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Hoops Habit

NBA: 10 players looking to shed injury-prone label in 2018-19

Heading into the 2018-19 NBA campaign, here’s a look at a few injury-prone players who will be looking to bounce back with a healthy season. The worst part of NBA basketball — or any sport, for that matter — is the injuries. Nothing can derail the hopes of a team, the dreams of a fanbase […] NBA: 10 players looking to shed injury-prone label in 2018-19 - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

The Sixer Sense

Philadelphia 76ers: Injury update on Zhaire Smith

The Philadelphia 76ers and their fans finally have some idea of when the team’s rookie Zhaire Smith is expected to return from injury. With the news that Elton Brand was hired as the Philadelphia 76ers general manager, it would be easy to overlook other important news being revealed on the same day. According to Keith […] Philadelphia 76ers: Injury update on Zhaire Smith - The Sixer Sense - The Sixer Sense - A Philadelphia 76ers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Nothin' But Nets

Brooklyn Nets dodge bullet on Dzanan Musa ankle injury

Results of an MRI are still pending, but the Brooklyn Nets appear to have dodged any long-term issues with the ankle injury sustained by rookie Dzanan Musa. The initial reports from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Sunday were dreadful after Brooklyn Nets first-round pick Dzanan Musa went down in a heap late in his national […] Brooklyn Nets dodge bullet on Dzanan Musa ankle injury - Nothin But Nets - Nothin But Nets - A Brooklyn Nets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Los Angeles Times

Lakers' Lonzo Ball will not take part in five-on-five drills at start of camp

Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball won’t be ready to participate in five-on-five drills when training camp starts next week, coach Luke Walton said in an interview with Spectrum SportsNet. The decision runs counter to the Lakers’ original plan for Ball. When he had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus...

ClutchPoints

Grizzlies news: Mike Conley 100% healthy, ready to go for training camp

Memphis Grizzlies starting point guard Mike Conley underwent surgery to smooth a small bone protrusion in his left heel in January and missed the majority of the 2017-18 season as a result. Conley only played in 12 games last season, averaging 17.1 points and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 31.2 percent from 3. […] The post Grizzlies news: Mike Conley 100% healthy, ready to go for training camp appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Why the Jets waived WR ArDarius Stewart

The Jets waived 2017 third-round pick ArDarius Stewart on Wednesday after he returned from a two-game suspension for violation of the league’s PED policy. The Jets had no intention of playing Stewart in games this season barring an injury to another receiver, according to sources. In fact, he would...

www.bostonherald.com

Bulpett: Celtics starters tip off musings of thoughtful hoop guy

Gathered a few thoughts — basketball and otherwise — over the offseason. Need to clear them out before spending what could possibly be the next nine months dealing with games at the Garden. . . .• Speaking of the Celtics, I’m a bit surprised that so much preseason mind is being paid to who’ll get to start. Shouldn’t we all just accept that, beyond Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward, it’s going to be a fluid situation?Matchups may dictate a specific collection on different nights, and, even if the Celts can stay away from major injury, they’ll have the luxury of erring...

ClutchPoints

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins says Lakers ‘have a chance’ to beat Warriors

The Los Angeles Lakers won the 2018 free agency period by signing the best player in the world, LeBron James, but the Golden State Warriors were a close runner-up, as the back-to-back champions added four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins, who won’t be ready to begin the season due to an Achilles injury, signed a one-year, […] The post Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins says Lakers ‘have a chance’ to beat Warriors appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blazer's Edge

Did the Blazers Get “Lucky” Last Season?

The Western Conference playoff race was tight last year. How “lucky” did the Trail Blazers get avoiding the injury bug? In 2017-18 the Portland Trail Blazers finished higher in the NBA Western Conference than most people expected. All summer long as I listened to people recap the Blazer’s season or forecast for the next one, I heard a common thread: “the Blazer got lucky with injuries”. I heard it so often that I needed to know, just how lucky did the Blazer get? One thing we know is that the Blazers were very healthy this year and plenty of teams who had significant injuries....

