Quincy Acy
Nets' Quincy Acy: Out again Saturday
Quincy Acy, SF, BKN
4:25 PM
News: Acy (ankle) will not play Saturday against the Warriors.

A sprained ankle will keep Acy out of action for the seventh consecutive game, and the 26-year-old should continue to be considered questionable on a game-to-game basis. Acy's next chance to play will come Wednesday against the Kings.

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Caris LeVert
Nets' Caris LeVert: Out Saturday due to illness
Caris LeVert, SG, BKN
4:20 PM
News: LeVert will not play Saturday against Golden State due to illness.

With LeVert out of action, Isaiah Whitehead or Sean Kilpatrick will likely move into the starting lineup at shooting guard, and both players, regardless of who starts, will be set for increased roles. LeVert will likely miss only one game, as the Nets have three full days off before Wednesday's matchup with the Kings.

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Al-Farouq Aminu
Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Probable Sunday vs. Raps
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, POR
4:05 PM
News: Aminu (knee) is considered probable to play in Sunday's game against Toronto, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.

A left knee sprain, which dates back to before the All-Star break, kept Aminu out of action Thursday in Orlando, but it appears he'll have a strong chance to return to action Sunday night. Assuming that's the case, Noah Vonleh and Moe Harkless, who played 38 minutes Thursday, could each see decreases in minutes. In the five games prior to the injury, Aminu averaged 33.4 minutes per game, which he translated to averages of 14.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

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Al Jefferson
Pacers' Al Jefferson: Questionable Saturday
Al Jefferson, C, IND
3:10 PM
News: Jefferson (mouth) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Heat.

The veteran big man sat out of Friday's win over the Grizzlies due to a dental issue, and is considered questionable Saturday as a result. Lavoy Allen and Kevin Seraphin figure to pick up some minutes providing depth n the frontcourt if Jefferson is ultimately unable to go, but a decision is unlikely to be made until closer to game-time.

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Kevin Durant
Warriors' Kevin Durant: Will not play Saturday vs. Nets
Kevin Durant, SF, GS
2:10 PM
News: Durant has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Nets due to left hand bruise, Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The bruise on his non-shooting hand is apparently located on his pinkie finger. It is unclear when the injury was sustained, but it presumably occurred in Thursday's win over the Clippers. While the severity of the issue is unknown, it is likely that the Warriors are exercising caution with their star small forward in order to avoid a potential lingering issue. The absence will mark Durant's first of the season. Expect Andre Iguodala to pick up a majority of the work at small forward in his place, while Patrick McCaw and Ian Clark could see some increased minutes as well. Consider Durant day-to-day going forward.

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Kenneth Faried
Nuggets' Kenneth Faried: Questionable Sunday vs. Grizzlies
Kenneth Faried, PF, DEN
2:00 PM
News: Faried (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Grizzlies, Harrison Wind of BSNDevnver.com reports.

Faried injured his back in Friday's game against the nets after enduring an awkward fall that ultimately led to an early exit from the contest. He totaled nine point (3-4 FG, 3-4 FT) and six rebounds across 16 minutes prior to exiting. Darrell Arthur and Juan Hernangomez figure to see some extra time providing depth at power forward if Faried is unable to go, but a decision is unlikely to be made until closer to game-time.

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Michael Carter-Williams
Bulls' Michael Carter-Williams: Ruled out Saturday vs. Cavaliers
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, CHI
1:20 PM
News: Carter-Williams (knee) will not play in Saturday's game against the Cavaliers, Bulls' radio announcer Chuck Swirsky reports.

Carter-Williams only played eight minutes in Friday's win over the Suns, and presumably sustained the injury in the contest. The severity of the issue is unknown at this time, but his next chance to return will be Tuesday versus Nuggets. The newly acquired Cameron Payne will be active for the contest, so he, Jerian Grant, and Rajon Rondo figure to split the point guard minutes. It is unclear who will draw the start at this point.

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E'Twaun Moore
Pelicans' E'Twaun Moore: Won't play Saturday vs. Dallas
E'Twaun Moore, SG, NO
12:30 PM
News: Moore (personal) will not play Saturday against the Mavericks, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.

Moore is away from the team due to a personal issue, so the Pelicans will be forced to replace him in the lineup at shooting guard. Following the DeMarcus Cousins trade, the Pelicans are relatively light on backcourt depth, so Hollis Thompson, who signed a 10-day deal Friday, may be the top candidate to get the start. Consider Moore questionable to play Sunday against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

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Kyle Lowry
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Out indefinitely with sore wrist
Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR
12:00 PM
News: Lowry is out indefinitely while he deals with a sore wrist, Doug Smith of The Star reports.

The All Star point guard sustained the injury Feb. 15 against the Hornets. He subsequently decided to disregard the discomfort and take part in the All Star weekend festivities. It appears he under estimated the injury, and the Raptors are now labeling him as out indefinitely. There is no timetable for a return, but expect the team to exercise caution with their star guard in order to avoid a lingering issue heading into the home stretch of the regular season. Lowry is in the midst of a career season, averaging 22.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game. Cory Joseph started in his place Friday, and figures to continue picking up the bulk of the work at point guard.

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Patrick Beverley
Rockets' Patrick Beverley: Questionable Saturday vs. Timberwolves
Patrick Beverley, PG, HOU
11:50 AM
News: Beverley is listed as questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Timberwolves due to left groin tightness, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports.

Beverley was dealing with a minor groin strain prior to the All Star break, and it appears the issue is still affecting him. He played 30 minutes in Thursday's win over the Pelicans, and presumably aggravated the injury in the contest. Eric Gordon and the newly acquired Lou Williams figure to see relatively heavy workloads if Beverley is unable to go. A final decision on his status is unlikely to be made until closer to game-time.

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