|Sun Nov 23||19:32||Johnson (ankle) did not play Saturday against Heat||James Johnson||SF||Raptors||The Schellackers|
Johnson (ankle) did not play Saturday against the Heat.
Johnson missed his third straight game since suffering a severely sprained ankle against the Jazz last weekend. The team indicated that he's making progress, and Johnson is expected to return at some point within the next week or two. It seems unlikely he's ready to go Monday against the Suns, but Wednesday in Atlanta is a bit more realistic. The Raptors also play Friday and Sunday, so be sure to monitor Johnson's status on a game-to-game basis.
|Sun Nov 23||19:27||Bonner (illness) did not play Saturday against Nets||Matt Bonner||PF||Spurs||Free Agent|
Bonner (illness) did not play Saturday against the Nets.
Initially considered questionable, Bonner ended up being held out of action for the third consecutive game while dealing with a stomach bug. With the Spurs off until Wednesday, Bonner will likely recover in time to face the Pacers.
|Sun Nov 23||19:25||Humphries scored 12 points to go with nine rebounds in Saturday'...||Kris Humphries||PF||NJ Nets||The Sith Lords|
Humphries scored 12 points to go with nine rebounds in Saturday's win over the Bucks.
Nene was limited by a right foot injury, so Humphries was able to soak up increased minutes in the second half. He's now played at least 20 minutes in each of his last five games and could have added value if Nene misses any time. On the season, Humphries is averaging 6.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
|Sun Nov 23||18:53||Andersen suffered sprained ankle in first quarter of Sunday's ga...||Chris Andersen||C||Nuggets||Free Agent|
Andersen suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Hornets and will not return, Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
X-rays on the ankle came back negative, but Andersen will be held out for the rest of the game, and his status for Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors is in jeopardy. Prior to exiting, Andersen did not record any statistics in two minutes of action.
|Sun Nov 23||18:31||Durant (foot) took part in some non-contact drills at Saturday's...||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Durant (foot) took part in some non-contact drills at Saturday's practice, The Oklahoman reports.
Durant is set to be re-evaluated on Thanksgiving, at which point the team is expected to provide a clearer return timetable. It remains to be seen whether coach Scott Brooks will ease his superstar back into the rotation, and Brooks declined to elaborate on the subject when asked Saturday. "We haven't even got to that point yet," Brooks said. "They're still in the rehab process of getting back to being able to play. The minute restriction, we're not focused on that area yet. We're just focused on getting them back and getting them ready to play." Given their rough start, the Thunder would obviously like Durant back as soon as possible, and he appears on track to return within the next few weeks. He's shed his walking boot and progressed to shooting all-out jump shots, but he'll still need to be cleared for contact before truly ramping up his activity level.
|Sun Nov 23||18:26||Westbrook (hand) took part in some non-contact portions of pract...||Russell Westbrook||PG||Thunder||Buchanalia|
Westbrook (hand) took part in some non-contact portions of practice Saturday, The Oklahoman reports. "They looked good," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks, referring to both Westbrook and Kevin Durant. "They've been with the group the whole time, but (Saturday) was the first day they've actually participated in some of the drills. It wasn't the entire practice."
Westbrook is set to be re-evaluated next weekend, at which point a firmer return timetable should be available. Coach Scott Brooks declined to say whether he'll ease the point guard back into the rotation, but that was the case last season when Westbrook returned from a knee injury. 'We haven't even got to that point yet," Brooks said. "They're still in the rehab process of getting back to being able to play. The minute restriction, we're not focused on that area yet. We're just focused on getting them back and getting them ready to play."
|Sun Nov 23||18:16||Gasol (calf) considered probable to play Monday against Jazz||Pau Gasol||PF/C||Lakers||Team Lorin|
Gasol (calf) is considered probable to play Monday against the Jazz, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
After sitting out the last three games, Gasol said he feels much better and has not had any setbacks in his recovery from a strained left calf. He'll test out the calf during shootaround, but expect Gasol to be back on the floor Monday night.
|Sun Nov 23||18:12||Rose (hamstring) questionable to play Monday against Jazz||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Doppelganger|
Rose (hamstring) is questionable to play Monday against the Jazz, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
Rose has not played in four straight games since tweaking his hamstring against the Raptors on Nov. 13. With Kirk Hinrich (ribs) unlikely to play Monday, Aaron Brooks will make another start if Rose is unable to go.
|Sun Nov 23||18:10||Hinrich (ribs) doubtful to play Monday against Jazz||Kirk Hinrich||PG/SG||Hawks||The Schellackers|
Hinrich (ribs) is doubtful to play Monday against the Jazz, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
Hinrich is dealing with bruised ribs after taking a change on DeMarcus Cousins in Thursday's loss to the Kings. He sat out Friday in Portland and will likely remain out of action against the Jazz. With Derrick Rose (hamstring) perpetually questionable, Aaron Brooks could make another start at point guard.
|Sun Nov 23||18:08||Lee (hamstring) could play by end of Warriors' current road trip||David Lee||PF||Warriors||Doppelganger|
Lee (hamstring) could play by the end of the Warriors' current road trip, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Lee was examined over the weekend and the results were positive, so he'll likely be back in the mix in the near future. Lee won't play Sunday against Oklahoma City, and he'll likely miss Tuesday's (Heat) and Wednesday's (Magic) games before potentially returning Friday in Charlotte. If he's not ready Friday, his next opportunity comes Sunday in Detroit, which is the final game of the team's five-game road swing.
|Sun Nov 23||17:55||Williams posted his second double-double of week by scoring 11 p...||Mo Williams||PG||Clippers||Def Fresh Flow|
Williams posted his second double-double of the week by scoring 11 points (5-16 FG, 1-7 3Pt) with 12 assists Saturday.
