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  • Damian Lillard POR PG
    Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Continues strong preseason play
    4h ago

    Lillard produced 21 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 24 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 loss to the Jazz.

    Lillard looks like his usual self with no signs of the injury that sidelined him for two-thirds of last season. The Trail Blazers need a solid second scoring option to emerge for the team, and once the team smooths out the kinks, Anfernee Simons and Lillard should both excel in the backcourt.

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  • Collin Sexton UTA SG
    Jazz's Collin Sexton: Supplies 13 points from bench
    4h ago

    Sexton produced 13 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds and an assist across 17 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers.

    Sexton has only been with the team a little over a month, and after missing most of last season with a torn meniscus, seeing Sexton on the bench isn't a huge surprise. Before too long, Sexton should find his way into the starting lineup, as Utah didn't sign him to a $72 million contract to come off the pine.

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  • Kelly Olynyk UTA PF
    Jazz's Kelly Olynyk: Scores 12 points in start
    4h ago

    Olynyk posted 12 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, six assists and two steals across 24 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers.

    Olynyk bounced back after going scoreless in the first preseason game. The veteran has huge shoes to fill, and life without Rudy Gobert will be an uphill battle for the Jazz. Olynyk won't be alone in trying to fill that hole, as Lauri Markkanen and Jarred Vanderbilt are quality frontcourt additions to help the cause.

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  • Mike Conley UTA PG
    Jazz's Mike Conley: Returns as Utah's floor general
    4h ago

    Conley supplied 16 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two assists, a rebound and a steal across 22 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers.

    The departures of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert represent massive losses for the Jazz, but Conley and Jordan Clarkson are back as remnants of the old guard in Salt Lake City. There's plenty of production to absorb without Mitchell, and Conley's a sharpshooter who can get hot beyond the arc while directing the offense.

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  • Jordan Clarkson UTA PG
    Jazz's Jordan Clarkson: Leads all Jazz scorers in win
    4h ago

    Clarkson posted 19 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, an assist and a steal across 23 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers.

    There's no doubt that Clarkson will play an essential role as the Jazz try to move on without Donovan Mitchell. Although he drew the start Tuesday, it's more likely that Collin Sexton will begin the season as the team's starting shooting guard. Clarkson is most at home as an offensive spark off the bench, and conventional wisdom suggests that his role will remain the same.

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  • Julius Randle NY PF
    Knicks' Julius Randle: Drops 15 in preseason win
    9h ago

    Randle scored 15 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding six rebounds and four assists in 18 minutes during Tuesday's preseason win over the Pistons.

    Coming off a disappointing and turbulent season that still saw him average nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, Randle is looking to re-establish himself as a reliable part of the Knicks' lineup this year. The 27-year-old still has three years plus a player option left on his current contract, and while a bounce-back campaign could make it easier for the front office to trade him, showing strong chemistry with RJ Barrett and new addition Jalen Brunson could also get him back in the organization's good graces.

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  • Jalen Duren DET C
    Pistons' Jalen Duren: Dominates boards Tuesday
    9h ago

    Duren scored two points (1-3 FG) while adding 14 rebounds and a block in 24 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's preseason loss to the Knicks.

    Taken with the 13th overall pick in this year's draft, Duren is viewed as a raw developmental project, but he absolutely dominated the glass in his first taste of NBA game action. Not only did the 18-year-old lead all players in rebounding for the night, he was the only player on either team to pull down more than seven boards. Duren's offensive game and basketball IQ lag well behind his length and athleticism, but if he can continue to make an impact as a rebounder, he could have a bigger role than expected this season in the Detroit frontcourt.

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  • Omer Yurtseven MIA C
    Heat's Omer Yurtseven: Starting Tuesday
    13h ago

    Yurtseven will start in Tuesday's preseason game agains the Timberwolves, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Yurtseven is competing for a starting job this season. It is notable that he is starting alongside Bam Adebayo, as these two would have to fit together offensively if Yurtseven wants to maintain his starting spot. The young big man will likely have to provide solid floor spacing in order to make this front court pairing work.

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  • Naz Reid MIN C
    Timberwolves' Naz Reid: Starting Tuesday
    13h ago

    The Timberwolves announced that Reid would start at center for Tuesday's preseason matchup with the Heat.

