• Greg Monroe
    PF/C, Boston Celtics

    Greg Monroe will be a pivotal part of the Celtics’ bench once the playoffs start and Brad Stevens hopes that his recent shooting performances are indicative of better things to come.

    Monroe had a triple-double against the Bulls last Friday that included an efficient 8-for-10 from the field, followed by Sunday’s 17-point, 7-for-8 performance against the Hawks. “Well, we need him to play well. He’s a good offensive player, and so we need him to continue to take advantage of the things that he does best, score around the rim and pass the ball and those type of things,” said the Celtics’ head coach. Monroe didn’t join the team with expectations regarding his role, or the amount of touches he would get in Stevens’ schemes, but as injuries continued to claim players, Monroe’s importance grew to the point where he is being used as the primary playmaker. Boston has a back-to-back set coming up and Monroe should finish the season strong as long as the team doesn’t hold him back for “rest” purposes.

    Source: Boston Herald

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  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan (dislocated right middle finger) will be re-evaluated next week.

    It means he'll miss Saturday's game at least, though he won't need surgery here. Jarrett Allen and Nicolas Claxton should get the center minutes while Jordan's healing up, with Allen potentially hitting his tantalizing ceiling if DJ has to miss a handful of games. It doesn't sound like Jordan will miss too much time as of right now, so you can feel free to hold him if you're inclined to do so.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Rudy Gay
    SF, San Antonio Spurs

    Rudy Gay (assumed rest/illness) will not play on Friday night.

    On the official injury report, the Spurs have simply listed Gay's illness/injury as a semi-colon, so we're going to take a stab at it and say he's either sick or getting the night off. Gay has been a late-round option this season and doesn't need to be rostered in 12-team leagues as the Spurs have dialed him back to just 22.5 mpg and his percentages have dipped.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams (right knee contusion) is questionable to play on Friday.

    Adams wasn't present on OKC's injury report last night, but things have changed. He was set to be re-evaluated today so keep an eye out for updates. With Nerlens Noel also questionable, it could be Mike Muscala and Justin Patton as the only centers available tonight.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness) has been ruled out of Friday's game.

    Porzingis was set to play on Wednesday but got ruled out after warmups, and him being ruled out so early in the day is a disheartening development. A supposedly minor issue has led to a multi-week absence for KP now, and fantasy GMs just have to sit tight in the meantime. Maxi Kleber will continue to have standard-league appeal while Porzingis is on the mend.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    RJ Barrett (sprained right ankle) will miss at least the next week of action.

    He'll be re-evaluated in a week, but at least X-rays came back negative after he was forced out of action last night. Damyean Dotson, Frank Ntilikina, and maybe even Wayne Ellington or Allonzo Trier could get into the mix a bit more. Barrett isn't someone you need to hold in redraft formats as his terrible percentages have already left him as someone to deploy in specific punt builds, with just moderate value even in those situations.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro (left knee bruise) was able to participate in Friday's shootaround and will go through pregame warmups to see if he can play against the Thunder.

    Herro sat out Wednesday's game but there's at least a chance he returns tonight. If that happens it would mean a slight downgrade for Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic.

    Source: Miami Heat on Twitter

  • Justise Winslow
    SF, Miami Heat

    Justise Winslow (back) will miss the next two weeks and then be re-evaluated.

    If you're still holding onto Winslow in a league with fewer than 16 teams, you're probably some kind of saint, but also you can feel free to cut him now. Derrick Jones and James Johnson have recently snapped up rotation spots and should continue to get that opportunity going forward.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl Anthony Towns (left knee sprain, illness) is still being listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Friday's game versus Pacers.

    This is a non-update and we won't dignify it with fresh analysis. You and us both will just have to check back in closer to game time to see if he returns tonight.

    Source: Chris Hine on Twitter

  • Bruno Caboclo
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Bruno Caboclo has been diagnosed with a left knee bone bruise and will miss 4-6 weeks.

    Caboclo likely helped some readers win championships last year with some eye-opening performances during the fantasy playoffs and it's looking like his next chance to contribute to fantasy teams will come smack dab in these year's fantasy playoffs. However. Caboclo's star has since fallen with the signing of Jonas Valanciunas and the dual emergence of Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke. While it's good that the former first-round project has carved out a spot in the pros, he's not worth monitoring in fantasy this season.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Edmond Sumner
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers have assigned Edmund Sumner and Alize Johnson to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and, as a result, neither player will be available to play on Friday night against the Wolves.

    This is a procedural move. With the Pacers getting healthy they have no need for these two. Sumner is a player to monitor in the very deepest and/or dynasty leagues due to his intriguing steal rate, but otherwise there's nothing to see here.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter