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Paul Pierce (jammed toe) was limited during Monday's practice but his injury is not thought to be serious.

"Just jammed it the other day in the game, just taking a couple days of rest," Pierce said. "Going into the season, you want to make sure you're 100 percent, take extra precaution and see how it feels tomorrow." Jason Kidd said that Pierce "deserves a day off" and all signs point to Pierce playing in the Nets' opener, but fantasy owners should check for confirmation on Tuesday.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 12:18:00 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie, D'Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Jarrett Allen will start against the Hornets on Thursday.

Coach Kenny Atkinson hinted he was going to make a move with Russell starting and he didn't waste any time. The Nets haven't had much success with this lineup duo recently, but they've also lost seven straight. If Russell can shoot the ball better and keep his turnovers down, maybe he'll have a nice finish.
Feb 22 - 6:15 PM

De'Aaron Fox (pink eye) will not play against the Thunder on Thursday.

The Kings opt to rule him out early and chances are he won't be at the arena tonight. With him out, Frank Mason should get a decent chance in his return to the lineup while Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield could help out. Fox should get big minutes once he's healthy.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Fox and all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor, Garrett Temple actually gets the biggest bump in FPPM (fantasy points per minute) with a +0.08 increase while also picking up +1.6% in usage rate. Frank Mason's per-minute production doesn't change much, but the increased court time is where his appeal ties in. Temple is the contrarian target on this side, with Mason also having appeal as a potential starter.
Feb 22 - 4:37 PM

Ricky Rubio (hip) went through practice on Thursday and is questionable to play against the Blazers on Friday.

That's good news after Rubio did not practice on Wednesday. Rubio missed the last three games of the first half, which allowed Royce O'Neale to thrive in the starting lineup. Even if Rubio returns, O'Neale still has a chance to produce useable value in 12-team leagues. Rubio was also red hot before his injury on Feb. 9.
Feb 22 - 3:59 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) expects to return on Friday against the Mavs.

It'll be interesting to see what the Lakers do with their backcourt, but they have made it very clear Ball is the starting point guard. Ball has been out since Jan. 13 due to an MCL sprain, but the injury was never considered serious. He was also playing fairly well before his injury, so it's possible he's in for a nice finish as the team's top guard.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 22 - 2:52 PM

Avery Bradley (athletic pubalgia) will not play on Thursday vs. the Warriors.

This is an issue that could linger for the remainder of the season and coach Doc Rivers called him 50/50 for each game going forward. He wasn't worth owning before the injury, so his fantasy owners should look elsewhere for value. Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic should pick up some of the slack, but this is Lou Williams' offense. Tyrone Wallace will start in Bradley's place and could have some deep-league appeal, but there should be better options on your wire.
Feb 22 - 1:56 PM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed that Robin Lopez will be a healthy scratch on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

We speculated earlier that Lopez wouldn't play at all, but now we have confirmation. He's safe to drop in fantasy leagues and there is no telling when or if he will be back in the rotation later on. Cristiano Felicio and Lauri Markkanen will start with Bobby Portis and Noah Vonleh backing them up.
Feb 22 - 1:05 PM

Nikola Vucevic (hand) and Aaron Gordon (hip) will both start on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

His minutes will be kept "at a reasonable number" according to coach Frank Vogel, but we weren't given a specific number. His fantasy owners in season-long leagues should still start him, but it may take him a week or two to start producing elite fantasy value.
Feb 22 - 11:17 AM

De'Aaron Fox (conjunctivitis) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Fox suffered a cut above his right eye during the Kings' final game before the All-Star break, but he logged 16 minutes during the Rising Stars game and this case of pink eye appears to be totally unrelated. Frank Mason (foot) is iffy to play, so if Fox can't suit up the Kings will likely turn to Garrett Temple for the bulk of the PG minutes.
Feb 21 - 11:41 PM

Skal Labissiere (shoulder) is probable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Labissiere was ruled out 2-3 weeks as of Feb. 1, and it sounds like his shoulder responded well to extended rest during the All-Star break. The 21-year-old has enough rest-of-season upside to be worth a look if you need a big man in competitive leagues.
Feb 21 - 9:31 PM

Kawhi Leonard (right quad tendinopathy) has been medically cleared to return for the Spurs, but "he has elected against returning to the active roster," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gregg Popovich said on Wednesday that he'd be "surprised" if Leonard returned this season, although it's unclear if that includes the postseason. "We only have X number of games left in the season, and he's still not ready to go," Popovich said. "If by some chance he is [ready to play], it's gonna be pretty late into the season ... I'll be surprised if he gets back this year." The revelation that Kawhi has been medically cleared adds to the confusion surrounding his ailment, and he could reportedly play if "he can manage the pain of the injury." Most fantasy owners should already be resigned to a lost season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 8:38 PM

Avery Bradley (athletic pubalgia) is officially questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Warriors.

Bradley's injury is usually lumped into the catch-all phrase 'sports hernia', but specifically refers to "the disruption and/or separation of the more medial common aponeurosis from the pubis, usually with some degree of adductor tendon pathology." Clippers coach Doc Rivers suggested that Bradley's status for each game will be a toss-up depending upon how he feels, and this should be the last straw for most fantasy owners. Whenever he does miss games, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams should be ready to pick up the slack.
Feb 21 - 8:28 PM




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