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News: Evans has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA due to a violation of the NBA's anti-drug program, Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports reports. He is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.
Impact: This is obviously a serious development for Evans, who won't be able to play in the NBA again until 2021-22 at the earliest, which would be his age 32-season. He's coming off the worst season of his career, appearing in 69 games for the Pacers and scoring 10.2 points per game on 38.9 percent shooting. Evans was set to become a free agent this summer.
News: Durant (calf) won't travel to Portland and will miss Game 3 and Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Brian Witt of the Warriors' official site reports.
Impact: Durant was already ruled out of Game 2 but the team had held out hope he'd be able to return on the road in the Western Conference Finals. It's no guarantee he'll return for Game 5, should the series go that far, but that's the soonest he can play. For the time being look for Andre Iguodala, who's starting in Durant's place, to continue seeing extra minutes.
News: Durant (calf), as expected, is out for Thursday's Game 2 against the Trail Blazers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Durant missing Game 2 was nearly a certainty, but this news officially ends speculation. He'll be re-evaluated later in the week with hopes of playing in Game 3, which is Saturday. It wouldn't be surprising if he's out until late in the series, or possibly the Finals.
News: Durant (calf) will be re-evaluated later in the week but will almost certainly miss Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Warriors already ruled Durant out of Game 1 earlier Monday, but coach Steve Kerr provided more detail after practice, revealing that Durant is yet to step foot on the court since suffering the injury in Game 5 against Houston. Kerr noted that Durant is still experiencing pain in his right calf, and he's set to be evaluated later in the week. That implies he'll be held out of Games 1 (Tuesday) and 2 (Thursday), and his status from that point on will hinge on how well the calf responds to rehab.
News: Durant (calf) will not play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, and he's "unlikely" to play in Thursday's Game 2, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
Impact: While the Warriors haven't provided much in terms of detail on Durant's status, this doesn't come as much of a surprise considering he suffered the calf strain less than a week ago. The two-time reigning Finals MVP is set to be reevaluated on Thursday, so there's a slight chance he could be cleared for Game 2, but Shelburne's tweet intimates that it's much more likely Durant misses a third straight contest. Golden State was able to close out Houston in Game 6 without Durant's services, so expect Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to continue to handle a larger share of the offensive burden in Durant's absence. In Game 6, the Warriors started Andrew Bogut at center, shifting Draymond Green to power forward, with Andre Iguodala remaining in the lineup at at small forward.
News: Durant suffered a mild right calf strain in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Rockets and will be re-evaluated at some point next week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: With Durant's calf strain being confirmed following additional testing and the superstar not being evaluated until next week, it's now confirmed that the Warriors will be without their top scorer if Game 7 against Houston becomes necessary. The good news for Durant is that it doesn't appear to be an injury that will require a long-term recovery, so there is still an optimistic outlook on his basketball future as a whole. For now, however, Golden State will have to ride its sharp-shooting backcourt through the weekend if the team wishes to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
News: Coach Steve Kerr ruled Durant out for the Warriors' Game 6 matchup Friday with the Rockets after the forward was diagnosed with a right calf strain following Wednesday's Game 5 victory, Tim Kawakami of The Athletic reports. "He's not going to play Game 6," Kerr said of Durant. "We can all pretend and just say he's doubtful. But he's not playing Game 6."
Impact: Durant initially looked like he may have suffered a significant Achilles injury when he landed awkwardly during a shot attempt in third quarter, resulting in his removal from the contest. Fortunately for the Warriors, the team's initial examinations revealed that he merely suffered a calf injury, which won't end his season but could put his availability at risk of the rest of the second round. Based on Kerr's comments, it's not expected that Durant will travel with the team to Houston, so the All-Star will presumably remain in Oakland to receive further treatment with the hope of returning for a potential Game 7. Durant is slated to undergo an MRI on Thursday, at which point a clearer timeline for his return may be established.
News: Durant will not rejoin the action during Wednesday's Game 5 due to a right calf strain.
Impact: Many surmised Durant's injury may have been serious, so a calf strain likely comes as a relief for the Warriors. Jonas Jerebko figures to see additional usage with the star forward sidelined the remainder of the night, while Durant should be considered questionable at best for Game 6 on Friday.
News: Durant limped to the locker room in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 5 against the Rockets, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Durant looked at the back of his leg as he attempted to return to the defensive end of the floor following a made jump shot. The team should update his status more following some tests, but a major injury could be a huge blow for a Warriors squad already without the services of Demarcus Cousins (quad). Jonas Jerebko may be in line for additional minutes if Durant is forced to miss time.
News: Embiid (illness) will play Tuesday's Game 5 against the Raptors, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Embiid was able to participate in parts of pre-game warmups as he continues to deal with an illness, so he's likely to be less than 100 percent. The 25-year-old is coming off a tough Game 4 in which he scored only 11 points on 2-of-7 shooting.
