Cartier Martin SG/SF DET 49 Mins
Martin (foot) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves.
Martin also missed the Pistons' season opener due to a foot injury, so Detroit's rotation Thursday won't be impacted by another absence from Martin. Nonetheless, the offseason addition will hope to make his Detroit debut Saturday versus Brooklyn.
Quincy Acy F NY 53 Mins
Acy will start at power forward in Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, Newsday reports.
Acy's starting birth will result in Amar'e Stoudemire coming off the Knicks' bench Thursday night. A rugged rebounder, Acy should help the Knicks on the glass, but in comparison to Stoudemire and reserve Jason Smith, Acy is less noted for his offensive ability.
Marc Gasol C MEM 1 Hr
Gasol scored 32 points (12-17 FG, 8-10 FT) to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes during the Grizzlies' 105-101 win versus the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Gasol dominated the Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic and helped lead the Grizzlies to their first win in a season opener since 2000. Those who drafted Gasol hoping he's due for a breakout season have to be happy even though it was just one game. While we may not be able to expect 30 points on a nightly basis, so far he's living up to his preseason promise that he's going to be more aggressive offensively this season. Expect Gasol to continue providing positive production in every major category except three-pointers.
Lance Stephenson SG CHA 2 Hrs
Stephenson (groin) scored seven points (3-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2FT) with 13 rebounds and 8 assists in 40 minutes Wednesday.
The groin injury that forced Stephenson to miss a couple preseason games appears to be a thing of the past, which was evident by the wing leading the team in minutes. His rebounding and assist totals are little higher than expected for the rest of the season since the game went to overtime, but his shooting numbers should improve going forward.
Kyle O'Quinn PF/C ORL 2 Hrs
O'Quinn (ankle) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Wizards, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
O'Quinn suffered a sprained ankle Tuesday in New Orleans and did not practice Wednesday. He was also held out of Thursday's shootaround, so the writing may have been on the wall that he would be inactive Thursday. Expect to see more of rookie first-rounder Aaron Gordon in O'Quinn's absence.
Anderson Varejao PF/C CLE 2 Hrs
Varejao is close to agreement on a new three-year contract worth an estimated $30 million, ESPN reports.
Varejao is currently entering the final year of a contract worth $9.7 million this season, but the career-long Cavalier is reportedly very close to extending his stay in Cleveland. Recently dubbed the Cavaliers' starting center, Varejao could pen his new contract in the coming days, while teammate Tristan Thompson has until midnight Friday to secure an extension with the Cavs.
Channing Frye PF/C ORL 2 Hrs
Frye (knee) will be active for Thursday's game against the Wizards, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Frye took part in Wednesday's practice, after which he said his knee feels good. He did not play in Tuesday's opener, so Thursday's matchup with the Wizards will mark his first appearance of the season. Though Frye is active, Kyle O'Quinn (ankle) will not suit up for Orlando.
Kevin Garnett PF/C BKN 3 Hrs
Garnett (illness) started Wednesday and scored 10 points (5-8 FG) to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assist in 23 minutes of action.
KG had battled a particularly nasty stomach bug during the preseason, however he looked to be over that in the regular season debut. Garnett's 23 minutes are about what we should expect out of the 38 year-old, but it was a bit surprising he did not get a little more run with fellow big man Brook Lopez (foot) out. This illustrates that his age might be the biggest limiting factor on his fantasy production this season.
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF SA 3 Hrs
Leonard (eye) will be available to play in Friday's game against the Suns.
Leonard missed San Antonio's final six preseason games, as well as Tuesday's season opener, due to an eye infection. The reigning NBA Finals MVP was cleared to re-join the Spurs in practice Tuesday and will make his season debut Friday versus the Suns. An extremely versatile small forward, Leonard should be a treat for fantasy owners this season.
Zaza Pachulia C MIL 3 Hrs
Pachulia (hamstring) played Wednesday and scored 4 points (2-5 FG) to go with 1 rebound, 2 steals, and 3 turnovers in 14 minutes of action.
Pachulia appeared uninhibited by the hamstring injury that bothered through the later part of preseason, but still played just 14 minutes. Zaza will compete for playing time this season with teammate John Henson, but will likely need to see an injury or trade of starter Larry Sanders to have much fantasy value this season.