February 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Paul George Leaves Game With Hamstring Injury

Feb 14, 2020 1:05 AM

Paul George left the Los Angeles Clippers' 141-133 double overtime loss to the Boston Celtics with a hamstring injury.

It was the same injury that cost George nine straight games in January, according to the team.

Patrick Beverley also missed his fourth straight game due to a groin injury.

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Damian Lillard To Be Re-Evaluated In One Week Following Groin Injury

Feb 14, 2020 12:59 AM

An MRI confirmed that Damian Lillard suffered a strained right groin during the fourth quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers' 111-104 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Lillard, who pulled out of the All-Star Game and 3-point shootout, is set to be re-evaluated in one week.

Lillard will still perform a music set during Saturday night's All-Star festivities. 

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Damian Lillard Pulls Out Of All-Star Game With Strained Groin, Will Get MRI On Thursday

Feb 12, 2020 11:50 PM

Damian Lillard said he will miss the All-Star Game after straining his right groin during the Portland Trail Blazers' 111-104 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Terry Stotts added that Lillard will get an MRI on Thursday.

Lillard said he will also pull out of the 3-point shootout. Lillard was set to play for Team LeBron in the All-Star Game.

The Blazers next game is on February 21st against the Pelicans.


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Marvin Bagley's 'Left Foot Soreness' Injury Could Be More Serious Than Announced

Feb 12, 2020 4:35 PM

Marvin Bagley has played in just 13 games this season due to injuries and could be out for the remainder of 19-20.

Some sources with the Kings told The Athletic that Bagley's injury could be worse than it was announced. 

Bagley has missed the last 11 games with "left foot soreness" after reaggravating the injury that cost him seven games. Bagley also missed 22 games with a broken right thumb.

The Kings were counting on Bagley to take a big step forward in his sophomore season as they push for a playoff spot. The mystery of Bagley's injury hasn't helped how he is perceived internally in some factions of the franchise. 

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Marvin Bagley Unsure Of Return, Says He's 'Going To Try To Come Back This Year'

Feb 9, 2020 1:19 PM

Marvin Bagley said he didn't know when he would return to the Sacramento Kings after aggravating his left foot sprain.

Bagley initially injured his foot on December 26th, but re-aggravated the injury on January 18th against the Jazz.

“I’m definitely going to try to come back this year, but that’s too far ahead at this point. The most important thing for me right now is to make sure I'm healthy," said Bagley.

The Kings will re-evaluate Bagley after the All-Star break.

Bagley said he's taking his rehab day by day.

“Honestly, who knows, I'm just going one day at a time with this, I'm trying not to think too far ahead. I obviously want to play, I want to be out there. It sucks. I've only played however many games I've played this season over things I can't control.”

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Damian Lillard Will Not Be Fined For Postgame Remarks Critical Of Missed Goaltending Call

Feb 9, 2020 1:52 AM

The NBA will not fine Damian Lillard following his postgame actions and tweets directed at officials, league sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

Lillard's comments came after officials failed to call a goaltending late in the game.

The play in question could not be reviewed as officials had to make a call in order to trigger a review.

Yahoo also reported that the Blazers were also angered at Royce O'Neale for what they deemed a "dirty play" in injuring Anfernee Simons. 

Simons left the game with a concussion. 

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Steph Curry Says He's Targeting Return For 'First Week Of March'

Feb 9, 2020 1:38 AM

Steph Curry said he was targeting a return date sometime around the "first week of March" during a broadcast of the Golden State Warriors' 125-120 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Curry broke his left hand on October 30th, and underwent surgery on November 1st.

The Warriors are currently 12-41 on the season. 

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John Wall Won't Return Until 20-21 Season

Feb 7, 2020 11:29 AM

Tommy Sheppard clarified the Washington Wizards won't get John Wall back from his Achilles injury until the 20-21 season.

Sheppard was addressing how Bradly Beal's life will be easier "when he gets John back next year."

Sheppard was then asked to explain why Wall shouldn't be expected back until the start of 20-21.

"I think we have maintained that all along. We didn't plan on seeing him this year. I think that's fair to John, to manage the expectations for him," Sheppard said. "He's on his way, but he's not there and he's not close yet. He's a lot closer than he was a year ago when the injury happened."

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Patrick Beverley Reaggravates Groin Injury, To Be Reevaluated On Thursday

Feb 6, 2020 1:41 AM

Patrick Beverley left the Los Angeles Clippers' 128-111 win over the Miami Heat in the third quarter after reaggravating his groin injury.

Beverley will be reevaluated on Thursday.

Beverley has missed games at two separate times this season due to the groin injury. 

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Kris Dunn Out With MCL Sprain In Right Knee

Feb 2, 2020 6:15 PM

Kris Dunn has been ruled out with an MCL sprain in his right knee.

There is no timetable for his return. 

Dunn, who is averaging 7.3 points and 3.6 rebounds on the season, suffered the injury on Friday night against the Nets.

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Kyrie Irving Diagnosed With Medial Ligament Sprain, To Be Re-Evaluated In 1 Week

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T.J. Warren Taken To Hospital For Head Injury

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Trae Young Leaves Game After Spraining Ankle

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Kyrie Irving To Undergo MRI After Spraining Right Knee

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Steph Curry To Miss All Of February, Will Be Re-Evaluated In March


Kemba Walker Out At Least Next 2 Games

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Mike Conley To Replace Royce O'Neale In Jazz Starting Lineup

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Norman Powell Out Indefinitely With Fractured Finger

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Luka Doncic Out At Least Six Games With Sprained Ankle

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