July 12, 2018, 8:51 pmShaquille Harrison - G - Phoenix Suns
Shaquille Harrison led the Suns with 17 points and added eight rebounds and six assists, while Davon Reed added 16 points and five boards on Thursday.
Harrison and Reed are both trapped behind the newly-paid Devin Booker in the guard rotation for the Suns. There's a chance either of them could have some deep-league appeal if things go awry, but for the time being they're just mainly fun Summer League players to keep an eye on.
April 18, 2019, 3:49 pmKyle Anderson - F - Memphis Grizzlies
Kyle Anderson underwent successful thoracic outlet decompression surgery on Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery before the Grizzlies' 2019 training camp.
Anderson was hampered by injuries throughout the 2018-2019 campaign. Hopefully, this operation will allow Anderson to bounce back from a disappointing season.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
April 18, 2019, 1:36 pmPatrick McCaw - G - Toronto Raptors
Patrick McCaw (right thumb sprain) is officially listed as questionable for Friday's Game 3.
McCaw is expected to be available so this could just be a formality, but we'll wait for final word tomorrow either way. He's not a lock to be in the rotation, but he'd likely take Jodie Meeks' minutes as a guy who can help defend Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier and D.J. Augustin.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 18, 2019, 1:21 pmChris Boucher - F - Toronto Raptors
Chris Boucher (back spasms) will not play in Friday's Game 3.
Boucher is at the very end of the Raptors' bench and is not expected to see any minutes against a heavy Orlando frontline. Eric Moreland will remain the team's third center.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
April 18, 2019, 1:16 pmDeandre Ayton - C - Phoenix Suns
When asked what he'll be focusing on this offseason, Deandre Ayton mentiong ball-handling and 3-point shooting.
Ayton didn't mention his defense, which might be something that the Suns should encourage. Regardless, Ayton looks like he's trying to grow into a true modern big man who can push the ball in transition and stretch the floor a bit. He's a decent mid-range shooter and hits his free throws at a good clip so working on an outside shot shouldn't be a monumental stretch or anything. He was already a third-round player in his rookie season, and if he can add some assists and threes to his game without sacrificing efficiency then we could see another jump in year two.
Source: The Athletic
April 18, 2019, 12:35 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard is likely to pick up his $5.6 million player option for next season.
Howard was limited to nine games because of back/glute problems, so it's not surprising that he'd quickly opt in as it'd be surprising if another team offered him that much on the open market. His presence is going to be a headache for fantasy players that are already looking at Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis for next year.
Source: The Athletic
April 18, 2019, 11:43 amGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris says that he's finally feeling like himself again after struggling with nagging injuries through so much of the regular season.
Harris missed 25 games for the second time in the last three seasons (the third season featured 15 absences) and had a hard time regaining his form as Denver's bench pieces provided quality play in the interim, meaning he didn't get to jump back into a big role. So far, Playoff Harris looks like the guy that fantasy owners invested middle-round picks in, as he's scored 43 points on 17-of-28 shooting in his first two postseason contests. The injury concerns are obviously there but his frustrating regular season may mean that Harris is available at a discount in next season's drafts.
Source: The Athletic
April 18, 2019, 1:13 amRicky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz
Ricky Rubio put up 17 points with four rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a loss to the Rockets in Game 2 on Wednesday.
He shot 7-of-17 from the field and had the unfortunate matchup against James Harden for much of this game. Harden hit him with a crossover that sent Rubio to the floor, but he missed the shot. The Jazz have been getting good performances from Rubio and Derrick Favors, but the inconsistent play from the remainder of their roster has left them with a two-game series deficit. The Jazz are heading back to Utah for Game 3 as they will try to steal their first game of the series.
April 18, 2019, 1:06 amDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell had another poor shooting night as he went 5-of-18 from the field on his way to 11 points in a Game 2 blowout loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.
Mitchell shot just 1-of-8 from 3-point territory and 0-of-2 from the stripe. He also had five fouls and four turnovers while playing a team-high 37 minutes. He did add six assists and two steals, but this was a disappointing performance from the second-year rising star. Eric Gordon has been outshining him, but Mitchell has a chance to rectify things as the Jazz head home for Game 3.
April 18, 2019, 1:00 amDerrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors played well in his 22 minutes of action in a Game 2 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
Although Favors is putting up good numbers in such limited minutes, you should not expect to see him go above 25 minutes at all in this series. He shot 7-of-11 from the field and missed both of his attempts from deep. Also, the Rockets play a lot of small ball as PJ Tucker is their power forward, so Favors is often at a defensive disadvantage when on the court.
April 18, 2019, 12:56 amRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert did not have a great showing in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets as he managed just 11 points and 12 rebounds on 3-of-6 shooting.
He made five of his seven attempts from the stripe and added one assist and two steals to the stat sheet. He did not record a block in this one which is rare to see from Gobert as he averaged 2.3 blocks per game on the season. Clint Capela has been defending Gobert well, which is making things a lot tougher on the Jazz to score and rebound the ball. Gobert will look to bounce back as the Jazz head home for Game 3.