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Kobe Bryant said Wednesday he expects Dwight Howard to stay with the Lakers.

There has been talk that Howard and pending UFA Chris Paul would like to team up, but Bryant believes both players will re-sign in the end. Bryant said he talked to Howard a couple weeks ago but will "touch base a lot more" in the coming weeks before free agency. Despite the rumored angst between Bryant and Howard, it's clear Kobe knows how valuable a player like Howard can be when healthy and would prefer to play with him than against him next season. It remains to be seen if Howard feels the same way.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 04:08:00 PM

LeBron James limped to the locker room after crashing into the seats in the third quarter on Christmas day.

He appeared to injure his left knee/leg and it's unknown if he'll return to the game or not. We'll update the situation as soon as we have more information.
Dec 25 - 7:11 PM

Head coach Gregg Popovich said that Boris Diaw had a 100-degree fever, and that was the reason he did not play during the Spurs' Christmas Day loss to the Thunder.

Pop said he was trying to save bodies for tomorrow's game vs. the Pelicans, so it seems there's a chance Diaw suits up for that one. If Diaw sits, there will be more minutes to go around for Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner, and Aron Bynes. Stay tuned.
Dec 25 - 7:08 PM

Chris Bosh expects to test his calf during Friday's practice, and if all goes well, he hopes to play Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

"We have to read and react and see how everything goes and go from there," Bosh said. "It's kind of really like a day-to-day thing. I thought that I would be back the last game but it didn't work out like that. It's just something I have to cope with. We have a lot more games to play." We'll be monitoring Bosh's status closely, and we'll pass along any updates as they become available. Stay tuned.
Dec 25 - 7:01 PM

Tim Duncan scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, five assists, one block, and two turnovers during the Spurs' loss to the Thunder.

Duncan briefly left the game during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with what looked to be a leg injury, but quickly returned and ended up closing out the game. We'll keep an eye out for any injury news, and although it seems minor, the Spurs are amid a back-to-back set, so he could be rested tomorrow. Duncan posted a plus/minus rating of minus-34 in this one, which is the worst plus/minus rating of his career (post-season or regular-season).
Dec 25 - 6:58 PM

Head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant is dealing with some "overall soreness," and he will not suit up for the Lakers' Christmas Day game vs. the Bulls, while Kobe says there's only a "slim" chance he'll play on Friday vs. Dallas.

Bryant was listed as probable for this one, so it is surprising to see Scott suddenly pull the plug. Expect Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Nick Young, and Carlos Boozer to see some increased opportunity on offense, with Young offering the most upside.
Dec 25 - 6:40 PM

Tony Parker did not look good during his 27 minutes of action on Christmas, scoring just 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting, to go with five assists, three rebounds, and one steal.

Parker scored 26 points during his last outing against the Clippers, so owners will just have to chalk this one up as an off-night for the Spurs' starting PG. Parker was outplayed by his backup Cory Joseph who went for 14 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals over 29 minutes of action, but that's not a trend that's likely to continue. Look for Parker to bounce-back Friday vs. the Pelicans.
Dec 25 - 6:38 PM

Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) will not suit up for the Bulls' Christmas Day game vs. the Lakers.

With Hinrich unavailable, Aaron Brooks will see some increased minutes off the bench in what will be a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers. Brooks has scored in double figures in his past four outings and looks like a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Dec 25 - 6:21 PM

Serge Ibaka put up 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with nine rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two turnovers, and one block during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs.

Ibaka had a slow start to the year, but his shot-blocking has been consistent (second in the league with 2.4 per game), and the career-high 1.3 three-pointers per game has been a nice surprise. He should only get better as the year goes on, so it would be wise to send out a few buy-low offers before he really starts rolling.
Dec 25 - 5:45 PM

Steven Adams double-doubled against the Spurs on Christmas, scoring 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting (6-of-12 from the charity stripe), to go with 15 rebounds, three blocks, two steals, two turnovers, and one assist.

Adams had a plus/minus rating of plus-27 in this one, and his aggressiveness on the boards was a big reason OKC came out with a win. If you can live with horrific free throw shooting, he's worth a look as a shot-blocking and rebounding specialist in deeper leagues.
Dec 25 - 5:30 PM

Russell Westbrook looked dominant during the Thunder's Christmas Day win over the Spurs, scoring 34 points on 14-of-28 shooting (6-of-8 from the line) to go with 11 assists, five rebounds, a season-high five steals, and four turnovers.

Westbrook was aggressive all game long, and he has definitely entered the conversation as an MVP candidate with averages of 28.2 points, 7.1 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. His 3.8 turnovers per game are unfortunate, but given the elite value he bumps into all the surrounding categories, it's easy to forgive the miscues.
Dec 25 - 5:20 PM

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




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