Derrick Rose
Knicks' Derrick Rose: Expects to return Sunday
Derrick Rose, PG, NY
10:40 PM
News: Rose (back) indicated Friday that he expects to play Sunday against the Lakers, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.

Rose has missed the previous two games with back spasms. Brandon Jennings has filled in for him at point guard while he has been sidelined. Although he is optimistic, his status will likely depend on how he is feeling on game day.

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Derrick Favors
Jazz's Derrick Favors: Out again Saturday
Derrick Favors, PF, UTA
10:30 PM
News: Favors (knee) will remain sidelined Saturday when the Jazz take on the Kings, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports.

The absence will be Favors' twelve consecutive as he continues to deal with a knee injury. He remains without a timetable for recovery, so his status will continue as day-to-day until the team updates his situation. Boris Diaw will presumably continue starting at power forward in his place.

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Rodney Hood
Jazz's Rodney Hood: Questionable for Saturday
Rodney Hood, SG, UTA
10:25 PM
News: Hood (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports.

Hood was sidelined for Thursday's loss to the Warriors while dealing with a hamstring issue. His status for Saturday's game appears up in the air, and will likely depend on how he is feeling closer to tip-off. George Hill is already ruled out for the contest, so the Jazz could opt to slide Dante Exum to shooting guard and insert Shelvin Mack at the point, as they did Thursday, if Hood cannot go. Joe Ingles would also be in line for an increased workload should Hood sit.

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George Hill
Jazz's George Hill: Ruled out Saturday
George Hill, PG, UTA
10:25 PM
News: Hill (toe) will remain sidelined for Saturday's tilt against the Kings, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports.

It will be the sixth consecutive game missed for Hill. Dante Exum will presumably continue starting in his place, while Shelvin Mack should continue seeing heavy minutes off the bench. Hill's next opportunity to return will be Wednesday against the Thunder.

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Gordon Hayward
Jazz's Gordon Hayward: Probable for Saturday
Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA
10:20 PM
News: Hayward (finger) is listed as probable for Satruday's matchup against the Kings, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports.

Hayward missed Thursday's loss to the Warriors after aggravating a finger injury that held him out the frist six games of the season. However, X-rays came back negative, and it now appears the Jazz were just being cautious with Hayward. Barring any setbacks, he figures to return to his usual role with the team Saturday.

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Bismack Biyombo
Magic's Bismack Biyombo: Injures shoulder Friday
Bismack Biyombo, C, ORL
9:35 PM
News: Biyombo hurt his left shoulder in Friday's loss to the Hornets.

The injury presumably occurred late in the first half. The team finally labeled him doubtful to return late in the fourth quarter, but the game was already out of reach. The severity of the issue is unknown, but he is expected to be evaluated upon returning to Orlando. He finished with nine points (4-5 FG, 1-3 FT) and three boards in 16 minutes. His status for Saturday's matchup against the Nuggets is not known at this time.

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Nikola Vucevic
Magic's Nikola Vucevic: Injures back Friday
Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL
9:30 PM
News: Vucevic injured his back in Friday's loss to the Hornets.

He left the game in the fourth quarter, and the team eventually ruled him doubtful to return. Vucevic ultimately did not return, but the game was out of reach, so the severity of the issue is unknown. He is expected to be evaluated upon returning to Orlando. He finished with seven points (3-10 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 23 minutes. His status for Saturday's game against the Nuggets is unknown at this time.

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Marcelo Huertas
Lakers' Marcelo Huertas: Returns to reserve role Friday
Marcelo Huertas, PG, LAL
9:05 PM
News: Huertas will come off the bench in Friday's game against the Suns.

Due to a plethora of injuries in the Lakers' backcourt, Huertas drew a spot start in Wednesday's loss to the Rockets. He produced 10 points (3-7 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, five steals, and three rebounds across 31 minutes. However, he will likely see that workload reduced Friday, as rookie Brandon Ingram will get the start at shooting guard.

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Matt Barnes
Kings' Matt Barnes: Ruled out Friday
Matt Barnes, SF, SAC
8:55 PM
News: Barnes will not play in Friday's game against the Knicks for rest purposes, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.

The team is calling it "scheduled rest", but the NYPD reportedly may arrest Barnes due to his involvement in a nightclub altercation. Omri Casspi will presumably see his role increased providing depth at small forward with Barnes sidelined. Expect an update on his situation when more information becomes available.

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Brandon Ingram
Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Will get the start Friday
Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL
8:55 PM
News: Ingram is set to get the start at shooting guard in Friday's game against the Suns.

With D'Angelo Russell, Nick Young, and Jose Calderon still sidelined, Ingram will get another starting opportunity Friday. He and Jordan Clarkson will be the team's backcourt to start the game. The rookie is averaging 10.3 points, 4.7 boards, and 1.8 assists across 35.6 minutes in six starts this season. He will presumably be in line for another heavy workload Friday.

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