Mar 07, 2014 6:28 PM EST
Vitor Faverani underwent left knee arthroscopy to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
Faverani will not return this season.
Faverani appeared in 37 games in his rookie season for the Boston Celtics. He averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.73 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game.
Mar 06, 2014 12:39 AM EST
Eric Bledsoe will return to the Phoenix Suns' lineup in the coming week and is expected to play no earlier than Sunday at Golden State and no later than next Wednesday against Cleveland.
Bledsoe underwent arthroscopic surgery Jan. 10 and has been rehabilitating with significant recent progress.
Bledsoe participated in full-court, five-on-five scrimmaging on Wednesday for the third time in five days.
“You don’t know how they’ll come back,” Jeff Hornacek said. “We might bring Eric in off the bench a little bit. We hope he’s there at the end of game. If you throw him right into the starting lineup, it might screw you up for a few games."
Bledsoe has averaged 18.0 points and 5.8 assists this season and the Suns have a 16-8 record with him.
Mar 05, 2014 11:08 AM EST
J.J. Redick is out with a bulging disk in his lower back. He has missed the last 11 games for the Los Angeles Clippers, including Tuesday's game at Phoenix.
There's no timetable for Redick's return, which could be put back to the playoffs.
"He's doing a lot better," Doc Rivers said. "He's shooting a little bit. I don't know what that means, but at least he's moving around shooting. But there's been no update. I don't think he's improved to the point we thought he would, so far. We had anticipated him being back almost [by now]."
Mar 05, 2014 12:58 AM EST
Leandro Barbosa fractured his left hand in Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers and will be out indefinitely.
The Phoenix Suns' guard will not require surgery.
Barbosa is averaging 7.8 points this season, after suffering a torn ACL last year.
Mar 04, 2014 12:41 PM EST
Gerald Wallace underwent successful arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee and his left ankle this morning at New England Baptist Hospital.
Wallace will be out for the remainder of the season.
Wallace, a 6’7” forward appeared in 58 games for the Celtics this season and averaged 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.4 minutes per game.
Mar 03, 2014 4:42 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have 23 games left in the regular season and Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are long shots to return at some point.
Bryant has not played since December due to a fracture in his knee while Nash has battled chronic back problems.
“The doctors haven't cleared Kobe so it's a non-issue right now,” Mike D'Antoni said. “The thing is, does he get back and play some games to get his rhythm back for next year or just wait? So I don't know.
Nash wants to return this season and possibly next, but there is uncertainty.
“I don't know what to tell you,” D'Antoni said. “What's the endgame? We've talked about it. He's not completely healthy. We have 23 games left. We're not going to make the playoffs. So what's his objective in taking minutes away from the young guys that we're trying to develop?
“Now, if Steve starts to feel better, then we'll see. It's always an ongoing process in talking to him, but it's not something that's on the horizon right now.”
Mar 02, 2014 5:58 PM EST
An MRI for Thabo Sefolosha's calf injury confirmed a strain.
"We're probably going to be without him for a while," Sam Presti said.
Sefolosha is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Sefolosha has started 55 of 55 games played this season for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mar 02, 2014 1:39 PM EST
Eric Bledsoe advanced in his rehabilitation from knee surgery by participating in a limited time of five-on-five scrimmaging.
Bledsoe had surgery on Jan. 10 and has not dealt with pain or swelling.
“You can see the explosiveness,” Ryan McDonough said. “You can see the burst, the ability to get by his guy and create separation and finish at the rim.”
Bledsoe's rehab will continue to be increased in the coming days as long as his knee remains healthy.
Mar 02, 2014 11:46 AM EST
The Indiana Pacers signed Andrew Bynum on Feb. 1, but he hasn't appeared in any of their 13 games since.
Bynum hasn’t played since Dec. 26 when he was still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and missed all of last season due to knee issues. The Pacers weren’t scared off by Bynum’s extensive medical history, but have been very careful with his health.
The term "weeks" was used when Bynum was first signed. It was then expected that he’d sit out until after the All-Star break. On Saturday night, Frank Vogel pushed back his Indiana debut even further.
