Felipe Rivero (L) Headshot

Rivero signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Pirates on Monday which includes a pair of $10 million club options, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

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In the same week the Pirates traded away two of their veteran stars -- Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole -- they also committed to one of their more promising pieces in Rivero. The 26-year-old jumped into the discussion of top-tier relievers with his breakout performance in 2017, as he finished the season with a 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 88:20 K:BB across 75.1 innings. He took over as the team's closer in June and didn't miss a beat, converting all but two of his 24 save opportunities. Rivero is set to reprise his role as the Pirates' closer in 2018; he'll look to solidify himself as one of the top closers in the game with another impressive season.
Tyler Johnson Headshot

An X-ray on Johnson's left ankle came back negative and he's been diagnosed with just a sprain, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

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Johnson had to be wheeled off the court in a wheelchair during Monday's matchup with the Bulls after suffering what appeared to be a serious leg injury. However, a subsequent X-ray has ruled out any sort of break and it appears he's just dealing with an ankle sprain, so he's avoided anything significant. That said, there's still a decent chance Johnson misses some time, with Wednesday's game against the Bucks coming as the first potential absence. Wayne Ellington and Josh Richardson are candidates to see big minutes if Johnson does indeed remain sidelined for that contest.
DeMar DeRozan Headshot

DeRozan scored 24 points (8-18, 0-4 3PT, 8-9 FT) to go with one rebound, five assists and two steals in 35 minutes during Monday's 117-111 loss to Philadelphia.

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After averaging 34.6 points in his previous three games against Philadelphia, DeRozan was kept in check in the final regular season meeting between the two teams. Mainly, the guard was stifled from beyond the arc, shooting 0-of-4 from three. DeRozan has improved his three-point game to the level of a career-best 36.6 percent for the season. However, DeRozan was ice cold from long range on Monday.
Joel Embiid Headshot

Embiid scored 34 points (11-21 FG, 1-5 3PT, 11-14 FT) to go with 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 35 minutes during Monday's 117-111 win against Toronto.

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The center recovered from his 15 point performance in London on Thursday for a game-high 34 points Monday. Embiid followed up an 18 point first half with 16 points after the break. Against Toronto, Embiid was solid from the floor, shooting 52.3 percent. In addition, he is averaging 23.0 points over his last five games. The likely Eastern Conference all-star continues to score in bunches, averaging a team-leading 23.5 points through 30 games.
Mike Muscala Headshot

Muscala (ankle) is available to play in Monday's game against the Spurs, KL Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.

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Muscala will play as expected Monday after being listed as probable with an ankle injury. Muscala's minutes have hovered in the 10-to-15 range since returning from injury, and it'll likely remain at that mark Monday against San Antonio.
Dewayne Dedmon Headshot

Dedmon (leg) is available to play in Monday's game against the Spurs, KL Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.

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As expected, Dedmon will be good to go for Monday's contest after being listed as probable in the team's injury report. Look for the big man to once again play around 20 minutes at center, splitting time with starter Miles Plumlee.
J.J. Barea Headshot

Barea has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets due to a groin injury, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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The exact injury is unclear at this time, but it appears Barea tweaked his groin at some point during Saturday's overtime loss to the Lakers. His absence Tuesday may be precautionary, especially considering the Mavs have a few days off before Saturday's matchup with the Blazers. In Barea's absence, expect Yogi Ferrell and Devin Harris to pick up a few extra minutes.
Alex Len Headshot

Len tallied 12 points (6-7 FG, 0-2 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and one block across 19 minutes in Sunday's 120-97 loss to the Pacers.

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Len saw an uptick in minutes over recent contests and produced with it, posting his first double-double since Dec. 18. The fifth-year big man had seen no more than 15 minutes in the previous three games, and his role is subject to fluctuate at times depending on what coach Jay Triano opts to do with his frontcourt trio of Len, Tyson Chandler and Greg Monroe. Len does offer double-double upside any time he takes the floor, and he's currently posting career bests in shooting percentage (55.5) and rebounds (8.2).
Isaiah Canaan Headshot

Canaan (groin) totaled 13 points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT), two rebounds and two assists across 20 minutes in Sunday's 120-97 loss to the Pacers.

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Canaan's return from a three-game absence was a successful one, as he posted his second straight double-digit scoring effort and seventh in his last 11 contests overall. The 26-year-old has shot at least 50.0 percent in four of his last six games as well, and his seemingly steady role off the bench is progressively upping his value in deeper formats for those searching for scoring and assists.
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