Notable Numbers

Notable Numbers
In this edition of "Notable Numbers," Tommy Beer provides one interesting stat for each NBA team from the first half of the 2017-18 season.
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Alex Abrines (left hip contusion) participated in non-contact work on Tuesday and went through full practice on Wednesday with no restrictions.

That should put him on track to play against the Kings on Thursday. Abrines suffered the injury on Feb. 14 before the All-Star break, but it sounds like it's a minor ailment. He'll be looking at minutes in the low 20s and only has value in very deep leagues.
Feb 21 - 4:56 PM

Trevor Ariza (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday, and he will play on Friday against the Wolves.

He's been working out full speed for at least a week, so he should be ready to roll for Friday night and may not even have restrictions. Ariza suffered his injury on Jan. 28, so he's had three weeks to recover. His return means Luc Mbah a Moute, P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green will lose minutes. Ariza should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 21 - 4:52 PM

Reggie Bullock (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

Hopefully, Bullock will be well enough to play in Friday's game against the Celtics. If Bullock can't suit up, that would mean more minutes for Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson and maybe Langston Galloway.
Feb 21 - 4:20 PM

Rodney McGruder (leg) practiced on Wednesday.

Coach Erik Spoelstra wouldn't commit to McGruder playing on Friday against the Pelicans. McGruder had surgery on his leg for a stress reaction back in October and he's yet to make his season debut. He had a chance to be the opening-night starter, so McGruder could find himself back in the rotation. He likely won't have fantasy value, though.
Feb 21 - 4:16 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Friday against the Pelicans.

So that means the All-Star break likely wasn't enough for Olynyk's shoulder to get right after the injury on Feb. 5. Olynyk played a whopping 40 minutes in the game prior to injury and he was taking minutes away from Hassan Whiteside. Olynyk being out should open up a few extra minutes for Whiteside, James Johnson and Bam Adebayo.
Feb 21 - 4:14 PM

Reggie Jackson (ankle) has been cleared to do light running in his rehab.

He is still likely a couple weeks away from his return, which makes sense based on how he's only cleared for light running. Jackson was expected to miss 6-8 back on Dec. 27, so it sounds like he'll be closer to eight weeks. While he's out, Ish Smith will get most of the minutes with Jameer Nelson likely to help out in the second unit.
Feb 21 - 4:04 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay is expected to start for the Knicks on Thursday.

Coach Jeff Hornacek wouldn't reveal all of his starters, but he indicated Mudiay would be one of them and Mudiay himself talked about taking over. "I’m not going to take it for granted," Mudiay said. "I came in as a lottery pick so I was kind of handed the spot and stuff like that. So the fact that I’m in that position again, it’s a blessing." The Knicks have played Mudiay next to Frank Ntilikina a bunch this month, and that should still continue. Mudiay isn't the most efficient player, but he should have opportunity to post numbers. If you're OK with bad percentages, Mudiay is worth a look in standard leagues.
Source: Newsday
Feb 21 - 3:54 PM

Mavs owner Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 for public statements detrimental to the NBA, the league announced.

"Cuban's comments, which concerned his perspective on the team's competitive success this season, were made during a podcast that posted on Feb. 18," according to the league's statement on Wednesday.
Feb 21 - 3:44 PM
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