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Kristaps Porzingis exits game early with knee issue  

The Knicks beat the Nets Thursday night in Brooklyn. This despite Kristaps Porzingis exiting early with a knee issue. Here’s what the 7-foot 3-star had to say after the game: On what's going on with his knee: "It was one play, when I actually made the pass to the corner to Courtney (Lee), the three. I [...]

2017-12-15 05:10:34

Luc Mbah a Moute out with dislocated shoulder  

The Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the second quarter of yesterday’s game against the Hornets. He will be re-evaluated in around one week. The Rockets are having a fantastic season. They have the best record in the NBA, and have played fantastic basketball, especially with Chris Paul healthy and [...]

2017-12-15 04:21:08

Mirza Teletovic out due to lung condition  

Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic will be out of action due to pulmonary emboli in both lungs. The Bucks discovered Teletovic's condition after he experienced unusual fatigue earlier this week. Teletovic will undergo a 10-day rest period, then begin a supervised rehabilitation program. More should be known about his possible return date at that time. The 32-year-old Teletovic [...]

2017-12-15 04:03:06

Suns sign Isaiah Canaan  

A post shared by Isaiah Canaan (@da_future3) on Oct 4, 2017 at 2:46pm PDT The Phoenix Suns have received an injury hardship exemption by the NBA, and the team today announced they’re using it to sign guard Isaiah Canaan. Canaan (6-0, 200-pounds) is in his fifth NBA season. This NBA season, he appeared in one game [...]

2017-12-13 23:49:26

Cody Zeller out after knee surgery  

Hornets center Cody Zeller had arthroscopic surgery in his left knee today. The team didn’t estimate a return date for him, so for now he’ll be listed as Out Indefinitely. The injury occurred in the third quarter in the team’s December 6 game against the Warriors. Zeller this season is averaging 7.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in [...]

2017-12-13 05:45:29

Tony Allen out 3-4 weeks with injury  

Pelicans guard Tony Allen will be out of action for the next 3-4 weeks. The team announced today that the veteran has been diagnosed with a non-displaced left proximal fibula fracture. Allen, who is 6-4 and 213, has played a limited role on the team. He is averaging 4.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12.4 minutes [...]

2017-12-12 22:08:47

Trail Blazers all-time scoring list  

This is through Monday, December 11, 2017: Trail Blazers All-Time Scoring List Player, Total Points, Seasons Played 1. Clyde Drexler 18,040 (1983-95) 2. LaMarcus Aldridge 12,562 (2006-15) 3. Terry Porter 11,330 (1985-95) 4. Cliff Robinson 10,405 (1989-97) 5. Jerome Kersey 10,067 (1984-95) 6. Jim Paxson 10,003 (1979-88) 7. Geoff Petrie 9,732 (1970-76) 8. Damian Lillard 9,532 (2012-Current) 9. Mychal Thompson 9,215 (1978-86) 10. Rasheed Wallace 9,119 (1996-04)

2017-12-12 05:24:55

Markelle Fultz should injury update: no return date yet  

    A post shared by markellefultz (@markellefultz) on Dec 8, 2017 at 11:05am PST The 76ers rebuilding process that took place over the last few seasons has finally materialized. With a 13-11 record, the Sixers are a solid team. Not great — that’s just the 9th best record in the Eastern conference — but solid, and the [...]

2017-12-09 19:26:35

Grizzlies hire Greg Buckner as assistant coach  

A post shared by Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) on Dec 2, 2017 at 7:17pm PST The Memphis Grizzlies today hired Greg Buckner as an assistant coach on Grizzlies interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff's staff, General Manager Chris Wallace said today. Buckner has five years of coaching experience with the Houston Rockets (2011-16), where he worked alongside Bickerstaff [...]

2017-12-09 04:04:35

Hawks waive Nicolas Brussino  

The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on guard/forward Nicolas Brussino, it was announced today. Brussino has appeared in four games with the Hawks this season, and eight contests with the Erie BayHawks, Atlanta's NBA G League affiliate. He was originally claimed off waivers by the Hawks on July 22, 2017.

2017-12-08 16:22:32

Kawhi Leonard may be set to return  

The Spurs have had an excellent season considering they’ve been without star small forward Kawhi Leonard. Good news: Leonard may finally be ready to return. Here’s the San Antonio Express News reporting: The wait for Kawhi Leonard's return may finally be coming to an end. League sources tell the Express-News Leonard could make his season debut [...]

