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Joel Embiid

Will go through pre-game routine Embiid is officially listed as questionable due to the same injury that kept him sidelined for two months of the regular season, but barring a notorious setback during his pre-game routine, he's expected to be available and handle his regular workload. Embiid is averaging 29.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks across 31.8 minutes per game in the six games he's played in since returning to the hardwood.

Kyle Anderson

Questionable to return Saturday Anderson returned to the bench but headed back to the locker room as he was still in pain, and it remains to be seen if he'll make it back to the court. If he's not able to return, then Naz Reid and Nickeil Alexander-Walker could be in line for more minutes off the bench.

Luke Kornet

Out for series opener Sunday Kornet gives the Celtics size down low, but he wasn't expected to play heavy minutes off the bench as long as Kristaps Porzingis and Al Horford are healthy. Kornet averaged 5.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks across 15.6 minutes per game in 63 regular-season appeaeances.

Kyle Anderson

Heads to locker room Saturday Anderson looked in pain after a foul and was seen grabbing his right hip before heading to the locker room to be checked by a trainer. The Timberwolves would lose one of their best on-ball defenders if he's unable to return to the contest.

Tim Hardaway

Questionable for Sunday Hardaway will join the Mavericks in Los Angeles ahead of Sunday's Game 1 versus the Clippers, and the veteran sharpshooter has been dealing with an injury for a few days now, so the questionable tag is not surprising. Hardaway averaged a meager 8.0 points per game while shooting 35.8 percent from the field in eight April appearances.

Kawhi Leonard

Increasing doubt for Game 1 According to Wojnarowski, there is increasing doubt in regards to Leonard's potential availability. While he has not officially been cleared, it looks like he would need a quick turnaround at this point. Should the star forward ultimately not get the green light, Paul George and James Harden would presumably carry more of an offensive burden, while P.J. Tucker and Amir Coffey would presumably see increased minutes. More light figures to be shed on Leonard's status closer to game time.

Duncan Robinson

Questionable for Game 1 Robinson returned from a four-game absence to Friday's Play-In victory over the Bulls and recorded eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds and one assist across 12 minutes. His status for Sunday's season opener in Boston will presumably depend on how his back is feeling closer to tip-off. With Jimmy Butler (knee) and Terry Rozier (neck) sidelined, Robinson could see a healthy workload if his health is up to par.

Isaac Okoro

Back to bench Okoro got a spot-start in Cleveland's final game of the regular season. However, Darius Garland (back) and Donovan Mitchell (knee) are both good to go, so Okoro will return to his usual role off the bench.

Wendell Carter

Coming off bench Carter was nursing back issues heading into the playoffs and also came off the bench in Orlando's regular season finale. He was not on the injury report heading into Game 1, so it is unclear if the decision has anything to do with his back. Jonathan Isaac will again start at center in his place.

Jonathan Isaac

Starting Game 1 The Magic will start the season the same way the ended it, as Isaac has replaced Wendell Carter in the starting lineup. The latter was nursing back pain towards the end of the regular season, so it remains unclear if this is simply injury related or a decision on Orlando's part to keep Isaac in the starting lineup going forward. The 26-year-old averaged 6.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.5 blocks across 17.0 minutes in two starts this season.

Terry Rozier

Considered week-to-week While Rozier has not officially been ruled out for Game 1 yet, that appears to be where things are trending. Fortunately, the neck injury is not considered career threatening. With Jimmy Butler (knee) also sidelined for the immediate future, Tyler Herro figures to be the primary beneficiary from an offensive workload perspective. The likes of Delon Wright, Patty Mills, Duncan Robinson, Caleb Martin and Jaime Jaquez also figure to benefit in some fashion. The possibility of a playoff sighting for Rozier will presumably depend on how long the Heat can stay afloat against the daunting Celtics.

Sam Merrill

No restrictions for Game 1 Merrill sat out the final three games of the regulear season due to a neck strain. Barring any setbacks, he should be available for his usual workload. The 27-year-old averaged 17.5 minutes per game during the regular season.

CJ McCollum

Disappears in Friday loss The Pelicans needed McCollum to be at his best Friday, as they were without Zion Williamson (hamstring) while Brandon Ingram was still not ready to handle his regular workload. However, and just like it happened in the first round of the Play-In Tournament against the Lakers, the veteran guard failed to come through and struggled to make an impact, posting a second consecutive single-digit scoring performance. McCollum still averaged 20.0 points per game in the regular season, but his Play-In showings were certainly below the expectations for a player of his caliber.

Jonas Valanciunas

Delivers double-double Friday Valanciunas was a non-factor in the loss against the Lakers in the first round of the Play-In Tournament, but he stepped up in a big way here, as the Pelicans were without Zion Williamson (hamstring). and posted his second double-double since the beginning of April. He ends the season with averages of 12.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game across 84 appearances, as he didn't miss a single game throughout the campaign. However, his statistical output suffered a marked regression for the second consecutive year, and his future with the Pelicans is not entirely clear for 2024-25 and beyond.

Brandon Ingram

Scores 24 in Play-In defeat Ingram was playing in only his third game since missing the final stretch of the regular season, and while he wasn't at his best, he stepped up when called upon duty in a game where New Orleans didn't have Zion Williamson (hamstring). Ingram finishes the 2023-24 season with averages of 20.7 points, 5.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game across 66 appearances between the regular season and the Play-In Tournament, making it the third straight campaign in which he averages at least 20 points, five assists and five rebounds per game.

