Court Report Daily - 12.27
 
11:07
Justin Phan: 
Welcome to the second installment of Court Report Daily. We'll be funneling in player injury updates, lineup/rotation news, and everything in between to get you caught up on all that's happening around the league.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:07 Justin Phan
11:12
Justin Phan: 
The Jazz will start Devin Harris, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Al Jefferson in their opener against the Lakers.

Paul Millsap will come off the bench behind Favors, and is also a game-time decision with a right quad injury. Coach Tyrone Corbin said he talked to Millsap about the change, and that it isn't a demotion. Hayward should remain a fixture in the starting lineup; Corbin said Bell has earned his starting spot with an impressive camp and his veteran presence will be needed.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:12 Justin Phan
11:17
mbuser: 
Andray Blatche posted the following tweet after Monday's game: "I may have had a bad game but that's cause I need the ball in the post not taking jump shots all game". Blatche said he's tired of pick-and-pop and wants the Wizards' game plan to feature him more in the post moving forward. Efficiency has never been a strong suit for Blatche, and almost 50% of his FGA came from outside 10 feet last season, so moving him closer to the basket would certainly help his FG%. We'll see how Flip Saunders responds to his captain's complaints, but this - and a come-from-ahead loss to the Nets - isn't the best way for this team to get things started.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:17 mbuser
11:24
mbuser: 
Paul Pierce participated in the Celtics' Tuesday shootaround but is unlikely to play against the Heat. Doc Rivers said this morning that he wouldn't play and then added "I doubt it, at least." It looks like Sasha Pavlovic will get another start, while free agent signee Mickael Pietrus is said to be about 10 days away from seeing any game action for the Cs.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:24 mbuser
11:28
Justin Phan: 
X-rays on Stephen Curry's ankle were negative and he is considered day-to-day after re-aggravating his surgically-repaired right ankle in the fourth quarter of Monday's win. He hasn't yet been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Knicks. If he was to sit out, Monta Ellis would get the start at the point in his stead, while Brandon Rush would likely move into the starting lineup at the off-guard spot.

Between Monta playing close to 3,300 minutes last year after playing just 89 games combined the two seasons prior, and the decision to put Curry at risk and let him play on opening night when he clearly wasn't at 100%, the W's coaching and training staffs have to be called into question here. They've often been reckless and haphazard in the way they've handled these situations, and have often chosen to forego caution in the face of conventional wisdom. Curry should never have played in the opener to begin with, and rushing him back for PR purposes could end up proving costly.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:28 Justin Phan
11:32
Justin Phan: 
After being released by the Rockets to make room for Samuel Dalembert, the Knicks have claimed Jeremy Lin off of waivers. He'll back up Toney Douglas, and his ability to run the PNR and activity on the defensive end could prove plenty valuable.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:32 Justin Phan
11:34
Justin Phan: 
Nick Young (foot) and D.J. Augustin (ankle) should both be fine and are not expected to miss further time with their injuries.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:34 Justin Phan
11:43
mbuser: 
The 0-2 Lakers are really missing Andrew Bynum but their problems run deeper than his suspension, which spans two more games (tonight, Thu NYK). Kobe Bryant was seen grimacing on the bench during the third quarter of Monday's loss as a team trainer worked on his injured right (shooting) wrist, and this is not the type of injury that Kobe can simply "gut" his way through. The job of the lunotriquetral ligament is to stabilize wrist bones in their proper place, and his is completely torn. He'll certainly keep trying to play through this, as we know, but he's at risk for missing an extended string of games every time he puts weight on his wrist when breaking a fall.

Also for the Lakers: Josh McRoberts is questionable because of a sprained left thumb and sprained left big toe. He may play, but Troy Murphy figures to see a few more minutes in this game in any case.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:43 mbuser
11:46
Justin Phan: 
It'll be a matter of injury and pain management for Kobe and Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti moving forward.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:46 Justin Phan
11:48
Justin Phan: 
Byron Scott said Monday was only the third or fourth time he's pulled a hot hand (Sessions) and replaced him with a young player for development purposes (Irving) with the game on the line (final 6 minutes). Scott has a well-chronicled history of not trusting young players -- one of the main reasons he got fired after a nine-game stint in the '09 season, playing Bobby & Devin Brown ahead of Collison & Thornton -- and the fact that he already trusts Irving enough to put him in there with the game on the line while Sessions was on fire says a whole lot.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:48 Justin Phan
12:10
Justin Phan: 
More on Kobe from our own Marc Spears: http://yhoo.it/rHZQir
Tuesday December 27, 2011 12:10 Justin Phan
12:25
Justin Phan: 
Patrick Patterson went through a contact scrimmage for the first time today as he works his way back from off-season ankle surgery. His per-36 averages include: 13.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 0.7 spg, 56% FG.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 12:25 Justin Phan
12:39
Justin Phan: 
Update to the Steph Curry post at the 11:28 PT mark. Considered day-to-day, not yet ruled out for Wednesday's game.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 12:39 Justin Phan
12:52
mbuser: 
Warriors play the Knicks on Wednesday and then have two more days off. Makes all kinds of sense for him to sit, but of course that hasn't necessarily influenced the decisions here.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 12:52 mbuser
12:54
mbuser: 
To update 11:24: Paul Pierce officially out Tuesday, Sasha Pavlovic gets the start.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 12:54 mbuser
12:56
Justin Phan: 
An update to Buser's post at 11:43 - Josh McRoberts will play through his sprained/bruised big left toe. Considered day-to-day, but is expected to start.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 12:56 Justin Phan
1:06
Justin Phan: 
Drew Gooden has been suspended for Tuesday's game for his flagrant-2 foul on Gerald Henderson. Video to follow...
Tuesday December 27, 2011 1:06 Justin Phan
1:07
  
