Crawford (calf) won't play Wednesday against the Warriors, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Crawford attempted to return a bit before his left calf was healthy, logging just 10 minutes in an abbreviated outing Saturday. Thus, he'll miss his fifth game in the last six, while Darren Collison holds down the fort at shooting guard. Crawford's upcoming opportunities to take the floor are Friday in Utah and Sunday versus the Cavaliers, so it'll be interesting to learn if he joins the team on their upcoming flight.
03/12/14 - 11:48AM ETChris Paul
: (Groin) Will Play Tonight
Paul will play tonight against the Warriors despite a sore groin, the LA Times reports.
Paul has been playing well lately, averaging 16.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 2.2 steals in his last five games. Although he will play tonight, the sore groin will something for fantasy owners to keep tabs on for the time being.
03/12/14 - 11:37AM ETKobe Bryant
: (Knee) Ruled Out for Season
Bryant (knee) will miss the remainder of the regular season, the Lakers' official site reports. The team's athletic trainer, Gary Vitti, said, "Kobe will have the entire offseason to heal, rehab and prepare; we look forward to him being 100 percent for the start of next season."
After his timetable for a return was pushed back in late February, Bryant was looking at a time crunch for eventual game action before the regular season concludes. Moreover, his competitive nature and the disaster of season that his team is enduring makes the call a logical one. He'll now focus all his efforts on preparation for the 2014-15 season.
Drummond (finger) seems OK heading into Wednesday's contest in Toronto, the Detroit News reports.
Despite suffering the ailment during Tuesday's win versus the Kings, Drummond didn't experience a reduction in work, posting 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 FT), eight boards, and five blocks in 33 minutes. His workload is subject to change, if interim coach John Loyer notices distinct discomfort, but expect Drummong to log his typical 32.5 minutes per night.
03/12/14 - 11:08AM ETEric Bledsoe
: A Reserve in Wednesday's Return
Bledsoe (knee) will come off the bench in his return to the court Wednesday against the Cavaliers, the Suns' official site reports.
The decision isn't a surprise, considering Bledsoe is suiting up for the first time since the calendar flipped to 2014. His workload will likely be held in check due to the presence of Goran Dragic and Gerald Green in front of him, but Bledsoe should be owned in the majority of formats for his potential to enter the starting lineup at some point in the final month of the regular season.
Bledsoe (knee) will return to the court Wednesday versus the Cavaliers, FOX Sports Ohio reports.
There is no indication, one way or the other, whether Bledsoe will enter the starting five, but considering it's his first game in 2014, he'll likely be eased into action as a reserve. He should be scooped up in the majority of formats, not for his initial showings, but for his potential over the final month-plus of the regular season.
03/12/14 - 10:27AM ETDevin Harris
: (Achilles) Game Time Decision Wednesday
Harris left Tuesday's game early with a sore right Achilles, The Dallas Morning News reports. When asked after the game if he would be able to play Wednesday, he said, "I would not rule it out. We'll see how it feels tomorrow and make a decision"
Harris has only played in only 23 games this season because of injuries, and may have to miss yet another Wednesday. If he is unable to play, expect Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin to get a majority of the minutes at point guard.
Henderson (calf) emerged from morning shootaround OK and will likely take the floor Wednesday at Washington, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Henderson's return from five consecutive DNPs due to a right calf strain seems imminent, but owners should check in before the Bobcats' 7 PM ET tipoff. It's unclear if he'll immediately enter the starting five, but he could be eased into action, which would result in relevance for his replacement Chris Douglas-Roberts for another game.
Garnett (back), who isn't playing Wednesday against the Knicks, is unlikely to take the court Saturday in Washington, New York Newsday reports.
Garnett was slated to return Monday but was a late scratch due to his continued issues with back spasms. His next appearance will seemingly be pushed to next week, and in his stead, Mason Plumlee will continue to start at center.
