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Luol Deng said side effects from the spinal tap he underwent during the postseason "really put my life in danger."

Deng's season ended in May after he was hospitalized with an illness. Deng eventually underwent the spinal tap, which clearly didn't go as planned. Deng previously admitted he lost 15 pounds after the procedure, but it sounds like it was much worse than just that. Deng appears to be in fine shape and better spirits these days, which is a very good sign. He should be good to go when camp opens.
Source: NBA.com
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will rest on Saturday and won't play vs. Dallas.

Dec 20 - 1:24 PM

Deron Williams (calf) is not practicing on Saturday, and we still waiting on the results of his MRI.

He strained his calf on Friday, and there is no word on how severe it is. If he misses any time, Jarrett Jack will become a must-own player. Stay tuned.
Dec 20 - 1:21 PM

Jeff Teague (hamstring) is still listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

Even if he was active, he would have gotten the Patrick Beverley treatment so owners can go ahead and bench him. Consider him day-to-day for now and expect Dennis Schroder to draw another start. Shelvin Mack will also see some extra run as well, and just scored a career-high 24 points on Wednesday. Both players are worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value.
Dec 20 - 12:55 PM

Lance Stephenson (hip) is highly doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

He sat out on Friday against the 76ers, and there is almost no shot that he will play vs. the Jazz. Gerald Henderson will likely draw another start, while Gary Neal will also see a boost off of the bench. Stephenson has upside, but unless he is traded to a more favorable situation he will be really tough to own in standard leagues.
Dec 20 - 12:49 PM

Dwight Howard (shoulder) is probable for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

This is the first we are hearing about a shoulder injury, and it will be interesting to see if it has an impact on his game Saturday. Owners can at least take comfort in the fact that Howard's knee appears to be doing well, but this shoulder injury should cause some concern. Owners may want to check back before tip-off just to be safe, but Howard shouldn't be in danger of missing this one.
Dec 20 - 11:54 AM

Tyreke Evans (knee) said that he will try to give it a go on Saturday vs. Portland.

"It’s been swelling up pretty bad after some games, but it really kind of got me on the road," Evans said. "I just have to keep getting ice and treatment. Just trying to take care of it and get it right." Owners will have to hope that he doesn't suffer a setback if he suits up on Saturday, as the Pelicans have three games in the next four days. Check back before tip-off, but it is looking like Evans has a real shot to play in this one.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 20 - 11:48 AM

Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Dec 20 - 11:27 AM

Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play in Saturday's game against the Suns, and is listed in the starting lineup.

This is excellent news for his owners, and coach Derek Fisher also said that he is hoping Melo would be able to play on Sunday. Melo is obviously a must-start option when he is healthy, and should be in for a good game against the up-tempo Suns.
Dec 20 - 11:23 AM

Larry Sanders will return from his one-game suspension on Saturday vs. the Clippers.

He was suspended for Thursday's game against the kings for pushing Nicolas Batum in the back, but the Bucks will be glad to have him back in time to play against DeAndre Jordan. However, Sanders has been very inconsistent this season with averages of 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game, so owners may want to bench him until he turns it around.
Dec 20 - 11:14 AM

Kobe Bryant struggled with fatigue in Friday's loss to the Thunder, finishing with just nine points, eight assists and eight boards in 35 minutes.

He also shot just 3-of-15 from the field and turned the ball over three times on the night. "I did not have my legs tonight," Kobe said. "It’s frustrating and I have to figure it out." While he will bounce back from this performance, it will be interesting to see how coach Byron Scott uses his star player down the stretch, especially with the Lakers rapidly falling out of the playoff race. However, Kobe will likely have to be dragged off the court before he sits out, and owners shouldn't have too many concerns just yet.
Dec 20 - 9:26 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.

Westbrook is producing at a top-5 level in 8-cat leagues since his return and a top-8 level in 9-cat formats. With or without Kevin Durant on the court, he could easily continue this pace and he's currently in the MVP conversation.
Dec 20 - 2:31 AM




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