Aldridge far surpassed his minute limit of 30 on Sunday by playing a total of 42. He finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
The Rockets and the Blazers are currently fighting each other for playoff seeds, so it's not too surprising that Aldridge played well past his minute limit. What's unclear is if he will be once again constrained to a limited role when Portland faces the less intimidating Grizzlies on Tuesday or if the minute limit has run its course. Either way, Aldridge is an efficient enough producer to warrant a play regardless of restrictions or not.
Kirilenko (ankle) is unsure about his status for Monday's tilt against the Raptors, Newsday reports.
Kirilenko initially sustained an ankle sprain in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Kings. With Paul Pierce (shoulder) also injured, look for Alan Anderson and Andray Blatche to see bumps in playing time if Kirilenko is unable to play.
Cousins recorded a monster double-double Sunday that included 28 points, 20 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.
Cousins continued to display his elite fantasy abilities Sunday. He's consistently putting up well-rounded box scores and should be a force to reckon with even though the Kings have little to play for.
Thompson (back) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Suns, the Arizona Republic reports.
Thompson was forced to miss most of Friday's win due to a back strain that he suffered in the first quarter. It's safe for owners to put him back in their starting lineups going forward.
03/09/14 - 3:27PM ETPaul Pierce
: Leaves Early With Shoulder Injury
Pierce left in the first quarter of Sunday's game with a right shoulder injury and will not return, Newsday reports.
Pierce was forced to exit the game after hurting his right shoulder while defending Jason Thompson Sunday. Pierce also sustained a minor shoulder injury in Friday's game against the Celtics, so it's likely that he only made it worse on Sunday. Keep an eye on his status heading into Monday's contest against the Raptors.
Meeks scored a career-high 42 points (11-18 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 14-14 FT) with two rebounds and four steals in 37 minutes Sunday against the Thunder.
This will probably go down as the best game of Meeks' career, but it does demonstrate his dominant role in the Lakers' backcourt. He should be a good source of points, steals and three-pointers over the rest of the season.
Patterson has been diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his right elbow and will be evaluated again in 7-to-10 days.
While he's posting steady defensive counting stats (1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals nightly) in the past five games, Patterson has otherwise supplied 7.4 points (on 42.4 percent shooting), 5.8 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers in 25 minutes per contest during that stretch. In his stead, Amir Johnson will likely handle a more robust workload as the starting power forward, with Tyler Hansbrough picking up run off the bench.
Buycks was recalled from the Bakersfield Jam on Sunday, the Raptors' Official Site reports.
Buycks has been in limbo between Toronto and Bakersfield recently, so this recent news is in no way surprising. He's unlikely to see significant minutes with the Raptors and will likely spend the majority of their games on the pine.
Gibson played through the flu Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports. He finished with seven points (3-11 FG, 1-3 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes.
Gibson was able to play a pretty solid game and contribute his normal amount of minutes so it seems unlikely that he'll have to miss any time off to battle the flu. Nonetheless, he should still be considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest against the Spurs.
Garnett (back) will not play Sunday, but will be another game-time decision once again Monday, the New York Post reports.
This will be the fifth straight game that Garnett will have to sit out with back spasms. Coach Jason Kidd mentioned that he wasn't worried about his veteran long-term, which is encouraging news. Garnett has sat out games purely from exhaustion during the grueling NBA season, so it's no surprise that the Nets keep deciding to keep him on the pine when he's legitimately injured.
03/09/14 - 1:25PM ETNerlens Noel
: (Knee) Tweets Possible Return Date
Noel (knee) tweeted out "4-4-14" on Sunday, which we can only assume to be the date of his projected NBA debut.
Noel has been sidelined for his entire rookie season, but has begun to ramp up his rehab into playing more physical drills in practice. The 76ers' have not officially announced this as the projected return date, but it seems likely. Noel has a slim chance of playing significant minutes at any point during the close of the season as Philadelphia would hate to stunt his recovery process.
Hill won't suit up Sunday against the Thunder due to a sore right knee, the Lakers' official site reports.
Hill initially injured the knee in late February, resulting in four absences in a row. The Lakers were first afraid that he had sustained cartilage damage, but an MRI was returned negative. Thus, with a number of days off before the team next takes the floor, he could make a return Thursday at Oklahoma City or Friday in San Antonio.
03/09/14 - 11:32AM ETNick Young
: (Knee) Sidelined Sunday
Young won't play Sunday versus the Thunder due to a sore left knee, the Lakers' official site reports.
Young has missed seven consecutive games, and 13 of the past 14, due to the ailment. There's no indication of a return date, but Jodie Meeks and Wesley Johnson will continue to man the two wing spots for the time being.
03/09/14 - 11:24AM ETPau Gasol
: (Ankle) Starting at Center Sunday
Gasol (ankle) will start at center Sunday versus the Thunder, the Lakers' official site reports.
Gasol tweaked his left ankle in the first half of the Lakers' last tilt Friday but didn't miss a beat, playing every minute after halftime. Meanwhile, he's boosted his scoring in the second half to 21 points per game (on 55.4 percent shooting), which he's supplemented with 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.4 blocks in 30.4 minutes nightly.
03/09/14 - 10:30AM ETAndrew Bynum
: May Be Cleared To Play Monday
Bynum will be evaluated Monday, at which point he could be cleared to make his Pacers debut, the Indianapolis Star reports. Coach Frank Vogel said, "We'll see after how tonight's game goes and we'll probably meet about it tomorrow and try to come up with a firmer plan."
General soreness has accompanied Bynum's efforts to work himself into game shape since signing with the Pacers on Feb. 1. The center himself figures that he's about 80 percent healthy but is "good enough to go." Thus, Indiana's frontcourt could soon include the seven-footer.
James will ditch the mask that has protected his broken nose Sunday at Chicago, Turner Sports reports.
A 61-point performance aside last Monday, James is averaging 23 points (on 53.7 percent shooting), six assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.3 steals in 35.8 minutes in four other contests since breaking his nose. However, he's only knocked down 1-of-10 treys during those games, so it remains to be seen if he can bounce back to his mark of 37.4 percent from deep on the season.
03/09/14 - 8:26AM ETKlay Thompson
: (Back) Expected To Play Sunday
Thompson practiced Saturday one day after suffering a back injury in a win over Atlanta, the San Jose Mercury News reports. He's expected to suit up for Sunday's game against Phoenix.
Thompson sat out much of Friday's win after sustaining the back injury early in the first quarter. All parties involved feel he could have returned to the game, but as a precaution, he was given the night off.
03/09/14 - 6:49AM ETEkpe Udoh
: (Ankle) Did Not Play Saturday
Udoh (ankle) was a game-time decision heading into Saturday's contest, but ultimately didn't play.
Udoh appears to be closer to a return than ever, but will likely have to be eased back into action when he's finally able to take the court. The Bucks' play the Magic on Monday and Udoh should be another game-time decision.
Wroten piled up 30 points (12-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT) with four steals in 31 minutes in the loss to Utah on Saturday.
Wroten scored just eight points on Tuesday against the Thunder, but found the cracks in the Jazz defense. He came into the game averaging 13.0 points and he will likely score right around that mark in future games.
Varejao (back) should make his return to the Cavaliers Saturday against the Knicks, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.
Varejao has not played since Feb. 9. If he does make his return, his minutes will be limited.
03/08/14 - 1:36PM ETJeff Ayres
: (Hand) Will Be In Uniform Saturday
Ayres (hand) will be in uniform tonight for the Spurs.
Ayres typically plays double-digit minutes for the Spurs, but has missed two of the last four games and played just 12 total minutes in the two games he did suit up for. When he's healthy, Ayres will likely resume his role as a key bench player.
Bledsoe (knee) said he will likely return to action Wednesday at home against the Cavs, the Arizona Republic reports.
He was able to practice Saturday and it sounds like Wednesday is a good bet for his return from what will be a 33-game absence with the knee injury. It has been reported that he may come off the bench at first, as the Suns have played well without him, as Goran Dragic has emerged as a potential top-5 MVP candidate. Still, this is good news for owners who were patient enough to hang on to Bledsoe, as he's a true fantasy difference maker when he's playing.
Crawford (calf) is a game-time decision for Saturday's game, the Orange County Register reports.
He went through shootaround Saturday and felt good, so it seems like he could give it a go against the Hawks. Monitor his status leading up to the 10:30 p.m. ET tip-off.
03/08/14 - 11:45AM ETO.J. Mayo
: Suspended One Game
Mayo has been suspended for Saturday's game for punching Greg Stiemsma in the neck in Friday's game against the Pelicans, Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
The only surprise here might be that Mayo wasn't suspended for more than one game, as it was a pretty deliberate punch, that just missed clocking Stiemsma in the face. Mayo has had an up-and-down (mostly down) season, so he shouldn't have been rostered in most standard leagues. He will be able to return for Monday's game against the Magic.
Noah has ditched the protective tape he had been wearing on his sprained thumb, at least during practice, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The injury has had zero impact on his statistical output, as he has been a force, especially over the past couple months. He remains a must-start in all formats.
03/08/14 - 11:17AM ETCarl Landry
: (Knee) Out For Season
Landry (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Cowbell Kingdom reports.
The torn meniscus in his right knee will indeed sideline Landry for the rest of the 2013-14 season. This shouldn't have much of a fantasy impact, as Landry has been a non-factor this season. Drop him in all single-season leagues.
