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Arron Afflalo was "in a lot of pain" after a hamstring injury knocked him out of Friday's game against the Thunder.

The comment is from teammate Jameer Nelson, and it lends credibility to the idea that Afflalo could miss some time. Beno Udrih stepped up with 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 36 minutes in his absence, and is worth a hard look as a short-term, speculative add with some upside. The Magic have two four-game weeks in front of them followed by a two-game stinker in the last meaningful week.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 11:51:00 PM

Raymond Felton will come off the bench against the Nuggets on Saturday.

He won't be getting a revenge game as a starter. It makes some sense because the Clippers have to figure out what to do with their bench and they need another big out there against Kenneth Faried -- Luc Mbah a Moute should guard Danilo Gallinari. Felton's owners shouldn't panic here.
Jan 21 - 8:31 PM

Marreese Speights will start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

Mo Buckets has been lighting it up with treys in 17 straight, so he'll be taking those into altitude. Speights in a starting role is very intriguing, but it's hard to pick him up long term with Blake Griffin getting closer. If you want to use him for this week, give him a look.
Jan 21 - 8:31 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic will start against the Clippers on Saturday.

He is fine and should feast in this game as long as he doesn't get into foul trouble. Trust the Jokic.
Jan 21 - 8:26 PM

Wilson Chandler (personal), Danilo Gallinari (ankle) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) are all available to play on Saturday against the Clippers.

Chandler only needed one game away from the team for personal reasons. This game figures to be somewhat fast and Danilo Gallinari is a go, so Chandler should slot into the four most of this game. Juan Hernangomez takes a big hit here.
Jan 21 - 8:20 PM

Meyers Leonard made 6-of-7 from the field for a season-high 17 points against the Celtics on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

He had two of the best dunks for the Blazers on the year with two massive one-handed jams (video in link below). Leonard was a DNP-CD in the last game because Ed Davis (ankle) was used against Joel Embiid. It's all about the matchup for Leonard, so obviously he can't be trusted in most season-long leagues.
Jan 21 - 8:18 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored 41 points against the Blazers during a 127-123 overtime loss on Saturday, adding three rebounds, six assists, six turnovers and four 3-pointers.

He passed James Harden yesterday for the No. 2 scorer in the NBA behind Russell Westbrook and he looks like he's on a mission to catch Russell Westbrook. Interestingly, the Celtics have never had a leading scorer in the NBA during their history with Larry Bird coming the closest and turning in a second-place finish. In his last 10, Thomas averaged 35.1 points per game. How is he not starting in the All-Star Game again?
Jan 21 - 8:11 PM

Courtney Lee will start and Ron Baker will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

After Lee's 'Dumb and Dumber' saga, he's back in the starting lineup. He should play with an extra edge and has a great matchup, so he could hit the ground running. We still wouldn't use Lee in most cases.
Jan 21 - 7:07 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will start and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

The Knicks are playing their old lineup here and will shift Carmelo Anthony back to the three. We'll see how the Knicks stagger KP, which was a good plan earlier this season. Porzingis should be all set in a fantastic matchup today.
Jan 21 - 7:06 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) will start and Kyle O'Quinn will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

Noah is almost certainly going to be limited and his playing time is likely going to be low. Leave Noah on the wire in most leagues for now.
Jan 21 - 7:05 PM

Dion Waiters will stick in the starting lineup against the Bucks on Saturday.

This is somewhat interesting with Tyler Johnson (shoulder) out. With Goran Dragic as really the only ball-handler, we will probably see Waiters be used in a C.J. McCollum-esque role. In other words, he'll likely be staggered from Goran Dragic to make him the backup one to go with his starting two duties. He should be busy tonight and gains value while Johnson is out.
Jan 21 - 6:56 PM

Kevin Love (back) will play against the Spurs on Saturday night.

He did not play against the Suns on Thursday, but the Cavs still took care of business without him. We'll see if that was more of a precaution to hold him out, but Love going through shootaround and being announced as in so early are great signs. Expect him to be firing away with the Spurs keying on LeBron James.
Jan 21 - 6:49 PM




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