Thompson left Friday's game with a lower-back strain and is questionable to return, Monte poole of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Thompson played six minutes in the first quarter and had six points and two rebounds before exiting with the injury. He was seen hunched over and grimacing in pain in the tunnel, so it doesn't appear as if he will be returning for the rest of the game. Consider him day-to-day.
Anthony provided 29 points (10-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-8 FT) with four rebounds and eight assists in 32 minutes in the win over Utah on Friday.
Anthony has led the Knicks to two straight wins and has hit at least half of his field goals in his last three. He only has 13 rebounds in his last three games, but has hit 10 3-pointers in that span.
03/07/14 - 5:51PM ETO.J. Mayo
: Ejected For Flagrant Foul
Mayo was ejected late in the first quarter of Friday's game against the Pelicans for shoving Pelicans' center Greg Stiemsma in the throat.
The league office will undoubtedly review the flagrant 2 foul, which could result in either a fine or a minor suspension. While Mayo is sitting out the rest of the game, it likely won't be decided until Saturday whether the foul will also leave him suspended for any future games or not.
Robinson (knee) will be available to play Friday Portland Trail Blazers report.
Robinson returns to the lineup after suffering a left patella tendon strain in late February. He'll likely be moved back into his role of backup power forward and center while sharing minutes with Meyers Leonard.
03/07/14 - 3:07PM ETJoe Johnson
: (Illness) Will Start Friday
Johnson (illness) will start for the Nets Friday, New York Post reports.
Johnson missed Friday morning's practice after falling ill on Thursday, but he appears ready to go and should be in the starting lineup for the Nets against the Celtics Friday night.
Randolph (illness) will play Friday against the Bulls after missing Wednesday's contest, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The rugged forward missed Wednesday's game with flu-like symptoms, but he appears to have moved past the illness and will be back in the lineup Friday. Over his last two games, Randolph is averaging 19.5 points and 12.0 rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting.
Ross (ankle) will play and start Friday against the Kings, TSN 1050 reports.
Ross sprained his ankle last Thursday and sat out Sunday's win over the Warriors. With four days off to recover, Ross appears good to go and will likely match up with former teammate Rudy Gay to begin the game.
Henson will get the start Friday in place of Ersan Ilyasova (suspension), Bucks.com reports.
Ilyasova will serve his one-game suspension Friday, allowing Henson to step into the starting lineup for the 21st time this season. Henson was expected to see increased time after Larry Sanders (face) went down before the All-Star break, but the lanky, second-year forward hasn't seen more than 26 minutes in any of the last seven contests. Henson acknowledged recently that he's in a bit of a "sophomore slump," but his potential as a rebounder and shot-blocker make him a valuable asset for a Milwaukee team largely devoid of such talent.
Ilyasova has been suspended one game without pay and will serve said suspension Friday when the Bucks take on the Pelicans, Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Ilyasova was involved in an altercation with the Kings' Reggie Evans on Wednesday in which he pushed Evans to the ground. While Ilyasova was not issued a flagrant or technical, the incident will cost him one game. John Henson will start in his place Friday.
Noel (knee) has graduated in his rehab to playing one-on-one and participating in more physical drills, the Delaware County Daily Times reports. "He is (doing more). He's slowly doing a little more physical stuff," coach Brett Brown said. "He's slowly doing a little more and you can play him against another body. I highlight the word Âslowly' and I highlight the word Âcautiously,' but he's doing it."
Noel, who has not played this season, is still a ways away from returning to the court after tearing his ACL last February. The Sixers are in no rush to return Noel to the court, as they'll play out this season in full-on rebuilding mode. However, Brown did not rule out the possibility of Noel making his debut before season's end. "Whether we ever get to see him in a game this year, it really is, ÂWho knows?'" Brown said. "I've gone on (the) record to say I wish I could coach him and get some games under our belt with him. But the boxes he has to tick, the ones we've always talked about, those have yet to be ticked."
03/07/14 - 11:46AM ETPaul George
: (Back) Will Play Through Stiffness Friday
George (back) took part in shootaround and will play Friday, though he said he is still experiencing considerable stiffness in his back, the Indianapolis Star reports.
George had his worst statistical game of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Bobcats, scoring just two points on 0-of-9 shooting in 34 minutes. After the game, he revealed he was dealing with back stiffness brought on by a hard fall in Sunday's win over Utah. George immediately iced his back following Friday's shootaround and will again fight through the discomfort to take the court. While it's unlikely he has another two-point outing, his production could certainly be hampered.
Millsap (knee) will return and start Friday against the Warriors, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Millsap missed the last five games with a right knee contusion, and the Hawks - losers of nine of their last ten - will certainly welcome their All-Star back to the lineup. Mike Scott, who started in his place Wednesday, will shift back to the bench with Millsap back in the mix.
Beverley will play Friday despite breaking his nose two days ago, the Rockets' official website reports.
Beverley is reportedly leaning toward playing Friday without a protective mask, which he deemed to be overly bothersome. Either way, Beverley's fantasy owners should feel free to deploy the point guard as usual.
03/07/14 - 8:55AM ETJoakim Noah
: (Thumb) Playing Friday
Noah (thumb) will play Friday against the Grizzlies, ESPN Chicago reports.
Noah will not miss any action after spraining his thumb during a triple-double effort Wednesday night versus Detroit. The center participated in Friday morning's shootaround and figures to play his normal minutes moving forward.
03/07/14 - 8:14AM ETJameer Nelson
: (Illness) Traveling With Team This Weekend
Nelson (illness) will travel with the Magic for the team's upcoming two game road trip, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Nelson has missed Orlando's past two games, but stands a favorable chance of reclaiming his starting position Saturday in San Antonio. While Nelson's veteran presence makes him valuable to a young Magic team, his production of 12.3 points (on 39 percent shooting) and 6.9 helpers limit his fantasy value mostly to the assist category.
03/07/14 - 7:22AM ETJoe Johnson
: (Illness) Game-Time Decision Friday
Johnson is considered a game-time decision to play Friday night against the Celtics due to illness, The Record reports.
Johnson got sick on Thursday, which caused him to miss Friday morning's shootaround. The All-Star has surprisingly only averaged 6.5 points on 31 percent shooting in two games against Boston this season, so if he's able to play, Johnson will certainly aim to better those numbers. However, if Johnson misses Friday's game, Alan Anderson would likely be handed a start, with Marcus Thornton being another option likely to benefit.
Thursday, March 6
03/06/14 - 7:11PM ETJoakim Noah
: Diagnosed with Sprained Thumb
Noah was diagnosed with a sprained thumb Thursday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Another update is expected Friday, but this doesn't sound like an injury that will cause Noah to miss much time, if any. Still, the Bulls face the Grizzlies on Friday, and his owners will likely want to check on the center's status before that game. It won't be particularly surprising, if he's listed as a game-time decision.
Crawford (calf) is out for Thursday's game against the Lakers but is close to a return, the Orange County Register reports.
As expected, Crawford will miss at least one more game. He's day-to-day and could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday against the Hawks. In Crawford's absence, Darren Collison figures to once again see a boost in playing time Thursday, after logging 27 minutes Saturday and 40 minutes Tuesday.
Dudley (back) is out for Thursday's game against the Lakers, the Orange County Register reports.
Dudley has only been logging about 15 minutes per game recently, and his minutes should easily be split up between some combination of Matt Barnes, Danny Granger, Hedo Turkoglu, Willie Green and Darren Collison. Given that he's only dealing with back spasms, Dudley may have a chance to return for Saturday's game against the Hawks.
Jones will start Thursday's game against the Suns, The Oklahoman reports.
As expected, Jones will make a third consecutive start in place of Thabo Sefolosha (calf), who is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks. In two games since joining the starting lineup, Jones is averaging eight points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a block in 25.5 minutes.
Wade is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Spurs, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Sure, he needs regular maintenance, but did you really think Wade would miss this one? With two days off before Miami's next game, the star shooting guard should be fine to handle his typical workload, if not more.
James (nose) will take the court Thursday in San Antonio, ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Erroneous reports emerged following Tuesday's game that James broke his previously fractured nose, which were incorrect. There wasn't really a question regarding his availability Thursday, but owners should expect him to be extremely motivated against the team that took the Heat to the brink of elimination in last year's NBA Finals.
03/06/14 - 2:09PM ETStephen Curry
: (Leg) Expected To Play Friday
Curry (leg) is expected to be available for Friday's tilt versus the Hawks, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Curry was removed from Wednesday's blowout in Boston with nearly seven minutes remaining in the third quarter as a precautionary measure, but his sore right leg didn't require further evaluation Thursday. Following what was considered a "well-deserved rest" by coach Mark Jackson, Curry should be good to roll once Friday evening arrives.
