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Avery Bradley (ankle) practiced on Wednesday and head coach Stan Van Gundy is hopeful to have him available for Friday's preseason finale against the Bucks.

Whether or not Bradley plays in Friday's meaningless games, there's little doubt regarding his availability for the regular-season opener, so this minor injury shouldn't affect his draft stock. Bradley is going to be a focal point in Detroit's attack and is one of the more attractive value picks towards the middle rounds as a guy who has the potential to flirt with top-20 value.
Oct 12 - 12:32 PM

Frank Ntilikina turned his ankle at practice on Friday and needed help off the court.

We don't know the severity of the injury, but this obviously isn't great. Ntilikina was the third point guard in the rotation on Thursday and now he could miss Saturday's game against the Pistons. We'll have an update on him at some point, but it's going to be a while before he's a regular contributor.
Oct 20 - 3:53 PM

Rodney Hood is not at 100 percent yet, but will start against the Wolves on Friday.

His illness kept him out of the starting lineup and at just 18 minutes on Wednesday, but he should be able to get to minutes in the mid 20s today. Hood is fully expected to be the top perimeter scoring option with the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell got the start, but he played most of his minutes at point guard. Get Hood in your lineups for tonight.
Oct 20 - 3:32 PM

Denzel Valentine (knee) didn’t practice on Friday.

That's not a good sign and he is questionable for Saturday against the Spurs. Valentine played both wing spots off the bench with 26 total minutes, so he would be a key piece for this rotation. If he can't go, backup point guard Kay Felder would be busy in his time while David Nwaba would probably pick up most of the backup wing minutes.
Oct 20 - 3:26 PM

Alexis Ajinca underwent successful bilateral knee injections on Thursday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

He has been injured since Oct. 8 and missed some game action. Ajinca wasn't a lock to be in the rotation with Check Diallo playing minutes next to both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in the preseason, but Diallo only played one minute in the opener.
Oct 20 - 3:21 PM

Domantas Sabonis will start for Myles Turner (concussion, neck) on Friday against the Blazers and Saturday against the Heat.

He played 19 minutes in the opener with only about five minutes at power forward, so the Pacers are comfortable with him being the defensive backbone on an up-tempo team -- he is nowhere near the impact player Turner is, of course. Also, Al Jefferson lost a lot of weight this summer, so he likely gets in the rotation after not playing i the opener. If you want to add Sabonis for the weekend, he is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Oct 20 - 2:58 PM

Myles Turner (concussion, sore neck) will not play against the Blazers on Friday and Saturday against the Heat.

He is still dealing with symptoms of the concussion and he will move through the concussion protocol once he's symptom free. After apparently suffering an injury on a cross-screen play, Turner's neck injury got worse yesterday and now it would appear the medical staff diagnosed him with the concussion today. He did talk to the media after Wednesday's game, so the team probably didn't catch the concussion two days ago. With him out, Domantas Sabonis figures to get the start and should play minutes close to 30.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 20 - 2:51 PM

Tyler Ulis (thigh) is expected to play against the Lakers on Friday.

He was kneed in practice and he said he'll play in this home game. Ulis did actually get plenty of minutes next to Eric Bledsoe, so he could wind up getting minutes in the mid 20s after getting just 15 in the opener. Ulis is still more of a handcuff, but he could have value in deeper leagues.
Oct 20 - 2:36 PM

Hassan Whiteside (bone bruise in knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

Whiteside was a beast on Wednesday vs. Orlando, racking up 26 points and 22 rebounds. However, he bumped knees with Nikola Vucevic during the game. We don't yet know the severity of the injury or if Whiteside is expected to miss more than just one contest. The Heat could go in a number of different directions with Whiteside sidelined. If Miami stays with a traditional lineup, Bam Adebayo is the most likely candidate to draw the start at center. However, the Heat could also go small by shifting Kelly Olynyk to center and sliding James Johnson into the starting unit.
Oct 20 - 2:20 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) has been ruled out, but Zach Randolph (oral surgery) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. Dallas.

Z-Bo, who sat out the season opener on Wednesday, is expected to start alongside Willie Cauley-Stein on Friday. Skal Labissiere started in place of Randolph on Wednesday and tallied 12 points and 10 boards in 33 minutes. Skal will see less playing time with Z-Bo back in the mix. Kosta Koufos could also see his minutes reduced.
Oct 20 - 1:39 PM

Andre Iguodala (back) will play Friday against the Pelicans.

Draymond Green (knee) will also play on Friday, meaning the Warriors will have their full complement of weapons. Iggy's return will likely eat into Nick Young's minutes. Swaggy P poured in 23 points and knocked down six 3-pointers in the Warriors season opener. Patrick McCaw and Jordan Bell will also probably see fewer minutes off the Golden State bench.
Oct 20 - 1:00 PM

Stanley Johnson did not participate in morning shootaround and his status is uncertain for Friday night's game vs. the Wizards.

Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Johnson was dealing with back spasms at the end of Wednesday's game. Johnson struggled mightily in the season opener (0-for-13 from the floor), but did play a game-high 40 minutes. Thus, if he is sidelined, there will be plenty of playing time up for grabs. Jon Leuer would likely replace Johnson in the starting lineup and soak up most of those minutes. Henry Ellenson could see an uptick in playing time as well.
Oct 20 - 12:53 PM




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