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Updating a previous item, Luol Deng (illness) is out of the hospital and resting at home, but he's not likely to travel to Miami for Game 2 vs. the Heat.

To be clear, we don't expect Deng to play with beat writer K.C. Johnson reporting Deng is out, but the team has not officially ruled that way. Deng's absence would mean Marco Belinelli starts at shooting guard once again and Jimmy Butler is a near lock to play all 48 minutes as the starting small forward. Deng not being able to travel still speaks volumes about what he's dealing with, and hopefully he'll be ready by the time Game 3 rolls around.
Tue, May 7, 2013 12:58:00 PM

Carmelo Anthony scores a game-high 31 points in the Knicks win over the Lakers on Sunday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, and two turnovers over 33.8 minutes of action.

Carmelo shot 13-of-25 from the field, and scored 18 of his 31 points in the third quarter, but Derek Fisher reminded owners of why they should be trying to sell-high by saying, "We still have to be smart about [Carmelo's] short and long term future," after the game. Anthony has strung together some solid outings recently, and owners should be using that as a selling point.
Feb 1 - 7:12 PM

Jordan Clarkson was a lone bright spot for the Lakers during Sunday's blowout loss to the Knicks, putting up 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, with three rebounds, three 3-pointers, two steals, one assist, and two turnovers over 34.4 minutes of action.

It's clear that the Lakers are going to give Clarkson plenty of minutes as player development has now become more important than winning in Los Angeles. He's hit double-digits in the scoring department in three consecutive games, and while he doesn't hand out a lot of assists for a point guard, he's still worth a look in standard leagues for his solid contributions in points, 3-pointers, and steals.
Feb 1 - 5:53 PM

Marcus Smart handed out a career-high nine assists during Sunday's loss to the Heat, adding three points on 1-of-6 shooting, five rebounds, one steal, one block, and one turnover over 30 minutes of action.

Smart's loan make from the field was from beyond the arc, and shooting (38.7 percent from the field) is obviously not going to be a strong point for Smart this season. He did however start the second half, although it's unclear if that was due to Evan Turner's ailing thumb, or if coach Brad Stevens is ready to let Smart run free. Regardless, owners should remain patient with Smart and he deserves to be stashed in most leagues.
Feb 1 - 5:09 PM

Evan Turner struggled yet again on Sunday, scoring zero points on 0-of-6 shooting to go with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one turnover over 19 minutes of action.

Turner is now a combined 2-of-16 from the field over the past two games, and he was benched in favor of Marcus Smart for the entire second half. While the thumb issue may be affected his shot, his game in general just doesn't translate very well to fantasy basketball. He's averaging 10.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 2.7 turnovers as a starter on 43.0 percent shooting, and he's not a great asset in standard leagues.
Feb 1 - 4:50 PM

Tyler Johnson had a terrific game off the Heat's bench during Sunday's win over the Celtics, putting up 13 points (4-of-9 shooting), nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer, and one turnover over 27 minutes of action.

Johnson put up career-highs across the board during this one, and he looked like a guy trying to earn a contract for the rest of the season. However, Johnson hadn't done much up to this point, and it's worth noting that he had plenty of opportunity tonight with both Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and Luol Deng (calf) sidelined. We'd like to see another few outings like this before recommending making an add in most leagues.
Feb 1 - 4:39 PM

Luol Deng (calf) said that he expects to play Tuesday vs. Detroit.

Deng said that he's felt good enough to go for the past three games, but the trainers have told him no. It sounds like he'll play Tuesday, and his return to the lineup will send Danny Granger back to the bench. He'll have some more opportunity on offense with Dwyane Wade (hamstring) sidelined, so make sure you have him active on Tuesday with a favorable matchup against the Pistons.
Feb 1 - 4:21 PM

Hassan Whiteside finished Sunday's win over the Celtics with 20 points (10-of-17 shooting), nine rebounds, and three blocks over 29.8 minutes of action.

Whiteside had another impressive showing today, knocking down mid-range jumpers, while pulling out a variety of low-post moves, and he looks to be the waiver wire pickup of the year. With the way he's been playing, it's insane with how many teams past on him, and congratulations are in order if you beat your league to the wire to land Hassanity.
Feb 1 - 3:44 PM

Jordan Hill left Sunday's game against the Knicks with a right quad strain and he will not return.

Hill will finish Sunday's game with just two points (1-of-3 shooting) and five rebounds, and he will be re-evaluated on Monday. We'll be sure to pass along updates as they become available, but Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, and Ryan Kelly will all have some increased opportunity for as long as Hill is out.
Feb 1 - 2:41 PM

Anthony Davis (groin) practiced on Sunday, and is being listed as probable for Monday's game against Atlanta.

Tyreke Evans said that Davis looked good while going through a 5-on-5 halfcourt scrimmage, and he expects Davis to suit up for Monday's game. His return to action will send Ryan Anderson to the bench, and Alexis Ajinca will go back to being a negligible option in most leagues. Stay tuned.
Feb 1 - 2:33 PM

Rajon Rondo (face) has already been ruled out for Monday's game against Minnesota.

The team's doctors are still evaluating Rondo, so we should have more details soon. Devin Harris will likely draw the start following this news and would be worth a look in deeper leagues, while Monta Ellis will have to carry even more responsibility on offense for the Mavericks.
Feb 1 - 12:54 PM

Joe Johnson missed practice on Sunday for personal reasons.

There's no word about a possible injury, but we should have more details on his absence shortly. There's nothing to suggest that Johnson wouldn't be available to play against the Clippers on Monday, but his owners will have to keep their head on a swivel for an update. Alan Anderson and Bojan Bogdanovic figure to benefit the most if Johnson misses any action.
Feb 1 - 12:44 PM

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