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Goran Dragic (back) is still being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Suns.

Dragic really wants to play, but he's clearly hurting. He did not participate in shootaround, an indication that The Dragon could be headed for a dreaded game-time call. If he's unable to suit up, Mario Chalmers would start and see all of the minutes he can handle with Shabazz Napier as his backup.
Mar 2 - 11:33 AM

Brian Shaw said that he was "frustrated in myself" with how the Nuggets season has gone.

While Shaw should shoulder some of the blame, he shouldn't get the majority of it as he has been. He's dealing with a front office operating without a blueprint, a roster of players with varying levels of commitment and a team that has no idea what it wants to be. We won't be surprised if Shaw is replaced in the offseason, but Denver's problems run much deeper than its head coach.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 2 - 11:16 AM

Greg Monroe's agent David Falk said Monroe will "absolutely" consider re-signing with the Pistons in free agency.

What Falk didn't say, however, is how long Monroe would consider the possibility. Falk added that Monroe made the decision to pursue signing the qualifying offer, calling him "one of the brightest clients I've ever represented." The Monroe-Andre Drummond frontline has worked out much better ever since Josh Smith's departure, but it's still hard to envision a scenario where the Pistons commit big money to the Moose, especially if the club intends to extend restricted free agent Reggie Jackson. Monroe will be free to sign anywhere this summer.
Source: MLive.com
Mar 2 - 11:13 AM

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is making progress, but there is no timetable for his return.

"I’m just letting it play out," he said. "It’s tough. It’s real tough. . . . The fact that you could go probably, but you just want to make sure you’re helping your team; you’re not a detriment. You know, you can do the things you want to do out there." Although he's progressing, it doesn't like sound the Celtics or Olynyk are rushing his return. The Celtics will have a logjam when Olynyk returns with Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko, Evan Turner and Jae Crowder all occupying minutes along the frontline.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised Isaiah Thomas' ability to penetrate into the lane as a key that makes him successful.

"We started the season playing very skilled at the 4 and the 5, but I think the ability to get in the paint, again, off of his (Thomas’) creation — but then the next guy getting into the paint because of it — is probably the key," Stevens said. It's not just Thomas creating opportunities for himself, but also his teammates that have him faring so well in Boston. He's a must-own, must-start player.
Mar 2 - 11:05 AM

Brandon Knight (hip) is expected to start against the Heat on Monday.

Knight left Saturday's game with a left hip pointer, but it doesn't sound serious if he's already ready to be back in the starting lineup. Gerald Green will head back to the end of the bench.
Mar 2 - 11:01 AM

Rodney Hood (foot) remains on a minutes limit for the time being.

Hood is limited to 10 minutes per half as he works his way back from extended foot issues, and it's not clear when that restriction may be lifted. Elijah Millsap will continue to play extended minutes while Hood works his way back into form.
Mar 2 - 11:00 AM

Coach Quin Snyder recently heaped praise all over rookie Elijah Millsap.

"There’s things that Elijah does that makes us a better team," Snyder said. "I think he shoots the ball maybe better than any of us thought when he first got here, just his ability to hit a spot-up shot." Snyder added that Millsap has to learn how to better balance plays for himself vs. plays for his teammates, but he's clearly established himself as a key part of Snyder's rotation and is averaging over 25 minutes per game since the All-Star break concluded.
Mar 2 - 10:58 AM

Alec Burks (shoulder) is traveling with the Jazz.

Although he's out for the season, Burks is engaging in film studies and off-court activities to make the most of his time away from the floor. "It’s really good that he’s here, that he’s with us," Quin Snyder said. "He wants to be with us. He’s in the film sessions." Burks has ditched the protective sling for his shoulder and expects to make a full recovery before next season begins.
Mar 2 - 10:56 AM

The Wizards are not considering firing Randy Wittman, sources told CSN Washington.

The Wizards had lost six straight prior to their most recent win against the Raptors, but it doesn't sound like Wittman is in immediate danger. Wittman isn't the world's greatest head coach by any stretch, and while it's fair to question his strategy at times, he's not the sole reason this team isn't living up to its potential.
Mar 2 - 10:53 AM

Gerald Green admitted he wants to play, but added he'd do whatever is best for the team.

"We're all fighting for something – to get in the playoffs. So that's all I'm worried about. I want to play but, even if I don't, I just want to win." Green has played less than 16.5 minutes in three of his last four contests.
Mar 2 - 10:44 AM

The NBA rescinded a technical on Marcus Morris from Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

That leaves Morris now with seven technical fouls this season instead of eight, but it won't impact his fantasy value either way.
Mar 2 - 10:42 AM

Jeff Hornacek praised Brandon Knight because he "understands the game."

"For myself, being a leader, directing guys, it's just putting them in the right positions and learning on the go and learning on the fly," Knight said. "If I talk myself through it, it looks like I'm leading but I'm kind of helping myself." Hornacek added that Knight is "willing to talk in practice," saying he's already been communicating with teammates about what needs improvement. By comparison, Eric Bledsoe plans to lead by example, "I keep on hearing everybody telling me I need to talk more...I'm pretty much going to go out there and do."
Mar 2 - 10:40 AM

Tyler Ennis reiterated that he's thankful to get a fresh start with the Bucks.

"In Phoenix, I was happy they drafted me," Ennis said. "But the situation guards-wise wasn't ideal for me coming in as a rookie, trying to compete against three established guards in the league." The Suns drafting Ennis never made a lot of sense, but now he's with Milwaukee so it's a moot point. Ennis will backup Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless with the Bucks.

Pistons recall F Quincy Miller from the D-League.

Miller averaged 11.5 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a block over two games in the D-League. He's not a fantasy option in any format.
Mar 2 - 10:34 AM



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