News: Smart (oblique) will play in Game 4 against Milwaukee on Monday night.
Impact: After battling through an oblique injury that he suffered during one of Boston's final regular-season contests, Smart has gained clearance to return to game action, and he's done so much sooner than initially expected. He averaged 8.9 points along with 4.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds over 80 games during the 2018-2019 campaign and served as the starting shooting guard for the Celtics, although it's been decided that he'll come off the bench in Game 4. Head coach Brad Stevens noted that while Smart won't be on a minutes restriction, he'll play "short stints," according to the play-by-play announcer of the Boston Celtics, Sean Grande.
News: Harden relayed following Tuesday's 115-109 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals series that he "can barely see" after getting hit in both eyes during the contest, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Harden said his vision became an issue after he took an inadvertent shot to the face from the Warriors' Draymond Green halfway through the first quarter. He checked back into the contest with 9:38 remaining in the second quarter and finished with 29 points (9-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 34 minutes, despite experiencing bleeding in both eyes and a laceration to his left eye. Fortunately for Harden, he'll have three full days off before the Rockets attempt to dig out of a 2-0 hole as the series shifts to Houston on Saturday. Harden noted in Tuesday's post-game press conference that his eyes were sensitive to light and was unsure if the issue would persist into the weekend, but it's unlikely to be anything that seriously jeopardizes his availability.
News: Embiid (illness) will play in Game 2 against Toronto on Monday, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid's status was in question after he missed morning shootaround due to gastroenteritis, although he's evidently feeling better. The big man was late getting onto the court for pregame warmups, but he eventually emerged from the locker room and has since been given the green light to play.
News: Curry (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against Houston, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: The Warriors guaranteed themselves they'll have at least half of the Splash Brothers on Saturday against the Rockets, as Klay Thompson (ankle) will go through warmups before a decision is made regarding his availability. Curry is coming off a Round 1 victory over the LA Clippers in which he averaged 24.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists. In two regular season home games against Houston, he averaged 30.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists.
News: Curry (ankle) is listed as questionable for Game 1 on Sunday, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Curry, who played 38 minutes Friday against the Clippers, noticeably struggled at some points after rolling his ankle. While his workload and post game statements indicate that he's fine, Curry's listed as questionable going into Sunday and could see a reduced workload if the pain doesn't subside.
News: Embiid (knee) will play during Tuesday's Game 5 against the Nets, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: As expected, Embiid will take the court despite left knee soreness. In this series, he's averaging 25.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.7 blocks and 1.0 steal in 25.7 minutes.
News: Embiid (knee) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Nets, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
Impact: This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as the 76ers have been cautious with Embiid throughout this first-round series. Still, he was listed as probable earlier in the day, so there's a strong chance the big man takes the floor.
News: Griffin (knee) is a game-time decision for Game 4 against the Bucks on Monday night, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Griffin remains listed as probable on Detroit's injury report, but head coach Dwane Casey stated that his superstar will be a true game-time call. He appears to be closer to questionable than probable at this point, and the Pistons will likely wait to see how he feels during pregame warmups to announce his availability.
News: Griffin is probable for Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks with left knee soreness, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Griffin surprisingly made his series debut in Saturday's Game 3 after missing the first two outings with the injured left knee. And while he was visibly hampered by the ailment while sporting a giant brace, he still managed to post 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists across 31 minutes in the loss. Now, despite being a game away from elimination, it looks like Griffin is going down with the ship Monday night, but his status will still need to be confirmed prior to tip.
News: Butler was ejected from Game 4, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Butler was ejected after shoving Jared Dudley midway through the third quarter Friday. At the time of his ejection, Butler had contributed 11 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals. He should be ready to return for Game 5 on Tuesday.
News: Embiid (knee) will play and start during Saturday's Game 4 against the Nets, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
Impact: This news comes as a bit of a surprise considering Embiid was listed as doubtful. However, it appears his knee is feeling better than expected.
News: Embiid (knee) is a game-time decision for Saturday's Game 4 against the Nets, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Embiid is still listed as doubtful, but the decision will ultimately be made close to tipoff. If he's out for a second straight contest, Greg Monroe is a strong candidate to draw another start.
News: Embiid (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's Game 4 in Brooklyn.
Impact: Embiid entered Friday as questionable, and the fact that he has already been downgraded to doubtful is certainly not a good sign for the big man's health. The 76ers did manage to earn a win in convincing fashion without Embiid on Thursday, and it looks like they'll have to do it one more time before the series heads back to Philadelphia.