Pekovic is on a minutes restriction in his initial outings following a 13-game absence due to bursitis in his right ankle, NBA.com reports.
The Timberwolves would prefer that Pekovic resides in the 20-minute range on a nightly basis in order to avoid straining the ankle too much. However, he's logged 28, 24, and 26 in the past three contests, meaning there has been some leeway with his workload. After Thursday's practice, he reported that, for the most part, his ankle isn't experiencing discomfort, but running and other basketball movements incurs some pain. Nonetheless, he's been effective in the aforementioned performances, averaging 17.7 points (on 65.6 percent shooting) and eight rebounds in 26 minutes.
Howard (back) played in both back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday for the Rockets, intimating that the sore back which kept him out of practice Monday is not something that owners should be too concerned about.
Howard put up 19 points and 13 rebounds in 31 minutes Wednesday, and we're going to continue to roll him out there in our lineups. His owners should feel relatively safe putting Howard into fantasy lineups.
Varejao (back) didn't travel with the Cavaliers and will miss Friday's contest in Charlotte, the News-Herald reports.
The Cavaliers have a back-to-back set on tap Friday and Saturday, with the latter a home game versus the Knicks. Thus, coach Mike Brown's hope for a return could come to pass this weekend, if Varejao's sore back recovers enough with an additional day to recover. In any case, expect Spencer Hawes to man center Friday, with Tyler Zeller chipping in off the bench.
Dudley is a game-time call Thursday at the Lakers due to back spasms, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The ailment appeared in Tuesday's game, limiting Dudley to four points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, and two assists in 11 minutes. Even if he plays, he's a bench consideration for the Clippers, thereby hindering his relevance in fantasy.
Garnett (back) didn't travel with the Nets and will sit out Friday's contest at Boston, the Bergen Record reports.
Garnett will tally a fourth absence in a row due to his bout with back spasms, with Mason Plumlee expected to the get the start at center once again. However, Andray Blatche's experience ensures his status as the most reliable fantasy option in Garnett's place.
03/06/14 - 11:43AM ETAvery Bradley
: (Ankle) MRI Negative, May Play in Two Weeks
Bradley's MRI on his right ankle was returned negative, and he may be able to return in about two weeks, the Boston Herald reports.
The swollen nature of Bradley's ankle precipitated the examination, but what was initially termed another sprain is now considered a bone bruise. Although his return date is in the distant future, he's been given the go-ahead to increase the intensity of his workouts. In the meantime, Jerryd Bayless should get the nod at two-guard, with Chris Johnson and Phil Pressey also picking up minutes in the Celtics' backcourt.
03/06/14 - 11:22AM ETJoakim Noah
: (Thumb) Not Considered Serious
Noah's injured right thumb isn't considered to be a serious one, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Noah's thumb was encased in a splint following Wednesday's game, but he expressed confidence afterward that he wouldn't miss any time. With two triple-doubles on the ledger in his last three games, his averages during that span -- 11 points (on 56 percent shooting), 9.7 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 35.7 minutes -- are a boon to his owners, who should watch his status closely heading into Friday's tilt against the Grizzlies.
Hill won't play Thursday against the Clippers due to a sore right knee, the Lakers' official site reports.
The Lakers were fearful that Hill had sustained cartilage damage, but an MRI was returned negative. Don't be surprised if he misses a few more games as a precautionary measure, with contests on the slate Friday and Sunday, but consider him day-to-day for the time being.
Ilyasova may face a suspension from the league after he punched and shoved Nets forward Reggie Evans in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game, SB Nation reports.
Ilyasova scored nine points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) to go along with five rebounds and two assists Wednesday. It is not clear what instigated the altercation, but based on the league's history with situation like this, a suspension seems inevitable.
Plumlee (knee) won't play Thursday versus the Thunder, the Arizona Republic reports.
Coach Jeff Hornacek isn't taking any chances with Plumlee's right knee sprain, which will sideline the center for a second consecutive contest. In Plumlee's place, Alex Len will get the nod at center, but none of the Suns' frontcourt members are expected to receive significant run.