Stoudemire will not play Wednesday against the Celtics, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Stoudemire has put up decent numbers over the last couple weeks, but he has been playing more than he is accustomed to, and the Knicks want to give him a chance to get some rest Wednesday night. Though he will not play Wednesday, Stoudemire will return to action Saturday, according to head coach Mike Woodson.
03/12/14 - 6:51AM ETMo Williams
: (Hip) Questionable For Wednesday
Williams (hip) is questionable to play Wednesday against the Spurs, The Oregonian reports.
Williams hurt his hip in Tuesday's game against the Blazers and didn't return. It appears his injury shouldn't be too serious, but consider him questionable at best for Wednesday's tilt. He's averaging 9.4 points and 4.5 assists this season, meaning deep league owners may want to look elsewhere for plug-and-play production if he sits.
Cousins deposited 13 points and 14 rebounds in the Kings' 99-89 loss in Detroit on Tuesday, making it five double-doubles in the last six games.
While the 13 points and 14 rebounds were the positive, Cousins struggled from the field hitting only 5-of-15 from the floor for 33.3 percent, far short of his season average of 49 percent. He seemed to have trouble against Pistons' Andre Drummond. He's sure to get his field goal percentage up in the Kings' next game with everybody's favorite opponent, the Sixers on Wednesday on the road.
03/11/14 - 6:09PM ETKobe Bryant
: (Knee) Expected To Be Out For Season
Bryant (knee) is expected to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season, via an announcement that is expected later this week, Turner Sports reports.
Bryant isn't accompanying the team on its road trip to Oklahoma City and San Antonio, and is instead remaining behind to be reexamined by team doctor Steve Lombardo. He has a significant level of discomfort with the fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, which is expected to keep him out for the rest of this campaign. There was always a lot of risk in drafting Bryant this season, and it doesn't appear the gamble will pay off for his owners. If he's been sitting on your bench, it's probably time to cut bait.
Bynum is expected to be handed 15 minutes from coach Frank Vogel in his Pacers debut Tuesday versus the Celtics.
With an expectation "to fit in and play his game," Bynum will spell Roy Hibbert at center, while Ian Mahinmi (rib) should factor into the reserve equation as well. In 20 minutes per game with the Cavaliers earlier this season, Bynum tallied 8.4 points (on 41.9 percent shooting), 5.3 boards, 1.2 blocks, and 1.1 assists nightly, which is a decent guideline for his potential output with the Pacers.
03/11/14 - 12:17PM ETC.J. Miles
: (Ankle) Did Not Practice Tuesday
Miles (ankle) did not practice Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns, The News-Herald reports.
Miles has missed nine straight games with the ankle injury, but hoped to return to action Wednesday. If he cannot play again, expect Dion Waiters and Jarret Jack to get most of the minutes at shooting guard.
Garnett (back) will not travel to Miami for Wednesday's game against Heat, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Garnett appeared in line to return from a five-game absence Monday but was scratched late, presumably after his back spasms flared up again. He's now set to miss a seventh straight game Wednesday, and his status for Saturday's tilt in Washington is entirely up in the air.
03/11/14 - 10:43AM ETNerlens Noel
: (Knee) Not Close To 5-on-5 Practice
Sixers coach Brett Brown said Tuesday that he thinks practicing 5-on-5 by the end of the season is a realistic goal for Noel (knee, back), the Delaware County Times reports.
Noel caused a bit of a stir Sunday with a cryptic tweet that just read, "4-4-14," which many interpreted as a projected date for his NBA debut. The team hasn't publicly acknowledged that as a possible return date, and Brown's words suggest there's still a very real possibility Noel doesn't take the court at all this season. If he does play before the end of the year, Noel likely wouldn't see enough minutes to make any sort of significant fantasy contribution.
Bargnani (elbow) has no timetable for his return and may be done playing this season, ESPN New York reports.
Bargnani tore an elbow ligament on Jan. 24 and has been sidelined ever since. The injury prone Italian has played just 31, 35, and 42 games respectively over the past three seasons. Should Bargnani not return this year, expect the Knicks' rotation to remain the same, with Amare Stoudemire being their primary backup big man.
