July 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Onyeka Okongwu Out Six Months With Surgery On Shoulder

Jul 22, 2021 8:11 AM

Onyeka Okongwu underwent surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic performed the surgery.

Okongwu will now enter a period of rest and rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery in approximately six months.

Okongwu was the sixth overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 2020.

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Klay Thompson Progresses To 'Movement On The Court' In Achilles Rehab

Jul 19, 2021 10:51 AM

Klay Thompson is expected to miss the start of the 21-22 season as he returns from a torn Achilles, but he's making progress this summer. Steve Kerr offered an update to The Athletic. 

"Not full contact yet," said Kerr. "But starting to really get movement on the court. He’s still aways away from actually playing basketball in a 5-on-5 setting. But there’s a big step with the Achilles when you can actually start running again. It’s a huge psychological boost. The rest of the body gets going, you start feeling the soreness and aches and pains that actually feel good when you’ve been out for a while. He’s at that point."

Thompson suffered the Achilles last November in a pickup game as he was working his way back from a torn ACL in June 2019.

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Chris Paul Claims Right Wrist 'Good'

Jul 17, 2021 4:01 PM

Chris Paul struggled in Games 3 and 4 of The Finals, averaging just 14.5 points and eight assists. Paul also had five turnovers in Game 4. Paul was asked if the partially torn ligaments in his right hand flared up in those games. 

"No, I'm good," Paul assured, when asked about the hand on Friday.

Monty Williams backed up Paul's claim of a clean bill of health.

"Yeah, he's fine," Williams said. "Other than having to deal with me, he's good."

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Kawhi Leonard Undergoes Surgery For Partially Torn ACL

Jul 13, 2021 8:57 PM

Kawhi Leonard underwent surgery for a partially torn ACL in his right knee. The Los Angeles Clippers did not announce a timeline for his return.

Leonard will likely become a free agent this offseason.

Leonard suffered the injury in Game 4 of the second round and no diagnosis was announced. 

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Torrey Craig Planning To Play Game 3

Jul 11, 2021 4:50 PM

Torrey Craig is planning to play Game 3 of the NBA Finals, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski.

Craig tweaked his knee in Game 2, but returned a clean MRI.

Craig is averaging 4.3 points in 12.5 minutes over the playoffs. 

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Torrey Craig Day-To-Day After MRI Reveals No Structural Damage To Right Knee

Jul 9, 2021 3:15 PM

Torrey Craig underwent an MRI on Friday, which revealed no structural damage to his right knee.

Craig suffered the injury in Game 2 of The Finals on Thursday. Craig is listed as day-to-day.

The Phoenix Suns acquired Craig as part of a three-way trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Anthony Edwards Suffers Sprained Ankle At Team USA Training Camp, Not Believed To Be Serious

Jul 8, 2021 1:29 AM

Anthony Edwards suffered a sprained ankle during a scrimmage between the USA Select Team and Team USA, sources told Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The injury is not believed to be serious, but it will keep Edwards out of the rest of Team USA's training camp.

The Select Team beat Team USA in the scrimmage, according to sources. 

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Dario Saric Suffers Torn ACL In Right Knee

Jul 7, 2021 3:10 PM

Dario Saric suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Game 1 of The Finals and will be out indefinitely.

Saric is signed through the 22-23 season.

Saric averaged 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 10.5 minutes per game during the playoffs for the Phoenix Suns.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Starts In Game 1 Of Finals

Jul 6, 2021 8:57 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo was cleared to play and start in Game 1 of The Finals.

Antetokounmpo was listed as doubtful on Monday and then upgraded to questionable hours before Game 1.

Antetokounmpo suffered a hyperextended knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Upgraded From Doubtful To Questionable For Game 1

Jul 6, 2021 2:12 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have upgraded Giannis Antetokounmpo from doubtful to questionable for Game 1 of The Finals.

Antetokounmpo suffered a hyperextended knee during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews, Antetokounmpo has continued around-the-clock treatment in hopes of being cleared to play. Antetokounmpo will be a game-time decision.

The Phoenix Suns will host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Doubtful For Game 1 Of Finals

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Giannis Antetokounmpo 'Making Progress' In Rehabbing Knee

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Trae Young Following Game 6 Loss: 'We'll Be Back'

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Mike Budenholzer: Giannis Antetokounmpo Will Be 'Day-To-Day' For NBA Finals

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Trae Young To Play In Game 6

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Officially Ruled Out For Game 6

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Could Play In Potential Game 7

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Trae Young Out For Game 5 With Foot Injury

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Out For Game 5 Of Eastern Conference Finals

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