News: Embiid (knee) is questionable for Saturday's Game 4 against the Nets, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
Impact: Left knee soreness kept Embiid from participating in Game 3, but the 76ers were still able to secure a 131-115 victory over Brooklyn. Embiid will presumably continue receiving treatment and keeping his practice time to a minimum ahead of Saturday's contest. If he's out again, it's possible we see Greg Monroe draw another start.
News: Embiid (knee) has been ruled out of Thursday's Game 3 against Brooklyn, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Embiid was questionable entering Thursday's game and his absence could be significant for Philadelphia. Look for Boban Marjanovic and Greg Monroe to see an uptick in minutes for the time being as Embiid sets his sights on a Game 4 return.
News: Embiid (knee) is a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 3 against the Nets, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Embiid's knee continues to act up, and it's possible he misses a crucial Game 3 with the series tied 1-1. An absence would mean more minutes for Boban Marjanovic and Jonah Bolden.
News: Griffin (knee) will be held out of Wednesday's game against the Bucks, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Griffin won't be active for Wednesday's game against the Bucks due to a left knee sprain that's kept him out of the past three games. Unless anything significant happens the veteran forward will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game.
News: Horford (illness) is available to play in Wednesday's playoff game against Indiana, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Horford reportedly emerged with an illness overnight Tuesday and was officially questionable to play Wednesday before the ultimate ruling by the team of his ability to play versus the Pacers. It also doesn't appear that Horford with have his minutes limited in Game 2. Horford will presumably start once again, with Aaron Baynes and Daniel Theis chipping in off the bench Wednesday.
News: Cousins was officially diagnosed with a torn left quadriceps tendon after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday and is likely out for the rest of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is an unfortunate turn of events for Cousins, who was just coming into his own with the Warriors and likely would have been in line for a big payday in free agency following the team's postseason run. With Cousins' MRI revealing the news the Warriors feared, the big man's season is expected to come to a premature end for the second year in a row. On a more fortunate note, Cousins isn't expected to require surgery, though the Warriors will wait and see how he's feeling after two weeks of rehab before determining whether a potential return during the NBA Finals is even realistic. Golden State will now have to lean more heavily on both Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney to cover minutes at center.
News: The Warriors fear that Cousins suffered a torn left quadriceps tendon in the first quarter of Monday's 135-131 loss to the Clippers in Game 2 of the series, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: A formal diagnosis won't be established until Cousins undergoes an MRI on Tuesday, but a torn tendon would likely require surgery and sideline him for the remainder of the playoffs. The Warriors are holding out hope that Cousins is merely dealing with a strained quad, but all indications are that the big man's injury was of the non-contact variety, which would hint at a more severe setback. After missing nearly a full year of action while rehabbing a torn left Achilles' tendon, Cousins had started to round back into form late in the regular season, but the new lower-body injury could force him to settle for another short-term deal when he hits free agency this summer. As for Golden State's plan moving forward in the event Cousins is indeed out, the team will likely turn to Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney to cover most of the minutes at center.
News: Cousins suffered a quad injury and will not return to Monday's playoff match against the Clippers. He will undergo an MRI within the next 24 hours.
Impact: A scary moment at the Oracle as Cousins fell to the ground trying to track down a loose ball, immediately grabbing his left quad and limping off the court on his own power. The center was then taken back to the locker room for further assistance. Look for more updates to come Tuesday, but for now the Warriors will have to rely heavily upon Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney with Cousins sidelined.
News: Embiid (knee) will play in Monday's Game 2 matchup with the Nets, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: He once again came into the game as a game-time decision, however, Embiid will attempt to give it a go. Although he saw a smaller role than usual in Game 1, Embiid was very productive while on the court, collecting 22 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and five blocks.
News: Griffin is expected to miss the Pistons' entire first-round playoff series with the Bucks while he nurses a sprained left knee, Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Griffin has been nursing the injury for a little over two weeks, missing five of the Pistons' final eight regular-season contests before sitting out Sunday's 121-86 loss in Milwaukee in Game 1 of the series. Goodwill notes that Griffin has been cleared of any structural damage to the knee, but it's possible that he'll need a minor procedure during the offseason if treating the injury through rest and rehab fails to do the trick. The Pistons will likely continue to list Griffin as day-to-day ahead of each of their first-round games, but it would be surprising if the team rushed the power forward back to action at any point in a series that would be difficult to win even if Detroit had its roster at optimal health. Thon Maker started for Griffin in Game 1, finishing just four points (2-10 FG, 0-6 3Pt), four rebounds and one block in 22 minutes.
News: Griffin (knee) has been ruled out for Game 1 on Sunday against the Bucks, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: This is bad news for the Pistons, who will be tasked with facing a Milwaukee team that earned the best record in the NBA during the regular season without one of their star players. Griffin will have a few days off until Game 2 on Wednesday, so the hope is that he'll be ready to roll by then. Thon Maker could draw the start at power forward against his former team in Griffin's stead.
News: George (shoulder) is available to play and will start in Sunday's playoff contest against Portland, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: No surprise here as George will return to the court for Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs after missing the season finale against the Bucks with a right shoulder injury. There is no mention of a possible minutes restriction as well, so expect George to be a full-go for Sunday's matchup against Portland.
News: George (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's playoff matchup against the Trail Blazers, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: George missed Wednesday's season finale against the Bucks with right shoulder soreness and the same injury is making him appear on the injury report for Sunday's Game 1 contest. The Fresno State product will reportedly be a game-time call Sunday and any news confirming his status should surface soon. If George is ruled out however, Abdel Nader may be in line for a spot start.
News: George (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Impact: George intimated earlier in the week that he expects to play, so his listing may simply be a formality. Still, it's worth noting that he's dealing with some discomfort and may be less than 100 percent in the early goings of the postseason.
News: Embiid (knee) will play in Saturday's Game 1 against the Nets, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite being listed as doubtful, Embiid will take the floor for Game 1. Against the Nets this season, he's averaging 30.0 points, 14.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
News: Embiid (knee) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's Game 1 against the Nets.
Impact: This is a surprising and unfortunate development for the 76ers, as it looks like Embiid is going to be held out for at least the first game of the team's opening playoff series. It's unclear how long Embiid could remain sidelined, but any missed time is a massive blow for Philly in this series. If Embiid is officially ruled out, Boban Marjanovic, Amir Johnson and Greg Monroe would likely all split time at center.
News: George (shoulder) said he expects to play in Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: George revealed that the shoulder injury that kept him out of Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Bucks is somewhat serious, as he was in far too much pain to take the floor, but it looks like it is going to take a lot more than that to keep the All-Star forward out of the lineup in Game 1. Head coach Billy Donovan said George is day-to-day, but it looks like he is on track to play barring any setbacks.
News: Embiid (knee) has "no idea" if he'll be available for Saturday's Game 1 against the Nets, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With just over 24 hours until Game 1, Embiid's knee hasn't improved significantly. There's a strong chance his availability will come down to a game-time decision. On the chance that he doesn't play, Boban Marjanovic, Jonah Bolden (knee), Amir Johnson and Greg Monroe are all candidates to see some extra run.
News: Embiid (knee) may not be ready to go for the start of the 76ers' first-round playoff series this weekend, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: GM Elton Brand acknowledged the possibility that Embiid may need additional time to heal up from a sore left knee, which will keep him out of Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Bulls and sidelined him for four of the previous six contests. Having Embiid unavailable for even a single game in a first-round matchup would be a major blow to Philadelphia, with the 76ers likely to get by with a committee of Boban Marjanovic, Jonah Bolden (knee), Amir Johnson and Greg Monroe in such a scenario. Embiid finished up the regular season with career highs in points (27.5 per game), rebounds (13.6) and assists (3.7).
News: George (shoulder) has been listed as inactive for Wednesday's game against the Bucks, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite playing 42 minutes and hitting a game-winner Tuesday against Houston, George won't play in Wednesday's season-finale against Milwaukee due to a right shoulder injury that's continued to hamper him for the past month. In his absence, look for Abdel Nader and Hamidou Diallo to see a boost in minutes.
News: Vucevic (illness) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Hornets, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wth the Magic having already locked up a playoff spot, the team won't force Vucevic onto the floor after the All-Star came down with a stomach virus Wednesday morning. Khem Birch will likely see the biggest boost in minutes in Vucevic's absence against Charlotte.
News: Cousins will sit out Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies for rest purposes, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Impact: The Warriors have regularly withheld Cousins from one half of back-to-back sets since he made his long-awaited team debut in January following a lengthy recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon, so it comes as little surprise that he'll sit after playing Tuesday. Cousins wrapped up the regular season on a high note in the Warriors' 112-103 win over the Pelicans, compiling 21 points (7-18 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes. He'll head into the Warriors' first-round playoff matchup this weekend with no playing-time restrictions.
News: Curry (foot) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Impact: Curry's absence comes as little surprise after the star point guard played just nine minutes before exiting Tuesday's 112-103 win over the Pelicans with the right foot injury. Per Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News, Curry was spotted with tape on his right foot and was walking without a limp while leaving the locker room Tuesday, so the Warriors are likely just playing it safe with him in the second half of the back-to-back set. It's fully expected that Curry will be available this weekend for Game 1 of the top-seeded Warriors' first-round playoff matchup with a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
News: Vucevic is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hornets due to a stomach virus.
