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  • Tyler Johnson MIA SG
    Heat's Tyler Johnson: Erupts for 23 off the bench
    1h ago

    Tyler Johnson tallied 23 points (7-13 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 7-9 FT), two assists, a rebound and a steal in 27 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.

    Johnson is in full-attack mode the minute he steps on the floor, and it's paying big dividends. After Thursday's explosion, the third-year guard is now averaging a career-high 16.0 points in January. Although he's not a playmaker by any stretch of the imagination -- Johnson is dishing a career-low 1.3 assists per game -- he's really grown into his role as an undersized 2-guard scorer off the bench.

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  • James Johnson MIA PF
    Heat's James Johnson: Locks up Harrison Barnes, plays 32 minutes
    1h ago

    James Johnson finished with five points (1-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.

    Johnson's abnormally hot three-point shooting returned to the norm Thursday, as he missed all three of his attempts, but he bought himself court time in the waning moments of a tight game by putting the clamps on Harrison Barnes. Barnes was just 1-5 in the final quarter, and Johnson was the single biggest reason for that. It's vital for Johnson's fantasy value to get consistent playing time even when he shoots poorly.

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  • Hassan Whiteside MIA C
    Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Has trouble late against Dallas
    1h ago

    Hassan Whiteside recorded 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes during a 99-95 win over the Mavericks on Thursday.

    Despite facing a team that starts the lead-footed Dirk Nowitzki at center, along with a small-ball frontcourt of Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews, Whiteside struggled around the rim, an area he usually dominates. He was 0-2 in the fourth quarter, and bizarrely went away from his favorite post-up spot on the left block in favor of a midrange jumper and an awkward hook. Whiteside may be averaging career highs in minutes (33.7), points (17.3) and rebounds (14.2), but he needs to consistently take advantage of smaller lineups with his size.

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  • Channing Frye CLE C
    Cavaliers' Channing Frye: Double-doubles with Kevin Love (back) out
    1h ago

    Channing Frye scored 18 points (6-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes during Thursday's 118-103 win over the Suns.

    Kevin Love (back) was out, and his minutes were split mostly between Frye and James Jones. Frye made the most of his extra time, recording his first double-double of the season. He's averaging 2.1 threes per game in only 19.0 minutes per game. If Love misses more time, Frye is worth using in a lot of settings, especially for three-point-needy managers.

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  • Danuel House WAS PF
    Wizards' Danuel House: Going through non-contact drills Thursday
    1h ago

    Danuel House (wrist) has been cleared to participate in non-contact drills and practice layups as of Thursday, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

    Though House still doesn't have a timeline for returning to practice, this is a good sign for him and the Washington Wizards . He'll likely be assigned to the D-League once he's allowed to practice to regain his conditioning before rejoining the Wizards, but should be able to step on an NBA court again before the season is over.

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  • Goran Dragic MIA PG
    Heat's Goran Dragic: Carries team over Mavericks with 32
    1h ago

    Goran Dragic scored 32 points (11-15 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 6-10 FT) along with six rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.

    Dragic was unstoppable in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points in the period and hitting two clutch threes with the shot clock wasting away. The Miami Heat offense stalled big time down the stretch, particularly when Hassan Whiteside couldn't find success rolling to the rim, but Dragic bailed them out on multiple consecutive possessions. The 30-year-old veteran is now averaging 21.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting in January.

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  • Hassan Whiteside MIA C
    Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Has trouble late against Dallas
    1h ago

    Hassan Whiteside recorded 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes during a 99-95 win over the Mavericks on Thursday.

    Despite facing a team that starts the lead-footed Dirk Nowitzki at center, along with a small-ball frontcourt of Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews, Whiteside struggled around the rim, an area he usually dominates. He was 0-2 in the fourth quarter, and bizarrely went away from his favorite post-up spot on the left block in favor of a midrange jumper and an awkward hook. Whiteside may be averaging career highs in minutes (33.7), points (17.3) and rebounds (14.2), but he needs to consistently take advantage of smaller lineups with his size.

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  • Channing Frye CLE C
    Cavaliers' Channing Frye: Double-doubles with Kevin Love (back) out
    1h ago

    Channing Frye scored 18 points (6-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes during Thursday's 118-103 win over the Suns.

