January 2022 Basketball Wiretap

Myles Turner Out At Least Two Weeks With Stress Reaction In Left Foot

Jan 18, 2022 12:33 PM

Myles Turner has been examined by multiple specialists, who have determined the injury to be a stress reaction in his left foot.

Turner missed Monday's game.

Turner will continue to receive treatment and will be re-examined in two weeks, at which time the Indiana Pacers' medical team will re-assess his status.

Turner has been mentioned in trade rumors throughout the season.

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Kendrick Nunn's Return Delayed For Lakers

Jan 18, 2022 8:54 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers were hoping to see offseason signee Kendrick Nunn take the court this month, but that debut will have to wait a while longer. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Nunn's bone bruise in his knee did not respond well to ramped up on-court work. As such, the team has backed off on Nunn's rehab.

The Lakers used most of their Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception to sign Nunn to a two-year, $10.3 million contract. Nunn holds a player option for the 22-23 season.

With Nunn unable to play since the preseason, the Lakers have cobbled together their backcourt minutes around Russell Westbrook. Avery Bradley has been the starter next to Westbrook, while Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker and Austin Reaves have all played a rotation role.

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Tyrese Haliburton Enters COVID-19 Protocols

Jan 17, 2022 10:44 AM

Tyrese Haliburton has entered the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Haliburton is now the 12th member of the Sacramento Kings to enter protocols. 

Haliburton has averaged 13.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34.0 minutes per game this season for the Kings. 

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Draymond Green Out At Least Two Weeks With Calf Injury

Jan 16, 2022 9:16 PM

Draymond Green will be out at least two more weeks after evaluations indicated that the soreness in his left calf is tied to "the involvement of a disc in his lower back."

Green hasn't played since Jan. 5th.

Green has had a resurgent season for the Warriors, averaging 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists while shooting a career-high 53.7% from the field.

The Warriors moved Otto Porter Jr. into the stating lineup with Green out while giving more minutes to Jonathan Kuminga. 

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Kevin Durant Has Sprained Left MCL, Nets Hopeful For Return In 4-6 Weeks

Jan 16, 2022 11:19 AM

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has been diagnosed with a sprained left MCL. The Nets gave no timetable for Durant's return, but sources say they are hopeful their star will be back in four-to-six weeks.

Durant was injured when teammate Bruce Brown fell into his leg while defending against Herb Jones of the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Durant left the game, which the Nets were able to complete with a victory.

While leaving the arena, Durant said he believed the injury wasn't as serious as a similar one in 2017. Then teammate Zaza Pachulia fell into Durant's leg. Durant missed over a month of action while recovering from that injury.

Brooklyn is fortunate to play 11 of their next 14 games on the road. That means the Nets will have Kyrie Irving available to play for most of that stretch. Irving is currently prohibited from playing home games in Brooklyn.

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Kevin Durant Leaves With Left Knee Injury, MRI Set For Sunday

Jan 16, 2022 9:32 AM

Kevin Durant left the Brooklyn Nets win on Saturday night early with a left knee injury. Teammate Bruce Brown fell into Durant's knee while defending Herb Jones of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Durant is scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday, but the team hopes he's avoided any sort of serious injury. As Durant limped to his car, he said he didn't believe the injury was as bad as a previous injury in 2017.

When that previous injury occurred then teammate Zaza Pachulia fell into Durant's knee. That injury caused Durant to miss a month of action.

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Zach LaVine MRI Shows No Significant Damage To Left Knee

Jan 15, 2022 1:58 PM

The Chicago Bulls got as good of news as possible on Zach LaVine's left knee injury. An MRI on Saturday morning showed no significant structural damage.

LaVine was injured early in the Bulls loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday. At the time, there was optimism the injury wasn't serious. LaVine had previously been playing through some swelling and stiffness.

The Bulls said LaVine has already begun targeted therapy. He'll be re-evaluated early next week, and the hope is a timeline to return to play will be known then.

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CJ McCollum To Return From Collapsed Lung on Monday

Jan 15, 2022 9:26 AM

C.J. McCollum has been sidelined since December 4, when he suffered a collapsed lung against the Boston Celtics. He now looks to poised to make his return for the Portland Trail Blazers.

McCollum is set to return to the lineup on Monday, as Portland travels to take on the Orlando Magic.

Portland has gone just 5-12 without McCollum. That's seen the Blazers slip to 16-25 on the season and 11th in the Western Conference.

McCollum's return comes on the heels of Portland announcing Damian Lillard had surgery for an abdominal injury. Lillard is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

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Anthony Davis Could Return At End of January

Jan 15, 2022 9:14 AM

Anthony Davis has been out since injuring his left knee on December 17. He was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and was expected to be out 4-8 weeks. Recently Davis has ramped up his individual on-court work. That has Davis in line to potentially return by the end of January.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Davis would be re-evaluated early next week. After that, the team hopes to have a better idea of Davis' timetable to return.

The Lakers have gone 5-7 without Davis in the lineup during this period. Los Angeles has resorted to playing LeBron James at center to start games while Davis has been out.

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Zach LaVine Injures Left Knee, MRI Set For Saturday

Jan 15, 2022 8:54 AM

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine injured his left knee early in his team's loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday. LaVine did not return to the game, as the Bulls were blown out.

The star guard is now set to have an MRI on Saturday. Early reports are that LaVine avoided a major injury, and that the MRI is precautionary.

LaVine has turned in an All-Star-caliber season for the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls. He's averaged 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. LaVine has done so, while ceding some of his shots and playmaking duties to DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball. That balance has seen Chicago get off to a 27-13 start this season, which is their best in many years.

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Bam Adebayo Targeting Monday Return Following Six-Week Thumb Surgery Absence

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James Wiseman Underwent Minor Surgery On Knee In December

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Michael Porter Jr. Could Return This Season

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Damian Lillard Out At Least 6-8 Weeks With Abdomen Surgery

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Paul George Could Be Out For Remainder Of Season

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Thomas Bryant To Return For Wizards On Wednesday

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Anthony Davis' Prognosis Is Still Good Despite Knee Brace

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Klay Thompson Announces He'll Return On Sunday

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'Strong Possibility' Kawhi Leonard Returns During 21-22 Season

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Zion Williamson Dials Back Rehab, Moves Location To Portland

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Damian Lillard Out At Least Three Games For Further Testing On Abdominal Injury

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Klay Thompson To Have Minutes Limited, No Back-To-Backs

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Joe Ingles Becomes First Utah Player To Enter COVID-19 Protocols

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Jimmy Butler Exits Game With Ankle Injury

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Javonte Green Out 2-4 Weeks With Strained Groin

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Isaac Okoro Out At Least 2-3 Weeks With Left Elbow Strain

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Klay Thompson Could Return On Sunday

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Kemba Walker Late Scratch With Knee Injury

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