Basketball Wiretap

Jimmy Butler Undergoes Successful Surgery On Meniscus

Feb 25, 2018 5:14 PM

Jimmy Butler underwent successful meniscus surgery on Sunday morning on his right knee.

The operation was performed by Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Butler will be sidelined indefinitely and further updates as to his progress will be issued over the course of the rehabilitation process. 

The injury occurred during the Wolves’ 120-102 loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday, February 23. 

In 56 games this season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

Butler hopes to return for the playoffs.

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Brad Stevens Doesn't Expect Gordon Hayward To Return This Season

Feb 24, 2018 7:09 PM

Brad Stevens reiterated to the media on Saturday that Gordon Hayward will not return this season.

There has been speculation about the possibility of Hayward playing again this season as he recovers from his ankle injury suffered on opening night.

While the Celtics received an injured player exception, Hayward would be eligible to return if medically cleared.

Hayward is still weeks away from traveling with the Celtics.

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Jimmy Butler Diagnosed With Torn Mensicus

Feb 24, 2018 5:39 PM

Jimmy Butler has suffered a meniscal injury in his right knee, according to the Wolves.

Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports there is a tear in the meniscus. 

There were fears Butler suffered a torn ACL. The extent of the meniscal injury is not yet known, nor is a timetable for how much time he will miss.

The evaluation and MRI was conducted by Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm at Mayo Clinic. 

The injury occurred during last night’s 120-102 loss to the Houston Rockets.

In 56 games this season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

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Jimmy Butler To Undergo MRI On Injured Right Knee

Feb 24, 2018 9:13 AM

Jimmy Butler will undergo an MRI on his injured right knee on Saturday.

Butler's x-rays on Friday night after the game were negative.

Butler suffered the non-contact injury in the third quarter of Friday's game.

David Aldridge reports there's optimism in Butler's camp that he avoided a tear of his ACL.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Avery Bradley Out With Sports Hernia

Feb 23, 2018 9:30 AM

Avery Bradley is out with a sports hernia.

Bradley missed Thursday's game at Golden State and is also expected to miss Friday's game.

"We are concerned," Doc Rivers said. "We've got to go through the right stuff and make sure he's in a good place with his health. I think we're going to send him to a doctor and let him check and see."

Bradley has dealt with groin issues throughout the season, which is his last before free agency.

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Marcus Smart Fortunate He Didn't Suffer More Serious Injury To Hand

Feb 22, 2018 11:23 AM

Marcus Smart has been out of the Celtics' lineup for the past four weeks after punching a glass picture frame in a Los Angeles hotel room.

Smart was rushed to the hospital with a shard of glass still sticking out of his right hand.

“They pulled a glass piece out of the palm of my hand about that size (between two and three inches),” he said as he estimated the length with his index finger and his thumb. “They said there were two tendons that ran along the pinkie area. The glass was sitting right in between them. They were like: ‘You should play the lotto because you missed your tendons.’ They don’t understand [how I missed them].

“I thank God for that every day. It could have been worse. I’m glad it’s not.”

Smith was cleared to practice on Wednesday.

“I was devastated,” Smart said of missing 11 games with the injury that he said required 20 stitches to close. “Just from the fact that I couldn’t do anything to go out there and help.

“I’m a competitor. It’s one thing to sit on the bench because of something that happened that you couldn’t control. It’s another when it’s something you can control. I felt like I let my team down.”

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Kawhi Leonard In Control Of Whether He Returns To Play This Season

Feb 21, 2018 11:37 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are allowing Kawhi Leonard to make the decision on whether or not he plays this season.

Leonard spent 10 days before the All-Star break consulting with a specialist on his right quad injury.

Leonard has been medically cleared to return from the right quad tendinopathy injury, but since shutting down a nine-game return that ended Jan. 13, he has elected against returning to the active roster.

If Leonard returns this season, it will be because he can manage the pain of the injury.

Gregg Popovich told reporters Wednesday that he would be "surprised" if Leonard returns this season.

Leonard's injury and rehab has complicated his relationship with the Spurs.

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Spurs Expect Kawhi Leonard To Miss Remainder Of Season

Feb 21, 2018 6:16 PM

Kawhi Leonard may miss the remainder of the season with his ongoing quadriceps tendinopathy.

