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Ricky Rubio confirmed that his groin is fine after being forced to leave Monday's game.

"I'm good," he said. "No, nothing, nothing at all. No, I'm good." Rick Adelman acknowledged that he wasn't going to put Rubio back in because "it wasn't worth it," and it's tough to blame him considering the injury issues his team has suffered through this season. Rubio should be good to go for Thursday's game against the Kings.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 08:49:00 AM

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is coming off the bench in his return to the lineup on Thursday.

The Knicks will stick with their winning lineup from Wednesday in Boston: Ron Baker, Derrick Rose, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Kyle O'Quinn. The Knicks are fully expected to limit Porzingis in his return, but he should be in your season-long lineups. We'll see where he gets his minutes with plenty of talk about him playing more center.
Jan 19 - 7:30 PM

Jodie Meeks (right thumb) will not need surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

He suffered two sprained ligaments from the thumb dislocation on Wednesday night. The team added the return date will depend on the response to the treatment. Meeks has filled in for the injured Evan Fournier (heel, foot), so the Magic may have to turn to Mario Hezonja and C.J. Watson. Hezonja is only worth a look in deep leagues for now. Meeks' fantasy owners should probably cut him.
Jan 19 - 6:33 PM

Jeremy Lin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday against the Pelicans.

We don't even know when Lin is going to practice yet, so he's out indefinitely. Lin has hinted that him missing games is more than just about him being healthy, so the team may want to look at their younger players. Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie have split the minutes for the most part, but neither are worth owning in standard leagues.
Source: Nets PR
Jan 19 - 6:23 PM

An MRI of Joakim Noah's left ankle confirmed a sprain and he will not play on Thursday against the Wizards.

There are no details of a timetable, but the Knicks will likely be taking it easy on their oft-injured veteran. With him out, Kyle O'Quinn will look to bounce back from a dreadful start on Wednesday. He's still worth a look in season-long leagues or for DFS. Plus, Willy Hernangomez should benefit and is worth a look as a punt or pickup in deep leagues.
Jan 19 - 6:03 PM

Rudy Gay suffered a full rupture of the left Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

He is going to have surgery in the coming days. This is a brutal blow for the Kings, who were in the mix to fight for the eighth seed. It's just as bad for Gay and now he may not opt out of his $14.2 million player option for next season at age 30. For the rest of the season, the Kings may look to Garrett Temple, Anthony Tolliver and Matt Barnes to step up. The last stint Gay missed, it was Temple turning in the best value.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 19 - 5:35 PM

Kevin Love (back) has been ruled out for Thursday against the Suns and James Jones will start in his place.

He was limited in shootaround and was previous listed as questionable. Love did say he wasn't going to miss additional time after his Monday injury, so he's not progressing as expected. Plus, he's had back problems before. There will be more shots to go to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but besides that there isn't really a pickup to make with this move.
Jan 19 - 5:25 PM

Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

It will be his third consecutive game out of the lineup due to his ankle sprain from Sunday. The Hawks turned to Kris Humphries to pick up most of the minutes as the backup big. He's played well in his last two, averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 boards and 2.0 treys in 22.0 minutes per game. Humphries probably won't be that good again, but give him a look if you're desperate for a big to stream. Mike Scott has also been in the rotation.
Jan 19 - 4:52 PM

Dwyane Wade is expected to play on Friday vs. the Hawks and on Saturday vs. the Kings.

It's great that he's planning on playing in both games of the back-to-back set, but don't be surprised if his minutes are held in check in both of them. The Bulls will likely make a final decision after Friday's game vs. the Hawks.
Jan 19 - 1:32 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) is now a game-time call on Friday vs. the Hawks.

Gibson returned to practice on Thursday, but the Bulls want to see how his ankle responds at the morning shootaround on Friday. It sounds like he's closer to probable, so his owners can go ahead and pencil him into their lineups. If the Bulls end up holding him out, expect them to use a committee approach to soak up his minutes. For what it's worth, Gibson said he's feeling "a lot better."
Jan 19 - 1:26 PM

Nikola Jokic (right ankle sprain) will play on Thursday vs. the Spurs.

He was listed as probable and his status was never really in doubt for tonight's game. Make sure the fantasy superstar is deployed in all lineups, even in a tough matchup vs. the Spurs -- Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal in their previous meeting on Jan. 5.
Jan 19 - 12:38 PM

Danilo Gallinari (right ankle) has been downgraded to questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Spurs.

He was listed as probable on Wednesday, so this is a concern. However, a conflicting report from Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post said Gallinari is a "go." The forward has been on the injury report in his previous three games, but played 30, 40 and 39 minutes in those three contests. If he's unable to play, rookie Juan Hernangomez could see a sizable bump in minutes. Will Barton should also be a workhorse on the wings. Hopefully we'll have more clarity soon.
Jan 19 - 12:18 PM




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