Nelson (illness) will play Saturday against the Spurs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
He has missed that past two games with an illness, and his return coincides with Victor Oladipo (ankle) being ruled out for Saturday's tilt, so Nelson should see 30-plus minutes at the point against the Spurs.
Batum did in fact suffer a broken nose in Friday's game, according to his agent, Bouna Ndiaye, CSN Northwest reports.
Initial reports on the X-rays indicated that there was no break, but it appears that those reports were false. It's not clear if Batum will be forced to miss any time, but he was able to play through the injury in Friday's game. When Batum does take the court, look for him to don a mask to protect the broken nose.
Oladipo (ankle) will not play Saturday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
He sat out Wednesday's game with a sore left ankle, and will remain out against the Spurs. The Magic have no hope of making the playoffs, so they have no reason to rush their young combo guard back from injury. Consider him day-to-day. Ronnie Price (25 minutes) and E'Twaun Moore (26 minutes) were the key beneficiaries of Oladipo's absence Wednesday, and the same can be expected in Saturday's game.
Millsap (knee) returned from a five-game absence Friday to play 24 minutes. He finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Millsap was unable to play his normal amount of minutes Friday, but it's likely that he'll continue to be eased back into action until he's returned to full strength. The Hawks' next game comes Saturday against the Clippers.
Williams was a healthy scratch Friday against the Warriors, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Lou has done a ton of good things and he has helped us through the year," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Tonight, we gave some other guys some minutes and some opportunities. Playing a little bit bigger is important to us. But Lou has been very good for us all year. It's one of the hardest parts about coaching. You can't play everybody."
Williams had a good attitude about the benching after Friday's game. He has been shooting just 38.2 percent from the field, while averaging 10 points and 3.6 assists in 24.2 minutes per game this season. Shelvin Mack (21 minutes) and Dennis Schroder (19 minutes) were the two benefactors from Williams' lack of run. The Hawks lost by 14 Friday, so it's hard to argue that the move was successful. Williams only has value in deeper leagues, and we'd expect to see him back out there in the near future, but it might be time to look in a different direction.
Lawson (heel) finished with 30 points (12-22 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-3 FT), four rebounds and 17 assists in 41 minutes during Friday's spectacular performance.
Lawson had been dealing with some heel issues, but Friday's outing showed that there shouldn't be too much concern moving forward. He's been an excellent fantasy option this season, when healthy, and is one of the better point guards in the league.
Onuaku was assigned to the Canton Charge on Saturday, the Charge's Official Site reports.
Onuaku has bounced back-and-fourth between the NBA and the D-League, so this current transition comes as no surprise. He is currently under his second 10-day contract and Cleveland wants to see him in action to decide whether or not he should be signed on for the rest of the season.
Thompson (back) could have returned for the second half of Friday night's game but it was decided he should sit out the rest of the game for precautionary reasons, the San Jose Mercury News reports. "Klay was all set to start the third quarter, but I thought it was important to get my Pop on," head coach Mark Jackson said, referencing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's tendency to rest veteran players. "So I shut him down and look forward to him getting treatment and getting ready for Sunday."
Thompson will get treatment Saturday and some rest before the Warriors tip off Sunday against Phoenix, a team chasing them in Western Conference playoff picture.
Thompson left Friday's game with a lower-back strain and is questionable to return, Monte poole of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Thompson played six minutes in the first quarter and had six points and two rebounds before exiting with the injury. He was seen hunched over and grimacing in pain in the tunnel, so it doesn't appear as if he will be returning for the rest of the game. Consider him day-to-day.
Anthony provided 29 points (10-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-8 FT) with four rebounds and eight assists in 32 minutes in the win over Utah on Friday.
Anthony has led the Knicks to two straight wins and has hit at least half of his field goals in his last three. He only has 13 rebounds in his last three games, but has hit 10 3-pointers in that span.
03/07/14 - 5:51PM ETO.J. Mayo
: Ejected For Flagrant Foul
Mayo was ejected late in the first quarter of Friday's game against the Pelicans for shoving Pelicans' center Greg Stiemsma in the throat.
The league office will undoubtedly review the flagrant 2 foul, which could result in either a fine or a minor suspension. While Mayo is sitting out the rest of the game, it likely won't be decided until Saturday whether the foul will also leave him suspended for any future games or not.
Robinson (knee) will be available to play Friday Portland Trail Blazers report.
Robinson returns to the lineup after suffering a left patella tendon strain in late February. He'll likely be moved back into his role of backup power forward and center while sharing minutes with Meyers Leonard.
03/07/14 - 3:07PM ETJoe Johnson
: (Illness) Will Start Friday
Johnson (illness) will start for the Nets Friday, New York Post reports.
Johnson missed Friday morning's practice after falling ill on Thursday, but he appears ready to go and should be in the starting lineup for the Nets against the Celtics Friday night.
Randolph (illness) will play Friday against the Bulls after missing Wednesday's contest, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The rugged forward missed Wednesday's game with flu-like symptoms, but he appears to have moved past the illness and will be back in the lineup Friday. Over his last two games, Randolph is averaging 19.5 points and 12.0 rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting.
Ross (ankle) will play and start Friday against the Kings, TSN 1050 reports.
Ross sprained his ankle last Thursday and sat out Sunday's win over the Warriors. With four days off to recover, Ross appears good to go and will likely match up with former teammate Rudy Gay to begin the game.
Henson will get the start Friday in place of Ersan Ilyasova (suspension), Bucks.com reports.
Ilyasova will serve his one-game suspension Friday, allowing Henson to step into the starting lineup for the 21st time this season. Henson was expected to see increased time after Larry Sanders (face) went down before the All-Star break, but the lanky, second-year forward hasn't seen more than 26 minutes in any of the last seven contests. Henson acknowledged recently that he's in a bit of a "sophomore slump," but his potential as a rebounder and shot-blocker make him a valuable asset for a Milwaukee team largely devoid of such talent.
Ilyasova has been suspended one game without pay and will serve said suspension Friday when the Bucks take on the Pelicans, Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Ilyasova was involved in an altercation with the Kings' Reggie Evans on Wednesday in which he pushed Evans to the ground. While Ilyasova was not issued a flagrant or technical, the incident will cost him one game. John Henson will start in his place Friday.
Noel (knee) has graduated in his rehab to playing one-on-one and participating in more physical drills, the Delaware County Daily Times reports. "He is (doing more). He's slowly doing a little more physical stuff," coach Brett Brown said. "He's slowly doing a little more and you can play him against another body. I highlight the word Âslowly' and I highlight the word Âcautiously,' but he's doing it."
Noel, who has not played this season, is still a ways away from returning to the court after tearing his ACL last February. The Sixers are in no rush to return Noel to the court, as they'll play out this season in full-on rebuilding mode. However, Brown did not rule out the possibility of Noel making his debut before season's end. "Whether we ever get to see him in a game this year, it really is, ÂWho knows?'" Brown said. "I've gone on (the) record to say I wish I could coach him and get some games under our belt with him. But the boxes he has to tick, the ones we've always talked about, those have yet to be ticked."
03/07/14 - 11:46AM ETPaul George
: (Back) Will Play Through Stiffness Friday
George (back) took part in shootaround and will play Friday, though he said he is still experiencing considerable stiffness in his back, the Indianapolis Star reports.
George had his worst statistical game of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Bobcats, scoring just two points on 0-of-9 shooting in 34 minutes. After the game, he revealed he was dealing with back stiffness brought on by a hard fall in Sunday's win over Utah. George immediately iced his back following Friday's shootaround and will again fight through the discomfort to take the court. While it's unlikely he has another two-point outing, his production could certainly be hampered.
Millsap (knee) will return and start Friday against the Warriors, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Millsap missed the last five games with a right knee contusion, and the Hawks - losers of nine of their last ten - will certainly welcome their All-Star back to the lineup. Mike Scott, who started in his place Wednesday, will shift back to the bench with Millsap back in the mix.
Beverley will play Friday despite breaking his nose two days ago, the Rockets' official website reports.
Beverley is reportedly leaning toward playing Friday without a protective mask, which he deemed to be overly bothersome. Either way, Beverley's fantasy owners should feel free to deploy the point guard as usual.
03/07/14 - 8:55AM ETJoakim Noah
: (Thumb) Playing Friday
Noah (thumb) will play Friday against the Grizzlies, ESPN Chicago reports.
Noah will not miss any action after spraining his thumb during a triple-double effort Wednesday night versus Detroit. The center participated in Friday morning's shootaround and figures to play his normal minutes moving forward.
03/07/14 - 8:14AM ETJameer Nelson
: (Illness) Traveling With Team This Weekend
Nelson (illness) will travel with the Magic for the team's upcoming two game road trip, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Nelson has missed Orlando's past two games, but stands a favorable chance of reclaiming his starting position Saturday in San Antonio. While Nelson's veteran presence makes him valuable to a young Magic team, his production of 12.3 points (on 39 percent shooting) and 6.9 helpers limit his fantasy value mostly to the assist category.
03/07/14 - 7:22AM ETJoe Johnson
: (Illness) Game-Time Decision Friday
Johnson is considered a game-time decision to play Friday night against the Celtics due to illness, The Record reports.
Johnson got sick on Thursday, which caused him to miss Friday morning's shootaround. The All-Star has surprisingly only averaged 6.5 points on 31 percent shooting in two games against Boston this season, so if he's able to play, Johnson will certainly aim to better those numbers. However, if Johnson misses Friday's game, Alan Anderson would likely be handed a start, with Marcus Thornton being another option likely to benefit.