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Anthony Bennett, who is recovering from a torn rotator cuff, expects to be 100 percent this month.

"I'm not trying to rush it but at the same time, still trying to get myself ready and conditioned," Bennett said. The No. 1 overall pick has been taking it slow this summer by not playing for Team Canada. Barring a setback, he'll be good to go for training camp.
Source: Newsday
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 10:57:00 AM

Nick Young sprained his right ankle in practice on Monday and is questionable to play against the Wizards on Tuesday.

It's strange timing with Young being benched on Sunday night because coach Byron Scott said Young looked like he "didn't want to be here." He's probably a little closer to doubtful, but his owners will want to check back tomorrow for an update. If he's out, Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin and Wes Johnson benefit most.
Jan 26 - 3:34 PM

Kemba Walker (knee) is leaning towards undergoing surgery on his left knee due to meniscus damage.

He had a meniscus injury back in high school and it's been a problem for him in the past couple weeks. The surgery would cost him six weeks of playing time, which means he would be looking at a return in mid-March. If he does opt to have the surgery, Brian Roberts would get the start and should be owned in all standard leagues. Lance Stephenson should run the offense more and have a higher ceiling in fantasy leagues.
Jan 26 - 3:32 PM

Kobe Bryant will have surgery on his right rotator cuff and is out indefinitely.

The Lakers will not announce a specific timetable yet, but he is out for the season. Bryant will have the surgery on Wednesday morning and the Lakers will provide more information on a prognosis following the procedure. His fantasy owners can drop him in all re-draft leagues. The Lakers will use more of Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington in their starting lineup while coach Byron Scott is going to mix and match his way with his starters all year. Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Nick Young also benefit.
Jan 26 - 3:19 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (illness) will not play on Monday against the Pelicans, and Larry Drew II will make his first NBA start.

Drew has been the backup point guard since Tony Wroten (knee) went down, but he hasn't eclipsed 24 minutes in any contest. He's got a great chance to do that on Monday without MCW available and nobody else behind him. His career-high for assists in a game is nine, the same number as his career-high in points. We're not expecting a miracle, but he's got a sizable opportunity in front of him.
Jan 26 - 12:29 PM

Kemba Walker is in New York to get a second opinion on his knee injury.

It's not ideal, but it's not necessarily bad news, either. There has been a lot of smoke suggesting that Walker needs surgery and would be better off doing it now, but a final determination has not been made. Walker's MRI results will give us a much better idea of what to expect going forward. Losing Kemba for an extended period of time would be detrimental, and the void would leave Lance Stephenson, Brian Roberts and Gary Neal picking up extra time.
Jan 26 - 12:13 PM

Bismack Biyombo (knee) has been diagnosed with a bone bruise, and he's expected to be reevaluated in approximately 10 days.

Biyombo will not do any impact activities during that stretch of time. Biyombo had found his groove after not playing earlier this season, and he's averaged 6.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 55.6 percent shooting over 13 games as a starter. Big Al Jefferson should move back into the starting lineup, but the Hornets are now dangerously thin behind him with just Jason Maxiell, Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh.
Jan 26 - 11:21 AM

The Blazers vs. Nets game scheduled for Monday has been postponed due to inclement weather.

With the impending blizzard impacting the New York and surrounding areas, the league is making this call early, and the affair will be rescheduled for April 6. The Kings-Nets game has been postponed, as well. Those in daily formats will want to avoid deploying players from any of those four teams.
Jan 26 - 11:16 AM

Isaiah Thomas, who has made 15 of his last 30 3-pointers, had his troublesome left wrist drained of fluid recently.

Thomas had a "lump of fluid" removed from the area, and he's been a different player since. "It affected my shot when I released," Thomas said. "It feels better. I got it done last week when we got home." Thomas said this was the third time he's been drained this year, but it was an expected part of the post-surgical process. Jeff Hornacek also added Thomas has done a "better job of pushing the ball" of late, as well.
Jan 26 - 10:55 AM

Monday's game between the Knicks and Kings has been postponed, and it will be made up on March 3.

With the pending blizzard threatening New York and the surrounding areas, the league will play it safe. It's the right call. Be sure your daily lineups don't include any Knicks or Kings on Monday night.
Jan 26 - 10:34 AM

Avery Bradley, who had already been dealing with a jammed left thumb, is now dealing with a bruised right hand as well.

Bradley said the bruised hand is something he's been dealing with "for a while." It doesn't appear as if either issue is going to keep him off the floor for now, but the injuries will likely be slow to heal since Bradley needs his hands to play basketball. It may become an issue of maintenance and pain tolerance as Bradley continues to play through it for now.
Jan 26 - 10:10 AM

Amare Stoudemire (wrist, ankle) is expecting to miss time.

"I'm sure it's going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain," Stoudemire said. Assuming STAT is out on Monday at the very least, it would mean more minutes for guys like Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson. From a fantasy perspective, Thomas is the most interesting name as he has back-to-back games with 16 points, and is averaging 16 points, six rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals on 15-of-29 shooting over that span.
Source: Newsday
Jan 26 - 9:40 AM




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