Impact: The Magic have already punched their ticket to the postseason, but there's still seeding at stake for the team in its regular-season finale. Depending on the results of Wednesday's games, the Magic could fall anywhere between the Nos. 6 and 8 seeds, so there's some incentive for Vucevic to try and play if the stomach bug isn't too debilitating. If the Magic do decide to err on the side of caution and hold Vucevic out, Khem Birch would likely enter the starting lineup and make for an intriguing DFS option while absorbing the majority of the minutes at center.
News: Curry (ankle), who exited Tuesday's 112-103 win over the Pelicans after just nine minutes, is expected to be healthy for Game 1 of the playoffs, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. Curry is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Unsurprisingly, the Warriors are being cautious with Curry. Assuming he sits out Wednesday, Quinn Cook would likely draw the start. More information on Curry's injury should arrive in the coming days, but there's currently no reason to suspect he won't be ready for the postseason.
News: Durant will not play Tuesday against the Pelicans, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Warriors have flip-flopped on Durant's status a few times Tuesday, but he's now officially ruled out with what's been deemed an illness. Golden State will also be without Klay Thompson (knee), Andre Iguodala (toe) and Andrew Bogut (rest).
News: Correcting a previous note, Durant (rest) is listed as available Tuesday against the Pelicans, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Medina noted Durant was resting before later citing the NBA's official injury report, which has Durant as "available" at 5:30 ET. It appears coach Steve Kerr may clear things up sometime before tipoff.
News: Smart has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against Orlando due to a strained oblique, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Initial reports indicated that Smart had suffered a bruised hip, but further evaluation has discovered an injury that's far more serious. The Celtics will continue to keep an eye on Smart over the next 24-to-48 hours to determine the extent of the issue, per Wojnarowski, but at this point, there's a real possibility that he could miss time in the playoffs while on the mend.
News: Antetokounmpo (calf) has been cleared to play and will start Sunday against Atlanta.
Impact: Antetokounmpo has been given the green light to play after going through pregame warmups. He'll take the court alongside Eric Bledsoe, Sterling Brown, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez in the second-to-last regular-season contest.
News: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Conley (ankle) wouldn't play Sunday against the Mavericks and acknowledged the point guard might not be available for the team's final two regular-season contests Tuesday in Detroit and Wednesday at home versus the Warriors, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The sore left ankle will extend Conley's streak of absences to four and it seems quite likely he won't be back in action before the 2018-19 campaign draws to a close. The non-contending Grizzlies aren't incentivized to push their star point guard to return for a trio of rather meaningless games, even though it's not believed his ankle issue is anything that will trouble him heading into the offseason. With Conley out for at least one more game, Tyler Dorsey and Delon Wright are expected to act as the Grizzlies' primary ball handlers.
News: Young (rest) won't play in Sunday's contest against the Bucks, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Young was questionable entering Sunday's game as it was expected he may be rested. The team has been eliminated from the playoffs for a while now and has no reason to risk injury to their rookie point guard. Jaylen Adams and DeAndre' Bembry will figure to see an uptick in minutes with Young out. Looking ahead, Young's final chance to play this season will be against the Pacers on Wednesday.
News: Jokic will sit out for rest Sunday against the Trail Blazers.
Impact: With the playoffs close, coach Michael Malone will opt to give the star big man the night off. Mason Plumlee figures to handle the bulk of the minutes at center.
News: Embiid (kneecap) will play Saturday against the Bulls, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Embiid, despite a sore knee, will play Saturday. Across his past nine appearances, the center is averaging 29.8 points, 14.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals in 34.0 minutes.
News: Correcting a previous note, Davis (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Davis continues to be listed as probable, but he hasn't played in any of the past five games. Recent history would say he's likely out again Sunday, but the Pelicans insist he's expected to play.
News: Davis (back) is probable for Sunday's tilt with Sacramento.
Impact: Davis has a good shot of returning Sunday after missing the past five games with a lower back issue. Even if he doesn't return, however, it seems unlikely that Davis'll exceed the 21 minutes he's averaged for nearly two months.
News: Antetokounmpo won't play in Saturday's game against the Nets due to left calf soreness.
Impact: Despite being spotted warming up, Antetokounmpo will be held out of Saturday's game according to coach Mike Budenholzer. The injury isn't overly concerning as the Bucks are simply trying to get their star forward as much as possible before the playoffs.
News: Davis (back) won't play Friday night against the Suns, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: For whatever reason, the Pelicans continue to list Davis as probable, and he continues to be held out of game action. At this point, he seems unlikely to play again this season.
News: Embiid is questionable for Saturday's contest against the Bulls due to left knee soreness.
Impact: Embiid has landed on the injury report following Thursday's physical loss to the Bucks. The big man may opt to test things out during morning shootaround before a decision on his availability is made, and it may ultimately come down to a game-time call. Boban Marjanovic, Jonah Bolden and Amir Johnson stand to benefit from Embiid's potential absence.
