• Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela notched three steals and five more blocks in Tuesday's 112-102 win over the Jazz.

    The Rockets are onto the conference finals, and Capela made a name for himself in out-dueling the potential DPOY in Rudy Gobert. He was only able to score five points tonight but made life hard for the Jazz. Capela also wasn't the only Rocket to struggle offensively, as Trevor Ariza scored just two points while Eric Gordon continued to struggle with five points on 2-of-8 shooting. Houston would feel a lot better about their chances next round if either of those two could get back to normal, though they'll have more than a puncher's chance either way.

Fantasy News

  • Dion Waiters
    SG, Miami Heat

    Dion Waiters (illness) has been ruled out for Friday.

    If it's not one thing it's another with Waiters, who isn't a fantasy option in any format.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro (illness) missed Thursday's practice and is questionable for Friday's matchup with the Lakers.

    Herro was on a nice little run before going scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting on Tuesday, and this news only compounds the problem for GMs who just snatched him up off waivers. He's proven to be a streaky player so far in his young career but remains an upside hold in most formats, especially while Justise Winslow, Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters all remain sidelined.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic (groin strain) will not suit up on Friday.

    Dragic has missed the last five games and is becoming tough to hold in 12-team formats, even with top-120 standing in 8-cat leagues. The Heat haven't said anything about a timetable and if you need help immediately, it's probably alright to set Dragic free on the waiver wire. Kendrick Nunn will continue to see extra run.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Justise Winslow
    SF, Miami Heat

    Justise Winslow (back) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's tilt with the Lakers.

    Winslow just can't stay healthy, appearing in only 10 games so far this season. He's safe to drop in 12-team formats if you need immediate production, and the glut of ball-handlers in Miami caps his upside significantly even when healthy.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Robert Williams (sore left hip) has been ruled out for Thursday.

    Williams' absence will give more minutes to Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter. The second-year big man has been on the cusp of top-150 value for most of the season but his floor is shaky as a low-minute guy that needs to block shots by the handful to make him worth the trouble.

    Source: Celtics on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward (facial contusion) is probable to face the Sixers on Thursday.

    Hayward was forced out of last night's game after taking a shot to the face so this is excellent news, as he's avoided a concussion and should be able to return to the lineup immediately.

    Source: Celtics on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    A left eye infection will keep Marcus Smart out of the lineup on Thursday.

    Smart also missed Wednesday's game, which allowed Brad Wanamaker to come through with a solid performance. He's a streaming option on a light four-game night but Smart isn't expected to be out for much longer.

    Source: Celtics on Twitter

  • Moritz Wagner
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Moe Wagner (ankle) was unable to participate in Thursday's practice.

    Wagner has cooled down substantially over the last two games, which just so happened to coincide with him being one of the most popular adds in fantasy basketball. Ian Mahinmi has taken a surprisingly large chunk of the minutes but perhaps that's the Wizards dialing back Wagner's workload while he's hurt. Stick with the sophomore, as he was producing standard-league value even before Thomas Bryant's injury elevated him into a larger role.

    Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers (illness) may be able to play limited minutes on Friday.

    Rivers was unable to play on Wednesday and he should still be considered questionable for tomorrow. Ben McLemore remains the more appealing fantasy option given his scoring upside.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic (right ankle sprain) is listed as out on the early injury report for Friday's game.

    Yesterday, Steve Clifford said that Vucevic could return on Friday, so it's possible that we see an update to his status after tomorrow's pregame activities. For what it's worth, Vucevic went through all of Thursday's non-contact practice. Deep-league GMs might have seen the last of Khem Birch, while Mo Bamba's solid stats (the on-court play is a lot dicier) make him worth a hold to see if he can hang around as a blocks and boards type.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter