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What ankle sprain? James Harden scores 28 12-25-2013
James Harden G HOU
James Harden didn't seem to be bothered by his ankle sprain in Christmas Day's 111-98 win against the Spurs, scoring a game-high 28 points with six boards, six assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers. He played a stunning 42 minutes and was spectacular from the field making 11-of-16 attempts. Harden missed two games before this one and he looks ready to get it going again. He's dealt with injuries to both of his feet on top of this ankle sprain, so his aggressive style might be taking its toll. Harden is the league's fifth highest scorer despite ranking just 14th in shots per game.
Aaron Brooks scores six points off the bench 12-25-2013
Aaron Brooks G CHI
Aaron Brooks moved back to the bench in Wednesday's victory over the Spurs, playing 14 minutes for six points, one rebound, no assists and two 3-pointers. He was a big help for the Rockets with Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley dealing with injuries last week, but Brooks was never really more than a stop-gap option. Fantasy owners should probably lower their expectations with Lin back and ready to play big minutes again.
Dwight Howard grabs 20 boards in win 12-25-2013
Dwight Howard C HOU
Dwight Howard grabbed 20 rebounds against the Spurs on Wednesday to go with 15 points, three assists and two blocks in 35 minutes. He's up to 13.5 boards per game and trails Kevin Love for the league lead by 0.4. It didn't happen overnight, but Howard has been clicking with his new teammates, averaging 24.2 points, 15.0 boards, 2.8 assists and 2.2 blocks on 65.8 percent from the field over his last five games. Things are looking up as long as his fantasy owners can stomach his 57 percent from the line.
Jeremy Lin plays well in 34 minutes 12-25-2013
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin started at point guard for the first time this month, scoring 13 points with two rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer on 5-of-10 shooting in 34 minutes. The loss of Patrick Beverley is going to allow Lin to move back to his more natural point guard spot and the extra stats should come along with it. He scored 20 points in his return from a knee injury on Monday and should be viewed as a must-start player in a favorable offensive system.
Chandler Parsons scores 21, hits five triples 12-25-2013
Chandler Parsons F DAL
Chandler Parsons was hot in the first quarter during Wednesday's victory over the Spurs, finishing with 21 points, six boards, six assists and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes. He shot 8-of-14 from the field and continues to heat up since returning from a back injury back on Dec. 6. In Parsons' previous eight games, he's averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.8 triples in 38.5 minutes. As long as his back issues don't pop up again, Parsons is a good bet to finish with top-40 value in standard leagues.
Terrence Jones goes for 21 points, 14 boards 12-25-2013
Terrence Jones F HOU
Terrence Jones attempted a team-high 20 shots on Wednesday against the Spurs, making nine of them for 21 points with 14 boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 42 minutes. He didn't do much in his previous six games, averaging just 9.3 points, 5.8 boards, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.5 triples in 27.2 minutes per game. Still, Jones' ability to put up numbers in so many different areas make him an ideal player to have in fantasy leagues. He's worth owning in all standard formats even with the Omer Asik trade rumors.
Tony Parker scores season-low six points 12-25-2013
Tony Parker G SA
Tony Parker scored a season-low six points against the Rockets in Wednesday's 111-98 loss to go with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers on 3-of-11 shooting. The expectations for Parker might have been high with the Rockets missing Patrick Beverley (hand), but today was a season low in points and field goal percentage. That might not sit well with coach Gregg Popovich, so his fantasy owners might want to double-check to make sure Parker is in Thursday's lineup against the Mavericks.
Tim Duncan scores 11 with 14 boards 12-25-2013
Tim Duncan F SA
Tim Duncan grabbed 14 rebounds against the Rockets on Christmas Day to go with 11 points, five assists, one steal and six blocks on 4-of-12 shooting. His six blocks tonight put his season average to an even 2.0, so his 2.7 blocks per game from last season doesn't look to be a complete aberration. Duncan's rebounding has spiked significantly in December with 12.3 per game, which is up from 7.3 from November. He is in a little bit of a shooting slump lately, but he'll be a must-start option as long as Gregg Popovich isn't resting him.
Manu Ginobili scores 22 points vs. Houston 12-25-2013
Manu Ginobili G SA
Manu Ginobili scored a team-high 22 points with three rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers on 8-of-17 shooting in 25 minutes. He was grabbing the right side of his ribs during the game and was a little slow moving up and down the court in the third quarter. Ginobili is kind of on a roll in his last four, averaging 18.8 points, 3.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.8 triples while making 48.0 percent from the field and hitting all 20 of his free throws in that span. Considering he did have a minor injury today, it would not be a surprise to see coach Gregg Popovich sit Manu against the Mavericks on Thursday.
Danny Green still can't get anything going 12-25-2013
Danny Green G SA
Danny Green shot 1-of-4 from the field for six points with one rebound, one steal, one block and no 3-pointers in 16 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday. If fantasy hoops had a Mt. Rushmore of annoying players to own, Danny Green's face would be on it. He's been up and down all year, but's actually been solid over his previous three games. However, this was the ninth game on the season which he's scored six or less points without a 3-pointer. His 16 minutes were also a season low tonight, so that will make this dud a little tougher to swallow.
Kawhi Leonard scores 13 points in loss 12-25-2013
Kawhi Leonard F SA
Kawhi Leonard scored 13 points with seven boards and two turnovers against the Rockets on Wednesday. It was a quiet night, but he remains the poster child for players not making a lot of noise in scoring while producing terrific fantasy value. In the December games before Christmas, Leonard averaged 13.5 points, 6.3 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 triples on 50.5 percent from the field. He's putting up top-30 value and is a terrific player to have in standard formats.
