Hawes has played a limited but consistent role for the Hornets off the bench. His presence will be missed for the conclusion of the series against the Heat. Cody Zeller could see an increase while Hawes is out.
This was the way the news has been trending on Thomas and it is obviously a huge lift for the Celtics as they try to avoid elimination tonight against the Hawks.
Catanella has experience in several different front office roles, though most recently he was Assistant GM of the Detroit Pistons.
The information we've had has trended toward Thomas playing in tonight's game and that continues to be the case. Obviously Thomas is the key to the Celtics hopes of beating the Hawks, as he has been very good throughout the series.
Johnson was available on an emergency basis last night for Game 5 but did not see the court. He has battled injuries all series and has yet to record a minute of action.
While of course this doesn't ease the pain of his absence for the playoffs, this is good long-term news for both Griffin and the Clippers.
Hawes has seen moderate minutes during the entire year with the Hornets and that hasn't changed this postseason. However, he injured his knee in Game 5 and will likely be sitting out the team's potential series clincher at home.
The swelling he's dealing with on his hand is probably from all of the blocked shots he's had throughout the season. But on a serious note, once the game starts he won't even notice the pain. The adrenaline will take care of that. Whiteside is still one of the best fantasy options at center left in the playoffs.
Just like he did in Game 5, Batum will come off of the bench in Game 6. Pairing himself alongside Jeremy Lin against the Heat's bench unit is dangerous and it showed last game with their plus/minus +8 in Game 5. This move, however, is detrimental to Batum's fantasy value.