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Justise Winslow    F  Heat

 

 

Justise Winslow (left knee) will not return against the Blazers on Wednesday. The team is calling it a knee strain and they're already announcing he will be re-evaluated on Thursday. Winslow didn't have a clear injury in this game, but obviously something is wrong if the team is going to rule him out and maybe it's a lingering issue from a previous game. The Heat are already really shorthanded and may have to go with a seven-man rotation the rest of the way. Maybe Jordan Mickey plays today, but he's not worth adding.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 8:32 PM

Austin Rivers    SG  Clippers

 

 

Rivers has been ruled out for the remainder of Wednesday's matchup with the Magic as he undergoes concussion testing, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports. Rivers took an elbow to the head in the second quarter of the Clippers matchup with the Magic on Wednesday and has been ruled out for the rest of the game as he undergoes concussion testing. The Clippers next game is Friday against the Wizards, and Rivers should be considered questionable for that matchup until more information comes out. Prior to the injury, Rivers played 17 minutes, recording nine points, two rebounds, one steal and one block.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 8:30 PM

Trevor Ariza    G/F  Rockets

 

 

Trevor Ariza (foot) will be a game-time call for Wednesday against the Hornets, but it sounds like he's expected to play. The training staff didn't indicate anyone was hurt, but Ariza will only be held out of this game if his foot hurts after warmups. For now, expect him to give it a go.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 8:30 PM

Austin Rivers    G  Clippers

 

 

Austin Rivers (face) will not return against the Magic on Wednesday. The team said he is being tested right now, and it's certainly possible he suffered a concussion. Jonathon Simmons' elbow caught Rivers in the face pretty hard and Rivers was down for a couple minutes before going to the locker room. C.J. Williams got the start in the third quarter, but Lou Williams is likely looking at even more minutes. Milos Teodosic could also get some more chances to produce along with Wes Johnson.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 8:24 PM

Nicolas Batum    G/F  Hornets

 

 

Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start against the Rockets on Wednesday. He went through warmups and everything apparently went well. Batum may not have his usual green light as a shooter because he's struggling and he may not be 100 percent.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 8:22 PM

Nicolas Batum    SG  Hornets

 

 

Batum (elbow) will start at shooting guard for Wednesday's matchup with the Rockets, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports. Batum was held out of Monday's contest with some lingering elbow soreness, but will rejoin the lineup Wednesday and take on his normal starter's role. The Hornets aren't reporting any restrictions, so as long as Batum doesn't suffer any in-game setbacks, he should be good for a full workload. With Batum back, Jeremy Lamb should head back to the bench and see decreased minutes.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 8:09 PM

Nicolas Batum    G/F  Hornets

 

 

Barring a setback during warmups, Nicolas Batum (elbow) is expected to start vs. Houston on Wednesday. Batum's likely return would send Jeremy Lamb back to the bench, but Lamb has proven fantasy-worth no matter where he begins games.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 8:08 PM

Austin Rivers    G  Clippers

 

 

Austin Rivers (face) went to the locker room in the second quarter on Wednesday. There was just seven seconds left in the first half, so we'll see if he starts the third quarter. Jonathon Simmons' elbow caught Rivers in the face as Simmons was driving to the basket and Rivers was down for about two minutes. We'll let you know if he starts the second half, but if not it could be Lou Williams or Sindarius Thornwell.

Rotoworld

Dec 13 - 8:05 PM

Nikola Mirotic    PF  Bulls

 

 

Mirotic will get the start in Wednesday's matchup with the Jazz after Lauri Markkanen was a last minute scratch from the starting lineup. Mirotic will shift back to the starting lineup Wednesday after Lauri Markkanen was ruled out just before gametime. Mirotic was very successful in the starting lineup on Monday, recording 24 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 7:55 PM

Lauri Markkanen    PF  Bulls

 

 

Updating a previous report, Markkanen (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Jazz. The Bulls recently announced that Markkanen would play and start at power forward, though he must have dealt with some last second discomfort and is now a late scratch. With Markkanen out, Nikola Mirotic will pick up the start and becomes an intriguing fantasy play after posting 24 points and eight rebounds across 32 minutes on Monday. Markkanen's next opportunity to play will be Friday against the Bucks.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 13 - 7:54 PM