Nikola Jokic (wrist) is probable for Saturday vs. Orlando.
Jokic had missed three games last week, but is back healthy and finally appears to be hitting his stride. He has posted a double-double in four straight games and is averaging 15.3 points and 11.8 rebounds, while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor over those four contests. Even though he still coming off the bench for Denver, he should be locked-and-loaded into starting lineups in fantasy leagues.
Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle sprain) will Saturday vs. Orlando.
Mudiay missed Thursday's game due to the ankle issue. However, prior to spraining his ankle, Mudiay had been struggling mightily. In his last five games, Mudiay is averaging 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 turnovers in 25.2 minutes, while shooting a horrid 28.0 percent from the floor, 18.8 percent from downtown, and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. It is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction Saturday.
Kevon Looney (left ankle sprain) questionable for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.
This doesn't have significant fantasy implications, as Looney has only seen spot minutes off the Warriors bench.
Jeff Green (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.
Green sprained his ankle on Friday night during another disappointing outing in which he scored just three points in 24 minutes. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Nikola Vucevic (back) are also questionable for Saturday. If Green can't play, Aaron Gordon would likely see a significant uptick in minutes. It's possible the Magic might even let Mario Hezonja get some run at small forward as well.
Bismack Biyombo (sprained/strained shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.
Biyombo appeared to injure the shoulder on a block attempt in the second half on Friday night. He played only 16 minutes. Nikola Vucevic (back) and Jeff Green (ankle) are both questionable for Saturday as well, so the Magic frontcourt situation appears extremely muddled at the moment. If both Biyombo and Vucevic can't play Saturday, Serge Ibaka would be asked to play all the minutes he could possibly handle. Orlando would also activate Stephen Zimmerman, and possibly start him at center.
Nikola Vucevic (lower back contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.
Vucevic injured his back on Friday night in a bad spill after being undercut by Roy Hibbert. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Jeff Green (ankle) are also questionable, so there is a chance the Magic's frontcourt will be extremely shorthanded on Saturday. Check back for an official update closer to game time. If both Vucevic and Biyombo are out, Serge Ibaka would play all the minutes he could handle and Orlando would also likely be forced to play Stephen Zimmerman and/or Arinze Onuaku.
Jerian Grant has been recalled from his D-League stint.
Grant has played heavy minutes when Rondo has been either hurt or suspended, but otherwise sees very limited playing time off the Chicago bench. He would only have fantasy relevance as a handcuff to Rondo.
Toronto believes Kyle Lowry's heavy usage and minutes per game average is a "big concern."
Lowry has played more minutes (859) than any player in the NBA thus far this season. "It’s a big concern. We watch it. We try to keep it down as much as we can, but at the same time we’re trying to win games," coach Dwane Casey said. Lowry agrees, even though he’s not thrilled about the possibility of extended rest down the line. "We’ve been trying to cut my minutes down," Lowry said. "Whenever [the coaches] want me to sit down I’ma do it, but right now I love to play the game of basketball, man." The problem is Lowry has been so good, it's difficult to sit him when he's clearly healthy.