Basketball Wiretap

Chris Paul Out 6-8 Weeks With Thumb Surgery

Jan 17, 2017 7:36 PM

The L.A. Clippers announced that Chris Paul will undergo surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Dr. Steve Shin will perform the procedure.

Paul is expected to miss approximately six-to-eight weeks and will continue to undergo treatment and evaluation by the Clippers medical staff.

In 36 games this season, the Clippers are 26-9 with Paul in the lineup. The nine-time NBA All-Star is averaging 17.5. points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds this season and leads the NBA with 2.25 steals per game.

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Chris Paul Sprains Left Thumb, X-Rays Negative

Jan 17, 2017 1:18 AM

Chris Paul sprained his left thumb in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

X-rays on the thumb were negative, a team source said.

Paul was defending Russell Westbrook and sprained the thumb fighting over a screen set by Joffrey Lauvergne at the top of the 3-point line.

Paul sprained the same thumb during a practice late in the preseason.

The last time Paul sprained his left thumb in season was during the first round of the 2014 playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers won the series in seven games.

Paul broke his right hand in Game 4 of the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2016 playoffs.

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Lance Thomas Suffers Fractured Orbital Bone

Jan 16, 2017 6:41 PM

Lance Thomas suffered a fractured orbital bone and has concussion-like symptoms as a result of an inadvertent elbow from Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday.

Tests confirmed that Thomas suffered the fractured bone in his face and the concussion symptoms.

Thomas suffered a concussion last season and was placed in the NBA's concussion-protocol program. If he enters the program for his current concussion symptoms, Thomas will not be permitted to return to the court before being cleared by an independent doctor appointed by the league.

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Blake Griffin On Track To Return During Last Week Of January

Jan 12, 2017 11:07 AM

Blake Griffin is on target to return from his routine arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies from his right knee on Dec. 20.

Griffin missed his 13th straight game on Wednesday night.

Rivers wouldn't specify a return date, but team sources said the Clippers are hopeful he could return during the last week of January, which would correspond with the initial diagnosis of four to six weeks.

"I don't know if he's ahead of schedule, on schedule, but all things are go for him -- and that's very positive for us," Rivers said.

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Carmelo Anthony Getting Around-The-Clock Treatment For Shoulder Injury

Jan 7, 2017 5:46 PM

Carmelo Anthony is playing through a weakened shooting shoulder that is easily aggravated during games.

Anthony first suffered the injury on Dec. 11th against the Lakers diving for a loose ball.

“It’s bad,” Anthony said. “You know what it is, it’s an adjustment that you have to make on the fly. Like some days it feels good, some days it’s tight. Throughout the course of the game, certain shots, certain moves, you feel like the strength isn’t there. So it’s just a matter of figuring out how to play through it. What’s working? What’s not?

“It feels good during the game. And then you irritate it. And then you kind of have to work backwards again to get it back stronger. But I’m constant around-the-clock treatment.”

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Cameron Payne Recalled From D-League By Thunder

Jan 7, 2017 2:00 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled Cameron Payne from the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League.

During Payne’s recent assignment, the Blue went a perfect 2-0 as the Murray State product averaged 18.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 rebound in 20.0 minutes.

Payne is returning from multiple issues with his foot over the offseason.

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Quincy Pondexter Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee

Jan 4, 2017 9:34 PM

Quincy Pondexter underwent successful arthroscopic left knee surgery this morning. A timetable for his return will be released at a later date.

Pondexter hasn't played since the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Pondexter, 6-7, 220, has appeared in 279 career regular season games with Memphis and New Orleans, averaging 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game, as well as 29 playoff games, averaging 6.8 points while shooting .414 from three-point range, and 2.6 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game.

After playing his rookie season in New Orleans, Pondexter was re-acquired by the Pelicans on Jan. 12, 2015 in a three-team trade with Memphis and Boston. Over the final 45 games of the regular season, the University of Washington product averaged 9.0 points, shooting .449 from the field, including .433 from three-point range, to go with 3.1 rebounds, helping New Orleans make the 2015 postseason.

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Justise Winslow Likely Out For Season With Shoulder Surgery

Jan 4, 2017 9:24 PM

Justise Winslow will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Winslow will likely miss the remainder of the season.

