03/10/14 - 6:25PM ETJohn Henson
: Still Has Discomfort In Wrist
Henson is still bothered by his right wrist that he sprained earlier this year, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. "Just one of those things, man," Henson said. "I've just got to work on getting my confidence back up and hopefully get my way out of this mini sophomore slump I'm going through. It's just a matter of time, and I've just got to get my confidence and play back up."
Henson is averaging just 8.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 23.4 minutes per game over his last 10 games. He has still proven to be a good source of blocks, but he's not the must-start option he was earlier in the season. Continue to monitor his minutes, as that will be the key to his return to fantasy prominence.
Garnett is out with back spasms Monday, The Record reports.
This news came out two minutes before tip-off Monday, after previous reports all indicated Garnett would make his return after missing the last five games. Consider him day-to-day, but he only carries weight in deeper leagues right now.
Wade will take the court for Monday's game, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
This is worth reporting, as he played a season-high 40 minutes in Sunday's game. It's an encouraging sign that the veteran will be able to take the court 24 hours later, but it would still be a surprise if his knee maintenance program didn't sideline him a couple more times before the end of the season.
Garnett (back) will return to the lineup Monday against the Raptors, the New York Daily News reports.
Before missing the last five outings due to back spasms, Garnett held a second-half line of 5.5 points (on 52.6 percent shooting) and 5.3 boards in 15.8 minutes. It's difficult to expect more run in his first game back, especially with Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee both healthy.
Varejao is expected to increase his workload to 15 minutes in the Cavaliers' next contest Wednesday in Phoenix, barring a setback, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Varejao "felt pretty good" following his return Saturday from an 11-game absence due to a sore lower back, but his recovery will continue to be monitored closely, which will ultimately determine his run Wednesday. Expect Spencer Hawes to garner the majority of the minutes at center in the meantime, with Tyler Zeller also chipping in down low.
Kirilenko (ankle) is a game-time decision for Monday's contest versus the Raptors, ESPN New York reports.
After sustaining a right ankle sprain during Sunday's win against the Kings, Kirilenko is left with questionable status Monday. Because Kevin Garnett (back) and Paul Pierce (shoulder) are also game-time calls, the Nets may be forced to use a frontcourt rotation composed of Andray Blatche, Mason Plumlee, and Jason Collins.
Pekovic didn't practice Monday due to his greater-than-expected workload since returning to action from a bout with bursitis in his right ankle, NBA.com reports.
Despite a well-reported, 20-minute cap upon his first game back in the fold, Pekovic has logged at least 24 in each of the last five contests, culminating in a 33-minute outing Sunday. Hence, the reason for the day off Monday, which should allow him to approach similar run in the Timberwolves' next tilt Tuesday against the Bucks.
Chandler won't play Monday versus the Sixers as a result of a personal matter, the Bergen Record reports.
Chandler has posted three consecutive double-doubles, and seven in the last 10 games, but a personal concern will keep him away from the team Monday. His replacement at center is unclear, but as long as he's out, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony should handle much of the run in the Knicks' frontcourt.
Chandler may not play Monday against the Sixers due to a personal concern, ESPN New York reports.
Chandler has boosted his workload and efficiency since the break, averaging 11.3 points (on 55.7 percent shooting), 13.9 boards, 1.3 blocks, 1.2 assists, and 0.7 steals in 34.5 minutes across 12 second-half outings. An absence would likely result in some severe reshuffling of the lineup, with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony manning the two frontcourt spots.
Teague will start Monday's game at Utah, despite requiring attention on a concern with his ear, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Teague arrived at morning shootaround in street clothes, but there seems to be little to worry about regarding his potential workload. Meanwhile, he's missed one of the Hawks' 10 games since the break due to an ankle issue, but his scoring has nonetheless been a bit elevated. During that span, he's averaged 17.9 points (on 48 percent shooting), 5.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 threes in 31.7 minutes. Continue to utilize him in all formats.
Bennett has been diagnosed with a patellar strain in his left knee and will be sidelined for three weeks, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Bennett has been afflicted by knee soreness since late February, resulting in one game missed and a general reduction in minutes. Over the past seven outings, he has one DNP-CD on the ledger, while averaging a measly 4.3 points (on 43.5 percent shooting) and one rebound in 10.5 minutes. Considering the timetable, he'll likely remain out of the Cavaliers' lineup through March.
03/10/14 - 10:47AM ETKyrie Irving
: (Illness) Missed Monday's Practice
Irving missed Monday's practice due to an illness, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Irving has shot better than his shooting percentage on the season, 42.8, in six of the last seven games. During that span, he's averaging 24.6 points (on 45.9 percent shooting), 7.4 dimes, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 treys, and 2.1 steals in 39.4 minutes. Despite the elevated line, consider him questionable for the Cavaliers' next contest Wednesday in Phoenix.
03/10/14 - 9:23AM ETRajon Rondo
: Contained to One Game in Back-to-Backs
Rondo will continue to sit out one end of back-to-back sets, the Boston Herald reports. After taking the court Tuesday at Indiana, he'll miss Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
Rondo's body continues to ail him, especially his Achilles tendons and legs, thereby ensuring the aforementioned scheduling quirk. No matter, his splits since the break cannot be denied, as he's averaged 15.1 points (on 37.9 percent shooting), 10.9 dimes, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.3 treys in 35.3 minutes across eight outings.
Oladipo (ankle) took part in morning shootaround but will likely be a true game-time call Monday at Milwaukee, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Coach Jacque Vaughn relayed his concerns about Oladipo's workload following last Sunday's 39-minute outing, which precipitated two absences due to general soreness in the guard's left ankle. The decision will come down to the 8 PM ET tipoff, meaning the Magic prefer to see how Oladipo emerges from pregame warmups. If he takes a seat, Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo should compose the starting backcourt, while Ronnie Price and E'Twaun Moore experience increased relevance in Oladipo's stead.
Pierce (shoulder) is listed as day-to-day, New York Newsday reports.
Pierce's right shoulder has been a bother for some time now, and after aggravating the injury in outings Friday and Sunday, the Nets will determine his status on a game-by-game basis. The most recent iteration of the ailment took place Sunday, when he attempted to play but left the court for good just 1:13 into the first quarter on a hard hit from the Kings' Jason Thompson. Consequently, consider Pierce questionable for Monday's tilt against the Raptors.
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.