Williams was a late add to the injury report, and is questionable with a knee injury as the Celtics prepare to play the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have one of the bigger frontcourts in the league, so not having Williams would be a big blow. If he does sit, Tristan Thompson would be the biggest winner, as he would start at center and would have to play pretty big minutes. Grant Williams and Semi Ojeleye would also get some more run as a small ball center, while Tacko Fall could re-enter the rotation and play spot minutes off the bench. With Williams off the floor, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum show slight boosts in CourtIQ; Brown averages 1.27 FPM in CourtIQ with Williams and the traded Daniel Theis off the court, up from 1.18. Tatum averages 1.33 FPM, up from 1.26. This makes sense as Williams would be replaced by a lower usage player, and also would allow Tatum and Brown to grab a few more rebounds.
After missing the front half of a back to back, Sexton is questionable to play in the second half with a groin injury as the Cavs prepare to play the Golden State Warriors. Sexton missed the last two games with the groin injury, but hopes to come back today. If he sits, Dean Wade will likely stay in the starting lineup, as the Cavs play bigger with Darius Garland at the point and Isaac Okoro at the wing. If Sexton does end up sitting, Garland, Okoro and Jarrett Allen all show bumps in CourtIQ. A majority of that data is with Kevin Love off the floor, so now that he is back, he has been soaking up some usage. The biggest winner if Sexton sits will be Garland for sure; he played 36 minutes yesterday and should play a similar role in a pace-up matchup against the Warriors.
Coach Malone mentioned pre-game that Monte Morris would still be on a minutes restriction, but that it would be increased from what it was before. Monte has played up to 25 minutes since his return, so it’s possible this gets up to around 28-30 minutes. Malone did not disclose if Morris or Facundo Campazzo would start, but it’s a good sign that Morris has the ability to play more minutes.
Temple will be limited to around 15-20 minutes according to coach Donovan.
Despite Love playing 31 minutes and Delly playing 34 minutes in the Cavs last game, coach Bickerstaff declared that both will still be on a minutes restriction against the Charlotte Hornets. Although this may be just coachspeak, it likely means that neither player will get in the high 30s. As Jarrett Allen and Larry Nance Jr. have returned, both players minutes may go down anyways.
Temple is listed as available to play against the Orlando Magic. He’s missed eight games with a hamstring injury, but now is back. He may play some spot minutes off the bench, but is not a lock to have minutes and shouldn’t be considered on tonight’s slate.
Portis will get the start in place of Giannis, as he has the last few games. Tucker will come off the bench in his first game back.
As expected, Luke Kennard will get the start in place of Kawhi Leonard as the Clippers take on the Indiana Pacers. Kennard played 24 minutes the last time Kawhi sat, while Terrence Mann played 25 off the bench. Both players are in play as Kawhi’s team-leading usage isn’t there.
Dennis Schroder is probable Monday against the Knicks, while Alfonzo McKinnie has been ruled out. Schroder was ejected from Saturday’s game after a spat with Kyrie Irving, but he figures to return to his normal role here against a Knicks team that plays very slowly and limits possessions better than any other team in the league. McKinnie won’t play due to health and safety protocols, but he wasn’t in our projected rotation for Monday’s game.
De’Anthony Melton ruled out Monday. He had been labeled day-to-day on Sunday, but it’s no surprise that he’s going to miss another game. He was not included in our initial projections and therefore doesn’t impact our projected rotation, so John Konchar will continue to get some bench minutes at SG with Desmond Bane being a little more involved.
Garrett Temple considered questionable Monday. It’s possible he returns after a 7-game absence, which would figure to kick Denzel Valentine right back out of the rotation and could also lead to Troy Brown Jr. getting the same treatment. We’ll continue to update on Temple’s status.
Gorgui Dieng and Trey Lyles ruled out Monday. The Spurs will be a little more thin than usual in the frontcourt, but neither player was expected to be apart of the rotation anyway.
Khem Birch is available for the Raptors Sunday when they take on the New York Knicks. If Birch makes his debut it will be backup big man minutes and we do not expect him to play much. He is not currently DFS relevant.
Sam Merrill joins Khris Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo, Jrue Holiday, and Brook Lopez on the injury report as probable while Giannis Antetokounmpo remains doubtful. If Giannis were to miss tonight’s game with the Orlando Magic Bobby Portis will most likely draw the start and as we can see by looking at CourtIQ the main beneficiaries of Giannis’s absence would be Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton. Jrue Holiday sees a 6.2% usage rate increase and .21 FPM increase while Middleton enjoys a 6.8% usage rate increase and a .16 bump in FPM. It is also worth noting that Donte DiVincenzo sees a 2.2% usage bump and a .11 FPM increase while Giannis is off the floor. Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton are the top options for the Bucks if Giannis were to be ruled out.