2017-12-08 03:30:17

Suns sign Mike James to regular contract  

A post shared by Phoenix Suns (@suns) on Dec 4, 2017 at 7:51pm PST The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Mike James to a standard NBA contract. James had previously been under a two-way contract with the team. The Suns have also waived forward Derrick Jones Jr. The team's roster now stands at 16 players. James ranks [...]

2017-12-08 02:09:06

Chris Bosh not retired from NBA just yet  

A post shared by Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) on Nov 17, 2017 at 9:15am PST Former NBA All-Star Chris Bosh hasn’t played in a while, but he isn’t ready to officially call it a retirement. Here’s the Palm beach Post reporting: Although Chris Bosh has not played in an NBA game since Feb. 9, 2016 because of [...]

2017-12-08 01:05:54

Sixers trade Jahlil Okafor to Nets  

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired center Jahlil Okafor, guard Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second round draft pick from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward/center Trevor Booker. In a subsequent move, the Nets have requested waivers on guard Sean Kilpatrick. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Booker, 30, in his eighth year in the NBA, is a [...]

2017-12-07 23:17:32

Miami Heat change starting lineup  

A post shared by Miami HEAT (@miamiheat) on Dec 5, 2017 at 5:31pm PST It’s always fascinating to keep up with lineup changes in the league. One change can make or break a player’s career. Sure, superstars will always get big money and big minutes, but plenty of players who are the 4th or 5th [...]

2017-12-07 01:52:29

Devin Booker injured, out 2-3 weeks  

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker sustained a left adductor strain in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's game at Toronto. Following further evaluation and an MRI, his expected recovery time is approximately two to three weeks.

2017-12-06 22:15:07

Stephen Curry out with sprained ankle  

Stephen Curry underwent an MRI today in Charlotte, the results of which confirmed that he suffered a sprained right ankle in last night's game at New Orleans. The MRI indicated that the ankle is stable and structurally intact. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks. And here’s the San Jose Mercury News reporting: According to that timeline, Curry [...]

2017-12-06 01:30:19

Pistons, Avery Bradley in mini-slump  

A post shared by Detroit Pistons (@detroitpistons) on Dec 4, 2017 at 11:10am PST The Pistons are 14-9, which is one of the best records in the league, but they’re currently on a 3-game losing streak. Also happening lately is, shooting guard Avery Bradley has been missing lots of shots. For more, here’s the Detroit [...]

2017-12-06 01:03:49

Ryan Anderson should return soon  

The Rockets are one of the best teams in the NBA this season, and they should have a key piece back in action soon. Here’s the Houston Chronicle reporting: The Rockets listed forward Ryan Anderson as questionable to play against the Utah Jazz on Thursday, with his availability to be determined how the tightness in his [...]

2017-12-06 00:55:32

This week in Utah Jazz history  

Dec. 4, 1993: The Jazz retired uniform No. 35 in honor of Darrell Griffith. Griffith, nicknamed "Golden Griff" and Dr. Dunkenstein," averaged 16.2 points during his career with Utah. Dec. 5, 2000: Karl Malone converted a finger roll in the lane for two points, moving past Wilt Chamberlain and into second place on the NBA's all-time [...]

2017-12-05 23:16:35

NBA Week 8 preview notes  

DYNAMIC DONOVAN: As a freshman at Louisville in 2015-16, Donovan Mitchell started five games and averaged 7.4 points for the season. On Dec. 1, the Utah Jazz guard became the first NBA rookie to score at least 40 points in a game since Blake Griffin in 2011. The 6-3 Mitchell has developed rapidly [...]

2017-12-05 00:43:28

NBA suspends referee Courtney Kirkland for one week, and Shaun Livingston for one game  

NBA Official Courtney Kirkland has been removed from the league's officiating rotation for one week and Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has been suspended one game without pay for their roles in an on-court altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident, which began when Livingston aggressively approached [...]

2017-12-05 00:12:53

Knicks dealing with several key injuries  

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2017-12-04 00:55:04

Hornets begin stretch of home games  

A post shared by Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) on Nov 28, 2017 at 12:15pm PST The Hornets are just 8-13 so far this season, which is the 12th best record in the Eastern conference. The upcoming week will provide an interesting variety tests at home which may help determine which direction they’re headed. Here’s the Charlotte [...]

