Irving was held scoreless (0-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 0-3 FT) for the first time in his career in the loss to Atlanta on Friday. He did have four rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes.
Irving was coming off a nice game (23 points) in the win over the Nuggets on Wednesday, but could not get it going against the Hawks. Because of his struggles, he ceded minutes to Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova. Hopefully, this game was a blip in the radar rather than a sign of problems to come.
12/06/13 - 2:23PM ETOtto Porter
: Will Make NBA Debut Friday
Porter (hip) will be available to play in Friday's game against the Bucks.
Porter will be available to make his NBA debut in Friday's game against the Bucks. He went through practice Thursday without any setbacks, so the third overall draft pick in the 2013 NBA Draft will make his first appearance for the Wizards.
12/06/13 - 1:21PM ETKobe Bryant
: Will Make Season Debut Sunday
Bryant (Achilles) will make his season debut Sunday against the Raptors, CBS Sports.com reports.
Bryant was confirmed to be returning Sunday through an announcement by the Lakers on Friday. It will be a highly anticipated return and it remains to be seen the exact workload the Lakers will start him out with. With his return, it will likely send Jodie Meeks back to a bench role at shooting guard.
12/06/13 - 12:57PM ETKobe Bryant
: Possible Sunday Return?
Bryant (Achilles) has a "pretty good" chance of making his season debut Sunday against the Raptors, the Orange County Register reports.
Bryant was close to making his season debut Friday, but it appears there is a good shot he will be back Sunday. He has ramped up his practice activities to about full-speed, so it looks like he is ready for game action. Official word will likely be announced in the next day.
Carter-Williams (knee) will not play Friday and is doubtful for Saturday's game, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.
Carter-Williams did not travel with the team and will miss Friday's game. He is dealing with some infection and inflammation in his knee, so the team may be leaning towards holding him out Saturday as well. The next game for the Sixers after the weekend is Monday against the Clippers.
Westbrook is feeling ill and will be game-time decision Friday against New Orleans, The Oklahoman reports.
Not normally the type to be sidelined by a mere illness, Westbrook is still worth keeping an eye on as tip-off approaches. He hasn't been playing well of late, producing 19.0 points on 36/35/77 shooting splits over the last five games. Should Westbrook miss Friday's contest, Reggie Jackson would likely start, with Derek Fisher serving as the backup point guard.
Iguodala (hamstring) traveled with the team on its three-game road trip that begins Friday in Houston, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Iguodala still hasn't been able to practice, but his presence on the trip is an encouraging sign.
Thursday, December 5
12/05/13 - 5:05PM ETDwyane Wade
: (Ilness) Out Thursday
Wade (illness) will not play Thursday against the Bulls, Heat.com reports.
Wade has been dealing with an illness for the past couple of days. He isn't expected to miss much time with it, but owners are undoubtedly disappointed, as Wade had missed his last game due to soreness. Expect James Jones to possibly start in his place.
Randolph (toe) will play Thursday against the Clippers. He may have limited minutes.
This comes as good news as Randolph had missed two games due to an ingrown toenail. While he is expected to have limited minutes Friday, Randolph can be inserted in most lineups on a day with only three games.
Carter-Williams did not join the team in their trip to Charlotte for Friday's game against the Bobcats, Yahoo! Sports reports. He is listed day-to-day with knee soreness.
Carter-Williams has been excellent over his last five games, averaging 20.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 4.2 steals during that span. It appears he will be unable to go against the Bobcats on Friday. This comes as a major blow to owners, but his injury does not appear to be too serious, and he is not likely to miss significant time because of it.
Cousins will return to action Friday against the Lakers.
Cousins missed one game due to a sprained ankle that was announced shortly before the game. It appears he will not miss more time, and should continue to play well for owners this season.
12/05/13 - 2:39PM ETDerrick Rose
: (Knee) Possible He Could Return During Playoffs
Rose (knee) could be back for the playoffs, the South Florida SunSentinel reports. Rose stated that, "If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing."
