Nick Kosmider: Update: Nelson, Faried and Arthur all officially available to go tonight.
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TJ McBride: Wilson Chandler and Darrell Arthur are officially ACTIVE tonight against the Cavs. Danilo Gallinari is OUT.
Chris Dempsey: Re: Darrell Arthur (knee), he has no timetable to return. He’s not on this trip. #Nuggets are expecting he’ll be back b4 season’s end tho.
Jonathan Feigen: Nuggets forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari both out vs. Rockets tonight. Both had been upgraded to questionable. Arthur also out.
TJ McBride: Mudiay (back), Arthur (knee), Faried (ankle), & Gallinari (groin) are all officially OUT. Chandler (sick) had been upgraded to QUESTIONABLE. pic.twitter.com/VAuEL0XVaT
Darrell Arthur returned to the Nuggets lineup Saturday night. But in order to keep the veteran forward in uniform on a nightly basis, Arthur’s minutes might have to be monitored the remainder of the season. “Yeah, probably through the rest of the year that’s what we’ll have to do,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Even with practices I’m going to have to limit him. The one thing I love about Darrell, he knows one speed and one way to play, and that’s hard.” Arthur missed three games with left knee soreness, a complication stemming from an offseason lateral release knee procedure.
“I wanted to play today, I wanted to,” he said. “So we’ll just see. I want to get back out there as soon as possible, especially after practicing Tuesday. I felt pretty good. We’ll see how it goes. I trust (the training staff), they’re going to make sure I’m right. I want to come back, be 100 percent and be good to go.” Meanwhile, Arthur has experienced a couple of small setbacks in his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery. He experienced some swelling in the knee after Monday’s practice and had a treatment day on Tuesday. “I think I’m day-by-day right now,” Arthur said.
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October 21, 2017 | 10:03 pm EDT Update
Josh Lewenberg: JV’s heading to the locker room with just over a minute left in the half. Turned his right ankle a couple possessions ago, played through it
“It’s two games in, but me having the full confidence in my teammates, I think we got the best bench in the league,” JR Smith told ESPN after Cleveland’s bench outscored the Milwaukee Bucks 45-23 in a 116-97 win Friday. “I mean, you can go around from 6 through 12 or whatever and mark it up against anybody else’s bench and by far, we got the best bench. And we have more experience too.”
“With myself, Tristan, Jeff and whoever else comes off the bench — I mean Kyle, obviously, shooting the s— out of the ball tonight — our bench is tremendous,” Smith continued. “We got a lot of starters that come off the bench on our team. That’s extremely valuable for us. I mean … in the Finals, I think that’s how Golden State’s bench scoring was. And then when I.T., however we decide to shake it up, the bench is only going to be stronger. So, it definitely helps us.”
“I think with the guys we have and how much depth we have this season, our bench can be a major strength of ours,” Thompson said after the Bucks game. “You see, even tonight, we came in different waves at them. I think that’s what makes our team very dangerous, we come in different waves. And the fact that our second unit has players that are starters on a lot of other teams – on most teams – it’s a great luxury to have.”
October 21, 2017 | 8:26 pm EDT Update
The Sixers may decide to continue playing Fultz if they feel he’s helping the team and the shoulder doesn’t get worse. Or they could decide to sit him after accepting the fact that the 19-year-old is hindered by the injury and will struggle until the shoulder gets better. As of this weekend, there hasn’t been any consideration given to sitting Fultz. “It’s not to the point where it’s affecting other parts of his game,” coach Brett Brown said.
Fultz tried to downplay his lack of three-point attempts earlier this month. “If I’m open from three, I’m going to shoot it,” Fultz said on Oct. 9. “If I got the mid-range, I’m going to pull it. So whatever play is right for me, I’m going to go do it.”