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NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will play his first game in nearly 11 months on Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers. Andre Roberts Bills Jersey .Evans underwent three right knee surgeries in the span of nine months. He said he will begin his return on an unspecified minutes limit and will not play on back-to-back nights.It feels good, he said. Just putting the work Ive been putting in. Just having the chance to get my feet wet, for the first game. Ive been working hard all summer just to get in this position. ... Ill see how I feel and see if I can go at a good rate.Evans, 27, was nearing a return two weeks ago, but he said he felt a pull on his left calf while going up for a layup in practice on Nov. 30, which he thought was a result from not running [in] a long time. Evans said his calf is still a little sore but that Ive felt worse pain.Asked if he feels 100 percent, like he was before the surgeries, Evans said, Not 100 percent, but I definitely feel way better than last year, just from after the surgeries. Dr. [Riley] Williams did a great job with the surgery. My knee is feeling way better, no pain. So thats a good sign.For the Pacers, coach Nate McMillan says his club is without guard Rodney Stuckey, who injured his left hamstring during Wednesday nights loss in Miami. That further reduces depth at guard, which was already thinned by Monta Ellis not making the trip because of his right groin strain.Evans, who last played Jan. 25, 2016, said he was willing to play through any injury when he entered the NBA out of Memphis in 2009, but his experiences over the past year-plus have taught him to take a more cautious approach to rest and recovery.When Im hurt from now on, I know if I cant go Im not going to play, he said. Its just the risk you have on yourself. Me getting older, learning about that, about my body, knowing when to play and when not to play -- [that] has a lot to do with me now. Its my eighth year.Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said on Dec. 1 that Evans is in tremendous shape, but that the team plans to slowly work him back into game action. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he doesnt anticipate Evans will be able to play long stretches right away.After playing in a career-high 79 games in 2014-15, Evans underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in May 2015 to remove loose particles. He then bumped knees with Kendrick Perkins in a preseason practice, causing a chip in Evans right knee that required surgery.He returned Dec. 1, 2015, but persistent knee swelling -- despite the draining of fluid -- led to an osteochondral autograft transfer system procedure in February to replace cartilage in three areas of his knee.Evans revealed on media day in late September that he also sustained a blood clot in his calf following the February surgery, but that it went away after two days and he didnt consider it an issue moving forward. He returned to non-contact action in practice on Nov. 15.The first couple weeks of the surgery, after I got the surgery, was painful, the worst feeling of my life, Evans said. But once I started to ramp up in New York with my treatment and ride a bike, everything started to go real smooth.Tim Frazier?said on Thursday that he will miss the next 7-10 days after sustaining a bone bruise on his right wrist in Tuesdays 113-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors.The Pelicans have lost 70 combined games to injury and illness in their 8-18 start, with Jrue Holiday missing an additional 12 to tend to his wife and newborn. The team lost 351 total games to injury and illness last season, the second most in the NBA in the past decade.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Devin Singletary Youth Jersey .com) - Manchester City midfielder David Silva is expected to miss the next four weeks because of a calf problem. Frank Gore Jersey . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. http:///...-mccoy-bills-jersey/ .C. -- Todd Fiddler scored a hat trick, including the overtime goal, as the Prince George Cougars survived an 8-7 win against the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play Sunday. Saturday, October 1Western Bulldogs ($2.40) vs Sydney Swans ($1.60), MCG at 2:30pmTeam news:The Bulldogs head into the grand final off the back of a much more ferocious and energy-sapping preliminary final than their Sydney rivals who breezed past a lacklustre Geelong on Friday night. The Dogs also have to front up with one days less rest, having defeated the Giants on Saturday evening.Lots of talk surrounds Lin Jong and whether the midfield will be selected. Three weeks ago against the Eagles, Jong suffered a broken collarbone, but miraculously recovered quicker than