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.
Carter-Williams posted the first triple-double of his young career Tuesday, with 27 points (11-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-7 FT), 12 boards, 10 assists and three steals in 47 minutes in a double-overtime win over the Magic.
This was the signature game so far for the Rookie of the Year frontrunner, as he continues to reward those who invested a mid-to-late round pick on him.
Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 43 points (14-27 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 10-11 FT) to go with six boards, five assists and two steals in 52 minutes Tuesday in a double-overtime loss to the Sixers.
Obviously the two extra periods played a part in Afflalo's big night, but there's also no denying he has really taken to being the Magic's go-to scorer in the early part of this season. He is one of the elite two guards in fantasy basketball.
Oladipo recorded his first career triple-double Tuesday in a double-overtime loss to the Sixers. He posted 26 points (8-18 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 10-12 FT) to go with 10 boards, 10 assists and three steals in 52 minutes.
Obviously the triple-double was double-overtime enhanced, which also led to career highs in points, assists and rebounds. But it's certainly a bright sign that Oladipo was able to match fellow rookie-of-the-year candidate Michael Carter-Williams, who also posted a triple-double. Oladipo is more than capable of continuing to dole out assists with Jameer Nelson (foot) out.
Cousins will miss Tuesday's game with a sprained ankle, the Sac Bee reports.
This is a pretty shocking turn of events, and owners who are stuck with Cousins in their lineups shouldn't be too upset about not seeing this coming. Until we learn more about the severity of the injury, consider him day-to-day. Patrick Patterson and Jason Thompson should see extended minutes in Cousins' absence.
Wade (soreness) is sitting out Tuesday's game against the Pistons.
Wade will presumably fit in a day of rest with the Heat facing four contests in the next six days. Since missing two outings two weeks ago in order to give his knees some time off, he posted 20-plus points in four of five tilts, averaging 21.8 points (on 62.3 percent shooting), 5.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 34.4 minutes. Considering the production, expect his periods of rest to aid in similar lines as the season wears on.
Vucevic (ankle) will sit out Tuesday at Philadelphia, the Magic's official site reports.
Vucevic tripped over a cameraman during Monday's loss at Washington, resulting in a sprained left ankle. In his place, Jason Maxiell will get the nod at center, but expect Glen Davis to earn ample run in the Magic's frontcourt, as long as Vucevic is sidelined. Consider Vucevic questionable for Friday's game at New York.
Vucevic is questionable for Tuesday's game in Philadelphia due to a foot injury, Calkins Media reports.
A previously unreported foot concern is threatening Vucevic's status Tuesday. If he is held out, owners will certainly miss his nine double-doubles in 17 contests, with Glen Davis the likely replacement at center for the Magic.
Davis received a diagnosis of a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand Tuesday and will miss 4-to-6 weeks.
Following an evaluation Tuesday morning, Davis learned his fate - that his broken hand will keep him sidelined for at least the next four weeks. It's difficult to release him into the wilds of waivers in almost all formats due to a line that is impossible to replicate, meaning owners will have to suffer through less-than-desirable output as long as Davis is sidelined. In his stead, Ryan Anderson will start at power forward next to Jason Smith in the Pelicans' frontcourt.
12/03/13 - 1:26PM ETPau Gasol
: (Ankle) Plays in Full-Court Scrimmage
Gasol partook in the Lakers' 5-on-5, full-court scrimmage Tuesday. Speaking of his ankle, he said that it's "still a little sore but it's good to know that it's just a sprain. Good news, now I can push through it."
Gasol and a facilitating Kobe Bryant (Achilles) hooked up on a number of occasions, displaying the chemistry developed during the previous six campaigns. Before the diagnosis of a mildly sprained right ankle, Gasol put up only modest numbers Sunday, namely six points (3-15 FG), five boards, three assists, and one block in 25 minutes. Four days of rest should aid in the healing process, but consider him questionable to take the court Friday in Sacramento.
Nash (general soreness) said following Tuesday's practice that he's "very doubtful" to suit up Friday in Sacramento, the Lakers' official site reports.
Nash was able to take part in 5-on-5 scrimmage for 10 minutes Tuesday, which he intends to up to 15 minutes Wednesday. The Lakers figure to ease him into action in order to avoid rushing him back before his back is at a point where a setback won't occur. His entire age-40 season seems to be at risk if anything less than a cautious approach is taken, and thus, his first appearance since Nov. 10 is unknown.
12/03/13 - 12:55PM ETKobe Bryant
: Unhindered in Tuesday's Drills
Bryant (Achilles) was unhindered in Tuesday's full-court scrimmage, the Lakers' official site reports. Asked what Bryant was able to fit in, coach Mike D'Antoni said, "Everything...he looked good."
The appearance at practice marks Bryant's first of three this week, which will run through Thursday's drills. Although he acted primarily as a facilitator, setting up Pau Gasol on many occasions, Bryant also displayed his former hops by throwing down a left-handed jam. As long as he keeps up his level of activity, a return to the court in the Lakers' next tilt Friday in Sacramento may come to pass. However, it's far from a guarantee at this point.
12/03/13 - 11:07AM ETRoy Hibbert
: Another Impressive Game
Hibbert scored 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-5 FT) and pulled down 14 rebounds, to go along with three assists and a block on Monday night.
Hibbert was active on the glass on both ends of the court, as five of his rebounds came on the offensive side. The big man admittedly was looking to feed Paul George on the wing after his offensive boards, as the team needed three-point shooting to mount their comeback effort against Portland. The assists won't always be there, but fantasy owners are surely comfortable with the 14.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game Hibbert has averaged over his last 10 contests.
12/03/13 - 9:27AM ETRajon Rondo
: Decision His On Full Practice
Rondo (knee) will make a decision on when he practices in full, the Boston Globe reports.
Despite coach Brad Stevens relaying recently that Rondo's knee had improved little in the last two weeks, a league source seems to have contradicted that statement, in the process intimating that the point guard has received clearance to practice fully. Nevertheless, Rondo's situation is mirroring Derrick Rose's (knee) from a season ago, leaving his season debut a true unknown at this time.
Teague was assigned to Iowa of the D-League on Tuesday.
Teague has had limited playing time with the Bulls this season, even with the latest injury to star point guard Derrick Rose (knee). In nine games, he averaged 1.2 points and 0.8 assists. He will have the chance for regular minutes in the D-League to find his shot again for down the road.
12/03/13 - 9:11AM ETEnes Kanter
: Continues to Disappoint
Kanter disappointed and scored three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 FT) and grabbed two rebounds, playing 13 minutes on Monday.
Kanter, after a hot start to the season, has struggled to return from an ankle injury that he sustained back on Nov. 24. He has yet to return to the starting lineup after spraining his ankle and veterans Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams continue to take minutes from the third year big man. He had a season low in points, rebounds and minutes on Monday and has struggled coming off the bench. To add to the bad news is that the Jazz have won three of their last four without Kanter being much of a factor. If this trend continues, fantasy owners should look for other options besides the struggling Kanter.
12/03/13 - 8:45AM ETErsan Ilysova
: (Hamstring) Available Off Bench Tuesday
Ilyasova (hamstring) will be able to come off the bench Tuesday against the Celtics, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Ilyasova will make a return to the court, but in coming off the bench he may have his minutes somewhat limited. If he is able to play comfortably Tuesday, he will likely return to his typical role at forward quickly for the Bucks.