    Kevin Love (back) was out, and his minutes were split mostly between Frye and James Jones. Frye made the most of his extra time, recording his first double-double of the season. He's averaging 2.1 threes per game in only 19.0 minutes per game. If Love misses more time, Frye is worth using in a lot of settings, especially for three-point-needy managers.

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  • Alex Len PHO C
    Suns' Alex Len: Disappears in Tyson Chandler's (illness) return
    2h ago

    Alex Len returned to the bench and scored four points (2-3 FG) while adding three rebounds and a block in eight minutes during Thursday's 118-103 loss to the Cavaliers.

    Len started Monday for Tyson Chandler (illness), but only played 21 minutes despite the start. Chandler returned Thursday, sending Len back to the bench. This was the second fewest minutes he's played this season - he played only six minutes when the Phoenix Suns played the Cavaliers less than two weeks ago. It's worth noting that both of these games were against the same team, so part of Len's minimal usage may have been a conscious rotation decision. Even if that is the case, however, Len's workload is consistently smaller than it was earlier this season. He has not topped 21 minutes in 2017, and is the clear backup behind Chandler. His value is as low as it has been at any point this season.

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  • Tyson Chandler PHO C
    Suns' Tyson Chandler: No signs of illness in explosive double-double
    2h ago

    Tyson Chandler (illness) scored 22 points (9-14 FG, 4-6 FT) and added 16 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 30 minutes during Thursday's 118-103 loss to the Cavaliers.

    Chandler set his season high in points while recording his ninth double-double of the season. Chandler's return from a one-game absence pushed Alex Len back to the bench. Len played only eight minutes, his second-lowest total this season. Chandler has a firm hold on the starting center position, and ranks seventh in the league in rebounds.

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  • David Lee SA C
    Spurs' David Lee: Starting Thursday vs. Nuggets
    3h ago

    David Lee will be inserted into the starting lineup Thursday against the Nuggets, Paul Garcia of Project San Antonio Spurs .com reports.

    Pau Gasol injured his finger in the pregame layup line and went to the locker room, and apparently it's enough of a concern to give Lee the nod as the starter. It's possible that Gasol will come back mid-game and absorb some of his normal minutes, but Lee seems to be the go-to guy for the time being.

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  • Tristan Thompson CLE C
    Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Returns for start of second half Thursday
    4h ago

    Tristan Thompson (finger) will start the second half of Thursday's game against the Suns, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

    Despite suffering a dislocated finger on his left hand late in the first half, Thompson is back on the floor for the start of the third quarter. He logged five rebounds and a pair of blocks in 14 minutes prior to exiting the contest. Now that he's back to start the third, he'll likely be able to play his usual allotment of minutes for the remainder of the contest.

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  • James Johnson MIA PF
    Heat's James Johnson: Locks up Harrison Barnes, plays 32 minutes
    1h ago

    James Johnson finished with five points (1-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.

    Johnson's abnormally hot three-point shooting returned to the norm Thursday, as he missed all three of his attempts, but he bought himself court time in the waning moments of a tight game by putting the clamps on Harrison Barnes. Barnes was just 1-5 in the final quarter, and Johnson was the single biggest reason for that. It's vital for Johnson's fantasy value to get consistent playing time even when he shoots poorly.

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  • Danuel House WAS PF
    Wizards' Danuel House: Going through non-contact drills Thursday
    1h ago

    Danuel House (wrist) has been cleared to participate in non-contact drills and practice layups as of Thursday, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

    Though House still doesn't have a timeline for returning to practice, this is a good sign for him and the Washington Wizards . He'll likely be assigned to the D-League once he's allowed to practice to regain his conditioning before rejoining the Wizards, but should be able to step on an NBA court again before the season is over.

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  • Pau Gasol SA PF
    Spurs' Pau Gasol: Suffers fractured bone in left hand
    3h ago

    Pau Gasol fractured the fourth metacarpal on his left hand and there is no timetable for his return, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

    The San Antonio Spurs will be without for Gasol for at least Thursday's game against the Nuggets and likely longer. If he misses time, David Lee and Dewayne Dedmon should see an increased workload at the center slot, and LaMarcus Aldridge may see a slight uptick in usage as well. The Spurs' next few games should shed light on how coach Gregg Popovich intends to adjust his rotation in Gasol's absence.

