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ClutchPoints

Kemba Walker’s 1-word reaction to questions about his knee injury

Kemba Walker is back and, as it seems, better than ever. The Boston Celtics star has returned after missing the first 11 games of the season due to a stem cell procedure in his left knee, which sidelined him for a total of 12 weeks. After two games, Walker is looking great out there on […] The post Kemba Walker’s 1-word reaction to questions about his knee injury appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Nunn leads Heat past Raptors 111-102

Kendrick Nunn scored 28 points and the injury-plagued Miami Heat pulled away in the second half for a 111-102 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Pistons to treat Killian Hayes hip injury with rehab, out at least 8 weeks

Detroit Pistons released an update on rookie point guard Killian Hayes, who has a labral tear in his right hip        

Canis Hoopus

Game Preview #13: Wolves vs Magic

Photo by Steph Chambers/ The Wolves will look to right a sinking ship against a depleted Orlando Magic team at Target Center Wolves (3-9) vs Magic (6-8) 7:00 pm CST FS North / WCCO Radio Two immovable forces will collide tonight at Target Center when the injury-ravaged Orlando Magic, riding a six-game losing streak, meet a KAT-less Minnesota Timberwolves team that has, rather impressively and convincingly, strung together nine losses in its last 10 games. Orlando will tonight be without starting point guard Markelle Fultz and starting wing Jonathan Isaac to torn ACLs,...

Rip City Project

Portland Trail Blazers: Recent injuries present a perfect time for Rodney Hood’s resurgence

The Portland Trail Blazers have been ravaged by injuries. But as a potential blessing in disguise, it could pave the way for a Rodney Hood resurgence. In the wake of recent injuries to CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkić, optimism has been a difficult sell this week. An opportunity to evaluate which lineups coalesce best alongside […] Portland Trail Blazers: Recent injuries present a perfect time for Rodney Hood’s resurgence - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blog a Bull

I don’t know what Denzel Valentine is doing out there, but it’s working

Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports it’s a trip Denzel Valentine’s Bulls career seemed to be finished after a disappointing 2019-20 season in which he found himself in Jim Boylen’s doghouse. He had appeared in just 170 games in four seasons to start his career, with the 2018-19 a total loss thanks to ankle surgery. That was the third lower-body surgery of Valentine’s Bulls tenure. Valentine showed flashes of his intriguing skill set when he played 77 games in 2017-18, averaging 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 38.6% on 3-pointers. But taking...

Blazer's Edge

What’s Next for the Trail Blazers?

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Can the Blazers overcome injuries to two of their top three players? It’s been a rough couple weeks for Blazers fans. Jusuf Nurkic will be out for at least eight weeks with a broken wrist and news broke on Monday night that CJ McCollum would be out about four weeks with a broken foot. For a team with preseason ambitions of a deep playoff run these two injuries are a devastating blow. Especially given how well McCollum had played to start the season. Can the rest of the roster hold down the fort? Unfortunately, the Blazers’ problems...

Peachtree Hoops

Game Thread 1/20/21: Hawks vs. Pistons

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ The Atlanta Hawks welcome the Detroit Pistons to State Farm Arena this evening. GAME PREVIEW Starting Lineup Trae Young Kevin Huerter Solomon Hill John Collins Clint Capela Injury report Trae Young (right heel soreness) is available to play. De’Andre Hunter (right knee soreness) is out. Cam Reddish (left knee contusion) is out. Bogdan Bogdanovic (avulsion fracture, right knee) is out. Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery) is out. Danilo Gallinari (right ankle sprain) is out. Join us and (please) be cordial to one another in the comments below.

Liberty Ballers

Seth Curry cleared to play for Sixers’ game vs. Celtics

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via The Philadelphia 76ers have dealt with a host of injuries and absences from health and safety protocols since Seth Curry tested positive for COVID-19 on January 7. Their latest game — a road contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday — was even postponed as they didn’t have enough available players due to ongoing contact tracing following their game against Memphis the night before. Well, fortunately for the Sixers, they’re once again approaching full strength. The only players left on the latest NBA injury report...

Blazer's Edge

How Do the Trail Blazers Deal with McCollum, Nurkic Injuries?

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports Is there any way out of this mess or does it represent a watershed moment for the season...or longer? In a refrain at once familiar and painful, the Portland Trail Blazers have suffered significant injuries to key players—CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, and Zach Collins—that threaten to derail their season and their progress towards the playoffs. Dave Deckard and Dia Miller had planned to talk about something else today, but you can’t miss the elephant in the boot cast sitting in the corner of the room, so here we go... Dave: Let’s start...

Dunking with Wolves

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Orlando Magic: Odds, injuries, and what to watch for

The shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at Target Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves are still without three of their key rotation players, including Karl-Anthony Towns, as they prepare to host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday evening. The Wolves have lost nine of their last 10 games while the Magic […] Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Orlando Magic: Odds, injuries, and what to watch for - Dunking with Wolves - Dunking with Wolves - A Minnesota Timberwolves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Chopping Block | Orlando Sentinel

Magic guard Evan Fournier set to return from back injury, face Timberwolves

Orlando Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier has been upgraded to available for Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing nine straight games with a back injury.

Soaring Down South

Atlanta Hawks: 3 keys to victory over the Detroit Pistons

After the start of the season where the Atlanta Hawks were flying, they have crashed back to earth. They have suffered through injury after injury to some major rotation pieces and as a result, their season was headed towards the rocks. However, they had a win against the Philadelphia 76ers, and then last game they […] Atlanta Hawks: 3 keys to victory over the Detroit Pistons - Soaring Down South - Soaring Down South - An Atlanta Hawks blog

ClutchPoints

John Wall-Victor Oladipo Rockets debut will have to wait a while longer due to injury

The Houston Rockets will not see their new-look rotation at full strength at least until next week. While the newly acquired Victor Oladipo made his debut Monday night against the Chicago Bulls, point guard John Wall remains sidelined due to knee issue. Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said he met with Wall on Wednesday, adding […] The post John Wall-Victor Oladipo Rockets debut will have to wait a while longer due to injury appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blazer's Edge

Pelton: Frazier & Napier are Options for the Blazers

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via ESPN NBA Analyst Kevin Pelton highlighted a handful of options that the Trail Blazers could turn to as they wait for CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic to return from injury. The Trail Blazers’ injury woes have captured the attention of both fans and pundits. Following the news regarding CJ McCollum (foot fracture) and Jusuf Nurkic (wrist fracture), ESPN NBA analyst Kevin Pelton detailed the free agent and trade options that Portland could turn to in the coming weeks. After highlighting the hurdles that the Blazers must navigate, Pelton touched...

Hoops Habit

Cleveland Cavaliers: Predicting their rotation at full strength

Few teams in the NBA have had less consistency in rotation than the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. They’ve had nine different starting lineups in just 13 games this season as injuries, personal issues and trades have decimated this roster to its core. It all began when Kevin Love missed the first game of the season. […] Cleveland Cavaliers: Predicting their rotation at full strength - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Inquisitr

NBA Rumors: Knicks Could Bring Back Derrick Rose For Package Centered On Dennis Smith Jr.

As injuries took their toll on his career, Derrick Rose made multiple stopovers after winning NBA MVP honors in 2011, including a one-year stint with the New York Knicks in 2016-17. According to a recently proposed trade idea, the Knicks could theoretically bring Rose back in a deal that would require them to part ways with one of their backup point guards, Dennis Smith Jr. As pointed out on Tuesday by NBA Analysis Network, Rose has revitalized his career in recent seasons, bouncing back from his knee problems and putting up big numbers off the bench for the Detroit Pistons. However, the...

Grizzly Bear Blues

The Memphis Grizzlies will make the playoffs

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Short of a significant injury, history is on the Grizzlies’ side. In the book of Proverbs found in the Bible, it is written: “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to counsel.” To put that verse in more simple terms, it essentially means that wise people are open to the advice of others. And they will even change their minds once new information becomes available to them. Over a week ago, I was barely giving any thought to the idea that the Memphis Grizzlies may be able to make the playoffs. I did, of...

ClutchPoints

Zion Williamson’s physique gets frank assessment from Karl Malone

New Orleans Pelicans superstar big man and former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick Zion Williamson is an absolute phenom and quite possibly a once-in-a-lifetime type of player. Not only is Williamson a skilled big man that is looking to take his game to the next level after encountering an injury-plagued rookie campaign in 2019-20, […] The post Zion Williamson’s physique gets frank assessment from Karl Malone appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Grizzly Bear Blues

Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trailblazers Game Preview

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports The Grizzlies look to extend their winning streak to six games. WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (7-6, 4-1 away) at Portland Trail Blazers (8-6, 3-3 home) WHEN: 9:00 PM CT WHERE: Moda Center in Portland, Oregon HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast/NBA League Pass/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis INJURY REPORT: MEMPHIS: Jonas Valanciunas (Out, health and safety protocol), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Out, knee), Jontay Porter (Out, knee), Justise Winslow (Out, hip) PORTLAND: Jusuf Nurkic (Out, wrist), CJ McCollum (Out, foot), PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS: MEMPHIS: Ja...

