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Nicolas Batum missed all five of his shots (0-for-3 from downtown) but did make four free throws for four points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

He was holding his right hand and wrist throughout much of the game and it's clearly bothering him. His free throws looked good, as he was 4-of-4, but the injury continues to bother him on a nightly basis. Hopefully he'll continue to play through it, as it has been a problem for some time now, but once the Blazers officially fall out of the playoff race it's anyone's guess as to how long he'll continue to play through the pain.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 12:57:00 AM

Coach Mike Malone said the Nuggets "have two young bigs that can play together."

In other words, it sounds like he's open to playing Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic together. In the last 11 games, Jokic played 12 percent of his minutes next to Nurkic. What's more, that combo had a positive net rating and looked good against bigger teams. While the Nuggets aren't likely to unleash Nurkic due to his injury history, his per-minute output makes him a very intriguing pick in the later rounds after the reliable bigs come off the board.
Sep 26 - 1:32 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that his starting lineup is set except for the center position.

Cody Zeller and Roy Hibbert will compete for the starting role, but Clifford simply said that they will both "play a lot." Neither player has much upside and Hibbert has been a ghost for the past two years, so a potential timeshare won't help. This is a situation that most fantasy owners will want to ignore. In case it needs to be said, Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams are the confirmed starters at 1-4.
Sep 26 - 1:13 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) is a "full go" for training camp.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that MKG is in great shape and that he won't be limited in camp. Clifford added that there is a noticeable difference in his range shooting, an encouraging sign because his shooting has always been his biggest weakness. It's a small sample size, but MKG looked great in seven games before the injury last season, averaging 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists on 54.1 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. MKG will be the starting SF next to Nicolas Batum on the wings.
Sep 26 - 1:03 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said James Harden is basically the point guard when he's on the floor.

This isn't a surprise to hear whatsoever. While the perception is that Harden has the ball all the time, the NBA's leader in minutes last year ranked just 13th in time of possession per game last year -- the 12 ahead of him are all point guards. Teammate Eric Gordon has already said Harden can "easily" get double-digit dimes, so his ceiling in fantasy is sky high. He makes a very compelling case as the top pick in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 12:46 PM

C.J. Wilcox will have some X-rays on his hand on Monday and could be cleared in time for training camp.

He broke his finger over the summer, but it sounds like the Magic are expecting good news. Jodie Meeks (foot) won't be ready for the season opener, so Wilcox will fight for minutes off the bench behind Evan Fournier. His role will be limited, at best.
Sep 26 - 12:32 PM

Aaron Gordon (ankle) will not participate in full-contact drills at the start of training camp.

He tweaked his ankle in a recent workout, but it's not believed to be serious. In fact, Magic GM Rob Hennigan said that Gordon is fully expected to play in the preseason games. Gordon is fine and this shouldn't dissuade owners from spending a mid-round pick on him.
Sep 26 - 12:28 PM

Andre Drummond said he is using virtual reality to improve his free throw percentage.

You can't make this stuff up. Drummond said that he puts on a headset and watches himself making free throws at various angles. "They’re all makes, obviously, so it’s constantly watching myself shoot the same shot, over and over again, and now while I’m out there it’s second nature," he said. Drummond shot 35.5 percent from the line last season, so it's encouraging to see him so devoted to improve despite signing a max deal over the summer. His free throw shooting is the only thing holding him back from being an elite standard-league asset.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 26 - 12:24 PM

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun is reporting that the Raptors want Pascal Siakam to start at power forward as soon as the 2017-18 season.

Coach Dwane Casey said that Pascal Siakam "might come up and just blow everybody out of the water," but this report makes sense for a couple reasons. The PF spot is currently the Raptors' biggest weakness, and Jared Sullinger and Patrick Patterson are only signed through the 2016-17 season. Siakam will have trouble finding consistent minutes this season, so he's more of a stash in dynasty leagues for now. We'll obviously keep an eye on him during the preseason.
Sep 26 - 11:43 AM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season.
Sep 26 - 11:10 AM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that the starting SF position is "up for grabs."

While Otto Porter is the heavy favorite to start, Brooks isn't just going to hand him the job with Kelly Oubre ready to take on a larger role. Brooks has said in the past that he's a "big believer" in Porter, so this could simply just be motivation. Porter is still a solid mid-round pick after averaging 11.6 points, 5.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 triples last season.
Sep 26 - 11:04 AM

Josh Richardson (right MCL) had his knee brace removed and will be able to do light court work at training camp.

This is wonderful news for the second-year SG and it sounds like his recovery is on schedule. His previous timetable had him returning around the season opener, but it would be understandable if the Heat proceed with caution. Once healthy, Richardson should be the second best fantasy option in Miami's backcourt behind Goran Dragic.
Sep 26 - 10:55 AM




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