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Salah Mejri Headshot

Mejri will not play in Wednesday's game against the Pelicans with a sore knee, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

When exactly Mejri began suffering from the knee troubles is currently unknown, but with head coach Rick Carlisle saying he could return as soon as Friday likely means it isn't anything serious. Regardless, Mejri has seen very few minutes with the emergence of Nerlens Noel as the team's starting center, so his absence won't have much of an impact on the team's rotation.
6:52 pm (EST)
Johnny O'Bryant Headshot

O'Bryant (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Stephanie Ready of Fox Sports Southeast reports.

O'Bryant continues to work his way back from a severe ankle sprain and he's yet to be given any sort of timetable for a return, so he'll be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. Even when healthy, O'Bryant is usually held to a deep reserve role off the bench in the frontcourt, so his return likely wouldn't make any drastic changes to the team's regular rotation.
6:51 pm (EST)
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry (wrist) has progressed to shooting with his right hand, but remains without a timetable for a return, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.

Lowry was able to do some light dribbling earlier in the month, but the fact that he's able hoist shots with his surgically repaired wrist is a big step in the right direction. The Raptors aren't comfortable putting a timetable on his return, but he's fully expected to miss at least a few more games, with the hope of logging a few tune-up outings prior the postseason schedule. His next step appears to be a return to practice, at least in a limited capacity, so look for another update once that occurs.
6:44 pm (EST)
Dante Cunningham Headshot

Cunningham is expected to return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

Cunningham has started the last two games in place of the ailing DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), averaging just 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 block across 34.0 minutes. His move back to the bench should signal a decent drop in minutes, which takes Cunningham off the radar in the majority of fantasy leagues.
6:36 pm (EST)
Solomon Hill Headshot

Hill (foot) will play in Wednesday's game agains the Mavericks, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.

It appears as though Hill's appearance on Wednesday's injury report was just precautionary, as the swingman will take the floor with no reported restrictions against the Mavericks. Look for Hill to play his typical dosage of around 30 minutes, but his lack of consistent production will keep him as a risky fantasy option.
6:36 pm (EST)
DeMarcus Cousins Headshot

Cousins (ankle) will play in Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.

Cousins missed each of the last two games with a right ankle sprain, but he has managed to recover in his short time off and will return to the floor against the Mavericks. The All-Star big man is not expected to face any limitations or restrictions Wednesday night, so look for Cousins to play a full load of minutes in his return to action. With Cousins back, Dante Cunningham, after starting the last two games, will return to the bench.
6:32 pm (EST)
P.J. Tucker Headshot

Tucker will move back to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Hornets, Raptors radio play-by-play announcer Eric Smith reports.

Tucker has started the last two games in place of the injured DeMarre Carroll (back), averaging 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.5 steals across 33.5 minutes. With Carroll back in the starting five, however, Tucker will head to the bench and should see a decent dip in playing time moving forward, thus hurting his overall fantasy upside.
6:26 pm (EST)
DeMarre Carroll Headshot

Carroll (back) will play and start in Wednesday's game against the Hornets, Raptors radio play-by-play announcer Eric Smith reports.

Carroll was given a probable designation earlier Wednesday, so this was the expected course of action all along. The Raptors haven't announced any sort of minutes restriction, so look for Carroll to take on a full workload like usual. With Carroll rejoining the starting five, P.J. Tucker will move back to the bench and should see slight drop in minutes moving forward.
6:22 pm (EST)
Marco Belinelli Headshot

Belinelli (eye) will play in Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

Belinelli took a shot to the face in Tuesday's game against the Bucks, eventually leading to seven stitches. That said, the laceration isn't expected to keep Belinelli on the sidelines, so he'll be available off the bench as usual. Look for him to operate as one of the top reserves on the wing for the Hornets, seeing minutes in the mid-to-low 20's on most nights.
6:14 pm (EST)
Ty Lawson Headshot

Lawson is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Jazz with quad tendonitis, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.

Lawson had missed time recently with knee soreness, but it appears as though another concern has come about with one of his quadriceps. It's possible the team may just be taking caution with the veteran point guard with the regular season winding down, but regardless, in his absence, look for Darren Collison to handle majority of the point guard duties Wednesday with Langston Galloway potentially filling in as his backup off the bench.
6:13 pm (EST)
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