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Date: Team: Pos:

Arron Afflalo (back spasms) will not play Friday night vs. Portland.

Dec 15 - 11:20 AM

Coach Doc Rivers said that Austin Rivers (concussion) has passed concussion protocol but will not play Friday vs. the Wizards.

Dec 15 - 11:19 AM

Aaron Gordon (concussion) has been cleared from the NBA’s concussion protocol and will start Friday's game vs. Portland.

Dec 15 - 11:16 AM

Milos Teodosic (rest) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards, but will play Saturday night vs. the Heat.

Coach Doc Rivers told reporters that he doesn't want Teodosic, who returned from a foot injury last week, playing in back-to-back games yet. The Clippers backcourt will be shorthanded on Friday, as Austin Rivers (concussion) has also been ruled out of the game vs. Washington. Lou Williams and Sindarius Thornwell will see all the playing time they can handle. Jawun Evans will also log extended minutes.
Dec 15 - 11:14 AM

Khem Birch has been assigned to the G-League.

No fantasy impact to note here, as Birch has played a total of only 11 minutes for the Magic all season.
Dec 15 - 11:11 AM

The MRI on the Justise Winslow's left knee came back clean and he hopes to return within a week, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo.

Winslow has already been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Hornets. He will also very likely miss Saturday's game vs. the Clippers and Monday's game vs. Atlanta. However, it seems possible he could return for Wednesday's contest in Boston. James Johnson, Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington will soak up additional minutes while Winslow is sidelined.
Dec 15 - 11:06 AM

Marcus Thornton has joined the Grand Rapids Drive, the Pistons G-League affiliate.

Thornton appeared in 33 games for the Wizards last season. He worked out for the Wolves back in August but was unable to secure a roster spot. He could be a candidate for a 10-day contract with a team in need of guard depth later this season.
Dec 15 - 10:18 AM

The Greensboro Swarm, the G League affiliate of the Hornets, announced on Thursday that the team acquired Archie Goodwin as a returning rights player.

Goodwin was waived by the Blazers in training camp back in October. The former 2013 first-round pick appeared in 34 games last season with Greensboro and averaged 17.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 15 - 10:14 AM

The Sixers assigned Furkan Korkmaz to the G-League on Thursday.

Korkmaz has been up and down all season. This was his 10th G-League assignment of the year.
Dec 15 - 10:09 AM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said he is not motivated to trade one of the team's three centers.

It was assumed that Phoenix would aggressively pursue a deal to move one of their centers before the deadline. However, McDonough said he's is concerned the team would be shorthanded if they made a move and one of their remaining bigs got hurt. "I get that it’s a challenge for Coach [Jay] Triano and his staff," McDonough said, "but at the same time that’s what good teams do. They have depth and balance and manage the minutes and manage the situation even if it’s not perfect for anybody involved."
Dec 15 - 9:45 AM

Nikola Jokic (ankle) is not on the injury report for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Jokic was cleared by the team medical staff for Wednesday's game vs. Boston, but coach Mike Malone decided not to play him. Malone explained after the game that he didn't think Jokic was ready. "[The training staff] might say he was ready but for myself and talking with him, it's not just is the ankle ready, it's is his head ready?" said Malone. Jokic should be expected to return to game action on Friday, but we'll have to wait to hear what Malone says when he speaks to reporters.
Dec 15 - 9:34 AM

Andre Roberson (ankle) is listed as out in the game notes for Friday's matchup with the Sixers.

Roberson has missed each of the Thunder's last two games due to the ankle injury. Alex Abrines started in place of Roberson on Wednesday and finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Abrines will be expected to draw another start on Friday if Roberson is unable to play.
Dec 15 - 9:13 AM

Omri Casspi started again for the Warriors with Stephen Curry (ankle), Draymond Green (shoulder) and Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) out and went off, hitting 7-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for a season-high 17 points and 11 boards, along with two assists and two blocks in 30 minutes.

Casspi had 11 points, nine boards and a 3-pointer on Monday, but the Warriors hope to get Green back on Monday, which is when they have their next game. Casspi is worth a punt play in DFS on nights when he's starting, but has been far too inconsistent to trust on a regular basis.
Dec 15 - 2:08 AM

Kevin Durant hit 15-of-23 shots and four 3-pointers for 36 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 34 minutes of Thursday's easy 112-97 win over the Mavericks.

Even with Stephen Curry (ankle) and Draymond Green (shoulder) in street clothes, the Warriors had no problems dispensing of the Mavericks in quiet fashion. And as long as Curry, and/or Green are hurt, Durant should continue to put the Dubs on his back and make a lot of noise.
Dec 15 - 2:04 AM

Jordan Bell started in place of Draymond Green (shoulder) on Thursday and hit 4-of-5 shots for eight points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 24 minutes.

Bell was a popular play in DFS tonight with Green being out and he came through with an efficient and productive line. He'll continue to be worth a look in all formats anytime Green is out, but "Mini Draymond" will only have value if the real Draymond is in street clothes. The Warriors are off until Monday, so chances are Green's shoulder will be feeling better by then. Bell is probably worth a deep-league stash, but still isn't worth owning in most fantasy leagues. That would change in a hurry if one of the Warriors' star players were to suffer an injury that would keep them out for any length of time.
Dec 15 - 2:01 AM



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