Henderson (calf) practiced Tuesday and could play Wednesday against the Wizards, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Henderson has missed the Bobcats' past five games with a strained right calf, but reportedly was moving well at Tuesday's practice. He holds a favorable chance of playing Wednesday, which would result in Chris Douglas-Roberts moving back to the bench.
Bynum will make his Pacers debut on Tuesday, the team's official Twitter account reports.
Bynum's first appearance as a Pacer finally comes over a month after signing in Indiana. With conditioning and general soreness still factoring in, he's expected to play in short bursts as he eases back to action. However, given the presence of All-Star Roy Hibbert at center, Bynum's value will probably hinge upon how coach Frank Vogel splits minutes between he and teammate Ian Mahinmi (ribs) moving forward.
03/11/14 - 8:18AM ETC.J. Watson
: (Elbow) Will Not Play Tuesday
Watson will miss Tuesday's game after having an MRI on his injured elbow, the Pacers' official Twitter account reports.
Watson hopes to return for Friday's game, but will likely err on the side of caution considering he dislocated the same elbow two years ago. With Watson out in the Pacers' previous three games, Evan Turner has handled the ball more often, while Donald Sloan has seen spot minutes as well. That figures to continue with Watson missing Tuesday's contest.
Curry said his right quadriceps strain is improving "slowly," the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Curry played 30 minutes in Sunday's win over Phoenix after coach Mark Jackson said the point guard would be limited. He'll be ready to play Tuesday against Dallas and could be limited once again depending on game circumstances.
Monday, March 10
03/10/14 - 6:25PM ETJohn Henson
: Still Has Discomfort In Wrist
Henson is still bothered by his right wrist that he sprained earlier this year, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. "Just one of those things, man," Henson said. "I've just got to work on getting my confidence back up and hopefully get my way out of this mini sophomore slump I'm going through. It's just a matter of time, and I've just got to get my confidence and play back up."
Henson is averaging just 8.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 23.4 minutes per game over his last 10 games. He has still proven to be a good source of blocks, but he's not the must-start option he was earlier in the season. Continue to monitor his minutes, as that will be the key to his return to fantasy prominence.
Garnett is out with back spasms Monday, The Record reports.
This news came out two minutes before tip-off Monday, after previous reports all indicated Garnett would make his return after missing the last five games. Consider him day-to-day, but he only carries weight in deeper leagues right now.
Wade will take the court for Monday's game, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
This is worth reporting, as he played a season-high 40 minutes in Sunday's game. It's an encouraging sign that the veteran will be able to take the court 24 hours later, but it would still be a surprise if his knee maintenance program didn't sideline him a couple more times before the end of the season.
Garnett (back) will return to the lineup Monday against the Raptors, the New York Daily News reports.
Before missing the last five outings due to back spasms, Garnett held a second-half line of 5.5 points (on 52.6 percent shooting) and 5.3 boards in 15.8 minutes. It's difficult to expect more run in his first game back, especially with Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee both healthy.
Varejao is expected to increase his workload to 15 minutes in the Cavaliers' next contest Wednesday in Phoenix, barring a setback, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Varejao "felt pretty good" following his return Saturday from an 11-game absence due to a sore lower back, but his recovery will continue to be monitored closely, which will ultimately determine his run Wednesday. Expect Spencer Hawes to garner the majority of the minutes at center in the meantime, with Tyler Zeller also chipping in down low.
Kirilenko (ankle) is a game-time decision for Monday's contest versus the Raptors, ESPN New York reports.
After sustaining a right ankle sprain during Sunday's win against the Kings, Kirilenko is left with questionable status Monday. Because Kevin Garnett (back) and Paul Pierce (shoulder) are also game-time calls, the Nets may be forced to use a frontcourt rotation composed of Andray Blatche, Mason Plumlee, and Jason Collins.
