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Barbosa (hamstring) will be absent for Thursday's matchup against the Clippers, Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic reports.
Barbosa will miss his third straight game due to lingering hamstring spasms. As a result, Jared Dudley will likely see some extra run.
Booker (ankle) will start during Thursday's game against the Clippers, Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic reports.
The ankle that caused Booker to miss Tuesday's tilt against the Hawks is apparently feeling better, and he's all set to start for Thursday's contest. As a result, Derrick Jones will head back to the bench and likely see a reduced role.
Rivers' (hamstring) injury is a "pretty good one" according to coach Doc Rivers, who hopes to have Rivers back by the beginning of the playoffs, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports.
While it previously seemed that Rivers might only miss the next few games with a hamstring strain, coach Doc Rivers doesn't seem confident that he'll be back on the floor before the end of the regular season. Though the exact timetable remains somewhat vague, it seems reasonable to determine that Rivers' fantasy season is all but over, as most year-long fantasy formats are well into their playoffs. Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford will probably benefit the most from Rivers' injury.
Barbosa (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports.
Barbosa may miss his third consecutive game with a lingering right hamstring injury Thursday. With Devin Booker (ankle) also a game-time decision, the Suns' backcourt will be stretched thin, possibly prompting coach Earl Watson to send Derrick Jones into the starting five if both Barbosa and Booker are absent once more.
Booker (ankle) is a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup against the Clippers, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Booker's status for Thursday's action is in question after he missed Tuesday's game against the Hawks with an ankle injury that he may have aggravated during his 70-point outburst Friday against the Celtics. With the Suns well out of the playoff picture, coach Earl Watson likely won't want to risk Booker injuring himself any further if there's reasonable doubt that he should see the floor. If he happens to miss Thursday's contest, it seems likely that Derrick Jones would draw a second consecutive start.
Waiters (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
A recent MRI on Waiters' left ankle came back negative, but the Heat aren't ready to clear him, so he'll remain out for a seventh straight game on Friday vs. the Knicks. The fact that he's been ruled out a day in advance may suggest he's in line to miss a few more contests, although his next opportunity to see the court will be Sunday against the Nuggets. Look for Josh Richardson to continue to start in his place, likely affording him a 30-plus minute role yet again.
Barton is dealing with a sore foot and is questionable for Friday's game against the Hornets, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.
Considering it's being listed as soreness, Barton's injury doesn't sound all too serious and he likely won't be in line for a multi-game absence. That said, he'll continue to receive treatment over the next 24 hours and we should get an updated status following the team's morning shootaround on Friday.
Jackson (knee) will remain inactive for Thursday's game against the Nets, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.
Jackson continues to deal with tendinitis in his right knee, and while the point guard himself has lobbied to play, coach Stan Van Gundy said the team has decided it's best to keep him sidelined for the time being. Thursday will mark Jackson's third consecutive absence, and Ish Smith will continue to start and play increased minutes in Jackson's stead. Detroit plays in Milwaukee on Friday night, so look for Jackson's status to be updated at shootaround in the morning.
Shumpert (knee) is available to play in Thursday's game against the Bulls, Sean Highkin of The Athletic Chicago reports.
This doesn't come as a surprise after Shumpert put together a full practice Wednesday. It is possible, however, given that the Cavaliers are playing a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday, that the team eases Shumpert back into the rotation and limit his minutes. But even when the shooting guard was healthy and playing heavy minutes, he wasn't productive both off the bench and as a starter to be seen as a reliable fantasy option.
Rivers will not play in Thursday's game against the Suns, and coach Doc Rivers said that he'll probably be out "for a little while," Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports.
Rivers left Wednesday's game against the Wizards with hamstring soreness after playing just eight minutes in the contest. The point guard will remain with the team on their one-game road trip, but it looks as if Rivers could miss multiple games before the end of the regular season. Raymond Felton will be in line to serve as the primary backup in Rivers' absence, with Jamal Crawford also likely taking on extended ball-handling duties when needed.