Dirk stated that his soreness has subsided, but didn't do much in his first game back on Wednesday with only 9 points and 5 boards in 28 minutes. The Mavs are still looking for their first win of the season, while the 38 year old Dirk is looking to get his stamina back to start making a difference. Will know more about his status after morning shoot around.
Cunningham was a late scratch from Monday's tilt with the Rockets, but appears to be ready to rejoin the lineup Wednesday. However, with Anthony Davis (groin) expected back as well, Cunningham will have to settle for a reserve role, which will limit his overall impact for fantasy purposes.
With Jusuf Nurkic still out of action, the Blazers will pivot away from Meyers Leonard, who's battling an illness, and give Collins his first NBA start. The rookie out of Gonzaga played 25 minutes off the bench Tuesday against the Warriors, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Johnson was a late addition to the injury report with a migraine and will now sit out entirely. With Johnson sidelined, look for the likes of Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington to pick up some added run in the backcourt. Johnson's next opportunity to play will be Friday against the Hornets.
The Wizards ruled out Markieff Morris (hip) out just before tip-off, and Scott will get the nod at power forward in his place. Expect Scott, as well as Kelly Oubre, to pick up increased minutes against a depleted Grizzlies team. Scott had eight points and five rebounds in Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn.
Jokic has been cleared to play following a six-game absence with an ankle injury, though the Nuggets are going to bring him off the bench in his return, with Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee starting in the frontcourt. That likely means Jokic will see some sort of restrictions, so it may be wise to temper expectations for his overall production Wednesday. Still, season-long owners can go ahead and activate him now that he's been given the go ahead to play.
Though Barton is hurt, allowing Faried to draw a start, Nikola Jokic (ankle) is back. With that being the case, Faried may not see as much run as usual. Over his past eight appearances, he's garnered 27.1 minutes, posting 11.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
This is the first we've heard of the issue, and at this point it's unclear if Morris is in any danger of missing multiple games. Regardless, he apparently sustained the injury sometime during Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn, in which he finished with six points in just 19 minutes. Mike Scott will get the start in Morris' place Wednesday.
Though Parsons will start, it seems unlikely he sees a huge bump in workload, as he has yet to play more than 26 minutes in a game this season while the team continues to make his health a priority. Over his past four appearances, he's averaged 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
It was reported earlier in the week that Gallinari aggravated a previous glute injury and that he'd miss at least a couple of games, so this latest update is no surprise. Following Monday, Gallinari should be evaluated on a game-to-game basis, with his next opportunity to play coming on Friday against the Wizards. Jamil Wilson started alongside Wesley Johnson at the two forward spots with Gallinari out Monday, which will likely be the case again Wednesday. Montrezl Harrell and Sam Dekker are also candidate to continue seeing an increased workload.
Joseph picked up the start for an injured Darren Collison (knee) on Sunday, but posted just two points (1-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds and five assists across 31 minutes. Collison has since been cleared for a return and will rejoin the top unit, which sends Joseph back to the bench. With the demotion, Joseph's minutes will likely fall back into the mid-to-low 20's, which severely restricts his fantasy value.
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