It’s Friday, and the weekend is almost upon. For fantasy basketball owners there’s very little room for error in weekly matchups, which means you can’t have vacant spots in your lineups. Many high-profile players — including Kevin Durant, David Lee and Andrew Bogut — are coming down to game-time decisions on Friday night, so make sure to keep checking their statuses prior to tip-off.
» Unless Durant sustains a serious injury, he pretty much has the league’s MVP wrapped up. Averaging 31.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.1 threes will do that. He missed Friday’s shootaround with a “sore shoulder”, but seems like he’s in no danger of missing tonight’s game in Boston vs. the Celtics. Sitting out the shootaround was probably precautionary at best, as Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater observed on Twitter: “Highly doubt KD misses the game. As he walked away from media today, he called for a ball and fired up a 3-pointer.”
If Durant were to sit, Jeremy Lamb would probably be the player to get a boost in minutes. Lamb is averaging 10 points in 23.3 minutes over his last four games. He is available in 97 percent of ESPN.com leagues.
» Two Warriors are game-time decisions for tonight’s game vs. Minnesota. Starting power forward David Lee has a sprained shoulder and starting center Andrew Bogut has a sprained knee. Golden State hasn’t played since Monday, so hopefully that was enough time for their big men to rest. Both players were “very” limited in practice yesterday. If either of them can’t go, Marreese Speights (100 percent available), as well as Draymond Green (100 percent available), should get the bulk of the extra minutes. Speights is the more intriguing of the two. In three starts with Cleveland and Memphis last season, Speights averaged 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds.
Other Injury Notes:
After a one-game absence, Carlos Boozer will return to the Bulls’ lineup tonight. Taj Gibson scored a career-high 26 points on Wednesday, but will be relegated to the bench again. … The Bulls will get back Boozer, but point guard Kirk Hinrich will sit out his second-straight game. D.J. Augustin (21.6 points, 6.0 assists in his last five games) is still available in 15 percent of ESPN.com leagues and needs to be picked up NOW. … DeMarre Carroll aggravated his hamstring and will not play tonight or tomorrow. Lou Williams (86 percent available) will start in his place. He has been very cold of late, but is averaging 12.3 points in four games as a starter this year, so he’s worth a look. … David West (wrist), George Hill (thigh), Dirk Nowitzki (rest), Kyle Lowry (illness), Darren Collison (toe) and Larry Sanders (illness) are all expected to play for their respective teams tonight.