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Jeff Taylor has been diagnosed with a ruptured right Achilles tendon and he will miss the rest of the season.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (fractured hand) will be in a cast until at least Dec. 26, which should leave the SF position to either Anthony Tolliver or recent D-League call-up Chris Douglas-Roberts. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford could also choose to play unorthodox lineups eschewing both of those players, and Tolliver is the only guy worth stashing outside of deep leagues until we get some insight into Clifford's plans.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 04:03:00 PM

LeBron James had a strong finish during a 98-89 win over the Magic on Friday with 29 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes.

He had some leg tightness and wasn't himself in the first half. James was the main option on offense and basically did everything after halftime. In fact, he posted a usage rate of 34.7 and an assist percentage of 71.4 to help his team earn the win. James also had a true shooting percentage of 68.1 and a defensive rebound rate of 30.8. Translation: LeBron is good.
Dec 26 - 10:41 PM

Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Magic on Friday, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He played the entire third quarter and had a handful of awful defensive possessions. Considering the Cavs were missing 40 percent of their starting lineup with Kyrie Irving (knee) and Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, this was a major surprise. The Cavs might have played their best defensive quarter of the season while Love sat, but there's still no need to panic. He should be back for his regular rotation on Saturday.
Dec 26 - 10:34 PM

Thomas Robinson and Joel Freeland will start against the 76ers on Friday.

The Blazers basically have three big men for their PF and C spots, but Dorell Wright and Nicolas Batum could get some run as stretch fours. It's a complete gamble rolling with Robinson, Freeland or Meyers Leonard.
Dec 26 - 9:48 PM

Reggie Evans will start at center against the Suns on Friday.

With Ryan Hollins (personal) out, he was really the only choice to start. Evans is a good bet for double-digit boards, but he won't do much else. Derrick Williams could also get a little extra burn tonight.
Dec 26 - 9:13 PM

Rodney Stuckey (facial contusion) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday and will not return.

Andre Drummond hit him in the face and perhaps he was poked in the eye. Stuckey needed help walking back to the locker room and maybe he couldn't see properly. Hopefully he didn't scratch his cornea or else it could cost him time. C.J. Watson and George Hill would get more run while Donald Sloan would likely get back in the rotation. Stuckey checked out with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against his former team.
Dec 26 - 8:55 PM

Chris Kaman (wife having baby) will not play on Friday night.

There was a report that the Kamans would induce labor on Christmas, but apparently they waited a day. Kaman should be back for Sunday night. While he's out, expect Joel Freeland, Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson to hold down the frontcourt minutes.
Dec 26 - 8:29 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Friday against the 76ers.

He missed Monday and played on Tuesday with an illness, so this is a surprise. Aldridge is not at the arena and he should be considered questionable for Sunday against the Knicks. With Chris Kaman also out, expect Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland to get more looks.
Dec 26 - 8:28 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) will play against the 76ers on Friday.

He might not be looking for his shot due to the pain in his wrist, but Batum isn't a high volume scorer anyway. His fantasy owners can plug him back into their lineups in this favorable matchup. Allen Crabbe will likely move back to the bench.
Dec 26 - 8:20 PM

Jon Leuer will start in place of Zach Randolph (knee) for Friday's game vs. the Rockets.

Leuer had a nice outing during his last start, putting up 16 points and seven rebounds over 30 minutes of action. He looks like a nice low-budget plug-and-play option tonight.
Dec 26 - 7:55 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (illness) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

Ouch. Cousins has been ill more often than any player this season and his stomach bug will keep him out tonight. The Kings play again on Saturday, so Cousins should be considered questionable for that one. Expect Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to get more run.
Dec 26 - 7:53 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) did some 5-on-0 work at shootaround Friday.

He's getting closer and it would appear contact is just around the corner. Rubio has been out since Nov. 7 with his severe ankle sprain and the Wolves have been forced to play Zach LaVine a little more than they planned. If you're looking to stash Rubio in a shallow league, now is probably the time.
Dec 26 - 7:38 PM




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