3:26 AM EST, Sun March 01, 2015

Russell Westbrook suffers frightening facial injury; photos appear to show a 'dent' in his cheek

In the final seconds of the Portland Trail Blazers 115-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Russell Westbrook appeared to suffer a painful injury to the right side of his face.
Los Angeles Times 8 hours ago

Thunder's Russell Westbrook has surgery to repair cheekbone fracture

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook underwent surgery Saturday to repair a fracture in his right cheekbone and will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.
Welcome to Loud City 10 hours ago

Russell Westbrook undergoes facial fracture procedure, will be re-evaluated this week

We break down how the injury happened, how long Westbrook might be out, and who sees time in his place. Per Royce Young on Twitter, Russell Westbrook underwent a procedure today to repair a fractured zygomatic arch. Westbrook will definitely miss Sunday's tussle with the Lakers, and will be re-evaluated...
Silver Screen and Roll 8 hours ago

Russell Westbrook Out Sunday vs. Lakers

Already missing Kevin Durant, the Thunder will now be down two star players against the Lakers on Sunday. Russell Westbrook will miss Sunday's game against the Lakers after undergoing surgery Saturday morning, per a Thunder press release: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a...
Daily Thunder 8 hours ago

Russell Westbrook has surgery for face fracture

Russell Westbrook had surgery and will be re-evaluated within the next week.
Chris Bosh released from hospital

Chris Bosh released from hospital

Heat forward Chris Bosh was released from the hospital Friday after spending a week after being diagnosed with blood clots on his lungs.
The Jag-Wire | Fox Sports Florida 8 hours ago

Chris Bosh released from hospital, now resting at home

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh was released from Baptist Health System Hospital on Friday and is resting at home following his diagnosis a week ago of blood clots on his lungs.

Josh Smith says James Harden is top MVP candidate

Rockets forward Josh Smith has already decided that there is no other choice for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award that his teammate James Harden. While another MVP candidate, LeBron James, is coming to town on Sunday, Smith was adamant that Harden deserved the title this year. “What frustrates me the most – I wasn’t […]
Golden State Of Mind 13 hours ago

The Warriors lose to Lebron James, but regroup to demolish the Toronto Raptors

Bully ball isn't fun when you're the one getting punched in the face. Stephen Curry and James Harden have, deservedly so, dominated the early MVP talk this year. Both have led their teams to banner years. Both have shined on the biggest stages. And yet, as many have pointed out, there is only one...
Chronicle-Telegram 1 hour ago

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving to miss today’s game in Houston; LeBron James expected back

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers will be without at least one All-Star today in Houston. Point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game with a strained left shoulder, an injury the team had thought would only sideline him for one game. Irving injured his shoulder in the second half of Thursday...

Chandler ruled out for tonight’s game against Brooklyn

Photo by Ronald Martinez/DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 24: Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks makes the slam dunk against the Toronto Raptors at American Airlines Center on February 24, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly …
Dallas Mavericks Blog | ESPN Dallas 9 hours ago

Tyson Chandler (hip) out again

DALLAS -- Mavericks center Tyson Chandler will miss his second consecutive game due to a left hip contusion. Chandler is inactive for Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets along with small forward Chandler Parsons, who continues to recover from a sprain and bone bruise to his left ankle. Chandler...

Bradley Beal’s return in win against Pistons impacts Wizards beyond box score

The final numbers don’t suggest a significant impact. Bradley Beal, after all, made just two of his 10 shots from the floor and finished with eight points in the Washington Wizards’ streak-busting 99-95 win over the Detroit Pistons in his return from an eight-game absence because of a fibula injury. But Beal’s influence went beyond […]
Washington Post 3 hours ago

Wiz Insider: Bradley Beal’s return in win against Pistons impacts Wizards beyond box score

The final numbers don’t suggest a significant impact. Bradley Beal, after all, made just two of his 10 shots from the floor and finished with eight points in the Washington Wizards’ streak-busting 99-95 win over the Detroit Pistons in his return from an eight-game absence because of a fibula injury.Read full article >>
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Anthony Mason: The unreal made real

Anthony Mason: The unreal made real

R.I.P., Anthony George Douglas Mason. The most exciting NBA non-fight I ever saw took place January 26, 1993. Anthony Mason dunked on Manute Bol. Something had been brewing between them during the game, and after the dunk, Bol'd had enough of Mase, so he took a swing at him. Bol missed. He's lucky he did. Not because Bol was a pushover - the man killed a lion while growing up in Sudan. But taking on a lion was nothing compared to taking on Anthony Mason. Bol and Mason are both dead now. Both demanded your attention while on the court. You couldn't look away because you'd never seen anything...
SLC Dunk 15 hours ago
Utah Jazz are finally getting the hang of analytics -- The Downbeat #1562

