December 2017 Basketball Wiretap

Rudy Gobert Out Two More Weeks With Knee Injury

Dec 31, 2017 10:46 AM

Rudy Gobert was re-evaluated on Saturday and is expected to miss two more weeks.

Gobert is showing progress towards his return as he's participating in light workouts and individual drills in practice.

Gobert suffered a left PCL sprain and bone bruise on Dec. 15.

A right tibia contusion also sidelined Gobert for 11 games earlier in the season.

“Rudy’s working and trying to get back, there’s nothing that his teammates or myself can do to accelerate that,” said Quin Snyder. “We see him every day. He’s been great about staying connected to the team, but having an advent calendar isn’t the answer.

“It’s going to be when it is and we’ll be glad to have him back when we do, but I don’t think there’s a sense that ‘Oh, if we had Rudy then we may have’… that’s not the right way to approach it.”

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Austin Rivers Day-To-Day With Achilles Tendon Strain

Dec 30, 2017 6:24 PM

Austin Rivers is day-to-day with an Achilles tendon strain.

Rivers left Friday's game on crutches. 

The Clippers are 2.5 games out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Rivers is averaging career highs of 15.8 points, 3.6 assists and 40.5 percent 3-point shooting over 32 games this season.

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Jonathan Isaac Out Indefinitely With Ankle Injury

Dec 30, 2017 6:02 PM

Jonathan Isaac will be placed in an injury rehabilitation and conditioning program and will be out indefinitely. 

Isaac's return to play will depend on how he responds to the program. Isaac originally suffered a sprained right ankle on Nov. 11

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Rudy Gay Out At Least Two Weeks With Heel Injury

Dec 30, 2017 11:08 AM

Rudy Gay will miss at least two weeks after an MRI revealed retrocalcaneal bursitis in his right heel.

Gay exited with the injury on Thursday.

An MRI Friday morning showed the inflammation of the bursa sac that lies over the heel.

Gay missed the previous two games with a sore right heel.

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Stephen Curry Expected To Return From Ankle Injury On Saturday

Dec 29, 2017 1:39 PM

The Golden State Warriors expect Stephen Curry to return from his ankle injury on Saturday.

“I doubt he’ll play tomorrow with a back-to-back,” Steve Kerr said Thursday after practice. “I don’t think that makes much sense. He’s probably going to want to, but I think it’s more likely he plays Saturday (against Memphis). If all goes well, I expect him to play Saturday. Even if (the scrimmage) goes well, I would not expect him to play tomorrow.”

Curry went through practice Thursday.

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Jeff Teague Out 2-4 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Dec 28, 2017 6:24 PM

Jeff Teague suffered a Grade 1 MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) sprain in his left knee. Teague will be sidelined indefinitely. 

The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of last night's 128-125 overtime win over Denver.

In 31 games this season, Teague has posted averages of 13.4 points and 7.3 assists while shooting 44.7% from the floor including 37.5% from long distance.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wolves are optimistic Teague could return within two to four weeks.

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Jeff Teague To Undergo MRI On Injured Left Knee

Dec 28, 2017 8:58 AM

Jeff Teague will undergo an MRI on his left knee.

Teague was injured when Gary Harris rolled over Teague's planted left leg in a scrum for the ball.

Tyus Jones will fill in for Teague if he's out for any extended time.

"As always, it's whatever the team needs me to do,'' Jones said Wednesday night. "I'm hoping Jeff is all right. You never want to see anyone go out with an injury. But it's the next man up. I'm ready to help this team in any way.''

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Isaiah Thomas To Scrimmage For First Time With Cavs On Friday

Dec 28, 2017 8:44 AM

Isaiah Thomas will scrimmage with his Cleveland Cavaliers' teammates for the first time on Friday.

"It'll be a practice, get some shots up, cover defensive rules and principles and also scrimmage a little bit so Isaiah can get a feel and play 5-on-5," Tyronn Lue said.

Thomas aggravated an existing hip injury in last season's playoffs and has been recovering from a torn labrum.

