HoopsHype Injuries rumors
Ian Begley: Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not play Wednesday. He has missed the last 4 preseason games. Bargnani hasn't played in a game since Oct. 8. Fisher was non-committal when asked if he'd be ready for the season opener on Oct. 29. #Knicks Twitter @IanBegley
The Trail Blazers will be down a point guard as they navigate a preseason-ending three-game trip through Colorado and California. Steve Blake did not travel with the team because of an upper respiratory illness and will miss the final three games of the exhibition season. The Blazers' backup point guard is expected to be ready for the regular season opener, but his illness opens up minutes for a host of players hoping to make a last-second impression. Oregonian
Scott Agness: C.J. Watson (sore right foot) will be held out tonight at MIN. "He could play if it was the regular season,” Vogel said. (via @Kyle_Ratke) Twitter @ScottAgness
Rondo underwent a reevaluation last week that showed encouraging progress, but he has not been cleared for contact with nine days to go before the Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets to open the 2014-15 season on Oct. 29. "I don't know. I still haven't had any contact yet," Rondo said when asked about playing on opening night. "The opener is a little bit over a week away. I don't want to set goals; I just want to go as my hand heals." ESPN.com
He won’t say it, but it is clear the protective mask is a hindrance to Antic. The center missed his one shot, an open 3-pointer, in his limited action. “No excuses, I have to wear it,” Antic said. Antic must wear the mask for a minimum of the first regular-season game Oct. 29 against the Raptors. It could come off by the first of November. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Charles F. Gardner: Dudley told me before game he had a minor toe injury but would play because lineup so depleted. He has 14 points in 18 minutes off bench. Twitter @cf_gardner
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