Basketball Wiretap

Dirk Nowitzki To Make Season Debut Against Suns

Dec 13, 2018 2:00 AM

Dirk Nowitzki is set to make his season debut against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

Nowitzki's recovery from ankle surgery last spring has been taking longer than expected.

The 40-year-old German, entering his 21st season, is set to make NBA history for the longest career with one team. He averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds coming off the bench in a high-scoring unit last season, and will reprise the same role again this year.

Nowitzki said "the boys are playing well. Maxi [Kleber]'s been playing, and Dwight [Powell]'s playing well off the bench. ... I have no idea [about the fit in the rotation], but it's not a bad thing to be deep at a position...our bench has been great all year and has won a bunch of games for us."

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Al Horford Out Multiple Games with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome In Left Knee

Dec 12, 2018 12:48 PM

Al Horford will miss "at least a few games" after being diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee.

"This is one of those things that it just wasn't getting better," Horford said, according to the Celtics' official Twitter account.

Horford has struggled this season and has been dealing with inflammation in his left knee for nearly a month.

"I don't want to have to keep dealing with this and have a question mark game after game," Horford told reporters on Tuesday. "I just have to listen to the training staff and what the doctors are telling me. I've got to buy into that."


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Lou Williams Out For Estimated Two Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Dec 12, 2018 1:48 AM

Lou William injured his right hamstring during the Los Angeles Clippers' 123-119 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

Doc Rivers said his "best guess" was that Williams would be out for two weeks. Williams is averaging 17.2 points and 4.5 assists per game.

When asked who on the Clippers roster would replace Williams' production, Rivers said "you are not going to replace Lou so don't try. Just don't try. Just try to score as much as you can, stay aggressive and move the ball more."

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Jimmy Butler Suffers No Structural Damage To Groin

Dec 11, 2018 3:36 PM

Jimmy Butler underwent an MRI on his injured groin, which showed no structural damage.

Butler is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks With Sprained Left Foot

Dec 11, 2018 1:36 PM

Tristan Thompson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained left foot.

Thompson left Monday night's loss to Milwaukee in the third quarter after landing awkwardly on Malcolm Brogdon.

The team said in a statement that an MRI and further evaluation Tuesday confirmed Thompson's sprain and he would begin treatment and rehab.

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Tags: Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

DeMarcus Cousins Scrimmages With Warriors G League Affiliate

Dec 11, 2018 1:55 AM

DeMarcus Cousins began scrimmaging with the Golden State Warriors' G League affiliate in Santa Cruz as he enters the final phase of his recovery process from last season's Achilles tear. There is still no timetable for his return, although he could return later this month. 

There are no plans for him to play in a G-League game. He is scheduled to practice with Golden State on Tuesday before going back to Santa Cruz for another scrimmage. 

Cousins said "I feel like if my life depended on it at the moment, yeah, I could go out and play a game. I want to be 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as I can be when I do return. I want my body in tip-top shape. It is not even about the Achilles, it's just about my other body parts and making sure everything is fine-tuned and in the best shape possible to go out and play a full game."

Of his rehab process, Cousins added that "it's been extremely humbling. It's really tested me as a person, as a man, as an athlete. I've had a lot of dark days, a lot of good days. I've questioned myself a lot. But I found a way to overcome all those bad feelings. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am extremely excited to get back on the floor. The sooner the better. I can see the light. I am extremely excited about that."

Cousins hasn't played since last January. He signed a one year, $5.3 million contract with the Warriors in the offseason. 

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John Wall Has 'Worst Game Of My Life' In Cavs Loss

Dec 9, 2018 2:02 AM

John Wall went 0-5 and scored a career-low 1 point in the Washington Wizards 116-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fighting through a left heel injury, Wall admitted that he shouldn't have played in the game. 

“It’s just like a bone spur. I probably shouldn’t have played. That’s my fault. But you learn from your mistakes.” Wall then added that his performance was the "worst game of my life. One free throw. No field goals”.

