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Whiteside finished Monday's 119-111 loss to the Bulls with nine points (3-7 FG, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 20 minutes.
Though he's suited up for the Heat's last 10 games following a month-long absence due to a knee injury, Whiteside has exceeded 30 minutes just once, with head coach Erik Spoelstra regularly relying on Kelly Olynyk and rookie Bam Adebayo to play center down the stretch in contests. Whiteside, who didn't return to Monday's game after checking out with 5:52 remaining in the third quarter, was a game-worst minus-20 while he was on the floor, making it difficult to quibble with Spoelstra's decision after the team was able to trim a 19-point deficit to as little as five while the star center was on the pine. With Olynyk and Adebayo both faring well in their extended opportunities of late, Whiteside may continue to remain a spectator late in games, limiting the latter's nightly upside in DFS contests.
Morris did not practice Tuesday after rolling in ankle in Monday's loss to the Bucks, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
With the Wizards about to head out on a five-game road trip, it's possible that the team is electing to be extra cautious with Morris, but it's unclear exactly how severe the ankle injury is. The team should have an official update on Morris' status following shootaround Wednesday morning in Charlotte.
Reed, who made his NBA debut in Sunday's loss to the Pacers with a five-minute appearance off the bench, said he doesn't feel 100 percent healthy yet five months removed from surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Reed acknowledged that he still needs to learn to trust his knee again following the long layoff after the procedure, which he underwent in training camp. While Reed isn't listed on the Suns' injury report heading into Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers and may not be subject to periodic rest, it's unlikely interim head coach Jay Triano will count on the rookie for hefty minutes, even once Reed approaches full health. The second-round pick is buried on the depth chart at both wing spots and seems likely to see extensive time with the Suns' G League affiliate at Northern Arizona later this season.
House has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers due to an illness, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
House fell ill at some point after Sunday's loss to the Pacers and didn't make the trip to Portland, as the Suns evidently wanted to give him some time off to recuperate. The second-year swingman could rejoin the team in Denver ahead of Friday's game against the Nuggets, but his absence Tuesday could loom large with fellow small forwards T.J. Warren (back) and Josh Jackson (hip) listed as questionable. Jackson seems more likely of the two to play and could be in store for a huge workload, making him an appealing DFS target.
Jackson (hip) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Jackson sat out last Friday against the Rockets with a strained hip, but returned two days later to deliver a career-high 21 points to go with six rebounds and three assists across 30 minutes while starting at small forward in place of T.J. Warren (back). Though the injury limited Jackson in practice Monday, he looks like a decent bet to pick up another start, given that Warren, who is also listed as questionable, was held out of the practice session entirely. In addition, one of the Suns' other reserve options at small forward, Danuel House, has been ruled out with an illness, potentially putting Jackson in line for another sizable workload. With four consecutive double-digit scoring outings on his ledger and hefty minutes likely on tap Tuesday, Jackson could make for an attractive DFS option.
Neto played 12 minutes in Monday's loss to the Pacers, which marked his return to action following a concussion and a knee injury.
The reserve guard had been on the shelf since early-December, but he was finally cleared to play Monday and finished with five points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-2 FT) and three assists off the bench as the Jazz fell to the Pacers 109-94. Expect Neto to continue to pick up minutes at point guard behind Ricky Rubio going forward, though he's rather unlikely to be an impact player in most fantasy formats.
Warren (back) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Though he made the trip to Portland with the rest of the Suns, Warren was unable to practice Monday, so he may actually be closer to doubtful than questionable for the tilt with Portland. The Suns will presumably evaluate Warren during morning shootaround Tuesday before determining his availability later that evening, but if he's ultimately sidelined for a second straight contest, Phoenix could be short on small-forward depth. Danuel House (illness) has already been ruled out for the contest and Josh Jackson (groin) is questionable, so if those two players and Warren are all unavailable, deep reserves Jared Dudley and/or Davon Reed could be asked to play major minutes.
Chriss (hip) is considered doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Chriss' right hip flexor injury prevented him from completing Monday's practice, so barring dramatic improvement overnight, it looks as though he'll miss his third straight game. That should open up another start at power forward for Dragan Bender, who has played 30-plus minutes in each of the past three contests to varying results. After compiling 34 points on 12-for-21 shooting from the field over the first two contests, Bender turned in a stinker Sunday against Indiana, failing to score while missing all seven of his shots and turning the ball over seven times.
As a player on a two-way contract, Mathiang's stint with the NBA team will likely be brief, though it appears he'll be a candidate to dress for the Hornets in Wednesday's game against the Wizards. Mathiang has been nothing more than an end-of-bench option this season for the Hornets, appearing in only three games and logging no more than five minutes in any contest.
Crowder posted seven points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 21 minutes in Monday's 118-108 loss to the Warriors.
Crowder continues to play a decidedly modest role in the Cavaliers' offense despite typically drawing starts at power forward. The six-year veteran has only managed double-digit scoring thrice in the last 11 games, and both his shot attempts (7.3) and scoring average (8.4) are his lowest since the 25-game stint with the Mavericks to open the 2014-15 campaign that preceded his trade to the Celtics. The 27-year-old's usage could see an even further downturn once Isaiah Thomas becomes fully incorporated into the offense, although the on-court rapport he has with his former Boston teammate could potentially lead to a handful of additional scoring opportunities for Crowder off feeds from the latter.