Dion Waiters
Heat's Dion Waiters: Out Friday vs. Knicks
Dion Waiters, SG, MIA
3:16 PM
News: Waiters (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

A recent MRI on Waiters' left ankle came back negative, but the Heat aren't ready to clear him, so he'll remain out for a seventh straight game on Friday vs. the Knicks. The fact that he's been ruled out a day in advance may suggest he's in line to miss a few more contests, although his next opportunity to see the court will be Sunday against the Nuggets. Look for Josh Richardson to continue to start in his place, likely affording him a 30-plus minute role yet again.

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Will Barton
Nuggets' Will Barton: Questionable Friday vs. Hornets
Will Barton, SG, DEN
12:38 PM
News: Barton is dealing with a sore foot and is questionable for Friday's game against the Hornets, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

Considering it's being listed as soreness, Barton's injury doesn't sound all too serious and he likely won't be in line for a multi-game absence. That said, he'll continue to receive treatment over the next 24 hours and we should get an updated status following the team's morning shootaround on Friday.

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Reggie Jackson
Pistons' Reggie Jackson: To remain inactive Thursday
Reggie Jackson, PG, DET
10:57 AM
News: Jackson (knee) will remain inactive for Thursday's game against the Nets, Aaron McMann of MLive.com reports.

Jackson continues to deal with tendinitis in his right knee, and while the point guard himself has lobbied to play, coach Stan Van Gundy said the team has decided it's best to keep him sidelined for the time being. Thursday will mark Jackson's third consecutive absence, and Ish Smith will continue to start and play increased minutes in Jackson's stead. Detroit plays in Milwaukee on Friday night, so look for Jackson's status to be updated at shootaround in the morning.

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Iman Shumpert
Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert: Available to play Thursday
Iman Shumpert, SG, CLE
10:41 AM
News: Shumpert (knee) is available to play in Thursday's game against the Bulls, Sean Highkin of The Athletic Chicago reports.

This doesn't come as a surprise after Shumpert put together a full practice Wednesday. It is possible, however, given that the Cavaliers are playing a back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday, that the team eases Shumpert back into the rotation and limit his minutes. But even when the shooting guard was healthy and playing heavy minutes, he wasn't productive both off the bench and as a starter to be seen as a reliable fantasy option.

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Austin Rivers
Clippers' Austin Rivers: Out Thursday with hamstring soreness
Austin Rivers, PG, LAC
9:38 AM
News: Rivers will not play in Thursday's game against the Suns, and coach Doc Rivers said that he'll probably be out "for a little while," Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports.

Rivers left Wednesday's game against the Wizards with hamstring soreness after playing just eight minutes in the contest. The point guard will remain with the team on their one-game road trip, but it looks as if Rivers could miss multiple games before the end of the regular season. Raymond Felton will be in line to serve as the primary backup in Rivers' absence, with Jamal Crawford also likely taking on extended ball-handling duties when needed.

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Isaiah Thomas
Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: 32 points in loss
Isaiah Thomas, PG, BOS
7:19 AM
News: Thomas efficiently generated 32 points (9-17 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 9-9 FT), five rebounds, four assists and three blocks across 37 minutes in Wednesday's 103-100 loss to the Bucks.

Thomas was the only strong shooter for Boston, as the rest of the team shot 36.6 percent from the field. Despite the loss, Thomas became only the sixth Celtic all-time to score 2,000 points in a season. He also extended his franchise record streak of at least one made 3-pointer to 50 games. Thomas and the Celtics look to turn things around at home Friday versus the Magic.

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Shelvin Mack
Jazz's Shelvin Mack: Scores 14 points in Wednesday's win
Shelvin Mack, PG, UTA
7:10 AM
News: Mack accumulated 14 points (5-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 112-82 win over the Kings.

Mack stepped up and played well with George Hill (groin) sitting out, and it was badly needed on a night when fill-in starter Dante Exum went scoreless. Moreover, it was encouraging to see Mack on the court for extended stretches since he saw only three minutes in his return to the lineup on Monday. Given that he was sidelined since Feb. 11 with an ankle injury, Jazz coach Quin Snyder will likely feed Mack plenty of minutes down the stretch as he looks to help him regain his groove in time for the postseason.

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Dante Exum
Jazz's Dante Exum: Goes scoreless as starter on Wednesday
Dante Exum, PG, UTA
7:03 AM
News: Exum ended with zero points (0-6 FG, 0-5 3Pt), three rebounds, and two assists in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 112-82 win over the Kings.

With George Hill (groin) ailing, Exum drew his 20th start of the season. Nevertheless, he struggled badly, and Exum is not a reliable fantasy option due to his inability to shoot combined with the Jazz's depth. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Shelvin Mack ended up outplaying Exum off the bench, scoring 14 points (on five-of-eight shooting) in 29 minutes.

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Ben McLemore
Kings' Ben McLemore: Scores 22 points in Wednesday's loss
Ben McLemore, SG, SAC
6:51 AM
News: McLemore supplied 22 points (9-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, and one assist in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 112-82 loss to the Jazz.

McLemore matched season highs in scoring and field-goal percentage. However, he has been an unreliable contributor since the Kings acquired Buddy Hield, and this was the most playing time McLemore has seen since last month. He has still managed to score in double figures during 10 of 15 appearances since Hield joined the team, but it's clear that the Kings are valuing the progress of their prized rookie over the fourth-year guard.

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Chris Paul
Clippers' Chris Paul: Efficient double-double in Wednesday's win
Chris Paul, PG, LAC
6:31 AM
News: Paul posted 27 points (9-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 13 assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 133-124 win over the Wizards.

Paul was spectacular, scorching the Wizards for one of his more efficient double-doubles of the season. He now has 20 double-doubles and one triple-double here in 2016-17, and a matchup with the lowly Suns is scheduled for Thursday. For as long as the Clippers have a shot at stealing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, Paul is a good bet to keep pumping out quality stats.

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