|Wed Oct 22||01:01||Kaman suffered head laceration when Timofey Mozgov inadvertently...||Chris Kaman||C||Clippers||Team Lorin|
Kaman suffered a head laceration when Timofey Mozgov inadvertently bit him during Tuesday's preseason game, the Oregonian's Joe Freeman reports.
Kaman said he didn't think he suffered a concussion and his status for Wednesday's game is unclear, as the results of a concussion test weren't immediately known Tuesday night. While getting accidentally bitten by a fellow player certainly isn't ideal, it shouldn't be something that sidelines him for the season opener.
|Tue Oct 21||23:35||Hill's knee swelled up "pretty good" after he suffered knee cont...||George Hill||PG||Spurs||Iavaronis|
Hill's knee swelled up "pretty good" after he suffered a knee contusion Tuesday, and he is considered day-to-day, according to coach Frank Vogel, Pacers announcer Scott Agness reports.
It still seems likely that Hill will be ready to go for the start of the season, assuming the swelling subsides. Donald Sloan may see some extended preseason run in the short term.
|Tue Oct 21||22:38||Rush (back) had an MRI exam that revealed sacral stress reaction||Brandon Rush||SF||Pacers||The Schellackers|
Rush (back) had an MRI exam that revealed a sacral stress reaction, according to Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News.
The Warriors aren't sure if Rush will be available for opening night. His absence means more run for Leandro Barbosa.
|Tue Oct 21||22:05||George Hill: Leaves With Knee Contusion||George Hill||PG||Spurs||Iavaronis|
Hill left Tuesday's game with a knee contusion and will not return.
Contusion's typically aren't very serious, so we'll consider him day-to-day for now. Indiana plays again Thursday so it will be worth checking on his status prior to that contest.
|Tue Oct 21||21:25||McGee (leg) will make his preseason debut Tuesday||JaVale McGee||C||Wizards||Back in the Saddle|
McGee (leg) will make his preseason debut Tuesday, the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey reports.
McGee will come off the bench, and Timofey Mozgov will get the start at center Tuesday. McGee's minutes will likely be limited, especially in his first few outings. There is some upside here in terms of blocks, but even when he was fully healthy, McGee never saw big minutes, and hasn't played more than 20 minutes per game since the 2011-12 season, so there are many other players with a higher probability of being productive than McGee.
|Tue Oct 21||21:14||Griffin (rest) won't play in Tuesday's preseason game||Blake Griffin||PF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Griffin (rest) won't play in Tuesday's preseason game, the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reports.
This is simply a day off, as the Clippers play back-to-back preseason games Tuesday and Wednesday.
|Tue Oct 21||21:13||Paul (rest) won't play in Tuesday's preseason game||Chris Paul||PG||NO Hornets||Free Agent|
Paul (rest) won't play in Tuesday's preseason game, the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reports.
This is simply a day off, as the Clippers play back-to-back preseason games Tuesday and Wednesday.
|Tue Oct 21||21:12||Farmar (back) won't play in Tuesday's preseason game||Jordan Farmar||PG||Lakers||Free Agent|
Farmar (back) won't play in Tuesday's preseason game, the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reports.
He left Saturday's game with lower-back tightness, and should be considered day-to-day for now.
|Tue Oct 21||21:06||Livingston (toe) doubtful for start of regular season||Shaun Livingston||PG||Wizards||Team Erik|
Livingston (toe) is doubtful for the start of the regular season, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.
Coach Steve Kerr said it was "highly doubtful" that Livingston would be ready, so owners should prepare to be without him, probably for at least the first week of the season. Leandro Barbosa should see extended run off the bench in Livingston's absence.
|Tue Oct 21||20:53||Rush (back) will miss Tuesday's game and will be reevaluated in ...||Brandon Rush||SF||Pacers||The Schellackers|
Rush (back) will miss Tuesday's game and will be reevaluated in a week, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.
He could miss the season opener, and owners will want to check back on his status early next week.
|Tue Oct 21||19:50||Gallinari (illness) will start Tuesday's preseason game||Danilo Gallinari||SF||Knicks||The Schellackers|
Gallinari (illness) will start Tuesday's preseason game, the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey reports.
He missed Monday's practice with an illness, but should be fine moving forward.
|Tue Oct 21||19:45||Lawson (hamstring) will not play Tuesday||Ty Lawson||PG||Nuggets||Free Agent|
Lawson (hamstring) will not play Tuesday, Nuggets' announcer Jason Kosmicki reports.