2017-12-04 00:18:04

Cavs and Derrick Rose discuss future  

It remains unclear if Derrick Rose will return to the Cavs. A guess is, he probably will. But nobody can make an educated guess on this. Only Rose knows if he wants to continue playing pro basketball, and also earning massive sneaker contract money in the process. Here’s reporting the latest: Cavaliers head coach Tyronn [...]

2017-12-03 00:55:57

Kevin Love deserves major credit for Cavs success  

The Cavs started slowly this season, figured out how to play together despite a bunch of injuries, and now look about as good as could be expected considering they are still without new point guard Isaiah Thomas. Everyone knows LeBron James is still himself, and therefore awesome, but Kevin Love is the very next name [...]

2017-12-02 22:22:46

Austin Rivers fined by NBA  

Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers has been fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate comments toward a fan, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 3:14 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' 126-107 loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday, Nov. 30 at Staples Center.

2017-12-02 17:57:51

Iman Shumpert undergoes knee surgery  

Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. The surgery was performed by team physicians Dr. Richard Parker and Dr. James Rosneck. Shumpert will now undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation and his return to play timeline is currently projected at 6-8 weeks. [...]

2017-12-01 21:59:10

NBA notes from around the league  

Houston guard James Harden has scored at least 20 points in each of his 21 games this season, the NBA's longest season-opening streak since LeBron James' 33-game run in 2012-13. Utah has outscored opponents by an average of 22.8 points during its current four-game winning streak. Orlando forward Aaron Gordon has become the first Magic player with [...]

2017-12-01 19:53:51

Notes on Detroit Pistons success this season  

Detroit (14-6) is off to its best 20-game start since the 2007-08 season. Here are some notes about the current No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference entering Friday's game against Washington: The Pistons rank seventh in the NBA in offensive rating after finishing 25th last season. Leading scorer Tobias Harris (19.1 ppg) is averaging 2.9 three-pointers [...]

2017-12-01 19:48:45

Hassan Whiteside out with knee injury  

The Miami HEAT announced today that center Hassan Whiteside will begin rehab immediately due to a left knee bone bruise. The rehab process will include a strength and conditioning program over the next one-to-two weeks. Whiteside has appeared in 15 games this season averaging 14.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.60 blocks, 1.07 steals and 26.8 minutes while [...]

2017-11-30 23:53:24

Terrence Ross out with multiple injuries  

After further evaluation, including an MRI, Orlando Magic guard/forward Terrence Ross has been diagnosed with a sprained right medial collateral ligament (MCL) and a non-displaced fracture of his right tibial plateau, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced. Ross suffered the injury at the 4:38 mark of the second quarter during last night's victory over [...]

2017-11-30 18:11:23

Joe Johnson injury update  

The following is a team medical update on Jazz forward Joe Johnson: Johnson re-consulted with a hand specialist on Tuesday and is showing progress to make a return. He will be reevaluated in two weeks. Further updates will be provided when appropriate. Now in his 17th season, Johnson (6-7, 240, Arkansas) has appeared in seven games averaging [...]

2017-11-30 02:02:55

Nikola Mirotic accepts apology from Bobby Portis  

Teammates often get into it with each other during practices, but rarely are serious punches thrown, and even rarer do those punches actually land. But that’s what went down in Bulls practice earlier this season. Here’s ESPN Chicago with an update: Nikola Mirotic says he has accepted Bobby Portis’ apology and is hoping both he and [...]

2017-11-29 21:26:37

No Hassan Whiteside tonight vs Knicks  

The Heat visit the Knicks in New York tonight, and they’ll be without one of their best players. Here’s the Palm Beach Post with the latest: Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who missed practice Saturday because of soreness and swelling to his left knee, will sit out tonight's game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden because [...]

2017-11-29 21:12:04

Pontiac Silverdome is being demolished  

Any NBA or Detroit Pistons fans who have been around for a while know the Pontiac Silverdome. The Pistons called the Silverdome home from the late 1970’s through the late 1980’s. Well, that venue will soon be just a memory. Here’s the Detroit News reporting: Plans are set for the public viewing and farewell for the [...]

2017-11-29 20:51:57

Knicks have logjam at center  

The Knicks have roughly 47 centers, give or take. That’s too many. Managing the frontcourt rotation is tricky business. Here’s the New York Post reporting: With Enes Kanter set to return from a three-game absence, the questions as to what the Knicks will do about their logjam at center continues to loom. Primary backup Kyle O'Quinn earned [...]

