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Eric Gordon To Undergo Knee Surgery

The New Orleans Hornets announced Eric Gordon will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday. 

The surgery is needed to fully resolve an injury that was sustained earlier in the season during a Hornets game. After that point it did not fully heal with treatment and rest. The doctors expect that Gordon will be fully recovered and able to return to playing in up to six weeks.

“After consulting with our medical staff, we concluded that surgery was the best route and in the best interest of Eric for the long term. We had hoped with rest and rehab, Eric's knee would have healed.” General Manager Dell Demps said. “Eric is eager to return to the court and we are confident Hornet Fans will get to see him soon.”

He sustained the injury to his knee in the first quarter of the team’s opening game in Phoenix on 12/26. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Back Specialist Confirms No Strutural Issue With Rose

Derrick Rose visited a back specialist on Monday and confirmed the Bulls' diagnosis.

Rose is suffering from lower back spasms, but nothing is structurally wrong with his back. The back issue Rose is experiencing is muscular.

Rose will remain day-to-day.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune (via Twitter)

Bass Out 10-14 Days Due To Knee Inflammation

The Celtics will be without Brandon Bass for the next 10 to 14 days because of knee inflammation.

Bass felt soreness after Boston’s loss in Toronto on Friday night and Doc Rivers learned the extent of the injury on Sunday morning when he received a call from doctor Ed Lacerte. Bass missed the Feb. 5th game against Memphis because of issues with his right knee felt against New York on Feb. 3rd.

“We knew the knee was bothering him, but then he got the treatment, and he missed that one game,” Rivers said. “There was nothing said after the Toronto game. Then Eddie called me this morning and told me he was out, and out for a while. That was a surprise.”

Two weeks from Sunday coincides with All-Star weekend, which would mean Bass could return on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Cleveland. Bass will likely miss a total of six games.

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Wade Back In Pre-Injury Form

The decision to rest Dwyane Wade for two weeks appears to have paid dividends. In Wade’s past five games he has scored at least 25 points.

“He’s back in attack mode and back to doing the moves he did before the injury,” LeBron James said. “He’s as close to as 100 percent as you can get, and that’s good to see.”

“The most important thing is that we play in an attack mentality, but the ball has to move,” said Erik Spoelstra.

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Kobe Proud Of No Lockout-Related Injuries

Kobe Bryant tore a ligament in his right wrist in December, but he has yet to suffer a lockout related injury.

"I'm fine," Bryant said. "I've noticed a lot of people going down with injuries and I'm very proud to say that they're a lot younger than I am.

"Here I am, I haven't pulled a hamstring or pulled muscles or anything like that. Over the summer, I worked extremely hard trying to stay in shape and trying to get ready for this compression."

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Rose To See Back Specialist

Derrick Rose did not play on Sunday afternoon against the Celtics as he continues to be limited by back issues.

Rose has been limited by back spasms for weeks and also sat out Friday’s win over the Bobcats.

“I told coach it didn’t get any better and he told me to sit out,” Rose said before Chicago took on Boston. “I’ve got to be able to move, get up without hurting and be myself. Whenever I feel there is no pain there anymore I’ll be ready to go.”

Tom Thibodeau said Rose will see a specialist on Monday. Chicago will host Sacramento, Boston and New Jersey this week without any back-to-back contests.

Via Andrew Perna/RealGM

Bargnani Rehabilitating Injury With Water Work

Andrea Bargnani has been rehabilitating his strained calf by performing non-weight-bearing exercises in a swimming pool.

“He did a lot of pool work trying to get his calf going,” coach Dwane Casey. “He’s working hard on it every day. I think we’re going to try to step it up in the next week or so to get more of a weight-bearing load on it. But there’s still no time table as far as what day he’s getting back or if he’s going to come back before all-star game.

“It’s more running in the pool. Alex [McKechnie, Raptors director of sports science] has him doing all of these exercises with different types of weights.”

Bargnani has averaged 23.5 points and 6.4 rebounds in 13 games this season.

Via National Post

Varejao Fractures Right Wrist, Return Date Unknown

The Cavaliers have announced that Anderson Varejao has a fractured right wrist.

Varejao suffered the injury in a loose ball situation against the Bucks Friday night.

A timeline for his return to action will be established next week after further testing.

He was averaging 10.8 points and 11.5 rebounds.

Via NBA.com

Brook Lopez Set To Return From Broken Foot

Brook Lopez, who has not played all season because of a broken foot, says he is ready to return to practice.

"I don’t really think there’s anything (left to do)," Lopez said after shooting jump shots prior to the Nets' game against the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. "We just have to keep putting it together and keep trying to get into shape and the next opportunity at practice, hopefully I’ll be able to participate."

Lopez went through a light workout on Friday.

"We got some shots up, a lot of running — up and backs, up and backs; jump shots; post moves — it was good stuff," Lopez said.

Avery Johnson said the Nets will take a cautious approach with Lopez.

"Patience is the key when you’re talking about a small bone in a 7-foot guy’s foot," Johnson said. "We’d like to not have any setbacks."

Via Star-Ledger

Bulls Improve To 5-1 Without Rose

The Bulls beat the Bobcats 95-64 on Friday night, moving to 5-1 this season without Derrick Rose, who sat out with a lower back strain.

"Overall, from the start of camp, I thought our team's attitude and approach to the games has been very good," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "And I don't think it changes from game to game. And I think that's really important. Again, we don't want to look behind, we don't want to look ahead, we just want to stare at exactly what's in front of us."

Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

"We're focused right now," Bulls center Joakim Noah said. "We're just trying to play the right way. Whatever the challenge is, we're just trying to play the right way. And I think we're definitely getting better. It's a good feeling. There's a big one coming up on Sunday and we just didn't want to have any letdowns coming into this game. We handled our business."

Via ESPNChicago.com

Ginobili Cleared For Saturday Return Against Nets

Manu Ginobili missed 22 games after fracturing his fifth metacarpal Jan. 2.

Bargnani Could Miss Extended Time With Strained Calf

Andrea Bargnani’s return is still unknown, according to coach Dwane Casey.

Bogans Out For Season With Ankle Injury

Keith Bogans has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the deltoid ligament as well as a fractured left ankle.

Kidd Utilizing Cryotherapy To Recover From Strained Calf

In an attempt to quickly recover from a strained calf, Jason Kidd has been utilizing cryotherapy.

Kobe Believes Wrist Fully Healed

Kobe Bryant said the torn ligament in his right wrist is fully healed.

Hawes, Brand Questionable Against Spurs

Spencer Hawes and Elton Brand are listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Spurs.

Bargnani Not Cleared For Basketball Related Activity

Andrea Bargnani has still not been cleared to return to basketball action.

MRI Confirms Torn Achilles For Billups

Chauncey Billups will miss the remainder of the season.

Gallinari's Chip Fracture Happened Prior To Pro Career

Danilo Gallinari will remain in a walking boot for three to five days.

Anthony Out 1-2 Weeks With Strained Right Groin

Carmelo Anthony will miss the next one to two weeks due to a strained right groin.

Nowitzki Concedes Play Not Deserving Of All-Star Consideration

Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 16.4 points and 8.0 rebounds since sitting out four games to rehabilitate his knee.

Curry Admits To Being A Step Slow

Stephen Curry sprained his ankle three times this season before switching to a shoe with better support.

Clippers Fear Billups Lost For Season

Chauncey Billups suffered a severe left Achilles injury in a win over the Magic on Monday night.

Rose Sidelined By Back Spasms

Derrick Rose sat out the second half of the Bulls’ 108-97 win over the Nets on Monday because of lower back spasms.

Gallinari Out With Chip Fracture In Left Foot

Danilo Gallinari is out indefinitely with a chip fracture in his left foot.

Ginobili Nearing Return From Fractured Shooting Hand

Manu Ginobili has been out with a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand.

Billups Injures Left Achilles

Chauncey Billups injured his left Achilles tendon during the fourth quarter of the Clippers' overtime win at Orlando.

Anthony Leaves Game With Groin Injury

Carmelo Anthony left Monday's game against the Jazz with 6:10 remaining in the first quarter due to a strained right groin.

Nelson Cleared To Return From Concussion

Jameer Nelson has missed five games since sustaining a concussion on Jan. 27th.

Baron Davis Has Setback, Not Expected Before All-Star Break

Baron Davis cannot get back into the lineup until seven to 10 days after he starts practicing again.
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