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Playing against his former team, Bruce Brown finished Tuesday’s loss to the Pistons with eight points (3-of-8 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), nine rebounds, one assist and four steals in 26 minutes.

Feb 09   9:46 PM

Brown came off the bench, but because of the Nets’ defensive struggles he was with the starters to begin the third quarter. Brooklyn has more than enough offense, but Brown was the team’s most productive defender as he led the team in rebounds and steals. With Kevin Durant (health and safety protocols) sidelined, it would not come as a surprise if Brown replaced Jeff Green in the starting lineup Wednesday night vs. the Pacers.

Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) will play in Tuesday's game vs. Portland. 

Feb 09   9:03 PM

Aminu hasn't appeared in a game in 14 1/2 months, but that will change Tuesday in Portland. Magic coach Steve Clifford said that the veteran forward will play during both halves. Don't expect too much from Aminu, given the amount of time away from the court.

Derrick Jones Jr. will return to the starting lineup on Tuesday night and will not have a minutes restriction.

Feb 09   8:44 PM

Terry Stotts told Blazers Radio that DJJ is all systems go tonight vs the Magic after playing just 18 minutes on Saturday. This is good news for Portland but it still doesn't make Jones Jr. a good fantasy option. Even in a reserve role, Rodney Hood and Carmelo Anthony offer more upside.

Anfernee Simons (hamstring) will be on a 25-minute limit for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando. 

Feb 09   8:44 PM

Slowly but surely, Simons' minutes limit increases. He still won't be as valuable as either Gary Trent Jr. or Rodney Hood, however, so Simons can be left on the waiver wire in standard leagues. 

Abdel Nader (left ankle soreness) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Milwaukee. 

Feb 09   8:20 PM

After being a DNP-CD on Sunday, Nader was also held out of Monday's win over the Cavaliers. If he's unable to play Wednesday night, Cameron Johnson would not be in danger of losing any playing time. Frank Kaminsky has been starting alongside Deandre Ayton, but he could pick up a few more minutes with Nader sidelined. 

Dario Saric (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out for Wednesday's contest vs the Bucks.

Feb 09   8:20 PM

The Suns forward will miss another game because of his ankle. Look for Frank Kaminsky as a filler but only in deep leagues.

Cameron Payne (right foot sprain) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland. 

Feb 09   8:20 PM

Jevon Carter will remain in the backup point guard role, as Payne will be sidelined for a ninth straight game. It remains unknown when Payne will be cleared to return to action, and he wasn't a factor in fantasy hoops when healthy, either. 

Draymond Green (sore right knee) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's rematch with the Spurs.

Feb 09   8:03 PM

Green logged 36 minutes in Monday's loss, and it looks like there's a chance he'll skip the second leg of this back-to-back. There won't be a shootaround, so we won't get another update until he gets through his pregame routine, essentially making Green a game-time call tonight. If he is forced to join James Wiseman (wrist) and Kevon Looney (ankle) on the sidelines tonight, then Eric Paschall would likely be forced to log major minutes at center and there would be more minutes available for guys like Damion Lee, Mychal Mulder and Kent Bazemore. Stay tuned.

Steve Kerr said he's expecting Draymond Green (knee) to play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs, but he wants Green to get through his pregame routine before an official decision is made.

Feb 09   8:03 PM

Green is dealing with a bit of soreness in his right knee, but it doesn't sound serious. We likely won't get another update until just prior to tip-off, but things are trending in a positive direction.

Wayne Ellington (calf) will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

Feb 09   7:01 PM

He's back in action after missing the past two games, so he should see his usual workload tonight, which will render Saddiq Bey a non-option in most leagues. Ellington can give you some points and triples, but he doesn't do much beyond those two categories.

Karl-Anthony Towns (health and safety protocols) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

Feb 09   7:01 PM

Towns is being listed with health and safety protocols, but it's more about him getting his conditioning back up after recovering from COVID-19. Ryan Saunders said his lung capacity needs to improve before he's cleared, and it doesn't look like that'll be happening tomorrow night.

Lonnie Walker (illness) will be on a minutes limit in his return to action on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

Feb 09   7:01 PM

Gregg Popovich said that he will play "20-ish" minutes off the bench today, so he can't be considered a viable option in most leagues.

Derrick Rose will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Heat.

Feb 09   6:43 PM

New York is still waiting for the physicals of both Rose and Dennis Smith Jr. (now in Detroit) to clear, and ultimately, that will decide whether or not Rose will be able to make his Knicks debut tonight. "We're excited to have him. We think he'll add a lot to our team," said head coach Tom Thibodeau. "His ability to go off the dribble and create plays is one of his biggest assets." Rose can be a headache to roster given how many games he misses, but he's looking at a lot of opportunity with the Knicks and Thibs at the helm.

Steve Nash believes that Iman Shumpert's strained left hamstring will cost him 1-2 weeks on the sidelines.

Feb 09   6:10 PM

Shumpert tweaked his hamstring trying to get into game shape after signing with Brooklyn, so his debut will be delayed by a couple of weeks. Even when healthy, we don't anticipate him having any fantasy value.

Rajon Rondo (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

Feb 09   6:10 PM

Brandon Goodwin could pick up some extra minutes tomorrow night, but that doesn't matter much with Trae Young healthy.

Russell Westbrook (rest) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

Feb 09   5:50 PM

Westbrook was rested on Monday with that game being the second of a back-to-back, but he'll be back in action with his usual minutes tomorrow night, which will return Raul Neto to the bench and a negligible role.

Gary Harris (left adductor strain) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs.

Feb 09   5:50 PM

Groin injuries can be tricky, and Harris tends to be a slow healer, so we're expecting a lengthy absence here. Will Barton and Michael Porter Jr. will continue to start at the forward slots while Harris is out, and with the way they've been playing lately, Harris may have a tough time working his way back into the starting unit once he's cleared again.

Dennis Smith Jr. (COVID-protocol) will not be available for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

Feb 09   5:50 PM

He's still in quarantine after getting traded to Detroit, so he will not be able to make his debut tonight.

Klay Thompson (Achilles) has shed his walking boot.

Feb 09   3:55 PM

Thompson will remain out for the season, but we will continue to document his progress, every step of the way. Steve Kerr said that Thompson shedding the boot was a "milestone," but he wasn't sure what exactly the next steps would be in his recovery. Thompson is going to miss two seasons due to devastating injuries, but DeMarcus Cousins dealt with the same ones and he's looked pretty good this season, so that gives us hope that Thompson too will be able to return to form by 2022.

Frank Ntilikina (health and safety protocols) isn't available for Tuesday's game vs. Miami.

Feb 09   3:19 PM

Ntilikina is the first Knicks player subject to the league's new protocols, according to beat writer Steve Popper. He's not in the rotation anyway and the arrival of Derrick Rose further buries him on the depth chart, so this has no fantasy implications.

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