Rondo (sports hernia) was able to go through some shooting drills Sunday, Scott Kushner of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
Rondo isn't expected back until at least mid-November after undergoing surgery to address a core-muscle issue earlier this month, but it sounds like he at least hasn't hit any unexpected snags in his rehab. The Pelicans signed veteran Jameer Nelson a few days ago to address their lack of point-guard depth, but it's expected that a healthy Rondo will step into a starting role once he's given clearance to play again. If that's the case, Jrue Holiday would likely shift over to shooting guard while the likes of E'Twaun Moore, Nelson and Ian Clark would lose out on minutes.
Anderson (back) is questionable to play Monday against the Grizzlies, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Anderson is battling pain in his lower back, and the Rockets will wait until closer to game-time to make a final call on his status. The veteran played 23 minutes in Saturday's win over the Mavericks, finishing with three points (1-4 FG, 1-4 3PT), 10 rebounds and an assist. If he's held out Monday, expect P.J. Tucker or Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to move into the starting lineup at power forward.
Okafor had four tackles (three solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's win against the Packers.
Okafor has quietly posted both a sack and a forced fumble in three of his last four games. The fifth-year pro has seized control of the starting defensive end position opposite Cameron Jordan, and with Jordan commanding a ton of offensive attention, Okafor could continue to post quality fantasy numbers.
Ovechkin is expected to be fine after getting tangled up at practice Monday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Despite declaring that Ovechkin is going to be okay, coach Barry Trotz left the door open by saying that he wanted to talk to the trainer for more information. The Caps are off until Thursday, which is plenty of time for the winger to heal up from what seems to be a minor injury, but the team should provide an update on game day, if not sooner.
Smith (knee) will return to action Monday against the Warriors, Tim MacMahon of ESPNreports.
Smith missed each of the last two games with a left knee effusion, but the point guard downplayed the issue Monday, telling reporters "I'm playing tonight" after going through shootaround. Expect Smith, who started the opener, to return to the starting five, likely pushing Yogi Ferrell back to a bench role.
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