Basketball Wiretap

MRI On Ben Simmons' Knee Comes Back Clean

Aug 6, 2020 1:23 AM

An MRI on Ben Simmons' left knee returned clean, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Simmons suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Sixers' 107-98 win over the Wizards and left the game.

Simmons had eight points, six rebounds, and four assists before leaving the game. 

The playoffs begin on August 17th. 

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Aaron Gordon Suffers No Serious Damage To Hamstring, Will Be Re-Evaluated In Several Days

Aug 6, 2020 1:19 AM

Aaron Gordon suffered no serious damage to his hamstring, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Gordon will be re-evaluated in several days.

Gordon suffered the injury off a hard foul from Kyle Lowry in the third quarter of the Magic's 109-99 loss to the Raptors. 

Lowry received a flagrant 1 for the foul. 

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Lou Williams Says He Could Have 'Made A Better Quality Decision' During Excused Absence

Aug 5, 2020 1:32 AM

Lou Williams addressed his decision to eat at a gentlemen's club in Atlanta during an excused absence from the bubble that landed him a 10-day quarantine.

"In hindsight, I think as far as the public safety issue goes, I probably could have made a better-quality decision. ... I went somewhere after a viewing of somebody I considered a mentor, somebody I looked up to," said Williams.

Williams scored 7 points in his Clippers return, a 117-115 loss against the Suns.

"I thought I was making a responsible decision. After looking back on it, with everything going on in the world, the pandemic, maybe it wasn't the best-quality decision. I chalk it up as that, take my L and keep moving," added Williams.

The Clippers remain without Montrezl Harrell after the loss of his grandmother. 

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Jamal Crawford Suffers Strained Hamstring In Return

Aug 5, 2020 1:26 AM

Jamal Crawford strained his left hamstring during the Brooklyn Nets' 119-116 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Crawford suffered the injury six minutes into his return to the NBA.

"We'll get him diagnosed and see what happens from there," said Jacque Vaughn, who added that Crawford may need an MRI.

The 40-year-old Crawford, who signed with the Nets last month, was held out of the Nets' opening two games inside the bubble to help build up his conditioning. 

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Rajon Rondo To Continue Rehab In Florida Starting Wednesday

Aug 5, 2020 1:17 AM

Rajon Rondo will travel to Florida on Wednesday to continue rehab on his fractured right thumb.

"He's making his way to Florida tomorrow and will spend a certain period of time outside of the bubble before he's reintegrated inside of the bubble," said Frank Vogel.

Rondo injured his thumb on July 12th. 

The point guard was projected to be out for 6-8 weeks.

Vogel did not provide an update for Rondo's return, only saying that he hoped to have him back around the first or second round of the playoffs. 

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NBA Launches Alternate Broadcast Stream Focused On Betting During Games

Aug 4, 2020 1:22 AM

The NBA will launch an alternate broadcast of select NBA games centered around betting.

The NBABet Stream will display point spreads, odds, and other betting analysis during games. 

The alternate telecast, which debuted on Monday with the Thunder-Nuggets game, will be available on NBA League Pass, NBA TV through the league app, and NBA.com.

NBABet Stream is the first alternate broadcast emphasizing betting at the league level. 

BetMGM's sportsbook will provide the betting odds for the stream. 

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Zion Williamson Says He 'Felt Alive Again' After Finishing Fourth Quarter In Pelicans' Win

Aug 4, 2020 1:11 AM

Zion Williamson said he "felt alive" after finishing the fourth quarter in the New Orleans Pelicans' 109-99 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

"I felt alive again. My competitive spirit was there, and I'm glad Coach and the whole team trusted me to finish the game out," Williamson said after the game.

Williamson, who played 25 minutes, finished the game with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Williamson played just 15 minutes against the Jazz and 14 minutes against the Clippers, while sitting on the bench during the stretch run of the fourth quarters.

"I ain't gonna lie to you, it's just different in a bad way when I'm on the bench in the fourth quarter, and there's nothing I can do to help my team win. So I said I felt alive -- it was just great to be out there doing whatever I can to help my team win."

