Basketball Wiretap

Joel Embiid Doubtful For Game 4 With Sore Knee

Apr 19, 2019 8:12 PM

Joel Embiid is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game 4 with a sore knee.

Embiid sat out game 3 with the same injury, and missed 14 out of the final 24 games in the regular season.

Brett Brown said the 76ers need to keep buying Embiid time to return. 

"It's always best to plan that you don't have him and be really surprised and happy when you do. I think that my belief and shared with Joel and our management and owners and so on is we're in a phase, we're in a stage where we're buying time. Can we get a win and buy a few more days? Can we get another win and buy, like, a few more days? We might lose, but you're alive -- buy three more days. And so, this is just the path that we're on with Joel. There is zero doubt he is our crown jewel and just with the phase and stage and how it's played out, to my best ability, this is how I see the world nowadays," said Brown. 

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Joel Embiid Sits Out 76ers Win With Sore Knee, Says He Has To 'Trust The Process'

Apr 19, 2019 2:18 AM

Joel Embiid sat out the Philadelphia 76ers' 131-115 win over the Brooklyn Nets with left knee tendinitis. It is the same injury which caused him to miss 14 out of the last 24 games to close out the season.

"It's tough. That's what tendinitis is all about. And some days you got your days, and some other days is different. So, even in the games that I play, I just try to go out there and try to play for these guys...It is becoming better slowly but surely. We just have to be smart about how we handle it every single day. But I'm sure these guys won't let me get on the court if there's a chance of something bad happening. So I just got to trust the process," said Embiid.

Greg Monroe started for Embiid and finished with 9 points and 13 rebounds. The win puts the Sixers up 2-1 in the series.

Tobias Harris added that playing without Embiid forced his teammates to step up.

"Towards the end of the regular season we really didn't play that well without Joel. So, for us, it was kind of hearing that he wasn't playing, a little added motivation I think for us as a group of, 'Hey, we got our best player down, we all got to pay it up and step it up and stick to the game plan and be even more focused.'"

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Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Tim Hardaway Jr. Undergoes Surgery For Stress Fracture In Leg

Apr 18, 2019 10:15 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his lower leg. 

Hardaway, who missed the last 11 games of the regular season due to the injury, is expected to resume basketball activities before the Mavs' training camp in September.

Hardaway averaged 15.5 points in 9 games after getting acquired by the Mavs. 


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DeMarcus Cousins Will Not Need Surgery, Unlikely To Return In Playoffs

Apr 18, 2019 12:31 AM

Steve Kerr revealed that DeMarcus Cousins will not need surgery on his torn quad but will probably miss the rest of the playoffs.

"He will not need surgery. DeMarcus, most likely, will not be back during the playoffs. You're probably looking at a couple months' recovery, so it's unlikely. But Rick [Celebrini, Warriors director of sports medicine and performance] told me that there are occasions where that injury heals faster. So we're leaving the door open, obviously," said Kerr.

Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney will be relied upon to replace Cousins' minutes.

"I knew I was coming in as an insurance policy, to an extent. A guy that could [fit] in straight away that knows the system offensively and defensively, knows the guys. ... I definitely didn't anticipate starting in the playoffs. But unfortunately you get a freak injury to DeMarcus and those are the circumstances we're in," said Bogut. 

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

Hamidou Diallo Out At Least Four Weeks With Right Elbow Surgery

Apr 17, 2019 12:37 PM

Hamidou Diallo underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right elbow.

The procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek with Thunder medical personnel present at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

During the 2018-19 season, Diallo appeared in 51 games for the Thunder and averaged 3.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game. 

Diallo is expected to return to basketball-related activities in approximately four weeks.

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DeMarcus Cousins Out Indefinitely With Torn Left Quad

Apr 16, 2019 4:54 PM

DeMarcus Cousins will be out indefinitely with a torn left quad. Cousins will begin rehabilitation immediately after suffering the noncontact injury during the first quarter of his second career game in the playoffs.

Cousins is on a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors and has been trying to rehabilitate his value after suffered a torn Achilles in 2018.

Cousins returned in January.

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DeMarcus Cousins Leaves Game 2 With Quad Injury, Will Undergo MRI

Apr 16, 2019 12:28 AM

DeMarcus Cousins suffered a quad injury after chasing down a loose ball early in the 1st quarter of the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. He did not return to the game.

