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  • Rudy Gay SF | SA

    Spurs' Rudy Gay: Decent outing in return

    Gay (wrist) started at power forward and posted 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 22 minutes Wednesday in the Spurs' 105-101 win over the Mavericks.

    Aside from DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes, Gay and the Spurs' other two starters all saw more limited run than usual while coach Gregg Popovich opted to get more shooters on the floor in the narrow victory. It was still at least good to see Gay back on the court in any fashion after a wrist injury had sidelined him for the previous five games. Pau Gasol moved to the bench to clear a spot in the starting five for the 32-year-old.

  • Joel Embiid C | STE

    76ers' Joel Embiid: Questionable with back tightness

    Embiid is questionable for Thursday's game against the Pacers due to back tightness, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. '

    Embiid is coming off a monster performance in Tuesday's win over Minnesota with 31 points and 13 rebounds in just 27 minutes, but the big man appears to be dealing with some lingering back problems. Expect Embiid to be a game-time decision Thursday night.

  • Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Limited in return

    Hollis-Jefferson (groin) played only seven minutes Wednesday in the Nets' 145-142 overtime victory over the Rockets, finishing with three points (1-3 FG, 1-1 FT) and four rebounds.

    As was reported prior to the contest, Hollis-Jefferson was on a strict minutes limit in his return from a seven-game absence due to the strained groin. He'll likely have his playing time monitored carefully for the next couple of games, so the forward probably won't warrant an immediate activation for fantasy managers who had been stashing him while he was dealing with the injury. Once back to full strength, Hollis-Jefferson should step back into a starting role at power forward, which may hurt the respective values of DeMarre Carroll, Rodions Kurucs and Treveon Graham to some extent.

  • Raptors' Malachi Richardson: Back with Raptors 905

    Richardson was assigned to the Raptors 905 for Thursday's game against the Swarm, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.

    Given that the Raptors are potentially very light on depth for Thursday's game with C.J. Miles (hip) questionable and Kawhi Leonard (rest) and OG Anunoby (personal) out, an opportunity for Richardson to get some quality minutes with Toronto may have been open, but he will remain on assignment for Thursday's G League contest.

  • Pelicans' Julius Randle: Third straight 20-point outing

    Randle tallied 23 points (6-8 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 8-8 FT), seven rebounds and three assists across 22 minutes Wednesday in the Pelicans' 147-140 loss to the Warriors.

    While Randle was incredibly efficient from the field en route to his third consecutive 20-plus-point outing, his minutes count might have been the most notable takeaway from his stat line. After falling below the 30-minute mark just once in his previous 14 games, Randle was benched for extensive stretches as coach Alvin Gentry ran the hot-shooting Nikola Mirotic alongside Anthony Davis in the frontcourt. With Mirotic healthy again and in strong form, Randle's playing time and overall numbers will likely take at least a slight dip moving forward.

  • Knicks' Mitchell Robinson: Good to go Thursday

    Robinson (groin) will be available for Thursday's game against the Wizards, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.

    After going through practice Wednesday and shootaround Thursday morning, Robinson has been deemed fit to play for the game in London. Given that Robinson has been out for the last month, the Knicks will likely ease him back into the rotation, meaning Luke Kornet and Noah Vonleh could see most of the minutes at center for now, especially with Enes Kanter not making the trip.

  • C.J. Miles SF | TOR

    Raptors' C.J. Miles: Questionable for Thursday

    Miles (hip) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Suns, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.

    With Kawhi Leonard (rest) and OG Anunoby (personal) already ruled out, Miles being absent for the third straight game would really leave the Raptors light on depth on the wing. It's unclear what the status of Miles' linger hip issue is, but he will likely end up being a game-time decision against Phoenix.

  • OG Anunoby SF | TOR

    Raptors' OG Anunoby: Out again Thursday

    Anunoby (personal) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Suns, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.

    This will be Anunoby's second straight absence due to personal reasons, and there hasn't been any indication of how long he will be out. With Kawhi Leonard (rest) also out Thursday, the Raptors will be fairly light on wing depth, which likely means extended minutes for Normal Powell as a starter against Phoenix.

  • Jacob Evans SG | GS

    Warriors' Jacob Evans: Back with NBA team

    Evans played the final five seconds of the third quarter of Wednesday's 147-140 win over the Pelicans and accrued no statistics.

    It was a two-point game when Evans entered the contest, but he was inserted merely to spare Stephen Curry of a potential foul on the Pelicans' final possession of the quarter. Though the rookie has played in the last two games, the appearances have been in end-of-quarter and garbage-time scenarios, suggesting he's not trending toward earning a permanent rotation spot. In fact, Evans could be in danger of serving as one of the Warriors' healthy inactives Friday against the Clippers with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) scheduled to enter the lineup for his season debut.

  • Damion Lee SG | GS

    Warriors' Damion Lee: Excelling in G League

    Lee totaled 20 points (7-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 28 minutes Wednesday in the G League Santa Cruz Warriors' 116-82 win over the Austin Spurs.

    In his third season in the G League, Lee has been a go-to option for Santa Cruz, averaging 19.9 points (on 47.1 percent shooting from the floor), 5.4 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.0 steal in 31.7 minutes per game over 14 appearances. As a two-way player, Lee occasionally makes cameos at the NBA level, but all of his action has come exclusively in the G League since Christmas Day.

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