April 7, 2016, 2:05 pm
Darrell Arthur (knee, personal) is doubtful to play on Friday against the Spurs.
Arthur didn’t practice on Thursday and it looks like it’s time for the kids to play in Denver, but to be clear Arthur’s presence on this team and his minutes have been overwhelmingly positive for Denver. Jusuf Nurkic and Joffrey Lauvergne are both worth a look in lineups and it was Lauvergne who was better in the last game, but Nurkic has all the upside because of his defensive output. Nikola Jokic has been quiet lately and he’s due for a big bounce-back game.
April 7, 2016, 2:00 pm
DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo will be rested for Thursday’s game against the Wolves.
The Kings are scared of winning games but the hilarious part of this is that they actually get better with Rondo off the floor. Not having Cousins is certainly a mess but the Wolves are heading into maybe the biggest trap game we’ve seen in a while after they beat the Warriors at Oracle. Willie Cauley-Stein and Seth Curry are must-start players tonight and Darren Collison should be awesome.
Kosta Koufos is also a must-start guy if you can stream players in. Cousins is quite possibly being rested so he doesn’t get his 18th technical and get suspended for the Kings’ last game at Arco/Sleep Train Arena. The environment should be raucous and between the players and George Karl, they won’t be tanking this game and neither will the crowd.
April 7, 2016, 1:47 pm
Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Johnson (plantar fasciitis) all will not make the trip for Friday’s game against the Jazz.
Jeff Green (knee) and Austin Rivers (ankle) are being called questionable but it would be a bit surprising if Rivers didn’t go considering the aforementioned absences. The same goes for Green but it’s not like the Clips will have a hard time bringing the ball up the court if he doesn’t go. Jamal Crawford is a nice bet for top-100 numbers tonight, as well.
None of this matters, however, as Cole Aldrich is the guy you should be elbowing other owners out of the way to get. He has brought back top 175-185 value this year when on the floor, averaging a combined 1.8 steals and blocks to go with 5.1 points and 4.4 boards in just 12.7 mpg. Yes, the Jazz are stout and desperate and that will impact his effectiveness, but he can put up big numbers when given the chance. He has been given the chance and he may get a few more, too.
April 7, 2016, 11:15 am
Nicolas Batum (knee) is listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Nets.
If there was ever a game built for rest it’s this one against a Nets team that is really, really, really bad. The Hornets are still tied into the 3-6 chase but a loss would put them really close to calling it a day and taking the No. 6 seed. Jeremy Lin wasn’t great in his 33 minutes on Wednesday against the Knicks, hitting just 2-of-9 shots for six points, five rebounds and three assists, but he should be able to tear up the Nets’ backups and should be in most lineups if Batum doesn’t go.
April 7, 2016, 11:12 am
Shaun Livingston said he plans to play in Thursday’s game against the Spurs and also in the back-to-back set against the Grizzlies and Spurs this weekend.
Livingston has taken some games off in the past few weeks so this is newsworthy from that angle, we suppose. He stands to benefit from any time off taken by the big dogs, and we’ll learn a lot about the Warriors’ rest strategy tonight. If they beat the Spurs the chase for 73 is on. If they lose then we could start to see some rest.
April 7, 2016, 11:08 am
Alec Burks (fibula) is questionable for Friday’s game against the Clippers according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.
Burks will be eased back into action if he plays and there is no real fantasy value here, but if he can get a little bit healthy and give the Jazz 10-20 minutes in the playoffs that will be a pretty big boost to their squad — without the threat of disrupting the pecking order.
Quin Snyder said Alec Burks has been upgraded to questionable. Good sign.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) April 7, 2016
April 7, 2016, 10:57 am
Khris Middleton (thigh) did not practice on Thursday but he did travel with the team on their upcoming road trip, while Jerryd Bayless knee did not practice and he is not on the trip.
It’s being called a day-to-day situation for Middleton and he was one of the more difficult weekly starts with little to no information to go on earlier in the week. He got some shots up today but as you can see from the comments below he might be on the wrong side of the questionable tag for Friday.
As for Bayless, he seems doubtful to play again this season with three more road games and one home game after that. Rashad Vaughn started and played a whopping 45 minutes against the Cavs in Tuesday’s loss, hitting just 4-of-17 shots for 10 points, three steals, one block and not much else. Tyler Ennis needed 28 minutes for four points, four boards, two assists and two steals. The point guard situation is one to avoid.
Khris Middleton did not practice today but is going on Bucks' 3-game trip. Got some shots up. Basically a day-to-day situation.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) April 7, 2016
Middleton said left thigh injury was something that built up, not one incident. When he warmed up Sunday, said it didn't feel right.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) April 7, 2016
Middleton: "If I feel I can go out there and play, I definitely will, but right now I just don't feel I can play." Bucks at Boston on Fri.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) April 7, 2016
April 7, 2016, 10:12 am
P.J. Hairston (groin) is off the injury report and will play on Friday against the Mavs.
Hairston won’t step into any big fantasy value and it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw a reduction in Tony Allen’s minutes or even games off since he has been pretty banged up.
April 7, 2016, 9:58 am
Kent Bazemore popped up on the Hawks’ injury report as probable for Thursday’s game against the Raptors with right knee stiffness.
While he’ll definitely play this does call into the forefront of our minds the one thing that has stopped him this season — and that was his knee ailment from about 2-3 weeks ago. The problem is that we simply don’t know the level of irritation he’s having. We’re downgrading him incrementally but not pulling him from lineups.
April 7, 2016, 9:53 am
Dorell Wright is meeting with the Heat and could formalize a deal this weekend according to the The Vertical.
Wright would be a huge pickup for the Heat in their playoff push because depth, while improved by the play of Josh Richardson, has been a clear issue for them. Wright can give them 15-20 quality minutes.
April 7, 2016, 9:20 am
Doc Rivers said after Wednesday’s game that the plan was to rest Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan against the Jazz on Friday, but that it might depend on the health of other players.
Austin Rivers (ankle) and Wesley Johnson (foot) did not play in that game and Jamal Crawford was given the night off for rest. Jeff Green bruised his right knee and did not finish the game but was laughing on the bench. This sounds like these guys will be the guys that get swapped in so to speak, and the starting vets are the ones that will be given the night off if everybody’s health cooperates. We’ll keep you updated as soon as news hits. Blake Griffin (rest) did not travel with the team and he is already ruled out.
April 7, 2016, 9:13 am
E’Twaun Moore (hamstring) and Taj Gibson (ribs) are both doubtful for Thursday’s game against the HEat.
This is just a re-hash of yesterday’s news but it’s worth pointing out that neither are likely to play. Aaron Brooks and Justin Holiday will be asked to pick up the slack and if Derrick Rose struggles and/or gets hurt, then they could find themselves in meaningful territory but they’re still both flier picks at best.
April 6, 2016, 11:11 pm
Kobe Bryant hit 6-of-19 shots (1-of-6 3PTs, 4-of-4 FTs) for 17 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal over 28 minutes of action in the Lakers’ 91-81 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
Kobe’s retirement tour is about to hit overdrive and from a fantasy perspective if you’re cool with terrible field goal percentage, it’s a pretty favorable gamble that he can get you 15 or more points and hopefully chip in across the board. There are three road games and then the finale next Wednesday against the Jazz, who might be fighting for their playoff lives. If they’ve clinched and rest their players, it could turn into an All Star type atmosphere.
April 6, 2016, 11:03 pm
Julius Randle scored seven points on 3-of-11 shooting with a career-high 20 rebounds to go with one assist and one steal in Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers.
Randle, D’Angelo Russell (13 points, 5-of-13 FGs, two boards, three assists) and Jordan Clarkson (13 points, 5-of-15 FGs, two boards, two assists, two steals) have all pledged to defer to Kobe during the final games so owners should expect lines like these and hope they focus their efforts across the stat sheet. They should all stay in lineups the rest of the way.
April 6, 2016, 10:57 pm
Paul Pierce (knee) got back on the floor in Wednesday’s win over the Lakers, scoring nine points on 4-of-8 shooting with one rebound and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes off the bench.
Pierce will have a nice role in the playoffs but he has no real fantasy value as the season winds down.