2017-11-29 02:17:48

Enes Kanter urges teammate to fight opponent  

NBA players need to show fight on the court in the form of competitive basketball. Not in the form of actual fighting. With that in mind, here’s the New York Daily News reporting on enthusiastic Knicks center Enes Kanter: Enes Kanter was warned by the Knicks and may even hear from the league about openly telling [...]

2017-11-28 19:30:27

Ben Gordon reportedly arrested in Los Angeles  

Former NBA player Ben Gordon has been going through some things in 2017. There have been several incidents this year. Here’s TMZ Sports reporting the latest: Ex-NBA player Ben Gordon was arrested in L.A. Monday afternoon — after allegedly roughing up a guy at an apartment building … and leaving with several thousand dollars of his [...]

2017-11-28 17:44:37

Alex Len on bench for Suns lately  

Alex Len is an interesting young prospect in Phoenix. But lately he’s been interesting while sitting on the bench. That’s not as interesting as being interesting on the court. You interested in this? Here’s the Arizona Republic reporting: This was supposed to be the season Alex Len showed off. When Len didn't get the free-agent contract he [...]

2017-11-28 17:35:59

Grizzlies fire head coach David Fizdale  

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the organization has relieved David Fizdale of his head coaching duties. Grizzlies associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been named interim head coach. Fizdale was named the 13th head coach in franchise history on May 29, 2016 and compiled a 50-51 record (.495) during his two seasons [...]

2017-11-27 22:54:21

Steve ‘Snapper’ Jones has died  

Steve "Snapper" Jones, former Portland Trail Blazers player, team announcer and later NBA broadcaster, has passed away in Houston at age 75. Family members and friends confirmed Jones' death this evening following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be announced soon by the Jones family. Jones played 64 games in a Trail Blazers [...]

2017-11-26 05:39:38

Al Horford dishes 10 assists, Celtics beat Magic  

Celtics basketball is a beautiful thing this season. And the magic continued, err, against the Magic. Here’s reporting on the outcome of Friday’s matchup: Before Friday's visit to play the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel offered high praise for Boston big man Al Horford, calling him maybe the "most underrated guy in the [...]

2017-11-25 08:12:15

Enes Kanter out with back spasms  

Enes Kanter has done major work as a new member of the Knicks this season. Now his back needs a bit of a break. Here’s the New York Daily News reporting: The Knicks were forced to shuffle their lineup and rotation Friday night because Enes Kanter woke up with back spasms. The starting center - who often [...]

2017-11-25 02:15:35

Ben Simmons will miss game vs Magic  

Star Sixers rookie Ben Simmons has a hurt elbow. Sounds minor. Hopefully, that’s the case. More will be known soon, but as for today and tomorrow here’s CSN Philly reporting: The Sixers aren’t the same team without Ben Simmons, and on Saturday, they’ll see exactly what type of team they are this season without their 6-foot-10 [...]

2017-11-25 02:04:23

Joel Embiid says fun while visiting LA helped his game  

Sixers center Joel Embiid continues to provide fun to the basketball world, with excellent play on the court and fun quotes off of it. Here’s NBC Sports Philly reporting: Joel Embiid sometimes looks like he's having a party on the basketball court. It's no surprise, then, he credits some actual partying with turning around his season. Yes, [...]

2017-11-25 01:48:03

Jazz correct pronunciation of Ekpe Udoh  

The Jazz have announced that the accurate pronunciation of Jazz forward/center Ekpe Udoh's last name is "OO-Doe.” Many listings had the pronunciation as "YOU-Doe.” Here are other pronunciation guides for other Jazz players: Dante Exum (DAHN-tay x-umm) Rudy Gobert (go-BARE) Joe Ingles (ING-uhls) Raul Neto (Hah-OOL Nett-oh) Thabo Sefolosha (TAH-bo sef-a-LOW-sha) Ekpe Udoh (EPP-ay OO-Doe)

2017-11-25 00:06:51

Willie Cauley-Stein scores 26 points vs Lakers  

Here’s the Sacramento Bee reporting on the Kings, who on national TV Wednesday beat the Lakers: The much-hyped duel between rookie point guards did not serve as the main attraction. Willie Cauley-Stein scored a season-high 26 points as the Kings ended a two-game skid with a 113-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night at [...]

2017-11-23 06:44:27

Delon Wright out with shoulder injury  

Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright visited specialist Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Wednesday in New York. After consultation with Williams, it was decided no surgery is required at this time, the team announced. Wright will continue his rehabilitation with team medical officials. There is no timetable for Wright's return, but updates [...]

2017-11-23 04:55:47

Patrick Beverley undergoes season-ending surgery  

The L.A. Clippers today announced that guard Patrick Beverley underwent an arthroscopic lateral meniscus repair, and a microfracture procedure, on his right knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. Walt Lowe at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, in Houston. Beverley is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 NBA season. Beverley, 29, has appeared in [...]

2017-11-23 02:56:30

Knicks hire Dan Sabreen as VP of public relations  

The New York Knicks have hired Dan Sabreen as vice president of public relations, effective November 27. Mr. Sabreen joins the Knicks after spending more than a decade at CBS Sports, where he most recently served as VP of communications. As vice president, Mr. Sabreen will serve as the Knicks chief communications strategist with [...]

2017-11-22 02:36:20

John Henson undergoes eye procedure  

Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson will miss tomorrow's game at Phoenix following a successful eye procedure this morning in Chicago by Dr. Parag Majmudar. Henson is scheduled to join the team later this week in preparation for Saturday's game in Salt Lake City against the Utah Jazz. In 16 games (9 starts) this season, Henson is [...]

2017-11-22 02:25:16

Mirza Teletovic out after knee surgery  

Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today to repair cartilage in his left knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York under the supervision of Bucks team physician Dr. William Raasch. Teletovic is expected to be sidelined for four weeks. In 10 games this [...]

2017-11-22 02:17:36

Cavs beat Pistons for 5th straight win  

The Cavs got off to a rocky start this season. Not a big surprise, with new point guard Isaiah Thomas out, lots of new players, and many lineup changes. But lately they’re winning and looking proper and Monday won their 5th game in a row. Here’s Michigan Live reporting: The hot-shooting Cavs basically ran the Pistons [...]

2017-11-21 02:41:49

Tim Hardaway Jr dealing with foot issue  

Injuries are the worst. The NBA is at its best when everybody is healthy. But real life happens. Tim Hardaway Jr is active tonight as the Knicks host the Clippers but he’s playing through a foot issue, and it’s not yet clear how he’ll be affected in the coming days or weeks. Here’s the New [...]

2017-11-21 01:29:11

Nuggets coach Michael Malone suspended  

Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone has been suspended one game without pay for entering the court, halting play and making contact with a game official, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 6:20 remaining in the second quarter of Denver's 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles [...]

2017-11-21 01:03:51

J.J. Barea receives October NBA Cares Community Assist Award  

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has received the October NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his continuous relief efforts in Puerto Rico following devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving [...]

2017-11-21 00:48:24

David Lee is retiring from NBA  

David Lee had an excellent NBA career. A fun player to watch. Athletic. And big for us is, he cut without the ball, like you’re supposed to do in basketball. He could have kept playing, but apparently felt now was a good time in life to call it a career. Here’s the New York Post [...]

2017-11-19 22:26:42

Marcus Smart struggling with shot  

The Celtics are on a huge roll lately, winning 15 games in a row. Yet things can get even better. Here’s the Boston Herald reporting on guard Marcus Smart, whose shot has been missing in a big way lately: The Celtics guard still tends to hit his biggest shots late, like his put-back for a 103-95 [...]

2017-11-19 22:12:40

Return of Chris Paul changes Rockets rotation  

Chris Paul recently returned to action for the Rockets. That’s big news. And it obviously affects the rotation. Here’s the Houston Chronicle reporting: With the Rockets at full strength for the first time since the season-opener, they began spreading the playing time across the rotation extended by one player with the return of Chris Paul. Paul on [...]

2017-11-19 22:00:55

Markelle Fultz injury update  

Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz was examined and evaluated today by Dr. Ben Kibler, Medical Director of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky at the Lexington Clinic, for the soreness and scapular muscle imbalance that he has been experiencing in his right shoulder. The soreness is dissipating and the muscle balance is improving, and Fultz [...]

2017-11-19 18:11:12

There will be no 2018 Orlando Summer League  

Summer bball action will change a bit in 2018. The Orlando Magic won’t be holding their usual league, which means the already-dominant main NBA-run league in Vegas will presumably become even bigger. Here’s the Orlando Sentinel reporting: The Orlando Magic will not hold their annual summer league in Orlando next year and will participate instead in [...]

2017-11-19 08:04:29

Derrick Rose remains out with an ankle injury  

Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose remains out with a sprained left ankle. He received additional imaging and evaluation today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health by Cavaliers team physician Dr. James Rosneck and Dr. Brian Donley. Due to continued symptoms, the ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he will also undergo an [...]

2017-11-18 04:40:25

Delon Wright out with shoulder injury  

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that test results confirmed guard Delon Wright sustained an injury consistent with a dislocated right shoulder. The injury occurred in the second quarter of Toronto's game November 15 at New Orleans. Wright had surgery on the same shoulder Aug. 1, 2016 following an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas. Wright will [...]

2017-11-18 04:22:57

Sixers sign Robert Covington to contract extension  

President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today that the Philadelphia 76ers have restructured the terms of forward Robert Covington’s contract for the current season and signed Covington to a multi-year contract extension. According to, it is a four-year, $62 million extension that “will include a $15 million renegotiation bump on Covington’s $1.57 million salary [...]

2017-11-18 04:09:11

Mike Conley out at least two weeks with injury  

The Memphis Grizzlies say that point guard Mike Conley will undergo therapy and treatment to help promote healing and alleviate soreness in his left heel and Achilles following consultations with physicians and the Grizzlies' medical staff. There is no timetable for his return at this time. Further updates will be provided in approximately two weeks. Conley [...]

2017-11-17 18:22:40

Dallas Mavericks sign Antonius Cleveland, waive Gian Clavell  

The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard/forward Antonius Cleveland to a two-way contract. In a related move, the Mavericks requested waivers on guard Gian Clavell. A native of Memphis, played four seasons at Southeast Missouri State University (2013-17) before going undrafted in 2017. As a senior in 2016-17, he averaged 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 [...]

2017-11-17 17:40:30

Heat: James Johnson struggling this season  

A key member of the Miami Heat, after receiving a relatively huge new contract, has been struggling this season. Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporting: Forward James Johnson continues to struggle. He was 1-for-5 in 27 minutes Wednesday. Johnson, who signed a four-year, $60 million contract, has been unable to come close to his production of [...]

2017-11-16 23:45:21

Lonzo Ball will remain Lakers starting PG  

Lonzo Ball is a very promising NBA rookie whose shot is in need of serious improvement. He’s been their starting point guard, and that will apparently continue, at least for now. Not a surprise, but still interesting now that it’s been confirmed by Lakers coach Luke Walton himself. Here’s reporting: Coach Luke Walton says rookie [...]

2017-11-16 23:15:52

Okaro White undergoes foot surgery  

Miami Heat forward Okaro White has undergone surgery to repair a fifth metatarsal fracture in his left foot. The 85-minute procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas San Giovanni and HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Doctors Hospital. White has appeared in six games (four starts) with the HEAT [...]

2017-11-16 19:02:07

Nets put up good fight vs Celtics  

The Celtics came to Brooklyn Tuesday and left town with their NBA-leading 13th win in a row. Boston looked great in the first quarter, but then the Nets stepped up and made a game out of it. Here’s the New York Post with more: Facing the hottest team in the NBA was going to be an [...]

2017-11-15 04:40:25

Nic Batum set to return for Hornets  

The Hornets are about to get a super versatile piece of their roster back in the form of Nic Batum, who reportedly may return as early as tomorrow. Here is the Charlotte Observer reporting: Barring a "drastic" and unexpected setback, Nic Batum will play — and start — Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Charlotte [...]

2017-11-15 02:36:29

Joe Johnson out with hand injury  

Jazz forward Joe Johnson consulted with a hand specialist on Tuesday and is showing progress to make a return. He will be reevaluated in two weeks. Now in his 17th season, Johnson (6-7, 240, Arkansas) has appeared in seven games averaging 6.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.2 minutes per contest.

2017-11-14 23:53:56

Kristaps Porzingis struggles in loss to Cavs  

The Knicks were in control of the Cavs Monday in New York. And then the 4th quarter happened, and Cleveland came away with a win. As for Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis, here’s the New York Post reporting: It was a rare off night for Kristaps Porzingis. Maybe it was LeBron James. Maybe it was the new [...]

2017-11-14 07:50:30

Carmelo Anthony misses game with sore back  

The Thunder won on Sunday, against a vastly inferior opponent in the Mavericks. OKC did this without the services of center Steven Adams or forward Carmelo Anthony. Here’s the Oklahoman reporting: Carmelo Anthony’s back had been bothering him, but not enough to miss a game. That changed on Sunday, suddenly and late. Less than an hour before the [...]

