Valanciunas had been dreadful over the past four games, averaging only 4.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting just 31.8 percent from the field. Though the Raptors have not been listing him with an injury, he is apparently working through an ankle injury, which explains some of his poor performance. While Thursday's showing is an indication that he is feeling better, he remains a risky play in daily games until there is some official confirmation that his injury is behind him.
Few players are talented enough that they can double-double and still have some consider it a somewhat disappointing night, but Towns is one of those few. For Towns, his 13th double-double of the season was also his second consecutive night with fewer than 20 points - a barrier he has failed to reach only eight times this season. Anyone who double-doubles more often then they score fewer than 20 points is one of the best fantasy assets in league.
Gasol had been listed as questionable prior to Thursday's game but after going through pregame warmups he's ready to play. It's unclear if the team will limit him at all due to the groin injury, in which case Zach Randolph, Deyonte Davis, and Jarell Martin would all be candidates for some extra playing time.
Ajinca has only appeared in 10 tilts this season, averaging 12.9 minutes, 3.8 points, and 3.7 rebounds per contest. It's unclear why he's getting the start over usual center Omer Asik, but Ajinca figures to see a minutes bump as long as he remains in the starting five.
Asik has been benched in favor or Alexis Ajinca on Thursday. Coach Alvin Gentry gave no reason for the sudden change. Asik will likely see a slight minutes reduction as long as he's playing off the bench.
Mahinmi was able to take part in portions of Thursday's morning shootaround, which is a step in the right direction for the Wizards' big man. However, after playing just one game so far this season, he's yet to make a return to full strength, so he'll sit out again and should continue to go through a heavy dose of rehabilitation. His next shot to take the court will be Saturday against the Bucks, but in the meantime, Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson should get the most minutes off the bench behind Marcin Gortat at center.
Zubac has gone back and forth between the D-League and the Lakers this season, as they look to get him as many additional developmental opportunities as possible. Zubac has played in just four games for the Lakers, so once recalled, he'll find minutes hard to come by in a competitive matchup.
Jones has been ramping up his workload in the D-League, as he continues to work his way back into game shape after sitting out because of a torn right pectoral. He's yet to make his season debut with the Warriors, but appears to be inching closer to a return and could be available within the next week or two, although he's not expected to be a member of the team's regular rotation.
Earlier reports suggested that Bogut, who has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee, would be sidelined for around two weeks, so the center's estimate seemingly aligns with that timetable. With the Mavericks already sitting at 4-17 on the campaign, it's probably safe to expect Bogut to trend toward the long end of his projection, as the team has little incentive to rush the injury-prone center back to action amid what looks to be a lottery-bound season. In Bogut's absence during Wednesday's 120-89 loss to the Kings, Salah Mejri started at center, but played only 11 minutes. Instead, Dwight Powell (25 minutes) ended up seeing the bulk of the time at the position, and is the better candidate to take on most of Bogut's court time while he's sidelined.
This is the first we've heard of the injury, so it's unclear if he suffered it during Tuesday's game against the Sixers or at some point following that contest. He'll continue to get treatment throughout the day, but look for him to go through pregame warmups before a final decision is made on his availability. If he sits out, Zach Randolph, Deyonta Davis and Jarell Martin would be the favorites to pick up some additional minutes at the center position.