Fantasy Alarm Starting 5: January 10 (Video)
Jon Impemba brings you the five players you should be looking to build your lineups round for tonight's main slate
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L. Stephenson - SG
Stephenson (toe) will remain out Tuesday against Milwaukee, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
It will be the ninth time in the last 10 contests in which Stephenson will miss due to injury as his disappointing season continues. After a bounce-back season last year, averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, the Cincinnati product is dropping 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds over 61 games played this season. With Josh Hart (knee) listed as questionable for Tuesday's game in addition, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a prime candidate to rack up minutes in the matchup against the Bucks.
Added 11:59 am (EST)
M. Fultz - PG
Fultz will continue his rehab from thoracic outlet syndrome in Orlando after spending the last few months in the Los Angeles area, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
While this is a positive step for the 2017 No. 1 overall pick, there's still no indication that he's close to returning to practice, let alone game action, any time soon. Fultz is expected to be around the team and attend games and practices, however. Earlier this month, Magic president of basketball operations, Jeff Weltman, expressed optimism regarding Fultz's rehab, but he declined to offer any sort of timetable. "Markelle is doing very well," Weltman said. "He's in Los Angeles continuing his rehab. We have sent one of our performance staff to be out with him to try to understand what he's going through from the more scientific perspective, and I have been out there to spend some time with him and watched him work out. It's just a matter of understanding where he is and supporting him. But I can tell you confidently that he's making significant progress and he's feeling like he's in a very good place."
Added 11:58 am (EST)
J. Hart - SG
Hart is listed as questionable for Tuesday's contest at Milwaukee due to knee tendinitis, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Hart missed last week's game against the Pistons due to the same injury, so it appears as though the tendinitis is still affecting the former first-round pick. There is still hope though that Hart will be able to play through his knee tendinitis especially given that LeBron James (groin) will be inactive Tuesday. Hart will probably be a game-time call leading up to matchup against the Bucks.
Added 11:54 am (EST)
T. Chandler - C
Chandler (neck) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Chandler, who has missed the last seven games due to nursing neck soreness, will likely be a game-time call Tuesday against the Bucks. Missing 12 out of the last 17 games, the veteran center has found himself buried on the Lakers' depth chart especially after the acquisition of Mike Muscala as well as Kyle Kuzma filling the five-spot occasionally when the Lakers go with a "small" starting line-up.
Added 11:48 am (EST)
L. James - SF
James will not play in Tuesday's game against the Bucks due to a sore left groin, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
The Lakers have been cautious with James' workload since falling out of the playoff race, but the distinction here is James is not carrying his usual "load management" tag. Instead, the Lakers are chalking up his absence to a sore groin, which he may have aggravated in Sunday's embarrassing loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Either way, the Lakers will be without their four-time MVP and will head into Tuesday's game a bit overmatched, at least on paper, against the best team in the league.
Added 11:48 am (EST)
F. Ntilikina - PG
Ntilikina (groin) has been cleared to practice with the Knicks' G League affiliate, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Ntilikina hasn't played in nearly two months, but this is a major step in the right direction as he finally appears to have moved past the strained groin that's kept him out since Jan. 27. The second-year guard will practice with the Westchester Knicks on Tuesday before returning to the NBA club in advance of Wednesday's matchup with the Jazz. It's unclear if he'll actually be cleared in play in that contest, however.
Added 11:41 am (EST)
C. Miles - SF
Miles (foot) will miss the remainder of the season.
Although the preliminarily X-rays came back negative, an MRI revealed a stress reaction for Miles in his left foot and, as a result, the injury require approximately three-to-six weeks of off-loading to resolve. The former second-round pick in 2005 is expected to make a full recovery though and should be ready to go in time for next season. In 53 games played, the 31-year-old averaged 6.4 points, 1.8 rebounds along with shooting 36 percent from the floor splitting time with the Raptors and Grizzlies this season.
Added 11:38 am (EST)
E. Gordon - SG
Gordon will play Tuesday night against the Hawks, but he's expected to sit out Wednesday's game against Memphis, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
All indications are that Gordon is healthy, as he's started the last eight games, but the Rockets will exercise a bit of caution as they enter a back-to-back set. After Wednesday, Houston has only one remaining back-to-back the rest of the way.
Added 11:35 am (EST)