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Andrew Bynum lasted 19 minutes against the Wolves on Monday, scoring 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) with four rebounds and three blocks.

By almost all measurements this was a successful outing, but the momentum is somewhat chased by his admission that he won't get his explosion back. Skilled and tall, he should be able to put up some numbers if he can progress in his development, but in terms of ever being a dominant force again if he has doubts they just serve to double-down our own doubts. There's going to be some value here when he eventually can sustain 20-24 mpg, but whether or not he's worth occupying a roster spot is the relevant question.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:33:00 PM

There is a "growing concern" with how the Cavs are responding to David Blatt, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst.

This was easy to see coming after the Cavs were hammered by the Pistons in front of the Cleveland home crowd. With an inconsistent start (especially defensively), a team full of stars and ridiculous expectations, it was only a matter of time until the pressure started to mount on Blatt. The Cavs would look incredibly weak and unstable to even consider firing Blatt so early in his tenure.
Dec 29 - 11:29 AM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) could return in 2-3 weeks.

"I am trying to do my best," Rubio said. "Sometimes it is a little bit painful. I got to get through that. Some things are mentally [challenging]. I just push myself and try to come back as soon as a I can." Rubio is not expected back until at least early-to-mid January at this point, and it may be even later than that. Mo Williams and Zach LaVine will hold it down until Rubio returns.
Dec 29 - 11:11 AM

Updating a previous item, Chris Bosh (calf) is expected to return on Monday.

Bosh went through a full practice on Sunday, and followed it up by going through a complete shootaround on Monday morning. All signs point toward Bosh's return, and the Heat desperately need him. Owners, particularly those in weekly formats, need to be sure Bosh is active and in lineups for New Year's week.
Dec 29 - 11:00 AM

Jared Sullinger (ankle) will not practice on Monday, and Brad Stevens is unsure of his availability this week.

The Celtics don't play until Wednesday on New Year's Eve, but then have a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. If Sullinger misses any time, Brandon Bass is a candidate to start, but Kelly Olynyk would likely see an increased role as well. Of the two, Olynyk is the more favorable fantasy play and has eight straight games with double-digits in the scoring column.
Dec 29 - 10:47 AM

Kevin Durant (ankle) is making progress, but his return date remains uncertain.

"He’s not ready for the next step," Scott Brooks said. "He’s reached a lot of the benchmarks. He’s getting close. Each day this week he’ll practice and we’ll go from there." Durant did go through shootaround on Sunday, and Brooks added that Durant is "progressing well" every day, but is hesitant to circle a date for KD's return. OKC plays next on Wednesday and then again on Friday.
Source: Oklahoman
Dec 29 - 10:24 AM

Derek Fisher spoke about reducing Amare Stoudemire's (knee) minutes upon his return.

Averaging 26.5 minutes, the most since his 2011-12 campaign, STAT is now sidelined with knee soreness. When he does return, he'll be on some type of maintenance plan to ensure he doesn't break down as the season moves on, and owners will need to keep that in mind. STAT is enjoying a mini-resurgence this season with averages of 13.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks on 55.8 percent shooting.
Dec 29 - 10:16 AM

J.R. Smith (foot) is uncertain about his availability for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

It's painful (when I plant)," Smith said. "I've dealt with pain before in certain instances, but when it’s your foot, I just can’t move and I can’t take another step after planting, so that’s the most frustrating part." Smith isn't sure how much longer he might be out, and with a tear in his plantar fascia, it's going to be a pain tolerance issue for him to get back on the floor. Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue to get big minutes at shooting guard with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) still sidelined.
Dec 29 - 10:12 AM

The Bulls have experimented with Nikola Mirotic playing small forward.

It's an odd fit, but it's the best indication yet that the Bulls are looking to create more minutes for Mirotic. With 23 points, 13 rebounds and five three-pointers over his last two games, despite playing just 32 minutes combined, is a good indication of what he's capable of doing with extended production. Chicago is trying to find a way to get one of its best rotation players on the floor more often, and fantasy owners need to find a way to stash him on the roster.
Source: Real GM
Dec 29 - 9:35 AM

Jordan Hill finished Sunday's loss to the Suns with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, a season-low one rebound, two assists, one steal, zero blocks and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

The Suns give up the fourth-most rebounds to their opponents (44.9) and this dud sums up a disappointing month for Hill. Thus far in December he's averaged 26.8 minutes, shot 45.9 percent from the field, averaged 6.6 rebounds, and scored double-digit points in seven out of 14 games. Those numbers are all way down from November but fantasy owners should hang tight in the expectation of a bounce-back in 2015.
Dec 29 - 12:43 AM

Kenneth Faried scored 17 points with 19 boards in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, adding two assists in 38 minutes.

He had 26 points with a career-high 25 rebounds on Friday, and it looks like he has officially turned things around. It is amazing what confidence can do for a player, as the Manimal looks completely reenergized after a disastrous start to the season. The buy-low window is now closed.
Dec 29 - 12:15 AM

Kobe Bryant (rest) returned to action on Sunday with 10 points (4-of-10 shooting), eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and five turnovers in 32 minutes during the Lakers' 107-116 loss to the Suns.

The Black Mamba had missed three straight games to rest his fatigued body, and he spent most of Sunday's game looking for teammates rather than dominating the ball as he had during his first 24 games this season (attempting 22.4 shots per game). The Lakers have no playoff aspirations and they'll be cautious with him the rest of the season -- fantasy owners should plug him into all active lineups while routinely checking his status before games.
Dec 29 - 12:15 AM




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