• Mario Hezonja scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Heat.

    Victor Oladipo is almost certainly going to miss the rest of the season after getting six stitches from a Hassan Whiteside elbow tonight.  Their games run Sunday, Monday and Wednesday and the best guess for a return if he does come back would be Wednesday against the Hornets.  That’s all besides the point as the Magic now have a built-in excuse to give their rookie some unadulterated minutes and we think he’s much better than a coin flip to return top-125 value over the next three games with mild upside beyond that. 

Fantasy News

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) is listed as probable for Friday's game.

    Baynes has been out since mid-January, but he's returning at the same time as Deandre Ayton which eliminates all fantasy value. Either way, after 13 games on the shelf, Baynes should help stabilize Phoenix's defense even if he's not a fantasy factor.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Edmond Sumner
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Edmond Sumner (sore hip) is questionable to face the Knicks on Friday.

    Sumner started the year as Indiana's backup PG but a right hand fracture put him at the back of the line. Healthy or otherwise, Sumner isn't much of a fantasy asset these days.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley (rest) will not play on Friday.

    A rest game coming out of the All-Star break is a funny look, but the Jazz go back-to-back and play Houston on Saturday, which is far more meaningful than tomorrow's tilt with the Spurs. Expect extra touches to funnel to Joe Ingles in that one.

    Source: Tony Jones on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton (left ankle soreness) is probable to play on Friday against the Raptors.

    Ayton should be returning from a two-game absence. He's been dynamite whenever he's been available this season and that shouldn't change going forward. Expect Ayton to deliver early-round lines on a nightly basis.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers are listing TJ Warren (sore back) as questionable for Friday's game.

    Warren was healthy heading into the break, and on a nice little run to boot. Victor Oladipo hasn't been good enough to start affecting Warren's offensive output just yet but that time will come. He should still hold middle-round value either way. If he's unable to play tomorrow, look for Doug McDermott to be the big beneficiary.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Thomas Bryant (right foot soreness) is questionable to play on Friday.

    Bryant sat out the four games before the All-Star break but was able to go through practice on Wednesday, so we're cautiously optimistic that he can get back on the floor tomorrow. He's been a slight letdown with just top-100 standing this season, but he belongs in all lineups whenever he's active.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Ian Mahinmi
    C, Washington Wizards

    Ian Mahinmi (right foot soreness) is questionable for Friday's game.

    Mahinmi held the fort admirably while Washington dealt with a glut of frontcourt injuries but now that Thomas Bryant and Moritz Wagner are back, he's only an option in the deepest of leagues if he plays.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot plantar fasciitis) will not play on Friday.

    McKinnie inked a four-year deal with the Cavs after getting waived by the team initially, though he's still only getting 14.3 mpg on the season. That's not enough to spread around the rotation and anyone to emerge as a fantasy option.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Ante Zizic
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Ante Zizic (illness) is probable to play on Friday.

    Zizic was sidelined by a case of vertigo that the Cavs termed a vestibular condition, and even if he's unlikely to see many minutes it's good to know that he's approaching a clean bill of health. The trade deadline couldn't have gone worse for Zizic's prospects, so he's waiver wire material.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons (back tightness) will sit out Thursday's game against the Nets.

    Simmons first reported the issue at yesterday's practice and it's enough to keep him out of the Sixers' first game back as they scrap for home court in the first round. More treatment wasn't enough to get him ready for this one and it should mean more minutes for guys like Alec Burks, Raul Neto and Furkan Korkmaz off the bench. Maybe Al Horford returns to the starting five, too.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter