• Tristan Thompson
    F/C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Thompson, who has missed the last 16 games, is getting closer to a return, but it may not not come in Thursday's game vs. the Knicks. When Thompson does eventually return, it will be interesting to see how the Cavs frontcourt minutes are divvied up with the plethora of options they have, and the team having nothing to play for.

    Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter

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  • Davis Bertans
    F, Washington Wizards

    The Wizards are expecting to receive calls on Davis Bertans, but opposing teams will have a hard time convincing them to make a deal, according to Chris Crouse of HoopsRumors.

    Bertans is averaging a career-high 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 triples so far this season. Many within the team’s front office are huge fans of Bertans and with the franchise looking to improve sooner than later, the Wizards could opt to keep the 27-year-old power forward with the intention of re-signing him this offseason and having him available for a more competitive campaign next year. The Latvian forward is in the middle of a breakout year and owners should enjoy the ride.

    Source: HoopsRumors

  • JaMychal Green
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    The official injury report is listing JaMychal Green as doubtful to face the Raptors on Wednesday.

    A tailbone contusion has limited Green recently as he sat out a couple games before returning on Sunday against the Wizards but only lasting four minutes. Patrick Patterson is likely to get the spot start while Moe Harkless remains the biggest beneficiary in his absence.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard was the main contributor toward the Blazers' 115-87 blowout win over the Knicks on Tuesday as he hit eight threes on his way to a game-high 31 points (9-of-15 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) in 29 minutes.

    Lillard added two rebounds and six assists as well. His production had dipped for a few weeks, but Lillard appears to be back on track. Count on him to stay in the top-10 in the rankings for the season.

  • Anfernee Simons
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Anfernee Simons made the most of some extra garbage time on Tuesday, knocking down four treys as part of a 16-point performance that also included five rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes.

    Simons hit 5-of-9 shots in this one and he's now shooting 42.5 percent from the field. And though he's getting the experience he needs for the future, Simons' role just isn't big enough to support a useful fantasy starter in standard leagues.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside needed just 26 minutes to post a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double with five blocks and two dimes against the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Whiteside has had quite a resurgence this season, and mainly at the free throw line. Last season, he shot 44.9 percent from the line, and this year he's up to a career-high 76.3 percent. Whiteside may lose playing time when and if Jusuf Nurkic (left leg fracture) and Zach Collins (left shoulder dislocation) return, but he should stick in the top-30 for the majority of the season, if not the second-round where he's sitting right now.

  • Bobby Portis
    PF, New York Knicks

    Bobby Portis double-doubled with 11 points (4-of-9 FGs) and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes in a 87-115 blowout loss to the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Portis also added a steal and a block to his total. With the coaching change and possible trades, there aren't many certainties with the Knicks right now. Portis has had hot stretches when he's gotten bigger opportunities on bad teams in the past, and there's a chance it could happen again later this season. Also off the bench was Mitchell Robinson with 14 points (5-of-8 FGs), five rebounds and a block in 27 minutes.

  • Allonzo Trier
    PG, New York Knicks

    Allonzo Trier scored 13 points (4-for-9 FGs) in 14 minutes off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Blazers, adding two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Trier minutes were his highest in a month, as his playing time has been sporadic. The Knicks need to shake things up and develop their young players, so maybe Trier can get back in the regular rotation later in the season. For now, leave him on the wire.

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    RJ Barrett had yet another dreadful game on Tuesday as he made just 1-of-9 field goals in 19 minutes, resulting in just five points and four rebounds as the Knicks were blown out by the Blazers.

    The train wreck rolls on for Barrett and the Knicks. In case you're still holding him in standard leagues, you can cut bait now. Barrett should have a bright future, but it's not likely to be here soon with the terrible efficiency he's shown. Frank Ntilikina didn't fare much better, shooting 1-for-5 for two points, an assist and a steal in 17 minutes. Similarly, Kevin Knox had two points (1-of-7 FGs), three rebounds, three assists and a block in 20 minutes.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid scored a team-high 22 points (8-of-18 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs) and added 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes in a win over the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Embiid's value continues to hover in the late second-round, which is slightly concerning. This may be the new reality now that Al Horford has joined the starting lineup. If you're in a head-to-head league and already concerned about Embiid missing fantasy playoff games, this may be a good time to shop him, as many may not realize Embiid has had a small drop in minutes and just about everything else this season.

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Matisse Thybulle came off the bench for 13 points (5-of-8 FGs), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and three triples in a win over the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Thybulle ended up with some extra run because Josh Richardson didn't get his full complement of minutes in this one. Although Thybulle didn't get his patented defensive stats, it's great to see him getting more comfortable on offense. He will still likely have a hard time putting up consistent standard-league value on such a talented team.