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Frank Kaminsky III (right patella stress fracture) remains out indefinitely.
Feb 19   8:09 PM

Kaminsky was the only Suns player who didn't practice on Wednesday. It was reported on Jan. 4 that he'd be re-evaluated in roughly one month, but we've yet to hear any updates or target return date.

Kemba Walker was limited during Wednesday's practice as a precaution.
Feb 19   8:09 PM

Walker played 29 minutes during the All-Star game, so he didn't get a full break, and the Celtics "intend to continue managing his body" as the regular season continues. That makes sense, given his recent knee issues, and fantasy owners will be thrilled if a few missed practices help keep him on the court for games. There's no reason to think he's in danger of missing Friday's game in Minnesota, so we'll leave him off the injury report.

Robert Williams (left hip bone edema) won't play on the Celtics' upcoming four-game road trip.
Feb 19   8:09 PM

The good news is that Williams was active during Wednesday's practice and is expected to "ramp things up" throughout the week. "Rob did a pretty good job today," said coach Brad Stevens. It sounds like there's a chance he'll return Feb. 29 at home vs. Houston, but Boston is in no rush while Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis are healthy.

Norman Powell (fractured left ring finger) remains out indefinitely.
Feb 19   7:52 PM

He will miss Friday's game vs. Phoenix, and Coach Nick Nurse said he's "a bit further away" than Marc Gasol. Powell is due to be re-evaluated next week and beat writer Josh Lewenberg writes that an early-March return seems plausible. Until then, Patrick McCaw and Terence Davis should continue to pick up the slack.

Michael Porter Jr. (right ankle) went through most of practice on Wednesday.
Feb 19   7:15 PM

He downplayed his injury at first when he suffered it a few weeks ago, but Porter Jr. missed six games. Perhaps the Nuggets are being extra cautious with the rookie, and he may have minutes limits on him. With Will Barton (knee) still ailing, Porter Jr. should have value in 12-team leagues.

Mason Plumlee (right ankle) went through "most" of Wednesday's practice.
Feb 19   7:15 PM

Plumlee is "improving well" and we'll have another update when he talks to the media on Thursday. He was ruled out 2-4 weeks on Jan. 22, so there's a good chance he'll return soon, possibly even Friday's road game in OKC.

Meyers Leonard (left ankle) is listed as out for Thursday against the Hawks, and coach Erik Spoelstra said Leonard does not have a timetable to return.
Feb 19   6:56 PM

No surprise here with Leonard not practicing. Plus, the Heat added tons of forward depth in Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill, so Leonard's playing time is likely taking a hit upon his return. Crowder was on fire heading into the break, so he could get a chance to keep it rolling.

Tyler Herro (right foot) remains out for Thursday against the Hawks, and coach Erik Spoelstra said Herro does not have a timetable to return.
Feb 19   6:56 PM

He is not practicing and has been out for over two weeks. Herro could be out of a walking boot today, but he is still likely to miss additional games going forward. With him out, Goran Dragic, Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson could get a few extra minutes.

Coach Dwane Casey said Bruce Brown "is probably not gonna be a point guard" and will "have to be a secondary ball handler."
Feb 19   6:56 PM

Casey added that Brown will be more of a combo guard, but with more emphasis as a two than a one. That issue aside, the minutes should certainly be there with Reggie Jackson out of town, which could open up minutes for rookie Jordan Bone. Brandon Knight could also crack the rotation, but the Pistons have mentioned they want to look at their young guys.

Coach Dwane Casey said Jordan Bone will have to earn his minutes in what his now a thin PG rotation.
Feb 19   6:56 PM

"Svi [Mykhailiuk] can play there some. Tony Snell is quietly playing a lot of pick and roll for us," Casey said about the point. "We have Jordan Bone coming up from the G League and I’m sure we’ll have some 10-day looks at some point." Bone put up some of the better athletic numbers at the combine over the summer, and Bone's stats in the G League help his case with 18.3 points, 3.5 boards, 7.1 dimes, 0.6 steals and 2.6 treys on a 45/41/78 shooting line. It's not a bad idea to stream him in deep leagues for Thursday and go from there.

Coach Dwane Casey mentioned Svi Mykhailiuk could play some point guard.
Feb 19   6:56 PM

The Pistons are really thin at point guard right now, and Casey added Bruce Brown will be shifting to more of a two guard. Casey has mentioned Svi as a PG in previous instances, and he's talked him up throughout the 2020 portion of the season. He's a possible add in 12-team leagues.

Tyler Herro (right foot) remains out for Thursday against the Hawks, and the team has yet to provide an update on his timetable.
Feb 19   6:22 PM

He is not practicing and has been out for over two weeks. Herro could be out of a walking boot today, but he is still likely to miss additional games going forward. With him out, Goran Dragic, Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson could get a few extra minutes.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is not the on injury report for Thursday against the Pistons.
Feb 19   6:22 PM

Papa Giannis missed the last two games prior to the break, but went for 25 points in the All-Star Game on Sunday. Giannis had joked that having a kid could make him a little more tired, but it's unlikely to affect him much during games. Perhaps a bigger factor will be how much the Bucks can run away with the No. 1 seed.

George Hill (left hamstring) is not on the injury report for Thursday against the Pistons.
Feb 19   6:22 PM

His hammy strain has bothered him on and off from January to this month, and the Bucks may dial him back. His return could take time from Sterling Brown and maybe Donte DiVinenzo, and Hill would only be a deep-league streamer.

Terry Rozier (left knee) is not on the injury report for Thursday against the Bulls.
Feb 19   6:22 PM

He went though practice on Tuesday, so Rozier should be a full go. The Hornets did hold him out in the last game before the break, but knee issues should always be something to watch. His return means Malik Monk won't be handling the ball as much to cut down on his upside.

Cody Martin (concussion) is not on the injury report for Thursday against the Bulls.
Feb 19   6:22 PM

His concussion kept him out of the last three games before the break, and the timing was terrible with Martin getting a shot at some starts. Coach James Borrego said that he likes Miles Bridges more as a four, so it's certainly possible Martin starts at the three. He does have some appeal in deep leagues for hustle stats, so you could do worse in 14-team leagues.

Cody Zeller (face) is not on the injury report for Thursday against the Bulls.
Feb 19   6:22 PM

He did suffer some lacerations before the break, but he was "probably" a DNP-CD for Wednesday. Zeller did not play, and there's a very good chance he's bumped from the rotation for Willy Hernangomez with Bismack Biyombo starting. Zeller is likely going to be a drop in most leagues tomorrow.

Daniel Gafford is not on the injury report for Thursday against the Hornets.
Feb 19   6:22 PM

Gafford didn't play on Tuesday, and coach Jim Boylen gave a pretty shady answer about his availability. Perhaps Gafford will give it a go, but it's hard to sell him as a pickup with Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle) getting closer -- WCJ is out for Thursday, though. It'll likely be between Gafford and Cris Felicio for the backup C minutes.

Kevon Looney (left hip) is not on the injury report for Thursday against the Rockets.
Feb 19   6:22 PM

He suffered the injury last Monday and didn't play on Wednesday before the break. Looney's minutes are likely going to be capped for a while, so he's really only a deep stream right now. Marquese Chriss looks to be running away with the center value.

Bruno Caboclo (left knee) is not on the injury report for Thursday against the Warriors.
Feb 19   6:22 PM

He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks back on Jan. 17, so coming off the injury report here is right on time. The Rockets seem to be set with their small-ball center lineups, so Bruno would likely need something to happen to find a role. He's an interesting fit, so he's just someone to keep an eye on in very deep leagues.

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