Basketball Wiretap

Jose Calderon Out 2-4 Weeks With Strained Right Hamstring

Dec 5, 2016 3:45 PM

Jose Calderon suffered a right hamstring strain on Saturday and will miss two to four weeks.

In 14 games (nine starts) this season for the Los Angeles Lakers, Calderon is averaging 4.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game while shooting 41.7% from three-point range.

The Lakers traded for Calderon in the offseason.

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Dirk Nowitzki Wants To Play When Healthy Despite Mavs' Struggles

Dec 4, 2016 7:16 PM

Dirk Nowitzki remains committed to salvaging the Dallas Mavericks' season as he continues to sit with lingering soreness in his right Achilles tendon.

"I'm all-in. I want to play," Nowitzki said. 

"This is obviously not a career-ending injury that I've got. It's something that just keeps lingering unfortunately. I can hopefully get over it.

"There's still a lot of season left. December just started. We know that there's a lot of games coming, so hopefully sometime soon I'll be out there and then stay out there. I don't want to jump in and out of the lineup with soreness or fight this whole year. I'd love to be healthy and stay out there once I go."

The Mavericks have the worst record in the Western Conference.

"It's frustrating for me," said Nowitzki. "The whole situation is frustrating to be dealing with something I never have before in my career, so it's tough. But once I'm out there, I don't want the same thing to happen again that just happened last week, so I want to make sure now it's good to go. At this stage of my career, I don't move well anyways, so if I'm out there at 80-90 percent, I don't think I'm a big help. I want to make sure my body's responding the right way and we'll go from there.

"Achilles injuries are tough, and they just limit your movement a lot. Limit my movement 10 years ago, I'd still be able to play effectively out there. But if you limit my movement now, I'm already a step slow, and that makes me three steps slow. It just makes no sense to be out there."

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Reggie Bullock Out 2-4 Months With Surgery On Left Knee

Nov 30, 2016 5:06 PM

Reggie Bullock will undergo surgery for a meniscus tear in his left knee and will miss two to four weeks.

Bullock suffered the tear last week. Bullock was averaging 4.0 points and 1.3 rebounds for the Detroit Pistons in 10 minutes per game.

Bullock will be a restricted free agent in 2017.

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Nick Young Out 2-4 Weeks With Strained Right Calf

Nov 30, 2016 2:48 PM

Nick Young will miss the next two to four weeks with a strained calf muscle in his right leg.

Young picked up the injury on Tuesday.

Young is averaging 13.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 18 games so far this season, reviving his career after the Los Angeles Lakers nearly parted ways with him in the offseason.

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Mike Conley Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Vertebrae

Nov 29, 2016 1:40 PM

Mike Conley has suffered a transverse process fracture in the vertebrae and will be out indefinitely.

Conley signed a new five-year, $153 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies in the offseason.

Conley was averaging 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game for the Grizzlies to begin the 16-17 season with a career high PER of 23.7.

Conley was limited to 56 games in 15-16 due to an Achilles injury.

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Khris Middleton's Hamstring Was Torn Off Bone

Nov 28, 2016 11:55 AM

When Khris Middleton suffered a torn hamstring in September during an informal workout, it actually was torn completely off the bone.

“That’s a pretty rare injury; that’s unusual,’’ said a league official.

Multiple NBA officials said they're unaware of any player in recent years sustaining a similar injury.

At the time of Middleton’s setback, Bucks officials said Middleton would be sidelined for “approximately six months.’’

Middleton is back on the court again two months after the injury. While he is incapable of running and cutting, he is nevertheless working on his game.

“I’ve been doing some shooting; I’m just trying to get back into a little shooting form,’’ said Middleton.

Middleton is optimistic about returning this season.

“I think I’ll be back at some point this season,’’ Middleton said. “When? I just don’t know yet.’’

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D'Angelo Russell Won't Return Until 100 Percent

Nov 26, 2016 11:26 PM

D'Angelo Russell wants to be 100 percent healthy before he returns to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup.

Russell underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sore left knee that will keep him out at least two weeks.

"I definitely don't want to force anything," Russell said Saturday at the Lakers' training facility in his first public comments since the injection. "I feel like I've got to be 100 percent perfect before I step back on the floor."

Russell said the left knee had been bothering him off and on since the start of the season.

"I was in a lot of pain, but I knew how to control it," he said. "I knew what not to do. [There are] so many games in this league, so it's hard to stay healthy when you're injured and try to maintain that focus."

He added, "I can't really move the way I want, so when I try to fight it and [do] sharp movements and plant and do stuff like that, it aggravated it."

