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Rajon Rondo (ACL surgery) may not be ready to play until December, according to GM Danny Ainge.

Brad Stevens said it was "unlikely that [Rondo] will be ready" for the Celtics' season opener, and Ainge said he'd be "shocked" if Rondo plays. The Celtics are assessing his status on a week-to-week basis and there's no clear timetable for his return. Until he's healthy enough to play, Boston will patch up the PG position with Avery Bradley and Phil Pressey.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:22:00 AM

Dwight Howard (knee) and Patrick Beverley (hamstring) are not expected to play on Wednesday against the Kings.

Beverley is expected to miss a few games, per coach Kevin McHale, while a preview column by Jonathan Feigen suggests there are "signs" that Howard won't play, either, based on more comments from McHale. To be clear, Howard hasn't been ruled out, but if you're planning ahead for tonight, it sounds like it would be a surprise if he were in the starting lineup. DeMarcus Cousins could have a big night if Howard's out.
Nov 26 - 9:49 AM

David West is hoping to make his season debut for the Pacers on Friday after dealing with a severely sprained since Oct. 18.

"(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after practicing Tuesday. "The ankle is healthy which is important." It sounds like it's now or never for West, who has already missed 15 games. "We've exhausted all options in terms of getting it healthy. It was a bad sprain," West said. "I got really lucky that it just did what it did and didn't go any further. I got really lucky." Luis Scola will take a hit when West is ready to go at full speed.
Nov 26 - 9:30 AM

Carmelo Anthony had trouble even speaking, let alone walking or running, while dealing with his back injury on Monday night and he's not expected to play on Wednesday at Dallas, Friday at Oklahoma City and has no timetable for a return to action as of now.

The Knicks are concerned about his back spasms becoming a season-long problem, and are hoping his pain is not a sign of a disk problem. Anthony was already dealing with a knee injury and it now sounds like he could miss several more games with his back injury. Shane Larkin started the second half of Monday's game in Anthony's place, while Amare Stoudemire could get the call in his place tonight. Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Travis Wear should all see more opportunity with Melo in street clothes. The Knicks get the Heat in New York on Sunday and if Melo can play in that one, owners will have cause to celebrate.
Nov 26 - 9:20 AM

Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) sat out the second half of Tuesday's game as a precaution, and he "didn't feel anything pop or pull" prior to his exit.

Tom Thibodeau asked Rose to sit out the second half and Rose agreed. The Bulls' former MVP was very tentative during the first half, as he was during Monday's game, but Thibodeau is hopeful that a few days of rest will have Rose ready to go for Friday's game in Boston. When asked if Rose would require an MRI, Thibs replied, "I don’t believe so. I think he's fine." Fantasy owners have played this game long enough to distrust the Bulls' injury updates, however, and we're unlikely to learn Rose's status until close to tip-off on Friday.
Nov 26 - 12:16 AM

Jimmy Butler set a new career high with 20 free throw attempts on Tuesday, making 18 of them to finish with 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Nuggets.

Butler has been unbelievable to begin the season, embracing an expanded offensive role without letting up defensively in nearly 40 minutes per game. He's taken a massive leap into top-10 fantasy value and shows no signs of letting up, though his huge workload may take a toll physically as the season progresses. Congratulations to all those owners who snagged Butler in the middle rounds on draft day.
Nov 26 - 12:09 AM

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Tuesday with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

DMC made 8-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in another impressive performance, helping Sacramento improve their record to 9-5. He's solidified himself as a top-10 fantasy option and has only picked up one technical foul through 14 games, so owners shouldn't have to fret about suspensions as we near the end of the regular season.
Nov 25 - 11:47 PM

Darius Miller made his first start of the season at SF on Tuesday, but he finished scoreless with zero stats to his credit in 14 minutes of action.

Tyreke Evans slid over to SG with Eric Gordon (shoulder) out indefinitely, and the early results with Miller at SF speak for themselves. Head coach Monty Williams will likely toy around with his lineups in the coming games, and Miller's fantasy offerings are too limited to reach for him outside of deeper leagues.
Nov 25 - 11:38 PM

Anthony Davis battled an illness during Tuesday's game, which he finished with just 14 points (4-of-12 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

"Just because I’m a little sick doesn't mean I can afford to play like that," Davis said after the game. While the illness may have contributed to his relatively quiet evening, the Pelicans also did a poor job of feeding him the ball in the second half. He's been the number one fantasy player this year, bar none, and is likely to take out his frustrations vs. the Hawks on Friday.
Nov 25 - 11:38 PM

Josh Smith fell two assists shy of a triple-double in Tuesday's game, scoring 11 points with 10 boards and eight assists vs. Milwaukee.

Smoove added one steal and three blocks, and he even made a 3-pointer -- he's now a combined 4-of-21 (19.0 percent) beyond the arc. The bad news is that he was just 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-10 at the FT line. He's a mid-round value if you can ignore his percentages, but that's not a luxury most fantasy owners have.
Nov 25 - 11:00 PM

Andre Drummond kept up his momentum on Tuesday with a season-high 23 points (11-of-15 FGs) in a loss vs. the Bucks, adding 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

The points, rebounds and defensive stats are great to see, but fantasy owners are probably most pleased with his 11-of-15 shooting -- remarkably, this is just the second time all season that Drummond made more than half of his shots. The career 59.7 percent shooter is just 39.7 percent through 13 games and there's nowhere to go but up, so consider making a buy-low offer (if you still can) to his frustrated fantasy owners.
Nov 25 - 10:59 PM

O.J. Mayo made his first start of the season vs. the Pistons on Tuesday, scoring 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Jason Kidd has been juggling his lineups through the first month of the season, and tonight Mayo got the nod ahead of Khris Middleton. "We looked at [Mayo as a starter] at practice yesterday and as coaches we thought it looked good," Kidd said, by way of explanation. Mayo has enough upside to be worth a speculative add, especially since the Bucks won tonight's game, but don't be surprised if he's back in a reserve role by the end of the week.
Nov 25 - 10:54 PM




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