Rose spoke to the media for the first time and hinted that under the right circumstances, he would be back to play for the playoffs. Even though this information is not useful for his fantasy value this year, it does show that he should be completely ready for next season.
Williams (ankle) will not play Thursday against the Knicks, The Record's Andy Vasquez reports.
Williams has not played since Nov. 20 and will miss his eighth consecutive game Thursday. Brooklyn is floundering without him, and the Nets have not set a date for when they think their point guard might return. His next opportunity to take the court will be Saturday at Milwaukee.
Durant had 33 points (11-23 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 10-12 FT) and grabbed seven rebounds in 39 minutes, but it wasn't enough to beat the red-hot Blazers.
It's hard to believe, but Durant's actually off to a pretty cold start from the floor by his standards. His field goal percentage is down 5.5 points from a year ago, but he's still averaging 28 per game. Along with his rebounds and assists noticeably up, he could be on his way to an MVP season, if he finds his usual shooting stroke.
Wednesday, December 4
12/04/13 - 6:58PM ET
Wednesday's game between the Spurs and Timberwolves in Mexico City has been postponed due to excessive smoke in the arena, Wolves' television commentator Dave Benz reports.
The NBA's foray into Mexico did not go as planned, as an apparent generator malfunction produced considerable smoke inside the arena. Everyone inside was evacuated and waited outside the arena for nearly an hour before the decision was made to postpone the game. The league is yet to announce a make-up date, but the game will likely be played in Minnesota (the official home team).
12/04/13 - 5:05PM ETKobe Bryant
: (Achilles) Won't Play Friday
Bryant (Achilles) says he will not play Friday versus the Kings, CNBC Los Angeles reports.
There was plenty of speculation that Bryant would make his highly anticipated return Friday, but it now appears more likely that will happen Sunday against Toronto. Bryant practiced Wednesday and fully participated in the team's full-court scrimmage Tuesday, so it's likely he's just taking an extra couple of days to ensure he's ready for game action. Bryant has not played since suffering an torn Achilles back on April 12.
Kidd-Gilchrist will miss four-to-six weeks with a fracture in his left hand, the team's official site reports.
Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging just 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 26.7 minutes of action so his fantasy value won't be missed too much. In Kidd-Gilchrist's absence, expect Jeff Taylor to see an increase in minutes at the small forward position for the Bobcats.
Jackson has thrived coming off the bench behind Russell Westbrook, especially in his last five games.
During his last five games, Jackson has averaged 26 minutes of action, which is two more minutes than his season average of 24. In that same time frame, he has been shooting 58.5 percent from the floor (48.7 percent on the season) and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc (25.7 percent for the season). Jackson is also averaging 14.4 points per game, more than three points higher than his season average of 11.2. He has pushed himself towards fantasy relevance, especially if he continues to see an increase in minutes and field-goal percentage.
12/04/13 - 10:57AM ETJimmy Butler
: (Toe) Not Close To Returning
Butler (toe) is still not close to returning according to coach Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Butler was initially given a two-to-three week recovery frame back on Nov. 20. It appears that it could take a little bit longer than that. Tony Snell will continue to start in his place, with Mike Dunleavy also picking up extra minutes.
Parsons (back) participated in Wednesday's shootaround but is still experiencing back tightness and is a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Phoenix.
Parsons' back is improving, but it sounds like he's very much questionable for Wednesday still. The Rockets have good depth in the three and four spots with the likes of Francisco Garcia, Terrence Jones and Omri Casspi performing admirably, so they really don't need to rush Parsons.
O'Neal said he has a torn ligament in his left wrist that will require surgery, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The backup center is going to try to delay the procedure for as long as possible.
There's no word as to when O'Neal was first diagnosed with the torn ligament, or how long he can realistically put off the surgery. The veteran big man has averaged 22 minutes (9.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG) in the past five games and is coming off an 11-point/eight-rebound outing in 23 minutes in Tuesday night's win over the Raptors. He's managed to be productive despite the injury.