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Isaiah Thomas (Bos)

Isaiah Thomas suffered a pulled groin in Monday's game against the Rockets and may not be able to practice Tuesday, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.


The injury doesn't seem to be overly serious, but the Celtics will likely afford every opportunity for their star point guard to rest and heal up before Wednesday's game against the Magic. If Thomas is somehow deemed unfit to play, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart would be the first candidates to see more playing time at point guard.

Tarik Black (LAL)

Tarik Black will not return to Monday's game against the Jazz after suffering a sprained ankle, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.


Black played just 12 minutes before his premature exit. The severity of his injury remains unclear, but his next opportunity to return will be Wednesday against Houston.

Eric Gordon (Hou)

Eric Gordon (ankle) expects to play in Wednesday's game against the Lakers, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.


Gordon rolled his ankle during Monday's 31-minute outing against the Celtics. Although, he intends to practice Tuesday and be ready for their game Wednesday, so there's not much to be concerned about.

J.R. Smith (Cle)

J.R. Smith (knee) will return to Cleveland on Tuesday for further medical evaluation.


It seems that Smith is in line to miss Wednesday's game in New York against the Knicks as he finds out the exact severity of his left knee injury. Luckily X-rays came back negative at the arena during Monday's game in Toronto, but the veteran guard will likely need to make it unscathed through MRI testing before making his return to the hardwood.

Trevor Booker (Bro)

Trevor Booker (illness) finished with 14 points (6-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 14 rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal in 31 minutes during the Nets' 118-113 loss to the Wizards on Monday.


After sitting out of Saturday's bout against the Bucks due to an illness, Booker returned to the lineup on Monday and pitched in his eighth double-double of 2016-17, which is already three more than he totaled in any of his first six seasons. He did commit four turnovers. However, this speaks to the fact that Nets' coach Kenny Atkinson has trusted the 29-year-old veteran to make plays, and Booker is not disappointing, instead turning in career-best numbers in essentially every category.

Sean Kilpatrick (Bro)

Sean Kilpatrick contributed 21 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, four assists, and one steal across 33 minutes during the Nets' 118-113 loss to the Wizards on Monday.


Kilpatrick continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Nets through the first quarter of the 2016-17 season, and the former D-Leaguer has established himself as one of the team's top options on offense. Given that Nets' coach Kenny Atkinson has been rolling out plenty of guard-heavy lineups, it's certainly possible that Kilpatrick will still hold solid value even once Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is cleared to return.

Markieff Morris (Was)

Markieff Morris turned in 16 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, four steals, and one assist in 33 minutes during the Wizards' 118-113 win against the Nets on Monday.


After posting a season-high four steals, Morris is now averaging a career-best 1.3 steals per game through 19 contests in 2016-17. While he has struggled to make shots for much of the year, Morris has done well on defense and earned enough trips to the charity stripe (3.5 attempts per night) to help keep his averages afloat despite having a poor field-goal percentage.

Kyle Lowry (Tor)

Kyle Lowry tallied 24 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 6-7 FT) in 40 minutes in a 116-112 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday.


Lowry is averaging over 20 points per game for the second time in his career, although his average is down every so slightly from last year. On the other hand, he's improved in three-point shooting percentage, free-throw percentage, rebounds per game, and assists per game, so nobody should be complaining.

DeMar DeRozan (Tor)

DeMar DeRozan notched 31 points (12-23 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-7 FT), four rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 39 minutes in a 116-112 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday.


DeRozan has returned to Earth since his scorching start to the season, with this being his first 30-point game in nine games. It's hard for a guy who shoots, and makes, so few three-pointers to be such a prolific scorer in the modern NBA, but even after cooling down DeRozen is averaging 28 points per game. Additionally, he's averaging career highs in rebounds, assists, and steals so far this year.

Kyrie Irving (Cle)

Kyrie Irving had 24 points (9-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, and seven assists in 37 minutes in a 116-112 win over the Raptors on Monday.


Makes that 10 straight games with at least 20 points for Irving. On the other hand, while Irving's been pouring in the points this season, he only has one double-double,

Otto Porter (Was)

Otto Porter provided 18 points (7-10 FG, 4-5 3Pt), four rebounds, three steals, and two assists in 36 minutes during the Wizards' 118-113 win against the Nets on Monday.


If Porter hadn't fouled out, he very likely would have led the team in minutes on Monday. Still, he continues to cook up efficient stat lines on a nightly basis lately, as he has made more than 50 percent of his field-goal attempts in six straight contests while averaging 15.3 points (on 62.3 percent shooting) and 7.8 rebounds per game. Furthermore, Porter has swiped 16 steals over the last five bouts and he has 29 threes in his last 15 appearances, this after going 0-for-9 through the first four games of 2016-17.