De'Aaron Fox

Carries Sacramento to playoff berth Fox came through when the Kings needed him the most, and the star floor general sparked the team's second half comeback to secure a playoff berth -- and a matchup against the Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Even though Domantas Sabonis will make an impact on offense and Keegan Murray can be a valuable contributor in the scoring column, the Kings will live and die by Fox's performances, and they will go as far as the star guard can carry them. To note, Fox surpassed the 30-point plateau in two of his three appearances against the Thunder in the regular season.

Keegan Murray

Poor shooting display Friday Murray had to leave the game in the second quarter due to a hip problem, and even though he returned in the second half, he didn't look at his best -- and he was certainly not as good as he was against the Warriors in the previous round of the Play-In Tournament. Murray has scored 15 points or more in five of his last seven appearances and will be asked to play a prominent role on offense in the first-round series against the Thunder.

Domantas Sabonis

Close to triple-double Friday Sabonis seems to be extending his double-double streak into the postseason, and he stepped up in a game where the Kings needed him to be at his best, ending just three assists away from a triple-double. Sabonis is expected to be one of the Kings' go-to players in the first-round series against the Thunder, and it's worth noting he posted two triple-doubles in four appearances against OKC in the regular season.

Yuta Watanabe

Leaving NBA Watanabe announced the news during an Instagram Live session. Assuming he does not ultimately return to the NBA, the six-year veteran will bookend his career with stints in Memphis. Although, he only played five games for the team this year, as most of his season was spent in Phoenix. His most productive tenure came with the Nets during the 2022-23 season, where the forward averaged 5.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 triples across 16.0 minutes per game.

Duncan Robinson

Makes return in Play-In game Robinson missed the final four games of the regular season with left facet syndrome, but he was cleared to play in advance of the Heat's first game of the Play-In Tournament on Wednesday. He ultimately went unused in Wednesday's 105-104 loss to the 76ers, but a rotation spot opened up for Robinson on Friday with Jimmy Butler (knee) sidelined with an MCL sprain. Though Butler doesn't appear on track to return during the Heat's first-round playoff series with the Celtics, Robinson could be squeezed out of the rotation if the Heat get Terry Rozier (neck) back for Sunday's Game 1 in Boston.

Keegan Murray

Cleared to return Murray went to the locker room at the end of the first half with left hip soreness, but he's been cleared to return for the final two quarters of play. He'll be asked to play a big role down the stretch with the Kings facing a nine-point deficit.

Keegan Murray

Heads to locker room Murray appeared to slip on a wet spot on the court, and he was reportedly favoring his hip on the way to the locker room, per Sean Cunningham of Fox 40 Sacramento. Trey Lyles and Colby Jones would likely be asked to step up if Murray can't return.

Nikola Vucevic

Leads team with 14 boards Vucevic turned in a valiant effort in Friday's elimination game, but the Heat cruised to a big victory with the help of Tyler Herro and Jamie Jaquez. Vucevic was held in check offensively along with the rest of the Chicago squad, as the Bulls were held to 91 points on 38.0 percent shooting from the field. The 33-year-old closed the season with four consecutive double-doubles.

Javonte Green

Adds 12 points off bench Green led Chicago's bench with 12 points, but his effort wasn't enough to help his team advance to the opening round of the postseason. He finished the 2023-24 campaign on a high note by putting up 10 or more points in seven of eight appearances over his final month of action.

DeMar DeRozan

Solid showing in season-ending loss DeRozan did his part as his squad looked to advance to the opening round of the postseason, knocking down 50.0 percent of his tries from the field while contributing on the defensive end. He went on an impressive run to end the 2023-24 campaign, averaging 29.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals over his last six appearances.

Bam Adebayo

Slow yet efficient night Adebayo didn't have the type of performance one would expect in a big-time game, but he was calculated in his chances and enjoyed the show as Tyler Herro led the Heat to victory with a massive showing. Friday marked Adebayo's lowest rebounding total since April 10, so he'll need to get back on track on the glass during Miami's upcoming series against Boston to have a chance.

Kevin Love

Provides quality bench minutes Love didn't make much of an impact until the second half, and his veteran presence aided Miami in maintaining a big lead down the stretch. The 35-year-old totaled 11 points, six rebounds and one assist in eight second-half minutes. Love could see his role increase heading into the Heat's opening-round series against the Celtics given his extensive postseason experience.

Jaime Jaquez

Shines in starting role Jaquez had big shoes to fill as he entered the starting lineup in place of Jimmy Butler (knee), and he didn't disappoint. Friday marked his second time in four games scoring 20 or more points, and he did so with efficiency. Jaquez also packed the stat sheet with an impressive effort on the glass and as a distributor of the basketball The Heat will need to continue to lean on the rookie forward entering the team's opening-round series against Boston.

Tyler Herro

Wills team to victory Herro was the star of the show in this one, and while he didn't have a great shooting night by any means, he had a more controlled approach after knocking down nine of 27 attempts from the field Tuesday against the 76ers. The Kentucky product did much more than score in the win, falling just one assist shy of a triple-double. The Heat will need more performances like this from Herro heading into the team's opening-round series against the Celtics.