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Dirk Nowitzki played a total of 32 minutes after tweaking his ankle in the first minute of Wednesday's game against the Wizards, scoring nine points with five boards, four assists, one steal and two turnovers on 3-of-14 shooting.

He returned to the game after just a few minutes to get his ankle re-taped, but he didn't look completely 100 percent. Nowitzki is in the biggest slump of the season over his last three games, shooting just 34.8 percent from the field for averages of 14.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 triples. Interestingly, tonight was the third consecutive game in which Nowitzki failed to score in the first quarter. The Mavs won all three of those games and will look to extend their streak at home vs. the Clippers on Friday.
Jan 1 - 8:24 PM

Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play Saturday or Monday.

The way things have been going, Stephenson is unlikely to play on Wednesday. He's been out for five games and the Hornets have actually turned it around, going 4-1 in that span. Gerald Henderson played 27.0 minutes per game in that five-game span while Gary Neal, P.J. Hairston and Marvin Williams are also helping out a bit. Stephenson isn't a must-own player in shallow leagues.
Dec 27 - 5:27 PM

Martell Webster (back) won't play on Saturday, but he could make his season debut on this upcoming road trip.

Following today, the Wizards are on the road until Jan. 7 when they'll play the Knicks at home. Webster is taking some contact at practice, but there's no rush to bring him back with Rasual Butler playing well. Webster is only a stash in deep leagues.
Dec 27 - 5:23 PM

Kobe Bryant (soreness) is listed as probable to play against the Suns on Sunday.

The Lakers did list him as probable for Christmas against the Bulls and he missed that game, so this probable tag should be viewed as more of a questionable one. Bryant has complained about his Achilles and his entire body not being at 100 percent, so his owners will want to check back. Wayne Ellington is obviously much less appealing should Kobe make it back.
Dec 27 - 4:27 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is doubtful to play against the Knicks on Sunday.

If he sits, this will be his second game in a row out of the lineup. Aldridge was not with the team on Saturday and the Blazers probably won't have him for what should be an easy home game. Chris Kaman's wife gave birth to their son, so he should be back for the game. Joel Freeland had a career rebounding night on Friday and is probably the most reliable replacement.
Dec 27 - 4:10 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is probable to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

He missed Friday due to a stomach bug and it sounds like he's all better. Of course, multiple players have been probable with an illness and missed a game, so Cousins isn't a lock to play. Cousins returning would basically take away shots from the entire team, but the Kings should be more effective as a whole.
Dec 27 - 4:03 PM

Ramon Sessions (back) is doubtful to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

He did not play on Friday due to a lower back strain, which allowed Ray McCallum to play 26 minutes against the Suns. McCallum should see a similar amount of playing time while Darren Collison should come close to matching his 36 minutes, as well. Sessions is not worth owning in most leagues.
Dec 27 - 4:02 PM

Spencer Hawes (knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

He is said to be nearing a return, but only owners in deep leagues should consider adding him for the time being. Hawes would need an injury to Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan before we could recommend an add, so you can safely leave him on the wire. Glen Davis will see a few extra minutes Saturday, but is not a fantasy option by any means.
Dec 27 - 1:54 PM

Al Jefferson (groin) is probable for Saturday's game against the Magic.

He scored just four points on Friday, so it is clearly obvious that his groin has been an issue for him. However, as long as Big Al is active he should be in all lineups.
Dec 27 - 1:30 PM

C.J. Miles (illness) is considered questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

He is dealing with an upper respiratory infection so he likely won't be close to 100 percent even if he does play. Miles has been much better than he was at the beginning of the season, and if he can stay on the court he will continue to be worth a look in standard leagues for his 3-point shooting. Expect Solomon Hill to play big minutes if Miles sits, while Chris Copeland might jump back into the rotation as well.
Dec 27 - 1:24 PM

Rodney Stuckey (face) is now probable for Saturday's game against the Nets.

He is dealing with some swelling in his right eye but it isn't believed to be too serious. If Stuckey can't go, expect George Hill and C.J. Watson to see an uptick in minutes.
Dec 27 - 1:21 PM

Alec Burks (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the 76ers.

He missed the morning shootaround and his status is not looking good against the 76ers. Check back before tip-off for the official word, and expect Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles to get some extra playing time if Burks sits out. Stay tuned.
Dec 27 - 1:14 PM




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