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Mike McGraw: Hoiberg says Kris Dunn and Paul Zipser should play tonight vs OKC. #Bulls
Darnell Mayberry: Hoiberg says Dunn will be primary backup PG if he is available tonight. No real minute restriction. Depends how he feels. #BullsNation
KC Johnson: Dunn, Zipser questionable vs. Thunder.
KC Johnson: Fred Hoiberg confirms original estimate that Kris Dunn is sidelined 2-4 weeks w/ open dislocation of finger. Dunn visited specialist Monday.
With Kris Dunn’s finger injury, expect that to change. Hoiberg has said Valentine will draw some minutes at backup point guard. “As long as Denzel is out there making simple plays, we’ll be fine,” Hoiberg said. “The one thing about this offense is there’s built-in pressure releases. So if he’s getting pressured, there are other guys who can get into the offense and initiate.”
But Dunn will miss at least two and possibly up to four weeks after suffering an “open dislocation” of his left index finger attempting to block Sterling Brown’s dunk with 8 minutes, 53 seconds left. The Bulls open the regular season Oct. 19 in Toronto.
“It’s very disappointing,” said Justin Holiday’s whose team-high 21 points featured five 3-pointers. “Especially Kris. He’s playing well and is going to play a lot. Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game. I hope he takes his time, gets healthy and helps us.”
Vincent Goodwill: Dunn dislocated his finger, headed straight to the locker room. From the reaction of his teammates, I’m guessing it wasn’t pretty
On Thursday, for the first time since injuring his right hand, point guard Kris Dunn was able to do some shooting without any protective bandaging. It is another step for Dunn, who originally hurt the hand in the Wolves’ victory over Orlando Jan. 30. He played briefly in the following game, vs. Cleveland, but has not played since.
Dunn said Thursday he hopes to be back before the All-Star Game break . The Wolves have four more games before the break, starting with Friday’s game against New Orleans.
Wolves rookie point guard Kris Dunn, who played in just two NBA Summer League games last month after sustaining a concussion during early action — thus missing out on the young Wolves’ run to the championship game — said Thursday he’s healthy and back on the court. Dunn, who is in New Jersey with other first-year league players for the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, said in a phone interview Thursday, “I feel great. I’m back on court. I’m just working to get better for training camp, but I’m definitely back.”
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Chris Haynes: Milwaukee Bucks plan to sign guard Sean Kilpatrick, league sources tell ESPN. Brooklyn released him last week to make room for Jahlil Okafor trade.
Chris Haynes: Milwaukee plans to waive guard Gary Payton II in the coming days, league sources tell ESPN. His 45 days of service as a two-way player ends Monday. Payton II started six games for Bucks. This is not a popular move within the locker room.
Matt Velazquez: Can confirm @Chris Haynes report that Bucks plan to waive Gary Payton II on Mon. as his days of service run out. Per source, Bucks have their eye on another player to take his spot and need to move quickly to get him. New player on two-way would get pro-rated days (30ish) in NBA.
Anthony took the court to the cheers of the crowd without having to worry about cutaway reaction shots of Phil Jackson hovering above him. With hoody in place Anthony stepped from the bench as a visitor at Madison Square Garden, the warmup and hood hiding any sign of emotion from the crowd. “(There) wasn’t a tear,” Anthony said. “I was actually surprised that it happened. I was just getting ready for my name to be called, looking down and everything just stopped and the video came on. It’s a bittersweet feeling for me. Coming back here, knowing the goals that I had, what I wanted to accomplish here and falling short in that category. Also being on the flip side now, being on another team. It was a bittersweet situation for me.”
Fred Katz: Melo on his role: “That’s what we have to figure out, what we have to nail down as far as the roles that we all have on this team. I think until we kinda figure that part out, we will continue having these ups and down, having good games and bad games, relying just on our talent”