Varejao's (back) availability Friday in Charlotte and Saturday versus the Knicks remains unknown, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Coach Mike Brown is hoping that Varejao will be able to return to one (or both) of the outings, but his activity level in Friday's morning shootaround could forecast his ability to play. If his return is delayed once again, expect Spencer Hawes to handle the start at center for the Cavaliers.
03/06/14 - 10:23AM ETJeff Ayres
: (Hand) Out Thursday
Ayres won't take the floor Thursday against the Heat due to a sprained second metacarpal phalangeal joint in his right hand.
Ayres is typically handed double-digit minutes on a nightly basis, but in the last three games, he's earned a combined 12 minutes, with one DNP-CD on the ledger. During that span, he's recorded no points (0-1 FG), four rebounds, one block, and one assist, which isn't exactly helpful in most formats, but the current injury concern ensures his status as a fantasy non-entity.
03/06/14 - 10:01AM ETPaul George
: Affected By Stiff Back Wednesday
George's poor performance Wednesday at Charlotte was the result of an increasingly stiff back, the Indianapolis Star reports. He finished the evening with two points (0-9 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one block in 34 minutes.
After taking a hard fall on his tailbone in Sunday's win versus the Jazz, George gutted out the discomfort Tuesday, but his game fell apart as his back stiffened up Wednesday. The development is understandable, considering the back-to-back set that he had to endure with a flight in the mix, but with a day to rest up, he should be in better shape for Friday's showdown in Houston.
03/06/14 - 9:46AM ETEric Bledsoe
: (Knee) May Come Off Bench Upon Return
Bledsoe (knee), who is slated to return in the next week, may come off the bench in his initial outings, the Arizona Republic reports. "You don't know how they'll come back," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We might bring Eric in off the bench a little bit. We hope he's there at the end of game. If you throw him right into the starting lineup, it might screw you up for a few games. It screws up guys' roles. Some of the other guys who had to step it up and take more shots are maybe deferring because a main guy comes back."
There is sure to be a learning curve upon Bledsoe's first games back in the fold, especially because he hasn't played since the calendar flipped to 2014. On Wednesday, he participated in 5-on-5 contact work for the third time in five days, which has predictably left him sore. However, Hornacek has referred to it as "training camp soreness," intimating the typical pangs of pain that take place in October after months of lessened activity. While Bledsoe has been ruled out for Thursday's game versus the Suns, his remaining opportunities to take the court in the next week arrive Sunday in Golden State, Monday at the Clippers, and Wednesday versus the Cavaliers. Whenever he plays, expect him to ease into action, before eventually taking over the starting two-guard spot from Gerald Green.
03/06/14 - 9:39AM ETCarl Landry
: (Knee) Out For Foreseeable Future
Kings' coach Michael Malone said that Landry is "out for the foreseeable future", the Sac Bee reports.
Landry has missed four consecutive games with a sore right knee and has no timetable for a return yet. In his absence, expect Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Derrick Williams to get see most of the minutes in the Kings' frontcourt alongside DeMarcus Cousins.
03/06/14 - 9:29AM ETC.J. Watson
: (Elbow) Is Day-To-Day
Watson (elbow) is considered day-to-day and will likely be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with the Rockets, the Pacers' official site reports.
Watson did not play in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Bobcats because of the elbow sprain. If he is out again Friday, expect George Hill and Donald Sloan to get a majority of the minutes at point guard.
Batum continues to clean up the glass, setting a career high with 18 rebounds in Wednesday's win against the Hawks. He also mustered 14 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and one assist in 29 minutes.
Batum has now upped the ante twice in the last three games, a span in which he's averaging 13.3 points (on 42.4 percent shooting), 16.3 boards, four assists, two threes, and one steal in 34.3 minutes. The development is in response to a call to arms during LaMarcus Aldridge's recent five-game absence due to a left groin strain, when the Blazers trotted out small-ball lineups nightly and required rebounding presences from unexpected sources. Because Aldridge remains on a strict 30-minute limit, Batum should continue to bolster the board totals of his owners.
Aldridge remains confined to a maximum of 30 minutes, and it's unclear when the Blazers will lift the limit, The Columbian reports.
