Dose: Rivers down, Milos up

Dose: Rivers down, Milos up
Austin Rivers went down with a concussion and John Wall, Nicolas Batum and Rodney Hood returned as we muddle through the lengthy injury report.
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John Wall returned to action on Wednesday December 13.

Dec 14 - 3:36 AM

Zhou Qi returned to action on Wednesday December 13.

Dec 14 - 3:36 AM

Anthony Davis returned to action on Wednesday December 13.

Dec 14 - 3:36 AM

Nicolas Batum (left elbow) started on Wednesday and had nine points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

Batum's return is encouraging for fantasy owners, but there's no sugar-coating his recent statements about "always" being in pain. The torn ligament in his elbow might require an offseason procedure to fully correct, so this has the potential to nag him all season. The good news is that he suited up despite being listed as 'doubtful' for Wednesday, so we'll leave him off the injury report for Charlotte's home games on Friday and Saturday.
Dec 14 - 1:32 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist notched his first double-double of the season on Wednesday with 18 points and a season-high 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

MKG added two assists and one steal without any turnovers, and he shot 8-of-12 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line tonight. He did most of his damage at the rim, as usual, but also shot 3-of-6 on mid-range jumpers. Despite a conspicuous lack of 3-pointers and assists, MKG contributes in enough fantasy categories to be worth owning in most roto leagues.
Dec 14 - 1:31 AM

Jeremy Lamb headed to the bench with Nicolas Batum (elbow) active on Wednesday, putting up nine points (2-of-7 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), one rebound and one turnover in 21 minutes.

After the game he lamented the second unit's inability to get back on defense. "Our starters played great ... [but the second unit] didn't give the team a chance," he said. Lamb is averaging 30.9 minutes as a starter vs. 23.2 minutes as a reserve, so Batum's presence is an obvious barrier for his fantasy value, but owners should give him a few more games -- after all, he's been a top-80 value in a modest 27.5 minutes per game this season.
Dec 14 - 1:31 AM

Frank Kaminsky scored eight points on 4-of-8 shooting vs. Houston on Wednesday, but he failed to record any other statistics in 15 minutes.

Cody Zeller (meniscus surgery) is out indefinitely and the Hornets' frontcourt is suddenly rather thin, with Kaminsky and Johnny O'Bryant (five minutes) serving as the primary backups for Dwight Howard. Kaminsky was solid on Monday and we'll give him a few more games to regain his rhythm, but he was awful tonight -- his defense was non-existent and he somehow finished with a +/- rating of -38 in his 15 minutes on the court.
Dec 14 - 1:30 AM

Marvin Williams sputtered in 29 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 1-of-6 shots for four points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers.

Williams came in averaging 16.0 points on 53.3% shooting in his previous three games, including 3.0 triples per game. He never found a rhythm tonight, however, and the Rockets defense made a point of closing out on him at the 3-point line -- it's easy to forget that Houston has the sixth-best defensive rating in the NBA this season. Look for Williams to get back on track vs. Miami on Friday.
Dec 14 - 1:29 AM
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