News: Embiid (knee) is starting Thursday's matchup against Milwaukee, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier reports.
Impact: Embiid has missed the last three games due to left knee soreness, but the Sixers have given him the green light to play Thursday evening. He'll start and will likely take on his usual workload despite a multi-game absence. Jonah Bolden will head back to the bench with Embiid back in action.
News: Booker (ankle) will be shut down for the final three games of the season, Jordan Schultz of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Booker suffered a nasty sprained ankle during Wednesday's loss to the Jazz. He had just been turning things up a notch prior to the injury, scoring at least 48 points in each of the previous three games. Booker will end his fourth season in the league with career highs in points (26.6) and assists (6.8) per game and field-goal percentage (46.7). For the final three games of the 2018-19 season, Troy Daniels, Jamal Crawford and Jimmer Fredette could see expanded roles alongside starting point guard Elie Okobo.
News: Davis (back) is out Wednesday against the Hornets, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite being probable for a third straight game, Davis will ultimately stay on the sidelines Wednesday. His next opportunity to play arrives Friday against the Suns.
News: Valanciunas (ankle) has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 ankle sprain and has been ruled out for the last five games of the season, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Impact: This diagnosis isn't unexpected, as Valanciunas needed help just to get off the court after suffering the injury Sunday night. It is good news that he won't require surgery, however. There's no need for the Grizzlies to push their starting center back into action at this point, especially with Memphis firmly out of the playoff picture.
News: Griffin (knee) is listed as out for Monday's game against Indiana.
Impact: Griffin was scratched at the last minute Saturday night against Portland due to left knee soreness, and the issue evidently isn't feeling better just yet. His next opportunity to return will come Wednesday, also against the Pacers.
News: Antetokounmpo (ankle) won't play in Sunday's contest against Atlanta, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Antetokounmpo was considered questionable entering Sunday but with the Bucks holding a multi-game lead on the top seed in the Eastern Conference they have little reason to play their star if he's not 100 percent. Antetokounmpo has tweaked his ankle a couple times in the last week and will set his sights on fully recovering before the playoffs. In his absence Sunday look for Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson to pick up some extra minutes. Antetokounmpo's next chance to play will be on Monday against the Nets.
News: Antetokounmpo (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt with the Hawks, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Antetokounmpo rolled his right ankle in Thursday's game against the Clippers, and while he came up with a noticeable limp after the injury, he hasn't yet been ruled out for Sunday. Given the Bucks standing at the top of the East, their coaching staff will likely take as much care as possible with Antetokounmpo's return. Look for an update on his availability to come prior to tip off Sunday.
News: James (groin) will miss the remaining six games of the season, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The decision, as relayed by Magic Johnson was made in order to allow James to fully rehab from the groin injury he suffered in late December. It's not entirely surprising considering the Lakers have firmly been eliminated from playoff contention and only have six remaining games. Look for Moritz Wagner, Mike Muscala and newly-signed Jemerrio Jones to fill the void caused by James' absence.
News: Davis (back) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Lakers, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Davis has been dealing with a strained back, prevented him from playing in the past two games. He'll test things out before Sunday's game to determine if he's feeling good enough to play. If Davis remains out, Christian Wood should continue seeing heavy minutes.
News: Irving will sit out Saturday's matchup with the Nets for load-management purposes, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Irving will be rested along with Al Horford, as the Celtics are looking to maximize their health with the postseason approaching. The point guard stepped up in the front end of the back-to-back set, leading the way in the Celtics' 114-112 victory over the Pacers with 30 points (11-22 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five assists, three steals and two rebounds in 35 minutes. As usual, Terry Rozier is expected to start in place of a resting Irving on Saturday before the All-Star presumably returns to action Monday against the Heat.
News: Embiid will not be with the 76ers on their three-game road trip for load management purposes, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: The plan is for Embiid to rest and and re-join the team when they return home for a game against the Bucks on April 4th. With the regular season winding down, it appears they are working to get their All Star center in prime condition for the playoffs. His absence in the immediate future figures to open up playing time for Amir Johnson, Boban Marjonovic, and Jonah Bolden.
News: George is available and will start Friday's game against Denver, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: George was listed as a game-time call due to shoulder soreness, but he's ready to roll and should handle his usual workload. The MVP candidate is averaging 27.8 points, 7.2 boards and 4.0 assists over his previous five matchups.
News: George (shoulder) is a game-time decision Friday against the Nuggets, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: George will go through his pregame routine before determining if he'll take the floor. An absence would likely result in Abdel Nader, Hamidou Diallo and Markieff Morris seeing expanded roles.
