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Channing Frye has been excused from the team for personal reasons and will miss Friday's game vs. the Heat and Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

Frye has had to endure an extremely difficult couple of months, as he lost both his mother and father. Kevin Love (back spasms) was surprisingly listed as listed as questionable for Friday night. If Love can't play, the Cavs will be extremely shorthanded at power forward. As a result, Tristan Thompson would likely play more minutes than usual. Richard Jefferson, Mike Dunleavy and possibly Chris Anderson could all see extended action as well.
Dec 9 - 11:09 AM

J.R. Smith (knee) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Miami.

Dec 9 - 10:57 AM

Kevin Love (back spasms) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Miami.

This is the first we are hearing of a back issue for Love, or any injury for that matter this season. He has been enjoying a terrific start to the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 21.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 treys. Stay tuned for an update, as we should soon find out if this is a serious issue. Channing Frye (personal) has already been ruled out of both Friday and Saturday's game, so the Cavs will have a big hole at power forward if Love can't play.
Dec 9 - 10:55 AM

Seth Curry (right knee sprain) has been ruled out Friday.

This will be the fourth straight game Curry has missed due to the knee sprain. Starter Deron Williams will continue to played extended minutes. Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson will likely see addition time off the bench.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 9 - 10:33 AM

The Rockets have pulled Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet and are negotiating a new deal.

The drama continues, as it now appears Motiejunas and Houston are working on a new contract that is agreeable to both sides. From a fantasy perspective, the implications aren't all that significant. Motiejunas will only likely see limited minutes in Houston, especially initially as he works his way back into game shape.
Dec 9 - 10:22 AM

Ian Mahinmi is expected to get another MRI on his right knee on Friday.

Mahinmi required surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee before the season tipped and then developed soreness, believed to be tendinitis, in the right knee after playing just 14 minutes vs. the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 26. As a result, Marcin Gortat, at 32 the oldest player on the roster, has had to play a career-high 35.4 minutes per game for Washington. Daniel Ochefu, a rookie who signed as a free agent, hasn't been deemed ready by coach Scott Brooks to log any meaningful minutes. Mahinmi should not be owned in standard leagues.
Dec 9 - 10:12 AM

Former first-round pick Royce White has signed a deal with a team in the Canadian League.

White has played in only three regular-season games, as a member of the Kings back in 2014. He's only 25 years old, so time is still on his side, but it's becoming less and less likely that White will fulfill his potential and make it back to the NBA.
Dec 9 - 9:55 AM

Rookie point guard Tomas Satoransky is having some trouble adjusting to the NBA, and playing off the ball.

After an impressive preseason, Satoransky's regular season has been a disappointment. He’s playing more than 16 minutes a night, but is shooting just 40 percent from the field, is scoring 3.8 points with 2.4 assists per game. Satoransky believes much of his struggles are stemming from learning a new position: "I’m not playing as a point guard, I’m playing mainly as two or three and that’s difficult for me," Satoransky said. ‘When you played your entire career as a point guard, it’s difficult to adapt to a new role, especially because you have to play defense against bigger guys. I know I have to do better to play in these roles." Satoransky can be left on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
Dec 9 - 9:47 AM

D'Angelo Russell (knee) participated in the non-contact portions of Thursday’s practice and said he "feels great."

Russell will not play Friday vs. the Suns, but is making progress. "I mean, I feel good," Russell said on Thursday. "I waited so long to get back on the court until I was 100%. I feel great. Just about, I don’t know, knocking the dust off before I get in the game, so try to get it out now, knock the rust off while I’m out here now." Russell had a platelet-rich plasma injection on Nov. 23 to help the soreness in his left knee. The Lakers said he would be sidelined for at least two weeks. He did off-court rehab work until Tuesday, when a doctor examined him and agreed he was ready for on-court work.
Dec 9 - 9:38 AM

New Orleans has lost six of its last seven games, but coach Alvin Gentry not fretting over his job status.

When asked about the security of his job as Pelicans coach after Thursday's game, Gentry gave a direct answer to the media. "I really don't give a s*** about my job status," Gentry said. "I'm gonna work hard, and I'm gonna coach until the day they tell me I'm not the coach here anymore. It doesn't matter. I don't ever worry about that. That isn't anything that I spend five seconds worrying about." To be fair to Gentry, point guard Jrue Holiday has missed 14 games this season and the Pelicans are just 2-12 in those contests.
Dec 9 - 9:31 AM

Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during a 95-91 loss in Chicago on Thursday.

On top of Kawhian Island being a scary place for his opponent, his consistency as a scorer is top notch. Leonard has scored at least 19 points in each of his 14 games. In that span, he has a 29.2 usage rate and 58.5 true shooting percentage. On the year, Leonard also has a 50.0 effective field goal percentage on his jumper and is unassisted 54.3 percent of the time on all of his makes. He's also in the top five for free throw percentage at 91.1 percent on his 6.8 attempts per game. He's an exceptional fantasy asset.
Dec 9 - 1:28 AM

Jimmy Butler hit 4-of-14 shots for 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block on Thursday night against the Spurs.

Butler went into the half shooting 0-of-5 from the field and finished the night with a season-low 13 points, which is likely due to the difficult matchup against Kawhi Leonard. There is no need to be concerned as Butler looks to bounce back in Chicago’s next game against the Heat who are amongst the top seven in fantasy points allowed to opposing small forwards.
Dec 9 - 1:26 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He got a standing ovation from the Chicago crowd in his first game back. The Spurs also lost their first game on the road this season and had a four-game winning streak get snapped. As for Gasol, he'll get some time off with only one game until Wednesday with the Nets coming to San Antonio on Saturday.
Dec 9 - 1:16 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge made 5-of-15 from the field for 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, four blocks and one steal in 31 minutes on Thursday.

He's in a slump right now. Aldridge lives and dies by the midrange and has made just 32.4 percent from that range over his last five -- those shots also account for 56.7 percent of his shot total. In that five-game span, Aldridge averaged 11.6 points, 6.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals. He's a buy-low option.
Dec 9 - 1:13 AM

Dwayne Wade hit 5-of-13 shots and 9-of-13 from the line for 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, one block, and one steal in 34 minutes on Thursday night against the Spurs.

Wade led the Bulls in points scored against San Antonio and has now scored at least 20 points in six of his last eight games and continues to be a key contributor on this Bulls offense. He has a 27.9 percent usage rate and also produces peripheral stats, making him one of the better fantasy shooting guards in the game.
Dec 9 - 1:09 AM



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