|Sat Jan 24||22:24||Ajinca has mental coach that helps him cope with playing role th...||Alexis Ajinca||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Ajinca has a mental coach that helps him cope with playing a role that often fluctuates from him playing big minutes to not playing at all from game to game, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Several players use sports psychologists who help them deal with the unique pressure and stress of being a professional athlete. Whatever Ajinca is doing has been great. In the four games Ajinca has been used a spot starter, he's put up 7.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 19 minutes. When Anthony Davis misses games, Ajinca has been a great buy in daily games.
|Sat Jan 24||21:15||Favors (personal) back in starting lineup for Jazz on Saturday||Derrick Favors||PF||Jazz||Free Agent|
Favors (personal) is back in the starting lineup for the Jazz on Saturday, the Jazz's official site reports.
Favors missed Thursday's game for personal reasons, so there's no reason to suspect any drop in his production.
|Sat Jan 24||17:30||Hill played 23 minutes in Lakers' new-look lineup Friday, scorin...||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Hill played 23 minutes in the Lakers' new-look lineup Friday, scoring 10 points (4-12 FG, 2-2 FT) with five rebounds and one assist.
Hill appears to be the only player left immune to Byron Scott's benching protocol, having started all games he's played in this season. He has out up double-digit scoring in his last 10 games, including three double-doubles in that span and should remain a solid standard league from here on out.
|Sat Jan 24||17:00||Lin did not play Friday against Spurs, but healthy and available...||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Lin did not play Friday against the Spurs, but was healthy and available to play.
Coach Byron Scott shook up the starting lineup, moving rookie Jordan Clarkson into the starting lineup, bumping Ronnie Price to the backup role and seemingly leaving no minutes for Lin. It seemed a strange move considering Lin had just had a double-double starting for Price on Monday. It remains to be seen if this is a permanent move, but obviously Lin's value takes a significant hit if he is reduced to the third string role.
|Sat Jan 24||12:58||Johnson scored just two points (1-5 FG) with four rebounds in 17...||Amir Johnson||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Johnson scored just two points (1-5 FG) with four rebounds in 17 minutes Friday.
Patrick Patterson saw the lion's share of Johnson's usual minutes in this one. The veteran power forward had been averaging 30 minutes, 11.6 points, 8.1 boards and 1.3 blocks over his previous seven games coming into Friday, and there's been no word that Johnson re-injured an ankle, so chalk this one up to coach Dwane Casey just riding the hot hand.
|Sat Jan 24||12:53||Vasquez scored 12 points (6-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt) with five rebounds a...||Greivis Vasquez||PG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Vasquez scored 12 points (6-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt) with five rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes during Friday's win over the 76ers.
He's picked up his pace a little, averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 assists, 2.8 boards, 1.3 threes and 1.0 steals over his last four games, three of them spent in the starting lineup. Vasquez's hold on a starting spot isn't a secure one, but he could be worth a short-term add in deeper leagues.
|Sat Jan 24||12:35||Derrick Favors: (Personal) Will Play Saturday||Derrick Favors||PF||Jazz||Free Agent|
Favors (personal) is expected to play against the Nets on Saturday, the New York Post reports.
Favors missed Thursday's game in Milwaukee for a personal reason but should assume his normal role for the Jazz on Saturday. His reinsertion into the lineup will likely cause a decrease in the amount of playing time that Rudy Gobert saw in Favors' absence.
|Sat Jan 24||11:03||Ellington put up 11 points, six rebounds, and one assist during ...||Wayne Ellington||SG||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Ellington put up 11 points, six rebounds, and one assist during 28 minutes on the hardwood Friday against the Spurs.
Ellington is in store for an uptick in minutes with the extended absence of Kobe Bryant (shoulder). Although, Ellington still struggles on the court and won't likely make his way into standard-league relevancy, even in major minutes.
|Sat Jan 24||10:38||Whiteside (ankle) not called into action against Pacers on Frida...||Hassan Whiteside||C||Kings||Free Agent|
Whiteside (ankle) was not called into action against the Pacers on Friday.
Whiteside had a hectic Friday as he was originally slated to play against the Pacers, but as it got closer to tipoff, coach Erik Spoelstra decided to only deploy the center in an emergency situation. As a result, Whiteside is still dealing with his ankle injury somewhat and should be considered day-to-day ahead of Sunday's game against the Bulls.
|Sat Jan 24||01:31||Pekovic scored 13 points with nine rebounds in 21 minutes in Fri...||Nikola Pekovic||C||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Pekovic scored 13 points with nine rebounds in 21 minutes in Friday's loss to New Orleans. He came off the bench, but played at times with Gorgui Dieng at power forward during the game.
