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Amir Johnson played through a leg injury in Friday's win over the Pistons, scoring 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 38 minutes.

Johnson is banged up dealing with leg and ankle issues as we go down the stretch, but the good news is that the Raptors need him on the floor with just Jonas Valanciunas and Aaron Gray around to man the paint. Speaking of the Jonas Brother, scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting with 13 rebounds and four blocks in the win.
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 11:42:00 PM

Dwight Howard (ankle) will not play against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

He's not even on the active roster and will be in street clothes. The Rockets might not have him for Friday against the Celtics, so his fantasy owners just have to bench him for now. Expect Joey Dorsey to start again with Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones to help out.
Jan 28 - 7:36 PM

Tyreke Evans will start against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

He was basically probable for this one and should be able to resume his normal role. Evans figures to run the offense and he'll attempt to keep Ty Lawson out of the lane on defense. He's a must-start option tonight.
Jan 28 - 7:34 PM

Flip Saunders said that Ricky Rubio (ankle) isn't likely to return until next week.

Rubio won't play on Wednesday and this makes him very doubtful for games on Friday and Saturday. The Wolves play four games next week, beginning Monday in Dallas, so owners should keep an eye out for updates over the weekend. Zach LaVine will be running the show on Wednesday with Mo Williams (personal) unavailable.
Jan 28 - 6:59 PM

LeBron James (wrist) is considered doubtful to play against the Kings on Friday.

It's weird day to see LeBron James and Kevin Durant out on he same night. James has been extremely durable before this season, but he's had knee and back issues before this injury. The Cavs are on a back-to-back this weekend, so James should be considered questionable for Saturday in Minnesota. Expect to see more of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion with Smith as the only reliable option.
Jan 28 - 6:50 PM

Kevin Martin (wrist) will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Celtics.

It will be his first game back since November and he might see some limited playing time. Martin will likely bump Andrew Wiggins over to small forward, which may cut minutes Thaddeus Young,, Gorgui Dieng and Nikola Pekovic. Martin should be owned in all leagues.
Jan 28 - 6:45 PM

Tyreke Evans (illness) is a game-time decision to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Coach Monty Williams said he does expect Evans to play. If he doesn't for some reason, the Pelicans are going to have to unleash Jimmer Fredette while Eric Gordon will have to run the offense for. For now, fantasy owners can play on 'Reke playing.
Jan 28 - 6:37 PM

Amare Stoudemire (wrist, ankle) is not expected to play until next week.

That means he won't play on Thursday against the Pacers as well as tonight. Stoudemire misses game as much as any player, so his fantasy owners are probably not going to want to bother. Expect to see more of Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Cole Aldrich.
Jan 28 - 6:28 PM

Carmelo Anthony will start vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

He missed Saturday's game to get some rest, which may be a theme during busy stretches of the schedule. The good news is that his knee is still holding up, but owners will have to monitor his status on a daily basis -- New York plays a back-to-back vs. the Pacers on Thursday, and there are no guarantees that Melo will be available. Stay tuned.
Jan 28 - 6:27 PM

Kobe Bryant had surgery to repair his right rotator cuff on Wednesday, and he's expected to miss nine months.

This is a longer-than-expected timetable which would keep him out until roughly next November, so it's very unlikely he'll be in uniform for the start of the 2015-16 season. The Black Mamba's unfortunate injury will open up more playing time for Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young and especially Wayne Ellington, the last of whom is a very nice pickup as the Lakers' starting SG.
Jan 28 - 6:26 PM

Jose Calderon (knee) will start against the Thunder on Wednesday night.

Langston Galloway will start at shooting guard. Calderon appears to be close to 100 percent after receiving so much time off from a bruised knee. He's still going to be a risky play because Russell Westbrook figures to carve him up throughout the game. Galloway is still a fantasy option tonight and plays well next to Calderon.
Jan 28 - 6:22 PM

Terrence Jones (leg) will be active and available for the Rockets on Wednesday, though he'll be limited to 15-20 minutes.

Houston will ease Jones into the mix after his lengthy rehab from a nerve issue which has kept him on the sidelines since Nov. 3. He may even start on Wednesday with Dwight Howard (ankle, knee) very unlikely to play. Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas complicate Jones' role when Houston is at full strength, but he has enough upside to be worth a stash if he's still floating on the waiver wire.
Jan 28 - 6:18 PM




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