Basketball Wiretap

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

Mar 25, 2015 1:28 PM

Derrick Rose remains confident he will return to the Chicago Bulls' lineup this season.

Rose expects to be cleared for contact either next week or next. Rose is doing everything with the Bulls except taking contact.

"Oh yeah, I’m not worried about that," Rose said. "I’m feeling good. I’m trying to do all the right things. Put all the positives in the bag and just try to go with it. It’s something that I’ve been doing for a long time. Rehab is definitely a grind. But I’m getting used to it."


Rose had a small piece of his right meniscus removed on Feb. 27. The Bulls estimated his return to action at four to six weeks. Friday marks four weeks since the surgery.

"Should be sometime this week or next week," Rose said when asked about taking contact. "Gotta talk to (Director of Sports Performance) Jen (Swanson) and go from there."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Dwight Howard Returning On Wednesday With Minutes Restriction

Mar 25, 2015 1:22 PM

Dwight Howard will return to the Houston Rockets' lineup on Wednesday for the first time since January 23. Howard has been working on getting his right knee healthy.

Howard will be on a minutes restriction and play approximately 16 minutes.

The Rockets have remained near the top of the Western Conference without Howard.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Joel Embiid's Needle Going In Right Direction, Will Play Summer League

Mar 25, 2015 1:05 PM

Joel Embiid has been getting back to his normal pregame work after a few games in which it wasn't quite as strenuous.

Embiid had reportedly gained weight earlier in the season, but he's looking fit, toned and explosive.

"He's ticking boxes in regards to increased time on the court, into reduced weight - his body weight is going down," Brett Brown said. "It's a good sign that you're feeling pretty good about yourself. How about that, you see him drenched in sweat, he takes his shirt off. All fantastic signs that his needle is pointing in the right direction. We're trying to set the stage for a great summer. He sees that his reward will be summer league and trying to get ready for playing basketball again. He's most definitely heading in the right direction."

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

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Hassan Whiteside Day-To-Day After Receiving 10 Stitches On Hand

Mar 25, 2015 11:56 AM

Hassan Whiteside could be out for a few games after suffering a laceration between his right middle and ring finger.

"I don't know if I'm going to be able to play," Whiteside said. "We're going to see how it feels day-to-day, just see how long the stitches are in."


The injury occurred when he was trying to block a dunk attempt by Miles Plumlee.

Whiteside received 10 stitches and wore a protective bandage over his hand after the game.

Shandel Richardson/Sun-Sentinel

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Patrick Beverley Could Be Out For Season With Wrist Injury

Mar 24, 2015 10:34 PM

Patrick Beverley could have a season-ending wrist injury.

Beverley will be examined on Wednesday morning for a final decision to be made.

The Houston Rockets have struggled with injuries throughout the season with the exception of James Harden.

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Dwight Howard To Return On Wednesday After Being Out Two Months

Mar 24, 2015 2:16 PM

Dwight Howard expects to return from his knee injury on Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Howard felt good on Tuesday following the Houston Rockets' practice.

Howard hasn't played since Jan. 23 as he's worked on getting his knee as healthy as possible.

The Rockets have managed to remain at the top of the Western Conference without Howard.

"I feel pretty good," said Howard. "We will see how I feel tomorrow. Hopefully tomorrow, I will feel even better."

Jenny Dial Creech/Houston Chronicle

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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.

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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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Dwight Howard Close To Return From Resting Knee
Dwight Howard has missed 23 games to rest his right knee and went through a full practice earlier this week.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Derrick Rose Participates In Non-Contact Portion Of Practice, Slightly Ahead Of Schedule
Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose is "maybe even slightly ahead" of his four to six week timeline that began on Feb. 27 when he had knee surgery.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Serge Ibaka Out 4-6 Weeks Following Surgery On Knee
Serge Ibaka underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to address right knee soreness.

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Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days With Ankle Sprain
Klay Thompson will miss Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

Serge Ibaka To Undergo Procedure On Knee
Serge Ibaka's timeline for return is unclear.

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Kyle Korver Breaks Nose
Kyle Korver suffered a broken nose on Sunday.

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