expected to lead the VFL side to premiership glory last Sunday -- claiming best on ground honours in the process. Luke Beveridge has a massive call to make.For the Swans, skipper Jarrad McVeigh is still a 50-50 and no certainty to play after failing to overcome a calf injury he picked up in the qualifying final loss to GWS.Exciting 13-gamer Aliir Aliir has been ruled out through injury, which is a huge blow for their defence. Hamstrung Rising Star winner Callum Mills is also expected to miss out, but Gary Rohan -- who played a key role in last weeks win -- looks a certain starter.Key head-to-head: Marcus Bontempelli vs. Luke ParkerThroughout this finals series, just about every AFL pundit has claimed that if the Bont can have a big impact, the Bulldogs might just win. Hes three out of three and the Dogs find themselves in a grand final -- another big effort and they may be premiers.It wont be easy against the star-studded Sydney midfield, particularly in his head-to-head battle with Luke Parker.Parker -- who finished second in Monday nights Brownlow Medal -- has been a match-winner for the Swans all year and will spend time throughout the day against Bontempelli.Both stars will have a huge impact on the match and are likely to feature in Norm Smith Medal calculations late in the final term.Teams:Bulldogs: B Jason Johannisen, Joel Hamling, Matthew Boyd HB Shane Biggs, Dale Morris, Easton Wood C Lachie Hunter, Marcus Bontempelli, Liam Picken HF Jack Macrae, Zaine Cordy, Jake Stringer F Tory Dickson, Tom Boyd, Clay Smith FOL Jordan Roughead, Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Liberatore I/C Toby McLean, Fletcher Roberts, Josh Dunkley, Caleb DanielSwans: B Jake Lloyd, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith HB Callum Mills, Jeremy Laidler, Dane Rampe C Kieren Jack, Josh P. Kennedy, Jarrad McVeigh HF Tom Mitchell, Lance Franklin, Luke Parker F Tom Papley, Kurt Tippett, Ben McGlynn FOL Sam Naismith, Dan Hannebery, Isaac Heeney I/C Gary Rohan, Zak Jones, George Hewett, Xavier RichardsField umpires:?Scott Jeffery, Matt Stevic, Simon MeredithBoundary umpires: Ian Burrows, Chris Bull, Rob Haala, Michael MarantelliGoal umpires: Chris Appletonn, Adam WojcikGrand Final stats:The Bulldogs have won the past two clashes against the Swans - both at the SCG and by under a goal. Doug Flutie Womens Jersey. This is the sixth grand final since 2007 that features a Victorian-based club and an interstate team. Victorian-based clubs have a superior 4-1 record.Stuart Dew has been involved in every leap year premiership since 2004. He is the Swans assistant coach in 2016.Every leap year since 2000, the side on top of the ladder after Round 1 has won the grand final. The Bulldogs topped the table after Round 1 this year.UBET verdict:Sydney have the upper hand when it comes to grand final experience, but the Bulldogs are brimming with belief after their six-point win over GWS. So, where does the all-important money trail point? Well, predictably perhaps, the early cash has come for the feel-good team, the Bulldogs, who are into their first decider in 55-years.Footy fans everywhere are buying into the Bulldogs fairy tale, with Luke Beveridges team capturing three quarters of the bets and two thirds of the money in the initial outright betting skirmish. Line money is also running in their favour at a 2:1 ratio.Sydneys certainly flying under the radar at this stage, but we fully expect the big money punters to step in closer to game day and smash the Swans, who are into their third decider since 2012.Norm Smith Medal betting will no doubt be huge. As it stands, veteran Josh Kennedy is the favourite at $7.00, followed by a few players who polled well on Brownlow Medal night in Luke Parker at $8.00 and Marcus Bontempelli and Dan Hannebery at $9.00. $10 million man Lance Franklin is a popular pick at $11, while $21 chance Caleb Daniel has been earmarked as value. As we have done in previous years, UBET will be trading live on the Norm Smith throughout the game.Weather: Mostly cloudy day with a top of 17 degrees. Possibly early showers which will clear by the first bounce.?Prediction:?Two very contrasting sides that rightfully deserve their place on the AFLs grandest stage.The Swans have been prolific in attack this year, averaging 100 points per match, while the Bulldogs have become the leagues stingiest defence, coughing up just 73 points per game.As much as everyone would love to see the Dogs fairytale continue, its hard to look past the seasoned Swans stars, particularly their midfield brigade. Throw in the ultimate X-factor in Franklin and its no surprise Sydney start favourite.However, if anyone can, the Bulldogs can.Tip: Swans by 10 pointsNorm Smith Medal: Tom MitchellEnter your ESPNfootytips AFL selections ' ' ' 
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