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Kent Bazemore not on the injury report 02-22-2018
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Kent Bazemore is not on the injury report for Friday against the Pacers. The Hawks are expected to play their veterans in the second half, but there's a very good chance that plan changes. Bazemore did not play on Feb. 14 due to rest, so he's likely got a couple more of those coming the rest of the way. He's still worth owning in standard leagues.
Dennis Schroder not on the injury report 02-22-2018
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Dennis Schroder is not on the injury report for Friday against the Pacers. He was a surprise DNP-back on Wednesday and there's a good chance Schroder gets a few more games off in the second half, especially in a back-to-back set. For now, fire him up in all leagues while he's active.
Isaiah Taylor (ankle) questionable for Friday 02-22-2018
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Isaiah Taylor (ankle) is questionable for Friday against the Pacers.

Hawks on Twitter
The Hawks are not going to have Malcolm Delaney for this one, so Taylor would be looking at the backup PG minutes. It's unclear when he suffered the injury, but he did look good last week with 13 points on Feb. 14.
Malcolm Delaney will not play on Friday 02-22-2018
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Malcolm Delaney (knee) will not play on Friday against the Pacers.

Hawks on Twitter
This is a new injury for Delaney after he played 27 minutes in a start back on Feb. 14. Isaiah Taylor (ankle) is also questionable for this game, so the Hawks may be shorthanded at point guard behind Dennis Schroder.
Channing Frye out for at least five games 02-22-2018
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Channing Frye (appendectomy) will not play for at least the next five games.

Bill Oram on Twitter
He announced he had an appendectomy over the break and the Lakers won't be in a rush to bring him back.
Tyler Zeller dealing with an illness 02-22-2018
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Tyler Zeller (illness) is listed as probable in the game notes for Friday against the Raptors.

NBA.com
A lot of people are sick these days and hopefully Zeller is almost over his illness. It could be a three-way split at center for the Bucks, so it may be hard to own someone like Zeller in most leagues.
John Henson listed as probable for Friday 02-22-2018
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John Henson (hamstring) is listed as probable in the game notes for Friday against the Raptors.

NBA.com
He went through some practice on Wednesday and is expected to practice more on Thursday. Henson was losing his grip on the lion's share of playing time at center before his hamstring injury, and now he'll have to battle Tyler Zeller for minutes. He's not a must-hold player in shallower leagues.
De'Aaron Fox (pink eye) will not play vs. OKC 02-22-2018
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De'Aaron Fox (pink eye) will not play against the Thunder on Thursday.

Sean Cunningham on Twitter
The Kings opt to rule him out early and chances are he won't be at the arena tonight. With him out, Frank Mason should get a decent chance in his return to the lineup while Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield could help out. Fox should get big minutes once he's healthy.
Manu Ginobili isn't on the injury report 02-22-2018
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Manu Ginobili is not on the injury report for Friday against the Nuggets.

Spurs on Twitter
This confirms that the Spurs didn't think Ginobili's injury is severe. The Spurs have a really tough schedule to finish this season, but they're still going to rest Manu at times to close the 2017-18 campaign.
LaMarcus Aldridge not on the injury report 02-22-2018
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LaMarcus Aldridge is not on the injury report for Friday against the Nuggets.

Spurs on Twitter
The Spurs sat him out for the final two games of the first half due to knee soreness, but apparently it was just as a precaution. With Kawhi Leonard (quad) likely out for the year, Aldridge should be ready for a strong second half, assuming he's active.
Nerlens Noel could return soon? 02-22-2018
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Coach Rick Carlisle said Nerlens Noel (thumb) could return soon.

Eddie Sefko on Twitter
He will be wearing a splint upon his return, but there is still no target date. the Mavs haven't really been very forthcoming with updates on Noel with the most noteworthy update this year coming when he had a hotdog at halftime earlier this season. He's only a luxury stash in deep leagues.
Ricky Rubio (hip) goes through practice 02-22-2018
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Ricky Rubio (hip) went through practice on Thursday and is questionable to play against the Blazers on Friday.

