Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Kristaps Porzingis will be out several days with an ankle injury, but that there is only swelling and no ligament damage in the ankle.
Coach Gregg Popovich confirmed that Pau Gasol (hand) will play Friday night vs. the Clippers
Tim Hardaway Jr. will remain in the Hawks starting lineup for at least the next few games.
Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return to the Hawks lineup on Friday, but Hardaway will remain in the starting lineup. THJ has played very well in Thabo's absence. In the Hawks last seven games prior to the All-Star break, Hardaway averaged 20.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 treys in 33.4 minutes, while shooting 50.5 percent and 39.1 percent from 3-point territory. However, even though he is still starting, THJ's minutes will likely be reduced now that Sefolosha has returned.
Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return Friday night vs. Miami.
Sefolosha has missed nine straight games due to the injury to his left groin. He will come off the bench on Friday, as coach Mike Budenholzer said Tim Hardaway Jr. will remain in the starting lineup for at least the "next few games." Hardway has played extremely well with Thabo sidelined, which means Sefolosha's minutes will likely be limited in the immediate future.
Caris LeVert will start Friday night in Denver against the Nuggets.
With Bojan Bogdanovic being traded to the Wizards there is plenty of playing time and points up for grabs in Brooklyn, as Bogdanovic was second on the team in scoring and minutes. LeVert drawing the start in the team's first game since the Bogdanovic trade is very encouraging. In his only start this season, a game in which Bogdanovic was sidelined, LeVert played 30 minutes. LeVert has been inconsistent, but the talent is there and now the opportunity is as well. His arrow is pointing up.
Malcolm Delaney will start in place of the suspended Dennis Schroder on Friday night vs. Miami.
RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant:
Delaney will draw the start at PG on Friday, and he immediately becomes one of the most appealing value plays on the slate. He's priced at or near the minimum on every DFS outlet, and given that he should see upwards of 30 minutes with a healthy usage rate - he's at 21.4% without Schroder on the floor - he's a fine play in any format. As of this writing, he sits as the top dollar per point play in the RotoGrinders projections. Millsap, Bazemore and Hardaway Jr. also see upticks with Schroder off the floor, as all three pick up between 3-4% in the way of usage.
Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will start Friday night vs. the Nuggets.
This will be Lin's first game action since Dec. 26. He has played in only 12 games this season for the Nets but is averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 treys and 1.3 steals in those contests. Spencer Dinwiddie, who had a few nice games prior to the All-Star break, will get bumped back to the bench.
Corey Brewer is with his new team but is a "long shot" to make his Lakers debut Friday vs. OKC.
Brewer has struggled mightily this season, averaging career-lows in points (4.2), rebounds (2.0), steals (0.7) and minutes (15.9). With the Lakers in rebuilding mode, the 30-year old Brewer is expected to see only limited minutes off the L.A. bench. He can be left on the waiver wire.