August 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Montrezl Harrell Could Rejoin Clippers Next Week

Aug 7, 2020 1:39 AM

Montrezl Harrell could return to the Los Angeles Clippers next week, sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

Harrell has been away from the bubble for the last two weeks due to the passing of his grandmother. 

"I was told she'll be laid to rest on Saturday, and he's expected to fly to Orlando soon after," said Haynes.

Harrell, who has been getting tested daily, will require a four-day quarantine. 

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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

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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