Tuesday December 27, 2011 1:07 
1:07
Twitter
SpearsNBAYahoo: 
Bucks Drew Gooden suspended for tonight's game against Minnesota for Flagrant Foul 2 on Charlotte's Gerald Henderson on Monday. [via Twitter]
Tuesday December 27, 2011 1:07 SpearsNBAYahoo
1:13
Twitter
SpearsNBAYahoo: 
Year of David! Yahoo! Sports looks at Top NBA stories in 2011. http://t.co/7gVqOPnB [via Twitter]
Tuesday December 27, 2011 1:13 SpearsNBAYahoo
2:17
Justin Phan: 
No Pierce and Pietrus for Boston means Pavlovic and Marquis Daniels will be checking LeBron James. No telling how many points he'll put up. 30? 40? 50??
Tuesday December 27, 2011 2:17 Justin Phan
2:46
Justin Phan: 
Minor news: Kyrylo Fesenko has agreed to a one-year deal with Golden State for $1.07 million, reports SI.com.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 2:46 Justin Phan
2:51
Twitter
MettaWorldPeace: 
The lakers are not going anywhere!! We started slow be we will be the last standing. So grab a snickers !!! [via Twitter]
Tuesday December 27, 2011 2:51 MettaWorldPeace
3:26
Justin Phan: 
Awkward new Miami Heat intro video? We have you covered.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 3:26 Justin Phan
3:26
  
Tuesday December 27, 2011 3:26 
3:42
Justin Phan: 
Nets' starting lineup, once again: Deron Williams, Anthony Morrow, Damion James, Kris Humphries, Johan Petro.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 3:42 Justin Phan
4:14
Justin Phan: 
No surprises in the Hawks starting lineup: Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford.

Teague's ankle is fine; Kirk Hinrich is inactive.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:14 Justin Phan
4:15
Justin Phan: 
Paul Pierce (bruised heel) will be out Tuesday AND Wednesday. Could be available for the Celtics' home opener against the Pistons on Friday. Sasha Pavlovic will continue to start in his place, with Marquis Daniels backing up both Pavlovic and Ray Allen. Mickael Pietrus is still about 10 days out from returning to game action.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:15 Justin Phan
4:33
Justin Phan: 
We'll kick the live blog off around 5 PM PT just in time for Celtics/Heat tip-off. Buser will jump in for some Q&A now to take us there.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:33 Justin Phan
4:37
Justin Phan: 
Reader comments are now enabled, so go ahead and send 'em in.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:37 Justin Phan
4:37
mbuser: 
Yeah, lets' get some Q&A in here for the next 30 minutes or so. Fire when ready..
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:37 mbuser
4:38
[Comment From boogerbooger: ] 
Hayes or Amir in a 9 cat H2H, no TOs, yes ORBs
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:38 booger
4:38
mbuser: 
Both? If it's standard league, neither should be dropped. But if I had to pick one, I'll go Amir.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:38 mbuser
4:39
[Comment From jonjon: ] 
Vucevic...thoughts in an 18 team 9 cat H2H?
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:39 jon
4:39
mbuser: 
Interesting long-term player but not sure he'll offer much, even in a league that deep.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:39 mbuser
4:39
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
should my expectations be tempered for dj augustin and darren collison this year.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:39 Guest
4:40
mbuser: 
If by tempered you mean Rd 7-8 impact, then yes.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:40 mbuser
4:42
mbuser: 
See if I can cut off some at the pass here. No, I don't expect Hawes to be a fantasy stud this season, although yes, he does possess some skills that translate to fantasy. But he's always teased us before and we know the end result, and the Sixers still plan to play Thaddeus a ton, which means Hawes sits down. Can you cut a back-of-the line bench option for Hawes? Sure. I would hold almost anyone in the top 125 of O-Ranks, however, as a blanket statement.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:42 mbuser
4:42
[Comment From JeezyJeezy: ] 
Drop Haywood for Camby?
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:42 Jeezy
4:43
mbuser: 
I'm okay with that, both are end-of-the-rotation bigs.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:43 mbuser
4:43
[Comment From gluglu: ] 
Gasol's values go up or down with Kobe's injury ?
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:43 glu
4:43
mbuser: 
He's steady where he is, I don't see dramatic changes in terms of overall impact.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:43 mbuser
4:44
[Comment From taoyetaoye: ] 
any advice for batum's outlook? hold? buy? sell? what's about ibaka?
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:44 taoye
4:44
mbuser: 
Buy or hold. Buy or hold.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:44 mbuser
4:44
[Comment From JGJG: ] 
Team needs some more boards and I just picked up Jerebko...but am tempted by James Johnson because of his multi-cat potential. Odds Johnson gets adequate PT?
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:44 JG
4:45
mbuser: 
Like both of those players. Johnson is going to play lots, at least to start the season. Kleiza should be coming back in a few weeks, and things get a bit less clear, but Johnson has more of a chance to endear himself to Casey than Kleiza or Rasual Butler.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:45 mbuser
4:46
[Comment From MultiCatManMultiCatMan: ] 
James Johnson or Ramon Sessions for the most multicat bang for your buck this season?
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:46 MultiCatMan
4:47
mbuser: 
I like Sessions for overall impact, but Johnson's line will clearly be funkier.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:47 mbuser
4:47
[Comment From gluglu: ] 
damian james and gordon hayward- fantasy relevant in 12 team H2H?
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:47 glu
4:48
mbuser: 
Absolutely relevant, albeit at the end of benches. James for FG%, reb, stl, blk, Hayward for efficient offense.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 4:48 mbuser
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