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Date Player
10/23/2017 Frank Ntilikina, NY, PG
Ntilikina has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Celtics with a sprained left ankle.

Analysis: The No. 8 overall pick is still looking for his first NBA point after playing just eight minutes through two games.
10/23/2017 Ersan Ilyasova, Atl, F
Ilyasova will miss Monday's game against the Heat with a strained left knee.

Analysis: Ilyasova has averaged just five points in three starts for the Hawks.
10/23/2017 Eric Bledsoe, Pho, G
Bledsoe was sent home, will not play in Monday night's game against the Kings and likely has played his final game for the team, general manager Ryan McDonough told reporters. The Suns met with Bledsoe before a shootaround Monday morning and he left at the end of the discussion. McDonough is actively engaged with several teams in trade talks for Bledsoe, according to multiple reports.

Analysis: The meeting occurred a day after the Suns fired coach Earl Watson. Bledsoe summed up his frustration in a tweet before the announcement of the coaching change surfaced: "I Dont wanna be here." Bledsoe later tried to put that tweet in context, although McDonough wasn't buying the excuse. "He said he was at a hair salon. ... I didn't believe that to be true," McDonough said. "He won't be with us going forward." Bledsoe is averaging 15.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3 assists.
10/23/2017 Tyreke Evans, Mem, G-F
Evans is questionable for Monday's game because of a knee issue.

Analysis: Evans has totaled 23 points on 37.5 percent shooting in two games.
10/23/2017 Juancho Hernangómez, Den, F
Hernangomez is questionable for Monday's game against the Wizards with an illness.

Analysis: He has played a limited role off the bench this season and has logged only 13 total minutes.
10/23/2017 Sean Kilpatrick, Bkn, G
Kilpatrick (personal) will miss Tuesday's game against the Magic.

Analysis: Kilpatrick has yet to play this season and shouldn't be considered a fantasy option.
10/22/2017 James Johnson, Mia, F
James Johnson scored 14 points Saturday, going 5 of 10 from the field, as the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Johnson pulled down four rebounds and dished out eight assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +3 in his 29:44 on the floor. He added five blocks. Johnson went 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

Analysis: With Hassan Whiteside out with a bruised knee, Johnson took over as Miami's defensive post presence by finishing one block shy of a single-game high. The versatile forward has grabbed eight rebounds in each of the Heat's first two games as well, though he'll need a few other injuries to become anything more than a complementary scorer.
10/22/2017 Goran Dragic, Mia, G
Goran Dragic scored 23 points Saturday, going 9 of 13 from the field, as the Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Dragic grabbed five rebounds and had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -1 in his 32:09 of playing time. Dragic went 2 of 2 from 3-point range.

Analysis: After going 6 of 17 from the field in Wednesday's season opener, Dragic was on fire on a night the Heat needed him to be. The Slovenian averaged 20.3 points per game last season and figures to remain one of the league's better scoring point guards.
10/22/2017 Kelly Olynyk, Mia, F-C
Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points Saturday, going 5 of 10 from the field, as the Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Olynyk pulled down nine rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -3 in his 27:19 of playing time. He added one block and two steals. Olynyk went 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Analysis: The former Celtic is usually good for around 10 points and five rebounds as a bench option in Boston, and so far it's been mostly more of the same with a move to South Beach. He has delivered pretty solid all-around numbers through two games with the Heat, having tallied 23 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.
10/22/2017 Dion Waiters, Mia, G-F
Dion Waiters scored 19 points Saturday on 8-of-16 shooting as the Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Waiters grabbed one rebound and dished out two assists, tallying a plus-minus of -1 in his 32:36 of playing time. He added one block and two steals. Waiters went 2 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Waiters has now totaled 34 points through the Heat's first two games, mostly because he's hit 12 of 21 shots from inside the arc. He's just 3 for 12 on 3-point tries, though, after connecting at a career-best 39.5 percent success rate last season. The streaky guard generally doesn't contribute too much in other categories, though he's had two steals in each of the first two contests.
10/22/2017 Tyler Johnson, Mia, G
Tyler Johnson scored nine points Saturday, going 4 of 9 from the field, as the Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Johnson pulled down three rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +5 in his 26:17 on the floor. He added two blocks. Johnson went 1 of 4 from behind the arc.
10/22/2017 Josh Richardson, Mia, G
Josh Richardson scored 12 points Saturday, going 4 of 8 from the field, as the Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Richardson pulled down eight rebounds and had four assists, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 37:34 of playing time. He added one block. Richardson went 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
10/22/2017 Justise Winslow, Mia, F
Justise Winslow scored six points Saturday on 3-of-8 shooting as the Miami Heat topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Winslow grabbed six rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +2 in his 25:27 of playing time. He added one block and one steal.
10/22/2017 Jordan Mickey, Mia, PF
Jordan Mickey scored eight points Saturday, going 4 of 5 from the field, as the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 112-108. Mickey grabbed six rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +6 in his 13:30 of playing time.
10/22/2017 Greg Monroe, Mil, F-C
Greg Monroe went scoreless Saturday on 0-of-3 shooting as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 113-110. Monroe did not grab a rebound nor have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -3 in his 6:44 on the floor.

Analysis: After getting around 17 minutes in each of Milwaukee's first two games, Monroe was largely affixed to the bench in this one. Though still a capable low-post scorer and rebounder, he's become more and more obsolete by the year in today's small-ball, perimeter-oriented NBA.
10/22/2017 DeAndre Liggins, Mil, G-F
DeAndre Liggins went scoreless Saturday, going 0 of 2 from the field, as the Milwaukee Bucks topped the Portland Trail Blazers 113-110. Liggins grabbed one rebound and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +10 in his 18:24 on the floor. He added one block.
10/22/2017 John Henson, Mil, F-C
John Henson scored seven points Saturday, going 3 of 5 from the field, as the Milwaukee Bucks topped the Portland Trail Blazers 113-110. Henson pulled down nine rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +11 in his 24:05 of playing time. He added three blocks.
10/22/2017 Khris Middleton, Mil, G-F
Khris Middleton scored 18 points Saturday, going 6 of 13 from the field, as the Milwaukee Bucks topped the Portland Trail Blazers 113-110. Middleton grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +1 in his 29:57 of playing time.

Analysis: While the 18 points represent a season high, Middleton surprisingly attempted just one 3-pointer and is 1 for 11 from beyond the arc while averaging 13.7 points through Milwaukee's first three games. Normally among the league's better perimeter threats, he seems to be lacking a bit of confidence in his outside shot during the early going.
10/22/2017 Matthew Dellavedova, Mil, G
Matthew Dellavedova scored two points Saturday, going 1 of 5 from the field, as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 113-110. Dellavedova pulled down two rebounds and dished out four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -1 in his 16:01 of playing time.
10/22/2017 Tony Snell, Mil, G-F
Tony Snell scored 17 points Saturday on 7-of-8 shooting as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 113-110. Snell pulled down two rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -3 in his 34:29 of playing time. He tacked on one steal. Snell went 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Analysis: The defensive specialist made the most of his limited shooting opportunities to finish in double figures for the first time in Milwaukee's first three games of the season. Though an efficient scorer, Snell still usually won't generate much fantasy value in his stopper's role.
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