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Michael Beasley is questionable to return on Sunday due to a bruised elbow.

The Heat are coming apart at the seams, beginning the night extremely short-handed before losing both Beasley and Luol Deng (knee) on Sunday. If Beasley misses any time, James Ennis and Henry Walker will be thrust into bigger roles out of necessity.
Mar 29 - 7:35 PM

Roy Hibbert exited Sunday's game in the first quarter and appeared to be bleeding as he headed into the Pacers' locker room.

With any luck he'll be patched up by trainers and back on the court in a matter of minutes. Stay tuned.
Mar 29 - 7:33 PM

Luol Deng suffered a left knee contusion vs. the Pistons on Sunday and will not return.

The Heat have had terrible luck with injuries this season, and knowing how cautious they tend to be with their players, it's possible that Deng's status could be in jeopardy for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. If Deng is forced to miss any time, James Ennis, Michael Beasley (elbow) and Henry Walker would all have to step up on the wing. Deng finished with four points, two boards, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes.

Robert Covington led the 76ers' balanced attack on Sunday, scoring 19 points with five 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in a tough loss to the Cavs.

He shot 7-of-13 from the field overall and only turned the ball over once in 31 minutes, the first time he's exceeded the 30-minute mark since Feb. 23. This was a stellar bounce-back for Covington, who had just two points on Friday, and he has a high enough ceiling to be active in all but the shallowest leagues.
Mar 29 - 7:15 PM

76ers big man Furkan Aldemir started Sunday's game and finished with a career-high 11 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in 27 minutes.

Aldemir is a tenacious rebounder whose overall rebound rate of 18.1 percent ranks second on the Sixers, behind only Thomas Robinson (23.1 percent). Unfortunately, Aldemir doesn't score (his previous career-high was four points) or contribute enough defensive stats to be a viable option in standard leagues. Just keep an eye on him for now.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Ish Smith had another solid showing on Sunday, racking up 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 31 minutes during a one-point loss to the Cavaliers.

Smith has wrested away the starting PG job from Isaiah Canaan (eight points in 17 minutes) and he's been a solid top-100 point guard since mid-March. Don't hesitate to start him if you need a burst of scoring (13.7 points), 3-pointers (1.0), assists (6.8) and steals (1.5).
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Jerami Grant struggled on Sunday with two points and two boards in a road loss at Cleveland, missing all four of his field goal attempts while going 2-of-4 at the free throw line.

Grant's starting job is nearly irrelevant for fantasy purposes -- in three previous starts he averaged 6.7 points on 30.4 percent shooting, and was only worth owning for blocks (2.7). His defensive upside and 3-point range may be enough for ownership in deep leagues, but everyone else should steer clear of his FG percentage (37.8 percent) and FT percentage (59.7 percent).
Mar 29 - 7:13 PM

Nerlens Noel moved to PF during Sunday's game vs. the Cavaliers, posting eight points (4-of-12 FGs), 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals before missing a potential game-winner with two seconds remaining.

The prospect of a Noel-Embiid frontcourt next season gives 76ers something to look forward to, and it makes sense for coach Brett Brown to give Noel more game experience at the PF spot. He's been a top-20 fantasy value over the past month, thanks to mounds of defensive stats, and should maintain that pace as long as he's playing 30+ minutes per game.
Mar 29 - 7:12 PM

JaKarr Sampson had nine points, three boards and one assist without any defensive stats or turnovers off the Sixers' bench on Sunday, as Furkan Aldemir took his spot in the starting lineup.

Brett Brown may continue to tinker with his lineups over the Sixers' final nine games this season, but Sampson isn't a fantasy asset whether he's starting or coming off the bench. He logged 17 minutes tonight, fewer than fellow backups Luc Mbah a Moute (eight points in 25 minutes) and Hollis Thompson (seven points in 24 minutes).
Mar 29 - 7:11 PM

Thomas Robinson did not leave the 76ers' bench on Sunday.

He was a healthy DNP-CD as coach Brett Brown opted to give Furkan Aldemir a season-high 27 minutes tonight. Aldemir responded with a double-double, which doesn't bode well for T-Rob, and he simply can't be owned while his role in the rotation is in doubt.
Mar 29 - 7:10 PM

Jason Richardson was rested on Sunday, the first game of a back-to-back set.

Philly hosts the Lakers on Monday in a cross-conference battle of cellar-dwellers, and we expect J-Rich to return to the lineup and play his usual 15-20 minutes. His fantasy value is restricted to a handful of 3-pointers.
Mar 29 - 7:09 PM

Timofey Mozgov double-doubled on Sunday for the first time in over a month, notching 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds and one assist in a surprisingly close win vs. the visiting 76ers.

Philly's opponents are averaging 49.0 boards over their past 10 games, the most allowed by any team during that span, so it makes sense for Mozgov to have piled up boards tonight. He may have a bigger role if Kevin Love (back) can't play on Thursday, so anyone holding Mozgov should keep an eye on the injury report.
Mar 29 - 7:09 PM

The Cavaliers held off the 76ers for an 87-86 win on Sunday, led by LeBron James' 20 points, one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, six assists and one block.

The bad news is that he committed five turnovers while making 8-of-24 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs in 38 minutes of action. Cleveland could clinch their division in the near future, at which point a precautionary rest day for LeBron wouldn't be surprising -- in the past three weeks he's averaging 36.4 minutes per game, the 10th most of any player during that span.
Mar 29 - 7:08 PM

Vince Carter will start in place of Tony Allen (hamstring) on Sunday vs. the Spurs.

It will be Carter's first start this season, but it doesn't necessarily mean he will play big minutes. Carter can be left on the wire in most leagues, while Jeff Green will likely be the primary beneficiary off the bench tonight should be pretty busy on the offensive end.
Mar 29 - 7:01 PM

Head coach Flip Saunders is hopeful that Ricky Rubio (ankle) will be able to return on Monday vs. the Jazz.

Rubio has missed eight of the last nine games for the Wolves, so there are certainly no guarantees here. The Wolves are playing for ping pong balls and have no incentive to play Rubio at less than 100 percent, so there is no need for owners to overreact. If Rubio does return he will likely have a minutes limit, so his upside will be capped. Zach LaVine's value would take a hit if Rubio returns, but his owners should stand pat for now.
Mar 29 - 6:49 PM



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