Terrence Jones Headshot

Terrence Jones will start for the Pelicans on Friday.

Added 11/04/16 5:57 pm (EST)   Source
Terrance Jones came off the bench for the Pelicans against the Grizzlies the other day. In that game he put up seven points, nine rebounds and two assist over 28 minutes played. The Grizzlies rank ninth in points allowed to power forwards. Tonight, Jones draws a much more favorable matchup against the Phoenix Suns, who rank ninth worst in points allowed to PFs. This makes Jones, getting his first start of the year, a nice start in daily or seasonal leagues.
Henry Ellenson Headshot

Ellenson was recalled from the D-League's Grand Rapids Drive on Thursday, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.

Added 1:32 pm (EST)
Ellenson is unlikely to play significant minutes for the Pistons, as he has been moving back and forth between the D-League and Detroit's active roster pretty much all season. Look for him to fill nothing more than a reserve role on the Pistons' bench.
Arron Afflalo Headshot

Afflalo (hamstring) is no longer listed on the team's injury report and is good to go for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

Added 1:32 pm (EST)
Afflalo was thrust into a starting role prior to the All-Star break due to some serious depth issues because of injuries. However, the recent trade of DeMarcus Cousins brought back a ton of bodies on the wing, which is sure to significantly drop Afflalo's fantasy value moving forward. The Kings haven't announced their re-fashioned starting lineup, but with the influx in bodies, there's no guarantees Afflalo is able to reclaim his role. We should get another update on who the top unit will be at some point closer to tip-off.
Garrett Temple Headshot

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

Added 1:24 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added 1:01 pm (EST)
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.
Chris Paul Headshot

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

Added 12:59 pm (EST)
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.
Gerald Green Headshot

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

Added 12:53 pm (EST)
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.
Avery Bradley Headshot

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

Added 12:52 pm (EST)
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.
Jaylen Brown Headshot

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

Added 12:48 pm (EST)
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.
Bojan Bogdanovic Headshot

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

Added 12:44 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added 12:29 pm (EST)
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.
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