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Celtics' Marcus Smart: Will play, start Thursday
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Smart (illness) has been cleared to play and will start at point guard in Thursday's matchup with the 76ers, Celtics play-by-play announcer Sean Grande reports.

Smart dealt with an illness on Wednesday, but with another night off for rest, he feels better and will take the court as usual. The Celtics are set to be without Kyrie Irving (shoulder), so Smart should have added ball-handling responsibility and could see a slight uptick in his overall workload. That said, Smart has already averaged 30.4 minutes per game this season, so it will likely only be a few extra minutes. Terry Rozier is also a candidate to see extended run, though it will be Smart that picks up the start in Irving's place.

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Senators' Johnny Oduya: Back at it Thursday
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Oduya (lower body) will return to action Thursday night against the host Blues.

Oduya's shot-blocking prowess should come in handy against a Blues team that ranks eighth in the league in attempts per game (33.4), but fantasy owners generally haven't had much use for the veteran blueliner since he's only collected six points with a minus-4 rating through 37 games.

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Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele: Out Thursday vs. Sixers
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Yabusele (illness) will not play during Thursday's game against the 76ers, voice of the Celtics Sean Grande reports.

Yabusele is apparently still feeling too ill to participate Thursday. He hasn't been a consistent part of Boston's rotation lately, so his absence shouldn't cause much of a shakeup.

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Celtics' Kyrie Irving: Will not play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Irving (shoulder) will be held out of Thursday's contest against the 76ers, voice of the Boston Celtics Sean Grande reports.

Irving was held out of Wednesday's practice due to a sore left shoulder, which is still giving him enough discomfort to keep him from participating in Thursday's tilt. With his absence, Terry Rozier will likely see an expanded role. In Irving's most recent absence Dec. 11 against Chicago, Rozier played 28 minutes, posting 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt), five assists and three rebounds.

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Rangers' Curt Casali: Signs NRI deal with Texas
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Casali agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Thursday which includes an invitation to spring training.

Casali was recently released by the Angels on Tuesday after agreeing to an NRI deal with the club just a couple months prior. The 29-year-old only appeared in nine games with the Rays last season, and will likely only serve as added organizational depth for the Rangers moving forward, with Robinson Chirinos, Juan Centeno and Brett Nicholas all ahead of him on the pecking order.

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