Kyrie Irving (shoulder) doubtful for Friday
Kyrie Irving | CLE
(February 27, 2015 12:06 AM EST)
Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will not travel to Indiana on Thursday night is now doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.
Irving is set to undergo an MRI on Friday morning, so his owners will have to agonizingly wait for an update. The fact that he is not going to travel with the team should all but rule him out for Friday, but crazier things have happened. Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova will have their hands full in the backcourt if Irving sits, while LeBron James and Kevin Love will carry the load on offense for the Cavs.
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Cavs beat Warriors, LeBron drops 42 points
LeBron James | CLE
(February 26, 2015 11:15 PM EST)
LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points in a 110-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday despite briefly leaving the game with a tweaked back.
He added 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes, and it didn't look like his back caused him any problems after he returned to the game. Incredibly, this was James' 41st career game with 40 points, five assists and five rebounds which is the fourth-most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (61), Michael Jordan (62) and Oscar Robertson (71). The MVP race between James Harden, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron is going to go right down to the wire.
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Kevin Durant seen doing some light shooting
Kevin Durant | OKC
(February 26, 2015 8:13 PM EST)
Kevin Durant (foot) did some light shooting before Thursday's game against the Suns
This is great news. Durant was rolling around shootaround on a walking scooter on Tuesday, so this is a clear indication that they were just being very careful with his foot. We still do not have a timetable for his return and he's likely to need more than another week off. His fantasy owners should be hoping for a limited practice in the coming days. While he's out, D.J. Augustin and Dion Waiters will help Russell Westbrook with the scoring.
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Bulls hopeful Rose will return this season
Derrick Rose | CHI
(February 26, 2015 7:58 PM EST)
Bulls Vice President John Paxson said on Thursday that he is hopeful that Derrick Rose (knee) will be able to return this season.
Rose is set to undergo surgery on Friday morning at which point a firm timetable will be established, but the Bulls are hoping that this latest injury is just a minor setback. Owners might as well stand pat for now until we get more details after the surgery, but there is still a good chance that Rose misses significant time. Aaron Brooks will continue to start for the Bulls at PG in the meantime and is worth a look in most leagues.
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Calderon rules out shutting down for season
Jose Calderon | NY
(February 26, 2015 7:42 PM EST)
Jose Calderon is not considering shutting it down for the season after his latest Achilles injury.
Calderon is currently in a walking boot and is listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Pistons, but it's great to see him eager to return to action despite the Knicks fighting the 76ers for last place in the Eastern Conference. Langston Galloway will be the primary beneficiary if Calderon misses time, while Shane Larkin (illness) could get some increased run as well.
DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) doubtful Friday
DeMarcus Cousins | SAC
(February 26, 2015 7:09 PM EST)
DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle sprain, left hip contusion) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Spurs.
He was unable to practice on Thursday because of these injuries, and we would be shocked if he was able to give it a go on Friday with the Kings going absolutely nowhere in the Western Conference. We will update his status when we know more, but Rudy Gay is going to be a busy man on offense for the Kings if Cousins sits. Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Carl Landry will likely all see a bump in minutes on Friday, but none of them are viable options in standard leagues for now.
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Foot no longer a concern for Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry | GS
(February 26, 2015 6:49 PM EST)
Steve Kerr said that he spoke with Stephen Curry and the team's athletic trainer on Thursday, and that Curry's foot issue is no longer a concern.
Curry also said that his foot is feeling "pretty solid," so it appears that there will be no lingering issues after he was forced to miss Sunday's game vs. the Pacers. Curry is coming off a 30-point, eight-assist outing from Tuesday, and he'll look to keep the momentum going with what should be a thrilling matchup against the Cavs tonight. Hopefully the last we hear of any foot/ankle issues for the MVP-candidate this season.
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Canaan admits his conditioning not there yet
Isaiah Canaan | PHI
(February 26, 2015 5:05 PM EST)
Isaiah Canaan acknowledged during a recent interview that it's been challenging logging heavy minutes with the 76ers as he's still working his body into game shape.
Canaan's minutes jumped from 14.8 per game in Houston, to 30.5 per game since coming to Philadelphia, and that has perhaps been a factor in his 38.7 percent shooting from the field with the 76ers. Canaan will have plenty of opportunity to produce as the unquestioned starting point guard in Philly's uptempo system, so hopefully he'll be able to improve on his averages of 12.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 2.7 three-pointers per game as he gets his conditioning to where it needs to be.
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Karl says McCallum and Miller will split mins
Ray McCallum | SAC
(February 26, 2015 4:36 PM EST)
With news that Darren Collison (hip) is likely to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season, Kings' head coach George Karl said that he intends to have Ray McCallum and Andre Miller split minutes at the point guard slot.
"I think Ray’s played well," Karl said. "I think right now probably my desire is to split them, probably 24-24 is kind of in mind what it’s going to end up. Probably defensively, Ray would be in the game when it counts and Andre would be in the game probably offensively." As a starter this season, McCallum is averaging 9.3 points, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game, limiting his value to deeper leagues.
Tyson Chandler (hip) hopeful for Saturday
Tyson Chandler | DAL
(February 26, 2015 3:49 PM EST)
Tyson Chandler (hip contusion) said that he is hopeful to be able to suit up for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.
Chandler was unable to go on Wednesday, which resulted in Bernard James logging a season-high 27 minutes while putting up seven points, 11 rebounds and two blocks with the starting unit. If Chandler is again unable to go on Saturday, James would likely get another opportunity to start, and he'd make for a decent plug-and-play option with a favorable matchup against the Nets. Stay tuned.
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