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Larry Sanders will miss a minimum of six weeks after having surgery to repair his fractured orbital bone on Thursday.

Fantasy owners have no choice but to drop Sanders in all formats, as a return in late March would leave him with around a dozen games at most. Zaza Pachulia is a decent pickup despite his lack of blocks, as he'll continue to start at center, while John Henson's value is also solidified with Sanders out of commission. Sanders has only appeared in 23 games this season, averaging 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, and the only upside is that his disastrous year has accelerated the Bucks' tanking in advance of the highly-regarded 2014 draft.
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Damian Lillard scored 33 points during a 112-103 win over the Magic on Thursday, adding five rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

It was Lillard time late in the game with Lillard scoring 24 points in the second half, including 17 points in the fourth quarter. This was Lillard's 40th game with at least 30 points in the last two seasons, which ranks sixth in the NBA in that span (Harden, Curry, Cousins, Durant and Westbrook). So far the loss of Mason Plumlee, one of the leagues best screeners and low-post passers, hasn't hurt Dame.
Feb 23 - 10:54 PM

Ish Smith came off the bench and hit just 2-of-12 shots for five points on Thursday, but also handed out 16 assists to tie his career high and helped the Pistons overcome an 18-point deficit to beat the Hornets 114-108 in overtime.

Smith clearly outplayed starter Reggie Jackson and got 33 minutes, finishing with a +/- of +20, while Jackson's number was a -20. Smith also got a bulk of the minutes tonight and it's clear by all the trade chatter that Stan Van Gundy was hoping to get rid of Jackson at the trade deadline. As of now, Jackson is still the starting point guard, but Smith should be picked up in most fantasy leagues in case SVG makes a move after tonight's performance.
Feb 23 - 10:50 PM

Omri Casspi reportedly broke his thumb in Thursday's loss to the Rockets, according to ESPN's Justin Verrier.

Well his stint in New Orleans didn't last long at all after being traded by the Kings this week. He scored 12 points and played 24 minutes, but he's likely to miss close to the rest of the regular season. And it's not like he should have been owned in many leagues to begin with. His absence will mean even more minutes for starter Solomon Hill and newcomer Hollis Thompson.
Feb 23 - 10:47 PM

Jusuf Nurkic exploded in his first start for the Blazers, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds five assists, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.

Hello, sir. It's the first time he's double-doubled with at least five assists in his career and he's been shockingly good in the first unit. After the game, Nurkic said this was the most fun he's had in two years. Nurkic couldn't really set screens in Denver, but he was much better doing so tonight -- it helps to play next to Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He's not likely going to be this good and has been wildly inconsistent, but obviously Nurk Alert has to be owned.
Feb 23 - 10:36 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went off on Thursday, hitting 11-of-25 shots and seven 3-pointers on his way to 33 points, nine rebounds and three assists in 43 minutes of a 114-108 overtime win against the Hornets.

This wasn't a season high for KCP, but it was easily one of the best games of his career, as he and Kemba Walker went head-to-head down the stretch and matched either other with big shot after big shot. KCP's 3-pointer with 18 seconds left ended up sending the game to overtime, where the Pistons coasted. Stan Van Gundy loves him and the trade deadline is over, so hopefully KCP will continue to play well over the last few weeks of the season.
Feb 23 - 10:29 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer during a 112-103 loss to the Blazers on Thursday.

The numbers say Vucevic gets a usage rate boost when he's not with Serge Ibaka this year, but the addition of Terrence Ross in the first unit should negate that bump. Still, Vooch staying put at the deadline is a good sign for him as he will now anchor a smaller-ball lineup to help his boards and close-range output. Expect him to flirt with early-round value.
Feb 23 - 10:08 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (right ankle) will not return against the Cavs on Thursday.

He gets ruled out eight minutes after he was called questionable to return. It's worth a mention that this is to the same right leg that had Achilles problems -- yes, Achilles and ankles are different things. The Knicks are going nowhere fast, so expect them to be taking it easy on their franchise guy. With him out, we'll see more minutes for Lance Thomas, Justin Holiday and maybe Mindaugas Kuzminskas gets back in the rotation. Willy Hernangomez also benefits with more usage, as well. Porzingis finished with eight points, five boards and two blocks in 16 minutes.
Feb 23 - 9:24 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday night.

The Clippers are on a back-to-back set, so CP3 has a decent chance to play on Friday against the Spurs. Coach Doc Rivers called his Hall of Fame point guard "iffy" for that game, though. He has been cleared to play in games, but he did beat his target date by about a week. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will get another go with an expanded role.
Feb 23 - 9:12 PM

Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) are available to play against the Kings on Thursday.

This is a surprise with Faried listed as doubtful on Wednesday. He should be sticking in the starting lineup, but his playing time may be dropping with the Nuggets having most of their depth and also Mason Plumlee in the fold.
Feb 23 - 9:10 PM

Zaza Pachulia will start and JaVale McGee will move to the bench against the Clippers on Thursday.

Coach Steve Kerr wasn't sure if he wanted to start Pachulia right off the bat, but he'll go with his vet against DeAndre Jordan. Pachulia should be looking at minutes around 20 in this game and won't have much value.
Feb 23 - 8:48 PM

Arron Afflalo (hamstring) will not play on Thursday night against the Nuggets.

No revenge game for Afflalo. With him out and the Kings in dire straits on the wings, we should see a lot of Ben McLemore and even some Ty Lawson in two-PG lineups. McLemore will be a risky DFS play and isn't worth owning in most leagues.
Feb 23 - 8:43 PM




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