Derrick Rose (protocols) ruled out Thursday
Buddy Hield (ankle) listed questionable Thursday
Johnson has been added to the Suns’ injury report and has been ruled out of Thursday’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors as he entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and may be required to self-isolate for a currently undetermined period of time. As of late, Johnson has been seeing high-teens or low-20s minutes off the bench at the forward spots, so his absence will open up additional playing time for the likes of Abdel Nader and E’Twaun Moore in the second unit, while Jae Crowder could have a significantly higher minute floor than normal and has logged at least 27 minutes in each of the previous four games.
J.J. Redick (heel) listed questionable Thursday
Aldridge has officially been downgraded from questionable and won’t play in Thursday’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to an illness that has now forced him to miss two games. Meanwhile, Keldon Johnson was excluded from the Spurs’ injury report as he continues to ramp up his conditioning following a COVID-19 diagnosis, but he was limited to just 11 minutes in Tuesday’s blowout win. If Johnson severely limited once again, Trey Lyles will likely receive the starting nod at the power forward position, and he’s managed to record at least 26 minutes in each of his previous four starts with Rudy Gay, Derrick White, and Devin Vassell in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Even with Aldridge available over the previous few contests, Jakob Poeltl has maintained a heavy minute workload as the starting center, and that appears unlikely to change this evening with Drew Eubanks slated to receive the backup center minutes off the bench this evening.
Kuzma has officially been upgraded from questionable and will play in Wednesday’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings after missing one game due to a right heel contusion, while Caruso has been ruled out on the second night of a back-to-back set because of neck spasms. The Lakers are also sitting LeBron James for tonight’s contest, so Kuzma will join the starting lineup at the small forward position in his place whereas Damian Jones will receive the starting nod ahead of Montrezl Harrel at the center spot. However, Jones is likely just a starter in name only as Harrell should still see the majority of minutes at the five off the bench. As for Kuzma, there haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction in his return, so he should be fine to handle a typical starting minute workload this evening.
Oubre has officially been downgraded from questionable and won’t play in Wednesday’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers due to a sprained left wrist. In his absence, Kent Bazemore will receive the starting nod alongside Andrew Wiggins on the wing. However, even as a starter, Bazemore will still have a volatile minute floor in tonight’s contest as Warriors head coach Steve Kerr typically doesn’t shy away from going deep into his bench when key players are sidelined If Bazemore does get significant playing time, h obviously has the upside to become a factor in daily fantasy formats across the industry this evening.
As expected, Doncic has officially been downgraded from doubtful and won’t play in Wednesday’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to low back tightness, while Willie Cauley-Stein will be available to play following his originally questionable designation on the Mavericks’ injury report with a sprained right thumb. In Doncic’s absence, Jalen Brunson will more than likely receive the starting nod at the point guard position whereas Trey Burke should see an expanded role off the bench after being limited to fewer than 10 minutes in all but one of the previous 10 contests. Unsurprisingly, several players see increases in usage and other underlying rates with Doncic off the court this season, but Brunson paces the team with a 31.2% assist rate, and likewise, Kristaps Porzingis leads the with a 31.8% usage rate in this sample set.
As expected, Capela has officially been downgraded from doubtful and won’t play in Wednesday’s matchup against the Orlando Magic due to right foot pain, while Cam Reddish remains sidelined with right Achilles soreness. The nature of Capela’s injury designation always seemed ominous, and now that he’s been deemed unable to suit up, interim head coach Nate McMillan will likely go small with John Collins at the center position with Solomon Hill potentially drawing the start at power forward, respectively. This could also allow Oneyeka Okongwu to see his first significant playing time of the season as the backup center, but the rookie still hasn’t logged more than 16 minutes in any game this season, making it highly unlikely he becomes relevant in daily fantasy formats on a sizable 10-game slate this evening.