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Aaron Gordon (back) will not play Saturday against the Bucks.

He suffered the back injury in the second half on Friday and did not return. Gordon had a back issue earlier in the year and missed 1.5 games, so the Magic will keep him out in a back-to-back set. It'll be Jonathon Simmons moving into the first unit after being out of the rotation on Friday while Jonathan Isaac should benefit because he has better slits with Gordon off the floor.
Jan 19 - 5:11 PM

Ish Smith (groin) is questionable Saturday against the Kings.

He suffered a groin injury on Friday night and did not return. Smith had a groin issue keep him out a month and he just returned this week, but the Pistons said it wasn't an aggravation. If he can't go, Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway and Bruce Brown could see a little more run.
Jan 19 - 5:08 PM

Jamal Crawford (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Hornets.

Coach Igor Kokoskov said earlier this month that he wanted to play Elie Okobo and De'Anthony Melton more, so Crawford won't be a lock to re-enter the rotation when he's healthy. His absence also helps Mikal Bridges.
Jan 19 - 3:38 PM

Joel Embiid (back) will play Saturday against the Thunder.

He was a true game-time decision and gets the green light even later than the Thursday game against the Pacers. Embiid will have to fight through his back issue yet again, and hopefully he looks more loose in the first half unlike on Thursday. It'll be interesting to see how he handles Steven Adams' physicality.
Jan 19 - 3:23 PM

Markelle Fultz (shoulder) has returned to Philadelphia to continue his rehabilitation with the Sixers, but there is still no timetable for his return to the lineup.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Fultz has been undergoing therapy for thoracic outlet syndrome in L.A. since leaving the Sixers in early December. The team has had staff in California observing his progress, and now Fultz will work at team's facility to try to ramp up for an eventual return to the season. He should be left on waiver wires in fantasy leagues for the time being.
Jan 19 - 2:45 PM

Josh Richardson (illness) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

Richardson was unable to play Friday vs. Detroit due to the illness, but is set to return to action in Chicago. Tyler Johnson, who started on Friday night, will likely get bumped back to the bench. Reserves Dwyane Wade and Derrick Jones will probably see fewer minutes as well.
Jan 19 - 2:17 PM

Will Barton (personal) is back with the team and participated in shootaround on Saturday morning.

Barton did not play Thursday night vs. Chicago, but is ready to return to the Nuggets lineup this evening. We should have confirmation from coach Mike Malone about 90 minutes prior to the start of Saturday night's game vs. Cleveland.
Jan 19 - 2:02 PM

Jon Leuer (illness) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

Leuer was unable to play on Friday but is on track to return to the lineup Saturday night. The Pistons will need extra depth at center, as Andre Drummond (concussion) has been ruled out of Saturday's game.
Jan 19 - 1:53 PM

Joel Embiid (back tightness) is a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Thunder.

Embiid was a game-time decision on Thursday night as well, but ended up playing through a stiff lower back and finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, one steal, three blocks, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Saturday's game vs. OKC tips off at 3:30 pm EST, so we should have definitive confirmation on Embiid's status, one way or the other, fairly soon. If he is unable to suit up, Mike Muscala, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden will divvy up extra minutes at center.
Jan 19 - 1:51 PM

Stanley Johnson (right hamstring soreness) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

Johnson was listed as probable for Friday's game as well and ended up finishing with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two triples.
Jan 19 - 1:48 PM

Kawhi Leonard (rest) will not play Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

This is surprising because Kawhi sat out Thursday's game against the Suns (which was the second night of a back-to-back) and, after Saturday, the Raptors don't play again until Tuesday. However, Toronto is clearly serious about getting Leonard as much rest as possible, and this two-game absence will give him five full days off. OG Anunoby (personal) remains sidelined, so Norman Powell and C.J. Miles will likely soak up extra minutes off the bench once again on Saturday.
Jan 19 - 1:35 PM

Andre Drummond (concussion) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

Drummond took an elbow to the face from James Johnson on Friday night and was bleeding from the nose. He was unable to return, with the ailment being classified as a nasal injury. However, we now learn Drummond is dealing with a concussion, which will likely sideline him for multiple games. Zaza Pachulia and Jon Leuer (illness), who is listed as probable, will divvy minutes at center with Drummond out of action. Neither player is an attractive fantasy option. Blake Griffin could also see some time at the five if Detroit chooses to go small.
Jan 19 - 1:34 PM

Coach Luke Walton said that he is hopeful Rajon Rondo (hand) will be able to practice with the team on Sunday.

Walton added that he does not anticipate Rondo being cleared to play on Monday vs. Golden State, but the fact that Rajon is this close to practicing in a good sign. Rondo underwent surgery on Dec. 28 and was given a 4-5 week timetable, so he seems to be ahead of schedule at this point. We should have an update on Rondo's status moving forward by Sunday afternoon.
Jan 19 - 1:29 PM

Coach Luke Walton said that he hopes to have a full practice with both LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (hand) on Sunday, but does not anticipate either of them playing Monday vs. Golden State.

It was already determined that LeBron would miss Saturday's game vs. the Rockets, but there was some optimism that he might be cleared for Monday's matchup with the Warriors. If he misses Monday's game as expected, it would be his 14th straight game on the shelf, which represents the longest extended absence of his career. We should have another update on LeBron's status after Sunday's practice.
Jan 19 - 1:21 PM

With Wendell Carter Jr. (thumb) sidelined, Robin Lopez said that he will start at center on Saturday vs. Miami.

The Bulls will still attempt to trade Lopez before the deadline, but he will see an uptick in playing time while he remains in Chicago. Bobby Portis will also benefit from Carter Jr.'s absence.
Jan 19 - 1:17 PM

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