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  • De'Aaron Fox suffers left ankle sprain at practice
    An MRI revealed that De'Aaron Fox suffered a left ankle sprain at Wednesday's practice and he'll be re-evalauted in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Yikes, Fox had a tough time staying healthy this season, and this is the second time he's sustained an ankle injury during practice. We don't know the severity just yet, but he won't have much time to recover with the season set to restart at the end of July. If he's not ready when the season resumes, Cory Joseph would start and Buddy Hield would be asked to do a bit more on offense. Stay tuned. Today, 3:46 pm
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  • Oladipo grappling with decision to play in ORL
    Victor Oladipo explained his thought process with regards to whether or not he'll play in the restarted season.

    Advice: "I'm just reassessing myself and my body every day. I think people fail to realize that this injury that I have is very unique. No one of my stature, of my ability, has ever had this injury before, so there's no one else that I have to look up to or could reassess from," said Oladipo. "I know what I'm capable of. I know what standard I have to get to. I know how my body needs to feel in order to perform at the level that I'm capable of performing, because if I don't do that, well, then everybody's going to write about how I didn't play at that great level or how I didn't look good." Oladipo has been going through practices without restrictions, and he does have a $3 million incentive to get back out there, but he's not going to risk going too hard on his surgically repaired knee. Today, 3:20 pm
  • Kemba Walker (knee) sits out Wednesday's practice
    Kemba Walker (knee) was again withheld from taking part in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: “They’ve got him on a one-day off, one-day on plan,” Brad Stevens said Walker's knee strengthening program. “He did a lot of running yesterday, shooting. He’s shooting a little bit right now. He’s reacted great, his knee feels good, and that’s a good thing.” Walker did experience some soreness in his left knee when he started going through some individual work, so the Celtics medical staff is being ultra cautious with him, although he's fully expected to play once the games get underway. Today, 1:32 pm
  • Marcus Smart not feeling coronavirus side effects
    Marcus Smart said he's not experiencing any negative side effects after having recovered from the coronavirus.

    Advice: "Everything is copasetic for me,” Smart told reporters following Wednesday's practice. “My breathing is fine, my heart is fine. It just feels good to be back out here. I think I’m back to myself." Smart was part of the initial wave of players that tested positive for COVID-19, but he's since recovered and ready to attack the re-started season. He could have a slightly larger role out the gates with Kemba Walker (knee) expected to be limited. Today, 1:28 pm
  • Markelle Fultz arrives at the Orlando bubble
    Markelle Fultz has arrived in Orlando and will now quarantine inside the bubble. 

    Advice: He didn't travel with his teammates back on July 7th to tend to a personal matter. All we know is that it wasn't in any way related to COVID-19. Fultz will rejoin his teammates at practice in the near future and will look to build on his promising season as Orlando's starting PG. Prior to the pause, Fultz was averaging 12.1 points, 5.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.5 triples. Today, 10:45 am
  • Malcolm Brogdon goes through practice
    Malcolm Brogdon (COVID-19) went through practice for the first time on Wednesday. 

    Advice: He recovered from the virus over a week ago and "looked pretty good" at practice. Conditioning will likely be the main concern for Brogdon, as the time off likely helped him recover from the variety of injuries he suffered this season. With Victor Oladipo optimistic about playing, the Pacers should be close to full strength for the restart and look like a sleeper team in the East. Before the season was paused, Brogdon was having a career year with 16.3 points, 7.1 dimes, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 triples. Today, 10:38 am
  • Dennis Schroder "for sure" leaving bubble for baby
    Dennis Schroder says that his wife is due in three or four weeks with their child and that he will "for sure" leave the bubble when it happens. 

    Advice: It doesn't mean that he won't return for the playoffs, but it does mean that he could miss some time, especially with the quarantine rules for re-entry into the bubble. While he's out, both Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are going to eat, big time. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • James Harden arrives in Orlando
    James Harden has arrived in Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season. 

    Advice: There were rumors that he had tested positive for COVID-19 but that does not appear to be the case. He'll have to isolate for three consecutive negative tests before he's cleared to join the team, but our money's on him being out there for Game 1 of the restart on July 31 against the Mavericks. Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • James Harden expected in Orlando soon
    James Harden may travel to Orlando with Russell Westbrook (COVID-19) in the near future. 

    Advice: According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Harden is "feeling fine" and has been working out to stay ready for the season. Westbrook is already on the mend and the Rockets are "optimistic" to have their two star players in Orlando sooner rather than later. Yesterday, 9:11 am
  • Edmond Sumner says time off has been helpful
    Edmond Sumner, who has been dealing with knee soreness since his final year in college, said the time off has been great for his health. 

    Advice: “This is probably the best I’ve felt, especially [with my] knee,” he said. “The training staff say this is the best they’ve been treating my knee.” Sumner suffered a broken hand just three games into the season but did have some head-turning moments that showed the Pacers that he has some potential -- he averaged 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in two games vs. the Bulls and Heat before Victor Oladipo made his season debut. Sumner is a player to monitor if Oladipo misses time during the restart. Yesterday, 7:37 am
  • KCP likely to start for Avery Bradley (opt out)
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to start for Avery Bradley during the restart, after Bradley opted out. 

