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Sixers’ Noel Makes Season Debut, Injures Ankle

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For the first time this season, Nerlens Noel appeared in a game. It didn’t take long before he was forced to exit. Making his much-anticipated season debut Sunday night, Noel scored eight points off the bench to help the Sixers take a 58-35 lead over the Pistons through the second quarter in Detroit. But the former first-round pick suffered a left ankle sprain and would not return.

It’s unclear when Noel may have tweaked his ankle, but there was a scare with less than a minute remaining in first quarter when he took a hard foul and fell awkwardly.“It’s a tough little break, but it’s a minor thing so I’ll probably be back by next game,” Noel said post-game.

Source: James Schmehl of CSN Philly

 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo to Miss Game With Knee Soreness

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The Milwaukee Bucks have listed All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as out for Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of right knee soreness.

Antetokounmpo will be missing his third game this season with the same ailment, having sat out a Nov. 22 contest at Phoenix and a Dec. 23 matchup in Charlotte.

Source: ESPN

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Hornets Make Kemba Walker Available via Trade

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Overloaded with bad contracts and untradeable assets, the Charlotte Hornets have made All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade discussions, league sources told ESPN.

Charlotte has been encouraging teams to make offers and appears eager to discuss attaching Walker to a larger trade in which another team would take on one of the Hornets’ several less desirable contracts, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Bulls’ Kris Dunn in Concussion Protocol After Hard Fall

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Point guard Kris Dunn was re-evaluated for concussion symptoms and has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday.

Dunn will be out indefinitely and will not travel with the Bulls to Atlanta for their Saturday game. Dunn took a hard fall late in Wednesday night’s 119-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors, landing face first after a dunk.

Source: ESPN

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