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Updating a previous report, Paul George (calf) is going through some drills at Monday's morning shootaround.

The previous report was that George wasn't at the shootaround, but that's no longer the case (maybe he was late due to treatment). He's still considered questionable to play on Monday vs. the Hornets and is probably going to be a game-time call. As previously noted, Alex Abrines will be a streaming option if George sits after scoring 20 points with six 3-pointers in his last game.
Dec 11 - 12:26 PM

The Rockets hoped Nene would play about 19 minutes per game this season, but he's only reached that number once.

"I don't know how important it is right now," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "The biggest thing is just to make sure he's healthy going into the playoffs. That's the biggest thing we want to do and getting his rhythm before that happens. But that's a long time from now. I'm not worried about that right now." Nene has battled several different injuries and has lost minutes due to Clint Capela's emergence and because the Rockets play small so often. He won't have consistent fantasy value this season.
Dec 11 - 12:22 PM

Paul George (calf) did not go through Monday's morning shootaround.

George wasn't on the court, but that likely means he was receiving treatment. The Thunder are calling this is a "wait and see" situation, and it sounds like he's shaping up to be a game-time call against the Hornets. If George misses his third straight game, Alex Abrines will have some streaming appeal after scoring 20 points with six 3-pointers in his last outing.
Dec 11 - 12:14 PM

Jae Crowder is hoping to build some momentum after scoring 12 points with five rebounds, two steals, a blocked shot and a huge 3-pointer down the stretch in Saturday's win against the 76ers.

"Y'all know I've been struggling. It feels good to finally see one go down, especially late in the game," Crowder said. "I've made quite a few of those in my career, but I haven't made them like I wanted to here. I just want to build off this win." Crowder was held to single-digit points in his previous four games and has been a huge disappointment since arriving in Cleveland, but he's worth keeping an eye on in case he heats up, especially since he had so much success in Boston.
Dec 11 - 11:52 AM

John Wall (knee) said he doesn't want his return to get in the way of Bradley Beal's hot stretch from the field.

"We got to find a way to still keep him in his rhythm when I come back," Wall said, "Keep him the same zone that he’s in." Beal is putting up a ridiculous 36.6 points per game over his last three outings and will likely get one more game against Brooklyn on Tuesday to take as many shots as he pleases with Wall targeting a return on Wednesday vs. Memphis.
Dec 11 - 11:23 AM

Zhou Qi (sore left calf) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Even if healthy, Qi would only see action if there was garbage time tonight. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 11 - 11:19 AM

James Harden is probable for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans with a bruised left calf.

Harden is remarkably durable and this injury sounds very minor, so we're fully expecting him to play and to see his normal allotment of minutes. We'll have confirmation that he's in the starting lineups after warmups tonight. The Pelicans have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to SGs this season, so Harden should be able to eat if his injury doesn't hold him back.
Dec 11 - 11:15 AM

Nets starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie said he's excited about the arrival of Jahlil Okafor.

"Of course, he’s extremely talented," Dinwiddie said. "We’ll find ways to get him shots and my job is obviously to give him the ball in positions he likes and hopefully make his transition as easy as possible." Okafor could make his Nets debut as soon as Tuesday's game vs. Washington, but hopefully we know by the end of Monday. If you need points, rebounds and a handful of blocks, Okafor is worth a look in 12-team leagues. Just keep in mind that he's a poor free throw shooter and that he'll have to earn his minutes.
Dec 11 - 11:11 AM

Isaiah Whitehead has been assigned to the G-League once again.

He's going to be traveling between the Nets and the G-League for the foreseeable future, but Whitehead could have a larger role in Brooklyn later on in the season. There's a good chance that he will be recalled in time for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards.
Dec 11 - 11:07 AM

John Wall (knee) is listed as out for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets

Wall went through a 5-on-5 practice on Friday, but he wasn't expected to return during Washington's road trip. Wall is reportedly targeting a return on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies, so it's possible that his fantasy owners will be able to deploy three out of four times this week. Once he's cleared, Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky can be dropped in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 11 - 11:01 AM

Evan Fournier (ankle) said he thinks he's day-to-day.

"It shouldn’t be too long, honestly," Fournier said over the weekend. "I don’t know what it’s going to be like. It’s going to be day-to-day, obviously. I’m pretty positive." An MRI confirmed that he has a sprained right ankle, but Fournier doesn't believe it will keep him out as long as Jonathan Isaac's ankle injury -- the rookie has missed 15 games and counting. Fournier's owners just need to keep him stashed at the end of their rosters or in an I.R. slot for the time being and hope for a speedy recovery.
Dec 11 - 10:05 AM

Justise Winslow said he's growing more comfortable with his new role in the second unit.

"I didn't really take it as a bad thing or a good thing," Winslow said. "For me, I just see it as an opportunity to be even more of a playmaker with that second group especially with the great spot up shooters we have in Wayne [Ellington] and Tyler [Johnson]. I like that group. It doesn't really matter to me [starting or coming off the bench]." He's coming off one of his best games of the season with 15 points, six rebounds, one assist, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Nets on Saturday, but that was his first game with double-digit points since Nov. 17.
Dec 11 - 9:57 AM

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Stephen Curry (ankle) is making progress.

"He’s doing fine," Kerr said. "No work on the court or anything. Just getting treatment. He seems to be doing well." There's no timeline for Curry's return, but he's out of his walking boot and is expected to miss at least 12 more days according to Monte Poole of NBC Sports. The Warriors only have two games this week, so Shaun Livingston isn't the greatest short-term solution for fantasy owners.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 11 - 9:52 AM

Dennis Schroder was benched for the final 8:14 of Sunday's loss to the Knicks.

Schroder led the Hawks with a team-high 21 points, but he only played 22 minutes on the night and was clearly frustrated with his benching after the game. "You’ve got to ask Coach and then let me know," Schroder said. "I’m supposed to be out there but it didn’t happen. So, that’s it." Coach Mike Budenholzer said it was a "coach’s decision" to leave him on the sidelines, but this is pretty concerning because he and Schroder have clashed in the past.
Dec 11 - 9:44 AM

Marcus Morris (sore left knee) is expected to be re-evaluated in Boston on Tuesday.

"It’s kind of an ongoing [knee injury]," said coach Brad Stevens. "After the second half of the San Antonio game it didn’t feel as good again, didn’t feel better [Saturday]." Semi Ojeleye, Daniel Theis and Aron Baynes should continue to divvy up extra minutes if Morris misses more time -- he's already been ruled out for Monday's game in Chicago.
Dec 11 - 1:21 AM



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