Basketball Wiretap

De'Andre Hunter At Least Two Weeks Away From Return

Mar 6, 2021 8:27 AM

De'Andre Hunter has stepped up his rehab from right knee surgery, but won't return for at least two more weeks.

Hunter underwent surgery Feb. 8 and has been cleared to do unrestricted weight room work and progressive on-court drills. His condition will be reviewed again March 19.


Tags: De'Andre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury

Zion Williamson Expected To Play In All-Star Game After Sitting Out Thursday

Mar 5, 2021 1:16 AM

Zion Williamson sat out the New Orleans Pelicans' 103-93 loss to the Miami Heat due to an irritation in his right fifth toe.

Williamson is still expected to play in the All-Star Game, according to sources.

"It's one of those things that's just continued to get a little bit worse. Obviously, a lot of minutes last night and the whole thing. So it got worse. But it's been something that he's had," said Stan Van Gundy.

Williamson was drafted by Team Durant. 

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Tags: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

CJ McCollum Cleared For Contact, To Be Re-Evaluated Next Week

Mar 5, 2021 1:12 AM

CJ McCollum was cleared for contact as he recovers from a fractured foot, president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said on Thursday.

The Blazers also added that Jusuf Nurkic continues to make progress on his fractured wrist.

Both players will be re-evaluated next week. 

The Blazers enter the All-Star break with a 21-14 record. 


Tags: C.J. McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

Caris LeVert Expected To Return From Cancer Surgery In Second Half Of Season

Mar 4, 2021 11:11 AM

Caris LeVert is expected to return to game action during the second half of the season.

LeVert underwent surgery for kidney cancer in January, a condition that was diagnosed during a physical following his trade from the Brooklyn Nets to the Indiana Pacers.

LeVert was averaging 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists over 12 games before the trade.

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Tags: Caris LeVert, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Injury

Kelly Oubre Sprains Left Wrist, Could Miss Thursday Game

Mar 4, 2021 1:17 AM

Kelly Oubre missed the Golden State Warriors' loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night due to a sprained left wrist.

Oubre suffered the injury while dunking in practice.

"We scrimmaged [Tuesday] and he went in for a dunk and he had momentum going in, he tried to hang on to the rim and he slipped off. And when he landed, he banged both elbows pretty good. It was scary, but fortunately no long-term damage or anything. But he's pretty sore today, so we'll give him a rest. We'll see about [Thursday]," said Steve Kerr.

Kerr added that Oubre could still undergo an MRI.

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Kevin Durant Remains In Brooklyn, Will Undergo Further Imaging On Hamstring

Mar 4, 2021 1:13 AM

Kevin Durant is working with a physiotherapist in Brooklyn and is scheduled to receive more imaging on his hamstring, Steve Nash said on Wednesday night.

Durant was originally scheduled to return before the All-Star break.

The prevailing sentiment around the team is to not rush Durant back too early. 

The Nets beat the Rockets 132-114 on Wednesday.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury

Luka Doncic Doubtful For Wednesday With Back Tightness, Expected To Play In ASG

Mar 3, 2021 1:39 PM

Luka Doncic has been downgraded to doubtful for the Dallas Mavericks' game on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder with lower back tightness.

Doncic is still expected to play in Sunday's All-Star Game in Atlanta.

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Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury

Raptors To Play Wednesday Without Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam; Sergio Scariolo To Coach

Mar 3, 2021 1:14 AM

The Toronto Raptors will return to the court on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons without Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw, all of whom are ruled out due to health and safety protocols.

Nick Nurse and five of his staff members also remain out.

Assistant Sergio Scariolo will coach the Raptors. 

The Raptors also called up  Jalen Harris and Donta Hall from their G League team.

General manager Bobby Webster added that the players who are out aren't expected to return for Thursday's game against the Celtics. 


Tags: Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Ogugua Anunoby, Malachi Flynn, Patrick McCaw, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

Kawhi Leonard Misses Tuesday's Game With Back Spasms

Mar 2, 2021 8:38 PM

Kawhi Leonard is out for Tuesday's game against the Boston Celtics with back spasms.

Leonard had played in 29 out of a possible 36 games with the Los Angeles Clippers so far this season.

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Draymond Green Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle, Doesn't Think 'It Was Too Bad'

Mar 1, 2021 1:10 PM

Draymond Green left the Golden State Warriors' 117-91 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers with a sprained left ankle. 

The injury occurred in the second quarter, though Steve Kerr added that he doesn't think it's serious.

"I talked to him at halftime. He said he didn't think it was too bad," Kerr said.


Green had combined for 30 points, 42 assists and 30 rebounds in the last three games, with the Warriors on a three-game win streak before their latest loss. 

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RJ Hampton Expected To Enter Health & Safety Protocol Through All-Star Break

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Kyrie Irving Out Saturday Versus Mavs Due To Right Shoulder Injury Recovery

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Pascal Siakam To Miss Next Three Games Due To Health & Safety Protocols

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Tobias Harris Has Right Knee Contusion, No Structural Damage

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Kevin Durant Expected To Return From Hamstring Injury Before All-Star Break

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Steph Curry, James Wiseman, Kevon Looney Could Play Tuesday Against Knicks

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Kristaps Porzingis Misses Game With Back Stiffness

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Delon Wright Out Two Weeks With Grade 2 Strain Of Right Groin

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Marcus Smart Unlikely To Return Before All-Star Break

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Steph Curry Misses Game After Not Feeling Well, No COVID-19 Protocols Needed

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Dennis Schroder Tests Negative For COVID-19, Will Quarantine For Seven Days

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Kevin Durant To Miss Fourth Consecutive Game, Steve Nash Says Nets Will Be 'Cautious'

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Anthony Davis Out Four Weeks After Being Re-Evaluated By Team Doctors

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Ish Smith Out 6-8 Weeks With Right Quadriceps Injury

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Kevin Durant Out For Lakers' Game, Kyrie Irving Probable

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Kevin Love Close To Return From Calf Injury


D'Angelo Russell To Undergo Surgery On Left Knee, Out 4-6 Weeks

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Cole Anthony Diagnosed With Fractured Rib, Will Not Return Until After All-Star Break

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Jayson Tatum On Aftereffects of COVID-19: 'You Get Fatigued A Lot Quicker Than Normal'

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Spurs, Hornets Games Postponed After Four Spurs Players Test Positive For COVID-19