Winslow has played in just 18 games this season, averaging 10.9 points, 52 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 34.7 minutes per game.

The Heat drafted Winslow with the 10th overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Duke.

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Kristaps Porzingis Sits With Sore Achilles

Jan 1, 2017 12:06 PM

Kristaps Porzingis missed Saturday's loss at the Houston Rockets with a sore left Achilles.

"I woke this morning and from walking around and it was sore and tight," Porzingis said. "I tried to get it going and warm it up but it didn't feel right. This is the first time -- I don't even know how it happened. It wasn't one situation, it just kinda got a little sore from playing."

Porzingis said his Achilles started to bother him before the Atlanta game on Wednesday.

"Once I warmed up, I was good to go, but in the warm-up I feel it and the pregame workout I feel it," he said. "But then after last [night's] game it was pretty sensitive."

"It hasn't been a real big complaint," Jeff Hornacek said of Porzingis, who has played in every game this season. "I think he just missed some shots the other night that typically he might make. So again, these guys, back-to-back games, sometimes when its sore like that you got to be a little careful, especially somebody as young as KP, and he's tall."

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Marc Gasol Sprains Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Jan 1, 2017 11:58 AM

Marc Gasol is day-to-day after injuring his ankle in Saturday's win over the Sacramento Kings.

Gasol rolled his ankle while going for a loose ball and quickly departed for the locker room. It was diagnosed as a sprained ankle, and X-rays were negative.

"It hurts, but it's not broken,'' Gasol said. "It's tender right now, so we will take it day-to-day, just like always."

Gasol missed a significant number of games last season after he broke his right foot in February.


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Nikola Pekovic Prepared To Retire
Minnesota is expected to pursue a medical retirement for Nikola Pekovic after Jan 31st.

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Josh McRoberts Out Indefinitely With Stress Fracture In Left Foot
Josh McRoberts has had a cycle of injuries since joining the Heat in 2014.

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Goran Dragic Sits With Back Spasms
It is Goran Dragic's third injury absence of the season.

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Gerald Henderson Suffering From Intolerable Hip Pain
Gerald Henderson said soreness and stiffness are a result from his having two surgeries in that hip.

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Larry Nance Jr. Out Four Weeks With Bone Bruise
Larry Nance Jr. is averaging 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds off the bench this season for the Lakers.

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Damian Lillard Day-To-Day With Sprained Ankle
Results of an X-ray came back negative but Damian Lillard left the arena in a walking boot.

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Chris Paul Day-To-Day With Strained Left Hamstring
Chris Paul had 19 points and six assists in 23 minutes before pulling up on defense in the third quarter.

J.R. Smith Out 12-14 Weeks Following Surgery On Thumb
J.R. Smith will miss the next 12 to 14 weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken right thumb.

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Jared Sullinger Approximately One Month Away From Return
Jared Sullinger has been recovering from the surgery on his left foot he underwent in training camp.

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Larry Nance Jr. Out Indefinitely With Bone Bruise In Knee
Larry Nance Jr. is averaging 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds off the bench this season for the Lakers.

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J.R. Smith Breaks Right Thumb, Will Undergo Surgery
J.R. Smith reportedly suffered the injury when he swiped down on Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Ian Mahinmi Out Six Weeks With PRP Treatment
Ian Mahinmi will undergo PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment on both knees.

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Victor Oladipo Continues To Miss Time But Won't Need Surgery On Wrist
Billy Donovan didn't say Victor Oladipo was day-to-day, but emphasized that Oladipo is "getting better and progressing."

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Clint Capela Out Four Weeks With Broken Fibula
Clint Capela was injured on Saturday after banging knees with Karl-Anthony Towns.

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Blake Griffin Out 3-6 Weeks With Surgery On Right Knee
The surgery will clean up loose bodies in Blake Griffin's knee.

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Kevin Love Out With Knee Contusion
Kevin Love is now listed as out for the game in Milwaukee and questionable for the game on Wednesday.

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Blake Griffin To Undergo Minor Surgery On Right Knee
Blake Griffin will undergo the procedure early this week.

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