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Nolan Smith has a Grade-II calf straight and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Smith has been wearing a walking boot and the timeline given would lead us to believe he's unlikely to be in basketball shape by the time training camp opens. Still, he doesn't appear to need surgery, which means he should be able to participate in camp.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 05:19:00 PM

Chris Paul scored 22 points during a close 93-90 win over the Thunder, scoring 22 points with four rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

The Clippers did not look good on offense at all. They led the NBA in offensive efficiency rating, but put up a 39/23/72 percent shooting line from the field, beyond the arc and at the line, respectively. As for Paul, he's probably going to be the best point guard in fantasy hoops as long as he's on the court.
Oct 31 - 2:58 AM

Blake Griffin fouled out in 38 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers.

He shot 8-of-18 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line tonight. Griffin is creating his shot a lot more these days, which should give him a higher usage and possibly lower efficiency. Regardless, he's going to be an elite guy even if his foul shooting doesn't continue to trend up.
Oct 31 - 2:56 AM

Russell Westbrook suffered a small fracture in his right hand, according to coach Scott Brooks.

This is getting ridiculous for OKC. Westbrook is likely going to miss 4-8 weeks based on most hand fractures, but the team will likely provide a prognosis in the next couple days. The team is likely going to get on the horn to bring in a free agent point guard or even look at the trade market. Sebastian Telfair will start until the return of Reggie Jackson (ankle), who is going to be a fantasy monster. Perry Jones should also be owned in most leagues.
Oct 31 - 1:44 AM

Perry Jones scored a career-high 32 points against the Clippers on Thursday with seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, three assists and one block in 42 minutes.

It sounds like Russell Westbrook (hand) is going to miss some time and Jones is clearly the best offensive option. He is definitely going to have some bad games mixed in, but he can add some defensive stats and should fill up the box score. Go get him.
Oct 31 - 1:30 AM

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points in a surprising 95-90 win over the Cavs on Thursday, adding two rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He looked awful with just 14 points on Wednesday, but he was aggressive with a nice presence in the post tonight. Anthony only has 30 shots in his two games so far, which is down from his league-high 21.3 from last season. He hasn't been in isolation as much, but he's still going to be among the league leaders in scoring. Anthony is a top-10 fantasy asset.
Oct 31 - 12:53 AM

Kevin Love scored 19 points against the Knicks on Thursday with 14 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He had a few beautiful assists and some wide-open looks from deep. Love didn't post up too much and was used more like Chris Bosh next to LeBron James, so there will be an adjustment period. That said, his fantasy owners have to be pleased with this start.
Oct 31 - 12:24 AM

LeBron James made 5-of-15 from the field in Thursday's stunning 95-90 loss to the Knicks, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

He was just 1-of-10 outside of three feet and his turnovers were a big story tonight, as well. "I hate turning the ball over," James said. "It’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is definitely something that’s not OK." The Cavs did play at a slow pace tonight at just 83 possessions, which is much worse than the last-place Grizzlies at 92.3 from 2013-14. All that said, if you're panicking about LeBron after just one game, fantasy basketball is not for you. He'll be fine.
Oct 31 - 12:05 AM

Josh Smith settled for way too many contested jumpers against the Wolves on Thursday, making 5-of-16 from the field for 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 30 minutes.

He said he doesn't "respond to nobody with dreadlocks who plays basketball" and called Kenneth Faried "a clown" after Faried said Smith shot them out of Wednesday's loss. Well, Smith basically did the same thing again today and really killed a Detroit rally. The shift to power forward hasn't helped his shot selection much.
Oct 30 - 11:05 PM

D.J. Augustin played 33 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday, making 6-of-18 from the field for 20 points with three rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer.

Brandon Jennings played the first 11 minutes of the game and just five minutes to start the third quarter, but the rest was all D.J. at the point. It would appear the plan for Augustin is to play 25-28 minutes per game as it stands right now, so he should have low-end value in standard leagues with that allotment.
Oct 30 - 10:53 PM

Caron Butler had his long-distance plan working on Thursday with 24 points, eight rebounds and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Wolves.

He started out 0-of-3 in the first half, but was knocking down open looks throughout the second half. Butler is going to split time at small forward with Kyle Singler, so a big line like this one won't be a regular thing. He's still a decent low-end option in deeper leagues.
Oct 30 - 10:49 PM

Brandon Jennings played just 16 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday, scoring four points with two rebounds and six assists on 2-of-4 from the field.

His minutes are in deep, deep trouble. For the first three halves of the season, coach Stan Van Gundy basically played Jennings for the first 10 minutes of the half and would then go with D.J. Augustin for the rest. However, Jennings picked up a third foul early in the third quarter, picked up a technical foul, and was sent for the bench for good. He's not a must-own player anymore.
Oct 30 - 10:45 PM


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