"A few weeks," Vogel said when asked about Bynum. “We're not putting a firm timetable on it. Our trainers are doing some things to strengthen the area around his knees so when he becomes an everyday player, he’ll be there for us. The soreness he’s experienced in the last couple years is minimal and while we are doing that there is the process of getting him back in game shape because he had weeks off after leaving Cleveland.”
Ian Mahinmi is currently the backup for Roy Hibbert, but Bynum will overtake that role if all goes according to plan. Vogel made it clear that Bynum will have to fit into what the Pacers try to do instead of the other way around.
“We've got a plan and a scheme on both ends of the court with Roy Hibbert that fits his style of play,” Vogel said. "Once he gets healthy and in great condition, I think the transition is going to be fairly seamless. He’s going to fit in and we’ll use him the same way we use Roy.”
It helps that Bynum has been able to watch Hibbert live, in games and practice, over the last few weeks.
"They practice against each other and then do low post one-on-one drills," Vogel said of the two centers.
Indiana knew the process would be a slow one when they signed Bynum and they conveyed their plans to him right away.
"We knew he was going to be a ways away," Vogel said. "We told him when we signed him that we would be sure not to rush him in there. We knew it was going to take some time because he’d been off for so long. We knew it was going to be a process.”
The Pacers are hoping the low-risk signing will pay dividends down the road, especially in the postseason should they meet up with the Miami Heat. When asked about what makes this Indiana team different than the one that came within 48 minutes of the NBA Finals last June, Vogel pointed to a bench that stands to improve even more when Bynum is finally ready.
"I think we have a better bench. Not only Evan Turner, but Luis Scola and C.J. Watson have given us a huge lift this season. Ian Mahinmi has been playing at a much higher level this year than he was last year. We haven’t seen Bynum yet. We haven’t really seen much from Chris Copeland yet," Vogel said. "The depth is, I think, much better than it was last year."
Mar 01, 2014 2:57 PM EST
The Indiana Pacers will not have George Hill when they face the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
Hill injured his left shoulder late against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
"I'm trying to do all I can to help this team win a basketball game. If that's not on the court, that's being encouraging and being a positive teammate," Hill said after shootaround. "Things like that."
Hill had not been informed of the decision to sit him until Frank Vogel came over as Hill was speaking with the media.
"When I did my MRI it showed previous stuff," Hill said. "It was just the way I landed. I have pain lifting it and making certain movements. We'll take it day-by-day."
Hill previously injured his shoulder in a collision with former teammate Tyler Hansbrough, adding some certain to the injury.
"I hurt it pretty badly last year, so I think it's just a re-occurring injury that just opened back up a bit."
Hill is averaging 10.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Pacers this season.
Carmelo Anthony was diagnosed with a bruised hand on Saturday.
Greg Smith has missed a large part of the season due to injuries.
Jrue Holiday appeared in 34 games this season with the Pelicans.
Andrew Bynum practiced three-on-three with the Pacers this week.
Gustavo Ayon appeared in 26 games with the Hawks.
Brad Stevens said Gerald Wallace has played with pain for some time.
Kendrick Perkins is averaging 3.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.7 minutes per contest.
Nene was diagnosed with a sprain of his left MCL on Monday.
Nene is averaging 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds this season.
LeBron James suffered a broken nose in the Heat's win over the Thunder on Thursday.
Jason Terry will rehabilitate a knee injury in Dallas to prepare for next season.
LeBron James has been diagnosed with a broken nose.
Iman Shumpert could miss a few weeks with the injury, sustained on Wednesday.
Iman Shumpert has been involved in trade speculation leading up to Thursday's deadline.
Chauncey Billups is believed receive surgery to return this season.
Feb 18, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
LaMarcus Aldridge will miss one week of play with a strained left groin.
The Spurs want to ensure Tony Parker is playing at 100 percent health.
Isaiah Thomas' wrist issue is considered "a short-term nuisance," one source said.
J.R. Redick will return for the playoffs.
Older Wiretap Articles »
Dwight Howard was significantly healthier and happier in this year's All-Star Game compared to his lone appearances with the Lakers.
Basketball Wiretap Headlines