November 16, 2016, 1:19 pm
LeBron James (rest) will sit out Wednesday’s game against the Pacers according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
This is now the third year in a row that LeBron has sat out a game in Indy so it’s becoming a common trend. This will be the first game LeBron has missed this season too. With J.R. Smith questionable, that would leave plenty of minutes for Jefferson, McRae and Shumpert and look for the offense to run through Irving and Love too.
January 24, 2020, 3:49 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen underwent a surprise MRI on Friday and was diagnosed with a right hip stress reaction which will keep him sidelined for four-to-six weeks.
Bummer. Lauri has quietly begun to pay dividends after an ice cold shooting streak dating back to October. He had been solidly within the top 50 for the past two and a half months. The Bulls are getting dangerously thin in the frontcourt and it's reasonable to expect them to bring someone in. Thaddeus Young will get all of the minutes he can handle next to Luke Kornet and Cristiano Felicio. Markkanen himself may be a drop candidate if your team is struggling in the standings.
Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 2:38 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) said he is going to "try to play" Friday night versus Orlando.
Brown looks like he's good to go, barring a sudden conservative turn from head coach Brad Stevens. He returns to a lineup missing Jayson Tatum and Enes Kanter, so expect Brown to be busy if he plays tonight.
Source: Amanda Pflugrad on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 2:36 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
According to coach Mike Malone, there is a "good chance" Gary Harris (right adductor strain) will be available against the Pelicans on Friday.
Harris will have missed five straight contests and he returns at a time when the Nuggets need him the most. That said, Harris has been frustrating to roster this season and has settled in as an end-of-roster steals specialist. The top-40 upside he displayed two seasons ago looks gone for good, but he can still put up decent numbers and has a large role on this team.
Source: Katy Winge on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 2:17 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Coach Mike Malone said Michael Porter Jr. will test out his back during pre-game warmups and then decide if he will play against the Pelicans.
Porter has been cruising in the absence of Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee, but his latest back injury threw cold water on the idea of him as must-add. While we'd prefer the solid, consistent Jerami Grant over him, we can't fault managers for banking on Porter's upside as he's certainly put up interesting per-minute numbers this season, despite grading out negatively on the court. MPJ figures to be one of the most divisive fantasy players for next season.
Source: Katy Winge on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 2:13 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum (right groin strain) is "feeling better" but will sit out of Friday's game against the Magic.
There was a collective sigh of relief when Tatum was unexpectedly tagged as questionable yesterday, but we cautioned that didn't necessarily mean that the team would rush him back. Groin strains, just like any other soft tissue injury, can only be healed through rest if there's no complete tear of the fiber, so this is actually good news for fantasy managers who are counting on Tatum for the long run. Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart will see a nice usage bump tonight.
Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 2:08 pmEnes KanterC, Boston Celtics
Enes Kanter (right hip contusion) will miss at least the next two games.
He had a hot stretch a few weeks ago, but Kanter's not worth holding onto while he rehabs from this injury. His role and upside are extremely limited in Boston and nothing about his situation figures to improve at the deadline. He's more of a FG% and rebounds streamer.
Source: Mark Murphy on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 2:04 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Kevin Love shared that he'd be happy to stay in Cleveland past the trade deadline if that becomes the case.
Previously, it had been reported that Love was frustrated with both his new coach and his young teammates, but a conversation with Koby Altman has apparently set him straight. Of course, Love will say all the right things so as to not alienate the team and its fanbase. Trade or no trade, Love figure to keep cashing in game checks and putting up top-75 numbers, with frequent rest days in between.
January 24, 2020, 12:59 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard was on fire again in Thursday's 125-133 loss to the Mavs, scoring 47 points on 16-of-28 shooting to go with six boards, eight assists, a steal and eight 3-pointers.
Lillard put forth his best efforts to Carry the Blazers to another win tonight and it's going to be looking like this for the foreseeable future. He's the No. 6 player overall in 9-cat leagues and there's no reason he can't finish there with some upside beyond that with how much the Blazers are leaning on him.
January 24, 2020, 12:58 amTrevor ArizaSF, Portland Trail Blazers
Trevor Ariza started on Thursday and scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with seven boards, two dimes, two steals and four triples.
Ariza did a great job on offense in his start and the Blazers have no real reason to not play him big minutes as they don't have many reliable options. His defensive abilities are still limited, but it might be worth it to scoop up Ariza just to see where this thing goes as the Blazers have revived a few fantasy careers this year already.
January 24, 2020, 12:57 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside had some foul trouble (5) on Thursday, but still managed to play 33 minutes, tallying 14 pointson 6-of-8 shooting to go with 10 boards and a block.
Whiteside couldn't really keep up with the Mavs tonight, which led to his poor stat line. He's the No. 7 player in 9-cat leagues so we'll give him some leash considering the Mavs are the No. 1 offense in the NBA. Even with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) resuming practice, as long as Whiteside stays in Portland, he should maintain early-round value.