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Kawhi Leonard To Miss Some Time With Tear In Hand

Kawhi Leonard has suffered a tear in his hand and Gregg Popovich is unsure when he'll return.

The San Antonio Spurs, however, are not overly concerned with the severity of the injury.

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Kevin Durant Sprains Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Kevin Durant scored 30 points in the first half before suffering a mild right ankle sprain in the closing seconds.

Durant stepped on Marreese Speights' foot and rolled his ankle while driving to the basket. Durant was called for a charge.

"I was a little nervous," said Durant. "But I knew when I got up and started walking it felt good. So I just wanted to make sure with the X-rays everything was good."

Durant had X-rays as a precaution, and results were negative. Durant hopes to not miss any games.

"I don't know. I'm going to just take it a day at a time. Tomorrow morning we'll see how it reacts and go from there," he said. "I hope [to play]. That's the plan. But we'll see."


Durant said he felt like he could have returned to the game in the second half but was advised to sit. 

"They had to convince me not to play," he said. "It was the foot I had surgery. I wanted to play, I wanted to go back out there, but they just wanted to be cautious.

"It shouldn't be [serious]. Just a sprained ankle. But when you sprain an ankle with the injury I had, it puts more pressure on that side of the foot."

Via Royce Young/ESPN

Carmelo Has Been Advised To Rest Knee For Several Weeks

Carmelo Anthony has been advised to stop playing for a few weeks due to soreness in his left knee.

"I have multiple people say kind of just shut it down," Anthony said. "Or just take time off. But at the end of the day, it's hard for me to just do that right now in the midst of what's happening with the team and this season. So just trying to be smart about that."


Anthony was hopeful that his knee would feel better with a few more days of treatment and admitted that 'some days are better than others,' as far as the pain in the knee goes. He isn't sure what it would take to finally make the decision to rest it for a while.

"Some days it feels like I can go, some days it feels like I have everything," Anthony said. "The other day it was a little sore in the first half and I didn't have no lift in my shot and in the second half the lift came back a little bit. It's going to be off and on like that."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Andrew Bogut Undergoes Platelet-Rich Plasma On Knee

Andrew Bogut had PRP (platelet-rich plasma) procedure on his knee on Wednesday.

Bogut will likely have another procedure done in a week.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Robin Lopez To Miss 6-7 Weeks With Fractured Hand

Robin Lopez posted on his official Twitter account that he will be sidelined six to seven weeks due to his fractured hand.

"Thanks for all your thoughts & support! It'll be 6 or 7 weeks til I'm on the floor again thanks to this bum hand. Can't wait!!! ," Lopez tweeted.

Lopez sustained the injury in the Portland Trail Blazers' win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mitch McGary Out 2-3 Weeks With Inflammation In Tibia

Mitch McGary will miss the next 2-3 weeks with periostitis (inflammation) in his left tibia.

It's not expected to be a serious injury, but McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment.

McGary made his NBA debut on Sunday, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds in six brief minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

Via Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

Jabari Parker Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season With Torn ACL

Jabari Parker has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Parker suffered the injury in the Milwaukee Bucks' win on Monday at the Phoenix Suns.

Parker was the second overall pick out of Duke in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Heat To Apply For $2.65M Injured Player Exception

The Miami Heat will apply to the NBA for a disabled-player exception to help replace Josh McRoberts, who is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Under NBA rules, if McRoberts' injury is deemed by an independent NBA physician to be deemed season ending, the Heat then would receive half of McRoberts' 2014-15 salary for a replacement player, either through a trade or free-agent signing.

A $2.65 million amount can only be used in a trade for a player in the final year of his contract or in a one-year offer to a free agent. 

Via Ira Winderman/Sun-Sentinel

Jabari Parker Carried Off With Sprained Left Knee

Jabari Parker crumpled to the floor with a left knee injury and had to be carried to the locker room in the Milwaukee Bucks' win over the Phoenix Suns.

The injury occurred with 10:54 left in the third quarter as Parker drove in transition. His knee buckled before contact with P.J. Tucker and a double foul was called on the play.

Parker tried to get off the floor but could not.

The Bucks termed the injury a sprained left knee and said he would not return to the game. More tests will be performed to determine the extent of the injury.

Via Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Robin Lopez Out Indefinitely With Broken Hand

Robin Lopez is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

Lopez suffered the injury in Monday's win by the Portland Trail Blazers over the San Antonio Spurs.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Dwight Howard Optimistic On Not Missing More Games Due To Knee Injury

Dwight Howard had missed 11 games with a strained right knee.

Josh McRoberts To Undergo Possible Season-Ending Surgery For Meniscus Tear

Josh McRoberts' surgery is possibly season ending.

Chris Bosh Could Miss Several Weeks With Strained Calf

Chris Bosh isn't sure when the injury occurred.

Ronny Turiaf To Undergo Surgery On Hip

Ronny Turiaf will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his right hip.

Anthony Davis Sits Out With Chest Contusion

Anthony Davis suffered the injury this week in the Pelicans' win over the Heat.

Doug McDermott Out 6-8 Weeks After Surgery On Small Meniscus Tear

The rehab estimate is fluid based on how quickly Doug McDermott can regain strength and conditioning.

Iman Shumpert To Be Sidelined At Least Three Weeks With Dislocated Shoulder

Iman Shumpert will be reevaluated in approximately 3 weeks.

Doug McDermott To Undergo Arthroscopic Procedure On Knee

A timetable for Doug McDermott's return will be determined after the procedure.

Andrew Bogut Being Held Out As Precaution For Fatigue

Andrew Bogut has fatigue and not an injury and would reportedly play if he were playing in the postseason.

LeBron Misses First Game Of Season With Knee Soreness

The soreness is located in the back of LeBron James' left knee and that he first started feeling the discomfort after Tuesday's game.

David Lee Making Progress With Injured Left Hamstring

David Lee is now running on a treadmill and could begin practicing as early as Thursday.

Carmelo Anthony Considers Surgery Last Resort For Knee Injury

Carmelo Anthony could postpone surgery until after the season.

Dwight Howard Aims To Return Saturday

Dwight Howard has missed the past nine games due to a strained knee.

James Harden Dealing With Back Spasms

James Harden is questionable for Wednesday's game.

Dwight Howard Could Be Closer To Return, Participates In Workout

Dwight Howard hasn't played since Nov. 17 and is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Tiago Splitter Could Return As Soon As Tuesday From Calf Injury

Tiago Splitter has missed 17 consecutive games due to a calf injury and has played 10 minutes on the season.

Ian Mahinmi Out 6-8 Weeks With Plantar Fascia

Ian Mahinmi sustained the injury in the first half of Friday night’s game at Sacramento.

DeMarcus Cousins Recovering Slowly From Viral Meningitis, Out 7-10 More Days

DeMarcus Cousins has missed the past five games with a case of viral meningitis and continues to recover slowly, according to sources.

Brook Lopez To Miss Minimum Of Four Games With Lower Back Strain

Brook Lopez will be re-evaluated in a week.

Ian Mahinmi Out 6-8 Weeks With Torn Plantar Fascia

Ian Mahinmi will be out six to eight weeks with a torn left plantar fascia, the Pacers announced on Sunday.
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