May 2021 Basketball Wiretap

James Harden Expects To Return Before Start Of Playoffs

May 6, 2021 1:28 PM

James Harden is "very confident" he will return to game action with the Brooklyn Nets before the end of the regular season.

Harden is dealing with a right hamstring injury and hasn't played since April 5th.

Harden said he feels "really good" and is working on his conditioning, changing speed and changing direction.

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Tags: James Harden, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Brandon Ingram Day-To-Day with Left Low Ankle Sprain

May 5, 2021 8:50 PM

Brandon Ingram has been diagnosed with a left low ankle sprain.

An MRI taken on Wednesday at Ochsner Health confirmed the diagnosis. The injury occurred during the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game vs. Golden State.

Ingram will miss Friday night’s game at Philadelphia and his status will be day-to-day moving forward.

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Tags: Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Injury

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Zach LaVine To Return From COVID-19 On Thursday

May 5, 2021 11:03 AM

Zach LaVine plans to return to the Chicago Bulls lineup on Thursday against the Charlotte Hornets.

LaVine hasn't played since April 14th due to COVID-19 protocols. 

LaVine is averaging 27.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season. 

The Chicago Sun-Times previously confirmed LaVine tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Tyrese Haliburton Won't Need Surgery On Knee, Likely Out For Season

May 4, 2021 10:26 PM

Tyrese Haliburton will likely miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Haliburton underwent an MRI, which showed he suffered no ligament damage.

Haliburton won't require surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. 

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Tags: Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

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LeBron James Out At Least Two More Games With Ankle Injury

May 4, 2021 4:42 PM

LeBron James is expected to miss the Los Angeles Lakers' upcoming games this week against the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers in order to rest his injured right ankle.

The Lakers play the Clippers on Thursday and then at Portland on Friday.

James could miss more games beyond the upcoming two. James recently returned from the injury after a six-week absence, playing in home losses to the Raptors and Kings.

The Lakers are trying to avoid landing in the play-in tournament for seeds No. 7 to No. 10.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Steve Clifford Cleared From Health & Safety Protocol, Will Return On Wednesday

May 4, 2021 1:14 AM

Steve Clifford has been cleared from health and safety protocols and will return to the Orlando Magic bench on Wednesday.

Clifford tested positive for COVID-19 on April 24 and has missed the Magic's last six games.

Clifford, who received both doses of the Moderna vaccine, said he was asymptomatic.  

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LeBron James Out For Monday's Game With Right Ankle Soreness

May 3, 2021 3:36 PM

LeBron James will miss Monday's game against the Denver Nuggets due to a sore right ankle.

James' status for the Los Angeles Lakers' next game to be played on Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers is uncertain.

James reaggravated the ankle during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Lakers.

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X-Rays On Nerlens Noel's Sprained Ankle Return Negative, Will Be Re-Evaluated On Monday

May 2, 2021 11:20 PM

X-rays on Nerlens Noel's sprained ankle returned negative, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Noel, who suffered the injury on Sunday against the Rockets, will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Noel is averaging 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks on the season. 

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Tyrese Haliburton To Get MRI On Monday, 'Initial Optimism' He Avoided Serious Injury

May 2, 2021 10:22 PM

Tyrese Haliburton is set to get an MRI on Monday for his injured knee, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Haliburton suffered the injury against the Mavs and left the game.

Wojnarowski adds that there is "initial optimism" that Haliburton avoided a serious injury.

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Tags: Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Return Against Nets On Sunday

May 2, 2021 1:36 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will make his return to the Milwaukee Bucks lineup on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets.

Antetokounmpo missed Friday night's game due to a sprained ankle.

The Bucks currently have the third seed in the Eastern Conference. 

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kawhi Leonard Describes Foot Injury 'Nothing Significant'

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Probable For Sunday Game Against Nets

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Kelly Oubre Jr. Has Torn Ligament In Wrist, Fractured Palm

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Malik Monk Planning To Make Return On Saturday

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LeBron James After Returning To Lineup: 'For My First Game In Six Weeks, I Felt OK'

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LaMelo Ball Expected To Return On Saturday Against Pistons

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