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Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni says PJ Tucker "seems to be okay". Expects Tucker to be ready to play on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/336eGUmRK8
Salman Ali: PJ Tucker says sitting out the first two preseason games was just a precaution. On whether or not he expects to start on opening night: "Oh, no question."
Alykhan Bijani: P.J. Tucker (sore back) and Clint Capela (right foot soreness) will be available to play tomorrow when the #Rockets travel to San Antonio to take on the #Spurs.
Mark Berman: PJ Tucker on injuring his knee but playing through it: "I'm okay, a little sore, not great. He fell on my knee & I fell awkward. Get back, see the doc, see how it is." Not sure if he needs an MRI. Said he'll play tomorrow: "I'll definitely be ready for (game) 5, no question"
Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, cleared after his rehab from a strained right hamstring Sept. 21, was a full participant in Sunday's practice for the first time in Rockets training camp. With the NBA's shorter training camp and a Rockets' preseason schedule reduced to five games, beginning Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tucker said he is working to make up for lost time before the Oct. 17 season opener.
"I'm 100 percent," Tucker said. "The trainers have been on me tough, but I'm working every day, building up to get to this point so now, it's just getting back out there, getting in better shape. We're just been amping it up more now that I'm 100 percent so every day, we're pushing it, getting in early, staying a little later, getting extra work in."
Tucker was successfully stepping up his rehab workload after feeling soreness in his right hamstring during the Rockets' pick-up games last Thursday. But D'Antoni did not want that progress to fool Tucker into giving in to the temptation to join the practices going on without him. "We're all anxious, and I know he's really anxious to get out and play, but we have to slow down," D'Antoni said. "I just told him this morning, we have to make sure he's healthy all year. If you miss one practice now instead of (missing) two weeks later, it's more important. We'll be careful with him. He is further ahead of what they thought. He'll start doing some things pretty soon."
Josh Lewenberg: P.J. Tucker will sit out tonight with a sore left knee, Raptors say. Wouldn't read too much into it, given opponent and time of the season
Suns forward P.J. Tucker will miss training camp, preseason and likely the early parts of the regular season after undergoing a low back microsectomy procedure Thursday. Valley spine specialist Dr. Dennis Crandall performed the surgery, which typically addresses a herniated lumbar disk and relieves nerve pressure. The team's announcement did not give specifics beyond stating Tucker would be out six to eight weeks. That puts a return to basketball activity either immediately after the Suns' Oct. 26 regular-season opener or closer to Nov. 10 after eight Suns games.
Tucker is entering his final contract year, which will be his fifth Suns season. A top defender and team leader, Tucker averaged a career-high 31.0 minutes per game last season with 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
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