Jon Johnson: Injury updates: Zhaire Smith still doing individual work. Justin Patton has early February timeline. Still nothing on Markelle Fultz. Brown says he hopes to see him soon, but not in playing capacity.
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Chris Mannix: Wolves with an injury update on Justin Patton
Shams Charania: Minnesota’s 2017 first-round draft pick Justin Patton has suffered another broken foot, this time in his right foot, league sources tell me and @ Jon Krawczynski.
Jon Krawczynski: Adding injury to insult for the Wolves, sources tell myself and @Shams Charania that Justin Patton broke his right foot in workouts this week. His left foot has needed two surgeries already. What a tough one.
Jon Krawczynski: Justin Patton is working out after surgery, but Thibs says he will miss all summer and likely most of the fall as well. Says prognosis is good, but it’s going to be a while.
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs said doctors saw something in Justin Patton’s checkups to merit a second surgery intended to heal his foot better, said he’ll miss summer-league again. Thibs: “Whatever your circumstances are, you have to make the best of it. He’ll be able to lift and do things like that.”
Jon Krawczynski: Adding injury to insult: Wolves rookie Justin Patton had another surgery on his left foot
Jerry Zgoda: Justin Patton set to make season debut tonight for Iowa Wolves. Expect him to play between 16 to 20 minutes
Jerry Zgoda: Rookie Justin Patton has moved on to 3-and-3 contact work, Thibs says he’s “2 steps away” from playing but didn’t say how long that is. “When he’s ready, he’s ready.”
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs said injured rookie Justin Patton is doing “a little bit more, but not much” Has been shooting but not cleared for running or practice
Q Where are you with your recovery? Justin Patton: I’m getting to the last stages of rehab, and then I’ll be able to get back on the court very soon. Right now I’m just staying the course and trying to win each day. … Actually, I feel like this is kind of a blessing. I’ve been able to get a lot stronger with my upper body, which a lot of people know I need. I’ve seen a lot of good changes. It’s going to be good to actually have some muscle this time around.
What exactly happened with the injury and how frustrating was it to get hurt right away? Justin Patton: Well I was working out, and I just slipped on some water. It happens, it’s basketball. But I’m getting over it now, and it will just be good to get out there and play soon.
Kyle Ratke: Tough break for #Twolves rookie Justin Patton. Suffered a broken bone in left foot during recent workout. Will not play in Summer League.
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January 22, 2019 | 10:31 pm EST Update
Brett Dawson: Thunder 123 Blazers 114 F | Paul George 36 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals; Russell Westbrook 29, 10, 14; Steven Adams 14, 8; Terrance Ferguson 14, 4 steals ; Jerami Grant 11; Dennis Schröder 13.
Josh Lewenberg: VanVleet: “It’s been up & down from a health perspective… I was OK the other night I just didnt make shots… Obviously not up to my standards. So it was good to get some rest, get some treatment, try to build some strength up & be able to be my best self on a consistent basis”
Gerald Bourguet: T.J. Warren will not return to tonight’s game due to a sore left ankle, per Suns PR
January 22, 2019 | 10:04 pm EST Update
Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss reiterated her support for Luke Walton, saying that Magic Johnson and the organization is behind the coach on Zach Lowe’s The Lowe Post pod. “I can tell you right now, that everyone, Magic, [GM Rob Pelinka] myself, everyone in the organization is behind Luke… We are doing everything we can to make sure that Luke is successful in his job.”