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DeMarcus Cousins (knee) will have an MRI on his right knee after crashing to the floor during team USA practice on Thursday.

Director of team USA basketball Jerry Colangelo called the MRI "precautionary" and Cousins is unlikely to play for the rest of the week, including the team's exhibition game against Brazil. He was already on the roster bubble with team USA, and missing practice time may further hurt his chances of making the team. More importantly, if this injury proves to be more serious than initially thought, the Sacramento Kings and other teams around the league will continue to voice their displeasure with star players risking injury for international competitions.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 02:44:00 PM

Brandon Knight (hip) will start against the Heat on Monday.

He is going to wear a pad on his hip to help protect the hip pointer injury suffered on Saturday. Knight hasn't quite hit his stride with his new team, but he's getting a lot of shots and even played 48 minutes in an overtime game against OKC last week. He's a must start player while this news doesn't necessarily hurt Eric Bledsoe because he's played well next to Knight. Gerald Green should be benched or even cut.
Mar 2 - 6:10 PM

Goran Dragic is a game-time decision against the Suns on Monday.

One would think he would at least try to play against a team with a front office he doesn't trust. Dragic has played well with the Heat, averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 boards, 5.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys, so he's a must-start player if active, obviously. If he's out, we should get a lot of Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers running the point, but it'll be the Dwyane Wade Show, as well.
Mar 2 - 5:51 PM

Kyle Lowry (rest) will not play against the 76ers on Monday.

According to some earlier reports, there's a decent chance Lowry sits out more games, which makes sense given how awful he's played lately. Plus, he also has some issues with his hand and that may explain the shooting woes. That means Greivis Vasquez, a 6'6 guard, will go up against Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan tonight, both are listed at 6'0. Vasquez will have a big opportunity in front of him tonight. As for Lowry, his fantasy owners should bench him in weekly leagues.
Mar 2 - 5:40 PM

JaKarr Sampson and Henry Sims will start for the 76ers on Monday against the Raptors.

In his previous 15 starts, Sampson averaged just 6.7 points, 2.5 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 19.4 minutes, so it's hard to get excited about him getting the nod tonight. However, Jerami Grant will likely see a big increase in playing time. Robert Covington (elbow) is out tonight and he was benched for much of last week's game against the Bucks, which allowed Grant to play a career-high 33 minutes. If you're looking to invest on somebody on the Philly wing (a $50 bill maybe?), it makes sense to go with Grant.
Mar 2 - 5:38 PM

Robert Covington (elbow) and Jason Richardson (rest) will not play Monday against the Raptors.

The 76ers are going to start Isaiah Canaan, JaKarr Sampson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims in a bigger lineup. As for Covington, he has a shot to play Wednesday and his elbow injury doesn't sound severe. That said, his owners will probably want to bench him given how he hasn't played well. To be clear, he should be owned in all leagues. Jerami Grant and Hollis Thompson benefit more than Sampson does for most fantasy owners.
Mar 2 - 5:27 PM

Jimmy Butler (elbow) is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a sprain, but he will not need surgery, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Bulls are officially calling it a Grade 2/3 ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. Per beat writer KC Johnson, Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis, and it's possible he'll return in under three weeks, but we're definitely looking at an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. If he misses three weeks, there would be 11 regular-season games left. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available. Without Butler and Derrick Rose (knee), the Bulls are going to be slogging through the offensive end in the near future.
Mar 2 - 1:38 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (illness) are both questionable to play on Monday against the Clippers.

Pekovic did not participate in shootaround, and he'll warmup before the game to see if he can give it a go. It doesn't sound promising even if he plays, so Gorgui Dieng should remain very ready, and he'd be the most obvious candidate to benefit without the big man. As for Martin, his illness is out of nowhere, so if he doesn't play, Andrew Wiggins will be an even greater point of emphasis with Gary Neal possibly joining the starting lineup.
Mar 2 - 1:30 PM

Jose Calderon (achilles) will be out for at least two weeks.

He'll be reevaluated at that point. This means Calderon will miss at least the next 14 days, and it sounds like there is a good chance he'll miss additional time beyond that. Without the veteran in the lineup, expect Langston Galloway and Shane Larkin to see the bulk of minutes at point guard as Derek Fisher gets creative with his lineups. Of the two, Galloway is the one to target in standard leagues, while Larkin has to show us something real to earn any additional consideration.
Mar 2 - 1:20 PM

Jeff Teague (hamstring), Al Horford (rest), DeMarre Carroll (rest) and Pero Antic (knee) all returned to practice on Monday.

All four guys sat out the previous game on Saturday, but it sounds like they're all good to go going forward and each is expected to be available on Tuesday for Atlanta's next game against Houston.
Mar 2 - 12:59 PM

Sixers waive C JaVale McGee.

The Sixers made the move prior to midnight on March 1, meaning McGee will be eligible to join a playoff-bound team if one actually signs him to their active roster. We'll see if that happens.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 2 - 12:25 PM

Tyson Chandler (hip) and Chandler Parsons (ankle) are both out against the Pelicans.

The Mavericks could once again go small with Dirk Nowitzki at center while starting J.J. Barea alongside both Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis in the backcourt, but it's also conceivable the team goes with a more traditional look and starts Bernard James at center. As for Parsons, Richard Jefferson should once again draw the start, and he's averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 triples over eight games (29 minutes in that role).
Mar 2 - 12:10 PM




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