The scrimmage will take place at a high school in Napa following the Cavs' wine tasting excursion on Thursday.

Thomas posted a video of himself dunking last week. One Cavs source told ESPN that it was the first time he'd seen Thomas dunk since the team acquired him.

Thomas will be on a minutes restriction whenever he makes his debut.

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Reggie Jackson Out 6-8 Weeks With Grade 3 Ankle Sprain

Dec 27, 2017 12:40 PM

Reggie Jackson will be out six to eight weeks with a Grade 3 right ankle sprain.

Jackson suffered the injury in Tuesday's game.

Jackson dealt with knee issues throughout the 16-17 season but had played far better this season.

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Jaylen Brown May Have Strained Ligaments Around MCL

Dec 27, 2017 11:50 AM

Jaylen Brown may have strained some ligaments around his MCL during Boston's Christmas Day game.

Brown left the arena on a crutch following the injury.

Brown could be heard screaming "ahh" before hopping on one leg and hobbling off the court.

Brown had also been dealing with a sore Achilles.

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Dion Waiters May Need Offseason Surgery On Ankle
Dion Waiters missed the final 13 games of the 16-17 season due to the sprain but elected not to undergo surgery this past offseason.

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Reggie Jackson To Undergo MRI On Right Ankle Sprain
Reggie Jackson was unable to get up on his own power.

Kirkland Crawford/Detroit Free Press

Stephen Curry Making Progress, Remains Out Until At Least Friday
Stephen Curry went 4-on-4 on Sunday and has also been doing his own work on the court.

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Blake Griffin Expected To Return From Injury This Week
Blake Griffin was initially expected to miss up to eight weeks when he suffered the injury on Nov. 27.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Lonzo Ball Out At Least One Week With Shoulder Sprain
Lonzo Ball will be reevaluated in one week.

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Nikola Vucevic Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Left Hand
Nikola Vucevic suffered a break in the first metatarsal in his hand during Saturday's game.

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Danilo Gallinari Out Indefinitely With Partial Tear Of Left Glute
Danilo Gallinari suffered a contusion to the left glute muscle, and subsequent imaging revealed a partial tear.

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Joel Embiid Likely Out Two More Games, Expected To Play Xmas Day
The 76ers have lost six of seven games without Joel Embiid in the lineup.

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Stephen Curry Ruled Out Of Christmas Day Game Against Cavs
Stephen Curry rolled his right ankle late in a road victory over the Pelicans.

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Isaiah Thomas Nearly Ready To Begin 5-On-5 Practice
Isaiah Thomas may also scrimmage with the Cavs' G League team.

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Brook Lopez Out At Least Three Weeks With Ankle Sprain
An MRI confirmed a moderate ankle sprain in the right ankle of Brook Lopez.

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Jabari Parker Assigned To G League
Jabari Parker sustained a left ACL injury on Feb. 8 and underwent surgery to repair it on Feb. 14.

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Isaiah Thomas Targeting First Week Of January For Return
Isaiah Thomas wants to make sure he doesn't need a game or two of rest at times.

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Kristaps Porzingis Sits With Left Knee Discomfort
Kristaps Porzingis twisted his left knee when he received the ball on the post in Thursday's game.

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Rudy Gobert Out One Month With Left Knee Injury
Rudy Gobert has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and a bone bruise in his left tibia.

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James Harden To Play Through Right Knee Pain
James Harden acknowledged that the soreness in his knee significantly limited his explosiveness.

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Rudy Gobert Suffers Grade 1 MCL Sprain
While x-rays on Rudy Gobert's knee were negative, he will undergo an MRI to confirm the initial diagnosis.

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John Holland Out 4-6 Weeks With Shoulder Injury
John Holland suffered a left shoulder subluxation during Wednesday's G-League game.

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Justise Winslow MRI On Knee Negative
The Heat hope Justise Winslow will return within a week.

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Mirza Teletovic Out With Pulmonary Emboli In Both Lungs
Mirza Teletovic will be reevaluated after a 10-day rest period.

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