Durant sustained the injury early in the first quarter, but played through it before checking out at his usual time. He went to the locker room where X-rays were negative, then checked back into the game late in the second quarter. The injury does not appear to be an issue heading into Saturday's game against Brooklyn, but we'll see how the finger feels Friday.
James took full advantage of the jumbled situation in New York, posting a convincing triple-double while Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose struggle to find their footing. He remains a must-start in all formats.
All eyes were on this game as Demarcus Cousins joined his friend and fellow Wildcat alum Anthony Davis on the court Thursday. No doubt it will take some time to work out the kinks for the Pelicans, and when New Orleans, is on the slate, look for the production of these two big men to skyrocket.
Scott was never able to work himself into the Hawks' rotation after missing the first month of the season with a knee injury, and will be waived by the Suns, who seem to have confidence in their young frontcourt. With the roster spot open, the Suns plan to sign guard Ronnie Price.
The injury overshadows an otherwise decent debut for the sharp shooter, as he scored 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt) to go along with two rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. It's a tough break for Casspi and the Pelicans, as he was finally able to put his foot injury behind him, which sidelined him for over a month. Look for more information to come out in the next couple of days, but as of now it seems likely he'll miss around 4-6 weeks.
With Demarcus Cousins traded to the Pelicans, Tolliver will be inserted into the starting five in his place. Tolliver is a three-point threat, knocking down 1.8 of his 4.3 attempts per game (40.7 percent), and could play an expanded role in the offense moving forward. The situation is worth monitoring, as the Kings are going to have to find a rotation that works for their new situation.
Vonleh started alongside the newly acquired Jusuf Nurkic. Despite the start, he played pretty close to his season-average 18.1 minutes. He seems likely to continue having a similar role to the one he held before the All-Star break.
It's hard to ignore Harris' output over the past few games, as he's averaging 15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds over the past 5 matchups. He's one of the league's premier sixth men and worth a flier pickup if you need help at the point.
Jusuf Nurkic moved into the starting lineup in just his second game as a member of the Trail Blazers, returning Leonard to his bench role. Leonard played fewer than his season average of 16.3 minutes, though his workloads have been highly irregular all season. Leonard is a risky play on any night, and he has little value outside of very deep leagues.
After being inactive for every game prior to Thursday due to a herniated disc in his back, Johnson is getting a chance to suit up. There's a chance he'll be sent down to the D-League sooner than later to get his footing, but this is a promising sign for the rookie and the Clippers.