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  • Nicolas Batum leaves game in second half

    Nicolas Batum left Wednesday’s game in the third quarter due to a sore right toe and did not return.

    The toe issue isn’t going away and that’s why owners should be liberal with stashing guys like Jeremy Lamb (toe) and Jeremy Lin.  Batum saw 24 minutes of action and missed all four of his field goal attempts to finish with zero points, six boards, three assists and three turnovers.  Along with the 20-point lead the Thunder had, the Hornets pulled the plug and he could easily be looking at more time off.

  • Draymond Green (head) goes to locker room

    Draymond Green took a palm to the face from Taj Gibson in Wednesday’s game against the Bulls and went back to the locker room to get evaluated.

    Green returned to action in the second half so if there were concussion tests he clearly passed them. 

  • Hassan Whiteside heads to locker room

    Hassan Whiteside left Wednesday’s game during the first half due to a left oblique strain and Amare Stoudemire started the second half.

    Stoudemire winced in pain as he was trying to set a screen and never ended up returning.  Whiteside has not made any real NBA money in his career and he tends to play it safe because he’s staring at a big money deal, and here’s hoping that this injury falls into that sort of bucket.  There are no real beneficiaries if Whiteside misses time.

  • Eric Gordon to miss 4-6 weeks with broken finger

    Eric Gordon will miss 4-6 weeks after breaking his right ring finger in Tuesday’s win over the Wolves.

    Gordon had 11 points, three assists, one steal and three treys in his 25 minutes, and this injury will bring Norris Cole into the fold and give unfettered run to Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.  Gordon has been a late-middle round player this season and he’s not a must-hold guy in 12-team leagues.

  • Norris Cole is primed for big minutes

    Norris Cole scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    With Eric Gordon out for 4-6 weeks with a broken ring finger it’s yet another step forward for Cole in the rotation and this is what we pictured during the preseason.  We gave him a top-175 season-long ranking because of the Pelicans’ various injury risks and that was after the high ankle sprain.  If he gets maxed out and there is another point guard around, he has a shot at top-100 value.  He might slide from that at various junctions, but a late-round grade seems achievable in the short-term.

  • Hassan Whiteside gets the stats; Heat lose

    Hassan Whiteside went for 23 and 18 with two blocks in the Heat’s 91-79 home loss to the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Whiteside was the center of all sorts of mess on Twitter last night but let’s quickly note the 8-of-9 mark from the field and 7-of-11 mark from the line.  He even had a rare assist.  After the game Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic all engaged in Twitter talk surrounding Gobert’s now-deleted tweet about guys getting stats even though they hurt their team.  Vucevic told Gobert to name his target like a man and Fournier hit Gobert back with “Blancote ?? lool” which translated probably means ‘Whiteside.’  Explanatory tweet is below and we’ve been telling you guys that Whiteside is going to be one of the more hilarious guys to follow for the next few years.

  • Khris Middleton on a roll; Bucks get road win

    Khris Middleton continued his solid play in Tuesday’s road win over the Heat, scoring 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

    Middleton was dangerously under-ranked in preseason guides and he’s making owners that slept on him pay the price.  Returning top 40-50 value this season, all of his numbers are in a projectable range with the exception of his 1.1 steals per game.  He had 1.5 steals per game in 30 mpg last season, and has just 1.1 per contest despite playing 36 mpg this year.  If he can correct that, he can climb higher. 

  • Victor Oladipo dealing with sprained right knee

    Victor Oladipo (sprained right knee) has already been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Sixers.

    Oladipo has no timetable right now and Orlando has had problems with injury reporting in the past so we’re all ears over here.  The Sixers aren’t a punt matchup for reality teams anymore, so it’s hard to put a lot of stock in the Magic resting him on those grounds.  Hopefully this is garden variety soreness and it’s not a larger issue, and in the meantime Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier see their floors rise quite a bit.

  • Derrick Favors doubtful for Wednesday’s game

    Derrick Favors (back) is doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the Knicks.

    Owners have to be prepared for anything at this point because obviously he has a major issue going on and it hasn’t just been limited to this season.  This was why we couldn’t get behind dangerously aggressive proclamations that he had arrived this season, but if he can get healthy we like what he can do when he’s on the floor.  Trevor Booker and Trey Lyles are going to maintain their current low-end value in 12-14 team leagues while Favors is out. 

  • Goran Dragic (calf) traveling with the team

    Goran Dragic (calf) will travel with the Heat on their upcoming five-game road trip, but is doubtful to play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    He is reportedly hopeful to make it on the floor for Friday’s game but we’re leaving that up in the air on our end.  With Beno Udrih (neck) also out, Tyler Johnson and Gerald Green (knee) will have plenty of opportunities.

  • Goran Dragic (calf) traveling with the team

    Goran Dragic (calf) will travel with the Heat on their upcoming five-game road trip, but is doubtful to play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    He is reportedly hopeful to make it on the floor for Friday’s game but we’re leaving that up in the air on our end.  With Beno Udrih (neck) also out, Tyler Johnson and Gerald Green (knee) will have plenty of opportunities.

  • Tyreke Evans (knee) back on the floor vs. Wolves

    Tyreke Evans (knee) will play on Tuesday against the Wolves.

    Evans has been getting his knee drained and he’s basically dealing with chronic knee issues for the rest of his career.  He’s going to go big on most nights when active and owners simply have to target the big games as chances to sell him high. 

  • Anthony Davis will play on Tuesday vs. Wolves

    Anthony Davis will play on Tuesday against the Wolves.

    Davis leaves the court once per game due to injury and either returns to that game or plays the next night.  It’s truly an insane phenomena that owners have to be at their wit’s end with.  And he could easily go off on any given night so downgrading him isn’t really an option.  Hopefully one day he can make the turn that Stephen Curry did with his ankles.