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Dwight Howard Not Close To Return From Knee Strain

Dwight Howard is not close to returning from his right knee strain.

“It would be nice to get everybody else back, but that won’t be happening any time soon," Kevin McHale said.

McHale had previously said he hoped that Howard, who has been out since Nov. 19, might be ready to return in time to play on the Rockets’ road trip Wednesday and Thursday to play Golden State and Sacramento.

Asked if he had a better feel for Howard’s timetable, McHale said again, “He won’t be back anytime soon.”

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Alec Burks Won't Need Shoulder Surgery

Alec Burks will not need surgery on his injured left shoulder after meeting with specialists.

Burks has been dealing with an inflamed left shoulder since the preseason, but the consensus of four specialists is that an aggressive rehabilitation program can restore the strength in his shoulder for him to return to the lineup in December.

The Utah Jazz have termed Burks as "out indefinitely."

Burks has met recently with specialists in Cleveland and New York.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Marc Gasol To Play Against Spurs Despite Knee Bone Bruise

Marc Gasol will play on Friday for the Memphis Grizzlies against the San Antonio Spurs despite a knee injury.

"I'm ready to go," Gasol said after the Grizzlies' morning shootaround. "We'll get back to playing the way we play."

MRI results revealed that Gasol suffered a right knee bone bruise Wednesday night during a loss at Houston.

"You never want to go down. You always want to keep playing," Gasol said. "I don't know what the big deal is. We wanted to make sure nothing was wrong with it. Nothing is wrong with it so now we move on."

Via Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Luol Deng Likely To Miss Time With Swelling In Hand

Luol Deng is likely to miss some time due to ongoing swelling in his right hand.

Deng said he has bone bruises on the thumb and index finger.

X-rays came back negative Wednesday, but because of ongoing swelling, a possible MRI has been delayed, leaving Deng uncertain of his timetable.

Deng was injured during the first half of Wednesday's home loss to the Atlanta Hawks when called for a charge.

Via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Marc Gasol Has Bone Bruise In Knee, Questionable For Friday

Marc Gasol has a bone bruise in his right knee and is questionable for Friday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Grizzlies announced the injury update Thursday.

Gasol hurt his knee Wednesday night in a 105-96 loss at Houston, and he wound up tying his season-low with eight points. He had an MRI exam on Thursday.

Via ESPN

Alec Burks Out At Least Two Games With Shoulder Inflammation

Alec Burks will miss at least two games due to shoulder inflammation.

Burks missed Wednesday's game and will sit out on Friday as well, undergoing further tests.

Via RealGM Staff Report

DeMarcus Cousins Out Through Weekend With Virus

DeMarcus Cousins will be out with a viral infection through the weekend.

Cousins was admitted to the hospital Tuesday for rest and to be re-evaluated after attempting to get ready to play against the Toronto Raptors.

Cousins is expected to return to the court next week.


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Via Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Kevin Durant To Return From Injury Tonight

Kevin Durant will make his return to the Oklahoma City Thunder lineup on Tuesday at the New Orleans Pelicans.

Durant has been out to start the season after undergoing surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture in mid-October. The typical recovery time is six to eight weeks for this type of injury.

Durant won the 2014 NBA MVP.

Doctors have told Durant that there's only a five percent chance of him breaking the foot again.

Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports Durant will be on a minute restriction around 30.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins Undergoes Additional Tests For Virus

DeMarcus Cousins is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Toronto Raptors with a virus.

Cousins underwent more tests on Monday.

“He wasn’t here today,” Malone said on Monday. “Optimistic he’ll back with us tomorrow and a chance to play tomorrow night. They’re just trying to make sure he’s cleared to play and hopefully he’ll be back for shootaround tomorrow.”

Via Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

DeMar DeRozan Out Indefinitely With Torn Adductor Longus Tendon

DeMar DeRozan has suffered a torn left adductor longus tendon, the Toronto Raptors announced on Saturday.

DeRozan does not have a timetable for return to basketball activity.

Tests revealed the injury on Saturday after DeRozan suffered it on Friday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jodie Meeks Runs For First Time Since Back Injury

Jodie Meeks was the Pistons' highest-priced free agent last summer when he signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract.

Tony Wroten Out At Least One Week With Sprained Knee

Tony Wroten will be re-evaluated on December 5.

Russell Westbrook To Return Immediately

Russell Westbrook broke a bone in his right hand in the second game of the Thunder season.

Knicks Concerned Carmelo Anthony's Back Issue Could Be Season-Long

The Knicks are concerned that Carmelo Anthony's injury could become a season-long issue related to the disk.

David West Hopes To Make Season Debut Friday

Frank Vogel said he is hopeful David West can return Friday.

Derrick Rose Removed From Game With Hamstring Tightness

Derrick Rose has missed four games with the hamstring injury this season.

Randy Foye Out Three Weeks With Torn Quad

Randy Foye will not undergo surgery and will rest and receive treatment.

Aaron Gray Remaining Active With Pistons Despite Being Waived

Aaron Gray stayed for his rehabilitation and remains active in the game by drilling big men for a Pistons' team that released him.

Thibodeau: Derrick Rose Still Not Real Comfortable With Ball Yet

Derrick Rose had 18 points, five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes in the Bulls' 97-95 win at the Jazz.

Carmelo Anthony Leaves Game With Back Spasms

The Knicks described Carmelo Anthony's injury as back spasms.

Xavier Henry Ruptured Left Achilles

Xavier Henry has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game.

Pacers 'Cool' On Possibility Of Paul George Returning This Season

The Pacers have "cooled" on the possibility of Paul George returning this season from his offseason injury, according to sources.

Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely With Torn Labrum

Eric Gordon has suffered from a host of injuries since signing a new free agent deal in 2012.

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

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

Westbrook, Durant Participate In Non-Contact Portion Of Practice

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

Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely With Fractured Right Wrist

Kevin Martin suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Wolves' win over the Knicks.

Derrick Rose Likely Out Until At Least Next Week

The Bulls are being conservative with injuries this season.

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.
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