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  • Pau Gasol SA PF
    Spurs' Pau Gasol: Bumped from starting lineup with finger injury
    3h ago

    Pau Gasol (finger) will not start Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Paul Garcia of Project San Antonio Spurs reports.

    David Lee will move into the starting lineup Thursday in place of Gasol, who reportedly suffered a finger injury during the layup portion of warmups. While Gasol has not been officially ruled out at present time, the best case scenario would be for him to come off the bench. More updates on Gasol will follow once available.

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  • Juan Hernangomez DEN PF
    Nuggets' Juan Hernangomez: Will start Thursday vs. Spurs
    4h ago

    Juan Hernangomez will draw the start at small forward Thursday against the Spurs with Danilo Gallinari (ankle) and Wilson Chandler (personal) out, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.

    The 6-9 forward has played in 28 contests for the Denver Nuggets this season, posting averages of 3.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and 2.3 rebounds across 9.8 minutes per game. Once Gallinari and Chandler are back in action, he figures to resume his normal role. But, he could make an interesting DFS option for the time being.

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  • Kristaps Porzingis NY PF
    Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis: Will play Thursday
    6h ago

    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will play Thursday against the Hawks, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.

    Porzingis underwent an MRI on his left Achilles earlier in the day, and with results returning negative he's been cleared to take the floor after missing the last four contests. It's unclear if Porzingis will be on any sort of minutes restriction, but until the team says otherwise, expect the second-year big man to play his usual role of roughly 30-to-35 minutes. While the New York Knicks will get Porzingis back Thursday, they'll still be without Joakim Noah (ankle).

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  • Danilo Gallinari DEN SF
    Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari: Out Thursday vs. Spurs
    4h ago

    Danilo Gallinari (ankle) will sit out Thursday's tilt against the Spurs, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.

    With Wilson Chandler (personal) also ruled out for the Denver Nuggets , Juan Hernangomez is the next man up on the depth chart at the small forward slot. He figures to see an uptick in workload, and it's possible that Will Barton could get run at the small forward position if the Nuggets decide to play small, possibly opening up minutes for Jamal Murray and Jameer Nelson at shooting guard.

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  • James Jones CLE SF
    Cavaliers' James Jones: Will join the starting five Thursday
    7h ago

    James Jones will start at power forward for Thursday's game against the Suns, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

    Kevin Love is dealing with a sore back and has been ruled out Thursday, so Jones will enter the starting five in his place. Jones should see a significant boost in minutes, although he'll likely split the added time with Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson, which could limit Jones' overall impact on the box score.

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  • Rudy Gay SAC SF
    Kings' Rudy Gay: MRI confirms full tear of Achilles
    7h ago

    An MRI on Thursday confirmed Rudy Gay suffered a fully torn left Achilles during Wednesday's game against the Pacers, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 in Sacramento reports. Gay will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

    The MRI confirmed the Sacramento Kings ' worst fears after Gay had to be carried off the court Wednesday night. The forward, who was averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, will undergo surgery in the coming days and is expected to face a lengthy recovery that could stretch into the beginning of next season. The injury is particularly troublesome given Gay's status as a potential free agent this summer. The veteran was expected to opt out and seek a new, longer-term deal, but given the severity of the injury, he'll now have to consider exercising his $14.3 million player option to remain in Sacramento in 2017-18. The Kings and Gay will cross that bridge when they get there, but in the immediate future, the likes of Omri Casspi (calf), Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver will all see increased minutes, with Barnes likely to move into the starting lineup, initially.

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  • Luol Deng LAL SF
    Lakers' Luol Deng: Sits out of practice Thursday
    7h ago

    Luol Deng (wrist) sat out of practice again Thursday, but remains questionable for Friday's matchup with the Pacers, Mark Medina of Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    Deng has now missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday, so it appears he's trending towards missing a second straight game. He'll likely have his status updated again after Friday's morning shootaround, which should give us a better indication of his availability against the Pacers. Brandon Ingram would likely draw the start if Deng can't give it a go, after logging 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals across 37 minutes in a spot start on Tuesday.

