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Derrick Rose suffered a right knee injury in the third quarter of Friday's game and will not return.

It didn't look good at all and he couldn't put any weight on his leg on his way back to the locker room. He had ACL reconstructive surgery on his left knee and not much else is known at this point. Kirk Hinrich will take over most of the point guard duties while Rose is out of the lineup.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 12:09:00 AM

D'Angelo Russell has been diagnosed with a mild MCL sprain in his right knee, but he could return for the second half of Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

This is great news. It sounds like the injury is very minor, but we'll know for sure when Russell is re-evaluated at halftime. Jose Calderon entered the game when Russell went back to the locker room, but Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will benefit the most if Russell misses time.
Jan 20 - 11:09 PM

J.J. Barea suffered a lower left leg injury in the fourth quarter and went to the locker room.

He went up for a jump shot and just over-extended his calf or Achilles. This is the same leg that has cost him several games in multiple stints this year, so he's almost a lock to miss time. Make sure Seth Curry isn't on your waiver wire.
Jan 20 - 10:57 PM

Elfrid Payton scored 20 points with six assists, four rebounds, three steals and two triples in Friday's 112-96 win over the Bucks.

Payton logged a team-high 37 minutes and the Magic used a lot of two-PG lineups with Jodie Meeks (right thumb) and Evan Fournier (heel, foot) both out -- C.J. Watson played 31 minutes and D.J. Augustin played 28. Payton is going to be a workhorse going forward and finished 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. The Magic have been linked to Goran Dragic, so Payton's owners will obviously be hoping for a quiet trade deadline.
Jan 20 - 10:17 PM

Kemba Walker scored 32 points in a 113-78 win over the Raptors on Friday, adding four rebounds, eight assists and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

It's been a while since we've see a Kemba explosion like this one with only 21.4 points per game in his previous five. We've love to call this an All-Star snub game, but Walker said he didn't really care about that. "I really don’t care, honestly," Walker said. "It’s really starting to get old, hearing about it. If my name is called, I’ll be super excited. But if not, I’ll just have to move on." He has a great chance to be a reserve, but the East guards are stacked.
Jan 20 - 10:16 PM

Greg Monroe played just 14 minutes in Friday's loss to the Magic and scored seven points on 2-of-7 shooting.

The worst nightmare for Monroe's owners came true on Friday as the Bucks used a three-man rotation at center for the first time since November (with the exception of garbage time) -- Miles Plumlee and John Henson each played 16 minutes. Hopefully the lopsided score had something to do with it, but this is worth keeping an eye on during Saturday's game vs. the Heat. Monroe added five rebounds, one assist and one steal, and he's still a hold in standard leagues despite scoring just two points in 18 minutes in his previous outing.
Jan 20 - 9:58 PM

Larry Nance (knee) will return to practice on Saturday and will play limited minutes on Sunday vs. Dallas.

He's not going to play on Friday vs. the Pacers, but this is huge news for the Lakers. His minutes will be held in check right out of the gate, but Nance is worth keeping an eye on going forward with the Lakers rebuilding. Nance averaged 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 steals in 22.4 minutes on 58.4 percent shooting prior to the injury, so it makes sense to put him on your watch list.
Jan 20 - 9:46 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) will not play on Friday vs. the Pacers.

Brandon Ingram will start in his place once again. The Lakers initially said Deng was out indefinitely a few days back, but he was a game-time call tonight which suggests he's probably day-to-day. Regardless, he belongs on the wire in most leagues anyways. Ingram is looking at a heavy workload and is trending up as a nice stash in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 9:32 PM

Ryan Anderson (illness) will not return to Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

He started the game which was a surprise, but clearly didn't look right and finished scoreless in nine minutes. Anderson should be considered questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies. Corey Brewer started the second half in his place, but there should be more minutes available for Sam Dekker as well.
Jan 20 - 9:28 PM

Joel Embiid (left knee) has been ruled out for the rest of Friday's game as a precaution.

After a fourth trip to the locker room and being ruled out, Embiid came back to the bench and was crestfallen he could not return. He was doing some cutting in the hallway to the locker room to likely try to show he was able to play. In other words, the 76ers just didn't want their franchise player to go out there. He had to battle in this game and probably went to the floor about 10 times with multiple times limping throughout the game. The worst blow for Embiid was a knee contusion in the third quarter and he even tweaked it again later. For now, we don't think it's serious, but there's very little chance he plays on Saturday.
Jan 20 - 9:13 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) is a game-time call to face the Pacers on Friday.

He will test out his shooting wrist and the team will go from there. If he sits, Brandon Ingram would get the start again. We'll pass along the decision on Deng in hopefully about an hour.
Jan 20 - 8:52 PM

Joel Embiid jogged back to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday.

His knee hyperextended after he slipped on the floor and he was limping for about 15 seconds. Embiid gathered himself and went back to the locker room with two trainers. It's likely a checkup and hopefully he's OK.
Jan 20 - 8:37 PM




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