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Russell Westbrook had 19 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 7-of-15 shooting as the Thunder crushed the Rockets 120-91 in Game 1 on Sunday.

Westbrook was great tonight, and looked like the fastest player in the league, while Kevin Durant came through with 24 points and a full stat line in the easy win. The Thunder should have no problem disposing of the Rockets in Round 1.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 12:13:00 AM

Updating a previous item, Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Knicks.

Howard was a "potential go" just hours earlier, but he must not have been feeling comfortable in the morning shootaround to be ruled out so early. Without Howard, the Rockets will continue to roll with Tarik Black at center, but Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou will be the guys fantasy owners want to use.
Nov 24 - 11:38 AM

Nerlens Noel and Tony Wroten both missed shootaround with a stomach virus, but each is expected to play on Monday against the Blazers.

The ailment doesn't seem serious since they're already being called probable, but owners may want to check in after shootaround to be sure they're both in the lineup. Noel's absence would mean more time for Brandon Davies, Henry Sims and Robert Covington, while Wroten's absence would increase time for Michael Carter-Williams, and possibly Hollis Thompson and K.J. McDaniels.
Nov 24 - 11:07 AM

Tobias Harris (calf) will be a game-time decision on Monday.

Harris won't go through shootaround, but he'll warm up prior to the game to see if he can give it a go. If Harris is forced to sit out, Moe Harkless should see a few more minutes, but it will basically result in a slight upticks in playing time across the board for the Magic's key contributors like Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye.
Nov 24 - 10:53 AM

Marcus Smart (ankle) is hoping to return to practice on Wednesday.

"He’s been doing his work in the weight room as far as conditioning goes," Brad Stevens said. "So we’ll see how much work he needs to do once he gets back on the floor. That’s a concern certainly." Even if Smart isn't able to return this week, it sounds like he's right around the corner.
Nov 24 - 9:35 AM

Leandro Barbosa (hyperextended knee) wrote after Sunday's game that he "had no serious injury, just a bit of pain."

He attempted to continue playing after the hyperextension but the Warriors' training staff wisely pulled him from the game to prevent further injury. It doesn't sound like he'll miss any time, but as a precaution we'll list him as questionable for Tuesday's game.
Nov 24 - 1:25 AM

Kenneth Faried was victimized by Brian Shaw's rotations on Sunday, scoring eight points with just one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes during Denver's road win in L.A.

Faried sat out until the bitter end of the fourth quarter and the entirety of overtime. He signed a four-year, $50 million extension during the offseason, but coach Brian Shaw may not have received the memo. Darrell Arthur (nine points in 19 minutes) played just as much as Faried, and J.J. Hickson (six points in 12 minutes) wasn't far behind. Faried started slow last year before picking it up after the All-Star break, and owners should do their utmost not to trade him for pennies on the dollar.
Nov 24 - 12:45 AM

Ty Lawson set a new season high with 16 assists in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Lakers, adding 18 points on 5-of-10 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs.

This was a foreseeable performance since the Lakers are giving up the most points (112.5) of any team in the league, as well as the third-most assists (25.4). Lawson turned the ball over five times and didn't have any steals, which is easy to overlook when his 18 & 16 double-double gets the headline. The best news might be that he logged 44 minutes and is showing no symptoms of the lingering ankle injury which cost him a game back in early November.
Nov 24 - 12:45 AM

Wesley Johnson came alive late in Sunday's game, finishing with seven points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 42 minutes of action.

Johnson didn't make any 3-pointers, which is a mild disappointment, but he posterized Danilo Gallinari on a late dunk and his rebound total was more than double his previous season-high. The bad news is that Johnson hasn't cracked double-digit points or made a single 3-pointer in six games -- until he gets going offensively, he's only worth owning in deep leagues.
Nov 24 - 12:41 AM

Ed Davis started at PF on Sunday with Carlos Boozer (shoulder) out, but he fouled out in just 22 minutes with four points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

He tweaked an ankle in the second half but that wasn't the cause of his lousy game -- he gambled too often defensively and spoiled a golden opportunity to make his claim to the starting PF job. Boozer is day-to-day and all signs point to him starting again once he's healthy, so Davis' owners will have to content themselves with top-100 value in 20-25 minutes off the bench.
Nov 24 - 12:37 AM

JaVale McGee was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game after suffering a lower left leg strain.

McGee had a decent game on Friday but he left Sunday's game with two points and four rebounds after just six minutes of action. Timofey Mozgov and J.J. Hickson should get extra playing time in his absence, and Jusef Nurkic may also return to the rotation if this injury costs McGee more time.
Nov 23 - 11:07 PM

Marreese Speights caught fire once Andrew Bogut went down with an orbital contusion on Sunday, scoring a season-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting in just 25 minutes of action.

Speights has been a scoring machine off Golden State's bench this year, averaging 10.2 points in just 13.3 minutes per game. He added seven rebounds and two assists tonight, without any steals or blocks, and should be a terrific fill-in fantasy option if Bogut's injury costs him any games.
Nov 23 - 10:10 PM




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