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Luol Deng (illness) tweeted Friday that he is back in the emergency room.

This isn't some mere flu bug. Deng may have to spend the Friday night in the ER after his symptoms worsened in the morning. No one should be questioning his heart as he is one of the toughest players in the entire NBA. He sounds extremely doubtful for Saturday night's Game 7 in Brooklyn, but we wouldn't put anything past him. Deng said that if he gets medically cleared, he'll hop on a flight Saturday morning and join his teammates.
Fri, May 3, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Aaron Gordon (sore left ankle) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. the Cavs.

Gordon initially injured his ankle in the Magic's season opener vs. Miami. He was a GTD for Friday's game as well and ended up sitting out, telling reporters that he would have hurt the team if he tried to play through the pain. Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to wait until just prior to tip-off before getting confirmation on his status. Jonathan Isaac started in place of Gordon Friday and tallied nine points and three dimes in 23 minutes. Nikola Vucevic had a monster night (41 points and 12 boards) as the focal point of the offense on Friday.
Oct 21 - 10:35 AM

Elfrid Payton (strained left hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Cleveland.

Payton injured the hamstring in Friday's game vs. Brooklyn and was unable to return for the second half. Hamstring injuries can linger if not fully healed, so it's safe to assume the Magic will want Payton to get as close to 100 percent as possible before returning. He can be considered questionable for Orlando's next game on Tuesday. The Magic will start either D.J. Augustin or Shelvin Mack at point guard on Saturday. Augustin is the preferred DFS option, as he logged 23 minutes Friday night, while Mack played only 10.
Oct 21 - 10:11 AM

Lonzo Ball turned it around against the Suns during a 132-130 win on Friday, making 12-of-27 from the field for 29 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

He just missed becoming the youngest player ever to have a triple-double. The Suns kept going underneath screens and Lonzo made them pay with what could be one of his highest scoring games of the year. He's been known as a pass-first guy since he showed up, but at times coach Luke Walton has said Ball needs to look for his shot and Brandon Ingram said Ball being aggressive makes the team better. He's had a bad debut in summer league, preseason and in the regular season, so maybe he'll keep it going now. He won't play the Suns every night, though.
Oct 21 - 3:24 AM

Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 25 points against the Suns on Friday, adding two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

This was against what looks like the worst defense in the league, but this is still great news after a rough month overall for the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft. We saw the Lakers give Ingram big minutes last year despite a disappointing season, so he could be among the league leaders for playing time. He'll be a roller coaster this year, but the upside is there.
Oct 21 - 3:12 AM

Larry Nance scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

Nance seems to have a firm grip on the starting job, and he had a game-saving block on Marquese Chriss on the last play of the contest. He's very comfortable as a rim-running guy and does get a chance at some open jumpers, so there's a chance he can keep scoring in the teens. Plus, he has a knack for defensive stats, so he should be owned in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 2:53 AM

Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points with two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 3- minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

He's making up for lost time at the end of last season with his 31.0 usage rate to start the year. Bledsoe was on the injury report for an ankle injury today, but he posted a "Ha!" on Twitter regarding his status. While the defensive effort clearly isn't there, Bledsoe is playing at a 115.2 pace and he's been fairly efficient. If he's active, he has a chance to post big stat lines.
Oct 21 - 2:45 AM

T.J. Warren scored 24 points with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

The bad news is he missed free throws at the end of the game to get the Suns to 0-2. The good news is Warren was Phoenix's best player and he's doing more than just scoring. The Suns really need to make some changes to their rotation and it actually makes a lot of sense to bring him off the bench, but Warren should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 2:36 AM

Marquese Chriss came off the bench for 18 minutes against the Lakers on Friday, scoring five points with six rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

He actually had his head in the game, but he missed a dunk on Larry Nance on the last play of this contest. Interestingly before tonight, coach Earl Watson took Chriss out to dinner to help get his attention about being in the second unit. Chriss also said he talked to Jared Dudley about coming off the bench and how he needs to be ready when called upon. The Suns really need to make some changes because their defense is pathetic, so maybe Chriss can help out. Whatever the case, his blocks tonight show his upside, so he should still be held in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 2:28 AM

Mike James took over the No. 2 point guard job against the Lakers on Friday, scoring 13 points with one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

After a strong Wednesday, James earned the trust of coach Earl Watson. James is getting minutes at both guard spots, he's keeping his turnovers down, his 28.8 usage rate and 60.2 TS% are above Devin Booker, and most importantly he leads the team in net rating. We don't know if Tyler Ulis was hurt or he was benched for poor play, but James may hold this role for now. He's worth a look in deeper leagues on a team that will be trailing a ton.
Oct 21 - 2:16 AM

D'Angelo Russell came through in the clutch during a 126-121 win over the Magic on Friday, scoring 17 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and eight turnovers in 25 minutes.

Hip-hop fans may know about Brooklyn's own M.O.P. with their classic "Cold As Ice", but now it looks like BK has a point guard that is just as cold when the game is on the line. Russell came through late with six consecutive Nets points in the last three minutes to help earn the win. While those turnovers have to come down, Russell is off to a very good start on his new team and he knows it. "The time is now," he said. Russell looks like a breakout candidate.
Oct 21 - 2:00 AM

DeMarre Carroll scored 17 points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

Some NFL coaches are known as quarterback whisperers, but coach Kenny Atkinson seems to be the Carroll whisperer. Carroll played well for the Hawks while Atkinson was there and he's being used at both forward spots in this rotation. He looks healthy and is getting a lot of shots, so he should be owned in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 1:47 AM




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