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    • Jimmy Butler MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: X-rays negative
      2h ago

      X-rays on Butler's knee came back negative following Friday's game versus the Rockets, but he will still undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of his injury, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports

      Butler went down with a non-contact knee injury late in the third quarter of Friday's game and had to be helped to the locker room. While the initial results of his X-rays are cause for optimism, the MRI set for Saturday will shed light on the severity of the injury. Jamal Crawford and Shabazz Muhammad would presumably be in line for a siginificant bump in minutes should Butler ultimately be sidelined going forward, while Tyus Jones could see some extended run in the backcourt as well. Expect an update once the team provides more clarity on the situation.

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    • Blake Griffin DET PF
      Pistons' Blake Griffin: Struggles in Friday's loss
      2h ago

      Griffin produced 17 points (5-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, one assist and six turnovers across 35 minutes during a 110-98 loss to the Celtics on Friday.

      Griffin's recent struggles with his shot continued Friday as he managed just 17 points on 19 field goal attempts. The struggle continued a recent trend as he shot 40 percent or below from the field for the fourth time in the last five games. Griffin also has at least five turnovers in three straight games.

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    • Reggie Bullock DET SF
      Pistons' Reggie Bullock: Scores 13 points on 13 shots
      2h ago

      Bullock produced 13 points (5-13 FG, 3-9 3Pt), one rebound, one assist and one block across 31 minutes during a 110-98 loss to the Celtics on Friday.

      Bullock played despite a recent illness, and got off 13 field goal attempts for the fourth consecutive game. He wasn't very efficient, though, as he shot below 40 percent for the second time in the last three games. Bullock looks to be a solid low-end option for owners in need of three-pointers and points.

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    • Ish Smith DET PG
      Pistons' Ish Smith: Drops team-high 20 points in loss
      2h ago

      Smith tallied 20 points (9-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists and two rebounds across 33 minutes during a 110-98 loss to the Celtics on Friday.

      Smith's 20 points marked a team high as he hit the 20-point mark for the second consecutive game. He won't be consistently good each game, but Smith will continue to be a decent option while Reggie Jackson (ankle) is sidelined. Over the last five games, he's averaging 14.0 points on 56.0 percent shooting, 5.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

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    • Kyrie Irving BOS PG
      Celtics' Kyrie Irving: Drains four triples in Friday's win
      2h ago

      Irving recorded 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt), six assists, five rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes during a 110-98 win over the Pistons on Friday.

      Irving had a solid all-around game as the team got back on a winning track Friday. He drained at least four three-pointers for the second consecutive game. Irving, who is averaging just shy of 25.0 points per game this season, has seen his scoring numbers drop slightly recently, as he's scored 21 points or below in three of his last four games.

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    • Daniel Theis BOS PF
      Celtics' Daniel Theis: Goes for season-high 19 points
      2h ago

      Theis contributed 19 points (8-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks across 21 minutes during a 110-98 win over the Pistons on Friday.

      Theis put together his best all-around game of the season as he scored a season-high 19 points and contributed across the board. The performance came out of nowhere, as he had only scored in double figures twice previously during 2018. Theis has scored in double figures in consecutive games only once all season, so a repeat performance isn't likely.

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    • Aron Baynes BOS C
      Celtics' Aron Baynes: Will not return Friday
      4h ago

      Baynes will not return to Friday's game against the Pistons due to a sore left elbow, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

      Baynes got the start at center, but exited the contest after just three minutes. In his absence, look for Marcus Morris to get some extra run against his former squad, while Daniel Theis and the recently acquired Greg Monroe figure to see an increased workload as well. The big man's status is seemingly up-in-the-air for the second half of the team's back-to-back set versus the Knicks on Saturday.

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    • Tyson Chandler PHO C
      Suns' Tyson Chandler: Out Friday
      5h ago

      Chandler (neck) is out for Friday's contest against the Clippers.

      Chandler was originally listed as doubtful for the contest due to not practicing Thursday and being slated for an MRI. With him out of the picture Friday, Alex Len, Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss are all candidates to see expanded roles.

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    • Ivica Zubac LAL C
      Lakers' Ivica Zubac: In line for expanded role
      5h ago

      Zubac, according to coach Luke Walton, "will get more opportunities coming off a great game in Minnesota," Shahan Ahmed of NBC4 Los Angeles reports.

