December 2015 Basketball Wiretap

Al Jefferson Undergoes Surgery To Repair Tear In Lateral Meniscus

Dec 31, 2015 11:22 AM

Al Jefferson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks.

The operation repaired a tear in the lateral meniscus of Jefferson's right knee.

Jefferson had just returned to the Hornets' lineup after missing 11 games: six for a strained groin muscle and five for a suspension for violating the league's drug policy.

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Stephen Curry Undergoes MRI On Lower Left Leg

Dec 30, 2015 2:14 PM

Stephen Curry has undergone an MRI exam on his lower left and Luke Walton says he probably won't play on Wednesday.

"We're confident that whether he plays or not that we can compete and try to win here," Walton said.

The Golden State Warriors will start Shaun Livingston at point guard if Curry is unable to play.

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Cleanthony Early Shot In Knee During Robbery

Dec 30, 2015 11:07 AM

Cleanthony Early was shot in the knee early Wednesday from an armed robbery crew who stole his jewelry.

The ski-masked assailants also stole the gold caps from his teeth.

Early was targeted shortly after leaving a Queens strip club with his girlfriend around 4:15 a.m.

The couple was taking an Uber cab home from the CityScapes gentleman’s club hours after the Knicks beat the Pistons in Madison Square Garden when three cars appeared and boxed them in.

Sources said Early and his girlfriend were riding in the back of the cab, oblivious to the oncoming threat until the attackers stopped their ride.

Early is in stable condition in the hospital.

Early played about 30 seconds Tuesday.


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Alec Burks Undergoes Surgery On Fractured Left Fibula

Dec 29, 2015 11:45 PM

Alec Burks underwent successful surgery on his fractured left fibula.

Burks will remain in Salt Lake City to begin his rehabilitation, and will then accompany the team on road trips once he is cleared to travel. He will be out indefinitely, and further updates will be provided when appropriate. 

He suffered the injury in a fall after being fouled during a shot attempt against the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 26.

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Stephen Curry Could Sit Multiple Games With Injured Leg

Dec 29, 2015 11:10 PM

Stephen Curry might not play on the Golden State Warriors' road trip at the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets because of his ailing left lower leg.

Curry didn't participate in Tuesday's light practice after limping through the Warriors' win on Monday.

Luke Walton said he believed Curry was suffering from something similar to the calf strain that he sustained in his right leg last week but did not know the specifics.

"There's a chance that he won't play in one or both," Walton said. "That's probably going to be a game-time decision or at least determined on how he's feeling tomorrow.

"He hasn't said anything except for he wants to play. Even last night in the game when I saw him in the game limping, and I tried to take him out, he gave the wave-off and said that it was fine."

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Eric Bledsoe Out For Season After Meniscus Surgery

Dec 29, 2015 2:27 PM

Eric Bledsoe will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair his torn meniscus. 

Bledsoe was having an All-Star caliber season before the injury. 

Bledsoe is expected to be back in time for training camp.

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Eric Bledsoe To Undergo Surgery On Torn Meniscus

Dec 27, 2015 11:41 PM

Eric Bledsoe has a torn meniscus and will undergo surgery to repair it.

Bledsoe is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Bledsoe suffered the injury in the Phoenix Suns' loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bledsoe will undergo surgery Tuesday, December 29. The surgery will be performed by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tom Carter. 

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Alec Burks Out At Least Six Weeks With Fractured Ankle

Dec 27, 2015 3:05 PM

Alec Burks has suffered an ankle fracture and will likely miss a minimum of six weeks.

Burks suffered the injury when fouled by Paul Pierce, landing awkwardly.

The Utah Jazz have suffered a number of injuries this season beginning with Dante Exum in the summer.

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Eric Bledsoe Likely To Miss Extended Time With Knee Injury

Dec 27, 2015 2:46 PM

Eric Bledsoe is expected to miss extended time with a left knee injury.

Bledsoe suffered the injury in Saturday's loss by the Phoenix Suns to the Philadelphia 76ers.

There are fears of possible meniscus damage to Bledsoe's knee.

Bledsoe previously underwent surgery in 2014 on the right knee.

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Blake Griffin Has Partially Torn Quad

Dec 26, 2015 6:05 PM

Blake Griffin suffered a partially torn left quad tendon during last night’s win over the Lakers. Griffin underwent an MRI this morning that revealed the injury. 

The Clippers leading scorer did not accompany the team to Utah and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Griffin is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 30 games (all starts) this season for the Clippers.

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Stephen Curry Not Expected To Miss Time With Calf Injury
Stephen Curry is expected to play on Christmas Day despite taking a knee to the right calf on Wednesday.

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Joakim Noah Out 2-4 Weeks With Slight Tear In Shoulder
Joakim Noah is averaging 4.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game this season.

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Jonas Valanciunas Cleared To Return To Practice
Jonas Valanciunas has been sidelined the past 15 games after he sustained a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left hand.

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Damian Lillard Aggravates Plantar Fasciitis Injury
Damian Lillard downplayed the ailment and he finished the game.

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Bulls Remain Optimistic Mike Dunleavy Jr. Will Return This Season
Mike Dunleavy Jr. was expected to miss eight to 10 weeks following back surgery in late September but he experienced a setback.


Kyrie Irving To Make Season Debut Sunday Against 76ers
The Cavaliers will monitor Kyrie Irving's minutes, but he's expected to start.

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Pistons Assign Brandon Jennings To D-League For Rehab Assignment
Brandon Jennings has not played this season after suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon at Milwaukee on January 24, 2015.

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Jrue Holiday Two Weeks Away From Having Minutes Restriction Lifted
Jrue Holiday currently has a PER of 29.0 during the month of December.

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Shane Larkin In NBA's Concussion Protocol
Shane Larkin has played in all 24 games for the Nets this season, with averages of 7.2 points and 3.6 assists in 18.9 minutes per game.

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Brandan Wright Out 6-8 Weeks With Knee Surgery
Brandan Wright signed a three-year, $17.1 million contract with the Grizzlies during the offseason.

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Kyrie Irving Not Making Debut On Thursday
Kyrie Irving was cleared to full contact more than a week ago and has been through a handful of practices without any issues.

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Greivis Vasquez Undergoes Surgery On Right Ankle
Greivis Vasquez has averaged 7.1 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 22.6 minutes.

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Nerlens Noel's Eye Injury Not As Bad As Feared
The Sixers said Nerlens Noel suffered a corneal abrasion.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Bradley Beal Re-Injures Right Fibula, Not Expected To Impact Contract
Bradley Beal has had right fibula injuries in each of his four NBA seasons.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Kyrie Irving Trying To Persuade Cavs To Activate Him
Kyrie Irving has completed his knee rehab and could return within the next few days.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Brandon Jennings Expected Back This Month, May Do Rehab Stint In D-League
Brandon Jennings is expected to return from his Achilles injury this month.

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Klay Thompson Sprains Left Ankle, X-Rays Negative
Klay Thompson said X-rays were negative and he expects to be fine within a "couple of days."

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DeMarre Carroll Out Indefinitely With Right Knee Contusion
DeMarre Carroll has averaged 12.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 34.2 minutes in 18 games, all starts.

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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson To Undergo Surgery On Fractured Ankle
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the posterior talus in his right ankle.

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John Wall Injures Knee, No Structural Damage
John Wall collided knees with Jeremy Evans late in the fourth quarter.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post