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Jeremy Lin (back spasms) did not practice on Monday and the Rockets "are not optimistic" about him playing on Wednesday.

He is in a lot of pain from back spasms and missed his first game with that issue on Sunday. Lin ran into an Andrew Bogut screen on Friday and it would appear it's something that might bother him for a while. He didn't play well on Friday and the Rockets only have three games this week, so sitting him in weekly leagues would appear to be the move. Aaron Brooks would benefit with Lin out.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 03:28:00 PM

Chandler Parsons (illness) will not play against the Magic on Saturday.

He missed Friday and the Mavs gave minutes to Richard Jefferson, Charlie Villanueva and Al-Farouq Aminu. The Mavs were awesome with their second unit in the fourth quarter, so maybe coach Rick Carlisle gives more minutes to Villanueva and Aminu. All that said, there is a lot of risk in playing any of these three guys.
Jan 31 - 5:37 PM

John Wall (migraines, ankle, Achilles) will play against the Raptors on Saturday.

The Wizards had Garrett Temple with the first unit at shootaround, but Wall is going to suit up for this big game. The Raptors have been awful at defending point guards with Jarrett Jack's 35-point game coming on Friday, so Wall could be in for a productive night. His fantasy owners should have him locked and loaded.
Jan 31 - 5:18 PM

Coach Brad Stevens confirmed on Saturday that Kelly Olynyk (ankle) likely won't play until after the All-Star break.

Olynyk is currently in a walking boot and recently said that he is still dealing with swelling in his ankle, so it's not out of the question that he ends up sitting out longer. Olynyk is only worth stashing in deeper leagues, as his role is too inconsistent to rely upon. In the meantime, expect Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller to all benefit in the short-term.
Jan 31 - 2:03 PM

DeMarre Caroll (Achilles) and Thabo Sefolosha (calf) will not play vs. the 76ers on Saturday.

Kent Bazemore will play all the minutes he can handle on Saturday, and is worth a long look in deeper leagues. Carroll should still be held onto in most leagues, and the Hawks probably just didn't want to risk him against the lowly 76ers. We will provide additional updates as needed.
Jan 31 - 1:51 PM

Amare Stoudemire (ankle) isn't expected to play against the Lakers on Sunday according to coach Derek Fisher, but he does have shot to play on Tuesday.

His role will likely be limited for the rest of the season, and with the Knicks looking towards the future, there's no reason to hold onto Stoudemire outside of the deepest of leagues. Expect Lou Amundson and Jason Smith to soak up Stoudemire's minutes in the meantime.
Jan 31 - 1:41 PM

Carmelo Anthony said that he thinks he will play against the Lakers on Sunday.

He was able to play in a back-to-back set on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, but the Knicks likely won't risk him if he's not feeling up to it. We will leave Anthony off the injury report for now, but his owners will want to check back after shootaround Sunday morning for the latest updates. Expect Lance Thomas and Tim Hardaway Jr. to benefit the most if Melo sits.
Jan 31 - 1:40 PM

Kevin Durant was a partial participant at shootaround on Saturday morning, and he will be a game-time decision against Memphis.

He has been sidelined for the past two games due to his sprained toe, but a huge matchup against Memphis could prove too tempting for him not to play. Durant's owners will have to check back for official confirmation prior to tip-off, but he certainly belongs in all lineups is if he's activated. If Durant sits, expect Perry Jones to draw another start, but Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are the true beneficiaries if that's the case.
Jan 31 - 1:18 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) will finally return to action on Monday against the Mavericks.

He has missed the last 43 games due to his ankle injury, and the Wolves have said that Rubio will be on a minutes restriction until after the All-Star break at least. Minnesota is going to want him to develop some Chemistry with Andrew Wiggins as the season progresses, so Rubio should not be on any waiver wires following this news. Mo Williams and Zach LaVine will lose most of their value when Rubio returns, so owners should have a backup plan ready.
Jan 31 - 12:49 PM

Mo Williams (hip) and Zach LaVine (ankle) are questionable for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers.

Lorenzo Brown, who just signed a 10-day contract with Minnesota this week, is the only healthy point guard on the roster right now and he could be forced to play big minutes if LaVine and Williams sit out. However, Ricky Rubio is expected to return to action on Monday, so there's no need to consider Brown outside of daily leagues. Check back before tip-off for updates on Minnesota's lineup.
Jan 31 - 12:46 PM

Mike Conley (wrist) participated in shootaround on Saturday morning, and is still listed as probable to play against the Thunder.

He hasn't been able to play in the Grizzlies' last two games, so there's a good chance that they keep a close eye on his minutes. Conley is also going to have to chase Russell Westbrook around the court all game, so owners in daily leagues may want to look elsewhere. If Conley ends up sitting as a precaution, Beno Udrih will stay relevant for a little bit longer.
Jan 31 - 12:10 PM

Tobias Harris (quad) will be available to play against the Mavericks on Saturday.

It was originally thought to be a knee injury, but we have now learned that Harris simply suffered a bruised lower right quad during Thursday's game against the Bucks. This is obviously great news for Harris, and it doesn't look like he will be in danger of missing any time. Harris is still coming off the bench for the time being, but with head coach Jacque Vaughn's job in jeopardy, Harris should be in line for more playing time moving forward.
Jan 31 - 10:58 AM




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