Despite logging 29 minutes in Wednesday's demolition of the Hawks, Aldridge failed to hit multiple field goals for the first time since Dec. 19, 2009. His worst shooting night of the season (1-13 FG, 8-8 FT) left him with 10 points, but he supplemented his line with six boards, two blocks, and one assist. The cap in minutes has predictably hindered his production on the glass, as he's totaled 20 in the three games since his return from a strained left groin, and a reduction in rebounds should be expected until the all-clear is given for a full workload.
Lillard started Wednesday's victory versus the Hawks, despite dealing with a stomach virus Tuesday, and supplied 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, four rebounds, and one swipe in 25 minutes.
Lillard was held out of Tuesday's practice due to gastritis but didn't appear worse for wear one day later. The performance was his least productive since the break, but due to the evisceration laid upon Atlanta, he left the court for good with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter, making the line an acceptable one for owners to swallow. With a competitive contest likely Friday in Dallas, a return to normal should be expected of the dynamic point guard.
03/06/14 - 12:40AM ETKyle Korver
: Three-Point Mark Snapped Wednesday
Korver's NBA record of 127 consecutive games with a successful three-pointer came to an end in Wednesday's defeat at Portland. He finished the night with five points (1-9 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and one block in 28 minutes.
One of the most mind-boggling marks in NBA annals was snapped, but Korver trumped the previous standard of 89 contests in a row, set by Dana Barros from 1994-96, by a large margin. Nevertheless, Korver still has a stranglehold as the league's top long-range bomber at 47.6 percent from beyond the arc, while sitting in a tie for fourth with 148 makes from deep. Alas, owners should continue to send him out there on a nightly basis.
03/06/14 - 12:31AM ETPero Antic
: (Ankle) Returned Wednesday
Antic (ankle) returned to action Wednesday for the first time since Jan. 22, recording 10 points (3-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds in 16 minutes.
Antic was given the same designation (suiting up and available to play) from the Hawks' last game Sunday but actually made an appearance this time around. Entering the game as a regular part of the rotation in place of Elton Brand, Antic was active in his limited run and will likely now build up his workload in the coming days and weeks. Expect Brand to start at center for the time being, but a healthy Antic will likely take over down low, once he proves capable of handling more minutes.
Martin shot poorly in Wednesday's loss to the Knicks, hitting just 3-of-10 from the field (2-5 from three).
It was Martin's first "dud" since returning from a thumb injury, and should probably be considered a minor aberration. He did finish with 12 points, and hit all four of his attempts from the free-throw line.
Thomas led the Kings with 25 points (9-15 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with five assists in 31 minutes in the win over the Bucks on Wednesday.
Thomas has scored at least 20 points in eight of his last nine games. When his 3-pointer isn't falling, he can attack the basket. Thomas broke out of a two-game slump from long range (0-of-8 on 3-pointers in his last two games).
Shumpert (knee) came off the bench again in Wednesday's game, playing 21 minutes and scoring just two points on 1-4 shooting from the field.
The game was Shumpert's second since his return from a knee injury. For the time being, it appears he is behind both J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. on Mike Woodson's depth chart.
03/05/14 - 7:51PM ETJ.R. Smith
: Scores 14 points as starter
Back in Mike Woodson's starting lineup, Smith scored 14 points on 6-11 shooting (2-4 from three) with five assists in a 118-106 win over Minnesota on Wednesday.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson seems to have settled on a new starting lineup that features Smith at shooting guard and Amar'e Stoudemire at power forward. This doesn't impact Smith's fantasy value much, as he has played significant minutes whether or not he starts games.
Curry said after Wednesday's game that he's experiencing "some troubles" with his right leg, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Curry would not elaborate about the situation, but he left Wednesday's game with leg soreness after playing just 22 minutes. With the Warriors blowing the Celtics out of the water in the second half, Curry wouldn't have played much longer anyway, but this leg issue is certainly something to keep an eye on. Until the Warriors indicate otherwise, though, assume Curry will be in the lineup Friday against Atlanta.
Anthony scored a game-high 33 points, leading the Knicks to a 118-106 win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Anthony would have had more, but he shot poorly (3-10) from three-point range. He added five boards, five assists and three steals in the win.
03/05/14 - 6:50PM ETEric Bledsoe
: (Knee) Will Return In The Next Week
Bledsoe (knee) is slated to return to the court within the next week, the Arizona Republicreports.
Bledsoe underwent arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 10 after initially injuring his knee on Dec. 30. He recently began participating in five-on-five drills, and the team said that Bledsoe will be back in the lineup no later than next Wednesday when the Suns take on Cleveland. Bledsoe has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Thunder, but he could be back as soon as Sunday when Phoenix travels to Golden State. Monday's contest against the Clippers is also possibility, barring a setback, of course. Bledsoe has not reported any issues with the surgically repaired knee, though he acknowledged that his recent increase in activity has left his body somewhat sore. Coach Jeff Hornacek will likely reintegrate Bledsoe into the rotation slowly, at first, but he'll eventually regain his starting shooting guard spot, which should push Gerald Green back to the bench.
03/05/14 - 6:40PM ETRoyce White
: Will Sign 10-Day Deal With Kings
White will sign a 10-day deal with the Kings on Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reports. The Kings will assign White to the Reno Bighorns of the D-League.
White, who has publicly battled a severe anxiety disorder that prevents him from flying, was a first-round selection of the Rockets in 2012. He was dealt to the Sixers last summer but was waived prior to the season. There is no question White, who starred at Iowa State, has the talent to contribute at the NBA level, but his off-the-court issues have thus far prevented him from catching on with a team. White could make his debut as early as Friday when the Big Horns take on the Idaho Stampede.
Lillard (illness) will play Wednesday agains the Hawks, CSNNW.com reports.
After sitting out Tuesday's practice due to a bout with gastritis, Lillard appears to have recovered and will take the floor opposite Jeff Teague on Wednesday. In his last game, Monday against the Lakers, Lillard went for 20 points (8-19 FG, 3-8 3Pt), five assists and five rebounds.
Webster (back) will not play Wednesday against the Jazz.
Webster missed Monday's game, as well as Tuesday's practice, with a sore back and did not take part in Wednesday morning's shootaround. He's essentially day-to-day at this point and should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Bucks.
Landry (knee) will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday against the Bucks, Cowbell Kingdom reports.
Landry continues to deal with knee soreness and will sit out the Kings' only trip to his hometown of Milwaukee. At this point it's uncertain when he'll return, but until further notice, consider Landry questionable for Friday's game in Toronto.
Randolph (illness) will not play Wednesday against the Nets, the ESPN New York reports.
Randolph indicated that he's dealing with chills and overall fatigue and will take a seat Wednesday, clearing the way for Ed Davis and Kosta Koufos to see increased minutes. It will be the first missed game for Randolph, who is averaging 17.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, since Dec. 3.
03/05/14 - 3:05PM ETAndrew Bogut
: (Knee) Expected To Play Wednesday
Bogut (knee) is expected to take the court Wednesday at Boston, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Despite tweaking his right knee during Tuesday's win at Indiana, Bogut will likely gut it out, while utilizing a protective pad about the tender area. His production has been modest in the last five contests, during which he averaged five points (on 55 percent shooting), 7.2 boards, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 assists, and 0.8 steals in 23.4 minutes.
03/05/14 - 3:00PM ETAndre Iguodala
: (Finger) Expected To Play Wednesday
Iguodala (finger) is expected to take the floor Wednesday in Boston, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
After dislocating a finger in Tuesday's game, an X-ray revealed no breaks, so Iguodala will endure the pain for now. His production has nonetheless been underwhelming in the last five games, contributing six points (on 25.6 percent shooting), 4.4 rebounds, three assists, and 0.8 steals in 25.4 minutes per outing.
Nelson (illness) won't take the floor Wednesday against the Rockets, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
There has been no mention of details surrounding the illness, but Nelson battled a sinus infection in the final days of February, which may still be afflicting him. With Victor Oladipo (ankle) also sidelined, Ronnie Price and Mo Harkless should carry heavy workloads next to Arron Afflalo (ankle) in the Magic's backcourt.
Oladipo (ankle) won't take the court Wednesday versus the Rockets, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
After Sunday's game, coach Jacque Vaughn expressed concern for Oladipo's recent workload, so perhaps the Magic's training staff dug up an ailment, a sore left ankle in this case, in order to fit in a day of rest. Oladipo's value has nonetheless experienced a bump of late, as he boasts averages of 17.2 points (on 42 percent shooting), 4.8 assists, 4.7 rebounds, two steals, and 1.3 three-pointers in 36.3 minutes during the past six games.
Varejao (back) is unsure if he'll be able to suit up for Friday's contest at Charlotte, the News-Herald reports.
