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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been diagnosed with a left adductor strain.

Adductor strains typically impact the hip and thigh, and we should have more specifics soon -- RHJ injured himself during a recent exhibition game in China. He will begin rehab "immediately" and the Nets haven't provided a timetable for his return. They'll take every precaution with him, but for now we'll tentatively expect him to be ready for training camp.
Aug 8 - 8:38 PM

Jamal Murray played through a left tibia contusion during Sunday's game, finishing 0-of-9 from the field for three points, two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

The good news is that he kept playing and was on the court late in a tied game, although his shot was busted and he was visibly bothered by the injury on the sidelines. We'll list him as questionable for Tuesday's home game, but should have some clarity after Monday's practice.
Oct 21 - 10:51 PM

Gary Harris stepped up on Sunday with 28 points, three boards, two steals and one block in 35 minutes, making 11-of-20 field goals with a pair of triples.

The indefinite absence of Will Barton (groin) ensures that Harris will be even more active offensively. As a guard who's shot at least 48.5% in two straight seasons, that can only boost his stock regardless of fantasy format. He remains one of the more underappreciated guards in the game.
Oct 21 - 10:49 PM

Russell Westbrook (right knee surgery) looked just fine in his season debut Sunday, scoring 32 points on 13-of-23 FGs with 12 rebounds and eight assists.

Westbrook wound up missing only two regular season games, which is music to the ears of owners who got him at an injury-discount. The only bad news for owners is that he was 5-of-11 at the line with five turnovers and zero defensive stats, but hey, it was his first game back. He wasn't playing with a minute-limit tonight, which is more good news, but we've yet to hear how OKC will handle him in back-to-back situations -- they have two sets coming up on Nov. 1-2 and 7-8.
Oct 21 - 9:57 PM

Iman Shumpert was on fire Sunday, finishing with 26 points (9-of-13 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), three boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks.

Shumpert started for defensive purposes against Paul George and the Thunder, but tonight's all-around gem could secure the job for him Tuesday vs. Denver. Still, a possible matchup-based jobshare with Yogi Ferrell is far from ideal, especially since the eventual return of Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) could bump both guys from the starting lineup. Tonight's blistering performance aside, there should be more trustworthy waiver-wire options than Shump.
Oct 21 - 9:45 PM

Nemanja Bjelica chipped in 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, five boards, four assists, three steals, two 3-pointers and one block during Sunday's game.

Bjelica logged 31 minutes and this marks his second strong effort of this early season. In between was a lousy four-point game in which he played only 11 minutes, though, so it's hard to get a read on his nightly value going forward. So far, at least, the good has outweighed the bad.
Oct 21 - 9:44 PM

De'Aaron Fox hit 7-of-12 shots, a 3-pointer and 7-of-9 free throws for 22 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and a block in 42 minutes as the Kings shocked the Thunder 131-120 on Sunday, ruining Russell Westbrook's season debut.

Fox came in averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists after his first two games, and some of those numbers are going up after this one. He played 42 minutes and was motivated to face Westbrook, as the Kings got their first win of the season. Fox is primed for a breakout season, although we doubt the same will be true for the Kings. But this was a great win tonight.
Oct 21 - 9:39 PM

Alex Len had a huge night vs. the Cavs with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and just one turnover in 32 minutes.

Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle) has been taking some contact lately, but even when he returns the starting job may not be handed to him. Len did his part to claim the job tonight, and it's a great sight for fantasy owners after a lackluster beginning to the year (8.0 points, 4.0 boards, 0.5 blocks in two games). Len might be hit-or-miss based on the opponent, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares vs. DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday.
Oct 21 - 8:44 PM

Trae Young (left elbow) went off for 35 points on 13-of-23 shooting on Sunday, making six 3-pointers with 11 assists, two rebounds and one steal.

Atlanta has repeatedly dug themselves big holes in games this season, which Young addressed before the game. "When we get down so much, and we have to battle back, we're putting ourselves in bad spots early on," he said. They erased a 15-point deficit tonight behind his phenomenal performance tonight, which made him only the second rookie with at least 35 points, 10 dimes and six triples in a game (joining Steph Curry). He's also the first Hawks player to ever record at least 35 points, 11 assists and six triples in a game, and helped coach Lloyd Pierce get his first NBA win. His asking price in fantasy just sky-rocketed.
Oct 21 - 8:41 PM

Eric Gordon will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Clippers, with Chris Paul (suspension) unavailable.

Houston will shift James Harden to PG, so his assists numbers should go up over the next few games while CP3 is out. Gordon should be able to flirt with minutes in the 30s as a starter, while Michael Carter-Williams and Gerald Green could see a slight uptick in minutes.
Oct 21 - 7:37 PM

Torrey Craig will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Warriors, with Will Barton (groin) unavailable.

There's a massive hole to fill in Denver's offense with Barton (and his 20.2 usage rate) out for the foreseeable future, so it'll be interesting to see what Craig can do in a starting role tonight. Juan Hernangomez should also see an uptick in minutes and Trey Lyles may earn some time at the three-spot, and all these guys are on the radar in deep leagues.
Oct 21 - 7:18 PM

Rajon Rondo has been suspended three games for his role in Saturday's fight.

This keeps him out until Nov. 27 vs. the Spurs, and in the meantime we expect Lonzo Ball to be very busy. The Lakers still have ball-handling options with LeBron James on the court, and Josh Hart should also step into a bigger role. The Rockets submitted a video angle that may have shown Rondo spitting on Chris Paul, initiating Paul's face-shove, and it appears the league office was convinced. Rondo's owners could actually be relieved he wasn't hit with a longer suspension.
Oct 21 - 6:41 PM




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