Lopez (ankle) will start Wednesday against the Wizards, the New York Daily News reports.
Lopez was a game-time call after missing Monday's game with an ankle injury, but he received the all-clear and will start alongside Kevin Garnett and Alan Anderson in the Nets' frontcourt.
12/18/13 - 3:19PM ETLeBron James
: (Ankle) Will Play Versus Pacers
James (ankle) will play Wednesday against the Pacers, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
After rolling his ankle Monday against Utah, James missed Tuesday's practice and was considered a game-time call for Wednesday's showdown with the first-place Pacers. Though he likely won't be playing at full strength, James will start at small forward and should be expected to play near his season average of 35.5 minutes, barring a setback. However, the ailing ankle could limit his effectiveness against a stingy Indiana defense.
12/18/13 - 2:21PM ETAaron Afflalo
: (Illness) Won't Play Wednesday
Afflalo (illness) will not play Wednesday against the Jazz, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
One of the year's most pleasant fantasy surprises, Afflalo will miss his first game of the season. He's averaging career highs in points (21.6), rebounds (4.7), assists (4.0), steals (0.7) and minutes (36.7), while shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. In his absence, Tobias Harris will slot in as the starting small forward.
Carter-Williams (knee) practiced Wednesday and appears as though he might be ready to return to action Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. When asked if Carter-Williams will play Friday, coach Brett Brown said, "...was pointing in that direction."
The team used Carter-Williams as the starting point guard in practice, which bodes well for his return Friday, but with more than 48 hours between Wednesday's practice and Friday's game, anything could happen.
12/18/13 - 10:45AM ETOmer Asik
: (Thigh) Remains in Line to be Traded by Friday
Asik (thigh) is expected to be traded sometime before Friday, Yahoo Sports! reports.
The Rockets set a self-imposed deadline on December 19 for trading Asik. If they complete a trade by the 19th, it allows the team to then trade any of the players they receive in the deal at the NBA's regular-season trade deadline of Thusday, February 20. Asik is an interesting player to take a flier on in standard leagues and deeper leagues for his contributions in rebounds and blocks, but on a whole, he isn't a must-own player in every league and may not get enough minutes on his new team to produce enough fantasy-relevant stats for shallower leagues.
12/18/13 - 9:34AM ETNene
: (Achilles) Probable for Wednesday
Hilario (Achilles) is probable for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn, the Washington Post reports.
Although Nene's persistent yet unpredictable injury flareups make him difficult to utilize in weekly leagues, his daily league owners can start him with reasonable confidence Wednesday. He was sharp in the 16 games he played so far in 2013, shooting 51.4 percent from the field while averaging 14.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks.
Parsons (back) participated in Wednesday's shootaround and is expected to play against Chicago on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Parsons is a game-time decision, if we're being technical, but the full expectation is he'll start. Parsons is in the midst of a very strong season and his daily league owners probably should use him as they would normally.
Stuckey (shoulder) is a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Boston.
Stuckey's shoulder issue is likely the primary reason why he struggled so much against Indiana on Monday, playing just 16 minutes while making 1-of-5 shots and turning the ball over twice. He's obviously not useful to the Pistons or fantasy owners if he isn't healthy enough to perform better than that. Detroit tips off at 7:30 eastern time.
12/18/13 - 9:08AM ETJames Harden
: Says He'll Play Wednesday
Harden (high ankle sprain) said he will play against Chicago on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Harden has no doubt proven his toughness by now, as playing through a high ankle sprain is likely a very painful task. Great as this news is, his owners in daily leagues would ideally still double-check on his status closer to the 9:30 eastern tip-off.
Chandler (leg) will start against Milwaukee on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Chandler's return to the lineup will push Andrea Bargnani to the bench once again. The Knicks don't exactly have much hope at 7-17, but Chandler's return is huge for them. Chandler will lessen the rebounding burden on Carmelo Anthony, who leads the team with 9.1 rebounds per game, and he's a major defensive upgrade over Bargnani. Chandler posted 7.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in his four games before suffering the injury.
James (ankle) missed Wednesday's shootaround and remains a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Indiana.
James hasn't been ruled out, but missing a shootaround isn't a good sign for his Wednesday availability. We'll watch for further news on the situation. In the meantime, it appears safe to assume players like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers might have a bit more work than usual Wednesday.
