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Jimmy Butler will not participate in Team USA's training camp this week due to a slightly strained groin.

The injury doesn't sound serious but Butler is taking a conservative approach, which should please the Bulls even as it weakens Team USA. Earning a spot on the team would have given Butler an opportunity to learn from the league's best while gaining international exposure, so it's an unfortunate turn of events for the Bulls' 24-year-old shooting guard.
Jul 27 - 7:45 PM

DeMar DeRozan (groin) is not expected to return during the Raptors upcoming six-game road trip.

Ouch. The Raptors start their road trip on Monday in Chicago, and it doesn't conclude until January 4 in Phoenix. DeRozan last played on November 26, so this absence would push his total time missed to over a month. Kyle Lowry will continue to shoulder the heaviest load for the Raptors, with guys like Terrence Ross, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and James Johnson also stepping up while DeRozan remains sidelined.
Dec 22 - 9:43 AM

Stan Van Gundy said he's going to prioritize the Pistons' future going forward.

Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and rookie Spencer Dinwiddie are expected to be focal points as the team evaluates its players. The Pistons are expected to feed Drummond more on the offensive end to see what he can do. "I wouldn't say that's right now our best choice coming down the floor in a game," Van Gundy said. "Well, I think we've got to shift back to giving him that stuff so that he develops, so we don't have him next year at the same place he is now." Drummond has had his best month of the season in December with averages of 15.0 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks on 52.6 percent shooting.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 22 - 9:21 AM

Kobe Bryant admitted after Sunday's game that he's fatigued and may soon miss a game to rest, saying, "I don't have much of a choice if [my] body is feeling the way it's feeling right now."

The Lakers can't feasibly contend for a playoff spot out West, and Kobe is owed a guaranteed $25 million next year, so a few precautionary DNPs seem inevitable as the season progresses. He shot 8-of-30 from the field and committed nine turnovers in a seven-point loss on Sunday and Lakers coach Byron Scott agreed that L.A.'s resident superstar might need some rest. We'll keep a close eye on Kobe's status for games on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week.
Dec 22 - 2:12 AM

Mo Williams torched the Pacers for 24 points and 10 assists in Sunday's road loss, making 10-of-16 shots with two 3-pointers, two rebounds and three turnovers.

He did his damage in 32 minutes off the bench and should have a clear path to fantasy value until Ricky Rubio returns from his severely sprained ankle. With Rubio unable to practice and no clear return date in sight, owners should roll with Williams into the New Year.
Dec 21 - 10:35 PM

Zach LaVine's downward trajectory continued on Sunday with nine points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 16 minutes vs. the Pacers.

He started the game but quickly ceded the court to Mo Williams, who finished with a team-high 24 points off the bench. A healthy Williams is enough reason to avoid LaVine, whose outlook should get even bleaker with Ricky Rubio (ankle) targeting a January return.
Dec 21 - 10:31 PM

Mason Plumlee made franchise history on Sunday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-10 FGs with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in only 33 minutes of action vs. Detroit.

Plumlee thus became the first Nets player since 1987 to record 20+ points and 10+ rebounds while shooting at least 90 percent from the field. He was inexplicably awful to begin the season, missing point-blank shots on a nightly basis, but he's returned the form as a starter in Brook Lopez's absence over the past seven games. With Lopez's return date still up in the air, Plumlee is a solid source of scoring, rebounds, blocks, and especially field goal percentages -- he's a combined 45-of-66 (68.2 percent) over the past six games.
Dec 21 - 10:16 PM

Anthony Davis dropped an impressive 38 points on 16-of-22 shooting in a win over the Thunder on Sunday, adding 12 boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 37 minutes.

He feasted on Serge Ibaka the entire game, and the Thunder simply had no answer for him on either end of the court. Davis has been phenomenal this season, and if he can manage to stay healthy, he will continue to stake his claim as the No.1 option in fantasy basketball.
Dec 21 - 10:01 PM

Marcin Gortat played just 20 minutes in a loss to the Suns on Sunday, finishing with nine points, seven boards and two blocks.

He deserves a pass here and the Wizards just decided to go with the hot hand in Kevin Seraphin off of the bench. Gortat has been a double-double machine for the Wizards this season, and should bounce-back against the Bulls on Tuesday. Keep Gortat locked into all lineups, and expect him to play big minutes against the imposing frontcourt of Chicago.
Dec 21 - 9:43 PM

Tobias Harris injured his finger in Sunday's embarrassing defeat to the 76ers, finishing with 17 points, four boards, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He was spotted with a wrap on his right hand, and he is said to have hurt his pinkie. However, his finger can't be hurting as bad as his ego after that loss, and Harris acknowledged that his team needs to be much better. "People pay good money to bring their families to the games," Harris said. "And we’re not even putting on a good enough show for them." We will update Harris' status as needed moving forward, but the good news is that it doesn't appear serious enough to keep him out of action. Stay tuned.
Dec 21 - 9:35 PM

Marcus Smart made his first NBA start on Sunday, scoring three points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes vs. the Heat.

He shot 1-of-4 from the field with all of his attempts coming from beyond the arc. Growing pains are inevitable, but the Celtics' decision to trade Rajon Rondo sets up Smart for a solid rookie season despite the arrival of Jameer Nelson. Smart is worth a speculative pickup in all leagues, if only for his upside in 3-pointers, assists and steals.
Dec 21 - 9:24 PM

Tyler Zeller led the Celtics with 22 points in Sunday's road loss, making 10-of-15 shots with eight rebounds and two blocks in only 25 minutes.

He wasn't in foul trouble and tonight's excellent production may be misleading -- the Celtics have enough frontcourt options to threaten Zeller's fantasy value. The good news is that he's on a roll since overtaking Kelly Olynyk (13 points in 28 minutes) as a starter, so he's at least worth deploying until he cools off.
Dec 21 - 9:18 PM




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