News: Leonard (personal) will not play Saturday against the Bulls, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Leonard will miss a second straight game Saturday, which should prompt Fred VanVleet to draw another start. Leonard's next chance to take the floor arrives Monday against the Magic.
News: Embiid is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Timberwolves due to rest purposes.
Impact: Embiid isn't coming off a large workload, as he played just 27 minutes in Thursday's game against the Nets, but the big man did put up a monster stat line of 39 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals in the game. Regardless, Embiid will have the night off as the team kicks off a three-game road trip, which will likely result in more minutes at center for Boban Marjanovic.
News: Antetokounmpo (ankle) had a significant limp following Thursday's game against the Clippers, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
Impact: The MVP hopeful rolled his right ankle in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game but was in line to check back into the game at one point before ultimately deciding to sit the rest of the way. Milwaukee currently has a four-game lead on Toronto for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, so it'd be reasonable for the Bucks to have him miss at least a few games to end the regular season. However, Antetokounmpo is in a dead heat with James Harden for the MVP race, so there certainly is an argument for having him continue to play through the ankle issue. Either way, the Bucks don't play again until Sunday in Atlanta.
News: George is questionable for Friday's matchup against the Nuggets due to left shoulder soreness, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: George is shooting just 39.8 percent from the field since returning from a three-game absence caused by a shoulder injury, and it's apparent the issue is still bothering him. He'll likely test things out during morning shootaround and/or pregame warmups before determining if he can play against the Nuggets. If George ends up missing the contest, Abdel Nader, Hamidou Diallo and Markieff Morris are candidates to see extra usage.
News: Davis (back) is out Thursday against the Kings, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: For the second straight game, Davis will sit out after being initially designated as probable. Jahlil Okafor will get the start against Sacramento.
News: James will sit out Wednesday's contest against the Jazz.
Impact: With the Lakers on the second half of a back-to-back set, James will opt to rest up. In his place, Kyle Kuzma and Mo Wagner are candidates to see expanded roles.
News: Davis (back) is out Tuesday against the Hawks, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: As expected, a strained lower back will keep Davis from playing Tuesday. In his place, Jahlil Okafor, Cheick Diallo and Julius Randle are all candidates to see higher usage.
News: Nurkic was diagnosed with compound fractures to the tibia and fibula of his lower left leg after exiting Monday's 148-144 loss to the Nets in double overtime.
Impact: Nurkic put up monstrous numbers (32 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two assists in 34 minutes) prior to departing in the second extra period when he came down awkwardly after leaping for a rebound. The injury looked gruesome in real time, with medical personnel immediately rushing to the court with a stretcher to cart Nurkic to the locker room. The diagnosis thus doesn't come as much of a surprise, and almost certainly spells an end to what had been a breakout season for the 24-year-old center. Nurkic, who has averaged 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for the campaign, will likely be replaced on the top unit by Enes Kanter.
News: Conley (thigh) has been ruled out for Monday's game against Oklahoma City.
Impact: Conley evidently didn't feel healthy enough to play during pregame warmups, so the Grizzlies will hold him out. With Avery Bradley (lower leg) also on the shelf, Memphis will be forced to play short-handed in the backcourt. Delon Wright and Justin Holiday are expected to shoulder the load as a result.
News: Simmons won't play Monday against the Magic due to illness.
Impact: Simmons is dealing with gastroenteritis and will be forced to miss at least one matchup while recovering. T.J. McConnell appears to be a candidate to start in Simmons' place and Shake Milton could be in line for an uptick in minutes.
News: Irving will be rested for Tuesday's game in Cleveland, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Irving has hinted that he'd like to rest periodically to prepare for the playoffs, so this doesn't come as much of a surprise. However, it means Irving will not play in either of Boston's games in Cleveland this season. The ex-Cavalier hasn't played in his former town since opening night in October of 2018. In his absence Tuesday, expect Terry Rozier to enter the starting five.
News: Antetokounmpo (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Cavaliers.
Impact: Antetokounmpo has missed two of the past three games due to a sprained right ankle, and the injury is apparently still giving him some discomfort. He'll likely go through pregame warmups before determining if he'll take the court.
News: Davis (personal) is off the injury report for Sunday's game against the Rockets.
Impact: Davis didn't play Wednesday while attending to a family matter, but it appears he'll be back in action over the weekend. In six March appearances, he's averaging 17.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals in 21.3 minutes.
News: Antetokounmpo (ankle) has been cleared to play Friday against the Heat, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: As expected, the MVP candidate will play following a two-game absence. In March, he's averaging 30.1 points, 13.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and a combined 2.3 blocks/steals in 32.6 minutes.
News: Curry is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Mavericks due to rest purposes.
