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Date: Team: Pos:
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis was not happy about sitting out of Sunday's loss to the Nets.

He has every right to be mad. "Honestly, I don't like it. I didn't ask to sit out or anything. I wanted to play 82 games this year." Davis signed a one-year contract (with an option) and confirmed he'll hit free agency, so he wants to show what he can do. The Lakers have tried to manipulate his value by limiting his playing time, but it may already be too late for that.
Mar 30 - 9:56 AM

Jared Dudley would like to re-sign with the Bucks after the season.

Excited by the youth infusion in Milwaukee and the leadership of Jason Kidd, Dudley is in a good place as a veteran leader on an up-and-coming team. Dudley did say he'd be willing to take less money on a multi-year deal, but it's too early to say whether or not the two sides will work something out.
Mar 30 - 9:45 AM

Luol Deng's knee swelled up at halftime of Sunday's win.

Deng did not play in the second half, and when asked about how he felt, Deng said they'd just take it day-by-day in an attempt to get all of the swelling out of the area. Right now, he sounds very iffy for Tuesday, leaving James Ennis as a possibility to start in his place. Ennis started the second half for Deng on Sunday and finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two threes on 5-of-7 shooting in 24.5 minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 30 - 9:40 AM

Byron Scott recently revealed that opposing free agents have told him during games that they'd "love to be in LA next year."

Perhaps they meant playing for the Clippers. In all sincerity, this type of stuff happens routinely, and there is no way to have any tangible read into it or extrapolate any possible significance. The Lakers have holes at every position on the roster to fill this offseason.
Mar 30 - 9:31 AM

Marcin Gortat again expressed his frustration following the Wizards 99-91 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

Gortat had six points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in just 29 minutes of action. The big man has not exceeded 30 minutes in any of the team's recent five losses, but he's played at least 31.5 minutes in each of the club's last five victories. Gortat offered a "no comment" relentlessly, before finishing with a Marshawn Lynch impersonation, "I just don't want to get fined." The Wizards are 10-22 against teams with winning records, 3-10 against teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings and 0-3 against projected first-round opponent Toronto.
Mar 30 - 9:27 AM

John Wall confirmed that his Wizards teammates were forgetting plays called out of timeouts in Sunday's loss to Houston.

That's an interesting look for a team that has played 74 games this season. Washington has now lost five of its last six games, and Randy Wittman's message doesn't appear to be getting through in the locker room. Exposed as pretenders, Washington has eight games to figure it out before the playoffs begin.
Mar 30 - 9:22 AM

Jason Maxiell (undisclosed) is "pretty beaten up" right now, according to coach Steve Clifford.

The Hornets are dealing with injuries all over their frontline with Al Jefferson (knee/groin), Cody Zeller (shoulder) and Jason Maxiell (undisclosed) all dealing with concerns. Maxiell doesn't much matter for fantasy owners, but it's worth noting considering Jefferson and Zeller are hurting, as well. Marvin Williams, who has played 35-plus minutes in four of his last five games, seems likely to continue to pick up minutes.
Mar 30 - 9:18 AM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Al Jefferson will not be 100 percent again this season.

While nobody in the NBA is playing at 100 percent health at this point, Jefferson looked noticeably slow in his last game and may be in danger of wearing down. "The other night he was limping. He feels better today but it is going to be game-to-game with him," Clifford said. Jefferson's owners will have to check his status regularly for the remainder of the regular season.
Mar 30 - 9:14 AM

Dion Waiters (foot) will have an examination when the Thunder return to Oklahoma City.

Waiters has been complaining of foot pain over the last few games, and this is par for the course considering how OKC's season is going with injuries. Waiters did manage to jack up 20 shots in Sunday's win over Phoenix and played nearly 38 minutes while doing so.
Mar 30 - 9:09 AM

Anthony Bennett "re-sprained his ankle a little" on Sunday, according to Flip Saunders, but Bennett downplayed the injury after the game.

"It felt good," he said. "It just got a little sore near the end, but I tried to push through." Saunders also said that Bennett looked "rusty," which is understandable considering he'd missed more than a month of action. He belongs on the waiver wire while getting back up to speed.
Mar 30 - 1:12 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis confirmed on Sunday that he will turn down his $1.1 million player option to test the free agent market this summer.

Davis will easily earn a more substantial deal in free agency so this comes as no surprise. He also said that "didn't ask to sit out" on Sunday, when he picked up a DNP-CD, and would have preferred to play. "I wanted to play all 82," he said. "I'm going to support the guys and be there, stay professional and stay ready." Davis should be back in the lineup on Monday, which unfortunately casts doubt on the availability of Jordan Hill.
Source: L.A. Times
Mar 30 - 1:12 AM

Jared Dudley (back) confirmed that he'll be ready to play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

"I'm 100% fine," he wrote on Twitter. "Just being pre cautious, I'll be ready [Wednesday]." This is excellent news for Bucks fans and any deep-league owners who have Dudley on their bench. He has had spurts of sustained value this year but is too risky for use in most leagues given the recurring nature of his back injury.
Mar 30 - 12:50 AM

DeMarcus Cousins is not listed on the Kings' injury report for Monday's game in Memphis.

It's been a while since Cousins wasn't at least listed as probable, so this definitely bodes well. George Karl suggested recently that he may rest some players to tinker with his lineups in the Kings' final nine games, however, so Cousins' owners are forced to routinely double-check his status prior to tip-offs. Sacramento's next back-to-back set comes on April 7/8, so hopefully Karl will at least hold off on the DNP-CDs until next week.
Mar 30 - 12:46 AM

Brandon Knight (ankle) did not have a noticeable limp after Sunday's game, but his status may be in jeopardy for Monday's road game in Portland.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek reportedly said, "I would guess he wouldn't play." The report suggests that Knight will miss Thursday's game in Golden State, but it makes more sense that Hornacek was referencing Monday's game, the second half of a back-to-back set. Either way, Knight's owners should be on red-alert for a potential DNP.
Mar 30 - 12:27 AM

Markieff Morris led the Suns with 24 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to defeat the visiting Thunder.

This isn't the end of the Suns' playoff hopes but they'll need to be almost perfect down the stretch, as they trail the Thunder by four games and would lose a potential tie-breaker. Markieff has roared back after an extended mid-season slump, posting stellar 10-game averages of 17.3 points (46.5 percent FGs, 85.0 percent FTs), 0.4 threes, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.7 blocks. More threes would be ideal, but it's greedy to complain about stats like those.
Mar 29 - 11:59 PM


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