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Coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas' (groin) injury can usually be a 10-14 day thing.

In his press conference, Stevens made it clear the Celtics do not want to bring Thomas back too soon and have him aggravate it. He added it's certainly possible for Thomas to be back before the 10 days and said it's "not going to be a long-term thing." Stevens said IT being out will expedite the learning curves of Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier as well. Of course, Marcus Smart benefits the most here.
Dec 9 - 5:58 PM

J.R. Smith (knee) will not play against the Heat on Friday night.

It'll be Smith's second game out of the lineup due to the soreness in his knee. DeAndre Liggins will likely get the start again, but he only attempted two shots from the field on Wednesday. If Kevin Love (back) is also out, there should be plenty of minutes for the wings with LeBron James playing the four. Smith isn't a slam-dunk player to own in standard leagues, especially when he's cold and hurt.
Dec 9 - 5:53 PM

Kevin Love (back spasms) will be a game-time decision on Friday vs. the Heat.

Cavs coach Ty Lue said Love's back "locked up" on him in the 3rd quarter vs the Knicks on Wednesday night. Love owners certainly can't be happy hearing that Love's back locked up. However, the fact that he still has a chance to play Friday intimates that the injury is not overly threatening. Lue said that either Lebron James of James Jones would start at power forward if Love can't play. Check back prior to tip for an official update.
Dec 9 - 5:52 PM

Nikola Vucevic (eye) will play against the Hornets on Friday night.

He will have protective goggles to cover his red right eye. Vucevic did play through his corneal abrasion on Wednesday and was never really in jeopardy of missing this game. He's fully expected to play near his 27.6 minutes per game from this year. Keep him active in a somewhat favorable matchup against the Hornets second unit.
Dec 9 - 5:37 PM

General manager Chris Wallace said Mike Conley (back) could return "in the near future."

Yes, this is about as vague as it gets, but it's worth a mention. Coach David Fizdale said Conley's return from his traverse process fracture could come down to pain tolerance, and Conley has been moving around a lot on the bench with all the exciting finishes lately. It may also help that the Grizzlies are on a five-game winning streak and are just 0.5 games out of the No. 3 seed. While Conley is still likely going to miss multiple weeks, he should be owned in almost all leagues and Andrew Harrison's value will fall off a cliff.
Dec 9 - 5:01 PM

Langston Galloway said he's feeling fine after getting stitches on Thursday.

He was cut above his eye after he fell hard into Joel Embiid's right shoulder. Galloway did have to go to the locker room for his stitches, but he came back out and looked great. With Jrue Holiday (toe) and E'Twaun Moore (toe) unlikely to play again, Galloway is on the board for DFS.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 9 - 4:55 PM

D'Angelo Russell (knee) went through full-court non-contact work and 5-on-0 drills on Friday.

He is still out for Friday, but he has a chance for Sunday. Coach Luke Walton wants Russell to go through some "live and competitive" workouts with more cutting and fighting over screens, so Russell isn't cleared for games yet. He did say he's feeling good, so Russell has a good chance to play either Sunday or Monday. Red-hot Lou Williams may take a hit while the other guards also see a drop off.
Dec 9 - 4:42 PM

Vince Carter (hip) is questionable to play against the Warriors on Saturday.

He's getting closer and the sense around the team is Carter has a legitimate chance to make his return after missing six games. Carter's hip injury could keep him limited in his first game back, so he's unlikely to match his season average of 26.5 minutes per game upon his return. Troy Williams would take the biggest hit.
Dec 9 - 4:36 PM

Troy Daniels (illness) is questionable to play against the Warriors on Saturday night.

He played 32 minutes on Thursday night and didn't appear to be ill, so he may have woke up sick today. Daniels wasn't affect by Toney Douglas making an impact, but a possible Vince Carter (hip) return could take shots and minutes away from him. If he's out, Troy Williams, Douglas, Andrew Harrison and Tony Allen could get a few extra minutes.
Dec 9 - 4:34 PM

Nick Young (calf) went through a full shootaround and remains out against the Suns on Friday.

He's on track to beat his timetable and could even play on Monday. Coach Luke Walton said he wants to see Young go through a competitive practice before he's cleared for games, so there is still another step for Uncle P. Upon his return, Luol Deng and some of the guards could take a small hit. Young is a borderline add in 12-team leagues.
Dec 9 - 4:29 PM

Ed Davis is not on the injury report for Saturday's game against the Pacers.

He suffered an ankle tweak on Thursday and had his ankle heavily taped leaving the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Davis' playing time could rise again with Al-Farouq Aminu (back) questionable to play.
Dec 9 - 4:19 PM

Moe Harkless (ankle) is probable to play against the Pacers on Saturday.

He had some swelling in his ankle and looked hobbled during pre-game warmups on Thursday, so the extra day seems to have made a difference. His return would bump Evan Turner back to the bench while Allen Crabbe would take a hit and Jake Layman would be out of the rotation. Harkless is exceeding expectations, but he's a hold in standard leagues.
Dec 9 - 4:17 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (back contusion) is questionable to face the Pacers on Saturday.

He took a really bad fall in the last minute of Thursday's game. Aminu was grabbing his lower back for a while, so clearly the pain has lingered. If he's out, Ed Davis should get minutes in the mid 20s while Meyers Leonard could also benefit. Aminu has potential, but his awful offensive season has kept him from being an asset in most leagues.
Dec 9 - 4:15 PM

Mike Scott has been recalled from the D-League.

He played for the Delaware team and scored 13 points in the win. Scott will be available to play tonight against the Bucks, but won't have much fantasy value.
Dec 9 - 4:06 PM

Nikola Vucevic (eye) is likely going to play against the Hornets on Friday barring any setback.

When Jaylen Brown caught him in the eye during Brown's emphatic dunk on Wednesday, Vucevic was in some brief pain. He stayed in the game and didn't need a timeout following the injury either. For now, expect Vooch to be a go.
Dec 9 - 4:03 PM


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