Sunday NBA Preseason Wrap

Trey Burke (broken finger) could be out for 3-6 weeks, his father said on Sunday. Burke fractured his right index finger in the second quarter of Saturday’s game vs. the Clippers, and will see a hand specialist on Monday for more information. With Burke likely missing the first month of his career, point guard duties will fall to career backup John Lucas III, but don’t be surprised if the Alec Burks spends some time running point. Utah has also reportedly inquired about Chicago’s Marquis Teague.

Nicolas Batum (concussion) sat out again from practice on Sunday, and still hasn’t been cleared. He hopes to return to practice fully on Thursday, and the team isn’t worried about his status for opening night. It shouldn’t affect his draft stock for fantasy owners, which still sits somewhere in the second round.

Wilson Chandler (hamstring) participated in practice on Sunday, but is out for Monday’s preseason game. Chandler just took part in non-contact drills, but it’s good news for Denver considering it’s his most action on the court since October 2. All signs are that Chandler will be ready to start the season, and is still a solid mid-round pick with Danilo Gallinari (knee) set to be sidelined for a while longer.

Nate Robinson (glute) practiced fully on Sunday after a limited run the day before. His injury has been classified as a right glute strain, but it’s not a concern for Denver. He’s fully expected to return soon, and remains a possible late-round pick.

Kawhi Leonard sat out Sunday’s preseason game against the Suns, although it was purely to give him a rest. He has top-10 shooting guard potential this season, and is a leading candidate to be a breakout fantasy star.

Andrei Kirilenko (back) is out for Monday’s game against Philadelphia. There doesn’t seem to be a serious injury here, and rather looks like more of a precautionary measure than anything. He is, at best, a late-round option in fantasy leagues.


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