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Coach Kevin McHale said Terrence Jones (leg) could be out for a month to six weeks.

Well, now it makes a little more sense why the Rockets picked up Josh Smith. Jones' nerve damage to his leg was much worse than the Rockets were letting on, so it'll likely be a two-way split at power forward for Smith and Donatas Motiejunas -- they'll also get some minutes at center. Jones can be cut in most leagues.
Dec 27 - 12:58 AM

Anthony Davis was his usual stat-stuffing self against the Spurs during a win on Friday, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and five blocks in 38 minutes.

That seven-point dud from Saturday is a distant memory. Davis did have a fall under the basket and said he missed up his right thumb, but it wasn't bleeding and he said he wasn't concerned about it on the post-game Pelicans broadcast. He'll get to play his first game in Chicago of his career, so expect him to try and put on a show in front of his home town.
Dec 27 - 12:23 AM

Cory Joseph made 8-of-9 from the field for 20 points against the Pelicans on Friday with three rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

His only miss tonight was a block from Anthony Davis. The Spurs are going to give Tony Parker an extended break, so Joseph likely has a handful of starts coming his way. Patty Mills (shoulder) could also be back in the next few weeks, so his fantasy value certainly has an expiration date. However, he should be worth owning in standard leagues for the next 1-3 weeks.
Dec 26 - 11:56 PM

Greg Monroe dominated in his start against the Pacers on Friday with 19 points, 15 boards, one assist, three steals and one block in 31 minutes.

He established low position all night and David West just couldn't handle him. Monroe is certainly going to see his numbers rise, but they're not going to be this terrific. Andre Drummond was in a bit of foul trouble, which helps Monroe's usage rate and rebounding. That said, he's a must-start player right now.
Dec 26 - 11:19 PM

LeBron James had a strong finish during a 98-89 win over the Magic on Friday with 29 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes.

He had some leg tightness and wasn't himself in the first half. James was the main option on offense and basically did everything after halftime. In fact, he posted a usage rate of 34.7 and an assist percentage of 71.4 to help his team earn the win. James also had a true shooting percentage of 68.1 and a defensive rebound rate of 30.8. Translation: LeBron is good.
Dec 26 - 10:41 PM

Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Magic on Friday, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He played the entire third quarter and had a handful of awful defensive possessions. Considering the Cavs were missing 40 percent of their starting lineup with Kyrie Irving (knee) and Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, this was a major surprise. The Cavs might have played their best defensive quarter of the season while Love sat, but there's still no need to panic. He should be back for his regular rotation on Saturday.
Dec 26 - 10:34 PM

Thomas Robinson and Joel Freeland will start against the 76ers on Friday.

The Blazers basically have three big men for their PF and C spots, but Dorell Wright and Nicolas Batum could get some run as stretch fours. It's a complete gamble rolling with Robinson, Freeland or Meyers Leonard.
Dec 26 - 9:48 PM

Reggie Evans will start at center against the Suns on Friday.

With Ryan Hollins (personal) out, he was really the only choice to start. Evans is a good bet for double-digit boards, but he won't do much else. Derrick Williams could also get a little extra burn tonight.
Dec 26 - 9:13 PM

Rodney Stuckey (facial contusion) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday and will not return.

Andre Drummond hit him in the face and perhaps he was poked in the eye. Stuckey needed help walking back to the locker room and maybe he couldn't see properly. Hopefully he didn't scratch his cornea or else it could cost him time. C.J. Watson and George Hill would get more run while Donald Sloan would likely get back in the rotation. Stuckey checked out with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against his former team.
Dec 26 - 8:55 PM

Chris Kaman (wife having baby) will not play on Friday night.

There was a report that the Kamans would induce labor on Christmas, but apparently they waited a day. Kaman should be back for Sunday night. While he's out, expect Joel Freeland, Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson to hold down the frontcourt minutes.
Dec 26 - 8:29 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) will not play on Friday against the 76ers.

He missed Monday and played on Tuesday with an illness, so this is a surprise. Aldridge is not at the arena and he should be considered questionable for Sunday against the Knicks. With Chris Kaman also out, expect Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland to get more looks.
Dec 26 - 8:28 PM




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