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Jonathan Isaac Suffers Torn ACL

Aug 3, 2020 1:08 AM

Jonathan Isaac suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, the Orlando Magic announced on Sunday.

Isaac suffered the injury during the Magic's 132-116 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Isaac missed 31 games earlier in the season due to a hyperextended knee. 

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David Griffin Says Zion Williamson Won't Play 'Significant Minutes' Versus Clippers On Saturday

Aug 1, 2020 1:30 AM

David Griffin said that having Zion Williamson start quarters instead of finish them is part of the organization's plan. 

The team drew criticism after Williamson sat out the final 7:19 of the fourth quarter during their loss against the Jazz.

"The reason they are taking place as they are at the beginning is just that the medical team wants to make sure he's warm and loose before he gets on the court ... His routine is to get loose at a certain time. We don't want him to get loose and then sit on the side and wait, because that's not conducive to him playing his best," said Griffin.

Williamson was limited to 15 minutes in the game.

Griffin added that Williamson wouldn't play "significant minutes" against the Clippers on Saturday.

"I realize that it's really detrimental to doing what we're attempting to do, which is make the playoffs, but if we're going to have him at full strength coming through these games, he's got to go through this process," added Griffin. 

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Rudy Gobert Says He Feels 'Grateful' Following Jazz Win

Jul 31, 2020 1:38 AM

Rudy Gobert expressed his relief after scoring go-ahead free throws in the Utah Jazz's 106-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

"Just grateful to be able to do what I love to do. After everything that I've personally and everything the world is going through right now, to be able to keep inspiring millions of kids around the world and keep spreading positivity is just a blessing," said Gobert, who finished the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Donovan Mitchell, who made the pass that lead to Gobert's free throws, said that the two players put their previous friction behind them.

"It's just me trusting him and him trusting me. That's really what it is. ... He had the first two points, and for that [play] to end it, it should kind of seal everything as far as talking about all that extra stuff," said Mitchell.

Quin Snyder added that Mitchell and Gobert used the time away from the game to improve their communication. 

"We've moved on, and we've talked about using this entire experience to get better, and I think those two guys have done that."

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Alvin Gentry On Zion Williamson Minutes Restriction: 'We Used The Minutes That Were Given To Us'

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Eric Bledsoe, Pat Connaughton To Miss Friday Game Versus Celtics

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Tyus Jones To Be Re-Evaluated In One Week Due To Knee Soreness

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Anthony Davis Plans To Play Against Clippers, Doesn't Anticipate Wearing Protective Eyewear

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Players Who Make Debut In Orlando To Remain Eligible For 2020-21 Rookie Of The Year Award

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Eric Gordon Could Miss Up To Two Weeks With Ankle Injury

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Montrezl Harrell Yet To Return To Orlando, Expected To Miss Lakers Game

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Damian Lillard Sits Scrimmage With Foot Inflammation, Not Expected 'To Be A Long-Term Thing'

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Teams To Designate Player Status Before 5 PM On Day Before Seeding Games

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Patrick Beverley Returns To Orlando Bubble On Sunday

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Joel Embiid Day To Day With Calf Tightness, To Be Re-Evaluated On Monday

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Lou Williams To Quarantine For 10 Days Following Investigation

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Pat Connaughton Heads To Bubble On Saturday Following Quaratine

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NBA Investigating Lou Williams' Activities During Excused Absence From Bubble

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Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Jamal Murray To Miss Pelicans-Nuggets Scrimmage

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Ivica Zubac Arrives In Orlando, Will Begin Two-Day Quarantine

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Brett Brown Says Ben Simmons Made 'Philosophical, Internal Decision' To Shoot 3s

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Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn Return To Heat Practice After Testing Positive For COVID-19

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Zion Williamson Returns To Bubble On Friday Night, Status Versus Jazz In Question

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Monte Morris To Arrive In Orlando On Friday

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