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Dwight Howard (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday and is not expected to play on Thursday, according to coach Kevin McHale.

Howard is listed as day-to-day and he's shaping up to being a game-time decision at best for Thursday's game vs. the Wolves. He said he's hoping to return Saturday. The All-Star center has been diagnosed with a left ankle strain, which is a little different that a sprain. To clarify, strains tend to be more involved with muscular issues while sprains are more associated with ligaments/joints. We'll pass along any information on his status heading into Thursday, but Omer Asik projects to get his second consecutive start at center.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 02:27:00 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein (back) got in a full practice on Monday and will be a game-time call for Tuesday's matchup with the Suns.

Head coach Dave Joerger said that WCS "looked good" and even hit the floor a few times during Monday's practice without issue, so it sounds like he'll play on Tuesday night, but we likely won't get official confirmation until just prior to tip-off. With Cauley-Stein back in action, there will be less minutes available for Skal Labissiere and JaKarr Sampson.
Dec 11 - 5:51 PM

Cody Zeller is set to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday and will miss the next six weeks of action.

Frank Kaminsky (ankle) will be returning from a two-game absence on Monday, and he figures to be one of the primary beneficiaries while Zeller is on the sidelines, and there will also be more opportunity for Marvin Williams. Zeller was essentially nothing more than a low-end, shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues prior to going down, so there's no incentive to hang onto him through this injury in any format.
Dec 11 - 5:38 PM

Kawhi Leonard (quad) practiced on Monday and is hopeful to play on Tuesday in Dallas.

The Spurs haven't officially cleared him for Tuesday's game, and he's likely going to be a game-time call, but Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that Tuesday was the target date. Leonard getting through a full practice on Monday is certainly encouraging, and owners can expect to get another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned.
Dec 11 - 5:27 PM

John Collins (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Cavs.

Collins is hopeful to get back to the court for either Tuesday's game in Cleveland or Thursday's home game against the Pistons, and it looks like he's a lock to get back on the court sometime this week. Once he's back, Ersan Ilyasova or Miles Plumlee will shift back to the bench and there won't be as many minutes available for Luke Babbitt and Tyler Cavanaugh. Owners can expect to get another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Dec 11 - 4:25 PM

Jahlil Okafor said he plans to make his Brooklyn debut on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

Okafor practiced with the Nets for the first time on Monday, and while he hasn't discussed what role he'll have with the club with head coach Kenny Atkinson, it would be shocking if he didn't quickly find himself in the starting five in Brooklyn. He also said that he'll be playing with a chip on his shoulder and that he's very excited to share the court with D'Angelo Russell (knee), as the two grew up playing together. He's in a great spot for minutes, so he's worth a speculative add everywhere.
Dec 11 - 3:54 PM

Damian Lillard said that his right ankle is still "a little sore," but he plans to play Monday vs. Golden State.

Lillard tweaked his ankle during the second half of Sunday's loss to the Rockets but didn't miss any game-time action, and in typical Lillard-fashion he'll just fight through the pain. Feel free to get him active, as he has a history of going off when playing in his hometown of Oakland.
Dec 11 - 3:46 PM

Milos Teodosic (foot) got up shots during Monday's shootaround.

He's officially being listed as questionable for Monday's game, and will likely be a game-time call, but there's a very realistic chance he could be returning to the court tonight's matchup with the Raptors. He hasn't played since October, so we wouldn't expect him to be logging heavy minutes out the gate. That said, he'll be in an excellent position to produce once he's fully up to speed, so he shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires anywhere.
Dec 11 - 3:21 PM

Rick Carlisle said that Seth Curry (leg) will remain on the sidelines until at least December 18.

This rules Curry out for this week as the Mavs continue to push back his timetable, and there's just no incentive for them to get him back on the court until he's clearly 100 percent. He'll likely be brought along slowly, so he's not the most appealing stash in most 12-team leagues.
Dec 11 - 3:13 PM

John Wall (knee) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, but head coach Scott Brook wouldn't commit to having him available for Tuesday's game in Brooklyn.

This is the second report we have of Wall going through a full-contact practice without issue, and while he's being listed as "out" in the game notes for Tuesday's matchup in Brooklyn, Brooks playing coy with his availability indicates that he could be cleared. We should get another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but the Wizards might not want to bring Wall back for a road game on a back-to-back set. If he's out again, Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky will split the PG minutes.
Dec 11 - 3:05 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.

This will be Smith Jr.'s third straight game on the sidelines, and he's currently without an official timetable to return. The Mavs have no incentive to rush him back to the court, with his long-term health being their primary concern, so for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Thursday's game in Golden State, making him a risky guy to deploy in weekly leagues. J.J. Barea, Yogi Ferrell and Devin Harris will all be splitting DSJ's minutes.
Dec 11 - 2:41 PM

Al Horford (right knee contusion) is questionable to play Monday vs. Chicago.

Horford banged knees with Anthony Tolliver on Sunday, and while he barely missed any game-time action, this is the sort of thing that can swell up overnight. The Celtics are comfortably sitting in the No. 1 spot out East, so they may opt to take a cautious approach with Horford on the second night of a back-to-back set, particularly with a matchup against the 5-20 Bulls. If Horford sits, we might see Daniel Theis slide into the starting five, while Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum would be tasked with the heavy lifting on offense with Kyrie Irving (quad) also out.
Dec 11 - 2:38 PM




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