The Bucks are close to moving Antetokounmpo into the starting lineup, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Antetokounmpo steadily increased his presence in the Milwaukee rotation throughout the season and, in a lineup that simply has very little talent, there's a realistic chance that the Greek rookie is one of Milwaukee's five best players. Antetokounmpo has encouraging rebound and defensive stats off the bench so far, averaging 7.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks per 36 minutes, and he has the athleticism to turn into an offensive threat if his role increases. He could become fantasy-relevant even in standard leagues with a little luck.
12/18/13 - 7:29AM ETEnes Kanter
: Playing through Back Injury
Kanter has been dealing with a minor back injury that he has decided to play through, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
This was supposed to be Kanter's breakout season, but he was moved to the bench in late November. Kanter has still posted the best numbers of his young career, even though they have declined as the season wears on. He performed well against the Heat Monday, but it is still unclear if the problems with his back are recurring.
Green scored seven points (2-of-10 FG, 1-of-2 3Pt, 2-of-4 FT) with seven rebounds and one assist in a reserve-high 27 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Pelicans. This was the fourth straight game, and eight in the last nine, that Green has received more than 20 minutes of run off the Warriors' bench.
Green's averaging seven more minutes per game this season than he did in his rookie 2012-13 season. That trend may change in the games ahead, as Andre Iguodala returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing 12 games with a hamstring injury. As Iguodala, who played just 17 minutes Tuesday, gets more comfortable playing for longer stretches, Green's minutes are likely to take a hit.
12/18/13 - 1:16AM ETJames Harden
: (Ankle) Worst Sprain of Career
Harden said he has a high-ankle sprain and that this is the worst sprain he has had in his NBA career, the Houston Chronicle reports. "I have rolled my ankle a couple times, just like every other NBA player but this one was pretty bad," he said.
Harden is unsure if he will be ready to play against the Bulls on Wednesday, though he was able to do some cardio and shooting on Tuesday. Check back before game time, but it sounds like he could miss a few games.
Curry scored 28 points (11-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and grabbed four rebounds, 12 assists and three steals in 33 minutes in the Warriors' easy win against the Pelicans on Tuesday.
Lines like this should not surprise owners. Over the past five games, Curry has been red hot. He's averaging 30.8 points, 3.6 triples, 4.4 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 1.8 steals with elite percentages, but with 5.4 turnovers per game. As long as Curry remains healthy, he should be an elite fantasy option going forward.
Iguodala (hamstring) scored two points (1-4 FG) and had two assists in 17 minutes against the Pelicans on Tuesday.
Iguodala returned from his hamstring injury Tuesday but didn't do much. The Warriors led by double digits for most of the game, so Iguodala's minutes were kept in check. As he returns to form, Iguodala should play more minutes while putting up solid overall numbers.
Evans (ankle) is out Tuesday, the Warriors' official site reports.
Look for Al-Farouq Aminu and Austin Rivers to pick up the slack in Evans' absence. The Pelicans have a quick turnaround, with a game in L.A. against the Clippers on Wednesday, so Evans should be considered questionable, at best, for that game.
Iguodala (Hamstring) will return and start for the Warriors on Tuesday, Pelicans announcer Sean Kelley reports.
This comes as no surprise, based on what we'd been hearing all day. He won't play 40 minutes in his first game back, but he should be a safe start in most formats.
12/17/13 - 6:07PM ETRudy Gay
: Leaves Game Tuesday With Knee Stiffness
Gay left Tuesday's game with right knee stiffness and will not return, the Charlotte Observer reports.
He compiled a pretty pedestrian four points (1-6 FG, 2-3 FT), three boards and one assist in 24 minutes before exiting. Consider him day-to-day until we know more. There's a quick turnaround for the Kings, who play in Atlanta on Wednesday, so he should be considered questionable for that game.
Iguodala (hamstring) will return to action Tuesday, as long as his hamstring checks out during pre-game warmups, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The reports we've been getting all day seem to be pointing to Iguodala making his return Tuesday against the Pelicans, and this is just confirms that is indeed the plan. Check back before tip-off, but as of now it sounds like he'll play. Still, there is no word on how many minutes he'll play, but it seems likely he would be the starting small forward with Harrison Barnes returning to the bench.
