• Chris Paul - G - Houston Rockets

    Chris Paul scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with five assists and a rebound on Thursday.

    Paul was the only Rockets player that could buy a bucket in the first quarter and he was doing a decent job of carrying the offense, but the team couldn't get it going as a whole and suffered a pretty tough loss on the road.

Fantasy News

  • Robert Covington - F - Minnesota Timberwolves

    Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) was able to go through a limited practice on Thursday but will not travel with the Wolves on their upcoming two-game road trip.

    Covington was able to do some shooting drills that involved jabbing, pivoting and running before the break and it looks like another week has done him some good. We'd imagine that there's a minutes restriction upon RoCo's return considering he's already missed 20 games — and the team would be wise to decrease his playing time a bit either way — but it's a good time to pick him up if he's been dropped in any of your leagues.

    Source: Jon Kraqczynski on Twitter

  • Luc Mbah a Moute - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    Luc Mbah a Moute (sore knee) will not travel with the Clippers for their next two games.

    Mbah a Moute has only appeared in four games all season, so what's two more absences? There's no fantasy appeal here.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Wilson Chandler - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    Wilson Chandler (right quad strain) will miss at least two more games.

    Chandler isn't traveling on the Clippers' short road trip but it sounds like he'll be available sometime soon. With Landry Shamet seemingly locked into the starting five, it looks like Chandler will be coming off the bench for LA — not that it hurts his already-minimal fantasy appeal.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Landry Shamet - G - Los Angeles Clippers

    Landry Shamet will continue to start for the Clippers, according to Doc Rivers.

    The team is going with a three-guard configuration with Shamet starting alongside Patrick Beverley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. It's big news for the rookie's fantasy outlook, and he's worth a look if you need 3-pointers. In three games with the Clips, Shamet has scored 17, 15 and eight points with at least one steal and two 3-pointers in each contest — he only say 24 minutes in that third game, a blowout against Phoenix. The arrow is pointing up here.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • E'Twaun Moore - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    E'Twaun Moore will only play in one of the Pelicans' upcoming back-to-back set, though it hasn't been determined if he'll play on Friday vs. Indiana or on Saturday vs. the Lakers.

    Moore left last Thursday's game with a left knee contusion but was able to return. He's fallen back to deep-league consideration after starting the year as a 12-team asset.

    Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter

  • Elfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton (sprained right ankle) will return to the starting lineup on Friday against the Pacers.

    Payton has missed the last nine games with his ankle injury, which is his third lengthy absence of the season. His return will bump Frank Jackson to the bench and could push Tim Frazier out of the rotation, though we'd imagine that there's room for everyone until Payton looks 100 percent again. He's worth adding in most formats.

    Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans

    Anthony Davis will play in Friday's game against the Pacers.

    New Orleans plays the Lakers on Saturday, and we'd bet on Davis sitting that one out. Unless the NBA rethinks its stance on forcing the Pelicans to play their superstar it's going to be a very awkward environment for the rest of the way. Fantasy owners can plug him into lineups tomorrow but this has the looks of a day-by-day situation, which is going to be a massive headache.

    Source: Will Guillory on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra said that he's "not necessarily planning on playing" either Goran Dragic (right knee surgery) or Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) on Thursday against the Sixers.

    Both players are available tonight but Spoelstra cautioned yesterday that they might need some more time before getting thrown back into the mix. Their returns will cloud Miami's already-muddled rotation even further, with players like Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk, Rodney McGruder and James Johnson among those who will feel the biggest impact. Pretty much everyone on the Heat is going to have some change in playing time, though that might not happen until Dragic and Jones get back to full strength.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • JR Smith - G/F - Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Bucks have interest in J.R. Smith, per Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

    Smith was sent away from the Cavs in November because of his behavior, and while the team wants to move him they're also hesitant to buy him out. He's guaranteed $3.9 million for next season and will get $15.7 million if he's on Cleveland's roster on July 1, so the team is hoping to deal him between the end of this season and July. Good luck with that — had anyone been willing to offer some kind of asset, a deal would've been struck already.

    Source: The Athletic

  • TJ Warren - F - Phoenix Suns

    T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) is improving and has been taking spot-up shots, but has yet to do anything "dynamic" as he attempts to return to the court.

    So that's definitely no contact practices, and it sounds like he may not be in the cutting and jumping phase, either. Warren has been ruled out of Thursday's game already and we'd imagine that he misses a few more unless he can participate in the team's next practice. Mikal Bridges, Kelly Oubre and Josh Jackson will continue to pick up extra minutes.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter