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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

Aaron Gordon (sore left ankle) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. the Cavs.

Gordon initially injured his ankle in the Magic's season opener vs. Miami. He was a GTD for Friday's game as well and ended up sitting out, telling reporters that he would have hurt the team if he tried to play through the pain. Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to wait until just prior to tip-off before getting confirmation on his status. Jonathan Isaac started in place of Gordon Friday and tallied nine points and three dimes in 23 minutes. Nikola Vucevic had a monster night (41 points and 12 boards) as the focal point of the offense on Friday.
Oct 21 - 10:35 AM

Elfrid Payton (strained left hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Cleveland.

Payton injured the hamstring in Friday's game vs. Brooklyn and was unable to return for the second half. Hamstring injuries can linger if not fully healed, so it's safe to assume the Magic will want Payton to get as close to 100 percent as possible before returning. He can be considered questionable for Orlando's next game on Tuesday. The Magic will start either D.J. Augustin or Shelvin Mack at point guard on Saturday. Augustin is the preferred DFS option, as he logged 23 minutes Friday night, while Mack played only 10.
Oct 21 - 10:11 AM

Devin Harris (personal) is not with the team and has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

Harris is dealing with a heartbreaking family matter, as his brother was killed in an auto accident early Thursday morning. Coach Rick Carlisle is unsure when Harris will return as the Mavs are obviously giving him as much time as he needs to grieve. With Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) also sidelined for Saturday's contest, Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea will again see an uptick in minutes. Gian Clavell played 10 minutes off the bench on Friday and could see around the same time on Saturday
Oct 21 - 9:59 AM

The Bucks have signed F Joel Bolomboy to a two-way contract.

Bolomboy was the 52nd overall pick in the 2016 draft by Utah. He appeared in 12 games with the Jazz last season and averaged 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He's not on the fantasy radar, as he'll likely spend most of the season in the G-League.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 21 - 9:35 AM

Josh Childress has signed a contract to play for the Adelaide 36ers of the Australian NBL.

Childress was invited to the Nuggets training camp last month but was unable to land a spot on the team's final 15-man roster. He's unlikely to resurface in the NBA again.
Oct 21 - 9:23 AM

Lonzo Ball turned it around against the Suns during a 132-130 win on Friday, making 12-of-27 from the field for 29 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

He just missed becoming the youngest player ever to have a triple-double. The Suns kept going underneath screens and Lonzo made them pay with what could be one of his highest scoring games of the year. He's been known as a pass-first guy since he showed up, but at times coach Luke Walton has said Ball needs to look for his shot and Brandon Ingram said Ball being aggressive makes the team better. He's had a bad debut in summer league, preseason and in the regular season, so maybe he'll keep it going now. He won't play the Suns every night, though.
Oct 21 - 3:24 AM

Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 25 points against the Suns on Friday, adding two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

This was against what looks like the worst defense in the league, but this is still great news after a rough month overall for the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft. We saw the Lakers give Ingram big minutes last year despite a disappointing season, so he could be among the league leaders for playing time. He'll be a roller coaster this year, but the upside is there.
Oct 21 - 3:12 AM

Kyle Kuzma scored 15 points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

While he does have some defensive issues, his offense tonight looked a lot like summer league and his NBA-high preseason for scoring. Kuzma did get most of the clutch minutes and he could even push Julius Randle down even further than he is. We'd like to see more than just scoring, but Kuzma is still a hold in most leagues.
Oct 21 - 3:08 AM



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