LeBron James has one of his worst games 12-25-2013
LeBron James F CLE
LeBron James had one of his worst statistical games during Wednesday's 101-95 win over the Lakers with 19 points, eight boards, four assists and two turnovers in 36 minutes. He shot just 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-9 from the line while failing to record a steal, block or 3-pointer. There are just so many absurd thing about LeBron this year, but shooting 76.2 percent in the paint might be one of the most unbelievable aspects of his game, especially since he leads the NBA in points in the paint.
Chris Bosh blows up vs. Lakers in win 12-25-2013
Chris Bosh F MIA
Chris Bosh posted his second double-double of the season on Wednesday vs. the Lakers with 23 points, 11 boards, two assists and one steal on 9-of-18 shooting. After a terrible finish to November with only 5.7 points per game in the final three games, Bosh has been tearing it up in December with averages of 15.9 points, 6.9 boards, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks on 53.4 percent shooting. He's justifiably being over shadowed by LeBron James, but he's held top-30 value in standard fantasy leagues to this point.
Dwyane Wade scores 23 points vs. Lakers 12-25-2013
Dwyane Wade G MIA
Dwyane Wade scored 23 points on 11-of-17 shooting against the Lakers during a 101-95 win, adding six boards, seven assists, three steals and one 3-pointer. He missed his eighth game of the season on Monday due to general soreness and the Heat will likely continue to manage him all season. While Wade is active, he's been effective both on the court and in the stat sheet with averages of 19.9 points, 4.8 boards, 4.9 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's putting up second-round value for fantasy leagues on a per-game basis, but the DNPs will make him somewhat annoying to own.
Pau Gasol double-doubles in loss to Miami 12-25-2013
Pau Gasol F CHI
Pau Gasol double-doubled in Wednesday's 101-95 loss to the Heat with 13 points, 13 boards, three assists, one steal and one block on 6-of-12 shooting. He played 29 minutes in the loss, which is a nice increase from his 20 minutes on Monday. Gasol missed Saturday's game with an respiratory illness and it's been an issue for him multiple times this, so hopefully this won't be an issue going forward. He can be viewed as a buy-low player for now.
Shawne Williams scores three points in start 12-25-2013
Shawne Williams F LAL
Shawne Williams made his second start in a row against the Heat on Wednesday with three points, five boards and one 3-pointer in 16 minutes. He's another example to support to claim that minutes and stats clearly trump being in the starting lineup. In his seven previous starts, Williams averaged just 3.9 points, 3.6 boards and 0.6 triples. He's not worth owning in almost any league.
Xavier Henry scores 14 points in 26 minutes 12-25-2013
Xavier Henry G LAL
Xavier Henry scored 14 points in his move back to the bench on Wednesday, adding five boards, two assists, two steals and four turnovers. His three starts at point guard didn't go swimmingly with a 2.0:2.3 assist:turnover ratio while shooting 32.5 percent from the field. Henry's minutes should he on their way down and only shooting 63 percent from the charity stripe isn't going to help his case for ownership in most fantasy leagues.
Jodie Meeks scores 17 points in start 12-25-2013
Jodie Meeks G DET
Jodie Meeks scored 17 points in a team-high 38 minutes during a loss to the Heat on Wednesday, adding four boards, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers. He launched 10 attempts from downtown as part of his 6-of-12 shooting line. Meeks has been a minutes machine since Kobe Bryant (knee) went down, averaging 38.3 per game in the starting role over his last four. He should be able to contribute enough threes, steals and points to be worth owning in standard leagues.
Jordan Farmar struggles in return on Xmas 12-25-2013
Jordan Farmar G LAC
Jordan Farmar returned from his hamstring strain on Wednesday and played 33 minutes, shooting 1-of-7 from the field for three points, five boards, two assists and four turnovers. He wasn't expected to see a full complement of minutes tonight, but still ranked second on the team behind Jodie Meeks' 38. Farmar should have better days ahead and will likely have the ball in his hands on the vast majority of LA's possessions. He shoots the three, can get some steals and should hand out nice assists totals, which makes him a strong pickup in standard leagues.
Ryan Kelly plays 17 minutes vs. Heat 12-25-2013
Ryan Kelly F LAL
Ryan Kelly had career highs with 17 minutes and four points against the Heat on Wednesday to go with one assist and one 3-pointer. He was guarding LeBron James in the fourth quarter in Kelly's "welcome to the NBA" moment. Coach Mike D'Antoni is as unpredictable as it gets, so Kelly is at least on the radar in very deep leagues. To be clear, we're talking very deep leagues for now.
Jordan Hill bounces back w/ nice fantasy line 12-25-2013
Jordan Hill F LAL
Jordan Hill played 24 minutes off the bench with nine points, 10 boards, one assist, three steals and three blocks against the Heat on Wednesday. His minutes were in the basement over his previous four, playing just 14.0 minutes per game with an average line of 6.8 points, 4.3 boards and 0.3 blocks. Hill seems to clearly be the second-best big behind Pau Gasol and he puts up huge lines while he's getting minutes, but there's a fundamental issue due to Mike D'Antoni messing with his playing time. If you can help it, Hill is worth owning in standard leagues.
Swaggy Christmas: Nick Young scores 20 points 12-25-2013
Nick Young G LAL
Nick Young scored 20 points off the bench on 7-of-18 shooting in 32 minutes against the Heat on Christmas Day, adding two boards, one assist and four 3-pointers. He scored 11 points in the third quarter while LeBron James was defending him. Young attempted a team-high in shots and has been in the teens for attempts in each of his last four games, but the Lakers overall offense needs work with just 26 points in the paint today. The Lakers are using him as a sixth man and he's taken at least six attempts from deep in each of his last six games, so he'll be worth owning in standard leagues for the 3-point production alone.
Chris Andersen (back) out for game 12-25-2013
Chris Andersen F MIA
Chris Andersen suffered a back injury and will not return to Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

