Anthony Davis
Pelicans PF Anthony Davis dealing with mild groin strain
Anthony Davis, PF, NO
6:28 PM
News: Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis is dealing with what coach Monty Williams calls a mild groin strain and could potentially play Friday against the Clippers, the Associated Press reports.

"He's walking around, doing some stuff — nothing to break a sweat — but he's walking around normally, so we'll see how he feels" on Friday, Williams said. "If he feels up to it, we're going to play him his normal minutes."

Davis was injured late in the third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets but returned to the game in the middle of the fourth quarter before eventually being removed for good. He underwent an MRI Thursday, which revealed a "grade 1" adductor strain, an injury caused by a muscle being overstretched.

Williams indicated that he'll want to see Davis' normal "burst" during pregame warmups Friday before putting him into the starting lineup.

"There's no need of putting him on the floor if he drags his leg," Williams said. "I don't think that helps him at all and certainly prolongs the healing process."

The Pelicans are set to play six of their next seven games at home. Davis has been listed as questionable for Friday's action.


Carmelo Anthony
Knicks clear Melo to play Thursday at Indiana
Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY
5:45 PM
News: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Thursday's game at Indiana, the team announced.

Anthony has been dealing with a knee issue for most of the season. He was unable to play in last Saturday's game, but scored 31 points during Wednesday's win over the Thunder.

The Knicks are 7-point underdogs.


Amar'e Stoudemire
Knicks rule out Amar'e Stoudemire on Thursday
Amar'e Stoudemire, PF, NY
5:37 PM
News: The Knicks have ruled out forward Amar'e Stoudemire on Thursday, according to the New York Post.

Stoudemire also missed Wednesday's game due to an ankle injury. Coach Derek Fisher told reporters he likely wouldn't have Stoudemire until the weekend, so it was assumed he would also miss Thursday's game. Stoudemire is averaging 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.


C.J. Miles
Pacers clear C.J. Miles to play in Thursday's game
C.J. Miles, SF, IND
5:35 PM
News: Pacers coach Frank Vogel said forward C.J. Miles will play in Thursday's game against the Knicks, reports

Miles has missed the last two games while dealing with a groin strain. Vogel added the plan is to play Miles in short bursts.

The Pacers are 7-point favorites.


Nicolas Batum
Trail Blazers' Nicolas Batum in danger of missing Friday's game
Nicolas Batum, SF, POR
5:18 PM
News: Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum isn't sure if he'll be able to play Friday against the Hawks, according to the Oregonian.

Batum is dealing with a wrist injury, though he was able to play through the issue on Wednesday. While things started out well, Batum's wrist got worse as the game went on. "It's really sore," Batum said after the game. "The first half was OK. But it was sore in second half. I just tried to play through it." When asked whether he would be available for Friday's game, Batum told reporters he didn't know yet.

Batum is averaging 9.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.


Gordon Hayward
Jazz forward Gordon Hayward expected to play Friday
Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA
3:22 PM
News: Jazz forward Gordon Hayward was not able to attend Thursday's practice due to sinus congestion. However, the team expects him to play in Friday's game against Golden State.

Hayward has played in all 46 games this season. He averages 19.0 points and 4.7 rebounds.


Mike Dunleavy
Bulls expect Butler to play Thursday; Dunleavy questionable
Mike Dunleavy, SF, CHI
1:19 PM
News: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he believes guard Jimmy Butler will be available to play in Thursday's game at the Los Angeles Lakers, reports

Butler missed Tuesday's game while dealing with an illness. Meanwhile, forward Mike Dunleavy will be a game-time decision. Dunleavy hasn't played since Jan. 1 because of a foot injury.

The Bulls are 9-point favorites.


Kevin Durant
Report: Thunder's Kevin Durant misses Thursday's practice
Kevin Durant, SF, OKC
1:13 PM
News: Thunder forward Kevin Durant was not able to participate in Thursday's practice, reports The Oklahoman.

Durant has missed the last two games because of a sprained big toe. His status for Saturday's game at Memphis has not been determined.


Chris Andersen
Heat rule Wade, Deng out vs. Mavericks; Andersen available
Chris Andersen, PF, MIA
12:38 PM
News: The Heat announced guard Dwyane Wade (hamsting) and forward Luol Deng (calf) will be held out of Friday's game against the Mavericks.

Wade strained his hamstring during Tuesday's game and coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade did not receive an MRI on the hamstring and will receive treatment, reports Bleacher Report. He did not offer a timetable on Wade's return. James Ennis will see an increased role while Wade is out.

Meanwhile, the Heat expect center Chris Andersen to return in Friday’s contest. Andersen missed Tuesday's game while dealing with elbow and back issues.


Lou Amundson
Report: Knicks to sign Lou Amundson for rest of season
Lou Amundson, PF, NY
11:23 AM
News: The Knicks are on the verge of signing forward Lou Amundson for the remainder of the season, reports

Amundson was on his second 10-day contract with the team. In 18 games, he is averaging 2.2 points and 3.3 rebounds.


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