Donatas Motiejunas (back) cleared to practice
Donatas Motiejunas | HOU
(December 1, 2015 3:30 PM EST)
Donatas Motiejunas (back) has reportedly been cleared to practice with the Rockets.
Motiejunas is expected to get in some work during Wednesday's practice, and if all goes well, he'll go through a full practice on Thursday. Motiejunas is nearing a return to the court, but given that he's been sidelined since undergoing back surgery in April, a substantial amount of rust can be expected and he'll likely be eased back into the rotation in Houston. He's not worth grabbing in most leagues yet, but his return to the rotation will complicate things for Terrence Jones, who is currently coming off the bench and struggling.
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Gary Harris (concussion) doubtful Wednesday
Gary Harris | DEN
(December 1, 2015 3:18 PM EST)
Gary Harris (concussion) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.
Harris has yet to clear the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and until he does that, he will not play. If he's out tomorrow, Randy Foye will have another opportunity to start, and Will Barton will likely see his playing time in the 30s. Foye didn't do much during his start on Monday, scoring just five points on 1-of-7 shooting, and with a tough matchup against Jimmy Butler on Wednesday, he won't make for a great DFS play.
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Rumor: Rockets looking to deal Ty Lawson?
Ty Lawson | HOU
(December 1, 2015 3:11 PM EST)
The Rockets are rumored to be shopping around Ty Lawson, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
This report is hardly surprising given how horribly Lawson has fit in Houston's system, but with how bad he's been this season and some well documented off-court issues, the Rockets likely wouldn't be able to gain much in a trade for the troubled point guard. However, that doesn't mean that a trade is unlikely, Ty does have a rather attractive contract in that the final $13.2 million of his deal is fully non-guaranteed; a stipulation that he agreed to when coming to Houston. His value would obviously be greatly improved outside of Houston, so if you want to stash him away in a deep league with the hopes that he's moved, it wouldn't be the worst idea. To be clear, nothing is imminent.
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Lou Williams (personal) probable for Tuesday
Lou Williams | LAK
(December 1, 2015 3:00 PM EST)
Lou Williams (personal) is probable to play Tuesday vs. the 76ers.
Williams sat out the Lakers' previous two games due to the death of his grandfather, but he has rejoined the team in Philadelphia and is expected to play tonight. His return to the court will lead to less minutes for Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell.
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Kirk Hinrich (hip) doubtful Wednesday vs. DEN
Kirk Hinrich | CHI
(December 1, 2015 2:50 PM EST)
Kirk Hinrich (hip) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.
With Aaron Brooks (hamstring) questionable, it's looking like E'twuan Moore will again serve as Derrick Rose's primary backup on Wednesday. Moore is averaging just 5.4 points and not much else on the season, so there's no reason to pay him any attention in most leagues.
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Jimmy Butler will play through heel soreness
Jimmy Butler | CHI
(December 1, 2015 2:44 PM EST)
Jimmy Butler made it clear that he fully plans on playing through the sore heel that he is dealing with.
Nothing is structurally wrong with Butler's heel and he said after Monday's game that he'll continue to get treatment and that there's not really anything he can do about it, so owners can plan on having him active for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets. Despite the heel issue, Butler is putting up first-round value on the season behind averages of 20.3 points, 5.1 boards, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.5 three-pointers per game on 46.0 percent shooting from the field and 80.8 percent from the stripe.
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Tyson Chandler (hamstring) out Tuesday vs. BK
Tyson Chandler | PHO
(December 1, 2015 2:21 PM EST)
Tyson Chandler (hamstring) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nets, and Alex Len will draw the start in his place.
Tuesday will be Chandler's second consecutive game on the sidelines, and we're going to consider him doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Pistons as well. Alex Len hasn't been great as a starter this season with averages of just 5.0 points, 7.5 boards 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per contest. He's worth considering as a punt play in DFS, but owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here. Mirza Teletovic will also see a boost in minutes sans Tyson.
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Carmelo Anthony (illness) practices Tuesday
Carmelo Anthony | NY
(December 1, 2015 2:12 PM EST)
Carmelo Anthony (illness) returned to practice on Tuesday.
Melo sat out Sunday's game agains the Rockets with an illness, but his return to practice on Tuesday suggests that he'll be good to go for Wednesday's matchup with the 76ers. Owners can expect another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but it's worth noting that Anthony said he expects to play. Arron Afflalo will lose some touches on offense with Melo back in action.
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Tyreke Evans set to play vs Grizzlies on Tues
Tyreke Evans | NO
(December 1, 2015 12:02 PM EST)
Tyreke Evans (knee) said he'll be ready to play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Evans posted on Instagram saying that he isn't 100 percent, but will be ready to play Tuesday night. Fantasy owners should temper their expectations for Tuesday as Evans will likely be on a minutes limit, but he should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
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DeMarcus Cousins scores 31 points in win
DeMarcus Cousins | SAC
(December 1, 2015 3:29 AM EST)
DeMarcus Cousins scored 31 points during a 112-98 win over the Mavs on Monday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.
He attempted eight shots from deep, which just doesn't make sense. On the season, he's made a respectable 34.0 percent from deep to account for 22.3 percent of his shot total. Boogie has seen his 3-point percentage drop recently, making just 19.0 percent in his last four games. He's still feasting at the rim and has averages of 28.2 points and 11.0 boards. Hopefully, he can avoid back and Achilles injuries going forward.