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Dwight Howard Undergoes PRP Treatment On Knee, No Timetable For Return

Dwight Howard underwent a platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment on his right knee on Thursday.

Houston Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones confirmed Howard underwent “platelet rich protein therapy,” another term for Howard’s PRP treatment.

“It feels a lot better,” Howard said. “I had to get a shot in it to clear some of the stuff out it. I’m trying to do whatever I can to get back on the floor.”

Howard was not in the Rockets' lineup on Saturday and Kevin McHale said there is no timetable for when he will return.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Westbrook, Durant Participate In Non-Contact Portion Of Practice

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant participated in practice Saturday, joining their Thunder teammates in select portions of non-contact drills.

Both are said to be progressing from their respective injuries on schedule.

“They looked good,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “They’ve been with the group the whole time, but (Saturday) was the first day they’ve actually participated in some of the drills. It wasn’t the entire practice.”

The Oklahoman reports that "there's a growing belief that Westbrook and Durant aren't far from returning."

The Oklahoma City Thunder could be targeting a Friday return for Westbrook, which would be the day before his originally scheduled evaluation date.

Durant could return soon thereafter as his original projection was Dec. 11.

Via Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely With Fractured Right Wrist

An MRI revealed that Kevin Martin has a fractured right wrist and will be out indefinitely.

Further evaluation will be done over the next few days to determine the next course of action.

The injury occurred at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter during Minnesota’s 115-99 win over New York on Wednesday, November 19.

Through nine games this season Martin is averaging 20.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor and 48.1 percent from the three-point line. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Derrick Rose Likely Out Until At Least Next Week

Derrick Rose will sit out again on Thursday at the Sacramento Kings with a hamstring injury.

The Chicago Bulls are being conservative with injuries this season, and Rose's absence likely will extend to next week.

"When one guy is out, the next guy step in and get the job done," Tom Thibodeau said. "That’s the way it’s been. My first year here, Joakim (Noah) missed three months. So it’s just whoever is out, the next guy get in there and get it done."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jason Richardson Hopes To Return From Stress Fracture As Soon As December

Jason Richardson believes he will return as soon as December from a stress fracture in his right foot, which followed left knee surgery.

Asked if he expects to play this season, Richardson said: “No doubt in my mind.”

Richardson added he will “definitely be back before the all-star break or January or maybe even before this year is over with. I’ll see how my body takes all this training and getting ready for it.”

Richardson, 33, is the highest-paid member of the Philadelphia 76ers this season, earning $6.6 million in the final year of his contract.

Via Tom Moore/Calkins Media

Carmelo Has Been Playing Through Knee Injury Since 2nd Game Of Season

Carmelo Anthony has been playing with a sore left knee since the second game of the season and has undergone tests to determine the severity.

Anthony wouldn't say what's wrong with it or what those tests revealed, but he aggravated it on Tuesday.

"It's been sore since maybe the Cleveland game," Anthony said after leading the Knicks with 26 points. "I've just been trying to go through it and play through it and not kind of think about it. Some days are better than others.

"I don't think it's serious. I'm out there playing. I don't think it's that serious."

Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday

C.J. McCollum Sidelined Four Weeks With Finger Fracture

C.J. McCollum sustained a fracture to his right index finger in Portland’s 102-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, the Trail Blazers announced on tuesday.

The injury occurred at the 7:50 mark of the fourth quarter on Monday.

McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

James Johnson Out Indefinitely With Severe Right Ankle Sprain

James Johnson is out indefinitely with a severe right ankle sprain.

Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game this season.

Johnson suffered the injury in Saturday's game.

Via NBA.com

Cleanthony Early To Undergo Knee Surgery

Cleanthony Early will have arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose fragment from his right knee.

The injury was diagnosed following an MRI exam.

Early will be reevaluated in one month to determine the timetable for his return to the New York Knicks' lineup.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Ryan Kelly Out At Least Six Weeks With Torn Hamstring

Ryan Kelly is out at least six weeks with a tear of his right hamstring.

Kelly suffered the injury in Sunday's loss by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Golden State Warriors.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely With Fracture In Foot

Aaron Gordon fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Saturday night’s game.

Chris Douglas-Roberts Has Partially Torn Achilles

Chris Douglas-Roberts has dealt with pain in his Achilles since training camp.

Bradley Beal Hopes To Make Season Debut Against Cavs On Friday

Bradley Beal has been out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist.

Dwyane Wade Misses First Game Of Season With Hamstring Injury

Dwyane Wade missed 28 games last season, nine of which with a similar hamstring injury.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Diagnosed With Stress Reaction In Foot

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Derrick Rose Exits Early With Hamstring Injury

Tom Thibodeau thought an MRI on the hamstring was likely for Friday, but Derrick Rose was hopeful he wouldn't have to have one.

Derrick Rose Preparing Body For Life After Basketball

Derrick Rose revealed Tuesday that he is already thinking about his future beyond basketball.

Anthony Morrow Plans To Make Season Debut Tuesday

Anthony Morrow is a virtual lock to make his season debut for the Thunder on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, league sources told RealGM.

Klay Thompson Misses First Game Of Career

Klay Thompson has a sprained right hand.

Dellavedova Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Matthew Dellavedova experienced a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' loss at Portland.

Kawhi Leonard Could Deal With Blurry Eye Until Summer

Kawhi Leonard said his right eye remains blurry after a preseason bout with conjunctivitis.

Ricky Rubio Out Indefinitely With Significant Ankle Sprain

X-rays taken immediately showed no fracture in Ricky Rubio's rolled ankle.

Marcus Smart Out Just 2-3 Weeks After Being Carted Off With Ankle Injury

Marcus Smart was diagnosed with a sprain and bone bruise on his ankle and he'll miss two to three weeks.

Derrick Rose Misses Third Game Of Season With Sprained Ankles

Derrick Rose will sit out the Bulls' game at the 76ers on Friday night due to sprains in both his left and right ankles.

David Lee Out Two Weeks With Reaggravated Hamstring Strain

David Lee will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Dwight Howard Considering Wearing Knee Pads

Dwight Howard is considering wearing knee pads after banging knee early this season has him already battling a minor injury.

Adreian Payne Being Cautious With Plantar Fasciitis

Adreian Payne has been listed inactive for the Hawks' first two games of the season.

Russell Westbrook Undergoes Surgery, Out At Least Four Weeks

Russell Westbrook fractured the second metacarpal in the hand.

Russell Westbrook Suffers Fracture In Hand

Russell Westbrook is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Jimmy Butler Out 2-4 Weeks With Thumb Sprain

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