NBA Player News

Wednesday, April 16

  • 04/16/14 - 11:49AM ETChris Paul : Did Not Travel With Team
    Paul did not travel with the team for their final regular season game in Portland Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports.
    It appears that Paul will get the night off to rest up for the playoffs. It is likely that Darren Collison will get the start at point guard in Paul's absence.
  • 04/16/14 - 11:03AM ETStephen Curry : (Rest) Will Sit Out Wednesday
    Curry (rest) will sit out Wednesday's regular season finale against the Nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
    Curry will get an extra day to rest before the start of the playoffs. Steve Blake will start in his place.
  • 04/16/14 - 10:57AM ETDavid Lee : (Rest) Will Sit Wednesday
    Lee (rest) will sit out Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
    Lee will get a night off in preparation for the playoffs. Look for Marreese Speights to pick up most of the minutes left in his absence.
  • 04/16/14 - 10:51AM ETChandler Parsons : (Rest) Will Not Play Wednesday
    Coach Kevin McHale says that Parsons will not play in Wednesday regular season finale against the Pelicans in order to rest for the playoffs, the Rockets' official twitter reports.
    With a playoff spot all locked up, the Rockets will rest both Parsons and James Harden Wednesday. Expect the likes of Francisco Garcia, Jordan Hamilton, and Omri Casspi to get extended minutes in their absence.
  • 04/16/14 - 10:07AM ETJames Harden : (Rest) To Sit Wednesday
    Harden (rest) will sit out the Rockets' regular season finale on Wednesday.
    Harden will get a day off to prepare for the Rockets' playoff run. He will finish the 2013-14 regular season averaging 25.4 points, 6.1 assists and 4.7 boards in 38 minutes.
  • 04/16/14 - 9:31AM ETJoe Johnson : Out Wednesday
    Johnson (calf) is out for the team's regular season finale on Wednesday, ESPN New York reports.
    It seems the Nets are less worried about their seed and more about resting their players for the playoffs as Johnson is one of four players sitting on Wednesday. The veteran guard will finish the regular season averaging 15.8 points, 2.7 assists, and 3.4 boards in 33 minutes.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:51AM ETD.J. Augustin : (Personal) Will Play Wednesday
    Augustin (personal) will rejoin the team on Wednesday for the season finale following the birth of his son, the Chicago Tribune reports.
    Augustin missed Monday's game for the birth of his son but will play again Wednesday. He has averaged 20.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 30 minutes over the past four games, and will look to keep things rolling heading into the playoffs.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:44AM ETAnthony Bennett : (Knee) Could Play Wednesday
    Bennett (knee) could play Wednesday after participating in the team's contact practice on Tuesday, The News-Herald reports.
    Bennett hasn't played in a game since March 8, but he could take the floor for the team's season finale. The game has no purpose for the team, so they wouldn't risk Bennett's future health at this point. He will look to live up to the first overall draft status in 2014-15 after a disappointing rookie season.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:05AM ETLeBron James : (Rest) Out Wednesday
    James (rest) will sit out the team's regular season finale Wednesday.
    The Heat's priority of health over seed was evident when they sat both James and Bosh on Monday, so sitting them Wednesday is no surprise. James should be well rested going into the Heat's playoff run.
  • 04/16/14 - 7:57AM ETDwyane Wade : Expected To Play Wednesday
    Wade will likely suit up for the Heat in their final regular season on Wednesday, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
    Wade has been playing limited minutes in the last two games and sat out the nine previous to that. It seems as though he will work in some minutes on the season finale, but since the Heat have nothing to play for, he will probably play limited minutes again.
  • 04/16/14 - 7:01AM ETJameer Nelson : Not Ruled Out For Wednesday
    Nelson (groin) has sat out the last two games, but he has not been ruled out of playing Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
    Nelson has one more year on his contract, but of the $10 million he'd make next season, only $2 million is guaranteed, which could lead to the team waiving Nelson or using his contract as a trade chip this offseason. Considering that Wednesday might be his last game as a member of the Magic, we're expecting that Nelson will play.
  • 04/16/14 - 6:16AM ETBlake Griffin : (Suspension) Will Not Play Wednesday
    Griffin (suspension) will not travel with the team to Portland for their game Wednesday, the Clippers' official site reports.
