April 2021 Basketball Wiretap

LeBron James Could Return From Ankle Injury On Friday

Apr 30, 2021 2:34 PM

LeBron James is expected to return from his high ankle sprain as soon as Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings.

James has been out since March 20th with the injury.

James plans to test the ankle and make a game-time decision. If James sits Friday's game, he's likely to return as soon as Sunday against the Toronto Raptors. 

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Kristaps Porzingis Exits Game With Right Knee Soreness

Apr 30, 2021 11:01 AM

Kristaps Porzingis exited Thursday night's 115-105 win over the Detroit Pistons because of soreness in his right knee.

Porzingis had missed the previous three games due to a sprained left ankle. 

"We'll hope for the best," Rick Carlisle said, noting that Porzingis seemed to be walking fine after the game. "We'll hope that it's not any kind of a serious issue and go from there."

Porzingis had surgery in October to address the lateral meniscus injury in his right knee that he suffered during the playoff

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Aggravates Right Ankle Sprain

Apr 30, 2021 10:42 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a right ankle sprain after just 46 seconds in the Milwaukee Bucks' 143-136 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Antetokounmpo appeared to step on the foot of Kelly Olynyk on a driving layup. 

Antetokounmpo entered the game listed as probable with a right ankle sprain.

Mike Budenholzer said the new injury was a sprain and that the team is hopeful it's not serious.


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Kevin Huerter Out Due To Sprained Left Shoulder, No Timetable For Return

Apr 30, 2021 1:31 AM

Kevin Huerter is set to miss Friday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to a sprained left shoulder. 

An MRI confirmed the injury, which Huerter suffered on Monday. 

It is unknown how long Huerter will miss due to the injury.

Huerter is averaging 12.3 points on the season. 


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LeBron James Expected Back Next Week

Apr 29, 2021 6:50 PM

LeBron James could return to game action from his high ankle sprain next week.

James could debut either on Monday against the Denver Nuggets, on Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers, or Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

James has missed the past 20 games.

“He’ll tell me when he’s ready,” Frank Vogel said. “He and the medical team will tell me when he’s ready. They’re having conversations about it each day. They’re monitoring his progression each day, seeing where he’s at and when he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”

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Jarrett Culver Ruled Out For Season With Right Ankle Injury

Apr 29, 2021 6:08 PM

Jarrett Culver has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a right ankle injury. 

Culver initially suffered a right ankle injury on Jan. 25 and was evaluated by Dr. Aaron Krych at Mayo Clinic Square. After an initial period of non-operative management and continued symptoms, imaging revealed a loose body and the decision was made to proceed with operative management. Culver will undergo arthroscopic surgery with debridement of scar tissue and loose body performed by ankle specialist Dr. Richard Ferkel on Friday, May 7 in Los Angeles. 

In 34 games (seven starts) this season, Culver is averaging 5.3 points on 41.1% shooting, 3.1 rebounds and 0.7 assists.

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Kyrie Irving Out With Groin Soreness

Apr 29, 2021 6:06 PM

Kyrie Irving will miss Thursday's game due to right groin soreness.

Irving has played in 46 games this season for a variety of reasons.

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Derrick White Expected To Miss Rest Of Season With Sprained Ankle

Apr 29, 2021 12:59 AM

The San Antonio Spurs expect Derrick White to miss the rest of the season due to a sprained ankle.

"You can imagine his spirits are not high," said Gregg Popovich of White.

White, who suffered the injury on Monday, was averaging 15.4 points per game this season.

White is not expected to require surgery. 


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Larry Nance Jr. Likely Out For Season With Broken Thumb, No Timetable For Collin Sexton

Apr 27, 2021 12:32 AM

Larry Nance Jr. will likely miss the rest of the season with a broken thumb.

Nance suffered the injury on Sunday against the Wizards.

Nance is averaging 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds on the season.

The Cavs were also missing Collin Sexton due to a concussion suffered last week. There is no timetable for his return. 


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John Wall Out For Season With Hamstring Injury

Apr 26, 2021 7:10 PM

John Wall will miss the remainder of the season due to a hamstring injury.

The Houston Rockets have 11 games remaining and plan to try out different lineups heading into the offseason.

Wall finishes his first season with the Rockets averaging 20.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 32.2 minutes after missing the entire 19-20 season recovering from a torn Achilles. 

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Devin Cannady Suffers Open Fracture Of Right Ankle, Will Require Surgery


Kristaps Porzingis Out Saturday, Sprained Ankle Believed To Be 'Not Serious'

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Kevin Durant Planning To Return Sunday Against Suns

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Steve Clifford To Miss Several Games After Positive COVID-19 Test, Tyrone Corbin To Coach Magic

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Will Barton Expected To Miss 'Handful' Of Games With Hamstring Strain

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Evan Fournier On Recovering From COVID-19: 'You Have To Push Through It'

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De'Aaron Fox To Miss 10-14 Days Due To Health & Safety Protocols

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Chris Boucher Diagnosed With Sprained MCL

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Frank Vogel On Anthony Davis Return: 'He Still Needs To Get His Legs Under Him'

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Kristaps Porzingis Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle, 'Severity Uncertain'

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Trae Young Diagnosed With Lateral Left Ankle Sprain

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Taurean Prince To Undergo Season-Ending Ankle Surgery

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Kevin Porter Jr. Likely Out Until At Least Sunday Due To Breaking Health & Safety Protocols

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Trae Young Exits Game With Ankle Injury, X-Rays Negative

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Jamal Murray Undergoes Successful Surgery On Torn ACL

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Deni Avdija Out For Season With Fractured Ankle

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Dylan Windler Out Indefinitely Following Left Knee Surgery

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Jaren Jackson Jr. Near Return From Meniscus Surgery

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James Harden Out Indefinitely After Suffering Setback With Hamstring

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Kawhi Leonard Out At Least One Week With Right Foot Soreness

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