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Zach LaVine    G  Bulls

 

 

Zach LaVine will not play in both ends of a back-to-back for the remainder of the season. This means two things. The Bulls will continue to be cautious with LaVine's knee and it improves their chances of landing the top pick in the 2018 Draft. The Bulls have four more back-to-back sets this season, so LaVine will miss at least four more contests the rest of the way. It's still unclear if he will play on either Monday vs. the Nets or Tuesday vs. the Hornets.

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Feb 25 - 1:49 PM

Eric Bledsoe    G  Bucks

 

 

Eric Bledsoe (left wrist soreness) is expected to play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans according to coach Joe Prunty. The injury happened late in Friday's game and the Bucks listed him as probable on the injury report. Bledsoe will be re-evaluated after warmups and is technically a game-time call, but barring a setback, he should be fine.

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Feb 25 - 1:22 PM

Darren Collison    G  Pacers

 

 

Darren Collison (knee) will not play on Monday vs. Dallas. Coach Nate McMillan isn't expecting Collison to return during their road trip, so the earliest we will see him based on that timetable is Mar. 5 against the Bucks at home. Cory Joseph and Joe Young will hold down the fort at point guard with Lance Stephenson getting a bump in value off the bench.

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Feb 25 - 12:04 PM

Enes Kanter    F/C  Knicks

 

 

Enes Kanter said he wants to remain with the Knicks next season. "This is the place I want to be," Kanter said. "I’ve said it from the beginning because I know the organization." Kanter has a player option for $18.6 million next season, but it's still unclear what he's planning to do with it. "I’m not saying I’m opting in or opting out," Kanter said. "I’m going to focus on this season, finish this season." Kanter has been very productive with the Knicks and it's best for his fantasy value if he stays in New York.

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Feb 25 - 11:59 AM

Jonathan Isaac    F  Magic

 

 

The Magic have recalled Jonathan Isaac (ankle) from the G-League. He practiced in the G-League and got in a couple games as well, setting him up for a return as soon as Monday vs. the Thunder. Isaac has plenty of upside, but we expect the Magic to bring him along very slowly which could limit his fantasy appeal for a while.

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Feb 25 - 11:30 AM

Gordon Hayward    G/F  Celtics

 

 

Gordon Hayward (leg) isn't ready to travel with the Celtics on road trips yet. According to coach Brad Stevens, the Celtics want Hayward to do more conditioning and strength work on an anti-gravity treadmill before clearing him to travel. "It doesn’t look like it’s any time in the next couple of weeks," Stevens said. "We talked the other day. He’s gonna do another alter-G process or progress starting on Sunday where he goes from 60 percent of his body weight all the way to 100, and then once he gets to 100 — once he can do stuff where he’s running or jumping, then it makes sense to bring him on the road." There's been no indication that we'll see Hayward return this season.

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Feb 25 - 10:20 AM

Joe Johnson    G/F  Rockets

 

 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni has been impressed by veteran Joe Johnson. "Joe Johnson played really well," coach Mike D’Antoni said on Friday. "He’s getting more comfortable, especially in the second half. I’ve known Joe forever and he’s a machine. He just keeps playing, doesn’t get tired, he’s strong, and just really understands his game. If you watch it, he’s really good." Johnson has played 31 and 22 minutes in his first two games as a Rocket, a number that will surely go down once Eric Gordon gets healthy. There's no reason to own Johnson outside of very deep leagues.

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Feb 25 - 10:17 AM

Dirk Nowitzki    F/C  Mavericks

 

 

Dirk Nowitzki said he's planning on playing one more season. "I signed up last summer for two years," Nowitzki said. "I would love to play next year again. But we’ll kind of see how the rest of the season plays out and how I feel in the summer. But as of now, I want to play again next year. I feel OK. I only missed one game. So the body is holding up OK." While this is good news, this also gives Dallas even more reason to be careful with him down the stretch.

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Feb 25 - 10:10 AM

Richaun Holmes    F/C  76ers

 

 

76ers coach Brett Brown said he played Richaun Holmes on Saturday to make sure his entire rotation stays engaged. In other words, it's not a lock that he will be used over Amir Johnson again. "Right now my motivation is I know that Richaun has value, I know that he has things that he can bring to the table and I respect how he’s handled himself when he wasn’t playing that much," Brown said. "I know it’s my job to keep him alive and tonight was an example of that and I thought he did very very well." Holmes ended up with four points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes, and it's almost absurd at this point that Brown has been using Amir Johnson over him this long. We'll see what happens Sunday.

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Feb 25 - 10:01 AM

Troy Williams    F  Knicks

 

 

Troy Williams scored 14 points in just 12 minutes on Saturday vs. Boston, hitting 6-of-9 shots with four rebounds and one steal. He had four points in six minutes during his debut and is fitting in nicely with the Knicks. "It’s me trying to fit into the system,’’ Williams said. "They’ve been doing this for the season. I’m not trying to change nothing. I’m trying to fit into the program. It’s coming naturally." The Knicks wanted to get more athletic and Williams can certainly bring that to the table. With the Knicks in rebuilding mode, we could see a lot more of Williams if he continues to play well.

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Feb 25 - 9:54 AM