• Caris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets

    In coach Kenny Atkinson’s latest lineup configuration, Caris LeVert shifted to the second unit and teamed with Spencer Dinwiddie for the best game for each player since they returned last month from respective long-term injuries.

    It is a combination Atkinson sounds likely to stick with at least Wednesday night against the Cavs, with Allen Crabbe playing alongside All-Star D’Angelo Russell in the starting lineup. LeVert had been slow to regain his rhythm following a 10-week absence with a foot injury, averaging 9.3 points and shooting 35.1 percent from the floor over his first nine appearances and the move to the second unit has been great so far. The move also helped Dinwiddie who finished with 16 points on Monday, his highest total in three games since returning from a thumb surgery and on 6-for-8 shooting, after missing 17-of-25 shots in his previous two appearances.

    Source: NY Post

Fantasy News

  • Isaiah Hartenstein - F/C - Houston Rockets

    Isaiah Hartenstein (right Achilles soreness) will not play on Sunday against the Pelicans.

    Hartenstein has been sidelined for over a week now and is buried on the depth chart in Houston, so there's no fantasy impact.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Trevor Ariza - F - Washington Wizards

    Trevor Ariza (left groin strain) will not play in Saturday's game against the Heat.

    Ariza didn't participate in morning shootaround and was listed as doubtful. He might be done for the season with the Wizards just about toast in the playoff race. Troy Brown should continue to start and log 30-plus minutes with regularity, so he's at least worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) may be able to return to the lineup on Sunday against the Spurs.

    That's a big development, with Danny Ainge hinting earlier in the week that Baynes might sit for the rest of the regular season. There isn't much fantasy impact but it's a big lift for the Celtics.

    Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said that Gordon Hayward (concussion protocol) is "close" and wouldn't rule him out for Sunday's game.

    Hayward has missed three games with the injury but it does look like he'll be able to return to the floor next week, if not tomorrow. If he hit waivers while sidelined you can feel free to pick him up.

    Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum (illness) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Celtics.

    With Cody Zeller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also out, the Hornets are down three regulars as their playoff hopes hang in the balance. We'll see if Dwayne Bacon can improve upon the four points, five rebounds and five assists he put up in Thursday's start.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Donatas Motiejunas - F - San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs are close to signing forward Donatas Motiejunas.

    Motiejunas made his name with the Rockets but has been in China over the last two years. We're not expecting him to play much off the bench in San Antonio, and he'll likely need to outplay Dante Cunningham to be near the rotation at all.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum (illness) is now doubtful for Saturday's matchup with the Celtics.

    Regardless of whether or not he plays, Dwayne Bacon will be in the starting lineup again. Batum has been an underwhelming late-middle round player this year and fantasy owners that need to get over the hump to survive a playoff matchup can feel free to move on.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Tyler Johnson - G - Phoenix Suns

    Tyler Johnson (sore right knee) will not play against the Kings on Sunday.

    Johnson will miss his fifth consecutive game as Devin Booker will continue operating as the team's starting point guard. De'Anthony Melton has seen an increase in playing over over the last three with 24.0 minutes per game which is not quite enough for standard fantasy league value.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter

  • Josh Jackson - F - Phoenix Suns

    Josh Jackson (right ankle sprain) has been ruled out against the Kings on Saturday.

    Jackson injured his ankle in the third quarter of Thursday's game and although it was not expected to be serious he does not offer enough upside to hold on to while in the fantasy playoffs. Mikal Bridges, Dragan Bender and Troy Daniels may all see a minute increase with Bridges being the only one you can trust in fantasy.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum (illness) is questionable to play against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Batum came off the bench for the first time in eight seasons last game in favor of Dwyane Bacon. Bacon put up four points, five rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes and might be in line for more minutes if Batum sits the next game out.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter