Noah went off for 23 points (9-15 FG, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and five blocks in 41 minutes in the win over the Kings on Saturday.
Noah took the DeMarcus Cousins challenge and came away with both the win and the statistical edge. He is clearly the focus of both the offense and defense for the Bulls and has averaged 7.4 dimes over his last five games.
Cousins provided 25 points (10-21 FG, 5-7 FT) with 14 rebounds and four steals in the loss to the Bulls on Saturday. He played 38 minutes.
Cousins has four straight double-doubles and has averaged 21.3 points and 15.0 rebounds in that span. Only his own bad behavior can keep the fourth-year center off the court at this point.
03/15/14 - 7:49PM ETPaul George
: Tallies 30 Points Saturday
George scored 30 points (9-19 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 10-10 FT) with eight rebounds and seven assists in the overtime win against the Pistons on Saturday. He played 46 minutes and had three steals.
George looks like he is coming out of a long slump and has hit 51.4 percent of his field goals over his last five games. He has scored 55 points in his last two games. George may lead some teams to fantasy gold in the last five weeks of the season.
Millsap provided 24 points (6-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 11-16 FT) with 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks in 37 minutes in the win over Denver on Saturday.
The Hawks have strung together three wins and Millsap has averaged 21.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in the streak. The Hawks are holding off the surging Knicks as the schedule has loosened up. Millsap has taken advantage.
Faried had 25 points (9-13 FG, 7-13 FT) and seven rebounds in the loss to the Hawks on Saturday.
Faried has averaged 25.0 points in his last three games and has hit 66.2 percent of his shots in his last five games. He is hustling his way into the hearts and minds of his fantasy owners with his late season renaissance.
Wall went off for 33 points (10-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 9-10 FT) in the comeback win over the Nets on Saturday. He added four rebounds, six assists, and two steals.
Wall has been draining 3-pointers of late and has hit 11 long range shots in his last three games (during which he is averaging 25.7 points). His 10 free throws were his most since taking 13 against the Celtics on Jan. 22.
Drummond injured his neck five minutes into Saturday's game against the Pacers and will not return. He had four points and three rebounds before leaving.
Drummond appeared to hit his head and required help to get off the court. While he eschewed the stretcher and was able to walk off, the injury appeared to knock him a bit woozy. Greg Monroe and Josh Smith will get more minutes and rebounds with Drummond out.
03/15/14 - 3:20PM ETBradley Beal
: (Ankle) Will Start Saturday
Beal will start Saturday against the Nets.
Beal sprained his ankle late in Friday's overtime win over the Magic. He may be spared a full complement of minutes, but should be a decent play against the Nets.
03/15/14 - 3:18PM ET
Kirilenko (ankle) will play Saturday against the Wizards after missing the previous two games, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Kirilenko did not put up many fantasy relevant stats before his injury and his minutes will continue to be limited. He may help the Nets to more wins.
Westbrook will be rested in some of the Thunder's remaining back-to-back games down the stretch, The Oklahoman reports.
The Thunder have six back-to-backs left on the schedule, and Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman speculated that Westbrook would play Sunday against the Mavs and sit Monday against the Bulls. Either way, it's a situation Westbrook owners will need to monitor closely for the rest of the season, and it should be factored in when planning weekly lineups, although Westbrook is so good that it's hard to envision sitting him in such formats.
03/15/14 - 8:22AM ETBradley Beal
: (Ankle) Game Time Decision Saturday
Beal (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game, the Washington Post reports. "It feels fine," Beal said of the sprained ankle. "I can put pressure on it. I can walk. It rolled all the way over. We'll see how it feels."
He played Friday's game with tightness in his back but eventually had to be carried off the court with less than a minute remaining in the game after rolling his ankle. Beal has been on a scoring spree of late, attempting 18-plus field goals in each of his last five games, and averaging just over 20 points per game over that stretch, so he's a must start in most formats if he's able to play Saturday.
03/15/14 - 8:00AM ETJason Collins
: Signs With Nets For Rest Of Season
Collins has signed with the Nets for the rest of the season.
The 35 year-old center is averaging 13.7 minutes over the last five Nets games. However, the minutes tend to come in spurts, as he only played in three of the games. He hasn't been very effective in the minutes he has played, scoring only two points and grabbing one board in those three games.
Curry (quadriceps) played 36 minutes in Friday night's loss to the Cavaliers. He scored 27 points (8-of-17 FG, 5-of-10 3Pt, 6-of-7 FT) with four rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
Curry's been dealing with the quad injury the last week or so and playing limited minutes. The 36 minutes he got Friday is the most he's played in seven games.
Friday, March 14
03/14/14 - 8:00PM ETChris Paul
: Sprains Ankle Friday, But Returns
Paul sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of Friday's game against the Jazz but returned to the court in the fourth quarter.
Paul headed to the locker room at the end of the third quarter but ended up having his ankle re-taped on the bench and subbed back into the game halfway through the fourth quarter. Since he was able to head back to the court soon after sustaining the injury, it doesn't appear as if it will have any serious impact on him in the future.
Beal (ankle) was injured late in overtime Friday and had to be carried off the court. He had 20 points (8-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds in 42 minutes before leaving. He had his ankle taped and walked out of the arena under his own power, the Washington Post reports.
Beal looked like he was seriously injured but should be considered day-to-day. He's been on a nice run, with six straight games of at least 18 points. The Wizards play Brooklyn on Saturday.
Pekovic left Friday's game in the third quarter to ice his knees and is questionable to return.
Pekovic has battled ankle bursitis since January and has been working his way into a heavier minutes load over the past week. It may be that he's simply returning too quickly, but keep an eye on him and don't be surprised if his minutes are held back a bit to ensure his ankle stays healthy.
Vucevic left Friday's game in the third quarter with an ankle injury but later returned to the game.
Vucevic tried playing through the injury after going down but quickly had to call a timeout and head to the locker room. He eventually returned to the game, but considering he dealt with ankle injuries earlier this season, it's something to keep on eye on in the coming days.
Haywood (foot) is out for the season, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Haywood hasn't appeared in a game this season, and the Bobcats already have a number of options to play at center behind star Al Jefferson, so the fact that he won't play this season isn't particularly surprising.
Liggins was waived by the Heat on Friday, the team's official site reports.
Liggins, who signed two 10-day deals with the Heat, was waived to open up a roster spot for center Justin Hamilton.
03/14/14 - 10:50AM ETKevin Garnett
: (Back) Won't Play Both Games Of Back-To-Backs
Garnett (back) won't have a minutes limit when he returns, but he probably won't play both games of back-to-backs, according to coach Jason Kidd, the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy reports.
This comes as no surprise, although we still don't have a definitive return date for KG, but he has been ruled out for Saturday's game. The fact that he'll sit one game of back-to-backs when he is able to return just goes further to decrease his fantasy value.
Bradley (ankle) will return to action Friday, the Boston Globe reports.
He has been out since Feb. 9 with the ankle injury, so it's not likely that he will see starter's minutes right away. He was a pretty solid source of scoring from the shooting guard spot earlier in the season, but it remains to be seen if he can regain that value.
Kirilenko (ankle) isn't sure if he'll be able to play Saturday against the Wizards, Newsday reports.
He suffered a sprained ankle Sunday, and has been out for two games so far with the injury. Prior to the ankle injury, he wasn't much of a fantasy option, as the Nets like to spread minutes around in the frontcourt.
03/14/14 - 9:53AM ETC.J. Watson
: (Elbow) Playing Friday
Watson (elbow) will return to the lineup Friday against the Sixers, the Indianapolis Star reports.
He will return after missing time with a sprained right elbow. George Hill may have hurt his hand in Thursday's game, so Watson could be called upon for a little extra run, although he won't be a strong fantasy option unless he starts, which doesn't appear likely.
Bledsoe will return to the starting lineup Friday, and Gerald Green will come off the bench, the Arizona Republic reports.
This does not come as a surprise, as Bledsoe is one of the Suns' two best players, along with Goran Dragic. Look for Bledsoe to see 30-plus minutes the rest of the season, and Green should see more of a complimentary role.
03/14/14 - 8:21AM ETNick Young
: (Knee) Targeting Wednesday
Young (knee) is targeting a return Wednesday against the Spurs, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
He's missed 14 of the Lakers' last 15 games because of knee soreness, but could slot in as a scoring wing option against the Spurs. Jodie Meeks and Wesley Johnson have played fairly well in Young's absence, and we'd expect him to come off the bench at first.
Robinson is expected to start the Blazers' next two games at power forward, The Oregonian reports.
With LaMarcus Aldridge (back) expected to miss two games, Robinson will become a nice short-term source of rebounds in deeper leagues. He hasn't been seeing big minutes lately, but he certainly has the ability to put up big numbers when he gets run, as he proved with an 18-rebound game in late-February.
Thursday, March 13
03/13/14 - 4:27PM ETAl Horford
: (Shoulder) Not Expecting Return This Season
Horford (shoulder) essentially shot down the idea of returning this season in his first meeting with the media since his injury, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "It would be hard," he said. "This injury is a little more severe than the other one."
Horford is still quite valuable in keeper and dynasty leagues, but in redraft leagues, it's certainly time to move on to more useful options.
03/13/14 - 3:18PM ETC.J. Miles
: (Ankle) Doubtful To Play Friday
Miles (ankle) did not practice Thursday and is doubtful for Friday's game, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
Miles has been out since Feb. 19 and was a fringe fantasy option in the first place. He should only be owned in the deepest of leagues until he can prove that he's healthy and a major part of the rotation.
Pekovic's minutes limit may be relaxed next week, 1500 ESPN reports.
At the moment, coach Rick Adelman has capped Pekovic at no more than seven minutes of run in a given stint. Despite the restriction, Pekovic has logged between 23 and 33 minutes in six contests since his return, averaging 16.8 points (on 58.8 percent shooting) and 8.7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Relevance in all formats will soon be his, when he reverts to his pre-injury mark of 32.5 minutes per night.
03/13/14 - 1:07PM ETJoel Freeland
: (Knee) Hoping To Return For Playoffs
Freeland is aiming to return for the playoffs rather than the regular season due to the slow-healing nature of the MCL sprain in his right knee, CSN Northwest reports.
The 4-to-8 week timetable given to Freeland after suffering the injury on Feb. 11 was evidently not enough to accommodate a return during what remains of the regular season. Nonetheless, if the Blazers notch a playoff berth, as expected, he would bolster the depth of the frontcourt, which has been hit with various ailments over the past month.
Bledsoe may return to the starting lineup Friday at Boston, the Suns' official site reports.
Coach Jeff Hornacek is considering making a change due to the Suns' slow starts in recent games. Supporting his claim is that fact that Bledsoe started the second half in place of Marcus Morris on Wednesday, when the Suns outscored the Cavs, 30-22, in the third quarter. With the recently-suspended P.J. Tucker back in the fold Friday, the likely candidate to head to the bench is Gerald Green. However, no decision has been made, meaning the status quo could reign.
03/13/14 - 11:40AM ETMo Williams
: (Hip) To Miss Two Weeks
An MRI confirmed that Williams has a right hip strain. He is expected to be out for two weeks and then be reevaluated, the Blazers' official twitter reports.
Williams injured the hip Tuesday and sat out Wednesday's game. He has been a big contributor off of the bench for the Blazers, scoring 9.4 points in 24.5 minutes per game off of the bench. In his absence, expect Earl Watson and C.J. McCollum to see more minutes.
An MRI confirmed that Aldridge has a low back contusion. He is expected to miss two games and will be reevaluated next week, the Blazers' official twitter reports.
Aldridge left Wednesday's game with the Spurs early because of the injury, and will now miss even more time. Until he is able to return to the lineup, expect Thomas Robinson and Dorell Wright to get most of the minutes at power forward for the Blazers.
Thompson is missing Friday's game versus the Cavaliers due to his grandfather's funeral, and his availability remains unknown for Sunday's contest in Portland.
Due to the amount of travel imminent in the coming days, there is some concern about Thompson arriving in Portland in time for the 9 PM ET tipoff Sunday. In the meantime, though, Harrison Barnes is expected to enter the starting five.
Chandler (personal) may return to the Knicks for their upcoming game Saturday against the Bucks, New York Newsday reports.
Chandler has been tending to a personal matter this week, which has held him out of the past two contests. Whenever he's able to play again, he boasts a stellar second-half line -- 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 -- and if Amar'e Stoudemire doesn't suit up, coach Mike Woodson will likely turn to Cole Aldrich again to man center.
03/13/14 - 11:09AM ET
Stoudemire (rest) will likely return to the court Saturday versus the Bucks, New York Newsday reports.
Stoudemire's request for a day off was granted Wednesday, but coach Mike Woodson is of the belief that he'll be able to play Saturday. In five starts before the absence, Stoudemire was putting up helpful lines on a nightly basis, with averages of 28 points (on 61 percent shooting), 6.6 boards, 1.4 blocks, and one assist in 28 minutes. It's unknown if Stoudemire will start immediately upon his return, but the continued absence of Tyson Chandler (personal) could force Woodson's hand.
Watson (elbow) will be a game-time decision for Friday's outing at Philadelphia.
A sprained right elbow has kept Watson on the pine for four consecutive contests, and his inability to practice Wednesday doesn't supply much confidence that the streak will come to an end. However, his activity level in Friday's morning shootaround could forecast his availability against the Sixers.
03/13/14 - 10:22AM ETJared Dudley
: (Back) Played One Minute Wednesday
Dudley (back) returned to action Wednesday against the Warriors but put up no stats in one minute.
Dudley's bout with back spasms swiped three contests, and his return wasn't exactly encouraging for the Clippers' upcoming slate of games. Moreover, in seven second-half tilts, he's averaged a mere 4.3 points (on 38.7 percent shooting), 2.4 boards, and 1.6 assists in 16.9 minutes. The starting small forward spot thus belongs to Matt Barnes, all but wiping away Dudley's relevance.
Ilyasova (ankle) is slated for a return to the starting five Thursday in Atlanta, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Ilyasova was held out of Tuesday's game against the Magic due to discomfort in his right ankle, which was seemingly a minor concern. Upon his return, he'll attempt to replicate his steady second half to date, in which he's averaged 14.4 points (on 51 percent shooting), 7.6 boards, 1.2 assists, and 0.8 threes in 27.5 minutes. Owners may want to take a wait-and-see approach, though, in order to learn if the ailment is behind him.
03/13/14 - 9:51AM ETSteve Nash
: (Back) Ruled Out for Season
Nash (back) won't play again the season, the Los Angeles Times reports. Coach Mike D'Antoni confirmed the news Thursday, stating, "He's not going to play."
After playing in six of the first eight games this season, Nash was shut down due to nerve root irritation in his back, resulting in nearly three months of rehab and recovery. He then made four appearances in a five-game span ending Feb. 11, which will end up being the final outing of his injury-plagued season. Among the Lakers' three-highest paid players, he's the second in as many days to be ruled out for the last month of the regular season -- the other: Kobe Bryant -- and it's questionable whether Nash will pursue yet another NBA campaign in 2014-15.
03/13/14 - 8:09AM ETRajon Rondo
: Likely To Sit Out One Game of Back-To-Backs
Rondo will likely continue to sit out one end of back-to-back sets for the rest of the season, the Boston Globe reports.
It's hardly a surprise considering Rondo continues to fight through Achilles and leg ailments, but GM Danny Ainge confirmed in a radio interview that the 28-year-old will probably be limited the rest of the way. Rondo's been playing 30-plus minutes per night when active, so owners will likely want him active Friday against Phoenix, but the team has another back-to-back set on tap Sunday and Monday.