• Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and a steal in the Jazz's devastating Game 5 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night.

    It's safe to say that Gobert's interior defense played a large part in Utah building up a 25-point lead in Game 5. But once Gobert got himself in foul trouble, the game flipped. The Jazz lost by eight but the Stifle Tower still finished a plus-7. If OKC has a chance at winning the series, the key could very well be taking Gobert out of it with aggressive drives and smart ball movement around the rim. If Gobert stays on the floor, the series shouldn't get past Game 6 in Salt Lake City on Friday night.

Fantasy News

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Updating a previous report, Kawhi Leonard (knee maintenance) has officially been ruled out of Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    This was the expectation all along. The only surprise here is how many rhetorical acrobatics the Clippers have performed with his injury designation, from "load management" to "knee soreness" and now "knee maintenance." The truth is that the Clippers' brass acquired Kawhi Leonard's services on the condition that he alone could dictate his availability for regular season games and Kawhi has understandably taken advantage of his leverage. He's annoying to have in fantasy, but he's earned the right as one of the best players on the planet and he hasn't even met his upside this season, sporting a career-low 44% field goal shooting. When that number returns to the mean, watch out.

    Source: NBA Injury Repot

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant will play on Monday after missing over a week with back spasms.

    Morant has returned quickly given his initial week-to-week status and will not be on a minutes limit. Tyus Jones carries minimal fantasy value as long as Morant stays healthy.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Jae Crowder
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jae Crowder is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Warriors due to illness.

    Grayson Allen and Solomon Hill would need to step up if Crowder is unable to play. Crowder has averaged 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds so far this season, but his value could dip when Kyle Anderson is ready to return.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley has a chance to return from his thumb fracture on Monday against the Rockets and is being listed as questionable.

    He's been participating in full contact practice for a week now and the "questionable " has followed him around for each of the last two games, which he missed. This would not be an ideal matchup for Bagley to return, but there's a chance. Upon his return, he'll immediately benefit from the usage vacuum created by De'Aaron Fox's injury, but he'll also lose center minutes to an emergent Richaun Holmes. And deservedly so, as Holmes has been the Kings' most valuable player during the past injury-riddled month. Check back in closer to tipoff for a final update on his status.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) is being listed as questionable against the Bulls on Monday after leaving Sunday's game.

    Even if he doesn't play tonight, it's still a relief to hear that the injury wasn't serious after he was ruled out within minutes of suffering the injury on Sunday. VanVleet has been a top 10 contributor in both assists and steals this season, two categories which don't figure to be negatively impacted by the Lowry's return to the lineup given their symbiotic roles on this Raptors squad. His current top 20 pace isn't sustainable, but he's positioning himself as one of the best draft day steals of the season.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dario Saric
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Dario Saric (lower back soreness) and Mikal Bridges (left finger sprain) are both listed as probable for Monday's game against the Wolves.

    We're listing them together here because there's never too much to read into when it comes to injury reports out of Phoenix. The team tends to overuse their "probable" tags. Both of these players played in the last one and the more immediate concerns with their value are the Suns' big men returning to the lineup in the near future. Aron Baynes' and Deandre Ayton's insertions into the lineup would mean fewer small lineups with Oubre at PF, which would close down opportunities on the wing and in the middle for Bridges and Saric, respectively. The clocks are ticking on their standard leagues relevance.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Damion Lee
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Damion Lee, who has missed the last month with a fracture in his left hand, is listed as probably on Monday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Outside of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, the Warriors inching closer to full health. There's really no takeaway here except that Lee is perhaps yet another young Warriors' wing you should have on your radar. Glenn Robinson and Alex Burks have stepped up in his absence, but where the value will come from in this rotation is impossible to predict on a night-to-night basis.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Updating a previous report, Marcus Smart (eye infection) is not listed on the injury report for Monday's game against the Cavs.

    This is a quick turnaround. Smart went from possibly out to off the injury report entirely in the span of a few hours. Check back in closer to tipoff in case this was a mistake, but the latest signs point to Smart being active despite dealing with a litany of injuries and illnesses in the past few weeks.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon (sore right hand) participated in all of the drills during Monday's practice and is likely to play Monday night against the Clippers.

    His injury was never too serious and they exercised caution last night against a weak Knicks team. He'll be back against much stiffer competition tonight vs. the Clippers, who should remain competitive even without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup. Brogdon's cooled down a bit after his hot start, due in part to a litany of injuries, but he was never going to fall too far down the rankings since his hot start included a career-low FG% which he has since corrected. Fire him up to night and don't fret too much about Victor Oladipo's eventual return. Brogdon is set up to continue to be the Pacers' best player for the duration of the season, barring injury.

    Source: Jeremiah Johnson on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have a plan to "ease back" Deandre Ayton into game action upon his return from a 25-game suspension.

    No explicit mention of a minutes restriction was made, but that's the implication here despite the fact that Ayton has been allowed to practice with the team to keep up his conditioning during the suspension. The expectation, given how well they've played without him, is that Aron Baynes will retain a large role when Ayton returns, and the possibility of playing them together was also floated. Of course, that would be disastrous and it's unlikely that the Suns pursue extended runs with two-center lineups given how well they've played with small lineups. Still, this is a reminder for those of you who have been staring at Ayton at the top of the player rankings for over a month that his ceiling may be hard-capped by the presence of Baynes.

    Source: AZ Central