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Luol Deng (Achilles) will play vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

He has missed the past five games and Thibodeau wouldn't say whether Deng will have any playing time restrictions, but it seems somewhat unlikely. He played 35 minutes in his previous return from this Achilles injury and fantasy owners should feel comfortable activating him in daily formats.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 06:28:00 PM

D.J. Augustin (ankle) was forced to go to the locker room on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

He stepped on Bismack Biyombo's foot and appeared to sprain his right ankle. He walked gingerly to the locker room under his own power and should be considered questionable to return. If he's out, Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson will soak up a ton of minutes.
Jan 22 - 12:47 PM

Anthony Davis (right quad) is expected to play on Monday vs. the Cavaliers according to coach Alvin Gentry.

Davis missed his second practice in a row on Sunday, but the Pelicans are likely just being cautious with their franchise center. Gentry said Davis' injury is "basically a charley horse," but keep in mind that he's been battling through an absurd amount of other ailments recently. While Davis said he's getting better every day, he added that he's still sore and is "not sure" about his status. Even with Davis considered probable, Terrence Jones should be owned as an elite handcuff.
Jan 22 - 12:15 PM

Danilo Gallinari (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Wolves.

When a player is probable on the injury report in Denver they are usually a lock to play, but just keep in mind that this is second night of a back-to-back set. Gallinari's ankle issue has lingered all week, but he has been playing well and had 18 points with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Saturday. Juancho Hernangomez will be in the rotation if Gallo is held out.
Jan 22 - 11:16 AM

Gary Harris (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Wolves.

He was said to be targeting a return on Tuesday, but he now has an outside chance to play against the Wolves. If Harris decides to give it a go, that will lower the ceiling of Will Barton and Jamal Murray could lose minutes. Keep in mind that Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is out, so that might be why Harris is thinking about giving it a go.
Jan 22 - 11:14 AM

Evan Fournier (heel) will not play on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

His return is not "imminent" and it sounds like the Magic are prepared for him to miss additional time -- the Magic signed Anthony Brown to a 10-day contract to provide some emergency depth on the wings. C.J. Watson will draw another start at shooting guard, but fantasy owners can ignore him for now after he scored five points in 31 minutes on Friday. Expect to see a lot of two-PG lineups with Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin getting a boost.
Jan 22 - 10:23 AM

Shaun Livingston will rest on Sunday vs. the Magic.

He's only playing 17.4 minutes per game this season, so this won't have a huge impact on the rotation. With Livingston out, Ian Clark gets a small bump off the bench and Andre Iguodala will run the offense a bit more than usual for the second unit.
Jan 22 - 10:16 AM

George Hill turned in a big-time revenge game during a 109-100 win over the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 30 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

A lot of Pacers fans were not the biggest Hill fans because he wasn't a typical point guard and made his money sitting in the left corner and cashing in. Well, he's certainly not in Utah, but Hill wasn't out there to prove anyone wrong. "No statement needed," Hill said after the game. He's having a monster season and he really needs to stay heathy.
Jan 22 - 1:22 AM

Kawhi Leonard won the battle against LeBron James during a thrilling 118-115 overtime victory in Cleveland on Saturday, scoring a career-high 41 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

He's not a system player. He's a system, player. Leonard's offense has been better than his defense these days with six consecutive games of at least 30 points. He joins only George "The Iceman" Gervin as the only two in Spurs history to do that. Leonard wasn't expected to have a J coming out of college, but he posted a 58.7 effective field goal percentage on just his 92 jumpers alone in his last six. The Spurs are first in the NBA in offensive rating in that span and it's all about Kawhi. The Spurs are a Kawhi system these days.
Jan 22 - 12:16 AM

David Lee scored 14 points in another start over the Cavs on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 36 minutes.

Wow. Lee caught a lot of flak for his terrible defense and lack of conditioning in the past few years. Earlier this season, Lee said he wasn't motivated in previous seasons and he has focused more on staying in shape this year. It shows. He's not going to be this good and coach Gregg Popovich loves the situational angle, but it makes a lot of sense to add league in standard leagues with Pau Gasol (hand) out 1-2 months.
Jan 21 - 11:54 PM

LeBron James played 45 minutes during a 118-115 overtime loss to the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 29 points with six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

That playing time matches his second-highest minute total on the season with Kyrie Irving also in that neighborhood with 41 minutes. After the game, coach Ty Lue was asked about the possibility of rest in New Orleans on Monday. "We'll see how they feel," Lue said about LeBron and Kyrie. The Cavs aren't exactly playing winning ball lately, going just 4-5 in their last nine games. James has actually only been a third-round player in that span, but there's nothing to worry about here.
Jan 21 - 11:48 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay (lower back) has been ruled out for Sunday against the Wolves.

That is not a good sign for Mudiay to be ruled out so soon. He was grabbing his back on his way to the locker room on Saturday and he also was ruled out for the remainder of the game in just a few minutes. Mudiay had his back injury coming into this game, but he is day-to-day. Jameer Nelson was actually flirting with standard-league value while Mudiay has been healthy lately, so he looks like a nice pickup for owners need a point guard with a short-term boost.
Jan 21 - 11:26 PM




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