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Josh Smith is out Tuesday with left patellar tendinitis.
He was not listed in the starting lineup and now we know why. J-Smoothie is averaging 16.4 points,6.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assist in first season in Detroit. It will be interesting to see what Detroit does with the versatile small forward next season because Joe Dumars is apparently resigning. That means Smith could be on another team at the start of next season.ANALYST: Mark Kaplan
Teams have begun to eye Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller.
What a shock. Suddenly teams are interested in a 24-year old who is 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 43:16 K:BB over 54.0 innings. Never saw that coming. The Braves did a nice job not only acquiring Miller, but also in developing him more. His use of a new cutter is increasing his ground ball rate and he is inducing a lot more weak contact. As a result, strikeouts are up, walks are down and Miller looks like a tremendous asset.Expect teams to make pitches for Miller, but don't expect the Braves to bite. Analysis: Howard Bender