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Draymond Green says he's going to sit 03-30-2015
Draymond Green F GS
Updating a previous item, Draymond Green (shin, Blake-itis) jokingly said he's going to sit out on Tuesday because he has "Blake-itis."

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
When it comes to quotes about the Clippers, it's hard to top some of the things Draymond Green has said -- that would be a fantastic series in the second round, by the way. Green and the Warriors do get three more games this week, but one would think Green will miss one of the road-road back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. His owners should only plan on having him for two games at most.
Draymond Green (shin) could miss Tuesday 03-30-2015
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green is dealing with a shin issue and it could keep him out of action on Tuesday against the Clippers.

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
It sounds like he's not going to get a "Cool Story, Glenn" game. Green missed Saturday due to rest and coach Steve Kerr said his star PF is banged up, so his fantasy owners can probably expect him to miss at least two more games the rest of the way. With Green out, David Lee and James Michael McAdoo would get his minutes.
Rudy Gay likely to sit on Wednesday night 03-30-2015
Rudy Gay F SAC
Rudy Gay could sit on Wednesday night in Houston. We're just guessing here, but the Kings sitting DeMarcus Cousins in a road game that's not in back-to-back set suggests Rudy won't play. We'll pass along anything official, but for now his owners should only plan on him getting three games this week. Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore and Sauce Castillo would benefit most.
Udonis Haslem (everything) is banged up 03-30-2015
Udonis Haslem F MIA
Udonis Haslem (everything) said that "everything" is a lingering injury for him.

Joe Goodman on Twitter
The Heat are holding 2.0 game lead over Boston to stay in the playoffs thanks to a big 40-point game from Wade. Haslem was also big time with 18 points and he's on the fantasy radar in deep leagues. It sounds like he should play on Tuesday against the Spurs.
Derrick Favors (back) to be a game-time call 03-30-2015
Derrick Favors F UTH
Coach Quin Snyder said he's not sure if Derrick Favors (back) will play on Monday night against the Wolves and he will be a game-time decision.

Kyle Ratke on Twitter
It's worth mentioning that Favors tried to play on Saturday night and did receive treatment before the game, but he did not play. The Jazz are likely going to plan on Favors playing, but he is still extremely questionable. If he's out, Trevor Booker will benefit most while Rudy Gobert should contribute more on offense. Booker only had 12 points and three boards on Saturday, but he should be better tonight.
Surprise: Whiteside cleared to play Tuesday 03-30-2015
Hassan Whiteside C MIA
Updating a previous item, Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been cleared to play and is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Spurs.

Palm Beach Post
Considering we just posted 25 minutes ago that Whiteside wouldn't be rushed to return, it's quite the development for fantasy owners and for Miami's playoff chances. Owners, especially in weekly formats, have to be certain Whiteside is in the lineup even though he'll be playing at less than 100 percent. The upside is just too great. "It felt weird, but I'm gonna do the best I can," Whiteside said of playing with his hand taped and padded up.
DeMarcus Cousins (rest) out for Monday night 03-30-2015
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
DeMarcus Cousins (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Monday night.

Marc Spears on Twitter
He's going to sit on a road game and it's not even in a back-to-back set, so that's a really bad sign regarding his playing time in the final two weeks. Looking at the schedule, the Kings have a road game on Wednesday and two more homes games after that. In other words, he's probably a good bet for at least two games and could play in three. The Kings also have a road game in a back-to-back set on Sunday Apr. 12. With DMC out, Jason Thompson will likely benefit most while the usual four starters should have more offensive responsibility. Perhaps we see more Sauce Castillo.
Nikola Pekovic (ankle) out for Monday 03-30-2015
Nikola Pekovic C MIN
Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Jazz on Monday.

Andy Greder on Twitter
Why can't the Wolves just rule him out indefinitely? Anyway, he has no target date to return and he's probably not going to play this season. Even if he does, he'll have a minutes cap. Leave him on the wire. Justin Hamilton benefits most and is worth a look in all leagues if you're feeling saucy.
Kevin Garnett doubtful to return on Monday 03-30-2015
Kevin Garnett F MIN
Kevin Garnett (knee, illness) is doubtful to make his return on Monday vs. Utah.

Timberwolves PR on Twitter
Garnett has been sick for almost a week and hasn't been able to eat, so he hasn't even been able to get on the floor to test his injured knee. Without him, Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (concussion-like symptoms) in the lineup, Justin Hamilton and Adreian Payne will be spending a ton of time on the floor.
Anthony Bennett is probable to play 03-30-2015
Anthony Bennett F MIN
Anthony Bennett is probable to play against the Jazz on Monday.