The Dream Shake

Rockets vs. Suns game preview: Houston welcomes Chris Paul back to Toyota Center

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Two years ago, the Houston Rockets were coming off a disappointing Western Conference Finals exit. They pushed the eventual champion Golden State Warriors, but a key injury to Chris Paul and a bevy of missed three pointers (and some Scott Foster) conspired to dash Houston’s hopes of a third franchise championship. The Rockets re-signed Chris Paul to a 4-year contract for the maximum and committed to running the team back for another shot. We’ve come a long way in two years. Tonight, the Rockets will look completely different from...

Blazer's Edge

McCollum on Foot Injury, ‘It doesn’t require surgery’

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via CJ McCollum discussed his recent foot injury at the Trail Blazers’ facility on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers roster has endured two significant injury setbacks in recent days. On Monday, it was revealed that CJ McCollum suffered a hairline fracture in his left foot. During Tuesday’s media availability, McCollum discussed his path to recovery. NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson captured McCollum’s comments on the subject. According to the former Lehigh standout, this fracture is drastically different than the injuries he suffered in...

ClutchPoints

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic out for at least 6 weeks after wrist surgery

Problems keep coming to the Portland Trail Blazers, and their chances at a playoff spot keep shrinking by the day. In less than a week, the team lost center Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum to a pair of big injuries. Nurkic suffered a broken wrist in the Blazers’ loss to the Pacers last week, and […] The post Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic out for at least 6 weeks after wrist surgery appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blazer's Edge

Nurkic Undergoes Surgery, to be Evaluated in Six Weeks

Photo by Abbie Parr/ The Trail Blazers big man could be back earlier than expected, after going under the knife on Tuesday. Jusuf Nurkic has undergone surgery to repair a fracture in his right wrist, the Portland Trail Blazers announced today. The team also said that Nurkic would be re-evaluated in six weeks and the big fella would be in a splint for four weeks leading up to that evaluation. Four days ago, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Nurkic’s recovery time might be as long as eight weeks. Roughly, that updated six-week timeline puts Nurkic’s...

Blazer's Edge

Prior to Injury, McCollum was Focused on the Three Ball

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Sports Illustrated’s Michael Pina spoke with Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum prior to his foot injury. Prior to Monday’s news regarding CJ McCollum’s hairline fracture in his left foot, the Trail Blazers star was producing career-best numbers across the board. The uptick in McCollum’s output and efficiency was tied directly to his commitment to attempts from beyond the arc. In a conversation with Sports Illustrated’s Michael Pina, McCollum revealed that his decision to let it fly from distance was a product of his relationship with...

Rip City Project

The 3 Portland Trail Blazers that need to step up with CJ McCollum out

CJ McCollum, the Portland Trail Blazers tsar shooting guard, will miss at least the next month of action with a small fracture in his left foot. Once again, the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves plagued by injuries. This time, CJ McCollum is the injured party. Before starting the New Year, the Blazers announced that Zach […] The 3 Portland Trail Blazers that need to step up with CJ McCollum out - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

The Warriors have no time to wait for James Wiseman to mature

The Golden State Warriors sit tied for seventh in the Western Conference with a 7-6 record through the first month of the NBA season. Despite losing Klay Thompson to another devastating injury, the Warriors are not in any mood to tank. They added rookie center James Wiseman with the No. 2 overall pick in the […] The post The Warriors have no time to wait for James Wiseman to mature appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Draymond Green will be an All-NBA performer this season - Jalen Rose | Jalen & Jacoby

Jalen Rose and David Jacoby react to Steve Kerr's comments about the Golden State Warriors in the 2019-20 NBA season, with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell leading the way with Klay Thompson recovering from an ACL injury and Kevin Durant

Kobe explains why Kawhi chose the Clippers over the Lakers, gives KD injury advice | NBA Interview

Kobe Bryant analyzes Team USA's early exit in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, why Kawhi Leonard chose to sign with the LA Clippers instead of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019 NBA free agency and gives Kevin Durant advice on his rehabilitating Achilles t

Draymond Green is the key to the Warriors this season - Paul Pierce | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Amin Elhassan and Paul Pierce discuss how the Golden State Warriors will fare during the 2019-20 NBA season during Klay Thompson's injury absence, with Pierce saying Draymond Green will be key. #TheJump #NBA #Sports ✔