Cristiano Felicio (tailbone) "should be" available on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.
Assuming he's ready to return from a three-game absence, Felico could take back his backup center minutes from Joffrey Lauvergene. He's not a realistic fantasy option while Robin Lopez is healthy, though.
Kyle Korver (foot) will go through a workout on Friday and is hopeful to return on Sunday vs. the Pacers.
In case you missed it, Korver has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls and Friday's game vs. Philly. The Cavs will need Korver to be at or close to 100 percent for the postseason, so expect his workload to be monitored upon his return. We'll have an update on Friday evening.
Richard Jefferson didn't practice on Wednesday because of some knee tendonitis.
It sounds like it was more of a maintenance day, as coach Tyronn Lue said everyone would play vs. the Bulls on Thursday except Kyle Korver (foot). Jefferson isn't a fantasy option anyways with Kevin Love healthy.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he won't rest any players on Thursday.
This means LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will be a full go. Iman Shumpert (knee) and Richard Jefferson (knee) will play, while Kyle Korver (foot) is still out . The Cavs do play again on Friday vs. Philly, so a DNP-rest could be coming for James, Love and Irving if they see a lot of minutes tonight.
Iman Shumpert (knee) is available to play on Thursday vs. the Bulls.
He was "expected" to play, so there are no surprises here after he went through a full practice on Wednesday. While Shumpert isn't a fantasy option outside of very deep leagues, his return will take away some minutes from J.R. Smith.
Dario Saric said fatigue was a factor in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.
"I was tired, really," Saric said. "So many games. Like everybody knows, the Olympic games, national team, my professional team, [Andalou Efes Istanbul], how many games in a season. Now I feel like really, really, really bad. I was so excited in my head, in my heart, to shoot every ball but sometimes your body does things a little bit different." Saric is having to log heavy minutes because the 76ers are only dressing 8-9 players lately, but his owners probably don't have to worry about any DNPs with the 76ers so banged up. Despite shooting just 5-of-18 on Wednesday, Saric has been a beast for his fantasy owners.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Marcin Gortat "needs to play better."
"Definitely needs to play better but we’ve got some options," Brooks said. Those "options" are Jason Smith, Ian Mahinmi and Markieff Morris, as the Wizards have been playing more small ball and Gortat has seen his minutes fall off since the All-Star break. In fact, he hasn't played in the fourth quarter of four straight games. He's slumping at the worst possible time for fantasy owners and is a drop candidate if there's a hot free agent available.
Paul George said he's excited about having Lance Stephenson back in Indiana.
"We had a special memories," George said. "We've definitely got a bond on that court. Hopefully we pick up where we left off. He’s excited. He’s always considered Indiana home, so he’s very excited to play with me and us again. This is where he made his name and made his mark. He’s got that in the back of his mind." After signing a three-year, $12 million deal, Stephenson is expected to suit up for Sunday's game vs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers. You can't make this stuff up. Unless he blows us away and recaptures the form he once had in Indiana, leave him on the wire.