Fri Oct 18 4:11am ET
BEIJING (AP) China is refuting NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's claim that it demanded the firing of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet that supported anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the ''Chinese government never posed this requirement.''
During an appearance in New York on Thursday, Silver said the NBA was ''being asked to fire (Morey) by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business.''
Several Chinese companies, including the Chinese Basketball Association and state broadcaster CCTV, suspended engagement with the NBA after Morey's tweet.
The league and LeBron James, one of its biggest stars, have been heavily criticized by some U.S. lawmakers for the perception that they caved to the Chinese regime.
Miami Heat guard Justise Winslow (head) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons. He's been in concussion protocol since November 7 and must clear the league's system before playing again. Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro (ankle), and Kendrick Nunn should benefit without Winslow. Dragic is the best fantasy option out of the trio at the moment.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (hamstring, knee) will be back in the starting five for Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Pistons have not announced what kind of limits Griffin will have during his first game. Fantasy owners should feel safe about plugging him in, but DFS players might want to stay away. Markieff Morris and Christian Wood are going to lose almost all their value with Griffin back.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (leg) is expected to be sidelined multiple weeks, according to Shams Charania. Middleton left Sunday's game after suffering a left leg injury. He's expected to miss multiple weeks, but an exact timetable has not been announced yet. Sterling Brown might move into the starting lineup and would be worth a look in deep leagues. The starters will be asked to do more without Middleton available.
Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose (hamstring) is listed as a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was able to fully practice on Sunday, which is a good sign moving forward. However, it's the first game of a back-to-back set, so the Pistons may remain cautious. Bruce Brown and Luke Kennard would continue to benefit without Rose.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was expected to miss three games with a shoulder issue and Tuesday would mark the third game. He's going to re-evaluated before shootaround on Tuesday, so more information will be known after that. Raul Neto would be looking at another start, assuming Simmons sits out. He'd be a decent streaming option while Simmons is sidelined.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford (rest) is not expected to suit up for Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It's the first game of a back-to-back set, so the Sixers will let Horford rest here. Mike Scott and Matisse Thybulle should see increased playing time, while Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid will see a higher usage. Horford should be back in action for Wednesday's contest.
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter (knee) will be back in action for Monday's game against the Dallas Mavericks. Kanter has been battling a left knee injury, but appears well enough to play here. Daniel Theis and Robert Williams have been filling in nicely, but will likely have somewhat reduced roles with Kanter back. Fantasy owners should wait and see what head coach Brad Stevens does with his rotations.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Napier (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons. It's looking like Napier is going to miss his fourth straight game here. Jeff Teague (illness) is questionable, but hasn't shown signs of getting better and it's the second game of a back-to-back set without shootaround. Jarrett Culver is looking at another start and should be a decent deep league guy or possibly a short fill-in option.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (illness) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons. Teague has missed three straight games with an illness and the Wolves didn't have a shootaround on Monday. Jarrett Culver is expected to start again since Shabazz Napier (hamstring) is doubtful. Culver has been decent while starting, but is more of a deep league option.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (ankle) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons. It appears Herro is nursing a minor ankle injury, but he's been trending down recently. Goran Dragic has been great off the bench, while Kendrick Nunn would see an extended role without Herro available. Fantasy owners should check back on Tuesday for more information.
Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (knee) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Detroit Pistons. Olynyk continues to be bothered by the same knee issue that has been hurting him since the summer. The Heat are already banged up, so losing Olynyk would not be good at all. Meyer Leonard would be asked to play heavy minutes and James Johnson would jump into the rotation without Olynyk.
Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (oblique) will suit up for Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks. Markkanen was held out of the contact part of practice on Monday due to a sore oblique. The Bulls are being cautious with their young big man, but he might have a minutes limit. Fantasy owners will have to check back on Tuesday for more information on his status.
Chicago Bulls forward Otto Porter (foot) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks. Porter was unable to practice on Monday due to a left foot sprain. He's been awful to start the season, so the Bulls may take their time with bringing him back. Tomas Satoransky and Chandler Hutchison will both benefit from the loss of Porter. Honestly, both players are better fantasy options than Porter right now.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (finger) is back in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Utah Jazz. Green missed the last three games due to a left index finger injury. He's not expected to be limited, but will wear protective tape on his hand. Eric Paschall should lose some minutes and value, but fantasy owners should wait and see what he can do with Green in the lineup.
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (hand) is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his fractured left hand. The timetable for his return as not been announced, but he'll likely be out close to two months. Marcus Smart should jump into the starting lineup, while Jaylen Brown could be asked to do more on offense. It's a tough break for Hayward as he just can't seem to stay healthy.
Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Caris Levert (thumb) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Utah Jazz. LeVert suffered a right thumb sprain on Sunday and underwent an X-ray later that day. He'll likely undergo an MRI here soon, but the Nets play a bunch of games coming up. It wouldn't be surprising to see LeVert miss a few games. Spencer Dinwiddie and Garrett Temple should see more minutes and usage. Kyrie Irving will be asked to do more on offense.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (calf) was able to go through some 5-on-5 work during Monday's practice. He's listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns. Rondo is getting very close to making his regular season debut, but might sit Tuesday. It's the first game of a back-to-back set, so maybe having Rondo play on Wednesday is a better idea. Fantasy owners should check back on Tuesday for a better idea.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (shoulder) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns. Davis is still dealing with a sore right shoulder, but he's going to play through the pain. It's the first game of a back-to-back set on Tuesday, so we'll see if he's limited on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't be worried about Davis suiting up for Tuesday.
Charlotte Hornets rookie power forward PJ Washington has been thrust into his teams starting five from Day 1 of the 2019-20 season and has looked the part. On Sunday, he added a 15-point performance to his resume, knocking down three triples, in addition to snatching four rebounds and four steals. Per DraftKings scoring, Washington has scored between 23.8 and 29.5 points in six of his previous seven contests, giving him a consistent floor for owners to equate. Averaging 31.6 minutes per game and knocking down 48.6 percent of his shots from deep, Washington presents a solid fantasy commodity no matter the format, even as his DFS price remains just slightly higher than his output at this point.
Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard/small forward Furkan Korkmaz continues to be instant offense as a reserve for his team, collecting 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting during Sundays win over the Charlotte Hornets. Korkmaz has now scored in double digits in five of his past six games, having hit multiple threes in all of those outings. He can contribute minimally in the rebounding department, but for owners desperate for an infusion of threes into their squad, Korkmaz is an interesting add in deep leagues. After shooting 32.6 percent from deep last season, the third-year wing has flipped the script and is now knocking down 45.2 percent of his looks from behind the arc.