Andy Larsen on Twitter
That's good news after Rubio did not practice on Wednesday. Rubio missed the last three games of the first half, which allowed Royce O'Neale to thrive in the starting lineup. Even if Rubio returns, O'Neale still has a chance to produce useable value in 12-team leagues. Rubio was also red hot before his injury on Feb. 9.
Paul Millsap goes through some practice 02-22-2018
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Paul Millsap (wrist) went through most of practice for the second straight day on Thursday.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He's expected to return at some point next month and hopefully it's closer to the first. Millsap has been working on his conditioning for almost a month now, so he may be able to hit the ground running once he's healthy. He should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Will Barton (illness) likely to play Friday 02-22-2018
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Will Barton (illness) is dealing with strep throat and is on antibiotics.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He is still likely to play on Friday and hopefully he's not contagious anymore. Barton could be limited on Friday and hopefully we get an update on his status at shootaround on Friday morning.
Wizards to sign Ramon Sessions to 10 day 02-22-2018
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The Wizards are planning to sign Ramon Sessions to a 10-day deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
He's probably not going to be available tonight and the Wizards won't really need him with Tim Frazier expected to be the backup. Sessions played 82 games with the Wizards back in the 2015-16 season and spent part of the 2014-15 year with them, too. He won't have fantasy value.
Chandler Parsons (illness) not at practice 02-22-2018
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Chandler Parsons (illness) was not at practice on Thursday.

Ronald Tillery on Twitter
Coach J.B. Bickerstaff did say that Parsons' absence isn't related to his knee. Parsons made his return to the lineup on Feb. 14 before the break, but the Grizzlies will almost certainly be giving him days off. They start with a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday. Leave him on the wire.
Tyreke Evans back at practice 02-22-2018
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Tyreke Evans was back at practice on Thursday.

Ronald Tillery on Twitter
After an excused absence from practice on Wednesday, that should mean he's going to play against the Cavs on Friday night. Although, the Grizzlies do have a back-to-back set, so maybe they do take it easy on him.
Lonzo Ball expected to return for Friday 02-22-2018
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Lonzo Ball (knee) expects to return on Friday against the Mavs.

ESPN.com
It'll be interesting to see what the Lakers do with their backcourt, but they have made it very clear Ball is the starting point guard. Ball has been out since Jan. 13 due to an MCL sprain, but the injury was never considered serious. He was also playing fairly well before his injury, so it's possible he's in for a nice finish as the team's top guard.
Tyler Ulis (back) not practicing on Thursday 02-22-2018
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Tyler Ulis (back) was not practicing on Thursday.

Scott Bordow on Twitter
He returned from his back injury last week and played just nine minutes. The Suns are still expected to use Devin Booker at the point on occasion, so Ulis may not even be in the rotation because of Elfrid Payton being in town now.
Tyson Chandler (neck) getting an MRI 02-22-2018
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Tyson Chandler (neck) is getting an MRI on Thursday.

Scott Borrow on Twitter
He is not practicing today and there's a very good chance he's going to miss time with this injury. Chandler missed Wednesday's game before the break last week and apparently the week off didn't help too much. Of course, the Suns have said they don't plan to rest guys, but they'll likely be very, very careful with putting Chandler on the court. Alex Len could be in a decent spot to produce, but he really needs to show he can stay on the floor for over a week with decent minutes.
Jawun Evans will not play Thursday 02-22-2018
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Jawun Evans (abdominal) will not play on Thursday against the Warriors. He's out indefinitely and Evans likely wouldn't be in the rotation anyway.
T.J. Leaf not on the injury report 02-22-2018
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T.J. Leaf (ankle) is not on the injury report.

Pacers on Twitter
With Glenn Robinson III possibly getting minutes, it will be even tougher for Leaf to get in the rotation.
Rodney McGruder assigned to G-League 02-22-2018
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Rodney McGruder has been assigned to the G-League.

Tom D'Angelo on Twitter
He will play for the Sioux Falls on Saturday and Monday and rejoin the Heat on Tuesday. Coach Erik Spoelstra loves his energy and defense, but he has his work cut out for him to earn meaningful minutes.
Avery Bradley (groin) ruled out vs. Warriors 02-22-2018
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Avery Bradley (athletic pubalgia) will not play on Thursday vs. the Warriors.

Tomer Azarly on Twitter
This is an issue that could linger for the remainder of the season and coach Doc Rivers called him 50/50 for each game going forward. He wasn't worth owning before the injury, so his fantasy owners should look elsewhere for value. Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic should pick up some of the slack, but this is Lou Williams' offense. Tyrone Wallace will start in Bradley's place and could have some deep-league appeal, but there should be better options on your wire.
Marcus Smart diagnosed w/ thigh bruise 02-22-2018
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Marcus Smart sat out of Thursday's practice with a thigh bruise.

Chris Forsberg on Twitter
He's already been cleared to return from his hand injury and this thigh issue is said to be minor. Smart is fully expected to play on Friday vs. the Pistons and we'll be on the lookout for any updates on possible restrictions. With Smart back, expect fewer minutes for Terry Rozier.
Shane Larkin (knee) goes through practice 02-22-2018
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Shane Larkin (sore right knee) returned to full practice on Thursday.