Impact: Curry hasn't taken on too big of a workload as of late and only played 29 minutes in Thursday's win over the Pacers, but the team will still give the two-time MVP the night off on the front end of the back-to-back. Look for either Quinn Cook to get the start at point guard in Curry's absence and for Curry to return to the floor Sunday against Detroit.
News: James (groin) will play Friday against the Nets, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Impact: As expected, James will face off against the Nets after sitting out Tuesday's game. In eight March appearances, he's averaging 30.5 points, 8.6 assists and 7.6 rebounds across 35.1 minutes. Mike Muscala is expected to head back to the bench for Friday's matchup.
News: Antetokounmpo (ankle) is probable for Friday's matchup against the Heat.
Impact: Antetokounmpo has missed the past two games as a result of a sprained right ankle, but all signs are pointing to him making his return Friday. A confirmation of his availability may arrive following Milwaukee's morning shootaround. In March, Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.1 points, 13.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and a combined 2.3 blocks/steals across 32.6 minutes.
News: James (groin) went through about half of Thursday's practice, but he's expected to play Friday against the Nets, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Between groin soreness and rest, LeBron has appeared in just one of the past three games. He should be able to go Friday, but an official update will likely be provided after morning shootaround. In eight March appearances, he's averaging 30.5 points, 8.6 assists and 7.6 rebounds.
News: Oubre will undergo a minor procedure on his left thumb and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. He'll require 4-to-6 weeks of recovery time.
Impact: This is a disappointing end to what was in many ways a breakthrough season for Oubre, who saw his production skyrocket after being traded to Phoenix in December. Over 40 games with the Suns, he averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.7 triples, 1.4 steals and 1.0 block across 29.5 minutes per contest while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. His absence for the final few weeks should open up more run for Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson.
News: Teague (foot) has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.
Impact: Teague has been sidelined over the past four games after reaggravating a foot injury that he originally suffered in December. Teague received an injection designed to treat chronic inflammation on Tuesday, and the point guard will wear a boot and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in three weeks. Teague will end the year having played just 42 games -- the fewest of his career. In 30.1 minutes, he averaged 12.1 points, 8.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal. For the rest of the season, Tyus Jones should see an increased role.
News: LaVine (thigh) won't play in Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
Impact: After being designated as available, LaVine was a late scratch Wednesday. He's dealing with a thigh bruise and likely felt more pain than he anticipated while warming up ahead of tipoff. Antonio Blakeney will get the start, while LaVine prepares for a potential return Saturday against the Jazz.
News: Antetokounmpo (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.
Impact: This will be Antetokounmpo's second straight absence with a sprained right ankle, but there doesn't appear to be much concern surrounding the injury. Nevertheless, with Nikola Mirotic (thumb) also out, Milwaukee will be rather light on frontcourt depth Wednesday night. Fortunately, Ersan Ilyasova (illness) will be back in the lineup and should see plenty of action against Cleveland while Tony Snell likely gets his second straight start on the wing.
News: Antetokounmpo (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Cavaliers, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: A sprained right ankle prevented Antetokounmpo from playing Tuesday, and it seems like he's still dealing with some discomfort. Nikola Mirotic (thumb) is expected out for the next two-to-four weeks, so if Antetokounmpo sits, Milwaukee will be thin at forward. That could result in Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson seeing extended run.
News: Mirotic suffered a slight fracture of his left thumb and will be out two-to-four weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Mirotic suffered the injury during Tuesday's win over the Lakers. Optimistically, he could be back before the playoffs, but it seems his absence could extend into the first round. Since joining Milwaukee, he's seen 22.9 minutes per contest, and coach Mike Budenholzer may opt to replace Mirotic's workload with the likes of Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson.
News: Davis will not play Wednesday against the Magic due to a family matter, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Davis made the trip with the team with the intention of playing, but something has come up. His absence should send Jahlil Okafor into the starting five. Julius Randle should also see more usage as a result of Davis' absence.
News: Antetokounmpo (ankle) will be inactive for Tuesday's matchup against the Lakers, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: It appears as though that Antetokounmpo's ankle sprain isn't that severe but with the Lakers announcing that LeBron James (groin) will be sidelined for the game as well, it makes sense that the Bucks have elected to sit out their MVP candidate for Tuesday's contest. The Bucks are starting a back-to-back stretch of games ending in Cleveland on Wednesday and after ruling Antetokounmpo out for Tuesday, it's possible the Bucks may decide to rest him for one more matchup against one of the worst teams in the league. With Antetokounmpo, as well as Sterling Brown (wrist), out Tuesday, Tony Snell is a prime candidate to fill in for the bulk of the minutes at the small-forward position, while Ersan Ilyasova, D.J. Wilson, and Nikola Mirotic could also see boosts in minutes.