      Zubac exploded for 19 points and 11 boards in just 20 minutes during the Lakers' last game before the All-Star break. After showing some flashes last season -- 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 16.0 minutes per game -- Zubac has mostly been a G-League presence this year, as the team has deployed a combination of Brook Lopez and Julius Randle at center. It appears Zubac will garner more run moving forward, however, especially considering the team's place in the standings.

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    • Thon Maker MIL C
      Bucks' Thon Maker: Shifting back to bench Friday
      6h ago

      Maker, due to John Henson's (hamstring) return, will move back to the bench for Friday's contest against the Raptors.

      Over the past three games with Henson out, Maker had averaged 9.7 points and 3.0 rebounds across 22.7 minutes per game. With Henson's return, he'll likely regress back to his usual workload, which is at 18.1 minutes per game on the season.

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    • Thomas Bryant LAL C
      Lakers' Thomas Bryant: Recalled from G-League
      10h ago

      Bryant was recalled from the G-League's South Bay Lakers on Friday in advance of Los Angeles' game against the Mavericks.

      Bryant has only received spot minutes with LA this season, appearing in seven games, totaling nine points, four rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes. That said, he's been a prominent figure on the organization's G-League squad. With South Bay, he's averaging 19.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks across 29.9 minutes per game. He's also shooting 60.4 percent from the field and drilling 1.8 threes per game at a 36.3 percent mark.

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    • Nerlens Noel DAL C
      Mavericks' Nerlens Noel: Won't play before Monday
      10h ago

      Noel (thumb) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Lakers and Saturday's game against the Jazz, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.

      Noel -- out since Nov. 22 due to a broken thumb -- won't have an opportunity to work his way back into the rotation until at least Monday, though there's no guarantee he'll be available that day. More information on his availability should emerge as the team continues to go through practices and shootarounds throughout the weekend.

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    • Blake Griffin DET PF
      Pistons' Blake Griffin: Struggles in Friday's loss
      2h ago

      Griffin produced 17 points (5-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, one assist and six turnovers across 35 minutes during a 110-98 loss to the Celtics on Friday.

      Griffin's recent struggles with his shot continued Friday as he managed just 17 points on 19 field goal attempts. The struggle continued a recent trend as he shot 40 percent or below from the field for the fourth time in the last five games. Griffin also has at least five turnovers in three straight games.

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    • Daniel Theis BOS PF
      Celtics' Daniel Theis: Goes for season-high 19 points
      2h ago

      Theis contributed 19 points (8-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks across 21 minutes during a 110-98 win over the Pistons on Friday.

      Theis put together his best all-around game of the season as he scored a season-high 19 points and contributed across the board. The performance came out of nowhere, as he had only scored in double figures twice previously during 2018. Theis has scored in double figures in consecutive games only once all season, so a repeat performance isn't likely.

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    • Jordan Bell GS PF
      Warriors' Jordan Bell: Ruled out Saturday
      4h ago

      Bell (ankle) will not play Saturday against the Thunder.

      As expected, Bell will sit out Saturday's contest as he continues to work back from an ankle injury. His next opportunity to take the floor will be Monday against New York.

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    • Draymond Green GS PF
      Warriors' Draymond Green: Probable with shoulder soreness Saturday
      4h ago

      Green is probable for Saturday's contest against the Thunder due to right shoulder soreness.

      Green likely picked up the injury during Thursday's tilt against the Clippers, where he logged 37 minutes and posted 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block. The injury doesn't appear to be serious, however, as the team is listing it simply as soreness. More information on his availability should emerge following the team's Saturday morning shootaround.

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    • Pau Gasol SA PF
      Spurs' Pau Gasol: Entering starting five Friday
      5h ago

      Gasol will start at center for Friday's contest against the Nuggets, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

      Coach Gregg Popovich noted earlier in the day that he would be switching up his starting five, though didn't give any indication of what they might be. We know now that Gasol and Aldridge will be in the frontcourt. Gasol has started 53 of the 56 games he's appeared in, averaging 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists in those starts.

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    • John Collins ATL PF
      Hawks' John Collins: Starting at power forward Friday
      6h ago

      Collins will be starting at power forward for Friday's game against the Pacers, KL Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports. Usual starter Ersan Ilyasova is in the midst of a buyout agreement with the team.