    Advice: The Lakers were 17-3 in games this season where KCP started over Bradley and that fact wasn't lost on coach Frank Vogel. "Kentavious did a phenomenal job when Avery was injured earlier in the season," he said. "That's really where I'm at in terms of what the starting lineup will look like." Monday, 4:23 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) now leaning toward playing
    Shams Charania is reporting that Victor Oladipo (knee) and the Pacers have had a change of heart and he is now leaning toward playing for the Pacers in the restart of the season in Orlando.

    Advice: Oladipo's had several strong practices and has been fully participating in 5-of-5 scrimmages. He appeared to be pretty upset when he announced he was opting out on July 3, and while his return is not official, it does sound like we'll see Oladipo playing for the Pacers in the bubble soon. And if it happens, Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday will all take a hit. Monday, 4:04 pm
  • Lakers expect Rajon Rondo back for playoffs
    Rajon Rondo has left the Orlando bubble to have thumb surgery but the Lakers expect him to be back at some point in the playoffs. 

    Advice: NBA seeding games will run through the middle of August, which is over a month from now and Rondo's timetable is 6-8 weeks. There's a decent chance we'll see him at some point in the postseason, but it looks like we'll see plenty of LeBron James, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook and Dion Waiters running the point, while Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma might have some added responsibility, as well. “We are confident that he’ll be able to get back and be a major factor for us in our playoff run,” coach Frank Vogel said of Rondo on Monday. Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Brett Brown running Ben Simmons at PF in practice
    Brett Brown said he's been "exclusively" using Ben Simmons at the power forward position in recent practices.

    Advice: It would appear that Brown is seriously considering starting Shake Milton at the point guard position, which would shift Simmons to the four-spot with Al Horford coming off the bench. Brown has been asking Simmons to spend more time off-the-ball while operating in his new position, and he says Simmons has been adjusting to the new role well, "killing it" alongside Joel Embiid at recent practices. This could result in a marginal downtick in the assist numbers for Simmons, but he should still be a focal point in the offense. Monday, 11:56 am
  • Shake Milton scrimmaging as starting point guard
    Joel Embiid revealed on Monday that Shake Milton has been scrimmaging as the team's starting point guard.

    Advice: "He's been the starting point guard," said Embiid of Milton. "I think he has a huge opportunity to help us accomplish what we believe we can. He's been doing an amazing job running the team." In the final eight games before the season was suspended, Milton was posting averages of 17.9 points, 4.4 assists, 3.0 triples, 1.3 steals and 1.6 turnovers per contest as Philly's starting point guard, although those numbers came without Ben Simmons being part of the equation. However, it sounds like Brett Brown is going to give Milton every opportunity to build off what he was doing prior to the hiatus, with Simmons spending more time at PF. Monday, 11:27 am
  • Kemba Walker (knee) doesn't practice Monday
    Kemba Walker was held out of Monday's practice after experiencing some soreness in his troublesome left knee.

    Advice: “He had a little bit of discomfort after a couple of the individual workouts,” Stevens said of Walker. “He certainly I think feels better than he did even in March. But with just even the small discomfort we said, ‘Let’s take the four days, and ramp it up appropriately.’” The Celtics are going to be extremely cautious with Walker, and Stevens has already acknowledged that he'll have minutes restrictions when the season gets back underway. It's not incredibly shocking to see him have a minor flareup after so much time off, and he is expected to go through a full practice on Wednesday, so we wouldn't read too much into the precautionary rest day. Monday, 10:42 am
  • Russell Westbrook tests positive for COVID-19
    Russell Westbrook has tested positive for COVID-19 and he's gone into quarantine.

    Advice: Westbrook was not part of the initial Houston crew that traveled to the Orlando bubble, so at least this isn't something that will start spreading in the locker room. He'll now have to self-quarantine for 14 days and Westbrook will not be allowed to enter the bubble until he posts two negative COVID-19 tests. Luckily, he's feeling well and should have enough time to join his squad for the restarted season. Monday, 10:04 am
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  • Jenkins expects smooth transition for Winslow
    Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins expects Justise Winslow to hit the ground running during the Orlando restart. 

    Advice: Jenkins didn't want to commit to a single position for Winslow, simply calling him a playmaker. “His versatility is really going to come out in our style of play,” Jenkins said. “That’s why I talk about him being just a great fit and a perfect fit for our system because he can play multiple positions on offense.” We like his chances of being the secondary playmaker to Ja Morant in Memphis and expect him to receive the bulk of the SF minutes over the likes of Kyle Anderson and Josh Jackson. He'll be a sneaky DFS option and should fare well in points formats. Monday, 7:33 am
    Player Note
    Justise Winslow Mem - PG,SF,PF
  • Rajon Rondo fractures thumb, out 6-8 weeks
    Rajon Rondo fractured his right thumb at Sunday's practice and will undergo surgery. 

