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Tony Snell should see a boost
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:21 pm ET) Bulls wing Tony Snell had trouble cracking the rotation for the first season and a half of his career, which isn't all that surprising given how Tom Thibodeau views rookies. However, he has started to bloom a bit lately, and could be staring at a massive role in the next few weeks with Jimmy Butler sidelined with an elbow injury.

Snell has been on fire lately, shooting 57.0 percent from the field and averaging 13.5 points per game in 30.1 minutes over the last 10, and will likely see upwards of 35 minutes or more moving forward, given the mediocre options surrounding him at shooting guard and small forward. Snell has been very good with Butler off the floor, posting a 62.5 True Shooting percentage in 457 minutes with Butler on the floor.

However, as good as Snell has been this season, he hasn't been asked to do all that much. Even with Butler off the floor, Snell has just a 14.3 usage rate, while averaging 12.6 points per-36 minutes. He really doesn't do much else beyond shoot and score at this point, so Snell will have to increase his volume in Butler's absence to be much more than a low-end starting option.

Snell could end up playing close to 40 minutes per night in Butler's absence, so the volume might end up being there for him anyways. He is a safe bet to be productive for the Bulls and Fantasy owners alike, though there isn't much of an indication that he is a high-upside play. 


Hawks' Teague, Carroll, Antic return to practice Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3:03 pm ET) After sitting out Saturday's contest due to a variety of ailments, Hawks guard Jeff Teague (hamstring), forward DeMarre Carroll (shoulder) and forward Pero Antic (knee) were all able to practice Monday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Coach Mike Budenholzer said all three players would be available to play in Tuesday's game against the Rockets.


Bucks' Jared Dudley plans to play Tuesday; O.J. Mayo ruled out
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:46 pm ET) Bucks forward Jared Dudley was able to practice Monday and said he's ready to play in Tuesday's game at Denver, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Dudley missed Saturday's game with a knee injury, which appears to be healed. Meanwhile, guard O.J. Mayo has been ruled out Tuesday with a hamstring injury, which caused Mayo to miss Monday's practice. Guard Jerryd Bayless is expected to see his minutes increase with Mayo out.


James Harden added to Rockets' injury report with shoulder
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:19 pm ET) Rockets SG and MVP candidate James Harden has been added to the team's injury report for Tuesday's game at the Hawks. 

Harden is suffering from a bruised left shoulder. He's listed as probable for the game.  

Harden, a southpaw shooter, is averaging 27.1 points, 6.9 assists and 5.8 rebounds this season. 


Grizzlies upgrade Vince Carter to questionable for Tuesday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:15 pm ET) Vince Carter is getting closer to returning to the Grizzlies' lineup. 

Carter has missed the last 12 games with a left-foot tendon injury. The Grizzlies upgraded him to questionable on their injury report for Tuesday's game against the Jazz. 

Carter is averaging 6 points, 1.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds this season. 


Lakers list Nick Young (knee) as questionable for Tuesday's game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:10 pm ET) Lakers guard Nick Young is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against at Charlotte, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

Young has missed the last three games with a swollen left knee. In 42 games, Young is averaging 13.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. Guard Wayne Ellington has seen his playing time increase with Young sidelined.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler could miss 3-6 weeks with elbow sprain
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:36 pm ET) An MRI revealed Bulls guard Jimmy Butler suffered an elbow sprain and he could miss three-to-six weeks, the team announced Monday.

Butler injured his elbow during Sunday's game against the Clippers and he was not able to finish the contest, but he will not need surgery.

In 55 games, Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Frowards Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic are expected to see their roles increase with Butler sidelined.

Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis in the hopes of returning sooner, a source told the Chicago Tribune.


Wizards rule Kris Humphries out of Tuesday's game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:27 pm ET) Citing a lack of improvement from a groin injury, the Wizards ruled forward Kris Humphries out of Tuesday's game at Chicago, reports The Washington Post.

Tuesday will be the third straight game Humphries has missed because of the groin injury. Forward Drew Gooden will likely see his minutes increase with Humphries out.


Knicks' Jose Calderon (Achilles) to be reevaluated in two weeks
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:20 pm ET) Knicks guard Jose Calderon is wearing a walking boot to protect his sore Achilles and he will be reevaluated in two weeks, reports ESPN New York.

A recent MRI revealed Calderon is dealing with a left Achilles strain. In 42 games, Calderon is averaging 9.1 points and 4.7 assists. Guard Shane Larkin is expected to see his minutes increase with Calderon sidelined.


Wolves list Kevin Martin (illness) as questionable Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:05 pm ET) Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin is dealing with an illness and is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Clippers, the team announced.

In 23 games, Martin is averaging 20.5 points and 2.1 assists. Guard Gary Neal is expected to see his minutes increase if Martin is held out.

The Timberwolves are 5-point underdogs.


 
 
 
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