Player Notes

  • Returns to practice
    Clarkson (thigh) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    Advice: Clarkson has missed Utah's previous three contests with a thigh contusion. However, his return to practice is a good sign of his availability for Friday's matchup with the Clippers. 24 minutes ago
  • Won't play against Sacramento
    Allen is out for Friday's game versus the Kings due to a groin strain, Shane Young of reports.

    Advice: It's unclear when Allen strained his groin, but will cause him to miss his third game of the season Friday. With Bradley Beal (back) and Kevin Durant (ankle) also out, Eric Gordon, Jordan Goodwin and Josh Okogie are candidates to receive increased playing time. Allen's next chance to suit up is Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors. 27 minutes ago
  • Returns to practice, out Friday
    Beal (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice but won't play in Friday's game versus the Kings, Shane Young of reports.

    Advice: Beal will miss his 12th straight game Friday due to a back injury. However, Beal's return to practice is a good sign of his availability for Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors. Eric Gordon should continue to receive an increased role in his absence. 31 minutes ago
    Bradley Beal PHX - PG,SG
  • Receives PRP injection
    LaVine received a PRP injection in his right foot Thursday and won't travel with the Bulls for their upcoming road trip, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Advice: LaVine was attempting to return to action for Wednesday's game against the Hornets, but he wasn't able to ramp up due to inflammation on the right side of his right foot that was worsening. After being re-evaluated, the 28-year-old is expected to miss another 3-4 weeks while he recovers. LaVine insisted Thursday that his upcoming absence has nothing to do with his recent interest in seeking a trade, and the hope is that his PRP injection will help the inflammation subside. Today, 10:20 am
    Zach LaVine CHI - SG,SF
  • Returns to G League
    The Hornets assigned Smith to the Greensboro Swarm of the G League on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith's assignment to the Swarm marks his second of the season. The rookie guard has been an inconsistent part of Charlotte's rotation and should receive extended playing time in the G League. Today, 9:37 am
  • Solid outing in return
    Hardaway finished Wednesday's 147-97 win over the Jazz with 17 points (5-14 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and two assists across 22 minutes.

    Advice: Hardaway returned to action Wednesday after missing the previous two contests with a back injury. The 31-year-old guard has struggled with his efficiency lately, converting on just 34.4 percent of his field-goal attempts and 31.7 percent of his three-point attempts in his last five appearances. However, Hardaway continues to be Dallas' go-to scoring option off the bench. Today, 8:21 am
  • Struggles with efficiency
    Exum posted five points (2-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt), six rebounds, seven assists and two steals across 26 minutes during Wednesday's 147-97 victory over the Jazz.

    Advice: Exum made his first start of the season Wednesday but struggled with his efficiency from inside and outside the arc. However, the 28-year-old guard posted season highs in assists, steals and minutes. Exum could remain in the starting lineup until Grant Williams (knee) returns. Today, 8:17 am
  • Dishes out 11 dimes
    George notched seven points (2-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, 11 assists and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 147-97 loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: While George matched his season-high mark of 11 assists during Wednesday's blowout loss, he was inefficient from the floor and fell short of the first double-double of his career. The rookie has now posted 11 assists on three occasions to begin the regular season, but he's shot just 17.1 percent from the floor over those three appearances. While these performances have helped him establish a solid fantasy floor since joining the starting lineup, he'll be able to generate more upside if he can put things together more consistently. Today, 8:15 am
  • Efficient in return
    Irving notched 26 points (11-16 FG, 4-7 3Pt), three rebounds, four assists and three steals across 27 minutes during Wednesday's 147-97 victory over the Jazz.

    Advice: Irving was efficient from the field and three-point line in Wednesday's blowout win after missing the previous game with a foot injury. After struggling to start the season, the star guard is averaging 25.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 32.5 minutes across his last 10 appearances. Irving has posted 46.5/42.1/92.7 shooting splits over that span. Today, 8:13 am