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Cleanthony Early played 18 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with two points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

He did not play in the last two games and coach Derek Fisher gave him a chance tonight. While garbage time was a factor, Early did get some run in the first half. The upside is alluring, but he'll need a couple guys to miss time in order to see minutes in the 20s.
Jan 29 - 9:37 PM

Lance Thomas scored eight points with two rebounds and two turnovers against the Pacers on Thursday in 24 minutes.

He started slow and was a disappointment following his 17-point gem on Wednesday. Thomas logs minutes at both forward spots and he amazingly played in all but two of the five-man lineups from Saturday's game without Carmelo Antony and Amare Stoudemire, which indicates how much coach Derek Fisher trusts him right now. Thomas won't have much value now, but he'll see a nice increase on the nights Melo sits.
Jan 29 - 9:32 PM

Carmelo Anthony played 25 minutes on the second game of a back-to-back set on Thursday, scoring 18 points with one rebound, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers against the Pacers.

He didn't play in the last 15 minutes, but that was because the Knicks were down 25 points at the time of his departure. Anthony playing in both games of a back-to-back set is a great sign, but there was just too much talk of him being shut down from his fantasy owners to feel comfortable with him being able to stay on the court this season. He's still a sell-high player and always will be.
Jan 29 - 9:27 PM

Vince Carter (foot) will not return to Thursday's game and will have an MRI.

It's only being called a "left foot injury" right now. Carter was able to walk around and put weight on his foot in the locker room, so hopefully that's a sign that he's not dealing with a major issue. There are some reports that there could be a sprain of his foot.
Jan 29 - 9:21 PM

Langston Galloway made just 2-of-10 from the field for four points with two rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

At least the minutes were there. He's an undrafted rookie, so there were going to be games like this one. Additionally, Galloway has double-digit shots in each of his last six games with at least 31 minutes, as well. He's probably going to be able to score double-digit points with some steals and treys, but the sub-par shooting certainly caps his upside. He's a fringe player to own in standard leagues.
Jan 29 - 9:18 PM

Tobias Harris left Thursday's game in the fourth quarter due to an apparent right ankle injury.

He rolled his right ankle against the Lakers on Jan. 9 and he played through it, but it cost him five games due to swelling. Harris hasn't been quite right either and he was limping on occasion multiple times in the second half tonight. If he's out, Aaron Gordon and Channing Frye would benefit. He finished with seven points, five rebounds and one assist.
Jan 29 - 9:08 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle) is questionable to play against the Cavs on Friday.

This is interesting because Cousins missed time because of a right ankle sprain earlier this month. He did tweak his left ankle on Wednesday and did play through it, but it's possible he sits this one out. Although, one would think Boogie would want to suit up after being snubbed from the All-Stat team.
Jan 29 - 8:54 PM

Vince Carter (foot) left Thursday's game in the second quarter and went to the locker room.

It did not look good and he needed help off the court. Carter looked emotional and hopefully he didn't suffer a serious injury. We'll be looking for an update and pass along the word as soon as it's available.
Jan 29 - 8:50 PM

Lavoy Allen is dealing with sore right knee and will not return to Thursday's game against the Knicks.

He hobbled back to the locker room under his own power with only a slight limp. This injury doesn't sound serious, but the timing is interesting because he leapfrogged Luis Scola for the No. 2 power forward spot tonight. He left the game with eight points, five boards and one assist in nine minutes.
Jan 29 - 8:20 PM

Dwight Howard (knee, ankle) will get a second opinion on his right knee and could miss "extended time," according to Yahoo! Sports.

It sounds like he won't be back until after the break and there's no specifics known about his injury besides some fluid buildup. Howard needed a couple weeks to get over a knee injury at the end of 2014 and it does seem a little more serious this time around. While Dwight is out, Terrence Jones will have a great opportunity in front of him while Donatas Motiejunas and Josh Smith will step up, too.
Jan 29 - 7:45 PM

Mike Conley (wrist) will not play against the Nuggets on Thursday night.

This will be his second game out of the lineup due to his wrist injury. The 2015 part of the season has not been nice to Conley with two ankle sprains and this current issue costing him time. There's no indication that this issue will linger on, so he can be considered as a buy-low candidate. Beno Udrih is a nice option in DFS tonight.
Jan 29 - 7:28 PM

Jeff Teague, Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Chris Bosh, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler and Paul Millsap were named as the Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves.

It would appear Wade is not going to play with his hamstring strain, so that should allow either Kyle Korver or Brandon Knight to replace him. Nikola Vucevic is probably the first big man to be considered as a snub and his numbers are certainly better than guys like Chris Bosh.
Jan 29 - 7:21 PM

Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan were named as the Western Conference All-Star Reserves.

It was inevitable the Western Conference would have a couple snubs. DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard have to be the first two guys to come to mind here with Tim Duncan earning his spot more on his career resume. Lillard or Cousins will replace Kobe Bryant (shoulder) while Mike Conley is also another player who is having an All-Star caliber season.
Jan 29 - 7:18 PM

Channing Frye will remain in the starting lineup for Thursday's game vs. the Bucks.

Frye was benched during the entire second half of Monday's game vs. the Grizzlies, but head coach Jacque Vaughn will continue to go with him as a starter for the time being. However, Frye has been pretty bad lately hitting just 15-of-37 shots over the past five games. He can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, but guys in standard leagues should be able to find better production on the wire.
Jan 29 - 7:01 PM

Mike Conley (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Nuggets.

Conley dressed for Tuesday's game against Dallas, but he did not leave the bench, and it's looking like we're not going to get an official update on Conley's status until just before the tip. If he does indeed spend another game on the sidelines, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes would split minutes at point guard. Stay tuned.
Jan 29 - 6:49 PM



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