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Byron Mullens said after Monday's game that his knee injury isn't a long-term concern, and said that he didn't ask out of the game and that coach Mike Dunlap pulled him instead.

"I do think it was the smart thing to do -- come out, rest it," said Mullens. "At this point in the season, rest it another day. I'll get some stim (electric stimulation) and ice, and I'll be fine." It looks like this won't be a value-crushing moment, and we're calling him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 02:13:00 AM

Nicolas Batum did a little bit of everything during Sunday's easy win over the Pistons, tallying 15 points, four triples, five boards, nine dimes, three steals, one block and one turnover in 29 minutes.

Batum had a nice two-man game going with Dwight Howard, throwing him numerous alley-oops, and overall, he did an excellent job of running the floor racking up six dimes by halftime. He also went 5-of-10 from the field and 1-of-1 from the stripe to give him an elite 71.8 true shooting percentage on the evening, and he probably would have had an even juicier stat line if the game weren't such a blowout.
Feb 25 - 4:17 PM

Patty Mills will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cavs.

Danny Green (illness) will be coming off the bench in his return from a one-game absence, so while Mills will remain a starter, he likely won't play quite as many minutes with Green available. Joining Mills in the starting five will be Dejounte Murray, Kyle Anderson, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol.
Feb 25 - 3:29 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) and Caris LeVert (knee) will be available to play on Monday vs. the Bulls.

RHJ and LeVert could be dealing with a minutes limit in their first game back from lengthy layoffs, but Hollis-Jefferson is worth swooping up in most leagues if he was cut during the injury. RHJ's return to the court will result in fewer minutes for Quincy Acy and Joe Harris, and LeVert might push Nik Stauskas out of the rotation entirely.
Feb 25 - 3:10 PM

Eric Bledsoe (left wrist) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.

Bledsoe was always expected to play, but now we have official confirmation. He'll be joined by the usual starting five featuring Khris Middleton, Tony Snell, Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson. Feel free to get him active.
Feb 25 - 3:01 PM

Jimmy Butler underwent successful meniscus surgery on his right knee on Sunday, and he's being listed as "out indefinitely."

The good news is that he hasn't yet been ruled out for the season, and Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reported on Saturday that there's a chance Butler could return in 4-6 weeks. We haven't been made aware the exact procedure Butler underwent, but if he is able to return this season that would likely mean he underwent a meniscectomy, which is complete removal of meniscus. Butler will likely be limited upon his return, but a 4-6 week window would give him the opportunity to return during the fantasy playoffs. Andrew Wiggins will be one of the primary beneficiaries here, and Nemanja Bjelica has some deep league appeal as the fill-in starter.
Source: NBA
Feb 25 - 3:00 PM

Danny Green (illness) will play Sunday vs. the Cavs.

Green sat out Friday's game with the illness, but he was never listed on the injury report today and always expected to get back out there. He'll likely start, which will shift Patty Mills back to the second unit.
Feb 25 - 2:53 PM

The Clippers are listing Danilo Gallinari (right hand) as day-to-day.

Gallinari sat out the second game of a back-to-back set in Phoenix on Friday, but he could be back in action as soon as Tuesday's game in Denver. Doc Rivers said that Gallinari's ability to play will be a "pain tolerance thing," so it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. Tyrone Wallace's minutes will take a hit when Gallinari gets back out there.
Feb 25 - 2:13 PM

Avery Bradley (groin) will miss the next 1-3 weeks of action.

Doc Rivers said that while he doesn't know exactly when Bradley will be able to make it back to the court, he'll be out "a while," and that post-season surgery is something that's being discussed. Milos Teodosic, Tyrone Wallace and Austin Rivers will split his minutes, and with how bad Bradley has been this season, he belongs on the wire in most leagues at this point.
Feb 25 - 2:10 PM

Manu Ginobili (bruised sternum) will not play Sunday vs. the Cavs.

Ginobili isn't dealing with a serious injury, but it doesn't take much for the 40-year-old to hit the sidelines. His minutes will be divvied up between Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills, but that doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops.
Feb 25 - 2:08 PM

Zach LaVine will not play in both ends of a back-to-back for the remainder of the season.

This means two things. The Bulls will continue to be cautious with LaVine's knee and it improves their chances of landing the top pick in the 2018 Draft. The Bulls have four more back-to-back sets this season, so LaVine will miss at least four more contests the rest of the way. It's still unclear if he will play on either Monday vs. the Nets or Tuesday vs. the Hornets.
Feb 25 - 1:49 PM

Eric Bledsoe (left wrist soreness) is expected to play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans according to coach Joe Prunty.

The injury happened late in Friday's game and the Bucks listed him as probable on the injury report. Bledsoe will be re-evaluated after warmups and is technically a game-time call, but barring a setback, he should be fine.
Feb 25 - 1:22 PM




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