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Ty Lawson Headshot

Lawson will draw the start next to Darren Collison for Thursday's contest against the Nuggets, James Ham of CSN California reports.

With Arron Afflalo (hamstring) unavailable for Thursday's game, Lawson will draw the unexpected start next to Darren Collison. Lawson has missed the past four games due to a left leg strain, but is assumed to be fully healthy heading into the game. He's averaged 10.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting, 5.5 assists, and 1.1 steals across 23.1 minutes per game in his last 12 appearances, but could see a bigger workload moving forward with the Kings shaking up their roster before the deadline.
10:46 pm (EST)
Andre Drummond Headshot

Drummond logged 12 points (6-10 FG), and 13 rebounds across 26 minutes in Thursday's 114-108 overtime win over the hornets Thursday.

Drummond sat the entire fourth quarter and the overtime period on Thursday, which is one explanation for his anemic stat line. Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope took over the game and left little opportunity for Drummond.While he can wake up with monster stat lines, he hasn't showed up of late.
10:42 pm (EST)
Noah Vonleh Headshot

Vonleh started at power forward and scored seven points (3-3 FG, 12- FT) and added four rebounds and one block in 16 minutes during Thursday's 112-103 win over the Magic.

Vonleh started alongside the newly acquired Jusuf Nurkic. Despite the start, he played pretty close to his season-average 18.1 minutes. He seems likely to continue having a similar role to the one he held before the All-Star break.
10:42 pm (EST)
Mason Plumlee Headshot

Plumlee will come off the bench for Thursday's tilt against the Kings.

Plumlee got the spot start in the Nuggets' last game before the All-Star break with the team only having eight available players. However, now that the team is at full strength, minus Roy Hibbert who was just acquired in a trade, Plumlee will assume a bench role. He likely won't hit the 34 minutes that he saw in his first game with the team, but should still be a focal part of the offense, as the Nuggets like to give the ball to their big men in the high post and have them facilitate.
10:40 pm (EST)
Tobias Harris Headshot

Harris tallied 25 points (9-17 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one block across 37 minutes in Thursday's 114-108 victory over the Hornets.

It's hard to ignore Harris' output over the past few games, as he's averaging 15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds over the past 5 matchups. He's one of the league's premier sixth men and worth a flier pickup if you need help at the point.
10:31 pm (EST)
Jared Sullinger Headshot

Sullinger is expected to be waived by the Suns after being acquired via trade, Doug Haller of AZCentral Sports reports.

The 24-year-old failed to secure a spot in the Raptors' rotation after recovering from a fractured right foot that cost him the first two and a half months of the season. Because of that, the Suns have opted not to keep him on the roster after acquiring him, apparently valuing their current young big men over Sullinger, who has yet to prove he's healthy enough to be a rotational player this season.
10:30 pm (EST)
Meyers Leonard Headshot

Leonard came off the bench and scored four points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while grabbing four rebounds in 11 minutes during Thursday's 112-103 win over the Magic.

Jusuf Nurkic moved into the starting lineup in just his second game as a member of the Trail Blazers, returning Leonard to his bench role. Leonard played fewer than his season average of 16.3 minutes, though his workloads have been highly irregular all season. Leonard is a risky play on any night, and he has little value outside of very deep leagues.
10:25 pm (EST)
Brice Johnson Headshot

Johnson (back) is available for Thursday's game against the Warriors, marking the first time all season he's been able to suit up, Brad Turner of the LA Times reports.

After being inactive for every game prior to Thursday due to a herniated disc in his back, Johnson is getting a chance to suit up. There's a chance he'll be sent down to the D-League sooner than later to get his footing, but this is a promising sign for the rookie and the Clippers.
10:21 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

Caldwell-Pope tallied 33 points (11-25 FG, 7-15 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, and three assists across 43 minutes in Thursday's 114-108 overtime win over the Hornets.

Pope almost single-handedly willed the Pistons back into this game. Though he has been a bit streaky of late from beyond the arc, he delivered seven timely threes in the matchup. he'll try to keep his excellent play going against the Celtics on Sunday.
10:21 pm (EST)
Jusuf Nurkic Headshot

Nurkic started at center and scored 12 points (6-12 FG) while adding 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes during Thursday's 112-103 win over the Magic.

Nurkic has been a force in his first two games since being traded from the Nuggets. He is averaging 12.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in those two games. Nurkic struggled at the start of this season, and when healthy last season, but he flashed significant potential as a rookie in 2014-15. Now starting for an unimpressive Blazers' frontcourt, Nurkic has the opportunity to reinvent himself. After only two games, it is too soon to assume that he will continue this dogged pace, but he should be owned in all formats in case he can.
10:17 pm (EST)
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