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Date: Team: Pos:

Nothing is happening with Kevin Love (shoulder) and a trade to the Celtics.

There will definitely be rumors around Love heading into the deadline because of how playoff teams attack him in pick-and-roll. Love's shoulder injury seems like it's minor, so he should be ready to roll next week.
Feb 12 - 11:12 PM

Zach LaVine was named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during a 157-154 win over Team World on Friday, scoring 30 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers.

He had a little preview for his big show tomorrow night when he defends his crown for the Slam Dunk Contest. D'Angelo Russell (22), Devin Booker (23) and Jordan Clarkson (25) were all over 20 points for Team USA. LaVine is growing more as a shooting guard and should play minutes close to 30 going forward.
Feb 12 - 11:09 PM

Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge with five rebounds four assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

He was the crowd's favorite non-Canadian player. Team World got 30 points out of Emmanuel Mudiay and 29 from Andrew Wiggins. Porzingis has a decent chance to be an All-Star next year, especially with the fan voting.
Feb 12 - 11:06 PM

Nikola Mirotic (hematoma) has started to work out.

He posted a video of working on his left leg with a cable and weights. Mirotic getting some work in is a good sign and maybe he can make it back this month.
Feb 12 - 6:17 PM

C.J. McCollum will replace Chris Bosh in the 3-point contest on Saturday.

The world will get to see why people in Portland call him 3J. McCollum is shooting 39.2 percent from deep this year, including 39.8 percent on pullups and 51.8 percent when he's wide open. He'll be an underdog, but 3J can definitely get it done.
Feb 12 - 6:15 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford will replace Chris Bosh in Sunday's All-Star Game.

He is en route to Toronto at the time of this report. Horford's name has popped up in trade rumors, but the Hawks are playing really well. They actually have the second-best net rating in their last six games, so they could make a postseason run.
Feb 12 - 4:02 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh will not play in Sunday's All-Star Game due to a strained calf.

The specifics are not known yet on Bosh, who played 35 minutes on Tuesday night and didn't appear to be hurt. The Heat don't play again until Friday Feb. 19, so there could be a decent chance he is ready to return for action with the team.
Feb 12 - 3:59 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) said he expects to do some biking and start rehab soon.

He added he was a bit "stubborn" with his injury in Denver, which suggests he probably shouldn't have played after missing one game. For now, E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott will get some minutes with Moore having better value. Hopefully, Butler is back for the first week of March.
Feb 12 - 3:12 PM

Nuggets coach Michael Malone was encouraged by Jusuf Nurkic's performance against the Pistons on Wednesday.

"I'm happy for him," Malone said. "It hasn't been easy for [Nurkic]. He had a great rookie season, but coming back from injury and then you have all of these other young bigs playing well... But I give him credit, because he's come and worked very hard." The big man scored 16 points with 11 boards and one block in 24 minutes, so hopefully he can build off that momentum after the All-Star break. The upside is there, so keep a close eye on him.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 12 - 1:36 PM

John Wall (knee bruise) said that he will play in Sunday's All-Star game.

He bruised his knee during Thursday's game vs. the Bucks and was able to keep playing, so the injury sounds pretty minor even though he did have some swelling. Regardless, this report confirms that Wall will likely be fine moving forward, so his owners shouldn't be too concerned.
Feb 12 - 1:27 PM

Bradley Beal said that he expects to play around 32 minutes per game moving forward.

He isn't sure if his workload will have to be reduced on the second night of back-to-back sets, but it sounds like the Wizards are starting to get comfortable with the idea of playing him heavy minutes again. He played 37 minutes in the loss to the Bucks on Thursday, and he has also been a lot more aggressive over his last five outings with an average of 21.4 points per game. The injury risk is still there, but his fantasy value is trending up.
Feb 12 - 1:10 PM

Jimmy Butler (strained left knee) is "unsure" of a return date from his injury, but guaranteed that he will return this season.

He said that he will "listen" to his body during rehab, but it should be noted that the Bulls gave him a timetable of 3-4 weeks. Butler is as tough as they come, so he will do everything in his power to meet that timetable. His owners should continue to stash him, and in the meantime expect Derrick Rose and E'Twaun Moore to benefit the most. Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all play a little more as well.
Feb 12 - 12:44 PM

Kobe Bryant praised Kyrie Irving after his 35-point performance vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

"He has a killer mentality," Bryant said. "He can shoot the long ball. His midrange game is excellent. And he can finish at the rim. So, he has all the tools there. It’s just a matter of continuing to work and get into rhythm where he can start doing that on a consistent basis." Irving has finally found his stride, averaging 28.2 points, 6.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. The buy-low window has been slammed shut.
Source: ESPN
Feb 12 - 12:27 PM

Chris McCullough said that he's restricted to no more than 14 minutes per game for the time being.

He spent over a year rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee, so it's not a surprise that the Nets are easing him into the rotation. The 21-year-old forward is one of the few building blocks that Brooklyn has, but the Nets would have to make a trade or two at the deadline to open up some more minutes. For now, McCullough is just a stash in dynasty leagues.
Source: Nets Daily
Feb 12 - 12:19 PM

Lakers coach Byron Scott heaped praise on Julius Randle but wouldn't commit to him as the starting power forward.

"He’s been fantastic," Scott said of Randle. "He’s not going overboard as far as trying to go too fast. He’s picking his moments and he’s rebounded the hell out of the ball." Scott is a huge Larry Nance (knee) fan, so we should see a position battle right after the All-Star break. To be clear, Randle is still the big to own in Los Angeles.
Feb 12 - 11:57 AM


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