Player Notes

  • Starting Sunday
    O'Neale will start Sunday's game against the Lakers, Kellan Olson of reports.

    Advice: With Bradley Beal (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (groin) out, O'Neale will make his first start with the Suns. He made six starts for the Nets earlier in the campaign, averaging 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals-plus-blocks in 30.5 minutes during those contests. 27 minutes ago
  • Needs surgery, out four-plus weeks
    The Hawks announced Sunday that Young will undergo surgery Tuesday to address a tear of the radial collateral ligament in the fifth finger on his left hand. He's scheduled to be re-evaluated in four weeks following surgery.

    Advice: Young suffered the injury during Friday's 123-121 loss to Toronto, and an MRI on Sunday confirmed that he suffered ligament damage to his pinkie finger. Fully torn ligaments can cause chronic pain and joint instability, so undergoing surgery appears to be Young's best option to avoid longer-term problems. Since Young won't be evaluated until late in March -- once the fantasy playoffs are over in most leagues -- and could require some additional time to get fully ramped up even if he's cleared for on-court work, managers in redraft leagues may be best off moving on from him. The Hawks currently hold full control of the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference, which sets the team up for a third consecutive Play-In Tournament appearance, but ensuring smooth recovery for Young could be a greater priority for Atlanta than chasing down a playoff berth. For whatever length of time Young ends up being sidelined, Dejounte Murray should take over as the Hawks' full-time starting point guard, while the team will likely turn to a collection of other guards like Bogdan Bogdanovic, Garrison Mathews, Patty Mills and Kobe Bufkin to absorb Young's vacated minutes. 29 minutes ago
  • Won't play Sunday
    Gordon (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lakers, Gerald Bourguet of reports.

    Advice: The Suns will be without Gordon and Bradley Beal (hamstring), so their backcourt depth will be tested. Phoenix has opted to go big versus Los Angeles, replacing Gordon with Royce O'Neale. Gordon's next chance to suit up will come Thursday versus the Rockets. 29 minutes ago
  • Added to injury report
    George is questionable for Sunday's game against Sacramento due to left knee soreness.

    Advice: George wasn't reported to be dealing with an injury while logging 73 total minutes between the Clippers' first two games out of the All-Star break, but it's possible that his knee is bothering him as a result of the big workload. Along with George, Norman Powell (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, so the Clippers could be without one or two key wing players for the contest, which tips off at 9:30 pm E.T. Terance Mann and Amir Coffey would likely represent the primary candidates to step up if the Clippers are shorthanded. 43 minutes ago
    Paul GeorgeLAC - SG,SF,PF
  • Sitting out due to calf Sunday
    Harris has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Hawks due to right calf injury maintenance, Wendell Epps of Bally Sports Florida reports.

    Advice: Sunday's contest marks the second leg of a back-to-back set, so Harris' absence is likely for rest purposes more than anything after he logged 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes. Harris had started in both of his past two appearances, but the Magic will presumably turn to either Markelle Fultz (knee) -- who will return from a three-game absence -- or Anthony Black to replace him on the top unit. Today, 9:40 am
  • Back to bench
    Oubre won't start Sunday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Oubre started Friday's win over Cleveland in place of Nicolas Batum, but the two forwards will swap places again Sunday. Batum is working his way back from a hamstring issue, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Oubre maintain a sizable role off the bench. Today, 9:40 am
  • In clear to play Sunday
    Fultz (knee) doesn't appear on the Magic's injury report for Sunday's game against the Hawks and is expected to be available to play, Wendell Epps of Bally Sports Florida reports.

    Advice: Meanwhile, the Magic will be without one of their rotational guards in Gary Harris (calf), so Fultz could end up absorbing most of his minutes as he returns from a three-game absence. Though the Magic had been characterizing Fultz's injury as "left knee injury maintenance," it's not the most reassuring sign for his health that he missed the team's first two games following the All-Star break. Even if Fultz reclaims a spot in the starting five in Harris' stead Sunday, don't expect head coach Jamahl Mosley to push Fultz too extensively. Today, 9:38 am
  • Will come off bench again
    Melton (back) is available for Sunday's game against the Bucks, but he'll come off the bench, Austin Krell of USA Today reports.

    Advice: Melton returned to action Friday following an 18-game absence due to a lumbar spine stress response, scoring seven points in 16 minutes off the bench during a win over the Cavaliers. It appears he'll be limited to around 20 minutes again Sunday, but he may eventually reclaim a starting spot over Buddy Hield or Kelly Oubre. Regardless, Melton's fantasy outlook is worse than it was before his injury, as Philadelphia has added Hield, Cameron Payne and Kyle Lowry to its backcourt rotation since Melton played last. Today, 9:12 am
  • Present at shootaround
    Ingram (illness), who's officially listed as questionable, was present during the Pelicans' morning shootaround ahead of Sunday's game against the Bulls, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Advice: Ingram has missed back-to-back games following the All-Star break due to an illness and is in danger of missing a third, but his presence at shootaround bodes well for his potential return to action. If Ingram suits up, New Orleans may limit his minutes, as he hasn't played in a game since Feb. 14. Today, 8:36 am
    Brandon IngramNOP - SG,SF,PF