    Reid is starting with Rudy Gobert (rest) and Karl-Anthony Towns (illness) out. The 6-foot-10 big man is positioned to be the team's primary backup in the frontcourt. Last season, Reid averaged 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.9 blocks in 15.8 minutes across 77 games.

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  • JaVale McGee DAL C
    Mavericks' JaVale McGee: Out Wednesday
    13h ago

    Mcgee (ankle) will miss Wednesday's preseason game versus the Thunder, Nick Crain of SI.com reports.

    Mcgee has also missed practice due to his sprained ankle. While the Mavericks' regular season does not start until Oct. 19, the team will likely be careful with the veteran center in the preseason. Expect Mcgee's minutes to be limited until the regular season rolls around.

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  • Jericho Sims NY C
    Knicks' Jericho Sims: Ruled out Tuesday
    15h ago

    Sims (groin) will miss Tuesday's preseason matchup with the Pistons, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.

    Sims has been dealing with an injury since the beginning of training camp, but his groin is a lingering issue. It is unclear how much time he will miss, but his next chance to play will be Friday versus Indiana.

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  • Nikola Jokic DEN C
    Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Tweaks wrist in preseason opener
    17h ago

    Jokic tweaked his wrist during Monday's preseason opener and said it felt "weird," but Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said the reigning MVP was a full participant in Tuesday's light practice, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.

    Jokic played 15 minutes during Monday's loss and came away with a wrist issue, but it's unclear if the current injury has anything to do with the wrist issue he dealt with last year. While Malone said the center practiced Tuesday, he added that there wasn't much live work, so the team will continue monitoring Jokic's wrist. Regardless, there doesn't appear to be too much concern over the injury, so Jokic is still in line to be one of the premier fantasy options during the 2022-23 campaign.

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  • Kelly Olynyk UTA PF
    Jazz's Kelly Olynyk: Scores 12 points in start
    4h ago

    Olynyk posted 12 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, six assists and two steals across 24 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers.

    Olynyk bounced back after going scoreless in the first preseason game. The veteran has huge shoes to fill, and life without Rudy Gobert will be an uphill battle for the Jazz. Olynyk won't be alone in trying to fill that hole, as Lauri Markkanen and Jarred Vanderbilt are quality frontcourt additions to help the cause.

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  • Julius Randle NY PF
    Knicks' Julius Randle: Drops 15 in preseason win
    9h ago

    Randle scored 15 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding six rebounds and four assists in 18 minutes during Tuesday's preseason win over the Pistons.

    Coming off a disappointing and turbulent season that still saw him average nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, Randle is looking to re-establish himself as a reliable part of the Knicks' lineup this year. The 27-year-old still has three years plus a player option left on his current contract, and while a bounce-back campaign could make it easier for the front office to trade him, showing strong chemistry with RJ Barrett and new addition Jalen Brunson could also get him back in the organization's good graces.

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  • Herbert Jones NO PF
    Pelicans' Herbert Jones: Exits game with injury
    9h ago

    The Pelicans announced that Jones (rib contusion) left Tuesday's preseason game versus the Bulls and will not return.

    Jones is in line for a starting job at small forward this season. He played 12 minutes before leaving the game, but it is unlikely that this injury will keep him out for long. However, the Pelicans may decide to be cautious for the preseason.

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  • Trendon Watford POR PF
    Trail Blazers' Trendon Watford: Remains out Tuesday
    12h ago

    Watford (hip) will remain out Tuesday versus the Jazz, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.

    This will be Watford's second straight absence this preseason due to a lingering hip injury. His next chance to take the floor is Sunday versus the Kings.

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  • Moussa Diabate LAC PF
    Clippers' Moussa Diabate: Posts 11 boards in preseason opener
    19h ago

    Diabate (ankle) tallied six points (2-4 FG, 2-4 FT), a game-high 11 rebounds, an assist and a block over 18 minutes in the preseason opener versus the Trail Blazers on Monday.

    Diabate doesn't possess the ability to stretch the floor, attempting all of 14 shots from deep last year and converting only three, but he displayed his ability on the boards in this one. He also appears to have put his ankle woes from Summer League in the rearview and should be good to go as the regular season approaches.

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  • Killian Tillie MEM PF
    Grizzlies' Killian Tillie: Sits out again
    19h ago

    Tillie (back) remained unavailable for Monday's preseason game against the Magic, Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Tillie has been bothered by a back issue early in preseason and missed a second consecutive game as a result. His next opportunity to see preseason action arrives Friday against the Heat.

