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Tuesday, February 4th
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I will focus on any injury news that pertains to this evening’s slate of games, but be sure to visit our Player News section to catch up on other injuries and player insight that will give you a head start when it comes to planning future lineups. There are only four games tonight’s so the news will be light, but if you are like me you find night’s with a small slate of games enjoyable as it seems a little easier to build a team as you fewer have fewer players to debate over.
Kemba Walker is questionable for tonight’s road game against the Warriors as he is still dealing with a sore ankle. Good news is that he practiced on Monday and did not have any setbacks, which makes it more likely he will return after missing the last seven games, which would send Ramon Sessions back to the bench.
David Lee (shoulder) returned to practice Monday and and is expected to play tonight against the Bobcats after missing Friday’s game. Opponents own a 44.6 rebounding percentage which is the fifth highest total in the league this season, so it seems like a good bet that Lee should get his 26th double-double of the season.
Pau Gasol will miss tonight's game against the Twolves, which should mean more minutes for Jordan Hill and possibly Chris Kaman.
Nikola Pekovic is out with ankle bursitis, which means Ronny Turiaf will again start, (for more info on how Turiaf has performed in his new starting role view the Centers section of this week’s Waiver Wire article).
Channing Frye was away from the team due to undisclosed personal issues, but early indication is that he will be available tonight. Frye’s minutes have been a little erratic of late played less than 30 minutes in three of his last four games and his production has suffered as well, while Markieff Morris has seen an uptick in his production which could make him the safer play this evening against a Bulls team who will be playing their second road game in as many nights.
Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) are all probable to return with Nash and Blake almost a lock to suit up. If Nash and/or Blake do play that may shave some minutes off of Kendall Marshall’s PT, but I doubt it would be enough to avoid him this evening. I am actually considering using Marshall in my GPP contests as I believe many owners may fade him tonight for the above reasons.
Goran Dragic named Western Conference Player of the Week. Dragic averaged 26.8 points (63.9 FG% and 69.2% from three-point land) with 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in only 29.2 minutes per game. Dragic tied a career-long streak with four straight games with 20-plus points and he has a good chance to extend that streak tonight against a Bulls team that again could be a little weary playing their second road game in as many nights.
Klay Thompson seems to have had his shot sucked in by the Polar Vortex as he is shooting just 32.6% from the field and 32.3% from beyond the long line over his last five games.
D.J. Augustin returned to the bench Monday and played 31 minutes, which is still a decent amount of time, but quite a bit less than he was averaging as a starter
Mike Scott has been a beast lately (for more info check out the forwards section of this week’s Waiver Wire article).
Joakim Noah acted more like DeMarcus Cousins last night as he got ejected after his second technical for arguing about the refs calls and he went out in dramatic fashion hollering out a profane epitaph, which could earn him a suspension, possibly for tonight, but at this point nothing has been handed down from the new commissioner.
Oh and one more news flash….the Lakers blow so stacking some Timberwolves players tonight should be a winning strategy. For more player recommendations, again, check out Mark Kaplan’s Daily League Picks article in the NBA section of our homepage.
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