• 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

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  • Zhaire Smith
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Zhaire Smith (left ankle sprain) is being listed as available to play in Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

    Smith may see a few minutes if Joel Embiid (questionable) can't go, but he is not on the fantasy radar right now.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left hand surgery) is being considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Warriors as he has yet to be evaluated by the hand surgeon.

    It would seem that Embiid is closer to sitting out than playing if he has yet to be cleared by the surgeon, though he has a shot to suit up. Al Horford would start at C again while minutes will be open for wings and bigs throughout the rotation should Embiid be unable to go for this one.

    Source: Tom Moore on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving (personal) and DeAndre Jordan (finger) are not listed on the Nets injury report ahead of Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Irving is ready to rock after missing Sunday's game against the Knicks to grieve. He's going to be playing with a heavy heart after losing a close friend and is someone to target in DFS lineups for his ability to blow up. DeAndre Jordan may get back into the starting lineup for this one as well.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
    SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (illness) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Luwawu-Cabbarrot is merely a depth option for the Nets and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo (ruptured right quad tendon) is expected to come off the bench and be on a minutes limit in his season debut against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    The Pacers are going to ease their star SG back into the lineup after missing just over a year of action due to the devastating injury he suffered last January. Oladipo should eventually supplant Jeremy Lamb take over the starting SG job where he'll pair with offseason acquisition Malcolm Brogdon in the backcourt.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner was sent home before Tuesday's practice as he continues to battle an illness.

    Turner missed Sunday's game against the Blazers and is in danger of missing Victor Oladipo's season debut as well. If Turner can't go, Domantas Sabonis and Goga Bitadze should see extra minutes.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon has two more steps to complete in the concussion protocol but stated that he is optimistic about returning to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

    If Brogdon can go, we'll get a glimpse of what the Pacers backcourt will look like going forward, as Victor Oladipo will be making his season debut. Brogdon has battled a multitude of injuries this year, so it is not a given that he will return. If Brogdon can't go, T.J McConnell and Aaron Holiday would see extra minutes.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said on Tuesday that he isn't sure if Kyrie Irving (personal) will play against the Pistons on Wednesday, but the team is 'optimistic' that he will be out there after he returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Keep tabs on the situation as more information rolls in. If Irving sits this one out, Spencer Dinwiddie would start at PG again and maintain peak usage.

    Source: Alex Schiffer on Twitter

  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan (right middle finger dislocation) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    With Jordan back in the lineup, Jarrett Allen will take a hit as the two will presumably return to splitting C minutes. Nicolas Claxton had seen extra run the past few games, but he will be relegated to deeper-reserve status for this one.

    Source: Alex Schiffer on Twitter

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) is being listed as questionable to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Porzingis has been a top-45 9/8 cat asset over the past week on the back of 14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.3 treys per game in 26.1 minutes. Although he has shot poorly, 37 percent from the floor, his ability to hit threes and contribute in stocks has been a boost to owners who were waiting for his return. If Porzingis is held out of the back-end of the back-to-back, look for Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Justin Jackson and Willie Cauley-Stein to see extra minutes.

    Source: NBA Injury Report