Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart is expected to return to a bench role for Monday's game against the Wizards, Chris Forsberg of reports.

Added 03/20/17 5:57 pm (EST)
Smart picked up two consecutive starts in place of the injured Isaiah Thomas (knee), but with Thomas back to full strength and reclaiming the starting point guard role, Smart will head back to the bench. After logging 35 minutes Sunday against the 76ers, Smart should see his playing time drop into the upper 20's, although he'll still provide some value as one of the team's top bench options despite the demotion to the second unit.
Jamal Murray Headshot

Murray (sports hernia) underwent successful surgery Thursday.

Added 7:31 pm (EST)
After playing through most of the 2016-17 season with a sports hernia, Murray underwent successful surgery to correct the issue. He should have a full offseason ahead of him to rest and recover in order to get back into form for his sophomore season. Murray averaged 9.9 points and 2.1 assists across 21.5 minutes per game this season and could be a candidate to take over the Nuggets' starting point guard role next year with Emmanuel Mudiay showing little improvement.
Troy Williams Headshot

Williams was assigned Thursday to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Added 5:36 pm (EST)
The Vipers are currently fighting for a D-League championship, with Thursday marking the final game of the series. Williams will head down looking to help secure the trophy, but should be recalled shortly after to rejoin the Rockets for their own playoff run. That said, Williams didn't play a minute in the final four games of the Rockets' first-round matchup with the Thunder and is nothing more than emergency depth off the bench.
Isaiah Taylor Headshot

Taylor was recalled from the D-League on Thursday.

Added 5:33 pm (EST)
It's somewhat of an odd decision considering the Rio Grande Valley Vipers play for the D-League championship on Thursday night, but the Rockets apparently want to have Taylor present for a practice or team function. Don't expect the former Texas standout to be a factor for Houston throughout the postseason.
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton (illness) will start and play Game 6 without restriction, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.

Added 5:28 pm (EST)
Middleton has been battling an illness since Monday morning, but his status for Game 6 was never believed to be in serious jeopardy. The 25-year-old has struggled in each of the last two games of the series -- both Bucks losses -- shooting a combined 7-of-21 from the floor, while misfiring on all five of his three-point attempts. Middleton, who shot better than 43 percent from three during the regular season, will look to bounce back in Game 6 with the Bucks facing elimination.
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) is officially listed as out for Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.

Added 5:23 pm (EST)
Coach Fred Hoiberg indicated earlier Thursday that Rondo was a long shot to play in Friday's contest, so this falls in line with his original belief. That said, Rondo is known for playing through pain, so it's still worth it to monitor his status following Friday's morning shootaround just in case he's a late addition to the active roster. Isaiah Canaan has been announced as the team's starting point guard for the second straight contest after posting 13 points, two rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes during Game 5.
Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler will play in Friday's Game 6 despite experiencing soreness in his knee, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.

Added 3:54 pm (EST)
Butler banged knees with a Celtics' player in the second half of Wednesday's game. Although the Bulls are downplaying the knee issue, it is worth noting that Butler attempted only two fourth-quarter shots after the injury in Game 5 and failed to score in the quarter. He could also be seen favoring the knee at times and using an electronic stimulation machine on it during postgame interviews. Nevertheless, Butler will play in Game 6, and he will need to play well with Rajon Rondo (thumb) likely out and Chicago's season on the line.
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Head coach Fred Hoiberg indicated Thursday that it is a 'long shot' that Rondo (thumb) plays in Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.

Added 3:34 pm (EST)
Rondo is dealing with a thumb fracture and torn ligaments in his wrist, injuries that have forced him to miss three games of the Bulls' first-round series against Boston. Isaiah Canaan will get the start in his place but is a significant downgrade from Rondo, who was playing excellent basketball before getting injured, averaging 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists through the first two games of the playoffs. Rondo will reportedly attempt to get a workout in Thursday night, but the chances of him participating in Game 6, and Game 7 if necessary, are slim.
Isaiah Canaan Headshot

Canaan will get the start at point guard in Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Added 3:23 pm (EST)
Canaan logged 36 minutes and scored 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-5 3PT), but did not record an assist and had four turnovers after starting in Wednesday's Game 5. With Rajon Rondo (thumb) likely out again for Friday's game, the Bulls will need Canaan to step up in a big way in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. His 34 and 36 minutes played over his last two games indicate that head coach Fred Hoiberg significantly favors him at the one spot relative to guards Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant.
Tony Allen Headshot

Allen (leg) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 6 against the Spurs.

Added 12:30 pm (EST)
Allen remains doubtful for the remainder of the first round, so if the Grizzlies do extend the series to a Game 7, he still likely won't be cleared for a return to the court. James Ennis has started the last two games and has averaged 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 31.5 minutes. He remains the favorite to start in Allen's place.
Jason Smith Headshot

Smith (calf) is considered a game-time decision for Friday's Game 6 against the Hawks, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Added 12:17 pm (EST)
Smith suffered a bruised left calf during Wednesday's Game 5, leaving the contest and heading to the locker room after just 16 minutes. He underwent treatment on Thursday and will travel with the team ahead of Game 6 on Friday, but his status remains uncertain at this time. With Ian Mahinmi (calf) also expected to be sidelined, the Wizards could have some serious depth issues in the frontcourt, so look for Smith to do everything he can to get on the court. Another update should be available once Smith is able to test the calf out during pregame warmups.
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