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James Harden tried to put the team on his back in Tuesday's 110-106 loss to the Kings with 38 points, 10 boards, one assist, two steals and five 3-pointers on 12-of-26 shooting in 39 minutes.

The Rockets let this one slip away after being outscored 30-20 in the fourth quarter. Harden had some major shooting issue in his previous three games, making just 32.4 percent from the field in that span. His numbers are a little bit down compared to his breakout 2012-13 season, but that can probably be attributed to his ankle and foot problems. He's playing big minutes again and he could turn in two massive games against the Knicks on Friday and Lakers on Jan. 8.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 10:20:00 PM

Hassan Whiteside (hand) will not play vs. the Pistons on Sunday.

He was expected to be a game-time decision but Miami ruled him out two hours before tip-off, so presumably his hand remains swollen and painful. The risk of re-tearing the stitches is an even greater concern, and owners will simply have to hope that Whiteside can suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. Chris Andersen (calf) is also sidelined on Sunday, so expect heavy minutes for Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley.
Mar 29 - 4:27 PM

Dwight Howard managed to put up a double-double despite his minutes restriction on Sunday, with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting (5-of-8 from the line), 10 rebounds and two turnovers.

Howard has been effective since returning from a two-month absence, posting averages of 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on 72.2 percent shooting from the field. However, the Rockets have two back-to-back sets coming next week, meaning Howard has a maximum of two games, so owners in weekly formats should leave him on the bench. He's already been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Wizards, and he'll be forced to sit either Thursday vs. the Kings or Friday vs. the Mavericks. He's a guy whose name is bigger than his game right now, and we wouldn't recommend owning him in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 4:21 PM

James Harden scored 24 points on 7-of-20 shooting (9-of-10 from the line), with six assists, three rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer, one block and three turnovers during Sunday's win over the Wizards.

Harden has been on an absolute tear through the month of March, posting ridiculous averages of 28.4 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 three-pointers, 1.9 steals and 0.7 blocks while getting to the charity stripe 12.8 times per game and knocking down an impressive 86.2 percent of those attempts. He's carrying fantasy squads through the playoffs, and he'll get four games next week. Enjoy the show.
Mar 29 - 4:01 PM

Kevin Martin (hamstring) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Sunday.

Martin is targeting a return next week but he remains iffy to play in Monday's game vs. the Jazz, and cautious owners may want to hedge their bets in weekly leagues. The Wolves got a few healthy bodies back into the lineup with Anthony Bennett and Robbie Hummel returning on Sunday, but they'll still lean heavily on sixth-man Chase Budinger.
Mar 29 - 3:52 PM

Kevin McHale said that Patrick Beverley (wrist) probably won't be back this season.

While an official decision has not been made on Beverley, this is the first time McHale has spoken with this degree of pessimism, so things really aren't looking good at all for Beverley. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will continue to man the point guard position in his absence, but neither guy is deserving of a roster spot in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 3:50 PM

The Cavs will not rest any of their players for Sunday's game vs. the 76ers.

Anyone who was fearing a possible rest day for LeBron James against the tanking 76ers can go ahead and put those fears to rest. He may however take an early seat on the bench if the game turns into a blowout, but he's obviously a must-start guy every time he's in uniform.
Mar 29 - 3:44 PM

George Karl said he may be resting some players to experiment with some lineups as the Kings close out their regular-season, and he's talked with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay about possibly sitting out 1-2 games.

Owners of Gay and Cousins will need to be on high alert this next week for a potential rest day. They don't have any back-to-back sets coming until April 7, so it will be hard to predict when these rest days might come. Omri Casspi will benefit in Gay's absence, while Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Derrick Williams, and Reggie Evans will all have the opportunity for extended minutes when Cousins sits. Stay tuned.
Mar 29 - 3:40 PM

Furkan Aldemir will start at center for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs, sliding Nerlens Noel over to the four-spot, and sending JaKarr Sampson to the bench.

The Sixers will go with a starting unit of Ish Smith, Robert Covington, Jerami Grant, Noel and Aldemir. This will be Aldemir's second start of the season, but the last time he entered the starting lineup he failed to score through 20 minutes of action while adding just five rebounds and three blocks. He can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
Mar 29 - 3:22 PM

Kevin Garnett (illness, knee) will not play Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

Garnett has reportedly been sick for the past four days, and unable to eat, so he'll remain on the sidelines for Sunday's game. With Garnett unavailable, Gorgui Dieng will continue to get all the run he can handle, while Andreian Payne will see his minutes in the 20s. Anthony Bennett will return to action today, so he'll also have the opportunity to get into the rotation, although his minutes will likely be very limited after spending the past month on the sidelines.
Mar 29 - 3:09 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans.

He was doubtful heading into this one so there shouldn't be any surprises here, though Flip Saunders said Rubio could return vs. Utah on Monday. Zach LaVine and Lorenzo Brown will get all the run they can handle, with LaVine offering the most upside.
Mar 29 - 3:02 PM

Anthony Bennett (ankle) will make his return Sunday vs. New Orleans.

The Timberwolves have been absolutely devastated by injuries, so Bennett will provide the team with some much-needed frontcourt depth. That being said, he's been out since Feb. 20, so he'll more than likely have his minutes held in check today as his conditioning isn't likely where it needs to be. Until he's logging major minutes for Minnesota, he belongs on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 2:57 PM




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