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Marcus Smart sat out of Thursday's practice with a thigh bruise.

He's already been cleared to return from his hand injury and this thigh issue is said to be minor. Smart is fully expected to play on Friday vs. the Pistons and we'll be on the lookout for any updates on possible restrictions. With Smart back, expect fewer minutes for Terry Rozier.
Feb 22 - 1:40 PM

Shane Larkin (sore right knee) returned to full practice on Thursday.

He will make the trip to Detroit for Friday's game, but coach Brad Stevens said his return date is still to be determined. He won't see more than a handful of minutes anyways with Marcus Smart (hand) back.
Feb 22 - 1:26 PM

Justin Holiday will remain in the rotation on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

The Bulls are benching him along with Robin Lopez, but unlike Lopez, Holiday is still expected to see some backup minutes on the wing. He's a drop candidate, but feel free to see what the rotation looks like tonight before making any roster moves.
Feb 22 - 1:06 PM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed that Robin Lopez will be a healthy scratch on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

We speculated earlier that Lopez wouldn't play at all, but now we have confirmation. He's safe to drop in fantasy leagues and there is no telling when or if he will be back in the rotation later on. Cristiano Felicio and Lauri Markkanen will start with Bobby Portis and Noah Vonleh backing them up.
Feb 22 - 1:05 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller doesn't have any minute restrictions moving forward.

"He’s trying to get back into rhythm," Clifford said of Zeller. "He’s so smart, and such a good natural athlete, I think guys like him can get there quicker." Dwight Howard is still kicking, so even though Zeller doesn't have restrictions it doesn't mean he's going to see minutes in the 20s consistently. He's a deep-league asset for now.
Feb 22 - 12:54 PM

Reggie Bullock (illness) returned to practice on Thursday.

He's back after sitting out on Wednesday. With another 24+ hours before tip-off, this means Bullock should be ready in time for Friday's game vs. Boston. He has emerged as the best wing to own in Detroit for his production in points, triples and steals.
Feb 22 - 12:38 PM

Mario Hezonja will return to a bench role on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

Aaron Gordon (hip) and Nikola Vucevic (hand) are returning from their injuries tonight, but Hezonja is "expected to still see plenty of playing time at SF and PF." Hezonja also has to worry about the potential return of Jonathan Isaac (ankle) as early as next week, but he was posting early-round numbers before the break and his fantasy owners should see what the rotation looks like before making any roster moves.
Feb 22 - 11:26 AM

Bismack Biyombo will come off the bench on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

No surprise here, as Nikola Vucevic (hand) is back in action tonight. Vucevic will have minute restrictions early on, but Biyombo's window for fantasy value is about to slam shut by the end of the week. It will be interesting to see if he can hold off Khem Birch for the backup center job later in the season.
Feb 22 - 11:24 AM

Aaron Gordon (hip) will start on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

He will have minute restrictions, but a specific limit wasn't specified -- coach Frank Vogel said he will keep them "at a reasonable number." Gordon is safe to activate in season-long leagues, and hopefully he can find the form he had earlier in the season because his shot hasn't been falling since the new year.
Feb 22 - 11:18 AM

Nikola Vucevic (hand) and Aaron Gordon (hip) will both start on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

His minutes will be kept "at a reasonable number" according to coach Frank Vogel, but we weren't given a specific number. His fantasy owners in season-long leagues should still start him, but it may take him a week or two to start producing elite fantasy value.
Feb 22 - 11:17 AM

Justin Holiday will come off the bench on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

This was confirmed by executive vice president John Paxson. David Nwaba will enter the starting lineup in Holiday's place and it's possible that he falls completely out of the rotation for the time being. He can be cut in most leagues, though it's not a bad idea to see how Thursday's game goes first.
Feb 22 - 10:25 AM

Robin Lopez will come off the bench on Thursday vs. the 76ers.

The Bulls are embracing the youth movement and will move Cristiano Felicio into the starting five. Lopez can be dropped in standard leagues and may even fall completely out of the rotation if the Bulls decide to give Bobby Portis the backup center minutes. We'll find out soon enough.
Feb 22 - 10:23 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Frank Ntilikina's knee may have held him back before the break.

"He just looked exhausted sometimes," Hornacek said. "His knee hurt for a while there, and that’s stuff we have to build up. And again, this is going to be a great last 23 games for him because, we’ll see, can he play the 30 minutes without his knees hurting? Part of that is growth." It sounds like he may eventually start next to Emmanuel Mudiay, but it's obvious that the Knicks want to get him more run. He hasn't been playing well on the offensive end, so most fantasy owners can just watch his progress from the wire.
Source: Newsday
Feb 22 - 10:00 AM

Jarrett Jack is expected to come off the bench on Thursday vs. the Magic.

Coach Jeff Hornacek didn't reveal his starting lineup yet, but what we do know is that Emmanuel Mudiay is basically a lock to replace Jack -- Mudiay was running the offense for the starters in their last practice and also talked about his new role. With the Knicks hoping to also look at Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke, there's a good chance that Jack will be a healthy scratch tonight.
Source: Newsday
Feb 22 - 9:56 AM

The Hawks are planning to sign Antonius Cleveland to a 10-day contract.

He made 13 appearances for the Mavs this season, but only played 6.2 minutes per game. He lands in an ideal spot with the Hawks tanking, so maybe he gets an extended look down the stretch. For now, fantasy owners can watch his progress from the waiver wire.
Feb 22 - 9:21 AM



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