Ethan Skolnick on Twitter
He's dealt with back injuries before and the severity or specifics of his stiff back are not yet known. Andersen is coming off a season-high 12 points on Monday, but he's not really worth owning outside of being a blocks specialist in deep leagues. Udonis Haslem will get more minutes while the Birdman is out.
James Harden will give it a go vs. Spurs 12-25-2013
James Harden G HOU
James Harden (ankle) will "give it a go" for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, according to coach Kevin McHale.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
McHale added his star guard will play "unless something happens between now and tip off" so there is still a small chance Harden won't play. He missed Saturday and Monday with an ankle sprain and it would not be a surprise to see him not play his usual 38.4 minutes per game. Jeremy Lin will slide back over to point guard and should still have nice value in most formats. Harden owners can plug him back into their lineups.
Kenyon Martin doesn't score in 13 minutes 12-25-2013
Kenyon Martin F NY
Kenyon Martin (abdomen) did not score in just 13 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday. He returned from a five-game absence and has missed a total of eight games this year. Martin won't be asked to play much more than his current 19.5 minutes-per-game average and is not worth owning in almost any league.
Kevin Durant abuses the Knicks at MSG 12-25-2013
Kevin Durant F OKC
Kevin Durant kept up his efficient ways in Christmas Day's 123-94 win at Madison Square Garden, shooting 10-of-16 from the field for 29 points with seven boards, six assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in just 32 minutes. This is pretty much old hat for KD. In December, he's averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.9 steals and 2.0 triples on 53.3 percent from the field and 90.2 percent from the line. Durant has one of the most effortless releases in the history of the NBA and he's just turned 25 in September.
Serge Ibaka keeps up magnificent season 12-25-2013
Serge Ibaka F OKC
Serge Ibaka was fantastic against the Knicks on Wednesday with 24 points, three boards, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on 10-of-14 shooting. He gets a lot of credit for his defense, but Ibaka has really blossomed into a nice offensive power forward. Outside of the paint, he's shot a sterling 46.6 percent this year and his jumper continues to get better. His fantasy owners probably know how great he's been based on him flirting with first-round value in standard formats.
Reggie Jackson abuses Knicks in win 12-25-2013
Reggie Jackson G OKC
Reggie Jackson continued his mini-breakout season on Wednesday with 18 points, two boards, two assist and a season-high three 3-pointers in 25 minutes. The Thunder are great with Jackson in the lineup and coach Scott Brooks seems to be growing fondly of the Jackson-Westbrook backcourt. He leads the NBA in fourth-quarter minutes and is in the mix for Sixth Man of the Year. He's worth owning in standard leagues for his production in points, assists, steals and triples while ranking second in the NBA for free throw percentage fourth in field goal percentage among NBA point guards.
J.R. Smith scores 20 points in loss to OKC 12-25-2013
J.R. Smith G NY
J.R. Smith scored 20 points in Wednesday's blowout 123-94 loss to the Thunder to go with six boards, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