Andy Greder on Twitter
He re-sprained his ankle on Sunday in his return and was held to just 12 minutes. Bennett would likely get a nice chunk of Gorgui Dieng's minutes, so he's on the fantasy radar right now. Even with some upside, it's still too hard to count on him until we see him get over 20 minutes in a game.
Ricky Rubio (ankle) doubtful to play Monday 03-30-2015
Ricky Rubio G MIN
Ricky Rubio (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Jazz on Monday.

Andy Greder on Twitter
There was some optimism on Rubio on Sunday, but the Wolves have changed their tune today. With Rubio likely out, Zach LaVine will start at point guard with Lorenzo Brown likely joining him in the backcourt. LaVine is worth owning in all leagues, Brown is worth a flier in deep leagues and Rubio can be cut in most formats.
Gary Neal (ankle) will not play on Monday 03-30-2015
Gary Neal G MIN
Gary Neal (ankle) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.

Timberwolves PR on Twitter
Neal was doubtful coming into this one, and it doesn't appear he's anywhere close to making his return. Without him, Lorenzo Brown and Chase Budinger will continue to pick up extra minutes.
Gorgui Dieng won't play on Monday night 03-30-2015
Gorgui Dieng C MIN
Gorgui Dieng (concussion-like symptoms) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.

Andy Greder on Twitter
The Wolves are razor thin with their depth and it sounds like Sunday's injury will cost him multiple games. Dieng's fantasy owners are in a really bad spot with only two more games this week (Wednesday and Friday), so it's very tough to play him in a weekly league. Justin Hamilton would likely start and is worth owning in standard leagues.
Rodney Stuckey (wrist) questionable Tuesday 03-30-2015
Rodney Stuckey G IND
Rodney Stuckey (wrist) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

Pacers on Twitter
Stuckey logged 30 minutes in Sunday's win over the Mavs while coming off a calf injury, but apparently he managed to add another injury in the process. If he's forced to sit out, C.J. Miles and C.J. Watson would both be the most direct beneficiaries.
Henry Sims dealing with riding the bench 03-30-2015
Henry Sims C PHI
Henry Sims is doing his best to stay focused while playing a lesser role.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"I've been in this league, and for the short amount of time I've been in it, I've been through it all - trades, bench, starting, sitting in a suit - I just look at it as another thing that I've just got to be a pro about," Sims said. "I'm just trying to sharpen my fundamentals so when my name's called, I'm going to be ready." Sims actually played 12.5 minutes on Sunday, but he's had a nonexistent role since the Sixers have turned to their other frontcourt options. He's not on the fantasy radar.
Gasol, Brooks, Hinrich, Dunleavy rest Monday 03-30-2015
Pau Gasol F CHI
Pau Gasol, Kirk Hinrich, Mike Dunleavy and Aaron Brooks all sat out of Monday's practice.

Vincent Goodwill on Twitter
All four players were simply resting, and all are expecting to play on Wednesday against Milwaukee.
Derrick Rose takes full contact in practice 03-30-2015
Derrick Rose G CHI
Derrick Rose (knee surgery) took full contact in practice on Monday.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
It's a great sign for Rose and his eventual return this season. He took part in a full contact 4-on-4 scrimmage, and Tom Thibodeau said Rose looked winded afterward, but otherwise reported no ill effects. Rose previously said it would take him a week or two to get back into game action after being cleared for contact, so owners looking to stash him will want to think long and hard about all the DNPs he still has left to rack up. The Bulls play just three times in each of the next two weeks. Aaron Brooks owners: Take notice.
Report: Beverley to have surgery, end season 03-30-2015
Patrick Beverley G HOU
Updating a previous item, Patrick Beverley has decided to have wrist surgery, and the procedure will end his season, a source told the Houston Chronicle.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
It's a devastating blow to the Rockets as the team is paper-thin at point guard behind him. Rookie Nick Johnson and veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will look to fill the void, but none are real options for owners who have lost Beverley. MVP candidate James Harden will have even more to do as the Rockets close out the season in preparation for the playoffs.
Ryan Anderson expected to return on road trip 03-30-2015
Ryan Anderson F NO
Ryan Anderson (knee) is expected to return on the Pelicans upcoming road trip.

