Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said “the plan” is to bump Klay Thompson’s minutes up on Sunday. Not much. Maybe from 20 to about 24. But Kerr said it was important to see Klay play 10 straight third quarter minutes yesterday.
Anthony Slater: Klay Thompson’s minute totals will stay around the same in Memphis tonight, per Steve Kerr. He won’t play on both sides of the upcoming Milwaukee, Chicago back to back. Warriors haven’t decided which side he will rest.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr said “my guess” is Klay Thompson will play around 15-20 minutes in his return and “there’s a good chance” they’ll rest him on one side of back-to-backs as he gets back into the flow.
Aaron J. Fentress: Damian Lillard is out for Monday’s game against Atlanta. Managing his abdominal injury. Robert Covington and Anfernee Simons are no longer in protocols. #RipCity
Marc Stein: Luka Dončić, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber are all expected to return to the lineup for Dallas tonight in Oklahoma City, sources say. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (in protocols) is out and we await final word on Lu Dort (questionable/knee) and Kristaps Porzingis (doubtful/rest).
Andrew Greif: Ty Lue said Marcus Morris Sr. will have a minutes restriction in his return from covid protocols vs. Brooklyn.
Joe Mussatto: Derrick Favors (rest) is out tonight in Phoenix. Mike Muscala rested on the front end of the back-to-back. Favors is resting on the back end.
Scott Agness: Rockets guard Jalen Green, the 2021 second-overall pick, will play tonight vs the Pacers. But since it’s first game in a month, he is on a minutes restrictions. Rockets played last night in Milwaukee.
Harrison Faigen: Fizdale, asked if he has any concern about LeBron's minutes "LeBron don't give us a choice, what you talking 'bout?" Says LeBron always wants to be out there, and that he's in such good shape that Fiz doesn't worry about it.
Andrew Greif: Ty Lue says the Clippers know they won't be able to count on Paul George playing 10-12 minutes straight tonight in his first game since Dec. 6, said they'll watch his minutes carefully.
Sarah K. Spencer: Nate McMillan said that Onyeka Okongwu will be worked back gradually, which makes sense, since the only 5-on-5 he's done has been with the G League. Will start out on a minute restriction. "He'll have to work himself into shape and the chemistry with that second unit again."
Anthony Slater: Draymond Green hinted at an expected rest night in Toronto on Saturday for the veterans. Steve Kerr said no official decision has been made, but seems like Warriors are leaning toward sitting Curry/Draymond/maybe others against Raptors.
Chase Hughes: Spencer Dinwiddie will rest for tonight's game against the Suns, as he usually does on the second night of a back-to-back, the Wizards announced.
Anthony Slater: Otto Porter is resting tonight. No other surprises on the Warriors’ injury report. Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala are all playing against the Knicks.
Adam Spolane: Stephen Silas says Eric Gordon will likely sit one of the games of the Rockets back-to-back with Cleveland and New York this week.
Sarah K. Spencer: Nate McMillan said Cam Reddish is not on a minute restriction tonight. Reddish will come off the bench.
Jim Owczarski: George Hill will not play on consecutive days for the #Bucks as he returns from a hyperextended right knee - he's out tonight vs. the #Celtics. DeMarcus Cousins is probable to play with a hip bruise.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala on his right knee, which forced him to miss 11 games recently (plus tomorrow vs Pacers): “Wasn’t any structural damage. Just 1,200 games of high intensity, running the way I run, just kind’ve caught up with you.” pic.twitter.com/htHVhzwtNE
Anthony Slater: All the Warriors’ veterans are expected to play in Indianapolis tomorrow, including Steph Curry and Draymond Green. Had been discussion of them resting, but they won’t.
I'm told that the Warriors, though, are strongly weighing a night of rest for Curry on Monday in the first half of Golden State's Indiana/New York back-to-back against the Pacers. That approach would significantly increase the odds that the league’s current MVP favorite passes Allen in his lone MSG appearance of the season in Tuesday night’s date with the Knicks.
Kristian Winfield: Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge will return to the Nets for tomorrow’s matchup against the Hawks.
