Basketball Wiretap

Malachi Richardson Out 4-6 Weeks With Partially Torn Right Hamstring

Feb 16, 2017 7:08 PM

Malachi Richardson has suffered a partial thickness tear of the right hamstring.

Richardson will miss approximately four to six weeks of action.

The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of last night's game at Golden State.

The rookie guard is averaging 3.6 points and 1.0 rebounds on 10.6 minutes in 22 games for the Kings this season.

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Ben Simmons' Foot May Not Yet Be Fully Healed

Feb 16, 2017 3:59 PM

Ben Simmons surgically repaired Jones fracture may not yet be fully healed.

Simmons is scheduled to visit the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York as early as Monday to determine if his right foot is fully healed, according to multiple sources.

Sources said that a foot scan on Jan. 23 showed that his foot was not fully healed.

Simmons was initially scheduled to only miss three months and return in January.

While Simmons has been doing on-court drills, he has been held out of five-on-five scrimmages.

There are only 26 games remaining this season, which reduces the possibility of Simmons playing at all this season.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

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76ers Still Expect Ben Simmons To Play This Season

Feb 15, 2017 9:24 PM

Brett Brown has gone on record that he expects Ben Simmons to play this season as he recovers from his broken foot.

"Our plan is to still see him on the court, playing games," Brown told ESPN on Wednesday. "We just don't know when.

"I fully expect him to play this season. He thinks that, and he's motivated to play."

Brown told ESPN that Simmons is running, jumping and cutting but hasn't been cleared for contact. Brown has been training Simmons in individual workouts, and the player also has been doing 5-on-0 drills.

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Kevin Love Out Six Weeks With Minor Left Knee Surgery

Feb 14, 2017 11:04 AM

Kevin Love will undergo a scope on his injured left knee and be out six weeks.

Love underwent an MRI on Sunday and then the Cleveland Cavaliers sought a second opinion on Monday.

After Saturday's win over Denver, Love complained of soreness and experienced swelling.

Love will be replaced in the All-Star Game.

Love recently moved past a back issue that forced him to miss several games due to spasms.

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Ben Simmons Less Likely To Play At All This Season

Feb 13, 2017 7:48 PM

Ben Simmons is appearing less likely to play at all this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a broken foot.

“I don’t think so,” Brown said. “I feel like he’s moving forward, but to say that we believe he’s going to be ready for 5-on-5 during the All-Star break would be misleading. I don’t see that. 

“He is moving forward but it’s at a very slow pace, our pace. I think when we all get back and he’s around the team again, because it’s not an ideal situation to manufacture 5-on-5 during a break, then we can better craft and construct to allow the return to play to be more responsible.”

Simmons hasn't been traveling with the Philadelphia 76ers lately.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Inquirer

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J.R. Smith On Target For Mid-March Return From Thumb Injury

Feb 13, 2017 4:19 PM

J.R. Smith is on target for a mid-March return from his right thumb fracture.

Barring an unforeseen setback, Smith will be back on the floor next month.

At the time of his injury, it was not anticipated that Smith would return to the lineup before late March or early April.

Smith will have his right thumb reimaged during the All-Star break. Smith is shooting with the injured hand without severe pain.

Chris Haynes, Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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Cavs Seek 2nd Opinion On Kevin Love's Knee

Feb 13, 2017 3:41 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are seeking a second opinion on the left knee of Kevin Love.

Love has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, his former team, and there is a strong possibility he'll miss more time.

Love is scheduled to play in the All-Star Game this Sunday.

Love underwent an MRI on Sunday, and while the Cavs have not disclosed results of the procedure, the fact that Love will visit another doctor suggests that something was detected.

Tom Withers/Associated Press

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Joel Embiid Has Minor Tear In Meniscus Of Left Knee

Feb 11, 2017 8:07 PM

Joel Embiid has a minor tear in the meniscus in his left knee.

