Chris McCullough
Wizards' Chris McCullough: Will not play Friday vs. 76ers
Chris McCullough, PF, BKN
12:35 PM
News: McCullough will be inactive for Friday's tilt with the 76ers, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

McCullough was dealt to the Wizards on Wednesday along with Bojan Bogdanovic. Both participated in Friday morning's shootaround, but only Bogdanovic will suit up against the 76ers. McCullough's next opportunity to take the floor will come Sunday against the Jazz. The 22-year-old isn't likely to see major minutes once he is cleared to play as he falls behind the likes of Markieff Morris and Jason Smith on the depth chart.

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P.J. Tucker
Raptors' P.J. Tucker: Isn't likely to play Friday
P.J. Tucker, SF, PHO
11:55 AM
News: Tucker isn't likely to play Friday against the Celtics, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.

Tucker was acquired by the Raptors on Thursday but the forward doesn't seem likely to be ready in time for Friday's showdown with the Celtics. Look for more updates to come during team warmups right before tip. His next chance to take the court would come Sunday against the Trail Blazers, should his debut be delayed. Once he joins the rotation, he is expected to be the primary backup to starting small forward DeMarre Carroll.

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Serge Ibaka
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Will play Friday vs. Celtics
Serge Ibaka, PF, TOR
11:50 AM
News: Ibaka will play in Friday's game against the Celtics, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.

Ibaka was traded to Toronto prior to the All-Star break and is finally ready to make his debut after some more practice time with the team. Ibaka is expected to start and play majority of the minutes at power forward Friday, but with Patrick Patterson (knee) also expected to play, he could eat into some of the newcomers minutes against the Celtics.

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Ersan Ilyasova
Hawks' Ersan Ilyasova: Available to play Friday
Ersan Ilyasova, SF, ATL
11:35 AM
News: Ilyasova is available to play in Friday's game against the Heat, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ilyasova was traded to the Hawks at Thursday's trade deadline, and it looks like there will be no delay in the power forward seeing the floor with his new team. Expect Ilyasova to take a role behind Paul Milsap off the bench, serving as a capable stretch four that the Hawks were in need of for their second unit. Seeing as it is his first go with the team, however, Ilyasova may be limited in his role in Friday's contest, so fantasy owners should be cautious when inserting him into their lineups.

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Quincy Acy
Nets' Quincy Acy: Ruled out Friday
Quincy Acy, SF, BKN
11:30 AM
News: Acy (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Nuggets, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.

Acy missed five straight contests prior to the All-Star break, making Friday his sixth straight absence with the left ankle sprain. His next opportunity to play will be Saturday against the Warriors, but it appears unlikely that the forward will be healthy enough by then. Acy has played a minor role off the bench for Brooklyn this season, so his absence won't have much of an effect on the team's rotation Friday.

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Anthony Tolliver
Kings' Anthony Tolliver: Modest showing in Thursday start
Anthony Tolliver, PF, SAC
11:10 AM
News: Tolliver totaled three points (1-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), eight rebounds and three assists over 31 minutes in his start at power forward in Thursday's 116-100 win over the Nuggets.

The veteran forward got first crack at filling DeMarcus Cousins' spot at the four but couldn't generate much in the way of offense. Tolliver did turn in solid work on the glass, and has hauled in at least six rebounds in five of nine February contests. However, despite the fact that he's proven fully capable of the occasional strong showing on the scoreboard, Tolliver has four consecutive single-digit point totals and has shot just 16.6 percent (2-for-12) over his last two games. He figures to have to up his offensive contributions to remain in the starting five for the long term, with 20-year-old Skal Labissiere, who turned in 12 points in 14 minutes off the bench Thursday, lurking in the background.

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Skal Labissiere
Kings' Skal Labissiere: Posts 12 points off bench Thursday
Skal Labissiere, PF, SAC
11:10 AM
News: Labissiere posted 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one steal over 14 minutes in Thursday's 116-100 win over the Nuggets.

The rookie managed a career high in scoring in what was his second-highest amount of playing time to date. Labissiere is expected to be a beneficiary of additional opportunity now that DeMarcus Cousins is in New Orleans, and Thursday's effort was certainly an encouraging sign with respect to his new role. While veteran Anthony Tolliver is expected to remain in the starting five at power forward for the time being, the latter has struggled offensively as of late, meaning the 6-foot-11 Labissiere could progressively start eating into his playing time going forward.

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Ben Simmons
76ers' Ben Simmons: Ruled out for rest of season
Ben Simmons, SF, PHI
10:50 AM
News: Simmons (foot) was ruled out Friday for the rest of the season, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reports.

A CT scan Thursday revealed that there was still a fracture in Simmons' foot, and the lack of healing will force Simmons to sit out the remainder of what would have been his rookie season. The first overall pick in 2016's draft was expected to see majority of his time at point guard upon returning to the rotation, but with his absence now confirmed, T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez will continue to shoulder the load at the position down the final stretch of the season. The team is hopeful that Simmons will be able to make an appearance on the summer league team this year. .

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Wilson Chandler
Nuggets' Wilson Chandler: Double-doubles off bench Thursday
Wilson Chandler, SF, DEN
10:20 AM
News: Chandler (illness) totaled 18 points (7-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist over 29 minutes in Thursday's 116-100 loss to the Kings.

Chandler didn't let a return to the bench slow him, posting his seventh straight double-digit scoring effort and second double-double in the last five contests. The veteran forward still received a healthy allotment of minutes despite the return of Danilo Gallinari (groin), keeping his fantasy prospects strong for the time being.

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Nikola Jokic
Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Struggles on offensive end Thursday
Nikola Jokic, PF, DEN
10:15 AM
News: Jokic provided only four points (2-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and added 10 rebounds and two assists over 26 minutes in Thursday's 116-100 loss to the Kings.

It was a highly disappointing performance overall for Jokic, who turned in his lowest scoring total since Dec. 23. The second-year big man put up his least amount of shots since that contest as well, and only salvaged the night for fantasy owners by posting his fourth straight double-digit rebound game. Given his stellar track record since joining the starting five on permanent basis, Jokic's forgettable night can be safely chalked up as an outlier that he's likely to bounce back from Friday against the Nets.

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