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LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle), who had been previously ruled out of Monday's game against Utah, is now listed as "doubtful."

Aldridge may join his teammates for the game, but it still appears to be an extreme long shot that he'll be ready to return on Monday. Meyers Leonard, who had 22 points, 10 boards and a block in 41 minutes in a spot start for Aldridge on Saturday, is expected to draw another start.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 09:21:00 AM

Austin Rivers caught an accidental Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face and went to the locker room.

It was pretty bad with Rivers' face gushing with blood. He'll likely be getting a concussion test along with some stitches. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick are going to have to play a ton while the Clippers have to go bigger, as well.
Apr 29 - 10:55 PM

DeMar DeRozan struggled yet again during a blowout 101-83 loss to the Pacers on Friday, making 3-of-13 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

That 34-point game from Tuesday seems like a distant memory. The Raptors were smoked in the second half due to giving up an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. DeRozan has flopped big time in five of the six games to put his team in a tight spot. He continues to waste possessions on contested mid-range jumpers with too many turnovers. He'll need a decent game on Sunday in Game 7.
Apr 29 - 10:48 PM

Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Jeff Green and DeAndre Jordan will start on Friday.

He Clippers are going bigger in this game, but don't expect the overall minutes to change. Green should still be very busy in the first unit and obviously there's no need to panic on Jamal Crawford.
Apr 29 - 10:28 PM

The Lakers hired Luke Walton as their head coach on a multi-year contract.

Well, this helps explain why the Lakers dumped Byron Scott so late. Walton went 39-4 this season, including an NBA record 24-0 start. He was on the 2009 and 2010 Lakers title teams and is a 10-year vet. Walton will finish this season as the assistant to Steve Kerr before he takes over with his new team. This is a marvelous start for the Lakers after a couple down seasons to get the hottest coaching candidate out there. The next big day for the Lakers will be on lottery day because their draft pick is top-three protected (55 percent chance to keep).
Source: NBA.com
Apr 29 - 10:15 PM

Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

This is the same left foot strain Batum suffered in Game 2 and kept him out of two games. Batum could be limited going forward here, which means more run for Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. He checked out with six points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes.
Apr 29 - 10:10 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said he will change his starting lineup for Game 6 on Friday.

It could be Jeff Green or Wes Johnson coming in for Austin Rivers or Jamal Crawford. The lineup change shouldn't really affect the minutes, so DFS players shouldn't be making any major tweaks.
Apr 29 - 9:13 PM

Patrick Patterson will start again on Friday against the Pacers.

Patterson was playing well before Game 5, but he was arguably the worst player in the rotation on Tuesday. This likely means the Raptors will use their smaller second unit again, which was fantastic to help pull off the comeback. Expect to see a decent amount of Norman Powell tonight, but he's not a great DFS option.
Apr 29 - 6:50 PM

Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.

He's not wasting any time to get back out there and is getting treatment three times per day. Curry is starting to do some work in the training room, but the big step will be to do some practice with contact. He'll likely miss at least a couple games in the second round, which will start on Sunday or Tuesday depending if the Clippers-Blazers series goes to seven games.
Apr 29 - 5:08 PM

Deron Williams (hernia) intends to opt out of his contract with Dallas for the 2016-17 season.

He will look for a multi-year contract in free agency, but there is said to be mutual interest between Williams and Dallas for a return. "I would love to be back," Williams said during his exit interviews. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season and played well for the most part, but he struggled with injuries once again and a sports hernia ended his 2015-16 campaign. He will need surgery to correct the issue, but he's expected to be healthy by training camp.
Source: ESPN
Apr 29 - 1:20 PM

Eric Bledsoe's knee is "nearly fully recuperated" according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

He had knee surgery in December to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, but this confirms that his rehab is going well and he should be ready to go for training camp. Bledsoe said that coach Earl Watson "was probably one of the main reasons" he was playing so well at the beginning of the season, so he could have a solid 2016-17 campaign if he can stay healthy. The durability concerns means he should be available at a discount as well.
Apr 29 - 12:52 PM

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Pau Gasol said that the Spurs would be an "interesting option" in free agency this summer.

"There’s talk about passing of the torch with San Antonio and a hypothetical passing of the torch with [Tim] Duncan," Gasol said. "For starters, nobody knows if Tim is retiring and he’s somebody whom I have maximum respect for. In closing, I have to admit the Spurs would be an interesting option for me." The Bulls took a massive risk by not dealing Gasol at the trade deadline, and there's a good chance that he leaves Chicago this summer in the pursuit of another ring. To be clear, a move to San Antonio wouldn't be great for his fantasy value.
Source: Hoopshype
Apr 29 - 12:11 PM




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