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Iman Shumpert (knee) needs to be reevaluated by an orthopedic specialist, and he is a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 4 vs. the Pacers.

Not good. Shumpert said that he expected to play, but players are always more optimistic than they should be. Since he's dealing with soreness and swelling, Mike Woodson admitted to being "concerned" about Shumpert, and the Georgia Tech product did not go through shootaround on Tuesday. He'll likely be a true game-time decision, and his absence would put more pressure on guys like Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd.
Tue, May 14, 2013 10:48:00 AM

Festus Ezeli will be suspended for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

Feb 28 - 4:54 PM

Jose Calderon (Achilles) will not play on Saturday against the Raptors.

An MRI revealed he has a strain in his Achilles and it's fair to assume he's going to miss multiple games. Calderon said he doesn't want to shut it down, but he's usually taken a long time to recover from injuries. With Calderon out, Shane Larkin is going to benefit most, but he's still not worth grabbing in standard leagues. Langston Galloway will also have more opportunity.
Feb 28 - 4:52 PM

Russell Westbrook (face) underwent a successful procedure to address a fracture to the zygomatic arch and will be re-evaluated this week.

He is not going to play on Sunday, but he hasn't officially been ruled out for Wednesday against the 76ers. Westbrook is likely going to have to play with a mask upon his return and we still really have no idea how much time he's going to miss. In the meantime, it makes sense to grab D.J. Augustin in all standard leagues until Westy is back. Westbrook owners have to just sit tight and hope he can continue his triple-double streak right after being re-evaluated. To be clear, this doesn't sound like bad news.
Feb 28 - 4:32 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) is "out a while" due to his ankle sprain, according to coach Brian Shaw.

There is no timetable, but the sense is that he's going to need at least a week or maybe even a month to get over this injury. Nurkic was posting some elite value and could have been a top-50 player the rest of the way, so his owners will have to weigh their options on keeping him. While he's out, Joffrey Lauvergne seems to be benefitting most, but he's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Feb 28 - 3:53 PM

Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.

He is still dealing with swelling in his knee and the fact that the Lakers ruled him out a day before the game suggests he could miss Tuesday against the Hornets. Wayne Ellngton had a great second half on Friday while Jeremy Lin is finally starting to put some good games together, averaging 16.3 points, 2.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 0.8 treys in his last four. Young can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 28 - 3:36 PM

Andrew Bogut could be rested on Sunday against the Celtics.

Coach Steve Kerr said it comes down to whether or not Festus Ezeli is suspended. If Ezeli doesn't get a suspension for his altercation with Tyler Hansbrough on Friday, Bogut will likely sit. If Bogut does miss that game, Marreese Speights and David Lee will benefit most.
Feb 28 - 2:51 PM

Derrick Rose (knee) started his rehab on Saturday.

His surgery wasn't nearly as severe as last time, so he's obviously not going to need five months like he did back in the 2013-14 season to allow his torn meniscus to heal. For what it's worth, Metta World Peace needed less than two weeks to return from a torn meniscus earlier in his career, so Rose's 4-6 week timetable is doable. Still, he's not worth owning because the Bulls will likely take it easy on him until the playoffs. Aaron Brooks has been a letdown, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 2:24 PM

Pau Gasol (illness) is ready to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

He missed Friday due to an illness, but he should be right back up there with his normal playing time. The Bulls used a combination of Nazr Mohammad and a lot of small-ball lineups on Friday, so there wasn't a great pickup after Taj Gibson (ankle) went down. Gasol owners should have him back in their lineups.
Feb 28 - 2:20 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

He had a limp leaving the arena on Friday night and he's also been dealing with his left ankle issues fro much of this season. The last time he had ankle problems, Gibson needed to miss four games, but of course every injury is different. The Bulls moved Nikola Mirotic back to power forward, which actually led to some bigger production out of Mike Dunleavy. Considering the upside, Mirotic is worth a look in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 2:13 PM

Kelly Olynyk made it through most of practice on Saturday, and while he did say his ankle is feeling better, he wasn't ready to commit to returning to action just yet.

He remains questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Warriors, but head coach Brad Stevens said he would not be surprised if Olynyk was available to play. Olynyk should be stashed in most leagues considering Jared Sullinger (foot) is out for the season, while Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko will all see their playing time take a hit when Olynyk does return.
Feb 28 - 1:18 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) has not yet progressed to on-court activities, and he is still limited to swimming, weight lifting and running on a weight-controlled treadmill.

He has been sidelined since Jan. 25 due to his ailing knee, and this report suggests that he still has a long way to go in his recovery. He is scheduled to have several MRI's in the coming week, so we should be able to provide an additional update on his timetable soon. With fantasy playoffs just around the corner, Howard's owners may need to evaluate their options. Terrence Jones has been on fire for the Rockets, and he will continue to be the primary beneficiary for the foreseeable future. Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith are locked into larger roles as well.
Feb 28 - 12:53 PM




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