Lawson left Saturday's game with a tight hamstring, and it's unclear if he will be ready for the start of the regular season. The Nuggets are likely just playing it safe with Lawson, and he should be considered day-to-day going forward. Nate Robinson will get the start at point guard.
|Tue Oct 21||18:44||Pachulia (hamstring) could play Wednesday against T'Wolves||Zaza Pachulia||C||Hawks||Free Agent|
Pachulia (hamstring) could play Wednesday against the T'Wolves, Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Pachulia continues to battle a hamstring injury suffered Friday against Minnesota. He missed Monday's win over New York should be considered a game-time call for Wednesday's rematch with the Wolves.
|Tue Oct 21||18:42||Ilyasova (knee) could play Wednesday against T'Wolves||Ersan Ilyasova||PF||Bucks||Iavaronis|
Ilyasova (knee) could play Wednesday against the T'Wolves, Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Coach Jason Kidd said Ilyasova worked extensively during Tuesday's practice, and it sounds as though he's close to returning. Between the knee injury and an illness, Ilyasova has been limited to just two preseason games.
|Tue Oct 21||18:39||McRoberts (toe) will not play Tuesday against Rockets||Josh McRoberts||PF||Pacers||Free Agent|
McRoberts (toe) will not play Tuesday against the Rockets.
The toe injury continues to limit McRoberts, and at this point it is fair to wonder if he'll be ready for the season opener.
|Tue Oct 21||18:33||Collison (ankle) will make his preseason debut for Thunder on Tu...||Nick Collison||PF||Thunder||Free Agent|
Collison (ankle) will make his preseason debut for the Thunder on Tuesday, the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater reports.
He will likely be the first big man off the bench, as Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams continue to start in the frontcourt. Consider Collison healthy moving forward.
|Tue Oct 21||16:21||Carter (ankle) likely won't be 100 percent to start 2014-15 seas...||Vince Carter||SG||Magic||Iavaronis|
Carter (ankle) likely won't be 100 percent to start the 2014-15 season, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis reports.
Carter had a bone spur procedure in his right ankle back in May, was limited in practice and training camp, and has played sparingly so far in the preseason. Coach Dave Joerger expressed optimism regarding Carter's progress, and though Carter turns 38 in January, he has adjusted his game well as he has aged. It seems he'll be eased into his eventual minutes load as he regains his health early on, but Carter's ability to spread the floor and overall offensive versatility should help him earn a plentiful role off the bench during 2014-15.
|Tue Oct 21||15:59||Prince will come off bench and play less minutes this year||Tayshaun Prince||SF||Pistons||The Sith Lords|
Prince will come off the bench and play less minutes this year, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis reports.
Prince is 34 years old, and the team believes it would be foolish to tax his body any more than necessary during the long regular season grind. In regard to Prince's role, Coach Dave Joerger referenced the role Mike Miller played with the Heat during LeBron James' time there, and how Miller only played about 50 regular season games. Thus it's possible Prince could be in line to see similar rest during the regular season in hopes that he still has something to contribute come playoff time. Prince is not the floor-spacing threat that Miller is, but it appears Joerger believes he can still get something out of the unique, aging veteran. Still, Prince's reduced role makes him even less desirable as a fantasy option, and he was already only worth consideration in the deepest leagues last year. Unless serious injuries strike the Grizzlies, it's hard to envision him making a return to relevance in fantasy.
|Tue Oct 21||15:48||Williams will not play in Wednesday's preseason finale against C...||Deron Williams||PG||Jazz||The Schellackers|
Williams will not play in Wednesday's preseason finale against the Celtics, Andy Vasquez of The Record reports.
Coach Lionel Hollins will give the veteran the night off in hopes of keeping him as fresh as possible for the start of the regular season. Kevin Garnett (illness), Markel Brown (illness) and Brook Lopez (foot) also won't make the trip North.
|Tue Oct 21||15:11||Allen will begin regular season as starting small forward||Tony Allen||SG||Celtics||Free Agent|
Allen will begin the regular season as the starting small forward, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Allen and Courtney Lee played the majority of wing minutes during the playoffs versus the Thunder last season, so this announcement is not a huge surprise by any means. Despite Allen's limited range and overall inconsistency offensively, he has established himself as an elite perimeter defender in the NBA. This should help him continue to earn sufficient time at both shooting guard and small forward, but expectations should be tempered, as staying in front of your man defensively and forcing misses doesn't equate to fantasy stardom. Still, if he's able to earn close to 30 minutes per game he should be able to produce enough in the rebounding and steal categories to give him decent late-round value in deeper leagues.