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George Hill Out Indefinitely With Chip Fracture In Ankle

George Hill is out indefinitely with a small chip fracture in his left ankle.

Hill has become a vital part of Indiana's rotation this season, coming to the team from the Spurs in a draft night trade.

Via RealGM Staff Report

MarShon Brooks Suffers Broken Toe, Out Indefinitely

Nets rookie MarShon Brooks will be out for an undetermined amount of time with a fracture in his right pinky toe.

Brooks arrived at yesterday’s practice with “some pretty significant swelling,” according to coach Avery Johnson before an X-ray revealed the injury. Brooks visited a foot specialist later in the day.

Brooks, the team’s second-leading scorer, returned to play 22 minutes in Sunday night’s loss to the Raptors after missing three games with a sore left Achilles tendon, but Johnson said the injury was unrelated to Brooks’ previous affliction.

Via Howie Kussoy/New York Post

Carmelo Doubtful Tuesday, Aiming For Return Against Bulls

Carmelo Anthony said his left wrist and right thumb had improved greatly over the last few days. The last hurdle is his right ankle, which he sprained nearly three weeks ago. He will try running Tuesday morning, for the first time in nearly a week.

“I know I can run, but it’s just a matter of me being able to cut and push off that ankle,” Anthony said, adding, “Right now it’s just getting the pop back in my ankle and getting my explosion back.”

If he cannot play Tuesday, Anthony said he would aim for Thursday, when the Knicks play the Chicago Bulls — the first game of a back-to-back-to-back set.

Via Howard Beck/New York Times

Batum Injures Knee, Scheduled To Undergo MRI

Nicolas Batum twisted his knee in the closing seconds of 93-89 loss to the Jazz on Monday night. He immediately writhed around in pain on the arena floor and had to be helped to the visiting locker room.

Batum, who said he never has had a knee problem, is scheduled to undergo magnetic resonance imaging testing this morning to determine the extent of his injury. The pain, he said, is located on the outside of his knee, near his kneecap, and he relayed a mix of optimism and uncertainty in the postgame locker room.

"A little bit," he said, when asked how concerned he was. "I don't think it will be too bad. But we'll see tomorrow."

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Curry Admits Ankle Still Sore After Games

Warriors guard Stephen Curry missed eight consecutive games with a sprained right ankle, which has been a recurring problem since he was drafted in 2009 out of Davidson. Curry admitted the ankle is still bothersome after games.

“The ankle is feeling good,” said Curry, who has has now played in four straight games heading into Tuesday’s matchup with the Kings. “It doesn’t respond well after games. It takes me a while to get back, get the soreness out of it. But during the games I don’t think about it, it feels good. You can be in shape or what you think is in decent shape to play, but when it gets to the schedule we have and being ready in the fourth quarter that’s a process after missing so much time.

“So, still working on being in shape for the minutes I’m playing. But I’m doing pretty well.”

Curry is averaging 19 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds over his past four games.

Via CSNBayArea.com

Ginobili Could Be Several Weeks Away From Return

Though still a few weeks away from returning to the court, Manu Ginobili is out of his post-surgery splint and has been cleared to do some basketball work with his repaired hand.

“He's shooting mid-range shots, lefty,” coach Gregg Popovich said Monday. “He'll be cleared to go one-on-one in a week or so.”

Ginobili remains on a timetable that should put him back on the court at some point during the Spurs' nine-game rodeo road trip next month. Including Monday's 83-73 victory in Memphis, the Spurs are 10-7 with Ginobili sidelined.

Via Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Blatche Out 3-5 Weeks With Strained Left Calf

Andray Blatche will miss the next three to five weeks with a strained left calf.

The Wizards are 4-13 with Blatche in the lineup this season.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post (via Twitter)

Kidd To Miss Five Games With Strained Right Calf

Jason Kidd will miss five games due to a strained right calf.

Kidd, who missed Sunday's game against the Spurs, suffered the injury on Friday against Utah.

"I feel good," Kidd said during halftime of Sunday's game. "We'll rehab the calf and then we'll see where we stand in a week."

Kidd described the injury as though he had been kicked in the calf.

