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Timberwolves' Brandon Rush: Game-time decision Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rush (toe) will have his status for Saturday's matchup with the Grizzlies determined following the team's pregame, Timberwolves' radio announcer Alan Horton reports.

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.

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Spurs' Danny Green: Sits second half Monday with groin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Nuggets' Will Barton: Tallies 18 points in another spot start
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Barton tallied 18 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and two blocks over 36 minutes in Thursday's 118-104 loss to the Spurs.

Barton took the floor once again with the starting five due to Gary Harris (ankle) remaining sidelined, producing his third straight double-digit scoring effort and fourth in the last five games in the process. The fifth-year pro has shot 50 percent from the floor (14-for-28) over his pair of recent stints with the first unit, while also going 60 percent from long range. However, the majority of the success in the latter category came in Tuesday's shootout with the Lakers, when Barton was perfect from behind the arc. If Harris remains sidelined for Saturday's tilt versus the Clippers, Barton will once again be a viable option in all formats in what would be a third straight start.

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Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Explodes for career-high 35 points in Thursday loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jokic (ankle) went for 35 points (14-22 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks over 38 minutes in Thursday's 118-104 loss to the Spurs.

The star big man shook off an ankle sprain to generate a career-high point total, and he's now either led or co-led the Nuggets in scoring in 10 of the past 18 games. Jokic also has a nice four-game streak of double-doubles going, and he's accomplished the feat in six of his last seven contests overall. With two 30-point efforts in the last three and at least 18 points in each of his last seven outings, Jokic is sporting season-beast averages of 24.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals to date in January.

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Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk: Moved off top line
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Galchenyuk practiced on new line Thursday and will center a unit with wingers Sven Andrighetto and Andrew Shaw when the Canadiens face the Devils on Friday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

Galchenyuk recently returned from a knee injury that cost him 18 games and was handed back his job as the team's top center. Montreal coach Michel Therrien admitted putting him back out there on the No. 1 line may have been too much, too soon. So, it's a temporary shift to a line that will get fewer shifts and ice time, but we fully expect the talented forward's level of play return to where it was prior to the injury. When that happens, Therrien will adjust his lines accordingly.

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