LeBron James (Cle)

LeBron James tallied 34 points (12-26 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in 42 minutes in a 116-112 win over the Raptors on Monday.


James came up big to help lead the Cavs to their first win in four games, and a win over arguably Cleveland's biggest competition in the East. He's been a busy guy the last couple of times out, as he's attempted 48 field goals and played 87 minutes. Of course, in order to do that, he has to take some games off but James remains arguably the league's best player.

Kevin Love (Cle)

Kevin Love notched 28 points (8-18 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and 14 rebounds in 38 minutes in a 116-112 win over the Raptors on Monday.


This is Love's first double-double in three games, which is noteworthy only because of how often Love managed to pull them off. It's also his first time crossing the 20-point barrier in four games, but on the season he's averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds, so it's not like he's been struggling this season.

Dwyane Wade (Chi)

Dwyane Wade will be available for Tuesday's game against the Pistons, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.


Despite doing some heavy lifting with a 34-point outing Monday across 36 minutes against the Trail Blazers, it appears Wade won't need to be rested on the second half of the back-to-back despite a previous murmuring that he may ultimately take a night off. Wade played for 34 minutes during his only other second game of a back-to-back slate earlier this season against the Heat on Nov. 10, although there's no guarantee he'll be ready to take on the same amount of minutes this time around for Tuesday's game in Detroit.

John Wall (Was)

John Wall went for 25 points (10-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 13 assists, three steals, and one rebound across 36 minutes during the Wizards' 118-113 win over the Nets on Monday.


Wall skipped practice due to a thigh contusion, but he didn't seem to be hampered by the injury in Monday's victory. It was his fourth straight double-double and sixth in the last seven games, increasing his total to 10 for the year. The former Kentucky guard typically hauls in a few more boards on most nights, as he is one of the better contributors in that category for his position. Nevertheless, it was another solid showing for Wall, who has very arguably been the best point guard in the East thus far this season.

Mike Scott (Atl)

Mike Scott was assigned to the D-League on Monday, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.


The immediate plan is for Scott to play in two D-League games for the Delaware 87ers, which tentatively puts his NBA return date sometime after Thursday's contest against the Westchester Knicks. Even so, the 28-year-old has made just three appearances for the Hawks this season, at a clip of 9.3 minutes per game.

Richaun Holmes (Phi)

Richaun Holmes scored 11 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and added eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 18 minutes during Monday's 106-98 loss to the Nuggets.


Holmes' minutes have been sporadic this season, and he was only in the game for 18 of them Monday, but he still managed to come close to a double-double. The 23-year-old has scored in double figures in three of the 76ers' last six games.

Sergio Rodriguez (Phi)

Sergio Rodriguez scored a season-high 17 points (7-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-0 FT) and added seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes during Monday's 106-98 loss to Denver.


With Jerryd Bayless (wrist) out, Rodriguez did it all Monday, as the point guard led the 76ers in assists and tied for the team-high in points and steals. The 30-year-old is averaging 12.6 points over his last five games and could be in line for more minutes if he continues producing in Bayless' stead.

Metta World Peace (LAL)

Metta World Peace will get a spot start at shooting guard for Monday's matchup against the Jazz, Serena Winters of Lakers Nation reports.


The Lakers are without D'Angelo Russell (knee) and Jose Calderon (hamstring), so it is currently slim pickings in the backcourt. The expectation was that Jordan Clarkson would get the start, but he has been struggling to produce while getting a lot of extra run due to the aforementioned injuries. Both Clarkson and Lou Williams will presumably get most of the work in the backcourt as the game progresses. World Peace has played in seven games this season, with a season-high 14 minutes on Nov. 23 in a blowout loss to the Warriors.

Nik Stauskas (Phi)

Nik Stauskas posted four points (1-7 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with five assists, three rebounds and one block in 35 minutes of action during Monday's 106-98 loss to the Nuggets.


Stauskas earned the start again Monday night in place of Robert Covington (knee), but the former Michigan Wolverine played like anything but a starter for the third straight game. During that time, he's made just 17 percent of his field goals, including a lowly 18 percent from behind the three-point line. Covington has been ruled out for each of Philadelphia's next three games, but head coach Larry Brown may want to think about replacing Stauskas in the starting lineup, at least until he starts putting the ball in the hoop again.