[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Spurs makes third win at home’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”][todaysdate][/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]SAN ANTONIO – Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs played their second consecutive solid home game, holding off the Boston Celtics, 108-101, on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila). Spurs point guard Tony Parker had 16 points, including 10 in the final period.Parker was 8-for-15 from the field, including a turn-back-the-clock, teardrop floater in the first quarter over a hard-charging Amir Johnson after crossing over Marcus Smart.Pau Gasol had 17 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio, which has won three straight at the AT&T Center after dropping three of its first four at home. The Spurs (20-5) are 7-4 at home after matching an NBA record with a 40-1 mark last season.The Spurs had 33 assists on 44 field goals while shooting 55 percent from the field.Boston was without injured leading scorer Isaiah Thomas. San Antonio rested starting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, and both teams showed off their depth.David Lee, who started in place of Aldridge, had eight points and 10 rebounds.Avery Bradley had 25 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, and Boston got 34 points from its bench.San Antonio came out on top in a game of big runs to win its 11th straight over Boston.The Celtics turned a 38-28 deficit into a one-point advantage with a 15-4 run with three minutes left in the first half. The Spurs responded by outscoring Boston 14-4 to close the half and continued their run by opening the third on a 14-8 spurt in capturing a 70-55 lead.Leonard had nine points in the surge, including an open 3-pointer in the right corner and a breakaway dunk. Boston then outscored San Antonio 18-4 to pull to 74-73 with a minute left in the third quarter.Parker went 5-fo- 6 in the final period to help seal the Spurs’ victory. (AP)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Tickets are still available for the Flyers’ meeting with Leicester Riders in the BBL Trophy on Friday, January 10th.FIND TICKETS
Asamoah Gyan says he will not force himself to be fit for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations if it will be detrimental to Ghana’s course at the tournament.The on-loan Sunderland striker at UAE club Al Ain insists the Black Stars is strong enough to cope with his absence if he is unable to make a full recovery from a hamstring injury by the time the competition starts in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.“Like I said before when I am 100% fit everyone knows what I can do so the most important thing is to get fit first,” Gyan said upon his arrival in Ghana on Thursday.“I am really important to the team and I will do anything possible to get fit for the Nations Cup.“I will try to get fit but if I am unable I believe there are other players who can play; the Black is an all round team and I wouldn’t want to draw the team back.”The 24-year-old will start treatment immediately with Ghana’s medical team and will subsequently get a fare share of the horse placenta treatment from renowned Serbian therapist Mariana Kovacevic in the quest to get him fully fit by the time Ghana plays its opening game against Botswana on January 24.
Chris Godwin wasn’t expected to be an injury issue for Week 4, but he’s missed two days of practice and looks like he’ll be a dreaded game-time decision. Another fantasy football starter, T.Y. Hilton, probably will have his status up in the air until Sunday morning, too. On the other side of the coin, Calvin Ridley and Julian Edelman both look like they’ll be active come Sunday. Sticking in the pass-catcher realm, Vance McDonald looks more likely to play Monday night than initially thought, but fantasy football owners will be checking for updates right up until kickoff before finalizing their last start ’em, sit ’em decision of the week.For updates on banged-up RBs Damien Williams, Devin Singletary, and Rashaad Penny, click here, and for the latest on Amari Cooper, Delanie Walker, and Mark Andrews, go here. For all the latest news and fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter (@SN_Fantasy). LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 4 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerChris Godwin injury updateGodwin (hip) didn’t participate in Wednesday’s Tampa Bay practice, and Bruce Arians called him day-to-day. In the portion open to the media Thursday, Godwin wasn’t spotted, either. The Buccaneers play at the Rams on Sunday.Godwin played second fiddle to Mike Evans in Week 3, but Godwin had a big Week 2, showing that he’ll have games where he can outscore Evans and proving him pretty much a must-start fantasy WR. It looks like Godwin will be a game-time decision for Week 4. If Godwin missed out, Breshad Perriman would step into the No. 2 WR role and be an interesting DFS value.WEEK 4 DFS LINEUPS:DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPWill T.Y. Hilton play Week 4?Hilton aggravated his quad injury in Week 3 and told reporters afterward that the trainers didn’t want him to tear it. The Colts’ star WR has missed practice all week and will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the porous Raiders’ secondary.Hilton’s a definite start against Oakland if he plays. If not, it’s not clear how the WR usage will break down in Indy. It would be some combination of Deon Cain, Zach Pascal, Parris Campbell and Chester Rogers. A Hilton absence could elevate both tight ends, Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle, to possible fantasy starters. MORE WEEK 4 DFS: Top values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderJulian Edelman injury updateEdelman didn’t finish Sunday’s game for New England due to a ribs injury. X-rays were negative, though, and he practiced Wednesday. Edelman should avoid Bills’ star CB Tre’Davious White on Sunday due to his usage out of the slot.(Update: Edelman remained a limited participant at Thursday practice.)Edelman is a WR2 for the matchup with Buffalo as New England’s offense continues to fire on all cylinders in the early going of the season.WEEK 4: Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsCalvin Ridley injury newsRidley was limited Wednesday due to a hip injury. It was the first time he’s been on an injury report this season. Atlanta takes on the Titans on Sunday.Ridley told reporters it was tough to get open last week, so that’s not an overly encouraging thing for a receiver to play. He’s a boom-or-bust WR3 for Sunday’s game, assuming he’s healthy. If Ridley were to be out, Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy would step into bigger roles.WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end Is Vance McDonald playing Monday night?McDonald’s history of shoulder injuries made it seem unlikely he’d play Week 4 after sustaining one in Week 3. But it’s been reported as just a shoulder sprain, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Wednesday that he’s “optimistic” McDonald will suit up against the Bengals on Monday Night Football. (Update: McDonald didn’t practice Thursday.)The extra day could be to McDonald’s benefit, but it’s hard to sit around and wait for a questionable tight end on Monday night. If he misses practice in the next couple days, it might be best to pivot elsewhere (or at least pick up Tyler Eifert, the best alternative you’ll have on MNF).