Ian Begley on Twitter
He was booed off the court following some sub-par play and his coach is going to catch some criticism for the way the Knicks are playing as a whole. "I believe in him. Hopefully everyone else does," Smith said of coach Mike Woodson. Despite Smith's lack of efficiency, he's had some nice stat lines over his last five with 18.2 points, 5.8 boards, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.6 triples in 39.6 minutes. Swish is worth owning in all leagues even once Carmelo Anthony comes back.
Iman Shumpert has a bad game in start 12-25-2013
Iman Shumpert G NY
Iman Shumpert scored eight points on 3-of-8 shooting against the Thunder to go with seven boards, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes. It's been an underwhelming month for the 23-year-old guard. Prior to Christmas, Shumpert averaged 5.2 points, 5.2 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 triples on 31.0 percent from the field in his 12 games. Today's game was a little better, but it's hardly enough to move the needle enough to make him worth a look in standard leagues.
Beno Udrih stinks in start vs. OKC 12-25-2013
Beno Udrih G MEM
Beno Udrih shot 1-of-6 from the field for two points with four boards, six assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday. He was arguably the worst player on the court at Madison Square Garden and his first three shot attempts included one airball and two shots off the side of the backboard. As discouraging as this game is, Udrih should still have enough opportunity to get some chances to score and hit 3-pointers. He's worth a short-term look in deeper leagues.
Tyson Chandler scores five points w/ nine RBs 12-25-2013
Tyson Chandler C DAL
Tyson Chandler played 29 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with five points, nine boards, three assists and two steals. The Knicks didn't use him on offense much and both of his makes came on offensive rebounds today. Chandler will be the backbone of the Knicks defense, but they ran into a buzz saw vs. the Thunder and couldn't stop them. He should be viewed as a three-category player in fantasy leagues.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 21 points off bench 12-25-2013
Tim Hardaway Jr. G NY
Tim Hardaway scored 21 points off the bench against the Thunder on Christmas, adding five boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes. He's having a very solid month on the offensive side, averaging 10.7 points and 1.8 triples on 52.7 percent shooting before matching his career high today. There have been more a a few defensive lapses for Hardaway, but coach Mike Woodson has to appreciate that kind of efficiency in putting the ball in the hoop. Considering Iman Shumpert can't do much with regards to scoring, Hardaway Jr. is worth a look in deeper leagues for now.
Amare Stoudemire scores 22 points in 27 mins. 12-25-2013
Amar'e Stoudemire F NY
Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points off the bench against the Thunder on Wednesday to go with two boards and one block in 27 minutes. He was the only player on the Knicks to shot over 50 percent with his pristine 10-of-16 line. Stoudemire was quiet in his previous two games, averaging 6.0, 4.0 boards and on blocks in 17.5 minutes, so he'll certainly need to string some games together to be considered as a reliable piece on fantasy rosters. It's not going to be easy to own him in standard formats with the Knicks carefully handling his minutes.
Andrea Bargnani losing most of his momentum 12-25-2013
Andrea Bargnani C NY
Andrea Bargnani played just 16 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with nine points, two boards, one assist and one turnover. The milk has gone bad for Bargnani over his last three, averaging 8.3 points, 3.0 boards, 0.7 assists and 0.0 triples. His best days are clearly behind him and his fantasy value is dropping considering the Knicks are worse when he's on the court. In December, the Knicks allow their opponents to shoot 44 percent from the field with Bargnani on the bench vs. 49 percent with Bargs on the court.
Russell Westbrook triples-doubles in blowout 12-25-2013
Russell Westbrook G OKC
Russell Westbrook logged the seventh triple-double of his career on Christmas with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on 5-of-15 shooting. He's been flirting with triple-doubles for most of this month and he finally got over the hump today. Over his last five, Westbrook averaged 22.6 points, 8.2 boards, 8.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 triples on 51.2 percent from the field and 82.8 percent from the line, so he's clearly in a groove. The 25-year-old guard led points guard in rebounds per game last year and he's on his way for a career-high 6.0 per game this year. Fantasy owners likely stole him during draft season following his knee surgery.
Kobe Bryant (knee) doing work on bike 12-25-2013
Kobe Bryant G LAL
Kobe Bryant (knee) said on Wednesday he's been able to do some work on a bike.

Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
D.J. Augustin looks great again 12-25-2013
D.J. Augustin G DET
D.J. Augustin was terrific off the bench against the Nets during an easy 95-78 win on Christmas, scoring 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting with two boards, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. He took a charge and played solid some defense -- the worst part of his game. Augustin has easily become the second-best point guard on the Bulls and might be able to see close to 20 minutes per game behind Kirk Hinrich. He's worth a look in deep leagues, especially with Kirk Hinrich having some injury risk.
Dwyane Wade is expected to play 12-25-2013
Dwyane Wade G MIA
Dwyane Wade is expected to play against the Lakers on Wednesday. There have been no reports of Wade sitting and his DNP from Monday was just for rest. We'll pass along any info to confirm as it becomes available.
Jimmy Butler looks 100 percent in win 12-25-2013
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup after missing one game due to an ankle sprain, playing 33 minutes for 15 points, five boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. As per usual, he played outstanding defense in this game and the Bulls will certainly want him to get minutes. His offense hasn't quite been as great as it was in the preseason with just 10.8 points per game on 37.0 percent from the field, but he should have enough opportunity to get it going with the Bulls depleted on offense. Butler is worth owning in all standard leagues.
Kirk Hinrich plays 20 minutes in return 12-25-2013
Kirk Hinrich G CHI
Kirk HInrich played 20 minutes in his return from a back injury on Wednesday with six points, three boards, four assists, one steal and one block. It was a nice game from Hinrich after missing five games with his back injury. In his absence, D.J. Augustin came out of the blue and has earned some minutes, which suggests this has the makings of a timeshare. Hinrich was playing an unsustainable 37.2 minutes per game before his injury, so that number will be on its way down. He should still be able to put up some stats worth using in standard leagues with around 30 minutes per game.
Taj Gibson scores 20 in easy win at Barclays 12-25-2013
Taj Gibson F CHI
Taj Gibson terrorized the Nets interior defense on Wednesday with 20 points, eight boards and two blocks in 28 minutes. He's cruising along over his last four games, averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 boards and 1.5 blocks on 61.0 percent from the field. Even though he doesn't start, the Bulls use him quite a bit in the fourth quarter with a team-high 9.7 minutes per game in that frame. Gibson's contributions in blocks should continue to make him a low-end option in standard leagues.
Kevin Garnett still stinking it up 12-25-2013
Kevin Garnett F BKN
Kevin Garnett's terrible season continued on Christmas with six points, seven boards, one assist and two steals on 2-of-7 shooting in 19 minutes. He's not the same player this year and can't even score from close range. Last season, Garnett shot 53.1 percent on his shots from within 16 feet, but that's dropped to 37.1 percent with the Nets this season. There really isn't much upside to owning him in standard leagues.
Andray Blatche can't hit shots vs. Bulls 12-25-2013
Andray Blatche F BKN
Andray Blatche shot 1-of-11 from the field for seven points with five boards, two assists and one turnover in 26 minutes. He's been a disappointment in the without Brook Lopez (foot) and shot just 25 percent from the field in his last two games. The Nets have been embarrassing on offense and they might need a player like Blatche in their starting lineup. Regardless, things should be looking up for Blatche very soon, especially with the way he can fill up a stat sheet. Fantasy owners should still consider him a must-own player.
Mirza Teletovic the lone bright spot in loss 12-25-2013
Mirza Teletovic F BKN
Mirza Teletovic made three 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Bulls, scoring 17 points with two boards and two blocks on 7-of-11 shooting. He has picked it up over hi last five with averages of 10.8 points, 3.0 boards, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 triples. Teletovic seems lil he's locked in to his role of playing near 30 minutes per game as the starting power forward, so fantasy owners can give him a look for double-digit points to go with a couple threes per game.
Paul Pierce shoots 1-of-8 vs. Chicago 12-25-2013
Paul Pierce F WAS
Paul Pierce shot 1-of-8 against the Bulls on Wednesday for six points with four boards, one assist and two blocks in 18 minutes. Just when it looked like Pierce was back due to 25.5 points per game in final two games last week, he's shot a combined 1-of-15 in his last two games to start off this week. He dropped his season field goal percentage to just 39.2 percent, which would set a career low. On top of that, he has career lows in points, threes, steals and blocks, so the Nets probably aren't happy about mortgaging their future for the ex-Celtics. Pierce is barely worth owning in standard leagues.
Deron Williams returns from ankle injury 12-25-2013
Deron Williams G BKN
Deron Williams suffered an ankle tweak in the third quarter and returned to the game, finishing with 18 points, no boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. After Kirk Hinrich stripped the Nets guard, Williams limped off the court. He was able to return, but this is the second game in a row in which he's suffered on Monday. Despite the pathetic offensive effort, Williams looks to be healthy. Williams should put up numbers, but he remains one of the riskiest top-end players to own with his injury risk.
J.R. Smith starting for New York on Wednesday 12-25-2013
J.R. Smith G NY
J.R. Smith will start at SF on Wednesday, filling in for injured Carmelo Anthony (ankle).

