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Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving (quad) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

Irving was held out of Monday's contest with a left quad contusion, but it was clearly nothing serious, as he should be back Wednesday following just a one-game layoff. As long as Irving doesn't experience any uptick in discomfort during shootaround or pregame warmups, he should rejoin the starting lineup at point guard, with Marcus Smart heading back to the bench in the corresponding move. Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin should see decreased minutes as well.
6:12 pm (EST)
Al Horford Headshot

Horford will be rested for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

Horford doesn't appear to be dealing with an injury, so it looks as though the Celtics will simply build in a day of rest for the big man in advance of a Friday/Saturday back-to-back set. With Marcus Morris (knee) sidelined, expect Aron Baynes to remain in the starting five, with Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye both in line for increased time off the bench.
6:11 pm (EST)
John Wall Headshot

Wall (knee) has officially been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

Wall came into Tuesday with a questionable designation, but with the Wizards currently headed into a back-to-back set, they decided it was in Wall's best interest to remain sidelined at least one more contest. He's slated to make his return to the lineup Wednesday against the Grizzlies, though additional word on that should come following the team's morning shootaround. With Wall out once again Tuesday, Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky should see extended run at point guard, though it will likely remain a timeshare between the two.
6:08 pm (EST)
Tyler Cavanaugh Headshot

Cavanaugh will start Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In a bit of a surprising decision, the Hawks will give Cavanaugh his first start of the season as Miles Plumlee shifts to the bench. Cavanaugh, who began the year on a two-way contract, has worked his way into a consistent rotation spot of late, averaging more than 23 minutes per game over the last five contests. In that span, the 23-year-old holds averages of 8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
6:07 pm (EST)
Robert Woods Headshot

Head coach Sean McVay said Monday that Woods (shoulder) is in line to return Sunday at Seattle, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Woods indicated he was approaching the end of his recovery from a left shoulder injury with a limited showing in practice last Friday, earning a questionable designation in advance of Sunday's showdown with the Eagles. He proceeded to take part in a pregame workout but eventually was deemed inactive for a third consecutive contest. There's a chance Woods will shed his injury designation entirely with a full session Wednesday, but more important is his listing on the final practice report of the week.
6:05 pm (EST)
Brandon Guyer (R) Headshot

Guyer (wrist) may not be ready for Opening Day, though he's expected to be fine for the majority of the season, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

Guyer hurt his right wrist in mid-September and eventually underwent surgery in October. While the issue may keep him sidelined to start the 2018 campaign, it doesn't sound like he'll miss too much action. He hit .236/.326/.327 in 70 games last season.
6:03 pm (EST)
Chris Owings (R) Headshot

Owings (finger) will be used in a super-utility role next season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

Owings proved to be a versatile asset again in 2017, playing shortstop, second base, right field and left field for the Diamondbacks before suffering a season-ending broken finger at the end of July. While he held his own at the plate (.268/.299/.442 with 12 homers and 12 stolen bases), his poor defense and below-average on-base skills aren't necessarily desirable traits in an everyday starter, prompting Arizona to shift him to a utility role. Owings was forced to undergo a second surgery on his broken finger in November, leaving his status for Opening Day up in the air.
5:57 pm (EST)
Willie Cauley-Stein Headshot

Cauley-Stein (back) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game against the Suns, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

Cauley-Stein has been sidelined for three consecutive games with a lower back strain, but should return to the lineup ahead of Tuesday's matchup. If all goes as planned Cauley-Stein will likely take back his role as the team's starting center, which sends Zach Randolph back to power forward and Skal Labissiere back to the bench. With Cauley-Stein expected back, Labissiere and JaKarr Sampson should both see less minutes in the frontcourt.
5:52 pm (EST)
Sergei Bobrovsky Headshot

Bobrovsky will start between the pipes in Tuesday's home game against the Oilers.

Bobrovsky was unbeatable in his last start Saturday against Arizona, turning aside all 35 shots he faced en route to his fourth shutout and 16th victory of the campaign. The Russian netminder will look to pick up a third consecutive win Tuesday in a home matchup with an Oilers squad that's 7-7-2 on the road this season.
5:46 pm (EST)
Luke Babbitt Headshot

Babbitt (back) will play during Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers, KL Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.

Babbitt has landed on the injury report over each of the past six games, but has ended up playing. Over that stretch, he's averaging 7.2 points and 2.8 rebounds across 17.5 minutes per contest.
5:46 pm (EST)
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