Dirk Nowitzki Headshot

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) won't return against the Blazers.

Added 11/04/16 9:54 pm (EST)   Source
The Mavericks just cannot catch a break Friday. Starting center Andrew Bogut is away from the team dealing with a personal issue. Swingman Wesley Matthews exited the game earlier with a knee injury. Now, losing Nowitzki is obviously the biggest blow. If the veteran face of the franchise is out for any extended period, it could be incredibly costly.
Dragan Bender Headshot

Bender (ankle) has increased his activity of late and hopes to return before the end of the regular season, the Arizona Republic reports.

Added 1:24 pm (EST)
It's been nearly seven weeks since the rookie underwent minor surgery on his ankle, and while his recovery has taken longer than expected, Bender is showing signs of tangible progress. "I'm not doing contact or anything like that," Bender said. "I'm shooting on the court before the games and I'm trying to run as much as I can on the treadmill, just putting weight on the ankle to see how it responds. Coach Earl Watson said the recent workouts have left Bender "tired," but he's encouraged by how well the 19-year-old is moving following the procedure. Watson also said he expects Bender to return for "at least a few games" before the end of what's been a difficult regular season for the young Suns.
Michael Beasley Headshot

Beasley (knee) went through shootaround Tuesday morning, CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Added 1:15 pm (EST)
Beasley hasn't played in over a month while recovering from a sprained left knee, but his participation in shootaround could foreshadow a return in the coming days, perhaps as early as Tuesday night in Charlotte. The Bucks are yet to comment on his immediate availability, but if Beasley is ultimately cleared, he could see a handful of minutes off the bench as the backup to Khris Middleton. In Beasley's absence, the Bucks signed free agent Terrence Jones, though coach Jason Kidd has mostly favored Mirza Teletovic over the former Kentucky standout.
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton missed morning shootaround with a stomach virus and should be considered questionable for Tuesday's tilt against the Hornets, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Added 1:09 pm (EST)
Middleton's absence from the team's morning shootaround isn't an encouraging sign for his availability, but the Bucks aren't ruling him out yet. Look for additional updates as tipoff nears, though if he's unable to give it a go, guys like Jason Terry, Malcolm Brogdon and Rashad Vaughn could see additional workload.
Michael Gbinije Headshot

Gbinije didn't see the court during Monday's 109-95 loss to the Knicks in a coach's decision.

Added 12:32 pm (EST)
Gbinije had previously popped up on the Pistons' injury report with a sprained left ankle, but it appears it's no longer an issue. He should dress again Tuesday against the Heat with Reggie Jackson (knee) and Reggie Bullock (foot) expected to sit out, but don't expect Gbinije to see the court outside of garbage-time scenarios.
Elfrid Payton Headshot

Payton provided 22 points (8-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), nine assists, one rebound, one steal and one block across 31 minutes during Monday's 131-112 loss to the Raptors.

Added 12:31 pm (EST)
Payton has been on a tear over the past 13 games, averaging 13.7 points on 54.7 percent shooting, 8.2 assists, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks across 30.8 minutes per contest. He's also demonstrated an ability to be smart with the ball while dishing out more assists, only committing 2.5 turnovers per game over that stretch. He's been knocking down his free throws at a higher clip as well -- swishing 78.8 percent of his attempts over the past 13 games compared to 69.0 percent on the season. Overall, it looks like Payton may have turned a corner heading into the final games of the season, making him a solid option in any fantasy format.
Shelvin Mack Headshot

Mack (ankle) failed to score (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and grabbed one rebound across three minutes in a 108-100 win over the Pelicans on Monday.

Added 12:30 pm (EST)
It was Mack's first appearance since Feb. 11, though he'd only been sidelined since early March with the sprained ankle. Mack still looks to be behind George Hill, Dante Exum and Raul Neto on the depth chart at point guard, so he probably won't see the court in most games even though he's now healthy.
C.J. Watson Headshot

Watson managed two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two assists across 11 minutes during Monday's 131-112 loss to the Raptors.

Added 12:18 pm (EST)
Watson started nine games from January to February, but hasn't been able to reclaim the spot from Elfrid Payton since returning from a three-game absence caused by an Achilles injury. Watson has averaged 4.2 points and 1.4 assists across 14.2 minutes per game while shooting 43.1 percent from the field since returning -- certainly not threatening Payton, who's averaging 13.7 points and 8.2 assists across 30.8 minutes per game while shooting 54.7 percent from the field over that stretch. Watson is likely only valuable in the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point, and doesn't seem in line for an uptick in minutes before the end of the season.
Dion Waiters Headshot

Waiters (ankle) had his MRI results come back negative, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Added 11:49 am (EST)
The results are a good sign for Waiters and the Heat, who are hoping to have Waiters back as soon as possible for their playoff push. He'll continue to nurse his severely sprained left ankle in Miami while the Heat complete their road trip against the Pistons on Tuesday and the Knicks on Wednesday. It's possible that he will rejoin the team sometime next week provided he makes significant progress.
Tiago Splitter Headshot

Splitter (calf) is considered questionable to play Tuesday against Brooklyn.

Added 11:38 am (EST)
After a two-game rehab stint with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League, Splitter has rejoined the Sixers and is expected to make his debut sometime before the end of the regular season. It could come as early as Tuesday, and whenever Splitter does play, it will mark his first NBA action since January of 2016. Obviously, the 32-year-old's health is a serious question mark, but with his contract set to expire this summer, Splitter will look to use the final few weeks of the season to prove he's worth a look in free agency.
Sergio Rodriguez Headshot

Rodriguez is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets due to a sore hamstring.

Added 11:35 am (EST)
The issue isn't believed to be anything serious, though the 30-year-old underwent a precautionary MRI to ensure he's not dealing with anything more severe. Look for the Sixers to reevaluate Rodriguez closer to tip-off, at which point an official call on his status will be made. If Rodriguez is held out, T.J. McConnell would be set for a heavy workload as the team's only healthy, true point guard.
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