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Rookie PF Anthony Bennett has been playing 5-on-5 this week in practice, showing that he's fully recovered from left rotator cuff surgery.

Bennett is expected to come off the bench behind Tristan Thompson at power forward, while the Cavs continue to say they have no plans to use him at small forward this season. However, with Andrew Bynum's status now in doubt (no timetable), it's possible that Thompson could start at center, which could bump Bennett into the starting five. However, Anderson Varejao should also be healthy, and it's hard to see him coming off the bench as long as he's healthy. Stay tuned.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 01:09:00 PM

Myles Turner (sore neck) has been downgraded to doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Blazers.

Oct 20 - 10:49 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is not with the team and will not play Friday vs. the Hawks.

MKG did not play in the season opener either, as he has been away from the team for nearly two weeks now. The Hornets have not yet provided details as to the reason for Kidd-Gilchrist's absence or when he is expected to return. Dwayne Bacon drew the start on Wednesday, scoring eight points in 20 minutes. Malik Monk and Treveon Graham will likely see additional minutes again on Friday as well.
Oct 20 - 9:55 AM

Cody Zeller (right knee bone bruise) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Zeller was solid in the season opener, scoring eight points and pulling down nine rebounds in 23 minutes. However, he was unable to escape unscathed. With Zeller sidelined, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky will likely be asked to log extra minutes. Johnny O'Bryant may also make his way into the rotation.
Oct 20 - 9:49 AM

Alex Len (left ankle sprain) is listed as probable in the game notes for Friday's matchup vs. the Lakers.

It's only a game notes designation, so we'll take it with a grain of salt. However, it is encouraging news after Len was sidelined for the Suns season opener on Wednesday. We should have confirmation from coach Earl Watson after the team's shootaround on Friday morning. Let's hope Len, who had a strong preseason, can put this ankle issue behind him. If he can stay healthy, he has a chance to log plenty of playing time and may be worth a look in deep leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 20 - 9:40 AM

Draymond Green (knee) has been upgraded from doubtful to probable for Friday's game vs. New Orleans.

Green had an MRI taken Wednesday that came back clean and was able to practice fully on Thursday without any limitations. He's on track to suit up vs. the Pels. Golden State will need his defensive excellence, as the New Orleans tag team of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins is a handful for any opponent. Assuming Green plays his usual allotment of minutes, both Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney will see their playing time cut.
Oct 20 - 9:15 AM

Blake Griffin scored 29 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Lakers during a 108-92 victory on Thursday.

Sure, this does come with a Staples-size grain of salt against the Lakers, but Griffin looked great in the post Chris Paul era. He had a 112 pace for his minutes out there and he attempted six shots from deep as the offensive focal point. Coach Doc Rivers has given plenty of indications he wants Griffin to grow even more, including playing him at the five "a lot." If he can stay healthy and make free throws, he's set for a magnificent season.
Oct 20 - 2:36 AM

DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points with 24 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

The best part is he made all four from the line. You could call this his most dominant rebounding game of his career. In his five other games with more than 24 boards, he ranged from 25-27 in total boards while his minutes were much higher in the 39-41 range. Part of the reason is that the Clippers were flying in pace today, which could still be partly due to the Lakers. Regardless, Jordan is a lock to be a top-three rebounder and he could even score more, too.
Oct 20 - 2:28 AM

Milos Teodosic got the start in his first NBA game on Thursday, scoring six points with one rebound, six assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Lakers.

While he didn't shoot the ball well with a 2-of-9 line from the field, he was in control of this offense. Impressively, the Clippers ran at a 114 pace while Milos played and he did take six shots from deep -- he shot the ball well overseas, too. Teodosic should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 2:19 AM

Lonzo Ball made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes during a 108-92 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

He got a heavy dose of Patrick Beverley and it did not go well. Per ESPN's stats, Ball went 0-of-2 from the field on the 29 plays that Beverley guarded him, and he had three assist opportunities. Even in a blowout, it's also somewhat interesting that Ball sat out the whole fourth quarter. Perhaps this had to do with his ankle injury, but there's been no talk of that after the game. After getting a tough matchup tonight, he gets an easy matchup against the Suns on Friday. We'll see how he does there.
Oct 20 - 1:50 AM

Larry Nance Jr. scored 14 points with 12 rebounds and one block in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

Brook Lopez has said he meshes well with Nance and coach Luke Walton said he wants a power forward that can play well with Lonzo Ball, so it's looking good for Nance to keep his starting job. Nance had all seven of his makes come from within three feet with five dunks, so he should do very well on efficiency. Nance should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 1:44 AM

Brook Lopez scored 20 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

He is arguably the best player on the Lakers and he's basically in the same role as he was in Brooklyn with five attempts from deep tonight. Lopez should play minutes around 30 most nights and he should be able to flirt with early-round value as long as he's on the court.
Oct 20 - 1:40 AM




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