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Paul George Holds First Players-Only Meeting Of Career

Nov 26, 2016 11:15 AM

Paul George will miss the Indiana Pacers' next three games with a sore left ankle.

Since he sustained his injury Nov. 11 in the overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, George has felt significant soreness in his ankle when he ran on it. 

 

George missed four out of the Pacers' next six games and test results showed no structural damage.

George intended to play in Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets after holding his first players-only meeting of his seven-year career. 

 

“I wanted to get the guys together and kind of wanted to get them to just start seeing the game differently,” George said after the Pacers’ shootaround. “If there’s action going on strong side, why can’t we talk and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to set you up for this back screen or I’m going to get to you for this pin down.’ No reason why we can’t communicate on the offensive end.”

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Tiago Splitter Out Six Weeks With Strained Calf

Nov 26, 2016 11:08 AM

Tiago Splitter has sustained a grade 2 right calf strain. An MRI performed at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center confirmed the injury.

Splitter suffered the injury while rehabbing from offseason hip surgery and related hamstring strain.

Splitter will be out a minimum of six weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.

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Draymond Green Injures Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Nov 26, 2016 11:03 AM

Draymond Green suffered a left ankle contusion in the Golden State Warriors' 109-85 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Green left the game and did not return, but X-rays came back negative.

The incident occurred when Green went up to contest a shot by the Lakers' Louis Williams and landed on teammate Ian Clark, who was under the basket.

Both players stayed on the floor for several minutes.

Green did not finish the last game against the Lakers on Wednesday after suffering a left corneal abrasion.

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Reggie Bullock Tears Meniscus In Left Knee
Reggie Bullock recently worked his way back into the Pistons' rotation.

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Dante Cunningham Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Right Fibula
Dante Cunningham is averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15 games, including 10 starts, this season.

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D'Angelo Russell Receives PRP Injection In Left Knee
D'Angelo Russell is expected to be out a minimum of two weeks, and will be re-evaluated in one week.

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Dirk Nowitzki Likely To Return For First Time Since Nov. 4th
Dirk Nowitzki is likely to return from his sore right Achilles' tendon.

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Anthony Davis Suffers Knee Contusion Diving Into Stands
Anthony Davis ultimately returned in the fourth quarter, after X-rays taken on the knee were negative.

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Reggie Jackson Cleared For Contact Drills
Reggie Jackson has been cleared for contact drills in practice as he continues rehabbing his left knee.

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Nerlens Noel Anticipating Return Within Next Few Weeks
Brett Brown said it would be very hard to get Nerlens Noel minutes with all of the 76ers' other centers.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Chandler Parsons Out Two Weeks With Bone Bruise In Left Knee
Chandler Parsons recently returned from his surgically repaired right knee.

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Ian Mahinmi Returns To Practice, Expected To Play By End Of Month
Ian Mahinmi underwent surgery to repair a partially torn medial meniscus on Oct. 14.

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Semaj Christon Suffers Concussion, Facial Fracture
Semaj Christon can play with the fracture when he returns from concussion protocol as long as he plays with a protective mas

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Nerlens Noel To Resume Rehab Under 76ers' Supervision
Nerlens Noel said his knee is to the point where he can resume his rehabilitation with the Sixers.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Paul George To Undergo MRI On Left Ankle
Paul George didn't practice on Thursday and is still feeling soreness.

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J.J. Barea Out Six Weeks With Leg Injury
J.J. Barea is averaging 16.3 points, 5.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.

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Festus Ezeli Seeks 2nd Opinion On Left Knee
Concerns have been emerging about the long-term health of Festus Ezeli's knee.

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Brandan Wright Likely Out Two Months
Brandan Wright underwent a successful arthroscopic debridement of his left ankle after non-surgical interventions failed to eliminate his posterior tibialis tendinopathy.

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Gary Harris Could Miss Four Weeks With Foot Injury
Gary Harris is averaging 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 22.8 minutes per game.

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Anthony Davis Injures Back As Pelicans Fall To 1-9
Anthony Davis immediately fell to the ground and grasped his back when driving to the basket early in the third quarter of the game.

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Patrick Beverley Expected To Soon Return From Left Knee Surgery
Patrick Beverley said he won't be limited in his return and has done some physical contact during his workouts and his lone practice.

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Goran Dragic Sprains Left Ankle, X-Rays Negative
Goran Dragic sprained his left ankle with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter while driving to the basket in transition.

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Dirk Nowitzki Resuming On-Court Drill Returning From Achilles Injury
Dirk Nowitzki will need to get through a full-speed practice or two this weekend with no setbacks before he's cleared to play.

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