2017-11-13 06:59:16

Rudy Gobert out for weeks with leg injury  

Jazz center Rudy Gobert was examined Saturday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing. The MRI revealed a right tibia contusion. The injury took place when Heat guard Dion Waiters, while hustling for a loose ball, dove recklessly into Gobert’s legs. The 7-1 center will be reevaluated in four weeks. The 2017 [...]

2017-11-12 21:17:08

Knicks waive Mindaugas Kuzminskas  

The Knicks have waived forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas. Kuzminskas, 6-9, 215-pounds, averaged 6.3 points over 14.9 minutes in 68 games during his rookie season for the Knicks in 2016-17 after signing as an undrafted free agent on Jul. 9, 2016. The Lithuania-native has appeared in one game this season. "The respect this franchise has for Mindaugas cannot be [...]

2017-11-12 19:53:06

Pelicans waive Josh Smith  

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Josh Smith. Smith, 6-9, 225, was originally signed by New Orleans on October 28. It’s unclear if Smith will be back in the NBA. He’s only 31 but his game appears to be in serious decline. The Pelicans roster currently stands at 17, including two two-way players.

2017-11-10 22:31:04

Stephon Marbury and Jimmer Fredette go at it in China  

Here’s the New York Daily News reporting on some basketball fun in China involving players NBA fans will know: Stephon Marbury doesn’t look like he’s happy about Jimmer Fredette making waves in the Chinese Basketball Association. The two ex-Knicks got into an altercation during a game in China between the Beijing Fly Dragons and Shanghai Sharks following [...]

2017-11-10 22:24:24

Chris Paul Rockets return should be soon  

The Rockets (9-3) have been one of the best teams in the NBA this season, and they’ll soon have Chris Paul, who has played just one game for them so far, back in the mix. Here’s the Houston Chronicle reporting: Rockets guard Chris Paul remains out for the Rockets, but looked significantly closer to a return [...]

2017-11-10 21:11:05

Joakim Noah suspension will soon end  

The Knicks have a frontcourt logjam that is about to be further complicated by the return from suspension of center Joakim Noah. Production-wise, he’s been a disappointment. Salary-wise, he’s too well-paid to keep on the bench. What to do? Here’s the New York Post: Joakim Noah doesn't know how much or if he'll play with the [...]

2017-11-10 19:49:09

Celtics TV ratings are up  

The Celtics are winning both on the court and in the TV ratings world. Here is reporting: The Celtics aren't just winning a lot of basketball games - nine in a row entering Wednesday's matchup with the Lakers. They're also winning over fans, who have gravitated to this thoroughly entertaining team rapidly and in large [...]

2017-11-10 02:31:50

Jayson Tatum injury update  

There’s relatively good news on the Celtics injury front. Here is NESN reporting: Boston Celtics fans can exhale a bit. Celtics rookie forward Jayson Tatum, who's played very well in a starting role through the first 12 games of the season, was ruled out for the second half of Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles [...]

2017-11-10 01:47:11

Knicks face roster decision  

Somebody from the Knicks will either be cut or traded soon. For more on this, here’s the New York Post: Knicks general manager Scott Perry admits he has a big roster decision "looming'' as center Joakim Noah returns Monday after his 12-game drug suspension is over, indicating a trade is still possible. The Knicks have to remove [...]

2017-11-09 23:17:34

Al Horford enters concussion protocol  

The Boston Celtics, who after losing the first two games of the regular season are on a nine-game winning streak, will be without Al Horford as they face the Lakers tonight. The team announced today that Horford will be out tonight, after entering the NBA's concussion protocol. Horford's first symptoms linking him to a possible concussion occurred [...]

2017-11-08 20:10:14

Motion offense working well for Pistons  

The Pistons have been one of the league’s early-season surprise success stories. They’re playing very solid basketball and have been a team to watch in the East. Here’s Michigan Live reporting on changes their offense has undergone: Throughout his extensive head coaching career that includes more than 800 NBA games, Stan Van Gundy was obsessed with [...]

2017-11-08 02:45:18

Thunder an excellent defense team so far  

Logic suggested that the Thunder, who boast three offensive stars, would be better offensively than defensively. But through these first three weeks of the regular season, it’s been the reverse. Here’s the Oklahoman with more: The focus came right away, to hear the Thunder tell it. It had assembled this offseason as a collection of big-name offensive [...]

2017-11-08 02:18:37

Kawhi Leonard not ready to return yet  

The Spurs are 6-4 so far this season. A solid record considering they’ve been without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. Three players are averaging double-digit scoring so far: LaMarcus Aldridge (22.4 ppg), reserve Rudy Gay (12.6 ppg) and Danny Green (10.4 ppg). Until Leonard returns, the team is bound to look relatively ordinary. Which isn’t [...]

