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Bogdan Bogdanovic (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Oct 21 - 1:59 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Rodney Hood's MRI revealed a minor calf strain and Hood is considered day-to-day.

Oct 21 - 1:57 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said the Rockets will hold out Chris Paul until his knee is "completely well."

"It wasn't responding as quickly as we wanted," D'Antoni said. "We're going to hold him out until it's completely well. There really is no timetable on it. We're going to make sure it's 100 percent well. It is hard to put a timetable on it. If it is (a month-long absence) it is." This confirmes the ESPN report that CP3 will likely be sidelined 2-to-4 weeks. The Rockets will be cautious with Paul, as their primary focus is making sure he is as close to 100 percent as possible in April and May.
Oct 21 - 1:49 PM

DeMar DeRozan (illness) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup with the Sixers.

Game notes designations should always be taken with a grain of salt, so we'll have to wait until coach Dwane Casey addresses the media to see if DeRozan is in real danger of missing tonight's game. If DeRozan is unable to play, C.J. Miles would likely be inserted into the starting lineup. Norm Powell would see extended minutes and increased scoring opportunities. OG Anunoby might also see an uptick in playing time.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 21 - 1:34 PM

Denzel Valentine (knee) went through shootaround but will be a game-time decision Saturday vs. the Spurs.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said Valentine is still dealing with some pain in his knee. Valentine logged 26 minutes off the bench in the Bulls season opener on Thursday. There wouldn't be just one primary fantasy beneficiary if he is unable to suit up. His minutes would likely be divvied up between Quincy Pondexter, David Nwaba and Kay Felder.
Oct 21 - 1:31 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) practiced with the Hornets on Saturday.

Kidd-Gilchrist had been away from the team for almost two weeks, as he dealt with an undisclosed, excused personal situation. Charlotte's next game is Monday vs. Milwaukee. It is unknown if MKG will be ready to suit up for that contest. Dwayne Bacon started each of the Hornets first two games, averaging 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game. Bacon will be bumped back to the bench once Kidd-Gilchrist is ready to play starter's minutes.
Oct 21 - 1:22 PM

Markieff Morris (hernia) was able to participate in Saturday's practice with light contact.

Morris is making gradual progress as he works his way back from sports hernia surgery. On Thursday, coach Scott Brooks said Morris is close to returning to full-contact practice, and it appears Morris is a bit ahead of schedule. His original target date was mid-November, but Morris may be able to return closer to the start of next month.
Oct 21 - 12:57 PM

Jason Smith (sprained right shoulder) was unable to practice on Saturday.

Smith was a game-time decision heading into Friday's game vs. the Pistons but ended up sitting out. The Wiz don't play again until Monday night, so Smith has a couple of days to recuperate. If he is unable to play Monday vs. the Nuggets, Kelly Oubre would likely draw another start, with Otto Porter starting at power forward once again.
Oct 21 - 12:51 PM

Joel Embiid expressed frustration in having to sit out back-to-back games.

The Sixers are sitting Embiid on Saturday after he logged 28 minutes vs. Boston on Friday night. Embiid says he understands why the team's medical staff and coaches want to limit his minutes, but it still bothers him. "I just want to feel like an NBA player," Embiid said. "I feel like I’m not an NBA player because I can’t play back-to-back." Embiid also voiced frustration over how he is being utilized, saying he "didn’t get the ball enough in the post." Embiid will look to unleash his anger Monday vs. the Pistons.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 21 - 12:18 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (rest) is with the team in Houston and will likely play Saturday vs. the Rockets.

The Mavs are in the middle of a stretch in which they play six games over nine days. According to Mavs beat reporter Eddie Sefko, Dirk "will surely sit some" during this stretch. It's certainly something to keep an eye on next week, as Dallas plays Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Dirk played 24 minutes on Friday and was on the bench late in the fourth quarter. He admitted he felt flat late in the game.
Oct 21 - 12:01 PM

Okaro White (shoulder) will be available to play Saturday vs. Indiana.

White suffered an injury to his left shoulder during the preseason and was sidelined for the Heat's season opener on Wednesday. With Hassan Whiteside (knee) unavailable on Saturday, White may see a bit more playing time than usual. However, it's not enough to warrant fantasy consideration in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 11:49 AM

Kyle Wiltjer has signed a contract with the Raptors G-League affiliate.

Wiltjer played well in the D-League last season, averaging 20.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 3-pointers in 35.9 minutes over 22 games. He'll need to impress in order to get a call up to the Raptors at some point this season.
Oct 21 - 11:45 AM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said A.J. Hammons (illness) is available to play Saturday vs. the Pacers.

Hammons is the team's third-string center but may be forced into limited action tonight, as Hassan Whiteside (knee) has been ruled out of the contest. However, Hammons is not on the fantasy radar even in deep leagues.
Oct 21 - 11:38 AM

Kris Dunn (finger) will not play Saturday vs. the Spurs but reportedly could be back as soon as next week.

Dunn's initial target return date was early November. However, Dunn had his stitches removed on Thursday and could be cleared for live contact by next Tuesday. Per Bulls reporter Sean Highkin, it's "possible" Dunn could return to game action as early as next week. Once he's back in the lineup, Dunn will split point guard minutes with Jerian Grant.
Oct 21 - 11:06 AM

The Nets announced that Jeremy Lin had successful surgery Friday morning to repair the ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Fortunately, Lin is expected to make a full recovery and should be fully healed by the start of training camp next October. It is still a brutal blow for the Nets. Among all returning players on the Nets roster from last season, Lin had the highest scoring average, assists, steals, PER and Win Shares per-48 minutes. Lin can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but will now likely pick up his $12.5 player option for the 2018-19 season.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 21 - 10:53 AM



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