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Paul Millsap (knee) and Kent Bazemore (knee) will not play against the Nets on Sunday.

Millsap will now miss at least one week for his knee tightness. The Hawks are a disaster without Millsap and have lost all six games without him this season. His fantasy owners will have a decision on their hands for the upcoming week, but he is day-to-day. With him out, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to be a main option while Taurean Prince and Thabo Sefolosha get some added run.
Mar 25 - 5:03 PM

LeBron James (eye) could be a game-time call for Saturday against the Wizards and is listed as questionable.

He suffered a scratched cornea on Friday in the third quarter and was able to return to the game. This is a home game on a back-to-back set, so there is a chance he doesn't play in this important game for Eastern Conference seeding. If you're into factoring in the Las Vegas spreads, it does seem to be more towards the Wizards than you might expect, so perhaps the folks in Vegas think LeBron could miss this one. We should have an update at around 6:00 EDT.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Even with Kevin Love on the floor (249.1-minute sample), Irving’s rate increases 9.8% to 42.4% when LeBron is off and he delivers 1.39 FanDuel points per minute. Love gets a smaller bump, but he enjoys a 6.1% increase in FD ppm. Irving would be a top option in all formats. Love is riskier, but should get solid minutes and the Wizards are 24th in DvP against PFs; he’d be a great tournament option.
Mar 25 - 3:40 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw will start against the Clippers on Saturday.

The Jazz had the same plan against the Clippers in their last game with Diaw as the starter. In that one back on Mar. 13, Diaw scored five points with three boards in just 21 minutes, so there's not much to like here from a fantasy perspective. Joe Johnson scored 14 points in 28 minutes in that game, as well.
Mar 25 - 3:06 PM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) is out of his walking boot and said he's in the second stage of his rehab.

He is doing some weight-bearing exercise and is doing some squats on his surgically-repaired Achilles. Gay continues to say he's ahead of schedule and is expecting to be ready to start the season. All this said, he's probably supposed to say this as he prepares for an important decision regarding his player option. Once he's ready to play, he will have several limitations on his playing time, so he's only shaping up to be a late-round pick next year.
Mar 25 - 2:58 PM

Danny Green (rest) will not play against the Knicks on Saturday.

It'll be his first game off since November and it comes on a non-back-to-back set. Green has played 28.5 minutes per game in March, which is by far the most he's played in a full month this season. With Green out tonight, Jonathon Simmons figures to get some extra run and could get some added value in garbage time tonight.
Mar 25 - 2:44 PM

Cristiano Felicio (tailbone) will not play on Sunday against the Bucks.

The Bulls may have missed Felicio on Friday after they gave up 70 points in the paint to the 76ers. With Felicio out, it'll be Joffrey Lauvergne backing up Robin Lopez, who was terrible on Friday with just one point. Felicio may have value in deep leagues upon his return.
Mar 25 - 2:33 PM

Hassan Whiteside (sprained ankle) did not practice with the team on Saturday but is expected to play Sunday vs. the Celtics.

Whiteside, who is playing with 13 stitches in his right hand, rolled his ankle late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss to the Raptors. However, he did downplay the injury after the game and, fortunately, it appears he will not be forced to miss any time. We are still awaiting an official announcement from the team or coach Erik Spoelstra regarding Whiteside's availability for Sunday.
Mar 25 - 1:59 PM

Avery Bradley (gastroenteritis) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Sunday's matchup against Miami.

Bradley had to stay overnight in the hospital on Friday to make sure he remained hydrated, so it was expected he would be labeled as questionable in the game notes for Sunday's contest. Still, this doesn't give us much insight into the actual chances of him suiting up vs. the Heat. We may have to wait until the Celtics shootaround on Sunday morning to get a reliable update on Bradley's status.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 25 - 1:47 PM

Ryan Anderson (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.

This news is not surprisingly. Anderson appeared to badly sprained his ankle Friday night when he landed on the foot of DeMarcus Cousins. At this point, it is unknown if Anderson will miss additional game(s) after Sunday, but the Rockets won't place too much importance on a few relatively meaningless regular season contests with the playoffs less than three weeks away. Eric Gordon may be inserted into the starting lineup on Sunday, with Trevor Ariza sliding to power forward. Sam Dekker will also see an uptick in minutes.
Mar 25 - 1:43 PM

Jaylen Brown admitted he is fighting to break through the "rookie wall."

Prior to starting in place of Avery Bradley (illness) on Friday, Brown was averaging just 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in his previous five games. "Everybody hits a rookie wall," Brown said. "I think I've definitely hit it. If it's not physically, it's mentally. It's a part of the game. Everybody has to get adjusted. Nobody is superhuman." Brown bounced back with a solid game on Friday (nine points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes) but is still too risky of a fantasy option to trust going forward.
Mar 25 - 1:19 PM

The Mavs assigned Manny Harris and Jarrod Uthoff to their D-League affiliate on Saturday.

No fantasy impact here, as neither Harris nor Uthoff is part of Dallas' rotation.
Mar 25 - 1:00 PM

Lance Thomas (sore right hip) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Spurs.

This will be the second straight game Thomas has missed. With the Knicks prioritizing lottery balls over wins, they have no reason to rush back one of their vets. Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn will see an uptick in minutes with Thomas sidelined.
Mar 25 - 12:12 PM

John Henson (left thumb sprain) is expected to be sidelined for approximately a week.

Henson already missed two straight games after injuring his thumb in Portland on Tuesday night. He should be left on waivers in all leagues. Greg Monroe and Spencer Hawes will see some additional minutes with Henson sidelined.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 12:11 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said on Saturday that he believes that Joakim Noah (knee) will be medically cleared to return this season.

Getting Noah cleared is now a priority for the Knicks, as Noah's drug-related suspension can begin only once he is deemed physically able to play. If Noah is not cleared prior to the end of this season, he will have to serve the full 20-game suspension in 2017-18.
Mar 25 - 12:03 PM

Derrick Rose said he will test his sore right foot at shootaround to see if he will be able to play Saturday night vs. the Spurs.

Rose, who injured his foot Wednesday night and did not play Thursday vs. the Blazers, is listed as questionable in the game notes. This may come down to a game-time decision. Ron Baker and Chasson Randle would split minutes at point guard if Rose is unable to play.
Mar 25 - 11:53 AM



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