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X-rays were negative on Bradley Beal (left leg) and he will have an MRI on Saturday.

He was using crutches as he left the Target Center on Friday night. Coach Randy Wittman said Beal bumped his left knee and not much is known at this point. His knee was pushed sideways, so there could be something structurally wrong with his knee. The Wizards will be putting Martell Webster back in the starting lineup should Beal need to miss time. He seems doubtful for Saturday's game against the Pistons.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 10:45:00 PM

Chris Paul (left knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Mavericks.

Paul looked hobbled in Houston's season opener on Tuesday and then sat out Wednesday's victory over Sacramento. It's certainly not encouraging that the Rockets have already ruled out CP3 but, hopefully, Houston is just being cautious. We should get a full medical update from the team over the weekend. In the meantime, James Harden, who led the league in assists last season, will resume running point and posting monster numbers. Eric Gordon will also continue to shoulder much of the offensive load.
Oct 20 - 12:31 PM

Aaron Gordon (sore left ankle) went through morning shootaround but said a decision as to whether he will play Friday night vs. the Nets would be made "closer to tip-off."

Gordon told reporters that he hurt his ankle in a collision with Hassan Whiteside on Wednesday. Gordon was able to play through the pain in the second half, but has been dealing with soreness the last two days. Unfortunately, we'll likely have to wait until this evening before getting confirmation on Gordon's status. If Gordon is unable to play, rookie Jonathan Isaac and Marreese Speights would see an uptick in minutes. Jonathon Simmons might also log some time at the four spot.
Oct 20 - 12:12 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (ankles) is "likely out" for Friday's game vs. the Sixers.

Smart said he rolled both his ankles in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee. His left ankle was heavily wrapped at Friday's shootaround. The Celtics have little backcourt/wing depth with Gordon Hayward (leg) out indefinitely. If Smart is sidelined, Terry Rozier and Abdel Nader would see additional minutes backing up both guard spots. Semi Ojeleye would likely see an uptick in playing time on the wing.
Oct 20 - 11:00 AM

Myles Turner (sore neck) has been downgraded to doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Blazers.

Turner looked terrific on opening night, tallying 21 points, 14 boards and four blocks. However, he hurt his neck trying to fight through a cross-screen during the game. He played through it but has dealt with soreness over the last two days. If Turner is sidelined, Coach Nate McMillan said that Domantas Sabonis would start at center. T.J. Leaf and Al Jefferson would also likely see an uptick in minutes. Sabonis had 16 points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes on Wednesday and may be worth a dart throw as a cheap DFS option Friday.
Oct 20 - 10:49 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is not with the team and will not play Friday vs. the Hawks.

MKG did not play in the season opener either, as he has been away from the team for nearly two weeks now. The Hornets have not yet provided details as to the reason for Kidd-Gilchrist's absence or when he is expected to return. Dwayne Bacon drew the start on Wednesday, scoring eight points in 20 minutes. Malik Monk and Treveon Graham will likely see additional minutes again on Friday as well.
Oct 20 - 9:55 AM

Cody Zeller (right knee bone bruise) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Zeller was solid in the season opener, scoring eight points and pulling down nine rebounds in 23 minutes. However, he was unable to escape unscathed. With Zeller sidelined, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky will likely be asked to log extra minutes. Johnny O'Bryant may also make his way into the rotation.
Oct 20 - 9:49 AM

Alex Len (left ankle sprain) is listed as probable in the game notes for Friday's matchup vs. the Lakers.

It's only a game notes designation, so we'll take it with a grain of salt. However, it is encouraging news after Len was sidelined for the Suns season opener on Wednesday. We should have confirmation from coach Earl Watson after the team's shootaround on Friday morning. Let's hope Len, who had a strong preseason, can put this ankle issue behind him. If he can stay healthy, he has a chance to log plenty of playing time and may be worth a look in deep leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 20 - 9:40 AM

Blake Griffin scored 29 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Lakers during a 108-92 victory on Thursday.

Sure, this does come with a Staples-size grain of salt against the Lakers, but Griffin looked great in the post Chris Paul era. He had a 112 pace for his minutes out there and he attempted six shots from deep as the offensive focal point. Coach Doc Rivers has given plenty of indications he wants Griffin to grow even more, including playing him at the five "a lot." If he can stay healthy and make free throws, he's set for a magnificent season.
Oct 20 - 2:36 AM

DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points with 24 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

The best part is he made all four from the line. You could call this his most dominant rebounding game of his career. In his five other games with more than 24 boards, he ranged from 25-27 in total boards while his minutes were much higher in the 39-41 range. Part of the reason is that the Clippers were flying in pace today, which could still be partly due to the Lakers. Regardless, Jordan is a lock to be a top-three rebounder and he could even score more, too.
Oct 20 - 2:28 AM

Milos Teodosic got the start in his first NBA game on Thursday, scoring six points with one rebound, six assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Lakers.

While he didn't shoot the ball well with a 2-of-9 line from the field, he was in control of this offense. Impressively, the Clippers ran at a 114 pace while Milos played and he did take six shots from deep -- he shot the ball well overseas, too. Teodosic should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 2:19 AM

Lonzo Ball made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes during a 108-92 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

He got a heavy dose of Patrick Beverley and it did not go well. Per ESPN's stats, Ball went 0-of-2 from the field on the 29 plays that Beverley guarded him, and he had three assist opportunities. Even in a blowout, it's also somewhat interesting that Ball sat out the whole fourth quarter. Perhaps this had to do with his ankle injury, but there's been no talk of that after the game. After getting a tough matchup tonight, he gets an easy matchup against the Suns on Friday. We'll see how he does there.
Oct 20 - 1:50 AM




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