Morrow is set to be evaluated in a week but the typical recovery time is four to six weeks, the Thunder said Friday.

The Thunder have been bit hard by the injury bug during training camp, losing both Kevin Durant and rookie forward Mitch McGary for at least the first month to foot injuries. The Thunder expect to have guard Reggie Jackson (wrist) and center Kendrick Perkins (quad strain) available for Wednesday's opener against the Portland Trail Blazers.

With Durant out, Morrow was a strong candidate to slot into the Thunder's starting five at shooting guard. Along with Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams, Morrow started the final three preseason games. Now, coach Scott Brooks will be forced to reconsider his starting group again, likely turning to either Jackson, Perry Jones or Jeremy Lamb to fill the role.

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Anderson Varejao will start at center for the Cavs to begin the season, beating out Tristan Thompson. Jason Miller/Getty Images

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have settled on the two players who will join their Big Three in the starting lineup when the regular season begins next week.

Cavs coach David Blatt said Friday that Anderson Varejao will start at center against the New York Knicks on Thursday, joining Dion Waiters at shooting guard and Cleveland's star-studded trio of small forward LeBron James, power forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving.

Varejao, 32, beat out the 23-year-old Tristan Thompson for the starting nod on opening night.

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With Steve Nash done for the season, Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin has a chance to play a larger role. Jeff Gross/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS -- Less than a day after Steve Nash was ruled out for the season with recurring back problems, Lakers coach Byron Scott said he did not address the injury with the team outside of naming Ronnie Price the starting point guard for Friday night's preseason game, and he said he has yet to talk to the two-time MVP.

"We didn't bring it up in practice, and we haven't talked about it at all," Scott said. "I think most of the guys who have been in the league for a while and are professionals know this is part of life in the NBA. You send out your well wishes and you move on. Obviously he'll be missed. Unfortunately for me, I didn't get a chance to coach him. He has always been one of my favorite people in the league because he's such a professional and such a gentleman. I'm going to miss out on that opportunity, but just like everyone else, I'm wishing him all the best."

The 40-year-old Nash played in only 15 games last season with nerve root irritation but hoped for a comeback season after several months of rehabilitation. Scott had penciled in Nash as the starting point guard this season, but Nash was only able to start and finish the first preseason game before experiencing back problems. He played in just three preseason games and strained his back while carrying travel bags several days ago.

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"I may," James said Friday when asked if he has thought about resuming his patented powder poof. "I'm going to let the fans decide and see what they think. If they want me to, I will do it."

James said he will seek fan input on social media in order to make the call. Over the summer, James went a similar crowd-sourcing route to determine whether to wear his old No. 23 for the Cleveland Cavaliers or stick to No. 6, the number he wore while winning two championships with the Miami Heat and two Olympic gold medals with USA Basketball.

James has already hinted at going back to the chalk toss -- a variation of the same habit Kevin Garnett does and Michael Jordan used to do -- by posting a video on Instagram back in August.

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 Sep 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, forward Blake Griffin (32), guard Chris Paul (3), forward Matt Barnes (22), center DeAndre Jordan (6) and guard J.J. Redick (4) during media day at the training facility in Playa Vista. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Emotionally battered after a racism scandal that left their previous owner Donald Sterling with a life ban, the Los Angeles Clippers can now script a fresh chapter as they aim to enhance their championship credentials.

With former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer now in charge and shrewd head coach Doc Rivers back at the helm, the franchise will strive to go at least one better after being ousted in the second round of the playoffs last season.

The Clippers have never reached a conference final despite advancing to the postseason 10 times but, with All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin established as team leaders, they are now viewed by many as genuine contenders for the NBA championship.

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 Oct 20, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) spins past Chicago Bulls forward Tony Snell (20) at Value City Arena. Cleveland won the game 107-98. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - After a tumultuous offseason that forced the National Basketball Association to confront the delicate issue of race, the league will usher in a new season starting next week that could prove to be one of the best in years.

The defining story of the offseason could have been LeBron James's return to his home state's Cleveland Cavaliers, where the game's most popular player hopes to ease the pain from his defection in 2010, but instead racism dominated headlines.

However, with Donald Sterling having sold the Los Angeles Clippers and Bruce Levenson disposing of his share of the Atlanta Hawks, both over racist comments, the focus can now finally return to the hardwood.

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I'M COMING HOME: All seems in harmony again in the basketball universe as LeBron James returns home to gritty Cleveland and the Cavaliers after a four-year run with the Miami Heat that included two NBA crowns.

Public enemy No. 1 in Cleveland after going on national TV in 2010 to say he was "taking my talents to South Beach," James received a hero's homecoming when he re-signed with the Cavs, ready to deliver the NBA title he failed to do during his first stint with the team.

James' return along with the arrival of All-Star Kevin Love through a blockbuster trade with Minnesota elevated Cleveland to championship contenders but will it be enough to bring Cleveland its first major championship title in any sport in 50 years?

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