June 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Giannis Antetokounmpo Has No Structural, Ligament Damage; Timetable For Return Unclear

Jun 30, 2021 6:13 PM

While an MRI showed no structural or ligament damage to the left knee of Giannis Antetokounmpo, a timetable for his return is unclear.

Antetokounmpo is doubtful for Game 5 with the Eastern Conference Finals tied at 2-2. Antetokounmpo hyperextended his left knee in the third quarter of Game 4.

Antetokounmpo immediately fell to the floor and stayed down on the ground for several minutes.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 15 games during the playoffs this season.

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Clint Capela To Be Re-Evaluated On Wednesday, Trae Young Likely Game Time Decision For Game 5

Jun 30, 2021 1:19 AM

Clint Capela will be re-evaluated on Wednesday after taking an elbow to the eye late in Game 4. 

Sources told Tim Bontemps of ESPN that the team is optimistic that Capela has avoided a significant injury, and will be available for Game 5.

Nate McMillan added that he has no updates on Trae Young's status, but that Young will probably be a game-time decision on Thursday. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Exits Game 4 With Hyperextended Knee

Jun 29, 2021 11:23 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo hyperextended his left knee during the third quarter of the Milwaukee Bucks' Game 4 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. 

Antetokounmpo was on the floor for several minutes in obvious pain when he landed awkwardly with his knee buckling.

Antetokounmpo was helped to his feet by his brother and teammate, Thanasis.

Antetokounmpo will undergo further imaging of the knee on Wednesday. 

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Kawhi Leonard Ruled Out For Game 6, Ivica Zubac Questionable

Jun 29, 2021 8:10 PM

Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals with a knee injury.

Leonard hasn't played since Game 4 of the second round.

The Los Angeles Clippers trail the Phoenix Suns 3-2 in the series. 

Ivica Zubac, meanwhile, is listed as questionable. Zubac missed Game 5 with a MCL sprain in his right knee. 

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Trae Young Out For Game 4 With Bone Bruise In Left Foot

Jun 29, 2021 7:44 PM

Trae Young is out for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals with a deep bone bruise in his left foot. With 36 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Game 3 on Sunday, Young inadvertently stepped on the right foot of referee Sean Wright.

While Young tried to ready himself for the game, a severe lack of mobility and significant degree of pain made it impossible. Young will continue to rehab in hopes of playing in Game 5.

The Atlanta Hawks enter Game 4 trailing the Milwaukee Bucks 2-1. 

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Zach Collins Out Indefinitely With Re-Fracture Of Foot

Jun 29, 2021 5:21 PM

Zach Collins has suffered a re-fracture of his foot and underwent surgery. Collins will be out indefinitely.

Collins will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Collins underwent previous ankle surgeries on September 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020. 

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Ivica Zubac Out For Game 5 With MCL Sprain

Jun 28, 2021 3:26 PM

Ivica Zubac has been ruled for Game 5 on Monday with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Zubac was previously listed as questionable. 

Zubac played nearly 40 minutes in Game 4, finishing with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Clippers trail the Phoenix Suns 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals.

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Trae Young Questionable For Game 4 With Bone Bruise In Left Foot

Jun 28, 2021 3:18 PM

Trae Young left last night’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 late in the third quarter after sustaining an injury. He was able to return to play in the fourth quarter.

An MRI taken on Monday morning revealed a bone bruise to his right foot. He will be listed as questionable for Tuesday's Eastern Conference Finals Game 4.

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Kawhi Leonard Officially Ruled Out For Game 5

Jun 27, 2021 9:01 PM

Kawhi Leonard has been officially ruled out for Game 5 due to a right knee sprain.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier that Leonard was unlikely to fly to Phoenix because the "elevation wouldn't be good for his knee."

Game 5 takes place on Monday night, with the Suns ahead 3-1 in the series. 

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Kawhi Leonard 'Highly Unlikely" To Fly To Phoenix For Game 5

Jun 26, 2021 7:23 PM

Kawhi Leonard is "highly unlikely" to fly with his Los Angeles Clippers teammates to Phoenix for Game 5 on Monday, sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

"The elevation wouldn't be good for his knee," said Haynes.

Haynes added that "there is still no definitive word" on Leonard's status.

Leonard hasn't played since Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. 

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Cameron Payne To Play In Game 4

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Abdel Nader To Be Available For Game 4

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Kawhi Leonard Out For Game 4

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Kawhi Leonard Ruled Out For Game 3

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Chris Paul Expected To Be Cleared To Play In Game 3

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Clippers Not Confident Of Kawhi Leonard Returning During Western Conference Finals

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Kawhi Leonard Ruled Out For Game 2

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Paul George Says Suns Are 'A Different Caliber Team' After Game 1 Loss

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Bogdan Bogdanovic Available For Game 7

Atlanta Hawks

Chris Paul Officially Out Game 1 Due To Protocols

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Kawhi Leonard Will Not Travel To Phoenix, To Continue Rehab At Home

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Chris Paul Remains In Health & Safety Protocol Ahead Of Game 1 On Sunday

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Lakers To Hire New Athletic Trainer, Expected To Restructure Approach To Player Health

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Nate McMillan: Bogdan Bogdanovic Receiving Treatment On Knee, No Update For Game 7

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Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell To Play In Game 6

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Kyrie Irving Ruled Out For Game 7, Could Return If Nets Advance

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Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley Aiming To Play In Game 6

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Kawhi Leonard Ruled Out For Game 6 With Knee Injury

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Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell Listed As Questionable For Game 6

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Donovan Mitchell On Ankle: I Got To Find A Way

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