Marc Berman on Twitter
Smith has been heating up lately and he's coming off a game with 18 & 10 off the bench. The Knicks will need his offense more than ever with Melo sidelined, and Smith should have the green light all day vs. the Thunder.
Carmelo Anthony will not play on Wednesday 12-25-2013
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Knicks PR on Twitter
Kenyon Martin may get more minutes at PF alongside Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler, while the Knicks will have J.R. Smith fire at will and run many more pick-and-rolls with Chandler. They're going to have to get creative offensively, and may have a very tough time hanging with the Thunder at Madison Square Garden.
Report: Carmelo Anthony will not play on Xmas 12-25-2013
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday, according to Roger Rubin of the Daily News.

Roger Rubin on Twitter
He was expected to play and this is a somewhat surprising report. Plus, Rubin is currently the lone wolf on this report. The Knicks have been quiet regarding Melo's status to this point and there might not be an official word until right before tip. If he is indeed out, the Knicks will have J.R. Smith fire at will while they'll have to run a lot more pick-and-rolls with Tyson Chandler and get very creative on offense. They're going to have a very tough time hanging with the Thunder at Madison Square Garden.
Ray Felton will be re-evaluated on Thursday 12-25-2013
Raymond Felton G DAL
Raymond Felton (groin) will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

Ian Begley on Twitter
He's not going to play on Wednesday and is very unlikely to be suiting up for Friday's game against the Raptors. The Knicks may give Felton an MRI on his groin and they should have a timetable for his return in the coming days. In the meantime, Beno Udrih will take over as the starter with Toure Murry and Iman Shumpert also expected to handle the ball more.
Toure Murry will get minutes Wednesday 12-25-2013
Toure' Murry G NY
Toure Murry will play the second-string point guard spot behind Beno Udrih on Wednesday.

Scott Cacciola on Twitter
The Knicks are going to start with Iman Shumpert on Russell Westbrook to help take at least some pressure Ben Udrih. Murry is a long way from having fantasy value, but he had a great offseason and could be fun to watch.
Kenyon Martin (abdomen) will play Wednesday 12-25-2013
Kenyon Martin F NY
Kenyon Martin (strained abdomen) will play on Wednesday, and he may start if Carmelo Anthony (ankle) is unavailable.