There is some thought that the torn meniscus could be a pre-existing condition which an ensuing MRI discovered, rather than caused by the fall on January 20th, although the two injuries being related has not been completely ruled out.

Embiid has missed 11 out of the past 12 games and will likely remain out through the All-Star break.

Embiid is not expected to need surgery for the injury.

Derek Bodner

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76ers Want Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid To Play Together At Some Point This Season

Feb 10, 2017 4:15 PM

Bryan Colangelo provided an update on the health of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, who are both currently out of action for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Simmons has been practicing a bit recently after being off the floor since breaking a foot in late September. Embiid has missed eight straight games because of a knee contusion.

"I do want everyone to understand: We're taking every precaution," Colangelo said. "We put the health and performance of our players ahead of everything. It's a long-term scenario with these guys, as opposed to rushing them back, and putting them in a position to fail."

Colangelo wants Simmons and Embiid to play together at some point this season.

"Obviously, when you see things in practice, you can talk about them all day long, but until you put it into practice and see it, it's going to be hard to know the ultimate outcome," he said. "We hope ... they're going to both be able to play together this year. That's the goal. That's the objective."

Jonathan Tannenwald/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Jabari Parker Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee

Feb 9, 2017 2:53 PM

Jabari Parker has torn the ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Parker will undergo surgery to repair the injury and will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season. The recovery and rehabilitation period is estimated at 12 months.

Parker previously tore the ACL in the same left knee in 2014.

In 51 games (50 starts) this season, Parker averaged 20.1 points (2nd on team), 6.2 rebounds (3rd on team), 2.8 assists (4th on team) and 1.0 steals in 33.9 minutes (2nd on team) per game. He scored in double figures 47 times, including 20-plus points in 28 games.

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Adreian Payne Out Indefinitely With Blood Condition
Adreian Payne has thrombocytopenia, or low platelet count.

Star Tribune

Dragan Bender To Undergo Season Ending Ankle Surgery
Dragan Bender averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his first season in the NBA.

Bernard Djurisic (via Sportando)

Evan Turner Suffers Broken Hand
Evan Turner broke the third metacarpal in his shooting hand.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Ramon Sessions Suffers Torn Meniscus
Ramon Sessions complained of discomfort in his knee Friday.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Zach LaVine Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee
Zach LaVine averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.2 minutes per game.

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Garrett Temple Out 2-3 Weeks With Partially Torn Left Hamstring
Garrett Temple will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.


Enes Kanter Apologizes For Breaking Forearm
Enes Kanter fractured his arm when he attempted to punch the seat of a padded chair in frustration.

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Nikola Jokic Day-To-Day With Left Hip Flexor Strain
Nikola Jokic has a Left Hip Flexor Strain, according to an MRI exam.

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Enes Kanter Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Forearm
Enes Kanter suffered a fractured right forearm punching his hand on a chair.

Royce Young/ESPN

Ben Simmons' Recovery On Track As Foot Scan Reveals No Setbacks
Ben Simmons could make his debut shortly after the All-Star break.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Jodie Meeks Out Indefinitely Following Surgery On Right Thumb
Jodie Meeks sustained the injury on January 18 at New Orleans.

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Blake Griffin Expected To Return From Injury Tuesday
The Clippers have compiled a 10-8 record while Blake Griffin has been sidelined.

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Joel Embiid Out Next Two Games To Rest Knee
Joel Embiid suffered a knee contusion on Friday.


Jeremy Lin Out 3-5 More Weeks After Re-Aggravating Hamstring
Jeremy Lin has only played in 12 out of the Nets' 41 games this season.

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David West Out At Least Two Weeks With Fractured Left Thumb
David West is the primary backup for the Golden State Warriors at center behind Zaza Pachulia.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Pau Gasol Out Indefinitely With Broken Left Hand
Pau Gasol collided with Kyle Anderson and walked off the court grimacing and flexing his left hand.

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