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LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is probable for Wednesday night while J.J. Hickson (back spasms) is considered a game-time decision.

Aldridge just returned a few days ago from an ankle injury but is "under the weather," according to coach Terry Stotts. He might be at less than 100 percent but we fully expect LMA to play. We'll sideline him just in case and owners will want to check back around warmups to be safe. As for Hickson, the back injury is fairly new and he was considered questionable for tonight's game against the Lakers. He hasn't missed a single game all season so it would be a little surprising to see him start now, even though he has little incentive to push through. Much like Aldridge, we should know more after pregame warmups. Meyers Leonard could be in for some big minutes tonight if either player sits.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Russell Westbrook's consecutive triple-double streak was snapped against the Bulls in a 108-105 loss on Thursday, scoring 43 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

That's still a ridiculous line and he now has three consecutive games of scoring at least 40. Westbrook was the OKC offense today, making 14-of-32 from the field and 12-of-15 from the line to give him an absurd usage rate of 50.5. Kobe Bryant has the record for usage rate in a season at 38.7 in 2005-06, but Westbrook has a legitimate chance to top him with his 38.1 entering tonight even before this monster game. In his last four games, he's averaged 42.8 points, 12.8 boards, 9.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 treys. He's a one-man offense.
Mar 5 - 10:58 PM

Serge Ibaka bounced back in loss to the Bulls on Thursday with 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks in 46 minutes.

He somehow only had two points and two boards against the 76ers on Wednesday, but filled the stat sheet tonight. Ibaka was magnificent in his other games since the break, averaging 15.9 points, 10.4 boards, 3.3 blocks and 0.5 steals in his previous eight games. Ibaka is one of the best power forwards in the NBA for fantasy and has missed just three games in his last five seasons.
Mar 5 - 10:46 PM

Steven Adams (hand) will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

While Adams will remain sidelined for tonight's game, head coach Scott Brooks hinted that he may be able to return to the lineup for Sunday's game vs. Toronto. When Adams is able to return to action, he'll take away minutes from Mitch McGary and Nick Collison. None of these guys should be owned in standard leagues.
Mar 5 - 6:49 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) was spotted going through a shooting drill during Thursday morning's shootaround, and he appeared to be pushing off his right foot much better than he was just a week ago.

Durant is improving, but he will remain sidelined for Thursday's game vs. Chicago. He is without an official return date, and he has yet to go through a full contact practice with the team, but he has stated that he plans to return before the regular season ends. However, until that happens, Russell Westbrook will continue his phenomenal play as the heart of OKC’s offense, and he’ll be a very popular target in daily leagues.
Mar 5 - 5:56 PM

Paul George (leg) was noncommittal when asked about when he'd be able to return to the court this season.

"I didn't set any deadline," said George. "I said I was hopeful after two weeks of working out that I'd be in game-playing shape, but there's still no deadline." He also added that he feels he'll be brought along slowly if/when he is able to return to the court, but when he's been practicing, he has not experienced any pain that would hold him back from doing what he needs to do. We'll continue to track George's progress closely, and while he isn't a must-stash guy with no official return date on the calendar, his upside is certainly significant.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 5 - 4:27 PM

Nick Young (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Memphis.

Young has said that he's targeting a return for Sunday's matchup against the Mavericks, so we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of the questionable tag for Friday's game. When he is able to return to the lineup, Jeremy Lin's value could take a hit.
Mar 5 - 4:09 PM

Avery Bradley (left elbow strain) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Bradley isn't even traveling with the team right now, so we're going to have to consider him questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Magic as well. With Bradley sidelined, Evan Turner, Jae Crowder, and Isaiah Thomas will all have the opportunity to see extended minutes, with Thomas offering the most upside as the guy who will likely be asked to carry a heavier load on offense.
Mar 5 - 3:10 PM

Chandler Parsons (ankle) will remain sidelined for at least two more games.

That means Parsons will be unavailable for Thursday's game vs. the Trail Blazers, as well as Friday's matchup with the Warriors. He did however say that he is hopeful to suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers, so we'll be considering him questionable for that one. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson will continue to start with Al-Farouq Aminu seeing extended minutes off the bench.
Mar 5 - 2:55 PM

Updating a previous report, JaVale McGee will not be heading to Boston.

The two sides apparently couldn't come to an agreement on the terms of McGee's contract, so he will seek employment elsewhere. McGee is averaging a meager 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks on the season, and unless your league awards points for appearances on Shaqtin' a Fool, McGee belongs on the waiver wire.
Mar 5 - 2:21 PM

Kyle Lowry (rest) said he's making progress and is close to a return.

The Raptors didn't practice on Thursday, but this is good news for Lowry's fantasy owners. Lowry will accompany the team on their three-game road trip so we'll consider him questionable for Friday's game against the Hornets. Greivis Vasquez would again be a solid plug-and-play option if Lowry is unable to suit up against Charlotte.
Mar 5 - 12:59 PM

Patrick Beverley (right foot sprain) is questionable for Friday's game against the Pistons.

Beverley just can't catch a break this season as he's become a mainstay on the injury report. We'll keep an eye on his status after Friday's shootaround, but Jason Terry, Pablo Prigioni, and Corey Brewer would all be in line for more minutes (albeit with limited fantasy value) is Beverley is unable to play on Friday.
Mar 5 - 12:45 PM




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