12/11/13 - 3:37PM ETRudy Gay
: Unlikely to Play Wednesday, Trade Not Complete
Gay is unlikely to make his Kings debut Wednesday due to the trade not yet being official, Canada.com reports.
Greivis Vasquez has yet to arrive in Toronto and will not complete his physical until Thursday, which will delay Gay's debut until Friday.
12/11/13 - 12:02PM ETDerrick Favors
: (Back) Expects To Play Wednesday
Favors (back) is expected to play Wednesday against the Kings, the Deseret News reports.
Favors sat out the past two games due to lower back soreness. It's unsure if his minutes will be limited, but he is expected to start, so that should be an indication that he will play a good amount of minutes.
Carter-Williams (knee) will not play Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
This will be the fourth consecutive game that Carter-Williams has sat out due to soreness and a skin infection on his right knee. Look at a possible return for him on Friday, when the Sixers take on the Raptors. Tony Wroten will continue to start in his place.
12/11/13 - 8:32AM ETJeff Taylor
: Expected to Play Wednesday
Taylor (heel) is expected to play against Orlando on Wednesday.
Coming off a 20-point, eight-rebound game against Philadelphia, there's reason to like Taylor's chances of providing numbers while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is out for Charlotte. His low field-goal percentage of 39.2 indicates he could be a liability in that category, but minutes shouldn't be a problem.
Biedrins appears to be all healed up from an ankle injury that sidelined him for the beginning of the season.
Biedrins has seen more playing time of late, but it's most likely the result of Marvin Williams (heel) and Derrick Favors (back) being held out of the lineup with injuries. The veteran Latvian could continue to see minutes when these two players return, but it will likely be in a limited capacity, which won't lead to much production.
12/11/13 - 6:16AM ETTy Lawson
: Hopes to Play Friday
Lawson (hamstring) is hoping to return to action Friday night against the Jazz the Denver Post reports.
Lawson has been sidelined for two consecutive games but is hoping the extra time off will allow him to get back on the court. Lawson is having a very good year thus far averaging 19.3 points, eight assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game, all on pace for career highs.
12/11/13 - 5:30AM ETDerrick Favors
: (Back) Injury not a Recurring Problem
Favors' (back) injury is not recurring from the same incident that gave him problems when he was participating at Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas this past summer, the Deseret News reports. When asked about the origin of the injury, Favors said that it was "nothing too serious" and that it "just kind of got tight."
Owners of Favors have undoubtedly been concerned with this injury that came out of nowhere. It appears that it's just the result of the normal daily grind that most players have to deal with at some point during the season. The Jazz, however, don't have much to play for and won't want to risk the health of a player they've put a lot of stock into for a season that's already in the tanks. Consider Favors a game-time decision for Wednesday's tilt against the Kings.
Burks has averaged 18.3 points on 49 percent shooting over his last seven games, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. He has been able to play solely shooting guard with Trey Burke in the lineup, which is his "natural position," coach Ty Corbin said.
When Burke was out of the lineup earlier in the season, Burks was forced to play significant time at point guard. This resulted in inconsistent production as he was uncomfortable with its responsibilities. Burks now plays shooting guard behind Gordon Hayward but has gotten consistent minutes off the bench all year, which will likely continue. The third-year player has a high ceiling and this recent string of productivity may be the sign that Burks is figuring things out.
Wade (rest) will take the court for Tuesday's contest at Indiana, the Pacers' official site reports.
After sitting three of the previous four games, Wade will start at shooting guard, despite being absent from morning shootaround. He's knocked down at least 50 percent of his shots in six consecutive outings, averaging 21.3 points (on 60.2 percent shooting), 4.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 34 minutes. Similar production may be hard to come by against the Pacers' wicked staunch defense.
Granger (calf) may not make his season debut Friday versus the Bobcats, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Coach Frank Vogel held back his displeasure nicely following Granger's proclamation that there's a "good chance" he plays Friday. The fact that Granger relayed his hopes surprised Vogel more than anything, though the wing may still receive the green light to make his return later this week. When Granger does suit up for his season debut, he won't be a part of the starting five, as he'll subtly be eased into the rotation in order to avoid breaking up what is clearly working splendidly.
Favors (back) participated in practice Tuesday and is a game-time call for Wednesday's contest versus the Kings.
Favors' lower back has become less sore of late, and his presence at practice is a decent sign that he'll miss just two tilts as a result of the ailment. If he fails to receive clearance, Jeremy Evans will likely remain in the starting five, with Enes Kanter leading the way in the Jazz's frontcourt.
12/10/13 - 11:49AM ETJeremy Lin
: Expecting To Play Thursday
Lin (knee) returned to practice Tuesday and will take the court with no limitations Thursday in Portland, the Rockets' official site reports.
The appearance at practice was Lin's first since suffering a Grade 1 knee sprain on Nov. 27, as he fulfills the initial prognosis of two weeks out of commission. On Thursday, he'll slot into the rotation behind starting point guard Patrick Beverley, a role in which he's averaged 14.8 points (on 51.3 percent shooting), four assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals, one trey, and 0.8 blocks in 29.8 minutes.
Deng (Achilles) won't suit up Tuesday against the Bucks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Prior to Saturday's game, which Deng missed, coach Tom Thibodeau relayed that he believed his wing was sitting out due to a calf injury. However, Deng is actually enduring an Achilles concern, which is one area of his body that hasn't ailed him during his career. It's unclear how long owners can expect him to remain sidelined, but for now, consider him questionable for Wednesday's game in New York. In his place, Taj Gibson is expected to enter the starting five.
