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Pat Riley is confident that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh will return to Miami.

Riley will reportedly meet with James in Las Vegas on Tuesday, while Bosh mulls a max offer that he has received from the Houston Rockets. Riley didn't make the splash most were expecting by signing Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger on Monday, but that hasn't diminished his confidence. The Heat president remained confident that the Big 3 will return, according to people who have had phone conversations with Riley in the last week. Riley's phone conversations don't guarantee anything, but the fact that he isn't hitting the panic button should come as good news for Heat fans.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 09:34:00 AM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

While he wasn't able to practice on Saturday, he was able to get a few shots up afterwards. Cousins was held out of Friday's game vs. the Spurs, and with the Kings going nowhere in the Western Conference, they will probably err on the side of caution Sunday. Jason Thompson is coming off a double-double and would be worth a look in daily leagues if Cousins sits, while Carl Landry and Reggie Evans will see increased roles as well. Expect another update after shootaround Sunday morning.
Feb 28 - 6:59 PM

Chris Andersen (illness) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

The Heat are really going to have to get creative here with their minutes at the four and five. Expect to see a number of small-ball lineups next to Hassan Whiteside. Besides Whiteside, we might see more from Henry Walker and Michael Beasley.
Feb 28 - 6:40 PM

Greivis Vasquez will start against the Knicks on Saturday.

The last time Kyle Lowry missed a game (Apr. 5, 2014), Greivis Vasquez had 26 points, four boards, four dimes, one steal and six treys in 37 minutes. He should get a huge increase in playing time in a favorable matchup. If you're looking to stream a point guard tonight, look no further.
Feb 28 - 6:29 PM

Kyle Lowry will not play against the Knicks on Saturday.

He had a minor injury on Friday night and was able to return. Coach Dwane Casey said Lowry has looked banged up and he hinted he could rest him again. Lowry's February numbers look horrible, averaging 11.9 points, 5.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 treys on 34.2 percent from the field. The rest has to help him. While he's out, Greivis Vasquez should see a big increase in playing time. Plus, there should be more minutes for Lou Williams and James Johnson.
Feb 28 - 6:26 PM

Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore and Elton Brand will start against the Heat on Saturday.

Schroder is likely going to share some of his minutes with Shelvin Mack, but he's still a very nice play considering his per-minute output. Mack is also worth a look if you need points and treys.
Feb 28 - 6:18 PM

Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll, Al Horford and Pero Antic will not play against the Heat on Saturday.

It's the second time the Hawks have rested their starters this season and they should be ready for next week. Get all of these guys out of your lineup. Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and Elton Brand will start.
Feb 28 - 6:10 PM

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will not play against the Rockets on Sunday.

It'll be his second game out of the lineup for the Cavs and he should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Celtics. Matthew Dellavedova put up a fluky 14-point, 10-board game on Friday, but that was also without LeBron James. Outside of maybe giving J.R. Smith, Kevin Love and LeBron a little bump in usage rate, there's not much impact from Kyrie missing time. Iman Shumpert may play more for owners in deeper leagues.
Feb 28 - 5:42 PM

Kris Humphries (groin) will miss Saturday's game against the Pistons.

This will be his second consecutive game out of the lineup. With Humphries out, the Wizards will look to Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin to step up behind Nene and Marcin Gortat. Most owners in fantasy leagues can monitor this situation from the sidelines.
Feb 28 - 5:22 PM

Bradley Beal (leg) and Paul Pierce (knee) will play against the Pistons on Saturday.

The Wizards really need to win this game coming off a six-game losing streak. They said they wanted to have Beal practice more, but this might be a "desperate times call for desperate measures" case. Beal should be owned in all leagues, but he's not a complete must-start player because he is on a minutes restriction.
Feb 28 - 5:18 PM

Russell Westbrook (face) won't miss much time due to his facial surgery on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

"If he had a playoff game [on Sunday], he could play," the report added. As mentioned 30 minutes ago, Westbrook is going to be re-evaluated later this week due to surgery on the zygomatic arch on his right cheek, so he sounds like he could actually play on Wednesday against the 76ers. Still, fantasy owners will want to grab D.J. Augustin in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 5:06 PM

Festus Ezeli will be suspended for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

He got into it with Tyler Hansbrough on Friday and this isn't a surprise. Ezeli doesn't really play more than 15 minutes even when the Warriors are missing guys, so he's not worth owning in almost any league. Andrew Bogut is also less likely to be rested on Sunday with Ezeli out.
Feb 28 - 4:54 PM




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