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Kevin Love (hand) said he's hopeful he'll be able to return to the court for the Cavs' home game against the Suns on March 23.

We had a report on Monday stating that Love was targeting a return in 2-3 weeks, and next Friday's game against Phoenix would put him slightly ahead of that timetable. It's worth noting that it's not a sure thing Love will be back on the 23rd, but he's close enough that he warrants a stash for those with a bye week. It could take him a handful of games to shake off the rust, but given that this was just a hand injury, it shouldn't take long for him to get his conditioning where it needs to be. Larry Nance's value could take a hit upon Love's return.
Mar 14 - 10:36 AM

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is not on the injury report for Wednesday's game vs. Washington.

Irving sat out Monday's win over the Pelicans, but coach Brad Stevens downplayed Kyrie Irving's shoulder issue when speaking with reporters. "Kyrie, I think, is going to fine long term and he felt a little bit of stiffness today so -- I would expect that he’ll be day-to-day," Stevens said. Fortunately, it looks like Stevens was being truthful, as Kyrie will return to game action after missing just one contest. Terry Rozier, who started on Monday, will be bumped back to the bench.
Dec 11 - 1:31 PM

Jimmy Butler (strained groin) did not participate in practice on Tuesday and is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Brooklyn.

Butler injured his groin in the first quarter of Monday's game vs. Detroit and was unable to return. The good news is that an MRI on Butler taken on Tuesday revealed "nothing significant." However, it appears Jimmy Buckets will miss at least one game. Furkan Korkmaz and Landry Shamet will likely split the available minutes if Butler is ruled out on Wednesday.
Dec 11 - 1:22 PM

Gordon Hayward (illness) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Washington.

Hayward sat out Monday's game due to the illness and it appears he is on track to miss a second contest. Fortunately, Kyrie Irving (shoulder), who also was sidelined on Monday, is not on the injury report and is expected to suit up. Al Horford (knee) is listed as questionable. Marcus Morris, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will likely divvy up additional minutes on Wednesday.
Dec 11 - 1:17 PM

The Knicks announced on Tuesday that Allonzo Trier (strained left hamstring) will not play during the team's upcoming roadtrip and will be re-evaluated next week.

Trier missed his first game of the season on Sunday and will remain on the shelf for at least another week. This will allow the Knicks to delay converting his two-way deal into a standard NBA contract. Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson will soak up extra minutes with Trier on the sidelines.
Dec 11 - 1:15 PM

Coach Scott Brooks said that John Wall (heel) would be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup vs. Boston.

Encouragingly, coach Brooks told reporters on Monday night that Wall was able to go through "a lot" of his pregame routine. On Tuesday, Wall took part in the team's walkthrough and got up shots while running sprints with some of the coaching staff. His status for Wednesday's contest will depend on how he feels after pregame warmups. If he is unable to play, Tomas Satoransky and Austin Rivers will again see an uptick in playing time.
Dec 11 - 1:12 PM

Tristan Thompson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained left foot, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski‏.

Thompson injured his foot in Monday's loss to the Bucks and was unable to return to the game. The X-rays came back negative, but Thompson may still miss up to a month. This is a tough blow, as he was averaging a double-double and enjoying the finest statistical season of his career. Larry Nance is the primary beneficiary here. He tallied 16/7/2/2 in 25 minutes on Monday and should be scooped up if available on the wire. Jaron Blossomgame and Ante Zizic will also see an uptick in minutes.
Dec 11 - 12:13 PM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said on Monday that Al Horford (knee) has been dealing with patellar tendinitis.

Horford, who missed each of the Celtics last two games, said he has been dealing with soreness and inflammation in his left knee for "probably like a month now." He admitted he’s "not where [he needs] to be yet." Stevens said Horford is "day-to-day right now, but we may go slowly with him." Horford acknowledged he's never dealt with this issue before but does not anticipate surgery will be required. "It is much better than two days ago, so hopefully, it’s a couple more days and we can put this behind us."
Dec 11 - 11:24 AM

LeBron James had 28 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, a steal and four 3-pointers in Monday's 108-105 win over Dwyane Wade and the Heat.

LeBron and Wade were drafted in the 2003 draft and this should be the final NBA meeting of their career. They both played well, but the Lakers were able to beat the Heat. LeBron's having a tremendous season, the Lakers are sitting as the No. 5 seed in the West, and he's yet to miss a game this season. Carry on.
Dec 11 - 1:59 AM

Richaun Holmes scored a season-high 19 points before fouling out in 25 minutes vs. the Clippers on Monday.

Deandre Ayton played 28 minutes with five fouls of his own in the overtime loss. Holmes was a +7 and shot 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks. He's still playing exclusively at center which limits his upside behind Phoenix's franchise center, but he's been a per-minute monster and has been returning top-70 value in 9-category leagues over the past two weeks. If the Suns ever use him alongside Ayton, look out.
Dec 11 - 1:49 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 31 points (11-of-15 FG, 8-of-12 FT) with 11 rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes Monday against the Warriors.

After starting off slowly this season Towns has been much-improved since Jimmy Butler was traded to Philadelphia, averaging 22.5 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.9 steals in 33.8 minutes per game (not counting Monday's numbers). And during that stretch, the forward/center shot 51.2% from the field and 41.1% from three (on 4.3 attempts per game).
Dec 11 - 1:48 AM

Justise Winslow kept the fire burning on Monday, hitting 11-of-20 shots and 6-of-10 3-pointers for a season-high 28 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 38 minutes.

Winslow is one of the hottest players in the league right now, averaging 18.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five. It's impossible to say how long he'll keep it going, and Hassan Whiteside, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson are all due back soon. Winslow's on fire right now, and owners should feel free to grab him and put him in their lineups, as the Heat still have three more games to play this week.
Dec 11 - 1:48 AM




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