Utah Jazz are finally getting the hang of analytics -- The Downbeat #1562

Make way for Rudy; Gordon Hayward is Elite; The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference; Quin Snyder and Analytics; Anthony Mason RIP The Utah Jazz have had a pretty interesting February so far. There's one game to go, tonight at home hosting the Milwaukee Bucks, but I think the general impression from fans are that "things are moving along the right direction." Even the whole Enes Kanter trade thing didn't derail the team because the front office worked quickly and quietly to fix the situation. The jury is going to be out for a while on this trade because we don't know how good Grant Jerrett...
Celtics Today 19 mins ago

Isiah Thomas is pretty good, and Rondo hasn't shown that he is recently

Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to someone, and when I open the door there is no one there. There's a reason for some things in life. There are circumstances that come up that change everything. I'm coming to terms with the new look Celtics, and I feel horrible for it. I was, and I'm still behind Rondo as a player and talent. But, I'm looking at the trade in a different way now. There's a reason to remember everything that has happened. There's a reason that I feel the need to understand all of what Ainge has done. The bitterness tastes real and unrealistic, but it's a fact. The trade of...
Bullets Forever 4 hours ago

Wizards hold off furious comeback to beat Pistons 99-95 in Bradley Beal's return

The Wizards snapped their six game skid thanks to the return of Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce, but only after they held off a 21 point comeback from the Pistons. Friday night's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers was rock bottom for this season. Tears were (probably) said. Shade was thrown at Randy Wittman and Ernie Grunfeld. Saturday's 99-95 win over the Pistons was by no means amazing, but at least it wasn't rock bottom. The Wizards did manage to lose a 21-point lead to a Spencer Dinwiddie-led lineup, but in the end, they made some pick shots in the final few minutes and had a huge security...
Salt Lake Tribune 2 hours ago
Utah Jazz: Favors comes through when Jazz need him most

Utah Jazz: Favors comes through when Jazz need him most

With the game on the line Saturday, the ball was rightfully in the hands of the night’s hero. But when point guard Trey Burke missed a shot that would have just about sealed victory, it was the Utah Jazz’s no-nonsense forward who was there to do exactly what his team needed. “I went over there and hugged him after that,” Burke said after Utah’s 82-75 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Maybe Derrick Favors hasn’t always gotten the love he deserves this year. Gordon Hayward has blossomed into the team’...
Mavs Moneyball 2 hours ago
Quoteboard for Nets 104, Mavericks 94:

Quoteboard for Nets 104, Mavericks 94: "The third quarter did us in."

The players talked about a disappointing home loss on Saturday. Rick Carlisle On that disaster third quarter: "Well they played great and we didn't play well. We got bombed quarter and that was the game. The rest of it was either even or we were up a point or two. The third quarter did us in." "Something specific? They outscored us a lot. They scored early and they got energy and juice on the offensive end. We didn't respond well. They kept scoring and we were having a hard time getting it into the bucket. It was a struggle. We had a couple of chances to make runs, I thought guys were...
Posting and Toasting 4 hours ago
Knicks 103, Raptors 98:

Knicks 103, Raptors 98: "WHAT IS GOING ON"

On the day Anthony Mason passed away, the Knicks rode a group of scrapping NBA no-names to an exciting win. In a season that's divided some Knick fans between "Do we want to win tonight?" and "Is it ever OK to not want to win?", tonight was a rollicking, enjoyable contest and a second straight exhilarating victory. New York led most of the way and made enough big plays down the stretch to beat Toronto 103-98. Tim Hardaway Jr. donned his chef hat and apron and cooked gumbo throughout the first half, and he wasn't just launching threes. Example: late in the first, the Raptors missed their...
Hot Hot Hoops 4 hours ago
Heat comeback falls short against Hawks

Heat comeback falls short against Hawks

A 38-point fourth quarter from the Miami Heat couldn't overcome 23 turnovers and an abysmal first-half shooting performance. The Miami Heat scored 38 points in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night. Atlanta rested Al Horford, Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll. Still, Miami fell behind by 18 points and could never cut the deficit to fewer than four points until a Mario Chalmers 3 at the buzzer in a 93-91 loss. We can go through the many problems the Heat racked up on a winnable night -- like last night's disappointing loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Heat struggled...

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