NBA Player News
Nuggets' Michael Porter: Ruled out Friday
Porter (heel injury management) will not play Friday against the Suns.
The Nuggets are going to be very thin with Nikola Jokic (calf), Jamal Murray (rest) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (illness) all sitting out. Aaron Gordon and Bruce Brown will likely see massive usage rate spikes, and Jeff Green could play an expanded role as well.
Timberwolves' Jaylen Nowell: Out Friday
Nowell (knee) is listed as inactive for Friday's game against the Lakers, Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com reports.
Nowell has been plagued with left knee tendinopathy and will now miss his third game out of the previous six as a result. His next chance to suit up will come Sunday against Portland.
Timberwolves' Kyle Anderson: Active versus Lakers
Anderson (illness) is available for Friday's game against the Lakers.
Anderson has been upgraded from probable to available Friday with a non-COVID illness. He is averaging 10.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 33.6 minutes across his last five outings.
Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Officially out Friday
Murray (injury management) will not play Friday against the Suns.
The Nuggets are essentially punting this game with Nikola Jokic (calf), Michael Porter (heel) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (illness) all being held out. With so many key players out, the Nuggets will need a lot from Bruce Brown. Christian Braun and Ish Smith are likely to be heavily involved as well.
Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Good to go
Towns (calf) will play and start in Friday's matchup with the Lakers, Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com reports.
Towns saw his status go from probable to questionable prior to Friday's game, so he was seemingly trending in the wrong direction. However, that is no longer the case, and he figures to take on his usual role. The star big man his played over 30 minutes in his two previous games.
Timberwolves' Anthony Edwards: Good to go Friday
Edwards (illness) is available for Friday's game versus the Lakers.
Edwards has been upgraded from probable to available Friday with a non-COVID illness. The star guard is averaging 23.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 34.6 minutes across his last 10 outings.
Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Will not play Friday
Jokic (calf) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Suns.
The Nuggets have been very clear that they will be cautious with Jokic at this point in the season, so he'll miss his second straight game Friday evening. Jamal Murray (knee), Michael Porter (heel) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (illness) will all be held out as well. With Jokic out, guys like Thomas Bryant and Zeke Nnaji will have a big opportunity to step up for Denver.
Lakers' Anthony Davis: Gets green light
Davis (foot) will play in Friday's game at Minnesota, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Davis has routinely been drawing probable tags and ultimately playing through them. Barring any setbacks, the big man will presumably take on his usual workload. He has averaged 26.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists across 36.7 minutes in his previous six games.
Hawks' Saddiq Bey: Moves into starting lineup
Bey will start versus the Nets on Friday according to Brad Rowland of the Locked On Podcast Network.
De'Andre Hunter (left knee swelling) is sitting this one out for the Hawks. Hunter usually plays a ton of minutes for Atlanta, so this will be a great opportunity for Bey to see plenty of usage and shots. Bogdan Bogdanovic, AJ Griffin and Jalen Johnson are also candidates to see increased run.
Cavaliers' Raul Neto: Available to play
Neto (hamstring) is available for Friday's game against the Knicks, Danny Cunningham of 850 ESPN Cleveland reports.
Despite Neto's availability, there is no guarantee he sees the floor in Cleveland's crowded backcourt.