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DeRozan finally feeling back after Sunday 01-26-2015
DeMar DeRozan G TOR
DeMar DeRozan said Sunday's win was the first time he felt "normal" since his groin injury.

National Post
DeRozan went off for 25 points, so it's safe to say his play jibed with the quote. "I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive. I came in [to the practice gym on Saturday] night and got some work in, working on my rhythm, working on a lot of in-game shots I always take," he said. This is DeRozan's first major injury, so it's natural for him to be a little timid upon his return. We're not concerned.
Update: Kevin Martin now out on Monday 01-26-2015
Kevin Martin G MIN
Updating a previous item, Kevin Martin (wrist) is now out on Monday.

Timberwolves PR on Twitter
To say this is a surprise would be like saying the snow hitting the East Coast today would be a surprise. We knew this was coming, and it was just a matter of time. Andrew Wiggins, Mo Williams and Thaddeus Young will again be asked to carry the Timberwolves offense.
Rockets recall Isaiah Canaan from D-League 01-26-2015
Isaiah Canaan G HOU
Rockets recall Isaiah Canaan from the D-League.

Rockets on Twitter
He averaged 21 points and 8.5 assists per game in the D-League, but he's not a fantasy option in any format.
Paul Pierce dealing with a cut, bruised eye 01-26-2015
Paul Pierce F WAS
Paul Pierce had a bruised eye and a cut after the game against the Nuggets, but he's expected to be fine.

Washington Post
"You got to expect scars in the war," Pierce said. Well said, Paul. Well said.
Larry Drew II gets second 10-day with Sixers 01-26-2015
Larry Drew II G PHI
Sixers re-sign Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract.

Bob Cooney on Twitter
Additionally, Drew will start at point guard on Monday with Michael Carter-Williams (illness) sidelined. It has to feel good for Drew to sign another deal and earn a start on the same day, and he'll get all of the minutes he can handle wit Tony Wroten (knee) done for the season.
Henry Sims to get the start on Monday night 01-26-2015
Henry Sims C PHI
Henry Sims will start on Monday night against the Pelicans.

Dei Lynam on Twitter
Sims is starting instead of K.J. McDaniels because New Orleans has a big frontline. When starting at center this season, Sims is averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds on 48.1 percent shooting.
Carter-Williams out, Larry Drew II to start 01-26-2015
Michael Carter-Williams G PHI
Michael Carter-Williams (illness) will not play on Monday against the Pelicans, and Larry Drew II will make his first NBA start.

Dei Lynam on Twitter
Drew has been the backup point guard since Tony Wroten (knee) went down, but he hasn't eclipsed 24 minutes in any contest. He's got a great chance to do that on Monday without MCW available and nobody else behind him. His career-high for assists in a game is nine, the same number as his career-high in points. We're not expecting a miracle, but he's got a sizable opportunity in front of him.
Jannero Pargo (back) could return this week 01-26-2015
Jannero Pargo G CHA
Jannero Pargo (back) could return later this week.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
Pargo has been dealing with a back injury for the better part of a month, but most people probably had no idea since he's not relevant to fantasy owners. Even with Kemba Walker (knee) dealing with an injury, it's likely to stay that way.
Kemba Walker getting second opinion on knee 01-26-2015
Kemba Walker G CHA
Kemba Walker is in New York to get a second opinion on his knee injury.

Hornets on Twitter
It's not ideal, but it's not necessarily bad news, either. There has been a lot of smoke suggesting that Walker needs surgery and would be better off doing it now, but a final determination has not been made. Walker's MRI results will give us a much better idea of what to expect going forward. Losing Kemba for an extended period of time would be detrimental, and the void would leave Lance Stephenson, Brian Roberts and Gary Neal picking up extra time.
Tony Allen questionable to suit up on Monday 01-26-2015
Tony Allen G MEM
Tony Allen (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play against the Magic on Monday.

