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Coach Scott Brooks said that Tomas Satoransky's status for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks is uncertain, as Satoransky needs to pass a second round of concussion testing.

Satoransky took a nasty fall late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over the Bulls. He did not practice on Monday, but it was reported that he passed cognitive tests and had no symptoms of a concussion. We should have an update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Satoransky scored a career-high 25 points and added three rebounds, six assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Saturday before leaving the game.
Feb 13 - 1:22 PM

De'Anthony Melton started at point guard again on Tuesday and hit 7-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and five turnovers in 33 minutes.

Devin Booker was out with his hamstring injury and Elie Okobo is in the G-League, clearing the way for Melton to run the show in Phoenix. Melton's averaging 14 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five, and we've been touting him as a pickup for about a week. It's officially time to move on him.
Dec 11 - 10:51 PM

Chris Paul had 11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and a block for his first triple-double of the season on Tuesday, but hit just 2-of-12 shots in the win.

The Rockets shook it up tonight, starting Eric Gordon over James Ennis, scored a season-high number of points in the paint, and saw their bench, which is the lowest scoring one in the league at 28.2 points per game, come through with 37 points in the tough win.
Dec 11 - 10:29 PM

James Ennis suffered a right hamstring injury on Tuesday night, and as we feared, will not return to the game.

He missed time earlier this season with the same injury, and while it only kept him out for three games, hamstring injuries are tricky in the NBA - especially when recurring. Eric Gordon, Gerald Green and Danuel House are all playing well tonight, and should continue to do so as long as Ennis is sidelined.
Dec 11 - 9:56 PM

Fred VanVleet is starting alongside Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka on Tuesday, with Kawhi Leonard sidelined with his hip injury.

VanVleet should get plenty of run tonight, while players like C.J. Miles, OG Aunonoby, Danny Green and Kyle Lowry should all see a boost in usage, as well. Leonard is also iffy for Wednesday against the Warriors with the injury.
Dec 11 - 9:52 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hip) will not play for the Raptors on Tuesday night.

This is the first game of a back-to-back set for the Raptors and Leonard went from likely to play, to questionable to play, to 'out' throughout the day. This was the first back-to-back set that Kawhi was supposed to play both nights of, but the hip injury isn't going to allow it to happen. It will also leave him iffy for Wednesday night against the Warriors, and owners have to be hoping that the Raptors are just being careful and saving him for Steph Curry and company tomorrow. Guys like C.J. Miles, OG Anunoby and Danny Green could all step up in his place tonight, while Kyle Lowry has a good shot at bouncing out of his slump.
Dec 11 - 9:07 PM

Lou Williams won't play on Tuesday due to a hamstring injury suffered on Monday night.

This is good news for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Avery Bradley should see some extra run, and Tyrone Wallace could get some meaningful minutes against the Raptors tonight.
Dec 11 - 8:59 PM

Trevor Ariza is on the active list for Tuesday vs. the Spurs, but may not play.

Suns beat reporter Gina Mizell noted that Ariza is at the arena, but he didn't take the floor for warmups. The Suns are starting Josh Jackson in his place, and you have to wonder if there's a trade brewing -- he's been linked to at least eight teams and the Lakers are currently the favorites.
Dec 11 - 8:29 PM

Josh Jackson will replace Trevor Ariza in the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

Ariza's days in Phoenix are numbered, and Jackson is coming off one of his best games of the season with 18 points, a career-high eight assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block and two triples in 31 minutes. This also gives the Suns another playmaker to take the pressure off De'Anthony Melton, as Elie Okobo was assigned to the G-League. Jackson is capable of putting up terrific counting stats, but his shooting percentages and turnovers that you have to worry about.
Dec 11 - 8:21 PM

David Bertans (personal) will not play on Tuesday against the Suns, as expected.

Bertans wasn't even present at shootaround, so it's not surprising to see him out tonight. His minutes will likely be divvied up between Dante Cunningham and Rudy Gay, with Gay being the preferable fantasy target.
Dec 11 - 7:00 PM

Dante Cunningham (abdominal soreness) will be available to play Tuesday against the Suns.

Cunningham sat out Sunday's game, but it looks like he'll be back in action tonight, which will could result in Chimezie Metu and Quincy Pondexter dropping out of the rotation entirely.
Dec 11 - 6:58 PM

Hassan Whiteside (personal) is being listed as "out" for Wednesday's game in Utah.

There's been no word of Whiteside returning to the team, despite his son being born on Sunday, so this four-game absence for the birth of his child is somewhat strange. The last time we saw him, he went to the locker room early during a loss, which head coach Erik Spoelstra deemed "unacceptable behavior," so the timing is odd here. Bam Adebayo will continue to start while he's out, and is worth owning in most leagues at the moment.
Dec 11 - 6:47 PM




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