekovic. Martin should be owned in all leagues.
Jan 28 - 6:45 PM

Tyreke Evans (illness) is a game-time decision to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Coach Monty Williams said he does expect Evans to play. If he doesn't for some reason, the Pelicans are going to have to unleash Jimmer Fredette while Eric Gordon will have to run the offense for. For now, fantasy owners can play on 'Reke playing.
Jan 28 - 6:37 PM

Amare Stoudemire (wrist, ankle) is not expected to play until next week.

That means he won't play on Thursday against the Pacers as well as tonight. Stoudemire misses game as much as any player, so his fantasy owners are probably not going to want to bother. Expect to see more of Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Cole Aldrich.
Jan 28 - 6:28 PM

Carmelo Anthony will start vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

He missed Saturday's game to get some rest, which may be a theme during busy stretches of the schedule. The good news is that his knee is still holding up, but owners will have to monitor his status on a daily basis -- New York plays a back-to-back vs. the Pacers on Thursday, and there are no guarantees that Melo will be available. Stay tuned.
Jan 28 - 6:27 PM

Kobe Bryant had surgery to repair his right rotator cuff on Wednesday, and he's expected to miss nine months.

This is a longer-than-expected timetable which would keep him out until roughly next November, so it's very unlikely he'll be in uniform for the start of the 2015-16 season. The Black Mamba's unfortunate injury will open up more playing time for Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young and especially Wayne Ellington, the last of whom is a very nice pickup as the Lakers' starting SG.
Jan 28 - 6:26 PM




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