    Griffin was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season Tuesday and will be suspended for Wednesday's game. While it may have been possible for Griffin to ask the league to rescind the foul and clear him to play Wednesday, the Clippers aren't even pursuing that route. They chose to leave Griffin home so that he didn't even have to travel with the team. Given that he suffered from back spasms a couple weeks ago, it's not a bad thing that Griffin get some rest heading into the playoffs.

Tuesday, April 15

  • 04/15/14 - 8:52PM ETBlake Griffin : Picks Up 16th Tech, Likely Suspended Wednesday
    Griffin was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season Tuesday and will be suspended for Wednesday's game unless the NBA decides to rescind the foul, the Clippers' official site reports.
    Griffin has had three other technical fouls rescinded by the league this season, so the Clippers are familiar with the appeals process. With 15 games on Wednesday, it'll be important to make sure you have healthy bodies in all possible positions. Griffin's status for Wednesday's game should be resolved by the middle of the afternoon Wednesday.
  • 04/15/14 - 6:34PM ETDanny Granger : (Hamstring) Could Practice This Week
    Granger (hamstring) may return to practice Thursday or Friday, the Clippers' official site reports.
    Granger will not play in either of the Clippers' final two games Tuesday or Wednesday. He is aiming to return for the playoffs, but it is unknown when that might happen and if the Clippers would aim to use him much even when he does.
  • 04/15/14 - 6:16PM ETJ.J. Redick : Will Play Tuesday, Sit Out Wednesday
    Redick is playing Tuesday, but he will sit out Wednesday's game, the Clippers' official site reports.
    Redick just returned from a back injury on April 4 and was having his minutes limited as well prior to the team's game last Saturday. The Clippers want him rested going into the playoffs.
  • 04/15/14 - 4:01PM ETJoe Johnson : (Calf) Starting Tuesday
    Johnson (calf) will take the floor Tuesday against the Knicks, the Bergen Record reports.
    The Nets are seemingly setting up Johnson to sit out the second of their back-to-back set Tuesday and Wednesday, with the season finale taking place in Cleveland. In the last five contests, he's averaged 17.6 points (on 47.9 percent shooting), 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers in 32.6 minutes.
  • 04/15/14 - 3:54PM ETPaul Pierce : (Shoulder) Playing Tuesday
    Pierce (shoulder) will take the court Tuesday against the Knicks, the Bergen Record reports.
    Among the menagerie of injuries he's dealt with in his career, Pierce has rarely suffered through a shoulder concern. However, a quick search of his medical history reveals just two other instances across 16 seasons with the particular body part. The output from his last five appearances -- 13 points (on 50 percent shooting), 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 treys in 25.8 minutes per game -- approximates his potential output. Moreover, don't be surprised if he sits out the second game of the team's back-to-back set Wednesday at Cleveland.
  • 04/15/14 - 3:51PM ETAmare' Stoudemire : (Knee) Will Play Tuesday, Unlikely Wednesday
    Stoudemire (knee) will play and is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game, the Knicks' official site reports. He is unlikely to play Wednesday with the game being the second part of a back-to-back.
    Stoudemire was a game-time decision Tuesday simply because the Knicks are out of playoff contention, and there's little long-term incentive in playing for the veteran. Daily games players may want to consider using Stoudemire. He's played 30-or-more minutes in each of the Knicks' last four games.
  • 04/15/14 - 3:43PM ETDeron Williams : (Knee) Starting Tuesday
    Williams (knee) will suit up Tuesday against the Knicks, the Bergen Record reports.
    Williams' bout with patella tendinitis in his right knee continues, but he'll gut it out for a second game in a row. With the Nets' rotation mostly intact, he shouldn't deviate much from his typical line on the season: 14.4 points (on 45 percent shooting), 6.2 dimes, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers in 32.2 minutes. Moreover, don't be surprised if he's ruled out for the back end of the team's back-to-back set Wednesday in Cleveland.
  • 04/15/14 - 3:33PM ETCarmelo Anthony : (Shoulder) Out for Season
    Anthony won't suit up for the Knicks' final two games of the season Tuesday and Wednesday due to a slight tear to his labrum, the Bergen Record reports.
