Marreese Speights PF/C GS 2 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 3 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 3 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.
Ramon Sessions G SAC 3 Hrs
Sessions (back) is questionable for Friday's game, the Kings' official site reports.
Sessions has been cleared to play in each of the Kings' last two games, but he only played six minutes total in those games. His lower back strain appears to still be an issue, giving Ray McCallum some modest short-term value in very deep leagues.
Josh Smith F HOU 3 Hrs
Smith is expected to be with the Rockets before their game against the Grizzlies on Friday and could potentially play in the game, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Rockets are working on completing a trade to try and clear the roster space for Smith without having to waiver a player outright. It's probably more likely that Smith will make his debut with the Rockets for Sunday's game, but it's possible he could be in the lineup Friday.
Spencer Hawes C LAC 3 Hrs
Hawes (knee) will miss his eighth straight game Thursday but expects to begin 1-on-1 work Friday, the Clippers' official site reports.
Hawes was averaging 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, and 0.8 three-pointers in 17 minutes per game before suffering his injury. When he returns, he should take on a very similar role. As long as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are healthy, Hawes won't get enough minutes to be of use in standard leagues.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 3 Hrs
Irving suffered a left knee contusion in Thursday's game, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The Cavs said the injury will not require an X-ray or MRI to examine, but it remains unclear if the Cavs anticipate Irving will miss any time.
Irving briefly left the game, was tended to, and then returned to the court. He finished with 25 points (10-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 42 minutes. While it's always possible the knee could flair up over night, the fact that Irving was able to play through the injury is encouraging. The Cavs' next game is Friday against the Magic.
Wayne Ellington SG LAL 4 Hrs
Ellington is making a second straight spot start at shooting guard in place of Kobe Bryant on Thursday, the Lakers' official site reports.
Ellington started Tuesday's win over the Warriors, too. He put up 12 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. Bryant is unlikely to miss much time, so Ellington's increased value will likely be restricted to leagues with daily moves.
Chris Bosh PF/C MIA 5 Hrs
Bosh (calf) will test his calf out in practice Friday with an aim toward returning to action Saturday, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Bosh has missed the Heat's last seven games with a srained calf. While these types of injuries can be troublesome and sometimes linger, the fact that the Heat have bene patient with getting Bosh back into the lineup should help him stay healthy once he is back in the lineup.
LeBron James SF CLE 5 Hrs
James briefly left Thursday's game with leg tightness but was able to return to the game, ESPN reports.
This seems like much to do about nothing. James went into the stands and came up limping. He then went back to the locker room to get checked out and was quickly cleared to return. James got back in the game and started performing his usual arcrobatics.