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Danny Granger (knee) has been cleared to resume basketball activities and is expected to play this week.

This is great news for the Pacers as it looked like Granger would have to be shut down indefinitely due to continued knee soreness. Now that he's been cleared, we don't expect to see Granger in game action until he's as close to 100 percent healthy as possible. He clearly came back too early last time, and this is a reminder he'll have several hurdles to clear before he resumes game action.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 12:43:00 PM

Jonas Valanciunas posted a 13-point, 16-board double-double during Sunday's win over the Kings, adding two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 27 minutes.

Valanciunas was able to earn minutes in the high-20s going up against Sacramento's more traditional frontcourt, and with Serge Ibaka (knee) unavailable, but consistent minutes is not a trend we'd expect to develop for any of the bigs playing under Dwane Casey in Toronto. JV is a talented player, but as long as he's playing for Casey in the Raptors' iso-heavy attack, he won't be much more than a late-round guy.
Dec 17 - 6:43 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic seemingly couldn't miss on Sunday, going 7-of-10 from the field on his way to 18 points, four 3-pointers, three rebounds, five assists, one steal and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

Bogdanovic's sterling shooting performance gave him a 90 EFG% on the evening, and he looked like Sacramento's best offensive option in this one. While he hasn't been consistent this year, he does offer some solid post-break potential, and is well worth monitoring in deep leagues. Unfortunately, he did leave the game late in the fourth after getting kneed in the quad, so we'll go ahead and throw him on the injury report and consider him questionable for Tuesday's game in Philadelphia.
Dec 17 - 6:20 PM

Allen Crabbe (knee) and DeMarre Carroll (rest) will return to the Nets' starting lineup on Sunday.

Carroll was simply coming off a rest day and both guys were already announced as being active, so their starting gigs aren't a surprise. Deploy them as usual.
Dec 17 - 5:59 PM

Jimmy Butler (back spasms) is listed as questionable for Monday's home game vs. the Blazers.

Butler briefly exited Saturday's game with a back injury and it lingered on Sunday. He's as tough as they come but he has had a massive workload under coach Tom Thibodeau -- his 37.3 minutes per game are second-most in the league behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. We should know more after the Wolves' shootaround, but if Butler is ruled out guys like Shabazz Muhammad and Jamal Crawford will be very busy.
Dec 17 - 5:56 PM

Otto Porter (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Cleveland.

Porter wasn't able to practice on Saturday, and didn't feel good enough to give it a go after going through his pregame routine, so for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans. With Porter out, Kelly Oubre will have a chance to start, and there will be more minutes available for Markieff Morris and Mike Scott. Oubre makes sense in daily leagues.
Dec 17 - 5:21 PM

Updating a previous report, Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Lakers.

Monday will mark Pachulia's fourth straight game on the sidelines, and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies. With both Draymond Green (shoulder) and Pachulia unavailable on Monday night, Jordan Bell will have another opportunity to start and there will be more minutes available for David West.
Dec 17 - 5:08 PM

Danny Green (groin) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Clippers.

Green is dealing with a minor groin issue and was rested on the second half of a back-to-back set on Saturday, but it looks like there's a chance he'll make his way back to the court on Monday night, which will result in fewer minutes for Brandon Paul and Bryn Forbes. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround.
Dec 17 - 5:00 PM

Kawhi Leonard (quad) is probable to play Monday vs. the Clippers.

Leonard was rested on the second half of a back-to-back set on Saturday, but he should be back out there working with a minutes limit on Monday night. It'll take more than a few weeks for him to get fully up to speed, so Leonard owners will need to exercise some extreme patience early on.
Dec 17 - 4:59 PM

Updating a previous report, Tristan Thompson (calf) will play roughly 14 minutes on Sunday.

He was originally expected to take the night off on the second leg of a back-to-back set, but Tyronn Lue will instead deploy him in seven-minute stints tonight. Still, that's not enough playing time to make a meaningful impact anywhere.
Dec 17 - 4:46 PM

Thaddeus Young (sore left knee) will be available to play Sunday vs. Brooklyn.

Young has yet to miss a game this season, and he'll continue to fight through the pain with this minor knee issue on Sunday. Go ahead and get him active for a favorable matchup against the Nets.
Dec 17 - 4:42 PM

Allen Crabbe (knee) and DeMarre Carroll (rest) will play Sunday vs. the Pacers.

Neither guy was on the injury report, so it's not surprising to see them back in action today. Crabbe should see his usual minutes in a return from a one-game absence, which will likely result in Caris LeVert returning to the second unit, and there won't be quite as much opportunity for Nik Stauskas. Joe Harris figures to head back to the bench with Carroll active.
Dec 17 - 4:34 PM




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