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Roy Hibbert blew away his career high with 26 shot attempts on Saturday, finishing a loss to Philly with 25 points (9-of-26 shooting), ten rebounds and one block.

Hibbert started the season slow but he's bounced back nicely in the past two months, averaging 12.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 2.7 blocks. He's even hitting 82.6 percent of his free throws during that span (7-of-8 on Saturday), a terrific development for the career 72.6 percent FT shooter.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 10:24:00 PM

Andre Drummond (dental implant) and Avery Bradley (groin tightness) did not practice on Wednesday, but both are expected to play Friday against the Thunder.

Drummond might not be able to gorge himself at Thanksgiving after the dental implant, but it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of missing Friday's game. Bradley's injury is slightly more concerning, but it sounds like his absence from Wednesday's practice was more precautionary than anything else. Check back for another update following Friday morning's shootaround.
Nov 22 - 1:42 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) said he felt good after going through shootaround and that he plans to play Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

KD showed up at Chesapeake Energy Arena 45 minutes prior to shootaround to get in some on-court work and was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, so he's essentially a lock to play tonight. With Durant back in the fold, Omri Casspi will head back to the bench and there won't be quite as many shots to go around for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Nov 22 - 1:15 PM

Trevor Booker (ankle) reportedly "worked pretty hard" at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. Pheonix.

Booker wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, and while it's encouraging that he was able to go hard at shootaround, it needs to be noted that Brooklyn often errs on the side of caution with injuries. He'll likely be a game-time call tonight, but if he's not able to give it a go, that would open up a lot of opportunity for Jarrett Allen. Stay tuned.
Nov 22 - 1:07 PM

Wilson Chandler (sore back) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game vs. Houston.

Chandler said he was 95 percent sure he'd take the court on Wednesday night after getting through Tuesday's practice without issue, so it's looking like the sore back will end up costing him just one game on the sidelines. His return to the floor will result in either Will Barton or Kenneth Faried heading back to the bench.
Nov 22 - 12:59 PM

Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said he'll be taking a game-by-game approach with the big man rotation sans Paul Millsap (wrist).

It doesn't sound like Malone is committed to using Kenneth Faried as the full-time starter while Millsap is out, and he certainly has plenty of options with a wealth of depth at the four-spot in Denver. Malone could go small by shifting Wilson Chandler to the four and starting Will Barton at the three, or he could give Juan Hernangomez or Trey Lyles some starts. Needless to say, this is a situation we'll be monitoring closely, but Hernangomez might be worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
Nov 22 - 12:53 PM

Zach LaVine (left knee surgery) was able to take some "light contact" during Monday's practice and is on track to make it back to the court by mid-December.

"There’s no real timeframe, I guess," Hoiberg said. "It’s really going to be on how he feels. We’ll try to do a little more every day with him. We did a little bit, got him some light contact [Monday] just to get the process started. He’ll be able to play a little 2-on-2 with not a lot of practice time these next 10 days." The Bulls will be bringing along LaVine slowly with his long-term health being their primary concern, but he has enough upside to warrant a stash in most leagues at this point.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 22 - 12:27 PM

Patrick Beverley underwent a surgical procedure on his right knee Wednesday and he will be out indefinitely.

We'll have a better idea on Beverley's potential return date once we know exactly what kind of surgical procedure he had, but he's guaranteed to be looking at a lengthy absence here and will be tough to hold in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot. Sindarius Thornwell will likely be the L.A.'s starting PG moving forward, but with averages of just 8.4 points, 1.4 triples, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game through five starts, he's basically just a deep league guy. Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will be getting all the run they can handle, with Williams offering the most upside.
Nov 22 - 11:48 AM

Joel Embiid (knee) was a full participant at shootaround and is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Blazers.

Embiid looked fine playing through a sore left knee on Monday, so there's no reason to believe he'll be taking the night off. On another note, Embiid recently spoke on if he's concerned about people going after him due to his constant trolling and he responded in typical Embiid fashion with: "I’m 7-2 and I’m a big dude, so I don’t think you wanna try me. And I’m African too. That’s the whole point of playing basketball. Having fun, go out there, have fun, kick someone’s a—, and just play."
Nov 22 - 11:39 AM

Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with a left wrist ligament injury and he's currently mulling over his options to determine the best course of treatment.

Both Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Millsap was set to undergo surgery and expected to miss 2-3 months, but it looks like surgical intervention hasn't officially been decided upon just yet. We'd advise on holding onto him until we have an official timetable and treatment option, but in the meantime, Kenneth Faried should be starting at the four with additional minutes falling to Juan Hernangomez and Trey Lyles. Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic should all see an uptick in usage as well.
Nov 22 - 11:32 AM

Isaiah Thomas (hip) got in some light contact work during Wednesday's shootaround.

Thomas continues to make steady progress in his recovery from the torn labrum in his right hip, and this is the first time we've seen of him go through any type of contact work. The next big step in his recovery will be incorporating hard cuts into his workouts, so we'll be watching for any updates there, but he certainly appears to be on track to be back in action by January at the latest.
Nov 22 - 11:06 AM

Denzel Valentine scored 17 points in another start on Tuesday vs. the Lakers and matched his career-high of five 3-pointers.

The second-year wing hit 6-of-12 shots and missed his only free throw, racking up nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in 38 minutes. He's a great fit in the first unit because he can take the pressure off Kris Dunn with his playmaking skills, and his floor spacing is also crucial. He put up 12.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.0 triples in three previous starts and looks like a hot fantasy pickup with his new role.
Nov 22 - 1:54 AM




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