October 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Patrick Williams Out For Regular Season With Wrist Injury

Oct 29, 2021 2:18 PM

Patrick Williams is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a left wrist dislocation.

Williams will undergo surgery and could return in the playoffs for the Chicago Bulls. 

Williams was beginning his second season in the NBA and expected to be a big part of Chicago's defense.

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Pistons Unsure When Cade Cunningham Will Return From Ankle Injury

Oct 28, 2021 10:00 PM

The Detroit Pistons still don't have an expectation for when Cade Cunningham will be healthy enough to make his NBA regular season debut.

Cunningham is recovering from a sprained ankle.

"He practiced with (the Motor City Cruise) all week," said Dwane Casey. "He's going to practice with us [Friday]. There's no set date (for his return)."

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James Harden Still Playing Himself Into Form

Oct 28, 2021 8:50 AM

James Harden's frustration with his current level of play is evident. And it's something Harden owns. Following the Brooklyn Nets loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday, Harden said, As much as I want to get back to just, you know, 30's and 40 points, I can't do that. As much as I want to, obviously I would love to."

Harden expressed his frustration in how long it has taken him to find his usual form. Harden spent the offseason recovering from a last season's hamstring injuries. The Nets star guard said, "I had no opportunities to play pickup or nothing this summer. Everything was rehab for three months, from a Grade 2 injury that happened three times in one season. So this is my fifth game of trying to just play with competition against somebody else. And as much as I want to rush the process and be back to hooping and killing, [have to] take your time."

Through five games, Harden is averaging his lowest stats since early in his career, when he was coming off the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Harden also seems to be slowly adapting to the NBA's new points of emphasis on offensive players flopping for fouls. To this point, Harden has averaged just 3.0 free throw attempts per game. That is the lowest free throw rate of his career, and well below his recent rate.

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Zach LaVine To Play Through Small Ligament Tear In Thumb

Oct 27, 2021 10:43 AM

Zach LaVine has a small ligament tear in the thumb of his non-shooting hand but intends to play through the injury.

For LaVine, it is a matter of pain tolerance to continue playing with the injury. 

LaVine is averaging 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 33.8 minutes per game this season for the 4-0 Chicago Bulls. 

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Caris LeVert Says He's 'Ready To Go'

Oct 27, 2021 9:13 AM

Caris LeVert has yet to suit up for the Indiana Pacers this season, but his return seems to be on the horizon. LeVert took part in contact practices earlier this week and has come through those feeling good.

LeVert said, "I’m trusting the coaches and medical staff, but I’m ready to go." The Pacers have listed LeVert as questionable for their game at the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

Indiana shut down the versatile wing after he experienced some back soreness during the preseason. At the time, Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said LeVert would miss the first four games and then would be re-evaluated. Indiana has kept to that exact timeline. Carlisle didn't comment further on LeVert's status when asked recently except to say, “I don’t know when he will play in games…hopefully soon.”

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Anthony Davis Says Knee Injury 'A Little Stinger'

Oct 27, 2021 9:03 AM

Anthony Davis was seen limping at the end of regulation during the Los Angeles Lakers game at the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. Davis stayed in and scored four points and grabbed four rebounds, while playing the entire overtime in the Lakers victory.

Following the game, Davis termed his knee injury "a little stinger". Davis said he would see how he felt when he woke up on Wednesday. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said that Davis banged knees with a Spurs player with about a minute to go in the fourth quarter. Vogel confirmed the Lakers would see how Davis was feeling before deciding his status for Thursday's game at the Dallas Mavericks.

Davis also suffered a scary moment early in the game. He attempted to dunk on Jakob Poeltl and his arm contorted at an odd angle, as Poeltl blocked the shot. Davis grabbed at his right shoulder, but ultimately stayed in the game.

The Lakers played in San Antonio without LeBron James, who sat out due to a sore right ankle. James was injured when Desmond Bane fell into his leg on Sunday night. Vogel said Los Angeles is taking a "marathon approach" with their star forward.

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Nikola Jokic Exits Game, Avoids Serious Knee Injury

Oct 27, 2021 8:41 AM

When Nikola Jokic banged knees with Rudy Gobert late in the first half of Tuesday's game, the worst was feared. Fortunately, it's believed Jokic avoided any sort of serious injury. Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, "I don't think it's anything too, too serious."

Malone said he held Jokic out of the second half of the game out after the reigning MVP told him that his knee "felt a little weak". Nuggets point guard Monte Morris said that Jokic told him that "He thinks he's fine".

Prior to the injury, Jokic had scored 24 points on 8-of-9 shooting, to go along with six rebounds and six assists. The Jazz took control in the second half to improve to 3-0 on the season.

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Kristaps Porzingis Leaves Game With Lower Back Tightness

Oct 26, 2021 10:48 PM

Kristaps Porzingis exited the Dallas Mavericks' game against the Houston Rockets with lower back tightness. 

Porzingis had nine points and three rebounds on 2-for-10 shooting in 20 minutes before leaving the game. 

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Zion Williamson 'Progressing' In Foot Surgery Rehab

Oct 26, 2021 9:13 PM

Zion Williamson remains scheduled to have a new round of scans on his right foot either later this week or next week as he continues his rehabilitation. 

“You can see he is progressing and doing more and more on the floor,” Green said, motioning to where Williamson was doing light physical activity. “Once he has his latest round of scans, then we’ll have a clearer picture of where we go from here. But he’s getting better, he’s progressing, he’s on the floor now, running, doing a lot more. We’ll have an update soon.”

Asked if Williamson is able to run in drills, Green responded, “He can, but he’s just not full throttle in anything he’s doing in drills yet. (After his scans) hopefully we’ll be able to ramp him up even more after that.”

Williamson underwent offseason surgery on his foot at an undisclosed time.


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LeBron James Out With Ankle Injury As Lakers Take 'Marathon Approach'

Oct 26, 2021 8:48 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers kept LeBron James out of Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs due to a sore right ankle. 

Frank Vogel, when asked about James' injury, said the team is taking "a marathon approach" with him.

James suffered the injury in Sunday's win against the Memphis Grizzlies when Desmond Bane fell into James' right leg after scoring a layup.

James missed 26 games last season with a high right ankle sprain, but Vogel said the Lakers star did not aggravate that injury.

"Same ankle. Different spot. Different injury," Vogel said.

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Daryl Morey: Things Moving In Very Positive Direction With Ben Simmons

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Norman Powell Appears To Have Avoided Serious Knee Injury

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Jrue Holiday MRI Comes Back Clean

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Klay Thompson To Be Cleared For Full Practice Within Next Month

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Zion Williamson Out At Least Two More Weeks

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Mamadi Diakite Out With Left Hip Fracture

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Dillon Brooks Out 2-3 More Weeks With Fractured Hand

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Talen Horton-Tucker To Undergo Surgery On Torn Ligament In Right Thumb

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Jason Preston Out Indefinitely With Surgery On Foot

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Nets Not Distracted By Kyrie Irving's Absence

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Jordan Poole To Start For Klay Thompson

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Trevor Ariza Out Eight Weeks With Surgery On Ankle

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Chris Boucher Out 3-4 Weeks With Surgery On Dislocated Finger


Giannis Antetokounmpo Still Dealing With Knee Soreness

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Zach Collins Return To Come After Christmas

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Austin Rivers Feels This Season Is His Last Shot

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Rudy Gay To Miss Preseason For Jazz

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Reveals His Left Knee Still Not 100 Percent

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