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  • R.J. Barrett NY SF
    Knicks' RJ Barrett: Hits for 21 in preseason opener
    9h ago

    Barrett scored 21 points (8-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 23 minutes during Tuesday's preseason win over the Pistons.

    With a huge four-year contract extension in his pocket, Barrett got his preseason off to a flying start, leading all scorers on the night with an impressive display of offense. The Knicks are setting expectations high after they also added Jalen Brunson to the backcourt, and they'll need Barrett to take another step forward in his development after the 22-year-old averaged 20 points a game for the first time last season.

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  • Bojan Bogdanovic DET SF
    Pistons' Bojan Bogdanovic: Three treys in first Detroit action
    9h ago

    Bogdanovic scored 11 points (3-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding four rebounds in 22 minutes during Tuesday's preseason loss to the Knicks.

    Acquired from the Jazz on the eve of training camp, Bogdanovic showed off his three-point range in his first game action for the Pistons. The 33-year-old forward will be the steady veteran hand in an extremely young starting lineup that otherwise features four first-round selections from the last three drafts, including lottery picks Cade Cunningham (first overall in 2021) and Jaden Ivey (fifth overall in 2022).

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  • Trey Murphy III NO SF
    Pelicans' Trey Murphy: Out for Tuesday's preseason opener
    11h ago

    Murphy (foot) has been downgraded to out for Tuesday's preseason game versus the Bulls, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    Murphy was initially considered to be a game-time decision before being listed as out Tuesday. While his foot soreness may prove to be a lingering issue, there is no indication that this is anything more than preseason precaution.

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  • Naji Marshall NO SF
    Pelicans' Naji Marshall: Starting in preseason opener
    11h ago

    Marshall is set to start in Tuesday's preseason game versus the Bulls, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Marshall is going into his third year in New Orleans after averaging 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.6 steals in 13.4 minutes across 55 games last season. The third-year forward is likely to be a bench contributor again this year, but is getting the chance to start with Brandon Ingram (toe) out.

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  • Justise Winslow POR SF
    Trail Blazers' Justise Winslow: Starting preseason opener
    12h ago

    Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said Winslow will start at small forward for Tuesday's preseason matchup with the Jazz, Sean Highkin of BleacherReport.com reports.

    Winslow is competing for the Trail Blazers' starting small forward role with Josh Hart and Nassir Little. In 2021-22 the forward averaged 5.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.7 steals in 16.1 minutes over 48 games. Although Winslow starting Tuesday does not mean it will continue in the regular season, it is a good sign for his chances moving forward.

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  • Cam Reddish NY SF
    Knicks' Cam Reddish: Won't return Tuesday
    12h ago

    Reddish won't return to Tuesday's preseason game against the Pistons due to a sprained left ankle.

    The Knicks won't risk anything here, as Reddish apparently tweaked his ankle sometime during Tuesday's preseason matchup. Reddish finished with three points, one rebound, one assist and one block in 11 minutes before exiting. It's unclear at the moment if he'll be able to participate in the team's next game Friday against Indiana.

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  • Collin Sexton UTA SG
    Jazz's Collin Sexton: Supplies 13 points from bench
    4h ago

    Sexton produced 13 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds and an assist across 17 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers.

    Sexton has only been with the team a little over a month, and after missing most of last season with a torn meniscus, seeing Sexton on the bench isn't a huge surprise. Before too long, Sexton should find his way into the starting lineup, as Utah didn't sign him to a $72 million contract to come off the pine.

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  • Malik Beasley UTA SG
    Jazz's Malik Beasley: Injures ankle
    9h ago

    Beasley will not return to Tuesday's preseason game versus the Trail Blazers with a left ankle sprain, Sarah Todd of The Deseret News reports.

    It is unclear if Beasley will miss any extra time with this injury, or if it's just preseason precaution. Beasley is in line to be the starting small forward after being traded from Minnesota. Last season he averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.0 minutes across 79 games.

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  • Jaden Ivey DET SG
    Pistons' Jaden Ivey: Leading scorer in preseason loss
    9h ago

    Ivey scored 16 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 22 minutes during Tuesday's preseason loss to the Knicks.

