November 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Devin Booker Leaves Game In First Half With Hamstring Injury

Nov 30, 2021 11:01 PM

Devin Booker left Tuesday's game between the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Booker appeared to suffer the injury on a drive to the basket in which he was fouled by Otto Porter.

Booker had 10 points in 15 minutes before leaving the game. 

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Jalen Suggs Won't Need Surgery On Fractured Thumb

Nov 30, 2021 9:34 PM

Jalen Suggs will not surgery on his fractured right thumb. Suggs will be reevaluated every two weeks before a decision is reached on his return.

Suggs is averaging 12.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 21 games.

The Orlando Magic selected Suggs fifth overall in the draft.


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Trevor Ariza Still A Ways Away From Returning

Nov 30, 2021 9:02 AM

Trevor Ariza has yet to suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers in his second go-around with the team, but he's inching towards a return. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said that Ariza is "getting closer", but is "still a ways away" from playing in games.

Ariza underwent surgery on his right ankle shortly before training camp began. His timeline for re-evaluation was set at eight weeks. Vogel said Ariza remains on track with that timeline and the team hopes to "have more firm update" after the re-evaluation.

Ariza was projected to be in an integral part of Los Angeles being able to play lineups that featured Anthony Davis at center. Ariza's ability to play as a stretch four, while guarding on the perimeter, intrigued the Lakers when building their roster. In Ariza's absence, LA has mostly started Davis at the four, on the rare occasions that the team has been mostly healthy.

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Jalen Suggs Out With Fractured Right Thumb

Nov 29, 2021 9:43 PM

Jalen Suggs has suffered a fractured right thumb and will be out for an extended period of time.

Suggs is averaging 12.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 27.7 minutes per game this season for the Orlando Magic.

The Magic selected Suggs with the fifth overall pick in the draft out of Gonzaga. 

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Joe Harris Out 4-8 Weeks With Ankle Surgery

Nov 29, 2021 2:10 PM

Joe Harris is expected to miss four to eight weeks with ankle surgery.

The surgery will address "a little bone particle" in the ankle of Harris.

Harris has played in just 14 games this season, averaging 11.3 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 46.6 percent on three-pointers. 

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Michael Porter Jr. Out Indefinitely With Back Surgery

Nov 29, 2021 12:22 PM

Michael Porter Jr. will undergo a surgical procedure on his lower back and be out indefinitely.

Porter is expected to make a full recovery but a timetable for his return won't be determined until after the surgery. Porter had been seeking a non-surgical option for his injury.

Porter signed a five-year, $172 million max contract in September.

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Bogdan Bogdanovic Out At Least Two Weeks, Cam Reddish Day-To-Day

Nov 29, 2021 8:43 AM

The Atlanta Hawks lost two rotation wings within minutes of each other during the second quarter of Saturday's loss to the New York Knicks. Now, Atlanta has a little more clarity on how long each may be out.

Bogdan Bogdanovic was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle. He'll be out for at least two weeks before being reevaluated. Bogdanovic has played in, and started, 20 of the Hawks first 21 games. He's averaged 11.6 points on 45/39/79 shooting splits.

Cameron Reddish left Saturday's game due to pain in his left wrist. Reddish been diagnosed with a sprained wrist and he's considered day-to-day as far as a return. The third-year player has averaged 11.5 points per game as one of Atlanta's top reserves.

The Hawks wing depth will be tested in coming games, as the team is still without De'Andre Hunter.

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Klay Thompson Assigned To G League For Increased Practice Reps

Nov 28, 2021 4:35 PM

Klay Thompson's long comeback from injuries continues to take steps in the right direction. The Golden State Warriors have assigned Thompson to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League for some increased practice reps.

Thompson has not played in an NBA game since Game 5 the 2019 NBA Finals. Thompson tore his left ACL during that game. While rehabbing from that injury, Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon.

James Wiseman, who is also working his way back from injury, was also assigned to Santa Cruz. Both Thompson and Wiseman are expected to practice with the G League affiliate, but are unlikely to appear in G League games.

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Hawks Lose Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cam Reddish To Injuries

Nov 28, 2021 9:47 AM

The Atlanta Hawks entered Saturday's game down a starting wing with De'Andre Hunter out. Things got worse for the Hawks on the wing, as they lost Bogdan Bogdanovic and Cam Reddish during their loss to the New York Knicks.

Reddish was questionable to play due to left wrist pain. Early in the second quarter, Reddish departed when the injury became too hard to play through.

Bogdanovic left the game shortly thereafter after landing awkwardly on his right leg. Bogdanovic was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle.

Following the game, Atlanta head coach Nate McMillan said x-rays were negative for both players. McMillan added both will undergo MRIs soon.

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Joel Embiid On Bout With COVID: I Really Thought I Wasn't Going To Make It

Nov 28, 2021 9:09 AM

Joel Embiid returned to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night after missing nearly three weeks due to contracting COVID-19. Embiid said he was hit hard by the virus.

“I really thought I wasn’t going to make it. It was that bad. So I’m just thankful to be sitting here," Embiid said. "I struggled with it, but I’m just glad that I got over it and I’m here doing what I love with some good people.”

Embiid played 45 minutes in the Sixers double-overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He scored 42 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. 

The All-Star center said it was good to be back, even if his conditioning still needs work. Embiid said that while he was out he "couldn't breathe" and had headaches "worse then a migraine".

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Ja Morant Diagnosed With Sprained Left Knee

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Zion Williamson Cleared To Participate In Full Team Activities

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Patrick Beverley Out Two Weeks With Adductor Injury

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Jalen Green Out At Least A Week With Strained Hamstring

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Evan Mobley To Return On Saturday

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Suns Optimistic Frank Kaminsky Won't Be Out For Season With Stress Reaction In Knee

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Zach Collins Unlikely To Play Until After Christmas

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PJ Dozier Diagnosed With Torn ACL In Left Knee

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Joel Embiid Could Return On Saturday After Three-Week COVID-19 Absence

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P.J. Dozier Likely Suffered Torn ACL In Left Knee

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Luka Doncic Returns After Missing Three Games Due To Injury

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Semi Ojeleye Out For Three Weeks With Calf Injury

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Michael Porter Jr. Could Miss Rest Of Season With Nerve Issue In Back

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Klay Thompson Cleared For Full Return To Practice

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Markieff Morris To Miss At Least 10 Games With Whiplash From Nikola Jokic Shove

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Nic Claxton Expected To Miss Several More Weeks Recovering From Undisclosed Illness

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Kevin Durant Misses First Game Of Season, Nets Don't Expect Shoulder Issue To Linger

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Nuggets Don't Have Timeline For Nikola Jokic's Return From Wrist Injury


Collin Sexton Out For Season After Meniscus Surgery

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OG Anunoby Could Be Out For 'A While' Due To Hip Pointer

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