Timofey Mozgov Headshot

Timofey Mozgov (eye) will start against the Warriors on Friday.

Added 11/04/16 8:55 pm (EST)   Source
It was reported earlier in the week that Mozgov (eye) was doubtful for Friday after missing Wednesday's game in Atlanta, but that does not appear to be the case now. Mozgov started the first four games of the season for the Lakers, averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from the floor.
Ersan Ilyasova Headshot

Ilyasova (calf) has been cleared to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Wizards, Hawks play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun reports.

Added 6:32 pm (EST)
Ilyasova was reportedly kicked in the calf during Game 3 on Saturday, but it was never expected to keep him out of action, so this latest report comes as no surprise. He'll take on his usual role backing up Paul Millsap at power forward, but unless Millsap suffers any sort of injury, Ilyasova will find his fantasy value highly restricted while working in a limited bench role.
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry (back) will start at point guard for Monday's Game 5 against the Bucks, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.

Added 6:19 pm (EST)
Lowry was held out of the team's morning shootaround earlier Monday with what was listed as back stiffness, but after receiving treatment throughout the day and going through pregame warmups without issue, he's officially been given the green light to play. Barring any in-game setbacks, look for Lowry to take on a full workload while working as the team's starting point guard. In the first four games of the series, Lowry has averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 three-pointers across 37.8 minutes.
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton (illness) will start as usual for Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Added 5:18 pm (EST)
Middleton was held out of the team's morning shootaround earlier Monday, but is currently going through pregame warmups and will start as usual at small forward. Considering he's just dealing with a sore throat, Middleton likely won't be on any sort of restrictions, so look for him to take on a full workload unless otherwise reported. Through four playoff games, Middleton has averaged 15.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 three-pointer across 38.0 minutes.
Austin Rivers Headshot

Rivers (hamstring) will play in Tuesday's Game 5 against Utah but will face a minutes restriction, Mark Medina of the LA Daily News reports.

Added 5:11 pm (EST)
A hamstring injury has kept Rivers on the sideline since Mar. 29, but he's been cleared to return to action as the Clippers look to regain the series lead Tuesday back in Los Angeles. The team has not stated exactly how much Rivers will be allowed to play, but he's unlikely to approach the nearly 28 minutes per game he averaged during the regular season, making him a risky DFS play. Check back after shootaround Tuesday for a more definitive update on the 24-year-old, who compiled averages of 12.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 74 regular season contests.
Dewayne Dedmon Headshot

Dedmon (illness) is not listed on the Spurs' injury report in advance of Tuesday's Game 2 against the Grizzlies, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Added 4:24 pm (EST)
Dedmon was held out of Game 4 due to illness, but he went through a full practice Monday and will return to availability in Game 5, barring some sort of unforeseen setback. The Spurs started David Lee at center in Dedmon's place, and at this point it's unclear which player Gregg Popovich will go with as the Spurs attempt to regain the series lead.
James Harden Headshot

Harden rolled his ankle during Game 3 against the Thunder, but will continue to play through it moving forward, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports. "Got some treatment and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," Harden said. "It's the playoffs, everybody is banged up so you just got to find a way to fight through it and find a way to help your teammates win games."

Added 4:06 pm (EST)
The ankle injury may have been a big reason for Harden's struggles in Game 4, as he shot just 5-of-16 from the field for 16 points, marking by far his lowest scoring output of the playoffs thus far. That said, Harden is fully expected to continue to play through the ankle injury, so he should be in the starting lineup as usual ahead of Tuesday's Game 5. While he should see a full complement of minutes, the injury is something to consider for DFS purposes, as it clearly hampered Harden's effectiveness in Game 4.
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo is no longer wearing a cast on his wrist, but will remain sidelined for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Added 3:57 pm (EST)
Rondo remains without any sort of timetable for a return, but the fact that's he's able to shed his cast is at least encouraging that he's recovering quickly. Coach Fred Hoiberg has yet to rule Rondo out for the entire first round series, but for now, he'll continue to focus on his rehab. Isaiah Canaan is expected to draw the start at point guard Wednesday after logging 13 points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), two rebounds, three assists and two steals across 34 bench minutes during Game 4. That should send Jerian Grant back to a bench role after he logged just five minutes as a starter.
Isaiah Canaan Headshot

Canaan will start at point guard in Wednesday's Game 5 against Boston, Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago reports.

Added 3:57 pm (EST)
Canaan didn't play in the first three games of Chicago's playoff series against the Celtics, but he played 34 minutes on Sunday, scoring 13 points to go along with two rebounds, three assists, and two steals. His move to the starting lineup means that Jerian Grant will move to the bench after starting in Games 3 and 4. Look for Canaan to have a large role once again now that he'll join the starting five. It remains unclear if Grant, Canaan, or Rajon Rondo (thumb) will start at point guard in Game 6.
Jerian Grant Headshot

Grant will be moved to the bench for Wednesday's Game 5 against Boston, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Added 3:54 pm (EST)
Grant got the starting nod in the absence of Rajon Rondo (thumb) in Games 3 and 4, but coach Fred Hoiberg will go with Isaiah Canaan on Wednesday in an attempt to spark what's been a stagnant Chicago offense. The Bulls scored just 87 points in Game 3 and followed up with 95 in Game 4 as the Celtics tied the series at 2-2, taking both games in Chicago. Despite starting, Grant played only five minutes in Game 4, so his move to the bench likely won't have much of an impact on his role, overall.
Rodney Hood Headshot

Hood notched 18 points (6-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 35 minutes during Sunday's 105-98 win over the Clippers in Game 4 of the series.

Added 2:48 pm (EST)
Hood enjoyed the best game of his postseason career in this one, managing series highs in points and rebounds while finishing third on the team in minutes. His role could continue to evolve as the two teams continue to modify their rotations on a game-by-game basis, but Hood's performance Sunday is certainly a step in the right direction after he combined to produce 24 points through the first three games.
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