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Goran Dragic received five stitches over his left eye in the second quarter of Friday's 112-88 win over the Knicks and returned to start the second half, finishing with 32 points, two boards, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

He got stitched up during halftime and came out about two minutes after most of the team for layup lines. Dragic's five triples tonight were tied for the third most of his career and he got open looks all night while also destroying the Knicks in transition. Fantasy owners should not be expecting any drop off with Eric Bledsoe (16 points, seven boards, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers) back. They're an elite backcourt.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 05:29:00 AM

Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Tuesday, and he will be sidelined for the next six weeks.

While Ezeli has plenty of time to get himself ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, this report is a bit concerning as Ezeli's knees have been a problem throughout his career, and this is the same knee that required arthroscopic surgery back in February. We currently have Ezeli penciled in as the third-string center in Portland, and it's going to be tough for him to change that, particularly if he's forced to spend the beginning of training camp on the sidelines. He's off the radar in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 5:01 PM

Lakers sign F Brandon Ingram.

Ingram signed his rookie deal on Tuesday, making the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft an official member of the Lakers. Ingram will likely open the season backing up Luol Deng, so we may not see much fantasy value out of him until later in the season. While he possesses tons of upside, Ingram is better left to the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 1:24 PM

Kevin Durant was brilliant in Team USA’s 96-66 win over Serbia on Sunday, going 10-of-19 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 30 points.

Durant helped spark the US offense, and was one of the primary reasons why the US closed out the first half of action on a 40-15 run, as he seemingly easily put in 24 points by halftime. Durant also chipped in three boards, five triples, four assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action, and he’ll make for a fine top-3 selection on draft day. As a side note, this was KD's second straight gold medal performance with 30 points.
Aug 21 - 4:31 PM

Pau Gasol scored 31 points to lead Spain past Australia for the Bronze medal on Sunday.

Gasol was excellent, hitting 12-of-15 shots from the field with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. He was also a bit fortunate because Andrew Bogut fouled out in the third, but it was still an epic performance. Gasol is uncertain about his future with international play, but keep in mind that he would be 40 years old in the next Olympic games.
Aug 21 - 12:29 PM

According to Sixers coach Brett Brown, Joel Embiid (foot) is on track to play in preseason games.

"I just left my third consecutive day working out with Joel 45 minutes ago," Brown said. "Physically, mentally, recent medical scans, everything is pointing in the right direction. We’re just very excited." All signs are pointing toward Embiid finally getting onto the hardwood, but his exact role and any potential restrictions remain uncertain at this point.
Source: Philly Mag
Aug 20 - 2:20 PM

Doc Rivers believes DeAndre Jordan is primed to have a breakout season.

Rivers used Jordan's age and maturity level as evidence for what will allow him to blossom to his fullest as the rationale for his stance. After averaging 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks on 70.3 percent shooting last season, Rivers is clearly looking for his big man to take an even bigger step forward in 2016-17. Those numbers may be difficult to replicate if Blake Griffin (quad) can remain healthy, but it's obvious that the Clippers have made it a point to emphasize DJ's role ever since he decided to spurn Dallas in order to re-sign with Los Angeles.
Aug 20 - 2:14 PM

Doc Rivers is confident that the Clippers will be able to retain both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin for the long haul.

Rivers specifically cited Steve Ballmer's presence as owner as a driving force behind his confidence, but he also noted that both CP3 and Blake have said that they want to remain in Los Angeles. Both superstars can hit free agency after the 2016-17 season, but as usual in the NBA, their futures will be impacted by LA's ability to win at the desired level.
Aug 20 - 2:08 PM

John Wall (knee surgeries) is still hopeful that he will be ready for opening night.

He had procedures done on both knees back in May, but recently had a checkup and said that he's "right where I'm supposed to be." Wall said he's been working out two times a day and that he can shoot and jog, but added that he hasn't played 1-on-1 yet. Wall won't rush his return, but he still has plenty of time to ramp up his workload before training camp begins. The fact that he's coming off two knee surgeries means owners might be able to wait until the end of the second round to target him.
Aug 20 - 1:53 PM

Pau Gasol's calf injury didn't slow him down during the semifinals, as he scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting with two 3-pointers, eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block in under 29 minutes.

Gasol scored 12 points in the first quarter alone, yet his team trailed by nine points against an aggressive and in-rhythm U.S. squad. Spain was exploited on the glass, losing the rebound battle 53-41 while giving up 21 offensive boards, and at times it looked like Pau was on an island in the paint. The loss sends them to a bronze-medal showdown vs. either Australia or Serbia.
Aug 19 - 4:32 PM

DeAndre Jordan earned another start vs. Spain on Friday, tying the U.S. Olympic record with 16 rebounds while chipping in nine points, four blocks, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

Jordan played just 13 minutes as a starter in the quarterfinals, but he was terrific at both ends vs. Spain today. Mike Krzyzewski values his rim protection to set the tone defensively, but Jordan was also unstoppable on the glass and he took advantage of a few easy looks around the rim, finishing 4-of-6 from the field. He'll be a handful for whomever the U.S. faces in Sunday's Olympic finals.
Aug 19 - 4:26 PM

Pau Gasol (calf) has been cleared to play against the USA on Friday.

Head games? Spain made it seem like Gasol had no hope of playing on Friday, but it's great to hear that both teams will be at full strength in what should be a thrilling game. On a side note, Gregg Popovich probably just added another maintenance day to Gasol's itinerary for the upcoming season.
Aug 19 - 12:18 PM




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