Basketball Wiretap

Jalen Brunson Diagnosed With Knee Contusion, X-Rays Return Negative

Mar 3, 2024 11:41 PM

Jalen Brunson left the New York Knicks' win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday in the first minute of the game due to a knee contusion.

X-rays returned negative on Brunson's knee.

"He bumped knees. That's what happened. He got the X-rays, was examined by the doctor. Everything was negative. We'll see where he is tomorrow," said Tom Thibodeau.

The Knicks are currently without starters OG Anunoby, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson.


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Tari Eason To Undergo Season-Ending Leg Surgery

Mar 3, 2024 5:04 PM

Tari Eason is set to have season-ending surgery on his left leg, according to Ime Udoka.

Eason, who has played in only 22 games this season, has not appeared since January 1 due to a benign growth in his left shin bone.

"We thought rest and rehab, he could get over it that way, but every time he ramped up, the pain came right back. After seeing all the specialists and decision-makers, came to the decision that it's best to have surgery Monday," said Udoka.

Udoka added that the growth was a preexisting condition that Eason has been dealing with for some time.

Eason will be out four months following a bone graft on his shin.



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Devin Booker Sprains Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Mar 3, 2024 12:38 PM

Devin Booker suffered a sprained right ankle during the Phoenix Suns' loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

X-rays were negative on the ankle. Frank Vogel added that Booker could play on Sunday against the Thunder.

"We'll see how he responds overnight," said Vogel.

Jusuf Nurkic also left the game with a sprained neck. The center was cleared for concussion symptoms.


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Russell Westbrook Out Indefinitely With Fractured Left Hand

Mar 2, 2024 1:18 AM

Russell Westbrook suffered a fractured left hand during the Los Angeles Clippers' win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Ty Lue said that the Clippers were still evaluating the injury, and he had no timeline for Westbrook's return.

"We don't know what timetable, don't know if he needs surgery or anything yet. But he's out right now. So just trying to figure it out," said Lue.

Bones Hyland played 16 minutes after Westbrook left the game. 

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Scottie Barnes Fractures Left Hand, Out Indefinitely

Mar 2, 2024 1:12 AM

Scottie Barnes fractured the third metacarpal bone in his left hand, the Toronto Raptors announced on Friday night.

Barnes will be out indefinitely.

Barnes suffered the injury when he hit his hand on the rim while attempting to block a shot in the first half.

Barnes is averaging 20.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists on the season.


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Jamal Murray Exits Win Over Heat With Right Ankle Sprain

Mar 1, 2024 10:13 AM

Jamal Murray left Thursday's win by the Denver Nuggets over the Miami Heat with a sprained right ankle. 

In the second quarter, Murray appeared to land awkwardly on Aaron Gordon’s foot under the basket after dishing an assist to Nikola Jokic.

Murray walked off the floor under his own power but with a heavy limp.

“I talked to him right at the half, and he thought he was gonna be able to try to maybe give it a go — see how it warmed up,” Michael Malone said, not ruling out Murray’s availability Saturday at the Lakers. “And it just wasn’t responding the way he had hoped, so I think it was a smart decision not to have him out there. Just trying to be as careful as possible at this point of the season.”

Murray has been dealing with shin splints, categorized officially as bilateral tibia inflammation, in recent weeks. 

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OG Anunoby Cleared For On-Court Work, No Timeline For Return

Mar 1, 2024 2:02 AM

OG Anunoby has been cleared for on-court work, Tom Thibodeau said on Thursday.

"He can shoot, dribble, pass. No contact yet, but the next step, he’ll start that tomorrow,” said Thibodeau.

Anunoby has been out since having elbow surgery on January 27.

There is no timetable for Anunoby's return to practice. 

"The good thing is him getting cleared today. Now you’re going into the next phase and he’ll be checked by our medical people daily. This next step was the important one. Once the contact is added, then he’ll be ready to go,” added Thibodeau. 

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Tags: OG Anunoby, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury

Joel Embiid's 'Plan' Is To Return Before End Of Regular Season

Feb 29, 2024 3:27 PM

Joel Embiid spoke to the media for the first time since suffered a knee injury last month and confirmed he hopes to return to game action before the end of the regular season.

"That's the plan," Embiid said after Philadelphia practiced Thursday. "Obviously everything has to go right, as far as getting healthy and being as close as I'm supposed to be. But yeah, that's the plan."

Embiid was the frontrunner for MVP before the injury.

The team announced on Feb. 6 that Embiid had undergone a procedure "to address an injury to the lateral meniscus in his left knee" and that he would be reevaluated in four weeks, which is next Tuesday. 

Embiid said there is no timetable for his return, but he continues to feel good about his rehab.

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Andrew Wiggins Leaves Warriors Due To Personal Reasons, Out On Thursday

Feb 29, 2024 12:55 AM

Andrew Wiggins left the Golden State Warriors before the start of their most recent road trip due to a family matter.

The Warriors have no timeline for Wiggins' return, but he will be out for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

“We don’t know. We’ll respect Andrew’s wishes for this to remain private. Personal reasons," said Steve Kerr.

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Lonzo Ball Still Unable To Sprint During Knee Rehab

Feb 28, 2024 9:02 AM

Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan isn't ready to say Lonzo Ball has suffered a setback in his rehab from a knee injury. But Donovan didn't paint a positive picture about where Ball is at either, as he shared that the Bulls guard is still unable to sprint.

"I don’t know if he’s stuck," Donovan said. "He is doing some shooting, some running, some jumping. He hasn’t done any sprinting yet, that I know."

Donovan was asked if that's a setback and he stopped short of calling it that.

"They talked about that, and [sprinting] was kind of a goal, a set point. I do think the one thing that has been a priority right now, so he does not get set back, is he needs to develop more strength in his leg," Donovan said. "Because of him having that surgery and being off his leg so long, before he’s really able to ramp up, I think they want him to get to a place physically that relates to his quad strength. I don’t want to say it’s a holdup, but that’s where they want to get him to. In terms of what he’s doing, he feels better."

Ball hasn't played in a game since January 14, 2022. The veteran point guard missed the second half of that season, and all of the 2022-23 season. Ball has been ruled out for the entirety of this season, as well. That means the next chance for Ball to play will be over two-and-a-half years from his last appearance.

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Sixers Hope Joel Embiid Can Return In Late March

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Paul George Out Wednesday Against Lakers With Knee Soreness

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Deandre Ayton Sprains Hand, X-Rays Negative


Isaiah Livers Out For Remainder Of The Season

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MRI On Jonathan Isaac Shows No Significant Injuries To Leg, Knee

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Chris Paul To Return To Warriors Lineup On Tuesday

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OG Anunoby To Be Re-Evaluated Next Week, Julius Randle Injury Situation Remains 'Fluid'

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Trae Young Out At Least Four Weeks With Surgery On Finger

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Onyeka Okongwu Out Two More Weeks With Toe Sprain

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Patrick Williams To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery On Left Foot

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LeBron James Out Thursday At Warriors

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Chris Paul Close To Returning

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Christian Wood Out Two Weeks With Knee Swelling

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Torrey Craig Out 2-4 Weeks With Right Knee Sprain

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LeBron James To Have Treatment On Left Ankle, Could Miss Thursday's Game

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Bradley Beal On Track To Return Thursday From Hamstring Injury

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Adam Silver Says NBA Games Played Up, Injuries Down

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Kawhi Leonard To Play 'A Little Bit' In All-Star Game

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Scotty Pippen Jr. Out At Least Three Weeks With Bulging Disc In Lower Back

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Julius Randle Showing 'Positive Progression' During Rehab, Optimism For Return This Season

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