After the Spurs' first practice back after the All-Star break, Gregg Popovich told reporters he would be surprised if Leonard returns this season.

"I'll be surprised if he returns this season," said Popovich. "We only have X number of games left in the season and he's still not ready to go, and if by some chance he is, it will be pretty late in the season and it will be a tough decision. I'll be surprised if he gets back this year."

The Spurs are not yet prepared to officially rule him out for the season.

"We have to move on and the team has to realize this is who we are, this is who we have and this is who is going to play," said Popovich.

Leonard has played in only 9 games this season, averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Leonard was ruled out indefinitely on January 17th.

On January 22nd, ESPN reported Leonard and the Spurs have had friction over how his injury has been handled.

Leonard will be eligible to sign a designated veteran player extension this offseason as he was an All-NBA player in two of the past three seasons.

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Reggie Jackson Cleared To Begin Running, Shooting

Feb 21, 2018 5:58 PM

Reggie Jackson is entering the next stage of his rehabilitation this week in preparation for a return from a Grade 3 right ankle sprain suffered December 26th.

Jackson has been cleared to begin light running, shooting and continued ankle strengthening exercises. The Pistons medical staff will monitor progress throughout the week in anticipation of beginning an escalation process towards resuming normal basketball activities.

No timeframe has been set for a return to practice or game action.

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Channing Frye Undergoes Appendectomy

Feb 17, 2018 7:09 PM

Channing Frye underwent an appendectomy on Friday.

The Lakers say Frye will be re-evaluated after he returns to Los Angeles next weekend.

Frye is averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game this season. He has appeared in one game for the Lakers.


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Patrick McCaw Out Four Weeks With Fracture In Left Wrist
Patrick McCaw's playing time with the Warriors has decreased in recent weeks.

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Execs, Coaches Wonder If Reduced Preseason Has Caused More Injuries
The NBA changed the length of the preseason instead of reducing the 82-game schedule.

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Markelle Fultz Could Be Out For Remainder Of Season
Bryan Colangelo said Markelle Fultz's shooting range is "in the paint right now."

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Kristaps Porzingis Suffers Torn ACL In Left Knee
Kristaps Porzingis is eligible for a contract extension this offseason after making his first All-Star Game.

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Kristaps Porzingis To Undergo MRI On Injured Left Knee
Kristaps Porzingis was walking on his own exiting the arena while wearing a brace on his knee.

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Seth Curry To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery On Left Tibia
Seth Curry's recovery process will take 12-14 weeks.

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Matthew Dellavedova Out 3-4 Weeks With Ankle Sprain
Matthew Dellavedova has appeared in 37 games this season.

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Darren Collison Out 2-3 Weeks With Knee Surgery
Darren Collison is expected to return in two to three weeks.

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Donovan Mitchell Replaces Aaron Gordon In Dunk Contest
Aaron Gordon has a strained left hip flexor.

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Malcolm Brogdon Out 6-8 Weeks With Torn Left Quad Tendon
Malcolm Brogdon suffered a left quadricep tendon injury.

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Kevin Love Won't Undergo Surgery, Out Eight Weeks
Kevin Love will undergo a non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation process.

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Isaiah Canaan Out For Season With Fractured Left Ankle
Isaiah Canaan will have surgery on the ankle Thursday.


Kevin Love Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Hand
Kevin Love underwent surgery on the same hand in October 2009.

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John Wall Out Six Weeks With Knee Surgery
John Wall's surgery is being described as a clean up.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

Jabari Parker To Make Season Debut Feb. 2nd
Jabari Parker suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Feb. 8, 2017.

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Chandler Parsons Denies Report Grizzlies Approached Him On Injury Retirement
Chanlder Parsons has only played in 26 games this season and could miss the remainder of the season.

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Mike Conley Out For Season With Surgery On Heel
The surgery will "smooth a small bone protrusion" in Mike Conley's left heel.


Andre Roberson Out For Season With Ruptured Left Patellar Tendon
Andre Roberson was taken off the court on a stretcher after his left leg appeared to give out.

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Lakers Remaining Cautious With Lonzo Ball's MCL Sprain
Lonzo Ball was hurt in a game on Jan. 13th and has missed six straight games.

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Marcus Smart Out Two Weeks With Cut Hand
Marcus Smart suffered a non-basketball injury cutting his hand

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