Parker will miss the Spurs' next two games due to a right shin contusion he suffered in the second half of Monday's game, the team's official site reports.
He will be reevaluated when the team returns to San Antonio, at which point his status for Saturday's game against the Thunder will be determined. Make sure he's out of your lineups for Wednesday's game against the Suns and Thursday's game against the Warriors, and monitor his situation heading into Saturday's tilt. Patty Mills and Cory Joseph should handle the bulk of the point guard duties in his absence.
Waiters (knee) will play in Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers, CSN Northwest reports.
Waiters did not take part in Tuesday's shootaround after bumping knees with teammate Tyler Zeller on Monday, but it appears the setback will not cost him any action. Waiters' scoring production has been inconsistent this month, but he will look to reach double figures for the third straight game after scoring 16 and 21 points in his last two contests.
12/17/13 - 12:59PM ETMike Conley
: (Thigh) Out Tuesday Night
Conley (thigh) did not participate in shootaround Tuesday morning, and has been ruled out for Tuesday's matchup against the Lakers, Lakers reporter Mike Trudell reports.
Conley suffered a thigh contusion late in Sunday's matchup against the Timberwolves, and with back-to-back games for the Grizzles looming, he will sit out Tuesday to rest. Look for Jerryd Bayless and Nick Calathes to pick up the slack at point guard.
12/17/13 - 12:52PM ETTyreke Evans
: (Ankle) Unlikely To Play Tuesday
Evans (ankle) is likely out for Tuesday's matchup against the Warriors according to coach Monty Williams, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "I don't see him (Evans) playing unless something happens between now and the game," Williams stated.
Evans had originally believed this ankle injury was less severe than his previous two, but his status is in doubt nonetheless. Evans admits that he could have rested his last injury longer, so he will likely exercise caution this time around in an effort to avoid making the same mistake. If Evans is in fact unable to go, look for Austin Rivers and Al-Farouq Aminu to pick up the minutes he leaves behind.
12/17/13 - 12:37PM ETJames Harden
: Dealing With High Ankle Sprain
Harden revealed after practice on Tuesday that he is suffering from a high ankle sprain, Fox 26 reports.
Harden was able to get some shots off on Tuesday, but the diagnosis of a high ankle sprain suggests that the injury is more serious than anticipated, despite previous reports. There still remains a slight chance he'll be able to go on Wednesday against the Bulls, but considering the nature of some high ankle sprains, a Friday or later return may be more realistic.
Stoudemire's knee has swollen up and he will miss Wednesday's game against the Bucks, and could be "out a while," Newsday reports.
Stoudemire has had a lackluster season so far this year on a team that has fallen well short of expectations, and the injury only adds to the frustrations for fantasy owners. He has yet to record a double-double this season and is averaging less than 20 minutes a game.
Waiters is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Blazers, The Plain Dealer reports.
Waiters reportedly banged knees in practice Monday with teammate Tyler Zeller. He did not participate in shootaround Tuesday and his status for Tuesday's game will likely be determined closer to game-time. Check in on his status when the Cavs announce lineups prior to a big game against the Blazers.
12/17/13 - 9:20AM ETLeBron James
: (Ankle) Misses Practice Tuesday
James (ankle) did not participate in practice for the Heat on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
James twisted his ankle in Monday's win against the Jazz and expected some soreness Tuesday. With a big matchup against the Pacers on Wednesday, there is nothing to suggest he is in much danger of missing the game, but it is worth keeping an eye on heading into Wednesday's contest.
12/17/13 - 6:57AM ETChris Kaman
: Disgruntled In Limited Role
Kaman has been disgruntled in his limited role with the Lakers, ESPN.com reports. "It's absolutely not what I was looking for," Kaman said. "Never did I think I would come here and not play, otherwise I probably wouldn't have come."
Kaman struggled with back issues for the past several weeks, but he is apparently back to 100 percent and ready for action. Despite scoring nine points in limited action last Friday against the Thunder, Kaman didn't see court time over the Lakers' last two games. Coach Mike D'Antoni has been extremely unpredictable with his frontcourt rotations, and Kaman's fantasy value won't be evident unless he starts seeing regular minutes.
12/17/13 - 6:14AM ETMatt Barnes
: (Eye) Due for Check-Up
Barnes (eye) will have a check-up with his eye doctor Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. He hopes to get clearance to practice and eventually return to the court soon. "I've been running and shooting for the last five days," Barnes said. "My body feels good. I don't get any more headaches."
