The Raptor's first round draft pick in 2014 has been a DNP Coach's Decision in every game so far this season, and has only played in 14 games through his career. Sending him down to their D-League will at least provide him minutes on the court, and being only 21 years old, there is still time for Caboclo to make his mark in the NBA.
Bogdanovic's rookie debut with the Kings will have to be put on hold for at least one more contest as he continues to nurse a right ankle sprain. The rookie's next chance to play will be Saturday against the Nuggets in Denver.
Randolph was held out of the opener following oral surgery, but he went through shootaround Friday morning and is on track to play. It's unclear where, exactly, the veteran will fit into the rotation, but he could get the start at power forward, which would likely mean fewer minutes for Willie Cauley-Stein and/or Skal Labissiere.
Neto will make his regular season debut Friday after missing Wednesday's opener against the Nuggets. The Jazz elected to use both Donovan Mitchell and Alec Burks at point guard when starter Ricky Rubio was off the floor, so Neto's role off the bench could be limited if the team elects to stick with a similar rotation.
Given Bembry's last-minute addition to the Hawks' injury report, he'll likely be a game-time decision for Friday's contest. Chances are the injury isn't too serious, but if he is ruled out, Luke Babbitt could see more minutes off the bench for Atlanta.
After a back strain held the veteran out of Tuesday's season opener, Iguodala is set to make his regular season debut Friday in New Orleans. Iguodala is set to play his usual role as the first man off the bench for the Warriors, although his minutes may be limited to start as he works his way back from injury.
It's been quite the last couple of days for Green, as after being listed as doubtful following his MRI on Thursday, he participated in a full practice that same day and was upgraded to probable. Green's knee will likely be closely monitored along with his minutes Friday, but the injury doesn't appear to be anything too serious moving forward.
Paul suffered the knee bruise in Tuesday's opener against the Warriors and will now miss his second straight game as a result. He's been unable to practice since, so his timetable for a recovery is unclear. In his absence, Eric Gordon, who scored 25 points in Wednesday's win over the Kings, will likely get the start at shooting guard once again.
Gordon said he suffered in the injury in Wednesday's opener against the Heat, but he managed to play through the pain in the second half. Gordon will likely test out the ankle one last time in pregame warmups before a final decision is made, but it appears he is trending in the right direction. Rookie Jonathan Isaac would be in line for extended minutes and a possible start if Gordon is ruled out.
Johnson was also held out of Thursday's practice as he continues to deal with lingering back issues. He'll likely test out the injury in pregame warmups before a final decision is made, but it doesn't appear likely that Johnson will be active Friday night. If he is ruled out, the Pistons will likely go big with their starting lineup and put Tobias Harris at small forward and Jon Leuer at the four position.
With Nic Batum (elbow) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) both out again Friday, Bacon will remain in the starting lineup for the second straight game to begin his NBA career. The rookie out of Florida state played 20 minutes in Wednesday's opener against Detroit, finishing with eight points, two assists and two rebounds.
The severity of Smart's injury is currently unknown, but with the Celtics playing their third game this week already, holding him out of Friday's contest isn't too much of a surprise. In Smart's absence, Terry Rozier could get the start in the backcourt but will likely see extended minutes regardless, with rookie Semi Ojeleye also potentially seeing added minutes Friday. Smart's next opportunity to return won't be until Tuesday, so he'll have plenty of time to nurse the injury.
Smart injured his ankle after a collision with teammate Jaylen Brown in Wednesday's game against the Bucks. It's the Celtics' third game in four nights, so it wouldn't be too surprising to see Smart held out as a precautionary measure. Expect him to be a game-time decision for Friday's contest in Philadelphia.
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