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Norris Cole Suffers High Left Ankle Sprain

Oct 13, 2015 3:12 PM

Norris Cole suffered a high left ankle sprain during Sunday's practice.

A timetable for Cole’s return will be determined at a later date.

Cole, 6-2, 175, appeared in 28 games last season for New Orleans after being acquired from Miami at the trade deadline, averaging 9.9 points and 3.2 assists in 24.4 minutes per game. Drafted 28th overall out of Cleveland State by Chicago in the 2011 NBA Draft, Cole has appeared in 302 career regular season games for New Orleans and Miami, holding averages of 6.6 points and 2.6 assists per game.

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Kristaps Porzingis Suffers Third Non-Contact Injury Since June

Oct 12, 2015 6:33 PM

Kristaps Porzingis injured his left upper quad during practice on Sunday.

Porzingis had an MRI and it is not deemed serious.

Porzingis has suffered three non-contact injuries since June. 

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

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Derrick Rose Rejoins Bulls, Not Cleared Yet For Activity

Oct 12, 2015 1:23 PM

Derrick Rose rejoined the Chicago Bulls for the first time since fracturing his left orbital on Sept. 29th, but he hasn't been cleared to activity.

Rose was initially on a two-week timetable, but the swelling didn't dissipate as quickly as envisioned.

The Bulls have yet to rule Rose out for the Oct. 27 regular season opener against the Cavaliers. 


"He still has some blurred vision in that eye. It’s still very swollen," Fred Hoiberg said. "But he’s definitely making progress from when I saw him a week ago."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Chris Paul Fractures Left Index Finger

Oct 11, 2015 3:17 AM

Chris Paul fractured his left index finger in practice Saturday in China and is not expected to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Hornets.

The injury is not considered to be serious and Paul will be re-evaluated prior to the Clippers game against the Hornets Wednesday in Shanghai.

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Kevin Love Practices Fully For First Time Since Injury

Oct 10, 2015 10:03 PM

Kevin Love was a full participant in the Cleveland Cavaliers' practice on Saturday, which marks the first time he's done so since separating his shoulder in May.

"I felt good," Love said after practice. "Just getting into the rhythm of the plays more than anything. Just getting my legs under me with contact. Five-on-five felt really good."

Love said he was "pretty anxious" about playing without any restrictions.

Love will likely play game action on Thursday against the Indiana Pacers.

"We're trying to stay true to our plan," David Blatt said. "We could throw him out there [on Monday or Tuesday], but I don't think it's necessary at this point."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Kevin Love Ahead Of Schedule, Could Play In Opener

Oct 9, 2015 1:22 PM

Kevin Love could be ready for the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener on October 27th.

“I feel pretty good,” Love told Sporting News. “As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast. As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can.”

Love has been cleared for 3-on-3 practices, but not yet for 5-on-5. 


“(Six months is) just a ballpark figure that has generally been thrown out there by anybody who has talked about the rehab process for this kind of an injury,” Love said. “I like to think that I am ahead of the game, but there’s different tests and the due diligence that the doctor will go through and the training staff will go through. So all I can do is go out there every day and attack my rehab and hopefully I will be able to go out there and help these guys as soon as possible.”

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

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Dwight Howard Played Through Torn MCL, Meniscus In WCF

Oct 9, 2015 11:53 AM

Dwight Howard said he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the Western Conference Finals.

Team doctors said Howard did not need offseason surgery because the tears weren't that severe.

Howard hurt his left knee in the first quarter of Game 1 of that series when his then-teammate Josh Smith crashed into his knee. 

Howard missed 41 games for the Houston Rockets during the 14-15 season.


Calvin Watkins/ESPN

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Omer Asik Out Three Weeks With Calf Strain

Oct 8, 2015 11:40 AM

Omer Asik is expected to miss the next three weeks with a right calf strain.

The injury occurred during Wednesday's practice.

Asik, 7-0, 255, appeared in 76 games for the Pelicans in 2014-15, averaging 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Drafted 36th overall by Portland in the 2008 NBA Draft, Asik has appeared in 354 career regular season games with Chicago, Houston and New Orleans, holding averages of 5.9 points and 7.7 rebounds. A native of Bursa, Turkey, Asik was originally acquired by New Orleans in a trade with the Houston Rockets on July 24, 2014. Asik re-signed to a multi-year contract with the Pelicans on July 9, 2015.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Out Six Months With Shoulder Surgery

Oct 5, 2015 2:45 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo surgery on his shoulder and miss six months.

Kidd-Gilchrist injured his shoulder in the Charlotte Hornets' first preseason game.

Kidd-Gilchrist signed an extension in the offseason.

The injury will open up more minutes for Jeremy Lamb.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Alexis Ajinca Out 4-6 Weeks With Hamstring Strain

Oct 5, 2015 1:47 PM

Alexis Ajinca is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a right hamstring strain.

The injury occurred during the second quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans’ preseason opener against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Ajinca, 7-2, 220, appeared in 68 games for New Orleans during the 2014-15 season, averaging a career-best 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. In 195 NBA games for New Orleans, Toronto, Dallas and Charlotte, Ajinca holds career averages of 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds. After originally signing with New Orleans on Dec. 20, 2013, the French native signed a multi-year contract with New Orleans on July 9, 2015.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Dislocates Shoulder, X-Rays Negative
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was curling off a screen late in the second quarter when he tumbled to the ground after absorbing a foul.


Andrew Bogut Lost 20 Pounds In Offseason
Andrew Bogut said he's feeling especially springy in camp.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Derrick Rose Undergoes Surgery, Will Return In Two Weeks
Derrick Rose will be able to resume basketball activities in two weeks.

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Derrick Rose Suffers Left Orbital Fracture
Derrick Rose will undergo surgery after being struck with an elbow in the face.

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Iman Shumpert Out Three Months With Right Wrist Injury
Iman Shumpert recently suffered a ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in his right wrist.

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Wesley Matthews Could Be Out Until Christmas
Wesley Matthews will definitely not be ready for the Mavericks' regular season opener.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Andre Iguodala Underwent Knee Injections In Germany
Andre Iguodala believes he is already seeing positive effects.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Kyrie Irving Plans Changes To Game To Avoid Injuries
Kyrie Irving has missed an average of 14 regular season games per season.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Brandon Jennings Still Has No Timetable For Return
Brandon Jennings has been cleared by doctors to continue a steady progression of basketball related rehabilitation activities.

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Chandler Parsons Underwent 'Minor Hybrid' Microfracture Surgery
Chandler Parsons has not been fully cleared for the beginning of training camp with the Mavericks.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mike Dunleavy Jr. Out 8-10 Weeks With Back Surgery
The Bulls re-signed Dunleavy during free agency after he resisted strong overtures from the Cavaliers.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jrue Holiday To Remain On Minutes Restriction Until January
Jrue Holiday underwent offseason surgery to remove a screw from his lower leg.

Brett Dawson/New Orleans Advocate

Kevin Durant Fully Cleared For Camp, Playing 5-On-5 Already
Kevin Durant has been fully cleared for training camp as he recovers from multiple foot surgeries.

Royce Young/ESPN

Jabari Parker Cleared To Practice When Bucks Begin Camp
Jabari Parker is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered on Dec. 15.

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Darrun Hilliard Undergoes Surgery For Broken Nose
Darrun Hilliard will be fitted with a mask for the next three weeks and will continue all basketball-related activities.

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Brandon Jennings 'Not Close' To Being Cleared For Return
Brandon Jennings is currently shooting and running on a treadmill at 60 percent of his body weight.

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Kobe Bryant Cleared For All Basketball Activities
Kobe Bryant is recovering from a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

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