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Detroit Pistons guard/forward Quentin Grimes (knee) appears ready to make his debut for his new squad, with the team listing him as probable for Saturday's matchup against Orlando. Grimes missed the end of his stint in New York with a right knee issue, and the injury has also delayed his debut in Motown. However, it looks like he will be good to go this weekend. The 23-year-old has been largely ineffective in 2023-24 due to poor shooting, and it's unclear how big of a role he will have on the Pistons team, with Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey running the backcourt.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert said he sprained his ankle in Friday's contest against Milwaukee but isn't overly worried about the injury. The French giant logged 38 minutes in a 112-107 loss and finished with 12 points, 19 rebounds, and two blocks. It looks like Gorbert feels ready to go on Saturday when the T-Wolves complete a back-to-back set against the Nets, but fantasy managers will need to keep a close eye on official lineup news. Naz Reid would be in line for a boost in playing time without Gobert.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro couldn't complete Friday's game against New Orleans after hurting his left knee. Herro finished the contest with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, and one block in 31 minutes. Luckily, he appears to have avoided a serious injury. Herro said postgame: "I think structurally everything was good. No major, even minor damage. I think everything is good. It kind of just scared me more than anything." Herro was on the injury report with a right foot problem before Friday's action, so he's currently quite a bit banged up. But with the Heat having the weekend off, the talented guard gets some extended rest, which will hopefully help him get healthy.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado was involved in a scuffle in Friday's game against Miami and was ejected from the contest early in the fourth quarter. After the teams clashed on the court following Kevin Love's foul on Zion Williamson, Alvarado got into a physical altercation with Miami's reserve big Thomas Bryant. The defensive specialist even tried to climb on the scorers' table during the scuffle. There are definitely fines coming from the incident, and Alvarado is in danger of receiving a suspension. His absence would be quite a blow for the Pelicans' backcourt after CJ McCollum (ankle) exited Friday's contest with an injury.
New Orleans Pelicans guard/forward Naji Marshall was ejected from Friday's clash with the Heat. With less than a minute played in the fourth quarter, tempered flared in the game after Kevin Love fouled Zion Williamson. After a scrum formed on the court, Marshall appeared to have put his hand around Jimmy Butler's neck. Marshall might now receive a suspension for the incident. The 26-year-old struggled in Friday's game and finished scoreless in 13 minutes, but he's a valued reserve who would definitely be missed by the team. Marshall averages 7.3 points for the season with 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 18.4 minutes. The Pelicans resume play on Sunday against Chicago.
Miami Heat center Thomas Bryant was ejected from Friday's game against New Orleans without logging any playing time. A foul on Zion Williamson early in the fourth quarter sparked an altercation, and things got very heated between Bryant and Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado. Both players threw punches at each other and will likely receive a suspension following the incident. Bryant has played just seven games since the turn of the year, so Miami shouldn't have any issues coping with his absence. The 26-year-old big man has averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.4 minutes in 25 games for the season.
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler was among four players ejected following a scuffle in a matchup between the Heat and New Orleans on Friday. The scuffle started after Zion Williamson stole the ball from Butler, and Kevin Love grabbed Williamson to avoid giving up an easy basket. Butler was having a spectacular game before being tossed early in the fourth quarter. He racked up 23 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three steals, and one block in 27 minutes. The altercation could result in fines or suspensions. Miami is scheduled to return to action on Monday versus Sacramento.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) has been cleared to play ahead of Friday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. As expected, the superstar forward will suit up after being listed as probable heading into this game. Antetokounmpo has been dealing with a banged up knee, but that shouldn't impact his performance. Fantasy managers should feel comfortable plugging Antetokounmpo back into their lineups on Friday.
New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum (ankle) was forced to exit early during Friday's game against the Miami Heat. McCollum suffered a left ankle sprain during the second quarter after he stepped on a teammate's foot. Before that, McCollum was having a rough night from the floor with only two points and two rebounds in 15 minutes. Jose Alvarado started in the second half and should see a boost in fantasy value if McCollum is forced to miss time.
Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (finger) has been upgraded to probable ahead of Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. This is good news after Caldwell-Pope was considered questionable earlier in the day due to a right finger sprain. The Nuggets are shorthanded, so Caldwell-Pope could see an increased role on Friday. However, Christian Braun and Justin Holiday should remain in the mix as well, so Caldwell-Pope has a limited ceiling on Friday.