      Collins appears to have a good chance of starting the remainder of the year given the situation with Ilyasova and the Hawks' place in the standings. The rookie out of Wake Forest has shown flashes throughout the season and has started five games, averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and a combined 2.4 steals/blocks across 27.7 minutes in those contests.

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    • Thaddeus Young IND SF
      Pacers' Thaddeus Young: Drops 20 in Friday's win
      6m ago

      Young scored 20 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt) while adding five steals, four rebounds, an assist and a block in 32 minutes during Friday's 116-93 win over the Hawks.

      The Pacers' defense played as big a role in the rout as their offense. as Young was one of three Indiana players to record at least four steals on the night. The 29-year-old hasn't had a great February so far, coming into Friday's game averaging 11.7 points, 7.7 boards and 2.5 assists on the month, but the streaky forward is capable of putting together a strong run if he heats up.

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    • Taurean Waller-Prince ATL SF
      Hawks' Taurean Prince: Scores 14 in Friday's loss
      26m ago

      Prince scored 14 points (6-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt) while adding seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in 27 minutes during Friday's 116-93 loss to the Pacers.

      The 23-year-old is now averaging 13.8 points, 3.1 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.1 steals in February, numbers that put Prince on the fantasy radar in many formats. Given the lack of talent around him on the Hawks, that might well be about his ceiling for the remainder of the season, but his development arrow is pointed in the right direction.

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    • Reggie Bullock DET SF
      Pistons' Reggie Bullock: Scores 13 points on 13 shots
      2h ago

      Bullock produced 13 points (5-13 FG, 3-9 3Pt), one rebound, one assist and one block across 31 minutes during a 110-98 loss to the Celtics on Friday.

      Bullock played despite a recent illness, and got off 13 field goal attempts for the fourth consecutive game. He wasn't very efficient, though, as he shot below 40 percent for the second time in the last three games. Bullock looks to be a solid low-end option for owners in need of three-pointers and points.

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    • Wesley Johnson LAC SF
      Clippers' Wesley Johnson: Starting Friday
      4h ago

      Johnson will get the start at small forward for Friday's game against the Suns, Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com reports.

      Johnson will replace Danilo Gallinari (elbow) in the starting lineup. He has averaged 27.6 minutes per game in 28 starts this season compared to just 17.3 in 24 as a reserve. He figures to see a simliar workload Friday.

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    • Danny Green SA SF
      Spurs' Danny Green: Will not play Friday
      4h ago

      Green (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Nuggets.

      News of Green's illness was reported shortly before pregame warmups, which subsequently resulted in a questionable designation. The veteran sharp shooter will ultimately be sidelined for the contest, which figures to open up playing time for Bryn Forbes and Manu Ginobili. His next opportunity to play will be Sunday against the Cavaliers.

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    • Danny Green SA SF
      Spurs' Danny Green: Questionable with illness
      5h ago

      Green is questionable for Friday's contest against the Nuggets due to an illness, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

      This is the first news of Green nursing an illness. If he ultimately ruled out for the contest, Bryn Forbes, Manu Ginobili and Brandon Paul are all candidates to pick up some extra minutes.

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    • Jimmy Butler MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: X-rays negative
      2h ago

      X-rays on Butler's knee came back negative following Friday's game versus the Rockets, but he will still undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of his injury, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports

      Butler went down with a non-contact knee injury late in the third quarter of Friday's game and had to be helped to the locker room. While the initial results of his X-rays are cause for optimism, the MRI set for Saturday will shed light on the severity of the injury. Jamal Crawford and Shabazz Muhammad would presumably be in line for a siginificant bump in minutes should Butler ultimately be sidelined going forward, while Tyus Jones could see some extended run in the backcourt as well. Expect an update once the team provides more clarity on the situation.

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    • Jimmy Butler MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: Heads to locker room Friday
      3h ago

      Butler got helped to the locker room Friday after suffering an apparent leg injury in non-contact situation, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com reports.

      Butller had posted 14 points and four rebounds across 25 minutes before exiting the game late in the third quarter. The severity of the injury is not known at this time, but expect an update on his status once more information is provided.

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    • Eric Gordon HOU SG
      Rockets' Eric Gordon: Officially out Friday
      5h ago

      Gordon (illness) has officially been ruled out for Friday's tilt verus the Timberwolves, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

      Gordon turned up on the injury report a few hours before tip-off due to an illness, and has now ultimately been ruled out for the contest. Gerald Green and Joe Johnson both figure to see increased run off the bench in his absence. His next opportunity to return to the court will be Sunday versus the Nuggets.

