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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo (back) will not play versus the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. What It Means: Oladipo sat out Friday's game as well but looked close to being able to play on Sunday as he tried to give it a go during warmups. Consider him questionable for Tuesday's game versus the Utah Jazz. Doug McDermott will see extra minutes with Alex Abrines likely earning ...

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 22 points with two rebounds and one block in Sunday's 119-98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. What It Means: Ingram went 10-for-15 from the field with one three-pointer as he blew past his previous career-high of 17 points set back in December. The rookie is coming off a miserable four-game stretch where he averaged 5.5 points on 27 ...

Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry (right wrist) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. What It Means: Lowry sat out Friday Night as well after suffering the injury on February 15. He played in the ALL-Star game last Sunday, making it seem like the injury is not too serious. However, it appears the wrist issue has a chance to linger with the point guard sitting out a ...

Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson (neck spasms) is questionable to play Sunday versus the Boston Celtics. What It Means: Jackson did not make it through shootaround but is expected to try again closer to tip-off. He will be a true game-time decision. If he is unable to go, Ish Smith will start in his place. Smith is coming off a 16-assist performance on Thursday versus the Charlotte Horne ...

Miami Heat center Willie Reed (ankle) is day-to-day and will not play on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks. What It Means: Without Reed on the court Hassan Whiteside could be looking at a modest increase in playing time coming off playing 37 minutes on Saturday. James Johnson could also be looking at an expanded role as the Heat's backup center while Reed is out. Both should be fine values ...

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies. What It Means: Without Faried, Wilson Chandler should see a few more minutes at power forward, as could Mason Plumlee and Juan Hernangomez. Consider Faried questionable for the Nuggets' next game on Tuesday. Our models expect Chandler to post 16.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.0 ass ...

Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward Khris Middleton will start on Sunday against the Phoenix Suns, sending forward Michael Beasley to the bench. What It Means: Middleton's move to the starting lineup was going to be made eventually, but Middleton might still be on a slight minutes restriction. He has played 24 and 26 in his last two games, so while a modest increase is possible on Sunday, don' ...

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 27 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and five 3-pointers during a 112-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. What It Means: Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season on Saturday, so Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 51 points in an easy win over the Nets. Golden State is now 49-9 and they are the first team to clinc ...

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside had a field day against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday with 22 points, 17 rebounds, one steal and one block. What It Means: Whiteside was 6-for-12 from the floor and 10-for-13 from the charity stripe in a game-high 37 minutes. The Heat center is now second only to Anthony Davis in games with 20 or more points and 15-plus rebounds. Miami is back to being firmly in ...

Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. What It Means: Mirotic once again came off the bench firing and may have finally grabbed a firm role in this rotation. He is 6-for-12 from downtown in his first two games without Taj Gibson ahead of him, so look for him to hold ...

Miami Heat forward James Johnson nearly triple-doubled in Saturday's 113-95 win over the Indiana Pacers with 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes. What It Means: Johnson had a bad outing on Friday with only two points, but he bounced back in a huge way Saturday night at home. He was only 6-for-14 from the floor and he posted two blocks, two steals and five turnovers in a ...

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony carried the team during a 110-109 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, scoring 37 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers. What It Means: He hit a jumper over Robert Covington with 0.3 seconds left to give the Knicks the lead for good. After the game, Melo sounded very confident and said he had just enough space to get the ...

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor scored a season-high 28 points against the New York Knicks on Saturday with 10 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 29 minutes. What It Means: He made 11-of-19 from the field and all six from the line for a terrific scoring line. Okafor was coming off a rough game on Friday against the Wizards, but he's struggled against Marcin Gortat for basically ...

Philadelphia 76ers power forward Dario Saric grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds on Saturday, adding 19 points, five assists and one 3-pointer in a career-high 40 minutes during a 110-109 loss to the New York Knicks. What It Means: That's four consecutive double-doubles and the seventh straight game with at least 18 points. Saric doesn't have a backup and the 76ers continue to run offense ...

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving scored 34 points during a 117-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. What It Means: He made 13-of-25 from the field with two turnovers as a one-man band at home. Before tonight, Irving had a massive 45.5 usage rate when LeBron James (illness) and Kevin Love (knee) are ou ...

Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden led a shootout 142-130 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night, scoring 24 points on 6-of-15 attempts. What It Means: He hit 7-of-10 from the line and 5-of-11 from deep, adding 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 35 minutes. The Rockets attempted 58 treys, three shy of their franchise record; head coach Mike D'Antoni ...

Chicago Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler posted his first triple-double of the season on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. What It Means: Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James (illness) did not play, but Butler also looks to be over his troublesome heel issue from earlier this month with 40.0 minutes per game in his last four. His fan ...

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis scored 39 points on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in a 96-83 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. What It Means: That's two blowout losses in the two games since DeMarcus Cousins arrived. Coach Alvin Gentry has done a decent job of staggering his two bigs with the pair on the court for only 44 minutes together ...

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 37 points with a career-high 22 rebounds in Saturday's 142-130 loss to the Houston Rockets. What It Means: KAT has been the top player in standard leagues for over a month and showed why tonight, shooting 16-of-24 from the field, 4-of-4 from the line and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc with three assists, one block and one steal. He took adva ...

Toronto Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey said he is unsure how long guard Kyle Lowry (wrist) is going to be out, but that "it's not a one-day thing." What It Means: Lowry was icing his wrist on the sideline of the All Star Game and reportedly went golfing on Sunday, so it doesn't seem like the injury is too serious. However, considering Casey's comments, Lowry could miss ano ...

New York Knicks forward/centers Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) and Joakim Noah (left hamstring) are listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. What It Means: This certainly isn't surprising, as Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that Porzingis would be out several days due to the ankle injury he suffered on Thursday night. The Knicks next game is Monday against ...

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (left hand contusion) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets. What It Means: Durant hurt his hand on Thursday but after getting x-rays during the game he eventually returned and had a strong performance for the Dubs. Considering this game is against the Nets, this could be the Warriors playing it safe with their superstar. An ...

Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (left groin tightness) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. What It Means: Beverley played 30 minutes in the Rockets' first game back from the break, but he apparently aggravated a groin injury he suffered right before the break. If he is unable to play on Saturday, Eric Gordon and Lou Williams will ...

Chicago Bulls point guard Michael Carter-Williams (patellar tendinitis) is not with the team and will not play Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. What It Means: Despite starting on Friday night, MCW played just eight minutes. This injury may have been a reason for his lack of playing time and production. With MCW out, Cameron Payne -- making his Bulls debut -- and Denzel Valentine should se ...

Denver Nuggets forward/center Mason Plumlee went off from the bench on Friday, scoring 12 points in 23 minutes, with 12 rebounds and eight assists against the Brooklyn Nets. What It Means: Head coach Mike Malone loved what he saw. "He was unbelievable tonight," Malone said. "This is the Mason Plumlee that we envisioned." The coach added how much he liked the screens set as well ...

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