Zach Randolph PF/C MEM 5 Hrs
Zach Randolph (illness) will play against the Bulls on Friday night.
He was under the weather on Wednesday and the Grizzlies missed him badly against the Nets. Randolph's efficiency has gone up now that Marc Gasol is next to him, but he'll have his hands full against one of the better interior defenses in the league tonight.
Terrence Ross SG TOR 5 Hrs
Terrence Ross (ankle) will start against the Kings on Friday.
Coach Dwane Casey added that he will mix up the coverage on Rudy Gay tonight. Thanks to a light schedule, Ross only missed one game due to his ankle sprain suffered back on Feb. 27. His shots were on the rise prior to the injury and he may be able to flirt with around 27 minutes tonight.
John Henson PF/C MIL 5 Hrs
John Henson will start at power forward against the Pelicans on Friday.
Since the acquisition of Jeff Adrien, Henson has been a shell of himself. In those six games, he has a pathetic defensive rebounding rate of just 14.5 percent in that span, which is less than half of Adrien's 33.3 percent in that span. His blocks have also dropped to just 0.7 per game during those outings and has ugly percentages of 42.1 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from the charity stripe. Tonight is a huge game for Henson and he'll have to do it against Anthony Davis.
Vitor Faverani C BOS 6 Hrs
Vitor Faverani had arthroscopic surgery will will miss the rest of this season.
There has been talk of Faverani getting surgery for almost a month now and he finally opted to go through with it. The surgery was to repair a torn lateral meniscus and he should be ready to go for next season. Faverani is a candidate to play in Orlando Summer League and this surgery shouldn't affect his status in a few months.
Ersan Ilyasova F MIL 6 Hrs
Ersan Ilyasova has been suspended one game for punching Reggie Evans on Wednesday.
He will serve that suspension tonight against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. Ilyasova gave Evans an unnecessary shove in an ugly loss and the suspension is certainly warranted. With Ilyasova out, the Bucks will likely go with more Jeff Adrien and John Henson tonight. Henson might not be able to play bigger minutes since he's been a bit lead-footed, so Adrien might get the bigger chunk of minutes. The video of the infraction is attached in the link below.
Nerlens Noel C PHI 7 Hrs
Nerlens Noel has started going through 1-on-1 workouts in his rehab.
"He's slowly doing a little more physical stuff," coach Brett Brown said. "He's slowly doing a little more and you can play him against another body. I highlight the word 'slowly' and I highlight the word 'cautiously,' but he's doing it." Noel still doesn't have a timetable to return, but taking on contact is a big step. He's not worth stashing in most leagues despite the complete mess at center for the Sixers.
C. J. Watson PG IND 8 Hrs
C.J. Watson (elbow) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.
It'll be his second straight game out of the lineup and the Pacers will throw Donald Sloan in the rotation again tonight. They also used a backcourt of Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson on Wednesday, but Turner probably won't have garbage time to help his stats again.
Ekpe Udoh PF/C MIL 8 Hrs
Ekpe Udoh will not play against the Pelicans on Friday night.
His right knee will keep him out for his 10th game and he's probably not going to be back in the rotation upon his return. Jeff Adrien has thrown a wrench in an already messy frontcourt rotation for the Bucks and might get more minutes tonight.