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Josh Smith suffered a knee injury during Tuesday's game and will not return.

He appeared to bang his knee and the Hawks are just going to play it safe. They are playing for seeding, so there should be some concern about J-Smoove's status. He finished with six points, three boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 13 minutes. Smith should be viewed as doubtful for Wednesday's finale vs. Knicks. Ivan Johnson should pick up most of the slack while Mike Scott is also in line for more playing time.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 09:43:00 PM

Tyson Chandler (back spasms) will not play Sunday vs. OKC.

This injury is coming out of nowhere, but that is the nature of back spasms. With Chandler unavailable Dirk Nowitzki, Charlie Villanueva, and Greg Smith will get all the run they can handle. Villanueva has been playing well lately, scoring 13, 18, and 14 points in his last three outings, and he looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Head coach Rick Carlisle said Chandler's injury is not considered serious, so we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Washington.
Dec 28 - 5:58 PM

Josh Smith will start at power forward for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs, sending Donatas Motiejunas to the bench.

Smith was promised a starting job upon signing with Houston, so it was only a matter of time (in this case one game) until he overtook Motiejunas for the starting gig. Donatas was only able to put up four points and six rebounds during his last game, and with the demotion to the bench, he can probably be cut in most leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:48 PM

Gregg Popovich said that a recent MRI taken on Tony Parker's ailing hamstring looked positive, but he remains without an official timetable to return.

It sounds like Parker isn't going to be sidelined much longer, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. For now, Cory Joseph will continue to start at point guard for the Spurs, and he'll provide some short-term value as long as Parker is out.
Dec 28 - 5:47 PM

The Lakers have reportedly claimed Tarik Black off waivers.

They waived Xavier Henry in order to make room for Black on their roster, and Black will likely step into a reserve role in Los Angeles playing limited minutes behind Jordan Hill. He can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:41 PM

Updating a previous report, Patty Mills (shoulder) will suit up for Sunday's game vs. Houston.

Mills will likely be eased back into the rotation, so he's not going to have much value tonight in an unfavorable matchup with the Rockets. However, if he can get up to full speed before Tony Parker returns from his hamstring injury he could provide some short-term value in deeper leagues.
Dec 28 - 5:31 PM

Updating a previous report, Larry Sanders (flu) will not suit up for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

The Bucks will also be without Ersan Ilyasova (concussion), so Zaza Pachulia is going to get all the minutes he can handle, with John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant seeing some increased opportunity. Sanders is not currently traveling with the team, so we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs. He’s been very disappointing this season, and can no longer be considered a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 3:44 PM

Alec Burks (shoulder) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Clippers.

Rodney Hood started the last game that Burks was sidelined, but only managed to put up four points on 1-of-8 shooting from the field, so he's not much of an option in most leagues. Trey Burke however ended up logging 37 minutes, putting up 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting, but it's worth noting that he was playing against the 76ers. With a difficult matchup against the Clippers, Burke doesn't look like a great option on Monday, despite the increased opportunity.
Dec 28 - 3:31 PM

The 76ers have announced that the x-rays that were taken on Nerlens Noel's ankle following Saturday's game have come back negative.

Noel was able to return after briefly leaving Saturday's game when he came down awkwardly on his ankle, so it doesn't look like this is going to be an issue moving forward. However, the 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with their "star players," so we'll be considering Noel questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. If he sits, look for Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to help fill the void.
Dec 28 - 3:15 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons, but head coach David Blatt is hopeful to have him available for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

We'll be monitoring Irving's status closely heading into Tuesday's game, but for now, Matthew Dellavedova will continue to start at point guard for the Cavs. Dellavedova isn't a part of the Cavs offense, and won't be a very attractive option in daily leagues. Dion Waiters is probably the biggest beneficiary sans Irving, and he looks like a nice plug-and-play option with a favorable matchup vs. Detroit.
Dec 28 - 2:55 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

With Larry Sanders (illness) also being listed as questionable for this one, the Bucks frontcourt will be manned by a collection of Zaza Pachulia, Johnny O'Bryant, and John Henson, with Zaza offering the most upside of the group. Ilyasova remains without an official timetable to return, and a concussion forced him to miss 21 games last season, so owners may want to consider looking for other options.
Dec 28 - 2:41 PM

Kobe Bryant (soreness) will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Suns.

Bryant's return to action will send Wayne Ellington back to the bench, and take away some touches from Carlos Boozer. Kobe will be limited to 30 minutes tonight, but that's plenty of time for him to put up stats in an up-tempo game with Phoenix. He's obviously a must-start option every time he's in uniform, so go ahead and get him active.
Dec 28 - 2:17 PM

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