Lakers Nation

Lakers Injury News: Lonzo Ball Won’t Play In Scrimmages When Training Camp Opens, Team Not Rushing Return

After battling knee trouble throughout his rookie season, Lonzo Ball underwent arthroscopic surgery during the offseason... Continue reading Lakers Injury News: Lonzo Ball Won’t Play In Scrimmages When Training Camp Opens, Team Not Rushing Return at Lakers Nation.

ClutchPoints

Heat’s Dion Waiters unlikely to be ready for start of regular season

Injuries continue to hamper Dion Waiters’ career. As the 26-year-old guard prepares to get back on the court, it appears that a return on opening night is almost out of the question, the Miami Heat announced via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Dion Waiters, who is currently rehabbing from foot surgery, will not be available […] The post Heat’s Dion Waiters unlikely to be ready for start of regular season appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Nets’ Dzanan Musa getting an MRI, but injury not that serious

The Brooklyn Nets have an injury to deal with after their rookie forward, Dzanan Musa, hurt his ankle last weekend while playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in a FIBA World Cup qualifier match against the Czech Republic. Musa was flown back to New York after sustaining the lower-body injury to get further medical attention, though, […] The post Nets’ Dzanan Musa getting an MRI, but injury not that serious appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

Zhaire Smith expected to return from Jones fracture around Christmas

Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Zhaire Smith is expected to return from a Jones fracture around Christmas time, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Sixers youngster first suffered the injury in early August during a team workout, causing his surgery on Aug. 9 to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in […] The post Zhaire Smith expected to return from Jones fracture around Christmas appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Timberwolves' Justin Patton has surgery on broken right foot

It’s another setback for a second-year center whose rookie season consisted of one NBA game.

Birds' Eye View | Philadelphia Inquirer

Sixers rookie Zhaire Smith expected to return around Christmas

The 19-year-old had surgery to repair an acute Jones fracture in his left foot on Aug. 9.

8 Points, 9 Seconds

Bojan Bogdanovic has injury scare in a Croatia win

Bojan Bogdanovic appeared to get injured in this game for the Croatian national team today, but after a while, it became clear the injury is probably minor. Over the weekend, we saw Bojan Bogdanovic lead Croatia in scoring in a tough loss to Lithuania. He put up a typical Bogdanovic stat line, but it wasn’t […] Bojan Bogdanovic has injury scare in a Croatia win - 8 Points, 9 Seconds - 8 Points, 9 Seconds - An Indiana Pacers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

Rockets don’t want to overextend Chris Paul during season

The Houston Rockets were on the precipice of the NBA Finals last season when Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury. That injury would doom the Rockets and Paul’s absence loomed large over Houston’s Game 6 and Game 7 losses. Keeping Paul healthy is one of the things the Rockets want to focus on this […] The post Rockets don’t want to overextend Chris Paul during season appeared first on ClutchPoints.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Pat Riley says Dion Waiters will miss camp, 'unlikely' for start of Heat season

Miami Heat President Pat Riley announced Tuesday that Dion Waiters not only will not be available for next week's start of training camp, but also is not expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. "Dion Waiters, who is currently rehabbing from foot surgery, will not be available...

Liberty Ballers

Sixers Zhaire Smith Could Return by Christmas

Now, we have another wing defender. Ho-Ho-Ho. The positive health news keeps rolling in for the City of Philadelphia and its sports teams. Yesterday, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was medically cleared and will start Sunday. Today, it’s the Philadelphia 76ers turn: #Sixers rookie Zhaire Smith expected to return around Christmas. Read more at: https://t.co/Sl9eIa3xg6 via @phillydotcom #NBA #TexasTech #PhilaUnite— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) September 18, 2018 Zhaire Smith, whom the Sixers traded Mikal Bridges on draft night for back in June, had surgery to repair...

ClutchPoints

Lakers’ Lonzo Ball won’t be ready for 5-on-5 scrimmages for training camp

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball underwent surgery this offseason on his left knee and won’t be ready for five-on-five scrimmages when training camp starts next week, according to Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet. Lakers head coach Luke Walton said Ball has done one-on-one drills, but the team will not rush the point guard back. Ball […] The post Lakers’ Lonzo Ball won’t be ready for 5-on-5 scrimmages for training camp appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

Mike Conley is frustrated in Memphis; they should consider this trade

Nearly coming into the new season, despite the injuries, Memphis Grizzlies veteran Mike Conley might still be a commodity in this point guard driven league. In relation to teammate Marc Gasol’s unhappiness with the franchise last season, there could be a sliver of discontent that could have rubbed off on their franchise point guard. If […] The post Mike Conley is frustrated in Memphis; they should consider this trade appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

John Wall sees dramatic drop out of the Top-15 in ESPN’s latest rankings

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall took a dramatic tumble out of the top-15 in ESPN’s Top-100 rankings, now ranked as the 32nd-best player heading into the 2018-19 season. Wall was previously in the 15th spot during last year’s rating but slid due to a nagging history of injuries and yet another quick playoff exit. […] The post John Wall sees dramatic drop out of the Top-15 in ESPN’s latest rankings appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

DeMarcus Cousins says Warriors ‘are like play-doh’

DeMarcus Cousins says the Golden State Warriors are the most versatile team in the NBA and believes head coach Steve Kerr can mold the club into anything he wants it to be. Cousins, who signed a one-year, $5.3 million free agent deal with the Warriors in July, is still recovering from his Achilles injury and […] The post DeMarcus Cousins says Warriors ‘are like play-doh’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Michael Conforto's six RBI lead Mets past Phillies, and it looks like the lefty has his stroke back

Michael Conforto has found his stroke again, that sweet lefty swing the Mets had glimpses of before a devastating shoulder injury set him back. But that appears to be in the past now, with Conforto finally looking fully comfortable at the plate again and enjoying some consistency. He had three...

Peachtree Hoops

Atlanta Hawks 2018-2019 player preview: Jeremy Lin

Lin missed all of last season with injury and will be looking to bounce back with the Hawks. In advance of the 2018-2019 NBA season, the Peachtree Hoops crew will preview each player on the current roster. The twelfth installment covers newcomer Jeremy Lin. Jeremy Lin would most likely be very happy just having a season where he is able to stay healthy after the way the last two years have gone. Aside from his health issues, Lin has been a pretty solid point guard and if the Atlanta Hawks can just get average production from Lin, they’ll surely be pleased. Reputation Lin has already made...

ClutchPoints

Sixers’ Markelle Fultz cracks ESPN’s Top 100 despite playing only 14 games in 2017-18

After a tumultuous rookie campaign blighted mainly with injury, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is still viewed with plenty of promise. Despite only playing 14 games and dealing with a bizarre shooting issue, Fultz managed to crack ESPN’s Top 100 list for the upcoming season. The youngster comes in at No. 93 on the list. […] The post Sixers’ Markelle Fultz cracks ESPN’s Top 100 despite playing only 14 games in 2017-18 appeared first on ClutchPoints.

The J-Notes

Utah Jazz rank 2018-19: Two-way signee Tyler Cavanaugh is No. 16

Utah Jazz forward Tyler Cavanaugh made an impact at the NBA level last season before incurring an ill-timed ankle injury. Although injuries are never a good thing for the players they happen to, there can be a silver lining when they occur. Specifically, when one player goes down, another is given the opportunity to step […] Utah Jazz rank 2018-19: Two-way signee Tyler Cavanaugh is No. 16 - The J-Notes - The J-Notes - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lakers Injury Report: Josh Hart Out For Season?!

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Josh Hart suffered a fractured bone in his left hand during practice in Miami. He underwent a successful surgery to repair the fracture but his timetable for return could sideline him the rest of the season.

Lakers Injury Report: Brandon Ingram OUT After Injury In Miami!

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Brandon Ingram underwent an MRI that revealed a strained left groin, and he will be re-evaluated in one week. The timetable means Ingram will miss at least three games. He’s hopeful to return Sunday against the Cleveland C

Lakers Rookie Lonzo Ball After His First Game Back Since Injury

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball returned to action Friday night, helping his team beat the Dallas Mavs, 124-102. Zo played 17 minutes in his first game back since being sidelined with a knee injury on January 13. He finished the game with 9 pts, 7 re