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Ricky Rubio To Return Monday Against Mavericks

Jan 31, 2015 2:53 PM

Ricky Rubio has been cleared to play on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks, according to a source.

Rubio has been out since severely injuring his left ankle Nov. 7 and will have missed 43 games because of the injury.

The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to restrict Rubio's minutes until after the All-Star break while he sees how his ankle responds.

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Vince Carter To Be Reevaluated In One Week With Foot Tendon Injury

Jan 31, 2015 12:42 AM

Vince Carter underwent an MRI on Friday, which revealed a left foot tendon injury.

Carter will be re-evaluated within the next week at which time an update will be provided.

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Dwight Howard Could Miss Extended Period With Knee Issue

Jan 29, 2015 7:49 PM

Dwight Howard will receive a second opinion on his right knee and could miss an extended period of time.

Howard underwent an MRI on the knee on Wednesday.

Howard is suffering from swelling due to the accumulation of fluid in the knee.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Dwyane Wade Out Indefinitely With Hamstring Injury

Jan 29, 2015 2:03 PM

Dwyane Wade is out indefinitely with an injured hamstring.

“You can’t put a time on it,” Wade said. “You can’t look at the hamstring and say you’re going to be out this amount of games. Like many muscle strains, you’ve got to go day-by-day.”

This is the third leg injury of the season for Wade. 
Wade has missed 10 of the 45 games played by the Miami Heat this season.

Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kobe Bryant To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Jan 26, 2015 3:28 PM

Kobe Bryant will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

Bryant was examined on Monday morning by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. ElAttrache confirmed an earlier diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff, and advised Bryant to have surgery to repair the shoulder. Bryant has agreed, and surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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Kemba Walker To Undergo Surgery For Meniscus

Jan 26, 2015 2:53 PM

Kemba Walker will undergo surgery to repair his meniscus.

Walker is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Walker has missed three of the Charlotte Hornets' past five games.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Robbie Hummel Suffers Fracture In Hand

Jan 25, 2015 10:18 PM

Robbie Hummel suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

The injury occurred at the end of the third quarter of Sunday's game and he'll be out indefinitely.

In 36 games (four starts) this season, Hummel is averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Likely To Have Double Recovery Time By Waiting On Surgery

Jan 25, 2015 6:50 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge could miss the start of training camp next season by delaying his thumb surgery.

Although Aldridge is not risking his long-term health by playing with a torn ligament, a specialist in the field said he could now be facing a recovery that will take twice as long -- up to three or four months.

Dr. Steven Shin, a hand/wrist surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, said the only downside Aldridge faces by postponing his surgery are the longer recovery time and having to play through pain.

"The reason why we suggest surgery rather than waiting is the quality of ligament can deteriorate with time,'' Shin said.

The overall recovery time goes from 6-to-8 weeks to three-to-four months, Shin said.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Brandon Jennings Out 6-9 Months With Full Achilles Tear

Jan 25, 2015 3:54 PM

Brandon Jennings will miss the rest of the season and is expected to be out six to nine months with a full tear of his left Achilles.

An MRI confirmed the injury on Sunday.

More practically, it takes seven to 12 months for a full recovery from the injury.

Jennings is coming off the best month of his professional career, leading the Detroit Pistons back to the playoff race after a 5-23 start.

Vincent Goodwill/The Detroit News

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Brandon Jennings Out Indefinitely With Possible Achilles Injury

Jan 25, 2015 12:23 AM

Brandon Jennings suffered an injury to his left leg in the Detroit Pistons' game on Saturday.

Stan Van Gundy said Jennings will be out for the foreseeable future.

The fear is an Achilles injury, as Jennings told some that he felt he was kicked in the back of his lower leg.

"It doesn't look good," Van Gundy said.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Puts Thumb Surgery On Hold, Will Play Against Wizards
LaMarcus Aldridge will play against the Wizards on Saturday night.

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Tony Wroten Has Partial ACL Tear In Right Knee
Tony Wroten will need surgery on his right knee.

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Kobe Bryant Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season
Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the 14-15 season with a torn rotator cuff.

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Mirza Teletovic Out For Season With Blood Clots In Lungs
In 40 games this season, Mirza Teletovic posted averages of 8.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.3 minutes per game.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Out 6-8 Weeks With Ligament Tear In Left Thumb
LaMarcus Aldridge has a radial collateral ligament tear in his left thumb that will require surgery.

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LaMarcus Aldridge's Thumb In Cast As He Awaits More Tests
An MRI conducted on LaMarcus Aldridge was inconclusive.

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Kobe Bryant Suffers Torn Rotator Cuff
Preliminary results from the MRI reveal that Kobe Bryant has sustained a tear of the rotator cuff.

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Jrue Holiday Likely Out 2-4 Weeks With Stress Reaction In Lower Leg
In 37 games this season, Jrue Holiday averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 33.7 minutes per game.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Suffers Hand Injury, Will Be Further Evaluated Tuesday
X-rays of LaMarcus Aldridge's left hand injury are negative.

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Kendall Marshall Out For Season With Torn ACL
Kendall Marshall had emerged as the Bucks' backup point guard for Jason Kidd and his injury comes just days after waiving Nate Wolters.

Todd Rosiak/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Joel Embiid Now Weighs 300 Pounds, 76ers Concerned With His Work Ethic
Joel Embiid has reportedly skipped some conditioning sessions.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Joakim Noah Injures Ankle
Joakim Noah left the United Center in a walking boot.

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Carmelo Anthony Concedes Knee Surgery Likely At Some Point
Carmelo Anthony hasn't played since Dec. 31.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Shabazz Muhammad Sidelined Two Weeks With Oblique Strain
Shabazz Muhammad will be reevaluated in two weeks.

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Paul George Taking Part In Non-Contact Basketball Drills
Frank Vogel continues to say Paul George still isn't expected back this season for the Pacers, but he is taking part in light non-contract basketball drills.

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LeBron James Could Return On Tuesday
The Cavaliers have been resting LeBron James with the hope of him getting back to 100 percent health.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Ersan Ilyasova Ready To Return From Concussion
Ersan Ilyasova has missed 19 of the last 20 games after suffering a broken nose Dec. 2 and a concussion when he returned Dec. 23.

Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Carmelo Treating Surgery As Last Resort, Looking To London, ASG
Phil Jackson said Saturday that surgery is a possibility for Carmelo Anthony, who has missed eight straight games with soreness in his left knee.

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LeBron James Returns To Miami For Rehab
LeBron James spent part of the week doing rehab at the Cavs' practice facility but also spent time this week in Miami.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

LeBron James On Track To Return In Week, Avoiding 'Continuous Sitting' At Games
LeBron James has missed a career-high seven straight games due to knee and back strains.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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