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Lakers trainer Gary Vitti suggested that Steve Nash should be on a tight minutes cap next season.

Nash is expected to show up to training camp for the 2013-14 season at 100 percent. The problem is that he'll turn 40 years old in February, and is no longer capable of chasing the league's point guards around screens. Nash just gets too beat up. "Figure out the appropriate minutes that put him in a successful situation," Vitti said. "The example I use is Robert Horry, where we played him a lot of minutes, and it was difficult for him to recover and be productive at his age. But he goes to San Antonio, plays 18 minutes a game, and the guy was an unbelievable force off the bench for them. I think if we figure out how best to use Steve, he can be the same way." Nash is going to be a low-upside fantasy play next season.
Source: NBA.com
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 03:21:00 PM

Sean Kilpatrick and Trevor Booker will rest against the Pelicans on Friday.

It's the front end of a back-to-back set and Kilpatrick will get his first rest day. For tonight, there will be more minutes going to Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Bojan Bogdanovic and Rondae-Hollis Jefferson. Kilpatrick has lost a lot of his luster and isn't worth owning in standard leagues. By the way, expect rest coming for other Nets on Saturday.
Jan 20 - 6:41 PM

Norman Powell will start and Pascal Siakam will move to the bench against the Hornets on Friday.

With the Raptors thin on power forwards, it makes sense. This will allow DeMarre Carroll to guard a smaller four in Marvin Williams to open up minutes for Powell and Terrence Ross. Powell has been great as a starter, but he's still a slight risk to use even at his cheap price. Carroll is good to go.
Jan 20 - 6:38 PM

Montezl Harrell will get the start against the Warriors on Friday night.

With Nene resting and Clint Capela limited to 11 minutes in the last game, Harrell should play a bunch. That said, the Rockets will likely be going small quite a bit in this game and Capela will get more than 11 minutes tonight. We still think Harrell is a very good bet for 24-plus minutes, which makes him a very intriguing target. He should remain owned in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 6:25 PM

Ryan Anderson (illness) will try to play on Friday against the Warriors.

He was not feeling good at shootaround and was headed to get an IV. In other words, there's a decent chance he can't play his normal minutes tonight. If he can't go, we should see more Sam Dekker and Corey Brewer while Trevor Ariza plays the four.
Jan 20 - 6:19 PM

C.J. Watson will start at shooting guard against the Bucks on Friday.

With Evan Fournier (foot, heel) and Jodie Meeks (thumb) out, the move makes sense as coach Frank Vogel sticks with his rotation. After the Meeks injury, the shooting guard minutes breakdown went 10 minutes for Watson, seven minutes for D.J. Augustin and three minutes for Mario Hezonja. Watson should get the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard, but he's a very risky DFS play or pickup in deep leagues. We'll see if Mario gets some SG minutes tonight, but he's not a pickup just yet.
Jan 20 - 5:22 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) and Lucas Noguiera (concussion) will not play against the Hornets on Friday night.

We'll see if the Raptors are going to play Jared Sullinger a little more, but it's unlikely to be much more than his 14 minutes. Pascal Siakam should get some added run at power forward, but the Raptors could definitely go small a lot against a smaller four in Marvin Williams.
Jan 20 - 5:05 PM

Pau Gasol (left hand) is undergoing surgery to repair the fracture of his fourth metacarpal.

Typically, a metacarpal fracture surgery will require 4-6 weeks out of action. Gasol suffered this injury in warmups and now his fantasy owners will have to figure out whether or not he's worth a stash. Considering how the Spurs are likely to rest him even more upon his return, he certainly is a cut candidate for those that need stats for the next month. With him out, it figures to be mostly David Lee picking up the minutes, but Dewayne Dedmon's blocking upside makes him interesting in standard leagues. We should see more Davis Bertans, as well.
Jan 20 - 2:55 PM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Jusuf Nurkic is "sure" to be traded prior to the February trade deadline.

Per Stein: "Sources say that the Nuggets, having acknowledged that Nikola Jokic and Nurkic didn't click as a pairing, are actively working to find Nurkic a new home that would give him the chance he deserves to be a front-line center." A trade is necessary to revive Nurkic's dying fantasy value. With Jokic playing at an incredibly high level, Nurk simply wastes away on the Denver bench. A trade would be best for all parties involved. It would also clear out more minutes for Kenneth Faried.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 1:04 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play Saturday vs. Portland.

According to coach Brad Stevens: "The Achilles is structurally fine, but he has a lot of soreness around it." This will be the second straight game Bradley has missed, and the sixth in the last seven. Returning for Monday's game earlier this week has led to the setback. "Maybe he came back too soon," Stevens said on Wednesday. After Saturday, Boston's next game is Tuesday at Washington. Marcus Smart will likely remain the starter in place of Bradley. Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will see an additional minutes as well.
Jan 20 - 12:49 PM

Raymond Felton scored 10 points with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals on Thursday night against the Timberwolves.

Felton got the start for the injured Chris Paul (hand) tonight and played 34 minutes. Although he scored just 10 points, he did contribute in dimes and steals. He should be owned in all formats during Paul’s absence, but will hurt you in field goal percentage some nights.
Jan 20 - 1:09 AM

Kawhi Leonard was on fire yet again during a 118-104 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

He earned an All-Star starting spot today, which was fairly obvious. Leonard has scored at least 30 points for five consecutive games, which has only been done by two other Spurs ever (George Gervin and Mike Mitchell). Coach Gregg Popovich had a very typical answer about Kawhi's play after the game. "Kawhi Leonard was super, but he's getting paid to be super," Pop said. Leonard is going to be super for a long time.
Jan 20 - 12:24 AM




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