Livingston has been listed as doubtful on the latest version of the Golden State Warriors injury report for Monday’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns with a left knee contusion. With Livingston trending towards missing a second consecutive game, Quinn Cook should absorb a majority of the backup guard minutes, but to this point, head coach Steve Kerr has opted to just spread most of these extra available minutes amongst his starters and Andre Iguodala, making it difficult to utilize Cook as anything other than a tournament flyer in hopes he receives more run on the second night of a back-to-back set or if the game gets completely out of hand before the fourth quarter.
Sabonis has officially been upgraded from questionable to available and will play in Monday’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves after a one-game absence due to a bruised right knee. With TJ Leaf remaining sidelined, Sabonis will likely resume his bountiful role as the backup center and power forward, which has allowed him to averaged 25 minutes per game this season despite not playing normal minutes in last Friday’s blowout loss. The sample size is obviously small, but Sabonis currently leads Pacers’ core rotation with rates of 1.30 DraftKings and 1.23 FanDuel points per minute and even compliments that efficiency with a respectable 23.9% usage rate overall, good for third on the team among players with at least 50 minutes played this season.
Morris has officially been listed as questionable for Monday’s matchup with the Orlando Magic due to left knee soreness. The Celtics are already without Aron Baynes for tonight’s contest, so Daniel Theis could step into an even more prominent role in the backcourt rotation if Morris is ruled out closer to tipoff, opposed to only serving as the backup center. Boston has plenty of depth at the forward positions, so whatever extra playing time isn’t dispersed between Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown in this scenario would just trickle down to either Semi Ojeleye or Guerschon Yabusele at the end of Brad Stevens’ bench. Tatum has thrived in his new role as the primary power forward and also leads the Celtics with 32.2% usage rate with Morris and Baynes off the court this season, making him an elite play on FanDuel, where his price has been slow to adjust and remains significantly more affordable than DraftKings.
Head coach Rick Carlisle Barnes confirmed with reporters following shootaround Monday morning that both Harrison Barnes and Devin Harris will remain sidelined for at least the next two games. This news is quite a turn of events for Barnes, who practiced in full on Friday and appeared close to making his season debut. In his absence, Dorian Finney-Smith will continue to start at small forward and has logged 30 minutes in both of his starts this season. J.J. Barea will also continue to have an increased role in the backcourt rotation with Devin Harris unavailable and has averaged 20.5 minutes off the bench through the first two games. On a separate note, rookie Luka Doncic is coming off of a stellar 36-minute performance on Saturday and will look to keep up his momentum in a pristine matchup with a Chicago Bulls squad that has played at the sixth-fastest pace and been the fifth-worst in defensive efficiency to begin the year.
As expected, head coach Steve Kerr confirmed with reporters during his pregame media availability that Andre Iguodala will play in Sunday’s matchup with the Denver Nuggets after missing one game due to left calf tightness. Kerr also verified that Shaun Livingston, who was listed as out on the latest version of the Golden State Warriors injury report with a left knee contusion, will not be available this evening. In his absence, Quinn Cook should absorb a majority of the backup guard minutes and could deserve consideration as a punt in tournaments on tonight’s abbreviated four-game slate.