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Dwyane Wade and coach Erik Spoelstra on Wednesday both downplayed Wade sitting out the fourth quarter Monday and the media circus that followed.

Spoelstra termed the media reaction as "overblown" and Wade said he's mad about losing and not over not playing. Like we said at the time, we're not really that concerned about it given the fact the Heat were down 19 points heading into the fourth Monday. We expect Wade and the Heat to come out very focused tonight against the Warriors.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 03:38:00 PM

Justise Winslow (left knee) will not return against the Blazers on Wednesday.

The team is calling it a knee strain and they're already announcing he will be re-evaluated on Thursday. Winslow didn't have a clear injury in this game, but obviously something is wrong if the team is going to rule him out and maybe it's a lingering issue from a previous game. The Heat are already really shorthanded and may have to go with a seven-man rotation the rest of the way. Maybe Jordan Mickey plays today, but he's not worth adding.
Dec 13 - 8:32 PM

Austin Rivers (face) will not return against the Magic on Wednesday.

The team said he is being tested right now, and it's certainly possible he suffered a concussion. Jonathon Simmons' elbow caught Rivers in the face pretty hard and Rivers was down for a couple minutes before going to the locker room. C.J. Williams got the start in the third quarter, but Lou Williams is likely looking at even more minutes. Milos Teodosic could also get some more chances to produce along with Wes Johnson.
Dec 13 - 8:24 PM

Updating a previous item, Lauri Markkanen (back) will not play against the Jazz and Nikola Mirotic will start in his place.

Oh boy. We get late news from the team here after the he was listed in the starting lineup. Markkanen must not be feeling well after his warmup today, but he should just be day-to-day. Besides Mirotic playing more, this should open up some minutes for Bobby Portis and Paul Zipser.
Dec 13 - 7:50 PM

Greg Monroe is starting for Tyson Chandler on Wednesday against the Raptors.

This is pretty much the pattern these days, so Monroe should get minutes in the 20s with Alex Len behind him.
Dec 13 - 7:25 PM

Lauri Markkanen (back) will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

Markkanen is good to go and without a minutes limit, so go ahead and get him active. With him back in action, Nikola Mirotic figures to head back to the second unit where he'll split the reserve minutes with Bobby Portis.
Dec 13 - 7:24 PM

Zach Collins will start against the Heat on Wednesday.

Meyers Leonard (illness) is not expected to play and Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) is out, so Collins gets his first NBA start. He was playing minutes at both big spots on Saturday and Monday, so expect him to be more of a straight five in this game. He should be looking at minutes in the 23-30 range and is on the board as a DFS punt.
Dec 13 - 7:06 PM

Kenneth Faried will start against the Celtics on Wednesday.

The Nuggets are going to go with Mason Plumlee in the first unit and will bring Nikola Jokic off the bench. Faried was a DNP-CD in the last game on Tuesday, so it'll be really hard to count on him because he'll certainly have a short leash today. He's a drop candidate now that Jokic is back.
Dec 13 - 6:56 PM

Tyler Johnson (migraine) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

Dec 13 - 6:55 PM

Ian Mahinmi (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

Mahinmi should be considered day-to-day with his MRI coming back negative, so perhaps he'll be able to get back out there for Friday's game against the Clippers. With him out, Jason Smith and Mike Scott should see some extra minutes, and Scott could be someone to think about as a low-end streamer or DFS punt play with him starting at power forward tonight.
Dec 13 - 6:54 PM

Markieff Morris (hip) is out and Mike Scott will start against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

It's another Morris late scratch and he apparently tightened up after warmups. Both Morris brothers have struggled to stay on the court, but Markieff doesn't sound like he'll be out for long. Scott has played well recently and he could get some extended minutes while Kelly Oubre could also be asked to step up.
Dec 13 - 6:50 PM

Nikola Jokic (ankle) will come off the bench against the Celtics on Wednesday, but Will Barton (back) has been ruled out.

Jokic was a game-time call for this game and apparently everything went well in warmups to get him back out there. After missing the last six games, Jokic may have a limitation on him, but his minutes will be coming from Mason Plumlee, Trey Lyles and Kenneth Faried. Go ahead and lock Jokic into your lineup and prepare to cut the other Nuggets bigs.
Dec 13 - 6:27 PM




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