"They were a little nervous that I had torn an Achilles or something, because that, I guess, is the common theme when you say that you got kicked in the back of the calf," Kidd said. "So I was just happy that it was just a strain."

Via Dwaine Price/Star-Telegram

Shumpert Shows Signs Of Wearing Down

Iman Shumpert is only 21 years old, but 20 games into his rookie season, he's already wearing down. Shumpert has had leg cramps, back issues and problems with both knees and one of his ankles.

"He gets banged up a little bit," Mike D'Antoni said. "I just want to make sure he can recover. For a rookie, it's a rude awakening to come in and you're playing so many games. His athleticism has come down a little bit just because he's so banged up.''

In the past six games, Shumpert has shot 18-for-58 and averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 assists.

Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Carmelo To Sit Next Two Games

Carmelo Anthony will sit out for at least two more games to rest a sore ankle and a painful wrist.

“I think I was trying to be a superhero, trying to prove to my teammates that I can play hurt, trying to hide it,” Anthony said. “But at the end of the day, me doing that, it wasn’t really doing nothing but hurting the team.”

Anthony, who is shooting 39.4 percent from the floor, said he and the Knicks’ training staff discussed the possibility of an extended rest after a 91-81 loss in Cleveland on Wednesday.

“I was trying to hide it,” Anthony said. “Talking to Coach, kept telling him I was all right, telling my teammates I was all right. But at the end of the day, if you looking at the games over the last week, week and a half, I just wasn’t myself physically. It was taking a toll on me mentally. So I just decided, we decided together, to just shut it down right now for the next couple days and just see what happens after that.”

Via New York Times

Hawes Aiming To Return Saturday Against Pistons

The Sixers are 2-4 without starting center Spencer Hawes.

Deng Could Be Week Away From Return

Luol Deng is aiming to return next week.

Bogut Out 8-12 Weeks With Injured Left Ankle

Andrew Bogut sustained the injured on Wednesday in a win at Houston.

Bargnani Out Indefinitely With Strained Left Calf

Andrea Bargnani originally injured his calf on January 11 against Sacramento.

Al Jefferson MRI Reveals Ankle Tendinitis

Al Jefferson is a game-time decision for Friday night’s game against the Mavericks.

Deng Aiming To Return Sunday Against Miami

Luol Deng is dealing with a torn a ligament in his left wrist.

Rondo Practices, But No Return Date Set

The Celtics declined to put a timetable on Rajon Rondo's return.

Bogut Out Indefinitely With Fractured Left Ankle

Andrew Bogut's MRI showed a fracture in his left ankle.

Eric Gordon Out Extra 3-6 Weeks With Knee Consution

After undergoing further tests on his right knee, Eric Gordon has a knee consution

Clippers Assign Eric Bledsoe To D-League For Rehab

Eric Bledsoe to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League for a two-game rehabilitation assignment.

Bogut 'Not Optimistic' About Latest Ankle Injury

Andrew Bogut said that x-rays were negative.

Bargnani Re-Injures Calf, Believes It To Be 'Much Worse'

Andrea Bargnani limped off with a left leg injury “much worse” than last one.

D.J. Augustin Will Miss Four Games With Toe Injury

Bobcats point guard D.J. Augustin is dealing with inflammation in his right big toe.

Deng To Attempt To Play Despite Torn Wrist Ligament

Luol Deng has a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Damion James Undergoes Another Hand Surgery

Damion James is out for the remainder season.

Hollins Doesn't Expect Randolph To Regain 100 Percent Form This Season

Memphis has become more perimeter-oriented without Zach Randolph.

Deng Injures Wrist, Sidelined Indefinitely

Luol Deng is listed as day-to-day with an injured wrist but the Bulls haven't ruled out surgery.

Rose: Toe Injury May Linger All Season

Derrick Rose is dealing with an injured toe in his left foot.

Baron Davis Practices For First Time With Knicks

Baron Davis is not expected to immediately be in uniform despite beginning to practice.

Paul To Practice Tuesday, Likely To Return On Wednesday Against Lakers

If Chris Paul plays on Wednesday, it will be 11 days since he was injured on Jan. 14th.
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