Cousins will get an MRI on his quad on Tuesday.

Cousins fouled out in Game 1 after scoring 9 points.

The Warriors fear Cousins suffered a torn quad.

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Blake Griffin Could Miss Entire Series Against Bucks With Left Knee Injury

Apr 15, 2019 8:39 AM

Blake Griffin is likely to miss the entire first round series between the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks.

Griffin has been dealing with a left knee injury for several weeks and miss the Pistons' season finale against the New York Knicks.

The Pistons were blown out by the Bucks without Griffin in Game 1.

There's no structural damage in the left knee, and it's unclear whether he'll need some type of minor procedure this offseason. 

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Tags: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Nikola Mirotic To Make Bucks Return For Game 1

Apr 13, 2019 7:04 PM

Nikola Mirotic is expected to return to the Milwaukee Bucks for game 1 tomorrow against the Detroit Pistons.

Mirotic has been out for the last month with a fractured thumb.

"Not much soreness, as we expected. I should be ready to go," said Mirotic.

Mirotic added that he was hungry for playoff basketball.

"This is going to be my fourth playoffs in five years. The guys are ready, but the message from our coach is that there's nothing different in the playoffs. We need to play our same basketball. Play hard. I think we should be fine. We are a very deep team and very hungry."

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OG Anunoby To Be Unavailable Until Conference Finals After Emergency Appendectomy

Apr 13, 2019 6:46 PM

OG Anunoby will be unavailable for the Toronto Raptors until the conference finals after he underwent an emergency appendectomy on Thursday.

Anunoby averaged 7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 20 minutes during the regular season.

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Joel Embiid Listed As Doubtful For Game 1, Has 'No Idea' If He'll Play
Embiid said that it would be his decision whether to play or sit out game 1.

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Paul George On Shoulder Soreness: 'You Can Expect Me Out There' For Game 1
George has been playing with two sore shoulders for some time.

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Lakers Blocked Lonzo Ball From Undergoing Unauthorized Surgery On Left Ankle
The Lakers informed Lonzo Ball they would not allow the surgery and could void his contract if he went through with the procedure.

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OG Anunoby Undergoes Emergency Appendectomy
Shams Charania reports OG Anunoby will be out at least two weeks.

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Lauri Markkanen Cleared To Resume Full Basketball Related Activities
Lauri Markkanen completed a thorough examinations from cardiologists.

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Elton Brand 'Optimistic' Joel Embiid Will Play In Game 1 Of Playoffs
Embiid has missed 14 out the last 24 games due to load management.

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Marcus Smart Diagnosed With Torn Oblique, To Miss 4-6 Weeks
Smart would potentially miss the Celtics first and second round matchups with a 4-6 week timeline.

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Steve Kerr On Steph Curry's Sprained Ankle: 'We Think He's Going To Be Fine'
Kerr said that Curry will most likely sit out the regular-season finale against the Grizzlies.

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John Wall Has 'No Idea' If He Will Play Next Season
Wall is recovering from a torn Achilles injury.


Stephen Curry Suffers Mild Right Foot Sprain
Stephen Curry went straight to the locker room to get checked out.

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Mike D'Antoni Expected To Rejoin Rockets Before Playoffs
D'Antoni has been in the hospital since last Friday with an intestinal virus.

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Celtics Lose Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum To Injury
Both Smart and Tatum did not return to the game.

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Allen Crabbe Out Indefinitely With Knee Surgery
Allen Crabbe recorded averages of 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 26.4 minutes per game.

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Tyler Johnson Out For Season With Right Knee Surgery
The Suns acquired Tyler Johnson from the Heat at the trade deadline.

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Devin Booker Leaves Game With Left Ankle Injury, X-Rays Negative
Booker was averaging 36.2 points in his last 11 games.

Jonas Valanciunas Out For Season After Ankle Sprain
Valanciunas averaged 19.9 points and 10.7 rebounds with the Grizzlies.


Robert Covington Undergoes Successful Surgery On Right Knee
Robert Covington averaged 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals.

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Joel Embiid To Sit Out Rest Of Road Trip, Will Be Re-Evaluated Thursday
Brown said that the 76ers were getting Embiid healthy for the playoffs.


Dewayne Dedmon Out For Season With Ankle Injury
Dedmon will have a non-surgical procedure on his ankle and begin rehabilitation.

Deandre Ayton Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle
Ayton is averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds this season.