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DeJuan Blair has been suspended one game for kicking Tiago Splitter on Monday.

He won't play in Game 5 on Wednesday and the Mavericks shouldn't have a tough time replacing him. While he did go for 12 points and 11 boards in Game 4's loss, he played just three minutes in Saturday's Game 3 win.
Apr 29 - 7:41 PM

John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Larry Sanders (flu) and Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) have already been ruled out for this one, so the Bucks could really use Henson back in the lineup. However, he's been out since Nov. 25, so his conditioning probably isn't quite there yet. Check back for an official update on Henson's status closer to tip-off, but know that he'll be a risky option in daily leagues despite the opportunity.
Dec 26 - 1:01 PM

Larry Sanders (flu) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

With Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) also unavailable, Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant are going to get all the minutes they can handle (which for O'Bryant isn't much). John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, and the Bucks could certainly use him. Pachulia will make for the best play in daily leagues, but he's not a lock for production.
Dec 26 - 12:53 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

This concussion is coming out of nowhere, and Ilyasova just can't seem to stay healthy. A concussion cost him 21 games last year, so there's some cause for concern with this news. The Bucks frontcourt has been decimated by injuries this season, and they'll have to lean heavily upon Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant with current starter Larry Sanders (illness) also not expected to play Friday. John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, so if he could also be forced into minutes tonight.
Dec 26 - 12:49 PM

Deron Williams (calf) will come off the bench for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

Jarret Jack will draw another start on Friday, but he'll be splitting minutes with Williams, so that's going to hurt his upside. Still, over the past two starts Jack put up averages of 16.0 points, 9.0 assists, and 1.5 steals over 37.5 minutes of action, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Williams is going to be eased back into the rotation, and given his price tag, he'll be an unattractive option in daily leagues.
Dec 26 - 12:35 PM

Monta Ellis (illness) was not at shootaround, and his status for Friday's game vs. the Lakers has yet to be determined.

Ellis is one of the toughest guys in the league, and hasn't missed a game for the past two seasons, so he'd have to be in really bad shape to miss this one. However, if he is forced to sit, Devin Harris, and J.J. Barea would be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 12:26 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) missed Friday morning's shootaround, and his status for tonight's game vs. the Lakers is not yet known.

Dirk is dealing with a stomach issue, and went to get it checked out this morning. If he's unable to go Friday, Charlie Villanueva and Greg Smith would be in line for extended minutes. Villanueva is coming off an 18-point game, and he'd make for an interesting play in daily leagues with a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers if Dirk is forced to sit. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 12:20 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

While it's been Perry Jones starting for Durant, the true beneficiary has been Russell Westbrook who has been playing absolutely out of his mind lately. Westbrook will draw a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Hornets, and will make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Reggie Jackson also will get a small boost in value, while Jones won't be worth using in most leagues.
Dec 26 - 12:12 PM

Zach Randolph (knee) did not participate during shootaround, and remains questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

If Randolph sits his minutes will go to Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos. Leuer would make for a decent plug-and-play option if he draws the start, but it'll be difficult to use him if he's coming off the bench. Koufos can only be viewed as a shot-blocking and rebounding specialist in very deep leagues. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 12:06 PM

Kobe Bryant said both of his Achilles are sore, and his chances to play Friday night vs. the Mavs are "slim."

Wayne Ellington, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Carlos Boozer will all be given more offensive responsibilities with Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young has been struggling lately sans Kobe, going 6-of-19 from the field through his past two outings, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues.
Dec 26 - 11:57 AM

Josh Smith is hopeful he'll be able to complete his physical and officially sign his deal with Houston early enough on Friday to be available for the Rockets' game vs. the Grizzlies.

Smith has been guaranteed the starting power forward slot in Houston, and if he's cleared to play tonight Donatas Motiejunas will head to the bench. If Smith isn't able to complete all the necessary paper work in time for tonight's game, he's a sure bet for Sunday's game vs. San Antonio. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 11:37 AM

The Rockets have waived Tarik Black in order to make room for signing Josh Smith.

Black is a serviceable backup center, and he'll likely find a deal with another team. However, he is nothing more than a backup, and with averages of just 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Dec 26 - 11:25 AM




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