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Russell Westbrook Suffers Fracture In Hand

Russell Westbrook suffered a fracture in his right hand in the Oklahoma City Thunder's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

Scott Brooks said Westbrook had a "small" fracture.

Westbrook is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Via Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Jimmy Butler Out 2-4 Weeks With Thumb Sprain

Jimmy Butler will miss two to four weeks with a thumb sprain.

It was unclear on Wednesday morning if Butler would play in the Chicago Bulls' opener against the New York Knicks until Tom Thibodeau made the announcement.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Julius Randle Suffers Broken Right Tibia

Julius Randle suffered a serious right leg injury late in the Los Angeles Lakers' season-opener against the Houston Rockets.

TNT reported during the game that the Lakers' training staff cited a broken leg injury for Randle, and the Lakers later announced a broken tibia.

Randle was the 7th overall pick in June's NBA Draft to the Lakers.

Randle underwent successful surgery on Wednesday and has been ruled out for the season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wade: Maintenance Program Was 'Close To Almost Genius'

Dwyane Wade played in just 54 regular season games as part of a designed maintenance program by the Miami Heat. 

Wade will need to play more games this season in order for the Heat to remain a playoff team.

Wade started out the playoffs well, but ultimately faded against the San Antonio Spurs in The Finals.

"We tried something different last year," Wade said. "At one point it was close to almost genius. And then I didn't have a great Finals performance, and our team didn't have a great Finals performance, and it was the worst thing to ever happen. But this is a different year. Every year is different. My approach and my responsibility is a little different. I understand that, and he understands that as well ... my goal is to be available as much as possible."

Said Erik Spoelstra: "We don't have a specific plan, because we're going day to day. The plan is to be available. I'm not going through the calendar. We'll get to them when we feel we need them."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Rajon Rondo Likely To Return From Broken Hand For Celtics' Opener

Rajon Rondo will practice on Monday and will check for the doctors' final clearance on whether he can return for the Boston Celtics' season opener on Wednesday.

Rondo said he has a "79 percent" chance to play Wednesday. The guard will receive one more X-ray. If cleared, he will play.

"I'm still optimistic," Rondo said. "I don't know. I don't think (it's) realistic but a lot of rest and more treatment you never know."

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Victor Oladipo Out Indefinitely With Facial Fracture

Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday.

Oladipo, who was evaluated Thursday afternoon, will undergo a corrective surgical procedure on Saturday. He was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.

Oladipo (6’4”, 210, 5/4/92) has not played during the preseason due to a sprained MCL in his left knee.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Steve Nash To Miss Entire 14-15 Season

Steve Nash is expected to be ruled out for the entire 14-15 NBA season due to recurring nerve damage in his back, according to sources.

Nash had said he expects this season to be his final one.

Nash hurt himself last season getting out of bed and was hurt a week ago carrying his bags.

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Nash in a sign-and-trade from the Phoenix Suns in 2012, but he has been unable to stay healthy. Nash is in the final season of a three-year, $27 million contract.

Nash played one exhibition game Oct. 6 but felt discomfort in the first quarter of his next one Oct. 12; he has worked out only individually since then, getting a feel for the lack of progress.

Via Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Michael Carter-Williams Targets Return From Shoulder Injury On Nov. 13

Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers have a target return date of Nov. 13 against the Dallas Mavericks, according to a source.

Carter-Williams has been out since May after surgery on his right shoulder.

Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds for the 76ers team that finished with the second-worst record in the NBA last season.

While Carter-Williams is optimistic about returning in Dallas on Nov. 13, Sam Hinkie and the 76ers could hold him out.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

T.J. Warren Out Indefinitely With Bone Crack In Thumb

T.J. Warren has sustained a small crack in a bone in his left thumb and will be treated with a splint and rest, the Phoenix Suns announced on Thursday.

There is no timetable for Warren's return.

Warren, a rookie from North Carolina State, was selected by the Suns with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has averaged 5.0 points and 12.2 minutes in five preseason appearances.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Noah's Surgically Repaired Left Knee Has 'Ways To Go'

Joakim Noah still is having issues with his surgically repaired left knee.

“I still have a ways to go," said Noah.

Noah was asked what exactly felt different compared to last season.

“It’s fine. It’s a work in progress. It’s getting better. I’m happy with where it’s at. Let me live, man. Jeez.’’

The Sun-Times reported on Tuesday night that despite having what was considered “minor’’ surgery on the knee in May, a source in the Noah camp said that, “Jo’s knee is going to be an issue all season long.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Jimmy Butler Out With Sprained Ligaments In Thumb

Jimmy Butler will not practice this week and will not play in the Bulls' final preseason game against the Timberwolves.

Kevin Durant Hopes For December Return, Won't Rush Recovery

Kevin Durant is expected to miss up to eight weeks and said he will not speed up his recovery timetable.

Paul George Shoots Jumpers At Pacers' Practice

Paul George said recently that he plans to play at some point during this NBA season.

Knicks Evaluating Other Options At PF In Bargnani's Continued Absence

Andrea Bargnani continues to deal with a hamstring injury.

Xavier Henry To Be Re-Evalauted After Second Opinion, Regenokine On Knee

Xavier Henry plans to return to Los Angeles by Oct. 24 and an update on his condition will be given at that time.

Kawhi Leonard To Miss Rest Of Preseason With Eye Infection

The regular season opener against the Mavericks would appear to be up in the air for Kawhi Leonard.

Amar'e Helping Body Rejuvenate With Red Wine Baths

Amar'e Stoudemire has been taking baths in red wine at a spa to help his body rejuvenate.

Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days With Foot Sprain

Brook Lopez sustained a mild right midfoot sprain, but x-rays are negative.

Kevin Durant Undergoes Surgery On Foot, Re-Evaluation Set For Six Weeks

The Thunder, Kevin Durant and his representatives jointly decided for surgery to be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson with Thunder medical personnel present.

Steve Nash Injures Back Carrying Bags

Steve Nash played in just 15 games last season.

Jodie Meeks Out Eight Weeks With Back Injury

Jodie Meeks signed with the Pistons in the offseason.

Carter-Williams Given Longer Actual Recovery Time Than 76ers Released

The 76ers originally announced Michael Carter-Williams' rehab time from a torn labrum as two to four months, but it was actually six to nine months.

Johnny O'Bryant Rehabilitating Grade III MCL Strain

No surgery is required, and Johnny O’Bryant has already begun the rehabilitation process.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out One Week With Knee Strain

Kentavious Caldwell-PopeÕs MRI results on his left knee showed no structural damage.

Felton Out At Least 10 Days With High Ankle Sprain

Raymond Felton was expected to compete with Jameer Nelson as the Mavs’ starting point guard.

Kevin Durant Expected To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Jones Fracture In Foot

Kevin Durant has suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Bradley Beal To Undergo Surgery For Hand Fracture

Bradley Beal underwent an MRI exam on Saturday that revealed a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist.

Kris Humphries Sidelined 3-4 Weeks After Surgery On Finger

Kris Humphries is expected to miss three to four weeks before resuming basketball activity.

Jordan Clarkson Out Minimum Of One Week With Calf Strain

Jordan Clarkson is expected to miss a minimum of a week.

Mitch McGary Out Six Weeks With Broken Foot

Mitch McGary suffered a fracture in his left second metatarsal.
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