Ajayi Browne: “They’ve had a lot of minutes recently — It was an opportunity to get a little rest.” ⁃Steve Nash on resting Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Dave Early: "I know people may be concerned about my minutes and I got injured before and all this extra s--t....But I might play 48 tomorrow, just cause, give you something to talk about." -Kevin Durant on how many minutes he's been playing lately.
Josh Robbins: Spencer Dinwiddie will start tonight against the Raptors and, as expected, will be held out of Monday’s game in Indianapolis on the second night of a back-to-back as the Wizards continue to be careful with him 11 months post-knee surgery, Wes Unseld Jr. said.
Eric Nehm: DeMarcus Cousins is listed as OUT for tonight's game in Toronto. The reason given is "return to competition reconditioning". Lopez, DiVincenzo and Ojeleye are all listed as OUT as well. George Hill is listed as probable with a right knee hyperextension.
Chris Haynes: Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard (abdominal pain) is expected to rest tonight against the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Vivek Jacob: Nick Nurse says there is still a bit of injury management to be done with Yuta Watanabe so there is a minutes restriction as well as a shift restriction. Can't play for an extended period of time currently.
Justin Grasso: Danny Green will continue to come off the bench tonight, per Doc Rivers. Green’s still on a minutes restriction but his minutes will slightly increase #Sixers
Tony Jones: Mike Conley is on track to play in the back end of a back to back for the first time this season. Pretty strong message to how much this team is trying to shake it’s slump
Quinton Mayo: Wizards point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (rest) will not play tonight vs. Dallas Mavericks, I’m told. Wes Unseld Jr. said yesterday he expected Dinwiddie to be out but the final decision hadn’t been made.
KC Johnson: Speaking from Houston via Zoom, Billy Donovan said Nikola Vucevic will be on a minutes restriction as he returns from missing 7 games in health and safety protocols. Vucevic will play “shorter stints” as he tries to regain game conditioning.
Chris Fedor: I’m hearing #Cavs Lauri Markkanen, in his first game back from health and safety protocols tonight, will play around 25-28 minutes. Somewhere in that range. The plan is to limit how long his stretches are.
Kelsey Russo: #Cavs J.B. Bickerstaff said Kevin Love is available tonight. He is also on a minutes restriction since this is his first game back.
Will Guillory: Brandon Ingram will no longer be under a minutes restriction, per Willie Green. Green says he plans on bumping Ingram's minutes up tonight. It's something he's been working toward the past few days.
Brady Hawk: Erik Spoelstra on Kyle Lowry sitting out tonight: "The schedule is pretty intense...Those back to back games, we were going for the win in both of those. Then there was a quick turnaround in Utah."
Marc J. Spears: Heat say Jimmy Butler (ankle) & Marcus Garrett (wrist) are both available to play in tonight's game vs the Pelicans. Bam Adebayo (knee), Kyle Lowry (rest) and Markieff Morris (neck) have all been ruled out.
Anthony Slater: Some notable Warriors injury news: Steph Curry is questionable tomorrow in Cleveland with a left hip contusion, Andre Iguodala is out with left hip injury management. Rest day for Iguodala. It’s front end of back-to-back.
Joe Mussatto: Mike Muscala (rest) is out tonight against the Nets. Not unexpected given the back-to-back. He should be available tomorrow against the Heat.
Eric Koreen: Nurse isn’t sure whether Siakam will play on Thursday in Philly, but he’s in tomorrow. Khem Birch will not play in either game.
Walker said afterward there’ll be more rest nights, though he wouldn’t go as far as saying he’s not going to play any full back-to-backs. “It’s a long year,” Walker said. “I’m not gonna play every game. I feel great. It worked out. I want to try to stay as healthy as I can. The healthiest guys win games. It was definitely my call.”
Stefan Bondy: Thibodeau says Kemba Walker is playing — Nerlens and Mitchell are game time decisions.
Anthony Slater: Otto Porter is out tonight against the Hawks on second night of back to back. Warriors listing it as left foot injury management. Andre Iguodala is back.
Marc Berman: Thibodeau didn’t guarantee Kemba Walker is playing tomorrow vs. Sixers either but that might be a injury protocol thing.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala is out for the Warriors tomorrow, sitting on front side of back-to-back against the Rockets. Warriors play the Hawks on Monday.
Keith Langlois: Dwane Casey says all restrictions on Cade Cunningham - minutes, back to backs - have been lifted. Pistons host 76ers tonight, Nets tomorrow night.
Tim Bontemps: 76ers coach Doc Rivers says Joel Embiid getting tonight off isn’t about his knee. He said it was instead a planned rest day after looking at the schedule. Embiid has been listed with right knee soreness the past several games. He wasn’t listed on it today before being ruled out.
Ramona Shelburne: Embiid had an MRI on his sore right knee over the weekend which revealed no concerns, according to sources. Sitting this game is for rest, since Sixers have packed schedule. He’s expected back on Wednesday.
Aaron J. Fentress: It was just announced that Joel Embiid (rest) is out for Philadelphia tonight against Portland.
Quinton Mayo: Nets injury report vs. Wizards: Bruce Brown is probable (calf) LaMarcus Aldridge is out (rest)
Brad Townsend: Jason Kidd says the term “load management” has not once come up in regard to Kristaps Porzingis. “The answer is, ‘I don’t know,’ he added when asked if Porzingis will be load managed. Sounds like it will be situational, but Mavs aren’t entering season with plan to load-manage.
Jared Weiss: Ime Udoka confirms Al Horford will play back-to-backs this year: "Definitely is something we discussed and we're already looking at scheduling a little bit. But like I mentioned before, Al’s come in in great shape and means a lot to the team."
Sarah K. Spencer: Hawks injury report for preseason game at Miami: Clint Capela (left Achilles injury management) is out. Kevin Huerter (left ankle injury management) is out. De’Andre Hunter (right knee injury management) is out. Onyeka Okongwu (right shoulder surgery rehabilitation) is out.
Ryan Wolstat: The Raptors are back! Injury report for Oct. 4 v PHI: Gary Trent Jr (left quad soreness) is QUESTIONABLE; Chris Boucher (left middle finger dislocation); Khem Birch (health and safety protocols) and Pascal Siakam (injury rehabilitation) are OUT.
Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel on Lakers preseason: "Our main guys are not going to play all the games." Said "it'll be nice" to get "two games" with his stars on the floor.
Ben Anderson: Donovan Mitchell on the idea of potentially resting games at times during the season. "I'm all for ways for us to stay healthy." Said he might not have felt that way before last season. @KSLSports | #TakeNote
Michael Singer: Nikola Jokic on possibly load managing: “I think it’s a smart thing.” Said he trusts the staff and trainers and thinks it’s a good idea if it’ll help him avoid injuries. Good q, @Vinny Benedetto.
Thibodeau’s plan for a Walker/Derrick Rose point guard tandem will be of much intrigue since Rose, too, is injury prone after multiple knee surgeries. Thibodeau is expected to talk Tuesday and provide clues as to whether he might split the 48-minute game between the two former All-Stars. It’s unclear if Leon Rose will break his one-year media silence. Load management — an idea Thibodeau detests — may finally reign at the Garden in 2021-22. Walker didn’t play back-to-backs last season for Boston and was forced to miss the final two playoff games against the Nets because of knee pain.
Mirjam Swanson: Ty Lue on the Clippers' "aggressive rest" -- love @Law Murray's term -- down the stretch: "I don't give a damn what anyone else thinks." "We finally got everyone healthy."
January 17, 2022 | 7:13 pm EST Update
Paul Garcia: “He’s been out for a long time, I mean a really long time. He needs his rhythm to come back to feel comfortable.” – Coach Pop on Zach Collins playing in the G-League as he gets ready to return from his injury. Pop says he was just watching some of Collins’ game with Austin
Tom Orsborn: Pop indicated that D White will continue to come off the bench – at least until Tre Jones returns from health and safety protocols. “Tre is not here, so we need that backup point,” Pop said.
Serena Winters: Isaac Okoro on how much pride he takes on the defensive end: “I take a lot of pride in that. Ever since I was young, I learned that was the only way I was going to get on the court was by playing defense… If I’m locking somebody up, I’m happy.” – @Isaac Okoro
January 17, 2022 | 7:08 pm EST Update
Josh Lewenberg: Halfway point of the season for the Raptors tonight. Nurse said that this has been the most challenging of his 4 years as an NBA head coach so far, lots of ups and downs. “There’s some stark downs, man, and it’s been a battle to pick everybody up, or pick yourself up.”