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LaMarcus Aldridge had a monster game in Wednesday's finale with 30 points, 21 boards and three blocks in a 99-88 loss to the Warriors.

He was questionable with a left ankle injury and turned in one of the best lines of his career. He had a season high in boards, shot the ball well from the field making 12-of-23 and knocking down all six free throws. Aldridge's jump-shooting ways helped him become this season's highest-scoring power forward and he turned in a big year with his 74 games played.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 01:22:00 AM

Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play against the Pistons on Sunday.

This will be the eighth straight game Bayless has missed. Sergio Rodriguez will start once again. S-Rod has played well in place of Bayless this season. Rodriguez is averaging 9.1 points, 6.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 28.0 minutes in the 22 games he has started this season.
Dec 10 - 1:33 PM

Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) will be available to play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

Okafor had missed three straight games due to the illness. The Sixers are saying that Okafor will not have a minutes restriction. He will likely start on Sunday, as Joel Embiid (elbow/rest) will not be available. Nerlens Noel is also set to make his season debut on Sunday. Noel will likely split time backup minutes with Richaun Holmes
Dec 10 - 1:19 PM

Nerlens Noel (knee) will be available to make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Pistons.

Noel had surgery to repair inflamed tissue above his left knee on Oct. 24. He has been practicing with the team for weeks and is finally ready to get back on the court. Noel enters an unfavorable fantasy situation, due to the glut of quality bigs on the Sixers roster. Embiid has been phenomenal and will start and play at least 25 minutes whenever he suits up. Embiid will not play Sunday, but when he is available, Noel will likely have to compete for minutes behind Embidd with fellow bigs Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes.
Dec 10 - 1:02 PM

Joel Embiid (minor inflammation in right elbow) will not play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

Embiid is dealing with a minor elbow issue, but part of the reason for sitting him on Sunday is also in order to keep his minutes at a minimum, or as the team terms it, "in conjunction with load management." After Sunday, the Sixers next game is Wednesday vs. the Raptors. We will have to wait until early next week to find out if the elbow is more than a minor issue, or if he will be back in the lineup on Wednesday. The Sixers frontcourt will be a bit more crowded next time Embiid suits up, as both Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are available to play Sunday.
Dec 10 - 1:01 PM

Gordon Hayward (finger) will play Saturday vs. the Kings.

Hayward sat out Thursday's game against the Warriors after aggravating his finger injury on Tuesday. However, Hayward will be back in the saddle on Saturday and has been able to play well despite dealing with the nagging injury all season. He is currently averaging career-highs in points (23.1) and rebounds (6.4), in addition to 3.9 assists, 1.7 3-pointers, and 1.1 steals. Make sure he is back in your starting lineup.
Dec 10 - 12:59 PM

Andre Iguodala (rest) will not play Saturday vs. Memphis.

This will be the first game Iggy has missed this season. The Warriors play a back-to-back on Saturday vs. the Grizz and then play in Minnesota on Sunday. Shaun Livingston (fresh of a DNP-rest) and Ian Clark will likely soak up Iggy's minutes (he's averaging 24.6 minutes per game this season).
Dec 10 - 12:57 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle sprain) will Saturday vs. Orlando.

Mudiay missed Thursday's game due to the ankle issue. However, prior to spraining his ankle, Mudiay had been struggling mightily. In his last five games, Mudiay is averaging 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 turnovers in 25.2 minutes, while shooting a horrid 28.0 percent from the floor, 18.8 percent from downtown, and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. It is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction Saturday.
Dec 10 - 11:13 AM

Bismack Biyombo (sprained/strained shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Biyombo appeared to injure the shoulder on a block attempt in the second half on Friday night. He played only 16 minutes. Nikola Vucevic (back) and Jeff Green (ankle) are both questionable for Saturday as well, so the Magic frontcourt situation appears extremely muddled at the moment. If both Biyombo and Vucevic can't play Saturday, Serge Ibaka would be asked to play all the minutes he could possibly handle. Orlando would also activate Stephen Zimmerman, and possibly start him at center.
Dec 10 - 10:32 AM

Nikola Vucevic (lower back contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Vucevic injured his back on Friday night in a bad spill after being undercut by Roy Hibbert. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Jeff Green (ankle) are also questionable, so there is a chance the Magic's frontcourt will be extremely shorthanded on Saturday. Check back for an official update closer to game time. If both Vucevic and Biyombo are out, Serge Ibaka would play all the minutes he could handle and Orlando would also likely be forced to play Stephen Zimmerman and/or Arinze Onuaku.
Dec 10 - 10:24 AM

Toronto believes Kyle Lowry's heavy usage and minutes per game average is a "big concern."

Lowry has played more minutes (859) than any player in the NBA thus far this season. "It’s a big concern. We watch it. We try to keep it down as much as we can, but at the same time we’re trying to win games," coach Dwane Casey said. Lowry agrees, even though he’s not thrilled about the possibility of extended rest down the line. "We’ve been trying to cut my minutes down," Lowry said. "Whenever [the coaches] want me to sit down I’ma do it, but right now I love to play the game of basketball, man." The problem is Lowry has been so good, it's difficult to sit him when he's clearly healthy.
Dec 10 - 9:55 AM

Hassan Whiteside told reporters he hurt his left knee in the second quarter of Friday night's loss to Cleveland.

The injury doesn't seem overly serious, as Whiteside was able to start the third quarter. However, coach Erik Spoelstra benched him less than three minutes into the second half. Whiteside didn't get back in the game until the fourth quarter. Spo downplayed the issue with Whiteside's knee and said the benching had more to do with lack of effort and intensity. The Heat play Saturday in Chicago, so we should have an update soon. It seems unlikely at this point that Whiteside would miss any time, but if he does Willie Reed would be the biggest beneficiary.
Dec 10 - 9:12 AM




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