July 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Alvin Gentry On Zion Williamson Minutes Restriction: 'We Used The Minutes That Were Given To Us'

Jul 31, 2020 1:18 AM

Alvin Gentry said that Zion Williamson's minutes restriction kept him off the court during the final minutes of the New Orleans Pelicans' 106-104 loss to the Utah Jazz.

Williamson, who was limited to 15 minutes, left the game for good with 7:19 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Pelicans up four points.

"Of course we wish we could've played him down the stretch, but we used the minutes that were given to us and that's the way it is ... the medical people said we played them in the minutes that were allowed for us to play him, and just move on ... I thought he had some good moments, and obviously we're a much better and different team when he's out on the floor," said Gentry after the game.

Williamson, who finished with 13 points, admitted that he still had to regain his rhythm after leaving quarantine on Tuesday.

"Honestly, I don't know how long it'll take. I guess maybe a couple games," said Williamson after the game. 

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Eric Bledsoe, Pat Connaughton To Miss Friday Game Versus Celtics

Jul 31, 2020 1:06 AM

Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton will miss the Milwaukee Bucks game on Friday against the Boston Celtics.

Mike Budenholzer said that both players were still working on their conditioning following positive COVID-19 tests.

"Everybody else is getting ready to play in a live game and have had 10 to 12 to 14 days of probably 5-on-5 every other day and individual work and all that ... They just need to play, so I think that's a big hurdle, and with playing will come both conditioning and their rhythm, so we're going to make sure they get some of that before we put them in an NBA game," said Budenholzer.

Bledsoe and Connaughton, who both missed all three scrimmages, participated in a Thursday practice.

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Tyus Jones To Be Re-Evaluated In One Week Due To Knee Soreness

Jul 30, 2020 1:13 AM

Tyus Jones will be re-evaluated in one week due to knee soreness.

Jones is currently averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 assists on the season.

The Grizzlies re-open their season against the Blazers on Friday. 

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Anthony Davis Plans To Play Against Clippers, Doesn't Anticipate Wearing Protective Eyewear

Jul 30, 2020 1:02 AM

Anthony Davis said that he plans to play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday despite injuring his eye during a scrimmage last week.

Davis was inadvertently poked in the eye by Michael Carter-Williams. 

"I'll get evaluated again tonight by one of the doctors here and kind of get an update from them. That's the plan, for me to play," said Davis after participating in practice on Wednesday with protective eyewear.

Davis said that he didn't think he would need to wear protective eyewear against the Clippers, but wanted to give them a test run before the game. 

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Eric Gordon Out Two Weeks With Left Ankle Sprain

Jul 29, 2020 2:51 PM

Eric Gordon is expected to miss approximately two weeks with a left ankle sprain.

Gordon suffered the injury during Tuesday evening's exhibition game.

X-rays on Gordon's ankle were negative.

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Eric Gordon Could Miss Up To Two Weeks With Ankle Injury

Jul 29, 2020 1:08 AM

Eric Gordon could miss up to two weeks after injuring his left ankle during a scrimmage, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

X-rays on Gordon's ankle returned negative.

Gordon will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

"It's an easier rotation because Danuel [House Jr.] has to back up Covington at the 4, but Danuel could probably start. We'll see what happens," said Mike D'Antoni about replacing Gordon in the lineup. 

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Tags: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Jonathan Isaac Cleared To Return For Monday Scrimmage

Jul 26, 2020 5:31 PM

Jonathan Isaac will make his return to the Orlando Magic during Monday's scrimmage, reported Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

Isaac has been out with a sprained knee since January 1st.

Isaac has exceeded expectations as the team increased his work load. 

“I feel like over the course of getting my knee right I’ve worked on my jumper. I’ve watched a lot of film to try to just learn and grow in IQ as a basketball player. So that’s gone well. Honestly, a part of it is just getting back. I’m not so much focused on coming out and blowing the doors off anything but just getting my feet wet again, and I’m feeling good about it. So I feel like I’m the same player, and I just continue to take steps forward," said Isaac. 

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Joel Embiid Day To Day With Calf Tightness, To Be Re-Evaluated On Monday

Jul 26, 2020 1:07 PM

Joel Embiid will miss the Philadelphia 76ers' Sunday scrimmage due to tightness in his right calf.

Embiid is considered day to day, and will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Embiid began feeling tightness in Friday's scrimmage against the Grizzlies.

"There is always frustration, selfish frustration, and I know frustration, at times, for Joel. But initially, [we're] just trying to be smart with everything and move on," said Brett Brown.

Brown did not address whether Embiid would miss any seeding games. 

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Domantas Sabonis Suffers Significant Foot Injury, Will See Specialist

Jul 24, 2020 5:15 PM

Domantas Sabonis has suffered a significant foot injury and will leave the NBA's campus in Orlando to seek treatment from a specialist.

Sabonis agreed to a four-year, $77 million contract extension with the Indiana Pacers before the 19-20 season and went on to be named an All-Star in the Eastern Conference.

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Eric Bledsoe Arrives In Orlando On Wednesday Night

Jul 23, 2020 1:15 AM

Eric Bledsoe arrived in Orlando on Wednesday night following a delay after testing positive for COVID-19.

Bledsoe, who was asymptomatic, will quarantine for two days.

He will also have to undergo two negative tests 24 hours apart. 

Bledsoe will miss the Bucks' scrimmage against the Spurs on Thursday. 

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Marvin Bagley III Ruled Out For Restart With Foot Injury

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Justice Winslow Out For Season With Hip Injury

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Marvin Bagley Injures Right Foot In Practice, Awaiting MRI Results


Kemba Walker Says Left Knee Is Improving, Getting 'Closer To A Return'

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Trey Lyles Out For Rest Of Season After Undergoing Appendectomy

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De'Aaron Fox To Be Re-Evaluated In 7-10 Days After Spraining Ankle

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Rajon Rondo Expected To Return Between First Or Second Round Of Playoffs

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Rajon Rondo Breaks Right Thumb, Out 6-8 Weeks

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Ryan Broekhoff With Family After Wife Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Kemba Walker Says He 'Really Needed That Break' To Help Heal Knee

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Andre Roberson Participates In Thunder Practice

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Paul George Says Shoulder Is Fully Healed, Is 'Feeling Back To Myself Again'

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Bradley Beal Won't Play In Restart Due To Shoulder Injury

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Kings Close Practice Facility Following Positive COVID-19 Test In Traveling Party

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Bucks Shut Down Practice Facility After Receiving Results Of COVID-19 Tests

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Kristaps Porzingis On Adding New Elements To His Game: 'I'll Show It On The Court'

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Jacque Vaughn Discusses Relationship With Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant: 'I Believe In Voice And Choice'

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Players Must Arrange Own Travel If They Miss Scheduled COVID-19 Test Next Week

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Third Heat Player Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Landry Shamet Tests Positive For COVID-19, Unlikely To Travel To Orlando This Week

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