    Anthony will avoid surgery for now, but an examination approximately one month from now will likely determine the rest of his offseason progresses. He's barely holding off LeBron James for the No. 2 spot among the league's top scorers, finishing the season with 27.4 points (on 45.2 percent shooting), 8.1 boards, 3.1 assists, 2.2 treys, and 1.2 swipes in 38.7 minutes per outing.
  • 04/15/14 - 2:07PM ETLaMarcus Aldridge : May Sit Out Wednesday
    Aldridge may sit out Wednesday's game for rest, the Oregonian reports.
    Aldridge would simply be getting the night off to rest ahead of the playoffs. If he sits out, Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson, or Joel Freeland could benefit with a move to the starting lineup.
  • 04/15/14 - 1:55PM ETMike Conley : Injured Hamstring Monday
    Conley injured his right hamstring during Monday's game, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
    Conley played through the injury to finish the game, and he doesn't think it will hold him out of Wednesday's game. However, there's a possibility that the Grizzlies simply decide to rest him Wednesday, so owners will want to watch for his status before tip-off.
  • 04/15/14 - 1:46PM ETGoran Dragic : (Ankle) Will Not Play Wednesday
    Dragic (ankle) will not play Wednesday, the Arizona Republic reports.
    Dragic was playing through a sprained left ankle, but with the Suns eliminated from the playoff picture like a fading Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future, Gerald Green will start at shooting guard. The Suns plan on playing their young guys more than usual Wednesday, so Green, though starting, may not play a full complement of starter minutes.
  • 04/15/14 - 11:40AM ETPaul George : (Rest) Out Wednesday
    George (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Magic, the Pacers' official site reports.
    George will get an extra day to rest before the playoffs. Evan Turner will likely start at small forward, with Chris Copeland also getting some extra minutes.
  • 04/15/14 - 11:38AM ETC.J. Watson : (Rest) Will Not Play Wednesday
    Watson (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Magic, the Pacers' official site reports.
    Watson will get a day off to prepare for the playoffs, with the Pacers already having secured the No. 1 seed in the East. George Hill will play the first half, and Donald Sloan will get most of the minutes at point guard in the second half.
  • 04/15/14 - 11:35AM ETLance Stephenson : (Rest) Out Wednesday
    Stephenson (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Magic, the Pacers' official site reports.
    Stephenson will sit out the team's regular season finale in preparation for the playoffs. Rasual Butler will likely get the start and most of the minutes at shooting guard.
  • 04/15/14 - 11:33AM ETDavid West : (Rest) Will Not Play Wednesday
    West (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Magic, the Pacers' official site reports.
    West will receive an off day in preparation for the playoffs. Look for Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen to get most of the minutes at power forward.
  • 04/15/14 - 11:28AM ETRoy Hibbert : Will Play First Half Wednesday
    Hibbert will play the first half of Wednesday's regular season finale against the Magic, the Pacers' official site reports.
    Hibbert may still be of use to fantasy owners in need of blocks Wednesday, but Ian Mahinmi will get more run at center and may be a decent option for those in desperate need of a fill in.
  • 04/15/14 - 11:18AM ETKemba Walker : Groin Feeling Fine
    Walker, who had been dealing with a sore groin, says he is fine now after returning to the court Monday after a two-game absence, the Charlotte Observer reports.
    This is good news for the Bobcats, as well as Walker's fantasy owners, as he will be at full strength for the team's season finale Wednesday against the Bulls.
  • 04/15/14 - 8:56AM ETO.J. Mayo : (Ankle) Did Not Play Monday
    Mayo (ankle) did not play in Monday's loss to the Raptors.
    Mayo has not played since March 24 and it seems unlikely that he will see the floor again this season, but he is still day-to-day and could be available to play in Wednesday's season finale against the Hawks.
  • 04/15/14 - 8:05AM ETAmar'e Stoudemire : (Rest) A Game-Time Call Tuesday
    Stoudemire (rest) is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Newsday reports.
    Stoudemire will reportedly decide himself whether he'll play or not Tuesday. The veteran has averaged over 15 points during his past five games, but with the Knicks out of the playoff picture, his status is really up in the air.
