Dwyane Wade will play Thursday on the second night of a back-to-back while Wayne Ellington (ankle) will be active but not expected to play.
The Heat are going with their same active players as Wednesday night. Rodney McGruder got 31 minutes as a starter and Derrick Jones Jr. fouled out in just 17 minutes despite getting the start. Wade had 26 minutes and he may see a slight decrease, but the Heat are thin right now due to injuries. Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters all remain out.
Source: Anthony Chiang on TwitterOctober 18, 2018, 6:47 pm
Brett Brown said Thursday Mike Muscala (ankle) is out "for a while."
Muscala was already ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bulls but now we get more clarity on his recovery. The Sixers are going to go with smaller lineups and a lot of Amir Johnson off the bench. T.J. McConnell could also see his minutes stay up, and rookie Jonah Bolden may get a chance to play.
Source: Tom Moore on TwitterOctober 18, 2018, 6:24 pm
Dwight Howard (buttock) has been ruled out for Thursday's season opener vs. Miami.
This is a bit of a shocker as Howard practiced four days in a row including shootaround and contact practice Thurdsay. Howard is deemed to still need more practice time. This will open up Ian Mahinmi to start and more minutes for Markieff Morris.
Source: Chris Haynes on TwitterOctober 18, 2018, 6:13 pm
The Pacers have signed Davon Reed to a two-way deal.
Reed, the 32nd pick in the 2017 draft, was waived Tuesday after the Suns could not find anyone to take him in a trade. He is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on TwitterOctober 18, 2018, 5:29 pm
Moritz Wagner (left knee contusion) is listed as out for Thursday's season opener.
Wagner showed off his offensive ability in Summer League before suffering a knee contusion that has kept him out all training camp. The Lakers are expected to run a lot of small ball lineups as their only active centers are JaVale McGee and Ivica Zubac. Expect to see Kyle Kuzma and possibly LeBron James at the five while Wagner is out.
Source: NBA.comOctober 18, 2018, 5:26 pm
Wayne Ellington (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable ahead of Thursday's game against the Wizards.
Ellington was originally expected to miss both Wednesday's and Thursday's game. He was oddly upgraded to "available" right before Wednesday's game and is now questionable ahead of Thursday's. We do not expect him to play, but if he does it would be on heavily restricted minutes.
Source: Anthony Chiang on TwitterOctober 18, 2018, 5:22 pm
Justise Winslow (right hamstring strain) is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Wizards.
This is according to plan as Winslow was effectively ruled out for the whole back-to-back prior to Wednesday's game. Wayne Ellington was upgraded to questionable, but the Heat rotation should look very similar to Wednesday's game. Rodney McGruder and Derrick Jones Jr. both started Wednesday, logging 31 and 17 minutes respectively.
Source: Anthony Chiang on TwitterOctober 18, 2018, 5:18 pm
Dion Waiters (ankle) is out for Thursday's game.
Waiters is still recovering from ankle surgery and does not have a clear timetable. If you do not have a free IR spot, you can leave him on the waiver wire.
Source: Anthony Chiang on TwitterOctober 18, 2018, 5:07 pm