Jessica Camerato: Nerlens Noel is out tonight with a left groin strain. Bayless, Barber, Okafor, Stauskas, Simmons also out.
Brian Seltzer: Brett Brown says Nerlens Noel will be available tonight. Nerlens Noel will come off bench, and be limited to about 20 minutes.
Brian Seltzer: Brett Brown says Nerlens Noel and Richaun Holmes both out tonight. They are being evaluated game to game. Jerami Grant 25 minutes.
Unless something unexpectedly changes within the coming hours, Nerlens Noel will miss his sixth consecutive game with bruised right knee. A source said Saturday afternoon that the 76ers center would not play in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Indiana Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Brian Seltzer: Per Brett Brown, Nerlens Noel had MRI conducted by Portland doctors last night. Revealed what thought, bone contusion. Nothing more.
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Goran Dragic talked to the Slovenian press before Saturday’s prep game against Montenegro and explained his motivation about his return to the Slovenian national team. “I predict the semi-finals, but then anything is possible”, said a smiling Dragic, who is ready to defend the title he won together with a young Luka Doncic back in 2017. However, after five years things are different and Dragic understands it: “In my opinion, I will play a little less minutes, it will not be at that level. I don’t know how much I played, 36 minutes per game? Everything will depend on how I feel. The role will definitely be different. I was Batman, but now I’ll be Robin. The most important thing will be to make sure we have good chemistry and be a leader on the court and lift guys up when it’s most difficult. My role remains the same, Luka’s may have changed a bit more, but I believe that everyone has their own role in the national team and that there will be no problems. We all understand each other, we are one big team, and that’s why we can make a good result. That chemistry is what other teams don’t have.”
Dragic had also to convince the Chicago Bulls to let him play, something that was not ideal for them: “When I had a medical exam with Chicago and sat down with them, they said I’d rather not play. I said I’d rather and in the end it’s the player who decides. I had to go to Chicago, undergo a medical examination and everything else. When you go to a medical examination, you always wait for the results, because you never know what can happen”.
And Dragic knows that the Eurobasket will not be a walk in the park: “This will be my toughest championship so far. I think a lot of national teams have players from the NBA. I believe that we will have good chances. I did not return to the national team to play for fifth or sixth place. The desire is for a medal, but now, as I said, it is necessary to go step by step”.
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