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Kyrie Irving carried the Celtics down the stretch during a 116-109 overtime win over the Suns on Thursday, scoring 39 points with seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block and six 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

With the Celtics down 15 at the end of three it was Kyrie takeover time with 18 points in the fourth quarter and OT, and he's been absolutely incredible in the second half lately. Even before his explosion tonight, Irving's previous four second halves include a 28.5 usage rate and a tidy 79.8 TS% in those 16.8 minutes per half. Irving's usage rate has been identical in wins and losses at 25.9, but he's seen a noticeable uptick lately. After the rough start, he's trending up again.
Nov 9 - 12:26 AM

Goran Dragic had his right knee drained on Monday and will sit out the next three games for Miami.

"We knew it wasn’t serious but we knew it was something that needed to be taken care of," said Erik Spoelstra. "Hopefully, we can take care of it and wipe it out right now." It's never a good sign for a 32-year-old to be dealing with knee issues this early in the season, and this is the same knee that cost Dragic time last season. Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington will be the primary beneficiaries while he's out, and Josh Richardson will spend more time running the offense.
Nov 19 - 1:24 PM

The Grizzlies have reportedly had "extensive discussions" with Joakim Noah in recent days.

The Grizzlies have been linked to Noah since early-November, and it sounds like they're willing to bring him on on a minimum-level deal. Noah would help bring some depth to Memphis' frontcourt, but we don't anticipate him having any fantasy value, regardless of the name across the front of his jersey.
Nov 19 - 1:17 PM

Trevor Ariza (personal) will return to the starting lineup on Monday vs. the 76ers, sending Mikal Bridges back to the second unit.

Ariza only missed two games, so he shouldn't be dealing with any sort of minutes limit tonight. Bridges will likely see his minutes reduced to the lower-20s while operating in a reserve role, and he's been too inconsistent to trust in most leagues. Ariza owners can go ahead and get him active.
Nov 19 - 1:11 PM

Kyle Lowry (ankle, rest) did not participate during Monday's practice.

Lowry exited Saturday's game with a right ankle issue, but some of that had to do with the game being a massive blowout, and Lowry wasn't sporting a noticeable limp after the game. When Nick Nurse was asked if Lowry sat out Monday's practice as a precaution, Nurse responded, "No, old," so it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything too serious. For now, we'll consider Lowry probable for Tuesday's game against the Magic.
Nov 19 - 1:08 PM

Lauri Markkanen (elbow) will go through the non-contact portions of Monday's practice.

If he responds well to Monday's workout, the Bulls will start ramping up his workload, so we should get another update on him by Tuesday. He's targeting a December return, so at this point, Markkanen should be stashed in all leagues.
Nov 19 - 1:05 PM

Wesley Matthews (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Grizzlies.

Matthews will go through his pregame routine to test his hamstring, but it's worth noting that he was labeled as doubtful this morning, so owners should plan on being without his services. If he sits, Dorian Finney-Smith would earn another start, and he might be worth a punt play in DFS.
Nov 19 - 1:02 PM

Dwight Powell (left knee effusion) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Grizzlies.

Powell played through the knee issue on Saturday, so it sounds like he may have suffered a setback. With him unavailable for Monday's game, there will be more minutes available for Maxi Kleber and Salah Mejri, but that doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops.
Nov 19 - 1:00 PM

Updating a previous report, J.J. Barea (left adductor strain) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. Memphis.

It's unclear exactly when Barea hurt his adductor, but it wouldn't be surprising to see this injury cost him multiple games. While he's out, Dennis Smith Jr. may be able to flirt with 30 minutes a night, and there will be more minutes available for Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris.
Nov 19 - 12:58 PM

Nick Nurse said he believes that OG Anunoby could get back to the court for Tuesday's game against the Magic.

Anunoby hurt his right (shooting wrist) on Friday and sat out Saturday's game, but he was able to get through Monday's practice with a wrap on his wrist. We'll have a better idea on his status following Tuesday's shootaround, but if he is able to get back out there, Pascal Siakam won't need to play as much. Stay tuned.
Nov 19 - 12:54 PM

Elfrid Payton will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair his fractured left pinky, and he's expected to miss the next six weeks of action.

This timetable would put Payton back on the court by January, but with just late-round value on the year, it's tough to justify stashing him in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot. There isn't really an obvious pickup with this report, Wes Johnson will likely return to the starting five (but he's irrelevant), while Jrue Holiday will spend more time running the offense.
Source: NBA
Nov 19 - 12:45 PM

Alex Poythress (ankle) has been ruled out Monday's game against the Clippers.

Poythress was forced out of Saturday's game with the ankle injury, so it's not surprising to see him hit the sidelines tonight. Vince Carter and Omari Spellman will split Poythress' minutes, but that doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops.
Nov 19 - 12:30 PM




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