Jonas Valanciunas
Raptors' Valanciunas doubles up, plays through ankle issue
Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR
News: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points on 7 of 7 shooting while hauling in 11 rebounds in his team's 127-122 overtime win over the Nets Friday.

Valanciunas had to exit the game in the first half to have his ankle retaped, but he was able to return to action soon after. However, he was walking with a limp on the wrapped ankle after the game, leaving his status for Saturday's matchup with the Wizards in question, the Toronto Sun reports.

Valanciunas also blocked two shots while playing 33 minutes Friday. The double-double was his sixth this month.


Mike Dunleavy
Bulls SF Mike Dunleavy remains sidelined Friday
Mike Dunleavy, SF, CHI
News: Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy has been ruled out for Friday's game agains the Suns in Phoenix, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Dunleavy will be missing his 16th straight game due to a foot injury, last playing on Jan. 1. He has averaged 9.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 33 games.

The Bulls are 7-point underdogs in Phoenix Friday.


Thabo Sefolosha
Hawks SF Thabo Sefolosha (calf) will not return Friday
Thabo Sefolosha, SF, ATL
News: Hawks small forward Thabo Sefolosha will not return to Friday's game due to a right calf injury, the team announced.

Sefolosha drew the start in place of the injured DeMarre Carroll but managed to play just two minutes before suffering his injury and leaving the game. Kent Bazemore entered the game for Sefolosha and will likely be looking at extended minutes Friday.


Vince Carter
MRI shows left foot tendon injury for Grizzlies' Vince Carter
Vince Carter, SG, MEM
News: Grizzlies shooting guard Vince Carter underwent an MRI Friday, which revealed a left foot tendon injury, the team announced.

Carter is scheduled to be re-evaluated within the next week, and an update will be provided at that time. He suffered the injury Thursday night, and the team was initially fearful he was dealing with a stress fracture. Carter has averaged 6.0 points on 33.4 percent shooting in 44 games.


Mike Conley
Grizzlies PG Mike Conley practices, upgraded to probable
Mike Conley, PG, MEM
News: Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley practiced Friday and has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against the Thunder, FOX reports.

Conley has missed the team's last two games while recovering from a sprained wrist after suffering the injury Monday. He has averaged 17.4 points and 5.6 assists in 42 games.

The Grizzlies are 4 1/2-point favorites at home against the Thunder Friday.


Jason Richardson
Sixers' Jason Richardson hoping to play before All-Star break
Jason Richardson, SG, PHI
News: 76ers guard Jason Richardson is hoping to come back and play some before the All-Star break.

"I want to play a game or two before  the All-Star break," Richardson said. "Hopefully it happens. If not, it'll definitely be the first game after AS break (Feb 20)."

Richardson is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, which has kept him out all season. He missed all of last season as well with a knee injury.


Anthony Davis
Pelicans PF Anthony Davis (adductor) out Friday vs. Clippers
Anthony Davis, PF, NO
News: Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis will not play in Friday's game against the Clippers due to an adductor strain, the Orange County Register reports.

Davis suffered the"grade 1" adductor strain in Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets but was able to briefly return to the game in the fourth quarter. He was scheduled to receive treatment before determining his status for Friday's game. Davis has averaged 24.5 points and 10.4 rebounds in 42 games.

The Pelicans are 5 1/2-point home underdogs Friday.


James Johnson
Raptors PF James Johnson (hamstring) out Friday
James Johnson, PF, TOR
News: Raptors power forward James Johnson will not play Friday due to a right hamstring strain, the team announced.

Johnson has seen limited action over the last few games, and he hasn't topped 11 minutes since Jan. 16. He's averaged 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 41 games while shooting 59 percent from the field.

The Raptors are 7 1/2-point favorites in Brooklyn Friday.


Mo Williams
Timberwolves PG Mo Williams (hip) ruled out Friday
Mo Williams, PG, MIN
News: Timberwolves point guard Mo Williams will not play in Friday's game against the 76ers due to a hip injury, the team announced.

Williams also missed Wednesday's game due to personal reasons. He was expected to rejoin the team Thusday but will be unavailable for a second straight game while dealing with hip soreness. Zach LaVine, who scored 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting while dishing out six assists Wednesday, draws the start in place of Williams, who has averaged 12.5 points and 6.4 assists in 36 games.

The Timberwolves are 4 1/2-point favorites in Philadelphia Friday.


Tarik Black
Lakers center Tarik Black questionable for Sunday with ankle sprain
Tarik Black, C, LAL
News: Lakers center Tarik Black is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Knicks with an ankle sprain, the team announced.

Black, who is averaging 4.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, has missed the Lakers last two games because of the injury.


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