  • 04/15/14 - 7:58AM ETJoe Johnson : (Calf) Game-Time Decision Tuesday
    Johnson (calf) will be a game-time decision to play Tuesday versus the Knicks, the New York Post reports.
    Johnson could be rested along with numerous other Nets for Tuesday's second-to-last regular season outing. As a result, Brooklyn could piece together a starting lineup of mostly reserves, so fantasy owners may have to be resourceful with lineup decisions.
  • 04/15/14 - 7:56AM ETDeMar DeRozan : Dealing With Hand Injury
    DeRozan has been bothered recently by stitches in the webbing of his left hand, the Toronto Sun reports.
    He's been playing through the injury since it happened on April 2, but with the Raptors' playoff seed now locked in DeRozan could sit for the final game of the regular season as well to let it heal up as much as possible before the postseason.
  • 04/15/14 - 7:52AM ETDeron Williams : (Ankle) Game-Time Call Tuesday
    Williams (knee) is a game-time decision to play Tuesday, the New York Post reports.
    Williams' right patella tendonitis forced him out of a game last week and with the Nets firmly in the playoffs, the point guard could be rested again Tuesday. If Williams is unavailable, the inexperienced combo of Marquis Teague and Jorge Gutierrez would figure to handle extended duties versus the Knicks.
  • 04/15/14 - 7:47AM ETPaul Pierce : (Shoulder) Game-Time Decision Tuesday
    Pierce (shoulder) is considered a game-time decision to play Tuesday versus the Knicks, the New York Post reports.
    Pierce could be rested as a precaution to ensure the veteran is in top condition for Brooklyn's upcoming playoff series. Along with Pierce, teammates Deron Williams (knee) and Joe Johnson (calf) are also game-time decisions, so the Nets could trot out an unfamiliar starting five Tuesday night.
  • 04/15/14 - 7:33AM ETAlan Anderson : (Abdomen) Ruled Out Tuesday
    Anderson (abdomen) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against New York, The Record reports.
    Anderson will likely be rested for Brooklyn's two remaining regular season games to ensure he's fresh for the playoffs. With that in mind, fantasy owners are advised to look elsewhere this week.
  • 04/15/14 - 7:30AM ETShaun Livingston : (Toe) Remains Out Tuesday
    Livingston (toe) will miss Tuesday's game against the Knicks, The Record reports.
    Livingston's sprained toe will cost him a fourth straight contest, and although he previously hoped to return before the playoffs, that seems unlikely with Wednesday marking Brooklyn's regular season finale. He'll miss Tuesday's game and probably won't play much if he's actually available Wednesday. As a result, Andrei Kirilenko should continue to start, with Marcus Thornton seeing increased action off the bench.
  • 04/15/14 - 7:24AM ETCarmelo Anthony : (Shoulder) Questionable Tuesday
    Anthony (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets, ESPN New York reports.
    Anthony's right shoulder has hampered him for over a week now and with the Knicks officially eliminated from playoff contention, the All-Star risking further aggravation doesn't seem sensible. He did not participate in Tuesday morning's shootaround, so Anthony's status to play versus Brooklyn is probably closer to doubtful. Should he indeed sit out, Iman Shumpert could enter the Knicks' starting lineup.
  • 04/15/14 - 4:02AM ETAndrew Bogut : Rib Is Broken
    Bogut's injury has been diagnosed as a broken rib, the San Jose Mercury News reports. His return date is indefinite at this time.
    Jermaine O'Neal got the start at center in Monday night's win over Minnesota and will be the primary fill-in going forward into the postseason.

Monday, April 14

  • 04/14/14 - 8:32PM ETChandler Parson : (Hip) Scores 21 In Return
    Parsons (hip) scored 21 points (7-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT) while adding seven rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes Monday.
    Following a one-game absence due to sore hip, Parsons looked sharp in the Rockets' win. The forward didn't miss a beat, continuing his strong month, one in which he's averaging 19.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Parsons has stepped it up when it matters most for fantasy owners.
  • 04/14/14 - 7:39PM ETTim Duncan : (Knee) Logs 30 Minutes In Return
    Duncan (knee) scored 12 points (4-10 FG, 4-4 FT) to go along with nine rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes Monday.
