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Jimmy Butler stayed hot on Wednesday with 19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and one turnover in 43 minutes against the Clippers.

He just keeps trending up. Butler is back to being the closer in the fourth with an eye-popping 36.7 usage rate over his last seven fourths, which is even more impressive considering just 0.7 turnovers in those 10.3 minutes. Overall, Butler has averages of 23.6 points, 5.1 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.3 treys on 50.4 percent from the field and 88.4 percent from the line on his 6.1 attempts per game over his last seven. Jimmy G. Buckets has been a top-five player in that span and that slow start is a distant memory.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 01:49:00 AM

Tom Thibodeau said that Jimmy Butler will probably play in "shorter segments" during Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Spurs.

Butler skipped the entire preseason and has only gotten in a handful of practices, so his conditioning probably isn't quite where it needs to be. This news somewhat lessens Butler's appeal in DFS formats, but owners shouldn't hesitate to get him active in season-long settings.
Oct 17 - 2:36 PM

Jamal Crawford will not take the court for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Mavericks.

Crawford still hasn't officially signed with the team, nor has Davon Reed been officially waived, so Crawford won't be able to play until those things happen. He may be able to carve out some low-end value in deep leagues once he's fully up to speed, but we don't imagine he'll be worth owning in most 12-team leagues with 13 roster spots.
Oct 17 - 2:33 PM

Dwight Howard (back) was again a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

That's now three days in a row that D12 has got in a full practice, but Scott Brooks still won't commit to him being available for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Heat. Apparently, Howard is still trying to regain his vertical leap, which was affected by the injury, and the Wizards have made it clear they won't rush his recovery. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround.
Oct 17 - 2:13 PM

Nikola Mirotic is expected to be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

The starting four-spot in New Orleans could be fluid this season, with Mirotic of Julius Randle getting the call based on the matchup, but it sounds like it'll be Mirotic getting the starting nod tonight and he'll be joined by Elfrid Payton, Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore and Anthony Davis.
Source: NBA
Oct 17 - 1:44 PM

Wendell Carter Jr. will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's season opener against the 76ers.

Well, that didn't take long. Carter Jr. opening the year as the starting center in Chicago is an excellent sign regarding his rest-of-season outlook, and we'll be watching closely to see how he splits the five-man minutes with Robin Lopez. Carter Jr. was a beast at Summer League, but had a bit of a muted preseason, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares against Joel Embiid in his regular-season debut.
Oct 17 - 12:13 PM

Myles Turner (left ankle) is "good to go" for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

Turner tweaked his ankle at Monday's practice, but his status for tonight's season opener was never really in doubt. He'll be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2017-18 season, so hopefully, we'll see the results on the court from his improved physique. Go ahead and get him active.
Oct 17 - 11:14 AM

J.R. Smith (sore right elbow) has been ruled out for Wednesday's season opener against the Raptors.

He was doubtful heading into this one, so Smith getting ruled out isn't surprising. It's unclear what role he'll have in the rotation this season, so he should be on the waiver wire everywhere. Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson will pick up a majority of the two-guard minutes tonight.
Oct 17 - 11:01 AM

Larry Nance (sprained right ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Raptors.

Nance's ankle is still black and blue, so it's not surprising that he'll be watching from the sidelines tonight. Tristan Thompson will get the start at center tonight, and he could be looking at quality minutes, as the Cavs will need his size to compete with Jonas Valanciunas in the post. The Cavs play again on Friday in Minnesota, and for now, we'll be considering Nance questionable for that one.
Oct 17 - 10:58 AM

Steve Kerr said that he'll be sticking with Damian Jones as his starting center for at least the next few games.

"We’re going to stay with DJ," said Kerr after Tuesday's opening night win. "I don’t know for how long, but we’ll stay with him. We’ve got [Rudy] Gobert and [Nikola] Jokic coming up on this road trip and he’s got the size and athleticism to deal with them and he’s going to learn an awful lot." The Dubs view Jones as their long-term solution at the five-spot, and while things could get messy once DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) gets back, Jones should be worth owning in deep leagues until that happens.
Oct 17 - 9:52 AM

Harrison Barnes (strained right hamstring) is hopeful that he'll be able to get back to the court for Saturday's game against the Timberwolves.

"He's making good solid progress with no setbacks that I'm aware of," said head coach Rick Carlisle. "He did pick up his activity and was in more non-contact things. We'll shoot for Friday, which should be a full practice day and see where we are then." With Barnes unavailable for Wednesday's season opener, Dorian Finney-Smith will likely get the start, and there will be more opportunity on offense for Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic.
Oct 17 - 9:39 AM

Steven Adams not only played through his sore back on Tuesday, but played 36 minutes and finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 108-100 win over the Thunder.

We literally didn't know if Adams would play until just before game time, and he ruined the DFS hopes of guys rolling with Nerlens Noel, who played just 12 minutes and scored three points. Adams looked pretty good, although he was going against a guy named Damian Jones. The key is he was healthy enough to play and rewarded his owners, but we'll need to make sure he's over his back trouble before locking into him on a nightly basis without checking the Rotoworld newsfeed.
Oct 17 - 2:02 AM




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