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Injuries forcing fantasy hoopsters to dig deeper than usual

(Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports)
(Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports)

Today's contests include several stars dealing with injuries that could become major factors.

Chicago Bulls power forward Pau Gasol (hamstring) is out for Game 5. Taj Gibson is in line for a minutes boost if his minor knee ailment isn't prohibitive.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is dealing with injuries to a foot and another leg and has looked hobbled. Cavs small forward LeBron James turned his ankle in the third quarter of Game 4, but he was able to finish the contest and has the most promise of the walking wounded.

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G James Harden, Rockets vs. Clippers
$8,400 salary | 16.8% of cap

"The Beard" averaged 47.25 fantasy points in the first two home games this series.

C DeAndre Jordan, Clippers at Rockets
$7,000 salary | 14.0% of cap

Jordan is the safest play in the middle and is coming off a 26-point, 17-board monstrous effort.

G Derrick Rose, Bulls at Cavaliers
$6,500 salary | 13.0% of cap

Rose's low game this series was a healthy 38.5 fantasy points.

F Trevor Ariza, Rockets vs. Clippers
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

He has posted at least 35 in three of the four games at a solid midrange price.

Hit your own buzzer-beater with a winning lineup today.

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