• DeMarre Carroll (knee) is “coming along” and it appears like the Raptors might try to get him back on the floor for the team’s final three games.

    “The last three or whatever games there are when he comes back we will use those as his test lab,” Casey said.  This makes a lot of sense rather than throwing him into the fire in the playoffs, and this will give the Raptors a chance to see if the juice is worth the squeeze.  There’s no real fantasy value here, but there is quite a lot on the line for the No. 2 squad out of the East.

Fantasy News

  • George Hill
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    George Hill played 20 quiet minutes on Thursday, scoring four points and dishing out three assists.

    Hill returned to the court in this game and he was a welcome return for the Bucks. He was not particularly productive in this one, but he is a reliable and steady producer for this team who continues to be underrated from a real team standpoint. He'll be a deep-league option going forward.

  • Khris Middleton
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Khris Middleton continued his strong run of play on Thursday with 28 points, eight rebounds, four triples in 32 minutes against the Pistons.

    Middleton is the perfect Robin to GA's Batman. He just goes to work and does his job. That quiet production has vaulted him to 21st overall in 9-cat leagues because he just doesn't hurt fantasy teams (or the Bucks, for that matter) in any way. Just like his nickname, he has been Khash money all year.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo led from the front in Thursday's win over the Pistons, with 33 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.

    Antetokounmpo was sharp in this game and went right back to his MVP ways after missing the last two games before the All-Star break for the birth of his child. The Bucks are the team to beat right now so we'll see how much rest GA gets going forward after 32 minutes in this blowout.

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown Jr. approached a triple-double on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes.

    Brown went off in garbage time against the Bucks in this one and played more minutes than starting guards Derrick Rose and Svi Mykhaliuk. The wide margin may have played a factor in Rose's 23 minutes. Rose had 12 points in those 23 minutes, while Mykhaliuk struggled and had seven points in 29 minutes. All three of these guards are kind of doing some musical chairs on a night-to-night basis but they may all be late-round plays in deep leagues with some upside. We'll have to monitor how this rotation shakes out especially when Luke Kennard is healthy.

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Christian Wood scored 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds in 27 minutes to lead the Pistons as they got routed by the Bucks on Thursday.

    Wood picked up right where he left off going into the All-Star break and is going to be one of the biggest fantasy contributors on an otherwise disappointing roster. Thon Maker started in this game and played 18 minutes for his 11 points, six boards, three triples and two blocks. Maker could similarly be productive. He has been a good shot blocker and top-120 player since the Andre Drummond trade.

  • Sekou Doumbouya
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Sekou Doumbouya was largely unproductive in a team-high 34 minutes on Thursday, scoring just eight points to go with five rebounds and three assists.

    Doumbouya got a ton of run in this blowout loss to the Bucks and this could be foreshadowing for the upcoming games as the Pistons have nothing to play for. Unfortunately, he didn't produce much here but we have to assume he's going to get more looks. He should be a good volume producer if he gets playing time at this rate.

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon (leg contusion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Warriors.

    Gordon won't play in this one but could return as soon as Saturday. In the interim, the new arrivals in Houston, Jeff Green and DeMarre Carroll, will be available and may get into the game. The Rockets have somewhere between seven and 45 wing players so we'll see how that rotation shakes out today.

    Source: Craig Ackerman on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (bruised left shin) is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Hawks.

    Jones had played seven minutes before going down with the injury. For the short term we should see more of Andre Iguodala and Solomon Hill and we'll see if he can return.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis (sprained right index finger) is probable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Davis popped up on the injury report with this minor finger issue going into the first game out of the break. He should be good to roll on Friday but make sure to check in.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Klay Thompson
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have ruled Klay Thompson (torn left ACL) out for the rest of the season, per Marc Stein.

    Joe Lacob fanned the flames a bit by saying that Thompson might return for the final few games of the year but ultimately it just doesn't make sense to rush Klay back for games that will be completely meaningless. If you've had him stashed on IR in a redraft league, you can cut him loose and use that spot on someone else.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter