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Updating a previous item, Kevin Garnett has "inflammation of the ankle" and could miss up to two weeks.

It's a really big blow to the Celtics and fantasy owners, and it comes at the wrong time of their season. Garnett is not expected to play Tuesday against the Knicks or Wednesday against the Cavs, and he'll likely be reevaluated on a day-to-day basis after that point. Boston plays on Friday and Sunday before having four games next week as well, so Garnett could miss as many as eight games with the ankle injury. Jeff Green should be owned in all formats.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 01:24:00 PM

Otto Porter made a career-high six 3-pointers to help him get to 25 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, one steal and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

The 3-pointers have been a trend for Porter lately. In his last 13 games, he's averaged 2.7 treys, 16.4 points, 5.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks on 55.9 percent from the field -- good for a 69.0 true shooting percentage. He's been a top-15 player in that span and on the season overall, too. Porter is arguably the best value pick in fantasy this season.
Jan 18 - 10:43 PM

Joel Embiid (illness) racked up 26 points (6-of-13 FGs, 12-of-14 FTs) with two 3-pointers, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes on Wednesday.

The Sixers said recently that Embiid's 28-minute limit will not be increased this season, but that's obviously not a deal-breaker for fantasy owners. Even with the limit in place he's been an early round value in January, averaging a stellar 22.5 points, 0.7 threes, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 blocks. He's the first Sixers rookie since Allen Iverson to score 20+ points in 10 straight games, and he even earned "M-V-P" chants from the home crowd tonight. Give him another season or two, and that might not be far-fetched.
Jan 18 - 10:37 PM

Arron Afflalo will start and Garrett Temple will move to the bench on Wednesday against the Pacers.

It makes sense because the Kings need Temple to be the backup point guard. Temple's value is fine off the bench while Afflalo can stay on the wire.
Jan 18 - 10:30 PM

Jodie Meeks suffered a dislocated right thumb on Wednesday and will not return.

The good news is X-rays were negative, so he didn't break anything. That said, he will need an MRI on Thursday to check for ligament damage. Meeks finished with five points, four rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in 16 minutes. Maybe, just maybe coach Frank Vogel will play Mario Hezonja, who is only worth a speculative add in very deep leagues for now. C.J. Watson should also get more minutes.
Jan 18 - 9:48 PM

Ty Lawson (ankle) will not play against the Pacers on Wednesday night.

He tried to test out his ankle, but apparently wasn't as healthy as expected. With Lawson out tonight. Garrett Temple should get some minutes as the backup point guard to go with some minutes at the two. Darren Collison is also coming off a 21-pont game and could have some success against his former team.
Jan 18 - 9:24 PM

Klay Thompson (personal) has arrived at Oracle Arena and he will play vs. the Thunder.

Thompson flew back from Portland and he made it to the arena with enough time to ensure that he'll be in the starting lineup. Get him into your active lineups.
Jan 18 - 9:12 PM

DeMarre Carroll (sore neck) will not return to Wednesday's game.

Carroll took a knee to the head while falling and the good news is that there's no mention of a concussion -- tests came back negative and it's being described as something similar to whiplash. Terrence Ross should gain the most if Carroll is forced to miss any games, with Norman Powell also stepping into a bigger role. The Raptors next game is Friday in Charlotte.
Jan 18 - 9:03 PM

Anthony Davis (left thumb, left hand sprain, right hip) returned to action on Wednesday.

X-rays were negative on his left hand and he should be OK. Hopefully, he can stay healthy for the rest of the game tonight.
Jan 18 - 8:57 PM

Dwight Howard is back in the starting lineup to face the Pistons on Wednesday and Tim Hardaway Jr. will move to the bench.

He should see his normal playing time, assuming he can avoid foul trouble against Andre Drummond. Even though Hardaway Jr. is coming off the bench, he's still a hold.
Jan 18 - 7:44 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) "could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break," according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

The report adds the No. 1 pick has a chance to make his NBA debut "near March," assuming he doesn't have a setback. He went through 5-on-5 for the first time last week and continues to do some work pre-game, including on the road. He'll likely have a minutes limit upon his return, so it may be a while before he's contributing reliable production. Simmons is a questionable stash in standard leagues, especially if you need to make up ground in the standings.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 7:36 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

He returned to action on Monday, but the Celtics will hold him out. Presumably, this is more of a precaution than anything with the Celtics not on a back-to-back set. With him out, Marcus Smart figures to get the start while Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Jaylen Brown could play more. Bradley was off to a fantastic start this season, but it may take him some time to get right with this nagging injury.
Jan 18 - 7:16 PM




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