|Sun Mar 9||19:50||Andrei Kirilenko sprains ankle, won't return||Andrei Kirilenko||SF||Jazz||Team Lorin|
Andrei Kirilenko sprained his right ankle on Sunday and he will not return.
Paul Pierce is already out with a sore shoulder which means guys like Andray Blatche, Alan Anderson and Mirza Teletovic will have to play bigger roles off the bench. We're considering Kirilenko day-to-day for now, though given his injury history that may prove to be overly optimistic.
|Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter|
|Sun Mar 9||19:45||Rudy Gay likely to return after ankle injury||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Iavaronis|
Rudy Gay limped into the locker room with an apparent ankle injury during Sunday's game, but he is expected to return.
Check back after the game to see how he fares, and keep an eye on the injury report over the next few days in case his injury worsens overnight.
|Sun Mar 9||19:20||Steph Curry's minutes limited by quad strain||Stephen Curry||SG||Warriors||Buchanalia|
Stephen Curry's minutes will be limited on Sunday due to a minor quad strain.
The good news is that he'll continue to play through the ailment after scoring 13 points with seven assists in 30 minutes on Friday. The Warriors will also have Klay Thompson in the starting lineup vs. the Suns despite a very minor back ailment. It's a crucial matchup for Golden State, which holds a two-game lead over Phoenix for the sixth seed in the West.
|Source: Rusty Simmons on Twitter|
|Sun Mar 9||18:55||Jodie Meeks scores career-high 42 points||Jodie Meeks||SG||76ers||Free Agent|
Jodie Meeks could not be stopped on Sunday during a shocking 114-110 win over the Thunder, scoring a career-high 42 points with two boards, four assists and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
He shot 11-of-18 from the field and made all 14 free throws in the win. Meeks became the first player since Kevin Martin in 2011 to score at least 42 points on 18 or less shots from the field and he was also the last non-Kobe Bryant Laker to score 40 since Andrew Bynum did it in 2009. He's having a major breakout season and will be a fixture in the Lakers rotation for his 3-point range.
|Sun Mar 9||18:47||Pau Gasol scores 20 points with 11 boards||Pau Gasol||PF||Lakers||The Sith Lords|
Pau Gasol was effective in the post against the Thunder on Sunday with 20 points, 11 boards and three assists in 39 minutes.
It was his sixth-conseuctive game of scoring at least 20 points and he's taken at least 15 shots in each of those games. After some upper-respiratory issues earlier this year, Gasol's wind has looked just fine for the Lakers and the fast-paced offense hasn't really taken its toll, averaging 33.2 minutes per game over that six-game span. He's healthy and needs to be in all lineups the rest of the way as really the only sure thing for the Lakers.
|Sun Mar 9||18:37||Jordan Farmar scores 12 points in 21 minutes||Jordan Farmar||PG||Lakers||Free Agent|
Jordan Farmar scored 12 points in 21 minutes against the Thunder on Sunday with three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.
The triples have certainly been there for Farmar, averaging 3.3 triples per game in his last seven. Farmar's minutes haven't been very high at just 23.4 per game in that stretch, but the treys along with some potent points, steals and dime totals make him worth owning in standard formats in an up-tempo system.
|Sun Mar 9||18:30||Serge Ibaka goes for 21 points, 15 boards||Serge Ibaka||PF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Serge Ibaka scored 21 points during a tough 114-110 loss to the Lakers on Sunday with 15 boards (eight offensive rebounds), one assist, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes.
It's the most offensive rebounds he's had in a game since Mar. 7, 2012 and the Lakers just were not interested in boxing out today. Ibaka's 15 total boards were his most since Jan. 16 and he's seen his rebounds per game drop a bit has the year has gone on. He and the Thunder will look to get some revenge vs. the Lakers on Thursday.
|Sun Mar 9||18:25||Paul Pierce out for game with sore shoulder||Paul Pierce||SF||Celtics||Iavaronis|
Paul Pierce is dealing with a sore right shoulder on Sunday and will not return.
His shoulder was bothering him on Friday night and he was able to play through it. Pierce and the Nets are on a back-to-back set, so there's certainly a chance he'll have to sit out on Monday vs. the Raptors. The Nets will look to Joe Johnson, Shaun Livingston, Marcus Thornton and Andrei Kirilenko to pick up the slack.
|Source: Rod Boone on Twitter|
|Sun Mar 9||18:22||Russell Westbrook scores 20 points in loss||Russell Westbrook||PG||Thunder||The Sith Lords|
Russell Westbrook scored 20 points with seven boards, eight assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes vs. the Lakers on Sunday.
It was a classic Westbrook game as he hit clutch shots and made some key mistakes down the stretch today. He's already shaken off the rust from his knee injury and is attacking the basket like he's always been. In his previous seven games since returning from injury, Westbrook averaged 21.0 points, 5.1 boards, 7.3 assists and 2.3 triples on 50.0 percent from the field. He's one of the best point guards in the NBA for producing stats. As an aside, that does include turnovers and he had a season-high eight today.
|Sun Mar 9||18:20||Kevin Durant's triple-double isn't enough||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||Doppelganger|
Kevin Durant put up the sixth triple-double of his career on Sunday during a loss to the Lakers, scoring 27 points with 10 boards, 12 assists and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
He is now 4-2 in games with a triple-double and the Thunder just couldn't make their shots today. Even with Russell Westbrook back to full strength, Durant's shot totals haven't dropped with 22.2 shots per game over his last five, adding averages of 33.6 points, 7.6 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.4 treys in that span. He's going to put up huge numbers the rest of the way, but you knew that.
|Sun Mar 9||16:53||Taj Gibson scores seven points vs. Heat||Taj Gibson||PF||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Taj Gibson made just three of his 11 shots from the field on Sunday for seven points with 10 boards, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes.
