Muscala (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 119-111 loss to the Warriors on Monday. Muscala has served as the Hawks' top backup in the frontcourt for much of the season, but he's since surrendered those duties to Ersan Ilyasova, who was acquired prior to the trade deadline back on Feb. 22. Almost immediately after the addition of Ilyasova, Muscala was phased out of the rotation, as he's now failed to see the court in each of the last four contests. It looks like coach Mike Budenholzer is content to roll out small-ball lineups featuring either Ilyasova or Paul Millsap at center when Dwight Howard is off the court.
Muscala tallied four points (2-3 FG), four rebounds and one block across 13 minutes in a 109-104 overtime win over the Trail Blazers on Monday. With frontcourt starters Paul Millsap (41 minutes) and Dwight Howard (38 minutes) both taking on large workloads, there wasn't much time to go around for Muscala, nor any other of the Hawks' bench bigs. Muscala has reached double figures in scoring in just one of his last 12 appearances and doesn't carry much fantasy upside.
Muscala scored two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), grabbed eight rebounds and dished out two assists in 22 minutes during Sunday's 142-139 quadruple-overtime win over the Knicks. As expected, Muscala was able to play, despite receiving stitches for a head laceration. Despite 20 extra minutes of overtime, the 25-year-old was limited to only two minutes more than his season average, as the team elected to ride Paul Millsap for 60 minutes. Muscala made the most of his time, posting a season high in rebounds.
Muscala (head) expects to play Sunday against the Knicks, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports. Muscala took a shot to the chin that required stitches during Friday's game against the Wizards, limiting him to just 14 minutes off the bench. Still, it marked Muscala's first action in nearly two weeks, as the Bucknell product had missed six straight games with an ankle injury. Assuming he doesn't suffer any sort of setback in the next 24 hours, expect Muscala to be available in full capacity Sunday.
Muscala suffered a laceration on his chin that required stitches and is doubtful to return to Friday's game against the Wizards, Chris Vivlamore of AJC.com reports. Though he's doubtful to return to Friday's game, his injury doesn't seem too serious beyond a need for stitches, so it seems likely at this time that he'll be available for Sunday's game against the Knicks. That being said, consider him questionable until further notice.
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