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October 17, 2014 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Sanders is expected to be back in time for the regular-season opener Oct. 29 in Charlotte. He has played well in preseason. Sanders is averaging 10.7 points and 10 rebounds for three preseason games and grabbed 15 rebounds vs. Memphis on Oct. 8. Twitter @cf_gardner

Dirk Nowitzki said that Monta Ellis’ left knee sprain was scary to everybody who saw it happen last week. “When he went down, I think everybody was really depressed that whole day, thinking our season is kind of swimming away,” Nowitzki said. “It looked ugly. He was down for a while. He had to get carried off. That was bad news. I thought our season might take a hit. “And then in the afternoon, he texted me and said, ‘It’s all good.’ So that was a huge sigh of relief. I thought he’d still be out for a few weeks, then next thing you know, the other day he was going full-contact practice. He’s just a warrior.” Dallas Morning News

Brook Lopez likely will be out 10 to 14 days with what sources are calling a "soft tissue" injury in his surgically repaired right foot. The Brooklyn Nets confirmed Thursday that their All-Star center did not suffer a fracture to the foot, labeling the injury "a mild right midfoot sprain." But if Lopez needs more than 10 days to recover, his status for the season opener at Boston on Oct. 29 could be in doubt. ESPN.com

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