    Advice: He's expected to make a full recovery in 6-8 weeks so we could see him later this postseason. The Lakers are already without Avery Bradley so this is going to give Alex Caruso, Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith a chance to earn significant minutes. Caruso should be the favorite of the three to emerge with the most fantasy value and it helps that he meshes so well with LeBron James. Monday, 6:23 am
  • Harden, Westbrook, Mbah a Moute not with team
    Mike D'Antoni revealed that James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Luc Mbah a Moute have not yet joined the team in Orlando but are expected by mid-week. 

    Advice: No reasons were given for the late arrivals but D'Antoni doesn't seem too concerned about it, saying they're all working out at "their home bases." He also didn't seem concerned about them missing the start of camp and said "These are things people are dealing with." Sunday, 7:35 pm
  • Harden, Westbrook to join in a few days
    Coach Mike D’Antoni said he expects James Harden and Russell Westbrook to arrive at Disney World within a few days.

    Advice: "I hope it’s sooner than later,” D'Antoni said. This is pretty much a non-update after it was reported that they would arrive "in the near future," but it's worth noting just because it's Brodie and The Beard. They'll have to quarantine after their arrival, so both players may not start practicing for close to a week. Saturday, 2:49 pm
  • Stevens confirms Kemba will have restrictions
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirmed that Kemba Walker (left knee) will likely have restrictions at the beginning of the Orlando restart. 

    Advice: Stevens basically echoed his comments from Friday in which he said the Celtics are "going to move very slowly with Kemba." Stevens hinted that he's expecting a minutes limit for about the first week of seeding games in the hope that Kemba doesn't have to be limited at all during the actual postseason. Saturday, 8:18 am
  • Celtics will take it easy on Kemba at first
    Coach Brad Stevens said the Celtics are "going to move very slowly with Kemba [Walker]."

    Advice: "[We will want to] make sure he can strengthen [his knee] and make sure he’s all good to go as we enter the seeding games and into the playoffs," Stevens said. This isn't a surprise here after Walker had mentioned he had wear-and-tear effects on his knee, which caused him to miss some time just before the NBA hiatus. His minutes will likely be managed to in the seeding games. Friday, 6:47 pm
  • Russ Westbrook doesn't travel with Rockets
    Russell Westbrook did not travel to Orlando with the Rockets on Thursday and will join the team in near future, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: James Harden, Luc Mbah a Moute and assistant coach John Lucas also didn't fly with the team, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Westbrook has been a voice for social justice in the last couple months and has been encouraging people to vote, and even said back on June 20 that it's "my duty is to be able to get people educated on why you should vote, understand what you're voting for, understand why you should vote." Thursday, 4:07 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Shams: Harden and Westbrook don't travel with team
    James Harden and Russell Westbrook did not travel to Orlando with the Rockets on Thursday and will join the team in near future, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle also confirmed this report. There's no reason to think that the two Houston stars won't be headed to Orlando in the coming days, so this shouldn't affect their statuses for games in a few weeks. Harden had been working out in Phoenix last month and was spotted in Houston earlier this month, so he should be ready to go. Thursday, 4:01 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon (COVID-19) 'ready' for Orlando
    Malcolm Brogdon (COVID-19) confirmed that he's "ready" to play in Orlando.

    Advice: "Thanks to everyone who's asked how I'm feeling," Brogdon wrote on Wednesday. "I'm feeling well, and I'm ready for Orlando." Victor Oladipo (leg, rehab) and Jeremy Lamb (knee surgery) are both done for the remainder of the season, so Brogdon should be very busy helping the No. 5 seed Pacers battle for playoff position. Wednesday, 8:17 am
  • Markelle Fultz excused for personal matter
    Markelle Fultz did not accompany the Magic to the bubble on Tuesday to see to a personal matter. 

    Advice: This is an excused absence and we're guessing he won't be out for too long. We'll pass along details as they become available. Additionally, another member of the Magic has tested positive for COVID but we don't know who it is yet. That player is also not with the Magic at Disney. Tuesday, 1:19 pm
  • Kings facility shut down due to COVID-19
    The Kings practice facility has reportedly been shut down due to COVID-19. 

    Advice: Sam Amick is reporting that there was a positive test within the team's traveling party on Sunday and the Kings are set to head to Orlando on Wednesday. The Kings are the seventh of 22 teams heading to Orlando who have taken similar measures recently, joining the Bucks, Heat, Clippers, Nuggets, Suns and Nets. Orlando is going to be a very interesting experiment, but it's not off to a very good start so far. Jul 5, 9:47 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Brett Brown talks up Shake Milton again
    When asked who will run the offense when Ben Simmons is off the court, coach Brett Brown said Shake Milton had “put his hand up in a pretty definitive way."

    Advice: Josh Richardson underwhelmed as a secondary playmaker before the season was paused and Raul Neto didn't make much noise either, so it makes sense to go back to Milton. "He’s incredibly different as a secondary ball carrier, somebody that’s that long and can play pick and roll game, make an open shot, sit down in a stance and guard,” Brown added. Milton averaged 17.8 points and 4.1 assists in his last nine games for the shorthanded 76ers and shot a blistering 57% from the field, so we like his chances of being the 5th starter with Al Horford coming off the bench. Jul 5, 7:48 am
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