    After sitting out Saturday's contest in what now looks like a precautionary move, Duncan was back in the starting lineup on Monday. While he didn't produce his normal output, the big man got a nice tuneup before the playoffs begin this weekend.
  • 04/14/14 - 7:07PM ETRajon Rondo : (Leg) Near Triple-Double In Return
    Rondo (leg) just missed a triple-double in 35 minutes Monday against Philadelphia as he scored eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, 14 assists and two steals.
    Rondo has averaged 14.0 assists over his last three games and is ending his injury-shortened season on a high note.
  • 04/14/14 - 5:07PM ETKent Bazemore : (Foot) Surgery Scheduled For Wednesday
    Bazemore will have surgery on his foot Wednesday at Stanford University, the Orange County Register reports.
    He is out for the season, and with a torn tendon in his right foot, surgery and rehab will be the only thing in Bazemore's near future. The Lakers continue to start Jodie Meeks and Kendall Marshall in the backcourt.
  • 04/14/14 - 4:54PM ETChandler Parsons : (Hip) Starting Monday
    Parsons (hip) will play and get the start Monday against the Spurs.
    Look for Parsons to see his typical run Monday, as the Rockets will get a nice opportunity for a pre-postseason tuneup against the No. 1 seeded Spurs.
  • 04/14/14 - 4:23PM ETAustin Rivers : Starting Monday
    Rivers will start again at point guard Monday against the Thunder, the Pelicans' official site reports.
    Brian Roberts is out of the lineup with an ankle injury, and Rivers, who scored 18 points in a start Friday, could see plenty of run over the Pelicans' final two games.
  • 04/14/14 - 4:21PM ETTyreke Evans : (Knee) Returns To Action Monday
    Evans (knee) was a last-minute addition to the Pelicans' starting lineup Monday against the Thunder, the team's official site reports.
    The team reported that Evans wouldn't play Monday, but shortly before tipoff, they announced that he would start in the backcourt next to Austin Rivers. Evans should be a solid play for owners, as the Pelicans really aren't starting any legitimate offensive options Monday.
  • 04/14/14 - 4:18PM ETBrian Roberts : (Ankle) Out Monday
    Roberts (ankle) won't play Monday versus the Thunder, the Pelicans' official site reports.
    Roberts sprained his ankle Friday, and with the Pelicans motivated to get a very high pick in the lottery so as not to lose the pick to Philadelphia, we may have seen the last of him this season.
  • 04/14/14 - 4:11PM ETReggie Jackson : (Neck) Will Play Monday
    Jackson (neck) will play Monday at New Orleans, with Russell Westbrook (rest) out of the lineup, the The Oklahoman reports.
    Jackson exited Sunday's game with a neck injury but will nonetheless be a solid fantasy option Monday with Westbrook on the bench.
  • 04/14/14 - 4:07PM ETNene Hilario : (Knee) Active Monday
    Nene (knee) is on the active roster Monday and thus could see some run against the Heat, NBA.com reports.
    Nene has yet to play more than 20 minutes since returning from injury and isn't a very enticing option due to his lack of run, as the Wizards are trying to preserve him for the playoffs.
  • 04/14/14 - 3:57PM ETKawhi Leonard : (Rest) Out Monday
    Leonard (rest) won't play Monday at Houston.
    The Spurs are sitting several of their regulars, Leonard among them. Damion James will start at small forward but isn't necessarily a great start for daily leaguers, as he's a pretty volatile and unproven option.
  • 04/14/14 - 3:54PM ETTiago Splitter : (Rest) Out Monday
    Splitter (rest) won't play Monday in Houston.
    Damion James and Aron Baynes will start in the frontcourt with Tim Duncan, as the Spurs are resting several players, including Splitter, who should be out of fantasy lineups Monday.
  • 04/14/14 - 3:52PM ETPatty Mills : (Rest) Out Monday
    Mills (rest) won't play Monday in Houston.
    The Spurs are resting several players Monday, with Tony Parker and Marco Belinelli starting in the backcourt. Make sure Mills is out of the lineup.
  • 04/14/14 - 3:51PM ETDanny Green : (Rest) Out Monday
    Green (rest) won't play Monday at Houston.
