Rush has missed the previous six games with a sprained toe. If he can play, it is unclear if the team will opt to ease him back into action. Shabazz Muhammad is also questionble, so Rush could be needed for some extra minutes if he cannot go.
Green was limited to 15 minutes during Monday's game against the Heat for precautionary reasons after being kneed near the groin area in the first half, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Green indicated after Monday's game that he'll likely play Wednesday against Sacramento, although it's certainly possible that coach Gregg Popovich will err on the side of caution and allow Green to rest Wednesday, even though the injury isn't believed to be overly serious. If Green sits, Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons will be in line for added minutes.
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.
Through 44 games this season, Czarnik has been held to five goals and 13 points to go along with a minus-8 rating. The 24-year-old forward is off the fantasy radar as long as he works in a bottom-six role for the B's, but his playing time and production are worth tracking, as the skilled Miami University (Ohio) product does posses some thus-far untapped offensive upside.
Rieder has just a single assist through seven January games.
With just a goal, five points and a minus-10 rating through his past 20 games, Rieder isn't providing fantasy-worthy numbers and probably shouldn't be owned in many formats. Additionally, he's also sporting a career-best 9.4 shooting percentage, so it isn't out of the question that there isn't a lot of offensive growth ahead, either.
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