NBA Player News
Heat's Nikola Jovic: Not traveling with team
Jovic (back) didn't travel with the Heat for their upcoming two-game road trip.
Jovic, who hasn't played in an NBA game since Dec. 26, will remain sidelined for Tuesday's matchup in Toronto and Wednesday's contest in New York. His next chance to suit up will come Saturday against Dallas, but there's been no indication the rookie first-round pick is close to returning to game action.
Heat's Kyle Lowry: Listed as questionable
Lowry (knee) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Raptors according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Lowry's minutes have been held in check for the past five games as the Heat continue to exercise caution. Tuesday's game is the front end of a back-to-back set, so we could see Lowry sit out one of these games. Look for Gabe Vincent to pick up the slack if that's the case.
Kings' De'Aaron Fox: Available to play Monday
Fox (hamstring) is available to play Monday against Minnesota, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.
Fox was originally questionable, but he was a full participant at the team's morning shootaround and will give it a go Monday night. If the Kings win, they will advance to the postseason for the first time in 16 years. Davion Mitchell will likely head to the bench with Fox available.
Kings' De'Aaron Fox: Participates in shootaround
Fox (hamstring), who's officially listed as questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota, participated in the Kings' morning shootaround, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.
Fox was sidelined for Saturday's win over Utah due to a sore right hamstring, but he's trending in the right direction ahead of Monday's matchup. Before his absence, the lefty point guard appeared in nine straight games and averaged 23.6 points, 4.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes during that stretch.
76ers' Joel Embiid: Downgraded to out
Embiid (calf) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup against the Nuggets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Embiid attempted to participate in the 76ers' morning shootaround, but the team opted to shut him down as a precaution. The MVP candidates' absence will mark his first missed game since March 1, but there's been no indication that the issue will cause him to miss multiple contests. Embiid's next chance to suit up will arrive Wednesday against Dallas.
76ers' James Harden: Expected to play Monday
Jaden Shackelford: Solid performance in win
Shackelford finished with 21 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and two assists in 32 minutes during Thursday's 100-94 win over the Ignite.
Shackelford was able to get back on track against the Ignite, finishing as one of the leading scorers on an efficient clip. Expect him to continue to play at a high level as one of the main offensive weapons for the Blue.
76ers' Danuel House: Will play Monday
House (shoulder) said he'll play Monday against the Nuggets, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
House was a full participant at the morning shootaround and deemed himself ready for game action. However, James Harden (Achilles) is trending in the right direction too, and if he's cleared, House would likely be a fringe rotation player.
Clippers' Xavier Moon: Solid performance in loss
Moon finished with 27 points (11-20 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six assists and five rebounds in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 98-96 loss to the Memphis Hustle.
Once again, Moon put on a spectacular offensive performance by leading the team in points and three-pointers made. However, it wasn't enough to help Ontario secure the victory as they lost a close one to the Hustle.
Raptors' Will Barton: Unlikely to play Tuesday
Barton (ankle) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Heat, Blake Murphy of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Barton left Sunday's game after spraining his ankle and didn't practice Monday, so it's not surprising to see the veteran forward unlikely to play Tuesday. If Gary Trent (elbow) is also ruled out, Jeff Dowtin and Malachi Flynn would be candidates for increased roles in the backcourt.