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Garrett Temple Headshot

Temple (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 (KXTV) Sacramento reports.

It was announced earlier in the week that Temple remained without any sort of timetable for a return and he was fully expected to sit out Thursday, so this latest report doesn't come as much of a surprise. There's a very good chance Temple sits out a few more games as well while continuing to nurse a partial hamstring tear, so it will be a situation to monitor over the next few weeks. Buddy Hield is expected to take over starting shooting guard duties, while guys like Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans should factor into the rotation as well.
1:24 pm (EST)
Dario Saric Headshot

Saric is expected to start at power forward and take on a more pronounced role moving forward, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports.

Saric had previously been coming off the bench behind Ersan Ilysova, but Ilyasova was traded to the Hawks prior to the trade deadline Thursday, which opens an opportunity for Saric to take his place. Saric had already been stealing plenty of minutes from Ilyasova and has logged over 30 minutes in each of the last two games, so there's a chance the 22-year-old rookie would have jumped him on the depth chart at some point anyway. Look for Saric to step into a 30-plus minute role and have a chance to up his season averages of 10.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists across 24.4 minutes.
1:01 pm (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul (thumb) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Warriors, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Paul was medically cleared Wednesday by team doctors to play again, but it looks as if the Clippers will err on the side of caution with their superstar point guard Thursday as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. However, even with Paul being held out Thursday, it looks as if his return is imminent, and the point guard could now return to the floor as soon as Friday's home game against the Spurs. Austin Rivers will once again start and play heavy minutes at point guard in Paul's absence, with Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton filling in as primary ball-handlers off the bench.
12:59 pm (EST)
Gerald Green Headshot

Green (heel) was held out of Thursday's practice.

Green's heel issues started just prior to the All-Star break, so it appears he's still dealing with some lingering discomfort despite the additional week off for recovery. He was unable to practice Thursday, so he can tentatively be considered questionable for Friday's game against the Raptors. Look for an update on his availability after the team's morning shootaround.
12:53 pm (EST)
Avery Bradley Headshot

Bradley (Achilles) went through one-third of Thursday's practice, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.

Bradley has missed 20 of the last 21 games as he continues to nurse soreness in his right Achilles. The Celtics remain cautious with their shooting guard, and they are unsure as to whether or not Bradley will travel with the team on their upcoming two-game road trip. For now, until Boston provides an update on him, Bradley will continue to be considered on a game-by-game basis, but for as long as he is out, Marcus Smart will likely continue to start at shooting guard with rookie Jaylen Brown (hip) returning from injury and potentially seeing an increased workload off the bench.
12:52 pm (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown (hip) will play in Friday's game against the Raptors, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Brown missed the final three games prior to the All-Star break with a strained hip, but the extra week off has provided him enough time to make a full recovery. He's been cleared for a return to the court Friday and could be in line for increased minutes considering Avery Bradley (Achilles) was only a partial participant in Thursday's practice and has yet to be given the green light to play.
12:48 pm (EST)
Bojan Bogdanovic Headshot

Bogdanovic could make his Wizards debut Friday against Philadelphia, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

Bogdanovic was dealt to Washington from Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon, and the hope is that he'll receive clearance to take the court Friday night, per coach Scott Brooks. Whether or not that happens will be contingent upon Bogdanovic, as well as the other players involved in the deal, passing their respective physicals prior to game-time. Once Bogdanovic is cleared, he's expected to slot into a scoring role off the bench for a Wizards team that ranks 29th in the NBA in bench scoring.
12:44 pm (EST)
Joel Embiid Headshot

Embiid (knee) went through another full practice Thursday, but is set to miss the next four games, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Embiid was considered doubtful for the Sixers' upcoming back-to-back set, but team doctors recommended that they hold him out a little longer, so Embiid is fully expected to miss the next four games. Nerlens Noel was just traded to Dallas on Thursday and Jahlil Okafor appears to be on his way out, although a deal has not been finalized. That likely means a heavy dose of Richaun Holmes for the next four games, as Andrew Bogut, who was also acquired in the Noel deal, is fully expected to be bought out. Embiid's next opportunity to take the court will be a Mar. 3 matchup with the Knicks.
12:29 pm (EST)
Aron Baynes Headshot

Baynes is questionable for Thursday's game against the Hornets after missing the team's morning shootaround with an illness, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

Baynes will continue to receive treatment throughout the day and he could be cleared just prior to tip-off if he's able to go through pregame warmups without issue. Keep an eye on his status in the lead up to the game, but if he can't give it a go, Boban Marjanovic would likely step into a bigger role behind Andre Drummond at center.
12:10 pm (EST)
Justin Anderson Headshot

Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a protected first-round pick were traded Thursday to the 76ers in exchange for Nerlens Noel, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Anderson is in the middle of his second NBA season, but he hadn't yet managed to be a mainstay in the Mavericks' rotation, averaging 6.5 points and 2.9 rebounds over 14 minutes per game this season. The swingman out of Virginia has been solid when he sees extended minutes, however, most recently when he saw 24 minutes against the Thunder at the end of January and recorded 17 points and five rebounds. He also recorded 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 41 minutes early on in the regular season. In Philadelphia, Anderson will likely be able to carve out a bench role on the wing behind Robert Covington this season as well as provide some additional depth at shooting guard, but it may take a couple of games for the wing to ultimately find his role with this version of the team. Anderson also gives the 76ers another young option that they could have under contract for at least the next two years.
12:05 pm (EST)
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