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Jermaine O'Neal (calf) was pessimistic about his chances of playing on Wednesday after practicing on Tuesday.

"If I still feel the same (tonight), then I won't play," he said. O'Neal put his health at about 80 percent, but given how fragile he is, he's got to be 100 percent to give his team anything. The calf bothered him prior to Friday's game, so the team should let him get back to full health before he plays again. Assuming he sits out, Luis Scola is in line to draw another start with Hamed Haddadi playing more minutes off the pine.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 10:40:00 AM

Updating a previous report, Kawhi Leonard (hand) has now been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Raptors.

Jan 24 - 6:21 PM

Manu Ginobili (back) and Kawhi Leonard (hand) are expected to play Tuesday vs. Toronto.

Ginobili and Leonard were rested on the front end of a back-to-back set on Monday, but they should both be back in action tonight without a minutes restriction. Tony Parker (foot) is out tonight, so Ginobili might be able to see his minutes in the mid-20s, although he's that's still not enough time to consider him an attractive option in most settings.
Jan 24 - 5:48 PM

Blake Griffin (knee) will start Tuesday's game vs. the 76ers, but will be on a minutes restriction.

Heeeeee's back. Coach Doc Rivers did say that Blake will have his minutes capped, but it has not been publicly disclosed exactly how much he will play. It should be noted that Griffin (once fully healthy) will see his scoring opportunities and usage rate increase with Chris Paul (thumb) sidelined until next month. Sam Amick of USA Today notes: "Back in early 2014, Paul suffered a right shoulder injury that sidelined him for five weeks. Griffin played some of the best basketball of his career during that 18-game stretch, leading the team in scoring (27.5 points per game on 55.4% shooting) while serving as a pivotal playmaker (4.4 assists per)"
Jan 24 - 5:41 PM

Jerian Grant (illness) will start Tuesday vs. the Magic.

It was announced this morning after shootaround that Grant would replace Michael Carter-Williams in the starting lineup. MCW had been struggling (scoring a total of five points in Chicago's two previous games), but Grant had been a DNP-CD in three of the Bulls last five games. This is proof of just how far Rajon Rondo has fallen in the eyes of the Chicago coaches. Despite being healthy, Rondo has now been passed over by two less accomplished point guards. It will be interesting to see whether Rondo or MCW see the majority of minutes backing up Grant.
Jan 24 - 5:35 PM

Jeff Green will enter the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Bulls, sending C.J. Watson back to the bench.

Watson was doing a whole lot of nothing as a starter, so it's not all that surprising to see Frank Vogel turn to Green with the hopes of infusing some offense into the first unit. Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic will join Green in the starting five tonight, and Payton should be logging major minutes with both D.J. Augustin (ankle) and Evan Fournier (heel) on the sidelines. Green is as inconsistent as they come, so he's not worth much more than a punt play in DFS.
Jan 24 - 5:25 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Clippers, as expected.

He also won't travel for Wednesday's game against the Bucks, but there's a good chance he'll be back in action on Friday vs. the Rockets. Jahlil Okafor (knee) is being listed as questionable for tonight's game, and if he's also out, Nerlens Noel would soak up most of the five-man minutes with Richaun Holmes having the opportunity to get into the rotation.
Jan 24 - 5:21 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) will play Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

Patterson has spent the past six games on the sidelines, so he might not be working with a full complement of minutes tonight. With Patterson getting back to the court, and Jared Sullinger working his way into game shape, Lucas Nogueira could be in danger of losing some playing time.
Jan 24 - 4:45 PM

Updating a previous report, Luke Walton confirmed that Luol Deng (wrist) will play Wednesday in Portland.

Deng missed the scrimmage portion of Tuesday's practice, but he'll be good to go for Wednesday's game after logging 19 minutes in his return from a two-game stint on the sidelines on Sunday. Deng is starting and getting solid run for the Lakers, but statistically, his production just hasn't been there and his rest-of-season outlook isn't looking great as an older guy playing on a rebuilding team.
Jan 24 - 3:36 PM

Frank Kaminsky (nasal fracture), Cody Zeller (quad) and Jeremy Lamb (foot) are being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

It's unclear exactly when Kaminsky broke his nose, but he'll likely be fitted for a mask and his ability to play will be a matter of pain tolerance. If both Kaminsky and Zeller can't give it a go on Wednesday, Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes would split the center minutes, and Marvin Williams would get all the run he could handle. Lamb has spent the past six games on the sidelines, which has translated to more minutes for Marco Belinelli.
Jan 24 - 3:21 PM

Quin Snyder said on Monday that Rodney Hood's (knee) initial timetable was set at 2-4 weeks, and he hasn't deviated from that proposed timeline.

Hood went down with the knee injury on January 15, so we're currently just a little over a week into his rehab, and if he requires the full four weeks off, we won't see him back on the court until mid-February. Hood wasn't playing very well at all prior to going down, so if you're in a standard league without an IR-spot and struggling in the standings, you may be forced to outright cut him. Joe Ingles will continue to start in Hood's absence, and he's worth a look if you want some steals and triples.
Jan 24 - 3:15 PM

Anthony Davis (quad) practiced on Tuesday and said he's expecting to play Wednesday against the Thunder.

It's looking like the quad issue will only end up costing Davis one game on the sidelines, so Terrence Jones figures to head back to the bench on Wednesday night and his value will take a hit with the move to the second unit. Owners can expect another update on Davis following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but things are trending in a positive direction here.
Jan 24 - 2:08 PM




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