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Tiago Splitter (back) will miss the preseason opener on Saturday.

Coach Gregg Popovich said he could return to Monday's practice. Splitter's back spasms caused him to miss Wednesday's scrimmage and limited him on Thursday. He dealt with back issues in the past and there's a chance he may deal with them during the season, too.
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 08:36:00 PM

Nerlens Noel will be available to make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Pistons.

Dec 10 - 1:02 PM

Joel Embiid (minor inflammation in right elbow) will not play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

Dec 10 - 1:01 PM

Gordon Hayward (finger) will play Saturday vs. the Kings.

Dec 10 - 12:59 PM

Andre Iguodala (rest) will not play Saturday vs. Memphis.

Dec 10 - 12:57 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle sprain) will Saturday vs. Orlando.

Mudiay missed Thursday's game due to the ankle issue. However, prior to spraining his ankle, Mudiay had been struggling mightily. In his last five games, Mudiay is averaging 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 turnovers in 25.2 minutes, while shooting a horrid 28.0 percent from the floor, 18.8 percent from downtown, and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. It is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction Saturday.
Dec 10 - 11:13 AM

Bismack Biyombo (sprained/strained shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Biyombo appeared to injure the shoulder on a block attempt in the second half on Friday night. He played only 16 minutes. Nikola Vucevic (back) and Jeff Green (ankle) are both questionable for Saturday as well, so the Magic frontcourt situation appears extremely muddled at the moment. If both Biyombo and Vucevic can't play Saturday, Serge Ibaka would be asked to play all the minutes he could possibly handle. Orlando would also activate Stephen Zimmerman, and possibly start him at center.
Dec 10 - 10:32 AM

Nikola Vucevic (lower back contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Vucevic injured his back on Friday night in a bad spill after being undercut by Roy Hibbert. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Jeff Green (ankle) are also questionable, so there is a chance the Magic's frontcourt will be extremely shorthanded on Saturday. Check back for an official update closer to game time. If both Vucevic and Biyombo are out, Serge Ibaka would play all the minutes he could handle and Orlando would also likely be forced to play Stephen Zimmerman and/or Arinze Onuaku.
Dec 10 - 10:24 AM

Toronto believes Kyle Lowry's heavy usage and minutes per game average is a "big concern."

Lowry has played more minutes (859) than any player in the NBA thus far this season. "It’s a big concern. We watch it. We try to keep it down as much as we can, but at the same time we’re trying to win games," coach Dwane Casey said. Lowry agrees, even though he’s not thrilled about the possibility of extended rest down the line. "We’ve been trying to cut my minutes down," Lowry said. "Whenever [the coaches] want me to sit down I’ma do it, but right now I love to play the game of basketball, man." The problem is Lowry has been so good, it's difficult to sit him when he's clearly healthy.
Dec 10 - 9:55 AM

Hassan Whiteside told reporters he hurt his left knee in the second quarter of Friday night's loss to Cleveland.

The injury doesn't seem overly serious, as Whiteside was able to start the third quarter. However, coach Erik Spoelstra benched him less than three minutes into the second half. Whiteside didn't get back in the game until the fourth quarter. Spo downplayed the issue with Whiteside's knee and said the benching had more to do with lack of effort and intensity. The Heat play Saturday in Chicago, so we should have an update soon. It seems unlikely at this point that Whiteside would miss any time, but if he does Willie Reed would be the biggest beneficiary.
Dec 10 - 9:12 AM

Lou Williams scored 35 points on 10-of-19 shooting in Friday's 119-115 loss to the Suns, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and six triples in 35 minutes.

The Lakers have lost five straight games, but Williams has been one of the hottest players in the league in that span, averaging 30.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.4 treys on 48.9 percent shooting. The Lakers could get Nick Young (calf) back as soon as Monday's game vs. the Kings, so Williams' value should trend down a bit.
Dec 10 - 1:46 AM

Carmelo Anthony started hot during a 103-100 win over the Kings on Friday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers

He scored 15 points in the first quarter and eight in the second to get the ball rolling. After Melo failed to go to the line on Wednesday, he made an extra effort to get there tonight and converted a season-high 12 shots from there. Anthony still hasn't quite hit his stride from an efficiency standpoint while his boards, dimes and steals are all down from last year, but his fantasy owners can't complain. He gets a great matchup against the Lakers on Sunday.
Dec 10 - 1:43 AM




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