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  • Danilo Gallinari DEN SF
    Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari: Downgraded to questionable
    12h ago

    Danilo Gallinari (ankle) has been downgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against the Spurs, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

    Gallinari was originally listed as probable Wednesday with ankle soreness, but it appears as though there is now some doubt regarding the wing's health. Gallinari will likely test the ankle during pregame warmups before making a final decision regarding his status, but if it ends up he is unable to go, look for Juan Hernangomez to potentially see extended minutes on the wing with Wilson Chandler (personal) also ruled out.

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  • Quincy Acy BKN SF
    Nets' Quincy Acy: Signs second 10-day contract with Nets
    13h ago

    Quincy Acy signed a second 10-day contract Thursday with the Brooklyn Nets , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

    Acy played in four games with the Nets under his first 10-day contract and averaged 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds over that stretch. The Nets play seven games over the next 10 days, so Acy should have plenty of opportunities to prove his worth to Brooklyn before they decide whether or not to sign him for the remainder of the season.

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  • Tyler Johnson MIA SG
    Heat's Tyler Johnson: Erupts for 23 off the bench
    1h ago

    Tyler Johnson tallied 23 points (7-13 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 7-9 FT), two assists, a rebound and a steal in 27 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.

    Johnson is in full-attack mode the minute he steps on the floor, and it's paying big dividends. After Thursday's explosion, the third-year guard is now averaging a career-high 16.0 points in January. Although he's not a playmaker by any stretch of the imagination -- Johnson is dishing a career-low 1.3 assists per game -- he's really grown into his role as an undersized 2-guard scorer off the bench.

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  • Tim Quarterman POR SG
    Trail Blazers' Tim Quarterman: Recalled from D-League Thursday
    4h ago

    Tim Quarterman has been recalled from the D-League on Thursday, Casey Holdahl of the Portland Portland Trail Blazers reports.

    Quarterman put up some solid numbers in his three-game D-League stint, totaling 37 points, 20 assists, 16 rebounds, and four steals in 93 minutes of action. He'll likely continue to be out of the Trail Blazers rotation, but he's showing flashes of potential.

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  • Jodie Meeks ORL SG
    Magic's Jodie Meeks: Will miss four to six weeks with sprained thumb
    5h ago

    Jodie Meeks (thumb) will be sidelined for a period of four to six weeks, after an MRI showed that he has two sprained ligaments in his thumb, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

    With Evan Fournier (foot) missing seven games since Dec. 23 with a lingering injury, Meeks had been starting in his place and performing well, averaging 10.2 points on 41.1 percent from behind the arc, 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 steals across 25.5 minutes per game over that span. If Fournier misses Friday's game against the Bucks, or is on limited minutes, C.J. Watson and Mario Hezonja will likely see sizable upticks in workload at the shooting guard slot.

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  • Dwyane Wade CHI SG
    Bulls' Dwyane Wade: Expects to play both ends of back-to-back
    11h ago

    Dwyane Wade is expected to play both ends of the Chicago Bulls ' upcoming back-to-back set Friday and Saturday, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    To date, Wade has been held out of one half of most back-to-backs, but coach Fred Hoiberg said the veteran is planning to play both Friday in Atlanta and Saturday against the Kings. After a strong month of December, Wade has struggled a bit in January, shooting just 38.9 percent from the floor over the last six contests.

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  • Khris Middleton MIL SG
    Bucks' Khris Middleton: Could return sometime in February
    14h ago

    Khris Middleton (hamstring) could return sometime in early-to-mid-February, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.

    After Middleton tore his left hamstring during a pre-training camp workout, the Milwaukee Bucks initially feared that he might miss most, or all, of the 2016-17 season, but the wing appears to be well ahead of schedule in his recovery. Nothing is set in stone at the point, but Bucks officials believe Middleton "has a chance" to return to game action sometime during the team's homestand in mid-February, just before the All-Star Game. While Middleton would likely require a few weeks to get back up to speed, he would provide a major boost to a Milwaukee team that's void of high-end talent, outside of the combination of Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Middleton, who was arguably Milwaukee's most consistent player last season, is coming off of a year in which he averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting just under 40 percent from three. The outside shooting ability is perhaps Middleton's best asset, and once healthy he would provide an immediate upgrade over Tony Snell, who the Bucks essentially brought in as a placeholder shortly after Middleton's injury.

