Joakim Noah (knee bruise) misses practice
Joakim Noah | CHI
(October 9, 2015 1:56 PM EDT)
Joakim Noah missed practice on Friday due to a minor knee bruise, and his status for Saturday's preseason game is uncertain.
Noah had an awkward fall when he fought for a loose ball with Kenneth Faried on Thursday, but the Bulls don't seem to be concerned and head coach Fred Hoiberg also said the injury was minor. Noah hasn't looked good early on in the preseason, and it doesn't help that his starting role could be up for grabs due to the emergence of Nikola Mirotic.
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Ricky Rubio (quad) will not play on Saturday
Ricky Rubio | MIN
(October 9, 2015 1:45 PM EDT)
Ricky Rubio (strained quad) will not practice on Friday and has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.
The good news is that he is traveling with the team, so hopefully he will be able to return to action during the preseason. Rubio is already a shaky pick in the middle rounds because of his durability concerns and lack of a reliable jump shot, so he could fall in a lot of drafts. Expect to see a lot of Tyus Jones on Saturday.
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Deron Williams aggravates his other calf
Deron Williams | DAL
(October 9, 2015 1:42 PM EDT)
Deron Williams returned to practice on Friday after dealing with a calf issue last week, but he was forced to leave practice early after aggravating his other calf.
Injuries have been a huge problem for Williams in recent years and he does have a history of calf issues, so it's a little concerning that he can't even make it through training camp unscathed. We will post an update on his status when we know more, but it doesn't sound too serious. It's probably best to wait until the later rounds before spending a pick on Williams.
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Kevin Love unsure if he will play in opener
Kevin Love | CLE
(October 9, 2015 1:34 PM EDT)
Kevin Love (left shoulder) said that he was unsure if he would be able to play in the season opener.
"I feel pretty good," Love told Sporting News. "As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast. As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can." The Cavaliers aren't going to rush Love back before he is 100 percent, but we should know more by the end of the week. Love is shaping up to be a risky early-round pick.
Sporting News
Damian Lillard says his ankle issue is 'minor'
Damian Lillard | POR
(October 9, 2015 12:41 PM EDT)
Damian Lillard said that his left ankle sprain is "minor", but he admitted that he needs to do a better job of staying off the floor.
"I wear a lot of padding now ... I got a vest under my jersey, arm pad, thigh, tail, knees ... everything has been padded up,'' Lillard said. "My rookie year I didn't wear any. But when I started hitting the ground, I thought it would be a good idea to protect myself. Each year, I fall less. The coaches talk about staying off the court, and I try to do a lot better with that." Lillard may sit out of a preseason game as a precaution, but it's clear that he will be fine moving forward. Even though he could struggle with efficiency this season, Lillard is a nice target at the turn of the first and second rounds.
The Oregonian
Nerlens Noel has a knee and back contusion
Nerlens Noel | PHI
(October 9, 2015 12:30 PM EDT)
Nerlens Noel is dealing with a left knee contusion and a contusion on his lower back as well, and he is considered doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.
Noel had a hard fall in Thursday's preseason game and he obviously didn't practice on Friday, but his injuries don't sound serious. The 76ers tend to be cautious with injuries, so we would be shocked to see him play in a meaningless game on Saturday. Noel has looked like a beast in the preseason, and owners shouldn't shy away from him in the early stages of the middle rounds.
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Steven Adams (sore back) will play Friday
Steven Adams | OKC
(October 9, 2015 12:22 PM EDT)
Steven Adams (sore back) will play in Friday's preseason game vs. Fenerbahce.
Adams has been sidelined for a few days but the injury was never considered to be serious. Adams is expected to start over Enes Kanter this season, but he likely won't see enough minutes to make a significant impact in standard leagues.
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C.J. McCollum will handle backup PG duties
C.J. McCollum | POR
(October 9, 2015 12:18 PM EDT)
In addition to the minutes C.J. McCollum will receive at shooting guard, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that he will run the point when Damian Lillard sits as well.
We like this move a lot and it's clear that the Blazers have big plans for McCollum this season. The Blazers outscored the Warriors 25-7 on Thursday when McCollum was running the point, and he finished the game with 19 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes. "It's a comfortable role for me, and one that I can thrive in, I just have to take some time to get more reps at it at the NBA level,'' McCollum said. He has the potential to be a stud this season, so don't hesitate to draft him.
The Oregonian
Karl leaning towards starting Cauley-Stein?
Willie Cauley-Stein | SAC
(October 9, 2015 10:27 AM EDT)
Kings head coach George Karl said that he is leaning towards starting Willie Cauley-Stein this season.
"I’m not sure that’s where I’ll go, but that’s probably where I’m tilting right now," Karl said of starting Cauley-Stein over Kosta Koufos. The rookie has been very active around the rim during the preseason so far, but he should only improve as he continues to get in better shape. If you need some blocks and boards towards the end of your draft, feel free to take a flier on the rookie, but expect some bumps in the road.
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Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty
Thabo Sefolosha | ATL
(October 9, 2015 10:21 AM EDT)
Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of all three charges on Friday.
This is great news for Sefolosha and the Hawks in general, but it sounds like he will now open a lawsuit against the NYPD. Sefolosha is the favorite to start at small forward this season once he is healthy after recovering from right ankle surgery, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well and owners outside of deeper leagues can ignore him. Sefolosha will not join up with the Hawks in time for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.
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