Serge Ibaka Headshot

Ibaka managed 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt), five rebounds and one block across 33 minutes in Saturday's 115-109 loss to the Timberwolves.

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Ibaka played his customary complementary role on a night when the backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 41 shot attempts and 60 points. The veteran big man was the only other double-digit scorer on the starting five for Toronto, and his performance was a welcome bounce-back from a pair of games in which he'd put up single-digit shot attempts and point totals. Ibaka continues to serve as a solid mid-tier option at forward across all formats due to his serviceable scoring, rebounding and block numbers, although his usage will take the occasional dip due to the sizable offensive role of his aforementioned teammates.
DeMar DeRozan Headshot

DeRozan produced 20 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, three rebounds, three steals and one block across 34 minutes in Saturday's 115-109 loss to the Timberwolves.

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DeRozan ceded primary scoring responsibilities to backcourt mate and fellow superstar Kyle Lowry in the defeat, but he still managed to reach the 20-point mark for the fourth time in the last five games, a stretch that includes a 42-point effort. The nine-year veteran has been consistently solid with his shot since late December, as he's shot no less than Saturday's 43.8 percent and as much as 58.6 percent 10 of the last 12 contests. He's considerably stepped up his role as a facilitator as well, considering he's now dished out between four and eight assists in 11 of those outings, leading to a career-high average of 5.0 in that category over his first 45 games.
Martín Pérez (L) Headshot

Perez (elbow) believes he'll be available to pitch by Opening Day, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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Perez suffered a freak offseason injury in December that caused him to undergo surgery to repair a broken elbow. He was initially expected to miss the first month of the season but is now apparently well ahead of scheduled. "I am not going to miss any time. I have conviction I will be ready for the first day," Perez recently opined. The lefty is expected to throw his first bullpen session in the next week. Even barring a clean bill of health entering the 2018 season, Perez and his 4.43 career ERA likely aren't worthy of fantasy ownership outside of deeper formats.
Jaden Schwartz Headshot

Schwartz (ankle) is a full participant -- including contact -- in Sunday's practice, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Head coach Mike Yeo said that the last step before Schwartz can return is contact drills, so this is a great sign for fantasy owners and Blues fans alike, especially after Saturday's lethargic 5-2 loss to Arizona. The Blues' have struggled offensively and on the power play without Schwartz, and his next chance to suit up will be Tuesday against the Senators. If he does return, it's likely he slots onto a line with Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko, reuniting the line that terrorized the league until Schwartz' injury.
Tashaun Gipson Headshot

Gipson (foot) is expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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The foot injury limited Gipson's participation in practice throughout the week, ultimately garnering him a questionable designation Friday. While Gipson probably won't be at full strength Sunday, it sounds like he's moving around well enough to give it a go with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. An important member of an exceptional Jaguars secondary, Gipson started all 16 games at free safety during the regular season, finishing with 64 tackles (53 solo), seven pass breakups and four interceptions.
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry posted 40 points (14-25 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five rebounds and five assists across 34 minutes in Saturday's 115-109 loss to the Timberwolves.

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The All-Star point guard's scoring haul was a season-best figure and was a byproduct of his fifth game with at least 50.0 percent shooting in eight January contests. The 12-year veteran also drained multiple threes for the third consecutive outing and is now sporting a stellar 44.6 percent success rate from behind the arc in the current month. The hot hand from the field has helped lead to Lowry's best month of the season yet, as he's now averaging 21.3 points (on 44.3 percent overall shooting), 5.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals since the calendar flipped to 2018.
Tyler Cavanaugh Headshot

Cavanaugh was recalled from the G-League on Sunday, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Cavanaugh has now seen action in three games with the Hawks' G-League affiliate, averaging 19.3 points and 12.7 rebounds across 35.9 minutes. Despite being recalled, however, Cavanaugh has been a DNP-CD in four of Atlanta's last five games, so it appears he's outside the regular rotation and shouldn't be relied upon for fantasy purposes.
Mackensie Alexander Headshot

Alexander (ribs/illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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Despite failing to practice during the Vikings' final practice of the week, it appears Alexander will be able to gut it out with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Alexander, who typically sees most of his action in nickel or dime packages, played 34 snaps in last week's win over the Saints, recording one tackle and breaking up a pass.
Andrew Sendejo Headshot

Sendejo (concussion), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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Sendejo sustained the concussion during last Sunday's divisional-round win over the Saints, but after practicing in some capacity each day this week, it looks as though he's passed through all phases of the NFL's protocol for head injuries. The Vikings have yet to confirm as much, but Sendejo's absence from the inactive list the team will release approximately 90 minutes before the 6:40 p.m. EST kickoff would indicate the starting safety is good to go.
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