Dwain Price: Carlisle said Nerlens Noel, Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith will not play tonight against the Kings, He said he’s assuming Dirk will play tonight. J.J. Barea did not make the trip to California for personal reasons.
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Chuck Cooperstein: Per RC @Nerlens Noel is out tonight
Eddie Sefko: Nerlens Noel likely to play Wednesday, per Rick Carlisle.
Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle says Nerlens Noel should return soon. Possibly Friday. But no guarantee. Will wear a playing splint.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says he expects Nerlens Noel to be back in action after the All-Star break: “I’m looking forward to getting him out there.”
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Nerlens Noel went to Cleveland to have his cast removed and to see the specialist that performed his thumb surgery.
Where is Nerlens Noel going to have the surgery? In Cleveland, hometown of LeBron James and a headquarters for agent Rich Paul, who reps both LeBron and Noel and yeah, it’s kind of an open secret now that the fellas are plotting ways to end up together, maybe next July 1 via free agency to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Noel will fly from Boston to Cleveland on Thursday to meet with a hand specialist and will have surgery Friday, the Mavericks said. He will likely miss about four to six weeks, but the hope is that Noel will be back on the court before the trade deadline. The timing, of course, doesn’t look great.
For the Mavericks, he can’t help the team in his current state, so it makes sense. “It’s not anything crazy,” Noel said. “It’s a pretty common injury for a basketball player. I’m just going to get it taken care of. I showed it to the trainers and they said, that it’s not right. They said I should probably get some surgery and get it fixed up now. “I can play basketball with it. A couple guys in here have had it.”
Earl K. Sneed: Mark Cuban says the Mavericks have been talking to Nerlens Noel and his agent for a while about the left thumb injury, and Noel personally made the decision to have surgery recently.
Earl K. Sneed: Both Wesley Matthews (right calf tightness) and Nerlens Noel (left thumb) are active after entering the day questionable. #DALatSAS.
Tim MacMahon: Mavs C Nerlens Noel will miss third straight game due to left knee soreness, coach Rick Carlisle told reporters at shootaround in Toronto.
Mark Followill: Nerlens Noel out again tonight vs Suns w/ sore left knee. Rick Carlisle says they are hoping he can play Monday in Toronto
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) is out vs. Phoenix. J.J. Barea (left calf) is probable. #DALvsPHX
Eddie Sefko: Nerlens Noel (knee) is out tonight against Nets. Not considered serious, Rick CARLISLE said.
Jessica Camerato: Embiid not with the team, Covington questionable, Noel probable.
Charles F. Gardner: 76ers say Nerlens Noel is out with a left ankle sprain, so Jahlil Okafor should get minutes off bench. Okafor played well Sat. vs. Wash.
Jessica Camerato: Nerlens Noel is available to make his regular season debut tomorrow against the Pistons. pic.twitter.com/RZBNJL37ZL
Jessica Camerato: Brown on Noel’s return: “I don’t think far away.” Asked about possibility of Noel playing this weekend, Brown said, “Maybe.”
Sixers center Nerlens Noel is being sent to D-League Delaware for a rehab assignment, a source told The Undefeated.
Marc Stein: Nerlens Noel’s stint with Delaware in the @nbadleague, ESPN sources say, is for purely for injury rehab, as Philly did with Jerryd Bayless.
Nerlens Noel is in the early stages of getting back into his groove after minor knee surgery. However, the 76ers center doesn’t anticipate being sidelined for too long. “As of right now, I’m still feeling it out myself, probably around a couple of weeks,” Noel said Monday. “I think I’m in a good place right now to start building back into game shape.”
However, Sixers coach Brett Brown doesn’t want to rush things. Brown thinks it will be more like a few weeks. “I think realistically he hasn’t done anything,” Brown said. “To think that he’s going to come back and play NBA basketball, to me, any sooner than that is a little bit far-reaching.”
Sixers center Nerlens Noel, who underwent surgery to repair an inflamed plica in his left knee on October 25th, is expected to return to Philadelphia later this week to continue his rehabilitation, a source with knowledge of the situation informed Philadelphia magazine. Noel has been undergoing rehabilitation of the injury with Kevin Wilk of Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama up to this point. Noel had previously worked with Wilk when going through rehabilitation to return from the torn ACL he suffered in college.
The Sixers sent personnel down to Alabama to check on Noel at least twice over the last few weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Once Noel rejoins the Sixers he will resume his rehabilitation with the team, and his plan to return to basketball activity will be revised at that time.
Nerlens Noel is heading back to Alabama. The 76ers reserve center has decided to reunite with Kevin Wilk after having surgery Monday at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York to repair inflamed tissue above his left knee. Wilk is associate clinical director at Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Ala.
76ers reserve center Nerlens Noel is scheduled to have surgery Monday at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York to address an inflamed plica above his left knee, according to sources. Dr. Riley Williams will scope the area during a 10-minute procedure. Noel, who’s been sidelined since Oct. 6, is expected to be sidelined an additional three to five weeks. However, he will get a more accurate timeline following the surgery.
Derek Bodner: #sixers announce Nerlens Noel has an inflamed plica and will have a “minor surgical procedure” in the coming days.
Keith Pompey: Brett Brown doesn’t think Nerlens Noel will be ready for opening night. He thinks Jahlil Okafor will. Both are out tonight vs. #Pistons
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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