Pekovic didn't practice Monday due to his greater-than-expected workload since returning to action from a bout with bursitis in his right ankle, NBA.com reports.
Despite a well-reported, 20-minute cap upon his first game back in the fold, Pekovic has logged at least 24 in each of the last five contests, culminating in a 33-minute outing Sunday. Hence, the reason for the day off Monday, which should allow him to approach similar run in the Timberwolves' next tilt Tuesday against the Bucks.
Chandler won't play Monday versus the Sixers as a result of a personal matter, the Bergen Record reports.
Chandler has posted three consecutive double-doubles, and seven in the last 10 games, but a personal concern will keep him away from the team Monday. His replacement at center is unclear, but as long as he's out, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony should handle much of the run in the Knicks' frontcourt.
Chandler may not play Monday against the Sixers due to a personal concern, ESPN New York reports.
Chandler has boosted his workload and efficiency since the break, averaging 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 across 12 second-half outings. An absence would likely result in some severe reshuffling of the lineup, with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony manning the two frontcourt spots.
Teague will start Monday's game at Utah, despite requiring attention on a concern with his ear, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Teague arrived at morning shootaround in street clothes, but there seems to be little to worry about regarding his potential workload. Meanwhile, he's missed one of the Hawks' 10 games since the break due to an ankle issue, but his scoring has nonetheless been a bit elevated. During that span, he's averaged 17.9 points (on 48 percent shooting), 5.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 threes in 31.7 minutes. Continue to utilize him in all formats.
Bennett has been diagnosed with a patellar strain in his left knee and will be sidelined for three weeks, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Bennett has been afflicted by knee soreness since late February, resulting in one game missed and a general reduction in minutes. Over the past seven outings, he has one DNP-CD on the ledger, while averaging a measly 4.3 points (on 43.5 percent shooting) and one rebound in 10.5 minutes. Considering the timetable, he'll likely remain out of the Cavaliers' lineup through March.
03/10/14 - 10:47AM ETKyrie Irving
: (Illness) Missed Monday's Practice
Irving missed Monday's practice due to an illness, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Irving has shot better than his shooting percentage on the season, 42.8, in six of the last seven games. During that span, he's averaging 24.6 points (on 45.9 percent shooting), 7.4 dimes, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 treys, and 2.1 steals in 39.4 minutes. Despite the elevated line, consider him questionable for the Cavaliers' next contest Wednesday in Phoenix.
03/10/14 - 9:23AM ETRajon Rondo
: Contained to One Game in Back-to-Backs
Rondo will continue to sit out one end of back-to-back sets, the Boston Herald reports. After taking the court Tuesday at Indiana, he'll miss Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
Rondo's body continues to ail him, especially his Achilles tendons and legs, thereby ensuring the aforementioned scheduling quirk. No matter, his splits since the break cannot be denied, as he's averaged 15.1 points (on 37.9 percent shooting), 10.9 dimes, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.3 treys in 35.3 minutes across eight outings.
Oladipo (ankle) took part in morning shootaround but will likely be a true game-time call Monday at Milwaukee, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Coach Jacque Vaughn relayed his concerns about Oladipo's workload following last Sunday's 39-minute outing, which precipitated two absences due to general soreness in the guard's left ankle. The decision will come down to the 8 PM ET tipoff, meaning the Magic prefer to see how Oladipo emerges from pregame warmups. If he takes a seat, Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo should compose the starting backcourt, while Ronnie Price and E'Twaun Moore experience increased relevance in Oladipo's stead.
Pierce (shoulder) is listed as day-to-day, New York Newsday reports.
Pierce's right shoulder has been a bother for some time now, and after aggravating the injury in outings Friday and Sunday, the Nets will determine his status on a game-by-game basis. The most recent iteration of the ailment took place Sunday, when he attempted to play but left the court for good just 1:13 into the first quarter on a hard hit from the Kings' Jason Thompson. Consequently, consider Pierce questionable for Monday's tilt against the Raptors.