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  • Klay Thompson GS SG
    Warriors' Klay Thompson: Returns in time for Wednesday's game
    17h ago

    Klay Thompson scored 14 points (5-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) along with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot over 30 minutes in Golden State's 121-100 win over Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

    Thompson, originally ruled out for the game so that he could visit his ill grandfather in Oregon, informed the team he would try to make it back to the Bay Area in time for the game and touched down less than two hours prior to tip off. With little preparation for the game, Thompson attempted a season-low 12 shots. That was largely due to the work he did defensively against OKC's Russell Westbrook, who was made just eight of 23 shots. We suspect more offense out of Thompson Friday when the Golden State Warriors play at Houston.

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  • Goran Dragic MIA PG
    Heat's Goran Dragic: Carries team over Mavericks with 32
    1h ago

    Goran Dragic scored 32 points (11-15 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 6-10 FT) along with six rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes during a 99-95 win over Dallas on Thursday.

    Dragic was unstoppable in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points in the period and hitting two clutch threes with the shot clock wasting away. The Miami Heat offense stalled big time down the stretch, particularly when Hassan Whiteside couldn't find success rolling to the rim, but Dragic bailed them out on multiple consecutive possessions. The 30-year-old veteran is now averaging 21.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting in January.

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  • Dejounte Murray SA PG
    Spurs' Dejounte Murray: Moves into starting lineup Thursday
    3h ago

    Dejounte Murray will start at point guard for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Paul Garcia of Project San Antonio Spurs reports.

    Tony Parker will be sidelined Thursday due to a left foot injury, leaving the Spurs to mix and match at point guard. Murray will get his third career start Thursday, but Patty Mills figures to see plenty of minutes at that spot as well. In his previous two starts, Murray has averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists over 17.4 minutes.

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  • Tony Parker SA PG
    Spurs' Tony Parker: Ruled out Thursday
    4h ago

    Tony Parker (foot) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Paul Garcia of Project San Antonio Spurs reports.

    The veteran guard is dealing with a left foot sprain, which ends his streak of 11 consecutive games played. The Spurs have yet to announce his replacement in the starting lineup, but Patty Mills and Dejounte Murray both figure to see increased minutes regardless. Parker's next chance to return will come Saturday when the Spurs head north to take on the Cavaliers.

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  • Jeremy Lin BKN PG
    Nets' Jeremy Lin: Ruled out Friday vs. Pelicans
    6h ago

    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) has been ruled out of Friday's matchup with the Pelicans.

    Lin hasn't played since straining his left hamstring on Dec. 26 and remains without a definite timetable for return. He should at this time be considered day-to-day, with his next chance to play being Saturday against the Hornets. Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie will continue seeing extra minutes while Lin is out.

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  • George Hill UTA PG
    Jazz's George Hill: Will play Friday vs. Mavericks
    8h ago

    George Hill (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday and will play in Friday's game against the Mavericks, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

    Hill suffered a minor ankle sprain during the final minutes of Monday's game against the Suns. However, after a few days of rehab, he's already feeling better and will take the court Friday against the Mavericks. Look for Hill to take on his usual role in the starting lineup at point guard and as long as he doesn't suffer any in-game setbacks, Hill should be good for a full minutes load. Hill has struggled from the field of late, however, combining to shoot just 11-for-31 from the field and 1-for-13 from the three-point line over the last two games.

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  • T.J. McConnell PHI PG
    76ers' T.J. McConnell: Returns to starting lineup
    20h ago

    T.J. McConnell (wrist) started at point guard and scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT) while adding eight assists, five rebounds, and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 94-89 win over the Raptors.

    After missing one game, McConnell reclaimed his starting role. He played well, and the team won against one of the best teams in the East, both of which will help to keep McConnell in the starting point guard role ahead of current backup Sergio Rodriguez. McConnell doesn't score much, but he is an excellent source of assists and steals.

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