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The Cavaliers are tentatively expected to open their season vs. the Knicks, and they'll face the Heat on Christmas Day.

The NBA will release the entire 2014-15 schedule at 6pm ET on Wednesday, but a few tidbits have leaked out over the past few days. The Lakers and Bulls may also face each other on Christmas Day, and the Knicks and Bucks are expected to play a game in London. There will be a deluge of schedule-related news in the next 24 hours, highlighted by rivalry games and playoff rematches, so check back later on Wednesday for more details.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 09:25:00 AM

Kemba Walker is set to have an MRI on his knee and surgery is reportedly not off the table.

He has been dealing with a cyst in his left knee since high school so it's very surprising to see it flare up now. There is no indication as to when Walker will be evaluated, but we would expect another report soon. Walker's owners shouldn't panic just yet, and should wait until further details are released before doing anything drastic. Should Walker miss any time, Brian Roberts will likely step into a starting role with Lance Stephenson and Gary Neal also handling the ball more. Stay tuned.
Jan 25 - 9:51 AM

Joakim Noah (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Miami.

Noah's ankle has been an issue for a while now, but we doubt he will miss a chance to play against the Miami Heat so his owners can pencil him into lineups barring a setback. He isn't exactly a must-start option anymore, but if he can stay healthy he should be able to improve upon his dwindling numbers. If Noah does end up sitting, Taj Gibson will see a big uptick in minutes.
Jan 25 - 9:33 AM

Jose Calderon's (knee) status for Monday's game against Sacramento is uncertain at this point according to coach Derek Fisher.

Coach Fisher did say that Calderon was making good progress, but we would guess that he is closer to doubtful considering that he didn't even make the trip to Charlotte on Saturday. If Calderon is unable to play, Langston Galloway will get another chance to run the show for New York with Shane Larkin picking up a few more minutes off the bench. If you are in need of a guard, Galloway deserves a long look.
Jan 25 - 9:25 AM

There is a "strong belief" within the Pistons that Brandon Jennings tore his left Achilles on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Sadly, all signs support this claim. Jennings was in agonizing pain at the time of the injury and couldn't put any weight on his leg. Those who have torn their Achilles before have mentioned it felt like being drilled with a baseball in their lower leg, which seemed to be the case for Jennings. The Pistons will conduct an MRI to confirm the damage, but fantasy owners in all re-draft leagues should consider Jennings out for the season. D.J. Augustin is expected to start and is worth owning in all standard leagues. Spencer Dinwiddie will also get more run.
Jan 25 - 1:24 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge looked fantastic in his shocking return to the lineup on Saturday during a 103-96 victory over the Wizards, making 9-of-22 from the field for 26 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

He wore a brace on his thumb and didn't seem to be too bothered with his injury. Aldridge was hit on his bad hand a few times and was not in visible pain. Additionally he had some interesting comments today. Before the game, Aldridge said that he is going to try to play through the injury, but he did leave the door open of him changing his mind. Following the game, he said the Blazers losing two games in a row before tonight factored into his decision. Aldridge also said "of course" when he was asked about his thumb hurting. He didn't mention Nicolas Batum (wrist) directly, but reading between the lines suggests that was a factor, too. Aldridge is going to be a volatile fantasy property, but he's a must start player while he's active.
Jan 25 - 1:18 AM

Wesley Matthews extended his league lead for made 3-pointers with five more on Saturday, scoring a total of 19 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers.

He is going to play more minutes at small forward, which is fine. Matthews has 10 starts at small forward in his career and he's been shuffled in at small forward even when the Blazers are at full strength. Whatever his role, Iron Man has a chance to lead the NBA in treys this season while launching tons of imaginary arrows.
Jan 25 - 1:13 AM

Nicolas Batum admitted on Saturday that he suffered a torn ligament on the outside of his right wrist on Dec. 17.

It was obvious something was structurally wrong with Batum and now we know what it is. He's aggravated it probably more times than we care to count and the Blazers may still be weighing his treatment options. At this point, he's likely going to miss a week or two. There really isn't a great pickup to make with Batum out.
Jan 25 - 12:51 AM

John Wall scored a team-high 25 points against the Blazers during a 103-96 loss on Saturday, adding four rebounds, nine assists and one steal.

It's his first 20-point game in his last five tries and it was also the first time he was above 50 percent from the field in that span, too. Wall's offensive numbers are going down a bit due to a drop in efficiency and usage rate, but he's still leading the NBA in assists per game with over two steals per game. He's a stud.
Jan 25 - 12:49 AM

Dante Exum made 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points during a 108-73 win over the Nets on Saturday with four rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

He is inexplicably a knock-down shooter in the starting lineup. In his last two games as the starter, Exum averaged 14.0 points, 2.0 boards, 4.5 assists and 4.0 triples on 52.6 percent from the field. That's good for a 73.7 effective field goal percentage, which is actually higher than Kyle Korver this season. Exum's shot is a little funky and he was not effective from deep before this hot streak. He still doesn't have a tremendous game for fantasy, but go ahead and give him a look to see if he can keep his 19-year-old Aussie magic going.
Jan 25 - 12:35 AM

Michael Carter-Williams scored just 10 points on 3-of-12 from the field against the Grizzlies on Saturday with three rebounds, six assists, five turnovers and two 3-pointers.

He just can't shoot. Carter-Williams is making a respectable 58.3 percent of his shots from inside of three feet, but he's useless everywhere else. In fact, MCW is making just 26.9 percent of his shots from beyond three feet this season. The trade rumors aren't going to be going away on MCW and he's probably not going to be a top-100 player in standard leagues. Just for fun, Kyle Korver's effective field goal percentage (70.7) is 30.1 greater than MCW's (40.6). MCW's usage rate (27.9) is almost double Korver's (14.4). That's a problem.
Jan 24 - 11:26 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo turned the ball over a career-high seven times against the Pistons on Saturday with six points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 36 minutes.

It was one of his worst games on offense in quite some time. On the bright side, the defensive output is really coming on strong. Since Christmas, he has 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Antetokounmpo's efficiency hasn't fallen off either, so he is slowly but surely getting better. He should be owned in all leagues.
Jan 24 - 10:59 PM




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