John Reid on Twitter
The Pelicans play in three straight road games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but it's not clear which game the big man is tentatively targeting to make his return. Regardless, his return will only help the Pelicans in their playoff push, but he's not a must-add player at this point. His return should mean less small ball for New Orleans as well as a role reduction for Dante Cunningham.
Furkan Aldemir working to adjust to NBA 03-30-2015
Furkan Aldemir F PHI
Furkan Aldemir is working to adjust to the NBA.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"I'm learning to play with my teammates and in the NBA. But still I'm just trying to learn what they are doing, what I need to do. Every day, I'm working on my individual things - my shooting, my post moves - and I think I improved my body and my skills. I want to use this opportunity." Adelmir has lost about 10 lbs and lowered his body fat since playing for the Sixers, and he said "the running" is the hardest part of his transition. Aldemir is coming off a career game with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes on Sunday.
Michael Carter-Williams expected to play Mon. 03-30-2015
Michael Carter-Williams G MIL
Michael Carter-Williams will arrive to the Bucks game late today after the funeral of his grandfather, but he's expected to play on Monday against the Hawks.

CF Gardner on Twitter
Our thoughts are with MCW and his family after the passing of his grandfather. This news won't impact his fantasy outlook unless he winds up missing the game, but that doesn't seem like a reality at this time.
Kyle Lowry (back) out again on Monday night 03-30-2015
Kyle Lowry G TOR
Kyle Lowry (back) will not play on Monday against the Rockets.

Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
Lowry has already said that he won't rush his return, but it's not clear when he will be back on the floor. Greivis Vasquez is averaging 11.1 points, 4.3 assists and 1.7 triples on 44.6 percent shooting over 23 games as the starting point guard, and both Lou Williams and DeMar DeRozan will have more responsibilities while Lowry is sidelined, as well.
Thad Young shooting around on Monday 03-30-2015
Thaddeus Young F BKN
Thad Young (knee) shot around on Monday, but the Nets declined to provide an update.

Colin A. Stephenson on Twitter
That leaves him awfully iffy for Tuesday and Wednesday's back-to-back set, and he's been out since March 25 with the knee injury. Young's owners can't afford to rely on his return right now given he doesn't appear to close, and without Young, Miles Plumlee is likely to continue to start at power forward with Earl Clark and Alan Anderson getting a little more time off the bench.
Deron Williams (illness) skips practice Mon. 03-30-2015
Deron Williams G BKN
Deron Williams (illness) did not practice on Monday.

Colin A. Stephenson on Twitter
Williams was sick before Sunday's game against the Lakers, but he still managed to play and score 13 points, hand out nine dimes and rip three steals in 34 minutes, so we're not concerned with him missing practice. However, the Nets have a back-to-back against the Pacers and Knicks on Tuesday and Wednesday, so D-Will's owners have to hope he doesn't get any worse.
Al Jefferson had fluid drained from left knee 03-30-2015
Al Jefferson C CHA
For the second time in a week, Al Jefferson had fluid drained from his left knee.

Charlotte Observer
And now we know why Jefferson hasn't looked right recently. His knee, in addition to his groin, is obviously a major concern, and the fact that he's had to have it drained twice in a week is not a good sign as the Hornets head down the stretch of the regular season. If he is forced to miss any time or have his minutes limited in any way, Bismack Biyombo would see an increased role with guys like Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams also playing more as Charlotte goes small.
Cody Zeller upgraded to probable on Monday 03-30-2015
Cody Zeller F CHA
Cody Zeller (shoulder) went through shootaround and is expected to play against the Celtics on Monday.

Hornets on Twitter
After Zeller was spotted shooting left-handed on Saturday, this is a very positive development, especially with Al Jefferson (knee/groin) playing at less than full strength. It's not clear what Zeller's playing time will be in his first game back, but Marvin Williams owners should be paying close attention.
Blake Griffin's elbow a little swollen, sore 03-30-2015
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin (elbow) admitted that he was a "a little swollen, a little sore, but OK" after taking a blow to the elbow on Sunday.

Orange County Register
Griffin banged his elbow in what was the hardest shot he's sustained since returning, and although it sounds like he'll be fine, it's certainly worth monitoring considering what he's been through this season. For now, there is nothing to suggest it's a serious concern.
Clippers could bring back Nate Robinson soon 03-30-2015
Nate Robinson G LAC
The Clippers could bring back Nate Robinson (knee) once he's healthy enough to play.

Orange County Register
Los Angeles signed Lester Hudson to a 10-day deal, but Doc Rivers seems to prefer Robinson if he's healthy. "It's a strong possibility. I liked what Nate brought us. I liked his energy."
Paul George still awaiting medical clearance 03-30-2015
Paul George G IND
Paul George (leg) is still awaiting medical clearance before making his potential season debut.

Yahoo! Sports
The fact that George hasn't received clearance from the team's medical staff should have several pumping the brakes on his possible return. While everyone has been trying to guess when or if George will be back, nobody really knows. He's not worth stashing in almost any format.
Clifford gives Jeff Taylor praise as starter 03-30-2015
Jeffery Taylor F CHA
Steve Clifford praised Jeff Taylor's play as a starter in place of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle).

