• Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen finally showed signs of life in Monday's 113-108 win over the Kings and woke up with 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds, four 3s and one assist in 30 minutes of action.

    Markkanen has been a huge disappointment so far this season. He managed to shoot the ball well tonight and there's still enough time for him to turn it around. His owners will just have to gut it out and stay patient at this point.

Fantasy News

  • De'Andre Hunter
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    De'Andre Hunter (dislocated index finger) will play in Sunday's game versus the Hornets.

    This is good news for Hunter, who was listed as doubtful just yesterday. Hunter is expected to come off of the bench with Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter starting, but will not have any sort of minute restriction.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Monty Williams said that Aron Baynes "is in a good place" to return from his left calf strain on Monday.

    That's huge news for the Suns and fantasy GMs alike. He had previously been getting ruled out a full day ahead of time so this is a nice turn of events. Baynes should go right back into all lineups as soon as he's active, while this is probably the end of the line for Frank Kaminsky and Cheick Diallo.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter

  • Zhaire Smith
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Zhaire Smith suffered a right leg laceration that required four sutures during a G League game on Friday.

    Smith was expected to compete for minutes in the backcourt with the departure of JJ Redick, but it just hasn't happened. Dynasty managers can keep an eye on him but that's the extent of his fantasy relevance.

    Source: Kyle Neubeck on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kenny Atkinson said that the Nets plan on integrating Kyrie Irving (right shoulder impingement) back into practice "in the next week or two."

    Irving has been shooting but still isn't cleared for contact. The hope is that he can return to team practices within the next week but the team has also built some slack into that timeline just in case. That's a vague outlook that's fitting considering the murkiness of this situation overall, and fantasy GMs can probably anticipate at least another week without Irving available.

    Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter

  • Patrick Patterson
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Back spasms will keep Patrick Patterson out of Sunday's game.

    Patterson was unable to return to Friday's game after leaving with the injury. He's not a fantasy factor.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Matisse Thybulle (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Sunday's game.

    Thybulle left Saturday's game after just nine minutes. The rookie was a revelation early in the year but has floated in and out of the rotation since. Still, even in mid-teens minutes, Thybulle has enough juice to work as a defensive specialist in all formats.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid will play on Sunday against the Raptors, as expected.

    Embiid missed Saturday's game against Cleveland with a "left hip contusion," though the cynical among us will obviously identify that as a rest day. He's had infamous struggles against Marc Gasol but should be in all lineups today.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    After Sunday's practice, Brad Stevens declined to rule Gordon Hayward (fractured left hand) out for Monday's game with the Cavs.

    That sounds promising, though Boston didn't do any live 5-on-5 during today's practice, so they might want Hayward to go through that final step before plugging him back in the lineup. That said, a game against the lowly Cavs would be a great way to ease him back in. Even if Hayward doesn't return on Monday, it seems safe to expect him back in the lineup at some point next week.

    Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Robert Williams (sore right hip) was unable to practice on Sunday and is doubtful for Monday's game.

    Williams is averaging 1.1 blocks in 14.1 mpg on the season, and his likely absence should give Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter more room to breathe. It's a frustrating timeshare that has the three Celtics bigs on the outside looking in on standard-league value.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Delon Wright
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Delon Wright (right adductor strain) has been ruled out of Sunday's game.

    Wright's 21.2 mpg figure to be spread around among Jalen Brunson, Seth Curry and JJ Barea, with Brunson the player most likely to see a notable change in deployment. There are no standard-league pickups here and Wright is worth holding in most leagues despite his relatively disappointing start to the year.

    Source: Chuck Cooperstein on Twitter