November 27, 2018, 4:06 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic (shoulder) is no longer on Portland's injury report and is expected to play on Wednesday night.
Nurkic was listed as probable earlier today but his bruised shoulder won't keep him out of action. Make sure he's in your lineups tomorrow as the Blazers will need him to help slow down Nikola Vucevic.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
November 12, 2019, 11:49 amJames JohnsonPF, Miami Heat
Speaking to reporters this morning, Erik Spoelstra said that James Johnson is questionable to face the Pistons tonight, due to an illness.
In addition, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Herro also remain questionable. Meyers Leonard and Bam Adebayo should be busy in case Olynyk and JJ remain sidelined, while the Heat will also be without Derrick Jones Jr. who is dealing with a hip issue.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
November 12, 2019, 11:36 amZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins thinks he’ll be able to return this season despite undergoing left shoulder surgery last week.
Collins will soon begin treatment and a long rehabilitation process, while he is expected to be re-evaluated in approximately four months. There is clearly no need to stash him in redraft leagues and the Blazers will continue to rely on Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja and Skal Labissiere.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
November 12, 2019, 11:27 amIgnas BrazdeikisPF, New York Knicks
The Knicks announced this morning that they have recalled rookie Ignas Brazdeikis from their G League affiliate.
Nothing to see here. Brazdeikis hasn’t had a chance to enter the Knicks’ rotation so far but he is someone to keep an eye as the season progresses.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter
November 12, 2019, 10:17 amCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cavs coach John Beilein wants Collin Sexton to understand how being used off the ball can be beneficial to him and by giving the sophomore more opportunities to score, as opposed to running the offense, the results have been encouraging.
Through nine games, Sexton is averaging 18.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting from the field and 42.2 percent from 3-point range, numbers that have gone up from last season. With rookie Darius Garland running the point, Sexton is providing an explosive scoring punch and developing into more of a combo guard. The lack of steals and the low assists contribute to him being a borderline top-150 asset for the year and he should be viewed as more of a scoring specialist right now.
November 12, 2019, 10:02 amDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
Dennis Smith Jr., who has missed seven straight games after the death of his stepmother, could get back on the court against the Bulls on Tuesday.
DSJ practiced on Monday for the first time since he left the team to be with his family in North Carolina two weeks ago. He has been working out on his own during his leave, but he said on Sunday that nothing could obviously simulate real games and practices. Frank Ntilikina has played well as the starting point guard and it appears to be his job to lose, but Smith can be helpful for the struggling Knicks that could use any help right now.
Source: NY Post
November 12, 2019, 9:32 amKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
After a 1-of-11 shooting night when he had more fouls (five) than points (four), Kristaps Porzingis was fine getting benched at the end of game.
KP has struggled to find his form to start the season, something that shouldn’t be a surprise for a guy who went 19 months without playing competitive basketball following his torn ACL. He is averaging 18.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game but is shooting just 40.1 percent overall and 37.5 percent from behind the 3-point line. This is still good for top-75 value in standard leagues and Porzingis looks to be a nice bounce-back candidate as long as he can remain healthy.
November 12, 2019, 8:37 amLuke KennardSG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard kept it rolling in a loss to the Wolves on Monday, scoring 25 points (8-for-17 FGs, 5-for-5 FTs) and adding seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and four treys in 40 minutes.
Kennard has now scored at least 24 points in four of his last five games. Some of that success can be attributed to Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose and Reggie Jackson missing the first four of those games. But this Griffin and Rose were back for this game, so it's nice to see Kennard keep it up. He probably won't continue to put up sixth-round value as the Pistons get healthier, but he's certainly worth keeping around.
November 12, 2019, 8:27 amLandry ShametSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Clippers guard Landry Shamet will undergo an MRI on his sprained left ankle on Tuesday morning in order to determine the severity of his injury.
Shamet left the game on Monday after suffering the non-contact injury. It didn’t look good and it’s safe to assume that he will miss some time, so managers should prepare accordingly. The Clippers expect to get Paul George back as soon as this week and his return will help cover for Shamet’s potential loss. In the meantime, Rodney McGruger, Terrence Mann and Jerome Robinson will get the extra minutes but no one deserves serious consideration unless in deeper leagues.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
November 12, 2019, 1:40 amLou WilliamsSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams kept his foot on the gast with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go with four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two triples against the Raptors on Monday.
Williams played 36 minutes and was struggling to start this one, but finished strong. He's still a prime sell-high guy, especially with Paul George (shoulder) returning this week.
November 12, 2019, 1:40 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard couldn't get his shot to fall in Monday's 98-88 win over the Raptors, scoring 12 points on 2-of-11 shooting while adding 11 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks.
Leonard went 0-for-4 from deep and didn't make his second field goal until midway into the fourth quarter. The Raptors sent traps and doubles at Leonard all night and he made the right play, passing out to open teammates which is how he was so close to a triple-double. Leonard has evolved as a playmaker and is evidenced by him averaging a career-high 5.4 assists this season.