Warriors' Kevin Durant: Suffers finger injury, returns Thursday
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(7:20 am ET) Durant left Thursday's game after injuring a finger on his left hand, but was able to return and played 34 minutes in a 123-113 win over the Clippers, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He finished with 25 points (8-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with 15 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one blocked shot.

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.


Cavaliers' LeBron James: Scores 48th triple-double in win
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(12:50 am ET) James notched 18 points (7-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 13 rebounds, 15 assists and three blocks across 37 minutes in Thursday's 119-104 win over the Knicks.

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.


Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins: Puts up 27 in debut
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(2/23/2017) Cousins posted 27 points, (11-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 14 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and five steals across 35 minutes in Thursday's 129=99 loss to the Rockets

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.


Suns' Mike Scott: Expected to be waived by Suns
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(2/23/2017) Scott is expected to be waived by the Suns after being acquired via trade, Doug Haller of AZCentral Sports reports.

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.


Pelicans' Omri Casspi: Breaks finger in Thursday's loss
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(2/23/2017) Casspi broke his right thumb during Thursday's loss to the Rockets, Justin Verrier of ESPN.com reports.

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.


Kings' Anthony Tolliver: Will start Thursday vs. Nuggets
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(2/23/2017) Tolliver will draw the start at power forward for Thursday's tilt against the Nuggets, James Ham of CSN California reports.

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.


Trail Blazers' Noah Vonleh: Plays only 16 minutes in start
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(2/23/2017) Vonleh started at power forward and scored seven points (3-3 FG, 12- FT) and added four rebounds and one block in 16 minutes during Thursday's 112-103 win over the Magic.

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.


Pistons' Tobias Harris: Excels with 25 in bench role
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(2/23/2017) Harris tallied 25 points (9-17 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one block across 37 minutes in Thursday's 114-108 victory over the Hornets.

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.


Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard: Quiet in return to the bench
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(2/23/2017) Leonard came off the bench and scored four points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while grabbing four rebounds in 11 minutes during Thursday's 112-103 win over the Magic.

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.


Clippers' Brice Johnson: Active for first NBA game Thursday vs. Warriors
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(2/23/2017) Johnson (back) is available for Thursday's game against the Warriors, marking the first time all season he's been able to suit up, Brad Turner of the LA Times reports.

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.


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