• Kristaps Porzingis
    PF/C, New York Knicks

    James Dolan – executive chairman of the Knicks – said Wednesday that Kristaps Porzingis' recovery from his ACL tear could hold him out 'from December to him being out for the season.'

    Dolan said many things about the future of the Knicks including talking down about now ex-coach Jeff Hornacek, Porzingis' return, and how the Knicks "can't just sit on our [butts] while he's away." Dolan seems ignited by the disappointing season the Knicks suffered through but wants to find a coach that will understand how to get through to his players. In terms of Porzingis' return, we will have to see how his summer rehab goes and what the updates are that come out. It could be a headache with the young unicorn next season which will make him a risky fantasy option.

    Source: New York Post

Fantasy News

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Both Nikola Vucevic (right ankle sprain) and Markelle Fultz (illness) were able to go through morning shootaround and will be game-time decisions on Friday night.

    Both were considered doubtful as of yesterday but clearly they're improving. It's typically safer to keep players on benches in their return games, just to shake the rust off, but you can at least have one plan that includes Vucevic and Fultz in the lineup tonight. Check back closer to game-time for an update.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Avery Bradley (right leg) will have his minutes limit increased to 20 on Friday night.

    Bradley just returned from a hairline fracture in his leg and played 16 minutes in his first game back, so this is just part of the progression. He's not a standard-league option and may still not be even when he returns to full strength.

    Source: Kyle Goon on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (left hamstring strain) is now probable to face the Heat on Friday.

    Rondo's return to the lineup will have a negative effect on Alex Caruso. The veteran was playing well before this latest injury and can be looked at as an option for assists.

    Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (left ankle sprain) will not play on Friday.

    Fantasy GMs will need to find someone else to provide top-300 value tonight — seriously, he's a top-260/290 player (8/9-cat) and should not be as widely rostered as he is.

    Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to a 114-99 win on Thursday with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.

    Jokic hasn't gone into full Joker mode yet, but tonight is about what you'd expect and want from him. There might still be some impatient owners looking for those juicy triple-doubles and high scoring numbers so a buy-low may be in the cards still.

  • Jamal Murray
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray logged 28 minutes on Thursday, scoring 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting while adding six rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.

    Murray was dealing with the funnily named "trunk contusion" but came back and delivered against the Blazers tonight. Deploy him in all of your lineups. Will Barton logged 35 minutes, scoring 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting while adding 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two 3-pointers and continues to be one of the most consistent scorers on the Nuggets.

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap scored six points 3-of-7 shooting while adding five rebounds and a block on Thursday.

    Millsap was dealing with a foot injury and Jerami Grant (20 points, five rebounds, two steals and five triples in 31 minutes) was having a great game so Millsap took extra rest.

  • Gary Harris
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with one rebound, two assists and three triples on Thursday.

    Harris is starting to heat up, but we've seen this before this year so there's some skepticism about his season-long value. Feel free to ride him out while he's hot though.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside hosted another block party, swatting four shots to go with his 33 points on 15-of-21 shooting with 11 boards, two assists and a triple on Thursday.

    Whiteside continues to throw up some huge numbers and the situation is just perfect for him. He'll continue to post huge numbers as long as he's healthy and his 12.5 boards and 2.4 blocks a game are propelling him inside the top-10 on the year.

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard struggled shooting in Thursday's outing vs. the Nuggets, scoring 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting while adding two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two triples.

    Lillard only scored five points in the first half, but had a game-high in assists. Teams continue to send doubles and play over on screens against Lillard as he's one of the few threats on offense for the Blazers. He's still a first-round value play.