Ersan Ilyasova has been suspended one game for punching Reggie Evans on Wednesday.
He will serve that suspension tonight against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. Ilyasova gave Evans an unnecessary shove in an ugly loss and the suspension is certainly warranted. With Ilyasova out, the Bucks will likely go with more Jeff Adrien and John Henson tonight. Henson might not be able to play bigger minutes since he's been a bit lead-footed, so Adrien might get the bigger chunk of minutes. The video of the infraction is attached in the link below.
Nerlens Noel has started going through 1-on-1 workouts in his rehab.
"He's slowly doing a little more physical stuff," coach Brett Brown said. "He's slowly doing a little more and you can play him against another body. I highlight the word `slowly' and I highlight the word `cautiously,' but he's doing it." Noel still doesn't have a timetable to return, but taking on contact is a big step. He's not worth stashing in most leagues despite the complete mess at center for the Sixers.
C.J. Watson (elbow) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.
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It'll be his second straight game out of the lineup and the Pacers will throw Donald Sloan in the rotation again tonight. They also used a backcourt of Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson on Wednesday, but Turner probably won't have garbage time to help his stats again.