Wade (rest) didn't take part in morning shootaround, but coach Erik Spoelstra said that everyone should be available Tuesday at Indiana, Turner Sports reports. However, Spoelstra reiterated, "I will make that decision tonight."
Wade's absence from shootaround is a bit concerning, especially after he sat out the Heat's previous contest Sunday in order to fit in a rest day. However, because the showdown marks their first meeting since last season's Eastern Conference Finals and pits the clear top teams in the conference, it would surprise if Spoelstra holds Wade to the pine for the fourth time in five games. In any case, consider Wade a game-time call, with Ray Allen likely entering the starting five, if he's absent.
Billups (knee) will play Tuesday vs. the Timberwolves, Dave Pemberton of the Oakland Press reports.
It will mark Billups' first game since Nov. 12 with the knee issues sidelining him for the past 14 games. With both Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum out with injuries at the moment, Billups could seemingly be in line for 20-plus minutes right away in his return to the court.
Granger (calf) said there's a "good chance" he'll make his season debut Friday against the Bobcats, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Granger got some extra work in during Tuesday's practice and appeared to be moving around fine, declaring after the session that he's now pain-free. The forward indicated that he'll just need further conditioning before he starts feeling normal again, so expect coach Frank Vogel to use him lightly in his rotation, at least initially. Once he's fully healthy, he could settle into a sixth man role so as not to break up the cohesion shown by the starting lineup thus far in the Pacers' 18-3 start to the season.
Harrington (knee) will undergo knee surgery and be out for at least four weeks, the Washington Post reports.
Harrington has been unable to play since injuring his knee on Nov. 12. He originally tried to return without undergoing surgery but recently experienced a setback during rehab. Before the injury, Harrington was averaging 7.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Harrington's absence coupled with Nene Hilario's leg injury should mean that Trevor Booker and Jan Vesely should play a larger role in the Wizards' frontcourt, thus increasing the fantasy value for both big men.
Martin (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against Cleveland, Newsday reports.
Originally considered probable for the game, it appears the Knicks have backed off from that stance and will see how Martin moves around during warmups before reaching a decision on his status. He's seen about 17 minutes per game when he's been in the lineup this season but could be in line for more work than that if healthy against a formidable Cavs' frontcourt. If he's unable to go Tuesday, Metta World Peace would join the starting lineup in his stead.
Douglas returned to action Monday night, after missing 14 games with a stress reaction in his left tibia, the San Jose Mercury News reports. He played two minutes and scored three points in a loss to Charlotte.
Douglas got into the game in the first half and then never played again. He said after the game he was fine to return, but coach Mark Jackson didn't call upon him.
Nene (foot/Achilles/leg) will not play Monday, the Washington Post reports.
Nene is dealing with a myriad of injuries and recently said that he wants to be smart and allow them all to heal before he ends up hurting himself further by trying to play through everything. It's possible we could see Nene sit out for a few more games, but the fact that the team hasn't announced any long-term plan for his recovery makes him officially day-to-day.
Carter-Williams (knee) will not play Monday, the Sixers' official site reports.
Carter-Williams remains day-to-day with an infection in his knee that is still causing him some soreness. He was not allowed to dress, and there's no specific timetable that's been announced for his return. While it may sound like a minor issue, there's no telling how quickly the infection will subside, leaving MCW's status for the Sixers' games Thursday, Friday and Saturday in question.
12/09/13 - 2:26PM ETTyreke Evans
: (Ankle) Out for 1-2 Weeks
Evans will miss the next one-to-two weeks with the sprained left ankle he suffered in last Friday's game, the Times-Picayune reports.
Evans had a severely sprained left ankle in the preseason that kept him sidelined from October 5 to October 25. If his latest injury is in anyway as severe, it's possible we won't see Evans back on the court until December 27, but the two-week timetable has him returning on December 21, just one game before what would be his first game playing in Sacramento as a member of the Pelicans.
12/09/13 - 11:47AM ETSteve Nash
: (Soreness) Return Date Uncertain
Nash (general soreness) is still unsure as to when he will return to action, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Nash has failed to log a minute of action since Nov. 10. It's unclear exactly when he will be able to play a significant amount of minutes again, so it's best to keep him on your bench for the time being.
Williams (ankle) expects to play in Tuesday's contest against the Celtics, The Record reports.
It appears that Williams will finally make his return Tuesday after missing the past nine games due to an ankle injury. Make sure to check back before Tuesday's game to ensure that he's in the lineup.
12/09/13 - 9:53AM ETPaul Pierce
: (Hand) May Return Tuesday
Pierce (hand) could play in Tuesday's contest against the Celtics, the Boston Herald reports.
Pierce appears to be way ahead of schedule. If everything goes well in Monday's practice, he could end up seeing the court Tuesday. If he does end up playing Tuesday, don't expect a huge stat line from him as the Nets will likely play it safe and ease him back into the rotation.
Pierce (broken hand) was surprisingly able to practice Monday, The Record reports.
Pierce somehow returned to practice just one week after being diagnosed with a broken hand. It looks like he has a good chance to return towards the beginning of his original 2-4 week timetable, if not sooner.
Carter-Williams (knee) was released from the hospital Sunday and is considered day-to-day, the Delaware County Times reports.
Carter-Williams did not participate in Monday's morning shootaround, indicating that he probably won't be able to suit up against the Clippers on Monday. Tony Wroten made the most of his additional minutes over the weekend, scoring 20 points in both of Philadelphia's games. While Monday may be pushing it, Carter-Williams is seemingly poised to return before the end of the week. The 76ers face Minnesota on Wednesday and Toronto on Friday.