Archive for October 8th, 2017

Richaun Holmes suffers wrist injury

Philadelphia 76ers forward Richaun Holmes has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in the radial bone of his left wrist. The injury occurred at the 1:37 mark in the third quarter of Friday night’s game vs. Boston.

He will be re-evaluated in approximately three weeks.

Bucks waive Kendall Marshall

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Kendall Marshall.

Marshall, 26, originally signed with the Bucks on Sept. 21. He appeared in three preseason games and averaged 1.0 point and 3.7 assists per contest.

Raptors sign Norman Powell to contract extension

The Toronto Raptors have signed guard Norman Powell to a multi-year contract extension.

“Norm is a young, athletic and versatile player who has worked extremely hard to improve each season,” said Raptors President Masai Ujiri. “We view Norm as a significant part of our team going forward.”

According to ESPN.com, the deal is a four-year, $42 million contract with a player option on the fourth year.

In two seasons with the Raptors, Powell is averaging 7.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 16.7 minutes in 125 career games (42 starts). He has shot .351 (92-262) from three-point range. In 27 career playoff contests, Powell owns averages of 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 16.0 minutes.

Powell, 6-4, 215 pounds, was selected by Milwaukee with the 46th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The Raptors acquired him on draft night from the Bucks along with a protected future first-round pick in exchange for guard Greivis Vasquez.

Powell posted averages of 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 18.0 minutes in 76 appearances last season. He scored in double figures 31 times, including six games with 20-or-more points. Powell led the bench in scoring 13 times (second most on the team). In 18 starts, he averaged 15.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 31.9 minutes; and reached double digits in scoring 17 times.

During his rookie season, Powell averaged 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 14.8 minutes in 49 outings (24 starts). He was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April, leading all Eastern Conference rookies averaging 15.3 points in eight games. Powell set career highs with 30 points and nine rebounds, along with a career high-tying five assists April 13 at Brooklyn.

Powell played for seasons (2011-15) at UCLA, averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 25.2 minutes in 141 career games. He played in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2013-15) and made back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2014-15). Powell was named first-team All-Pac 12 and was an Honourable Mention selection on the All-Pac 12 Defensive Team as a senior.

There are lots of minor injuries suffered in each NBA preseason. But it’s not a great sign when an injury is the same thing that hit a player during summer league. Still seems like no big deal for now, but here’s the NY Post reporting:

Frank Ntilikina will sit out his second straight preseason game — Sunday against the Nets — and is still considered day-to-day with a knee bruise, but the 19-year-old said he could return to action Monday night against the Rockets.

Ntilikina, who missed all of summer league because of the same injury, said he isn’t concerned the issue will linger much longer.

“It’s going to be all right,” Ntilikina said. “I’m feeling better, better than [Friday]. I did a lot of treatment on my knee. … This is a very long season, 82 games, so doing stupid things, trying to play even if my knee is not all right is not smart. So, it would be best for me be to be healthy and to be ready for the whole season.”

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Last night, Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren received sutures for a laceration on his head. By NBA policy, he was evaluated for a concussion and was not placed into the concussion protocol.

This afternoon, he was re-evaluated by Team Physician Dr. Tom Fiel in Phoenix and it was confirmed he will not be placed in the concussion protocol.

His status is day-to-day.

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