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Steve Nash left Wednesday's Game 2 loss against the Spurs after aggravating his hamstring injury and is planning on having another epidural on Thursday, leaving him questionable for Friday's Game 3 in Los Angeles.

Steve Blake also left early with a strained right hamstring, and the Lakers will be forced to rely upon Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris if Nash and Blake can't go. Nash finished with just nine points and six assists in 31 minutes of the loss. It would not be surprising to see him (or Blake) miss Friday's game at this point.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 12:06:00 AM

Shawn Marion will start at power forward for Cleveland's Christmas Day game vs. Miami, with Kevin Love shifting over to the center spot.

It's surprising that Marion, and not Tristan Thompson, will be starting tonight with Anderson Varejao (Achillies) done for the season. We'll be monitoring the Cavs' rotations closely over the coming weeks, but despite the fact that Thompson is not starting, he should still be owned in all leagues.
Dec 25 - 5:05 PM

Carmelo Anthony logged a season-high 42.5 minutes during the Knicks' Christmas Day loss to the Wizards, putting up 34 points (13-of-28 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers.

Melo has been logging heavy minutes over the past three games, however, that has not resulted in a win for New York. The Knicks have lost 16 of their past 17 games, and Anthony has admitted that his knee is still bothering him. Questions about Melo potentially shutting things down aren't going away anytime soon, so owners should seriously consider trying to sell-high while he's still in uniform.
Dec 25 - 4:47 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. had a rough game on Christmas, shooting 3-of-10 from the field for eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block, and one turnover.

Hardaway Jr. has plenty of opportunity with both Iman Shumpert (shoulder) and J.R. Smith (foot) sidelined, but he's now had two bad outings in a row. He still played 30 minutes, so owners should try and remain patient here. If he struggles again vs. the Kings on Saturday, there will be some cause for concern.
Dec 25 - 4:36 PM

Zach Randolph (knee) did not practice on Thursday, and remains questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

If Randolph is forced to sit on Friday, his minutes will be split up between Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos, and if Leuer draws the start he'll be a decent play in daily leagues. Koufos can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues.
Dec 25 - 4:15 PM

Tony Allen (eye) returned to practice on Thursday, and is looking probable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

Memphis is no longer listing Allen on their injury report, so it's looking very likely he will return to the lineup for a difficult matchup vs. the Rockets. His return will likely send Tayshaun Prince back to the bench, and hurt the limited value of Vince Carter. Check back for an official update on Allen's status closer to Friday's tip.
Dec 25 - 4:09 PM

Chris Bosh (calf) will not suit up for Miami's Christmas Day game vs. Cleveland.

This will be Bosh's seventh consecutive game out of the lineup, and Dwyane Wade will again be the main man on offense for Miami. Expect more minutes for Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem, with Williams offering the most upside.
Dec 25 - 3:25 PM

Bradley Beal scored 17 points during the Wizards' Christmas Day win over the Knicks, adding five rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, and two turnovers.

Beal has now recorded at least one steal in his past seven outing, and he's currently putting up mid-round value on the year with averages of 15.1 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers per game. He's a primary component of the Wizards’ offense, and will continue to be a reliable source of points, 3-pointers, and steals.
Dec 25 - 3:06 PM

John Wall looked fabulous against the Knicks on Christmas, scoring 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 11 assists, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal, and three turnovers.

Wall basically did whatever he wanted today, and the Knicks looked like they didn't get the "no gifts" memo. John Wall currently leads the league with the most 20-point, 10-assist games this season with nine, and he's second in the league in assist per game with 10.4. He's putting up early-round value, and has established himself as an elite point guard in the league. Enjoy.
Dec 25 - 2:57 PM

Festus Ezeli (ankle) has been ruled out for the Warriors Christmas Day game vs. the Clippers, and either Marreese Speights or David Lee will start in his place.

X-rays on Ezeli's ankle came back negative, and he's scheduled to get an MRI on Friday. Ezeli has been starting for the Dubs, but hasn't been doing enough to warrant consideration in most leagues. The Warriors may be forced to give Lee some extended run tonight, and he and Speights look like quality plug-and-play options.
Dec 25 - 2:30 PM

Kevin Durant admitted that he's dealing with a "bad ankle sprain."

"I can't play basketball," said Durant. "I can't run. I can't cut. I can't jump. I'm not just sitting out just because. If I could play I would play. But I can't play." Durant was noncommittal when asked if he thought he would come back soon saying, "it's day-by-day." Durant is looking doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte, and if he's unable to go, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson will be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned.
Source: newsok.com
Dec 25 - 2:20 PM

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out indefinitely.

Popovich played coy by saying that Leonard could come back tomorrow, two weeks from now, or even beyond that. Besides the vague statement, Pop did add that Leonard can't injure himself any further, so there is a good chance we see him back on the court sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, and Marco Belinelli will continue to see a boost in their fantasy value.
Dec 25 - 1:18 PM




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