Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will undergo an MRI on his left knee today, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. Green had 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists in the Warriors' opening game against the Houston Rockets, before he injured his knee.
Draymond Green to undergo an MRI on his left knee today, a league source tells ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) 18 ottobre 2017
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed Isaiah Taylor, the team announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Taylor saw action in four regular season games and three playoff contests for Houston as a rookie in 2016-17, after signing with the Rockets on Feb. 27. Additionally, the 6’3 guard averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 34.9 minutes (.515 FG%, .457 3FG%, .816 FT%) in 25 games (19 starting assignments) for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League, while being named to the league’s All-Rookie Team. A three-year letterman (2013-16) at the University of Texas, Taylor played in 92 career games (all starts) for the Longhorns and averaged 13.6 points, 4.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 30.8 minutes (.404 FG%, .792 FT%). As a junior, he was named First-Team All-Big 12 after posting 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 30.9 minutes (.420 FG%, .811 FT%) in 33 games. He was named Third-Team All-Big 12 as a sophomore, as well as Honorable Mention and to the conference’s All-Newcomer Team as a freshman. Source:
The season of the Bulls started with a brawl. Bobby Portis punched and sent to the hospital Nikola Mirotic. As reported by Chicago Tribune, According to several witnesses, tensions heightened between Portis and Mirotic during a competitive scrimmage. Several words were exchanged over trips up and down the court. Some shoving escalated matters and Mirotic once moved in Portis’ direction. And then Portis landed the lone punch, which placed Mirotic on the ground for several minutes before his hospital trip.
Chris Paul did not play the final 4 minutes and 47 seconds of the Rockets-Warriors game with knee soreness. CP3 is doubtful for the game against the Kings. Per ESPN, Chris Paul was a crunchtime spectator during his Houston Rockets debut, cheering on his teammates from the bench for the final 4 minutes, 47 seconds of Tuesday's 122-121 comeback win over the Golden State Warriors, a decision coach Mike D'Antoni attributed to lingering soreness in the star point guard's left knee. "Dragging his leg a little bit; I had to get him out of there," D'Antoni said. Paul was on his feet for most of the final 4:47, smiling and rooting for his teammates, while waving a towel in celebration on several occasions. "I'm a hell of a cheerleader, man," joked Paul, who wasn't certain whether he would play in Wednesday's road game against the Sacramento Kings. Source:
Draymond Green of the Warriors did not play the final quarter of the game against the Rockets due to a knee strain. Per ESPN, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was diagnosed with a left knee strain and missed the final quarter of Tuesday night's 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets. He had nine points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in 28 minutes. Source:
Kevin Durant almost saved the day for Golden State with a baseline jumper as time expired — the referees called it good, but an official review showed the ball was still in his hands when the buzzer went off.
Rockets win 122-121. Source:
Per Boston Celtics official website, The excitement surrounding Tuesday’s Opening-Night matchup between the Celtics and the Cavaliers quickly subsided with 6:45 remaining in the first quarter, when Gordon Hayward suffered a devastating fracture of his left ankle. Emotions quickly shifted from fun-loving dislike for Kyrie Irving, to true and sincere concern for Hayward’s health after he fell to the floor along the right block of the lane, causing Celtics and Cavs alike to turn away in disturbing fashion. Hayward leaped into the air in an attempt to corral an alley-oop pass from Irving, but he came in contact with LeBron James in mid-air, and with Jae Crowder, who was behind him, and suffered the horrific injury as he fell back to the floor. Jaylen Brown finished a layup for the Celtics off of the botched alley-oop, and Hayward immediately called to the referees to stop play as he sat on the floor along the right block of the lane, holding his left leg in pain. “I’ve had a few (injuries), and I’ve seen a few, and probably two of the worst ones, I’ve been in the game watching,” Irving said after the contest. “One was at (Team) USA (when Paul George broke his leg), and this one was tonight.” Added a somber Al Horford, “It was hard to see.”
#NEBHInjuryReport: After a medical evaluation by Celtics/Cavs medical personnel Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed w/ a fractured left ankle.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) 18 ottobre 2017
The regular season ain't even started and the Chicago Bulls are already facing some big chemistry issues. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, a fight broke out between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic during Bulls' last practice. Bobby Portis punched Mirotic in the face and the Spanish forward suffered a broken bone in his face.
Mirotic is out indefinitely and now Portis is facing a long suspension. Definitely not the best way to start the season for the Bulls. Source:
The Phoenix Suns have exercised their 2018-19 options on guard Devin Booker, forward Dragan Bender and forward Marquese Chriss. Booker led the Suns with 22.1 points per game last season, the third-highest scoring average ever posted by a player 20-years-old-or-younger at season’s end, behind only LeBron James in 2004-05 and Kevin Durant in 2008-09. The 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Booker’s 2,774 total points through his first two seasons trail only James, Durant and Carmelo Anthony for the fourth-most ever by an NBA player before his 21st birthday. Bender averaged 7.2 points and 7.0 rebounds this preseason, after averaging 3.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.51 blocks in 43 appearances as a rookie last season, missing 31 games to a right ankle injury. The 4th overall pick and youngest player in the 2016 NBA Draft, Bender averaged 14.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Suns at NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas, and also played for Croatia’s national team at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 this past summer. Chriss was named to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Second Team for averaging 9.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting, 4.2 rebounds, 0.85 blocks and 0.82 steals while playing all 82 games. The 8th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Chriss led all rookies in games started (75) and dunks (103), and was one of just two first-year players along with Joel Embiid to rank in the top 10 on the rookie leaderboard in scoring average, rebounds per game, blocks per game and steals per game. Source: