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Arron Afflalo Headshot

Afflalo was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves after throwing a punch at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.

Afflalo and Bjelica got tangled up in the second quarter of Tuesday's contest, with Afflalo throwing a punch before Bjelica put him in a headlock. Considering the situation, there's a very good chance Afflalo faces some sort of suspension, so that will be something to monitor over the next few days. The Magic's next game comes on Thursday against the Cavaliers. Prior to the ejection, Afflalo finished scoreless (0-2 FG), with one rebound across five minutes.
8:03 pm (EST)
Dorian Finney-Smith Headshot

Finney-Smith (knee) won't be back until February at the earliest, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

Finney-Smith has been out since mid-November with a knee injury and he'll now miss at least another few weeks while going through the recovery process. Considering the report mentions February "at the earliest", there appears to be a chance that Finney-Smith's absence could last for well over an additional month, so don't expect him back any time soon.
7:54 pm (EST)
De'Vante Harris Headshot

Harris signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Joel Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Harris began the 2017 season atop the Saints' depth chart but quickly fell from grace, which ultimately led to his release from the team in early December. The 24-year-old recorded 18 tackles (15 solo) in 11 games.
7:50 pm (EST)
Seth Curry Headshot

Coach Rick Carlisle indicated Tuesday that Curry (lower leg) will remain sidelined until February at the earliest, Earl K. Sneed of the Mavericks' official site reports.

Curry, who continues to recover from a stress reaction in his left tibia, has yet to make his season debut with the Mavericks. Yogi Ferrell, J.J. Barea, and Devin Harris will continue seeing extended minutes in his ongoing absence.
7:48 pm (EST)
Juuse Saros Headshot

Saros will start in goal Tuesday night against the visiting Golden Knights, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

The Predators will hope to avoid a regular-season series sweep from the Golden Knights on Tuesday. Miraculously, the nascent franchise has dominated the Pacific Division, with Vegas currently seven points behind the second-place team in the surging Flames, winners of seven straight contests. As for Saros, he's been better than your average backup netminder, posting a 4-3-3 record, 2.43 GAA and .922 save percentage for a Nashville team that has won two straight and sit only three points behind the Central Division-leading Jets.
7:35 pm (EST)
Jeff Carter Headshot

Carter has begun skating on his own, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The venerable pivot was injured in the sixth game of the season and he hasn't played since. While it's encouraging that he's back out on the ice, Carter would need to practice with contact before getting the green light to return. It was determined that the man who's averaged .740 points per game over 12 years of service time between the Flyers, Blue Jackets and Kings would held out for 6-to-8 weeks minimum, but here were are approaching nearly 13 weeks since Carter went down. His pedigree alone makes him a nice speculative pickup in fantasy, but only if you have a long bench.
7:32 pm (EST)
Jacob de la Rose Headshot

De La Rose practiced at center on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin on Tuesday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

The Canadiens have moved Drouin to the right wing after a 39-game trial at center that didn't work out as planned. For De La Rose, who has been in the active lineup the last four games following a 10-game stretch as a healthy scratch, it's a significant promotion. He's mostly been saddled on the fourth line where he skated with Nicolas Deslauriers or Byron Froese or Daniel Carr. The promotion, which kicks off Wednesday in Boston, means more ice time for De La Rose and, more importantly, ice time with more offensively gifted forwards.
7:22 pm (EST)
JJ Redick Headshot

Redick's left leg injury isn't considered serious and he's only expected to miss a short period of time, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Redick limped to the locker room late in Monday's win over the Raptors and while specifics on the injury haven't been released, it appears it's nothing overly serious. While Redick is not expected to miss extended time, Wojnarowski's report does seem to indicate that Redick could miss at least a game or two, so there's a decent chance he remains sidelined for Thursday's tilt with the Celtics. Look for official confirmation later this week to make sure, though if Redick sits, that should open more time for guys like Jerryd Bayless and T.J. McConnell.
7:20 pm (EST)
Rey Navarro (B) Headshot

Navarro signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners which includes an invitation to spring training.

Navarro hasn't appeared in the majors since 2015, spending each of the previous two seasons with the Angels' minor-league affiliates. He hit a respectable .278/.342/.380 across 126 games with Triple-A Salt Lake last season, but that wasn't enough for him to make it back to the show. Navarro will get a chance to compete for a bench role in spring, though he'll likely wind up as organizational infield depth in 2018.
7:18 pm (EST)
Jonathan Drouin Headshot

Drouin practiced at right wing on a line with Alex Galchenyuk at left wing and Jacob De La Rose at center Tuesday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

After 39 games, Canadiens management has finally acknowledged what was plain to see: Drouin is not yet ready to be a No. 1 center in the NHL. Head coach Claude Julien views De La Rose as the better defender when the puck is in Montreal's zone, which can free up Drouin (six goals, 15 assists) to work with Galchenyuk on the offensive end. This trio will take the ice Wednesday night against Boston.
7:12 pm (EST)
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