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George Hill will start despite a groin injury on Wednesday against the Rockets.

He'll likely be playing in pain, but he's going to give it a shot after missing Monday's game and Tuesday's practice.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 06:45:00 PM

DeMarcus Cousins will start against the Bucks on Thursday with a minutes limit.

He's been out since November and his conditioning probably is not up to speed just yet. Cousins is one of the best offensive big men in the NBA while he's pulling down 12.6 boards and adding 1.5 blocks per game. Even with 20 minutes tonight, his owners should still have him in the lineup.
Dec 18 - 8:23 PM

Andrew Bogut's agent David Bauman speculated that Bogut might be able to return "sometime in January."

"I’m not going to say two, three, four weeks, but that’s probably a reasonable assumption if all goes well, and then he’ll return sometime in January," said Bauman. Bogut will likely be re-evaluated in about a week to see how his knee is responding to treatment, after which the team will decide whether to keep resting him or to undergo another round of PRP injections. Marreese Speights and Draymond Green will help fill the void with Bogut on the sidelines.
Source: ibabuzz.com
Dec 18 - 7:42 PM

Nicolas Batum (left knee contusion, right wrist) is questionable to play against the Spurs on Friday.

This probably has to do with his bad fall from the incident with Larry Sanders on Wednesday. Batum did not miss time, but he does have a history with wrist and knee ailments. If he misses time, C.J. McCollum, Dorell Wright and Will Barton will likely pick up some minutes -- none are great fantasy plays. Batum owners will want to check back on Friday morning.
Dec 18 - 7:22 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

The Bulls should not need him tonight. Gibson suffered a new injury to his ankle this week, so this is not soreness. Gibson did go through warmups and he's usually pretty tough, so he should be considered a littler closer to probable for Friday. Nikola Mirotic will pick up some extra playing time.
Dec 18 - 7:19 PM

Austin Rivers will start in place of Tyreke Evans (knee) on Thursday.

In his two starts this season, Rivers has made a ridiculous 7.7 percent of his shots from the field, so there is nowhere to go but up. He also has a very tiny usage rate while he's out there with the first unit, but the Pelicans really need help. Rivers is worth a look as a very deep play or a punt in daily.
Dec 18 - 7:13 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Thursday.

The Pelicans cannot stay healthy these days and they are already extremely thin on the wing. It'll likely be Austin Rivers stepping up from the bench and he should see a ton of minutes. Still, he's arguably one of the worst offensive players in the NBA, so fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes.
Dec 18 - 7:12 PM

Amare Stoudemire will start Thursday as the Knicks take on the Bulls.

Stoudemire will draw a difficult matchup tonight against the Bulls, but with J.R. Smith (foot) and Carmelo Anthony (knee) not playing, he's going to be given a lot of responsibility on the offensive end. He remains a risky play in daily leagues.
Dec 18 - 6:43 PM

The Knicks will start Jose Calderon, Tim Hardaway Jr., Travis Wear, Cole Aldrich and Amare Stoudemire against the Bulls on Thursday.

Not exactly the greatest starting lineup for national TV. Aldrich was outstanding over the summer and he's a much better offensive force than Samuel Dalembert, so it makes sense to give him more run with Carmelo Anthony out. He's a decent rebounder and may also help out on blocking shots. If you're in a pinch, Aldrich could have a decent game for deep-league owners.
Dec 18 - 6:42 PM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) will not play against the Bulls on Thursday.

There is talk of people advising him to sit out for a few weeks, so Anthony could miss time despite how he said he wants to play. With Anthony out, the Knicks are going to have to come up with some creative ways to score the ball. Tim Hardaway Jr. is probably their best bet based on how he carried the Knicks at summer league. Pablo Prigioni, Shane Larkin and Jose Calderon may be used in two-PG lineups, too. Anthony should be considered questionable for the weekend.
Dec 18 - 6:34 PM

Joakim Noah (ankle) will play Thursday vs. the Knicks, as expected.

Get him in your lineups for what is a favorable matchup vs. the Knicks. With Derrick Rose (illness) unavailable for this one, Noah will be asked to do a bit more on offense, and he makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Dec 18 - 6:32 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will warm up and see how he feels before deciding his status for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

If Gibson is unable to play, Nikola Mirotic will soak up his minutes, although he's been struggling lately so he's a risky option in daily leagues. Joakim Noah will get all the minutes he can handle if Gibson can't go. Stay tuned.
Dec 18 - 6:29 PM




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