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  • Porzingis teases new elements to his game
    Kristaps Porzingis said that he developed new elements of his game during the stoppage.

    Advice: “It’s a secret," he said. "I’ll show it on the court.” Porzingis added that the time off has been great for his health and that he's 100 percent. "The extra time just gave all of us more time to recover from little things that we all have going on. Basically everybody has something, always, and we just play through it, so this extra time gave guys the opportunity to heal those little things, to be even in better shape and to feel better when we come back.” Today, 7:52 am
  • Myles Turner has been working out for 4-5 weeks
    Myles Turner said he has been able to get access to a gym and continue basketball-related activities for 4-5 weeks.

    Advice: Prior to that, he built a makeshift gym in the family garage, and was running at a high school rack. Prior to the NBA shutting down, Turner was on a roll over his last eight with averages of 12.6 points, 8.6 boards, 0.8 steals, 1.4 treys and a whopping 3.9 blocks per game. With Vic Oladipo opting out there could be more shots going to Turner in Orlando. Saturday, 12:04 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic expects to play some PF in Orlando
    Jusuf Nurkic expects to play some power forward in Orlando.

    Advice: That almost certainly refers to playing alongside Hassan Whiteside, who leads the NBA in blocks per game (3.1) and is second in rebounds (14.2). Nurk hasn't played since March 2019, but the Blazers reportedly won't have him on any minute-limit. If he starts alongside Zach Collins and gets some overlapping minutes with Whiteside, his playing time should fall in the 24-30 range, depending on conditioning. Friday, 10:39 am
  • Vincent Poirier will leave ORL for child's birth
    Celtics center Vincent Poirier plans to leave the bubble in Orlando once his wife goes into labor.

    Advice: As with teammate Gordon Hayward, Poirier is likely to leave during the playoffs in September, which is when his wife is due. Unlike Hayward, though, Poirier's absence shouldn't disrupt the Celtics' rotation in any way -- he averaged 5.7 minutes in 20 appearances this season. Friday, 10:22 am
  • Zach Collins (shoulder) confirms 'no limitations'
    Zach Collins said his surgically-repaired left shoulder has "no limitations ... like the surgery didn't even happen."

    Advice: Collins wasn't officially cleared for full basketball activities until mid-June, and he's had either limited or no contact work, but this is still a great update. "The shoulder feels great," he said. "I have had no reason to believe that it will hold me back from doing anything. I feel pretty normal on the court like the surgery didn’t even happen, so I’m ready to go." Collins is expected to start alongside Jusuf Nurkic when the season resumes -- coach Terry Stotts didn't rule out a Nurk/Hassan Whiteside frontcourt, but then suggested that was just "to give [reporters] something to talk about." Friday, 9:37 am
  • Deandre Ayton says he's making 3-pointers
    Deandre Ayton said that he's been shooting 3-pointers like they're mid-range shots.

    Advice: On top of going 0-of-3 from three this year, Ayton was still only able to make 32.0% of his shots beyond 16 feet, so it's hard to totally buy him turning his perimeter game around this quickly. Ayton also said he's been working on getting rebounds and pushing the tempo. Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • Muscle Watch: The Marvin Bagley Edition
    Marvin Bagley (left foot) said he added 10 pounds of muscle with the expectation that he'll be playing more center.

    Advice: One day after coach Luke Walton said Bagley is ready to play in Orlando, Bagley confirmed he's 100% and said he can't even remember the last time he had discomfort in his foot. When Bagley returned in January, he didn't get any of his 122 minutes with Richaun Holmes, so it sounds like that's the plan again. Considering how Bagley played just 13 games, his minutes will likely be in the low 20s when the Kings get back on the court. Thursday, 1:03 pm
  • Jakob Poeltl ready to 'step up' without Aldridge
    Jakob Poeltl said he's ready to "step up" in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder surgery).

    Advice: “Losing a big man, I have to step up,” said Poeltl. “I’m going to take on that challenge." He only started 10 of his 58 games this season, as the Spurs settled on using Aldridge at center to begin games. That limited Poeltl to 5.3 points, 5.3 boards and 1.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes, but the per-minute boards and blocks can't be faulted. Thursday, 11:16 am
  • Anthony Davis says he's '100 percent healthy'
    Anthony Davis said the NBA's shutdown has allowed him to get "100 percent healthy."

    Advice: Davis had a minor left elbow injury on March 11 when the season halted. Prior to that he had a sore right knee, a bruised right calf, a sprained right finger, and a sore right shoulder that plagued him for months. He said the break helped all of those minor issues to heal completely -- hopefully that means the Lakers won't list him as 'probable' for every single game in Orlando, as they have all year. Thursday, 11:09 am
  • Zach Collins 'likely' to start alongside Nurkic
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that both Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins "will likely start" when the season resumes.

    Advice: Nurkic is returning from a bad leg injury, and Collins is back from left shoulder surgery. Both guys reportedly look "great," according to Damian Lillard, and their success will be crucial for the Blazers to pull off a run into the postseason. It remains to be seen who starts at SF in this lineup, but Stotts suggested it's a two-man race between Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. Thursday, 10:48 am
  • Nikola Jokic (COVID) expected to fly with Nuggets
    The Nuggets expect Nikola Jokic (COVID-19) to join the team when they fly to Orlando on Tuesday.

    Advice: "From everything I’ve heard and talking to him, he feels great and feels fine and is excited to get back," said coach Mike Malone. Whether or not he's on the team plane when they leave, a reportedly slimmed-down Jokic will be joining Denver in the bubble for the resumption of the season. Thursday, 7:21 am
    Game Time Decision
  • Caleb Swanigan opts out of Orlando
    Caleb Swanigan has opted out of the NBA restart in Orlando.

    Advice: This is an update from coach Terry Stotts earlier today saying that Swanigan was uncertain to head to Orlando. The Blazers should be OK without him in their rotation, especially with Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic ready to play and without restrictions. The Blazers will be allowed to sign a replacement player to their roster. Wednesday, 2:36 pm
  • Clarke, Jaren Jackson should be ready
    Coach Taylor Jenkins said Brandon Clarke (right quad) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) are "looking good, feeling good" and are expected to be ready for Orlando.

    Advice: JJJ was extremely close to a return prior to the NBA hiatus, so he should certainly be a full go. Clarke was "progressing" the week of the shutdown, but obviously the time off helped him get right. It'll be interesting to see how the Grizzlies use Clarke, especially if the Grizzlies get the Lakers in the first round and they'll want to have a ton of size against Anthony Davis and the bigger LAL front line. Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • Vogel: 'hopeful and optimistic' Howard will play
    Coach Frank Vogel said that the Lakers are "hopeful and optimistic" that Dwight Howard will play in Orlando.

    Advice: Howard's name has come up as a player who could opt out of Orlando, but there has been some optimism from coaches and players he'll be ready to go. If something does change, the Lakers may have to look at JaVale McGee for more playing time, and Kyle Kuzma would also benefit with a lot of more of Anthony Davis at the five. Wednesday, 1:23 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Caleb Swanigan uncertain on Orlando trip
    Coach Terry Stotts said that Caleb Swanigan is uncertain about participating in the NBA restart.

    Advice: The Blazers sound like they'll have Hassan Whiteside, Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins all available without restrictions, so there likely won't be many minutes for Swanigan anyway. Wednesday, 1:18 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside expected to move to bench
    Hassan Whiteside is expected to move to the bench and could even start next to Jusuf Nurkic.

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts said that "in all likelihood" Nurkic will start with Carmelo Anthony, but he hasn't decided if Zach Collins will start at the four. Damian Lillard had said that he is expecting Nurkic to start, so it sounds like it's very likely Whiteside will be in the second unit. He had a monster season as a first-round value in season-long leagues, but obviously Nurkic's return will cut into Whiteside's upside. Wednesday, 1:03 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic doesn't have a minutes limit
    Coach Terry Stotts said Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) will not have a minutes limit.

    Advice: Damian Lillard had mentioned that Nurkic could start over Hassan Whiteside with Zach Collins at the four and Carmelo Anthony at the three. Stotts said that he doesn't see Nurkic doing a lot, but he will try to add 3-pointers to his arsenal in the future. His minutes will likely be in the mid-20s in what should be close to a 50/50 split with Whiteside. Wednesday, 12:56 pm
  • Walton: Marvin Bagley is ready to play
    Coach Luke Walton said Marvin Bagley (left foot) is ready to play.

    Advice: Walton added it’s “way too early” to think about Bagley’s role, and he’s happy he’s healthy and that will be looked at in Orlando. Bagley's second season has been filled with injuries, and he's been out since January with this sprained foot issue. This news is a mild surprise after it was previously reported that Bagley may not be out there. If he can go, he'll likely get most of his minutes at the five, which could cut into Richaun Holmes' playing time. He should play at least some four, so Nemanja Bjelica may lose minutes, as well. Wednesday, 12:49 pm
  • Thomas Bryant is '100 percent', will play in ORL
    Thomas Bryant (foot stress fracture) said he's "fully healed, 100 percent healed."

    Advice: Bryant will be playing in Orlando for the Wizards, unlike teammate Davis Bertans and possibly even Bradley Beal, who is undecided. He was trending down prior to the break, in both minutes and per-minute production, so even eight games in Orlando would give him a chance to regain confidence and momentum. Wednesday, 11:33 am
  • Dwight Howard still undecided on Orlando
    Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said Tuesday that Dwight Howard has extenuating circumstances and has yet to decide if he'll be joining the Lakers in Orlando. 

    Advice: Howard is dealing with the recent death of the mother of one of his children and is also focused on resining awareness at this time. His teammates are hopeful he'll be in Orlando, but he still appears to be torn on making a decision. Rosters are due on July 1, so a decision is coming soon. Tuesday, 1:45 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Report: Nikola Jokic feeling fine with no symptoms
    Nikola Jokic (COVID-19) is feeling fine and is showing no symptoms, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post.

    Advice: The report adds there is no clear timeline on when Nuggets expect him back in market, but the team is confident he'll be with them when they depart for Orlando on July 7. Jokic tested positive earlier this week while he was in Serbia, and his return to the United States will be delayed. Jokic was in great shape prior to this news, so showing no symptoms is an encouraging sign. Without a real homecourt advantage for Denver, the Nuggets will need Jokic to be in peak form to make a postseason run. Jun 26, 12:16 pm
    Game Time Decision
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