Adam Wexler: #Rockets Ariza (rest) is OUT tonight. Paul (leg), Nene (back) are probable. D’Antoni has said since the weekend he expected Paul to play tonight vs Wizards.
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Jonathan Feigen: Chris Paul (sore left leg) again listed as questionable for the Rockets vs. Wizards on Tuesday. Nene (lower back pain) upgraded to questionable.
Alykhan Bijani: OUT for the #Rockets Eric Gordon (knee) Chris Paul (hip) Nene (back) IN: Luc Mbah a Moute Trevor Ariza Gerald Green to start tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets center Nene out for Saturday’s game in Detroit with a bruised right knee, joining Harden, Mbah a Moute, Williams.
Tim MacMahon: Nene will not play for the Rockets tonight. He has a sore knee but wouldn’t have played due to the back-to-back anyway.
Jonathan Feigen: Nene is out with a bruised right knee for the Rockets.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets center Nene, who missed Thursday’s game with a corneal abrasion, returned to practice on Friday and is available vs. Blazers on Saturday.
Jonathan Feigen: Nene out with a scratched cornea for Rockets vs. Jazz tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: In addition to Nene (strained right shoulder), Zhou Qi (sore left calf) listed as out for Rockets vs. Nets. As mentioned yesterday, would have only been recalled if could not play for Vipers tonight.
Mark Berman: Nene has a right shoulder strain. Ruled out Monday. #Rockets
Jonathan Feigen: Nene is good to go for Rockets vs. Suns. Was questionable with a sprained right foot.
Jonathan Feigen: Chris Paul listed as questionable. Nene doubtful.
Jonathan Feigen: Eric Gordon out with a stomach virus. Trevor Ariza will play well ahead of schedule. Nene also good to go for Rockets vs. Grizzlies.
Jonathan Feigen: Nene to be day-to-day after sitting out tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: Eric Gordon out for Rockets vs. Hornets tonight with tightness in his back. Nene available, but expected to sit out with sore shoulder.
Jonathan Feigen: Nene is out for Rockets vs. Bulls with a sore groin, D’Antoni said.
Jorge Castillo: Nene is back. It’s his first action after missing 19 games.
The Washington Wizards will be a little more complete for their showdown against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night at Verizon Center as Nene confirmed he will return after missing 19 games with a strained left calf and Gary Neal (quad) is also likely to suit up. Nene, 33, hasn’t played since exiting Washington’s loss to the Boston Celtics on Nov. 27. The backup center is averaging 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17.4 minutes this seaason. He leads the team with a plus-6.1 net rating in 209 total minutes in 12 games.
Nene had an MRI on his left calf strain Tuesday, after the Wizards left to play a game at the Toronto Raptors, to determine if his leg is OK to do more. He hasn’t played since Nov. 27 because of the tear in the muscle. Nene initially injured it six days prior in a game against the Detroit Pistions but made it worse when the Wizards were playing two games in three nights.
He told CSNmidatlantic.com on Tuesday that even though he has been doing more individual drills, he still has to determine if he can push off the injured leg without discomfort before knowing when he can play again.
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June 24, 2018 | 9:20 pm EDT Update
The Sixers say they aren’t shopping him. However, there was a report that they had internal discussions about packing him with Nos. 10 and 26 picks to move up into the Top 5 in Thursday’s draft. And multiple league sources have said that Fultz was available to be traded. But it’s hard to get equal value in return for someone relearning how to shoot. The Sixers know that. They also know that if things do come together, Fultz will be a special player.
Mainly, back in 1998 when the Mavs acquired Dirk Nowitzki in a draft day trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, many compared his game to that of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird. That didn’t go over too well with the Bird followers. So when the Mavs were asked last week who they fondly compare their latest prized rookie – Doncic – to, their lips were unilaterally sealed. Well, sort of. “I’m not going to make the same mistake we did 20 years ago, because (Doncic, like Nowitzki at the time) is a 19-year old kid that is going to have his rear end handed to him,” said Donnie Nelson, the Mavs’ president of basketball operations. “He is going to go against the elite of the elite, not only outside our walls, but within our training camp. Dirk and I had a long talk coming in. That’s why I want to remain guarded in my comments.”
Besides Nelson, coach Rick Carlisle also weighed in, adding that the comparison game is categorically unnecessary when it comes to describing Doncic and the skill set he’s able to bring to the court. “This kid has really carved out an amazing record of accomplishments,” Carlisle said. “I think he comes to the NBA on his own merits and I think going forward he should be judged on being the first Luka Doncic and not the second coming of this guy or that guy or the other guy, and I think that’s fair based on what he’s done.”
Just a few weeks after Sixers president of basketball operations Colangelo resigned when it was learned his wife used fake Twitter accounts to discuss team business and criticize players, the Heat’s president was asked if he has his own Twitter burner account. “I still have this kind of phone that flips,” Pat Riley said holding up a tape recorder following Thursday’s NBA draft. “Is that what a burner phone looks like? I don’t have any. I’ve tweeted one time. I do have a Twitter account. Only because I need to follow a lot of people like you, which is very interesting. I actually get alerts on all you guys. But I never tweeted out anything except one picture. My boss and his wife and myself and my wife and three championship trophies. I think it’s out there. I think I put it down as soon as I put it up.”