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Evan Fournier will start at shooting guard in Saturday's Game 1 against the Warriors.

A rookie out of France, Fournier averaged just 11.6 minutes per game during the regular season. But thanks to a late-season surge via injuries to Danilo Gallinari/Kenneth Faried, he's earned the trust of coach George Karl. The Nuggets will roll with Ty Lawson, Fournier, Andre Iguodala, Wilson Chandler and Kosta Koufos as their starters Saturday. Corey Brewer and Andre Miller will see significant time as guards off the bench.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 04:00:00 PM

John Wall scored 25 points on Sunday, adding 12 assists, eight rebounds, four steals, one block and an unfortunate seven turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

He shot 7-of-17 from the field and 11-of-12 from the charity stripe, and while he went on a major scoring run during the third quarter (14 points), he was held to just two points through the entire fourth quarter of action. While the Wizards have been struggling lately, it's hard to point the finger at Wall, who has posted averages of 19.6 points, 8.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers per game through the month of March. With the Wizards fighting for a higher seed in the East, Wall will continue to log major minutes as they close out their regular-season.
Mar 29 - 4:56 PM

Greg Monroe (knee) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

The Pistons are considering shutting Monroe down for the season so this shouldn't take any owners by surprise. With the playoffs out of reach and only nine games remaining after Sunday, there isn't much incentive for Monroe to play at less than 100 percent. Owners fighting for their fantasy playoff lives should move on to a healthy alternative.
Mar 29 - 4:52 PM

Josh Smith had another great all-around game on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, with 10 rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, two blocks, one steal and four turnovers through 36 minutes of action.

Smith is currently the only healthy power forward on the roster, so he's seen his minutes and production take a big leap over the past two games with Donatas Motiejunas (back) joining Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) on the sidelines. Motiejunas has been ruled out for the next 1-2 weeks, and Jones is without an official return date, meaning that J Smoov is an absolute must-start option heading into a four-game week for the Rockets.
Mar 29 - 4:35 PM

Hassan Whiteside (hand) will not play vs. the Pistons on Sunday.

He was questionable to play but Miami ruled him out two hours before tip-off, so presumably his hand remains swollen and painful. The risk of re-tearing the stitches is an even greater concern, and owners will simply have to hope that Whiteside can suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. Chris Andersen (calf) is also sidelined on Sunday, so expect heavy minutes for Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley.
Mar 29 - 4:27 PM

Dwight Howard managed to put up a double-double despite his minutes restriction on Sunday, with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting (5-of-8 from the line), 10 rebounds and two turnovers.

Howard has been effective since returning from a two-month absence, posting averages of 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on 72.2 percent shooting from the field. However, the Rockets have two back-to-back sets coming next week, meaning Howard has a maximum of two games, so owners in weekly formats should leave him on the bench. He's already been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Wizards, and he'll be forced to sit either Thursday vs. the Kings or Friday vs. the Mavericks. He's a guy whose name is bigger than his game right now, and we wouldn't recommend owning him in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 4:21 PM

James Harden scored 24 points on 7-of-20 shooting (9-of-10 from the line), with six assists, three rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, one block and three turnovers during Sunday's win over the Wizards.

Harden has been on an absolute tear through the month of March, posting ridiculous averages of 28.4 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 three-pointers, 1.9 steals and 0.7 blocks while getting to the charity stripe 12.8 times per game and knocking down an impressive 86.2 percent of those attempts. He's carrying fantasy squads through the playoffs, and he'll get four games next week. Enjoy the show.
Mar 29 - 4:01 PM

Kevin Martin (hamstring) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Sunday.

Martin is targeting a return next week but he remains iffy to play in Monday's game vs. the Jazz, and cautious owners may want to hedge their bets in weekly leagues. The Wolves got a few healthy bodies back into the lineup with Anthony Bennett and Robbie Hummel returning on Sunday, but they'll still lean heavily on sixth-man Chase Budinger.
Mar 29 - 3:52 PM

Kevin McHale said that Patrick Beverley (wrist) probably won't be back this season.

While an official decision has not been made on Beverley, this is the first time McHale has spoken with this degree of pessimism, so things really aren't looking good at all for Beverley. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will continue to man the point guard position in his absence, but neither guy is deserving of a roster spot in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 3:50 PM

The Cavs will not rest any of their players for Sunday's game vs. the 76ers.

Anyone who was fearing a possible rest day for LeBron James against the tanking 76ers can go ahead and put those fears to rest. He may however take an early seat on the bench if the game turns into a blowout, but he's obviously a must-start guy every time he's in uniform.
Mar 29 - 3:44 PM

George Karl said he may be resting some players to experiment with some lineups as the Kings close out their regular-season, and he's talked with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay about possibly sitting out 1-2 games.

Owners of Gay and Cousins will need to be on high alert this next week for a potential rest day. They don't have any back-to-back sets coming until April 7, so it will be hard to predict when these rest days might come. Omri Casspi will benefit in Gay's absence, while Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Derrick Williams, and Reggie Evans will all have the opportunity for extended minutes when Cousins sits. Stay tuned.
Mar 29 - 3:40 PM

Furkan Aldemir will start at center for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs, sliding Nerlens Noel over to the four-spot, and sending JaKarr Sampson to the bench.

The Sixers will go with a starting unit of Ish Smith, Robert Covington, Jerami Grant, Noel and Aldemir. This will be Aldemir's second start of the season, but the last time he entered the starting lineup he failed to score through 20 minutes of action while adding just five rebounds and three blocks. He can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
Mar 29 - 3:22 PM




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