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Zion Williamson (knee) expected to miss start of Pelicans' season
New Orleans Pelicans rookie small forward Zion Williamson is expected to miss a period of weeks to start the season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Woj adds that it's not a severe injury and that the Pelicans are erring on the extreme side of caution. Look for Williamson to return by mid-November. He averaged 23.3 points per game this preseason, becoming the first rookie to average over 20.0 points since NBA preseason statistics became available in 2005. Williamson is also the only player since 2005-06 to average 20-plus points per game in the preseason while shooting over 70.0 percent from the field.
numberFire's models currently project Zion for 18.3 points, 9.3 boards, 3.0 dimes, 1.7 swipes, 1.4 swats, and 0.8 treys per contest this season.
Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe (rib injury) participates in non-contact drills on Wednesday
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (rib injury) participated in non-contact drills during Wednesday's practice.
According to general manager Jon Horst, Bledsoe will be cleared to play after his pain level goes down. Milwaukee's starting point guard will need to show the team he can manage his injury (fractured cartilage between his ribs) before he returns to the lineup.
For the 2019-2020 season, Bledsoe's projection includes 1148 points, 284 rebounds, and 400 assists.
Anthony Davis (thumb) good to go for Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis (thumb) will play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors.
Davis suffered a right thumb sprain while the team played in China over the weekend. He will be ready to go for his official Lakers debut next Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
numberFire's models project Davis for 25.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.6 blocks, and 0.7 3-pointers per game in his first season with the Lakers.
Anthony Davis day-to-day for Lakers with thumb sprain
Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right thumb during the team's game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday in China, an MRI revealed.
Davis is considered day-to-day. The good news is it's a relatively minor injury for the big man. He should be fine for the Lakers' regular season opener on October 22 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
numberFire's models project The Brow for 25.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.6 blocks, and 0.7 3-pointers per game in his first season with the Lakers.
Lakers' Kyle Kuzma (foot) cleared for non-contact practice
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (foot) has been cleared for non-contact practice.
Kuzma has progressed to ball-handling and non-contact drills after missing time with a left foot stress reaction. The young Lakers' forward needs to be cleared for contact before a realistic timeline can be constructed for his regular season return.
For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Kuzma to accumulate 1159 points, 379 rebounds, and 172 assists.
Celtics' Jayson Tatum (illness) ruled out Tuesday
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is battling an illness and will not make the trip to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.
It seems like Boston will be conservative with its regulars anyway. The Celtics open the regular season on October 23.
Our models project Tatum to average 15.8 points per game this season.
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