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Devin Booker underwent surgery to repair the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand on Monday and he's expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks.

This means that Booker will miss all of camp and the preseason, and there's a good chance he won't be ready for opening night. If he meets his six-week timetable, that would have him missing the first 2-3 games of the year, and it'll likely take him about a month to really get going. That said, he's set up for a monster season with very little depth in Phoenix's backcourt, so this news shouldn't dramatically alter his draft stock.
Sep 10 - 6:08 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right ankle) is out for Saturday against the 76ers.

He did not practice on Thursday and Friday, so it's no surprise he will miss his second game since his Sunday injury. With him out, Miles Bridges will slot into the backup PF role while Dwayne Bacon enters the rotation on the wing. There will be a few extra minutes available for Cody Zeller and Willy Hernangomez, too.
Nov 16 - 3:11 PM

Trevor Ariza (personal) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. OKC.

We don't have any details as to the nature of Ariza's absence, but he was not with the team for Wednesday's game vs. San Antonio or Friday's practice. Hopefully, all is well with Ariza and his family. Mikal Bridges made his first career start on Wednesday and hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points, two rebounds and a block in 25 minutes. Josh Jackson had 14 points and four boards in 22 minutes off the bench. Ryan Anderson logged just seven minutes in the blowout. Expect Jackson and Bridges to divvy up minutes once again on Saturday.
Nov 16 - 2:53 PM

Coach Billy Donovan said that Russell Westbrook (ankle) practiced in practice on Friday, including part of the contact portions, but there is nothing definitive on his status for Saturday's game vs. Phoenix.

Russ has missed each of the Thunder's previous five games, but took part in shootaround prior to Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks. Being able to take part in a full practice on Friday is further proof that he is making progress and quite close to a return. We'll get another update on his status after Saturday morning's shootaround. If Westbrook is unable to play vs. the Suns, Dennis Schroder will draw another start. Paul George, coming off a season-high 35 points, all has a higher usage rate with Russ off the floor.
Nov 16 - 1:58 PM

Wes Matthews (left hamstring strain) is listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Warriors.

Matthews returned to the Mavericks lineup on Wednesday after a one-game absence, but aggravated his hamstring strain in that contest. Coach Rick Carlisle said that Matthews was doubtful for Saturday's contest, and shortly thereafter, Wes was ruled out on the injury report. Hamstring injuries can linger if not allowed to fully heal; as a result, we can expect the Mavs to err on the side of caution play it safe with Matthews going forward. Dorian Finney-Smith started in place of Wes on Monday, and scored eight points in 33 minutes.
Nov 16 - 1:41 PM

Luka Doncic (sore left shoulder) went through a full practice on Friday and is listed as questionable on the injury report for Saturday's game vs. the Warriors, but is expected to play.

Doncic went for an X-ray after Wednesday's victory over Utah, but the results were negative. With him getting in a full practice on Friday, he has a good chance to suit up on Saturday night. Check back after the Mavs shootaround on Saturday morning for an update on Luka's status.
Nov 16 - 1:29 PM

Donte DiVincenzo suffered a minor left quadriceps strain in Wednesday’s game and will be out for the next three games, after which time he’ll be re-evaluated.

DiVincenzo has provided the Bucks with a nice boost off the bench this season, averaging 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 18.1 minutes per game. Pat Connaughton is expected to soak up most of Donte's abandoned minutes. Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell may see an uptick in playing time as well. It's also possible Matt Dellavedova re-enters the rotation.
Nov 16 - 12:17 PM

Updating a previous item, Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that John Henson is expected to miss a minimum of 12 weeks following surgery on a torn left wrist ligament.

Per the Bucks statement, Henson initially aggravated his wrist at Portland on Nov. 6. He was able to play in the next three games before reporting additional discomfort in Wednesday night’s game vs. Memphis. An evaluation confirmed the injury and surgery will be scheduled in the near future. Shams reports that Henson does plan to return this season, but it likely won't be until after the All-Star Break. Starting center Brook Lopez is the primary beneficiary here. Thon Maker will see an uptick in playing time as well.
Nov 16 - 12:14 PM

Coach Nick Nurse said that Serge Ibaka (right knee soreness) will play Friday vs. the Celtics.

Ibaka sat out Wednesday's game vs. Detroit, but was not listed on the injury report for Friday's contest. Wednesday was the only game Serge has missed the season, and he has exceeded expectations early on. Ibaka has scored in double-figures in each of his last 13 appearances and is averaging 17.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 26.6 minutes per game in 2018-19.
Nov 16 - 11:10 AM

DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 34 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block, three steals and no turnovers in 41 minutes during a 112-109 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

It's not often coach Gregg Popovich gives his star players big minutes and DeRozan sits just under 37 minutes per game on the year. No player has really even been close to that in the Pop era since Tim Duncan played 36.6 minutes per game back in 2003-04. The big volume, high usage, and six-plus dimes on strong efficiency has him as a top-20 player in standard leagues. Given his durability, he has an excellent chance to stay in that neighborhood.
Nov 16 - 1:17 AM

Jamal Murray was benched on Thursday for "a small violation of team rules" and he will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

It was a big surprise that Monte Morris got the start over Murray, but it was just a one-time thing for one of the NBA's best young guards. Despite the Nuggets going on a four-game losing streak before tonight, their starters haven't been the problem with only a -4.0 net rating in the four losses. Whatever the case, Murray should be a mid-round player going forward.
Nov 16 - 12:05 AM

Paul Millsap scored 18 points with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes during a 138-93 win over the Hawks on Thursday.

Revenge game? The Hawks have seen a lot of players go off against them, so Millsap putting up one of his best lines of the year is no surprise. That said, Millsap is on one of his best stretches of the year over his last three, averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 boards, 4.0 dimes, 2.0 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 treys on 51.4 FG% and 81.3 FT%. He's creating a bit of a sell-high window.
Nov 15 - 11:54 PM




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