Pekovic said his ankle felt better than expected after his return Wednesday, so he could be back in the starting lineup in a game or two. It's also a good sign for his fantasy value that the T-Wolves are trying to find ways to keep both Pekovic and Dieng on the court.
|Fri Jan 23||23:45||Gay ejected from Friday's game against Warriors in second quarte...||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Gay was ejected from Friday's game against the Warriors in the second quarter after picking up two technical fouls. He finished the night with three rebounds, four assists and no points on 0-for-5 shooting over his 13 minutes.
Gay might have left daily league owners out to dry with the outing, but those who roster him in season-long leagues can take solace in that the early exit wasn't the result of an injury. Nonetheless, it spelled an end to his three-game streak of 20-plus points.
|Fri Jan 23||23:18||Price (elbow) came off bench Friday, and held scoreless in 19 mi...||Ronnie Price||PG||Jazz||Free Agent|
Price (elbow) came off the bench Friday, and was held scoreless in 19 minutes of action, but did have six assists, three steals and a rebound.
Price has now been back for two games, but has a really tough time scoring. He's only made one basket in his past four appearances, and Jordan Clarkson has been slightly productive in the starting role. Unless Price cements himself as the starter in Los Angeles, he's not much of a fantasy option.
|Fri Jan 23||23:16||Patterson put up 14 points and 13 rebounds off bench Friday agai...||Patrick Patterson||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Patterson put up 14 points and 13 rebounds off the bench Friday against the 76ers.
Curiously, Amir Johnson played only 17 minutes Friday, so Patterson was able to see increased run off the bench. Patterson has ramped up his productivity of late, averaging 10.7 points and 11.7 rebounds over his last three contests. He's still having a rough month, however, as he's shooting an atrocious 34 percent from the floor in January.
|Fri Jan 23||21:34||Jones will be signed to second 10-day contract by Clippers on Sa...||Dahntay Jones||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Jones will be signed to a second 10-day contract by the Clippers on Saturday, FOX Sports West reports.
Jones has made four appearances during his stay with the Clippers, logging fewer than 10 minutes of court time on each occasion. While he's not making much of a statistical impact for the club, coach Doc Rivers has been most satisfied with the mentoring role he's taken on in the locker room, where he's served as a key sounding board for Austin Rivers and C.J. Wilcox. The Clippers seem content to keep him around the rest of the way.
|Fri Jan 23||19:38||Whiteside (ankle) may only be used in emergency Friday||Hassan Whiteside||C||Kings||Free Agent|
Whiteside (ankle) may only be used in an emergency Friday, the Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman reports.
It would be wise to remove him from any daily lineups at this point, as he may not play and if he does it sounds like he will be limited.
|Fri Jan 23||19:32||Dunleavy (ankle) ruled out for Friday's game||Mike Dunleavy||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Dunleavy (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game, Bulls announcer Chuck Swirsky reports.
He is definitely making progress, and was a game-time call Friday, but he will indeed sit at least one more game out. Now that he has been a full participant in practice Wednesday, his return should be just around the corner.
|Fri Jan 23||19:20||Price (elbow) will come off bench Friday against Spurs||Ronnie Price||PG||Jazz||Free Agent|
Price (elbow) will come off the bench Friday against the Spurs.
Jordan Clarkson will be inserted into the starting lineup as the Lakers will look to shake things up with Kobe Bryant possibly out for the season. Price's run as a starter could be in jeopardy over the long run if Clarkson plays well.
|Fri Jan 23||19:16||Ellington will start at shooting guard Friday against Spurs||Wayne Ellington||SG||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Ellington will start at shooting guard Friday against the Spurs.
With Kobe Bryant likely to miss the rest of the season, Ellington could take the starting shooting guard job and run with it. That said, beyond three-point shooting, there are not a lot of categories where Ellington will be a major contributor, even as a starter.
|Fri Jan 23||18:43||Dunleavy (ankle) game-time decision Friday||Mike Dunleavy||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Dunleavy (ankle) is a game-time decision Friday, ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell reports.
He was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, but did not play in Thursday's game. Considering how long Dunleavy has been out, he could be eased into action if he is able to return Friday, so it may be better go in a different direction in daily leagues.
|Fri Jan 23||18:37||Stephenson will continue to come off bench against Cavaliers on ...||Lance Stephenson||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Stephenson will continue to come off the bench against the Cavaliers on Friday, Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports reports.
Stephenson seems to be stuck on the bench despite returning to health from a previous pelvis injury. As it stands, he is averaging just 21.8 minutes over the last four games off the bench.