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Ricky Rubio (back, knee) will not travel with the Wolves for their two-game road trip that starts Wednesday in Utah.

Rubio's back is stiff, so the Wolves don't want to put him on a flight and then have him sit out. He wasn't going to play in the second half of the back-to-back thanks to his ACL rehab anyway. Rubio will rest up and aim to return for his usual 18-22 minutes in Saturday's home game against the Blazers. The news makes Luke Ridnour a good bet for 30-plus minutes in each of the next two games.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Delon Wright (right shoulder) is expected to miss a month with his dislocated shoulder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Just a few minutes ago, the Raptors announced Wright is not going to have surgery at this time, so it looks like the plan is for rehab to get him back up to speed in a month. The Raptors won't be in a rush to bring him back based on how this was his second right shoulder injury, but this is still terrific news for the combo guard. For the next month, Fred VanVleet, Pasal Siakam and OG Anunoboy will step up on the perimeter until Norman Powell (hip) gets back.
Nov 22 - 5:18 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo (right knee soreness) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

This is the same knee injury that bothered him over the summer and kept him out of EuroBasket. It sounds like it's just a precaution to sit him down and the Bucks are likely hopefully he will be back out there on Saturday. This game isn't in a back-to-back set either, so there is some reason to be concerned he's not out there. With him out, Eric Bledsoe should be very busy in his revenge game. Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton should also step up while DeAndre Liggins figures to get more minutes.
Nov 22 - 3:48 PM

Andre Drummond (dental implant) and Avery Bradley (groin tightness) did not practice on Wednesday, but both are expected to play Friday against the Thunder.

Drummond might not be able to gorge himself at Thanksgiving after the dental implant, but it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of missing Friday's game. Bradley's injury is slightly more concerning, but it sounds like his absence from Wednesday's practice was more precautionary than anything else. Check back for another update following Friday morning's shootaround.
Nov 22 - 1:42 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) said he felt good after going through shootaround and that he plans to play Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

KD showed up at Chesapeake Energy Arena 45 minutes prior to shootaround to get in some on-court work and was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, so he's essentially a lock to play tonight. With Durant back in the fold, Omri Casspi will head back to the bench and there won't be quite as many shots to go around for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Nov 22 - 1:15 PM

Trevor Booker (ankle) reportedly "worked pretty hard" at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. Pheonix.

Booker wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, and while it's encouraging that he was able to go hard at shootaround, it needs to be noted that Brooklyn often errs on the side of caution with injuries. He'll likely be a game-time call tonight, but if he's not able to give it a go, that would open up a lot of opportunity for Jarrett Allen. Stay tuned.
Nov 22 - 1:07 PM

Wilson Chandler (sore back) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game vs. Houston.

Chandler said he was 95 percent sure he'd take the court on Wednesday night after getting through Tuesday's practice without issue, so it's looking like the sore back will end up costing him just one game on the sidelines. His return to the floor will result in either Will Barton or Kenneth Faried heading back to the bench.
Nov 22 - 12:59 PM

Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said he'll be taking a game-by-game approach with the big man rotation sans Paul Millsap (wrist).

It doesn't sound like Malone is committed to using Kenneth Faried as the full-time starter while Millsap is out, and he certainly has plenty of options with a wealth of depth at the four-spot in Denver. Malone could go small by shifting Wilson Chandler to the four and starting Will Barton at the three, or he could give Juan Hernangomez or Trey Lyles some starts. Needless to say, this is a situation we'll be monitoring closely, but Hernangomez might be worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
Nov 22 - 12:53 PM

Zach LaVine (left knee surgery) was able to take some "light contact" during Monday's practice and is on track to make it back to the court by mid-December.

"There’s no real timeframe, I guess," Hoiberg said. "It’s really going to be on how he feels. We’ll try to do a little more every day with him. We did a little bit, got him some light contact [Monday] just to get the process started. He’ll be able to play a little 2-on-2 with not a lot of practice time these next 10 days." The Bulls will be bringing along LaVine slowly with his long-term health being their primary concern, but he has enough upside to warrant a stash in most leagues at this point.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 22 - 12:27 PM

Patrick Beverley underwent a surgical procedure on his right knee Wednesday and he will be out indefinitely.

We'll have a better idea on Beverley's potential return date once we know exactly what kind of surgical procedure he had, but he's guaranteed to be looking at a lengthy absence here and will be tough to hold in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot. Sindarius Thornwell will likely be the L.A.'s starting PG moving forward, but with averages of just 8.4 points, 1.4 triples, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game through five starts, he's basically just a deep league guy. Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will be getting all the run they can handle, with Williams offering the most upside.
Nov 22 - 11:48 AM

Joel Embiid (knee) was a full participant at shootaround and is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Blazers.

Embiid looked fine playing through a sore left knee on Monday, so there's no reason to believe he'll be taking the night off. On another note, Embiid recently spoke on if he's concerned about people going after him due to his constant trolling and he responded in typical Embiid fashion with: "I’m 7-2 and I’m a big dude, so I don’t think you wanna try me. And I’m African too. That’s the whole point of playing basketball. Having fun, go out there, have fun, kick someone’s a—, and just play."
Nov 22 - 11:39 AM

Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with a left wrist ligament injury and he's currently mulling over his options to determine the best course of treatment.

Both Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Millsap was set to undergo surgery and expected to miss 2-3 months, but it looks like surgical intervention hasn't officially been decided upon just yet. We'd advise on holding onto him until we have an official timetable and treatment option, but in the meantime, Kenneth Faried should be starting at the four with additional minutes falling to Juan Hernangomez and Trey Lyles. Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic should all see an uptick in usage as well.
Nov 22 - 11:32 AM




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