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  • Out Tuesday with tight back
    Watanabe won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Suns due to back tightness, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Watanabe likely picked up the injury at some point during the Nets' 124-116 loss to the Clippers on Monday, when he played 21 minutes and finished with zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three rebounds and three assists. He'll be one of five Nets players listed as out for the second half of the back-to-back, and Brooklyn could be further shorthanded at forward if T.J. Warren (shin) gets the night off after he returned Monday following a four-game absence. Even if Watanabe's back issue proves to be a short-term concern, he could still find himself on the fringe of head coach Jacque Vaughn's rotation in the Nets' next game Thursday against the Bulls, when new trade acquisition Dorian Finney-Smith should be available to make his team debut. 8 minutes ago
  • Sitting out Tuesday
    The Nets announced that Dinwiddie won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Suns in a coach's decision, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Even though the Nets will be somewhat shorthanded Tuesday with three players already sitting out due to injury, head coach Jacque Vaughn won't turn to the team's new trade pickups -- Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith -- to fill minutes since neither has had the opportunity to practice with Brooklyn following their acquisition from the Mavericks on Monday. Edmond Sumner will likely be in line for another turn as the Nets' starting point guard, though that role should ultimately belong to Dinwiddie if Brooklyn doesn't ship him elsewhere ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. Dinwiddie's next chance to make his Nets debut arrives Thursday against the Bulls. 12 minutes ago
  • Won't debut Tuesday
    Finney-Smith is out Tuesday against the Suns due to "coach's decision," Alec Sturm of reports.

    Advice: Finney-Smith was initially expected to make his Nets debut Tuesday, but there's been a change of plans, and the same goes for Spencer Dinwiddie. Both players should be expected to suit up Thursday against the Bulls. 13 minutes ago
  • Available Tuesday
    Simmons (knee) is available for Tuesday's game against the Suns, Alec Sturm of reports.

    Advice: After five missed games due to left knee soreness, Simmons will return to a new-look Nets team without Kyrie Irving, who was shipped off to Dallas. Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith will not debut Tuesday, so it will still be a bit of a skeleton crew for Simmons' return. In January, he averaged 5.7 points, 7.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 27.8 minutes. 17 minutes ago
  • Sits out practice Tuesday
    Oladipo (ankle) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Advice: The Heat haven't yet updated Oladipo's status for Wednesday's game against the Pacers, but the fact that he missed the team's previous two contests and isn't yet practicing suggests he'll most likely be in line for a third straight absence. Assuming Oladipo sits Wednesday, the Heat will likely turn to Max Strus and Haywood Highsmith as its primary reserve options on the wing. 21 minutes ago
  • Remains out Wednesday
    Robinson (finger) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Advice: The Heat haven't provided a concrete update on where Robinson stands in his recovery from the surgery he underwent in early January to address a fractured right index finger, but his absence will extend into the second week of February. Unless Robinson is able to put in a full practice Thursday, he'll likely end up missing both ends of the Heat's weekend back-to-back set against the Rockets and Magic as well. 25 minutes ago
  • Out next three games
    Lowry (knee) will be out for the next three games, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. His next chance to play arrives Monday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Left knee soreness forced the veteran to sit out Saturday against the Bucks, but the injury is significant enough to keep him out for an extended period. Gabe Vincent should remain in the starting five and see increased minutes. 25 minutes ago
  • Expects to play Wednesday
    Robinson (thumb) said that he expects to be available for Wednesday's game against the Pacers after doctors cleared him to practice Tuesday, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Advice: Though the rookie center is still dealing with a fractured right thumb that has already cost him two games, he was apparently able to practice with limited protection on the broken finger and expressed optimism about his chances of playing through the injury moving forward. Assuming the Heat agree with Robinson's own assessment of his health, the 22-year-old should settle back in to the rotation Wednesday as the top backup to starter Bam Adebayo. 29 minutes ago
  • Likely to dress Tuesday
    Finney-Smith is expected to be available to make his Brooklyn debut in Tuesday's game against Phoenix, Billy Reinhardt of reports.

    Advice: Brooklyn hasn't officially commented on the statuses of Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie for Tuesday's contest, but after their acquisitions were finalized Monday, the shorthanded Nets could benefit from having both players available in some capacity for the second half of a back-to-back set. Because he hasn't yet gone through a full practice with the Nets, Finney-Smith may come off the bench Tuesday and/or have his playing time managed to some extent. With his new organization, Finney-Smith faces a murkier path to claiming the 30-plus-minute starting role that he enjoyed in Dallas. When Kevin Durant (knee) likely returns shortly before or after the All-Star break, the Nets will have to decide between Finney-Smith, Ben Simmons, Royce O'Neale, Joe Harris and Seth Curry (adductor) to fill two spots in the starting five, barring any other major personnel changes to the roster ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. 41 minutes ago