Dorian Finney-Smith F DAL 4 hours ago
Finney-Smith will return to the bench for Monday's matchup with the Warriors, Bobby Karalla of Mavs.com reports.
Finney-Smith drew the spot start on Saturday with Dennis Smith (knee) and Seth Curry (foot) both out, but struggled, going scoreless (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) with one rebound, one assist and two turnovers across 16 minutes. With Smith returning to the lineup Monday, that sends Finney-Smith back to the bench, where he'll likely be limited to minutes in the upper-teens or low-20's at best.
OUTDevin Harris G DAL 4 hours ago
Harris (personal) will sit out Monday's game against the Warriors, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Harris was back with the team on Monday after the tragic passing of his brother recently. However, Harris isn't quite ready to resume playing basketball and doesn't have an exact timetable for when he'll take the court again. That being said, Harris will officially sit out Monday, with his next opportunity to take the floor on Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
OUTDennis Schroder PG ATL 4 hours ago
Schroder (ankle) recently indicated he will "probably" play on Friday against the Nuggets, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Schroder is already missing Monday's tilt with the Heat and it appears he's also planning on sitting out Thursday's contest against the Bulls after suffering a sprained ankle over the weekend. Continue to monitor his practice availability over the rest of the week and despite Schroder saying he's targeting Friday for a return, there's certainly a chance he's ultimately held out until next week at some point. Malcolm Delaney is starting at point guard in his place and should see a temporary uptick in value while working with the top unit.
OUTJuan Hernangomez F DEN 5 hours ago
Hernangomez (illness) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Wizards, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Hernangomez has played a total of just 13 minutes over the first two games of the season, so his absence shouldn't have a drastic effect on the regular rotation Monday. His next opportunity to take the court will be Wednesday against the Hornets, though tentatively consider him questionable for that contest.
DeMar DeRozan SG/SF TOR 5 hours ago
DeRozan (illness) is listed as the starting shooting guard for Monday's game versus the Spurs.
DeRozan posted an efficient 30 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 14-16 FT) across just 26 minutes in Saturday's win over the 76ers, but left immediately after the game because he was under the weather. Thus, the team listed him as questionable for Monday's game, but he appears to have recovered enough to suit up. The veteran should take on his usual workload barring any setbacks.
Amir Johnson PF/C PHI 5 hours ago
Updating a previous report, Johnson will come off the bench as initially expected Monday against the Pistons, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
There was some confusion regarding whether or not Joel Embiid would start in his return to the lineup following a day of rest Saturday, though it was confirmed just prior to tip-off that he'll take on his usual spot in the top unit. That sends Johnson to his usual bench role, where he'll compete for reserve minutes at both power forward and center.
Lucas Nogueira PF/C TOR 5 hours ago
Nogueira will start at center for Monday's game against the Spurs, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports.
Nogueira will be starting in place of Jonas Valanciunas (ankle). The big man produced 7.2 points, 5.7 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.7 across 29.3 minutes in six starts for the Raptors last season. He could be an intriguing DFS play given his expected increase in workload, however the Spurs' frontcourt is not an advantageous matchup.
Joel Embiid PF/C PHI 5 hours ago
Updating a previous report, Embiid will start at center as expected Monday vs. the Pistons, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
There were conflicting reports regarding Embiid's presence in the starting lineup, though as originally expected, he'll take his spot at center in the top unit after sitting out Saturday's game for rest. Coach Brett Brown has mentioned that Embiid's minutes are going to be based on the flow of the game, though it doesn't appear he'll see too many restrictions on Monday. Look for Amir Johnson to come off the bench.
Allen Crabbe SG/SF BKN 5 hours ago
Crabbe scored 20 points (7-12 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), to go along with five rebounds, one steal and one block over 26 minutes in Brooklyn's 116-104 win against Atlanta on Sunday.
From the bench, Crabbe led all scorers with 20 points in Sunday's contest. Since Jeremy Lin's season-ending knee injury in the season opener, Crabbe and guard Caris Levert have alternated at starting shooting guard. In the interim, Brooklyn appears content with a rotational guard situation. As a result, Crabbe's strong relief performance increases his chances of returning to the starting lineup in the near-term.
Amir Johnson PF/C PHI 5 hours ago
Johnson was a late addition to the starting lineup for Monday's matchup against the Pistons, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Johnson was expected to head back to the bench following the return of Joel Embiid, but it appears coach Brett Brown is opting to bring Embiid off the bench instead. It's unclear what the means for Johnson's workload, though Embiid's presence in the lineup still means Johnson's value takes a significant hit.