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Greg Monroe blasted the Pistons' effort following a blowout loss to the Clippers on Sunday.

Monroe had 10 points and five rebounds on 2-of-8 from the floor, so it's not like he was completely without blame in this one. "Maybe guys don't care," Monroe said. "Something has to change, though. If you don't want to play, you should say it. This is unacceptable. It's gone on too long." It's worth noting that Monroe's agent recently said the big man has no intention of signing an early extension with the Pistons.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 08:36:00 AM

Jeff Teague (hamstring) is doubtful to play on Monday against the Mavericks, and there is no timetable for his return.

Teague hasn't been able to suit up since last week, and it doesn't appear he's getting close yet. Dennis Schroder will draw another start in Teague's place, and he's averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.5 turnovers in a tiny two-game sample size.
Dec 22 - 1:20 PM

Tony Parker (hamstring) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's game against the Clippers.

Parker has missed five straight and eight of nine games with the hamstring injury, so the upgrade in status is a great sign after he was previously declared out. If Parker is able to play, Cory Joseph would go back to the bench and lose a lot of his fantasy appeal in the process. However, it is worth noting that Parker has already aggravated the issue once, and the Spurs are notoriously careful with their veteran players.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 22 - 1:15 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (upper respiratory illness) is questionable to face the Rockets on Monday, and Terry Stotts said he'll be a game-time decision.

Aldridge has been on a tear over his last several games, so the Blazers missing him in this one against the Rockets would be a tough blow. If he is forced to sit, Thomas Robinson would likely draw the start in his place with Joel Freeland starting at center for Robin Lopez (hand). Stay tuned.
Dec 22 - 1:12 PM

Brook Lopez (back) returned to practice on Monday, but he's not expected to play on Tuesday.

This is significant with Lopez not having practiced since early December. It's not clear what Lopez's timetable to return to action might be, but a full contact practice is a great first step. Mason Plumlee has been thriving of late without Lopez, but Bro-Lo will send Plums back to the bench when he returns.
Dec 22 - 12:57 PM

James Harden (hamstring) and Dwight Howard (shoulder) are both probable to play on Monday against the Blazers.

Although both are dealing with a nagging concern, the two stars will be out there in a big game against Portland. Harden said he planned to play, so the probable designation is just a formality. Harden and Howard's owners can feel good about putting them in the lineup.
Dec 22 - 12:23 PM

Derrick Rose (illness) is expected to play on Monday against the Raptors.

Rose went through all of shootaround, so unless something unforeseen happens before tipoff (which is always a possibility with Rose), he should be back out there in his usual starting role. Kirk Hinrich will shift back to the bench so long as Rose plays as expected.
Dec 22 - 12:16 PM

Ty Lawson (back) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Hornets.

Lawson appearing as a game-time call is certainly a surprise, and Nate Robinson would draw the start at point guard if Lawson is unable to suit up. Owners will need to check back for an update prior to tipoff as it sounds like the call will be made shortly before tipoff.
Dec 22 - 12:07 PM

Pistons waive F Josh Smith.

It's a stunning move from the Pistons, and an admission that the free-agent signing never made sense to begin with when the move was made. Still owed $27 million after this season, Detroit will use the stretch provision to remove Smith from the roster. When Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons were going to prioritize the future, he wasn't kidding. Greg Monroe should become the starting power forward in Detroit for now, but it doesn't seem like the Pistons are done making moves. The Kings, Clippers, Rockets and Mavericks are expected to have interest when Smith clears waivers.
Dec 22 - 11:55 AM

Al Jefferson (groin) is listed as probable for Monday against the Nuggets.

Big Al tweaked his groin in Saturday's win over the Jazz, but he finished with a double-double, and the fact that he's being called probable with so much time before tipoff is a great sign that it's nothing serious.
Dec 22 - 11:24 AM

DeMar DeRozan (groin) is not expected to return during the Raptors upcoming six-game road trip.

Ouch. The Raptors start their road trip on Monday in Chicago, and it doesn't conclude until January 4 in Phoenix. DeRozan last played on November 26, so this absence would push his total time missed to over a month. Kyle Lowry will continue to shoulder the heaviest load for the Raptors, with guys like Terrence Ross, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and James Johnson also stepping up while DeRozan remains sidelined.
Dec 22 - 9:43 AM

Stan Van Gundy said he's going to prioritize the Pistons' future going forward.

Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and rookie Spencer Dinwiddie are expected to be focal points as the team evaluates its players. The Pistons are expected to feed Drummond more on the offensive end to see what he can do. "I wouldn't say that's right now our best choice coming down the floor in a game," Van Gundy said. "Well, I think we've got to shift back to giving him that stuff so that he develops, so we don't have him next year at the same place he is now." Drummond has had his best month of the season in December with averages of 15.0 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks on 52.6 percent shooting.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 22 - 9:21 AM




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