Charlotte Observer
"He did a good job," coach Steve Clifford said of Taylor. "He was locked in from the beginning of the game. Last (season), when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got hurt, he had some really good games. I think his concentration was up and he played really well." With MKG out 7-10 days, the team needs Taylor's "defensive component" in the starting lineup.
Rockets to make decision on Beverley Monday 03-30-2015
Patrick Beverley G HOU
The Rockets are expected to make a decision on Patrick Beverley's wrist on Monday.

After Kevin McHale said on Sunday that Beverley is unlikely to return this season, we're reading the tea leaves. If Beverley undergoes surgery, he'll be out the rest of the way, leaving Houston with just Jason Terry, Pablo Prigioni and Nick Johnson at point guard. With how much James Harden handles the ball, the Rockets will survive offensively, but Beverley's defense can't be replaced.
Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday 03-30-2015
Dwight Howard C HOU
Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday against the Raptors.

Howard was already ruled out of the contest, and this is just a reminder that he's not cleared to play in back-to-back sets. Without Howard available, the Rockets will have to rely on starting Joey Dorsey inside, going small often and Josh Smith playing all of the minutes he can handle.
Motiejunas returning before season ends? 03-30-2015
Donatas Motiejunas F HOU
Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to return before the regular season concludes.

GM Daryl Morey didn't offer a specific timetable or date, but it's good to hear that Motiejunas' back isn't a long-term concern. When he does return, the Rockets will likely bring him along slowly as to not to aggravate the issue,. If Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) is back by then, Houston will suddenly have a much deeper frontline.
Jones, Motiejunas expected back this season 03-30-2015
Terrence Jones F HOU
Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) and Donatas Motiejunas (back) are both expected back before the end of the regular season, according to Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

That would be great news for a Rockets team that is shorthanded on its frontline. Although neither player has a specific timetable or circled date in an attempt to return, it's encouraging to hear both are making progress. When each is back in the fold, Josh Smith will obviously lose some of his luster.
Ed Davis not happy with sitting out on Sunday 03-30-2015
Ed Davis F LAL
Ed Davis was not happy about sitting out of Sunday's loss to the Nets.

Los Angeles Times
He has every right to be mad. "Honestly, I don't like it. I didn't ask to sit out or anything. I wanted to play 82 games this year." Davis signed a one-year contract (with an option) and confirmed he'll hit free agency, so he wants to show what he can do. The Lakers have tried to manipulate his value by limiting his playing time, but it may already be too late for that.
Jared Dudley wants to re-sign with Bucks 03-30-2015
Jared Dudley G MIL
Jared Dudley would like to re-sign with the Bucks after the season.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Excited by the youth infusion in Milwaukee and the leadership of Jason Kidd, Dudley is in a good place as a veteran leader on an up-and-coming team. Dudley did say he'd be willing to take less money on a multi-year deal, but it's too early to say whether or not the two sides will work something out.
Luol Deng dealing with swelling in his knee 03-30-2015
Luol Deng F MIA
Luol Deng's knee swelled up at halftime of Sunday's win.
Deng did not play in the second half, and when asked about how he felt, Deng said they'd just take it day-by-day in an attempt to get all of the swelling out of the area. Right now, he sounds very iffy for Tuesday, leaving James Ennis as a possibility to start in his place. Ennis started the second half for Deng on Sunday and finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two threes on 5-of-7 shooting in 24.5 minutes.
Scott says players have pitched him on LA 03-30-2015
Byron Scott G LAL
Byron Scott recently revealed that opposing free agents have told him during games that they'd "love to be in LA next year."

Los Angeles Daily News
Perhaps they meant playing for the Clippers. In all sincerity, this type of stuff happens routinely, and there is no way to have any tangible read into it or extrapolate any possible significance. The Lakers have holes at every position on the roster to fill this offseason.
Marcin Gortat again expresses his frustration 03-30-2015
Marcin Gortat C WAS
Marcin Gortat again expressed his frustration following the Wizards 99-91 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

Washington Post
Gortat had six points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in just 29 minutes of action. The big man has not exceeded 30 minutes in any of the team's recent five losses, but he's played at least 31.5 minutes in each of the club's last five victories. Gortat offered a "no comment" relentlessly, before finishing with a Marshawn Lynch impersonation, "I just don't want to get fined." The Wizards are 10-22 against teams with winning records, 3-10 against teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings and 0-3 against projected first-round opponent Toronto.
Wizards forgetting plays out of timeout calls 03-30-2015
John Wall G WAS
John Wall confirmed that his Wizards teammates were forgetting plays called out of timeouts in Sunday's loss to Houston.

