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Deron Williams continued his strong play in a tough loss to the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 30 points with two boards, 10 assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting in 40 minutes.

He said today that he doesn't need a cortisone shot in his oft-injured ankle and we're inclined to think he's as close to 100 percent as he's going to be. Only Stephen Curry has made more 3-pointers than Deron since the All-Star break and D-Will has provided first-round value in that stretch.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 10:45:00 PM

Kevin Durant (knee) will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

ESPN's Marc Stein adds a report that KD's comeback window is for the final three home games from Apr. 8 to Apr. 12. According to the team, Durant has been doing some running, shooting and jumping with the plan to intensify his level of movement over the next several days. He is expected to have a return to contact in practice once he's progressed to more high-intensity workouts. The team adds "the end of the regular season remains a possibility" for KD to make his return. All this stuff said, Durant could make his return late next week, but he will likely have a limitation upon his return. He'll be tough to stash unless you can afford to wait until at least Apr. 8 against the Pelicans and possibly later than that.
Mar 29 - 3:02 PM

Gordon Hayward (quad) went through shootaround on Wednesday and remains questionable to face the Kings.

This is a good sign for Hayward to suit up in the road game with a late tip. Hayward did take a knee to his lower quad on Saturday and it kept him out of action on Monday. If he can go, Hayward should be busy with George Hill (groin) out based on a 3.0 usage rate increase while also turning in a higher assist percentage. If things change and he can't go, Joe Ingles, Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson will have to carry the load on the wings.
Mar 29 - 2:59 PM

George Hill (groin) and Raul Neto (groin) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

Hill looked like he may have suffered this injury on Saturday, and he suffered another groin injury on Monday, as well. He has been a very slow healer and he's had groin injuries before, so the Jazz could take it easy on him until he's 100 percent. His fantasy owners may have to weigh their options on dropping him. With Hill and Neto out, Dante Exum and Shelvin Mack should be splitting the minutes at the point while Joe Ingles could be more of a primary ball handler. If Gordon Hayward can't go, there may be enough shots to go around for Exum to shoot the ball enough to use in DFS. He's a risky option, of course.
Mar 29 - 2:54 PM

JaMychal Green (sore left shoulder) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

With Marc Gasol (foot) already having been ruled out for tonight's game, the Grizzlies will be thin up front if Green joins him on the sidelines. Brandan Wright or James Ennis would likely get the start sans Green, and rookie Deyonta Davis may be able to work his way into the rotation. Check back for another update closer to tip-off.
Mar 29 - 1:27 PM

Solomon Hill (sore right foot) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Mavs.

This is the first we're hearing of a foot issue for Hill, and if both he and DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) can't give it a go tonight, Alvin Gentry will need to get creative with his rotations. It's possible that Dante Cunningham could move to the three, with Domantas Motiejunas starting at the four and Anthony Davis at the five, and if that's the situation that plays out, Motiejunas may be someone to consider as a deep league streamer or DFS punt play. Stay tuned.
Mar 29 - 1:10 PM

Kent Bazemore (knee) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the 76ers.

Bazemore has spent the past five games on the sidelines, but he said on Tuesday that he was planning to return to the court tonight, and at this point, it would be surprising if he didn't play. That being said, he wasn't playing very well prior to going down, owning averages of just 12.4 points, 1.3 triples and 1.5 dimes per contest on 44.3 percent shooting, so he's basically just a low-end pickup in deep leagues. Tim Hardaway Jr. may be heading back to the bench tonight.
Mar 29 - 1:08 PM

Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will not suit up for Wednesday's matchup with the 76ers.

Sefolosha was doubtful heading into this one, so him getting ruled out is far from surprising. Expect Kent Bazemore (knee) and Taurean Prince to split most of Sefolosha's minutes tonight. The Hawks don't play again until Saturday vs. Chicago, so maybe Sefolosha will be able to get back for that one after spending three games on the sidelines.
Mar 29 - 1:07 PM

The Pacers have reportedly signed Lance Stephenson to a three-year deal worth $12 million.

First off, wow. On the open market this season, Stephenson was only able to snag a non-guaranteed deal for $1.2 million from New Orleans, and a few 10-day contracts from Minnesota, so there really wasn't much reason for Bird to throw this sort of money at Born Ready. The first two years of this contract will reportedly be fully guaranteed with Year-3 being a team option. Stephenson put up career numbers the last time he was in Indy, but with how awful he's been over the past three years, fantasy GMs in most settings can use a wait-and-see approach.
Mar 29 - 12:58 PM

Seth Curry (shoulder) was a full participant during shootaround and said he feels like he's "good to go" for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

It looks like the shoulder issue will only end up costing Curry one game on the sidelines, and if he is indeed able to get back to the court tonight, Yogi Ferrell will return to the bench and J.J. Barea's playing time could be confined to the teens. Check back for official confirmation on Curry's status closer to tip-off.
Mar 29 - 12:45 PM

Marc Gasol (left foot strain) has been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup with the Pacers.

This will mark Gasol's third straight game on the sidelines, and with just two games remaining on the schedule for Memphis this week, owners in head-to-head leagues without an IR-spot fighting to advance to the next round may need to seriously consider cutting the three-time All-Star. Zach Randolph should be looking at another start tonight, and Mike Conley will be tasked with the heavy lifting on offense.
Mar 29 - 12:31 PM

DeMarre Carroll (back) was a full participant during shootaround, and he'll try to play Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

Dwane Casey confirmed that if Carroll is able to give it a go tonight, he'll reclaim his spot in the starting five, which will result in P.J. Tucker returning to the second unit. Carroll has been woefully inconsistent this season, so even if he is able to get out there, he can be left on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 11:21 AM




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