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Derrick Jones Headshot

Jones (wrist) is officially listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Celtics, but is considered unlikely to play, John Gambadoro of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Jones avoided any structural damage to his left wrist after taking a hard fall to the floor during Thursday's loss to the Nets, but he was unable to return to the contest after being diagnosed with a sprain. It appears as though both he and T.J. Warren, the team's top two options at small forward, will both be sidelined Friday, leaving the Suns with few alternatives with only eight players expected to be active for the contest. Jared Dudley and Jarell Eddie should benefit the most from the likely absences of Jones and Warren.
1:48 pm (EST)
T.J. Warren Headshot

Warren (foot) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Celtics, but is considered unlikely to play, John Gambadoro of ArizonaSports.com reports.

In what's been a recurring theme for the Suns lately, the team will be dangerously low on depth at just about every position with Warren expected to miss his second straight game with the left foot contusion. Derrick Jones started at small forward in Thursday's loss to the Nets, but he exited the contest with a left wrist sprain and is also considered unlikely to play Friday. Assuming both Warren and Jones are out, the Suns could be forced to start either Jared Dudley or Jarell Eddie at small forward, if coach Earl Watson doesn't opt to go with a smaller lineup featuring Devin Booker at the position. Regardless, both Dudley and Eddie should both be in line for one of their largest minutes loads of the season.
1:36 pm (EST)
Sean Kilpatrick Headshot

Kilpatrick (hamstring) won't be available Friday against the Wizards.

The Nets are entering the second half of a back-to-back set and didn't have the opportunity to evaluate Kilpatrick on the court since Thursday's loss to the Suns, so it's no surprise he'll remain sidelined for a sixth straight game. Isaiah Whitehead, K.J. McDaniels and Archie Goodwin will continue to be the primary beneficiaries of increased run off the bench while Kilpatrick and Joe Harris (shoulder) are out.
1:19 pm (EST)
Joe Harris Headshot

Harris (shoulder) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Wizards.

The Nets continue to evaluate Harris on a day-to-day basis, but with no evidence to suggest that he's particularly close to a return, he's more realistically out indefinitely. With Harris and Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) missing the last several contests, K.J. McDaniels has begun to shine as one of the top wings off the bench, as he's averaged 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 three-pointers in 19.4 minutes per game over his last five appearances.
1:15 pm (EST)
Cameron Payne Headshot

Payne was recalled from the D-League's Windy City Bulls on Friday, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Payne suited up for Windy City in their 103-100 win over the Iowa Energy on Thursday, finishing with 14 points (5-16 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes. The poor shooting line hasn't been out of the norm for Payne at the NBA level this season, as he owns a miserable 33.3 percent mark from the field while averaging 15.8 minutes over his 29 appearances with the Thunder and Bulls. It appears he's no better than third in the pecking order at point guard for coach Fred Hoiberg as the depth chart currently stands, which should leave Payne out of the rotation in most games while he remains with the big club.
1:10 pm (EST)
Reggie Jackson Headshot

Jackson will come off the bench for a second straight game Friday against the Magic, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.

For the first time in his two and a half years with the Pistons, the underperforming Jackson was benched Wednesday against the Bulls in favor of Ish Smith, who had largely outproduced him since the beginning of February. The lineup change didn't yield much favorable results for the Pistons, who were on the wrong end of a blowout loss, but Smith fared better in the outing than Jackson, who was limited to six points (3-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four assists, one rebound and three turnovers in 20 minutes. As a result, coach Stan Van Gundy will hand Smith another starting nod, though the bench boss noted that he was uncertain if Smith would stick on the top unit the rest of the season. Regardless, Jackson's plummeting fantasy value has seemingly hit a new low, and he no longer warrants ownership outside of most mid-sized or deeper leagues now that he could be on the smaller end of the timeshare at point guard.
1:04 pm (EST)
Ish Smith Headshot

Smith will make his second straight start at point guard Friday against the Magic, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.

After essentially matching or surpassing Reggie Jackson's outputs for the better part of the last two months, coach Stan Van Gundy finally rewarded Smith with a promotion to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Bulls. While Smith wasn't awful with nine points (4-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt), seven assists, three steals and one rebound in 25 minutes, the Pistons still were on the wrong end of the blowout, so it wasn't guaranteed that the 28-year-old would receive another start. Van Gundy has decided to give Smith another look with the top unit, but the coach hasn't committed to keeping the point guard in that role for the rest of the season. As such, Smith will likely need to either raise his performance or keep the Pistons more competitive Friday in order to maintain his spot in the starting five. At least in the short term, Smith should benefit from a slight bump in minutes, but he'll still largely be stuck in a timeshare with Jackson at point guard.
12:56 pm (EST)
Harrison Barnes Headshot

Barnes collected 21 points (9-18 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and two steals across 38 minutes during Thursday's 97-95 victory over the Clippers.

Barnes bounced back Thursday from a quick three-game slump where he averaged 9.3 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Despite the occasional short slump, Barnes has still shown to be one of the better scoring forwards in fantasy, averaging 19.6 points per game (47.0 percent shooting from the field and 34.5 percent from deep), 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 0.8 steals across 35.7 minutes per game. He's also dramatically improved his free-throw shooting, knocking down 85.3 percent of his attempts this year compared to 76.1 percent last season. He should continue to be owned in nearly all fantasy formats.
12:48 pm (EST)
Richaun Holmes Headshot

With coach Brett Brown labeling Jahlil Okafor (knee) as doubtful for Friday's game against the Bulls, Holmes is expected to enter the starting lineup at center, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Okafor and Holmes typically cannibalize the fantasy utility of one another when both are active, but Holmes will represent an intriguing low-cost DFS option Friday in the event Okafor sits. When Okafor last sat out Monday against the Magic, Holmes erupted for his best performance of the season, turning in 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and one block and one steal across 42 minutes. A repeat performance shouldn't necessarily be expected, but Holmes has shown on multiple occasions that this season that he's capable of flirting with double-double production when he's handed the bulk of the minutes at center.
12:46 pm (EST)
Wesley Matthews Headshot

Matthews managed five points (1-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 35 minutes during Thursday's 97-95 victory over the Clippers.

Matthews has completely fallen off the map over the past 13 games, averaging 8.2 points across 31.5 minutes per game while shooting just 30.5 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from beyond the arc. He's been dealing with hip and calf injuries over that period, so his poor shooting could be attributed to a lack of lift. Regardless, he's performing poorly by anyone's standards. He could be worth dropping for a hotter shooter if there's one available, considering most year-long fantasy leagues are in their playoffs, where wins in the short term take priority.
12:42 pm (EST)
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