2017-11-08 01:53:23

Ben Simmons even better than Sixers coach expected  

Ben Simmons was expected to be very good. Maybe even great. For a rookie. But forget all that. He’s simply awesome, by any measure, right now. Here’s the Philadelphia Inquirer reporting: Not even 76ers coach Brett Brown knew what he had in Ben Simmons. Brown always envisioned Simmons as his point guard despite his 6-foot-10 stature after [...]

2017-11-08 01:33:56

Suns trade Eric Bledsoe to Bucks for Greg Monroe  

The Phoenix Suns have completed a trade to acquire center/forward Greg Monroe, the rights to a future first-round pick and a 2018 protected second-round pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Eric Bledsoe. The Suns add Milwaukee's future first-round pick to a collection of first-rounders that includes all of Phoenix's own first-round selections, as [...]

2017-11-07 22:20:23

Klay Thompson aims to average one block per game  

There is nothing ordinary about the Golden State Warriors. They’re loaded with talent, versatility, and have too many strengths to mention. We don’t usually hear guards talking about their blocks per game average, but Klay Thompson is no ordinary player. Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting: To stay fresh during the grind of an NBA [...]

2017-11-07 04:02:44

Luol Deng remains out of Lakers rotation  

The Lakers have been in a rebuilding state, and both their present and future is built around youth. That leaves little use for veteran forward Luol Deng. For more, here’s When Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. broke a bone in his left hand last week, there was a brief possibility the team might [...]

2017-11-07 03:40:27

Kristaps Porzingis having great season for Knicks  

The Knicks have themselves their best young player in many years. Kristaps Porzingis has been awesome this season. Here’s NY Newsday reporting: Porzingis scored a career-best 40 points in Sunday's come-from-behind victory over Indiana, the Knicks' fifth in six games. He was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 33.5 points, 6.8 [...]

2017-11-06 21:10:06

Marcin Gortat says Wizards must be humble  

The Wizards are off to a 5-4 start this season. Which is okay, but the squad should play better. The return from injury of Markieff Morris should help matters. But there’s still improvement needed. Here’s the Washington Post reporting the comments of center Marcin Gortat: On Sunday night, following a 107-96 road win over the Toronto [...]

2017-11-06 20:35:21

Wild recent ride for Jarrett Jack  

From possibly retiring to starting at point guard, it’s been an interesting recent ride for Jarrett Jack. Here’s the New York Daily News reporting: There was a time, not too long ago, when Jarrett Jack thought his career was done. He had a torn ACL, a partially torn meniscus and, progressing into his mid-30s, the slow [...]

2017-11-06 19:33:05

Dion Waiters misses game due to birth of daughter  

Heat guard Dion Waiters is out today, for a great, joyous reason. Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporting: Dion Waiters was away from the Miami Heat for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center for the birth of his daughter. Waiters remained overnight in Denver after Friday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets at [...]

2017-11-05 20:23:52

Pistons off to great start this season  

The Pistons are off to a great start. Will it last? Too soon to tell. Their offense has been pretty good; their defense average. At the very least, Detroit looks like they should compete to make the playoffs. That’s a huge step in the right direction. They’re a team to watch these next few weeks [...]

2017-11-05 20:11:54

Hawks sign Tyler Cavanaugh to two-way contract  

The Atlanta Hawks have signed Tyler Cavanaugh to a two-way contract. Cavanaugh has played in one game this season for the Erie BayHawks, Atlanta's G League affiliate, compiling 19 points, 11 rebounds, one block and one steal in 35 minutes (8-13 FGs, 3-5 3FGs). He was also a member of the Hawks' Summer League team, competing [...]

2017-11-05 16:32:18

John Wall reportedly has minor shoulder strain  

Here’s the Washington Post with what’s hopefully a minor update about Wizards guard John Wall, whose shoulder sounds like it could use a bit of rest: John Wall could miss his first game of the season while dealing with a left shoulder injury. Wall, who has started all eight games while averaging 20.5 points and 10.4 assists [...]

2017-11-04 20:34:59

Larry Nance Jr out with hand injury  

Larry Nance Jr., who fractured the second metacarpal on his left hand in last night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, had successful surgery today to repair the fracture. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven S. Shin. Nance Jr. is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The third-year pro started all eight games this season, with [...]

2017-11-04 01:31:07

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