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Updating a previous item, James Harden's right foot is "still an issue," and he will be a game-time decision on Friday against the Timberwolves.

Harden went through practice on Thursday, so it's a little surprising that they'd let him practice at less than full strength witha game on Friday. Regardless, Kevin McHale said the team is "trying to determine" the best possible course of action to have Harden at "as close as possible" to full strength for the stretch run, and it sounds like there is a real possibility of Harden taking some time off. If he does sit, Carlos Delfino would likely start at shooting guard.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 11:41:00 AM

Amare Stoudemire has dealt with back spasms in the past and given the amount of pain Melo is currently in, paints a not-so-pleasant picture of what Melo might be dealing with.

"Back spasms is nothing easy to deal with,’’ Stoudemire said. "Your whole body shuts down, it affects your central nervous system. It affects your entire body. It takes time to get over that spasm. It takes a lot of rest and recovery and a lot of rehab to get over that particular injury.’’ Not good. Melo's owners should probably start making alternative plans for not only this week, but potentially the next month or so, if Stoudemire's assessment is accurate. Speaking of Stoudemire, his role should be greatly increased in Melo's absence, while J.R. Smith is expected to start tonight.
Nov 26 - 1:46 PM

Thaddeus Young is expected to return to action on Wednesday, although his role still hasn't been confirmed.

The team will wear pink shoe laces to honor Young's mother, who passed away from breast cancer recently. We should have an update on whether he's starting or not, but you can get him back in your lineup after missing the previous six games.
Nov 26 - 1:32 PM

Mo Williams missed shootaround Wednesday and is a game-time decision against the Bucks.

Williams has been sick for several days now and while it's possible he'll play tonight, it would not be surprising to see rookie Zach LaVine running the point for the Wolves tonight. On a side note, the Wolves will be wearing pink shoe laces as a tribute to Thaddeus Young's mother, who passed away from cancer recently.
Nov 26 - 12:58 PM

Dwyane Wade, who has missed seven straight games with a hamstring injury, was taking part in "explosive drill practice" on Wednesday.

The Heat are off until Sunday at New York and if Wade is doing those kind of drills, you'd have to think he might be ready to go four days from now. He says he's "hoping" to play on Sunday, but there's no way to tell given Wade's injury history.
Nov 26 - 12:39 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) and Patrick Beverley (hamstring) have both been ruled out for the Rockets for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

Beverley didn't have a chance of playing in this one and Howard will now miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury that didn't seem too serious initially. DeMarcus Cousins should have his way with the Rockets tonight, while whoever starts at PG for the Kings (Darren Collison is iffy) won't have to deal with Beverley's pesky defense.
Nov 26 - 11:49 AM

Evan Fournier will be a game-time call on Wednesday due to a quad injury.

He finally cooled off on Monday and suffered the injury in that game. If he can't go, it should mean more goodies for Victor Oladipo, who played 36 minutes on Monday and had his best game of the season.
Nov 26 - 10:59 AM

J.R. Smith is expected to start at forward in place of Carmelo Anthony (back) on Wednesday, according to coach Derek Fisher.

We'll have to wait and see who makes up the starting unit tonight, but Smith gets a boost in value with Carmelo very unlikely to play again before Sunday, at the earliest.
Nov 26 - 10:43 AM

Tobias Harris sat out the early portion of Wednesday morning's shootaround due to his calf injury.

He's listed as a game-time decision but the fact he wasn't an early participant this morning is obviously a bad sign.
Nov 26 - 10:40 AM

The Lakers are on the verge of signing F Earl Clark to a one-year contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

He'll help make up for the loss of Julius Randle, as well as the current injury to Carlos Boozer, but might also hurt the strong play of Ed Davis. Then again, Clark has never really lived up to the hype, but is averaging close to 30 points in the D-League this season.
Nov 26 - 10:15 AM

David West is hoping to make his season debut for the Pacers on Friday after dealing with a severely sprained since Oct. 18.

"(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after practicing Tuesday. "The ankle is healthy which is important." It sounds like it's now or never for West, who has already missed 15 games. "We've exhausted all options in terms of getting it healthy. It was a bad sprain," West said. "I got really lucky that it just did what it did and didn't go any further. I got really lucky." Luis Scola will take a hit when West is ready to go at full speed.
Nov 26 - 9:30 AM

Carmelo Anthony had trouble even speaking, let alone walking or running, while dealing with his back injury on Monday night and he's not expected to play on Wednesday at Dallas, Friday at Oklahoma City and has no timetable for a return to action as of now.

The Knicks are concerned about his back spasms becoming a season-long problem, and are hoping his pain is not a sign of a disk problem. Anthony was already dealing with a knee injury and it now sounds like he could miss several more games with his back injury. Shane Larkin started the second half of Monday's game in Anthony's place, while Amare Stoudemire could get the call in his place tonight. Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Travis Wear should all see more opportunity with Melo in street clothes. The Knicks get the Heat in New York on Sunday and if Melo can play in that one, owners will have cause to celebrate.
Nov 26 - 9:20 AM




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