Ersan Ilyasova has been suspended one game for punching Reggie Evans on Wednesday.
He will serve that suspension tonight against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. Ilyasova gave Evans an unnecessary shove in an ugly loss and the suspension is certainly warranted. With Ilyasova out, the Bucks will likely go with more Jeff Adrien and John Henson tonight. Henson might not be able to play bigger minutes since he's been a bit lead-footed, so Adrien might get the bigger chunk of minutes. The video of the infraction is attached in the link below.
Nerlens Noel has started going through 1-on-1 workouts in his rehab.
"He’s slowly doing a little more physical stuff," coach Brett Brown said. "He’s slowly doing a little more and you can play him against another body. I highlight the word ‘slowly’ and I highlight the word ‘cautiously,’ but he’s doing it." Noel still doesn't have a timetable to return, but taking on contact is a big step. He's not worth stashing in most leagues despite the complete mess at center for the Sixers.
C.J. Watson (elbow) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.
It'll be his second straight game out of the lineup and the Pacers will throw Donald Sloan in the rotation again tonight. They also used a backcourt of Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson on Wednesday, but Turner probably won't have garbage time to help his stats again.
Ekpe Udoh will not play against the Pelicans on Friday night.
His right knee will keep him out for his 10th game and he's probably not going to be back in the rotation upon his return. Jeff Adrien has thrown a wrench in an already messy frontcourt rotation for the Bucks and might get more minutes tonight.
Paul Millsap (knee) is expected to play and start Friday's game against the Warriors.
Millsap will end up missing five games due to soreness in his knee. The Hawks lost four of those games, including a humiliating 102-78 blowout loss at Portland on Wednesday night. Look for Millsap to get around 30 minutes as long as their are no complications with his knee, joining Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll and Elton Brand in the starting five. Mike Scott's minutes are about to sink like a stone.
Patrick Beverley (broken nose) will play in Friday's game against the Pacers.
Beverley might not even wear the mask he's been fitted for. The defensive stopper and 3-point shooter is averaging 2.4 3-pointers and 1.4 steals over his last five games.
Ersan Ilyasova spoke with the NBA office Friday morning regarding a potential suspension.
There's no official word yet, but it sounds like a suspension is looming. Ilyasova appeared to throw a punch and shove Reggie Evans on Wednesday night. It's a situation for streamers to watch closely as talented but scuffling John Henson is a candidate to start. The league should be making an announcement shortly.
Beat writer Ronald Tillery expects Zach Randolph (illness) to play in Friday's game against the Bulls.
Randolph was a late scratch on Wednesday night as he came down with what sounded like a flu bug. Ed Davis started, but logged zero points and one rebound in 13 minutes. Randolph should be fine for his usual 32-36 minutes on Friday night, but he'll be facing a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 in opponent's field-goal percentage (43.2 percent).