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T.J. Warren (foot) is closer to doubtful for Thursday against the Nets.

Coach Earl Watson wouldn't say for sure on if Warren could give it a go. If not, the Suns would likely give more minutes to Jarell Eddie and Derrick Jones Jr. There should be another update shortly.
Mar 23 - 6:16 PM

P.J. Tucker is likely to start for Serge Ibaka against the Heat on Thursday.

Ibaka is serving his one-game suspension for throwing a punch earlier this week. The Raptors can get away with going smaller against the Heat with the Heat not having many options at power forward. Besides Tucker, there should be more minutes going to Norman Powell and Pat Patterson may also play slightly more. Without Serge, Jonas Valanciunas should also play more against Hassan Whiteside, assuming he can go.
Mar 23 - 6:11 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he's planning on Wayne Ellington (personal) being available for Thursday against the Raptors.

He was with his family to witness the birth of his son. With Ellington back, he should be looking at minutes in the upper 20s with several attempts from deep. In his last two, Ellington averaged 10.0 points in 25.0 minutes per game. He's a specialist for owners looking to add more treys.
Mar 23 - 5:56 PM

Jeremy Lin (ankle) will start against the Suns on Thursday.

His ankle sprain from Sunday will only cost him one game. Lin's playing time was on the rise and he even played 30 minutes last Thursday, so the Nets may get him back up to minutes in the upper 20s. With Lin back, Spencer Dinwiddie will move back to the bench and Isaiah Whitehead will lose playing time. Lin is safe to start tonight, but the Nets may take it easy on him for Friday night.
Source: Nets PR
Mar 23 - 5:48 PM

Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday against the Pacers.

He's missed the last four games, but Gallinari at least had a chance to play on Wednesday. If Gallinari does make it back, coach Mike Malone will have a tough time getting everyone minutes. Wilson Chandler played mostly SF on Wednesday, which allowed Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee to hold down the minutes at the four. Gallo's return would also take minutes from Will Barton.
Mar 23 - 4:40 PM

Glenn Robinson III (sore left calf) is questionable for Friday against the Nuggets.

Perhaps this is why he only played six minutes on Wednesday. The Pacers also did tweak their rotation and made Rodney Stuckey a DNP-CD in the loss. If Robinson III can't go, there should be a few extra minutes for Monta Ellis and C.J. Miles.
Mar 23 - 3:57 PM

Brandon Ingram (knee tendinitis) is probable to play against the Wolves on Friday.

He did not finish practice due to right patella tendinitis. Ingram had some tendinitis in his right knee back in October, but the rookie has been fairly healthy besides that. In other news, he's starting to be more involved in the offense lately, averaging 16.4 points per game over his last five. He's worth a look in standard leagues while he's playing well.
Mar 23 - 3:34 PM

Kevin Durant (knee) went through some 5-on-0 drills at practice on Thursday.

He was wearing a knee brace for some of his shooting drills and there is no word of him taking on contact yet. On Wednesday, ESPN reported Durant could be back for part of the regular season, so the news today coincides with that. KD is likely going to travel with the team and could be re-evaulated next week. If you can afford to stash KD, it makes some sense.
Mar 23 - 3:31 PM

Tony Allen (knee) said he will be a game-time decision for Thursday against the Spurs.

He said it'll be up to the training staff and he'll see how he feels after he warms up. Allen said he's been managing this left knee injury and said he wants to be close to 100 percent. He had a lot of ice on his knee after shootaround, as well. If he can't go, Troy Daniels, James Ennis, Vince Carter and Andrew Harrison will get a little added run.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 23 - 2:27 PM

T.J. Warren is listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Nets with a left foot contusion.

Game notes aren't very reliable, but given how cautious the Suns are being with injuries these days, Warren's owners will want to be on the lookout for an update. If he's unable to give it a go, we should see more of Derrick Jones Jr., Jared Dudley and Jarell Eddie. None of those players are pickups, though. Warren is putting up averages of 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 steals since the break.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 23 - 1:30 PM

Alan Williams (illness) is expecting to play on Thursday vs. the Nets.

Williams was on the active list on Tuesday vs. the Heat, but left the team right before tip-off because he was dealing with some food poisoning. If he looks good during pre-game warmups, expect him to be out there tonight. If not, Alex Len will have a heavy workload at center and Marquese Chriss will have to play some five as well. Through 10 games in March, Williams is averaging a double-double with 13.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
Mar 23 - 12:07 PM

Wayne Ellington (personal) is expected to play on Thursday vs. the Raptors.

Ellington became a father on Wednesday and wasn't with the team at the morning shootaround, but he's expected to make it to Thursday's game on time. With Dion Waiters (ankle) out indefinitely, Ellington will continue to be a nice source of 3-pointers in deeper formats, but Josh Richardson is a better pickup.
Mar 23 - 11:59 AM

Dion Waiters (ankle) still has no timetable to return.

The good news is that the swelling is down and coach Erik Spoelstra said he's "feeling better." With Waiters out, Josh Richardson has emerged as the clear pickup in his absence. Richardson is averaging 12.0 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.5 steals and 1.5 triples in his last two games.
Mar 23 - 11:56 AM

Hassan Whiteside (right hand laceration) was able to go through the morning shootaround.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Whiteside still intends to play on Thursday vs. the Raptors, but did add that most of the stuff he did at the shootaround was left handed. With the Heat fighting for a playoff spot, the chances of Whiteside playing should be pretty good. Check back for an update after the pre-game warmups.
Mar 23 - 11:50 AM

Terry Rozier picked up a DNP-CD on Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

Rozier is shooting just 27.3 percent from the field in March, so maybe coach Brad Stevens is trying to send him a message. "That's not easy from their standpoint, and I respect that," Stevens said of not playing Rozier or Jonas Jerebko on Wednesday. "And that's hard. But we're going to need all those guys and we're going to need them to be playing great." Avery Bradley played 39 minutes in the win and Marcus Smart is basically a sixth starter, so Rozier is only looking at a handful of minutes at best in the near future.
Source: Mass Live
Mar 23 - 11:22 AM



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