Barnes underwent retinal surgery in November and was expected to miss at least two weeks to recover. He has missed 15 games so far, and he could return within a week. However, Barnes will need to prove his worth in order to be considered worth owning in most fantasy leagues.
Ayon (ankle) sat Monday's game against the Lakers and is still without a set return date. He has missed four games due to the injury and is considered a game-time decision Wednesday against the Kings.
Ayon has been averaging just 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game when healthy this season, and shouldn't be considered a valid fantasy option in most leagues.
Monday, December 16
12/16/13 - 7:12PM ETLeBron James
: Tweaks Ankle, Still Goes Off
LeBron twisted his left ankle in Monday's game, but was able to return, as the Heat just watched him "with a careful eye," Turner Sports reports.
He finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists despite sitting for some of the second half after tweaking the ankle. There's no way he's missing Wednesday's game against the Pacers, one would think, so his owners should feel safe here, especially since he was able to return in a game the Heat could have won without him.
12/16/13 - 7:06PM ETPablo Prigioni
: Will Miss Two Weeks With Toe Injury
Prigioni has a hairline fracture of his right great (big) toe and is expected to miss at least two weeks, Newsday reports.
Prigioni will not need surgery, but he will miss at least the rest of December, and his absence could stretch into the New Year. He suffered the injury midway through Monday's game against the Wizards. Beno Udrih should be the primary benefactor in Prigioni's absence.
12/16/13 - 4:35PM ETKevin Martin
: Out Monday With Knee Injury
Martin (knee) will not start Monday, the T-Wolves' official site reports.
Robbie Hummel will get the start in his place. Consider Martin day-to-day.
Martin (knee) will start Monday's game against the Celtics, the Boston Globe reports.
It wouldn't be surprising if Martin's minutes were somewhat limited Monday, as he made statements before the game about needing to get right. Robbie Hummel and J.J. Barea could be in line for a slight bump in minutes if Martin, who only played 19 minutes Sunday, is limited.
Beal (leg) should see some minutes Monday, the Washington Post reports.
Coach Randy Wittman said he expects to have Beal for some minutes against the Knicks, but this is fairly vague, and it's hard to recommend starting him in daily leagues until we have a better gauge of how many minutes he can play. Still, this is excellent overall news for Beal's owners, as he appears to be a factor on fantasy teams once again.
Lopez (ankle) will not play Monday, the Nets' official site reports. "The medical staff felt that he wasn't ready, and I think he agreed with that," coach Jason Kidd said. "We'll look at him tomorrow."
Lopez sat out Friday's game with a sprained ankle and is now missing a second straight game. The Nets' next game is Wednesday against the Wizards, and he'll likely be a game-time decision then as well.
Wade will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Jazz, the Sun Sentinel reports.
The reason for Wade possibly sitting out is not certain, but it is likely a day of rest for the banged up guard. He has been very efficient in the lineup for the Heat, but has been trying to pace his workload this season. The Heat play in a marquee matchup with the Pacers on Wednesday, so he may be trying to prepare for that game over Monday's contest with the Jazz.
Hinrich (back) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Magic, ESPN Chicago reports.
Hinrich is dealing with back stiffness that held him out of shootaround Monday. He did not play Saturday with the injury either, so his status for Monday appears iffy. Marquis Teague took his place as the starting point guard Saturday and could do so again Monday if Hinrich can't play.
Beal (leg) participated in shootaround Monday and could have a chance to play in Monday's game against the Knicks.
Beal returned to the court for the Wizards on Monday and will test out his injured leg. If he feels good throughout the day, he could make his anticipated return as soon as Monday against the Knicks. His return to the lineup will likely be clarified prior to game-time Monday.
Carter-Williams (knee) will not play in Monday's game against the Nets, the New York Post reports.
Carter-Williams will remain out of the lineup for the seventh straight game with a skin infection. The Sixers have a long break following Monday and do not play again until Friday against the Nets again.
Beasley (hamstring) will not play in Monday's game against the Jazz.
Beasley is still dealing with a strain of his left hamstring and was unable to participate in the Heat's shootaround Monday. The Heat will hold him out again Monday and evaluate him again leading up to Wednesday's game against the Pacers.