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Kevin Durant To Return From Hamstring Injury This Week

Nov 23, 2015 4:34 PM

Kevin Durant is on course to return to the lineup this week.

Durant missed the past six games with a strained left hamstring.

Durant was not cleared to play in Sunday night's home win over Dallas, but it's believed that either Monday night's visit to Utah or Wednesday's home game against Brooklyn is a strong possibility for his return.

Durant suffered the injury on Nov. 10.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Marcus Smart Out At Least Two Weeks With 'Really Unique' Leg Injury

Nov 23, 2015 3:43 PM

Marcus Smart is expected to miss at least two weeks with a lower left leg injury.

Smart will not need surgery.

Smart suffered the injury when he collided with Thomas Robinson on Friday.

Smart left the game and underwent an MRI and did not travel on this current road trip.

“They’ve gone and taken a bunch of images of it; they’ve wanted to make sure,” Stevens said.

“They’ve actually asked for second opinions on it, because it’s a really unique injury. But it’s not a long-term thing, and it’s not a huge issue. They just want to make sure that everything is fully healed before he comes back.”


Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Joel Embiid Showing 'New Level Of Maturity'

Nov 23, 2015 12:33 PM

Joel Embiid has been working more diligently on his conditioning as he rehabs from another foot operation this season.

"He just seems like (there's) a new level of maturity, a new level of seriousness in him," a source said. "The gravity of the situation is on him; it's on everyone."

The multi-season injury to Embiid has delayed the 76ers' timetable for their rebuild.


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Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jonas Valanciunas Decides On Rehab Instead Of Surgery On Hand

Nov 22, 2015 12:54 PM

Jonas Valanciunas has decided to rehab the broken fourth metacarpal in his non-shooting hand instead of surgery.

Valanciunas is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Valanciunas missed 18 games with the same injury in his right hand during the 2012-13 season.

Valanciunas signed a four-year contract extension with the Raptors before the season.

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Tags: Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jonas Valanciunas Breaks Bone In Non-Shooting Hand

Nov 21, 2015 6:45 PM

Jonas Valanciunas broke a bone in his left hand during Friday's game.

Valanciunas will undergo further tests before the Toronto Raptors determine how long he will be sidelined.

Valanciunas broke the same bone -- in his right hand -- during his 2012-13 rookie season and missed 18 games.

"It's unfortunate, and we're definitely going to miss him because of what we do, so it's next man up right now," Kyle Lowry said.


Tags: Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Martell Webster Undergoes Successful Surgery On Hip

Nov 20, 2015 9:51 PM

Martell Webster has successful surgery to repair the labrum and damaged cartilage in his right hip.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, TN. Webster, who has not appeared in a game this season due to the injury, is expected to miss the remainder of the season for the Washington Wizards.

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Tags: Martell Webster, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Injury

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Timofey Mozgov Out Up To Two Weeks With Strained Deltoid

Nov 20, 2015 2:39 PM

Timofey Mozgov experienced a strained right deltoid during the second quarter of last night’s game against Milwaukee.

Additional examination and MRI today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health confirmed the strain.

Mozgov will be out approximately 10 days to two weeks.

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Tags: Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

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76ers Exposing Joel Embiid To Ilgauskas' Success Story

Nov 18, 2015 11:54 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have again asked Zydrunas Ilgauskas to meet with Joel Embiid.

Ilgauskas was able to overcome the foot injury that has forced Embiid to miss the first two seasons of his NBA career.

"His story is real," Brett Brown said. "And it really resonates with Joel on the pitfalls of it all and the mental side of it all and the discipline to take of your body to get back onto the court."

Ilgauskas missed 202 games and had three fractured navicular bone surgeries from 1998-2001. His final surgery included a bone graph and the reshaping of the first metatarsal and heel bone to relieve stress in his foot.

Brown said Embiid is progressing "great" and is "doing fantastic in his mind."

"He is so determined to do everything that he has to," Brown said, "everything that people are telling him that he has to do to get it right.

"There was a real progression in his maturity and seriousness to understanding truly what needs to be done for him to give him every chance to get back on the court."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Manu Ginobili Out Two Games With Hip Tightness

Nov 18, 2015 6:56 PM

Manu Ginobili will miss the next two games with hip tightness.

Ginobili will be re-evaluated before Saturday's game against Memphis.

In nine games this season, Ginobili is averaging 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals.

Tags: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

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Sam Dekker To Undergo Back Surgery

Nov 18, 2015 6:54 PM

Sam Dekker will undergo back surgery on Friday.

Dekker was taken with the 18th overall pick in last June's draft and has only played sparingly for the Houston Rockets.

Dekker was bothered by the back injury during his senior season at Wisconsin.

Dekker is expected to miss three months.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Sam Dekker, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Jabari Parker Skips Bucks' Road Trip With Sprained Foot
Jabari Parker returned to action on Nov. 4 after missing the final 57 games with a torn ACL.

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Myles Turner Undergoes Successful Surgery On Left Thumb
Myles Turner is expected to miss six weeks for the Pacers.

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Kevin Durant's Hamstring 'Feeling Way Better'
Kevin Durant will be reevaluated in a few days and has yet to practice.

Royce Young/ESPN

Derrick Rose Could Have Blurred Vision For Several More Months
Derrick Rose says he is feeling more comfortable on the floor as he continues to recover from a left orbital fracture.

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Kobe Bryant 'Barely Standing Up' After Sunday's Game
Kobe Bryant won't play in the Lakers' next game.


Kyrie Irving Cleared For Intensive Weight-Bearing Activities
Kyrie Irving's recovery timetable was scheduled for 3-4 months and he's now been out over five months.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Myles Turner Out At Least Four Weeks With Fracture In Thumb
Myles Turner sustained a chip fracture in his left thumb.

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Kyrie Irving Still Has 'Ways To Go' Before Returning
Kyrie Irving's daily work includes building up his legs and some on-court work.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gerald Green Punched Man During Incident
Gerald Green punched a man and then was combative with paramedics to the point of needing to be handcuffed so he could be transported to a trauma center.


Wilson Chandler To Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery
Wilson Chandler previously had to undergo surgery on his hip in May of 2012.

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Kevin Durant Out At Least 7-10 Days With Strained Left Hamstring
Kevin Durant is averaging 28.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.25 blocks and 34.7 minutes.

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Kevin Durant Injures Left Hamstring, Will Undergo MRI
Kevin Durant came down awkwardly after drawing a foul and immediately grabbed at his left leg.

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Terrence Ross Out Indefinitely With Left Thumb Injury
Terrence Ross sustained a ligament injury to his left thumb during a Monday workout session.

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Miami Has No Plans To Release Gerald Green
Gerald Green was hospitalized for several days for unknown reasons and one source said the situation is "delicate."

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald

Brook Lopez Avoids Serious Injury In Surgically-Repaired Foot
Brook Lopez has had three surgeries on his right foot and he had to leave Saturday's game with soreness.

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Gerald Green Released From Hospital, Reason For Stay Remains Unknown
Gerald Green has been released from the hospital following a four-day stay for an undisclosed reason.


Kendrick Perkins Out Three Months With Pectoral Injury
Kendrick Perkins signed a veteran's minimum deal with the Pelicans this summer.

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Chris Paul Suffers Strained Right Groin
Chris Paul sat out during the final play of the Clippers' loss at the Warriors due to a strained right groin.


Gerald Green Admitted To Hospital
Gerald Green is currently being hospitalized, though the reason is not yet known.

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J.R. Smith To Undergo MRI On Injured Right Knee
David Blatt's demeanor while talking about J.R. Smith made the injury sound serious.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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