Despite his struggles, Wall is averaging the second highest scoring total of his career at 21.3 point per game. 

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Gary Harris Out 3-4 Weeks With Right Hip Injury

Dec 8, 2018 3:59 PM

Gary Harris will be out three to four weeks with a right hip injury.

Harris suffered the injury in last Monday's win over the Raptors.

Harris had missed two games with a sore left ankle last week. 

Harris is averaging 16.6 points per game on 44 percent shooting for the Nuggets this season.

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Paul Millsap Suffers Broken Toe

Dec 7, 2018 11:13 PM

Paul Millsap suffered a broken toe in his right foot in Friday's game.

Millsap played in just 38 games last season largely due to a broken wrist.

Millsap signed a three-year, $90 million contract with the Nuggets in 2017. The third year of the deal is a team option.

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Ish Smith Out Two Weeks With Right Adductor Muscle Tear

Dec 7, 2018 11:53 AM

Ish Smith has suffered a right adductor muscle tear.

The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Pistons game at Milwaukee on December 5.  Smith will be out and assessed again in two weeks.   

Smith is in his ninth NBA season and is averaging 9.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 22 games. 

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Kyrie Irving Not Concerned After Tweaking Right Shoulder
Kyrie Irving had ice put on his shoulder on the bench.

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Brandon Ingram Leaves Game With Left Ankle Injury
X-rays on Ingram's left ankle came back negative.

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Taurean Prince Out Three Weeks With Left Ankle Injury
Taurean Prince has a ligament sprain, bone bruise and associated soft tissue inflammation.

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Markelle Fultz Out Indefinitely With Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Markelle Fultz will begin physical therapy immediately.

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Gary Harris Injures Groin, Set For MRI
Gary Harris is averaging 17.3 points in 33 minutes per game this season.

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Draymond Green Ruled Out For Rest Of Road Trip
The Warriors are 5-6 without Green this season.

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DeMarcus Cousins Making Progress, Could Scrimmage 5-On-5 This Week
DeMarcus Cousins is making progress in his return from a torn Achilles tendon.

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Damian Jones Out For Season With Torn Pectoral Muscle
Damian Jones was averaging 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds this season.

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Devin Booker Re-Injures Hamstring, Leaves Game
Booker missed three games in October with a hamstring injury.

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Steph Curry 'Antsy' In Return, Scores 27 Points In Loss
The Warriors went 5-6 in 11 games without Curry.

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Kyle Lowry Sits Out Cavs Game With Back Injury, Return Unknown
Raptors coach Nick Nurse offered no details about the severity of his injury or a return date.

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Andre Roberson Suffers Setback, Out Another Six Weeks
Andre Roberson underwent an MRI, which revealed a small avulsion fracture.

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Markelle Fultz's Teammates Concerned With His Overall Well-Being
Markelle Fultz will continue to see medical specialists about his right shoulder next week.

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Victor Oladipo Out Indefinitely With Sore Right Knee
Victor Oladipo last played on Nov. 17.

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Dwight Howard Out 2-3 Months With Lumbar Microdiscectomy
Dwight Howard underwent an L4-L5 lumbar microdiscectomy.

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Dwight Howard Could Undergo Surgery For Gluteal Injury
Dwight Howard aggravated a piriformis muscle injury in a Nov. 18 game.

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Stephen Curry Will Return From Groin Injury Saturday
Stephen Curry was 'dying to play' in Thursday's potential Finals preview against the Raptors.

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Denzel Valentine Undergoes Left Ankle Surgery
Denzel Valentine is anticipated to return to full basketball activities in approximately six months.

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John Henson Undergoes Successful Wrist Surgery
John Henson had his torn left wrist ligament repaired.

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76ers Believe Markelle 'Definitely Has The Yips'
The 76ers and the camp of Markelle Fultz are in disagreement over his continued shooting struggles.

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