Rob Fischer on Twitter
He did not participate in shootaround, and that's always an ominous sign for a player's availability. That being said, TA is as tough as they come, so it has to be a pretty nasty sprain. If he sits, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green should each see some extra run.
Kevin Martin questionable to suit up Monday 01-26-2015
Kevin Martin G MIN
Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to play on Monday against the Thunder.

Timberwolves on Twitter
Martin has been listed as questionable since last week, so there hasn't necessarily been a change in his status. On a seven-win team that's prioritizing rebuilding, Martin appears to be taking his time to return from his wrist injury. The Wolves should have incentive to get him on the floor to showcase him for a potential trade, but not much reason beyond that.
Marvin Williams has broken nose, concussion 01-26-2015
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams, who is already dealing with a concussion, has also been diagnosed with a broken nose.

Hornets PR on Twitter
Williams will not be able to return until he's able to pass the NBA's concussion protocol, and there is nothing to suggest a return is imminent. Already down Bismack Biyombo (knee), Cody Zeller, who has logged 30-plus minutes in two of his last three games, appears poised to see an even larger role.
Bismack Biyombo diagnosed with bone bruise 01-26-2015
Bismack Biyombo F CHA
Bismack Biyombo (knee) has been diagnosed with a bone bruise, and he's expected to be reevaluated in approximately 10 days.

Hornets PR on Twitter
Biyombo will not do any impact activities during that stretch of time. Biyombo had found his groove after not playing earlier this season, and he's averaged 6.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 55.6 percent shooting over 13 games as a starter. Big Al Jefferson should move back into the starting lineup, but the Hornets are now dangerously thin behind him with just Jason Maxiell, Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh.
Report: Blazers-Nets game postponed Monday 01-26-2015
Damian Lillard G POR
The Blazers vs. Nets game scheduled for Monday has been postponed, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
With the impending blizzard impacting the New York and surrounding areas, the league is making this call early. We should have official word shortly. The Kings-Nets game has reportedly already been postponed, as well. Those in daily formats will want to avoid deploying players from any of the four teams.
Brandan Wright expected to be back Wednesday 01-26-2015
Brandan Wright F PHO
Brandan Wright (heel) is expected to be back on Wednesday.

Arizona Republic
Wright's heel pain had been a lingering issue, but it sounds like the one-game absence, combined with the time in between appearances, is just what the big man needed to get back on track.
Isaiah Thomas had fluid drained from wrist 01-26-2015
Isaiah Thomas G PHO
Isaiah Thomas, who has made 15 of his last 30 3-pointers, had his troublesome left wrist drained of fluid recently.

Arizona Republic
Thomas had a "lump of fluid" removed from the area, and he's been a different player since. "It affected my shot when I released," Thomas said. "It feels better. I got it done last week when we got home." Thomas said this was the third time he's been drained this year, but it was an expected part of the post-surgical process. Jeff Hornacek also added Thomas has done a "better job of pushing the ball" of late, as well.
Kevin Love experienced dizzy spells Sunday 01-26-2015
Kevin Love F CLE
Kevin Love experienced some dizzy spells during Sunday's win over the Thunder, but he came out of the game okay.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Everything was spinning there for a little bit," Love said. "It was a scary moment, but I was good after that." It sounds like Love may have been dealing with a vertigo-like moment, and that can be caused by a number of things, including dehydration. Love said he "probably" ate too close to game time, but the good news is that he appears okay.
Report: Kings-Knicks postponed on Monday 01-26-2015
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
According to Sacramento announcer Grant Napear, Monday's game between the Kings and Knicks has been postponed due to inclement weather.

Grant Napear on Twitter
With the pending blizzard threatening New York and the surrounding areas, the league is apparently going to play it safe. It's the right call, and we should have official word shortly. Be sure your daily lineups don't include any Knicks or Kings on Monday night.
Amare Stoudemire expecting to miss time 01-26-2015
Amar'e Stoudemire F NY
Amare Stoudemire (wrist, ankle) is expecting to miss time.