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    • Eric Gordon HOU SG
      Rockets' Eric Gordon: Questionable due to illness
      6h ago

      Gordon is considered questionable to play Friday against the Timberwolves due to an illness, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Gordon missed the Rockets' last game before the break with a minor knee injury, but now it's an illness that's landed him on the injury report. Coach Mike D'Antoni implied that Gordon could end up being close to a true game-time call, but if he sits out, both Gerald Green and Joe Johnson could pick up increased minutes off the bench.

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    • Trevor Ariza HOU SG
      Rockets' Trevor Ariza: Will join starting five Friday
      6h ago

      Ariza (hamstring) will re-enter the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Timberwolves, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports. Luc Mbah a Moute will be pushed to the bench as a result.

      Ariza has missed the team's past nine contests while nursing a strained left hamstring, but the All-Star break apparently allowed enough time for him to recover. Assuming he's not under any restrictions, he'll likely jump back into his usual 35.0-minute per game role, where he's averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 threes, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals.

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    • Alex Abrines OKC SG
      Thunder's Alex Abrines: Logs seven minutes off bench in win
      7h ago

      Abrines played seven minutes off the bench in Thursday's win over Sacramento.

      Abrines came into the game nursing a left hip injury, but he went through a full practice Wednesday and did not appear to be bothered by the issue in his limited minutes. The Thunder started Josh Huestis at shooting guard Thursday, but he played only 15 minutes, while each of the other four starters saw at least 34 minutes.

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    • Ish Smith DET PG
      Pistons' Ish Smith: Drops team-high 20 points in loss
      2h ago

      Smith tallied 20 points (9-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists and two rebounds across 33 minutes during a 110-98 loss to the Celtics on Friday.

      Smith's 20 points marked a team high as he hit the 20-point mark for the second consecutive game. He won't be consistently good each game, but Smith will continue to be a decent option while Reggie Jackson (ankle) is sidelined. Over the last five games, he's averaging 14.0 points on 56.0 percent shooting, 5.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

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    • Kyrie Irving BOS PG
      Celtics' Kyrie Irving: Drains four triples in Friday's win
      2h ago

      Irving recorded 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt), six assists, five rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes during a 110-98 win over the Pistons on Friday.

      Irving had a solid all-around game as the team got back on a winning track Friday. He drained at least four three-pointers for the second consecutive game. Irving, who is averaging just shy of 25.0 points per game this season, has seen his scoring numbers drop slightly recently, as he's scored 21 points or below in three of his last four games.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Tallies 12 points in return
      2h ago

      Smart totaled 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt), six assists and three rebounds across 26 minutes during a 110-98 win over the Pistons on Friday.

      In his return from an 11-game absence, Smart made a solid contribution off the bench. The 26 minutes he received is close to his normal workload, so it doesn't look like the team is going to ease him back into his role too much. Smart will continue to provide owners with decent assist and steal numbers.

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    • Tyreke Evans MEM PG
      Grizzlies' Tyreke Evans: Will not return Friday
      2h ago

      Evans will not return to Friday's game versus the Cavaliers due to a rib injury.

      The severity of the injury is not known at this time. The Grizzlies were pretty much out of the game when the team ultimately ruled Evans out, so they may just be exercising caution. His night will end with 15 points, 10 assists, and three triples across 31 minutes. His status for Saturday's matchup versus the Heat is seemingly up-in-the-air at this time.

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    • Patty Mills SA PG
      Spurs' Patty Mills: Starting Friday
      3h ago

      Mills will get the start at shooting guard for Friday's game against the Lakers, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

      Mills will replace Danny Green (illness) in the starting lineup. He will draw a favorable matchup versus the Lakers, which makes him an intriguing DFS play. The veteran guard averaged 4.9 more minutes per game in 13 starts this season compared to 46 as a reserve.

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    • Mario Chalmers MEM PG
      Grizzlies' Mario Chalmers: Active Friday
      5h ago

      Chalmers (ankle) will be available for Friday's game versus the Cavaliers.

      Chalmers hurt his ankle in the team's final game before All Star Weekend, but it appears the break was enough time to recover. He is set to back up Andrew Harrison at point guard.

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