Shawn Marion F CLE 1 Hr
Marion moved into the starting lineup Thursday with Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out for the season. Marion put up two points (1-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, and one steal in 19 minutes.
The Cavs opted to use a small lineup that features Kevin Love at center and Marion at power forward, but the team's inability to protect the cup Thursday against an injury-depleted Heat team could force coach David Blatt to make changes heading into their next game.
Kevin Love PF/C CLE 1 Hr
Love played through the thumb injury he suffered in the Cavs' previous game. He put up 14 points (5-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 39 minutes Thursday.
With Anderson Varejao out for the season with a torn Achilles, coach David Blatt shifted Love up to center and put Shawn Marion into the starting lineup at power forward. The Cavs were destroyed by the Heat's penetration and ease of scoring at the rack, but they lack consistent rim protector on their roster. Love's sub-par game could have been just a poor night of shooting, but his low rebounds are somewhat concerning.
Kyle Anderson F SA 1 Hr
Anderson moved back to a bench role Thursday after making several starts in place of the injured Kawhi Leonard (hand). Marco Belinelli replaced Anderson in the starting lineup.
Anderson finished with zero points in eight minutes off the bench Thursday. In the six games he's started this season, Anderson has averaged 6.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.5 three-pointers in 22 minutes per game. He's a versatile player, but in the Spurs' system, Anderson is unlikely to be relied upon for much production for at least the first couple years of his career.
Marco Belinelli SG SA 1 Hr
Belinelli was moved into the starting lineup in place of Kyle Anderson on Thursday. The Spurs continue to rotate in backups to try and fill the void of Kawhi Leonard's (hand) absence.
Belinelli put up seven points, one rebound, two steals, and one block in 30 minutes. While he could have decent value in daily games when making spot starts, Belinelli will spend most of the season in a reserve role that will limit his ceiling and make him unrosterable in most standard leagues. Through 22 games played this season, Belinelli is averaging 23 minutes per game, only giving him enough court time to be of use if very deep leagues.
Steven Adams C OKC 2 Hrs
Adams had one of the best performances of his career Thursday, putting up 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to go with one assist, two steals, and three blocks in 31 minutes.
Adams has worked his way into being a standard-league option. Over his last five games, he's averaged 10.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 1.4 blocks in 27 minutes per game. That production is worth taking a flier on. While some of Adams' rise in value may be due to Kevin Durant's (ankle) absence, there're also plenty of reasons to think Adams has simply taken another step in his development.
Ryan Kelly F LAL 2 Hrs
Kelly (hamstring) will ramp up some of his rehab activities this weekend, and if all goes well, he could begin participating in some parts of practice Monday, the Lakers' official site reports.
Kelly will likely only play a limited role off the bench for the Lakers even when healthy, but if the team doesn't like what they're getting out of their frontcourt at some point in the future, it's possible coach Byron Scott could give Kelly an extended look in the rotation. If Kelly were to get enough minutes, he'd be of use for points and three-pointers but not much elsewhere. His stat production is very similar to Channing Frye's.
Kobe Bryant SG LAL 2 Hrs
Bryant (general soreness) is doubtful to play Friday, the Lakers' official site reports.
Bryant said that chances are "slim" he would play Friday. He has sat out the last two games to rest his body, and while he was struggling with his shot, the timing of the games off is strange. Bryant missed Tuesday's game against the Warriors and Thursday's Christmas Day game against the Bulls. This injury is ambiguous because it's mostly just a choice to continue holding Bryant out. He could return at any time.
Marreese Speights PF/C GS 8 Hrs
Speights will make a spot start at center Thurday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
With Andrew Bogut (knee) and Festus Ezeli (illness) out, Spieights is being pushed into the starting lineup. David Lee shoul help use up some of the minutes, but Speights should see a lot of action.
Boris Diaw PF/C SA 9 Hrs
Diaw sat out Thursday's game with an illness, the Express-News reports.
Diaw had a 100-degree fever. The Spurs have a back-to-back game against the the Pelicans in New Orleans on Friday, and coach Gregg Popovich didn't want to burnout Diaw along with the rest of his veterans Thursday and have no one with the energy for Friday.
Andrew Bogut C GS 9 Hrs
Bogut (knee) is expected to start doing work on the court in the next few days, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bogut had two platet-rich plasma treatments performed over the last week and a half, and those procedures usually require at least a couple weeks before players return to games. Dwight Howard missed 11 games earlier this season after undergoing the procedure. Bogut has missed four games since his first procedure. A mid-January return date seems the most likely.