Head coach Doug Pederson said he isn't down on
Pederson did say the team will consider whether fatigue may be an issue, perhaps turning to Wendell Smallwood or Darren Sproles in clock-killing situations. Considering the two fumbles occurred on Mathews' ninth and 14th carries of the respective games, it doesn't seem fatigue is the real problem. The seventh-year running back has always had a bit of an issue with ball security, and his two fumbles have simply occurred at more noticeable times this season. The first essentially cost the
Hayward isn't expected to return to the court until mid-November while he recovers from a fractured left ring finger and has yet to be cleared for practice. Expect Joe Johnson to start at small forward against Portland while Hayward is sidelined.
Favors (knee) will not play in Tuesday's season opener against the Trail Blazers, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports.
The big man continues to deal with a bone bruise on his left IT band, and he'll sit out Tuesday night after participating in practice Monday on only a limited basis. In his absence, the Jazz will likely start veteran Boris Diaw at power forward, while Trey Lyles stands to see increased minutes off the bench. Favors' next chance to make his season debut will come Friday night against the Lakers.
Embiid to play 20 minutes Wednesday against the Thunder on Wednesday, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Embiid will continue to face playing-time restrictions like the duration of the preseason. Although he's yet to record over 20 minutes in a game, he's been incredibly productive for the allotted time he's been given. Coach Brett Brown has indicated that he hopes to increase Embiid's minutes to around 20-24 per game once the regular season begins.
Kulemin reportedly sustained an undisclosed injury in Sunday's game against the Wild, and is considered day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's matchup with Montreal, Newsday's Mark Herrmann reports.
Kulemin was on the ice for the start of Tuesday's practice, but was forced to exit the session prematurely after presumably aggravating the unspecified ailment he's dealing with. At this juncture it seems as though Kulemin will likely miss the Islanders' next contest, but owners keeping tabs on his availability can expect an update on his status ahead of puck drop Wednesday evening.
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