Player Notes

  • Cleared to play Sunday
    Head coach Doc Rivers said that Antetokounmpo (knee) has been cleared to play Sunday against the 76ers, Sam DiGiovanni of reports.

    Advice: Per Eric Nehm of The Athletic, Rivers said that he doesn't believe Antetokounmpo's right knee is a concern, even though the two-time league MVP has appeared on most of the Bucks' injury reports throughout February due to patellar tendinitis. Antetokounmpo -- who had been listed as probable heading into Sunday -- has yet to miss a game this month and is averaging 30.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 three-pointers in 34.7 minutes per game through nine February appearances. Today, 9:34 am
  • Hopeful for late-season return
    Embiid (knee) remains out indefinitely, but coach Nick Nurse said before Sunday's game against the Bucks that the reigning MVP has gotten positive feedback and remains "really hopeful" for a late-season return, Austin Krell of USA Today reports.

    Advice: Embiid underwent a procedure on his left meniscus at the beginning of February, but there were conflicting reports about his return timeline. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Embiid would be re-evaluated in four weeks, while Shams Charania of The Athletic said the big man was expected to miss at least 6-8 weeks. Both of these reports could be true. Embiid's first evaluation may come after four weeks, but he'll presumably need a few weeks to regain his conditioning before being cleared for game action. In a best-case scenario, managers may get Embiid back for the fantasy playoffs, but even in that situation, he may not be operating at 100 percent. Today, 9:33 am
  • Lifts offense in near double-double
    Towns finished with 28 points (8-17 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 8-8 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal over 36 minutes during Saturday's 101-86 victory over the Nets.

    Advice: Towns led all players in Saturday's contest in threes made while shooting a perfect mark from the free-throw line and ending as one of two Timberwolves players with 25 or more points in a bounce-back victory. Towns, who ended one rebound shy of a double-double and added a pair of blocks defensively, has posted at least 25 points and eight rebounds in 10 games this season while connecting on four or more threes 12 times. Today, 8:05 am
  • Efficient in win over Knicks
    Horford racked up 10 points (5-7 FG), seven rebounds and one block over 26 minutes during Saturday's 116-102 victory over the Knicks.

    Advice: Horford can impact the game in many ways regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, and he certainly made his presence felt off the bench in this game by ending just three boards shy of a double-double. The veteran big man is considered the "sixth starter" in Boston, and while he's had decent performances all year long, his fantasy upside is somewhat limited by the nature of his role. He's averaging 8.4 points and 6.3 rebounds across 27.1 minutes per game in February. Today, 6:37 am
  • Solid output in win Saturday
    Porzingis had 22 points (7-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, four assists and one block in 32 minutes during Saturday's 116-102 win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Porzingis' primary responsibility Saturday was to score, and he accomplished that goal by delivering his first 20-point outing since Feb. 11. The star big man seems to be finding his spots and playing better as the season advances. Porzingis is averaging 23.0 points per game in February, which represents his highest average for any single month this season. Today, 6:26 am
  • Posts another double-double
    Duren logged 16 points (6-7 FG, 4-6 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and one steal across 33 minutes during Saturday's 112-109 loss to the Magic.

    Advice: Another game, another double-double for the big man, who continues to make an impact for the Pistons on both ends of the court. Aside from being extremely efficient with his touches near the rim, Duren was excellent defensively and came just one block shy of tying his season-high output in that category. Duren has five double-doubles over his last seven contests. Today, 6:17 am
  • Records double-double Saturday
    Carter closed with 11 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 22 minutes during Saturday's 112-109 victory over the Pistons.

    Advice: Carter didn't get many offensive touches in what turned out to be a relatively low-scoring affair, but he made the most of his opportunities, missing just two shots from the field and recording his first double-double since Feb. 2. Carter is firmly entrenched as Orlando's starting center, but it's no secret that he holds a secondary role on offense, and his numbers back that up. He's averaging 12.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.2 blocks per game since the beginning of February. Today, 6:11 am
  • Returns to game
    Reid (ankle) returned to Saturday's game against the Nets with 6:18 to play in the third quarter.

    Advice: Reid left the game in the second quarter and walked to the locker room under his own power after appearing to tweak his ankle on an awkward fall. Minnesota never issued an update, so that's a good sign that the issue isn't serious. Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic probable, Eric Gordon questionable
    Jusuf Nurkic (right ankle sprain) is probable and Eric Gordon (left groin soreness) is questionable for Sunday’s matchup with the Lakers.

    Advice: Nurkic sat out Friday against Houston, and Bol Bol was the biggest beneficiary, as he finished with a 25/14 line across 27 minutes. Bol’s role will surely regress with Nurkic slated to play. With Bradley Beal out again, Gordon should be in line for an expanded role if he’s available. Rotoworld Yesterday, 5:31 pm