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Ricky Rubio (shoulder) is expected to play against the Warriors on Tuesday.

Rubio had his shoulder wrapped and in ice after Saturday's game, but he's expected to play through the issue. It's not clear how serious the injury is or exactly what he's dealing with, but we can't imagine it's major if the Wolves are letting him play through it at this point of the season.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 09:47:00 AM

Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs are in "experimental mode" with Nerlens Noel as a starting center.

In addition to Carlisle saying the Mavs "need" to look at Seth Curry as a PG, he added he wants to see how Curry and Noel go together. Noel did have a strong game on Thursday, so he should be getting some good run as the Mavs figure out where he is as a roll man with a 3-pointers guy. He should be starting in all formats tonight.
Mar 25 - 7:11 PM

Derrick Rose (foot) is available to play against the Spurs on Saturday.

The "available to play" tag can be a little worrisome, especially when it's on a tanking team and for Derrick Rose. Rose has also said he doesn't care too much about free agency because he saved his money, so that's a whole different story. There are a lot of red flags on Rose, so most owners may just want to steer clear. Ron Baker and Chasson Randle will lose playing time, assuming Rose is a full go.
Mar 25 - 7:06 PM

Jamal Crawford got hot late to help get a win on Saturday, finishing with a season-high 28 points against the Jazz.

He scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to earn a huge win against a team they're battling with for playoff positioning. Crawford was very efficient in this game, making 8-of-12 from the field, all nine free throws and three treys to go with two boards, three dimes and two steals in just 25 minutes. Terrific game aside, he's not really a fantasy option after he caps his five-game week on Sunday night at home against the Kings.
Mar 25 - 6:57 PM

Kyle Anderson is likely to start for Danny Green (rest) against the Knicks on Saturday.

We've seen Slo-Mo start when Green was hurt earlier this season, so this isn't a surprise. Anderson was not in the rotation on Thursday and most of his minutes this month have been in garbage time. In his seven starts at guard, Anderson averaged just 3.6 points, so Jonathon Simmons looks like he's the better option right now.
Mar 25 - 6:50 PM

Coach Quin Snyder said he thinks Gordon Hayward is "fine" after bruising his left leg.

The coach added Hayward's injury wasn't to his knee joint and it was to a muscle in his leg. Hayward was not available to comment after the game, but the Jazz said that's their standard procedure for an injured player. For now, Hayward sounds like he'll be ready to roll for Monday against the Pelicans.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 6:42 PM

Iman Shumpert (sore right knee) will not play against the Wizards on Saturday.

This is his "good" knee and not his left one, which required multiple surgeries including an ACL reconstruction. Shumpert being out tonight should help J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver get some added run tonight. Smith is a short-term option and the obvious risk to go along with it.
Mar 25 - 6:30 PM

Rudy Gobert had very little help during a 108-95 loss to the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 14 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 36 minutes.

The Jazz probably would've lost by 35 without the Stifle Tower today. While he is known for his defense, Gobert's offense has reached a new height with his 22.5 usage rate, 20.6 offensive rebounding percentage and a 69.3 true shooting percentage over his last five. Advanced stats aside, that translates to box-score averages of 22.0 points, 15.0 boards, 4.2 blocks and 0.6 steals. He's a fantasy monster right now.
Mar 25 - 6:28 PM

LeBron James (right eye corneal abrasion) will play against the Wizards on Saturday night.

He gets the all clear before warmups are completed, so all signs point to LeBron not having a limitation against the No. 3 seed Wizards. James and the Cavs only have a 1.0 game lead over the Celtics, so they could use a win. Additionally, the Raptors, Wizards and Celtics have the easiest remaining schedules in the NBA. Go ahead and fire up LeBron in what should be a close game.
Mar 25 - 5:54 PM

Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) will not play against the Hawks on Sunday.

This hamstring strain will cost him at least two weeks and the Nets haven't indicated much on his progress. Kilpatrick did have an interesting tweet about his time on the sidelines today. "Our road trips be memorable," Kilpatrick tweeted. "Learning, getting better, and analyzing the game of basketball." It sounds like he'll be studying a little while longer. K.J. McDaniels has seen some minutes while Randy Foye has slightly benefited.
Source: Nets PR
Mar 25 - 5:22 PM

Paul Millsap (knee) and Kent Bazemore (knee) will not play against the Nets on Sunday.

Millsap will now miss at least one week for his knee tightness. The Hawks are a disaster without Millsap and have lost all six games without him this season. His fantasy owners will have a decision on their hands for the upcoming week, but he is day-to-day. With him out, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to be a main option while Taurean Prince and Thabo Sefolosha get some added run.
Mar 25 - 5:03 PM

LeBron James (eye) could be a game-time call for Saturday against the Wizards and is listed as questionable.

He suffered a scratched cornea on Friday in the third quarter and was able to return to the game. This is a home game on a back-to-back set, so there is a chance he doesn't play in this important game for Eastern Conference seeding. If you're into factoring in the Las Vegas spreads, it does seem to be more towards the Wizards than you might expect, so perhaps the folks in Vegas think LeBron could miss this one. We should have an update at around 6:00 EDT.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Even with Kevin Love on the floor (249.1-minute sample), Irving’s rate increases 9.8% to 42.4% when LeBron is off and he delivers 1.39 FanDuel points per minute. Love gets a smaller bump, but he enjoys a 6.1% increase in FD ppm. Irving would be a top option in all formats. Love is riskier, but should get solid minutes and the Wizards are 24th in DvP against PFs; he’d be a great tournament option.
Mar 25 - 3:40 PM




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