Chris Herring on Twitter
Melo remains a game-time decision. While K-Mart's return is great news for the Knicks, particularly on defense, which is where he derives what little fantasy value he still has. In 11 starts this season, the oft-injured veteran is averaging 4.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks.
Metta World Peace won't play on Christmas 12-25-2013
Ron Artest F NY
Metta World Peace (knee) will not play on Christmas against the Thunder.

Ian Begley on Twitter
He is going to have a procedure on his knee next month and it's possible we won't see World Peace in game action for a while. His Orthokine procedure is scheduled for Jan. 6 in New York City, meaning the Knicks will likely keep him out until at least that point.
Andrew Bogut fine after mild ankle sprain 12-25-2013
Andrew Bogut C GS
Andrew Bogut suffered a mild left ankle sprain during Monday's game, but coach Mark Jackson said that Bogut will be ready to face the Clippers on Christmas Day.

Contra Costa Times
Bogut sat out the final few minutes of Monday's game due to both the injury and matchup concerns. We'll watch him closely on Wednesday, more so because his left ankle is the one which required surgery in April of 2012, though fortunately it doesn't seem like this is serious enough to limit him.
Deron Williams healthy, ready to go vs. Bulls 12-25-2013
Deron Williams G BKN
Deron Williams (ankle) will be in Brooklyn's starting lineup on Wednesday, as expected. D-Will tweaked his ankle at the end of Monday's game but he never seemed concerned about the injury, and we don't expect him to have any limitations. Deploy him as you normally would against the Bulls, who will start Kirk Hinrich at PG.
Andrei Kirilenko (back) still out for Nets 12-25-2013
Andrei Kirilenko F BKN
Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) will not play in Wednesday's matinee.

Rod Boone on Twitter
The short-handed Nets will stick with their recent starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Alan Anderson, Mirza Teletovic and Kevin Garnett, with Paul Pierce coming off the bench. Kirilenko remains day-to-day.
Hinrich (back) returns from five-game absence 12-25-2013
Kirk Hinrich G CHI
Kirk Hinrich will start for the Bulls on Wednesday after missing the past five games with a back injury.

Chuck Swirsky on Twitter
It will be very interesting to see how Tom Thibodeau divides minutes at the PG position, as D.J. Augustin has played well in Hinrich's absence. Kirk is shooting 33.7 percent from the field this year and is coming off a lengthy rehab, so fantasy owners should hedge their bets for Wednesday's game.
Jimmy Butler (ankle) returns vs. Brooklyn 12-25-2013
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Jimmy Butler will return from his sprained ankle on Wednesday, as expected.

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Butler missed Chicago's last game but his injury wasn't as bad as it seemed initially, and he'll move into the starting SG spot which Tony Snell occupied in his absence. In just under 30 minutes per game this season, Butler is averaging a career-high 11.1 points, 1.0 threes, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.
Luol Deng (Achilles) out on Christmas Day 12-25-2013
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Luol Deng (Achilles) will not play vs. the Nets in Wednesday's Christmas Day matinee.

Chuck Swirsky on Twitter
The good news for Chicago is that Jimmy Butler (ankle) is ready to play as they attempts to build a two-game winning streak without their leading scorer. Deng will have a few extra days of rest before possibly returning vs. Dallas on Saturday.
Kenyon Martin sounds likely for Christmas 12-25-2013
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Kenyon Martin, if he feels good on Wednesday morning, is expected to play for the Knicks on Wednesday after missing five games with an abdominal strain.

New York Post
This would be a quick return for K-Mart, who is much needed with Metta World Peace's knee issues. However, keeping Martin healthy is another tough task and we're guessing his minutes will be pretty limited if he does suit up on Christmas Day.
Knicks optimistic for Carmelo Anthony (ankle) 12-25-2013
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According to the New York Post, "Nobody around the Knicks believes [Carmelo] Anthony will miss [Wednesday's] game" with his sprained left ankle.

New York Post
Melo has said all along that he's hopeful he can play, though the Knicks have listed him as a game-time decision. "I trust everything about [Anthony] in terms of how he's thinking, and then the medical people will lead us in the right direction in terms of where he is," Mike Woodson said. "We will assess everything [Wednesday] morning." Stay tuned for updates.
12-25-2013
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Jeremy Lin returned to action on Monday December 23.