January 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Luka Doncic To Undergo MRI On Ankle, Will Miss Friday Game

Jan 30, 2020 11:18 PM

Luka Doncic will miss at least one game after injuring his ankle during practice.

Doncic will undergo an MRI on Friday morning. He reportedly stepped on another player's foot, sources told ESPN.

Doncic will miss Friday's game against the Rockets. He is also doubtful to play against the Hawks on Saturday.

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

Dwight Powell Undergoes Surgery On Ruptured Achilles Tendon

Jan 27, 2020 10:21 PM

Dwight Powell underwent surgery to repair the rupture of his right Achilles tendon. The injury occurred in the first quarter of the Mavericks’ 110-107 loss to the L.A. Clippers on Jan. 21, 2020.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Green Bay, Wis.

Powell (6-10, 240) appeared in 40 games (37 starts) for the Mavericks this season with averages of 9.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.5 minutes per game.

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James Harden Out Versus Nuggets, Doubtful For Monday Game Against Jazz

Jan 26, 2020 2:15 PM

James Harden will miss the Houston Rockets' Sunday game against the Denver Nuggets with a bruised thigh.

Harden is also doubtful for Monday night against the Jazz. Russell Westbrook is ruled out for the Jazz game.

Harden scored 12 points on 3-of-13 shooting against the Timberwolves on Friday. 

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Tags: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap Out Versus Rockets

Jan 26, 2020 12:39 PM

Jamal Murray and Paul Millsap will miss the Denver Nuggets' Sunday afternoon game against the Houston Rockets.

Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reported earlier this week that there is no timetable for Murray's return after the guard suffered an ankle injury.

Mike Malone also said earlier this week that Millsap was "a ways off." 

Millsap has been out with a left knee contusion. 

Nick Kosmider/The Athletic

Tags: Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

Nerlens Noel Undergoes Procedure To Repair Cheek Fracture

Jan 25, 2020 2:05 PM

Nerlens Noel underwent a procedure to repair a left cheek fracture.

Noel suffered the injury on Friday night against the Hawks.

The Thunder will provide an update for Noel's recovery timeline next week. 


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RJ Barrett In Walking Boot, Out At Least 1 More Week

Jan 25, 2020 1:55 PM

RJ Barrett will miss at least 1 more week with a sprained right ankle.

Barrett, who suffered the injury on January 16th, has moved from crutches to a walking boot.

Barrett is averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds on the season.


Tags: R.J. Barrett, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury

Alvin Gentry On Limiting Zion Williamson's Minutes: 'We're Doing The Right Thing'

Jan 25, 2020 12:38 PM

Alvin Gentry discussed staying disciplined with Zion Williamson's playing time despite the excitement and reaction from fans.

"It's the way we've decided, it's best for him right now and that's what we're going to stick to. I know everybody gets real excited, and I hear every night that I'm the dumbest coach in the world about why would I take the guy out in the game of the last 5 minutes or 6 minutes? So I'll live with that knowing that we're doing the right thing," said Gentry following the Pelicans' 113-106 loss to the Nuggets.

Williamson finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds on the night. Williamson has shot 15-of-20 from the field, the highest field goal percentage through two games out of any player in the shot clock era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Gentry says that the team need to be patient until Williamson can fully be incorporated into the rotation. 

"I think he's shown he's getting more of a feel. The speed of the game and all of that. So we just got to be patient enough to understand to let him get to the point where he can play a normal rotation minutes. We will not deviate from that at all. If it will be a few more games, then that's what it's going to be and we just gotta understand."

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

Joel Embiid Practices, Hopes To Return To Lineup Next Week

Jan 24, 2020 11:41 PM

Joel Embiid returned to practice on Friday for the first time since undergoing finger surgery on January 10th.

Embiid added that he hopes to return to the court next week.

The Sixers are 5-3 in Embiid's absence.

Embiid added that he will wear a protective device on his hand when he returns. 

"Still getting used to it. From time to time, you get slapped on the hand, so going through practice and going through those scenarios and seeing how it goes and also getting back into it. I had a little time off where I couldn't do anything with the surgery, so probably a little bit winded, and have to get my conditioning back," said Embiid.

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Lauri Markkanen Out 4-6 Weeks With Stress Reaction In Right Pelvis

Jan 24, 2020 3:55 PM

Lauri Markkanen underwent an MRI of his right hip at Rush Hospital on Jan. 23 which revealed an early stress reaction of his right pelvis. Following a period of rest, Markkanen will resume basketball related activities with a full return anticipated in 4-6 weeks.

Further updates will be provided as appropriate.

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Josh Richardson Out 2-3 Weeks With Slight Strain Of Left Hamstring

Jan 23, 2020 2:53 PM

Josh Richardson will be out two to three weeks with a slight strain of his left hamstring.

Richardson was named Player of the Week earlier this month.

The 76ers already are playing without Joel Embiid.

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Josh Richardson Leaves Game With Hamstring Injury, To Be Re-Evaluated On Thursday

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Mason Plumlee Out 2-4 Weeks With Foot Injury

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Dwight Powell Suffers Ruptured Right Achilles Tendon

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Dwight Powell Suffers Probable Torn Achilles Tendon

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Alvin Gentry On Upcoming Zion Williamson Debut: 'It's Going To Be A Circus'

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Kristaps Porzingis Targeting Tuesday Return


Zion Williamson Listed As Doubtful For Monday, Still Expected To Make Debut On Wednesday

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Steph Curry Targeting March 1st Return Date

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Kemba Walker Undergoes MRI For Sore Knee, Tests Reveal No Structural Damage

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CJ McCollum Out For Saturday Game With Sprained Ankle


Justise Winslow Expected To Miss At Least 2 More Weeks


RJ Barrett To Miss At Least One Week With Sprained Ankle


CJ McCollum Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle

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Anthony Davis Could Return To Lakers' Lineup On Saturday

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Kristaps Porzingis Out For 10th Straight Game, Mavs Say He Didn't Suffer Setback

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D.J. Augustin To Miss 3-4 Weeks With Bone Irritation In Knee

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RJ Barrett Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle, Will Be Re-Evaluated On Friday

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Jamal Murray Out For 'Foreseeable Future' With Ankle Injury

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Kyrie Irving After Nets Loss: 'It's Pretty Glaring We Need One More Piece Or Two More Pieces'

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Daniel Gafford To Miss 2-4 Weeks With Dislocated Thumb

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