He played the last 21 minutes of this game and leads the NBA in fourth-quarter minutes. Gibson's presence on both ends of the floor is a great fit for the Bulls and his three offensive boards tonight were a big part of the win. He's a must-own player in standard formats and is in the mix to win Sixth Man of the Year.
|Sun Mar 9||12:05||Jason Richardson (knee) suffers setback||Jason Richardson||SG||Suns||Team Erik|
Jason Richardson has been experiencing some swelling in his surgically repaired left knee, but is still pushing himself to return at some point this season.
"Yeah, I had some setbacks. I don't know," Richardson said Saturday. "Like I told [Brett Brown] when we talked a month ago, if it's 10 or 15 or two games, I want to come back. That's my goal." It's nice to hear that the veteran wants to return to the court, but that may not be in the cards for a team that is more than content to tank away the season. Richardson is on his last legs, and can safely be left on the wire in all leagues.
|Sun Mar 9||03:00||Jamal Crawford plays 10 minutes in return||Jamal Crawford||SG||Hawks||Iavaronis|
Jamal Crawford returned from his calf injury on Saturday and missed both his shots, finishing with three points in 10 minutes.
Baby steps, right? Crawford is back in action for the Clippers and he didn't tweak anything on Saturday night, so he should be better than this going forward. He's going to eventually crush the value of Darren Collison, but he didn't see many minutes tonight and could take a few game to ramp up his minutes. If you own Crawford, you have to think about putting him back in your lineup for next week, when the Clippers play four times.
|Sun Mar 9||01:57||Darren Collison plays 41 minutes in win||Darren Collison||PG||Hornets||Doppelganger|
Darren Collison played 41 minutes in another start on Saturday and had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in a win over the Hawks.
The end is near for Collison, as Jamal Crawford returned from a calf injury tonight. Crawford was 0-of-2 in 10 minutes, but should quickly eat into Collison's minutes going forward. If you are looking for a player to drop in order to pick up a hot free agent, Collison is a prime candidate despite tonight's big minutes. He also had a couple costly turnovers last in a close game against the Hawks, which may not sit well with coach Doc Rivers, either.
|Sun Mar 9||01:53||Chris Paul double-doubles in win over Hawks||Chris Paul||PG||Hornets||Free Agent|
Chris Paul hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, 10 assists and a steal in Saturday's win over the Hawks.
He hasn't posted a monster line in a while, which means he's due for one very soon. But even without the mind-blowing lines, he's still producing like one of the top point guards in the league, which is exactly who he is. His thumb injury is quickly becoming a distant memory.
|Sun Mar 9||01:51||DeAndre Jordan has nice game vs. Hawks||DeAndre Jordan||C||Clippers||Team Lorin|
DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block against the Hawks on Saturday.
He does this every night and his poor free throw shooting isn't enough to slow him down. He's a beast.
|Sun Mar 9||01:49||Matt Barnes stays hot in win over Hawks||Matt Barnes||SF||Magic||The Schellackers|
Matt Barnes hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in Saturday's win over the Hawks.
He missed six 3-pointers as well, but has been on fire for a couple weeks. Danny Granger isn't slowing him down, although we would have liked to see Barnes play more in fourth quarter of tonight's win. The Clippers play four times next week and Barnes should now be owned in all leagues.
|Sun Mar 9||01:46||Blake Griffin leads Clippers with 27 points||Blake Griffin||PF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Blake Griffin hit 11-of-19 shots and 5-of-9 free throws for 27 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a steal to lead the Clippers to a 109-108 win over the Hawks on Saturday.
Griffin missed a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch, but Jeff Teague bailed him out by missing the front of his set near the buzzer. Griffin's big season continues and despite tonight's troubles at the line, he's been much better there all year, increasing his fantasy value in the process.
|Sun Mar 9||01:37||Elton Brand plays 18 minutes in loss||Elton Brand||PF||76ers||Doppelganger|
Elton Brand came off the bench for 18 minutes and had eight points, five rebounds, two assists and zero blocks in Saturday's loss to the Clippers.
Brand has been pretty fun to own with Pero Antic and Paul Millsap injured for the Hawks, but both players are back and in the starting lineup, meaning Brand's run is over. If they get hurt again, Brand will re-emerge as a fantasy factor, but if not, he's not worth holding.
|Sun Mar 9||01:21||Kyle Korver posts big line on Saturday||Kyle Korver||SG||Jazz||Free Agent|
Kyle Korver, who saw his 3-point streak end on Wednesday, hit 6-of-7 shots and 3-of-3 3-pointers for 17 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals in Saturday's loss to the Clippers.
Korver had a great line tonight and is back on track. And with the Hawks having a great schedule from here on in, deserves to be in a lot of fantasy lineups the rest of the way. He had seven points and a 3-pointer on Friday, meaning his new streak for 3-pointers made stands at two games.