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Josh Hart will draw the start against the Cavaliers on Thursday.

Dec 14 - 7:57 PM

Tristan Thompson (calf) experienced soreness in warmups and will not play vs. the Lakers on Thursday.

He only played six minutes in his first game back and was only expected to play a handful of minutes in the first half vs. the Lakers, so he shouldn't have been in fantasy lineups anyways.
Dec 14 - 7:46 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will not play on Thursday vs. the Kings.

He will be on the active list again, but this confirms that he's likely not 100 percent. Gorgui Dieng will continue to see a slight uptick in minutes off the bench.
Source: Wolves PR
Dec 14 - 7:21 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (personal) will not play on Thursday vs. Cleveland.

KCP is playing nearly 35 minutes per game this season, so the Lakers will likely use a committee approach to absorb his workload. The Lakers haven't announced a replacement starter yet, but Jordan Clarkson, Corey Brewer and Josh Hart are candidates to see increased roles. Clarkson offers the most streaming upside with 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 triples over his last five games in just 22.0 minutes.
Dec 14 - 7:07 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. (left leg stress injury) said on Thursday that he doesn't have a return date and will be re-evaluated next week.

THJ said the leg is feeling better but he hasn't been cleared to run, so we'll consider him out indefinitely until next week's update. For what it's worth, even he doesn't seem to know whether he has a stress reaction or stress fracture -- "[Hardaway Jr.] said all he’s heard is that it’s a stress injury." Lance Thomas continues to start in THJ's absence, with minutes also opening up for Michael Beasley, Doug McDermott.
Dec 14 - 6:48 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said on Thursday that it's "looking like" he'll return for another season in 2018-19.

"I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back -- but it’s looking like it," Nowitzki said. "I feel fine so far. I’ve played every game. I’d love to play all 82. That would be amazing at [age] 39. We’ll see how the body feels." His $5 million salary in 2018-19 is technically a team option, but Dallas would obviously pick it up if Dirk wants to keep playing. He's hovering around top-100 value this season, but jumps a few rounds when you factor in his zero DNPs.
Dec 14 - 6:42 PM

Tristan Thompson (calf) will play on Thursday, but he will again be limited to the first half.

The Cavs are taking it easy with Thompson after an extended absence, but they're re-evaluated his restrictions over the weekend. He's best avoided until the minutes increase and he's established some reliable fantasy production.
Dec 14 - 6:32 PM

Dwyane Wade (left knee soreness) will play vs. the Lakers on Thursday.

Wade sat out vs. the Hawks on Tuesday but it looks like that was a precaution, as he'll be back out there for the Cavs' home game tonight. J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver takes a slight hit with Wade back in action.
Dec 14 - 6:25 PM

Mirza Teletovic will be sidelined indefinitely due to pulmonary emboli in both lungs.

Teletovic experienced "unusual fatigue" this week and the condition was discovered when he met with team doctors. He will rest for 10 days, after which he will begin a "supervised rehabilitation program." The veteran is also still recovering from left knee surgery performed on Nov. 21.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 14 - 6:12 PM

Lonzo Ball (left quad contusion) is listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Cavs.

Ball played 40 minutes on Tuesday and he wasn't limited on Wednesday, so there's no real concern here. Use him as normal.
Dec 14 - 6:09 PM

Allen Crabbe (left knee soreness) is available to play vs. the Knicks on Thursday.

Crabbe logged 31 minutes vs. the Wizards on Tuesday and he shouldn't have any restrictions, so owners can expect a similar workload tonight. Playing time aside, he just needs to start making shots -- in the past four games, Crabbe is a combined 16-of-48 from the field (33.3 percent).
Dec 14 - 6:05 PM

John Collins (shoulder) will return to action vs. the Pistons on Thursday.

Collins will come off the bench and he'll be on a minute-limit in his first game back from a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. The Hawks will need his rebounding tonight vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons, so hopefully he can get into the 20-24 minute range. His return should erode the playing time of guys like Tyler Cavanaugh and Miles Plumlee, although Plumlee is slated to get the start.

Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Rockets.

This is a marquee matchup with the No. 1 seed in the West, so it's hard to imagine Kawhi sitting out. The Spurs do play again on Saturday, though, so it's possible he'll pick up a DNP for that one -- regardless, owners should confirm Kawhi's status after San Antonio's shootaround.
Dec 14 - 5:59 PM

Danny Green (left groin tightness) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Rockets.

Green missed one game with the ailment before returning on Tuesday with three points, three rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes. He's a marginal option even when healthy, especially now that Kawhi Leonard has returned, so there's not much incentive to gamble on him at less than 100 percent.
Dec 14 - 5:56 PM

Tyreke Evans (right hip) is questionable to play vs. the Hawks on Friday.

According to Grizzlies writer Michael Wallace, Evans has "battled soreness in the hip for more than a week after initially taking a fall in last Wednesday's loss in New York." He was ruled out during warmups on Wednesday and could be headed for a game-time decision, but owners should check for updates after Friday's shootaround.



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