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Coach Rick Carlisle said that Dirk Nowitzki (sore left ankle) will be out at least two more weeks.

Dirk has already been ruled out of the Mavs' season opener, but this news means he will miss at least a few more games. "It’s going to be multiple weeks, I can tell you that. But there’s no soft or hard date. He’s doing better, but has not done any significant court work. We can update you in another ten days or so," said Rick Carlisle, who added that no further procedures are needed. It would seem the earliest Dirk could return is Sunday, October 28th vs. the Jazz. Unless you have an IR spot on your roster, it's probably best to avoid Dirk in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Oct 12 - 11:12 AM

Frank Ntilikina will start at small forward for the Knicks on Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas and Enes Kanter will round out the rest of the starting five. This is an interesting decision by coach David Fizdale, who said he chose to start Frank over Kevin Knox because of Ntilikina's strong play (especially on the defensive end) during training camp and the preseason. Frank's versatility, which enables him to play PG, SG or SF, increases his fantasy value, as it will lead to more minutes. Still, his upside is capped due to his raw and inefficient offensive game.
Oct 16 - 1:40 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich said that Rudy Gay (sore right heel) is good to go for the Spurs season-opener on Wednesday.

Gay was a full participant at Monday's practice, so it's no surprise that he's set to suit up on Wednesday. Gay averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 boards, 1.3 assists on 47.1% shooting in 21.6 minutes per game last season. He should see his playing time increase in 2018-19, as long as he can stay healthy.
Oct 16 - 12:46 PM

Allen Crabbe (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out of the Nets season opener Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

Crabbe initially injured his ankle last Monday's in a preseason game vs. the Pistons and had to be carried to the locker room. The x-rays came back negative but he was seen on crutches and hasn't been able to practice since. DeMarre Carroll is also sidelined by an ankle injury. Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Joe Harris will all see increased playing time on Wednesday night.
Oct 16 - 12:39 PM

Coach Kenny Atkinson said DeMarre Carroll will have a surgical procedure done on his right ankle on Tuesday.

Carroll injured his ankle last week and sat out the Nets final two preseason contests. Fortunately, Atkinson downplayed the injury. "I don’t think it’s a huge thing. It was something where we could go back and forth or get this thing cleaned up and get him feeling 100 percent," said Atkinson. However, the coach was unable to provide a timetable on Carroll's return. Allen Crabbe (ankle) has also been ruled out of Wednesday's season-opener. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris are the primary beneficiaries, and both are worth consideration in DFS formats on Wednesday.
Oct 16 - 12:37 PM

Updating a previous item, J.R. Smith (sore right elbow) is doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

Smith did not play in the team's preseason finale on Friday and missed practice Tuesday afternoon. He has been diagnosed with elbow soreness. Smith took an MRI which revealed no structural damage. If Smith remains sidelined, Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson could see an uptick in minutes on Wednesday. Smith can be dropped in standard leagues.
Oct 16 - 12:30 PM

Moe Harkless (sore left knee) remains questionable to suit up for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Lakers.

Harkless missed all five preseason games for Portland, and while he was able to get through most of Monday's practice, head coach Terry Stotts would not commit to having him available for Thursday's game. Harkless has indicated that he expects to be working with a minutes limit early on, and with limited upside, there's not much incentive to draft him anywhere.
Oct 15 - 5:50 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (right knee) looked "great" at Monday's practice.

KCP sat out the Lakers' final preseason game, but he practiced in full today and Luke Walton indicated he expects him to be good to go for the Lakers' regular-season opener on Thursday. Caldwell-Pope ran with the starters at practice, and while Walton said he'll be evaluating the starting group daily, it looks like KCP will open the year as the starting two-man in Los Angeles.
Oct 15 - 5:11 PM

Larry Nance (ankle) has reportedly reached a four-year, $45 million extension with the Cavs.

The Cavs clearly view Nance as a core to their future, so he should be heavily involved in the rotation this season. He is dealing with a sprained ankle and may not be ready to go by Wednesday, but he shouldn't be out long and remains a sneaky, late-round target.
Oct 15 - 5:06 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic (left knee) is hopeful to get back to the court for Sacramento's home game against Toronto on November 7.

Bogdanovic began light running today, so barring a setback, he should be able to make it back to the court in a little over three weeks from now. Buddy Hield, Frank Mason and Yogi Ferrell will pick up the slack while he's out, with Hield offering the most upside. Bogdanovic isn't the sexiest option out there, but at the very least, he should be able to churn out late-round value in standard leagues.
Oct 15 - 4:31 PM

Courtney Lee (neck) is doubtful to suit up for the Knicks' season opener against the Hawks on Wednesday.

"I want to get him a few more practices and some more conditioning and see how his body responds to all of this stuff first," said head coach David Fizdale when asked about Lee's status for opening night. Lee missed the entire preseason with the neck issue, and it's unclear what his role will be in New York this season, so he should remain on the waiver wire in most places.
Oct 15 - 4:27 PM

Devin Booker (right hand) will play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Mavericks.

Booker has been going through full-contact, 5-on-5 work for the past few practices, and he was able to keep up with his conditioning despite having his right hand briefly immobilized, so he should be ready to hit the ground running. The Suns didn't pick up a point guard after trading away Brandon Knight, so Booker will likely open the year as the starting PG in Phoenix, and it'll be fun to watch him go to work with Deandre Ayton.
Oct 15 - 4:09 PM




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