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LaMarcus Aldridge is under the weather and didn't practice Thursday.

Aldridge played through the illness Wednesday and managed to put together a 17-point, 16-rebound performance. This sounds like the Blazers just resting their best player in practice with nothing really left to play for. We fully expect Aldridge will be in the lineup Friday night against the Thunder we'll sideline him just to be safe.
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Julius Randle (ankle) are both expected to play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

Despite Kobe's questionable tag, he's going to keep playing so long as he doesn't suffer a setback or new injury of any kind. And while Randle's ankle injury looked bad, he quickly shook it off and wasn't in real danger of missing any time. Both will be in the starting lineup as the Lakers take on Roy Hibbert's (ankle, questionable) old team on Monday.
Feb 8 - 12:00 PM

Kings players have "tuned out" George Karl, sources told The Vertical's Chris Mannix.

Additionally, the players are "privately seething over inefficient practices and shootarounds, and ineffective in-game adjustments from the bench." Per Mannix, "the front office's confidence in Karl has almost completely eroded," and it's gotten so bad under Vivek Ranadive's watch that minority owners "have quietly explored ways to seize controlling interest" from him. Things are not fine in Sacramento, and it would be shocking if the team didn't make (another) change at head coach.
Feb 8 - 11:47 AM

Kevin Love (quad) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Kings.

Assuming Love plays, he'll wind up missing just a single game with the quad injury. His return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench where he belongs, while Tristan Thompson will slide back over and assume starting center responsibilities.
Feb 8 - 11:17 AM

Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) has had two MRIs in the last three weeks, sources told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Despite both coming back clean, "the concern over his long-term health is very real," per Isola. Obviously there are a number of things going wrong in New York right now, and Melo's health woes are right at the top of the list. If the soreness in his surgically-repaired knee doesn't improve after the All-Star break, Melo will be a shutdown candidate as the Knicks fall further and further out of the playoff race. Anthony's absence would mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Derrick Williams and Lance Thomas while Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo would each assume a larger role in the offense.
Feb 8 - 11:14 AM

The Knicks have relieved Derek Fisher of his head coaching duties.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne had the news first, and so much for a slow news day on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Phil Jackson's hand-picked selection for head coach lasted less than two full seasons, and the countdown will now be on to see how long Jackson sticks around in New York's front office. The Knicks are fading out of the postseason race fast, Carmelo Anthony has issues with his surgically-repaired knee and there is no clear direction for a franchise that sorely needs one. With Fisher's dismissal, Kurt Rambis will be the interim head coach, and ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports Brian Shaw and Luke Walton—two of Jackson's former players—are "top long-term replacement candidates." Welcome to New York, everybody.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 8 - 10:55 AM

The Magic "aren't discouraging" trade offers for Tobias Harris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

You could really say this about almost any player in the NBA beyond obvious franchise building blocks, but we digress. Harris was re-signed to a 4-year, $64M deal in the offseason, but the Magic are (rightfully) looking into his market with Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja in the fold. It wouldn't be surprising if Harris is moved, but we would have said the same thing prior to this report, as well. A potential offseason trade seems more likely than a drastic midseason shakeup.
Feb 8 - 10:01 AM

Marc Gasol admitted that he's currently playing through an injury.

"I have some issues, but you have to push through it," Gasol said. "I’m never going to use not being 100 percent as an excuse. It’s just not me. I’m going to push through it and give whatever I have to my team. That’s how I’ve always been, and that’s how it’s going to be." Coach Dave Joerger recently said that Gasol is "playing on one leg," so the All-Star break can't come soon enough for the big man. Through three February games, Gasol is averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks on 55.3 percent shooting. Despite the injury concern, selling low doesn't make sense, and Gasol is fully expected to continue playing at less than full strength.
Feb 8 - 9:28 AM

Pau Gasol is dealing with soreness in his injured left hand.

Gasol returned on Saturday with a bang, scoring 25 points to go along with eight boards, three dimes, two blocks and two triples, but his hand injury isn't quite behind him just yet. "Once I went out and got a feel for the ball and took some shots and warmed up and saw how the hand felt, I knew I'd be a little limited, a little sore at times, but I knew I could be effective and compete," he said. Gasol will likely continue to play with a pad on his injured area, but he'll be out there so long as he doesn't suffer a setback.
Feb 8 - 8:50 AM

Jimmy Butler (strained knee) will not play Monday and he will "likely" miss Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

Butler met with a team physician on Sunday but the Bulls have not provided an update on his status, and it's unclear whether he'll suit up for the All-Star game. Barring a positive update after Monday's shootaround, owners in weekly leagues should keep Butler on their benches heading into the break. E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, three 3-pointers and seven assists as a starter on Saturday, and he's worth a look as a punt play in DFS.
Feb 7 - 8:21 PM

Chris Paul scored 22 points on 8-of-23 shooting Sunday, to go with seven assists, two rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

Paul couldn't get anything to drop to start the game, going 0-of-9 from the field, but in typical CP3 fashion he connected on eight of his final 14 shot attempts to close out the win. He's going to be a top-3 option moving forward.
Feb 7 - 5:17 PM

Al Jefferson (knee surgery) began non-contact and conditioning drills on Saturday, Jan. 30.

"My lungs hurt," he said, "but it still feels good to get back on the court and get back running again, and don't feel pain when I run." When asked about his return date, Big Al replied, "They said it depends on how I feel. If I had my way, I'd like to get at least one game, maybe two games, in before the break." There have been no indications that Jefferson will play this week, and the Hornets will assuredly be cautious with his return, so owners shouldn't expect to see him until after the All-Star break. If he's still floating on your waiver wire, it's time to think about grabbing him.
Feb 7 - 5:06 PM




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