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Lamar Odom has checked himself into an alcohol and drug rehab center, according to People Magazine.

Hopefully this is a sign that Odom's life is about to get turned back around in the right direction. This surely won't be the last non-basketball related update on Odom, but it's good to hear that he's finally getting some help after his recent DUI arrest and extremely serious rumors of heavy drug use.
Source: People.com
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 08:56:00 PM

Derrick Rose (back) said he expects to play on Sunday vs. the Lakers.

Rose is sitting out against the Kings on Friday for the second straight game, meaning Brandon Jennings will likely head back to the bench on Sunday. Rose is traveling with the team and is day-to-day, so this isn't a surprise. He's averaging 16.7 points, 4.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds on 45.0 percent shooting this season.
Dec 9 - 9:35 PM

Bismack Biyombo is dealing with a sore left shoulder and will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

The cause for the injury isn't 100 percent clear, but he looked to have tweaked his left shoulder on a block attempt in the second half. With Nikola Vucevic (back) also getting hurt, the Magic will really need Biyombo on Saturday. If both are out, we'll see a lot of Serge Ibaka, Jeff Green and small-ball lineups. Stephen Zimmerman would also likely be activated. Biyombo finished Friday's game with nine points, three rebounds and two turnovers in 16 minutes.
Dec 9 - 9:13 PM

Nikola Vucevic suffered a lower back injury in the second half on Friday and will be re-evaluated in Orlando on Saturday.

He went for a loose ball and Roy Hibbert undercut him. Vucevic landed on his right hip and was in pain on the bench for at least one minute. He's had back problems before, so hopefully this didn't tweak an older injury. The Magic do play on Saturday, so they may have to make some adjustments with more Jeff Green and a lot of small-ball combos. Vooch finished with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes.
Dec 9 - 9:10 PM

Brandon Ingram will start on Friday vs. the Suns, sending Marcelo Huertas back to the bench.

The rookie will be the starting SG next to Jordan Clarkson. Ingram has played 33 or more minutes in four out of his last five games, but he's going to see big minutes regardless of whether or not he starts moving forward.
Dec 9 - 8:51 PM

Matt Barnes (rest) will not play Friday night against the Knicks.

He is reportedly close to being arrested and charged with assaulting a woman, according to the NY Daily News. With Barnes out tonight, Omri Casspi should benefit the most while Arron Afflalo could get back in the rotation tonight.
Dec 9 - 8:40 PM

Salah Mejri will start against the Pacers on Friday.

He gets a really bad matchup tonight against Myles Turner, so coach Rick Carlisle will keep him on a short leash. Carlisle also yelled at Mejri on Wednesday. He may have some short-term value, but he has to play better.
Dec 9 - 8:21 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (sore right ankle) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

This is a new injury for Bjelica. He's played well in the second unit to offer some space and has seen some run with the ones at times, too. With him out, Cole Aldrich and Shabazz Muhammad could see a couple extra minutes.
Dec 9 - 7:18 PM

Seth Curry (knee) will play against Indiana on Friday.

He's back after missing the last four due to a knee sprain. Curry does have a tougher spot for minutes with Devin Harris getting more run and Deron Williams playing some solid ball. Stephen's brother could be looking minutes around 20 in his first game back. He is worth a look in standard leagues, especially with the Mavs sliding in the standings.
Dec 9 - 6:56 PM

Norman Powell will be starting in place of DeMarre Carroll (rest) on Friday vs. Boston.

Powell has played relatively well when given extended minutes this season. In the four games he has started for Toronto, he is averaging 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 29.0 minutes. If you are looking for an inexpensive DFS option for Friday, Powell is certainly worth considering.
Dec 9 - 6:52 PM

DeMarre Carroll (rest) has been ruled out for Friday against the Celtics.

This was fully expected with Carroll playing on Thursday. He's played very well lately and his minutes are on the rise. Plus, the Raptors could drop the back-to-back limit. Norman Powell will likely get a start while Terrence Ross gets a hefty boost.
Dec 9 - 6:37 PM

Nene will play on Friday and wants to play on Saturday.

The Rockets are on a back-to-back set and have been limiting Nene. Montrezl Harrell has been solid, so it makes sense to rest Nene tomorrow. Clint Capela is having a big season and isn't affected here.
Dec 9 - 6:34 PM




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