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Kyle Lowry To Undergo Wrist Surgery

Feb 27, 2017 3:18 PM

Kyle Lowry will undergo surgery to remove loose bodies from his right wrist.

Lowry, who will be a free agent this offseason, hopes to return in time for the playoffs.

The Raptors have one of the NBA's best backup point guards in Cory Joseph.

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Joakim Noah Out For Season With Knee Surgery

Feb 27, 2017 11:49 AM

Joakim Noah will undergo surgery on his left knee and miss the remainder of the season.

Noah signed with the New York Knicks in the 2016 offseason on a four-year, $72 million contract.

Noah has missed a number of games this season due to a knee ailment.

Noah also underwent surgery on the same knee in 2014.

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Joel Embiid Out Indefinitely With Swelling In Knee

Feb 27, 2017 11:40 AM

Joel Embiid is out indefinitely with swelling in his knee and will undergo an MRI.

Embiid has been out most recently with a knee issue, but he missed the first two seasons of his NBA career due to multiple foot surgeries.

Embiid has missed 13 consecutive games and 16 out of 17 after suffering a bone bruise Jan. 20. An MRI exam revealed that he also has a slightly torn meniscus.

Embiid has been the favorite for Rookie of the Year but has not played since Jan. 27.

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Kevin Love Confident He'll Be Back From 'Very Minor' Surgery In Time For Playoffs

Feb 24, 2017 5:53 PM

Kevin Love is confident he will be ready for the playoffs as he recovers from knee surgery.

"There's definitely enough time to where I can get into a good rhythm," Love said Friday, speaking to reporters for the first time since having the surgery to remove a loose body in his knee 10 days ago. "I don't know what the [plan is] as far as other guys resting or me resting going forward, but I imagine between J.R. [Smith] and myself, we'll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go for whenever [the playoffs start] in April."

While Love described the procedure as "very minor," he would not come off the six-week timeline the team has provided for his recovery.

"Every time I've been in a situation like this, usually when they say six weeks, they mean six weeks," Love said. "As far as how I feel now, I feel great. But I'll go through all the protocol. I'll be back here on the floor, getting the stitches out, before that, getting the swelling down. It's all just part of going through it."

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Omri Casspi Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Thumb

Feb 24, 2017 3:11 PM

Omri Casspi has been diagnosed with a right thumb fracture and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks. The injury occurred in the second half of New Orleans’ game against Houston on Thursday.

Casspi, 6-9, 225, was acquired from Sacramento along with DeMarcus Cousins on February 20. In his Pelicans debut, Casspi recorded 12 points and two rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.

Casspi has appeared in 23 total games this season, averaging 6.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 18.3 minutes per contest.

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Ben Simmons Ruled Out For Entire 16-17 Season

Feb 24, 2017 10:35 AM

Ben Simmons will sit out the entire 16-17 season.

Simmons underwent surgery on a broken foot in training camp and a most recent scan shows the bone has not fully healed.

Simmons was the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of LSU. The 76ers also had Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid miss what would have been their rookie season with Embiid sitting out a second season before returning this year.

"It's not the way you want to start your career, but it happens. We're not excited about the news today," said Bryan Colangelo.

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Chris Paul Could Return This Week From Thumb Surgery

Feb 22, 2017 4:15 PM

Chris Paul could return from his surgically repaired thumb injury as soon as Thursday.

Paul tore a ligament in his left thumb on Jan. 16 and underwent surgery two days later. Paul was initially expected to miss six to eight weeks.

"He looked great. He went through the whole practice [on Tuesday]. You know, so it was good. Really good," Doc Rivers said before practice on Wednesday. "He could play tomorrow. I mean, I can't tell you if he will or not, but he's been cleared medically. But we just want to make sure that he's comfortable playing."

Paul has missed 13 games so far as a result of the thumb injury. He also missed seven games earlier in the season due to a strained left hamstring. 

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Malachi Richardson Out 4-6 Weeks With Partially Torn Right Hamstring

Feb 16, 2017 7:08 PM

Malachi Richardson has suffered a partial thickness tear of the right hamstring.

Richardson will miss approximately four to six weeks of action.

The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of last night's game at Golden State.

The rookie guard is averaging 3.6 points and 1.0 rebounds on 10.6 minutes in 22 games for the Kings this season.

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Ben Simmons' Foot May Not Yet Be Fully Healed

Feb 16, 2017 3:59 PM

Ben Simmons surgically repaired Jones fracture may not yet be fully healed.

Simmons is scheduled to visit the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York as early as Monday to determine if his right foot is fully healed, according to multiple sources.

Sources said that a foot scan on Jan. 23 showed that his foot was not fully healed.

Simmons was initially scheduled to only miss three months and return in January.

While Simmons has been doing on-court drills, he has been held out of five-on-five scrimmages.

There are only 26 games remaining this season, which reduces the possibility of Simmons playing at all this season.

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76ers Still Expect Ben Simmons To Play This Season

Feb 15, 2017 9:24 PM

Brett Brown has gone on record that he expects Ben Simmons to play this season as he recovers from his broken foot.

"Our plan is to still see him on the court, playing games," Brown told ESPN on Wednesday. "We just don't know when.

"I fully expect him to play this season. He thinks that, and he's motivated to play."

Brown told ESPN that Simmons is running, jumping and cutting but hasn't been cleared for contact. Brown has been training Simmons in individual workouts, and the player also has been doing 5-on-0 drills.

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Kevin Love Out Six Weeks With Minor Left Knee Surgery
Kevin Love will undergo a scope on his injured left knee and be out six weeks

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Ben Simmons Less Likely To Play At All This Season
Ben Simmons is appearing less likely to play at all this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a broken foot.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Inquirer

J.R. Smith On Target For Mid-March Return From Thumb Injury
J.R. Smith is on target for a mid-March return from his right thumb fracture.

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Cavs Seek 2nd Opinion On Kevin Love's Knee
Kevin Love underwent an MRI on Sunday and the second opinion suggests something may have been detected.

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Joel Embiid Has Minor Tear In Meniscus Of Left Knee
Joel Embiid has missed 11 out of the past 12 games and will likely remain out through the All-Star break.

Derek Bodner

76ers Want Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid To Play Together At Some Point This Season
Ben Simmons is beginning to practice, while Joel Embiid has missed eight straight games because of a knee contusion.

Jonathan Tannenwald/Philadelphia Inquirer

Jabari Parker Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee

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Adreian Payne Out Indefinitely With Blood Condition
Adreian Payne has thrombocytopenia, or low platelet count.

Star Tribune

Dragan Bender To Undergo Season Ending Ankle Surgery
Dragan Bender averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his first season in the NBA.

Bernard Djurisic (via Sportando)

Evan Turner Suffers Broken Hand
Evan Turner broke the third metacarpal in his shooting hand.

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Ramon Sessions Suffers Torn Meniscus
Ramon Sessions complained of discomfort in his knee Friday.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Zach LaVine Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee
Zach LaVine averaged 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.2 minutes per game.

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Garrett Temple Out 2-3 Weeks With Partially Torn Left Hamstring
Garrett Temple will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

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Enes Kanter Apologizes For Breaking Forearm
Enes Kanter fractured his arm when he attempted to punch the seat of a padded chair in frustration.

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