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Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (shin) is unlikely to suit up for Thursday's game against the Golden State Warriors. Head coach Mike D'Antoni said it was likely that Gordon would return for Saturday's contest versus the Utah Jazz. Austin Rivers, Ben McLemore, and Danuel House will see more minutes without Gordon available. House is likely going to be the best fantasy option out of that trio.
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is expected to undergo a procedure on his right shoulder and is sidelined indefinitely. He missed 26 games earlier in the season due to the same issue. He received a cortisone shots in order to deal with the pain, but it appears that wasn't enough. Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris Levert will continue to see increased minutes and usage without Irving available. There is no timetable for Irving's return at the moment.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (groin) was unable to practice on Thursday and said he could miss three or four games. There's a good chance that Lillard is out until the end of the month. C.J. McCollum will be asked to handle the ball more often and take more shots than usual. Anfernee Simons could see a bigger role as well and makes for an interesting DFS choice or streaming option going forward.
Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (knee) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice. He is dealing with right knee inflammation, but has a chance to return for Friday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has been sidelined since early December, so the Nuggets aren't expected to push him too hard. He won't have much fantasy value until he's back to full speed.
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (foot) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was able to practice on Wednesday, so that's a good sign going forward. The Wizards might ease him back into action, but more information should be known before tip-off on Friday. Bryant is expected to be under a minutes limit, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect too much at first.
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (knee, rest) was limited during Wednesday's practice as a precaution. He played 29 minutes during the All-Star game, so the Celtics are making sure he's well rested for the second half. Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned that Walker was unable to practice. He should be fine for Friday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fantasy owners can check back on Friday just in case something happens, but it sounds like Walker should be good to go.
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams (hip) has been ruled out for the upcoming four-game road trip. However, he was active during Wednesday's practice, so that's a good sign moving forward. There's a chance that Williams is able to return by the end of the month. Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis will continue to split up the minutes until Williams is ready to go. Theis is the better fantasy option between the two.
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns. It doesn't sound like the team is sure when Gasol is going to be back in the lineup. Serge Ibaka will continue to start at center until Gasol is ready to play again. Chris Boucher will see more minutes off the bench, but he won't have much fantasy value. Ibaka is worth owning in most formats going forward, especially with Gasol out.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (back) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Brooklyn Nets. He's dealing with lower back tightness, so a final decision likely won't be made until closer to tip-off. Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid would be more involved if Simmons is unable to play. Fantasy owners will have to wait until closer to pregame before more information is available.
Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin (knee) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice. He has not played in a game since January 13 due to a left knee issue. There is a chance that Augustin is ready to play in time for Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks. Michael Carter-Williams would lose playing time and most of his streaming appeal. Markelle Fultz could lose some minutes as well, but it shouldn't do much to his fantasy value. Augustin is worth looking at in most deep leagues going forward.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jake Layman (toe) has been cleared to return to practice. Layman has not played in a game since November due to a turf toe issue. He was cleared to do some on-court work earlier this month, but this is a sign in the right direction. It sounds like the team is going to evaluate Layman is about a week. He could be worth a look in deep leagues once he's back in the rotation.
Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (illness) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Miami Heat. He is dealing with an allergic reaction, but is expected to suit up for this game. It doesn't sound like he's going to be limited and should take on his normal workload. Huerter should be owned in basically all formats and plugged into fantasy lineups for Thursday's slate.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) is still being evaluated and will get a second opinion on his left wrist. It was reported last week that Towns would miss multiple weeks. There is no timetable for his return and it's unclear if Towns is going to play again this season. Naz Reid will see his fantasy value skyrocket with Towns out of the rotation. James Johnson will be involved more as well, but isn't expected to have the same kind of value. Fantasy owners should check back after Towns receives his second opinion.
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (ankle) is expected to suit up for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors. He missed the final two games before the All-Star break due to left ankle soreness. Ayton has been given time to rest up, so he shouldn't be limited at all on Friday. Aron Baynes (hip) and Cheick Diallo aren't expected to have big roles with Ayton back in action. Fantasy owners should check back closer to Friday to double check that Ayton is going to play.
Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes (hip) and forward Dario Saric (ankle) are expected to be available for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors. Baynes has been sidelined since the middle of January, so he could be limited during his first game back. However, Deandre Ayton (ankle) is expected to play on Friday, so Baynes should only see minutes in the teens. Saric missed the final seven games heading into the All-Star break. Mikal Bridges has been on fire lately and could have stolen some of Saric's playing time. There's a chance that Saric sees a smaller role going forward.
Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (knee) is on track to return to action for Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls. He has been dealing with left knee soreness, but was able to practice on Tuesday. Rozier missed the final game before the All-Star break, but it sounds like his knee issue is minor. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect Rozier to be limited at all after missing one game.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (hand) is scheduled to be re-evaluated by the team on February 28. It was supposed to happen in March, but the team has decided to push it up a few days. Curry was able to get through the non-contact parts of practice on Tuesday. There's a chance that Curry is able to get on the court against the Washington Wizards on March 1. Curry needs to be added in all fantasy leagues, even if he's a week or two away from playing.
Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker (shoulder) is expected to play in Thursday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies. He was able to get in some extra practices with his new team and appears ready to play. It's unclear where exactly he'll play, but Parker should be able to play around 20-25 minutes per game. The Kings are a bit banged up right now, so Parker should have some deep league value at minimum.
Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn (knee) has been shut down and will be re-evaluated in four-to-six weeks. There's a chance that Dunn is out for the rest of the regular season, but we'll see what happens. If he misses the full six weeks then the Bulls will likely shut him down for the year. Coby White should see more chances down the stretch with the team falling out of contention. White is picking up some steaming in terms of fantasy value with the Bulls banged up right now.
Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard (knee) is still weeks away from returning to the court, according to head coach Dwane Casey. He has been able to get through some work in practices, but not enough to be cleared for game action. Kennard has been out since December and remains without a timetable to return. It's tough to justify holding him in fantasy leagues that don't offer an IR spot. Derrick Rose, Bruce Brown Jr., and Langston Galloway will see more minutes until Kennard returns.
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