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Klay Thompson Misses First Game Of Career

Klay Thompson did not play in the Golden State Warriors' 107-95 loss at the Phoenix Suns on Sunday due to a sprained right hand.

X-rays were negative on the hand, and Thompson said he was sure he would play in the team's next game against the San Antonio Spurs. 

The game was the first in which Thompson has missed in his four-year career.

Via Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Dellavedova Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Matthew Dellavedova experienced a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday.

Dellavedova was out for the remaining two games of the Cavaliers road trip this past week in Utah and Denver.

After returning to Cleveland, he received additional evaluation by Cavaliers Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. The results confirmed a left knee MCL sprain. He is undergoing a period of treatment and rehabilitation and is currently projected to be out four to six weeks. His status will be updated as appropriate.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kawhi Leonard Could Deal With Blurry Eye Until Summer

Kawhi Leonard has shot 7 for 26 in his first three games and started 2-for-8 against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. 

Leonard ended up 5 for 13 with 14 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, but missed two shots on the Spurs’ final possession that could have given them the game. Leonard said his right eye remains blurry after a preseason bout with conjunctivitis, which doctors have told him will simply correct itself and that there is nothing they can do.

“My right eye, the vision’s not all the way back yet,” Leonard said. “Hopefully I can heal up soon. I’ve just got to keep competing so I can get used to it and get my rhythm going.”

Leonard admitted he could deal with the issue for a while, even late into the season.

“I have to," Leonard said when asked if he believed he could play through his eye condition. "That’s what I’m doing now. I can’t wait and sit on the sidelines anymore just wasting games. It might not ever clear up until summer, so I’m playing now.”

Via Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

Ricky Rubio Out Indefinitely With Significant Ankle Sprain

Ricky Rubio rolled his left ankle on a drive to the back in the second quarter of the Minnesota Timberwolves' loss on Friday to the Orlando Magic.

X-rays taken immediately showed no fracture, but Rubio made his way back to the locker room at halftime on crutches with his ankle wrapped.

Flip Saunders referred to Rubio’s ankle by saying he “popped it pretty good,” adding “it swelled up high” and said he always worries about such an injury being the dreaded, slow-healing high-ankle sprain.

An MRI on Saturday showed a significant sprain and the Wolves announced he's out indefinitely.

Jeff Zillgiitt of the USA Today reports that Rubio could miss seven to eight weeks.

Via Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

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

Marcus Smart was carted off the court in the fourth quarter of the Boston Celtics' 101-98 win over the Indiana Pacers.

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

Smart's leg was immobilized and he then was taken to the locker room, giving a thumbs up as he was wheeled off.

Via Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Derrick Rose Misses Third Game Of Season With Sprained Ankles

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

It will be Rose's third missed game out of six this season.

Rose scored 13 points in the Bulls' win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

David Lee Out Two Weeks With Reaggravated Hamstring Strain

David Lee underwent an MRI on Thursday that revealed an aggravated strained left hamstring. 

Lee will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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.

“I’m going to have to find some of those Hakeem (Olajuwon) knee pads,” Howard said. “We actually did talk about that at the end of the season, me wearing some knee pads. It looks like I’m going to have to do it. Taking those bumps now, at 21 (years old) I could recover at halftime. But now, I got some of that kryptonite juice stuck in my knees so I have to make sure I get that out.”

Howard suffered the injury on Saturday.

“Some of the swelling has gone down,” Howard said. “I got a lot of movement and range in it, more than I did when I first hurt it. It felt pretty good today. Thank God it wasn’t that serious, because it did bother me the whole game. A lot of people noticed it. One thing I was thinking is I need my knees to play this game.”

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Adreian Payne Being Cautious With Plantar Fasciitis

Adreian Payne dealt with plantar fasciitis during his senior season at Michigan State and is again bothered by the injury.

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

“It’s good,” Payne said. “We are just resting out. It’s something I’ve had before. It’s really not a big issue. It’s something that the coaching staff and training staff is trying to manage before it gets bad. I could play right now but we are being careful.”

Added Mike Budenholzer: “There is an opportunity here for us to be cautiously aggressive, is what I’m saying, and really look for his health long there and get him in a place where he is comfortable and able to play."

Via Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Russell Westbrook Undergoes Surgery, Out At Least Four Weeks

Russell Westbrook has undergone successful surgery on his broken right hand.

Westbrook fractured the second metacarpal in the hand.

Dr. Thomas Graham of the Cleveland Clinic performed the surgery.

Westbrook will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Russell Westbrook Suffers Fracture In Hand

Russell Westbrook is expected to miss four to six weeks.
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