Celtics on Twitter
He will make the trip to Detroit for Friday's game, but coach Brad Stevens said his return date is still to be determined. He won't see more than a handful of minutes anyways with Marcus Smart (hand) back.
Justin Holiday will get backup minutes 02-22-2018
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Justin Holiday will remain in the rotation on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

Fred Hoiberg on Twitter
The Bulls are benching him along with Robin Lopez, but unlike Lopez, Holiday is still expected to see some backup minutes on the wing. He's a drop candidate, but feel free to see what the rotation looks like tonight before making any roster moves.
Hoiberg says Lopez will be a DNP-CD 02-22-2018
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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed that Robin Lopez will be a healthy scratch on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
We speculated earlier that Lopez wouldn't play at all, but now we have confirmation. He's safe to drop in fantasy leagues and there is no telling when or if he will be back in the rotation later on. Cristiano Felicio and Lauri Markkanen will start with Bobby Portis and Noah Vonleh backing them up.
Cody Zeller no longer has restrictions 02-22-2018
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Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller doesn't have any minute restrictions moving forward.

Charlotte Observer
"He's trying to get back into rhythm," Clifford said of Zeller. "He's so smart, and such a good natural athlete, I think guys like him can get there quicker." Dwight Howard is still kicking, so even though Zeller doesn't have restrictions it doesn't mean he's going to see minutes in the 20s consistently. He's a deep-league asset for now.
Reggie Bullock (illness) returns to practice 02-22-2018
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Reggie Bullock (illness) returned to practice on Thursday.

Keith Langlois on Twitter
He's back after sitting out on Wednesday. With another 24+ hours before tip-off, this means Bullock should be ready in time for Friday's game vs. Boston. He has emerged as the best wing to own in Detroit for his production in points, triples and steals.
Mario Hezonja will come off the bench 02-22-2018
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Mario Hezonja will return to a bench role on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

John Denton on Twitter
Aaron Gordon (hip) and Nikola Vucevic (hand) are returning from their injuries tonight, but Hezonja is "expected to still see plenty of playing time at SF and PF." Hezonja also has to worry about the potential return of Jonathan Isaac (ankle) as early as next week, but he was posting early-round numbers before the break and his fantasy owners should see what the rotation looks like before making any roster moves.
Bismack Biyombo will come off bench 02-22-2018
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Bismack Biyombo will come off the bench on Thursday vs. the Knicks. No surprise here, as Nikola Vucevic (hand) is back in action tonight. Vucevic will have minute restrictions early on, but Biyombo's window for fantasy value is about to slam shut by the end of the week. It will be interesting to see if he can hold off Khem Birch for the backup center job later in the season.
Aaron Gordon (hip) will start on Thursday 02-22-2018
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Aaron Gordon (hip) will start on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

John Denton on Twitter
He will have minute restrictions, but a specific limit wasn't specified -- coach Frank Vogel said he will keep them "at a reasonable number." Gordon is safe to activate in season-long leagues, and hopefully he can find the form he had earlier in the season.
Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon to start 02-22-2018
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Nikola Vucevic (hand) and Aaron Gordon (hip) will both start on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

John Denton on Twitter
Justin Holiday will come off the bench 02-22-2018
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Justin Holiday will come off the bench on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

Chicago Tribune
This was confirmed by executive vice president John Paxson. David Nwaba will enter the starting lineup in Holiday's place and it's possible that he falls completely out of the rotation for the time being. He can be cut in most leagues, though it's not a bad idea to see how Thursday's game goes first.
Robin Lopez officially demoted 02-22-2018
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Robin Lopez will come off the bench on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

Chicago Tribune
The Bulls are embracing the youth movement and will move Cristiano Felicio into the starting five. Lopez can be dropped in standard leagues and may even fall completely out of the rotation if the Bulls decide to give Bobby Portis the backup center minutes. We'll find out soon enough.
Hornacek says knee held Ntilikina back 02-22-2018
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Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Frank Ntilikina's knee may have held him back before the break.

Newsday
"He just looked exhausted sometimes," Hornacek said. "His knee hurt for a while there, and that's stuff we have to build up. And again, this is going to be a great last 23 games for him because, we'll see, can he play the 30 minutes without his knees hurting? Part of that is growth." It sounds like he may eventually start next to Emmanuel Mudiay, but it's obvious that the Knicks want to get him more run. He hasn't been playing well on the offensive end, so most fantasy owners can just watch his progress from the wire.
Jarrett Jack likely coming off the bench 02-22-2018
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Jarrett Jack is expected to come off the bench on Thursday vs. the Magic.

Newsday
Coach Jeff Hornacek didn't reveal his starting lineup yet, but what we do know is that Emmanuel Mudiay is basically a lock to replace Jack -- Mudiay was running the offense for the starters in their last practice and also talked about his new role. With the Knicks hoping to also look at Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke, there's a good chance that Jack will be a healthy scratch tonight.