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Derrick Rose said he will test his sore right foot at shootaround to see if he will be able to play Saturday night vs. the Spurs.

Mar 25 - 11:53 AM

Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee), Derrick Rose (sore right foot) and Lance Thomas (hip) are all listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. the Spurs.

Melo sat out Thursday's game vs. the Blazers, but it was widely believed that was primarily for rest purposes. As always, it is unwise to read too much into the game notes. Thus, we will have to wait for a formal update from coach Jeff Horaneck following the team's shootaround on Saturday.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 25 - 11:38 AM

Ryan Anderson (ankle) would not rule himself out of Sunday's game vs. OKC, but it appears he is unlikely to play.

Anderson sprained his right ankle in the second half of Friday's win over New Orleans. The Rockets are essentially locked into the three seed; thus, it makes sense to assume their focus will be on getting their roster as healthy as possible for the postseason. If Anderson does not play on Sunday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle believes that the Rockets will likely start Trevor Ariza as the power forward and move Eric Gordon into the starting lineup.
Mar 25 - 11:32 AM

The NBA announced on Saturday that Joakim Noah's 20-game suspension for a drug violation will begin only when Noah is "eligible and physically able to play."

It was initially reported late Friday night that Noah would begin serving his suspension immediately, which meant he would be suspended for the final 10 games of this season and the first 10 games of the 2017-18 campaign. However, the Knicks have to prove he is actually able to play before the suspension can commence. Noah had knee surgery back on Feb. 27, and it was assumed he'd miss the rest of the regular season. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks attempt to prove he is "game ready" over the next few weeks.
Mar 25 - 10:47 AM

Ty Lawson says he feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders after getting through a court appearance on Thursday.

Lawson denied he violated his probation stemming from a drunken driving case in 2015 and had his next hearing pushed back to May 4. This means he will not be disciplined by the NBA this season. Lawson started at PG on Friday vs. the Warriors and finished with 20 points, two assists and two 3-pointers. "He looked much more relieved," said coach Dave Joerger. "He was the Ty that we know that he is still."
Mar 25 - 10:43 AM

With the Knicks limiting the minutes of their veterans, Kristaps Porzingis is learning what it takes to be the focal point of New York's offense.

KP got his first taste of being "The Man" Thursday in Portland when the Knicks rested both Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose. Porzingis' usage rate spikes when those two are not on the floor. KP scored a team-high 18 points and added nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks. "I’m trying to learn how to be the guy,’’ Porzingis said, "how to be the focal point or make a play or create a shot for myself. I’m still working on that, still have a lot to learn." Melo and Rose are expected to return Saturday vs. San Antonio, but will likely be rested for another game or two this season.
Mar 25 - 10:14 AM

Coach Alvin Gentry said Quincy Pondexter (left knee) is unlikely to return for the remainder of the regular season.

Pondexter underwent a third surgery on his left knee in January and has not appeared in an NBA game since the 2015 postseason. Gentry said that Pondexter "will be gearing toward the summer and next year, really." Pondexter should obviously be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 9:52 AM

Brandon Ingram (right patellar tendinitis) said he was sore after Friday's game but that he "can manage it" and will play Sunday vs. the Blazers.

Ingram has been dealing with nagging tendinitis recently and was forced to sit out the second half of Friday's win over the Wolves. However, it appears it's simply an issue of pain tolerance, and he says he'll be ready to roll on Sunday. Still, it's tough to put too much trust in Ingram going forward, as the Lakers have no reason to overextend their prized rookie at the end of a lost season.
Mar 25 - 9:29 AM

LeBron James suffered a scratched cornea in his right eye on Friday and may miss Saturday's game vs. the Wizards.

LeBron was poked in the eye by Jeremy Lamb in the final minute of the third quarter of Friday night's win over the Hornets. He was able to return to the game but then fell hard on his lower back in the fourth quarter. After the game, LeBron said his vision was blurry and was unable to keep his right eye open. "If coach decides to give me a game off [Saturday], it's not because I'm resting," said James. "It's because I'm banged up." Check back, as we should have an official update from the team following Saturday morning's shootaround.
Mar 25 - 9:16 AM

Stephen Curry handed out a season-high 12 assists during a 114-100 win over the Kings on Friday, adding 27 points, seven rebounds, six steals and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

The Warriors assists were all over the place early with 20 in the first half, which was the second straight time they did so in the first half. As for Curry, he also made his 277th triple this season for the third most in NBA history -- he has the first and second most. Not that anyone should've been worried about Curry's shooting slump, but now he's made 52.5 percent from deep with 5.3 treys per game over his last four outings. Expect a big finish until the Warriors lock up their top seed.
Mar 25 - 3:24 AM

Draymond Green scored a season-high 23 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers against the Kings on Friday.

It's just his fourth 20-plus scoring game of the season. Green has scored in single digits for each of his last four games, which was somewhat surprising due to how he did have some added usage while Kevin Durant (knee) was out. Green's assists have still been great and the Warriors handed out 37 dimes in this win. The Warriors still only have a 2.5 game lead over the Spurs, so they may not rest too many games until they lock up the No. 1 seed.
Mar 25 - 3:17 AM

Andre Iguodala scored nine points with one rebound, three assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

He did go to the locker room in the last few minutes, but the game was over. Iguodala did not give much indication he was going to miss time, so he should be fine for Sunday. Although, the Warriors will likely rest him again at some point.
Mar 25 - 3:10 AM

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 12 points during a 114-100 loss to the Warriors on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

He hasn't quite lit it up, but Cauley-Stein is still getting it done in the starting lineup. In his last five, WCS averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.4 steals. He's a little like Nerlens Noel and should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 25 - 3:07 AM

Georgios Papagiannis played a career-high 27 minutes against the Warriors on Friday, scoring seven points with four rebounds, one assist and one block.

With Kosta Koufos having another bad game, it probably won't be long until Papagiannis is starting. He's been a great offensive rebounder lately and does have a 19.2 usage rate since he's been freed in his last four. Papagiannis isn't going to be consistent, but he could be a double-double guy with a block going forward.
Mar 25 - 3:04 AM

Buddy Hield turned in career-highs 22 points, eight boards and seven dimes against the Warriors on Friday, adding two steals and four 3-pointers.

He's about as hot as he could be, matching his previous career-high 21 points on Wednesday. The Kings are resting their point guards now to allow Hield to have the ball more, and he does have at least 32 minutes in each of his last four. He could disappoint his next time out, but Hield looks like an add in standard leagues.
Mar 25 - 2:58 AM



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