• Kyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics

    Kyrie Irving led the Celtics to a 124-107 wire-to-wire victory over the Pelicans on Monday with 26 points, 10 assists, five triples, five steals and five boards.

    The Celtics have struggled to start the season but they moved into 6th place in the East with tonight's win. They are only 4-6 in their last ten outings. Irving has been doing his part and is a top-12 value on the season after being drafted in the second round this year.

Fantasy News

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) has been ruled out of Thursday's Game 3 against the Nets and Greg Monroe will start in his place.

    Game 3 has quickly become an absolute must-win for the Nets, who can't afford to squander an opportunity with Philadelphia losing their major matchup advantage at center. Monroe, Boban Marjanovic, Jonah Bolden and Mike Scott will take up most of the center minutes tonight, though we may see Ben Simmons log some time at the five considering he'd like to get more post touches. Embiid's health is going to determine the length of Philly's playoff run, but we doubt that the Sixers would put the cart before the horse here with the Nets proving to be a very capable opponent. If he can't get close to full strength in the coming days, this first-round series will get very, very interesting. Embiid was unable to play tonight despite two days off since Game 2, which is not a great sign with Game 4 set for Saturday afternoon.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • James Ennis III - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    James Ennis III has been cleared to play more than 12 minutes in Thursday’s matchup against the Nets but coach Brett Brown didn’t specify an exact number of minutes that he would be limited to.

    The Sixers can use all the help they can get off of their bench and Ennis III is a valuable member of that unit. Expect him to play around the 20 minute limit but with no official word from head coach Brown, it will be hard to predict.

    Source: Tom Moore on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) is a game-time decision ahead of Thursday's tip-off against the Nets.

    Embiid has been a game-time decision throughout this series and the same can be said for Thursday's Game 3. Check for a status update prior to tip-off but expect Joel to be in the starting lineup.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Jared Dudley - F - Brooklyn Nets

    As expected, the Nets have officially listed Jared Dudley (right calf tightness) as available for Thursday’s matchup against the Sixers.

    Dudley’s defensive contribution off the bench was crucial in their Game 1 victory. The Nets could have used his skill set in Game 2. Look for him to take all of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s playing time as the Nets try to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Enes Kanter - C - Trail Blazers

    Enes Kanter (right hand contusion) is not on the official injury report ahead of Friday’s game against the Thunder.

    Kanter has proven to be a valuable piece in this first round series as he faces his former team. The hand injury he suffered in Game 2 will not affect his availability for Friday.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks

    Tim Hardaway Jr. had successful surgery for a stress injury to his left tibia and is expected to begin rehabilitation immediately.

    With the surgery now behind Hardaway Jr., he will begin on his road to recovery. The Mavs expect him to be ready for basketball activities prior to the start of training camp. Continue to watch his recovery because there is still a chance that he will not be healthy enough to start next season.

    Source: Isaac Harris on Twitter

  • Kyle Anderson - F - Memphis Grizzlies

    Kyle Anderson underwent successful thoracic outlet decompression surgery on Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery before the Grizzlies' 2019 training camp.

    Anderson was hampered by injuries throughout the 2018-2019 campaign. Hopefully, this operation will allow Anderson to bounce back from a disappointing season.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • 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