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Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Jimmy Butler is not with the team for the Wolves preseason game vs. the Bucks on Friday.

According to Coach Thibs, Butler is back in Minnesota and is "working on conditioning." The "situation remains fluid," according to Thibodeau. It's obviously difficult to predict what direction this saga will head in next, but as of now, it seems as though Butler will begin the season with the Wolves and should be ready to play on opening night.
Oct 12 - 10:58 AM

Kyrie Irving hit just 2-of-14 shots for seven points in Tuesday's season-opener against the 76ers.

We were expecting some rust, but not this much. Irving was 0-of-8 from the field in the first half, but looked more like himself after the break. The good news is he salvaged his line with seven assists, four rebounds and a triple. Terry Rozier did close this game over Kyrie, but the Celtics did have a double-digit lead at the time. We won't overreact to one bad game, but it's fair to expect some duds from Kyrie since he's coming off a lengthy knee injury and because the Celtics are so deep this year. He'll get a few days off to prepare for a bounce-back effort vs. Toronto on Friday.
Oct 16 - 10:39 PM

Jayson Tatum put on a show in Boston's 105-87 opening-night win over Philly, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one triple in 29 minutes.

He picked up right where he left off as a rookie. Tatum scored nine of Boston's first 11 points, finishing 9-of-17 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. Kyrie Irving's jumper wasn't working, so Tatum was the clear focal point of the offense. That's not going to be the case every night on one of the NBA's deepest teams, but this game was super encouraging and it looks like Tatum has taken another leap as a player. He's a superstar in the making.
Oct 16 - 10:32 PM

Terrance Ferguson will start at shooting guard for the Thunder on opening night against the Warriors.

The Thunder will also start Dennis Schroder at PG guard (Russell Westbrook (knee) is out), Paul George at SF, Patrick Patterson at PF and Steven Adams at C. Ferguson was iffy with a concussion, but he's ready to go. Eventually, the Thunder will start Westbrook and (probably) Andre Roberson in the backcourt, but for now, Schroder has potential to be a beast, while Ferguson is worth keeping a close eye on tonight.
Oct 16 - 10:28 PM

Steven Adams (lower back stiffness) will play on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

He was a true game-time call with coach Billy Donovan being non-committal on his status two separate times. Whether or not Adams is limited remains to be seen, but season-long owners should roll the dice on him in weekly lineups. If you picked up Nerlens Noel, it's not a bad idea to hold onto him until we see how Adams looks.
Oct 16 - 9:48 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) is officially being listed as questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Pistons.

RHJ missed the entire preseason with the groin issue, but he's been a full participant at recent practices, which is a positive sign regarding his status for opening night. The Nets will re-evaluate him after shootaround, so we should get official word by Wednesday afternoon. Stay tuned.
Oct 16 - 6:43 PM

Gordon Hayward will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

Joining Hayward in the starting five will be Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford, which is the same starting lineup they opened with last year. Hayward will be limited to 25-30 minutes for the first few weeks of the season, but that's still plenty of time for him to contribute meaningful stat lines. Go ahead and get him active.
Oct 16 - 6:23 PM

Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle), Justin Anderson (tibia) and John Collins (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's season opener against the Knicks.

With both Dedmon and Collins unavailable on Wednesday night, Omari Spellman could be looking at a start and Alex Len (back) should see extended minutes. Dedmon has been ramping up his activities, but the Hawks won't be in any rush to bring him back. If Len continues to play well, Dedmon might not be able to retake his spot in the starting lineup.
Oct 16 - 5:51 PM

Larry Nance (right ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Raptors.

Nance said he's been making solid progress, but his ankle is still black and blue, so there's a good chance we won't see him take the floor tomorrow night. Tristan Thompson will get the start at center, and he'll see an uptick in minutes if Nance can't give it a go. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Oct 16 - 5:18 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to start at shooting guard in Thursday's season opener against the Trail Blazers.

KCP was again a full participant at Tuesday's practice, marking the second day in a row he went through a full practice, so it looks like he's moved on from the minor knee issue. Luke Walton won't confirm his starting lineup until Thursday, but Caldwell-Pope again scrimmaged alongside Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram, LeBron James and JaVale McGee, and it would seem that will be the starting lineup vs. Portland.
Oct 16 - 4:36 PM

Isaiah Canaan said he's expecting to start at point guard in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Mavericks.

"As of right now, that’s what it’s looking like," said Canaan when asked if he expects to start on Wednesday. "I’m really looking forward to that and just going out there and trying to do whatever I can to help the team win." If Canaan does indeed start at the point, that would mean that Devin Booker would start at the two, which could shift Josh Jackson into a reserve role at the three-spot. Canaan might be worth a flier in deep leagues, but his season-long outlook isn't great.
Oct 16 - 4:15 PM

Devin Booker (right hand) isn't worried about taking hits to his surgically repaired right hand in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Mavericks.

"I’ve taken plenty of hits in practice now, and now I trust it and believe that it’s ready to go for full contact [in a game]," said Booker. "That’s what I’ve been doing the past week." We're expecting the fourth-year guard to take another major leap forward in his age-22 season, and we don't anticipate the hand issue re-emerging.
Oct 16 - 4:12 PM




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