A 12th absence in a row could soon come to pass, as Varejao's sore back continues to ail him. As a result, Spencer Hawes is in line to start at center once again, with Tyler Zeller eating up the remaining minutes down low.
03/05/14 - 12:04PM ETEric Bledsoe
: Avoids Setback in Third 5-on-5 Session
Bledsoe (knee) avoided a setback during Wednesday's 5-on-5 session, but no date has been determined for his return to the court, the Arizona Republic reports.
The session marked the third time in five days that Bledsoe has taken part in 5-on-5 work, which has produced what coach Jeff Hornacek termed "training camp soreness." Due to the increase in activity level and the fact that he's a few weeks past the initial 4-to-6 week timetable for a return, Bledsoe is closing in on his first game action of 2014.
03/05/14 - 11:51AM ETGoran Dragic
: (Side) Probable for Thursday
Dragic didn't practice Wednesday due to a left side strain but is listed as probable for Thursday's outing against the Thunder, the Arizona Republic reports.
In three games since missing one due to a twisted right ankle, Dragic has been balling, averaging 24.3 points (on 52.1 percent shooting), 7.3 assists, four boards, and two three-pointers in 37.7 minutes. Included in that stretch was a 40-point explosion against the Pelicans, which could be repeated Thursday in a game featuring two of the Top 10 teams in terms of pace.
03/05/14 - 11:34AM ETPero Antic
: (Ankle) Available Wednesday
Antic (ankle) will suit up but may not play in Wednesday's game at Portland, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Antic was similarly available for Sunday's loss at Phoenix but failed to be used in an injury-plagued frontcourt. A return appears imminent due to his presence in a recent 3-on-3 contact scrimmage, but consider him questionable heading into Wednesday night. No matter if he takes the floor or not, expect Elton Brand to handle most of the run at center.
03/05/14 - 11:25AM ETPaul Millsap
: (Knee) Out Again Wednesday
Millsap (knee) won't play in Wednesday's game in Portland, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Millsap's knee contusion will result in a fifth consecutive absence, leaving Mike Scott to man the four once again. However, because he has joined the Hawks on their current five-game West Coast swing, a return may occur in the near future.
03/05/14 - 11:00AM ETTerrence Ross
: (Ankle) On Track To Return Friday
Ross (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday and appears on track to play Friday versus the Kings, TSN 1050 reports.
Due to a quirk in the schedule, Ross will likely miss just one game as a result of the ankle sprain that he sustained last Thursday. If for some reason he dons street clothes on the bench, though, expect his replacement in Sunday's win over the Warriors, Landry Fields, and John Salmons to pick up the slack on the Raptors' wing.
03/05/14 - 10:03AM ETDwight Howard
: (Back) Expected To Play Wednesday
Howard dealt with a sore back early this week but traveled with the Rockets to Orlando, where he's expected to play Wednesday, the Magic's official site reports.
Howard was held out of Monday's practice, but it didn't stop him from punishing the Heat on Tuesday to the tune of 22 points (8-13 FG, 6-8 FT) and 16 boards in 36 minutes. The ailment may still be a hindrance, though all signs point to him suiting up Wednesday.
Updating a previous report, James did not re-break his nose in Tuesday's loss to the Rockets, NBC 6 Sports reports.
This is good news for his fantasy owners, as it is unlikely that he will have to miss any more time because of his nose injury. James has played well through the injury and with his protective mask. He has averaged 33.5 points, including his 61-point performance Monday, 5.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists in four games since the injury occurred.
Henderson (calf) will be out at least the rest of this week, the Charlotte Observer reports.
A strained right calf kept Henderson from Monday's game, and he'll be forced to sit out Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as well. Gary Neal will be the primary benefactor, as he figures to see 30-plus minutes nightly while running with the first unit in the interim.
Afflalo (ankle) will play Wednesday against the Rockets.
The 28-year-old has missed the last five games due to an ankle injury, but was officially given the green light to return after Wednesday's morning shootaround. There's a chance Afflalo's minutes are dialed back a bit in his first game back, but most fantasy owners will likely want him active.
Garnett (back) will not play Wednesday against the Grizzlies, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Back issues will sideline Garnett for a third straight contest, and he appears questionable, at best, for Friday's game in Boston. Garnett did report improvement recently, but was unable to practice Tuesday and the team ruled him out after Wednesday's morning shootaround.