Ibaka has officially been upgraded from questionable and will play in Wednesday’s Game 6 matchup against the Boston Celtics despite dealing with a sprained ankle. Head coach Nick Nurse already confirmed with beat reporters on his Zoom conference call that Ibaka won’t be subject to a minute restriction, though he was only on pace to barely eclipse the 20-minute mark even prior to leaving Monday’s contest with an injury. However, Ibaka has largely been playing more minutes than Marc Gasol throughout the entire playoffs, so it’s certainly possible he sees a resurgence in his playing time this evening.
House Jr. is a late addition to the Rockets’ injury report, and according to head coach Mike D’Antoni, he won’t play in Tuesday’s Game 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers due to personal reasons that aren’t related to COVID-19. His absence will be a significant loss for Houston since House has logged at least 20 minutes off the bench in each of the first two games of this second-round series, so in his place, expect D’Antoni to distribute more playing time to Jeff Green, Ben McLemore, and Austin Rivers in the second unit instead of expanding his rotation.
Antetokounmpo will reportedly be held out of Tuesday’s Game 5 matchup against the Miami Heat after previously being listed as questionable on the Bucks’ injury report with a sprained ankle. Head coach Mike Budenholzer admitted to reporters that Antetokounmpo’s lack of mobility was the primary reason for being cautious with the reigning MVP following his exit just 11 minutes into Sunday’s win. In his absence, Donte DiVincenzo slotted into the starting lineup on the wing as Milwaukee went relatively small with Khris Middleton at power forward, and DiVincenzo will more than likely start ahead of Marvin Williams in tonight’s contest, while George Hill, Eric Bledsoe, and possibly even Pat Connaughton should also benefit from increased playing time this evening.
After briefly being a game-time decision, Antetokounmpo has been confirmed in the Bucks’ starting lineup and will play in Sunday’s Game 4 matchup against the Miami Heat despite dealing with a sprained ankle. Antetokounmpo reiterated to reporters following Friday’s loss that the ankle “wasn’t bothering him at all” throughout the game, but that’s clearly not the case given the previous uncertainty about his status this close to tipoff. There’s been no report of a potential minute restriction for Antetokounmpo, but if his effectiveness is hampered by the ailments, players like Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe could be more intriguing options in tournament formats this afternoon.
Olynyk has been included on the Heat’s active roster and will be available to play in Sunday’s Game 4 matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing one game due to a bruised knee, while Herro is also active, as expected, following his original probable designation on the injury report with a bruised hip. With Olynyk sidelined, head coach Erik Spoelstra opted to fill his spot in the rotation with Meyers Leonard and Derrick Jones Jr., but with Olynyk presumably healthy, both Leonard and Jones will likely find themselves on the outside of the regular frontcourt rotation moving forward.
Olynyk has officially been downgraded from questionable and won’t be active for Friday’s Game 3 matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks due to a right knee contusion, while Iguodala will be available to play despite sustaining a sprained ankle during Wednesday’s win. Olynyk has had just a minimal role off the bench thus far in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but in his absence, either Derrick Jones Jr. or Meyers Leonard could step into that vacated playing time, though Leonard has only played in two games throughout the duration of the seeding games and the playoffs, so it’s highly unlikely he sees enough minutes, if any, to become relevant in daily fantasy formats this evening.