    The fifth overall pick in this year's draft, Ivey made an immediate impact in his preseason debut for the Pistons, leading the team in scoring and showing impressive scoring efficiency. The 20-year-old is expected to start at shooting guard alongside Cade Cummingham is what should be one of the most exciting young backcourts in the NBA.

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  • CJ McCollum NO SG
    Pelicans' CJ McCollum: Active Tuesday
    11h ago

    McCollum (ankle) is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's preseason contest against Chicago, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Despite nursing a lingering sore ankle, McCollum will play in the Pelicans' first preseason matchup this year. He starts alongside Naji Marshall and Herbert Jones in the backcourt.

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  • Jaylen Nowell MIN SG
    Timberwolves' Jaylen Nowell: Starting against Miami
    13h ago

    The Timberwolves announced that Nowell would start at point guard for Tuesday's preseason game versus the Heat.

    Nowell is starting with D'Angelo Russell (undisclosed) out. Russell is not expected to miss much time, so Nowell should return to his reserve role once the regular season begins on Oct. 19.

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  • Victor Oladipo MIA SG
    Heat's Victor Oladipo: Resting Tuesday
    14h ago

    The Heat announced that Oladipo will miss Tuesday's preseason game versus the Timberwolves due to rest.

    Oladipo has been struggling with injuries over the last few years, only playing in 96 regular season games since the beginning of 2018-19. However, he was healthy for the Heat's postseason run last year and averaged 24.5 minutes. Oladipo is still in line to be a key contributor this season, and his absence Friday should not affect his status moving forward.

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  • Damian Lillard POR PG
    Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Continues strong preseason play
    4h ago

    Lillard produced 21 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 24 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 loss to the Jazz.

    Lillard looks like his usual self with no signs of the injury that sidelined him for two-thirds of last season. The Trail Blazers need a solid second scoring option to emerge for the team, and once the team smooths out the kinks, Anfernee Simons and Lillard should both excel in the backcourt.

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  • Mike Conley UTA PG
    Jazz's Mike Conley: Returns as Utah's floor general
    4h ago

    Conley supplied 16 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two assists, a rebound and a steal across 22 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers.

    The departures of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert represent massive losses for the Jazz, but Conley and Jordan Clarkson are back as remnants of the old guard in Salt Lake City. There's plenty of production to absorb without Mitchell, and Conley's a sharpshooter who can get hot beyond the arc while directing the offense.

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  • Jordan Clarkson UTA PG
    Jazz's Jordan Clarkson: Leads all Jazz scorers in win
    4h ago

    Clarkson posted 19 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, an assist and a steal across 23 minutes in Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Trail Blazers.

    There's no doubt that Clarkson will play an essential role as the Jazz try to move on without Donovan Mitchell. Although he drew the start Tuesday, it's more likely that Collin Sexton will begin the season as the team's starting shooting guard. Clarkson is most at home as an offensive spark off the bench, and conventional wisdom suggests that his role will remain the same.

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  • Coby White CHI PG
    Bulls' Coby White: Exits game with knee injury
    9h ago

    White exited Tuesday's preseason game versus the Pelicans with a left knee contusion and is questionable to return, Julia Poe of The Chicago Tribune reports.

    White is competing for point guard minutes along with Ayo Dosunmu, Goran Dragic and Alex Caruso while Lonzo Ball (knee) is hurt. White only played three minutes and did not record a state before exiting the game. However, him being ruled questionable to return instead of out could be a good sign he will not miss a lengthy period of time.

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  • Jalen Brunson NY PG
    Knicks' Jalen Brunson: Strong showing Tuesday
    9h ago

    Brunson scored 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt) while adding five assists, a rebound and a block in 20 minutes during Tuesday's preseason win over the Pistons.

    The former Maverick looked very good in his first game action for the Knicks after signing a big four-year contract with the team this offseason. Brunson's coming off career-best numbers in his final season with Dallas, but he figures to take his production to another level on a team that lacks a superstar like Luka Doncic dominating the ball.

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  • Jordan Clarkson UTA PG
    Jazz's Jordan Clarkson: Starting Tuesday
    10h ago

    The Jazz announced that Clarkson will start in Tuesday's preseason matchup versus Portland.

    There is no indication that Clarkson will start over Collin Sexton once regular season rolls around, but he will Tuesday night. Clarkson is in line for a big season with the departure of Donovan Mitchell. Last season he averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.8 steals in 27.1 minutes over 79 games.

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