The Golden State Warriors big man had his first full practice yesterday, he is completely healed and despite missing the recent “Acropolis tournament” in Athens, he will be available for the Georgian national team for the start of the official games in the Eurobasket tournament.
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You are hopeful that you will be able to play in the EuroBasket? Zaza Pachulia: “Absolutely. That’s the plan, that’s my goal. But health is very important obviously. Especially when you talk about ankle. The doctors are paying much attention to it. The Golden State Warriors doctors are also following the situation of course. Obviously, we’re not going to hurt myself. You have to be very smart basically to see where you are and see how much you can do.
What have you heard back from the Warriors? Zaza Pachulia: “I’ve been in touch with the Warriors daily and giving them updates.What kind of rehabs we are doing and how my ankle feels before the practice, after the practice. All the time. I’ve been giving them all informations regarding my rehabilitation, they know everything of course. down to the last detail.”
Georgia captain Zaza Pachulia hopes that he won’t be included in the above list and that he’ll shine via his participation in the tournament and not his absence. The 2017 NBA champion sustained an ankle injury during a prep game vs Czech Republic in Tbilisi and hasn’t played ever since. Pachulia revealed the exact status of his injury and rehabilitation process to Eurohoops, expressing his optimism that he will be able to check in at full strength for the EuroBasket, that is kicks off in less than a week from now.
If you could estimate your possibilities of participating in the EuroBasket what percentage would you give? Zaza Pachulia: “Cant’ say for sure honestly. This injury is based on day-to-day reactions. This morning I had the best workout since I got injured. I did the most things. It depends how I’m going to react each day. If it continues to keep progressing well and not make a step back, most likely I’ll play. But…. if I feel some pain after one of the work-outs and I feel worse, then obviously we’ll shut it down. I’m living the situation every day and every moment seeing how we go.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: Georgia plans on activating Zaza Pachulia for EuroBasket as the GSW’s center remains cautious while he rehabs his ankle.
Harris Stavrou: Zaza Pachulia is probably OUT of Eurobasket 2017, according to Georgian NT’s head coach Ilias Zouros. Another huge blow for the tournament.
Ben Golliver: Mike Brown on health of Iguodala & Pachulia: “They’re good to go. They’ve had a week or two weeks off, or a month off, whatever it’s been.”
But for now, Pachulia is expected to play his typical 15-20ish minute per night role and he has been fully cleared, health-wise, to do so. “It’s good that we have one week off,” Pachulia said. “That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team.”
Zaza Pachulia, the only injured Warrior rotation player late in the Spurs series, has participated in all parts of all three practices, without restriction on that sore right heel. He is on track to start Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday. “We’ve done running, had scrimmages and he’s done everything,” Mike Brown said.
Monte Poole: C Zaza Pachulia (heel contusion) went thru full #Warriors practice today, per Mike Brown.
Anthony Slater: Zaza Pachulia remains out for Game 4. JaVale McGee will likely start again. “Decent chance,” Mike Brown said. “But not 100%”
Anthony Slater: Mike Brown said the Warriors will “probably start JaVale (McGee)” for the injured Zaza Pachulia tonight.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors say Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) probable and Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) is out for Game 3 against Spurs.
Marc J. Spears: The Warriors say Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) & Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) are questionable for Game 3 at Spurs.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala went through full practice in San Antonio, Zaza Pachulia didn’t do much. Both questionable for Game 3, Iguodala more likely.
Chris Haynes: MRI results from Golden State center Zaza Pachulia came back clean, league sources tell ESPN. Confirmed a right heel contusion. Day-to-day.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors say center Zaza Pachulia (right heel) will not return tonight against San Antonio.
Anthony Slater: Warriors officially announce no Pachulia/West in Memphis on Friday night. JaVale McGee probable with ‘glut contusion’ after hard fall.
Anthony Slater: Zaza Pachulia: right rotator cuff strain, out at least a week.
Ethan Strauss: Zaza is getting an MRI today for his right shoulder, questionable for tomorrow
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, J.J. Barea (left calf strain) has been upgraded to questionable tonight in Denver. Dirk Nowitzki & Andrew Bogut are out.
Shams Charania: Warriors center Zaza Pachulia’s MRI on right wrist showed deep bruise, no fracture, sources tell The Vertical. No definitive return time.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: After missing last three games with wrist injury, Golden State Warriors big Zaza Pachulia partaking in shootaround. Good sign.
Anthony Slater: Zaza Pachulia is out with that wrist injury tonight, per Warriors. Kevon Looney is available. No word yet on who will start at center.
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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.”