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Shabazz Napier Out For Season Following Sports Hernia Surgery

Apr 1, 2015 5:49 PM

Shabazz Napier underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia. The procedure was performed by Dr. David Edelman at Doctors Hospital in Miami this morning. He will miss the remainder of the regular season.

Napier has appeared in 51 games (10 starts) this season for the Miami Heat averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 19.8 minutes.

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Nikola Pekovic Out For Season With Ankle Soreness

Mar 31, 2015 12:22 PM

Nikola Pekovic will miss the remainder of the season due to ankle issue.

Pekovic has battled ankle soreness for years and was limited to a career-low 31 games in 14-15.

Pekovic has played in just 51.8 percent of the Minnesota Timberwolves' games since signing a new contract.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

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Kevin Durant Undergoes Bone Graft Surgery On Foot

Mar 31, 2015 11:51 AM

Kevin Durant has undergone successful bone graft surgery for the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. 

The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley with Thunder medical personnel present at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Durant will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season and is expected to return to full basketball activities in the next four to six months.

Durant posted the following picture and statement on Instagram following the surgery:

"Not what I envisioned coming into this season. But I'm here and ready to conquer this journey. I've heard it all over the last few weeks, but I'm not here to prove anything to anybody, im battling myself. When quit and negativity are staring me in my face, i will stay strong and disciplined. And I won't do it on my own, my closest and friends and family are here to help and that's something I will be forever grateful for. I appreciate all the well wishes from all of you guys, I appreciate it. This is just a small obstacle when I look at the big picture. THANKS TO ALL MY NBA BROTHERS THAT REACHED OUT, means a lot to me. Road to recovery. GO THUNDER, I can't wait to play with my teammates again. LETS DO THIS."

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Derrick Rose Returns To Full Contact Practice

Mar 30, 2015 4:38 PM

Derrick Rose returned to the contact portions of practice on Monday and is on track for his four-to-six week recovery from a knee injury.

"He was aggressive," Tom Thibodeau said. "He was a little winded, but we expected that. Overall, I thought it was good. He said he feels good physically. The big thing is going to be the wind and conditioning. He’s been out a long time."

The goal is for Rose to log as many regular-season games as possible with the Chicago Bulls to build chemistry and conditioning.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Patrick Beverley To Undergo Surgery On Wrist, Out For Season

Mar 30, 2015 2:20 PM

Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the season after deciding to undergo surgery on his wrist.

Beverley has had multiple injuries, struggling through last season’s playoffs with a knee injury and going out this season after two games with a hamstring injury.

Beverley will be a free agent this offseason.


Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Hibbert: Paul George Looks Like His Old Awesome Self In Practice

Mar 30, 2015 12:26 PM

Paul George has been cleared to return to game action and has been traveling the Indiana Pacers for weeks.

George has been impressive in practice as he works his way back from a broken leg.

"Seeing the things he does in practice, it's awesome," Roy Hibbert said. "He's coming. But I don't know what's going on with, I'm not a part of it. The training staff hasn't told us what they're planning on doing, and the front office doesn't. So they collectively talk. But the things he does in practice looks like the old PG, so whenever he comes back he'll be good ... People are going to be surprised. He's going to have a big play his first couple of possessions back."

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Donatas Motiejunas Out Minimum Of 1-2 Weeks With Back Injury

Mar 27, 2015 10:58 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will be removed from basketball activities for one to two weeks and be reevaluated, the Houston Rockets announced Friday.

Motiejunas has lower back pain.

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Jamal Crawford Confident Of Returning This Season

Mar 26, 2015 6:48 PM

Jamal Crawford is not worried he may miss the rest of the season with his injured calf.

Crawford has been out for more than three weeks with what he describes as "the weirdest" injury of his NBA career.

“It’s hard not playing,” said Crawford, who is not traveling with the team on its current three-game trip, “but I just look at it as each day is a little closer to coming back. The team is playing well and I see my family a little more, so I’m trying to look at the positives.”


Crawford sustained the injury March 2.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

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Alexey Shved Sidelined 2-3 Weeks With Incomplete Fractured Rib

Mar 25, 2015 6:30 PM

Alexey Shved underwent an MRI that revealed an incomplete fractured rib, the New York Knicks announced Wednesday.

Shved will be reevaluated in approximately 2-3 weeks.

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Patrick Beverley Has Torn Ligament In Wrist

Mar 25, 2015 3:32 PM

Patrick Beverley has a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Beverley will wait 7-10 days before deciding his next steps.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Derrick Rose Close To Clearance For Contact, Confident Of Return This Season
Derrick Rose is doing everything with the Bulls except taking contact.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Dwight Howard Returning On Wednesday With Minutes Restriction
Dwight Howard will be on a minutes restriction and play approximately 16 minutes.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Joel Embiid's Needle Going In Right Direction, Will Play Summer League
Joel Embiid had reportedly gained weight earlier in the season, but he's looking fit, toned and explosive.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Hassan Whiteside Day-To-Day After Receiving 10 Stitches On Hand
Hassan Whiteside's injury occurred when he was trying to block a dunk attempt by Miles Plumlee.

Shandel Richardson/Sun-Sentinel

Patrick Beverley Could Be Out For Season With Wrist Injury
Patrick Beverley could have a season-ending wrist injury.

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Dwight Howard To Return On Wednesday After Being Out Two Months
Dwight Howard hasn't played since Jan. 23.

Jenny Dial Creech/Houston Chronicle

Bird Believes Paul George Returning This Season Good For Mental State
Larry Bird expects Paul George to play this season and he believes it would be good for his mental state as he comes back from a horrific injury.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Jimmy Butler Likely To Return On Monday
Jimmy Butler has missed the past 11 games due to a left elbow injury.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Anderson Varejao Focused On Next Season After Contemplating Comeback
Anderson Varejao said he contemplated attempting a return from an Achillies tear this season.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jamal Crawford Not Close To Return From Calf Injury
Jamal Crawford has a very deep bruise on his right calf and has no timetable for his return.

Melissa Rohlin/Los Angeles Times

Nick Collison Out Minimum Of 10 Days With Sprained Ankle
Scott Brooks said the injury will sideline Nick Collison through at least March.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Paul George Won't Return Saturday
Paul George is nearing his return, but he won't play on Saturday as the Pacers look to end a four-game losing streak.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Paul George To Return Within Week, As Soon As Saturday
Paul George has been out since the summer when he broke his leg in a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Terrence Jones Out At Least One Week With Partially Collapsed Lung
Terrence Jones will be out at least a week with a partially collapsed lung.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Kevin Durant Removed From Basketball Activities
Kevin Durant was getting closer to a return before suffering a relapse of soreness this week.

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Thabo Sefolosha Set For Return After Two-Month Absence
Thabo Sefolosha has been out with a severe strain of his right calf.

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Anthony Davis Out Against Suns After Rolling Ankle In Drills
Anthony Davis stepped on the foot of Omer Asik before rolling his ankle.

John Reid/Times-Picayune

Thunder Uncertain On Kevin Durant's Return Date
Kevin Durant did not practice on Thursday due to soreness in his right foot.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

John Wall Sprains Right Ankle
John Wall suffered the injury contesting a fast-break alley-oop with just over seven minutes remaining.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Nick Young Suffers Small Fracture Of Kneecap
It is expected that Nick Young's fracture will heal itself with rest.

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