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Kaminsky, Covington, Nogueira leave with ankle injuries

April 27, 2016 - Miami, FL, USA - Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky III looks to pass against Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade during the first quarter on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami (Photo by David Santiago/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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A trio of NBA forwards left their respective games on Friday night due to the dreaded ankle sprain. The Charlotte Hornets’ Frank Kaminsky, Toronto Raptors’ Lucas Nogueira and Philadelphia 76ers’ Robert Covington all suffered ankle sprains and will not be returning to action on this night.

Thanks to Marvin Williams’ broken finger, Kaminsky could be in line for a starting spot in Charlotte. He played in 81 games as a rookie last season, but started on only three occasions, averaging 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game after being taken with the ninth overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft.

It’s already been both a tough day (the announcement of Nerlens Noel’s knee surgery) and tough summer (Ben Simmons suffering a broken foot) for the 76ers, who will hold their breath on Covington after leaving Friday night’s game. Expected to be the team’s starting small forward heading into the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign, Covington is coming off back-to-back seasons of 49 starts. He averaged 13.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last year for the Sixers and has proven himself a solid marksman from deep, shooting the three-ball at 36.3 percent for his career.

The lightly used Nogueira doesn’t figure to be a big factor into the Raptors’ immediate plans for the 2016-17 season, although he got consistent playing time throughout preseason. He appeared in 29 games last season off the bench, pitching in 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

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