Chase Budinger SF MIN 22 Hrs
Budinger did not pay in Wednesday's win over Washington due to a coach's decision.
Budinger doesn't figure in Minnesota's future plans, so he's likely to play a very limited role the rest of the season.
Aaron Gordon PF ORL 22 Hrs
Gordon (ankle) is listed as questionable for Friday's matchup with Atlanta, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Gordon departed Wednesday's game late in the second quarter after spraining his right ankle and did not return. He finished with six points (3-3 FG, 0-2 FT), one rebound and one assist in nine minutes. The Magic will wait to see how the ankle feels Friday, and an update should be available following morning shootaround.
Adreian Payne PF MIN 22 Hrs
Payne scored four points with seven rebounds in 17 minutes while coming off the bench in Wednesday's win over Washington.
Payne was in the starting lineup Monday, but came off the bench with Kevin Garnett moving into the starting lineup in his first game after being acquired in a trade. It looks like Payne will be third on the depth chart at power forward behind Garnett and Gorgui Dieng. However, he still has upside for minutes on some nights as the T-Wolves will want to evaluate him and Garnett may get some extended breaks to keep him healthy.
Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 22 Hrs
Gibson (illness) returned to action Wednesday from a one-game absence, putting up seven points (2-6 FG, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and two blocks in 28 minutes off the bench.
Gibson missed Monday's game against the Bucks with an illness. It appears he's over the illness, so make sure he's back in lineups in deeper leagues and some 12-team leagues with extended rosters.
Gorgui Dieng C MIN 22 Hrs
Dieng scored six points with seven rebounds in 25 minutes while coming off the bench in Wednesday's win over Washington.
Newly acquired Kevin Garnett got the start at power forward as he'll likely be the starter the rest of the season. However, Garnett may not play many minutes, so Dieng could keep a sizable role of the bench. It looks like Adreian Payne will see a reduced role more than Dieng with Garnett on the roster.
LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 22 Hrs
Aldridge (thumb) returned to action Wednesday from a one-game absence and put up 11 points (5-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 13 rebounds, one assits and one steal in 35 minutes.
Aldridge has a torn ligament in his left (non-shooting) hand that he is playing through this season, but the injury that kept him out of Sunday's game was a right thumb sprain. The team had him undergo X-rays and an MRI on the thumb that both came back negative, so he's likely to continue playing through the injury.
Danny Green SG/SF SA 1 Day
Green posted 17 points (4-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds and a blocked shot in 32 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Blazers.
Green has shot awful over his last two games, going a combined 2-for-8 from the field and 0-for-4 from the three-point line for six points, so it was good to see him hit on some shots Wednesday. Green continues to be quite inconsistent, but when he's on, he's a great source of three-pointers, along with some rebounds as well. His fantasy value lies in how consistent he can play, so continue to monitor him moving forward.
Tim Duncan PF/C SA 1 Day
Duncan posted a team-high of 20 points (9-12 FG, 2-2 FT) during Wednesday's loss to the Blazers, to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes.
Duncan has had a nice stretch of four games, averaging 18.0 points, eight rebounds and one blocked shot. Those numbers would be even higher if he wasn't limited to 20 minutes during one of those four games. While Duncan will have nights where his minutes are down, he can still provide when he gets a full games worth of work, so continue to play him as long as he's in the lineup.
Patty Mills PG SA 1 Day
Mills was very efficient in 10 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Trail Blazers, as he finished with 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), one rebound and two assists.
Mills nearly got off a shot in every minute that he played, as he wasn't going to waste his time on the court. It was the first time he reached double figures in points since January 22, so don't expect these numbers to continue. Mills will likely provide minimal fantasy value, unless someone gets injured higher in the depth chart.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 Day
Batum finished with 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 36 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Spurs.
Batum has now posted two strong games in a row, going a combined 13-for-21 from the field and 6-for-12 from the three-point line for 32 points, while also adding 14 rebounds, 14 assists, two steals and two blocks. It's believed he's still dealing with some soreness to his wrist, so it's good to see the increased production despite such reports. We'll see if he can continue trending in the right direction, while he's already offering a diverse amount of fantasy categories.