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DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) returned to action in the Kings' 99-70 spanking of the Bulls on Monday, scoring 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting (9-of-15 FTs) with 16 rebounds, four assists and a block.

Where to begin? Mike Dunleavy was about to get walloped by Cousins if they were going to continue down the path they were heading, and Cousins called Mike D a clown and other fun stuff after the game. Cousins was given a cheapie tech that will likely get rescinded, but if it doesn't then he has four more to go before a suspension. He also said after his massive game that he was not yet at full strength, highlighting how crazy it is that he isn't on the All Star team. Rudy Gay hit 6-of-12 shots for 14 points, six boards, two steals and an unsightly six turnovers, and Isaiah Thomas was ultra-focused on both ends of the floor while scoring 19 points on nine shots.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 03:34:00 AM

Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale said he doesn't expect to have Dwight Howard (knee, ankle) back in uniform "for a while."

Things aren't looking good for Dwight. An MRI revealed fluid buildup in his right knee on Wednesday, and there was a report that he was seeking a second opinion and he could miss "extended time" on Thursday. McHale's words go along with the extended absence theme, and it'll be Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith, and Terrence Jones seeing a majority of the big man minutes with Howard sidelined.
Jan 30 - 6:21 PM

Chris Andersen (back, elbow) will play against the Mavericks on Friday.

It's still unclear if he's going to start, but it shouldn't really affect Hassan Whiteside's playing time. Andersen will likely see minutes around 20, so he's only a low-end fantasy option in his first game back.
Jan 30 - 6:20 PM

James Johnson (right hamstring) will not play against the Nets on Friday.

He did not play on Tuesday and was limited on Wednesday, but it wasn't because of the injury because he sustained it today at shootaround. Regardless, it's clear that Johnson isn't worth owning now that DeMar DeRozan is back.
Jan 30 - 6:11 PM

LeBron James (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Kings.

LeBron is going to go through a pregame evaluation, which could change things, but he is still considered doubtful for tonight's game. If James sits, Shawn Marion will likely draw another start at SF, but the main beneficiaries of his absence will be Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. J.R. Smith will also have some more opportunities to create on offense.
Jan 30 - 5:52 PM

DeMarre Carroll will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

He is just banged up and the Hawks will allow him to heal. Carroll has been one of the more efficient small forwards in the NBA and his steals numbers have pushed him to mid-round value on the year. His fantasy owners should bench him tonight and expect him to play on Saturday against the 76ers. Thabo Sefolosha will start.
Jan 30 - 5:52 PM

Mo Williams (personal) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

Zach LaVine will get another start at point guard. LaVine had one of his best games as a pro on Wednesday and he'll look to keep it going. Williams should be considered as questionable for Saturday against the Cavs. If you're OK with taking some risk because the Wolves will play Lorenzo Brown minutes in the 20s, give LaVine a look as a plug-and-play in a favorable matchup.
Jan 30 - 5:44 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) has been upgraded to probable to face the Cavs on Friday.

There were multiple reports of Cousins ready to go and now he sounds like a very good bet to play for the 7:30 EST start. The last time he faced the Cavs with Timofey Mozgov, DMC put up a line of 26 points, 13 boards, five assists, four steals and three blocks in a blowout loss on Jan. 11. His fantasy owners are going to enjoy tonight.
Jan 30 - 3:51 PM

Mike Dunleavy (ankle) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

Considering how poorly the Bulls were on perimeter defense, one would think coach Tom Thibodeau will want Dunleavy out there. If he does miss his 16th straight game, the Bulls will use more two-PG lineups along with Tony Snell.
Jan 30 - 2:20 PM

Taj Gibson (knee) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He is dealing with right patella tendinitis and it sounds more like a wear-and-tear issue. Gibson played 26 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday and the Bulls might hold him out in the second night of a back-to-back set -- that's not something coach Tom Thibodeau does often and we expect him to play. If he's out, Nikola Mirotic will play more in the late game of the night.
Jan 30 - 2:15 PM

Updating a previous report, Nicolas Batum (wrist) is officially being listed as probable for Friday's game against the Hawks.

Batum said earlier that he plans to play, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Owners can plan on having Batum available, but should note the difficult matchup against the Hawks.
Jan 30 - 1:43 PM

Marco Belinelli (groin) went through roughly 80 percent of Friday's practice, and he is being listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Clippers.

Belinelli will likely be eased back into the rotation after spending the past 10 games on the sidelines, so there's not much reason to go and grab him in standard leagues. However, when Belinelli is at 100 percent, he'll likely take away some minutes from Patty Mills and Cory Joseph.
Jan 30 - 1:36 PM




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