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DFS NBA Rankings: March 1
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Rakeem Christmas Headshot

Christmas is nursing a sore left heel and is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

Christmas has been pressed into the rotation the last three games with Al Jefferson missing time while recovering from a dental procedure, but both backup centers will enter Wednesday with questionable tags. If neither is able to suit up, look for Kevin Seraphin to step in as the primary backup to starting center Myles Turner.
12:52 pm (EST)
Al Jefferson Headshot

Jefferson (mouth) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

Jefferson has been sidelined for the past three games following a dental procedure last week, which has left his mouth a little sore. It's possible that Jefferson may have made enough improvement to take the court Wednesday, but even if he suits up, he won't be in line for a major role off the Pacers bench. Jefferson hasn't played more than 20 minutes in a game since Dec. 26.
12:49 pm (EST)
Dorian Finney-Smith Headshot

Finney-Smith will get the start at small forward Wednesday against the Hawks, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.

With Wes Matthews (hip) out of action, Finney-Smith will get the starting nod, filling in at small forward alongside Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki. Coach Rick Carlisle indicated that he initially planned to start Nerlens Noel -- would have pushed Nowitzki and Barnes down to power forward and small forward, respectively -- the newly acquired big man was late to the team plane, so he'll once again come off the bench. Expect Finney-Smith to see a boost in minutes Wednesday, but he's still unlikely to be enough of an offensive factor to warrant significant fantasy value.
12:08 pm (EST)
Willie Reed Headshot

Reed (calf) will not play Wednesday against the 76ers.

Coach Erik Spoelstra told the media that Reed is "making progress," but it remains unclear when, exactly, he'll return to game action. The second-year forward was held out of action Monday against Dallas but had played at least 10 minutes in 17 of the Heat's previous 18 games. Consider Reed questionable for Friday's showdown with the Magic in Orlando.
12:00 pm (EST)
J.R. Smith Headshot

Smith (thumb) has resumed traveling with the Cavaliers but remains without a firm return timetable, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

The Cavaliers have preemptively ruled Smith out of all three games on their upcoming road swing, which begins Wednesday in Boston, but the guard was able to go through a light shooting workout during Wednesday morning's walk-through. When Smith initially sustained the injury back in late December he was given a timetable of 12-to-14 weeks, which would place him back sometime in mid-March. All indications are that his recovery has progressed as expected, so expect Smith to return sometime within the next three weeks, barring a setback. Once he does return, Smith is expected to reclaim his starting shooting guard spot.
11:16 am (EST)
Kyle O'Quinn Headshot

O'Quinn will start at center Wednesday against Orlando, Steve Popper of The Record reports.

As anticipated, O'Quinn will move into the lineup at center in the absence of Joakim Noah (knee) and Willy Hernangomez (ankle). The 26-year-old will be in line for an increase in minutes, though coach Jeff Hornacek noted that Kristaps Porzingis, who returns from an ankle injury, will also see minutes at the five.
11:12 am (EST)
Willy Hernangomez Headshot

Hernangomez (ankle) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against Orlando.

As expected, Hernangomez will be sidelined by a sprained left ankle, leaving the Knicks even more shorthanded up front after the team learned earlier in the week that Joakim Noah (knee) will miss several weeks. In the absence of Hernangomez, expect Kyle O'Quinn to pick up extra minutes at center, and he'll be the leading candidate to move into the starting lineup Wednesday.
10:24 am (EST)
Trey Burke Headshot

Burke did not make the trip to Toronto for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

Burke is said to be dealing with a personal matter, and at this point it seems unlikely that he'll be available for Wednesday night's contest. The Wizards are expected to sign Brandon Jennings to a contract sometime Wednesday, and if he's also unable to play -- which also appears likely -- then Washington will have to rely on Tomas Satoransky for minutes at point guard behind John Wall.
10:21 am (EST)
Kemba Walker Headshot

Walker dropped in 30 points (9-18 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 7-7 FT) to go along with seven assists and five rebounds across 34 minutes during Tuesday's 109-104 win over the Lakers.

Walker reached the 30-point mark for the second straight game thanks to a strong shooting performance in all phases, and he flashed some chemistry in pick-and-roll situations with Frank Kaminsky that helped the latter to a big game of his own. The All-Star guard has taken his game to another level of late and is averaging 27.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.8 treys and 1.3 steals per game over his last six, a stretch that correlates with Kaminsky's full-time insertion into the starting unit.
10:17 am (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant (knee) has been diagnosed with a left MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise and will be sidelined for four weeks before being reevaluated, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.

The diagnosis was confirmed after Durant required an MRI on Tuesday after suffering what was initially labeled as a hyperextended left knee when teammate Zaza Pachulia fell on him early in the first quarter of Tuesday's loss to the Wizards. While the extended absence of Durant is a major blow to the Warriors, it's not quite a doomsday scenario for the team, as it was initially feared that the All-Star's absence might be measured in months rather than weeks. Upon reevaluating Durant at the end of March or early April, the Warriors should have a clearer idea if the forward will be able to get a few games in before the regular season draws to a close April 12, but even if that fails to materialize, it seems likely that the team will be able to count on having him back for the postseason. While Durant is out, Patrick McCaw, who previously filled in on the top unit when Durant was sidelined for one game with a hand injury over the weekend, figures to get the first crack as the starting small forward, but he likely won't be asked to assume a 30-to-35-minute role. Instead, coach Steve Kerr will presumably opt to spread Durant's minutes around fairly liberally between some combination of McCaw, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Matt Barnes, who is expected to sign a contract with the team for the rest of the season Wednesday.
10:14 am (EST)
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