    Marco Belinelli, who will start at the two Monday, makes for a solid fantasy option in Green's absence.
  • 04/14/14 - 3:44PM ETJameer Nelson : (Groin) Out Monday
    Nelson (groin) won't play Monday in Chicago, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
    Nelson was out of action Sunday, and it seems with the Magic out of contention, his 2013-14 season may be over. His last chance to take the court will be Wednesday against the Pacers, but Victor Oladipo should start at point guard again in Nelson's absence.
  • 04/14/14 - 3:18PM ETRajon Rondo : (Leg) Starting Monday
    Rondo (leg) will return Monday and start at Philadelphia, after missing the last two games, CSNNE reports.
    Rondo isn't a lock to see major run but will probably be a good source of assists and steals, even if the Celtics are conservative with his minutes.
  • 04/14/14 - 3:13PM ETDeMar DeRozan : Out Monday To Rest
    DeRozan will get the night off to rest Monday against the Bucks, the Toronto Star reports.
    This comes as a big blow for owners, as DeRozan is having a breakout season, but nonetheless, make sure he's out of your lineup Monday. Terrence Ross should get some extra shots, and John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez should see increased minutes.
  • 04/14/14 - 11:05AM ETBradley Beal : (Illness) Says He Will Play Monday
    Despite feeling ill during Monday morning's shootaround, Beal expects to play against the Heat, CSN Washington reports.
    Beal was noticeably uncomfortable Monday morning, but he understands the importance of the evening's game for the Wizards' playoff seeding. The Wizards need to win Monday night to hang on to the No. 6 seed, and Beal feels personally obligated to step in and guard Dwayne Wade, a matchup that he takes "personally." He'll undoubtedly be a bit under the weather, but it remains to be seen how much this will affect his performance.
  • 04/14/14 - 10:46AM ETLuol Deng : (Back) Out For Wednesday's Finale
    Deng (back ) will miss Wednesday's season finale, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
    The Cavaliers don't have anything left to play for, so there's no reason to get Deng in the lineup if he is still sore. Deng, who will become a free agent this summer, averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 40 games with the Cavaliers this season.
  • 04/14/14 - 9:53AM ETChris Bosh : (Rest) Likely Out Monday
    Bosh (rest) is a candidate to take a seat Monday night against the Wizards, Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
    Bosh has played 35 minutes or more in five of the Heat's seven games in April, and will likely take a seat alongside Lebron James Monday night. Although the Heat remain in contention for the east's top seed, they appear to have placed going into the playoffs well-rested as a higher priority. Michael Beasley would be the most likely candidate to start in his place.
  • 04/14/14 - 9:49AM ETLeBron James : May Not Play Monday
    James (rest) is a candidate to take a seat Monday night against the Wizards, Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
    James has played 35 minutes or more in each of the Heat's past six games, and will likely take a seat along with Chris Bosh Monday night. Although the Heat remain in contention for the east's top seed, they appear to have placed going into the playoffs well-rested as a higher priority. Shane Battier would be the most likely candidate to start in his place.
  • 04/14/14 - 9:38AM ETChandler Parsons : (Hip) Intends To Play Monday
    Parsons reported continued soreness in his hip but intends to suit up Monday versus the Spurs, the Rockets' official site reports.
    Given what's at stake -- home-court advantage in the first round -- Parsons will seemingly gut it out for the honor of hosting the Blazers. His standard from the five outings prior to Saturday's DNP, though, will be difficult to match: 20 points (on 46.6 percent shooting), five assists, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 threes, and 2.2 steals in 36.2 minutes per game.
  • 04/14/14 - 9:29AM ETKemba Walker : (Groin) Expected To Play Monday
    Walker (groin) emerged from morning shootaround OK and is expected to take the court Monday in Atlanta, the Charlotte Observer reports.
    Sidelined the past two tilts due to a sore groin, Walker is now good to go during the home stretch before the playoffs. The Bobcats can still attain the sixth seed in the East with two wins and a loss by the Wizards, so the point guard should be particularly motivated to produce. In his return, he'll push Luke Ridnour back to the bench.
  • 04/14/14 - 9:22AM ETKyle Korver : Resting Monday Night
    Korver (rest) will take a seat Monday agains the Bobcats, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
    The Hawks are the only team in the east who know what their playoff seed will be, and will rest Korver, along with DeMarre Carrol and Paul Millsap as a result.
  • 04/14/14 - 9:16AM ETPaul Millsap : Will Rest Monday Night
    Millsap (rest) will take a seat Monday agains the Bobcats, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
    The Hawks are the only team in the east who know what their playoff seed will be, and will rest Millsap, along with DeMarre Carrol and Kyle Korver as a result.
  • 04/14/14 - 9:06AM ETRajon Rondo : (Shin) Questionable Monday
    Rondo (shin) is questionable for Monday's game against the Sixers, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com reports.
    Rondo is at risk to miss his third straight game, and with the Celtics sitting at 25-55 with nothing to truly play for, it wouldn't be overly surprising to see him sit once again. If he's out, Avery Bradley and Phil Pressey will take on the majority of the point guard minutes, and could both be in the starting lineup once again.
  • 04/14/14 - 8:48AM ETBrandon Knight : (Hamstring) Will Play Monday
    Knight (hamstring) says he will play Monday night against the Raptors, Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
    Knight participated in Monday morning's shootaround, and has declared himself good to go for Monday night. After being a late scratch Saturday against the Wizards, it looks as if the point guard will miss just that contest. Ramon Sessions will return to a reserve role as a result.
  • 04/14/14 - 8:44AM ETMelvin Ely : Signs With Pelicans Monday
    Ely signed with the Pelicans on Monday, Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
    Ely will take the roster spot of Greg Stiemsma, who was waived by the Pelicans on Monday. He's expected to see a deep reserve role, leaving him with little fantasy utility with two games remaining on the schedule.
  • 04/14/14 - 8:41AM ETGreg Stiemsma : Waived By Pelicans Monday
    Stiemsma was waived by the Pelicans on Monday, Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans TImes-Picayune reports.
    Stiemsma had been seeing his minutes decrease of late, leading up to this eventual roster move by the Pelicans. He'll finish the 2013-14 season with averages of 2.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. Melvin Ely will take his spot on the roster.
  • 04/14/14 - 8:14AM ETAndrew Bynum : (Knee) Hopes To Be Available For Playoffs
    Bynum will be brought back slowly, but the Pacers hope he will be available to help them in the playoffs, the Indianapolis Star reports. "Obviously we brought him in for one reason and that's the playoffs," team president Larry Bird stated.
    Bynum has played just two games since being acquired by the Pacers, and has been on the inactive list since mid-March due to his ailing knees. The Pacers hope the swelling that flared up can be managed in time for the playoffs, but will continue to proceed cautiously, with the hopes of having the big man available for a deep playoff run. Bird added further comments on Bynum in his interview, stating that "People don't remember but two years ago, he's probably the best center in the league. So if we can get anything out of him, 15-18 minutes a game, he can play. We know he can play, it's just getting him out there." It's clear Bird intends to use his $1 million asset, but the exact timing of Bynum's return to action remains to be seen.
  • 04/14/14 - 7:21AM ETKevin Martin : May Have Plantar Fasciitis
    Martin says his sore right foot may be due to plantar fasciitis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He returned Sunday after missing five games due to the injury, but scored just two points in 18 minutes.
    It's not clear how much he'll play in the final two games of the season. However, this is an injury that will be worth monitoring in the offseason.
  • 04/14/14 - 3:43AM ETFestus Ezeli : (Knee) Cleared For Contact
    Ezeli (knee) has been cleared for contact and could begin practicing soon, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
    At this point, there's little Ezeli can do to help fantasy teams. He's an elite shot blocker and it's possible Ezeli could help in that category if he can get up to speed in time to play in one of the final two regular season games.
  • 04/14/14 - 3:37AM ETArnett Moultrie : (Suspension) Eligible To Suit Up Monday
    Moultrie has served his five-game suspension for violating drug policies, and he'll be eligible to suit up for Monday's game against the Celtics.
    Moultrie hasn't contributed much for the Sixers this season, and he'll have a negligible fantasy impact for the remainder of the year despite their hole at the center position.
 
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