Williams has been getting extra shots recently, many of them likely left behind by injured guard Kevin Martin (wrist). Additionally, he has been starting at point guard where he has had the ball in his hands more often and been able to rack up assists. Teammates Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Martin will come back at some point this year, but until then, Williams should continue to post stats like this.
|Sun Nov 23||16:45||Pierce scored season high 25 points (8-16 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT) w...||Paul Pierce||SF||Celtics||Team Erik|
Pierce scored a season high 25 points (8-16 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT) with 10 rebounds while fouling out in just 28 minutes Saturday.
This was by far Pierce's most impressive fantasy performance of the season, with the only disappointing part that he took himself out of the game by fouling out. Fantasy owners should not bank on this performance being the new norm, though as Pierce is still on a talented team with many scoring options and should return to his season average of 13 points per game going forward.
|Sun Nov 23||16:38||Bayless moved back to bench and scored five points (1-5 FG, 3-3 ...||Jerryd Bayless||PG||Raptors||Doppelganger|
Bayless moved back to the bench and scored five points (1-5 FG, 3-3 FT) in 14 minutes Saturday.
Bayless started on Friday while replacing the banged up Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle), but with Giannis' return, Bayless moved back to the bench. It appears that Bayless has lost his starting spot for good to Antetokounmpo, and will only have fantasy value in standard leagues if any of the Buck's guards get hurt again.
|Sun Nov 23||16:25||Wade (hamstring) will not play Sunday against Hornets||Dwyane Wade||SG||Heat||Buchanalia|
Wade (hamstring) will not play Sunday against the Hornets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Wade will miss his sixth consecutive game as he continues to battle a hamstring issue. With Norris Cole also out of action, Shannon Brown should notch another start at shooting guard alongside Mario Chalmers. Brown played 37 minutes in Saturday's win over Orlando
|Sun Nov 23||16:10||Cousins scored 31 points (11-15 FG, 9-10 FT) with 18 rebounds, t...||DeMarcus Cousins||PF/C||Kings||Def Fresh Flow|
Cousins scored 31 points (11-15 FG, 9-10 FT) with 18 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes Saturday.
While this is a great game from Cousins, it is not even his best statistical game of the young season. He's capable of games like every once in a while and is part of the reason why he is one of the NBA best fantasy big men. Continue to start him and enjoy his fantasy dominance.
|Sun Nov 23||15:42||Stuckey (wrist) considered questionable for Sunday's game agains...||Rodney Stuckey||PG||Pistons||The Schellackers|
Stuckey (wrist) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Mavericks.
Stuckey departed Saturday's game in the second half with a sprained left wrist and did not return. X-rays on the wrist came back negative, so Stuckey likely won't miss extended time, but he could sit out a game or two in the short-term.
|Sun Nov 23||15:37||Hibbert (ankle) considered questionable for Sunday's game agains...||Roy Hibbert||C||Pacers||Def Fresh Flow|
Hibbert (ankle) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Mavericks.
Hibbert played only seven minutes in Saturday's loss to Phoenix after leaving the game in the first quarter due to an ankle sprain. The fact that he's considered questionable indicates it's nothing overly serious, but he could miss a game or two in the short-term. In his absence Saturday, Ian Mahinmi (26 minutes) and Lavoy Allen (23) saw increased run off the bench.
|Sun Nov 23||15:33||Miles (calf) considered questionable for Sunday's matchup with M...||C.J. Miles||SF||Jazz||Team Erik|
Miles (calf) is considered questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Mavericks.
Miles has missed the past four games with a sore right calf that's hampered him since the start of the season. If he plays Saturday, he isn't likely to see a heavy workload.
|Sun Nov 23||15:26||Gibson sent home from Bulls' road trip to get his injured ankle ...||Taj Gibson||PF||Bulls||The Schellackers|
Gibson has been sent home from the Bulls' road trip to get his injured ankle examined, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Sending Gibson home during a road trip would imply that he will not play in the Bulls upcoming games Monday in Utah or Tuesday in Denver. The team has another two game road trip on the east coast after those two games, where Gibson could theoretically rejoin the team. If Gibson and teammate Pau Gasol (calf) cannot play, look for Nikola Mirotic to play big minutes and have fantasy value.
|Sun Nov 23||15:14||Gasol (calf) said he feeling much better and has not had setback...||Pau Gasol||PF/C||Lakers||Team Lorin|
Gasol (calf) said he is feeling much better and has not had a setback with his injury, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
The report did not mention anything about Gasol's playing status Monday, but he will likely be a game time decision. The Bulls could definitely use Gasol since they will be without Taj Gibson (ankle). They may not have the luxury of easy him back into the lineup and is probably worth starting if he does indeed play.