DFS NBA Playbook:  December 14 Cover Image
DFS NBA Playbook: December 14
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Jusuf Nurkic Headshot

Nurkic (ankle) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Magic, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.

Nurkic has missed three consecutive games with a sprained right ankle, but the fact that he's not being ruled out a day in advance could mean there's some optimism over a potential return. Look for Nurkic to test out the ankle during Friday's morning shootaround, with an update on his availability likely coming shortly after it. Zach Collins and Meyers Leonard have both picked up starts during Nurkic's absence, so both players would likely see an increased role if he's unable to give it a go again.
3:42 pm (EST)
Meyers Leonard Headshot

Leonard (illness) will play in Friday's game against the Magic, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

Leonard was only available for Wednesday's game in Miami in an emergency situation, but he appears to have put the bug he was battling behind him in time for the weekend. Leonard will likely return to his spot as the starting center unless Jusuf Nurkic (ankle), who is listed as questionable, is able to return.
3:40 pm (EST)
Luc Mbah a Moute Headshot

Mbah a Moute has been diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and will be reevaluated in one week, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

An MRI performed on the shoulder earlier Thursday came back negative, so he's avoided any significant damage. That said, it's still a dislocation, so Mbah a Moute is going to miss some time while working through the recovery process. He was originally expected to return within 2-to-3 weeks, but it appears the Rockets will reevaluate him weekly with the potential to return earlier than that projected timetable. P.J. Tucker stands to benefit with more minutes off the bench at both forward spots, while Trevor Ariza could pick up some extra playing time as well.
3:36 pm (EST)
Ian Mahinmi Headshot

Mahinmi (knee) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Clippers in the team's official game notes.

Mahinmi is still battling knee soreness, and it's not clear exactly how severe the injury is. There should be another update on his status following the team's shootaround Friday morning, but whether he plays or not should not have much of an impact on the Wizards' rotation.
3:25 pm (EST)
Tyler Johnson Headshot

Johnson (migraine) is not listed on the injury report for Friday's game against the Hornets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Johnson had been dealing with a migraine Wednesday that prevented him from playing against the Trail Blazers, but it looks like he has put the pain behind him and will return to the floor Friday in Charlotte. Wayne Ellington played 32 minutes off the bench Wednesday in Johnson's absence and scored 24 points, but he'll likely go back to splitting minutes with Johnson upon the guard's return Friday.
3:12 pm (EST)
Luc Mbah a Moute Headshot

An MRI on Mbah a Moute's shoulder revealed nothing significant and he could return with 2-to-3 weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Mbah a Moute suffered the injury during Wednesday's contest, as he landed awkwardly following a dunk attempt. While it was originally feared to be a significant injury, a follow-up MRI has cleared him of anything overly serious. That said, Mbah a Moute is still slated to miss at least a couple of weeks, so the Rockets will be without him for the foreseeable future. With Mbah a Moute out, P.J. Tucker stands to benefit the most off the bench with added playing time at both forward spots.
3:10 pm (EST)
Justise Winslow Headshot

Winslow (knee) will not travel with the team for Friday's game against the Hornets, Andre Fernandez of The Miami Herald reports.

Winslow suffered a left knee strain in the first half of Wednesday's loss to the Trail Blazers, and with the Heat playing a back-to-back set Friday and Saturday, it is unlikely that the third-year forward returns to the floor before Monday. But, until the Heat can give an update on his exact timetable, consider Winslow day-to-day.
2:55 pm (EST)
Hassan Whiteside Headshot

Whiteside (knee) took part in some on-court work Thursday, but has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Hornets, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Whiteside will be missing an eighth straight game Friday, though the fact that he's now doing some on-court work is encouraging for a return in the near future. He's expected to be reevaluated when the team returns home following Friday's contest, which is when we should get a more concrete timetable for his recovery. At this point, it wouldn't be surprising if Whiteside also missed Saturday's tilt with the Clippers. Kelly Olynyk should continue to start in his place and see an increased role, with Bam Adebayo seeing an uptick in minutes off the bench.
2:48 pm (EST)
Raul Neto Headshot

Neto (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Celtics, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

Neto will miss his third straight games as he continues to work his way through the league's concussion protocol. In his absence, Donovan Mitchell and Alec Burks are expected to continue to be the primary ball-handlers when starter Ricky Rubio is on the bench.
2:38 pm (EST)
Guerschon Yabusele Headshot

Yabusele was assigned to the G-League on Thursday.

Yabusele has seen the court just twice over the Celtics' last 10 games, logging a total of 15 minutes. For that reason, he'll head to the G-League, which allows him the opportunity for extended playing time and the chance to work on his overall development. Once recalled, Yabusele should remain outside the rotation and won't be a fantasy commodity unless a few injuries occur.
2:37 pm (EST)
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