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Date: Team: Pos:

Tony Allen (knee) said he will be a game-time decision for Thursday against the Spurs.

He said it'll be up to the training staff and he'll see how he feels after he warms up. Allen said he's been managing this left knee injury and said he wants to be close to 100 percent. He had a lot of ice on his knee after shootaround, as well. If he can't go, Troy Daniels, James Ennis, Vince Carter and Andrew Harrison will get a little added run.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 23 - 2:27 PM

T.J. Warren is listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Nets with a left foot contusion.

Game notes aren't very reliable, but given how cautious the Suns are being with injuries these days, Warren's owners will want to be on the lookout for an update. If he's unable to give it a go, we should see more of Derrick Jones Jr., Jared Dudley and Jarell Eddie. None of those players are pickups, though. Warren is putting up averages of 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 steals since the break.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 23 - 1:30 PM

Alan Williams (illness) is expecting to play on Thursday vs. the Nets.

Williams was on the active list on Tuesday vs. the Heat, but left the team right before tip-off because he was dealing with some food poisoning. If he looks good during pre-game warmups, expect him to be out there tonight. If not, Alex Len will have a heavy workload at center and Marquese Chriss will have to play some five as well. Through 10 games in March, Williams is averaging a double-double with 13.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
Mar 23 - 12:07 PM

Wayne Ellington (personal) is expected to play on Thursday vs. the Raptors.

Ellington became a father on Wednesday and wasn't with the team at the morning shootaround, but he's expected to make it to Thursday's game on time. With Dion Waiters (ankle) out indefinitely, Ellington will continue to be a nice source of 3-pointers in deeper formats, but Josh Richardson is a better pickup.
Mar 23 - 11:59 AM

Dion Waiters (ankle) still has no timetable to return.

The good news is that the swelling is down and coach Erik Spoelstra said he's "feeling better." With Waiters out, Josh Richardson has emerged as the clear pickup in his absence. Richardson is averaging 12.0 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.5 steals and 1.5 triples in his last two games.
Mar 23 - 11:56 AM

Hassan Whiteside (right hand laceration) was able to go through the morning shootaround.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Whiteside still intends to play on Thursday vs. the Raptors, but did add that most of the stuff he did at the shootaround was left handed. With the Heat fighting for a playoff spot, the chances of Whiteside playing should be pretty good. Check back for an update after the pre-game warmups.
Mar 23 - 11:50 AM

Terry Rozier picked up a DNP-CD on Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

Rozier is shooting just 27.3 percent from the field in March, so maybe coach Brad Stevens is trying to send him a message. "That's not easy from their standpoint, and I respect that," Stevens said of not playing Rozier or Jonas Jerebko on Wednesday. "And that's hard. But we're going to need all those guys and we're going to need them to be playing great." Avery Bradley played 39 minutes in the win and Marcus Smart is basically a sixth starter, so Rozier is only looking at a handful of minutes at best in the near future.
Source: Mass Live
Mar 23 - 11:22 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he's been looking to give Tyler Zeller "some reps."

"Because I think if you look at all the different teams that we may play [in the playoffs], there's a good amount of size," Stevens said on Wednesday. "And, you know, he's played against those guys in a lot of scenarios and done pretty well. And he's been ready and he came in and boosted us again tonight." While Zeller is back in the rotation for now, he's only played a combined 16 minutes in his last two games and Stevens hinted that he's going to tweak his rotations based on the matchups. That means he could be a DNP-CD on any given night. There's no fantasy appeal here.
Source: Mass Live
Mar 23 - 11:18 AM

Paul Millsap (knee) will not play on Friday vs. the Bucks.

This will be his fourth game in a row on the shelf and it's not a good sign that he isn't traveling with the team. Atlanta's next game is on Sunday vs. the 14-56 Nets, so his owners are in a tough spot. With Millsap out, Ersan Ilyasova is worth streaming if you need a bump in points, rebounds and triples.
Mar 23 - 10:51 AM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens hinted that he will keep staggering the playing time for Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas.

Horford played only 2.4 minutes per game without Thomas during the final nine games before the break, but since then that average has gone up to double digits. "We still run the same offense, all the same concepts," Horford said. "I think that I may post a little more with the second unit, and guys will look to play off of me, and just create plays that way." Horford's value has been trending up quickly since this rotation tweak and Stevens deserves a lot of credit for maximizing the big man's talent. He's averaging 18.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.8 triples over his last five games, so he's peaking at the perfect time for fantasy owners.
Source: Mass Live
Mar 23 - 10:41 AM

Malachi Richardson (hamstring) said he's taking his time returning to the court.

"I just want to take it day by day, just make sure I’m completely confident in my body and ready to play," Richardson said. "I don’t want to go out there and not be ready to play." Coach Dave Joerger said that Richardson could play as soon as this week, so he should be considered questionable for Friday's game vs. the Warriors. He's going to be limited to a handful of minutes when he is cleared, so most fantasy owners can ignore him for now.
Mar 23 - 9:55 AM

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said he expects Jeremy Lin (ankle) to play on Thursday vs. the Suns.

"My gut is it’s very positive," Atkinson said. "I like what I see in him shooting etcetera." Atkinson previously said that Spencer Dinwiddie will start the rest of the season, and with Archie Goodwin making a case for more minutes, Lin's workload will likely be monitored. He may have to play off the ball more as well. Lin could be shut down at a moment's notice, so his outlook going forward isn't the best.
Mar 23 - 9:48 AM

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson hinted that Archie Goodwin will likely get a second 10-day contract.

"We’ve got to discuss it as an organization but I would say it’s trending very positive," Atkinson said. "And that’s not just from a basketball standpoint but from a culture standpoint. From the first day I met him, how he presents himself every day." He scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 18 minutes vs. the Pistons on Tuesday, but with Jeremy Lin (ankle) expected back, Goodwin will likely take a hit -- Atkinson said he's looking at Goodwin as a point guard.
Mar 23 - 9:44 AM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Nerlens Noel only played 17 minutes vs. the Warriors on Tuesday due to the blowout.

"[Noel] did a lot of good things [Tuesday] night, but I’m not going to play a guy coming off a sore knee meaningless minutes in a blowout," Carlisle said. "So if you’re asking for garbage minutes, that ain’t gonna happen." Carlisle added that Noel's knee is "doing really well," and it's worth noting that he should be looking at a nice workload on Thursday vs. DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers. He's averaging 9.5 points and 7.1 rebounds and 22.5 minutes through 10 games with the Mavs, but he should start trending up soon.
Mar 23 - 9:25 AM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood had another forgettable game on Wednesday, logging 21 minutes to finish with three points on 1-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

Hood was in foul trouble during his return from a knee injury on Monday, but tonight he was the victim of his own inefficiency -- Joe Ingles played 25 minutes, Joe Johnson played 23 minutes, and even Alec Burks logged 19 scoreless minutes. With his uninspiring play and recurring knee soreness, Hood is tough to trust if you're battling for the fantasy playoffs.
Mar 23 - 2:03 AM


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