• Dennis Smith Jr. - G - New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (sore lower back) was downgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's matchup with the Magic.

    Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson are in line for huge minutes with Smith doubtful, Kadeem Allen out and Allonzo Trier questionable. The Knicks have no reason to push anyone to play through injuries while they fight to keep their lottery pick odds.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

Fantasy News

  • Patrick McCaw - G - Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw (right thumb sprain) is officially listed as questionable for Friday's Game 3.

    McCaw is expected to be available so this could just be a formality, but we'll wait for final word tomorrow either way. He's not a lock to be in the rotation, but he'd likely take Jodie Meeks' minutes as a guy who can help defend Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier and D.J. Augustin.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Chris Boucher - F - Toronto Raptors

    Chris Boucher (back spasms) will not play in Friday's Game 3.

    Boucher is at the very end of the Raptors' bench and is not expected to see any minutes against a heavy Orlando frontline. Eric Moreland will remain the team's third center.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton - C - Phoenix Suns

    When asked what he'll be focusing on this offseason, Deandre Ayton mentiong ball-handling and 3-point shooting.

    Ayton didn't mention his defense, which might be something that the Suns should encourage. Regardless, Ayton looks like he's trying to grow into a true modern big man who can push the ball in transition and stretch the floor a bit. He's a decent mid-range shooter and hits his free throws at a good clip so working on an outside shot shouldn't be a monumental stretch or anything. He was already a third-round player in his rookie season, and if he can add some assists and threes to his game without sacrificing efficiency then we could see another jump in year two.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Dwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards

    Dwight Howard is likely to pick up his $5.6 million player option for next season.

    Howard was limited to nine games because of back/glute problems, so it's not surprising that he'd quickly opt in as it'd be surprising if another team offered him that much on the open market. His presence is going to be a headache for fantasy players that are already looking at Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis for next year.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Gary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris says that he's finally feeling like himself again after struggling with nagging injuries through so much of the regular season.

    Harris missed 25 games for the second time in the last three seasons (the third season featured 15 absences) and had a hard time regaining his form as Denver's bench pieces provided quality play in the interim, meaning he didn't get to jump back into a big role. So far, Playoff Harris looks like the guy that fantasy owners invested middle-round picks in, as he's scored 43 points on 17-of-28 shooting in his first two postseason contests. The injury concerns are obviously there but his frustrating regular season may mean that Harris is available at a discount in next season's drafts.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Ricky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz

    Ricky Rubio put up 17 points with four rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a loss to the Rockets in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    He shot 7-of-17 from the field and had the unfortunate matchup against James Harden for much of this game. Harden hit him with a crossover that sent Rubio to the floor, but he missed the shot. The Jazz have been getting good performances from Rubio and Derrick Favors, but the inconsistent play from the remainder of their roster has left them with a two-game series deficit. The Jazz are heading back to Utah for Game 3 as they will try to steal their first game of the series.

  • Donovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell had another poor shooting night as he went 5-of-18 from the field on his way to 11 points in a Game 2 blowout loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Mitchell shot just 1-of-8 from 3-point territory and 0-of-2 from the stripe. He also had five fouls and four turnovers while playing a team-high 37 minutes. He did add six assists and two steals, but this was a disappointing performance from the second-year rising star. Eric Gordon has been outshining him, but Mitchell has a chance to rectify things as the Jazz head home for Game 3.

  • Derrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz

    Derrick Favors played well in his 22 minutes of action in a Game 2 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

    Although Favors is putting up good numbers in such limited minutes, you should not expect to see him go above 25 minutes at all in this series. He shot 7-of-11 from the field and missed both of his attempts from deep. Also, the Rockets play a lot of small ball as PJ Tucker is their power forward, so Favors is often at a defensive disadvantage when on the court.

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert did not have a great showing in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets as he managed just 11 points and 12 rebounds on 3-of-6 shooting.

    He made five of his seven attempts from the stripe and added one assist and two steals to the stat sheet. He did not record a block in this one which is rare to see from Gobert as he averaged 2.3 blocks per game on the season. Clint Capela has been defending Gobert well, which is making things a lot tougher on the Jazz to score and rebound the ball. Gobert will look to bounce back as the Jazz head home for Game 3.

  • Royce O'Neale - F - Utah Jazz

    Royce O'Neale played well on Wednesday in a Game 2 blowout loss to the Rockets as he had 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting with three triples and four assists.

    O'Neale stepped up as Joe Ingles managed just seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with five steals. He saw 27 minutes of action in this one after seeing just 15 minutes in Game 1. He has guarded James Harden on numerous possessions thus far and it seems as though Harden goes at him every chance he gets. This may be the best game we see from O'Neale all series, but he has given the Jazz some solid run off the bench thus far.