Newsday
"I'm sure it's going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain," Stoudemire said. Assuming STAT is out on Monday at the very least, it would mean more minutes for guys like Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson. From a fantasy perspective, Thomas is the most interesting name as he has back-to-back games with 16 points, and is averaging 16 points, six rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals on 15-of-29 shooting over that span.
Pat Riley denies Heat interest in Brook Lopez 01-26-2015
Brook Lopez C BKN
Pat Riley strongly denied a rumor that the Heat have interest in a Brook Lopez trade.

Miami Herald
It's hard to see how a deal between the two sides was ever going to line up. Miami is known to be prioritizing cap flexibility, and Riley won't blow it on an oft-injured center who would steal playing time from the emerging Hassan Whiteside. As has been the case with most Lopez rumors to this point, this one appears to be filled with hot air.
Bobby Brown has some interest in the Cavs 01-26-2015
Bobby Brown G LAC
Bobby Brown has interest in joining the Cavs after his season in China concludes.

HoopsHype
Brown raved about LeBron James, coach David Blatt and GM David Griffin. The Cavs are also interested in Will Bynum, but with both players unavailable until the Chinese season ends, it's possible Cleveland looks to go in another direction.
01-26-2015
Zach LaVine G MIN
Zach LaVine returned to action on Sunday January 25.
01-26-2015
Andre Iguodala G GS
Andre Iguodala returned to action on Sunday January 25.
Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to meet w/ doctor Mon 01-26-2015
Kobe Bryant G LAL
Kobe Bryant (shoulder) has an appointment with a specialist on Monday, after which he'll decide whether to have surgery or pursue a different treatment option.

Ramona Shelburne on Twitter
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reiterates that so far "everyone has recommended surgery." It's safe to assume that Kobe is done for the season but he's performing his due diligence to explore every rehab possibility, and he and the Lakers should make an official announcement early this week. Assuming he does have rotator cuff surgery, he'd be looking at approximately six months of recovery.
Report: Mavs sure they'll get Jermaine O'Neal 01-26-2015
Jermaine O'Neal C GS
The Mavericks are reportedly "confident" that they'll eventually sign 36-year-old free agent Jermaine O'Neal.

ESPN Dallas
Dallas hopes to sign O'Neal by the All-Star break, according to ESPN.com, and the team is "confident they are inching closer to [an] eventual signing." J.O. has suddenly become a coveted asset, as he's also drawn interest from the Cavaliers, Warriors, Blazers and Clippers. His ailing knees won't allow him to play heavy minutes and his eventual whereabouts aren't likely to cause more than a ripple in fantasy leagues.
Trevor Ariza shoots 3-of-14 in win vs. Lakers 01-26-2015
Trevor Ariza F HOU
The Rockets cruised to a win in L.A. on Sunday, with Trevor Ariza chipping in nine points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. He turned the ball over just once but his line was marred by a 3-of-14 mark from the field. Ariza is taking a lofty 61.4 percent of his attempts from downtown this season, which is a double-edged sword for fantasy owners -- 2.3 triples per game are excellent, but they're attached to a 37.4 percent shooter. It's a caveat his owners will happily live with, as he's still returning top-50 value on a season-long basis.
Ryan Kelly scores two points in another start 01-26-2015
Ryan Kelly F LAL
Ryan Kelly struggled in another start for L.A. with two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's home loss. Kelly will get an extended audition as a starter and his role is relatively secure with Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out of commission. Whether he'll have any fantasy appeal remains to be seen, however, and nearly all owners should observe him from a safe distance.
Nick Young benched Sunday, logs eight minutes 01-26-2015
Nick Young G LAL
Nick Young went scoreless in eight minutes off the Lakers' bench on Sunday, and Byron Scott said afterward that Young looked as though he "didn't want to be here."

Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
There was no swag tonight as Young missed both of his shot attempts and turned the ball over three times in a sloppy performance which led Scott to bench him. L.A.'s rotations are a complete mess and Young doesn't do much beyond scoring on a good night, so owners must brace themselves for some turbulent production.
Jeremy Lin scores 14 pts to lead failed rally 01-26-2015
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin returned to the Lakers' rotation on Sunday with 14 points, six assists and three turnovers off the bench, making 2-of-9 field goals and 10-of-14 free throws. He attacked the basket throughout his 28 minutes and picked up some cheap production in garbage time, so it's hard to read much into tonight's line. Lin remains a very shaky option now that Jordan Clarkson has usurped the starting PG job from Ronnie Price, but he's at least worth a stash in deep leagues.
Joey Dorsey starts w/ Dwight Howard ailing 01-26-2015
Joey Dorsey F HOU
Joey Dorsey made a rare start on Sunday with Dwight Howard (ankle) unavailable, notching four points with seven boards, one steal, one block and four personal fouls in 25 minutes. Tonight's line is a good indication of Dorsey's lack of value, even if Howard's injury forces him to miss more games. Josh Smith (11 points, five boards) and Donatas Motiejunas (eight points, nine boards) are better targets in Dwight's absence.
James Harden still on fire, scores 37 points 01-26-2015
James Harden G HOU
James Harden ran roughshod over the Lakers' defense in Sunday's road win, scoring 37 points (12-of-20 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with four 3-pointers, eight boards, five assists, two steals and six turnovers. Harden is averaging 37.0 points over Houston's past four games and continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game, well ahead of LeBron James (26.0), Kevin Durant (25.3), Anthony Davis (24.2), DeMarcus Cousins (24.2) and Carmelo Anthony (24.1). Just get comfortable and enjoy the fireworks.
Ronnie Price held to seven minutes vs Rockets 01-26-2015
Ronnie Price G LAL
Ronnie Price barely played on Sunday, coming off the bench for two points and one steal in seven minutes. The former starter is banged up physically and his lack of offense may have finally cost him his role, as he's shooting just 29.4 percent in January. Anyone who still owns him should peruse the waiver wire for a replacement.
Jordan Clarkson struggles vs Houston, Pat Bev 01-26-2015
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
Jordan Clarkson couldn't get anything going in 28 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, going 2-of-10 from the field to finish with eight points, two assists, one steal and five turnovers. Patrick Beverley will have this effect on opposing PGs and Clarkson gets a pass for the dud. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he'll keep his current starting lineup intact for "15 to 20 games" which gives Clarkson a nice window to establish himself. Deep-league owners should already own him, and he's firmly on the radar in all formats.
Tarik Black (ankle) returns in garbage time 01-26-2015
Tarik Black F LAL
Tarik Black (ankle) logged seven minutes in garbage time on Sunday, finishing with three points, five rebounds and three turnovers vs. his former team. Black gave the Lakers' some much-needed energy, sparking a futile run late in the fourth quarter. He's carved out a steady bench role since being picked up by L.A. but isn't a viable fantasy option, especially now that Robert Sacre has unexpectedly taken over the starting center job.
Carlos Boozer leads Lakers w/ 18 & 11 Sunday 01-26-2015
Carlos Boozer F LAL
Carlos Boozer led the Lakers with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 22 bench minutes on Sunday, hitting 9-of-13 shots with two assists and a block. Byron Scott will reportedly maintain his current starting lineup for at least 10 games, temporarily dashing any hopes of Boozer starting again. He's been productive in a bench role but isn't worth owning outside of deep leagues while playing just 23 minutes per game.
Josh Smith solid in 25 minutes vs LAK defense 01-26-2015
Josh Smith F HOU
Josh Smith chipped in across the board in an easy win vs. the Lakers, scoring 11 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 25 minutes vs. L.A. Smith has been nowhere near standard-league value since coming to Houston, especially when you factor in his ridiculous 36.7 percent FT shooting over the past month. Terrence Jones' eventual return is another threat to Smith, so don't let the occasional efficient performance lull you into wasting a roster spot on him.