Jorge Castillo on Twitter
That's an interesting look for a team that has played 74 games this season. Washington has now lost five of its last six games, and Randy Wittman's message doesn't appear to be getting through in the locker room. Exposed as pretenders, Washington has eight games to figure it out before the playoffs begin.
Jason Maxiell is pretty 'beaten up' right now 03-30-2015
Jason Maxiell F CHA
Jason Maxiell (undisclosed) is "pretty beaten up" right now, according to coach Steve Clifford.

Charlotte Observer
The Hornets are dealing with injuries all over their frontline with Al Jefferson (knee/groin), Cody Zeller (shoulder) and Jason Maxiell (undisclosed) all dealing with concerns. Maxiell doesn't much matter for fantasy owners, but it's worth noting considering Jefferson and Zeller are hurting, as well. Marvin Williams, who has played 35-plus minutes in four of his last five games, seems likely to continue to pick up minutes.
Al Jefferson won't be 100 percent this season 03-30-2015
Al Jefferson C CHA
Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Al Jefferson will not be 100 percent again this season.

Charlotte Observer
While nobody in the NBA is playing at 100 percent health at this point, Jefferson looked noticeably slow in his last game and may be in danger of wearing down. "The other night he was limping. He feels better today but it is going to be game-to-game with him," Clifford said. Jefferson's owners will have to check his status regularly for the remainder of the regular season.
Dion Waiters to have sore foot examined 03-30-2015
Dion Waiters G OKC
Dion Waiters (foot) will have an examination when the Thunder return to Oklahoma City.

Royce Young on Twitter
Waiters has been complaining of foot pain over the last few games, and this is par for the course considering how OKC's season is going with injuries. Waiters did manage to jack up 20 shots in Sunday's win over Phoenix and played nearly 38 minutes while doing so.
Anthony Bennett aggravates ankle in return 03-30-2015
Anthony Bennett F MIN
Anthony Bennett "re-sprained his ankle a little" on Sunday, according to Flip Saunders, but Bennett downplayed the injury after the game.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"It felt good," he said. "It just got a little sore near the end, but I tried to push through." Saunders also said that Bennett looked "rusty," which is understandable considering he'd missed more than a month of action. He belongs on the waiver wire while getting back up to speed.
Ed Davis will opt for free agency this summer 03-30-2015
Ed Davis F LAL
Ed Davis confirmed on Sunday that he will turn down his $1.1 million player option to test the free agent market this summer.

L.A. Times
Davis will easily earn a more substantial deal in free agency so this comes as no surprise. He also said that "didn't ask to sit out" on Sunday, when he picked up a DNP-CD, and would have preferred to play. "I wanted to play all 82," he said. "I'm going to support the guys and be there, stay professional and stay ready." Davis should be back in the lineup on Monday, which unfortunately casts doubt on the availability of Jordan Hill.
Jared Dudley (back) confirms he'll play Wed 03-30-2015
Jared Dudley G MIL
Jared Dudley (back) confirmed that he'll be ready to play vs. the Bulls on Wednesday.

Jared Dudley on Twitter
"I'm 100% fine," he wrote on Twitter. "Just being pre cautious, I'll be ready [Wednesday]." This is excellent news for Bucks fans and any deep-league owners who have Dudley on their bench. He has had spurts of sustained value this year but is too risky for use in most leagues given the recurring nature of his back injury.
DeMarcus Cousins not on Kings' injury report 03-30-2015
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
DeMarcus Cousins is not listed on the Kings' injury report for Monday's game in Memphis.

James Ham on Twitter
It's been a while since Cousins wasn't at least listed as probable, so this definitely bodes well. George Karl suggested recently that he may rest some players to tinker with his lineups in the Kings' final nine games, however, so Cousins' owners are forced to routinely double-check his status prior to tip-offs. Sacramento's next back-to-back set comes on April 7/8, so hopefully Karl will at least hold off on the DNP-CDs until next week.
Update: Brandon Knight iffy to play Monday 03-30-2015
Brandon Knight G PHO
Brandon Knight (ankle) did not have a noticeable limp after Sunday's game, but his status may be in jeopardy for Monday's road game in Portland.

Craig Grialou on Twitter
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek reportedly said, "I would guess he wouldn't play." The report suggests that Knight will miss Thursday's game in Golden State, but it makes more sense that Hornacek was referencing Monday's game, the second half of a back-to-back set. Either way, Knight's owners should be on red-alert for a potential DNP.