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Pau Gasol (foot) will play limited minutes when he returns to the lineup on Friday against the Wizards.

It's hardly a surprise given he hasn't played in a game in over six weeks, but it's definitely worth noting as owners need to keep their expectations in check. Gasol said that his conditioning is "not good" after missing 20 games, and it will take some time for him to get back into basketball shape. Gasol is also still having some issues with "quick acceleration and deceleration," and he also admitted there will be some soreness, but he said he can still dunk because "I don't need to jump much to dunk." It's not yet clear if Gasol or Earl Clark will start on Friday.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 08:58:00 AM

Sabrina Strickland, an orthopedic sports surgeon who has been in practice more than 20 years, said she thinks Kawhi Leonard (quad) will be "fine" if the Spurs are "truly saying what's wrong with him."

"Usually, it’s just a matter of doing the appropriate type of treatment to get better tissue in that area," said Strickland, who has not examined Leonard or been a part of the rehab process. "But with ones that are more chronic, that’s when players tend to have more aggressive treatment, something more evasive than just the rest-and-rehab route, such as platelet rich plasma [therapy]." The Spurs have been mum on the details surrounding Leonard's right quadriceps tendinopathy, and have yet to offer an official timetable for his return, but the good news is we haven't heard anything regarding a PRP injection. Still, he's not practicing and owners shouldn't expect him back soon.
Nov 21 - 3:27 PM

Larry Nance Jr. (hand) has been a full participant in recent practices and he's targeting a return to the court on Monday vs. the Clippers.

Nance recently had a dental procedure that will prevent him from getting in some work with L.A.'s G-League affiliate, and while he won't be able to take the court for Tuesday's game against Chicago, next Monday against the Clippers seems like a very realistic potential return date. Once he's back, Julius Randle will go back to playing minutes in the teens, but with how well Kyle Kuzma has been playing, it would be surprising to see him lose his starting role. Nance is a fine low-end stash in deep leagues.
Nov 21 - 2:22 PM

Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) practiced fully on Tuesday but said he was unsure if he would be able to play Wednesday vs. OKC.

Coach Steve Kerr claimed that sitting Durant on Sunday was a mostly precautionary move. However, speaking with reporters after Tuesday's practice and asked about Wednesday's matchup with the Thunder, Durant said: "I don’t know. We’ll see how it feels in the morning." It looks like we are headed towards a game-time decision. It's safe to assume KD is highly motivated to play in OKC, but he and the Warriors also have to look at the big picture. Check back tomorrow for an update.
Nov 21 - 1:28 PM

Myles Turner (ankle) said he will be "fine" for Friday's game vs. Toronto.

Turner tweaked his ankle in Monday's game vs. Orlando. He had it re-taped and returned to action shortly thereafter. Afterward, Turner indicated he wasn't overly concerned with the injury. The Pacers don't play again until after Thanksgiving. "I've got plenty of time to get it right," said Turner. Check back later in the week for an update and confirmation that he is on track to play Friday night.
Nov 21 - 10:17 AM

Will Barton started for the Nuggets on Monday and hit 9-of-15 shots and five 3-pointers for 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in Monday's 114-98 win over the Kings.

Barton had a four-point dud on Friday, but has been very good for most of the season. He's averaging 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five games. With Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler hurting right now, Barton looks like a must-own player.
Nov 21 - 12:53 AM

Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 47 points in Monday's 110-102 overtime win over the Mavericks, helping Boston win their 16th straight game.

This victory allowed Boston to tie the fourth-longest streak in franchise history. Irving was sensational all night and the Mavericks had no answer for him defensively. He helped the Celtics climb out of a 13-point deficit and scored 10 of Boston's 14 overtime points, hitting 16-of-22 shots and 10-of-11 free throws with six assists, three rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers. He became the first Celtics player with 45+ points and 5+ assists since Paul Pierce in 2006, and he will look to add to Boston's streak on Wednesday vs. the Heat.
Nov 21 - 12:18 AM

John Collins came off the bench to hit 10-of-12 shots for a season-high 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes of Monday's loss to the Spurs.

Here we go! Collins is absolutely on fire right now, hitting 30-of-39 (77%) shots over his last four games and averaging 16.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks over that stretch. We've been calling him a must-own for most of the season and he's come through in his last four games. And with the 3-14 Hawks going nowhere fast, they have no reason not to give Collins all the minutes he can handle going forward. None.
Nov 21 - 12:12 AM

Damian Lillard, who tweaked his ankle on Monday night, predicts that he won't miss any time with the injury.

"I'm playing," he said when asked about his status for Wednesday's game against the Sixers. He was able to start the second half of Monday's game and played well, finishing with 21 points and four assists on 5-of-15 shooting. Unless Lillard suffers a setback on Tuesday or Wednesday, we're guessing he'll be out there on Wednesday night.
Nov 20 - 11:43 PM

Noah Vonleh hit 4-of-8 shots for a season-high 11 points, a season-high 18 rebounds and a season-high three blocks in 31 minutes of Monday's win over the Grizzlies.

This was his first double-double of the season and if you somehow rolled the dice on him in DFS, he came through in a big way. Vonleh has been starting at power forward for Al-Farouq Aminu and is worth keeping an eye on for as long as AFA is out with his ankle injury. Aminu is due back any day now from his injury, which limits Vonleh's appeal despite the big night.
Nov 20 - 11:40 PM

Mario Chalmers hit 7-of-12 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and a steal in 33 minutes in another start for Mike Conley on Monday.

Chalmers is no Spencer Dinwiddie, but he was very good tonight, and is going to get a great opportunity in Memphis with Mike Conley (Achilles) on the shelf indefinitely. We thought Chalmers was worth grabbing by owners in need of a point guard prior to this contest, but he's officially going to be a very hot pickup on Tuesday morning. He's averaging 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five, and will hopefully be able to keep it going against the Mavs on Wednesday.
Nov 20 - 11:29 PM

Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks to a 107-85 win over the Clippers on Monday with a game-high 25 points.

Things are looking up for Porzingis, as he said his elbow isn't giving him any more problems after he revealed last week that he may need an offseason procedure. He hit just 7-of-20 shots in the win, but you have to love the usage and he hit all nine free throws with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two triples. He's holding onto first-round value in standard 9-category leagues and all he needs to do now is stay on the floor.
Nov 20 - 11:08 PM




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